An idea up for grabs · 5:26pm
So, guys, I've had this premise for a First Encounter Assault Recon running in my head ever since the end of season 2, but I could never bring myself to write it for several reasons, which include fics I already write.
Just a warning: it's based off the Vivendi timeline, so forget anything that came after Perseus Mandate. IMO, starting from Project Origin, the games were terribly dumbed down and lost the eerie factor that the expansions actually kept alive.
The basic premise would be that a royal guard would wake up from his night's rest to a familiar cry of "FUCK HELP ME!" after a setpiece-like nightmare, and open his eyes only to see the ghost of F.E.A.R. Lieutenant Steve Chen staring at him before dissolving to ash.
At around the same time, a changeling arrives openly at the city, exhausted and terrified absolutely shitless. After he gets arrested, he desperately begs for help for his hive, because something horrible has gone down there and he's one of the few (or even the single one) who could escape. This, of course, gets the Princesses very much concerned (after they feel it safe to assume the 'ling is telling nothing but the truth) and they send a guard party to scout out the place where the changelings amassed.
As you'd expect from F.E.A.R., well... liquified corpses and bloody skeletons all around. And one of those harmless corpse apparitions that (this is really important) dissolves into ash. Basically, this sets off the poor sod who Chen contacted, and though his sanity is put into question regarding his active duty or even his functioning in pony society as a whole, he's resolved to find out just what the actual fuck happened, all the time backed by the ghost of a soldier creature the likes of which he's never seen before. Even if he has to go behind the backs of the Princesses and the Elements of Harmony, who are tasked officially with investigating things, and even after our favorite six civilian ponies realize they're in FAR over their combed little heads...
There's a lot more to the story than that, including non-magical paranormal activity, several hallucinations, Alma's dual personality (caring child vs. psycho adult), the second team (Cpt. Raynes and the [Slow-Mo-less] Sergeant protagonist), the Point Man (dead or not, preferably the latter), crossings-over into the devastated human city of Fairport, the Nightcrawlers skulking around with their own hidden agenda, and possibly the most important, Paxton Fettel helping the ponies. Fettel wants nothing with his mother lost in another whole wide world, so he helps kind of in the way he does in F.3.A.R.: seeking his own interests and nothing more, to the point where he's actually a hindrance to the heroes at times.
The real premise about it all is that Chrysalis wanted revenge for the foiled occupation of Canterlot, but realized that she couldn't do it herself, so she tried a summoning ritual to get a beast of attack.
She got Alma Wade instead.
The only thing that developed from this old, old premise is that instead of some random motherfucker suffering from Chen's apparition, it'd be (prepare your thumbs) this motherfucker:
Yes, I know, I quite hate that little personality-less wanker myself, but:
1. Vincent Tong, Flash's VA, is of Asian descent, much like Chen himself, so they could share vaguely similar voiceboxes (ignore that Chen's VA is the decidedly black Keith Ferguson - that's right, believe it or not, Bloo appeared in a horror game ).
2. Sentry is apparently an officer, going by his "elite" barding in the little while he appeared in pony form in EqG. He does serve under Shining Armor, however, so his rank is at most that of Captain. I'd say Lieutenant myself.
3. He, in pony form, strikes me as being in the 25-28 years old age bracket, like Chen seems to be.
If you really think on it, these actually make Flash scarily reminiscent of Chen, so it'd make him a bit easier for the ghost to imprint on. Besides, who DOESN'T want to torture Mr. Dreamy Cutebottom, hmm?
So yeah, here, it's out of my heart. I'm just sad that I can't work on it personally. If you have questions, feel free to ask them.
(BTW, first blog post! Hooray!)