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Tired of living through historic events. ◈ Forget about coffee buy me a cup noodle.



A standalone prequel to Splintershard. You don't need to read Splintershard to understand this story, nor do you need to read this to understand Splintershard.

Day by day, the rift in Equestria grows. The factions align, but nobody knows--

Will the nation still stand?

Or will it fade away, leaving only dust and sand?

This story starts off pretty lighthearted, but will grow progressively darker as time passes. Additional tags will be added as the story progresses.

Reviewed by Lumina Faith in My Little Reviews & Feedback!

Chapters (88)
Comments ( 76 )

In the end it will be Twilight Sparkles who is at fault for Equestria crumbling into civil war and disorder, maybe entire ponies will say Twilight is at fault and blame her for the woes.

This is interesting . . . It's sad and a bit painful to see Twilight step down, but this type of situation has always been a possibility for her future.

I'm eager to see what happens next. :pinkiehappy:

Mom and dad said not to think about it,

"Dad" should be capitalized here, as well as where the word is mentioned in the fourth paragraph. :)

Noted. Thanks for pointing that out!

An election. Hmm, that's something Equestria hasn't seen before. (Well, in terms of the national government.) I wonder what would happen if "the Sunbeam movement" worked.

Looking forward to the next installment. :)

There's a lot of stuff that's changed ever since the time when they stepped down, so if they aren't always listening to the radio like I cam, or going to school anymore, then how would they know what's even going on anymore?

Minor typo!
Did the nobles ask Celestia if she wanted to lead again? Because I sincerely doubt they can force her, even if the Sunbeam movement works.

Fixed! Thanks!

And no, they didn't ask. We'll see where that leads us. :raritywink:

Honestly, I'm starting to get why the nobles want Celestia in charge again.

Honestly, I'm starting to get that too. :unsuresweetie:

This story is getting darker by the chapter. :fluttershysad: Nonetheless, I am intrigued. I'll be here for the next one. :)

I wonder what Starlight plans on using it for, though?

Fighter aircraft? That's my prediction. Although, it would be a bit odd to have a colt manufacture military equipment.

I suspect things are about to get worse for Equestria.:moustache: Keep up the good work. :)

Yeah, the T rating is fitting considering the current situation. May I ask what the name of your OC is? It might have been mentioned somewhere, but I guess it slipped my mind.

still yet to be named. :raritywink:

Ah, okay. Well, I'll be ready whenever the name arrives. ;)

On my Discord server, readers and prereaders for Splintershard have adopted the name of the story as an unofficial name for the OC. :twilightsmile:

Hmm, interesting. :pinkiesmile: I'll keep that in mind for the time being. :)

I don't plan on ever revealing a name within the story itself, but if I ever do choose a name, I'd likely stick with what everyone else has been calling them. I wanted to keep the character as vague as possible for the sake of the story's writing style. :raritywink:

Sounds good to me. Thanks for the info.

As it stands, it looks like Equestria has won its war against Klugetown, at the cost of itself.

Daybreaker has returned, and that may as well be the most poetic line in the story. Looking forward to seeing what happens next. :)

I agree. :unsuresweetie:
It very much seems like Daybreaker has something to do with the disappearances, and the number distributions for all Canterlot residents sounds suspicious as well.

Looking forward to tomorrow's chapter. :)

1) I enjoy this diary entry writing style and before I started reading this, I was actually thinking of writing a fic kinda similar to this, but just a different setting

2) But, he said he can fix it at home so we can play with it tomorrow... MICROSOFT 365 SAVINGS... Nothing about the story, just the fact that ads in the middle of the story is just... What the fuck, Fimfiction team? I'm okay with ads at the top and bottom, but not in the middle of a fic guys...

So... Is Starlight an elderly pony or is she so powerful she's basically immortal?

I chose the latter option. She maintains her health using a spell.

The formation of the Old Guard faction, a dependant state formed in the Everfree Forest, has become hotly debated within the Sunbeam Corps. There are rumors that the nation may further fracture with time. I am unsure of what may become of those who dissent.

That doesn't sound good. :applejackunsure:

It's been a little while since I've seen my parents, but I'm getting used to it. I just don't think about them anymore.

Heartbreaking. :fluttershysad: On the other hoof, I surmise his parents are constantly thinking about him.

Interesting content. I'm sensing that something major will be transpiring sooner or later.

We hope to tame the rebel town with minimal if any bloodshed.

Crossing my fingers that that's the case. :unsuresweetie:

Sunbeam is handling being thrown into the military relatively well. I know I would react to that situation much differently. :rainbowlaugh:

I wonder what Twilight thinks of everything occurring right now...

I have... I have spilled blood. ...

My group rounded up three, and we... slit their throats. ...

Ponyville is all but decimated as it stands, with the ponies that we didn't... well, kill having all fled from town.

Oh, wow... I didn't expect the Sunebam Corps to go that far. (Poor Sunbeam. As a young filly, he/she should've never been forced to experience what happened.) Were the rebels really that dangerous, to the extent where so much violence was in order? Or is the military beginning to be corrupted by the influence of Daybreaker?

Was it worth it?

That's the question.

Looking forward to the next chapter. :)

Starlight must've thought the same thing that I did about needing guards and being away from the fight, 'cause she picked me to be on her guard team! Me! Can you believe it? I finally get to get out of this place without needing to go anywhere to fight!

That sounds great for Sunbeam, but I'm a little skeptical about whether that last sentence will be the case.

Maybe Star might even meet Celestia!

Did you mean to put Starlight there instead of Star? Just thought I'd point that out.

All in all, good chapter. (I also like that Sunbeam has reverted back to informal writing.) I'll be awaiting whatever happens next. :)

Yeah, I meant to write star there

Okay. Thanks for the clarification. :)

Okay, so Starlight said that she'll be going back and reporting both me and the other guards as deceased to keep us undercover.

I love the idea of Starlight being a double agent. :twilightsmile:

Also also, I finally learned a bit of news on what was happening and what caused what! It turns out that firstly, the Ponyville attack was a direct order from Daybreaker herself , not Starlight, because there was a rumor that Luna was building a resistance army there to take down her sister.

Yay, I was right! The order was from Daybreaker.

I wonder how Starlight's plan will go... Well, nice chapter, and looking forward to the next installment. :)

Me and the other guards along with Luna have made sure that these open chambers are sealed off from the rest of the tunnel, just in case. ... That way, if Starlight ever gets captured or something, it'd be impossible for her to tell where the real base for the Ashen is, because she wouldn't even know!

Smart idea.

Oh, and we also took our watch off the guards that looked more suspicious. They're good. Also, it turns out they've got pretty good jokes.

Still seems suspicious to me. :applejackunsure:

Hopefully Starlight returns soon. Nice work on the story as a whole. It's certainly been an interesting read. :)

Cadance arrived today in secret. She had to disguise herself as a pegasus before landing, but luckily nopony suspected anything when she climbed into the tunnels. Now that we have another alicorn on our side, I think we'll be set to strike back against Daybreaker!

Yay, Cadence! :pinkiesmile:

I wonder how Whirlwind's doing.

Hmm, me too. Poor colt. The consequence of refusing to produce more Whirlybirds must be making him miserable. Unless he's been corrupted by Daybreaker as well... :pinkiegasp:

As always, looking forward to whatever happens next. :)

Well... nothing interesting really happened today. We decorated the place a little bigt, did some more training... stuff like that. We've got enough supplies to last us a while now, so nopony's really feeling like coming out of the bunker or the tunnels again anytime soon. Luna and Cadance have pretty much settled into their own roles, so that's good too.


I get the feeling, right, that Sunbeam would have become an entomologist if this war hadn't started...

I'm just gonna say this, but some of the ponies down here do not know how to deal with accidentally lighting their tail up. Luckily, the ponies that did know were pretty quick to put out the fire, but now we have... what, four? Five or so ponies with singed manes and tails?

Lol, how come that keeps happening? :rainbowlaugh: These ponies need to keep a fire extinguisher very close to the campfire.

As far as camp stuff goes, we finally decided that enough was enough and taught some basic fire safety procedures to anypony that even so much as looked at the campfires.

That's a great plan. At last, the issue has been resolved. :rainbowlaugh:

Well, it's my first day of pretending to be and Old Guard... er, guard . Yeah, technically they're a whole separate faction, but they're allied closely enough with Daybreaker that they're basically one and the same. I'll probably just follow along and call the "Equestria" ruled by Daybreaker "Old Guard" like everypony else has been.

Ah, typos. The bane of authors everywhere. Also I have a very bad feeling about the "low-ranking" guard...

Sunbeam bout to jinx the whole camp

I've been tasked to scout the area a bit since I've already had experience navigating the tunnels. ... Because Sweet Apple Acres is considered harmless by the Old Guard, I will be using my disguise as a way to get into the fort undercover, and report back on what they're capable of.

Hmm, I wonder how this scouting mission will go. I'm suspecting Sunbeam will find whatever he/she sees at the Old Guard fort troubling.

Looking forward to tomorrow's chapter. :)

I like where this is heading. A nice little what if story.

Hmmm. Does seem like a recipe for disaster...

Now, onto the juicy stuff.


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