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Blood is thicker than water, but maple syrup is thicker than blood. So pancakes are more important than family.

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  • E The Pony of Ashfall

    A young paleohippology student in Hoofston reminisces about meeting the Pony of Ashfall  · Lithl
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  • E Limareics

    The lowest form of poetry!  · Lithl
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  • T My Little Exalt

    When ponies get trapped in another world, lives change. When ponies gain new powers, worlds shake.  · Lithl
    111,886 words · 4,522 views  ·  206  ·  11 · sex
  • E Celestia Wins the Election

    Celestia is elected President of the Griffon Republic... wait, what?!  · Lithl
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About Lithl

I am a computer scientist, interested in game development for over a decade, and I've made several connections within the industry. I've worked at Ninjaneering, Rice University, Pi Studios, and Sungura Games. I've also published my own apps on the Android Market, and developed a few small games while studying at Rice.

I'm a fan of many games, RPGs in particular. My friends sometimes tease me as I analyze a game from the perspective of a designer, rather than a player, but I enjoy it and I feel it helps me in my chosen field.

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The Exalted Third Edition backer PDF landed today. Along with squeeing and... other things... I found this on page 65 of the PDF:


My Lady:

In the wake of her disappearance, I have scrambled to prepare a dossier, at your request, on what we know of the Scarlet Empress and who could have been behind her abduction, if an abduction it was. Concerning her origins, the Scarlet Empress swept from anonymity to seize control of the Realm Defense Grid amidst the near collapse of Creation during the Great Contagion. Nearly nothing of her is known from this period, except that she was an officer in the military of the Shogunate. With several companions, she traveled into what is today the Imperial Manse, and days later used its power to rally Dragon-Blooded forces and stop the advance of the Wyld. None of her companions were ever seen alive again.

• She used the military forces at her command immediately afterwards consolidate her hold of the Blessed Isle, declaring herself Empress of Creation in the process.

• She allied with the Bronze Faction to become a living bodhisattva of the Immaculate Philosophy, both to prop up her own rule and to assist in putting Creation's shattered divine hierarchies back in order.

• She rebuilt and strengthened the tradition of the Wyld Hunt, capitalizing on the Immaculate Philosophy's spread into the Threshold alongside her own armies.

• Each of the Great Houses of the Realm was founded either by one of her children or spouses. Literally, she is the mother of the Great Houses, a social construct she's capitalized on for centuries.

That list is a mere sampling of her accomplishments. No being in the last thousand years has had greater impact on Creation or played a more important role in its survival. In the year since her disappearance:

• Several Exalted apparently imprisoned within the Imperial Manse have escaped. While most made for the shores of the Blessed Isle and stole transportation to the Threshold, several have disappeared into the thronging populations of the Isle's cities or into its vast farmlands or wilderness.

• There's been a thirty percent increase in deities embezzling worship outside of the prescribed dates of the Immaculate Calendar in Southern Threshold states. This has thrown the normal worship of various gods into chaos.

• The city of Thorns has fallen to the Deathlord known as the Mask of Winters (see attached report), depriving the Realm of its most powerful puppet-state abutting the Scavenger Lands.

What happened to her? A handful of times in previous centuries, she has disappeared, sometimes for as long as two years, but in those cases we suspect she still had her hands on the reins of power from wherever she went. Currently, our strongest suspicions are:

• The Empress was assassinated by a family member with an eye on the Scarlet Throne; attached are a list of the most likely candidates according to known ambitions.

• There have been three attempts on her life by Lunar insurgents in as many centuries, one of which was very close, and our analysts predict with some assurance that there were two Lunars active near the Imperial Manse recently (see attached files). One of them could have killed or abducted her.

• Our spies report agitation amongst certain factions in the Demon City, coinciding with the Empress's disappearance. It's not clear whether this is an effect of the chaos her absence has caused, or a response to moves within Hell itself that resulted in her disappearance.

• Th return of the Solar Exalted in roughly the same time frame suggests a returned Solar has a hand in it. She may be a casualty of her habit of bringing Anathema into the Imperial Manse for her own occult reasons.

• Most distressingly, there is a chance that with the return of the Solar Exalted, some cabal within our ranks took it upon themselves to remove the Empress and destabilize the Realm, providing the Solars an opportunity for a foothold. Alternately, and just as horrifying, one of the traitor Rakan's puppets might have the power to strike down the Empress while avoiding Heaven's gaze.

Your Servant,

Tareus Slate

Addressed to a female superior.

Detailed, dry report on a subject requested by said superior.

A closing that implies the author "belongs" to the recipient in some fashion.

The initials T.S.

Something seems familiar about this...

I hope that Ex3 finally being out will inspire me to stop being lazy about MLE (because that's what I am), although the fact that I want to read 657 pages of RPG book obviously will be filling a lot of my time in the near future. That said, I'm kinda tempted to create a one-shot (unrelated to MLE) based on this report.

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#25 · 6w, 4d ago · · ·

Thank you for adding ...But the Kitchen Sink to your Favourites, my friend! :raritywink:

#24 · 24w, 1h ago · · ·

Thank you for the fav on Celestia's Rocket Adventures! I'd appreciate it if you'd leave a like and some feedback in the comments!

#22 · 60w, 5d ago · 1 · ·


The scandal began when the cheerleaders went into an adult novelties shop in uniform, took photos of themselves playing with the merchandise, and posted the photos on MySpace. (That particular chain of stores no longer permits cameras.)

The cheerleading coach wanted to punish them (basically removing them from the cheerleading lineup for some number of games), but the principal (the mother of the group's leader) prevented her from doing so. The coach resigned and took the story to the news media, which made the whole thing explode.

The school district hired a PI to look into the issue, and he found that the cheerleaders in question were frequently truant and dismissive of the authority of the teachers. He also found photos of them online with alcohol - even if they weren't drinking (but they probably were), minor in possession is still a crime.

The principal ended up getting laid off with a nice severance package, form what I hear. The vice principal tried to hold out for a better deal, and got fired with nothing. The whole kerfuffle ended up getting me two diplomas, since the interim principal signed diplomas for the seniors (not knowing when they'd find a permanent replacement), and the replacement principal came in before my senior year was out, so he signed a new set of diplomas. The school decided to give us both. :scootangel:

I took Algebra 2 with the leader of the group, and while she was pretty stereotypically a cheerleader, she was leagues away from running the class. Then again, my Algebra 2 teacher took no shits from nobody, and he managed to stick her with the nickname "Ugly Toes". He had nicknames for a number of kids in the class. The star of the girls' soccer team was in the class, too, and after she came back from spring break with a sunburnt nose she became "Rudolph". I'm sure he still has the drawing on his wall signed "Rudolph & Ugly Toes".

#21 · 60w, 5d ago · · ·

Hi. I was trying to reply on bronywriter's blog, but my phone was screwing up. What did the cheerleaders do?

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