SkyPhazer wrote:Manehattan. The Great City of Advancement. In the Center of the Town lies the great Center Park, a Decorated Garden maintained by The Great Botanist, Hedge Trimmer.
If you need to go someplace fast, you could try Mane Center Station, which takes Ponies where they need to go faster than normal.
If aquiring Items is more in your Forte, you can go to one of the many shops here in Manehattan. There's at least one on every street.
The Tallest Building here in Manehattan, is a Giant Silver Building called the Equestrian Senate Building. Here, you can contact the local Peacekeeper General, should you need assistance with anything.
Knight Tyrfang wrote:"Hahaha! I really should get into art!" chuckled Gnafryt, as he spray painted his nickname, Prank, on the side of a building in an alleyway.
The last time he had this much fun with art utensils, was when he was in Canterlot, and drew mustaches on as many portraits as he could. Today was probably his second day in Manehattan, scoping out good places to find the materials for his pranks. He already had set up his little mischief machine earlier in the day, so now he was just spraying random graffiti everywhere. Though, he already did do a large smiley face
on the side of the Equestrian Senate Building, he was having a lot of fun just signing his name everywhere.
The spray can then started spluttering, and then refused to spray any more paint.
"Aw...Well, I was getting bored of spray painting anyways." Prank said, tossing the can down the alley. "Hmm...The prank should've gotten bigger by now... Did something happen? I'll have to go check on it..."
He then trotted out of the alleyway, checked if anypony was watching, and headed off to the Central Trotting Park.
Knight Tyrfang wrote:Prank arrived at the Central Trotting Park, and snuck down to one of the gardener's sheds dotting the area. Prank had heard that recently, the gardener manning that shed was fired, Something about "eating the plants". Prank didn't care, as long as he was undisturbed, he was happy. He had taken pictures of the area, and taped hem onto the security cameras. Within the shed, he had set up a rather large box made of bread. He didn't know how to make a bread-box, but aparentally a baker in downtown Manehattan did. Within the box, he put a few Parasprites. He caught the little creatures on one of his Poison Joke Harvesting sessions back in Ponyville.
"Hmmm...the stupid things should've gotten out of the box by now, so what's the issue?" Prank muttered, approaching the door. He then heard a large amount of fluttering within.
"Ah, consarnit! I should've known! The dumb things don't even know how to open a door!" Prank said, annoyed. He opened the door, and was knocked down by a swarm of Parasprites flying out.
"Finally! After this, Manehattan should be devastated! This'll be hilarious!" Prank said, laughing. He couldn't help but feel giddy, seeing the Parasprites fly towards the downtown area.
Knight Tyrfang wrote:Suddenly, Prank heard sirens.
"Ah crap, it's the copponies! I should split!" Prank said, cursing. He then galloped away from Central Trotting Park, and galloped as fast as he could through alley ways, and parked carts.
"Alright, they probably don't know who pulled that prank, but I shouldn't relax until I reach the city limits..." Prank muttered.
Eventually, he reached the city limits. That was when he heard the first scream of panic. He couldn't help but grin. He then trotted off cheerily into the Hoofterland, humming a happy tune.
Korkoa wrote:A unicorn named Flame Mane walked out of the Equestrian Senate Building. He had just become a full-time Peacekeeper, and was supposed to go to Canterlot to pick up his new armor. It seemed a strange way for the system to work, but Flame wasn't complaining. He'd never been to Canterlot before, and... Was that a scream? Flame's ears perkep up as he ran out to the street, and he skidded to a stop when he saw the hoard of Parasprites. Oh boy... Where did they come from?! There hadn't been a Parasprite infestation in Manehattan in... In forever! Well, he had to help somehow... Flame stepped into the street, his horn glowing. A wall of fire shot up in front of him, halting the parasprites advance into the city. His control over fire had helped when he was a firefighter, and now it seemed to be useful for pest control too!
MagusZeal wrote:Two weeks ago Mustang awoke without an idea who he was or why he was sleeping in the middle of a decimated battlefield with a nasty puncture wound in his flank. If not for a note written in what he later determined to be his own writing he wouldn't have even been sure of his name. Yet the red stallion still wasn't sure why the note bid him towards Manehatten or even why he was following it at all. Still he was here, even if his leg still ached with each step.
For the last two days he kept to the side streets and the less crowded stores unsure just how infamous he was, or if he was even known as a member of the Draconic Alliance. Judging from the few Peacekeepers he spoke to though his name didn't seem to raise any alerts or concerns, though his gryphon companion Razorclaw was another matter.
Given how rare it was for a pony to turn their flank to Equestria he knew his superiors wouldn't let him go to Manehatten alone. Still it meant he had some backup if somepony did recognize him, or worse something were to happen.
Early in the morning the pair split so each could handle a few morning chores with the intention of meeting outside Mane Center Station before lunch. The idea was Razorclaw and Mustang was fine with it, he was getting tired of taking the long way round anyhow. More importantly the few stores they found over the last two days weren't what Mustang was looking for and something was pushing the stallion towards the larger stores. His only wish was that he knew what it was he was seeking in this city.
Venturing out into the major streets he took notice that few ponies gave him more than a polite nod or hello as he made his way to Mane Center Station. Noting the time he broke into a trot not wanting to be late for the rendezvouses. Drawing closer he could see Razorclaw when the first screams came echoing down the streets from Central Trotting Park.
Sliding to a stop the unicorn turns to see what could only be described as a rapidly thinning wave of creatures swarming through the streets. ”Parasprites, here?!” the thought and knowledge of what the creatures were made him pause for a moment as ponies ran past him. It wasn't till somepony slammed into him and sending the stallion sprawling to the street that his mind began to process the sitaution. ”Worry about it later Mustang, bigger things are a foot.”
Getting to his feet he glances back towards Razorclaw motioning for the gryphon to join him.
Korkoa wrote:Razorclaw saw Mustang motion him forward and ducked to the next bush up. Ever since the war started, Gryphons weren't a welcome sight in Manehattan. It'd been hard enough finding the shops where Gryphons were welcome this morning, and having rotten apples thrown at him in the streets wasn't an experience he'd like to repeat. He finally made his way next to Mustang and chuckled at the sight of the Parasprites. "Hehe... Look at the little ponies run! Hey maybe we should catch a few of those little fuzzballs, take them back to the Keep and breed them into weapons, eh?"
Flame Mane kept pushing the Parasprites down Mane Street with his fire wall. He knew that Mane Street emptied out into the Hoofterlands, if he could get the Parasprites out there they'd leave...
MagusZeal wrote:A soft chuckles escapes Mustangs lips, "Weaponize, that's simple you find someone stupid enough to use some magic to make them eat inedible material instead of normal food." Again the unfamiliar thought came up, even as the stallion watches the parasprites start spreading out. Thinking for a moment he stops noting the Razorclaw looking at him, "No I can't do that, not even sure if anypony living could pull off something like that."
"Sides if this gets out of hand we'll be fighting over a wasteland," Looking around the unicorn spots a flash of flame further down a street. Crouching lower Mustang turns towards the flames a smile spreading on his face, "So how are you at herding?"
Korkoa wrote:Razorclaw raised an eyebrow and shrugged. "I think I can handle herding a few parasprites. What did you have in mind?"
MagusZeal wrote:"No hesitation, perfect." Pointing a hoof towards the flames further down the street Mustang looks to the skies noting the general chaos that engulfs the city. "We're going to be heroes, and that's where we'll pull it off." He could still see a dozen or more pegasus in the air.
Korkoa wrote:Razorclaw raised his other eyebrow. "So... We herd the fuzzballs into the fire? Sounds good to me, I like burning stuff!" Normally he'd have taken more charge in the situation, but that annoying little dragon, Scales, had told him to just observe how Mustang did. God, he hated Scales...
MagusZeal wrote:"Close enough, round up any pegasus you can and get them to herd every parasprite towards the Equestrian Senate Building. I'll move up and assist who ever that is in containing them," he hoped. "If we're lucky we can end this and get us some breathing room." He could only hope Razorclaw understood what he was trying to do as he kept scanning the sky.
Korkoa wrote:"Aww great, interaction with Pegasi..." Razorclaw muttered, before taking off. He swiftly flew after the largest group of Pegasi, and relayed the plan: Herd the little buggers towards that wall of fire. After gathering together a few more of the flying ponies, Razorclaw got to work herding the Parasprites towards the wall of flame...
MagusZeal wrote:Waiting only for Razerclaw to take to the sky, Mustang gallops down the street towards the crackling walls of flame. With every stride the stallion was thankful the street was finally clearing, "How the buck am I going to contain these things?"
Up ahead he could see the walls were trying to direct the parasprites out of town, "Good idea he, but to soon." He was still to far to be heard by anypony directing the flames. "Need to contain them and search for stragglers, a loaner can restart this entire infestation again," again knowledge was coming from somewhere and he wasn't sure where from.
Noticing his hoof falls slowing the stallion shakes his head focusing on the task ahead, "Not important right now, gotta contain these things, but how?" Words began to leap in his minds eye yet only one held any real meaning to him. Looking frantically at the refuse left in the streets by the fleeing ponies he quickly rejects the idea before turning back towards the towering rooftops. "Telekinesis a water tower? No a water tower's not large enough, need something larger."
Again the words from the note came forth as he drew close enough to feel the flames heat. Pressing on he began working through each as they came, "Meteor Hoof?" At the thought he could feel a familiar tingle run through his horn, only to cease as the stallion tripped over his own hooves. Skidding the rest of the way on his chin the unicorn stops a few feet from one of the flaming walls as his long coat flips over his head obscuring his sight. In exasperated tone he mutters to the air, "Yeah that defiantly won't help."
Korkoa wrote:Flame Mane jumped in surprise as another unicorn skidded to a stop beside him. The distraction nearly caused the flame wall to fall, but he caught it in time. "Um... Can I help you?"
MagusZeal wrote:"Cotan'em," Mustang's muzzle felt numb. Sitting up the unicorn ignored the long coat dangling over his face as his foreleg began massaging his jaw. "That one is defiantly out. Hope I didn't dislocate anything."
Korkoa wrote:Flame Mane looked quizzically at the new unicorn. "Contain them? I dunno, I was thinking I'd get the bulk of them out of here, then deal with the rest, but I suppose your plan works too." The glow around Flame's horn brightened, and another wall sprung up, completely containing the Parasprites.
Skarloth wrote:IC Lightning Blast - Manehattan - Fighting the Swarm:
An Alicorn. A rare sight to some Ponies, even rarer for the other species who never saw the two Princesses. This Alicorn's name was Lightning Blast, and he was one of the Peacekeepers, an order of.. well, Peacekeepers. They fought against the Dragon menace that had come back to the peaceful land of Equestria; well, if anyone was in Manehattan right now, they wouldn't consider Equestria so peaceful.
He flew through the air, just trying to find the main swarm so that he could help contain them; he spotted a cell of fire containing a large swarm of Parasprites. He flew down to talk to the Pony who seemed to be controlling the flames, and spoke to him, "Do you have the whole swarm? Or are there more floating around?" he said, raising his voice over the roaring flames.
Korkoa wrote:Flame looked up and saw Lightning Blast, who he recognized as a fellow Peacekeeper. "I've got the bulk of the swarm contained, and the Pegasi should be working on rounding the rest up! " He cried.
MagusZeal wrote:Still massaging his chin Mustang flicks he head back throwing the long coat back in place he barely notices the Alicorn floating nearby, "Thair's more out thair, but twust me. I've gat a fwend marswelling the pigasui." Shaking his head for a moment, Mustang takes a moment to work his jaw. "Okay, what about this Magus Star thing?" Again the thought brought a tingling sensation to his horn only this time he could see the dark glow emanating from it.
Skarloth wrote:IC Lightning Blast - Manehattan - Talking to Flame and Mustang:
Lightning nodded to Flame, and then turned to Mustang, who he did not recognize, "Who are you, Unicorn?" he asked, flying lower to the ground to get a better look at the Pony. "And where is this friend of yours? I need to find him so I can help him and those Pegasi," he said, awaiting a response from Mustang.
MagusZeal wrote:Stretching his tongue for a moment Mustang shakes his head again as the tingle grows stronger, "Sorry, names Mustang. Razorclaw shouldn't be hard to find, he's the only grphyon in the air," a quick glance skyward shows parasprites and pegasui darting through the sky, "I think."
Turning towards the speaker Mustang's horn stops glowing instantly as the feeling in his horn faded, "You're an alicorn?!"
SkyPhazer wrote:SKY PHAZER -
Oh no. No no no no. NO.
This isn't how the day usually goes. Usually, it's "Wake Up, Get Ready, and Deliver Messages". Today, it was "Wake Up, Panic, Run Around Screaming due to the Parasprites".
And NOW, a Giant wall of fire was in my way.
Through the Flames, I could see a Two Unicorns... and... an... Alicorn? What on earth is an Alicorn doing here?
"Hey, uh... you guys? Am I supposed to be on THIS side of the wall of fire?"
A Terrible Shock came to me. "Oh no... I didn't forget to pay my Electric Bill, did I? I knew they were changing Policies, but, I never thought Parasprites and Giant Walls of FIRE was part of it... I didn't vote for this!"
I swatted several Parasprites away from me. Great. This was just GREAT.
Skarloth wrote:IC Lightning Blast - Manehattan - Talking to Mustang:
Lightning looked at his wings, and then back to Mustang, "Oh, I guess I am. Huh... never noticed," he said, sarcasm dripping from his voice. He cracked a chuckle, and spoke again, "Yes, I'm an Alicorn, one of the few alive. Name's Lightning Blast, by the way," he said, turning his attention to the other side of the wall of fire. He noticed a Pegasus on the other side, and he looked to Flames, "There's someone on the other side, get them out of there, I need to find this Razorclaw Gryphon," he said, taking off higher into the air to search.
Korkoa wrote:Flame Mane was ignoring the conversation around him, focusing on the flame wall he was generating. Then... Of course. "Um... Yeah, you're not supposed to be there!" He focused some more and a small opening appeared in the flame wall. "Come on, get out of there!"
SkyPhazer wrote:SKY PHAZER -
Oh good. An opening.
I quickly ran through the opening, turned around, and pointed a hoof at the wall of fire.
"If THAT is how you guys are dealing with unpaid Electric Bills, I'm moving out of town!"
Korkoa wrote:Flame managed to close the hole before too many Parasprites escaped, then turned to Sky Phazer. "Actually, I'm trying to contain the little vermin so we can get rid of them, I had no idea you were in there, I swear!"
MagusZeal wrote:Barely paying attention to the unicorn and pegasus, Mustang's eyes follow the Lightning Blast as he takes to the air. Still craning his neck he watches till the alicorn vanishes behind a building. Turning back to the pair, his mind merely notes the pegasus is no longer in danger. "Right, you." He points a hoof towards the pegasus, "I need you to make sure none of the parasprites get out of the fire box and to round up any that just got out."
Forcing himself to stand he winces at the pain in his flank before turning towards the unicorn than to the fire. "Not sure what happened there." Trying not to think about the alicorn he address the unicorn, "Can you manage enough walls to close all but one opening on that?"
Korkoa wrote:Flame shrugged and nodded. "Hey, that's what I was doing in the first place! Which wall you want open?"
SkyPhazer wrote:Sky nodded. "Okay. So, um... This is ACTUALLY a Parasprite attack?"
Oh no. I just accused them of... I just accused these kind ponies of being TAX COLLECTORS.
"Oh my! I'm sorry! I didn't mean to accuse you of anything! I just heard of new policies, and I knew that things were getting crazy what with The Dragons attacking and..."
Sky chuckled to herself. "Oh, right! This is all just a dream! Let's see... When I wake up, none of this will have happened. I'll just simply wake up, and deliver more messages. Riiiight now."
Sky waited a couple seconds. "Okay. Riiiight now."
Another couple seconds. "Okay, yep! I'm sold, this is all true. Um, right! Rounding up... Parasprites."
Well, this is new.