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  • Thursday
    Upheavology: Some Alicorn Terms

    The Eternal Herd - refers to both alicorns as a race and the alicorn homeworld. Frequently shortened "the Herd" by alicorns. With the rise of the abyss, the term has become more important for making a distinction between alicorns of the Eternal Herd and alicorns of the abyss.

    The Throne - the Throne is an ancient, sentient device that first revealed itself to Primus Ignis, who would become the First Ascendant and King of the Eternal Herd. The very few alicorns who have seen the Throne have only seen its outer shell: a massive sphere of blinding light. Only Ascendants and their spouses have seen the Throne personally, and none have spoken of its appearance even after the end of their cycles.

    The full true nature of the Throne remains a mystery to the alicorns up to the present. What is known is that the Throne anchors the different layers of the Eternal Herd into a single world so that alicorns can travel between each with merely a thought. Without the Throne's power, the Eternal Herd's individual layers will drift apart and even dissolve into the Astral Ocean, known to the alicorns as Vestibulum.

    The Throne maintains the dimensional barriers of the Eternal Herd which prevents easy access by non-natives of the plane and immediately alerts alicorns of any breach through gate or other more powerful means of dimensional transport.

    On a personal level, the Throne massively boosts the power of the alicorn currently attuned to it, granting them physical and magical might above all other alicorns.

    Without an alicorn attuned to it, the Throne will become dormant again as it was during the days of the demiurge, when alicorns only resided in one layer and had to face invaders of all sorts.

    While the Throne chose Primus Ignis as the first to be attuned to its power, it has since then accepted the candidates chosen by the current ascendant. On a few instances, such as the choosing of the Seventh and the Sixteenth Ascendants, the Throne chose the new Ascendant due to the previous one's failure to pick a candidate.

    Ascendant - an ascendant is an alicorn attuned to the power of the Throne. The ascendant rules as the Eternal Herd's monarch for the duration of a cycle, commanding not only tremendous personal power and authority, but the means to shape the plane itself. Only one ascendant can be attuned to the Throne at any given time, but the ascendant has the ability to share the power with a spouse, and, to a lesser degree, an offspring meant as the successor.

    Cycle - a cycle refers to the period of time that an ascendant is attuned to the Throne, thus reigning over the Eternal Herd. Cycles do not have a fixed time limit, though enough have occurred to have an average. It is generally agreed that the Ninth Cycle is the shortest and that the Sixteenth has gone on for an unusually long time. The First Cycle began when Primus Ignis secured the Throne and established the different layers of the Eternal Herd, purging them of the demiurge. The current cycle is the Sixteenth, led by Sanctus Dominus.

    Alicorns do not measure age in terms of years or days, but rather consult the cycle they were born in. They make no distinction between an alicorn who was born during the start of a cycle and one born at its end.

    Diminishing, Restoration, and Censureship - upon reaching their prime, alicorns do not age and thus cannot die of old age. Instead, after a long period of time, an alicorn fades to a state of near-nonexistence. This is referred to as diminishing. Fully diminished alicorns fall into a catatonic state and are almost completely undetectable by even the most powerful magic known to the Herd. This state of nonexistence lasts for a long period of time, spanning multiple cycles, though there is also no set time. Magnus Chartophylax diminished during the Fourth Cycle only to be restored during the Fifth. Primus Ignis, on the other hand, diminished at the end of his reign, and was only restored during the Tenth. Many alicorns often visit the Midnight Grove to meditate and catch very faint echoes of the presence of diminished alicorns. After this period of near nonexistence, alicorns are restored, living out their lives yet again in this cycle.

    Alicorns who are killed outside of Ida but within the Eternal Herd or Vestibulum are forcibly diminished, entering this state of catanoia as if they had naturally diminished anyway. Alicorns killed in other planes of existence are instead censured, meaning they are forcibly banished from that world and lose the ability to enter it, but they continue to be in a restored state when they re-emerge.

    Blessings - all alicorns are born with magical potential often tied to a specific part of creation referred to as a blessing. Though they are able to cast spells from multiple schools of magic, alicorns tend to favor power related to their blessing as they naturally excel in it. Alicorns often mention "Blessed with the power of" in reference to an alicorn's blessing such as "blessed with the power of sunlight".

    Layers - the Eternal Herd as a plane of existence is actually composed of multiple places that each stretch out infinitely. They are connected primarily through the power of the Throne, which allows alicorns to travel freely into each layer. There are rare portals that connect one layer to another naturally, though they are difficult to find given the vastness of each layer. The layers of the Eternal Herd are:

    The Eternal City of Empyrea

    The Grand Heights and Depths of Bytos

    The Blessed Fields of Elys

    The Serene Dark of the Midnight Grove

    The Glorious Battle Plane of Ida

    Council of Elders - the Council is a group of five hundred alicorns that deliberate over important issues related to the administration of the Eternal Herd, then advise the current ascendant. Issues are discussed, then voted on by the Council, before presenting the result to the current ascendant. Normally, the ascendant's will is in harmony with the Council's deliberations, but not always so. An Elder must be an alicorn from at least two cycles prior to the one they are serving in. The first Council of Elders was created by the Third Ascendant by personally picking alicorns from the First Cycle. Since then, the Council nominates and votes on new members.

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  • Monday
    Gaming in March

    You know, I haven't bought Nioh yet. This is despite really liking what I saw when I played the beta. The thing is, I don't have a lot of money to put into games. When I saw the lineup, I thought 'Yeah, I really want to buy Nioh, but I'm saving my money for Dark Souls 3: The Ringed City DLC and Mass Effect Andromeda. It's been a long long time since my Mass Effect fix. I'm really excited. I mean look at this.


    Is this not an obviously wise move on my part?

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  • 1w, 5h
    Season 7

    So they showed some teasers or whatever, and it's apparent that they're not done with Starlight Glimmer or the antler-clown-bug-horses.

    Some points now.

    1. I go back to the drow from D&D again. Now, occasionally, some drow do turn against their evil society and become good, or neutral in the very least. The thing is, they don't undergo a magical transformation that signals to everyone that they have become good. They still look like drow with dark skin, white hair, and red eyes. They have to deal with both the rage of their former kin and the suspicion of the "good" people they have chosen to interact with. That creates some interesting stories and conflicts and calls into question their motivations. It's easy to turn to the side of good when you have this vast array of people cheering you on and easy acceptance. Not so much when you're greeted with tension at every turn. Changelings get the easy way out, and I think that only burned away interesting stories that could be told about them.

    I actually found the whole fight for the changeling race with Chrysalis and Thorax sort of interesting. It reminds me of the conflict between Lolth, the primary drow goddess and her daughter, Ellistrae, the goddess of good drow. Yes, there is such a thing. Thing is, Ellistrae was killed at some point, though she was able to redeem a huge swathe of drow. Even with her resurrection, Ellistrae only won a partial victory. Most drow were still ruthless, cruel, slaving, conquerors, but a portion of them had been saved. I think it would make for more interesting stories to find out that Thorax's hive is but one of the many still-evil hives of changelings out there in the undiscovered areas outside Equestria.

    2. The good changelings are fucking hideous. The color scheme is so garish that it burns the eyes. I'm reminded of the description of the Xanthous Set from Dark Souls 2. "Stinging yellow" sounds appropriate. What's with those antlers? They look like scarab beetle pincers. The evil changelings have a nice sleek look with all black punctuated by light blues. The good changelings look like clowns. Thorax looks like Bambi's retarded uncle from Mars.

    3. I do like the fact that Thorax is a good king. Can't wait for all the stories where he turns into a queen, or is replaced by a queen, or marries a queen and is reduced to "prince-consort".

    4. They better show a Celestia episode.

    5. Apparently Starlight Glimmer has "graduated". I can believe this. If only because Twilight is such an incompetent teacher that she just passed Starlight without giving a rat's ass. But whatever. Get her to the Crystal Empire and fuck Sunburst or something. She's overstayed her welcome and needs to go. I found her playing fast and loose with free will pretty interesting, but I doubt they'll do anything more with that. Time to go.

    6. So Applejack's parents are going to show up or something. I find that rather iffy. Fictional dads tend to come in one of the three flavors: Homer Simpson, Darth Vader, and Uncle Ben. As long as he was absent, AJ's dad was easily relegated to Uncle Ben. Having him show up increases the likelihood that he's Homer Simpson.

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  • 4w, 5d
    Journeys Arcs

    Applejack's arc is done and Rainbow has her first chapter. However, the reception to having full arcs completed leaves me unsure of what readers prefer.

    So I ask this just one time. Would you prefer that I complete Rainbow's arc as well or should I start jumping to all the arcs for the remainder of Journeys?

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  • 8w, 6d
    Inauguration

    It's official now. I hope you Americans had a nice presidential inauguration day. No one raised a stink I hope, and the only shots taken involved booze.

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My name is Steel Point, once the faithful apprentice and servant of Lady Ash Frost, First of the Heroes of the Legion.

She tasked me with recording her words, for posterity, confident as she was that they will hold great value to others in the future. I know full well the great songs and legends already being crafted to honor her memory. My meager praises will add nothing. I offer instead these few words from her, so that others may learn more than just her greatness.

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We went in expecting vicious graverobbers, desperate bandits, even crazed grievers who had trapped themselves down there.

If only we were so lucky.


(For Halloween. Part of the Upheaval world)

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11th Oct 2016
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(Part of the Upheaval World) What makes one thing a blessing or a curse? The source, the circumstances, or just the will of the one it's placed upon? In an Old Kingdom ruin, some ponies will find out the hard way.

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29th Jul 2016
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29th Jul 2016
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The King of the Eternal Herd has many duties, but, sometimes, the father of a filly indulges himself.

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11th Jun 2016
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11th Jun 2016
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(Part of the Upheaval world)

Sharp Mark has been training his charge for a long time, knowing that, one day, this quiet pegasus colt must bear a tremendous responsibility upon his shoulders. But there are still a few more lessons to teach, and a few more wrinkles to iron out.

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11th Apr 2016
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11th Apr 2016
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The Void Rift Crisis, the ill-fated bridge between one era to another. A time of great falls and rises within the Eternal Herd. An alicorn colt, curious about the events involving this time, speaks to some prominent figures involved in it.

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1st Dec 2015
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1st Dec 2015
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A beastly plague has descended upon Ponyville, filling its streets with blood and madness. Its denizens desperately wait for reprieve, and a stranger steps into the nightmarish haze. A cure must be found, questions must be answered.

The Hunt is on.

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16th Sep 2015
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10th Jan 2017
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This story is a sequel to Upheaval: Reckoning

Equestria's fragments have reunited, and the power of sunlight shines once more within Celestia. With the remnants of the Old Kingdom destroyed, the Abyssal Throne sent away, the threat of Gravitas defeated, and Black Rose no more, Equestria now faces the encroaching darkness of Oceanus and his rebels.

But the stage is not yet fully set. Twilight Sparkle and her friends must gather what means they may before the battle is joined.

Cover art provided by Captain Nibbles

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6th Mar 2015
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After the siege of Bastion City and the theft of the power of sunlight, Spike takes on Prince Terrato's offer to train under the kirin, Seethe Scale. He must travel to the Western Barrier Land to gain the strength to help his friends.

Once there, however, Spike soon realizes that there is more for him to contend with in this harsh environment than developing his abilities.

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8th Jan 2015
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3rd Jun 2015
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A great many things occur all throughout Equestria as the reunification proceeds and the days count down to a great upheaval. Every grand picture holds many small details, easily forgotten or unnoticed. These are brief records of such things.

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6th Dec 2014
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6th Dec 2014