As Lumberjack pets Bramble's head, he grimaces, sneering underneath the minotaurs hands.
"Get your filthy paws off of me, you darn dirty minotaur.">>716727
The young deer huffs his nostrils at Talon, "That's because ponies are nothing but trouble! Same goes for griffons, and especially minotaurs!">>716725
As you mention the forest over-growing and destroying the homes of Equestria, Bramble's hard, cold glare turns a bit more sympathetic, before scrunching up his muzzle. "Well… t-that's too bad. Maybe if ponies knew how bad that felt to start with, none of this would have even happened.">>716726
"W-WHAT THE?!" Bramble shouts in surprise, looking towards Solar with a look equal parts fear and surprise. "J-just hold on! I don't want you shooting any other deer!">>716730>>716728
As Pippali mentions the Heart of the Forest, Bramble turns towards the way he came, frowning. "Hrrmmm. The Heart of the Forest would NOT be happy to see you right now… b-but if it's the only way to get you to leave, and NOT shoot at my people, then fine, I'll take you too him. But I'm just warning you now, my father is really mad."
Bramble, frustrated but compliant, leads you all deeper into the forest. You see more eyes pop up around you in the meanwhile, but whether it's due to your earlier impressive display or having Bramble as part of your party, they all leave you alone this time. Soon, you come across a giant ravine, with a long, narrow bridge made entirely of green, lush vines stretching the chasm. Besides the entrance of the bridge is another deer, this one a full grown buck adorned in bright red armor, with a little bird on top of one of his antlers. He turns towards Bramble as he approaches, shouting, "Your highness! There you are. You were gone for longer than we agreed, you said you wouldn't travel far. Your father-"
He pauses, turning to look at the group. "Ah. You brought guests. Welcome. I am Blackthorn." He gives an awkward smile. "I think I can guess why you're here, and I can escort you the rest of the way." The red-armored deer bends over the green, lush vine-bridge, and opens up the barrel on his collar (similar to the one Bramble holds). It pours out a blue, viscous liquid over the vines, and then suddenly the narrow bridge grows exponentially wider to accommodate all of you, the vines spreading out far and stretching quickly in a similar manner to the quick-growing vines back in Ponyville. He steps onto the newly widened vine-bridge to test its strength, then begins walking across. "Please, follow me."