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As a descendant of the greatest conjurer of the pre-classical era, Star Swirl wishes to live up to her namesake's reputation and their shared cutie mark. But how can she emulate a powerful unicorn when she is an earth pony? Taking the advice of her psychologist, she heads off to Ponyville to try and find out. (Image property of Cybertoaster) (Now the first in a series)

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I hope that the reposting here means there'll be new chapters forthcoming soon?

664485 :twilightblush: Well, I AM working on it. Chapter 4 is on it's way. Thought that it was time thatI put it up here though.

Hey! I remember reading this, tracking.


664497 Thank you!

Oh, and for those who want to know Chapter 4 is currently at 1714 words.

WOOO! I remember this story! :yay: Glad to see it is here now. Woo hoo! :twilightsmile: :pinkiehappy: :raritystarry:


Glad to see you on hear, I have read this story on the fanfic site and liked it.:pinkiehappy:
Hope to see more soon

This is a pleasant read. Favorited. :twilightsmile:

Ooh, meh likey! :twilightsmile:

I like Star Swirl's enthusiasm, and I'm glad the others tired of her use of "Bearer of the Element of X" because, frankly, that got a bit annoying. Can't wait to read the next couple chapters!

:applejackconfused: someone help pinkie got me confused again

It's nice to see this one on FimFic.

Fav'd, Thumbs Up'd and stuff :pinkiehappy:

Poor Star. I wonder how long it will take her to realize that her talent is the study of magic rather than the practice of it?

This is a great fic! Seems like Star Swirl might actually have a talent at being an archivist and/or magic theorist, even if she's not good at the practical side of things.:pinkiegasp: Maybe Star Swirl the Bearded was the same, he could invent spell but not perform them all himself? I love your explaination of rock farming too! It's pretty sweet.

I'll be looking forward to future chapters :pinkiehappy:

Woah.That's what I call a coincidence! :derpyderp2:

Thanks for the watch - right after I started converting chapter 4 of this story into an audio file for my later enjoyment. :derpytongue2: :pinkiegasp:

Nice story, been following it on EQD up till now, and subbed it the moment I saw it pop up here. :pinkiehappy:

Hehe, the whole hero-worshipping thing is kind of funny... especially considering nopony else ever does it. :twistnerd:
...I wonder if Celestia had a hoof in that. :trollestia:

763070 The Lunaverse: http://www.fimfiction.net/index.php?view=group&group=760

A shared AUverse of fics where it was Celestia who turned evil and the bearers of the elements of harmony are Trixie, Lyra, Carrot Top, Cheerilee, Ditzy Doo and Raindrops.

I tend to think that pony naming conventions are a little complex and that many of them don't do what we think of as "last names" or "family names" (though some do). For instance, I don't think that "Sparkle" is necessarily Twilight Sparkle's family name or even that her family has an inherited name at all. And the tradition of the Apple clan is that members get apple-related names, rather that that it's "Applejack Apple" or "Big Mac Apple".

So I'm not all that keen on "Fluttershy Posey" or the idea that "Dash" is some separate part of Rainbow Dash's name distinct from the "Rainbow" part.

Inky Black Pie? Or maybe Maggie Jewel Pie? :pinkiehappy:

763862 Sorry about that. I realise that canonically this is true, but it's more convenien to do it this way for the story I'm telling.

.764113 Thanks for the suggestions, but as you'll see in chapter 3, I've got the Pie family done alredy (with the exception of Octavia (using the cousin interpretation)).

Great story so far. Good Job:pinkiehappy:
But I think by coincidence you use my Oc name. I have no problem with it and found quite amusing.

765740 Book Mark the head librarian. Like I said i don't have a problem with it. I just found it funny.

"I’m told by Red Savant that “Edith Smith” is another cultivar of apple and is therefore, possibly Granny Smith’s original name, assuming that her name isn’t actually “Granny” which is admittedly possible."

The cultivar's named after Maria Ann Ramsey Sherwood Smith.

Now I'm having fun imagining Star Swirl the 157th meeting Albemarle Pippin the Little. :derpytongue2:

Could you add indents whenever you start a new paragraph? It makes it much easier to read.

Same with me. :pinkiesmile:

770171 Did a bit of editting. Is that an improvement?

Sweet, I love this, granted I mostly started reading because I saw
"An Earth Pony's Guide to Magic" and thought,
Granted "stole" might not be quite the right word but you get the idea.

However looking it over although your story does come from a similar idea they should be different enough that if I ever got around to mine there wouldn't be any trouble.

Now that being said I think there are other spooky similarities in how we think pony magic would work, right down to how pinkie sense works! (which I don't think necessarily takes out the awesomeness)

Only differences would be in some of how my characters maneuver there natural gifts into things that would at first seem ridiculous.

I do love your writing style and how you are going about the "accept what and who you are" moral *brohoof*

Not really. Now the entire thing just looks disorganized. You should:

A. Keep your formatting consistent
B. I suggest separating your paragraphs by skipping a line

774856 Thank you and good luck! Though I can't really take all the credit for the Pinkie sense explanation as that was heavily influenced by a comment on Ponibooru on an Ask the Pie Sisters entry.

779649 How about now?

It's still not perfect, but it's much better! Good job!

Can't wait to read more. :twilightsmile:

Edith is or rather was a fairly common name here in Germany about 2 generations ago, so it's not really unlikely for Granny Smith to be called Edith...

786554 Oh, I know that it's a human name. I just meant that it's not the kind of name you'd expect from a pony.:twilightsmile:

Unique idea, I don't think I have heard of any fanfics about Star Swirl before this.


I think it's Pinkie's job to make no sense and confuse everyone unused to her antics. Eventually they just say: "She's just being Pinkie."


I'm fairly fond of the Twilight is a noble theory myself, it goes a long way towards explaining what we learned of her background in the season two finale.

Lol they know so little about twilight

I thought Twilight being from a minor noble house was a given? Though I've wondered why the nobles don't seem to recognise her or the other Elements of Harmony. I assume it has to do with them sticking their heads in the sand about affairs outside Canterlot, yet that doesn't explain why they would fail to recognise the Princesses protege, a position that would be envied. For that I figure Celestia managed to keep Twilight out of that world and shielded the filly.


They could just be studiously ignoring her as a subtle insult, at least some of them. They know precisely who she is, but they don't think she deserves her position and thus they treat her as if she doesn't have it.

Congrats on getting featured! :pinkiehappy: Can't wait to read the rest of this story!

Depends on the culture. In Far East Asian culture (Chinese, Japanese, Korean), the surname comes first, followed by generation name and first name.

So some ponies may actually have their family names first followed by their proper names (ie the Apple clan, Apple Jack, Apple Bloom.) Thus Twilight Sparkle and her mother Twilight Velvet, may come from a family where the surname comes first. Twilight maybe the family name and Sparkle is her given name.

Ponies are possibly matrilineal. So the surname follows the mare.

Pinkamina Diane Pie has her surname last. But then her full name is strange by pony standard.

I too believe that Twilight Sparkle is a minor noble. In my head canon I imagine that the House Twilight was once part of the Night court. Princess Luna must have had her own court of ponies before she was Nightmare Moon. And once she rebelled, the nobles of the Night court followed their princess in the civil war. Once Nightmare Moon was imprisoned, the Night Court was abolished and noble families who supported Nightmare Moon were greatly reduced in stature.

I imagine that House Twilight was once a major House, the Night Court equivalent of the Bluebloods..

Canterlot nobility don't pay much attention to Twilight Sparkle because she hasn't done much with her position of Princess Celestia's personal student, aside using it to become the librarian of a small town known only for making Zap Apple Jam. Not the best use of political capital. Shining Armour, would be of more interest. But if Pony society was matrilineal, he isn't all that important either. He has married well, though.

I have a feeling more attention is actually focused on Twilight Velvet. Her daughter is in a position of potential power. A young alicorn princess actually babyset her daughter (heir) and her son eventually married said alicorn princess. In due time Velvet may have some alicorn grandfoals. A great way to intertwine your line with Godhood (?). And to add to that, Princess Luna has returned. If House Twilight was once part of the Night Court, it would signal the rise of House Twilight to greater heights.

PS: Obvious it is The Doctor. He is just using the Chameleon Circuit to hide his Time Lordness and give him a false memory and species.

Saw it in the featured box.
Clicked it.

One of the wisest things I've done today.

872185 Agreed. There was some minor evidence before, but after the final, her not being a noble would be very strange.

872335 Well, it's never been outright stated, but it makes so much sense. I imagine though that Twilight hasn't interacted much with other nobles, partially for the reasons you state.

872861 Possible, but I don't actually think so.

873208 It was such a pleasant surprise to see this comment! Your speculations, while not ALL fitting in with the canon of this fic are fascinating to observe. I have to do some blogs on background now that I know that I have readers like you.

873542 Thank you! You are good for my ego.

This story is good, well written and I hope you're not planning to end it in next chapter. While many assume that Stat Swirl's cutie mark represents her talent for learning about magic, I like to think she is capable of nearly any magic that Earth ponies may ever have chance of aqquiring but she can only use them to limited degree. Master of none yet still Jack of all trades. Consider the fact that most Earth Ponies only use the magic required by their trade

873580 Not next chapter, but the one after. It's a seven chapter story. Of course, if someone wants to write a sequel, they have my blessing (just please tell me as I've naturally developed an attatchment to the character and I'm curious).

873208 Some great speculation here, I like your ideas.

Interesting to see that you share a similar idea on Pinkie's abilities to "teleport" as I do! Tell me, how educated are you in physics? For the past couple months, I have actually been trying to develop a mathematical and calculable process for magic, and your views of such have been informative! :twilightsmile:

I'm liking this before I read it, simply so it can have 100 likes and 0 dislikes. I will read it later though.

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