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  • 2w, 2d
    You Can Call Me...

    Dr. GrassAndClouds2.

    I.e., the PhD thesis defense went well. :-)

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  • 3w, 1d
    Rejected Video Game Titles

    Five Nights with Fluttershy

    Rainbow Dash Six

    The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Sparkle Princess

    Amnesia: A Machine for Pinkies

    Pacmare

    Luna: The Blue-ish Star

    Derpyronpa

    Dragon: The Bruce Cheerilee Story

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  • 12w, 6d
    Afterlife With Archie

    ...continues to be awesome.

    That is all.

    (Oh, and really looking forward to the forthcoming "Betty: RIP" arc!)

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  • 15w, 1d
    JULP Update

    After review by the Lunaverse Quorum, Just Us Little Ponies has been approved for Lunaverse-canon status! Woohoo!

    Thanks once again to everyone, including RDD, Emeral, and Fizzy for reviewing it, and Talon for being an incredibly helpful and supportive beta. :-)

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  • 18w, 4d
    I Don't Get It

    So, I listened to a couple episodes of Welcome to Night Vale. And... I'm not feeling it.

    I mean, I get that it's funny for maybe fifteen minutes to have a stereotypically deep voiced radio announcer talking about various horrible things as if it's mundane. "And, next Tuesday, the secret police will be executing citizens who failed to take out the garbage! Oh, those cads!" But after that fifteen minutes, I don't get what else there is of interest. That kind of story, to me, could use either a plotline about exploring the town and actually trying to solve its mysteries, or a plotline about fighting the various depravities of the town. As it is, there doesn't really seem to be a plotline, except for the recent 'vs Strex Corp' thing... which doesn't work for me, because they could have done a vs plotline with the Town Council or the Sheriff's Secret Police or any other of the fascist or monstrous things in town; it feels manipulative to suddenly say, "Wait, they really are heros! Look, here's some brand new bad guys whom Cecil and the others will oppose!" when they haven't really done anything heroic in the past.

    What's frustrating is they have Carlos, the scientist character, and I feel like a much better story could be told if Cecil were instead made a field reporter and permanently attached to the science team. Then you can have a consistent plot, exploring the mysteries one at a time, maybe even solving one now and then, and slowly filling out the world in spare moments. Instead, the episodes I saw were shotgun blasts full of random worldbuilding details, with no buildup to anything and no indicator that the story is progressing.

    But it's crazy popular. So I guess I'm asking, to any fans of the series... what am I not getting?

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Octavia Philharmonica has achieved everything she ever dreamed of. Thanks to her skill, talent, and friends, she has risen to the rank of Court Musician and has earned the right to perform for the Princess and the nobles as frequently as she could want. Yet the musical scene of Canterlot is never still, and she learns that a new musician is taking the city by storm. At first, Octavia's interest in the musician is merely professional, and she wants only to learn more about his new style of music. However, as she is drawn deeper into his concerts, she learns that this newcomer harbors a wicked secret, and his phenomenal success may have more to do with dark magic than music. Octavia will need to use all of her ability and strength to expose the truth and stop him, or the entire city may fall under his sway.


Though AU, the only thing you need to know from the setting (Lunaverse) is that Luna is raising both the sun and the moon. Anything else relevant will be covered in-story

First Published
5th Dec 2012
Last Modified
30th Dec 2012
#1 · 98w, 2d ago · · · The Pony Everypony Knows ·

New story!

I don't know about all of you, but I have a good feeling about Octavia's first rave. :-)

As for continuity, I see this as a tie-in. I do want some elements of it to be able to move into the canon episodes at some point (Paperweight and Metail especially), but since it doesn't really involve the L6 or M6, it's not a full episode.

As for when it is... originally, it was slated for S2, but there's nothing really placing it there besides the concept that Octavia has been the Court musician for 'a while' at this point. And time is fungible in MLP, like how it's only winter for one episode. So that's not a big deal, and I decided to write it now as a late-S1 tie in.

#2 · 98w, 2d ago · · · The Pony Everypony Knows ·

Out of curiosity, have you every heard anyone ask for someone's handograph?

Also...Kinda nervous with the summery there. Maybe I'm getting worked up over nothing...Or maybe you really are going to go that route.

Please don't go that route.

#4 · 98w, 2d ago · · · The Pony Everypony Knows ·

Premise sounds promising, will track this, good luck!

-Minty

#5 · 98w, 2d ago · · · The Pony Everypony Knows ·

>>1744449 The Batman:Fortunate Son route.

#6 · 98w, 2d ago · · · The Pony Everypony Knows ·

>>1744497: I haven't read it, although I've seen the AT4W review of it. Rest assured:

1. No one complains about capitalism or profit-seeking ruining art.

2. No one insinuates that an entire genre of music is bad. The problem is the one guy, not that metal itself is somehow corrupt.

The reason why it's a different genre than classical is that the new guy needs to be playing music Octavia isn't familiar with, or the story doesn't work.

#7 · 98w, 2d ago · · · The Pony Everypony Knows ·

>>1744501 So...we going to see other performers then?

#8 · 98w, 2d ago · · · The Pony Everypony Knows ·

>>1744513: There's a fair chance of that happening, yes. It'll be hard for Octavia to figure this guy out if she has no idea what non-evil metal is supposed to sound like in the first place.

#9 · 98w, 2d ago · · · The Pony Everypony Knows ·

>>1744527 Cool.

And you still haven't answerd my first question. Have you ever heard someone ask for a Handograph?

#10 · 98w, 2d ago · 1 · · The Pony Everypony Knows ·

>>1744449

Left on forty-seventh, down into the bad neighbourhood.

#11 · 98w, 2d ago · · · The Pony Everypony Knows ·

>>1744529: No, but hoofograph sounds cooler than hoofprint. :-)

#12 · 98w, 2d ago · · · The Pony Everypony Knows ·

Well, as I've said before, you're better at writing music than any other author I know - that includes published ones, BTW. And this story has me officially intrigued.

I'll add it to the tie-ins section.

#13 · 98w, 2d ago · · · The Pony Everypony Knows ·

Interesting start. Bit rapid for my tastes but you've definitely intrigued me. Hope to read more soon and thanks for sharing.

#14 · 98w, 2d ago · · · The Pony Everypony Knows ·

Well, this is an interesting start. Can't wait to see where this goes...:twilightsmile:

#15 · 98w, 2d ago · 1 · · The Pony Everypony Knows ·

did....did Octy get asked out on a date without realizing she was being asked out on a date?

#16 · 98w, 2d ago · · · The Pony Everypony Knows ·

I gotta admit, Octavia comes off as... arrogant and entitled sometimes concerning music. I don't exactly have perfect pitch, but I don't think I have to be as 'aware' of music as she is in order to buckin' compliment her without coming off like she thinks.

Anyway, goo start. Glad you're aware of Fortunate Son. Punk is not crime nor rage of the beast. :pinkiecrazy:

#17 · 98w, 2d ago · · · The Pony Everypony Knows ·

I'm loving this so far, as always the way you describe the music is fantastic.

The relationship that has clearly developed between Octavia and Luna is nice to see too. Being the court musician has worked out well for her.

#18 · 98w, 2d ago · · · The Pony Everypony Knows ·

I think the main issue with translating the Lunaverse into a traditional animated series would be finding someone as talented in making music as you are in writing it. I love your musician stories, can't wait to read more:pinkiehappy:

#19 · 98w, 2d ago · · · The Pony Everypony Knows ·

>>1744535 And...You couldn't just use autograph? You had to make a pony pun?

Also, I'm, hung up on the word choice of an inconsequential word in an entirely inconsequential scene. I...I feel the intense need to do something productive right now.

#20 · 98w, 2d ago · · · The Pony Everypony Knows ·

>>1745045: Heh. Octy doesn't know much about dates, that's for sure.

>>1745311: As the Court Musician (who also became a media name due to all the build up over the Symphony), she probably has to deal with a lot of suck-ups who want to use her to get close to Luna. I don't blame her for being a bit paranoid, although, yes, she may well take it too far.

>>1745565>>1745460>>1745038>>1744840>>1744554: Glad you all like it! :-)

#21 · 98w, 2d ago · · · The Pony Everypony Knows ·

Well, this seems off to a fairly good start. :twilightsmile:

>>1745045 Heh, I didn't even think of that!

#22 · 98w, 1d ago · · · The Pony Everypony Knows ·

So much to love about this story!

- Octavia is helping Luna raise the sun. That is just amazing. It's so sweet that Luna actually has somepony making her daily burden just a little bit lighter.

- Paperweight is adorable! He's so enthusiastic and excitable!

- Octavia is so classy. Arrogant, maybe, but she's in a position to be arrogant. She's basically won at life.

- Octavia dressed up for a rave is hilarious. Somepony needs to draw this.

- Thrash Metail. Seems awesome, but something is wrong, if he can make Octavia dance to music that she knows, knows is bad. I have a theory as to what's going on here...

So, yeah. Awesome start, I love it!

#23 · 98w, 1d ago · · · The Pony Everypony Knows ·

>>1749725: Glad you love it!

One note though: Paperweight is female. And I'm glad you like the character. I figured that Octy could use a hyper, silly, almost Pinkie-esque but slightly more sane, friend. :-D

#24 · 98w, 23h ago · · · Crescendo and Metail ·

I like Crescendo. She's cool. (And hopefully the name isn't already taken by a Daughter of Discord or something; if it is and I forgot, ping me and I'll change it).

Metail's kind of a jerk, I guess. Although he should have known better than to try to get Octavia to help him with lies. Honesty's kind of her thing. Well, that and awesome music.

And I really like Octavia's reaction at the very end there. She just got blasted with multiple hours of whatever it is Metail is doing... and she's still all, "Yeah, I'm gonna get to the bottom of this." She's a tough one.

#25 · 98w, 18h ago · · · Crescendo and Metail ·

heh. Hypnotic music. Nice.

#26 · 98w, 18h ago · · · Crescendo and Metail ·

Ooh...Metail's an evil bard! Awesome!

#27 · 98w, 17h ago · · · Crescendo and Metail ·

>>1756705

the real question is whether or not he is spoony as well

#28 · 98w, 16h ago · · · Crescendo and Metail ·

Spoony's an elitist self-aggrandizing deluded ass... So yeah seems like a good characterization to give for this guy.

Anyway, really interesting story. Odd how the mind control seems to be working. Would've thought it was a little more something to do with the crowds, though if there is a draining of energy angle that's really quite interesting indeed. Overall quite a well written story with a lot more ground to cover and an interesting story backing then whole thing up. Thanks very much for sharing and can't wait to read the more.

#29 · 98w, 15h ago · · · Crescendo and Metail ·

>>1756788 I thought he'd be more forky. :pinkiehappy:

Anyway, wow. He is seriously messing with Octy, here. Although I do agree with Crescendo's views on Octavia, how high she's got her muzzle in the air sometimes.

#30 · 98w, 15h ago · · · Crescendo and Metail ·

>>1757416

.....seriously? You do know the reference, right?

#31 · 98w, 15h ago · · · Crescendo and Metail ·

>>1757433 Yes, I know the reference. I was making a joke.

#32 · 98w, 14h ago · · · Crescendo and Metail ·

Badass musician is badass, I really love this rendition of Octavia, as well as how resistant she is to Metail's machinations.

She was familiar with such thoughts… she’d had them before. Thoughts of horrific inadequacy, of being a worthless failure. They were wrong then, and they were wrong now.

I'm guessing this is a reference to her kidnapping in her last story?

#33 · 98w, 14h ago · · · Crescendo and Metail ·

rhythmical (music/chant-based) magic always tends to be the most subtle and powerful, but not many can actually pull off describing it.

#34 · 98w, 12h ago · · · Crescendo and Metail ·

Alright, I'm going to put my guess out here now, but ROT13 in case I turn out to be right and it's a spoiler: Guenfu Zrgnvy vf hfvat gur nyvpbea nzhyrg.

You've written Octavia's integrity and discipline very well here, and it's such a sharp contrast when she loses it. It's a clear demonstration that something's going very wrong. She makes a very good point about the difference between "I think Thrash Metail is a good musician" and "I should recommend Thrash Metail to Luna and the Court". Thrash really doesn't know what it takes to be a successful musician, does he? He's been thrust into the heights of musical fame without working his way up the way a normal musician would, and he doesn't understand what he's supposed to do now.

#35 · 98w, 11h ago · · · Crescendo and Metail ·

Uh, oh. :twilightoops: Octavia, don't listen! :raritydespair:

Anyway, another good chapter. I like Octavia's integrity, and Metail is becoming more and more ominous. I guess I don't have any thoughts on Crescendo yet, but I guess we'll see what happens. It would be awful, though, if Octavia, without the creepy brainwashing stuff, viewed Crescendo's music objectively and didn't like it, and that furthered her impression that Metail is actually good at the genre. :twilightoops:

#36 · 98w, 10h ago · · · Crescendo and Metail ·

A dinner. He’s having a few business associates over for salad and pasta; they’re talking about building this big new dam in Latigo. It’s a really big deal – if it goes through, it’ll be one of the biggest dams in Equestria.

:pinkiehappy:

"Frankly my dear, I don't give a dam."

...

...

...

...

Sorry, couldn't resist.  Thought it was a dam shame no one took advantage of it.  :raritywink:

#37 · 98w, 7h ago · · · Crescendo and Metail ·

>>1756705: I love the idea of magic, particularly mental magic, crossed with music. Music is already a way to influence emotions, adding magic just makes things more awesome.

>>1757211: Glad you're enjoying it! And I'm also glad that Metail's characterization is working well for you.

>>1757416: Well, when she spends all her time focusing on the embodiment of the moon, I suppose it's only natural that she'd have her head in the clouds. :-)

>>1757542: Yes. Glad you appreciate Octavia's characterization as well.

>>1758088: No comment on the ROT13 stuff. :-) But yes, that's what I'm going for with Octavia. She loves his music, but she has too much integrity to recommend him based on that alone... and yeah, Thrash doesn't know how to deal with things like this. Not that he won't try, of course.

>>1758533: Glad you're enjoying it!

>>1758732: *badum-tish*

#38 · 97w, 6d ago · · · Crescendo and Metail ·

Well, Metail sure itrouble. I wonder why Crescendo is immune to his mind-affecting.

#39 · 97w, 6d ago · · · Crescendo and Metail ·

>>1762169: Stay tuned to find out! :-)

(Actually, there've been a couple of hints in the story already that it could probably already be deduced, but I'll spell it out more explicitly in a later chapter).

#40 · 97w, 5d ago · · · Musician and Fraud ·

I apologize for any errors. I am practically a zombie due to a marathon day of flying that is not yet over.

Score one for Octavia! Hard work beats fraud every time, at least in pony land. And she defends Paperweight too from a couple lazy slackers. For that matter, I think Paperweight and Pinkie Pie would get along well.

Next time: Thrash plots his revenge, and Octavia goes to a real metal concert. Hijinks ensue -- I promise!

(Random note: on the legality of the spell, I don't know if it's legal or not (with permission) in mlp, but Octavia doesn't know either and is assuming that it is, hence her not bringing charges).

#41 · 97w, 5d ago · · · Musician and Fraud ·

Looking forward to seeing what she thinks of Crescendo’s stuff.

Nice musical analysis by Octavia, straight up transcribing his music to study it.

#42 · 97w, 5d ago · · · Musician and Fraud ·

Can't believe I'm about to say this... but go, Octavia! :rainbowdetermined2: I can so see her staying up all night to analyze his music. And yeah, I figured it was some sort of spell pretty early. :trixieshiftleft::trixieshiftleft: Great job on this one!

#43 · 97w, 5d ago · · · Musician and Fraud ·

This was good, but I can't help but feel you kind of rushed Octavia's discovery a little quickly.  A bit more of her trying to figure things out and comparing other musicians in the same style first before confronting him seems like it might have made this a bit of a better story.  Overall though really solid writing and plotting though and thanks very much for sharing.

#44 · 97w, 5d ago · · · Musician and Fraud ·

Hmmmm.......I wonder where it is that L!Twilight gets her annoying tendency to focus on trivial details at the expense of the point from. I might be wrong but I think I saw something that might point me in the right direction.

#45 · 97w, 5d ago · · · Musician and Fraud ·

♪♪This Concert's going to be perfect....

#46 · 97w, 5d ago · · · Musician and Fraud ·

>>1772191: It's perhaps worth noting that the pages don't really have an unbiased view of the guy.

>>1772308: I hope so!

>>1772098: I thought about it, but the chapter was running long already. Besides, Octy's metal revelations, I think, will come best experienced live.

>>1772030: Why were you not expecting to say it? She's the hero. :-) But I'm glad you liked it.

>>1771888: I think you'll like next chapter, then. :-) Glad you liked this one too.

#47 · 97w, 5d ago · · · Musician and Fraud ·

I kind of wonder what Thrash is going to do now. I imagine it's going to be something more aggressive, but can't really guess much at the details.

Also, I only spotted one error, so I'd say your tiredness didn't impair your writing as much as you thought it might have.

Then I won’t keep you any longer. Best wishes, Octavia.”

There's only one quotation mark on this quote, rather than two.

#48 · 97w, 5d ago · · · Musician and Fraud ·

False Metal is the worst kind of metal.

Metal should be pure.

#49 · 97w, 5d ago · · · Musician and Fraud ·

>>1772586: Indeed. Fortunately, Crescendo has just the playlist for her. :-)

#50 · 97w, 5d ago · · · Musician and Fraud ·

Always enjoy a good Octavia story, and you write her so well that I think I'll keep reading as many of these stories as you want to put out. Looking forward to seeing just what Thrash is up to and why he's so eager to get his hoof into the door in court. In fact he seems very specific about playing for Luna. While part of me figures this is just another random political scheme I think it'd be rather funny if Thrash just wanted to play for Luna because he's audacious enough to use it as an opportunity to hit on her.

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