|Age of Equestria: The Return of Tambelon|
|Type/genre||Adventure / Drama / Comedy / Romance / Alternate Universe|
|Featuring||Midnight Shade, Blaze, Sunset Shimmer, Twilight Sparkle|
|Based on||My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic|
Age of Equestria: The Return of Tambelon is a MLP fan fiction created by fan artist, MelSpyRose111. It is a grand adventure story about a unicorn stallion named, Midnight Shade and his dragon friend, Blaze, who go on a quest to save Equestria from the evil Grogar. The creator is currently working on it and is planning to make it into an audio drama. It will be released next year in 2018.
When a great evil plans to dominate the world of Equestria, a hero will be chosen to save ponykind and his friends will be there for him to stop the evil one.
Original synopsis by MelSpyRose111
As the story begins, we get a backstory that explains how many years ago, Equestria was threatened because the evil demonic ram, Grogar, wanted to destroy all ponies and to dominate the world. Starswirl the Bearded tried to fight Grogar and his undead army, but his magic was no match for him. Unable to stop Grogar, Starswirl fled to the Everfree Forest where eventually, Celestia and Luna's parents, King Cosmos and Queen Galaxia where there to support the unicorn wizard by giving him the Elements of Harmony. Starswirl used the Elements of Harmony to defeat Grogar by imprisoning him inside a magic mirror before banishing him to the City of Tambelon and then after he was victorious, Starswirl the Bearded served Princess Celestia and Luna until he vanished and was never seen again. A prophecy was then foretold that if Grogar would ever return from being imprisoned, then he can only be defeated when the power of friendship rings the Bell of Freedom.
Centuries later, a traveling donkey named, Bray, discovers the lost city of Tambelon before he goes inside the fortress to investigate. At the top of the tower, he finds an old office filled with dark magic spell books and starts to read them before hearing a demonic voice. Bray feels the presence of an evil creature before he meets Grogar for the first time. He tells the frightened donkey that he had been trapped inside the magic mirror for thousands of years before he convinces Bray to set him free so that he will join him as his new henchman. Bray agrees before he uses a dark magic spell book to set Grogar free from imprisonment.
We then cut to Town Snowdrop (a village named after Princess Luna's friend, Snowdrop), where we're introduced to the main characters, Midnight Shade and Blaze. Midnight is a gifted unicorn who dreams of one day becoming a hero while Blaze is a young female dragon who became Midnight's adopted sister after she was saved from the bitter cold outside. The two went to go buy some more gemstones at the Diamond Store, but after Blaze caused a lot of trouble due to her hunger and craving for gems, they get kicked out of the store before Midnight and Blaze decide to go visit their father, Steel Mustang, a unicorn who works as a blacksmith. He gives them a bucket of gems before Midnight starts to daydream about the adventures of Twilight Sparkle and her friends.
Meanwhile, at the Celestial Kingdom, King Cosmos and Queen Galaxia have found out that Grogar has been set free from his bondage and they hire one of their angels, Angelus, to go down to the mortal world so that he can send somepony to Canterlot and warn Princess Celestia and Luna about the Necromancer's plan for revenge. One night, Angelus meets Midnight Shade in his dreams and he tells him to go to Canterlot and warn Princess Celestia about Grogar's return before the unicorn wakes up from his dream. Midnight Shade explains to his parents what had happened in his dream, but Blaze doubted that he really did see an angel in his dreams. Steel Mustang and Frost Flight believed that this was a sign from the Celestial Kingdom before Midnight Shade asks if he and Blaze can go to the train station in order to make their way to Canterlot. The parents don't wanna lose their son, but Midnight promises them that he and Blaze will be safe on their journey and he even says that he'll make them proud. The next day, Midnight Shade says goodbye to his parents before he and Blaze take their saddlebags and leave Town Snowdrop. As they travel to the train station, Midnight Shade and Blaze make their way through a blizzard until they've found shelter inside a cave, but it turns out that a giant polar bear was sleeping in that cave. When Midnight Shade and Blaze accidentally woke up the giant polar bear, they ran for their lives before they managed to escape from the predator when Angelus came in to the rescue. He brings them safely to the train station before Angelus says that he'll meet our heroes once they have reached their destination. Our heroes hop aboard the train, they fall asleep during transportation until they eventually arrived at Ponyville the next day.
Midnight Shade and Blaze have gotten out of the train before they decided to explore around Ponyville where they eventually get to meet Princess Twilight Sparkle and her dragon assistant, Spike, at a park. Midnight Shade and Blaze introduce themselves before Twilight and Spike invite them to the Castle of Friendship where she introduces our main characters to her friends, Applejack, Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Rarity and her student, Starlight Glimmer. Twilight Sparkle and her friends get to know the newcomers before Midnight suddenly remembers why he left Town Snowdrop to begin with. He asks Twilight Sparkle if she knows anything about an evil ram named, Grogar, and Twilight says that he's only a myth from an old legend. However, Twilight and her friends get more proof that Grogar really does exist when Angelus makes an appearance. Angelus tells our main heroes that he's been sent by the Alicorn King and Queen to warn Princess Celestia about the return of Grogar and then he tells them to go to Canterlot before Angelus uses his angelic powers to disappear. Midnight Shade explains to Twilight and her friends that he and Blaze have been sent to warn Princess Celestia before Twilight orders Spike to send a message to her while she looks for a history book about Grogar. Suddenly, the Crystal Mirror magically opens up a portal before Sunset Shimmer makes an appearance. Twilight Sparkle was unable to find a history book about Grogar before she reunites with Sunset Shimmer, who came back from the human world so that she can go to Canterlot to make amends with Princess Celestia for her past sins.
Midnight Shade gets to meet Sunset Shimmer for the first time before he gets a huge crush on her. Spike introduces himself to Blaze before he asks her if she can play a board game with him. Blaze accepts and the two young dragons pick out a board game called, "Game of Ponies" (a parody to Game of Thrones). Midnight Shade tries to impress Sunset Shimmer by showing her his magical talents and skills and then he tries to woo her by speaking in poetry and offering her flowers. Sunset Shimmer starts to question why Midnight Shade wants to spend some time with her, but she eventually accepts Midnight as her new friend and the two unicorns get to know each other. Later that day, Starlight Glimmer receives a note from her childhood friend, Sunburst, telling her that she needs to go to the Crystal Empire alone to help him with his unfinished spells. Starlight, knowing that Twilight Sparkle would feel worried about her student if she went out alone, decides to ask Pinkie Pie to inform the others that she's going to visit her friend alone. Spike burps out a letter from Princess Celestia before he hands it to Twilight Sparkle. The letter tells Twilight that she and her friends must go to Canterlot and meet Princess Celestia and her sister, Princess Luna, at the throne room so that they can know more about Grogar. Twilight Sparkle and her friends make their way to Canterlot, but not before they invite Sunset Shimmer, Midnight Shade and Blaze to come along with them. Sunset is worried that Celestia might not forgive her after all the mean things she's done in the past, but Twilight reassures her that she will be forgiven anytime soon. Spike begins to flirt with Rarity and Blaze couldn't help but find it weird that a young dragon like him would have affections for a unicorn mare. When the main characters make it to Canterlot, they go to the castle where Twilight tells Sunset Shimmer to wait in the castle halls with Spike and Fluttershy while she and the others go to have a meeting with Celestia and Luna.