• Published 23rd May 2016
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A Changeling in Equestria - RandomName1

A more or less typical HiE-story with a Brony waking up in Equestria as a Changeling and trying to make the most of it.

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A Dashing Encounter

Learning spells was not as fun as I imagined. And after flying over it in the library, I didn't imagine it to be much fun in the first place. After sitting down in the Whitetail Woods park on one of the available benches and reading about two chapters, I made the choice to only learn metaspells and not even bother with specific single-purpose spells.
Now you are probably wondering: What the hell are metaspells?
Metaspells are not actually spells, but rather spell templates. A metaspell doesn't create any sort of actual result on its own, given that it lacks the variables to produce any sort of actual result. Wouldn't recommend trying to cast them as they are. To anyone ever. Gives you what is described, in Star Swirl's words, a cerebral pseudoaneurysm. Now, I'm not a doctor, but that sounds like it hurts, so I'm just gonna refrain from doing that, since Star Swirl seems to be one of the few Unicorns in pony-history who knows what he's doing. Makes you wonder how he knew what exactly the consequences were. I mean, sure, you could always say that he used a scanning spell, but how did he knew that his scanning spell was correct? Wouldn't he need to know how ponies look from the inside for this?
... Would explain the few hundred recorded ponies missing during his lifetime, wouldn't it?

Where was I? Oh yes, metaspells. You know how the royal guards all look the same? That's an illusion-enchantment on their armor. Now imagine Celestia goes goth during a midlife-crisis and now wants all guards to be black. How would she go about this? That's were the fact that the illusion was made via a metaspell comes in: She makes a mental note of how she wants her guards to look like and then creates an instance of the metaspell with these variables, making it a full-blown spell.
So I focused on learning those before I went into the more specific and complex spells.
Which, in the long run, didn't even matter because I found a spell that grants photographic memory after trying, and failing, to learn about two books of spells. Way to waste my time on something, really. And I mean actual photographic memory, not just a little enhancer that makes sure you remember a few more details. That was a different spell, and by that I mean an entirely different spell, since it only enhances the way the brain works normally instead of physically modifying it. The only problem with the 'True photographic memory'-spell was that the transmutation only lasts a few hours before it expires, reason being that 'harmonious' magic was total crap at transmutation, which covers about anything Discord does, for example. No wonder he turned to chaos magic. That is, if he had a say in the matter...

The... the only thing I can try to do is to make it permanent via...

I wasn't a fan of this idea, if I'm gonna be perfectly honest here. I'd rather not have magic that near my brain if I could help it, especially if it was going to be something permanent.

It's this or having to actually learn spells...

Ok, nope, screw that. After thirteen years in a system that relies on nothing but memorizing things, I've had about enough of that! I'd rather become a vegetable than going through that cycle of learning and forgetting again! Now, with my mind-set on the goal of having memory beyond a goldfish's capabilities (I've never had a good memory to begin with... so yeah, you can see why it sucked for me to have been stuck in a system relying solely on that), I prepared for my first time consciously and permanently modifying my Changeling body. How bad can it be?

It hurt, and it hurt badly. It felt like a tiny shrapnel exploded in my brain, the metal balls ripping through my head and blood filling the holes they left. Or, you know, I imagined that what it felt like. 'Cause if I actually knew how it would feel like, there's a good chance I wouldn't be alive and kicking. Of course, I'd really like to say that I soldiered through this like a man, not a single tear falling from my eyes, but I think we all know that I bawled my eyes out at the pain like the little bitch I am. Now I could say that it was alright for me to cry at the immense pain, but if I'm given the choice between not being tough or dragging the definition of being tough down to this level, I'd rather not be tough and leave that word for people who deserve it.
From the transformations start until the transformations end, I wished I'd never have gotten this idea. However, the second it was over, I wouldn't ever give it back. It was, by far, the best long-term investment I've ever made. To read the books would have taken me days, and now I was done within a few hours! Knowledge was power, after all, and now I obtained a good way, no, THE way of obtaining it.


With thoughts like these in mind, whose existence probably meant nothing good for the health of me or those around me, I drift off into sleep. Sleep... I wonder how Changelings managed to stay hidden from Luna for nearly two seasons. Maybe they had some sort of mental protection, if they dreamed at all. I would know in a few seconds, wouldn't I?
And wouldn't you know it, I got a front row seat to experience a Changeling's dream. That is, if there were a dream to experience. There wasn't. My subconsciousness was nothing but pure, black emptiness. Not that I should have assumed there to be much, I suppose.

This is gonna be boring...

Waking up the next morning was amazing. Why, you ask? I... I couldn't really describe it. It was just... the feeling to be fully in control of your memories was simply astounding! Do you have any idea how much you forget during you average day? Can you really remember every single step you take during the day? No, you probably can't. Wouldn't you consider this frightening? Your experiences, gone from your mind without a trace? I sure did, at least now that this wasn't the case for me anymore. I never noticed how much of our life get's lost on a daily basis that way until I woke up this morning.
Talking about waking up this morning, today was the day I would finally go meet Applejack. Whether I liked it or not.
It's not that I didn't like Applejack, quite the opposite in fact. She was one of the few ponies whose demise I wouldn't cherish. Rarity on the other hoof should count her lucky stars that her continued existence is an unfortunate necessity... What? Am I not allowed to have favorites?

After I finished my 10 minutes of internal ranting to get my dislike of a certain white pony out of my system, I left Whitetail Woods... leaving all the books out in the open...
I really should have thought this through, shouldn't I? Not like it really mattered to me anyway, given I knew everything contained in them. So for all I cared, they could rot away.

It was incredibly beautiful outside the woods. Last time I was out of the woods I was either in a building or it was already dark outside, which made it kinda hard for me to appreciate the colorful world around me, given that I couldn't see said colors. Coming out of the woods during daytime was an entirely different experience, with colors basically assaulting you from every direction. It nearly stunned me that I currently existed here, my mind trying to wrap around the colorful sight all around me. Equestria was as far away from the grey dystopia I was used to. While walking, I gave my best to drink everything in. The bright blue sky, untainted by the familiar black smoke of heavy industry. The green grass that likely thrived on clean water instead of the acidic rain I knew from back home. It was a nice sight. And that was disturbing. Now you probably wonder why I thought that. The answer is fairly simple: Back home, if you are in the few places that had untainted nature, you don't get to look at the colorful animals and flowers from any angle except for one, and that one is inside, because they'll gobble you up. There is a reason the animals in the zoo are behind bars.

But I'm getting distracted. This wasn't about the way things back home worked, this was about how things here were. And here we had a shining sun, here we had clean air to breathe and here we had rainbows! ...Weirdly enough without any rain in the last few hours... Aiming straight for me.

This is gonna hurt, isn't it?

Sometimes, I hate being right. This was one of those moments. Once more I obtained a very painful experience, this time thanks to a well-known rainbow pony crashing straight into me. It hurt like hell when I lied on the ground after the impact, my limbs bent in unnatural angles and I was leaking a lot of blood. I would have screamed if I weren't paralyzed, shivering as the pain took over any control I had over my body. And I let it. I knew I would die here. Oh, if I only had a means to mend my wounds. You know, a way to change my physical bo-

Well, that solved that problem rather nicely. I had to admit to myself, not immediately thinking of what amounts to a Changelings primary ability was probably the most stupid thing I ever did. Well, after shielding her instead of me thanks to the same instinct that had me scare away Scootaloo. Now, let's see how Dash was faring. Probably far worse than the now fully healed me, protection or not, given that she couldn't just mend her body...
Or she was totally unharmed, save for a few bruises. Like she was right now. Just... how? I mean, yeah, sure, me shielding her was a factor, then there's the Pegasi's inherit resistance to impacts. Still, if a Pegasus had that high of a physical resistance, then what kind of natural predator would it have? I mean, if cleaning a dirt road with your nose for a good hundred feet at breathtaking speeds can barely rupture your skin, why would a manticore's claws fare any better?

I shook my head. Why was I trying to make sense of this anyway? It's a cartoon world dammit! What I should've tried to do was thinking about my current situation! Why did she crash into me like this? What was I going to do now? Should I take her to the hospital? Should I just run off and change my disguise? Or should...

Rainbow pone...

Alternatively, I did nothing of the above, reason being that my brain decided to turn back into the one of a five-year old under influence of the adorableness that was Rainbow Dash. She was a rainbow pony! It just doesn't get more adorable than that! Except if it were filly Rainbow Dash, but I'm not sure I would survive an encounter with something that adorable, so... Let us just say that it doesn't get more adorable below the level of lethality. Granted, she was a bit bruised right now, but she looked really peaceful. I would be far more concerned about her having seemingly lost consciousness, but she was just too cute!
After a little bit of shifting around, I had wittle Wainwow's head lying in my lap. Part of me knew I was probably going to regret it. Hard. However, I really couldn't have cared less at that moment. With another tiny burst of flame, I transformed my hoof into a hand for a while. Why, you ask? For some expert-level scratching, of course!

You wouldn't believe how adorable she can be! When I scratched her under the chin and behind the ears, she, still with closed eyes of course, really started to lean into the scratches. I didn't want to wear the word out, but... it was so adorable! Her hind legs even started kicking uncontrolably! I didn't know why, but her smiling kinda made me happy. I would have continued with this, but sadly, Rainbow put a stop to this. Namely by kicking me in the face!

Reflexively, I sent out another tiny burst of flame, shifting my hand back into a hoof while the impact made me fall backwards. You could really feel that she was an athlete. Seriously, that kick would have sent me flying if it weren't for her oversized head on my lap. Getting myself back into sitting position and rubbing my poor, bleeding muzzle, I saw Rainbow's eyes were still closed, but she was frowning, turning her head around, probably realizing that the scratching is gone now. Maybe I could just leave? Just get my hind legs out under her head while she's in a state of confusion?

It was at that moment she opened her eyes. First, they had a rather dreamy look, then it became realization, and when they focused on my face, anger.

Ok, I have to be smooth with this!

I gave a warm smile. "Morning, sleepy-head."

...I'm so dead...

Author's Note:

Yeah, I know, Rainbow being the first main pony to meet is overdone, but to my defense, it is reasonable to assume that she's the first one to see a new pony approaching.

Also, I will keep abusing the horizontal rule like this. Not that I have any idea what they are normally used for anyway :twilightsheepish:

Comments ( 24 )

7253407 What are you talking about? I've not read the story yet, but it doesn't look like that'll happen.

Will Rainbow Dash be beating anybody up in this story? Will she be reaching Unstoppable Rage levels of anger? Will she be giving out any No Holds Barred Beatdowns?

Uhm...What usual disguise? You haven't told us...
The other disguise is too ugly so he got rid of it.,.So now, we don't have any visual description.

7268059 With Dash being as rash as she is and someone nearby who can magically silence some inhibitions with ease... yeah, it will probably happen at some point^^°

7268652 Ok, calling it "usual disguise" was probably a bit weird, given that this story is only 4 short chapters long at this point, so I just changed it to "hoof" to make more sense atm.

He is still using the very ugly disguise at the moment, though.

On the note of grammar/spelling, I decided to run the whole first three chapters through a spelling-check and will do this with future chapters too. The curse of being a non-native english-speaker has decided to rear its ugly head again :ajsleepy:

Yeah... The main character is not a very smart bug.

7272755 It's not rerribly difficult to come up with a good looking disguise...Seriously...He need to come up with something solid first and foremost, first lesson of infiltration (just how i see it). Or he could refine the old ugly mug that is his first disguise.

7273501 Oh, he's gonna change disguise, whether he likes it or not. On why he just slapped a disguise together without thinking in the first place, well... The fact that he doesn't think highly of ponies in terms of intelligence (in multiple meanings of the word) might factor into that...

7273746 It's weird how most people consider the ponies stupid because their tech doesn't seem quite as advance.
Let me respone with this: Incontent is the mother of invention. That said...Their understanding of science seem on par with our own both canonically and in this (to a certain extent)...They are content with their life. They had found what they want most in life, LOVE.

7273746 Here's something that show my idea that ponies are content.

7273773 There actually is a reason for why that is that way, but the reason might spoiler you. I try to keep it as spoiler-free as I can, but I'll still mark it as one.

While I can see where you are coming from... Well, I can see them being content in the video, they don't seem like that during the season 5 finale's alternate timelines. Intelligence implies understanding, and I think everyone (of us humans) pretty much saw coming that this would happen if the elements were out of the picture. Then why on earth did no on step up and say "Hey, could it be that complete reliance on a Deus Ex Machina we can not fully control without any back-up plans is not such a great idea?" Why did the season 5 finale play out as it did?

The answer, to me, is easy: Because no one did see it coming. Because they aren't smart enough to figure that out. Because even Twilight, who's supposed to be the smart one, didn't understand that, flat out stating that she "doesn't know why [she] and her friends are so important". Because Starlight literally couldn't see what her actions would cause.

So yeah, scientific understanding may work, but the total lack of common sense balances this out pretty harshly...
That... and the fact that I established in the third chapter that most scientific knowledge stems from a single source, which should imply that something is very wrong when it comes to ponies, magic and science.

7274042 Most of those are more fault of the writers and the rating of the show...
Also...When you compare it to many other super heroes or even normal heroes shows, anyone other than the heroes or even the heroes themselves are all stupid.

But, there is one thing that the fandom like to use when the princesses were made stupid and nerfed by the plot, is that they play a chess game of the immortals. As for the normal ponies...They are content, their country is prosperous and peaceful aside from occasional monster attacks. They are not constantly at war.

Another point is that the mane 6 are still very young. based on RD birthday cake, she seem to be at around 21 years old...or 41 if the otherside have more candles. that means the ponies live a lot longer than us.


Most of those are more fault of the writers and the rating of the show...

True. However, I am writing a fanfic of MLP:FiM... and... that is the show^^°

7272755 so much cringe. Why make him so much of a dumbass in this? How old is the m.c. anyway? I mean really? Putting her head in his lap? He's begging to be labeled a pedophile.

7284947 While I get the rapist part, can you to tell me where exactly the dumbass part lies? In the third chapter, I mean (also I'd like to know if it's in the second or the first half). If it's the obliviousness, I'm contemplating if I should make him realize this in the next chapter or have him immediately tell something is up (or insert a small bonus chapter where he realizes his mistake).

Though I'll readily admit (and even have the MC himself state) that he had a brainfart during chapter 4.
On the topic of him being a pedophile because he likes Rainbow Dash, that's a good question for multiple reasons which I will try to answer (for this story):

Q: Does Equestria even have laws against it?
A: Unlikely. Since this story's Equestria represents a world as close to the cartoon as possible (setting-wise, meaning that it's child-friendly), Ponies and it's other inhabitants, as a rule of the thumb, don't rape others and certainly don't sexually abuse children. So I'd say they don't have laws against child abuse and rape on the basis that they don't consider it a thing that can happen. Of course, if the MC would do it, they may very well retroactively screw him over.

Q: Assuming they have laws similar to earth, with what could the MC consent with/how old is the MC?
A: He's a Changeling. He's as old as he wants to be. It's kinda their thing.

Q: Is Rainbow Dash underage?
A: Now this is interesting. According to Equestria girls, she's a teenager, which means she isn't exactly legal. Of course, that would mean I take EG as canon and ignore the fact that Silver Spoon and Diamond Tiara go to High School, which is weird on it's own, among other things (if Diamond Dogs become human, why don't Dragons become human? How can Celestia even exist as something else than dust if she's been a mortal human for 1000 years?). Then again, EG is a world that's made for children, so maybe the writers didn't care and in turn we have a school system that makes it possible for them to attent.
So I figured I make it like this: Rainbow Dash is around 20 years old, which, in human terms, would make her legal. BUT: Ponies age differently from humans, as seen by their respective maximum lifespan (I won't use the chart that normally comes up when you google "Pony Age Categories", because that would imply some serious "Children of the Corn" stuff). So while she'd be legal for humans, who consider everything around 18 legal at, let's say, a general maximum lifespan of 90 (generous, I know), Ponies, if Granny Smith is to be trusted, may very well have a lifespan of 120 years or more. And where I was generous with humans, with Ponies I might actually be stingy...
20% of 90 is 18, so humans consider 18 legal. 20% of 120, however, is 24, which means Rainbow Dash is 4 years short of being of Equestrian legal age. So I suppose you are right to say that, if Ponies have the same view as humans on the matter, the MC crushing for Rainbow Dash DOES make him a pedophile. Of course, this was math'd rather fast and doesn't include weird-ass teenage-sex-laws like Germany has them, for example.
All in all, I'd say that the MCs age isn't different enough to be worth mentioning.

Q: Would the MC reasonably care if he were a pedophile?
A: Questionable. While it is common courtesy to have the humans in any halfway-serious HiE fic be saints, this isn't gonna be one of those stories. The MC in this story is a human that hasn't been magically cleansed of all the ugly that lurks in a human's mind. He wouldn't go after Scootaloo or the other fillies (probably), but the whole "legal = 18 and above" thing has been burned into his mindset for a long time and probably won't change that easily.

Cant wait for more!

7307693 In regards to pony ages and Granny Smith, I'd like to point out that, in family appreciation, we discover that Granny was present at the founding of Ponyville, when Princess Celestia herself gave it to the Apple Family. We also learn, in Winter Wrap Up, that there's been an Anti-Magic rule in assisting with the celebration for, and I quote, "centuries". Thusly, Granny Smith has been alive for at least two hundred years...

7555096 Yeah, that's why I said I was stingy when i said ponies live up to 150 years. Rainbow Dash could, in theory, approach her forties or even fifties and Scootaloo and the rest could long be 18+ too. Though I settled for 150 so it wouldn't become too weird talking to a fifty year old with... well, Rainbow Dash's mindset...

7307693 In regards to your musings on EqG ages (relative to FiM), one must also consider the banishments of the Sirens 1000 years prior to Rainbow Rocks... Yeah, things seem a bit weird and screwy, once you then realize the the Native Human Sunset Shimmer has not only been absent from the apparent world, but also remains ignorant of any information of potential identity theft. Then again, all we can really do is speculate on that particular manner, until addressed in either the show, the movies, or the comics (if you wanna go the bottom most layer technical canonicity)...

When will you write more?

8057722 When I get the time to. My new job is killing me right now, so I'm fairly sure that, sadly, it will take some time until I can write again.

It took a while, but I finally found the first hie story of another writer. Mine's very bad(In my opinion at least). I'll try to get around to reading this when I get the time to. Between my academics and writing (Not Very) Happy Camper and a new sci-fi story that I haven't named yet, I should be finished reading what's in this story so far by tomorrow morning, since I don't sleep much.

There is a HiE group...

when are you gonna update this?

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