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The Hat Man


A man with a love of top hats and the finer things in life. Like aged rum. And UNICORNS.

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The long-awaited crossover between Pony.exe and The Iron Horse: Everything's Better With Robots! co-written by respective authors Blue Blaze {COMET} and The Hat Man.


Twilight Sparkle: Once a magic student in Equestria, now trapped as a program running on a college student's computer. She just wants to go home.
Turing Test: A robot pony whose primary directive is to make friends. She wishes she could be more like her organic friends.
They're about to get their wishes and become closer than either of them had ever expected...


Edited by GenerousGhibli and E3gner; Cover art by Colby Green.

Chapters (4)
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Comments ( 92 )

Looks really good so far. Is the Twilight from the Iron Horse universe still in this story? It would be cool if the two of them met. Double the Twilight Sparkle usually means double the fun. :twilightsmile:

This looks really interesting!

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Will definitely follow. It does bring the question, though, from which chapters in the respective stories does this diverge from their main plots?

Tracking....

Story Acquired.

Very interested to see how this develops. Are you going to take over writing the story untill BB gets back if ever hatman?

7480057 No particular time. About midway through each.

Sometime before the most recent pony.exe chapter, and after "Rhinestone Eyes" in The Iron Horse.

Liked the Terminator reference.
We wonder if Twilight would be able to rig an external control mechanism? This far and hasn't made many outputs except the default.
INB4 they meet Turing's Twilight and she's shocked at her doubles species upgrade...
I know it's already finished, but...
Keep going! ;)

7480150 nope, standalone all the way. This story is technically compete, but being released over time.

7480367 damn. That sucks. Definitely interesting.

7480371 it is what it is. Blaze will be back, eventually. Or not. That's why we have notifications after all! :pinkiehappy:

7480376 heh. True but sometimes they don't and it sucks.

That looks good!
Since this is an alternate Twilight, I wonder what will happen when Turing's Twilight come in.

I can already tell that dis gon be gud. :pinkiehappy:

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Not having spoken to BB in a while, I can't speak for him or when pony.exe will update again. And Tsaukpaetra is right, this is a standalone story. I wouldn't presume to try and take over pony.exe, and certainly not without his permission. We're just two guys who admired each other's works and decided to pool our talents. Hopefully BB will be back sometime soon and he'll be pleased with the reception this story gets. :twilightsmile:

7481416 i hope he does come back, i want to see more of this, see how one dimension twi reacts to hearing about that dimension twi.

Comment posted by SirShadestrider deleted Aug 15th, 2016

Pinkie gasped. “Oh my gosh!” Then she got a steely, determined look in her eyes and placed a hoof on her chest. “Don’t worry, you two! I’ll take care of everything! Wait here!” That said, she dashed to the door. Before exiting, she looked over to her shoulder. “I’ll be right back with a hacksaw and a pair of salad tongs!” She then dashed out the door, leaving Turing Test - and by extension Twilight - alone.

:pinkiesmile::pinkiehappy::rainbowlaugh::rainbowlaugh::rainbowlaugh:

Thats right. That twi is still unicorn Twilight. Oh i cant wait for the awkward bomb when alicorn twi and unicorn twi meet.

Time-Traveler sync protocols would dictate point-in-time comparison to see where their timelines diverge. Much of the needed information will probably be clued in as Turing describes why exactly she has a castle.
Keep going! ;)

Whoa! :pinkiegasp: That was a close one! :twilightoops:
Although I understand why Turing react how she did...

I can't wait to see the Twilight Meeting! :rainbowlaugh:

I am going to guess that turing has a fear of lack of control which is ironic (the sad kind) since she has hardwired protocols to follow her end user and set programming. Im guessing her big fear is killing or hurting something/one/pony without her control stemming from her attack on gadget and her takedown of grace and glory

I'm still waiting for when Twilight meets Twilight. That'll be fun. Looking forward to more.
Keep up the great work. Deus tecum.

i was woried something like this might happen:twilightangry2:,well back to RoF while i wait for the new chapter:twilightsmile:

7484569 Glad to see someone laughed at that dumb joke. :pinkiesmile:

7486984 In The Iron Horse, one of Turing's creators hijacked control over her with some emergency maintenance codes. Though they were deleted, she still worries about being taken over and controlled by them. Ordinarily she wouldn't be prone to such rash actions, but losing herself that way is her worst fear.

Fortunately, Twi.exe managed to get through to her.

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Thats right. That twi is still unicorn Twilight. Oh i cant wait for the awkward bomb when alicorn twi and unicorn twi meet.

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I can't wait to see the Twilight Meeting! :rainbowlaugh:

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I'm still waiting for when Twilight meets Twilight. That'll be fun.

Oh, it's coming. But the biggest development is yet to come. :ajsmug:

7488813 wheres my popcorn!?:pinkiecrazy: also, WHERE IS MY PINKIE MUSTACHE EMOJI!? :fluttercry:

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Its an interesting trait to be explored, will you go into it in the main story?

7488775 it was really funny lol I am still thing of it :rainbowlaugh: besides as Tyreese said it is funny stupid but not funny stupid in season 4

7489401 BB had a good laugh in this chapter over "Oh sweet Celestia, it finally happened: the robot ate Twilight Sparkle!" It's one of my favorite jokes too. Heh heh... ah, I miss that guy. Hope he's doing okay.

Cliffhanger! Nooo! :pinkiegasp:

Now for Twilight to validate her identity to... herself. :rainbowlaugh:

Now things are interesting...

“T-Twilight?!”

*DUN DUN DUN*

I'm not gonna lie, this story looks good, but I have to ask: Will reading Pony.exe and The Iron Horse be necessary to understand this story?

"A blue book on the table"
"at that red book over there"
Inconsistency?

7492488 that's gonna be interesting and gonna be very awkward.....LET THE AWKWARDNESS BOMB BE DROPPED!!!!!! "Insert pinkie with mustache emoji here":trollestia:

7493057 Actually, it's one of Twilight's enchanted books. Due to certain problems with such old books occasionally leaking mana, they sometimes go through spontaneous changes of...

Okay, yeah, we just messed up. Fixed. :twilightblush:

7492829 It is as GameAssassin said, but the first chapter nicely explains anything you'd really want to know. If you haven't read either of the source stories, consider this a brief introduction to both works. Pony.exe is more of a gradually unraveled mystery, while The Iron Horse is an episodic character-driven comedy/drama, if you care to read either. If not, then you can just enjoy this on its own. :twilightsmile:

7492488 It's looking that way... This might be alien Twilight Sparkle from another universe!
But then, there should be two Twilights after all--one for the early morning and one for late evening.
:twilightoops: <Wait, what?)

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Morning in Ponyville shimmers, but does a Ponyville twilight sparkle?
Do I what? :twilightoops:

Dun dun dun! :rainbowdetermined2:
Princess Twilight will be like, "OMG so is this what we detected? I was so worried it might be an inter-dimensional invader!"
Only one chapter left? Awe! It's still great through.
Keep going! ;)

ohh, boy, yes!:twilightsheepish:
poor spike:moustache:

“Deleting program… progress at 30%... 35%...”

Turing! For shame! You almost killed somepony! :pinkiegasp: :pinkiesad2:

Or some-program...?

. . .

You almost killed a sapient entity! :fluttercry:

Even if that hadn't been Twi, she clearly proved her sentience. That is to say, she beat the turing-test. While stuck inside Turing Test. :rainbowderp:

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“Is this your first time experiencing ‘sadness’?”

[...]

[Statement about some of Twilight's ability to experience emotions rubbing off on Turing Test]

Well, that explains it I suppose; her fear of "loss of control" was amplified.


“Why was I given a castle after the Golden Oak Library burnt down?”

...Because you got an "upgrade", Twilight. :trollestia:


"Tiny-Twilight" has no memory of arriving at TechCon. Meaning, she suffered from short-term memory loss.

Hypothesis:

Twilight Sparkle, during her stay at TechCon, made a brainscan. Through some magical mishap / interaction with Twilight's own magic / her status as Element-bearer, this created a sentient copy. :twilightoops:

DUN DUN DUUUuuuuuu....

Okay, it's probably not the twist you're going for, based on "Tiny-Twi" having already read "The Graduate" and alicorn-Twi apparently not, but it'd be a crazy twist, amiright? :twistnerd: :pinkiecrazy:


Now, let's see what mess Spike has gotten "Tiny-Twi" and Turing Test into. :trollestia:

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Twilight Sparkle, during her stay at TechCon, made a brainscan. Through some magical mishap / interaction with Twilight's own magic / her status as Element-bearer, this created a sentient copy. :twilightoops:
DUN DUN DUUUuuuuuu....
Okay, it's probably not the twist you're going for, based on "Tiny-Twi" having already read "The Graduate" and alicorn-Twi apparently not, but it'd be a crazy twist, amiright? :twistnerd: :pinkiecrazy:

Well, the bit about Twilight going to TechCon is actually from pony.exe, and this chapter was written (save for minor edits and suggestions from me) entirely by Blue Blaze. So your theory might be correct, but that's BB's deal. :unsuresweetie:

That was fun, may I have another? Looking forward to more.
Keep up the good work. Deus tecum.

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