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Monochromatic


People tell me I'm just like Rarity. Except for the social skills. And the vocabulary. And the generous spirit. And the lack of fashion sense and finesse. Actually, I'm nothing like Rarity.

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Everypony enjoys myths and ponytales, even if they know such things aren't real. Alicorns fighting against a spirit of chaos? A princess trapped in a library under a tree, waiting to be found? Quite enchanting and fantastic tales yes, but nonetheless as fictional as Daring Do and other such stories. At least, that's what Rarity used to think.

She doesn't anymore.


Dedicated to Annuska for being as amazing a writer as she is a friend.


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Based on an old oneshot.
Chapter Art by Arctic Waters // Graphic Design and Typography by Swan Song.

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Comments ( 3547 )

Because now I am soooo very tempted to try this too.

Anyway, I sooo want to see the next chapter! Mwahahaha.

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*Cough* Anyway...
YESSSS!!!! IT'S FINALLY HERE!!!!
Any schedule for chapter updates & stuff? :pinkiehappy:

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Ahhaha that's because my friend I posted our comments before this was submitted for approval. Also, those will be explained in a blogpost I'm currently typing up!

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Mm lookin' forward. :twilightsmile:
To both the blog post and more :rainbowlaugh:

My god, Sweetie is sassy.

It is time for adventure, oh Ruler of Rarilight!

Dusk took a step towards her. “Rarity, wait. I’ll go with you. It’s dangerous to go alone.”
“Take this,” Fluttershy interrupted before he could say more, giving him the little satchel where she and her group of foals were supposed to store the gems they received. “I should go with her. I-It’s my fault they ran off, so it’s only right. Can you please take my place in the event?”

Isn't the Legend of Zelda great?

I really like how you worked the fairy tale from the one-shot back into this, and you can really see how much you've improved as an author since you originally wrote it. Have a favorite!:pinkiehappy:

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Thank you! I'm glad you liked it! :twilightsmile:

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Quick, get me a RariLight scepter!

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At one point in this story, Rarity is going to put on a green tunic with green hat and NO ONE CAN STOP ME. :trollestia:

And yes! I really liked that aspect from the original oneshot, and I figured that there was nothing stopping me from working it back into this chapter. And THANK YOU, THAT MEANS A LOT. I still have way to go as a writer, of course, but it's a long battle I'm trying to win. Thank you for the fav!

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Knowing the oneshot, I immediately favored this lovely sequel.

And now we wait!

I've read the one-shot. It was really great and I'm looking forward to this story. Enjoy your writing!

I'M SO HAPPY ABOUT EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS I HAD TO MAKE A COMMENT HERE as a complement my Skype capslocks shoutings. Because those aren't enough. :heart:

I can't thank you enough for writing this, Monochromatic. It was an absolute JOY to read. Stunningly well written. Absolutely amazing. WOW. I'm too awestruck by this to even use exclamation marks.

By Jove, as soon as I saw this on the front page I immediately remembered the old one.
I'm going to do to this as I did the old one. Have a favorite and an upvote! Eagerly looking forward to more! :pinkiehappy:

5625367 I can just see Rarity now, crying over the "Crime against fabulosity" that you've made her wear.:rainbowlaugh:

This will be awesome! I really liked The Enchanted Library! :pinkiegasp:

Everypony knows Dissy's evil, everypony knows he's strong.
Everypony knows he's a smartie, everypony knows he won.

Oh hell yes.

This is gonna be an epic one.

~Skeeter The Lurker

I remember the old story, and I'm looking forward to reading this (presumed) expansion.

More authors need to be ruined like this.

It was impossible to know the cutie marks of the four princesses of legend, so every Equestrian town had come up with their own interpretations.

When I read this, I thought: "I can see it now: Princess Sun, Princess Moon, Princess Love, and Princess Book." And some of those nicknames don't seem far off! Princess Booky, as played by Sunset Twinkle :rainbowlaugh:

Nitpick:
Rarity!”.
In this case, the period is incorrectly redundant.

It isn't often that an unfinished story goes immediately onto the shelf reserved for my favorites.

But you've done it.

Was soooo hoping this would become a thing after I read the one-shot. You, good sir, have all my yes.

Man, I wish I could write this well. The worldbuilding is fantastic, the attention to detail is tight and it fits snuggly within an MLP feel. Top tier, Mono. Seriously.

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Ah, thank you for the support! I hope the wait will be worth it!

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Oh man, I'm flattered,,, I'm very glad you liked it so much, and it's my pleasure to share my stories with yo. I can only hope what follows will not disappoint! Thank you for the comment and support!

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Ah, thanks! I've corrected it!

And yeah, I knew from the moment i got to that part that Twilight's version had to be the princess of books pfft hahah

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Oh wow, thank you. I'll try to make it worth it!

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Oh gosh, Fuzzy, that really means a lot :twilightblush: I'm really really glad you liked it, and I'm very flattered by your comment,,, Thank you again for proof-reading and for being nice and awesome :twilightsmile:

Wow, I almost can't believe this is finally happening. I'll love to see how this goes on.

The only thing I'm a bit sad about is that you explained very much of the background right at the beginning. With our knowledge of the cannon universe, It's pretty easy to guess the entire reason for all of this to happen. It's too early to really say, but I hope this doesn't take away that aura of mysteriousness I so loved about the oneshot.

Typos
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“I’d just glad we found you safe and sound,”
I'm (not I'd)
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taking a handkerchief --- Since her handkerchief
Hoofkerchief

I have to wonder, what are Applejack and Rainbow Dash up to?

I've been looking forward to this ever since reading that one-shot. I cannot wait to dive into what promises to be a spectacular story.

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Well, I guess I'm not sure what you're referring to specifically, but in any case, there's nothing here that wasn't implied to in the one-shot! And I really don't think I revealed anything of the plot here, as you will find out. I mean, I'm not going at all by canon of the show. Like there are similar elements in places and ponies, but not story wise.

If I play my cards right, you're gonna think you know what's going on and how it all went down, and then I'm going to grab all of that and completely destroy it before you even know what's going on. Whether that makes you question everything I write from now is another thing, though XD

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Ah, thank you! I've corrected them all!

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Oh gosh, I hope I'm able to deliver!

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I'm sorry I couldn't have been more help. Sadly, right after you asked, my day job went into hyperstress mode which it is still doing today! If the chance arises, I would love to help out on the later chapters where I can.

I didn't say so in my original comment, but it needs to be mentioned: I really liked Rarity's characterization here. Like, really liked it. It's not often that we see her willingness and ability to take on responsibility outside of Rarity being an older sister to Sweetie Bell, but you managed to capture that as well as her handling the responsibility of managing the town's holiday entertainment for the kids. You did without falling into the trap of having her be over-the-top stressed out for comedic purposes(which is where I would have gone), and played it straight like Rarity is an adult that's used to it because she runs a business already. Kudos there.

Fluttershy was on point and even Pinkie Pie felt right without going for the low hanging fruit of randomness. Though, I do have to say Pinkie felt almost 'too right,' like she was actually Pinkie Pie and not this AU's Pinkie Pie.

Additionally, the way you're spooling out the backstory, taking it slow and steady, is downright textbook in how to do AUs right. Keep up the good work. I look forward to more.

It’s dangerous to go alone.”
“Take this,”

Rolling my eyes. Love the chapter though, as liked the idea of your story from back when I read the one-shot, glad to see more of it. There were a few instances where I felt that your word choices were a little jarring (at one point you describer her mane as 'flowy' and I was like what) but overall I liked what I read. Tighten up your pacing and those few words and I really think this could be very good.

Looking forward to more.

Only the first chapter, and you've already gotten me asking all sorts of questions. Good job, I'll continue reading to find the answers. Here's what I got so far:
Where did Discord go? Did he tell Candace the details of the story? How else would the fairytale be accurate? Maybe Luna told the story to ponies in their dreams, but wouldn't she be able to give directions on how to find her if she did? How has no one found Twilight yet besides Zecora and Rarity? I mean, it seemed pretty obvious if a filly like Sweetie Bell could correctly theorize her location. No ponies of the Ponyville ever thought to look? Was it the magic of Discord? I thought it was only suppose to affect members of Candace's line? Did it affect her knights too? Was it, like, no one could find them until everyone of Candace's blood was dead; her line finally broken? Does that mean the current princess isn't actually a true royal decedent as she could now technically be told and brought to Twilight? How would the magic work anyway? Like a Candace decedent walks up the library and the magic makes them turn around or never see it?
Can't wait to see how this goes.

It’s dangerous to go alone.”
“Take this,”

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Ah yeaaaaah, I... really like making silly references like that whoops

And yes, now that you put it that way, I guess flowy really didn't describe what I was picturing ehehe :twilightblush: Thank you for the comment, though, and I'll try to keep doing better. I'm... admittedly not very good at pacing, but I'll keep working at it! As well as trying to keep a look-out for the odd words here and there. Thank you for the comment!

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My gosh, those are a lot of questions. I can't answer them all of course, but keep in mind that fairy tales have different versions, and if they've been around for a while, are embellished or modified, facts get lost and other are made up.

Keep that in mind :P

5627036 Discord, because chaos, eventually randomly shifted into a morosely suicidal personality and blew himself up.

Well it could be! :derpytongue2:

I wish I could write like you... :fluttershyouch:

Needless to say...very intrigued by your story! :twilightsmile: Though...it makes me wonder if Discord is still around. Spike should be around, though I'm not sure if he's with Twilight.

I'd also assume that house where they found Sweetie and Scoots was part of the original Ponyville, right?

Egh, listen to me ramble... :facehoof:

Liked and tracked. :pinkiesmile:

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I don't expect you to answer them yet, I just hope it's done in a way that won't destroy my suspension of disbelief. As for the fairy tale, I just meant that Ponyville's version seems right regarding Twilight's predicament, so I'm assuming the rest is right as well. Also, I was more referring to how any of the stories can know what happened to the princesses if the princesses were incapable of telling others what happened to them without being found, but their are many believable ways this could have occurred, so guessing is pointless.
Hope the next chapter is out soon and answers a few of these burning questions; they're like painful STD's and your the only one who can apply the soothing ointment. Don't leave me with literary gonorrhea, man! That's just too cruel! (Wow, no idea where this came from... I think I need sleep.)

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Would have been nice, but the inclusion of Discord in the cover art makes this seem unlikely... Then again, it could have happened and he just reformed himself... Maybe it even took awhile, and that's why he didn't cause a bunch of shit after removing the only ponies who could stand in his way.

I never knew I wanted this so much.

Now, when this story is finished and a hard copy is released. I would throw all my money at it.

Ahoy! I see you actually made it!

I remember when the original one shot came out and sir, I am duly impressed with the result. Looking forward to where this takes us.

PS- Love the last passage. :pinkiehappy:

Whoop whoop! Found something new to obsess over!

I sat in my chair gushing with a stupid grin on my face for far longer than I will admit because of how excited I was that your are moving forward with this. Seriously, you are one of the best authors on this site, and the best RariTwi writer bar none, and Enchanted Library is one of your best works, right beside The Queen's Secret Crush universe. You have this knack for making super interesting AUs that is a true example in worldbuilding.

I haven't read it yet, but I KNOW I will like it. FFS, I loved your previous works, it is my DESTINY to love this story.

...and drink a lot of coffee. We all can't be king arthur.



I think I will turn off my computer now.

That was expert build-up to the moment we all knew what was coming, I rarely see such atmosphere on fimfiction

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