An aspiring rationalist gets punted into Equestria - and instead of being turned into a cool griffon, or powerful dragon, or even a standard pony... discovers he is now a milk-cow, part of the herd.
Part of the Chess Game of the Gods crossover.
...I love this idea, just one thing though: he seems to taking the fact that he is now a she pretty well.
hmmm, okay just making sure here, considering he is now a milk cow and "he" is refereed to as "Miss cow" his species wasn't the only change to his form correct?
Don't worry; the first chapter was supposed to be a bunch of rapid-fire, impressionistic flash-bulb scenelets - the second chapter is much more introspective, including dealing with that issue.
You forgot to close your italics.
Thanks for the heads-up - should be fixed now.
This... This is brilliant! Folks, we nominally have our first non sue/stu character for the game.
A cow who was once a dude... I like the concept.
I, ahh... I'm intrigued.
We can get a whole barn full of once-humans But seriously, I'm curious as to where this is going.
Someone taking a philosophical route to their story rather than the violence the rest of us seem to employ. I approve.
Woo, you write real fast! HiE COWS WOO
You can get STDS as a male. Also, a pretty bad STD to get as a cow would be brucellosis, it causes cows to abort their calves. Strangely, it rarely does anything to elk or bison who get it.
Needs more. Concept is good...but chapters are a bit too short to really offer much feedback yet. You've set the stage, and it's an appealing layout. But we need the performance now.
>>784150784150 I'm pretty sure that was just him freaking out, same with the rape comment.
That is some pretty impressive thinking. Did you plan it out or are you making it up on the fly?
So, are we going to be seeing the Elements of Rationality here?
The general approach is well-thought-out; a set of quotes describing much of it can be read here. The specifics of how that approach are applied... are being chosen mainly on the fly. :)
'Elements of Rationality', maybe, maybe not; 'Methods of Rationality', definitely. :)
I like chocolate milk. Make the brown cows make chocolate milk. That'd be sweeeeeet!
Well, I've been thinking about unicorns with a few udder-related spells, but you are one of the core authours of the crossover, and it doesn't really conflict with anything I've got in mind right now - so sure, why not. :)
This...this is just brilliant. I think I've found my favourite Piece.
Please, do go on
I love me some Methods, but be careful not to turn it into MoR IN EQUESTRIA! or worse, straight plagiarism, this chapter is already a bit too far over that line.
One of the main points for this chapter was to explain what the main character's strength actually was - the reason (s)he was picked to be dropped in Equestria. I'm not planning on mirroring MoR quite so directly after this point, though I do intend for various Methods and items from the Sequences to be practiced.
I was listening to Mozart while reading this. It fit rather well.
Luna is such a bitch in this fic. SHE WANTED THE DAMN AWNSER
She said it was a riddle, not a question. She wasn't looking for an answer; it was a test.
I can't properly explain how much I'm enjoying your fic with just words.
So have some emoticons.
And that's the end of the introductory arc, getting our friendly neighbourhood bovine enmeshed into Equestria, tied into the local power structure, and with an excuse to go out and do interesting stuff and meeting interesting people of all sorts of species, without having caused any significant damage to the crossover timeline.
Have I mentioned how brilliant this story is?
Alternate chapter title: "Be prepared".
I must say, your character is quite the schemer.
She's quite the interesting heroine, and I'm very curious to see how everything unravels itself.
I swear, if you don't make a 'There is no cow level' reference...
Then I will be slightly peeved.
But I will still love your story.
I hear a lot of people dislike using Zecora for her rhymes. You've used her, and made every line besides hers rhyme as well. That's impressive.
What's also impressive is you've managed to avoid the battles and 'loading...' jokes which have been used perhaps a bit excessively in the many stories in the series.
What can I say? Once I started going, I was just having too much fun to do it any other way.
>>796002796002 Excellent. Best way to write, probably.
Sadly, I must admit to having only skimmed the chapter once the rhyming began, It was just too irritating to read.
Okay, I've been thinking about this premise, and I realized that actually, this kind of rationality Missy's been using doesn't necessarily apply, because it can legitimately be said that there's an extra-natural force at work here influencing Equestria. Namely, you as the author. It's kind of a conundrum.
That's fair enough. I hope that you can at least manage getting the gist of the final paragraph before I post the next chapter, otherwise it'll be fairly confusing.
Actually, that very problem is fairly old hat for rationality, though it's usually described in somewhat different terms.
Yeah, that seems like a pretty bad idea.
Admittedly, I would miss TDot as well...
Let me guess, the letter says there are other humans.
If you've read "Griffon the Griffon", then you should know exactly what the letter consists of.
>>802545802545 But... Aww I read that like a few months ago. Dang it... Well at any rate, since Missy is working under the assumption that she is the only human in Equestria such an insight as the letter would contain if it did say that Griffon was an alien or some other information would be nigh shattering to her logic foundation as she would have an entirely different set of variables to deal with.
One for instance may be that someone else may decide to expose the lands to something she wants to keep secret or indeed already has. Or at least, that may be what she might end up thinking.
Another thought might be to figure out just how many blasted humans are landing in Equestria.
Once again I find myself reading a fic staring a cow who is much smarter than I'll ever hope to be. And loving every second of it.
Cow magic seems like a waste of time. I mean, you are OOMing constantly unless you drain your intellect! And your intellect increases your mana! How would that work?
Uhhhhh...hell of a way to end a chapter.
That is a good question, isn't it? <whistles innocently>
They say you should always leave the audience wanting more...
Ooooh, I love me some internal conflicts and introspection.
Now I'm anticipating some kind of twist, of course.
>>805618805618 So what you're saying is that I should never run a tauren who uses magic?
Haha! I think I have a hint as to what your scheming. And I have to say, it's quite brilliant.
Or, I think it is. I'm not 100% sure yet. Anyways, great chapter as always.
If you mean a two-legged, two-armed minotaur, such as a certain motivational speaker - go ahead and do whatever strikes your fancy; I'm assuming they're an entirely separate species from the quadrupedal cattle. If you want to play with four-legged cows, and to try to keep consistent with what I'm writing... then we should probably talk about it through private messages.
>>805888805888 I was trying for a joke. I failed. MY INTERNET HUMOR IS FAILING ME!
Nah, that one's on me (insert joke here); I'm more familiar with classic memes than MMO moos.
>>805948805948 Relax, it's ok. The joke is that the slang for Tauren in the player base is frequently 'moo cows' and that intelligence is the primary stat that mana totals are derived from. I think.
'What do you mean I'm pregnant?' WHAT THE BUCK!?
<pumps fist> Exactly the reaction I was aiming for.
DA FAQ MISSY DONT FUCK. ROND MAN
>>807448807448 missy went ape shit on those guys
And anarchy reigns...
Ah, now I getcha.
And: Wouldn't you?
It does? I'd have thought a court system would be the opposite of that...
>>807489807489 Except for when you have the main character under a dozen charges...
Well, 'assault with a deadly pie' is really an obsolete statute, most likely thrown in to justify a lawyer padding their expense account...
I'm familiar with that argument, although I don't see how it applies here. Is it just an argument against the supernatural in general?
Deadly Pie isn't even sure what he was doing there in the first place, really.
Not quite; it's against using the term 'supernatural' as a curiosity-stopper. If Missy exists in a reality in which beings from outside her standard three-dimensional space can affect her, then even if somebody calls those extra-dimensional beings 'supernatural', that doesn't mean that Missy can't gather evidence about those beings' actions, analyze that evidence, and make predictions about what future experiences she can expect.
Well, I'm not trying to use it like that, it's more about the specific nature of this particular supernatural relationship. I contend that it's possible to arrange things so that Missy cannot, in fact, gather evidence about your actions.
We may be using somewhat different definitions here - which is just one reason among many to get a good grounding on, say, Bayesian Probability. It is said that a butterfly flapping its wings can cause a storm; when you see the storm, how far back can you trace the causality, and how widely? You may never discover that one particular butterfly - but you can still calculate that, based on the evidence currently available to you, there's an 82% chance of 32 millimeters of rain next Tuesday.
>>805595805595 Actually its more of inflicting temporary INT damage to yourself to restore mana.
>>807992807992 Hm... A temporary Dot to intel mayhaps? Would you also get increased damage?
Oh man. Your first impression views to total views is slowly dropping. You had a really high one for a first time writer.
Hm... Wait - don't I want to have a high number of total views compared to initial views - meaning that more of the people who read the initial chapter actually go on to read more of the story?
Besides, I'm not particularly worried about the numbers - I've been at this for around a half of a week, mostly weekend. The two Chess Game stories that are closest in word count have been up closer to 3 and 4 weeks, and have about 3 and 4 times the total views - so by the time this thing has been around that long, I'll likely be well on the way to matching the stats of the stories just behind Griffin's and Echo's themselves.
Or, put another way - in about an eighth of a month, I've written half of a NaNoWriMo-scale novel... and I haven't even gotten to the point in the timeline where Griffin goes to Wethoof yet.
>>809234809234 The sad thing is we both started at around the same day and our stories are around the same length. And yeah, the ratio thing was what I meant. Once again, failing at conveying concepts.
And I have no idea when the heck my story is taking place because I was silly and thought it would be cool to place it on a remote island in the middle of nowhere.
She littered the street with their *body parts*?
Luna and Missy don't take any crap.
What Fordregha said.
It was just a few of them, really, but enough to technically meet the standards of the relevant law, and since the lawyers were piling on every charge they could, well, there you go.
If you keep writing at this pace, I'll never get my own chess piece finished!
Echo's made Wethoof more tolerant, and has kept a village safe. Griffin is making the world outside Equestria a better place. Missy, meanwhile, is finding and fixing fault with the biggest nation in the world, advancing the legal and scientific systems. That is very damn impressive.
To quote one of my favoured philosophers:
* "There is no justice in the laws of Nature, Headmaster, no term for fairness in the equations of motion. The universe is neither evil, nor good, it simply does not care. The stars don't care, or the Sun, or the sky. But they don't have to! We care! There is light in the world, and it is us!"
* Look, sometimes you've just got to do things because they're awesome.
>>812087812087 I couldn't disagree with any of that if I wanted to.
Who else but Luna?
A message from Jack:
"If you find out a way to become immortal, lemme know. I need a back-up in case my 'castrate Discord and rape him until he gives it back' plan goes up in flames."
Somebody tell me I'm not the only one who didn't understand a word of the physics stuff!
So COMPLICATED!!! Gaaaaaah *falls over unconscious*
You know what I just noticed? This actually provides a VERY good reason why Celestia would get involved in the Game, to protect her ponies from the potentially disastrous effects of the Chess Pieces running wild, spreading their knowledge, or in the case of Jon, just being evil.
If you mean the thing about the Hamiltonian and unitarity; that is a very specific fact I learned a few years ago, from before MLP-FIM aired... From, of all places, a fanfic. I knew I wanted to include it, and was thinking about mentioning Apple-tini from Bridle Gossip; but went a different way, and that's how Micro came to be.
I'm currently writing chapter 14 - and the way things are going, you just might have your head explode by the time I'm done. Just, you know, to give you fair warning.
"Any sufficiently analyzed magic is indistinguishable from science." Basically, magic follows laws, those laws usually do not exist in the same world-view that human scientists use to justify things, but the fact that they exist in itself proves that something can be explained. If something can be explained, than it is technically science. What most people generally refer to as "magic" (in the sense that it cannot be rationalized due to its nature) is in fact a "miracle" which is something else entirely.
As the good Doctor once said: "Sometimes things in the universe just happen, with no reason or explanation or cause and we call those things 'miracles'. I haven't seen one yet, but this might just be the first!"
Moving on, that rhyming was AWESOME!!!
Holy crap, Equestria takes littering VERY SERIOUSLY.
Well, it was a fairly advanced case of littering...
One flaw: you never gave a description of the prison, or Missy's cell.
It's a small thing, but it's always important when you move to an area you haven't been before to give a (fairly) detailed description of it. For the prison cell I kind of imagined it to be like this:
The cell they led me to was small, but not so small as to be suffocating. I had enough room to stand up and walk around if I kept my steps shallow and my sides tucked in. A not-uncomfortable-looking bed was nestled in one corner, opposite a clean porcelain toilet (Equestria had invented basic plumbing and flush toilets some time ago) so sanitation wasn't an issue. The stones were a uniform grey and brushed clean and the iron bars gleamed with fresh polish, whether from diligence or lack of use I wasn't sure. All in all it was the most comfortable prison I'd ever been in (not that I've been in many but school field trips, ya know).
Poor poor missy
For once I actually understood what you were saying! Woohoo, thankyou highschool!
I love how the Princesses are characterized in this universe. So much fun!
That last part: Wat?
I was trying to go for this.
That makes more sense, I figured it had something to do with Red's 'untold' story
Prison is such a great place to make new friends.