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  • E Postgraduate Work

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    Cheese Sandwich dons the Alicorn Amulet, and Equestria trembles.
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  • E Elementals of Harmony

    (FiMtG) The only standing between Equestria and apocalypse is Ditzy Doo. Yes, really. Stop laughing!
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  • E The Glaring Gaffes of Gabby Gums

    A very special edition of the Foal Free Press
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  • E My Little Praetor: Phthisis is Magic

    Ponies versus magic card game cyborgs. Place your bets.
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  • T The Implicit Neighs

    Ponies have always been one of the many races of Ravnica. Some familiar ponies happen to be members of guilds. These are their stories.
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  • E Outlier

    A all-too-brief foray into Equestria.
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Blog Posts170

  • Sunday
    Friendship is Card Games: Party of One

    An appropriate episode for a day after the server went crazy. This episode gave us Pinkie's hair as a mood ring and gave me all the justification I needed to make Laughter the Element of Harmony most associated with black mana. (Interestingly, Cupcakes was actually written before this aired.)

    One other concept the fandom got from this, along with "The Best Night Ever," was Cutie Mark Failure Syndrome, sometimes called Cutie Mark Failure Insanity Syndrome. The idea was that if a pony who either can't perform her special talent or doubts whether she deserves it for long enough, she will undergo a psychotic break and become her own antithesis. It's not seen much anymore, which is kind of a shame. It's an interesting addition to the narrative toolbox.

    We open with proof that Pinkie's abilities are only finite when the narrative says they are. (cf. The speed limit in "Too Many Pinkie Pies," getting stuck on the rock slide in "Maud Pie," etc.) She can do anything as long as it's funny. She can't do anything if that inability would serve the plot.

    Once upon a time, Twilight could dance. Then she got hip-checked into a wall. She learned her lesson after that.

    I had to laugh at Twilight shushing the background music in her scene with Mrs. Cake.

    I'm going to say that unicorn tails don't have the same level of prehensility as earth pony ones, but Rarity's elaborate curls allow her to constrict more effectively. As kudzuhaiku would put it, it's not cheating. It's unicorn cleverness.

    Either Pinkie has incredible hearing, or Rarity and Fluttershy were stage whispering. Considering that stage whispering is fairly loud for Fluttershy, I'm going to go with the latter.

    Sending the Bearer of Honesty to waylay Pinkie may seem like a terrible idea, but as another earth pony, Applejack was probably the only one who could effectively bar Pinkie's path. Otherwise, she might have just trampled through the door.

    Spike's moment of vanity made even Pinkie Pie speechless. That's quite impressive.

    Now, let's see if you guys still like my cards and still want to be my friends:

    Pleasant Surprise 3WW

    Instant

    You gain 10 life.

    Miracle 1W (You may cast this card for its miracle cost when you draw it if it's the first card you drew this turn.)

    Abrupt Silence U

    Instant

    Counter target enchantment spell or target activated ability from an enchantment source.

    "Shh!"

    Flimsy Excuse 1U

    Enchantment

    Whenever a player casts a spell, counter that spell unless that player pays 1.

    4: Destroy Flimsy Excuse. Any player may activate this ability.

    "Because I said so."

    Delusional Piecosis 1UU

    Enchantment

    Each noncreature artifact you control is an Illusion artifact creature with power and toughness equal to its converted mana cost.

    At the beginning of each end step, if you control a non-Illusion creature, sacrifice Delusional Piecosis.

    Eavesdrop 2U

    Instant

    Whenever target opponent draws a card this turn, you may draw a card.

    "If they didn't want me to know what they were saying, they shouldn't have been talking next to that can."

    —Pinkie Pie, Bearer of Laughter

    Antidisguise 2UU

    Enchantment — Aura

    Enchant creature

    Enchanted creature has hexproof and can't be blocked except by Walls.

    The idea isn't to become unnoticeable. It's to become so noticeable that everypony refuses to accept what they're seeing.

    Book Fort 3U

    Creature — Wall

    Defender

    Book Fort's toughness is equal to twice the number of cards in your hand.

    "A childish pasttime. I haven't made one for… would you believe months?"

    —Twilight Sparkle, Bearer of Magic

    1/*

    Beachcomber Bear 4U

    Creature — Bear

    When Beachcomber Bear enters the battlefield, return target artifact card from your graveyard to your hand.

    "Magic does weird things sometimes. A bear with a metal detector barely merits a blink."

    —Ditzy Doo

    3/3

    Intense Interrogation B

    Sorcery

    Target opponent reveals his or her hand, then chooses a card in it. You may pay B. If you do, repeat this process except that opponent can't choose a card already chosen for Intense Interrogation. Then that player discards the last chosen card.

    Putrid Stench BB

    Enchantment — Aura

    Enchant creature

    Whenever a creature blocks enchanted creature, the blocking creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn.

    To a species accustomed to the smell of brimstone, rotting garbage is barely noticeable. Others aren't so lucky.

    Curse of Dissonance 2B

    Enchantment — Aura Curse

    Enchant player

    Activated abilities of Songs enchanted player controls cost an additional "Remove two verse counters from this Song" to activate.

    "Sometimes you need to let your throat rest."

    —Pinkie Pie, Bearer of Laughter

    Pinkie's Punchwader 2B

    Creature — Crocodile

    If an opponent would gain life, that player gains 1 life instead.

    Swallow if you dare.

    2/1

    Depths of Sorrow 4BB

    Enchantment

    At the beginning of each player's upkeep, that player loses 2 life and discards a card.

    "The Element of Laughter made me more emotionally resilient. You should've seen me back in the day. Well, actually, be glad you didn't."

    —Pinkie Pie, Bearer of Laughter

    Confer with Gummy XBB

    Sorcery

    As an additional cost to cast Confer with Gummy, pay X life.

    Look at the top twice X cards of your library. Put X of them into your hand and the rest into your graveyard.

    Gummy always tells Pinkie Pie exactly what she wants to hear.

    Killer Choreography 3RR

    Enchantment

    Whenever one or more creatures you control attack, Killer Choreography deals X damage to target creature defending player controls, where X is the number of attacking creatures you control.

    Stand clear of dancing earth ponies, or you won't be left standing.

    Bob for Surprises 2GG

    Sorcery

    Each player reveals cards from the top of his or her library until he or she reveals a permanent card, puts that card onto the battlefield, then puts the rest on the bottom of his or her library in any order.

    "Wow, I don't remember putting that in there!"

    —Pinkie Pie, Bearer of Laughter

    Herald's Helm 1

    Artifact — Equipment

    Whenever equipped creature deals combat damage to a player, you and that player each draw a card.

    Equip 1

    "It's actually a good thing that I don't have a mail cutie mark. Some mailponies can be very enthusiastic."

    —Ditzy Doo

    With Catlike Tread (ur)

    Trope Instant

    Creatures your opponents control with hexproof can be the targets of spells and abilities you control this turn as though they didn't have hexproof.

    The more you try not to be noticed, the more noticeable you become.

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  • 1w, 4d
    Friendship is Card Games: Owl's Well That Ends Well

    When I first watched this episode, as the credits ran, I found myself confused. It took me a moment to figure out why: I didn't like it. It's a plot that hinges on a lack of communication, Twilight making unfounded assumptions about someone she's known for his entire life, and tearing down established characters to make the new guy look good.

    I do wish Dash had acted as a booster for Scootaloo, but this is still fairly early in their relationship, so it's not surprising.

    So, the peerless unicorn prodigy can't grab a piece of paper with her magic? You really need to work on your reaction times, Sparkle.

    Spike's desperation to please Twilight…. yeah, that doesn't exactly reflect well on her. It comes across as less "eager to please" and more "please don't beat me for my indolence." And this is coming from someone who hates the "Spike is a slave" meme.

    Let's get this out of the way: the name is normally spelled Aloysius. Ergo, the bird's name is most likely spelled Owloysius. Probably far too late to change anything in that regard, but I just wanted it said.

    I admit, we do get a good look at dragon possessiveness here. Spike is actually quite notable for hoarding such intangibles as employment and respect.

    "OMG." O. M. G. WTF, Twilight? (Not the last time I'll be asking that this episode.) I'm putting the blame for this squarely on Cindy Morrow's shoulders. Still, interesting to know that there's a "Fairyland" inhabited by ferrets. Related to the Breezie dimension?

    When Spike fell asleep on the stairs, I thought that everything that followed was a dream sequence. It made much more sense than it actually happening.

    Huh. I didn't realize the enchanted refrigerator was first seen here rather than "Somepony to Watch Over Me." Well, I guess that ketchup had to come from somewhere.

    "It's too dark," she says. "I can't see," she says. Again: peerless unicorn prodigy. Can't make her horn glow. :facehoof:

    Right, let's see what I was able to get from this:

    Clumsy Flailing 1W

    Instant

    Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt this turn by creatures with power 4 or greater.

    "Alas, we can't all be paragons of grace and beauty."

    —Rarity, Bearer of Generosity

    Librarian's Owl UU

    Creature — Bird

    Flying

    When Librarian's Owl enters the battlefield, draw two cards, then put two cards from your hand on top of your library in any order.

    "He's really helpful when I need something from the high shelves."

    —Twilight Sparkle, Bearer of Magic

    1/1

    Querulous Quail 2U

    Creature — Bird

    Flying

    When Querulous Quail enters the battlefield, choose a letter. Each opponent puts the top card of his or her library into his or her graveyard for each nonland permanent whose name begins with that letter.

    Quailing cues quizzical qualms and quandaries.

    2/1

    Rote Repetition 2UU

    Instant

    Copy target instant or sorcery spell. You may choose new targets for the copy.

    Retrace (You may cast this spell from your graveyard by discarding a land card in addition to paying its other costs.)

    "Hoo?"

    Quill and Sofa 4U

    Sorcery

    Choose one —

    • Draw two cards.

    • Return target artifact card from your graveyard to the battlefield.

    Entwine 2 (Choose both if you pay the entwine cost.)

    Villain Couture 2B

    Enchantment — Aura

    Enchant creature

    Enchanted creature is black, gets +2/+1, and has intimidate.

    Sometimes you need a cape and a mustache to go with your maniacal laugh.

    Covetousness 2R

    Enchantment

    Players other than Covetousness's owner can't control it.

    Whenever another player gains control of a permanent you control, Covetousness deals 4 damage to that player.

    For dragons, charity means only burning thieves rather than reducing them to ash.

    Dragon Sneeze 2R

    Instant

    As an additional cost to cast Dragon Sneeze, discard a card at random.

    Dragon Sneeze deals 5 damage to target player.

    "Um, sorry about that."

    —Spike

    Frenzied Search 3R

    Sorcery

    Discard three cards, then draw three cards.

    "What am I supposed to with a quail? I'm looking for feathers!"

    —Spike

    Star Shower 5RR

    Sorcery

    Exile all cards from your graveyard. Star Shower deals X damage divided as you choose among any number of target creatures and/or players, where X is the number of cards exiled this way.

    "No remorse. No regrets. Let these be the last tears I shed for my indiscretions."

    —Princess Luna

    Combustible Rage XR

    Sorcery

    Target creature you control gets +X/+0 until end of turn. You may have that creature fight up to one target creature you don't control.

    Do not anger dragons, for they have quick tempers and long memories.

    Spirescale Dragon 4GG

    Creature — Dragon

    Trample, reach

    2GG: Spirescale Dragon gets +3/+3 until end of turn. Untap it. Activate this ability only once each turn.

    Dragon growth is as much a matter of mentality as maturity. Some dragons learn to exploit this.

    5/4

    Party Preparations XGG

    Sorcery

    Distribute X +1/+1 counters among any number of target creatures.

    "Checklists? For a party? Why don't you just have everpony fill out forms the whole time?"

    —Pinkie Pie, Bearer of Laughter

    Bejeweled Bow Tie 3

    Artifact — Equipment

    Equipped creature gets +1/+1 for each other creature you control.

    Equip 3

    The wearer is armed with admiration.

    Jewel Horde 4

    Artifact

    Whenever a creature you control attacks, you gain 1 life.

    Whenever a creature deals combat damage to you, that creature's controller gains control of Jewel Horde.

    Early Bedtime 1(wu)

    Instant

    Tap each creature that entered the battlefield this turn.

    Draw a card.

    "Technically speaking, they were just born. They need their rest."

    —Twilight Sparkle, Bearer of Magic

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  • 1w, 6d
    Wait, What?

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  • 2w, 4d
    Friendship is Card Games: The Cutie Mark Chronicles

    Ah, backstory. Precious, precious backstory. What would we do without you? Make it up, of course. :derpytongue2: Still, this was an important episode for the show, and gave us one of the biggest "for want of a nail" moments in pony fiction.

    It also gives six case studies in cutiesynthesis, allowing some study of the phenomenon. There seems to be some critical threshold of practicing the talent, recognizing it, and being appreciated for it. I'm thinking the root of the sum of the squares. Once that's passed, bam, cutie mark.

    Note that Scootaloo can get just enough lift to get her hooves off the ground. Technically flying.

    I have to wonder why "the most cosmopolitan city in Equestria" is full of random horse noises. Maybe the sheer density of background conversation overloaded the translator? Or maybe it's just this episode; there seems to be a disproportionate number of them.

    I'd forgotten how young Rainbow Dash outsqueaked Sweetie Belle. That's an impressive achievement. Also, it took me an embarrassingly long time to realize that "I owe it all to the pegasus race" was referring to the competition between Dash and the bullies, not pegasi as a subspecies.

    Rarity getting dragged to her destiny was the major component in my headcanon about unicorn horns containing secondary, occasionally autonomous nervous structures. (As such, whenever I see talk of cracking or breaking horns, I always shudder. There's brain in there!)

    Oh, Twilight. One has to wonder what would have happened without Celestia's intervention. Probably nothing good...

    Pinkie… well, Pinkie. Need I say more?

    "BFFs forever"? Really? I'm not even going to consider blaming Rarity for that one, that's all on Larson.

    Now, to make a little of Equestria:

    Gleeful Acceptance 1W

    Enchantment

    Whenever you cast a noncreature spell, you may pay 1. If you do, you gain 2 life.

    "You might say I was happy when Celestia chose me as her personal student."

    —Twilight Sparkle, Bearer of Magic

    Canterlot Trumpeter 2WW

    Creature — Unicorn Soldier

    Each legendary creature you control enters the battlefield with an additional +1/+1 counter on it.

    Fanfare is usually the most demanding task that will be asked of the Canterlot Guard. As such, the position of trumpeter carries honor and glory most militaries give to the front lines.

    2/4

    Flight Camp 3W

    Enchantment

    2W: Put a 1/1 white Pegasus creature token with flying onto the battlefield.

    One of the cultural relics from the days of Pegasopolis, flight camp is mandatory for all young pegasi.

    Phytomorph 1U

    Instant

    Until end of turn, target creature loses all abilities and becomes a green Plant with base power and toughness 0/3.

    Wild magic tends towards transmutation on Ungula, often with surreal results.

    Demand Perfection 1UU

    Sorcery

    As an additional cost to cast Demand Perfection, sacrifice an artifact.

    Search your library for an artifact card and exile it, then shuffle your library. At the beginning of your next upkeep, put the exiled card onto the battlefield under your control.

    Cram Session 2U

    Sorcery

    Replicate 2U (When you cast this spell, copy it for each time you paid its replicate cost.)

    Draw two cards, then discard a card.

    "Ponies aren't meant to learn this way, but sometimes it's your only option."

    —Twilight Sparkle, Bearer of Magic

    Destiny Drag 2UU

    Sorcery

    Choose a card type, then reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a card of the chosen type. Put that card into your hand and the rest into your graveyard.

    Very rarely, unicorn horns act on their own initiative. It is always to the unicorn's benefit, though how isn't always apparent.

    Flight Response XUU

    Instant

    Return all creatures with power X or less to their owners' hands.

    Deep in every mind, there is a little voice that says nothing but "Run." Sometimes, it shouts.

    Surge of Insight 1R

    Sorcery

    Exile the top two cards of your library. You may play cards exiled this way this turn.

    The external effects of Twilight's magic surge were nothing compared to what it was doing to her mind.

    Long Drop 3R

    Sorcery

    Target creature you control gets +X/+0 and gains flying and trample until end of turn, where X is that creature's power. When it deals combat damage this turn, sacrifice it.

    Pegasi are physically and magically adapted to survive falls, but even they have their limits.

    Apple Snatchers 1G

    Creature — Rabbit Rogue

    Whenever Apple Snatchers deals combat damage to a player, add G to your mana pool at the beginning of your next main phase.

    "Disrespectful little varmints. Next time they show up here, Winona's getting a special treat."

    —Applejack, Bearer of Honesty

    2/1

    Macroscope 2G

    Instant

    Target creature gets +5/+5 until end of turn.

    Spike's earliest memory is a panorama of Canterlot, seen from a great height.

    Zip Line 2G

    Sorcery

    Creatures you control can't be blocked this turn except by creatures with flying or reach.

    "Don't worry, I'm sure the carabiner can take that much weight."

    —Scootaloo

    "So Many Wonders" 2GG

    Enchantment — Song

    At the beginning of your upkeep, put a verse counter on "So Many Wonders".

    G, Sacrifice "So Many Wonders": Each player may put up to X permanent cards from his or her hand onto the battlefield, where X is the number of verse counters on "So Many Wonders".

    Enormous Geode 2

    Artifact

    Enormous Geode enters the battlefield tapped.

    At the beginning of your upkeep, put a charge counter on Enormous Geode.

    T, Sacrifice Enormous Geode: Add X mana in any combination of colors to your mana pool, where X is the number of charge counters on Enormous Geode.

    Cloud of Butterflies (gu)W

    Creature — Insect

    Flash

    Flying

    Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt to and dealt by Cloud of Butterflies.

    The magic of Kindness is expressed in more than just a necklace.

    0/2

    Urbane Sophistication 2WB

    Enchantment — Aura

    Enchant creature

    Extort (Whenever you cast a spell, you may pay (wb). If you do, each opponent loses 1 life and you gain that much life.)

    Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 and has extort.

    Covered in Tree Sap 2GU

    Instant

    Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt this turn. Creatures attacking player controls don't untap during that player's next untap step.

    "Not again."

    —Scootaloo

    Academy Proctors 3WU

    Creature — Unicorn Wizard

    Instant and sorcery spells you cast cost 1 less to cast.

    Instant and sorcery spells your opponents cast cost 1 more to cast.

    Celestia's academy is very selective. Only the best of the best make it in, and even they have to work for it.

    2/2

    Downtown Manehattan

    Land

    Downtown Manehattan enters the battlefield tapped.

    When Downtown Manehattan enters the battlefield, you gain 1 life.

    T: Add W or B to your mana pool.

    Rock Farm

    Land

    Rock Farm enters the battlefield tapped with three rock counters on it.

    T, Remove a rock counter from Rock Farm: Add 2 to your mana pool. If there are no rock counters on Rock Farm, sacrifice it.

    "There was no smiling, no laughter. Only rocks."

    —Pinkie Pie, Bearer of Laughter

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  • 2w, 6d
    Ten Ten

    Four years ago, a small purple unicorn read an ancient book of prophecy.

    Rather more years ago than that, a child was born.

    Funny how this sort of thing syncs up. Happy birthday to me. :pinkiesmile:

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This story is a sequel to Elementals of Harmony

A collection of stories set in the same Multiverse as Elementals of Harmony. Among other things, you will learn what happened to Address Unknown, how Equestria was made (really), and whether Luna snores.

A Friendship is Magic: the Gathering crossover, like its predecessor. Reading Elementals first is strongly recommended, as there will be spoilers.

Categories have been chosen in light of the wide range of tone.

First Published
29th Mar 2012
Last Modified
7th May 2014

Magic pony cross over? PLEASE!

Read through it and i feel that there are too man outside references, it felt like you were pushing it. good story otherwise though!

on a side note i would put discord at 3RU for his mana cost. just me

Eight Pointed Star... I see what you did there.

>>380296 This is an offshoot of another story. I recommend you check out that one. References abound, but I think you'll still like it. It stars Ditzy Doo as something of a Crouching Derpy, Hidden Badass. :derpytongue2:

>>380433 Well, what else was I supposed to use for a dormant Element of Chaos? :trollestia:

I think that Discord should have a bit of Black mana to him.

The whole "Greed and Corruption" thing is Black's whole schtick, after all.

Discord changed into elements and celestia holds cunning? Others waiting in the wings to be claimed? THIS IS SUDDENLY RELEVANT TO MY INTERESTS. This better be more than a one shot or so help me I will reach thorough my computer and shake you going "Y U NO MAKE SEQUEL!"

I'm waiting to see what happened to Ditzy's husband myself. Well that and whether she can meet up with him on a regular basis now that she knows where he is.

Mmmmm... Not sure I like how Celestia is the element of cunning. I mean, I GUESS it fits, given how 'cunning' is the only way her actions in the pilot can be described... but she's never used her 'cunning' for anything short of the betterment of her subjects and not so much for personal gain.

That in mind, can her use of cunning really be considered a 'corrupted' virtue if she's never used it for anything befitting of corruption?

Agh... now you have me thinking. Y U do this to my brain?!

Also, How the hell can Pinkie be Discord's MOTHER?!

>>381953

Mate, you just answered your own question. It's Pinkie. Asking any more questions will not end well.

Besides, Pinkie says that she'll be "living this story in a few thousand years" at the end of the last story, implying that she either time-traveled or is immortal.

Super Harmony Mane Six are pretty ridiculous. Like game breaking ridiculous. Like if it weren't for the fact that I know you are a good writer I would probably stop reading. Luckily I know you are smart and your story will be very awesome. Elements of Chaos are brilliant. Prince Blueblood totally gets Vanity. Gilda could probably get Mischief. Pretty interesting, can't wait for more.

>>381970

Or, you know, she's a Planeswalker.

Like it was mentioned in the previous story? :derpytongue2:

Warning: Wall of text ahead.

>>380646 Discord is certainly black-red, but that duality nicely reflects his own. Red Discord is a wacky, trolling, Affably Evil character who does things purely for the lulz. Black Discord is a calculating genius using the clarity beyond madness to solidify his grip on power and undermine those who wish otherwise. The card represents Discord at the very peak of his whimsical inability to give a fuck, more interested in peeling apart his new "friend's" sanity and blindfolded mind control than actually helping with anything.

>>380883 Collection of stories. Collection. The odds of any particular one being continued are slim... unless you want to take up the gauntlet. :raritywink:

>>381953 Just as the Elements of Harmony don't have to be nice (see Laughter), the Elements of Discord don't have to be disruptive. As for Celestia's cunning? Consider how ponies, one step up the food chain from grass, are among the dominant cultures of the world, to the point where it is considered easier to move dragons than pony settlements. Meanwhile, there are at least three species of sapient carnivores who could but almost certainly don't prey upon or enslave those ponies. Sure, controlling the sun helps, but the fact that griffins, Diamond Dogs, and dragons haven't been scorched off the map suggests that politics was employed.

>>399120 To be fair, she did time-travel. Of course, that was also mentioned is the last story, albeit obliquely.

>>395553 Again, the next chapter will not be a direct continuation of this one. Also, in case it wasn't clear, the Mane Six exited God Mode once Harmony had come to a decision, and they aren't likely to bust it out at any point in the near future. It's not easy holding on to your sense of self while acting as an avatar of elemental harmony. Abuse of this power could lead to one or more ponies being... lost. :unsuresweetie:

>>399550

I guess I don't exactly see how that applies in the context you presented it though. If anything that makes Celestia less worthy of the element of cunning in the manner you've described it, since she uses her cunning not for herself or even for her 'chosen race' but then obviously for the betterment of everybody, since as you said, the other three races haven't been scorched off the map. You described the context of the Elements of Discord as 'not so much vices but rather corrupted virtues.' But it can hardly be seen as a 'corrupted' virtue when her cunning is being used for the betterment of everybody on the planet, can it?

>>399616 That's kind of the point on this take on the "Elements of Discord" trope. They're like the Dark Side of the Force: Powerful, seductive, and easy to lose one's self in, but not automatically evil. Rather than concepts opposed to Harmony, they are Harmony taken to selfish excess, one note in the chord amplified until it drowns out the others. But by itself, a single Element is not exaggerated to an irredeemable degree. Celestia has the wisdom, perspective, and influence needed to embody Cunning while still advancing an agenda for the betterment of all.

Each Element of Discord is a disaster waiting to happen, but an avertable one. Charisma can champion noble causes. Vanity can be a motivation to improve oneself or to do good work (i.e. as a bolster to one's own self-esteem.) Mischief can lampoon the deserving and dispel a reign of terror. Ambition in the right hands is how revolutions are thrown and tyrants toppled. Chaos is essential for the very existence and continuing development of life.

Remember, in Chaos are all things, good and bad. Would it not be ridiculous for chaotic artifacts of such power to care only for their darkest expressions? To behave so predictably? Where would the fun be in that? :trollestia:

On a side note, thanks for bringing this up. I had this stuff kinda-sorta figured out in my head, but you've forced me to concretize it, and it's proving fun. :pinkiehappy:

>>400255

Intriguing... You've obviously put a lot more thought into this than was immediately visible.

Well, now you've got me interested to see where the rest of this is going to go. I'm still a little iffy on Celestia's role as the Element of Cunning, but the way you describe it as well as the role of chaos and the other elements in those contexts is very clever.

Nikol Bolas is Discord's father, calling it now. Dracoequus kind of implies half-pony half-dragon.

I really liked Elementals of Harmony and it's good to see there will be more. You are one of the people who can successfully pull off 4th wall breaches, except for when Pinkie addresses being in a story from the inside, that's always cringeworthy. But the matagaming and references were cool.

I didn't like how Vanity is an element while all the others are totally positive qualities. Maybe if you renamed it to confidence/self-confidence or ego or egoism, which are positive at least from some point of view, like mischief - confidence self-explanatory, ego implies willpower, explicitly always looking for your own advantage in everything is often seen as smart and admirable in it's own way. Oh yeah, and laughter at other's misfortune is schadenfreude, I think it would sound cooled actually.

>>395553 I have to point out the text doesn't actually indicate that Super Harmony gives them any powers beyond pwning Discord harder. Like, at all.

Equestria does make sense now, doesn't it? No wonder she knows it was made!!!:pinkiehappy::pinkiehappy:

I don't think Twilight has quite grasped the implications of Pinkie's story, or her brain would have already been broken. My brain broke like three times during this chapter:pinkiegasp:. Faust!Alicorn is best pony. Super awesome can't wait for the next part.  

:pinkiecrazy: But if Pinkie made Lauren... and Lauren Faust is a human who made My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, but also the Alicorn version of God... Then Pinkie is God's father, which makes Lauren Faust Jesus... which means that Lauren Faust is the second coming of Christ! But in the end it means nothing because if Faust was made by Pinkie and that means that we are nothing more than Pinkie's delusion!

>>404357 While we're being treated to the full flashback, Pinkie is carefully filtering her retelling for the sake of her friends' continued sanity. Certain details, like Faust's true name, the unintentional nature of her creation, and precisely what Jhoira did to Teferi when he told her he was a father are being withheld for Ditzy and Twilight's protection. They're still getting the important information, just not those bits that would reduce anypony to a gibbering mess. Really, just knowing that Pinkie created Equestria is already pushing it.

>>404692 And this is why Pinkie is filtering her version. Sorry, Dusty. :twilightblush:

>>404764

And now I am curious about those details.  GYA!:fluttershbad:

I'll never get the answers though, in all likelyhood.  :applecry:

Meh.  I have other things to do.  Like read about ponies.:pinkiehappy:

>>406375 I'm providing you with most of them, silly. You're reading the uncensored version. Well, except for what Jhoira did to Teferi. The less said about that, the better. :fluttershyouch:

Question is Pinkie pie in some sort a pre mending Planeswalker ?:rainbowhuh:

this would mean she would be much more stronger than she has shown yet

>>408504 She was before the Mending. :derpytongue2:

As Nicol Bolas has demonstrated, planeswalkers got nerfed after Teferi and company repaired time.

Malpercio...

As in Baten Kaitos Malpercio?

>>413247 A cursed god of destruction, stitched together from the parts of numerous other beings.

See, Pinkie? I told you someone would get the reference.

:pinkiehappy: You get a gold star!

mmh interesting but i don't get the hole Sarkhan Vol not completely  if i am correkt he was Sarkhan Vol

Well, that answers the questions "Where he got where he was" and "Why Ditzy can take him to meet Mother now" in the same sort of way I've come to expect. Also, the strength and special talents of Earth ponies come from the laws Faust established so DT is in for a nasty shock one day.

Very cute. Can't wait for more.

I nearly choked laughing at that book title. Well played sir.

If I were Sarkhan, being turned into a pony would drive me mad, too!

... Why didn't she just destroy the oblivion ring after prepping some nasty spells? A chill enchantment or two, maybe get ready to slap him with a curse of echoes and curse of the bloody tome?

>>435645 ...wat :rainbowhuh:

>>435927 It came to me one night and I made sure to write it down before I forgot. It just seemed to work so well given canon title trends.

>>436060 Mr. Vol's insanity is actually an occupational hazard of working for Nicol Bolas. He was ranting to himself and eating rats long before running up against Ungula's morphic field restrictions. Mind you, it certainly didn't help.

>>436638 You do know what happens when an O-Ring is destroyed before its first trigger resolves, right? (Answer: exiled forever)

Of course I know what happens when you work for Bolas: You don't see much Standard play.  Wouldn't want to upstage the dragon, after all.

And it's even better to bounce the O-Ring in response to the trigger, so you can use it again.

>>437359 Ah, I forgot about some of the nasty stack tricks you can pull with ETB effects. I was just reading about something similar with fiend hunter last week, and should have made the connection.

So what about Grits? Are Grits more or less crazy than Cream of Wheat? What about Porridge... and Gruel? Cream of Rice? I'm really interested in this scale.

By LAUREN FAUST!!

This... this nearly froze me in place when I read it.

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There needs to be images for the ascendant forms of the elements of harmony, and then those images need to be used to make cards. Ditto to the elements of Discord.

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It's actually scary how much this is similar to an idea I had... an agreement between discord and the elements of harmony at some point... existence requires chaos to make it interesting and worth living, just as order cannot exist without chaos.

Soo.... every so often, as a kind of holiday, Discord remakes equestria into the form of a videogame! varies by time, and includes AC, Mario universe, etc... and the mane 6/all of equestria have to beat the game to return the world to normal! No permanent damage to anyone... (discord himself said he doesn't physically hurt ponies or turn them to stone) so if someone gets a gameover they go into a frozen sleep state of somekind until the game is won, and life returns to normal!

In all honesty, I have to wonder why they didn't think of that in the first place. I was considering making a story of it... but quite frankly I found a problem.

Crossovers like that are everywhere, so there'd be nothing to make them stand out... and I don't have time to write 3 million stories.

As a writer, do you think I should make a group for that? Do the introstory myself and let members do their own entries? Make a little group for it?

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Seriously, what do you think?

I think I need to wipe the vomitarium off of my cerebellum... forgive me.

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Hey, at least it didn't explode or something.

P.S.:

Holy Cow that actually makes sense! Equestria is stuck in a temporal loop... my mind... all I can say now is:

>>438955 It's pinkie logic my friend... do not even attempt to delve into it. There are things humanity cannot fathom.

On another note... where are my elements of Discord? not that this incredible backstory-work on Ditzy, Dinky, Address Unknown, and Pinkie is distasteful... in truth it's really rather touching and I'm sure it's story building... I just loved the concept of those things a lot.

>>481558 I'll take these in stages:

1. I like the idea, certainly. I'd recommend beginning the intro story, mention in author's notes the desire to turn it into a collaboration, and seeing what kind of reaction it provokes. If there's enough support, start the group. If not, you have free reign to do with it what you will.

2. Thank you, thank you. /egostroke

3. The stories may have some degree of interconnectivity, but they're essentially one-shots. I honestly never intended to return to the Elements of Discord, but given the sheer amount of questions and speculation about them, I may have to. Perhaps in a story of their own. (Of course, if you want to do so, I certainly won't stop you...)

A Baten Kaitos reference? That, good sir, is awesome!

>>482665

1) Then I'd better find a way to get started... I'll read some discord fics... maybe wait until the fic that inspired me is done, to get a base or something, then go from there.

2) You're welcome.

3) Challenge considered.

I do so want to see the Magic block set in Equestria.  I fear, however, that the earth ponies would get the boring established creature type of "horse."  Such an insult!

Ah. So that's how Equestria was made. Good to know.

........:applecry::fluttercry::fluttershysad::raritydespair::raritycry:

Oh geez.  Poor Pinkie.

>>493962

If they made a Magic block set of Equestria I'd be sure to get a full playset of the whole block. As it is now I haven't seen much reason to play Magic but this would be a reason.

>>494430 While that set would never happen, I think April 1, 2013 would be a fine day to announce the fall Magic block as Equestria.

>>494096  No, that's how Pinkie Pie got her Cutie Mark. :pinkiehappy:

I definitely like troll Discord more than broken Discord. The way I got my friend to read the first part of this was asking him, "How attached are you to your sanity?" Anyway, keep up the good work.

Given what happened in the first chapter, it seems as if they might need the new hire fairly soon. I just hope that it doesn't spoil her reunion with her mother.

Combo with Curse of Death's Hold!  Take that, Titans and Sphinxes!

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