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  • Sunday
    Short Hand: Aftermath of Science

    Shepherd: "Twiliiiiight! What the hell-Where did all these bits come from?!"

    He gestures to the pile of gold bits on the kitchen table.

    Twilight: "Ummmm..." taps her hooves together "I asked for donations from all the research participants... I set fifty bits as the minimum donation and well..."

    Shepherd: "... If I didn't know any better, I would swear you were pimping me out."

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  • 1 week
    Short Hand: Tea Party

    Shepherd is invited to a tea party with Fluttershy and Discord.

    Shepherd: "Oh hey... Flying s'mores. Nice."

    Fluttershy: "Oh, I quite like them!"

    Discord: "Do I detect a hint of criticism in your tone, Shepherd?"

    Shepherd: "No. It's nice that you're still as food obsessed as a wine aunt on Twitter. Maybe you can put it on Instagram to impress other childless weirdos"

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  • 1 week
    Short Hand: A New Generation 2

    Old Man Shepherd had taken Sunny and her friends to an ancient cavern, far from Maretime Bay.


    Hitch: "Uh huh... There a reason we're out here?"


    Izzy: "Is it a good reason? Like a secret candy stash? Ugh, two thousand year old candy! Gross!"

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  • 1 week
    Short Hand: A New Generation...

    In the future, Shepherd, now an old but badass looking man, fell asleep... And then woke up in front of an Earth pony with orange fur, purple mane and tail, and a big smile.

    Shepherd: "Urgh... My head... What the hell happened...?"

    Sunny Starscout: "YES! IT WORKED! THE MAGIC WORKS!"

    Shepherd: "I... Who are you?"

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  • 1 week
    Short Hand: Staying over at Rarity's

    After two straight days of his hostess pulling all nighters and exhausting herself, Shepherd finally has enough. He picks Rarity up and carries her to bed, even as she caterwauls and screams about it

    Rarity: "Shepherd?! What do you think you're doing?! Put me down this instant!"

    Shepherd: "You've been up for two whole days! Sleep time now!"

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Sep
12th
2020

Plot Bunny Theater: Alicorn Life Cycle · 7:41pm Sep 12th, 2020

Twilight: Teleports right into Celestia's bedroom "LUNA WHAT THE BUCK IS GOING ON?! YOU TOLD ME CELESTIA IS DEAD?! HOW?! WHY?! WHAT HAPPENED?!"

Luna: "Oh! Hello Twilight Sparkle. Yes, our sister has died."

A little filly alicorn with pink hair is on the bed.

Luna: "There she is."

Twilight: "..." Twilight .exe has failed

Luna: "You see, to allow alicorns to survive so long, every so often we undergo a regeneration cycle where we die, and are reborn."

Celestia: "Yes! All new veins! Brain cells! Arteries! Bones! Everything's new!"

Twilight: "And this happens every few hundred years?"

Celestia: "Or if you die in battle."

Luna: "Or undergo incredible drain on your magics to the point you're about to die."

Celestia: "Or if your last regeneration didn't go well. Frankly I always like having a big booty. I tried the small booty form for a while, it just didn't suit me."

Luna: deadpan "How terrible that must have been for you, sister."

Celestia: scoff "You killed yourself once to make your booty bigger!"

Luna: "You insane cake lust always gave you the edge!"

Twilight: "..." Her brain is full of fuck. "Cadence?! Did you know about this?!"

Cadence: "Knew about it? I've actually gone through it! Remember when I had to go to the hospital for the strangles?"

Twilight: "You died of strangles?!"

Cadence: "No, no, I died from food poisoning. They just said I had strangles. Hoo boy though, that was scary!"

Twilight: "You died three months ago?!"

Cadence: "But Shining did enjoy being together with me when I was a teenager. Let me tell you, he was sooo big and-"

Twilight: Teleports away immediately.

Luna: "Must you do that?"

Cadence: "Yes."

So yes, alicorns regenerate. What are some fun possibilities for this in stories?

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Here's a question. Do they always regenerate as A. an alicorn and B. Female?

Dan
Dan #2 · Sep 12th, 2020 · · ·

"Yes! All new veins! Brain cells! Arteries! Bones! Everything's new!"

All new pubescent hormones? Acne and suddenly noticing how cute some of the royal guards are? Maybe awkward braces and interest in boycolt bands thrown in for good measure.

Maybe Sunset Shimmer suddenly gets competition for Flash due to her old teacher developing a trans-dimensional fangirl crush and winds up crashing at her place and then coming to Canterlot High as her imouto or younger cousin.

So yes, alicorns regenerate. What are some fun possibilities for this in stories?

The sisters decide to experience every form of death known to ponykind and rank them in a definitive guide to ways to die (and how bad each one feels).

One of the alicorns has a fatal food allergy, and the food in question also happens to be one that they particularly like. Shenanigans ensue as they keep dying of anaphylactic shock while trying to eat the forbidden meal. (The meal is forbidden because it also gives them the most hideous gas, and death releases that for everypony else to "enjoy.")

Death gets tired of alicorn death-dodging and tries to take them out for good, but fails in Wile E. Coyote-esque ways. Not the killing part, mind, but the catching and keeping part immediately afterward.

Hey I just talked about something similar but not really in the positive ponies group. I think you can click on my account and click on blogs to see but I'm not certain it is exactly the same but if you get a idea of a story off of it I wouldn't mind reading it. What I asked is does the embodiment of death deserve a life not that similar I guess but I did say that death was a part of life like a Phoenix. Life-death- then reincarnation/rebirth.

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That would definitely make things awkward with Chrysalis, Tirek and Discord if they all turned out to have been alicorns in their former lives.

Is it an endless cycle, or are they limited to twelve regenerations? Because Pinkie has probably given Twilight more than a few aneurysms that she brushed off as unusually severe headaches.

Twilight: "Wait... so you mean I'm going to have to go through puberty again?!"

Luna: "Verily! Though due to the rapid aging needed to make you an adult again, it should only last for two weeks or so."

Celestia: "However, that also means the hormonal changes will be a bit more... concentrated."

*All blink*

Spike: "Okay, that's it. I quit."

Makes me wonder how many times Cadence has died to "enjoyably bad sex practices".

Seen this idea at least once before, though this is the most comedic way it's been used.

Flurry Heart's actually exploded from failure to contain her own awesome power several times. She gets the rapid aging, but only to the oldest she's been thus far. It's made raising her even more eventful. Especially once she starts going to kindergarten.

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I think you found the one way to improve the "Princess Celestia crashes on Sunset's couch after retiring" gag. Kudos.

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Perfect! Let Celestia deal with dimensional nonsense and Sunset having weird feelings about her ex teacher chasing her ex boyfriend!

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Poor Binky...

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So yes, at long last we know. You CAN explode twice.

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Sunburst: "THE BABY WAS EXPLODING!"

So yes, alicorns regenerate. What are some fun possibilities for this in stories?

Twilight decides to find out what various deadly poisons and other hazardous chemicals taste like... FOR SCIENCE!

My mind went to Twilight testing it out and Rarity stuffing her into embarrassing foal clothes and taking pictures of it.

Filly celestia?
*Attempt to snatch her away*

Doctor Whooves walks into the room, shaking his head. "I should never have shown you that trick."

Cadence: "But Shining did enjoy being together with me when I was a teenager. Let me tell you, he was sooo big and-"

I...

I literally had an idea for a fanfic like this a LOOOOOOOONG time back, but I never felt like I had the talent to properly tackle it, as it was meant to be a heavy sad/drama fic and that's not really where my talents lie.

The idea was that when Alicorns regenerate, they lose their "memories." They KNOW everything that's happened in their former lives, but it doesn't feel like it happened to them. It's more like they've read everything that happened in their former lives in a textbook. There's no emotional connection to what happened whatsoever. And this is doubly true because when they regenerate, their "natures" change.

They come out of regeneration with different personalities, tastes, likes and dislikes, and more. They are quite literally, a different person. It's like a grandchild who's found their grandmother's very extensive journals dictating every moment of her life and using them to guide their actions, rather than said grandmother being "reborn" in a new body.

The idea was that, rather than guiding Twilight to become an alicorn herself, Celestia had been grooming her to become her "advisor." Specifically, Celestia knew she was nearing the end of this life, and she wanted Twilight to act as a guiding figure and moral authority in her life once she regenerated.

A couple chapters in, after everything's been explained, Celestia regenerates into a hot headed, short tempered, free-spirited, puckish delinquent. Basically "If Scootaloo was a teenage punk." A far cry from the motherly, patient, wise and gentle Celestia she was before. Twilight has to come to terms with the fact that the Celestia she knows is GONE and this new Celestia is counting on her to help her settle into her role as Princess all over again. Meanwhile, the New Celestia, who recognizes her from the information she absorbed from "old Celestia" as somebody who was once special to her but doesn't necessarily feel those same emotions about her herself, has to try and build a relationship with Twilight to properly take the throne (which she almost kinda doesn't even want), even though it's super awkward between them because Twilight keeps expecting her to act like old Celestia.

Basically, a great big character drama steeped in themes about dealing with both the death of loved ones, and raising children that don't act how you expect them to. It was a good idea, but I don't think it's something I'm talented enough to write myself.

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Off the top of my head, antifreeze is apparently extremely sweet.

In-sert Time Lord joke heeeeeere~

The Princesses Three get a missive from Spike: "Twilight's Dead!" and they rush to her castle.

Spike: "Oh thank Harmony you're here!" *Runs over and hugs Celestia.*
Celestia: "Of course," she says, even as she wraps forelegs around the dragon. "Now tell us what happened."
Spike: "She came back from meeting you in Canterlot and said something about getting an image out of her head and the next thing I knew she drank a whole bottle of bleach!"
Luna: *Aside to Cadance* "Bleach?"
Cadance: "Cleaning chemical, very poisonous."
Celestia: *To Spike* "That must not have been pleasant to watch, Spike. But you do remember what I told you about alicorns, right?"
Spike: *Sniffles as he hugs Celestia, but nods* "You don't die for good and she'll be back, and I'm guessing that's why you're young now. But it was really bad to watch her convulse on the ground and foam at the mouth."
Twilight: "I'm sorry Spike."
Everyone turns to see a tiny filly Twilight Sparkle stumbling out from the door to her room.
Twilight: "I didn't mean to scare you, but SOMEPONY has ISSUES" *glares at Cadance*
Cadance: "Look, if you'd just find a good stallion and get mounted already—"
Celestia: *emphatically clearing her throat* "I don't think this is the time for that conversation," she says, and then turns her head to Twilight while letting go of Spike. "And Twilight, as disturbing as Cadance can be when she's on about, er, relationships—"
Cadance winks.
Celestia: "—You should really control yourself more thoroughly. Poor Spike at least knows that you were going to be back, but even then witnessing one of our deaths isn't a pleasant thing even with that foreknowledge."
Twilight: *Looking morose* "You're right." *turns to Spike* "Can you ever forgive me?"
Spike: *Walks over and hugs Filly!Twilight* "Of course! Just don't do that again!"
Twilight returns the hug, and the older princesses d'awww. Celestia then walks up and leans her head over to whisper in Twilight's ear: "By the way, how would you rate the experience?"
Twilight: *Bemused, backs out of the hug and gives Celestia an odd look.* "Uh, what?"
Celestia: "I'm curious. I mean, you would think being stabbed and bleeding out would be bad, but I've found it's surprisingly painless compared to food poisoning or being crushed."
Luna: "'Tis the blood boiling of battle that dulls the pain."
Cadance: "We call that 'adrenaline' now."
Twilight: "Well, I haven't died before, but... Honestly, I can't say I'd suggest it, even if you were curious. It's really, really painful."
Celestia: "I do admit to being curious, but I shall take your advice and avoid it."
Spike: "Okay, the extreme weirdness of alicorns aside, what are we going to do now that Twilight has a few weeks of regrowing to do?"
Twilight: "What do you mean? I'm perfebly... perfectly fine."
Celestia: "Twilight, as you just now showed, your mind may be grown but your body is not, and until your brain catches up with your mind you're going to need some kind of supervision until you work out the kinks."
Cadance: "Oh! Let me take her, please? She can be a playmate to Flurry."
Twilight: "Wait a minute! What about Celestia?"
Luna: "We have long experience in adapting to this event, fair Twilight, and my sister and I are quite adept at not only caring for one another, but also handling being young again and effects thereof."
Twilight: "So why can't I stay with you?"
Luna: "Because if I had to deal with two alicorn children at once I'd probably kill myself just to get a vacation."
Cadance: "...Wait a moment."
Luna: "Too late! The die has been cast and thy words have been noted!" *Grabs Celestia in a telekinetic aura and then leaps into the air.* "Send us a letter when you get to the Empire!" *Teleports herself and Celestia away.*
Cadance: "Luuuuunaaaaaaa!!
Twilight and Spike give each other an uneasy look. Then Spike blinks and grins. "Well, at least now I'll get to be the older sibling for a while."
Twilight: *Pouts adorably*

It occurs to me... under this headcanon the Elements actually killed Luna, didn't they?

Dan

I actually hope it lasts longer than a few weeks. Maybe not as long as it normally takes to reach adulthood, but a few years at least.

But I realize ponies would start to ask questions then.

It would be pretty awkward for filly-Celestia to wind up like in that Ah! My Goddess arc where Urd was age regressed and helped a kid out and he fell for her. Man, that was heart-wrenchingly bittersweet when he asked Urd when his friend would return.

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