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Kathranis Shadowsong, Blademaster of a band of refugee elves, finds himself transported into the realm of Equus as the result of a misfired spell. Equus is in a time of strife following the rise of the Royal Pony Sisters over the land of Equestria, and many old nations fear the power of the self-crowned goddesses. Thrown into the mix are a new race of humans, orcs, and elves that find themselves teetering on the edge of war. Follow the elvish ranger as he finds his way through a new world filled with new friends, foes, and even new gods that he finds himself in contest with.

Set before the rise of Nightmare Moon. The opening scene (and some cursory background knowledge) is based loosely on the Haunted Lands trilogy by Richard Lee Byers. I highly recommend the series, as it is one of my favorite D&D reads.

First featured, 1/11/2021!

Chapters (25)
Comments ( 57 )

Sounds interesting, added to read list, but does it have to be anthro?

I thought it worked best with the D&D characters that way, especially given that there are aracrokra in d&d. It makes moving worlds a change, while also remaining somewhat familiar.

I do wonder I'll the coming conflict alter Luna's plans and perhaps prevent Nightmare Moon's emergence all together? The common pony and Celestia too will treat Luna much diffrent during a war, the citizens counting on her protection and her sister being concerned for her safely cou tng how much they drifted apart during peace time.

Will the story timeline ever go post Nightmare Moons return?

Not this story specifically (I'm breaking it into about 3 other stories in my effort to make it a "novel" series), but yes, the wider story will eventually move a thousand years into the future.

I wonder how you'll do te Ponies. How to anthroize horses is odd, clearly not going for human except the head, so I assume hooved feet, but bow about hands? Going for the inexplicably human hands? 4 digits? Of the less common 2 fingers and thumb with thick nails(I usually go for this myself but to each thier own). Also do the Griffons have tails and pawed feet? Fully clothed feet would be hard to see.

Honestly the only species on an anthroized Equis tat would slot into D&D perfectly are Diamond Dogs, they are basically subterranean Gnolls

I will read your story with great interest.

Makes sense that even if he gets magic from his patron Shdowsong would get more magic in Equis, as the world is so suffused with magic it's mundane. She send him the same amount of her own power but it's magnified several times.

Clear the. Earth ponies are not the bulk of the Equestrian Military as the Griffions clearly don't known they are the physicaly strongest of the tribes and can likely punt a griffin in a fight. Pretty easy to buy thought, except Mighty Helm there aren't really Earth Pony warriors. Some things you can't believe till you see it happen. A good Warlord wouldn't show off how much damage this. "ordinary" citizens can cause, it's too good a Trump card. Would confuse the hell out of the enemy, then ponies withdrawal the elite troops an dispatch the town milita? You drop your guard, then the milita wrecks you shit? Humiliation and Terror in equal measure. You lost too peasants and said peasants displayed frightful strength? You don't mess with that country any more.

Not sure I agree with this, Toril is also so suffused with magic it's rather mundane. The difference is that the weave of magic for
Toril is heavily regulated by the goddess Mystra. This is to prevent another mortal from repeating what's known as Karsus' folly. When he tried to replace Mystral as the god of magic and nearly destroyed the weave.

Well clearly Luna by-pass the anti-mind control runes cause she was not attempting mind control but using dream magic to probe his mind.

“So Shadowsong, what do you want to know first?”

who killed the elf and why?

Blademaster, thy name is mud.

Then again, good thing Luna and Celestiasplaces aint switched, or his name would be Ash?:twilightoops:

Oh Luna... Alicorns are all trolls aren't they?

Suddenly mentioning that it's easier to fight a mountain than trying to lie gives some context.

Noooooo! why did it have to end? i need moar!

Is Kathranis dense or in denial in regards to Aquila?

Good chapter, good first impressions from the king and queen here. Though the comment about the kings supporters has me wondering about any plans he has.

He mentioned the fact as. Elf he will outlive her and elves avoid "personal entanglement" with species that don't live as long as they do. A romantic relationships would certainly qualify. The only no elf in attendance who can understand is Luna of course.
It was mentioned Luna is partly Thestral, Humm is that true of all Alicorns or just Luna. Could be all Alicorns have Thestral in them but Luna shows it more due to being the Night princess. If Alicorns have DNA from all pony variants it explains things, why Nightmares all have slit pupils and fangs, why celestia and Twilight ignite thier manes and tails(Kirin DNA).

Good chapter, I do wonder what extra duties/powers being champion entails though

I eagerly await for more of this

Brown Coat's philosophy on clothes is very much like Rarity ,after the disaster from season one, you don't make the outfit the client wants, you make they one they need!

This story is so underrated.

Me thinks the Gods of Faerun will find Harmony will not play thier political games, and Mask better prepare to Spend a LONG time in stone. As for the Moon Elves... Well they have a Demi-Goddess option in Equestria now don't they?

What I still don't get is why everyone in this story calls a moonelf a human. They have completely different eye colors, skin colors, pointed ears, and body and facial structure. Except for being humanoid there's no way you can confuse a elf for a human. Are they all blind and can't see the ears?

Or they're in a world where elves don't yet exist...

I get that, but their still elves and they would very obviously not look like humans. Their unique tattoos, weapons, armor, clothes, their pointed ears, everything points to them NOT being a human.

I find it hard to believe that the Gryphons, who are akin to predator birds who have excellent vision and knack for attention to detail can't make out that their at the least not human.

I loved how that ended!

This fine diplomacy is second only to Kitten's negotiations with Fabricator-General of Mars! XD

Very nice I'm glad to see this one coming along so well.

“Yes!” she crowed, rocking Dranidal back and forth. “The three of us can come with the perfect plan to woe Shadowsong, no matter how dense he is!”

I think you meant woo there. My autocorrect did the same thing typing this...

If the main OCs in this story were voiced, what would they sound like?

Does it bother you that your comment still hasn't gotten a response?

He he he, I am looking forward to the next few chapters!

Oh crap. This will not end well.

Oooh. New Years story very nice.

Poor Harmony haveing to deal with new Gods invading her world and one of her "Daughters"(dunno if the story has the sisters as demigoddesses making them literal daughters, or just powerful immortals making it figurative) making rather dishormonious plans. Let's hope the avatar of Chaos doesn't find his seal weakened prematurely.

Griffins are a good place to start, but for the Elves, the Everfree Forest would be the best match on this world?:ajbemused:

Were they mercenaries to the core, I would have agreed. Everfree is a exceptional defender position for Elves. Thought we don't know how strong are artistic feels are, what I think we have here - war-weary group of Elves.

Well the deer nation are in the Everfree too and they are very elf like(likely more so here where they would be anthro) so they would feel at home there. The Selnueites kind of need to go to Equestria as that is where the Moon Goddess of the world lives. Any Mage is going to want to go to Equestria too, as the most powerful mages in the world are Ponies. I do wonder how the elves presence will effect Luna's plans, suddenly have elvish priests and followers might encourage more ponies to be open with supporting her, feeling less jealous might make her rethink her rebellion (it is nessicary now?) But if she does how will the Nightmare respond? And that's all after the immediate concern with the human/gryphon conflict.

Regarding the rebellion. The thing is that as far as I understood it is Planned in a matter of several years (decade at most), but the elvish priests and pony followers is a matter of multiple decades if not generations (pony generations of course :twilightsheepish:).

I have a feeling those wars Equestria fought in where not instigated by Equestria. But from an outside perspective you hear two nations go to war ad one gets obliterated your going to be afraid of the winner and assume they are infact blood thirsty not that the princesses "accidently" used too much of thier demi-goddess powers in battle. Would make the wars comedic horror, Celestia tries to cast fire ball and ends up glassing the battle field, Luna tries to cast a gravity spell to make the foe slower but it crushes them to death!

Except that Twilight ignited her mane and tail when she was still a unicorn. It's led some to speculate that one of her ancestors was a Kirin.

If Alicorns are all tribes they would have the DNA from Kirin and Thestrals too. Twilight has shown she can hang upside down down as a alicorn. In the episode "Every Little Thing She Does" when Twilight and Starlight do rappided teleportation pracitce one of the stops is a cave, when Twilight pops in she in upside-down hanging from the ceiling with her wings wrapped around her like a bat.
Also Luna is able to shape shift,both her mood and mana pool likely influence her apperance. In the persona of Nightmare Moon she has more feral feature, like fangs and vertical pupils. Same goes for Celestia in the persona of Daybreaker, fangs and verticle pupils.

“Apologies brother, my wounds bring out the worst in me, as does this dark talk.” He let out a small sigh. “Whatever the cause however, you should not be the target of my internal anger. The blame is mine, and mine alone. I have made, and continue to make the choices; therefore it is I who must bear the weight of the consequences. It is the way.”

Spoken like a king.

Well with luna (or nightmare moon in disguise) giving the elves nightmares until Y join the cult of harmony (going to call it that because harmony seems to be a dick). I hope that she gets a stern talking to, or stabbed...whichever comes first.

Probably stabbed since she is technically forcing people into a religion without them knowing.

Well she's not doing it as a act of war. My point was more about them devestating the battle field with combat spells.
Also I don't think Harmony is at fault, It's never had to deal with other gods and their politics, it's being blunt.

Trying starvation tactics aint a good idea. It just means youre delivering hardcore fresh chicken instead of veg.:trixieshiftright:

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