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  • E Far From The Tree

    After stumbling upon Apple Bloom in a compromising position with a colt, Applejack comes to terms with her little sister growing up and wonders what role she's meant to play in her life. Written for "The Most Dangerous Game" contest.
    10,457 words · 4,367 views  ·  517  ·  6
  • T I Am Demon

    I am Cold, swirling snow that turns ponies against each other. I am Survivor, the one the Friendfyre spell didn't catch. I am Demon, and Clover the Clever is my Master. *1st-place finalist in EqD's Outside Insight contest.*
    15,842 words · 1,596 views  ·  357  ·  9 · sex · gore
  • T Sky Pirates of Equestria: Phoenix Flight

    In a world where magical airship travel has directed and defined life in Equestria for centuries, the RES Corona is the most dangerous ship in the Equestrian Navy. A cocksure band of six unlikely pirates begs to differ. AU, technically post-S3.
    16,706 words · 1,880 views  ·  182  ·  3
  • T Harmony

    An adaptation of BioShock for the world of MLP, starring several OCs and the entire Mane cast.
    103,530 words · 9,802 views  ·  805  ·  27
  • T It Only Hurts When I'm Sober

    Of three things Octavia was absolutely certain. One: she liked stallions. Two: her conductor expected grace and perfection from all her players. And three: the fact that she just drunkenly slept with Vinyl Scratch didn't match up with EITHER.
    8,382 words · 4,729 views  ·  282  ·  8
  • T Loop

    Doctor Sparks had heard stories about Canterlot General Hospital being haunted. In retrospect, he probably should’ve listened to them. Right now, all he wants is to escape the monsters pursuing him and get out of the loop before it's too l
    13,715 words · 1,105 views  ·  87  ·  2 · gore
  • T NIGEB

    Nigeb. Go back. Go back. Nigeb.
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  • T Onebuck-Mare

    Applejack is an honest worker, a loving sister, and a great friend. Also, she can destroy any enemy in existence with a single buck. She doesn't like to brag about it. [A shameless adaptation of Onepunch-Man.]
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  • 1w, 5d
    Falling

    In a way, Pinkie Pie had always been falling. Sometimes she just forgot to look down.

    She couldn't remember when she had started falling. What she meant to say was, she had no memory that were specifically of falling. She had memories around falling. Memories where she was or wasn't, dreaming or asleep. The falling was not a thing she could measure. She had no idea how far she'd fallen, how far left she had to go. There was a bottom, certainly, and she was moving towards it, but aside from that it was all a mystery.

    She would land, of course. Everypony landed later or sooner. Sometimes near the top, sometimes on one of the craggy promontories jutting out from the cliffside behind her. Always at the bottom. She didn't know when she'd land, just that eventually she would. She supposed that was what was supposed to make it bearable. The not-knowing. The not-wondering.

    She didn't think she'd reach the bottom, though. The promontories came up too quick, stretched too wide out from the cliffside. Sometimes she barely missed them, skirting past by the tip of her nose or a few hairs on her head. Sometimes she wondered if she should. After all, she could steer herself enough to dodge them. After all, she certainly wouldn't miss falling. It left a nasty feeling in her belly: weightless, nauseating, frustrating. Falling was hard. Falling was exhausting.

    Sometimes she'd fall asleep. Sometimes she'd dream for weeks, live in a place where the wind didn't tear at her mane and suck the life out of her eyes if she dared to squint them open. Sometimes the promontories would shrink down into pebbles, into pustules easily plucked off as she passed. Sometimes she knew they'd never be big enough to land on. Sometimes she wondered why she ever woke up at all.

    She didn't know when she'd land, just that eventually she would.

    Sometimes she not-knew what she should probably do. Sometimes she not-wondered how hard landing would be, how painful, how scary. She wouldn't do it today, definitely not tomorrow, probably not even next week or month or year. She didn't think she'd reach the bottom, though. Maybe someday she'd misjudge how big a promontory was. Maybe someday she wouldn't. Maybe someday she'd just want to go back to sleep. Maybe someday she'd just get sick of falling.

    Maybe someday. Just not today. Today she was falling, and she hadn't decided whether to go back to sleep.

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    If you have to ask, it's only a metaphor.

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    It's only a metaphor if you have to ask.

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  • 11w, 6d
    I Have Stopped Screaming and So Now I Can Talk About Outside Insight

    For those of you wondering, that last post really wasn't as much of an exaggeration as you'd think. I spent the first hour of my afternoon class today staring at my watch until it hit 3:00 PM, and then the final twenty minutes making the exact noises I transcribed in my last post inside my head. I am nothing if not right on the verge of emotional instability at all times. It's an eventful life I lead.


    In all and complete seriousness, though, I'm finding it hard to put into words what it means to me to see I Am Demon snag the #1 spot in Outside Insight's final results. I mentioned when I announced its completion that it was the most challenging story I'd ever written, and that was only half the truth. To be honest, I don't think I've ever had a story come so close to breaking me down entirely as this one did. I averaged a productivity rate of about 400 words per hour for most of the first draft process. The first two chapters were supposed to be one single one before it ballooned out to twice the length it was supposed to be. Not a day went by when I wasn't second-guessing the narrative style or the pacing or, for God's sake, that fucking color gimmick that I was just as polarized over as anybody who reviewed it in the leadup to today.

    In the middle of all this, a chance conversation in Skype led to what I can politely call an identity crisis over the presence of a clopfic on my public account. Thus ended Like Gravity's tenure on my FIMFic page, thanks to a decision I made at two in the morning after agonizing over it for most of the preceding day. In the end, I don't regret taking it down or miss it enough to figure out how to republish it, but for those of you still wondering where the hell that came from, a little ball of stress called I Am Demon kind of exploded right around the same time. Many of you who know me personally can attest to that, and I can't thank you enough for sticking by me or, at the very least, tolerating me as I went AWOL for a week until I finished the story/briefly went insane.

    And yet, ultimately, I'm glad I Am Demon was written. In fact, I'd say I'm more proud of producing it than anything else I've done. Aside from the stylistic challenge and its phenomenal showing in the contest, it feels like I conquered something important in getting the story done on time. I averaged two thousand words a day for the last week of draft work despite still maintaining a painfully slow pace of production, and I left myself enough time to include all of the color tags, which I think I've finally settled on seeing as a really cool idea that markedly improved the story's presentation. It does help that I've adjusted the colors slightly so the yellows and cyans are readable now, though. That one, I'll grant the several people who pointed it out.

    So as far as that story's future goes, it's pretty much already set in stone. At some point later this week, it'll get its solo post on Equestria Daily, which is when I'll launch the revised and revamped version here on FIMFiction. Because FIMFic's word counter widget is enthusiastic about its job (read as: is wildly inaccurate), the story actually comes up as being around 750 words or so over the hard max limit Couch set for the Outside Insight contest. So allow me to put some potential concerns to rest here: the body of the story's text is virtually unchanged from the Google Doc version, bar a few changes of a couple words here and there. Although it's admittedly by a pretty slim margin, the GDoc version comes into under that word count max, so really the FIMFic version does too. FIMFic just doesn't think it does, because FIMFic drinks a lot and is bad at counting.

    I've only read a couple other entries in the contest, mostly for the same reasons I refrained from reading any TMDG entries before that contest had concluded. It's very likely I'll end up reading most of the finalists at some point, though, so if there's interest I could toss up short reviews of those. Other than that, I'm back to working on Firestarters, hopefully with a little more of my sanity intact. One can only dream.

    (Oh, and just a little P.S. for Cold in Gardez: I TOLD YOU BRO. I TOLD YOU I WAS COMIN' FOR YA.)

    ((Gotta be a tiebreaker now, though. Next Bronycon, no items, fists only. There can be only one.))

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  • 11w, 6d
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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 · 97w, 6h 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 · 97w, 4h 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 · 97w, 4h 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 · 96w, 6d 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 · 96w, 6d 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 · 96w, 5d 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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