"If somepony had told me when I was a blank flank..."
"...that one day I'd give a speech to a class at Celestia's School of Magic..."
"I wouldn't have believed it, but..."
"I hope that I have been up to the task..."
"...because I can tell that..."
"...and that the future of Equestrian magic..."
"Wow, hehe. That was even better than the first eleven times."
"Eh, I don't know, Spike."
"I'd like to be able to get through the whole speech without looking at the cards."
"Come on, Twilight! You can't be nervous about..."
"...giving a speech to a bunch of magic students!"
"Oh, I'm not nervous, Spike, but I do have to set a good example, especially for magic students."
"That's why this speech has to be..."
Do I really have to say it?
"Let's go through it one more time."
This is going to take a while..
"When Princess Celestia asked me to speak to you today, I was honored to have the opportunity to talk about my favorite subject: magic."
Sea Swirl: Come on, Lyra! We're late!
Lyra: Can't believe that Bon Bon is missing out on this!
"Obviously, the long term effects of..."
"...the simultaneous acquisition of cutie marks has yet to be determined, but..."
A slide with the Cutie Mark Crusaders.
"Ahem. Next slide, please."
Hey, aren't you s'posed to be working the projector?
It's a good thing Moondancer's on hoof...
Oh, sorry. That's from my trip to Los Pegasus last year.
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"And in the instance of my friends and I, it can be traced to a single event!"
"Without Rainbow Dash's race to defend Fluttershy's honor, this rainboom wouldn't have happened."
"Fluttershy might never have discovered her love of animals."
"Applejack might never have realized that she belonged on her farm."
"And Pinkie Pie might never have decided to leave hers."
"It must be hard to imagine Rarity without her sense of fabulousness."
"But it's even harder to fathom what my life would be like."
"Without this rainboom..."
"I might not have gotten into magic school."
"Celestia wouldn't have taken me on as her pupil..."
"...or sent me to Ponyville to meet my friends." (Wait...Is that Starlight Glimmer
at row 3 from the back?)
"And the most powerful thing about Cutie Mark Magic that I found is the connection I share with them."
Did I just see who I thought I saw?
Well, back to the lecture.
"The real question about... Cutie Mark Magic is..."
"...who it seems to affect."
"I was sure I saw her, Spike. But when I looked again, she was gone!"
"I'm just worried what she could be up to."
"Forcing everypony in her village
to have the same cutie mark..."
"We had to do something!"
"And now she's coming back for revenge."
"Uh, or she was just really interested in your speech!"
"I'm not really sure what I saw."
"But as long as I have my friends, I know everything will be all right."
"Maybe I was just more stressed about that speech than I thought."
"Yeah. That sounds better than Starlight Glimmer coming back with an evil plot for revenge."
"Well, when you say it like that, it does sound kinda silly."
"Welcome home, Twilight!"
Get off of Fluttershy's throne; you... what's she up to?
This will NOT end well for anypony.
"What are you doing, Starlight?"
"...but I don't want to ruin the surprise!"
"Won't be needing that anymore!"
"I don't know, Spike, but I think we better find out!"
"I guess we could start with this."
"Spike, no! Don't touch that!"
Um, Pinkie, you're a bit late...
Hmmm, I thought I heard two ponies and a dragon magically time travel through a portal...
OH WELL, can't let this delicious cake go to waste!
Pinkie's messy eating style (don't eat this way in formal occasions)
Wait. Why am I falling...
...when I could be flying?
"Starlight doesn't even have wings!"
"Why would she come here?"
"...but it looked like she could fly with just magic!"
"We don't know what she has planned."
The cutest blur shot ever.
"Isn't that Rainbow Dash?"
"Did Rainbow Dash look really young to you?"
"And I didn't see a cutie mark."
"We traveled back in time to when Rainbow Dash raced the bullies who made fun of Fluttershy..."
"...and performed her first sonic rainboom?"
Thank you very much, Mr. Obvious.
"How could Starlight do more than the greatest wizard in Equestria?"
"To watch the race. I don't wanna miss the rainboom!"
"Whoa!" Still makes me wonder why Spike doesn't have wings even though he's a dragon.
; note that the two unicorns from the original scene are now Pegasi.
Fillyshy falling from a cloud
Oh no! Fluttershy is about to fall to her doom!
Fluttershy needs to fall for her cutie mark! Are you crazy?!
I will surely win this race.
And the colts are catching up!
Because no Rainboom occurred, now the Mane 6 won't even get their cutie marks.
And Pinkie Pie won't be able to be that crazy pony we all know and love.
And even worst is that the Mane 6 won't be friends anymore
Nor Twilight will be a pupil of Princess Celestia
...She won't have a pet dragon either.
"You are about to find out."
Twilight and Spike's first departure to Equestria's dark future
Twilight should probably spend a little less time with Rarity.
"Ugh... I don't know what Starlight's up to yet..."
"...but we'd better figure it out before it's too late."
Sweet Celestia! We're in the middle of nowhere!
"Uh, Twilight? Where's your castle?"
"The map pulled us back, but whatever Starlight did in the past..."
"...changed things here!""
"But why? And how did we get here?"
"Starlight altered Star Swirl's spell..."
"...then somehow used it on the map to travel into the past and change something!"
"Once she did, the map pulled us back to the present!"
"I mean, when we started?"
"Not exactly. Everything's different."
"Look. The map doesn't even make sense anymore!"
"The Crystal Empire takes up half of Equestria!"
"Plus there's the whole missing castle thing."
"Right! This is too big to handle on our own."
"We need to find our friends and get help!"
Where the heck is everypony?
"I'm gettin' a bad feeling about this, Twilight."
"I know, Spike, but this is Ponyville."
"How bad could things be?"
"Is that Sugarcube Corner?"
I'd say it's more like Bread-Loaf Corner now.
Spike is always determined to find his girlfriend.
"I don't think she's here, Spike."
"I'm not sure anything we know is the same."
"But I know one place that could never change!"
Holy apple fritter! Sweet Apple Acres has been industrialized!
"It's so good to see you!"
"We couldn't find Pinkie or Rarity or Fluttershy or Rainbow Dash..."
"...but I just knew you'd still be here!"
"Of course I am. This is my home."
"But who in tarnation is Pinkie Bow and Flutterdash?"
"Or you for that matter?"
"You... don't know who I am?"
"Nope. Honestly, the only name I recognize is Rarity..."
"...but she left for Manehattan years ago."
"Probably to become a world-famous fashion designer, I bet."
"Last I heard, she went to help with the cause like everypony else."
"The war against King Sombra and the Crystal Empire?"
"Where have you two been?"
" I know this is hard to believe..."
"...but you and I and those other ponies I mentioned are friends!"
"Did you bump your head on a crate of cider or somethin'?"
"I'm telling you the truth!"
"And if you come with me, I'll prove it."
"Well, I'll admit. I've lived in these parts my whole life and I've never seen this before."
"There's also supposed to be a castle that goes with it."
"But I still don't see what this has to do with..."
"...you and I bein' friends."
"Another pony named Starlight Glimmer used this map to travel through time and change things in the past."
"For some reason, the map's here but everything else is different!"
"...where we come from, there's no war with King Sombra."
"Maybe you could tell us how the war started..."
"...then we can figure out when everything changed!"
"When the Crystal Empire returned, it brought King Sombra back with it."
"And it didn't take long for him to force every one of his subjects to fight for him against Equestria."
Looks like Celestia doesn't have Luna to back her up this time.
"And even with Princess Celestia leadin' the charge..."
"...it still takes every last pony in Equestria..."
"...workin' day and night..."
"...to keep up the fight."
"I just can't believe it!"
"We stopped King Sombra!" (Well, technically, Spike stopped him.)
"You and me and all of our friends!"
"But we aren't friends. At least not here."
"I hope all this helped..."
"...but I really need to get back to cannin' those apples."
"Thank you. We're going to set things right."
"So... how are we gonna set things right?"
"The only thing we know for sure is that Starlight stopped the rainboom."
"And that the map's still here."
"The map is connected to the Tree of Harmony!"
"It must sense that something isn't right!"
"That's why it's still here!"
"I'll just use Starlight's version of the spell and go back a little earlier and stop her before she even knows we're there!"
"All we have to do now is find Starlight and—"
"Well, finding her will be easy!"
"But stopping her's gonna be harder than you think." (Oy gevalt. An evil monologue.)
"Sorry to disappoint you, but I created that spell to send myself back in time."
"So even when you cast it..."
"...I still get sent back here."
"It wasn't difficult to change Star Swirl's spell."
"He'd already done the hard part."
"But figuring out I could use the map to go to any time or place and pull you along with me?"
"I even impressed myself with that."
"I knew you'd try to stop me. You're so predictable."
"Why else would I leave the scroll behind?"
"Touching it triggered the map to whisk you here..."
"...and watch me erase the one thing that linked you with your friends!"
"My village was a sanctuary of equality, where nopony's cutie mark allowed them to feel superior!"
"It was a special place..."
"...and you and your friends..."
Don't leave me while I'm monologuing!
"Now it's my turn to take something special from you!"
"Without the rainboom, you and your friends will never..."
"...form your special cutie mark bonds!"
"Cutie marks for cutie marks!"
"Sounds like a fair trade to me!"
Princess Twilight to the rescue!
"At least now we know exactly what we have to do!"
Twilight: "Okay, keep your eyes peeled."
"We have to stop Starlight..."
"...as soon as Rainbow Dash and those bullies race by!"
Twilight: "So be ready."
Spike: "I know, but—"
"Because she could pop up anywhere!"
"Just remember how you'd feel if someone said those things to you."
"Oh, I was just reminding these two colts how hurtful teasing can be."
"Of course! In a world where everypony is unique..."
"...some are bound to feel more special than others."
"But that isn't a license to be cruel, is it?"
"Oh, isn't it a shame we don't live in a world where everypony is equal?"
"No one would ever tease anyone there!"
"I mean, it'd be nice not to be teased, of course..."
"...but that's not the same thing!" (Darn you, logic!!)
"Come on, Fluttershy. Maybe I can help you get through the course this time."
"Well, I-I sure could use the practice..."
"I know you only convinced those bullies to not tease Fluttershy to stop the rainboom!"
"I convinced them not to be bullies..."
"...because everypony should be equal."
"Stopping the rainboom is just a bonus."
"If you say so!" (That smile though...)
No. No, I'm totally not trying to creepy. Why would you not ask me that?
"You think you can stop for a minute?"
"I hear you're pretty fast!"
"I'm even faster than that!"
"...hey, you want to race?"