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After a mirror portal field trip being conducted by Luna goes terribly wrong, Ocellus finds herself trapped in a strange palace far from home. That palace, once abandoned, is now infested with a hive of love-starved changelings intent on using her only way home as a means to invade her world.

Otherwise, Ocellus appears to be alone.

At first.

The story is inspired by, and a homage to, my favorite game of the last decade. However, this story is neither a crossover nor AU. This story is set after "The End of the End" (but before "The Last Problem"), and is purely a My Little Pony story. Warning: rudeness and intolerance are not allowed in the comments, but spoilers are. Exercise discretion. Remain polite and on-topic. And please enjoy the story!

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Well this looks interesting. Sign me up.

"I decide what is best for my subjects, not some mewling grub!"

Aren't you and your subjects currently starving in a whole after getting Team Rocket yeeted from Horsedom proper by a valentines day art project and her Himbo?

There is no her.

How does one maintain ones individuality in a species who, as mimics, have no individuality?

There is no her.

Ah, the tachkoma paradox

As Ebony said, quite the dilemma. I'm a philosophy wonk, so this notion intrigues me.

Of course we're missing the point, I suspect:pinkiecrazy:

I've personally never played the Prey games myself, but this looks very interesting!
Tracking and faving!

I've seen this one before, the real you is you, not anything in one of those mirrors. Nasty business really, changelings have a horrible time with questions of identity.

There is no her.

I think, therefore, I am.

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Well, we see in the show canon that there are individuals, but are soundly rejected by the changeling proper. We can assume from this that they do, if fact, have individual desire but individually chose to be like each other.

Group think as a gestalt, as it were

Kkat has posted a story.

{Wallace}These are the end times.{/West}

Whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa. Kkat? Kkat is writing a new story?

*cracks knuckles* Lets do this!

Yay! Kkat’s back to writing! can’t wait for more! :twilightsmile:

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How does one maintain ones individuality in a species who, as mimics, have no individuality?

Indeed, although it should be noted that the lack of individuality is less to do with being a mimic and more to do with having formerly been one of the working cogs in a totalitarian regime which was designed to crush individuality out of any that were not the chosen leader. The lack of a definitive form lends to the identity crisis certainly, but an individual identity is far more than just a pattern of behaviors and a given appearance.

Nice start. I hope to read more.

Definitely off to an interesting start, I look forward to reading more.

The present-tense narration might take a bit to get used to, but I'm really liking where this is starting.

When the show had the little bit of Ocellus transforming in a meeting with Starlight and the brief comment about confusion over personal identity, I'd really hoped to see more on the subject later on, so it's pretty cool to see a story touching on the subject :twilightsmile:

Ah, yes. Prey. Together with Metro, it's one of those games that I can only play with all the lights on. At midday. I'm sure this is gonna be fine.

Hmm...looking at the tags here...

So just how much of a "horror" are we talking about here? Because while the premise intrigues me, I'm really not that much of a horror fan, and and it leaves me sort of hesitant to continue without having a better idea of just what I'd be getting myself into... :twilightoops:

10133480 You'll be fine. Trust me. :raritywink:

She doesn't stop walking until she is standing before the mirror. The mirror that will reflect her true self.
The mirror shows nothing.

Maybe her true self simply isn't written yet?
(Or something like that...)


Anyway, interesting story so far.
I look forwards to see where it goes.

By the way: The top of the Feature Box is yours already.

dame, top of the leader bored already?

Me : Oh hey, a Prey referenced story. I'll give this story a shot... after a couple updates.
*closes window*
Me : Lets see what els-WAIT. WHAT WAS THE AUTHOR'S NAME?!

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Thinking about it, I agree with 10133312 about the gestalt.


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That's somehow an even more terrifying prospect then having no identity. At least then what you do have and what you make from that point is yours:twilightoops:

Full Disclaimer: I haven't watched any MLP episodes featuring the Student Six (I should find the time to do it though).

A pretty trippy introduction that starts off with Ocellus' POV of the season six finale, and ending with her running through a hallway of mirrors, each one showing her to be something that isn't her, and end with Ocellus having an existential crisis that I'm guessing can be summed up with "Ocellus thinks she is everything, but is simultaneously nothing. Ocellus has no identity!"

The prose is short and simple, yet also gives off a sort of 'alien' feel of what being a changeling is like, and I'm a huge fan of that. It's still rather early, but it looks interesting so far.

Oh yeah, this might be annoying, but I found this mistake:

Ocellus wishes those promises were true. She knows they are not. They can't be. but wouldn't that be wonderful?

Hope this comment was helpful!

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Because why just have spiders when you can have spiders that can change shape to hide in plain sight, then jump on you when your back is turned?

The preview picture reminds me on that new Alien movie for some reason uhh~Covenant
Aliens are bugs too, not?

This looks right up my alley. I'm glad to see more Ocellus on this site.

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That was literally what just happened to me !!!!

A new Kkat story? Inspired by a video game based around surviving? What a completely original and novel concept that isn't at all familiar!

Jokes aside, this looks super promising. I'll be watching this with keen interest.

Daaaaamn.

I still haven't read FOE (A sin I have been desperately trying to correct), so there's no way I'm missing an opportunity to jump on this puppy from the start.

AND THIS IS HOW THE LIVING LEGEND RETURNS WITH ANOTHER GREAT MASTERPIECE!

Ooh, great intro. I haven't even gotten to the part of the show where Ocellus is introduced and I'm invested in her character. I like the cosmic horror vibes of the horrors among the stars, the Zebra culture was one of my favorite parts of FOE for this very reason. So excited to be able to watch this one as it's published. Keep up the good work!

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I haven't read it yet but appears to be based of the rebooted game Prey (not that the reboot version has anything to do with the original Prey it's arguably held back by being associated with the original) The game has a similar concept to alien though I guess. Same concept, different aliens, themes, and scale.

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She's afraid she'll see Queen Chrysalis staring back at her.

As cliché as it would've been, I'd have loved if Ocellus had been Chrysalis in disguise during seasons 8 & 9, slowly planting innocuous seeds of doubt in the minds of ponies about one another throughout Equestria during the school lessons which culminated in Equestria tearing itself apart due to paranoia when Grogar revealed himself to the world

Anywho, time to buckle up for another wild ride~

Before her, the entire hive was changing. Transforming. The pony hadn't been lying. She hadn't been naïve. Changelings could survive by sharing love. They didn't have to starve. They didn't have to be parasites! They could be symbiotic !

That's an oof from me bro

New Kkat story?

NEW KKAT STORY!

POGGU

Was that mug always there?

I am so so so so excited

It's always lovely to see a triumphant return.

o7 Kkat, may you bless us all once more with your beautiful work and gorgeous characterization.

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Ahh that one. I wouldn't have guessed ty

It isn’t Fallout: Equestria 2, but my internet is peaked nonetheless.

Awww I saw the title and the cover art and I was like “OMG A PREY STORY? WE GET TO SEE SOME TYPHON?” But then the description made me sad.

Oh swell, gonna put it in my read later anyway, and maybe do a search for some proper Prey stories. I want my fix of Typhon Equinophantasmus!

Wait... notices the comments and actually reads the author’s name HOLY SHIT KKAT!

...I never did write that Fallout story I showed you...

I’m hype, I love me some student six action and with Kkat at the helm What could go wrong

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Wow, I REALLY need to watch Ghost in the Shell. (Isn't it Tachikoma, with an i in the middle?)

The multiple visages without an identity reminds me a lot of when Alucard absorbs Schrodinger.

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I'm thrilled that even Rock-Ocellus makes a cameo!

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