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  • E Postgraduate Work

    After her coronation, Twilight must discover just what she's princess of.
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  • E Mandatory Fun

    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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  • T Scootaloathe

    Scootaloo plots the downfall of her antithesis and nemesis.
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Blog Posts177

  • Today
    Gathered Friendship: The FiCG Index

    One year ago today, I decided to share the cards I made of the Season 4 premiere. As such, this seems like the perfect time to provide a quick and easy way to access everything that's resulted since. The following is a hyperlinked rundown of every Friendship is Card Games blog, both those written and those yet to come. If a given episode doesn't have a link, then either I haven't gotten to it yet, or I've been a bit lazy in updating this particular blog. Feel free to yell at me about that if it isn't a Sunday.

    Season One

    Friendship is Magic

    The Ticket Master

    Applebuck Season

    Griffon the Brush-Off

    Boast Busters

    Dragonshy

    Look Before You Sleep

    Bridle Gossip

    Swarm of the Century

    Winter Wrap-Up

    Call of the Cutie

    Fall Weather Friends

    Suited for Success

    Feeling Pinkie Keen

    Sonic Rainboom

    Stare Master

    The Show Stoppers

    A Dog and Pony Show

    Green Isn't Your Color

    Over a Barrel

    A Bird in the Hoof

    The Cutie Mark Chronicles

    Owl's Well That Ends Well

    Party of One

    The Best Night Ever

    Season Two

    Return of Harmony

    Lesson Zero

    Luna Eclipsed

    Sisterhooves Social

    The Cutie Pox

    Sweet and Elite

    Secret of My Excess

    Hearth's Warming Eve

    Family Appreciation Day

    Baby Cakes

    The Last Roundup

    The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000

    Read It and Weep

    Hearts and Hooves Day

    A Friend in Deed

    Putting Your Hoof Down

    It's About Time

    Dragon Quest

    Hurricane Fluttershy

    Ponyville Confidential

    MMMystery on the Friendship Express

    A Canterlot Wedding

    Season Three

    The Crystal Empire

    Too Many Pinkie Pies

    One Bad Apple

    Magic Duel

    Sleepless in Ponyville

    Wonderbolts Academy

    Apple Family Reunion

    Spike at Your Service

    Keep Calm and Flutter On

    Just for Sidekicks

    Games Ponies Play

    Magical Mystery Cure

    Season Four

    Princess Twilight Sparkle

    Castle Mane-ia

    Daring Don't

    Flight to the Finish

    Power Ponies

    Bats!

    Rarity Takes Manehattan

    Pinkie Apple Pie

    Rainbow Falls

    Three's a Crowd

    Pinkie Pride

    Simple Ways

    Filli Vanilli

    Twilight Time

    It Isn't Easy Being Breezies

    Somepony to Watch Over Me

    Maud Pie

    For Whom the Sweetie Belle Toils

    Leap of Faith

    Testing Testing 1-2-3

    Trade Ya

    Inspiration Manifestation

    Equestria Games

    Twilight's Kingdom

    Movies

    Equestria Girls

    Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks

    Non-FiCG Card Blogs

    Shards of Friendship (Ponies in Alara)

    Head Set Designer: Daniel Ingram (Songs)

    Vindication! (Supplement to the Breezie episode)

    Oops, I Accidentally Changelings (Guess)

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  • Sunday
    Friendship is Card Games: Luna Eclipsed

    Hmm. Maybe I should've moved this one ahead a little. Oh well, too late now. It's still kind of appropriate; Luna wanted a great and glorious feast, and Thanksgiving is coming this Thursday for us Usaians. In any case, it's time for some socially awkward moon horse.

    Trottingham doesn't seem to do Nightmare Night, which makes me think that it's not necessarily part of Equestria, or even on the same side of the horse-Atlantic. (There are at least five different names for the Atlantic's analogue on the pony planet, assuming it's even spherical and has an Earth-like geography. (I do, simply for ease of use.) I went with the generic option.) That, or Pipsqueak was just too young to participate until now. A bit ambiguous, that.

    Hmm. Twilight explicitly calls Star Swirl a conjurer. Now, I know that that needn't have the same definition in Equestria as it does in D&D, but that implies someone who uses magic to create matter and summon creatures. Which, given the amniomorphic spell, lends credence to the "elaborate 'hairy potter' pun" theory. And yet, his legend has steadily inflated as the writers have needed to call back to great unicorns of the past. Note how here, he only has a shelf in the Canterlot library. I'll have more to say about this when I get to "It's About Time."

    Country music is confirmed to exist in Equestria. It therefore isn't a utopia, given the number of broken hearts, stolen trucks carts, and run-over dogs that that implies. :raritywink:

    I'm going to have to justify the Derpy cameos in the context of Elementals of Harmony, aren't I? Eh, only if I want to. Indeed, it might prove interesting. I've actually been sitting on an explanation for her costume since shortly after the episode aired. On an unrelated note, given how the paper bags aren't water-damaged, she clearly gave them protection from blue. (Or perhaps green. Given the color and the bubbling, it seems to be Mountain Dew. No, definitely blue in that case. Nothing natural there.)

    Dammit Pinkie, stop being terrible. Also, ponies have the memory retention of goldfish when the plot requires it. That, or it was just the spirit of the season combined with Luna's own bombast and/or recovery. (Which, of course, raises the question of what rock Luna's been hiding under for the past several months, at minimum. But that's a different matter that has been long discussed.)

    Luna's explanation for her habitual use of the TRCV is actually kind of horrifying. She cites her banishment as the reason why she's not sure she can turn down the volume, implying that she was screaming the entire time.

    I really like that Luna can shapeshift. It works with my fanfiction, it makes sense as part of the whole "moon" theme (through both lycanthropy and lunar phases,) and I just like the concept of shapeshifting in general.

    Trivia: As is the case for everything after Season 1, some of these cards were made shortly after the episode aired. Lunaphobia was originally called Cower in Fear, but then Magic 2013 happened. On a similar note, Royal Voice was made before Dragon's Maze.

    And yes, that is a new keyword. Alicorn is basically a lesser form of changeling. (The Lorwyn kind, not the Equestria kind.) And yes, it was retroactively applied to both Celestia and Luna in the "Friendship is Magic" blog. Basically, I just wanted alicorns to count as every kind of pony, and there wasn't room on the type line.

    Now, let us celebrate that most wonderful of nights, a score and three days after the fact:

    Muffle 1W

    Instant

    Abilities of creatures can't be activated or triggered this turn.

    When Twilight Sparkle can't hear herself think, she takes steps to remedy the problem.

    Cloister 3W

    Enchantment

    You have hexproof.

    Prevent all damage that would be dealt to you.

    When you cast a spell, activate an ability that isn't a mana ability, or attack with one or more creatures, sacrifice Cloister.

    Lunar Corsair 3W

    Creature — Pony Pirate

    Swampwalk

    Lunar Corsair gets +1/+1 for each black permanent your opponents control.

    Even the purest who act in Luna's name have a certain roguish charm.

    2/2

    Pull the Plug 2UU

    Sorcery

    Return all blue creatures to their owners' hands.

    "I swear that wormhole wasn't there when I started apple bobbing."

    —Ditzy Doo

    Twilight's Lecture 2UU

    Sorcery

    Target player draws three cards and skips his or her next untap step.

    Twilight Sparkle's teaching methods don't give students new information so much as they besiege them with it.

    Historical Obscurity 3U

    Enchantment

    Legendary creatures you control have hexproof.

    "Princess who now?"

    Star Swirl the Bearded 3UU

    Legendary Creature — Unicorn Wizard

    At the beginning of your upkeep, you may reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal an instant or sorcery card. If you do, you may cast that card without paying its mana cost. Then put the rest into your graveyard.

    1/3

    Fright-or-Biters 1B

    Creature — Pony Child

    Whenever Fright-or-Biters deals combat damage to a player, you gain 4 life unless that player discards a card.

    "Few horrors of the night can compare to foals eager for sweets."

    —Princess Luna

    2/1

    Chiropteran Cloak 2B

    Enchantment — Aura

    Enchant creature

    Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 and has flying.

    2B, Sacrifice Chiropteran Cloak: Put two 1/1 black Bat creature tokens with flying onto the battlefield.

    Princess Luna always dresses in style.

    Luna's Coachpony 3B

    Creature — Bat Pegasus Soldier

    Flying

    Whenever a legendary creature you control becomes the target of a spell or ability an opponent controls, that player loses 2 life.

    If you're going to be guarding the princess of the moon on Nightmare Night, you might as well look the part.

    2/2

    Nightmare Night 3B

    Sorcery

    Creatures you control gain intimidate until end of turn. Pony, Pegasus, and Unicorn creatures you control get +2/+0 until end of turn.

    There are very few concepts that ponies won't make into a festival.

    Luna's Decree 3BB

    Sorcery

    Name a nonland card. Search any number of graveyards, hands, and/or libraries for all cards with that name and exile them. Then each player whose library was searched this way shuffles it.

    Generally speaking, try not to offend the moon goddess.

    Luna, Moon Princess 4BBB

    Legendary Creature — Avatar

    Alicorn (This card is a Pony Pegasus Unicorn at all times.)

    Flying, indestructible

    B: Target Pony, Pegasus, or Unicorn gains protection from black until end of turn.

    B: Target spell or permanent becomes black until end of turn.

    "Fear not the darkness, my ponies, for it holds naught more terrible than I."

    5/5

    Shadowbolt Surprise 2RR

    Instant

    Shadowbolt Surprise deals 4 damage to target non-Pegasus creature.

    Hoofcraft — If you control three or more Ponies, Pegasi, and/or Unicorns, creatures can't block this turn.

    "Ha! Look at them jump!"

    —Rainbow Dash, Bearer of Loyalty

    Haunted Hayride 1G

    Sorcery

    Choose one or both —

    • Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.

    • Return target land card from your graveyard to your hand.

    Mac the Ripper's hayrides are always popular with the mares of Ponyville.

    Force Out 2GG

    Sorcery

    You and target opponent reveal your hands. You and that player choose a creature card from the other's hand if able. If both players chose a card this way, each puts the card chosen from his or her hand onto the battlefield under his or her control.

    Fluttershy prefers to stay in Nightmare Night. She doesn't always have that choice.

    Mooncrawler Swarm 3G

    Creature — Spider

    Intimidate, reach, vigilance

    Luna quickly learned that spiders are not normally associated with fun.

    2/3

    Spooky Costume 2

    Artifact — Equipment

    As Spooky Costume enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.

    Equipped creature has intimidate and is the chosen type in addition to its other creature types.

    Equip 2

    "I'm a dragon."

    —Spike

    Nightmare Monument 3

    Artifact

    Nightmare Monument enters the battlefield tapped.

    T, Pay 1 life: Add BB to your mana pool.

    Nightmare Moon is gone, but her dark powers have not been forgotten.

    Pumpkin Launcher 3

    Artifact Creature — Construct

    Hoofcraft — T: Pumpkin Launcher deals 3 damage to target creature with flying. Activate this ability only if you control three or more Ponies, Pegasi, and/or Unicorns.

    "The only thing worse than getting knocked out of the sky is knowing that what did it could have been delicious."

    —Soarin, Wonderbolt lieutenant

    1/3

    Royal Gratitude BG

    Instant

    Choose one —

    • Target creature gets -3/-3 until end of turn. You gain 3 life.

    • Target creature gets +3/+3 until end of turn. You lose 3 life.

    Luna's hugs are as much punishment as reward.

    Illusory Nightmare 1(ur)B

    Creature — Illusion Nightmare

    Flying

    Whenever Illusory Nightmare attacks or blocks, sacrifice it at the beginning of the next end step.

    Zebra magic can conjure images as lifelike as they are fleeting.

    4/4

    Barred Access 1UR

    Enchantment

    If a creature would be returned to a hand, Barred Access deals 3 damage to that creature instead. (If the creature survives, it stays on the battlefield.)

    Sometimes running away just isn't an option.

    Terrifying Entrance 1BR

    Enchantment

    Whenever a creature with intimidate enters the battlefield under your control, creatures can't block this turn.

    Living on the edge of the Everfree leaves Ponyville perpetually poised on the precipice of panic.

    Royal Voice 2WU

    Instant

    Counter target spell. If a spell is countered this way, its controller can't cast spells this turn.

    The traditional royal Canterlot intonation was designed to exploit alicorn lung capacity to drown out even the most obnoxious courtier.

    Lunaphobia 3UB

    Instant

    Tap all creatures your opponents control. Those creatures get -1/-1 until end of turn.

    "As your princess, we command you: BE STILL!"

    —Princess Luna

    Fun Reflection 3(wb)(wb)(wb)

    Enchantment

    Sources you control deal damage as though they had lifelink.

    "It's a different kind of doubling."

    —Pinkie Pie, Bearer of Laughter

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  • Friday
    Vindication: Enterplay Edition

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  • 1w, 1d
    Friendship is Card Games: Lesson Zero

    I very nearly forgot about this week's Friendship is Card Games. I can think of no more appropriate episode. I also think I handled it better than Twilight. :twilightsheepish:

    If you look closely, you can see the sun moving slowly and smoothly just after the theme song. Thus, the sun's motion is somewhat indicative of Twilight's mental state… which had to be concerning for Celestia. Her student subconsciously hacked the sun. Or it was just all in Twilight's head, but I like the other option.

    One bit of headcanon I never put into use was punny days of the week. Friendsday, Spursday, Skyday, and so forth. This episode put an end to that. And it was kind of gratuitous anyway.

    Between his interaction with Twilight's fantasies and his method of icing removal, Spike has clearly been learning from Pinkie Pie. The dragon mind appears better equipped for interaction with the medium. Interesting...

    I think we've pretty much all agreed that Twilight's descent into madness was at least partially prompted by Discord. You don't face down a god of insanity and come out smelling like roses.

    I just want to take a moment to appreciate Fluttershy's extreme bear massage. It got a card, but it bears repeating: EXTREME BEAR MASSAGE. :flutterrage:

    ...I did not intend that "bears repeating" pun, I swear. I blame the Persona 4 Let's Play I've been reading.

    Dash is applying sunscreen. Well, we know ponies can get sunburnt from "Magical Mystery Cure." Maybe their coats have fiber optic properties. Hmm. Then it could be the structure of the refractive proteins that gives them their distinctive colors, which could possibly even account for Dash's own prismatic mane. There's potential here…

    Celestia displays some minor scrap of her full glory. Then she trolls the crap out of the Mane Six. Constructively, mind you, but still, "I'll forget Twilight's punishment on one condition." Tia, you shameless, magnificent bastard.

    And now for a decidedly non-tardy collection of cards:

    Covered in Icing 1W

    Enchantment — Aura

    Enchant creature

    Enchanted creature has lifelink.

    Sacrifice Covered in Icing: Enchanted creature's controller gains life equal to its toughness.

    "Spend enough time around Pinkie Pie and you get used to it."

    —Spike

    Obsessive Compulsion 1W

    Enchantment

    Whenever a player casts his or her first spell each turn, that player can't cast spells that have different converted mana costs than that spell this turn.

    Discord didn't harm a hair on the Bearers' bodies, but he still left scars.

    Take Cover 1W

    Instant

    Tap all creatures you control. Prevent all damage that would be dealt to them this turn.

    Digging a trench is an essential step when asking Rainbow Dash for help.

    Equalized Icing 2W

    Enchantment

    If a player would gain life, each player gains 1 life instead.

    Sometimes fair treatment means that everyone is equally unsatisfied.

    Solar Cleansing 3WWW

    Sorcery

    Exile all artifacts and enchantments.

    The purgative power of Celestia's sun cannot be overemphasized.

    Chain Teleportation U

    Instant

    Until end of turn, target creature gains "1U: Exile this creature, then return it to the battlefield under its owner's control and it gains this ability until end of turn."

    Even Twilight's nervous habits display her incredible capability.

    Disrupt Delusion 1U

    Instant

    Counter target spell that targets you.

    Draw a card.

    Every unicorn needs a few hornless friends to remind her how being sane works.

    Thorough Search 2U

    Instant

    Look at the top two cards and the bottom two cards of your library. Put one of them into your hand and the rest into your graveyard.

    "I could've sworn it was around here somewhere."

    —Rarity, Bearer of Generosity

    Excessive Preparation 2UU

    Enchantment

    Players can't cast spells.

    At the beginning of each player's draw step, that player draws an additional card.

    When a player has seven or more cards in his or her hand, sacrifice Excessive Preparation.

    Curse of Tardiness 4U

    Enchantment — Aura Curse

    Enchant player

    Enchanted player can't cast spells from his or her hand.

    Each nonland card in enchanted player's hand has suspend 1. The suspend cost is equal to its mana cost.

    Magic Kindergarden B

    Enchantment

    At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice a Unicorn.

    1U: Put a 1/1 blue Unicorn creature token onto the battlefield.

    Canterlot unicorns start conspiring before they learn the alphabet.

    The Worst Possible Thing B

    Sorcery

    Target player reveals his or her hand. You choose a card from it with the greatest converted mana cost among those cards. That player discards that card.

    Flashback 4B (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

    Misplaced Priorities 3BB

    Sorcery

    Target player reveals his or hand. Choose a card from it. That player discards the rest.

    "Rainbow must be angry with Applejack! She must hate her guts! How wonderful!"

    —Twilight Sparkle, Bearer of Magic

    Ad Absurdum 3BBB

    Sorcery

    Each player reveals the top card of his or her library, puts that card into his or her hand, and loses life equal to its converted mana cost. You may repeat this process any number of times.

    Fear follows its own logic.

    Nervous Breakdown XB

    Instant

    Target player's maximum hand size is reduced by X until the next turn.

    Draw a card.

    "It's fine. Everything's fine. I may have to incite a riot, but it will all be fine."

    Claw Cramp R

    Instant

    Claw Cramp deals damage to target player equal to the number of cards that player drew this turn.

    "I should charge by the word. Twilight would be working for me by the end of the week."

    —Spike

    Clock is Ticking 2R

    Enchantment

    Whenever a time counter is removed from a permanent or a suspended card, Clock is Ticking deals 1 damage to that permanent's controller or that card's owner.

    "Time dislikes disruptions in its natural processes, and makes that displeasure known quite firmly."

    —Star Swirl the Bearded, Meditations on Chronomancy

    Object of Desire 3R

    Enchantment — Aura

    Enchant nonland permanent

    Creatures attack enchanted permanent's controller each combat if able.

    Whenever a creature deals combat damage to enchanted permanent's controller, that creature's controller gains control of enchanted permanent.

    Intense Massage 1G

    Instant

    Choose one —

    • Regenerate target creature.

    • Target creature you control fights target creature you don't control.

    Entwine 1G (Choose both if you pay the entwine cost.)

    Erudite Doll 4

    Artifact Creature — Construct

    Indestructible

    Whenever Erudite Doll is dealt damage, you may draw a card.

    Dissertations have been written about her mane.

    0/1

    Drama Couch 5

    Artifact

    Flash

    T: Prevent the next 2 damage that would be dealt to you this turn.

    "A lady does not allow her sorrow to leave grass stains on her coat."

    —Rarity, Bearer of Generosity

    Twilight Deranged 1UBR

    Legendary Creature — Unicorn Wizard

    Each instant and sorcery card in your hand has madness. The madness cost is equal to the colored mana symbols in that card's mana cost. (For example, if its mana cost is 3UB, it has madness UB. If you discard the card, you may cast it for its madness cost instead of putting it into your graveyard.)

    Whenever Twilight Deranged deals combat damage to a player, each player discards a card.

    2/2

    Break the Line 2RW

    Instant

    Destroy all creatures blocking target attacking creature. That creature gains trample until end of turn.

    Few unicorns and pegasi appreciate just what earth ponies are capable of when they push themselves.

    Atomic Rainboom 8

    (WUBRG) Instant

    If you spent W to cast Atomic Rainboom, destroy all enchantments. If you spent U to cast it, counter all other spells. If you spent B to cast it, all creatures get -4/-4 until end of turn. If you spent R to cast it, destroy all nonbasic lands. If you spent G to cast it, destroy all artifacts.

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  • 2w, 1d
    Friendship is Card Games: Return of Harmony

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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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