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Well everypony, have some answers! Sorry, I can’t get a read more to work right now.
Q: Could Discord be behind this?
Not likely. For one, his statue still stands exactly where it should. And of course, it’s not really Discord’s style. He favors complete chaos, but he’s rather physically harmless. Discord would choose to cover Equestria in random, irritating pranks…. not beasts that slaughter ponies, nor the death of a princess.
Q: Have you asked Zecora for help?
I visit Zecora as regularly as I can, considering how much more dangerous the Everfree forest is now. She’s working hard at trying to create a concoction that will harm the creatures, but she hasn’t come up with anything yet.
Q: Have you tried this/that/etc to kill the creatures? What kills the creatures? Tell us more about them?
The skin of the previously posted spiny creatures is tough, too tough for any defense we ponies can create. Blades won’t sink through it…. They may look frail and brittle but they’re not. They have strength like nothing I’ve seen. They can bruise with enough force, you can drive them away if you last long enough to bore them. Occasionally even a really tough pony like Rainbow Dash can deliver enough hard blows to kill them. They don’t eat ponies, they just like to… attack. Like a cat with a toy. They play, they kill, and they leave. Pegasi like Rainbow Dash like to attack them from above, with kicks powered by their speed. Unicorns such as myself can use magic to beat them with other objects with pretty good force, but direct magic seems to do nothing. Earth ponies…. Well, earthies are advised not to go out alone.
The other creatures, we’ve taken to just calling “the infected”. They look like ponies… I think they all were ponies, once. They eat flesh. And if a pony gets bitten by one, they become infected too. They’re no more difficult to kill than a pony, not that I’d know, but altogether more dangerous than a pony… considering what they turn you into with the tiniest bite or scratch.
None of the spiny creatures seem very inclined to enter buildings, preferring easy prey. The infected will try to break in if they see someone enter or if you don’t have your windows boarded up enough to prevent them from seeing you. If they see you go into a building and they cant get in, they’ll screech until enough others come around to break down the door together.
No matter how many of the creatures are killed, more take their place. I don’t think they’re born into existence, I think they’re created… I don’t know who or what is creatng them, and I don’t know where they’re being created… it’s too dangerous to just go around looking for the source.
Q: What about other animals, how to they fight back? Can the larger animals harm them?
Smaller animals hide out with us in our homes. Most of us allow them their space, they stay in corners and under things, and find food for themselves. Larger animals… I haven’t seen any since all this started. They must have fled somewhere. I wish we knew where they’ve gone, if there’s somewhere out there that’s safe…
Q: Are these creatures everywhere? Is there somewhere outside of Equestria that’s safe?
I’ve heard from ponies all over the wide land of Equestria and nowhere is free of the creatures. I’ve heard of foreign lands beyond Equestria, but nopony’s proved they’ve actually been out of Equestria before. Oceans span around all the continent as far as anyone can see, and all documented expeditions into the unknown have always proved fruitless, or never return at all. It’s been the same through all of pony history.
Q: Do you know how Celestia died?
No. I have no clue. She was just found lifeless. No wounds, no trace of poison… just lifeless. I didn’t even know she could be killed. I don’t think anypony did. It must have taken some truly great force to defeat her so easily.
Q: Have you managed to examine any of these creatures?
I wouldn’t touch one of the infected, it’s too risky. I’ve examined one of the spiny creatures, but only externally. Even when dead, they’re impossible to, you know, cut open.
Q: Can’t you put up some sort of defense around the town to keep it safe?
No material we have is strong enough to hold them back indefinitely. Not to mention, crowds attract them.
Q: Do you know where Luna could be?
Not at all. I wish I did. I wish I knew why she left. Why she left all of Equestria with these creatures and with no ruling… I can’t imagine any reason why she would leave her royal duty like that, but she’s certainly not dead. The sun and moon both rise precisely as they should, and only she knows that power. There’s the possibility of her being taken by force, but I honestly just have no idea. There are no signs, no clues to help.
Q: Can’t you use the elements with another kind pony?
In theory, it’s possible, but we still don’t know the source of these creatures. All we could do is kill them one by one, and as I said, more always come. Until we know the source, we simply can’t form any solid stradegy past what we’re doing already. Not to mention, any pony with such a pure element of kindness is next to impossible to find- it’s certainly nopony in Ponyville who hasn’t been hardened from the terrors we’re all exposed to. And finding a really, really nice pony isn’t exactly on top of my priority list these days.
Q: What IS your plan of action now?
Those of us who are left are focused on just staying alive. Desparation has driven it to be very “every pony for themselves”… Money is pointless, ponies take what they need. Applejack offers up portions of food for free, and has to defend her land from ponies who would rather steal more than their fair share of food. Mostly, everypony hides inside, leaving their homes only to scavenge for supplies or when Applejack has new crops to give out. A few of us go out more often, some to try and attack the creatures, others simply looking for answers, like me. It’s dangerous to go out even when no creatures are visible, considering how the infected will track you even after you’ve gone back inside. Not to mention the meaner ponies that like to take out their anger on others. It’s just ridiculous what our land has become.
I’m just doing my best to investigate when I can. My magic is powerful enough to cast a shielding spell, I can hide myself from creatures, but no other unicorns have managed magic that powerful yet, despite my teaching efforts. It’s still dangerous for me, I can’t hold the spell for long periods of time…. I spend a lot of time transporting back and forth between here and Canterlot, searching the Royal libraries for any information on the creatures or any foes the Princesses may have that could do this. I have no leads yet. The rest of my spare time I spend checking up on other ponies, at least the ones that let me in. I teach other unicorns any new spells I’ve learned that can be helpful, if they’re basic enough for others to perform. So far I’ve been able to teach most of them a spell for strengthening their barriers on their doors and windows, and many of them have picked up my locating spell, which is remarkably helpful in a place where society is falling apart. Sometimes you need something, and there just aren’t shopkeepers to help you.
Until I have any leads or new information on he situation, this is all I can do.
Q: Who else in Ponyville is alive?
Not many are left. The Carrots are gone, I don’t know if they’re dead or if they just left. Mrs. Cake is dead, Mr. Cake takes care of the baby ponies alone now. Cheerilee uses the school as a safe haven for foals who’ve lost their families. The spa twins are gone. Derpy and Dinky are in Cloudsdale. Cloudsdale has cut off contact with the land, aside from a few ponies that come and go each week for food in exchange for rain. Our land would run totally dry, otherwise. A good amount of pegasi did stay behind, the bravest of the brave, but most of them are up there away from the creatures of the land. They have their own creatures to deal with, sky-dwelling beasts, I haven’t seen one aside from a dark spec in the sky too far away to distinguish. I don’t know what they’re like, but it can’t be any better than down here.
Lyra and Bon Bon are alive. Roseluck and Daisy are too, Lily’s dead. Berry Punch is gone. Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon and their parents left at the first sign of trouble. Lemon Hearts is… okay. She’s recovering from some serious wounds right now.
Speaking of, Nurse Redheart is the only one left with medical training. She doesn’t always have time to help everypony, so she’s training Minuette to deal with minor injuries. Anypony who might be infected and not turned yet gets locked up in what used to be the solitary confinement rooms in the mental wing of the hospital.
There are about two dozen other ponies I don’t know very well who are also still here, but everypony else is gone or dead.
Well, that answers the questions that keep getting repeated. I hope that helps.