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The ponies of Equestria have always looked to the stars for guidance—and there's a very good reason for that.  Back in ancient times, when the three pony tribes first united together under the Equestrian flag, the stars weren't just their guides.  They were their guardians.

They were the Zodiac, twelve immortal ponies endowed with preternatural powers reaching far beyond those of a normal stallion or mare.  For centuries, they served as the first, last, and best line of defense for ponykind.  But when an immensely powerful foe threatens to destroy not only the newly formed nation of Equestria, but the immutable institution of the Zodiac itself, the patron saints of the stars above have their work cut out for them.  With the fate of the entire world in their hooves, aspiring Hunter Leo and the rest of her super-powered friends can't afford to fail.  Luckily for the mortals down below, though, that's exactly the way they like things.

After all, those vicious beasts and demons of Hades aren't about to slay themselves.

First Published
13th Jan 2013
Last Modified
2nd Feb 2013
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(Hello everyone who is not Aqua! People seem determined to think I'm some jerk, so I thought I'd clarify this first comment.

The following is meant in sarcasm. I am giving Aqua a hard time because he is my friend and we just so happened to write stories about the same thing at the same time. Please refer to context if you are confused. Thank you.)

HEY

HEY YOU COPY CHEATER CAT PONY >:|

YOU EVEN COPIED MY COVER IMAGE OH MY GERD

YOU COPY

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PERSON!

DOWNVOTEDOWNVOTEDOWNVOTE

>>1953670

MY FIC HAS DEMON-SLAYING.

DOES YOUR FIC HAVE DEMON-SLAYING?

I DIDN'T THINK SO.

>>1953683

Just wait until Chapter 20.5.

...is... is this a knights of the zodiac inspired pony fic?

I knew it was just a matter of time! :rainbowlaugh:

Huh. Ponyscope fic. Neat. I look forward to constellations versus sin incarnate.

God, drawing Zodiac ponies is haaaard :P

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>>1953699

I DON'T KNOW YET

MAYBE IT WILL

I'LL TELL YOU WHEN I HAVE AN OUTLINE

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...What's that? "Stop writing your crappy unplanned fic because this one is entirely better?" That sounds like a good idea!

My only quibble would be that this gets awfully telly in the middle, as far as what Libra can do and what's going on at the moment. I think most of that discussion can be left to the ending, which sets this in the Equestrian timeline quite well. But I already like this, and your Pisces in particular.

#10 · 100w, 3d ago · · · Prologue ·

Interesting. I'm curious how the zodiac are going to hold themselves.:pinkiehappy:

This... is incredible. :pinkiegasp:

I shall be waiting for the next chapter. :pinkiehappy:

I hope Leo remains a main focus of the story. She's so adorable! (Another entry for my "needed emoticons list". There isn't a "Daww" emoticon, and I need one right now! :twilightangry2:)

>>1953699  Well, Cetus is kind a demon.  And the nightmare things in Tartarus are demons... but were once ponies... and they don't seem to be kill-able (mainly cuz I;m not there with my bodaciously radical mondo-mega 1980's powers!)   Nothing can stop the 80's!  :trollestia:

#13 · 100w, 3d ago · · · Prologue ·

Dude! That was awesome! I really like the villain already. The personality put into the narration was, in my personal opinion, absolutely hilarious. I really hope I'm right and that it ends up being Sombra.

#14 · 100w, 3d ago · 2 · 1 · Prologue ·

>>>He hugged his hooves around himself and brushed the dust from his forelegs, his smile still growing even after the golden ring faded off into the distance.  So the peasants and the invalids back home were ready for the world to change, were they? >>>

I'll bring them hope and change!  ALL THE HOPE AND CHANGE THEY CAN BEAR!!!  HA HA HA HA HA!!" rang the maniacal laughter of the pony named Baroque Noblamer, who is a completely original character and not based on any political figure at all..

:trollestia:

>>1953773

So there'll be two sin-themed stories in my watch list? :rainbowderp: Cool. :pinkiesmile:

I absolutely loved this story so far, and it has made my faves list.

By the way, I'm a Libra, and I approve of this depiction of the Zodiacal character. :pinkiehappy:

You know it should be THIRTEEN ponies for the zodiac because Gemini has 2 ponies. Just wondering if you know that.

>>1956827

There's a reason I said twelve, and it's something I'll go over before the first act's through.

hmmm, this appears interesting. The calm before the storm. Also, any chance of a ponyfied Ophiuchus showing up? The new 13th Zodiac gets so little love.

This is amazing. Aries is amazing, wished there was more Capricorn though :c

Traaaaaaaacking~

Oh and lets not forget the real question here, will we ever get to see the 14th Zodiac, Cetra? :pinkiegasp:

>>1953670

THIS FIC HAS NO DOWNVOTES, YOU ACCIDENTALLY THE UPVOTE BUTTON.  

I'm a Leo, and I like this Leo.

I'm a Libra through and through and I approve of the picture.

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>>1957820

MY PLAN HAS SUCCEEDED

HAHA, YOU FOOLS!

Not to go raising idols or anything like that, but don't pass over this story just because "someone was bound to make a fic about zodiac ponies." From what I know about the author, he has this story well-planned out in advance, and his friends are keeping him to a daily writing schedule come hell or high water. So I'm not too worried about this fic vaporizing into thin air halfway, which mine tend to do :/

That's a good thing (his updates, not my lack thereof). Even in this opening chapter, the relationships Aqua lays down feel like they have a very real history  behind them, and most any good story starts with good characters who interact with each other in meaningful ways. I'm really looking forward to seeing how Leo develops as the story goes on, and I hope you will, too.

That said... Virgo is best pony.

#25 · 100w, 2d ago · · · Prologue ·

Oh jeez, I'm severely impressed by this story. I was so sure that I wasn't going to like it, but I do.

#26 · 100w, 2d ago · · · Prologue ·

Impressive! I like the progression of this chapter and the crazed edge to this character's train of thought.

yes aires is a badass my zodiac is the best

I'd have said 'what about serpentarius?' but someone already raised the issue. Interesting premise there :twilightsmile:

T'was great. Can't wait to see what powers they posses.

Capricorn. Half Pony, Half Goat, Half Fish...All Hippocamp. Totally unstoppable. :rainbowdetermined2:

Oh, hello again Aquaman.

Lemme just read this, eh?

I was born on the first day of Libra, I approve of the character:scootangel:

i cant help it but every time i think of virgo i think of her saying "time for punishment princess?" thanks to fairy tail.

This is amazing. I love mythology a lot, so this is my type of story.

A cute, smart Pegasus with a fair nickname for my Zodiac sign? I approve. Go Sage!:raritystarry:

I'm a Libra (Master Zodiac) and I love the way you portray her. The leader, voice of reason. That's us Libra's alright.

It looks interesting but the "gore" rating... I'm not sure I want to read it. How much gore is there?

>>1962655

There'll be a few battle scenes.  Just a bunch of monsters getting slashed at or pegged with arrows, more or less.  No brutal dismemberments  or anything like that.

>>1962886 I wouldn't really call that gory... But I'll read now. I just don't like reading gory stories. :twilightsmile:

>>1962896

I figured I'd play it safe and add the "gore" tag in case anyone wasn't interested in seeing the Ponyscopes partake in the occasional instance of good old-fashioned blood-soaked mayhem.  Kinda makes me wish the tag read "violence" instead of "gore".

>>1962914 yeah that would make more sense. or maybe a violence and a gore. Gore for things like you know....cupcakes... and a bit less gory. when a story has blood spewing all over the walls. that's gory.

I hope there's a lot of Libra.

(Best horoscope pony.)

Edit: FUCK YES. LIBRA = BEST HOROSCOPE PONY.

I have a different set of Zodiac based beings here, except they're evil. They are still awesome though. And Sagittarius is the leader here.

You know, those could be the pony zodiac's true final forms.

I love cancer because i'am cancer!

>>1963090 My god you watch kamen rider froze?! :)

#47 · 100w, 1d ago · · · Prologue ·

So, is Leo really a lion/pony hybrid, or is he a crazy pony that likes to wear a lion costume for kicks?

As SOON as I saw that EqD post saying that Hasbro released that Zodiac Horoscope Ponies thing on their site, I figured someone would make a fic about them, and I was right!:pinkiehappy:

OH MY GOD. I was waiting for this to happen! FINALLY!!:pinkiegasp::heart:

>>1958501

You're right about everything.

Except Leo is best zodiac pony.

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