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  • Monday
    Sweet Ordeal

    I didn't expect to publish sixty stories on this site when I first joined. I certainly didn't expect this to be my sixtieth. But inspiration struck and had backup from the Time Action Glory Challenge. This resulted.

    I promise the next time I hit Submit, it won't be as ridiculous as the last two. For now, enjoy The Unicorn's Frappucino.

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  • Sunday
    Friendship is Card Games: A Flurry of Emotions

    Just in time for the Amonkhet prerelease, we have a different sort of God-Pharaoh. Not as many horns and slightly smaller wings, but she inspires just as much fear and reverence in her subjects. Let's see what trials Twilight goes through in order to survive this hour of devastation.

    Huh. We have hard evidence that Cheerilee teaches more than one class in a day. No evidence of other teachers, but I suppose any given foal only has a few hours of lessons each day. Presumably they were all gathered together for election season.

    Wow. I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen Shining so dorky as when he was doing his Flurry voice.

    Also, based on the happy couple’s disheveled appearance, I don’t think Flurry’s sleeping through the night quite yet.

    Flurry standing up is kind of absurd, just because of the sheer size of her wings. Endearing, but absurd.

    I do love how much Flurry loves the bears, especially with the growling. “They will lead my doom legions! All shall despair before them!”

    :twilightsmile: “That’s right, Flurry! Such a good girl!”

    I do like the idea that all of Shining’s friends in the Royal Guard blend together, even for Spike. Theme naming can be a double-edged sword. (“Nah, Edge and I never got along.”)

    Pretty sure nothing’s stopping Spike from doing the shopping himself. Especially given how he’s not exactly over the moon about Flurry. Silly mammals.

    Actually, what’s Starlight doing at the moment? She must be in the castle if Flurry’s been born. Or is she with Trixie or visiting Our Town? How conveniently inconvenient. (Actually, Sunburst also not being available to look after Flurry might explain her absence, and vice versa.)

    Good to see Twilight’s impressed by Flurry’s magic. I suppose Fledgling’s Forbearance has a limited duration. Or Flurry’s learned how to work around it, albeit not to artifact-shattering levels. (Much to the castle’s relief, I’m sure.)

    If mashed peas are Flurry’s favorite, I can only imagine what she does with most foods.

    I see Spearpoint drew inspiration from his work.

    MythrilMoth came up with the perfect name for Flurry’s antics at the toy store: the Flurry Cart.

    Uh, no, Spike. Unless I misheard his rundown, shaving five minutes off of a forty-minute deficit would put them at thirty-five minutes behind schedule. No wonder Twilight gave him that look.

    EDIT: I actually did mishear it. Spike was adding those thirty-five minutes to the twenty minutes they lost before leaving the castle.

    :facehoof: “Pony Latin”? Really? You guys didn’t even try with that one.

    Not only is Equestrian science fiction confirmed, it’s confirmed with alien alicorns fighting space pirates. Amazing. Someone needs to write a story with alicorn Samus Aran now. Princess of Planet-Destroying Explosions?

    You’d think Cheerilee would be used to mouthing chalk by now. Or maybe it’s just horn envy; can you blame her?

    I can actually empathize with Spearhead. It’s a great feeling when your work evokes a positive reaction you never intended it to. It’s the best form of Death of the Author, wherein the audience finds hidden depths even you hadn’t seen.

    Twilight is BAE. She said it herself.

    Putting Flurry in the same room as the Cake twins really highlights the design disparities between them, to say nothing of the screwiness of time on this show. Yes, the twins are out of diapers, but they don’t appear to have grown an inch. It bothers me far more than it should.

    That said, nice to see Flurry try to mediate the conflict, including trying to get a professional to fix the problem first.

    Seriously, Twilight, a little situational awareness would be nice, especially after the other two times you were distracted.

    Others have questioned the advisability of putting a foal in a hospital full of sick kids. I say anything with that much magic isn’t going to get sick from anything less than a sneezing tatzlwurm.

    Lovely G1 reference. I hope this doesn’t preclude seeing Grogar in a more prominent role in G4. With any luck, it’s actually foreshadowing.

    There’s that Sparkle family anxiety. Flurry really is a member of that family.

    Twilight merely adopted alicorn magic. Flurry was born in it.

    And in the end, none of those diapers were necessary… as far as we know.

    A good lesson on prioritization and the importance of quality time over time quantity. A pretty sophisticated one, really. Also, good to see Twilight and Spike go with the intelligent delegation when all was said and done. In all, this was definitely a fun episode, and a reminder that we should be very grateful that Flurry Heart’s upbringing is in the hooves of some very good ponies.

    Now, if you don’t fuss, you can have as many cards as you want. Just don’t spoil your dinner.

    Midnight Vigil 2W

    Instant

    Untap all creatures you control. They gain indestructible until end of turn.

    ”For every hundred nights you spend watching a dark hallway, there’s one where you make all the difference.”

    —Shining Armor

    Veteran Sculptor 3W

    Creature — Pegasus Soldier Artificer

    Flying

    W, T, Sacrifice an artifact: Return target artifact card from your graveyard to your hand.

    He beats swords into pop art.

    2/2

    Separation Anxiety U

    Enchantment — Aura

    Enchant creature

    Whenever another creature leaves the battlefield, return enchanted creature and Separation Anxiety to their owners’ hands.

    Absence may make for fonder hearts, but it doesn’t do anything nice to minds.

    Space Pirate 1UU

    Creature — Unicorn Pirate

    Space Pirate can’t be blocked as long as you have no E (energy counters).

    Whenever Space Pirate deals combat damage to a player, you get EE.

    Æther is the lifeblood of the spaceways. Some act as leeches.

    3/1

    Gusty’s Elite 2U

    Creature — Unicorn Warrior

    U: Return Gusty’s Elite to its owner’s hand.

    Dream Valley was a dangerous place. Even the bravest and mightiest herds had to be able to scatter and reassemble at a moment’s notice.

    2/3

    Curse of Lost Hours 2UU

    Enchantment — Aura Curse

    Enchant player

    At the beginning of enchanted player’s upkeep, that player chooses draw step, main phase, or combat phase. The player skips each instance of the chosen step or phase this turn.

    Gusty the Great 2UU

    Legendary Creature — Unicorn Wizard

    Whenever Gusty the Great or another Unicorn enters the battlefield under your control, you may return target non-Unicorn, nonland permanent to its owner’s hand.

    She called upon the wild winds, long before the pegasi tamed them.

    2/3

    Suspend Gravity 3U

    Sorcery

    Choose one —

    • Each noncreature artifact you control becomes an artifact creature with power and toughness equal to its converted mana cost until end of turn.

    • Creatures you control gain flying until end of turn.

    Entwine 1U (Choose both if you pay the entwine cost.)

    United Binding 3UU

    Sorcery

    Convoke (Your creatures can help cast this spell. Each creature you tap while casting this spell pays for 1 or one mana of that creature’s color.)

    Tap all creatures target player controls. They don’t untap during that player’s next untap step.

    Even the unicorns’ best efforts could only contain Grogar for a time.

    Astral Alicorn 5U

    Creature — Avatar

    Alicorn (This card is a Pony Pegasus Unicorn at all times.)

    Flying

    Astral Alicorn can block only creatures with flying.

    ”The star-souls are born and bred for the void. Our home is as terrible for them as theirs is for us.”

    —Princess Luna

    5/5

    Grogar, Lord of Tambelon

    (B) Legendary Creature — Goat Wizard

    Deathtouch, menace

    If Grogar, Lord of Tambelon would leave the battlefield, you may exile it with three time counters on it instead.

    Suspend 3 — 2BB

    Tambelon always returns, as inevitable as death itself.

    6/6

    Epidemic 3B

    Sorcery

    Creatures of the creature type of your choice get -2/-2 until end of turn.

    Most pony diseases are highly contagious, exploiting their tight-knit communities.

    Shower in Gifts 1RR

    Sorcery

    Target opponent gains control of target permanent you control. Shower in Gifts deals damage equal to that permanent’s converted mana cost to that player.

    ”Well, the good news is that she’s definitely immortal.”

    —Spike

    Demanding Foal 2R

    Creature — Child

    Alicorn

    Flying

    At the beginning of your upkeep, tap two untapped lands you control.

    Alicorns inspire reverence no matter their age.

    3/3

    Precision Tantrum 2R

    Sorcery

    Target creature you control deals damage equal to its power divided as you choose among any number of target creatures.

    Flurry Heart learned how to aim her outbursts before she was a month old.

    Brimferno the Brave 4RR

    Legendary Creature — Dragon Warrior

    First strike, menace

    Whenever Brimferno the Brave deals combat damage to a player, it deals 2 damage to each creature that player controls.

    ”If you can’t stand the heat, don’t fight a dragon.”

    4/4

    Imperial Bruins 1G

    Creature — Bear

    1U: Imperial Bruins gains flying until end of turn.

    Flurry Heart drew inspiration from all sources for defending the Empire, even from foalhood games of pretend.

    2/2

    Misplace 3G

    Sorcery

    Choose target noncreature permanent. Its owner shuffles it into his or her library.

    ”It was here just a second ago…”

    Pinkie’s Dossiers 3

    Artifact

    Whenever a creature or planeswalker enters the battlefield, you gain 1 life.

    ”Let’s see… Chandra likes mango rabri, Gideon loves baklava but never takes more than one piece, Jace will take anything if it has coffee in it…”

    Plushiesprite 3

    Artifact Creature — Pest Construct

    Flying

    3, T: Create a token that’s a copy of Plushiesprite.

    The toy store owner wasn’t sure where they’d come from, just that they were incredibly popular, yet she never had to restock them.

    0/1

    Twisted Armaments 3

    Artifact

    2: Target creature assigns combat damage equal to its toughness rather than its power this turn.

    ”The Royal Guard: Aggressive ponies who seek only to defend. I captured that confusion in this piece.”

    —Spearpoint, veteran sculptor

    Sorry Stamp 4

    Artifact

    Morbid — 2, T: Draw a card. Activate this ability only if a creature died this turn.

    ”I don’t like breaking it out, but it always works when I do.”

    —Pinkie Pie, Bearer of Laughter

    Comfort Object 5

    Artifact

    If a source would deal damage to you, prevent 1 of that damage.

    When Comfort Object leaves the battlefield, if a source would deal damage to you this turn, it instead deals that much damage plus 2 to you instead.

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  • 1w, 5h
    Introductions Are in Order

    A bit late given when I published the story, but writing another “ponies on Ravnica” story got me thinking: Whatever happened to all of the major threats to Equestria in a timeline where the pony nation got folded into a planet-wide city? Time to take a thought experiment and run with it.

    Nightmare Moon: If Luna ever did go crazy, she did so more than ten thousand years ago. Even on Ravnica, history has forgotten any such indiscretions beyond her being characterized as the disciplinarian of the Sisters when pony parents need to get their foals to behave.

    Discord: Not even native to Ravnica. Discord was the second greater elemental to form on the world that would become Lorwyn and Shadowmoor uncounted millennia ago, perhaps older than Nicol Bolas himself. His sapience is considerably younger than that, but still multimillennial. He has visited Ravnica in the past, but has rarely needed to do anything to keep the plane interesting. Guild politics usually suffices there. Rigging the Implicit Maze in the favor of the Gateless was the most overt action he’s taken on Ravnica in over a thousand years.

    Chrysalis: Currently working at the Ismeri Library, recording due dates, late fees, and the intelligence gathered by her hive dispersed throughout much of the Tenth District. She has no wish to advance further, partly because she’s at the limit of her logistical capabilities and partly so Lazav doesn’t detect her disloyalty.

    Sombra: The sisters sealed away the Crystal Empire before the signing of the Old Guildpact. Upon its signing, Sombra’s illegitimate claim on the Empire was wrested away… and due to a bizarre corner case, the time-shunted Empire fused with Agyrem, Ravnica’s pocket dimension afterlife. The Crystal Heart went from a source of heat to a source of life. During Szadek’s ghostly war with the angels, the crystal ponies offered what help they could to the latter, which wasn’t much, but still something. Today, they’re a huge, almost transparent minority—a few thousand in a population of billions—and prefer to stay in the Ghost Quarter even after it returned to conventional existence with the dissolution of the Old Guildpact.

    Sombra himself was sentenced to about three millennia of community service, largely spent guarding Orzhov bank vaults. He then truly died and passed on to Agyrem, where even now he spends much of his time snarling ineffectually at the crystal ponies. Nopony over the age of three is impressed.

    Sunset Shimmer: An all too eager part of the Warmind Initiative, a Boros-Izzet collaboration to bring better law enforcement through technology. Most of that technology tends to burn things. Especially Sunset’s contributions.

    Sunset is aware of Twilight Sparkle, and like her is part of the Firemind telepathic network. However, Sunset largely knows Twilight as the caretaker of Niv-Mizzet’s nephew, and feels no real rivalry with the other unicorn beyond the one-upsmanship common among all members of the League of Izzet. Twilight is a theoretician while Sunset is more concerned with practical applications, so she’s happy to leave the bookworm to her research. The whole kirin thing threw her off, but she’s still having too much fun getting paid to design more effective explosions to feel really jealous.

    Plundervines: Only exist on Shadowmoor. Discord had to get Oona something for Mother’s Day.

    Tirek: An early son of Rakdos, gone and gladly forgotten. While his father admired Tirek’s ambition, he found the younger demon’s humorlessness disappointing and fatally unamusing. Also, Rakdos likes ponies.

    Meanwhile, Scorpan produced a long and successful lineage that inspired several styles of gargoyle sculpting across Ravnica. It is believed that he also invented the knock-knock joke, though this is considered apocryphal.

    The Dazzlings: Ravnica has no sirens, and the merfolk insist that those skeletons just look like tasty, tasty sea ponies. There is a trio of conniving hippocampi on Theros who dream of something far greater than scavenging the leavings of Thassa’s pets, but the entire ocean’s laying low at the moment. The goddess of the sea still hasn’t gotten over that pretender stealing her bident and she’s taking it out on pretty much everything she sees.

    Starlight Glimmer: A firebrand in the Gateless movement who took great joy in destroying guild signets, spurred on by the traumatic childhood experience of her best and only friend being accepted at an Izzet academy. Since the return of the Sisters, she’s found herself unsure how to feel about the changing world, one with little room for righteous iconoclasm.

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  • 1w, 1d
    Milkshaker

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  • 1w, 4d
    Friendship is Card Games: Celestial Advice and All Bottled Up

    So. When last we left Equestria, Thorax went from psychological aberration to glorious faerie moose, lord of the Crayola bughorses. Starlight Glimmer… Well, let’s be frank, she’s still a work in progress. Still, she found the confidence to lead her personal Suicide Squad on a combination coup/rescue mission, saving the main characters, the local pantheon of surprisingly kidnappable demigods, and Shining Armor.

    You know, you have to wonder how much more crap he has to go through before he wonders if it’s all worth being married to literal pony Aphrodite. Of course, after growing up with an infant Twilight Sparkle, I’m sure everything else pales in comparison… with the possible exception of Flurry Heart. If her aunt was bad…

    But I ramble. Let’s see how this latest loop around Ms. Faust’s Wild Ride begins.

    Celestial Advice

    Yeah… didn’t think I’d need this particular bit of disambiguation, but it turns out this premiere wasn’t a two-parter. Also the lowest-key one by far; not even the fate of a single city-state was at stake, putting aside that one hypothetical scenario. Still not sure how to feel about that.

    I do appreciate Starlight calling out Spike’s obvious recap.

    Wow. Those are some flexible headspines.

    Yes, for once, Equestria is safer thanks to Starlight Glimmer. As opposed to the frequent alternative.

    Aww, there’s a Moondancer photo on Twilight’s mirror. Good to see it.

    Starlight seems to be more sure of herself in this season’s intro. Nice, subtle change there.

    Heh. Of course Equestria awards a Pink Heart of Courage.

    I admit, the difficulties with getting the medal on Thorax amused me. Discord, you want to pop his top for a bit?

    As I’ve noted before, the rescuers didn’t storm the hive entirely without magic. They’d never have succeeded without Thorax’s shapeshifting.

    Even if Starlight has nothing more to learn, the changelings certainly do. Maybe Twilight could offer the guide them?

    Hello, false parallels. Seriously, I’m not buying that Starlight is ready to move on yet.

    It’s nice to see some more creative magic design than in “The Crystalling.” There is more to magic than firing lasers at everything.

    Okay, so changedlings eat nectar and other physical substances. Good to know.

    There’s no wrong way to fantasize, folks. You heard it from Celestia herself.

    The dragon scenario is purely fantastic, from the 80’s action movie broclench to Starlight riding Torch like he was Falcor. Also, nice to see that Ember and Twilight have been keeping up their correspondence.

    I admit, I’m a sucker for the joke where someone says “Celestia only knows” when she’s actually in the room. And you totally know you’re an idiom, Tia. Don’t even pretend otherwise.

    Heh. The Flurry cuckoo’s pretty fantastic.

    Okay, that’s clearly a Door to Nothingness. I’m not sure which of the two is the madman and which is the imbecile, but the flavor text is definitely apt.

    I legitimately do not know how to feel about Celestia laughing like that.

    I do appreciate Spike poking at the medium, between his inability to see the flashback and translating Celestia’s more roundabout statements.

    Interesting to see that Celestia did teach some classes at the school. Especially to students of that grade level.

    Okay, the bit in Ponyville has to be condensed. Several early episodes were devoted to the Bearers going from friends of friends to friends with each other. They didn’t cavort together in convenient sight of visiting monarchs. Indeed, they probably would’ve been groveling at Celestia’s hooves with the rest of the town. Everypony but Pinkie, anyway.

    That being said, Celestia being aware of the rest of the Mane Six ahead of time apparently confirmed?

    Nervous Celestia is very interesting to see. The Mare in the Moon finalizing the decision all the more so. Was it just because Nightmare Moon’s return was nigh, or did Celestia coddling Luna somehow contribute to the original problem?

    I don’t think Twilight always needing Celestia is necessarily a good thing. It’s one thing to always have a place in your heart for your mentor. It’s another to never outgrow them. It may just be a poor choice of words.

    All throughout the episode, I was wondering what Discord’s game was. Making Starlight room with him was not at all what I was expecting, though it would be fascinating to see. Still, that punchline was nowhere near worth the entire feminine hygiene aisle of douchebaggery on display this episode… though it’s still not as bad as “What About Discord?”

    I’m still choosing to interpret that as “changeling gorefest.”

    Please, for the love of all that is holy, do not choose the path of cheese.

    At first, I felt like this episode ended on an anticlimax. And it does. But Borg made an important point that had escaped me: This isn’t Starlight graduating in the literal sense of four years of high school or college. This is Starlight graduating in the euphemistic sense of ending her probation and remedial lessons on the basics of non-tyrannical social interaction. By saving Equestria, she has been granted the title “Largely Decent Equine Being.”

    Besides, what do you do with a BA in friendship? What is your life going to be? One season’s lessons and plenty of guessin’ have earned you some useless— Okay, I’ll stop. :derpytongue2:

    As I said, really not sure how to feel about a single-episode premiere. Still, this was a nice denouement for “To Where and Back Again,” and the closest we’ve come to a Celestia episode. All things considered, it could’ve been a lot worse, though teasing us with promises of Starlight departing was rather cruel.

    All Bottled Up

    Hmm. Seems like Trixie is talented but ignorant of some of the fundamentals. Probably self-taught, hence her attempts to “TEACUP!”

    Also, define “real” magic, because even back in “Boast Busters,” Trixie was summoning thunderclouds, grabbing rainbows, and restyling manes.

    At first, I was worried that the writers were all but literally putting the Mane Six on a bus for this episode. It was a great relief to see that they were part of a B plot.

    And to be fair, those pretzels are probably better travel food than the teacakes. One bump on the tracks and that frosting could go everywhere.

    Hmm. No outright destruction of matter? But what happens when a transmutation has a mass discrepancy?

    Surprisingly red source of power for someone as structured and order-oriented as Starlight, but it does help explain how she went toe to toe with Twilight back in “The Cutie Re-Mark.” Everything she had went into that revenge scheme.

    Heh. Even Starlight’s best friend acknowledges that she’s a Twilight clone.

    Twilight really should’ve cleared this retreat with the others.

    Wow. If the castle didn’t resent Starlight before, it definitely does now. Also Trixie.

    Interesting case of a literal expression. Haven’t seen one of those for a while. Also, very nice effect on Starlight’s personal rage nimbus.

    Just look, Rarity. You’ll be able to tell if it’s plum or boysenberry yourself.

    Nice detail with Starlight’s hair getting more limp as she puts more and more of herself into that bottle.

    No! Not the nuts! :raritydespair: Man, now I can’t help but think how I never found a Nuts 4 Nuts cart while I was in New York last week. I love those things…

    Starlight Glimmer, everyone. Not only can she mind control ponies when trying to cast other spells, she can mind control them entirely by accident.

    I really wasn’t expecting the Mane Six to solve the puzzle so efficiently and effectively. Also, while I appreciate the contrast the episode is going for, mortal peril rather clashes with a feel-good friendship song.

    Huh. Starlight’s hair sprang back once she reabsorbed the rage. Also, another Borg-sourced bit of wisdom: This is the first time Starlight has solved a friendship problem on her own without making it worse. Sure, it’s a problem she engendered in the first place, but none of the Mane Six are innocent there. This really does show that Starlight’s making progress.

    Hopefully the map will fuse with the rest of the castle again on its own. Otherwise, that could be very awkward indeed.

    Also, didn’t the Mane Six go to Manehattan? You know, “Manehattan Escape”? Did they seriously go halfway across the country and back again for that and do nothing else while there?

    So… the others know, right? I mean, at the very least, Granny’s probably going to bring up the whole “possessed by anger” thing with Applejack. This was a fun episode, but it leaves some loose threads.

    In all, a nice beginning to Season 7. I know the “Starlight Glimmer show” impression I’m getting isn’t accurate based on what I know about upcoming episodes. Still, I can see the writers’ frustration encoded in “All Bottled Up”: There’s not much room left for the Mane Six to grow, not many lessons left for them to learn. Episodes like “The Cart Before the Ponies” that force the characters into a more immature state to tell the story effectively underscore this issue. This is definitely a logical step; I just hope the writers can strike a balance between the next grade of friendship students and the exploits of the real graduates in the long term.

    Still, the scripts for this season are written. The animations largely if not entirely done. I have no control over it, so there’s no sense in worrying about it. What I do have control over are today’s cards. I hope you enjoy them.

    Cheering Companion 1W

    Creature — Pony Ally

    Whenever Cheering Companion or another Ally enters the battlefield under your control, if that Ally isn’t a token, untap all creatures you control.

    ”Yay, us!”

    2/1

    Song of Solidarity 1W

    Enchantment — Song

    At the beginning of your upkeep, put a verse counter on Song of Solidarity.

    W, Sacrifice Song of Solidarity: Up to X target creatures gain indestructible until end of turn, where X is the number of verse counters on Song of Solidarity.

    Tailored Fit 1W

    Enchantment

    As Tailored Fit enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.

    Equip abilities can’t target creatures that aren’t the chosen type.

    "Darling, it just isn't in your size."

    —Rarity, Bearer of Generosity

    Celestia’s Mirth 2W

    Instant

    Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt this turn. You gain 5 life.

    The world pauses to hear the sun laugh.

    Unity of the Bearers 2WW

    Enchantment

    Constellation — Whenever Unity of the Bearers or another enchantment enters the battlefield under your control, put a +1/+1 counter on each creature you control.

    ”It is troublesome in a way. Enough stars to commemorate their bonds properly would take up half the sky.”

    —Princess Luna

    Celestia’s Trusted 4W

    Creature — Unicorn Soldier

    Celestia’s Trusted can’t be destroyed by spells or abilities you control.

    Prevent all damage that would be dealt to Celestia’s Trusted by sources you control.

    Those who guard the throne room know to overlook the solar princess’s eccentricities.

    2/5

    Retroactive Repair 4WW

    Sorcery

    Return all artifact and enchantment cards from your graveyard to your hand.

    That which was never built can never be broken.

    Catch Unprepared 1U

    Instant

    Counter target spell if its controller has one or fewer cards in his or her hand.

    Cycling 2 (2, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

    “The time you most need a backup plan is the time you don’t have any.”

    —Princess Twilight Sparkle

    Cooperative Solution 1U

    Sorcery

    As an additional cost to cast Cooperative Solution, tap three untapped creatures you control.

    Draw three cards.

    Forecast — 1U, Reveal Cooperative Solution from your hand: Create a 1/1 blue Unicorn creature token. (Activate this ability only during your upkeep and only once each turn.)

    Disconcert 1U

    Sorcery

    Target creature gets -3/-0 until your next turn. Goad that creature. (Until your next turn, that creature attacks each combat if able and attacks a player other than you if able.)

    The right words have a motivational force that spurs can never match.

    Discord’s Roommate 2U

    Instant

    Exile target creature. That creature’s controller creates a 3/2 colorless Eldrazi Horror creature token.

    Chaotic U (You may cast this spell for its chaotic cost. If you do, choose its targets at random.)

    “Oh, what fun we’ll have together.”

    Misaimed Teleport 2U

    Sorcery

    Exile target nonland permanent, then put three time counters on it. If it doesn't have suspend, it gains suspend. (At the beginning of its owner’s upkeep, that player removes a time counter from it. When the last is removed, that player casts it without paying its mana cost. If it’s a creature, it has haste.)

    Pinkie’s Cleanup 2UU

    Instant

    Return any number of target permanents you control to their owners’ hands.

    ”Let’s see here: ‘How to turn off your Suck-O-Matic…’”

    Projected Scenario 4UU

    Instant

    Each player may put any number of permanent cards from his or her hand onto the battlefield. At the beginning of the next end step, return those permanents to their owners’ hands.

    Tired of hearing “It’s all in your head,” Twilight devised a spell to get it out.

    Fleeting Decapitation B

    Instant

    Sacrifice a creature. At the beginning of the next end step, return that card to the battlefield under its owner’s control.

    ”I got better.”

    —Discord

    Splat 3B

    Instant

    Destroy up to three target creatures with total power 3 or less.

    ”Wait,” said Spike, “isn’t that just a changeling disguised as Starlight?”

    A frazzled Twilight tilted her head. “What’s your point?”

    Pull into Tartarus 3BB

    Sorcery

    As an additional cost to cast Pull into Tartarus, sacrifice a creature.

    Each opponent sacrifices two creatures.

    The gates of the prison realm are hard to open and even harder to close.

    Flippant Unicorn RR

    Creature — Unicorn Wizard

    When Flippant Unicorn enters the battlefield, it deals 1 damage to each other creature you control.

    ”Oh, please. It’s a just a few friendly jabs. They know I don’t mean it.”

    3/2

    Vessel of Fury 1R

    Enchantment

    1R, Sacrifice Vessel of Fury: Untap target creature. Gain control of that creature until end of turn. It gains haste until end of turn. Activate this ability only any time you could cast a sorcery.

    Weaponizing emotions inevitably leads to collateral damage.

    Cluster Shot 1RR

    Instant

    As an additional cost to cast Cluster Shot, sacrifice an artifact or creature.

    Cluster Shot deals damage equal to the sacrificed permanent’s converted mana cost divided as you choose among any number of target creatures and/or planeswalkers.

    Lava Dive 4R

    Instant

    Choose one or both —

    • Lava Dive deals 4 damage to target non-Dragon creature.

    • Target Dragon gets +4/+0 and gains trample until end of turn.

    Obliteration Beam 4RR

    Instant

    Obliteration Beam deals 4 damage to target creature and 4 damage to target player.

    The dragons had little patience for talk of friendship, but plenty of respect for destruction spells.

    Redsight Miasma 5RR

    Creature — Elemental

    Flying, haste

    When Redsight Miasma enters the battlefield, if you cast it from your hand, untap all creatures you control and after this main phase, there is an additional combat phase followed by an additional main phase.

    Evoke 3RR

    5/4

    Concise Debate 2G

    Sorcery

    Target creature you control fights target creature you don’t control.

    Draw a card.

    Changeling conflict resolution methods are brutal but undeniably effective.

    Medal of Honor 2

    Artifact — Equipment

    Whenever one or more counters are placed on equipped creature, you may put another of those counters on another target creature.

    Equip 1

    Decorated heroes inspire others to follow their example.

    Teacup Poodle 2

    Artifact Creature — Hound

    When Teacup Poodle enters the battlefield or dies, you gain 2 life.

    ”Not bad for a first-timer.”

    —Discord

    2/1

    Discord’s Banner 3

    Artifact

    T: Add B, R, or G to your mana pool.

    BRG, T, Sacrifice Discord’s Banner: Draw a card.

    Disharmony to pester, chaos to distract.

    Ordeal of Twilight (gu)W

    Enchantment — Aura

    Enchant creature

    Whenever enchanted creature attacks, put a +1/+1 counter on it. Then if it has three or more +1/+1 counters on it, sacrifice Ordeal of Twilight.

    When you sacrifice Ordeal of Twilight, create a 1/1 blue Unicorn creature token, a 1/1 white Pegasus creature token with flying, and a 2/2 green Pony creature token.

    False Parallels 1(gu)(gu)

    Enchantment

    Whenever another player casts a spell during your turn, you may cast spells as thought they had flash until your next turn.

    ”I am not Starlight. Trying to treat her exactly as Celestia treated me could only end disastrously.”

    —Princess Twilight Sparkle

    Friendship Prodigy 2GW

    Creature — Unicorn Wizard

    Heroic — Whenever you cast a spell that targets Friendship Prodigy, create a 2/2 green Pony creature token.

    ”This is actually easier without mind control. Who would’ve thought?”

    3/3

    Changeling Gorefest 3UB

    Sorcery

    Destroy target creature. Create a token that’s a copy of that creature.

    ”It’s more fun than it sounds. For the changelings, anyway.”

    —King Thorax

    Lost to Time 4WU

    Instant

    Put target creature on the bottom of its owner’s library.

    Conspire (As you cast this spell, you may tap two untapped creatures you control that share a color with it. When you do, copy it and you may choose a new target for the copy.)

    Mixing spells can be terribly dangerous.

    Transmutation Spree XXUR

    Sorcery

    Destroy X target artifacts. For each artifact destroyed this way, create a token that’s a copy of another target artifact.

    ”I think that’s enough teacups, Trixie.”

    —Starlight Glimmer

    Road U

    Sorcery

    Target creature can’t be blocked this turn.

    Ruin 4BB

    Sorcery

    Aftermath (Cast this spell only from your graveyard. Then exile it.)

    Target player loses life equal to the damage already dealt to him or her this turn.

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  • 2w, 4d
    FIENDship is Card Games: The Many Tales of Queen Chrysalis (and Friends Forever #16)

    Well, this worked out nicely, didn’t it? Just enough time between seasons for me to get to and wrap up the FIENDship mini-series. In this final week before the Season 7 premiere, let’s take a look at things from the antagonists’ perspective.

    FIENDship is Magic: The Many Tales of Queen Chrysalis

    Huh. I have to say, this is some impressive and reasonable security. Magic shield, posted guards, security checkpoints… Yeah, this is entirely reasonable for containing a national threat. Though I do have to wonder how they’re feeding the prisoners.

    Given how Twilight’s planned out Chrysalis’s millennium-long punishment in exacting detail, I wonder if she’s directly taken charge of the changeling penitentiary. Given what we’ve seen with Starlight, this meticulously thought-out reformation definitely seems like Twilight’s work. Certainly more proactive than most of what we see from Celestia.

    Huh. I wonder why that “restrict all magic” sign is there. Can changelings feed on spell energy?

    I can’t help but wonder which pink monstrosity Chrysalis is referring to. I mean, it could be either or both.

    I’ll be honest, I’m not really seeing a difference between this Chrysalis and her normal state. Really seems like a matter of how she holds herself more than anything. Still, good to see that they’re at least trying to feed her.

    Also, that is a quality hatred shrine.

    I’m not sure if I’m more surprised that someone raised by Twilight doesn’t know some important historical event or that Rainbow Dash does. I suppose I’ll have to see how cool, awesome, and/or radical it is before making a final judgement.

    I’m with Spike. I think Equestrian historians just say “a thousand years ago” when they’re not sure about the year and don’t want to admit it. Basically code for “circa whenever.”

    Okay, Rarity picking up couch summoning from Pinkie is pretty darn funny, if concerning for Rarity’s sanity.

    Oh, right, Drama Horse. Carry on.

    Holy crap, twinkle-eyed ponies. Twinkkle-eyed pegasi no less. If you’re unfamiliar with this particular strain of pony, they were one of the many G1 variations, with a Watsonian origin as slave labor in a wizard’s mine, where they’d been toiling for so long that they’d gone blind. Original Applejack rammed said wizard into a bottomless abyss and triggered an explosion that replaced the prisoners’ eyes with magical jewels that restored their sight, because G1 was a bizarre fusion of toyetic and psychadelic.

    Long story short, it’s especially bizarre to see a cloud city full of the descendants of enslaved miners, though there were some pegasi among the original twinklers.

    It just feels wrong to see a non-porous Chrysalis.

    I like this legend, but it does make it seem like ponies should’ve known about changelings before the wedding. Sure, it may be an obscure tale, but it cemented changelings as a menace. Indeed, part of why Chrysalis is such a terrible queen is that it’s a poor parasite that announces itself. Changelings shouldn’t try to be remembered; they should try to feed unseen.

    That said, I do like Pinkie asserting that pegasus is untasty.

    :rainbowlaugh: Nice. Any version of pony history without an Incitatus is poorer for the lack.

    I’m with the changeling. Chrysalis’s crown definitely seems organic.

    Interesting that Trot had contact with Celestia.

    Wow. That is some really cool armor for Chrysalis. I’m not sure if it’s chitin or hardened slime, but it looks amazing. And even I have to admit, she looks good in a ponytail.

    It’s always nice to see Celestia actually do something. Interesting to think that the changelings’ holes are essentially burn scars. Not sure how to feel about that one. Also, this really underscores how Celestia should’ve considered the possibility of changelings during the wedding. Don’t get me wrong, this is some amazing backstory, but every story undermines the changelings’ basic appeal as the unknown, unseen threat.

    “Haysinets” are really pushing the pun. And that was an entirely unnecessary dig at Rarity.

    Make that two entirely unnecessary digs at Rarity. Seriously, what the crap, Katie?

    There is a dragon there at the moment, Dash. Spike counts.

    Three. Three unnecessary digs at Rarity! :facehoof:

    I was going to say something about dragons feeling love, but Spike beat me to it. You tell ‘em, buddy.

    The lighting on Chrysalis applying the suggestion to Sergio is very nice. Also, I quite like the epic minion toss.

    And here we get the one thing that really drags down this issue. Twilight Sparkle opens the door. Queen Chrysalis, who has been telling her stories of how deceitful she is, gets her to open the door. Twilight Sparkle, who was the only pony to see through Chrysalis’s disguise, who could easily teleport the book inside, opens the door. And goes inside when she could use telekinesis. Unescorted.

    I know this is setting up for the Siege of the Crystal Empire, but did they really have to crush Twilight under the Idiot Ball in the process?

    As far as changeling origins go, this one has always left me unimpressed. An interesting concept, sure, but we’ve done better. And Star Swirl getting involved just feels unnecessary.

    AND Chrysalis could easily penetrate the shield. After however long she spent starving. Of freaking course.

    There are definitely some interesting ideas here, but they don’t mesh well with the changelings’ ecological niche and they work at direct cross-purposes with the characters as we know them. Break it down for parts and use the ones you like, but as is? This is a mess.

    Friends Forever #16: Diamond Tiara & Silver Spoon

    The funny thing is that Diamond Tiara does have the makings of a tragic hero, especially the hubris.

    Ah, and there’s Tiara’s other tragic flaw: all-consuming ego. She must be superior, especially in comparison to the Crusaders.

    I have mixed feelings about Tiara play her father like a fiddle. I assume she hasn’t identified the “bullies;” naming Apple Bloom would likely backfire.

    Wow, that’s a lot of references in one panel. And even more in one character, given Prancy’s Velmish appearance.

    Wait, so Prancy Drew also writes novels based on her actual experiences? Does any author in Equestria actually make things up?

    Also, you’d think Twilight would make every effort to preserve her books.

    Wait, all filly contestants? What about Archie and the Stooges?

    I’m just going to take a moment to appreciate this panel. A reminder that any little girl can be cute when she isn’t being aggressively horrible.

    I can kind of understand Diamond’s frustration, given that she sent the Crusaders into the Everfree. On the other hand, she sent them into the local hell-forest.

    Well, at least Silver Spoon can show some remorse.

    So… second prize is first prize, only more so? That seems inherently unfair.

    Okay, I do feel a little bad for the rich fillies in those last panels. Still, that’s karma for you.

    Also, Jem and the Holograms as a bluegrass band. Don’t see that every day.

    This was a fun, lightweight story from an uncommon perspective. Plenty of fun Easter eggs and a little sympathy for the preteen devils. Very nice.

    In all, FIENDship is a roller coaster of quality. It has its highs and lows, its thrilling moments and its stages of surprising tedium. And in the case of the sirens' comic, the car gets stuck on the track at one point and the theme park owners hand out coupons for free sodas. It's a largely fun ride, but as with the Chrysalis comic, it's probably best used as a source of individual ideas rather than being taken whole hog.

    Now, let’s see what I can make from these particular components…

    Guards of Timbucktu 3WW

    Creature — Pegasus Soldier

    Flying

    When Guards of Timbucktu enters the battlefield, create two 1/1 white Pegasus creature tokens with flying.

    Guards were everywhere in Timbucktu, not to dominate, but to ensure that all could trade in fairness and peace.

    2/2

    Orion, Bright-Eyed King 3WW

    Legendary Creature — Pegasus Soldier

    Flying

    6W: Other Pegasi you control get +2/+2 until end of turn. This ability costs 1 less to activate for each enchantment you control.

    When Orion, Bright-Eyed King dies, return it to the battlefield transformed under your control.

    3/3

    Orion the Disgraced

    (W) Legendary Enchantment

    Constellation — Whenever Orion the Disgraced or another enchantment enters the battlefield under your control, Orion the Disgraced becomes a 5/5 Pegasus Soldier with flying and vigilance in addition to its other types until your next turn.

    He lost one nation. He will not see any others fall.

    Elementary Observation 1U

    Sorcery

    Investigate twice. (Create two colorless Clue artifact tokens with “2, Sacrifice this artifact: Draw a card.)

    "Really, you act like it wasn't obvious."

    Young Investigator 1U

    Creature — Unicorn Child

    Whenever you sacrifice a Clue, scry 1.

    Does her talent guide her to the solution, or do mysteries in Ungula want to be solved?

    1/2

    Blank Stupor 2U

    Enchantment — Aura

    Enchant creature

    Enchanted creature doesn’t untap during its controller’s untap step.

    Whenever you cast your second spell each turn, you may attach Blank Stupor to target creature.

    Chocolate Geyser 2U

    Instant

    Kicker W (You may pay an additional W as you cast this spell.)

    Return target nonland permanent to its owner’s hand. If Chocolate Geyser was kicked, that player can’t cast spells with the same name as that permanent until your next turn.

    Some spells should be savored.

    Conniving Deceiver 2B

    Creature — Pony Rogue

    Whenever an opponent sacrifices a Clue, that player discards a card.

    Most earth ponies plant. Some plant evidence.

    3/2

    Driving Obsession 2BB

    Enchantment

    As Driving Obsession enters the battlefield, name a nonland card.

    At the beginning of your upkeep, you draw a card and you lose 1 life.

    Reveal the named card from your hand, Sacrifice Driving Obsession: You gain 6 life.

    Gorge on Love 4B

    Sorcery

    Each opponent loses 4 life. You gain life equal to the life lost this way.

    "Cities are nothing more than banquets awaiting my visit."

    —Queen Chrysalis

    High-Speed Collision 1R

    Sorcery

    Choose one —

    • Target creature you control gets +X/+0 until end of turn, where X is its power.

    • Target creature you control fights target creature you don’t control.

    Entwine 1R (Choose both if you pay the entwine cost.)

    Solar Perforation 2RR

    Sorcery

    Kicker 1R

    Solar Perforation has wither as long as it was kicked. (It deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters.)

    Solar Perforation deals 2 damage to each creature target player controls.

    Vain Incinerator 3RR

    Creature — Dragon

    Flying

    At the beginning of combat on your turn, any player may tap two untapped creatures he or she controls. If a player does, tap Vain Incinerator and it deals 2 damage to each of those creatures.

    A dragon's mercy still leaves burn scars.

    5/5

    Power Trio 4RR

    Creature — Pony Warrior

    Whenever Power Trio attacks, you may exert it. When you do, create two 3/3 red Pony creature tokens that are tapped and attacking. Exile the tokens at end of combat (An exerted creature won’t untap during your next untap step.)

    Sugar, spice, and everything painful.

    3/3

    Relentless Sleuths 3G

    Creature — Pony Rogue

    Whenever Relentless Sleuths attacks, you may exert it. When you do, investigate.

    Whenever you sacrifice a Clue, untap Relentless Sleuths.

    Physical exhaustion is a minor annoyance. Injustice is unforgivable.

    3/2

    War Carapace 3

    Artifact — Equipment

    Equipped creature gets +2/+2.

    Whenever a creature enters the battlefield under your control, you may attach War Carapace to that creature if it’s a Shapeshifter or has the same name as another creature.

    Equip 3

    Celestial Scepter 4

    Artifact

    3, T: Put a +1/+1 counter on target creature.

    4W, T: Put a +1/+1 counter on each creature you control.

    "I swear, I wave something around for a few centuries and everypony acts like it's a sacred relic."

    —Princess Celestia

    Scheduled Reformation 1WU

    Enchantment — Aura

    Enchant creature

    Enchanted creature can’t attack or block.

    At the beginning of your upkeep, put a time counter on Scheduled Reformation. Then, if the number of time counters on Scheduled Reformation is equal to or greater than enchanted creature’s toughness, sacrifice Scheduled Reformation. If you do, gain control of enchanted creature.

    Hibernation Cell 2(wu)

    Enchantment

    1(wu): Exile target creature you control.

    1(wu): Sacrifice Hibernation Cell.

    When Hibernation Cell leaves the battlefield, return each card exiled with Hibernation Cell to the battlefield under your control.

    Deception in the Ranks 3UR

    Instant

    Cast Deception in the Ranks only during your turn and only during combat before blockers are declared.

    Return target creature defending player controls to its owner’s hand. You may put a creature card from your hand onto the battlefield tapped and attacking. Sacrifice that creature at the beginning of the next end step.

    Aerial Trade Hub

    Land

    T, Pay 1 life: Add W or U to your mana pool.

    1, T, Sacrifice Aerial Trade Hub: Draw a card.

    Timbucktu was where every being with wings went to make their fortune. Unfortunately, changelings have wings.

    Blightoak Cavern

    Land — Swamp Forest

    (T: Add B or G to your mana pool.)

    Blightoak Cavern enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or more basic lands.

    Rotten seeds bearing twisted fruit.

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  • 2w, 5d
    Dual Posting

    As the name implies, two things to note:

    1. The Royal Canterlot Library is running a special event to better showcase previously featured authors who may not have been best represented by their chosen works. Given how my own feature was Mandatory Fun, I'd say I'm fairly well-established, but there are plenty of others out there who don't necessarily mesh well with their RCL inductees. You can contribute to the discussion on the forum thread here.

    2. I'll be visiting my sister in New York this weekend, so expect minimal activity from me. This includes delaying Group Precipitation's next update until Monday, hence the story tag. Friendship is Card Games should be able to update as normal, though the index update may have to wait depending on then-present circumstances.

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  • 2w, 6d
    Cast into Sharkness


    It's not the sequel to The Implict Neighs you may have been expecting...


    But it's the one that my muse insisted on. Make of it what you will. And if all else fails, blame Syeekoh.

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  • 3w, 4d
    Friendship is Card Games: Night of the Apples

    This week, we’re looking at the cheesiest fruit you’ve ever tasted. Let’s see if this comic-form B-movie gets an A or an F.

    Well, Ms. Moon, there was that whole “plunging the world in eternal darkness” thing. Kind of necessitated disciplinary action.

    Seriously, look at the expressions on the first page. I’m pretty sure the artist meant for us to sympathize with the insane moon goddess here.

    That being said, the idea of evil-irradiated meteors is an interesting one.

    Don’t try to get away or anything, AJ. Just keep standing there.

    That’s an interesting chicken-and-egg conundrum regarding mark and talent. I suspect there’s no clean-cut single correct answer for it, any more than there’s a single way to discover one’s purpose in life. (Though what’s with Rarity’s almost disgusted look in that last panel? You’d think this was abnormal behavior for Spike.)

    Also, does no one notice the abnormal number of apples?

    So… how are they holding the spears? I’m going to say short-range telekinesis. Just don’t ask me how an apple grew a mustache. Or how one can speak, for that matter, given the lack of lungs et al.

    You know, this was starting to edge into too stupid, but then the leader went and said “Gloat! There will be much gloating!” Now I’m imagining an apple with the voice of Skeletor, and it’s too fantastic a mental image for me to be upset.

    I like the idea of an accountant pony who’s as compulsive a counter as the average vampire. Special talents are double-edged swords.

    … How are things on fire?

    Aaand Luna being ineffectual pushed this over to being too stupid again. I am fickle at times.

    Why would the apples care about spells being used on them? They’ve demonstrated magical immunity multiple times.

    Also, I know they’re going for the whole “dumb horror movie” vibe, but it does feel insulting for heroes who have overcome gods to get beaten by a pile of produce.

    Ooh, the resistance is meeting in the Chamber of Extreme Knitting. Nice continuity.

    … though that means that the apples aren’t guarding all of the borders, so while ponies can’t fly out of town, they can still walk. And how exactly are the apples dealing with the regularly arriving trains, anyway?

    Wait, how did the apples know that Spike represented a line of communication to Celestia. Heck, if Luna couldn’t beat them, what hope does Celestia have? Indeed, is Luna still in town? Couldn’t she just send word to ponies through dreams?

    Again, I know this storyline isn’t meant to be taken too seriously, but I shouldn’t be able to poke this many holes in such quick succession.

    Wow, really, Twilight? Pinkie’s about as vegetative as the average gas particle.

    We would’ve also accepted Pink Lady for Pinkie’s apple name.

    Also, why do the apples have all of these bonfires going? Seriously, when did “apple” become synonymous with “pyromaniac?” Did these things spend too much time around Apple Bloom?

    Okay, now we’re getting ridiculous. We’ve seen Spike melt padlocks before, and “Inspiration Manifestation” aired well before this comic.

    That said, the Apple product joke did make me smile a little.

    You know, the thought occurs that Pinkie could’ve just carried a scroll with her. She still had a mane; storage wouldn’t have been an issue.

    “I miss flying.” That’s actually really sad. The peace treaty has forbidden the one thing that makes life worth living for Dash.

    And so we see why every other option was unceremoniously pushed off the table: The return of Flutterbat. Let’s face it, it wasn’t worth the sacrifice of logic. Though I do like the combination of her and the template polymorph… though at the same time, it makes the story feel even more fanficcy. And not necessarily in a good way.

    Also, implying that breezies aren’t as intelligent as ponies. Ouch.

    The vampire names are… mixed in quality. Let’s go with mixed. Though I do like the idea of Rarity having capes on hoof in case of such an event.

    And not a single apple raises an alarm, even when directly seeing the vampire fruit bat ponies. Well, nice to know the ponies aren’t hogging the Idiot Ball.

    And no, Twilight, those don’t sound good together.

    Seriously, if Pinkie’s Potence was enough to tear open the cages, Spike probably could’ve melted his way out.

    Speaking of World of Darkness, Fluttershy has wrested control back from the Beast.

    Oh, now Twilight’s magic works. Ugh.

    Well, Spike’s form is the one the apples have had the most time to study. And the same short-range telekinesis that can hold spears can presumably also act as a cohesive force. Yeah, this checks out.

    Since when could Twilight absorb magic? Is that an undocumented feature of unicorns, or could she not help but pay attention even while Tirek drained her?

    Okay, the ponies not understanding a thumbs up was amusing and clever.

    Celestia seems really weird in this style. Her proportions just look off.

    I can’t believe Rainbow didn’t drain Bad Apple the moment she had him in her hooves.

    “And more.” So either Celestia couldn’t think of any negative aspects to Fluttershy’s personality, or she couldn’t fit them all in while maintaining her flow. Still, good message about working to overcome internal failings.

    Oh. Huh. Really wasn’t expecting the earlier cutie mark discussion to come back full circle. That feels kind of stapled on, and I'm not sure how well staples work on apples.

    So… how will the apples continue, exactly? Are they magically preserved, or will they start rotting? Will their seeds produce self-aware trees, trees that produce more self-aware apples, or both? And there are the seeds the vampire fruit bats spat out during the battle. So many questions…

    Wow. When even the Apples aren’t in the mood for apples, you know it’s bad.

    In the end, this sacrificed too much logic and didn’t provide enough goofiness to make up for it. When you have the heroes standing in defeat as the mayor negotiates with the invading force, leading to freaking labor camps, it is not the sort of light-hearted random romp that can get away with the gaping plot holes on display here. A shame; I really wanted to like this one.

    Oh well. This storyline may be rotten, but I can still make something tasty out of it.

    Ponyville Accountant 1W

    Creature — Pony Advisor

    Extort (Whenever you cast a spell, you may pay (wb). If you do, each opponent loses 1 life and you gain that much life.)

    T: Target attacking or blocking creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

    She’s as helpful as any citizen of Ponyville. She just needs a small consultation fee first.

    1/1

    Conscripted Siege Squad 2W

    Creature — Pony Soldier

    T: Conscripted Siege Squad deals 1 damage to target attacking or blocking creature.

    Tap an untapped Plant you control: Untap Conscripted Siege Squad.

    ”Keep reloading, slave!”

    —Bad Apple

    1/2

    Proprietary Technology 3W

    Enchantment

    Activated abilities of artifacts your opponents control can’t be activated.

    ”How do those apples do anything without the fine manipulation offered by hooves?”

    —Princess Twilight Sparkle

    Polymorphic Beacon 2UU

    Enchantment

    Before you shuffle your deck to start the game, you may reveal this card from your deck and exile a creature card you drafted that isn’t in your deck.

    2U: Creatures you control become copies of a card you exiled with cards named Polymorphic Beacon until end of turn.

    Juice-Maddened Neonate 1B

    Creature — Vampire Pegasus

    Flying

    Juice-Maddened Neonate can’t block.

    Whenever Juice-Maddened Neonate becomes blocked by a green creature, it gains deathtouch until end of turn.

    2/1

    Nightmare’s Wrath 1B

    Instant

    Target creature gets -2/-2 until end of turn.

    Gravestorm (When you cast this spell, copy it for each permanent put into a graveyard this turn. You may choose new targets for the copies.)

    Loss begets loss.

    Suck Dry 2B

    Sorcery

    Target creature gets -2/-2 until end of turn. You gain 2 life.

    Cipher (Then you may exile this spell card encoded on a creature you control. Whenever that creature deals combat damage to a player, its controller may cast a copy of the encoded card without paying its mana cost.)

    Chiropteran Embrace 2BB

    Enchantment — Aura

    Enchant creature

    Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 and has flying and lifelink.

    ”Acknowledge the new instincts. Work with them. But under no circumstances can you let them take control.”

    —Princess Twilight Sparkle

    Sated Strength 3B

    Instant

    Delve (Each card you exile from your graveyard while casting this spell pays for 1.)

    Target creature gets +4/+0 and gains lifelink until end of turn. If a green card was exiled with Sated Strength’s delve ability, that creature gets an additional +0/+4 and gains trample until end of turn.

    Thirsting Colony 3BB

    Creature — Vampire Bat

    Flying

    When Thirsting Colony enters the battlefield, put a +1/+1 counter on it for each green creature on the battlefield.

    They descended upon the apple army like a fog with teeth.

    2/2

    Incendiary Arrival RR

    Enchantment

    Whenever a creature enters the battlefield under your control, Incendiary Arrival deals 1 damage to target creature you don’t control.

    In Ungula, fire doesn’t need fuel, just an excuse.

    Violent Explosion 2R

    Sorcery

    As an additional cost to cast Violent Explosion, sacrifice an artifact.

    Violent Explosion deals damage equal to the sacrificed artifact’s converted mana cost to each creature target player controls.

    ”Is there any other kind?”

    —Rainbow Dash, Bearer of Loyalty

    Coercive Spearfruit 1G

    Creature — Plant Warrior

    Whenever Coercive Spearfruit attacks, you may have target creature block this turn if able.

    ”Come on, horse. Move!”

    2/1

    Apple Ambush 3G

    Instant

    Cast Apple Ambush only during combat after blockers are declared.

    Create X 1/1 green Plant creature tokens that are blocking target creature attacking you or a planeswalker you control, where X is that creature’s toughness.

    Baleful Bushel 3G

    Creature — Plant Warrior

    Baleful Bushel can’t be blocked by creatures with power 2 or less.

    Baleful Bushel’s power and toughness are each equal to the number of green permanents you control

    Those they can’t go around, they go over.

    */*

    Apple Titan 3GG

    Creature — Plant

    Amplify 1 (As this creature enters the battlefield, put a +1/+1 counter on it for each Plant card you reveal from your hand.)

    Apple Titan’s power and toughness are each equal to the number of Plants you control plus the number of Plant cards in your graveyard.

    */*

    Conflict-Infused Meteor 4

    Artifact

    Creatures you control attack each turn if able.

    T: Add two mana in any combination of colors to your mana pool.

    Bathed in the magic of warring alicorns, it grants all the power and madness of Nightmare Moon.

    Spell Absorption GU

    Instant

    Counter target spell that targets only a single creature you control. Put a +1/+1 counter on that creature.

    ”Oh dear.”

    —Princess Twilight Sparkle

    Bad Apple 2BG

    Legendary Creature — Plant Warrior

    Menace

    Other Plants you control get +1/+1 and have menace.

    At the beginning of your upkeep, you lose 1 life and create a 1/1 green Plant creature token.

    ”Today, Ponyville. Tomorrow, the world!”

    3/3

    Apple Labor Camp

    Land

    T: Add C to your mana pool.

    1, T: Put a storage counter on Apple Labor Camp

    1, Remove X storage counters from Apple Labor Camp: Add X mana in any combination of B and/or G to your mana pool.

    Vale of the Good Apples

    Land

    T: Add G or W to your mana pool. Each opponent gains 1 life.

    Led by an apple infused with the diarchs’ love, the inhabitants of the vale strive towards a greater purpose than mere conquest.

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  • 3w, 5d
    Sovereigns' Realm

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  • 3w, 5d
    Revise the Fallen

    The last chapter of Unfriendly Competition is... hopefully improved. Thank you to everyone who took the time to explain the issues with the original, or just express your displeasure. (I'm pretty sure this was the first time I've ever actually dreaded getting notifications.) It's nice to know that I have readers unafraid to tell me when I've screwed the pooch.

    And if it's still not up to snuff... Well, we're exploring new ground. Don't think many people have ever had an open beta for fan fiction before.

    4 comments · 165 views
  • 4w, 5h
    Effectuate the Competition

    If you're the sort of person who likes to wait until stories are finished before reading them, you may be pleased to know that Unfriendly Competition is now complete. You can see what happens at the Friendship Games when magic comes pre-unleashed from start to finish without any of those pesky interruptions that come from me fleshing out the next part of the outline.

    (And yes, Masterweaver, you're free to do the thing. Sorry again for taking so long.)

    Next up... I'm not entirely sure. There is this one idea I want to explore, set in early Season 4...

    "So," said Dash, "is anypony else weirded out by how hot Twilight is now that she has wings?

    7 comments · 211 views
  • 4w, 3d
    MC

    Thank you to everyone who's helped my follower count get to twelve in binary. I'm here to entertain, and it's always heartening to see just how much happiness I can spread. :twilightsmile:

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  • 4w, 4d
    FIENDship is Card Games: The Dream Team (Also Friends Forever #15)

    This week is all about leaders, underlings, and two very different management styles. Let's compare and contrast.

    FIENDship is Magic: The Dream Team

    Interesting choice with the “Men in Black title” font. Also continuing the trend of Tabitha St. Germain’s characters getting titled comics.

    I’ve never been terribly fond of Nightmare Moon being trapped on the moon rather than in it. The craters in the shape of her face and their disappearance always suggested that she was bound within the satellite on a more conceptual level. Still, people have done great things with the idea, from MrNumbers’s laser-powered romance to Jordan179’s holy landing site. (Both make sense in context.) Let’s see how the comic handles it.

    So there’s a castle on the moon effectively populated by dream-making Care Bears. (They look down from above through omniscient cloud portals and bring good cheer to all. They’re Care Bears.) Okay, then.

    Aaaand we have a continuity snarl on page three. The Wonderbolts were canonically created at least a year after Nightmare Moon’s banishment and the increased militarization of Equestria. Unless Nightmare Moon was wandering for months before finding that castle, there’s no way somepony’s dreaming of the team. (And, after checking the dates, I can confirm that “Testing Testing 1-2-3” aired about a year before this comic was published.)

    Not terribly fond of a heretofore unknown lunar race crafting ponies’ dreams for them, either. That always seemed to be one aspect of existence that didn’t need any maintenance. Still, good to see that their work experience keeps them from accepting Nightmare Moon’s poisoned honey at face value.

    I’m not sure which naming coincidence amuses me more: Doran or the Nyx. Purplebird makes a striking contrast with the Doran I’m most familiar with… though if I had any art capability, I’d consider making something featuring one riding in the boughs of the other.

    As for the Nyx, it’s not terribly surprising. The goddess of night’s pretty low-hanging mythological fruit. Though this does theoretically mean that Nyx the alicorn and the dreamcrafting Nyx could explore Nyx, the realm of the Theroian gods.

    So… did Luna not employ dream magic before her banishment? Because she definitely interferes with the dreams of ponies nowanights.

    Also, interesting to see Nightmare Moon realize that the Royal Canterlot Approach may not be the best way to deal with these creatures. Glimmers of sanity here and there amidst her madness, only making her more dangerous.

    Okay, naming the leader of a bunch of dreamcrafters Gaiman is pretty darn amusing. I wonder if Lucien the librarian is somewhere around here. That said, I can’t help but think that Doran meant to say “I like your hair.” Leaving out that third word just makes it weird.

    Oh, that poor innocent creature. It’s heartbreakingly amusing to see Doran celebrate her new best friend, even as said best friend plans a psychic reign of terror.

    Hmm. I’d question how Doran’s braiding that ephemeral starstuff, but Pipsqueak did demonstrate that Luna’s mane is still tangible.

    There’s something delightfully ridiculous in Nightmare Moon declaring herself president of anything.

    I do like the way the panels between moon and Earth link together when attempting to access a sleeping pony’s mind.

    Why do the Nyx even have suspicion and paranoia on tap? And how did Doran think this was still a good idea?

    So… They did know that this was a thousand years ago, right? Because that shot of fiery terror looks like modern Ponyville with modern Canterlot in view. And that’s putting aside Celestia using dream magic with greater proficiency than Nightmare Moon.

    When did Nightmare Moon find the time to transform literally every other Nyx without Doran noticing?

    Okay, the living nightmares chanting around the blackened dream pool is a pretty fantastic image. Especially since it sounds like someone’s about to tear out a still-beating heart.

    Much as I love a good mindscape battle, this one feels… weak. Part of the problem is that the battle of wills isn’t translating well to sequential art, looking mostly like the two alicorns butting heads with horns lit. This is a case where textual description of the sensations and struggle would probably carry it a lot more effectively. That or more evocative imagery. Nightmare Moon’s probing attacks don’t help either, making her seem petty and unimaginative when it comes to inflicting terror on Celestia. Fleecs’s obligatory cloud gremlin cameo doesn’t help either.

    Luna hit home with Celestia, but in the best possible way. I have to say, that is a phenomenal The Reason You Suck Speech.

    Interesting to see Celestia cooperate with Doran, though I do have to wonder how the braids carried over across the gulf of dreams and space.

    In all, this is an interesting way to explain the origin of the Nightmare Forces… but the problem is that while it provides a nice bit of comic continuity, it does so at the expense of the continuity of the show. No sense of history, either; Equestria looks identical to how it is today. Nor any sense of scale; if every dream is made here, that’s a lot of overtime we’re not seeing.

    So yeah, interesting, but poorly thought out in the greater scheme of things.

    Friends Forever #15: Applejack & Mayor Mare

    :facehoof: We open with Applejack tempting fate. You’d think she’d have learned better by now. (That said, she looks freaking adorable in that first panel.)

    Wow. Ponyville’s bureaucracy would do the Azorius proud. I certainly know how Applejack feels; I could tell you horror stories about the run-around I got in college…

    Also, I like the over-the-ear design on Tadwell’s glasses.

    Huh. When does this take place? Applejack has to introduce herself to the mayor. Given the trophy she got all the way back in “Applebuck Season,” I’d put this at before the show even started.

    It’s rather appropriate to have a Labyrinth reference in a comic about bureaucracy, isn’t it?

    … okay, with Spike in the Department of Dragon Relations, I have no idea when this is supposed to take place.

    An entire month with no sales tax revenue doesn’t seem like the best idea, but I’m not an economist.

    Twilight’s ascended!? For crying out loud, the Mayor has given multiple speeches on Applejack’s behalf! AJ has saved and/or wrecked the town even more times than that! They shouldn’t need to be introduced!

    To be fair to the sculptor, at least he managed to make some kind of equine head.

    Okay, I really like the mayor’s election team. Especially At-Sign. She’s just so eager.

    Ohhh dear. I have a duplicate page. I’m not seeing the one before this one, just another copy of the one where Mayor Mare asks Applejack to lend some common sense to government proceedings.

    :rainbowderp: Holy crap. What did Sweetie Belle do? Also, Pinkie is enjoying being a grapefruit way too much.

    … Huh. Your tax dollars at work, folks. Makes me wonder how many other incidents Ponyville’s civil servants handled off-camera.

    I have many things I want to say about this issue, but I try to keep politics out of my blog. Aside from that early bit of temporal confusion, this was an enjoyable romp through the frustrations of overcomplicated procedure and a welcome reminder that governance can yield a net-positive result for the governed.

    Now, normally I’d need you all to fill out a V-9C to see these, but I like you enough to overlook it this time:

    Ward the Weary 1W

    Instant

    Tapped creatures you control gain indestructible until end of turn.

    With no one else able to guard ponies’ slumber, Celestia took on yet another burden.

    Light of Reason 2W

    Enchantment

    When Light of Reason enters the battlefield, draw a card.

    Spells and abilities your opponents control can’t cause you to discard cards.

    ”Equestria cannot afford two mad alicorns.”

    —Princess Celestia

    Void Citation U

    Instant

    Counter target spell with one or more targets.

    Bureaucracy is that rare weapon that can sunder itself.

    Crisis Management 1U

    Instant

    Return target spell to its owner’s hand. If that spell has converted mana cost 5 or greater, counter it instead.

    ”Some things you can’t delay until after the election.”

    —Marion Mare, mayor of Ponyville

    Blind Sculptor 2U

    Creature — Pony Artificer

    When Blind Sculptor enters the battlefield, reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal an artifact card. Put that card into your hand and the rest into your graveyard.

    ”I call it ‘I Ran Out of Chisels.’”

    2/2

    Dreamcrafter Nyx 3U

    Creature — Spirit

    T: Each player may draw a card.

    1B: Transform Dreamcrafter Nyx. Activate this ability only if each player has three or more cards in his or her hand.

    They took in the stranger, eager for company.

    2/2

    Fantasy Corrupter

    (B) Creature — Nightmare

    Menace

    Whenever Fantasy Corrupter deals combat damage to a player, each player discards a card.

    She made sure to leave an impression on them.

    4/4

    Cornucopia Catastrophe 3UU

    Instant

    Each player exiles all creatures he or she controls, then creates that many 0/1 green Plant creature tokens. At the beginning of the next end step, each player exiles all Plants he or she controls, then returns all cards he or she exiled this way to the battlefield under his or her control.

    Election Committee 3UU

    Creature — Pony Advisor

    U: You choose how target opponent votes this turn.

    ”It’s not gerrymandering. It’s optimizing the voting districts.”

    3/4

    Botched Dreamcraft B

    Sorcery

    Target player puts a card from his or her hand on top of his or her library. Fateseal 1. (Look at the top card of an opponent’s library. You may put that card on the bottom of that library.)

    One poorly made dream can warp memory and bring madness.

    Sow Terror 2BB

    Instant

    All tapped creatures get -2/-2 until end of turn.

    With Doran in her thrall, Nightmare Moon laid siege to every sleeping mind in Equestria.

    Canterlot Heliophobe 3B

    Creature — Unicorn Citizen

    Inspired — Whenever Canterlot Heliophobe becomes untapped, target opponent sacrifices a creature.

    Those who fear the light are quick to embrace the darkness.

    2/2

    Drop of Adventure 1R

    Instant

    Choose target creature, then choose two —

    • That creature gets +1/+0 until end of turn.

    • That creature gains first strike until end of turn.

    • That creature gains trample until end of turn.

    Dragon Liaison 2R

    Creature — Dragon Advisor

    Protection from white

    Dragoncycling 1RR (1RR, Discard this card: Search your library for a Dragon card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.)

    “Do I need to get my supervisor?”

    2/2

    Pervasive Termites 3R

    Creature — Insect

    Nonbasic landwalk

    Some squatters couldn’t care less about eviction notices.

    3/1

    Rain of Sunfire 3RR

    Sorcery

    Rain of Sunfire deals 3 damage to each creature target player controls unless that player has it deal 5 damage to him or her.

    Delirium — If there are four or more card types among cards in your graveyard, Rain of Sunfire instead deals 5 damage to that player and 3 damage to each creature he or she controls.

    Archive Delver 1G

    Creature — Pony Advisor

    When Archive Delver dies, you may exile it. If you do, return target card from your graveyard to your hand.

    ”I’ve seen Zendikari ruins safer than the town hall archives.”

    —Ditzy Doo

    2/1

    Frightful Swarm 4G

    Creature — Spider

    Reach

    When Frightful Swarm dies, create a 1/2 green Spider token with reach for each card type among cards in your graveyard.

    They feed on hope and sanity.

    3/4

    Dream Pool 3

    Artifact

    3, T: Each player draws a card.

    3, T, Discard a card: Each other player discards a card. Activate this ability only any time you could cast a sorcery.

    Like any tool, it reflects the intentions of its user.

    Dark Calling 2UB

    Sorcery

    Each player puts the top three cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard. Create an X/X black Nightmare creature token, where X is the greatest converted mana cost among cards put into graveyards this way.

    Mayor Marion Mare 2(gu)W

    Legendary Creature — Pony Advisor

    Pony, Pegasus, and Unicorn creatures you control get +1/+1.

    1W: Target creature can’t attack or block this turn unless its controller pays 1 for each Pony, Pegasus, and Unicorn you control. (This cost is paid as attackers or blockers are declared.)

    3/3

    Love W//Hate B

    Instant//Instant

    Love: Whenever target creature deals damage this turn, you gain that much life.

    Hate: Target creature gains deathtouch until end of turn.

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  • 4w, 5d
    Council of the Relative

    Due to certain logistical issues, we almost certainly won't be announcing the winners of Imposing Sovereigns today. Rest assured that we're working on making the delay as brief as possible. Thank you for your patience.

    14 comments · 252 views
  • 5w, 2d
    Writeoff's Masterpiece

    The Writeoff is already a great way to build your writing experience and get some quality feedback. This time around, they're trying something a little... different. Instead of just a phrase as a prompt, they're accepting art submissions based on that prompt. Authors will then write based on the artwork of their choice.

    If you're interested in either part, follow the link in the above paragraph. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing what comes of this experiment.

    4 comments · 178 views
  • 5w, 4d
    Send to Sleep

    About one hundred minutes left to the deadline, folks. Sadly, I won't be able to see this through to the very end of the submission period; I have an early day tomorrow. Still, an important note before I retire for the night:

    Tomorrow morning, I will create another folder in the Imposing Sovereigns group: Second-Born. As the name implies, this will be the home for any and all stories inspired by the contest that weren't finished by the end of today. I hope all of the entrants and anyone else inspired by the prompt will make use of it. :twilightsmile:

    Oh, and one more thing:

    Be sure you indicate your story's existence!

    You have three options there:

    • A post in the original contest thread.

    • Adding the story to the group.

    • Sending me a PM.

    However you do it, make sure I know your story's out there! We can't judge it if we can't find it.

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  • 5w, 4d
    Friendship is Card Games: Ponyville Days

    Less than twenty-four hours left in the Imposing Sovereigns contest. If your story is still in the submission queue by the time midnight rolls around, send me a PM or post a link on the contest blog.

    Moving on to this week’s comic, this one presents an interesting situation: I’m actually not too familiar with this storyline beyond a certain point. More genuine first impressions than usual incoming.

    I always like seeing Twilight take on more responsibilities after earning her wings. It helps make her ascension feel like it really means something.

    “Don’t let anything crazy happen,” she says. You’d think Twilight would’ve learned better by now.

    Heh. The Apples have no patience for exposition. And I can’t blame them; the mayor even dropped an “As you know.”

    I’m going to have to agree with the Apples’ logic on this one. Stinking Rich wouldn’t have built his stand without something to sell, and the Apples provided the product.

    Are you seriously telling me that Twilight didn’t clearly designate what she considered the first structure in Ponyville?

    Given Rarity’s connections, I’d think she was already a tourist destination.

    Also, wow. One of Rarity’s vices is an insatiable hunger for notoriety, but the excuse for getting Dash to side with Filthy Rich… Wow. The Bearer of Loyalty, everyone. Siding with whichever group is less boring.

    No, Applejack’s in the right here. Rarity is being self-absorbed; the only reason she’s even opposing the Apples is because of an appeal to her ego.

    Also, points to Dash for trying to break up the dispute. Of course, this is Rainbow Dash we’re talking about. Relying on her for conflict resolution isn’t going to end well.

    Seriously? This entire storyline hinges on Twilight Sparkle leaving a key detail of a plan ambiguous. I suppose it’s possible that she thought it was obvious, but this smacks of incredible narrative laziness.

    Secession doesn’t exactly work on the municipal level.

    So… did the Apples just happen to have a pie catapult on hoof, or did they build it since the dispute started?

    Let's take a moment to consider the mare on the right. Her cutie mark is the faces of her foals, which means that either this mare was a blank flank until she gave birth, or her magical butt tattoo extrapolated the appearance of her children years before they were born. I’m not sure which possibility concerns me more, though the fact that she brought her young, impressionable children to this quasi-political protest strikes me as more worrisome than either.

    Again, you can’t split a small town down the middle and expect it to work. This is Ponyville, not Berlin.

    Applejack’s back-and-forth on backing down makes the conflict feel even more frivolous. She now seems driven not by conviction but by spite. (Also, “out of my hands”? Didn’t think AJ would drag her human counterpart into this. :raritywink:)

    I was going to say something about Granny hearing Applejack from that far away, but the oversized ear trumpet actually addresses that. The impossibly perfect aim, on the other hand, I find more than a little ludicrous. Especially since Granny had no way of knowing where Rarity and Dash were. I suppose Pinkie might have spotted them by peeking across the gutter.

    Kind of odd how the pro-Rich side is wearing the old-timey outfits on the cover but are using them as weapons in the story itself. (There’s also the question of why settler ponies were even wearing clothes, but down that road lies madness.)

    Say what you will about this storyline, but it gave us Cranky Doodle Donkey shoving a pie into Diamond Tiara’s face. If nothing else, that should be cherished.

    You know the situation is out of hand when Screwball is pointing and laughing.

    So, is Twilight ever going to say which building she had in mind, or is she just going to chastise Ponyville for being insane? Because that’s a bit like yelling at the tide for going out.

    Inexplicably pink Mrs. Cake. (ding)

    Wow. Not even a Twilight speech is enough to resolve this. (Though, again, clarifying the initial ambiguity might work.) This commemorative plaque is up there with Discord at his worst when it comes to breaking up the Mane Six. Truly, wood and brass are the greatest villains of Equestria.

    Well, that or this is exaggerated to the point of insanity. One of the two. Though as I said, Ponyville being crazy is something one should expect.

    … See, now we’re just getting ridiculous. Unless ponies can move at speeds comparable to F1 racers, the congregating hordes should not be converging on hoof. Is this another unlabeled gag storyline? Fimfiction’s genre tags have clearly spoiled me.

    Okay, so the crowds are a day away. That’s… almost reasonable? There’s still the matter of them being visible from town. Like, “you can count individual bodies” visible. Though that may be more on the artist.

    Twilight tried appealing to everypony’s better nature. Maybe just mention that literally half of Equestria is coming?

    You know, I can’t help but think of “P.P.O.V.” with this storyline. At this rate, the first structure in Ponyville will actually be a bunyip lair in a cave that connects to an aquifer.

    Name-dropping Celestia would probably get Rarity in gear. And after all of her concern about tourist traffic, you’d think she’d want to look good in front of such a massive crowd.

    Okay, I do like prodding Dash in the ego to get her on board. (As opposed to prodding Rarity to start the conflict in the first place. I'd like to think she was a little less frivolous than that at this point in her life.)

    I’m with Spike. The only time “Pinkie Pie” and “detailed and historically accurate” should be in the same sentence is if the topic is rock farming, baking, or partillery.

    The Big Lebowski jokes have been enjoyable and unobtrusive. I approve. Abide, even.

    I really like how individually asking each Crusader guarantees they’ll do something more fitting their talents than in “The Show Stoppers.” Good strategy there.

    Also, I can only imagine what Twilight asked Gummy to do. Perhaps a philosophy symposium.

    Wait, wait, wait. Ponyville’s first town hall was destroyed by a dragon swarm? Dragon swarm? How many dragons to the swarm, exactly? What else was lost? There’s a story I’d much rather hear about.

    Also, if Pinkie’s memorized the tour, why is Twilight providing talking points now?

    “Where history meets cake!” Eh, I’ve heard worse taglines.

    Yeesh. Forget dragon swarms. This tourist swarm looks even more destructive.

    Huh. Back before the Cutie Map, Spike was using Twilight’s cutie mark to alert her to danger. Funny parallel there.

    To be fair, given Star Swirl’s tendency to treat time as something that happens to other ponies, he very well might buy his favorite cookies at Sugarcube Corner. Also, nice touch to have Doctor Whooves and Roseluck in the tour group when Pinkie’s talking about time travelers… though it does feel odd to have Ponyville natives mixed in there.

    Huh. I don’t think there’s ever been two-page spreads in multiple issues of a single storyline before.

    That is an elegant solution to the issue of which structure was first. If only Twilight had included in her initial notes. :facehoof:

    Also, I’m not sure how to feel about the Riches getting screwed out of the commercial plaque. On the one hand, their family did build the commemorated building. On the other, they carry a large chunk of the responsibility for this whole mess.

    In all, this story fails for one key reason: When the series premiere involves ponies befriending each other so hard they shoot magical, purifying rainbows, “work together” is the absolute last message anything related to the series needs to send. All of equine society hinges on cooperation between individuals and the tribes. Trying to have an entire town go it alone detonates the bedrock of all equine civilization.

    To put it simply, this story is out of place in Equestria, and it shows in how awkward it is. At least the next main comic storyline is up front about not taking itself too seriously.

    Now, let’s see what I can make out of a fabric even more distasteful than calico…

    Crusty Cannonade 2W

    Instant

    Crusty Cannonade deals 4 damage to target attacking or blocking creature. You gain 4 life.

    As delicious as it is devastating.

    Growing Obligations 2W

    Enchantment

    Legendary creatures have “Cumulative upkeep 1.” (At the beginning of each player’s upkeep, that player puts an age counter on each legendary creature he or she controls. Then for each of those creatures, that player sacrifices it unless he or she pays its upkeep cost for each age counter on it.)

    Recalcitrant Donkey 2W

    Creature — Donkey Citizen

    Kicker 2W (You may pay an additional 2W as you cast this spell.)

    When Recalcitrant Donkey enters the battlefield, if it was kicked, create a 2/2 white Donkey creature token.

    Recalcitrant Donkey can’t attack unless you control another Donkey.

    3/4

    Bonnet Blinder 3W

    Creature — Pegasus Artificer

    Flying

    When Bonnet Blinder enters the battlefield, target opponent creates a colorless Equipment artifact token named Hat with equip 1 and “Equipped creature gets +0/+1.” Attach it to a creature that player controls.

    Equipped creatures your opponents control can’t attack or block.

    3/2

    Ponyville Siege 3W

    Enchantment

    As Ponyville Siege enters the battlefield, choose Apples or Riches.

    • Apples — Instant and sorcery spells you control have lifelink.

    • Riches — Whenever you cast an Aura or Equipment spell, draw a card.

    Room for Interpretation 1U

    Instant

    Target instant or sorcery spell’s controller may have you copy that spell. If he or she doesn’t, counter it. If you copy the spell this way, you may choose new targets for the copy.

    ”Are you sure you meant to do that?”

    Misinformant 2U

    Creature — Pony Rogue

    Whenever you cast your second spell each turn, fateseal 1. (Look at the top card of an opponent’s library. You may put that card on the top or bottom of that player’s library.)

    ”And here’s where the zombie uprising almost took place!”

    1/3

    Unicorn Couturiers 2UU

    Creature — Unicorn Wizard

    When Unicorn Couturiers enters the battlefield, gain control of target Aura or Equipment. You may attach that permanent to another permanent to which it could be attached.

    ”On you, it looks good.”

    3/3

    Pampered Pets 1B

    Creature — Hound

    Whenever Pampered Pets attacks or blocks, you lose 1 life.

    They are as accustomed to excess as any member of the Manehattan elite.

    3/2

    Scornful Loner 2B

    Creature — Pony

    When you control three or more creatures, sacrifice Scornful Loner.

    ”Communities are mindless expressions of ancient herd instincts. Some of us prefer to think for ourselves.”

    4/3

    Disrupting Bolt 1R

    Sorcery

    Tap target land. It doesn’t untap during its controller’s next untap step.

    Draw a card.

    Electricity and mana don’t always mix.

    Unexpected Development 2R

    Sorcery

    Each player exiles the top card of his or her library. Each player who exiled a land card this way puts it onto the battlefield. Each other player casts the card he or she exiled without paying its mana cost if able.

    Escalating Tension 3R

    Enchantment

    At the beginning of each upkeep, put a strife counter on Escalating Tension.

    All creatures get +1/+0 for each strife counter on Escalating Tension.

    3: Put a strife counter on Escalating Tension or remove one from it. Any player may activate this ability.

    Choking Dust 4R

    Enchantment

    At the beginning of each end step, Choking Dust deals X damage to each creature, where X is the number of creatures that entered the battlefield this turn.

    Trampling isn’t the only hazard of tightly packed ponies.

    Impulsive Secession 4RR

    Sorcery

    Target opponent chooses half the creatures he or she controls, rounded up. Untap those creatures and gain control of them until end of turn. They gain haste until end of turn.

    ”The west-by-southwest shall rise again!”

    Dragon Swarm 6RRR

    Sorcery

    Create three 5/5 red Dragon creature tokens with flying.

    ”Two dragons are a mated pair, three a swarm, and any more a very busy night.”

    —Princess Luna

    Tourist Herd 3GG

    Creature — Pony Citizen

    Whenever a land enters the battlefield, create a 2/2 green Pony creature token.

    ”Tourists only come in two quantities: Not enough and too many.”

    —Marion Mare, mayor of Ponyville

    4/4

    Homespun Frock 1

    Artifact — Equipment

    Multikicker 2 (You may pay an additional 2 any number of times as you cast this spell.)

    When Homespun Frock enters the battlefield, create a token that’s a copy of it for each time it was kicked.

    Equipped creature gets +1/+1.

    Equip 2

    Protesting Pie Tosser 1RW

    Creature — Pony Citizen

    Lifelink

    (rw), T: Protesting Pie Tosser deals 1 damage to target creature or player.

    Her ammunition is sweet. Her disposition is anything but.

    0/1

    Suit Up 2(rw)

    Instant

    For each Equipment, attach that Equipment to target creature. (Control of the Equipment doesn’t change.)

    ”Fill the skies with cloth!”

    —Rarity, Bearer of Generosity

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  • 5w, 6d
    Last Hours

    They're reigning together

    But each stands alone

    And stories are whispered

    Of each princess pone.

    With so many crown-bearing heads

    We can befriend

    Will your story rise above the rest?

    IT'S THE FINAL WEEKEND!

    Fifty hours remain. Best of luck to all participants.

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  • 6w, 2d
    Late Frost

    It is Pi Day, and we got hit by a winter storm so big, they gave it a name.

    It is Pi Day, and I had to shovel something that wasn't so much snow as it was a stratum of pumice that happened to be made of ice.

    It is Pi Day, and it has now started snowing again.

    It is Pi Day. What the crap, nature.

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Mar
4th
2017

Note from the future: To see the results, click here.

My New Year's resolution this year was to engage more with the fan community. When I made the resolution, I just meant taking advantage of new disposable income to go to conventions. But you know what else that income can finance?

Contest prizes.

Daedalus Aegle asked about books people are reading in a recent blog. In my case, one is Princesses Behaving Badly, by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie. It's a nonfiction compilation of obscure but notable young female royalty throughout history. Among my favorite things about it are the chapters:

Warriors: Princesses Who Fought Their Own Battles

Usurpers: Princesses Who Grabbed Power in a Man's World

Schemers: Princesses Who Plotted and Planned

Survivors: Princesses Who Made Controversial and Questionable Choices

Partiers: Princesses Who Loved to Live it Up

Floozies: Princesses Notorious for Their Sexy Exploits

Madwomen: Princesses Who Were Likely Mad, or Close to It.

Goodness knows we have plenty of princesses from which to choose in Friendship is Magic. Why not explore what stories we can tell using this framework? Plus, it gives me an excuse to slip extra dimensions into part of the process, and how could I resist that? (At least, that was the idea, but Google Sheets is choking on me. I'll just include the list at the bottom of the blog.) Here's how it's going to work:

• Pick a princess and a category in the comments below. (For example: Celestia and Usurper, or Flurry Heart and Schemer) That's your personal prompt. One combination per customer; first come, first served. You'll be added to the sign-up list when I see your comment on a device that can make the addition. Thus, even if you don't see someone's name in your preferred slot, be sure to check the comments to make sure that someone else hasn't already called dibs before staking your claim.

•• Oh, and don't worry about adhering perfectly to the listed subtitle, especially the "Man's World" bit in Usurpers. It's just the general theme to go along.

• Princesses only. No kings, queens, or princes. However, much like the book, I am allowing a flexible definition of "princess." Rule 63 can apply, younger versions of higher ranked monarchs can take the stage, and horns and wings can be given out like you're an especially memetic M. A. Larson. Even non-pony characters can get in on the fun. (After all, what is Little Strongheart if not the princess of her tribe?)

• Keep it Teen-rated at most; I'd like to be able to link to everything at the end. Yes, that's going to complicate Floozy entries. Remember, restrictions breed creativity, especially when you can't directly show any other breeding. :raritywink:

• Try to keep your entry at ten thousand words or fewer. A longer entry won't be disqualified out of hand, but I have no idea how many entries I'll get and I have only so much time to read them. Going a few kilowords over is fine, but I'm not reading a dozen copies of War and Peace.

• When you post your story, make sure to both post a link to it in the comments and to mention the Imposing Sovereigns contest in the story description.

ADDENDUM: Furthermore, I suggest you add it to the appropriate subfolder in the Imposing Sovereigns group. Also, you might want to join it; it'll help you keep an eye on the competition. (That said, don't worry if you forget to add the story; I'll take care of it if you don't.)

• Submissions began the moment I posted the blog and will continue until 11:59 PM EST, Sunday, March 19th. Ideally, I'll announce the winners on the Saturday after that, March 25th. Your judges will be me, myself, and I, since this is a spur-of-the-moment idea that I'm acting on before I can convince myself that I shouldn't. All judgements will be entirely subjective and prone to any and all biases to which I am subject.

ADDENDUM: Thanks to some delightfully unexpected volunteering, we instead have a trio of judges for the event: ScarletWeather, Skeeter the Lurker, and myself.

• The top three entries will receive fabulous prizes! Third place gets a $10 Amazon gift code or equivalent reward to be determined once the contest is over. Second place also gets a $10 Amazon gift code or equivalent yadda yadda, plus a feeling of smug superiority over the bronze medalist. First place gets $20 worth of alphanumeric currency. I'll put all three in a place of honor on my user page for at least a month. Knowing me, they could stay there indefinitely. :derpytongue2:

• This is my first writing contest. If I forgot something or didn't make something clear, feel free to ask questions.

Sign-Up List

(And remember, you can pick characters not directly on the list. That's what the "Others" are for!)

Warriors

• Celestia: Foals Errand, A Crown of Blood and Iron

Principal Celestia: KingMoriarty, The Principal's Project

• Luna: SPark, A Song in the Dark

• Cadence: Captain Unstoppable

• Twilight: River Road, A Canterlot 'Mending

• Flurry Heart: Lise Eclaire, Flurry's Star

• Fluttershy: Briarpelt, The Princess Fair of Everfree

• Lotus Blossom: Impossible Numbers, Healing Properties

• Platinum: Carabas, Noblesse

• Pumpkin Cake: Daedalus Aegle, Pumpkin's Big Adventure

• Sunset Shimmer: Novel-Idea, And a Sky Full of Stars

• Others:

Usurpers:

• Celestia: Bachiavellian, The Timestone

• Luna: iisaw, Waxing Gibbous

• Cadence: Pineta, Crystal Glass Ceilings

• Twilight: Kris Overstreet, An Orderly Transfer of Power

• Flurry Heart:

• Big Macintosh: MrNumbers, An Apple a Day Keeps Autocracy Away

• Chrysalis: Trick Question, Motherly

• Sunset Shimmer: DreamAlex

• Others:

Schemers

• Celestia: ClockworkMage

• Luna: GhostOfHeraclitus, "The Other Princess"

• Cadence: horizon

• Twilight: princeps, "Heaven Can Wait"

• Flurry Heart: Georg, Flurry Heart's First Kiss

• Ember: Masterweaver

• Sunset Shimmer: EbonQuill, Little Truths

• Others:

Survivors

• Celestia: SirNotAppearingInThisFic, "Debt (Or: Trial by Fire)"

• Luna: Corejo

• Cadence: Chuckfinley

• Twilight: PegasusMesa

• Flurry Heart: ReluctantBrohoof, The World Fades to White

• Amore: Alexander Crestfallen

• Chrysalis: Dafaddah, The Honing of Perfection

• Dinky Hooves: Dubs Rewatcher

• Platinum: Silver Moon

• Starlight Glimmer: Czar_Yoshi, Stay Determined

• Sunset Shimmer: Quill Scratch

• Trixie: princeps, "Nowhere Fast"

• Others:

Partiers

• Celestia: Norad2, Princess Celestia's Best Night Ever

• Luna: Wanderer D

• Cadence: Protopony350

• Twilight: AugieDog, The Road Goes on Forever

• Flurry Heart: Aquaman, Snowblind

• Lemon Zest: princeps, "Party of One"

• Platinum: bookplayer, Respect and Respectability

• Vinyl Scratch: CoffeeMinion

• Others:

Floozies

• Celestia: Captain_Hairball, Why There Are So Many White Unicorns in Equestria

• Luna: Morning Sun, We Must F*** to Survive!

• Cadence: Skywriter, Princess Cadance's Official Princess Harem of Imported Humans from Another World

• Twilight: Thought Prism, By the Book

• Flurry Heart: Fuzzyfurvert

• Others:

Madwomen

• Celestia: Aragon, Evil is Easy, Governing is Harder

• Luna: GroaningGreyAgony

• Cadence: Cynewulf, Sleep

• Twilight: DarkSpark

• Flurry Heart: Razor Blade the Unicron, The Perfect Rule of Empress Flurry Heart

• Ember: Bugsydor, Ember, Hoardsmelter

• Aradara, Alicorn Princess of Vehicles: horizon, "I have had the weirdest freaking day"

• Rainbow Dash: SilverShadow2722, When Canterlot Burns

• Sunset Shimmer: River Road, The Last Sunset

• Sweetie Belle: Aquaman

• Others:

#1 · 7w, 5d ago · · ·

Warrior Flurry

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#2 · 7w, 5d ago · 3 · ·

This sounds good

I am keeping my eye on this :3

(I'd participate, but I have too much to do D:)

#3 · 7w, 5d ago · · ·

I will definitely try to think of something doable here. For now, I have plugged this contest on my blog because I want to see more of this :moustache:

#4 · 7w, 5d ago · · ·

>>4443348

Duly noted. Good luck!

>>4443349

Sad, but understandable. Here's hoping it produces some quality review fodder for you.

>>4443355

Thanks! Looking forward to seeing what you can come up with.

#5 · 7w, 5d ago · 1 · ·

I am so tempted to just say Madwoman Flurry Heart and point you at Rebellious Alicorn Teenager Shenanigans, buuuuuuut I feel that would kind of be cheating.

Put me down for Schemer Ember. Sounds like a good mwahaha.

#6 · 7w, 5d ago · · ·

Oh neat, a writing contest!

Survivor/Flurry Heart

#7 · 7w, 5d ago · · ·

March 12?  Man, I don't think I could pull that off.

#8 · 7w, 5d ago · · ·

*grinning*

Dibs on Madwoman Twilight.

#9 · 7w, 5d ago · · ·

Ooh, this should be good fun. :pinkiehappy:

Put me down for Warrior Princess Platinum.

#10 · 7w, 5d ago · · ·

I'd like to sign up for Survivor Princess Platinum. I might not be able to get something out in time, but I'll do my best!

I do have a question, though. What happens if someone finishes their story by the deadline but can't get it published here in time? Will the story still be accepted?

#11 · 7w, 5d ago · · ·

>>4443395

Sadly, I do have to hold by the "no preexisting stories" rule, even if that would be a strong contender. In any case, you're in. Here's looking forward to dragon politics.

>>4443396

That should definitely prove interesting. Looking forward to it.

>>4443410

Just make it Princess Silver Glow. You'll have twenty thousand words by the deadline. :raritywink:

>>4443419

Always a fun topic. Have fun with the Princess of Neuroses.

>>4443420

I'm honored to have you involved. Definitely looking forward to seeing what you make of your choice.

>>4443443

If it's down to the wire, leave a comment with a link here when you hit Submit. Still, you have enough approved stories that you should be able to use the express lane.

#12 · 7w, 5d ago · 6 · ·

Alright, Princess Silver Glow, warrior, and I've got the first 985,000 words written...that goes a bit over your max word count, doesn't it.

#13 · 7w, 5d ago · 1 · ·

>>4443452 I can't beat that, but I've got a story in the works that could be Luna:Floozie where our favorite Princess of the Night is only really comfortable attempting to steal a male away from another alicorn, so she sets up Twilight with this unsuspecting coffee clerk and engages in a little wafu rustling.

Problem is it's going to be around 50k words and won't be done for several months.

#14 · 7w, 5d ago · 3 · ·

Was tempted to suggest "Princess Spike the Usurper", if only to fix/expand upon a certain episode. I have something else in mind for my actual entry, though.

Put me down for "Princess Ember, the Madwoman". Madness often is, after all, a matter of perspective. :pinkiecrazy:

#15 · 7w, 5d ago · · ·

Well, crap.

I was going to try and finish writing the second chapter of How Rarity fell in love with a Flying Purple Hippo today, but then this happened. It only took a moment before a most glorious idea sprung forth from within my mind.

Put me down for Floozie Twilight. :trollestia:

#16 · 7w, 5d ago · · ·

Aw, you can't do doubles?  That's lame as fuck.

#17 · 7w, 5d ago · 1 · ·

>>4443489

Ah well; something to look forward to. Especially since I recognize the seed idea from the Writeoff.

>>4443492

You're in for dragon madness. This should be fun. :pinkiecrazy:

>>4443553

Much as I hate to delay the romance of Rarity and Prince Phelddagriff, I'm definitely interested to see what you do with that particular combination.

>>4443554

You can certainly have multiple starring princesses. Just pick which one you want to use when making your reservation.

#18 · 7w, 5d ago · · ·

>>4443612

I guess Celestia as a survivor fits.  It's an idea I've been sitting on since one of the old F*** This Prompt contests.

#19 · 7w, 5d ago · 1 · ·

Hm. Fascinating... Put me down for Celestia the Schemer, because someone has to do the obviously unimaginative.

I'll try and keep the word limit in mind, but I make no promises.

P.S. In deference to the Time Action Glory Challenge, Princess Platinum may feature as a co-protagonist. But it will be Celestia who is the focus.

#20 · 7w, 5d ago · · ·

horns and wings can be given out like you're an especially memetic M. A. Larson.

Clearly I'm in the right corner of Fimfiction.  A wee bit late, though.  I have a RoboFoME card that fits Celestia the Survivor... which has already been taken.

I guess I'll just go back work on my batpony story.  :fluttershysad:

#21 · 7w, 5d ago · · ·

>>4443641 >>4443652

You know, it's funny. I was just thinking to myself, "Wow, no one's picked Celestia, Luna, or Cadence." I guess now it's just Moon-Moon and Lovebutt left in the cold.

>>4443693

Aww. No other ideas? :fluttershysad:

#22 · 7w, 5d ago · 2 · ·

>>4443703

You know, it's funny. I was just thinking to myself, "Wow, no one's picked Celestia, Luna, or Cadence."

Too obvious, I suppose. Perhaps most people reach for the airbender philosophy of "look for another angle" instead of the earthbender philosophy of "charge in bluntly". I myself initially considered either Platinum or Other before I thought, "No, Celestia is the Princess; give the morning lady her due."

#23 · 7w, 5d ago · 7 · ·

Hm.  I could conceivably do it (if I can pry loose the realtime) with Flurry Heart:Floozie or Flurry Heart:Schemer using some of the work I've put in making cute kids.

Sunshine's Happy Foals Preschool in the Crystal Empire accepted all ponies, from the lowest of the lower classes to... Well, Mommie and Shiny.  It had seemed so important to them for Flurry to get enrolled in the public school and make friends with all of the other Crystal Ponies that sometimes Flurry Heart thought Mommy and Shiny were paying her just the teensiest bit less attention than they should.  Particularly when packing her lunch.  After all, there were only two cookies in the little brown bag she had brought to preschool today, even after she had reminded Mommy several times that she was a growing alicorn who most probably required a minimum of three cookies in her lunch, or four if she were to have one to share.

The shiny mauve colt who sat in front of her during class always had three cookies, because he had mentioned it during the first time they met before school, and Aunt Twilight said it was important to make friends to share happy times with.  The answer to her problem seemed so simple.  Mommy could always get whatever she wanted out of Shiny, and had talked about their happy times together, so all Flurry really needed to do to get the mauve colt to share his extra cookie was to act the same way Mommy acted to get Shiny to do whatever she wanted.

This was going to be easy.

#24 · 7w, 5d ago · · ·

>>4443693

>>4443703

My story can probably go under Luna, Twilight, or Cadance as well, so if FoME doesn't mind all the swapping you can have the spot.

#25 · 7w, 5d ago · 1 · ·

Princess Starlight Glimmer the Survivor. Let's see if I can get this done in time.

Edit, eight hours later: Idea spun up and 4k in. Let's do this.

#26 · 7w, 5d ago · · ·

>>4443766 >>4443693

I'm entirely okay with this. Not currently in a position to edit the sign-up list, but I'm okay with it.

>>4443742

Would you prefer Schemer or Floozy?

#27 · 7w, 5d ago · · ·

Interesting, very interesting. Here's two questions:

First, do stories about a pony becoming a princess count (obvious example: unicorn Twilight to alicorn Twilight)?

B, what if we have more than one idea and actually manage to write them (I am aware that just finishing one story in a deadline is a hypothetical situation for me)? Can one author claim more than one prompt combination?

And gamma, am I a bad person for entering a story idea I've been sitting on that I wanted to write anyway which happens to fit the prompt?

#28 · 7w, 5d ago · · ·

It just occurred to me: what is your judging and scoring system going to be? Most of the ones I've encountered subdivide according to grammar, concept, worldbuilding, fit with the prompt, characterization, etc., with different weightings attached to each one. Or will this be a more generalized and globally considered judgement?

#29 · 7w, 5d ago · · ·

>>4443818

1. As long as some portion is spent princessed, it works.

B. I ask that you claim them in sequence. That is, reserve one now, and if there's time after you complete it, you can reserve another. That said, you can't win more than one prize no matter how well you do.

Γ. I've done that more than once. If anything, I'm happy that this is giving you an excuse to realize those ideas.

>>4443819

Generalized. It'll be similar to how I handle Writeoffs; a holistic approach based on how it hits me.

#30 · 7w, 5d ago · 3 · ·

Not signing up yet, but would like to suggest you don't limit Princess - Category; past numbers of these contests have shown a bunch of people will sign up without actually coming through, after all, and like, I'd hate to lock someone out of something only to scrap my own plans and thus effectively unwrite two stories instead of one.

Just let people say which Princess-Chapter they chose in author's notes below submissions or whatever. Then it's not a race :rainbowwild:

#31 · 7w, 5d ago · · ·

>>4443855

1: Excellent.

B: Excellent-er. That means I really have to work if I want to do more than one story. The bit about winning only one prize is just fair, I'm not in it for the money anyway.

g: Excellent-est. And not just because it gives me an excuse to cut the story down to 10k words or less.

It would be Warrior Twilight then... though Survivor Twilight might also fit. Put me down for Warrior Twilight, I guess. :twilightsheepish:

...Oh wait. Warrior Twilight, that needs the constipated fierce Twi-face. :twilightangry2:

#32 · 7w, 5d ago · 6 · ·

>>4443810 "Would you prefer Schemer or Floozy?"

Hm.  Schemer would probably be the easiest NOT to go wandering into R rated territory.

"Ow!"  Neo looked up at the suddenly cringing little alicorn, who was trying to paw hair off her tongue.  "You bit me!  You bit me on the ear!  Why would you do that?"

"Whenever Mommy bits Shiny that way, he does whatever she says."  Flurry spat out one last hair and pointed to his lunch bag.  "Share your third cookie."  She paused, then added, "Honey."

Neo's face crinkled up in thought.  "They're not honey cookies.  They're pecan."

#33 · 7w, 5d ago · · ·

>>4443703

I have enough writing time for upcoming batpony story or Unhinged at the moment, so I'd rather not try to spin up other ideas.

>>4443766

>>4443810

If you really think it'd work with one of the other princesses, then sure, go ahead and guilt trip me into making sure the story happens.  And thanks.  :derpytongue2:

#34 · 7w, 4d ago · · ·

Been having thoughts of an Earth Pony Celestia story. Would it could if Princess Celestia was either telling the story or recalling it with breaks between her remembrance?

#35 · 7w, 4d ago · · ·

>>4443768

Looking forward to it.

>>4443892

I'm of two minds about this. I can definitely see where you're coming from—heck, there's one Estee contest for which I'm long overdue—but at the same time, by limiting access to any given princess-role combination, I can hopefully inspire some highly novel concepts. Plus, some roles have a decent amount of overlap. Survivors, Schemers, and Usurpers could be seen as the same people at different points in their plot arcs. Possibly throw Warriors in there for especially bloody coups.

>>4443901

The time for war has come. The time for laxity has passed. Warrior Twilight is ex-lax.

>>4443939

:raritystarry: This is going to be amazing

>>4443946

No. It's fine. You don't have to do anything for me. I'll just sit here in the dark by myself. Don't bother to call or write or anything. The cats will look after me when I'm gone.

>>4444271

That will certainly suffice. You may not even need the flashbacks if pre-ascension Celestia is in a high enough position in her community. What role did you have in mind?

#36 · 7w, 4d ago · · ·

Should we link the stories we write here when we're done with them?

#38 · 7w, 4d ago · 1 · ·

Gimme one Mad Woman Celestia, please. I can do fun stuff with that, I think

#39 · 7w, 4d ago · 1 · ·

>>4444445

Done and done. Definitely looking forward to seeing what you make of crazy Sunbutt.

#40 · 7w, 4d ago · 1 · ·

>>4444304

Head Warrior of her tribe most likely with her younger sister just below her. So sign me up for Warrior Celestia.

#41 · 7w, 4d ago · · ·

>>4444477

Ooh, I do love a good Stone Age Celestia. Definitely looking forward to seeing what you do with it.

#42 · 7w, 4d ago · · ·

>>4444304 Flipside : I'm reluctant to sign up now and take what I want because I'm not sure I will finish and I don't want to lock someone else out.

I mean for illustrative purposes imagine if each Writeoff had us drafting prompts, which is what this is. I'd argue it'd have more chilling effect than really promote creativity; we have a prompt in 'Write Princess Stories working Princess of Choice + style in play' and locking it down more than that may stimulate one or two people to go outside of the box - but I mean the first choice was Warrior Flurry, so I think people will want to do that anyhow.

I just want to be able to come up with a fun idea and not worry about 'Shit, someone else already took that Princess & thing' and boom.

#43 · 7w, 4d ago · 1 · ·

Clearly there's going to be some stiff competition here. A lotta very clever people signing up.

Okay, I think I have something. It's gonna be a sequel to Poneo and Fillyet, if that's okay with the rules (I guess that's my Contest Prompt Continuity), and it's going to be about Warrior Princess Pumpkin Cake.

#44 · 7w, 4d ago · · ·

I have some of the same concerns as >>4444532 , in terms of not being sure of actually getting it done. But I doubt my choice will be stepping on anyone's toes, so put me down for Partier Princess Platinum.

#45 · 7w, 4d ago · · ·

>>4444532

Hmm. You do make a good point. I'll have to take it into account if I do this again. For now, hopefully I've left a wide enough field that conceptual overlap will be minimal.

>>4444579 >>4444597

You're both in. Definitely looking forward to seeing where you take those ideas.

#46 · 7w, 4d ago · · ·

>>4444603 I'll bow out, then, realized the one I think I'd want to do is gone. Maybe something else will crop up!

#47 · 7w, 4d ago · · ·

>>4444532 I had a similar concern too going in, both because the idea I had at first while reading the blog seemed like something that would be in high demand and then because every category it could fit in was taken.

But it's okay, because I was going to write that story anyway and I like the new idea I had to come up with better (and I definitely wasn't going to write it anyway... or if I did, it would be much later and a very different story). And even though my combination is somewhat out of the way, the pressure of having it be for a one-of-a-kind prompt (not to mention likely being read by some very cool people) means it needs to turn out way better... and probably will. And I'll also actually have to get it done quick since there's a somewhat steep time limit.

So yeah, drafting prompts can be a little restrictive and unduly competitive, but it turned out well for me, at least.

#48 · 7w, 4d ago · · ·

>>4443766

>>4444304

I am in this thing now, right?

#49 · 7w, 4d ago · · ·

>>4444725

You are. Right now >>4443766 is occupying a quantum superposition of three slots until s/he helps me collapse the waveform.

Hint, hint. :trixieshiftleft:

#50 · 7w, 4d ago · · ·

>>4444742

Let's go Twilight, then.

Sorry about that.

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