In what was once the proud Crystal Empire, both soul-rotting corruption and sheer tyranny bound ponies together. The iron ties ensured a freedom denied. The rustling wind going over the rusted shackles and chains sounded like a spiteful melody.
Every drop of hope that once existed within their beings had withered away at the hooves of their ruler and dictator, King Sombra. Despite all they'd had, from peace and serenity to what seemed like a never ending supply of love, the black hearted unicorn possessed an extremely powerful magic of spreading animosity, counteracting any feeble thoughts of opposition that popped up. His abilities allowed him the window of opportunity to seize the kingdom, enslave the ponies, and rule afterwards with his every whim fulfilled.
Nopony remembered how he acquired such power, though it hardly mattered for those caught under his reign. The ponies didn't need answers or mere bits of information. They needed a hero, somepony to