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  • Sunday
    Journeys Arcs

    Applejack's arc is done and Rainbow has her first chapter. However, the reception to having full arcs completed leaves me unsure of what readers prefer.

    So I ask this just one time. Would you prefer that I complete Rainbow's arc as well or should I start jumping to all the arcs for the remainder of Journeys?

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  • 4w, 2d
    Inauguration

    It's official now. I hope you Americans had a nice presidential inauguration day. No one raised a stink I hope, and the only shots taken involved booze.

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  • 8w, 2d
    Christmas

    Merry Christmas, everyone.

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  • 9w, 9h
    Upheavology: Highstable

    Highstable

    History

    The original city that would later be called Highstable was the largest pegasus settlement in the south during the Outer Migration. There are scant records of the place existing, mostly through fragmented documentation written by the pegasi who took refuge in the Great Delve during the the windigo attacks. Supposedly, this city nestled among the boughs of a gigantic, singular tree, high above the lush jungle. Lok'Horus and its band burned down the tree with blackened, freezing flame, leaving mere icy ashes that melted into the jungle floor.

    With even the few writings badly damaged throughout history and the totality of the destruction of the city, even proving the existence of the pegasus elder city is difficult. It remains a common method of angering Southern Barrier Lands pegasi to deny that this city existed.

    Every type of pony has an "elder city", a settlement that can trace its roots to the earliest ponies from the Outer Migration. With the loss of the original city, Highstable currently serves as the pegasus elder city. It began as the headquarters of the pegasus rebels against the Everlasting Kingdom. The pegasi rebels had chosen a great cluster of tower boughs, relying on height to both hide them and make it difficult to attack. After the fall of the Everlasting Kingdom, the pegasi expanded the mostly militaristic base into a full on settlement, taking on the name of Highstable.

    The intention to make Highstable the pegasus elder city complicated its race relations. Despite Lexarius's urgings during the Golden Age of Equestria, the city proved to be the most isolationist of the elder cities, highly encouraging pegasi to settle while largely staying silent regarding unicorns and earth ponies. Though the similarly increasingly isolationist True Earth Ponies had shaped the Stonetooth Aeries in the Delve, some pegasi did not follow suit and were arrogant enough to vow never to set hoof on the ground as a show of racial pride. They also refused to add the bridges to connect the tower boughs or even ladders. When both the Great Delve and Arcanotropolis cut off trade at this, it was a contrite Highstable leadership that built bridges, the ground-level settlements, and enacted the ceremonial "hurling down" of the pegasi who made the vow.

    The Great Invasions hit Highstable perhaps the hardest of the elder cities. It suffered two major outbreaks of ophidite-manufactured diseases and a deadly fire attack from a group of coatls that leveled one tower bough. The Division and the increased difficulty in connecting with other Equestrian cities has made things even more difficult. Still, Highstable remains a robust and vibrant city.

    Demographics

    70% pegasus

    20% unicorn

    10% earth pony

    Architecture

    Highstable is divided into the Upper and Lower Settlements. The Upper Settlementrefers to the structures built on the branches of the tower boughs. It's occupied mostly by pegasi with a few unicorns. Most Highstable buildings here go for a "natural" look by building homes into their tower boughs or crafting their houses to resemble parts of the tree. As such, wood is the primary construction material. The Lower Settlement is occupied mostly by earth ponies and unicorns. The buildings are also mostly wood to respect Highstable tradition, but they follow the earth pony aesthetic of low, compund buildings. Exemptions do occur for both settlements when it comes to racial population.

    Resources

    Highstable exports a variety of fruits, vegetables, and herbs, harvested from the lush jungle beneath and around it. Lumber from nearby camps also proves a valuable commodity. Water is seldom a problem thanks to the frequent rains of the Southern Barrier Land. Highstable is notorious for a different sort of export, however. Ophidite-made drugs often end up in Highstable, brought in by indoctrinated slaves or simply unscrupulous ponies looking to profit. From Highstable, these drugs make their way to other Barrier Lands.

    Government

    Highstable has an elected mayor and city council as most Barrier Lands cities. It is tradition that the mayor and vice-mayor come from different settlements of Highstable.

    Security

    As the largest city of the Southern Barrier Land, Highstable stands out as a large target for the Empire of Ophidus. Given previous attacks from the Empire, Highstable security is always high and tight. The drug trade is insidous and well-organized, requiring a great deal of vigilance. The Highstable Garrison is comprised by almost entirely pegasi for easy maneuvering among the branches of the upper settlement though a small contingent of unicorns and earth ponies rounds out its forces. The Highstable Garrison maintains its headquarters known as The Watching Perch, which is located atop the tallest of the tower boughs close to the center. There is no structure to hold a Legion presence, but it is common enough knowledge that there are plenty of Southern Legion rangers in the city, always on the lookout for Ophidite espionage as well as potential recruits which they direct to the various outposts outside the city.

    Places of Interest

    Sky Gate - all aerial travel to Highstable must go through Sky Gate; from war balloons to individual flyers. Any violation of this law comes with the risk of being shot down by the many snipers station among the branches of the city. Contrary to the name, Sky Gate is no set of doors but a massive wooden platform suspended above most of Highstable through great cables from the tower boughs. It serves as a port and inspection area. Due to the frequent traffic, many stores have opened here as well to offer food, drink, and other commodities. As the largest flat surface of the Upper Settlement, Sky Gate also functions as a gathering place and a parade ground.

    The Root Markets - As the main center of trade for the Southern Barrier Land, Highstable's marketplace is a riotous spread of some of the most exotic products in Equestria. Visitors arrive from as far as the Northern Barrier Land to buy up herbs and spices found nowhere else in Equestria. Found at the center of the Lower Settlements, it is also considered the most dangerous area in Highstable, frequented by thieves, swindlers, and dubious peddlers of dangerous substances despite the Garrison's best efforts to clean the place up. There are persistent rumors that the right connections can gain one access to a secret ophidite market where one can acquire deadly toxins, foreign and forbidden magical components, and slaves.

    The Hanging Tree - at the eastern edges of Highstable is an unoccupied tower bough with a lone rope bridge connecting it to the city. This is the Hanging Tree, known as such as it serves as a place where criminals are executed, usually by hanging them from one of its branches or by pinning them to the trunk with arrows. The bodies are buried at the base of the tree. The tree also attracts suicides and those with a taste for morbid atmospheres. There are legends that state that this tree was a late addition to the grove having grown from the grave of Bell Strike, who killed himself after the Everlasting Kingdom fell as he could not bear the loss of his dear friend, Blade Gleam.

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We went in expecting vicious graverobbers, desperate bandits, even crazed grievers who had trapped themselves down there.

If only we were so lucky.


(For Halloween. Part of the Upheaval world)

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(Part of the Upheaval World) What makes one thing a blessing or a curse? The source, the circumstances, or just the will of the one it's placed upon? In an Old Kingdom ruin, some ponies will find out the hard way.

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The King of the Eternal Herd has many duties, but, sometimes, the father of a filly indulges himself.

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(Part of the Upheaval world)

Sharp Mark has been training his charge for a long time, knowing that, one day, this quiet pegasus colt must bear a tremendous responsibility upon his shoulders. But there are still a few more lessons to teach, and a few more wrinkles to iron out.

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The Void Rift Crisis, the ill-fated bridge between one era to another. A time of great falls and rises within the Eternal Herd. An alicorn colt, curious about the events involving this time, speaks to some prominent figures involved in it.

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A beastly plague has descended upon Ponyville, filling its streets with blood and madness. Its denizens desperately wait for reprieve, and a stranger steps into the nightmarish haze. A cure must be found, questions must be answered.

The Hunt is on.

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This story is a sequel to Upheaval: Reckoning

Equestria's fragments have reunited, and the power of sunlight shines once more within Celestia. With the remnants of the Old Kingdom destroyed, the Abyssal Throne sent away, the threat of Gravitas defeated, and Black Rose no more, Equestria now faces the encroaching darkness of Oceanus and his rebels.

But the stage is not yet fully set. Twilight Sparkle and her friends must gather what means they may before the battle is joined.

Cover art provided by Captain Nibbles

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After the siege of Bastion City and the theft of the power of sunlight, Spike takes on Prince Terrato's offer to train under the kirin, Seethe Scale. He must travel to the Western Barrier Land to gain the strength to help his friends.

Once there, however, Spike soon realizes that there is more for him to contend with in this harsh environment than developing his abilities.

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A great many things occur all throughout Equestria as the reunification proceeds and the days count down to a great upheaval. Every grand picture holds many small details, easily forgotten or unnoticed. These are brief records of such things.

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Black Rose's elite agents serve her in various ways. To accomplish her tasks, their talents must be both great and diverse, requiring individuals from the far-flung corners of Equestria. To gather them is a difficult task in and of itself, a task that two siblings must deal with if Black Rose's plans could even have a chance to succeed.

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