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  • 230 weeks
    SA: Round 167

    Seattle's Angels is a group that promotes good stories with low views. You can find us here.


    In a facility as large and as continuously expanding as the Seattle’s Angels compound was, finding someone wasn’t as hard as it would at first seem. All you needed was a little patience and the right tools. Tools such as the universal locator that Cynewulf had built into her shades. One blink was all it took to bring up the HUD, while a second blink activated the locator.

    The display gave off a ping, quickly finding her intended target.

    One transporter pod jump later and she stood in front of the door for the Holodeck Ultra 2000 (HUT). As she expected, it was in use as indicated by the occupied sign hanging off the handle. Shaking her head, Cynewulf turned the door handle and pushed, entering the HUT. Her HUD pinged again, prompting her to look upwards.

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  • 346 weeks
    SA Reviews #117

    Seattle's Angels is a group that promotes good stories with low views. You can find us here.


    Warmth. Beautiful, blessed warmth. It didn’t matter what it was, or where she was--all that mattered was the warmth. The endless hellcold of winter had been temporarily banished. Cynewulf might yet survive the 50 degree farenheit blizzard hoarfrost of December yet, if only she had a few more minutes of--

    There was, of course, an explosion. Because there is always an explosion.

    Memory came back swiftly, in the microsecond before disaster. The warm thing was the cat and also the beanbag floof pillow. She grabbed the cat and shielded her precious blobby body from the no-doubt incoming shards of wood and plaster.

    But nothing came. Seconds passed. Cynewulf opened her eyes.

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  • 435 weeks
    Round Robin Reviews # 2

    The Round Robin Reviews are written by different groups and reviewers taking turns each week. If you are a story reviewer or part of a group that reviews stories and would be interested in joining the Round Robin Reviews, feel free to PM me (Wanderer D), Professor Plum, or ElDorado to tell us about it.

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    24 comments · 12,378 views
  • 436 weeks
    Everfree Northwest Fanfiction Spotlight #36

    Fanfiction Spotlight #36
    Published 3/5/16

    Hello my little authors and readers! Welcome to the return of the Everfree Northwest Fanfiction Spotlight! We’re back and working hard to give you some lovely pieces to read, review, digest, gank ideas from, and as always, we try to bring you a little bit of everything as reviewed by the writing track team! I’m Heartshine, and I’m taking over for Xepher as editor!

    But enough about us, to the stories! This week we have Sunset Shimmer solving a mystery, Celestia’s response to being constantly under the influence of the Worf Effect, and an emotional story that explores the deep connection between Princess Celestia and Twilight.


    ---- Review by Silver Flare ----

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  • 449 weeks
    Fic Spotlight #21 - Truth is stranger than Fics

    The Royal Guard—Ring-Ting-Tingling Edition

    [Obs]Hi guys. It's time for more fic spotlight. Jinglemas is coming up soon, so all of you are probably going to need some horse words for your festive jingle related holidays. Here are some good ones so that you don't have to cry to Santa that he didn't bring you MLP fanfics on jinglemas morn. Read and be merry.[/Obs]

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    15 comments · 6,967 views
  • 452 weeks
    Fic Spotlight #20 - It's The Fic Signal, Batman!

    The Royal Guard—Missed Thanksgiving By One Week Edition

    [Obs]
    Hey guys, it's Fic Spotlight. It's like a magical world where good MLP fics rain from the sky and all your troubles are washed away. Only it's real and not actually anything like what I described. Instead have a choice selection of good MLP fics, which should distract you long enough to avoid remembering that the world is actually a dark and scary place.

    Enjoy
    [/Obs]

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  • 454 weeks
    Fic Spotlight #19 - Can We Fics It?

    The Royal Guard—Running Out of Edition Names Edition

    [Obs] Hey guys! Time for more fic spotlight. You're probably all really starving for high quality horsewords, so here's some high quality horse words. It's really convenient that your wants lined up with what happened to be available. It'd be kind of weird if you were starving for like actual food or something and all we had was just high quality horsewords.

    It'd be really awkward probably.

    Anyways just click below the break and you'll get more words than you'll even know what to do with.[/Obs]

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  • 456 weeks
    Fic Spotlight #18 - Back to the Ficture

    The Royal Guard—Fortified with Calcium Edition

    [Obs] Hey guys, fic spotlight is back to bring you cool fics. Technically Back to the Future Day was yesterday, but the magic of time travel is that you can pretend anything from some other time is happening RIGHT NOW.

    Like cool fics.

    So go read some of these while you're riding on a hoverboard, drinking a pepsi perfect. It'll be cool and stuff.[/Obs]

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    6 comments · 3,868 views
  • 460 weeks
    Fic Spotlight #16 - Fics it Now!

    The Royal Guard—Keeping the Ball Rolling Edition

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    9 comments · 3,489 views
  • 462 weeks
    Fic Spotlight #15 - Return of Fic Spotlight

    The Royal Guard — Triumphant Return Edition

    [Obs]

    Hey guys, I bet you forgot all about this being a thing, right? Me too! They say absence makes the heart grow fonder, though, so maybe fond memories of the times when quality fics were served up on silver platters. Y'know, in the before time, back when the One True King sat on the throne and the words flowed as wine. What's that? You don't remember that time? Then clearly you haven't read enough ponyfics! The Royal Guard is back now to deliver them to you. I guess they're a thing again. Click below the break to get ponies.

    [/Obs]

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Oct
8th
2015

Fic Spotlight » Fic Spotlight #17 - Fic Spooklight · 10:27pm Oct 8th, 2015

The Royal Guard—Hat Trick Achieved Edition

[Obs] Hey guys! It's October, and also it's time for spic fotlight. Things are about to get pretty spooky, because this month all the fics spotlighted are going to be about pony skeletons. Except the twist is that the skeletons are trapped inside sacks of meat, like some kind of living body. Actually they might just be regular fics about living ponies. Which is still pretty spooky, I guess. Go read them or something. [/Obs]



Every two weeks, we recommend six high-quality stories from a variety of authors and popular genres. From action/adventure to slice of life, from drama to comedy, from stories about ponies kissing to stories involving pink hairless apes, we feature a wide variety of stories so that every post has something for everyone.

We’re always looking for a tip-top tale, so if you’d like to submit your fic, here are some links you’ll probably find useful:

-The Royal Guard Group
-Submit Your Story!
-The Royal Guard's Official Handbook

Finally—and I cannot emphasize this enough—we are always recruiting. If you think you’ve got what it takes to be a prereader, then don’t hesitate to send us an application. If you have any questions about the application process, please direct them to Prak.


AND NOW, WITHOUT FURTHER ADO... STORIES!



ACTION/ADVENTURE



A long time ago, my family moved to Appleloosa, and we ain't had no luck since. We tried growing apples, but our orchards just never took right. Now, the bank's gonna repossess unless we can get some bits together real fast.
No, we ain't never been lucky, but in that ring, I don’t need luck. I’m one win away from saving our farm, and Granny says that tonight I’m fighting some fancy unicorn named Blueblood. I hear he's real fast, but there ain’t no way I’m losing with so much on the line.
This ain't gonna be pretty. In fact, I can just about guarantee it’ll be real, real ugly.

PR Recommendation: “I've rarely found such a perfect blend of voice, style, and tone. Mac's struggle is real because his hopes and dreams – and his fears and woes – could be anyone's. The grim realism of his situation is what makes this piece dark, and it is told in writing so gripping that it won't let you go until you know what it means to step into the squared circle – for love, for family, and for pride. This ain't your eight-year-olds' Equestria.” —InquisitorM



DRAMA



Long before Twilight Sparkle was taken under the wing of Princess Celestia, another pony was given a chance to prove himself. Your history books will tell you that he was a bitter, lonely, powerful old Unicorn who never really understood the magic of Friendship. But history, as we all know, only ever remembers one side of the story.
This is the life and the tutelage of Star Swirl, one of the greatest pony minds to ever walk Equestria.

PR Recommendation: “The story of who Star Swirl the Bearded was, and how he got his bells and cloak, this is a very different take on the archetypical archmage, casting him as Luna's apprentice rather than mentor. There are a few solid original characters in this piece, but what really pulls it all together is the overall feel of the story, as well as the overarching irony of the reversal in the relationship of Princess Luna and Celestia.” —Titanium Dragon



ROMANCE



Thirty five years. Been roaming Equestria from town to cloying town, looking for her. Not for lack of trying, mind you. Equestria's just that big of a place. There's only so many places left to look, though, and it'd be foolish to throw in the towel already. I'm getting close. So I'll do the same thing I did yesterday: search.

PR Recommendation: “I forgot I was even pre-reading. Cranky's voicing is perfect; it kept me totally engrossed until I saw the end coming at the precise moment the author wanted me to. The subtext is exquisite – sheer brilliance.” —Inquisitor M



COMEDY



PRINCESS TWILIGHT SPARKLE: DEAD AT 18
TELEPORTATION INVARIABLY FATAL, WARNS LEADING SCHOLAR
One look at the headline of the Canterlot Times and Twilight knew that she should have slept in today. But at least none of her friends would be silly enough to believe she was killing herself every time she teleported, right?

PR Recommendation: “Some gags are funny enough that you can write a story about them, but why stop at only one joke? Titanium Dragon packs this story full of humor, constantly adding new sources of laughs and finishing up before anything becomes stale. This story won't be a long read, but it'll be a fun one.” —R5h



SLICE OF LIFE



Princess Celestia sends Twilight Sparkle a letter, asking the same question she always does. Maybe a visit from Spike will prompt her to give an answer at last.

PR Recommendation: “If there's one thing that makes me want to shave my face with a lawn mower, it's my neighbor's dog waking me up at 3am. If I could choose a second thing, though, it would be angsty stories about Twilight's future. While Worth It can't help with the former (I'll bet that blasted mutt is as illiterate as it is noisy) it's a nice answer to the latter.” —Prak



HUMAN



Heiress Lucy Burdock knows life has a way of surprising you.
For example, she wasn't expecting a little pink pony for her birthday. She certainly didn't expect it to start talking, either. It was cute at first, but it kinda feels more like taking care of a little kid than a pony. Lucy's never really been great with kids... but she can make it work!
Can't she?

PR Recommendation: “Everyone knows the story of My Little Dashie, but the original is a highly controversial piece - some see it as the ultimate in brony feels, the other, in trite wish fullfillment.

“A Diamond and a Tether avoids these issues. While this is clearly inspired by - and very similar to - My Little Dashie in its overall plot arc, here, we're given a very different set of characters. Heiress Lucy Burdock is a terrible person, but she's not evil - she just has trouble really recognizing that she has unwittingly become a parent. Diamond Tiara is a smart foal being raised by a rich heiress who seems to think that stuff can make up for emotional neglect and loneliness, and vacillates between being a spoiled little angel and the spoiled brat we all love to hate.

“The feels are all there, but the change in conditions makes the whole story that much more tragic, as Lucy never knew what she had until it was too late.” —Titanium Dragon



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Comments ( 4 )

Worth It is soooooo good! I don't even like "immortal alicorn" type stories, I sort of roll my eyes anytime someone comes up with some angst-ridden plotline about Twilight or Celestia or whomever outliving their friends and being all sad and stuff. And yet, this one really struck me! I don't know why I even gave it a shot, but I did, and I am glad that I did.

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Glad you liked it!

We do try to bring stuff that folks like. I really liked almost all of these (though I haven't read The New Crop yet - I need to get on that), so it is nice to hear that others like them as well.

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(though I haven't read The New Crop yet - I need to get on that)

So do I...

Two #16 Fic Spotlights?! What unholy trickery is this?

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