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I don’t know why I’m writing this. I don’t know if anypony will ever read it, or if there is anypony left who could ever read it. Some might see it as a way to keep my sanity in this place, but that implies that I have any sanity left to lose. I’m not so sure about that right now. I’m not sure about anything anymore.

My name is Sunset Shimmer, and I am the Princess of Equestria.

Written for FOME's "Imposing Sovereigns" Contest.

First Published
20th Mar 2017
Last Modified
20th Mar 2017
#1 · 4d, 20h ago · 3 · 1 ·

Please tell me there a sequel to this!

#2 · 4d, 20h ago · · ·


Dude, I literally uploaded this story ten minutes ago. :rainbowlaugh:

Glad you liked it, though. Maybe someday I'll write a sequel, if I have an idea for it.

#3 · 4d, 20h ago · · ·

>>8035997 I agree with Diablo4000, please for the love of Faust make a sequel to this story, maybe telling what happened to Celestia and the rest of the Mane 6 or even Discord, after all shouldn't he also have survived since he was sealed in stone?

#4 · 4d, 19h ago · 1 · ·

Interesting tale, good as Sunset's introspective. I loved how you showed Sombra and Tirek's as a foil of each other (not Luna, she already got redeemed in the proper TV series). I like how you left the details of the Cataclysm to the imagination while you concentrated in showing Sunset's struggles.

The only regret was the structure of the fic (as journal entries) don't let us have the chance to see some interactions between Sunset, Dusk and Dawn.

>>8035991 I doubt there's a chance for a real sequel. The ending implies Sunset never finished writing her entry: probably the whole timeline got erased while she was writing that last entry in her journal so there's literally no future to write a sequel in.

#5 · 4d, 18h ago · 1 · ·

Well, this is certainly an interesting piece. However, it really does feel more like a setup than a real story- ending with her starting to go through the portal (presumably to the canon timeline). That's right when you'd expect major problems/character interactions since now she (a native of the alternate timeline) is going to be dealing with the canon characters as they try to work out what happened and how to deal with the sudden clones.

Though I do have to wonder why she was wasting time writing when there was a very time-sensitive issue. You'd think that it'd be a lot easier to fly if you're not trying to write at the same time. Still, it fit the format of having everything be in the journal and it's important to have some sort of closure, so I'll give it a pass.


I'm pretty sure that the ending is that she reached the portal but after going through it the link between her personal journal and the enchanted copies was broken, and the journal we're reading is one of the ones that she spread throughout the wasteland.

#6 · 4d, 16h ago · 1 · ·

Ah, Sunset in the wasteland timeline then.  I'm curious if you have a certain event in mind that's responsible for the Cataclysm.  I thought the popular theory was that the combination of disasters of Nightmare Moon, Discord, Sombra, Tirek, Flim-Flams (that last one was one of the more stupid moments of the episode) ruined Equestria, but here sounds like Equestria died before any of them returned (and their exile ironically protected them).  Unless it was just general timeline damage from Twilight and Starlight's battle.

Insanity and split personalities would certainly force Sunset to grow up fast.  Liked seeing reasonable Sombra (Radiant Hope is probably long gone too), and heh, Sunset/Luna.  Who knew going mad and then going a different kind of mad would fix things?  Figures Tirek would be like that.  I expect Discord's stone prison didn't protect him.

Liked the journal format and how... calm things were, remarkably so.  I was afraid it would be one of those stories of a dying Sunset, rather than simply having to rebuild Equestria from scratch.  I'd be happy to see a sequel, although Twilight bringing all those other ponies back to the regular timeline would certainly be awkward.

#7 · 4d, 12h ago · 1 · ·

>>8036195 Sure a sequel wouldn't really fit that well, at least not tonally, but just imagine the scene in Twilights throne room when Alicorn!Sunset, Thestral!Luna, and freaking Sombra come storming in! :rainbowlaugh:

#8 · 4d, 9h ago · 4 · ·

>>8036056 >>8036195 >>8036348 >>8036724 >>8037150

First off, thank you all for your comments, and for taking the time to really comment (more than just a generic "well done").

To answer some questions you all discussed:

- The Cataclysm, as I imagine it, was filly Twilight reacting to alicorn Twilight's magic shortly before (or while) the latter dragged Starlight Glimmer into the portal. The Sonic Rainboom originally caused a strong magic surge and the first connection to the Element of Magic with filly Twilight. In this timeline the brief contact with Twilight's magic and harmony magic caused an even worse surge that went right through this newly formed connection to the Element of Magic and destroyed Magic and its source... blowing up Canterlot and causing basically and magic EMP across the rest of the planet.

- Regarding Discord, it depends on your headcanon for him. Maybe the slab of stone with his magically sealed consciousness turned into just a slab of stone. Maybe the magical entity of chaos went the way all the other magic did, poof and gone. Or maybe draining the magic from the seal actually released him for a few glorious seconds, just long enough for his now magic-drained self to stare into the incoming explosion, same as the rest of Canterlot.

- As for as sequel, that's as definite maybe. I have a lot of stories to write and a lot of laziness to spend on procrastinating. If I do write a sequel, my plan for it it's that they would follow the portal back to Starlight's childhood (because that's where it led in the episode) and stay there. Maybe form a small company as the unicorn Sunny Bright and the thestral Tranquil Night (with their unicorn assistant Somber Relay), doing environmental work. Maybe I'll even take the opportunity and pick up on the DoubleWBrothers comic and have them adopting little Starlight Glimmer.


She was using a dictation spell, of course. As much as they were in as hurry, she didn't want to leave without as trace and possibly destroy any hope she built up with her journal in a potential survivor.

#9 · 4d, 7h ago · · ·

Really good story, nice work. :rainbowkiss:

#10 · 4d, 3h ago · 1 · ·

A fascinating post-apocalyptic log that presents not so much an emotional roller coaster as an emotional log flume. There's a lot of slow, contemplative stretches where the reader can really appreciate Sunset coming to terms with her surroundings and her new self interspersed with sudden, dramatic shifts that keep the audience engaged.

All told, a potent piece on the power of perseverance. And tongues. :ajsmug: Thank you for it, and best of luck in the judging.

#11 · 4d, 2h ago · 1 · ·


Thank you. I'm really glad that I managed to get this done in time, and it definitely flows a lot better than my other entry. :scootangel:

Now watch me ruin everything by writing an action-packed, only somewhat coherent sequel about four potential villains under the guise of a small law firm fighting the forces of slightly more evil (and paperwork).

#12 · 4d, 45m ago · · ·

Love this. +1 and a favorite.

#13 · 4d, 39m ago · · ·


Yays. Thank you for both. :twilightsmile:

#14 · 3d, 15h ago · · ·

>>8038127 So basically, it's the Equestrian Dresden Files?

And poor everypony else :(

#15 · 1d, 14h ago · · ·

i'm surprised on how much i liked this story. it kind of reminds me of justice league when superman goes to the future and the only person left is vandal savage. i would like to see a sequel story of what happens to these survivors.

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