Silver Spoon and Scootaloo followed their newest crewman, Subodai to the fortress of Skull Island until they finally entered the mansion overseeing the entire fortress. Once they entered the mansion, they first room they entered, is an office full of...many MANY decorative artifacts from the spiral. And finally before them is an old pirate wearing turquoise, and a white...parrot nesting on his shoulder.
Pirate: Why, welcome! I take it you are new to Skull Island.
Scootaloo: Yeah. Are you Captain Avery?
Avery: That I am, my dear. How can I help you?
Scootaloo: Well you see, we kinda escaped from the Armada. And a friend of mine named Boochbeard told me that you would help me out.
Avery: Ah, Boochbeard, that old so an' so. So, you're on the run from the Armada are you?
Scootaloo: You can say that, yes.
Avery: Well, I run a pirate haven here, not a charity. If you want MY protection, you'll have to work for it.
Subodai: We will help you in any way possible, Avery.
Scootaloo: Yeah! How can we help?
Avery: One of my...willful crewmen, a Buccaneer named Fin stole a Jade Amulet from me. I need back.
Silver Spoon: Well, that doesn't sound bad.
Avery: Unfortunately, Fin fled to Skull Mountain, and roused the Troggies. Now they're bombarding us.
Scootaloo(annoyed): You had to say something didn't you?
Avery: Now now, if you handled the Armada as you said, than fighting mere Troggies would be a walk in the park for you. Now, to get my amulet, you must report to Chief Gunner Rigby, he'll lead you to Skull Mountain.
Silver Spoon: Wait, how are you going to protect us again?
Avery: Simple, if you want to be a pirate, you'll need a ship. Do this right and I'll give you one. Do we have an accord?
Scootaloo went into thought for a second.
Scootaloo: You'll promise to protect us from the Armada?
She then raised a hoof out, accepting the deal.
Scootaloo: We have an accord.
The two shook hands on it.
Avery: Now, one last thing. Surely, Boochbeard taught you the method of card attacks correct?
Scootaloo: Uh yeah he did!
Avery: Then, you yourself must take one of your own if you wish to fight for my amulet.
He then took out five cards from his pocket.
Avery: Five cards for five schools. Which school are you?
The little captain looked at Avery in confusion. She didn't understand what he was talking about.
Silver Spoon: Boochbeard never mentioned classes.
Subodai: You forgot to ask him.
Avery: Subodai is right. You must of forgotten to ask him about class types. All pirates have one. Buccaneers being the strong, defensive and merciless type, Musketeers being those who let only their guns do the talking, Privateers who rally up their team to the brink of victory, Swashbucklers who would rely on speed, cunning, and agility to fight their enemies. And Witchdoctors who would use only the power of hoodoo and magic to defeat their enemies.
While explaining, he also showed Scoots the school symbols.
Buccaneer Symbol: A huge blue sword crossed behind a red pirate flag.
Musketeer Symbol: An orange gun fuming in green smoke in the barrel of the gun.
Privateer Symbol: A yellow telescope crossed behind a blue ship wheel.
Swashbuckler Symbol: A purple dagger crossed behind a gold bloom.
Witchdoctor Symbol: A green voodoo doll stabbed with three purple pins.
Subodai: I am Buccaneer.
Five different classes. Scootaloo is known for her speed and agility, there's one school that fits Scootaloo perfectly.
Scootaloo: Hmmm. I guess I'm a Swashbuckler.
The office proprietor the turned to a certain silver filly.
Avery: And what about you, my dear?
Silver Spoon: Is it something I have to decide now?
Avery: Oh no, take your time. It's always hard to pick a class. Just come to me when you picked the class more comfortable to you. But in the meantime, my amulet.
Scootaloo: Huh? Oh yeah! The amulet! Let's go guys.
Avery then gives the new Swashbuckler her new card, Sneak Attack, as well as a compass and finally, Silver Spoon and Subodai followed their captain out and leading to Skull Mountain.
Avery: Remember to bring it back! And don't you dare switch it with a fake, I'll know!
Scootaloo: Relax, I won't!
Finally the exited the office and took a look around for Skull Island. But something caught Silver Spoon's eyes.
Silver Spoon: Hey, horse. What's that pillar over there?
To his annoyance, Subodai looked to where the silver filly was pointing.
Subodai: I am Subodai. And that is a Life Fountain. If you are injured, it will heal you.
Scootaloo: Well that's definitely useful if we get hurt. So, according to the compass, Skull Mountain is over to the left.
Subodai: Yes. That's West, captain.
They went west which is of course the west bastion as Avery explained. They soon met with a round man, manning the cannons into a forest. Then suddenly A BARREL came hurdling towards the Gunner and suddenly,
Rigby: LOOK OUT!
the barrel exploded causing a major crater in the center of the bastion.
Subodai: Chief Gunner Rigby.
Rigby: Ahoy there! Keep your head down if you're willin' to get blown up. Blasted Troggies! They've gone mad they have.
Subodai: Avery sent us to help.
Rigby: You want to help? We need to stop this bombardment! Go find Bonnie Anne!
He then opened the gate leading to a bridge to a forest.
Rigby: She went across the bridge to teach those savages a lesson. You'll do more good there.
Scootaloo: We're on the case!
Scootaloo led her pirate team across the bridge and into the forest. Where at the entrance, they see a fox pirate carrying a large musket, out of breath. She must of been tired from fighting the Troggies. The three went to the tired fox.
Scootaloo: Are you Bonnie Anne?
Bonnie(panting): Aye... And who're you then?
Scootaloo: The names Scootaloo of Equestria. Avery sent us to help get back his amulet from Fin.
Bonnie: That Fin, he's a wily one. He roused up the Troggies till they're mad as badgers!
Subodai: Troggy vermin. How did this happen?
Bonnie: The slimy devils raided us last night, took half of our powder stores, and now they're flinging them back into town!
Bonnie: We're trying to fight back, but there's too many of them! If ya want to help, soften them up a bit and I'll help ya find Fin. Report to Lieutenant Smollet after!
Scootaloo: Hrmp. Let's do it!
The three pirates shoved off to the locations of the Troggies.
And finally they found the path of walking, tribal frogs running around and firing barrels out to the court. To avoid contact from them, the three hid behind a local bush.
Scootaloo: Those are the Troggies?
Subodai: Yes. Raise your sword.
He then turns to Silver Spoon.
Subodai: You. You do not have a weapon. You must stay here. Once we defeat them, find Smollet.
Silver Spoon: Uh...yeah no telling me twice.
Scootaloo: Alright let's do it.
Scootaloo and Subodai jumped out of their hiding spot and approached a group of Troggies.
Troggy: Oop,Reep,Oolong,Eep Eep!
Scootaloo: I don't know what you said, but you're going down! Sneak Attack!
The pirate filly stabbed one of the Troggies followed by a spin slash at it, defeating it in one hit.
Scootaloo: I think I'm getting the hang of this thing.
Subodai: Good. Now watch me. Tremor Hit!
The barbarian horse hit the Troggy downward with his sword, almost causing a mini quake. Though the Troggy is still standing.
Subodai: Impressive. You are still standing.
The Troggy charged at Subodai and assaulted him with his shield and spear wounding the horse.
Subodai: OH! UGH!
Scootaloo: Don't worry. I got this.
The pirate slashed her rapier around and finally hit the Troggy, adding on the damage Subodai made, defeating it. That's all the Troggies.
Scootaloo: That's all of them.
Subodai: Now, we only hope Silver Spoon has gotten to Smollet.
Fortunately for them, Silver Spoon did as she, Bonnie Anne, and a rounded man, (who they assumedto be Smollet) walked up to them.
Smollet: Smartly done, pirate. With you by our side, we may have a fighting chance.
Bonnie: Well done indeed. Ye're really good to have in a fight.
Bonnie: I said I'd take ye to see Fin, and I'm a girl of me word. So, ye got room another on yer crew, Captain?
Scootaloo: The more the merrier! Welcome to the crew, Bonnie.
Smollet: I'm glad for you, Anne. You could lead them to Fin, but first, Skull Island's threatened, pirate and it's up to us to save it.
Smollet: Listen up: the Troggies are using three great slingshots to attack the bastion. Our cannons could destroy them, but the farthest slingshot is out of range, and our men can't see an inch in this jungle.
Scootaloo: So...what can we do?
Smollet: Scout the forest, and mark the location of the two slingshots on this map.
Lieutenant Smollet then gives Scootaloo a little map of the mountain.
Smollet: Once you are done, find the third one and set off the powder kegs they're flinging to the island and destroy it. Report to me when you're done.
Scootaloo: Sounds like a plan. Let's find those slingshots.
The three pirates and their newest crewmate, Bonnie Anne, scouted out the landmark to find the slingshots. They found the first one, no Troggies, and marked it on the map.
The second slingshot had one Troggy manning the powder keg. So they quietly marked the location, and headed off to find the third one.
And finally the third one, to which it had a whole band of Troggies and a whole bunch of powder kegs with them. Fortunately, Subodai knew what to do.
Subodai: Amphibious scum.
Subodai took out a match, lit it, and lit the fuse. It was then that the crew quickly QUICKLY ran away from the site, when,
BOOM! An explosion shrouded the spot, leaving a crater of soot in replace of the slingshot...and the Troggy.
Subodai: It is done. Now, back to Smollet.
They finally went back to the entrance,where Smollet is standing.
Smollet: I heard the explosion from here. Clearly, you finished the job?
Scootaloo: Yep, and here's where the other slingshots are.
Scootaloo showed Smollet the map with X marks on the spot of the other two slingshots.
Smollet: Good work, that's done! Now then, we can finally working on retrieving Avery's bauble.
Bonnie: Right then, where should we start.
Smollet: I sent two of my best men, Livsey, and Shepard to find the Amulet. They haven't been heard from in a while. Go up the trail and find any traces of Livsey or Shepard. IF they're alive, they can help you find Fin.
The four pirates went off to find the two lost crewmen.
No ambush or anything regarding Livsey or Shepard so far. But right when they went up the trail,
???: You there, help!
A cry for help was heard. And of course if Scootaloo has learned anything in Equestria, it was to help those in need. She looked around and saw a frog trapped in a wooden cage.
Scootaloo: Hey little guy, trapped in a cage are you?
Frog: What am I a dog to you?! Get me outta here!
Silver Spoon: Slow your croak for a second, will ya? Are you Livsey?
Livsey: Yep, the name's Livsey E. Froggert.
Bonnie: Perfect! Smollet sent us to find ye and Shepard.
Livsey: Smollet sent ye? Good, I think I know where Fin is, but he ain't alone. I saw a ship docked up the mountain a while ago, a Cutthroat ship by the looks of it and they've set up camp up there.
Scootaloo: A Cutthroat?
Bonnie: Dangerous shark pirates, Captain. Fin must of called them here while we were busy with the Troggies.
Livsey: Aye, but when we found them, they found us. The sharks attacked us and they trapped me in here ever since.
Subodai: What about Shepard?
Livsey: Didn't see him. We got separated during the attack.
The little frog tries to break the lock on the cage open, but no dice.
Livsey: UGH! No good! I can't get this lock open. Any ideas?
Our horse barbarian examined the cage, then without a word unsheathed his sword.
Subodai: It is simple bamboo. It can be thick at times, but it can be chopped down to nothing.
SLASH! At a blink of an eye, Subodai stroked the cage, to which it was chopped into little pieces. Livsey was free.
Livsey: Almost cut my head opened, but I'm free! Now then, I need you to distract the Cutthroats, engage them in combat. While you do that, I'll find some clues to where Fin went.
Silver Spoon: I thought you said you knew where he was.
Livsey: I wasn't sure! I maybe right or wrong, I need some more clues to further my assumption.
Scootaloo: All right.
At the Captain's orders, they went up the hill, only to find a perfect view of a giant skull, what she also noticed is a campsite with a band of sharks guarding the campsite.
Subodai: The Skull Cave. I am not afraid.
The Pegasus filly took her battle stance, determined.
Scootaloo: Neither am I!
Silver Spoon: Well I am!
Scootaloo: You don't count.
Silver Spoon: ExCUSE me?!
Bonnie: Enough, you two. There are the Cutthroats. Why don't we give them a warm welcome.
Scootaloo: Let's. I do have an idea, anyway.
Bonnie: Let me hear it.
Bonnie, then leaned over her captain, and Scootaloo whispered to her the plan she thought of.
Bonnie: Really, captain, do ye really think it'll work?
Scootaloo: Trust me. I saw it in a Daring Do book.
Bonnie looked at the little filly in confusion.
Scootaloo: I'll explain later. Right now, showtime.
Scootaloo took some dirt and smeared her muzzle making some sort of muddy beard. It was then that she trotted up to the Cutthroats, who unfortunately unsheathed their swords.
Cutthroat: Who the blazes are you?!
Scootaloo: No worries, gents. I'm on a bit of a business venture. I'm here to see Fin.
Cutthroat #1: You're the buyer? Boy, ye came early.
Scootaloo: Wha? Oh I mean yes, I'm the buyer. A little birdie told me, that you have something that belongs to the proprietor of Skull Island. I possibly couldn't turn that deal away.
While Scootaloo was talking to the Cutthroats, Bonnie, Subodai, and Silver Spoon sneaked past them to find Livsey.
Cutthroat #2: Aye. Fin told us he took Avery's Jade Amulet. Clearly, Avery stopped the search after we roughed up two suckers looking for the amulet.
Scootaloo: Interesting, men. And who prey tell are these two "suckers"
Cutthroat #2: I don't know. Uh Livsey and...Shepard?
Scootaloo: That's all I needed to hear.
She unsheathed her rapier and stabbed one of the Cutthroats, surprising the others.
Scootaloo: All right then! Now that I have some confirmation, where's Fin?
Cutthroat: Uh...we ain't tellin' ye!
Scootaloo: Stubborn pirates. I guess we're gonna have to do this the hard way.
The other Cutthroats took out their weapons and attacked the lone filly, only for their attacks to be blocked.
One by one, the Cutthroats were taken out by Scootaloo. She then regrouped with her crew along with Livsey.
Livsey: Nicely done, pirate! During your diversion, I found this note. Listen to this:
"Our buyer won't be here for a while. I'll be in the temple. If the buyer arrives, bring him to me. The temple entrance is in the Skull Cave"
Silver Spoon: So... in there?
Subodai: Yes. There's no turning back now, Captain. Into the cave.
Scootaloo: You heard the horse, into the cave!
Bonnie: Sounds like a plan. But what about you, Livsey?
Livsey: I'll report the news to Smollet. And who knows? You may be able to find Shepard in the cave. Good luck.
Scootaloo: Thanks. Now let's get Fin!
The crew entered into Skull Cave, continuing their search to find Fin and retrieve Avery's amulet.