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Part of the Wibblyverse Continuity.
Part ten of Doctor Whooves: Friendship is Wibbly Series 1
Previous Story: Vacation to a Pleasant Country Retreat
Next Story: Fall of Empire

Scootaloo can't fly, and she needs to know why. A confrontation with her aunts and an accident with the TARDIS sends her back to ancient Pegasopolis, in the years leading up to the unification of the tribes. However, if a fiendish plot succeeds, that event may never come to pass. An old school foe of the Doctor is on the scene, and her latest experiment may spell doom for Equestria as we know it.

Violence tag for robot soldiers, potential futures coming back to ensure their existence, and mentions of war.
Gore tag for accidental vivisection/dissection depending on how you look at it.
Death tag for implied or offscreen demises.
Also features brief mentions of racism, ableism, and homophobia, as well as infidelity, biomechanical fusions, and gratuitous flashbacks.

Chapters (15)
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Skyzantium? I like it, though I usually call the pre-Pegasopolitan culture the Pegaponysian League. (The capital is, of course, Spurta.)

The Rani...
(One Googling later)
Oh. Oh dear. No one tell Twilight about her; the Rani would probably have to regenerate multiple times before anyone could pry the righteously infuriated alicorn off of her.

You don't often see "geld" as pony profanity. It certainly works, but it implies that they've done it at some point. Well, every history has its dark spots...

“Math,” Scootaloo scoffed. “What’s awesome that involves math? Nothing.”

She's going to do something awesome with math in this story, isn't she?

The mare was about to shatter into a thousand pieces again, and that was one of the best parts.

The less said about her "inner alicorn," the better.

Ah. I was wondering what meteorology entailed in a country with manufactured weather. Essential but grueling busywork... real nice suggestion there, professor.

And Scootaloo's parents aren't exactly globehopping zoologists in this timeline, as she just discovered. Oh, this is going to get a lot uglier before it clears up, and that's before even getting into the historical issues.

Also, is Scootaloo still unmarked even in college?

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I usually call the pre-Pegasopolitan culture the Pegaponysian League.

I want to groan, but I can't disrespect a pun like that. Good show.

And yes, Scootaloo is still markless, as is Sweetie Belle. It's rather unfortunate for them, and quite uncommon in Equestria, but not entirely unheard of.

“Hm,” said the Doctor. “Right, either we’ve come under attack from the Onomatopoeian Empire, or—”

Well there's a story.

The console let out a garbled electronic purr of pleasure. Ditzy patted it lightly and then leaned in and kissed the woody surface lightly.

If you're going to love the Doctor, you'd best be able to charm his first wife.

It was beautiful and icy-cold, with pillars of sculpted stone, so white and shining that you could mistake it for the ancient kingdoms of the Pegasi.

Gee, I wonder what's going to cause the problem.

The farmer had become part of her brain, like a second conscience, nagging at her with that disappointed look in her eyes that made the pegasus’s heart shrivel like a raisin.

And that part's canon!

Once the doors had closed behind him, the console let out another noise. The chuckle was darker this time.

Oh dear. They really need to bring Pinkie more often, just so she can tell when the camera lingers like this.

The "Coprus" was delightful bit of levity in an otherwise ominous scene.

The pieces are in place. Time to see how things unfold. And if the present briefly fluctuates as shenanigans in the past unfold.

What's that, Dash? What’s ‘tempestuous’? Byronic would be close enough.

Ponies apparently had a Byron. And I'd expect a former weather coordinator to be able to guess from tempestuous, but that's neither here nor there.

lecturing about the laziness of youth.

And how old was Heat Wave at the time? :ajbemused:

Aunt Holiday had also told her that it was flammable.

I have several questions and concerns.

“Why did they change the name?”

That's nopony's business but the Turks.

I think I can guess one of Cyclone's descendants. That said, thank you for not making Hurricane and Pansy clones of Dash and Fluttershy.

Cake from pre-revolutionary France shared shelf space with hamburgers from the court of King Ronod of Frydon and the cheekiest Nandos that had ever existed, confiscated after the Master had tried to conquer the world with Anglophilia.

This is a good sentence. I'm glad it's here.

Everything's starting to get nicely complicated. Well, "nicely" isn't the word for it, but you're doing an excellent job of ramping up expectation. Looking forward to more.

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I have several questions and concerns.

Nero fiddling while Rome burns is a constant in every universe. Of course, this requires Rome to be able to be burned...

Lord Byron is, of course, another universal constant, and his daughter, Lace Love, wrote some very interesting papers which may eventually get around to influencing the development of Equestria...

And, while Hurricane is about as far from Rainbow Dash as you could get while still possessing wings, and Pansy is fairly Fluttershyesque, Senator Pluto Crassus is, in fact, the great-great-great-great-great... etc. grand-uncle of Filthy Rich. Funny how these things work out, isn't it?

Every time I see the Hoofia Sofia mentioned, I imagine a blue-coated historian stallion going "Good. Dome." Overly Sarcastic Productions is a delight.

He passed by an entire wall of marshmallows, bordered on one side by cocoa powder and on another side by chocolate bars and graham crackers.

Pinkie approves of this organizational schema.

They're mimes and clowns. Why are they mimes and clowns? I am not okay with this.

“Oh! Right. That… thing happened…” Ditzy trailed off.

Curious. What change rippled out to stop Scootaloo from launching herself into Rainbow Dash's childhood front lawn? Mind you, this appears to be a timeline where Dash's mother is Firefly rather than Windy Whistles, so there's clearly more than just that afoot.

Ohhhh. This isn't the Hippodrome, it's the Cirrus Maximus. :raritywink:

One way or another, she would get out of this. One way or another, she would return to her research.

Very interesting. This isn't just amoral science for amoral science's sake.

I do like Applejack's title. She's a Chairpony of Harmony because she's one of the ponies with a chair.

Everything's coming to a boil. Looking forward to more.

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Mind you, this appears to be a timeline where Dash's mother is Firefly rather than Windy Whistles, so there's clearly more than just that afoot.

Unfortunately, it just means that I've uploaded the wrong version of the chapter. That's what I get for writing this story before Parental Glideance aired. Fixed now, thanks for pointing it out.

I like OSP, too, especially their review of Lovecraft.

Ohhhh. This isn't the Hippodrome, it's the Cirrus Maximus. :raritywink:

Ba-dum-tsss

Quickly, the suddenly silent crowd pressed itself to the walls, all staring at the mare with shock and no little admiration.

Oh dear. The city of gladiator clowns just found its Spartacus.

In any case, this is twisting in a number of unexpected directions. Eagerly looking forward to more, especially what the spell-reflecting hippoid implies about the Rani's plans.

And more comes to light, from Holiday's continued tryst to Ditzy meeting the Rani. And that honestly went better than I expected. Good thing Ditzy's used to Gallifreyans in general, if not this one in particular.

As for the Doctor, if it's not one thing, it's another. And that other has a very sharp sword on his person. If nothing else, the Watcher may be content to sit and... well, eatch.

Also, no "Crusaders of the Lost Mark" means no hatchet-burying, even after all these years. Though from the sound of it, Diamond and Silver never actually apologized. Still, they have other things on their minds. Poor Filthy...

Looking forward to more.

I have to love how, even when the Doctor's delighting in the idea of siccing Hurricane on his preincarnation, he can't resist calling himself "the most dangerously crafty one of us all.”

The Doctor stared. “Who?”

Always a warning sign when the Doctor doesn't recognize someone who's supposed to be a historical figure. (We already know she's the Rani, but this should get the alarm bells ringing for him.)

Sunset shouted, really being a little whiner about the whole thing.

Injuries which she could easily repair using chaos magic.

So... is the narrator also a draconequus, or just lemony? Also, I have to think that Sunset deliberately applied censor bleeps to her own dialogue.

How could I leave Heat Wave without him spilling the beans?

Unless she was already with Lofty, she wasn't the one having an affair. Still, an unexpected twist that raises a lot of questions.

Also, it almost seems like the invading cyborgs weren't the Rani's idea. Whose, then? I suppose we'll see in time.

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So... is the narrator also a draconequus, or just lemony? Also, I have to think that Sunset deliberately applied censor bleeps to her own dialogue.

Chaos gods and the fourth wall just generally do not get along.

New reader I just finished reading and I just want to say that you have managed to combine two of my favorites shows into some of the most exciting stories I have read. I am gonna to track this story and I cant wait to read more

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Thank you so much! I'm so pleased you like them.

She gestured to the revealed piece of pegasus bone at the end of the hoof. Inside of the hollow bone, one could just see the torn pieces of a respiratory system.

Pegasi have lungs in their bones? I can't say I've ever seen that proposed before.

The bronze griffon giant Talons would be scarcely a stretch.

Unfortunately, the cyberpegasi don't have convenient ichor plugs in their hind legs.

A beat. “I swear, Proconsul, that this box and its contents will not harm the empire.”

Indeed. Not the Time Lord you should be concerned with.
... Though now that Hurricane's said that, I find myself wondering how he'll end up eating those words.

I run the risk of serious injury or even death in this experiment. There is no reason for you to face those same risks, and I cannot in good conscience allow you to do so.

"And I cannot in good conscience permit an irreplaceable resource such as you to risk herself on such a regular basis for what could ultimately be a waste of time. Cease these experiments immediately ajd report back to me in three moons on improved safety procedures."
(Of course, then we wouldn't have a story. :raritywink:)

In any case, we're really getting into the meat of things, and I don't just kean the soldier Twilight and Sunset pulled apart. Looking forward to more.

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Pegasi have lungs in their bones? I can't say I've ever seen that proposed before.

I based it on the respiratory system of birds! Flying means they need more oxygen intake than mammals, so they require a larger and more efficient respiratory system. That's why bird bones are hollow. Here's an article explaining it.

Bonbon scowled at them all. “Well, it’s about time you answered,” she snapped. “Come on, you’re going to need to see this.”

"What is it?"
"You're going to need to see it."
"Can't you tell us now?"
"Trust me. You're going to need to see it."
"This seems very inefficient."
"Twilight."
"I just played 'They Love Me, They Love Me Not' with a cadaver, Bonbon. I need to compartmentalize that somehow."

Yes. Just a little rest…

Oh dear. She's probably doomed in the short term.

She didn’t notice that there was a lot more silver, gold, bronze, and purple in those pictures than there ever had been before.

Oh. Oh. I was wondering when in metatime we might see the ripples.

“As I was saying,” the Rani growled, “I can’t kill any of you. I don’t want to kill any of you, either. I was attempting to put you at ease.”

Ladies and gentlemen, one of the few beings who can give pre-Ponyville Twilight Sparkle a run for her money in terms of absent social skills. At least Celestia managed to beat some courtesy into that skull.

And a new wrinkle shows itself. There are more steps we're not aware of. This could get very strange indeed...

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Oh. Oh. I was wondering when in metatime we might see the ripples.

Yeah, that part's always the most fun to do honestly.

Ladies and gentlemen, one of the few beings who can give pre-Ponyville Twilight Sparkle a run for her money in terms of absent social skills.

One of the many benefits of a Gallifreyan upbringing!

Yup. Metatemporal assimiliation that would do the Borg proud. Goodness knows how else the ripples might spread.

Ah yes, the glorious griffon revolution. I wonder if Sunset and Trixie have been by yet.

Scootaloo has a point. She wasn't the only one pretending a problem wasn't there.

Ditzy could only draw one conclusion. “Oh my Celestia, you’re me from the future!” she gasped.

A reasonable assumption given the company she keeps.

A purple metal alicorn stared back.

It's like I put on every card witth the ability:
Alicorn (This card is also a Pony Pegasus Unicorn.)
Sorry, Twi, but you fall under the appropriate umbrella.

Oh, the zombie was a prototype. That makes sense... though it escaping into the modern day still doesn't.

You seem to be confusing me with Koschei, Theta.

I'm given to understand the Doctor's name is kind of a big deal, so I take it that Theta is more of a nickname.

In comparison, the history of the unicorns and earth ponies had filled up about a week, total {the griffons, minotaurs, cows, and yaks got even less attention}.

I can't say I'm surprised. Even if the teacher weren't a flight supremacist, Equestria wasn't exactly the most outward-looking nation back then.

And even if everything turned out fine this time, how much longer could she keep making this choice? How much longer could she keep protecting Scootaloo?

And there's the question Dash can't even think to ask: Does Scootaloo still need her protection?

One subject was satisfactorily processed, with two others prepared for testing.

Uh, we didn't see any other kidnappings. Besides Ditzy and Scootaloo. :twilightoops:

And something terrible's a-brewing in the present. As I said, the ripples could spread in many ways. Cyberlegionnaires are far from the only possible pegasus superweapon the Rani could put together.

Everything's coming to a head. Possibly a thunderhead. Looking forward to more.

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I'm given to understand the Doctor's name is kind of a big deal, so I take it that Theta is more of a nickname.

Yeah, The Doctor's nickname at school was Theta Sigma. Koschei is the Master, and the Rani is Ushas.

Uh, we didn't see any other kidnappings. Besides Ditzy and Scootaloo. :twilightoops:

:pinkiecrazy:

:facehoof: Oh, Hurricane. Power has a price. Just because you don't know what it is doesn't mean it isn't there.

“Or, hopefully, we can get what we came here for without breaking a number of laws!” Cheerilee said with false brightness.

"What fun would that be?" scoffed Bonbon.

“Why don’t you try?” Cheerilee suggested. “Just the end to go, now.”

"But you haven't heard the rest."
"I haven't, but the readers have. Besides, this is for your benefit."

Oh boy. Yeah, cyberized pegasi everywhere do imply a nastier course of history.

:facehoof: Well, the Rani's definitely making progress. Reminiscent of Starlight Glimmer, especially in her slow grasp of the concept of asking for permission.

Celestia-knows-where and Luna-knows-when.

It was actually the opposite, but both were dealing with the temporal alterations and unavailable for comment.

“We know she’s with a responsible adult. And the Doctor, as well! She should be fine.”

:rainbowlaugh:

“Your anger makes you radiant,” the Rani murmured.

Ditzy gets all the Time Lords.

The Rani’s eyes went wide “How did you know about-- you haven’t even-- hold on. That’s just one of your pony expressions, isn’t it?”

The grafts are still in the purely theoretical stage.

Hoo boy. Good news, Scootaloo's airborne. Bad news, there's a cyberplague running rampant. This will get very messy indeed.

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Ditzy gets all the Time Lords.

This is very true. Romana writes fanfiction about her. The Master has a plush Ditzy that they cuddle at night, which no one has seen and lived to tell the tale. Iris Wildthyme has seduced Ditzy Doo in seventeen and a half alternate universes and counting. Someday she'll go to Gallifrey and the rubbish orange planet will destroy itself once again under the strain of all the repressed emotions.

"For empire~," every pegasus present chorused.

Well, fudge nuggets.

“Can ro~botzz get cu~tie mark~z~?”

There's a factor to consider. Heck, do any of the retroactively converted pegasi have them?

We had one basic lesson in that class Doctor, and it was ‘Don’t cross the streams!’

At least he hasn't performed total protonic reversal.

They locked gazes. Her eyes were straight.

Oh, fudge nuggets. Nice work, Rani, you went and made this a Star Trek crossover.

Yeah, this is looking bad from every conceivable angle. Looking forward to seeing how they salvage anything from this situation.

That's always an encouraging chapter title...

Unexpectedly inspiring speech from the Rani. The fact that she's also a less than aerially capable pegasus at the moment helps.

Lightning bolts, in and of themselves, weren’t hard to make. Most rookie weather patrol recruits made them more often on accident than on purpose.

:derpyderp2: "No comment. I mean, *beep*"

With a look of intense concentration, he held out a hoof and glared at the door for a long minute. “Oh, wait. No fingers.”

In his defense, that never stopped Pinkie Pie. On the other hand, Pinkie Pie.

Of course, the secret of rainbow making had been jealously guarded by the kirin right up until a pair of pegasi disguised as sages had stolen it right out from their vast empire, but the tour guides didn’t often mention that.

I love asides like this that flesh out the world beyond the story. To say nothing of Scootaloo trying to shut up her own internal monologue before arguing over which bit of her got to be narrator and which commentator.

In any case, gripping stuff. Looking forward to seeing the outcome of the Electric Scootaboom.

I love asides like this that flesh out the world beyond the story. To say nothing of Scootaloo trying to shut up her own internal monologue before arguing over which bit of her got to be narrator and which commentator.

Yeah, as a history major, ponifying weird historical events is basically one of my favorite things to do. Also, as a fairly anxious person, trying to wrest control of my internal monologue is also a fairly common real-world experience.

Unexpectedly inspiring speech from the Rani. The fact that she's also a less than aerially capable pegasus at the moment helps.

She also doesn't sugarcoat things, which is exactly what Scootaloo needs. She already knows the outcome perfectly well, so she won't stand for any more baseless hopes being thrown around.

People don't generally go above and beyond Tennant's regeneration on Fimfiction

Letting those little pests out of their box?

Huh. Hurricane did pull a Pandora, didn't he?

Perhaps it was something governing this universe that forced this saccharine sweetness on her.

*innocent harmonious whistling*

The clouds would be too dry to put it out, now that the storm Scootaloo had created knocked out all the water.

I know, I know, Nero needs something to burn, but this sentence is still surreal.

Pansy gave a shy smile. “We can discuss that later. Say, tomorrow in your private gardens, CM-hours?”
Cyclone smiled. “You realize you aren’t on duty, Private? VII tomorrow evening sounds fine.”

Heh. Though that would be MCM-hours. Also, Pansy is very good at a job she officially doesn't have. Which is part of how you know she's good at it.

Maybe this will correct the cosmic balance and Lyra will stop thinking that pet names and public displays of affection are appropriate roommate behavior.

Somehow I doubt that.

And the penny drops... and Diamond refuses to accept the small change. In multiple senses. Tragic.

“Yeah,” Diamond agreed. “He always said breaking a promise to me would be the last thing he did.”

Oh dear. That's not a promise, that's a prophecy.

One heck of an epic struggle, with plenty of questions left unanswered for next time. Though I don't think we ever got a description of Scootaloo's cutie mark, assuming she even got it. Or I'm just channeling my inner derp.

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Though I don't think we ever got a description of Scootaloo's cutie mark, assuming she even got it. Or I'm just channeling my inner derp.

:derpyderp2: Oops. No, that one was on me. She did get her cutie mark, it's a wheel inside a lightning bolt. I'll have to go back and figure out where I can fit that smoothly into the text. Thank you so much for the catch!

“Why did they change the name?”

“Oh, the bit drops,” Silver said, waving a hoof. “After only about a decade, it finally sinks in that maybe, just maybe, we aren’t the same ponies we used to be? Maybe we have tried to change, if anypony would ever let us? Maybe we would be friends with you Crusaders if you hadn’t locked us out for life?”

"Unforgivable" is a word in the dictionary, between "unfair" and "unknown"
IDKY because everyone defines it for themselves.

Not bad, a little boring a couple of times, but not bad

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