[Enter Three Kingdoms Theme Song]
Twilight Sparkle and her friends screamed wildly as they entered into the Book of Ages. As they landed on the ground, they came across the Ancient Land of Ma. They all entered it as they're ready to face it. They witnessed the land was in turmoil as Imperial Court argued with each other while civil war broke out between peasants, rebels, imperials, warriors, nobles, warlords, ministers and even the Emperor.
Stallion: Through the storm,
Through the darkness,
The once peaceful kingdom
Lost its Love and Harmony
Turn into grief despair
Virtue Dragon, Blade Dragoon and Warpath Temper prayed and bowed down before the altar as they make a vow of sworn brotherhood. They joined up with various brave and compassion warriors in journeying across the land to help troubled ponies.
Azure Phoenix stood on the Imperial Palace's entrance as he held his sword up high proudly as his Imperial Phoenix Army. His army cheered wildly and proudly. They all went from territory to territory for conquest and control of the land.
Claw Tiger smiled proudly as he led his Tiger Warriors to deal with rebels. As he was dying, Claw Tiger passed the sword to his eldest son, Brave Tiger. Brave Tiger led his warriors in reclaiming Wuhu River for his clan. As he died, he passed to Courage Tiger as the new Leader of Kingdom.
Stallion: The destiny is now yours
To change its course and fate.
Heaven and Earth chose you to fulfill its purpose
Virtue Dragon helped ponies as well as showing kindness and compassion. His warriors of Western Dragon Kingdom fought bravely and determinedly to defend the innocent.
Stallion: A hero with benevolent heart
Desires a land of virtue.
Azure Phoenix recruited more of warriors and strategists under his banner. He led the Imperial Phoenix Kingdom army across the land for conquest and world domination of empire.
Stallion: A hero with great ambition
Desired a land of power and talents
Courage Tiger was in great doubt and pain about his past. Nevertheless, he stood proudly on Water Tiger military naval ship, along with others. He was leading them to defend his home.
Stallion: A hero with courageous fangs
Desired a land of unity.
Three kingdoms marched into the battlefield as they all charged into it as they began battled with each other fiercely and firmly.
Stallion: Pray its Terror Ends,
Hope the Peace Returns
Twilight Sparkle and her friends witnessed the holographic form of history records about the heroes and villains from Qin Dynasty Era into the Three Kingdoms Era. They were amazed and shocked, but sometimes angered and upset while others - pained and despair.
Stallion & Chorus: Oh, Great Warriors of the Heaven
Save us from the Demon God's Hell
May you guide us to Paradise Land
Where no blood shall ever shed again
Azure Phoenix and Han Zero stood before Royal Sisters. Both sides held each other hooves for the moment before the princesses disappeared from sights, including Han Zero. Azure Phoenix slowly turned and faced his two biggest rivals - Virtue Dragon and Courage Tiger. Three Rulers held anc crossed each other's their swords up proudly. It created the magical aura forms of Greenish Dragon, Bluish Phoenix and Crimson Tiger stood up and roared wildly as the mightiest warriors in Land of Ma!
Stallion & Chorus: Whenever we're in grave danger,
You braved to bring us home
Your deeds will not be Forgotten
Your Tale becomes Legend
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic - Mystic History
Written by JusSonic and Power Master
Chapter 20: A Little Conqueror in Peril
"While Brave Tiger and the Tiger Clan were still securing and stabilizing the Wuhu River; however, the Little Conqueror's eyes were already focused on the next threat on his plans," Narrator narrated, "His name was Azure Phoenix, the Hero of Chaos. A warlord, who would sacrifice anything to realize his ambition. Be it his friends, his people or even the Emperor himself. And after hearing rumors from the Emperor's soldiers and his ponies, Brave Tiger saw and understood the dark nature of Azure Phoenix's Heart."
After their previous battles with Greed Broke, Brave Tiger and his Tiger Clan were governing and stabilizing their own home - Wuhu River, making sure it's properly guarded and ponies treated well as well. While his ministers and officers were doing their duty, Brave Tiger was distracted as he was thinking about Azure Phoenix, and the rumors of him being a powerful yet dangerous warlord for his ambitious and dark nature for using any means of necessary to realize his ambition, no matter the cost. This make the Little Conqueror uneasy and worried about the future of his clan and home.
"Following the defeat of Greed Broke, Virtue Dragon rebelled against Azure Phoenix. However, possessing superior military might, Azure Phoenix quickly scattered Virtue Dragon's forces, and moved his troops to the north. His destination was the fields of Great Fortress, where he would challenge Noble Guild for supremacy over the land. Thus, he showed a slight gap in his defenses."
Brave Tiger talked with Rarity, Rainbow and Sunset about their latest adventure and battles they have especially fighting off Azure Phoenix and his Imperial Phoenix Army during the Battle of Xu Province. And now, he received reports from his soldiers that Azure Phoenix has gathered and prepared the army for battle against Noble Guild and his Griffon Army at the Battle of Great Fortress.
"This was all Brave Tiger and Riverstrike needed. They're all make some necessary preparation to invade Xuchang Province. And hopefully, they have the element surprise to defeat Azure Phoenix..."
Brave Tiger and Riverstrike gathered both ministers and officers for discussion that they have decided and planned to attack Xuchang Province while the Imperial Phoenix Main Force were focusing on their battle against Noble Guild and his forces. This is their chance now...
In the guest's room; Rainbow, Rarity and Sunset were having the discussion as they all couldn't believe in their eyes and ears that they now have their chance to invade the Xuchang Province and defeat Azure Phoenix. And also, they have the chance to save Twilight and the remaining friends of theirs as well.
"I can't believe this is happening," Rainbow said happily, "We're gonna do this! Brave Tiger is gonna help us now!"
"Indeed, we do, Rainbow." Rarity sighed, "I'm just glad that we didn't take this too long. I cannot imagine of how badly mistreatment Twilight and her friends might get especially being forced to watch and slaughter the innocent."
Sunset nodded, "Yeah. It won't be long now."
"And you think we can win?" Rarity asked, "Remember the last battle? It was awfully dreadful for us to bear!"
"That was because we've got caught unprepared. But this, we are," Rainbow said firmly, "And trust me, I really gonna kick his ass for good! We made promises to Twilight that we have to win."
Sunset sighed, "Let's hope we can make it out alive first."
"Good idea," Rarity said in agreement. She then heard some whispers from the room's outside. She psst to her friends, "Listen!"
Landing and leaning their ears against the door; Rarity, Rainbow and Sunset eavesdropped on the conversation. Three of them looked worry and uneasy as they don't really like it.
"Lord Azure Phoenix must receive this letter now! Brave Tiger must not usurped the throne and kill our only hope! The Little Conqueror has no right to take Prime Minister's place! He must died!"
Rainbow gasped before groaned in anger before shouted, "FEARSTROKE! HOW DARE YOU?!"
Rainbow rammed through the door as she attacked both Chancellor Neighsay-based pony structure, who worn purple Chinese Minister's Robe - Fearstroke and the rest of his conspirators. She landed some punches and kicks on them until they all got unconsciousness. Rarity and Sunset looked surprise and shock of what they just saw.
"I can't believe that they have Chancellor Neighsay here!" Rarity rebuffed in anger.
"Rarity. That's Fearstroke, not him, remember," Sunset reminded Rarity.
Rarity sighed, "I know, darling. But looking at him often anger me because he was racist pony."
"Well, he's not. This s Fearstroke," Rainbow said firmly before held Fearstroke's collar up, "And we're gonna deliver this jerk to Brave Tiger now! He's got some explaining to do now..."
Rainbow, Rarity and Sunset escorted Fearstroke and his conspirators to the throne chamber, where Brave Tiger and his officials were gathered and discussed their plans of the attack on Xuchang Province. Mane Three reported and explained Fearstroke's treachery to them about it. They were all in shock and angered by the minister's betrayal and plans. Most of officials glared at him while Brave Tiger remained firm and calm to look at him.
"Why? How could you do this to us?" Brave Tiger demanded in anger yet disappointed.
"Because you planned to attack the Emperor!" Fearstroke explained in concern, "And so, I did the right thing. I planned to send message to him about your treachery."
"You've got it all wrong. Our target is not the Emperor; it is Azure Phoenix."
"It's the same thing! Lord Azure Phoenix is a loyal retainer of the Qin! He fights for His Majesty!"
"What?! Are you kidding me?!" Rainbow asked in anger.
"How can you be stupid?! Azure Phoenix is a liar!" Rarity exclaimed, "He abused the Emperor's authority to realize his ambition. He even sacrificed his own soldiers to accomplish!"
"That's because it's for the Emperor! Some sacrifice are necessary to accomplish the goal! And Lord Azure Phoenix is the pony!" Fearstroke snapped at Rainbow and Rarity. He turned and glared at Brave Tiger, "Is it Tiger Clan's way... to stab such a stallion in the back especially listening to these rebels?"
"How dare you?!" Mane Three demanded in anger.
"Hey! That's not fair!" Brave Tiger snapped firmly, "We are a noble family, and these three are my friends. I trusted them since they help and saved my home! And I'm gonna help them now. But first, we need to deal with you."
Fearstroke gasped, "Y-You're going to kill me too, aren't you?"
Everyone turned and looked at Brave Tiger, who remained firm and calm while glaring at Fearstroke. Mane Three were worried and concern about what he was thinking while both ministers and officers remained silent yet firm and calm.
"No, I won't kill you," Brave Tiger answered firmly. Everyone and even Fearstroke were surprised by his answer. He continued, "But you're still facing the consequence for treason, badmouthing about me and my family and also conspiring with our enemy. I not only strip your title, career, wealth, home and district but also you will be banished from our home. You and your loyalists will never ever return here again. But if you do or even attempted to mass the army or alert Azure Phoenix about this, I will kill you. Do you understand?"
Fearstroke was annoyed yet angered by Brave Tiger's decision, nevertheless, he bowed down humbly while looking down as he muttered, "Thank you, my lord."
Fearstroke and his conspirators turned and walked away. The Tiger Clan and Mane Three can only watched and witnessed them marching out of the throne chamber. And at the same, they all were concern as the gave some thoughts about Fearstroke and his next plans.
"Brave, are you certain that banishing him will be enough?" Riverstrike asked in concern, "I feared that he will go against your order and rebel against you."
"If I executed him, I'd be no better than Azure Phoenix. And even if he tried, he will be dead. I already warned him before," Brave Tiger said firmly, "Let him try."
Riverstrike sighed, "I hope you are right, Brave...
Deep within the dark forest, Fearstroke, worn his hooded cloak, has arrived and then entered the dark yet abandoned mansion. He then encountered and found a familiar unicorn sitting down on his chair as he drank his tea calmly. The magician looked up and smiled at him.
"I've been expecting you," Unalaq said calmly. Fearstroke threw the bag of bits to him. He hummed while holding and looking at the bag, "What do you wish me to do?"
Fearstroke shown his angry and raging eyes, "Revenge. Take the life of Brave Tiger. If I sacrficed my life to do it, then so be it. This is for the greater good."
Unalaq smiled darkly, "It will be done, Fearstroke. I promise you."
While Tiger Clan and their loyal soldiers were making preparation for the assaults on Xuchang Province, Brave Tiger and his family went out for training and hunt down on some dangerous wild animals. They have five more days before they could march and invade their enemies' territories. Rainbow went with Brave Tiger and Aqua. Rarity followed both Courage Tiger and Scarblade. Sunset gone with both Riverstrike and Tigress. They all were searching and hunting down some wild and dangerous predators for honing their skills and abilities.
During their hunt, Brave Tiger spotted a wild tiger. He aimed and shot the arrow straight at it, but missed and hit the tree. The tiger quickly made their escape.
"Damn it! You almost got it!" Aqua exclaimed in disappointed.
"Yeah. It's not a tiger for nothing," Brave Tiger commented before chuckled a bit, "Next time, I'll get him! That's for sure."
"Okay. Seriously, why do we hunt again?" Rainbow asked in concern, "I mean we're ponies. We eat vegetables, you know. Be glad that Fluttershy isn't here to watch it."
Brave Tiger scoffed, "I told you before, Dash. We're just honing our skills and abilities. And even though we get one injured, we treated them properly and let them go. So, don't worry about it."
Rainbow sighed, "Sure. Why not?" She looked up and noticed the forest was getting foggier and darker. She gulped, "Uh, guys, is it me or this forest is getting creepy than before?"
"Yeah. I did notice it," Aqua said in concern. She then realized something before smirked amusingly, "Don't tell me that you're scared now.""
"I am not!" Rainbow snapped in annoyance.
"Quiet!" Brave Tiger snapped firmly while looking around of his surroundings, "Something's not right. Where're others?"
"No idea..." Rainbow said in concern.
"Brave Tiger." Fearstroke's voice called. He, Unalaq in his hooded cloak and couple of soldiers have arrived to the scene. He narrowed his eyes in anger, "Your time is up! It's time for you to meet your end!"
"Huh? Fearstroke?" Brave Tiger asked in shock and concern before looked at Unalaq, who lowered down his hood. He then asked, "And... who're you?"
Rainbow groaned, "Unalaq! Damn you!"
Aqua gasped, "Unalaq?! The same guy..."
Rainbow explained while armed with her nunchucks, "Yeah! He's the one, who took your father! I'm gonna kill you!"
Brave Tiger hissed as he armed with his tonfas, "I'm gonna make him pay for this! Why are you siding with him, Fearstroke?!"
"To do what is right! Look back on the path you have walked, one twisted by power. The cries of hatred and flames of anger shall now become a vortex." Fearstroke said firmly, "Sucked down into it, you shall meet your end here!"
"Why don't you shut the hell up, jackass?!" Aqua exclaimed in anger as she armed with her Tiger Claws.
Rainbow nodded, "Yeah! Let's get started now!"
Brave Tiger ans his friends were about to attack both Fearstroke, Unalaq and couple of soldiers. Fearstroke nodded to Unalaq. The magician's eyes glowed in dark as he summoned and struck a powerful gust in blowing them back a bit. And the next thing they know is that they're now in middle of dark forest with fog. They were in shock and confuse by it. They all armed with their weapons for the fight. Suddenly, a hail of arrow shot out and struck down on them. Luckily, Rainbow performed a powerful twister to blow them away. They turned to their back, where they found the entrance was blocked by a group of shadowy ghoul soldiers.
"What the hell?!" Brave Tiger demanded in shock.
"No clue. We've gotta get out of here now!" Rainbow said in concern.
"Brave! Aqua! Rainbow!"
Three of them turned back and found the rest of their friends and allies have arrived and regrouped with them.
"Where were you?!" Rainbow asked in concern.
"Forgive us. We got held up by some sort of sorcery." Riverstrike explained.
"Is this the work of Unalaq again?" Rarity asked in concern.
Rainbow nodded, "It is."
"Oh no... " Sunset said in concern, "If this is like Three Kingdoms, this is where Brave Tiger died."
"We can't let that happen!" Rainbow said firmly, "I may have let Claw Tiger died. There is no way I'm gonna let Brave died! Not on my watch!"
"I'm not sure of what's going on, but for now we just need to get out of here!" Brave Tiger said firmly, "Let's go now!"
Brave Tiger and his team screamed wildly as they all charged straight at the enemies. They must escaped before anything bad happens like they get trapped and killed by Fearstroke and Unalaq.
Fearstroke and Unalaq were hiding behind the forest. They witnessed Brave Tiger and his friends struggled to fight off some strange ghoulish soldiers while trying to find a way to escape.
"Are you certain that they won't escape? Can you at least promise me the death of Brave Tiger?!" Fearstroke demanded more than he asked. He will be pissed if otherwise.
"Do not worry. I will make sure that the Little Conqueror die. For they will soon face their darkest hour," Unalaq assures as his eyes glowed in darkness while his horn glowed darkly, "no one can overcome it."
Unalaq fired and shoot out the powerful magic spell to the sky. It then burst into meteor showers-like light stars. They all descended and dropped upon them. No telling what dark sorcery Unalaq has unleashed...
Brave Tiger and his allies have managed to overcome the soldiers. They have arrived at the garrison, which closed down at once. And soon, it was getting foggier and darker than before.
They became alerted as they armed and readied their weapons for the fight.
"Unalaq; Come and fight, you coward," Rainbow yells out in determination and fury.
Unalaq's Voice on the other hoof spoke out mockingly, "No... I'll stay here and watch you to suffer and struggle for your survival. After all, you did let your father died..."
"Bullcrap," Rarity screams out furiously. "You're the one responsible!"
"Get your fat flank out here so I can kick it!" Rainbow exclaims in agreement and fury.
"Everypony, calm down; this is exactly what he wants! Don't let him get to you! He wants you all to lose your temper and get killed!" Sunset insisted, trying her best to calm the others down.
Brave remarked furiously, "Well, he got the wrong ponies to pick a fight with! I'm now really pissed."
"Right, you mess with the Minotaur, you get the horns, bud!" Rainbow exclaims with some of the others calling out in agreement. Unalaq is going down!
Unalaq's voice just gives out a cruel chuckle, "Then, prepare yourself to face your demons of the past!"
The shadowy goo emerged from the ground. It formed into the form of Fearstroke.
"Bringer of Disaster; you killed me, Brave Tiger!" Fearstroke calls out, much to Brave's shock. No, it can't be!
"Wha; Fearstroke; what is this?! I thought you're..." Brave begins to speak, looking shocked and disbelief at this.
"I saw through your ruthless ambition! I was a threat, so you had me killed!"
"No! I have no desire to rule over the land! All I want is peace, for my family and my friends."
Another shadowy goo slowly formed into another officer. He snarled angrily at Brave Tiger, " If you only want peace for your family and friends, then why did you need to take Wuhu River?!"
Brave Tiger shook his head while protesting, "Wuhu River belongs to my ancestors... It was our land! Is it so bad to want that for my family?"
Another goo formed into another yet scary officer. He hissed in anger, scaring the girls off, " And now you planned to lay siege on Xuchang, where the Emperor resides. And you say you're not a pony of ambition?"
"The Emperor is nothing more than Azure Phoenix's puppet! Azure Phoenix is too dangerous to be allowed to rule!"
Fearstroke just scoffs at this claim, "So, you wish to rule in Azure Phoenix's stead?! You desire power. You want it! Admit it!"
Brave Tiger shook his head, answering, "No... "
"Don't listen to them, Brave! They're not real!" Rainbow exclaims to Brave. She knows what's going on here. Unalaq is making illusions to make Brave doubt himself and make the hero easier to get rid of!
Sunset nodded as she said in agreement, "Rainbow's right. None of them are real! Fearstroke isn't dead! He's hiding! He wants you go crazy and break, so they can finish you off; don't t let them get to you!"
"Right, overcome it, Brave Tiger!"
"Yeah, overcome it, darling!" Rarity exclaims in agreement.
All Supports Brave Tiger to overcome it. The warrior pauses then looks determined. That is enough for him!
"You're right. I didn't conquer Wuhu River for myself! I do it for all of this for my family, for my friends! Go to hell, jackass!" Brave Tiger exclaims as he gets ready to fight. These illusions will not deter him anymore!
Fearstroke's Ghost hissed, "Get them now!"
Fearstroke screamed in anger, along with two officers charged in to attack. More of Phantom Soldiers also joined the battlefield.
Rainbow quickly unleashed her twister attack in pushing and knocking most of them aside. And at the same time, Rarity and Sunset fired their Force-Field Shields in pushing them away. Scarblade helped and defended Courage Tiger, who got attacked by some phantom soldiers. Aqua and Tigress teamed up and fought back. Brave Tiger and Riverstrike defended each other while striking back at their enemies hard including Fearstroke and two officers' ghosts into pieces.
With the enemies defeated, the garrison opened its door. Brave Tiger and their friends headed off at once to another area.
Arriving to another garrison, it closed again. Brave Tiger and their friends armed and readied for the next fight.
Unalaq's Voice mockingly spoke, "Time for your next test. Let's see how much you love your ponies now."
Suddenly, Tiger Clan Soldiers appeared out of nowhere. They all armed with their weapons. They all charged and attacked Brave Tiger and their friends, who were in shock and concern.
"What the; Hey, it's me! Don't you recognize me?!" Brave exclaims as he dodges an attack by the event.
"Hey, what are you doing?! Stop it!" Courage protests as he moves to avoid a beam from an attacker.
"Man, what is what with you guys?!" Rainbow pleads, begging the soldiers to stop; what are with these guys?!
"What's wrong with them?!" Rarity protests in horror while dodging an attack.
Courage answers, "I have no idea. We don't want to hurt them! We must defensive at all cost!"
Brave Tiger and their team did their best to block the attacks while pushing and moving the soldiers aside. They didn't want to kill and hurt them.
However, Sunset and Scarblade remained firm and determined as they both attacked and killed the soldiers.
"What the hell are you doing?!" Brave Tiger yells out in alarm. Are these two wanting to do this; why are they killing their allies?!
"Sunset, are you crazy?!" Rarity screeches out to her friend in disbelief.
"Stop it, they don't know what they're doing!" Courage exclaims in alarm.
"Guys, they're not real! They're illusions, created by Unalaq!" Sunset exclaims, reminding them of one detail: nothing here is real. Unalaq is once again trying to mess with them!
"That doesn't make sense!"
Tigress nodded while adding, "Yeah; Why would he do that?!"
"Think about it. Unalaq still wants to break and kill Brave Tiger!" Sunset points out to her friends, making them think.
Scarblade was the first to get it, speaking, "They're right. None of them are real!"
"I agree with them. We did not order the soldiers to follow us since we began our hunt. They're indeed illusions. We must destroy them now before they do it!" Riverstrike exclaims in determination, recalling what they did or didn't do.
"If we're gonna get out of here, we have to fight." Brave Tiger said, knowing what much be done. Illusions or no, they must fight out of this hell!
"That doesn't mean I like it." Rainbow mumbles to herself uneasily.
"Indeed. Just imagine if... If its Hippogriffs attack us because of the mistake we make." Rarity shudders, still recalling Twilight's mistake that almost ruined the friendship between the ponies and their Hippogriffs allies.
"Rarity, never talk about that again."
"Sorry. Just can't get over the mistake we make."
Brave Tiger and his friends easily fought and attacked their 'soldiers', though they truly hated it a lot. As soon as they defeated the 'soldiers', they all disappeared at once.
Unalaq's voice mockingly adds, "No mercy... Even for those whom you once called friends. My boy, you are as ruthless as Azure Phoenix."
"Shut up!" Brave Tiger snarls furiously. Unalaq has no right even saying that about him!
"Right, what gives you the right to say that?!" Tigress demands furiously. "At least Brave Tiger isn't a coward like you!"
"Right, cluck, cluck! Come out here, chicken!" Rainbow mocks Unalaq, wanting him riled up to come out and try to get payback for the insults.
"Or a coward is more like it." Rarity remarked angrily and in agreement.
The garrison's door opened and led Brave Tiger and his friends to the castle's walls.
"Come. We're not done yet." The voice of Unalaq taunts some more. Looks like taunts from the heroes aren't enough to get him to come out apparently.
"Oh! We definitely now! I'm gonna kill you, asshole!" Rainbow exclaims furiously.
Brave Tiger and his team entered the castle, where they were facing the phantom version of Unalaq himself.
"You; this is all just trickery! It's all lies!" Brave Tiger exclaims furiously at the enemy.
"Bad enough you caused hell in the past and will in the future, but this?!" Sunset exclaims furiously, "How do you sleep at night?!"
"If you sleep at all," Courage remarked with a scoff of disgust at Unalaq.
"You must see what you have done. You must know the sins you have committed." Unalaq remarked tauntingly to the heroes' annoyance; more of this stuff and lies?!
"Sins; you're the one, who caused this mess!" Rainbow exclaims angrily at the villain.
"Right, don't give us that mess, darling." Rarity remarked. She pauses to think then add, "I take it back. You don't deserve to be called darling."
"More like a son of a Diamond Dog!" Sunset exclaims madly, high-hoofing Rainbow for that.
Unalaq smirked while adding, "We shall see."
Unalaq disappeared at once. Three leaders including Greed Broke stood before them.
"Oh horsecrap, not this again," Rainbow mumbles in annoyance. "Can't Unalaq come up with anything new?"
"Right; Just the same old thing, over and over and over again," Tigress sighs, shaking her head in disgust.
Mercenary Leader snarls at Brave Tiger, "You're no leader! You're nothing more than a filthy bandit, who destroyed the peace of Wuhu River."
Wuhu River's Former Leader spoke in agreement, "I am of Imperial Blood, and yet you put me in the ground; How dare you criticize Azure Phoenix, you hypocrite!"
"Brave Tiger, you traitor! Do you forget who it was who saved you when your father died?" Greed Broke exclaims furiously, pointing a claw at Brave Tiger furiously.
Rainbow rolls her eyes as she remarks, "Or maybe you need reminder that you tried to abandon them! That's how I remember!"
"Yep, figures. Just dumb illusions." Sunset sighs in annoyance.
"Right; we already figured it out by now." Scarblade added dryly.
Brave Tiger groaned, "You are nothing more than conjurer's tricks"
"Yeah! I don't know why the hell you wanna mess up with our minds. But I am seriously pissed!" Rainbow exclaims furiously, ready to kick some flank again.
The phantom leaders screamed in anger as they all charged and readied to strike down their enemies. Scarblade charged in as he swiftly cut them down at ease.
"Enemy defeated." Scarblade announces with a nod.
"I'm getting sick of this illusion! Why can't that jerk come out and fight?!" Tigress exclaims in annoyance. Either Unalaq come out now or not at all!
"He's coward. That's what. Let's move it now!" Brave Tiger exclaims furiously.
One way or another, Unalaq will answer for his crimes!
Brave Tiger and his allies searched and looked around as they were hunting down Unalaq. They arrived at the supply depot, where they found him standing there.
"All right, Unalaq. No more tricks." Brave Tiger said in determination as he gets his weapon ready.
"We came all this way, beaten your illusions thus far, and now we're here." Sunset said sternly.
"So what do you got to say now?" Rainbow taunts the enemy in amusement.
Unalaq smirked before cleared his throat. The shadowy figure slowly emerged from the tent. He revealed himself into a familiar figure.
"My children..." Claw Tiger said calmly, much to everyone's surprise and not so surprise.
"Father," Brave Tiger yelps in shock and disbelief, yet anger as he suspects what's truly going on.
"Claw Tiger," Most of everyone yells out in shock and disbelief.
"Everypony, remember! That's illusion! He's dead! Claw Tiger is not real!" Sunset exclaims, pointing out that fact. This isn't really Claw Tiger but another one of Unalaq's evil traps!
Brave Tiger was able to snap out of it. He screams out in fury, "Son of a bitch; How dare you impersonate my father?!"
"You will regret it!" Courage exclaims furiously. Doing this is a new NEW low for Unalaq!
"We will kill you for this!" Tigress snarls in determination, ready to kill at any given moment.
"I am getting sick of lies and illusions!" Aqua exclaims furiously.
Unalaq smirked as he spoke, "It is time to see who you really are. Would you defeat any who stand in your way?"
Rainbow screamed as she punched Unalaq's face to the ground, "Why don't you shut up?!" Unalaq quickly disappeared at once. "Come out and fight us!"
"I rather you answer my question!"
"You have no right to make us answer your stupid question or even use their father against them!" Rarity exclaims sternly.
"We can't do it." Courage Tiger sighs a bit in concern and all of of the sudden.
Tigress nodded as she added, "He's our father."
Brave Tiger on the other hand spoke up, "No, he's not. Our father's gone. If it is mere vision from past, then I have no qualms. I will protect my family and my friends. My father entrusted me with that task, and I will carry it out my own way!"
"That's the spirit." Riverstrike said in approval. At least Brave Tiger hasn't fallen back into the illusion here!
Brave Tiger sighed, "Father, I'd never really get a chance to say how much I'm sorry for not saving you. But I'm gonna make sure that son of a bitch used you like tool!"
Brave Tiger screamed in anger as he charged straight at Claw Tiger, who remained calm and firm while prepared to strike his enemy down. And just before the phantom could do it, Brave Tiger has struck first. Claw Tiger's Phantom disappeared at once.
As soon as the castle's entrance opens, Brave Tiger and his allies exited it. They found Unalaq stood before them. He armed with his magical aura powers.
"Unalaq; you have gone too far! It's time for you to pay your crimes!" Brave exclaims furiously to his enemy.
"Never mind that, I wanna rip him from limb to limb!" Aqua exclaims, snarling as she got a water attack ready.
"Take a number." Rainbow remarks in fury as she gears herself for a fight.
Unalaq laughed, "Then, come and face me, boy; Time to see your true determination. I will face you, with everything I have."
"No more illusions this time!" Sunset exclaims sternly. "Just do this!"
Scarblade screamed in anger as he charged and swung his katna at Unalaq, who swiftly and magically dodged the attacks before firing the blasts hitting him off. Rainbow, Tigress and Aqua charged in as they tried to land some punches on Unalaq, who easily and quickly dodge and block the attacks for few rounds before unleashing a powerful beam in knocking them off. Sunset and Rarity fired their Unicorn Bursts as they tried to hit him but Unalaq continued teleporting from one place to another for few rounds until he came to the front of them, where he unleashed a powerful blast in knocking them out.
Courage Tiger groaned in anger as he tried to strike Unalaq, but blocked before got kicked off. Riverstrike swung and struck his pole at Unalaq, who summoned and used his pole to fight back for few rounds. Both of them continued attacking at each other until Riverstrike tripped Unalaq before slammed his pole on him but missed as the latter disappeared and reappeared from behind. Unalaq fired his magical blast in hitting him to the ground.
"Just what are you?" Brave Tiger screamed in anger as he tried to hit Unalaq, but the latter kept on teleporting while taunting at him by far and near to him.
"You were fortunate enough to be born with fame, charisma and luck many time that of other stallions. Therefore, your life will last only half as long as other stallions." Unalaq taunted wickedly to the stallion.
"No! What the hell are you talking about?!"
Unalaq smirked while just saying, "Say goodbye."
Fearstroke and his conspirators are armed with their bows and arrows. They all aimed their weapons at Brave Tiger's family and friends.
"Time to die, tyrant beast," Fearstroke remarked wickedly. Everyone else looks alarmed. This was a trap!
"Nooooooooooo," Brave Tiger screams out in horror.
Fearstroke and his conspirators fired their arrows. They all flew straight at Brave Tiger's family and friends.
"Everypony, moved!" Rainbow calls out to the others.
"We may not be able to get out of the way in time!" Rarity exclaims in worry, fearing that no matter how fast they are, the arrows will get them.
"At least try, Rarity!"
Rainbow and her friends struggled to get out as the arrows were almost and about to hit them. However, Brave Tiger came and stretched his hooves out as he shielded them from getting hit. The arrows have struck on him, causing him to fall down hard.
Brave Tiger weakly groans, "Not...A... Chance..."
"Yeessssss," Fearstroke laughs madly. Just as planned: Brave Tiger got killed, no matter how he tries to save his loved ones!
"Brave! Nooooooooooo," Rainbow exclaims in horror, fearing the worst. Not again!
"Oh my God, they killed Brave Tiger!" Sunset exclaims as the others looks horrified, shocked and alarmed.
"You bastard....YOU BASTARD!!!!"
"Why is it no matter what happens, it all ends in death." Rarity groans out, shaking her head in sadness.
It's like it's destined no matter what!
Fearstroke laughed insanely yet amusingly, "Yes! Death to the Little Conqueror! That's what you get for destroying my life! How do you like that?!"
Angered by Fearstroke's constant and insane laughter, Aqua screamed as she thrust her Tiger Claws at his chest. He coughed painfully as he bleed to death. The rest of his conspirators yelped and gasped in shock and worried. Unalaq quickly escaped the scene by teleportation. They were about to attack until they got cut down by Scarblade's quick and swift strike. Aqua looked at the corpse as she couldn't help but shown remorse and uneasy about it. Both Tigress and Rainbow approached her at once. Rarity, Sunset and even Scarblade were there as well.
"Sorry... I just can't stand on his laughter..." Aqua said in guilt.
Tigress sighed while patted Aqua's back, "I know. I would the same thing..."
"Me too, kid," Rainbow agreed.
"I can't believe that Fearstroke is still in league with Azure Phoenix." Rarity said in annoyance, "Even though Brave Tiger spared him, he still want to go against him."
Scarblade hummed in concern, "He claimed that our lord was walking the path of conqueror."
"That is stupid. As far as I'm concern about Azure Phoenix, Brave Tiger is a real noble hero!" Sunset exclaimed in anger, "Trying to sell out him, and even hiring Unalaq to finish it. Luckily, he didn't use poison on him."
Brave Tiger coughed, "Actually. I think he did some number on me!"
Courage Tiger gasped, "Brother! Riverstrike!"
Riverstrike nodded as his horn glowed brightly in white. Brave Tiger held his gesture to stop his friend, "Don't. I don't think it's gonna help out much."
"But Brave Tiger!" Riverstrike said in concern.
Brave Tiger groaned in pain, "I know you want to help, but I know this well. It's a powerful poison spell. It's what killed my father. And now, I've taken the hit. There's nothing can save me now..."
"Brother..." Courage Tiger said in concern.
"Courage, you've grown into quite the warrior. Even the sudden attack can't shake your resolve." Brave Tiger said weakly, "I have been lucky pony. I've had you, Tigress, Aqua, Riverstrike and these three brave mares by my side. I wanted to fight more with you all, to build the land we all dreamed of..." He coughed painfully, making ponies looked worry and uneasy about it. He continued, "I wish... I wish... I wish I could have had more time. But it looks like my time... is over..."
"No! Don't die on me!" Courage Tiger pleaded.
Aqua cried tearfully, Tigress held her little sister close to her. She continued, "Please, don't do this! We need you! Our family need you! Our home needs you too! You can't go!"
"Sorry... I can't..." Brave Tiger said weakly. He turned to Riverstrike, "Riverstrike... Rainbow Dash... Keep them safe... Our family... Our lands..."
Riverstrike hissed while cried tearfully, "I will, old friend!"
"Courage, Father entrusted our family's legacy to me. Now, it's my turn to entrust it to you." Brave Tiger said weakly before coughed heavily, "Courage... You are a greater stallion than I, greater than our father... The rest is up to you..."
And just before anyone could do or say anything, Brave Tiger gave the last breath to breathe before closing his eyes down. Everyone gasped in shock of what they just saw. They all cried and shouted tearfully in pain and despair, and even Courage Tiger also did the same thing.
"The fires within Brave Tiger's heart burnt brightly as the successor of his father's legacy. But like all flames, his were eventually extinguish. Despite his burden of sadness and weight of an entire kingdom on his shoulders, Courage Tiger succeeded his fallen brother as the ruler. By his side stood none other than Brave Tiger's old friend - the incomparable strategist Riverstrike." Narrator narrated, "The ponies of Tiger Clan were in state of shock at having lost their ruler. Riverstrike knew it's not the right time to face Azure Phoenix, and postpone the siege when the time is right."
Courage Tiger and his allies returned to Wuhu River, where they informed the ponies about Brave Tiger's death. As expected, the ponies cried and shouted tearfully in pain and despair, at the loss of their leader. After they have held the funeral for their fallen leader, Courage Tiger was announced to succeed his brother as the ruler of Wuhu River and Tiger Clan.
"Following the death of his father and brother, the mantle of leadership had been suddenly thrust upon him. In fact, the severity of his circumstances often caused Courage Tiger to question whether this actually happening at all..."
For few days have passed since the death of his brother, Courage Tiger became worried and scared, and even uneasy about becoming the leader during his meeting and discussion with ministers and military officers about governing the land. He was still feel guilty and upset about his brother's death, and even doubted himself to lead his ponies and govern the land.
Courage Tiger was inside his bed chamber. He was looking at the portraits of Claw Tiger and Brave Tiger. He couldn't help but feel guilty, sad and pain after his brother's death. He even wondered of what he could have done to save his brother. And he also doubted his ability and strength to become the leader as good as his older brother. Tigress, Aqua, Rainbow and her friends were outside of the bed chamber to look at him. They all couldn't help but feel worry and sad for him. Riverstrike and even the lighter yellow Pegasus with aquamarine long mane and tail with streaks of lighter greenish-blue, and her cutie mark is golden tiger with heart shape have arrived at the scene.
"How is he, my ladies?" The yellow Pegasus asked in concern.
Tigress sighed, "He's still the same, Lian. He's still haven't gotten over our brother's death."
"Poor darling..." Rarity commented in concern.
Sunset nodded, "Yeah. If it were our family, I would feel the same thing."
"Yeah. It wasn't his fault," Aqua said firmly, "It was that Unalaq! He's the one, who took both my father's and brother's lives! He's gonna pay for it!"
"Believe me, my ladies. I too want to hunt him down," Riverstrike nodded in agreement, "But our scout claimed that they're unable to find him since our last encounter at the forest. There's no telling when he could strike."
Rainbow groaned, "Either way, I'm not gonna sit here and do nothing. I'm gonna find and get him!"
"Me too, coach!" Aqua exclaimed firmly.
Tigress nodded, "We'll go find and finish him. Look after our brother!"
Riverstrike, Lian, Rarity and even Sunset nodded firmly. Rainbow and her friends headed off to find and hunt down Unalaq. Riverstrike and his friends entered the chamber. They all approached to Courage Tiger. And just before they could say anything, he spoke grimly yet sadly.
"I... I cannot be like my brother," Courage Tiger said in guilt and shame, "I'm useless, weak and pathetic fool. My brother thinks I'm a greater pony than him and my father. He's wrong. It's best that I step down, and let Riverstrike to take over."
Riverstrike was shocked yet angered to see how Courage Tiger respond. And just before he could spoke, Lian held Courage Tiger up for him to face her. The rest of her friends looked surprise yet amazed by her firm.
Lian spoke, "You're wrong, my lord! My ladies, and my lords Riverstrike, Hammerod, Anchor, Apollo, LaMarche, Wiserton and even these three guardians are fighting for you, not just for Lord Brave Tiger! They, and even me would gladly give our lives and give everything we have for you! So, don't you dare criticize and doubt yourself like this. In fact, this is only the begining!"
"I agree with Lady Lian," Riverstrike said calmly, "You have us. We will fight and support you and our home till the end. I promised your brother that I will help you. And I intended to keep it."
"Indeed. As Rainbow's song said, 'It's Time to be Awesome'," Rarity said firmly, "It's your turn to shine, darling."
"If you fall, we will help you get up. That's what friends do," Sunset said proudly.
Courage Tiger looked shock and surprised by his friends' words. After giving some thoughts, he sighed, "You're right. I have been selfish. If I ever lose my way again, I'll need you all with me."
Lian and her friends smiled happily. They all bowed down humbly. She spoke, "It would be our pleasure."
Courage Tiger nodded, "Where did my sisters and Rainbow go?"
Rainbow, Tigress, Aqua and even some brave mare fighters were preparing and setting up their gears. They headed out to the jungle for hunting down Unalaq. As they were searching thoroughly on jungle, they got blew away by a powerful gust. They recovered from it. They looked up and found Unalaq stood before them. He armed with his dark magic powers.
"You've grown relentless and reckless since the death of Brave Tiger," Unalaq said firmly, "Do you wish to die so badly?"
"No. I wanna kick your ass!" Rainbow exclaimed in anger.
"Yeah, this is for my brother!" Tigress screamed in anger.
Aqua snarled, "Get him!"
Rainbow, Tigress, Aqua and even their mare fighters charged and attacked Unalaq, who kept teleporting to different locations while firing his Dark Magic Orbs for injuring and weakening them for few times. The mares became exhausted and tired from trying to take him down. Unalaq appeared before them as he launched a powerful magical beam in knocking them down to the ground. The mares groaned and moaned weakly yet painfully to stand up and fight.
"Give up. You have no chance to fight me," Unalaq said dryly.
Rainbow groaned, "Not until I kicked your ass!"
"Me too!" Aqua and Tigress agreed.
The mares struggled to stand up and even tried to land a blow on Unalaq, who easily dodged the attacks before punched and kicked them off easily. He laughed a bit of amusement. And just before he could finish them off, he got his back blasted. He turned back and found Courage Tiger and his allies have arrived and surrounded him.
"So, the cub has arrived," Unalaq asked amusingly, "But is he ready to face the danger especially fighting his doubts and fears?"
"Silent!" Courage Tiger exclaimed in anger, "You will pay for what you have done to my brother. Guards, arrest him!"
"No," Riverstrike said firmly. Everyone looked surprise and worried. He continued, "This is your fight, my lord. So, please fight and defeat him. It's time to show the world that you are ready to become a stallion and worthy leader as your brother once were. Do it for him."
Most of ponies were doubtful and reluctant of the idea, and even Courage Tiger was also concern. Nevertheless, the young stallion nodded as he armed with his Tiger Sword. He approached and faced off with Unalaq, who is now armed with Dark Magic Powers.
"Is this a good idea?" Rainbow asked.
"I don't know, darling. And I don't like it," Rarity admitted.
"All we can do is support and help him," Sunset said in concern, "We just have to keep an eye on anything."
"You think you have what it takes to defeat me?" Unalaq asked amusingly, "Then, you're a fool. You are not Brave Tiger or Claw Tiger. You're a fool, who let them died because you're not brave and noble as they are. You're just a bigger disappointment." Courage Tiger hissed yet quivered in fear and worry as his sword was shaking. He smirked darkly, "As I thought, you're a coward and fool. You're pathetic."
Courage Tiger groaned in anger and upset as he was about to lower down his weapon until Aqua spoke, "Don't give up, Courage! If you dare, I would never forgive you, neither do our father and brother!"
Tigress nodded, "Aqua's right. Don't back down. Fight him!"
"We're here for you, my lord." Lian shouted firmly.
"We shall fight for you, and protect you till the end of my life," Scarblade said firmly.
Riverstrike nodded, "My lord, it's time for you to shine. Your father and brother believed in you. So, do it for them!"
Courage Tiger groaned as he held his sword tightly, "I'm not my brother or father. But that doesn't I'm giving up without the fight. Unalaq, for what you done to my father and brother, I hereby to defeat and execute you! Prepare yourself!"
Unalaq scoffed, "You will die..."
Unalaq screamed wildly as he fired his Dark Magic at Courage Tiger, who used his Tiger Sword to block and deflect the blasts at him. It blinded him for the moment. As Unalaq recovered from the attacks. Courage Tiger screamed in anger and determination as he struck his sword at his stomach. Unalaq yelped in pain as he was both defeated and killed.
"Damn you... You're strong as your father and brother... I underestimate you..." Unalaq said weakly, "You may killed me today. But...I shall return someday..."
And just before anyone could do anything, Unalaq puffed and disappeared within the dark smoke. Everyone was in shock and concern of what they just saw.
"Where did he go?!" Scarblade demanded in concern.
"I don't know. But I do know he's dead for good," Riverstrike said firmly.
Rainbow hummed in concern, "I don't think so. He'll be back soon."
Rarity nodded, "Indeed. Next thousand years later..."
"Well, either way, we've won!" Aqua cheered.
"Yes. All thanks to you. You've avenged our father and brother," Tigress said in relief.
"Thank you all. But I couldn't have done it without you," Courage said calmly and firmly. He sighed, "Father, brother... I will run no longer. For the ponies of Tiger Clan, I will forge a new future. That's my promise."
"And you have our support, Courage!" Rainbow said firmly. Rarity and Sunset nodded in agreement. She smirked, "This call reprise! Let's do it!"
All: We see that light filling up our skies
Rainbow: Now, be the mighty tiger as Claw and Brave were
All: 'Cause it's the time to unleash our fury and fangs
Courage Tiger: My brave tigers, it's time to be awesome!
Everyone gave the loud cheer and roar for Courage Tiger, who gave the loud battle cry. Rainbow, Rarity, Sunset and even Riverstrike, Liand, Aqua and Tigress couldn't help but feel happy and proud of him to become the leader.
Narrator narrated, "The death of Unalaq was a momentous occasion for the Tiger clan. They've now gained many bright young officers and battle-hardened veterans. All of them were bound together by the strength of purpose displayed by Courage Tiger. Now that he had awakened as a capable leader, many talented officers came to join his cause. Courage Tiger listened carefully to their opinions and strengthened his power based south of Wuhu River. And now the land is both peace and prosperity, as well as secured and safe from danger..."
Few months have passed since the death of Unalaq, Courage Tiger became wise and firm leader as he listened and discussed with both ministers and military officers for governing Wuhu River, as well as building and strengthening their military army by recruiting and training both young and veteran officers.
"And now, the Greatest Battle between Azure Phoenix and Noble Guild continued on the battlefield of Great Fortress. Only one of them will stand while another will fall..."
Both Imperial Phoenix Army and Northern Griffon Army have marched and entered the battlefield. They all prepared for their final conflict...
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Ashleigh Ball: Rainbow Dash
Tabitha St. Germain: Rarity
Rebecca Shoichet: Sunset Shimmer
Michael McConnohie: Narrator, Mercenary Leader
Yuri Lowenthal: Brave Tiger
Gideon Emery: Courage Tiger, Officer
G.K Bowes: Tigress
Christy Carlson Romano: Aquastroke
Kyle Hebert: Scarblade
Michael Sinternkilaas: Riverstrike, Scary Officer
Cristina Valenzuela: Lian
Adrian Latourelle: Unalaq
Maurice LaMaurche: Fearstroke, Former Leader of Wuhu River
Spike Spencer: Greed Broke
Next Chapter 21 - Rise of Azure Phoenix: Both Imperial Phoenix and Northern Griffon Army are preparing for their last battle at the field of Great Fortress. However, Noble Guild has gained more than one million soldiers while Azure Phoenix has masses the army of 100,000 Soldiers. Can the Imperial Phoenix Army overcome the odds and defeat Noble Guild, or died trying to win? The Great Battle for supremacy over the Northern Ma is about to begin...