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Because ponies, and humans who bear an uncanny resemblance to said ponies, are great!


The Pony of Shadows. For generations, this creature of myth has terrified every pony who heard about it, and it became known as the source of all the darkness, cruelty and wickedness in the world, the wellspring from which evil flowed. Twilight, who has led her friends against many foes in the past, seeks out this ancient enemy of her people, to vanquish it once and for all.

But when she finds it, she and her friends instead discover a different story. One the young Princess would never have expected.

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A very well-written piece, and one that our species as a whole should learn from. ACCOUNTABILITY.

"It...was... conventient ."

That's "convenient". Just the one "t" there.

That aside, a great piece of writing! I really enjoyed reading this and love this take on the Pony of Shadows far, FAR more than the S7 finale version we got. Hell, I might have to use this idea in one of my own stories sometime, if you don't mind. (I'd totally credit you for the inspiration!)

Honestly, reading this made me think of a dialogue from The Witcher. The original stories, I mean...

"People -- like to invent monsters and monstrosities. Then they seem less monstrous themselves. When they get blind-drunk, cheat, steal, beat their wives, starve an old woman, when they kill a trapped fox with an axe or riddle the last existing unicorn with arrows, they like to think that the Bane entering cottages at daybreak is more monstrous than they are. They feel better then. They find it easier to live."

Granted, it's nowhere near to that level with what Stygian is talking about here, but the point still stands: it's easier to blame something else for the darkness in life, rather than look at yourself and confront the darkness within.

Cool story Equestria-Forever. It reminds me of the ending of "Wonder Woman", when she discovered that Ares didn't cause man to do evil, but that man brought evil upon themselves.

Just perfect, in my opinion

Love this story. Great job with the characters.

"In the darkness, light shines more brightly, and where light shines, it casts a shadow." —Ulan-Tan, from Destiny

Okay, severely reminded of DC Comics version of the Devil, and this quote in particular.

"You also rule a world, Morpheus. A world of sleepers and dreamers, of stories. A simple place compared to hell. I envy you. Can you imagine what it was like? Ten billion years providing a place for dead mortals to torture themselves? And like all masochists, they called the shots. 'Burn me.' 'Freeze me.' 'Eat me.' 'Hurt me.' And we did. Why do they blame me for all their little failings? They use my name as if I spent my entire day sitting on their shoulders, forcing them to commit acts they would otherwise find repulsive. 'The Devil made me do it.' I have never made any one of them do anything. Never. They live their own tiny lives. I do not live their lives for them."

A much better version of the Pony of Shadows then we actually got. Stygian himself was fine as a character, but the show Pony of Shadows? Pathetic. Didn't even really have much of a plan. Great, now you've got me humming Sympathy by the Rolling Stones.

they got a rainbow cannon. use it

If dark were to not exist, neither would light. The same can be said vice-versa. Were true evil a thing, there would be no good, were true good a thing, strife would conqueror the hearts as conflict would be unheard of.

One cannot exist without the other. Such is our fate in this world.

Why didn't you like the Pony of Shadows we got in Season 7 as much?

This is amazing!
I love this idea and I wish that Hasbro would have used this.

Because Stygian's backstory squandered any sympathy I had for his plight with the implication that he outright stole his friends' magic relics without even making any attempt to TALK with them about how he felt. Nope, no effort to try and explain himself or even ask permission. He just came off as a weaker retread of Nightmare Moon to me.

Ok, got it. Yeah, I guess he was kind of a repeat of Nightmare Moon.

A facisnating tale of perspective and duality to be sure! A nice and small read for my brain, excellent work!

So this version of Stygian is sort of like Hades from Greek mythology? People assume he's evil just because he's associated with something unpleasant? Yeah, I think I like that interpretation :twilightsmile:

9397902 Thanks for pointing that out to me :twilightblush:

As the old saying goes, history is written by the winners, and unfortunately for this version of Stygian, he was not a winner :fluttercry:

I need more of this. It's too good.

Two questions for the Shadow that might make his story fall apart: what happened to Starswirl and the others, and why did he need to possess another pony?

I’m treating this fic as “like the episode except where noted,” so I am curious about why this guy would want to “Become a Pony”. Still, I always liked he idea of a being of darkness actually representing Darkness instead of just Evil. I mean, darkness gives us the Night Sky, places to hide, and solitude.

...OK, I had to stop reading about 5% into this...

...what the bloody hell are you doing with your paragraphs?

And the ellipses... and the italics...


I think in this alternate history, he did not possess another pony. He is Stygian and the Stygian we know in canon never existed.

Good, but melodramatic. I think it's biggest problem is that it leans so hard on headcannon that it feels like the Mane Six are made to look like idiots so that the author can explain whatever issue he or she wants to talk about, like an after school special but without the moral.

It does go without saying that it's better than the real Pony of Shadows.

This is an interesting concept. Which makes me wonder what happen to the pillars in this au?

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