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Jade Ring

The purpose of a story is that it's a story. It can be more, but it can never be less.



This story is a sequel to Lost in the Night

"I've always had only one. I've mourned them each in turn... as I will one day mourn you, my brave Captain."

Princess Luna's words have driven Shining Armor mad ever since she first uttered them when their affair began. Who were these past lovers? How did they come to be consorts to the Princess of the Night?

Shining Armor's quest for the answers leads him deep into the bowels Canterlot Castle and into the mysterious Archives of Truth. There, guided by a mysterious librarian called Brother Veritas, Shining Armor will uncover much more than he was ever expecting; hidden histories and origins, ancient conspiracies, and secrets that could very well change Equestria forever.

Special Thanks to DrTechno for the cover art.

Chapters (6)
Comments ( 56 )

I'm having a mix reaction, at one, creepy, the other being unsure.

I don't really see war coming though Luna having lied is one thing, but then I'd really just can't see a problem with Shining having other duties than being a guard.

I'd just wish this has a sequel with a happy ending and acceptance.

...Hm. The Apples, bearing the blood of our Solar Ruler.

Our very favorite image. Princess Luna, with her own foal.

“’The sons of Armor shall go to war.’” He recited from memory. “’One born of loving light, the other of lusting dark. The Apple is the object of their desire… and over it shall Equestria be plunged into darkness for all time.’”

now that is intriguing. very much, unbearable so, i have this weird feeling that both sons will fight for the love of one of the Apple mares, blood calling to blood, and maybe, just maybe, a new immortal Alicorn born in the land, born from one of Armor and the Apple, trowing the balance of the world in chaos :pinkiecrazy:

loving the plot :pinkiecrazy:

P.S. nice touch having the longevity of the Apples being the Alicorn blood from the part of Celestia heritage.

I love this story so far, but there's something that's bothering me in Chapter two: Wasn't Starswirl the teacher of Clover the Clever and not the other way around? I could be wrong. :derpyderp1:

Um, nevermind about my question. I kinda read the rest. :twilightblush: Sorry...

2692382 Hahahaha... it's amazing what you can do with a throwaway line like that.

There I was, putting the finishing touches on the chapter when a thought occured to me. "Wasn't Starswirl Clover's teacher?" Faced with a complete crisis, I settled on the only available action.

"But I thought Starswirl taught Clover the Clever."
"Facts are lost over time."

HOLY SHIT! you amazing genius. I knew all of your stories were leading to SOMETHING, but I wasn't sure what. THIS. THIS IS FANTASTIC! :heart:
Can't wait till this all comes to a head

but what does derpy have to do with it, I wonder :derpyderp2:

2740728 It's simple. A storm is coming.

2742150 You vague genius bastard :flutterrage: .... :heart:

2748772 I feel so bad for you... so desperate to know the answers... yet the proverbial storm may yet be a full year away...

This will be......... interesting.

2793007 I don't pretend to speak the old tongue fluently. I throw in thous and therefores because I like the way they sound.

By all means, keep reading...

2808340 I love when people ask questions like this. Means I'm doing my job right...

Time Turner left the time-stream because that's his part to play. With him out of the picture, Derpy will have to grow stronger on her own. Only then will she be able to play her role in the storm to come.

The Prince of Sinners trotted down the deserted corridor deep in the castle’s halls, his hoof-falls unwittingly creating a sort of drum roll towards the damnation for which he was surely destined.

drum roll... on a second read at that part all that was in my head was

here comes the drums :pinkiecrazy:

Sisi imani yako anajua jinsi ya kutomba sisi vizuri.

Hmmm, both my Swahili and Zulu translation dictionaries are having trouble with this.

3117887 Google Translate aka Bastardized Swahilhi

Dun dun duuuuunnnnnn lol I can't wait *clicks next chapter*

I knew it Applejack is a goddess :ajsmug:

Holy foreshadowing Batman. This was quite an interesting look into the history of equestria. Also an intriguing look at how powerful a motivator love/lust can be.

“’Look to the skies, for the true rulers fall from the heavens. The land they strike shall be their fortress, time will bow to their every whim, and they shall rule until the Twilight of the Gods.’”

Is that a reference to Alicorn Twilight?

Comment posted by Dawn Flower deleted Oct 12th, 2013

There is actually an interesting theory about Shining Armor's family and the author of Daring Doo.

So... both of Shining Armor's children will fall in love with Applejack's/Apple Bloom's/ Big Macintosh's foul, and fight to the death?:derpyderp1:

3338421 The rise of Princess Twilight Sparkle is a sign that the goddess' reign is coming to an end.

Also; who said the Apple is a pony?


Wait till the apples find out!

Makes a certain amount of sense, considering Big Mac is strong enough to drag houses around.

> They’re Crystal Pony blood

> Luna’s first, and only, student in the magical arts.
So Starswirl was only given access to documents, not personal tutoring?

> "The emerald fire that burns from within."
I'm pretty sure this is supposed to be a recognizable reference to something, but I can't think what. The only conspicuously green eyes I can think of are Changelings, but the Mareco Polo thing doesn't make sense if they're descended from Esmeralda.

Explains Granny Smith's longevity. ...Or, no, this was less than a hundred years ago, so... I dunno.

> Don’t you worry, my little one; I will never lie to you. I’ll never lie to you, never hurt you…
Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you.

> ...and I’ll always be there to protect you.
Never gonna run around and desert you.

3957611The phrase can be found in my story 'Paternally Yours.' You'll find the significance there.

Dude, you are awesome. It really portrays all the emotional stress of luna in it, and it genuinely surprised me at points. Wait...emerald fire eyes...Sombra is related to...ok, didn't see that coming.

Except their first castle was in the Everfree Forest, not Canterlot Castle...

"In fact, Celestia blamed Nevermore for her sister’s madness and sent guards to arrest him shortly after the banishment of Nightmare Moon.”

Geez.... :rainbowderp::ajbemused: The more I read back over these stories, the less Celie seems to actually give a crap about others outside of her royal duties. Granted I can understand her looking for something to blame for her having to banish her own sister, and if Nevermore comes back as the Big Bad it'll be comfortably disproportionate to anything that was done to him (so I won't have to blame the royal sisters too much), but it's still pretty jarring.

4931532 We saw how emotionally devastated Celestia was when she banished her sister. I imagine a great deal of that was guilt at not recognizing the problem sooner.

As for sending the guards after Nevermore, I imagine that she was seeking somepony, anypony, on which to place the blame so the guilt would no longer feel so crushing.

So, yes, she was selfish. But aren't we all when we're younger?

Also; if it was Luna's jealousy that lead to the birth of Nightmare Moon, doesn't it stand to reason that selfishness was the trigger that lead to Celestia to taking on a more... queenly title? Hint hint, wink wink, nudge nudge...

Comment posted by Jade Ring deleted Sep 1st, 2014

3338201 OH MY GOD I THINK IT IS. "They shall rule until the Twilight of the Gods." This implies that in some way, their rule will come to an end a Twilight's hooves.

I suppose this was written before "Daring Don't" when A.K Yearling was confirmed to be the author of Daring Do, as well as being Daring Do.

3117887 A rough translation: We have faith knows how to fuck us well

I guess you guys haven't read 'Apple Family Secrets.'

4971356 Yes, but that will actually be addressed in an upcoming story.

4971356 It is also possible that Daring Do found an artifact that extended life, and changes her public name every few years to avoid suspicion.

5160181 Yes, this was written before 'Daring Don't,' but thanks to a little creative storytelling on my part (the Overture Chapter of 'the Changelings Have a King') I think I covered it up nicely.

Donkey Hotey

I see what you did there. :moustache:

“She wasn’t an alicorn. She appeared, for all intents and purposes, to be a perfectly normal earth pony. As did her children. And her grandchildren.” Veritas started back towards the archives, beckoning the white unicorn to follow him. “In a little town called Ponyville, there walk earth ponies with the blood of a goddess inside them. And they have no idea at all.”

I recall that the foals were all male until Applejack. Did I recall it wrong?

5821622 No, you recall right. Granny Smith had all boys and Eden had Jack. AJ was the first born daughter, hence her powers.

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