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  • T Succession

    When she was birthed with horn and wings she was thought to be a pegacorn, a rare and blessed blending of the tribes, whose long life and power brought wealth and stature. Then the guards came, seeking the first alicorn born in over a thousand years.
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  • T Of the Valley

    Sooner or later, everyone finds their way to Roseluck's flower stall. And then they leave.
    1,848 words · 1,482 views  ·  253  ·  4
  • E To Be A Mule

    Dilly Daliér is a mule with a dream that can never be.
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  • T Guiding Light

    Calamity befalls the royalty of Equestria and, in lieu of plans that took decades to create and moments to ruin, control of the cosmos is bequeathed to the only pony Celestia had time to empower.
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  • T Where I Burn...

    Roslindis is a griffon who doesn't like to fly. She's quite happy with this fact. Her mother? Not so much.
    1,773 words · 506 views  ·  87  ·  1
  • T And The Stars Shine Forth

    Before her fall, Luna lived entire lifetimes as a mortal pony. She now wishes to do so again, and elects to spend some time with Twilight Sparkle and her friends. She never expected to fall madly in love.
    74,348 words · 3,894 views  ·  439  ·  20
  • T To See The Light

    On the advent of her coronation, Princess "Derpy" De Raptura continues to adjust to life as Equestria's newest ruler, but soon finds that the power she was granted requires a greater sacrifice than she could ever have thought possible.
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  • T Falling to the Centre

    He had shown her what it meant to fall, taught her to follow her heart no matter where it might lead. She loved him for it. A Xenophilia side fic.
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  • Sunday
    Valued Opinions

    I may not post this because I'm wrting drunk. If you can see it, congratulations, you have witnessed alcohol overcome my will to resist typing random crap.

    After this I might go off and write Princesses Celestia and Luna having a sloppy makeout session because why the fuck not.

    When I started out on this site I quickly acquired a goal: get as many followers as SS&E. The goal was unattainable - perhaps - and I soon modified it to "get a thousand followers". Now I'm at around whatever it is I'm around I've realised something. Followers don't matter. The number doesn't matter, is what I mean. I could have ten million followers and not be satisfied if I didn't have the people I value paying attention and telling me things I want or need to hear.

    There are a few people I'll value on this site, people who I aspire to emulate, or who I consider wise an knowledgable. People whose opinions matter to me. Whether they matter to anyone else doesn't matter, because they matter to me. I value their words. I cherish the rare interactions I have with them. I get a little bit high when they say things to me even if (sometimes especially if) those things are superficially negative. My idols - for want of a better word - have paid attention to me in some way, however briefly, and I react like a week-denied crack addict given a hit of the good stuff.

    People like Cold In Gardez, who I admire for being so dedicated to his craft that he'll write in a warzone. And he can paint too, the dastard. He's like me if I was allowed to carry a gun...

    CVBrony, who should really be resting.

    Chuckfinley, who is just so belligerently clever and can fling erotica like a master pizza chef tosses dough, stretching it to perfection and topping it with everything you could possibly want.

    Pearple Prose, who does words I could sit and lick for hours, builds worlds out of nothing like it was nothing to build them and then acts like he' nt special.

    Professor Plum, who doesn't do horsewords at all (yet), but who is just so damn right and so damn right all the fucking time. And has a voice that melts spines at a hundred paces as well.

    Maskedferret. Amacita. Amit (because butts). FanOfMostEverything. Devas. PresentPerfect. Blueshift. The Quite Man.

    Others... so many others. In my drunken haze these people stick out like the first crystals in a copper sulphate solution. All blue and spiky and wonderful. The first amongst so many of equal stature. I value them. If I could I would meet them all, but if we never meet then still they have touched me, and I am all the richer for it.

    And also I need an adult.

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  • 1w, 7h
    My tubes are cracked

    My internet connection is dead. I am currently online by tethering to my mobile phone and have been for a couple of days now.  Phones are down as well. They say it'll be Monday before it all comes back.

    Kind of sucks. All my entertainment is online these days and now I've been thrust back to a long-dead era, when we had to watch things when the broadcaster decided we should and spend time... outside; a time when Internet speeds are limited to mere tens and hundreds of bits per second and the only place to find fanfiction was geocities, and if it wasn't there we had to make our own entertainment. I think the isolation is starting to get to me. I'm trying to remember how to make a hoop and stick so I can chase it down the street. There's already snow drifting through the door and sticky, sooty smoke curling around everything. The mill owner said if I work an extra 12 hour shift I can eat again this week, but only if I don't lose another finger in the machinery and ruin the run with my blood. Bit that's okay, I coughed up a lung on him snd now he's dying of consumption.

    Anyway I'll see you all in a few days.

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  • 1w, 2d
    A Headcanon Splurge

    I should be working, so instead I'm running backups and writing blogs about ponies. :yay:

    I thought it'd be useful to throw up a overviews of how I see various bits of headcanon that lurk in my fics and what goes where. Not going into much detail, of course, just giving rough ideas of the major themes that infest my work.

    Herds, for instance. I know that the whole herd idea gets some criticism from certain quarters - some people see it as a poor excuse for writing harem fics. For a lot of writers it is a poor excuse for writing harem fics (and so is the whole horse goes into heat thing but we'll get to that another day). I originally adopted this particular idea from Xenophilia and explored it to some length in The Xenophile's Guide to Equestria and later in No Room For Regret, where I took the view that the best way to find out how something works is to completely break it - thus we have Star Sparkle and her gloriously dysfunctional family somehow muddling through and pretending to be normal.

    Herd Fics

    The Xenophile's Guide to Equestria*

    No Room For Regret*

    The Weak Lyre *† (updated edition on google docs)

    Falling to the Centre*

    To Be A Mule**

    Where I Burn

    Festival of Lights

    Desert Rose

    Morning Glory

    * Directly references Xenophilia

    ** Technically references Xenophilia but is functionally separate

    † Part of the Xenophilia: Side Stories fic. I don't think I can link directly to that as it's rated mature, even though this particular story is teen at best

    I think (though I haven't counted) about a third of my fics fall into the herd society thing - a herdverse if you must (though you shouldn't). Though the idea came from reading Xenophilia, only a couple of them directly reference it in any way. The rest occupy their own collective setting a little to the side, where things are essentially the same but there aren't any humans sticking their willies noses in every nook and cranny.

    I'll be honest: I would have included the concept in more fics, but they were already planned or I'd already started writing them before I landed on the idea and I wasn't about to try and retrofit herds into existing narratives just because I wanted them there. That'd just make it wish fulfilment. Harem fanservice maybe. All of the fics above, though, have Equestria as a herding society as their background in some tiny way or relate to ideas that were born from it. Sometimes just because I say so. :derpytongue2:

    You've probably also noticed that all of my donkey-related fics are in that list. There's a reason for this. They're serving as a counterpoint, being opposite to Equestria's ponies in just about every way you can imagine. No cutie marks, and (in this particular headcanon) almost no "conventional" magic and culturally monogamous. When I get around to working on Morning Glory some more you'll see where I'm going with it.


    I like the different social conflicts that a legally and conventionally polyamorous society throws up. Relationships change, social imperatives change - moreso when you add in the whole skewed sex ratio to the mix - magnifying the imbalance between the sexes and forcing society to an extreme position - and then the conflict with other societies who might appear similar, but have very different ideas of how things work. I've been trying to explore these ideas a little in my writing with moderate success. Some might argue that it's hard stay on the right side of the line between "exploration of polyamorous society" and "harem wish fulfilment" (though on the subject of wish fulfilment..., maybe it's not such a bad thing after all?), but I think I'm managing so far.

    I've held back a bit though. One of the reasons Morning Glory has taken so long to get going is because it does deal with this headcanon, and I've been worried that readers might be turned off by it. Recently though, I came to the realisation that it doesn't matter. That society is part of the story, for better or worse, and if I'm not going to go full-bore into it then I might as well not bother writing at all.

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  • 3w, 1d
    Late Night Music

    I've posted these guys before (I think) but


    You can never hear good music too often.

    4 comments · 58 views
  • ...

Twilight Sparkle presents a collection of interviews, letters, essays, poetry and prose compiled over several years of her relationship with the human Bellerophon and his "herd", covering subjects as broad as Equestrian social taboos, comparisons of earth and Equestrian mythology, romance and the occasional recipe. Compiled by Twilight Sparkle, with foreword by Her Royal Highness, Princess Celestia.

(This is a bit of an experiment based on the worldbuilding concepts presented in AnonAuthor's Xenophilia [[NSFW] - caveat lector!], which intrigued me enough to want to take a closer look. It's likely you'll be very confused by this unless you read at least some of Xenophilia. Updates will appear as and when an idea pops into my head for a thing to add. And fair warning, some of this might come across very dry and dusty. Thank you academia! And thank you AnonAuthor for letting me have a go, and both AnonAuthor and AnonponyDASHIE for all the collab work they're doing. I'll make up for the dust by tossing in the odd piece of art now and then.)

First Published
23rd Oct 2012
Last Modified
3rd Apr 2014
#1 · 104w, 4d ago · 2 · · Foreword and Introduction ·

So. Here I go with the experiment, the crazy, crazy experiment. I have no idea where it'll go, I have no idea why I did it, and I have no idea what will happen when people read it...

You see, the whole "human in equestria" thing is something I generaly avoid (apart from Arrow 18, which is awesome). And clop? Like frozen yoghurt, it's not something I usually enjoy, except that one time in South America... Yet somehow I've ended up writing this collection of ideas, based on HiE and clop (I can't write that stuff to save my life, so be thankful I'm not including any here), and... and I think I might be crazy.

Well this is interesting, someone decided to add to Xenophilia. I was wondering when a side story would appear. Maybe the author can help you with some of the world building.


Sounds pretty interesting to me. :pinkiehappy:

Maybe a HIE story that will not receive a lot of hate.:ajbemused:

#5 · 104w, 4d ago · · · Foreword and Introduction ·

This is gonna be good

Against my better judgement I'm gonna take a look at this later.

All I'm saying is this better be good if it's going to be a continuation of Xenophilia. I'll be majorly pissed it isn't.


Tell me if it's worth my time, okay?

I'm interested as well, but I've got lectures in half an hour and have had a grand total of 3 hours sleeps

>>1490667 Not to boast but AnonAuthor seems to like it. Oh wait that is boasting... :duck:

I would be surprised if it appealed to the entire audience of Xenophilia. It's a very different sort of fic, more about the sociological aspects than anything else. Also Twilight writing academic papers. :twilightblush:

Will track for a while. Seems promising.

Glint Eastwither, The Everfree Forest and why every bloody thing turns up there

I Rofl'd

Other than that this is a very neat Fic you have come up with, tracked and a thumb

#11 · 104w, 4d ago · 1 · · Foreword and Introduction ·

[2] Glint Eastwither, The Everfree Forest and why every bloody thing turns up there (Canterlot University Press, 1188)


This is a delicate situation, which I am sure you and your friends shall handle with same tact and sensitivity that I and my sister would surely display.

Princess Celestia

To our Friend, Twilight Sparkle,

We wish to enter this ‘pool’ of which you spoke, with an opening wager of ten bits on successful consummation within a month.


Princess Luna

archonix, you're a cool guy

These letters sound great! I wonder what the next few letters are gonna be like?

Perhaps we'll see a whole series of side stories from other authors generated from Xenophilia?

#14 · 104w, 4d ago · · · Foreword and Introduction ·

A fictive story, something which by nature is meant to render the familiar strange and the strange familiar. All in the form of a textbook? You good sir are a wonderful, wonderful writer, and I applaud you for the endeavour.

EDIT: The video I tried posting was being fickle. It was the "Fucking Genius" Video.


I personally think it's quite good.  It's different, and I enjoy the academic, scholarly tone, and I like the way he's going to be switching styles for the different chapters.  (I've seen some other chapters that you folks haven't:twilightsmile:)  I obviously can't speak for anyone but myself, but I like both the concept and the execution, and I love that cover picture.  Love. It.


I know, isn't it a fascinating approach?  I was quite enthusiastic about it when archonix contacted me, and my enthusiasm hasn't diminished.  I hope it will be as well-received as its predecessor.:twilightsmile:

As someone who's not a particular fan of clop, but absolutely LOVED Xenophilia, this is pretty damn good! And as a student of biological sciences, I'm loving the academic theme, especially attemtping to explain interspecies social relationships and interactions. :twilightsmile:


Yes that is boasting you magnificent bastard. I like the scholarly way it's going about the whole relationship but I'm wondering if it's going to be told entirely as a series of missives to and from Twilight Sparkle or will this alternate between things like the academic paper, the letters and possibly interviews? Also, is that Lyra we see as the third member?


Took a look at it last night and I'll admit I was intruigued.  While I feel it deserves a watch at the moment, I don't know if I'm going to favourite it just yet.


I have a serious fondness for Xenophilia as you've probably guessed over the events that happened yesterday and the last thing I would want is somebody coming along and somehow taking away from that story by having something less good attached to it. But if you're all for it, then I've got nothing to complain about other than to see how this new chapter progresses.

>>1492294 Oh, no pressure then? :pinkiehappy:

Yes, that is Lyra.

I know I won't be as good. One of the reasons I went for this different style (or collection of styles, really) is because my prose style is very different to Xenophilia, so I figured if I was going to be different, I might as well go the whole hog. I make no promises, I just want to try. :twilightsmile:

>>1492034 Oh you! :raritywink:

>>1491934 I know that AnonponyDASHIE is working on side-stories, and I'm seriously looking forward to them. No idea what they'll be (and I do worry I'm treading on his toes an awful lot with my ideas here) but they're bound to be interesting.


Did something happen yesterday?  You can PM me with a response, so we don't hijack the comments here.:twilightsmile:

As for what you said to archonix... I think you'll be pleased.:twilightsmile:


No pressure at all. I'll just be here sharpening my tongue and waiting for you to slip up before leaping for your jugular. Mwahahahahahaha! :pinkiecrazy:

But in all seriousness, so far it warrants a watch and I'm all up for the inclusion of Lyra although I'm wondering if you're going to be treating her as the humanophile with a fascination for hands that seems to have taken over the fandom.


It was something I brought to AnonponyDASHIE's attention that some hack had literally plagarised almost one whole chapter of Xenophilia in the most obvious way. There's more about this on my blog if you want to check it out including text capture. He's taken the chapters down now and he was reported for it but I and others were a little incensed that this happened.

>>1492661 Oh absolutely not. Though she wasn't in it much I rather like the hinted character she had in Xenophilia. She's a bit of a free spirit and a bit of a mystic, but very firmly bedded in reality. She could easily be a cynic, but it seems rather too depressing and she'd prefer to enjoy her life.

If anyone has an obsession with Lero's hands it'll be Rainbow Dash. For some reason.  :rainbowkiss:

#24 · 104w, 3d ago · · · Foreword and Introduction ·

A Xenophilia tie in? Must read!

*scrolls along through the featured list*  Hmm... angst, angst, emo, angst, grimdark (x5,000), DBZ in Equestria (Ooo!  Watched and favorited!), Xenophile... xeno...

HOT DAMN!!  :rainbowwild:

*reads*  Heeeyyyyyy, you tricked me into reading smart stuff!  


(*reads first chapter*) Not bad, I like the scholarly approach.

(*reads second chapter*) Okay, kinda cute.

Okay, thumbs up and going in the favourites.

If you ever want any help, just ask. I loved the world this is building on, I love world building, and I'm a pretty good editor.

Also, this is turning out very nicely.

I like Luna being a bit looser than your average Princess.

Moment she hears about a romance bet? "Ten bucks they're in bed by the end of the month."

Tracking progress.

Well I was warned of a flood, and there it is... thanks everyone! Here's another bit to be going along with. After this I think I'll be posting one or two chapters once a week to be sure I don't run out of material.

And now you see how I'll be switching styles around. :raritywink:

And now for something different. Lyra is the wise mare on the hill that decided to come back down because it was boring.

Will Rainbow have an entry?

The subtext of Celestia's first response; the "In other circumstances..." line, specifically, is just priceless. There's just no way Twilight would pick up on it, either.

How can there be a spread for the betting? Is there some kind of Rainbow vs. Leroy point-scoring?

what thats it i waited 5 whole minutes for this little bit i demand more.... that is if you want to:fluttershbad:

This story certainly deserves the Feature Box, and I hope to see it up there soon :raritywink:

If only I could give it more thumbs up and favorites, but I'll just have to live with being the first :rainbowwild:

>>1494067 First and most honoured, my good man. Or woman. Or horse.

... cat?

>>1494001 :trollestia:

Twilight presumably worked out a system of points based on who acted first and how long they took to do it. Possibly also the day, time, location, relative position to one another, emotional state and elevation... she's rather thorough, non?


hehe, I love my avatar, I've had it since long before ponies, but it works rather well here too.  It's too bad that the avatars don't really work with .gif or you'd get to see it lick the 4th wall :pinkiehappy:

Well this appears to be relevant to my interests! Faved for later. :ajsmug:

I'll be watching this.


Huh. Not only was Twilight studying friendship, she got a Master's in it.

In any case, always happy to see something building upon the best world-building I've ever seen in a clopfic. Tracked, up-thumbed, and looking forward to more. Especially if Lero gets a chapter or two.

Pretty good! Definitely not gonna have as many feels as the original, but the direction you are taking is very relevant in the context of the story.:twilightsmile:

Although methinks Twilight may be a bit biased...:twilightoops:

Congrats on the Feature!

Well here's to you and good luck I'm going to be watching this

This looks like a good start to a wonderful story.

As much as I loved "Xeno." I'm reasonably certain that I will enjoy this just as much.

Oh Lyra, stop overthinking reality!  One would think you'd been cursed by Nightmare Moon to have nopony remember you and to engage on a possibly hopeless quest to solve a mystical musical mystery before you forget who you are and become a broken moaning spirit locked in chains for all eternity!

Sheesh!  Such a drama princess!  


#48 · 104w, 3d ago · · · Foreword and Introduction ·

I wondered when stuff like this would appear. Good work so far, I expect great things to happen! Geronimo!

You're doing a great job.

#50 · 104w, 3d ago · · · Foreword and Introduction ·

This is beautifully written, rivaling that of the two Anon's in quality. The book format is especially unique. I can't wait to see where this goes.

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