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Not a changeling.

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Chrysalis has once again overrun Equestria — and this time, her victory is complete. She's captured all four princesses and the Elements of Harmony, and the clock is ticking on their death sentence. She'll show those pathetic ponies the true meaning of power.

So why can't she beat them in a simple game show?


Third place, "Keep Pretending" Writeoff! Expanded and edited for FIMFiction.

Story occurs during the Season 6 finale ("To Where And Back Again").

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Story occurs during the Season 5 finale ("To Where And Back Again").

...Don't you mean the Season 6 finale? The Season 5 finale was about Glim Glam's time travel shenanigans. :twilightsheepish:

. . .

Sorry, it's just that the s5 finale is relevant to my own works so the inconsistency instantly threw me for a loop. :twilightblush:

Oh, nice! Luna saves the day, huzzah! :pinkiehappy:

This was my fave from that round, IIRC. Glad to see it here.

"Usurper" is certainly an interesting accusation. How did Chrysalis come to power?

In any case, I love the ambiguity here. I'm legitimately unsure whether this is Chrysalis's much-abused better judgement trying to warn her or the Mare in the Moon showing her how evil is really done.
... Okay, I am leaning towards Luna, because the idea of Chrysalis even subconsciously coming to this conclusion on her own is a bit much. Still, fantastic read. Thank you for it.

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I love the idea of Luna being able to mess with Chrysalis, even while in a pod. Know any other good stories along that line?

Lol, nice.
But yeah, it is S6 finale not S5

This is the kind of thing that should be a crackfic, yet somehow it isn't?

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This is the kind of thing that should be a crackfic, yet somehow it isn't?

Welcome to Horizonville, population: ascended crackfics played straight. :raritywink:

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:facehoof: I even looked it up to double-check. And then I fat-fingered and typed the wrong number. Thanks for the catch.

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Glad you enjoyed! :twilightsmile:

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That was certainly the implication I was going for. Death of the Author and all that, but there's a reason she's in the character tags and cover art despite not having any speaking lines.

How did Chrysalis come to power?

For purposes of this story, "queen" is implied to be a political rather than biological title. Obviously people's headcanons are going to differ on that one, but at least I can point to Thorax becoming leader of his own rainbow hive and say the idea seems to be compatible with canon.

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Good question! I can't think of any others off the top of my head, but I'm sure there are others. I'd love to know as well.

Her sentence trailed off into a strangled little cough as she felt the tingle of magic clench around her tongue. "Stars and clouds," Starlight shouted toward the ceiling, ...

..., "I find your lack of true villainy disturbing"

herp #13 · April 30th · · 3 ·

Have a downvote. chrysalis wouldnt waste food.

for a minute I thought that the cover image was hinting too much. then I changed my mind, I think it's so much better this way. :raritywink:

horizon #15 · May 1st · · 1 ·

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I personally feel like a disagreement over what a character would or wouldn't do seems like a petty reason for downvoting -- but I know not every story is going to work for every reader, and I do appreciate you explaining your reasoning!

And yes, I feel like a smart leader would know better than to waste food. But then again, a smart leader would have just taken over Equestria via infiltration rather than a military campaign which terrifies the ponies they're trying to draw love from. (Isn't that a textbook case of wasting food? And it's canon.) And a smart leader wouldn't have tried to invade twice, after her victims were alerted to her existence and her army was broken.

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I went back and forth on it. Honestly, I think the story works better from a complete cold start, but FIMFiction isn't set up that way; if I'm going to tease it, I'm going to at least subtly highlight the big theme I'm trying to draw out.

herp #16 · May 1st · · 1 ·

>And yes, I feel like a smart leader would know better than to waste food. But then again, a smart leader would have just taken over Equestria via infiltration rather than a military campaign which terrifies the ponies they're trying to draw love from. (Isn't that a textbook case of wasting food? And it's canon.) And a smart leader wouldn't have tried to invade twice, after her victims were alerted to her existence and her army was broken.
Following your retarded logic, that chrysalis is not smart at all and is an incompetent buffoon, that would make twilight and the gang twice as stupid, since they fell for both of her ploys twice in a row. Celestia even lost in a contest of raw strength, and the only thing twilight did was play directly into chrysalis's plans to cause infighting inbetween the elements of harmony, and all princesses where kidnapped the second time, meaning every single pony failed to account both intellectually and physically for the problem they knew was at hoof for years!

Why I have the feeling Luna dreamception Chrysalis

Ooh, this was nice. Explain some of why Chrysalis does what she does (in addition to the basic "she's stupid," which it seems like she was in the middle of correcting), yet also give just enough to ask--just how serious are the dream-ponies?

Also, did you drop this in one of the most incredible Jeopardy! runs ever on purpose?

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Thanks!

Wasn't aware of it, but I love how the timing worked out!

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