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CvBrony here, you can call me Cv ("cee vee"). My wife poked me hard enough to try the show, and a bit later, here I am. Now with Patreon!


A collection of small, self-contained, often single-chapter mini-stories set in the Rites of Ascension universe. See little glimpses into the lives and times of the characters in this compendium of random scenes. Some I wrote for fun, others may be scenes deleted from the main story for editing purposes.

With the exception of chapter three, you do need to have read Rites of Ascension to understand what's going on here. If you skip that part, you'll be severely lost.

Updates will be sporadic. Technically, these are non-canon, as they're not as heavily considered or edited as the canon stories. Most, if not all, of these are going to be Slice of Life, but exceptions may appear from time to time. Cover art by Violet Squiggles, my beloved wife.

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Comments ( 67 )

Looks like I showed up at the perfect time! Always awesome to see you post new content! :heart:

This has been sitting around for QUITE long enough. Glad to see it's finally up! :twilightsmile:

Editor's note: Spike used to be a huge jerk in Ch2 :moustache:

So Spike is a prince. Makes a lot of sense actually.

Nice to start seeing these come out, loved reading them the first time.

New stuffs! Huzzah!

It makes sense that alicorn wings are just as wondrous as their manes. It's all keratin... or magical equivalents. Makes me wonder what their hooves might be like. It'd certainly explain why the princesses wear those bell boots all the time...

As for this chapter, even more than Spike's background, I really like how a building a house of cards is a mind-boggling feat to a pony. Feats of manual dexterity are going to be impressive to those who lack manibus.

I look forward to more, both here and in the main story.

I'm not sure how to feel about the hypothesis that Celestia is Spike's mother after reading the Celestia and Spike Friends Forever comic.
In the comic, Celestia stated that Spike rarely left Twilight's side since the day he hatched so wouldn't that make Twilight his mother?

Other than that, very interesting to get a little more back story and to see what happened during their training with Luna.

Comics aren't really canon, though, so that isn't a contradiction (in the strict sense).

I had to check the calendar to see if my birthday came early, nope on that side of things but this is still a most wonderful gift!

What a fun take on Spike and his relationship with the guard.

4161427 Comics don't count for canon in the Rites timeline as I haven't read them. There's only season one and season two. :)

Heh, it brings to mind a thought of all that sand Celestia fused into glass. Sunbutt can't help but shine.

Good story, and it only reinforces the Luna As Badass concept. In my private head canon, Luna's the field commander of all of Equestria's armed forces, with her big sister the Commander-in-Chief, of course.

She prefers not to go by Princess when one is being familiar with her, but I'm just not comfortable calling her Tia.
Besides, you don't get to pick your nicknames. :twilightsmile:

only started around twenty-five hundred years ago.

Ha ha! I love the perspective.

The primaries merely white.

Waiter, verb please! The funny thing is, I first read this as "were merely white" and thought, "shouldn't that be 'were not'?" So, yeah, which is it?

breaking her gaze with the wing.

This reads as awkward to me, since I wouldn't use 'with' as the proposition to indicate the target for a gaze. I would "gaze at" or "gaze upon" but not "gaze with" unless it was "gaze with binoculars" or "gaze with amazement". So then "with" binds to "breaking" instead and gives the weird meaning "she put the wing in front of her eyes to stop looking at the wing." Plus, a gaze is often not intense. Consider dropping "with the wing", or using "study of", "examination of," or "stare at."

This story was a fun little moment!

Very interesting little pieces of head cannon.

heh... I was the 100th like. :rainbowwild:

As usual, the artist (or writer in this case) is too hard on himself. This was an incredible story, and very much has the feeling of Generosity in it. Although I feel Rarity herself didn't feel like Rarity, probably because I see Rarity as normally very confident in herself and her work. I personally think you went over her nervousness a bit too much. From memory, Rarity either gets her nervousness under control fairly quickly, :raritywink: or she dissolves into an ice cream pig-out mess. :raritycry: I think it would feel a bit better if you cut "She then ran right back to the mirror." and the next two paragraphs afterwards.

Did I mention I'm quite the Rarity fanboy? My apologies dear sir, if must have slipped my mind. :raritystarry:

Beyond that, the rest of the story is very good. I get the feeling Rarity mainly stumbled upon a great gift, and earned it primarily by being kind to another mare, But that's just as valid of a story idea as working hard to earn something, so it's not a complaint - it's more of a preference.

This happens to be very enjoyable:twilightsmile::heart:

Seconded. The Rarity-centric version explores Rarity's character, is heartwarming, and stays focused enough to keep the reader's attention. It worked quite well!

Oh wow, this was glorious. I don't even know what to say.

I had the feeling Evening Styles wasn't well, from her dialogue earlier, but that whole conversation... aaaa. And the letter. :raritydespair: Amazing.

I'm sorry to hear this chapter's siblings collapsed, but the survivor came out wonderfully. This was pitch-perfect Rarity all around. The sordid underbelly of the fashion industry and her reaction to it were both well-executed, as was the twist. I could tell that the morning meeting wouldn't go according to plan, but I didn't anticipate the reason why.

Thank you for this. It was truly fabulous. :raritystarry:

There. It's back to being merely 'awful,’ instead of a war crime.

Rarity thinks everything is a war crime

damn, this chapter made me crave an update of Designing Intrigue
You nailed Rarity and Evening Styles is a fantastic character, somepony who survived the lurid fashion business and managed to keep her spark alive against odds and sickness, a fantastic life example for Rarity :twilightsmile:

that whole ‘don’t look at my wings’ attitude of pegasi


Am I reading too much into that~?


That was indeed a reference to Mood Wings, and that story did help build a piece of my head canon. :twilightsmile:

I always enjoy reading CvBrony's stories.

This was...I can't quite put a word on it but whatever that word is its good.

"Sighing, he took her forehooves off the railing."
"she took"

Funny bit of trivia; Celestia is actually very pale pink, whereas Rarity is light grey, and Sweetie Belle is a slightly darker grey.

Shining Armor and Prince Blueblood are the closest to true white, though as their highlights are blue this may be illusory.

Would you trust the Pinkie Pie chapter to my grubby little hands?

I'm very, very seriously considering writing that, actually. I adore the universe you've set up so much, and I'd love to be a part of what helps you realize it in any way, shape or form.

Yes, I'm late to the party, but I've only just found out about these little vignettes.

CvBrony, once again you have made a story, that even though it's only made of short one offs, still manages to make me laugh, cry, and most importantly of all keep reading with a zeal that VERY few other unpublished authors have accomplished.

Thank you once again my friend for another great work.

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Cv, this was fantastic. Great work!

Oh, and don't worry about the lack of polish in this chapter. I can only read English, so it's actually preferable to me not to have it. :raritywink:

Hmm... I know it's a bit lazy of me, but can someone refresh my memory of what it was Velvet did? I remember how Twilight pretty much declared that she would never get into the nobility while she had a say in it, and banished her to Ponyville for... was it ten years? Or just three? But what exactly was it she did. I just can't drag it out of whatever corner of my mind it's hidden in ><

5803372 She started talking about mudponies in front of Celestia.

That wasn't Velvet (Twi's mother). That was someone else in the Council. One of the nobles. Although she _did_ say that, I think, she did something else before even that.

You're not wrong. Duchess Bismare used a tribalist slur in No Good Deed, but Twilight Velvet called Ponyville '… that po-dunk, backwater mud pony town…', before being cut off by Celestia, then torn into by Twilight Sparkle in the chapter titled Good for the Goose.

Edit: misremembered some chapter titles. all information now properly cited.

5803421 Velvet did it too. Just a couple days later while yelling at Celestia for 'turning her daughter against her'. It was just after Twilight and Shining Armor told them about the Alicorn thing.

Thanks. Fiery provided the chapter. I'll go freshen it up :)

She made a racist blurb in front of the Princesses. It's not acceptable under their laws, and typically comes with a large fine for every violation along with some additional punishment. Nobility can afford to pay it off but Velvet isn't a royal and probably would be bankrupt from the fine alone. Twilight issued an alternative punishment with lesser fine and a temporary order to go live in the nearby town of Ponyville, which is strongly comprised of Earth ponies. This is important because the phrase she used in particular was in insult to that race.

It might seem a bit harsh but I assume that this is a culture where racism is severely frowned upon, especially when the longtime leaders of said nation are multi-racial. It's kind of like walking into a king's castle and telling him to his face that he's worth less because of his heritage. A less generous leader might be tempted to do worse.

Celestia made a statement that i infer to mean that she wished she COULD do worse. the legal maximum for the fine seems to prevent her from levying a ruinous sum for all social strata, just the non-nobility, by virtue of their wealth.

Hmn, so why was this dependent on the first mission being over? Just the timeline?

Comment posted by Fwelin deleted Mar 31st, 2015

5803693 I think the mother was only banished to Ponyville recently, so it only makes sense now.

Hey Cv, I like it this. It brings a continuation theme on the whole relationship between Twilight and her mother. And doing this gives the whole story even more depth!

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