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Darth Link 22

I'm a mysterious man with a large Viewer list, despite being very self critical of my work. Looking to write professionally someday.


This story is a sequel to Post Nuptials

In the wake of her failed assault on Canterlot, Chrysalis is left stuck in the desert to brood on her failures. Angry and bitter, she reflects back on the events that led to her becoming the Changeling Queen.

Takes place in the same universe as Post Nuptials, though you don't have to read it first. I promise none of my other fics are going to be this dark.

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Well, here's my attempt at Chrysalis' orgins. I'm not sure how this will go over, since most of the fics I've read portray the changelings as a fully formed society rather than mindless attack dogs, but this idea entered my head and wouldn't leave.

Tragedy tag? Not sure if want...

I'll give it a read though, I enjoyed Post Nuptials too much not to :pinkiesmile:

I'm excited!!! I can't wait to read it.....but not tonight, too much booze, and a need to sleep for work tomorrow....

Eh... it's okay I guess. Kind of grimdark compared to your last fic. Still, the racism thing equaling to the self destruction was pretty good. I like it.

It's all Discord's fault... Intriguing concept... I think I like it.
I wonder how it feels, knowing that your creations can beat you. I bet it's embarrassing.
(Also, I read another fic where he burst into song before getting friended; there it sounded tacky but your version sounded better and much more believable).

This comment may contain spoilers:
The end of a race, the creation of another. How discord became ruler of Equestria if the 3 tribes were living in harmony, his first defeat and the reason of his appearance while a statue. The rise to immortality and transformation into alicorns of the princesses and what makes Candence any different from the sisters. All under 6500 words in a good coherent tale.
If anything the only thing that doesn't sit right with me would be that I never really picture Discord actually killing a pony, here he killed the family of Celestia and Luna, and several important figures from the original government of Equestria. While I wouldn't put that in any story I would write, I can see it happening the way you wrote it. So despite that little detail I still like this story, good work.

Well... shoot. :pinkiesad2: This story hit right in the old heartstrings, reading about your own theory on Chrysalis' rise to power, and how Celestia and Luna sort of came to power, I'm guessing? Not to mention all the death and misery, think I'm probably gonna feel sad all day, just thinking about this like another recent fic I read the first day after it was uploaded (though that had a lot more graphic detail in death and stuff). Definitely see why you put this as its own story, even if it's part of the Post Nuptials universe.

Though I have to ask: is the whole Changelings converted from Flutterponies thing a common thing in Changeling fics? As this is only the second one out of all that I've read (not yet knowing about some I have yet to get to reading), where it seems to imply or directly mention at some point with Discord being the one to taint Flutterponies (though in the other one, Chrysalis was one of them, not an ordinary pony) into changelings. Just ask cause not sure where that came from, if not a fanon thing. :unsuresweetie:

Anyway, nice story and definitely something that maybe leaves enough room for a follow-up, if you decided to do one, if the show won't do that in the eventual Season 3. Can't wait to see your next fic, Darth Link! :raritystarry:

Interesting. I like the idea that alicorn status is something anypony can strive for if they're willing; it explains a lot.

You write Discord and his dialogue fairly well, though as others have said, I can't picture him directly killing anypony. Death by transmogrification, sure, but plain old blood loss or suffocation or whatever just seems kind of lame compared to what he's really capable of. Nice work pinning the origin of the changelings on him, as well as Poison Joke... if only you'd gone for the trifecta and worked in the zap apples. I really liked his reasoning for the changelings especially- a hideously deformed creature known as a traitor to her own kind who needs love to survive? Brilliantly sadistic.

I have to say that this indeed an original and thought-out origin story, in how it combines the history of Equestria and Discord's role, making him pretty much the soul cause of all this pain. You did a goob job on him here, though seeing the ways he actually killed some ponies such as the tribe leaders and others was quite well, brutal. You really brought out the sadistic side of him here. As for Chrysalis herself, can't say I feel all that sorry for her. She made her bed, she has to sleep in it.

These stories are proving very interesting. I am curious with what you plan to do with Scootaloo. I personally hope the ponies' fears of her parents being abusive don't turn out to be true, rather just neglectful and not making a good connection with her. An idea I figured considering Scootaloo's mom is maybe she is envious of Rainbow Dash, who Scootaloo looks up to and not her. Just a thought.

A very interesting origin story.

Very interesting.
Funny how so many things seem to go back to Discord.

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Well, be sure to let me know what you think.


Yeah, this is why I didn't post this as a chapter to Post Nuptials. I promise that this is as dark as it gets from me.


Thanks! In case it wasn't clear, he was singing "Over the Rainbow" from The Wizard of Oz.

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Thanks for your kind words!


If that is a fanon thing, this is the first I've heard of it.


Why would Discord make zap apples? Those make ponies happy.

And yeah, Discord pretty much royally screwed Chrysalis over. Truth be told, that detail just kind of fell into place.


You're not really supposed to feel sorry for her. At least, not too much. All of her misery is self-inflicted, so...yeah.


Why would Discord make zap apples? Those make ponies happy.

Sure they do... once you figure out the insane methods necessary to harvest them, and if you don't get fried in the process. It's like a mousetrap.

935884 I know. I guess I was kinda stating the obvious.

Still, a well-written and original story. Props to ya, amte.

And need I remind you, even beforehand we relied on the earth ponies for food.
Sorry for the nazism.
The rainbow hit him as he struck a dramatic pose. “Somewhere over the raaaaaaain...
Ok that's the most uncanniest thing that I could've read while listening to Frank Sinatra's "Love And Marriage"

"There isn’t a single guard in this room that’s a pony...which makes what I have to do all the more easier.”
some possibly better phrases
*all the more simple
*that much easier

Good story though. I especially enjoyed how you explained why the changelings never showed up before the wedding.

sequel for the love of nmm sequel:rainbowwild:

wow! It all makes sense!!!!:derpyderp1:

When you shake hands with the Devil, you get burned.

Well, that was just my assumption, even if I don't know a whole lot of the fanon theories when it comes to MLP: FIM and such. Like stuff about Flutterponies (assuming that's a common thing, can only think of this and a couple other stories), why most people pair ponies like Vinyl Scratch and Octavia, or make Scootaloo as an adoptive sister to Rainbow Dash. Not to say it's not an interesting idea, Discord turning a bunch of interesting pony-like creatures into mutated insects with transformation capabilities, the ability to feed on love, and abilities of an alicorn (in that can use both magic and fly). As he IS the God of Chaos, and would be child's play for him and fit his chaotic image with the show. But I digress.

I like how Discord changed Chrysalis and made Celestia and Luna immortals, but I agree that I don't see him as a sadic, more like a evil prankster (and I love his reaction when he is transformed into stone). It's a well written story :pinkiesmile:

Well....I liked this. I'm a bit sad it wasn't more well received.

Sorry, planned on reading this a while ago, but I finally got around to it.

On to your next fic. :yay:

I get the feeling discord gets joy from the confusion of his prey, not off killing innocents. He however created a great scenario in which his end was brought about. Otherwise it was awesome, I hope people at mcd aren't looking at me for making noises

What I love about Discord is that he can be used to explain anything, for he is; The wizard who done it

The irony here is that the changelings feed off love. And Discord's sick twisted world would leave no ROOM for love. The worlds Discord and Chrysalis wish to have are fundamentally incompatible. Since changelings feed off love (like Chrysalis does now) Discord's world would be one they'd be sentenced to starve to death.

And while Chrysalis' motive fits with the idea of someone raised under how Hurricane used to think, and now feels betrayed when she sees her hate is meaningless. Being everything Hurricane inspired her to be.

But as soon as Discord enters the picture, she quickly becomes a generic villain minus her phrasing "you're the traitor" to Hurricane. And in her mind she is. After all, the Hurricane SHE knew would have never worked along side the other tribes.

She isn't just unable to let go of the conflict she's been raised in her entire life, nor let out of the prejudices that have been hammered into her as a matter of course, she feels like HER HERO stabbed her in the back by turning around on those truths. And when she THINKS she's doing the right thing by violently interrogating a former blood enemy (what WERE the trivial questions ANYWAY?) she loses her rank and everything else that mattered to her.

But suddenly she's being just a sadist psychopath like Discord rather than seeing all these horrors as 'for the greater good of the pegasi people.'

once sat were not attached to a bright pink ceiling,
once sat were now attached to a bright pink ceiling,

“I mean, hello, Master of Chaos and Disharmony here, like I need a reason to do anything.

And yet everything you do is to feed your own sadism and ego.

And every time you and your changelings do that, it will breed fear and mistrust among ponies.

Cutting off their own food source in the process.

“Because with or without your help, I’ll escape eventually, and believe me, you won’t like what I’ll do to you,” he threatened, leaning in toward you with glaring eyes.

I guess Chrysalis decided she had had enough of his abuse.

And the changelings we saw in the cartoon, while soldiers, showed individual expressions. And while Chrysalis has a mental link to her kind, the way their thoughts almost overwhelmed her at first here implies they still had their own egos.


'As queen of the changelings, it's my duty to find food for my subjects.' She told Cadence.


That's why Chrysalis has the ability to brainwash. She essentially mind rapes ponies into loving her. The downside is it severely dilutes the potency from true love. This is why Shining Armor and Cadence's love spell was able to defeat her. She's never tasted real, genuine love, only the hallow imitation she can force. Neither her nor Discord can tell the difference.

In my canon, the changelings do have a certain degree of individuality. They can act on their own to a certain extent, otherwise they wouldn't be much use in a big battle like Canterlot, but they're still functionally bound to Chrysalis.

On Chrysalis becoming generic after Discord shows up...my interpretation is that Chrysalis says she doing things to serve others, and she might even believe that, but she's really doing things for herself. She likes feeling like she has power, so she flaunts her wings and tries to make them seem better than strength or a horn. She just wanted to conquer foreign cities with a great army. Like Discord said, she has exactly what she wants, he just didn't dress it up. She genuinely feels betrayed by Hurricane, but only because she's not doing things her way anymore. Plus, after everything she went through her sadism is about bringing others down below her level so she can feel like she has some power. That's part of the reason why she doesn't get Twilight returning to save everypony, it doesn't fit in with her "it's all about me" logic.

Thanks for catching the spelling mistake.

I get this feeling that scootaloo's parents are conspiring against celestia.

hello i was wondering if i can add your story to my group "villains of Equestria" you see i am the only member so if i add  your story the group might get some notice so i would love to have this story in the group . o and feel free to join if you want to or tell people about it

I kinda like it. Though, I have one little problem. In the show proper, there was no indication that Discord is even remotely sadistic. At least, not to that level. He liked screwing with ponies, sure, but he never killed or tortured them.

I think the saddest thing about this story is the fact that Equestria's first golden age of peace was so short lived. I assume it was only a year or two, probably less, but certainly under a lifetime. Then you have an entire race wiped-out.

Then we have the Trials, which transform one of the lesser races into the supreme race, which sort of goes against the whole idea of the unification. But it's an interesting idea that would explain a lot.

But like I said, I liked it.

“The Source would never make you an alicorn!”

Well, yeah. That could just be orbital wobble.

I really love your Discord. If you really think about it, Discord can mess with reality any way he wants. And that's pretty scary if you portray him as a real villan not just a troll. He could do anything.


While the IDW comics have done some things that have rubbed me the wrong way. One idea I do like they introduced is that the rank and file changelings are individually sapient.

Competently written, but a bit too grim a look at Discord, if you ask me.

Attached to them by strings were a pegasus, an unicorn, and an earth pony, all wiggling just above the flames.

a unicorn

3579211 No it's an unicorn.


>> an1979 No it's an unicorn.

"An" unicorn might be a close friend of cuddly "alot" in a land of Erroria.
Now under attack from nasty grammar nazis.
Could you be "an hero" and save them?

Comment posted by an1979 deleted Jan 17th, 2014

3802052 Sorry. I was confused on account of jokes are suppose to be funny.


>> an1979 Sorry. I was confused on account of jokes are suppose to be funny.

Well at least I had a good laugh, sorry that it was at your expense.

This was one of the most tragic things I ever read.

I consider it "Greek" level tragic:

Evil deities

Traitors condemned to a horrible fate.

Other deities rising to put a stop.

Very well written.

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Am I right in thinking Sombra's origin is detailed in this as well? The unicorn whose horn turns red? And did I catch a Teen Girl Squad reference too? <.<

Could we talk about something that involves your story?

Then slice of life happened, and we saw not all changelings are evil.

Then Thorax showed up.

Combined with the comic, I imagine much like the Joker, Chrysalis invents new origins for herself on a regular basis, to the point where even she doesn't remember the truth anymore.

“Really? My, this should be interesting,” he noted. He looked down at his three captives. “You here (hear) that, my little ponies? We’re about to get the whole set!”

Welp Twilight Cadence and Shining Armor are going to die

It was nice knowing ya

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