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On 7/15/2021 at 5:21 PM, Chiyanna said:

That was a twist! Horizon is evil?

although this reply is late, I want to say that Horizon has been going into a slow descent of greed and desire for power.

Once Fire Opal and Fire Ruby mentioned her importance and future as a leader, her confusion basically morphs slowly into impatience. When Tiger's Eye tries to confide in her after Firecracker told her she needs to kill Evergreen, Horizon basically eggs her on. She blames the Frozens for not helping her, Tiger's Eye and Salvador; she was quick to try and get Tiger's Eye to kill Evergreen, likely to get another leader out of the way. When they saved each other, she brushes over that and doesn't try to convince Tiger's Eye to kill Evergreen anymore; she just asserts herself as a leader.

Horizon was the closest to Onion's group when they went to the old camp; I imagine she was remembering which way they went and didn't actually tell anyone, since Moose and Fire Opal were close to the end of their lifespans and would die out. She's quick to move on from both their deaths and barely respects or speaks about them after they died. She instantly resorted to 'let's kill Onion's group' when Arctic rolled up with barely any proof that they would actually be a threat; just Onion being the threat. When Tiger's Eye died, she was more focused on getting Fire Ruby's power than letting Evergreen let out her anger and invalidates her pain. When she mistakes Evergreen for Tiger's Eye, it's clear she sees them as the same thing; venomous weapons under her control, based on how she instantly wanted them at the front lines of attack.

And now that Horizon has absolute power over all the groups on the mountain, Fox Heart, Evergreen, Fire Ruby, and now Finch all under her control, plus the respect from everyone and the ability to manipulate while under the guise of 'sweet little sister that was swept up in Tiger's sacrifice', she's the first villain to genuinely have succeeded in their pursuit of power. Quartz died before she could establish the Burnings. Moose and Fire Opal brought it to glory, sure, but they didn't have control over the group. Onion was swept up in his own desire for revenge; Firecracker too. Dragonfruit was unable to kill Fire Ruby and Onion for revenge, her ultimate goal. Slasher was unable to become the king of the Frozens. A lot of other villains were manipulated and/or changed.

Horizon had put the desire for power and her own ego as the next queen over anything else. And she did succeed in the end.

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I really love how Horizon is the only one to have successfully gained absolute control over all of the nickeling groups. She didn't even need poison like Evergreen or commit mass murder. (Except for Pomegranate and Dragonfruit: RIP) I am excite to see her story arc from now on!

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Salvador's Concern

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Horizon watched as Dragonfruit's bones fell to the ground. She was unsatisfied with this attack; sure, they had gotten lots of nichelings from it. A horrible group was off the island and her mountain was safe. But Plum and Magenta weren't exactly useful. They seemed to be closer to rogue children then actual children from nichelings on the mountain.

Even the lingering feel of death in this area felt unnatural. Horizon had never been murderous or genocidal before. She had never wanted to kill. But when the first attack on the Frozens was about to begin, she felt a strange hunger for battle, a newfound thirst for violence. And, being the sole leader of the Empire at the moment, the destined one, the chosen one, picked to rule the mountain, she could basically do whatever.

So a few causalities weren't a big deal. Including since she wasn't the one to kill them. She wasn't a bad nicheling!

"I'm going to go back to the camp. Alecto and Fearless, stay here until Magenta is a teen. Then I want you to escort her down the mountain." Horizon stared back at the small child. "I was hoping she would be more useful. Or at least be like her father. Ah well.."

Arctic seemed unfazed by the deaths, numbed by the past torment this group had caused her. Fearless flicked an ear dismissively of Horizon's order, but still abided. Alecto nodded. "Of course, Horizon."

Horizon paused and looked back at Alecto for a moment. "Could you please refer to me as Your Majesty from now on, Alecto?"

Alecto nodded again. "Yes, Your Majesty." Fearless looked at Alecto condescendingly.

A small burst of power surged in Horizon, and she turned away, satisfied.

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A few days later, an old Salvador pulled Ghost aside.

"Ghost, I'm going to die soon.. tomorrow, actually."

Ghost looked up at the elderly male. He had learned a lot from the kind nicheling. It hurt; he was like a second father. "But Fire Ruby can make you immortal. Go to her, you don't need to die."

Salvador sighed. "I would. But I feel like it's just wrong. I don't want to be Salvador, who has lived for five million years and has seen every child on the mountain since their births, y'know?"

Ghost let out a sad laugh. "I get you. I think."

Salvador's gaze turned serious. "Ghost, after I'm gone, keep an eye on Horizon for me."

The gray nicheling blinked. "Why? She's inviting and quite nice."

"I've.. seen her do things. She's changed. Ever since Fire Opal and Moose told her she's the next leader." His gaze darkened.

"What happened?"

"She's just.. different. Power changes people, y'know. She used to be sweet and innocent and kind.  And now, she's murderous and battle-hungry and genocidal. She's tried to wipe out both the Frozens and Onion's group, and has gotten success in one. That's just going to fuel her on."

Ghost looked at Salvador, concerned. Salvador continued. "I've seen her since she was born. I know she's changing. I know she's going to do something she's going to regret."

Ghost stared at Salvador for a long moment of shock. "So just keep an eye on her for me, will you?"

The sun set slowly as the pair stared out to sea, just thinking.

The first year of the mountain had fallen; 365 days of suffering, and so many more to go.

"Yes Salvador, I'll watch her for you."

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"Although I can't promise I can save her."

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Shadows and Secrets

(also, a black and beige-yellow teen female has joined, I named her Bumble, we don't see her in the screenshots)

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Ghost came back from Salvador's grave, somber and wondering if joining the Empire was a mistake. Maybe his family would take him back in. But Maybe not.

And he made Salvador a promise. He needed to uphold that. He wouldn't be here if it weren't for Salvador. But maybe it was Salvador's fault he was in this position?

All he knew was that Horizon was a threat to be quelled. To save the mountain. The Empire. His family..

This would be a necessary battle. One that Ghost wasn't certain he would win.

 

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Fox Heart pulled Lichen aside. He had been so excited to reunite with his mate and 'child'; the heartbreaking truth would shatter him completely.

"Lichen, I'm sorry to tell you. Plum isn't our biological child."

He raised an eyebrow. "What do you mean?"

Plum stared at her feet in shame. "I'm the daughter of Pomegranate and Dragonfruit. I ran off with Fox Heart. They would've killed me otherwise."

Lichen thought for a second. "They left you with Fox Heart? They didn't protect you themselves?"

Plum paused, and slowly nodded, looking up.

"Then they didn't care about you. But we do." Lichen's eyes were soft and kind.

His words filled Plum with an indescribable feeling. A sweet warmth and a sharp spear. A spoken secret and a silent announcement.

"We are you parents, Plum. Your true parents." NO I AM YOUR FATHER

 

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Fearless looked at King (joining the Empire) and Alecto with a strong-willed gaze.

"We can't trust Horizon and Evergreen. None of those awful self-proclaimed heroes. We can't."

Alecto turned to Fearless. "Why?"

"Evergreen is a monster. She killed my mother. She killed yours too, sister. Horizon is insane, that's pretty obvious."

Alecto shrugged. "Our mother didn't exactly care about me. She wanted me to avenge her and father. That's.. about it."

Fearless grabbed Alecto's horn, shoving her down. King watched them, terrified.

"WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU. Our mother was amazing. She cared so much for her children and her mate and her Empire. Evergreen ruined it all! We were at peace! And then she attacked!"

Alecto pushed Fearless away with her claw. Fearless grabbed Magenta's neck with their claw, and Alecto screeched.

Fearless smiled and turned to their sister again. "Kill Evergreen for me, or Magenta is dead."

Alecto glared at Fearless. "You're a monster. You're just as bad as Evergreen."

"Fight fire with fire."

King watched the two siblings fight, knowing that the Empire was being held together with only a few strings.

He needed to do something to stop it from falling.

But what?

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7 hours ago, Nightfire said:

Shadows and Secrets

(also, a black and beige-yellow teen female has joined, I named her Bumble, we don't see her in the screenshots)

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Ghost came back from Salvador's grave, somber and wondering if joining the Empire was a mistake. Maybe his family would take him back in. But Maybe not.

And he made Salvador a promise. He needed to uphold that. He wouldn't be here if it weren't for Salvador. But maybe it was Salvador's fault he was in this position?

All he knew was that Horizon was a threat to be quelled. To save the mountain. The Empire. His family..

This would be a necessary battle. One that Ghost wasn't certain he would win.

 

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Fox Heart pulled Lichen aside. He had been so excited to reunite with his mate and 'child'; the heartbreaking truth would shatter him completely.

"Lichen, I'm sorry to tell you. Plum isn't our biological child."

He raised an eyebrow. "What do you mean?"

Plum stared at her feet in shame. "I'm the daughter of Pomegranate and Dragonfruit. I ran off with Fox Heart. They would've killed me otherwise."

Lichen thought for a second. "They left you with Fox Heart? They didn't protect you themselves?"

Plum paused, and slowly nodded, looking up.

"Then they didn't care about you. But we do." Lichen's eyes were soft and kind.

His words filled Plum with an indescribable feeling. A sweet warmth and a sharp spear. A spoken secret and a silent announcement.

"We are you parents, Plum. Your true parents." NO I AM YOUR FATHER

 

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Fearless looked at King (joining the Empire) and Alecto with a strong-willed gaze.

"We can't trust Horizon and Evergreen. None of those awful self-proclaimed heroes. We can't."

Alecto turned to Fearless. "Why?"

"Evergreen is a monster. She killed my mother. She killed yours too, sister. Horizon is insane, that's pretty obvious."

Alecto shrugged. "Our mother didn't exactly care about me. She wanted me to avenge her and father. That's.. about it."

Fearless grabbed Alecto's horn, shoving her down. King watched them, terrified.

"WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU. Our mother was amazing. She cared so much for her children and her mate and her Empire. Evergreen ruined it all! We were at peace! And then she attacked!"

Alecto pushed Fearless away with her claw. Fearless grabbed Magenta's neck with her claw, and Alecto screeched.

Fearless smiled and turned to her sister again. "Kill Evergreen for me, or Magenta is dead."

Alecto glared at Fearless. "You're a monster. You're just as bad as Evergreen."

"Fight fire with fire."

King watched the two sisters fight, knowing that the Empire was being held together with only a few strings.

He needed to do something to stop it from falling.

But what?

King must do something! And he will....hopefully

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i am sowwy to say (prediction)... but the lineage of saber fangs must go.  but if ik me... then something so much worse is gonna happen cus peace is literally not a word on this mountain *quiet laughing/quick laughs*

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22 hours ago, Nightfire said:

Shadows and Secrets

 

 

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Fox Heart pulled Lichen aside. He had been so excited to reunite with his mate and 'child'; the heartbreaking truth would shatter him completely.

"Lichen, I'm sorry to tell you. Plum isn't our biological child."

He raised an eyebrow. "What do you mean?"

Plum stared at her feet in shame. "I'm the daughter of Pomegranate and Dragonfruit. I ran off with Fox Heart. They would've killed me otherwise."

Lichen thought for a second. "They left you with Fox Heart? They didn't protect you themselves?"

Plum paused, and slowly nodded, looking up.

"Then they didn't care about you. But we do." Lichen's eyes were soft and kind.

His words filled Plum with an indescribable feeling. A sweet warmth and a sharp spear. A spoken secret and a silent announcement.

"We are you parents, Plum. Your true parents." NO I AM YOUR FATHER

 

 

luk- (i mean) Plum... I am ur fatherrr *epic weird breath because of epic chin that lichen has*

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Fearless' Name

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Horizon and Ghost went down to meet with Lichen, Fox Heart and Plum.

Horizon tapped her claws. "Well. It looks like you're having your child soon, Fox Heart. I'd like you to nest on that stump up there. So we can keep a close eye on the child." There was something malicious in her tone.

Fox Heart was going to protest, but instead politely said "Yes, Your Majesty."

Horizon nodded at the group as they passed her. She turned to Ghost, whose unnervingly emotionless expression watched her carefully. "Strange how rebels always fight us, then act submissively and correctly after they're threatened."

Ghost nodded at her words. "Indeed. Although I do wonder what a fortune-teller would be planning in means of escape."

Horizon shrugged. "Lichen is going to die soon. We don't have to worry about anything for now."

Ghost watched after Fox Heart, and then turned to Horizon. "I feel like I've heard that name before.. Fox Heart.. sounds familiar, yet I can't tell what from.."

"Deja vu?"

"I suppose.."

But Ghost couldn't shake the feeling that something was wrong with the tan nicheling.

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King, Magenta, Alecto, and Fearless had reached the rest of the tribe. Horizon was coming back up from the lower mountain.

King saw Fearless' eyes gleam in the blue light of the mountain. He had to do something.

Jumping between the two, he shoved Magenta down the mountain and away from Fearless, before grabbing Fearless' paws firmly.

"WHAT ARE YOU DOING!" Fearless ripped their claws free. "ARE YOU HELPING HER?"

Horizon, startled, looked up at Fearless in surprise.

"You can't kill Horizon!" King stared at Fearless desperately. "Then you'll just be as bad as Evergreen, killing a leader to become the new leader! A coup! Exactly why you're doing all this!"

Fearless glared at King. "Karma is evil. Everyone's going to have to deal with it."

King looked back at them, scared by determined. "You're just going to punish everyone. You're going to do exactly what you say Horizon is doing. You're going to become a monster, exactly as you say they are."

Fearless grinned. "The ends justify the means."

Alecto grabbed Fearless' arm, who tried to shove her away. "Sibling, you really do live up to your name, you Fearless creature. This wouldn't have worked. Evergreen would just kill you." She pointed to Horizon. "We're saving you from death, idiot. Just accept a punishment."

Fearless glared at Alecto hauntingly. "Now I know why mother never loved you."

Alecto just looked stunned; not surprised, not shocked. Just stunned. She paused, mouth slightly open, staring at Fearless, who continued. "But she will if you help me to avenge her and kill her killer. She tried to kill Evergreen herself, before that idi- before Tiger's Eye intervened. You didn't help her. But you can make it up to her now, if you help me."

King looked at Fearless and Alecto in complete shock. But Horizon's voice surprised him even more.

Horizon's horns were lowered in battle position, and she looked confident. "King, Alecto, step aside. Fearless needs to prove their strength. And I need to prove mine."

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wait... i have a quick question... does evergreen think horizon is a lil sus/nuts? i dont remember the part were tiger died

(also which one is alecto? just safe checking, shes not the one with claws right?)

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3 hours ago, orinz said:

wait... i have a quick question... does evergreen think horizon is a lil sus/nuts? i dont remember the part were tiger died

(also which one is alecto? just safe checking, shes not the one with claws right?)

Evergreen might suspect something, but I think she wouldn't tell anyone.

Alecto is the saber fangs with horns and a claw. Fearless has just saber fangs.

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Storm on the Horizon

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Horizon looked down at Fearless' bones. Her shoulder hurt profusely, and her back was covered in dried blood of both her enemy's and her own, but she had won. She had secured her rightful place as leader.

"You should get your wound checked." Evergreen commented. "It could get infected."

Horizon shrugged, but flinched while doing so due to pain. "I doubt that."

Something else more important was on Horizon's mind. She knew that some nichelings had left the Empire as well. And she felt powerful, having crushed a horrid group planning domination. So logically, what if these nichelings were planning the same thing? Surely then it would make sense to hunt them down.

Of course, she couldn't let Ghost and King know. Their loyalties were likely mixed. Maybe she would confront them about their loyalties. But probably not. Too much time that could be wasted instead of preparing for the attack. Maybe after the rogue nichelings were crushed.

 

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Somewhere else on the island, the nichelings outside the Empires had met up. A lot of the younger nichelings wanted to go out and, admittedly, start their own Empire. They were all young and eager for success! It wouldn't hurt to make it.

Of course, they didn't tell the older nichelings, who were always like don't join the Empires blah blah fighting bad blah but surely they were just exaggerating how bad Empires were.

And now, that youthful group had planned how they were going to escape the watchful eyes of their parents and create a legacy that every nicheling would fear. The Storm Alliance would shake the mountain to its very core and change the course of the Frozen Empire for good.

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*me killing some random nicheling (with the same attack power and speed as horizon in my own world with a my own nicheling that has similar genes with fearless*: *see this post*... !... buh- buhh.. WHA?!

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Staying in Place

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Horizon pulled Ghost and Koi (red with white spots) over to talk.

"I have a special mission for you two. It's very important, and will be very good for the mountain."

Koi perked up at this. Her mother had always told her to listen to Horizon and this was her chance to prove herself! "What do you need?"

Horizon nodded. "I'm glad you're happy to help. Have you heard about the Empire Outsiders?"

Koi thought for a second, before remembering who those were. "Those groups of nichelings who left the Empires back when you became leader?"

Horizon smiled. "Correct! You're a very fast learner."

Koi grinned happily. Ghost nodded at her, but he felt a strange worry in his stomach.

Horizon continued. "These Empire Outsiders have gone missing, and I haven't found any trace of them. Although they did leave the Empires, there's very valuable allies among them. Without these allies, our Empire could be destroyed. If we can't find them, we're standing on thin ice constantly.. if you can, our Empire will surely live forever."

Koi shuddered. So much pressure to save and protect the Empire.. if she didn't succeed, what would Horizon do to her? "I'll protect the Empire with all my life, I promise you."

Horizon patted Koi's head, but there was something unsettling in her tone. "I trust you to keep that promise."

Koi felt a bit of uneasiness, but Horizon swiftly moved on. "Arctic will be going with you; they're powerful and can defend you all in case of attack. Ghost knows the way there; he's the descendant of the Empire Outsiders. Good luck too all of you."

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The group assembled, and left to find the Outsiders. Alecto then came to speak with Horizon.

"Is it time?"

Horizon responded, still watching bouncy Koi leave. "Is everyone ready?"

Alecto nodded. "I'm still unsure on why you want to do all this."

Horizon shrugged. "I'm just making sure they.. stay in their place."

Alecto stared at Horizon for a long moment. She had heard the tale of Blood Sky before, and hadn't been able to sleep for a long time after imagining the image of Blood Sky's twisted neck, and the horrid words repeated by Fire Opal over and over again. With a shudder and flinch, she walked away, shoving the thought down again.

 

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Ghost walked down the island, feeling powerless beside the large, muscular figure of Arctic and tired beside bouncy bubbly Koi. The group was making good ground for their second day, and Ghost knew exactly where his family was.

Salvador had warned him of Horizon's darkening future, and Ghost was scared he was going to fail the old nicheling. But he needed to stay as unsuspicious as possible, and comply with what Horizon said.

But he couldn't shake the feeling he was getting watched.. And that he was bringing his family an unwanted demise.

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On 8/8/2021 at 10:53 PM, Nightfire said:

Staying in Place

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Horizon pulled Ghost and Koi (red with white spots) over to talk.

"I have a special mission for you two. It's very important, and will be very good for the mountain."

Koi perked up at this. Her mother had always told her to listen to Horizon and this was her chance to prove herself! "What do you need?"

Horizon nodded. "I'm glad you're happy to help. Have you heard about the Empire Outsiders?"

Koi thought for a second, before remembering who those were. "Those groups of nichelings who left the Empires back when you became leader?"

Horizon smiled. "Correct! You're a very fast learner."

Koi grinned happily. Ghost nodded at her, but he felt a strange worry in his stomach.

Horizon continued. "These Empire Outsiders have gone missing, and I haven't found any trace of them. Although they did leave the Empires, there's very valuable allies among them. Without these allies, our Empire could be destroyed. If we can't find them, we're standing on thin ice constantly.. if you can, our Empire will surely live forever."

Koi shuddered. So much pressure to save and protect the Empire.. if she didn't succeed, what would Horizon do to her? "I'll protect the Empire with all my life, I promise you."

Horizon patted Koi's head, but there was something unsettling in her tone. "I trust you to keep that promise."

Koi felt a bit of uneasiness, but Horizon swiftly moved on. "Arctic will be going with you; they're powerful and can defend you all in case of attack. Ghost knows the way there; he's the descendant of the Empire Outsiders. Good luck too all of you."

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The group assembled, and left to find the Outsiders. Alecto then came to speak with Horizon.

"Is it time?"

Horizon responded, still watching bouncy Koi leave. "Is everyone ready?"

Alecto nodded. "I'm still unsure on why you want to do all this."

Horizon shrugged. "I'm just making sure they.. stay in their place."

Alecto stared at Horizon for a long moment. She had heard the tale of Blood Sky before, and hadn't been able to sleep for a long time after imagining the image of Blood Sky's twisted neck, and the horrid words repeated by Fire Opal over and over again. With a shudder and flinch, she walked away, shoving the thought down again.

 

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Ghost walked down the island, feeling powerless beside the large, muscular figure of Arctic and tired beside bouncy bubbly Koi. The group was making good ground for their second day, and Ghost knew exactly where his family was.

Salvador had warned him of Horizon's darkening future, and Ghost was scared he was going to fail the old nicheling. But he needed to stay as unsuspicious as possible, and comply with what Horizon said.

But he couldn't shake the feeling he was getting watched.. And that he was bringing his family an unwanted demise.

Oh no!!!! Don't do it Ghost! Lead them the wrong way! Also what is Horizon going to do to the rest of the group? The way she said it makes me fearful for them...

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