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Keystone Gray

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Timberwolves: Guardians of the Everfree
By Blackthorn of Thicket, Princess Luna of Canterlot, and Apex of Everfree.

This volume explores the colorful, mythical tale of the Everfree timberwolves. Part history and part study, the authors provide their experiences, discoveries, and stories. From creation, design, and communication, to the ecological impact of these golems, a full breadth of topics are explored. Each author has hoof-crafted and raised at least one timberwolf, and today the legend of the Vorku species is finally shared with the world.

Edited by Blue Sky of Colt Creek, author of The World At Large: An Explorer's Guide.
©11 AR, Canterlot Royal Press. Originally published in 11 AR, all rights reserved.

Chapters (11)
Comments ( 58 )

We the authors would like to dedicate this volume to Homefront and Stalwart Grace; to Water Lily, Ironshod, King Alpine; to Tall Oak and Dogrose; and to all other beings whose sacrifices breathed life into others. Your gifts were not given in vain. And we, your friends, your children, your brothers and sisters, your nieces and nephews, and your descendants, shall cherish your memory always.


Fascinating stuff thus far. Eagerly looking forward to more.

I want to praise the mysticality and wonder of this chapter, the raw emotion behind the almost clinical descriptions... but all I can think is "Aww. Puppy." :rainbowkiss:

Stay tuned! ???? A Lohvorku pack couldn't drag me away!

I certainly enjoyed this. It was pleasantly nostalgic; I was half expecting the energy decay equation and some practice questions for the test.

Also, nice way to work in timberwolf breath from "Spike at Your Service." The wolves may appreciate those microbes, but that doesn't mean everyone does.

Comment posted by Keystone Gray deleted Sep 23rd, 2018


Thanks, I'm glad someone noticed! I think Spike and Applejack mention their bad breath no fewer than three times, lol. I couldn't resist trying to find some justification.

I love descriptions of crafting, I love ceremonial stuff, I love dogs.

This is perfection.

What's worse than your child falling deathly ill? When he does so in a way that stumps the doctors. "Making medical history" is a polite way of saying "I have no idea what's going on or how to fix it." A gripping, harrowing tale of suspense and concern. Excellent work.

Beautiful work all around... though Sombra's plan could've used a little work. "Wait out the immortals" rarely ends well, though he may not have known the true extent of the Sisters' lifespans. Still, a gripping read throughout. It's wonderful to hear from Apex again, if in vastly different (and much, much happier) circumstances. Thank you for this.


And thank you too! I'm glad I'm not torturing her anymore, lol. She's so much happier when she's achieving goals.

How do I throw money at you?

"Soh marr'it", S-oh mar-rit to tell timberwolves to back off?


Soh = No, not, don't.
Marr = Mare.
'it = Verb meaning to absorb or eat, used as a suffix to a noun in most cases. For example, sa'it means to eat food; va'it means to eat water. Wisp'it means to absorb a wisp.

Literal translation: "No, no mare absorb."
Rough translation: "No, don't eat the mare."
Intended meaning within context: "No, stop attacking the mare."

Author Interviewer

Holy crap, that's a hell of an introduction. c.c

Author Interviewer

Well, this is off to as epic a start as anyone could ask for. :D


Writing from Luna's perspective has always been the most fun for me out of any writing I've ever done. There's just something special about "a long time ago" in her elegant diction.

Author Interviewer

Cerfish (also known as Old Ponish)

Oh heck! :D And I thought "Cerfish" was just a pun on 'cervid'.

Author Interviewer

There is hope, however, that this can be changed fpr ponies with a cooperative effort.

Found a thing. :B Also "Because this" a little later on.

Comment posted by Keystone Gray deleted Oct 17th, 2018


Oh heck! :D And I thought "Cerfish" was just a pun on 'cervid'.

It is! Much like "German" and "Deutsch," the language is known by a different name in the current Equestrian lexicon. Cerfish is the deer term for their old tongue. Their languages were similar to those of slavic nations: there were differences, but they were slight. Both races could still understand one another enough to get by.

Found a thing. :B Also "Because this" a little later on.

Thanks! I'm still actively sniping little grammatical errors and typos, lol.

This... this was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever read on this site.

I've only read the prologue and already I'm invested. Your ability to world build and make it sound like any non-fiction book you could pick up at a book store is impressive! I'm going to make a habit in reading through this, as I cannot wait to plunge into the world building you've weaved =D.


Thank you for your kind words! This stuff has been rattling around my head for a couple of years now, so it has come such a long way to reach this point. I'm just so glad to finally have these ideas published.

I can't wait to hear what you think of it all!

Have you read the Warcraft Chronicles book? The first couple of chapters give me strong vibes of Gul'Dan's advance of the old Horde during the Second War.


I haven't played much of WoW or explored its universe. The spectral horror was conceived to act as a character foil in another fic I have since cancelled, but I liked the concept enough to hold onto and repurpose it.

I was more thinking about a combination of your pseudo-historical writing style, as well as the use of similar magic against the enemy. Brought images of first generation Death Knights in the Horde's army, as well as the Knights of the Ebon Blade in general.

Ohmigosh, this is wonderful!! I'm gonna have to find time to read the whole thing :pinkiesmile:


I'm happy to hear that! I'd be grateful to hear what you think of it later on, too. Thanks for reading. :twilightsmile:

Nyei drema chai es uzh. grett nyu. I hope this message finds you well, and I do hope that you might someday in the future return to the shaded paths and quiet groves of fi Evavrai. This is by my recent memory one of my favorite stories whose focus is on the Everfree, most other stories use it as a location and not much more besides, and Timberwolves in most other stories are but one of many dangers, the astute author might occasionally give them a touch more description besides sheer ferocity and unbridled wildness. I love authors who put so much effort into building and blending history and world-building into their works, it takes a real skill to develop worlds that seem almost real, as if one is reading a real historical text. I thank you for this story and wish you good tidings in your journey.
Respectfully, BirdsBooksBrownies
P.S. I hope I did a decent job at my Cerfish text, I do not mean any disrespect if what I wrote is not what I think it is.


"Your dreams child is wonderful. Thank you."

Close! I get the gist, and I'm flattered that you've used the language. Thank you for your kind words. I'm touched at how well this story has been received. Thank you ever so much for reading.

Will I write a more narrative based story in this setting? I'd like to, though writers block is a constantly uphill battle with me. We'll see!

I know that feeling all too well, In the 5-ish years since I very first discovered fanfiction, I've attempted writing around a dozen stories, but I have only ever finished one, and that's because, at least for me, I get light-bulb moments where things just flow out of my pen or keyboard, but once the moment passes, I have a very difficult time writing. Anyways, I wish you the best, whatever you decide.
P.S. I'm flattered that you were flattered about my attempt at cerfish.

Further beyond still, the Castle of the Two Sisters was nigh defenseless, and would be at the utter mercy of our enemies should we fall.

Well, castles kinda exist because you're in better defendable position there than just hanging around in a field


Conventional strategy only works when one faces a conventional enemy. A field battle was the only option that made sense given the nature of their foe.

Finally, graywood Lohvorku may live anywhere between 720 and 815 years.

So, they're like "hey, kids! get out of our yard!" ? :rainbowlaugh:

Always the exception, Nyx'it appears to have outlasted all of our predictions at a staggering 1023 years old

Overflow is near

Now this is just a stunningly beautiful work. Bravo.

Closed defensive positions are usually *very* bad news when trying out hail Mary plans, because if your plan fails, you are now bait in a box. If your plan succeeds, it's harder to mobilize to rout your enemy.

Well done writing smart battle commanders. :twilightsmile:

In the final eight years of his life, Hemlock would dedicate himself fully to the study of these changes. From his writings, we drew much of our first knowledge of this new ecology.

Nice to see he didn't become bitter, but learned to evolve with his world, and the changing view of it.

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