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  • E Arrow 18 Mission Logs: Lone Ranger

    A mission to inviestigate a far off world takes an interesting twist.
    51,547 words · 36,472 views  ·  3,767  ·  57
  • E Higher Flier

    Confusion follows after a miserable pegasus is rescued from a nasty fall.
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  • T Change is Good

    After the events of A Canterlot Wedding, Queen Chrysalis finds herself in an alien form, in an alien world. Stripped of her powers and at the mercy of one of the locals, she soon learns there is more to life than conquest and domination.
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  • E Higher Flier: Mach Two

    Dainty has been followed, who is this stallion?
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  • E Wild Ride

    Queen Chrysalis discovers the meaning of 'dogfight'.
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  • T ATC's Scrapbox

    collection of random ideas and plot ponies
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  • 10w, 3d
    Just a quick character concept: 'Wild Wing 'Warhawk' '

    Just to stuff this character concept somewhere so I don't forget it if I ever use it.

    Wild Wing is/was the captain of the Wonderbolts, for all of five minutes.  The crazy-assed pegasus was promoted ahead of Spitfire before he took off, following a prank by Celestia talking about a non-existent griffon air force threat.

    Wild Wing now travels about the world, ever in persuit of the existential griffon threat, commandeering Equestrian military resources and supplies at every turn.  Even going so far as to pull the leadership of the Wonderbolts right out from under Spitfire whenever he makes it back to Home Base, at least until he takes off again.

    Celestia has failed to inform him the 'threat' was a joke, and nopony can convince him it isn't real.  His rank above Spitfire is...  Unfortunately, real, and Celestia has ALSO neglected to remedy that.

    W3 is based off John Belushi's character 'Wild Wing' Bill Kelso from the movie 1941, and would even share the movie's Leit Motif.

    As far as my 'planes to pegasi' outlook, Wild Wing is a P-40 Warhawk to complement Spitfire's...  Spitfire.

    6 comments · 347 views
  • 12w, 2d
    CiG's OP theme...

    If 'Shut Up and Hold On' is Toby/Gazer's leitmotif...  Well, here's the overall story op theme.

    Sometimes you're the windshield!  

    Sometimes you're the bug (Hi Chrissy!)!

    Sometimes it all comes together baby!

    Sometimes you're a fool in love!

    And you know, I actually wouldn't mind being a windmill tech...  Seems like a pretty chill job out away from everything even with the heights involved.  Just avoid thunderstorms.

    Just...  I can't go ANYWHERE for another three months.  And being a windmill tech would require some mobility.

    3 comments · 200 views
  • 12w, 3d
    Still no job...

    15 comments · 322 views
  • 16w, 3d
    FULL STOP on all my writing for a short time.

    "Do NOT Panic."

    This is just a quick notice that all writing is suspended until my GP levels return to something sustainable.  I've got a few job prospects I'm throwing feelers at, but it's hard to think and write when you're stressed and then excited and then stressed again.  Once I'm comfortable that my income is stable, I'll be back to writing.

    On the side note, it seems I did lick that virus infection mentioned in the last blog entry.  No signs of it popping back up after three weeks of keeping an eye on scans, checks, observation of running processes, etc.  Of course, I just taunted murphy by saying this...  =p

    10 comments · 421 views
  • 18w, 3d
    Little Brick Wall in writing...

    Not writer's block or plot problems but Trojan.zekos being a real pest.  So I'm doing system maintenance after it kicked in... again (for the fourth time) and trying to find the root of the infection so I can be rid of it permanently.  (Putting in ABP, doing some long overdue system updates, and getting ten million different scanning profile softwares to hunt for this thing and doing my research.)  Naturally, the big clue to this infection is when the computer suddenly shuts itself off in the middle of my work and restarts and an svchost process starts up and starts eating ram.

    I can rollback and clean to clear the 'additional' infections the virus pulls in, but I need to find its source.  Already used rootkit rescue CDs and the like last night after I thought I was clear.  


    Why's an Operating System have to be so ungodly complicated?

    Anyway...  Don't worry about my PC, that'll work itself out when I get done.

    A question for you guys reading CiG:  What country songs do you know that Toby would like?

    So far, I would put these as his list and template other songs like them:

    - Shut up and Hold, Toby Keith  (His effective intro and title theme)

    - Hard Working Man, Brooks n Dun

    - Boot Scoot Boogie, Brooks n Dun

    - Ghost Riders in the Sky (just about any version, though Spiderbait and Duane Eddy versions are his favorites)

    Effectively upbeat country and country-western.  He's going to be sensitive under his calm (if sometimes disgruntled) exterior and a bit cowardly under pressure, so he's going to have a lot of upbeat country music to keep from feeling depressed.  

    28 comments · 534 views
  • ...

It occurred one peaceful night.  Half of Equestria awoke to the sound like a double-shot thunderclap.  A percussion heard in the skies and rattling windows from Apploosa, to Canterlot, to Ponyville.  Nopony knew what it was or what it heralded for the world as it drew a line across the nation.

For Twilight Sparkle, this isolated incident might have faded from memory after a time, if not for the strange rumors of a creature sitting on the hill on the outskirts of town.

These are her thoughts given written form.  These are Sparkle's Notes.

Report EVERYTHING to the Princess.

First Published
12th Oct 2012
Last Modified
25th Dec 2013

I like the mission patch.  Reminds me of my own pony space story


Shameless advertisment for your own story? ;)

Anyway, Will be exating to see Twilights reports


Also hmm... Doesn't this sound unfamiliar.

As if one side of the adventure wasn't enough!

Though I'd like to note that, according to canon, they also use base ten. Of course that's for simplicity, and you're taking this the scientific and logical approach. It's really crazy how you do it.

I can't wait to see this continue.:twilightsmile:

By the way...

Diary Entry:

August 8th, 2257

Dear diary,

You forgot to capitalize "diary" on that entry, like you did with the others.

Hey, I got a question about the image.  How come Edwards is the only one without his cutie mark on the mission patch?

FAVED WITH THE POWER OF A MILLION SUNS!!!!!! :rainbowkiss::pinkiehappy:

Interesting concept, will track this.

:yay: x1000

I've been waiting for this since you first teased us.

Just one minor thing: We use the Gregorian Calendar, not the Julian.

Great Story! It's great to finally see the other side of the story!  One thing though, I am confused as to why Twilight would use the Julian calendar and not the Gregorian calendar.  Is there something that I missed? :rainbowhuh:  (I know I am reading too much into it, it just kinda seemed odd to me.)   Look forward to reading the rest of the story! :twilightsmile:

I look forward to seeing how you deal with Twilight trying to teach them english... that sounds tricky

The one complaint I have is, monkeys would probably be a better reference than minotaurs.

I've been waiting for this

Awesome! So much win here I don't even... YES!!!


Seriously, ATC, you're giving us the full behind-the-scenes Director's Cut of this story, and I'm having so much fun reliving these parts of the story from the ponies' perspectives.

In other news, I detected one typo in this chapter:

The single line’s a subtraction sign, and the double lines mean EQUIVILENT!

Should be "EQUIVALENT", but I could understand Twilight misspelling a word out of sheer excitement overload. I know I would. :twilightblush:

Anyway, carry on!

I keep throwing money at the screen but nothing's happening!

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OH HELL YES!!!!! :pinkiegasp: :pinkiegasp: :pinkiegasp: :pinkiegasp:

And the Feature Box shall tremble. :rainbowlaugh:

The other side story of Arrow 18 Mission Logs Lone Ranger? Awesome concept! WIl read later.

#23 · 106w, 13h ago · 1 · 1 · Statement from Princess Luna ·

Heed these words with great care citizen.  For we are much quicker to anger than our sister, and our wrath towards thee wouldst be legendary.  

Holding your power above the heads of your citizens. Spoken like a true monarch

But it would be a strange machine indeed, as it appears to be extremely large.

How does Twilight know how big the machine is? Unless Celestia sent her some notes, or she took sightings to determine how far away it is, then applied some math... But she would need a very good optical telescope, with very fine control of the focus...


But I hope this means you'll slack off more on the other side of the plot MY BOI

But the joints on its body are amazingly symmetrical and evenly spaced in such a manner that it almost seems like it could potentially make use of any part of its body and move in any position.

...What the hell kind of freaky biology does Equestria have if they aren't accustomed to bilateral symmetry?

More! more! more! moar!! moar!! moar!! MOAR!!!:flutterrage:

I've wanted something like this since you started writing the fic, it's absolutely awesome :rainbowkiss:

The Twilight reports! I like it.

:pinkiegasp:Yikes...yes your highness! I swear to be nice! :twilightoops:

Yay! Twilight's thoughts of the visitor! Can't wait for more, but Liking it very soon!

Saw this in the Featured box.

*Insta-fave* :moustache:

Great getting to see the other point of view!

"Correspondence between Princess Luna and Twilight Sparkle

August 25th, 2257"

Is this supposed to be August 5th?

Your comparison of humans to minotaurs was insightful and completely went against the mold. Everyone usually states monkeys, so take a mustache.  :moustache:


Cartoon proportions still display bilateral symmetry, though. At least, most of the time, when Pinkie isn't involved.

Unless you're referring to things like Barbie doll waists and equilateral triangle torsos?

Best HiE fic so far.

A great start to what promises to be a great story.  It's always great to get multiple perspectives on a topic, difficult as it is to "dip into the same inkwell twice."  The only other successful and compelling parallel story series I've read so far would have to be Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow.  While this and it's companion story are not nearly as extensive as those two book series, your chronicles Human-Equestrian first contact have been (and continue to be) most entertaining and enjoyable.  They are well-thought and well-constructed.  They respect the source material, yet build upon it.  Keep up the good work! :pinkiehappy:

One thing I must say, however: Don't fall into the Season 3 Trap.  By that, I mean don't let the new developments in Season 3 stymy or skew your story if they conflict with what you've already written.  This is fan-fiction after all, so you are entitled to some liberties.  Stick to your original vision.

I just finished reading Arrow 18 last night... and this shows up in the alert box first thing this morning.

So very pleased. =D

I can't believe word of this didn't reach me sooner, given how intensely I've been following this story's parallel. I didn't even have to read it to know it would be an insta-fave. Having actually read it, all I have to say is my suspicions were correct.

"Something about it suggests something far more dangerous"

Who needs ambush when you can kill something from an extremely long distance?

Also, SQUEE! I can't wait for the actual story, or the Sparkle's Notes to update!

Words cannot express the awesome.

20% cooler to the 20'th  power.

"Base ten?  Wow, compared to equestrian two-hoof and four-hoof math, that’s a lot of symbols to memorize."

You, sir, deserve another medal detailing your greatness for this line alone.

With minor changes this was the warning that preceded Equestrian video rentals.

Oh god yes.

Twilight getting excited about Math! is so wonderful.

My only response, good sir:

/)^ 3 ^(\

the object in question can be found in the constellation Lauralfost almost directly overhead

the constellation Lauralfost


I see what you did there. Clever!

Oh wow, it escaped the blogs. Remember you can PM me anything you have trouble Lunafying.



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