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    Life and death are decided in the skies over the Crystal Empire.
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  • 4w, 1d
    October update and next chapter

    Not dead yet, but school has been kicking my ass with projects, homework, and exams, so I've not had as much time and energy as I would have liked to work on Equestrian Horizon.

    That said, I've been adding to this upcoming chapter paragraph by paragraph.  This chapter will be a little different from the prior chapters, as it will be focused inward on Firefly's history and psychology rather than combat and military life.  It might feel slow, but rest assured when the next act begins, it will be with an explosive, action-packed set of chapters.

    Yes, I said chapters.  As per my August update post, I'm going to be breaking down my massive chapters into scenes.  Since the chapters that will take place after this interlude will be segments of a massive multi-part battle, this format will suit it well.

    With any luck I'll be able to launch the interlude in the next week or two before starting work on the chapters after.

    Happy reading, everypony!

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  • 11w, 4d
    Chapter Format and August Update

    After some consideration, I have decided to change how I handle chapters.  Though I like to create monolithic works as much as possible to maintain narrative consistency, I realize that this has the potential to adversely affect my readers.  Most people don't want to sit down and read a 12k word chapter for a story that only updates every 3 months.

    I've decided to break my chapters down by scenes and instead of rendering them as "chapters" I will start referring to them as "arcs."  Each arc will carry the same narrative quantity as a chapter, but will be broken down into parts, each part being a scene from the chapter.

    This new format is intended to do two things: encourage me to write more and promote readership.  I will be focusing on developing smaller chunks faster and improving my release schedule so that my readers will have regular content updates to look forward to.

    Extant chapters will be kept as they are.  The change in chapter formatting will only apply to subsequent chapters.  Hopefully this will help out everyone participating in this process.

    Happy reading, everypony!

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  • 12w, 4d
    It's here

    What it says on the tin.  Chapter 5 is out.

    Goodnight, everypony.

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  • 13w, 1d
    July Update

    Hey guys,

    I just wanted to thank any and all who continue to follow me and read my work.  It means a lot to have people willing to invest their time and energy to read what I have to write and get to know the characters that I come up with.

    Chapter 5: Tango is coming along.  It will be a very long chapter, possibly the longest so far, due to a lot of dialogue and a very lengthy fight scene in the middle.  It also reveals a bit about Firefly's past and the events in the Continental War that led up to the current conflict.  I'm looking forward to sharing with you guys.  I hope you're just as excited to read.

    Cheers.

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  • 18w, 2d
    Preface

    I know most of you were expecting Chapter 5 by now, but I'm a bit ashamed to admit it's only about halfway done.  However, I had a side thought based on some feedback I received a while ago.

    One of the key problems with getting recognition before was the in media res style of writing.  The EQD prereader reported that he was immediately overwhelmed by the prologue; he had no idea what was going on and why it was going on.  While I can't provide an entire book's worth of context in just a few paragraphs, I will try my best to do so in the preface, which has just gone live.

    "On the Precipice of War" covers some of the historical context before the main story kicks off and segues into the introduction of LTC Firefly as the main character.  Hopefully this will help lessen some of the culture shock of being immersed in a completely different world with different organizations and characters.

    Happy reading, everypony!

    PS: Music links are back in :)

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THIS ITERATION OF THE PROJECT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.  Para bellum will be reworked and relaunched after the completion of Equestrian Horizon as part of a larger project.  Stand by for further updates in my writer's blog.  The text of this story will remain online for archival purposes.

Espousing the virtues of friendship and cooperation, Equestria quickly extends its influence beyond its own borders.  Guided by the philosophy of Harmony, the Equestrian hegemony spans from the homeland of Greater Equestria to protectorates and allies across the seas.  All members of the trade pacts flourish in the exchange of goods and ideas.  The world is at peace under Pax Equestria.

But all is not as it seems.  A change in leadership in neighboring Aquellia, land of the griffons, sets the two nations on a collision course that can only result in war.  In the midst of the political maelstrom, Princess Luna struggles to hold together a nation reeling from a stricken Celestia, an unexpected war, and the possibility of traitors in their midst.  In the face of great tragedy, the remaining ruler of Equestria must stand strong, no matter the cost to herself.

Meanwhile, Shining Armor takes the reins of Task Force Tacitus, a crack team of Royal Equestrian Army commandos assembled to wage unconventional war against an implacable foe.  Shining Armor must gain the trust of Fletcher, a bitter ex-operator with a checkered past, but the talents and experience Armor needs to win this fight.  As Tacitus races to unravel the threads that led to war and stop a sinister plot against Equestria, Luna prepares to do battle with that which lurks in the darkness.

Princess.  Commander.  Each have their roles to play in a bid to bring peace back to their country, their people, and their world.  But all in Equestria will soon learn that if they desire peace, they must prepare for war.

First Published
22nd Nov 2012
Last Modified
14th Apr 2013
#1 · 102w, 22m ago · · · 3. Reunion ·

So far, this is an interesting ride. The imagery is really well done, in doing it's best to evoke the feels of a WWI Equestria. The players all seem to have their roles now, and I'm very interested in finding out if the gryphons were the only ones with blood on their hooves.:ajsmug: Chapter 3 was particularly dialogue heavy, but the task force is an interesting enough group that I care enough to follow them. I'm also glad to see a better characterized Shining Armor. He's not about a wisecrack or two, and kind of reminds me a bit of Steve Rogers. Or rather, Chris Evans AS Steve Rogers. I'll be looking forward to catching snippets of Cadence's radio segment. And I also have to wonder how axed did the Mane Six get from the plot. Obviously they aren't trained for war, but it'd be nice to catch them in more than just seeing Twilight running to hug SA after the conflict ends. All the same, great setup, and great story so far. :pinkiesmile:

#2 · 98w, 4d ago · · · 5. Tacitus ·

Finally got into this, and I have to say it's a pretty good read so far. You have an interesting cast of REA ponies here, all of which come across as distinct and engaging personalities who I'll be eager to see developed through the course of the story. The setup is equally intriguing; you do a good job of portraying this wartime setting and making it suitably tense as well as big in scope. The scope of it all makes me almost want to give writing an actually ambitious Pony fic another try myself. :twilightsmile:  

So yeah, I think  you've done a good job setting things up and introducing the main characters, which makes me all the more eager to see how things develop from here. I look forward to seeing more of this. :raritywink:

#3 · 98w, 13h ago · · · 6. The Drop ·

...The Latin is right. Wow. I- wow. I've never seen that happen before. That's... amazing. I have to read this now.

Well, not now. Damn finals.

Next week.

Speaking of which, Latin final. SHould study for that. Why am I here? :rainbowlaugh:

I'll read it eventually. I promise.

#4 · 96w, 4d ago · · · 6. The Drop ·

I'll save this for a later read, it sounds interesting

#5 · 96w, 4d ago · · · 6. The Drop ·

It's an interesting concept with a lot of thought gone into making a story that's exciting and filled with tension. Gonna look forward to how it all turns out.

For War... This has caught my attention.

I think I shall take a break from writing, and read this story.

#7 · 64w, 4d ago · · · 3. Reunion ·

Haha, I see the Achievement Hunter reference "Big McLargeHuge"

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