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Alaborn


Somewhere in the USA. Probably older than you. And something about MLP:FIM makes me want to write stories. Unfortunately, being gainfully employed cuts into my writing time.

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Something about rainbows always bothered Blue Twilight.

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Speculation about what's happening in this story is heartily encouraged.

Ah, Usenet.

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This story makes me happy. I don't know why, exactly. It just does.

I'm old enough to remember when Usenet was really popular, before the internet outside of captive portals was really accessible to the non-tech-savvy, but I was never much into it myself. I suppose reddit now is sort of what newsgroups were then, but again, way more accessible, and it's all /r/<thing> instead of alt.x.y.z.

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I'm old enough to have posted fanfiction to Usenet. Because, well, there weren't any sites like this one back then--or like the one Tall Tree is coding in this story.

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Had I been more for writing then, I may have posted mine there as well. As it is, I probably read the first fanffic I read on Usenet.

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And speaking of captive portals, figure that there's an Equestria On Line, and sometime between the first and second chapters, they connected to the primary Internet.

Of course, you lose that connection when your roommate picks up the phone, and disrupts your modem....

Heh. Mark Rosewater as a creative writing teacher. Very appropriate.

I think I have a sense of what you're going for here, but you've laid so many clues, I can't help but wonder if you're going for a double bluff. Whatever your intent, I look forward to more.

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Yes, the name was chosen knowing you'd get the reference.

I have no fucking idea where this is going. Still gonna read.

That is either a remarkable coincidence, or exceedingly suspicious.

I haven’t decided which.

How far in the future is this story set. It's said that flurry heart is fully grown, and blue twilight is probably in her late teens/early twenties. Furthermore it is said that twilight took up writing 4 years after she ascended, and I'm guessing from the way they talk about her that she greatly improved so that's another few years on top of that. I'm going to say that the story is set at a minimum of 30 years ahead of the show, and probably a lot more. I'm going to guess 50-60 years.

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It's been more than 150 years since the events of the show. Of course, the number of years doesn't matter much once you're past the point where non-immortal characters have passed on.

Figure the pace of invention has been slower in pony society.

“Humans are strange,” Winter Frost said. “They are described in such detail through the many Swift Current books, but because they are so unlike the beings of this world, they could not be imagined, even by the most creative pony mind. Thus, the only logical explanation is the author was describing creatures she has actually met.”

:rainbowhuh: This is some of the most mind-bending insane troll logic I've ever heard expressed sincerely, but this is the conspiracy panel.

Huh. Flurry inherited the Friendship title. Good for her. Though I have to wonder what made Twilight willing to pass it on...

The comment about apes not having opposable thumbs is a reference to a book where apes not evolving opposable thumbs led to sapient humans not evolving. I'd be shocked if anyone recognizes the book.

But... without opposable thumbs, how can they brachiate? Grasping's kind of critical for primates. Mind you, this is criticism levied at whatever you're referencing more than your own work, but still, someone did not think through the biological implications here, and it bugs me.

As for umbrellas, Rarity's saddle from "Return of Harmony" comes to mind, but it's poorly suited for surprise storms... which probably don't come up very often in a world with scheduled weather. Still, there's a suspicious number of coincidences and commonalities at work here. Still following with great interest.

You know, if bill gates was ever ponified, his name would probably be 'logic gates', just a random thought that occurred to me while reading this chapter.

Oh, and a human, I'm guessing the answer is a mixture of destiny and magic.

Only now do I realize how much I miss the more frequent breaks of college.

As for Shooting Star... Well, Harmony guides the foal. The question is where it's guiding him. I suspect the parents may be seeing a princess soon...

I suspected a human from the moment they said:

“Your foal is... not developing normally,” he said. “I’ve never seen something quite like it, nor have I read about it in any medical journal.”

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The doctors don't recognize the foal as a human. Didn't at least some of them read Swift Current when they were foals?

BAE, huh? Nice. :twilightsmile:

Edit: Sorry about the extra 2 deleted comments, I scrolled back up to reread some and hit spacebar to scroll down, but the "submit" button was still selected somehow.

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Comment posted by Emtu deleted January 23rd

That was a nice end, though a bit abrupt. Given the rate the story was going I'd would have thought the would have been another few tens of thousands of words but it was still nice.

Definitely worth the read though, and I enjoyed it.

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Well, she is Best Aunt Ever!

There are three fillies born for every colt because Harmony wills it so.

"We're not entirely sure why that's the will of Harmony. Even I have trouble talking to crystalline trees. The last time I asked, it said so something like 'colts are icky,' but that can't possibly be right."

I'm not sure what I like more, that Twilight's mellowed enough over the years to have an ongoing prank war with Celestia, that Star Swirl is the bane of all confidential knowledge, or that Twilight has an account on a fan fiction site for the series she started. I wonder if BAE has posted any stories...

Your take on Harmony feels... well, a bit disharmonious, or at least draconian. More Order than Harmony, with its rigid, intractable nature and loopholes that require five or more dimensions to move through. And I'm not sure what's happened to Discord in the intervening years. At least Twilight broke the medieval stasis.

In any case, I suspected something along these lines, but the details come as a fascinating surprise. I am a bit disappointed we won't get to see a human couple push a stroller through Canterlot, but this was still a very fun tale. And there's always the possibility for a sequel. Thank you for it.

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My thought here for Harmony (in this story) is that it had a monolithic focus for ensuring the survival of the pony race as a prey species in a dangerous world. You don't need as many stallions for that. It wasn't looking forward to a pony race that defeated its enemies, secured its position due to its primacy in magic, and created an advanced civilization.

8687522 I wouldn't necessarily say that's "rigid and intractable," though. It's firm, but Harmony can be firm - just look at Fluttershy's Stare, or how the Elements put Discord into stone. Twilight might deem it rigid, but that's just her.

No, this's a more active role for Harmony than most headcanons, but I don't mind. In fact, I sort of like it.

Also, congratulations on a very plausible explanation for Equestria's technological stagnation! And yes, I'm sure Twilight would indeed want to end it - and I also like the hinted-at dynamic between her and Celestia!

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