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The "Shadow Wars"

The machinations of the Cosmic Concepts have shaped the history of the Ponies for ten thousand years.  But now their mistakes have cracked the Cosmos, and the Shadows seep through to claim our own Universe for their dark and predatory purposes.  If they can gain a bridgehead on Equestria's Earth, this will be but the first step in a war of extermination against our continuum, a war which will end in the destruction of all life in our own Universe.

Can Celestia lead the defense of the Earth and save, not only her little Ponies, but all Earthlife, from utter annihilation?  Can Luna be redeemed from the Shadows and return to her former greatness?  Will Discord prove a powerful ally, or betray them all to damnation?  Can a new generation of powerful beings aid them enough to bring victory?  Or will the Earth die, drained of its vitality by the sinister Shadows?

List of stories in the Shadow Wars universe further down the page.

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  • A Robust Solution Fluttershy comes to terms with a mistake from her past, and learns how to handle herself in the future, with the help of her good friend Rarity. by Jordan179 11,859 words · 414 views · 38 likes · 3 dislikes
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List of Stories in the Shadow Wars Series

Here are the stories of the Shadow Wars, roughly in order, including major incomplete and projected works:

Corruption at Nightfall (incomplete):  Takes place over a thousand years ago.  The tale of Prince Crimson Quartz and Lady Tourmaline of the Crystal Empire, and Princess Luna of Equestria; and how the Empire fell into darkness.

All the Way Gone (projected):  The story of how Princess Luna of Equestria fell into the Nightmare.

Collateral Damage (complete, 32,231 words):  In YOH 1481, some 19 years before the start of Season 1, ex-Guardspony tries to deliver a vital package from Appleloosa to Canterlot -- but unknown to him, an elite Changeling Infiltrator is on his trail!  Characters include Falcon Punch, Princess Ceymi, and a 9-year-old Cheerilee.  Dark tragedy, with gore and (very limited but horrifying) sexual content.

Pinkie Sense and Sensibility (incomplete):  The birth and early life of Pinkie Pie and her sisters.

Nightmares Are Tragic (complete, 32,976 words):  S1E1-2, June 21-22 YOH 1500, The Elements of Harmony, from Luna's perspective.  The core story of the Shadow Wars continuity, introducing its interpretation of the Mane Six and especially of Princess Luna and the true nature of the Shadows.

An Extended Performance: (complete, 26,639 words) S1, June YOH 1500: Side-story to Nightmares Are Tragic, detailing how Trixie defended her show against the Shadow Coven in Manehattan on the Longest Night, and what Celestia was doing while all this was going on.

A Long Night at the Hippodrome (incomplete) S1, June YOH 1500:  Side-story to An Extended Performance, detailing how Trixie's old friend Piercing Gaze dealt with the Longest Night at his theater in Baltimare.

The Romance of the Open Road (incomplete) S1, YOH 1500:  The Great and Powerful Trixie leaves Manehattan and takes to the road to win her fortune -- a road that will lead her to Ponyville.

All the Way Back (incomplete) S1, YOH 1500:  How Princess Luna, purged of the NIghtmare, recovered her power and sanity, making a place for herself in the strange new world of modern Equestria.

Least Noticeable and Little Flappy (incomplete):  S1, YOH 1500, contemperaneous with E5 "Griffon the Brush-Off"  How "Least Noticeable" Claire Pie, Pinkie's gigantic invisible twin sister, saved a little flappy creature and made a new friend.

Dragonshyness (complete, 38,854 words): S1, YOH 1500, contemperaneous with E7: "Dragonshy."  The most terrifying day of Fluttershy's life, as she must finally face the creature she most dreads -- a full-grown Dragon.

A Robust Solution (complete, 11, 859 words):  S1, YOH 1500, just before E12 "Call of the Cutie."  Fluttershy reveals a shameful secret from her past to Rarity, who helps her friend understand and surmount its emotional legacy.

Fluttershy Is Free (complete, 10,464 words):  S1, YOH 1500, after E12 "Call of the Cutie."  Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash go to see a butterfly migration, and Fluttershy reveals a dark secret of her origin.

"A Meeting by Moonlight" (complete, 2,932 words): S3, YOH 1503.  Princess Luna visits Twilight Sparkle one night and tells her a tale of the Age of Wonders, revealing more than she means to in the process.

"Feeling Adrift"  (complete, 4,938 words):   S3, YOH 1503,  right after "A Meeting by Moonlight."  Princess Celestia tries to help her sister deal with her feelings of alienation and loneliness.

Divine Jealousy and the Voice of Reason (incomplete):  S4, November YOH 1504, right after "Equestria Games" and before Twilight's Kingdom.  When Discord discovers he has a rival for Fluttershy's love, he consults his inner Voice of Reason for advice.

Love Amongst Monsters (incomplete):  Starting 8 years after Luna's return.  Ill Wind, a brilliant Pegasus scientist, works to complete a vital engineering project for High Commander Windvane, and may find romantic as well as professional success.

"Twelfth Equestriad Interview" (incomplete):  48 years after Luna's Return and 24 years after the final victory in the Shadow Wars, Luna and Twilight are interviewed on TV on the night of the Summer Sun Celebration.


(from an exchange on Loganberry's blog, with someone else).  I wish to categorically state that these aren't Loganberry's opinions!)


Just look at Pinkie.  She is obviously far outside the social norm, yet she is generally accepted as who and what she is by the town as a whole, and she is hardly the only canon example so I think it is reasonable to assume that a live and let live attitude is fairly common among the general population.

Ah, yes, Pinkie.  Spreads joy and happiness and good cheer.  Definitely the same thing as being a vortex of emotional destruction.  Of course, she gets toned down from her full awesome canon self, let alone her even more awesome self in my fanon, into a barely-sapient sex toy, because failing to do so might lead to her outshining Our Heroine Cloud Kicker.  Even the barely-sapient Winningverse Pinkie Pie (whose sorry state I attribute to having had some of her soul consumed by Winning-Through-Degradation) is still loveable and friendly, rather than vicious and destructive, though.

Now, individuals do obviously still judge others like how it is made very clear that AJ disapproves of Cloud and her behavior, but the response is generally avoidance, not confrontation, belittling, or any other form of harassment.

Who said anything about confrontation, belittling or other forms of harassment.  I think that they'd just find Cloud Kicker icky and not want to be around her.  Unless they were members of her own "fast set", or Ponies who were looking for easy lays.

Would they think less of her?  Yes.  Of course they would.  That's the nature of a reputation -- if you get a reputation for doing good things, others think better of you; if for doing bad things, less of you.  Doesn't mean that they torment you -- the Ponies are a pretty nice and generally non-violent species.

... so while Cloud definitely has a reputation, it does not seem to hurt her in any way.

Indeed.  That is the curious matter of what the dog did in the night, for which I invented Winning-Through-Degradation to explain.

Ponies do most definitely take Cloud's reputation into consideration when dealing with her, but they do not shun her in any way because of it.

Which is odd, since her reputation should be one not merely for promiscuity, but for rather rude, disruptive and callous treatment of her friends.  Who, instead of complaining of this, mostly lick it up and say "thank you, Cloud, may I have some more?"  That is also what I invented Winning-Through-Degradation to explain.

As for the relationship issues, that is not the result of Cloud's promiscuity, that is serious psychological trauma resulting from Fluttershy's actions when they were children which has left Cloud afraid of getting into a serious relationship again and results in her various issues.

Ahem.  While I don't write Fluttershy as a Poor Little Miss Innocent Examplar of Total Innocence (in fact I view that as one of the ways Fluttershy manipulates other Ponies passively into giving her what she wants), the fact is that in the vanilla Winningverse as written Cloud, before the fight with Rainbow, was being pretty sexually-aggressive toward Fluttershy.  There is also the inexplicable fact that she then waited something like a decade to contact Fluttershy again, which is odd behavior for somepony in love.  Fluttershy's subsequent statement that she had always loved Cloud Kicker shows remarkably poor communication skills even for Fluttershy, and is actually more consistent with my theory of Cloud Kicker having as symbiont an evil Shadow Parasite that wants to eat Fluttershy's soul than it is with the reasons given in the original story.

Here, let's take it as written in the original Winningverse.  I'll Abridge it a bit ...

CLOUD KICKER:  "Ah, Fluttershy, you are so beautiful and irresistible.  I love you.  Let us make mad passionate love for we love one another."  SMOOCHY!  GAMOUCHEY!

FLUTTERSHY:  "Ah, Cloud Kicker, I love you too!  Oh joy!  Oh ecstasy!"  SMOOCHY!  GAMOUCHEY!


FLUTTERSHY (thinks):  "Hmm, maybe we went too far.  Now that I am not in Cloud's actual presence I somehow feel bad about what we did.  I know!  I will ask my dear friend Rainbow Dash what I should do ..."

(tells Rainbow Dash what happened)

RAINBOW DASH:  "Why the evil slut!  I will teach Cloud Kicker a lesson."


CLOUD KICKER:  "Crap, I almost killed Rainbow Dash.  I know!  I will avoid Fluttershy for the next ten years because otherwise I will be forced to fight Rainbow Dash again and then I will have to almost kill her again and maybe kill her for real.   I will not try to communicate with either of them in any way explaining my actions because, plot requirements.  And I will have sex with everypony who is at least even mildly interested because, angst.

CLOUD KICKER (spends next ten years having sex with everypony at least even mildly interested in her because, angst)

CLOUD KICKER:  Oh joy.  Derpy loves me.  I will insinuate myself into every aspect of her life and make her children see me as a second mother because, joy.  Also I will go look up Fluttershy because, plot requirement.

FLUTTERSHY:  Oh wow!  How nice to see you, dear beloved Cloud Kicker who has been avoiding me for ten years!

CLOUD KICKER:  Nice to see you too, my One True Love who I have been avoiding for ten years for vaguely-specified and illogical reasons!

FLUTTERSHY:  I still love you because, no self-respect.

CLOUD KICKER:  I still love you too, because, plot complication!

CLOUD KICKER and FLUTTERSHY (make mad passionate love).  SMOOCHY!  GAMOUCHEY!

CLOUD KICKER:  "Let us leave Ponyville and get married, my One True Love!"

FLUTTESHY:  "Alas, I love another, and made love with you because, no self-control, plot complication.  And no self-respect.  Did I mention no self-respect?"

CLOUD KICKER:  "Bummer.  Ah well, One True Love easy come, easy go.  I'll go hang with Derpy instead."


CLOUD KICKER:  "Hi, virginal best friend who I constantly tease because I am such a tease!"

BLOSSOMFORTH:  "Hi, slutty best friend who I hang with because you are so amazingly Winning!"

CLOUD KICKER:  "How're things going?"

BLOSSOMFORTH:  "I see you're sad so I want to make love to you for real!"

CLOUD KICKER (shrugs):  "Sure, I can see absolutely nothing wrong with this plan even though it bodes fair to have both of my remaining best friends getting mad at me!  Come to me, my One True Love!"

CLOUD KICKER and BLOSSOMFORTH:  (make mad passionate love).  SMOOCHY!  GAMOUCHEY!  

CLOUD KICKER: (goes to see DERPY):  "Hi, Derpy, my One True Love!"

DERPY HOOVES:  "Hi, Cloud Kicker.  Haven't seen you around much lately."

CLOUD KICKER:  "Well, that's because first I met Fluttershy and made mad passionate love to her but then she didn't want to get married so I hung out with Blossomforth and we wound up making mad passionate love.  Speaking of which, would you like to make mad passionate love?"  (prepares for SMOOCHY!  GAMOUCHEY!)

DERPY HOOVES:  "Oooh!!!" (socks CLOUD KICKER one in the eye)  BIFF!!

CLOUD KICKER:  "Wow.  Why must my life always be attended by such violence?"


Now, given this basic plot structure, and leaving out Queen Chrysalis and a major Changeling invasion which are nowhere near as awesome as the Winningness that is Cloud Kicker herself, can you see why I feel that Cloud Kicker is not entirely innocent in the tornado-like emotional vortex of disaster that is her love life?  Or why other Ponies would want to stay clear of her?

It is worth noting that this is strictly confined to romantic partners, Cloud has no problems with normal friendships like her bond with Rainbow Dash and she maintains healthy relationships with her cousins despite the fact that her trauma resulted in her freaking out and running out on the guard.

Which is kind of odd.  Rainbow Dash is the Pony who attacked Cloud Kicker for (as she saw it) seducing and taking advantage of poor little Fluttershy, and who Cloud Kicker nearly killed and did in fact inflict serious long-term injury upon.  Her cousins have no problem with Cloud Kicker despite the fact that she's dishonored and embarrassed their ancient aristocratic Pegasus Clan in at least two fields -- displayed cowardice and extreme promiscuity verging on becoming a cartoon character.  This is the sort of thing that makes me start thinking "mind controlling alien psychovoric symbiont from beyond space and time."

Also, I have absolutely no idea what the hell you are talking about in that last (technically second to last, but the last one is three words) paragraph so I am just going to ignore it.

It's my explanation for why Cloud Kicker, in the Winningverse, can act like a total unreliable slutty lunatic and yet everypony is completely cool with this, to the point of scolding anypony who points out the obvious facts about her.  

"Oh, Twilight, you're just such a weirdo prude, thinking that there's anything odd about her behavior.  Here, why don't you study her close up until you grasp that everything about Her Winningness is just perfect ..." says Luna, the Alicorn who threw Cloud Kicker in prison for public lewdness toward her.

"Yeah, Twilight, she's real super in the sack so you'll like her!  Hee hee, I used to be smarter but I lost half my mind somewhere!" pointed out Pinkie Pie.

"She's so Winning," said Rainbow Dash.  "I totally forgive her for making a mockery of everything and everyone I stand or care for.  Oh, and nearly killing me.  I'm honored to have been nearly killed by somepony so wonderful!"

"Join the Winningness ..."

Yeah.  Me, I'm for grabbing my Mnarean Star-Stone and firing up the old proton-pack at around this point.

Um, because Twilight's actually saved the day more than once, and for the most part is fighting the things that come out of the Everfree to inflict massive destruction?  If she was Cloud Kicker, she'd be inviting them over for orgies.

And well, yes, of course the whole vortex of emotional anguish which automatically forms around Cloud Kicker is everypony else's fault.  Never mind that most of it is a predictable consequence of treating other Ponies and their hearts like dirt.  It's their fault, for daring to have enough self-respect remaining to object to anything Cloud Kicker does.

Because she's Winning.  Through-Degradation.

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#1292357 · 1d, 9h ago · · ·

Holy crap, someone with such devotion to writing shouldn't even THINK of watching me! What are you doing man! :applejackconfused:

Never the less, I love a follower all the same. Thank you so much.

#1288126 · 2d, 20h ago · · ·

Hey, thanks very much for the favey thing on Where They Understand You! (Which should be updated before too much longer. Note that should!)

#1285098 · 4d, 3h ago · · ·


That was kind of beautiful.

#1284964 · 4d, 7h ago · · ·

>>1284837 Ah okay! Well take your time then (I know that can be exhausting.) btw heres a vid you may enjoy,

#1284837 · 4d, 10h ago · · ·


I hope so too ... my updates have slowed since I've gotten my new full-time job, though I do write stuff on the commute and then type it into my computer when I get home.

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