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Alex Warlorn

Just your average Brony who happened upon an idea that might actually turn out to be clever enough for guys to love.


Princess Twilight Sparkle wakes up one night to find Trixie Lulamoon has... turned evil? Nope. But that might have been simpler. Twilight never thought the night would come where she'd debate the very nature of existence itself with Trixie!

Cover by Orin331

Praise be to Jordan179 for his inspiration. https://www.fimfiction.net/user/137586/Jordan179

Editors, Docontra, Frozen-Doopliss, Mtangalion.

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This is actually something I could have expected from the show if they wanted to make a fun two parter focused on Trixie as well as a final YOLO moment to troll the audience just a little :trixieshiftright::rainbowlaugh:
Well done :twilightsmile:

This was pretty funny

As funny and random as this is, there is some terrifying truth to all of this.

René Descartwheel

I’m imagining a pink earth pony spinning on by down the street informing passers-by that Colgate ate the sun. Or at least that’s what most ponies managed to catch as he spun on by. Wouldn’t stop to explain.

So Celestia’s in charge of the whole apotheosis thing at all times, then? Or maybe it’s ‘cause Luna was busy minding the night. Why does apotheosis always happen at night? Luna has a song she wants to sing too!

Good story, by the way! I can get behind this idea, Trixie the Princess of Illusion. Or Reality, as the case may be. In any event, now Trixie has learned to use her illusion. Hopefully she does not develop an appetite for destruction. Chinese Democracy.

As to the broader philosophical underpinnings, I’m with Conan on this one:

”Let teachers and priests and philosophers brood over questions of reality and illusion. I know this: if life is illusion, then I am no less an illusion, and being thus, the illusion is real to me. I live, I burn with life, I love, I slay, and am content.”

The Princess of Illusions. Very nice. :trixieshiftright:

You guessed right, have a cookie.


”Let teachers and priests and philosophers brood over questions of reality and illusion. I know this: if life is illusion, then I am no less an illusion, and being thus, the illusion is real to me. I live, I burn with life, I love, I slay, and am content.”

The point is that philosophy isn't just for 'angsty self centered middle schooler' as some anime tough guys would bark. To realize the true nature of the illusion, is to gain control over it and yourself.

There’s I think a Sōtō Zen Buddhist story about a monk from one of the rival Buddhist sects in Japan who is talking to the Sōtō priest about how all reality is an illusion, the mind is real but the flesh is not, etc. The Sōtō priest punched the monk in the face. When the monk demanded to know why, the Sōtō priest responded, “your face is hard for an illusion.”

Might have been Rinzai or Obaku, can’t remember. Pretty sure it was Sōtō.

Pain IS all in the mind ya know.

All hail Trixie, Princess of dealing with Twilight's horseapples!

Alicorn Trixie...Twilight losing her marbles...

Faving. :D

I remember the opening quote from the Recobbled Cut of The Thief and the Cobbler.

It is written, amongst the limitless constellations of the celestial heavens, and in the depths of the emerald seas, and upon every gain of sand in the vast deserts, that the world which we see is in outward and visible dream of an inward and invisible reality.

You know, it's going to gall Twilight that Trixie managed this without any help from an old spell and six pieces of enchanted jewelry.

Heh. I appreciate that Trixie wasn't antagonistic towards Twilight. That always makes me a bit irritated.

Also, Trixie's Acension at the end. I'll just put it in my mental "Well, that just happened" box and try not to think about it.

Heh. I appreciate that Trixie wasn't antagonistic towards Twilight.

Pretty antagonism towards Twilight always makes me a bit irritated. :applejackunsure:

"UGH!" Trixie slapped her hoof into her own forehead. "I told you to listen to me! I... I... I'm sorry! I'm a great storyteller, but I just don't know THE WORDS to explain it all to you!"

Ah, I know that feeling.

Makes me try to expand my practical vocabulary: I can't flip through a thesaurus when I'm talking, after all.

She's fallen for the trap of still continuing to define things as real or unreal, without recognizing that the concept of reality is itself an arbitrary mental construct. Once you properly reject the concept of reality, you lose that means of differentiating between the physical and mental, putting them back on the same level of existence.


And then you zero-sum as you realize that you never existed.

Just so you know, Jordan179 is a reactionary Islamophobe.

I've no shame in admitting I'm not smart enough to understand what Trixie means.

And then a man named Jacob Burroughs shows up to explain how you never understood a damned thing. (You may need to add "Robert Heinlein" or "dimensional travel" to your Google search)


That's the idea.

Won't happen in the show, but fun to think if it did.


Which ones? Heh.


Thank you. I almost regret not making this go on longer. But I really, really, REALLY am tired of super long stories after Pony POV, I HAVE TO keep a lid on it.



Wouldn't mind seeing someone else write Twilight's temper tantrum at Trixie's alternate path to godhood.


At this point Trixie treating Twilight like the enemy doesn't make sense anymore.



The wise admit they don't understand something.


Will there be a second chapter? The insanity would be nice.

Sorry no. I've been down that rabbit hole before (for seven years). But I wouldn't mind someone else writing it.

This was good! Especially those reactions at the end.

Thank you! *hugs* I'd have written more, but I don't want this to turn into an epic.

All the horseapples.:ajbemused:

I feel this
And while the people are the most real things in reality even those seem fake in the eyes of your own perhaps theres only a few souls to be recycled untill the end of time mabey you stand next to yourself shaped diffrently by circumstance for whos to say souls must follow the rules of the matieral world of time and space and whos to say those with no will to break free from an animals urges for easy are no difrent then animals themself devoid of soul devoid of will though why humans how do we attract souls with the highest frequency or do we?

Lost my shit

Starlight blinked. "And everypony was betting on me being next."

Says you. My money was on Pinkie transcending to draconequushood.

In any case, brilliant tale of Trixie achieving apotheosis through Gnostic enlightenment. (Heck, Discord bears a decent resemblance to Ialdabaoth, what with the serpentine body, mastery over the material world, and ability to deceive minds away from the path of enlightenment...) Thank you for a lovely read.


Yet in the end you look both says of the road before crossing, rather than assuming the cars aren´t real.

Oh I agree.

But the cars are real to your body because it's as real as the cars. But your spirit is more real.

Welcome. And you honor me with your presence.

I'll take that as a compliment! :-)

Some argue the brain is merely an engine, so our consciousness is but a byproduct. But what if the brain is but a vessel? Something that channels something greater?

Just so you know, that was uncalled for.

Good story that confused the hell out me, Mr Warlorn.

Reality is a 3d projection


“your face is hard for an illusion.”

I know you’re referencing a story or something, so this isn’t directed at you but I just feel the need to comment on this bit. The kind of selective thinking demonstrated in this quote doesn’t lend itself well to the discussion of real vs fake. After all, if the face the monk was punching was an illusion, then the body the monk was punching was also an illusion, and the monk’s own body is an illusion that responds to factors in the greater veil of the illusion according to the programmed rules and parameters. Thus, if the purpose of the illusion is to house our otherwise free spirits in prisons of ignorance, the illusion would be programmed in such a way that impacts between illusory objects would look real.

Or better yet, what if such contacts aren’t real at all, and we’ve all just been in a matrix situation where the ‘world’ around us operates under rules that don’t exist outside the illusion? What if the real world consists of beings of pure energy that can just as easily pass through one another as make contact simply based on intent? Trying to prove if our world is real or fake with any such arbitrary notion is honestly an exercise in futility. You can debate and theorize all you want, but the moment anyone says with certainty that our reality is real or fake, they’ve made a loser out of themselves because we can’t know. All we know is that the world we live in is the only world that anyone currently alive has ever known.

I believe the point of the Sōtō Zen story is that there is no practical difference between reality being real and reality being an illusion if you have no control over it in either case and all your senses tell you it’s real in either case. The Sōtō Zen priest either punched a real face or an illusory one, but either way the monk felt the pain and fell on his real/illusory ass, and then got indignant about it. Why get indignant about an illusion?

The understanding of this is just beyond my grasp just as Trixie can't explain it because she lacks words for it.

But at the same time, you always existed, on ever level.

Wouldn't this make her the princess of reality, though? Sounds OP.

Eh, still more impressive than being pushed out the right womb. Right, Princess of Almost Getting Her People Killed aka Flurry?

So she was born with super powers, so?

Nothing, really. Just, Twilight had a more active part in her ascension than Flurry did in hers 's what I'm saying.


Well of course alicorns breed true. I wasn't surprised, though I was surprised that everyone else was.

i could not stop laughing

I love it. Feels like the story of the Buddha.

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