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[Featured 2/2/2015! Oh yes!]
Book VI
A month has passed since the Invasion of Canterlot. In that time, Dusk and his friends have continued to live peacefully in Ponyville. Recent revelations have shaken them, but they stand firm, their friendship and love as strong as ever, if not stronger. They help each other, lend their strength and remain united by the magic they all share. The threat is defeated, as it always is.
But these threats are never truly gone. They wait, they fester, they grow... they rise. Now, they have risen once more. Growing shadows creeping from the North. Vows of vengeance rising from the Pits. Roars of rage echoing across the land. Once again, they must stand together and face them, strengthened by their ever-growing friendship.
But these ancient enemies aren't the only things that need to be contended with. Dusk and Twilight continue to explore their relationship, but what will it lead to? They know of Ray's terrible secret, but how will they ultimately cope? What are these whispers of Twilight's destiny between the Royal Sisters? Can their friendship withstand the trials they will soon face?
However dark the shadows may be, one thing that's certain is that there will always be a Ray of light shining in the Dusk.
Best cover ever by Quillin Words!

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Been waiting for this :pinkiehappy:

Someone downvoted this story within a half hour of its upload.


Moving on....foreboding. Lovely and well-written. Time for us to get back into gear. LET'S DO IT!!!

And so it begins...
...Could you excuse me for a moment?
*Walks away*
*Comes back*
I'm looking forward to this.

Hot damn. Here we go. :pinkiehappy::pinkiehappy::rainbowkiss:

Alright! More Dusk for us happy readers! A bit late for Christmas but all good things come late, don't they? :pinkiehappy:

Okay! I really loved Luna's version of the failure success song. Great work, Alpha! Can't wait for Chapter 2!

Dusk is back! Yay!! :yay: This is so awesome, I love it already. I'm really excited to see how you go about the Crystal Empire's return. I also really enjoyed Luna's version of the Success/Failure Song (Is it Failure/Success Song? Oh well, same difference). Keep writing! :twilightsmile:

OH MY GOD IT'S FINALLY HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'M SO HAPPY, THANK YOU ALPHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:heart::pinkiehappy::heart::pinkiehappy::heart::pinkiehappy::heart::pinkiehappy::heart::pinkiehappy:

...those first lines...I thought that..:rainbowderp:

...people have dirty minds.

OH WELL!!! At least I can laugh at myself for my foolery. :derpytongue2:

2 chapters in one day? Alpha, you've given us a late, but very awesome Christmas present. THANK YOU!

Oi, bugger off!
No! It's you!
Yeah, now get out, Fangasm!
Fine, fine! I'm going!
Sorry about that, what did I miss?
...JUST F-!

Those first few lines had me nervous for about 10 seconds, until I realized that you were just messing with us. HA HA.

I loved hearing that Ray and Fluttershy have gotten closer, and how she's warmed up to Ray even more now. Flutterstrike... as Pinkie said... is getting closer and closer to being official!
Princess Luna's behaviour is understandable as the Empire showing up is clearly upsetting to her for some reason. But I'd never expect her to speak to Dusk like she did. Dusk needs to rip her a new one again.

And I love how Dusk and Twilight just keep bringing up their past adventures together. It's quite refreshing. Especially her knocking him out and stuff. :twilightsmile:

I'm loving how you keep doing these chapters, Alpha! Keep it up!

End of season three:

:twilightblush: Dusk... I think I am ready to take this to the next level.

Dusk: O.O

But in all seriously, Love it.

3694993 I hate the fact that you know things that I don't. :ajbemused:

My Batman reference on Fanfiction would seem repetitive here. Unfortunately, I cannot currently think of any other popular old superhero themes to use in my Ray parody. Oh well.

Ray still awesome. Might I say though, I liked the bit with him and Flutters doing the good-cop-bad-cop deal. RICH. Super-kind and understanding Fluttershy along with "Prone-to-exploding-in-unparalleled-rage" Ray. Probably would have been effective, if their subjects weren't equivocal zombies. :ajbemused:

Welp, at least we now get to see Ray and Dusk going off to do something that is probably insanely stupid. BRING IT ON!!!!!! :rainbowdetermined2:

It was great to finally see Ray's writing skills in action in this chapter. I thought the conversation about the piece between RD, Ray and Dusk was awesome and a lot like some fanfic writers would be like.

Still heart warming to see that Dusk and Twilight comforting each other over their tasks. Never seen 2 ponies more right for each other, then they are. :)

I like how Ray and Dusk split off from the mares to go on their own mission while they set up the fair. What they find is sure to be interesting.

I'm hoping we see a flugelhorn in the next chapter, though. Lol.

I have a feeling that this book is gonna give us a ton more Ray awesomeness than ever before!

Another update?!
I feel like you're spoiling us, Alpha.
(Please, don't stop)

3700247 okay... Who downvoted your comment?

I am getting ticked off

Someone downvoted my-?
B-but... W-why?
...I just don't know what went wrong...

Twilight is going to be so mad when she finds out

Damn it, Dusk!

YOU GOT THIS DUSK!!!!!!!! GET SOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :rainbowdetermined2:

To sum Chapter 4 up in a few words: King Sombrero angry, Dusk gonna fight him to bide Twilight some time, Princess Luna back story, Ray thinks Sombrero wears mascara, Ray is of little importance, FLUGEL HORN, Cadance insinuating...., Applejack is raging, and boy is Twilight gonna be mad....

Over all, I loved the chapter, can't wait to read chapter 5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :pinkiehappy::pinkiehappy::pinkiehappy::pinkiehappy::pinkiehappy::pinkiehappy:
This chapter deserves :moustache::moustache::moustache::moustache:

whoa... :twilightoops:
That... was... Awesome!!! :pinkiehappy: and almost shocking, seeing the real Sombra inside the evil King Sombra, and... That's Awesome!!! :rainbowkiss:

I wonder how Luna will react when she see's Sombra

3711836 It'll be Shocking, I Can Tell. :pinkiesmile:

WHY ISN'T THIS STORY MORE POPULAR!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

Comment posted by Lord Zalgo deleted Jan 1st, 2014

Why does my gut say that this is far from over?

Somna or Lubra.
What a weird ship combo but one of the more interesting ones.
Oh and do you plan on having AJ and RD as another ship to have almost all the main characters in a relationship?


I can answer this for him.

I believe it has been hinted at, multiple times, that Rainbow has a developing relationship with one of the OCs named Phoenix Wing.

Crystal Empire saved: check.

Luna and Sombra's relationship set in stone: check.

Ominous foreshadowing at the end: check.

Awesome chapter! What a fantastical way to end the Crystal Empire arc...And on New Year's Day no less! Hooray, Alpha. Hooray indeed.

3716409 Oh. Forgot about Pheonix.
Love to see what Alpha has in store for AJ though.


It's actually more of what I have in store for AJ. Being Alpha's partner and all, I can do this kind of stuff!

My bad :derpytongue2: forgot about that.

Things are heating up

When is a door not a door?
When it's ajar.

When is a Doom not a Doom?
When it's a jar.
We're all doomed!

Alpha, when has waiting for another chapter not been worth it for us? :ajsmug:

well now im all caught up,
and the next chapter should be 'to many pinkie pies', correct?
oh boy.

Why does it say chapter 6 came out on the 30th when it actually came out after that date?



A week and a day later, I JUST got the Derpy reference. :derpytongue2:


Because reasons. :pinkiecrazy:

Seriously though, the website just acts weird sometimes.

there will always be a Ray of light shining in the Dusk

So... much... cheese... Yet so awesome...

Spike knows what's going down. :moustache:

Wait...what's in the jar?! :twilightoops:

3773614 The question is... not what's in the jar, but why is it in the jar? :rainbowlaugh:

Did I seriously NOT review this chapter... or the preceding chapter...? AUTO, YOU DUMMY!

The sword fight between Sombra and Dusk was amazing! And Dusk is lucky to be out of there with just a shoulder wound.

I like how Ray showed up and saved Dusk from believing that Sombra's little "worst fear trick" about Twilight breaking up with him and them both failing their tasks. RAY STRIKE SHOULD BE CANNON TO THE REAL SHOW! (I would add Dusk to that, but I've said that pleanty of times and don't want to be repetitive, but seriously DUSK SHOULD BE CANNON TOO)

Now that Sombra's no longer evil, and Twilight and Dusk... "turns out they were prepared for this"... passed their tests. It's interesting to see what is in store for Twilight and Dusk(we already know about Twi, but still...) in this series later on.

That bit with Trixie at the end of Chapter 6... gearing up for one of my most favorite episodes of MLP of all time... Magic Duel..... in a few chapters. I wonder why Test Tube gave Trixie the "Doom in the Jar"... oh well. We'll find out.

My OC and I are looking forward to seeing Dusk, Twilight,(and Ray maybe?) put a stop to Trixie later on!

But until then, ready for Too Many Pinkie Pies and whatever else befalls us between now and then.

Keep up the good work, there, Alpha!

*Clears throat*
"On another note: 'yay~'".

That was funny. Great job. Now we need Fluttershy and Ray to become an official couple in the next chapter. I do have a question. Are have each of the main six fall for an OC or are you thinking of ponies that have been featured for their love interests.

I honestly loved this chapter. Very show-like, if you know what I mean.

And Dusk talking to Fluttershy? With him being the older brother figure? :rainbowderp:

.....I can tell that Ray's gonna have a hard time in the next few chapters.

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