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  • 13w, 4d
    "Little Girl's Show, My Flank."

    You know that little voice that tells you when something may not be such a good idea? Well, mine's yelling at me right now about this post. Oh well, I do need to get this off my chest, so let's hope it doesn't blow up in my face. Or start a flame war.

    Remember the Season 4 finale? The one with Avatar Twilight badassery? Well, it kind of dominated conversations between fans for some time after it aired. And what made me a little uncomfortable was that a fairly large portion (from my observation) of comments were along the lines of "MLP is a little girl's show? Yeah, right."

    Now, I understand that some folks might've been using that statement to poke fun at the discrepancy in quality between shows aimed at girls and those aimed at boys, but I can't shake off the feeling that too many people sincerely believe that MLP's quality somehow elevates it above the status of 'show for little girls'.

    This attitude bothers me because it kind of implies that girl's shows are automatically inferior. Or that a guy's approval is a mark of quality. Saying "Little girl's show, my ass," is almost like saying "This show is awesome. Therefore, it can't possibly be made for little girls." Or, at least, that seems to be the spirit in which most people use that statement or similar ones. It doesn't seem very fair to the ladies, does it? I suspect girls won't be too happy if someone told them that their favourite cartoon isn't really meant for them because it is too awesome.

    Try looking at it this way:

    - MLP has badass scenes in it. Therefore, it's not a little girl's show.

    - This grown-up guy likes MLP. Therefore, he's not a real man.

    I'm pretty sure that neither of these are fair assessments.

    Basically, what I'm trying to say this this: My Little Pony still appears to be very much a little girl's show, and there shouldn't be anything wrong with that. The badass energy battles do not nullify the fact that it's about colourful magical ponies and princesses any more than a guy's love for MLP could nullify the rest of his traits that define him as a man. If a someone feels the need to preserve his masculinity/adulthood in a conversation, can't we instead say that it's a show for little girls and everyone else? Or preferably, skip the urge to defend walls that don't need to exist in the first place and just say, "So what if it's for little girls? It's still awesome!"

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  • 28w, 4d
    So how does this work?

    One blog post in over two years. I sure do have a lot to talk about, don't I? :twilightoops:

    Anyways, I was recently interviewed by Nekonyancer regarding pony fics, and if for some reason you've ever wanted to hear me sound awkward on youtube, you can find the interview here! He's also interviewed a couple of other Fimfic authors and may do the same for some of your favourites down the line, so go give him some support! :pinkiehappy:

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At first glance, Princess Luna's charioteers might appear to be little more than Royal Guards dressed in festive apparel for Nightmare Night. However, there is far more to the story than that - the Night Guards once played a pivotal role in the history of Equestria, and have sacrificed more for their beloved princess than most ponies are even aware of.

First Published
26th Dec 2011
Last Modified
16th Jan 2014
#1 · 148w, 3d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·

Very interesting story, can't wait for the next chapter! :pinkiehappy:

#2 · 148w, 3d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·

Loved it, cant wait for more :)

#3 · 148w, 3d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·

Wow.  That was brilliant! The dialogue, setting, and characters were written beautifully. The  mixture of comedy, drama, and action was seamless.  My only qualm is that I can't travel to a future where there are more chapters. It's been a while since I've seen such a incredible opening to a series and I can't wait for more.  You have earned all my stars my friend.

#4 · 148w, 3d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·

Hammer and Anvil remind me of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.

#5 · 148w, 3d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·

Interesting. I rather like how you presented their relationship with Luna and the effects of the NNM transformation.

#6 · 148w, 3d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·

I don't believe it...

#7 · 148w, 3d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·

This is a VERY nice piece of work.One of the better stories I've read so far.:rainbowdetermined2:

#8 · 148w, 3d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·

I had my doubts coming in, as my Night Guard canon is pretty much informed by Whirly Willow's tumblr. I'm glad to have been proven wrong. Hammer and Anvil work very well together, and I definitely chuckled at some of their exchanges. Give us another chapter and you're good to go on EqD.

#9 · 148w, 3d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·

Great story so far :derpyderp1:, but I must ask will it all take place in the past with maybe an epilogue in the present or all past ?

#10 · 148w, 3d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·

This story is great. The characters are excellent, with some of the best dialogue I've seen in a long time. The humor is very witty, and the transformation was very cool.

I give it a... 6/5

#11 · 148w, 3d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·

epic

#12 · 148w, 2d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·

i don't know why but portal 2 music gos so well with this story:applejackunsure:

#13 · 148w, 2d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·

Wow this story is great, I look forward to reading more :)

#14 · 148w, 2d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·

Thanks, guys. I appreciate your taking the time to read.

>>90183

"... but I must ask will it all take place in the past with maybe an epilogue in the present or all past ?"

Well, an epilogue in the present is certainly a possibility. I haven't made up my mind, yet.

#15 · 148w, 2d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·

nightmare.... :facehoof: take this to heart:

Those who know how to win are much more numerous than those who know how to make proper use of their victories. ~Polybius

#16 · 147w, 3d ago · · · Chapter 2 ·

Great Chapter, I really like this story :pinkiesmile:

#17 · 147w, 3d ago · · · Chapter 2 ·

i look forward to the next installment of this tale, it is shaping up to be quite interesting! :twilightsmile:

#18 · 147w, 3d ago · · · Chapter 2 ·

just a question, is this a "what possibly happened before" story, or one where nightmare moon wins and the whole banishment thing doesn't happen ?

#19 · 147w, 3d ago · · · Chapter 2 ·

>>105462

It's the former. I intend to avoid conflict with canon facts and events, if possible.

#20 · 147w, 2d ago · · · Chapter 2 ·

dude this was awesome nice story and the chapters are awesome i like to read long chapters.

#21 · 147w, 2d ago · · · Chapter 2 ·

As far as I'm concerned this is canon, even if the later seasons of the show screw it up, such a great story. Keep up the good work :pinkiehappy:

#22 · 147w, 2d ago · · · Chapter 2 ·

>>105782 in that case, i would like to say.... SCORE! ofcourse.... i would've said that even if it had been the later :twilightblush:

keep up the great writing! i wish to know more about blacksmithing.... i mean hammer and anvil :twilightsheepish:

#23 · 147w, 18h ago · · · Chapter 2 ·

...Hmm. This could be interesting.

#24 · 147w, 17h ago · · · Chapter 2 ·

This is one heck of a story! It feels canon and makes for a compelling read! I'm definitely tracking this one...

#25 · 147w, 15h ago · · · Chapter 1 ·

An excellent start, looking forward to the next chapter *keeps reading* :twilightsmile:

#26 · 147w, 15h ago · · · Chapter 2 ·

Enjoying this so far, looking forward to the next update! * patiently mashes F5 over and over*

#27 · 147w, 15h ago · · · Chapter 2 ·

*cracks hooves* Alright. I have a history of being a not-too-good reviewer since I just can't seem to pull my thoughts together, but I'll do my best.

I have to admit, your explanation of the origins of the Lunar Guard (or rather the Night Guard in your story, as I should refer to now) is very interesting. The way you've portrayed them and Luna is done in a very heartfelt way, and you've given both Anvil and Hammer a good amount of character and (at least on Anvil's behalf) backstory. Furthermore, your portrayal of Anvil's personal conflict between his allegiance is very moving. His personal thoughts on having to betray one princess and keep from betraying another were done very well. Nightmare Moon still having the aspects that Luna used to have seals the deal,

You've only two chapters of this story down, and yet it's such a fascinating read. I do eagerly await more installments in the future.

Cheers,

Adder1

#28 · 147w, 14h ago · · · Chapter 2 ·

Oh goodness - this is wonderful storytelling. I am so looking forward to more!

#29 · 147w, 8h ago · · · Chapter 2 ·

I've greatly enjoyed these first chapters and look forward to reading more.

#30 · 147w, 4h ago · · · Chapter 2 ·

>>89314

Let's hope they don't end up getting deceived and executed, shall we?:heart:

This story has been amazing so far, I cannot wait to read more of it!

#31 · 147w, 3h ago · · · Chapter 2 ·

MORE!:heart::raritywink::moustache::pinkiegasp:

#32 · 147w, 2h ago · · · Chapter 2 ·

'I love your interpretation of Princess and Luna and her rise to Nightmare Moon, i'vea always liked the night guards but your characters are written so well its almost like your fic has a soul. which is a good thing because most mlp fics cant seem to stick to the cannon of the show. :twilightsmile:

#33 · 146w, 6d ago · · · Chapter 2 ·

I love how you come up with outside of anything of major importance in a fandom where a pony with 3 seconds of screentime and 0 lines can become a very important figure.

It makes sense and it's all really great.

9/10

I only have one or two problems with it so far and those are just nitpicks. Good job and please do more.

#34 · 146w, 6d ago · · · Chapter 2 ·

Night guard story?

...You have my attention.

#35 · 146w, 6d ago · · · Chapter 2 ·

MORE MORE!!! assuming that these 2 guards are the same 2 in " Luna Eclipsed" ill bet that upon Nightmare Moon's defeat and exile, they, motivated by  their loyalty to Luna, will ask Princess Celestia to exile them to the same place Luna was sent to. Celestia will then place them in stasis and do so. Or heck after being placed into stasis Celestia may turn them into the very " stars" that will free Luna at the alloted time.

let the Wild Mass Guessing begin!!

also again MORE!

#36 · 146w, 5d ago · · · Chapter 2 ·

>>114160

Now THAT would be interesting!

CAN'T WAIT FOR MORE!!!!!

#37 · 146w, 4d ago · · · Chapter 1 ·

Why isn't there any more than2 chapters!:raritycry:

#38 · 146w, 4d ago · · · Chapter 2 ·

My little pony, I am amused and taken by your story, and I deign to tell you that I wish to see more. Do not disappoint your Queen, or you shall feel the full wrath of a Goddess.

~Queen Nightmare Moon, Goddess of Equestria, Bringer of the Eternal Night.

#39 · 146w, 3d ago · · · Chapter 2 ·

A minor announcement: Chapter 3 will be slightly delayed. (The Old Republic is more time consuming than I had anticipated) :twilightsheepish:

>>118975  Ah, hehe. Then I shall endeavour to maintain the quality of subsequent chapters.

#40 · 146w, 3d ago · · · Chapter 2 ·

>>121358  The Old Republic, hmm? You had best be Empire, my subject, NightmareMoon OfEquestria, scourge of Jung Ma demands this.

#41 · 146w, 23h ago · · · Chapter 2 ·

>>121358

oh gawd... and another one gets thrown to the Sarlacc

please please please make time for Ponies!

#42 · 146w, 13h ago · · · Chapter 3 ·

>>126198 Oh, fear not. I won't let it eat too much of my time. :rainbowdetermined2: Ponies come first!

#43 · 146w, 13h ago · · · Chapter 3 ·

Man, it's getting real now... looking forward to the next chapter :twilightsmile:

#45 · 146w, 12h ago · · · Chapter 3 ·

This is a great story so far and I reading it.  keep up the good work!!:twilightsmile:

#46 · 146w, 8h ago · · · Chapter 1 ·

>>91317

Portal 2 music goes well with anything :twilightblush:

#47 · 146w, 7h ago · · · Chapter 3 ·

this....fuck my life it's good.

shouldn't even be allowed to write something like this...

#48 · 146w, 5h ago · · · Chapter 3 ·

:raritystarry:


No words are needed.

#49 · 146w, 3h ago · · · Chapter 3 ·

:rainbowderp: :derpyderp2: :derpyderp1: :pinkiegasp: :raritystarry: :raritywink: :twilightsmile: :trollestia: :yay: :pinkiehappy: :heart: :heart: :heart:

#50 · 146w, 3h ago · · · Chapter 3 ·

Me Gusta.

One question, though: Is your intent to have a new perspective on Nightmare Moon? She's supposed to be the villain, but so far she hasn't really done anything, well...evil. Sure, she usurped the throne, but Nightmare Moon is supposed to be a being born of jealousy and anger, and I don't really sense it yet.

Again, if this IS your intent, then disregard. I'm all for new head cannon. I'm just saying if you're NOT trying to put a new spin on the character, you may want to step up the badness. But still, great story. Tracked like a mo-fo!

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