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I'm a long time science fiction and animation fan who stumbled into My Little Pony fandom and got caught -- I guess I'm a Brony Forever now.

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  • T Seeking Warmth

    YOH 1492, Mane Woods: Sweetie Stork finds herself forced to land in the deep Mane woods during a deadly blizzard, in desperate need of warmth, and finds Ash Woodsfog.  · Jordan179
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  • T The Nativity of Diamond Bell

    AU, YOH 1496: A 14-year-old Rarity gives birth to her foal.  · Jordan179
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  • T Hitting Rock Bottom

    Cheerilee, at college in Canterlot, wakes up in a very bad situation and realizes that her life is going wrong.  · Jordan179
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  • T I Guess It Doesn't Matter Any More

    Hitch-hiking can be dangerous. Picking up hitch-hikers can be even more dangerous. Even if all they really do want is a ride.  · Jordan179
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  • E No Trouble At All

    How much trouble can 10-year-old Apple Bloom get into, playing alone in the Everfree?  · Jordan179
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  • T An Incident on Sentry Duty

    YOH 1409: Cadet Guidestar Flight is on sentry duty at the West Hoof Arsenal when he encounters an intruder!  · Jordan179
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  • T Malign Spirits

    YOH 1269: An angry riverboat captain and a filly who is older than she seems team up to fight bandits!  · Jordan179
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  • T Mismatched Hearts

    February 1503: Strains threaten to tear apart Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy. They have loved each other since they were fillies -- but might they be incompatible? And what of Fluttershy's own dark secret, the one she's never been able to reveal?  · Jordan179
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  • T Advance Warning

    Oct, YOH 1503 (Season 3): Celestia tells Luna about her new and possibly dangerous plan.  · Jordan179
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  • T At the Gorge

    Great losses can spring from such small causes. Applejack finds this out at age 12, when her life changes, forever.  · Jordan179
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  • T The Tinker Mare

    Pot Mender is a tinker mare, an itinerant tradesmare who ekes out her living on the fringes of Equestrian rural society. But even an outcast may have a chance to do some deed of worth, and win acceptance before the end.  · Jordan179
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  • T Wraith-Kissed

    Chiller Tale was hideously disfigured when he made the mistake of letting a Wraith kiss him -- and he won fame and fortune. Now his wife is dead, and he is about to give up on his life. What will happen when he returns to where it all began?  · Jordan179
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  • E Before Nightfall: Barely Rescued

    YOH 1493: Can Big Mac save the three-year-old Apple Bloom from mortal peril? And what will he do about the longer-term threat posed by the bear?  · Jordan179
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  • T Teacher Zero

    YOH 1501: In the aftermath of Twilight's mental breakdown, Princess Celestia considers her own mistakes.  · Jordan179
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  • T Kindness Is Magic

    S1E01 of Kindness Is Magic -- the Quest of the Elements from Fluttershy's point of view.  · Jordan179
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  • T Post-Traumatic

    April, YOH 1505: Twilight Sparkle and her Companions have returned to Ponyville from Our Town. Now they must deal with the emotional price of their incomplete victory.  · Jordan179
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  • T Her Special Gift

    Early in the morning after marrying Cheese Sandwich, Pinkie Pie gives him a very special present. In his sleep.  · Jordan179
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  • T Getting Stuck

    You made a few bad decisions and trusted someone you shouldn't have and now you're trapped in a world of talking little ponies!  · Jordan179
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  • My Little Balladeer The Elements of Harmony find themselves facing an evil beyond their knowledge, armed with an alien magic. In desperation they use their Elements to summon aid and get - a hillbilly with a silver-strung guitar? by Ardashir 151,377 words · 3,387 views · 132 likes · 5 dislikes
  • Lost Cities North of Canterlot, in the far marches of the Equestrian lands near the Griffon tribes, there is a mountain that flies. by Cold in Gardez 11,045 words · 7,875 views · 939 likes · 14 dislikes
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  • Pony POV Series Season Four: Generation Transitions & Origins Why is Pinkie Pie 'weird'? Why is Celestia? Why is Discord? A connection between G1,MLPT, G3, and by Alex Warlorn 79,042 words · 3,529 views · 177 likes · 8 dislikes

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.

Now with its own master TV Tropes Page!

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  • Nightmares Are Tragic Nightmare Moon spends a thousand years banished to the Moon, then returns to seek her revenge. From HER point of view. by Jordan179 32,977 words · 5,980 views · 423 likes · 21 dislikes
  • An Extended Performance The Great and Powerful Trixie gives the performance of her life during the Longest Night in Eqeustrian history. Start of Season 1. by Jordan179 26,641 words · 1,728 views · 80 likes · 5 dislikes
  • Teacher Zero YOH 1501: In the aftermath of Twilight's mental breakdown, Princess Celestia considers her own mistakes. by Jordan179 7,473 words · 5,256 views · 372 likes · 34 dislikes
  • Post-Traumatic April, YOH 1505: Twilight Sparkle and her Companions have returned to Ponyville from Our Town. Now they must deal with the emotional price of their incomplete victory. by Jordan179 65,404 words · 2,362 views · 141 likes · 16 dislikes
  • Twelfth Equestriad Interview Two and a half decades after the final victory over the Shadows, Princess Luna records an interview for the Summer Sun Celebration by Jordan179 15,740 words · 1,476 views · 75 likes · 12 dislikes

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  • Dragonshyness Fluttershy endures one of the most frightening experiences of her life. (It is a testament to the utter terror that can be Fluttershy's life that confronting a full-grown Dragon counts as only "one" of the most terrifying days of her by Jordan179 38,858 words · 1,465 views · 94 likes · 8 dislikes
  • 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 · 1,147 views · 99 likes · 8 dislikes
  • Fluttershy Is Free Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy go to see a butterfly migration. Mid-Season 1, immediately after "Call of the Cutie." by Jordan179 10,460 words · 2,014 views · 132 likes · 7 dislikes

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:


Undying Love (incomplete):  Takes place from around 2500 to 1500 years ago.  Discord and Celestia; how he loved and lost her, in a love that is undying, much as they might wish they could forget.

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.

"His Recipe For Love" (complete, 11,334 words):  YOH 1252, or 248 years before the Season One opener.  Aventurine Miter is very much in love with his wife Harmonia Pie.  Join them on the Hunt for the Ingredient of the Cupcakes of Life!  M-rated, NSFW, both sex and gore.

Malign Spirits (incomplete):  YOH 1269, or 231 years  before Luna's Return. Keen Trader was all set to make a tidy profit and secure his family fortunes when vicious bandits wrecked his venture.  Now he wants revenge.  And, with the aid of, he's going to get it!

An Incident On Senry Duty (incomplete):  In YOH 1409, some 91 years before the start of Season 1, Cadet Guidestar Flight stops an intruder at the Arsenal of the West Hoof Military Academy, and he finds himself protecting a younger female cadet who is caught up in intrigue between two of the Pegasus High Clans.

Collateral Damage (complete, 32,231 words):  In YOH 1481, some 19 years before the start of Season 1, ex-Guardspony Falcon Punch 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.

"Ruminations in Stone" (complete, 2,292 words):  Spring, YOH 1500, a couple months before Luna's Return and the start of Season One.  Wind Whistler, trapped within the stone statue of Discord, muses about her past and future.

Nightmares Are Tragic (complete, 32,976 words):  S1E1-2, June 21-22 YOH 1500, The Elements of Harmony (Season One opener), 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 (same time as the Season One opener): 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 (same time as the Season One opener):  Side-story to An Extended Performance, detailing how Trixie's old friend Piercing Gaze dealt with the Longest Night at his theater in Baltimare.

His Mark On History (incomplete, S1, June YOH 1500 (early S1, from The Elements of Harmony to "The Ticket Master. but set on another continent):  Can First Strong Messenger make his mark on history by striking a blow for the freedom of the South Speaker Ponies of Taura?

No Trouble at All (incomplete, early S1, July YOH 1500, one month after Luna's Return):  The 10-year-old Apple Bloom, bored, decides to run out and play in the Everfree.

The Romance of the Open Road (incomplete) early 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) early 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):  Early 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): early mid 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.

Royal Business (incomplete): Early mid S1, September YOH 1500, a bit after E7 "Dragonshy."  Spike is called away on royal business to meet with Celestia, but he winds up spending a while as Luna's guest.

A Robust Solution (complete, 11, 859 words):  mid 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.

"Teacher Zero" (complete, 7,440 words):  S2, YOH 1501, right after E03 "Lesson Zero."  Celestia and Luna react to the madness that has nearly claimed Twilight Sparkle.

"Advance Warning" (complete, 6,001 words): S3, YOH 1503.  Princess Celestia tells Princess Luna of her plan to redeem their old mutual friend, Discord.

"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.

Substitute Mentor (incomplete):  Pony Earth segment is between S4 and S5, January YOH 1505, while the Nightmare Delusion Humanoid Earth segment is AD 2016 and the Angel of Illusion Humanoid Earth segments are AD 2010 to 2016.  Can the Humanoid Trixies be saved from madness and their worlds from devastation by the Humanoid Piercing Gaze?

Post-Traumatic (complete, 65,404 words):  April YOH 1505.  Starlight Glimmer has been defeated and Our Town liberated.  Now the returning Mane Six must deal with the damage the Sameness did to their minds.  Sometimes, mere victory is not enough.

Fools and Drunks (incomplete):  April YOH 1505.  Snips and Snails decide to celebrate Snails' 16th birthday by gping into the Everfree doing something a bit more unwise than usual.  Will Snails finally tell Snips about Glittershell?  Will the two teenage colts even survive?

"Her Special Gift" (complete, 2,673 words):  May 4th, YOH 1507.  The morning after her wedding night, Pinkie Pie gives her new husband Cheese Sandwich a very special gift.

Love Amongst Monsters (incomplete):  Starting YOH 1508, concluding YOH 1512.  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.

Love Starved (incomplete):  February-March, YOH 1515.  Compound is reassigned to the Provisional Hive Defense Swarm, which she knows is a near-suicide post.  But in what she assumes to be the last days of her life, she makes two very good friends.

The Fall of Hive Hunger-Prime (incomplete):  April, YOH 1515.  Compound and her friends struggle to survive within the last of Queen Hunger's hives as it falls at the end of the Great Changeling War (1513-1515).

Twelfth Equestriad Interview (complete, 15,741 words):  June YOH 1548, 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.

"Audience Reaction" (complete, 2,867 words):  June YOH 1548, side-story to Twelfth Equestriad Interview.  During the historic interview TV broadcast, Rarity and Spike deal with an attempt to sabotage Rarity Enterprises' perfume campaign.


I Guess It Doesn't Matter Any More (complete, 16,169 words):  Between Equestria Girls and Rainbow Rocks.  Trucker Long Haul picks up a whole lot of trouble when he gives a ride to a hitch-hiking ghost girl on the outskirts of the Everfree National Forest.


I have noticed that some people use aspects of Ponyville (specifically, the half-timbered, thatched-roof construction of many of the houses, and the general lack of motor vehicles apart from the steam trains) to imagine that it is "medieval."  Nothing is farther from the truth.

I. Medieval?

A medieval level of technology implies several things.  Agriculturally, it implies a system of farming more advanced than that of the Ancient world (horse collars, deep plows, deliberate field fallowing) but not as advanced as that of the Modern (c. 1500-1750) era (extensive irrigation, canals for food transport, very closely monitored selective breeding of plants and animals and marketing of valuable strains).  It implies a muscle-powered economy, and one in which health care is indifferent to absent, a matter of wise elders applying bandages and poultices.  Economically, it implies only a rather limited market system, with traditional exchanges of labor and goods often more important than seizing economic opportunities, possibly with serfdom.  And socially, it implies a degree of disoreder, with lawlessness on the roads and fairly serious violence common (read up on medieval country brawls some time; they went at it with clubs and staves en masse on a fairly regular basis, and those were the peasants:  landowners made actual private war on one another, complete with siege engines).  In consequence, there is frequent dearth, leading to famines and plagues.

Do we see any of this in Ponyville?  We see food being extremely common; there has been no plot where any character was suffering from more than situational hunger ("I missed lunch because I was working too hard!").  We actually see a working farm in Sweet Apple Acres:  the level of technology there looks to be ~ AD 1850-1900, with balloon-frame buildings and (Pony-drawn) farm equipment including well-designed collars, harnesses and deep plows.

Health care is excellent.  Ponyville -- a town whose population is around 2000 to 10 thousand -- has an actual hospital (probably also used by Ponies in the outlying smaller towns), with medical care and equipment reminiscent of our world ~ AD 1950-1975.  Antibiotics, antiseptics, and anasthesia are either shown or implied to be in use.

We haven't seen canal boats or river boats, but they probably exist:  the technology one level above them, steam locomotives, most defiinitely exists.  We may assume given the prevalance of steam engines that there are mechanized factories.  This implies an abundance of wealth (by pre 20th century standards) and one which has spread to most of the populace -- and that is what we explicitly see when we observe the lives of Ponies on the show.

The Ponies seem to be fairly law-abiding, by pre-20th century standards (the Good Old Days were actually a lot more violent than many today realize).  Serious crime is rare.  Ponies leave their doors unlocked with little fear of burglary and walk about with little fear of being beaten, raped or robbed.  Children run and play freely in the community.  There is a tolerance of extreme practical jokes that is beyond anything Human societies would normally extend, but then the Ponies aren't actually Human, even though they're emotionally very Human-like creatures.

The sole sense in which Pony culture might be considered "medieval" is that they are ruled by an autocracy which has an aristocracy under it, and they have castles.  But then, the same was true of most of Europe in the 19th century, and most of the castles which existed in the 19th century still stand today.  In fact, the Equestrian government is more like a Modern absolute monarchy than a Medieval one (the medieval monarchs had far less effective authority over national administration).

Equestria is not a medieval culture.

II.  Faux-Medieval

Then why do things look sort of medieval in Ponyville?

The reason why is that Ponyville has very obviously made an aesthetic decision to employ medieval styling in the town center (the part on Canterlot's side of the river, where there are intersecting streets.  This includes half-timbering, real (or apparent) roof thatching, and other medieval design features such as narrow streets with second-story bridges between buildings.

Why would they do this?

Because it looks cute, and quaint.  It hearkens back to a (supposedly) simpler and better time, unlike the hectic modern days (the modern Ponies may imagine).  Which the Ponies of Ponyville themselves may find charming, and which (even more importantly) the Ponies of Canterlot may find charming.

Why Canterlot?

Because Ponyville is an exurb.

III.  An Exurb

Outside a city proper are the "suburbs" (originally called such because they lay "beneath" the urban walls).  It is a fairly common residential pattern -- and has been so since at least medieval times on Earth -- for some people to live in the suburbs and go into the city to work.  As a city grows, it often administratively absorbs its suburbs, possibly building a bigger wall to include them, and then grows new suburbs further out.

The development of regular coach and omnibus service, and then steam train service, made it possible for suburbs to exist farther and farther from the actual city, with the workers commuting into work in the modern sense of the word, employing mass transit to do so.  This began on Earth in the 18th century AD and became common during the 19th century, a product of the Industrial Revolution.

But some towns are too far from the city to easily make a daily round-trip commute possible.  Nevertheless, they are close enough to the city that, culturally and economically, they are satellites of that city.  Workers may spend several hours a day commuiting to that city, or they may maintain (spartan) quarters in a suburb or city while having their family houses in the far-away town.

The term for a town like this is an "exurb."  Ponyville is an "exurb" of Canterlot.

Now an exurb often wants to encourage tourism in the form of day-tripping or weekend-tripping from the city to which it is economically-attached.  This is because the city is a source of wealth; rich tourists from the city can spend their money in the exurb.

We see signs of this in Ponyville. There are an awful lot of Canterlot Ponies whom we sometimes see on the streets of Ponyville.  There are an awful lot of specialty and luxury shops for such a small town.  There are a lot of festivals, which seem rather crowded, with mor Ponies than one would expect given Ponyville's small population.  

And Ponyville by Season 4 has a powerful attractant for tourism -- Princess Twilight Sparkle. And by Season 5 she even has a castle -- and not just any castle, but a crystalline wonder that one can easiy imagine Ponies traveling dozens of miles, even hundreds of miles, to see.

There is even an episode ("Simple Ways") which is about Ponyville trying to attract tourists from Canterlot (that's the point of their festival).  One can easily see why this would be the case.  Fueled by Canterlot aristocratic and gentle wealth, Ponyville can grow, and its merchants also grow wealthy.

IV.  Culture Clash

Such an exurban situation of course creates a culture clash between the older families -- whose collective memories stretch to a time when the town was almost purely agricultural and much more culturally independent -- and the newer families, who must cater to the urban tourists.  There is bound to be friction.

And we see it in the Show!  The older families are exemplified by the Apples -- and satellite families such as the Berrys and the Carrots -- and the newer families by the Belles.  We also see the usual historic pattern in that the older families, inevitably, adapt or die.  The Berrys in particular are enthusiastically catering to tourists, and Cup and Carrot Cake are almost certainly selling their more expensive wares mostly to urban tourists or aristocrats seeking country vacations there.

Things are only going to get more muddled when Equestria gets to the point of personal motor road vehicles.


There is medieval, and faux-medieval.  There is rustic, and then there is exurban.  And Ponyville was never medieval (it's not old enough), and while it was once truly rustic, it is now exurban.

There's story-potential in this.  More writers should use it.

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#996 · 3d, 3h ago · · ·

our own president is ignoring getting news from his advisor and relying on fox news (A news agency which is infamous for its inaccuracy.) and trying to cause a international incident by not admitting he made an error. i'm starting to see why republicans are abandoning ship.

#995 · 5d, 4h ago · · ·

The panel was a bit lacking on the pony department, but Hasbro does have other plans outside of Toy Fair for pony stuff this weekend in a different, 100% Hasbro specific venue nearby. Until then though, we got some HUGE NEWS for the upcoming season 7 regarding a few new pony parents that will be showing up.

Head on down below for a recap!

Rainbow Dash -  Parent names are Windy Whistles and Bow Hot Hoof!

Applejack - Parent names are Bright Mac and Pear Butter, with Old Grand Pear.

Applejack's mom sings a Romeo and Juliet style song about how she fell in love in a flashback.


also this makes applejack hating pear in fanon MUCH harsher in hindsight.

#994 · 6d, 23m ago · · ·

Thanks for the watch :rainbowwild:

#992 · 1w, 6d ago · · ·

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