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Trixie
2011-09-25, 04:31 PM
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Trixie's Great and Powerful Guide v1.94n
Contraire/Christie Edition


Brief Introduction

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is a reboot of the MLP franchise by Powerpuff Girls artist Lauren Faust, currently viewed by (almost) the entire Internet, not only the intended audience. Here is a place where we discuss the joy of friendship.

> My Little Pony? Seriously?

It's a clever show. It has excellent writing, character dynamics, humor, animation, and generally treats kids seriously rather than condescending to them. It has every right to be a 20 minute corporate committee designed infomercial, but it's not.

> Isn't this a show for little girls?

Pixar technically makes shows for little boys, and produce some of the best animation in the world.

> Okay, fine. I'll give it a try. Where do I start?

No Brony could ask for more. I recommend watching the episodes in order. They're all up on Youtube. Unusually, Hasbro seems fine with having the entire series up in public because they've made no move to bring down any of the episodes. Search for "Friendship is Magic Episode 1" and you should find the series pretty easily... Or search for "Sharing is Magic" Google Doc. That is all.

> Okay, I'm going to watch it but this had better live up to the hype!

Whoa, calm down there. The show is light hearted, optimistic fun but it's not for everyone. It's good fun, the community is good fun, and everyone can do with a reminder that friendship is magic but if it doesn't gel for you we'll love and tolerate you anyway. Plus, you might hit the wrong episode. Ask first?

> Iron Hoof/Fan Theories/Shipping/Binding

All in good fun! If it's not your cup of tea, skim it, but this show has triggered a great creative outpouring from the Internet. Pony themed fan-art is abundant and often excellent. See below for some examples.

> Derpy Hooves/Doctor Whoof

Two minor background characters who were adopted as emblems of 4chan. Derpy Hooves is so named due to an animation error in the first episode that had her eyes facing in different directions; 4chan has assigned her the role of Ponyville's mailpony, and her only line so far has been "Muffins". The show's animators are aware of Derpy's popularity and she's shown up a few times recently with her eyes obviously derped. Currently made canon in Feeling Pinkie Keen and in Faust's picture showcased below, Derpy was deemed important enough to appear in storyboards for Season II.

Dr. Whoof is a pony with an hourglass cutie mark; he and his kin save time and space very quietly off camera.


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Ponytar Artists

Alarra
Alterform
Crown of Thorns
Dirtytabs
Irbis
Kairaven
Khosan
...and a lot more, too many to keep track of, now.

If you do/don't want to be here, make a note in the thread.

Note that we're looking for more as the above are a bit swamped with requests currently.

New: Official PonyPic Request Thread (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showthread.php?p=10616651)!

General Resources

Fan Fiction and News: Equestria Daily (http://www.equestriadaily.com/)
FF... Darkly: Equestria after Dark (http://equestria-after-dark.blogspot.com/)
Discussion Image Forum: Ponychan (http://www.ponychan.net/chan/)
Pony Emotes: FiM Emotes (http://kefkafloyd.imgur.com/J8S59)
More Emotes: MC's Emotes (http://gitpmcerberus.imgur.com/ponymote)
Also Emotes: GD's Emotes (http://gadora.imgur.com/seekret_pony_projekt_1/1)
Pony Images: Ponibooru (http://ponibooru.413chan.net/post/list)
More Images: 20% Cooler (http://twentypercentcooler.net/)
Know Your Meme: Ponies! (http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/my-little-pony-friendship-is-magic)
Allspark MLP Discussion Thread (http://www.allspark.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=76678&st=0&start=0)

Art Resources


OC Pony Creation Guide:

>How to make OC Pony (http://ponibooru.413chan.net/_images/048648773b808749ecbcd93b7825d545/22629%20-%20original_character_tutorial%20tutorial.png)<
>How to clothe a Pony (http://img.ponibooru.org/_images/10448a8bf5139a93e47ee0ab2185d577/23650%20-%20Touhou%20artist%3Awhy485%20drawing_guide%20fash ion%20guide%20pony%20tutorial.png)<

Deviant Art Links:

Lauren Faust (http://fyre-flye.deviantart.com/)

14 Bis (http://14-bis.deviantart.com/)
ButterSS (http://buttersc0tchsundae.deviantart.com/)
Csimadmax (http://csimadmax.deviantart.com/)
DonKoRR (http://don-komandorr.deviantart.com/)
Irving Zero (http://irving-zero.deviantart.com/)
Johnjoseco (http://johnjoseco.deviantart.com/)
Kloudmutt (http://kloudmutt.deviantart.com/)
Palestorm (http://palestorm.deviantart.com/)
Shinepaw (http://shinepawpony.deviantart.com/)

>Awesome Great and Powerful Trixie (http://kp-shadowsquirrel.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d49ccgo)<

Tutorials:

How to Draw Luna (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1YoOgNwPp4)
MLP Art Guides (http://s1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc361/DJPon-3/)
MLP Colour Guides (http://kefkafloyd.deviantart.com/)

Kloud TV (http://www.livestream.com/kloudmutt)

Concepts:

On the Design of the Mane Cast (http://cdn0.knowyourmeme.com/i/000/107/092/original/122%20-%20applejack%20chart%20fluttershy%20pinkie_pie%20r ainbow_dash%20rarity%20twilight_sparkle.jpg)

Concept art by L. Faust:

AJ/AJ (http://lh5.googleusercontent.com/_THRVNyZ8xf0/TZPZtv1PUCI/AAAAAAAABPg/aTDHM_vJ3Ek/Applejack-08.jpg)
Pinkie/Surprise (http://lh6.googleusercontent.com/_THRVNyZ8xf0/TZPZtjpEWrI/AAAAAAAABPc/vlcKpVmK1FY/Pinkie_08.jpg)
Rarity/Sparkler (http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_THRVNyZ8xf0/TZPZuba65VI/AAAAAAAABPo/o7oJ1OI4bcE/Rarity_08.jpg)
Twilight/Twinkle (http://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_THRVNyZ8xf0/TZPZuS8XZtI/AAAAAAAABPs/9CPSE6Je1Y0/Twilight_08.jpg)
Derpy/Ditzy (http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_THRVNyZ8xf0/TZPZtusFdII/AAAAAAAABPk/4VbhxajIt1o/Derpy_11.jpg)

Group Shot (https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-zPGxLKSxqsI/Tet-724kmrI/AAAAAAAABoc/74J43JjtvVc/mlplegroupruff.jpg)

5 Best Pictures :

TG&P Trixie 1 (http://lh6.googleusercontent.com/_THRVNyZ8xf0/TYlPoSj31bI/AAAAAAAABKc/yhAESX1bWDU/129879022202-fim_thebestmagic2.png) 2a (http://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_THRVNyZ8xf0/TYevesc6Z3I/AAAAAAAABJE/wqYR1YU8-xM/129878791125-Magic_for_Friendship.png) 2b (http://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_THRVNyZ8xf0/TYlPoV0tFSI/AAAAAAAABKg/UIrpK2_XUDk/345%20-%20filly%20flower%20Magic%20noel%20Trixie.jpg) 3 (http://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_THRVNyZ8xf0/TYevn1UZNyI/AAAAAAAABJI/JQaTPZ7u9kk/1295392718493.png)
Twilight Sparkle 1 (http://lh5.googleusercontent.com/_THRVNyZ8xf0/TYlQKpEFW1I/AAAAAAAABKo/PJmzRBt_g0o/twilight-%28n1298746506900%29.jpg) 2 (http://lh6.googleusercontent.com/_THRVNyZ8xf0/TYgEWabUv0I/AAAAAAAABJg/S1emWO9FjbE/1297919269027.png) 3 (http://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_THRVNyZ8xf0/TYlQAwKvFvI/AAAAAAAABKk/08Q9f1BaGa0/1298478186234.png)
Rainbow Dash 1 (http://lh5.googleusercontent.com/_THRVNyZ8xf0/TY-tuXX0V5I/AAAAAAAABOE/vPLwNGpCsU8/rainbows_are_awesome_by_adamrbi-d3awtkv.jpg) 2 (http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_THRVNyZ8xf0/TY-tugAF4JI/AAAAAAAABOI/RYGrQCZySJo/1298478713223.jpg) 3 (http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_THRVNyZ8xf0/TY-tutzFrYI/AAAAAAAABOM/QP22FdlygtA/1299129766866.png) 3.6 (http://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_THRVNyZ8xf0/TY-vxE-8GgI/AAAAAAAABOY/ktOwjPQ3eiI/130057856759.png)
Fluttershy 1 (http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_THRVNyZ8xf0/TZPZiSMaDSI/AAAAAAAABPQ/FNLXj6WE0ss/yofluttershybyarborishd.png) 2 (http://lh5.googleusercontent.com/_THRVNyZ8xf0/TZPZiUXQlvI/AAAAAAAABPU/SCs7qzer-6E/129860262040.png) 3 (http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_THRVNyZ8xf0/TZPZiWhyIWI/AAAAAAAABPY/r6ClIhygmw0/1297113141466.png)

Pony Games

The most recent one. (http://www.yoyogames.com/games/168448-mlp-fim-the-way-home#)
Pacderpy (http://www.derpyhooves.com/games/pacderpy.html)
Two very similar dash based (http://www.derpyhooves.com/games/dashattack.html) cloud gathering sidescrollers (http://www.derpyhooves.com/games/rainbowdashmini.html)
Pony generator I (http://www.derpyhooves.com/games/custompony.html)
Pony generator II (http://derpyhooves.com/games.php?id=3)
Pony generator III (http://generalzoi.deviantart.com/art/MLP-FiM-Pony-Creator-Beta-210228500)

New: Pinkie licks cupcakes. (http://yeaka.deviantart.com/art/MLP-FiM-Flash-Game-202202384?q=boost%3Apopular%20max_age%3A8h%20frien dship%20is%20magic&qo=22) And a playthrough for it, too. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUy1UtuNet0)
Collect Cupcakes, Lick Ponies! 2.0 (http://yeaka.deviantart.com/art/MLP-FiM-Flash-Game-TWO-202342576)

Nice Fanwork


AMVs:[BR]Always (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhgzpnTYCXQ)[BR]Communism is Magic (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJHZ4E9tRHM)[BR]Freeze Ray (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMXhEXQSXSw)[BR]I can go the distance (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYonN9in668)[BR]PonyCraft 2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJbAT1wzS8U)[BR]Still Alive (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=za9f1c93FHY)[BR][BR][B]Equestria Girls EE! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTPqjKk_xCo)[BR]Hub Summer Promo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKjBViIt-y8)[BR]Hop-Skip-Jump [original] (http://soundcloud.com/dannyimusic/mlp1-hop-skip-jump-song)[BR]Old Pony Songs 1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHLqc8BSQMg) & 2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCpBYLHIEuI)[BR]Ponies! (http://ponyvspony.com/)[BR][BR][BR][B]Comics:[BR]The Damn Best Comic (http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2010/359/5/9/pinkiedeadpool_by_csimadmax-d35ms08.jpg). Ever.[BR]And The Prequel (http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2011/107/1/f/pinkiedeadpool_origins_by_csimadmax-d3e936w.png).[BR]And part two (http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2011/147/8/b/battle_for_equestria_02_by_csimadmax-d3hdr5c.png).[BR]And three (http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2011/154/2/1/battle_for_equestria_03_by_csimadmax-d3hz63e.png).[BR]And four (http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2011/160/a/f/battle_for_equestria_04_by_csimadmax-d3iighp.png).[BR]And five (http://fc09.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2011/168/4/0/battle_for_equestria_05_by_csimadmax-d3j5nlu.png).[BR]Six (http://www.deviantart.com/download/256435109/battle_for_equestria_06_by_csimadmax-d48oalh.png) / Seven (http://fc07.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2011/252/7/6/battle_for_equestria_07_by_csimadmax-d49cgt7.png) / Eight (http://fc08.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2011/252/0/7/battle_for_equestria_08_by_csimadmax-d49dpsp.png).[BR][BR]Metaponies (http://gavalanche.deviantart.com/gallery/29877487).[BR][BR][BR][B]ED Fics:[BR]Twilight Sky Over Canterlot (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/04/story-twilight-sky-over-canterlot.html)[BR]Sidelines / Midnight's Tale (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/04/conversion-bureau-compilation.html)[BR]World Without Rainbows (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/05/story-world-without-rainbows.html)[BR]Luxury Lotus Spa Follies (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/04/story-luxury-lotus-spa-follies.html)[BR]How Lyra Met Bon-Bon (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/02/story-how-lyra-met-bon-bon.html)[BR]Letters from Bubbly (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/01/story-letters-from-bubbly-1-10.html)[BR]Swayback Mountain (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/01/story-swayback-mountain.html)[BR]And Life Goes On (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/01/story-your-greatest-fan.html)[BR]The Three Notes (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/03/story-three-notes.html)[BR]TGaP Trixie (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/04/story-great-and-powerful-trixie.html)[BR]Antipodes (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/03/story-antipodes.html)[BR]Progress (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/05/story-progress-luna-versus-microwave.html)[BR]Bubbles (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/03/story-bubbles.html)[BR][BR]Pony Drinking Game (http://buttersc0tchsundae.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d3cng5n)|
[BR][B]GitP Fics:[BR]AmishPirate:[BR][BR]New Moon Wanes (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/07/story-new-moon-wanes.html)[BR][BR]Darth BC:[BR][BR]Always Sunny in Fillydelphia (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/06/story-its-always-sunny-in-fillydelphia.html)[BR]...And Apple Accessories (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/03/storyand-apple-accessories.html)[BR]Beyond Forever (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/05/story-beyond-forever.html)[BR]Fair Feather Friend (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/03/story-fair-feather-friend.html)[BR]Forever (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/04/story-forever.html)[BR][BR]Deadly:[BR][BR]Fillystata (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/08/story-fillystata.html)[BR]Trollestia 1 (http://fc08.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2011/200/0/b/trickster_goddess_nr_1_by_adcoon-d40tt3d.png) 2 (http://fc08.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2011/201/a/4/trickster_goddess_nr_2_by_adcoon-d414fzw.png) 3 (http://fc07.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2011/214/1/3/trickster_goddess_nr_3_by_adcoon-d42h2hx.png) 4 (http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2011/229/0/d/trickster_goddess_nr_4_by_adcoon-d46vksj.png).[BR][BR]EsperDerek:[BR][BR]Letters, Letters, Letters (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/04/story-letters-letters-letters.html)[BR]M&S Guide to Dating (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/09/story-midnight-and-shimmers-guide-to.html)[BR]Out in the Cold (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/03/story-out-in-cold.html)[BR][BR]Grif:[BR][BR]Pony Effect (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/05/story-pony-effect_23.html)[BR][BR]PhantomFox:[BR][BR]My Faithful Student (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/09/story-my-faithful-student.html)[BR]No Tame Forest (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/07/story-no-tame-forest.html)[BR]Pride Goes Before a Folly (http://phantomfox7.deviantart.com/art/Pride-Goes-Before-A-Folly-211724143)[BR]Sunny Skies All Day Long (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/04/story-sunny-skies-all-day-long.html)[BR][BR]PhoeKun:[BR][BR]Catching Rainbows (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/04/story-catching-rainbows_17.html)[BR]Chasing Rainbows (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/03/story-chasing-rainbows.html)[BR]Fluttering Heart (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/02/story-fluttering-heart.html)[BR]Shades of Midnight (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/04/story-shades-of-midnight.html)[BR]Space Oddpony (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/03/story-space-oddpony.html)[BR][BR]Raz Fox:[BR][BR]All Hallows Night (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/04/story-all-hallows-night.html)[BR]Bright New Days (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/04/story-bright-new-days.html)[BR]Misted Stage (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/06/story-misted-stage.html)[BR][BR]Thanqol:[BR][BR]Grounded (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/03/story-grounded.html)[BR]Study in Rainbows (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/04/story-study-in-rainbows.html)[BR]Through A Glass, Derply (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/03/story-through-glass-derply.html)

Art Challenges

MyLP Challenge:

Do you want to try your hand at something fun? Feeling need to draw fanart? How about trying MyLP Challenge?

What it is? Just click on the linked template (http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs70/i/2010/363/3/a/my_little_pony_fim_meme_by_don_komandorr-d35y2mv.jpg).

How does that work? Don't be scared, just complete the template to the best of your ability. Have one (http://lh6.googleusercontent.com/_THRVNyZ8xf0/TbFTvCFELvI/AAAAAAAABas/3RaVVEnJms0/my_little_pony_meme_by_gothzilla_alena-d38os5c.jpg) two (http://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_THRVNyZ8xf0/TbFTvRf19mI/AAAAAAAABaw/glvBh-QkZ-c/mlp_friendship_is_magic_meme_by_peppersupreme-d37wpkl.png) three (http://lh5.googleusercontent.com/_THRVNyZ8xf0/TbFTvA47e6I/AAAAAAAABa0/h3zzuNlxp80/mlp___fim_meme_by_kitty_kitty_koneko-d35zovy.png) four (http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_THRVNyZ8xf0/TbFTwJJdSkI/AAAAAAAABa4/oFOMSgU0MHk/my_little_pony_memes_are_magic_by_scruffytoto-d37x352.jpg) examples made by other ponies :smalltongue:

Starting thread and more examples can be found here (http://don-komandorr.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d35y2mv).


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[B]ATTENTION EVERYPONY!!!

[I]Great & Powerful Trixie made a bet. A bet I'll procure 12 pictures of Trixie - like the one in my sig, of similar quality - before next weekend. Trixie cosplaying, doing weird stuff, finding herself in unusual situations. So! I need ideas! Sketches of Unicorn ponies (I'm willing to vectorize them for free if they're good enough)! Moments from the show showing ponies with unusual poses and/or designs I could use to inspire myself! Finally, if someone would also like to draw something, I'd be glad to repay in some manner :P

Any takers? :smalltongue:

Important GitP Links

Thread I - Because Friendship Is Magic
Thread II - Now About 20% Cooler
Thread III - The Great & Powerful Thread
Thread IV - Friendship is Sufficiently Advanced Technology
Thread V - Art of the Thread
Thread VI - MUFFINS!
Thread VII - The Grand Galloping Thread
Thread VIII - Friendship is Music
Thread IX - The Best Thread Ever
Thread X - We Trot 'til We Drop
Thread XI - "Mmph!"
Thread XII - No One Can Groove Like the Girls with the Hooves
Thread XIII - Fast/Fine/Fierce Thread
Thread XIV - Boots on Hooves / Bikinis on Top
Thread XV - The Greater and Powerful-er Thread
Thread XVI - There's a Pony for That!
Thread XVII - Call Upon the Thread Ponies!
Thread XVIII - Perfect Isn't Easy
Thread XIX - I Emptied Your Thread
Thread XX & Thread XX - Appletastic Treats
Thread XXI - A Very Minty Thread
Thread XXII - Surprise!
Thread XXIII - It. Is. ON!

Operation: Indiscriminate Friendship
Pony Week Discussion Thread
Pony Crime Pulp Fic/Game Thread


Want to RP? My Little Pony: FiM RP Recruitment Thread.
Want to join the list of GitP Bronies (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0ApgaWduo83XldFhETWUtWm96b1BFS1dHOF84dTBGM lE&hl=en_US#gid=0)?

Titanium Fox
2011-09-25, 04:32 PM
Yay! New Thread! New Thread!

http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ll8psoBzuu1qha245o1_250.gif

MCerberus
2011-09-25, 04:34 PM
Oh, Twixie, you're so persistent.

Titanium Fox
2011-09-25, 04:35 PM
Oh, Twixie, you're so persistent.

And I don't think anypony would have it any other way.

Also, I love the little horns on that opening picture. :P

Beeskee
2011-09-25, 04:37 PM
A new thread! With only two responses! If I type fast, this might show up on the first page by the time I hit submit. :smallbiggrin:


Reposting this idea from the other thread:
If you are interested in supporting the show by purchasing toys, but you don't personally want any of the current batch of toys, consider getting some and donating them to a local children's hospital.

Grif
2011-09-25, 04:37 PM
For some reason, I detest the inclusion of horns on any humanised version of the mane cast.

But we're here for the new thread. Yay!

Reposting for new thread.
Elements of Ponythread v2.3

Pony, EsperDerek
Insanity, Grif
Awesome, DBC
Bondage, PhoeKun
Heartburn, MCerberus
Logical Inconsistency, Shadowy
Hipster, tonberrian
Lurking, Level8Mudcrabs
Quotes, SiuiS
Happiness, Irbis
Surprise, Thanqol
Pirates, TheAmishPirate
Moustache, Sweetie Welf
Clockwork, the_druid_droid
Phantasy, Raz_Fox
Adventure, Rebelhero
Bacon, Kris_Strife
Snarking, Etcetera
Stealth, Kyouhen
Chemical Reactions, Gamerlord
Not Being Significant Enough to Be an Element, erikun
Paranoia, Titanium_Fox
Insomnia, Gadora
Great and Powerful, Trixie
Boron, Bayonet Priest
Perversion, Soft Serve
Recursion, DeadManSleeping
Apathy, Lord Raziere
Ink, InkwellPony
Hope, ScionoftheVoid
Duels, dromer
Lead, RdMarquis
Hot Pony Kisses, Benson
Killjoy, Brazen Shield
Corruption, Vent Reynold
Persuasion, Anarion
Shipping, Lix Lorn
Quietness, Lex-Kat
Compassion, Blue Ghost
Evlul Bastard Spears, Aotrs Commander
Ancient Pony History, WJMill
Demanding, Pokonic
Style, Kindablue
Silly Hats, Capt. Ido Nos
Flow, Metahuman1
Stormtrooper Academy, Kurgan
Stars, Geno9999
Hugs, Deadly
Poison Joke, Diego Havoc
Elements, Triscuitable
Dreams, Topaz
Booze, otakuryoga
Puns, Dexam
Reading, fizmat
Aliens, Dirtbag
Balance, invinible

Titanium Fox
2011-09-25, 04:38 PM
A new thread! With only two responses! If I type fast, this might show up on the first page by the time I hit submit. :smallbiggrin:


If you are interested in supporting the show by purchasing toys, but you don't personally want any of the current batch of toys, consider getting some and donating them to a local children's hospital.

This is actually a fantastic idea. I might just do this.

monkeyboyinc
2011-09-25, 04:38 PM
Yay! We now have 25 whole threads of pony related goodness. I wonder if there's anyone here who has read every single post...

Gamerlord
2011-09-25, 04:40 PM
Also, I love the little horns on that opening picture. :P
Meh, I personally find them kind of creepy...

Lix Lorn
2011-09-25, 04:42 PM
(saves that OP SO FAST)

Jahkaivah
2011-09-25, 04:43 PM
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c226/saxcsa/NewHat-1-1.jpg

Nameless
2011-09-25, 04:44 PM
New thread! NEW THREAD!

http://img834.imageshack.us/img834/5306/rainbowdurp.png

Roninhirox
2011-09-25, 04:44 PM
Meh, I personally find them kind of creepy...

But without them how would they have magic powers?

Metahuman1
2011-09-25, 04:47 PM
I'm gonna have to disagree, I like the horns on the humanoid versions of the pony's who have them like Trixy and Twilight. I also like the Wings on the Humanoid versions of the Pony's who have those, like Fluttershy and Rainbow dash.

And that leads me too another question. Why is it the most, when a humanoid pony is depicted with dark/tan skin, more often then not it seems to be twilight sparkle? Of all the pony's she's one of the least outdoorsy/Athletic, being beaten in these departments by everypony in the main six except Rarity. I don't get it.

Season two, stop reading here if you wish to avoid a spoiler.


Who else thought the end of ep two was done to be a bit of a reference to the end of Starwars Episode IV: A New Hope?

Tectonic Robot
2011-09-25, 04:47 PM
I was kinda hoping for a Discord picture, but what'cha gunna do?

I personally like it best when the horns are portrayed as wands. I imagine Celestia, Luna, and Discord have staves instead.

(Coincidentally, I would love to see art of that.)

TheAmishPirate
2011-09-25, 04:47 PM
But without them how would they have magic powers?

Friendship, duh. :smallbiggrin:

Yay, new thread!

Beeskee
2011-09-25, 04:49 PM
This is actually a fantastic idea. I might just do this.

Penny Arcade (http://penny-arcade.com/comic) runs Child's Play, where you can pick out toys from Amazon (and possibly other online retailers by now) and have them delivered right to a children's hospital. (Either a random one, or one you specify.)

Pony fans could work with Child's Play, or start their own similar charity. I'd recommend the former. Especially if you are a gamer.


If you haven't heard of it, Child's Play (http://www.childsplaycharity.org/) is a charity that donates 100% of whatever they get to children's hospitals.



Season two, stop reading here if you wish to avoid a spoiler.


Who else thought the end of ep two was done to be a bit of a reference to the end of Starwars Episode IV: A New Hope?

Maybe a little, yeah. :smalltongue:

Actually, a LOT. But a "bit" is a better pun.

Grif
2011-09-25, 04:50 PM
But without them how would they have magic powers?

From within? Unicorns are fine and all, but unihumans?

No.

I cannot brain this.
We have plenty of magicians that don't have horns after all. (in contemporary high-fantasy)

the_druid_droid
2011-09-25, 04:52 PM
Happy birthday Lix!

Yay new thread!

So much pony!

TheAmishPirate
2011-09-25, 04:53 PM
From within? Unicorns are fine and all, but unihumans?

No.

I cannot brain this.
We have plenty of magicians that don't have horns after all. (in contemporary high-fantasy)

To be fair, many of them wear large hats that could hide the upper forehead if worn properly...

Aotrs Commander
2011-09-25, 04:54 PM
According to the Jayson EqD interview, it was never meant to be the finale for s1, from the start it was meant for s2.
Quote from the transcript of that interview:

I know he did, but the actual story rather struck me more as a season ender (the call backs to the prior season, the SW ending) than a season starter. But anyway, the important thing was they'd done those episodes ages ago, probably before Daniel Ingram decided to even do a remix for the second season titles.


Hee. (hugs)

...

Well, it's an improvement over glomp, I suppose. Could have been worse...

On the other hand, after playing through the third episode of Hector this afternoon (before finishing RA2), almost anything seems less icky by comparison... (Also, damn that game is funny.)




Generals is pretty cool. Did you do all four RA2 campaigns?

Yep. I did the entire Yuri's Revenge Allied campaign in one afternoon and evening. (Mostly because in RA2, most of the missions don't take more than a hour tops, and there's way less of them.) I finished the last three missions of the Soviet YR in about three hours, if that. It's short. Definately compared to TS:Firestorm, finishing the last missions of which took three of four hours! (Though RA2 is less condusive to the same method of "capture everything!")


C&C 3. Do eeeeeeetttttttttttttttt!

(Speaking of modern RTS, have you tried Men of War? This game is one of the more realistically modelled RTS I seen yet.)

I'll look into it. (I'm still tempted to AI Wars, which I think you mentioned the last time.)

On the other hand, Sword of the Stars 2 is due out sometime in October.

Trixie
2011-09-25, 04:56 PM
Ah, the crazy days when I actually changed OPic every 5 pages, because there was time for that then :P

Anyway, interesting observation - each thread usually has around 25.000 views. At 50 pages, that gives ~500 views per page. But, my server where I store images for OP, claims each picture has 200-300 views. So, yeah http://i.imgur.com/N2nfK.jpg

Also, it would be nice if *somepony* turned on their Steam :/

Roninhirox
2011-09-25, 04:58 PM
Friendship, duh. :smallbiggrin:

Yay, new thread!

Oh ya, I almost forgot about that.

Shadowy
2011-09-25, 05:03 PM
I apolgize profusely for everything:

Newsflash!
Local-Writer pony sparks the heart of Whadda Scoops again!

Having recognized the Wit, Dedication, and Integrity (and, if I might add, uncanny beauty) that all the ponies of the fine language arts share, Shimmer had finally noticed me! *squee*
Even though she’s currently dating that... pony, Midnight, as soon as she talks to me, our eyes will meet, and we shall have other’s love for eternity!
It’s just like all those novels! I have to prove that I’m the better pony then the mare who, uh... she went to school with... and shared lots of time and bonding experiences with... and is a princess... and is the daughter of three most famous mares in Equestria... and is much more interesting than this paltry reporter.
But I fear not! I shall test true for my love! Also: I need to stop writing these in bushes while I’m following her. The thorns do hurt quite a bit. *ouch!*





Midnight’s Mind:
By Celestia’s grace, Shimmer is just perfect! She smart, funny, a brillant writer and we totally dig each other! But, even though I shouldn’t, I’ve been getting some slight.......doubts.
Everytime I see her, she seems to always finish talking with that Reporter-pony, Whadda. Now Whadda is nice and all, but it’s just so consistent, and the way she always says that it’s “pony interest” for her newspaper is kinda suspicious....
Maybe I should just ask Trixie or Twilight about it. See what they think. They’ll probably give excellent advice! They always do! Yeah! (And if Whadda is going after Shimmer the library has the best combat spells in town.)

Edit: if possible, I would like permission to continue with this.
Edit 2: And reviews would be nice.

The Dark Fiddler
2011-09-25, 05:04 PM
Anyway, interesting observation - each thread usually has around 25.000 views. At 50 pages, that gives ~500 views per page. But, my server where I store images for OP, claims each picture has 200-300 views. So, yeah http://i.imgur.com/N2nfKs.jpg

Either the OP has less views than the average would indicate, or your server indicates fewer views because the image gets stored in our caches as plays with that. Or both.

Deadly
2011-09-25, 05:07 PM
I guess I'll join the "no horns on humanized ponies" club.


I was kinda hoping for a Discord picture, but what'cha gunna do?

I personally like it best when the horns are portrayed as wands. I imagine Celestia, Luna, and Discord have staves instead.

(Coincidentally, I would love to see art of that.)

Wands/staves would be my choice, too.

Raz_Fox
2011-09-25, 05:08 PM
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In this issue:
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GOSSAMER MASK: METAL MASK LIKE YOU'VE NEVER SEEN HER BEFORE (A BUNBUNBARU EXCLUSIVE - HOT HOT HOT)
The Cost of Evil: The Skeletons in the Commodore's Closet
A Trickster Walks Among Us: Is Discord a Fox Now?

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Pokonic
2011-09-25, 05:08 PM
I personally like it best when the horns are portrayed as wands. I imagine Celestia, Luna, and Discord have staves instead.

(Coincidentally, I would love to see art of that.)

Huh, that actualy makes a lot of sence! But what about others such as,say, Zecora?

Titanium Fox
2011-09-25, 05:09 PM
I'm gonna have to disagree, I like the horns on the humanoid versions of the pony's who have them like Trixy and Twilight. I also like the Wings on the Humanoid versions of the Pony's who have those, like Fluttershy and Rainbow dash.

And that leads me too another question. Why is it the most, when a humanoid pony is depicted with dark/tan skin, more often then not it seems to be twilight sparkle? Of all the pony's she's one of the least outdoorsy/Athletic, being beaten in these departments by everypony in the main six except Rarity. I don't get it.

Season two, stop reading here if you wish to avoid a spoiler.


Who else thought the end of ep two was done to be a bit of a reference to the end of Starwars Episode IV: A New Hope?

Jayson confirmed that this was done on purpose at the convention during the Q&A. Apparently Hasbro handed them an ending; an ending which they re-did scene for scene to mirror "A New Hope".

Mando Knight
2011-09-25, 05:09 PM
From within? Unicorns are fine and all, but unihumans?

No.

I cannot brain this.

Malachi Nicolle can. (http://axecop.com/index.php/acepisodes/read/episode_6/)

Trixie
2011-09-25, 05:12 PM
I apolgize profusely for everything:

Newsflash!
Local-Writer pony sparks my heart again!

Having recognized the Wit, Dedication, and Integrity (and, if I might add, uncanny beauty) that all the ponies of the fine language arts share, Shimmer had finally noticed me! *squee*
Even though she’s currently dating that... pony, Midnight, as soon as she talks to me, our eyes will meet, and we shall have other’s love for eternity!
It’s just like all those novels! I have to prove that I’m the better pony then the mare who, uh... she went to school with... and shared lots of time and bonding experiences with... and is a princess... and is the daughter of three most famous mares in Equestria... and is much more interesting than this paltry reporter.
But I fear not! I shall test true for my love! Also: I need to stop writing these in bushes while I’m following her. The thorns do hurt quite a bit. *ouch!*





Midnight’s Mind:
By Celestia’s grace, Shimmer is just perfect! She smart, funny, a brillant writer and we totally dig each other! But, even though I shouldn’t, I’ve been getting some slight.......doubts.
Everytime I see her, she seems to always finish talking with that Reporter-pony, Whadda. Now Whadda is nice and all, but it’s just so consistent, and the way she always says that it’s “pony interest” for her newspaper is kinda suspicious....
Maybe I should just ask Trixie or Twilight about it. See what they think. They’ll probably give excellent advice! They always do! Yeah! (And if Whadda is going after Shimmer the library has the best combat spells in town.)

I hear Shadowy really want opinion on these two snippets, especially how well that works and if that would be a good basis for the story :smalltongue:

Pokonic
2011-09-25, 05:14 PM
Jayson confirmed that this was done on purpose at the convention during the Q&A. Apparently Hasbro handed them an ending; an ending which they re-did scene for scene to mirror "A New Hope".

Ah, so thats why the ending was so odd. Of course Hasbro would not care about how a charecter would act, so long as it would fit into there model of how the show should end.:smallannoyed:

Beeskee
2011-09-25, 05:16 PM
I thought the ending was awesome. The light Star Wars parody was hilarious. I kept expecting to hear the actual theme music, but that probably would have been a bit much.


New post by Lauren Faust on her DeviantArt account. And apparently some new sketches coming soon too.

http://fyre-flye.deviantart.com/journal/44461990/

Roninhirox
2011-09-25, 05:17 PM
From within? Unicorns are fine and all, but unihumans?

No.

I cannot brain this.
We have plenty of magicians that don't have horns after all. (in contemporary high-fantasy)

Wait keep there horns inside there head?! That seems like it would hurt. http://i.imgur.com/f2s0G.jpg
But ya I can kinda get the complaint, my older brother is a furry artist and I spend a good amount of time making faces at what he draws http://i.imgur.com/SUOfJ.jpg, unless its something awesome like my avatar, then I spend a lot of time thanking him.


I apolgize profusely for everything:

Newsflash!
Local-Writer pony sparks my heart again!

Having recognized the Wit, Dedication, and Integrity (and, if I might add, uncanny beauty) that all the ponies of the fine language arts share, Shimmer had finally noticed me! *squee*
Even though she’s currently dating that... pony, Midnight, as soon as she talks to me, our eyes will meet, and we shall have other’s love for eternity!
It’s just like all those novels! I have to prove that I’m the better pony then the mare who, uh... she went to school with... and shared lots of time and bonding experiences with... and is a princess... and is the daughter of three most famous mares in Equestria... and is much more interesting than this paltry reporter.
But I fear not! I shall test true for my love! Also: I need to stop writing these in bushes while I’m following her. The thorns do hurt quite a bit. *ouch!*





Midnight’s Mind:
By Celestia’s grace, Shimmer is just perfect! She smart, funny, a brillant writer and we totally dig each other! But, even though I shouldn’t, I’ve been getting some slight.......doubts.
Everytime I see her, she seems to always finish talking with that Reporter-pony, Whadda. Now Whadda is nice and all, but it’s just so consistent, and the way she always says that it’s “pony interest” for her newspaper is kinda suspicious....
Maybe I should just ask Trixie or Twilight about it. See what they think. They’ll probably give excellent advice! They always do! Yeah! (And if Whadda is going after Shimmer the library has the best combat spells in town.)

Oh that is awesome making.

Grif
2011-09-25, 05:18 PM
Ah, so thats why the ending was so odd. Of course Hasbro would not care about how a charecter would act, so long as it would fit into there model of how the show should end.:smallannoyed:

I didn't mind the parody so much. It wasn't as jarring as I thought it would be given the relatively different settings.

This also proved producers in Hasbro are closet nerds for slipping in an obvious Star Wars ending like that.

Aotrs Commander
2011-09-25, 05:22 PM
The Cost of Evil: The Skeletons in the Commodore's Closet

LIES! I dont have any skeletons in my...

Oh, you meant metaphorical skeletons.

What about your Bobs?

Well, yes, but they aren't in the closet, they are in the Bleakbane Animated Undead Skeleton Deployment System!

You mean that they're folded up in that interdimensional storage device you somehow managed to get ahold of?

Er, well, yes. But BAUSDS is so much more impressive sounding!

And where is this BUASDS?

...

In my closet.

the_druid_droid
2011-09-25, 05:22 PM
Everyone loves Fluttershy; that's her entire schtick. Wild animals love her, trust her, and most importantly obey her; between her massively high Charisma, her druid ability of Wild Empathy, and her having taken every single feat related to that class feature, she exhibits a level of communion with nature that would be frightening if not for her utter lack of ambition aside from wanting to cuddle every living thing.

Found the above off a link from the Friendship is Dragons site Amish posted. This is officially my favorite description of Fluttershy ever. Druids represent!

Trixie
2011-09-25, 05:23 PM
For some reason, I detest the inclusion of horns on any humanised version of the mane cast.

Eh, saw enough awesome pics of them already to like them :smalltongue:

Also, I see we have new epileptic tree discussion! Wheee! :P


I'm gonna have to disagree, I like the horns on the humanoid versions of the pony's who have them like Trixy and Twilight. I also like the Wings on the Humanoid versions of the Pony's who have those, like Fluttershy and Rainbow dash.

Yes :smallbiggrin:


And that leads me too another question. Why is it the most, when a humanoid pony is depicted with dark/tan skin, more often then not it seems to be twilight sparkle? Of all the pony's she's one of the least outdoorsy/Athletic, being beaten in these departments by everypony in the main six except Rarity. I don't get it.

Actually, Celestia seems to be favorite, rationale being caretaker of sun and all. In Twilight's case, though, it's explained by her human version being Hindu, not tanned. No idea why, though.


I was kinda hoping for a Discord picture, but what'cha gunna do?

Lack of good ones :smallsigh:

And fever :P


Either the OP has less views than the average would indicate

So, you're saying the page with OP on it sucks so bad no one wants to look at it :P

Titanium Fox
2011-09-25, 05:31 PM
Ah, so thats why the ending was so odd. Of course Hasbro would not care about how a charecter would act, so long as it would fit into there model of how the show should end.:smallannoyed:

It was just Discord being cocky, not realizing that the Mane 6 had actually managed to gain the elements within themselves back, as well as their harmony. By the time he realized, it was too late to react. I liked it, to be honest.


I didn't mind the parody so much. It wasn't as jarring as I thought it would be given the relatively different settings.

This also proved producers in Hasbro are closet nerds for slipping in an obvious Star Wars ending like that.

I didn't find it jarring at all. And this was all the MLP team, not Hasbro.

---

So, I'm going to re-post my last post from the last thread by the way.


So, I'm considering making and selling Brony Bumper Stickers at the next BroNYcon. What do you think of the following ideas?

Dark Blue Base. Wonderbolt Symbol on either side of the text. Text in bold, italicized font. "You just got passed by a Wonderbolt!" Possibly Spitfire somewhere on the sticker.

Dark Blue Base. Wonderbolt Symbol on either side of the text. Text in bold, italicized font. "You just got cut off by a Wonderbolt!" Possibly Soarin somewhere on the sticker.

Light Blue Base. Dash's Cutie Mark replacing the % Symbol. "This car is about 20% cooler than yours."

Dark Purple Base. Twilight's epic pose from S2E2 on the left hand side. "My pony is smarter than your honor student."

Light Yellow Base. Fluttershy's Eyes popping through a bush as seen somewhere in the first season. Bold, but ever shrinking text. "Um... Could you please stop riding my bumper? I- I mean... If that's okay with you, of course..."

Deadly
2011-09-25, 05:32 PM
So I'm not sure this strange idea of mine turned out so great :smallfrown: but I'm sharing it anyway...

Minsc from Baldur's Gate as a pony, with his new witch Fluttershy, and Boo, can't forget Boo:

http://fc00.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2011/268/d/3/pony_minsc_and_flutterwitch_by_adcoon-d4axel2.png

And of course dA decided to freak out when I tried to upload it and I had to delete it and upload it again. :smallmad: Was that a hint of some kind I wonder?

Aotrs Commander
2011-09-25, 05:35 PM
So, you're saying the page with OP on it sucks so bad no one wants to look at it :P

Probably more likely a combination of time the OP goes verses site traffic and I know, I for one, track the thread the browser history, so aside from posting on the first page, I tend not to need to go there. I don't know how the systems paginates the threads (is it based purely on number of posts or size of posts?); if it's the latter, it could simply be that the fact there's usually a couple of large posts on the first page (the OP, MCerberus' warning and the ponymotes and often the Elements of Pony) it gets finished quicker. If it's the former, it could be that the rapid amount of posts (the aforementioned, and the short comments on the new thread and even OP picture) push it on to page 2 quickly.

But, as most of us here tend to actively post continuously, a better question would be what the page views are for any one random page in ponythread.


So I'm not sure this strange idea of mine turned out so great :smallfrown: but I'm sharing it anyway...

Minsc from Baldur's Gate as a pony, with his new witch Fluttershy, and Boo, can't forget Boo:

http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs70/i/2011/268/f/3/pony_minsc_and_flutterwitch_by_adcoon-d4axel2.png

And of course dA decided to freak out when I tried to upload it and I had to delete it and upload it again. :smallmad: Was that a hint of some kind I wonder?

How can an idea containing Minsk - especially Pony Minsk - possibly not be awesome?

Of course, Pony Imoen would have made it even better, but I'm perhaps just a touch biased.

MCerberus
2011-09-25, 05:35 PM
I apolgize profusely for everything:

Newsflash!
Local-Writer pony sparks the heart of Whadda Scoops again!

Having recognized the Wit, Dedication, and Integrity (and, if I might add, uncanny beauty) that all the ponies of the fine language arts share, Shimmer had finally noticed me! *squee*
Even though she’s currently dating that... pony, Midnight, as soon as she talks to me, our eyes will meet, and we shall have other’s love for eternity!
It’s just like all those novels! I have to prove that I’m the better pony then the mare who, uh... she went to school with... and shared lots of time and bonding experiences with... and is a princess... and is the daughter of three most famous mares in Equestria... and is much more interesting than this paltry reporter.
But I fear not! I shall test true for my love! Also: I need to stop writing these in bushes while I’m following her. The thorns do hurt quite a bit. *ouch!*





Midnight’s Mind:
By Celestia’s grace, Shimmer is just perfect! She smart, funny, a brillant writer and we totally dig each other! But, even though I shouldn’t, I’ve been getting some slight.......doubts.
Everytime I see her, she seems to always finish talking with that Reporter-pony, Whadda. Now Whadda is nice and all, but it’s just so consistent, and the way she always says that it’s “pony interest” for her newspaper is kinda suspicious....
Maybe I should just ask Trixie or Twilight about it. See what they think. They’ll probably give excellent advice! They always do! Yeah! (And if Whadda is going after Shimmer the library has the best combat spells in town.)

Edit: if possible, I would like permission to continue with this.

Oh, those love triangles
*do it man, do it*

Trixie
2011-09-25, 05:37 PM
So I'm not sure this strange idea of mine turned out so great :smallfrown: but I'm sharing it anyway...

Minsc from Baldur's Gate as a pony, with his new witch Fluttershy, and Boo, can't forget Boo:

http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs70/i/2011/268/f/3/pony_minsc_and_flutterwitch_by_adcoon-d4axel2.png

And of course dA decided to freak out when I tried to upload it and I had to delete it and upload it again. :smallmad: Was that a hint of some kind I wonder?

Wasn't his eye within the circle? :smallconfused:

Also, I make the ear the same color, and I sort of wonder why mark is 2 'shoes?

Deadly
2011-09-25, 05:39 PM
Wasn't his eye within the circle? :smallconfused:

Also, I make the ear the same color, and I sort of wonder why mark is 2 'shoes?

No, eye wasn't inside circle. I'm pretty sure. The idea with the ear might be pretty good, though.

And his cutie mark are two horse shoes because his special talent is flank-kicking :smallwink:

Tectonic Robot
2011-09-25, 05:40 PM
Huh, that actualy makes a lot of sence! But what about others such as,say, Zecora?

I assume she mixes potions or something.

Kurgan
2011-09-25, 05:51 PM
From within? Unicorns are fine and all, but unihumans?

No.

I cannot brain this.
We have plenty of magicians that don't have horns after all. (in contemporary high-fantasy)

Yeah, I'm not a huge fan of horns on humanized ponies. Don't mind wings, but horns just look...off to me.

Also, dammit Grif, you just gave me a terrible mental image with the last part of your comment. Don't want to tread too far into it, but if you have seen/remember the episode of Futurama where the Omicronians are trying to harvest Fry's lower horn...well, I think you can see where I am going with this now so I'll leave it at that.

Pokonic
2011-09-25, 05:54 PM
Also, dammit Grif, you just gave me a terrible mental image with the last part of your comment. Don't want to tread too far into it, but if you have seen/remember the episode of Futurama where the Omicronians are trying to harvest Fry's lower horn...well, I think you can see where I am going with this now so I'll leave it at that.

Hey, Kurgen! Thanks for getting that image stuck in everyones heads!

Deadly
2011-09-25, 05:54 PM
How can an idea containing Minsk - especially Pony Minsk - possibly not be awesome?

Of course, Pony Imoen would have made it even better, but I'm perhaps just a touch biased.

I honestly don't know. It did seem like a great idea, and maybe I'm just too critical of my work. Oh well, if others like it that's cool :smallbiggrin:

Also, fixed the ear.

Mando Knight
2011-09-25, 05:55 PM
And apparently some new sketches coming soon too.

Yep. Mostly Dash, Rarity, and Surprise/Winged Pinkie Pie. Including a sketch in which it is noted that she considered having Pinkie's usual pose upside down (http://fyre-flye.deviantart.com/art/Upside-Down-260220433?q=gallery%3Afyre-flye%2F8431740&qo=8). Because she's Pinkie Pie.

Also a sketch of Celestia (http://fyre-flye.deviantart.com/art/Queen-260224781?q=gallery%3Afyre-flye%2F8431740&qo=1), before Hasbro told her that the Princess = Good, Queen = Evil rule applied.

Kurgan
2011-09-25, 05:58 PM
Hey, Kurgen! Thanks for getting that image stuck in everyones heads!

I'm a helper! http://i.imgur.com/N2nfK.jpg

Oh, Kurgen, you looking for my near identical evil twin then? I wouldn't, he is a bit on the evil side.

Pokonic
2011-09-25, 06:01 PM
I'm a helper!

Oh, Kurgen, you looking for my near identical evil twin then? I wouldn't, he is a bit on the evil side.

Meh, some type Kurgen, some type Kurgan. Stop mocking me for my personal tastes!:smalltongue:

the_druid_droid
2011-09-25, 06:02 PM
Also, random thoughts on my droid pony (Thanqol, or anyone please help me come up with a name...)
Originally cobbled together by an eccentric unicorn inventor, this clockwork pony surprised its maker by going above and beyond simple duties as a mechanical assistant to demonstrate a true mind and will lurking beneath the cogs and springs. Eventually recognizing this, the unicorn sent him out into the world to find his place and seek his fortune as a pony, rather than a mechanical servant. The learning process has been harder than he'd expected, and as a result, he's gotten very good at repairing and upgrading himself, although he's always kept the modifications broadly within his maker's original scheme, either out of habit or genuine affection for the old pony that served him as a father figure before his departure.

Currently, the little droid's primary goal is two-fold:
1.) Understand himself
2.) Understand everything else

Unfortunately, sometimes the biggest problem is getting other ponies to understand him. Some ponies think that he's just a machine and don't respond well to his attempts at friendship, nor do they understand his love of the animals in places like the Everfree. Hoping to fit in, he fashioned a cutie mark for himself (of what else, but a clock?) and made sure to fasten it on tightly, but that hasn't helped quite as much as he'd wished. The few true friends he has he cherishes, and when he's feeling particularly down, he seeks out his animal friends, who are much better at looking past his metal shell to the pony within.

For those who don't care, have some Fluttershy:
http://bronibooru.mlponies.com/data/561394054c22197c1bf88224773b4bf2.png
http://bronibooru.mlponies.com/data/a37d2e014aeec6980449275cecdfb8ad.jpg
http://bronibooru.mlponies.com/data/6532d36f8bee4a574cc23e56e2397412.png

Beeskee
2011-09-25, 06:03 PM
Response to posts from the previous thread.


Oh Cutie Marks Crusaders! I think Mr. Beeskee here wants some help with his suggestion (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=11914445&postcount=1467)....

Yay!
Yay!
Yay!

Is that good or bad? :smallsmile:



Hm. I like the idea of making it a contest rather than just the team accepting random OC ponies at a whim. It keeps everypony from feeling neglected, and keeps the vast majority out, while giving the entire community the satisfaction. Plus, it would be fun for the actual target audience!


That's the idea, based on what the original suggester wrote as their "intended" question. It sounds like they phrased it poorly and it came out as "can I get my OC in the show?" which of course is not so great an idea. I think they were going for more of a "OC characters as background ponies" thing, mainly to avoid repeats since right now background ponies seem to be highly randomized, to the point where you can spot multiple ponies that all look like clones in the shots with lots of background characters. I turned that idea into a contest aimed towards kids which adults could participate in.

A really good flash pony maker with multiple export and linking options would let kids produce their own ponies for printing out or to use for drawing/coloring/etc as well as letting them share the results on social networking sites and things like that, so folks could use the tool for personal use in addition to submitting concepts for the contest.



Yep. Mostly Dash, Rarity, and Surprise/Winged Pinkie Pie. Including a sketch in which it is noted that she considered having Pinkie's usual pose upside down (http://fyre-flye.deviantart.com/art/Upside-Down-260220433?q=gallery%3Afyre-flye%2F8431740&qo=8). Because she's Pinkie Pie.

Also a sketch of Celestia (http://fyre-flye.deviantart.com/art/Queen-260224781?q=gallery%3Afyre-flye%2F8431740&qo=1), before Hasbro told her that the Princess = Good, Queen = Evil rule applied.

Also this one (http://fyre-flye.deviantart.com/art/Blah-blah-blah-260220970). I feel like this most days. (With me being the pony on the left.)



Still reading Kindness's Reward. :smallbiggrin: It's pretty good.

Pokonic
2011-09-25, 06:05 PM
Also, random thoughts on my droid pony (Thanqol, or anyone please help me come up with a name...)

Call him Coghoof, or even Little Coghoof.:smallsmile:

Also, Fluttershy is the reason Weeping angels are weeping.

Dispozition
2011-09-25, 06:08 PM
So I'm not sure this strange idea of mine turned out so great :smallfrown: but I'm sharing it anyway...

Minsc from Baldur's Gate as a pony, with his new witch Fluttershy, and Boo, can't forget Boo:

http://fc00.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2011/268/d/3/pony_minsc_and_flutterwitch_by_adcoon-d4axel2.png

And of course dA decided to freak out when I tried to upload it and I had to delete it and upload it again. :smallmad: Was that a hint of some kind I wonder?

This is awesome and you are awesome for doing it.

These threads still move impossibly fast for me to keep up to date properly, but they remain within scanning quotes and spoiler speed, so I guess I'm sticking around for a bit :D

On that note, have some more art (I love having friends that will throw out sketches for you during live streams)
http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2011/268/0/e/dig_mac__cg__by_dispozition-d4av8r6.png (http://dispozition.deviantart.com/art/Dig-Mac-cg-260118546)

Also, I'm going to line and colour one of Lauren's sketches that went up today, I'm thinking upside down Surprise/Pinkie, but I'm willing to do another if a few of you in here want me to do it...So...Ask away I guess?

Deadly
2011-09-25, 06:12 PM
This is awesome and you are awesome for doing it.

These threads still move impossibly fast for me to keep up to date properly, but they remain within scanning quotes and spoiler speed, so I guess I'm sticking around for a bit :D

On that note, have some more art (I love having friends that will throw out sketches for you during live streams)
http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2011/268/0/e/dig_mac__cg__by_dispozition-d4av8r6.png (http://dispozition.deviantart.com/art/Dig-Mac-cg-260118546)

Also, I'm going to line and colour one of Lauren's sketches that went up today, I'm thinking upside down Surprise/Pinkie, but I'm willing to do another if a few of you in here want me to do it...So...Ask away I guess?

Thanks :smallbiggrin:

Nice drawing. Big Macintosh is so darned lovable! ^^

Anyone know if there is an explanation for why his Discorded self acts like a dog? Other than it being obviously funny?

Dispozition
2011-09-25, 06:20 PM
Thanks :smallbiggrin:

Nice drawing. Big Macintosh is so darned lovable! ^^

Anyone know if there is an explanation for why his Discorded self acts like a dog? Other than it being obviously funny?

Thanks, although technically not my base drawing. Just the lineart and colours.

And I'd assume it's because he's typically a reserved, hard working guy, rather than a playful and fun loving dog :P
It's kinda opposite.

Tectonic Robot
2011-09-25, 06:28 PM
There's Lauren Faust concept art of the Ursa Major (Kind of crazy looking) and Discord (Woo! Been waiting for that for awhile)

I'm still the straight man, right?

Deadly
2011-09-25, 06:32 PM
Thanks, although technically not my base drawing. Just the lineart and colours.

And I'd assume it's because he's typically a reserved, hard working guy, rather than a playful and fun loving dog :P
It's kinda opposite.

Makes some sense :)

Topaz
2011-09-25, 06:39 PM
Also, random thoughts on my droid pony (Thanqol, or anyone please help me come up with a name...)
Nice backstory, DD. For a name, if you want to go with the classics there's always Tiktok (does he have to be wound occasionally?), or if he was built as a servant there's Cogsworth.

I'm gonna have to disagree, I like the horns on the humanoid versions of the pony's who have them like Trixy and Twilight. I also like the Wings on the Humanoid versions of the Pony's who have those, like Fluttershy and Rainbow dash.
I'm on the fence. I don't like long horns on the humanized versions, but little horns are OK.

I apolgize profusely for everything:
...
Edit 2: And reviews would be nice.
I see a lot of potential here. I encourage you to continue!

Lix Lorn
2011-09-25, 06:43 PM
And that's not all, because for a limited time only, all back issues of the Bunbunmaru are half off, thanks to the generosity and selflessness of the Pure and Honest Fox Raz!
Excellent! My newspaper fortress will be cheap.


In this issue:
Extra! Extra! Breaking News! Famous Shipping Goddess Celebrates Birthday - Shipping Casualties Estimated In The Hundreds, Thousands Drunk and/or Genderbent (Bunbunmaru apologizes to victims, while still wishing Miss Lorn a perfectly satisfactory birthday. This publication will not be sued for nothing.)
True!
You'll be sued for EVERYTHING!
(also, hugs)

@Aotrs who I thought I quoted: Glomps are just high speed hugs. And I ALWAYS capture everything. I love the ending Soviet mission in Yuri's revenge, where it's actually what you're meant to do.

EsperDerek
2011-09-25, 06:46 PM
So I am on break for a bit, so I come bearing a gift. That gift is the latest part of How To Care For A Newborn Foal! Please note I haven't had a chance, ponies who did some editing, to shift things around with earlier parts, so they're still the same yet.

How To Care For A Newborn Foal

Excerpt 1
“TWILIGHT! TWILIGHT!!”

Twilight groaned, and covered her head with her pillow. Trixie had only gotten up a couple of minutes ago, damn it! It was her turn anyways! One thing that the books had never warned her about was how often a parent would need to get up to tend to a newborn foal. Perhaps they didn’t mention it because the authors were afraid that nopony would ever become a parent knowing that. Sleep was becoming a luxury, and other, more enjoyable, nocturnal activites were rapidly becoming the dream of a previous life.

If she didn’t know better, she would have believed that Luna had done something to their daughter to ensure that Midnight would be a night pony. Perhaps they shouldn’t have named her after a time of night, too...

That brought them to tonight. Midnight had been especially fussy, and both of them had been forced to be up with her multiple times already. Finally, finally, it seemed like she had settled down for a couple of hours, only for the peace of the house to be broken by weak crying. But it was Trixie’s turn this time, and she wasn’t going to get up! She was probably only messing up the diaper again anyways. Twilight couldn’t figure out how somepony who was so good with knots, was so terrible with tying up a diaper.

Of course, Twilight had to admit she was jealous on how easily Trixie was able to get Midnight to eat. She supposed that she had an edge in that department anyways.

No, she would just roll over, and pretend to be asl-

“TWILIGHT, SHE’S SICK!”

It was amazing how quickly she could move. She was halfway to the nursery before she knew it. She threw open the door, any trace of sleepiness gone. She nearly tripped over Spike, who, of course, was still asleep. It was truly amazing how deep that dragon could sleep.

For a moment, she thought it was Trixie who was sick. Trixie was paler than Twilight had ever seen her, save for the day of the reunion. The only thing breaking up that pallid look were her red-rimmed eyes. She looked frantically at Twilight, clutching the tiny bundle tightly against her protectively.

“S-she’s b-burning up...” Trixie choaked. Twilight swallowed down her own rising panic, and gently pushed in to check on her daughter. The fact that she wasn’t crying worried her...

She was shivering gently, and Midnight’s normally bright and vivid eyes were dulled with pain. Trembling, Twilight checked beneath her coat, and saw that her skin was bright red. Her tiny horn was glowing, the occasional spark shooting forth from it. Midnight was letting out small little whimpers, her breathing was shallow, but stubborn. Twilight pressed a hoof gently against her forehead, and nearly recoiled. Trixie was right, Midnight was burning up, and it was a higher fever than she had been anticipating.

Those eyes looked up at her, already believing, knowing with all of her tiny heart, that her parents would be able to help her. To make the pain go away.

“W-What’s wrong with her? What do we do?” Trixie immediatly deferred to Twilight. This was not the time for pride, earned or not. Of the two of them, Twilight was most likely to know what to do, know how to help their weeks-old child...

“I...I...” Where was all the knowledge that she had prided herself in? Trixie and her daughter, they needed her, they were looking up at her, secure in the fact that she would think of something. Twilight Sparkle, most knowledagble pony in all of Equestria.

Nothing was coming to mind.

“I...don’t know...”

She never felt so helpless.

Excerpt 2:
It wasn't what Trixie wanted to hear.

"You don't know? You're telling me Princess Celestia's favorite student can beat an Ursa Minor, but she doesn't know what's wrong with her daughter?!" Trixie's voice raised, as she clutched Midnight tightly. She stared at Twilight accusingly, who flinched.

"I-I don't recognize the symptoms, Trixie! I mean, it's not that, I don't recognize this combination of symptoms! She's feverish, but not sweating! She's in pain, but I don't see where! I don't know why she's breathing so shallowly, there's nothing wrong with her chest, and I don't even know why her horn is glowing! A unicorn's horn shouldn't be glowing at all yet!" Twilight babbled out a defense, her own voice belying her panic. Why was she bringing up old wounds that hadn't been touched now of all times? It had been months since...

"You think you're Great and Powerful, but you can't do anything to help her!" Trixie yelled.

That was why.

Twilight rose up, and embraced Trixie. At the touch of her wife, Trixie immediately broke down, sobbing against Twilight's chest. She kept a tight hold of Midnight, as if sheer contact could heal the pain their daughter was suffering.

"We have to help her...I can't lose her already..." Trixie whispered, and Twilight nuzzled at her comfortingly.

They were going to need help. But who? Ponyville didn't have a hospital, they had a clinic, and she doubted Nurse Redheart would be able to help much, she was an expert in Earth Pony health. Zecora was out, it was too dangerous to go through the Everfree Forest during the night, especially with a sick filly in tow. Was there nopony else in Ponyville that could help them at this time of night?

Wait...how could she be so foalish? The answer had always been there.

"The Princesses!" Quill and scroll were already in the air. "Celestia will be asleep, but Luna..."

"Luna?" Trixie said uncertainly, when Twilight trailed off. Twilight had been reminded of a certain event that had happened only weeks ago.

It was still odd to them, Luna's heartfelt, almost desperate, request to be Midnight's parent, her 'third mother'. But then, they had accepted, hadn't they? That made her that third parent. That made this not just a matter of getting a Princesses help. She deserved to know that her daughter was sick, too.

Luna,
Midnight's sick, come quickly!
-Twilight

Not her most eloquent letter, but perhaps her most to-the-point.

"SPIKE!" The small dragon began to stir his his basket. He wearily lifted a head, sleepy eyes blinking.

"Twilight? Why are you-MMPHH!" His eyes widened, as the scroll was stuffed into his mouth. Reflexively, that green flame licked out of his mouth, burning the scroll into magical ashes, which floated out the window, to it's destination. Spike glared at Twilight. "What was that for? Couldn't you have asked like a normal pony?"

"Spike, Midnight's sick, we need Luna as quickly as possible." Twilight quickly explained, and Spike craned his neck, looking at the tiny bundle in Trixie's hooves.

"Oh, geez, the kid's sick? What's wrong with her?" Twilight bit her lip at Spike's question.

"That's what we're trying to figure out." She replied, turning back to her daughter.

Just in time to see Midnight's horn to catch on fire.

Trixie yelped, as green flames licked out from Midnight's forehead, the frightened newborn letting out a tiny little cry. Immediately the showmare's own horn flared, her magic creating a tiny raincloud, which rained down on mother and daughter. It did nothing to staunch the magical green flames.

Twilight rushed forwards, intent to do something, anything to help. Just inches away from them, her hoof outstretched, her magic at the ready, the fire flared brilliantly and consumed their daughter in an instant.

The magical ashes drifted out the window.

Excerpt 3:
Luna was aware of the irony of her situation.

Things had changed in the thousand years that Luna had been away. The main time that petitioners came to the court to request judgement on their grievances was now in the evening, the time when day and night met, while both sisters were awake. Even in this late hour, Luna was not alone. She had a horde of servants, cooks, guards, and handmaidens ready to attend to her every need. She had even slowly begun to notice that ponies were staying up later than she recalled a thousand years ago, and that they used the night for play and revelry.

That wasn't even getting into the hundreds, if not thousands of works of art, story, and song that had been made about the grace and beauty of the night.

In other words, Luna and the night had the love, companionship, and respect that she had so jealously craved as Nightmare Moon. How funny it seemed that she didn't want any of that now. How much of a burden it was now.

Finally having a moment to herself, she strode on to her balcony and looked out on Equestria. Her gaze focused in the same direction that it had last night, the night before it, and for the past few weeks. She looked far past Canterlot to the small country town in the distance. Such an insignificant little town in all respects.

Save her heart was there.

She entertained a brief fantasy. Descending down on that small town, and spiriting away those three in the night. She would bring them back to the castle, to Canterlot, and make a home there. Twilight would resume her studies in Canterlot, and Trixie would have an even grander audience to perform to. Together, the three would raise their child, the filly that had stolen her heart from her. They would live and laugh together, as a family...

But no. She could not do that.

Ponyville was home to Twilight and Trixie, and they had fought hard to make it their home. She could not take them away from the place they loved most in the world, away from the friends and life they had forged and tempered so painstakingly. It was more than that, though. Her daughter deserved a chance to have a normal life. That she was the only child thus far from the Princesses would ensure that would never happen, could never happen if she were to grow up in the court of Canterlot and be surrounded by it's chaos. She would be seen as a pawn to be used by nobles jockeying for position and favor, and that thought terrified Luna. No, it would be better for her this way. Better for the three of them.

Even if it felt like Luna's heart was torn from it's chest.

Oh yes, Luna was well aware of the irony of her situati-

”Princess?” interrupted one of her handmaidens. “We have lunch prepared for you in the dining room.”

Her thoughts now jumbled by the words of the servant, she nodded and said, “Very well, I will be there in a moment.”

Luna was about to follow, when her keen eyes spotted something. The magical green ashes of a letter inbound.

That was unusual. Even with Trixie's letters to her, she usually woke up to them. Why would they be writing to her-or Celestia, she supposed-at this time of night? She swiftly unrolled the scroll once it manifested.

Luna,
Midnight's sick, come quickly!
-Twilight

Luna felt her throat constrict. Her duty and position meant nothing at that moment. Already she was weaving a spell she hadn't used since she was the Nightmare. Her body dissolved into stars and mist, and she swept away from the palace, shooting towards the important little town at speeds that could rival the fastest pegasus pony.

Closer to the town, her senses picked up something of interest. Apparently they had sent another letter, as a second patch of green mist and ash escaped from the library. Yet, this one was not headed for the castle. In fact, Luna could not figure out for the life of her why they had sent a letter in that direction.

After all, it was towards the Everfree Forest.

Excerpt 4:

”MIDNIGHT! MIDNIGHT!” Trixie screamed, springing from her chair in hot pursuit of the magic mist that their daughter had become. She pushed past Twilight, who stumbled to the floor, so shocked at what had just happened that her mind freezed up. It was only until she realized that Trixie was about to spring from the window did her brain start working again. Trixie’s hooves were just at the windowsill when Twilight caught her in her magic, stopping her in her tracks.

“Trixie, stop!”

“T-Twilight? Let me go!” Trixie screamed at the betrayal, her legs kicking helplessly in the air, trying to find purchase to dig in. “Our daughter! Our daughter is out there! Let me go!”

“You’re going to leap out the top-floor window! You can’t help Midnight with four broken legs!” Twilight yelled. “Calm down, Trixie! I-I’m sure that if she copied the transit spell, that she’s with Luna right now!”

It was a logical thought, and it was one that Twilight was clinging to, to keep herself from panicing and leaping out the window in pursuit herself. Trixie let out a soft whimper, straining for a moment against Twilight’s magic, but she finally gave in, no longer trying to dash herself to the cold ground below.

“How did she do that anyways, Twilight?” Spike asked, his eyes wide. It was a question that Twilight was trying to puzzle out herself. How did she do that? She had no idea. Perhaps it was some sort of instinctual mimicry? Midnight couldn’t possibly know the complex imagry that the spell required. It must have been some fashion of mimicry, but she shouldn’t of had access to that level of magic to call upon! She was just a little foal! What was...what was....

No! There was no need for panic. There was no need for panic. They would wait for Luna, Midnight would almost certainly be with her, and they would all solve this together. She released Trixie, who pulled herself reluctantly from the window, just in time for a cloud of mist and stars to flow in after her. Twilight inhaled. Luna had responded quickly, no doubt because Midnight was with her. She wouldn’t want her fellow mothers to worry for too long. The stars and mist coalesced, the dark beauty of Princess Luna taking form.

Midnight didn’t.

“Where is she? What’s wrong with her?” Luna immediatly inquired, stepping forwards to meet with her two fellow parents. Her eyes widened as she beheld the mortified looks on Twilight and Trixie’s faces, as reality came crashing down upon them.

Midnight wasn’t with her.

Luna gasped as Trixie immediatly pulled away from them. She galloped down the stairs, crashed through the front doors, and shattered the peace of Ponyville’s night with her cries, as if their child could respond to her. Luna looked at Twilight, who was struggling to refrain from taking off after Trixie to help her. The Princess needed to know what was going on.

“P-Princess...”

“Twilight, what’s going on? Where is Midnight?”

“We thought...We thought she was with you!” She explained to Luna everything that had happened, how sick Midnight had been, and how she somehow mimiced the letter transit spell, only with her body. As Twilight explained, Luna’s face drained of color.

“Oh no...oh no...I saw her, Twilight! I saw the smoke headed into the Everfree Forest!” Luna said, and Twilight staggered. A terrible image exploded into her mind. One of her tiny daughter, sick and helpless, lost in the Everfree Forest. Laying on the cold ground, exposed to the elements, and surrounded by hydras, dragons, and cocaktrice. Easy prey.
Twilight heaved, her hoof going to her mouth, as she nearly lost the contents of her stomach. Luna moved to help her, but Twilight forced it down. She couldn’t afford to be sick.

“SPIKE!” She yelled, and the baby dragon leapt to her call, clearly eager to help in any way he could. “Go get the others, and tell them what happened! Get them to organize search parties, and catch up with us!”

“I’m on it, Twilight! But where are you going?”

“Where do you think? There’s no time to wait for them, we’re going to catch up with Trixie, and get our daughter back!”

Deep in the Everfree,
A tiny voice cried out in need,
The forest heeded the call.

Excerpt 5:

Trixie was cursed. That was it. That was the explanation. She wasn’t allowed to have a mother, and she wasn’t allowed to be a mother. How else could she explain why they were searching the Everfree Forest in the darkest time of the night, looking for her month old, deathly sick daughter? Horrible images kept assailing her. She had been so afraid of Midnight someday losing her before her time, that the reverse would happen had never crossed her mind. That Trixie would lose the daughter she had already given her heart to. It had taken her years to recover from her mother’s death, how long would it take to recover from her daughter’s? Would she ever?

No. That was the wrong way to think. It wouldn’t help anypony, least of all Midnight. She was the Great and Powerful Trixie, she had earned that title, and there was no way she was going to fall to despair again. Their story would have a happy ending. She was a storyteller, and she would make it so. They would find their daughter.

“So those are the symptoms, Luna.” She overheard Twilight behind her. She was barely paying attention to their conversation, knowing it was a way for the two to keep from lapsing into the panic that threatened to consume them all, and knowing that if they were to find Midnight, there was still her illness to deal with. The normally loud Trixie was very quiet, busy stretching out with her senses and magic, desperate to pick up on some sign of her daughter. A faint cry, a small moan, a soft rustle, anything to indicate that they were close...

“It could be a case of magic overload. It’s not uncommon for a unicorn to get sick when their magic grows too strong for their bodies to contain, and they don’t have the ability to safely release it.” Luna said after giving it a moment of thought. “Her fever, her horn glowing, and her general discomfort and pain all are symptoms of that. Her magic is burning her up from inside.”

“Magic overload? But that shouldn’t be affecting her at her age! It’s something that developing unicorns have happen to them, not a newborn! I’ve never heard of it affecting a pony so young, it’s dangerous enough for adolescents!” Twilight said in disbelief.

They had been fortunate so far. They hadn’t been accosted by any of the denizens of the Forest, although Trixie supposed being escorted by a Princess did a lot to keep them safe. Her daughter had no such defense.

“Think of who her parents are, Twilight. Magic is in her blood.”

“But it’s so early..." Twilight protested, until a thought crossed her mind. “Do you think that’s why she copied the transit spell?”

They carefully strode over a rickety rope bridge, that was strung over a perilously high chasm. Trixie’s normal dislike of heights would have kicked in, if this were any other situation, any other time. Now, she ignored it.

“It’s possible her body did it to vent off some of the pent-up magic in her body. I hear from my sister that you did something simil-” Luna paused, her head tilting for a moment. Twilight slowed to a stop.

“Luna? What’s wrong? Trixie, hold on for a moment.” She called out to Trixie, who scowled. There wasn’t any time for this! What was Luna doing?

“Something’s wrong. There’s something different about the forest up ahead.” Luna said, her horn glowing faintly. “It’s like something magical is disturbing it.”

“Do you think it could be Midnight?” Twilight asked nervously.

“I’m not sure, but it does feel almost familiar...” Luna wondered, and that was enough for Trixie. If it was her daughter, she wasn’t going to waste anymore time standing around here! She broke into a full gallop, Twilight first letting out a surprised protest, and then she and Luna raced to catch up. As the three ran, a strange fog descended down on them, cloaking the rest of the world from view. Trixie couldn’t see more than a hoof-length ahead of her, and the normal sounds of the wild Everfree suddenly went silent, as if the fog bank could muffle sound as well as sight.

“What is this? Trixie, slow down, I can’t see you!”

Trixie looked back, and couldn’t see Twilight or Luna. It was almost like they were each trapped in their own little world of fog. Barely able to see her own hoofs, Trixie took a bad step, and went crashing to the ground.

“Did somepony fall? Twilight, Trixie, are you okay?” Luna called out. Trixie heard Twilight call out an affirmative. She slowly picked herself off, wincing as she put weight on the hoof that had made that bad step. She had twisted it.

“Trixie, how about you?” Trixie was about to respond when her ears twitched, as a new sound started to flow through the fog they were trapped in, clear as day.

Somepony was singing.

“Wait....do you two hear that?” Trixie finally spoke up, looking around. The singing was lyrical and elegant, not so much words but soothing, wonderful sounds. A feeling of nostalgia swept over Trixie, like a warm blanket surrounding her and comforting her. Had she heard it before? It quelled the panic that had been her partner all night, leaving her with a sense of peace and...love. She barely heard her fellow mothers agreeing that they heard it. She began to walk instinctively towards the source of the song, the pain in her hoof not feeling nearly as bad as it felt even moments before.

The fog swept away, as quickly as it had descended.

“Where are we?” Twilight whispered, as if speaking any louder would break the peace of the place. The three ponies had found themselves in a small glade, and looked around in wonderment. They were surrounded by trees that were not gnarled and twisted, but instead growing straight and true. Brilliant flowers dotted the floor of the forest, blooming brilliant blues, purples, and silvers in the shining moonlight that descended from the canopy. There was a palpable sense of peace, of harmony. Twilight stooped to examine one of the flowers. “I don’t recognize any of these.”

“Are we even still in the Everfree?” Luna wondered. “Did she do this?”

The three made their way deeper into the glade, following the singing. They passed by slumbering forest animals, and felt the eyes of owls staring at them from the trees. Passing through a thicket of small trees, they came to the center of the glade.

Curled in a bed of small night-flowers were two ponies, the moonlight shimmering down upon them. One was a tiny filly, barely a month old. She was slumbering quietly, no longer touched by the sickness and pain that had ravaged her all night. A small smile played along her face, her horn was no longer glowing, and her chest rose and fell in deep, peaceful breaths. Trixie had never seen her daughter so calm. She slept against the other pony who was curled lovingly around the foal. That mare was brimming with life, her light purple coat almost shining in the moonlight. Her soft pink tail and mane seemed to flow as she shifted slightly to make the child more comfortable. She looked down at the foal with bright, loving eyes.

Beside Trixie, Twilight’s hoof went to her mouth, stifling a gasp.

Trixie felt weak. Unbelieving, she slowly stepped forwards. Her heart began to pound in her chest.

“M...Momma?” Trixie dared to whisper.

The eyes that she could never forget looked up at her, and Midnight smiled.

erikun
2011-09-25, 06:55 PM
It's that new thread smell! And I was only ~7 pages behind.


On other, more pony-related news, I think this will delight Touhou fans. (and Starcraft II ones as well I suppose, but they're only there strictly as enemies.)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZndB83Umrz0

(How do you guys even play the game? It gave me a headache trying to see how you avoid all those bouncing balls.)
Nice! I've seen this before, and am glad to see some more progress on it. Just one question, though. How does this relate to Touhou in any way? Is it one of the games, reskinned? Or it is just the same style of game?


Uhh... something pony related to keep this topical. Pony... martial arts. How does it work? Anypony got any ideas?
Martial arts tend to center around keeping your body balanced and centered, and using your strength and body mass to its greatest effect in attacking. Martial arts for a pony (or for any body shape, really) would follow the same principles.

I doubt we would be seeing flying kicks in a pony martial art, but then again, flying kicks are kind of silly in a human martial art as well. :smallwink:


They couldn't shake up the opening? Change things around a little bit? Come on, people, Spike sending Celestia the group photo is so last season.
Good news: The rest of season 2, starting with the third episode, should be using a new opening.

Bad news: S2e3 isn't next week; there will be a delay before they start showing the rest of the second season.


And that leads me too another question. Why is it the most, when a humanoid pony is depicted with dark/tan skin, more often then not it seems to be twilight sparkle? Of all the pony's she's one of the least outdoorsy/Athletic, being beaten in these departments by everypony in the main six except Rarity. I don't get it.
I really don't think that's supposed to be a tan, and I say it is because the colors purple/brown fit together so well.


I apolgize profusely for everything:

Newsflash!
Local-Writer pony sparks the heart of Whadda Scoops again!

Having recognized the Wit, Dedication, and Integrity (and, if I might add, uncanny beauty) that all the ponies of the fine language arts share, Shimmer had finally noticed me! *squee*
Even though she’s currently dating that... pony, Midnight, as soon as she talks to me, our eyes will meet, and we shall have other’s love for eternity!
It’s just like all those novels! I have to prove that I’m the better pony then the mare who, uh... she went to school with... and shared lots of time and bonding experiences with... and is a princess... and is the daughter of three most famous mares in Equestria... and is much more interesting than this paltry reporter.
But I fear not! I shall test true for my love! Also: I need to stop writing these in bushes while I’m following her. The thorns do hurt quite a bit. *ouch!*





Midnight’s Mind:
By Celestia’s grace, Shimmer is just perfect! She smart, funny, a brillant writer and we totally dig each other! But, even though I shouldn’t, I’ve been getting some slight.......doubts.
Everytime I see her, she seems to always finish talking with that Reporter-pony, Whadda. Now Whadda is nice and all, but it’s just so consistent, and the way she always says that it’s “pony interest” for her newspaper is kinda suspicious....
Maybe I should just ask Trixie or Twilight about it. See what they think. They’ll probably give excellent advice! They always do! Yeah! (And if Whadda is going after Shimmer the library has the best combat spells in town.)

Edit 2: And reviews would be nice.
It looks like it has potential. I hope you have some more scenarios, or some big and more exciting, to go with it though. "Shimmer is talking to ponies!" isn't exactly the most gripping plot, and Whadda randomly deciding to stalk somepony she recently met seems odd.

I think the story might need some significant event to revolve around, or some reason for Whadda to spontaneously develop her crush. Perhaps she is a big fan of the "mysterious writer" who drops transcripts off at the library, and becomes a bit too obsessive in her journalism pursuits? Perhaps something is happening with Midnight to put her in such an unstable mood? (Foreign ambassador insisting on an arranged marriage?) Maybe Shimmer has something happening in her life that makes her want to talk to somepony other than her romantic interest?


And it seems I have a happy birthday to wish to Lix. Happy birthday, then!

InkwellPony
2011-09-25, 06:57 PM
Aahhh, that new thread smell. I love it. ^^


So I am on break for a bit, so I come bearing a gift. That gift is the latest part of How To Care For A Newborn Foal! Please note I haven't had a chance, ponies who did some editing, to shift things around with earlier parts, so they're still the same yet.

How To Care For A Newborn Foal

Excerpt 1
“TWILIGHT! TWILIGHT!!”

Twilight groaned, and covered her head with her pillow. Trixie had only gotten up a couple of minutes ago, damn it! It was her turn anyways! One thing that the books had never warned her about was how often a parent would need to get up to tend to a newborn foal. Perhaps they didn’t mention it because the authors were afraid that nopony would ever become a parent knowing that. Sleep was becoming a luxury, and other, more enjoyable, nocturnal activites were rapidly becoming the dream of a previous life.

If she didn’t know better, she would have believed that Luna had done something to their daughter to ensure that Midnight would be a night pony. Perhaps they shouldn’t have named her after a time of night, too...

That brought them to tonight. Midnight had been especially fussy, and both of them had been forced to be up with her multiple times already. Finally, finally, it seemed like she had settled down for a couple of hours, only for the peace of the house to be broken by weak crying. But it was Trixie’s turn this time, and she wasn’t going to get up! She was probably only messing up the diaper again anyways. Twilight couldn’t figure out how somepony who was so good with knots, was so terrible with tying up a diaper.

Of course, Twilight had to admit she was jealous on how easily Trixie was able to get Midnight to eat. She supposed that she had an edge in that department anyways.

No, she would just roll over, and pretend to be asl-

“TWILIGHT, SHE’S SICK!”

It was amazing how quickly she could move. She was halfway to the nursery before she knew it. She threw open the door, any trace of sleepiness gone. She nearly tripped over Spike, who, of course, was still asleep. It was truly amazing how deep that dragon could sleep.

For a moment, she thought it was Trixie who was sick. Trixie was paler than Twilight had ever seen her, save for the day of the reunion. The only thing breaking up that pallid look were her red-rimmed eyes. She looked frantically at Twilight, clutching the tiny bundle tightly against her protectively.

“S-she’s b-burning up...” Trixie choaked. Twilight swallowed down her own rising panic, and gently pushed in to check on her daughter. The fact that she wasn’t crying worried her...

She was shivering gently, and Midnight’s normally bright and vivid eyes were dulled with pain. Trembling, Twilight checked beneath her coat, and saw that her skin was bright red. Her tiny horn was glowing, the occasional spark shooting forth from it. Midnight was letting out small little whimpers, her breathing was shallow, but stubborn. Twilight pressed a hoof gently against her forehead, and nearly recoiled. Trixie was right, Midnight was burning up, and it was a higher fever than she had been anticipating.

Those eyes looked up at her, already believing, knowing with all of her tiny heart, that her parents would be able to help her. To make the pain go away.

“W-What’s wrong with her? What do we do?” Trixie immediatly deferred to Twilight. This was not the time for pride, earned or not. Of the two of them, Twilight was most likely to know what to do, know how to help their weeks-old child...

“I...I...” Where was all the knowledge that she had prided herself in? Trixie and her daughter, they needed her, they were looking up at her, secure in the fact that she would think of something. Twilight Sparkle, most knowledagble pony in all of Equestria.

Nothing was coming to mind.

“I...don’t know...”

She never felt so helpless.

Excerpt 2:
It wasn't what Trixie wanted to hear.

"You don't know? You're telling me Princess Celestia's favorite student can beat an Ursa Minor, but she doesn't know what's wrong with her daughter?!" Trixie's voice raised, as she clutched Midnight tightly. She stared at Twilight accusingly, who flinched.

"I-I don't recognize the symptoms, Trixie! I mean, it's not that, I don't recognize this combination of symptoms! She's feverish, but not sweating! She's in pain, but I don't see where! I don't know why she's breathing so shallowly, there's nothing wrong with her chest, and I don't even know why her horn is glowing! A unicorn's horn shouldn't be glowing at all yet!" Twilight babbled out a defense, her own voice belying her panic. Why was she bringing up old wounds that hadn't been touched now of all times? It had been months since...

"You think you're Great and Powerful, but you can't do anything to help her!" Trixie yelled.

That was why.

Twilight rose up, and embraced Trixie. At the touch of her wife, Trixie immediately broke down, sobbing against Twilight's chest. She kept a tight hold of Midnight, as if sheer contact could heal the pain their daughter was suffering.

"We have to help her...I can't lose her already..." Trixie whispered, and Twilight nuzzled at her comfortingly.

They were going to need help. But who? Ponyville didn't have a hospital, they had a clinic, and she doubted Nurse Redheart would be able to help much, she was an expert in Earth Pony health. Zecora was out, it was too dangerous to go through the Everfree Forest during the night, especially with a sick filly in tow. Was there nopony else in Ponyville that could help them at this time of night?

Wait...how could she be so foalish? The answer had always been there.

"The Princesses!" Quill and scroll were already in the air. "Celestia will be asleep, but Luna..."

"Luna?" Trixie said uncertainly, when Twilight trailed off. Twilight had been reminded of a certain event that had happened only weeks ago.

It was still odd to them, Luna's heartfelt, almost desperate, request to be Midnight's parent, her 'third mother'. But then, they had accepted, hadn't they? That made her that third parent. That made this not just a matter of getting a Princesses help. She deserved to know that her daughter was sick, too.

Luna,
Midnight's sick, come quickly!
-Twilight

Not her most eloquent letter, but perhaps her most to-the-point.

"SPIKE!" The small dragon began to stir his his basket. He wearily lifted a head, sleepy eyes blinking.

"Twilight? Why are you-MMPHH!" His eyes widened, as the scroll was stuffed into his mouth. Reflexively, that green flame licked out of his mouth, burning the scroll into magical ashes, which floated out the window, to it's destination. Spike glared at Twilight. "What was that for? Couldn't you have asked like a normal pony?"

"Spike, Midnight's sick, we need Luna as quickly as possible." Twilight quickly explained, and Spike craned his neck, looking at the tiny bundle in Trixie's hooves.

"Oh, geez, the kid's sick? What's wrong with her?" Twilight bit her lip at Spike's question.

"That's what we're trying to figure out." She replied, turning back to her daughter.

Just in time to see Midnight's horn to catch on fire.

Trixie yelped, as green flames licked out from Midnight's forehead, the frightened newborn letting out a tiny little cry. Immediately the showmare's own horn flared, her magic creating a tiny raincloud, which rained down on mother and daughter. It did nothing to staunch the magical green flames.

Twilight rushed forwards, intent to do something, anything to help. Just inches away from them, her hoof outstretched, her magic at the ready, the fire flared brilliantly and consumed their daughter in an instant.

The magical ashes drifted out the window.

Excerpt 3:
Luna was aware of the irony of her situation.

Things had changed in the thousand years that Luna had been away. The main time that petitioners came to the court to request judgement on their grievances was now in the evening, the time when day and night met, while both sisters were awake. Even in this late hour, Luna was not alone. She had a horde of servants, cooks, guards, and handmaidens ready to attend to her every need. She had even slowly begun to notice that ponies were staying up later than she recalled a thousand years ago, and that they used the night for play and revelry.

That wasn't even getting into the hundreds, if not thousands of works of art, story, and song that had been made about the grace and beauty of the night.

In other words, Luna and the night had the love, companionship, and respect that she had so jealously craved as Nightmare Moon. How funny it seemed that she didn't want any of that now. How much of a burden it was now.

Finally having a moment to herself, she strode on to her balcony and looked out on Equestria. Her gaze focused in the same direction that it had last night, the night before it, and for the past few weeks. She looked far past Canterlot to the small country town in the distance. Such an insignificant little town in all respects.

Save her heart was there.

She entertained a brief fantasy. Descending down on that small town, and spiriting away those three in the night. She would bring them back to the castle, to Canterlot, and make a home there. Twilight would resume her studies in Canterlot, and Trixie would have an even grander audience to perform to. Together, the three would raise their child, the filly that had stolen her heart from her. They would live and laugh together, as a family...

But no. She could not do that.

Ponyville was home to Twilight and Trixie, and they had fought hard to make it their home. She could not take them away from the place they loved most in the world, away from the friends and life they had forged and tempered so painstakingly. It was more than that, though. Her daughter deserved a chance to have a normal life. That she was the only child thus far from the Princesses would ensure that would never happen, could never happen if she were to grow up in the court of Canterlot and be surrounded by it's chaos. She would be seen as a pawn to be used by nobles jockeying for position and favor, and that thought terrified Luna. No, it would be better for her this way. Better for the three of them.

Even if it felt like Luna's heart was torn from it's chest.

Oh yes, Luna was well aware of the irony of her situati-

”Princess?” interrupted one of her handmaidens. “We have lunch prepared for you in the dining room.”

Her thoughts now jumbled by the words of the servant, she nodded and said, “Very well, I will be there in a moment.”

Luna was about to follow, when her keen eyes spotted something. The magical green ashes of a letter inbound.

That was unusual. Even with Trixie's letters to her, she usually woke up to them. Why would they be writing to her-or Celestia, she supposed-at this time of night? She swiftly unrolled the scroll once it manifested.

Luna,
Midnight's sick, come quickly!
-Twilight

Luna felt her throat constrict. Her duty and position meant nothing at that moment. Already she was weaving a spell she hadn't used since she was the Nightmare. Her body dissolved into stars and mist, and she swept away from the palace, shooting towards the important little town at speeds that could rival the fastest pegasus pony.

Closer to the town, her senses picked up something of interest. Apparently they had sent another letter, as a second patch of green mist and ash escaped from the library. Yet, this one was not headed for the castle. In fact, Luna could not figure out for the life of her why they had sent a letter in that direction.

After all, it was towards the Everfree Forest.

Excerpt 4:

”MIDNIGHT! MIDNIGHT!” Trixie screamed, springing from her chair in hot pursuit of the magic mist that their daughter had become. She pushed past Twilight, who stumbled to the floor, so shocked at what had just happened that her mind freezed up. It was only until she realized that Trixie was about to spring from the window did her brain start working again. Trixie’s hooves were just at the windowsill when Twilight caught her in her magic, stopping her in her tracks.

“Trixie, stop!”

“T-Twilight? Let me go!” Trixie screamed at the betrayal, her legs kicking helplessly in the air, trying to find purchase to dig in. “Our daughter! Our daughter is out there! Let me go!”

“You’re going to leap out the top-floor window! You can’t help Midnight with four broken legs!” Twilight yelled. “Calm down, Trixie! I-I’m sure that if she copied the transit spell, that she’s with Luna right now!”

It was a logical thought, and it was one that Twilight was clinging to, to keep herself from panicing and leaping out the window in pursuit herself. Trixie let out a soft whimper, straining for a moment against Twilight’s magic, but she finally gave in, no longer trying to dash herself to the cold ground below.

“How did she do that anyways, Twilight?” Spike asked, his eyes wide. It was a question that Twilight was trying to puzzle out herself. How did she do that? She had no idea. Perhaps it was some sort of instinctual mimicry? Midnight couldn’t possibly know the complex imagry that the spell required. It must have been some fashion of mimicry, but she shouldn’t of had access to that level of magic to call upon! She was just a little foal! What was...what was....

No! There was no need for panic. There was no need for panic. They would wait for Luna, Midnight would almost certainly be with her, and they would all solve this together. She released Trixie, who pulled herself reluctantly from the window, just in time for a cloud of mist and stars to flow in after her. Twilight inhaled. Luna had responded quickly, no doubt because Midnight was with her. She wouldn’t want her fellow mothers to worry for too long. The stars and mist coalesced, the dark beauty of Princess Luna taking form.

Midnight didn’t.

“Where is she? What’s wrong with her?” Luna immediatly inquired, stepping forwards to meet with her two fellow parents. Her eyes widened as she beheld the mortified looks on Twilight and Trixie’s faces, as reality came crashing down upon them.

Midnight wasn’t with her.

Luna gasped as Trixie immediatly pulled away from them. She galloped down the stairs, crashed through the front doors, and shattered the peace of Ponyville’s night with her cries, as if their child could respond to her. Luna looked at Twilight, who was struggling to refrain from taking off after Trixie to help her. The Princess needed to know what was going on.

“P-Princess...”

“Twilight, what’s going on? Where is Midnight?”

“We thought...We thought she was with you!” She explained to Luna everything that had happened, how sick Midnight had been, and how she somehow mimiced the letter transit spell, only with her body. As Twilight explained, Luna’s face drained of color.

“Oh no...oh no...I saw her, Twilight! I saw the smoke headed into the Everfree Forest!” Luna said, and Twilight staggered. A terrible image exploded into her mind. One of her tiny daughter, sick and helpless, lost in the Everfree Forest. Laying on the cold ground, exposed to the elements, and surrounded by hydras, dragons, and cocaktrice. Easy prey.
Twilight heaved, her hoof going to her mouth, as she nearly lost the contents of her stomach. Luna moved to help her, but Twilight forced it down. She couldn’t afford to be sick.

“SPIKE!” She yelled, and the baby dragon leapt to her call, clearly eager to help in any way he could. “Go get the others, and tell them what happened! Get them to organize search parties, and catch up with us!”

“I’m on it, Twilight! But where are you going?”

“Where do you think? There’s no time to wait for them, we’re going to catch up with Trixie, and get our daughter back!”

Deep in the Everfree,
A tiny voice cried out in need,
The forest heeded the call.

Excerpt 5:

Trixie was cursed. That was it. That was the explanation. She wasn’t allowed to have a mother, and she wasn’t allowed to be a mother. How else could she explain why they were searching the Everfree Forest in the darkest time of the night, looking for her month old, deathly sick daughter? Horrible images kept assailing her. She had been so afraid of Midnight someday losing her before her time, that the reverse would happen had never crossed her mind. That Trixie would lose the daughter she had already given her heart to. It had taken her years to recover from her mother’s death, how long would it take to recover from her daughter’s? Would she ever?

No. That was the wrong way to think. It wouldn’t help anypony, least of all Midnight. She was the Great and Powerful Trixie, she had earned that title, and there was no way she was going to fall to despair again. Their story would have a happy ending. She was a storyteller, and she would make it so. They would find their daughter.

“So those are the symptoms, Luna.” She overheard Twilight behind her. She was barely paying attention to their conversation, knowing it was a way for the two to keep from lapsing into the panic that threatened to consume them all, and knowing that if they were to find Midnight, there was still her illness to deal with. The normally loud Trixie was very quiet, busy stretching out with her senses and magic, desperate to pick up on some sign of her daughter. A faint cry, a small moan, a soft rustle, anything to indicate that they were close...

“It could be a case of magic overload. It’s not uncommon for a unicorn to get sick when their magic grows too strong for their bodies to contain, and they don’t have the ability to safely release it.” Luna said after giving it a moment of thought. “Her fever, her horn glowing, and her general discomfort and pain all are symptoms of that. Her magic is burning her up from inside.”

“Magic overload? But that shouldn’t be affecting her at her age! It’s something that developing unicorns have happen to them, not a newborn! I’ve never heard of it affecting a pony so young, it’s dangerous enough for adolescents!” Twilight said in disbelief.

They had been fortunate so far. They hadn’t been accosted by any of the denizens of the Forest, although Trixie supposed being escorted by a Princess did a lot to keep them safe. Her daughter had no such defense.

“Think of who her parents are, Twilight. Magic is in her blood.”

“But it’s so early..." Twilight protested, until a thought crossed her mind. “Do you think that’s why she copied the transit spell?”

They carefully strode over a rickety rope bridge, that was strung over a perilously high chasm. Trixie’s normal dislike of heights would have kicked in, if this were any other situation, any other time. Now, she ignored it.

“It’s possible her body did it to vent off some of the pent-up magic in her body. I hear from my sister that you did something simil-” Luna paused, her head tilting for a moment. Twilight slowed to a stop.

“Luna? What’s wrong? Trixie, hold on for a moment.” She called out to Trixie, who scowled. There wasn’t any time for this! What was Luna doing?

“Something’s wrong. There’s something different about the forest up ahead.” Luna said, her horn glowing faintly. “It’s like something magical is disturbing it.”

“Do you think it could be Midnight?” Twilight asked nervously.

“I’m not sure, but it does feel almost familiar...” Luna wondered, and that was enough for Trixie. If it was her daughter, she wasn’t going to waste anymore time standing around here! She broke into a full gallop, Twilight first letting out a surprised protest, and then she and Luna raced to catch up. As the three ran, a strange fog descended down on them, cloaking the rest of the world from view. Trixie couldn’t see more than a hoof-length ahead of her, and the normal sounds of the wild Everfree suddenly went silent, as if the fog bank could muffle sound as well as sight.

“What is this? Trixie, slow down, I can’t see you!”

Trixie looked back, and couldn’t see Twilight or Luna. It was almost like they were each trapped in their own little world of fog. Barely able to see her own hoofs, Trixie took a bad step, and went crashing to the ground.

“Did somepony fall? Twilight, Trixie, are you okay?” Luna called out. Trixie heard Twilight call out an affirmative. She slowly picked herself off, wincing as she put weight on the hoof that had made that bad step. She had twisted it.

“Trixie, how about you?” Trixie was about to respond when her ears twitched, as a new sound started to flow through the fog they were trapped in, clear as day.

Somepony was singing.

“Wait....do you two hear that?” Trixie finally spoke up, looking around. The singing was lyrical and elegant, not so much words but soothing, wonderful sounds. A feeling of nostalgia swept over Trixie, like a warm blanket surrounding her and comforting her. Had she heard it before? It quelled the panic that had been her partner all night, leaving her with a sense of peace and...love. She barely heard her fellow mothers agreeing that they heard it. She began to walk instinctively towards the source of the song, the pain in her hoof not feeling nearly as bad as it felt even moments before.

The fog swept away, as quickly as it had descended.

“Where are we?” Twilight whispered, as if speaking any louder would break the peace of the place. The three ponies had found themselves in a small glade, and looked around in wonderment. They were surrounded by trees that were not gnarled and twisted, but instead growing straight and true. Brilliant flowers dotted the floor of the forest, blooming brilliant blues, purples, and silvers in the shining moonlight that descended from the canopy. There was a palpable sense of peace, of harmony. Twilight stooped to examine one of the flowers. “I don’t recognize any of these.”

“Are we even still in the Everfree?” Luna wondered. “Did she do this?”

The three made their way deeper into the glade, following the singing. They passed by slumbering forest animals, and felt the eyes of owls staring at them from the trees. Passing through a thicket of small trees, they came to the center of the glade.

Curled in a bed of small night-flowers were two ponies, the moonlight shimmering down upon them. One was a tiny filly, barely a month old. She was slumbering quietly, no longer touched by the sickness and pain that had ravaged her all night. A small smile played along her face, her horn was no longer glowing, and her chest rose and fell in deep, peaceful breaths. Trixie had never seen her daughter so calm. She slept against the other pony who was curled lovingly around the foal. That mare was brimming with life, her light purple coat almost shining in the moonlight. Her soft pink tail and mane seemed to flow as she shifted slightly to make the child more comfortable. She looked down at the foal with bright, loving eyes.

Beside Trixie, Twilight’s hoof went to her mouth, stifling a gasp.

Trixie felt weak. Unbelieving, she slowly stepped forwards. Her heart began to pound in her chest.

“M...Momma?”

The eyes that she could never forget looked up at her, and Midnight smiled.

Wow, that was awesome Derek. ^^ I loved how you worked that out.... and am interested in seeing more.

I guess I'm gonna have to hold off on showing the update to my pic for a bit - I don't want to overshadow or BE overshadowed by this. ^^

Thanqol
2011-09-25, 07:00 PM
Happy birthday Lix! Have one of these "Good for one Thing" coupons. You know roughly what I'm capable of.


http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c226/saxcsa/NewHat-1-1.jpg

YES


GOSSAMER MASK: METAL MASK LIKE YOU'VE NEVER SEEN HER BEFORE (A BUNBUNBARU EXCLUSIVE - HOT HOT HOT)

Discord!Mask: About time my beauty was properly recognized.


A Study In Awesome: Why Thanqol is officially A Right Fine Bloke.

Could stand to read this article.


Also, random thoughts on my droid pony (Thanqol, or anyone please help me come up with a name...)
Originally cobbled together by an eccentric unicorn inventor, this clockwork pony surprised its maker by going above and beyond simple duties as a mechanical assistant to demonstrate a true mind and will lurking beneath the cogs and springs. Eventually recognizing this, the unicorn sent him out into the world to find his place and seek his fortune as a pony, rather than a mechanical servant. The learning process has been harder than he'd expected, and as a result, he's gotten very good at repairing and upgrading himself, although he's always kept the modifications broadly within his maker's original scheme, either out of habit or genuine affection for the old pony that served him as a father figure before his departure.

Currently, the little droid's primary goal is two-fold:
1.) Understand himself
2.) Understand everything else

Unfortunately, sometimes the biggest problem is getting other ponies to understand him. Some ponies think that he's just a machine and don't respond well to his attempts at friendship, nor do they understand his love of the animals in places like the Everfree. Hoping to fit in, he fashioned a cutie mark for himself (of what else, but a clock?) and made sure to fasten it on tightly, but that hasn't helped quite as much as he'd wished. The few true friends he has he cherishes, and when he's feeling particularly down, he seeks out his animal friends, who are much better at looking past his metal shell to the pony within.

Forward Gear
Perfect Timing
Chromium Restoration

Mind's not operating on full capacity today.

Kindablue
2011-09-25, 07:05 PM
Alright, I'm off to a concert now.

It was fantastic. I didn't even start sobbing uncontrollably like I normally do at these things.
http://img707.imageshack.us/img707/3623/applejackliar.png

Also! I ran into an old friend and music teacher who I hadn't seen in way too long and talked with him for an hour. Pretty good day for friendship.


The lowdown on tags:
Grimdark: Contains 'grittier' stories. With a grimdark tag, the gloves are off. Blood, gore, and pestilence are allowed. The [Dark] tag is also used, which indicates that there is little to no blood, and only the mood is set to be grimdark.


Following that logic, [Grim] would be violent but lighthearted. There should be more of those.



And that leads me too another question. Why is it the most, when a humanoid pony is depicted with dark/tan skin, more often then not it seems to be twilight sparkle? Of all the pony's she's one of the least outdoorsy/Athletic, being beaten in these departments by everypony in the main six except Rarity. I don't get it.
She looks South Asian, not sun-tanned in that picture to me. She has the darkest colored coat of the mane cast, so it makes sense to me that a human version of her would have darker skin.


Jayson confirmed that this was done on purpose at the convention during the Q&A. Apparently Hasbro handed them an ending; an ending which they re-did scene for scene to mirror "A New Hope".


Season 2 spoiler. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4wh4FnwiAg)


I assume she mixes potions or something.

She also dances occasionally.

Topaz
2011-09-25, 07:09 PM
So I am on break for a bit, so I come bearing a gift. That gift is the latest part of How To Care For A Newborn Foal!
Excerpt 5:
...Wow. http://i.imgur.com/ZHvPK.jpg

Aotrs Commander
2011-09-25, 07:10 PM
@Aotrs who I thought I quoted: Glomps are just high speed hugs.

Which is why they are microscopically less eww. Microscopically.

(Especially in comparison after some hours playing a game wherein the lead character escapes being drowned in poo, uses a giant...sex toy as an impromtu missile and utlitise the evacutated contents of someone's stomach... You just kinda get temporarily resistance...

Kurgan
2011-09-25, 07:22 PM
I think the story might need some significant event to revolve around, or some reason for Whadda to spontaneously develop her crush. Perhaps she is a big fan of the "mysterious writer" who drops transcripts off at the library, and becomes a bit too obsessive in her journalism pursuits? Perhaps something is happening with Midnight to put her in such an unstable mood? (Foreign ambassador insisting on an arranged marriage?) Maybe Shimmer has something happening in her life that makes her want to talk to somepony other than her romantic interest?


Hmmm...we know Whadda is one to miss the big story and find some tiny irrelevant detail to focus on. One of her informants has told her of a large number of break ins at the local library, where the perpetrator sneaks in and drops off some manuscripts deep in the night. Whadda always gets the scoop, so its steak out time, so she grabs her stalking bush and settles in next to Lyra.

One thing she wasn't expecting was to see the most beautiful pegasus she had ever laid eyes upon. Feelings aside, she needed to catch this pony in the act, and get her interview. Over the course of several days, Whadda kept watch over the library, and each night the culprit came, sneaked in, and left some writings. With enough evidence (and a few of the writings retrieved from the library), it was time to confront this pony and get the interview.

One night, she confronts the culprit and demands an interview with the famed Library Bandit. Through essentially browbeating Shimmer with her force of personality, Whadda gets her interview, and during it, finds that not only does this pegasus have a pretty face, but a great personality.

She decides she needs to put on the moves and seduce this mare.

During this entire time, Ponyville is hosting the Archduke of Constrotinople, who insists on a more elaborate form of entertainment with each passing day. Midnight and her family are stuck in the middle of this, as both of her mothers are direct representatives of the Princesses, putting them on edge.

I dunno, something that popped in my head when reading yours and Shadowy's blurbs.

otakuryoga
2011-09-25, 07:24 PM
So I am on break for a bit, so I come bearing a gift. That gift is the latest part of How To Care For A Newborn Foal! Please note I haven't had a chance, ponies who did some editing, to shift things around with earlier parts, so they're still the same yet.

How To Care For A Newborn Foal

Excerpt 1
“TWILIGHT! TWILIGHT!!”

Twilight groaned, and covered her head with her pillow. Trixie had only gotten up a couple of minutes ago, damn it! It was her turn anyways! One thing that the books had never warned her about was how often a parent would need to get up to tend to a newborn foal. Perhaps they didn’t mention it because the authors were afraid that nopony would ever become a parent knowing that. Sleep was becoming a luxury, and other, more enjoyable, nocturnal activites were rapidly becoming the dream of a previous life.

If she didn’t know better, she would have believed that Luna had done something to their daughter to ensure that Midnight would be a night pony. Perhaps they shouldn’t have named her after a time of night, too...

That brought them to tonight. Midnight had been especially fussy, and both of them had been forced to be up with her multiple times already. Finally, finally, it seemed like she had settled down for a couple of hours, only for the peace of the house to be broken by weak crying. But it was Trixie’s turn this time, and she wasn’t going to get up! She was probably only messing up the diaper again anyways. Twilight couldn’t figure out how somepony who was so good with knots, was so terrible with tying up a diaper.

Of course, Twilight had to admit she was jealous on how easily Trixie was able to get Midnight to eat. She supposed that she had an edge in that department anyways.

No, she would just roll over, and pretend to be asl-

“TWILIGHT, SHE’S SICK!”

It was amazing how quickly she could move. She was halfway to the nursery before she knew it. She threw open the door, any trace of sleepiness gone. She nearly tripped over Spike, who, of course, was still asleep. It was truly amazing how deep that dragon could sleep.

For a moment, she thought it was Trixie who was sick. Trixie was paler than Twilight had ever seen her, save for the day of the reunion. The only thing breaking up that pallid look were her red-rimmed eyes. She looked frantically at Twilight, clutching the tiny bundle tightly against her protectively.

“S-she’s b-burning up...” Trixie choaked. Twilight swallowed down her own rising panic, and gently pushed in to check on her daughter. The fact that she wasn’t crying worried her...

She was shivering gently, and Midnight’s normally bright and vivid eyes were dulled with pain. Trembling, Twilight checked beneath her coat, and saw that her skin was bright red. Her tiny horn was glowing, the occasional spark shooting forth from it. Midnight was letting out small little whimpers, her breathing was shallow, but stubborn. Twilight pressed a hoof gently against her forehead, and nearly recoiled. Trixie was right, Midnight was burning up, and it was a higher fever than she had been anticipating.

Those eyes looked up at her, already believing, knowing with all of her tiny heart, that her parents would be able to help her. To make the pain go away.

“W-What’s wrong with her? What do we do?” Trixie immediatly deferred to Twilight. This was not the time for pride, earned or not. Of the two of them, Twilight was most likely to know what to do, know how to help their weeks-old child...

“I...I...” Where was all the knowledge that she had prided herself in? Trixie and her daughter, they needed her, they were looking up at her, secure in the fact that she would think of something. Twilight Sparkle, most knowledagble pony in all of Equestria.

Nothing was coming to mind.

“I...don’t know...”

She never felt so helpless.

Excerpt 2:
It wasn't what Trixie wanted to hear.

"You don't know? You're telling me Princess Celestia's favorite student can beat an Ursa Minor, but she doesn't know what's wrong with her daughter?!" Trixie's voice raised, as she clutched Midnight tightly. She stared at Twilight accusingly, who flinched.

"I-I don't recognize the symptoms, Trixie! I mean, it's not that, I don't recognize this combination of symptoms! She's feverish, but not sweating! She's in pain, but I don't see where! I don't know why she's breathing so shallowly, there's nothing wrong with her chest, and I don't even know why her horn is glowing! A unicorn's horn shouldn't be glowing at all yet!" Twilight babbled out a defense, her own voice belying her panic. Why was she bringing up old wounds that hadn't been touched now of all times? It had been months since...

"You think you're Great and Powerful, but you can't do anything to help her!" Trixie yelled.

That was why.

Twilight rose up, and embraced Trixie. At the touch of her wife, Trixie immediately broke down, sobbing against Twilight's chest. She kept a tight hold of Midnight, as if sheer contact could heal the pain their daughter was suffering.

"We have to help her...I can't lose her already..." Trixie whispered, and Twilight nuzzled at her comfortingly.

They were going to need help. But who? Ponyville didn't have a hospital, they had a clinic, and she doubted Nurse Redheart would be able to help much, she was an expert in Earth Pony health. Zecora was out, it was too dangerous to go through the Everfree Forest during the night, especially with a sick filly in tow. Was there nopony else in Ponyville that could help them at this time of night?

Wait...how could she be so foalish? The answer had always been there.

"The Princesses!" Quill and scroll were already in the air. "Celestia will be asleep, but Luna..."

"Luna?" Trixie said uncertainly, when Twilight trailed off. Twilight had been reminded of a certain event that had happened only weeks ago.

It was still odd to them, Luna's heartfelt, almost desperate, request to be Midnight's parent, her 'third mother'. But then, they had accepted, hadn't they? That made her that third parent. That made this not just a matter of getting a Princesses help. She deserved to know that her daughter was sick, too.

Luna,
Midnight's sick, come quickly!
-Twilight

Not her most eloquent letter, but perhaps her most to-the-point.

"SPIKE!" The small dragon began to stir his his basket. He wearily lifted a head, sleepy eyes blinking.

"Twilight? Why are you-MMPHH!" His eyes widened, as the scroll was stuffed into his mouth. Reflexively, that green flame licked out of his mouth, burning the scroll into magical ashes, which floated out the window, to it's destination. Spike glared at Twilight. "What was that for? Couldn't you have asked like a normal pony?"

"Spike, Midnight's sick, we need Luna as quickly as possible." Twilight quickly explained, and Spike craned his neck, looking at the tiny bundle in Trixie's hooves.

"Oh, geez, the kid's sick? What's wrong with her?" Twilight bit her lip at Spike's question.

"That's what we're trying to figure out." She replied, turning back to her daughter.

Just in time to see Midnight's horn to catch on fire.

Trixie yelped, as green flames licked out from Midnight's forehead, the frightened newborn letting out a tiny little cry. Immediately the showmare's own horn flared, her magic creating a tiny raincloud, which rained down on mother and daughter. It did nothing to staunch the magical green flames.

Twilight rushed forwards, intent to do something, anything to help. Just inches away from them, her hoof outstretched, her magic at the ready, the fire flared brilliantly and consumed their daughter in an instant.

The magical ashes drifted out the window.

Excerpt 3:
Luna was aware of the irony of her situation.

Things had changed in the thousand years that Luna had been away. The main time that petitioners came to the court to request judgement on their grievances was now in the evening, the time when day and night met, while both sisters were awake. Even in this late hour, Luna was not alone. She had a horde of servants, cooks, guards, and handmaidens ready to attend to her every need. She had even slowly begun to notice that ponies were staying up later than she recalled a thousand years ago, and that they used the night for play and revelry.

That wasn't even getting into the hundreds, if not thousands of works of art, story, and song that had been made about the grace and beauty of the night.

In other words, Luna and the night had the love, companionship, and respect that she had so jealously craved as Nightmare Moon. How funny it seemed that she didn't want any of that now. How much of a burden it was now.

Finally having a moment to herself, she strode on to her balcony and looked out on Equestria. Her gaze focused in the same direction that it had last night, the night before it, and for the past few weeks. She looked far past Canterlot to the small country town in the distance. Such an insignificant little town in all respects.

Save her heart was there.

She entertained a brief fantasy. Descending down on that small town, and spiriting away those three in the night. She would bring them back to the castle, to Canterlot, and make a home there. Twilight would resume her studies in Canterlot, and Trixie would have an even grander audience to perform to. Together, the three would raise their child, the filly that had stolen her heart from her. They would live and laugh together, as a family...

But no. She could not do that.

Ponyville was home to Twilight and Trixie, and they had fought hard to make it their home. She could not take them away from the place they loved most in the world, away from the friends and life they had forged and tempered so painstakingly. It was more than that, though. Her daughter deserved a chance to have a normal life. That she was the only child thus far from the Princesses would ensure that would never happen, could never happen if she were to grow up in the court of Canterlot and be surrounded by it's chaos. She would be seen as a pawn to be used by nobles jockeying for position and favor, and that thought terrified Luna. No, it would be better for her this way. Better for the three of them.

Even if it felt like Luna's heart was torn from it's chest.

Oh yes, Luna was well aware of the irony of her situati-

”Princess?” interrupted one of her handmaidens. “We have lunch prepared for you in the dining room.”

Her thoughts now jumbled by the words of the servant, she nodded and said, “Very well, I will be there in a moment.”

Luna was about to follow, when her keen eyes spotted something. The magical green ashes of a letter inbound.

That was unusual. Even with Trixie's letters to her, she usually woke up to them. Why would they be writing to her-or Celestia, she supposed-at this time of night? She swiftly unrolled the scroll once it manifested.

Luna,
Midnight's sick, come quickly!
-Twilight

Luna felt her throat constrict. Her duty and position meant nothing at that moment. Already she was weaving a spell she hadn't used since she was the Nightmare. Her body dissolved into stars and mist, and she swept away from the palace, shooting towards the important little town at speeds that could rival the fastest pegasus pony.

Closer to the town, her senses picked up something of interest. Apparently they had sent another letter, as a second patch of green mist and ash escaped from the library. Yet, this one was not headed for the castle. In fact, Luna could not figure out for the life of her why they had sent a letter in that direction.

After all, it was towards the Everfree Forest.

Excerpt 4:

”MIDNIGHT! MIDNIGHT!” Trixie screamed, springing from her chair in hot pursuit of the magic mist that their daughter had become. She pushed past Twilight, who stumbled to the floor, so shocked at what had just happened that her mind freezed up. It was only until she realized that Trixie was about to spring from the window did her brain start working again. Trixie’s hooves were just at the windowsill when Twilight caught her in her magic, stopping her in her tracks.

“Trixie, stop!”

“T-Twilight? Let me go!” Trixie screamed at the betrayal, her legs kicking helplessly in the air, trying to find purchase to dig in. “Our daughter! Our daughter is out there! Let me go!”

“You’re going to leap out the top-floor window! You can’t help Midnight with four broken legs!” Twilight yelled. “Calm down, Trixie! I-I’m sure that if she copied the transit spell, that she’s with Luna right now!”

It was a logical thought, and it was one that Twilight was clinging to, to keep herself from panicing and leaping out the window in pursuit herself. Trixie let out a soft whimper, straining for a moment against Twilight’s magic, but she finally gave in, no longer trying to dash herself to the cold ground below.

“How did she do that anyways, Twilight?” Spike asked, his eyes wide. It was a question that Twilight was trying to puzzle out herself. How did she do that? She had no idea. Perhaps it was some sort of instinctual mimicry? Midnight couldn’t possibly know the complex imagry that the spell required. It must have been some fashion of mimicry, but she shouldn’t of had access to that level of magic to call upon! She was just a little foal! What was...what was....

No! There was no need for panic. There was no need for panic. They would wait for Luna, Midnight would almost certainly be with her, and they would all solve this together. She released Trixie, who pulled herself reluctantly from the window, just in time for a cloud of mist and stars to flow in after her. Twilight inhaled. Luna had responded quickly, no doubt because Midnight was with her. She wouldn’t want her fellow mothers to worry for too long. The stars and mist coalesced, the dark beauty of Princess Luna taking form.

Midnight didn’t.

“Where is she? What’s wrong with her?” Luna immediatly inquired, stepping forwards to meet with her two fellow parents. Her eyes widened as she beheld the mortified looks on Twilight and Trixie’s faces, as reality came crashing down upon them.

Midnight wasn’t with her.

Luna gasped as Trixie immediatly pulled away from them. She galloped down the stairs, crashed through the front doors, and shattered the peace of Ponyville’s night with her cries, as if their child could respond to her. Luna looked at Twilight, who was struggling to refrain from taking off after Trixie to help her. The Princess needed to know what was going on.

“P-Princess...”

“Twilight, what’s going on? Where is Midnight?”

“We thought...We thought she was with you!” She explained to Luna everything that had happened, how sick Midnight had been, and how she somehow mimiced the letter transit spell, only with her body. As Twilight explained, Luna’s face drained of color.

“Oh no...oh no...I saw her, Twilight! I saw the smoke headed into the Everfree Forest!” Luna said, and Twilight staggered. A terrible image exploded into her mind. One of her tiny daughter, sick and helpless, lost in the Everfree Forest. Laying on the cold ground, exposed to the elements, and surrounded by hydras, dragons, and cocaktrice. Easy prey.
Twilight heaved, her hoof going to her mouth, as she nearly lost the contents of her stomach. Luna moved to help her, but Twilight forced it down. She couldn’t afford to be sick.

“SPIKE!” She yelled, and the baby dragon leapt to her call, clearly eager to help in any way he could. “Go get the others, and tell them what happened! Get them to organize search parties, and catch up with us!”

“I’m on it, Twilight! But where are you going?”

“Where do you think? There’s no time to wait for them, we’re going to catch up with Trixie, and get our daughter back!”

Deep in the Everfree,
A tiny voice cried out in need,
The forest heeded the call.

Excerpt 5:

Trixie was cursed. That was it. That was the explanation. She wasn’t allowed to have a mother, and she wasn’t allowed to be a mother. How else could she explain why they were searching the Everfree Forest in the darkest time of the night, looking for her month old, deathly sick daughter? Horrible images kept assailing her. She had been so afraid of Midnight someday losing her before her time, that the reverse would happen had never crossed her mind. That Trixie would lose the daughter she had already given her heart to. It had taken her years to recover from her mother’s death, how long would it take to recover from her daughter’s? Would she ever?

No. That was the wrong way to think. It wouldn’t help anypony, least of all Midnight. She was the Great and Powerful Trixie, she had earned that title, and there was no way she was going to fall to despair again. Their story would have a happy ending. She was a storyteller, and she would make it so. They would find their daughter.

“So those are the symptoms, Luna.” She overheard Twilight behind her. She was barely paying attention to their conversation, knowing it was a way for the two to keep from lapsing into the panic that threatened to consume them all, and knowing that if they were to find Midnight, there was still her illness to deal with. The normally loud Trixie was very quiet, busy stretching out with her senses and magic, desperate to pick up on some sign of her daughter. A faint cry, a small moan, a soft rustle, anything to indicate that they were close...

“It could be a case of magic overload. It’s not uncommon for a unicorn to get sick when their magic grows too strong for their bodies to contain, and they don’t have the ability to safely release it.” Luna said after giving it a moment of thought. “Her fever, her horn glowing, and her general discomfort and pain all are symptoms of that. Her magic is burning her up from inside.”

“Magic overload? But that shouldn’t be affecting her at her age! It’s something that developing unicorns have happen to them, not a newborn! I’ve never heard of it affecting a pony so young, it’s dangerous enough for adolescents!” Twilight said in disbelief.

They had been fortunate so far. They hadn’t been accosted by any of the denizens of the Forest, although Trixie supposed being escorted by a Princess did a lot to keep them safe. Her daughter had no such defense.

“Think of who her parents are, Twilight. Magic is in her blood.”

“But it’s so early..." Twilight protested, until a thought crossed her mind. “Do you think that’s why she copied the transit spell?”

They carefully strode over a rickety rope bridge, that was strung over a perilously high chasm. Trixie’s normal dislike of heights would have kicked in, if this were any other situation, any other time. Now, she ignored it.

“It’s possible her body did it to vent off some of the pent-up magic in her body. I hear from my sister that you did something simil-” Luna paused, her head tilting for a moment. Twilight slowed to a stop.

“Luna? What’s wrong? Trixie, hold on for a moment.” She called out to Trixie, who scowled. There wasn’t any time for this! What was Luna doing?

“Something’s wrong. There’s something different about the forest up ahead.” Luna said, her horn glowing faintly. “It’s like something magical is disturbing it.”

“Do you think it could be Midnight?” Twilight asked nervously.

“I’m not sure, but it does feel almost familiar...” Luna wondered, and that was enough for Trixie. If it was her daughter, she wasn’t going to waste anymore time standing around here! She broke into a full gallop, Twilight first letting out a surprised protest, and then she and Luna raced to catch up. As the three ran, a strange fog descended down on them, cloaking the rest of the world from view. Trixie couldn’t see more than a hoof-length ahead of her, and the normal sounds of the wild Everfree suddenly went silent, as if the fog bank could muffle sound as well as sight.

“What is this? Trixie, slow down, I can’t see you!”

Trixie looked back, and couldn’t see Twilight or Luna. It was almost like they were each trapped in their own little world of fog. Barely able to see her own hoofs, Trixie took a bad step, and went crashing to the ground.

“Did somepony fall? Twilight, Trixie, are you okay?” Luna called out. Trixie heard Twilight call out an affirmative. She slowly picked herself off, wincing as she put weight on the hoof that had made that bad step. She had twisted it.

“Trixie, how about you?” Trixie was about to respond when her ears twitched, as a new sound started to flow through the fog they were trapped in, clear as day.

Somepony was singing.

“Wait....do you two hear that?” Trixie finally spoke up, looking around. The singing was lyrical and elegant, not so much words but soothing, wonderful sounds. A feeling of nostalgia swept over Trixie, like a warm blanket surrounding her and comforting her. Had she heard it before? It quelled the panic that had been her partner all night, leaving her with a sense of peace and...love. She barely heard her fellow mothers agreeing that they heard it. She began to walk instinctively towards the source of the song, the pain in her hoof not feeling nearly as bad as it felt even moments before.

The fog swept away, as quickly as it had descended.

“Where are we?” Twilight whispered, as if speaking any louder would break the peace of the place. The three ponies had found themselves in a small glade, and looked around in wonderment. They were surrounded by trees that were not gnarled and twisted, but instead growing straight and true. Brilliant flowers dotted the floor of the forest, blooming brilliant blues, purples, and silvers in the shining moonlight that descended from the canopy. There was a palpable sense of peace, of harmony. Twilight stooped to examine one of the flowers. “I don’t recognize any of these.”

“Are we even still in the Everfree?” Luna wondered. “Did she do this?”

The three made their way deeper into the glade, following the singing. They passed by slumbering forest animals, and felt the eyes of owls staring at them from the trees. Passing through a thicket of small trees, they came to the center of the glade.

Curled in a bed of small night-flowers were two ponies, the moonlight shimmering down upon them. One was a tiny filly, barely a month old. She was slumbering quietly, no longer touched by the sickness and pain that had ravaged her all night. A small smile played along her face, her horn was no longer glowing, and her chest rose and fell in deep, peaceful breaths. Trixie had never seen her daughter so calm. She slept against the other pony who was curled lovingly around the foal. That mare was brimming with life, her light purple coat almost shining in the moonlight. Her soft pink tail and mane seemed to flow as she shifted slightly to make the child more comfortable. She looked down at the foal with bright, loving eyes.

Beside Trixie, Twilight’s hoof went to her mouth, stifling a gasp.

Trixie felt weak. Unbelieving, she slowly stepped forwards. Her heart began to pound in her chest.

“M...Momma?” Trixie dared to whisper.

The eyes that she could never forget looked up at her, and Midnight smiled.

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EsperDerek
2011-09-25, 07:29 PM
*Shadowy Story Stuff*


*More stuff.

Well, that'll teach me for not opening *every* spoiler box. I'll have my own thoughts on all this later, I have to get going back to work in about ten minutes here. So I'm gettin' off the thread now.

Have a good rest of the evening/morning/etc, everypony, and I hope you like *my* latest little story bit. :smallsmile:

Grif
2011-09-25, 07:33 PM
Whadda always gets the scoop, so its steak out time, so she grabs her stalking bush and settles in next to Lyra.

I snickered. Really.

I'll get back on my thoughts to the both of you after my class. Cheerio.

erikun
2011-09-25, 07:37 PM
Hmmm...we know Whadda is one to miss the big story and find some tiny irrelevant detail to focus on. One of her informants has told her of a large number of break ins at the local library, where the perpetrator sneaks in and drops off some manuscripts deep in the night. Whadda always gets the scoop, so its steak out time, so she grabs her stalking bush and settles in next to Lyra.

One thing she wasn't expecting was to see the most beautiful pegasus she had ever laid eyes upon. Feelings aside, she needed to catch this pony in the act, and get her interview. Over the course of several days, Whadda kept watch over the library, and each night the culprit came, sneaked in, and left some writings. With enough evidence (and a few of the writings retrieved from the library), it was time to confront this pony and get the interview.

One night, she confronts the culprit and demands an interview with the famed Library Bandit. Through essentially browbeating Shimmer with her force of personality, Whadda gets her interview, and during it, finds that not only does this pegasus have a pretty face, but a great personality.

She decides she needs to put on the moves and seduce this mare.
If we want to highlight Whadda's obliviousness, perhaps rather than Whadda confronting Shimmer about the break-ins, that after the first night Whadda realizes that if Shimmer stops by the library after it is closed every night, then she might have seen the Library Bandit on one of those nights. And such, Whadda sets up an interview with Shimmer to find out if she's seen anyone breaking into the library at night.

The problem is that Whadda ends up tongue tied and gets distracted every time she talks to Shimmer, and so never gets around to actually having the interview. And so, she sets up another reason to meet with Shimmer for the interview. Shimmer, for her part, is either blissfully unaware, or concerned what Midnight would think about this "sudden crush".


During this entire time, Ponyville is hosting the Archduke of Constrotinople, who insists on a more elaborate form of entertainment with each passing day. Midnight and her family are stuck in the middle of this, as both of her mothers are direct representatives of the Princesses, putting them on edge.

I dunno, something that popped in my head when reading yours and Shadowy's blurbs.
Sounds like a good enough reason to keep Midnight busy and stressed, although you'd probably need to use the Shimmer-keeping-things-from-Midnight idea to give them a reason not to simply hang out and relax all the time.

As a wrap up, Whadda ends up writing a piece about Shimmer being the reason for Princess Midnight's unexpected visit to Ponyville, which gets rejected for obvious reasons.


Have a good rest of the evening/morning/etc, everypony, and I hope you like *my* latest little story bit. :smallsmile:
I do, it's just harder to offer good critique/possible situations when you've already done such a good job yourself. :smallredface: Sorry for not being more helpful.

Strife Warzeal
2011-09-25, 07:38 PM
I apolgize profusely for everything:

Newsflash!
Local-Writer pony sparks the heart of Whadda Scoops again!

Having recognized the Wit, Dedication, and Integrity (and, if I might add, uncanny beauty) that all the ponies of the fine language arts share, Shimmer had finally noticed me! *squee*
Even though she’s currently dating that... pony, Midnight, as soon as she talks to me, our eyes will meet, and we shall have other’s love for eternity!
It’s just like all those novels! I have to prove that I’m the better pony then the mare who, uh... she went to school with... and shared lots of time and bonding experiences with... and is a princess... and is the daughter of three most famous mares in Equestria... and is much more interesting than this paltry reporter.
But I fear not! I shall test true for my love! Also: I need to stop writing these in bushes while I’m following her. The thorns do hurt quite a bit. *ouch!*





Midnight’s Mind:
By Celestia’s grace, Shimmer is just perfect! She smart, funny, a brillant writer and we totally dig each other! But, even though I shouldn’t, I’ve been getting some slight.......doubts.
Everytime I see her, she seems to always finish talking with that Reporter-pony, Whadda. Now Whadda is nice and all, but it’s just so consistent, and the way she always says that it’s “pony interest” for her newspaper is kinda suspicious....
Maybe I should just ask Trixie or Twilight about it. See what they think. They’ll probably give excellent advice! They always do! Yeah! (And if Whadda is going after Shimmer the library has the best combat spells in town.)

Edit: if possible, I would like permission to continue with this.
Edit 2: And reviews would be nice.

But, I thought we had something special! http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l490/Strife_Warzeal/myPony-1-1.png?t=1316997158

I think technically it was me that was, but I'm going to pretend it was Crossings that was said to be shipped with Whadda.

Other than that, I think it was good and that I am interested in how it may develop. In other words, carry on with this idea.

the_druid_droid
2011-09-25, 07:45 PM
Call him Coghoof, or even Little Coghoof.:smallsmile:

Also, Fluttershy is the reason Weeping angels are weeping.


Nice backstory, DD. For a name, if you want to go with the classics there's always Tiktok (does he have to be wound occasionally?), or if he was built as a servant there's Cogsworth.

I'm on the fence. I don't like long horns on the humanized versions, but little horns are OK.

I see a lot of potential here. I encourage you to continue!


Forward Gear
Perfect Timing
Chromium Restoration

Mind's not operating on full capacity today.

Good suggestions, everypony. I feel like I'm close, but I haven't found the perfect one just yet...

Also, I know have "Repent Harlequin, Said the Ticktockman" running through my head :smallbiggrin:


Following that logic, [Grim] would be violent but lighthearted. There should be more of those.


So like many a D&D campaign?

dromer
2011-09-25, 07:48 PM
Following that logic, [Grim] would be violent but lighthearted. There should be more of those.

Usually low-plot high-action premises do not translate well to literature. Still, it would be funny to see a more slapstick version of hyperviolent stories. That said, I'd probably put that under [Grimdark][Comedy] rather than [Grim].

Kurgan
2011-09-25, 07:51 PM
Well, that'll teach me for not opening *every* spoiler box. I'll have my own thoughts on all this later, I have to get going back to work in about ten minutes here. So I'm gettin' off the thread now.

Have a good rest of the evening/morning/etc, everypony, and I hope you like *my* latest little story bit. :smallsmile:

Well, we certainly showed you! :smallbiggrin:


I snickered. Really.


I do try.

Lixie!

I finally went back and read through your blurb, here are my thoughts:



First off, the adverb thing wasn't as much a problem as I thought, as aside from the beginning, I barely noticed them. Guess that is what happens when you read something piece by piece.


While most ponies dread the storms, and do their best to persuade the weather ponies to put them off at every opportunity, their family never have.

"Has" works better there


She was quiet and a little shy, and disliked all the attention she seemed to het.

Get.



The Storm Gauntlet was a race organised by Cloudsdale for its students, claiming that it fed into all the arts of the pegasus-manipulating the weather, flying with a package through the worst of it, and simple flat out speed-weather ponies, mailponies, and the few who aspired to the elite fliers of the ‘bolts, who bring the storm behind them wherever they go.

I cannot wrap my head around this sentence/paragraph. While I know you said you like the bigger sentences, something like this really needs to be broken down.

Maybe:



The Storm Gauntlet was a race organized by Cloudsdale for its students. The city board claimed that it fed into all arts of the pegasus - weather manipulation, transporting goods in less than ideal circumstances, and flat out speed runs for the more adventurous racers. Weather ponies, mail ponies, and those that aspired to the rank of Wonderbolt flocked to this event.


Other than that, it is a bit disjointed, as I mentioned before and you acknowledged. It reads like it is the beginning of two or three stories, rather than one.

This brings me to the narrator. I'd actually suggest bringing him/her more into the story. You are doing a story within a story already there, so might as well tell us what the middle story is. Is it a elderly man reading a book to his sick grandchild, constantly having to stop and start again due to side conversations a la The Princess Bride? Or perhaps you can go The Canterbury Tales route, and have all of the ponies trying to one up each other to become the winner. Perhaps our narrator is skipping around because as he is going, he is saying to himself "No...this one is rubbish. Lets go with this one instead!"

You acknowledge that the narrator is an outside force right at the start, and interject the occasional "I" in the story. Make use of it and use it to your advantage.

Overall, it was alright, though as I said, it looks more like the introduction to three or four stories rather than one big one.



EDIT:

Esper Excerpt #5




Trixie was cursed. That was it. That was the explanation. She wasn’t allowed to have a mother, and she wasn’t allowed to be a mother. How else could she explain why they were searching the Everfree Forest in the darkest time of the night, looking for her month old, deathly sick daughter?

Here is what I was thinking when I read this:

Did Trixie know she needed to go to the Everfree? Wait…when did they reunite? In part 4 Trixie stormed off, and at the very beginning of part 5, she is back together with Luna and Twilight.

It feels like we skipped something, as we go from them being split up and Trixie running off in a panic to them all together in the Everfree.


“I’m not sure, but it does feel almost familiar...” Luna wondered, and that was enough for Trixie. If it was her daughter, she wasn’t going to waste anymore time standing around here!

Any more works better I think. Could be wrong on this mark though.


She broke into a full gallop, Twilight first letting out a surprised protest, and then she and Luna raced to catch up.

Tense issues. Broke and raced are past tense, letting is present. “Let” works better here. Also, I think this might be one of those rare occasions where a semicolon could work better than a comma.

Maybe:


She broke into a full gallop; Twilight first let out a surprised protest, and then she and Luna raced to catch up.



Trixie couldn’t see more than a hoof-length ahead of her, and the normal sounds of the wild Everfree suddenly went silent, as if the fog bank could muffle sound as well as sight.

I know, one of Kurgan’s hate rants on adverbs again. In this situation, I honestly thing saying suddenly detracts from the feel rather than adds.


Trixie couldn’t see more than a hoof-length ahead of her, and the normal sounds of the wild Everfree went silent, as if the fog bank could muffle sound as well as sight.



“Did somepony fall? Twilight, Trixie, are you okay?” Luna called out. Trixie heard Twilight call out an affirmative. She slowly picked herself off, wincing as she put weight on the hoof that had made that bad step. She had twisted it.

Picked herself “up” reads better to me.


“Trixie, how about you?” Trixie was about to respond when her ears twitched, as a new sound started to flow through the fog they were trapped in, clear as day.

Take the “as” out of there, it keeps the sentence the same and reads better.



Overall opinions


I like it, was not expecting Midnight Sr. to come back from the dead (however temporarily) though. I'm curious where this will lead.

Lix Lorn
2011-09-25, 08:13 PM
Happy birthday Lix! Have one of these "Good for one Thing" coupons. You know roughly what I'm capable of.
Aww, thanks! I'd request on the spot, but I can't remember how many of the things I want are on SiuiS' list. xD


Which is why they are microscopically less eww. Microscopically.

(Especially in comparison after some hours playing a game wherein the lead character escapes being drowned in poo, uses a giant...sex toy as an impromtu missile and utlitise the evacutated contents of someone's stomach... You just kinda get temporarily resistance...
So what you're saying is, I should take the chance to glomp you!
(GLOMP)


Lixie!

I finally went back and read through your blurb, here are my thoughts:

First off, the adverb thing wasn't as much a problem as I thought, as aside from the beginning, I barely noticed them. Guess that is what happens when you read something piece by piece.
Oh good.


"Has" works better there
Had, I think.


Get.
Yeah, I fixed that typo in my master copy.


I cannot wrap my head around this sentence/paragraph. While I know you said you like the bigger sentences, something like this really needs to be broken down.
Think you're right here.


Maybe:
How about:

The Storm Gauntlet was a race organised by Cloudsdale for its students, claiming that it fed into all the arts of the pegasus-manipulating the weather, flying through the worst of weather with valuable goods, and simple flat out speed. These were meant to represent the skills of the weather ponies, mailponies, and the few who aspired to the elite fliers of the ‘bolts, respectively.


Other than that, it is a bit disjointed, as I mentioned before and you acknowledged. It reads like it is the beginning of two or three stories, rather than one.
Maybe I should take that and make it two or three stories. :3


This brings me to the narrator. I'd actually suggest bringing him/her more into the story. You are doing a story within a story already there, so might as well tell us what the middle story is. Is it a elderly man reading a book to his sick grandchild, constantly having to stop and start again due to side conversations a la The Princess Bride? Or perhaps you can go The Canterbury Tales route, and have all of the ponies trying to one up each other to become the winner. Perhaps our narrator is skipping around because as he is going, he is saying to himself "No...this one is rubbish. Lets go with this one instead!"

You acknowledge that the narrator is an outside force right at the start, and interject the occasional "I" in the story. Make use of it and use it to your advantage.
Good idea. I'd add that into my ideas, but I don't have enough of them to yet.

Kurgan
2011-09-25, 08:24 PM
Had, I think.

Derp, that is what I meant to say.



How about:

The Storm Gauntlet was a race organised by Cloudsdale for its students, claiming that it fed into all the arts of the pegasus-manipulating the weather, flying through the worst of weather with valuable goods, and simple flat out speed. These were meant to represent the skills of the weather ponies, mailponies, and the few who aspired to the elite fliers of the ‘bolts, respectively.

That works much better. If you keep the narrator going with the ramblings, keep the word respectively, otherwise I would suggest dropping it. It isn't quite necessary to get the feel of what matches with what.



Maybe I should take that and make it two or three stories. :3


Good idea. I'd add that into my ideas, but I don't have enough of them to yet.

Go for it, worst comes to worst, you end up with a bunch of stories based on different things. With someone telling the story within a story, you could even explain why the characters are of differing powers or whatnot. In the Canterbury Tales example, perhaps one person heard Lixie was an earth pony, and another believed her to be an alicorn, so when they tell their stories, they'll be keeping that image of her in mind.

Thanqol
2011-09-25, 08:32 PM
A'ight ponythread, the Pinkestia story is starting to swirl and consolidate in my head. Rather than my reflexive action of hoarding all my ideas until I'm finished writing the story, and then flip a coin to see if the story is any good, I'm going to frontload the plot and premise here so people can tell me if I'm on the wrong track.

Please, be harsh. Spoilers ahead, yar.


Opening: The group is out looking for Gummy. This is the biggest trip-up for me right now, I need a good, funny, opening scene to get the ball rolling and I'm coming up kind of blank.

Twilight gets a letter from Celestia, reading "Welcome to Equestria!", swiftly followed by "I am Princess Celestia of Equestria!" and "My wings are so pretty!". These inane random quote letters continue until she gets a Derpy-carried letter from Luna asking her to show up at Canterlot.

Canterlot castle, Princess Pinkestia is wandering around being inane, closely followed by Blueblood. Ponies speculate on who could have done this, and who could have done this this badly. Then *Clue* which leads them to *Place* (minimal thought for this segment yet)

While investigating, Rainbow Dash is also kidnapped and replaced with RAINBOW DASH ALWAYS DRESSES IN STYLE Rainbow Dash.

Following the clue/place lead to a secret doom fortress, the ponies find the Princess and the villain - The Great and Powerful Trixie (and, more ominously, armed with the Liar's Mask). Trixie is being careful not to put the Mask on her face, but sort of waves it around when telling lies. Princess Celestia is stuck holding up a giant pillar, having told by Trixie that if she drops it Canterlot will collapse.

*Some kind of extended action scene*

Trixie, cornered and desperate, puts the Mask on, becoming essentially possessed by it. The Mask disables the ponies with deception and goes to Canterlot, having Pinkestia introduce her as a long lost relative. Blueblood instantly starts trying to put the moves on Mask!Trixie.

Ponies, particularly Applejack, manage to rescue Rainbow Dash despite the lies messing with their minds. Rainbow Dash confronts Fake Rainbow Dash and defeats her. Reunited, the ponies attempt to confront Mask!Trixie in Canterlot.

*Ending vague and unclear* Possibly involves a battle with a manipulated Luna and Pinkestia.

Keeping the Pinkestia/Fake Rainbow Dash reveal under wraps for now.


Gee, my creative process looks kinda vague and hand wave-y when I actually type it out.

Aotrs Commander
2011-09-25, 08:40 PM
So what you're saying is, I should take the chance to glomp you!
(GLOMP)


Aaannnnnd there goes the resistance.

OffoffoffoffoffOFF!

Stupid enhanced strength still not enough!

Wait. *skullpalm*

New substitution spell.

*wuuuff*

Well.

This is awkward.

Tectonic Robot
2011-09-25, 08:46 PM
A'ight ponythread, the Pinkestia story is starting to swirl and consolidate in my head. Rather than my reflexive action of hoarding all my ideas until I'm finished writing the story, and then flip a coin to see if the story is any good, I'm going to frontload the plot and premise here so people can tell me if I'm on the wrong track.

Please, be harsh. Spoilers ahead, yar.


Opening: The group is out looking for Gummy. This is the biggest trip-up for me right now, I need a good, funny, opening scene to get the ball rolling and I'm coming up kind of blank.

Twilight gets a letter from Celestia, reading "Welcome to Equestria!", swiftly followed by "I am Princess Celestia of Equestria!" and "My wings are so pretty!". These inane random quote letters continue until she gets a Derpy-carried letter from Luna asking her to show up at Canterlot.

Canterlot castle, Princess Pinkestia is wandering around being inane, closely followed by Blueblood. Ponies speculate on who could have done this, and who could have done this this badly. Then *Clue* which leads them to *Place* (minimal thought for this segment yet)

While investigating, Rainbow Dash is also kidnapped and replaced with RAINBOW DASH ALWAYS DRESSES IN STYLE Rainbow Dash.

Following the clue/place lead to a secret doom fortress, the ponies find the Princess and the villain - The Great and Powerful Trixie (and, more ominously, armed with the Liar's Mask). Trixie is being careful not to put the Mask on her face, but sort of waves it around when telling lies. Princess Celestia is stuck holding up a giant pillar, having told by Trixie that if she drops it Canterlot will collapse.

*Some kind of extended action scene*

Trixie, cornered and desperate, puts the Mask on, becoming essentially possessed by it. The Mask disables the ponies with deception and goes to Canterlot, having Pinkestia introduce her as a long lost relative. Blueblood instantly starts trying to put the moves on Mask!Trixie.

Ponies, particularly Applejack, manage to rescue Rainbow Dash despite the lies messing with their minds. Rainbow Dash confronts Fake Rainbow Dash and defeats her. Reunited, the ponies attempt to confront Mask!Trixie in Canterlot.

*Ending vague and unclear* Possibly involves a battle with a manipulated Luna and Pinkestia.

Keeping the Pinkestia/Fake Rainbow Dash reveal under wraps for now.


Gee, my creative process looks kinda vague and hand wave-y when I actually type it out.

I...

Can't think of any criticisms. There are probably things that could be better, but I can't find them.

I'm too ok with things. I'm a mediocrest... :smallfrown:

erikun
2011-09-25, 08:52 PM
Opening: The group is out looking for Gummy. This is the biggest trip-up for me right now, I need a good, funny, opening scene to get the ball rolling and I'm coming up kind of blank.
Does it have to be looking for Gummy?

If so, the first thing that comes to mind is that the girls are looking for the "lost" Gummy, perhaps on the border of Everfree Forest. Once they fine him, Pinkie comes bouncing over with a "Just where I left him!" The entire situation was set up by Pinkie intentionally hiding Gummy there, because "It's boring to play hide and seek when you're the one that hid him. DUH!"


Twilight gets a letter from Celestia, reading "Welcome to Equestria!", swiftly followed by "I am Princess Celestia of Equestria!" and "My wings are so pretty!". These inane random quote letters continue until she gets a Derpy-carried letter from Luna asking her to show up at Canterlot.
Blatantly steal from the toy commercials, particularly this one (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nn3XyyM9HHg). "I am the most magical pony! I am responsible for raising the sun and the moon, to create light and darkness in Equestria! I am the only pony with a unicorn's horn, and pegasus' wings."


While investigating, Rainbow Dash is also kidnapped and replaced with RAINBOW DASH ALWAYS DRESSES IN STYLE Rainbow Dash.
Remember that RAINBOW DASH ALWAYS DRESSES IN STYLE isn't a pegasus.

Kurgan
2011-09-25, 08:55 PM
A'ight ponythread, the Pinkestia story is starting to swirl and consolidate in my head. Rather than my reflexive action of hoarding all my ideas until I'm finished writing the story, and then flip a coin to see if the story is any good, I'm going to frontload the plot and premise here so people can tell me if I'm on the wrong track.

Please, be harsh. Spoilers ahead, yar.


Opening: The group is out looking for Gummy. This is the biggest trip-up for me right now, I need a good, funny, opening scene to get the ball rolling and I'm coming up kind of blank.

Twilight gets a letter from Celestia, reading "Welcome to Equestria!", swiftly followed by "I am Princess Celestia of Equestria!" and "My wings are so pretty!". These inane random quote letters continue until she gets a Derpy-carried letter from Luna asking her to show up at Canterlot.

Canterlot castle, Princess Pinkestia is wandering around being inane, closely followed by Blueblood. Ponies speculate on who could have done this, and who could have done this this badly. Then *Clue* which leads them to *Place* (minimal thought for this segment yet)

While investigating, Rainbow Dash is also kidnapped and replaced with RAINBOW DASH ALWAYS DRESSES IN STYLE Rainbow Dash.

Following the clue/place lead to a secret doom fortress, the ponies find the Princess and the villain - The Great and Powerful Trixie (and, more ominously, armed with the Liar's Mask). Trixie is being careful not to put the Mask on her face, but sort of waves it around when telling lies. Princess Celestia is stuck holding up a giant pillar, having told by Trixie that if she drops it Canterlot will collapse.

*Some kind of extended action scene*

Trixie, cornered and desperate, puts the Mask on, becoming essentially possessed by it. The Mask disables the ponies with deception and goes to Canterlot, having Pinkestia introduce her as a long lost relative. Blueblood instantly starts trying to put the moves on Mask!Trixie.

Ponies, particularly Applejack, manage to rescue Rainbow Dash despite the lies messing with their minds. Rainbow Dash confronts Fake Rainbow Dash and defeats her. Reunited, the ponies attempt to confront Mask!Trixie in Canterlot.

*Ending vague and unclear* Possibly involves a battle with a manipulated Luna and Pinkestia.

Keeping the Pinkestia/Fake Rainbow Dash reveal under wraps for now.


Gee, my creative process looks kinda vague and hand wave-y when I actually type it out.

Alright, here we go:



1) I know it is fun to beat on Blueblood, but the show has really never given us any indication that he is stupid, just pompous. I'd suggest that if you were to go with him being a simpering fool for Pinklestia, have it be because he happened to be around when Celestia was first kidnapped/brainwashed.

2) Based on the show, while Trixie cannot do super great things with magic, she is basically specialized in illusions. I'd think that making a fake Princess is one of the things that she could do really well myself.

Here I would actually lean towards her being A) brainwashed by some other, unseen as of yet, villain into doing the dirty work, and doing it poorly because of the way the suggestion spell works or B) being hired to make the copies, but since the villain skimped on the payment, Trixie decided to screw them over.

3) What is the big plan of the villain? Take over Canterlot with the mask? Couldn't she do that simply by coming to Canterlot with the mask and telling ponies, including Celestia to accept her?


Overall though, I'd read it.

Kindablue
2011-09-25, 09:00 PM
Twilight gets a letter from Celestia, reading "Welcome to Equestria!", swiftly followed by "I am Princess Celestia of Equestria!" and "My wings are so pretty!". These inane random quote letters continue until she gets a Derpy-carried letter from Luna asking her to show up at Canterlot.


Twilight seems like the type who would over analyze something like that, and it feels off to me that she would wait for Luna to ask her to come before she did something.

the_druid_droid
2011-09-25, 09:19 PM
Have gunslinger AJ:
http://img.ponibooru.org/_images/07a94f7f76dd5008a2a58e5a52d803dd/63719%20-%20applejack%20artist%3Abamboodog%20gun%20western. png
AJ has been growing on me lately for some reason. Pinkie Pie too...

Topaz
2011-09-25, 09:48 PM
Please, be harsh. Spoilers ahead, yar.
Ideas:
Alternate opening: Pinkie decides to throw a surprise party for Equestria Library Week (which may or may not exist). When Spike starts burping up letters, an already annoyed Twilight think it's part of a prank.

Pinklestia is defective because Trixie isn't willing to use the full power of the mask. Blueblood was used to channel the spell, which is why he's oblivious, but he also inadvertently drops the information that Trixie is the perpetrator.

Substitute Rainbow Dash drives Rarity crazy, and provides the clue at to Trixie's hiding place.

Have gunslinger AJ:
AJ has been growing on me lately for some reason. Pinkie Pie too...
All ponies are equal. Sam'l Colt made 'em that way.

Thanqol
2011-09-25, 09:54 PM
Thank you, everypony :smallsmile:


Does it have to be looking for Gummy?

If so, the first thing that comes to mind is that the girls are looking for the "lost" Gummy, perhaps on the border of Everfree Forest. Once they fine him, Pinkie comes bouncing over with a "Just where I left him!" The entire situation was set up by Pinkie intentionally hiding Gummy there, because "It's boring to play hide and seek when you're the one that hid him. DUH!"

A'ight, my hide-away impulses aren't serving me well here. The twist:

Pinkestia is Gummy.

Trixie used the Mask on him and said "You are Princess Celestia" and that's what she got. Similar with Style-Dash and *not thought of yet*.


Blatantly steal from the toy commercials, particularly this one (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nn3XyyM9HHg). "I am the most magical pony! I am responsible for raising the sun and the moon, to create light and darkness in Equestria! I am the only pony with a unicorn's horn, and pegasus' wings."

Brilliant, thank you.



Remember that RAINBOW DASH ALWAYS DRESSES IN STYLE isn't a pegasus.

Good point, I'll remember that.


Alright, here we go:



1) I know it is fun to beat on Blueblood, but the show has really never given us any indication that he is stupid, just pompous. I'd suggest that if you were to go with him being a simpering fool for Pinklestia, have it be because he happened to be around when Celestia was first kidnapped/brainwashed.

Good point. I'll angle it towards more too self absorbed to even pay attention to what Pinkestia is saying or that she is different.


2) Based on the show, while Trixie cannot do super great things with magic, she is basically specialized in illusions. I'd think that making a fake Princess is one of the things that she could do really well myself.

See earlier reveal. While Trixie might be able to do it unaugmented with a hologram or something, I don't see her doing it that badly.


Here I would actually lean towards her being A) brainwashed by some other, unseen as of yet, villain into doing the dirty work, and doing it poorly because of the way the suggestion spell works or B) being hired to make the copies, but since the villain skimped on the payment, Trixie decided to screw them over.

Problem is, my pool of villains is kind of small to work with, and Trixie's really the only villainous magic user short of OCs.


3) What is the big plan of the villain? Take over Canterlot with the mask? Couldn't she do that simply by coming to Canterlot with the mask and telling ponies, including Celestia to accept her?

Trixie's kind of aiming lowball by using Pinkestia to funnel her money (Idea could be tweaked further, I've got the image of Trixie building an enormous statue of herself for some reason). Stage two, where the Mask actually does take over Canterlot directly, shows that she didn't really realise the power she had.


Twilight seems like the type who would over analyze something like that, and it feels off to me that she would wait for Luna to ask her to come before she did something.

I intend Twilight to do some serious research into what Pinkestia's trying to say, researching zen koans and so forth to look for clues.


Alternate opening: Pinkie decides to throw a surprise party for Equestria Library Week (which may or may not exist). When Spike starts burping up letters, an already annoyed Twilight think it's part of a prank.

Pinklestia is defective because Trixie isn't willing to use the full power of the mask. Blueblood was used to channel the spell, which is why he's oblivious, but he also inadvertently drops the information that Trixie is the perpetrator.

Substitute Rainbow Dash drives Rarity crazy, and provides the clue at to Trixie's hiding place.


The third one is gold, and I'm going to use it. Having Blueblood in on it is also actually an interesting idea!

otakuryoga
2011-09-25, 09:55 PM
it just flat out amazes me at the variety of awesome talent we see in bronies

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoopvWd_y-4&feature=player_embedded

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1Gru_QkXkc&feature=related

Dexam
2011-09-25, 10:00 PM
Hello new thread. Just dropping in to report that I'm in the process of converting another forum to the ways of pony. Two direct converts so far (one of them after only three episodes), and a couple of other resisting... for now. :smallbiggrin:


Good suggestions, everypony. I feel like I'm close, but I haven't found the perfect one just yet...


Cogsley?
Sprockets?
Brassy Tock?

Suggestion for Thanqol:
re: looking for Gummy... Pinkie Sense. Pinkie gets an achy shoulder, which means there's a gator in the tub. The only problem is, they don't know which tub. Cue the ponies looking in every single bathtub in Ponyville, with as much embarrassment to the mane six and as many background ponies as you care to inflict.

Thanqol
2011-09-25, 10:02 PM
Suggestion for Thanqol:
re: looking for Gummy... Pinkie Sense. Pinkie gets an achy shoulder, which means there's a gator in the tub. The only problem is, they don't know which tub. Cue the ponies looking in every single bathtub in Ponyville, with as much embarrassment to the mane six and as many background ponies as you care to inflict.

Aha! Brilliant! :smallbiggrin: And the opening scene just writes itself!

erikun
2011-09-25, 10:03 PM
A'ight, my hide-away impulses aren't serving me well here. The twist:

Pinkestia is Gummy.

Trixie used the Mask on him and said "You are Princess Celestia" and that's what she got. Similar with Style-Dash and *not thought of yet*.
Oh. Well, I do think that Pinkie Pie would be freaking out quite a bit if Gummy actually disappeared. She's probably be acting so out-of-character that it would even be noticable by Twilight, although that might cause problems later if you want her acting more "normal" throughout the story.

How about the other pets used as well? You'd need to think of two other ponies to replace (not necessarily from the mane cast) but you could get away with the mane cast acting a bit more normal with everyone suffering the same problem. That, and whoever Angel Bunny has replaced would reasonably want to help out the party. A mute, grumpy, G3 Scootaloo perhaps? (the first pony they find "transformed" and take along for the ride)

Orzel
2011-09-25, 10:06 PM
The Rarity figure I paid $80 for caused my cousin to fumble 4 times in Madden. Ponies are good luck though. Add that to the things I'm not allowed to put on my PS3 anymore.

I almost want a rock dressed in a bath towel avatar now.

Thanqol
My issue is with Blueblood. He's super spoiler and would never work for anyone 'cept a princess. And in the most limited way possible.

What he might to is give Trixie resources.

Also Blueblood doesn't court. He'd believe Mask!Trixie should do the courting.

Thanqol
2011-09-25, 10:11 PM
Oh. Well, I do think that Pinkie Pie would be freaking out quite a bit if Gummy actually disappeared. She's probably be acting so out-of-character that it would even be noticable by Twilight, although that might cause problems later if you want her acting more "normal" throughout the story.

How about the other pets used as well? You'd need to think of two other ponies to replace (not necessarily from the mane cast) but you could get away with the mane cast acting a bit more normal with everyone suffering the same problem. That, and whoever Angel Bunny has replaced would reasonably want to help out the party. A mute, grumpy, G3 Scootaloo perhaps? (the first pony they find "transformed" and take along for the ride)

I'm not familiar with G3 Scootaloo?

I do like the idea of Angel being a pony-party member :smallbiggrin: I'll think about this a bit more.



Thanqol
My issue is with Blueblood. He's super spoiler and would never work for anyone 'cept a princess. And in the most limited way possible.

What he might to is give Trixie resources.

Also Blueblood doesn't court. He'd believe Mask!Trixie should do the courting.

Kind of what I had in mind, actually. I'm just thinking it might be rare for him to encounter somepony with royal blood who he wasn't related to 5-6 different times. Good points though.

otakuryoga
2011-09-25, 10:11 PM
The Rarity figure I paid $80 for caused my cousin to fumble 4 times in Madden. Ponies are good luck though. Add that to the things I'm not allowed to put on my PS3 anymore.

I almost want a rock dressed in a bath towel avatar now.

Thanqol
My issue is with Blueblood. He's super spoiler and would never work for anyone 'cept a princess. And in the most limited way possible.

What he might to is give Trixie resources.

Also Blueblood doesn't court. He'd believe Mask!Trixie should do the courting.

just tell him he shouldnt be taking playcalls from Prince Blueblood

Kindablue
2011-09-25, 10:19 PM
I'm not familiar with G3 Scootaloo?

I do like the idea of Angel being a pony-party member :smallbiggrin: I'll think about this a bit more.

She'll show you games to play. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAogllXiDdM)

Beeskee
2011-09-25, 10:23 PM
This has probably been asked eleventy billion times, but does anyone think there's any chance of Luna making a reappearance in the show?

Thanqol
2011-09-25, 10:25 PM
This has probably been asked eleventy billion times, but does anyone think there's any chance of Luna making a reappearance in the show?

She's apparently showing up sometime in S2. The fandom is holding it's collective breath.

(THE TWIST: That picture of her in the stained glass window in S2E1 was the extent of her appearance)

erikun
2011-09-25, 10:26 PM
I'm not familiar with G3 Scootaloo?

I do like the idea of Angel being a pony-party member :smallbiggrin: I'll think about this a bit more.
Here you go. (http://mylittlewiki.org/wiki/G3.5_Scootaloo) It was also a reference to an earlier thread, where someone had appearently bought a G3 Scootaloo and was wondering why it so poorly represented the G4 character. :smalltongue:

http://mylittlewiki.org/w/images/c/c5/3.5-scootaloo1.jpg

http://mylittlewiki.org/w/images/0/07/3.5-scootaloo2.jpg

Beeskee
2011-09-25, 10:26 PM
(THE TWIST: That picture of her in the stained glass window in S2E1 was the extent of her appearance)

That better not count! :smallbiggrin:

Orzel
2011-09-25, 10:28 PM
This has probably been asked eleventy billion times, but does anyone think there's any chance of Luna making a reappearance in the show?

Jayson said she'll show up enough to make you happy.

Kindablue
2011-09-25, 10:29 PM
Jayson said she'll show up enough to make you happy.

http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lmqc144pTW1qaylh3o1_500.jpg

Orzel
2011-09-25, 10:35 PM
http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lmqc144pTW1qaylh3o1_500.jpg

That's what somebody in the crowd said.

That and "YAY MOAR LUNA!"

Kindablue
2011-09-25, 10:48 PM
That's what somebody in the crowd said.

That and "YAY MOAR LUNA!"

I don't really care what they do with the character as long as, y'know, it's not terrible. Which I guess is a decent enough standard.

Thanqol
2011-09-25, 11:03 PM
Ah, it's time to troll the vote solicitors again.

"Hey, can I talk to you about your student union?"
"Tell you what. I will vote for your party if you can answer my one question."
Guy from opposing party: "Can I get in on this?"
"Sure."
"Awesome."
"Okay. Who is the villain from My Little Pony? Is it:
A) Nightmare Moon
B) Krastos the Glue Maker
C) Bad Horse"
"Uh. Krastos the Glue Maker."
"Option A"
"You win, sir, give me a pamphlet."

Same question to another guy a touch later got a result of Bad Horse. These guys are going to be here until Thursday, so what are some other questions I can ask?

InkwellPony
2011-09-25, 11:07 PM
Continuing with my WiP - the Picie of Midnight and Aurora

http://i.imgur.com/EpU10.png

SiuiS
2011-09-25, 11:09 PM
Sure you -

- can. Hmm. I think the only solution is a hot air balloon duel.

Nah, he can have it. I'm pretty sure I set up my signature, previewed it to make sure everything worked, and then closed the window without saving.



Uhh... something pony related to keep this topical. Pony... martial arts. How does it work? Anypony got any ideas?

Like you dancing. Elegant, frantic, causes concussions. :smallwink:



I need to run a game for you.


I'm game. When I set up the hypothetical Storm Esper's House game, you can DM :smallwink:



Ace. That's gone into notepad file for future reference.

Unfortunately with Shapeways's expletiveing announced price-rise, doing 144th ponies is going to be a great deal more expensive or impractical (unless I do umpteen dozen). So we'll see.

Makes sense, and it's the first thought I had when you said they had hiked prices.
How many different models count for a batch? Or do you have to print so many of each model to get the discount?



((on spoilers and villains))
I kinda like that sort of comupance, though. The bad guy's all "muahaha-victory-is-mine" ('cos he's not as smart as me) and then the protagonists do something stupidly awesome and he's like pupils-narrow-to-pin-pricks, frozen-in-horror-with-just-eneough-time-to-go "Oh, [EXPLETIVE]!" and get totally blasted away. For me personally, seeing that frozen moment, the moment the moment the bad guy realises that he's going to kark it and there's nothing he can do about, and that all he's done, all his effort and planning and schemes are for naught- that, that to me is the biggest payoff.


I agree. I only think the set up they gave us made it someone discordant that they didn't follow what seemed to be their own plans.


I still love that picture, I can't wait to see it finished. Aurora is adorable, and Mature Midnight is amazing and graceful.

I'm not sure I'll ever feel that graceful, though.

Oh, it's all in how you feel. No worries, you'll get there!



Well, you know what?*

Good.

That level of panic is exactly what I want somepony reading that part to feel. So I'm glad that it's very effective. Even if you want to beat me. :smallwink:

Oh, good. Because it's working >>; WHAT'S GOING ON IS SHE OK OMIGOSH OMIGOSH OMIGOSH!



Sleep, goshdarn it! You ponythreaders and your keeping awake.


This is good advice actually. I think I'll try to do this more often; odds are I'll get up earlier if I do.



Everypony is best pony at some point in the thread. That's what makes the thread wonderful. :smallsmile:

And unless a thread I saw elsewhere on the boards is lying to me...

Happy birthday, Mentor! *lots of naughty, naughty gifts!

http://i.imgur.com/CXTge.jpg She's got a birthday thread? Neat.


I'm seeing a serious lack of RP in the thread lately. http://i.imgur.com/LWZja.jpg

http://fc00.deviantart.net/fs70/i/2011/167/6/0/rainbow_dash_salute_by_atomicgreymon-d3bo0dx.png

[FFRP] Magic Is Meticulous


I think they're more like drones; they do what I tell them to but they don't show any initiative. Topaz snorts. If I were magically talented I could probably sense more about the nature of these things, but the amount of feedback I get from it is really minimal. Or maybe I just don't pay enough attention. She laughs lightly, then gets serious again. Anyway, I guess we need to figure out just what it is I'm conjuring up here. Starry, what can you tell me about different types of magical energies? Or maybe I should be looking for an intermediate magic theory book?

Starry fidgets for a moment, then sighs. I will be honest. There isn't much more that I know, concretely, than you yourself. The only energy most unicorn magic deals with is telekinetic, and occasionally force.

She turns and focuses on the air between herself and Topaz, which begins to shimmer. here we have some 'congealed' TK (for telekinesis), which I can scrunch in on itself. It's just potential for movement, though, and can react like a solid object sometimes, but only in that it can supply energy. Force is more like what you make your azure things out of, and is solid, but made of magic. It usually looks crystalline or like an opaque ghost.

It's possible your... Constructs? Starry fumbles for the right word. A few seconds pass, then a few breaths. Finally, she waves her hoof and continues. Construct will have to do.
It's possible that they are just more complex versions of a spell engine, and hold their own magic like a battery. Or... Hm. Maybe you can just come up with a wide variety of specific spells under certain parameters. I can't fly on a platform like you can, but I could probably make an object, and enchant it. To fly, and then stand on it. You just reflexively cut out the middle hesitations.

She sits, small puffs of dust obscuring the diagram inlaid in the dirt. The shimmering in the air pops like a balloon, but sounds like a far-distant firecracker.

I am afraid my answer is; you'll have to look through more texts before we can make any headway. Luckily, I happen to know a girl who's mother would most definitely be able to at least point you to the right book shop.

That is, if I can figure out how to get there...




Holy cow new My Little Pony season why did no one tell me?!

Okay, just now watched the episodes after finding out about them by accident on TVTropes.

Sorry mate. Are you on the Brony List? If so, we can use it in the future as a sort of 'pony alert' list.


Thanks!

(Uses ambrosia to bribe gods to tell me where Venus is...)

This one?

http://emob1229.photobucket.com/albums/ee468/WizardPony/personalprojects/Ponies%20in%20the%20Playground/c2b65936.jpg?t=1316998570

Top- fur
Middle- mane
Bottom- eyes

Do I have the colors right? Pretty sure I messed up the coat. Heads not on straight. Her sister has really hard hair. I may just make her look like Dinky and come up with a cute explanation.


I*said my goodbyes to Vent I went back, and this is when Pinkie took it from Party to Paaaaarrrr-TAY! The lights dropped, the panel room was converted to a "quiet" room (not all that quiet; the bass physically moved Psycho on one occasion while he was trying to sleep), and the spotlights went up. And SO many Pony remixes were played. And so much alcohol was served. And so much fun was had. And then the Discord Shuffle happened. And it was grand. At least fifteen ponies in a line, doin' the shuffle. And I did a tumble in, popped up on my feet, and started shuffling in one fluid motion. I have never had so much Celestia damned fun. I think I danced for something on the order of like three or four hours. They wound down the music when I went out for some air, and we re-watched the entirety of the two-parter episode, and then ended the night with some PMVs and drunken shenanigans.
[...]
Pictures are coming once I actually get my Celestia Damned phone to cooperate.
\m/

Congratulations, it's rare to make me wish that I had been able to dance.

Still waitin' on those pictures, mate :smallwink:


Sounds like you had a great time!*

Rassn Fassn, living on the other side of the world shtick.

Don't worry Grif, I'm just one winning lottery ticket away from getting all the PitP together for a week or so.


Nice, I read the whole thing. I also read the comment later on from the person who was suggesting OC ponies as background ponies.

I don't think this is as horrible an idea as it might sound.. PLEASE read my whole idea before flaming. :smallbiggrin: (If you still think it sucks, feel free to flame away.)
[...]
Okay, there it is. If you hate it, and want to print it out just so you can light it on fire, go ahead. :smallbiggrin:

Don't worry, mate. We tend not to flame or hate around these parts. Flaming because we're civil, and hate because several engineers developed siege class weaponry which bombard the local area whenever a strong enough concentration of negative emotions registers on their sensors.

We used to call it the OFC, or the eye in the sky, and a bunch of other colorful names, but now it's just 'that &!%@ing thing that keeps shooting me'. To the commodore and myself at least.


Oh Cutie Marks Crusaders! I think Mr. Beeskee here wants some help with his suggestion....

Yay!
Yay!
Yay!

What have you done?
RUN BREESKEE RUN BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE OH GOD I WASN'T IN THE SAME ROOM WHY AM I ON FIRE?!?!


And I don't think anypony would have it any other way.

Also, I love the little horns on that opening picture. :P

<///<; i likes her finger nails.


For some reason, I detest the inclusion of horns on any humanised version of the mane cast.

But we're here for the new thread. Yay!

I don't like them most of the time because they seem incongruous. Same with pegasi made humans having wings. Sometimes they seem to legitimately be part or the species depicted though, so they aren't all bad.


Yay! We now have 25 whole threads of pony related goodness. I wonder if there's anyone here who has read every single post...

I don't know. Maybe? I think I've read every post, but that's because I can't recall any particular point where I wasn't participating. I jumped in on page 16, thread 1 to talk about McDonalds having pony toys, and have stayed strong since.

I probably skimmed all sorts of stuff up until about thread 4, though.


http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c226/saxcsa/NewHat-1-1.jpg

Jahkaivah, you amaze me. And creep me out a little. And your Angel Bunny frightens me.

But that's ok, because ponies.


New thread! NEW THREAD!

http://img834.imageshack.us/img834/5306/rainbowdurp.png

Ropes?

... Lix, did you tie this one up? Or do we have a rogue we'll need to collect back-due guild fees from?

So I am on break for a bit, so I come bearing a gift. That gift is the latest part of How To Care For A Newborn Foal! Please note I haven't had a chance, ponies who did some editing, to shift things around with earlier parts, so they're still the same yet.

How To Care For A Newborn Foal

Excerpt 5:

Trixie was cursed. That was it. That was the explanation. She wasn’t allowed to have a mother, and she wasn’t allowed to be a mother. How else could she explain why they were searching the Everfree Forest in the darkest time of the night, looking for her month old, deathly sick daughter? Horrible images kept assailing her. She had been so afraid of Midnight someday losing her before her time, that the reverse would happen had never crossed her mind. That Trixie would lose the daughter she had already given her heart to. It had taken her years to recover from her mother’s death, how long would it take to recover from her daughter’s? Would she ever?

No. That was the wrong way to think. It wouldn’t help anypony, least of all Midnight. She was the Great and Powerful Trixie, she had earned that title, and there was no way she was going to fall to despair again. Their story would have a happy ending. She was a storyteller, and she would make it so. They would find their daughter.

“So those are the symptoms, Luna.” She overheard Twilight behind her. She was barely paying attention to their conversation, knowing it was a way for the two to keep from lapsing into the panic that threatened to consume them all, and knowing that if they were to find Midnight, there was still her illness to deal with. The normally loud Trixie was very quiet, busy stretching out with her senses and magic, desperate to pick up on some sign of her daughter. A faint cry, a small moan, a soft rustle, anything to indicate that they were close...

“It could be a case of magic overload. It’s not uncommon for a unicorn to get sick when their magic grows too strong for their bodies to contain, and they don’t have the ability to safely release it.” Luna said after giving it a moment of thought. “Her fever, her horn glowing, and her general discomfort and pain all are symptoms of that. Her magic is burning her up from inside.”

“Magic overload? But that shouldn’t be affecting her at her age! It’s something that developing unicorns have happen to them, not a newborn! I’ve never heard of it affecting a pony so young, it’s dangerous enough for adolescents!” Twilight said in disbelief.*

They had been fortunate so far. They hadn’t been accosted by any of the denizens of the Forest, although Trixie supposed being escorted by a Princess did a lot to keep them safe. Her daughter had no such defense.

“Think of who her parents are, Twilight. Magic is in her blood.”

“But it’s so early..." Twilight protested, until a thought crossed her mind. “Do you think that’s why she copied the transit spell?”

They carefully strode over a rickety rope bridge, that was strung over a perilously high chasm. Trixie’s normal dislike of heights would have kicked in, if this were any other situation, any other time. Now, she ignored it.

“It’s possible her body did it to vent off some of the pent-up magic in her body. I hear from my sister that you did something simil-” Luna paused, her head tilting for a moment. Twilight slowed to a stop.

“Luna? What’s wrong? Trixie, hold on for a moment.” She called out to Trixie, who scowled. There wasn’t any time for this! What was Luna doing?

“Something’s wrong. There’s something different about the forest up ahead.” Luna said, her horn glowing faintly. “It’s like something magical is disturbing it.”

“Do you think it could be Midnight?” Twilight asked nervously.

“I’m not sure, but it does feel almost familiar...” Luna wondered, and that was enough for Trixie. If it was her daughter, she wasn’t going to waste anymore time standing around here! She broke into a full gallop, Twilight first letting out a surprised protest, and then she and Luna raced to catch up. As the three ran, a strange fog descended down on them, cloaking the rest of the world from view. Trixie couldn’t see more than a hoof-length ahead of her, and the normal sounds of the wild Everfree suddenly went silent, as if the fog bank could muffle sound as well as sight.

“What is this? Trixie, slow down, I can’t see you!”

Trixie looked back, and couldn’t see Twilight or Luna. It was almost like they were each trapped in their own little world of fog. Barely able to see her own hoofs, Trixie took a bad step, and went crashing to the ground.

“Did somepony fall? Twilight, Trixie, are you okay?” Luna called out. Trixie heard Twilight call out an affirmative. She slowly picked herself off, wincing as she put weight on the hoof that had made that bad step. She had twisted it.

“Trixie, how about you?” Trixie was about to respond when her ears twitched, as a new sound started to flow through the fog they were trapped in, clear as day.

Somepony was singing.

“Wait....do you two hear that?” Trixie finally spoke up, looking around. The singing was lyrical and elegant, not so much words but soothing, wonderful sounds. A feeling of nostalgia swept over Trixie, like a warm blanket surrounding her and comforting her. Had she heard it before? It quelled the panic that had been her partner all night, leaving her with a sense of peace and...love. She barely heard her fellow mothers agreeing that they heard it. She began to walk instinctively towards the source of the song, the pain in her hoof not feeling nearly as bad as it felt even moments before.

The fog swept away, as quickly as it had descended.*

“Where are we?” Twilight whispered, as if speaking any louder would break the peace of the place. The three ponies had found themselves in a small glade, and looked around in wonderment. They were surrounded by trees that were not gnarled and twisted, but instead growing straight and true. Brilliant flowers dotted the floor of the forest, blooming brilliant blues, purples, and silvers in the shining moonlight that descended from the canopy. *There was a palpable sense of peace, of harmony. Twilight stooped to examine one of the flowers. “I don’t recognize any of these.”

“Are we even still in the Everfree?” Luna wondered. “Did she do this?”

The three made their way deeper into the glade, following the singing. They passed by slumbering forest animals, and felt the eyes of owls staring at them from the trees. Passing through a thicket of small trees, they came to the center of the glade.

Curled in a bed of small night-flowers were two ponies, the moonlight shimmering down upon them. One was a tiny filly, barely a month old. She was slumbering quietly, no longer touched by the sickness and pain that had ravaged her all night. A small smile played along her face, her horn was no longer glowing, and her chest rose and fell in deep, peaceful breaths. Trixie had never seen her daughter so calm. She slept against the other pony who was curled lovingly around the foal. That mare was brimming with life, her light purple coat almost shining in the moonlight. Her soft pink tail and mane seemed to flow as she shifted slightly to make the child more comfortable. She looked down at the foal with bright, loving eyes.

Beside Trixie, Twilight’s hoof went to her mouth, stifling a gasp.

Trixie felt weak. Unbelieving, she slowly stepped forwards. Her heart began to pound in her chest.

“M...Momma?” Trixie dared to whisper.

The eyes that she could never forget looked up at her, and Midnight smiled.

Wow. afraid to say much more than that XD


Happy birthday Lix! Have one of these "Good for one Thing" coupons. You know roughly what I'm capable of.

wow. Took a minute for context to assert itself there. Haha.



Discord!Mask: About time my beauty was properly recognized.*


I am surprised at how much this reaction freaks me out.



Following that logic, [Grim] would be violent but lighthearted. There should be more of those.

I wonder, does my "Apple family eats their fallen" count as Grim, then? provided of course you know what I'm talking about.



She looks South Asian, not sun-tanned in that picture to me. She has the darkest colored coat of the mane cast, so it makes sense to me that a human version of her would have darker skin.

Yes. Twilight lends herself to an ethnicity other than Caucasian. So does Celestia, actually. The only one who strikes me as definitely white is Luna; even Trixie has indefinite ethnic typing, despite being a valley girl drama queen.



She also dances occasionally.

And gobbles. Is she a thanksgiving day parade float?


Hmmm...we know Whadda is one to miss the big story and find some tiny irrelevant detail to focus on. *One of her informants has told her of a large number of break ins at the local library, where the perpetrator sneaks in and drops off some manuscripts deep in the night. *Whadda always gets the scoop, so its steak out time, so she grabs her stalking bush and settles in next to Lyra.

One thing she wasn't expecting was to see the most beautiful pegasus she had ever laid eyes upon. *Feelings aside, she needed to catch this pony in the act, and get her interview. *Over the course of several days, Whadda kept watch over the library, and each night the culprit came, sneaked in, and left some writings. *With enough evidence (and a few of the writings retrieved from the library), it was time to confront this pony and get the interview.

One night, she confronts the culprit and demands an interview with the famed Library Bandit. *Through essentially browbeating Shimmer with her force of personality, Whadda gets her interview, and during it, finds that not only does this pegasus have a pretty face, but a great personality. *

She decides she needs to put on the moves and seduce this mare.

During this entire time, Ponyville is hosting the Archduke of Constrotinople, who insists on a more elaborate form of entertainment with each passing day. *Midnight and her family are stuck in the middle of this, as both of her mothers are direct representatives of the Princesses, putting them on edge.

I dunno, something that popped in my head when reading yours and Shadowy's blurbs.

I'd read it. And it's always nice to get more ponies making fiction.


Aww, thanks! I'd request on the spot, but I can't remember how many of the things I want are on SiuiS' list. xD

I don't think it matters. Thanqol is my go-to guy for coloring stuff that's really worthwhile. It's gotten to the point where I feel the need to start paying him.



Maybe I should take that and make it two or three stories. :3

Squee +1


*kicks through window, poses dramatically*

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Hm. I would read these articles. Well most of them. One of those comics sounds kind of fishy.


A'ight ponythread, the Pinkestia story is starting to swirl and consolidate in my head. Rather than my reflexive action of hoarding all my ideas until I'm finished writing the story, and then flip a coin to see if the story is any good, I'm going to frontload the plot and premise here so people can tell me if I'm on the wrong track.

Please, be harsh. Spoilers ahead, yar.


Opening: The group is out looking for Gummy. This is the biggest trip-up for me right now, I need a good, funny, opening scene to get the ball rolling and I'm coming up kind of blank.

Twilight gets a letter from Celestia, reading "Welcome to Equestria!", swiftly followed by "I am Princess Celestia of Equestria!" and "My wings are so pretty!". These inane random quote letters continue until she gets a Derpy-carried letter from Luna asking her to show up at Canterlot.

Canterlot castle, Princess Pinkestia is wandering around being inane, closely followed by Blueblood. Ponies speculate on who could have done this, and who could have done this this badly. Then *Clue* which leads them to *Place* (minimal thought for this segment yet)

While investigating, Rainbow Dash is also kidnapped and replaced with RAINBOW DASH ALWAYS DRESSES IN STYLE Rainbow Dash.

Following the clue/place lead to a secret doom fortress, the ponies find the Princess and the villain - The Great and Powerful Trixie (and, more ominously, armed with the Liar's Mask). Trixie is being careful not to put the Mask on her face, but sort of waves it around when telling lies. Princess Celestia is stuck holding up a giant pillar, having told by Trixie that if she drops it Canterlot will collapse.*

*Some kind of extended action scene*

Trixie, cornered and desperate, puts the Mask on, becoming essentially possessed by it. The Mask disables the ponies with deception and goes to Canterlot, having Pinkestia introduce her as a long lost relative. Blueblood instantly starts trying to put the moves on Mask!Trixie.

Ponies, particularly Applejack, manage to rescue Rainbow Dash despite the lies messing with their minds. Rainbow Dash confronts Fake Rainbow Dash and defeats her. Reunited, the ponies attempt to confront Mask!Trixie in Canterlot.

*Ending vague and unclear* Possibly involves a battle with a manipulated Luna and Pinkestia.

Keeping the Pinkestia/Fake Rainbow Dash reveal under wraps for now.


Gee, my creative process looks kinda vague and hand wave-y when I actually type it out.

No problems as yet. The device for the reveal may clash with other parts that we give you, and the details are usually what we would spin into gold, so for now: green light.


Aaannnnnd there goes the resistance.

OffoffoffoffoffOFF!

Stupid enhanced strength still not enough!

Wait. *skullpalm**

New substitution spell.

*wuuuff*

Well.*

This is awkward.

Even more so if the commodore didn't bother accounting for your personal belongings. You are still clothed, right?

-

[FFRP] Midnight Studies

Leo shakes his head and sighs. "I agree with you, friendship, love and kindness do more to stop evil than all the weapons, spells and charms in the Multiverse, and I wish those would become the main tools in stopping evil. Sadly there are those out there who take advantage of trust and forgiveness, who only see love as a way to manipulate others, that's why there are those like me, those who can fight." He smiles at her. "If push comes to shove, I'd protect her too. I know what it's like to care for someone who's trying to make a new life for themselves."

"As for my world... Well, despite it being a touchy subject for you, you remember how Nightmare Moon's first appearance went, correct? Well, in mine, it went differently. Celestia couldn't bring herself to use the elements against her sister, so she decided to contest her directly, hoping that Luna would back down once Celestia proved she would go against her, and get Luna to talk again." He sighs and looks down. "As you can imagine, it went over like a lead balloon, and thus began an all out war between the two. Ponies, griffons, dragons, zebras, diamond dogs and every other inhabitant of the world flocked to one sister or the other. Family ties were broken as these armies marched, flew or swam against one another, with one of the Princesses always at the lead."

"In one fateful encounter, they used the sun and moon themselves as weapons, which deepened the tragedy. Both were destroyed, the sun's flames scorching the land, only areas protected by unicorn shield spells came out unharmed. These fires raged across the land for years, but not long after they died out, the moon came crashing down in massive chunks, further devastating the land. Ponyville itself is inside a crater caused by the moonfall."

"Both sisters, who have tied much of their power into the sun and moon were weakened by the destruction, and were still trying to rebuild them when I was born, eight centuries later. The sky was now permanently a grey dusk, just enough light to support plants and allow vision, but there were some... benefits to it,the innate magic of ponies were increased greatly."

"Even unicorns like Snips and Snails have magic like you or Twilight, and those like Twilight were increased similarly. Earth ponies are nigh indestructible as long as their hooves are on Equestrian soil, their bodies quickly mend from even the greatest of wounds, and pegasai can pass through any object like it's a cloud."

"I was born just over a thousand years after the fighting began, part of an experiment to produce a more combat capable pony. About twenty years later, I tried to bite off more than I could chew and took my my Second Breath... Nightmare Moon was naturally less than pleased when one of her experiments suddenly started wielding the power of the sun, and tried to have me killed. I defected and tried to join Celestia's army, and while she accepted me, most of her subjects were less trusting. After a few years of being all but shunned there, I left again and that's when the Sol Society showed up, and brought me home."

"And four-hundred years later, give or take, I was assigned here, surprisingly close to the comparative date of my own Exaltation."

An owl sits 'neath a sickle moon, on a bent bough of the Everfree. The shallow sound of frogs echoes from far off, filling the cross-roads beneath the tree. A pony trots determinedly from right to left, muttering to itself beneath a green hat. The owl cries, "hoo?"

You again? Ugh. I've told you! STARRY! NOTIONS! And-- darn, fell for it again! You've been doing that every day for the past Week, I have no idea why it's still gets to me...And with an indignant huff, the pony sets her eyes to the path and continues on.

Not long later, a pony, the same pony, approaches the tree and the owl and the sickle moon, coming down the arms of the cross ofthe cross-roads. Bemused, the owl calls out, "hoo!"

What? Ah! the pony pushes it's hat back to gaze up at the owl, revealing liquid silver eyes and worried expression. sorry, a bit jumpy. I've been lost for hours. I'm Starry Notions, and while I'd love to chat I am in kind of a hurry... Bye now! The pony continues, sweepin under the tree and into the fog.

Several minutes later, she comes back again, from left to right down the trail. Exhausted, dejected, dirty and wearing a torn cloak haphazardly patched with thread, she didn't seem to see the owl or the tree (or even the road just inches under her nose) at all. Tentatively, the owl calls "hoo!?"

The pony stops. She straightens, her proud bearing returns; and then she screams.

AAAAAAAAGH! A month. A MONTH. every day for a month! You know what owl? [I]I don't even KNOW anymore!
With effort, the disheveled pony pulls it's way down the road and back into the mists.

The owl sighs. It's going to be a looong month.


Ponyard's Plot Bow chika wow ow

*ponyard listens intently through one of his numerous listening devices that are planted about*
HOLY MOTHER OF CELESTIA! i have an idea. We can forward this army infinitely by opening portals to other worlds. We already have the portal to chaos. That should give us an edge on weapons and ground troops. Skyrocket, I need you to blast us a hole into the nearest of the alternate worlds.
I heard blast. Im on it!
Pokey! POKEY! Where are you? i need you for something.
what is it now, kip? I still have a limp from the last time. You're a bit rough...
Ah..what? *blushes* I need your horn this time.
M-my horn? I didn't know you were into that...
Ponyard: :smalleek:

Zevox
2011-09-25, 11:10 PM
And I guess S2 stuff as well:
http://s3.amazonaws.com/kym-assets/photos/images/newsfeed/000/178/042/62943%20-%20Discord%20animated%20chocolate_milk%20drinking% 20explosion%20glass.gif?1316903108
Somebody made a GIF out of that?! So saved! :smallbiggrin:


Meh, I personally find them kind of creepy...
I find that image creepy for more reasons than that (am I the only one that gets a distinct molestation vibe out of it?), but yeah, I'd agree that horns on humanized ponies in general seems off.

Zevox

the_druid_droid
2011-09-25, 11:18 PM
Same question to another guy a touch later got a result of Bad Horse. These guys are going to be here until Thursday, so what are some other questions I can ask?

See if you can get one of them to do the Junior Speedsters song with you. Bonus points if you can get it on video!

Kindablue
2011-09-25, 11:20 PM
I wonder, does my "Apple family eats their fallen" count as Grim, then?
Their fallen apples? That would be [Normal] and probably very boring, I'd say.

Strife Warzeal
2011-09-25, 11:20 PM
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Sorry mate. Are you on the Brony List? If so, we can use it in the future as a sort of 'pony alert' list.

I think that was their first post since I started it, so they are now.
Actually that is an interesting idea, and makes good use of resources we've collected, though I think a "Do not mass-message column" would have to be made for those that... well don't want to be mass-messaged.

the_druid_droid
2011-09-25, 11:21 PM
Their fallen apples? That would be [Normal] and probably very boring, I'd say.

IIRC, I believe SiuiS is thinking of something rather different. I'll just leave it at that.

Grif
2011-09-25, 11:23 PM
Something that popped into my mind in the midst of a feverish dream. (not really, but it did come in a dream.)

Hi there.

Some of you may know me as the humble month of September. I know. Boring month. Not much holidays. All work. Unlike my little brother December, who for some reason gets all the cool holidays. Like Christmas. Ponies actually look forward to December. Yeah. Like I said, boring. But you're here not for my inane ramblings no? You're here for ponies. Well, then I have a surprise for you.

It's about Pinkie Pie.

No, why don't we take it slow and start right from the beginning. That way you get to enjoy the story and I get to enjoy my limelight. It all started on the dreary morning of September the first...

...

Haha! Kidding. Actually nothing of note happened on the first day, unless you count Spike trying to break into Rarity's boutique for some inane reason as interesting. Actually, you don't know how much I wished something would happen on this day. Nothing ever happens. Nothing. Oh, but I disgress. Our tale start on the second day.

September 2nd

"Pinkie Pie! What are you doing?"

Thanqol
2011-09-25, 11:24 PM
Nah, he can have it. I'm pretty sure I set up my signature, previewed it to make sure everything worked, and then closed the window without saving.

I can't remember the exact context of the Switzerland quote in your sig, but it's hilarious for the lack of it.


Like you dancing. Elegant, frantic, causes concussions. :smallwink:

The ultimate irony was that I was going to take a swing dancing class but it clashed with martial arts.


I am surprised at how much this reaction freaks me out.

Discord!Mask: "I am surprised you are wasting your time replying to these wastrels rather than doing something productive, like drawing me. You'd better make the best of these few weeks while your skill is still relevant before I well and truly surpass it and render you obsolete."


I don't think it matters. Thanqol is my go-to guy for coloring stuff that's really worthwhile. It's gotten to the point where I feel the need to start paying him.

Fortunately I take payment in sketches. It's the perfect circle.


No problems as yet. The device for the reveal may clash with other parts that we give you, and the details are usually what we would spin into gold, so for now: green light.

Throwing that rambly synopsis out there already gave a massive boost to the story's structure, so it's been a big win already.

Kindablue
2011-09-25, 11:25 PM
IIRC, I believe SiuiS is thinking of something rather different. I'll just leave it at that.

What else could he possibly be talking about? No, I'm quite sure of this one. Perhaps SuiS thought that because Fluttershy wanted to be a tree that she wouldn't want the Apples to eat the apples and oh god it's cannibalism isn't it.

Forum Explorer
2011-09-25, 11:27 PM
quick idea for a PMV: Discord and this song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTuhuon1j6U)

MCerberus
2011-09-25, 11:33 PM
I just wanted to share the following, because I accidentally stumbled upon the best way to state the premise of my tumblr blog

http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s168/murderouseagle/ponymote/omgpony/askgummy22.png

Kindablue
2011-09-25, 11:36 PM
Yes. Twilight lends herself to an ethnicity other than Caucasian. So does Celestia, actually. The only one who strikes me as definitely white is Luna; even Trixie has indefinite ethnic typing, despite being a valley girl drama queen.

I agree, because it helps to explain this drawing, which is awesome:
http://fc08.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2011/237/a/4/gijinka___mlp_magicians_by_emlan-d47tbuc.png (http://emlan.deviantart.com/art/Gijinka-MLP-magicians-254990388)

Beeskee
2011-09-25, 11:36 PM
Don't worry, mate. We tend not to flame or hate around these parts. Flaming because we're civil, and hate because several engineers developed siege class weaponry which bombard the local area whenever a strong enough concentration of negative emotions registers on their sensors.

We used to call it the OFC, or the eye in the sky, and a bunch of other colorful names, but now it's just 'that &!%@ing thing that keeps shooting me'. To the commodore and myself at least.


What do you think of the idea?

I realize it probably has some problem I've overlooked.

I also realize there's a slim-to-none chance of Hasbro and/or the MLP:FIM team actually implementing it, but I like to think that if we work out all the bugs, then they might do so.




What have you done?
RUN BREESKEE RUN BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE OH GOD I WASN'T IN THE SAME ROOM WHY AM I ON FIRE?!?!



I still don't know if Grif's response was good or bad. :smallbiggrin:



I finished reading every MLP fic Avery Strange (http://www.equestriadaily.com/search/label/Author%3A%20Avery%20Strange) wrote.
All = awesome.
I also switched from darkorange to another color.

Confound those ponies! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoxNyfdb_hE) They drive me to read awesome fics!
I need moar. Anyone else have any other suggestions? :smallbiggrin:

Grif
2011-09-25, 11:45 PM
(So, I finally scourged up the time to reply to things I missed from class. And sleep.)



Yep. I did the entire Yuri's Revenge Allied campaign in one afternoon and evening. (Mostly because in RA2, most of the missions don't take more than a hour tops, and there's way less of them.) I finished the last three missions of the Soviet YR in about three hours, if that. It's short. Definately compared to TS:Firestorm, finishing the last missions of which took three of four hours! (Though RA2 is less condusive to the same method of "capture everything!")

Tiberium Sun had an artificially slow pace due to the fact you need to slowly dump the collected crystals into a refinery. Which made it drag a hell lot longer than it should.



I'll look into it. (I'm still tempted to AI Wars, which I think you mentioned the last time.)

On the other hand, Sword of the Stars 2 is due out sometime in October.

AI Wars isn't very fun playing solo. I'll recommend it still if you have a buddy or three to play along with.


I apolgize profusely for everything:

Newsflash!
Local-Writer pony sparks the heart of Whadda Scoops again!

Having recognized the Wit, Dedication, and Integrity (and, if I might add, uncanny beauty) that all the ponies of the fine language arts share, Shimmer had finally noticed me! *squee*
Even though she’s currently dating that... pony, Midnight, as soon as she talks to me, our eyes will meet, and we shall have other’s love for eternity!
It’s just like all those novels! I have to prove that I’m the better pony then the mare who, uh... she went to school with... and shared lots of time and bonding experiences with... and is a princess... and is the daughter of three most famous mares in Equestria... and is much more interesting than this paltry reporter.
But I fear not! I shall test true for my love! Also: I need to stop writing these in bushes while I’m following her. The thorns do hurt quite a bit. *ouch!*

Midnight’s Mind:
By Celestia’s grace, Shimmer is just perfect! She smart, funny, a brillant writer and we totally dig each other! But, even though I shouldn’t, I’ve been getting some slight.......doubts.
Everytime I see her, she seems to always finish talking with that Reporter-pony, Whadda. Now Whadda is nice and all, but it’s just so consistent, and the way she always says that it’s “pony interest” for her newspaper is kinda suspicious....
Maybe I should just ask Trixie or Twilight about it. See what they think. They’ll probably give excellent advice! They always do! Yeah! (And if Whadda is going after Shimmer the library has the best combat spells in town.)

Edit: if possible, I would like permission to continue with this.
Edit 2: And reviews would be nice.

Looks promising, looking forward to see what you actually write out.


So I am on break for a bit, so I come bearing a gift. That gift is the latest part of How To Care For A Newborn Foal! Please note I haven't had a chance, ponies who did some editing, to shift things around with earlier parts, so they're still the same yet.

Excerpt 4:

”MIDNIGHT! MIDNIGHT!” Trixie screamed, springing from her chair in hot pursuit of the magic mist that their daughter had become. She pushed past Twilight, who stumbled to the floor, so shocked at what had just happened that her mind freezed up. It was only until she realized that Trixie was about to spring from the window did her brain start working again. Trixie’s hooves were just at the windowsill when Twilight caught her in her magic, stopping her in her tracks.

“Trixie, stop!”

“T-Twilight? Let me go!” Trixie screamed at the betrayal, her legs kicking helplessly in the air, trying to find purchase to dig in. “Our daughter! Our daughter is out there! Let me go!”

“You’re going to leap out the top-floor window! You can’t help Midnight with four broken legs!” Twilight yelled. “Calm down, Trixie! I-I’m sure that if she copied the transit spell, that she’s with Luna right now!”

It was a logical thought, and it was one that Twilight was clinging to, to keep herself from panicing and leaping out the window in pursuit herself. Trixie let out a soft whimper, straining for a moment against Twilight’s magic, but she finally gave in, no longer trying to dash herself to the cold ground below.

“How did she do that anyways, Twilight?” Spike asked, his eyes wide. It was a question that Twilight was trying to puzzle out herself. How did she do that? She had no idea. Perhaps it was some sort of instinctual mimicry? Midnight couldn’t possibly know the complex imagry that the spell required. It must have been some fashion of mimicry, but she shouldn’t of had access to that level of magic to call upon! She was just a little foal! What was...what was....

No! There was no need for panic. There was no need for panic. They would wait for Luna, Midnight would almost certainly be with her, and they would all solve this together. She released Trixie, who pulled herself reluctantly from the window, just in time for a cloud of mist and stars to flow in after her. Twilight inhaled. Luna had responded quickly, no doubt because Midnight was with her. She wouldn’t want her fellow mothers to worry for too long. The stars and mist coalesced, the dark beauty of Princess Luna taking form.

Midnight didn’t.

“Where is she? What’s wrong with her?” Luna immediatly inquired, stepping forwards to meet with her two fellow parents. Her eyes widened as she beheld the mortified looks on Twilight and Trixie’s faces, as reality came crashing down upon them.

Midnight wasn’t with her.

Luna gasped as Trixie immediatly pulled away from them. She galloped down the stairs, crashed through the front doors, and shattered the peace of Ponyville’s night with her cries, as if their child could respond to her. Luna looked at Twilight, who was struggling to refrain from taking off after Trixie to help her. The Princess needed to know what was going on.

“P-Princess...”

“Twilight, what’s going on? Where is Midnight?”

“We thought...We thought she was with you!” She explained to Luna everything that had happened, how sick Midnight had been, and how she somehow mimiced the letter transit spell, only with her body. As Twilight explained, Luna’s face drained of color.

“Oh no...oh no...I saw her, Twilight! I saw the smoke headed into the Everfree Forest!” Luna said, and Twilight staggered. A terrible image exploded into her mind. One of her tiny daughter, sick and helpless, lost in the Everfree Forest. Laying on the cold ground, exposed to the elements, and surrounded by hydras, dragons, and cocaktrice. Easy prey.
Twilight heaved, her hoof going to her mouth, as she nearly lost the contents of her stomach. Luna moved to help her, but Twilight forced it down. She couldn’t afford to be sick.

“SPIKE!” She yelled, and the baby dragon leapt to her call, clearly eager to help in any way he could. “Go get the others, and tell them what happened! Get them to organize search parties, and catch up with us!”

“I’m on it, Twilight! But where are you going?”

“Where do you think? There’s no time to wait for them, we’re going to catch up with Trixie, and get our daughter back!”

Deep in the Everfree,
A tiny voice cried out in need,
The forest heeded the call.

Excerpt 5:

Trixie was cursed. That was it. That was the explanation. She wasn’t allowed to have a mother, and she wasn’t allowed to be a mother. How else could she explain why they were searching the Everfree Forest in the darkest time of the night, looking for her month old, deathly sick daughter? Horrible images kept assailing her. She had been so afraid of Midnight someday losing her before her time, that the reverse would happen had never crossed her mind. That Trixie would lose the daughter she had already given her heart to. It had taken her years to recover from her mother’s death, how long would it take to recover from her daughter’s? Would she ever?

No. That was the wrong way to think. It wouldn’t help anypony, least of all Midnight. She was the Great and Powerful Trixie, she had earned that title, and there was no way she was going to fall to despair again. Their story would have a happy ending. She was a storyteller, and she would make it so. They would find their daughter.

“So those are the symptoms, Luna.” She overheard Twilight behind her. She was barely paying attention to their conversation, knowing it was a way for the two to keep from lapsing into the panic that threatened to consume them all, and knowing that if they were to find Midnight, there was still her illness to deal with. The normally loud Trixie was very quiet, busy stretching out with her senses and magic, desperate to pick up on some sign of her daughter. A faint cry, a small moan, a soft rustle, anything to indicate that they were close...

“It could be a case of magic overload. It’s not uncommon for a unicorn to get sick when their magic grows too strong for their bodies to contain, and they don’t have the ability to safely release it.” Luna said after giving it a moment of thought. “Her fever, her horn glowing, and her general discomfort and pain all are symptoms of that. Her magic is burning her up from inside.”

“Magic overload? But that shouldn’t be affecting her at her age! It’s something that developing unicorns have happen to them, not a newborn! I’ve never heard of it affecting a pony so young, it’s dangerous enough for adolescents!” Twilight said in disbelief.

They had been fortunate so far. They hadn’t been accosted by any of the denizens of the Forest, although Trixie supposed being escorted by a Princess did a lot to keep them safe. Her daughter had no such defense.

“Think of who her parents are, Twilight. Magic is in her blood.”

“But it’s so early..." Twilight protested, until a thought crossed her mind. “Do you think that’s why she copied the transit spell?”

They carefully strode over a rickety rope bridge, that was strung over a perilously high chasm. Trixie’s normal dislike of heights would have kicked in, if this were any other situation, any other time. Now, she ignored it.

“It’s possible her body did it to vent off some of the pent-up magic in her body. I hear from my sister that you did something simil-” Luna paused, her head tilting for a moment. Twilight slowed to a stop.

“Luna? What’s wrong? Trixie, hold on for a moment.” She called out to Trixie, who scowled. There wasn’t any time for this! What was Luna doing?

“Something’s wrong. There’s something different about the forest up ahead.” Luna said, her horn glowing faintly. “It’s like something magical is disturbing it.”

“Do you think it could be Midnight?” Twilight asked nervously.

“I’m not sure, but it does feel almost familiar...” Luna wondered, and that was enough for Trixie. If it was her daughter, she wasn’t going to waste anymore time standing around here! She broke into a full gallop, Twilight first letting out a surprised protest, and then she and Luna raced to catch up. As the three ran, a strange fog descended down on them, cloaking the rest of the world from view. Trixie couldn’t see more than a hoof-length ahead of her, and the normal sounds of the wild Everfree suddenly went silent, as if the fog bank could muffle sound as well as sight.

“What is this? Trixie, slow down, I can’t see you!”

Trixie looked back, and couldn’t see Twilight or Luna. It was almost like they were each trapped in their own little world of fog. Barely able to see her own hoofs, Trixie took a bad step, and went crashing to the ground.

“Did somepony fall? Twilight, Trixie, are you okay?” Luna called out. Trixie heard Twilight call out an affirmative. She slowly picked herself off, wincing as she put weight on the hoof that had made that bad step. She had twisted it.

“Trixie, how about you?” Trixie was about to respond when her ears twitched, as a new sound started to flow through the fog they were trapped in, clear as day.

Somepony was singing.

“Wait....do you two hear that?” Trixie finally spoke up, looking around. The singing was lyrical and elegant, not so much words but soothing, wonderful sounds. A feeling of nostalgia swept over Trixie, like a warm blanket surrounding her and comforting her. Had she heard it before? It quelled the panic that had been her partner all night, leaving her with a sense of peace and...love. She barely heard her fellow mothers agreeing that they heard it. She began to walk instinctively towards the source of the song, the pain in her hoof not feeling nearly as bad as it felt even moments before.

The fog swept away, as quickly as it had descended.

“Where are we?” Twilight whispered, as if speaking any louder would break the peace of the place. The three ponies had found themselves in a small glade, and looked around in wonderment. They were surrounded by trees that were not gnarled and twisted, but instead growing straight and true. Brilliant flowers dotted the floor of the forest, blooming brilliant blues, purples, and silvers in the shining moonlight that descended from the canopy. There was a palpable sense of peace, of harmony. Twilight stooped to examine one of the flowers. “I don’t recognize any of these.”

“Are we even still in the Everfree?” Luna wondered. “Did she do this?”

The three made their way deeper into the glade, following the singing. They passed by slumbering forest animals, and felt the eyes of owls staring at them from the trees. Passing through a thicket of small trees, they came to the center of the glade.

Curled in a bed of small night-flowers were two ponies, the moonlight shimmering down upon them. One was a tiny filly, barely a month old. She was slumbering quietly, no longer touched by the sickness and pain that had ravaged her all night. A small smile played along her face, her horn was no longer glowing, and her chest rose and fell in deep, peaceful breaths. Trixie had never seen her daughter so calm. She slept against the other pony who was curled lovingly around the foal. That mare was brimming with life, her light purple coat almost shining in the moonlight. Her soft pink tail and mane seemed to flow as she shifted slightly to make the child more comfortable. She looked down at the foal with bright, loving eyes.

Beside Trixie, Twilight’s hoof went to her mouth, stifling a gasp.

Trixie felt weak. Unbelieving, she slowly stepped forwards. Her heart began to pound in her chest.

“M...Momma?” Trixie dared to whisper.

The eyes that she could never forget looked up at her, and Midnight smiled.

One word. Moar.

Though you might want to be careful on how you handle Midnight Sr apparent ressurection. A big core of Trixie's personality in OotC continuity was from the loss of her mother.



Nice! I've seen this before, and am glad to see some more progress on it. Just one question, though. How does this relate to Touhou in any way? Is it one of the games, reskinned? Or it is just the same style of game?


Same style as I gathered. I still cannot brain how does one fingers actually react fast enough to dodge those hellish bullets.

Same like I am bewildered by how people managed to play Beat Hazard or O2Jam.


Hmmm...we know Whadda is one to miss the big story and find some tiny irrelevant detail to focus on. One of her informants has told her of a large number of break ins at the local library, where the perpetrator sneaks in and drops off some manuscripts deep in the night. Whadda always gets the scoop, so its steak out time, so she grabs her stalking bush and settles in next to Lyra.

One thing she wasn't expecting was to see the most beautiful pegasus she had ever laid eyes upon. Feelings aside, she needed to catch this pony in the act, and get her interview. Over the course of several days, Whadda kept watch over the library, and each night the culprit came, sneaked in, and left some writings. With enough evidence (and a few of the writings retrieved from the library), it was time to confront this pony and get the interview.

One night, she confronts the culprit and demands an interview with the famed Library Bandit. Through essentially browbeating Shimmer with her force of personality, Whadda gets her interview, and during it, finds that not only does this pegasus have a pretty face, but a great personality.

She decides she needs to put on the moves and seduce this mare.

During this entire time, Ponyville is hosting the Archduke of Constrotinople, who insists on a more elaborate form of entertainment with each passing day. Midnight and her family are stuck in the middle of this, as both of her mothers are direct representatives of the Princesses, putting them on edge.

I dunno, something that popped in my head when reading yours and Shadowy's blurbs.

Looks like a great way to start the fic.


A

Opening: The group is out looking for Gummy. This is the biggest trip-up for me right now, I need a good, funny, opening scene to get the ball rolling and I'm coming up kind of blank.

Twilight gets a letter from Celestia, reading "Welcome to Equestria!", swiftly followed by "I am Princess Celestia of Equestria!" and "My wings are so pretty!". These inane random quote letters continue until she gets a Derpy-carried letter from Luna asking her to show up at Canterlot.

Canterlot castle, Princess Pinkestia is wandering around being inane, closely followed by Blueblood. Ponies speculate on who could have done this, and who could have done this this badly. Then *Clue* which leads them to *Place* (minimal thought for this segment yet)

While investigating, Rainbow Dash is also kidnapped and replaced with RAINBOW DASH ALWAYS DRESSES IN STYLE Rainbow Dash.

Following the clue/place lead to a secret doom fortress, the ponies find the Princess and the villain - The Great and Powerful Trixie (and, more ominously, armed with the Liar's Mask). Trixie is being careful not to put the Mask on her face, but sort of waves it around when telling lies. Princess Celestia is stuck holding up a giant pillar, having told by Trixie that if she drops it Canterlot will collapse.

*Some kind of extended action scene*

Trixie, cornered and desperate, puts the Mask on, becoming essentially possessed by it. The Mask disables the ponies with deception and goes to Canterlot, having Pinkestia introduce her as a long lost relative. Blueblood instantly starts trying to put the moves on Mask!Trixie.

Ponies, particularly Applejack, manage to rescue Rainbow Dash despite the lies messing with their minds. Rainbow Dash confronts Fake Rainbow Dash and defeats her. Reunited, the ponies attempt to confront Mask!Trixie in Canterlot.

*Ending vague and unclear* Possibly involves a battle with a manipulated Luna and Pinkestia.

Keeping the Pinkestia/Fake Rainbow Dash reveal under wraps for now.



I think I can offer you nothing else that the pony thread has suggested, except keep writing bro! I am personally in favour of a hidden villain manipulating both Blueblood and Trixie. Megabonus if you could actually paint Blueblood as the inadvertent mastermind behind the mess.

Thanqol
2011-09-25, 11:51 PM
I think I can offer you nothing else that the pony thread has suggested, except keep writing bro! I am personally in favour of a hidden villain manipulating both Blueblood and Trixie. Megabonus if you could actually paint Blueblood as the inadvertent mastermind behind the mess.

This is the bestest idea. How to manage it, though? What's Blueblood trying to accomplish? It should be something petty and self serving...

What drives him to attempt anything? I can see how a plot to buy a sandwich could end with Celestia kidnapped and Trixie queen of the universe, but I can't see Blueblood being motivated to get a sandwich. Anypony got any ideas?

SiuiS
2011-09-25, 11:51 PM
She's apparently showing up sometime in S2. The fandom is holding it's collective breath.

(THE TWIST: That picture of her in the stained glass window in S2E1 was the extent of her appearance)

If his is true, I will fly to Canada and punch you.
I know you don't live in Canada. I know you live in Australia.
I'll make it work.


Here you go. (http://mylittlewiki.org/wiki/G3.5_Scootaloo) It was also a reference to an earlier thread, where someone had appearently bought a G3 Scootaloo and was wondering why it so poorly represented the G4 character. :smalltongue:

http://mylittlewiki.org/w/images/c/c5/3.5-scootaloo1.jpg

http://mylittlewiki.org/w/images/0/07/3.5-scootaloo2.jpg

*looks at box* so she's Bon-Bon's creepy sister?


Continuing with my WiP - the Picie of Midnight and Aurora

http://i.imgur.com/EpU10.png

Aww, cute. She's differently colored than I was expecting. Which makes sense I suppose, as the other Inkwell-expy is a friend of Midnight's from her college days. Or I have por memory. Whichever.


I think that was their first post since I started it, so they are now.
Actually that is an interesting idea, and makes good use of resources we've collected, though I think a "Do not mass-message column" would have to be made for those that... well don't want to be mass-messaged.

Probably. Haven't seen Pheehelm since around tread 8-10, I think.

And mass message? No, I'd do separate, personal messages. But then, I have the time and the relevant form of insanity.


IIRC, I believe SiuiS is thinking of something rather different. I'll just leave it at that.

I'm not sure. There was white text, so this may be a joke or a set-up.



Discord!Mask: "I am surprised you are wasting your time replying to these wastrels rather than doing something productive, like drawing me. You'd better make the best of these few weeks while your skill is still relevant before I well and truly surpass it and render you obsolete."

This would probably be offensive if I hadn't told you that you hit this point two months ago.

But hey! No problem. Here's a veil, and here's some clothes... No, wait. This is the veil, and this is... Or maybe they're both veils? Look, they are rectangular and see-through, put 'em on.



Fortunately I take payment in sketches. It's the perfect circle.


I wonder how long I can ride this wave before my inherent sense of fair play forces me to buy you something, or send you actual USD. http://www.electricsamurai.com/forums/images/smilies/icon_lol.gif


What else could he possibly be talking about? No, I'm quite sure of this one. Perhaps SuiS thought that because Fluttershy wanted to be a tree that she wouldn't want the Apples to eat the apples and oh god it's cannibalism isn't it.

Genuinely priceless. A good hearty guffaw was had.
And yes, though I was hesitant to say so. It Involved ponies beig filled with pudding.

Vent Reynolt
2011-09-25, 11:53 PM
Firstly, Happy Birthday Lix!


Ah, thanks for reminding me. Keep forgetting to vote Blueblood must d- Oh. He's dead already. That's nice.

A testament to how low my charisma score is that all my efforts to garner any sympathy for Blueblood only got him killed even faster.

Hmm... so if I want Discord to enter god-mode, I'll have to convince everypony that I support the opposite.

Hay Everypony! We should totally try to kill off Discord now! He made Fluttershy assertive, made Rarity fall in love with a dumb rock, and he has exploding milk! These terrible traits mean that he needs to be defeated now! [/ApplejackPokerface]


I'm seeing a serious lack of RP in the thread lately. http://i.imgur.com/LWZja.jpg

You're right about this. Time to correct it:


So what's it like, working with pegasai? Do you get much resentment about a unicorn horning in (badum-tish) on the weather business?


Well, whenever I'm working with a new weather team, most of the pegasi tend to be incredulous about me being on the team. However, a large portion of the weather team in Canterlot is actually made up of unicorns, so their surprise just lasts until I demonstrate my skills.

There have been a couple of times where I felt a bit of resentment, but the only time I really felt like an outcast was when I was learning the more advanced weather skills in Cloudsdale.



I'm gonna have to disagree, I like the horns on the humanoid versions of the pony's who have them like Trixy and Twilight. I also like the Wings on the Humanoid versions of the Pony's who have those, like Fluttershy and Rainbow dash.

And that leads me too another question. Why is it the most, when a humanoid pony is depicted with dark/tan skin, more often then not it seems to be twilight sparkle? Of all the pony's she's one of the least outdoorsy/Athletic, being beaten in these departments by everypony in the main six except Rarity. I don't get it.

As a general rule for me, I'd say to keep the horns off of any humanized versions of unicorns, but rules are made to be broken, and I think the OP image is a perfect example of breaking the rule well.

As for Twilight being depicted with dark skin: I think it's just because Twilight has the darkest color scheme of the mane cast, so some artists depict her with the darkest skin color as well. I don't think that the intent is ever to make Twilight look tanned, though.


So, I'm back from BroNYcon! It was absolutely incredible, and I feel that I owe everypony a full report! So you'll now get one! Cutie Mark Crusader convention reporters go! Yay! Also, pictures at the bottom of the post!

So the convention was incredible. Psychoshutin and I got there at 7 AM, because I forgot that there wouldn't be a rush hour on Saturday. Either way, Tinker lets us in and we helped set up. I feel bad for the poor pony, with how much she has to put up with setting up and running one of these. I have to say though, I seriously thought the place looked like the definition of sketchy. Oh well. The big BroNYcon banner when you walk into the room set me at ease. I ended up talking to Nicholas Basch, the creator of Luna Orchestral until ponies started pouring in. Thanks to the lack of sleep, I spent the Vector panel asleep in my chair, directly in front of our own Vent Reynolt. :D

There were some MAJOR technical difficulties with the PMV panel. I honestly don't remember if they ever got it fixed, although I have to say I wasn't a fan of the subject matter of the first two that actually won. The rainboom one looked like it had major potential though before it stopped working, so I guess that would have most likely gotten my vote. However, this heralded the beginning of the showing of Episode 2 of Season 2.

Oh. My. Celestia. I was at an Opeth concert last Monday. THE PONIES WERE LOUDER BY AN ORDER OF MAGNITUDE. There were ONE TENTH as many people, and they were at least TWENTY decibels louder in the cheers! I swear I couldn't hear the speakers playing the theme over everypony else singing along. I was impressed to say the least. I'm not going to review the episode, I'm sure everypony did that just fine in my absence. However, for those who haven't watched it yet, do it now. Easily the funniest and most incredible episode I've seen to date. And then the Q&A. Somepony recorded it and typed it up (SPOILERS WITHIN) here. (http://www.mlponies.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=179&p=71982#p71982)

So awesome. And then I ended up at the Equestria Series of Poker game that I was signed up for, although we were already running late. I decided that I'd rather forego the possibility at winning and speed up the game for everypony else, so I went in on a 2 of Diamonds and 3 of Spades for 600. And channeled my inner Pinkie. Which almost paid off. Oh well.

Yadda Yadda McDonalds Yadda Yadda.

Neighslayer was great too. I've got some videos I'll have on Youtube later. Although I will say, I never thought I'd see a legitimate mosh pit at a convention. Much less one that security allowed. Much less one that I'd participate in.

YAY GIANT IN THE PLAYGROUND MEETUP. So, Psychoshutin and I hung out in front of the panel room at 5 like we said, and Vent stopped over. We chilled for about 15 minutes holding up a Pizza Box Lid with "Giant in the Playground Ponythread Mini-Meet" written on it in Sharpie, but nopony else came. We had Doctor Whooves take the picture below for us, and then a grand total of five minutes later Orzel finally stopped over. Oh by the way, you two are awesome. The whole hanging out thing was cut short by the auction.

Everypony at the convention was ****ing crazy. A handpainted Wonderbolts Rainbow Dash went for SIX HUNDRED DOLLARS. The Fighting Pad? TWO HUNDRED AND TEN. Derpybolt? ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY FIVE. Custom Big Mac? ONE HUNDRED AND FOUR- Oh wait I pushed that one that high myself. My bad. >>

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Afterparty:

I said my goodbyes to Vent I went back, and this is when Pinkie took it from Party to Paaaaarrrr-TAY! The lights dropped, the panel room was converted to a "quiet" room (not all that quiet; the bass physically moved Psycho on one occasion while he was trying to sleep), and the spotlights went up. And SO many Pony remixes were played. And so much alcohol was served. And so much fun was had. And then the Discord Shuffle happened. And it was grand. At least fifteen ponies in a line, doin' the shuffle. And I did a tumble in, popped up on my feet, and started shuffling in one fluid motion. I have never had so much Celestia damned fun. I think I danced for something on the order of like three or four hours. They wound down the music when I went out for some air, and we re-watched the entirety of the two-parter episode, and then ended the night with some PMVs and drunken shenanigans.

We were then had to leave at 6 AM today, so I drove allll the way back to New Hampshire on like three hours of sleep. With 15 minutes in the previous two days. How did I survive that?!

Honestly though, it was an INCREDIBLE TIME.

Esper, SiuS, Braz, Trixie, Sweetie, Grif, and literally everypony else, make the trip. It is completely and totally worth it. I know somepony flew from Miami to make this. You will not be disappointed by any stretch of the imagination. We need to bring the entire Ponysanity of this thread to the real world.

Pictures are coming once I actually get my Celestia Damned phone to cooperate.



\m/


Yep! BroNYcon was a blast! Still waiting for the pics. :smalltongue:

Thanqol
2011-09-25, 11:58 PM
This would probably be offensive if I hadn't told you that you hit this point two months ago.

But hey! No problem. Here's a veil, and here's some clothes... No, wait. This is the veil, and this is... Or maybe they're both veils? Look, they are rectangular and see-through, put 'em on.

Discord!Mask: "Dress myself? Do you take me for some sort of commoner? Go out and whip yourself until you develop a sense of propriety."


I wonder how long I can ride this wave before my inherent sense of fair play forces me to buy you something, or send you actual USD.

I swear, the vibe I keep getting is Rainbow Dash telling Scootaloo she's a better flier. It's flattering and all but just gets discarded as false/impossible.

InkwellPony
2011-09-26, 12:11 AM
Aww, cute. She's differently colored than I was expecting. Which makes sense I suppose, as the other Inkwell-expy is a friend of Midnight's from her college days. Or I have por memory. Whichever.

Well, at least somebody commented on it. ;.; But yeah, she's darker colored, and I went with a more nightish appearance, due to the whole 'evening' link the family has. And you were remembering the cannon Inkwell perfectly!

Thanks again for your comment!


Edit: And Happy Birthday, Lix! ^^'

Grif
2011-09-26, 12:16 AM
This is the bestest idea. How to manage it, though? What's Blueblood trying to accomplish? It should be something petty and self serving...

What drives him to attempt anything? I can see how a plot to buy a sandwich could end with Celestia kidnapped and Trixie queen of the universe, but I can't see Blueblood being motivated to get a sandwich. Anypony got any ideas?

How about the threat of Celestia sending to him somewhere unpleasant? Of course our dear Princess wouldn't do such a thing, even if BlueBlood was annoying. Thing is, our fine prince here heard a confirmed rumour that she would do exactly that and no amount of dissuading from either princesses could convince him. Thus his slid to criminal mastermindery began...

For full irony, Princess Celestia could banish him to that place at the end of the story, for his role in the whole shindig.

"Oh and Blueblood. Pack your bags. Congratulations, you're now the new ambassador of the Frozen Tundra."

Thanqol
2011-09-26, 12:18 AM
How about the threat of Celestia sending to him somewhere unpleasant? Of course our dear Princess wouldn't do such a thing, even if BlueBlood was annoying. Thing is, our fine prince here heard a confirmed rumour that she would do exactly that and no amount of dissuading from either princesses could convince him. Thus his slid to criminal mastermindery began...

For full irony, Princess Celestia could banish him to that place at the end of the story, for his role in the whole shindig.

"Oh and Blueblood. Pack your bags. Congratulations, you're now the new ambassador of the Frozen Tundra."

Eeeeeeeeeexcceellleeeent. And perfect, too. The one time Blueblood did anything in the show was to grab Rarity and use her as a shield - the only moment where he is motivated to act is when he is personally in danger.

SiuiS
2011-09-26, 12:19 AM
What do you think of the idea?

I realize it probably has some problem I've overlooked.

I also realize there's a slim-to-none chance of Hasbro and/or the MLP:FIM team actually implementing it, but I like to think that if we work out all the bugs, then they might do so.

I like the idea. I don't think they could implement it, but if a fan built one, along with a EULA that said "if hasbro uses these, don't complain because that's the entire point", set it up to collect data and then alert someone from hasbro...

I'm not sure though. Rmembering how intense layering can get in flash, even using symbols, I doubt it would be feasible. A lot of effort to add in new ponies when supposedly there are hundreds they haven't touched yet.

As a contest I think it would be boss.



I still don't know if Grif's response was good or bad. :smallbiggrin:


Oh, I see. I have a pointy hat and use magic, so burning me must be ok aye? *faux-indignant*

The CMC are known for covering things with tree sap. They once put out a fire; that is, the fire was in Rarity's Boutique and they put it out of the boutique, which set the rest of the town on fire.

They have been avoided ever since.



I finished reading every MLP fic Avery Strange (http://www.equestriadaily.com/search/label/Author%3A%20Avery%20Strange) wrote.
All = awesome.
I also switched from darkorange to another color.

Confound those ponies! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoxNyfdb_hE) They drive me to read awesome fics!
I need moar. Anyone else have any other suggestions? :smallbiggrin:


EsperDerek, Phoe, Bobcat (or maybe Darth Bobcat), and a single fic by Buttersc0tch Sundae, The Party Hasn't Ended. There was a time when I regarded it as the most technically well done piece of diction in the fandom. I realize now that's an egregious error, but for it to actually make me say something like that is a sign of impact.

I feel the need to ask; what gender pronoun do I address you with? Or "should" no "do". Hour to go. Must not fall asleep in chair. Must finish shift.

otakuryoga
2011-09-26, 12:23 AM
[COLOR="RoyalBlue"]I finished reading every MLP fic Avery Strange (http://www.equestriadaily.com/search/label/Author%3A%20Avery%20Strange) wrote.
All = awesome.
I also switched from darkorange to another color.


I know right.... what did you think of Kindness' reward?
I have read it like 5x now and even on 5th read through i couldnt keep a dry eye at the final scene

and now to a much lesser writer....myself
this is the rewrite of the first part of my fanfic i posted 10 days (and 2 threads) ago 8)

hopefully i am on the right track and it is now a bit better read...
Prologue

It has been ten years since that fateful, frenetic night at the Grand Galloping Gala and life has moved on for the six friends. Some have moved away from Ponyville; Rainbow Dash and Twilight Sparkle to the pomp and pageantry of Canterlot, Rarity to the hustle and bustle of married life in Manehattan high society. Life has not stood still for those who have stayed in Ponyville; Applejack still runs Sweet Apple Acres and has now been Mayor for two years, Pinkie Pie runs Sugarcube Corner with her husband, and Fluttershy remains content to be taking care of all the local animals as she has always been.

The six friends have all gathered together on Applejacks farm for the first time in many years to celebrate a joyous occasion... the impending birth of Applejacks third child.
---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- “Knock knock Ladies, I hope I'm not interrupting anything too important?”

The group of friends turn from where they are seated at various spots around the bed where Applejack lay to see the speaker. It is a Unicorn stallion with a pale yellow coat and white mane and tail, a large brown patch with 3 black spots looking remarkably like a coconut on his left front shoulder, and a steaming pie for a cutie mark.

“Coconut Crème, what are you doing here?” Pinkie says as she bunny hops over to the newcomer and begins rubbing her head on the underside of his jaw. “Couldn't stay away from your beautiful wife for even one day?”

“Not if I can help it.” He pulls his head back just far enough to give an affectionate nibble to Pinkie's ear.

Applejack rolls her eyes and says “All right, break it up you two. Now, what brings you all the way out here Coconut?”

“I figured you fillies might get to talking all day and forget to eat..” As if the word “eat” had been a cue several stomachs around the room begin grumbling. “And apparently I was correct, since no one even heard me unloading the food cart in the kitchen.” His horn begins to glow and a stack of portable wooden tables floats into the room, one peeling off the pile and setting itself up in front of each mares' seat. “Allow me to serve as waiter before I return home. We have, of course, a wide assortment of treats from Sugarcube Corner for dessert...”

“Oooo, I thought I heard a cake or threee calling my name” says Pinkie as she starts walking toward the kitchen.. only to have Coconut turn sideways and block the doorway. “Hey! What gives?”

“Return to your seat please darling and I will bring your dinner to you.”

Scrunching up one eye while turning her head to glare with the other she says “And what is it you'll be bringing me?”

“A salad”

“Salad?, Blech!!”

Coconut lowers his voice and says “Remember what the doctor said about your diet.”

Twilight Sparkle, sitting closest to the couple overhears this and wonders.. “Is that famous Pinkie Pie metabolism finally slowing down? She does look a little thicker around the middle than I remember.”

“Fine.” Pinkie says as she returns to her seat. “I'll eat some salad before I have cake.” Coconut looks at her and raises an eyebrow. Pinkie sighs... “All right, you win, I'll eat the whole salad first.”

“And is that a promise?”

“Yes dear, I promise.”

“Now, for the rest of you I brought some cauliflower and corn chowder, and a marigold and rose petal sandwich.” As he speaks a line of filled bowls and plates floats into the room and onto the tray in front of each mare but Applejack.

“Um, you kinda forgot someone partner, and Ah'm eatin' for more than one over here.” Says Applejack while gesturing at her extended belly.

“Not at all Madam Mayor, I have a special dish the cafe sent over just for you.” An extra large tray floats in from the kitchen and Coconut moves closer to ensure it is placed properly on the bed in front of the orange mare. “Voila; spinach, sassafrass, and sunflower pancakes with dried apricots on the side.”

“Now how could you have got those? This dish certainly isn't on the normal menu..” She stops mid-sentence, and a silly grin slowly spreads across her face. “Hauler stopped at the cafe on his way through town and placed this order special like because I told him I had a craving for these didn't he?”

“I do believe that to be the case.”

“That big lunk spoils me somethin fierce sometimes. Thank you for bringing all this out here for us.”

“You're welcome. Now I will excuse myself and let you ladies eat and resume your catching up.” He turns and heads toward the door, but as he passes, Pinkie stretches out and playfully nips him on the cutie mark causing him to jump forward in surprise. Turning with a slight blush on his face, and a few giggles reaching his ears, he says.. “Pinkie, my dear, you are simply incorrigible.”

“If that means completely, madly in love with you, then yep, thats me! Un-Porridgeable!! Wait! Does that mean I don't get to eat porridge? I love porridge, especially with cinnamon and apple and maple syrup and chocolate sauce, mmmmm-mmmm.”

He opens his mouth as if to speak but closes it a moment later and just smiles while shaking his head at his wifes statement..a smile and gesture shared by all her longtime friends. “I will see you tomorrow at home Pinkie”

“I'll be there Sugarbear!”

Coconut blushes once more and retreats through the doorway, leaving the six mares to enjoy their meal.
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“There's plenty more in here girls, Coconut must have emptied out the whole display case.” Pinkie yells from the kitchen.

Rainbow Dash, looking a little green around the gills, groans. “Ugh, not another bite for me. I'm not sure I could even fly right now. I feel as big as you look Applejack...OHMYGOSH! That came out wrong, I'm sorry Applejack, I didn't mean..”

Applejack stops the pegasus mid outburst with a perfectly aimed cupcake to her face. “It's ok Dash, I know what you meant, and we'll just call it even ok?

The rainbow maned pegasus laughs as she cleans frosting and crumbs off her face. “You're just lucky I wasn't ready for that.”

“Well, now that we got the boring bits outta the way, I wanna hear about the important stuff.”

Twilight Sparkle gets a slightly indignant look on her face and says “I thought my work for the Princesses was important.”

“Now don't go getting your saddle in a twist there sugarcube. I meant your love lives.” Twilight blushes at this pronouncement and begins to study the floor at her feet as intently as she does a reference book. “Y'all can see how I'm doin', two foals already and here I am stuck in bed with a belly big as the barn cause of these here twins.”

Twilights head shoots up at what she hears “D..Did you just say..” “TWINS!!” Everyone says in unison, Pinkie hopping back in from the kitchen just in time to join the chorus.

Applejack rubs the back of her head with a hoof and smiles sheepishly. “Uhh, haven't I mentioned that yet?”

“No, no you most certainly did not my dear.” says Rarity

Fluttershy softly speaks up. “Oh, that's such wonderful news Applejack. Do you, um, know whether... um..”

Applejack turns to her shy friend. “No, sugarcube, we asked the doc not to tell us, though just between us all...I'm hopin fer fillies.”

“Oh, yes, I would be able to make them such darling matched dresses!” Rarity exclaims, her eyes going somewhat glassy, as if already planning said dresses.

Suddenly Pinkie claps her hooves together and says “AHA, I know what news this big calls for.”

Rainbow Dash quickly interrupts her. “Let me guess...a party?'

“No silly, for twins it has to be a double party...or would that make it four parties?”

Before Pinkie can go off on one of her infamous verbal tangents Applejack speaks. “As I was saying: A'hm stuck here in bed goin stircrazy, so you girls are gonna entertain me with tales of your love lives. Now who wants to go first?”
“OOO, ooooo, me me me!”

“Heh, why am I not surprised. Ok Pinkie you may as well go ahead.”


-----The Tale of Pinky Pie-----

“I'm sure you all remember that Mr. & Mrs. Cake retired and moved to Mareami after they made that super duper beautiful cake for my wedding right? Well, since we had to take over Sugarcube Corner right away we didn't get to go on a honeymoon. Oooo I wonder why they call it a Honeymoon? Do you think it's actually made of honey? I thought the moon was supposed to be made of green cheese? Oh, I know, maybe you could ask Princess Luna about it Twilight, she was there for a long time so I'm sure she would know.”

Twilight practically chokes on the tea she had just taken a sip of. “Um, I am pretty sure the moon isn't made of green cheese or honey Pinky Pie, and asking the Princess about the moon is still a bit of a touchy subject.”
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After about 20 seconds of Pinkie just sitting still Applejack breaks the awkward silence “Uh, Pinkie, you wanna continue with your story?”

“Oh! Right, where was I? Where was I? Hmmf, that's a silly question, I've been right here the whole time..I mean where else...”

Rainbow Dash exclaims in frustration “Pinkie Pie!!”

“So, anyway, we finally had some time to take a trip a few months ago and went to a cabin his family owns right on the coast just outside Fillydelphia. There was no one around but us for miles and miles and miles and I thought I would get bored but I didn't because it was sooo romantic. We went hiking, and had picnics under the stars and...” Her voice drops low “we even went skinny dipping.”

Fluttershy says “That sounds so peaceful and relaxing”

“Are you kidding? I was blushing pink all over...what if someone had come by and found us swimming like that?”

“Um, wh..what do you mean 'swimming like that'?”

“Skinny dipping...it means we were swimming with no clothes on!”

Rarity breaks in, hoping to return the conversation back into normalcy.“Oh, Pinkie, darling, as somepony once pointed out to me... we don't usually wear clothes at all. So be a dear and continue with the story.”

“By golly, you're right...what was I so embarrassed for? So anyway we were out there for two whole weeks and even though I didn't throw a single party that whole time I had a lot of fun. Then we came home and I thought something at the cabin had made me sick because I haven't been feeling too good since but I saw the doctor this morning and he said I wasn't sick but that I was pregnant and OH!, now it wont be a surprise when you all get the invitations to my baby shower!”

Fluttershy raises her voice to almost normal levels to say “I'm so happy for you Pinkie.”

Rarity claps her hooves. “Another mother in our little group, how Splendid!”

(Twilight leans over to talk quietly to Rainbow Dash)
“Pinkie Pie as a parent, that is going to be very...interesting.”

Rainbow Dash whispers back. “You can say that again.”

Applejack has tears in her eyes as she says “Come over here so I can give you a big hug sugarcube.”

As the two expectant mothers embrace Pinkie speaks. “I just wonder if I'm going to get as fat as you, I know I'm not having tw*glurk*..can't breathe..App..Applejack ..too tight.”

Applejack quickly releases the clinch and says “Heh, sorry sweetie, that musta been one of them there hormonal surges makin me stronger than I knew.” The others try to stifle laughter with varying degrees of success.

“Wow, if that's what is gonna happen to me I better be careful whenever I give Coconut a snuggle”

At this pronouncement a wave of laughter sweeps among the friends, no attempt even made to stifle it.
As the laughter dies down a fraction Rainbow speaks. “You haven't changed a bit Pinkie Pie.”

Pinkie gets a serious look on her face and says “I haven't changed a bit? Of course I have changed a bit Dashie. There was that one weekend when Coconut and I tried some Role-Play and..”
“And I think we don't need to go into quite that much detail Pinkie” Applejack quickly interrupts.

Rarity laughs “Why, Fluttershy dear, you could almost pass for Pinkie's twin. And just what is so interesting on the floor over there Twilight?”

Rainbow Dash looks at her friends with a blank expression. “I don't get it. Whats the connection between changing a bit and...and role...Ohhh!”

“Look!” Pinkie squeals “Now Dashie could be Twilights twin!”

The three married mares share a good natured laugh at the expense of their unmarried and obviously less experienced friends.

Applejack struggles to bring her laughter under control and says. “ “Surely you aren't going to tell us that Rainbow Dash, the coolest pegasus in Equestria, is still a...”
“No!, No I'm not!” She says, still blushing furiously purple. “But, truth be told.. I don't have a lot of.. experience in..that way”

“Well durned if that don't sound like the start of a good story, why don't you just keep on talkin.”

Rarity adds, “Hmmm, yes, tell us Dash.. have you settled down and found that special somepony yet?”

Kindablue
2011-09-26, 12:24 AM
but rules are made to be broken

That's a rule then?


How about the threat of Celestia sending to him somewhere unpleasant? Of course our dear Princess wouldn't do such a thing, even if BlueBlood was annoying. Thing is, our fine prince here heard a confirmed rumour that she would do exactly that and no amount of dissuading from either princesses could convince him. Thus his slid to criminal mastermindery began...

For full irony, Princess Celestia could banish him to that place at the end of the story, for his role in the whole shindig.

"Oh and Blueblood. Pack your bags. Congratulations, you're now the new ambassador of the Frozen Tundra."

Wasn't he going to marry Gilda at some point?

ETA:


EsperDerek, Phoe, Bobcat (or maybe Darth Bobcat), and a single fic by Buttersc0tch Sundae, The Party Hasn't Ended. There was a time when I regarded it as the most technically well done piece of diction in the fandom. I realize now that's an egregious error, but for it to actually make me say something like that is a sign of impact.

That's the best kind of typo, really, the kind that you can pass off as not being a typo because it doesn't destroy the sense of the sentence.

Beeskee
2011-09-26, 12:31 AM
I like the idea. I don't think they could implement it, but if a fan built one, along with a EULA that said "if hasbro uses these, don't complain because that's the entire point", set it up to collect data and then alert someone from hasbro...

I'm not sure though. Rmembering how intense layering can get in flash, even using symbols, I doubt it would be feasible. A lot of effort to add in new ponies when supposedly there are hundreds they haven't touched yet.

As a contest I think it would be boss.


I don't think it would need to be much more complex than the existing pony makers. I've seen ones that support saving, exporting images, etc. I haven't worked with flash so I don't know exactly HOW much more complex, but I imagine if it was split into components it would be easier to tweak and fix those parts.

The contest idea definitely appeals to me. That way it's not just "plz add my OC" or anything, and participants could vote or rate the ponies, adding an additional layer of interactivity. People would be checking back every day to see new ponies, too. If they design it with the same level of quality that the show is done in, then it will be perfectly suited to their intended audience while still appealing to older fans of the show.




Oh, I see. I have a pointy hat and use magic, so burning me must be ok aye? *faux-indignant*


I didn't burn you! :smalleek:

(lol I was saying that if you hated the idea, feel free to print it out and burn it.)




EsperDerek, Phoe, Bobcat (or maybe Darth Bobcat), and a single fic by Buttersc0tch Sundae, The Party Hasn't Ended. There was a time when I regarded it as the most technically well done piece of diction in the fandom. I realize now that's an egregious error, but for it to actually make me say something like that is a sign of impact.

I feel the need to ask; what gender pronoun do I address you with? Or "should" no "do". Hour to go. Must not fall asleep in chair. Must finish shift.

I'll check them out, thanks.

I thought I mentioned before, male.

Good luck staying awake. :smallsmile:




I know right.... what did you think of Kindness' reward?
I have read it like 5x now and even on 5th read through i couldnt keep a dry eye at the final scene

and now to a much lesser writer....myself
this is the rewrite of the first part of my fanfic i posted 10 days (and 2 threads) ago 8)



Kindness's reward was incredible. :smallsmile:

I'm in the middle of another story right now and don't want to get yours and that one confused so I'll read yours once I finish with this other one. I do appreciate you posting it though, and I have it open in a new window so that I don't forget.

Reading Through The Eyes of Another Pony. I'm on Part 2. It's good so far. :smallsmile:

Topaz
2011-09-26, 12:32 AM
Continuing with my WiP - the Picie of Midnight and Aurora
Oh my that's gorgeous. Midnight is the epitome of the slightly awkward young adult who just blossoms with maturity, and Aurora is clearly a filly who is adorable, knows full well that she is, and is well versed in using it to blunt parental discipline -- and all that comes across perfectly in the picture.

It's also neat to have another pony join Applejack in the prehensile tail club. :smallbiggrin:

[FFRP] Magic Is Meticulous


Starry fidgets for a moment, then sighs. I will be honest. There isn't much more that I know, concretely, than you yourself. The only energy most unicorn magic deals with is telekinetic, and occasionally force.

She turns and focuses on the air between herself and Topaz, which begins to shimmer. here we have some 'congealed' TK (for telekinesis), which I can scrunch in on itself. It's just potential for movement, though, and can react like a solid object sometimes, but only in that it can supply energy. Force is more like what you make your azure things out of, and is solid, but made of magic. It usually looks crystalline or like an opaque ghost.

It's possible your... Constructs? Starry fumbles for the right word. A few seconds pass, then a few breaths. Finally, she waves her hoof and continues. Construct will have to do.

It's possible that they are just more complex versions of a spell engine, and hold their own magic like a battery. Or... Hm. Maybe you can just come up with a wide variety of specific spells under certain parameters. I can't fly on a platform like you can, but I could probably make an object, and enchant it. To fly, and then stand on it. You just reflexively cut out the middle hesitations.

She sits, small puffs of dust obscuring the diagram inlaid in the dirt. The shimmering in the air pops like a balloon, but sounds like a far-distant firecracker.

I am afraid my answer is; you'll have to look through more texts before we can make any headway. Luckily, I happen to know a girl who's mother would most definitely be able to at least point you to the right book shop.

That is, if I can figure out how to get there...
Topaz has been listening and nodding as Starry explains. Constructs is a good enough word, though it kind of makes me think of more complex things than I make. I mean, I can't even do a proper hinge. So, all right then, crystalline force is almost certainly what I'm doing. Topaz, right? It's just, I guess, self centered? I mean it's nature is to stay in one place unless it's told to move. That's why it doesn't act like a physical object. Yeah, that makes sense.

Her horn lights and a sphere appears in front of her. I don't think they store energy, though. Her horn and the sphere go out at the same time. They don't last after I stop maintaining them. Needless to say, (she grimaces) making that mistake while a few hundred feet up in the air is the sort of thing you only do once. She pauses again. And I think that if you want to enchant an object for flight, it might be a better idea to make it a harness or suit, unless it's also for cargo.

So, anyhow, a more advanced magical text then. Who are we looking for?

(Author trivia: About three years later in Topaz' 'official' storyline she will learn that she can, with help from some existing enchantments, throw up a barrier capable of deflecting the force of an approximately one ton explosive at a distance of twenty-seven feet. She would have been just as happy never knowing.)

Ropes?

... Lix, did you tie this one up? Or do we have a rogue we'll need to collect back-due guild fees from?
Mah dues are always paid up, sugarcube.

Thanqol
2011-09-26, 12:34 AM
Continuing with my WiP - the Picie of Midnight and Aurora

http://i.imgur.com/EpU10.png

Forgot to reply to this. Your stuff is great and you should feel great.

I can't go much deeper into thought because then I'd start postulating on the fanon Mids family tree and head asplode.

SiuiS
2011-09-26, 12:40 AM
This is the bestest idea. How to manage it, though? What's Blueblood trying to accomplish? It should be something petty and self serving...

What drives him to attempt anything? I can see how a plot to buy a sandwich could end with Celestia kidnapped and Trixie queen of the universe, but I can't see Blueblood being motivated to get a sandwich. Anypony got any ideas?

So I should spoiler this yes?

Blueblood is, basically, told to get a job. When he makes a fuss, he is told "as long as I am princess, you have to do as I say". Blueblood is faced with

1. Get a job, feel icky
Or
2. Complex plot to remove Celestia from the throne, undermining her authority and thus denying her mandate to get a job

I see it as a wholly generous gesture on Celestia's part, too. "oh Blueblood! I've been too unfair to you. It's time for you to truly be a prince. These are the courtiers you will be meeting with, and here's a List of their complaints. I even had the chefs make your favorite [food item] so you could ease into the job!"
"... Job?"
"why, yes, dear prince. Being royalty isn't all just clammed and parties."
"It's not?"
"well, no, not for a competent ruler. But don't worry, I'll make sure you're a competent ruler, prince Blueblood :)"
"D'8"


Firstly, Happy Birthday Lix!
A testament to how low my charisma score is that all my efforts to garner any sympathy for Blueblood only got him killed even faster.

If it makes you feel better, you did accidentally woo a hippogrif.




You're right about this. Time to correct it:


Well, whenever I'm working with a new weather team, most of the pegasi tend to be incredulous about me being on the team. However, a large portion of the weather team in Canterlot is actually made up of unicorns, so their surprise just lasts until I demonstrate my skills.

There have been a couple of times where I felt a bit of resentment, but the only time I really felt like an outcast was when I was learning the more advanced weather skills in Cloudsdale.


Woah, what? Where did the comment you are replying too come from? If I missed a page or something... Ach.



Discord!Mask: "Dress myself? Do you take me for some sort of commoner? Go out and whip yourself until you develop a sense of propriety."


...

Alright, but only because I have the equipment set up for it already.

Raz! Lix! somepony needs together mask dressed, and somepony needs to use the camera, here.


Well, at least somebody commented on it. ;.; But yeah, she's darker colored, and I went with a more nightish appearance, due to the whole 'evening' link the family has. And you were remembering the cannon Inkwell perfectly!

Thanks again for your comment!


Edit: And Happy Birthday, Lix! ^^'

No worries. I did notice the slight star pattern to her hair, and figured that was where you were going with it. Looms like Mask is the odd pony out again, as her sisters are all nightly.

So what's the relationship between Inkwell and Aurora going to be?

Thanqol
2011-09-26, 12:46 AM
So I should spoiler this yes?

Blueblood is, basically, told to get a job. When he makes a fuss, he is told "as long as I am princess, you have to do as I say". Blueblood is faced with

1. Get a job, feel icky
Or
2. Complex plot to remove Celestia from the throne, undermining her authority and thus denying her mandate to get a job

I see it as a wholly generous gesture on Celestia's part, too. "oh Blueblood! I've been too unfair to you. It's time for you to truly be a prince. These are the courtiers you will be meeting with, and here's a List of their complaints. I even had the chefs make your favorite [food item] so you could ease into the job!"
"... Job?"
"why, yes, dear prince. Being royalty isn't all just clammed and parties."
"It's not?"
"well, no, not for a competent ruler. But don't worry, I'll make sure you're a competent ruler, prince Blueblood :)"
"D'8"

Bwuahahahahahahaha! This is going to be the best story.


...

Alright, but only because I have the equipment set up for it already.

Raz! Lix! somepony needs together mask dressed, and somepony needs to use the camera, here.

Discord!Mask: "I'm aware I'm stunning, but you lot are insipid enough without me distracting you, so do your best to keep what few wits you possess together."


No worries. I did notice the slight star pattern to her hair, and figured that was where you were going with it. Looms like Mask is the odd pony out again, as her sisters are all nightly.

Only if you assume you've seen her real hair colour.

InkwellPony
2011-09-26, 12:50 AM
No worries. I did notice the slight star pattern to her hair, and figured that was where you were going with it. Looms like Mask is the odd pony out again, as her sisters are all nightly.

So what's the relationship between Inkwell and Aurora going to be?


Umm... errr... uhhh... -(Glances about)- LOOK! It's a three headed pony!

http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2011/070/e/d/the_secret_of_pony_island_by_inkwell_pony-d3bfzfa.png

-(Kergone)-

Topaz
2011-09-26, 12:59 AM
[RP] Blue Unicorns Represent:

Well, whenever I'm working with a new weather team, most of the pegasi tend to be incredulous about me being on the team. However, a large portion of the weather team in Canterlot is actually made up of unicorns, so their surprise just lasts until I demonstrate my skills.

There have been a couple of times where I felt a bit of resentment, but the only time I really felt like an outcast was when I was learning the more advanced weather skills in Cloudsdale.
Ah. I've gotten a little of that, with my trick of using a magic platform to ride through the air on. The funny thing is that I get it as often from unicorns as I do pegasai. Then again I don't really do other weather magic, except for the basic cloud walk, so I guess I'm not really seen as infringing so much.

So Canterlot uses a lot of weather unicorns? I never thought about it, but I guess it makes sense.

this is the rewrite of the first part of my fanfic i posted 10 days (and 2 threads) ago 8)

hopefully it is now a bit better read...
I quite enjoyed it!

RdMarquis
2011-09-26, 01:00 AM
*Yawns* I slept right through the first five pages of the new thread. Time to catch up.


Firstly, Happy Birthday Lix!

Hey, another birthday. Happy Birthday! :smallsmile:


So I am on break for a bit, so I come bearing a gift. That gift is the latest part of How To Care For A Newborn Foal! Please note I haven't had a chance, ponies who did some editing, to shift things around with earlier parts, so they're still the same yet.

How To Care For A Newborn Foal

Excerpt 1
“TWILIGHT! TWILIGHT!!”

Twilight groaned, and covered her head with her pillow. Trixie had only gotten up a couple of minutes ago, damn it! It was her turn anyways! One thing that the books had never warned her about was how often a parent would need to get up to tend to a newborn foal. Perhaps they didn’t mention it because the authors were afraid that nopony would ever become a parent knowing that. Sleep was becoming a luxury, and other, more enjoyable, nocturnal activites were rapidly becoming the dream of a previous life.

If she didn’t know better, she would have believed that Luna had done something to their daughter to ensure that Midnight would be a night pony. Perhaps they shouldn’t have named her after a time of night, too...

That brought them to tonight. Midnight had been especially fussy, and both of them had been forced to be up with her multiple times already. Finally, finally, it seemed like she had settled down for a couple of hours, only for the peace of the house to be broken by weak crying. But it was Trixie’s turn this time, and she wasn’t going to get up! She was probably only messing up the diaper again anyways. Twilight couldn’t figure out how somepony who was so good with knots, was so terrible with tying up a diaper.

Of course, Twilight had to admit she was jealous on how easily Trixie was able to get Midnight to eat. She supposed that she had an edge in that department anyways.

No, she would just roll over, and pretend to be asl-

“TWILIGHT, SHE’S SICK!”

It was amazing how quickly she could move. She was halfway to the nursery before she knew it. She threw open the door, any trace of sleepiness gone. She nearly tripped over Spike, who, of course, was still asleep. It was truly amazing how deep that dragon could sleep.

For a moment, she thought it was Trixie who was sick. Trixie was paler than Twilight had ever seen her, save for the day of the reunion. The only thing breaking up that pallid look were her red-rimmed eyes. She looked frantically at Twilight, clutching the tiny bundle tightly against her protectively.

“S-she’s b-burning up...” Trixie choaked. Twilight swallowed down her own rising panic, and gently pushed in to check on her daughter. The fact that she wasn’t crying worried her...

She was shivering gently, and Midnight’s normally bright and vivid eyes were dulled with pain. Trembling, Twilight checked beneath her coat, and saw that her skin was bright red. Her tiny horn was glowing, the occasional spark shooting forth from it. Midnight was letting out small little whimpers, her breathing was shallow, but stubborn. Twilight pressed a hoof gently against her forehead, and nearly recoiled. Trixie was right, Midnight was burning up, and it was a higher fever than she had been anticipating.

Those eyes looked up at her, already believing, knowing with all of her tiny heart, that her parents would be able to help her. To make the pain go away.

“W-What’s wrong with her? What do we do?” Trixie immediatly deferred to Twilight. This was not the time for pride, earned or not. Of the two of them, Twilight was most likely to know what to do, know how to help their weeks-old child...

“I...I...” Where was all the knowledge that she had prided herself in? Trixie and her daughter, they needed her, they were looking up at her, secure in the fact that she would think of something. Twilight Sparkle, most knowledagble pony in all of Equestria.

Nothing was coming to mind.

“I...don’t know...”

She never felt so helpless.

Excerpt 2:
It wasn't what Trixie wanted to hear.

"You don't know? You're telling me Princess Celestia's favorite student can beat an Ursa Minor, but she doesn't know what's wrong with her daughter?!" Trixie's voice raised, as she clutched Midnight tightly. She stared at Twilight accusingly, who flinched.

"I-I don't recognize the symptoms, Trixie! I mean, it's not that, I don't recognize this combination of symptoms! She's feverish, but not sweating! She's in pain, but I don't see where! I don't know why she's breathing so shallowly, there's nothing wrong with her chest, and I don't even know why her horn is glowing! A unicorn's horn shouldn't be glowing at all yet!" Twilight babbled out a defense, her own voice belying her panic. Why was she bringing up old wounds that hadn't been touched now of all times? It had been months since...

"You think you're Great and Powerful, but you can't do anything to help her!" Trixie yelled.

That was why.

Twilight rose up, and embraced Trixie. At the touch of her wife, Trixie immediately broke down, sobbing against Twilight's chest. She kept a tight hold of Midnight, as if sheer contact could heal the pain their daughter was suffering.

"We have to help her...I can't lose her already..." Trixie whispered, and Twilight nuzzled at her comfortingly.

They were going to need help. But who? Ponyville didn't have a hospital, they had a clinic, and she doubted Nurse Redheart would be able to help much, she was an expert in Earth Pony health. Zecora was out, it was too dangerous to go through the Everfree Forest during the night, especially with a sick filly in tow. Was there nopony else in Ponyville that could help them at this time of night?

Wait...how could she be so foalish? The answer had always been there.

"The Princesses!" Quill and scroll were already in the air. "Celestia will be asleep, but Luna..."

"Luna?" Trixie said uncertainly, when Twilight trailed off. Twilight had been reminded of a certain event that had happened only weeks ago.

It was still odd to them, Luna's heartfelt, almost desperate, request to be Midnight's parent, her 'third mother'. But then, they had accepted, hadn't they? That made her that third parent. That made this not just a matter of getting a Princesses help. She deserved to know that her daughter was sick, too.

Luna,
Midnight's sick, come quickly!
-Twilight

Not her most eloquent letter, but perhaps her most to-the-point.

"SPIKE!" The small dragon began to stir his his basket. He wearily lifted a head, sleepy eyes blinking.

"Twilight? Why are you-MMPHH!" His eyes widened, as the scroll was stuffed into his mouth. Reflexively, that green flame licked out of his mouth, burning the scroll into magical ashes, which floated out the window, to it's destination. Spike glared at Twilight. "What was that for? Couldn't you have asked like a normal pony?"

"Spike, Midnight's sick, we need Luna as quickly as possible." Twilight quickly explained, and Spike craned his neck, looking at the tiny bundle in Trixie's hooves.

"Oh, geez, the kid's sick? What's wrong with her?" Twilight bit her lip at Spike's question.

"That's what we're trying to figure out." She replied, turning back to her daughter.

Just in time to see Midnight's horn to catch on fire.

Trixie yelped, as green flames licked out from Midnight's forehead, the frightened newborn letting out a tiny little cry. Immediately the showmare's own horn flared, her magic creating a tiny raincloud, which rained down on mother and daughter. It did nothing to staunch the magical green flames.

Twilight rushed forwards, intent to do something, anything to help. Just inches away from them, her hoof outstretched, her magic at the ready, the fire flared brilliantly and consumed their daughter in an instant.

The magical ashes drifted out the window.

Excerpt 3:
Luna was aware of the irony of her situation.

Things had changed in the thousand years that Luna had been away. The main time that petitioners came to the court to request judgement on their grievances was now in the evening, the time when day and night met, while both sisters were awake. Even in this late hour, Luna was not alone. She had a horde of servants, cooks, guards, and handmaidens ready to attend to her every need. She had even slowly begun to notice that ponies were staying up later than she recalled a thousand years ago, and that they used the night for play and revelry.

That wasn't even getting into the hundreds, if not thousands of works of art, story, and song that had been made about the grace and beauty of the night.

In other words, Luna and the night had the love, companionship, and respect that she had so jealously craved as Nightmare Moon. How funny it seemed that she didn't want any of that now. How much of a burden it was now.

Finally having a moment to herself, she strode on to her balcony and looked out on Equestria. Her gaze focused in the same direction that it had last night, the night before it, and for the past few weeks. She looked far past Canterlot to the small country town in the distance. Such an insignificant little town in all respects.

Save her heart was there.

She entertained a brief fantasy. Descending down on that small town, and spiriting away those three in the night. She would bring them back to the castle, to Canterlot, and make a home there. Twilight would resume her studies in Canterlot, and Trixie would have an even grander audience to perform to. Together, the three would raise their child, the filly that had stolen her heart from her. They would live and laugh together, as a family...

But no. She could not do that.

Ponyville was home to Twilight and Trixie, and they had fought hard to make it their home. She could not take them away from the place they loved most in the world, away from the friends and life they had forged and tempered so painstakingly. It was more than that, though. Her daughter deserved a chance to have a normal life. That she was the only child thus far from the Princesses would ensure that would never happen, could never happen if she were to grow up in the court of Canterlot and be surrounded by it's chaos. She would be seen as a pawn to be used by nobles jockeying for position and favor, and that thought terrified Luna. No, it would be better for her this way. Better for the three of them.

Even if it felt like Luna's heart was torn from it's chest.

Oh yes, Luna was well aware of the irony of her situati-

”Princess?” interrupted one of her handmaidens. “We have lunch prepared for you in the dining room.”

Her thoughts now jumbled by the words of the servant, she nodded and said, “Very well, I will be there in a moment.”

Luna was about to follow, when her keen eyes spotted something. The magical green ashes of a letter inbound.

That was unusual. Even with Trixie's letters to her, she usually woke up to them. Why would they be writing to her-or Celestia, she supposed-at this time of night? She swiftly unrolled the scroll once it manifested.

Luna,
Midnight's sick, come quickly!
-Twilight

Luna felt her throat constrict. Her duty and position meant nothing at that moment. Already she was weaving a spell she hadn't used since she was the Nightmare. Her body dissolved into stars and mist, and she swept away from the palace, shooting towards the important little town at speeds that could rival the fastest pegasus pony.

Closer to the town, her senses picked up something of interest. Apparently they had sent another letter, as a second patch of green mist and ash escaped from the library. Yet, this one was not headed for the castle. In fact, Luna could not figure out for the life of her why they had sent a letter in that direction.

After all, it was towards the Everfree Forest.

Excerpt 4:

”MIDNIGHT! MIDNIGHT!” Trixie screamed, springing from her chair in hot pursuit of the magic mist that their daughter had become. She pushed past Twilight, who stumbled to the floor, so shocked at what had just happened that her mind freezed up. It was only until she realized that Trixie was about to spring from the window did her brain start working again. Trixie’s hooves were just at the windowsill when Twilight caught her in her magic, stopping her in her tracks.

“Trixie, stop!”

“T-Twilight? Let me go!” Trixie screamed at the betrayal, her legs kicking helplessly in the air, trying to find purchase to dig in. “Our daughter! Our daughter is out there! Let me go!”

“You’re going to leap out the top-floor window! You can’t help Midnight with four broken legs!” Twilight yelled. “Calm down, Trixie! I-I’m sure that if she copied the transit spell, that she’s with Luna right now!”

It was a logical thought, and it was one that Twilight was clinging to, to keep herself from panicing and leaping out the window in pursuit herself. Trixie let out a soft whimper, straining for a moment against Twilight’s magic, but she finally gave in, no longer trying to dash herself to the cold ground below.

“How did she do that anyways, Twilight?” Spike asked, his eyes wide. It was a question that Twilight was trying to puzzle out herself. How did she do that? She had no idea. Perhaps it was some sort of instinctual mimicry? Midnight couldn’t possibly know the complex imagry that the spell required. It must have been some fashion of mimicry, but she shouldn’t of had access to that level of magic to call upon! She was just a little foal! What was...what was....

No! There was no need for panic. There was no need for panic. They would wait for Luna, Midnight would almost certainly be with her, and they would all solve this together. She released Trixie, who pulled herself reluctantly from the window, just in time for a cloud of mist and stars to flow in after her. Twilight inhaled. Luna had responded quickly, no doubt because Midnight was with her. She wouldn’t want her fellow mothers to worry for too long. The stars and mist coalesced, the dark beauty of Princess Luna taking form.

Midnight didn’t.

“Where is she? What’s wrong with her?” Luna immediatly inquired, stepping forwards to meet with her two fellow parents. Her eyes widened as she beheld the mortified looks on Twilight and Trixie’s faces, as reality came crashing down upon them.

Midnight wasn’t with her.

Luna gasped as Trixie immediatly pulled away from them. She galloped down the stairs, crashed through the front doors, and shattered the peace of Ponyville’s night with her cries, as if their child could respond to her. Luna looked at Twilight, who was struggling to refrain from taking off after Trixie to help her. The Princess needed to know what was going on.

“P-Princess...”

“Twilight, what’s going on? Where is Midnight?”

“We thought...We thought she was with you!” She explained to Luna everything that had happened, how sick Midnight had been, and how she somehow mimiced the letter transit spell, only with her body. As Twilight explained, Luna’s face drained of color.

“Oh no...oh no...I saw her, Twilight! I saw the smoke headed into the Everfree Forest!” Luna said, and Twilight staggered. A terrible image exploded into her mind. One of her tiny daughter, sick and helpless, lost in the Everfree Forest. Laying on the cold ground, exposed to the elements, and surrounded by hydras, dragons, and cocaktrice. Easy prey.
Twilight heaved, her hoof going to her mouth, as she nearly lost the contents of her stomach. Luna moved to help her, but Twilight forced it down. She couldn’t afford to be sick.

“SPIKE!” She yelled, and the baby dragon leapt to her call, clearly eager to help in any way he could. “Go get the others, and tell them what happened! Get them to organize search parties, and catch up with us!”

“I’m on it, Twilight! But where are you going?”

“Where do you think? There’s no time to wait for them, we’re going to catch up with Trixie, and get our daughter back!”

Deep in the Everfree,
A tiny voice cried out in need,
The forest heeded the call.

Excerpt 5:

Trixie was cursed. That was it. That was the explanation. She wasn’t allowed to have a mother, and she wasn’t allowed to be a mother. How else could she explain why they were searching the Everfree Forest in the darkest time of the night, looking for her month old, deathly sick daughter? Horrible images kept assailing her. She had been so afraid of Midnight someday losing her before her time, that the reverse would happen had never crossed her mind. That Trixie would lose the daughter she had already given her heart to. It had taken her years to recover from her mother’s death, how long would it take to recover from her daughter’s? Would she ever?

No. That was the wrong way to think. It wouldn’t help anypony, least of all Midnight. She was the Great and Powerful Trixie, she had earned that title, and there was no way she was going to fall to despair again. Their story would have a happy ending. She was a storyteller, and she would make it so. They would find their daughter.

“So those are the symptoms, Luna.” She overheard Twilight behind her. She was barely paying attention to their conversation, knowing it was a way for the two to keep from lapsing into the panic that threatened to consume them all, and knowing that if they were to find Midnight, there was still her illness to deal with. The normally loud Trixie was very quiet, busy stretching out with her senses and magic, desperate to pick up on some sign of her daughter. A faint cry, a small moan, a soft rustle, anything to indicate that they were close...

“It could be a case of magic overload. It’s not uncommon for a unicorn to get sick when their magic grows too strong for their bodies to contain, and they don’t have the ability to safely release it.” Luna said after giving it a moment of thought. “Her fever, her horn glowing, and her general discomfort and pain all are symptoms of that. Her magic is burning her up from inside.”

“Magic overload? But that shouldn’t be affecting her at her age! It’s something that developing unicorns have happen to them, not a newborn! I’ve never heard of it affecting a pony so young, it’s dangerous enough for adolescents!” Twilight said in disbelief.

They had been fortunate so far. They hadn’t been accosted by any of the denizens of the Forest, although Trixie supposed being escorted by a Princess did a lot to keep them safe. Her daughter had no such defense.

“Think of who her parents are, Twilight. Magic is in her blood.”

“But it’s so early..." Twilight protested, until a thought crossed her mind. “Do you think that’s why she copied the transit spell?”

They carefully strode over a rickety rope bridge, that was strung over a perilously high chasm. Trixie’s normal dislike of heights would have kicked in, if this were any other situation, any other time. Now, she ignored it.

“It’s possible her body did it to vent off some of the pent-up magic in her body. I hear from my sister that you did something simil-” Luna paused, her head tilting for a moment. Twilight slowed to a stop.

“Luna? What’s wrong? Trixie, hold on for a moment.” She called out to Trixie, who scowled. There wasn’t any time for this! What was Luna doing?

“Something’s wrong. There’s something different about the forest up ahead.” Luna said, her horn glowing faintly. “It’s like something magical is disturbing it.”

“Do you think it could be Midnight?” Twilight asked nervously.

“I’m not sure, but it does feel almost familiar...” Luna wondered, and that was enough for Trixie. If it was her daughter, she wasn’t going to waste anymore time standing around here! She broke into a full gallop, Twilight first letting out a surprised protest, and then she and Luna raced to catch up. As the three ran, a strange fog descended down on them, cloaking the rest of the world from view. Trixie couldn’t see more than a hoof-length ahead of her, and the normal sounds of the wild Everfree suddenly went silent, as if the fog bank could muffle sound as well as sight.

“What is this? Trixie, slow down, I can’t see you!”

Trixie looked back, and couldn’t see Twilight or Luna. It was almost like they were each trapped in their own little world of fog. Barely able to see her own hoofs, Trixie took a bad step, and went crashing to the ground.

“Did somepony fall? Twilight, Trixie, are you okay?” Luna called out. Trixie heard Twilight call out an affirmative. She slowly picked herself off, wincing as she put weight on the hoof that had made that bad step. She had twisted it.

“Trixie, how about you?” Trixie was about to respond when her ears twitched, as a new sound started to flow through the fog they were trapped in, clear as day.

Somepony was singing.

“Wait....do you two hear that?” Trixie finally spoke up, looking around. The singing was lyrical and elegant, not so much words but soothing, wonderful sounds. A feeling of nostalgia swept over Trixie, like a warm blanket surrounding her and comforting her. Had she heard it before? It quelled the panic that had been her partner all night, leaving her with a sense of peace and...love. She barely heard her fellow mothers agreeing that they heard it. She began to walk instinctively towards the source of the song, the pain in her hoof not feeling nearly as bad as it felt even moments before.

The fog swept away, as quickly as it had descended.

“Where are we?” Twilight whispered, as if speaking any louder would break the peace of the place. The three ponies had found themselves in a small glade, and looked around in wonderment. They were surrounded by trees that were not gnarled and twisted, but instead growing straight and true. Brilliant flowers dotted the floor of the forest, blooming brilliant blues, purples, and silvers in the shining moonlight that descended from the canopy. There was a palpable sense of peace, of harmony. Twilight stooped to examine one of the flowers. “I don’t recognize any of these.”

“Are we even still in the Everfree?” Luna wondered. “Did she do this?”

The three made their way deeper into the glade, following the singing. They passed by slumbering forest animals, and felt the eyes of owls staring at them from the trees. Passing through a thicket of small trees, they came to the center of the glade.

Curled in a bed of small night-flowers were two ponies, the moonlight shimmering down upon them. One was a tiny filly, barely a month old. She was slumbering quietly, no longer touched by the sickness and pain that had ravaged her all night. A small smile played along her face, her horn was no longer glowing, and her chest rose and fell in deep, peaceful breaths. Trixie had never seen her daughter so calm. She slept against the other pony who was curled lovingly around the foal. That mare was brimming with life, her light purple coat almost shining in the moonlight. Her soft pink tail and mane seemed to flow as she shifted slightly to make the child more comfortable. She looked down at the foal with bright, loving eyes.

Beside Trixie, Twilight’s hoof went to her mouth, stifling a gasp.

Trixie felt weak. Unbelieving, she slowly stepped forwards. Her heart began to pound in her chest.

“M...Momma?” Trixie dared to whisper.

The eyes that she could never forget looked up at her, and Midnight smiled.

I don't think there's much more to say except I loved this. :smallbiggrin:


New post by Lauren Faust on her DeviantArt account. And apparently some new sketches coming soon too.

http://fyre-flye.deviantart.com/journal/44461990/

Cute. Especially the pegasus Pinkie ones.

EsperDerek
2011-09-26, 01:03 AM
I'm cheating again and using subheaders instead of quotes. It's 2 AM, lemme alone.

How to Care For A Newborn Foal:

Thanks, Kurgan, once again for your editing advice. One of these days I swear I'm not going to need it! ;)

As for Midnight Sr., don't worry. I'm going to be damn careful on how I treat her, and what's going to happen, being as she's one of the most important characters in the whole damn thing, and yet, she's never been seen.

So, yes. I'm being very careful. To the point where there might not be an entry tomorrow, just so I can be sure to get it right.

Midnight/Aurora Pic:

I am absolutely in love with mature, graceful Midnight. But I have to say, I noticed something about Aurora: She has green eyes, and starry hair. Hmn.

Shadowy's Stuff:

You have my permission to go for it and use Midnight. As a tip, though, Midnight doesn't really get jealous, but she does get stressed, and she does not handle stress that well, much like Twilight. That might be the angle you want to attack to build up the conflict on her end, like others have noted. Put her under stress, she "works" best like that. :smallwink:

Midnight's Learning

*Midnight tilts her head, as she listens to Leo speak about his homeworld. She shakes her head softly.

"No offense, but it sounds like your world kind of got the short end of the straw, as it were. To have an Equestria that violent and that broken..."

She shakes her head softly.

"It's hard to picture. Also, I appear to be doing just fine holding that book while distracted!

Thanqol
2011-09-26, 01:40 AM
I got a guy to sing the Jr. Speedsters song in exchange for my vote. That's dedication, that is.

Alas, no video.

EDIT: Also, by backtracing the Discord'd versions of my respective personalities -

Jayden: Nihilist
Mask: Arrogant
Charger: Addict

- I've managed to work out that my evil opposite is a gothic frat boy.

And then I realised I knew this guy IRL. No wonder I hated him.

Roninhirox
2011-09-26, 02:36 AM
Ok just got back home from seeing Voltaire, preform live with Hellblinki and This Way to Egress, and I definitely advise anypony who is into that sort of thing to check out the Dark Cabaret tour if you are in the northeast area of the US. And I am totally thanking MLP for allowing me to channel my inner Pinkie Pie http://i.imgur.com/HKmyu.jpg instead feeling awkward.

Okay onto other things.


So I am on break for a bit, so I come bearing a gift. That gift is the latest part of How To Care For A Newborn Foal! Please note I haven't had a chance, ponies who did some editing, to shift things around with earlier parts, so they're still the same yet.

How To Care For A Newborn Foal

Excerpt 1
“TWILIGHT! TWILIGHT!!”

Twilight groaned, and covered her head with her pillow. Trixie had only gotten up a couple of minutes ago, damn it! It was her turn anyways! One thing that the books had never warned her about was how often a parent would need to get up to tend to a newborn foal. Perhaps they didn’t mention it because the authors were afraid that nopony would ever become a parent knowing that. Sleep was becoming a luxury, and other, more enjoyable, nocturnal activites were rapidly becoming the dream of a previous life.

If she didn’t know better, she would have believed that Luna had done something to their daughter to ensure that Midnight would be a night pony. Perhaps they shouldn’t have named her after a time of night, too...

That brought them to tonight. Midnight had been especially fussy, and both of them had been forced to be up with her multiple times already. Finally, finally, it seemed like she had settled down for a couple of hours, only for the peace of the house to be broken by weak crying. But it was Trixie’s turn this time, and she wasn’t going to get up! She was probably only messing up the diaper again anyways. Twilight couldn’t figure out how somepony who was so good with knots, was so terrible with tying up a diaper.

Of course, Twilight had to admit she was jealous on how easily Trixie was able to get Midnight to eat. She supposed that she had an edge in that department anyways.

No, she would just roll over, and pretend to be asl-

“TWILIGHT, SHE’S SICK!”

It was amazing how quickly she could move. She was halfway to the nursery before she knew it. She threw open the door, any trace of sleepiness gone. She nearly tripped over Spike, who, of course, was still asleep. It was truly amazing how deep that dragon could sleep.

For a moment, she thought it was Trixie who was sick. Trixie was paler than Twilight had ever seen her, save for the day of the reunion. The only thing breaking up that pallid look were her red-rimmed eyes. She looked frantically at Twilight, clutching the tiny bundle tightly against her protectively.

“S-she’s b-burning up...” Trixie choaked. Twilight swallowed down her own rising panic, and gently pushed in to check on her daughter. The fact that she wasn’t crying worried her...

She was shivering gently, and Midnight’s normally bright and vivid eyes were dulled with pain. Trembling, Twilight checked beneath her coat, and saw that her skin was bright red. Her tiny horn was glowing, the occasional spark shooting forth from it. Midnight was letting out small little whimpers, her breathing was shallow, but stubborn. Twilight pressed a hoof gently against her forehead, and nearly recoiled. Trixie was right, Midnight was burning up, and it was a higher fever than she had been anticipating.

Those eyes looked up at her, already believing, knowing with all of her tiny heart, that her parents would be able to help her. To make the pain go away.

“W-What’s wrong with her? What do we do?” Trixie immediatly deferred to Twilight. This was not the time for pride, earned or not. Of the two of them, Twilight was most likely to know what to do, know how to help their weeks-old child...

“I...I...” Where was all the knowledge that she had prided herself in? Trixie and her daughter, they needed her, they were looking up at her, secure in the fact that she would think of something. Twilight Sparkle, most knowledagble pony in all of Equestria.

Nothing was coming to mind.

“I...don’t know...”

She never felt so helpless.

Excerpt 2:
It wasn't what Trixie wanted to hear.

"You don't know? You're telling me Princess Celestia's favorite student can beat an Ursa Minor, but she doesn't know what's wrong with her daughter?!" Trixie's voice raised, as she clutched Midnight tightly. She stared at Twilight accusingly, who flinched.

"I-I don't recognize the symptoms, Trixie! I mean, it's not that, I don't recognize this combination of symptoms! She's feverish, but not sweating! She's in pain, but I don't see where! I don't know why she's breathing so shallowly, there's nothing wrong with her chest, and I don't even know why her horn is glowing! A unicorn's horn shouldn't be glowing at all yet!" Twilight babbled out a defense, her own voice belying her panic. Why was she bringing up old wounds that hadn't been touched now of all times? It had been months since...

"You think you're Great and Powerful, but you can't do anything to help her!" Trixie yelled.

That was why.

Twilight rose up, and embraced Trixie. At the touch of her wife, Trixie immediately broke down, sobbing against Twilight's chest. She kept a tight hold of Midnight, as if sheer contact could heal the pain their daughter was suffering.

"We have to help her...I can't lose her already..." Trixie whispered, and Twilight nuzzled at her comfortingly.

They were going to need help. But who? Ponyville didn't have a hospital, they had a clinic, and she doubted Nurse Redheart would be able to help much, she was an expert in Earth Pony health. Zecora was out, it was too dangerous to go through the Everfree Forest during the night, especially with a sick filly in tow. Was there nopony else in Ponyville that could help them at this time of night?

Wait...how could she be so foalish? The answer had always been there.

"The Princesses!" Quill and scroll were already in the air. "Celestia will be asleep, but Luna..."

"Luna?" Trixie said uncertainly, when Twilight trailed off. Twilight had been reminded of a certain event that had happened only weeks ago.

It was still odd to them, Luna's heartfelt, almost desperate, request to be Midnight's parent, her 'third mother'. But then, they had accepted, hadn't they? That made her that third parent. That made this not just a matter of getting a Princesses help. She deserved to know that her daughter was sick, too.

Luna,
Midnight's sick, come quickly!
-Twilight

Not her most eloquent letter, but perhaps her most to-the-point.

"SPIKE!" The small dragon began to stir his his basket. He wearily lifted a head, sleepy eyes blinking.

"Twilight? Why are you-MMPHH!" His eyes widened, as the scroll was stuffed into his mouth. Reflexively, that green flame licked out of his mouth, burning the scroll into magical ashes, which floated out the window, to it's destination. Spike glared at Twilight. "What was that for? Couldn't you have asked like a normal pony?"

"Spike, Midnight's sick, we need Luna as quickly as possible." Twilight quickly explained, and Spike craned his neck, looking at the tiny bundle in Trixie's hooves.

"Oh, geez, the kid's sick? What's wrong with her?" Twilight bit her lip at Spike's question.

"That's what we're trying to figure out." She replied, turning back to her daughter.

Just in time to see Midnight's horn to catch on fire.

Trixie yelped, as green flames licked out from Midnight's forehead, the frightened newborn letting out a tiny little cry. Immediately the showmare's own horn flared, her magic creating a tiny raincloud, which rained down on mother and daughter. It did nothing to staunch the magical green flames.

Twilight rushed forwards, intent to do something, anything to help. Just inches away from them, her hoof outstretched, her magic at the ready, the fire flared brilliantly and consumed their daughter in an instant.

The magical ashes drifted out the window.

Excerpt 3:
Luna was aware of the irony of her situation.

Things had changed in the thousand years that Luna had been away. The main time that petitioners came to the court to request judgement on their grievances was now in the evening, the time when day and night met, while both sisters were awake. Even in this late hour, Luna was not alone. She had a horde of servants, cooks, guards, and handmaidens ready to attend to her every need. She had even slowly begun to notice that ponies were staying up later than she recalled a thousand years ago, and that they used the night for play and revelry.

That wasn't even getting into the hundreds, if not thousands of works of art, story, and song that had been made about the grace and beauty of the night.

In other words, Luna and the night had the love, companionship, and respect that she had so jealously craved as Nightmare Moon. How funny it seemed that she didn't want any of that now. How much of a burden it was now.

Finally having a moment to herself, she strode on to her balcony and looked out on Equestria. Her gaze focused in the same direction that it had last night, the night before it, and for the past few weeks. She looked far past Canterlot to the small country town in the distance. Such an insignificant little town in all respects.

Save her heart was there.

She entertained a brief fantasy. Descending down on that small town, and spiriting away those three in the night. She would bring them back to the castle, to Canterlot, and make a home there. Twilight would resume her studies in Canterlot, and Trixie would have an even grander audience to perform to. Together, the three would raise their child, the filly that had stolen her heart from her. They would live and laugh together, as a family...

But no. She could not do that.

Ponyville was home to Twilight and Trixie, and they had fought hard to make it their home. She could not take them away from the place they loved most in the world, away from the friends and life they had forged and tempered so painstakingly. It was more than that, though. Her daughter deserved a chance to have a normal life. That she was the only child thus far from the Princesses would ensure that would never happen, could never happen if she were to grow up in the court of Canterlot and be surrounded by it's chaos. She would be seen as a pawn to be used by nobles jockeying for position and favor, and that thought terrified Luna. No, it would be better for her this way. Better for the three of them.

Even if it felt like Luna's heart was torn from it's chest.

Oh yes, Luna was well aware of the irony of her situati-

”Princess?” interrupted one of her handmaidens. “We have lunch prepared for you in the dining room.”

Her thoughts now jumbled by the words of the servant, she nodded and said, “Very well, I will be there in a moment.”

Luna was about to follow, when her keen eyes spotted something. The magical green ashes of a letter inbound.

That was unusual. Even with Trixie's letters to her, she usually woke up to them. Why would they be writing to her-or Celestia, she supposed-at this time of night? She swiftly unrolled the scroll once it manifested.

Luna,
Midnight's sick, come quickly!
-Twilight

Luna felt her throat constrict. Her duty and position meant nothing at that moment. Already she was weaving a spell she hadn't used since she was the Nightmare. Her body dissolved into stars and mist, and she swept away from the palace, shooting towards the important little town at speeds that could rival the fastest pegasus pony.

Closer to the town, her senses picked up something of interest. Apparently they had sent another letter, as a second patch of green mist and ash escaped from the library. Yet, this one was not headed for the castle. In fact, Luna could not figure out for the life of her why they had sent a letter in that direction.

After all, it was towards the Everfree Forest.

Excerpt 4:

”MIDNIGHT! MIDNIGHT!” Trixie screamed, springing from her chair in hot pursuit of the magic mist that their daughter had become. She pushed past Twilight, who stumbled to the floor, so shocked at what had just happened that her mind freezed up. It was only until she realized that Trixie was about to spring from the window did her brain start working again. Trixie’s hooves were just at the windowsill when Twilight caught her in her magic, stopping her in her tracks.

“Trixie, stop!”

“T-Twilight? Let me go!” Trixie screamed at the betrayal, her legs kicking helplessly in the air, trying to find purchase to dig in. “Our daughter! Our daughter is out there! Let me go!”

“You’re going to leap out the top-floor window! You can’t help Midnight with four broken legs!” Twilight yelled. “Calm down, Trixie! I-I’m sure that if she copied the transit spell, that she’s with Luna right now!”

It was a logical thought, and it was one that Twilight was clinging to, to keep herself from panicing and leaping out the window in pursuit herself. Trixie let out a soft whimper, straining for a moment against Twilight’s magic, but she finally gave in, no longer trying to dash herself to the cold ground below.

“How did she do that anyways, Twilight?” Spike asked, his eyes wide. It was a question that Twilight was trying to puzzle out herself. How did she do that? She had no idea. Perhaps it was some sort of instinctual mimicry? Midnight couldn’t possibly know the complex imagry that the spell required. It must have been some fashion of mimicry, but she shouldn’t of had access to that level of magic to call upon! She was just a little foal! What was...what was....

No! There was no need for panic. There was no need for panic. They would wait for Luna, Midnight would almost certainly be with her, and they would all solve this together. She released Trixie, who pulled herself reluctantly from the window, just in time for a cloud of mist and stars to flow in after her. Twilight inhaled. Luna had responded quickly, no doubt because Midnight was with her. She wouldn’t want her fellow mothers to worry for too long. The stars and mist coalesced, the dark beauty of Princess Luna taking form.

Midnight didn’t.

“Where is she? What’s wrong with her?” Luna immediatly inquired, stepping forwards to meet with her two fellow parents. Her eyes widened as she beheld the mortified looks on Twilight and Trixie’s faces, as reality came crashing down upon them.

Midnight wasn’t with her.

Luna gasped as Trixie immediatly pulled away from them. She galloped down the stairs, crashed through the front doors, and shattered the peace of Ponyville’s night with her cries, as if their child could respond to her. Luna looked at Twilight, who was struggling to refrain from taking off after Trixie to help her. The Princess needed to know what was going on.

“P-Princess...”

“Twilight, what’s going on? Where is Midnight?”

“We thought...We thought she was with you!” She explained to Luna everything that had happened, how sick Midnight had been, and how she somehow mimiced the letter transit spell, only with her body. As Twilight explained, Luna’s face drained of color.

“Oh no...oh no...I saw her, Twilight! I saw the smoke headed into the Everfree Forest!” Luna said, and Twilight staggered. A terrible image exploded into her mind. One of her tiny daughter, sick and helpless, lost in the Everfree Forest. Laying on the cold ground, exposed to the elements, and surrounded by hydras, dragons, and cocaktrice. Easy prey.
Twilight heaved, her hoof going to her mouth, as she nearly lost the contents of her stomach. Luna moved to help her, but Twilight forced it down. She couldn’t afford to be sick.

“SPIKE!” She yelled, and the baby dragon leapt to her call, clearly eager to help in any way he could. “Go get the others, and tell them what happened! Get them to organize search parties, and catch up with us!”

“I’m on it, Twilight! But where are you going?”

“Where do you think? There’s no time to wait for them, we’re going to catch up with Trixie, and get our daughter back!”

Deep in the Everfree,
A tiny voice cried out in need,
The forest heeded the call.

Excerpt 5:

Trixie was cursed. That was it. That was the explanation. She wasn’t allowed to have a mother, and she wasn’t allowed to be a mother. How else could she explain why they were searching the Everfree Forest in the darkest time of the night, looking for her month old, deathly sick daughter? Horrible images kept assailing her. She had been so afraid of Midnight someday losing her before her time, that the reverse would happen had never crossed her mind. That Trixie would lose the daughter she had already given her heart to. It had taken her years to recover from her mother’s death, how long would it take to recover from her daughter’s? Would she ever?

No. That was the wrong way to think. It wouldn’t help anypony, least of all Midnight. She was the Great and Powerful Trixie, she had earned that title, and there was no way she was going to fall to despair again. Their story would have a happy ending. She was a storyteller, and she would make it so. They would find their daughter.

“So those are the symptoms, Luna.” She overheard Twilight behind her. She was barely paying attention to their conversation, knowing it was a way for the two to keep from lapsing into the panic that threatened to consume them all, and knowing that if they were to find Midnight, there was still her illness to deal with. The normally loud Trixie was very quiet, busy stretching out with her senses and magic, desperate to pick up on some sign of her daughter. A faint cry, a small moan, a soft rustle, anything to indicate that they were close...

“It could be a case of magic overload. It’s not uncommon for a unicorn to get sick when their magic grows too strong for their bodies to contain, and they don’t have the ability to safely release it.” Luna said after giving it a moment of thought. “Her fever, her horn glowing, and her general discomfort and pain all are symptoms of that. Her magic is burning her up from inside.”

“Magic overload? But that shouldn’t be affecting her at her age! It’s something that developing unicorns have happen to them, not a newborn! I’ve never heard of it affecting a pony so young, it’s dangerous enough for adolescents!” Twilight said in disbelief.

They had been fortunate so far. They hadn’t been accosted by any of the denizens of the Forest, although Trixie supposed being escorted by a Princess did a lot to keep them safe. Her daughter had no such defense.

“Think of who her parents are, Twilight. Magic is in her blood.”

“But it’s so early..." Twilight protested, until a thought crossed her mind. “Do you think that’s why she copied the transit spell?”

They carefully strode over a rickety rope bridge, that was strung over a perilously high chasm. Trixie’s normal dislike of heights would have kicked in, if this were any other situation, any other time. Now, she ignored it.

“It’s possible her body did it to vent off some of the pent-up magic in her body. I hear from my sister that you did something simil-” Luna paused, her head tilting for a moment. Twilight slowed to a stop.

“Luna? What’s wrong? Trixie, hold on for a moment.” She called out to Trixie, who scowled. There wasn’t any time for this! What was Luna doing?

“Something’s wrong. There’s something different about the forest up ahead.” Luna said, her horn glowing faintly. “It’s like something magical is disturbing it.”

“Do you think it could be Midnight?” Twilight asked nervously.

“I’m not sure, but it does feel almost familiar...” Luna wondered, and that was enough for Trixie. If it was her daughter, she wasn’t going to waste anymore time standing around here! She broke into a full gallop, Twilight first letting out a surprised protest, and then she and Luna raced to catch up. As the three ran, a strange fog descended down on them, cloaking the rest of the world from view. Trixie couldn’t see more than a hoof-length ahead of her, and the normal sounds of the wild Everfree suddenly went silent, as if the fog bank could muffle sound as well as sight.

“What is this? Trixie, slow down, I can’t see you!”

Trixie looked back, and couldn’t see Twilight or Luna. It was almost like they were each trapped in their own little world of fog. Barely able to see her own hoofs, Trixie took a bad step, and went crashing to the ground.

“Did somepony fall? Twilight, Trixie, are you okay?” Luna called out. Trixie heard Twilight call out an affirmative. She slowly picked herself off, wincing as she put weight on the hoof that had made that bad step. She had twisted it.

“Trixie, how about you?” Trixie was about to respond when her ears twitched, as a new sound started to flow through the fog they were trapped in, clear as day.

Somepony was singing.

“Wait....do you two hear that?” Trixie finally spoke up, looking around. The singing was lyrical and elegant, not so much words but soothing, wonderful sounds. A feeling of nostalgia swept over Trixie, like a warm blanket surrounding her and comforting her. Had she heard it before? It quelled the panic that had been her partner all night, leaving her with a sense of peace and...love. She barely heard her fellow mothers agreeing that they heard it. She began to walk instinctively towards the source of the song, the pain in her hoof not feeling nearly as bad as it felt even moments before.

The fog swept away, as quickly as it had descended.

“Where are we?” Twilight whispered, as if speaking any louder would break the peace of the place. The three ponies had found themselves in a small glade, and looked around in wonderment. They were surrounded by trees that were not gnarled and twisted, but instead growing straight and true. Brilliant flowers dotted the floor of the forest, blooming brilliant blues, purples, and silvers in the shining moonlight that descended from the canopy. There was a palpable sense of peace, of harmony. Twilight stooped to examine one of the flowers. “I don’t recognize any of these.”

“Are we even still in the Everfree?” Luna wondered. “Did she do this?”

The three made their way deeper into the glade, following the singing. They passed by slumbering forest animals, and felt the eyes of owls staring at them from the trees. Passing through a thicket of small trees, they came to the center of the glade.

Curled in a bed of small night-flowers were two ponies, the moonlight shimmering down upon them. One was a tiny filly, barely a month old. She was slumbering quietly, no longer touched by the sickness and pain that had ravaged her all night. A small smile played along her face, her horn was no longer glowing, and her chest rose and fell in deep, peaceful breaths. Trixie had never seen her daughter so calm. She slept against the other pony who was curled lovingly around the foal. That mare was brimming with life, her light purple coat almost shining in the moonlight. Her soft pink tail and mane seemed to flow as she shifted slightly to make the child more comfortable. She looked down at the foal with bright, loving eyes.

Beside Trixie, Twilight’s hoof went to her mouth, stifling a gasp.

Trixie felt weak. Unbelieving, she slowly stepped forwards. Her heart began to pound in her chest.

“M...Momma?” Trixie dared to whisper.

The eyes that she could never forget looked up at her, and Midnight smiled.

Another amazing entry. Did not see the end coming. Can't wait to read more, also prolly read that again while less tired. And now I pass out for the night and catch up with thread in morning.

Thanqol
2011-09-26, 02:39 AM
Ok just got back home from seeing Voltaire, preform live with Hellblinki and This Way to Egress, and I definitely advise anypony who is into that sort of thing to check out the Dark Cabaret tour if you are in the northeast area of the US. And I am totally thanking MLP for allowing me to channel my inner Pinkie Pie http://i.imgur.com/HKmyu.jpg instead feeling awkward.

You saw Voltaire?! LIVE!?!? God DAMN I'm envious!

Rebelhero
2011-09-26, 02:50 AM
Also, it would be nice if *somepony* turned on their Steam :/
:smallfrown::smalleek::smallredface:





[FFRP] Midnight Studies


An owl sits 'neath a sickle moon, on a bent bough of the Everfree. The shallow sound of frogs echoes from far off, filling the cross-roads beneath the tree. A pony trots determinedly from right to left, muttering to itself beneath a green hat. The owl cries, "hoo?"

You again? Ugh. I've told you! STARRY! NOTIONS! And-- darn, fell for it again! You've been doing that every day for the past Week, I have no idea why it's still gets to me...[color="black"]And with an indignant huff, the pony sets her eyes to the path and continues on.

Not long later, a pony, the same pony, approaches the tree and the owl and the sickle moon, coming down the arms of the cross ofthe cross-roads. Bemused, the owl calls out, "hoo!"

What? Ah! the pony pushes it's hat back to gaze up at the owl, revealing liquid silver eyes and worried expression. sorry, a bit jumpy. I've been lost for hours. I'm Starry Notions, and while I'd love to chat I am in kind of a hurry... Bye now! The pony continues, sweepin under the tree and into the fog.

Several minutes later, she comes back again, from left to right down the trail. Exhausted, dejected, dirty and wearing a torn cloak haphazardly patched with thread, she didn't seem to see the owl or the tree (or even the road just inches under her nose) at all. Tentatively, the owl calls "hoo!?"

The pony stops. She straightens, her proud bearing returns; and then she screams.

AAAAAAAAGH! A month. A MONTH. every day for a month! You know what owl? [I]I don't even KNOW anymore!
With effort, the disheveled pony pulls it's way down the road and back into the mists.

The owl sighs. It's going to be a looong month.




I see you posted Ponyard's plot, but said norhting about it. was that cause you found it amusing? or just forgot to reply?

ALSO!
Im working on a small one shot for ponyard. maybe help me get back into the fic... The title?
Ponyard's Lament.

Dispozition
2011-09-26, 03:59 AM
As I promised, here's a Surprise.
http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2011/269/7/d/surprise__cg__by_dispozition-d4ayxpy.jpg (http://dispozition.deviantart.com/art/Surprise-cg-260290870)

Click through the pic to read me getting kinda weepy and all emotional over ponies on DA.

Beeskee
2011-09-26, 04:21 AM
this is the rewrite of the first part of my fanfic i posted 10 days (and 2 threads) ago 8)

hopefully i am on the right track and it is now a bit better read...


Definitely cute, I am looking forward to reading more. :smallsmile:

Thanqol
2011-09-26, 04:24 AM
As I promised, here's a Surprise.
http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2011/269/7/d/surprise__cg__by_dispozition-d4ayxpy.jpg (http://dispozition.deviantart.com/art/Surprise-cg-260290870)

Click through the pic to read me getting kinda weepy and all emotional over ponies on DA.

That's amaaaaazing o.o

Trixie
2011-09-26, 05:07 AM
This has probably been asked eleventy billion times, but does anyone think there's any chance of Luna making a reappearance in the show?

...Who? :smallconfused:



Jayson said she'll show up enough to make you happy.

...I can't believe no one asked for Trixie :(


I'm seeing a serious lack of RP in the thread lately. http://i.imgur.com/LWZja.jpg

...well, last 3 RP posts I did were completely ignored, so... :smallfrown:

Mysterious Pony
2011-09-26, 05:18 AM
So I am on break for a bit, so I come bearing a gift. That gift is the latest part of How To Care For A Newborn Foal! Please note I haven't had a chance, ponies who did some editing, to shift things around with earlier parts, so they're still the same yet.

How To Care For A Newborn Foal

Excerpt 1
“TWILIGHT! TWILIGHT!!”

Twilight groaned, and covered her head with her pillow. Trixie had only gotten up a couple of minutes ago, damn it! It was her turn anyways! One thing that the books had never warned her about was how often a parent would need to get up to tend to a newborn foal. Perhaps they didn’t mention it because the authors were afraid that nopony would ever become a parent knowing that. Sleep was becoming a luxury, and other, more enjoyable, nocturnal activites were rapidly becoming the dream of a previous life.

If she didn’t know better, she would have believed that Luna had done something to their daughter to ensure that Midnight would be a night pony. Perhaps they shouldn’t have named her after a time of night, too...

That brought them to tonight. Midnight had been especially fussy, and both of them had been forced to be up with her multiple times already. Finally, finally, it seemed like she had settled down for a couple of hours, only for the peace of the house to be broken by weak crying. But it was Trixie’s turn this time, and she wasn’t going to get up! She was probably only messing up the diaper again anyways. Twilight couldn’t figure out how somepony who was so good with knots, was so terrible with tying up a diaper.

Of course, Twilight had to admit she was jealous on how easily Trixie was able to get Midnight to eat. She supposed that she had an edge in that department anyways.

No, she would just roll over, and pretend to be asl-

“TWILIGHT, SHE’S SICK!”

It was amazing how quickly she could move. She was halfway to the nursery before she knew it. She threw open the door, any trace of sleepiness gone. She nearly tripped over Spike, who, of course, was still asleep. It was truly amazing how deep that dragon could sleep.

For a moment, she thought it was Trixie who was sick. Trixie was paler than Twilight had ever seen her, save for the day of the reunion. The only thing breaking up that pallid look were her red-rimmed eyes. She looked frantically at Twilight, clutching the tiny bundle tightly against her protectively.

“S-she’s b-burning up...” Trixie choaked. Twilight swallowed down her own rising panic, and gently pushed in to check on her daughter. The fact that she wasn’t crying worried her...

She was shivering gently, and Midnight’s normally bright and vivid eyes were dulled with pain. Trembling, Twilight checked beneath her coat, and saw that her skin was bright red. Her tiny horn was glowing, the occasional spark shooting forth from it. Midnight was letting out small little whimpers, her breathing was shallow, but stubborn. Twilight pressed a hoof gently against her forehead, and nearly recoiled. Trixie was right, Midnight was burning up, and it was a higher fever than she had been anticipating.

Those eyes looked up at her, already believing, knowing with all of her tiny heart, that her parents would be able to help her. To make the pain go away.

“W-What’s wrong with her? What do we do?” Trixie immediatly deferred to Twilight. This was not the time for pride, earned or not. Of the two of them, Twilight was most likely to know what to do, know how to help their weeks-old child...

“I...I...” Where was all the knowledge that she had prided herself in? Trixie and her daughter, they needed her, they were looking up at her, secure in the fact that she would think of something. Twilight Sparkle, most knowledagble pony in all of Equestria.

Nothing was coming to mind.

“I...don’t know...”

She never felt so helpless.

Excerpt 2:
It wasn't what Trixie wanted to hear.

"You don't know? You're telling me Princess Celestia's favorite student can beat an Ursa Minor, but she doesn't know what's wrong with her daughter?!" Trixie's voice raised, as she clutched Midnight tightly. She stared at Twilight accusingly, who flinched.

"I-I don't recognize the symptoms, Trixie! I mean, it's not that, I don't recognize this combination of symptoms! She's feverish, but not sweating! She's in pain, but I don't see where! I don't know why she's breathing so shallowly, there's nothing wrong with her chest, and I don't even know why her horn is glowing! A unicorn's horn shouldn't be glowing at all yet!" Twilight babbled out a defense, her own voice belying her panic. Why was she bringing up old wounds that hadn't been touched now of all times? It had been months since...

"You think you're Great and Powerful, but you can't do anything to help her!" Trixie yelled.

That was why.

Twilight rose up, and embraced Trixie. At the touch of her wife, Trixie immediately broke down, sobbing against Twilight's chest. She kept a tight hold of Midnight, as if sheer contact could heal the pain their daughter was suffering.

"We have to help her...I can't lose her already..." Trixie whispered, and Twilight nuzzled at her comfortingly.

They were going to need help. But who? Ponyville didn't have a hospital, they had a clinic, and she doubted Nurse Redheart would be able to help much, she was an expert in Earth Pony health. Zecora was out, it was too dangerous to go through the Everfree Forest during the night, especially with a sick filly in tow. Was there nopony else in Ponyville that could help them at this time of night?

Wait...how could she be so foalish? The answer had always been there.

"The Princesses!" Quill and scroll were already in the air. "Celestia will be asleep, but Luna..."

"Luna?" Trixie said uncertainly, when Twilight trailed off. Twilight had been reminded of a certain event that had happened only weeks ago.

It was still odd to them, Luna's heartfelt, almost desperate, request to be Midnight's parent, her 'third mother'. But then, they had accepted, hadn't they? That made her that third parent. That made this not just a matter of getting a Princesses help. She deserved to know that her daughter was sick, too.

Luna,
Midnight's sick, come quickly!
-Twilight

Not her most eloquent letter, but perhaps her most to-the-point.

"SPIKE!" The small dragon began to stir his his basket. He wearily lifted a head, sleepy eyes blinking.

"Twilight? Why are you-MMPHH!" His eyes widened, as the scroll was stuffed into his mouth. Reflexively, that green flame licked out of his mouth, burning the scroll into magical ashes, which floated out the window, to it's destination. Spike glared at Twilight. "What was that for? Couldn't you have asked like a normal pony?"

"Spike, Midnight's sick, we need Luna as quickly as possible." Twilight quickly explained, and Spike craned his neck, looking at the tiny bundle in Trixie's hooves.

"Oh, geez, the kid's sick? What's wrong with her?" Twilight bit her lip at Spike's question.

"That's what we're trying to figure out." She replied, turning back to her daughter.

Just in time to see Midnight's horn to catch on fire.

Trixie yelped, as green flames licked out from Midnight's forehead, the frightened newborn letting out a tiny little cry. Immediately the showmare's own horn flared, her magic creating a tiny raincloud, which rained down on mother and daughter. It did nothing to staunch the magical green flames.

Twilight rushed forwards, intent to do something, anything to help. Just inches away from them, her hoof outstretched, her magic at the ready, the fire flared brilliantly and consumed their daughter in an instant.

The magical ashes drifted out the window.

Excerpt 3:
Luna was aware of the irony of her situation.

Things had changed in the thousand years that Luna had been away. The main time that petitioners came to the court to request judgement on their grievances was now in the evening, the time when day and night met, while both sisters were awake. Even in this late hour, Luna was not alone. She had a horde of servants, cooks, guards, and handmaidens ready to attend to her every need. She had even slowly begun to notice that ponies were staying up later than she recalled a thousand years ago, and that they used the night for play and revelry.

That wasn't even getting into the hundreds, if not thousands of works of art, story, and song that had been made about the grace and beauty of the night.

In other words, Luna and the night had the love, companionship, and respect that she had so jealously craved as Nightmare Moon. How funny it seemed that she didn't want any of that now. How much of a burden it was now.

Finally having a moment to herself, she strode on to her balcony and looked out on Equestria. Her gaze focused in the same direction that it had last night, the night before it, and for the past few weeks. She looked far past Canterlot to the small country town in the distance. Such an insignificant little town in all respects.

Save her heart was there.

She entertained a brief fantasy. Descending down on that small town, and spiriting away those three in the night. She would bring them back to the castle, to Canterlot, and make a home there. Twilight would resume her studies in Canterlot, and Trixie would have an even grander audience to perform to. Together, the three would raise their child, the filly that had stolen her heart from her. They would live and laugh together, as a family...

But no. She could not do that.

Ponyville was home to Twilight and Trixie, and they had fought hard to make it their home. She could not take them away from the place they loved most in the world, away from the friends and life they had forged and tempered so painstakingly. It was more than that, though. Her daughter deserved a chance to have a normal life. That she was the only child thus far from the Princesses would ensure that would never happen, could never happen if she were to grow up in the court of Canterlot and be surrounded by it's chaos. She would be seen as a pawn to be used by nobles jockeying for position and favor, and that thought terrified Luna. No, it would be better for her this way. Better for the three of them.

Even if it felt like Luna's heart was torn from it's chest.

Oh yes, Luna was well aware of the irony of her situati-

”Princess?” interrupted one of her handmaidens. “We have lunch prepared for you in the dining room.”

Her thoughts now jumbled by the words of the servant, she nodded and said, “Very well, I will be there in a moment.”

Luna was about to follow, when her keen eyes spotted something. The magical green ashes of a letter inbound.

That was unusual. Even with Trixie's letters to her, she usually woke up to them. Why would they be writing to her-or Celestia, she supposed-at this time of night? She swiftly unrolled the scroll once it manifested.

Luna,
Midnight's sick, come quickly!
-Twilight

Luna felt her throat constrict. Her duty and position meant nothing at that moment. Already she was weaving a spell she hadn't used since she was the Nightmare. Her body dissolved into stars and mist, and she swept away from the palace, shooting towards the important little town at speeds that could rival the fastest pegasus pony.

Closer to the town, her senses picked up something of interest. Apparently they had sent another letter, as a second patch of green mist and ash escaped from the library. Yet, this one was not headed for the castle. In fact, Luna could not figure out for the life of her why they had sent a letter in that direction.

After all, it was towards the Everfree Forest.

Excerpt 4:

”MIDNIGHT! MIDNIGHT!” Trixie screamed, springing from her chair in hot pursuit of the magic mist that their daughter had become. She pushed past Twilight, who stumbled to the floor, so shocked at what had just happened that her mind freezed up. It was only until she realized that Trixie was about to spring from the window did her brain start working again. Trixie’s hooves were just at the windowsill when Twilight caught her in her magic, stopping her in her tracks.

“Trixie, stop!”

“T-Twilight? Let me go!” Trixie screamed at the betrayal, her legs kicking helplessly in the air, trying to find purchase to dig in. “Our daughter! Our daughter is out there! Let me go!”

“You’re going to leap out the top-floor window! You can’t help Midnight with four broken legs!” Twilight yelled. “Calm down, Trixie! I-I’m sure that if she copied the transit spell, that she’s with Luna right now!”

It was a logical thought, and it was one that Twilight was clinging to, to keep herself from panicing and leaping out the window in pursuit herself. Trixie let out a soft whimper, straining for a moment against Twilight’s magic, but she finally gave in, no longer trying to dash herself to the cold ground below.

“How did she do that anyways, Twilight?” Spike asked, his eyes wide. It was a question that Twilight was trying to puzzle out herself. How did she do that? She had no idea. Perhaps it was some sort of instinctual mimicry? Midnight couldn’t possibly know the complex imagry that the spell required. It must have been some fashion of mimicry, but she shouldn’t of had access to that level of magic to call upon! She was just a little foal! What was...what was....

No! There was no need for panic. There was no need for panic. They would wait for Luna, Midnight would almost certainly be with her, and they would all solve this together. She released Trixie, who pulled herself reluctantly from the window, just in time for a cloud of mist and stars to flow in after her. Twilight inhaled. Luna had responded quickly, no doubt because Midnight was with her. She wouldn’t want her fellow mothers to worry for too long. The stars and mist coalesced, the dark beauty of Princess Luna taking form.

Midnight didn’t.

“Where is she? What’s wrong with her?” Luna immediatly inquired, stepping forwards to meet with her two fellow parents. Her eyes widened as she beheld the mortified looks on Twilight and Trixie’s faces, as reality came crashing down upon them.

Midnight wasn’t with her.

Luna gasped as Trixie immediatly pulled away from them. She galloped down the stairs, crashed through the front doors, and shattered the peace of Ponyville’s night with her cries, as if their child could respond to her. Luna looked at Twilight, who was struggling to refrain from taking off after Trixie to help her. The Princess needed to know what was going on.

“P-Princess...”

“Twilight, what’s going on? Where is Midnight?”

“We thought...We thought she was with you!” She explained to Luna everything that had happened, how sick Midnight had been, and how she somehow mimiced the letter transit spell, only with her body. As Twilight explained, Luna’s face drained of color.

“Oh no...oh no...I saw her, Twilight! I saw the smoke headed into the Everfree Forest!” Luna said, and Twilight staggered. A terrible image exploded into her mind. One of her tiny daughter, sick and helpless, lost in the Everfree Forest. Laying on the cold ground, exposed to the elements, and surrounded by hydras, dragons, and cocaktrice. Easy prey.
Twilight heaved, her hoof going to her mouth, as she nearly lost the contents of her stomach. Luna moved to help her, but Twilight forced it down. She couldn’t afford to be sick.

“SPIKE!” She yelled, and the baby dragon leapt to her call, clearly eager to help in any way he could. “Go get the others, and tell them what happened! Get them to organize search parties, and catch up with us!”

“I’m on it, Twilight! But where are you going?”

“Where do you think? There’s no time to wait for them, we’re going to catch up with Trixie, and get our daughter back!”

Deep in the Everfree,
A tiny voice cried out in need,
The forest heeded the call.

Excerpt 5:

Trixie was cursed. That was it. That was the explanation. She wasn’t allowed to have a mother, and she wasn’t allowed to be a mother. How else could she explain why they were searching the Everfree Forest in the darkest time of the night, looking for her month old, deathly sick daughter? Horrible images kept assailing her. She had been so afraid of Midnight someday losing her before her time, that the reverse would happen had never crossed her mind. That Trixie would lose the daughter she had already given her heart to. It had taken her years to recover from her mother’s death, how long would it take to recover from her daughter’s? Would she ever?

No. That was the wrong way to think. It wouldn’t help anypony, least of all Midnight. She was the Great and Powerful Trixie, she had earned that title, and there was no way she was going to fall to despair again. Their story would have a happy ending. She was a storyteller, and she would make it so. They would find their daughter.

“So those are the symptoms, Luna.” She overheard Twilight behind her. She was barely paying attention to their conversation, knowing it was a way for the two to keep from lapsing into the panic that threatened to consume them all, and knowing that if they were to find Midnight, there was still her illness to deal with. The normally loud Trixie was very quiet, busy stretching out with her senses and magic, desperate to pick up on some sign of her daughter. A faint cry, a small moan, a soft rustle, anything to indicate that they were close...

“It could be a case of magic overload. It’s not uncommon for a unicorn to get sick when their magic grows too strong for their bodies to contain, and they don’t have the ability to safely release it.” Luna said after giving it a moment of thought. “Her fever, her horn glowing, and her general discomfort and pain all are symptoms of that. Her magic is burning her up from inside.”

“Magic overload? But that shouldn’t be affecting her at her age! It’s something that developing unicorns have happen to them, not a newborn! I’ve never heard of it affecting a pony so young, it’s dangerous enough for adolescents!” Twilight said in disbelief.

They had been fortunate so far. They hadn’t been accosted by any of the denizens of the Forest, although Trixie supposed being escorted by a Princess did a lot to keep them safe. Her daughter had no such defense.

“Think of who her parents are, Twilight. Magic is in her blood.”

“But it’s so early..." Twilight protested, until a thought crossed her mind. “Do you think that’s why she copied the transit spell?”

They carefully strode over a rickety rope bridge, that was strung over a perilously high chasm. Trixie’s normal dislike of heights would have kicked in, if this were any other situation, any other time. Now, she ignored it.

“It’s possible her body did it to vent off some of the pent-up magic in her body. I hear from my sister that you did something simil-” Luna paused, her head tilting for a moment. Twilight slowed to a stop.

“Luna? What’s wrong? Trixie, hold on for a moment.” She called out to Trixie, who scowled. There wasn’t any time for this! What was Luna doing?

“Something’s wrong. There’s something different about the forest up ahead.” Luna said, her horn glowing faintly. “It’s like something magical is disturbing it.”

“Do you think it could be Midnight?” Twilight asked nervously.

“I’m not sure, but it does feel almost familiar...” Luna wondered, and that was enough for Trixie. If it was her daughter, she wasn’t going to waste anymore time standing around here! She broke into a full gallop, Twilight first letting out a surprised protest, and then she and Luna raced to catch up. As the three ran, a strange fog descended down on them, cloaking the rest of the world from view. Trixie couldn’t see more than a hoof-length ahead of her, and the normal sounds of the wild Everfree suddenly went silent, as if the fog bank could muffle sound as well as sight.

“What is this? Trixie, slow down, I can’t see you!”

Trixie looked back, and couldn’t see Twilight or Luna. It was almost like they were each trapped in their own little world of fog. Barely able to see her own hoofs, Trixie took a bad step, and went crashing to the ground.

“Did somepony fall? Twilight, Trixie, are you okay?” Luna called out. Trixie heard Twilight call out an affirmative. She slowly picked herself off, wincing as she put weight on the hoof that had made that bad step. She had twisted it.

“Trixie, how about you?” Trixie was about to respond when her ears twitched, as a new sound started to flow through the fog they were trapped in, clear as day.

Somepony was singing.

“Wait....do you two hear that?” Trixie finally spoke up, looking around. The singing was lyrical and elegant, not so much words but soothing, wonderful sounds. A feeling of nostalgia swept over Trixie, like a warm blanket surrounding her and comforting her. Had she heard it before? It quelled the panic that had been her partner all night, leaving her with a sense of peace and...love. She barely heard her fellow mothers agreeing that they heard it. She began to walk instinctively towards the source of the song, the pain in her hoof not feeling nearly as bad as it felt even moments before.

The fog swept away, as quickly as it had descended.

“Where are we?” Twilight whispered, as if speaking any louder would break the peace of the place. The three ponies had found themselves in a small glade, and looked around in wonderment. They were surrounded by trees that were not gnarled and twisted, but instead growing straight and true. Brilliant flowers dotted the floor of the forest, blooming brilliant blues, purples, and silvers in the shining moonlight that descended from the canopy. There was a palpable sense of peace, of harmony. Twilight stooped to examine one of the flowers. “I don’t recognize any of these.”

“Are we even still in the Everfree?” Luna wondered. “Did she do this?”

The three made their way deeper into the glade, following the singing. They passed by slumbering forest animals, and felt the eyes of owls staring at them from the trees. Passing through a thicket of small trees, they came to the center of the glade.

Curled in a bed of small night-flowers were two ponies, the moonlight shimmering down upon them. One was a tiny filly, barely a month old. She was slumbering quietly, no longer touched by the sickness and pain that had ravaged her all night. A small smile played along her face, her horn was no longer glowing, and her chest rose and fell in deep, peaceful breaths. Trixie had never seen her daughter so calm. She slept against the other pony who was curled lovingly around the foal. That mare was brimming with life, her light purple coat almost shining in the moonlight. Her soft pink tail and mane seemed to flow as she shifted slightly to make the child more comfortable. She looked down at the foal with bright, loving eyes.

Beside Trixie, Twilight’s hoof went to her mouth, stifling a gasp.

Trixie felt weak. Unbelieving, she slowly stepped forwards. Her heart began to pound in her chest.

“M...Momma?” Trixie dared to whisper.

The eyes that she could never forget looked up at her, and Midnight smiled.

Oh my! That last development was unexpected but wonderful (and mysterious *wink*). The picture you painted for us here is such a hauntingly beautiful one. I love the way you described the one spot of sanctuary within the wild forest and the two figures who lay at the heart of it. I can't wait for Excerpt 6. Something tells me that Trixie and their unexpected companion will have a great deal to talk about.

Deadly
2011-09-26, 05:31 AM
Yes. Twilight lends herself to an ethnicity other than Caucasian. So does Celestia, actually. The only one who strikes me as definitely white is Luna; even Trixie has indefinite ethnic typing, despite being a valley girl drama queen.

I like non-Caucasian Twilight, south asian most likely. Celestia works well either way, dark or light, IMO. Totally agree about Luna, although I don't think I've ever seen her depicted with dark skin so maybe it's just because it's what I'm used to seeing.

As for Trixie, for some reason I always think "Russian", which I suppose could mean a lot of things. I don't think very dark skin works with her very light hair, however.

I'd probably give Rainbow Dash a tan, but mostly because she's always out in the sun. Also I always thought she had some of the longest hair of the six (Fluttershy clearly has the longest hair). Always makes me a little sad to see people depict her with short hair. I think Rainbow Dash would be sad too, I think she's very fond of her long hair (even if it might be a little impractical for her)

Kurgan
2011-09-26, 05:48 AM
Ok just got back home from seeing Voltaire, preform live with Hellblinki and This Way to Egress, and I definitely advise anypony who is into that sort of thing to check out the Dark Cabaret tour if you are in the northeast area of the US. And I am totally thanking MLP for allowing me to channel my inner Pinkie Pie http://i.imgur.com/HKmyu.jpg instead feeling awkward.


Yeah, got to say it was annoying I couldn't go. Who does a concert at 9:30pm on a Sunday? By the time I'd get home from that, it would have been time for me to get up!

Still, good to see you had fun.


This is the bestest idea. How to manage it, though? What's Blueblood trying to accomplish? It should be something petty and self serving...

What drives him to attempt anything? I can see how a plot to buy a sandwich could end with Celestia kidnapped and Trixie queen of the universe, but I can't see Blueblood being motivated to get a sandwich. Anypony got any ideas?

So I see better ideas have already been brought up, but I am a bit fond of:

Trixie had just recently found the mask, and and decided to test it on an unwitting suspect. Cue Blueblood ambling out of a bar and collapsing on the roadside next to her.

You are a super-villain.

Next thing you know, Blueblood is channeling his inner Dr. Doom, has somehow convinced/browbeaten Trixie to work as a minion, and is making his plot for world domination (completely ignoring the fact that he is already near the top).

His plans are interrupted, however, when Celestia starts giving him parts of the job that he is planning on stealing.

The fiend! She is on to me! We must act quickly....MINION! Go and fetch me another Celestia. It is time to unleash plan Blood of Blue, Blood of True! Mua ha ha!

That way, the big thing is that Blueblood is an unwilling villain (since lets face it, in reality he loves his life as is. Getting the responsibilities that go with it...not so much.). Trixie, while trying to set up her own plot, has made herself subservient to a self-serving jerk. And the whole plot? It makes no sense as Celestia was planning on giving Blueblood the powers he was planning on stealing anyways.



Just reminding myself to read this (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=11916693&postcount=129)at some point, since I'll forget otherwise.

BlasTech
2011-09-26, 06:37 AM
I finished reading every MLP fic Avery Strange (http://www.equestriadaily.com/search/label/Author%3A%20Avery%20Strange) wrote.
All = awesome.
I also switched from darkorange to another color.

Confound those ponies! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoxNyfdb_hE) They drive me to read awesome fics!
I need moar. Anyone else have any other suggestions? :smallbiggrin:


Okay, we had a bit of a fanfic recommendation discussion in the previous ponythread. I've trawled it and tried to find the relevant posts.

EDIT: Also, of course, everything listed under the "nice fanworks" section of the OP (especially GITP fics) :smallwink:


So I suppose the obvious next question, and one that has no doubt been asked a lot before, is: What other stories should one definitely read?

Not that I have the time, what with my own writing and all the other things I should be doing...


Well... you asked...

Note: I have not been keeping up with fics lately, so most of these are either older works which I enjoyed, fics that have been highly recommended by others or fics by our local Playground authors. Here's a very incomplete list off the top of my mind.

Extremely Long:
Fallout: Equestria (it's longer than the LotR I heard somepony mention. By ye Gods, that is screwy.)

Long:
The Ballad of Twilight Sparkle
Fair Feather Friends
All of dem Midnight stories
Divergence
It's Dangerous Business, Going Out Your Door
An Old Mare's Tale
Ponies Play D&D

Short, One-Shots
Sweet Apple Capers
Forever and Beyond Forever


i have heard good stuff about fallout equestria but if it really is that long..... i just dont have that kind of free time



gotta add Kindness's reward to that with all my heart
as good as the midnight stuff is... TrixieShy claims my heart
(and this settles a dilemma i had...soon as the lady finishes my crochet Fluttershy i am gonna have her make me a Trixie..no waiting a month or two...muuuust have soonest)-- still need to decide on earth pony once my bits money has resupplied itself...i am leaning toward Cherrilee over Berry Punch atm


and the new fic archive is great for looking these up...basically just look for the rainbow 6 star rating 8)


i was going to say 'nanigans
but then

cant beat that for shortness...or truth



I'm going to recommend what is to me the definitive Gilda fic: Heart of Gold, Feathers of Steel (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/05/story-heart-of-gold-feathers-of-steel.html).

Also all Darth Bobcat's fics.


Dangerous Journey is my favourite story in the fandom so far.



In addition, I would suggest Ditzy Doo and the Blustery Day (if you missed it the first time I linked it), Past Sins (because it is actually quite good, in my opinion) and Lingering Darkness (though this one isn't quite finished yet).

The latter is a touch darker (but not grimdark); but you sort of have to hand it to the villain, who is quite clever - I at least, found myself simultaneously wanting to applaud the cleverness while wanting to utilise my rocket launcher on them in fashion not envisioned by the designer...



Ah bugger, I thought that it was on a public section of the board. Guess it's restricted.

Well in that case

Spolier'd for length

BlasTech’s MLP Fanfic recommendations

BlasTech’s MLP Fanfic recommendations

Hi All

I'm making this thread in order to share some of what I think are cornerstone fanfics from the MLP universe and to hear from others if there are any other good ones out there that I have not yet come across (Because, frankly, I think I've had a bit of a pony-overload).

This is just the header post, to contain the format I've put info in and the disclaimer that anything I say here is just my own opinion.

In terms of a scoring system, I know I'm probably overly generous in terms of points allocated below (if you look closely, nothing scores less than a 3/5). That's because, of how I tried to rate them and probably because anything less than a 3/5 wouldnt be posted to Equestria Daily

3/5 - Represents a story that generated a "meh" reaction from me. It might still be a good story but just not for me.
4/5 - Represents a story that I found good, but that it had some flaws that prevented it from being a 5/5
5/5 - Represents a story that achieves what it sets out to do and does it in a technically good way.
6/5 – Represents a story that I believe exceeds what should have done given its topic or premise.
7/5 – Represents what I regard as a true cornerstone of the MLP Fandom. Generally these are the epics.

I've also tried to break it down by category as presented at ED.

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The Big Ones – Long

Ok, had to break this into multiple posts, otherwise it will take me forever to do them all. This one focuses on the larger/longer stories (i.e. multiple chapters). Unfortunately, most stories I've read with the tag, are shorter one-chapter works. Which means you'll have to wait until next time for those if you're after some nice depressing pony stories :P

Feedback is welcome, but not necessary.


[Adventure/Epic Stories]


Past Sins (7/5) (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/07/story-past-sins.html)

Synopsis: A dark ritual is interrupted in the everfree forest, however it appears that it may not have been entirely without effect.

Review: One of what I view as the “Big Three” in terms of adventure stories within the MLP fandom. A long, extremely well written tale that deals with the question of whether one can be born a monster, while also addressing some of the issues surrounding Luna’s redemption and the terror associated with Nightmare Moon.

A word of warning: This fanfic has some rather vocal detractors, mainly around whether the OC is a Mary Sue. I personally don’t hold to that though.


A Dangerous Business Going Out Your Door (7/5) (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/04/its-dangerous-business-going-out-your.html)
- A Day for Spike and Twilight (slight continuity) (5/5) (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/08/story-day-for-spike-and-twilight.html)

Synopsis: When a teleportation experiment backfires, Twilight’s friends must make a perilous journey to find a cure.

Review: The second of the “Big Three”, this story is a great exercise in world building that pays substantial homage to Tolkein’s works. An epic adventure, in the true sense of the word, that keeps within the spirit of the MLP verse but is not afraid to tackle a more mature plot line with interesting character development. Plenty of thrills and an exciting climax cap off a wonderful imaginative adventure. A Day for Spike and Twilight does a nice job of capping off the adventure by showing the impact it had on the relationship between the two.


Half the Day is Night (7/5) (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/03/story-half-day-is-night.html)

Synopsis: Princess Celestia decides to take a vacation, and summons the Elements of Harmony to Canterlot to assist her sister as caretaker ruler. But dangers lurk beneath the veneer of the white city.

Review: The third of the “Big Three”, Half the Day is night does the impressive job of crafting a believable, in character story, that could well pass for a full length animated movie of MLP. While not as “mature” in its settings as the above two stories, it definitely builds on the cartoons and does a marvellous job of portraying a sense of intrigue around Canterlot and the development of Luna’s personality. Personal highlight is seeing each of the elements being given their turn to shine.


Antipodes (7/5) (OC) (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/03/story-antipodes.html)

Synopsis: Set many years in the future after an unspecified event caused the Royal Sisters to disappear and froze the sun and moon in the sky. Two ponies emerge from their underground civilisation to an alien world.

Review: Warning -OC ponies. That said, they are good, well developed OC ponies. The author does a great job in crafting the tone of a neglected world and in building up from a tale of exploration into an overarching quest to restore balance to Equestria. Currently still in progress, but updates relatively regularly.


A New Breed (6/5) (OC) (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/05/story-new-breed.html) - Added 14 Sep

Synopsis: It was many years ago when the stars first began to fall, bringing with them the strange and bestial creatures known as “Imps”. In response, the Elements of Harmony bestowed new gifts on their bearers in order to combat this encroaching darkness. Now, with the passing of the last of “the Six”, it is time for a new set of heroes to rise to the task of defending Equestria.

Review: Clearly influenced by the Superhero genre, this fic does a good job of adapting the premise to fit the MLP verse. The OC ponies, while clearly inspired by the likes of Iron Man and Wolverine, are sufficiently varied to have their own identities and personalities, while still paying homage to their source characters. The story’s maturity is also in the vein of the genre, with death and injury chasing the characters' every actions. I found the writing quality to be of a consistently high standard, although it sometimes swung between great and just “good”. The characterisation of the core cast is particularly well done, however some of the characters introduced later in the story sometimes felt like theirs was a bit rushed. What cements this as a 6/5 story are the intense character-driven scenes that permeate the overall narrative and the great job the author does at conveying emotion and action in his storytelling. Personally, one very emotionally wrenching part of this was learning the fates of the Mane 6 and the development of Tome’s character in the early chapters. As yet unfinished, but nearing the end of the story arc.


Off the Edge of the Map (6/5) (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/07/story-off-edge-of-map.html)

Synopsis: When an acrobatic stunt goes wrong, Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy find themselves lost far from home. They must co-operate and rely on each other to find their way back.

Review: Another great story involving an epic journey across Equestria. While the fic has the shipping tag, I don’t read it as having any shipping. Rather it explores the strength of the bonds between two completely different ponies and how each has their own talents and flaws. Some of the settings are hauntingly beautiful to the imagination.


One last Quest (OC) (5/5) (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/07/story-one-last-quest.html)

Synopsis: Princess Celestia instructs Spike to rally the Elements of Harmony to undertake a dangerous quest. But when Spike can’t find them, he conscripts the first four ponies he finds.

Review: A much more “mature” story compared to other adventure stories, as befits the characters being older, more seasoned ponies than the Mane 6. This fic tackles themes of love, loss, death and motherhood but never strays into the realm of Grim-dark. Overall, one of my favourite OC adventure stories, right after Antipodes.


[Normal Stories]


The Sound of Sunlight (6/5) (OC – Octavia) (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/07/story-sound-of-sunlight.html)

Synopsis: Octavia is a pony that has the talent of a master musician, but not the passion for it. At least, not until life and friends help her find the way.

Review: A well written story that presents a moving tale about family expectations, music and life that particularly resonated with me. It builds on the four pony band seen briefly in the Grand Galloping Gala and gives them believable back-stories and great development.


Moonbeam (6/5) (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/04/story-moonbeam.html)

Synopsis: Despite her redemption, Princess Luna is having trouble finding her place in society. Lonely and still bearing guilt over her actions, she decides to flee Canterlot and try to live as a normal pony.

Review: A touching story about the power of friendship in helping one to move past their guilt. The OC ponies used in this story are well developed and have interesting characterisation, however the true thing that sets this above a 5/5 is how the author weaves the narrative around the canon of Season 1 while at the same time paying homage to the events in the show.


Friendship is … (5/5) (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/06/story-friendship-is.html)

Synopsis: A collection of short stories showing the meaning of friendship from various points of view. This series begins with “Friendship is: Laughter”.

Review: A great concept and well executed, it does its job in showing the meaning of friendship from different character’s perspectives, with many of the stories possible being able to pass as actual episodes. Sadly incomplete, but the four chapters posted so far are worth the read.


Misted Stage (AU) [S](5/5) (99999999/5) ... please don't attack me with an axe again Raz_fox! (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/06/story-misted-stage.html)

Synopsis: Something different, hence the alternate-universe tag. In a world reminiscent of Arabian Nights, Braeburn and his troupe of performers must put on the show of a lifetime for Sultana Celestia of Agrabay. But in this world of magic and mystery, things don’t always go as scripted.

Review: Definitely a piece that shows a strong imagination on the part of the author and a nod to tales like Aladdin. I won’t spoil the story for you, suffice to say that it pulls in on several of the more popular pony memes and tells an engaging tale of adventure and swashbuckling. Contains some mild shipping, but is primarily a normal adventure story. Arguably 6/5, but I’m being stingy.


Our First Steps (5/5) (OC) (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/08/story-our-first-steps.html) - Added 14-Sep

Synopsis: Deep in the desert at a secluded research facility, a group of physicists and engineers share a dream; to go further and higher than any pony ever has before. However, is their dream simply ahead of their time?

Review: An engaging story of making dreams a reality that harkens back to the pioneering days of the early Space Race. The author has clearly read up on the challenges that those early rocket builders faced and uses this technical knowledge, along with good characterisation, to deliver an inspiring story of reaching for the stars. Still in the early stages of the story, but what is there so far is solid.


To Trot a mile in another’s hooves (4/5) (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/05/story-to-trot-mile-in-anothers-hooves.html)

Synopsis: After another competitive argument, AJ and Rainbow Dash enlist the aid of Zecora to find out, once and for all, who has the hardest job in Ponyville.

Review: Quite a bit of fun to read. Although there’s not much surprising or new in this tale it achieves what it sets out to do. My only complaints are it becomes rather AJ-centric at the end and stops a bit abruptly. Would have preferred an epilogue or a more balanced story between the two characters.



[Shipping Stories]


On a Cross and Arrow (6/5) (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/06/story-on-cross-and-arrow.html)

Synopsis: Another “Twilight mucks up a teleporting” spell, except this time the Mane 6 end up in … Ponyville! All is as is was in their world, except there seem to be an awful lot of colts around that look very familiar. Hilarity, and some rather awkward shipping, ensues as the Mare-6 try to find their way back home.

Review: Although not entirely finished yet, the premise and execution of this story so far are both engaging and hilarious. Its very well written and shows just how much one can learn when they meet themselves … sorta. Each chapter has an excerpt from the following one that helps to keep readers interested. There is shipping involved, but I think the emphasis is on the comedy, which helps since shipping generally is not my cup of tea.


The Romancing Quest (4/5) (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/07/story-romancing-quest_14.html)

Synopsis: Having learnt so much about friendship, Twilight decides to focus her studies on love. Books won’t save her now. Contains Twi-Mac and Twixie.

Review: This one was … okay in my opinion. I’m awarding it 4/5 as it delivers on what it set out to do; tell a tale of Twilight struggling to understand this emotion called love. However, to me, some of the characters seem slightly OOC and the ending seems to zig-zag and drag on a bit, I think the author was having trouble achieving a more definitive direction by that point. Still, a good effort, hence the 4/5.


[Funny/Comedy Stories]


Progress (7/5) (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/05/story-progress-luna-versus-microwave.html)

Synopsis: Funny Luna time! I’m not sure if anyone has not heard of this one by now. But this collection of stories, centers on Luna’s struggles to adapting to the modern Equestria; ranging from cooking (Luna vs the Microwave) to Baseball (Luna vs Baseball).

Review: Pure. Comedy. Gold. Despite the use of OC’s, and some borderline risqué themes, this story is almost guaranteed to have you laughing out loud at some point. A cornerstone of MLP comedy as it introduced the character of Abby … luna’s pet abacus. A warning, some side-stories by other authors are much more explicit in their topics (Luna vs Threesome would be one such example).


In Her Majesty’s Royal Service (6/5) (OC) (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/06/story-in-her-majestys-royal-service.html)

Synopsis: A story of an OC pony as he joins the Royal Guard and an insight into the training Equestria’s finest receive.

Review: Quite funny, and a good take on some OC’s. I gave this one a 6/5 because, its well written and quite funny (The Luna scene being one of my favourites) but it also succeeds in making you care about the OC and his friends as they go through the challenges of guard training.


Mort takes a Holiday (6/5) (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/05/story-mort-takes-holiday.html)

Synopsis: For the first time in … ever … Mort, the pony angel of death, finds that he has the day off. Unsure of how to spend it, he takes Princess Celestia’s suggestion to get to know some of her student’s friends.

Review: Well written, with the character of Mort behaving how I’d expect someone to do so when they’ve spent thousands of years without needing to do such things as walk or make friends. 6/5 because the author does such a good job of channelling Terry Pratchett and for how wonderfully lonely and awkward he makes mort feel, without turning him into a clone of an established character. Unfortunately incomplete, but what is there is good.


Elements of Gaming (5/5) (http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7177549/1/The_Elements_of_Gaming)

Synopsis: The princess asks Twilight to assist her University staff by field testing some of their recent electronic inventions in the field of personal entertainment.

Reviews: Basically sums up as “Ponies play videogames”. The gamer in me loved the concept, and it turned into quite a fun read. Highlight has to be the reactions of the cast to certain more violent games (gears of war), and their success/or lack thereof, at applying their own personal talents to each game.



[Grim-dark Stories]


The Night that Never Ended (6/5) (AU) (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/05/story-night-that-never-ended.html)

Synopsis: A teleport experiment gone wrong transports Twilight and Rainbow into another universe (this seems a common theme in some stories). However, the sky is dark, Ponyville is deserted … and it only gets worse from there.

Review: I’ll say right off that there are not that many Grimdark’s I like to read. This one is an exception since it tells a sad, dark and chilling tale about what the world will be if the Elements of Harmony and their bearers had failed (in more ways than one). Without spoiling, the fates and outlooks of each of the Mane 6 are both believable and heart-wrenching, however there remains a glimmer of hope in Twilight and Rainbow. Incomplete, but 6/5 since it tackles some very deep concepts about how one would cope in such a world. I’m holding out for a good ending.=3



A World Without Rainbows (5/5) (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/05/story-world-without-rainbows.html)

Synopsis: Twilight has been acting strangely, shunning her friends and studies. At the same time, Twilight wakes to find herself in a world she barely recognises.

Review: Another “Twilight in an AU where NMM won” story, however this one is less grim-dark than the Night that Never ended, but still deals with dark themes like loss, failure, struggling in adversity and death. The premise is, “what would have happened if the rainboom never occurred” and the impact it would have had on the Mane 6 and the wider world.



The Sun is Tired (5/5) (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/06/story-sun-is-tired.html)

Synopsis: The brutal tyrant Celestia rules over Equestria, keeping the ponies alive and the sun in the sky only by the grace of her whims. Show her any disrespect and she might shroud the sun forever! Except … she doesn't, and she wouldn’t.

Review: I mostly like this one because I’m sick and tired of seeing Tyrant Celestia fanfics. It also kind of hurts to see her every action feed into the mythos of fear surrounding her, despite her best intentions and desire to do otherwise. I feel it delivers on its premise well and the effects it has on both Celestia and her pupil’s friends … some of which I found, painful, to read. (In a good way, I mean)



Frigid Winds and Burning Hearts (4/5) (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/05/story-frigid-winds-and-burning-hearts.html)

Synopsis: Luna has returned to society, but still doesn’t know the full story about what happened during her banishment. Another pony’s heated comments expose the history told of the last thousand years, and it is far different from what she remembers.

Review: A different take on the dynamic between Luna and Celestia, Luna is not the blameless victim, nor Celestia the benevolent saviour or ruthless tyrant. Neither is “evil”, but both are very well ‘humanised’ in their flaws and emotions. I liked the story, and would be tempted to give it a 5/5 for delivering on the premise well, however it is rather short at present and, unfortunately incomplete. It also relies a bit too heavily on miscommunication that stretches the willing suspense of disbelief slightly (but does not break it)


The Eversleep (3/5) (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/08/story-eversleep.html)

Synopsis: Celestia’s time has come, and she drops into the Eversleep. Her absence opens a political void in Equestria that is soon filled by those with ambition, rather than love, in their hearts. For her unpopular sister Luna, it’s a race to restore her sister to the throne before Equestria tears itself apart.

Review: A good concept, and the early chapters did show promise, however I didn’t particularly like some aspects of this story. The “wider Equestria” sections felt a bit rushed and the ending in particular irked me somewhat. I’ll try not to spoil it, but will say that it felt a bit sudden/jarring and a bit of a Diabolous Ex Machina.


[Crossover Stories]


World of Ponycraft (6/5) (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/06/story-world-of-ponycraft.html)

Synopsis: It’s the cataclysm! Deathwing has shattered the barriers that protected Equestria from the wider world. It’s brought new races, new magics and most of all, new quests for everyone to undertake!

Review: I personally play WoW, so I heartily enjoyed this story. It may not be as good for those who haven’t played the game, or understand the lore, in which case treat this as a 5/5 or a 4/5 rating. I think its personally a 6/5 simply due to the amazing way the author weaves the two worlds together. Lore-wise, character wise, mechanics wise, it all works! That and seeing the Mane 6 do a dungeon run together, with boss fights that are better than WoW’s in terms of interesting mechanics and story, is a definite plus for me!



Dungeons, Dragons and a Little Friendship (5/5) (OC) (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/05/story-dungeons-dragons-and-little.html)

Synopsis: Following an epic battle, a group of adventures find themselves stranded in Equestria. The bad news is, they are now ponies. The good news is, they retained their class powers and equipment. The worst news is that a certain lich followed them there.

Review: I’ve never played DnD, but could easily follow the story in this one. The OC’s are well developed and clearly have a lot of background prior to this adventure. The adventure has some darker/more mature elements than the show (obviously, since a lich is running around) but it doesn’t detract from an otherwise engaging and interesting story. My only complaint is that, despite several chapters being posted, it hasn’t been updated in some time, and does not look like it will continue. =(

Kris Strife
2011-09-26, 06:43 AM
Jayson said she'll show up enough to make you happy.

...So, Mane 7? :smalltongue:


Same like I am bewildered by how people managed to play Beat Hazard or O2Jam.

My Beat Hazard strategy is Dragonforce. :smalltongue:


Midnight's Learning

*Midnight tilts her head, as she listens to Leo speak about his homeworld. She shakes her head softly.

"No offense, but it sounds like your world kind of got the short end of the straw, as it were. To have an Equestria that violent and that broken..."

She shakes her head softly.

"It's hard to picture. Also, I appear to be doing just fine holding that book while distracted!

Midnight's Learning

Leo nods and sighs. "Oh, absolutely. But without worlds like mine, yours couldn't exist. Every time you make a choice, even an unconscious one like which chip you eat first, there's another Equestria where something different happened. Maybe you ate a different chip, or Pinkie ate them first. Maybe they dropped on the ground or a meteor fell and only hit the bowl of chips. And that's just for the minor things. I suspect there's an Equestria where you and I are both native. I'm still the only version of me who's Exalted though."

He smiles at her, and nods. "Alright, now try to bring it back."


I'd probably give Rainbow Dash a tan, but mostly because she's always out in the sun. Also I always thought she had some of the longest hair of the six (Fluttershy clearly has the longest hair). Always makes me a little sad to see people depict her with short hair. I think Rainbow Dash would be sad too, I think she's very fond of her long hair (even if it might be a little impractical for her)

I'm torn on how to respond here. My initial response was "She doesn't actually have long hair, she's just moving that fast." but now I want to point out that Rainbow Dash has a mullet.

Aotrs Commander
2011-09-26, 06:47 AM
Saw the post last night, but it was too close to meditation time to offer any useful thoughts then. I don't normally, but since it was my idea initially, one feels obliged to help... (For a given value of "help"...)




Aha! Brilliant! :smallbiggrin: And the opening scene just writes itself!

I reckon that this, combined with a summon from Luna and then a surprise reveal to Pinkestia would make the joke have more impact - particulary to a reader who doesn't know what's coming, especially if you write a good,teasing but non-spoilering summary. (Think of that as being the end of the pre-credits teaser or something.)

Sort of like this:
[ongoing conversation as Luna and elements go through palace; Luna has taken a it's better if you see" approach.]

"So what is the problem, Princess Luna?" said Teilight, puzzled.

Luna opened the door to the throne room.

"That."

On the throne sat a very pink Celestia, wearing a very vacant smile. She looked at Twilight and beamed. And said: "I'm a pretty pony!"

*elements react with gapes*

*roll intro*

Only, obviously, much better than the thirty seconds I came up with that in! (That was basically the image that gave me the idea for the story.)


Thank you, everypony :smallsmile:
Good point. I'll angle it towards more too self absorbed to even pay attention to what Pinkestia is saying or that she is different.

That's sort of what I'd thought - well perhaps marginally less mean-spirited than I thought! - but Blueblood certainly is self-absorbed enough to think Celestia is finally acting like proper royalty (e.g. himself)


Problem is, my pool of villains is kind of small to work with, and Trixie's really the only villainous magic user short of OCs.

I dunno. Over-using the show's villains can get a bit cliche. You can probably get away with Trixie, but you might be better using the Mask with someone new to fit the profile (e.g. idiot savant) better, in my opinion. But, that's just me; you're the author at the end of the day!

...

Combining the last two trains of thought, Blueblood as the mastermind? He is a unicorn after all, so he's got to have some kind of magical ability, and he, more importantly, has easy access to the Princess AND to the palace and resources, ponypower and potentially, the mask. He could motivated by the fact that, as often in fanon, Princess C was going to cut his allowance and send him off to learn some humility, so he decided he'd better make her more like him. (It doesn't even have to be "rule Equestria" as he's really trying to keep himself in the manner in which he's accustomed.) And he's "hiding" in plain sight. And he fits the "idiot savant" profile close enough. He could be canny enough to do the first part of the plan (with some slightly unwilling help and magical items) but he's daft enough to bungle the execution because he sees the world only through the eyes of his own perceptions.

The more I think about that, the more I like that idea. (My own thought would have been aliens or something, not that I actually gave it any thought!)

Note: I wrote this before I saw Grif had basically said the same thing. Clearly, great minds an all that...



Even more so if the commodore didn't bother accounting for your personal belongings. You are still clothed, right?

No, you see, the spells swaps me for something else, e.g, Hopereaver. I know better than to cast a spell on a goddess who might resist.




Tiberium Sun had an artificially slow pace due to the fact you need to slowly dump the collected crystals into a refinery. Which made it drag a hell lot longer than it should.

Was more the fact that, Firestorm especially, the maps were soooo much bigger and there were often several enemy bases. (I don't think there were many missions in RA2 that had more than two, the Soviet finale being an exception.)


AI Wars isn't very fun playing solo. I'll recommend it still if you have a buddy or three to play along with.

I dunno, it sounded kind of cool. The whole "tower defense" thing strung me as my kinda idea. And it's got a scaler difficulty, so I'm sure I could find a limit. I'm a single player gamer at the end of the day (if I want to play people, I play a wargame). You are talking to the person who's favored way of playing Civ is to stick on one of the lower difficulties and then end up curbstomping spearmen with tanks. (Okay that was once, in Civ 2, where the Germans glitched thier research, but still!)

But, I suspect I might end up getting Sword of the Stars 2 first, anyway, as I took your suggestion and installed C&C 3. 9Would you believe I had to download the patches, since EA has apparently stopped supporting it - at least, the in-game updater didn't work, and I couldn't find them on the main site...)



Harmony spoiler-y, but freakin' hilarious:
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-NE7nmNL1AvM/Tn_RGMcE2fI/AAAAAAAABFU/SpVLMruTFxg/s1600/sYXin.png



And Pinkie Pie showed up this morning, so there will be at least one pony for Worlds pictures... (Provided a) I remember and b) there's time!)

Trixie
2011-09-26, 07:03 AM
I like non-Caucasian Twilight, south asian most likely. Celestia works well either way, dark or light, IMO. Totally agree about Luna, although I don't think I've ever seen her depicted with dark skin so maybe it's just because it's what I'm used to seeing.

As for Trixie, for some reason I always think "Russian", which I suppose could mean a lot of things. I don't think very dark skin works with her very light hair, however.

I'd probably give Rainbow Dash a tan, but mostly because she's always out in the sun. Also I always thought she had some of the longest hair of the six (Fluttershy clearly has the longest hair). Always makes me a little sad to see people depict her with short hair. I think Rainbow Dash would be sad too, I think she's very fond of her long hair (even if it might be a little impractical for her)

Well, dark skin on any MLP character sort of annoys me - but not due to the skin color, but due to the fact most artists have no idea what colors/clothes tend to work well together and the result is more often than not a mess a clashing colors that ruins the whole image (see above image of Trixie for example). I don't think I've ever seen dark-skinned art of anyone but Twilight where the coloring would be even passable or resembling something living person would wear.

And I say this as someone whose skills in matching colors/clothes can be summed to '50% of my garderobe is grey/black' and 'I pick up first thing from the shelf' so I can only wonder how it looks for anyone really proficient in this regard.

As for 'sport tan' on RD, mostly agree, I seen a few really nice examples.


Shadowy's Stuff:

You have my permission to go for it and use Midnight.

<Shakes hoof> How dare youuu! :smallannoyed: :P

Deadly
2011-09-26, 07:04 AM
I'm torn on how to respond here. My initial response was "She doesn't actually have long hair, she's just moving that fast." but now I want to point out that Rainbow Dash has a mullet.

http://i.imgur.com/EZYlX.png

Red line is level with the bottom of Rainbow Dash's mane. It is clearly longer than Twilight's and Pinkie Pie's, and a tiny bit longer than Rarity's and Applejack's it seems. Maybe as long as Rarity's, I suppose you could argue 'cause the difference is tiny. Much shorter than Fluttershy's though. So, at least I think it's obviously not short.

Here's one just of Rainbow Dash

http://i.imgur.com/1hJDf.png

Her hair looks long both in the front and back to me. And ponies don't really have hair in the sides, cause we're talking manes. So no mullet.

Trixie
2011-09-26, 07:06 AM
Um, to me, it looks like Rarity's is just as long or longer than FS's on that picture... :smallconfused:

Deadly
2011-09-26, 07:11 AM
Well, dark skin on any MLP character sort of annoys me - but not due to the skin color, but due to the fact most artists have no idea what colors/clothes tend to work well together and the result is more often than not a mess a clashing colors that ruins the whole image (see above image of Trixie for example). I don't think I've ever seen dark-skinned art of anyone but Twilight where the coloring would be even passable or resembling something living person would wear.

And I say this as someone whose skills in matching colors/clothes can be summed to '50% of my garderobe is grey/black' and 'I pick up first thing from the shelf' so I can only wonder how it looks for anyone really proficient in this regard.

As for 'sport tan' on RD, mostly agree, I seen a few really nice examples

I'm much the same, I haven't got a clue what colors match and that sort of thing, but I can still say that certain combinations clash and Trixie's white hair with dark skin is one.


Um, to me, it looks like Rarity's is just as long or longer than FS's on that picture... :smallconfused:

I think you're looking at her tail, perhaps?

Excession
2011-09-26, 07:14 AM
I finished reading every MLP fic Avery Strange (http://www.equestriadaily.com/search/label/Author%3A%20Avery%20Strange) wrote.
All = awesome.
I also switched from darkorange to another color.

Confound those ponies! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoxNyfdb_hE) They drive me to read awesome fics!
I need moar. Anyone else have any other suggestions? :smallbiggrin:


Some others that I have enjoyed:

Half the Day is Night (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/03/story-half-day-is-night.html) has the Mane 6 helping Luna rule when Celestia goes on holiday. Political intrigue, adventure, a hint of shipping. I particularly like the characterisation of Pinkie Pie. Seems to stay close to the feel of the show while doing a bigger more serious story.

The Thessalonica Legacy (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/07/story-thessalonica-legacy.html) is sci-fi, a crossover, with Battletech of all things, has humans in Equestria, isn't grimdark, and is all of those things done a lot better than you'd expect. I like its explanation of pony technology.

Paradise (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/02/story-paradise.html) is an excellent story about young Celestia and Luna and where they came from. Unfortunately it isn't complete and updates are slow.

Fallout Equestria (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/04/story-fallout-equestria.html) is a story that is really not for everyone. Very long, very grimdark post apocalyptic war version of Equestria. Crossover with the computer game Fallout, and retains the feel of a computer game at times. I like it, but it might not be to your taste. The side story by a different author, Project Horizons (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/08/fallout-equestria-project-horizons.html) is if anything grittier and darker, but I'm liking that one too.

It's a Dangerous Business, Going Out Your Door (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/04/its-dangerous-business-going-out-your.html) is an epic fantasy adventure starring AJ, RD, and Rarity. Has a Tolkien feel to it, and magical elves deer.

Trixie
2011-09-26, 07:17 AM
I think you're looking at her tail, perhaps?

No. Look closely, unlike RD's and FS's manes Rarity's doesn't point straight down, but 'hooks' to the front. It also has very deep curl at the end, I'm pretty sure if you uncurled it and pulled down it would be longer.

In fact, I'd check it (Rarity has wet, straight mane in the sleepover episode) but I can't now, have to go to the doctor so BRB :smallfrown:

Lix Lorn
2011-09-26, 07:22 AM
A'ight ponythread, the Pinkestia story is starting to swirl and consolidate in my head. Rather than my reflexive action of hoarding all my ideas until I'm finished writing the story, and then flip a coin to see if the story is any good, I'm going to frontload the plot and premise here so people can tell me if I'm on the wrong track.

Please, be harsh. Spoilers ahead, yar.


Opening: The group is out looking for Gummy. This is the biggest trip-up for me right now, I need a good, funny, opening scene to get the ball rolling and I'm coming up kind of blank.

Twilight gets a letter from Celestia, reading "Welcome to Equestria!", swiftly followed by "I am Princess Celestia of Equestria!" and "My wings are so pretty!". These inane random quote letters continue until she gets a Derpy-carried letter from Luna asking her to show up at Canterlot.

Canterlot castle, Princess Pinkestia is wandering around being inane, closely followed by Blueblood. Ponies speculate on who could have done this, and who could have done this this badly. Then *Clue* which leads them to *Place* (minimal thought for this segment yet)

While investigating, Rainbow Dash is also kidnapped and replaced with RAINBOW DASH ALWAYS DRESSES IN STYLE Rainbow Dash.

Following the clue/place lead to a secret doom fortress, the ponies find the Princess and the villain - The Great and Powerful Trixie (and, more ominously, armed with the Liar's Mask). Trixie is being careful not to put the Mask on her face, but sort of waves it around when telling lies. Princess Celestia is stuck holding up a giant pillar, having told by Trixie that if she drops it Canterlot will collapse.

*Some kind of extended action scene*

Trixie, cornered and desperate, puts the Mask on, becoming essentially possessed by it. The Mask disables the ponies with deception and goes to Canterlot, having Pinkestia introduce her as a long lost relative. Blueblood instantly starts trying to put the moves on Mask!Trixie.

Ponies, particularly Applejack, manage to rescue Rainbow Dash despite the lies messing with their minds. Rainbow Dash confronts Fake Rainbow Dash and defeats her. Reunited, the ponies attempt to confront Mask!Trixie in Canterlot.

*Ending vague and unclear* Possibly involves a battle with a manipulated Luna and Pinkestia.

Keeping the Pinkestia/Fake Rainbow Dash reveal under wraps for now.


Gee, my creative process looks kinda vague and hand wave-y when I actually type it out.
I want to read it.


Aaannnnnd there goes the resistance.

OffoffoffoffoffOFF!

Stupid enhanced strength still not enough!

Wait. *skullpalm*

New substitution spell.

*wuuuff*

Well.

This is awkward.
...eh. (shrugs)
(cuddles Hopereaver)


Ah, it's time to troll the vote solicitors again.

"Hey, can I talk to you about your student union?"
"Tell you what. I will vote for your party if you can answer my one question."
Guy from opposing party: "Can I get in on this?"
"Sure."
"Awesome."
"Okay. Who is the villain from My Little Pony? Is it:
A) Nightmare Moon
B) Krastos the Glue Maker
C) Bad Horse"
"Uh. Krastos the Glue Maker."
"Option A"
"You win, sir, give me a pamphlet."

Same question to another guy a touch later got a result of Bad Horse. These guys are going to be here until Thursday, so what are some other questions I can ask?
I'm not sure this is the best political policy on your part, but it's awesome. xD


I'm game. When I set up the hypothetical Storm Esper's House game, you can DM :smallwink:
I was thinking PVP, but hey, that's cool too. xD


This one?

http://emob1229.photobucket.com/albums/ee468/WizardPony/personalprojects/Ponies%20in%20the%20Playground/c2b65936.jpg?t=1316998570

Top- fur
Middle- mane
Bottom- eyes

Do I have the colors right? Pretty sure I messed up the coat. Heads not on straight. Her sister has really hard hair. I may just make her look like Dinky and come up with a cute explanation.
[barelyholdinginsquee]
That's pretty awesome. Sweetie Belle-ish hair?
Fur color should be somewhere between the fur you have there and the eyes.
As for her sister... uh... sorry? xD

(And no, not that Venus. xD)


Don't worry, mate. We tend not to flame or hate around these parts. Flaming because we're civil, and hate because several engineers developed siege class weaponry which bombard the local area whenever a strong enough concentration of negative emotions registers on their sensors.

We used to call it the OFC, or the eye in the sky, and a bunch of other colorful names, but now it's just 'that &!%@ing thing that keeps shooting me'. To the commodore and myself at least.
And for some reason, I made a version that bombards any area with a concentration of positive emotion. I'm pretty sure there are two or three OFCs CONSTANTLY being used to negate the OHC beam.


I don't like them most of the time because they seem incongruous. Same with pegasi made humans having wings. Sometimes they seem to legitimately be part or the species depicted though, so they aren't all bad.
I generally like them. xD


wow. Took a minute for context to assert itself there. Haha.
Snrk.


I am surprised at how much this reaction freaks me out.
Yes, me too...


I don't think it matters. Thanqol is my go-to guy for coloring stuff that's really worthwhile. It's gotten to the point where I feel the need to start paying him.
Huh. Well. Maybe I should ask him for Filly-Faith.


Squee +1
(giggles)


Discord!Mask: "Dress myself? Do you take me for some sort of commoner? Go out and whip yourself until you develop a sense of propriety."
(twitch)
Would it ruin your fun if I used a magic horn poke to REMIND HER WHO HE IS!
(By which I mean remind her how much she wants to ruin Raz's fun)


Edit: And Happy Birthday, Lix! ^^'
Thanks. ^^


The CMC are known for covering things with tree sap. They once put out a fire; that is, the fire was in Rarity's Boutique and they put it out of the boutique, which set the rest of the town on fire.

They have been avoided ever since.
People remember that? Awesome. ^//^

BlasTech
2011-09-26, 07:26 AM
Having just caught up on the last few pages of ponythread, I'd also like to wish Lix a happy (belated) birthday, if ... um, yknow, that's allright with you http://i.imgur.com/pUT8r.jpg

Deadly
2011-09-26, 07:26 AM
No. Look closely, unlike RD's and FS's manes Rarity's doesn't point straight down, but 'hooks' to the front. It also has very deep curl at the end, I'm pretty sure if you uncurled it and pulled down it would be longer.

In fact, I'd check it (Rarity has wet, straight mane in the sleepover episode) but I can't now, have to go to the doctor so BRB :smallfrown:

Actually it's in Ticket Master, but anyway:

http://i.imgur.com/g1Mcw.png

You may be right, although it's hard to judge from the above because the pose is not the same. She's not standing up straight. I think if she did she'd still have roughly the same length, which maybe doesn't make much sense since you're right that her hair is normally curled up a lot

Still, I'd say Rainbow Dash clearly has some of the longest hair, only shorter than Fluttershy's and maybe Rarity's.

Trixie
2011-09-26, 07:30 AM
Actually it's in Ticket Master

Objection! :smallyuk:

Pulled it down from my server, that's why it's only fragment, but it seems quite long to me:

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-Z71NEoNs0Ow/Tcgn0bMQSII/AAAAAAAABg0/vTqE2S-Q4eg/A.png

Deadly
2011-09-26, 07:32 AM
Objection! :smallyuk:

Pulled it down from my server, that's why it's only fragment, but it seems quite long to me:

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-Z71NEoNs0Ow/Tcgn0bMQSII/AAAAAAAABg0/vTqE2S-Q4eg/A.png

Okay, it's in both then :smalltongue: But in that one she has her head bowed a lot, making the hair look much longer.

Thanqol
2011-09-26, 07:35 AM
Trixie had just recently found the mask, and and decided to test it on an unwitting suspect. Cue Blueblood ambling out of a bar and collapsing on the roadside next to her.

You are a super-villain.

Next thing you know, Blueblood is channeling his inner Dr. Doom, has somehow convinced/browbeaten Trixie to work as a minion, and is making his plot for world domination (completely ignoring the fact that he is already near the top).

His plans are interrupted, however, when Celestia starts giving him parts of the job that he is planning on stealing.

The fiend! She is on to me! We must act quickly....MINION! Go and fetch me another Celestia. It is time to unleash plan Blood of Blue, Blood of True! Mua ha ha!

That way, the big thing is that Blueblood is an unwilling villain (since lets face it, in reality he loves his life as is. Getting the responsibilities that go with it...not so much.). Trixie, while trying to set up her own plot, has made herself subservient to a self-serving jerk. And the whole plot? It makes no sense as Celestia was planning on giving Blueblood the powers he was planning on stealing anyways.


While I do love the supervillain dynamic going on here, I think Blueblood ultimately works better if he stays away from the grunt work. His character's about not giving a toss; I can see him ordering a supervillain scheme committed, but sort of lazily, and certainly without the energy involved in running around in a cape.


I reckon that this, combined with a summon from Luna and then a surprise reveal to Pinkestia would make the joke have more impact - particulary to a reader who doesn't know what's coming, especially if you write a good,teasing but non-spoilering summary. (Think of that as being the end of the pre-credits teaser or something.)

Sort of like this:
[ongoing conversation as Luna and elements go through palace; Luna has taken a it's better if you see" approach.]

"So what is the problem, Princess Luna?" said Teilight, puzzled.

Luna opened the door to the throne room.

"That."

On the throne sat a very pink Celestia, wearing a very vacant smile. She looked at Twilight and beamed. And said: "I'm a pretty pony!"

*elements react with gapes*

*roll intro*

Only, obviously, much better than the thirty seconds I came up with that in! (That was basically the image that gave me the idea for the story.)

My writing instincts warn me away from that setup for some reason... It's the opening of the story and the twist is more like the premise than a twist, as such. I feel more inclined to broadcast the Pinkestia thing, going so far to have the description/picture outright call it out. It appeals to me from a marketing perspective because, as far as I know, nopony's written a Pinkestia story and a fair few people will click it out of morbid curiosity if nothing else. And also, more importantly, it seeds the mood. This is going to be a comedic adventure story; it's important to communicate that from the start. I don't want to play it straight and then whiplash into a comedic twist.

The question, essentially, isn't 'Where is Celestia' at any point of the story. The question is always 'What's up with Pinkestia?'. Gotta pick which secrets to keep secret and which ones to play in the trailer.


That's sort of what I'd thought - well perhaps marginally less mean-spirited than I thought! - but Blueblood certainly is self-absorbed enough to think Celestia is finally acting like proper royalty (e.g. himself)

For super duper irony points, he legitimately believes this. He told Trixie to deal with Celestia and assumes that Trixie just 'improved' her rather than sent in a clone.


I dunno. Over-using the show's villains can get a bit cliche. You can probably get away with Trixie, but you might be better using the Mask with someone new to fit the profile (e.g. idiot savant) better, in my opinion. But, that's just me; you're the author at the end of the day!

I feel the necessity to use Trixie here. Blueblood is a great secondary/oblivious villain, he just doesn't have the motivation or drive to directly manage a scheme himself. He needs an Igor he can delegate everything to so he can focus on what's important (swanning around).

Trixie seems to work excellently as a midpoint villain. Relatively low threat boosted to intimidating levels by the Mask, capable of being manipulated, and even more powerful in defeat. I'm inclined to reverse the causation suggested earlier: Blueblood gets the Mask, uses it to tell Trixie she's a supervillain and is loyal to him, and then gives it to her and just waits for his problems to go away.

Essentially, for this structure to work I need somepony standing betweeen Blueblood and work. Trixie's currently the frontrunner for this spot, but I can see a strong case being made for Lyra... what do you think?


...

Combining the last two trains of thought, Blueblood as the mastermind? He is a unicorn after all, so he's got to have some kind of magical ability, and he, more importantly, has easy access to the Princess AND to the palace and resources, ponypower and potentially, the mask. He could motivated by the fact that, as often in fanon, Princess C was going to cut his allowance and send him off to learn some humility, so he decided he'd better make her more like him. (It doesn't even have to be "rule Equestria" as he's really trying to keep himself in the manner in which he's accustomed.) And he's "hiding" in plain sight. And he fits the "idiot savant" profile close enough. He could be canny enough to do the first part of the plan (with some slightly unwilling help and magical items) but he's daft enough to bungle the execution because he sees the world only through the eyes of his own perceptions.

The more I think about that, the more I like that idea. (My own thought would have been aliens or something, not that I actually gave it any thought!)

Yes, I'm pretty much operating with this as a core condition now :smallbiggrin: . Though the way I'm angling it, Blueblood isn't so much a mastermind as he is 'to blame'. He raided the HILARIOUSLY DANGEROUS MAGICAL ITEMS vault, picked out the Mask, used it on a minion, and then ordered the minion to solve the problem for him. He set everything in motion and isn't really involved more than that. Quite princely, ne?


Note: I wrote this before I saw Grif had basically said the same thing. Clearly, great minds an all that...

Grif is like... double smart.


(twitch)
Would it ruin your fun if I used a magic horn poke to REMIND HER WHO HE IS!
(By which I mean remind her how much she wants to ruin Raz's fun)

That would involve absolutely crushing her self esteem and reducing her to a quivering, insecure wreck.

Are you sure that's what you want to do?

Kris Strife
2011-09-26, 07:36 AM
http://i.imgur.com/EZYlX.png

Red line is level with the bottom of Rainbow Dash's mane. It is clearly longer than Twilight's and Pinkie Pie's, and a tiny bit longer than Rarity's and Applejack's it seems. Maybe as long as Rarity's, I suppose you could argue 'cause the difference is tiny. Much shorter than Fluttershy's though. So, at least I think it's obviously not short.

Here's one just of Rainbow Dash

http://i.imgur.com/1hJDf.png

Her hair looks long both in the front and back to me. And ponies don't really have hair in the sides, cause we're talking manes. So no mullet.

The "Her hair isn't that long, she's just moving that fast" was a joke, and as no one has a lot of hair to the sides, clearly Dash has a pony-mullet.

Just because I find the idea of at least one of them having a mullet to be hilarious, and Dash is the only one I could hear say "Business up front, party in the back." :smallbiggrin:

Deadly
2011-09-26, 07:39 AM
Okay, found a better picture of Rarity with wet mane, where she's in a more straight up pose

http://i.imgur.com/XeZ09.png

And I guess I'll agree it's as long as Fluttershy's. Even the tail. Still, doesn't change the fact that RD has long hair :smallwink:


The "Her hair isn't that long, she's just moving that fast" was a joke, and as no one has a lot of hair to the sides, clearly Dash has a pony-mullet.

Just because I find the idea of at least one of them having a mullet to be hilarious, and Dash is the only one I could hear say "Business up front, party in the back." :smallbiggrin:

Fair enough :smallsmile:

Orzel
2011-09-26, 07:40 AM
*doesn't need a pic to know Rarity's mane when straight only barely doesn't hit the ground*

3dit: Actually I believe Rarity has to curl her mane because it regenerates so fast.

Soras Teva Gee
2011-09-26, 07:46 AM
Still, I'd say Rainbow Dash clearly has some of the longest hair, only shorter than Fluttershy's and maybe Rarity's.

Umm versus who?

I'd say of the mane six (http://mkmiku.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/my-little-pony-friendship-is-magic-group-title-card1.jpg?w=620&h=464) while hard to judge exactly Rarity and Fluttershy are the longest. Next would probably be Pinkie when crazy and Applejack. While Twilight and Rainbow Dash both have comparably shorter manes. Though Twilight would probably have a case for having thicker hair and its uniformly long while RD has the spiky look which means her mane isn't a uniform length.

(Though Rainbow Dash's mane isn't really short like certain stereotyping would suggest)

Deadly
2011-09-26, 07:50 AM
So I guess this is my list of longest hair, longest to shortest:

Fluttershy
Rarity
Rainbow Dash
Applejack
Twilight
Pinkie Pie


I still say Fluttershy has longer hair than Rarity, if only by a tiny bit. Her hair is also slightly curled in the ends and would clearly reach the ground if completely straight.

Pinkie's hair is also rather curly, but it doesn't seem to gain much length in Party of One when it goes straight. It may be as long as Applejack's when straight, but normally I think it's the shortest.


Umm versus who?

I'd say of the mane six (http://mkmiku.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/my-little-pony-friendship-is-magic-group-title-card1.jpg?w=620&h=464) while hard to judge exactly Rarity and Fluttershy are the longest. Next would probably be Pinkie when crazy and Applejack. While Twilight and Rainbow Dash both have comparably shorter manes. Though Twilight would probably have a case for having thicker hair and its uniformly long while RD has the spiky look which means her mane isn't a uniform length.

(Though Rainbow Dash's mane isn't really short like certain stereotyping would suggest)

Look at the first picture I posted, the one with the red line. Rainbow's mane is quite long compared to the others when their manes are normal. I'll agree Rarity probably has longer when it's not curly, but Pinkie's mane doesn't seem to gain much length when it's straight and is at most as long as RD's in that case.

Nameless
2011-09-26, 07:54 AM
Ropes?

... Lix, did you tie this one up? Or do we have a rogue we'll need to collect back-due guild fees from?


Embrace your inner Durp.
http://img827.imageshack.us/img827/301/twilightdurp.png

:smalltongue:

Grif
2011-09-26, 08:24 AM
Note: I wrote this before I saw Grif had basically said the same thing. Clearly, great minds an all that...


Grif is like... double smart.

You don't know how flattered I am with this.



Was more the fact that, Firestorm especially, the maps were soooo much bigger and there were often several enemy bases. (I don't think there were many missions in RA2 that had more than two, the Soviet finale being an exception.)

Also worth mentioning is the fact bases are actually sturdier in Tib Sun than in RA2. The lethality level of the series seemed to go up as it progressed. You actually had to concentrate your firepower to take down a serious base defense in Tib Sun which many of the campaign boasted.

(NOD can hax by spamming artillery though. GDI only got the juggernaut in the expansion. It was still expensive and tedious though.)

In RA2? I do believe a salvo from 3-4 Prism Tanks can take down any Grand Cannons/Prism Towers/Tesla Coils/Gatling Guns. Or any building for that matter. And very especially if they are veterans.



I dunno, it sounded kind of cool. The whole "tower defense" thing strung me as my kinda idea. And it's got a scaler difficulty, so I'm sure I could find a limit. I'm a single player gamer at the end of the day (if I want to play people, I play a wargame). You are talking to the person who's favored way of playing Civ is to stick on one of the lower difficulties and then end up curbstomping spearmen with tanks. (Okay that was once, in Civ 2, where the Germans glitched thier research, but still!)

Yeah AI War has very adjustable difficulties. (AI 1 to AI 10, 10 being insanely hard.) But I tell ya, it really gets lonely staring at the map alone in that game.



But, I suspect I might end up getting Sword of the Stars 2 first, anyway, as I took your suggestion and installed C&C 3. 9Would you believe I had to download the patches, since EA has apparently stopped supporting it - at least, the in-game updater didn't work, and I couldn't find them on the main site...)

EA never did a good job of supporting their older game. I believe it's a misguided belief on their part that it'll encourage people to get the 'newer' and 'better' version.

Of course, C&C 4 never existed. Nope. Not at all.
I will Lyra stalk any of you who say it does. I swear I will.


While I do love the supervillain dynamic going on here, I think Blueblood ultimately works better if he stays away from the grunt work. His character's about not giving a toss; I can see him ordering a supervillain scheme committed, but sort of lazily, and certainly without the energy involved in running around in a cape.

For super duper irony points, he legitimately believes this. He told Trixie to deal with Celestia and assumes that Trixie just 'improved' her rather than sent in a clone.

I feel the necessity to use Trixie here. Blueblood is a great secondary/oblivious villain, he just doesn't have the motivation or drive to directly manage a scheme himself. He needs an Igor he can delegate everything to so he can focus on what's important (swanning around).

I agree with all above.




Essentially, for this structure to work I need somepony standing betweeen Blueblood and work. Trixie's currently the frontrunner for this spot, but I can see a strong case being made for Lyra... what do you think?

That would involve absolutely crushing her self esteem and reducing her to a quivering, insecure wreck.

Are you sure that's what you want to do?

Why... Why Lyra? LEAVE LYRA ALONE! :smallmad:

Raz_Fox
2011-09-26, 08:26 AM
Excellent! My newspaper fortress will be cheap.

As your friend, might I suggest building a second newspaper fortress while we still have Bunbunmaru issues flying from the printers? Something like a certain unmasked individual making out with a certain journalist. Hotly.


True!
You'll be sued for EVERYTHING!
(also, hugs)

You can't sue someone who you can't catch. That's basic law right there.

*Returns hugs with the force of a falling star!*


Discord!Mask: About time my beauty was properly recognized.

Yes. Yes, it is.


Could stand to read this article.

It's one of our more popular articles this issue, surprisingly. Behind GOSSAMER MASK, of course.


A'ight ponythread, the Pinkestia story is starting to swirl and consolidate in my head. Rather than my reflexive action of hoarding all my ideas until I'm finished writing the story, and then flip a coin to see if the story is any good, I'm going to frontload the plot and premise here so people can tell me if I'm on the wrong track.

Please, be harsh. Spoilers ahead, yar.


Opening: The group is out looking for Gummy. This is the biggest trip-up for me right now, I need a good, funny, opening scene to get the ball rolling and I'm coming up kind of blank.

Twilight gets a letter from Celestia, reading "Welcome to Equestria!", swiftly followed by "I am Princess Celestia of Equestria!" and "My wings are so pretty!". These inane random quote letters continue until she gets a Derpy-carried letter from Luna asking her to show up at Canterlot.

Canterlot castle, Princess Pinkestia is wandering around being inane, closely followed by Blueblood. Ponies speculate on who could have done this, and who could have done this this badly. Then *Clue* which leads them to *Place* (minimal thought for this segment yet)

While investigating, Rainbow Dash is also kidnapped and replaced with RAINBOW DASH ALWAYS DRESSES IN STYLE Rainbow Dash.

Following the clue/place lead to a secret doom fortress, the ponies find the Princess and the villain - The Great and Powerful Trixie (and, more ominously, armed with the Liar's Mask). Trixie is being careful not to put the Mask on her face, but sort of waves it around when telling lies. Princess Celestia is stuck holding up a giant pillar, having told by Trixie that if she drops it Canterlot will collapse.

*Some kind of extended action scene*

Trixie, cornered and desperate, puts the Mask on, becoming essentially possessed by it. The Mask disables the ponies with deception and goes to Canterlot, having Pinkestia introduce her as a long lost relative. Blueblood instantly starts trying to put the moves on Mask!Trixie.

Ponies, particularly Applejack, manage to rescue Rainbow Dash despite the lies messing with their minds. Rainbow Dash confronts Fake Rainbow Dash and defeats her. Reunited, the ponies attempt to confront Mask!Trixie in Canterlot.

*Ending vague and unclear* Possibly involves a battle with a manipulated Luna and Pinkestia.

Keeping the Pinkestia/Fake Rainbow Dash reveal under wraps for now.


Gee, my creative process looks kinda vague and hand wave-y when I actually type it out.

First: in a couple of days, I am totally stealing the consarn out of this idea of actually asking people what they think of your intended plot, to help out with The Lion and the Unicorn. (Don't worry, Phoe, I've got Heroics under control.)

Second:

The Mask returns again? Well, given that I've already seeded one of the most important concepts for TL&tU in Heroics, I shouldn't point fingers when it comes to reocurrances.

Secondly, Trixie should totally be hiding in the Everfree Forest. The clue? Luna might mention that evil is drawn to the castle... for some reason. Maybe it's tied to Discord, or the site of the final battle between the two sisters.

Also, I will read the consarn out of this.


I'm game. When I set up the hypothetical Storm Esper's House game, you can DM :smallwink:

Wait, that's a game? That's not what you told us.


Jahkaivah, you amaze me. And creep me out a little. And your Angel Bunny frightens me.

But that's ok, because ponies.

This man has expressed my opinions better than I could myself.


Ropes?

... Lix, did you tie this one up? Or do we have a rogue we'll need to collect back-due guild fees from?

Are you kidding? Rainbow Dash has been a member of our Guild since the Running of the Leaves. I think she's got a Kidnappee acount, though. Hang on, let me go through the files and Thanqol's basement. I'll find her in one or the other.


I don't think it matters. Thanqol is my go-to guy for coloring stuff that's really worthwhile. It's gotten to the point where I feel the need to start paying him.

As his agent, feel free to relay his payment through me. Also, he charges $500 USD per picture now.


Hm. I would read these articles. Well most of them. One of those comics sounds kind of fishy.

Honestly? You're right.

Grifield has gotten as predictable as Shimmer walking into Honest Bob's Rope and Rubber Ball Emporium. Good thing SiuiS's Pain is still a crowd-winner every day.


This would probably be offensive if I hadn't told you that you hit this point two months ago.

But hey! No problem. Here's a veil, and here's some clothes... No, wait. This is the veil, and this is... Or maybe they're both veils? Look, they are rectangular and see-through, put 'em on.

The PURE and HONEST Fox Raz approves heartily of this. Yes. Heartily.

(Also you can tell the veil has this silver brocade running along the edges? Sets off the face something marvelous. You need to pay attention to the fine details to get ahead in the clothing business.)


I wonder how long I can ride this wave before my inherent sense of fair play forces me to buy you something, or send you actual USD. http://www.electricsamurai.com/forums/images/smilies/icon_lol.gif

Yes! This is your sense of fair play speaking! Send him cash via his agent!


...

Alright, but only because I have the equipment set up for it already.

Raz! Lix! somepony needs together mask dressed, and somepony needs to use the camera, here.

*thinks for a moment*

Here, let me do both. For f-f-fr-fre-complimentary.

We doing this as a Guild shoot, or what?


...Who? :smallconfused:

Some minor background character from the first season. I'm honestly not surprised if you don't remember her, she was only in one episode.


...I can't believe no one asked for Trixie :(

Well, if someone had asked about Trixie, we might have gotten an answer of "No. Are you kidding?" This way, every week, we have the hope that the Grrrrreat and All-powerful Trixie might return.



Okay, we had a bit of a fanfic recommendation discussion in the previous ponythread. I've trawled it and tried to find the relevant posts.

EDIT: Also, of course, everything listed under the "nice fanworks" section of the OP (especially GITP fics) :smallwink:

On a lark, I decided to re-read your review for Misted Stage. I laughed. So much.

Also, person who is looking for fanfiction, if you can only read one fanfiction this year, read It's A Dangerous Business. But if you can read two, read Misted Stage (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/06/story-misted-stage.html), a story so magnificent in its splendor that it is the favorite fanfiction of our own PhoeKun.

Go read it now. Now, I say!

...What do you mean, I'm biased? I'm not biased at all.


I want to read it.

See? Even Lix Lorn wants to read Misted Stage, and she's read it before! It is a story so thrilling that not even the Shipping Queen can be satisfied with one perusal! Adventure, intrigue, and steamy romance, beneath the watchful eye of the Sultana's sun; the story of an actor and guardspony in love, struggling to protect each other in a world gone mad!


(twitch)
Would it ruin your fun if I used a magic horn poke to REMIND HER WHO HE IS!
(By which I mean remind her how much she wants to ruin Raz's fun)

This would be the worst idea ever Lix jeez do you even know what that would do to Mask right now


That would involve absolutely crushing her self esteem and reducing her to a quivering, insecure wreck.

Are you sure that's what you want to do?

She would kill-

I mean, it would do that, Lix. And that would be terrible.

Mask should be reading Misted Stage right now, not crying about how cruel everyone here is, curled up in the corner, hugging her knees. Because that's what will happen if you have your way. I hope you feel happy, you monster.


(Go read Misted Stage right now)

Soras Teva Gee
2011-09-26, 08:41 AM
Look at the first picture I posted, the one with the red line. Rainbow's mane is quite long compared to the others when their manes are normal. I'll agree Rarity probably has longer when it's not curly, but Pinkie's mane doesn't seem to gain much length when it's straight and is at most as long as RD's in that case.

I think RD is getting a boost in length in this angle so we can still see it. The mane lengths do vary from shot to shot. Though I'll give on reviewing Pinkie doesn't seem to gain length.

But there's still Applejack, she's just has it tied up but when looking at a few running shots her mane is quite long.

So I stand by Rainbow Dash still having a shorter mane then most of her friends. As much as such things are consistent she at least has the "smallest" as much as that means anything.

Strife Warzeal
2011-09-26, 08:44 AM
Confound those ponies! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoxNyfdb_hE) They drive me to read awesome fics!
I need moar. Anyone else have any other suggestions? :smallbiggrin:
[/color]
I haven't seen this suggested, so I'm going to suggest Silent Ponyville (http://jake-heritagu.deviantart.com/gallery/31046154) by jake-heritagu. It's grimdark so WARNING. If you played/enjoyed Silent Hill it's almost a guarantee you'll like it. If you do read it, there is an 'intermission' of FlutterDash shipping before the second story starts, just a warning if you don't care for shipping.



And mass message? No, I'd do separate, personal messages. But then, I have the time and the relevant form of insanity.


My definition of mass-message is to send out a bunch of messages, ergo sending out separate personal messages I still consider mass-messaging.


Have a Flutter-bondage comic:
http://fc09.deviantart.net/fs70/i/2011/268/3/a/flutterwhy__by_csimadmax-d4axie4.png

EsperDerek
2011-09-26, 08:53 AM
Have a Flutter-bondage comic:
http://fc09.deviantart.net/fs70/i/2011/268/3/a/flutterwhy__by_csimadmax-d4axie4.png

Phhst, everypony knows that Fluttershy isn't the one who gets tied up, she's the one who does the tying. :smallbiggrin:

Strife Warzeal
2011-09-26, 08:56 AM
Phhst, everypony knows that Fluttershy isn't the one who gets tied up, she's the one who does the tying. :smallbiggrin:

Well, obviously she was discorded at the time causing role-reversal. I mean, duh!

Raz_Fox
2011-09-26, 08:58 AM
Well, obviously she was discorded at the time causing role-reversal. I mean, duh!

http://i.imgur.com/2c0gc.jpg Fluttermean is Shimmer Snowflake's evil twin. http://i.imgur.com/2c0gc.jpg

Lix Lorn
2011-09-26, 09:02 AM
That would involve absolutely crushing her self esteem and reducing her to a quivering, insecure wreck.

Are you sure that's what you want to do?
:smallfrown:
But but she's a JERK when she has self esteem.


As your friend, might I suggest building a second newspaper fortress while we still have Bunbunmaru issues flying from the printers? Something like a certain unmasked individual making out with a certain journalist. Hotly.
I could make it entirely of only the Gossamer Mask pages!


You can't sue someone who you can't catch. That's basic law right there.
Well, the only crime is getting caught!


*Returns hugs with the force of a falling star!*
OURS ARE THE HUGS THAT WILL PIERCE THE HEAVENS


See? Even Lix Lorn wants to read Misted Stage, and she's read it before!
I have?

Raz_Fox
2011-09-26, 09:06 AM
:smallfrown:
But but she's a JERK when she has self esteem.

Well, now it's a sadistic choice, isn't it? Do you let her remain a jerk, grating on your nerves, or do you utterly destroy any shred of self-esteem she has? Will you ruin her life to benefit yours, Lix Lorn? Could your conscience live with that black stain?


I could make it entirely of only the Gossamer Mask pages!

Do this. Do this now.


Well, the only crime is getting caught!

And innocence, which is the worst crime of all.


OURS ARE THE HUGS THAT WILL PIERCE THE HEAVENS

GIGA! HUG! BREAAAAAAAAAAAKKKKKK!!


I have?

...

Lix.

Go read it.

Go read it now.

Kris Strife
2011-09-26, 09:09 AM
And innocence, which is the worst crime of all.

Only a plea of innocent, because it's guilty of wasting the court's time. :smallwink:

EsperDerek
2011-09-26, 09:21 AM
Geez, no wonder why I've had problems with typos escaping me over the past little bit, the word processor I'm using doesn't actually have a spell checker installed on it. :smalleek:

Deadly
2011-09-26, 09:24 AM
I think RD is getting a boost in length in this angle so we can still see it. The mane lengths do vary from shot to shot. Though I'll give on reviewing Pinkie doesn't seem to gain length.

But there's still Applejack, she's just has it tied up but when looking at a few running shots her mane is quite long.

So I stand by Rainbow Dash still having a shorter mane then most of her friends. As much as such things are consistent she at least has the "smallest" as much as that means anything.

Applejack's tying of her hair doesn't really shorten it, since it's not tied up, just... tied.

And I picked that shot because they're all in the exact same pose. I don't think Rainbow's mane gets any boost, it's still the same length in other shots, like the smaller one I posted immediately after.

But anyway, I just personally think it fits her character, and it makes me sad to see people give her short hair. That's all.

Capt. Ido Nos
2011-09-26, 09:39 AM
So much work to do...

So much pony to read...

So little time for both TT__TT

EsperDerek
2011-09-26, 10:14 AM
So much work to do...

So much pony to read...

So little time for both TT__TT

You and me both, bro. You and me both.

TheAmishPirate
2011-09-26, 10:25 AM
A bit of an off-topic question for our various writers in the thread:

What is writing to you?

I don't mean what it's done for your life or anything like that. I mean, when you sit down to write, what do you classify it as? Work? Play? Tiring? Fun? Stuff like that.

I ask because I'm trying to get back into the swing of writing, but it always feels like something I have to push myself to do. It feels more like a chore I have to endure rather than something fun. I'm fairly certain my perspective's gone screwy on the matter, hence why I'm putting the question to all of you.

And also here's a pony:

http://s3.amazonaws.com/kym-assets/photos/images/newsfeed/000/178/690/Good%20morning%20Daisy%20by%20JohnJoseco.png?13170 42729

I LIED IT'S TWO PONIES


http://s3.amazonaws.com/kym-assets/photos/images/newsfeed/000/178/694/63961%20-%204th_wall%20artist%253Asolar-slash%20comic%20pinkie_pie.jpg?1317046350

Grif
2011-09-26, 10:45 AM
You and me both, bro. You and me both.

Quoted for truth.


A bit of an off-topic question for our various writers in the thread:

What is writing to you?
I don't mean what it's done for your life or anything like that. I mean, when you sit down to write, what do you classify it as? Work? Play? Tiring? Fun? Stuff like that.

I ask because I'm trying to get back into the swing of writing, but it always feels like something I have to push myself to do. It feels more like a chore I have to endure rather than something fun. I'm fairly certain my perspective's gone screwy on the matter, hence why I'm putting the question to all of you.


For Me?

It oscillates wildly between work and fun for me. If I have this creative burst and a very fun idea to write about, it can literally suck up my time without me noticing. It's just that addictive and fun.

On the other hoof, if I'm stuck on a particular point on a fic or something; which happens relatively often, then yes, it becomes a chore when I have to scan through the same page over and over just to figure out what doesn't click.

I think the main point is to find something fun to write, not write for the sake of writing or producing something.

Kalinda
2011-09-26, 10:48 AM
Agg, newish pony thread. They move so fast!

Somebody may have noticed this before, but a thought on S2 EP1
The early scene with the CMCs spouting synonyms for discord somewhat mirrors the early scene in S1 EP1 when Spike can't spell Precipice, leading Twilight to offer synonyms before giving up and saying "something bad is going to happen."

Both are nice little scenes that sneak a bit of learning in for the target audience, which makes me happy.


Also, Twilight with books.

http://th05.deviantart.net/fs71/PRE/f/2011/269/c/2/twilight_reading_three_books_by_kp_shadowsquirrel-d4avali.jpg

As much as people joke about Twilight being turned on by the idea of being able to read several books at once, IME this is how intense research actually works. You have a bunch of books, many of which you've already read once, and you've got them all open and are flipping through taking notes and correlating information you're gleaning from all of them.

Twilight living with heaps of books piled on every flat surface is something that always makes me smile, because I've done that.

Raz_Fox
2011-09-26, 11:20 AM
A bit of an off-topic question for our various writers in the thread:

What is writing to you?

I don't mean what it's done for your life or anything like that. I mean, when you sit down to write, what do you classify it as? Work? Play? Tiring? Fun? Stuff like that.

I ask because I'm trying to get back into the swing of writing, but it always feels like something I have to push myself to do. It feels more like a chore I have to endure rather than something fun. I'm fairly certain my perspective's gone screwy on the matter, hence why I'm putting the question to all of you.

Writing. When I was a kid, it was something I did for fun. It was a way to get the crazy out of my head, to create the most fantastic things imaginable, and it was a way to emulate the heroes of my youth: fantasy novelists.

And then I tried NaNoWriMo, because I wanted to know if I could actually write over fifteen hundred words a day and come up with a coherent story, or if this writing thing wasn't really my thing and I needed to go into business instead.

Currently? Writing is a vocation. It's work, and it's work that's really easy to procrastinate on. But when I'm stuck in it, and when the words are dancing for me... it's wonderful. It's better and worse than anything else in life. And I easily forget that, and play video games, and do other things, and forget how great it is to write.

I write this, having come down after a writing high last night. I had to drag myself to the document, and force myself to write the first few lines. There was resistance, and then- boom. Something shifted. Something clicked. And away I went.

I'm going to do the same thing tonight. And hopefully? The night after that, and the one after that. And maybe I won't hit the writing high. Probably won't. But I'll get another page done, and then another, and then another. And I'll get better, on the long road of writing.

And then one day I can wave a published book in Thanqol's face and laugh. That's really the end goal I have for my life*.

*Okay, not really. Can we just say it's one of my ambitions, though?

otakuryoga
2011-09-26, 11:40 AM
yay...i haz my first internets awarded 8)

this pic was up for the drawfriend
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lCA-yPeV-Tw/Tn_NjZJhJhI/AAAAAAAABEI/mf-6P1AvfVM/s640/twilight_reading_three_books_by_kp_shadowsquirrel-d4avali.jpg
with the tag about her reading 3 books at once and it being her wet dream

well...with all the recent comparisons between Twilight and a certain starship captain i couldnt believe no one had made a logical connection so i posted my comment

----All Glory to Fluttershy said... [Reply To This Comment]

wow...no one made this connection yet?

(in Picard voice)

THERE
ARE
FOUR
BOOKS!--------


which led to this
----richfiles said... [Reply To This Comment]

@All Glory to Fluttershy

WHY WUB WOO!!! /)^ɛ^(\

You made my whole day for making that reference! You win 1.21 internets fired through the main deflector dish bolted onto a star destroyer being chased by the TARDIS, piloted by Cylons.----

someone a lil later said they didnt get the reference so
----All Glory to Fluttershy said... [Reply To This Comment]

@jodyjm13

with who they had voicing DisQord there were of course many comparisons of Twilight to Picard

and in one of the best TNG episodes Picard was being interrogated/mind tortured....the point being to break him and say there were 3 lights...when there were actually 4

picard gave that shout just before being rescued, though later admitting that he for a moment only saw 3 lights-----

Rebelhero
2011-09-26, 11:56 AM
HNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGG (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IVyDpxeBOA&feature=related)

The cute... its...too...much..

TheAmishPirate
2011-09-26, 12:05 PM
HNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGG (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IVyDpxeBOA&feature=related)

The cute... its...too...much..

This video is giving my insides great pain and my soul great joy.

Capt. Ido Nos
2011-09-26, 12:11 PM
HNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGG (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IVyDpxeBOA&feature=related)

The cute... its...too...much..

The joy! It burns!

Roninhirox
2011-09-26, 12:12 PM
You saw Voltaire?! LIVE!?!? God DAMN I'm envious!

It was awesome if you ever get a chance to see him do it.


Yeah, got to say it was annoying I couldn't go. Who does a concert at 9:30pm on a Sunday? By the time I'd get home from that, it would have been time for me to get up!

Still, good to see you had fun.



Ya I enjoyed it also have to new bands prominently featuring accordions for you to hear.

Also I guess on hair length, well that topic was done to death by the time I am posting I always think of Applejack and Rainbowdash as having the same length with Pinkie Pie and Twilight having the shortest, and Fluttershy and Rarity having the longest. Also I think Rainbow kinda works with a mullet. Also have some PMV http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAUvlI1ptKE&feature=related

erikun
2011-09-26, 12:26 PM
Continuing with my WiP - the Picie of Midnight and Aurora

http://i.imgur.com/EpU10.png
Such a pretty mane... :smallredface:


Same style as I gathered. I still cannot brain how does one fingers actually react fast enough to dodge those hellish bullets.

Same like I am bewildered by how people managed to play Beat Hazard or O2Jam.
I think that if you watch the videos, you'll note that players generally don't move around all that much. The tricky part is keeping track of all the bullets on-screen and moving through the waves of attacks. The actual hitbox of the character is frequently very small in these games, and so you want to recognize what part of the character is vulnerable along with identifying the points in the attack pattern where you can slip through.


Re: Rarity's Hair
Pinkie Pie likely has hair as long as Rainbow Dash as well, when it's straightened out and not all poofy. But yes, I agree that Rarity has some very long hair when it's not curled up.


Geez, no wonder why I've had problems with typos escaping me over the past little bit, the word processor I'm using doesn't actually have a spell checker installed on it. :smalleek:
Spellchecker? People use those outside final drafts? :smalleek::smalltongue:

Topaz
2011-09-26, 12:30 PM
Someone actually came up with a fanon background for Screwball that makes perfect sense. I Am Impress.

She's the proprietor of the Ponyville Joke Shop, and Diamond Tiara's aunt (that DT considers an absolute embarrassment, naturally).

That's why I love this fandom. So wonderfully creative.

the_druid_droid
2011-09-26, 12:31 PM
Also, Twilight with books.

http://th05.deviantart.net/fs71/PRE/f/2011/269/c/2/twilight_reading_three_books_by_kp_shadowsquirrel-d4avali.jpg

As much as people joke about Twilight being turned on by the idea of being able to read several books at once, IME this is how intense research actually works. You have a bunch of books, many of which you've already read once, and you've got them all open and are flipping through taking notes and correlating information you're gleaning from all of them.

Twilight living with heaps of books piled on every flat surface is something that always makes me smile, because I've done that.

You mean it's not typical to have every surface covered in books? This is a state of being I am unfamiliar with...


HNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGG (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IVyDpxeBOA&feature=related)

The cute... its...too...much..

You FOOL! You've killed us all... *gurgle*

Squeejee
2011-09-26, 12:44 PM
You and me both, bro. You and me both.

Thirded :smallcool: . But as long as I'm here...


A bit of an off-topic question for our various writers in the thread:

What is writing to you?

I don't mean what it's done for your life or anything like that. I mean, when you sit down to write, what do you classify it as? Work? Play? Tiring? Fun? Stuff like that.

I ask because I'm trying to get back into the swing of writing, but it always feels like something I have to push myself to do. It feels more like a chore I have to endure rather than something fun. I'm fairly certain my perspective's gone screwy on the matter, hence why I'm putting the question to all of you.

Writing is, for me, an explosion. When I get on a topic I like, I just start spilling words into my head (and occasionally the ears of my friends) for hours without realizing how long I've been talking or how off-topic I've gotten - even when writing for a school assignment as a kid I would sometimes be struck with inspiration and turn in papers that were twice as long as required. The trouble for me comes when I try to edit my own work - every thought sort of flows into the next, but I need to get it down to a certain length, but this example is so perfect I can't possibly delete it.

For creative writing, I find myself in the same boat as you a lot of the time. I come up with (what I hope is) a brilliant idea for a story, and write down the idea, and then find myself completely unable to turn my notes into prose. It's good fun, but for me it doesn't really hit until I receive feedback on the work, which means pushing through the process to get it out there.

Orzel
2011-09-26, 12:47 PM
HNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGG (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IVyDpxeBOA&feature=related)

The cute... its...too...much..

I can't feel half my limbssss...

*crashes*

Soras Teva Gee
2011-09-26, 12:59 PM
Applejack's tying of her hair doesn't really shorten it, since it's not tied up, just... tied.

And I picked that shot because they're all in the exact same pose. I don't think Rainbow's mane gets any boost, it's still the same length in other shots, like the smaller one I posted immediately after.

But anyway, I just personally think it fits her character, and it makes me sad to see people give her short hair. That's all.

Its not so much a matter of posing as just well, the animation isn't going to be static. I can pull up a shot of Rainbow Dash from a top angle with her hair blowing in the breeze that barely gets past mid-way down her body length. Then I can pull up another of Twilight where her hair blowing back is longer then her body length, which makes no sense in terms of length and volume for her normal look. There's plenty of side angle where RD's hair shouldn't be long enough to be very visible from a front shot.

(And AJ gets from her tie the same thing Pinkie's hai... whatever it is that Pinkie's hair has. Volume hiding length)

Though I can see your reasoning I suppose I like RD having the shorter hair as it well fits the tomboy. And reminds me of Starbuck, same character different universe.

Diego Havoc
2011-09-26, 01:13 PM
Have gunslinger AJ:
http://img.ponibooru.org/_images/07a94f7f76dd5008a2a58e5a52d803dd/63719%20-%20applejack%20artist%3Abamboodog%20gun%20western. png
AJ has been growing on me lately for some reason. Pinkie Pie too...
Am I the only one who read "Gunslinger" and immediately assumed it would be AJ with this? (http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Gunslinger)

Also, awesome pic.


A bit of an off-topic question for our various writers in the thread:

What is writing to you?

I don't mean what it's done for your life or anything like that. I mean, when you sit down to write, what do you classify it as? Work? Play? Tiring? Fun? Stuff like that.

I ask because I'm trying to get back into the swing of writing, but it always feels like something I have to push myself to do. It feels more like a chore I have to endure rather than something fun. I'm fairly certain my perspective's gone screwy on the matter, hence why I'm putting the question to all of you.


Well, I'm not a writer really, but I feel the same way about my art. I rarely draw, and I've been working on my Flash animation less and less and when I do, it often feels like a chore. But when I get a good end result (and I don't always) it is incredibly satifying. I think seeing that good result (and subsequently showing it off to others) is what keeps me at it.

Similarly, I roleplay on my other board, and sometimes I just don't feel like writing a post. Maybe I'm too tired, or I hit a block and can't think of anything. And yet a lot of the time, if I sit down and start writing, I can end up with something fantastic, and I'll often get feedback from people saying how good they thought it was, and that kind of positive response makes it all worth while.

So, what is writing/art to me? It's hard work, but for an ego-boosting payoff. :smallcool:


Anyway, enough of that! How about some sexy steampunk Vinyl Scratch art?
http://img.ponibooru.org/_images/599a9310eede78b3751491d7c5a65a5c/63967%20-%20artist%3A14-bis%20garter%20steampunk%20vinyl_scratch.jpg

Vent Reynolt
2011-09-26, 01:16 PM
:smallfrown:
But but she's a JERK when she has self esteem.

I'm gonna disagree here. The Fluttershy with self esteem, is the Fluttershy that said this. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMCW5wvg4lU)

In my opinion, what Discord did to Fluttershy was turn Fluttershy's inner critic outward. Rather than constantly criticizing and questioning herself, the mean Fluttershy had nothing but vitriolic criticisms for everypony else. It wasn't real self esteem because she was just being mean to hide her own insecurity. So Fluttershy with self esteem wouldn't be a jerk because it would just mean that she's able to stand up to her inner critic, instead of just shifting its focus on everpony else.

Um... I hope I explained myself adequately; I'm not nearly as eloquent as any of the writers here.


That's a rule then?

It is for me. I don't normally like the humanized pony pictures that keep the horns.


If it makes you feel better, you did accidentally woo a hippogrif.

At least until she figures out just how self-centered Blueblood is.

...And I have now just realized precisely why Rarity was so incompatible with Blueblood. His defining character trait is the exact opposite of Rarity's defining character trait.


Woah, what? Where did the comment you are replying too come from? If I missed a page or something... Ach.

Oh, it was nothing important, really. You didn't miss any pages of Ponythread at all.


[RP] Blue Unicorns Represent:

Ah. I've gotten a little of that, with my trick of using a magic platform to ride through the air on. The funny thing is that I get it as often from unicorns as I do pegasai. Then again I don't really do other weather magic, except for the basic cloud walk, so I guess I'm not really seen as infringing so much.

So Canterlot uses a lot of weather unicorns? I never thought about it, but I guess it makes sense.

[RP] Blue Ponies Yay!

Yep, I've kinda always wanted to get on to the Canterlot weather team. Of course, I don't think that it's likely to happen for a while now. At least, not since I accidentally set that tornado up in Cloudsdale...

Er...

So, about that floating platform spell! I've never even heard of anything like that before.

SiuiS
2011-09-26, 01:17 PM
Wasn't he going to marry Gilda at some point?

Oh yeah...



ETA:


That's the best kind of typo, really, the kind that you can pass off as not being a typo because it doesn't destroy the sense of the sentence.

Aye, I got lucky.


I don't think it would need to be much more complex than the existing pony makers. I've seen ones that support saving, exporting images, etc. I haven't worked with flash so I don't know exactly HOW much more complex, but I imagine if it was split into components it would be easier to tweak and fix those parts.

It depends. Offhand, a background pony could have one layer for background legs, one for foreground legs, one for the body, one for hair and a symbol for the eyes so they blink. Any other movement (unique legwork - unique being "not just walking" - for example, looking around, mane blowing in the wind, talking, etc.) requires the necessary layers to move each piece individually and fluidly.

At it's worst, the OC contest would just be a picture of a design that the animators would then almost have to do from scratch on their home system in order to use. At best, they could port the file in directly.


The contest idea definitely appeals to me. That way it's not just "plz add my OC" or anything, and participants could vote or rate the ponies, adding an additional layer of interactivity. People would be checking back every day to see new ponies, too. If they design it with the same level of quality that the show is done in, then it will be perfectly suited to their intended audience while still appealing to older fans of the show.

I agree.



I didn't burn you! :smalleek:

(lol I was saying that if you hated the idea, feel free to print it out and burn it.)

"ok, I'll rephrase. *ahem* oh, I see! I do magic and have a pointy hat, I must be a witch! So it's ok to let the CMC burn me, huh?"
I know you didn't, mate, but it's a joke I just couldn't resist making at the time. I couldn't just print out an idea and burn it; I'm too much o a bibliophile.



I thought I mentioned before, male.
Good luck staying awake. :smallsmile:


you may have and I just didn't notice. Sorry.
And thanks! Only now I am awake before 10:00, and it's kind of creepy. There's no movement, no noise. Like a movie just before the zombies attack.


Oh my that's gorgeous. Midnight is the epitome of the slightly awkward young adult who just blossoms with maturity, and Aurora is clearly a filly who is adorable, knows full well that she is, and is well versed in using it to blunt parental discipline -- and all that comes across perfectly in the picture.*

It's also neat to have another pony join Applejack in the prehensile tail club. :smallbiggrin:

Aye. Midnight ... Hm. Can't think of a differently phrased compliment. She's very pretty though.


Mah dues are always paid up, sugarcube.

I am somewhat embarrassed to admit that it took me an entire thirty seconds to get this. Until then I hemmed and hawed about How much elaboration was necessary XD


Forgot to reply to this. Your stuff is great and you should feel great.

I can't go much deeper into thought because then I'd start postulating on the fanon Mids family tree and head asplode.

Yeah, that's some convoluted stuff there.



Discord!Mask: "I'm aware I'm stunning, but you lot are insipid enough without me distracting you, so do your best to keep what few wits you possess together."


Hm.



Only if you assume you've seen her real hair colour.

I was actually thinking fur tone. And since wee-filly Mask had same color fur and mane, I can safely postulate either I have seen her real hair color or you only draw wee-filly Mask on days after she has a day trip to the spa with great aunt Rarity.


Umm... errr... uhhh... -(Glances about)- LOOK! It's a three headed pony!

http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2011/070/e/d/the_secret_of_pony_island_by_inkwell_pony-d3bfzfa.png

-(Kergone)-

Ok, yes I guess I did set myself up for that one.
ILL GET YOU NEXT TIME INKWELL! NEEEXT TTTTIIIIIIIIIiiiiiiimmmmmmeeeeeee. . . . . .


I'm cheating again and using subheaders instead of quotes. It's 2 AM, lemme alone.

Oh, Midnight, no! That's not cheating, sweetheart, that's just being smarter than me. I'd do it in a heartbeat, if I could remember everything I wanted to say at once.

I tried just taking notes one day, but then I had to copy the parts I was commenting on as reminders, and then it made more sense to leave the quote there... And here we are!



Midnight/Aurora Pic:

I am absolutely in love with mature, graceful Midnight. But I have to say, I noticed something about Aurora: She has green eyes, and starry hair. Hmn.

*imagines short story of NMM having a crush and a fling. Through Midnight, who is unaware*
I seem to enjoy mentally combining pony and cheap romance novels :smallconfused:
Weird.


I got a guy to sing the Jr. Speedsters song in exchange for my vote. That's dedication, that is.

Alas, no video.

I have to ask; you are actually giving these guys your vote right? Otherwise it's just kinda mean XD


EDIT: Also, by backtracing the Discord'd versions of my respective personalities -

Jayden: Nihilist
Mask: Arrogant
Charger: Addict

- I've managed to work out that my evil opposite is a gothic frat boy.

And then I realised I knew this guy IRL. No wonder I hated him.

You knew my younger brother?
:smallbiggrin:
Hm. Now to figure out how to humble her without being mean.


I see you posted Ponyard's plot, but said norhting about it. was that cause you found it amusing? or just forgot to reply?

ALSO!
Im working on a small one shot for ponyard. maybe help me get back into the fic... The title?
Ponyard's Lament.

A technicality. Near as I can tell, my wandering and your... Being you are happening concurrent with Midnight and Leo talking. In the same way your story started by popping in the middle of their conversation, my is continuing of to the side.

Having their talk, my wanderings, then your plotting is more of a cutaway timeline; I don't really have responses for either just yet. Plus! I set myself up to get lost so bad I wander through time, which is why Midnight + Soft Serve + Topaz at same time. Trying to reconcile that XD


As I promised, here's a Surprise.
http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2011/269/7/d/surprise__cg__by_dispozition-d4ayxpy.jpg (http://dispozition.deviantart.com/art/Surprise-cg-260290870)

Click through the pic to read me getting kinda weepy and all emotional over ponies on DA.

GREAT
GUMMY
GATORS

You did that? Man, that is fantabulous!
I will probably harass you in the future to help me learn to color :smallbiggrin:


I like non-Caucasian Twilight, south asian most likely. Celestia works well either way, dark or light, IMO. Totally agree about Luna, although I don't think I've ever seen her depicted with dark skin so maybe it's just because it's what I'm used to seeing.

As for Trixie, for some reason I always think "Russian", which I suppose could mean a lot of things. I don't think very dark skin works with her very light hair, however.

I'd probably give Rainbow Dash a tan, but mostly because she's always out in the sun. Also I always thought she had some of the longest hair of the six (Fluttershy clearly has the longest hair). Always makes me a little sad to see people depict her with short hair. I think Rainbow Dash would be sad too, I think she's very fond of her long hair (even if it might be a little impractical for her)

Yes to everything except Celestia.
Even the white pictures of Celestia I've seen don't feel white to me, she always has this vibe of... Something else. I can't think of her as Caucasian. Luna, however, I can't think of as anything but. Well, maybe Spanish, but isnt that still caucasian?
The Indian Trixie bothers me because of the clash of hair and skin. Russian seems to fit very well, and is something I've never actively considered.

I consider Rainbow Dash one of the most girly of the mane cast. She has long hair and likes to dress up. I never understood how sports = tomboy for her. Plenty of girls play sports. Never met a tomboy who enjoyed looking girly.


Okay, we had a bit of a fanfic recommendation discussion in the previous ponythread. I've trawled it and tried to find the relevant posts.

EDIT: Also, of course, everything listed under the "nice fanworks" section of the OP (especially GITP fics) :smallwink:

Thanks for that, mate.


I'm much the same, I haven't got a clue what colors match and that sort of thing, but I can still say that certain combinations clash and Trixie's white hair with dark skin is one.
I think you're looking at her tail, perhaps?

Hair texture.

Pinkie has naturally curly, frizzy hair. So realistically, her hair could be as much as 30% longer. Rarity has curly hair too, *but more perm'd ringlets than natural friz.

Rainbow Dash's long hair is most telling in that she has an incredibly thick, long tail. Not quite Fluttershy levels of hair, but you can see that she does like it. I know a lot of women who would kill for that kind of hair.



...eh. (shrugs)
(cuddles Hopereaver)


I*was thinking PVP, but hey, that's cool too. xD

Hm. I don't know how that would go. My general PvP tendencies are negate enemy strength down to basic levels. You are inherently resistant to that sort of attrition. So unless you were up for months of the bluff/diplomacy/intuition dance with some divination on the side, I don't think I'd be able to avoid being nuked before my set-up was complete.



[barelyholdinginsquee]
That's pretty awesome. Sweetie Belle-ish hair?
Fur color should be somewhere between the fur you have there and the eyes.
As for her sister... uh... sorry? xD

(And no, not that Venus. xD)

I saw her as an adult with long, curly-ish hair like you'd see in Greek pottery depictions. Toning that down to filly didn't work, but I managed to get the general structure down all comfy like.

And sorry! Looks like your Venus, then, is in another castle.*



And for some reason, I made a version that bombards any area with a concentration of positive emotion. I'm pretty sure there are two or three OFCs CONSTANTLY being used to negate the OHC beam.

So thread!Equestria just has various "rainbows" travelling across the land. Obliterating everything which passes under them.

Are we sure Leo didn't come from thread!Equestria? :smalleek:



I generally like them. xD


I fear I've given the wrong impression, so...
I don't like them when it looks tacked on. When I get the feeling the picture was supposed to be that way, and not just "I drew a human twilight! And also I should add a horn" then I like them.



(twitch)
Would it ruin your fun if I used a magic horn poke to REMIND HER WHO HE IS!
(By which I mean remind her how much she wants to ruin Raz's fun)

Hm. Arrogance?
Maybe we should make her talk to a monk. That would be the beat way to humble her through her own eyes, I think.

Now where to find a monk who can tolerate her...?



People remember that? Awesome. ^//^

Well of course, silly filly.


Embrace your inner Durp.
http://img827.imageshack.us/img827/301/twilightdurp.png

:smalltongue:

I can't. It's my outer Derp. I'd have to suppress it first.


Wait, that's a game? That's not what you told us.

Shhhhhhhh!



Are you kidding? Rainbow Dash has been a member of our Guild since the Running of the Leaves. I think she's got a Kidnappee acount, though. Hang on, let me go through the files and Thanqol's basement. I'll find her in one or the other.


OH GOD THANQOL'S BASEMENT
I mean, um... Oh. That's nice. Thank you Raz_Fox.
OH NO OH NO OH NO
Haven't checked Thanqol's basemen in months. Who knows who could be down there?!
*ahem* you had better take this large stock of water bottles, peanut butter and multivitamins with you, in case you just so happen to find somepony who is malnourished.



The PURE and HONEST Fox Raz approves heartily of this. Yes. Heartily.

(Also you can tell the veil has this silver brocade running along the edges? Sets off the face something marvelous. You need to pay attention to the fine details to get ahead in the clothing business.)

Hm. See, they both have gilded trim on all four sides... Maybe I grabbed two 'robes'? Ah well.



*thinks for a moment*

Here, let me do both. For f-f-fr-fre-complimentary.

We doing this as a Guild shoot, or what?


... We are now.


Phhst, everypony knows that Fluttershy isn't the one who gets tied up, she's the one who does the tying. :smallbiggrin:

But she w--


Well, obviously she was discorded at the time causing role-reversal. I mean, duh!

Well darn. Guess it was too easy.
On the plus side, think we're bringing Strife Warzeal over to our way of thinking :smallbiggrin:


:smallfrown:
But but she's a JERK when she has self esteem.

Yeah kinda. It's all that arrogance. We should drain her humors. BRING IN THE LEACHES!



I have?

Oh goodness Lix, don't say that you'll hurt his feelings.


Geez, no wonder why I've had problems with typos escaping me over the past little bit, the word processor I'm using doesn't actually have a spell checker installed on it. :smalleek:

Wow. That's a novelty; I didn't think they made them that way anymore.


So much work to do...

So much pony to read...

So little time for both TT__TT

It's ok my friend. Be strong. We will be here... When you return. *sniff*


Also, Twilight with books.

* * * *http://th05.deviantart.net/fs71/PRE/f/2011/269/c/2/twilight_reading_three_books_by_kp_shadowsquirrel-d4avali.jpg

As much as people joke about Twilight being turned on by the idea of being able to read several books at once, IME this is how intense research actually works. You have a bunch of books, many of which you've already read once, and you've got them all open and are flipping through taking notes and correlating information you're gleaning from all of them.

Twilight living with heaps of books piled on every flat surface is something that always makes me smile, because I've done that.

Aye. Those were the best days, when two notebooks, eight texts, a calculator and a bunch of inspiration were all I needed, and what I had.
The internet diminishes this somewhat, but still the actual books are the way to go.


No, you see, the spells swaps me for something else, e.g, Hopereaver. I know better than to cast a spell on a goddess who might resist.

Exactly. Would your spell see to your comfort? Absolutely.
Would it see to to the comfort of the person you were switching with?

Would there be a pile of clothes left behind (or set of armor, or whatever else she carried) when Hopereaver was whisked to her current location? After all, it's easier to grab the living organism than to include it's accoutrements with discernment.

So my question stands; is Lix Lorn hugging Hopereaver, or an awkwardly and painfully embarrassingly naked Hopereaver?

-

[FFRP] Magic Is Meticulous

[QUOTE=Topaz;11916723]Topaz has been listening and nodding as Starry explains. Constructs is a good enough word, though it kind of makes me think of more complex things than I make. I mean, I can't even do a proper hinge. So, all right then, crystalline force is almost certainly what I'm doing. Topaz, right? It's just, I guess, self centered? I mean it's nature is to stay in one place unless it's told to move. That's why it doesn't act like a physical object. Yeah, that makes sense.

Her horn lights and a sphere appears in front of her. I don't think they store energy, though. Her horn and the sphere go out at the same time. They don't last after I stop maintaining them. Needless to say, (she grimaces) making that mistake while a few hundred feet up in the air is the sort of thing you only do once. She pauses again. And I think that if you want to enchant an object for flight, it might be a better idea to make it a harness or suit, unless it's also for cargo.

So, anyhow, a more advanced magical text then. Who are we looking for?

(Author trivia: About three years later in Topaz' 'official' storyline she will learn that she can, with help from some existing enchantments, throw up a barrier capable of deflecting the force of an approximately one ton explosive at a distance of twenty-seven feet. She would have been just as happy never knowing.)

Ah, I see. You'll have to forgive me; I'm getting my magic and my physics mixed up, and using similar terms. Starry raises a hoof to the sky. All the more reason to look it up!

And as for who to talk to, I think our first lead would be a certain purple-pelted pony I know. Or knew, or know of... Er, whichever. I think our first lead would be her grace, Midnight. *I need to speak to her about magic anyway, and we can ask about forces and texts as well.

Starry rubs at a dirty scuff on her hat, and looks worriedly toward the horizon before continuing, I just hope I can find her. Finding that bunker was a bust, though good for a pun... Anyway! Shall we set out, miss?


-

[FFRP] Midnight's Learning


*Midnight tilts her head, as she listens to Leo speak about his homeworld. She shakes her head softly.

"No offense, but it sounds like your world kind of got the short end of the straw, as it were. To have an Equestria that violent and that broken..."

She shakes her head softly.

"It's hard to picture. Also, I appear to be doing just fine holding that book while distracted![/quot[QUOTE=Kris Strife;11917517]Leo nods and sighs. "Oh, absolutely. But without worlds like mine, yours couldn't exist. Every time you make a choice, even an unconscious one like which chip you eat first, there's another Equestria where something different happened. Maybe you ate a different chip, or Pinkie ate them first. Maybe they dropped on the ground or a meteor fell and only hit the bowl of chips. And that's just for the minor things. I suspect there's an Equestria where you and I are both native. I'm still the only version of me who's Exalted though."

He smiles at her, and nods. "Alright, now try to bring it back."


no response: for posterity.

Metahuman1
2011-09-26, 01:21 PM
I didn't mind the parody so much. It wasn't as jarring as I thought it would be given the relatively different settings.

This also proved producers in Hasbro are closet nerds for slipping in an obvious Star Wars ending like that.

I've seen enough Jedi Master Twilight and Padawan Spike pics too actually be ok with it, and heck, I though it was a nice little nod to the earlier movies and some of the Fanon at the same time.

Beeskee
2011-09-26, 01:31 PM
To everyone who posted suggestions: Opened your post in a new tab, proceeding to read all the suggestions. :smallbiggrin:


Mini-mini-mini review of Through the Eyes of Another Pony (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/08/story-through-eyes-of-another-pony.html):

Okay, let's see. A Human in Equestria... who's been turned into a pony... and it's an author-insert fan fiction.

And it's AWESOME.

What is this I don't even

otakuryoga
2011-09-26, 01:35 PM
HNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGG (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IVyDpxeBOA&feature=related)

The cute... its...too...much..

grrrrr.....you HAD to post that after i left for work...now im dying of curiousity thanks to the responses of others...and i cant see it til i get home in another 11 hours

Kindablue
2011-09-26, 01:36 PM
So, what is writing/art to me? It's hard work, but for an ego-boosting payoff. :smallcool:

And money, if you play your cliches right.

Mystic Muse
2011-09-26, 01:52 PM
:smallfrown:
But but she's a JERK when she has self esteem.


Self esteem does not equal being a jerk for Fluttershy.

Real Fluttershy is not a jerk, even when she has self esteem. It was a stupid mind control spell used by a stupid villain for a stupid plot that was stupidly rushed.

Strife Warzeal
2011-09-26, 01:57 PM
On the plus side, think we're bringing Strife Warzeal over to our way of thinking :smallbiggrin:


Hey! I've always (or for a long while at the least) thought this way, it's just that now I feel comfortable enough here to let it pop into the conversation.

Lix Lorn
2011-09-26, 01:59 PM
I'm gonna disagree here. The Fluttershy with self esteem, is the Fluttershy that said this. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMCW5wvg4lU)

In my opinion, what Discord did to Fluttershy was turn Fluttershy's inner critic outward. Rather than constantly criticizing and questioning herself, the mean Fluttershy had nothing but vitriolic criticisms for everypony else. It wasn't real self esteem because she was just being mean to hide her own insecurity. So Fluttershy with self esteem wouldn't be a jerk because it would just mean that she's able to stand up to her inner critic, instead of just shifting its focus on everpony else.

Um... I hope I explained myself adequately; I'm not nearly as eloquent as any of the writers here.
...but... I wasn't talking about Fluttershy. I was talking about Mask.


Hm. I don't know how that would go. My general PvP tendencies are negate enemy strength down to basic levels. You are inherently resistant to that sort of attrition. So unless you were up for months of the bluff/diplomacy/intuition dance with some divination on the side, I don't think I'd be able to avoid being nuked before my set-up was complete.
Make it interesting and I'll be fine with it.


I saw her as an adult with long, curly-ish hair like you'd see in Greek pottery depictions. Toning that down to filly didn't work, but I managed to get the general structure down all comfy like.

And sorry! Looks like your Venus, then, is in another castle.
Ahhh.
...(groan) xD


So thread!Equestria just has various "rainbows" travelling across the land. Obliterating everything which passes under them.

Are we sure Leo didn't come from thread!Equestria? :smalleek:
There's one dark rainbow trying to hit the thread constantly, but three or four proper rainbows hit it just above the cloudline, negating it.


I fear I've given the wrong impression, so...
I don't like them when it looks tacked on. When I get the feeling the picture was supposed to be that way, and not just "I drew a human twilight! And also I should add a horn" then I like them.
Ahhhhh.


Hm. Arrogance?
Maybe we should make her talk to a monk. That would be the beat way to humble her through her own eyes, I think.

Now where to find a monk who can tolerate her...?
Goats should be monks.


Well of course, silly filly.
:smallredface:


So my question stands; is Lix Lorn hugging Hopereaver, or an awkwardly and painfully embarrassingly naked Hopereaver?
...xD

Vent Reynolt
2011-09-26, 02:05 PM
...but... I wasn't talking about Fluttershy. I was talking about Mask.

Oh... Um...

This is... so embarrassing.

I thought it was referring to Fluttershy. I blame Raz's post directly above it for putting Fluttermean in my head first. :smallredface:

Dispozition
2011-09-26, 02:23 PM
GREAT
GUMMY
GATORS

You did that? Man, that is fantabulous!
I will probably harass you in the future to help me learn to color :smallbiggrin:

Heh, go for, but no promises on how well I'll be able to teach. And thanks (:

Deadly
2011-09-26, 02:24 PM
Its not so much a matter of posing as just well, the animation isn't going to be static. I can pull up a shot of Rainbow Dash from a top angle with her hair blowing in the breeze that barely gets past mid-way down her body length. Then I can pull up another of Twilight where her hair blowing back is longer then her body length, which makes no sense in terms of length and volume for her normal look. There's plenty of side angle where RD's hair shouldn't be long enough to be very visible from a front shot.

(And AJ gets from her tie the same thing Pinkie's hai... whatever it is that Pinkie's hair has. Volume hiding length)

Though I can see your reasoning I suppose I like RD having the shorter hair as it well fits the tomboy. And reminds me of Starbuck, same character different universe.

I'll grant that it's probably not always entirely consistent, but I do think it's obvious that RD is meant to have long hair.

I don't agree on AJ. If she untied her hair it'd get wider, spread out more, but wouldn't gain any significant length.

I don't get why her being tomboy-ish has to mean short hair, though.


I consider Rainbow Dash one of the most girly of the mane cast. She has long hair and likes to dress up. I never understood how sports = tomboy for her. Plenty of girls play sports. Never met a tomboy who enjoyed looking girly.

This. I think I agree with that. She's nuanced.


Rainbow Dash's long hair is most telling in that she has an incredibly thick, long tail. Not quite Fluttershy levels of hair, but you can see that she does like it. I know a lot of women who would kill for that kind of hair.

Indeed.

I just get the feeling that RD has long hair, and that she likes it that way (blowing freely in the wind). I can certainly imagine others being envious of her mane/tail.

Mando Knight
2011-09-26, 02:37 PM
I'll grant that it's probably not always entirely consistent, but I do think it's obvious that RD is meant to have long hair.

I'm pretty sure RD has about as long a mane as Twilight... a moderate length that's shorter than Rarity, Fluttershy, or Pinkie Pie's manes (when Pinkie's isn't all frizzed/curled up, that is), but still a bit longer than most of the colts keep theirs (but not all... there'll always be those that keep a longer mane, akin to the long "surfer dude" cut). Looking at shots with the cast next to each other, Dash's mane is just a touch longer than Twilight's.

Deadly
2011-09-26, 02:44 PM
I'm pretty sure RD has about as long a mane as Twilight... a moderate length that's shorter than Rarity, Fluttershy, or Pinkie Pie's manes (when Pinkie's isn't all frizzed/curled up, that is), but still a bit longer than most of the colts keep theirs (but not all... there'll always be those that keep a longer mane, akin to the long "surfer dude" cut). Looking at shots with the cast next to each other, Dash's mane is just a touch longer than Twilight's.

I'd say it's a bit more than a touch longer, but eh... maybe this is something someone should ask someone working on the show when next there's an interview: Who of the mane 6 have the longest/shortest manes. I doubt we could settle it otherwise :smalltongue:

Trixie
2011-09-26, 02:53 PM
I'd say it's a bit more than a touch longer, but eh... maybe this is something someone should ask someone working on the show when next there's an interview: Who of the mane 6 have the longest/shortest manes. I doubt we could settle it otherwise :smalltongue:

Um, but there are show-accurate molded ponies... :smallconfused:

MCerberus
2011-09-26, 02:58 PM
I'm surprised that nobody called out the catch-22 with the 'show accurate ponies'.


Don't buy Pinklestia and it's a sign the market doesn't want ponies.
Buy Pinklestia and wow, they're selling out! BETTER MAKE MORE

Trixie
2011-09-26, 03:00 PM
...buy blindbags then...? :smallconfused:

Mando Knight
2011-09-26, 03:02 PM
I'd say it's a bit more than a touch longer, but eh...

The ends of both their manes hang just about where the lines from the forelegs end. Looking at AJ's, hers is about as long as Twilight's and RD's, give or take. Fluttershy, Rarity, and Pinkie Pie have significantly longer manes, though Pinkie's mane length is mostly contained in her eccentric poof of curls, and Rarity's is styled so it curls up rather than hanging at its full length.

MCerberus
2011-09-26, 03:04 PM
...buy blindbags then...? :smallconfused:

Never really got the concept. Seems like toy-company trolling 'hey, if they don't like it then they've already bought it! Tee hee'

and I mean I'd never fall for that
*shoves moderate-sized container of Pokemon cards from my early teens back into the closet*

Mando Knight
2011-09-26, 03:10 PM
Never really got the concept. Seems like toy-company trolling 'hey, if they don't like it then they've already bought it! Tee hee'

It's one of Hasbro's most tried-and-true money-making methods. They've done it through WotC for years.

Trixie
2011-09-26, 03:10 PM
Pardon? :smallconfused:

But blindbags are show accurate toys...

Deadly
2011-09-26, 03:13 PM
Um, but there are show-accurate molded ponies... :smallconfused:

I'm not following?


The ends of both their manes hang just about where the lines from the forelegs end. Looking at AJ's, hers is about as long as Twilight's and RD's, give or take. Fluttershy, Rarity, and Pinkie Pie have significantly longer manes, though Pinkie's mane length is mostly contained in her eccentric poof of curls, and Rarity's is styled so it curls up rather than hanging at its full length.

When I look, RD's mane reaches a bit down her legs, while Twilight's doesn't even reach her legs.

The Dark Fiddler
2011-09-26, 03:20 PM
But blindbags are show accurate toys...

Are we looking at the same toys? (And/or do we have the same definition of show-accurate?) :smallconfused:

Looking quickly before I start my homework, Rainbow Dash's mane is wrong, and I distinctly remember Fluttershy being a recolor of RD.

Kurgan
2011-09-26, 03:24 PM
"ok, I'll rephrase. *ahem* oh, I see! I do magic and have a pointy hat, I must be a witch! So it's ok to let the CMC burn me, huh?"

Wait! We must test him first! Get the scales, we shall weigh him against a duck!


It was awesome if you ever get a chance to see him do it.

Ya I enjoyed it also have to new bands prominently featuring accordions for you to hear.


Curses! I missed both Voltaire and accordions!? Oh well...I guess next time maybe.


HNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGG (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IVyDpxeBOA&feature=related)

The cute... its...too...much..


HNNNN-LAUNCH THE COUNTER ATTACK! (http://www.youtuberepeat.com/watch?v=Lvkorjb4E7U&feature=related)


The "Her hair isn't that long, she's just moving that fast" was a joke, and as no one has a lot of hair to the sides, clearly Dash has a pony-mullet.

Just because I find the idea of at least one of them having a mullet to be hilarious, and Dash is the only one I could hear say "Business up front, party in the back." :smallbiggrin:

You know, all this talk of Rainbow Dash's hair and tan, I am beginning to form an image of her as an eXtreme sports chick who covers herself in spray on tan. I don't know if this is terrible or great...


Geez, no wonder why I've had problems with typos escaping me over the past little bit, the word processor I'm using doesn't actually have a spell checker installed on it. :smalleek:

Yeah, spellcheck is nice. In all honesty, that is how I found a good number of the problems in your writings. Not sure on something? Copy it into MS Word and see whether it agrees with me.

Titanium Fox
2011-09-26, 03:24 PM
Okay, so I caught something at the con. I have a sore throat, a migraine, and can't breathe through my nose. And I slept for 19 hours last night.

But I'll be damned if that keeps me from pony.

Quote post here, pics in next post for size constraints.

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So I'm not sure this strange idea of mine turned out so great :smallfrown: but I'm sharing it anyway...

Minsc from Baldur's Gate as a pony, with his new witch Fluttershy, and Boo, can't forget Boo:

http://fc00.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2011/268/d/3/pony_minsc_and_flutterwitch_by_adcoon-d4axel2.png

And of course dA decided to freak out when I tried to upload it and I had to delete it and upload it again. :smallmad: Was that a hint of some kind I wonder?

I've never played Baldur's gate before, but Fluttershy is absolutely adorable in this picture.


Yep. Mostly Dash, Rarity, and Surprise/Winged Pinkie Pie. Including a sketch in which it is noted that she considered having Pinkie's usual pose upside down (http://fyre-flye.deviantart.com/art/Upside-Down-260220433?q=gallery%3Afyre-flye%2F8431740&qo=8). Because she's Pinkie Pie.

Also a sketch of Celestia (http://fyre-flye.deviantart.com/art/Queen-260224781?q=gallery%3Afyre-flye%2F8431740&qo=1), before Hasbro told her that the Princess = Good, Queen = Evil rule applied.

So many ideas that I wish could have been used...


So I am on break for a bit, so I come bearing a gift. That gift is the latest part of How To Care For A Newborn Foal! Please note I haven't had a chance, ponies who did some editing, to shift things around with earlier parts, so they're still the same yet.

How To Care For A Newborn Foal

Excerpt 1
“TWILIGHT! TWILIGHT!!”

Twilight groaned, and covered her head with her pillow. Trixie had only gotten up a couple of minutes ago, damn it! It was her turn anyways! One thing that the books had never warned her about was how often a parent would need to get up to tend to a newborn foal. Perhaps they didn’t mention it because the authors were afraid that nopony would ever become a parent knowing that. Sleep was becoming a luxury, and other, more enjoyable, nocturnal activites were rapidly becoming the dream of a previous life.

If she didn’t know better, she would have believed that Luna had done something to their daughter to ensure that Midnight would be a night pony. Perhaps they shouldn’t have named her after a time of night, too...

That brought them to tonight. Midnight had been especially fussy, and both of them had been forced to be up with her multiple times already. Finally, finally, it seemed like she had settled down for a couple of hours, only for the peace of the house to be broken by weak crying. But it was Trixie’s turn this time, and she wasn’t going to get up! She was probably only messing up the diaper again anyways. Twilight couldn’t figure out how somepony who was so good with knots, was so terrible with tying up a diaper.

Of course, Twilight had to admit she was jealous on how easily Trixie was able to get Midnight to eat. She supposed that she had an edge in that department anyways.

No, she would just roll over, and pretend to be asl-

“TWILIGHT, SHE’S SICK!”

It was amazing how quickly she could move. She was halfway to the nursery before she knew it. She threw open the door, any trace of sleepiness gone. She nearly tripped over Spike, who, of course, was still asleep. It was truly amazing how deep that dragon could sleep.

For a moment, she thought it was Trixie who was sick. Trixie was paler than Twilight had ever seen her, save for the day of the reunion. The only thing breaking up that pallid look were her red-rimmed eyes. She looked frantically at Twilight, clutching the tiny bundle tightly against her protectively.

“S-she’s b-burning up...” Trixie choaked. Twilight swallowed down her own rising panic, and gently pushed in to check on her daughter. The fact that she wasn’t crying worried her...

She was shivering gently, and Midnight’s normally bright and vivid eyes were dulled with pain. Trembling, Twilight checked beneath her coat, and saw that her skin was bright red. Her tiny horn was glowing, the occasional spark shooting forth from it. Midnight was letting out small little whimpers, her breathing was shallow, but stubborn. Twilight pressed a hoof gently against her forehead, and nearly recoiled. Trixie was right, Midnight was burning up, and it was a higher fever than she had been anticipating.

Those eyes looked up at her, already believing, knowing with all of her tiny heart, that her parents would be able to help her. To make the pain go away.

“W-What’s wrong with her? What do we do?” Trixie immediatly deferred to Twilight. This was not the time for pride, earned or not. Of the two of them, Twilight was most likely to know what to do, know how to help their weeks-old child...

“I...I...” Where was all the knowledge that she had prided herself in? Trixie and her daughter, they needed her, they were looking up at her, secure in the fact that she would think of something. Twilight Sparkle, most knowledagble pony in all of Equestria.

Nothing was coming to mind.

“I...don’t know...”

She never felt so helpless.

Excerpt 2:
It wasn't what Trixie wanted to hear.

"You don't know? You're telling me Princess Celestia's favorite student can beat an Ursa Minor, but she doesn't know what's wrong with her daughter?!" Trixie's voice raised, as she clutched Midnight tightly. She stared at Twilight accusingly, who flinched.

"I-I don't recognize the symptoms, Trixie! I mean, it's not that, I don't recognize this combination of symptoms! She's feverish, but not sweating! She's in pain, but I don't see where! I don't know why she's breathing so shallowly, there's nothing wrong with her chest, and I don't even know why her horn is glowing! A unicorn's horn shouldn't be glowing at all yet!" Twilight babbled out a defense, her own voice belying her panic. Why was she bringing up old wounds that hadn't been touched now of all times? It had been months since...

"You think you're Great and Powerful, but you can't do anything to help her!" Trixie yelled.

That was why.

Twilight rose up, and embraced Trixie. At the touch of her wife, Trixie immediately broke down, sobbing against Twilight's chest. She kept a tight hold of Midnight, as if sheer contact could heal the pain their daughter was suffering.

"We have to help her...I can't lose her already..." Trixie whispered, and Twilight nuzzled at her comfortingly.

They were going to need help. But who? Ponyville didn't have a hospital, they had a clinic, and she doubted Nurse Redheart would be able to help much, she was an expert in Earth Pony health. Zecora was out, it was too dangerous to go through the Everfree Forest during the night, especially with a sick filly in tow. Was there nopony else in Ponyville that could help them at this time of night?

Wait...how could she be so foalish? The answer had always been there.

"The Princesses!" Quill and scroll were already in the air. "Celestia will be asleep, but Luna..."

"Luna?" Trixie said uncertainly, when Twilight trailed off. Twilight had been reminded of a certain event that had happened only weeks ago.

It was still odd to them, Luna's heartfelt, almost desperate, request to be Midnight's parent, her 'third mother'. But then, they had accepted, hadn't they? That made her that third parent. That made this not just a matter of getting a Princesses help. She deserved to know that her daughter was sick, too.

Luna,
Midnight's sick, come quickly!
-Twilight

Not her most eloquent letter, but perhaps her most to-the-point.

"SPIKE!" The small dragon began to stir his his basket. He wearily lifted a head, sleepy eyes blinking.

"Twilight? Why are you-MMPHH!" His eyes widened, as the scroll was stuffed into his mouth. Reflexively, that green flame licked out of his mouth, burning the scroll into magical ashes, which floated out the window, to it's destination. Spike glared at Twilight. "What was that for? Couldn't you have asked like a normal pony?"

"Spike, Midnight's sick, we need Luna as quickly as possible." Twilight quickly explained, and Spike craned his neck, looking at the tiny bundle in Trixie's hooves.

"Oh, geez, the kid's sick? What's wrong with her?" Twilight bit her lip at Spike's question.

"That's what we're trying to figure out." She replied, turning back to her daughter.

Just in time to see Midnight's horn to catch on fire.

Trixie yelped, as green flames licked out from Midnight's forehead, the frightened newborn letting out a tiny little cry. Immediately the showmare's own horn flared, her magic creating a tiny raincloud, which rained down on mother and daughter. It did nothing to staunch the magical green flames.

Twilight rushed forwards, intent to do something, anything to help. Just inches away from them, her hoof outstretched, her magic at the ready, the fire flared brilliantly and consumed their daughter in an instant.

The magical ashes drifted out the window.

Excerpt 3:
Luna was aware of the irony of her situation.

Things had changed in the thousand years that Luna had been away. The main time that petitioners came to the court to request judgement on their grievances was now in the evening, the time when day and night met, while both sisters were awake. Even in this late hour, Luna was not alone. She had a horde of servants, cooks, guards, and handmaidens ready to attend to her every need. She had even slowly begun to notice that ponies were staying up later than she recalled a thousand years ago, and that they used the night for play and revelry.

That wasn't even getting into the hundreds, if not thousands of works of art, story, and song that had been made about the grace and beauty of the night.

In other words, Luna and the night had the love, companionship, and respect that she had so jealously craved as Nightmare Moon. How funny it seemed that she didn't want any of that now. How much of a burden it was now.

Finally having a moment to herself, she strode on to her balcony and looked out on Equestria. Her gaze focused in the same direction that it had last night, the night before it, and for the past few weeks. She looked far past Canterlot to the small country town in the distance. Such an insignificant little town in all respects.

Save her heart was there.

She entertained a brief fantasy. Descending down on that small town, and spiriting away those three in the night. She would bring them back to the castle, to Canterlot, and make a home there. Twilight would resume her studies in Canterlot, and Trixie would have an even grander audience to perform to. Together, the three would raise their child, the filly that had stolen her heart from her. They would live and laugh together, as a family...

But no. She could not do that.

Ponyville was home to Twilight and Trixie, and they had fought hard to make it their home. She could not take them away from the place they loved most in the world, away from the friends and life they had forged and tempered so painstakingly. It was more than that, though. Her daughter deserved a chance to have a normal life. That she was the only child thus far from the Princesses would ensure that would never happen, could never happen if she were to grow up in the court of Canterlot and be surrounded by it's chaos. She would be seen as a pawn to be used by nobles jockeying for position and favor, and that thought terrified Luna. No, it would be better for her this way. Better for the three of them.

Even if it felt like Luna's heart was torn from it's chest.

Oh yes, Luna was well aware of the irony of her situati-

”Princess?” interrupted one of her handmaidens. “We have lunch prepared for you in the dining room.”

Her thoughts now jumbled by the words of the servant, she nodded and said, “Very well, I will be there in a moment.”

Luna was about to follow, when her keen eyes spotted something. The magical green ashes of a letter inbound.

That was unusual. Even with Trixie's letters to her, she usually woke up to them. Why would they be writing to her-or Celestia, she supposed-at this time of night? She swiftly unrolled the scroll once it manifested.

Luna,
Midnight's sick, come quickly!
-Twilight

Luna felt her throat constrict. Her duty and position meant nothing at that moment. Already she was weaving a spell she hadn't used since she was the Nightmare. Her body dissolved into stars and mist, and she swept away from the palace, shooting towards the important little town at speeds that could rival the fastest pegasus pony.

Closer to the town, her senses picked up something of interest. Apparently they had sent another letter, as a second patch of green mist and ash escaped from the library. Yet, this one was not headed for the castle. In fact, Luna could not figure out for the life of her why they had sent a letter in that direction.

After all, it was towards the Everfree Forest.

Excerpt 4:

”MIDNIGHT! MIDNIGHT!” Trixie screamed, springing from her chair in hot pursuit of the magic mist that their daughter had become. She pushed past Twilight, who stumbled to the floor, so shocked at what had just happened that her mind freezed up. It was only until she realized that Trixie was about to spring from the window did her brain start working again. Trixie’s hooves were just at the windowsill when Twilight caught her in her magic, stopping her in her tracks.

“Trixie, stop!”

“T-Twilight? Let me go!” Trixie screamed at the betrayal, her legs kicking helplessly in the air, trying to find purchase to dig in. “Our daughter! Our daughter is out there! Let me go!”

“You’re going to leap out the top-floor window! You can’t help Midnight with four broken legs!” Twilight yelled. “Calm down, Trixie! I-I’m sure that if she copied the transit spell, that she’s with Luna right now!”

It was a logical thought, and it was one that Twilight was clinging to, to keep herself from panicing and leaping out the window in pursuit herself. Trixie let out a soft whimper, straining for a moment against Twilight’s magic, but she finally gave in, no longer trying to dash herself to the cold ground below.

“How did she do that anyways, Twilight?” Spike asked, his eyes wide. It was a question that Twilight was trying to puzzle out herself. How did she do that? She had no idea. Perhaps it was some sort of instinctual mimicry? Midnight couldn’t possibly know the complex imagry that the spell required. It must have been some fashion of mimicry, but she shouldn’t of had access to that level of magic to call upon! She was just a little foal! What was...what was....

No! There was no need for panic. There was no need for panic. They would wait for Luna, Midnight would almost certainly be with her, and they would all solve this together. She released Trixie, who pulled herself reluctantly from the window, just in time for a cloud of mist and stars to flow in after her. Twilight inhaled. Luna had responded quickly, no doubt because Midnight was with her. She wouldn’t want her fellow mothers to worry for too long. The stars and mist coalesced, the dark beauty of Princess Luna taking form.

Midnight didn’t.

“Where is she? What’s wrong with her?” Luna immediatly inquired, stepping forwards to meet with her two fellow parents. Her eyes widened as she beheld the mortified looks on Twilight and Trixie’s faces, as reality came crashing down upon them.

Midnight wasn’t with her.

Luna gasped as Trixie immediatly pulled away from them. She galloped down the stairs, crashed through the front doors, and shattered the peace of Ponyville’s night with her cries, as if their child could respond to her. Luna looked at Twilight, who was struggling to refrain from taking off after Trixie to help her. The Princess needed to know what was going on.

“P-Princess...”

“Twilight, what’s going on? Where is Midnight?”

“We thought...We thought she was with you!” She explained to Luna everything that had happened, how sick Midnight had been, and how she somehow mimiced the letter transit spell, only with her body. As Twilight explained, Luna’s face drained of color.

“Oh no...oh no...I saw her, Twilight! I saw the smoke headed into the Everfree Forest!” Luna said, and Twilight staggered. A terrible image exploded into her mind. One of her tiny daughter, sick and helpless, lost in the Everfree Forest. Laying on the cold ground, exposed to the elements, and surrounded by hydras, dragons, and cocaktrice. Easy prey.
Twilight heaved, her hoof going to her mouth, as she nearly lost the contents of her stomach. Luna moved to help her, but Twilight forced it down. She couldn’t afford to be sick.

“SPIKE!” She yelled, and the baby dragon leapt to her call, clearly eager to help in any way he could. “Go get the others, and tell them what happened! Get them to organize search parties, and catch up with us!”

“I’m on it, Twilight! But where are you going?”

“Where do you think? There’s no time to wait for them, we’re going to catch up with Trixie, and get our daughter back!”

Deep in the Everfree,
A tiny voice cried out in need,
The forest heeded the call.

Excerpt 5:

Trixie was cursed. That was it. That was the explanation. She wasn’t allowed to have a mother, and she wasn’t allowed to be a mother. How else could she explain why they were searching the Everfree Forest in the darkest time of the night, looking for her month old, deathly sick daughter? Horrible images kept assailing her. She had been so afraid of Midnight someday losing her before her time, that the reverse would happen had never crossed her mind. That Trixie would lose the daughter she had already given her heart to. It had taken her years to recover from her mother’s death, how long would it take to recover from her daughter’s? Would she ever?

No. That was the wrong way to think. It wouldn’t help anypony, least of all Midnight. She was the Great and Powerful Trixie, she had earned that title, and there was no way she was going to fall to despair again. Their story would have a happy ending. She was a storyteller, and she would make it so. They would find their daughter.

“So those are the symptoms, Luna.” She overheard Twilight behind her. She was barely paying attention to their conversation, knowing it was a way for the two to keep from lapsing into the panic that threatened to consume them all, and knowing that if they were to find Midnight, there was still her illness to deal with. The normally loud Trixie was very quiet, busy stretching out with her senses and magic, desperate to pick up on some sign of her daughter. A faint cry, a small moan, a soft rustle, anything to indicate that they were close...

“It could be a case of magic overload. It’s not uncommon for a unicorn to get sick when their magic grows too strong for their bodies to contain, and they don’t have the ability to safely release it.” Luna said after giving it a moment of thought. “Her fever, her horn glowing, and her general discomfort and pain all are symptoms of that. Her magic is burning her up from inside.”

“Magic overload? But that shouldn’t be affecting her at her age! It’s something that developing unicorns have happen to them, not a newborn! I’ve never heard of it affecting a pony so young, it’s dangerous enough for adolescents!” Twilight said in disbelief.

They had been fortunate so far. They hadn’t been accosted by any of the denizens of the Forest, although Trixie supposed being escorted by a Princess did a lot to keep them safe. Her daughter had no such defense.

“Think of who her parents are, Twilight. Magic is in her blood.”

“But it’s so early..." Twilight protested, until a thought crossed her mind. “Do you think that’s why she copied the transit spell?”

They carefully strode over a rickety rope bridge, that was strung over a perilously high chasm. Trixie’s normal dislike of heights would have kicked in, if this were any other situation, any other time. Now, she ignored it.

“It’s possible her body did it to vent off some of the pent-up magic in her body. I hear from my sister that you did something simil-” Luna paused, her head tilting for a moment. Twilight slowed to a stop.

“Luna? What’s wrong? Trixie, hold on for a moment.” She called out to Trixie, who scowled. There wasn’t any time for this! What was Luna doing?

“Something’s wrong. There’s something different about the forest up ahead.” Luna said, her horn glowing faintly. “It’s like something magical is disturbing it.”

“Do you think it could be Midnight?” Twilight asked nervously.

“I’m not sure, but it does feel almost familiar...” Luna wondered, and that was enough for Trixie. If it was her daughter, she wasn’t going to waste anymore time standing around here! She broke into a full gallop, Twilight first letting out a surprised protest, and then she and Luna raced to catch up. As the three ran, a strange fog descended down on them, cloaking the rest of the world from view. Trixie couldn’t see more than a hoof-length ahead of her, and the normal sounds of the wild Everfree suddenly went silent, as if the fog bank could muffle sound as well as sight.

“What is this? Trixie, slow down, I can’t see you!”

Trixie looked back, and couldn’t see Twilight or Luna. It was almost like they were each trapped in their own little world of fog. Barely able to see her own hoofs, Trixie took a bad step, and went crashing to the ground.

“Did somepony fall? Twilight, Trixie, are you okay?” Luna called out. Trixie heard Twilight call out an affirmative. She slowly picked herself off, wincing as she put weight on the hoof that had made that bad step. She had twisted it.

“Trixie, how about you?” Trixie was about to respond when her ears twitched, as a new sound started to flow through the fog they were trapped in, clear as day.

Somepony was singing.

“Wait....do you two hear that?” Trixie finally spoke up, looking around. The singing was lyrical and elegant, not so much words but soothing, wonderful sounds. A feeling of nostalgia swept over Trixie, like a warm blanket surrounding her and comforting her. Had she heard it before? It quelled the panic that had been her partner all night, leaving her with a sense of peace and...love. She barely heard her fellow mothers agreeing that they heard it. She began to walk instinctively towards the source of the song, the pain in her hoof not feeling nearly as bad as it felt even moments before.

The fog swept away, as quickly as it had descended.

“Where are we?” Twilight whispered, as if speaking any louder would break the peace of the place. The three ponies had found themselves in a small glade, and looked around in wonderment. They were surrounded by trees that were not gnarled and twisted, but instead growing straight and true. Brilliant flowers dotted the floor of the forest, blooming brilliant blues, purples, and silvers in the shining moonlight that descended from the canopy. There was a palpable sense of peace, of harmony. Twilight stooped to examine one of the flowers. “I don’t recognize any of these.”

“Are we even still in the Everfree?” Luna wondered. “Did she do this?”

The three made their way deeper into the glade, following the singing. They passed by slumbering forest animals, and felt the eyes of owls staring at them from the trees. Passing through a thicket of small trees, they came to the center of the glade.

Curled in a bed of small night-flowers were two ponies, the moonlight shimmering down upon them. One was a tiny filly, barely a month old. She was slumbering quietly, no longer touched by the sickness and pain that had ravaged her all night. A small smile played along her face, her horn was no longer glowing, and her chest rose and fell in deep, peaceful breaths. Trixie had never seen her daughter so calm. She slept against the other pony who was curled lovingly around the foal. That mare was brimming with life, her light purple coat almost shining in the moonlight. Her soft pink tail and mane seemed to flow as she shifted slightly to make the child more comfortable. She looked down at the foal with bright, loving eyes.

Beside Trixie, Twilight’s hoof went to her mouth, stifling a gasp.

Trixie felt weak. Unbelieving, she slowly stepped forwards. Her heart began to pound in her chest.

“M...Momma?” Trixie dared to whisper.

The eyes that she could never forget looked up at her, and Midnight smiled.

Okay, this is awesome. I am too tired to offer critique today, but I will next time an update goes up, I promise.


Happy birthday Lix! Have one of these "Good for one Thing" coupons. You know roughly what I'm capable of.

Somehow I feel like offering Lix "One of anything she wants" is a bad, bad idea. XD


Which is why they are microscopically less eww. Microscopically.

(Especially in comparison after some hours playing a game wherein the lead character escapes being drowned in poo, uses a giant...sex toy as an impromtu missile and utlitise the evacutated contents of someone's stomach... You just kinda get temporarily resistance...

...What in the hell were you playing?! O_o


Usually low-plot high-action premises do not translate well to literature. Still, it would be funny to see a more slapstick version of hyperviolent stories. That said, I'd probably put that under [Grimdark][Comedy] rather than [Grim].

Agreed.


A'ight ponythread, the Pinkestia story is starting to swirl and consolidate in my head. Rather than my reflexive action of hoarding all my ideas until I'm finished writing the story, and then flip a coin to see if the story is any good, I'm going to frontload the plot and premise here so people can tell me if I'm on the wrong track.

Please, be harsh. Spoilers ahead, yar.


Opening: The group is out looking for Gummy. This is the biggest trip-up for me right now, I need a good, funny, opening scene to get the ball rolling and I'm coming up kind of blank.

Twilight gets a letter from Celestia, reading "Welcome to Equestria!", swiftly followed by "I am Princess Celestia of Equestria!" and "My wings are so pretty!". These inane random quote letters continue until she gets a Derpy-carried letter from Luna asking her to show up at Canterlot.

Canterlot castle, Princess Pinkestia is wandering around being inane, closely followed by Blueblood. Ponies speculate on who could have done this, and who could have done this this badly. Then *Clue* which leads them to *Place* (minimal thought for this segment yet)

While investigating, Rainbow Dash is also kidnapped and replaced with RAINBOW DASH ALWAYS DRESSES IN STYLE Rainbow Dash.

Following the clue/place lead to a secret doom fortress, the ponies find the Princess and the villain - The Great and Powerful Trixie (and, more ominously, armed with the Liar's Mask). Trixie is being careful not to put the Mask on her face, but sort of waves it around when telling lies. Princess Celestia is stuck holding up a giant pillar, having told by Trixie that if she drops it Canterlot will collapse.

*Some kind of extended action scene*

Trixie, cornered and desperate, puts the Mask on, becoming essentially possessed by it. The Mask disables the ponies with deception and goes to Canterlot, having Pinkestia introduce her as a long lost relative. Blueblood instantly starts trying to put the moves on Mask!Trixie.

Ponies, particularly Applejack, manage to rescue Rainbow Dash despite the lies messing with their minds. Rainbow Dash confronts Fake Rainbow Dash and defeats her. Reunited, the ponies attempt to confront Mask!Trixie in Canterlot.

*Ending vague and unclear* Possibly involves a battle with a manipulated Luna and Pinkestia.

Keeping the Pinkestia/Fake Rainbow Dash reveal under wraps for now.


Gee, my creative process looks kinda vague and hand wave-y when I actually type it out.

This looks like it'll be a pretty good read. I have nothing really to add other than what has been already said though. I can't wait to see it done.


Have gunslinger AJ:
http://img.ponibooru.org/_images/07a94f7f76dd5008a2a58e5a52d803dd/63719%20-%20applejack%20artist%3Abamboodog%20gun%20western. png
AJ has been growing on me lately for some reason. Pinkie Pie too...

It's cause Applejack is best pony. All will succumb.


The Rarity figure I paid $80 for caused my cousin to fumble 4 times in Madden. Ponies are good luck though. Add that to the things I'm not allowed to put on my PS3 anymore.

I almost want a rock dressed in a bath towel avatar now.

I still can't believe you paid 80$ for that. Then again, I have no room to talk after the Big Mac incident... XD


You saw Voltaire?! LIVE!?!? God DAMN I'm envious!

I WANNA SEE HIM LIVE. D:


As I promised, here's a Surprise.
http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2011/269/7/d/surprise__cg__by_dispozition-d4ayxpy.jpg (http://dispozition.deviantart.com/art/Surprise-cg-260290870)

Click through the pic to read me getting kinda weepy and all emotional over ponies on DA.

This is awesome. Excellent work sir.


Embrace your inner Durp.
http://img827.imageshack.us/img827/301/twilightdurp.png

:smalltongue:

FOR DERP! FOR DEEEEERRRRPPPP!


Phhst, everypony knows that Fluttershy isn't the one who gets tied up, she's the one who does the tying. :smallbiggrin:

Oh boy. Incoming Dommeshy. XD


Geez, no wonder why I've had problems with typos escaping me over the past little bit, the word processor I'm using doesn't actually have a spell checker installed on it. :smalleek:

What word processor now-a-days doesn't have a spell checker? I'm legitimately curious.


So much work to do...

So much pony to read...

So little time for both TT__TT

Me too my friend. Me too.


Also, Twilight with books.

http://th05.deviantart.net/fs71/PRE/f/2011/269/c/2/twilight_reading_three_books_by_kp_shadowsquirrel-d4avali.jpg

As much as people joke about Twilight being turned on by the idea of being able to read several books at once, IME this is how intense research actually works. You have a bunch of books, many of which you've already read once, and you've got them all open and are flipping through taking notes and correlating information you're gleaning from all of them.

Twilight living with heaps of books piled on every flat surface is something that always makes me smile, because I've done that.

Yeah. I think most college students have. Or at least the "I have so many tabs of research open that I can't remember what is what oh Celestia" thing. :P


HNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGG (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IVyDpxeBOA&feature=related)

The cute... its...too...much..

OH MY GOD WHY IS FILLY TWILIGHT WEAPONIZED CUTE?!

*Falls Over*


I'm pretty sure RD has about as long a mane as Twilight... a moderate length that's shorter than Rarity, Fluttershy, or Pinkie Pie's manes (when Pinkie's isn't all frizzed/curled up, that is), but still a bit longer than most of the colts keep theirs (but not all... there'll always be those that keep a longer mane, akin to the long "surfer dude" cut). Looking at shots with the cast next to each other, Dash's mane is just a touch longer than Twilight's.

You know, it's funny. I picked to dye my hair Rainbow because I thought RBD had the shortest mane... XD


Never really got the concept. Seems like toy-company trolling 'hey, if they don't like it then they've already bought it! Tee hee'

and I mean I'd never fall for that
*shoves moderate-sized container of Pokemon cards from my early teens back into the closet*

*Points to his WALL of magic cards*
You're not alone my friend.

Mando Knight
2011-09-26, 03:37 PM
When I look, RD's mane reaches a bit down her legs, while Twilight's doesn't even reach her legs.
It varies a bit (sometimes AJ's ponytail almost sweeps the ground, usually it hangs just a bit off the shoulder), but they're roughly the same length. Twilight's mane curls up more at the shoulder than Dash's does, so that may account for some of the viewer error.

You know, all this talk of Rainbow Dash's hair and tan, I am beginning to form an image of her as an eXtreme sports chick who covers herself in spray on tan. I don't know if this is terrible or great...
I don't think Dash would go for spray-on tan. She's lazy enough that if she would have a tan, it would be a natural one that'd accumulate from all her sunbathing and outdoor napping anyway. Rarity might do the spray-on, but not Dash.

You know, it's funny. I picked to dye my hair Rainbow because I thought RBD had the shortest mane... XD
She kinda does... it's shorter than Fluttershy's, at least. Foto Finish has an obviously shorter mane than the mane cast does, though.

Kris Strife
2011-09-26, 03:39 PM
So thread!Equestria just has various "rainbows" travelling across the land. Obliterating everything which passes under them.

Are we sure Leo didn't come from thread!Equestria? :smalleek:

I think Leo is currently IN thread!Equestria actually... His lacked the amount of friendship needed to build OFCs.

the_druid_droid
2011-09-26, 03:45 PM
I got a guy to sing the Jr. Speedsters song in exchange for my vote. That's dedication, that is.

Alas, no video.


This is awesome. I completely approve!


Am I the only one who read "Gunslinger" and immediately assumed it would be AJ with this? (http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Gunslinger)

Also, awesome pic.

Anyway, enough of that! How about some sexy steampunk Vinyl Scratch art?
http://img.ponibooru.org/_images/599a9310eede78b3751491d7c5a65a5c/63967%20-%20artist%3A14-bis%20garter%20steampunk%20vinyl_scratch.jpg

After I posted that, I started thinking about how to play a Gunslinger pony in Pathfinder...

Also, steampunk ponies are my favorite!

Deadly
2011-09-26, 03:47 PM
I've never played Baldur's gate before, but Fluttershy is absolutely adorable in this picture.

Thanks :)


It varies a bit (sometimes AJ's ponytail almost sweeps the ground, usually it hangs just a bit off the shoulder), but they're roughly the same length. Twilight's mane curls up more at the shoulder than Dash's does, so that may account for some of the viewer error.

I don't believe Twilight's hair would gain any length by being straightened. It looks like the lowest part of it is as low as it would get to me. Not sure how to explain it.

And I think the variety has a lot to do with poses, more than actual length differences. Either way, I'd say we need to look only at when they're standing still, in a neutral pose without bowed heads. Otherwise it gets impossible to compare.

Titanium Fox
2011-09-26, 03:57 PM
Alright, here are the pictures. I had to fight so hard with my phone to get it to cooperate. Here we go!

The Playgrounders:
Because it's the moment you've all been waiting for.
http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m608/HaybuckPony/2011-09-24171856.jpg
Left to Right: PsychoShutin - Titanium Fox - Vent Reynolt

The Ride:
http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m608/HaybuckPony/2011-09-24023716.jpg
Applejack is Best Pony. (Art by PsychoShutin. Done at a Mobil Station. Haters gonna Hate.)

http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m608/HaybuckPony/2011-09-24023254.jpg
And now you all know where I go to school. XD

http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m608/HaybuckPony/2011-09-24023247.jpg
You know, I wonder if this converted anypony on the three hundred mile drive...

The Cosplayers:
http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m608/HaybuckPony/2011-09-24101946.jpg

http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m608/HaybuckPony/2011-09-24131455.jpg

http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m608/HaybuckPony/2011-09-24093758.jpg
DJ PON-3 (Damn Camera.)

http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m608/HaybuckPony/2011-09-24164501.jpg

http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m608/HaybuckPony/2011-09-24150225.jpg

The Swag:
http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m608/HaybuckPony/2011-09-24123454.jpg

http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m608/HaybuckPony/2011-09-24134127.jpg

http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m608/HaybuckPony/2011-09-24125910.jpg

I also grabbed a poster, Sketch of Trixie, and T-Shirt. Don't feel like fighting with my phone again.

The Con:
http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m608/HaybuckPony/2011-09-24093653.jpg
I love the Puns. So many puns.

http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m608/HaybuckPony/2011-09-24113619.jpg
This was at the beginning of the Q&A. SO MANY BRONIES. Also apparently the dude with the Goatee is one of my roomate's friends from High School. I found that out while he was looking at the pictures yesterday. Ohhhh Hilarity. We will convert him one day.

http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m608/HaybuckPony/2011-09-24101637.jpg

http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m608/HaybuckPony/2011-09-24101626.jpg

http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m608/HaybuckPony/2011-09-24093747.jpg

http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m608/HaybuckPony/2011-09-24130953.jpg
Neighslayer. This convention was so very punny. I love it.

http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m608/HaybuckPony/2011-09-24131012.jpg

http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m608/HaybuckPony/2011-09-24132122.jpg
Pony Mosh Pit.

http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m608/HaybuckPony/2011-09-24132126.jpg
And more Pony Mosh Pit.

http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m608/HaybuckPony/2011-09-24093625.jpg

http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m608/HaybuckPony/2011-09-24120516.jpg
IT'S JAYSON.

http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m608/HaybuckPony/2011-09-25130152.jpg
This is how Psycho spent all of Saturday walking around New Yoke City.

http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m608/HaybuckPony/2011-09-24190544.jpg
I still can not believe that this went for Six-Hundred Bits. You ponies are CRAZY.

http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m608/HaybuckPony/2011-09-24142649.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/9QvF1.jpg

Raz_Fox
2011-09-26, 04:00 PM
I was actually thinking fur tone. And since wee-filly Mask had same color fur and mane, I can safely postulate either I have seen her real hair color or you only draw wee-filly Mask on days after she has a day trip to the spa with great aunt Rarity.

She's been banned from the spa three times. Last time, great aunt Rarity smuggled her in under her hair. Somehow.


I seem to enjoy mentally combining pony and cheap romance novels :smallconfused:
Weird.

Half the fandom has this problem. You, and even I, might be one of... the Infected.


Yes to everything except Celestia.
Even the white pictures of Celestia I've seen don't feel white to me, she always has this vibe of... Something else. I can't think of her as Caucasian. Luna, however, I can't think of as anything but. Well, maybe Spanish, but isnt that still caucasian?
The Indian Trixie bothers me because of the clash of hair and skin. Russian seems to fit very well, and is something I've never actively considered.

I consider Rainbow Dash one of the most girly of the mane cast. She has long hair and likes to dress up. I never understood how sports = tomboy for her. Plenty of girls play sports. Never met a tomboy who enjoyed looking girly.

Maybe it's because I'm mostly whitish, but I can't see most of the mane cast as being anything other than white, Twilight included. The only one I can see clearly with dusky skin is Celestia. Sort of... I don't know, Egyptian? Arab? While human!Luna is deathly pale.


So thread!Equestria just has various "rainbows" travelling across the land. Obliterating everything which passes under them.

Are we sure Leo didn't come from thread!Equestria? :smalleek:

RAINBOWS KILLED MY PARENTS BRO


Hm. Arrogance?
Maybe we should make her talk to a monk. That would be the beat way to humble her through her own eyes, I think.

Now where to find a monk who can tolerate her...?

I think you could find some Taoists in the nearest graveyard. Then again, I don't think Taoism would help in this situation.


Shhhhhhhh!

Oh. Riiiiiiiiiiiight. We're talking about that game we talked about, the game where we go to Canada and kidnap Esper, Esper's game, which is just a game. Right?[/kronk]


OH GOD THANQOL'S BASEMENT
I mean, um... Oh. That's nice. Thank you Raz_Fox.
OH NO OH NO OH NO
Haven't checked Thanqol's basemen in months. Who knows who could be down there?!
*ahem* you had better take this large stock of water bottles, peanut butter and multivitamins with you, in case you just so happen to find somepony who is malnourished.

You seem... nervous. Ah, well, it's probably nothing, and-

VWOOOORP VWOOOORP VWOOOORP

*The Pure and Honest Fox Raz steps out of a TARDIS, carrying Rainbow Dash and Rarity slung on his shoulders*

"I'm sorry. I'm so sorry. You have to go down into the basement to preserve the timeline. Tell Crysthanthemea that we're sorry before it all goes down, and when the time comes, don't hesitate. Use the explosives."

What.

"I'd tell you exactly what happens, but... y'know, spoilers."

Gah. At least I get a cool-looking coat out of the deal, right?

"Yes. Yes, you do."


Hm. See, they both have gilded trim on all four sides... Maybe I grabbed two 'robes'? Ah well.

Step aside and let a true fashionisto work with this! You see, I am not only the finest journalist in this thread, I am also a fashion expert. I spent several months trapped in the prisons of the Crystal Shah with Rarity, with nothing to wile away the time but learning fashion. I could make a magnificent dress with nothing but toilet paper... and aieee, this is entirely the wrong shade of green to be using! Allow me to whip up an entirely new outfit - the Masked Seragilo Collection, I'll call it, based on the revolutionary Damanescusian designs of the third century.


... We are now.

Magnificent. Allow me to apply the necessary trappings.

http://i.imgur.com/fLpgR.jpg

Ooooh, the gag goes with your eyes, madame. Most striking, if you'll allow me to say.


Yeah kinda. It's all that arrogance. We should drain her humors. BRING IN THE LEACHES!

Are you mad?

The leeches will clash with the gentle sea-green fabric! I must simply insist that you abstain from leeching Miss Mask here.


Oh goodness Lix, don't say that you'll hurt his feelings.

Feelings? What feelings? I'm as happy and peaceful as they come right now!

http://i.imgur.com/Npxit.jpg


To everyone who posted suggestions: Opened your post in a new tab, proceeding to read all the suggestions. :smallbiggrin:

Eeeeeeeeeeeeexcellent.


Self esteem does not equal being a jerk for Fluttershy.

Real Fluttershy is not a jerk, even when she has self esteem. It was a stupid mind control spell used by a stupid villain for a stupid plot that was stupidly rushed.

"Barring the fact that we're not talking about your precious little Fluttershy, I'm hurt that you'd think so little of me and my schemes. Was it the way my magic rewired her tiny little pegasus head, turning white to black, kindness to cruelty? I'm so sorry. Next time, I'll ask your permission before I try taking over the world, ahahaha.

And I'll have you know that I graduated with honors from Anansi University of Deception and Chaos. My academic record is spotless - I ranked top of the class in Rewriting Reality and Witty Banter, even!"


Oh... Um...

This is... so embarrassing.

I thought it was referring to Fluttershy. I blame Raz's post directly above it for putting Fluttermean in my head first. :smallredface:

"Yes, chaos, glorious glorious chaos! AHAHAHAHAHA!"


(Why don't we have any Discord emoticons yet? :smallfrown:)

SiuiS
2011-09-26, 04:06 PM
Thirded :smallcool: . But as long as I'm here...



Writing is, for me, an explosion. When I get on a topic I like, I just start spilling words into my head (and occasionally the ears of my friends) for hours without realizing how long I've been talking or how off-topic I've gotten - even when writing for a school assignment as a kid I would sometimes be struck with inspiration and turn in papers that were twice as long as required. The trouble for me comes when I try to edit my own work - every thought sort of flows into the next, but I need to get it down to a certain length, but this example is so perfect I can't possibly delete it.

For creative writing, I find myself in the same boat as you a lot of the time. I come up with (what I hope is) a brilliant idea for a story, and write down the idea, and then find myself completely unable to turn my notes into prose. It's good fun, but for me it doesn't really hit until I receive feedback on the work, which means pushing through the process to get it out there.

Think that's how artistic endeavors in general go.

Are you new, by the bye? I don't quite recognize the name, but maybe you just have a different avatar.


Self esteem does not equal being a jerk for Fluttershy.

Real Fluttershy is not a jerk, even when she has self esteem. It was a stupid mind control spell used by a stupid villain for a stupid plot that was stupidly rushed.

Already covered the "talking about Mask, bit.

A question: was it the mind-control that ruined the season opener for you?


Hey! I've always (or for a long while at the least) thought this way, it's just that now I feel comfortable enough here to let it pop into the conversation.

Ah. Gotcha.
Well, here's a fancy membership card then. No, don't worry, we don't need your picture. We already have oh so many photos, thanks to our field agent-slash-paparazzi.
(what's the singular form of paparazzi?)


...but... I wasn't talking about Fluttershy. I was talking about Mask.


Make it interesting and I'll be fine with it.

Oh, my. I'd have to get back into mental shape then. Ah well, I should e doing. That anyway.



Ahhh.
...(groan) xD

I'm glad you approve of the Grecian goddess look ^.^



There's one dark rainbow trying to hit the thread constantly, but three or four proper rainbows hit it just above the cloudline, negating it.


That's a neat visual. We could use it as the basis for Game 2; several of the OFCs are burning out but the OHC is going strong.


I'll grant that it's probably not always entirely consistent, but I do think it's obvious that RD is meant to have long hair.

I don't agree on AJ. If she untied her hair it'd get wider, spread out more, but wouldn't gain any significant length.

I don't get why her being tomboy-ish has to mean short hair, though.

This. I think I agree with that. She's nuanced.

Aye.
The surest sign of Rainbow havin long hair is when she's at the gala. I was actually surprised it was long enough to be put into such a darling ponytail.

And consider that her hair is wind-worn. Sure, some of it is long, but the tips are uneven and wispy. The bulk of her hair is shorter than Twilght's, but with the strays and the damaged tips and all, she has just enough wispyness to come out ahead.

Cutting off her split ends would leave her about equal to Twilight.


Wait! We must test him first! Get the scales, we shall weigh him against a duck!

God. Dammit!
I do n have time for this! I have to whip myself until I develop propriety...

Ugh.

THAT SWEAR SET ME BACK THREE HOURS WORK!
Get out of my office! *wh-Psh* ow!

-

So I beat GoW 3. A quote1 came up; "...Genius is the ability to do hard work". I look at Thanqol. I look at me. I realize, I need to get my act together. Last week, if possible. So I'm going to slow down a touch on pony thread. My plan is to collect quotes over a couple days, do my usual thing, but just do quick, non-committed replies when I'm not quoting. Given the differences in speed between my brain, my fingers, and the thread, this should give me the extra couple hours a day I need to get In shape. Get my joints up to par. Clean, arrange. Get a better job or back in school for a better job2. Couldn't join the marine corps because my teeth broke. But how by fire is that an excuse to get stooped posture, atrophied musculature?

I say thee neigh! Thanqol, Raz, Esper, Phoe. These people are ponythread legends, and they still have lives. I should too. So here's to a set schedule, less caffeine and sugar, and more being the man I dreamt of being so many years ago.

Sun and Moon, I ramble melodramatic-like a lot. XD



1: this game's ending credits is a goldmine. Runners up were; "Life is short. Wear a hat." "time lost is muffins lost...". Yeah, that first one is gonna be sig'd once I find out who said it.
2: have an AA for massage therapy, but my goal is to a martial arts doctor. Looking into Martial Arts, Seifukujutsu, shiatsu, an-ma, paramedics-work, combat medicine, and probably police work. And martial arts again, because I'm a slacker.

Kindablue
2011-09-26, 04:15 PM
Okay, so I caught something at the con. I have a sore throat, a migraine, and can't breathe through my nose. And I slept for 19 hours last night.

I hope you keep stayin' alive, man. I wouldn't wish night fever on my worst enemy. No, but seriously, get better soon.


Alright, here are the pictures. I had to fight so hard with my phone to get it to cooperate. Here we go!

The Cosplayers:

http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m608/HaybuckPony/2011-09-24150225.jpg

Not a bad Tennant, actually (though he vaguely reminds me more of another actor whose name I can't quite place). Did he do an accent?

Titanium Fox
2011-09-26, 04:16 PM
I hope you keep stayin' alive, man. I wouldn't wish night fever on my worst enemy. No, but seriously, get better soon.



Not a bad Tennant, actually (though he vaguely reminds me more of another actor whose name I can't quite place). Did he do an accent?

He didn't, unfortunately.

Working on it. I hope so too, I start a new job tomorrow morning at 8.

InkwellPony
2011-09-26, 04:17 PM
[color="green"]Ok, yes I guess I did set myself up for that one.
ILL GET YOU NEXT TIME INKWELL! NEEEXT TTTTIIIIIIIIIiiiiiiimmmmmmeeeeeee. . . . . .

-(Flies off, a helicopter extending from her saddle)- Woowoowoowoowoo!





[color="green"]*imagines short story of NMM having a crush and a fling. Through Midnight, who is unaware*
I seem to enjoy mentally combining pony and cheap romance novels :smallconfused:
Weird.

-(Glances in from 'Ker-Gone' status)- Huh... so basically, Aurora would quite literally be Nightmare Moon's child in your concept...

I... I actually kinda rather like that thought. ^^

Lix Lorn
2011-09-26, 04:17 PM
Oh, my. I'd have to get back into mental shape then. Ah well, I should e doing. That anyway.
...although my next planned pbp is BoEF, so it may be the one after you get a vite to. xD


I'm glad you approve of the Grecian goddess look ^.^
Indeed. xD


That's a neat visual. We could use it as the basis for Game 2; several of the OFCs are burning out but the OHC is going strong.
Awesome!

Strife Warzeal
2011-09-26, 04:19 PM
Ah. Gotcha.
Well, here's a fancy membership card then. No, don't worry, we don't need your picture. We already have oh so many photos, thanks to our field agent-slash-paparazzi.
(what's the singular form of paparazzi?)

Paparazzo maybe, I've heard it used before. Now I'm tempted to make one of them fancy membership cards, what would be on them I wonder?

Deadly
2011-09-26, 04:19 PM
Aye.
The surest sign of Rainbow havin long hair is when she's at the gala. I was actually surprised it was long enough to be put into such a darling ponytail.

And consider that her hair is wind-worn. Sure, some of it is long, but the tips are uneven and wispy. The bulk of her hair is shorter than Twilght's, but with the strays and the damaged tips and all, she has just enough wispyness to come out ahead.

Cutting off her split ends would leave her about equal to Twilight.

That's a really good point. I hadn't thought of that episode, but you're right, her hair really is quite long in it. From a quick look I'd almost say as long as Fluttershy's normally is (when curled)

otakuryoga
2011-09-26, 04:38 PM
Anyway, enough of that! How about some sexy steampunk Vinyl Scratch art?
http://img.ponibooru.org/_images/599a9310eede78b3751491d7c5a65a5c/63967%20-%20artist%3A14-bis%20garter%20steampunk%20vinyl_scratch.jpg

Oh! Dem haunting lovely red eyes.

Soras Teva Gee
2011-09-26, 04:52 PM
So do we think Vinyl's red eyes are enough to induce it on the show yet?

Because somponies are going to be mighty dissapointed if this fanon gets smashed one day.

Strife Warzeal
2011-09-26, 04:58 PM
So do we think Vinyl's red eyes are enough to induce it on the show yet?

Because somponies are going to be mighty dissapointed if this fanon gets smashed one day.

Well it was enough to get the name DJ-p0n3, and pretty much all the fan art has been with red eyes, so I'm guessing yes. Though there are no guarantees.

Aotrs Commander
2011-09-26, 05:02 PM
Also worth mentioning is the fact bases are actually sturdier in Tib Sun than in RA2. The lethality level of the series seemed to go up as it progressed. You actually had to concentrate your firepower to take down a serious base defense in Tib Sun which many of the campaign boasted.

That too. And it's even worse in C&C 3. (Nod get away with it because of their multi-spammy wosit turrets. Mind you, defending with GDI was always a bit of a bugger at the best of times. The Allies they ain't!)




Also, Twilight with books.

http://th05.deviantart.net/fs71/PRE/f/2011/269/c/2/twilight_reading_three_books_by_kp_shadowsquirrel-d4avali.jpg

As much as people joke about Twilight being turned on by the idea of being able to read several books at once, IME this is how intense research actually works. You have a bunch of books, many of which you've already read once, and you've got them all open and are flipping through taking notes and correlating information you're gleaning from all of them.

Twilight living with heaps of books piled on every flat surface is something that always makes me smile, because I've done that.

I frequently do that when DMing, both when running and when writing the adventure!




Exactly. Would your spell see to your comfort? Absolutely.
Would it see to to the comfort of the person you were switching with?

Would there be a pile of clothes left behind (or set of armor, or whatever else she carried) when Hopereaver was whisked to her current location? After all, it's easier to grab the living organism than to include it's accoutrements with discernment.
So my question stands; is Lix Lorn hugging Hopereaver, or an awkwardly and painfully embarrassingly naked Hopereaver?


*skullpalm*

Somepony clearly has no understanding of basic teleport mechanics...

In fact, it is exactly the opposite. How many teleportation spells, technolgies (etc) do you know of that distinguish between "people" and "stuff people are wearing"? Very, very few. (In fact, aside from that one Ferengi on Star Trek, I can't think of any). It is in fact MUCH harder to attempt that kind of lock, and would require scads more energy. Yes, they could do it Star Trek, where they have extremely good teleport technology and good scanners. And even then, it takes several seconds and a dedicated machine and operator. Not something you want on an instantanous defensive spell.




...What in the hell were you playing?! O_o


Hector: Badge of Carnage. Which is Telltale Games/Strandlooper point-and-click game. It's about the escapades of Detective Inspector Hector as he...um...deals with crime (again, often in both meanigns of the word...) in the town of Clapper's Wreake, the sweaty armpit of a crime capital of Britiain. It is a filthy, filthy, dirty game (and I mean that literally all contotations of those words).

And it is one of the funniest games I have ever played.

Rebelhero
2011-09-26, 05:04 PM
A bit of an off-topic question for our various writers in the thread:

What is writing to you?

I don't mean what it's done for your life or anything like that. I mean, when you sit down to write, what do you classify it as? Work? Play? Tiring? Fun? Stuff like that.

I ask because I'm trying to get back into the swing of writing, but it always feels like something I have to push myself to do. It feels more like a chore I have to endure rather than something fun. I'm fairly certain my perspective's gone screwy on the matter, hence why I'm putting the question to all of you.

And also here's a pony:

http://s3.amazonaws.com/kym-assets/photos/images/newsfeed/000/178/690/Good%20morning%20Daisy%20by%20JohnJoseco.png?13170 42729

I LIED IT'S TWO PONIES


http://s3.amazonaws.com/kym-assets/photos/images/newsfeed/000/178/694/63961%20-%204th_wall%20artist%253Asolar-slash%20comic%20pinkie_pie.jpg?1317046350

Writing is something that doesnt happen for me with out the proper inspiration. Music, movies or other writings are my main source of inspiration. and when i start writing, i usually just go until im out of ideas.



Self esteem does not equal being a jerk for Fluttershy.

Real Fluttershy is not a jerk, even when she has self esteem. It was a stupid mind control spell used by a stupid villain for a stupid plot that was stupidly rushed.

Tell us how you REALLY feel. -.-'


So do we think Vinyl's red eyes are enough to induce it on the show yet?

Because somponies are going to be mighty dissapointed if this fanon gets smashed one day.
I think we will never see Vinyl without her glasses. i would be surprised if we ever saw her again.

Tectonic Robot
2011-09-26, 05:04 PM
no[/I] understanding of basic teleport mechanics...

Teleporting?

That stuffs ridiculous man, you'd have to take planet's movements and such into account. Like, say you teleport to Toledo, but since the earth moved, you suddenly like 1000 miles out of orbit.

Grif
2011-09-26, 05:14 PM
Have another diabeetus inducing Luna.

http://fc06.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2011/266/c/5/sisterly_love_by_kooner01-d4antpy.png

HNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!

TheAmishPirate
2011-09-26, 05:15 PM
Have another diabeetus inducing Luna.

http://fc06.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2011/266/c/5/sisterly_love_by_kooner01-d4antpy.png

HNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!

Woona. And FillyTwilight. In one day.

Are you people trying to murder me with adorable ponies?

dromer
2011-09-26, 05:15 PM
A bit of an off-topic question for our various writers in the thread:

What is writing to you?

I don't mean what it's done for your life or anything like that. I mean, when you sit down to write, what do you classify it as? Work? Play? Tiring? Fun? Stuff like that.

I ask because I'm trying to get back into the swing of writing, but it always feels like something I have to push myself to do. It feels more like a chore I have to endure rather than something fun. I'm fairly certain my perspective's gone screwy on the matter, hence why I'm putting the question to all of you.


1) Writing fiction is a method of escapism. I'm not exactly in the most active town, so I've always sought for ways to escape the city. One of these ways is by writing and creating worlds.

2) My inner performer. I love to perform for people. Music, rhetoric, and literature are all ways for me to show to the world who I am. A small bit of it is pride, as well. I really enjoy impressing people.

3) To get it out of my head. Whenever I have a burst of inspiration, I always mull it over, roll it around until I either have a new burst of inspiration, or I write it down/create whatever my creative energies tell me to. It's a pretty satisfying feeling, as well.

4) To give back. Ever since middle school, I've always had an incessant itch where if I was a part of something and didn't contribute to it, I felt terrible. Fics are a method of me contributing to the pony fandom.



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Wow. That's a novelty; I didn't think they made them that way anymore.


TYPEWRITER Y U NO SPELLCHECK


Alright, here are the pictures. I had to fight so hard with my phone to get it to cooperate. Here we go!

The Playgrounders:
Because it's the moment you've all been waiting for.
http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m608/HaybuckPony/2011-09-24171856.jpg
Left to Right: PsychoShutin - Titanium Fox - Vent Reynolt


I. Want. That. Shadowbolts. Shirt.




An in-depth explanation of teleporter physics would not only go over your heads (and, to be fair, mostly over mine, because I'm a necromancer, not teleportation physicist - though I could probably rustle one up if could be arsed), but would also run to pages and pages and pages and would probably take years for you to grasp all the concepts involved. Given your level of understanding of our level of science (and our level of understanding of the science of magic), it would literally be like trying to explain quantum physics to a Roman. A Roman from the Roman Kingdom. We are that far ahead of you.

I'd try to explain time travel to you, but it'd be like teaching Aristotle string theory.

Tectonic Robot
2011-09-26, 05:16 PM
Have another diabeetus inducing Luna.

http://fc06.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2011/266/c/5/sisterly_love_by_kooner01-d4antpy.png

HNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!

I'd uh, I'd give that a 7. Maybe an 8.

Topaz
2011-09-26, 05:23 PM
[RP] Blue Ponies Yay!

Yep, I've kinda always wanted to get on to the Canterlot weather team. Of course, I don't think that it's likely to happen for a while now. At least, not since I accidentally set that tornado up in Cloudsdale...

Er...

So, about that floating platform spell! I've never even heard of anything like that before.
Um, yeah, I get that a lot. Her horn lights as a large elliptical shape appears in front of her. She hops onto it, her hooves sinking into the surface, and it rises a few feet. Ta da! My special magical talent's signature trick. She swings around 180 degrees, ending up hanging upside down from the platform. So far I have been utterly unable to teach it to anypony else, though. She swings back upright and lands, her horn going out as the shape disappears. I love flying, though. I make a good taxi or cargo hauler, too, at least for short to medium distances.

I am somewhat embarrassed to admit that it took me an entire thirty seconds to get this. Until then I hemmed and hawed about How much elaboration was necessary XD*snicker* http://i.imgur.com/6SgQp.jpg

*imagines short story of NMM having a crush and a fling. Through Midnight, who is unaware*
I seem to enjoy mentally combining pony and cheap romance novels :smallconfused:
Weird.
Sounds like you would be the perfect editor for Rarity's Book Of The Month Club. :smallbiggrin:

[FFRP] Magic Is Meticulous

Ah, I see. You'll have to forgive me; I'm getting my magic and my physics mixed up, and using similar terms. Starry raises a hoof to the sky. All the more reason to look it up!

And as for who to talk to, I think our first lead would be a certain purple-pelted pony I know. Or knew, or know of... Er, whichever. I think our first lead would be her grace, Midnight. *I need to speak to her about magic anyway, and we can ask about forces and texts as well.

Starry rubs at a dirty scuff on her hat, and looks worriedly toward the horizon before continuing, I just hope I can find her. Finding that bunker was a bust, though good for a pun... Anyway! Shall we set out, miss?
Topaz hesitates, levitates a small card out from under her mane, and looks at the back. OK, I don't see anything on my Midnight Prowlers membership card that actually forbids me from talking to her, so Allons-y!

She continues as she replaces the card. Anyway, I learned physics way before I had magic, so I get the distinctions, whatever they are or aren't, confused all the time. Once I have to go beyond working on instinct, it's slow going. She rolls her eyes as she says this.

Anyways, would it help navigation to get some height? I can carry a passenger, easy peasy.

Mini-mini-mini review of Through the Eyes of Another Pony (http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/08/story-through-eyes-of-another-pony.html):

Okay, let's see. A Human in Equestria... who's been turned into a pony... and it's an author-insert fan fiction.

And it's AWESOME.

What is this I don't even

I think this fic exists for the purpose of demonstrating that 'rules' have exceptions. http://i.imgur.com/G5T9W.jpg


Am I the only one who read "Gunslinger" and immediately assumed it would be AJ with this? (http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Gunslinger)
Sorry, when I read "Gunslinger" I think of this (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunslinger_Girl). Which would be a really grimdark crossover, come to think of it...