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A Friend In Need - sopchoppy

Something has happened and Twilight finds herself in a strange and dark new world. The Bipeds here have strange magic, advanced technology, and a lot of problems. She needs a few friends, and they just might need her. WORM crossover.

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Topic: Twilight Sparkle
In: Boards ► News ► Events ►World
Bagrat (Original Poster) (Veteran Member) (The Guy in the Know)
Posted on April 12th, 2011:
FIRST CONTACT. That just happened. It’s pretty early, but I’ve got to earn my badge^ so here’s what I know. I’m sure everyone here has watched the speech from the UN, if not do so here.

What we know from the the UN speech:

• Appearance: You all saw the video, cute is the only word. Every bad sci fi invasion film with gross insectoid aliens has been proven a lie. We have met the enemy and they are adorable, and if Twilight Sparkle is to be believed, not particularly interested in being our enemy. A side note on her name: I am going to assume since she is telling us her name in our language that it is a literal translation. Like how Japanese names written out will mean things like “snow flower” or “winter’s child” or how “john” means “Gift from Jehovah.”

• Language: All Star Trek geeks are vindicated, universal translation exists, sort of. Twilight Sparkle demonstrated an ability to speak in every language represented at the UN. How? Apparently her species has much finer control/understanding over the energy that grants capes their abilities, which has allowed them to develop a means to “teach” certain powers to individuals that have a certain base level of ability. The ramifications of this are huge and there is a whole thread dedicated to that topic alone.

• Arrival: She wasn’t very clear here and seemed to struggle to find the suitable words (translation problems?) but apparently there was some kind of accident that resulted in her being thrown across dimensions or space or both. She landed in the docks area of Brockton Bay. Check out those links If you are not familiar with the city, suffice to say that humanity probably didn’t make a stellar first impression.

• Her Background: Piecing together her speech this is what I gathered. She has a personal relationship with her country’s ruler, she’s an academic or a researcher specializing in “magic” or what I’m going to call parahuman energy. Their country is apparently some kind of monarchy ruled by a pony named Celestia. Their planet has multiple sentient races, which she didn’t elaborate on, and it sounds like they live mostly in piece with each other. While I will assume a little bit of gloss on descriptions of her home (wouldn’t you want to make the best impression if you were talking about earth) since she hopes to re-establish contact with her world I will take her statements as rose colored but mostly accurate.

Further Speculation (Things I have evidence for, but can’t prove):
After going through the video a dozen times and parsing out what I could, I called some people in Brockton Bay and did some digging through the news.

She arrived last night in the docks are of Brockton Bay, and last night Lung was captured in that same area after tangling with a pretty obscure gang and an unknown cape who controls bugs Skitter. Now the news report is pretty detailed, and Armsmaster didn’t arrive on scene till the end, who told him what happened? Was Lung, who has taken on multiple PRT teams really taken down by these relative unknowns? We also know that shortly after this Twilight Sparkle arrived at Protectorate ENE’s base. This picture from a red light camera is grainy but it seems to show Twilight Sparkle with Armsmaster.

Putting this together it’s possible that Twilight Sparkle ran into Lung and this unknown cape on the night of her arrival. Maybe Twilight Sparkle has a few more tricks up her sleeves (can you use that expression for a race that doesn’t have arms or wear clothes?) than TK and translation and that’s why Lung is wrapped in containment foam in a holding cell right now?

I’m a cape geek, I’m a cape geek that other cape geeks go to for info, but I live depressingly far away from Brockton Bay. Now we have an alien cape that possibly took down Lung or helped to take him down. We need to know more. I’m putting out an all call to those of you in the Brockton Bay area, if you know anything and can back it up with evidence PM me.

This thread is for news related to Twilight Sparkle and discussion based on verifiable evidence, for any other topics related to Twilight Sparkle see this index of threads.

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Replied on May 5th, 2011:
That video only confirms what that leaked one from earlier last week showed. Sometime between the destruction of the PRT building in Brockton Bay on 4/22 and the battle with Lung and Crawler on 4/28 Twilight Sparkle grew a set of wings. Has there been any official comment from anyone on that development?

Ouroboros (Cape husband)
Replied on May 5th, 2011:
@Messerschmitt - Lots of talking heads, but nothing official. Look who really cares about whatever superficial biology the alien super being chooses to wear this week. Did you see what she did to Crawler? All anyone is saying officially is that Crawler died in the attack. Does anybody know what she actually did?

Replied on May 5th, 2011:
Who cares what she actually did? She took out Crawler, a member of the Nine that Alexandria couldn’t damage. Think about that sentence. All I’m going to say is: thank god she’s friendly.

► XxVoid_CowboyxX
Replied on May 5th, 2011:
Sure she’s friendly, look at what has happened in the city since she arrived. It’s some scary [censored]. All things considered the faster they find a way to send her home, the better.

Replied on May 5th, 2011:
Two things:
1) You don’t need to censor yourself.
2) You can’t blame the alien for humanity’s problems. She may have had a hand in the original capture of Lung, which may have caused Bakuda to go off the deep end, but heroes have been trying to put Lung away for years it was going to come to a head at some point. Since he choose to live in Brockton Bay it was always going to get ugly for your city when it did.

► Sikan (Veteran Member)(Twilight Acolyte)
Replied on May 5th, 2011:
Through her actions and assistance the following villains no longer plague our world: Lung, Bakuda, and Crawler. She assisted rescue operations during Bakuda’s Terror Campaign, and an unconfirmed rumor is going around the PRT ranks that Jack Slash is dead. A villain that has evaded all attempts to kill or capture him dead after coming to the City Twilight Sparkle has chosen to grace. We should offer our thanks and hope that she continues to bless us with her presence.

Anti-Chicken(Veteran Member)
Replied on May 5th, 2011:
@Sikan - This thread is for news and at least somewhat verifiable evidence, unless you have anything concrete that can point to Jack Slash’s death and Twilight Sparkle’s involvement this is not the place for rumormongering. I do agree though that she has been a net positive, if not quite so emphatically.

Now that she has proven to be so powerful, I wonder what balance the various government bodies will try to strike between protecting the alien ambassador and requesting her assistance. Also the other world governments can’t be two happy with how the americans have been handling the situation so far.

► XxVoid_CowboyxX
Replied on May 5th, 2011:
I censored myself because I don’t want an infraction and a ban for swearing.

Replied on May 5th, 2011:
@ Void Cowboy: If they gave infractions for swearing half the board would be banned by now.
@ Sikan: Can you please tone down the religious awe, she’s an alien unicorn, not the second coming.

Replied on May 5th, 2011:
Anyone else a little worried about the kind of report Twilight Sparkle is going to give on earth-bet when/if she gets back to her home world. Sure she may be all sweetness and light, that doesn’t mean her entire species is.

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Topic: Lung Captured
In: Boards ► Places ► America ►Brockton Bay ► Teams ►ABB
Novus ordo (Original Poster) (Moderator: Brockton Bay)
Posted on April 12th, 2011 :

Just got the press release. Seems like he was ambushed by a new villain and the Undersiders. Armsmaster arrived afterwards and tranqued what was left. So the question is, what does this mean for the bay? I’ve lived here too long to think anything good will come from this.

Edit: New villain’s name is Skitter

Edit: Debate if Skitter is a Villain

Edit: Escaped from PRT custody 4/22/11, see here

Edit: Recaptured 4/28/11- incarcerated in the birdcage 4/29/11

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► XxVoid_CowboyxX
Replied on May 3rd:
@ Missing and Presumed Dead
All I’m saying is the first time he was captured Bakuda went schitzo and blew up the city. Now’s he’s captured again, but the psychopath teleporter that he was keeping under control is still out there. I feel less safe now than before.

Drift240 (Veteran Member)
Replied on May 3rd, 2011:
@ Missing and Presumed Dead
Yeah look, there have been a lot of villains sent to the birdcage over the years, can you honestly say that the world is better now than it was?

CanadianLynx(Veteran Member)
Replied on May 3rd, 2011:
@ Cowboy
Are you really suggesting you would rather that Lung, Bakuda, and Oni Lee were still on the loose in your city instead of just Oni Lee?

Replied on May 3rd, 2011:
I know this is off topic, but the Slaughterhouse Nine are in Brockton Bay. If anyone has Oni Lee in their top ten things to worry about, they have their priorities wrong.

Replied on May 4th, 2011:
@ Thebes - Unless they recruit him, everything I’ve read about him makes it sound like he would fit right in.

Lord Ajaxx
Replied on May 4th, 2011:
@ nythng - They are already having that debate in another thread, Let’s not repeat it here.

It was brought up before, but I think it bears bringing up again. Lung was the only villain powerful enough to keep Empire 88 and their cadre of capes in check. With him out of the picture, and if there is anything left standing after the Nine depart, it’s going to be a bad time to be a minority in the city.

► nythng
Replied on May 4th, 2011:
Won’t the protectorate step up? Maybe keep some of the capes from other cities on hand until E88 gets the message not to rock the boat to much?

Ghost Bear (Verified PRT Agent)
Replied on May 4th, 2011:
I can’t believe some people here. I helped recover bodies from more than one of Bakuda’s attacks, and Lung has ruined more lives over the years than I can count. Of course it’s better that their off the street. If villains come to take their place, we will stop them too. The wheels of justice grind slowly, but they grind all in time.

Space Amoeba(Index Specialist)
Replied on May 4th, 2011:
@ Ghost Bear:
1 – Do you really think Brockton Bay is better now than it was say five years ago?
2 – With regular PRT agents effectively powerless against the stronger capes, how is the PRT useful in these situations?
3 – What the happened on the 22nd? Was Jack Slash really there at the PRT building?
4 – Do you think having your attention split between your traditional duty and protecting an alien ambassador contributed to the ongoing crises in Brockton Bay?

► Scribbles (Cape Wife)
Replied on May 4th, 2011:
@ Space Amoeba – Ease up, I don’t think you appreciate how stressful being in law enforcement is. Especially in Brockton Bay this past month. Read his post again, he’s been recovering bodies, probably putting his life on the line every day, probably knows people that were killed in the PRT building bombing. My husband has only been there for a few days and I can tell it’s wearing on him already.

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Topic: Strange Things in the Bay
In: Boards ► Places ► Brockton Bay ► Main
GalaxyView (Original Poster)
Posted on April 22nd, 2011:

Ok, so everyone knows by now that Bakuda seriously escalated, she destroyed the PRT building earlier today in a coordinated attack with Oni Lee to spring Lung from custody. For the rundown on those things go here.

What I am wondering about is this and this. A Giant storm formed out of a clear sky over downtown and no one can get within a couple blocks of the former PRT building without getting scared shitless. It doesn’t seem to fit Bakuda’s style, and the PRT arn’t talking about it.

These pictures, taken by someone much braver than I am show what look like dark crystals growing from the ground and buildings. Anyone know what the hell is going on? Noticed anything else unexplained going on?

Edit: Timeline of Unexplained events being discussed as of 5/1/2011

4/22 - A huge storm appears in downtown and several blocks are quarantined. Pictures show the area covered in dark crystals and anyone close enough becomes overwhelmed by fear.

4/23 - Hundreds of people report seeing a rainbow colored wave of light appearing on the north side of town. Those closest to the event report having felt content, or at peace immediately afterwards.

4/28 - Dozens of people notice and record clouds seemingly frozen in place in the sky.

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Miss Darian (Protectorate Employee)
Replied on May 5th, 2011:
Look, there was no coverup. No one that was in the building, outside of the reinforced basement, survived and they were trapped until well after whatever happened happened. The PRT and Protectorate are not the illuminati, think of how hard it is to keep a secret nowadays, do you really believe a huge government organization could bottle something like that up?

Lurking Bowser
Replied on May 5th, 2011:
I’m not sure that it says anything good about an organization that has to keep hundreds of cape identities secret claiming they cant keep a secret. You are claiming they are either incompetent or liars, or both.

I think everyone here is overthinking things though. We know capes tend to get their powers during stressful situations. The last few weeks have been plenty stressful and the unexplained events could very well be two new capes. One with some sort of control over the weather and one with some sort of emotional broadcasting ability, like a wide area effect Gallant.

Replied on May 5th, 2011:
@ Miss Darian - At least one pony survived. As others have stated. If she wasn’t the cause she at least was a first hand witness, but strangely she hasn’t come forward to talk about it and no one in the Protectorate or PRT has made an effort to ask. Which leads me to believe she was the cause, and when you put that together with what happened on the 28th makes her pretty fucking terrifying.

Replied on May 5th, 2011:
Definitely terrifying. I’m scared to leave my house.

Commodore Strawberry
Replied on May 5th, 2011:
Oh come on! All the evidence we have shows that her power is focused around TK and forcefields. Now your trying to add weather manipulation and wide area emotional effects. Powers don’t work that way, they follow a theme!

Replied on May 5th, 2011:
Eidolon’s power does.

Replied on May 5th, 2011:
Ah there it is, comparison to Eidolon, I’m invoking Wildbow’s law to declare the conversation over.

Replied on May 5th, 2011:
Word is that there starting to open up some of the blocks around the old PRT building that weren’t damaged in the blast, and photos show that there are hardly any of those crystals left. Looks like whatever happened is wearing off, whoever caused it.

Terra2 (Veteran Member)
Replied on May 5th, 2011:
I don’t care if the crystals are gone, If I worked in that area, I would quit.

Replied on May 5th, 2011:
If we abandoned every area where bad parahuman mojo went down we’d all be living out at sea like those people in that bad earth-alph film waterworld. If the PRT is giving the all clear, then its fine - they’re a pretty paranoid group (seeMadison and Caberra for examples).

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Topic: Twilight Sparkle Speculation
In: Boards ► Debates ► Twilight Sparkle ► Theories Thread 24
Sikan (Veteran Member)(Twilight Acolyte)
Posted on May 5th, 2011:

Another thread reached it’s post limit in honor of our glorious winged savior from beyond the stars. You can find an index of the threads here. (Thanks to Amoeba)

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Lathona (Wiki Warrior)
Replied on May 5th, 2011:
I can’t believe we’ve hit 24 threads, the Endbringers only have 13.

Replied on May 5th, 2011:
Cute purple pegacorn is a lot less depressing to speculate about.

Sikan (Veteran Member)(Twilight Acolyte)
Replied on May 5th, 2011:
Please clockwork, until our lady tells us to use a different name she is still a unicorn as that is how she describes herself. Let us not impose our preconceived notions upon her.

Replied on May 5th, 2011:
I can’t believe all the people here have such a rosy view of the alien. I live in Brockton Bay, trust me it’s not all sunshine and daisies.

Replied on May 5th, 2011:
Since the battle with Crawler we have not heard or seen anything about Twilight. Does anyone know where she is and what she’s doing now? What she did was amazing and it really gives me hope for the future, I mean imagine if everyone on her planet is like her!

Replied on May 5th, 2011:
Since the battle with Crawler we have not heard or seen anything about Twilight. Does anyone know where she is and what she’s doing now? What she did was amazing and it really gives me hope for the future, I mean imagine if everyone on her planet is like her! Edit - Lagg, sry double post.

Sikan (Veteran Member)(Twilight Acolyte)
Replied on May 5th, 2011:
@ IdahoGirl We suspect that she is working behind the scenes to avoid giving her enemies a place at which to strike at her until she is ready to confront them. Soon the rest of the Nine shall feel her righteous justice.

Uber (Veteran Member)(Twilight Acolyte)(Verified cape)
Replied on May 5th, 2011:
Leet and I have just finished our latest mod to Twilight Unicorn Attack upgrading the in game graphics to match her current appearance and incorporate the abilities she showed in her outing against Crawler. Which I have to say again, was badass. Leet & I welcome our new adorable overlord. We also compiled and edited all the best Twilight footage into this video here. Keep the faith brothers.

Vista (Verified Cape) (Wards ENE)
Replied on May 5th, 2011:
@ Sikan I’ve been on patrol with Twilight, she hates violence and is really broken up over having to hurt anyone, even people like the Nine. So if you like her as much as your badge keep that in mind before posting about her smiting enemies. Remember these are real people (or ponies) your talking about.

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Topic: Slaughterhouse Nine in Brockton Bay
In: Boards ► Places ► America ►Brockton Bay Discussion (Public Board)
Crockett’s Last Stand (Original Poster) (Veteran Member)
Posted on April 23rd, 2011:

Just announced. Press release here. List of capes responding from other cities here.

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NotVeryMad (Veteran Member)
Replied on May 5th, 2011:
Anyone else creeped out by the relative peace the past few days? Don’t get me wrong the city needs all the quiet it can get after the past month, but even if we believe the rumors about Jack Slash being dead that means they’ve been in town two weeks and we have not seen Bonesaw, Siberian, Burnscar, or Hatchet Face at all. Not that I want to see them, but them being so quiet seems off, and I’m scared of what it could mean.

Teneriz (Verified PRT Agent)
Replied on May 5th, 2011:
@ moonshine You have my condolences. We are doing our best to track down Mannequin and bring him to justice. There is a kill order out for any member of the Nine, so no one is going to be pulling any punches. I’ve lost some close friends in recent weeks as well, believe me when I say that the entire PRT is focused on the Nine.

Replied on May 5th, 2011:
I think I saw Mannequin in the docks last night.

Seaurk (Veteran Member)
Replied on May 5th, 2011:
@ Teneriz: Thank you for all your hard work, no thanks are enough, but thank you anyway.
@Void_Cowboy: You were wandering around the docks at night with the Nine in town. You’re either lying or certifiable.

Replied on May 5th, 2011:
I’m not lying!

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Topic: Bright Close Earth Object
In: Boards ► Science ► Astronomy ► Observations
DoubleHelixSquared (Original Poster)
Posted on April 28th, 2011:

Guys, I was searching for asteroids with my new rig when I saw this. Following it’s path I was able to catch it here andhere as well. It’s really strange. A much higher albedo than an asteroid. It’s behaving as though it’s under thrust and it’s accelerating. Now as far as I can tell there have been no launches, and it’s profile doesn’t fit that of any satellite or space probe. Any Ideas?

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Replied on April 28th, 2011:
Has to be man made, definitely accelerating against gravity. Is big though, to big to have been put up without someone noticing. Tinker work? Or since we have aliens now, possible something of theirs?

► Crazed Tanuki
Replied on April 28th, 2011:
The Simurgh reacted decisively last time tinker work tried to get out of earth orbit, doesn’t seem to have reacted at all to this. I’m passing the info around to some colleagues, might be able to shake loose some time on one of the big lenses for a clearer picture.

Replied on April 30th, 2011:
Any luck getting confirmation from bigger lenses?

Replied on May 5th, 2011:
Stumbled across this thread. @nofalsehoods - alien related, but not in the way you think check out this video. Unbelievable. I’m going to link this thread to the Twilight Sparkle News Thread.

Replied on May 5th, 2011:
Holy shit! I just ran the numbers from Helix’s post, she tossed him so hard he’s going to exit the solar system.

Replied on May 5th, 2011:
Do you think he’s still alive?

Replied on May 5th, 2011:
It’s Crawler, so yes. Note to self, do not piss off the unicorn.

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