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  • 6 days
    Dromicosuchus' "The Rise and Fall of the Dark Lord Sassaflash" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    There is much Love in the craft of today's story.


    The Rise and Fall of the Dark Lord Sassaflash
    [Dark] [Adventure] [Crossover] • 116,239 words

    Wanted: Porter, assistant, jack-of-all-trades, minion. Applicants should be strong, loyal, pain tolerant, cold tolerant, unambitious. Must be capable of following simple instructions. Ideal applicant should be of low to average intelligence and mildly deformed, but exceptions will be made for extraordinary candidates, with extraordinariness to be determined by employer. Must be willing to begin work immediately.

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    9 comments · 1,045 views
  • 1 week
    Bookish Delight's "Being Juniper Montage" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story will really get into your head.


    Being Juniper Montage
    [Equestria Girls] [Drama] [Slice of Life] • 42,118 words

    Mere weeks ago, Juniper Montage was a spiteful girl, a thief, and even—for a short time—a magical menace. However, Starlight Glimmer and the Rainbooms managed to reach her, and extend the hands of forgiveness and friendship. Juniper has been grateful for the second chance ever since, and eager to show that she can be a good friend herself.

    While touring Canterlot High School with Twilight Sparkle, she comes across two girls in dire cinematic straits. Juniper knows she can help, so she decides to step in. However, in the midst of her attempt, her past—all of her past—returns to haunt her, and her self-esteem pays the price.

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    23 comments · 1,305 views
  • 2 weeks
    Timaeus' "Coming in From the Cold" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Settle in and warm up with today's story.


    Coming in From the Cold
    [Romance] [Slice of Life] • 11,961 words

    Starting over is never an easy thing to do. Lost, alone, and cold, sometimes a friendly smile and mug of cocoa are all that's needed to warm the heart.

    And right now, Bon Bon is very cold.

    FROM THE CURATORS: With winter and spring currently engaged in their annual slippery baton pass, here's a story, as AugieDog put it, "where the cold and the warm are practically characters." But the main focus lies squarely on Lyra and the mare now known as Bon Bon, newly arrived in Ponyville after the dismantling of her previous life and full of uncertainty.

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    5 comments · 1,111 views
  • 3 weeks
    MagnetBolt's "The Doom that Came to Tambelon" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Seeing why today's story is great is child's play.


    The Doom that Came to Tambelon
    [Adventure] [Comedy] • 4,397 words

    Starlight Glimmer. Trixie Lulamoon. Tempest Shadow. Three ponies that are definitely really great with foals. But there's no way they'll mess this up, right? They just have to keep Flurry Heart out of trouble for one night — what could happen in a couple hours?

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    9 comments · 1,523 views
  • 4 weeks
    OnionPie's "What is Left" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story is an addicting read.


    What is Left
    [Dark] [Sad] [Thriller] [Tragedy] • 24,301 words

    Five years of cheap thrills in the big city have left Sweetie Belle in bad debt with dangerous ponies. Forced to pay up, she returns to Ponyville to seek money from an estranged sister she loathes with a passion.

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    11 comments · 1,531 views
  • 5 weeks
    AndrewRogue's "The Destiny Trap" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Enjoying today's story is in the cards.


    The Destiny Trap
    [Adventure] • 7,746 words

    Returning from a trip to Manehattan, Trixie has a brand new magic trick that she's all too eager to share with Starlight.

    Unfortunately, when things don't work quite as expected, Trixie and Starlight are forced to go on a journey across Equestria to find the pony that gave her the trick and make things right once more.

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    2 comments · 2,340 views
  • 6 weeks
    Norm De Plume's "As Horns and Halos Surround You" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    (Ed. Note: This week, we say farewell to Chris, who has been with the Royal Canterlot Library since its inception, and give a big hello to FanOfMostEverything, who has some formidable horseshoes to fill!)

    Give in to the temptation of reading today's story.


    As Horns and Halos Surround You
    [Slice of Life] • 4,809 words

    Rarity’s little Temptation ends up on pins and needles. Literally.

    With her shoulder-devil out of commission, other Temptations pop into her life to pick up the slack from their fallen sister.

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    10 comments · 2,867 views
  • 7 weeks
    Mitch H's "A Requiem For Lost Libraries" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's tale has its roots in an unusual ghost story.


    A Requiem For Lost Libraries
    [Mystery] • 2,655 words

    There is a ghost haunting the corridors of Ponyville's newest dwelling, the princess's Castle of Friendship. It is a ghost without voice, or hoof, or spectral limb to cast strange shadows upon crystalline walls.

    But it's not the ghost of a pony. It's not a person at all.

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    5 comments · 2,762 views
  • 8 weeks
    Redric Carrun's "Sleeping Habits" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    If you're procrastinating on reading today's story: You snooze, you lose.


    Sleeping Habits
    [Slice of Life] • 8,504 words

    Rainbow Dash has rather a poor reputation when it comes to her workload. Everypony always thinks of her as the pony who takes three naps during daylight hours, and four on weekends, and always seems to be looking for something to do to pass the time. All of this is true, of course. But ponies seem to think this means that she must not ever get very much work done.

    Can the weather captain for all of Ponyville really be as lazy as she seems? Is that the only explanation for Rainbow Dash's free time and constant napping?

    The weather is a full-time job. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. And the worst weather happens at night.

    So weather ponies have strange sleeping habits.

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    4 comments · 2,882 views
  • 9 weeks
    JoeShogun's "Nine Days Down" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story is a hell of a tale.


    Nine Days Down
    [Dark] [Adventure] • 136,069 words

    Sometimes it's fun to play the damsel in distress. Princess Celestia knows this better than most. Usually it works out fine. Really, she could have escaped at any time, but Twilight and her friends have been so effective in the past that this time, Celestia may have let things get out of hoof. It was all fun and games until she got unceremoniously tossed into Tartarus. Even then, it wouldn't have been so bad; she's a goddess, after all. But alas, Tartarus is not Equestria, and Celestia is not all she could be when trapped there. Even worse, it appears that she didn't get thrown into The Pit alone. 

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    11 comments · 3,250 views
Mar
24th
2017

Author Interview » Word Worthy's "In Amber Clad" [Royal Canterlot Library] · 1:29pm Mar 24th, 2017

Wrap yourself in today's story for an unusual take on a princess' tale.


In Amber Clad
[Drama] [Slice of Life] • 1,484 words

Forged in fires of magic and charcoal. Worn with pride, damaged in battle after battle in times when ponies were no strangers to war. Repaired again and again. A regal mare's suit of armour tells a small but significant part of her story.

FROM THE CURATORS: We're always on the lookout for exemplars of the wide range of stories that can be told through fanfiction — which put this unusual examination of Princess Luna's rise, fall, and rehabilitation right in our sweet spot.  "This is a nice historical piece, giving us a first-hand view of Equestria's lengthy litany of conflicts, great and small, and it's all told by Luna's armor," Present Perfect said.  "An interesting concept, and probably the thing that really makes this shine, no pun intended."  He wasn't the only one to note the piece's ambitious scope.  "This walks the reader admirably from a pre-Equestrian time all the way to show (and comic) canon," Soge said.

Much of our debate on the story, oddly, centered on the story not feeling unusual enough.  "This is less 'what would a set of armour think/feel/believe' and more 'a well-known story told from a different angle'," Chris said.  "Still, this story does combine a 'faithful servant' theme with the general plot of Luna's ascension/fall/redemption."  Soge was among the dissenters: "While the voicing of the armor isn't particularly unique, I'd argue that the things it chooses to focus on are." And Horizon found that compromise a strength: "It manages to make a potentially gimmicky story feel comfortable and plausible," Horizon said. "And while it felt like a triumph of idea over execution, the prose didn't get in the way of the idea."

What tipped the story over the top were the little touches of worldbuilding that showed us MLP's cast from a different angle.  "I also like the characterization provided through little touches like Luna's reasoning for the armor's form — which economically tells us a lot both about the narrator and the princess," Horizon said.  Present Perfect agreed: "The armor even gets a little characterization when it encounters the armor Luna wears as Nightmare Moon," he said.  "If anything about this story sticks with me, it's that scene."

Read on for our author interview, in which Word Worthy discusses diplomatic rifts, inside-out hats, and X-Files research notes.


Give us the standard biography.

Not much to tell! Am a 21-year-old pharmacy technician away from the internet and have been involved with the fandom since the great ol’ year of 2013 when I was first drawn in by bizarre curiosity stemming from the Flutterdragon and other hilarious MLP mods in Skyrim. A very, very small number of readers of this might recognise me from the mass-editing work I did for a long while until just early last year.

The first episode I actually ever watched was Magical Mystery Cure, and then Too Many Pinkie Pies wherein Pinkie Pie’s joking jab at the previous generations of MLP had me falling out of my chair from laughter. Been hooked ever since!

I was already into fanfiction before joining the fandom, and once I discovered first MLP stories on FanFiction.net and then FiMFiction proper … well, the rest is history!

How did you come up with your handle/penname?

I actually started writing MLP fics under the penname of “Izanagi” during my earlier years of East Asia and anime fascination. Word Worthy I eventually devised in the middle of 2015 as a permutation of the character Noteworthy’s name — a background pony that I like — and I found it so catchy and meshed well with my tendency towards wordy paragraphs laden with probably too much detail that I stuck with it to this very day.

Plus folks tend to call me Words. I find it oddly endearing … heh.

Who's your favorite pony?

Was once exclusively just Twilight, long long ago. Can never have just one though, as I have so many primary favourites — though if it had to be just one, Princess Luna all the way! (All Princesses are best Princess though!)

What's your favorite episode?

That is a close tie between Twilight’s Kingdom Parts One and Two and … dare I say, Magical Mystery Cure.

What do you get from the show?

To say "quite a lot" is an understatement, as the show itself singlehandedly resurrected my ability to write that had been dormant since elementary/private school. Even more importantly, the show spawned a fandom that has gifted me with the closest and most dearest friends I have ever had. Cliche, I know, but the show has really taught me a thing or two about friendships, being a better person, and seeking more out of life in general.

What do you want from life?

Once, I wanted to be an astronomer, then it shifted to so many other aspirations that it's not even funny. Now, writing and video game design stand at the forefront of things. It is my goal to move to Canada, having been born and grew up in the US but with a significant chunk of my closest friends being Canadian. Overwhelmingly, the motivation of why I am moving is to be with the good friends I have made up there, and the move marches ever closer.

After that, I will have a clean slate and will be able to lead a more adventurous life whilst also gearing up to begin laying the groundwork for my first novel series.

Why do you write?

The impulse is always there in the back of my mind — even when I am zoning out and facing writer’s block, ironically enough — to brainstorm new ideas for vague characters, settings, plot points, etc. It is a raw urge to worldbuild and create that underlies my passion for the art of writing.

When I find the energy to ignite that passion, though that might not always happen as frequently as I wish it could, my keyboard always ends up smoking from overuse and I wind up with chapters of ridiculous proportions in word count. It is essentially instinct to want to create these new things, these new worlds, and then populate them and make them vibrant — and since I am as of yet a terrible drawer/illustrator, let alone painting or animation, writing is my medium.

What advice do you have for the authors out there?

Starting with a universal one: write for fun. Fame second, recognition second, money second. You have to write for yourself first before you write for any other reason. The story almost always stems from your subconscious and everything it gathers from your day to day experiences and overall knowledge, and if that subconscious is not having fun with what it is weaving, sooner or later it will begin to tire out quickly and you might just bottleneck both your creativity and your productivity.

Furthermore, if you have a terrible memory like mine, outlines and story notes are usually your friends. They don’t need to be so ridiculously elaborate like mine that you would mistake them for Agent Fox Mulder’s personal investigative files and research notes, but just enough that they work for you and help you keep what you produce from moments of inspiration before they can slip away and be forgotten or misremembered.

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly: never be afraid to experiment and try new things! If something you try fails, try not to be let down or beat yourself up! Learn from it and use that data/findings to grow as a writer!

What were the challenges associated with writing from the perspective of an inanimate object?

The true challenge was word choice that Luna’s armour would have used. I asked myself, “How would you describe the world, or your superiors, or such and such if you were an inanimate object in that world?” I got really picky prior to writing the story in full over just how exactly the armour would “phrase” things, and ultimately it all came together to overcome that narrative obstacle by me focusing upon the opinion and “feelings” this suit of armour would have towards its master that has cared for it for so long, designed it, fought in it, cried in it, so on and so forth.

I chose a very reverent, poetic, and adoring type of language for the armour to use when speaking of Luna, and I ended up very satisfied with how it turned out.

Are all suits of armor in this world sentient? Is Nightmare Moon's? What about other objects?

Personally, I consider the vast majority of suits of armour — and any other object in which magical sapient creatures like ponies (even humans, were they a species in this world) place intrinsic value and have emotional attachment to — can in effect give that object a soul. This is especially true when they forge, enchant, or otherwise help in the creation of this object, since they are proverbially putting a part of themselves into its fundamental makeup.

Nightmare Moon’s armour is most definitely no exception to this line of thinking, and it very much would have a soul. In fact, the possible interactions it would have with Luna’s armour fascinate me, the more I think about it.

What's your take on Equestria's military history?

I personally view Equestria’s military history as never one of perfect peace. It was invaded and has invaded other nations many a time, before and during the Princesses’ rule, for one reason or another. Most of these conflicts were grey, and in conflicts where morals really did show, Equestria usually was the side of more even-tempered and harmonious thinking, caring more about ending war as quickly as possible and encouraging the mending of diplomatic rifts over matters like conquest, settling old scores, or prestige. This was not always the case though, for even Celestia and Luna were young and naive once, and before them, there is always the fact that ponies are people. They can destroy just as surely as they can create.

And in line with all that, old fashioned magic, blade, and arrow has given way to magic-gun-blade during Luna’s long absence and the gradual and mixed industrialisation of the kingdom, and then to gun-magic-blade-war machine as of a century and a half at least before Twilight Sparkle and the Mane Six were born. I build this headcanon partly off of the tiny little fun tidbits we get in the show, like Granny Smith’s old combat helmet seen in Family Appreciation Day, ‘tank’, ‘bullet’, you name it!

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

Just that I would like to thank all my readers, past, present, and future who humble me by taking the time to read my works, and just as importantly I want to thank all my good friends who help me achieve and grow, especially Rain Fire of RF and AG, whose epic writing inspired me for the longest time. Without her, I would be wearing my hats upside down or inside out, and all of my work after In Amber Clad would pale in comparison to how it turned out with her friendship to propel me. All of you, you know who ya are, give my writing meaning and push me to do greater.

I would also like to extend my gratitude for being offered this wonderful platform. It is an honour and it absolutely blew my mind when I received word of this interview. I am glad that In Amber Clad inspired such enjoyment and thought! To think, that the beautiful name of a starship from the Halo series could drive me to write about Luna’s armour.

You can read In Amber Clad at FIMFiction.net. Read more interviews right here at the Royal Canterlot Library, or suggest stories for us to feature at our Fimfiction group.

Comments ( 2 )

Nice job faget. :P

Did Halo really come up with the name In Amber Clad, or am I just that uncultured?

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