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"...what did I just even read." - Wintermist || "Pour la beauté du geste" || ooo


It was a pleasant summer day, when the Behemoth came to Canterlot. The air was clear, and the Sun shone bright. Everyone in Equestria who'd been there at the time remembered that day, and they all remembered it like that. And not a single one could ever forget the day when the Behemoth came to Canterlot, and everything changed.

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Is this a Final Fantasy crossover?

Most curious. Definitely looking forward to more in the wake of that eldritch visitation.

Oh. It's still there. I hadn't realized that part, or perhaps I simply didn't want to.

At least she survived. Up to that point, anyway. And good on Sassy. The more people in the group, the greater the odds someone's going to keep their head... up until you have start worrying about herd instinct.

Ummmmm...... the page is blank:rainbowhuh:

Even using dark mode, there's no way to uncover the text in this chapter. I'm aware that this is a mystery, but most stories that use these formatting tricks just have you highlight the text to reveal it.

just copy and past to word pad and you're fine guys.

Blinded by brilliance. Appropriate for our mystery explorer. I suppose actually touching the light is right out. I wonder how she fits into all of this...

Everything from geography to chemical behavior changed in the wake of the Behemoth. It's staggering to consider the sheer scope of the devastation.

Whatever happened to And the souls of the living shrieked as they were ripped from their earthly shells and carried along with the storm, ? Rarity does not seem soul-sucked. Are we being trolled in one way and Rarity is going to perish horribly shortly after this scene ends? Are we being trolled in another and that was all some sort of overly elaborate metaphor? Or do Ponies simply not notice when their souls go away? That seems like trolling, too. :raritydespair:

Bit of a shame about the ponies whose houses had used to sit on the portion of land that had suddenly decided to ignore the known laws of physics and scatter into tiny floating fragments hanging in the air between land and sea,

This seems rather like something Discord would do. Indeed, where is Discord? What is his take on all this? Is the Behemoth, in fact, a reimagined version of Discord, bringing chaos and a breakdown in all the old rules simply by it's presence?

It's quietly disquieting how even Celestia just takes ponies' lives being uprooted so calmly, almost callously. But even she has only so much compassion to offer at any given time.

And to be fair, it is very good cake.

And Pinkie thought to herself that it was definitely weird.

If that's not a sign of the end times, I don't know what is.

This is starting to seem like a possible origin for Discord. Or evolution of Discord. Or, knowing him, both. Either way, more tentacles are rarely a good sign.

I assume there's a reason Spike can't just message-breath the research to the Empire. Possibly one of the warped laws of magic and physics in the Behemoth's wake.

Well, this is getting even more surreal... :twilightoops:

And really, he was starting to rant about weapons. Again. Thank goodness Cadence was at least willing to listen to his rambles when he went on one, bless that mare.

I can only imagne how long he can go on about the pros and cons of various polearms.

Still, so long as it was only lizards coming that close, Shining supposed it wasn't too bad. Not too bad at all.

That's not at all ominous...

Also, brilliant work with Dash's flashback chapter. Pitch perfect for her character.

Most curious. Not sure how this connects to... well, anything else here. Though I'm curious to find out. And I can't help but wonder if this ties in to lingering question of Discord.

I feel like you could hear that chapter title either on a rock farm soap opera or a Steven Universe fanfic.

As for the puzzle... I'm more than a little worried for Scarlet. And anyone else who catches the puzzle solver's eye, though for different reasons.

And a sandwich of hostile woods and twisted space. This just keeps getting stranger.

Most intriguing, this one. We have a snapshot of an entire city balanced on the knife's edge, a Mirror, the cracks... and the Ziz. Very interesting mythological selection there. Still not sure what it all means, but definitely more concrete than other enigmatic chapters.

Hmm. A unicorn who's spent years trying to determine the distribution pattern of... something. Could be Behemoth scales, could be sources of new magic or other anomalous phenomena, could be just about anything physically extant and magically hazardous (so that rules out outbreaks of madness.) This may be Moondancer, but it's not certain. And the chapter title raises further questions...

You're really earning that Mystery tag, huh?

I have to wonder if Cadence's perch is newly erupted from the ground... or wreckage. Given the tunnels, the latter seems likely. No wonder the Empire is still riddled with anxiety. Interesting times for all of them, it seems.

Hmm. Let's see what the Internet has to say about this...

The Ace of Swords shows a gleaming hand appearing from a white cloud, a representation of the Divine. It holds an upright sword, symbolic of the mind and the intellect, and at the tip of the sword sits a crown draped with a wreath, a sign of success and victory. While this Ace is a sign of triumph, the jagged mountains in the background suggest that the road ahead will be challenging. You will need mental resilience to navigate this path.

Well, that's encouraging... though Starlight isn't exactly showing mental resiliency right now. :applejackunsure:

Yeesh, I miss a week of updates and Pinkie calls me out. :raritywink: Sorry, got sidetracked by work, D&D campaign prep, and other assorted sundries. But I'm caught up now, and even more intrigued, especially since these last two chapters have thrown out a number of my assumptions. And that was just the prologue? Wow.

Ah. We have storylines starting to converge. This shouldn't just be interesting, it'll be interesting in a way that should make immediate sense. Hopefully. :raritywink:

I get the feeling this has nothing to do with Twilight's secret past as Celestia's daughter... though I can't say that with complete certainty.

In any case, it seems something more is coming on the horizon. Joy. And that "any other alicorn" could be taken in a number of ways.

... You know, I don't think we've heard anything about Flurry Heart this whole time.

Hmm. Signs definitely point to Nightmare Moon. The question is what the researchers are trying to do, and how she relates to the rest of the local reality. This could be years in the future or one of the timelines Starlight created during "The Cutie Re-Mark." Or both. We'll have to wait and see.

Hmm. Another what is the question? Anomalous region of magic and physics? Monster spawn point? Fold in space? Whatever the case, we definitely get a sense of time passing if Rarity was to worry about the Crusaders raiding her wine cellar. And I don't know what to make of that chapter title; I feel like it's a poetry reference going over my head.

Hmm. I feel like these two are a reference to something, but I'm not sure what. In any case, exposing unready minds to She of the Seven Bubbles will rarely end well. She really should just leave Twilight a note or something to distribute to all and sundry.

Good to have you back. And I can only imagine what happened to Tempest. Though I suppose pain, even unimaginably excruciating pain, is something of a good sign. At least the area is still alive enough to send nerve signals.

Sounds like Flurry and Rarity are both having a rough time of it. Shining's clearly looking out for the former, but who does the latter have? I just hope someone helps her confront her issues soon.

Certainly a romantic gift. Though Twilight coming in...

Well, she may have killed the mood, but I've already discussed how Rarity seemed to need a serious talk. Hopefully this goes well.

I was going to comment on Sugarcube Corner being "plain-looking," but apparently we're looking at a different part of that sweet, sweet hexahedron. Curious.

I have to wonder if they're just studying this plant or if they hope to actually get something useful out of it. I'm all for advancing one's understanding of the world, but "can consume the lab" is one heck of a risk factor. Still, good on Roseluck for thinking on her hooves.


OTP goodness aside, it really says something when the Behemoth's arrival was felt in neighboring universes. And may or may not have shredded the fabric of space and time.

Well, given the chapters written from bizarre subdimensions, that was pretty clear, but this does make me appreciate the scope all the more.

Sugarcube Edge was a major improvement over Sugarcube Corner in terms of speed and reliability, unfortunately by that point the restaurant wars were effectively over and Sugarcube had lost too much time and market share due to their complacency from years of monopoly.

Oh crap. :twilightoops: Here's hoping they teleported here.

Oh. Well. Hello, Chrysalis, Hope you don't mind one of your bridesmaids visiting. Or ever find out about it.

Ah, memetic infection. And going by both speaker and description, I'm pretty sure she's talking about friendship. The Behemoth may have changed a lot, but Twilight's tactics have always worked that way.

Wearing herself down to the bone. I can only hope this isn't typical for mission runners, or indicative of what Twilight is putting herself through. Though if she was able to stage an intervention for Rarity, she probably isn't too far gone.


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We could just, I don't know... Take out the tambourine for a second guitar?

"I'm standing right here," said Sunset.

Oh. Or she isn't. Nice.

:twilightoops: Oh dear. Less nice. Best case scenario, someone's going on a magic-fueled power trip. Or Sunset posted a photo she didn't mean to. worst case, I don't even know.

Nope. Very different sort of Behemoth.

O... kay. 2x Unexpected bitchiness combo here. And the talk of coils, the capitalized Wall, and pink poison joke are all intriguing. Especially the last, as it may explain some of what's going on. Or this is one heck of a nasty dream. That title seems odd given the circumstances...

Oh my. The mysterious distortions in Ponyville are bad enough, but human Applejack running away like this...

Something truly terrible has happened, and it may take physically tracking her down to find out what. Echoes of "The Last Roundup," but without any of the fun or cherries.

Manateeagles. There's a mental image. :applejackconfused:

And hopefully, things would work out, and no creature would get hurt.

This seems like the worst kind of plan when dealing with the Alicorn Amulet. Of course, dealing with the Alicorn Amulet already sounds like the worst kind of plan, so there we are. I can only imagine how Trixie sold Twilight on this idea.

So basically, a lot like messing with The One Ring. Which rarely ends well for anyone.

:facehoof: Now you're just taunting us. Though I do have to wonder both how this entity knows what it does and why Celestia is so insistent on putting cake before information that could save the nation. Or, for that matter, going for equicide before asking someone to stop talking.

Unless the pony infused the rock with life, of course. But the pony seemed to have no intention of performing such a feat.

Her sisters seem better suited for it, though. Indeed, calling them in to confirm Pinkie's findings may be advisable. I have to wonder what's so peculiar about this particular rock that merited such close investigation. We may find out in time.

Huh. I knew there was at least one alternate world involved in all of this. Now I find myself wondering just how many are.

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