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Fancy Pants, Canterlot's most important (non-alicorn) pony has fallen in love.
But love may have to wait for he stands to assume a third term in office as Royal Canterlot Council Chairstallion, pitted against his arch-rival, the corrupt and disgusting Lord Magistrate Nitpick.
Fleur de Lis, budding model studying under Photo Finish, still bears the scars of a run-in with Nitpick and has grown close to a certain gentlecolt who she sees as a protector and friend and perhaps more?
In the shadows of the capital, Nitpick and his associates plot to ruin the two for their own sinister ends and call upon a fearsome mercenary who, many years ago, turned Fancy Pants' life upside-down.
-This story is a spin-off of You Shall Go To The Gala. I recommend reading that to fully understand the plotline and characters
-The fantastic Cover Image is by girlsay on Deviantart
(Sex tag for innuendo and harassment themes...nothing comes of it, okay?!)

Chapters (13)
Comments ( 95 )

Another excellent story from you, my dear, and I look forward to the rest of it!

And you're very welcome for the quote help, hun. It was my honor to do so.

7713918 Thanks.
What do you think so far?

7713925 You're very welcome.
In a few words, I love it.
Also, the events in this are.... very intriguing. Can't wait for more to see what happens next!

*sighs* These idiots just keep digging their graves deeper with every bit of stupidity that they pull, don't they?:facehoof: roundstable.com/forums/images/smilies/facehoof.png

THAT'S why it's gonna be SO happy to see them all go down ONCE AND FOR ALL!!!

I wanted to test how much characters hate my OC villains when I add a canon character everyone already hates into the mix.

If THAT'S what you're doing, my dear Purple, then it's working.

Very, very, very well.

Can't wait for the next chapter two see what happens next!

7719349 It doesn't say a lot for this alliance of evil when you have to rely on a maniac like Countess Magnifying Glass to act as the brains of the outfit does it?

7719378 No.

No, it definitely does not.

Especially when she's not as smart as she thinks she is.

Heavy, heavy accent on thinks.

7719413 And trust me, by the time she finally cracks, sparks will fly!
And possibly heads.
And Cascadius will want to go back to Saddle Arabia.

7719446 *snrks* I have absolutely NO doubt about ANY of THAT!

7719489 And that note, what did you think of his, how shall we say, 'Character-Establishing Moment' in the prologue?

7719506 I liked it.

It gave me the cold shivers, (as it foes whenever he's shown up), but it was quite good.

7719531 Thanks. Glad it did.
Don't get me wrong, Cascadius is as devoid of morals and utterly deplorable as the rest of them.
But he's efficient.
He'd have to be to be worthy of the Doctor's attention, let alone his concern.
Both he and Countess Magnifying Glass consider each other means to an end.
But when he starts taking charge...that's when things will look bad for our heroes.

7719548 It did.
And he's definitely that.
Indeed.
Yeah, THAT figures.
And I pretty much figured THAT, too.
'Cause although she IS an idiot, he definitely AIN'T one!
Or he doesn't strike me as one, anyway.

7719634 That's... what I was afraid of.

Blueblood clasped his mouth to silence his haggard breath, barely believing this was happening.
Something was wrong.
Somehow, something had gone horribly, horribly wrong.

Gee, ya stupid twit, ya think?!:facehoof: roundstable.com/forums/images/smilies/facehoof.png

Congrats once again, Purple.:raritywink:
Just when I had thought that I couldn't absolutely HATE Lord Magistrate Nitpick any more than I already did!:twilightangry2::ajbemused: roundstable.com/forums/images/smilies/applejargh.gif

Oooooo, I am SO gonna love it when Fancy trounces his arrogant old ass for what he's gonna do to Fleur!!! roundstable.com/forums/images/smilies/dingdingding.png

7729300 Well you'll get your wish soon enough.
Remember, Fancy's got a sword on him
Here I try to separate Blueblood from the truly despicable characters.
He may have his (many) faults but even he has standards.
And yes, he was stupid but that rather suits him and what I was trying to go for was that he didn't so much believe every word as wanted to believe every word.
Seeing what that's led to will change his outlook considerably.
A 'My God, What Have I Done?!' moment.
'Course things would have to be pretty extreme for him to feel that.

7729348 Good.
And I hadn't forgotten that; not at all.:raritywink:
Somepony's in for a very big surpriiiise soon, I'm thinking!
Well done, and keep up the rad work, my friend!
As to that, you've pretty much succeeded, I would say.
Yep, and good to all of that.

7729371 On a side note, what do you think of Carcassonne?

7731648 She's very... interesting.
And I look forward to seeing more of her in the future.

7736150 Fair enough.
I'll see what I can do with her. :pinkiesmile::raritywink:

7736178 And who do you think is your favourite out of Fancy's servants?

7736201 Hmmmm, that's a toughie, as I love them all, and it's so hard to choose just ONE of them as my fave!

7736296 Heh. I see your point. :twilightsmile::pinkiesmile:
I'm glad you like them.

7736358 Cool.
And I really do. They seem like a good lot, and absolutely devoted to both Fancy AND Fleur at this point.

7736367 Yeah, they're what's known on TV Tropes as 'Shippers on Deck' :twilightsheepish::twilightsheepish::twilightsheepish:

*snickers* Leave it to her "subordinates" to mess things up royally, just 'cause SHE'S stuck at Invitro Hall under severe house-arrest.

Boy, I cannot WAIT to see just how BADLY they botch all this up.:rainbowlaugh:

As to this:

Don't worry, he'll be back to his old self soon enough.

'Tis a shame, this.
I rather LIKE the truly Noble Bluseblood.

7741536 Ah, don't worry, I kind of meant that as a joke. :twilightsheepish:
While he's still an arrogant, self-absorbed stallion at the best of times, he's learnt a good lesson in honour and integrity and he and Fancy will look at each other in a new light from here on. :ajsmug:

As to the Countess and her cronies, although they're going to utterly botch the 'secret' part of the plan, it won't make that much of a difference to the plan itself.
With Fancy in danger, it'll be up to Fleur to save her gentlecolt this time round.

7741545 Okay.
And good.

My reaction to part 1 of that? Good.
My reaction to the second part?
Crap-nuggets.
And good for her! Hopefully she'll teach that scum a good lesson or two herself!

7741588 Oh the plan's pretty cunning.
So you just know that the Countess didn't think this up herself.

7741598 Indeed.
Yeah, we ALL know who's been leading her around by the muzzle on this stuff, don't we?:raritywink:

And it AIN'T her lame-brained, lecherous idiot of a husband.

7741738 Indeed.
And very soon, he's going to be taking charge.

7741747 *nods* Yup.
Really?
Oooooo, THAT ain't GOOD!

Really hoping that firestorm was just Cascadius lying, but I know it probably was an actual disaster engineered for the purpose of getting Celestia out of Canterlot and getting a look at Cadance.

You know, there's very rarely a character in a story I actually want to hurt, but Cascadius... after this chapter I want to clip his wings and throw him from the Canterhorn.

7788885 Unfortunately that was a real storm that Cascadius set off. You'll know why he's got such an interest in Cadence in the later stories but it definitely shows the lengths he's willing to go and how little the lives of innocents matter to him.
Cascadius isn't a Pegasus though. Bloodhound is but not Cascadius.

7788896 Sorry, I can keep track of who's who, honest! I shall look forwards to the reveals...

7789063 Yeah, don't worry. I've deliberately kept my readers in the dark about what exactly Cascadius looks like.

(Sex tag for innuendo and harassment themes...nothing comes of it, okay?!)

What about the gore tag?

7797240 Yeah, something comes of that, I'm afraid.
It's surprisingly hard to write a torture scene, carried out by a character who doesn't enjoy torturing.

The wheel turns, the battle is fought and justice is done.

But the villain escapes, until the next time...

A dramatic and exciting climax, with much righteous smiting by the friends of our heroes, and Cascadius took a plunge, though not one of quite the degree I was hoping. I look forwards to the continuation of this tale.

7801380 Thanks. I'm really glad you liked it and I know I can always count on you! :pinkiesmile::twilightsmile::raritywink:

Yeah..still no real sympathy for Blueblood here. He may not be a monster like Nitpick and his family, but he's still a sexist asshole. This just makes him a STUPID sexist asshole.

8056790 Keep reading. You might find yourself warming to him...slightly.

You know, it just hit me, but there's a rather major plot hole in this series: how the does a judicial system that was put together under Celestia or someone like her, allow a magistrate to sit bench on cases THAT INVOLVE HIS OWN FAMILY? That's a blatant conflict of interest, and I can't believe Celestia would actually allow something like that, yet that seems to be one of the major reasons why Nitpick and Magnifying are getting away with so much. Heck, just last story it was implied that if Derpy's custody battle had gone to trial, NITPICK would have been the judge, and this chapter is almost a hop away from outright saying he was the judge involved with allowing Stained to be committed.

I know Celestia is playing hooves off in politics to avoid playing favorites, but if she's actually allowing shit like this it starts to become criminal negligence.

8056940 Well, it's implied that Celestia's hold over Canterlot isn't quite as tight as you'd think.
The Civil War essentially proved that an alicorn isn't perfect and that would lead to mass rebellion unless certain parties were appeased. Familial control in politics was a longstanding tradition in pre-alicorn Equestria and Canterlot has a very ultra-traditionalist sentiment and get very tetchy when it's disregarded, even if the one disregarding it is a physical deity. Influence runs deep among the elite.
Celestia's been able to find and use loopholes wherever she can but direct opposition would lead to hostility.
As the mural on Invitro Hall shows, it wouldn't be the first time an alicorn was brought down by angry nobles.
(Think Julius Caesar)
It's Celestia's hope that, as times change, Canterlot society can better itself without her intervention. The process is slow but it's working. Nobles like Fancy Pants are testament to that.
Outright criminal conspiracy among the elite is still not overlooked but that's about the only time Celestia can take action without raising an outcry.

Essentially, I'm trying to build a scenario which avoids Celestia being a 'Get-Out-Of-Jail-Free' card for the protagonists. It's...difficult but I'm doing the best I can.

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