"I will take the ring to Everfree Forest... though, I do not know the way..." "I will help you bear this burden, Spike, as long as it is yours to bear... um, if that's alright with you, I mean..." "If, by mah life or death, I can protect you, I will. You have mah hooves, sugarcube!" "And you have my wife!" ("I'M NOT A PROJECTILE!") "And MY AXE!" "You carry the fate of us all, little dragon. If this is indeed the will of the council, then Trixie shall see it done!" "Hey! Spikey Wikey's not going anywhere without me!" "No, indeed! It is hardly possible to separate you, even when HE is summoned to a secret council and you are NOT!" "Oi! We're coming too!" "Anyway, you need people of intelligence on this sort of mission... quest... thing!"
[Awkward silence, save the BGM]
("Guess that rule's YOU out, Pink!") "9 companions. So be it. You shall be the Friendship of the Ring!" "FUN! ... ... ... Where are we going?" *Facehoof*