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The Changeling Wars Chapter 6
The Chapter With No Name
En Route to Dodge Junction
The train ride provided Twilight and Derpy with a much needed respite, even if many of the ponies and bison on board were wounded being transported to Dodge Junction's hospital.
Seeing an opportunity to get to know Derpy better, Twilight asked, "So Derpy, how come I've heard so many ponies call you Ditzy Doo? Is that a nickname or something?"
"Actually, Ditzy's my twin sister. Mostly identical twin, but she tends to dye her mane and tail red." Derpy explained.
"So she's the one who dropped the ball on Bird Retrieval during Winter Wrap Up two years ago?" Twilight asked.
"Well, yeah. I was on Cloud Duty with Rainbow Dash." Derpy replied. "Listen, between Time Turner being stuck behind enemy lines, Dinky being alone in the Canterlot refugee camp, and Ditzy and Sparkler being deployed to Cloudsdale and Vanhoover, respectively, I don't really want to talk about my family right now."
"Believe it or no
The Changeling Wars Chapter 5
Between a Diamond Dog and a Hard Place
"Twilight? Twilight?" Twilight heard faintly as she regained consciousness. She slowly opened her good eye to see Derpy standing over her, and the two of them appeared to be in some sort of desert.
"Thank Celestia you're alright. You've been out cold for three days; I can't believe how lucky we've been." Derpy exclaimed.
"Lucky? We're stranded in the middle of a desert and I'm missing an eye! How exactly are we lucky?" Twilight asked.
"First of all, you're lucky Flam shot you with his horn and not a gun, because this way you don't have to worry about losing any blood. Second, we're lucky I was able slow us down enough to land safely." Derpy explained, then adding, "About your eye, take my eyepatch. You need it more than I do." Derpy then took off her eyepatch and hoofed it to Twilight, who then magically put it on over what was left of her right eye. Thinking about how she must have
The Hero of CloudsdaleDash!
The Mare they call Dash!
She robbed from the rich and she gave to the poor,
She stood up to the mare and she gave her what for.
Our love for her now, aint told in a flash,
The hero of Cloudsdale, the mare they call Dash!
Our Dash saw the Ponies' backs breakin'
She saw the Ponies lament
And she saw that Alicorn takin'
Every dollar and leavin' five cents
So she said, "You can't do that to my ponies"
"You can't crush them under your heel"
Dash strapped on her hat
And in five seconds flat
Stole everything Celestia had to steal
She robbed from the rich and she gave to the poor
Stood up to the Mare and she gave her what for
Our love for her now ain't told in a flash
The Hero of Cloudsdale, the mare they call Dash
Now here is what separates heroes
From common folk like you and I
The mare they call Dash
Turned 'round in a flash
And let that money hit sky
She dropped it onto our houses
She dropped it into our yards
And the mare they call Dash
Turned 'round in a flash
And headed out for th
The Changeling Wars Chapter 4
To Befriend and Defend
Two Months Later
"How big is it?" Twilight asked Derpy, who was examining the long range scanners.
"It's big. Maybe even bigger than their first attempt." Derpy responded. Over the past two months, the Changelings had continued their barrage against Ponyville's defences, but in much smaller numbers than their first attack, and the ponies were always able to drive them back with minimal casualties on their side. However, with repelled attack, the number of unaccounted for Changelings grew. They had every reason to be concerned; the number of Changelings they couldn't account for was now almost at 200.
"Applejack, prepare to launch gunships!" Twilight instructed over the comm.
Sweet Apple Acres
Applejack's gunship squadron lifted off the ground, but just as they were about to leave Sweet Apple Acres' airspace, the two gunships flanking Applejack were shot down by the turrets at the barn door. &
The Changeling Wars Chapter 3
Chapter 3: A Good Mare Goes To War
Ponyville War Room
Five days later
Sipping on her cup of coffee, Twilight pondered on the work she had been leading over the past week. In many ways, it felt like an affront to everything Equestria stood for. This wasn't the town she had fallen in love with. This place was armed to the teeth, there were no families, only ponies capable of fighting, and nearly every important building had magical shielding over it. Each of her close friends had their own part to play: Rainbow Dash was leading a team of Pegasi, engaging the Changelings hoof to hoof to in the air, Fluttershy was operating the gunnery position near her cottage, Rarity was maintaining the shield over Town Hall, Applejack was piloting the lead gunship, and Pinkie Pie was serving as one of her gunners, along with Caramel and Big Macintosh. In accordance with her position, Twilight had donned a black military jumpsuit, while Derpy
The Changeling Wars Chapter 2
Chapter 2: The Road to War
The Next Day
The trip back to Ponyville had been particularly quiet, as Twilight had explained the situation to the rest of her friends, with each of them responding in their own way. Rainbow Dash told Twilight she'd have her full support, Pinkie Pie's mane nearly straightened, and Applejack simply wished to say goodbye to Applebloom and Granny Smith before they got sent away to Canterlot.
This awkward and unpleasant silence persisted until Rarity stepped off the Friendship Express, and stated, "By Celestia, I've never seen so many Zeppelins in one place." True enough, the skies above Ponyville were full of Zeppelins, and many more were parked all over the town. In a rare moment of insight, Pinkie Pie commented, "It's sad that something so beautiful can be so ominous."
"Rainbow Dash, I'd like you to come with me to meet the Mayor in the new command centre. As leader of the Ponyville Weather Team, we
The Changeling Wars Chapter 1
Chapter 1: Distant Early Warning
Canterlot, Royal Courtyard
Wedding Reception of Captain Shining Armour and Princess Mi Amore Cadenza
Twilight had to hoof it to Pinkie; she certainly knew how to organise a wedding reception. Sure, the pink mare had been given a rather generous budget by Princess Celestia, but Twilight could tell that every bit was well spent. She had hired Vinyl Scratch to DJ the event, and managed to stock the bar with signature liquor from almost every city and town in Equestria: Appleloosan Brandy, cider from Ponyville, whisky from Dodge Junction, wine from Manehattan, mead from Whitetrot, port from Trottingham, rum from Baltimare, vodka from Stalliongrad, and even some ale from Thunder Neigh.
She was almost too caught up in admiring Pinkie Pie's work to notice the voice from behind her.
"Twilight Sparkle, might we have a word in private?"
Twilight turned around to see Princess Luna, Celestia's sister and Cadance's mother.
"Of course, Pr
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