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  • T 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.
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  • T 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.
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  • T 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?
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  • E Past Remnants

    Everypony fears Corona. But when she and Luna, are called to an ancient lost city, Lyra Heartstrings, Element of Loyalty is dragged along. And in city's depths, all will have to face the remains of the past. A Lunaverse Story.
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  • T Boast Bypassed

    The Great and Powerful Trixie is on the run. Having discovered rotten business in her home city, the pony behind it now wants her dead. Now set on a path towards Ponyville, her destiny will collide with that of the towns'. A Skitchverse story.
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  • T Papers and Poltergeists

    Rainbow Dash travels to the North Griffin Confederation to try and make amends with her old friend Gilda, and in the process accidentally unleashes and ancient ghost. Now she will have to save the town of Altenprow. A Skitchverse story.
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  • E Springtime for Sombra

    Manehatten! Bustling metropolis and center of Equestria's theatre scene. And in that city, three friends will have to think fast to save a disastrous production. About King Sombra.
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  • T Blood and Ponies

    Everypony believes that the princesses have always ruled over Equestria. But that is wrong. For before there was a world of harmony....there was a World of Darkness.
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  • Today
    Every ponification story....

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  • Tuesday
    This Week in Gods (Part 3)

    Say...

    *checks his watch*

    Looks like it's time for another This Week in Gods post!

    The Primal Gods

    The Primals are so named for being the eldest of the gods, arising in the era of chaos before even the lands were formed or the stars were hung in the sky. They are among the most powerful beings in existence, easily more powerful than any of the deities that would come after them. With such power, it is perhaps the best that there are only two.

    Harmony

    Harmony is the first alicorn, the embodiment of balance and one of the creators of Equis. Commonly depicted with a snow white coat and long red mane, what few legends exist of her speak of her coming from elsewhere and discovering the primal mass of chaos that was early Equis.  Said legends also claim that she was able to calm Discord's chaotic tendencies, and convince him to calm down.

    As imaginative as she was full of compassion, she vanished before the more well documented eras of history. Theologians remain torn on where she vanished too. Some think that she hides on Equis somewhere in a new form. Others declare that she left reality entirely to build new worlds full of pony kind. Whatever the truth is, it doesn't change the fact that she is gone.

    She is also known as the Fount of Peace.

    Discord

    Everypony knows Discord. He is the mad serpent who fired the first volley in the Age of Nightmares, the breaker of minds, and the bringer of chaos. The first and greatest of Equis' monsters. The truth of the matter is a bit more complex, however. Discord is far too chaotic and scatter brained to be dedicated adversary of Equestria, and he would find the role quite gosh anyway. No, let Tirek be the wellspring of all evil. Discord wants to have fun.  

    Before his imprisonment in stone Discord was as much the spirit of change as chaos, flitting about from role to role without a care in the world. He even tried his claw at being the personification of technological innovation for a brief stint (though that didn't lead to much more than the current, somewhat schizophrenic development of technology on Equis). It is somewhat telling that now he's free again he's decided to take his show on the inter-dimensional road. With an endless buffet of other realities to play in Discord intends to do what he does best.

    Have fun.

    Discord is also known as the Mad Tinker, and the Twisted Storm.

    ????

    The last of the primals is more of a theory than anything else, discussed and debated by those who make the divine their area of study. As the theory goes, since Discord represents chaos to the point of disharmony and Harmony embodied balance that there should logically be another. A creature of perfect law and order taken to the extreme to balance Discord's chaos.

    If such a creature does exist however he or she remains an enigma at best. So far, there has been no evidence of such a being ever being on the planet.

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  • 2w, 6d
    Schlocktober: Attack of the Super Monsters and Return of the Dinosaurs

    Last week on Schlocktober, the films I talked about, while not exactly common names in movies, are still probably somewhat known to anyone who's familiar with science fiction. Them! was a downright hit in its day, after all. This week however, I'm going obscure....really, really obscure. Attack of the Super Monsters and Return of the Dinosaurs. If you've ever heard of, or watched these two pieces of cheese....well, then congratulations on being as strange as I am.

    While both of these productions originally came from Tsuburaya Productions in Japan (the creators Ultraman, a series in which a normal man could turn himself into a costumed giant to fight off raging giant monsters from beyond the stars. No, really, stop laughing!), their brief moments in the American spotlight came during the initial VHS boom back in the 80's. The long and the short of it was that there was a shortage of content actually on video for some genres of fiction, back in the day. And as such, there was plenty of opportunities to make money on importing  something from Japan or Italy (Yes, Italy did a whole slew of both knock off and original sci-fi movies that got American releases), doing a quick dub and releasing it to the market.

    Return of the Dinosaurs was the first of these two. In Japan it was a TV series known as Kyoryu Tankentai Born Free (Dinosaur Exploration Team Born Free), which is the much cooler title in my opinion. The plot? Well, it all begins with a large comet doing a drive by on earth, without actually hitting us. However, its gravitational pull was still somehow strong enough to make volcanoes explode, cause tidal waves to wash away whole cities, and split and up heave the ground enough to release whole swathes of vegetation and creatures from the Mesozoic Era back to the surface world. But as soon as they re-appear, they begin to die off again, because (surprise, surprise)  ancient plants and animals can't survive in the modern era. How they survived under ground is never explained. My personal theory is that the earthquakes uncovered the rich veins of Dinosaurinium that criss-cross the planet.

    Here's where things start to get kind of ridiculous. In the wake of some manner of world wide disaster (remember some of these tidal waves have washed away *cities*), the world decides to go and create a team to round up and protect the dinosaurs. ....Because that's a thing we should be worried about when a comet has decided to redecorate large swathes of the planet earth. Really, the whole thing is just an excuse to have our characters go traipsing through jungles to capture dinosaurs with their very toyetic vehicles.

    And toyetic is really the word. For you see, this show is a mix of three different styles. The vehicles really are toys/models that were put together. The dinosaurs? Stop motion animation and puppets. And the humans in this little drama? Animation. The result is...downright surreal to watch really, a fact that's not helped by the dub on this one. It's one of those early anime style dubs where everything is delivered in a kind of deadpan lack of emotion. And as this is a compilation of episodes re-edited into a movie, it follows a very similar pattern across its hour and a half run time. But if you really want to see just how silly this thing gets....


    Someone uploaded the whole thing onto YouTube. Dinosaur Exploration Team Born Free would run for twenty-six episodes in its native Japan, before being replaced by an even more out there premise. Kyoryu Daisenso Aizenbogu, loosely translated into English as Dinosaur War Izenborg, and known in the US as Attack of the Super Monsters.

    While Return of the Dinosaurs was more of curiosity in my mind Attack of the Super Monsters is the kind of absolute balls to the wall insanity I've come to know and love from Japanese science fiction. Much like Return, it begins with a sudden cataclysm, but the cataclysm this time is the sudden re-appearance of the dinosaurs themselves, who have apparently been hiding under ground for millions of years, evolving intelligence, the ability to talk, and fearsome supernatural powers.  Now, under the leadership of the mad Emperor Tyrannus (Emperor Tyrannus!), they seek to destroy all of humanity.

    They are opposed by a response team that drives a set of even more ridiculous looking toy based vehicles. They are also hand drawn animation and break down along the standard Japanese stereotypes for this kind of arrangement. The stern and humorless leader, his more emotional sister, the tall nerdy looking smart guy, the bumbling fat comic relief guy, and the exposition delivering doctor who stays back at home base while everyone else does the actual work. What's notable about this one is that the brother and sister in this one have the ability to fuse together into one composite being known as Gemini, which gives their toy plane such an effective upgrade in power that you wonder why they just don't do that in the first place! (Yes, there is a time limit on their power, but they always kill the monster so fast you wonder why it matters.) Ever notice how escalating transformations with different stages of power is a very Japanese fiction thing? Weird huh?

    This is another episode compilation "movie", so we get to see the Gemini response team kill four different dinosaurs turned kaiju before we get a quasi ending. Personally, my favorite bit of this whole production is Emperor Tyrannus himself. I know that he's just a T.Rex puppet, but the over the top performance from the voice actor with his constant calls of "YOU WILL ALL BE DESTROYED!" and "KILL THEM! DESTROY!", never fail to crack me up. Nick Cage doesn't chew scenery the way this T-Rex puppet does and it is *glorious*!

    And look....

    Attack of the Super Monsters

    Someone was nice enough to upload it to DailyMotion!  Seriously, if you have a chance, at least watch the opening five minutes or so, where they give the back-story of this insane universe. It is well worth a look, if for no other reason then to see the madness.

    Next week....something else!

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  • 3w, 19h
    Webcomic Review: Stand Still. Stay Silent

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  • 3w, 6d
    Schlocktober: Them! and Empire of the Ants

    The giant mutated insect running amok is one of those stables of schlocky B-grade science fiction movies. Spiders remain one of the more poplar choices here, presumably because they are the best at scaring the absolute bejeezus out of people. But for my money, the insect de jure for a movies like this is the ant, because of one movie.

    1954's Them! is probably the least schlocky movie that I'll cover in this little series, for a variety of reasons. Warner Brothers put some support behind this movie, and it showed in the fact that it was nominated for a special effects Oscar and it won a Golden Reel Award for best sound editing. It was one of the first movies to play with the fallout of nuclear weapons and one of the first "big bug" films, that would spawn dozens of imitators throughout the years. It, as a film, is one of the foundation stones of science fiction.

    The movie begins with a pair of New Mexico state troopers, Ben Peterson (James Whitmore) and Ed Blackburn (Chris Drake), finding a little girl wandering along the side of the road in a state of complete shock. Back tracking her path, they find a trailer home that's been torn to pieces, the only real clue as to what's happened is a single odd animal track and an odd call on the wind. On their way to take the girl in, they come across a local general store that has been similarly trashed. Ed offers to stay behind to secure the site while his partner goes on. However, its not long before Blackburn hears the strange warbling chitter from before. Leaving the building, the last thing we hear is his screaming and discharging his weapon off camera while the cry grows louder and more intense.

    That, most importantly, is the reason why Them! holds up the way it does. It holds off the reveal of the titular giant ants at first, using wrecked sets, dark lighting, and blowing sand on the winds to set a mood, using the fear of the unknown to wind up its viewers. This is also why the movie scared the hell out of me back when I first saw it when I was four.

    Admittedly, once the reveal of the giant ants happens, the movie becomes more of a straight creature feature with some of the usual hallmarks of the genre. White guys talking to each other, calling in the army and so on and so forth.  The final showdown takes place in the drainage tunnels beneath LA, where it all ends in fire. Good flick though!

    Time would march along in the world of science fiction, and nuclear radiation would become supplanted by new sources of mutation, including such things as toxic radiation and genetic manipulation. Which brings us to the next giant ant movie that I wanted to touch upon, Empire of the Ants.

    Empire of the Ants is loosely (and I mean very loosely) based on a short story by H.G Wells. But where the Wells tale has the ants as normal sized, but just frighteningly intelligent (which in some ways feels even worse), the Bert I. Gordon movie uses toxic waste to make the ants really big, as well as intelligent. Or maybe they were always intelligent. The movie isn't all that clear.

    Bert I. Gordon is probably familiar to anyone who's watched MST3K, as that show broadcast one of the director's earlier movies The Beginning of the End, which featured giant grasshoppers (really) attacking Chicago. Bert's chosen weapon for realizing his giant creatures is the tool of rear-projection, using close up footage of the actual animals involved.

    This...honestly is what undermines Empire of the Ants more than anything else in the end. The actors, already stuck playing some of the big 70's movie character cliches, have to react to things that usually aren't in the same shot as them, there's no real way to control the ants like you could with a CGI construct. There are multiple times where the ants would start to walk on the sky because the actual ants were climbing on the backdrop they were filmed against.

    The most interesting thing about this movie in my mind, is that the giant ants have actually taken over a town, with the queen using her pheromones to brainwash the humans into serving their whims, which mostly seems to be growing and refining sugar for them. Which makes them very lazy ants, really. Just let the humans do all the work, and then we'll sit around and eat all the sugar! At least until this plucky band of vacationers set the queen on fire and ruin everything, the jerks.

    In the end though, Empire just can't hold up to Them! and seems to be more indicative of where creature features would end up in the end, landing more on your SyFy Channel as other brands of Science Fiction rose to take new dominance over the genre.  Still, I stand by my thoughts that ants totally make better giant monster fodder than spiders.

    Next week on Schlocktober, we bounce over to Japan to talk about two tokusatsu series that were edited down into a pair of stand alone VHS movies for a US release. Till next time!

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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

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.

>>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:

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

>>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.

You have my endorsement.

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.

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.

>>3808266

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

>>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.

>>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!

>>3808649

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

>>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.  

>>3808611

You should make my OC have a cameo.

>>3808658

Where's your sense of adventure?

>>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.

>>3809138

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

>>3809152

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

>>3809138

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

>>3809471

your avatar i don’t even

Congrats on being featured!

>>3810463

Thank you kindly sir!

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

>>3810587

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

This wont end well.

>>3809977

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

>>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.

>>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:

>>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*

>>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!"

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.

They have a hive mind?

That could get...interesting...

>>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.

>>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.

>>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.

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?

>>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:

>>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?  

>>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.

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:

“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.)

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."

>>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!*

>>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:

>>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!

>>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.

>>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.

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?

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

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