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Silent Earth


Evil is evil. Greater, lesser, middling, it's all the same. I haven't done only good in my life. But if I’m to choose between one evil and another, then I prefer not to choose at all.

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This story is currently on hiatus due to growing far beyond my original intent. It will be continued, and completed, when I have the time to dedicate to focusing on it.

In Equestria, civil war threatens. Discord sits upon his dark throne, holding sway over all. "Each According to Their Right" is his creed, and a rigid caste system has enthralled the ponies for generations. The earth ponies share a difficult, tedious existence, with little hope of once more becoming equal to their unicorn and pegasi brethren. Celestia and Luna, one-time rulers and keepers of the Astrals, are missing, and the citizens have begun to lose hope in ever seeing their return. There are those who still fight, however, and they risk everything to overthrow Discord's rule. But chaos suffers the will of none, and has a balance all its own. A balance that few know is, at times, best left undisturbed...

A fic about fate, consequence, and the cost of the greater good, set against the dystopian backdrop of Discord's twisted rule. It is a darker, harsher take on Equestria's past, but one that tries to uphold canon whenever possible.

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Discord sits upon his dark throne, holding sway over all. "Each According to Their Right" is his creed, and a rigid caste system has enthralled the ponies for generations.

What ? Outright OoC.

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That is actually a main plot point that is going to be addressed in detail. There is more than one meaning to chaos, my friend.

This story is now on hiatus. Please see this blog post for details.

This? I approve of this.

Expanding slightly on the above, I found what's been thus far written a compelling and atmospheric piece of work. The Equestria under Discord's hoof/ claw/ limb-end of preference is a well-detailed and fully-realised place, delivering on the promise of a darker and harsher take on Equestria's past. The multitude of factions and plots and assorted bastardry brewing within it promise a fascinating plot that I can't wait to see continued.

In addition, the necessarily original characters are all so far convincing and well-portrayed. Mourning Glory's a likable protagonist, and Renault a decidedly interesting wild card in the whole equation (although while I'm on the subject, the naming system seems inconsistent at times - show-congruous names like Mourning Star and Dawn Chaser co-exist with names that would better suit a human, such as Renault and Geraldt. Zhevalla in particular had me re-checking her description to see if I'd missed a reference to her being a zebra.)

The prose itself also carries the story well, though it can turn fairly florid at times - no bad thing in my opinion when setting up an environment, but somewhat distracting when the characters slip into it when talking. ("You speak of life and death as requisitory, and of a world that judges lives on the basis of destiny, but then you take them of your own volition," should only ever come from philosophy graduates sipping cognac in armchairs, and even then only in exceedingly interesting circumstances.)

All in all, however, this is a solid piece of writing that I'd dearly like to see continued. Liked and favourited, and firmly recommended to anyone reading this review.

Comment posted by Carabas deleted Feb 8th, 2014

should only ever come from philosophy graduates sipping cognac in armchairs

And now all I want to do is write this.

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