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vren55


The reason I write is because I want to read a story written for myself. One day, I want to read one of my own stories and say to myself "That is the best story I have ever read."

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This story is a sequel to Princess Celestia: The Changeling Queen


This story is a direct sequel to Princess Celestia: The Changeling Queen. Reading that first is necessary to understand any part of this story.

Co-authored by vren55 and Zervziel

Alternia, sister to Chrysalis, ruled Equestria for a thousand years, disguised as Princess Celestia, while the alicorn slumbered in a healing sleep. Now revealed, Alternia prepares to become Equestria’s first changeling princess, and prove herself to the ponies she loves at the side of her co-rulers Luna and the newly-returned Celestia.

But even as the crown descends onto Alternia’s head, something is stirring in the depths of the Eastern Sea, something that will turn the surface world onto its head. Some power that could destroy Alternia, and all that she loves, before she can even regain the approval of her own ponies.

Will Alternia restore the trust her ponies once placed with her? Will she found a hive? Will she find love?

All that is certain is that Equestria, and the world, will never be the same again.

Now with a TV Tropes page.

Empress Tethys and the Kelpies Created by Zervziel

That Fantastic Cover art is by Plainoasis

Pre-read and edited by:
Blankscape,
FinalFan,
Courage Fire
Cosmic Cowboy

Chapters (31)
Comments ( 2413 )

Yes! It has begun.

Once, I was known only as Celestia, Princess of Equestria, alicorn of the sun, and sister to Princess Luna, serene, kind, and mighty.

Cap.
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6395579

[Is sad at the lack of Mortal Kombat "It has begun" mlp spoofed pics on the web].

6395601

Actually, it should be capped

Alicorn of the Sun

as it's a title.

Now there are sea monsters in this story? Sea monsters that are locked in eternal war no less. Neato.

Finally! Been working on this with Vren since November.

6395647 He's also been whipping me over the head to publish this for ages. My head still hurts.

6395654 You still have a chapter to finish and one to start. Seriously, once you start that one, things can really get moving.

About the cover (and by extension Alternia's symbol), the pink you used does not go well with emerald. Admittedly, it's hard to find a pink that goes with shades of green like that, but it is possible. The green you've got has a hex code of 228B22, which is fine, however the pink of F64A8A is not a good match. Instead, I reccomend EF70B6, which clashes less while still being a good shade of pink.

I think the blue one works better.

Is this Raven the Raven from Crystal's Wishes?

6395693 You have a point, but isn't the latter pink a bit too pale? I personally think the current icon looks pretty good.

Also, I had it commissioned sooo... yeah I did choose colors but ah well. Too late XD This is kind of temporary cover art though until my other artist finally finishes a super-detailed Celestia, Alternia, and Chrysalis on a boat cover.

6395700 I haven't read Crystal Wishes, but she's the Raven in the opening of Season 3 who is giving Celestia forms (just search MLP wiki).

>>vren55 Well, you should still read Crystal's Wishes and it's companion stories about Silent Knight. The're very well written. Don't skimp on writing too much though! :)

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That's what I said.

Once, I was known only as Celestia, Princess of Equestria, alicorn of the sun, and sister to Princess Luna, serene, kind, and mighty.

Cap.

See. I said that.

It begins! *Crackles madly:pinkiecrazy:

You know, there was an evil octopus in G1.

Hoo boy, that last bit was ominous...something tells me that battle won't end well.

A good start. I look forward to seeing where this goes.:pinkiehappy::derpytongue2::moustache:

Comment posted by Ariel Schnee deleted Sep 5th, 2015

Y'know... I've never been a fan of "cutaway foreshadowing."

"Hey, here's this thing way over here that you shouldn't be aware of, but we're going to show it anyways because dun Dun DUNNNNNNN...!."

As punishment...

I'll thumbs up this sequel and add it to my read later.

6395700

You mean:

vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/mlp/images/1/1d/Raven_id_S3E1.png/revision/latest?cb=20140312045033

She's in the show. :twilightsmile:

The actual Celestia glanced at me, bemused, as Luna rubbed her forehead with a hoof, and the unicom groaned.

Universal-Communicator?

And here... we... go.

Hmm. If either Samudra or Tethys is going to get killed off, only one of them is going to pose this threat to Equestria and this scene seems rather pointless... but nothing is as it seems in these stories, is it?

I feel as though the mark is still missing something. The kite shield doesn't really look like more than a vague shape to me. Perhaps adding in the crossbars and bolts to it?

Green isn’t my usual color

refrance
I prefer the blue one too

none of you will probably get this but every time I see "Hanna Belle" I think of anna bell or bella donna from All Dogs Go To Heaven.

The Coat of Arms still needs some more work. It seems more like a final draft, than a final product.

Also, I am VERY curious to see how this undersea battle will determine the way this story will go!!

Lighting her horn, curious to finally see her foe’s face, the Empress merely glimpsed a creature with flat black eyes and too many tentacles before the horror pulled out of the light with a low laugh.

Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn!

Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn!
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn!
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn!
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn!

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P͉͊͐̅̽ͣ̽ͨ͞͞͡ͅẖ̵̩͓̩̤̮ͪ͐̍͟ͅ'̆͛̌ͤ҉̮̭͖̝̩͞ͅn̷̤̹͔̫̝ͬͬͬ̌̂ͨ̌͟g̛͇̟͙͍̑̾̉͊̇̂ḽ̴̜̗̩̾͂͘u̜̝̳͖̪̟͚̫̣ͫ͂̊ͬ̓i̛͕̠̪̲̲̝̭̯̙͑ͫ̇ͩ̏̃ͭ͢ ̨̃͌ͩͥ̽̆ͣͨ҉̬̝̳̥̯̱̭͍̯̀m̎ͯ̎̽̏͊̈́̉҉̼̪̫̬g̗̫̭͕͚̃̐̑͢l͕͈͖̞̭ͦ͂ͭ͞w̙͍͆̆̍̌̈́̏̐͟'̨̧͇̤͌̂̐ͪn̟͓͙̠̳̈́̃̓͜a̡̠͓͉̖͆͒ͪ̆̉̇́̚͠f̢͉̘̺͍͕͚ͦͥ̿̅͘h̨̭̣̤ͥ͗̆́͡ ̶͖͈̼͑ͮ͑̾ͣ̂̌̌C̵̡̱̳̭̱̠͚̦͉̓ͬ̆ͤt̸͔̥̫̥̬̰̟͉̓͆̌ͤͧh͈̣̫̖̒̎͜͞u̅̄͒ͩ̑̓͒ͫ̕͏̝͚̱̣̜͚̮l̴̵̲͎̽̆̓ͣ́h̖͎̙̙͇͚̖ͨ̎̅ͨ͑͒̂ṷ̵̧̖̆͟ͅ ̢̳̩̒̉ͫͦ̎̔͢R̡̰͈̻ͮ́ͤͤ͠'̡̋ͬ̏͆̈́ͨ̈̈́͏̦͕͕͖̜̥̭͍l̠̠̣͖͉͛͌̒͆ͪ̌y̛̗ͬͤ̌͒́̍̏͋̀͠ͅe̯̯̓͑̀̈͊̔̆̚̕ĥ̻̄̓͛̎̕ ̧̨̲̫̲̫͒̅͑ͫ̑̇͌ͣ̈́w̴̤̞̣͈̹̻̩̑̐ͫ̎̎̍͛̕ǧ̑̀̅̈́̇͏̰̮̲̰̱͚̠ͅa̴̞̫͈͇̔͑͒ͤ̃ͫ͗h̷͗ͩ̌ͧ͏͍͍̝̩'̵̜̎̑n̸̛̖͓ͬ̉͋̔̒ḁ̞̜͓̠̼̆͐̌̅͑ͅg̿ͬ͌͏̸͓̮̕l̤̩̖͙ͣͦ ̷̱̼̝͓̳͚͒̅̈̀f̸̛̼͙̲̽ͯ͛ͭ̂͞h͍̥̊ͮ̂ͯͥ̕͠t̾̂҉͎̜͔̼å̐́̀҉̭̪͚͈g̺͍͔̞̿̋̕n̩̗̬̼͉͓̗͍͒̉́́͘!̼͈̩̖̳̬͙̽ͥͫ̋͟
Ṕ̶̐͐͢҉̪̖̫̳̯̦͙̘̖ͅḩ̸̷̴͓̗͎̞̞̐ͧ̈́ͤ͌ͯ̐͛́'̢͌ͧ̾ͬ͒̽̏̊ͤ̑̌̑̂ͭ̚͏̭̖͕̺̤̯͞ͅņ̟̫̹͈͓͖̥̤̙̤͈͕͔͔̰̞̹͂̋̎̀̋ͨͧͩ̍̓̑̽̓ͨ̈́ͭ̊ͫg̷̵̘̪̝̤̞̦̳̣̤͇̻̞̥͙̹̖̗͖ͫͦ͑̇ͫ̉ͬ̅̉̀ͭ̀͘l̴̢͔̤̪̹̟̬͕̲̜͈͓͕̫̹̤̲ͭ͆ͮͣ̓͊͗͌͝u̢̳̥̰͑ͩͮͨ̍̔̿̐̅̀̌̏̆̀ͬͣ̆͟͠i̒ͭ͑ͪ͊̋ͪͤͭ̽̄͛̓ͦͦͯ͏̸̵̯̻͓͇̦͖̗̹͙̟̥̲͓͓͈̪̲́͞ͅ ̷̵̧̦͓͔͚̞̄̈ͥ̔͒ͬ̄͗͋ͧ͂̀̚͞m͒ͣ̉͋ͩ̒̇ͬͦͯ̿҉̡͍̥̤̲̬̬̕g͇̹̣͈͛ͥ̂ͩ̍̀̅͆̒̎̏̌̽̽̚̚̕l̨̈ͪͩ͗͆̔̊͛ͯ͊̔̊͆̃ͣ҉̷̲̝̜̗͓w̧̛̬̯̖͎̠ͨ͂͑ͭ̀̃ͤ͊͆͑͛̅̾ͅ'̡͈̘̥̩̭͍͉͍̖̪̞̈ͥͯ͐́̀n̸̵̛̜̞̭͙͎͉͔͈͖̠͉̤̫̘͙̦̟̈ͪ͒ͯ̐ͨ̑ͮ͜͟a̴̴̧̢̰̤͓͓̥̝̦̖̙͍͈̳̗͖̤̻̮̤̬̓̂̐̒f̊̂̂ͭ̅̔ͬ͊̾̋͑̾̑͋̑̔͛̽͛̀͘͏̨̫͍̝͖̹̦̲̜̗̞̗̝h̵̶̳̬̻̋ͮ͊̆̓̈ͫ̋ͥ̏ͪ̿ͯͩ́͌͆ͭ ̸̷̜̘̘͈̗̣̟͙͈̩̥̦̳͇̱̦̘̓̄̾ͩͧ͆ͭͬ́͊̄̀͞ͅCͨͧ̂ͤ̒̒ͩ̇͋́ͩ̔̓̐̊̕͏҉̸̥͓̻̰͖̭̞̭͚̤̠̣̤ṱ̛͚͇̲̹͎̗̓̈́ͯ̓͗͗ͤͯ̔̂̒ͦͦ̍̓ͪͩ̅͟h̵͌̊ͣͫ̓̍ͯͯ͆̄̈ͨ͗̄ͨ͏̶̢̺̟̝̹͔̠uͣ̌̓̾̉̀̉̆̽̓ͬͥ̓ͬ͆̽ͩ̒ͭ́͏̙͓̯̦̫͖̰͔̘̞̹̼̳̤̤̣͈̻l̴̆ͫ͌̇ͧ̔̾̇̑̒̚҉͇̰̯̟͔͓̩̻̳̩͍̻̰̪̜h̴̛̫̖͎͕͇͉̐̈́̇͐̕͢u͙̫̺͖̤͙̖̟̠͙̞̜̮̗̺̜͚̯̥̐ͯ̆͊͋͊̓̑̔̐̊̒͒̋͗ͯͩ͆̕͠ ̸̛͙͖͙͎̥̝͎͉̮̲̳͚̥̠̱̈ͧ̃ͫͦ̍͂ͫ͂̇͗́̃͂ͅR͇̻̞̩̬͈̖͈͉̞̂̐͊̀͟'̴̴̧̛̣͎̳̝̬̪̖͕̹͓̥̞ͨ̉ͭͤ̐͛̊́ͅl̸̴͇̗͖̖͇̰͓͙̯̺ͩ̅ͬ͛̓́̄͑ͨ̐ͫ̑ͮ̂̈̚͝y̨͛̉͌̑ͯ̒ͨ̆ͭ͆̎̄ͦ̇̌ͦͥ̒͆͠͏͏̲̞̮̰̫͖̯̼͉̗̘̞̣̜͚e̷̸̡̻̫͚̤͖̳̲͎̥͕̜̹̩̝̜͖̔̋̂͗͆̋̓͊̍͑͝h͑͂̾̈́̏ͫ͟҉̨̢̳̼̗̠̙̻̠̗͎̳̱̦͇̩̬̙͝ ̶̡̬̯̮̞̝͔̼̦̯̝͚͇̙͕̠̪̺͌͛̉̓͞͡w̧͇̤͈̯͓͓̦̝ͪ̈͐̋ͩg̵̨̛͎̻̩͙͚̅̾ͩ̀ͧ̓̚͞ḁ̢̪͓̞̦͎̹ͭͧ̎̈́͑̽̈́͜͞h̒ͤͯ̾̽ͥ̎͛̒̉̏̓̿͏̸̼̖̘͔̺͇̥̹̤͉̼͕͇̣̰̮̫͍̼͡'̸̡̳̺̝̖͓̫̞̟̹͔̜̜͈͎̗̥͚ͣ̊ͪ͑͢͢͝ͅn̷ͧ͐̅̈́͏̡͎̪̗͉̜̺a̡͋ͦ̏ͯ̔̅͑ͩ͘͢҉͇͇̭̯͇g̓̋̒͊ͦ̽ͨ͋̿ͪ̾̾̓ͮ́̎ͫͪ͡҉̬̳͎̞̣͍͓͈̗͜ļ̧̛̏̽ͮ͊̅ͥ͗͌̀̃̄̈́̀҉͉̥̻̼̣̞̣̬̖̟̟ ̷̦̠̣̱̺̱͈̬̩͍̲͉̇̂̊͊̀f̢̯̖̦͔ͪͮͮ̉ͣͯ̀̕͟hͨ̾͑͊͗ͭ͠͏̡̼͈̖͈̺͘ͅt̶̡̜̪̲̼̦̱̠̼̟͇̳͔̝̻̗̣̦̅ͮ̿͗ͦ͑̑͆ͦ̾ͥ̓̈͢ͅā̷͑̋̈́͗ͪ͠͝҉̡̣̩̳̗ğ̢̩̜̞͇͍͎̠̫ͤ͒ͮ͛̀͜n̝̯̮͖̮̥͍̣̞̫͙͙̪̪̪̤ͦͩ͑̇́͟͢!̷̢͇̲̙̠̺͓̫̝̪͖̻̗̙ͫ̌̈͛͛̀ͅ
P̶̭̹̭͔̈̓̆̎̽ͥͦ̌͘͜͠h͈̠͖͎̩͎̳͍͉͇̣͗̂̿͑͒̑̽ͧ͗ͫͯ́̍̇ͬ̑͢͡͠ͅ'̨̡̣͇̘̂ͮ͊̔̊́͑̿͆̌͟͟ṇ̡̨̧͓̩ͮ͒͂̊̍͟͞g̸̋̀ͯ̓ͥ͐͂̓̇̔ͧ͏̦̙͚͎̯͕ͅͅl̡̬̤͍͍͇̫̲͓̤̜͔͎̞̜͖̺̯͌̌͑̒̇̃͂ͥ̈́̈́̌͊͜ͅu̷̟͖̦̮̤̥͕͕̰̗̞͎̝̗̼̠͔̎̇̄͠iͦ̉̏ͥ̄ͩ̈́ͫ̈͑ͤ̚͟҉̨͉̞̰̳̯̞̼̫͙̱̰͙̫̙ ́͂ͧ̄̌̿̚͏̢̛̦̯̞̲̫̯͓̝͈͎̻̳̭͉̭̬̖͢m̶̛ͥ́̾̍͛͛ͯͫ̇ͥ̄̇͌̾̾͘҉̳͕̪̦̲̝͔͎͈̲̙͇̳ģ̥̬̩̯͗̔̈ͥ̇̋̃̓͘͘͜͞ľ̠̜̟͕̟̥͖͍̲͙̘͎̓͑ͭ̄̊̎́͗̿ͣ̐̽̊ͪ̐̉̕͡w̬̹̗̗̝̙̦̤̜̺͉̿̿̿͛̃̿ͮͭͮ̎͑̏ͪ̀͞͝͠'̴̧̞̮͚̬͉̭̞͖̱̥̱̼͖͉̠̥͈̣ͯ͊̇̃̋ͨͦ͠n̷̵͓͎̝͙̘̹̥͎̞͚̟̟̯̤͙̤̐ͣ͐͐ͫ͊͂̓̋̊̅̌áͤͦ͆̽̑ͮ͑͊̐ͯ̒ͬ̈́ͯ̚͏͖̯͖̰̳̜͓͈͙̺f̳̜̹̥̤͈̱͍̥̟͍̬͚̗̉̅̏̋̌̆̍ͪ̑̔͐̀̀͜h̴̨̰̭̝͎͖̜̎̄̄̒́̓̌͐͑ ̡̨̛̮̟̙̗̤̞̱̠̺̦̫̦͔̤͔͕͚̈́ͪͯ̒̐́̚͜C̷̿͂̈̄́ͦ̚҉͈̰͖̪̙̮̫͎̤̙̲͖̲̗t̨̛͍̯̗̙̳̝̰̭͍̳̞̏̎ͯͨ̀͆̇̀ͦ̋̇ͪ̋̓̾̚̚͝ḩ̵̻̪̱̦̤̹͔̳͐ͫ͌͗̊̎̆̍̐̀̋͌̅͡ù̵͇̮̪̹̫̻͚̯̲̮͈̬̝͆ͤ̄͂ͣ̅̃̉̈́̉̅͒͐̍͊ͮ̚̕l̎ͨ̆͂̂͊̌ͯ̌ͪͮ̑҉̴̸̨̯̘̹̺͇̙ĥ̿ͨ̔҉̧̡̮͎̰͖̩͓͙̖̼͕̙͝u̶̗̳͎͓͎̪͕̻͇͉̬̹͓ͮͭͬ̈͗̊͛ͦ̽͟͡͡ ̴͔̥̞̮̝ͭ̉̃̎͂̉̌̒̃̄ͫ̒͐̉R̶̨͙̮͉̰̝̪̞̰͕̦͙̲̩̘̤̻̹̫͆̀͊̇͊̃̕'̸̛̛̫̙͚̩̗̪̱̦͉̙̹̱̽ͮ̍ͧͧ͢͡ͅļ̵̧̛̙̥̬̙̥͙̫͙̞̝̳̳̖̲͈͂̑̓̈́̃ͥ̄̓ͧ̄̂ͧ̿ͮ͌͞ͅy̢̐͗̌́͏̵̹̪̺̭̣̜̖̺̱͈̦̳̹̪̹̯̰̮ḙ͓̪͎̳̤͕̩̯͉͔̘̯̻͚̤̩̐͌́ͯͬ̍͘͘ḧ̵͙̦̳͎͉̼̞͈̪͔̟̫̤͇͉͈̞́͗̓͗́ͦ̈́̏͑̉ͥ̑͗̓̕͟͡͠ ̴̢͔͖̩̩̤̋̈́͐ͫ͒͢͝͝w̔̄̌̾ͨ͗̐̓҉̖̥̺̼͇̮̠̠̳̗̗̀g̛̳̖̥̘͓̠̣͔̰͈͓̘͕̓̈́̓̑̇̈́͂ͤ͑̇̉͜ͅa̵̶̴̧̹̺̗̮ͭ̓́͑͂ͯh̸̴̸̡̯̼̩͓̬͕̖͍̟͋ͫ͗͋̅̽͋ͣ͂̂̆'̸̈̆́͐̎͑̓̓̃͌͡҉̵͖͕̖̠̳̻̹̘̱̠͚̦͠ͅͅǹ̵̡̛̛̞͚̹͙͎̪̤͐̂̓̆͑ͥ̔̐͐̓̓ͧ̓͜ą̵̷̻̲̰͍̞̲͍̟͙͇̝̻͙͕̳͎̠ͭ̈́̇͟͞ĝ̷̸̵̛͇̙̠͚͓͇̬̩͎̬̹̥̩̀͑ͦ̂̽̃͢l̵̜͍̖̮̘̗̤̬̣͇̙̖̣̲̫̩ͦ̎̄̐͢͞ ͛ͫ̈́ͣͩͪ̈̽̐͆͑̆͛̾̉̃͂ͪ҉̶̡̲̳̳̞̺̠̳͔̫̘̦̲ͅf̵̓͊͆ͩ͂ͣ̿̇̍ͯ̑ͫ́̋́҉̖̝̲̰̮ḣ̃ͯ̿͂́ͮ̍ͮ̍͑̾̈́̒ͨ̂ͥ̚͏͏̛̩͎̲̩̺͇̳͈̯ͅt̷̨͔̤̤̱̗̩̝͓͓͊͒̾̄͝͠͠a̹̲̣̤̞̼̰̞͔̜̪̗̙͂ͪ̇̋̂ͫ̓̑͌͑͛̒̈̏͜ģ̸̖͓͕͇̞̺̭̲̹̣͗̄̋̽̓͐̑̄ͦ̏̋ͭ̂̏ͬ̈́̋͞ͅͅn̸̨͉͉̹̯͔̫͕̖̠̬ͭ͒ͦ̾̎̐̃́͊͋͂ͤ͗̂͌̇́͟͝!̵̮̤͔̖̠͔̹̤͉͖̟̺͙͈̤͆̽̈́̑̀͘

6396514 Cute. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a meeting with The King in Yellow.

WOOOOHOOO!!!!

6396514
While I did chuckle, I have to wonder how you managed to break the comment border...

So it, as once before, but now again, begins....

6396514
Please don't post text that moves whenever people scroll past it. It's not supposed to do that.

Unable to resist smirking a bit, I waited until the unicorn was close enough, and suddenly coughed loudly into my hoof, making the unicorn jump almost an inch into the air with an absolutely adorable squeak. With my magic, I grabbed her notepad and pen before they hit the ground, and waited patiently as she heaved in deep breaths, her brown eyes glaring at me.

“Princess! I’ve told you many times! No surprises! No coughing! And no sneaking up on me!” stammered the mare as she straightened her white collar and red tie.

I couldn’t help but giggle. “You told Celestia not to surprise you, not me.”

The actual Celestia glanced at me, bemused, as Luna rubbed her forehead with a hoof, and the unicom groaned.

“Forgive me for not actually knowing your real name at the time, Princess!” snapped Raven, my longtime aide and Court Assistant. She attempted to look exasperated, but her quivering lip undermined that effort.

Stallions and Mares, Colts and Fillies of all ages, let the shenanigans begin!

An all-around great chapter, if I do say so myself. It's interesting to see Celestia in the same situation Luna was not so long ago, and that the tables have most certainly turned in that case. It's also good to see Alternia's relationship with her sisters and family is improving, as well as that Twilight is HER student, not Celestia's.

What did strike me was that most of Alternia's servants now are Celestia's, save for those she was particularly close to. While understandable, to a degree, it's also somewhat unsettling, as it does bring to mind a new rendition of Equestria First coming into play at some point in time, as unlikely as that may be.

It's also interesting to see Celesita's temperance. So far, she seems to have a rather short temper. Luna save whomever REALLY pisses her off....

Still, It's good, and I do hope to see more in the future.

And so the tale begins, once more.

It's going to be interesting to see true Celestia adapt to modern Equestria, and Alternia to living openly in her true form.
Celestia's angry snap at Alternia over her friends...her pain is really easy to understand. As far as she's concerned, it seems like only a few months (or weeks perhaps, not sure on the time frame) since she bequeathed Alternia with Equestria and had to turn her back on her own friends. Knowing that they are gone would be heart-rending, particularly as Tia was apparently much more socially active than her sister.

The brief scene with Samudra and Tethys at the end is important, I'm sure, but at present we lack any sort of context. From some of the points of the last story, we can assume that one or both of those species are inimical to changelings, and since a single line by Celestia near the end of the last story implies that an army of them met her guards at a river to prevent them from meeting Nightmare Moon's soldiers they may be hostile to ponykind as well.

I like Alternia's heraldry, especially how she got info from the ponies she's close to about what to put on it. Hmmm, is Sombra coming around soon??? I'd love to see him face down all the Alicorns, the Changelings Queens, and the Elements of Harmony so we can see how long he lasts. Celestia and Luna beat him in the past, so with allies they should be able to curb stomp him or at least keep him from even getting into the Crystal Empire.

Still getting Celestia adjusted it seems? Then this is literally directly after the previous story then, no boring "then they worked things out for half a year before anything exciting happened again". We can dig it!


6396514 please don't abuse Unicode. This is a perfect example of what IRC users call "flooding", and is highly distracting and annoying........

Keep going! ;)

That's not a theatre mask, it's a masquerade mask.
I'd have gone with the classic comedy/tragedy (or just comedy) theatre mask shifted to have a heart shape, with the lines in a darker red instead of black.
The symmetry would be better, and the effect would be more subtle - the shilluette of the heart wouldn't be broken like it is in your version, making it more central to the viewer's focus and immediately recognizable. Only after the heart had been identified would the mask come to notice, underscoring that the mask is subservient to the heart, as opposed to the heart being backdrop to the mask. Acting in service of love, instead of love being secondary to the facade.

(Also, what they're doing is symbology; heraldry is a lot more complicated, and is essentially a language complete with accents and dialects and etc.)

Ooo this is shaping up to a good story. Loved the first one and I liked blue with the shield personally.

Oh, that kind of half-faced mask.

When it was first described, I was thinking a vertical-half mask like Phantom of the Opera. With the mask overlaying half of the heart but still keeping a similar silhouette.

Yours is better though. The strings turning into filigree is a really nice touch.

6396807 Cthulhu.
The power of the old ones is great.

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