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Not a changeling.

Stories (11)

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  • Hard Reset 2: Reset Harder
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Twilight still isn't having a very good day. An army of changelings is attacking Canterlot, and the experimental spell that blew up in her face has stuck her in a time loop until she gets everything perfect and saves Equestria.

She's got a plan.  She's also got a problem:  Suddenly, she's not the only one whose day is repeating.  And when you're caught between unstoppable force and immovable object, life has a tendency to get complicated.

* * *

This story is an authorized alternate-universe re-imagining of Eakin's Hard Reset, in which multiple loopers turn the time shenanigans up to 11.  (Knowledge of Hard Reset is not required, but based on reader comments, will help in sorting out the early chapters.)

Cliff's Notes versions: RampantArcana has started a GitHub repository to codify the time-loop rules and the early-story timeline. Hawthornbunny has posted a chapter-by-chapter breakdown of all the loops, including the ones we don't see, with a lot of critical analysis. Those links contain spoilers (of currently posted chapters).  If you're confused, either one of those fan projects is a great starting point, and story comments have a lot of insightful discussion as well.

Publication schedule: Some medical issues and a tough arc kicked my plot and wiped out my buffer, but I'm still working on publishing new chapters on a regular schedule.  Chapter 16: Wednesday, 5/21.

Cover art by Alexstrazsa.

First Published
15th Jan 2014
Last Modified
7th May 2014

Comments ( 1,609 )

#1 · Chapter 1 · 31w, 3d ago · 49 · ·

Shit, I forgot to comment on this before it went live... what? Really? Not until then? Oh, well, never mind then. I guess this time I didn't forget. Disregard those last few sentences.

Anyway, this ripoff/homage/reboot/sequel/whatever is 120% Time Loop Approved.

#2 · Chapter 1 · 31w, 3d ago · 33 · ·

Author's note-to-self:  Hmm … no comments yet?  Next loop, remind >>3777814 to reset his time loop and leave a comment before publication.

#4 · Chapter 1 · 31w, 18h ago · 6 · ·

>>3792379

Ha! That didn't take long.

Lab
#5 · Chapter 1 · 31w, 18h ago · 4 · ·

310 stories in my read later list...I have a lot of work ahead of me.

#6 · Chapter 1 · 31w, 18h ago · 6 · ·

>>3792396

It's entirely possible I may have read not only this chapter, but a large number of future chapters last night.

--arcum42

#7 · Chapter 1 · 31w, 18h ago · 1 · ·

O can already tell this is going to be crazier than the original.

#8 · Chapter 1 · 31w, 18h ago · 16 · ·

>>3792422

Silly me for assuming a linear progression of time :twilightsmile:

#9 · Chapter 1 · 31w, 18h ago · 8 · ·

Well... that sure didn't work.

#10 · Chapter 1 · 31w, 18h ago · 1 · ·

Nice fic. It makes me think of that movie they're coming out with: Edge of Tomorrow. I really like it when stories mess with time or physical reality, and this captures it perfectly.

#12 · Chapter 1 · 31w, 18h ago · · ·

interesting, i remember the original, this version seems to have both Chrysalis and Celestia trapped in the loop as well, but i could be wrong about the Chrysalis thing though

#13 · Chapter 1 · 31w, 18h ago · 1 · ·

Figured this would be a parody. Apparently not.

Anyway, not bad. Not quite got Eakin's perfect Twilight Snarkle voice, but it's interesting nonetheless.

#14 · Chapter 1 · 31w, 18h ago · 2 · ·

Oh, this is gonna be goooood. :pinkiehappy:

Also, nice to see Celestia comes prepared. That spell of hers is especially interesting. Apparently, it stores information achronically. Useful.

Eagerly looking forward to more.

#15 · Chapter 1 · 31w, 18h ago · · ·

Oh boy. Here we go again!

#16 · Chapter 1 · 31w, 18h ago · · ·

Oh shiiiiiit! :pinkiegasp:

#17 · Chapter 1 · 31w, 18h ago · 3 · ·

:pinkiegasp:

A Royal Guard... named Parade Rest?

New favorite fic. Instantly better than >>3779113's original. If you make a sergeant named Knife Hand, you will probably be my new Jesus.

#18 · Chapter 1 · 31w, 18h ago · · ·

So Twilight's in the innermost loop, and the other loopers can screw her up? But not stop her looping apparently?

#19 · Chapter 1 · 31w, 17h ago · · ·

Well, I suppose I'd enjoy this story more if I let it build up a bit more. It's definitely interesting.

>>3792421 I had the same problem until a few days ago when I went through the whole list and asked myself about every story:"Do I really want to read it or is this just a little casual interest?" And boom, down to 60.

#20 · Chapter 1 · 31w, 17h ago · 4 · ·

It's fav time. *clicky clicky*

#21 · Chapter 1 · 31w, 17h ago · 1 · ·

This better be just as good as the original or else i'll be extremely disappointed.

#22 · Chapter 1 · 31w, 17h ago · · ·

Confusing. Enjoyable. The former will go away, I expect the latter to continue.

#23 · Chapter 1 · 31w, 17h ago · 9 · ·

I'm looking forward to the next 27,631 words, that's for sure!  

#24 · Chapter 1 · 31w, 17h ago · · ·

Very nice. Yet another time loop scenario fic, and yet I still enjoy them. Looking forward to the next chapter!

#25 · Chapter 1 · 31w, 17h ago · 1 · 4 ·

Teisto - take me (Elliot Berger remix

AS SOON AS I READ THE LAST WORDS OF THE CHAPTER THE BASS DROPPED

That makes this

B IUST

Copyright by Omnifire

Meaning : holy $HIT this is an AWSOME story

#26 · Chapter 1 · 31w, 16h ago · · 5 ·

HEY also listen to arkasia -soldiers

And uhhhh... Hold on  

#27 · Chapter 1 · 31w, 16h ago · · 5 ·

SYNX - gone away

Cry wolf - the moon is falling down

James Egbert - exit wound

And a $hit load more that I post later

No stopping me heh hah HAH HAHAHSHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAH-  

oh! Uh sorry

#28 · Chapter 1 · 31w, 16h ago · · ·

You wouldn't have happen to have read Time Braid, a naruto fanfiction of a similar Time Loop setting, would you?

#29 · Chapter 1 · 31w, 16h ago · 9 · ·

I don't think this was reset hard enough.

#30 · Chapter 1 · 31w, 16h ago · · ·

This is going to hurt my brain, isn't it?

Oh well, may as well take the hot sauce approach to pain. Glug glug glug.  So far, a worthy reimagining of a quite good tale.

#31 · Chapter 1 · 31w, 16h ago · · ·

Bulk upload the whole thing! I love how it started, why drag it out? Hook people now with a big piece of content!

#32 · Chapter 1 · 31w, 16h ago · 1 · ·

>>3793136

That might seriously break people's brains. I've read through chapter ten, and this gets really, REALLY complicated. Things are going to go off the rails pretty quick once the rules are laid out.

#33 · Chapter 1 · 31w, 16h ago · · ·

why would something this confusing be a draw for readers?

#34 · Chapter 1 · 31w, 16h ago · 1 · ·

On my to-read list, but the premise already reminds me of a more comedic take on the premise: MLP Time Loops.

#35 · Chapter 1 · 31w, 16h ago · · ·

The 'death by Celestia as a means of verification' is a nice touch.

#36 · Chapter 1 · 31w, 15h ago · 1 · ·

This is going to be so gloriously confusing.

Bring it on! :rainbowdetermined2:

#37 · Chapter 1 · 31w, 15h ago · · ·

Ganked by Princess Redshirt, hard core.

#38 · Chapter 1 · 31w, 15h ago · 1 · ·

OH MY GOD MOAR!!! I loved this story first time around, can't wait to see how this changes things up!

Lab
#39 · Chapter 1 · 31w, 15h ago · · ·

>>3792706 Tried that. Number stayed the same :P

#40 · Chapter 1 · 31w, 15h ago · · ·

I'm trying to figure out circumstances in which it makes sense for Celestia to give the incomplete password.

#41 · Chapter 1 · 31w, 15h ago · · ·

More content for the Hard Reset-verse?!  To borrow from Ric Flair...

:yay: WOOOOOOOOO :yay:

Awesome first chapter, and already I'm confused as to exactly who is in the time loop with Twi, and what is causing the loops to change.  Excellent!  Can't wait for more!!  :pinkiehappy:

#42 · Chapter 1 · 31w, 15h ago · · ·

>>3792469  I don't think it's much of a spoiler to confirm that, yes, Chrysalis is also looping.

>>3792476  I'm glad it's got your attention despite the readjustment of your expectations.  Partially, it's a character interpretation thing; I'm taking an interpretation that this version of Twilight has been burned out a bit more by her loops, so the snark doesn't shine through quite as consistently.  Partially, it's a different authorial voice, no matter how much I might try to imitate Eakin's style.  I hope the story continues to hold you on its own merits!

>>3792539 >>3792964 >>3792614 >>3793127 >>3793431 >>3793431   Chapter 2 will lay out the rules.  (Also create more questions, since Twilight's figuring this all out as she goes along.  But the fundamental approach here is simple; it's a bit like Life in that all the confusion is a product of emergent complexity from the premise you'll shortly learn.)

>>3792565  When Celestia picks guards to stand unmoving for hours in front of her quarters, she picks the best.  :raritywink:

#43 · Chapter 1 · 31w, 14h ago · 1 · ·

When you say you’ve got 30,000 words written… is that the entire story, or just what you’ve got written so far?

Also, regarding your chapter length: I find a lot of stories with ~2,000 word chapters tend to come off as rather disjointed compared to those with ~4,000–6,000 words. If you’ve already got 30,000 words written as if it were a single piece, but you’re just splitting at ~2,000 words, then I worry quality will drop once you’ve run through your buffer and start writing as if you had such an arbitrarily small word‐limit per chapter.

#44 · Chapter 1 · 31w, 14h ago · 2 · ·

Trying to drive us loopy, I see.  Well, it won't work.

We're already there :pinkiehappy:

#45 · Chapter 1 · 31w, 14h ago · 3 · ·

>>3793057  I have not read Time Braid, no, but it seems like an interesting entry into the "time keeps repeating and bad stuff happens" genre for the Naruto fans among us.

>>3793060  Clearly I should have skipped straight to "Hard Reset 3: Reset Hardest". :trollestia:

>>3793248  This is something of a cold open.  It doesn't work for everyone, but I appreciate you giving it a try.  If you're curious enough to stick with it for one more chapter (which will post by tomorrow morning), you'll get to learn (along with Twilight) a little more about what's going on.

>>3793301  The Best Night Ever is another great one.  It's somewhere in between the comedy of MLPTL and the black humor of HR/HR2.

>>3793313  >>3793484   >>3793554

Re "death by Celestia": As she will shortly explain, it's a method of verification that Twilight's being honest about looping.  There's a reason for that.  And yes, it's ice cold, and yes, that's deliberate; and exploring what's up with that is a major ongoing theme.

#46 · Chapter 1 · 31w, 14h ago · 2 · ·

>>3793846

I think you should have gone straight to Hard Reset ∞: ∞ Divided by 0

#47 · Chapter 1 · 31w, 13h ago · 5 · ·

The only correct response to this is 5 minutes of incoherent squeeing.

#48 · Chapter 1 · 31w, 13h ago · 1 · ·

>>3793554

Realized I didn't answer your question, and it's that "redundant verification" that gives Chapter 1 its title.  So here's the full scoop:

The idea behind it is that Celestia herself does not know the complete password. The safeword essentially is encrypted in her memories, and only unlocked to her once the trigger is spoken.  That way, if someone reads her mind, they get the trigger but not even knowledge that the safeword exists.  The only way to learn the safeword is to have spoken the trigger, but at that point the safeword is moot … unless you can manipulate time.

#49 · Chapter 1 · 31w, 13h ago · · ·

Looking forward to figuring out these time loops and complicated stuff.

What I can assume happened is that Twilight at first told the guards to not allow anyone inside unless the building is on fire, thwarted-ish (Cause she didn't break out of the time loops) Chrysalis' plans, then Chrysalis went back and disrupted Twilight's plans and now we're in a whole heap of whatever.

Expecting that the Celestia at the end of the chapter is really Chrysalis. Although I don't see why one of them couldn't figure out where the other starts their loop and just find and kill them at the beginning so they have free reign. Maybe there's a third element in play here.

#50 · Chapter 1 · 31w, 13h ago · · ·

>>3792439

Of course, that means I'm left with a completely different cliffhanger. :twilightsmile:

--arcum42

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