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Daedalus Aegle

As a Norwegian, I think our mythological beasts deserve better than to be compared to assholes on the Internet.


This story is a sequel to Poneo and Fillyet

Pumpkin Cake, age 6, is a princess. And she's going on a quest. Because reasons.

Written for FanOfMostEverything's Imposing Sovereigns contest. Keyword: Warrior Princess Pumpkin Cake.
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Comment posted by FanOfMostEverything deleted Mar 19th, 2017

Sorry about the double post; didn't realize I'd hit the button. :twilightsheepish:

And Princess Twilight and Miss Cheerilee told me that water always runs downhill. Unless Discord is around.

An important caveat with any physical law.

:rainbowlaugh: Ascension means nothing in the face of maternal authority.

I’m a princess, and I know you’re a princess too!

The most inspirational twist on Pinklestia I've ever seen.

Hylee’s full name is Hyalopterous.

Huh. I actually guessed that correctly. Thanks, Magic cards!

The “Herbert in hardship” trope is named after the prince of Swamp Castle.

I admit, that one went over my head. I kept thinking Pumpkin was mispronouncing something, but I didn't know what.

In any case, an epic quest indeed, full of courage, hardship, and heroism. Quite thrilling. Thank you for it, and best of luck in the judging.

I don't know about the shield, but the sword shall be deemed: "Cruller."

So... adorable and terrifying at the same time. A few minutes ago, I wouldn't have believed it could be done. Bravo! :pinkiehappy:

Excellent princessing, Pumpkin.

You know what? You gotta give the six-year old credit for standing up to the monster.

And this sort of thing is likely to be one of those formative experiences, like.

One can see, perhaps not Princess Pumpkin in twenty years (well, who knows, I guess...!), but guard- captain Pumpkin maybe...

It is way too late for me to be more coherent.

(Edit: spelling errors fixed, I can't stand to see my own posts in such a sorry state ...)


Don't drunkposting, horsefriends. This is why.

This was adorable.

Among my many many sins, I'm afriad drinking has never been among them. (Nor any other kind of recreational substance.)

Coherence (and spellchecking - I will fix that now) is not great at three in the morning, however...

That was one of the most adorable things ever.

Mistilteinn for the sword, since it's a legendary sword named after mistletoe, which is
A: a plant
B: has connections to romance, which seemed fitting for Flurry Hearts sister given who her mom is
C: is from Iceland, once again fitting the
snowy theme of the Crystal Empire.

As for the shield....hmmm. Since I've already referenced Iceland and Christmas themed plants, how about Furu, what google translate tells me is icelandic for pine

Glad you liked it, and thank you for sparking the idea :twilightsmile: I'm very pleased with how it turned out myself.

It is the universal condition of childhood :raritywink:

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I didn't want to delve into the question of whether or not Pumpkin got her cutie mark that day, but who knows, maybe she did and fell asleep before anyone could comment on it.

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As a friend suggested to me, she can be Pumpkin Oakenshield.

Pumpkin Oakenshield.......

So, for various reasons, decided to go review a bunch of fics submitted for this event, including this one. Enjoy.

A long way in the woods I find a little river running between the trees. And I think about it. My brother is a Herbert in hardship. And Herberts in hardship are usually locked in towers. Sometimes they’re tied to train tracks, but there aren’t any train tracks in the forest so I don’t think that counts. So he’s probably in a tower, and towers are high up. And Princess Twilight and Miss Cheerilee told me that water always runs downhill. Unless Discord is around. But I don’t think Discord is around today.
So that means that if I go the other way from the water, I’ll get up higher, and that’s where I’ll find a tower. That makes sense, right?

She's... Actually right...
That makes so much sense, I have no Idea why adventurers don't use this more often when they're in forests.
Everyone hail the one true princess, pumpkin cake.

Author Interviewer

The Herbert thing bothered me the whole time. You might wanna add a link into that author's note, there, boyo. :V

But I actually thought she sounded a little young! Even if the logic all works out for a kid. I hope you write more in this continuity, because I want more and I am selfish. >:V

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One striking thing about the response to this story has been the realization that Monty Python, fricking Monty Python, is no longer a guaranteed recognizable geek reference point. Maybe because it's that old, and maybe because Quest for the Holy Grail has been supplanted by Spamalot, where that character is completely different. And okay, that's not the most recognizable Python joke to begin with. Fair enough. But it's still somewhat unsettling to me.

Anyway, yeah, I'll add the link to the note.

Another thing is that since the story was kind of rushed to meet the deadline, I've considered going back and giving it another layer of polish afterwards. There are a few paragraphs here and there where the style didn't quite take hold, which annoys me. But I've also pondered replacing "Herbert" with "Hansel", which is both immediately recognizable as a fairytale name and is very close to "Damsel". I think that might work better.

I hope you write more in this continuity, because I want more and I am selfish. >:V

It could happen :yay: although it might have to wait until I find another contest I want to join with a suitable prompt :trixieshiftright: Or not. Because that's just silly thinking. But thanks for reading, PP, glad you enjoyed it and the prequel :twilightsmile:

Author Interviewer

Honestly, Hansel might be a good way to go. I mean, I can quote Holy Grail with the best of them, but "Herbert" is such a quick joke in a scene dominated by huge tracts of land. I was instead trying to wrack my brain for any cultural context in which "Herbert" was somehow related to the etymological roots of "damsel", but for men.

Proper word choice is a complicated business, especially when it gets tangled with something so fraught as gender roles. For lack of a generic word for a male that carries the same connotations as "damsel", it seemed the best option to reference an established character who filled that role. But "Hansel" gets the job done, I think.

Author Interviewer

Also has the bonus of being the brother in a story about a brother and sister lost in the woods! Fitting!

rescue Herberts in hardship

"One day, Pound, all this will be yours!"

"What? The counters?"

"No, not the counters, Pumpkin. All that you can see! All the cakes, pies, muffins, and cupcakes! This will be your bakery, lad!"

"But, Mother—"

"Father, I'm Father."

"But Father, I do not want any of that."

"Listen, lad. I have built this bakery up from nothing. When your mother and I started here, all there was was oatmeal. All the nobles and princess said I was daft to build a bakery in Ponyville, but I built it all the same, just to show 'em. It was eaten by parasprites. So, I built a second one. That got eaten by parasprites. So I built a third one. Sweetie accidentally set it on fire, an Ursa Minor stepped on it, then it was eaten by parasprites. But the fourth one stayed up. An' that's what your gonna get, Pound—the strongest bakery in Equestria."

"But I do not want any of that—I would rather—"

"Rather what?!"

"I'd rather...just...sing!"

"Stop that, stop that!"

Lemons of Harmony

Makes sense. Twilight did give them back to the tree after all...

Your name is… um…” I can’t think of a name. “You’ll get your name at the end of the story!” That works.


Well that was a fun read.

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