The train pulled in to Canterlot station just as the sun crested over the horizon, leaving the city to bathe in the orange glow of twilight as the moon crawled to the center of the sky. The cobblestone street outside the station was lined with carriages pulled by ponies dressed in the shining gold armor of the Royal Guard.
Voltage, Moxi, Snowdrift and Dreamcatcher all made for the nearest carriage, all the mares climbing aboard as Dreamcatcher hung back to peer into the crowd behind them. Something caught the earth pony’s eye and he whistled loudly. “Hey Blue,” he called out, waving a hoof at somepony just out of view from within the carriage, “I didn’t know you were coming!”
Streaks of sunshine broke through prevalent cloud coverage over the Everfree Forest. Even in late Spring, the forest was all but perpetually covered by clouds. The forest floor existed in a nearly constant state of night time, which was just perfect for the ponies of Luneria; the Village of Night Ponies. Set deep in the Everfree Forest on the junction of the Everfree River, Princess Luna’s pet project of a town rarely had a light level outside of the dichotomous “Night and Shade.” The river trickled gently through Luneria, its glassy surface just still enough to provide an ideal skipping surface for the mare sitting at its banks, throwing stones.