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River Road

Writing Comedy, Adventure and Slice Of Life. Desperately trying to keep up with all the crazy stories my brain comes up with.


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.

Cover art put together by Novel Idea, who writes a way better Sunset Shimmer AU than me. Now go read his Wavelength series.

Written for FOME's "Imposing Sovereigns" Contest.

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Comments ( 28 )

Please tell me there a sequel to this!

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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:

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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.

Really good story, nice work. :rainbowkiss:

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.

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).

Love this. +1 and a favorite.

Yays. Thank you for both. :twilightsmile:

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

And poor everypony else :(

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.

Truly a fascinating piece, probably the most enchanted I have been with a story in a long time. I really hope this gets a sequal.

D'awww, thank you. Getting you as a Follower/commenter really made my day. :twilightsheepish:
Also, you misspelled "sequel". :derpytongue2:

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I'm honestly not sure a sequel could do this story justice, or at least any ideas I've had so far. I might write a short epilogue one of these days and see how it goes.

Another reason is that I'm already working on several other stories, including two Sunset Shimmer AUs. If you'd like to see a preview of those, PM me. :raritywink:

Author Interviewer

Could've done without all the batpony garbage, but otherwise, this was a really exciting post-apoc fic, and it ended more or less where I was hoping it would. :D

Thank you for reading and congratulations on making "I liked this story" sound offending.

Author Interviewer

Okay but batponies are terrible. D:

Awesome story. Any chance of a sequel?

As it stands, a sequel isn't likely to happen. I might eventually try to write some sort of epilogue, though, if I can get a proper one together.

Well that wasn't at all what I expected. I let alicorn Sunset art turn me off of it for too long. Very interesting. Not sure if I just read over it by mistake (like I tend to) or not, but I'm not sure if I ever figured out the Dusk and Dawn thing...unless...


This is an interesting concept and idea, it reminds me of what the Freeport Series is doing. Showing possibilities of those timelines that Starlight creates when she destroys the mane timeline..... I really want to see what happened though at the end, did Sunset make it to the mane timeline with Sombra and Luna? Or did they end up being sent somewhere else? And if they did make it how will the others react to seeing a Batpony Luna, a reformed Sombra, and an Alicorn Sunset Shimmer? So many possibilities, so little time.

I really hope you continue with this idea or make some sort of epilogue.

I hope ya have a wonderful day.

Sar Meister

Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :twilightsmile:

I do have an idea of where they ended up, but so far I haven't figured out how to put it into a good epilogue.

Alright well I hope you have a wonderful day, and if you ever need to talk either story wise or just to chat and have a good time just send me a PM. :twilightsmile:

Sar Meister

So remember how I said I planning to come back and do more than a skim? I read it in detail. I loved it.

I hope you make the epilogue at some point.

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