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"Inspiration does not come to the lazy. It only comes to those who call it." - P. I. Tchaikovsky



Days after the fall of King Sombra, when the Empire was starting to put itself back together again, a couple of guards have discovered that behind a hidden door, a colt that had a resemblance to a particular, hated king.

A huge thank you to Exanime32 & AlaskanBabe and for helping me edit this. And his Highness PrinceCelestia for the cover art.

Music used in this fanfic are, in chronological order:
-Bach: Goldberg Variations, Aria for Solo Piano.
-Tchaikovsky: Romeo & Juliet, Fantasy Overture (Love Theme).
-Mozart: Violin Concerto No.3 in G (from the Master and Commander Soundtrack).
-Bach: "Great" Fugue in G Minor.
-Vivaldi: Spring, 1st Movement for Solo Piano.
-Beethoven: Ode to Joy (Piano Lullaby).
-Mozart: Tondo Alla Turca for Orchestra.
-Mozart: Adagio from Flute Quartet In D Major Kv285
-Mozart: Sonata No 18 in D, K 576 - Adagio, 2nd Movement.
-Beethoven: Symphony No.5, 1 Movement for Solo Piano.
-Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, 1st Movement.
-Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, 1st Movement.
-Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, 4th Movement.
-Chopin: Nocturne No. 20 in C# Minor.
-Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture for Cannons and Choir.
-Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring.
-Vivaldi: Winter, 2nd Movement for Solo Piano.
-Beethoven: Fur Elies.
-Handel: Lascia ch'io pianga.

Chapters (36)
Comments ( 183 )

Nice story, keep up the good work.

Comment posted by Maximum Stupid deleted Apr 27th, 2016

This is an interesting story.

Inverno: "I could control what others think, feel, and do when music is playing,"

Celestia: "Would you mind playing something for us before we depart?”

Me: This won't end well :ajbemused: . *Equips WWII Helmet, dives behind sandbag wall, and grabs popcorn* :pinkiecrazy:

5983064 I can see your confusion, that's not what I meant. I'm not talking about absolute mind control... Perhaps this clip, where I was inspired to write that bit, came from...

Just wait/skip to the 30 second mark, hopefully you'll get what I've had in mind with Beethoven's philosophy.

5983111 Whether or not that is what you meant, I care not. (albeit, tis a little disappointing)
*brickethed for Ye olde butchered English*

5983149 It is better to be disappointed by a let down truth early then to be lead on with a false hope only to turn out false later on.

Wow. That is interesting. Inverno can see music. I wonder what that will do in the future. That is an interesting gift. Great job and good luck with the next chapter.

Great chapters. All these were interesting events. Great job and good luck with the next chapter.

Great chapters. All these were interesting events. Great job and good luck with the next chapter.

wait wait wait wait wait.... would this teacher's last name be Trotavari?

oh wait...... never:derpyderp2:mind im not smart...

I thought I had bookmarked this...
But now for sure, I'll see this story to the end.

Inverno has the gift of Fantasia, I Like that.

Well then... looks like the fame cuts the other way for Spike.

Maybe Inverno will have to personally face someone that Sombra tried to destroy, and hurt in return... although both Shining and Cadance hurt him, and Cadance was just as instrumental to Sombra's death as Spike.

6097124 And... Thank you for giving me a few ideas for the next several chapters.

Great chapter. I feel sorry for Spike but it puts thinks in a new light. Not everyone would hail Spike as a hero. Great job.

Wow. I can't wait to see how Inverno is going to overcome is anger. He is right though, right now he is more of a prisoner. To be honest, I hope he gets out one time, and the crystal ponies mock and even through trash or rotten fruit at him. It would be interesting to see that contrast of ponies calling him a monster, even though he had no control over who is parents were.

Also it would be ironic, because the crystal ponies would be praising a dragon, and calling a pony with too much power a monster.

Good luck with the next chapter. Thanks for the update.

Wow! Okay... That's kinda fantastic! Keep it up! :twilightsmile:

Oh his cutie mark's for angry playing...

As a big fan of intense, angry music, this pleases me.

Let's hope this is a proper expression of his anger, though, rather than stoking the flames and making him more dangerous to others.

Destruction, Rage, and Sadness bring forth creation from soul. So let the soul cry out to form a world new.
a perfect piece, at a perfect pace

Next step, Metal
*Bricked for being dumb*

Psssh. It might be taboo on a story so strongly about classical music, but metal's one of the aggressive music styles I was talking about.

" I would go as far as saying that he was the Great, Great, Great, Great, Grandfather of Metal music."

I ... Di .... di y jes

Did you just acknowledge my joke last chapter?

6111661 Not only did I acknowledged your joke, I have proof that he is. Take a listen to this, and it'll prove my point.

Well now I know why My favorite music is Symphonic Metal.

I seriously want Rarity to show up, and give Inverno a disguise so he could go outside. :pinkiehappy:

Comment posted by smolbep deleted Jun 1st, 2021

I love Key Signature his ideals of music just speaks to me.

Great chapter. It looks like Inverno is going out on the town. I can't wait to see what happens next.

I loved how the crystal heart showed two futures. Great job. Good luck with the next chapter. This is going to be good.

Either Sombra's an abusive father or this colt obtained trauma-induced amnesia.

I was sure that Inverno's name would be somesorta musical term. When's the next chapter and why the heck is Shining Armor talking like Phil!?

6131274 I'm trying to write up a chapter a day, and I have no idea why, but that's what I've heard in my head.

6131869 Have you tried Phil talking in Shining Armor's voice? On a side note, have you heard of the Disney Hercules? You do know who I'm talking about, right?

6132478 Oh! That Phil! To be honest, no, that wasn't my intention. I just write down whatever came to mind. But I suppose you might be wondering why he just calls him "Kid?" It's connected as to why he really calls him his actual name, it's because, to him, he doesn't really have that strong of a connection yet.

Either Key Signature's granddaughter is Vinyl or Octavia.

6134782 I'm going to say Octavia because Vinyl would make very little sense, but if Vinyl was the granddaughter it would be interesting to hear why he hates Octavia.

Wow. It looks like Inverno is one the most wanted list. Great job. Good luck with the next chapter.

Do you publish your chapters immediately?

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