Rays was beginning to question the wisdom of turning down the weather adaptation charm for his cloak. The merchant in question had
been asking for an awful lot though, and it's not like he knew he'd be trudging through the snow in some near-polar region of Earth when he bought the thing. The unicorn's sullen grumble turned into a full-body shiver as his breath misted in the cold winter air. How did the weather change so quickly? He hadn't seen any pegasi getting the skies ready, and yet it had gone from chilly-but-bearable to frigid and covered in snow overnight. Equestria really needed to step their game up and get some weather teams cleaning up this world's climate.
Rays was snapped out of his reverie by the realization that he'd made it to his destination. At least the innkeeper's directions proved accurate (once her greed had been sated anyway). Hurrying inside, he looked around for the help desk. Ah, there it was."I'd like to register a Rended encounter."
The receptionist looked a bit more attentive than he had before.
"A new variation?""New for me, at least. Hopefully it was the only one of its kind, but you never know with Rended."
Rays began to rifle through his saddlebags as he continued, "I think it used to be one of the native equines. You know, before."
Finding what he was looking for, he pulled it out and placed it on the desk. It was a horn. Spiraled like a unicorn's, but longer and far more deadly in appearance, it was broken at the base. "It was like some sick parody of a unicorn. Big as a horse and completely insane. Barely managed to kill it before it could kill me."
"Well, we'll certainly add it to the watchlist. Was there anything else?""Got any good tips on salvage nearby?"
"Funny you should ask. We just got a commission from the mayor to send some adventurers up to the reform school. Sounds like the Headmaster's offering a job."