My Screwy Geography · 5:57pm
Behold the majesty . . . now why couldn't they post a better picture of it?
Today, I shall be heading to Walmart (insert fashionable anti-Walmart joke meant to make me sound sophisticated and with-it but actually serving to make me sound like a jerk here) to see if I can acquire the newly released canon map of Equestria, which I understand is a Walmart-exclusive.
Yo, Hasbro, what's with all these specific-store exclusives? Knock that off.
Anyway, this image, which appeared on EqD, is the only picture of the map I know of. I cannot make out many of the legends on it, so I'm hoping to get my own in order to make my fanfics more show-accurate. I'm not sure why I'm bothering to do that, considering that I write fanfics about covert assassins, druggee ponies addicted to sassafras, and demons from hell, but, hey, I gotta have standards.
I worked really hard to figure out where Canterlot was relative to Ponyville. After estimating the position of the sun relative to Ponyville's windmill and the image of Canterlot in the background, I came to the conclusion that Canterlot was to the southeast. It is actually to the northeast, and that's what I get for estimating the position of the sun in a cartoon show.
I'm going to make a few slight geographical alterations to both Assassinate Princess Celestia! and Princess Trinity. These will only be minor changes, although Princess Trinity is probably going to get a more thorough edit before the next chapter goes up; these won't be major plot changes, but just a few fixes to make the story more EqD-worthy. In particular, Tungsten Steve's loyalty to Inkie Pie needs to be fleshed out, a few quirks in my descriptions of Inkie's humongous mecha need to be improved, and Inkie's sorrow over the loss of her companions needs a shift in emphasis. This will put the princess/Inkie plot-line on a more solid foundation.
I can't help but notice that the gateway to Tartarus appears nowhere on the map (at least, I can't find it). Neither does Hoofington. That means I still have room to play, so for Princess Trinity, I'm going to shore up my vague geography and place Tartarus in the badlands in the map's southeast corner. Hoofington can be just north of that, near that swamp. Otherwise, the layout is much as I envisioned, with frozen wastes to the north and deserts to the south. This works well for me, as one of Princess Trinity's three interconnected plots will involve a globe-trotting McGuffin hunt.
After I finish a current, minor project, I will work on the next chapter of Assassinate Princess Celestia! My apologies for the slow updates; I don't know how others do it, but I can't crank this stuff out that fast. I like to believe it's because my personal standard of quality is unusually high, but it's probably really because I'm sluggish.
After that, I want to get the next chapter of Princess Trinity out before season 3 shows up to joss it. Depending on how badly I get jossed, I'll either tweak it to conform or slap an alternate-universe tag on it. The story is supposed to occur only a few months after the wedding, so I guess it gets jossed either way.