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Insipidious


Like, the master of recursive fanfics, or something. Cha!

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Sanctaphrax, the city of knowledge. Wherever there's a question, there you can find the answer.

For the right price.

Unlike most of the citizens of The Ivory Island, the Admiral doesn't concern herself with economics. Her wealth comes in knowledge and the never-ending struggle to pull the future into the present. As long as she has the bits to keep Algol's Shadow running and its crew fed, she dives, and Sanctaphrax pay is more than enough.

When a routine salvage job leads to a discovery that could change the way the world sees the sunken ruins of Equestria forever, she can't help but get a little excited. She can hear the future knocking, just another dive away. The very stars themselves might as well be in her grasp.


This story takes place in the world of Goldenwing's story Empty Horizons, but it can be read without context.

Chapters (7)
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Comments ( 32 )

Looks good, but I still need to read the original first. I'm excited! :pinkiehappy:

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It should be readable without context, but whatever you want!

Midnight over Sanctaphrax?

Youre chasing lightning in the bottle, son. :pinkiecrazy:

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Same honestly. Mangoes are freaking delicious
And this story has my attention

Cozy Glow

Given that the Horizonverse takes place in the future, and S9's ending:
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(In case image doesn't show, pic isn't spoiler; it's Cozy thinking from a season 8 episode)

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Ah, but remember, Horizons interrupts the sequence of the show in S2. Twilight never gets her wings, for one. Who knows how else everything went?

Honestly, what most surprises me is that they still have the supplies needed for milkshakes. The production and preservation of ice cream says a lot about the current state of civilization.

In any case, I'm certainly intrigued. Still not planning on reading about the Mane Six slamming facefirst into a drowned dystopia and breaking themselves in the process, but you have my interest. Looking forward to more.

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It's not a post-apocalypse so much as a post-post-apocalypse. Society's already rebuilt into it's new form, and after booze, ice cream is the next thing on the list.

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I certainly can't argue with those priorities! :pinkiehappy: Thanks for the Word-of-God feedback. No offense meant in my earlier comment. You've clearly crafted a fascinating world, but the plot just isn't what I look for in ponyfic.

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No worries. Not everyone likes seeing beloved cartoon characters getting body parts and mental faculties crippled beyond repair.

Only now do I realize that you're going for a theme with the chapter titles. :derpytongue2:

“What were we going to hang onto the ceiling with?” the Admiral asked. “Our tails?”

To be fair, I know of at least one world where that's the case.

I wonder how the Algol's Shadow produces its oxygen. Not like it has air hoses.

Depending on how Sparkler's spell defines "looking," the leviathans could be assessing her through a number of different means.

Just one? Psh, we can handle that.

Hmm...

One seapony, no matter how ferocious, wouldn’t be able to take out the squad.

Hmm...

Well, that was easy

HMMM...

She’s got a cutie mark. Looks like a castle tower.

Oh crapbaskets. Not the horrible fate I was expecting. Still, at least the crew's on guard, and body language can only do so much when it comes to swaying others to your will. We'll see where this goes from here.

Ah yes, just the pony I was waiting for.

Well, theyre screwed.:twilightoops:

Who got the book on who gets eaten first?:trixieshiftright:

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Only now do I realize that you're going for a theme with the chapter titles.

I didn't figure it out until I was like six chapters in, but I think it's a really cool and subtle nod to the main story!

I wonder how the Algol's Shadow produces its oxygen. Not like it has air hoses.

Bruh we spent so long talking about this point. The nature of the setting means that a simple snorkel won't work, and we spitballed like a dozen different zany ideas until we finally figured it out. The answer in coming chapters, soon!

I was waiting for the plot to kick off in earnest, and what a plot it is! You had my curiousity, but now you have my full investment.

“She’s got a cutie mark. Looks like a castle tower.”

Oh hi I remember you

Rook waved her tail a bit to turn around, giving the Admiral a good look at her cutie mark: a brick-red tower. Before she could consider it further, the Admiral realized Rook was pointing with one of her hooves, gesturing with her tail for them to look.

Now what r u up :rainbowhuh:

A looong way up, because theres some reeealy big Deepfish?

Does Rook have any manipulable digits apart from mouth and tail so she can write? She didnt recognise the Sirens Hearts, or will only the academics know, or discover the legends behind them?

Is the anchor point of the Sanctaphrax chain of any actual importance currently or in the past, like the summit or other more appropiate location on Mount Everhoof, or high magical, leyline node, or just somewhere they could find given the time constraints?

Will there ever be aeven an approximate equivalent map of the current world relative to origional known?

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A looong way up, because theres some reeealy big Deepfish?

There's some low-laying islands, Sanctaphrax just happens to be really high up.

Does Rook have any manipulable digits apart from mouth and tail so she can write? She didnt recognise the Sirens Hearts, or will only the academics know, or discover the legends behind them?

Traction hooves are assumed: she can still hold stuff. She just doesn't know how to write. Keep in mind the events of Empty Horizons interrupted things from season 2. Cozy would have been REALLY young when everything went to crap.

Is the anchor point of the Sanctaphrax chain of any actual importance currently or in the past, like the summit or other more appropiate location on Mount Everhoof, or high magical, leyline node, or just somewhere they could find given the time constraints?

No geographical importance.

Will there ever be aeven an approximate equivalent map of the current world relative to origional known?

Talk to Goldenwing about that, this story's not all that concerned with the past map.

“And she’s suggesting we don’t backtrack. Mare knows how to navigate.”

Speaking frankly, at this point, I'd declare her too dangerous too live. What's worse than a mindless sea monster? A mindful one. Of course, I'm working with knowledge of her primary analogue, so some bias is inevitable. All told, the Admiral's probably taking the wisest approach.

Rook shook her head, pointing at the gills on her neck below the water.

... Gills still need water to flow over them, and that water usually enters through the mouth. Heck, how much oxygen is in that tank, anyway?

Tell Vespid she cannot perform invasive experiments, no matter how much she thinks she may gain from it.

Aw, come on, just one little biopsy? She won't even notice!
... Huh. Sorry, not sure why, but that prodded my inner mad biologist.

Harvesting unicorn horns. This got awfully End of Ponies. To say nothing of the siren heartstones. I can only imagine what happened to preexisting sea monsters in this world...

Yeah, that bubbly sigh concerns me. Cozy may be more amphibious than she's letting on... though I doubt she'll try something before she has the crew where she wants them. We'll find out soon enough.

I'm really curious what would "Rook" do now in the future. Would you keep the show interpretation of Cozy (ie. s9 finale personality and motivation), the "Cozy is innocent" route (Cozy in name only, acts like CMC) , or "movie adaptations" part like how Marvel Cinematic Universe reinterprets their comic characters (still villainous, but different motivations/backstory/powers)?

This is a good start to a story that sounds like it's going to be a real Adventure.

Good hook, really. And no dialog, except internal, nothing but action.

So Sanctaphrax floated off to another planet is seems. :trixieshiftright:

I wonder if the islands are falling because something is eating their lift in order to try to escape this world?

“Absolute confirmation of the existence of the corrupting wyrd influence. Yes!” She pulled a notebook off of a nearby wall and started scribbling in it furiously with one of her oh-so-agile wings. “They’ll have to give the theory some credence now, and real, proper research can begin…”

“What are you gonna do? Cure them?” Sparkler jived.

“Hah! Stars above, no, even if it were possible to remove the corruption the psychological damage is irreversible, and there’d be the annoying addition of having to treat the subject as a pony afterward, which severely limits progress.”

They test the cure on some random seapone, and out pops a hippogriff and everyone becomes confused.

“It’s the way of the future,” the Admiral asserted, as she always did. “You won’t find this anywhere else.”

I take it the hamster has gone extinct, then. This sounds like a case of Habitrail for insanity.

She swore School of Arts only existed to make the others look good.

Well... yes. And the School of Tautology is the School of Tautology.

She shoved the hoof in Vespid’s direction, dousing the dean’s face in the substance.

Oh. Oh dear. That's not going to end well

“We have Rook,” the Admiral interrupted. “There is literally no reason to go track any others down.”

"We are not crossing over with the original story. So help me, I will turn this entire city around and go back home if I have to."

I suspect she has some psychological disorder, but without further study there’s no way I could determine if that’s from the wyrdness or just being alone at the bottom of the ocean for a thousand years.

Or she was just born that way. Never neglect the possibility of garbage data at the outset.

Ooh, rocketry. Though kerosene will only get them so far, and it's not like they have the facilities to liquefy and store oxygen... I assume.

In any case, I definitely get the feeling that Cozy Rook will leave an impression on this place. I just hope there will be some survivors.

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"Finally! I've wanted to go up those stairs for centuries!"

Okay, how has nopony checked to see if Rook can write yet?

I wonder if he is limited in the number of eyes he can handle, and none of the existin ones have been destroyed yet, or the Librarian class event that caused his eyes was a complete one off?

Old Equestria didn’t have advanced airships, steam engines, or any complex manufactured industry!

At least one of those statements is false. I'm not sure what standards the Admiral is using for "advanced" or "complex," but Equestria certainly had steam-powered trains. Of course, they can only go by archeological evidence, and seawater isn't exactly the best preservative, even when it isn't full of berserk sea monsters.

How she knows that and yet was never taught to write is beyond me…

The beautiful thing here is that given how little we know about Cozy's upbringing, she could be feigning illiteracy, have forgotten how to write, or simply be lying through her serrated teeth.

Whatever the case, probably best to keep her away from the med students.

I wonder if the Admiral found Tank, or one of his relatives?

You could admit, the Torterra in Detective Pikachu are seriously impressive. :rainbowwild:

Maybe don't investigate the super-suspicious phenomenon in the ocean full of monsters? Just a thought. Hopefully more will come back from this expedition than won't.

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