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Originally written by Chromosome.

Humans... humans are such a bizarre race. Capable of the greatest benevolence and the worst atrocities. And yet, they're so very predictable. For you see, while societies may die, and nations may crumble, one thing will remain constant: the desire to survive.

I should know. I was there when everything fell.

First Published
24th Jul 2012
Last Modified
24th Jul 2012
#1 · 197w, 18h ago · 1 · ·

yay a depression fix!

EDIT: Not depressing... HiE... by SS&E? What the hell is going on here!?

Oh well, I still like it!

#2 · 197w, 18h ago · · ·

Inb4 featured.

#3 · 197w, 18h ago · 8 · ·

Those fucking implications. Those fucking implications.

#4 · 197w, 18h ago · 2 · ·

Holy shit.

#5 · 197w, 18h ago · 2 · 1 ·

I thought he wouldn't give in. I was oh so very wrong.

#6 · 197w, 18h ago · 2 · ·

Can't we ever have a happy story?

#7 · 197w, 18h ago · · ·

... I don't know what's going on.

And I love it.

#8 · 197w, 18h ago · 1 · ·

Anno Domini...year of the master...Very nice title indeed

#9 · 197w, 17h ago · · ·

Holy sweet mother of... That was awesome. If this is one of the reasons we haven't had a Background Pony update, I'm perfectly okay with this. For this was an excellent story. And it's finished, you say? Well, that's okay. This was excellent. Well done :twilightsmile:

#10 · 197w, 17h ago · · ·

This is awesome

#12 · 197w, 17h ago · · ·


Have you met SS&E?

#13 · 197w, 17h ago · · 1 ·

Oh... my! This is... exquisite. And way too true. And I can't wait for more.

I also very much like the style of the writing here.

#14 · 197w, 17h ago · · ·

Why does the computer use Celsius for temperature, but Curies for radiation? That measurement isn't SI and its use is strongly discouraged.

#15 · 197w, 17h ago · · ·

Holy mother of needs a sequel now.

I've come to expect great things from SS&E, but this is downright impressive.

Take my internets, take all of them.

#16 · 197w, 17h ago · 1 · ·

How can I favourite and like more than once?

#17 · 197w, 17h ago · · ·

Funny how I was listening to Rise Against's "Hero of War" when I finished reading that.

#18 · 197w, 17h ago · 1 · ·

Gosh, Skirts.  You are one lonely motherbucker.

This is genius and creative and horrendously sad.  I loved and hated every word.  Equestria as a distantly-post-apocalyptic Earth is a fascinating idea.  I've been waiting to see you write for Discord, and I was far from disappointed.

I hesitate to say this, because it's not entirely true, but I wish I could get a glimpse of your imagination.  How does it come up with this stuff?  And how does it describe it so vividly?  So horribly...?

This is my favorite "Human" oneshot, and I doubt it will ever be topped.

EDIT:  Eeererrughghgh.... I feel awful.  You floored me with this, Chromosome.  You quite literally floored me.

#19 · 197w, 17h ago · · ·

That's pretty interesting powered armor, I'm glad it wasn't actually a mech. Bipedal mechs are... ugh.

Anyway, what was that explosion? A nuclear bomb or the reactor?

I hope this has a possibility for a happy ending.


One can always hope.

#20 · 197w, 17h ago · · ·

A few cockups with bad word choices, but other than that this is depressingly interesting for a war-fic involving Discord. I think I shall follow it.

#22 · 197w, 17h ago · 1 · ·

Wow. As sick as I am of humanity being portrayed as being war machines and nothing greater, this was written exceptionally well. And the implications of that last sentence ...

Well, you never dissapoint SS&E, but I'd just love a happy story out of you sometime. All these depressing fics ...

EDIT: and now that the LOEG has been revealed and we've all been made a fool off, I redirect all my praise to Chromosome.

#23 · 197w, 16h ago · · ·

:moustache::moustache::moustache::moustache::moustache: 5/5 very nice.

#24 · 197w, 16h ago · 1 · ·

And the question remains... what does he do?

I like how the story is basically Discord breaking Hayden the same way he broke the Mane 6 in the Season 2 premiere. Everything was deliberate, I think, to soften Hayden up for Discord's offer.

#25 · 197w, 16h ago · · ·

Wonder how many LMOE's Discord went through to find one that wasn't too far gone or moral enough to work with?

#26 · 197w, 16h ago · · ·


That, sir, would seem to be the question of the day... :twilightoops:

#27 · 197w, 16h ago · 1 · ·

A story about last pony in Equestria, a story about invisible unicorn that no one remember and lives on its own, another story about a lone pony in Tartarus, and now  a story about the last human being.

I think there is some sort of pattern here. Not that I mind, they're all awesome and a good way to spend hours upon hours to read.

Also for the sake of off-topicy talk, this story is awesome too.

#28 · 197w, 16h ago · · ·

I've always wondered what exactly happened before Celestia and Luna. It's always seemed so interesting.

Now let us watch as this goes down into the legends of this site.

#29 · 197w, 16h ago · · ·

This was really good, I was skeptical at first, but damn...



#30 · 197w, 16h ago · · ·

IN B4 FEATURED 2!!!  This was an amazing piece!  I hope we can all look foward to a sequel, or series sequel!

#31 · 197w, 16h ago · · ·


#32 · 197w, 16h ago · · ·


You forgot the depressing effects of immortality.

But it's all good; they're all awesome.

#33 · 197w, 16h ago · · ·

wow, just, wow :pinkiecrazy:

#34 · 197w, 15h ago · · ·


same reaction.


#35 · 197w, 15h ago · · ·

That is some delicious Discord right there.

Where would you place this (if at all) in the canon timeline?

#36 · 197w, 15h ago · · ·


SS&E doesn't know how to write a happy story.

#37 · 197w, 15h ago · · ·


you really like sending me into the dark, dank hole that is humanity's corruption, don't you? I mean, the last pony was great, but this can be amazing. And what do you think about contradicting your own story time-lines from the last pony?

#38 · 197w, 15h ago · · ·


That was almost expected, but still downright terrifying.

#39 · 197w, 14h ago · · ·

Really? Something this awesome is a one shot SS&E???

Of course I am still waiting for you to return to EoP, so far be it from me to try and prod you towards making more of this...but if you could somehow do both... (or, I suppose three if ya count background pony).

As always, love yo shit!

#40 · 197w, 14h ago · · ·

Shit...I think I know what he's gonna do next.

#41 · 197w, 14h ago · 1 · ·

Bring them humanity’s greatest creation...

...Bring them war.

That is not true.  Our greatest creation is not destruction.  We are not that paradoxal.

Discord is wrong.  I am not vain in knowing what our greatest creation is.

I be damn if I let some fake unreal broke god tell me who I am!

Good story - poor moral.

#42 · 197w, 14h ago · · ·

That was brilliant. I wonder how humanity's second chance went, and how it faded and made room for ponies...

Also, Celestia will soon have a new garden statue :trollestia:

#43 · 197w, 14h ago · 1 · ·


That's the point. For Discord, mankind's greatest creation is war. After all, he is the spirit of chaos, and war cause a whole crapton of chaos.

#44 · 197w, 13h ago · · ·


I don't think the word happy is in SS&E's dictionary.

#45 · 197w, 13h ago · 1 · ·

The Crusaders, you guys.


#46 · 197w, 13h ago · · 1 ·

>>966081  You missed the point.  Well said, >>966128.  When the story ends, we feel afraid.  Or we feel gross, or worried, or angry--anything but happy.  Anything but moral.  The point of the story is that, if we're not careful and conscious about them, human tendencies toward violence and selfish survival can be chaotically devastating.

#47 · 197w, 13h ago · · ·


I believe that's the point. We know Discord is wrong. You, as the reader, are supposed to think, "No, Hayden, don't listen to him!"

Discord is the god of chaos, and he achieves his goals by manipulation and deceit. This is just a story of someone who fell for it. I think SS&E wanted you to take away that Discord is wrong about humanity, and if you think differently, that this could be the end result.

Or, I could be wrong, and SS&E is just one pessimistic motherbucker. :rainbowderp:

#48 · 197w, 13h ago · · ·


Because Discord.


Well, there's still room for him to change his mind, right?

oh wait SS&E, nevermind, everybody dies


I agree - the implication is so well done that I actually can't honestly wish for a continuation.

#50 · 197w, 13h ago · · ·

...damn. That's all I have to say.

Those ponies are probably screwed unless they can hit the war machine with the Elements of Harmony. And if Hayden's any competent he'll kill one of them before that happens.

Good story.

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