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  • T So... What Happens Next?

    Ordered to stay in Ponyville, Graves finds that his new life will take some getting used to.  · GentlemanJ
    6,745 words · 8,245 views  ·  869  ·  17  · 
  • T Trouble Meets Disaster

    Marshal Graves gets settled in, but is called away on duty. Oddly enough, Sweetie Belle tags along.  · GentlemanJ
    13,521 words · 7,672 views  ·  816  ·  16  · 
  • T Two Kinds of Complications

    Rarity wants a date. Sweetie Belle wants a brother. Lucky Graves just wants a day without headaches.  · GentlemanJ
    14,433 words · 7,549 views  ·  799  ·  19  · 
  • T Untangling the Knot

     · GentlemanJ
    21,591 words · 7,006 views  ·  785  ·  18  · 
  • T Lazy Summer Days

    Life's not just for adventures. Sometimes, the best stories happen on lazy summer days.  · GentlemanJ
    19,106 words · 6,559 views  ·  739  ·  13  · 
  • T Return to the Gala

    We can all remember how the "best night ever" turned out. Well, looks like it's time for  · GentlemanJ
    38,988 words · 8,401 views  ·  830  ·  16  · 
  • T Happily Ever After

    One day, even the hardest of soldiers hangs up his gun to find a chance at happiness.  · GentlemanJ
    23,040 words · 6,603 views  ·  714  ·  20  · 
  • T A Long, Winding Road

    The marshal's gone, cutting all ties and making clear his intent never to return. Why? What compels the grey eyed soldier to leave? To find the truth, Rarity and the girls start down a long, winding road that will hopefully bring him back. Hopef  · GentlemanJ
    61,288 words · 4,004 views  ·  601  ·  20  · 
  • T There's a Reason They Call it a Crush

    Spike is definitely looking forward to the Ponyville girls coming home. Only... what's he to do when the object of his deepest affections turns out to be taken?  · GentlemanJ
    9,720 words · 3,737 views  ·  427  ·  20  · 
  • T Dating is Hard

    A short story in the Journey of Graves. Join our favorite grey eyed soldier as he navigates the new and treacherous minefield known as dating.  · GentlemanJ
    6,744 words · 2,640 views  ·  386  ·  13  · 
  • T Nightmare Night 2: Halloweening Harder

    Nightmare Night is back once more, which means a night chock full of hilarity, hi-jinks, and near apocalyptic obliteration. Need I say more?  · GentlemanJ
    3,201 words · 3,080 views  ·  363  ·  13  · 
  • T Casino Battle Royale

    In which a night of glitz and glamour becomes a bit more interesting for a couple of Equestria's finest.  · GentlemanJ
    4,459 words · 2,919 views  ·  322  ·  8  · 
  • M The Ugly Side of Right

    Though the world sees the Equestrian Royal marshals as a band of heroes, Graves goes on a new mission that shows just how ugly doing right can be.  · GentlemanJ
    7,648 words · 1,738 views  ·  302  ·  9  · 
  • T Be a Man

    With his crush on Rarity going the way of the dodo, Spike begins to wonder just what it means to be a man.  · GentlemanJ
    5,318 words · 3,092 views  ·  333  ·  17  · 
  • T Delivery Directive: Do NOT Be Late

    Marshal Graves has simple orders: take the package and deliver it on time. Of course, simple orders never mean a simple time.  · GentlemanJ
    6,755 words · 2,243 views  ·  242  ·  6  · 
  • T Winter Wonders, Winter Worries

    Winter's a wonderful time full of fun and festive frolicking. Just be sure not to catch the sniffles.  · GentlemanJ
    2,901 words · 2,285 views  ·  269  ·  12  · 
  • T Marshals: The Next Generation

    Four of Equestria's finest military cadets seek entry into the elite branch of the marshal. However, in order to qualify, they have to pass the test of none other than Gunmetal Graves himself.  · GentlemanJ
    12,311 words · 2,688 views  ·  308  ·  11  · 
  • E Marshmallows and Cotton Candy

    A collection of fluffy tales around Graves and the best sisters in Ponyville. We start with Sweetie Belle doing business. Serious business.  · GentlemanJ
    12,091 words · 1,922 views  ·  315  ·  10  · 
  • E Old Flames and New Sparks

    When a piece of the marshal's colorful past comes back to town, Rarity starts to wonder whether some things just weren't meant to be.  · GentlemanJ
    29,671 words · 1,264 views  ·  256  ·  13  · 

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  • T Lazy Summer Days

    Life's not just for adventures. Sometimes, the best stories happen on lazy summer days.
    19,106 words · 6,559 views  ·  739  ·  13
  • T Return to the Gala

    We can all remember how the "best night ever" turned out. Well, looks like it's time for
    38,988 words · 8,401 views  ·  830  ·  16
  • T So... What Happens Next?

    Ordered to stay in Ponyville, Graves finds that his new life will take some getting used to.
    6,745 words · 8,245 views  ·  869  ·  17
  • T Trouble Meets Disaster

    Marshal Graves gets settled in, but is called away on duty. Oddly enough, Sweetie Belle tags along.
    13,521 words · 7,672 views  ·  816  ·  16
  • E Terror is the Bestest Pony

    In which the League of Legend's Shadow of War is summoned not to Runeterra's Fields of Justice, but to little old Ponyville. Shenanigans ensue.
    4,329 words · 4,168 views  ·  439  ·  8
  • T Untangling the Knot

    21,591 words · 7,006 views  ·  785  ·  18
  • T Two Kinds of Complications

    Rarity wants a date. Sweetie Belle wants a brother. Lucky Graves just wants a day without headaches.
    14,433 words · 7,549 views  ·  799  ·  19
  • T Happily Ever After

    One day, even the hardest of soldiers hangs up his gun to find a chance at happiness.
    23,040 words · 6,603 views  ·  714  ·  20

Blog Posts49

  • Tuesday
    A Prime Example of What Not to Do

    Good day, good day to all. It has been an interesting day and so, I thought I'd share a little story.

    This afternoon, I got an intriguing message from one reader named Smoker. Despite the fact that his by "no means its biggest fan - it has its share of flaws, no offense -" (direct quote, as is basically everything else), he wanted to write a sequel to The Journey of Graves. At the same time, I noticed that he'd left some comments on A Long, Winding Road. Naturally, I figured I'd give it a look and see what he had to say about the story.

    For ducks sake have these bitches heard of common sense.

    Hmm... interesting opening comment. But maybe his later comments get better.

    I have To say after last chapter, this one just seems like the author is desperately trying not to make graves seem over powered. And he falls miserably.

    Okay, so I'm a failure of a writer? Well that's... interesting. What else?

    This is quite possibly the most stupidly overpowered mary sue I have ever encountered in my entire life.

    ... Yeah, I'm not following anymore. But more there is.

    At the very least, there is a tiny little silver lining: Rarity actually grows a brain cell and decides NOT to go on her suicide mission to find him. Point to Rarity.


    Wait, no, just read the last bit of the story. She's fucking stupid as hell after all. Two points from Rarity house.

    Alright, now he's dissing the marshal's girl. That isn't gonna end well and indeed, it doesn't, for you see, his last comment was:

    Not - not even humoring us.

    fuck it. i'm done.

    Well, what to do, what to do? I'm usually pleased as punch about having a reader want to do work based on The Journey, but this? This was just not cool. Considering he doesn't even understand what I'm trying to write here, let alone appreciate it, meant that obviously, I had to deny his request in the absolute. His response?

    ...and developed characters i've seen more well developed characters on the back of a cereal box you think this is good writing this is just malignant tripe you send form letters to everyone who comments on your stories as an attempt to whore yourself out and get more followers what is this bullshit none of it makes sense.

    Ladies and gentlemen, as I have stated in the title, this is a prime example of what you don't want to do. First, don't ask to write a sequel after posting horrendously mean spirited remarks. Second, when you're predictably refused, don't throw a hissy fit. I mean, seriously, "malignant tripe?" And calling me a whore? Though I don't need to defend myself, I figure I should explain. Yes, I do sent out letters to commentors, favoriters, and the like because I happen to love people who read my stories. Also, I always figure that a personal invitation to join in is a nice little touch, especially since if it happens, people can keep up with my stories more easily and I can grow The Journey community a little more. Everybody wins! Why Smoker considers this "bullshit none of it makes sense" is truly beyond me.

    Now, some of you may be asking why I'm making a post about this. Because a gentleman always defends his honor and the honor of those in his care, wot wot! But really, I did it I want to make it clear that I will not stand for this sort of behavior. Am I salty about it? About as much as saltwater taffy, I suppose. These sorts of comments do irk me a bit (after all, nobody likes being called a whore), but on the bright side, they also makes me really grateful for the people who do understand.

    I may have to deal with hecklers like Smoker, but I've gotten to meet infinitely more wonderful people. There are the artists like The Reanimator (creator of Journey's End artwork) and Captain Pudge Muffin (creator of Untangling the Knot artwork), MrBackPack, the editor who helped me get my start, Intrapulation the YouTuber, the remaining anonymous reader who sent me The Definition of Worth letter, Valient Bug, the first person to ever follow me who is still following The Journey to this very day, and so many more. I could go on (and I will at a later date), but I just realized it's funny how a bad egg can make you count all the blessings you really have.

    So yeah, all in all, I guess that not even the greatest communities can keep out the trolls (reference intended), but it really doesn't matter. What's important is that I say thanks to all the readers who continue to enjoy The Journey. Hope you get a chuckle out of this message and know that I am so grateful for each and every one of you. Adieu!



    P.S. New chapter comes out tomorrow, 6:30 Eastern. I think that'll be the standard time for all posts unless people want a different time? Let me know!

    32 comments · 272 views
  • 1w, 6d
    And For the Piece de Resistance...

    6 comments · 163 views
  • 4w, 5d
    Consider, If You Will...

    H'okay folks, here's a question for ya.

    So reader Coolbauch sends me a message with two very interesting things. One, that the Rarity Graves pairing, in traditional portmanteu methodology, should thus be known as "Gravity." I personally think that's just the bee's knees and wanted to see what you all thought of it.

    Second, he made a rather interesting proposition. What if, and I do stress IF, Graves and Rarity weren't the couple? What if Graves were wooed by some other lucky lady instead? I have to say, I really like this idea, not because Gravity isn't the best pairing in the universe because it is, but because it sounds fun. As such, I was considering writing a one shot about a potential, budding romance between Graves and another.

    And thus, dear readers, I turn to you. Which pairing do you like the best? This can be Mane 6 OR ANOTHER PONY! GASP! SUCH VARIETY! Also, what sort of situation might emerge? At what point in the series would this alternative dimension occur?  In this message, the wonderful Coolbauch also included examples of various likely scenarios, but I would also like your opinions on the subject. Thus, if you would oblige me by sending in your preferences below, I might just have a nifty little side project to start.

    As always, thanks for reading and hope to hear all sorts of scandalous suggestions soon!



    32 comments · 295 views
  • 12w, 4h
    "I HAVE RETURNED," quoth the Protoss Dragoon

    Ladies and Gentlemen!

    "Finally, after an eternity away from you all, [GentlemanJ] is back!"

                                            -Jack of Blades, Fable

    What can I say? I was working, I was international, I was dealing with enough unexpected drama to make Calculon cry foul. But after a whole lot of writing, rewriting, revisions and additions, I am finally ready to get back to posting. Probably.

    So here's the deal. School starts next week and since I don't foresee it being a major issue, I will in all likelihood be able to start posting by week's end. That's Saturday, September 6 at the usual 6-7 PM Eastern time slot I usually do, for all ye who are less than temporally inclined. However, it may end up that I will have to postpone one week to make sure that my posts are up to the quality you all deserve. After all, I figure that since I've been so egregiously delayed, what's one more week in the grand scheme of things?


                                            -Billy Mays

    Now, a lot of you are no doubt wondering why I've taken so long off. Well, dear readers, that's because I have been working on a narrative of grand and epic proportions. Of course, it's easy to say that when I'm judging my own works, so what does that mean for you? Since I am kind and merciful, I will tell you:

    Over. Forty. Complete. Chapters.

    That's right. You thought A Long, Winding Road was intense? I'm about to lay down the hammer on you suckers! This is going to be by far the longest, most ambitious arc I've ever done and once I start posting, there will literally be one week of hiatus at most in that gigantic deluge of adventure smacks you upside the face like a blue fin tuna in class five hurricane! I know it's been a long time in coming, but it's been necessary in order to give you my greatest and most complext work to date.

    To those who've been patiently waiting, I ask for you patience for just a week or so longer. Go back and reread the series. Freshen up on your Journey lore because I promise you, once this train leaves the station, there will be no more stops.


                                            -King Leonidas, 300

    Sincerely, and at most 2 weeks away,


    P.S. More readings by Intrapulation available here. Or at least a dramatic interlude. Close enough.

    16 comments · 288 views
  • 22w, 1d
    Art, Audio, and Au Revoirs

    1 comments · 366 views
  • ...

The first story in The Journey of Graves.

Ponyville is getting ready for the arrival of Princess Celestia's marshals, elite of royal guard and travelling heroes of the people. But in all the hustle and bustle of party preparations, a lone traveler slips into town, a young man with business concerning Twilight Sparkle. What that business is remains to be seen, but you can be sure Ponyville won't make it easy for him.

After all, where would be the fun in that?

First Published
19th Feb 2012
Last Modified
3rd Mar 2012
#1 · 143w, 6d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·

Okay, I'm writing this as I read.

First glance: :pinkiegasp: LONG. nuff said.

Reading disclaimer: People... Eh, okay... :unsuresweetie:

Start: Okeee.... :ajbemused:

Middle: Hm. :applejackunsure:

End: Not half bad. :pinkiehappy:

#2 · 143w, 6d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·

Woo that was great. kind of saw the whole marshal twist coming. grammar pacing and spelling were all good just wondering if you'll continue this story. Really hope you do as it has the makings of a great story:twilightsmile:

#3 · 143w, 6d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·


Much obliged! Any suggestions on how to make it better? First shot, so I'm still trying to make it better. :scootangel:

#4 · 143w, 6d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·

>>236690 That was your first shot too? I just joined last night, check my first story sometime...

#5 · 143w, 6d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·


Thank! I've actually got a lot more stories planned out, a few long ones and some other shorter episodes. Hope to see you back!

#6 · 142w, 23h ago · 1 · · Chapter 2 ·

When the traveler left his stuff at the barn, it reminded me of GTA: SAN ANDREAS.

#7 · 142w, 23h ago · · · Chapter 8 ·


Never played the game myself: what happened?

#9 · 142w, 15h ago · · · Chapter 8 ·

Awww I wanted more :fluttercry: Awesome work though.

#10 · 142w, 13h ago · · · Chapter 8 ·


Don't worry, there will be more: as it stands, this is the first story in a series which I hope to writing for a good while yet. The second installment, So... What Happens Next? has just been started, and continues the saga.

Thanks, and  hope to see you back!:pinkiehappy:

#11 · 142w, 13h ago · · · Chapter 8 ·


GTA: San Andreas? Just wondering how the scene reminded you of that.

#12 · 139w, 4d ago · · · Chapter 8 ·

Could maybe do some sketches on those spell guns? I am have a tad trouble visualizing them. But really cool story. Nice character, well developed personality, accurate humanization of pony characters and spike. Well done indeed.

Herpy derp Sir!

translates: Cool story Sir!


#13 · 139w, 4d ago · · · Chapter 8 ·


Glad to hear you liked it! Hope you enjoy the rest of the series! :pinkiehappy:

As for the spell rifles, it's sort of like the one pictured here:

Only, imagine if it was all silver and the barrel was engraved like the body. I can't draw worth beans, so hope this helps.:twilightblush:

#14 · 139w, 1d ago · · · Chapter 8 ·

The thing about the chocolate...Harry Potter reference or a real life fact?

#15 · 139w, 1d ago · · · Chapter 8 ·


I thought it was real life, but then I looked it up: apparently, feeding someone when they're in shock is a BAD idea. Who knew? :twilightoops:

So I guess that makes it Harry Potter.

#16 · 139w, 1d ago · · · Chapter 8 ·


lol, good story

#17 · 138w, 4d ago · · · Chapter 8 ·

This is a very good seris, I give you:

:moustache: :moustache: :moustache: :moustache: :moustache: 5 out of 5 moustaches

#18 · 138w, 4d ago · · · Chapter 8 ·


Mother of god...:pinkiegasp: Such high praise... *sniff* I am not worthy!:fluttercry:

#19 · 138w, 3d ago · · · Chapter 8 ·

There's a thread going on reddit right now, a fellow brony was wanting to know of some good fanfiction to sink his teeth into, I had no choice but to recommend this series wholeheartedly.

#20 · 138w, 3d ago · · · Chapter 8 ·

>>378677 you recommended me on reddit? Holy crap! Dude, that's like, winning the internet or something! Thank you so much! :pinkiehappy:

#21 · 138w, 3d ago · · · Chapter 8 ·

what a badass graves

#22 · 137w, 6d ago · · · Chapter 8 ·


I do agree.....Graves is a badass

#23 · 137w, 1d ago · · · Chapter 4 ·

As promised, the start of the minor editing:

“Slight run in with Ms. Fluttershy,” he replied apologetically

Should be:

“Slight run in with Ms. Rainbow Dash,” he replied apologetically

#24 · 136w, 6d ago · · · Chapter 3 ·

:rainbowkiss: :moustache: True story :eeyup:

#25 · 136w, 6d ago · · · Chapter 7 ·

Please tell me traveler did some thing?            put on your war face :twilightangry2:

#26 · 136w, 22h ago · · · Chapter 2 ·

Reading onward! My friend has been harassing me to check out this series for a while, figured I would get off my lazy butt and do it...

Apologies for earlyer comment... Must have missed a few scentences & got things messed up, I blame insomnia, it being 1:32 AM & the economy.

#27 · 136w, 6h ago · · · Chapter 8 ·

Humanized ponies? Western flavor? Sharp shooting? SHOCK AND AWE?

Good sir, you have my attention and interest.

#28 · 136w, 6h ago · · · Chapter 8 ·


Excellent! I'll work hard to keep them both.

#29 · 132w, 21h ago · · · Chapter 1 ·

i  like this so far

#30 · 132w, 20h ago · · · Chapter 2 ·

it was kind of hard for me to read appleblooms part's in the story but other than that i am loving this story so far. Nothing rely bad other than the apple blooms part but i got used to it the farther a read it. i am rely liking the stranger. He seems like he has a dark past but does not show it.

#31 · 132w, 19h ago · · · Chapter 4 ·

is he a marshal just wondering

#32 · 132w, 18h ago · · · Chapter 8 ·

i knew it i knew it he was a marshal, and a bada ass one at that to. i loved the character depth in him,  and how you portrayed the mane six is amazing. you sir are a magnificent writer


#33 · 128w, 6d ago · 1 · · Chapter 1 ·

Dayum! This looks promising!

So far I really like it

#34 · 128w, 6d ago · · · Chapter 2 ·

Interesting that you gave Applebloom a lisp.

Wow. Rainbow sure does overreact.

#35 · 128w, 6d ago · · · Chapter 3 ·

Man, why do you have so little views? This is AMAZING!

#36 · 128w, 6d ago · · · Chapter 4 ·


I'm beginning to wonder that as well.

#37 · 128w, 6d ago · · · Chapter 8 ·


Wow. You really know your stuff.


#38 · 128w, 11h ago · · · Chapter 8 ·

This reminds me of a japanese manga I read not that long ago about a gunfighter named Graves or something like that. Just wondering if you knew about it and seeing if it possibly had an influence your character. Great story!

#39 · 128w, 3h ago · · · Chapter 4 ·

"jeux ne se qua" should be "je ne sais quoi"

But otherwise, amazing! :twilightsmile:

#40 · 127w, 6d ago · · · Chapter 8 ·

Wat?  How did you make such a short story so many chapters?  It was like a Charles Dickens book.  10 chapters of almost nothing happening, but still awesomely entertaining.  Will read the others!:twilightsmile:

#41 · 124w, 2d ago · · · Chapter 8 ·

That was incredibly entertaining, and probably the fastest I've ever read 21k words. It was involving the whole time, and the climax of the story was amazing. I expected it from the start, but it was really great to see the truth revealed in such a way. Honestly, this is one of those stories that really needs fanart because of how awesome the characters are and how great certain scenes would look when illustrated - especially the sniper shot at the end. All in all, incredible work, and I can't wait for the next story.

#42 · 124w, 2d ago · · · Chapter 8 ·


Thanks for the kind words! As a present, I reveal the truth: you don't need to wait because the series is already on its sixth story: just go to my page and look up the next one. If you like 'em, then I'd recommend watching me to keep up with the latest updates, as I post every four or five days or so. Once again, thanks a bunch and hope you enjoy! :twilightsmile:

#43 · 124w, 2d ago · · · Chapter 8 ·

I see the latest of these stories in the featured box, I will have to give them a look at some point.  Adding to my RIL list.

#45 · 124w, 12h ago · · · Chapter 8 ·

*adds to read later* sounds good if it gets on Equestria daily! Also, you might want to chang ethe story avatar, that picture gets used waaaaay to much if you ask me. :ajbemused:

#46 · 124w, 11h ago · · · Chapter 8 ·

Hmm... Balance praise against Humanized... I do so very much dislike humanization... Dunno???

Downloaded, will reserve for a time I'm UTTERLY bored.

Like I said... I can't even understand the reasoning behind humanization??? :twilightoops:

It's not ponies then... But I will also hold this in reserve to try it... If I get time. :twilightblush:

#47 · 124w, 11h ago · · · Chapter 8 ·

Why did Graves remind me so much of The Courier from Fallout New Vegas?

#48 · 124w, 10h ago · · · Chapter 8 ·

I applaud you sir.  Getting a human fic onto EQD is not an easy feat (I've tried) but this is just splendid.  I shall have to read more, but cheers to you, and may your writing skills never fail you.:pinkiehappy:

#49 · 124w, 10h ago · 4 · · Chapter 5 ·

“People ‘round here sure are crazy.”

Welcome to my life!

#50 · 124w, 10h ago · · · Chapter 2 ·

Great stuff you got here sir! The part where Rainbow shows her wings confused mr though. Are they something she built or are they a natural part of her? :rainbowhuh:

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