Next Story: DayBreak · 6:07am
I must follow my muse, as you well know, and the past couple of weeks my muse has said, "No, don't work on those stories, work on this one."
My muse is incredibly persuasive. The new story, DayBreak, will be up this weekend at the soonest, and next week at the latest.
But what's this story even about? you might ask. Why should I care? you might wonder.
Yessiree Bob, it’s time to experiment again.
Title: DayBreak [Dark][Adventure]
Rated: Teen (Action violence)
Celestia is not invincible. Strong, yes. Ageless, assuredly. Magical, undoubtedly. But not invincible.
The Princess of the Day has been attacked, and she did not escape unscathed.
While Luna fights against the mortal fear gripping her subjects in the wake of the assassination attempt, the assassin runs free. Twilight Sparkle must assemble a team to bring the attacker to justice. Few ponies can be trusted, and fewer still can be expected to succeed.
But the kingdom has heroes: The Knights of Equestria. Ponies who have stood against evil and won, who fight to make Equestria a safer place. They just haven’t met each other yet.
An adventurer past her prime.
A tinkerer with too much time on his hooves.
A spy whose primary instinct is to lie.
A dishonored soldier with an axe to grind.
Their individual skills make them ideal for the mission, but most have only worked alone.
Who is the assassin? Where did she come from? What is her purpose? Can the knights come together as a team, or will the assassin find her next mark?
Now, what’s dark about it? Frankly, ponies get the absolute snot kicked out of them. We’re talking beat ’em up, knock ’em down, drag ’em out style violence. It’s basically a Harrison Ford/Liam Neeson thriller (pick whichever is your favorite, if you have a preference).
Oh, and there’s also the bit about Luna’s internal struggles, Twilight’s sorrow, and redacted’s vengeance. But most of it is snot-kicking action violence.
I can totally understand skipping out if darkness isn’t your thing. However, I also hope to inject my signature brand of clever character moments into this story. It’s no slog of dark, depressing dreariness. In fact, I think for the most part it’ll be pretty fun.
At its heart, the reason I wanted to write this story in the first place is to ask the question: What happens to Equestria without Celestia? Who depends on her? Who is better off without? Who misses her? How does it affect the other princesses?
We all have our own vision of Celestia’s character. I hope you’ll enjoy getting a look at mine.
Also, this is in continuity with the Near-Future Ponyville series. I’ll post a new timeline as soon as I get it together.
Any preliminary thoughts?