Previous Session: http://mlpg.coluna_quest/625959-luna-quest-20.html /qt/ Thread: http://mlpg.co/qt/res/217221.html >Your first match in the Colosseum is against a griffon by the name of Gavin the Red >You take a nasty hit to your side at the beginning of the fight >After a bit of shield toss, you avoid a headbutt from Gavin who manages to daze himself after colliding with one of the wooden pillars around the arena >The opportunity to make an attack is there, but Gavin recovers before you can land it >The announcer decides to make things more difficult by placing the two of you in a lava pit that opens beneath your feet >Steel beams were your only available footing and even those were disappearing into the sides of the pit >Things get pretty tense after a couple of missed attacks between you and Gavin, but you manage to land a good hit on one of his wings >The heat from the lava pit proves to be too much for Gavin and he almost falls into the pit >You try to save him from falling in, but he slips away from you >Thankfully, a magic barrier keeping you contained to the lava pit was also preventing you from falling into it >A defeated Gavin rises from the pit with the barrier and the announcer claims you victorious >Celestia congratulates you on a well fought match, while Luna has something a bit more important than words >Luna kisses you on the lips, and while you try to kiss her back, the hit you took earlier puts too much strain on you to go further >A little embarrassed by such a display, Celestia leaves the two of you alone and heads for the palace >Gavin is taken away for medical treatment and your told to go into the Gladiator's Lounge to rest until the doctor can check on you.
As you enter the lounge, a lot of the other gladiators are congratulating you and giving you pats on the back. There's a few offers of buying you a drink and joining a few tables. Luna seems to hang back to the side while you have your moment and doesn't want to interrupt. She watches you, a small smile on her face and a faint blush in her cheeks. Luna looks brighter somehow.
"Come, let's hear from our great destroyer," a rather inebriated pony shouts from a nearby table.
Shouts of agreement sound off around you.
"Was Gavin as much of a featherbrain as he looks?" a griffon asks.
You'd love to enjoy a rousing conversation about your victory, but the doctor has come to inspect you and Luna is waiting. Gavin walks in behind the doctor, looking about as fine as ever if a little downhearted, and gives you a solemn nod.
>>628646 "Hey, don't look so down; that was a solid knock you gave me at the start there: if I hadn't managed to get a breather there with that shield nonsense you might have had me!"
The doctor has you sit down and gives you a quick look, taking extra time on the axe strike you took to your side. He says it's a nasty bruise, but nothing more. Leave it be for a few days and you should be fine. Luna seems relieved that it wasn't anything serious. Gavin, who you noticed had been listening closely, seemed pleased by the news as well. Once the doctor had give you the clear, both he and Gavin left the lounge.
"That was quite the fight," Luna says, taking a seat beside you. "You were amazing in battle, as expected."
"Yes, well, you put on a good show with your 'daring rescue' of Gavin the Red," she says. "A few of us in the crowd got lost in the moment with you."
Luna places a hoof on your hand.
"I hope you can forgive me for being too forward," she says, smile fading. "To be perfectly honest, I do not know what came over me. I will admit that there are certain qualities you have that I find attractive, but I never thought they would overtake me to the point of enacting sudden urges."
>>628653 >>628654 "Well if it is anything there more than just a sudden urge" Mimic the kiss she gave us, since we couldn't do it properly last time "know that it's reciprocated" Oh god, is that too cheesy?
"Well if it is anything there more than just a sudden urge" you say and kiss her just as deeply as she'd kissed you in the arena, "know that it's reciprocated."
Luna takes a moment to savor it, taking a deep breath. When she exhales, there's some whistling from the gladiators and a few hushed whispers.
"Shut it, the lot of you," Gavin shouts from the bar, then looks at you. "You'd better be on your way. All patched up and you're relaxing here with the princess?"
"I am afraid he does have a point," Luna says. "Perhaps we should go somewhere else."
There's not really anywhere you can think of to go. The museum Celestia mentioned earlier might be a good place to learn about Glaurumat's mind, but the only thing on your mind is Luna's hoof resting comfortably in your hand. Celestia was pretty embarrassed by Luna's sudden display of affection and you still have to talk to her about the cube and what she's hiding from you and Luna.
>>628661 "Speaking about Celestia, can you tell us where the Princess is right now?"
"Princess Celestia is in her guest room," Pierce informs you. "The Gate to Tartarus and Glaurumat's Mind are nearing preparatory completion, but it is too late to begin the ritual tonight. We shall start first thing in the morning."
With a snap of Pierce's claws, a female dragon appears at his side.
"This is Helen," Pierce says, and she bows. "She will take you to Celestia's room as it's quite easy for newcomers to get lost and it's been many years since Luna has visited."
With that, Pierce bids you a goodnight and Helen leads you away through the many halls of the palace. It's golden halls are lined with tapestries, paintings, sculptures, and all other manners of small fixtures. Luna's hoof isn't attached to you anymore, but she stays close to your side and glances at you occasionally.
Helen stops at a small door carved into a larger one that reaches the dizzying heights of the ceiling, and leaves you and Luna.
"Celestia," Luna says. "Are you there?"
The door opens and Celestia is standing over a desk, studying a few documents.
"I see you've returned," she turns to greet Luna and says your name in surprise. "I should have expected you to come along. How are things between you two?"
Luna blushes as she steps forward, face stern and chest out.
"It is true that I am attracted to my adventuring companion and friend," Luna says, "but it will not interfere with what we have left to do here."
"I don't expect it to," Celestia says. "Feelings aside, I apologize for leaving so suddenly. I needed some time to think things over and thought you would prefer some time alone."
>>628671 "Would I be able to come back? I mean, I miss my friends and family, but…I've made a lot of friends here too." I hope we can at least send a message through. For all we know we could be considered missing and possibly dead to anyone back on Earth who cared about us. I wouldn't want to do that to them.
>>628672 "I understand. Is there something else we should know about it?"
"I kept this from you and Luna because I saw how close the two of you had become," Celestia says. "I knew how hard it would be for Luna to say goodbye to you if you were able to leave. More importantly, if you do, I don't know if you'll be able to come back or even communicate with us."
"We know what we can do with the other mirror, do we not?" Luna asks.
"Harmonyllium naturally opposes chaotic elements, but it's use is unpredictable," Celestia continues and shows you a few of the documents. "The Chains of Harmony are made of this metal and are what have been keeping Tiamat imprisoned for all these years."
The documents she shows you say about as much. A lot of it is theory written by Starswirl himself, but apparently all of it seems inconclusive at the moment.
"Would I be able to come back? I mean, I miss my friends and family, but…I've made a lot of friends here too."
"We don't know until the mirror is made," Celestia answers, "and I don't want to make it unless you plan to use it."
Celestia takes the documents from you and places them back onto the table.
"My question for you is this: If I have the mirror made, will you walk through it, knowing that you might not be able to return?"
Celestia and Luna both watch you intently, with worry, curiosity, fear…
>>628674 If there truly was no way to tell beforehand, then… No. I've already got ties here that I wouldn't want to risk ever severing permanently like that, and we already have a lead on another route that seems like it's two-way. Jingle our keys.
"If there truly was no way to tell beforehand, then… No. I've already got ties here that I wouldn't want to risk ever severing permanently like that, and we already have a lead on another route that seems like it's two-way."
You take the key from your pocket and jingle it on it's chain.
Luna and Celestia smiles.
"Very well," says Celestia. "The harmonyllium can be used for other things, and since you found it, it is yours to do with as you wish."
Celestia uses her magic and levitates the cube before you.
>>628694 Take the cube and stash it away. "Do Star Swirl's notes mention any of those other things? Or is it up to me to find out?"
Also should we ask Celestia to give us back our bag with the bits and Luna's gift? Personally I think we should let her keep it for now and give the gift to Luna before we depart, it would be weird to give it to her now and then say "Cheerio!" and buzz off to hang out with Lucent.
>>628700 "When I arrived at Star Swirl's mansion, he wanted to make sure that I really am what I claim to be, so he dragged me to some kind of magical mind plane. There was a chained up door which Tiamat had already shown me during one of my earlier encounters and Star Swirl tried to open it by force - Luna showed up and interrupted him before he could break the chains, but she didn't look like her usual self but was taller and darker…"
I'm actually not entirely sure anymore what went down with the door and how much we know about it
>>628698 Do you think we're going to actually manage to meet with her? Unless Luna winds up being busy somehow, surely we're going to be spending the night with her after our stunt earlier. We do need to get a message to Lucent somehow, though: I imagine she'll understand (though maybe a little miffed).
>>628705 Oh good, I was just scrambling trying to work out whether to lead with Starswirl or Tiamat and whether we'd told her about Tiamat and… Thanks for the session!
>>628710 I'm not worried about jealousy, just I feel that since there was that whole confession of mutual affection earlier, we should spend today with Luna rather than splitting from her shortly after (maybe we could both go with Lucent, but that'd only be if Luna wanted to). That said, the upcoming chat about the Nightmare Moon Strikes Back incident is gonna toss plans into the air depending on how both Celestia and Luna react to it. Hell, we might wind up having the spend the night with STARSWIRL so he can pick our brains rather than either of them.
>>628707 "When I arrived at Star Swirl's mansion, he wanted to make sure that I really am what I claim to be, so he dragged me to some kind of magical mind plane. There was a chained up door which Tiamat had already shown me during one of my earlier encounters and Star Swirl tried to open it by force - Luna showed up and interrupted him before he could break the chains, but she didn't look like her usual self but was taller and darker…"
Celestia's eyes widen and she stares at Luna.
"Nightmare Moon?" she asks. "But that's not possible."
"He speaks the truth, sister," Luna says, hanging her head. "Though I am not sure how, Nightmare Moon was able to manifest herself momentarily and take over my body."
"Was anyone hurt?" Celestia asks.
Luna shakes her head.
"No," Luna answers. "I do not recall what triggered my transformation, only that I was with one of our wounded guards one moment, and in his dream the next."
"And what did you find out about the door?" Celestia asks, turning to you.
>>629260 >"And what did you find out about the door?" Celestia asks, turning to you. "Not much. There is a small window on it that resembles Luna's cutie mark and Merlin claimed that the only memories he could find in my mind where from the moment I arrived in the castle garden, everything before that was hidden behind the door."
>>629261 I think its too late for that now, Celestia already knows. But you can add whatever we didn't mention so far.
>>629261 Aaand it wasn't updating until after I posted, great. Ack, I didn't think that response we gave was going to count since it was after the end, otherwise I would have chimed in more about it
>>629260 It was a door with a moon symbol, a wind, and covered in locked chains. I tried to look through the window when Tiamat first showed it and some force burst against it from the inside, but that's about all I know.
>>629262 He also seemed to think that I'd be able to open it, but I resisted initially because anything with those chains that Tiamat was interested in must be bad news, and he started forcing it open before I had a chance to think on it properly.
>>629262 "Not much. There is a small window on it that resembles Luna's cutie mark and Merlin claimed that the only memories he could find in my mind where from the moment I arrived in the castle garden, everything before that was hidden behind the door."
"Or so I assume," Starswirl says as he enters the room. "Glad to see you're caught up, Celestia."
"Starswirl," Celestia asks, "what does the door have to do with him?"
Starswirl looks at you.
"Well.." he says.
>>629263 It was a door with a moon symbol, a wind, and covered in locked chains. I tried to look through the window when Tiamat first showed it and some force burst against it from the inside, but that's about all I know," you tell her. "He also seemed to think that I'd be able to open it, but I resisted initially because anything with those chains that Tiamat was interested in must be bad news, and he started forcing it open before I had a chance to think on it properly."
"It's locked up for a reason and I want to know why," Starswirl says. "Tiamat showed it to you for a reason, which means she wants what's inside it. If it's something we can use to defeat her, then we need to get it first. Of course, the only way to find out…"
Starswirl materializes a seat next to him, the same seat that he had you in the first time he poked around your mind.
>>629264 You seem to be making a huge leap there in assuming "something Tiamat wants out" is something that'll help us defeat her, and not something that will cause us a ton of trouble.
If it's something she wouldn't want us to open, why would she show it to us? She even said that "There's nothing we can do right now" about the locks" when she showed it to me, so the only reason she had to bring it up was to make sure I knew about it.
>>629265 Yeah, we're probably going to do that (It's almost certainly going to be the reason for our fall from the sky), but I want to hear Starswirl give a good reason for what he's pushing: Thus far he's been nothing but suspiciously pushy.
>>629265 "Or we end up doing her a favor and unleashing whatever is hidden behind the door instead of keeping it trapped," you say. "You seem to be making a huge leap there in assuming 'something Tiamat wants out' is something that'll help us defeat her, and not something that will cause us a ton of trouble. If it's something she wouldn't want us to open, why would she show it to us? She even said that 'There's nothing we can do right now about the locks' when she showed it to me, so the only reason she had to bring it up was to make sure I knew about it."
"He has a point," Luna says, stepping up beside you. "Tiamat may not know anything about the door. She has been drifting around in his mind longer than you have and may have stumbled across it in much the same manner."
"I'm afraid I have to agree with Starswirl," Celestia says. "If there is something behind the door that we can use against Tiamat, we should try and find out. As for the locks, I believe we already have the key."
"You ready to-" Lucent says as she enters the room.
Rather than her guard outfit, she's sporting a lovely, powder blue dress with a matching flower resting in her hair. There's a smile on her face when she sees you, but upon spotting Starswirl, she instantly glowers at him and lowers her body, ready to charge.
"You again," Lucent growls. "Don't you touch him."
Starswirl rolls his eyes.
"Now isn't the best time for interruptions," he says. "Luna, please remove your guard so that we can carry on with more important matters.
>>629275 Good to see the tact you applied to my mind extends to your interactions in the real world, Starswirl.
Hey Lucent. Afraid that "I don't know what my schedule's going to be" thing seems to have come back to bite me: Celestia wants me to finish off the stuff from back at the mansion, so we're about to have a go at it again, this time WITH supervision. I don't really have any idea of how long this is going to take.
>>629276 "No one is getting removed," you say, turning to Lucent. "It's alright Lucent, he wasn't trying to force me to do anything this time."
"If you say so," Lucent stands. "What's going on here anyway?"
>>629277 "Afraid that 'I don't know what my schedule's going to be' thing seems to have come back to bite me: Celestia wants me to finish off the stuff from back at the mansion, so we're about to have a go at it again, this time WITH supervision," you tell her. "I don't really have any idea of how long this is going to take."
"Fine with me as long as I get to come," Lucent says, walking over next to the seat. "I'm keeping our promise, even if I gotta spend the whole time protecting you from this psycho."
"She has no place here," Starswirl pleads with Luna and Celestia.
"Good to see the tact you applied to my mind extends to your interactions in the real world, Starswirl," you tell him.
"I do not favor the situation either," Luna says, looking to Lucent and then to you, "but if it is what my partner desires…"
"Foolishness," Starswirl hisses as he sits himself in front of the chair. "Have a seat then."
"Don't worry," Luna tells you. "Celestia, Lucent, and I will be with you the whole time, and if I become Nightmare Moon again…"
She stops and looks at the chair, to Celestia, then back to you. She doesn't really know what to say next, but you can see that she's hoping you understand.
>>629279 Taking a seat, Starswirl has you drink some materialized tea to relax you. In moments, you're back in the dream world of space and stars. This time though, you're not bound by Starswirl's magic power and everyone in the room is here with you.
"Pretty," Lucent says as she walks around, staring at the cosmos surrounding her.
Lucent spots the door and approaches it. No flashing lights, no crumbling door, and no Tiamat. Everything is rather calm.
Huh, looking back, it seems that every time we've dreamed with Luna or Tiamat or Starswirl, it's continued the dreamscape from the previous dream. The sea of stars is what we crafted to replace the exploding sun and shattered moon from our first nightmare of Tiamat, and has remained between further destruction from the dragonlady and new islands from our hide-and-seek match with Luna (which were then again destroyed by Tiamat when she did the door thing).
>>629298 "Touché…Well, let's not waste time then."
You take the key and turn it in the lock. The chains fall away from the door and the steel frame around it crumbles to dust. All that's left now is the onyx door before you with the symbol of Luna's cutie mark, glowing brightly now. Luna wasn't going through any changes and whatever was behind the door wasn't trying to force it's way out. The door opens up and behind it is darkness. Pure and simple. Nothing more.
There should have been something in here from the way the light shone outward, but there doesn't seem to be anything here now. You haven't actually gone in yet. Lucent is waiting for you to lead the way. She gives you a smile and a nod.
I can't believe I didn't realize what the key was meant for when we saw the door - it even did funny things with the moonlight, giving us a hint at being related to Luna, just like her cutie mark on the door
You step inside and darkness takes a hold of everything. You are consumed by it and the space around you disappears into its void. You can't move your body and while you can feel yourself looking around, you can't see or sense anything. And then you look down.
The bright light you saw from outside the door is rising up from beneath you and getting larger the closer it gets to you. It floats its way before you and speaks in your voice.
"We've been waiting," it says. "We were wondering just when you were going to let the rest of us out. Having a grand old time with the princess, eh?"
>>629307 I kinda expected it pretty soon after we first encountered them (We don't know how we got here, but we've got a mysterious key that we don't remember getting and a door that contains our memories but has a lock on it, hmmm), but never mentioned it since we didn't have any intention of trying to open it until now, and Celestia beat me to it
>>629313 Pet theory I've been nursing: Starswirl went on about how humans (and other dimension-displaced creatures) cause disturbances when they show up, but that there's been nary a ripple from us, and while he verified all the memories we've seen as real, he didn't get far enough to verify anything before we got here: We're not actually a human, we're something from Equestria that's pretending to be.
Except human is an odd thing to pick and the memories are oddly specific and complete, if we assume we've got full memory of "our" world.
>>629316 You say forgotten, but all of this was pretty well locked. That wasn't just a little bit of forgetfulness. Not to mention the full suite of non-star memories. Are you sure you've got the right guy?
>>629316 "I don't think I follow - could you repeat that in a less cryptic form?" you ask. "If I'm the stars then why do I look like…this?"
"Legend has it that on the longest day of the thousandth year, the stars will aid in her escape," the light says. "And indeed we did aid in her escape, or at least a part of us did. You are that part of us."
>>629321 "You say forgotten, but all of this was pretty well locked. That wasn't just a little bit of forgetfulness. Not to mention the full suite of non-star memories. Are you sure you've got the right guy?"
"You have forgotten us," it answers. "We have not forgotten you. It took you time, over one-thousand years to be exact, but you managed to separate yourself from us and become what you are now. The form you exist in is a form you took from one of the many worlds and universes we inhabit. Though we must say, we could have done better."
"In that time," it continues, "you not only managed to separate yourself from us, but you also managed to create your own memories and personality, and fall in love with Princess Luna. Again."
>>629327 "Wait, what exactly do you mean I aided in her escape? Whose escape, Luna's or Nightmare Moon's?"
"It is true that the Elements of Harmony imprisoned Nightmare Moon, and it was Nightmare Moon who was released," the light answers. "We have always loved Princess Luna and Nightmare Moon and it was that love that drove us to release her. A love so strong that it manifested itself into the being that stands before us."
>>629335 We'll be able to separate again, right? Despite how much better you think you might have been able to do, Luna seems pretty fond of this form and person. I'm not going to leave her unless I have to, and if you're the same, then you won't expect me to.
>>629341 "This sounds like some kind of weird possession thing, I'm not sure if I'm cool with that" you say. "New body? What's wrong with this one?"
"Absolutely nothing," the light says as it comes closer. "It is nothing more than a change in form for us."
>>629343 "We'll be able to separate again, right? Despite how much better you think you might have been able to do, Luna seems pretty fond of this form and person. I'm not going to leave her unless I have to, and if you're the same, then you won't expect me to."
"No," it says, drifting back and forth before you. "We will not be able to separate again unless there is need for it, and once we are together, you will know when that will be. And no, we do not expect you to leave Luna nor would we want to."
>>629349 I dunno, I think this could be a good thing. It's our chance to become powerful enough to stand up to Tiamat, and if these guys are as enamored with Luna as we are then they're more likely to be allies than enemies. I say we go for it.
>>629361 "Well, up until five minutes ago I thought I was a human and not a star, so I'm not sure anymore"
>>629354 >Well that's still pretty cryptic. Hope you don't mind if I call in an expert on stars to help translate. She's kinda got a say in the matter too, I'd say. Also what Anon said here might be a good idea or a really bad one, depending on if they are lying to us
>>629363 "Well, up until five minutes ago I thought I was a human and not a star, so I'm not sure anymore" you say. "Well that's still pretty cryptic. Hope you don't mind if I call in an expert on stars to help translate. She's kinda got a say in the matter too, I'd say."
You try to dream up a portal, allowing Luna inside, but you are unable.
"Allow us," the light says, as a perfect hole in the darkness allows Luna to fall away from Celestia.
The hole closes the moment she's through and Luna manages to land on all fours.
"Where am I?" Luna asks, and then turns to you. "Is everything alright? You ventured into the darkness and then I fell into a strange portal."
>>629372 "When you say guard, do you mean warden?"
"We do not," it says. "We did not imprison her, nor did we wish to see her imprisoned. Princess Luna, or Nightmare Moon, we would not dare allow her to remain a prisoner. She is our Princess, no matter her form, and we treated her as such."
>>629379 "Then why did Nightmare Moon stop Star Swirl from opening the door?"
"There is no doubt that Nightmare Moon was protecting us from the great force that threatened to destroy us," it says. "When you became what you are, it was not your intention to seal us away, merely a consequence of your action. To become your own being, you had to separate yourself from us. Now that you have gained your own form, one that you have successfully sustained with your own power, you may reclaim what you have lost, and we may become whole once more."
>>629381 It's really hard to judge their emotions on anything, really. The closest thing to anything other that bland "we are you, you are us, these are the facts" from them is that little bit of sass when they first popped up. >>629311
>>629384 "So you if you do not disapprove of me freeing Nightmare Moon and actually did resent the idea of her being imprisoned, why didn't you free her way before I did? I am but one and you are many, it should have been an easy thing for you."
"And what happened to Lucent? The pony which accompanied me when I entered?"
>>629384 I'm almost convinced. That pretty much matches what I was thinking as the reason why there'd be a lock there if there's no threat. I want to know why it was necessary for us to split in the first place, though.
>>629386 This seems like it'd lead to an answer to that question.
>>629386 "So you if you do not disapprove of me freeing Nightmare Moon and actually did resent the idea of her being imprisoned, why didn't you free her way before I did? I am but one and you are many, it should have been an easy thing for you."
"You misunderstand," it says. "You could not free her without us. You were our longing to see her freed, but without us, you could not free her. Our desire to be with her after she was freed, you could not do with all of us, as we no longer had a sole desire to bring us together. Our existence was merely to serve the Princess. Yours was to be with her, always."
Princess Luna's face is a dark shade of red against the light of the stars.
"And what happened to Lucent? The pony which accompanied me when I entered?"
"We did not allow her to enter, as she was not important to us," it says, "but we shall bring her in if you so wish."
"Would you mind sending them a notice that Luna's alright," you say.
"Yes," it says, opening up another portal beneath Luna.
There's a short yelp from Luna as she falls through the portal and it closes behind her.
>>629397 "You guys just said that my desire to always be with her is impossible to fulfill when we are one," you say. "How did I even manage to have a desire different from the rest of your's when we were essentially one?"
"To put it simply," the light says. "The heart wants what the heart wants."
>>629400 "You guys are really making my head hurt… I do have another question though: Why is it relevant for you that we become one again?"
"We desire it," it says. "As it is, we are incomplete without you, and can not serve the Princess as efficiently in our current state. We were restrained after all. Just as the door was your way in. You are our way out."
>>629407 Nuts to Starswirl. I say we ask them to *gently* bring Luna back so we can explain it all to her, then, if she isn't opposed, we merge so we've got the power to properly help out with the draconian debacle.
>>629414 Bleh, more words. We do need to do Luna alone to cover the whole "physical embodiment of the love of the universe for you" dealie without causing her to blush hard enough to outshine Celestia's sun.
>>629418 The joke's even dumber because apparently they're our stars, too. That's supposedly how we rustled up a human form and history. …Does that mean there's apparently a non-star version of us out here somewhere?
>>629421 "Did you tell the others what's going on? I hope they weren't too worried at your sudden disappearance."
"Lucent is not at all pleased with being denied access to this place," Luna explains. "Celestia is glad I have not turned into Nightmare Moon, and Starswirl was certain there was a great evil behind the door until it spat me back out. Why am I being brought here again?"
"I do not know, Princess," the light answers. "Ask him."
>>629422 "They want me to become one with them again. Apparently I split off from them and that was the only way to free Nightmare Moon from her imprisonment. They claim that nothing would change, that I remain who I am but more capable of helping you defeating Tiamat"
>>629426 >Apparently I split off from them and that was the only way to free Nightmare Moon from her imprisonment I thought that the idea was that the stars did that, and that we split off shortly after so that they (Or the love that lead to them freeing her) could be with her.
>>629424 "They want to merge with me. 'Become one with me,' as they put it. Like we were back in the good ol' days."
"It all sounds so very strange," Luna says, "to think that you are the very stars that freed Nightmare Moon, but if they wish to help, then I would not refuse them. We will require as much assistance as possible in detaining Tiamat."
"We live to serve you, Princess," the light lowers itself before her.
Should we also get anyone else in here or just proceed with the merging? Lucent will probably be pretty upset if we don't ask her on her opinion, but then again, I don't think she would agree to it anyway.
>>629432 I say do the thing. We did say to her that it was something we had to do on our own. Sorry Lucent. Hopefully the swarm of cryptic bastards in our head won't tone us down too much, they claimed we'd got to the point now where we could be individualized whilst having connection to them.
>>629434 "If Luna's alright with it…then let's make this happen."
"Yes," the light says as it floats closer towards you.
It slowly disappears into your chest and everything around you turns dark again. You don't feel any different, but your whole body has a strange glow to it. The glow becomes brighter and brighter with each passing second until the darkness surrounding you breaks apart and shatters away to the outside world of your dream. The light fades away until it forms a tiny ball in your hand. It doesn't talk, and you can tell it never will because it's a part of you. Willing the light away, you look around at everyone and explain what happened inside the darkness.
Starswirl, satisfied with an answer, now has a new curiosity about just what you can do with your recovered power. Celestia is just happy the two of you are safe, while Lucent is just going to accept whatever happened and try to understand it as you go along.
Finished with the dream, you wake up in the chair and remember that you've got one more thing to take care of. Lucent gives a quick wave of her hoof to the door and waits outside for you.
As much as you love Luna, you did make a promise to Lucent. It wouldn't be the best thing to back out on it now, but you're sure she'd understand if you explained the situation to her. Celestia has somethings to look over before bed, so she'll still be up for a while if you have anything you need to talk about. Luna is also free for the rest of the night, but she's thinking if going to bed a little early. Both her and Celestia are going to need to be fully rested before the forging of the Chains of Harmony tomorrow.