The Moon in the Dark

Long ago, the Monsters and Humans fought a great war. The Monsters lost, and were sealed in the Underground. It would take the power of seven human souls to break the barrier that kept them imprisoned. They only had six. And so the Monsters waited and hoped, praying that another human would find their way to the Underground. Some thought the seventh soul would give their King the strength to break the barrier. Some dreamed of a human who would be their friend, and save them all...or had nightmares of one who would bring back the war.
...but nobody came.
...but somepony did.
Eons after the war, with no way to tell how much time had passed above, a tiny blue filly with wings and horn fell into the underground, calling for her Mama. None knew the poor creature's nature or origins...but her soul was powerful with magic, even more so than a human soul.
None can know what will come...of this little 'Woona'.
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11. Bros-Hoof 2: The Bro-Knee-Ing

As Sans walked on, he decided to play tour guide a bit for Woona.  "up to the north there is the river," he explained, pointing.  "a fishy guy went up there looking to find a girlfriend."

"How's it going for him?" Woona asked curiously, glancing around at the environment, the evergreen trees covered in snow.

"no bites yet," Sans replied, shrugging his shoulders.  "all the fish left the sea a while ago."

"Poor guy," Woona sighed.  "What's that box?"

"that's the dimensional box," Sans explained.  "you can put anything you want into it, and take it out later wherever the box shows up.  good for hanging onto any item you don't want to accidentally use."

"I see..." Woona murmured.  "How much can it hold?"

"take a look," Sans offered.

Climbing down to Sans' hands, Woona opened the box with her magic.  "Only ten items?  Hmm...oh, there's a glove inside!"  Levitating it out, she looked it over.  "Nice and tough, too.  But...it's for hands, not hooves..."

"keep it anyway," Sans offered.  "if nothing else, you can sell it later to the temmies."

Shrugging, Woona put the Tough Glove into a pouch in her saddlebags.  "Where to next?"

"east," Sans directed, putting her back on his head to continue on, only to stop as FIGHT lines appeared.  A monster resembling a blue chicken wearing a snowflake mask appeared.

"hey snowdrake," sans greeted readily.  "did you want to fight me?"

"A new audience member!" Snowdrake proclaimed eagerly, eyes locked on Woona.  "Time to practice my comedy!"

"I like jokes!" Woona proclaimed eagerly, eyes forward to listen.

Snowdrake cleared his throat, magic swirls spiraling out towards Woona.  Sans readily deflected each one.  Snowdrake then spoke up.  "Ice puns are 'snow' problem!"

Woona giggled happily.

"See!  You laughed!" Snowdrake crowed happily as the FIGHT lines vanished.  "Dad was wrong!  I can be a good comedian!"

"Never give up on your dreams!" Woona encouraged.

With a wide grin, Snowdrake bounded off, leaving behind 12 gold for her, which she levitated into her gold pouch.

"you're pretty good at this befriending thing," Sans commented happily.

"Thanks for protecting me from his accidental magic discharge," Woona replied, nuzzling Sans' cheekbone.  "In all this snow, I'd have had a hard time dodging."

"snow problem, woona," Sans joked, making them both giggle.

As they continued east, Papyrus came rushing back up to them.  "SANS!!!" he shouted out as he raced up.  "PUT THE PONY DOWN!"

"why?" Sans complained.  "i like my new hat."  Woona giggled at being called a hat.

"BUT NO ONE WILL BELIEVE I CAPTURED A HUMAN IF YOU'RE CARRYING THEM ALL OVER SNOWDIN!  THEY'LL THINK SHE'S YOUR CAPTURE!"

"but she can't even walk through the snow on her own," Sans pointed out.  "she won't be able to dodge magic if someone attacks her.  she'll be all but helpless!"

"COME NOW, SANS!  YOU'RE EXAGGERATING!" Papyrus scolded.  "SHE CAN'T POSSIBLY BE AS WEAK AS YOU, AND YOU MANAGE JUST FINE!"

"look at her stats if you don't believe me," Sans instructed.

Papyrus gasped out in shock, plainly appalled.  "BUT IT WOULD BE SO RUDE TO LOOK AT A LADY'S STATS WITHOUT HER PERMISSION!  WHAT KIND OF SKELETON DO YOU TAKE ME FOR?"

"The gutless kind?" Woona offered, grinning impishly.

"SANSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" Papyrus screamed out angrily as Sans guffawed, going so far as to bump his fist against Woona's hoof.  "WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN TEACHING HER?"

"I learned jokes from Mommy!" Woona proclaimed.  "But you can look at my stats if you want, Pappy."

Papyrus blinked, rubbing the back of his head, plainly flustered.  "WELL...ALRIGHT.  LET'S SEE... ... ..."  He stared at her in disbelief.  "NEGATIVE 12 ATTACK?  NEGATIVE 12 BASE DEFENSE, WITH ONLY PLUS FOUR FROM THE HAT AND RIBBON?  HOW?  ...WELL, AT LEAST YOUR SPEED AND INVIS ARE PRETTY HIGH...BUT SUCH A BIG PENALTY FROM SNOW?  OH, YOU POOR THING!  ...WHAT IS MAG?"

"i think it's the strength of her magic," Sans explained.  "which is a lot stronger than her body."

"AT A BASE OF 50, I WOULD HOPE SO!"(1) Papyrus proclaimed.  "HMM...YOU ARE RIGHT, SANS!  SHE CAN NOT WANDER AROUND SNOWDIN LIKE THIS.  HMM...I'VE GOT IT!"  Reaching into his armor, he pulled out a pair of small boots.  "SNOWBOOTS!  PERFECT SIZE FOR HER!"  Eagerly, he slipped them onto Woona's back hooves.

 

Woona equipped Snow Shoes

 

Slightly decreases SPEED and INVIS, but snow more movement penalty.

Looks adorable, too!

 

Woona giggled at the description of the Snow Shoes, but frowned as she hopped down.  "Does this mean...no more horsey rides?" she asked, looking up at Sans with an adorable pout.

"i'll carry you around all you want once papyrus captures you," Sans promised.

"AND SO SHALL I, TINY HUMAN WHO IS SURELY NOT A PONY IN DISGUISE!" Papyrus proclaimed happily.

Woona smiled widely.  "Thank you both!" she squealed happily, climbing up each to give them both a kiss on the cheek.  She giggled happily as both dashed off in embarrassment.

I thought they'd never leave, Chara groaned.

I like them, Woona pouted.  Why don't you?

Don't believe a word Papyrus says about how weak Sans is, Chara muttered.  He's...unique among monsters.  He has an almost...human capacity to handle Determination.  He's normally nothing to worry about...but when he's pushed to the breaking point, he WILL give you a bad time.

Well, I don't intend to push him, Woona countered snippily.  And what's wrong with Pappy?

Why does he have to shout everything? Chara groaned.

Giggling, Woona started to follow the path, only to encounter another FIGHT.  The monster that appeared was tiny, with little hands and feet, but wearing a massive icy hat.  The name above its health proclaimed it an Ice Cap.

He seems pretty proud of his hat, Chara indicated.

And why shouldn't he be? Woona asked, swapping her hat for the Ice Cap's.  It's awesome!

"Wow, my hat looks even better on you," the Ice Cap murmured.  "How can I make it look that good?  Do...do I just need a better hat?"

Woona started to respond, only for the hat to melt all over her.  Without ice magic of her own, she couldn't make it keep its shape.

"...then again, you look really great like this, too!" the Ice Cap replied happily.  Drawing forth his magic, he pulled the water off of Woona to reshape his hat, giving hers back.  "Maybe I just need to figure out who I am outside my hat?"

"Other than my friend?" Woona offered, hugging the monster.

The Ice Cap smiled as the FIGHT lines disappeared.  "Yeah," he murmured, returning the hug.  "That's good too."

Collecting the gold the Ice Cap left behind as he left, Woona continued onward.  Seeing a sentry station, she walked up to it...only for another monster shaped like a bipedal dog to pop up, holding two swords close while...smoking a dog biscuit?  "Did something move?" the monster demanded.  "I can only see movement."

Woona held perfectly still.  Eventually, the monster turned around, searching for the movement...and on an impish notion, Woona levitated herself up and pet him on the head.

"What?" the monster demanded, freaked out.  "I've been pet by something that isn't there?  ...I need to lie down..."

As the monster lay down in his sentry station, Woona raced ahead, stifling a giggle.

Moving on, Woona found Sans waiting for her.  "hey," he greeted.  "do you know how certain special attacks work?  cause my brother has one."

Woona yawned.  "I'm tired," she murmured, curling up at his feet.  "Don' wanna move."

Sans giggled.  "yup, you got it."  Seeing she'd slipped fully into unconsciousness, he scooped her up.  Taking a seat, he tucked her into his jacket to keep her warm.

The loving embrace filled the sleeping Woona with DETERMINATION.

 

 

 

 

 

(1) For those who don't know, at LV 20 - the max LV in the game - your base ATK is only 48.  Meaning Woona's magic at full blast is stronger than endgame genocide route physical attacks.

 
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