"Escaping from Tartarus"
That was how long Grogar, Emperor of Tambeleon, was imprisoned in a cage within the confines of Tartarus. All he had for company was a collection of creatures that were also serving time in the prison for various crimes committed against Equestria and its allies.
But, he wasn't alone.
He had a fellow cellmate that sat in the cage next to him, another creature just like him with deadly ambitions.
"You know, in a way you're just like me," said Grogar's cloaked cellmate one day during his life imprisonment. "A creature who longs to make Equestria his own."
This caught Grogar's attention almost immediately.
"Why do you ask me?" asked Grogar. "And for that matter, how do you know who I am?
"Because I have heard a lot of stories about you, Emperor Grogar. How you longed to make Equestria a part of your kingdom, Tambeleon, with you as its leader. But, of course in order to do that, you have to get yourself out of here."
For the first time since his imprisonment, Grogar turned towards the cloaked creature and raised a suspicious eyebrow at him.
"Who are you?" he asked and the figure removed his hood to reveal a powerless centaur who was skinny all over.
"I am Lord…Tirek," answered the centaur. "Creature who longs to gain all of the magic in Equestria or at least I did until my brother, Scorpan, betrayed me to those…ponies."
"I take you are also a victim of these ponies, too," sighed Grogar, sitting next to Tirek. "Personally, I see ponies as nothing more than mere slaves that need a master…namely me. You may long for the magic of Equestria, but I long for turning their lives upside down with me as their lord and savior."
Grogar then looked down at his hooves and began to chuckle to himself. The more he looked at them, the more he began to grow ambitious at the thought of breaking out of his prison and finishing what he started.
"What amuses you?" asked Tirek. "And why do you look at your hooves, Emperor Grogar?"
"Because I can't just conquer these ponies so easily," remarked Grogar. "You see, there is a weapon that only I can wield, but it is only powered by two sources of power…the elements of harmony and alicorn magic."
To further prove his point, Grogar activated his horns and created a screen that showed a gold hoof glove with six holes in the shape of the Elements of Harmony. Tirek was astonished to see this.
"This is the Chaos Gauntlet," explained Grogar. "With the Elements of Harmony and all of the Alicorn Magic in Equestria, I can power this weapon and have the power to enslave half of life not just in Equestria, but all of the planet as well."
The two creatures of evil then looked over towards the three headed dog, Cerberus, and began to come up with a plan to escape their prisons.
"If you help me escape," said Tirek, smiling evilly. "I promise you to help you obtain the alicorn magic you so desire. There are only two princesses who wield such magic and together, their magic will prove you unstoppable."
Right then and there, a fast friendship was formed between goat and centaur. Now, came the matter in how to distract the guard dog long enough to escape.
Their chance came sooner than expected one night while the pony guards on duty were lax. Only a few guards were on duty.
"What are you doing?" asked Tirek, who watched as Grogar powered up his horns.
"I'm casting a spell to open the door and let the beast out," he replied. "I always find it good for your health to get some exercise."
Grogat then activated another spell, producing a ball to catch Cerberus' attention. Seeing the ball, the three heads became attracted to it and just as Grogar had planned, Cerberus ran through the gates after the ball. Unfortunately, this didn't stop the pony guards from noticing.
"Hey!" one of them cried. "What the…?"
Suddenly, he felt himself collapse to the floor and the other pony guards followed suit. With the guards out of commission, Grogar magically opened the lock to his cell and for the first time in a thousand years, he was freed. Once he was freed, Grogar did the same thing to Tirek's cell, opening the cell and letting him out.
"Free at last! Free at last!" laughed Grogar evilly, who then proceeded to scour the prison for his donkey warriors with Tirek going his own way, draining the magic out of the pony guards. "Come my warriors, the time has come for us to rise again!"
And opening their cages, the donkeys were let out and followed their emperor away from Tartarus. Once he had enough magic to get him out, Tirek followed suit.
"Let's go, we don't have much time!" Tirek cried and while the other prisoners watched, they all made their way through the gates and to freedom.
As they escaped, Grogar, his minions and Tirek, traveled farther and farther away from the prison trying to avoid detection from any guards that had not been affected.
"What will you do now?" asked Tirek.
"I shall return to my kingdom and retake my place," answered Grogar, who was beginning to get thoughts of Tirek being an ally to him. "What will you do?"
"I shall go around Equestria and steal magic until I have it all," the centaur answered, only to be silenced by Grogar. "Of course, the Alicorn magic will be yours for you to take."
"That's better, Tirek. But, I am beginning to get the sense that we might work well together. If you join me…"
"Thanks for your offer, Grogar," interrupted Tirek, holding his hand out to Grogar's face. "But, I work best alone. If I decide to join you, it will be by my own decision, not yours."
"Very well then," sighed Grogar. "But, I can assure you that you are always welcome in Tambeleon."
So, they said their goodbyes and activating a teleportation spell, Grogar and his donkey minions disappeared from Tirek's sight. Soon, they found themselves back in Tambeleon, just as it was the day that they were all captured and taken prisoner.
"My emperor," said a tall donkey, gasping. "We are back home!"
"Yes, we are back home, Lieutenant Bray," chuckled Grogar. "And very soon, we will resume our mission of making Equestria all our own."
Leaving his donkey platoon, Grogar then proceeded to teleport up to his throne room, still in the same condition it was when he was captured. His map was there, the objects that had been broken in the confrontation he had with the Royal Sisters and Thor were still in their places.
"Foolish mares," Grogar muttered as he picked the broken objects off of the floor. "They will all pay dearly for these atrocities. But, of course, I can't do this alone. If I do this alone, then I will suffer the same fate as before. No, I need allies. But whom shall I offer my hoof to?
He proceeded to look down at his map and tried to think of whom to recruit. If Tirek was a possible ally to take part in his quest, then who else would join Grogar? Those were questions that would be answered in due time.
But, their escape didn't go unnoticed. Not far from where his domain once stood, the pony who put Grogar and his minions away awoke from a sudden sleep in Canterlot.
"Sister are you all right?" cried Luna, flinging the door to her sister's bedroom wide open.
"I just had the most horrible dream!" cried Celestia.
"Why do you think I'm here?" asked Luna as Celestia climbed out of her bed. "You know that this wasn't a dream, but a vision."
"Yes, they have escaped from Tartarus. There is no time to waste, if my fears are true, our banishment of Tambeleon will be lifted and Tambeleon will return."
The two sisters looked out the window, wondering what to do now that Grogar had escaped. Of course, they didn't know Tirek had escaped as well, but they would soon find out in due time later on.
"Then, we have no time to waste, sister," said Luna. "Shall we reach out to the humans at S.H.I.E.L.D.?"
It didn't take long for Celestia to give an answer.
"Yes, we must contact the humans at S.H.I.E.L.D. at once," she said, taking a quill and parchment off of her desk and proceeding to write a note while Luna watched. "For if I know what he will do, Luna, war will soon come to Equestria!"
No sooner Celestia said those words did Grogar stand before his map and rising on his rear legs, he spread out his forelegs and cried out in a voice loud enough for all of his kingdom to hear.
"PRINCESS CELESTIA AND PRINCESS LUNA, HEAR ME! FOR I, EMPEROR GROGAR OF TAMBELEON, DECLARE WAR ON YOU AND YOUR PATHETIC KINGDOM OF EQUESTRIA!"