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  • T The Many Secret Origins of Scootaloo

    Everyone wonders what Scootaloo's story is. Apparently, everypony in Ponyville has their own answer
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  • T Faith and Doubt

    After everyone fails to heed to her warnings about Cadence, Twilight gives in to her darker thoughts
    62,997 words · 27,109 views  ·  1,457  ·  58
  • E The Doctor Of Oz

    Twilight and Spike accidently end up in Oz and must defeat the Wicked Witch with the help of some familar looking allies.
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  • E Crisis of Infinite Twilights

    When Twilight Sparkles from alternate dimensions begin popping up in Equestria, it is up to Scootaloo to round them all up and find a way to send them home and retrieve her world's Twilight.
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  • T The God Squad

    Luna decides to go on an adventure and her family tags along for the ride!
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  • T The God Squad: Equestria's Most Wanted

    Season 2 sees Luna, Celestia, Tydal, Shining, Cadence and Chrysalis on the run and attempt to clear their good names. Needless to say, they are sidetrakced... alot
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  • T Happy Hearth's Warming Eve, Twilight Sparkle!

    Twilight tries to survive the insanity that is Hearth's Warming Day.
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  • E How Do You Shoot a Gun With Hooves?

    Kate Beckett and Rick Castle find themselves transported to Ponyville and learning about friendship
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  • 4w, 2d
    Tydal- Royal Armor Design (Image)

    7 comments · 137 views
  • 4w, 6d
    Should anyone else join The God Squad?

    So, I am trying to bank a bunch of chapters during my vacation, that way there isn't a huge lull, and as I am getting near the end of Season 2 and planning out Season 3 I am undecided on the makeup of the God Squad. Naturally Luna, Celestia, Tydal, Cadence, Shining and Chrysalis will remain part of the team. Discord will also be a part of the team full time by the end of Season 2.

    There are some other characters I have already considered about allowing to join the squad but the issue that always arises is how big the team should be. Right now it is a six man/pony/capricorn/changeling team, and Discord makes seven. What should be the limit though? Keep it at the seven? Cut it down (maybe you guys want Discord not to join or would love to see someone booted off... I can't imagine the team without the Core 6 but maybe you'd like it to be a smaller group).  Or maybe you want the roster to continue to grow and have any of the following join:

    Princess Twilight Sparkle: Let her have some mommy and me time with Luna

    Polar Vortex: Tydal's favorite brother AND a character voiced by Alec Baldwin!

    Philomenia: The sarcastic phoenix that only Celestia understands

    Mary Sue: Even though she is one of the Doctor's companions she is a deity...

    Fuzzy Thinker: Yes, add the Dumbledore parody to the team!

    Starswirl the Bearded: He could either be alive or his skull could be part of the team.

    The Evil Muffin: Just make him officially a member.

    Fluffle Puff: Give Chrysalis something to cuddle

    Nyx: Poor thing, I don't think anyone but me remembers her... (looks around awkwardly)

    Let me know what you think of the currently Core 6 line-up, Discord's upcoming joining of the Squad, and who else you'd love to see join the Squad (either full time or for as a recurring member)

    Also, why are none of you making Tydal plushes? He could hunt down the other, weaker, plushes and beat them up!

    48 comments · 212 views
  • 12w, 2d
    Another Non-Pony plot bunny

    As if I didn't have enough unfinished stories sitting about (and I swear I will get back to my Iron Man/Game of Thrones crossover and my Justice League story... I was writing a lot of both of them right before my mom passed and I've found it hard to get motivated on them), I have another plot bunny dancing in my head. I've already written two chapters on my day off and I'll probably get a third done tomorrow. Just wanted to see what you guys thought of this strange combination:

    Indiana Jones and the Abbey of Downton

    Timeline: Just before the start of Series 3 and into Series 3

    Synopsis: After Sibyl marries Branson and Mary becomes engaged to Matthew Crawley the family, fearing that Edith will become desperate and cling to the first bachelor she finds, convinces her to take a trip to America. They had hoped this would allow her some time to breathe so that when she returned they would be better prepared to find her a suitable match. There was no way they could have known that Edith bring back with her a fiancée… a young soon-to-be Doctor of Archeology named Henry ‘Indiana’ Jones Jr. Now two worlds collide as a newly empowered Edith and her fiancée Indy arrive at Downton, ready to throw English society off kilter… and perhaps discover some lost treasures along the way.

    Pairings: Edith/Indiana, Mary/Matthew, Sibyl/Branson, Cora/Robert

    The basic plot would see Edith, now more empowered by having Indy in her life, and Indiana injected into the world of Downton and how this would alter things. And this being Indiana Jones, of course he is going to begin seeking out lost treasures and dangerous artifacts.

    2 comments · 159 views
  • 16w, 5d
    Everybody Wants to Rule the World...

    CLICK HERE AND WAIT FOR LYRICS TO BEGIN BEFORE READING!

    (We see Ponyville. Everything looks normal and peaceful… but there is an eerie calm, like the one that comes before the storm)

    Welcome to your life

    (We pan in, moving past Sweet Apple Acres, Rarity’s Boutique, Sugar Cube Corner… and while looking the same, are too static, too quiet)

    There's no turning back

    (We see the world suddenly flicker, the buildings changing from their normal forms into older stone buildings and huts straight out of the past. it is a strange vision, like a tv flickering between two channels)

    Even while we sleep

    (We see flickers and ghostly images of ponies, capricorns and other beings racing towards each other, clearly in the middle of a war. The phantoms are like wisps of fog, swirling about Ponyville.)

    We will find you

    Acting on your best behavior

    (the sky is now black and full of thunderclouds)

    Turn your back on Mother Nature

    (Everything goes quiet and still again. There is a crack of thunder and the screen goes black)

    Everybody wants to rule the world

    (The camera is now focused on a purple eye)

    It's my own design

    (We pull back to see Faith standing at the prow of the Abundance, looking down at Equestria, confused)

    It's my own remorse

    (Faith looks down and sees a golden coin. He reaches down and picks it up, his head tilted, befuddled)

    Help me to decide

    Help me make the most of freedom

    (He stares at the coin, which bears not the image of Celestia but the face of a strange pony-like figure)

    And of pleasure

    (The coin crumbles into dust in Faith’s hoof)

    Nothing ever lasts forever

    (Faith’s eyes go wide and he slowly begins to turn)

    Everybody wants to rule the world

    (We see the Abundance’s deck explode as columns of flames burst from it. Faith silently yells, racing past the crew towards the helm, reaching for Trixie, who is holding a crying Clockwork… )

    There's a room where the light won't find you

    Holding hands while the walls come tumbling down

    (…only for him to fall through the lower decks, his wings impaled by burning shards of wood. He falls out of the ship, his eyes still staring up in horror as the Abundance burns.)

    When they do, I'll be right behind you

    (Faith lands and looks up, only to see Princess Celestia, wearing grim armor, standing before him.  the silver alicorn looking about in confusion as Celestia steps over him, her stare as if she were looking through him rather than at him.)

    So glad we've almost made it

    (Twilight, Cadence, and Luna join Celestia, looking across a battlefield, Faith trying to get their attention but failing. Their horns glow and the four charge forward towards a massive army in black armor and burning manes.)

    So sad we had to fade it

    (We pan over the battle field until we come face to face with a Qilin, half dragon half pony; it is the being from the coin. He smiles and holds up his clawed hand, fire appearing in it before he silently sends out twin jets of fire through the sky towards the battlefield)

    Everybody wants to rule the world

    (Jets of fire race towards Faith, who shields himself, only for geysers of water to shoot up and stop them. Faith turns back and stares as Lord Tydal races onto the battlefield, letting out a silent roar as he leaps towards the qilin general)

    Everybody wants to rule the world

    (Faith trembles as he witnesses the battle, completely forgotten and ignored. He gripes his head and Twilight turns, snapped out of her battle fury as he screams, black magic bursting from him)

    Everybody wants to rule-

    (Close up on Faith’s eye as it goes dark, coat going pure black)

    -the world

    The Abstract Saga

    Volume 3

    The Should-Have-Been-King

    Coming to fimfiction.net later this year

    “Those who do not learn from history…”

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The Sequel to 'Faith and Doubt'.

It's been two months since the changeling attack and Shining's almost-wedding and much has changed. Twilight Sparkle is now an alicorn and has left Equestria to master her new powers. The sixth element of harmony, the corrupt abstract Doubt, has been reborn in his original form: Faith. He, along with Spike, have gone with Twilight as she sought to heal after the betrayal by her friends and family.

But Twilight's return to Ponyville will not be a happy one; in her absence her friends Applejack, Fluttershy, Rarity, Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie have been turned into alicorns themselves and the embodiments of their elements. They have seized power and now rule Equestria with iron hooves, using banned magic to turn their friends and family into zealots that obey their every command.

To save Equestria, Twilight will have to do the unthinkable: form a rebellion and declare war on her friends. But will she be willing to make the tough decisions... even if it means choosing between friendship and freedom?

Everything is bad in large doses.

Thank you to all that got this story featured!

The TVTropes page for Faith and Doubt/The Abundance can be found here: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/FanFic/FaithAndDoubt

Cover by the wonderful FerGarcia220!

First Published
6th Nov 2012
Last Modified
21st May 2013
#1 · 102w, 5d ago · 2 · · Nothing Stays the Same ·

Ladies and Gentlemen... The Abundance.

I honestly never expected Faith and Doubt to explode like it did, let alone inspire a sequel. If you had asked me would a sequel to F&D would be about, I'd have told you in the begining that I had no clue.

But as I developed Doubt's backstory I began to examine the other elements... and a thought occurred to me: some of history's greatest monsters hid behind noble ideas. How many wars have been fought because of patriotism? What some see as kindness others see as oppression. The same with all the other elements... what is ok for one person is horrible for the other and the exact opposite of what it should be.

And thus, The Abundance: a tale of what happens when heroes believe too much in their element and, in an attempt to do good do evil things.

Remember what Gandalf said of The One Ring: I would use this ring from a desire to do good... But through me, it would wield a power too great and terrible to imagine.

That is the true power of evil... it takes the noblest of ideas and makes it the most cruel.

#2 · 102w, 4d ago · · · Nothing Stays the Same ·

Drop everything and read!

#3 · 102w, 4d ago · · · Nothing Stays the Same ·

its already amazing!

#5 · 102w, 4d ago · · · Nothing Stays the Same ·

notices notification number thingy. :unsuresweetie: you trying to give me another blog post mr. notifications number?

*click*

:trixieshiftright: i dont remeber th-

*click*

:pinkiegasp: SEQUAL ALREADY!

YESYESYESYESYESYESYESYESYESYESYESYESYESYESYESYESYESYESYESYE- :twilightoops: :twilightblush:

#6 · 102w, 4d ago · · · Nothing Stays the Same ·

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

#7 · 102w, 4d ago · · · Nothing Stays the Same ·

Oh wow, this intrigues me.

MOAR I SAY!

oh and may I suggest you add a chapter to the original story with a link to this sequal. it will help alot of your readers find it

#8 · 102w, 4d ago · 1 · · Nothing Stays the Same ·

>>1570698

Just another 5 minutes and I'll get back to writing my ess... OOH A NEW CHAPTER. :pinkiegasp:

#9 · 102w, 4d ago · · · Nothing Stays the Same ·

Amazing! This is gonna be great!

#10 · 102w, 4d ago · · · Nothing Stays the Same ·

Let the fun, insanity, and epicness begin. What's at the end? Who knows, but it should be a great ride.

#11 · 102w, 4d ago · · · Nothing Stays the Same ·

...What the hell just happened?

#12 · 102w, 4d ago · 1 · · Nothing Stays the Same ·

Goddamnit Celestia. You had one job. ONE JOB!

To protect Equestria while Twilight could recuperate on her 2 month vacation and come back to the Ponyville she knew and loved.

AND YOU FUCKED IT UP!

Well like they say...

Another day, Another deity to defeat.

Let's get things back to normal again, eh?

#14 · 102w, 4d ago · · · Nothing Stays the Same ·

Power, absolute power, yadda yadda.:pinkiesick:

This story promises as much as it threatens.

I can't ask, beg, our demand anything of you, but I can see this very easily going downhill very very fast. Suppose I'll just have to exercise... faith:ajbemused:

#15 · 102w, 4d ago · · · Nothing Stays the Same ·

And so it begins :twilightsmile:

#16 · 102w, 4d ago · · · Nothing Stays the Same ·

>>1570866

I will only say this... did not everyone expect a "Twilight goes nuts fic and murders everypony" when it came to Faith and Doubt?

And did I not go a completely different route?

What makes you think I am going to go anywhere near the cliche?

#17 · 102w, 4d ago · · · Nothing Stays the Same ·

>>1570716

I was gonna do that :fluttershysad:

#18 · 102w, 4d ago · · · Nothing Stays the Same ·

>>1570882 I am voicing my fears to banish them, if I truly believed you would do that, I wouldn't be here - and I certainly wouldn't have already favorited and up-voted your story.

Please forgive me my outburst - I'm here because/in spite of the fact that your writing scares the crap out of me.

...in a good way?:unsuresweetie:

#20 · 102w, 4d ago · · · Nothing Stays the Same ·

>>1570936

I'll take what I can get.

I will mention that I have 3 more chapters in the bag, so I won't feel as rushed as I did with Faith and Doubt (and it lets me take days off to play Assassin's Creed 3 and work on custom blind bag pony modes for people).

#21 · 102w, 4d ago · · · Nothing Stays the Same ·

>>1570971

Now comes the question... where is Cadance?

#22 · 102w, 4d ago · · · Nothing Stays the Same ·

>>1570862

But I wanted to sleep!

#24 · 102w, 4d ago · · · Nothing Stays the Same ·

This fic will be a perfect example of good intentions, bad execution. And even what is being thrown at the popualance as the good thing to do, ends up as horrific. (Example: People thought Hittler as a hero, inculding the pope.)

All I can say is that this will probably end in tears on both sides.

#25 · 102w, 4d ago · 1 · · Nothing Stays the Same ·

Also, a couple things that irk me:

First, this:  "all things Discord was against (save laughter but even then his type of laughter did not match theirs… his was the laughter of one against another and theirs was laughter shared by all)."

The part in the parentheses feels really akward and interrupts the flow.  I had to pause my thought process for it.

Second, the lack of numbers being spelled out (eg sixth vs. 6th) irritates me, as I'm used to seeing spelled out numbers in published writing and major fics.  It's nothing which needs to be changed, do your own thing and all that.

#26 · 102w, 4d ago · · · Nothing Stays the Same ·

>>1565451 I personally love your story and philosophy on this it is true that power corrupts the weak. and power twists all good actions.

but for the love of all that is good blame ithe evil on the elements not the other main 5, i couldnt stand to see an evil fluttershy:fluttercry:

also will this be updated every other day?

Lastly have some gifs that induce a sweetness coma

#27 · 102w, 4d ago · · · Nothing Stays the Same ·

I started reading Faith and Doubt because I wanted a rebel Twilight no longer accepting blame and calling everyone out. I know you wanted a twist and flavor for your story, but transforming her into an alicorn and bringing out doubt actually felt pretty... lame. I know  he worked out mainly to pull some philosophy out there. To me he kinda ruined the story as he felt as a deux ex machina, even though it was your intention from the start to bring him out.

Know, suddenly every element being corrupt and all becoming alicorn really seems forced and doesn't make sense unless you really twist the show.

Why has Equestria become corrupt, according to the abstracts? Celestia failed as a leader?

She was never perfect, did what was necessary to protect the kingdom and her sister, but she created a damn utopia. We don't see poverty or crime in the show, nor corruption, unless you count some jerkish upper class and the market ponies. She couldn't stop Discord without the elements, so she was benched, no idea what happened during NMM (she could have been taken out or planned for Twilight's involuntary, or just had faith that Twilight could succeed since she knew of the prophesy.)

This kinda feels like cheap divinity. Reminds me of the angels in supernatural. Powerful beings that in the end are wither too narrow minded or a bunch of whinny brats. The problem with sentient abstract concepts is that they only see one point of view.

I can see how this could play out:

Honesty can be harmful, as sometime lies are necessary for the greater good.

Too much generosity leads to dependence and stagnates progress.

Laughter has it's place, but so does seriousness.

Kindness is great, but sometimes cruelty is necessary.

Blind loyalty can be worst than treason.

The elements, aside from Twi, haven't shown any leadership capabilities and yet now they are queens of a kingdom. Hell it's kinda like the lion king, everything was fine but some idiot think they could do it better and made it into a wasteland.

Twilight was kinda like Shepard from ME in the story and the show. She made bold accusations and had no solid proof, but is angry that they didn't support her. Being friend doesn't mean blind loyalty, and sometime you need to be cruel to get the point across. It kinda felt like she wanted Celestia and the girls to pay her debt to her.

In the end the question is why? Why do this? There is no reason to influence the elements and take over equestria, it's already peaceful and can take care of themselves. If the abstracts are corrupted, it feels cheap, if not, you need a very good reason to sell their motives.

I will keep reading but this twists and plot are not what I expected when I started, and I'm not sure that's such a good thing. Kinda feels like a bait and switch.

#28 · 102w, 4d ago · · · Nothing Stays the Same ·

Oh goddamnit harmony :facehoof: What the fuck. What the serious fuck. I know I should've been expecting this, but I doubt I'll enjoy this. Still, faving it to track it... I'm withholding my thumb though, for now.

#29 · 102w, 4d ago · · · Nothing Stays the Same ·

This is intriguing!:pinkiehappy:

#30 · 102w, 4d ago · · · Nothing Stays the Same ·

I can't wait to find out if Celly and Luna left after getting an ass wipping or if they left on their own initiative (with the assumption that civil war is the worst possible outcome).

Things were probably pretty bad during the Celestial War a thousand plus years ago. I can not see Celestia or Luna doing it all over again with even more alicorns involved.

How Twilight / Celestia / Luna will convince the rest of the main 6 to stop being tyranical douchebags i do not know ... :unsuresweetie:

#31 · 102w, 4d ago · · · Nothing Stays the Same ·

The time skip was a little disconcerting, and this chapter was mostly filled with recaps, but an excelent start and I look forwards to more.

#32 · 102w, 3d ago · · · Nothing Stays the Same ·

Please tell me this is the last sequel... :applecry: not that I don't like this story, but I really want a solid, finished ending after this.

Well, faved. Tracking. And I'm probably going to end up having to be the one to make the TVTropes page again, right? :trollestia:

#33 · 102w, 3d ago · · · Nothing Stays the Same ·

:rainbowhuh:   Twilight Sparkle making terrible jokes when she should be helping a pony and Faith just standing there out of camera?  Not sure if I am horribly missing something due to the fact that I am reading this at 4AM, but it seems out of character for Twilight to be taking the situation so lightly as to be making jokes and  more noticably it seems even more out of character for Faith to say and do absolutely nothing if he is indeed there as is implied (He was going on the trip with Twilight, and as there is no mention of him splitting off it would default to him still being with her).

#34 · 102w, 3d ago · · · Nothing Stays the Same ·

>>1570882

You know, I've only just now put F&D on my 'to-read' list because of your comment; I looked at the description when it came up in the featured box and just went.. 'noob-style angst-as-substitute-for-plot story.. NOOO THANKS!'. It sounds like it will actually be a good story from what I read here :twilightsmile:. I've just read a lot of summaries like that where the summary was like yours and the story was comprised of aforementioned angstwankery.

#35 · 102w, 3d ago · · · Nothing Stays the Same ·

>>1570846 Well, it's a good thing Twilight is a total badass super genius. :twilightblush:

#36 · 102w, 3d ago · · · Nothing Stays the Same ·

Ugh... and so it seems I was proven right in my assumptions. I went into this story cautiously, knowing it was likely gonna be even more dark in its aspect than Faith and Doubt, yet all it's taken is one chapter for me to already dislike the premise of this story: Twilight's friends becoming the Queens and turning most all of Equestria into mindless slaves? :pinkiegasp: I honestly am shocked, even if knew this may've been coming. The scenes on Equestria's past were nice touches and certainly explained I guess a bit about the other abstracts, as well as about how the others see Faith (still known to them as Doubt, though) as an enemy now, not one of their family anymore. Such a giant misunderstanding (I assume) and mess this is gonna be... :facehoof:

And Shining Armor getting beaten to a pulp? I guess I can understand that, if he's still loyal to Equestria's former Princesses/rulers. Though have to wonder what happened to them, not to mention Cadence. But I guess that'll all be explained next chapter, no doubt. It is with a cautious heart that I track this story, if only of hopes in seeing where it goes and that it gets better eventually. I honestly hope Twilight knocks some sense into her former(?) friends, and Faith does the same to his siblings, at least in due time. Won't downvote it just yet, in case I later like it, but right now, not holding my breath... :pinkiesad2:

>>1571293

You and me both, dude. As far as a thumb up or down.

#37 · 102w, 3d ago · · · Nothing Stays the Same ·

So here we are again.:ajsmug:

I've always love a story that has a sound theme or message, even if a bit cliche. However what makes your work that much better is the way you present those themes. It's rare to see an author with so much insight on how people think, and to think he writes incredible Fan-Fiction! :twilightblush:

I have high hopes for this story, and I'm sure you wont disappoint.

.

#38 · 102w, 3d ago · · · Nothing Stays the Same ·

>>1571953

Probably. And what do you mean 'last'? This is the only sequel to Faith and Doubt

#39 · 102w, 3d ago · · · Nothing Stays the Same ·

Happy face:pinkiehappy::heart:

#41 · 102w, 3d ago · · · Nothing Stays the Same ·

I was wondering throughout the chapter where Faith was. Did he suddenly disappear?:rainbowhuh:

#42 · 102w, 3d ago · · · Nothing Stays the Same ·

>>1572598

Faith is around... he has sworn to protect Twilight... which should show you just how powerful she is that he doesn't view a squad of pegasus guards as a threat.

#43 · 102w, 3d ago · · · Nothing Stays the Same ·

Favorited and liked

Sorry but I don't feel like writing a long review right now, maybe later so...

I like it! moar please!

#44 · 102w, 3d ago · · · Nothing Stays the Same ·

Great to see the sequel, and it's a nice start. Really interested in what will come.

#45 · 102w, 3d ago · · · Nothing Stays the Same ·

WTF did I just read? I honestly hadn't expected any of this. That's a good thing though.

#46 · 102w, 3d ago · · · Nothing Stays the Same ·

No on so many levels.

#47 · 102w, 3d ago · · · Nothing Stays the Same ·

>>1565451 My money is bouncing off the screen. How can you have all my money if it's bouncing off the screeeeeeen?!

#48 · 102w, 3d ago · · · Nothing Stays the Same ·

(reads the description) ...the twist is that this is a dream right? (finger cross)

#49 · 102w, 3d ago · · · Nothing Stays the Same ·

Hmm, like the idea here.

By any chance have you played Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny. Because this gives me some flashbacks to that game,  

#50 · 102w, 3d ago · · · Nothing Stays the Same ·

>>1574411

Nope... but alot of this is inspired by Assassin Creeds 3 and the fact that the villains always tell the hero that they were doing the moral thing and he was wrong.

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