Few remember it ever existed at all. Even my knowledge of the Empire is limited. But what I do know is that it contains a powerful magic. 1000 years ago, King Sombra, a unicorn whose heart was black as night, took over the Crystal Empire. He was ultimately overthrown, turned to shadow, and banished to the ice of the arctic north. But not before he was able to put a curse upon the empire, a curse that caused it to vanish into thin air. If the empire is filled with hope and love, those things are reflected across all of Equestria. If hatred and fear take hold... which is why I need your help finding a way to protect it.
It says that they liked jousting/
They flew a flag of many hues/
Made sweets with crystal berries/
They had a petting zoo with tiny ewes/
There was a crystal flugelhorn/ That everypony liked to play/
And the Crystal Kingdom anthem/ Can you learn it in a day?
Oh, we have to get this right/ Yes, we have to make them see/ We can save the crystal ponies/ With their history.
King Sombra's dark magic. A doorway that leads to your worst fear.
The Crystal Heart has returned. Use the light of love within you to ensure that King Sombra does not.
You weren't willing to risk the future of the citizens of the Crystal Empire in an effort to guarantee your own. Far better that I've a student to understand the' meaning of self-sacrifice then one who only looks out for own best interests.
So, lemme guess: you're the real Pinkie Pie.
Heck if I know! Could be any one of us, if you ask me... And if I said I was the real Pinkie, you wouldn't even believe me anyway. So, just leave me alone. I've got some important poking the ground with my hoof to do.
Oh, Spike, how are we gonna do this? I can't risk sending the real Pinkie back into the pond!
I miss the real Pinkie.
I bet she misses you too. Bet she'd do just about anything to get to be with her friends again... What if you gave them a test? Pick something really hard for a Pinkie to do, something not fun at all! Any Pinkie that can't do it goes back into the pond. But whoever wants to stay the most – that must be the real Pinkie!
You know, that's not a bad idea.
This is great! If I pass, I get to be with my friends again!... But what if I don't pass? Oh, what if I'm not the real Pinkie Pie? Stupid magic mirror water! This is all your fault!... And mine.
You passed. You're the only Pinkie who kept staring at the wall.
I had to. I just had to! I couldn't leave my friends, I just couldn't! But I guess sometimes I will have to choose between them.
Dear Princess Celestia, it's great to have fun, but it's even greater to have great friends. And having lots of friends means that you sometimes have to make choices as to whom you'll spend your time with. But that's okay, because good friends will always give you lots of opportunities to have fun. So even if you're missing out, it's never for long! Respectfully yours, Pinkie Pie.
Well that's just super sweet of y'all, makin' Babs feel so special. You know, after all the heartache she's been havin' in Manehattan.
Well, I didn't say nothin' 'cause I didn't want her to feel singled out, but there's been some bullies back in Manehattan, just been teasin' her to pieces for her blank flank!
Yep. She came out to the farm to get away from all her problems back home. I'm so proud of y'all, you done a good deed!
So that's why she jumped in when Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon started giving us a hard time.
She didn't want to be bullied like at home, so she decided to be a bully instead! And now we've turned into bullies too!
What do we do?!
You see, Babs, we were trying to get you back for being a big bully.
But then Applejack told us about how you were being bullied back in Manehattan.
And we figured out you were just doing it to avoid getting picked on in Ponyville. But by then we were the ones being bullies! And… oh, why does life have to be so ironic?!
Hey! You're lucky a rock farm would take the likes of you!
No noise, no sound, no din, no fuss; Must interfere with your focus. Unlearn what you have learned; Only then can victory be earned.
But, wouldn't it be faster if we had some wheels?
The Great and Powerful Trixie doesn't trust wheels. Now pull faster!
If Trixie's tricks have you in a fix; You must nix your magic and use the six.
You're right, not even me. Zecora taught me so much about magic while I was in exile. She even taught me when not to use it. My magic alone wasn't powerful enough to take on the Alicorn Amulet head to head, so I needed to use a different kind of magic: The magic of friendship!
What took you guys so long?
Well, some of us didn't pack as light as the others, so we were slowed down a bit.
I am the Princess of the Night! Thus, it is my duty to come into your dreams.
Oh yeah. Wait, this is just a dream? But it feels so real.
I assure you, that you are asleep. But when you wake, the thing that frightens you most will still exist.
The Headless Horse?
Is the Headless Horse really what frightens you the most?
I'm afraid Rainbow Dash will find out I'm not as tough as she thinks I am.
Everypony has fears, Scootaloo. Everypony must face them in their own way. But they must be faced, or the nightmares will continue. Face your fears!
Wait! If I'm not here when Rainbow Dash's letter arrives, I won't be able to read it right away. And if I don't read it right away, I won't be able to write her back right away. And if I don't write her back right away, she might think I didn't get her letter and then she might worry it got lost. And if she's worried about her letter she'll be distracted, and if she's distracted then she won't do well at the academy, and if she doesn't do well at the academy, then she'll get kicked out and if she gets kicked out, they'll never allow her to be a Wonderbolt, and if she doesn't get to be a Wonderbolt, all her dreams will be crushed! And it will be all my fault!
So in other words, you're stickin' by the mailbox.
Yeah, well that “effective tactic” nearly took out my friends! No disrespect ma'am, but there's a big difference between pushing yourself as hard as you can, and just being reckless. And if being reckless is what gets rewarded around here, if that's what it means to be a Wonderbolt, then I don't want any part of it.
The Wonderbolts are looking for the best flyers in Equestria, but you were right. Being the best should never come at the expense of our fellow ponies, it's not just about pushing ourselves. ,It's about pushing ourselves in the right direction. You've shown that you're capable of doing just that.
Go ahead bunny, do your worst. I deserve it. I ignored you, tried to pawn you off on someone else, I didn't take these silly things out, or fluff this like I was supposed to. I wasn't really thinking about you at all, any of you, just wanted the jewels. I hope you'll all forgive me someday.
Ruined… Everythin' is ruined. Oh Granny, I'm so, so sorry…
Oh, it's alright, child.
But it's not alright! Just look at this! The barn, and all my plans for the perfect family reunion are completely destroyed!
Maybe that's a good thing.
How can that possibly be a good thing?
Applejack, you had us so caught up in all the doin', we haven't had a second to enjoy the company of the folks we been doin' it with!
Oh Granny Smith, here you let me be in charge of creatin' great memories, and the only thing anypony's gonna remember about this reunion... is that it was the worst one we ever had.
Oh, hey now... everypony's still here, ain't they? Still plenty of time to make good memories! You've just got to give everypony a chance to actually make 'em.
Dear Princess Celestia, today I learned a great lesson about family, which, if you think about it, is really the first group of friends you ever make. Turns out that when you're with folks you care about, you don't have to do much to make that time memorable. Even the simplest of activities can take on a whole lotta meanin'! And you'll find that you'll remember the “who” long after you've forgotten the “what”. Your humble subject, Applejack.
Appreciate all your help today, sugarcube, but... I can take it from here.
Don't be ridiculous! It is my honour and my duty. Today is just the beginning!
What's that now?
You saved my life. According to the Spike the Dragon Code, I owe you a life debt and must serve you.
Listen, sugarcube, I completely respect your Dragon Code, truly, I do, but I just can't cotton with you permanently servin' me.
Please, Applejack, my Dragon Code is a part of me! I have to be true to myself. If you don't let me do this, I won't be a noble dragon any more!
Oh, well, I can't have you feelin' like you're not a noble dragon, now, can I?
Great! Then, from here on in, your wish is my command.
By the way, there are exactly twenty-four million five hundred sixty-seven thousand eight hundred thirty-seven blades of grass at Sweet Apple Acres.
I can't believe he counted every single one of them.
I know this Code thing's important to you, but if somethin' like this comes up in the future, think maybe we can go back to my Code, say “that's what friends do” and leave it at that? I promise I won't think of you as any less noble.
Because that's what friends do.
Why, of course. I can't remember my house ever being this lively before you came along.
Oh, well I've never really had a friend before.
Well, now you do.
I made a promise not to use my Element against him and I'm going to keep it.
You see? She wants to have fun with me because we're friends. She can't use the elements against me because we're friends. I'm free forever!
Not your friend!
Who cares? I can do whatever I want, whenever I want. I'm Discord, the master of chaos! You think you can boss Discord around? You think I'm just going to turn all this back because you say so? Because if I don't, I'll lose the one friend I ever had?... Well played, Fluttershy... Well played.
I liked it better my way, but I guess when you're friends, you can't always have things exactly your way all the time?
Yes, Princess, I'm ready to use my magic for good instead of evil... Most of the time.
You were right, when you said Fluttershy would be the one to find the way to reform Discord. By treating Discord as a friend, she got him to realise that friendship was actually important to him, and something that, once he had, he didn't want to lose.
Go on, say it.
Alright. Friendship is magic.
See? He can be a real sweetheart once you get to know him.