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Six years after the events of "Love Will Set You Free", the peace in Ponyville is disturbed as an ancient prophecy seems to be coming true, involving eight new elements - of which only four are known.

"Love Will Set You Free" should be read first, otherwise the story will make little sense in some places. Also, as in that story, this one's chapters are titled after songs from the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, as is the story as a whole.

Character tags mostly include characters new to "L'amore è femmina". For characters returning from "Love Will Set You Free", please refer to that story's character tags - they all apply to this one as well.

Cover illustration by Madame Castafiore (csimadmax.deviantart.com)

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Hah! Here we go, then, the prologue for chapter 2 of this particular saga. :yay:

First things first: the story as a whole is named for Italy's entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 2012, "L'amore è femmina (Out of Love)" by Nina Zilli, and the prologue bears the name of Albania's entry, "Suus" by Rona Nishliu. Lyrics here and here. God, how I hate that Albanian song, but it fits thematically with the prologue, and I can acknowledge Rona's chops as a singer even while condemning her song as two and a half minutes of screaming. Definitely a love-it-or-hate-it affair. (Europe loved it, incidentally; it finished fifth, Albania's best result at the ESC to date.) I love the Italian song and think it a shame that it only finished ninth.

I'd like to again thank everyone who read "Love Will Set You Free", favourited it, commented on it, and/or rated it. Here's hoping the new story can live up to your expectations - or subvert them in unforeseen ways. :pinkiecrazy: Welcome aboard the new ride.

After a very boring day, I enter FiMFiction and see that you have posted the prologue already. Thank you for brightening up my day, good sir. Tracking, I'll read it some time later. About LWSYF, you're very welcome. The story was pretty good, you deserved our positive comments.

I hate Suus so much... The singer wore a ridiculous outfit, and her song was yelling the whole time. My ears were bleeding:pinkiesick:

PS: Can we expect crazy fast updates like the last time?:pinkiecrazy:

664369 On the fast updates thing: Probably not. While the first two chapters are already done (mostly), this fic as a whole will take a lot more planning and sketching before I'm satisfied with the chapters. Also, I recently found an editor for "Love Will Set You Free", in an attempt to polish it up for Equestria Daily, so a bit of work will probably go into that as well.

Don't worry, take all the time you need: that will only make the story better. Also, good luck with EqD. They can be...pretty special at sometimes.

Aaaaaaaawwww yeeeaaaah !!!!!

This looks like an interesting continuation to Love Will Set You Free. And, if I'm honest, something about how you've done the things like with the grey guy at the end and the use of a certain phrase (the thing about the Eight and Dawn of the Seventh, that little thing) has charmed me. For one thing, I always love good prophecies that don't actually explain anything until it hits.

Just a random question: what would you use instead of "inhuman" or "inhumane"? I mean, "inpony" just seems weird.

Can't wait for more, keep up the good work.

ლ(ಠ益ಠლ) why dint you write in the other story that there would be a sequel you make me a sad brony dude:pinkiesad2:

688564 I did. End of the epilogue chapter, "You and Me".
675218 "Inequine" at least doesn't sound too bad, but I'd probably try to avoid the term altogether.

690765im very sorry then please accept my most cinncere contrafibullyreties:raritywink:

690823 :rainbowlaugh: Nevermind, you seem to have found it even without the help.

So, here we go, the first "real" chapter.

This one is named for this year's bronze medalist at the ESC, Serbia's entry "Nije ljubav stvar" (Love isn't a thing) by Zeljko Joksimovic. Lyrics with translation here. I love this one, although to my mind, it still doesn't hold a candle to "Crno i belo".

Incidentally, the chapter title isn't the only thing I shamelessly nicked. Try to find out where I stole Warden's way of speaking (hint: it's easier for Germans, or readers of German books :pinkiehappy:).

AL

awesomeeeeeeeeeeeeee , owww poor Aj D: !!! damn stupids satallions ): !!!

And here is chapter 2. I was intentionally holding back on this one, because it's all I have for the moment except for a tiny fragment of the next chapter, but dang it, perhaps I can get myself to writing again once this is out in the open.

This chapter is named for the Portuguese entry to 2012's ESC, "Vida minha" (Life of Mine) by Filipa Sousa. Lyrics here. The song failed to make it to the final, finishing 13th in semi 2 with 39 points. Which, to be fair, is more than I thought it would get, seeing as how I find it kind of boring.

So, starting to put the pieces in place. Oh, and my apologies to the GildaDash fans out there. I am a horrible person. :pinkiesad2:

754256 i know whaat you mean, i keep a piece of my third chapter and a fragment of my next
anyhoof great chapter
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Apple Bloom wants Spike to move in? Hmmm, I wonder if she wants to get "intimate" with him (unless they already went past that stage)...:moustache:

758404 Just to avoid disappointed expectations of any kind right away (particularly after seeing your story oeuvre): Yes, I do have a headcanon for those two where the more -ahem- intimate details of their relationship are concerned, but seeing as how I could get into really hot water with the authorities round here if I actually wrote about it and they found out (unless I aged them up to a point where that's not an issue anymore, and that's not the case in this story), I'd really rather not do that. Plus, while I may not know too much about my strengths as an author, I am very much aware that clop/intimacy is one of my weaknesses - I like reading it (as one look at my favourite stories will tell you), but it's really not a subject I'd feel comfortable writing. :unsuresweetie: Enjoy the kissing, fans of physical intimacy, it's all you'll get out of this story. Sorry. :raritydespair: Also, I feel it would distract from the story, because it's mainly an adventure story, with a few tablespoonfuls of romance mixed in.

On the other hand, if anyone is actually willing to write something like that, or anything else that they feel was left out of "Love Will Set You Free" or the prologue for this story, feel free. My first story on this site was an epilogue to someone else's story after all, so I'm in no position to tell you to leave my story alone. :pinkiehappy: Just keep me informed about it, because I would want to read it.

Can somebody PLEASE tell me how I can keep watch of a story so that I know when chapters are uploaded?! If this is anything like its predecessor, I do NOT want to miss out!:fluttershysad:

814415 Favourite it. Simple as that. You can always unfave it again if it hits a snag and/or takes a turn you dislike.

814465

Thank you! Right now, I'm trying to get in on a group called "Chess Game of the Gods", which I believe is being run by a user called Rust, the author of The Ballad of Echo. If you're wondering why I require permission, it's a motivation thing; I've been in a rut with my writing, only going so far as simple poetry, so the group will give me something to work for.

Moving the pieces into place...

This chapter is named for Israel's contribution to the 2012 ESC lineup, "Time" by Izabo. Lyrics here. Weird song, and it failed to make it out of the first semi, finishing 13th with just 33 points.

Oof. This marks the spot where I'm officially out of material for the moment, except for a very rough story outline. It might take a while before anything else shows up. Sorry. :trixieshiftleft:

Love the cover by Madmax! Looking great so far.

derpy is one of the hidden
SQUEEE:pinkiehappy::pinkiehappy::pinkiehappy::pinkiehappy::pinkiehappy::pinkiehappy::pinkiehappy:

830926 as well as, im guessing, Big Mac and Trixie. For Big Mac i believe its because of the fact that his restlessness is being caused by that, if not an indication, and Trixie at the very least has SOME connection to the events, with the best case scenario being that she is one of the hidden.

AL

DERPY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD YAY :yay:

And the setup goes on. Sorry about that, but the next chapter (titled "Euphoria" for the moment) will change that, I promise. :applejackunsure:

This chapter is named for Cyprus's entry to the 2012 ESC, "La La Love" by Ivi Adamou. Lyrics here. The song finished 7th in the first semi with 91 points, progressing to the final, where it finished 16th, with 65 points. Pretty thin soup, but it fits this chapter quite nicely (I've been struggling to find fitting songs for some of them, but this one was easy).

Harmony. Discipline. Virtue. Power. Community.

Dat FlutterMac:heart:
Anyhow this by far is my favourite story here

Hmm, given the evidence presented in this chapter, I wonder if this means Tyrant Celestia is on the way. I look forward to future developments. :twilightsmile:

849960 Whoa. Thanks a whole bunch, but I do believe that praise may be a tad too effusive. I've read a lot of stories on this site that stand head and shoulders above anything I could ever write.

AL

oooooooooooh 0: !!!!!!!!! sooo awesome !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :heart: more more pleaseee? :DD :yay:

So much for setup, then. :pinkiecrazy:

This chapter is named for the winner of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, Sweden's entry "Euphoria" by Loreen. Lyrics here. The song won the second semi and proceeded to beat the competition to a fine powder, scoring the second-highest number of points in the history of the contest, 372.

I hope you had fun (or will be having fun) with all the mood whiplashes in this chapter. I certainly did when I wrote it. :scootangel:

WHAT JUST HAPPENED?! That's really all I can say.

863617 Wow. i love this just for the fact that Colt Fawkes Night apparently happens on the same day as my birthday.:pinkiehappy::pinkiehappy::pinkiehappy: to you i give the rainbow dash and spike stache seals of approval :rainbowdetermined2::moustache:

I'm curious to see how they are going to explain this "attempt on the life of the princess" bit.

First thing I have an issue with is that it's worded with "the". Does Luna no longer count as a princess? What about Cadance? Never mind the fact that apparently ALL of them have been in or at least near Ponyville all this time. I'm aware that Magic can become a rather convenient excuse at this point but still... Of course there's the general issue of Celestia's odd behavior. So many questions to go into and not enough time to get them all straighten out.

That's what I like about this story though. I spent the last 3-4 hours reading Love Will Set You Free and now the current chapters of this story. I will admit that the summary of this story is what made me to and read Love Will Set You Free. Granted if I knew about the first story before I probably would have read it anyway.

I'm seriously looking forward to seeing where this goes and I shall wait for however long I must to find out.

Well, looks like those 14 need to get out of Dodge (or in this case Ponyville)

864714 The "princess" issue has been fixed. I wrote this at around four a.m., and I had to repeatedly rewrite the final section of the chapter because it just wouldn't come together the way I wanted it to. :twilightangry2: Apparently that one slipped through the cracks. :twilightsheepish:

Sheesh. Why do I have the feeling that for every loose thread that I manage to bind into the narrative, two new ones pop up? :derpyderp2:

This chapter is named for Denmark's entry in the 2012 ESC, "Should've Known Better" by Soluna Samay. Lyrics here. The song finished ninth in the first semi with 63 points, going on to the finals, where it went almost completely ignored, scoring just 21 points and finishing 23rd. Seems like all the love for Scandinavia went to Sweden this year.

What happened to the EoH? Did Warden do something or someone else. And if it was Warden why?

877476 ... oh s:yay:t, i know this holiday. but i thought the event happened on November 4th.:twilightoops: still, nice to know what important historical events happened on one's birthday. Semi-ironic that this holiday was used in some way by anti-catholics, and that i AM a catholic. :derpytongue2:

I really like your story, the epic adventure thing you're going for here is pretty good, just like in your last story... BUT... Warden Grey is pissing me off.. ''Look at me I'm so fucking mysterious and speak gibberish riddles so you'll be confused but trust me I have to do this'' :ajbemused:

893853 Mission accomplished, then. :yay: Warden is supposed to come across as antisocial and arrogant, considering that he is an artificial construct that has spent five thousand years in the (literal) middle of nowhere with only Doubt for company. He simply doesn't know how to talk to others, and he always has the bigger picture in mind, with no consideration for the actual people behind the Elements, which should make him appear cold and aloof, especially compared to the physical goddesses of Equestria.

894205 If this is what you meant to do, then good job! It's just that some stories remain frustratingly mysterious for its own sake, and it gets old real fast :pinkiesick: But you've clearly put some thought and effort into your character(s), this reassures me that you're going somewhere with this mysteriousness that I wanna follow :twilightsmile:

895718 Well, to be completely honest, I didn't really care one way or the other how the readers would see Warden - he's more a plot device than a character. It does make sense for him to be the way he is, but I didn't purposely write him that way from the beginning. Ever heard an author say that the characters develop a life of their own and start doing unexpected things? That's what happened here. :applejackconfused:

But yes, I have the plot mapped out, so rest assured I won't have to make it up as I go along. I personally dislike stories that keep bringing up new questions without giving answers, because I tend to get the impression after a while that the author just found the questions so fascinating that he/she brought them into the story without having answers, much less giving them away, and I find that frustrating. If I want all buildup and no payoff, I can read Robert Jordan novels, I don't need pony fanfics for that. :twilightsheepish: So when I write, I try to make sure I have the answers ready from the word go. I knew how "Love Will Set You Free" would end from the moment I introduced Doubt, and I have a written outline for "L'amore è femmina" tucked away on my computer. (Spoiler alert: it will probably lead up to a happy ending. Duh. :pinkiehappy: )

895746 Yeah I kind of guessed that Warden might be more of a plot-device than anything else, but he's still frustrating! But it would be bad for the story anyway if he DID speak coherent and informative english and explained everything from the get-go, I get it. It's just a line that writers need to watch when walking with stories like these, give out answers too fast or too slow and the story suffers. Preaching to the choir here :pinkiehappy: And Robert Jordan... oh god I know what you mean :facehoof: I used to like Wheel of Time, but it's slowly turned into apathy and dislike.

895746 Also... Warden has developed a life of its own? Artificial constructs becoming self-aware?! THE MACHINES ARE TAKING OVER! :fluttershbad:

Can you tell I have time to write at the moment? :raritywink:

This chapter is named for Belarus' entry to the 2012 ESC, "We Are the Heroes" by Litesound. Lyrics here. After messing around with the song, which wasn't that bad, and making it into a dance number, the song failed to make it out of semi 2, finishing sixteenth with 35 points (about 35 more than that abominable ESC version deserved. The video link is to the better version, incidentally).

A pretty short chapter this time. The next one will be quite a bit longer, though.

Can't wait !!

Mmh, their deepest wish ? This is gonna be dirty !:moustache:

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