Note: This AU is inspired by
's Nightverse AU. The lycanequus and the cervidian species belong to her.
Many many years ago, there was a place called the Everfree Empire. As the name suggests, it once stood where the Forest grows today, and many species made up the population, including ponies, and was ruled by Empress Everfree. However, the pony citizens turned traitor to the nation and, after murdering the Empress, burned the whole place down. Few survived this act of treason, including the Empress's baby son, Prince Midnight.
Fast forward to the events of A Canterlot Wedding, Twilight accuses 'Cadence' of being evil and of course, is thrown out of the wedding. Her friends turned their backs on her along with Celestia and Shining Armor, leaving the unicorn all alone. But before 'Cadance' could imprison her, Twilight teleported to the train station and went back to Ponyville with a broken heart. As soon as she got home however, something began calling her.
Hush now, my child, your time has come. Your birthright awaits you.
Twilight didn't know why, but she followed the calling, obeying an instinct that she never knew existed until now. She was surprised that the calling came from the Everfree Forest, but was even more surprised at the fact that she isn't afraid at all. In fact, Twilight felt perfectly at home in the Forest. Soon she comes upon a hidden village, its population being creatures that she had never seen before. For some reason, they made way for her, as if they were expecting her arrival. Then Twilight finds what's left of the Everfree Castle, the throne room being intact but dusty from nopony being in there for many years. When she sat on the throne, almost immediately the room, along with the rest of the castle, is restored, as an ancient power seeped into the mare, bringing about her ascendance to not only an alicorn, but to the title of Empress, Twilight being the descendant of Empress Everfree. To be continued......