There is a mare who roams Equestria, showing her powerful unicorn talents to all the land so that they might be blessed by her magnificence. This mare is the Great and Power Trixie, the greatest unicorn alive! Trixie's talent is magic, so her magic is obviously the best in all of Equestria!
But... but Trixie is starting to doubt that other ponies think so... she's starting to think that maybe her parents were right.. Trixie... Trixie might be wrong...
Trixie is... I am, in trouble.
(Teen to be safe)
It's designed to suck you in, take your existence and bend it to their will. It is a mask to the reality, a cover to the secrets. It tricks you, uses you. It will pull you in, tell you things, lull you to obey. It lies to you, tells you it's going to be okay.
It makes you suspect things, makes you want to dig deeper. But that's what they want you to do. The deeper you go, the more it deceives you. The more you fall into their trap. It's made that way; they know. You can reach the truth, or what they make the truth. The truth is, there is no truth. The answer is before your eyes the entire time, but by then you are too late.
It will pull you in, suck you dry, and spit you out. But by then, you are already dead. Deprived of your essence.
I guess you could say....it's kind of like a flytrap.
I've gone insane, that's why I write this. The voices in my head tell me to continue, so I do. You need to know the truth, and the truth seeks you. But it's the machine that keeps it. It's like a flytrap, you know.
There is a secret in Equestria. A secret the newly crowned Princess Twilight Sparkle doesn’t dare to believe. Like puppeteers pulling on marionettes, they have influenced Equestria for better and worse since the fall of Discord. So far they have been benevolent, but their potential for evil is vast. What’s worse, she doesn’t know their name. She doesn’t know their mission. All she knows for certain is one thing.
That they all seem to be zebra.
What Spike saw in the doorway of King Sombra's crystal palace hasn't left his mind. The fear of Twilight abandoning him haunts him through recurrent nightmares. Anxiety taunts him when he's at his most vulnerable, reminding him of all his failures, all his inadequacies, all his wounds.
One night, this fear and anxiety manifests itself in a full-blown nightmare, dragging Spike face-to-face with his greatest fear. What if Twilight never needed Spike in the first place?
Takes place right after the Season Three opener (before Episode Three).
Rated Teen for some dark elements.
A young and impetuous mage named Clever Clover is tasked with establishing trade relations with the elusive griffon nation. After a harsh winter storm, he is left stranded with an elderly and barbaric griffon, where he learns that true nobility is not just the power you wield, but the quality of your heart.
"We live in what we believe is a shell, a closed sphere where all is constant. As physics would have it, nothing in the universe is unique, nothing is wasted or destroyed: it is repurposed. But now I prove them wrong. With a single idea, I realize that we are not so insignificant as we think. We are not slaves to destiny and existence. We are the ashes of gods, the fruits of eternity, the products of choice and fate. We are not meaningless. This universe is not our prison.
This is our empire."
- Excerpt from A Lexicon of Impossibilities, by Cypher
AeronJVL, for the amazing cover art.
shortskirtsandexplosions for the idea.