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Goldenwing


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This story is a sequel to Empty Horizons


For the first time in a thousand years, the old magic has returned to Equestria.

The Elements of Harmony have been torn asunder by the careless Equestria they found themselves in just one month ago. Twilight Sparkle fled into the ocean, pleading for her friends not to follow her after only barely stopping the destructive rampage caused by The Other. Rainbow Dash and Applejack, with nothing but their knowledge of Twilight's nature and a crew of seasoned adventurers, leave Altalusia hoping to find their lost friend and bring her back. Meanwhile, Countess Rarity finds herself trapped among the machinations of Duke Titus, but perhaps she can yet use her new position for good.

But the new Equestria remains as treacherous as ever for six mares lost in time, and the sunken ruins of their old home still holds fresh and terrifying dangers. Mysteries a thousand years old demand solving, and even those born on the floating islands of the new Equestria may find themselves torn between two paths.

The world changed in the absence of Twilight Sparkle and her friends, and with their return it braces for change once more.


Edited by Noc, Dominus Alicorn, and PsyonicG.

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This chapter is amazing and serves as a reminder of how much I have to learn. I hope my rendition of Twilight and The Other can be as good as yours one day!

It is great to see the sequel, looking forward very much to seeing what happens next.

Love you! Welcome back. I hope Twilight and her friends are reunited before the fic is almost over. They need to find a surviving rainbow pool and dunk Ana in it and let it be that the only way for her to get a breath of fresh air will be to drink all of it!

Aw ye good shit goood shit

Oh my goodness.

It's back.

This is amazing.

And Twilight oh my.

Woo! Looking forward to this!

*sees story in the featured box*

*rubs eyes to make sure*

Holy Celestia yes it's here! :pinkiehappy:
I've waited for this! I think my heart jumped a bit when I saw it.

I hope Twilight will be fine...

I saw the title in feed and knew it was what I'd been waiting for immediately. Excited for this to get started!

That Subnautica: Below zero concept art being used for cover art xD

Ohohoho yes! Its finally here!

So this is connected to the Lost Student story? While Lost Student is about Twilight, Sunken Horizons is about Twilight's friends going on a journey to look for her?

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If I understood things correctly, "Lost Student" isn't canon to this story. Just another authors take on what is going on with Twilight and The Other. I believe they are about as connected to each other as this story is connected to "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic".

Though I could be wrong.

And we're back in business. Rarity sure has a bit of a conundrum on her hooves, but it's nothing compared to what poor Twilight is going through. How much of herself can she lose before she breaks?

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Lost Student is a spin off, and not canon. I'll be writing my own Twilight and Other for the main story here, but PsyonicG really loved the idea and wanted to write their own interpretation.

Dude, hell yeah! :yay:
I've been waiting for this story! :pinkiehappy:
I've been periodically coming and checking your blog for updates having read your first story several times now. :pinkiecrazy:
Great first chapter, curious to see how Twilight handles the new changes, can't wait for more! :twilightsmile:

"Perhaps you could save my neck like you did for them?”
“You don’t deserve it,” Rarity hissed.
“And they do?” Ana shot back.

Drat! The price of true mercy: you have to be consistent.

I am really liking the interactions between Twilight and the Other, they are really well done. It was another good chapter, can't wait for the next one.

The line is blurring between whether if Twilight is ascending or descending into something alien....and I love it!

I love this story, I've spent most of the night binging the first, it's probably the best adventure epic I've read in years, but I am BEGGING you, please let Applejack say 'you' or 'ya'. Y'all is usually a plural and the sheer repetition has been a thorn in my enjoyment the whole time. I'm not so entitled to ask you to rewrite, but if you could minimize it going forward I'd be eternally grateful.

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I've actually had a few people bring this up before. Thing is, where I come from (which isn't Texas but is definitely American South), "y'all" is used as a singular and a plural at the same time. I do try to mix in "ya" sometimes just to avoid repetition, though. I'll try to balance it out more.

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Personal injury is always harder to forgive than injury to others. That’s why they say a conservative is a liberal who’s been mugged.

Twilight needs to make peace with the other. It's the only way to survive.

Also if she leaves Canterlot without getting Spike I riot.

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That’s a rather terrifying combo, but it would have a nice symmetry.

Sometimes, the only difference between monsters and normal people is motivation. Normal people can do monstrous things if they feel justified by necessity, and monsters can certainly wear a pleasing face if it advances their agenda.

I CANNOT WAIT for more!!

I wonder if theres a certain breed of pigs, related to fainting goats, that have athletes heart. At the prime of their life, one good scare and they die naturally of heart attack? That, the researchers names, the ranches etc amongst others would be in the Black Archives?:twilightoops:

I'm loving all of this, but personally I'm looking forward to Rarity's arc the most right now. Pontius seems a good sort and Rarity toppling a regime is always a blast :)

Midnight....hmm.....

That song was pretty fitting I have to say

Greasy meat will do wonders for her survival.

Also, #freeSpike

#FreeSpike

Loving the Midnight & Twilight Interactions can't wait for more!

Noc

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The song lyrics in the chapter or the linked song in the description? :twilightsmile:

And now, theres even an OST!

WOO! Sequel! I can finally finish Empty Horizons? Today is a great day. So many stories I've waited on are finally getting done. :pinkiehappy::yay: Can't wait to read this later on.

You brought us to a pony kitchen! We need fresh meat, not dry flowers nested in stale bread!

Fact. Twilight is a pony.
Fact. Ponies eat produce and other plant matter.
Statement(Other). The other is Twilight's better half.
Statement(Other). The other desires meat.
Deduction. If the other desires meat, which ponies do not eat, then the other is not a pony.
Inquiry. What is the other, if it is not a pony?

Edit: Just read the rest of the chapter, guess my deduction was for naught.

I am really tired of how flat and one dimensional the shadow is. I thought he was gaining a little depth but he's acting exactly like he was before.

"Saved your life," like that's special. Like that's not what people are supposed to do. Like he wasn't just saving his own skin and nothing else.

I wouldn't mind his cartoonish evil if he wasn't treated like a moral good. If he's supposed to be ambiguous maybe he should stop acting like satan?

Wonder who had the power level to burn through Celestias own door if the occurances of the wedding were any similar. But thats a lot of darkness, Chrysalis fed on it, or is the puppetmaster just getting going?

I think Spike got the elements.

He never had a bad bone in his bosy, and deep down in his mind he knows they are important and he needs them. But he has been corrupted and changed by the magic of Canterlot. So after a long time he finaly broke into the vault and added the elements to his hoard.

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Hmm....not quite what I was expecting with the Elements, but I think it makes more sense anyway. I was initially wondering if the Element of Magic itself was causing all the fungal growth, and if it was the reason for all the ambient magic. Like, if the crystal was cracked or something.

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Well, Midnight isn't a complete person, is she? It's not like your own worst impulses mature with the rest of your personality, you just learn to master them. One hopes.

Every time this story updates, I see the cover pic and get excited thinking that there's a Subnautica: Below Zero crossover.

Good job Star Trail you retard

The elements are reacting against the darkness embedded within, which when its attacked throws the pain through the body in defence in return? If Magic is recreated from the five physical Elements, do they have enough undarked bearers to be able to rebuild Magic so Twilight can use it against herself and Spikes darkness? That is if they dont forget being distracted by Spike just means theres a tidal wave of angry Chrysalis and hungry Changelings just behind them?

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I wonder if the Elements reject Twilight because of the dark magic inside of her. She's not the same Bearer she used to be. Midnight has changed them. It was really cool seeing Midnight and Twilight actually work together briefly. If they ever come an accord, they will be very powerful.

When she rolled back to her hooves, gasping for breath, she saw Twilight standing protectively in front of Spike, glaring at each of the ponies sprawled out in the ruins around her, her pupils turned to dark slits.

So that's what it looks like from the outside when Midnight takes over.

Dammit Star Trail!

"Twilight felt empty inside to offer any rebuttal."

"felt (to) empty"

Is that how you do it? I've never done a suggested edit before.

Well, in Star Trail's defense they are not used to unicorns actually having strong magic and believably being able to deal with a dragon. But she did say "He is ours" and actually make it stop. I would assume Dash and AJ would tell them a bit about Twi and the whole "most powerful unicorn in a generation," hatched and raised a dragon thing. They (the salvage team) were really quick to decide to shoot Twilight. And I don't think she is in a mood to play peacemaker now that she actually has some progress, real or not, on the wyrd-effected Spike. Things are going to go badly now, thanks Trails.

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