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This story follows Exiles, but it can also stand alone nicely.


Years after Discord’s overthrow, the world is settling into what will one day become kingdoms. But despite the relative calm of this new age, Luna knows something has been troubling her older sister deeply.

But what it might be, she cannot guess.

And what her solution is, Celestia cannot imagine.

It’s in a box. No peeking.

(Chronology note: this tale takes place before the series begins, and well before the exile of Princess Luna. This timeline continues in Biography of a Tyrant.)

Part of the Elsequestria Continuity and the Sunset Rising Continuity.

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Very good !

Oh yeah, this was good. The old-fashioned diction of the sisters was nice, too, never too intrusive but adding to the long-ago feel.

Also, Luna seems to have invented Schrödinger's spell -- with the box unopened, it both contained and did not contain a memory-erasing spell!

The castle, after all, had begun construction as a temple; the Equestrian nobility as priests.

And the less said about the base of that one statue, the one with the shallow gutters along the edges, the better.

“However didst thou test it?”

"I remember not, and so I know it works."

Wonderful bit of sisterly bonding. Also interesting to see Celestia acknowledge Luna's loneliness. If only she knew how bad that would get.

Also, I can't help but think of the Memory Stone. Perhaps the ashes of Luna's gift lay within...

All told, a great read. Thank you for it.

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Also, Luna seems to have invented Schrödinger's spell -- with the box unopened, it both contained and did not contain a memory-erasing spell!

Hee! Yes, exactly! :rainbowlaugh::twilightsmile:

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Also, I can't help but think of the Memory Stone. Perhaps the ashes of Luna's gift lay within...

Indeed, it can be quite dangerous to leave old magic lying about. One never knows what it might become... :pinkiegasp:

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And the less said about the base of that one statue, the one with the shallow gutters along the edges, the better.

:rainbowderp: Dude. Um, yeah.
That’s going into something, somewhere...

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We should just be glad it was Luna she told about this fear of hers and not Jace.

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"Feel better now?"
"Feel better about what?"
"You're welcome."
"Who are you?"

Wow! You've perfectly blended a sweet little slice-of-life story with a mythic legend! :pinkiehappy:

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:rainbowlaugh:

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Author Interviewer

Hoo! That gave me shivers! :D

And am I wrong, or is Equestria's language evolving as you write this series? :O

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You are not wrong. :twilightsmile:

There will come a time, of course, where Luna is a bit behind the times. But she will adapt quickly, with an older form of speech usually being reserved for more emotional moments... and, as a result, an expression of emotional intimacy.

Where did the "Else" in Elsequestria come from?

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It is a nod to the “Elseworlds” series from DC comics, which explored alternate possibilities of their characters in alternative worlds and timelines. Elsequestria was the first timeline I started writing, with its sister timeline Sunset Rising having been started some time later. Had I known I was going to have two intertwining timelines, I might have named it something else, but whattheheck. :twilightblush:

As an aside, each of those two timelines follows the main series in most ways, and major events in each remain the same unless otherwise stated. Each timeline is also something of a divergent from the other, having most of the pre-series tales (such as this one) in common. :twilightsmile:

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