Ponyville was a quiet town located in the center of Equestria. Founded and mainly inhabited by earth ponies, all three pony species and even non-ponies have found a peaceful and worry-free environment to call home. Ponies went about their lives without giving a second thought to the less-friendly fauna that co-inhabit their magical principality. However, not all regions of Equestria can boast such security.
Lying just to the west of Ponyville was the dark and mysterious Everfree Forest. Once home to a temple dedicated to the Regal Sisters, the Everfree Forest was now completely overrun by nature. This feared woodland was home to a great variety of horrible creatures from cockatrices to manticores to the legendary Ursa Major, a terrifying translucent bear-like creature the size of Ponyville itself. Unlike the rest of Equestria, which was governed by the laws of magic, the Everfree Forest was free of such mystical manipulation and grew on its own without the tender guidance of ponies. It