While visiting the earth pony town of Promise, the Great and Powerful Trixie is coerced into searching for a missing foal against her own better judgment. But things are not as straightforward as they first appear. When push comes to shove, what kind of pony is Trixie at heart?
41w, 1dMy Triumphant (?) Return3 comments · 65 views
Greetings, bronies and ponies! I know I dropped off the face of the internet for a while, due to a combination of personal issues and a creative slump. Long story short, I am back, which I'm sure comes as a great relief to all two of you who even remember me. In any case, I intend to finish my incomplete fics and write some more that have been nibbling at my cerebellum for far too long now.
102w, 4dWrecked Trains12 comments · 150 views
Most of you probably know what this is about. To those who don't, my brony twow443 sums up my thoughts pretty well, so I'm not going to repeat his blog post here. Go read his.
Suffice to say the Train Wreck Explorers group is gone. I think knighty did a bad thing there, and I think he handled it very poorly. The worst part is that there was no warning, no "you guys had better shape up," no "I've been hearing a lot of complaints." He simply nuked us and that was that. There were some valuable and interesting forum posts in the old TWE forum, but they're gone now.
But he's the big guy and I'm just a humble writer/reviewer. What's done is done.
I think what the TWE did was valuable, and I mean to continue. I may no longer be a TWE member, but I'm a TWE alumnus, and many of the people whose fics I reviewed were honestly grateful. I'm not stopping. I will keep reviewing. I will bear my Approved Reviewer stamp with pride.
If you want a review, PM me. If you get a review and don't want to hear it, all I ask is that you react civilly. A simple "Thanks, not interested" will get me to leave you alone.
So. Yeah. That's what I have to say on the matter.
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103w, 2dTrixie! Trixie! Trixie!17 comments · 102 views
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105w, 1dThe Tragical Historie of King Sombra8 comments · 155 views
So Season 3 gave us a new villain, the unicorn King Sombra, and he was pretty flat. Nightmare Moon was darkly majestic, Discord was delightfully twisted, and Chrysalis was flat-out creepy. Sombra was just . . . flat. Evil for evil's sake, or so it seemed.
Being me, I decided to look deeper.
What do we know about Sombra? Celestia tells us that he was "a unicorn whose heart was black as night." This is important, as we shall see. We know that he took over the Crystal Empire, and we know that he wore full armor – an even heavier suit that the Royal Guards are seen to wear.
We also know that he was a tyrant, if Celestia's testimony and images of chained earth ponies are anything to go by. We know he was cautious – he secured the Crystal Heart in his palace where only he could access it, rather than hiding it in some distant place. We also know he was cruel – aside from his tyranny, his final act when defeated was to curse the empire he ruled.
I propose a theory.
King Sombra was a mortal unicorn. From his armor – notably heavier than that worn by the royal guards – we can assume he was a warlord of sorts. This implies, despite his facility with magic, a concern for the physical.
FiM villains are known for their motivations, and Sombra is the first to lack one. Let's give him one. Since the Crystal Empire was in the arctic north, it's reasonable to assume there were dangers beyond the weather – wandering Ursas, timberwolves, windigoes, and who knows what else. The world of Equestria is a dangerous places. It's plausible, therefore, that Sombra's original intentions were good: he wanted to protect the Empire, and he decided to do this by making it strong. To do this, he had to be in a position of power, and the current rulers – with their focus on "weaker" emotions like love – had to be ousted.
Another interesting facet of Sombra's appearance is his glowing green eyes, trailing plumes of violet light. We see this effect elsewhere: when Celestia channels Dark Magic to show Twilight what Sombra's reign was like, and again when Twilight herself does so. Since friendship and love are tangible sources of power, it is plausible that this magic is a manifestation of darker emotions – hatred, fear, envy, and bitterness. Let is assume this is so.
So, Sombra is a well-meaning tyrant who was presumably carried away with his own power, ego, and darker side. The fact that the Divine Sisters together were required to put him down – at which they were not completely successful – says that he was powerful. And when the Sisters struck him down, he was not slain; he was transformed into living shadow and imprisoned within the arctic ice. Whether this was by accident or design is irrelevant at this point.
Sombra was not an immortal alicorn, or a demigod of chaos. He was a mortal unicorn, and possibly a very physical one (the armor implies a keen awareness of his own mortality). He is suddenly bereft of his body, alone with the Dark Magic of Hatred, unable to either escape or die. Is it any wonder that he went utterly mad? From the intelligent being he had been (all the powerful spellcasters we've seen have also been reasonably smart), he devolves to something barely sapient, a primal force of hatred, with one thought: reclaim his empire. Whether to save or destroy it, he himself no longer knows. Unable to speak or even think coherently, he is an elemental entity, governed by the magic of hatred that once served him.
Such a fate is ghastly to imagine.