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  • 19w, 6d
    What Could Have Been

    Noctis?

    ...hm?

    Do you ever dream?

    But of course. 'tis a rather silly question to be asking of me, is it not?

    Well, you never know. Some do and some don't.

    You have a question related to the first, do you not?

    Eh, just curiosity, mostly. What kinds of things do you dream of?

    Being lorekeeper for the Vigil has exposed me to a wealth of knowledge. Such things have opened me to the infinite possibilities presented to one during each and every lifetime. I dream of what is, and what could have been, of threads of fate that shall never be realized -- the wheel from which they were spun has ceased to turn. I dream of what life may have been like had we embarked on some grand adventure, the likes of which had never been done before. Just you and I, traveling to places unvisited for centuries, as we raced against time to stop a traitor and monsters, and to save Lady Luna and her kingdom.

    That's... wow. More entertaining than my dreams, at least.

    What of yours then, Ferous?

    No real adventure like yours. Just peace and quiet. Lots of happy moments.

    Such as?

    Falling in love, buying a home, raising a family.

    Happy moments indeed. And who would such moments be shared with, hm?

    ...I think you know.

    Ah, but I do. And I shan't tell a soul.

    10 comments · 219 views
  • 31w, 1d
    Attending Trotcon

    I'm breaking the silence (and my self-imposed exile) to announce that I will be at Trotcon in Columbus, Ohio, between June 20th and June 22nd. This is mostly so I can see friends again and to spend time with them, and not necessarily because of the pony fandom. Sorry.

    I'll either be attending as a helper, as I have several friends vending, or as a panelist. That's still up in the air.

    2 comments · 151 views
  • 61w, 4d
    Fin

    As of today, I have decided to cease any and all work on any of my pony fics. Questions answered below:

    Why?

    -----

    Several reasons. I'm back in nursing school, struggling to figure out what I want to do with my life, I'm on the verge of moving (which is just next week), and there's a few other things. The biggest one, however, is this fandom and this site. This fandom is filled with some of the most ungrateful, misogynistic, and self-centered people I have ever encountered, and the fact that it continues (and will do so for quite a while) is equal parts sickening and depressing. Moreso, writing for the pony fandom is no longer enjoyable -- I can work on something, post it here, and it is instead drowned out by a plethora of poorly-written ship fics and crossovers, none of which have even the slightest bit of originality to them. The userbase on this site is immensely frustrating, tends to have very poor tastes in literature, and few of them have any understanding of storytelling mechanics. Unless something is explicitly explained to them, they simply won't get it, and having to explain myself repeatedly is aggravating.

    You don't really mean that, do you?

    -----

    I do. Every word of it. Don't get me wrong, I've made some amazing friends through the pony fandom, but by and large, it's filled with individuals I want nothing to do with. I'm done contributing when I'm not getting any satisfaction out of it. I'll still watch the show, still moderate the chatroom, and I'll still attend conventions (mostly because friends are vending and I'm there to support them), but no more writing. I have neither the time nor the energy for it.

    But I really liked your stories! Will you ever finish some of them?

    -----

    Maybe. Maybe not. That's for me to decide, and constantly harassing and begging me to come back will very likely do the opposite. Please respect my decision.

    Where will you be at?

    -----

    Around. I still mod the chatroom, and all my contact info is still in my bio.

    None of my fics will be deleted, including those that are incomplete.

    So long, and thanks for all the fish.

    -Vargras

    38 comments · 761 views
  • 64w, 4d
    Oh

    14 comments · 400 views
  • 67w, 3d
    Back

    I've actually been back from Bronycon, but I haven't been on the site much, mostly because my Ponyfiction Vault interview went up and all the comments were about the state I was from and not the actual story itself. SLIGHTLY DISAPPOINTED THERE, FIMFIC.

    Also hi new watchers, I'll do more stuff eventually.

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The Night Guard are as efficient as they are enigmatic, but it takes the curiosity of a recruit to discover that some things are simply best left unsaid.

Fic is rated Teen for dark content and brief mentions of violence, hate crimes, and death.

Featured on Equestria Daily! Thanks to everyone who has read, reviewed, and commented!

First Published
24th Apr 2012
Last Modified
24th Apr 2012
#1 · 135w, 23h ago · 1 · ·

For anyone curious, the term 'opliptera' is based upon the word 'chiroptera', which is the order that bats fall under. 'Chiroptera' is derived from the Greek words 'cheir' and 'pteron', which mean 'hand' and 'wing' respectively. This obviously doesn't apply to the bat ponies (since ponies don't have hands anyways), so I had to make some modifications. 'Opli' is a very rough translation of the Greek word for 'hoof', and so that replaced 'chiro', thus creating 'opliptera' - 'hoofwing', essentially. I know it sounds rather silly, but it was the closest I could get to a proper name for the bat ponies. You know, besides calling them 'bat ponies'.

#2 · 135w, 21h ago · · 1 ·

omg f1rst!!11

#3 · 135w, 21h ago · · ·

Easily one of the more solic fics on this site conceptually. I am a huge fan.

BR
#4 · 135w, 21h ago · · ·

Faaaanntastic!:pinkiehappy:

#5 · 135w, 21h ago · · ·

I guess I'll have to read this later.

#7 · 135w, 21h ago · · ·

>>493507 I do love a good neologism. And that, my friend, is a good neologism.

This was also a good story. Consider it loaded into my headcanon.

#8 · 135w, 20h ago · · ·

Interesting take on the Lunar guard, though there's some vocabulary in there that not everypony will know. A "Neophyte" can have serveral meanings, though yes it does mean a new recruit to a religious order most of the time. I got a very Rahz Al Ghoul vibe from Noctis at the end when she said "what must be done". It sounded a lot like "doing what is necessary" from Batman Begins, haha.

I myself am working on a Lunar Stallion fic right now, maybe you can swing by if you get a minute. :pinkiehappy:

#9 · 135w, 20h ago · · ·

Another beautiful piece, Vargras. Another deserved feather in your crowded literary cap, and it's a complimentary plume to be sure.

:ajsmug:

#10 · 135w, 19h ago · · ·

Nice take on the 'bat ponies'. I especially liked the way you left that ending wide open for interpretation. Definitely see where the tragedy tag comes from with this little piece. It can be hard to picture Equestria being a place where ponies wouldn't try and be kind and charitable to one another, but we've seen examples of less-than-kind behavior in the show, so I can see how a story like this is plausible.

Thanks for the great read, Vargras!

#11 · 135w, 16h ago · · ·

and now my headcanon has a new addition if you dont mind

#12 · 135w, 6h ago · · ·

A neat old origins story. Good, but... well, forgettable. Dunno if that's the right word. It's not incompetently written, I just... can't quite seem to put my finger on it. Could be a case of "not my cup of tea", tbh.

#13 · 134w, 6d ago · · ·

Very nice story. I have always had a soft spot for stories of the guards, and this is no exception. I actually thought the species name was rather clever (as I myself could never find a term that I felt that would stick.) The last line was very much open to what it could mean. They could be the "Dark Knights" hated when they needed to be, but there when needed. Or quite simply they are great fighters, and excellent at what they do.

I am sure I am over analyzing this. Having replayed Dark Souls recently, where the orders in-game are old, but not really all spelled out either, has left me hungry for more lore. So, forgive me for that.

Great story as always!

#14 · 134w, 6d ago · · ·

>>498708

I intentionally left the ending open like that, but there's a few things it could hint at.

#15 · 134w, 6d ago · · ·

A very cool take on the Night Guards.

#16 · 134w, 6d ago · · ·

I loved this piece.  It was beautifully and artistically written!  In a lot of ways, the story of the opliptera reminds me of that of the Roma and Traveller societies.  The open ended aspect is really neat.  Great work!

#17 · 134w, 6d ago · · ·

>>494093 Ditto headcanonized with impunity.

>>493507

You did your homework all right, and it shows. I truly am impressed.

#18 · 134w, 6d ago · · ·

>>493507

Now I'm wondering if I can borrow Noctis for my own fic.  You will be credited, of course.

#19 · 134w, 6d ago · · ·

>>502848

That's fine. I had someone else already PM me and ask if Ferous could make a cameo in their fic.

Unless it's for a clopfic. If it is, I'm saying no.

#20 · 134w, 5d ago · · ·

>>503028

Don't worry.  I don't do clop.  You have my word.

#21 · 134w, 5d ago · · ·

Here, let me give you an "I've enjoyed this" face...

Ok, MY "I've enjoyed this" face

#22 · 134w, 5d ago · · ·

I could have sworn I was watching you. Apparently not :applejackconfused:.

Your fics are awesome, and I quite enjoyed your take on the bat ponies. Thank you for sharing!

#23 · 134w, 5d ago · · ·

Oh Yes, instant win there needs to be more Guardspony stories.

#24 · 134w, 5d ago · · ·

so what exaclty happned after the scene ended, did the night gaurd kill the gaurdsman, or was he left alone???

#25 · 134w, 5d ago · · ·

Sequel.

Want.

SO BAD :raritydespair:

#26 · 134w, 5d ago · · ·

You know, I've always considered the night guards to be thestrals. In Harry Potter, the character Luna Lovegood is able to see thestrals, which are winged horse like creatures associated with death. They have leathery bat like wings, and faces with reptilian features (in MLP, the guards have dragon like eyes, also a reptilian feature). They can be domesticated, and remain very loyal to their masters. In Harry Potter, they can only be seen by those who have witnessed death. They have an overall, grim appearance.

So, yeah... That's how I always interpreted it. Princess Luna vs Luna Lovegood. Thestrals from Harry Potter, vs the thestral Lunar Guards. It just always fit right to me. Given how much the show's creators enjoy their pop culture references, I can't even say it surprises me. :twilightsmile:

#27 · 134w, 5d ago · · ·

>>506536

The ending is meant to be open to interpretation. I won't say what did or didn't happen.

>>506829

MAYBEEEEE. I don't know yet.

#28 · 134w, 5d ago · · ·

>>507013

Good enough for me :rainbowdetermined2:

#29 · 134w, 5d ago · · ·

I've always been fascinated by the Lunar or Night Guard, as they are called. Perhaps that is is born from the notion that I am writing a story circling around one myself, but... let's get to it, shall we?

I expected such a story to be a tragic one, and it wasn't just because of the story tag. I never imagined the Night Guard to be glorified but vilified, and you didn't disappoint. Their story is one of estrangement and prejudice, and of fallen glory. To see how beautifully you spun the Royal Sisters into lore and intertwined the opliptera with it... it was amazing. Forsaken for their appearance alone, taken and trained to be the best by the Lady of the Night, and torn asunder in the Endless Night...

They endure because they can endure, keeping faith that they would find salvation.

I'm glad I read this, Vargras. Perhaps I stray in my own headcanon on the Lunar/Night Guard, but your interpretation, your story is still something I found... powerful in more ways than one.

Thank you kindly,

Adder1

#30 · 134w, 5d ago · · ·

I really like this. It gives depth not only to the bat-ponies, but also to Equestria as a whole. I am very fond of such "slice of life" stories that have a hint of "mythology" added to them.

Story-wise, I came across no errors or awkward phrasings that halted the flow. In fact, the story works perfectly well, especially the open ending. I sincerely don't understand the urges of the people for a sequel, as this story -- although with an open ending -- wraps up itself nicely.

You were able to build a strong plot (their past) on top of a shitty premise (have a talk) and you conducted it with mastery. This is truly one great fanfic that, if I may, should be considered fanon as to Equestrian past.

#31 · 134w, 5d ago · · ·

*sniffle*

#32 · 134w, 5d ago · · ·

That was pretty damn awsome.

#33 · 134w, 4d ago · · ·

Very nicely written. A brilliant theory as too who the Night Guard are, as well as their past. A very intriguing idea that a lot of people are going to like.

Fury of the Tempest fav's this story.

>>506536

Why would she kill him?

RBDash47
Site Blogger
#34 · 134w, 4d ago · · ·

A little disappointed that this is tagged as Complete. There's a lot of meat on dem bones.

#35 · 134w, 4d ago · · ·

>>508617

I'm aware of it, but my plate is rather full for now, and this was an idea that simply popped into my head and was begging to be written down. I might return to it at a later date.

RBDash47
Site Blogger
#36 · 134w, 4d ago · · ·

>>508643

It stands alone quite well, of course, and I do think there's an argument to be made in not jumping the shark, as it were.

#37 · 134w, 4d ago · · ·

that last line :O great story

#38 · 134w, 2d ago · · ·

I love the way you've made this sound.  It's conversational in its tone, and the sentences descriptive.

The only fault I can think of is the inherent difficulty in lynching a creature capable of flight.

#39 · 134w, 2d ago · · ·

>>521397

Not as difficult as it might seem when you've got a mob backing you up. All that's needed is to catch them by surprise.

#40 · 133w, 3d ago · · ·

Look like more headcanon for me! :pinkiehappy:

#41 · 133w, 1d ago · · ·

"Ferous" is an odd name.  Should it be "Ferrous"?

#42 · 133w, 1d ago · · ·

>>563065

Nope! The name was intentionally spelled that way.

#43 · 133w, 1d ago · · ·

>>563190 What's its etymology?  The only result Google pulls up is a Latin suffix, but with the emphasis on the latter syllable it would make for an awkward given name.

#44 · 133w, 1d ago · · ·

>>563218

It's just based upon 'Ferrous', as you said. That, by itself, seemed like an odd name to me, so I simply lopped off an R. It's still pronounced the same way.

#45 · 130w, 3d ago · · ·

Fascinating read, I'll be adding it to my head-canon as well.  I'd like to think that they became good friends after this but for some reason I keep thinking Ferous gets killed for knowing too much.  

#46 · 129w, 3d ago · · ·

The idea behind this (very well-written, mind you!) story seems quite thought-out and very fitting (almost canon-possible). Congrats on it and thanks for sharing the story. :twilightsmile:

#47 · 123w, 6d ago · · ·

>>493507

planning on eventually writing a TON of bat-pony stuff, so if you don't mind, I'll credit you with any mentions to the word, though it would probably only come up around Twilight :twilightsmile:

#48 · 123w, 4d ago · · ·

*slow applaud*

Lovely. Just... lovely. The tone, the mood, the flow, the language... it was brilliant.

#49 · 120w, 2d ago · · ·

Exquisite, well done.

#50 · 119w, 9h ago · · ·

It's good. :ajsmug:

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