...since I uploaded the first chapter of The Elder Scrolls: Equestria. So, I figured that I'd explain my whole thought process behind exactly why I made the fic and what I hope to do with it in the future.
Tohro, you're blocking out Tangerine. Step aside.
In the beginning, it was a late Summer afternoon. I was watching this guy playing Skyrim. And I thought out loud, "Why hasn't someone made a decent Elder Scrolls/Ponies crossover?" And he concurred. After all, if Kkat had the fucked up mind to merge Fallout and MLP, I figured, being a fan of fantasy, I should give merging the other famous Bethesda series together.
So we began sketching ideas. The initial team was Caro, Tohro, Shae and Tangerine.
There's always going to be oddities in early stages.
In truth, I hadn't planned on Caro being the Dragonborn at the early stages. In fact, one idea Mac and I had was that the identity of the Dragonborn would be a mystery. But that was quickly dropped as we couldn't work it in. We just rolled the dice on who would be who and galloped with it. Caro would be the Dragonborn, Tohro would be a handsome charmer (Yeah, that face shows it), Shae would be Twilight in another era, and Tangerine would be the lawful character. While that mostly reigned true throughout the initial chapters, we realized that, after the guild Dragonrein was formed in Chapter XII, Tangerine wouldn't have any reason to roll with Caro. We kept her out of the picture until we came up with Wolf River and their romance.
Wolf River's beast blood keeps him from getting a Well Rested Bonus, by the way.
The character of Rosemary was added in for a down-to-earth, idealistic, good girl who would bring a bit of happiness to Dragonrein. However, as it is difficult for me to write for more than groups of three, I like coming up with excuses for her to not be there when she's not needed. That way I don't have to force in any dialogue that belongs to Caro, Tohro and Shae. Wish I had a decent picture of her...
While the story was initially told in third person only, I was eventually convinced to try switching between third and first person to allow the reader to get into the characters' heads. To this day, I agree that this was a good decision. Switching between omniscient third person and thought driven first person perspectives allows me to tell the story from all angles. Trust me, there are a lot of angles.
Not at all a dead ringer for anypony.
Now, to be a little more frank...
I hadn't yet read Fallout: Equestria when I started The Elder Scrolls: Equestria. I thought reading it would at least inspire me. And I had been looking for an excuse to read it for some time.
I read it all in one week. This was me during the experience:
So, yeah, that happened. I was out of class for almost the whole week, I broke down crying regularly, had flashbacks, dropped fifteen pounds because I lost my appetite (You know the chapter), and all that lasted me half a year. I was actually diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Thanks, Kkat! That's a bunch. How do you sleep at night?
Well, still, I got what I wanted. It certainly showed me a thing or two about good fan fiction.
You made David Tennant cry. Are you happy now?
Anyway, Chapter XXIX of The Elder Scrolls: Equestria is making progress. I've learned to take it slow and steady, and I'll feel better about my work in the long run. So I'll follow through on that. Here's to another year of this epic fic, dudes!