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GreyGuardPony

Joined July 2013
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Just a simple brony who likes world building.

Stories (8)

  • A Bushel of Carrots
    Carrot Top likes to help ponies whenever possible, but when too many requests come in for her assistance, she looks for a solution. And the solution may cause more problems than it solves. A Lunaverse Story.

    19,472 words · 587 views · 81 likes · 0 dislikes
  • Of Kingdoms and Cutie-Marks
    The threat of The Collector has been vanquished. However, the nations beyond Equestria's borders stare at the land of the dual monarchs in suspicion. Meanwhile Skitch-Sketch struggles to find purpose in her new home. Sequel to A Skitch in Time.
    60,098 words · 1,231 views · 163 likes · 5 dislikes
  • Cops and Robbers
    Scootaloo and her bat pony mother Night Crescent make for an odd couple on the streets of Ponyville, but the two couldn't love each other more. This is the story of how bat pony adopted pegasus, and the trials involved. A Skitchverse story.
    11,762 words · 610 views · 46 likes · 0 dislikes
  • A Skitch in Time (Revised)
    When a transgender Brony in denial is turned into a mare and dragged to Equestria she is forced to deal with issues long buried. To make matters worse, whatever force caused her change has darker plans for the world. Can Equestria be saved in time?
    61,361 words · 1,356 views · 333 likes · 24 dislikes
  • Past Remnants
    14,057 words · 209 views · 29 likes · 0 dislikes
  • Boast Bypassed
    47,993 words · 827 views · 67 likes · 6 dislikes
  • Papers and Poltergeists
    13,244 words · 231 views · 17 likes · 0 dislikes
  • Don't Go By the River
    27,645 words · 358 views · 26 likes · 2 dislikes

Blog Posts (28)


Everypony in Ponyville knows Carrot Top, the element of generosity. Always ready with kind words and a helping hoof when they're needed.

But when Carrot Top finds herself stuck between her friends in the Farmer's Union, and a request from Applejack, she turns to a legend of the Everfree to gain some extra hoof power. But strange magic has its consequences.

Will Ponyville and Carrot Top be able to deal with them?

A Lunaverse story, set in the fall of Season 2.

First Published
18th Jan 2014
Last Modified
14th Mar 2014

Comments ( 121 )

#1 · Chapter 1 · 27w, 2d ago · · ·

Was it proper social etiquette to let a magical clone have the bed?

Carrot Top you're just to nice.

The magical clone is just so darling, it almost a shame its going to get 'deleted' in some way.

And nice link into half crazy as well.

#2 · Chapter 1 · 27w, 2d ago · · ·

>>3807929

I did enjoy writing that line. Seemed like an amusing little bit to kind of highlight the debate within her own head.

The link to Half Crazy was kind of un-intentional, I will admit, but I am grateful for the happy coincidence. :twilightsmile:

#3 · Chapter 1 · 27w, 2d ago · · ·

Oh, my. This is going to end very badly.......

#4 · Chapter 1 · 27w, 2d ago · 3 · ·

>>3807984

Although it would probably break the universe I could see Carrot keeping a single clone at the end partly out of pity and partially because they're just so useful.

"O.k. just stay out of sight and if anypony comes visiting hide in the cellar. If anyone does ask you're my sister, right?"

The bedraggled clone looked up with tears of gratitude in it's eyes, it nodded excitedly, "I'll Help!" it said.

#5 · Chapter 1 · 27w, 2d ago · · ·

You have my endorsement.

#6 · Chapter 1 · 27w, 2d ago · · ·

Well, at least these clones aren't destructively devoted to fun...

In any case, I look forward to more of this tragicomic tale of too many Carrot Tops.

#7 · Chapter 1 · 27w, 2d ago · · ·

The added edits are all looking sharp and I'd like to give special commendation to the scene with Trixie,

The unicorn seemed to be in the process of making another one of her...unique culinary creations. A slice of watermelon floated along, buoyed by her shimmering magic aura, and slathered with peanut butter. A coating of some kind of red powder was dusted over the peanut butter along with...chives?
Excellent!  Not only do we get the setup that plants the cloning idea in CT's head, but we also get more of Trixie's bizarre taste in foods as a bonus.

--HOWEVER--

once I’m here, Green Grape asked for some help fixing his farm, also tomorrow.
Could have sworn GreenGrape was a mare. :raritywink:

>>3808016

Well yeah, but the problem is that once you've taught the clones how to make more of themselves, they seem to do so almost compulsively.  The Pinkies were bad enough, but at least they could be distracted with the promise of something fun to do.  The CT clones, however, want to "help" and regrettably the more hooves they have the "better" they would always think themselves able to do so.

Besides, as we see with breakfast, even just the one clone is more than a bit too eager to help.

#8 · Chapter 1 · 27w, 2d ago · · ·

>>3808266

   I find your icon to be hilarious, considering the subject matter of this fic. :pinkiehappy:

#9 · Chapter 1 · 27w, 2d ago · · ·

>>3808281

Ahh, but they can be destructive in their own unique ways! :pinkiecrazy:

Thanks though! Hopefully you'll like the chapter's that'll come next.

#10 · Chapter 1 · 27w, 2d ago · · ·

>>3808532

Thanks EB! A watermelon, peanut butter, chilli, chive and carrot slider is certainly a unique food creation. I can only imagine what a thing like that would actually taste like.

Completely missed that one bit with Green Grapes though. :twilightoops: Went back in and fixed it though!

#11 · Chapter 1 · 27w, 2d ago · · ·

>>3808649

I can only imagine what a thing like that would actually taste like.
I'd prefer not to...:pinkiesick:

#12 · Chapter 1 · 27w, 2d ago · · ·

>>3808658

The funny thing is, that some of the component pieces could work on their own. I've seen recipes for peanut butter infused chilli, and peanuts are a big part of Thai cooking.

Likewise, fruit and peanut butter can go well together.

But all together? That's where the train wreck would come in, I think.  

#13 · Chapter 1 · 27w, 2d ago · · ·

>>3808611

You should make my OC have a cameo.

#14 · Chapter 1 · 27w, 2d ago · · ·

>>3808658

Where's your sense of adventure?

#15 · Chapter 1 · 27w, 2d ago · · ·
#16 · Chapter 1 · 27w, 2d ago · · ·

>>3808803

Not in my mouth.

#17 · Chapter 1 · 27w, 2d ago · · ·

>>3808649

The only thing in that mix, on reflection, that is “weird” is the watermelon. Although…

Well, it looks like I have just appointed myself as the (Un)Official Lunaverse Taste Tester. Trixie eats weird stuff, and I’ll try it myself to see how weird it actually is.

#18 · Chapter 1 · 27w, 2d ago · · ·

>>3809138

You're a braver man than I. :twilightoops:

#19 · Chapter 1 · 27w, 2d ago · · ·

>>3809152

I never mean to poke fun at others, but “braver” is a really, really funny way of spelling “dumber."

#20 · Chapter 1 · 27w, 2d ago · · ·

>>3809138

We can stand together.  Caution is for those with weaker wills... and lesser digestive tracts.

#21 · Chapter 1 · 27w, 2d ago · · ·

>>3809471

your avatar i don’t even

#22 · Chapter 1 · 27w, 2d ago · · ·

Congrats on being featured!

#23 · Chapter 1 · 27w, 2d ago · 1 · ·

>>3810463

Thank you kindly sir!

#24 · Chapter 1 · 27w, 2d ago · · ·

Right, as this is being canonized...where would you like it placed? Autumn, Winter, Spring, or Summer?

#25 · Chapter 1 · 27w, 2d ago · · ·

>>3810587

Autumn, please. I wrote the fic with that season in mind.

#26 · Chapter 1 · 27w, 1d ago · · ·

This wont end well.

#27 · Chapter 1 · 27w, 1d ago · · ·

>>3809977

These are the traditional armaments of the housecarl for clan Drops, or at least they will be tradition after my successor takes them.

#28 · Chapter 1 · 27w, 1d ago · · ·

>>3808016 I... kinda wish this would happen.

I'll put my own concerns about the clones and their sapience aside as much as I can, but I gotta admit the climax of the Maneverse episode was very offputting to me. Still, with that aside hopefully there'll be a lot of wacky hijinks before this is all done.

#29 · Chapter 1 · 27w, 1d ago · · ·

>>3814049

I do understand your concern there RK, but I do think that I have an angle to kind of avoid some of the ethical concerns. Thanks for reading either way, though. :twilightsmile:

#30 · Chapter 1 · 27w, 12h ago · · ·

>>3808016 : Aw... I think that'd be sad. At least she should get to do some actual helping.

Carrot Top: "You know, I always wanted a basement..."

Clone: "I'll help!"

*both grin*

#31 · Chapter 1 · 27w, 8h ago · · ·

>>3820638

Yes but unless she keeps an eye on the thin she'll end up with a 500ft pit under her house which would probably collapse her house and the whole farm into a sink hole.

Clone: "I just don't know what went wrong!"

#32 · Chapter 2 · 26w, 2d ago · · ·

Oh, my. There used to be a Canadian sitcom on PBS called "The Industry"; every so often, the main character's Evil Scheme of the Week would collapse. When this happened, he looked right at the camera and said "This is not good." I should think that watching all of her duplicated be "helpful" would cause CT to do the same thing.

#33 · Chapter 2 · 26w, 2d ago · · ·

They have a hive mind?

That could get...interesting...

#34 · Chapter 2 · 26w, 2d ago · · ·

>>3843917

It's kind of a mixture of a hive mind with a limited pool of reference when you get right down to it. You have one copy of Carrot Top's knowledge and personality, that all of the clones are pulling from...at the same time.

Which is what's causing the super literal interpretations, the missing pieces of knowledge, the leaps on logic that seem full of holes, and so on and so forth.

#35 · Chapter 2 · 26w, 2d ago · · ·

>>3843967

So it's not that you get diminishing returns from the act of copying copies, its that you have one pool of experience they're all drawing from at the same time.

#36 · Chapter 2 · 26w, 2d ago · · ·

>>3844383

Pretty much.

I like to think of it like you running a whole mess of programs at the same time, till your computer's RAM is crying "Uncle!" and begging for you to stop.

#37 · Chapter 2 · 26w, 2d ago · · ·

The front door slammed open, Lyra and Trixie skidding to a stop as a Carrot Top came stumbling out of the building, Twilight Sparkle right on her tail. The librarian had a pair of books brandished in her magic aura like some manner of righteous sword. Her purple coat was marked with ink, a flurry of dates marked across her body from crest to dock, withers to pastern.

This might cause problems, doesn't Twilight's alarm bracelet go off if she leaves the library?

I like the slightly defective 'carrot' Carrot Top, plus did the poison joke work on the clone or did it just lock up for different reasons?

#38 · Chapter 2 · 26w, 2d ago · · ·

>>3844705

Well, in Twlight's case, she ran out the door and her designated "go outside the house guide" was right there. So, I imagine that even if she did get called on it, it would be very easy to get out of.

In terms of the Carrot Top clone, it more got caught in a logical paradox and blue screened of death. :pinkiecrazy:

#39 · Chapter 2 · 26w, 2d ago · · ·

>>3844744

Oh yeah, second/third law prerogative mismatch, seen it happen all the time.

So, as clones are returned to the Mirror Pool, does that mean that the sum total gets more lucid?  

#40 · Chapter 2 · 26w, 2d ago · · ·

>>3846021

In theory, yes.

Naturally I won't comment in how things will actually play out in the story, as I don't want to spoil things.

#41 · Chapter 2 · 26w, 2d ago · · ·

The calm before the storm. 5 bits say that one copy is going to the Pool and creates a stampeding army of Carrot Top clones.:raritydespair:

#42 · Chapter 2 · 26w, 1d ago · · ·

“That was Carrot Top. See, Carrot Top needed help helping ponies. So Carrot Top got help from Carrot Top, Carrot Top, Carrot Top and Carrot Top! Then even more ponies needed help, so Carrot Top got help from Carrot Top, Carrot Top and Carrot Top!”
Well, Lyra, it could've been worse.

In any case, given the author's note, it appears we're in for a containment breach soon enough. This should be... interesting. :pinkiecrazy:

(Also, as a final note, clone is a necromancy spell. Just a bit of Fridge Horror.)

#43 · Chapter 2 · 26w, 1d ago · · ·

I bet you five silver bits that Carrot Top made more than the six clones currently in the Library basement.

>>3843395 AKA "Made in Canada" staring Rick Mercer! I LOVED that show! There would also be the reverse, where things went okay and he looked at the camera and went "I think that went well."

#44 · Chapter 2 · 26w, 1d ago · · ·

>>3848366

*looks at that image*

Well....you just gave me another idea for a romantic Lyra day dream! :pinkiecrazy:

*runs off laughing like a loon!*

#45 · Chapter 2 · 26w, 1d ago · · ·

>>3850835

You know, I think I have vague memories of seeing that, or at least something similar.

Then again, maybe it was The Muppets who did something similar. :rainbowhuh:

#46 · Chapter 2 · 26w, 1d ago · · ·

>>3850915 The show was set in a company production television. They made a campy show called 'Beaver Creak' that was basically a parody of Anne of Green Gable and similar show. The boss made his money by maing a cheap pseudo-porn teen comedy in the 80s. The theme song was 'Blow at High Dough' by the Tragically Hip.

AHAH!! Found episodes!

#47 · Chapter 2 · 26w, 1d ago · · ·

>>3850835

Especially at the end when he made billions off of Robot Slaughter. Then again, Victor should have been allowed to say it after successfully pulling off a Starscream.

#48 · Chapter 2 · 26w, 1d ago · · ·

>>3851054

They also produced a Xena ripoff  called "Sword of Damacles" starring the guy who played Detective Vartann on CSI. The neat plot twist to that is that the chump actor starring in it played his own evil twin Hamacles.

#49 · Chapter 2 · 26w, 1d ago · · ·

Luna bless you for no window getting smashed. Just... bless you for that. Also, wacky clone hijinks ahoy! :pinkiecrazy: Oh, Carrot Top... where does that road paved with good intentions lead to, again?

#50 · Chapter 2 · 25w, 6d ago · · ·

>>3853941 You are risking on giving our author ideas.:pinkiecrazy::rainbowlaugh:

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