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  • The Numbers Don't Lie
    An ancient magical artifact causes floating lie meters to appear above everypony's heads. This causes Twilight to reflect on honesty and friendship. Based on an idea by theworstwriter.

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  • Couchtavia
    Octavia's new to Ponyville, and she just bought a used couch. As it turns out, she has to move the heavy thing clear across town on her lonesome. That isn't the problem. The problem is these damn crazy ponies who won't stop pesterin
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  • Daring Dam
    A.K. Yearling has writer's block. Perhaps her pony friends can help her.
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  • Nopony Needs to Know
    Applejack finally accepts Rainbow's invitation to experience flight, but for what reason?
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  • The End of Ponies
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  • Hello, Sedna
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“My daughter Celestia, look at me. I love you, and I wish the best for you in the eons of labor you have yet to endure. So heed my words.  When we planted light upon the fields of Creation, Celestia, it was a divine thing. But there will come a time when our brilliance won't be enough. It will take a great, unknowable darkness to test the luminescence that we have bequeathed life. That is an abyss that we can never, ever follow our children down, no matter how much we love them.”

A Silver Medalist of the Ponychan /Fic/ Write-Off: "Cutting Ties"

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Comments ( 103 )

#1 · Chapter 14 · 93w, 1d ago · · ·

What the deuce, chapters that aren't 15k+ words long!?

#2 · Chapter 14 · 93w, 1d ago · · ·

>>897910 I agree, I was expecting mmore. :trollestia:

#3 · Chapter 14 · 93w, 1d ago · · ·

Huh, sounds interesting. Does this tie in with any other of your stories?

#4 · Chapter 14 · 93w, 1d ago · · 5 ·

I LIKE CARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111

#5 · Chapter 14 · 93w, 1d ago · · ·

Trolls already with the -1...

#6 · Chapter 14 · 93w, 23h ago · · 1 ·

What did I say SS&E, what did I fucking say about posting new fics with The End of Ponies STILL on hiatus.

Also, top 10 comments, thats the equivilent of first for a SS&E fic.

#7 · Chapter 14 · 93w, 23h ago · 1 · ·

Apparently people are already rating you by the fics you wrote, and not the author you are. Anyways, 15k+ chapters aren't always needed, and good job on this. :twilightsmile:

#8 · Chapter 14 · 93w, 23h ago · · 1 ·

>>898015

Also, top 10 comments, thats the equivilent of first for a SS&E fic.

QFT

#9 · Chapter 14 · 93w, 23h ago · · 1 ·

>>898099 I DON'T UNDERSTAND YOOOUUUU

Also, NINTH!!!! :yay::yay::yay:

#10 · Chapter 14 · 93w, 23h ago · · 1 ·

QFT = Quoted for Truth

#11 · Chapter 14 · 93w, 23h ago · 1 · ·

FUCKING TEARS

FUCKING TEARS

SHORT SKIRTS AND EXPLOSIONS, I GIVE YOU MY TEARS

#12 · Chapter 7 · 93w, 22h ago · · ·

This chapter made me cry :raritycry:

#13 · Chapter 14 · 93w, 22h ago · · ·

Now that I read this, it's definitely worth of the silver nugget it won.

Still haven't cried yet though. I came close, with a trembling lip, but no fic is yet to make me cry. Can't tell if that's a good thing.

Once more, I am surprised by how fast you can write.

#14 · Chapter 3 · 93w, 22h ago · · ·

this.. this is looking fairly epic right now

#15 · Chapter 14 · 93w, 22h ago · · ·

..................... wow

#16 · Chapter 13 · 93w, 21h ago · · ·

Dat was hard on my tear ducts bro

#17 · Chapter 14 · 93w, 21h ago · · ·

My face is leaking all over the goddamn place now SS&E.

That was freaking beautiful, thank you so, so much for writing that.

You seriously are, hands down, my favorite author on this site.

I'm gonna get back to reading EoP now.

#18 · Chapter 14 · 93w, 21h ago · · ·

Quite good. A few grammatical errors, but they certainly didn't detract from the story.

#19 · Chapter 6 · 93w, 21h ago · · ·

Oh Celestia, you almost fell in your own trap again...

#20 · Chapter 14 · 93w, 21h ago · · ·

...I don't know why I came here expecting a short story.

20k+ words?  Fbomb.  I don't have time for this right now.  I'm certain it'll be awesome, but I've got to come back to it.

#21 · Chapter 11 · 93w, 20h ago · · ·

Aww... Celly... :fluttercry:

#22 · Chapter 14 · 93w, 18h ago · · ·

Scootalove :scootangel: :heart:

#23 · Chapter 14 · 93w, 13h ago · 1 · ·

Alright, finished at 8:15am.

A couple things. First off. It's concise. It's punctual. It didn't wast any of my time.  It didn't drag me around on a whimsical, boring exodus with vague, broken rules.  And it managed to have a bucket full of angst that didn't keep me from liking it.

What has happened here?

Something pretty fabulous, I'd have to say.  It even made me do that thing, where my eyes got painful for a bit while i refused to cry like some whiny pansy, and pressed onward in my never ending pursuit of plot progression.  In fact, minus the couple (read, like 3) grammar errors, this was incredibly solid.  

A couple times some details were withheld near the beginning, that would have served to more immediately ground the reader into the universe. Give us a couple more descriptors when bringing up a character for the first time, or say the start of that chapter with "They and they" with no mention of the eyes you were talking about until a sentence or two later, were my only problems.

That and the "..." format.

Yes it's effective. Yes it made me continue on with a fervor that would have been less strong had each chapter begun and ended on a solid mechanical click.  I didn't mind it terribly, but as the story wore on i found the use to be weaker and weaker, and was actually calling out for a solid CHAPTER END. CHAPTER BEGIN to break it up.  The jumps in time help, but it was that thing you have such a boner for with the

it's like max payne three. When he's stumbling through his apartment, and suddenly in the same camera take he's now stumbling through a burning building during some other point in his life. The character action goes on, repeated from past to present, in a linear translocation.  It's good, but i don't want to see you overusing it. It's that spice that can make something BRILLIANT, and would be the best framing device ever, but i fear you're getting a thing for it, like most of my compositions have a slow verse, a buildup, and a fast repeat with additions verse. IT sounds good, but after a while it's all going to sound the same, and you don't want that. ESPECIALLY with the volume of content that you output.

So, i wish the chapters had slightly stonier walls between them.  BUT, if this is what it takes to get your chapter length down to something more manageable than 'a billion fucking words', then i support it.

Also fuck you for making me almost cry at a stupid spoilarz deathscene, you prick.

Overall i have no big qualms. I skyped you the grammar problems. Thanks for the reads, you verbose thing you.

#24 · Chapter 14 · 93w, 11h ago · · ·

Hm.

Not sure if I could have expected anything less from this author.

Lovely.

#25 · Chapter 14 · 93w, 10h ago · · ·

>>898350 My little dashie. Your lips will quiver and you may even cry. It's beautiful. :pinkiesad2:

#26 · Chapter 14 · 93w, 8h ago · · ·

I don't cry often, but I came close here.

I never cry at sad, but true emotions can pull it.

I don't really know what I can say to do this justice, in spite of my massive vocabulary, but it is simply beautiful

That said, I hope the loyalist Changeling Hives start policing the rowdier ones that seem to have gotten it into their collective heads to attack pony kind. They're a crying shame to all our kind.

#27 · Chapter 14 · 93w, 8h ago · · 3 ·

Will read this later. Still have chapters left to read on broken spirit.

#28 · Chapter 14 · 93w, 7h ago · · ·

Excellent.

Hell, even if it didn't really add anything new to the whole immortal/mortal divide theme, everything was executed beautifully, as per usual.

#29 · Chapter 14 · 93w, 5h ago · · ·

>>900924

I've actually read that and a lot of other sadfics, but none of them have made me tear up yet for some reason. I'll Fly Higher is probably the one that came closest, though.

I want something that will make me cry, dammit!

#31 · Chapter 3 · 93w, 3h ago · · ·

I have a feeling we're going follow Celestia as she attempts to understand death. I could be entirely wrong, though :/

#32 · Chapter 14 · 93w, 1h ago · · ·

Welp, you did it again Skirts. Another fantastic tale with a whole crapton of depth. I'd say more, but long comments from me are few and far between. That said, very well done... again. :twilightsmile:

#33 · Chapter 14 · 92w, 6d ago · · ·

Hehe, yay, moar Scootaloo and airships!  Even if it wasn't a major role.

Also, tears.

#34 · Chapter 1 · 92w, 6d ago · · 2 ·

Reading

#35 · Chapter 12 · 92w, 6d ago · · ·

I LOVE THIS CHAPTER.

Out of the mouths of foals... :scootangel:

#36 · Chapter 14 · 92w, 6d ago · · ·

It is our burden to bare as immortals, after all. --> bear

>>900353

It's concise. It's punctual. It didn't wast any of my time.  It didn't drag me around on a whimsical, boring exodus with vague, broken rules.  And it managed to have a bucket full of angst that didn't keep me from liking it.

What has happened here?

Something pretty fabulous, I'd have to say.  It even made me do that thing, where my eyes got painful for a bit while i refused to cry like some whiny pansy, and pressed onward in my never ending pursuit of plot progression.  In fact..., this was incredibly solid.

I agree with you.  This is destined to become a classic of the fandom.  Though I still don't know what the amniomorphic spell is...  Whatever it is, it sounds impressive.

Also: Scootalike. :scootangel:

#37 · Chapter 14 · 92w, 6d ago · · ·

Ahh, should have known who the admiral would turn out to be.

Another excellent story, instant spot next to Background Pony on my user page wall of epic stories. Well, once I get home, user page editing is a tad painful on my phone.

#38 · Chapter 14 · 92w, 6d ago · · ·

Awesome. Made me really think about the hardships Celestia really has to go through.

#39 · Chapter 1 · 92w, 6d ago · · ·

Amazing story :raritystarry: well, is say that this a good story is and i found this trollestia :trollestia: story in my dream, and i found this up internet up FIMFiction! Here! This story is my dream! Amazing! :pinkiegasp::pinkiegasp::pinkiegasp:

#40 · Chapter 1 · 92w, 6d ago · · ·

Amazing story :raritystarry: well, is say that this a good story is and i found this trollestia :trollestia: story in my dream, and i found this up internet up FIMFiction! Here! This story is my dream! Amazing! :pinkiegasp::pinkiegasp::pinkiegasp:

#41 · Chapter 2 · 92w, 6d ago · · ·

You should know that in 'ye olde'-speak, 'thou' is informal and 'you' is formal, so Luna would most likely address Celestia with 'thou,' but most other ponies with 'you.'

#42 · Chapter 14 · 92w, 6d ago · · ·

This is very good.

#43 · Chapter 14 · 92w, 5d ago · · ·

Why can't I hold all these feels

#44 · Chapter 14 · 92w, 4d ago · · ·

:fluttercry:why must you make me cry?

beautiful story. once again, thank you for sharing your art.:heart:

#45 · Chapter 14 · 92w, 4d ago · 1 · ·

Personally, I think some of your other works have been stronger. I think this is still a good story, but there are few things with it that held it back from being on the same level as your others.  I wasn't entirely convinced by the first few chapters to be honest.

As Spotlight mentioned, a few more details in the beginning would have been nice, but it makes up for it in a big way as the story progresses. Maybe it is just late, but I didn't pick up what the problem of the story was until quite a few chapters in.  I knew it had something to do with Celestia because of the flash backs, but for while it seemed like it could have to do with Nova, or some other events occurring in the world. They were in a hurry to get back in Canterlot to the point they were skipping visiting other nobles, and the changlings were apparently in full on shenanigan mode, There was also a lot of exposition regarding the Alicorn's father.  Any of these things could have been what the story was going to be about, but I really had no idea which one, or how current event really related to them. I think this is what I felt caused the feeling of "lack of grounding" early on. Basically the exposition seemed like it lasted for too long and wasn't focused enough.

However once the story picked up, it was great. Chapter 9 really stood out in my mind as a great chapter as it becomes clear Celestia was making bad choices, but still seemed like the right thing to do in many ways.  The reveals with Scoot and Twilight were great, and the last few chapters really tied the entire story together with was going on with all the different elements in the beginning, and why they were included.

Thanks for writing and posting SS&E.  

On a side note, I would love to see another fic set in your Tartarus universe. I really enjoyed TLTIT and all the interesting ideas you introduced.

#46 · Chapter 14 · 92w, 3d ago · · ·

I read this when it was all ONE SINGLE 20K WORD CHAPTER, so I know of it. I know of its flow, its miseries, joys, uncertainties, triumphs. I've felt all the feels. I cried. That's something your stories do to me, SS&E: make me cry (well, I've only read EoP, but still, two for two:pinkiehappy:)

So have my like, and have my favorite as well, in the off-chance I'm presented the opportunity of showing off the fandom's best. Cuz seriously, how do you make so much, so neatly, in such little time? Either you had written part of this ahead of time, or you have godlike levels of concentration and organizing. In that case, take a break from ponies and better the world of literature. Like, right now.

Anyway, cheers and best wishes on your endeavors (and perhaps finish up EoP... unless it's already finished?)

#47 · Chapter 14 · 92w, 3d ago · · ·

>>897910

It's a oneshot story that's 15,000 words long... split into fourteen chapters.

Touche, shortskirtsandexplosions. Touche

#49 · Chapter 14 · 92w, 3d ago · · ·

Damn...Solid as always Shortskirts...well written, emotional, deep...Very good....Very good indeed...

#50 · Chapter 14 · 92w, 3d ago · · ·

Well done. I feel like this really points out the pain that comes with immorality. I don't really feel there's much else I could say...

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