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Cold in Gardez

Stories about ponies are stories about people.


That's right kids! My Little Pony Generation 5 is here with The Starlight & Pals Magical Half Hour! Join Starlight Glimmer, Spike, Rarity, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, and all the rest for this fun-filled magical adventure. With this week's special guest, Applejack!

Be part of the adventure with Starlight & Pals as they learn valuable lessons, including: friendship, magic, small claims court, probable cause, sorcery and Nichomachean Ethics!

A collaborative anthology with GaPJaxie, offering a helpful path for Hasbro in case they need ideas for how Generation 5 should go.

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Yes! Now I can finally like and fav these wonderful little marvels with all the gusto I can manage! :yay:

I am also very happy to see these in a single, easy to access home. Also the framing for the collection is just great.

With this week's special guest, Applejack!

Applejack should be a main cast member!!!

I never realized this was everything I ever wanted but lo, it appeared before me, and it was good.

Who's that purple mare on the cover art?

That's Starlight's friend Twinkle Sprinkle! Her hobbies include pancakes, getting mad about the sorry state of modern epistemology, and pretending to be a princess.

I might actually enjoy Starlight in the show had they played up her sociopathy to this level.

Complete with 1980s-inspired theme song, like this.

Can I show this to PETA?

Most rational response to a possessed friend? Maybe not, but it certainly is hilarious.

Starlight, never change. :pinkiecrazy:

The sad part is, she's not exactly wrong.

Starlight is at her best when she's gleefully sociopathic. You two are nailing it. I must have more!

A Starlight Glimmer animation error.

I took me a really long time to get through this story because I was laughing so much at Pony Hawaii.

So Starlight's exercising a demon. Or is it the other way around?

9033358 STDarlight and Ma-Rey Sue from "Soy Wars" really should just team up and take over everything with their limitless abilities at this point.


The pony you really have to watch out for is the one that asks "Which half?"

Starlight licked her lips, and finished: "There is no right or wrong. No universal morality. Only the will to power."

There is no power. There is only the illusion of power. The most horrible and overbearing dictator in history will still die before his 120th birthday.

Trees, with no ambitions whatsoever other than to soak up sunlight and shed seeds, will outlast them all by thousands of years.

And outside of this one tiny world, nothing cares they even exist. The quest for power is the penultimate delusion. All those who seek it are fools... who must be exterminated if we are to evolve to the next level of existence... :pinkiecrazy:

You seem about as mentally stable as Starlight here.

Welp, I spent the entirity of these vignettes both laughing and feeling sick to my stomach, so... mission accomplished, I guess.

You know, if Glimmer had been written like this in season six, I don't think I ever would've had a problem with her character at all. This is gold.

Don't you dare go back and re-write this thing to change "Pony Hawaii" to something else "Pony". It's too damn perfect and it's now a canon place in my head. Equestria now has "Pony Hawaii" officially on it's map in my head and no one is going to take this away from me!!!

"Ponies makevideos of pigs"
"Ponies make videos of pigs"?

"Dark, pegasi-shaped spots drifted"
"Dark, pegasus-shaped spots drifted"?

"Starlight was staring at her, she realized. She coughed."
Well, now you know how it feels, Starlight. :D

"Starlight clapsed her hooves on the table."
Hm. "Starlight clapped her hooves on the table." or "Starlight clasped her hooves on the table."?

"Hey, did you know that if you get arrested, all your research notes are entered into court logs as evidence? It’s like being published!"
Yes, truly the changeling simply could not compare. :)

"It’s a weird side effect I haven’t solved"
"It’s a weird side-effect I haven’t solved"?

Are you still adding old ones to this, or are there some you decided not to include? I think I remember seeing some not on here...

And how did you decide on the episode numbers?

In any case, an enjoyable (re, in many places, but still)read. :)

So I guess it really would matter if she a was a changeling.


There are more to be added -- including some content that wasn't up on the blogs!

Celestia vanishing at the beginning worries me. But a drop of blood, even if it's every time you cast it, is a sustainable sacrifice as long as it grows back. And as long as there are no other side effects, which I'm not SEEING yet... heck, I'm not sure she'd even need to keep this one hidden from Twilight.

And Celestia/Head Celestia/Demon Thing in the beginning is right. Most of the time evil, even mundane evil, really is only a short term benefit and is ultimately really self destructive.

Ah, thanks. :)

...So, I kind of actually just wrote a thing, inspired by this comment (as the spark, at least), which I think I'll PM you...
(I see another chapter was posted while I was writing it, though.)

"Contained within was thin book"
"Contained within was a thin book"?

"tittered, then trotting over to another"
"tittered, then trotted over to another"?

"she took a step of her coco"
"she took a sip of her coco"?

Wow, that fiend got the extremely short end of the stick.

The ultimate empathy spell. Every aspie's dream (or at least mine). If only understanding other people could be so simple.

Oh. This I GOTTA read. Why are the episodes not in order? How should I read them?

Does that mean this story is rated "Safe" for reading upside-down?

Starlight spun the quill idly as she spoke. Her eyes seemed to look beyond it. “This feather’s name is Ink Scratch. My mom gave her to me years ago, after I won top prize in an essay contest at school. See those little blue dots on the barb? They’re probably just marks from the quill-cutter, but when I was a filly I thought maybe the whole bird this feather came from had those blue spots, and she was a special bird, something beautiful like a peacock, and this feather came to me all the way from some distant land just so I could take notes. And everytime the nib cracked I’ve had her re-cut. Everytime I’ve moved, she’s been the first thing I pack. I saved almost nothing from Our Town, but I have Ink Scratch because I never let her out of my sight. Don’t you think she’s pretty?”

I don't think that will help very much.

“It’s a feather with a nib on it, Twilight,” she said. “I bought it last week from Davenport for three bits. I made all the rest of that up. All I did was break a quill, like you do every week, but because I told you a story about it, you felt bad.”


They do, don't they? I always wondered if it was true.

>writes various stories -- the most infamous of which is sympathetic towards changelings -- that ask philosophical questions seemingly designed to elicit existential doubt.

I'm onto you...

Finally! I loved these as blog entries, but was worried I'd miss one. Each as a chapter for a story I can follow is perfect!

After considering his options, Spike decided not to ask any more questions.

And I am going to do the same...

“Every time you get involved in Trixie and Starlight’s business you regret it. Literally every time.”

“I could look that good.” Twilight brushed her mane with her hoof. “I don't know. Maybe braid my hair?”

“Shiny scales and large claws. Drives girls crazy.”

“You’re right. I should just go talk to her.” Twilight rose from the table. “Thanks, Spike!”

Twilight vanished in a flash of purple light. Spike sighed, and lowered his head.

Just like it always is in cliche scenes.

Comment posted by Zaten the Changeling deleted Jul 9th, 2018

Starlight reached up with her hooves, and pulled the goggles off her eyes. Without them, Twilight could see that Starlight’s eyes were glowing an unearthly red. “You are looking at Starlight’s body. I am Chpaxil the Bloodletter, servant to the Queen in Rags Who Waits Beyond the Crimson Path.”


Twilight sighed. “Don’t remind me. I always thought summer breaks were too long as a filly, but now that I’m an adult they just zoom by.” She assuaged herself with another mouthful of cream-and-blueberry-topped pancake.

Too LONG?!?!?!??!!!????!?
Ah, no big deal. It's Twilight!

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