The Quest for Atlantis
Thanks to Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis from LucasArts for the
inspiration of this story.
Tabby merrily skipped down the path leading to Clever Clover's house. She had walked
over to Friendship Gardens from Dream Valley that afternoon. She and Clever Clover were
going on an adventure.
Trotting up to Clever Clover's front door, she knocked on it loudly. The door opened
"Hi, Tabby," Clever Clover greeted her. He was decked out in his archeology gear-- his
battered fedora hat on his head and a whip in his front right hoof.
"You're not going dressed up like that, are you?" Tabby wrinkled her
"It's what I always wear when I do archaeology work," Clever Clover defended
"You need a whip for digging around in the ground?... well, at least you
remembered we were going off to find Atlantis today."
Clever Clover looked around uneasily. "Um... I've come across a slight problem with
Tabby sighed. "Cleve Clove! What kind of a problem?"
"I... uh... well... I can't find the disks."
"You lost the disks!" Tabby exclaimed. Recently, Clever Clover, along with Tabby and
Sugarberry, had cleaned out his house. Among the ancient artifacts they had found while cleaning
was Plato's Lost Dialogue and three stone disks which they believed to be the key to Atlantis.
"What in the world did you do with them?"
"Well... I think... they were stolen."
"Stolen!" Tabby's eyes opened wide. "We told you that you outta lock your house
"See, I never got around to finding the house key," Clever Clover explained.
"So do you know who stole them?" Tabby questioned.
"Maybe... just yesterday when I came home I noticed a mysterious human figure
into the forest behind my house."
"Weren't you even suspicious at that point?" Tabby was nearly screeching.
"No, not really. But I checked through everything in the house and then I realized that
stone disks were gone."
"What about Plato's Lost Dialogue? Is that still here?"
Clever Clover scratched his head. "It might be. I'll have to look."
"Well, come on! Let's go see now!" Tabby exclaimed.
Clever Clover led the way into one of the back rooms, and stooped down to look in a
crate where several ancient artifacts were stored. Meanwhile, Tabby idly rummaged through
another box in the room.
Clever Clover stood up and shook his head. "They took off with the translated copy
Windwhistler figured out for us, but left the Greek original. That one won't get us
Tabby listened and nodded her head, but her mind was on something else. She picked
an object from the box she was looking through-- it was an ancient-looking necklace; the
medallion was of a strange face with fins on the side. "Hey, Cleve Clove. Can I have this?"
Clever Clover looked at it. "Sure, I guess, if you want. Just be careful with it."
Tabby strung the necklace around her neck and smiled smugly. This was strange
for Tabby, as she usually detested jewelry of all kinds.
"Well, now we're without the key and the Dialogue," Clever Clover said.
"I guess we'd better find them then," Tabby suggested. "We're not getting to Atlantis
unless we do."
"Let's go looking around in the forest out back. That is where I saw the robber go;
maybe he dropped something that would identify him," Clever Clover said, heading out the back
door. Tabby followed behind.
"Now, look carefully," Clever Clover instructed Tabby once they were out in the
"Yeah, yeah," Tabby said under her breath. However, she obeyed the orders she was
given and walked around, looking closely at the forest floor.
"I think I found something!" she called out a little while later. "Look at this!" She
a piece of paper in the air.
Clever Clover trotted over and took the paper from Tabby. "It's a receipt from a hotel.
There's the hotel's address on here, and a person's name is written on it."
"Great!" Tabby exclaimed. "We can track him down."
"It's over beyond the rainbow," Clever Clover said thoughtfully. "It says it's in a city in
"Well, what are we waiting for!" Tabby said. "Let's get going!"
* * *
Tabby and Clever Clover got over the rainbow all right, and Tabby winked them right to
the city they needed. It was a city called Chicago in the state of Illinois in the United States.
"So, here we are in Chicago," Clever Clover commented.
"This world really doesn't feel any different than Ponyland," Tabby said.
Clever Clover studied the paper they had found. "Let's go find this hotel."
Tabby shrugged. "You can find it; I can't figure out anything from the address."
Clever Clover started walking and mumbling to himself. Tabby obediently trotted
"Getting anywhere?" she questioned.
"Yes, I think we're almost there," Clever Clover said. "We're on the right street."
Tabby sighed impatiently, and then realized something. "Don't you think two
ponies walking around a human-occupied city is going to attract some attention?"
Clever Clover suddenly stopped. "You know, that's true."
"This could cause serious problems," Tabby commented. "We'll never be able to get
the hotel without someone noticing us." She stopped and ducked into a nearby alley, and Clever
Clever Clover sighed. "We'd better stop and rethink this."
"It's amazing no one's noticed us already!" Tabby hissed.
"We were lucky, then," Clever Clover said.
Tabby's face suddenly brightened. "Hey! I have my magical power!"
Clever Clover thought. "What is your power, again?"
"I can change into any living thing I want to," Tabby said promptly. "And I think that
even includes changing into humans."
"All right!" Clever Clover exclaimed. "Can you change anyone besides yourself?"
"Hmm," Tabby thought. "I've never tried before. I might be able to."
"Try it!" Clever Clover urged. "Especially before anyone comes by and notices
Tabby concentrated hard on her magical ability. Amazingly, she was able to turn both
Clever Clover and herself into humans, and clothes were even included in the package.
"It's weird being a human," Tabby said, shaking her head. "Having to walk on
just two legs!"
"Yeah," Clever Clover agreed.
"Anyway, onto the hotel," Tabby prompted.
When the two humans walked into the hotel, no one noticed anything out of the
Tabby boldly strode up to the front counter. "I'd like to know which room this guy is staying in,"
she said to the receptionist and showed her the receipt.
The receptionist typed something in on her computer. "Okay, he's staying in room
number two-thirteen," she said, looking at Tabby. "You can go right up."
"Thanks," Tabby said; and then she and Clever Clover headed up the stairs.
* * *
"Here we are at room two-thirteen," Clever Clover said as the two (still in human form)
stared at the door.
"Yep," Tabby agreed. "What do we do now?"
"That's right; we really didn't come up with a plan," Clever Clover realized.
"I say we wait until he leaves his room sometime, then break the door down and get our
things back," Tabby suggested.
"I guess that's our only option," Clever Clover said. "It's still fairly early in the evening;
maybe he'll still go somewhere tonight.
"He might even be gone at this very minute," Tabby pointed out.
"True. Let's knock on the door and find out," Clever Clover said. He started to knock
on the door, and Tabby ducked down behind a large potted plant in the hallway.
Tabby watched as Clever Clover knocked. The doorknob started to turn, and a man
opened the door. "What do you want?" he asked Clever Clover impatiently.
Clever Clover was struck with a sudden inspiration. "The receptionist sent me up; she
wants to see you down there on something to do with your payment," he told the man.
"I guess I'll have to go see what it's about," the man said, annoyed. He brushed past
Clever Clover and started down the stairs, without even bothering to close his own door.
"Yes!" Tabby stood up from her hiding place and thrust one arm up into the air.
"Couldn't have worked out better!"
"Now, we've got to work fast," Clever Clover said seriously. "You just stay out here;
if he comes back up before I'm done, try to distract him."
"Like that's going to be easy," Tabby grumbled, but stood outside the door while Clever
Clover went in the room to look around.
A few minutes passed. "Haven't you found the stuff yet?" she asked impatiently.
running out of time."
"I haven't found them yet," Clever Clover said from inside the room. "But I'm sure we
have the right guy. He's got a ton of books on Atlantis and whales and stuff like that."
"Just keep looking!" Tabby hissed. "We're not letting him get away with our
"I think they might be in this suitcase... it feels awfully heavy..." Clever Clover said,
struggling to open the lock on it.
At that moment, Tabby heard footsteps coming up the stairs-- the guy was coming
Quickly, she started down the stairs and tried to block his way up. She desperately attempted to
come up with a conversation topic.
"Uh-- er-- say, aren't you Megan's father!" Tabby exclaimed brightly to the man.
He looked at her strangely. "I think you've got the wrong person."
"No, I'm sure you're her father! You must be on a business trip, huh?" Tabby
"Just get out of my way," the man snarled.
"What work are you doing these days? Megan has told me so much about you!" Tabby
"Look, would you leave me alone!" the man exclaimed. "I've got work to do!"
"Just tell Megan ‘Hi' for me, would you?" Tabby said in desperation.
"I don't even know who Megan is!" the man nearly shouted.
"Oh... but... maybe you aren't the right person, after all!" Tabby said. "Oh, I am
so sorry. I was just so sure--"
The man shoved Tabby out of the way and continued up the stairs. "Just forget about
"Oh, Cleve Clove!" Tabby whispered. "You'd better be done in there, ‘cause--"
At the very moment the man reached the top of the stairs, Tabby saw Clever Clover
back out of the room. Yes! Tabby thought to herself.
Clever Clover ducked down behind the same plant Tabby had hid behind. The man
stomped into his room and slammed the door shut. Clever Clover came dashing down the stairs.
"Run for it!"
Tabby nodded her head in agreement and ran as fast as she could down the stairs and
the hotel doors. She was not far behind Clever Clover.
"So you got everything back?" Tabby questioned him once they were safely
"Yes, all three disks and the Lost Dialogue," Clever Clover said. "Plus something extra,
some sort of a diary or something. I thought I'd take it so we could find out what this guy
"Good!" Tabby exclaimed. "Now we're gonna have to go see those Sea Ponies if we
want to get any further."
"Right," Clever Clover confirmed. "Change us back to ponies; then wink us to a place
the ocean shore."
"Do Sea Ponies operate over the rainbow?" Tabby wondered as she changed them back
"They'd better," Clever Clover said.
Tabby shrugged and winked them instantaneously to a sandy shore. "Well, here we
Clever Clover paused in thought. "We don't have anything to summon the Sea Ponies
"Aw, shoot!" Tabby exclaimed. "There's got to be something around we can use... all
Megan needed was a teeny little shell."
Clever Clover spotted a small shell in the sand and stooped down to pick it up. "Can't
hurt to try," he said as he tossed the tiny object into the ocean.
"Nothing's happening," Tabby commented a few minutes later.
"It might take them a while to respond," Clever Clover said.
"We've been waiting for hours, though," Tabby complained.
"It's only been a few minutes," Clever Clover explained.
"It's got to have been longer than that." Tabby tapped her right front hoof impatiently in
the sand. "I say we try something else."
"Find another shell?"
"No-o, I have a better idea." Tabby stooped down low to the waves and screeched in
most high-pitched voice, "O-oh Se-eea Po-onies! If you're down there, you'd better come
up, ‘cause we need help!" She stood back up and smiled smugly at her work, then tugged at
her necklace. "If that won't get ‘em, nothing will."
"Yeah, it was pretty loud," Clever Clover commented.
Tabby gasped slightly. "Oh! Listen to that!"
Clever Clover leaned out over the water and cupped his hoof to his ear... yes, there was
"Shoop bee doo shoop shoop bee doo!" Sea Mist sang as she popped her head out of
water. "You two call for me?"
"Just what we wanted!" Tabby exclaimed.
"Need to get somewhere?" Sea Mist questioned. "What're you doing over the
"We're on a quest," Clever Clover explained.
"Sounds like fun!" Sea Mist said brightly. "So where do you have to go?"
"Ooh, you know, that's a good question." Tabby turned to Clever Clover. "Where do
have to go?"
Clever Clove paused and scratched his head. "Umm..."
"Give us a second," Tabby instructed Sea Mist.
"Crete!" Clever Clover finally decided.
"Crete? What's Crete got to do with Atlantis?" Tabby questioned. "Oh, alright, just
us there, Sea Mist!"
"All right!" Sea Mist exclaimed. "Be right back."
Tabby and Clever Clover waited in breathless anticipation. A few minutes later, Sea
appeared with two companions, Sand Dollar and High Tide; the three were tugging a large flat
"Hop on!" Sea Mist exclaimed.
Clever Clover and Tabby scrambled onto the shell and sat down; there were two chairs
provided on the shell.
"To Crete!" Clever Clover instructed the Sea Ponies.
* * *
While on the journey, Clever Clover busied himself reading the robber's journal. Tabby
amused herself by changing into all sorts of different creatures. "Wheeee! I'm a cat... and a
duck... and a rabbit... and a mouse!" As she changed into a mouse, her necklace nearly broke her
neck, so at that point she satisfied herself as being her own unicorn self.
"So what's in that journal?" Tabby questioned Clever Clover.
"It's a very interesting plot..." Clever Clover mumbled.
"Like what?" Tabby pressed on.
"He's some maniac who thinks he can harness the power of the ocean by finding
Clever Clover explained.
Tabby looked puzzled. "How do you harness the power of the ocean by getting to
"Well, he writes that from what he's found out, there's a machine inside Atlantis that has
the power to turn living creatures into whales."
Tabby snorted. "That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard! But it might be true. I've
been doing some reading, too, and I did read that a group of these Atlantean kings got together to
turn themselves into whales."
"Why would they want to do that?" Clever Clover asked.
"I'm not sure exactly... it was like they thought they could live and rule the city forever if
they were whales."
"Interesting," Clever Clover pondered.
"And there was this one king in particular, Nur-Ab-Fin or something like that. Some
sources say that his spirit possessed some necklace."
"You actually believe that?" Clever Clover exclaimed.
Tabby shrugged. "It might be true..."
Clever Clover just went back to reading the journal. Tabby settled back into her chair
stared out across the ocean.
Trying to strike up a conversation, Sea Mist asked, "Think there's been enough rain in
"More than enough," Clever Clover said cheerfully, looking up from the journal.
"Not nearly enough," Tabby contradicted.
"Uh huh," Sea Mist sighed and concentrated on her swimming.
A few more hours passed like this. Finally, much to Tabby's relief, Sea Mist called,
"There's Crete right up ahead!"
"All right!" Clever Clover exclaimed.
"Yes!" Tabby echoed.
Sea Mist, Sand Dollar, and High Tide pulled the giant shell up to the shore. "There you
are," Sea Mist said.
Tabby and Clever Clover hopped off. "When we need you again, what should we do?"
Clever Clover was sure to ask.
Sea Mist pulled off a small white shell from a string around her neck. "Here. Just
this in, and we'll be right with you!"
Clever Clover gratefully took the shell. "Thanks. We'll be seeing you."
With that, the three Sea Ponies ducked down underwater.
"You've got everything in that backpack of yours, haven't you, Cleve Clove?" Tabby
Clever Clover rummaged through the contents of the pack. "The stone disks... the Lost
Dialogue... a few other items I found that might come in handy... and the shell."
"Yep, that sounds like everything." Tabby stood back and surveyed Crete. "So why'd
"In my reading, some say that there was a colony of Atlantis on Crete. If we can find
it might lead us to Atlantis."
Tabby pointed to some ancient ruins up on top of a slope. "Why not look up
The two ponies walked up the slope. The top was tiled with stones. There was another
hill on top of this, and in the side of this hill was a heavy-looking stone door blocked off with a
"Think we'll have to get through that?" Tabby questioned. "It looks like it'd be awful
hard to get through."
"I'll bet you that's what we'll need the key for!" Clever Clover exclaimed. "Look at that
pedestal over there with the peg in the middle."
"Are you supposed to put the disks on that?" Tabby asked doubtfully.
"The Sunstone and the Moonstone, at least," Clever Clover explained. "This is the
colony; only the first two are needed, according to the Lost Dialogue."
"It's a good thing we got Windwhistler to convert that Dialogue over to English," Tabby
commented. "So put the disks on it already!"
Clever Clover placed the Sunstone and Moonstone on the pedestal. "We have to push
these around to the right combination, then push down on the peg, and it'll open the door," he
"Nothing to it," Tabby grumbled. "How're you supposed to know the correct
"The Lost Dialogue should give a clue," Clever Clover said, and pulled the book out of
backpack. He flipped through the pages until he found the page he was looking for, then stopped
and read for a little while.
"Well?" Tabby pressed.
Clever Clover scratched his head. "It says to align them so that the ‘sun is dying as a
moon is born.'"
"What in the world does that mean?" Tabby asked, peering at the stone
Clever Clover fiddled around with the disks. "From what I can tell, the position they're
now matches what the Dialogue said." He pushed down on the peg.
They both waited. "Nothing happened," Clever Clover noted.
"You can say that again," Tabby said.
Clever Clover tried several more combinations, but none of them worked to open the
"Here, let me try!" Tabby exclaimed and pushed Clever Clover aside. She started
pushing the stones around and pushing the peg.
Finally, as she made another random combination, the door actually opened! The stone
slab that was blocking it pushed away to reveal an open doorway.
"Look at that!" Clever Clover said in awe.
"And if it weren't for me, you'd still be trying those dumb combinations," Tabby said.
"So what's in here?" She peeked around the corner of the door.
"It seems to be a labyrinth," Clever Clover explained, quickly picking up the disks and
looking behind the door also.
"I still don't see how we'll get any closer to finding Atlantis by going through this thing,"
"We'll find something; I know we will!" Clever Clover said optimistically.
"Yeah right," Tabby grumbled.
Clever Clover advanced into the labyrinth. Stone walls surrounded them on every side.
Tabby followed Clever Clover in, and the two cautiously and silently walked across the floor of
the first room.
There was another door on the other side of the room. And after the two walked
that one, there were two more doors in the next room.
"We'll never find our way out!" Tabby exclaimed.
"Aw, of course we will," Clever Clover said. He picked one of the next two doors and
boldly walked through. Tabby shook her head, but followed him.
"There's a funny looking statue in here," Tabby noted.
Clever Clover nodded. "It looks like a bull."
In the center of the room was a rectangular stone slab that was cut away from the rest
the floor. Tabby tentatively placed a hoof on it. "What could this be?"
"Possibly an elevator," Clever Clover decided. "There must be a lower level."
"Interesting." Tabby walked to the middle of the slab, and it wobbled slightly. "How
would you go about getting it to go down?"
"It must need more weight," Clever Clover said. He also walked over onto it, but it still
didn't go down. "We must not be heavy enough."
"Hmm," Tabby thought. She was oh-so-anxious to get down there; she was sure there
was something terribly exciting to be found. "There's got to be a way!"
Clever Clover also paused in thought. He looked up at the statue. "I wonder..."
"What?" Tabby asked.
"The head of that statue looks loose. If we could get it off, it might provide the extra
weight we need."
Tabby shrugged. "Go ahead and try."
Clever Clover tried to reach the statue head with his hooves, but he couldn't quite make
He suddenly came up with an idea. "Get off to the side," he instructed Tabby.
"Fine," Tabby said. She walked to the edge of the room.
Clever Clover pulled his whip out of his backpack. He thrashed it through the air and
aimed at the statue head. He was very skilled with his whip, and the statue head fell down, right
onto the elevator platform.
"You sure handle that whip well," Tabby said in awe.
"Well, let's see if it works now," Clever Clover said. He stepped onto the elevator, and
"Yes! It's moving down!" Tabby exclaimed.
"So it is," Clever Clover said.
They slowly descended to the lower floor. Tabby stepped off first. "Just more stone
walls," she sighed.
Clever Clover stepped off the elevator also, and without their weight the elevator sprang
back up to the top level. "There's another door, though," he pointed out.
Tabby trotted over to it excitedly. "Oh, here's something!" she exclaimed.
Clever Clover followed Tabby. In the next room was a stone stand, and on it sat a small
gold box. "Cool!" he commented.
"Put it in your backpack," Tabby instructed. Clever Clover did as he was told.
"Oh, there's some beads under it," Tabby exclaimed. "What are they?" There were
small, round gold beads that glittered. "They're pretty, aren't they?"
Clever Clover scooped the beads up, too, and stuck them in the gold box he had just put
in his backpack. "They must be oricalcum. I've read about that in the Lost Dialogue."
"What were they used for?" Tabby asked curiously.
"The Atlanteans used them as money... many times they could be used in a statue mouth
to make it do something," Clever Clover explained.
"Oh... now, how are we going to get through this door?" Tabby pointed at the next
a heavy bronze gate stopped them from going any further.
"I don't think even my whip can get through that," Clever Clover said.
"A dead end!" Tabby sighed.
"We can always go and finish exploring the upper level," Clever Clover suggested.
"You can go back up; I'll stay here. Just be sure to come back," Tabby said.
"Okay," Clever Clover said and walked back out to the elevator. He suddenly realized
that he couldn't get back up to the first level. "Uh oh."
He started exploring the area more throughly, hoping to find a way back up. There was
waterfall to the right of the elevator; otherwise there was nothing that would be of help in getting
Clever Clover inspected the waterfall closely. "Hey, there's a chain in here!" he
exclaimed. "I wonder..."
Taking hold of the strong chain, he started to pull himself up the waterfall. It was very
dark in the stone tunnel the waterfall ran down, but he eventually reached the top of the chain.
"Now, how do I get out of here..."
He noticed a crack of light coming through the stone wall on one side. Yes, there
to be a door there...
Clever Clover pushed hard on the cut-out door. Luckily, it popped open for him and he
came out in the room where the elevator was. "Wow!"
* * *
Meanwhile, Tabby was still in the lower level, bored out of her mind. Maybe I
have gone back up with Cleve Clove, she thought. I wonder how he got back up,
She tried to amuse herself again by changing into different creatures. This didn't hold
attention for long, though. In the end, she just sat down and aimlessly hummed to herself.
"That Cleve Clove had better come back soon," she said aloud. "Oh, there's got to be a
way of opening that door!"
Tabby sat there for a while more. Finally, much to her relief, the elevator started to
down again. "Cleve Clove! Is that you?"
"Yep!" Clever Clover called down. "And I found something really neat."
The elevator came back to rest on the ground, and Clever Clover stepped off. Once
it sprang back up.
Tabby jumped up from her seat on the ground. "So what is it you found?" she
Clever Clover held up a carved fish on a string. "It's a fish carved of amber. I found it
one of the rooms above."
"What's so special about an amber fish?"
"In the Lost Dialogue, it says that amber is used as a detector of oricalcum. It might
prove useful," Clever Clover explained.
"That Plato just knew everything, didn't he?... well, anyway, we've still got to get
that blocked-off door!" Tabby exclaimed.
Clever Clover walked back to the blocked-off door. "It just doesn't seem like there's
way past it."
Tabby suddenly had an idea. "Oh, it just hit me! I can just wink us through it!"
"I thought unicorns couldn't wink through walls," Clever Clover said.
"Yeah, but we learned how to cheat..." With that, Tabby winked them both to the other
side of the door.
"Well, that worked," Clever Clover noted.
"Oh, it's just another dead end," Tabby sighed. This was true; there were no more doors
to go through.
"Hmm," Clever Clover thought. He pulled out the amber fish and dangled it in the air.
"It's pointing at your necklace!" he exclaimed.
"That's strange... it's not made of oricalcum, is it?"
Clever Clover stooped over to inspect Tabby's necklace.
"Look, but don't touch!" Tabby warned.
"I wonder..." Clever Clover reached into his backpack and got one bead out of the gold
box. He then placed the bead into the hole in the mouth of the medallion.
"What'd you do that for?" Tabby questioned. Suddenly, a ghost-like apparition
from out of the necklace, taking the shape of a whale. It only lasted a few seconds, and then
Tabby gasped. "What in the world was that?"
"Very strange. Well, now we know why the fish pointed at the necklace. There must
have been oricalcum residue in it from past uses," Clever Clover explained.
"I'll bet you it was Nur-Ab-Fin!" Tabby said suddenly, referring to the whale
"Back to that guy again? Come on, Tabby!"