Chapter 8: Adventures in the clouds Unexpected
Rainbow and Fluttershy are flying among the decayed buildings of a long abandoned and dilapidated Pegasus cloud city that overlooks Dream Valley. The stone structures on the mountain and the cloud structures around the mountain remain intact, yet show signs of long neglect.
Rainbow looks at the time neglected structures and then tells Fluttershy, “I’m sure that somewhere in these ruins are the homes that our ancestors once lived and worked in, laughed and loved in.”
Fluttershy replied, “Ponies hating other ponies turned this once beautiful city into an abandoned ruin.”
Both Pegasus ponies gasp as they fly lower and slower, and then landing before the front gates of a grand structure.
After Rainbow reads the inscription in the arch above the gates, Rainbow in an excited voice told Fluttershy. “I can’t believe this is Commander Hurricane’s palace. I wonder if we can recover anything for the Dream Valley National Museum and the Ponyville Museum.”
A happy Rainbow and a timid Fluttershy walk into Commander Hurricane’s palace. The palace appears to have been deserted in a hurry, with belongings scattered on the ornate floor. Paintings hang on crooked angles on the walls, while furniture sits in piles, awaiting pony furniture movers that never came to collect them.
With an even more excited voice, Rainbow said, “I can’t, I can’t believe that I’m walking in … Commander Hurricane’s palace. I can’t believe that I’m walking on the same floors that so many generations of great Pegasus ponies have walked on.”
In a meek voice, Fluttershy said, “Ponies, please pardon our intrusion.”
Rainbow rolls her eyes, saying “Fluttershy, there is nopony here to apologize to.”
Rainbow points to a grand dining hall with heroic portraits of famous Pegasus military leaders. Rainbow said, “From reading Commander Hurricane’s confidential journal, this is where he and his staff ate their last meal in Dream Valley.”
Rainbow then makes a yucky face as he walks past the discarded tables, covered by faded tablecloths and dirty dishes. Rainbow then said, “It looks like the Pegasus ponies were in such a hurry to leave that they didn’t take the time to wash their dishes before they flew away to find a new homeland.”
Rainbow and Fluttershy walk into an ornate bedroom. The furniture and floor are covered in discarded clothing. Fluttershy walks over to inspect the commander’s writing desk.
With her hoof, Fluttershy picks up a snow globe that contains a miniature of the Pegasus city. Fluttershy shakes it with her hoof and the globe appears to be snowing on the miniature Pegasus city. Fluttershy puts the snow globe down with a sad expression on her face. Fluttershy told Rainbow, “How ironic that Commander Hurricane would own a snow globe of this city. I wonder what other secrets we’ll find here.”
“I don’t know,” Rainbow replied. “But, we will never know until we make the effort to explore this stronghold and the city around it.”
These two Pegasus friends walk into a room that’s full of pony armor and weapons still on rows of racks.
With a shocked face, Fluttershy says, “Oh my, look at all the weapons.”
“Fluttershy, of course there would be weapons here. After all, Commander Hurricane took pride in governing “a mighty tribe of warriors”. Rainbow Dash shines as if illuminated by a theater spotlight. “And thus, you shouldn’t be surprised that warrior ponies would make and keep so many weapons.”
Fluttershy responded by saying, “Look at all the metal that could have been used to make miniatures of Rainbow Dash.”
“That is correct, wait, what do you say?”
Fluttershy blushes and then adds, “Well, I’m very thankful that Pegasus ponies have grown out of our ancestors’ warlike behavior.”
“I’m also happy that we Pegasus no longer live for battle nor do we look down upon our earthbound kindred.”
“When we’re flying high in the sky, it is kind of hard not to look down on Earth and Unicorn ponies.”
“What, oh that was a joke? Nice one, Fluttershy.”
Rainbow looks around the armory and sees a full-body suit of Pegasus armor that has enclosed wing and tail covers inside a locked steel cage. “The inscription says that this armor belonged to Commander Updraft, the first pony commander. Commander Updraft claimed that her unique armor increased her agility, endurance, speed, and ability to summon combat thunderstorms. But, only a very few exceptional Pegasus ponies have been able to fly while wear it without crashing.”
Rainbow adds, “I wonder why Commander Hurricane left that valuable armor here and why it was locked up in a steel cage. Why haven’t I heard about Commander Updraft’s magical armor before today? Anyway Fluttershy, it looks like we got some work ahead of us. We need to find or have some craft ponies build a Pegasus transport wagon, and then start getting the best of these artifacts to our airship.”
“There may still be Pegasus Air Force cargo carts in the cloud city armory. Um, Rainbow, what are you thinking about?”
“I was thinking that if I repaired and restored Commander Hurricane’s palace, I’d own a home that’s as big and grand as Canterlot castle. I’d have to convince some Pegasus ponies to move to Dream Valley to maintain such a gigantic home. But, living in this palace would be so awesome!”
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Copyright © 2010 Lauren Faust, Hasbro Studios, and DHX Media