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Our job is not to give readers what they want; our job is to show them things they never imagined. --Walt Williams

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The changelings never asked to metamorphose into completely new bodies, but it happened anyway, and they will never change back to what they were. For some, this is one of the most horrific things to happen to their species. For others, it's one of the most awesome.

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Ok, that was pretty funny :pinkiehappy:

This is a funny little story XD

imponyate

That word alone made me laugh.

Great little story, and I loved the exchange... and concept, to be honest. 10/10 hope this gets featured.

Perhaps with more pointy bits than are strictly necessary. I like pointy bits.

Meta as heck!

And lo, did Thorax' reign end, not two days after it began, because every changeling in the land argued themselves into a civil war over naught but the color of their bodies. Let this be a warning to all who read this, beware magical transformations... They may just ruin your badass look.

I think I'm going to have to agree with Syn's viewpoint at the very end. The old changeling design was very unique and it clearly identified them from the ponies, though not so much anymore. The new designs aren't that bad, and I don't mind the pastel colours; although it's obvious that Hasbro made these new designs to increase toy sales. All in all I'm excited to see where they go with the changelings after this, should be interesting.:derpytongue2:

That has been every discussion about the change I've ever seen. I rather like the new design, if only because it allows uniquely characterized changelings. Here's to hoping they will revisit them within a season or two.

Well, this was fun. Some very nice details on reasons why changelings themselves would be for or against the transformation. I especially like how Trochanter's slower to adapt to the sudden, sweeping change. In all, quite entertaining. Thank you for it.

What really upsets me is that they still don't have MANES.

Both forms are great in my opinion.

The old one looked incredibly badass and definitely endeared me to changelings from looks alone. However they really did lack any form of individuality outside of any liberties that the fandom took.

The new ones bring all sorts of potential in terms of individuality in terms of the wide variance of colors on what they're based on (jewel beetles), their eye colors and the jewels on their neck which can actually be used to tell the potential difference of maybe male and female.

Are the Changelings, like, perpetual motion machines now or something?

7718456 Yep. Infinite energy. The ultimate answer to The Last Question.

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Well, what do you expect?
They are bug-horse after all. Though in this case, jewel bettle-horse.

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I know. They're bug-HORSES. Not even Thorax has a mane!

Good story. Nice discussion piece.

I liked the old changelings better. Not to mention that they destroyed EVERY SINGLE FANFIC written before the finale.

7718703 Pretty sure those fanfics are still around.

There are also plenty of approaches one can take to reconcile the existence of both old-school Changelings and new-style Lovelings in the same universe, if one wants to write a story about Changelings without disregarding canon. Chrysalis got away unchanged, she'll make more. There are likely other hives out there. And the Loveling transmutation could well be due to unique circumstances - Thorax had spent half a season soaking up crystal love radiation from the Empire and was spewing it all over everybuggy when they transformed, I could easily imagine that that was a key component of the process.

7718456 Sure seems that way...

7718733 I meant destroyed as in terms of they might be cannon, at some other date in some more mature series.

7718365 More evidence that the changed-lings are bug-deer now, rather than bug-horses?

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Yeah. At least they aren't jerks anymore. 'Cause people always find a way to make deer jerks. Or evil, world-destroying villains.

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I like this logic a lot. It suports all old and new fanfics and it's plausable.:derpyderp2:

7717608 Hey, look! It got featured!

Fungus gardens. What, they're ants now?

Hm, now that you mention it, there is a lack of darker colours amongst the new alien-beetle-deer Changelings.

Yeah, I can see talks like this happening in the Hive post-metamorphosis.

Sums up the reaction of the bronies nicely as well, I note. :rainbowlaugh:

Huh. Not half bad of a read for today.

Cilia slapped across the back of the neck. “Well, don’t do that, you ninny! There’s plenty to go around, you don’t need to keep gobbling it up! Of course you’re fat if you don’t pace yourself!”

“And of course,” mumbled Trochanter, “there is no possibility that the boundless love we are currently experiencing will ever run dry, so I most definitely should not take in what I can before the drought returns.”

On a serious note: This is, in fact, something that actually happens to starvation victims once they get access to a reliable source of food.

Ya know, if you don't like the new changelings. Nobody is forcing you to accept them. If you write fiction, ignore the whole change in your writing. If you are an artist, keep drawing them in their older forms. The show isn't the word of god set in stone.

Comment posted by Wroth deleted Nov 14th, 2016

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There are some times when you just have to say 'you know what? Screw cannon!' and go from there. Every franchise, every series has at least one monumentally stupid thing that's better off being ignored. Half the time, they make fun of it themselves.

7718733 If the show and the comics follow each other's stories, then there was actually only one hive in existence. But yeah Chrysalis is still around so there is still the possibility for another Changeling hive.

7718081 A source I came across suggests we may see the old forms a lot sooner than you think.

I bet it's a fight or something between good and evil Changelings.

7717856 Unless the magical transformation makes you a Super Saiyan, in which case the badass look is doubled.

7720263 Plus there were definitely Changelings who weren't present at the hive for the Lovesplosion - the infiltrators who were impersonating all the kidnapped ponies, for starters. Chrysalis could have had a whole army of infiltrators in the field gearing up for the harvest. The hive did seem pretty spacious and empty for the number of Changelings we saw there.

"You sure you lost the role just because Proboscis was a suckup?"

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This is a very good one-shot.

Xerox: "*groan* Noling looks like any other ling! How can we ever tell each other apart now!?"
Twilight Sparkle: ":twilightoops:.....:facehoof:"
Thorax: "No. Seriously. Fred's right."
Xerox: "I'm Xerox. That' Fred."
Pfauxtocopee: "I'm not Fred! I'm Pfauxtocopee!"
Thorax: "Well, where the hell is Fred?"
Phredd: "Fred took off weeks ago. He was actually Chrysalys."
Thorax: "Wait...he was Chrys..? Hold up! We did that skit before, didn't we...?:facehoof:"

7719662 I know from experience. I don't really want to say anything about the details but I went a week without food once and even though it was that short of time compared to the changelings who most likely dealt with starvation their whole lives. I had a really hard time pacing myself with food for a while afterwards.

It's been at least a year and I think there are still times where I slip back into it.

Hah, polarizing opinions. Always a good thing to joke about :rainbowlaugh:

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Now imagine what it's like for people who have starved long enough to form long-term survival strategies around it. We're talking about people who will habitually hoard food and hide it away in secret stashes, even if they don't have to, because they still fear that it will run out eventually.

Do you watch anime/read manga? If you do, you may have noticed that the Japanese seem oddly obsessed with food. Like, no matter what the story is about, at some point it will bring up how awesome it is to eat stuff. Heck, they have entire shows based entirely on cooking. Not cooking shows, but actual fiction about cooking.

Supposedly, that goes back to WW2 when a lot of people were really, really hungry. Apparently that had such an impact on the entire culture that we're still seeing echoes of it generations later.

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Heck, they have entire shows based entirely on cooking. Not cooking shows, but actual fiction about cooking.

Toriko comes to mind. If you don't recognize it by that name, perhaps you recognize "gourmet world". Last I heard, the protagonist was planning to kill, cook, and eat the Big Bad. It makes sense in context.

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When you're writing fics for a series that's still ongoing, it's bound to happen sooner or later...

As for the new forms, except for they having a third wing where a tail should be, I don't mind them.

“You sure you lost the role just because Proboscis was a suckup?”

I see what you did there :rainbowlaugh:

7717856 So let it be written! So let it be done!

Down with Gummylings!

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