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  • Friday
    Starscribe's "The Last Pony on Earth" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    The last stop for today's story is the RCL spotlight.


    The Last Pony on Earth
    [Adventure] [Mystery] [Human] • 102,429 words

    Until yesterday, my life was no different than anybody's. Go to work, pay the bills, sleep. Today, I woke up to a world without humans. The streets are empty, the power grid is running down, and not another soul is in sight. That might not be the worst thing, if I wasn't also a pony.

    Where is everyone? Why is this happening to me?

    Will l stay sane long enough to starve?

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    15 comments · 1,095 views
  • 1 week
    Tangerine Blast's "Under Layers of Dirt and Worry" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story worries.


    Under Layers of Dirt and Worry
    [Drama][Slice of Life] • 3,598 words

    It had been a long day of saving the world, and the usually perky pony wanted nothing more than to collapse into bed.

    Unfortunately, somepony's waiting at Sugarcube Corner.

    Pinkie was fine. She just needed to sleep.

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    7 comments · 868 views
  • 2 weeks
    Antiquarian's "The Tab" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    We hope you plan to pick up today's story.


    The Tab
    [Comedy] [Sad] [Slice of Life] [Alternate Universe] • 4,092 words

    Years have passed since the Crystal War ended. Twilight Sparkle visits an old haunt to spend some time catching up with her friends. Then comes the question of who picks up the tab.

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    3 comments · 1,058 views
  • 3 weeks
    alt-tap's "An Ordinary Day" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story is no ordinary tale.


    An Ordinary Day
    [Slice of Life] • 5,436 words

    Fluttershy lives a happy life. Every day is special. All of her friends are lovely ponies.

    Today is a day just like any other; she wakes in the morning, does her chores, sees her friends, takes a nap and sees more of her friends before an evening of relaxation.

    Just an ordinary, wonderful day.

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    4 comments · 1,531 views
  • 5 weeks
    Cherax's "Sundowner Season" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    It's always a good season to read today's story.


    Sundowner Season
    [Drama] [Sad] • 21,493 words

    With a heavy heart and an empty journal, Rarity heads north.

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    2 comments · 1,238 views
  • 6 weeks
    Summer Dancer's "Sandbox" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story doesn't play around when it comes to adorable-yet-poignant pony portrayals.


    Sandbox
    [Slice of Life] • 3,045 words

    When trying to focus on her studies, Sunset Shimmer is stuck watching an annoying little filly who just won't let her study.

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    10 comments · 2,033 views
  • 7 weeks
    Lost + Found Features: "Conversations with Eternity" / "Chuckling Over My Cheery-O's" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Occasionally, exemplary stories earn our approval for a feature — but the author opts out of our interview, or we're unable to complete the interview process despite repeated effort.  We'd like to see these great stories get their time in the spotlight too, so today we're presenting a pair of RCL-approved tales for your reading pleasure.


    Conversations with Eternity
    By Sunchaser
    [Adventure] [Alternate Universe] • 6,078 words

    Far off to the west of Equestria lay The Eternal Lands, an immense expanse of desert that holds at its heart a precious jewel: the city of Gallopfree, sprung up around a peculiar bit of water known as the Well of Eternity.

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    9 comments · 1,985 views
  • 8 weeks
    ChibiRenamon's "Conquering is Easy, Being Conquered is Hard" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Royal Canterlot Library

    It wasn't hard to let today's story conquer our hearts.


    Conquering is Easy, Being Conquered is Hard

    TConquering is Easy, Being Conquered is Hard
    Rarity has conquered Equestria, but she is unsure how to deal with a cult led by Fluttershy and the cult's second-in-command, Twilight Sparkle, who seems to have plans of her own...
    ChibiRenamon · 27k words  ·  252  16 · 1.9k views

    [Romance] [Comedy] [Drama] [Alternate Universe] • 26,653 words

    Rarity's quest for love led her from Tartarus to Canterlot. Now, wielding powers beyond comprehension, she rules over Equestria.

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    8 comments · 2,643 views
  • 9 weeks
    Coyote de La Mancha's "Twilight Sparkle Was Shot" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story starts with a bang.

    Twilight Sparkle Was Shot
    [Adventure] [Equestria Girls] [Alternate Universe] • 9,173 words

    After the reformation of Sunset Shimmer, the Mane Six united their powers against all manner of threats. Then, Twilight Sparkle joined their number, and over time the bonds between the Mane Seven have become stronger than ever.

    They have called upon their power to aid their friends, to protect the innocent, and even to defend their world.

    Never have they called upon their power out of anger, or to seek revenge.

    Until now.

    FROM THE CURATORS: Vengeance isn't a goal typically associated with a hero, especially a hero in the My Little Pony franchise. And yet in this week's feature, the drive for vengeance that binds together our protagonist and antagonist in a yin and yang of pain feels almost breathtakingly real.

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    12 comments · 2,322 views
  • 10 weeks
    Jack of a Few Trades' "Without Another Word" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    We'd like to give you a good word about today's story.


    Without Another Word
    [Drama] [Sad] • 11,912 words

    Seven years have passed since Grand Pear moved to Vanhoover, and time has dulled the pain of leaving Pear Butter behind. Though the scars remain, life for the Pear family has done its best to return to normal.

    But one day, a letter from Ponyville comes in the mail.

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    3 comments · 1,185 views
Oct
19th
2018

Author Interview » Muramasa's "The Thief and the Princess" [Royal Canterlot Library] · 1:38pm October 19th

Don't let today's story slip past you unnoticed.


The Thief and the Princess
[Slice of Life][Thriller] • 3,252 words

In the dead of night, a thief breaks into the royal palace in Canterlot to steal Celestia's crown. She successfully sneaks through the palace and enters the room where this prize possession is kept, with not a soul the wiser.

Well, save for a certain Princess.

FROM THE CURATORS: "Amazing characterization," said Soge in his nomination. "It certainly impressed me ... casting Twilight in a typical Celestia role, and allowing her to shine in comparison to her mentor by having her take a decidedly Twilight approach to conflict solving." The other curators echoed his impressions. "The author said they were trying to give Twilight a more mature, serene portrayal and I think they nailed it," RBDash47 said, and AugieDog chimed in that he's "always glad to see Twilight acting in her capacity as princess."

The first character named in the title also drew praise. "A very compelling portrayal of its titular thief, of her craft and her approach to problem solving," said Soge. "I also love Cerise's motivation," Present Perfect agreed. "She wants to become a legend, a fairy tale, if only she can just pull off this heist, the theft of something so precious, most ponies don't know it exists." AugieDog appreciated the author "letting us get to know Cerise first, then slipping us over to see how Twilight deals with the situation Cerise has created."

But there's more here than deft character work. "What gets me about this one is the atmosphere. It's extremely well detailed, and palpably tense," Present Perfect said. "It manages to weave throughout the narrative the tried-and-true ponyfic theme of destiny, and how it can be challenged and re-interpreted," said Soge. RBDash47 loved "the idea of 'whatever you are, be a good one' subverted by an (apparently) negative destiny." Present Perfect summed things up nicely: "As short as this is, there's a lot packed into it."

Read on for our author interview, in which Muramasa discusses cursed blades, constructive criticism, and illegal cutie marks.



Give us the standard biography.

Hey, everyone! I’m Muramasa, and I’ve been writing stories on the site since 2015. I’ve published 12 stories on the site and I’m really honored to have one of my stories featured in the Royal Canterlot Library!

How did you come up with your handle/penname?

I’m a bit obsessed with Japanese culture and history, and Sengo Muramasa was a swordsmith who lived during the Muromachi period in Japan. He made excellent swords, but he got a little bit of a folklore reputation for making “cursed blades” or “demon swords”. That’s where the name comes from, and I usually switch up my profile picture to a random Samurai every once in a while!

Who's your favorite pony?

This seems really lame, but I’m a huge fan of Twilight Sparkle: I love the fact that she’s the incredible individual who has accomplished so much and risen such great heights, but yet is still often unsure of herself and prone to making mistakes. As anyone who’s read my other stuff knows, however, that I’m also very fond of writing Sunset Shimmer!

What's your favorite episode?

If you count two-parters, probably “The Cutie Map”. I really loved the unique brand of villainy Starlight Glimmer brought to the table, from her using of the Staff of Sameness to her final monologue to Twilight and her friends on the mountain pass, and I love the way they hid her throughout certain episodes during the remainder of the season and brought her back in a huge way!

What do you get from the show?

That it’s really good! I love the characters and stories it has to offer, and the little lessons it gives along the way are a bonus for me!

What do you want from life?

A transparent hole puncher. It’s 2018, people!

Why do you write?

I write because I really enjoy it! I love crafting stories, and I am very happy that people enjoy the ones I write. It’s a great way to pour out all those ideas you have in your head!

What advice do you have for the authors out there?

Get a pre reader! This was advice I had never followed until I turned this story in to EqD for the first time, where it needed a lot of work. Thanks to the amazing people over there, this story was really propelled to something amazing with all of the help and constructive criticism they gave me. It’s a bit too late for my ongoing stories, but the next time I publish something new I’m certainly going to get help first!

What inspired “The Thief and the Princess”?

I was listening to a song by one of my favorite artists, Shawn James, called “The Thief and the Moon”, where he tells the tale of a thief who wants to steal light from the moon itself. I came up with this concept of a thief stealing something from the castle in Canterlot, and I had always wanted to write Twilight as a wise Princess like I knew Celestia, Luna, and Cadance often could be. Thus, the story was born!

How often do you suppose difficult-to-deal-with cutie marks like Cerise’s turn up in Equestria?

Oh, I’m sure it’s very often! I know I’m not the first one to write about strange cutie marks, as they’re “special talents”: things the ponies of Equestria happen to be extremely good at. I’m certain there would be strange and illegal things this would entail, which is really the problem that Cerise has in “The Thief and the Princess”.

Where do you envision Cerise going from here?

While I can’t say too much, as I do want to continue Cerise’s story, I will say that the events of the story ensured that she wasn’t the same mare she was when she broke into the palace, and she has quite a lot of soul searching to do for herself as she debates how she can use her extraordinary talents for something good.

Do you see Twilight playing a role in Equestria’s criminal justice system?

I’m not certain she could prevent somepony like Cerise from going to jail--her profession is still illegal--but it does raise an interesting question for sure! Perhaps, after meeting Cerise, she could bring attention to cutie marks such as hers and change the way that crimes committed by ponies with illegal special talents are interpreted in the law!

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

I’m really psyched that people have taken so well to this story, and I hope everyone reading this enjoys it as well: thanks so much for the honors!

You can read The Thief and the Princess at FIMFiction.net. Read more interviews right here at the Royal Canterlot Library, or suggest stories for us to feature at our Fimfiction group.

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Comments ( 2 )

"I wouldn't steal that," came a calm and soothing voice.

Such a great entrance.

A transparent hole puncher.

Oh my God.

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