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The Wandering Bard

"I am a singer, a poet, a musician, a storyteller. I am a bard at heart. That is who I am. That is what I shall always be." (Icon by atokota on FurAffinity)


While visiting her hometown, a small filly approaches Lyric with a question. Unicorns have their magic and pegasi can fly, but is there anything that makes earth ponies special? Fortunately, Lyric just may have the answer.

This story was inspired by someone I don't associate with anymore, but was close with at the time of writing.

Many thanks to my friends Will-Owl-the-Wisp and Reneigh Haycart for their help with editing, and for helping to make this story the best it can be. Many thanks also to Wisp for the lovely cover art!

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Ah, wonderful! A story on earth ponies, my favorite :twilightsmile:

Well I hope you enjoy it! :twilightsmile:


Indeed I did. It was a nice short length that I could knock out in five minutes and was entertaining.

Thank you, Kestrel! Glad to know that you liked it!

Whelp, you earned another favorite from me mate!

A nice story that not only touched on earth pony magic, but also legends that predate the typical hearthwarming period. I was as enthralled reading it as the foals listening to it were :twilightsmile:

Thank you so much! I'm glad to know that you enjoyed it, and shall pass your compliments along! Thanks for always checking out my stories, too! :twilightsmile:

Thank you so much! I'm so glad that you enjoyed it!

( Ignore the last part in this.^) I imagined this throughout the story!:pinkiehappy:

Great way of brining the Earth ponies into the light! I enjoyed this tale and slice of history, Miss Lyric!:yay::moustache:

I'm so glad you enjoyed it, my friend! Thank you so much! And don't worry, the ending of that video actually gave me a good chuckle. :twilightsheepish:

Thank you, my friend! And thank you once more for the favorite!

This was interesting, particularly the idea of earth ponies “earthbending,” to borrow a term from Avatar: The Last Airbender. However, I'm not sure if a hundred years is long enough for the three pony tribes to develop their very distinct cultures before merging again. The pegasi seemed Spartan and possibly had a democratic government, the earth ponies were “blue collar” and agricultural and also seemed to have a democracy, and the unicorns were mostly aristocratic and appeared to be based on a dynasty or a “divine right” to rule. It's possible that they had those subcultures within this unified Pre-Equestrian society, but it seems unlikely that they would become that different from each other in a century. Plus, the Hearthswarming story makes it sound like the three tribes came from far away and discovered the land now known as Equestria, not that they re-discovered the land the earth ponies had made. But maybe Lyric's "stories for another time" would explain these apparent discrepancies.

Still, I like how the the earth tribe was the first to secede because they felt unappreciated. That's like the story of the earth ponies' lives.

Hi there! Thanks for your feedback, and sorry it took so long to get back to you!

To answer your comments, I did have it in my headcanon that each tribe would have already had established cultures even on the islands, though they would have advanced as things led up to the events of Hearth's Warming. Though I did debate over specifying a timeframe from these events to the first Hearth's Warming itself. And as to your comment about them discovering Equestria, my understanding had been that the three tribes had been roaming around Equestria the whole time but hadn't been able to decide upon a ruler. Of course, I could be wrong, and in that case, yes, perhaps one of Lyric's many tales would be able to clear up the discrepancy. :twilightsmile:

Thanks again for leaving your thoughts! It's comments like these that really help me to improve. And glad you enjoyed the story!

7052008 IIRC from the Hearthswarming Eve story, the three tribes searched for a new land to get away from the Windigoes, and when their friendship drove them away they decided to found Equestria where they ended up. They didn't look for a new leader until later. Maybe the book about Celestia and Luna goes into this, but I haven't read that book yet.

Aaaah. I obviously misremembered that, but fortunately, that discrepancy would be easy for Lyric to clear up. :twilightsmile:

Now I gotta play some hip hopping blues after reading this again! *Plays harmonica.*

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