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Particle Physics and Pony Fiction Experimentalist


The epic story detailing how thousands of years ago Starswirl the Bearded defeated the Sirens and banished them from Equestria, how they were exiled to the Mediterranean island of Capri, and what happened next.

“You will come to the Sirens first of all; they bewitch any mortal who approaches them. If a man in ignorance draws too close and catches their music, his wife and children will never welcome him home again; the high clear tones of the Sirens will bewitch him … you must stop the ears of all your crew with sweet wax that you have kneaded, so that none of the rest may hear the song.”

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Comments ( 19 )

It's spelled Olympus.

Good story. Love the punchline.

I remember this one fondly. Still quite entertaining. Thanks for bringing it to Fimfiction.

Thanks. Fixed.

“Couldn’t we just leave them with a big pile of food?” said Puddinghead. “That’s what I do with my pet frog when I have to go away on state visits.”
Clover shook her head. “According to my books, these creatures can live for many thousands of years.”

I really expected Puddinghead to respond, "Couldn't we leave them with a really, really, really big pile of food?"

7827393 Technically, it's Όλυμπος. Just don't get me started on their number system from that era.

I imagine the chancellor has enough political foresight to realise that that would lead to the question of where such a pile of food would come from, and potential demands on her treasury.

Good story!

From their appearance in mythology, I'm guessing Star Swirl was wrong, and their magic didn't decay quite so quickly?

So, when are they going to realize that they need to wear clothes? :applejackunsure:

“Will they understand what we sing?” said Sonata. “Who knows what language they use in this world? It might be all Greek to them.”


This was fun.

I can't think of anything else to say, and that makes me very angry at myself.

Star Swirl the Bearded vector

thanks to that author note, i want a story about Starswirl, the bearded Vector, and his assistant Clover, the Tensor.


"Tension, apprehension, and dissension have begun." :twistnerd:

is that physics jargon? i hope it is since the comment you responded to was one big math pun. (vectors, tensor fields)


You got rid of sirens being pony -eating monsters, but describe them being turned into mammals and described the death of the sailors. Oh well, it is all greek to me.

Comment posted by fyre-byrd deleted Apr 11th, 2019

It might be all Greek to them.

I get the joke, but isn't Capri an Italian island? Or was it a Greek island in ancient times?

Eeyup. From wikipedia:

The earliest Greek settlements were established in the Naples area in the second millennium BC. Sailors from the Greek island of Rhodes established a small commercial port called Parthenope (Παρθενόπη, meaning "Pure Eyes", a Siren in Greek mythology) on the island of Megaride in the ninth century BC.

In Greek mythology, the Sirens (Greek singular: Σειρήν Seirēn; Greek plural: Σειρῆνες Seirēnes) were dangerous creatures, who lured nearby sailors with their enchanting music and singing voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island. Roman poets placed them on some small islands called Sirenum scopuli. In some later, rationalized traditions, the literal geography of the "flowery" island of Anthemoessa, or Anthemusa,[1] is fixed: sometimes on Cape Pelorum and at others in the islands known as the Sirenuse, near Paestum, or in Capreae.[2] All such locations were surrounded by cliffs and rocks.

Does the island have a significant Hellenophone population today (or at least 1,000 years ago) (which could explain many things about the story)?

I don't think so. These days it has a reputation as a playground of the rich, where the Neapolitan crime bosses rub shoulders with the Italian glitterati... Now I think about it, maybe there is another story about Adagio, Aria and Sonata there?

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