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No one's ever really gone.



In an alternate Equestria, the city of Hope's Point stands as a beacon of light and hope against the darkness and misery of the world around it, ruled over by the ever-watchful, keen-minded, and iron-hoofed Queen Blackburn.

But Blackburn wasn't always the queen of Hope's Point - she wasn't even its first ruler - and she wasn't always the hard-nosed mare with an eye for details. She was young once, too, just like everypony else, and just like them she had to make new friends, go to school, make mistakes, find love, and everything else that goes along with growing up, for better or worse, and that's not even counting her royal responsibilities.

Witness the rise of Blackburn, Princess of Hope's Point, as she becomes the mare - the queen - she was always meant to be, as well as the friends and enemies she makes along the way.

Takes place in the CRISIS-verse as a prequel to CRISIS: Equestria.

Many thanks to Devnator and BeeAre for their help in editing and as creative consultants. Cover art by Starlight Spark.

Chapters (18)
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Comments ( 30 )

Oh holy hell yes!
Crisis Equestria was amazing, this is going to be a fantastic treat.
Release schedule?

There will be a chapter released about once a week around Thursday/Friday

So to clarify, the same BeeAre that works with Bleedman?

Oh. This sure explains a lot.

Is this the only side story you're going to make?

This is a prequel story, and no, it's not the end of CRISIS; a short story is in the works, as is a large scale sequel, but those are a ways off at the moment, at least until this story runs it's course.

Now I know how Briarthorn felt in Chapter 29. Puzzle and kerpow indeed.

Guess the taste of raw Dolor varies based on who you ask. They all do seem to have a flavor in common though: disappointment.

It's honestly surprising this doesn't have more readers. This is an incredibly rich, detailed world that is so unlike Equestria that... well, it's pretty sweet. You've got a knack for coming up with interesting characters, too-- Blackburn especially. I don't think there's anyone else quite like her.

Regardless of whatever happens or whomever decides to follow you, I do hope you continue to explore this world. It's always a treat to see.

Thank you so much, I really appreciate the sentiment.

Don't worry, Blackburn. It could be worse, it could be raining. :ajsmug:

This was a pretty emotional chapter. Lockwood's backstory was interesting. Plus, Blackburn revealing who she really is to Lockwood.
And how Blackburn changed things in her relationship with Briarthorn. Very well written chapter. :moustache:

How many chapters long will this story be? Will it be as long as CRISIS: Equestria?

Seventeen chapters and an epilogue, not even close to CRISIS: Equestria's length, which I think is a good thing in the end.

Is... is that a ponified Gadget Hackwrench?

Moral of the story is, you don't fuck with Blackburn or her friends. :twilightoops::pinkiecrazy: I usually don't enjoy prequels that much. I have really enjoyed this story. As least as much as I have enjoyed reading the original Crisis. Love seeing how Lockwood and Blackburn first met.

For the most part, yeah, she is. I loved Gadget and the Rescue Rangers as a kid :pinkiehappy:

Thanks! I hope you're looking forward to the sequel story, too :raritywink:

Wow, this has been quite the journey! Loved all the little nods and easter eggs for CRISIS. Also thanks for fleshing out one of the best OCs in CRISIS.

Great to see another full story in this setting.

That Randy Savage pony.:rainbowlaugh:

Ahhh...and this is where she first meets Lockwood.

I have a strong feeling the gang's going to be encountering Cotton again in the future. Though unfortunately from a not-so-amicable perspective.

It had to change at some point...:applejackunsure:

...Well, I guess I was right about them winding up on the wrong end of Cotton after all.
That was one heck of a twist to get to that point.

Welp, that ended quickly and deservingly bloodily.

This was a great story.

I'm gonna be honest, Blackburn was never one of my favorite characters from CRISIS: Equestria. The know-it-all, authoritative, direct and possibly manipulative character archetype has never jived with me. This story though, this has added a lot more characterization. You've made her much of a complex, thinking and feeling person in my eyes. This was a very enjoyable read.:twilightsmile:

I find myself enjoying this story far more than I expected. The limited perspective, the characterization of everyone, it's all very "believable". Especially with how the main character acts smart yet young, and is actually called out on it. I'd like to see some consequences for it tho - seems like there haven't been many, yet.

I haven't read the original story yet, but this one hasn't had any obvious gaps that would have required me to read it.

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