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Hearth's Warming is never an easy time for Gallus, being the only one without a real family to go home to.

But this year, he just might discover a new friend to spend it with.

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Georg #1 · 2 weeks ago · · ·

Percussive Friendship.

Tempest loomed over him. “Be mindful of your surroundings. Your opponents will use it against you.”

Wise counsel. And I see we've found another student of Ra's Al Ghul.

“How long can you stand up on your hind legs?” she said after he’d gone down for the sixth time. “Perhaps Minotaur Stance will be more suited to you.”

So that's what they call it.

And you know what, this would explain how Gallus first got drawn into being party of the royal guard in the first place. And Tempest is always a joy to see in the little slice of life things with other characters to bounce off. Overall, great fic. I could totally see this happening.

Being my tired self, only now notices who the author is Oh, of course. :rainbowlaugh: Just the style and quality I expect from you.

Lovely, cute, enjoyable, and fitting! Well done!

Interesting take on how Gallus became Twilight's guard, and I can see him and Tempest connecting like this. Also liked how Tempest's answer to "do you sing" is just "I'm a pony" basically ackowlageing singing talent is pretty much a genetic trait in Equestria's. As to how the Daring Doo books got fighting styles spot on, well we know Daring is real so any fighting techniques the books describe accurately are ones she uses. The wings and tail would let a Griffon balance in a bipedal stance pretty well.

Excellent.

Loved it. Great take on these two... Though I kinda admit I was envisioning Brianne training Podrick during the first part of the sparring

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This was a very nice story, thanks for sharing it!

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Well, that's quite an interesting song... :twilightoops:

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So that's what they call it.

I imagine that Diamond Dogs have a similar style, too.

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The wings and tail would let a Griffon balance in a bipedal stance pretty well.

Oh yes. Equestria Prevails has done some amazing artwork featuring bipedal griffons:
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They do have kinda similar character dynamics.

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I aim to please. Thanks for reading! :twilightsheepish:

I officially ship Tellus.

Wing #11 · 2 weeks ago · · ·

I dig this. :3

I'm a sucker for anything with my girl in it.

You do some good action.

Loved every second of this.

~Skeeter The Lurker

“By the way, can you sing?” he asked.

“I’m a pony,” Tempest deadpanned.

“We do tend to break into song at the most random, sometimes inopportune times.”

Wow, nice work here. Great little scenes, especially the realistic take on the swordplay. Wasn't too keen on Tempest being the personal attaché to Twilight, but in the post s9 context it makes good sense. This'll be going into my group (and my faves) for sure.

Bravo. Did you study any martial arts or fencing?

This was fantastic. You did a really good job with Gallus slowly learning how to actually fight, and Tempest was a good teacher in both telling him what he was doing wrong while also letting him figure stuff out on his own. And of course the song at the end, with Gallus helping Tempest out with feeling more a part of the herd once again.

I'm also getting the sense that Starlight and Tempest don't get along, which amuses me on multiple levels, from both being reformed villains, to both of them having Twilight in some form of mentor role...

I once again find myself wondering how the heck ponies stay warm when wearing just a scarf or fuzzy hat or something in the cold. I do known horses have a higher average body temperature than people, but I doubt that enters into it. More likely the physics of the MLP universe are simply, "if it's cute, it works".

Maybe a Knight of Friendship?

Tempest: "We are not calling it that under any circumstance - "
[Later that year]
Twilight: "And so I hereby do create, the Knights of Friendship!"
Tempest: "T'chaak..."

Eden #18 · 2 weeks ago · · ·

In my headcanon, Flesh Sentry trained Gallus.

You destroyed it with violence, thanks so much. It's a wonderful, wonderful story.

So adorable, so so fitting. This is my headcanon now.

This was lovely, warm, and fluffy. Similar to Gallus in that respect.

I absolutely love this, damn it, my feels.

Great writing with believable characterisation.

ok so yeah that was sick i know this doesn't mean anything but could we get a full story :eyes:

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I'm here trying to figure out whether Tellus or Gallest sounds cooler. :derpytongue2:

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Nope. But I do watch Shadiversity and Skallagrim on Youtube. They're great historical martial arts enthusiasts, and they're very entertaining as well!

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I'm also getting the sense that Starlight and Tempest don't get along, which amuses me on multiple levels, from both being reformed villains, to both of them having Twilight in some form of mentor role...

Well, they say that opposites attract and likes repel, and Starlight and Tempest are practically the same mare when it comes to problem-solving. Just throw enough magic or blunt-force trauma at it until it goes away. :twilightoops:

Though, if we were to delve a little deeper into why there's friction between them, I imagine that Tempest let slip that she is a little contemptuous of Starlight's original motives for becoming a villain. Starlight, on the other hoof, is irritated by Tempest's utter indifference to any authority figure other than Twilight, and she's never encountered a mare who's also completely unfazed by her magical prowess.

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Eh heh... Happy to be of service? :twilightblush:

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But it is already a full story. :derpytongue2: I currently have no plans for a sequel, but they could certainly make further appearances in some of my other stories when it is relevant.

Dan
Dan #25 · 1 week ago · · ·

To the tune of Auld Lang Syne, I take it?

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Yep. It's actually an official song for one of their Christmas albums.

Well that was just pleasant as hell! Feels, Smiles, Humor, Singing, Drinking? That's a lot of good boxes checked in a nice little story!

This is great. Fantastic. Exellent.
This is the exact type of content I like to see.
I really like this sort of relationship building, and the world coming together when characters like this interact.
Gallus treating this challenge so earnestly is a little adorable with how much he seems to appreciate someone just taking a genuine intrest in his improvement as out of the blue as it was.

Xanni #29 · 1 week ago · · ·

"that hit the sport" is a typo for "that hit the spot"

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Fixed. Thanks for spotting that!

This is absolutely now my headcanon Tempest. Heck, this is now my headcanon season 10. Rooting for this one in the contest. :heart:

Gallus comes across as young without being childish, Tempest is tough without being edgy, and the whole setup is shippy without being saccharine. Most of fimmfiction can't even manage a single one of those at a time, much less all three simultaneously. Excellent work and I would kind of like to read more.

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Gallus treating this challenge so earnestly is a little adorable with how much he seems to appreciate someone just taking a genuine intrest in his improvement as out of the blue as it was.

Poor guy being an orphan probably plays a lot into that. Outside of the formality of a school, he doesn't have many authority/parental figures taking a personal interest in his growth and development.

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Always happy to hear that I've influenced headcanons. :pinkiehappy:

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Aww shucks, that's very flattering. :twilightblush:

Excellent work and I would kind of like to read more.

Well, I don't currently have a sequel planned, but if you enjoyed Tempest in this story, you might like her in this other one.

Shenzy #34 · Monday · · ·

He shrugged. “It was a very stealthy tree.”

Hahahaha

Outstanding story .
Not just two favorites but a very cool setup...
Also it's subtle. Gives time to settle in and doesn't spell everything out!

Fave.

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