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  • E Petriculture

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  • T Pandelirium

    Celestia decides to attempt to reform Discord, so she taps a pony with a similar background for the job. ("Keep Calm and Flutter On" as it occurs in the Petriculture AU.)
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    Who likes kickass bass lines?

    More like who doesn't like them, amiright?

    Of course I am. Have some Sugarloaf.

    Side note: Sugarloaf would be a great pony name, too.

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    Holy crap, I'm nearly done.

    I just finished making my initial outline for Chapter 50 of Flash Fog, and it occurred to me that I'm actually getting close to the end of the story. I've been writing this story for more than two years now, and I'm finally within sight of the finish line--in fact, at my current rate, there's a very good chance I'll finish sometime around Thanksgiving.

    (And to think I originally thought this story would be a 5,000-word oneshot...)

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    Flash Fog: Update

    Well, I have finished the draft of Chapter 49. I'm going to give my prereaders some time to look it over, and hopefully, I'll be posting it tomorrow.

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    There are a lot of really fun videos on YouTube featuring folks attempting to eat the traditional Swedish dish, surströmming. Surströmming is canned, fermented fish, usually eaten on some sort of flatbread with a name I can't remember at the moment. It is known for being very, very, very... er... pungent. Let's put it this way: people unfamiliar with the smell have been known to contact emergency services after encountering its distinct aroma (and as Dave Barry might say, I am not making this up).

    But you know what's more amusing than watching idiots deliberately subject themselves to surströmming? Watching naive fools accidentally subject themselves to it. In a small, enclosed space.

    Life is good.

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  • 1w, 4d

    Okay, so I just noticed that the number of views Pandelirium has received apparently spiked while I wasn't looking -- it's now the third most-viewed story in the Petriculture Cycle, despite being the last one. At first I figured that some of my readers decided to skip to the end, but when I looked at the total views for the first chapter (Chapter 10)* was still between 5,000 and 6,000, just where I remembered it being. It was only after going through each chapter that I realized that all of the new-found attention is focused squarely on Chapter 3, and I am extremely confused. Don't get me wrong, I love Chapter 3, and I'm very proud of it, but it has almost twice as many views as the story's initial chapter, and three times the views of the chapters that come before and after it.

    You'd think that there'd be something in the comments section that would explain this spike, but there haven't been any changes at all since I last remember. Clicking on the statistics tab shows nothing either, so if somebody influential in the brony community linked to that chapter, it wasn't from outside of, but if it was on FimFiction, I'd think one of my readers would have let me know...

    Seriously, does anyone have any idea what's going on here?

    *To those of you who haven't read the story yet, Pandelirium's chapters are numbered in reverse order.

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  • ...

This story is a sequel to Petriculture

It's been several months since Pinkie Pie made a stunning admission about her past that permanently changed her relationship with her friends, particularly Twilight Sparkle, but life seems to have settled back to normal (well, normal by Pinkie Pie's standards, at least). However, when an old nemesis returns and ensnares Twilight in her influence, it's up to Pinkie to make things right.

This is the second story in The Petriculture Cycle. There is a TV Tropes Page for the entire Cycle here.

Cover image by Page Turner; "Princess Twilight" vector by Nianara.

First Published
1st Jul 2012
Last Modified
9th Sep 2012
#1 · 120w, 1d ago · · · Charades ·

i was waiting for a sequel. kool

#2 · 120w, 1d ago · · · Charades ·

Wow! This is amazing. Can't wait to see what happens next! :raritystarry:

#3 · 120w, 1d ago · · · Charades ·

This. Is. AWESOME! Instant fave! :pinkiehappy:

#4 · 120w, 1d ago · 2 · 2 · Charades ·

"...although Twilight had posited a possible connection between Pinkie’s ability to pop out of all sorts of random places and her own exceptional teleportation skills." It's called Pinkieportation!!!!!!

#5 · 120w, 1d ago · · · Charades ·

6:28pm EDT... the ESTIMATE we were given was 6:30


#6 · 120w, 1d ago · · · Charades ·


Really? I couldn't tell, since I kept getting 502 and 504 errors.

#7 · 120w, 1d ago · · · Charades ·

"Kvakerjack has posted a new story" :pinkiegasp:

It's here! :pinkiehappy: :yay:

#8 · 120w, 1d ago · · · Charades ·

Another Pinkie and Twilight fic. *beats forehead against wall* :pinkiecrazy::facehoof:

I have about a dozen stories about them lined up to read, Petriculture included, but keep getting sidetracked by other stuff. At some point here, I need to just set aside a whole day and tackle them all at once. This and its predecessor look pretty interesting, so I'll try to get to that soon.

#9 · 120w, 1d ago · · · Charades ·

Petriculture was good this is better I cant wait to read more

#11 · 120w, 1d ago · · · Charades ·

Awesome, I have been waiting for this!

Nice start, looking forward to more.

#12 · 120w, 1d ago · · · Charades ·

Oh hell yes! I have fond memories of Petriculture, albeit not in any great detail. Perhaps now would be a good time to go back and reread it.

#13 · 120w, 1d ago · · · Charades ·

Another excellent story, Kwakerjak. I look forward to see where this goes.

You know, for a while, I thought that Discord was influencing Twilight. But the Nightmare works too.

Faved, liked, waiting with bated breath for more.:pinkiehappy:

#14 · 120w, 1d ago · · · Charades ·

What a great blast for this first chapter ! But... what happen to Twilight ? It is her frustration who cause the return of the Nightmare ? :pinkiegasp:

I hope to see the next chapter very soon :pinkiesmile:

#15 · 120w, 1d ago · 1 · 1 · Charades ·

Another ontological road trip into the MetaEquestrian Outback. I am so happy!

#16 · 120w, 1d ago · · · Charades ·

For the love of god...

#17 · 120w, 1d ago · · · Charades ·


You mean the fact that Nightmare Moon is listed as one of the three main characters wasn't a big enough hint?

#18 · 120w, 1d ago · · · Charades ·

>>842512 *blinks, looks at characters* :facehoof: That's what I get for not looking at everything carefully.

#19 · 120w, 1d ago · · · Charades ·

Faved, starred, watched.

I should have done that when you wrote Petriculture. :twilightsmile:

#20 · 120w, 1d ago · · · Charades ·

This is indeed not good. Can they save Twilight?

#21 · 120w, 1d ago · · · Charades ·

Wow. Didn't see that coming. Hell, Nostradamus didn't see that coming. Update soon.

#22 · 120w, 1d ago · · · Charades ·

This is no good.... understatement of the milenium

all I can say about this is: Shit just got Seriouly Real

#23 · 120w, 1d ago · · · Charades ·

Holy mother of [Deity], this is going to be epic.

#24 · 120w, 1d ago · · · Charades ·

Oh, this is going to be so awesome :pinkiehappy:

#25 · 120w, 1d ago · · · Charades ·

So, is the Nightmare wanting the information to create "imaginary" friends so it can fashion for itself a body of its own?

#26 · 120w, 1d ago · · · Charades ·

:pinkiegasp: ...Holy crap.  Now they have to defeat a Nightmare without an Element of Magic.  I thought Twilight's corruption came on a bit too quickly, though.  Anyway, great story and I can't wait to see what happens next!

#27 · 120w, 1d ago · · · Charades ·

very good!

only thing i didn't like was that i felt as if she just suddenly turned into the nightmare, with no previous hints/changes or anything at all, really feels as if there should have been at least one or two chapter before this (or making this one a lot longer) that gives something like a foreshadowing to this event. there might have been something in petriculture that i don't remember, if there was; do tell.

#28 · 120w, 1d ago · · · Charades ·

>>842512 Normally I avoid looking at the characters with these stories, so that I don't spoiler myself with villains or other main characters that could appear later.:twilightsmile:

#29 · 120w, 1d ago · · · Charades ·

For some reason, I can just picture a scene in which Spike and Pinkie wrapping Rainbow Dash in a huge hug and yelling "DADDY!!!!" at the top of their lungs.

#30 · 120w, 23h ago · · · Charades ·


That it was sudden shows Nightmare did a good job of hiding.

#31 · 120w, 22h ago · · · Charades ·

Very, very interesting so far, and I love the way you reintroduced the Nightmare, long forgotten after Discord ad the Changelings.

I just hope the story keeps itself within the adventure boundaries, and avoids any unnecessary dark and/or sad settings, so it can maintain the spirit of the show (something so many other fics forgot).

#32 · 120w, 22h ago · · · Charades ·


i don't think you see my point, even if she did a really good job of hiding; it doesn't change the fact that the story basically began with twilight going Nightmare, which is what i don't like. but on the other hand; we have only read one chapter, i have no idea what the author intends to do with this story, ill just have to wait and see, the opening may turn out to be really really good when i've read a couple of chapters

and as for what you said:

"Pinkie Pie /.../ couldn’t shake the odd feeling that she should have seen this coming"

what i gather from this is that pinkie did notice something at least.

#33 · 120w, 20h ago · · · Charades ·

Potentially unique take on Nightmare Twilight? Potentially unique take on Nightmare Twilight. :raritywink:

#34 · 120w, 19h ago · · · Charades ·

Huh, I saw this on the front page yesterday, but the part about it being the sequel to Petriculture must not have fit in the visible description, and I guess I didn't notice who the author was. The description I did see didn't catch my attention, though, and the name annoyed me by looking like you misspelled Inkscape, the program I use to make vectors, so I decided to pass on it.

Guess I'll be reading this after all, although "the Nightmare returns" is a theme that tends to make me hesitate a little, since I generally believe that Luna's transformation was a unique situation, and whatever caused it is resolved once and for all.

#35 · 120w, 18h ago · · · Charades ·

Related to petriculture? Instafave.

#36 · 120w, 18h ago · · · Charades ·



#37 · 120w, 18h ago · · · Charades ·


Dear Celestia...

Twilight has been captured by the Nightmare! Are you mare enough to rescue her?

#38 · 120w, 18h ago · · · Charades ·

le awesome

also, gratz on feature box

#39 · 120w, 17h ago · · · Charades ·

So Pinkie is the outgoing, party-loving imaginary friend for Twilight "bookworm" Sparkle while Discord is the chaotic whirlwind to Celestias boooring discipline and order.

I wonder who dreamed up the nightmare.:trixieshiftright:

Luna? Is there anything you would like to share with the class?

#40 · 120w, 17h ago · · · Charades ·

Huzzah! I was really rooting for you to get featured again. Glad to see it happened!

#41 · 120w, 17h ago · · · Charades ·


I second that emotion.

Edit: And let me add in a 'holy crap' in reaction to the first chapter.

#42 · 120w, 17h ago · · · Charades ·

>>843991 >>844168

That actually gets addressed in the next chapter.


The last paragraph was included there mostly to lighten the tension, since I don't want people assuming that this story will get dark. But in any case, I managed to keep Wild, Sweet & Cool from becoming a shipping fic, didn't I?

#43 · 120w, 17h ago · · · Charades ·


The title will make a bit more sense once I reach the end of the story.

#44 · 120w, 15h ago · · · Charades ·

This looks to be very good

#45 · 120w, 15h ago · · · Charades ·

>>844868 When she feels the super-doozy while talking to Luna, it's mentioned that this wasn't the first time she had felt a super-doozy.  The first had happened a few months earlier (my hypothesis is that this was when the Nightmare entered Twilight) and recurred several times after that.  Also, to me it sees that Twilight's extreme obsessiveness rather than just enthusiasm concerning Pinkie's origin is likely the Nightmare's influence.  Just my two cents.

I really liked Petriculture when I read it way back when and when I read it again just before beginning this.  I can't wait to see where you'll go with it!

#47 · 120w, 15h ago · · · Charades ·


My prediction.

Rarity: Does anypony have a plan? Just piling on top of her was admittedly a good short term solution, but she's ruining my mane!

Rainbow Dash: She's ruining my NECK! Get her off of me!

Luna: Sister, if you know of any suitable exorcism rituals, now would be a good time!

Celestia: But I don't! All the ones I know I tried on you the first time this happened, and none of them worked!

Pinkie Pie: The Nightmare only took over her mind, right? Not replaced it?

Celestia: Well yes, but I'm not sure what you're getting at here. What do you mean?

(Pinkie ties a rope around her waist and tosses the other end to Luna.)

Pinkie Pie: It means... I'm going back in!

#48 · 120w, 14h ago · · · Charades ·

"Wait a minute," I said.  "Was this actually foreshadowed in Petriculture?"

So I went back to that story, read it again, and did several facehoofs.  :facehoof:

I must admit, this is a scarily auspicious - or auspiciously scary - Chapter 1.

#49 · 120w, 14h ago · · · Charades ·

Well now. This has most definitely piqued my curiosity. Definitely gonna be looking forward to further chapters! Heh, Nightmare Twilight...

#50 · 120w, 14h ago · · · Charades ·




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