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  • E Racing Starlight

    Princess: 1. Physics: O.
    1,509 words · 3,059 views  ·  397  ·  4
  • T Dark Side of the Moon

    This is Moonstuck on crystal meth. THIS IS MOONSTUCK. ON CRYSTAL METH.
    42,226 words · 6,345 views  ·  659  ·  9
  • T Pippin' Ain't Easy

    Pipsqueak: the newest kingpin to one of Equestria's most notorious crime families. What'chu know 'bout inheritances, hater?
    8,651 words · 2,333 views  ·  434  ·  6
  • T Dead or Alive

    Boba Fett attempts the greatest hunt of his career.
    41,003 words · 4,920 views  ·  760  ·  17 · gore
  • E Rocketmare

    One pony. One trip. One way. No regrets.
    1,877 words · 1,001 views  ·  200  ·  3
  • E Daring Do and the Honor Among Thieves

    Daring Do is after her greatest score yet. Somepony else has set their sights on stopping her.
    3,422 words · 734 views  ·  115  ·  1
  • E The Other Side

    Upon the verge of the next life, Pipsqueak remembers.
    5,382 words · 1,296 views  ·  237  ·  6
  • T Pest Control

    What was Luna really up to during the Royal Wedding? Pest control, that's what.
    4,957 words · 6,228 views  ·  776  ·  37 · gore

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  • Thursday
    my shipping

    Rust's Glorious Fleet of the Seven Skies

    Squalls: fast, light, and armed to the teeth.  Solid gasbag design, with a sharkfin keel.  Aggression and beauty in the form of an airship.


    Snow Jam:  Commanded by Captain Noble Cause.  The Jam runs patrol in the frigid crystal mountains.  Prow of a charging Windigo.  Painted white and grey to blend in with the mountains.  Flies the flag of the Crystal Empire, where she makes berth.

    Mercury City:  Commanded by Captain Skeeter, called The Lurker for his renowned use of stealth and subterfuge.  Painted dark gray with green highlights.  Mercury City is named after one of the great metropoli of the lost Kingdom of Unicornia.  One of the oldest ships in the fleet, has seen much action.  Currently in the Canterlot shipyards for refurbishment.

    Happiness:  Commanded by Captain "Robot" Red.  Stationed in Las Pegasus, where its crew and captain have been repeatedly cited for drunken and disorderly conduct while in port.  Painted red with gray highlights.  Happiness is known for undergoing long deployments into the High Sky over the San Palomino desert.  Rumor has it she performs long range reconnaisance on the nearby Badlands, but the Princesses aren't talking.

    Ruthless Ridge:  Commanded by Captain Powdered Toast.  The newest ship in the fleet, Ruthless has been sailing out of Vanhoover, skirmishing regularly with rogue gryphon tribes to the north and east.  The captain is known for his fondess of the ship's storm cannon, which can topple ironwood trees with powerful gusts of white, sugary snow.

    The Intimidator:  Commanded by the twin Captains, Wolf and Heart.  Wields the largest amount of firepower of any squall, including Princess Twilight's new prototype ice gun.  Stationed in Canterlot, this destroyer is commonly deployed with diplomatic convoys to foreign countries.  When asked about the large amount of destructive force accompanying our usually peaceful missions, Princess Celestia stated; "I'm not compensating for anything."

    Gravitude:  Commanded by Captain Dusty.  Interestingly, Capt. Dusty once served the Princesses in Canterlot as a Royal Janitor, and he continues to clean up their messes even now as a Naval Officer.  Gravitude is fast and dark, painted black, purple and blue.  She is rated for the highest elevation out of the entire fleet, and is often employed by Princess Luna or Twilight Sparkle to conduct experiments in the stratosphere.

    The Throne:  Currently under construction in the Fillydelphia shipyards.  Set to be commanded by newly-promoted Captain Stupid.  Contrary to his name, Stupid is academically recognized for his cartographic and drawing skills, and is being groomed for admiralty in the far future.  The Throne is set to become an anchor point to a smaller sub-fleet that will embark on trans-oceanic expeditions to the Unknown Lands.

    Gales:  Heavier, slower, and larger than squalls, but by no means less effective.  Gales are often employed in deterrence or rescue/covert operations.


    R & B:  Commanded by Captain "Bob" Rainbow.  Every fleet has a loose cannon.  Bob is known for taking that loose cannon, strapping it to the back of his ship, and using it as rocket.  His battle cry is, "Doesn't Afraid of Anything!"  The R & B served in the Zavannah for a number of years as a supplement to the Zebra Nation's sparse Air Navy, where the ship has been declared a national treasure.  Painted a deep blue, and unusually tattooed with bright yellow shaman tattoos.  Her prow is that of a sea sponge.  I'm not joking.

    Style Mile:  Commanded by Captain Cloudhammer.  A relic from the Nightmare Wars nearly one thousand years ago, the Mile is as storied as she is venerable.  Her commanding officer is also the oldest in the entire Navy, but has shown no signs of slowing down.  By no means senile, "The Grandmother of Naval Asskicking" still serves as a patrol craft over the southern border, though nowadays she isn't above being the centerpiece of a parade or two.

    Kick Doubt:  Commanded by Captain Pen Brush.  Stationed in Ponyville, the Kick Doubt runs patrol and monster hunting duty over the Everfree Forest.  She moors outside the town limits, tethering to a windmill owned by a local farmer.  Often the first to respond to many of Ponyville's many crises, the pink and purple skyship has become a welcome sight to many of the town's residents.

    Hurricanes:  The largest things ponykind has made to hang in the air that aren't completely made of clouds.  Hurricanes are floating cities, but far, far faster and more well-defended than true pegasi dwellings.


    The Junction:  Commanded by Admiral  Molotov Cocktail.  Stationed in Canterlot.  Recently away on a two year expedition to the Austailian Isles, set to deploy again in the coming months after a well-deserved rest.  Refitted with a prototype mana reactor (patent pending), her engines have often been mistaken for the sound of thunder.  The Princesses are curious to see how high a ship that never needs refueling can raise the bar to.

    Schizophrenia:  Commanded by Admiral Traveler.  A floating hospital in the sky, Ol' Skitzy has been the centerpoint for relief efforts in Equestria's many recent disasters.  Painted white, with bright red crosses on her hull.  Set to become the flagship of the aforementioned Expeditionary Fleet that will venture across the ocean to the Unknown Lands.

    Perpendiculous:  Commanded by Grand Admiral Kinkamena Diane Pie.  This is the ship where Princess Luna's fabled Knights of the Rising Moon make their home.  Here, almost all of Equestria's special and black operations are staged.  Nopony knows where she makes her berth, though some rumors claim she occasionally takes a well-earned rest on the moon.  Crewed almost exclusively by Nocturni (batponies), this smoke-stained monster is the nightmare in the heart of all evil.

    27 comments · 230 views
  • Tuesday
    Storytime With Rust, Vol. III

    29 comments · 229 views
  • 2w, 1d
    New Legend Chapter Tomorrow

    13 comments · 212 views
  • 2w, 3d
    Writing Has Resumed! (Plus Update Thoughts)

    All multi-part stories are currently up and running.  Now that I actually have free time, I've been quite busy.  Here are the current unpublished chapter lengths:

    The Legend:  4,050

    Dead or Alive: 1,000

    Dark Side of the Moon: 2,343

    Pippin' Ain't Easy: 900

    Daring Do and the Honor Among Thieves: 2,197


    As for my thoughts on the site update... holy shit!  Everything's so pretty!  Except... there's something... odd.. here...

    Racing Starlight is ranked 230th on Fimfiction. It is the 84,361st longest story and can be found in 439 bookshelves, being tracked by 271 users

    What the hell.  That joke fic I wrote two years ago while completely smashed is my top rated story?

    Clearly I need to start hitting the sauce again.

    17 comments · 151 views
  • 4w, 4d
    Writing for all stories resumes shortly

    Did it.  Passed comp.  Graduate Friday.  Done with Naval Nuclear Power School.

    Gimme a few days to rest.  Then...

    Then?

    It begins.

    The Legend.  Dark Side of the Moon.  The Boba Fett Epic.  Pippin Aint Easy.  The Rocketmare sequel (Interstellar).  All these, and other crazy ideas I had but hadn't the time to vomit from my noggin.  It'd been building up, guys, and now I'm about to ejaculate my words all over your faces.

    Open wide...

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PROLOGUE

A MESSAGE FROM ECHO


Dear Reader,

On my first day in Equestria, I had my throat torn out.

I know, huh?  Not what you'd expect from a cartoon world of happy, carefree ponies who learn about the magic of friendship.  Nope.  I get baptized into my new life with a fight to the death.  What a way to roll out the welcome wagon.

Anyway, I suppose I should introduce myself before I begin recounting my tale.  I am a diamond dog, in case you haven't noticed.  I used to have a human name, just like you, but...I'm not that person anymore, so we can forget about it.  You can call me Echo, if you want to call me anything besides "doggy," "boy," or "fleabag."  And no, I will not fetch the god-damn stick for you.  Get it yourself.

I'm sure you've read those stories about other humans who somehow stumble their way into Equestria.  I'd like to tell you right now that absolutely ninety-two point eight percent of them are completely wrong.  Let me guess, they followed the standard "wake up in the Everfree" shtick?  Maybe they're still human, or they just wake up as a cute, cartoon horse with a tattoo on their ass.  Or even, after some awkward shenanigans around Ponyville, they are turned into a pony so that they can spend the rest of their four-legged lives with their beloved, undoubtedly a member of the Elements of Harmony?

Predictable.

And, unrealistic.

The reality is, the few humans who do end up in Equestria rarely have it so easy.  Usually, they end up like me.  I don't mean as a diamond dog, either.  More often than not, they end up dead or bleeding out on the side of the road.  You see, Equestria isn't really the happy-go-lucky, peaceful realm of rainbows and puppy dogs.  Well, admittedly, it looks that way, but that's besides the point.  Equestria is just as dangerous, if not more so, as Earth.  All those big bad monsters that run around willy-nilly cause a lot more havoc than you'd think.  And Discord?  Oh, man, that guy has got to be the biggest dick in history!  (Counting Earth and Equestrian, of course.)  The ponies you know so well?  The only really difference between them and us is that they learn their lesson if you drive it into their skulls hard enough.

They can be just as prejudiced, just as spiteful, just as cruel as the average human.  Greed, violence, and even racism can be seen in some of the more detestable examples of equine life.

Thankfully, a significant number of them aren't like that.  At least, they aren't that way to me anymore.  Not after I've carved out a place for myself, earned their respect and trust, yadda yadda yadda, that sort of thing.

Bottom line is, Equestria is eerily familiar to Earth.  And yet...different.  Mercifully different.

My first day there, I found this out the hard way.  Why do you think I'm writing this with a claw dipped in ink?  I haven't been able to use my throat for anything besides howling, whining, growling and eating for decades now.

So sit back, relax, and try not to get the facts mixed up with the truth.

My name is Echo.  I am a diamond dog.

And this is my story.

#1 · 140w, 5d ago · · ·

Finally a story that brakes from the mold of happens I congratulate you good sir.:trixieshiftright:

#2 · 140w, 5d ago · · ·

Yeah finally a story that involves the person being a diamond dog. Yesh.

#3 · 140w, 4d ago · 1 · ·

"On my first day in Equestria, I had my throat torn out."

THE END :derpytongue2:

#4 · 140w, 4d ago · · ·

This actually addressed almost all the complains I have with normal HiE's! :pinkiegasp:

People seem to use the same cliches over and over again. But to be fair, it's kinda hard if everyone had to be original :rainbowwild:

Like where this is going, will keep reading :pinkiehappy:

-Glassed

#5 · 140w, 4d ago · · ·

Oh sweet baby Jesus this story is amazing already.

#6 · 140w, 4d ago · · ·

Well im that univirse must suck...

#7 · 140w, 3d ago · · ·

It's a nice change of pace to read a HiE fic in which the human is changed into a non-pony.

That second line, what a way to begin a story.

#8 · 140w, 3d ago · · ·

Dang... o.o

must read more

:pinkiegasp:

#9 · 140w, 3d ago · · ·

how about 'girl' :3

#10 · 140w, 2d ago · · ·

i use to be a human just like you. but then i took a gash to the throat.

#11 · 140w, 2d ago · · ·
#12 · 140w, 2d ago · · ·

can i call you 'gertrude'?

#13 · 139w, 16h ago · · ·

The title,picture,and the fact that he is now a Diamond Dog got my attention

#14 · 138w, 6d ago · · ·

HOLY SHIT... how the HELL did someone come up with THAT cover art?!  Nice.  Tracking!

#15 · 138w, 5d ago · · ·

Awsome story, all hail echo the dimond dog:pinkiecrazy:

#16 · 138w, 4d ago · · ·

now what if someone ends up a minotaur or hydra or other non pony ceature Hmm

#17 · 138w, 3d ago · · ·

Man this story was enough to make me join this site. Keep up the good work man!

#18 · 134w, 18h ago · · ·

Wouldn't it be "Bottom line is, Equestria is eerily similar to Earth."?

Aside from that, good intro (Goes to read more)...

#19 · 133w, 4d ago · 1 · 1 ·

I have not yet read the rest of this story, (only this prologue) but I have to say - this is not how you should start a story. One, its insulting to other writers who may be making a HIE story, and two, its completely jarring for the character of the story to be directly communicating to the readers. This should be an author's foreward or note - not the prologue of the character talking this way. It almost sounds like a summary you would find in the back of book of some sorts, but its not even that since usually a passive narrator would be doing that, not the main character. Lastly, you're giving away good details of the story in such a concise manner without detail. This whole part sounds like a story description, yet its the prologue. If you want to pull people into reading this story, that is what the description is for. The prologue should be a initial setup that leads into the events of the beginning of a story. I can admit that this prologue does that to a certain extent, but for all the reasons I already laid out above, it still leaves a bad impression on me.

I'll read on since I like the idea of the plot.

#20 · 132w, 22h ago · · ·

this must be gud story if i can read and re read it :moustache::moustache::moustache::moustache::moustache:

#21 · 130w, 6d ago · · ·

WOOT! a mute protagonist! One more Gordon Freeman to love!

#22 · 130w, 3d ago · 1 · ·

I've heard a lot about this story. Now it's time for me to read it. :moustache:

#23 · 130w, 2d ago · · ·

Wow... I can tell this is going to be good...

#24 · 130w, 12h ago · · ·

just started this fic and I gotta say, this sounds like its going to be an epic story

#25 · 128w, 5d ago · · ·

Hey! The best line ever!

"And no, I will not fetch the god-damn stick for you.  Get it yourself."

I found that line hilarious!

This story looks promising!

Onwards and upwards!

#26 · 128w, 4h ago · · ·

I thought that read to say that Discord HAS the biggest dick.

#27 · 126w, 3d ago · · ·

wow... Bummer about the whole "throat getting ripped out" thing... Hope it didn't go too badly for you.

#28 · 126w, 1d ago · · ·

Hmmm not a bad start. I give the prologue a thumbs up. Let us continue to see how this story fares.

#29 · 121w, 3d ago · · ·

starting the story with... ''im (X) and this, is my story''

its sounds epic... even if you gona talk about a rock... the begin sounds good but let see if it is more intersting than my sample about the rock...

#30 · 120w, 3d ago · · ·

And thus the chess game of the gods "GGG" was born!

#31 · 120w, 1d ago · · ·

>>498347 WELL HELLO THERE CHUCKLES




INSANITY IS A WONDERFUL THING~

#32 · 115w, 6d ago · · ·

Found your story, thought it looked interesting, read the prologue. I was right! it is interesting! Thought about it for a second, read the beginnings of my story... every. single. one. of those unoriginal ideas you stated are in it. Time to start brain storming again...

#33 · 113w, 6d ago · · ·

I absolutely love that paragraph detailing "ninety two point eight percent" of the HiE stories, successfully makes the whole algorithm simpler. Now with crushing sarcasm!

>>Headcannon.exe updating....

#34 · 112w, 5d ago · · ·

First paragraph, awesome, awesome, awesome.

#35 · 107w, 3h ago · · ·

I do not rate prologues or epilogues but I belive it is an excellent start to a story and I love your accuracy on my beliefs of that there are no perfectly happy lands there has got to be a line of reality

#36 · 102w, 5d ago · · ·

>>403543 This is a type of prologue used by tons of books. Its the main character looking back from the ending and telling the story.

#37 · 100w, 5d ago · · ·

Also, i agree completley with Rainbow_Dastrution.

Brilliant work, Can't wait to read the rest!

#38 · 78w, 6d ago · 1 · ·

On my first day in Equestria, I had my throat torn out.

This is my exact reaction.

#39 · 78w, 10h ago · · ·

Just the way this was written I can tell the story is gonna be fan freakin tastic

#40 · 77w, 4d ago · · ·

:facehoof: What can I say... people are dicks.:moustache:

#41 · 74w, 2d ago · · ·

I saw this when it got featured, and ignored it. I saw this mentioned on several different websites, and I ignored it. Then I started reading one of the other fics set in this universe. It mentioned Griffin the Griffin. THAT fic mentioned this one. Time to read the root of the Yggdrasil that is the Chess Game Of The Gods.

#42 · 73w, 4d ago · · ·

I recognize the title, but I don't recognize the writing. It's good, though, and I shall forge onward.

#43 · 71w, 4d ago · · ·

youwantthestick? GO FETCH IT!

trolololololololololol

#44 · 68w, 2d ago · 2 · ·

Finally someone knows how to start a HiE fic. By not waking in the everfree or going the easy lane. Good job!

#45 · 67w, 6d ago · · ·

Thank god now this his how you start a hie fic not: I'm a super depressed person, hey look ponies, get rich, find love (one of the main 6) then live an awesome life in equestria. No just no, but this is a nice change :)

#46 · 66w, 11h ago · 1 · ·

So, I've read a few CGotG stories, but I never understood all the sh*t going on because I didn't start from the beginning. Now that I am here, I am going to read this and not stop until I am done.:rainbowdetermined2:

Besides, I want to write my own story, and why not learn from the masters?:pinkiesmile:

I mean, really. If I want a good story I might as well learn about the best story universe and see if it is to my liking for what my story involves, right?

#47 · 44w, 5d ago · · ·

>>583568

HAHAHAHAAHAHAHA

I feel sorry for your imagination.

#48 · 42w, 1d ago · · ·

Good intro.

#49 · 40w, 4h ago · 2 · 1 ·

Discord the Dickless Disord the Dickless~

#50 · 39w, 3d ago · · ·

Re-reading this, been over a year since I was on Fim Fiction. Really tells you how much I like the author if its the first fic I'm reading upon my return xD Keep up the good work Rust, keep it up~

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