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  • E Minuette's Lesson

    Alive, or a machine? Does it really matter?
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  • T Dusk's Dangerous Game

    When gods play games, we are but pawns.
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  • T Stormsinger

    After four hundred and fifty years of uneasy peace, the balance of power in Equestria has shifted.
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  • T Tales of the Traveling Station

    Any Thing under the Sun, Available At Cost! No Refunds, no Returns, And no Complaints.
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  • T An Oath

    We all have something to fight for.
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  • T A Taste of Lotus

    In the distant future, there is only peace. This is the story of that path, and the sacrifices made to walk it.
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  • T A Hearth's Warming Wassailing

    When the winter is at its coldest, all you really need is the fire of friends, new and old.
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Blog Posts238

  • 2w, 22h
    No but seriously

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  • 5w, 1d
    Updates and scheduling and chapters, oh my!

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  • 12w, 2d
    On scavenger hunts and schedules

    Sorry about the late update, all. I've signed up to be a part of the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen, or GISHWHES for short. It's a week-long adventure requiring cunning, skill, photography, a familiarity with the Queen of England and tea ceremonies, and numerous other skills. It promises to be quite fun, and also the only thing I'll have approaching a summer vacation, so I'm quite looking forward to it.

    Unfortunately, GISHWHES has the habit of monopolizing all of your time, seeing as the list of items numbers in the hundreds, and there is only one week in which to score as many points as possible. As a result, I wasn't going to be doing much writing next week, and I wanted to push two chapters for you at the same time so you could have something to chew on while I was gone.

    I could only get the one chapter done, though, which is disappointing. So expect that either tonight or tomorrow, and the next one a day or two after the ninth.

    In the meantime, have some quality entertainment!

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  • 15w, 5d
    Holiday

    Hey, all!

    Wanted to apologize about the lack of chapter this week, I took some time off for the holiday. Regular update next week, same bat-time, same bat-place!

    In other news, I finally finished Hearth's Warming Wassailing, the last update having been July 4th. Christmas in July, y'know? So if you were waiting on that, check it out! If you weren't, check it out anyway! There's no such thing as an inappropriate time for Christmas, amirite?

    I'm so totally right.

    Also, I'm putting the word out for people who are interested in joining a Skype group I've got set up. My handle there is "Airstream" if you're interested. There are a few on already, we talk about the show and other things besides. If you're looking for conversation, it's the place to be!

    Ciao!

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  • 23w, 2d
    A story about the story.

    The chapter writhed on the keyboard, trilling as Airstream’s fingers danced across it, knitting it together and stretching meat and skin over the bare bones of the story, heart laboring harshly as the wretched thing gasped for breath.

    The author’s fingers halted. A scowl spread across his face. The chapter was there, alright, it just seemed…wrong. Like it would surely collapse under its own weight the minute it tried to stand on its own.

    “Another weak one…” Ryeblok hissed, staring over his shoulder. “You’ve been making a lot of those recently.”

    Airstream waved a hand, and the barely-born chapter disappeared in a rush of flame, squealing once before it was completely gone, nothing more than a smudge of ashy, wasted potential. His fingers, nimble still, began to spin again. The bones of what he was trying to create appeared once more, and with a flourish and a rush of description, the heart of the chapter began to take shape once more, the beat slightly different, the tone perhaps a bit gentler.

    “You know,” Airstream said, his voice tired and amused all at once, “I do believe this is the most trouble you’ve given me with one of these, Blok. You and I have worked together more than once, but I can’t recall you hanging around for this long before.” His voice grew colder, more stern. “One might say that you are overstaying your welcome.”

    The demon’s claws sunk into his shoulder. “Perhaps,” it breathed menacingly, “But you are the only one who can banish me. And you choose instead to spend your days worrying over this wretched thing.”

    Ryeblok had a point, Airstream mused to himself. It was early yet, but he could already tell that this chapter was going to end poorly as well. And a poor chapter weakened the story as a whole.

    He looked to the pen where this most recent story was being kept. Stormsinger lay content, perhaps a bit concerned that it had not been asked to perform in some time, but keeping a wary eye open and the other drooping shut. It was one of his better creations, the author mused. Some new and interesting techniques had been applied, and he was quite pleased with the result. His gaze fell on the chapter, his contented expression twisting into frustration as he dispelled this latest abomination.

    “A pity,” Ryeblok said. “I liked that one.”

    “If I didn’t know you better,” Airstream said absently, resting his hands, “I’d believe you.”

    “Perhaps what the author needs is a bit of a break?” Ryeblok suggested. “Perhaps he should visit other things? Some of your other children are awaiting your tender care.”

    Airstream cast a wary eye at a shadowy corner of his workspace, wherein was contained a wilted lotus flower and a dilapidated cart with faded paint.

    “Or perhaps he would care to start something new? The last time that happened, you were quite successful, as I recall.”

    Airstream shuddered, reminded of the…thing…he had put away in another room. It was deceptively cute, with its little beeps and squeals, and its cries of “Set phasers to hug!” and “The fun levels shall be at maximum efficiency!”, but beneath that lay a cold, dead heart, and not just because it was about a robot. The fact that it was one of his most beloved creations frightened even him.

    “Thank you for your input, Ryeblok,” he said, “But I really do think the best thing here would be to soldier on with my work.”

    Ryeblok shrugged sinuously. “Then I shall remain,” it said, “And your work shall suffer for my presence, unless you gather the nerve to banish me on your own.”

    “Annoyance,” Airstream mumbled, but it was unclear whether he spoke of the demon itself, the process of removing it, or the chapter which moved anew under his hands.

    He noticed the magic flowed less smoothly, now. Perhaps it was time he did something about that. Ryeblok was a pernicious creature at the best of times, but it occasionally provided good advice, if you could see it. Perhaps it was time he did something different, but not in the same way as his usual differences.

    A trip might be in order, he mused. There was the wedding, he had been invited to attend and it had been a long while since he’d seen his native lands without needing to observe any religious rituals. The journey back home might be just the thing he needed. Most of his tools would need to stay behind, his keyboard and such. But he could take his scribing tablet, at least.

    Then there was the fact that he had not visited the source of his power in a long while. Its new flow had stopped only last week, but he had not visited in nearly six weeks. The Harmonious Six were forgiving souls, but he needed to draw his power from them regularly, and it showed that he had not. Maybe both a trip home and a supplication to the Six were needed.

    Flame flashed from his desk as the author banished the next chapter with extreme prejudice.

    “Ryeblok,” he announced, “Remain here. I’m going out.”

    The thing blinked, coiling in the air as if unsure of how to support itself. “And when will you be back?” it burbled.

    “Eventually,” Airstream said. “No more than a week. And I’d advise you to be gone when I get back, else I’m kicking your arse up between your ears.” He grabbed his traveling hat and staff from near the door.

    “And Ryblok?” he asked, pausing at the door.

    “Yes?”

    The author smiled. “Thank you.”

    The wooden portal shut with a thud, leaving the tower in silence. Ryeblok stood there for a brief while, staring at it, before a slow smile curled upon its face, and it settled in to wait for its bitterest rival and oldest friend to return.


    Ryeblok and I go way back, back to my first ever story about airships and other terrible things. Nosy bastard ate that one, too.

    Sorry for the delay, my unwelcome houseguest has been monopolizing my time and preventing me from writing effectively. I'm working on getting him gone, but he's always been the persistent sort.

    I'm headed home for a wedding (joy) and will be returning back here on Sunday, at which point I intend to catch up on the show in the hopes that it will restore my inspiration and allow me to finally give old Ryeblok the boot.

    Expect the new chapter a week from now if everything goes well. If not...well, expect it a week from now, and then we'll see what happens.

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It has been ten years since the defeat of the Changling Queen, and Equestria is again at peace. Twilight Sparkle and the Elements of Harmony have reached their prime, and have begun to settle down. Love and life abound in Ponyville, especially for Twilight's friends, but she has nopony to call her own.

There is a reason.

A series of events lead to a horrible revelation, and Twilight is thrust deep into a terrifying web of secrets and lies. Her peace is over.

This time, however, she won't be fighting monsters or madponies. What she faces will be much, much worse.

Act One of Two.

Act Two is here.

First Published
12th Jul 2012
Last Modified
30th Sep 2012
#1 · 119w, 14h ago · · · Prologue ·

Rather interesting, I'd like to see where this is going...

#2 · 119w, 3h ago · · · Of Books and Beginnings ·

I get the feeling this is going to be a good story. please continue as fast as you can. :pinkiehappy:

#3 · 118w, 6d ago · · · Of Books and Beginnings ·

Consider starting a new paragraph when you change speakers, it is the common practice for dialogue.

#4 · 118w, 6d ago · · · Of Books and Beginnings ·

>>908982

Thank you. I've never been very good at dialogue, and that is exactly the kind of advice I need in order to improve. Any further comment? Drop me a message if you have more advice.

#5 · 118w, 4d ago · · · Of Trust and Trickery ·

The plot thickens

#6 · 118w, 4d ago · · · Of Trust and Trickery ·

Well, this is indeed an intriguing story to come. Proceed.

#7 · 118w, 3d ago · · · Of Plots and Parties ·

The plot thickens

#8 · 118w, 3d ago · 4 · · Of Plots and Parties ·

>>924738

You haven't even seen me thicken the plot yet. Stay tuned, sh*t's about to get crazy.

#9 · 118w, 1d ago · · · Of Fire and Family ·

This is becoming interesting...keep it coming! :pinkiehappy:

#10 · 118w, 1d ago · · · Of Fire and Family ·

brace yourselves the plot thickens

#11 · 118w, 12h ago · · · Of Fire and Family ·

Twilight's entire life has been a eugenics experiment. along with every other pony in equiestria ...

When the mind control fails (and it will fail) Twili will be Pissed. :twilightangry2:

Luna was right Celestia. You should have waited.

Sweet little Twilight is soooo not going to take this quietly. :twilightangry2:

#12 · 117w, 4d ago · 2 · · Of Quests and Queries ·

Oh noes I smell the shit inching closer to the fan

Oh man can't wait:pinkiehappy:

#14 · 117w, 2d ago · · · Prologue ·

JFKSAF;LKJDSAFDHGJDA;LKGJF;J

Lurve ya:derpytongue2:

#15 · 117w, 2d ago · · · Of Woods and Witchery ·

Ooooooh snap the battle rages on :yay:

#16 · 117w, 14h ago · · · Of Rot and Ruin ·

>>974160 oh noes I am even more lost now

#17 · 117w, 15m ago · · · Of Rot and Ruin ·

How will Celestia justify this? :twilightangry2:

#18 · 116w, 6d ago · · · Of Rot and Ruin ·

Had some Antichrist vibes from this chapter with that fox corpse. But I suppose it wouldn't be saying "Chaos reigns" in this case.

Either way, things are getting interesting. Horrific definitely. But interesting...

#19 · 115w, 6d ago · · · Of Castles and Champions ·

First comment, and a great story in one night. Perfect :pinkiehappy:

#20 · 115w, 5d ago · · 5 · Of Rooms and Rubble ·

first comment, :moustache:  good story

#21 · 115w, 5d ago · · · Of Rooms and Rubble ·

I sense heartbreak in Twilight's future. :pinkiesad2:

#22 · 115w, 5d ago · · · Of Rooms and Rubble ·

The story gets more and more interesting. And because I can't resist...

*channels Linkara* ADAMANTIUM RAGE!

#23 · 115w, 3d ago · 2 · · Of Rooms and Rubble ·

Twilight "Hi Celestia! Remember all that Mind Taking you were doing to every pony earler? Meet Chekhov's Gun!" :twilightsmile:

#24 · 115w, 3d ago · 1 · · Of Currents and Conundrums ·

This may be the most gentel clifhanger i have ever seen.

It is almost like a horror movie where you just KNOW that around the corner is ther psycho with the bloody axe.

Poor Twily. There is nothing you can do to stop it now. Celestia is Very good at making plans and whatever it is ... well its definitely going to happen. :applecry:

#25 · 115w, 1d ago · 4 · · Of Protection and Promises ·

And now we know why Spike is bound in chains under Canterlot. When that dragon gets free some ponies are going to be in a lot of trouble. :moustache:

Today's ceremony is inspired by three things. The first is the ancient Roman triumphus, a procession honoring great military achievement or exceptional valor.

The second is the Royal Wedding, which was largely overshadowed here in America because of the fact that Osama Bin Laden was killed just prior to the ceremonies. Nobody I talked to seemed to mind that much.

The third is the opening ceremonies from the first book of the Hunger Games, an excellent young adult series that I highly recommend.

We've had peril of a physical nature so far. Be sure to tune in next time as Twilight takes on her biggest challenge yet, the dangerous world of Court Politics!:twilightoops:

Great story i only found this today but I'm already in love with it. keep writing I look forward to wahts going to happen next.

Twilight now has all the tools she needs to bring the whole scheme down around Celestia's ears. All she has to do is retrieve the clue hidden in the archive and put all the pieces together. My estimated guess is about 4 months story time before the story gets back to where the first chapter begins. (six months original - one month pre trip - one month journey and recovery)

Things are abut to snowball and i do not think Celly is actually ready for the soid waste to hit the rotary air oscillator.

Twily reading her new books :twilightblush:

Twily understanding her new books :twilightoops:

Twily putting all the pieces toghther :twilightangry2:

#29 · 114w, 4d ago · · · Of Feasts and Fantasies ·

Well, this is about as "erotic" as it gets. I'm trying to keep it PG-13 for now, so if you're here to complain about any "rampant use of cloppery", then simmer down and bear with me. For the rest of you, enjoy!:twilightsmile:

#30 · 114w, 4d ago · · · Of Feasts and Fantasies ·

Another excellent chapter. It's gonna really hurt when Twilight learns the truth.

#31 · 114w, 4d ago · 6 · · Of Feasts and Fantasies ·

>>1077232

I'm gonna bring the whole corrupt system down around Celestia's head...it's gonna be biblical.

#32 · 114w, 4d ago · · · Of Feasts and Fantasies ·

>>1077288

Can't wait to see that bitch princess get what she deserves for messing with my favorite pony. :twilightangry2:

#33 · 114w, 4d ago · 1 · · Of Feasts and Fantasies ·

Getting intense. Maintaining interest. Can't wait to see the plot unfold...further. I await the bringdown of biblical proportions.

"And so the Great Spicy Soup Bet would be passed down in common talks, making a legend of Miss Sparkle with the iron stomach. Though gossip mangling and the telephone game would transform the Nova pepper soup into a pot of lava, thus increasing Miss Sparkle's valor and strength tenfold."

#34 · 114w, 4d ago · · · Of Feasts and Fantasies ·

>>1077553

"Her stamina and skill were largely attributed to her part dragon, part Alicorn heritage. It was rumored that after she had finished off the entire pot, she had proceeded to laugh and violently beat Princess Luna over the head with it, while proclaiming herself 'Queen of the Cosmos'."

#35 · 114w, 4d ago · · · Of Feasts and Fantasies ·

>>1077577

"And then, she further proved her valor by ejecting into the open night, screaming her proclamation to the skies above. And the legend of Miss Sparkle would live on."

Ah, what fun.

#36 · 114w, 4d ago · · · Of Feasts and Fantasies ·

>>1077591

Indeed. I bid you a pleasant evening, my good brony. The hour is late and my battery runs low.:twilightsmile:

#37 · 114w, 2d ago · · · Of Games and Guards ·

So Luna knows about the conspiracy against Twilight and has the lunar guards watching her. Glad to hear somepony is watching her back.

#38 · 114w, 2d ago · · · Of Games and Guards ·

God, I'm dense. It took me eighteen chapters but it finally clicked. Morning Star? Morning Star?! If that isn't foreshadowing, I don't know what is. (inb4 it's not foreshadowing at all and the author just likes the name.)

#39 · 114w, 1d ago · · · Of Games and Guards ·

>>1090423

Aaaaand we have a winner. That's intentional, btw. Well done.

#40 · 114w, 1d ago · · · Of Games and Guards ·

>>1090423 >>1091551

I knew he was a traitor but WOW ...

I never suspected THAT.

You Sir are amazing. :heart:

poor Twily. This is gonna hurt. a lot. :fluttercry:

#41 · 114w, 1d ago · 1 · · Of Games and Guards ·

>>1091763

I'm lost...Someone care to explain? :derpyderp1:

#42 · 114w, 1d ago · 1 · · Of Games and Guards ·

>>1094001

The Morning Star is a very important figure in Christian mythology.

Lucifer. God's #2. The original traitor.

I did not even think of it until TSG mentioned it. :derpytongue2:

#43 · 114w, 1d ago · · · Of Games and Guards ·

Oh, I would't know anything about that...i'm not exactly the most religious of people. :facehoof:

#44 · 114w, 1d ago · · · Of Games and Guards ·

>>1094001>>1094131

He was the most beautiful and perfect of God's angels, until he fell from grace. "Lucifer", the word for the Morning Star, became Satan, from an ancient Israeli word, "shaitan", meaning enemy or adversary.

#45 · 114w, 1d ago · · · Of Games and Guards ·

>>1094229

I did not think about something until after my other post.

Who will Lucifer betray? Twilight? or Celestia?

The corrupter would betray Twilight.

The original(?) Lucifer betrayed God (Celestia).

I can't wait to see how the story unfolds. cause its gonna be good. :pinkiehappy:

#46 · 114w, 1d ago · · · Of Games and Guards ·

>>1094290

Something else I noticed about Twilight's name. Twilight Sparkle, who's cutie mark is a very large and bright star. Twilight, or evening, and star. What deity does that give you?

#47 · 114w, 1d ago · · · Of Games and Guards ·

Hesperus (Evening Star)

PHO′SPHORUS (Phôsphoros),or as the poets call him Heôsphoros or Phaesphoros (Lat. Lucfer), that is, the bringer of light or of Eos, is the name of the planet Venus, when seen in the morning before sunrise

like i said earlier .. Amazing!

I prefer to think of Twily as The Bringer of Light instead of Lucifer BUT in this story i Really hope she kicks Celestia's flank. :twilightsmile:

(to be honest i had to google it to find that. :twilightblush: )

#48 · 114w, 1d ago · · · Of Games and Guards ·

>>1094370

I've always preferred the term Hesperus anyway. Although, if she makes it free, how do you think Twilight will look to Equestria? Especially if Celestia is still in charge?

#49 · 114w, 1d ago · · · Of Games and Guards ·

>>1094399

Assuming that Celestia has been effected by an outside force ..and can be healed ...

A Hero!

If this is a Solar Empire Celestia?

Poor Twily may be boned.

I still have no idea what Celestia's real plans are.

The best i can come up with? Celestia is trying to manipulate the bearers in such a way that they channel the power of the Elements of Harmony into Celestia. If Celestia can absorb the power this way she may be able use the power any way she wants (regardless of the will / restrictions of the Elements themselves). It may even make the power a permanent part of herself. :pinkiegasp:

#50 · 114w, 1d ago · · · Of Games and Guards ·

>>1094485

Keep in mind that there are other powers in play besides Twilight, Celestia, and Morning Star.

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