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Inquisitor M


Why 'Inquisitor'? Because 'Forty two': the most important lesson I ever learned. Any answer is worthless until you have the right question. Author, editor, critic, but foremost, a philosopher.


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This story is a sequel to Movements of Fire and Shadow


"Return rainwater to a cloud and it will fall again soon enough." —Luna

After her redemption, Luna sought solitude from all ponies, including the twenty four elite guards assigned to serve her. But seven of those guards were not so easily dissuaded and sought the errant princess out, beseeching her to accept their pledges of unwavering fealty. They succeeded, and discovered her a scarred shadow of her former self, stripped of all thoughts and memories that might lead back to Nightmare Moon by the very magic that saved her.

Now, the princess stands strong in the company of trusted fellows that laugh, and grow, and bleed alongside her. They are all flawed, and they are all hopeful, but above all else, they are all equal. They are guards no longer. They are Paladins. One path. One destiny. One whole heap of trouble for Luna.

Equestria doesn't know what it's in for.

I, Paladin is a spin-off based on Luna's guards from Shades of Grey and Movements of Fire and Shadow. Knowledge of those works will be helpful, but is not necessary.

This story collection is a series of vignettes, although no particular plan or schedule is in place. They will appear whenever I happen to have ideas.

Oh, and [AU] because pre-Twilicorn, and Twilicorn will never happen because Twilicorn is dumb.

-Scott 'Inquisitor' Mence

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Comments ( 8 )

Very nice. Always did love Artemis, it's good to see more of her. And you just gotta love a job, a prime qualification of which is "takes no crap from a Princess."

I do hope you're able to come up with more, this is too fun a universe to only have such limited glimpses at.

Interesting. So the week runs Monday to Sunday here?

Enjoyed the ambiguity on who was doing the sunset. I like the character voicing, and the more elevated diction makes a strong enough contrast that Artemis remarking on it seems reasonable, and also came at good points for emphasis. The detail that Artemis doesn't seem to know how to drink layered cocktails is a nice touch that fits with the rest of how she was coming across.

Sold me on looking into Shades of Grey sometime.

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So the week runs Monday to Sunday here?

Ehh. Equestria copies our world in every other way, so I kinda took it for granted.

The detail that Artemis doesn't seem to know how to drink layered cocktails is a nice touch that fits with the rest of how she was coming across.

Specifically, I don't have a clue, but the fact that cocktails may not even exist in an alcoholic context in-world, I never imagine it's was terribly relevant to look up.

Sold me on looking into Shades of Grey sometime.

Well, just to be upfront: Shades of Grey is a completely different animal. It's slow-paced and revolves around Rarity falling into a self-destructive hole. Artemis isn't in it, and the others are still guards, but if you get to the end, you'll get to see where the Paladins come from. I mean, hey, I think it's a good read, just be aware that it's utterly different in style.

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And you just gotta love a job, a prime qualification of which is "takes no crap from a Princess."

I figure it's exactly what Luna needs. She's too volatile (generally unstable, not just potentially angry) for anyone who has to obey her orders to be of any real use to her. Feedback is paramount to emotional growth, and the Paladins run the gamut from contemplative and serene to doubt-ridden and insecure, to... well, Artemis :) They're blatantly a parallel to the main six – just with more of them!

I still have other ideas (the Hearts and Hooves scene is the one I'd like to get to sometimes), and Chris really wants me to write something about accounting weasels, so...

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You're better off with Movements of Fire and Shadow. That one has Artemis as a prominent player (heh)

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Ehh. Equestria copies our world in every other way, so I kinda took it for granted.

Ah. I'm used to it running Sunday to Saturday.
ETA: Despite the fact that ISO 8601 was promulgated before I was born. Calendars, office software, etc., substantially all of it I've ever been exposed to has been Sunday to Saturday.

Well, just to be upfront: Shades of Grey is a completely different animal. It's slow-paced and revolves around Rarity falling into a self-destructive hole.

Well, I do have a certain affinity for stories in which someone falls into a self-destructive hole. So that's also good.

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I'm used to it running Sunday to Saturday.

Huh. That's interesting. I've literally never heard it any other way, but now that the concept has been raised, I've done a little bit of Googling.

Looks like it's all based in the difference of opinion over whether the 'Sabbath' is Saturday or Sunday. I've never had any religious influences in my life (save for my investigations over the last few years), and the UK officially recognises the international standard, which is apparently Monday to Sunday, so it's easy to see why I've never heard it before. Of course, I don't think anyone actually cares when the official international standard is, so screw 'em.

It seems that Judaism, older sects of Christianity, and Islam are the source of the Sunday–Saturday week.

As far as the story is concerned, though, it's just a title – a real-world reference to make a point. I avoided using actual names because I think the show has always dodged anything that can be pinned down. They may not even have a sun-day, although that would make sense, much like moon-day.

Either way, thank you for asking. I now know more than I did before :)


(As an afterthought, what do people's calendars show in Windows? Mine shows Mon–Sun, so I'm wondering whether that's a programmed localisation.)

6174904 I grew up with religious influences, but I think that was secondary to seeing weeks start with Sunday everywhere else. I wonder now if it's another case of US cultural resistance to change and international standardization, like never following through with adopting the metric system.

My (US) Windows, Office, and the like defaulted to Sunday as the first day of the week, but can be set to have any day start the week.

Huh, never noticed this went up. 'Twas a cute read none the less. I do like these little vignettes.

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