A brilliant mind discovers a problem in search of a solution, which leads to inspiration, which leads to invention, which leads to a technological/magical advance that will in time forever change Equestria.
Sequel to Windfall
FINALLY, this is on here.
IT'S HEEEEEERE! Words cannot express how wonderful this story is.
Oh wow! This is so great!
(Except I saw that ol' biopic of Howard Hughes the other day, and now I see Twilight as Hughes...)
It's easier for me to track and comment on a story here. I know I'll have some comments in later chapters.
Praise Celestia, it's finally here!!
Time to read it again
Mmm, that's some good thaumobabble.
I've been reading every new chapter of this on dA, great to see it here as well
Earth and Sky came to FiMFiction.net? HECK YES! I am going to reread the chapters as I go, here!
Whether or not Applejack tries the mechanical wings, I have no idea. It's a complete toss-up. Any inputs on this comment?
oh, and FIRST!!!!!!!!
Earth and Sky? YAAAAAAAY!! <kermit flail>
I like this. I like this a lot. The characters who've changed less are captured beautifully, I love what you've done with Applebloom (didn't get to see too much of Sweetie Belle yet, but I look forwards to that and any appearances by Scootaloo), and the whole idea is great. I really like how you had Twilight catch the thought in measures, rather than all at once, too.
The daaaw is strong within this one!
Ummm...I have a fic called Earth and Sky.
Ahh, the introduction of Pip Squeak in the role that single handedly turned him into one of my favorite background ponies.
Yes, very much so.
Woo! Been reading this on DA
So much diabeetus inducing adorableness
Woo-hoo! Good to see this on FimFiction at last!
YAY, Earth and Sky on FIMFiction! I faithfully follow this one on dA, and can't wait for the next chapter!
"What color are you tasting right now?"
Magic in a nutshell, folks.
The eldest of the Apple sisters could scarcely believe that such sweet, velvet soft tones could carry such implicit threat.
Implicit means it's implied; explicit means it's outright said.
I have to admit I'm most excited about the part where Rarity and Twilight get to be business moguls.
Congrats on getting to be one of the featured stories!
Haha, I only just started reading this earlier today, reached chapter seven, and was all "darn, I wish there was more of this to read!" Couple hours later, these two new chapters pop up. Feels awesome!
This story is great and I eagerly await more!
Macintosh is adorable as a dad.
It's up to chapter 16 on DA if you care to check it out there. Otherwise, I'll be uploading a couple chapters here every day 'til it's caught up, then I'll upload new chapters to both as they happen.
HASKFHDAFHADGKLASDKJF CLEARING EVENING SCHEDULE GOING TO READ RIGHT NOW
What Twilight's doing right now is the sort of thing one of the characters from MY story does for a living!!! I'm glad to see that it's a feasible profession to more than one person. :D Great story, by the way. I'm enjoying this immensely.
I LOVE fluttershy's rant, scolding Rainbow about how Pinkie cries herself to sleep at night because she can't play in the clouds with her foals and how her own foals have to wonder why their daddy can't join them the way mommy can. The D'aw has been doubled!
What are you, a dictionary?
I know what implicit means, I chose that word because while I agree that Fluttershy was explicitly threatening Applejack, the undertone in her gentle, sweet voice threatened oh so much more. You do NOT mess around where Fluttershy's kids are concerned.
Sorry if it was unclear, tho. Thanks for reading!
Apple Bloom and Pip are such an adorable pair in this.
I... must have missed this chapter when it was on deviantart, cuz I know I didn't read Dash's reaction to the wings.
THANK YOU Warren Hatch for hearing me and linking this in a comment
S'possible. I've had a continuing problem with derped links when I submit these chapters to EQD.
Thanks for reading!
yes! pure win!
I love this chapter. The way Rarity plays all four of them is just beautiful.
Finally! You've finally decided to upload your story onto on of the biggest Brony fan fic sites.
I love your stories, but "Windfall" and "Earth and Sky" are by far my favorites. With the "Screwball" trilogy coming in close at second. By the way, you are amazing.
And since i forgot to comment on the previous chapters, *ahem*
That is all.
(One Pinkie Pie for each chapter by the way).
That " stallion talk " Big Mac gave was the funniest thing I've read all day.
I said this once and I shall say it again:
Rarity: I WILL SHIP THESE PONIES IF ITS THE LAST THING I DO!!!
Oh, Big Mac...
Oblivious Pip is really funny.
And Soarin' is a developing character and this is good.
This is some good stuff.
Really preferred the techno-innovation storyline. Liked it almost as much as I detest matchmaking.
Favorite chapter yet.
Applebloom, Big Mac, and Pip are all just fantastic.
"Good heavens, Miss Apple Bloom, you're beautiful!" Swing and a hit!
Oh Rarity, never change.
I crack up a little EVERY TIME Fluttershy calls Big Mac "Big Bunny"
I love this chapter! The mental image of watching the princesses desperately try not to bust up laughing while everyone else is trying so hard to be dignified and presentable is hysterical.
I love how Blueblood appears to get kidnapped out of his box, and no one even bothers to see what happens to him, they just go back to watching the opera .
Nice mini-intervention Luna, Apple Bloom sure needed a little nudge to get her evenings priorities right.
The all-awesome Earth and Sky finally made it to FF, I just hope over here it gets the attetion it so rightfully deserves
I love Luna in this story!
Henpecked Blueblood is the first Blueblood I have ever liked, really. He completely seems like a victim of his own weak will and outer circumstances, so you have to pity him.
Waggoner is OK, but every time I listent to that music I get an urge to invade Foaland.
Too... cute... excuse me while I go sit in my little corner and think of dying puppies...
Of course I adore your story, even if I find it a little hard to believe that Twilight and the Princesses were all unable to see through or even detect Blueblood's invisibility spell. You would think the royal guards would also have some sort of counter-spell in place for that sort of thing, otherwise they are pretty much useless as guards! Selfishly, I also want more Twilight and Rarity.
Blueblood deserves no pity. He dug his own ditch, he can lie in it. Though, the Blueblood/Diamond Tiara interactions are priceless.
I've had folks raise this issue before, and I think the assumption that powerful magic users are constantly passively scanning like some kind of super tuned in psychic ninjas is a result of too much animé seeping into the collective consciousness. Maybe invisibility spells just work unless you're actively looking for one. This is magic performed by pastel colored horses. It doesn't have to be logical.
Equestria isn't a Tom Clancy novel, I don't think a lot of assassination attempts happen in Canterlot outside of the Grimdark end of the pool.
If it helps at all, perhaps an invisibility spell cast by royalty doesn't set off whatever magical burglar alarms may be in place. Blueblood was the one who cast it after all, and rank hath its privileges.
It's nothing "illogical" about mages not being automatically able to detect invisible beings - magic has the rules the author gives to it, since it doesn't exist in the real world. In addition, given that all unicorns have magical ability, an invisibility spell that doesn't work on one third of the population is pretty useless, though I suppose if the main reason to use it is to get away from your Earth Pony wife... It makes perfect sense to me.
Heck, in stereotypical D&D games, "Detect Invisibility" is something you have to actively cast, which you only do if you have special reason to think something is invisible - sort of like a Geiger counter in real life.
On the other hand, somepony who knows a lot about magic would probably be catch on to the telltale signs left by somepony being invisible and clumsy/careless, whereas normal ponies just would be confused and probably scared. And becoming invisible is pretty shady, if you ask me.
Oh come on, I didn't have much time to think up the ubiquotous (sp?) lame equine pun!
Ha! Fair points! We may be working in a universe of talking ponies, but I submit that the season finale with its spears, spells, and changelings was fairly intense, and proved that Celestia has all those guards for a reason (not that they were in any way effectual). It's your story, of course! Like I said before, I really just want to see more Rarity and Twilight. Your dialogue for Rarity is exceptionally clever, and I dearly love their relationship and shared aspirations as you've written them.
True enough. I hope I didn't come off too snarky in the last reply.
It all really comes down to what the plot needs, and in this case there's more mileage to be had with DT finding out what Harmony Aeronautics is up to unobserved than from her getting caught and receiving a blast from the royal spank ray (satisfying though that may be).
You'll be seeing more of ALL the girls as this unfolds, don't worry. There's a lot more ground to cover yet.
And a long, dolorous groan is the best way to honor a truly dreadful pun.
I detected minimal snark, don't worry, and I hope you didn't get the idea that I was voicing any serious criticism. I really enjoy this story, and your knack for both storytelling and dialogue is pretty darn legit. Of course, if DT was really thinking she would realize that there is plenty of room for both personal harnesses and luxury airships in the same market - why, they aren't even really competitors. You can't carry cargo or luggage via personal harness, nor enjoy travel in style and luxury as you could on an airship. If she were smart, she would be looking for synergies between the two enterprises, and both would likely make money. Certainly, she could offer expertise in marketing and mass production. Alas, she's Diamond Tiara, and would gladly cut off her nose to spite her face. That's why she makes such a great villain - she has no redeeming qualities.
I'm thrilled to hear that there is a lot more ground (and doubtless sky) to cover, and I look forward to seeing where the adventure takes my pony gals next. Whereever it may be, I expect plenty of fabulosity and magic . Speaking of which, I just read on EQD that Rarity was originally meant to be represent the spirit of the Element of Inspiration, not Generosity, which works so well in the context of this story.
Yeah! Thank you, Warren, for putting this on Fimfiction!! I love both the premise of this story and your style in telling it.
Rarity as the "Element of Inspiration" is really interesting. Does jibe well with her character, both in Earth & Sky and in Canon.
All told, tho, I think Generosity was a good choice on Faust/Studio B's part, as I think it was the right way to add depth and warmth to her character. She's elegant, high toned, and a bit flighty, but she'll give you the shirt off her back (and it'll be a nice shirt too). A shorter way of saying it is she's got exclusive tastes but by her nature she's inclusive.
Rarity is possibly my favorite pony, although Fluttershy and Pinkie are strong contenders for that. Part of it is Tabitha St. Germain's masterful performance, and Art of the Dress was originally what pulled me in to being a Brony.
Oh, another one of us pulled in by "Art of the Dress!" Welcome to the club. I agree with all of your statements about Rarity above, and I would also add that she may enjoy being a drama queen, but she is also extremely resilient, and has absolute faith in both her friends and herself. That's probably why the Hub commissioned this as their official motivational poster for Rarity:
If you ever read others' work, I would love to have you as a reader of Alicorn, and to find out what you think of my take on Rarity.
Interesting that Diamond Tiara didn't recognize Sweetie Belle on stage. The actors/opera beneath her notice, the costume covered up that much, or it was just her target focus was narrowed to the royal box?
Not sure about how much a threat to airships the flight harness is. After all it is a single pony, likely short ranged. Hardly something that will put the shipping business in the red it seems to me.
Flight of the Alicorn's in my "To Be Read" queue.
If you'd be gracious enough to excuse an indeterminate time when it'll happen, I'd be glad to let you know what I think of it.
Mostly option 3. DT dislikes Sweetie Belle, but she HATES Apple Bloom.
Which is also why she's not really thinking that clearly about the real business angle on flight harness' vs. airships.
Ah, it's personal. And being personal she'll be devoting resources far beyond any return or damage control?
Let me also say Snarky Luna is the best Luna. And no Scootaloo yet?
Scootaloo had to go back to her home planet.
>>836318836318 Fortunately, Celestia pulled some strings to keep art school from flunking Watercolors. Not sure what she did about that Neighpon-obsessed House Hoofer, though.
Whoa... that's what they looked like?
I always have trouble picturing clothing and the like, so this visual is greatly appreciated, and I do say, I can see why Pip would be blushing!
On another note; Oh Luna, what are we going to do with you?
The changeling line made my night.
I'm reminded of the testing sequence in Iron Man.
Oh, poor Soarin! You've let yourself go, man...
Fabulous Pony is best pony.
Pipsqueak is Britsqueak, I see.
"Cloudsdale Skykea" made me laugh.
I'm loving Rarity's matchmaking here, too.
Ouch! Even Blueblood doesn't deserve Diamond Tiara for a wife...
"And then I need to bake a cake for Tootsie."
I laughed so hard at that. No dessert, indeed
Well, as a big fan of Windfall, I really should've read this from the moment it showed up on my dA follow list... but I'll make up for it. This is amazing so far
Rarity is, if not necessarily the best pony, at least one of the most complex and nuanced ones. She's obviously greedy, yet also incredibly generous; she's vain and selfish, but never hesitates to help others even if it means self-sacrifice; she loves beauty and wants to nurture and express it in others in their own, unique ways without forcing everyone in the same mold, and at the same time she's deliberately bootstrapping herself away from her middle-class, embarrassingly tasteless and laid-back parents to the extent that even her trademark mid-Atlantic accent is a consciously cultivated affection!
Rarity - the pony you can't easily summarize!
Hey Warren Hutch, small note: The "source" of the front cover pic is supposed to be a link, to the dA version or something. It's meant to give the readers a place to specifically comment on the image
Right now, it's kinda broken. Same for the Windfall cover.
This is shaping up to be a profitable venture! Oh yes!
Saw a little error you might want to look into:
needs to be "...". Seems it wasn't converted correctly.
Heehee, Windfall's got a bit of bite in her. Nice to see she's less shy than her mother.
And d'aww, new filly!
More unasked corrections, courtesy of Nyerguds :3
> "as her younger children landed on her back.The tiny pegasi nestled"
There's a space missing, in between these sentences.
> and been raised with the old pegasus foals' discipline
Seems like a missing word; should be "and [had] been raised".
> Rainbow Dash was bouncingTootsie Pie on her back
Missing space between "bouncing" and "Tootsie Pie".
> I done spoke my peace.
That should be "piece" actually. Keep your peace, speak your piece.
Wonderful stuff! Love your characterizations.
Continuing to read this.
An additional note: Torque is a rotational force- a twisting force. A torc is a form of jewelry or decoration worn around the neck and usually made of metal.
Peregrin Squeek? Somepony's been borrowing from Lord of the Rings
"the brotherhood of the mop and bucket"
Ooh, I like this guy already.
"Landed on a table and broke all four legs."
Obvious joke is obvious. Still, hilarious
No errors to correct here! You done well! (or I missed them!)
"she'd gone from dyeing her mane grey to hide the pink to dyeing it a pale pink to brighten up the grey"
Heehee. Sneaky canon gag reference
And oooh, Soarin' and AJ are SO perfect for each other. Apple pie, with a side order of good old Earth pony discipline!
"...she is most definitely not fat!"
I was so waiting for that one
"Well, ma'am, danger would be my middle name if me uncle Algy hadn't taken precedence."
This young stallion is magnificent!
More corrections! Absolutely free!
> There below she saw the usual que of ponies waiting their turn
> the ponies in the que making a pronounced show
That should be "queue", both times.
Again, conversion error from html. Needs to be "...".
Thank you most kindly for the corrections. I hunted them down and eliminated them.
And thanks muchly for reading, too!
I'm so happy for Pinkie! Such a touching moment.
I flipping love this story
Comment that I'm looking forward to more scenes with Rarity. Three chapters posted - no Rarity.
Enjoyed them anyway.
I think this might be the most emotionally charged chapter. I like it
Soarin knows his way around in the air, once he lets go of his self-pity, it seems.
Well he was a Wonderbolt, after all. They don't let just any wingslinger in.
It was slacking off that got him booted off the team, not lack of skill or talent.
Of course Pinkie would be a natural flier.
Oh, these two...
Diamond Tiara is really pathetic, isn't she? She is beautiful, married to a prince and one of the richest and most powerful women in the world, yet she takes her time and energy to be petty...
Pinkie and her kids are adorable as expected. Destiny and Bomb are a wee more cartoonish than the rest of the story; they give the whole affair a sort of Magnificent Men etc air.