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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 · 145w, 4d ago · · ·

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

#2 · 145w, 4d ago · · ·

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

#3 · 145w, 3d ago · 1 · ·

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

THE END :derpytongue2:

#4 · 145w, 3d 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 · 145w, 3d ago · · ·

Oh sweet baby Jesus this story is amazing already.

#6 · 145w, 3d ago · · ·

Well im that univirse must suck...

#7 · 145w, 2d 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 · 145w, 2d ago · · ·

Dang... o.o

must read more

:pinkiegasp:

#9 · 145w, 1d ago · · ·

how about 'girl' :3

#10 · 145w, 1d ago · · ·

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

#12 · 145w, 22h ago · · ·

can i call you 'gertrude'?

#13 · 143w, 6d ago · · ·

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

#14 · 143w, 5d ago · · ·

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

#15 · 143w, 4d ago · · ·

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

#16 · 143w, 3d ago · · ·

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

#17 · 143w, 2d ago · · ·

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

#18 · 138w, 6d ago · · ·

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

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

#19 · 138w, 3d 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 · 136w, 6d ago · · ·

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

#21 · 135w, 5d ago · · ·

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

#22 · 135w, 2d ago · 1 · ·

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

#23 · 135w, 1d ago · · ·

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

#24 · 134w, 6d ago · · ·

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

#25 · 133w, 4d 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 · 132w, 6d ago · · ·

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

#27 · 131w, 2d ago · · ·

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

#28 · 130w, 6d ago · · ·

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

#29 · 126w, 2d 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 · 125w, 1d ago · · ·

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

#31 · 125w, 17h ago · · ·

>>498347 WELL HELLO THERE CHUCKLES




INSANITY IS A WONDERFUL THING~

#32 · 120w, 5d 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 · 118w, 5d 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 · 117w, 4d ago · · ·

First paragraph, awesome, awesome, awesome.

#35 · 111w, 5d 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 · 107w, 4d 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 · 105w, 3d ago · · ·

Also, i agree completley with Rainbow_Dastrution.

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

#38 · 83w, 4d ago · 1 · ·

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

This is my exact reaction.

#39 · 82w, 6d ago · · ·

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

#40 · 82w, 2d ago · · ·

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

#41 · 79w, 1d 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 · 78w, 2d ago · · ·

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

#43 · 76w, 2d ago · · ·

youwantthestick? GO FETCH IT!

trolololololololololol

#44 · 73w, 22h 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 · 72w, 5d 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 · 70w, 6d 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 · 49w, 4d ago · · ·

>>583568

HAHAHAHAAHAHAHA

I feel sorry for your imagination.

#48 · 47w, 14h ago · · ·

Good intro.

#49 · 44w, 6d ago · 2 · 1 ·

Discord the Dickless Disord the Dickless~

#50 · 44w, 2d 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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