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Forget not that I am a derp.


Each of the Bearers of Harmony came to that first Grand Galloping Gala with a dream in her heart and dreadfully few relevant facts in her mind. Rarity dreamt of finding her Prince Charming. She knew his name, appearance, and not much else.

But in this timeline, one of her friends has her back.

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I haven't started reading yet, but oh god, on the pun on one of my favorite phrases, 💯


I figgered you'd grab some colt with more titles than bits an' have yerself a nice li'l ber-jwah-zee romance.

Applejack, no! The poor English language! Oh, pone-manity! :rainbowlaugh:

Reminds me of my own Uncle Larry.

Noblesse Applige, snrrrk.

That cover image! Lol, wut?


Even tactics so aggressive that Apple Bloom might have used them proved no more effective than standing there and waiting.



"He preened as much as a wingless pony could."

Ah! Nice!


He gave that little smile that meant he'd be rolling on the floor if they weren't in public.

So good!


"There was the muzzle wrinkle like he'd smelled something foul. In a sense, he had, it was just something somepony had done at least a generation ago."

Applejack sighed. "Ain't that always th' way? Somepony made a mess fifty years back an' now we gotta pay for it."

How, very, very apt, for a Bearer of Harmony to say...


Blueblood quirked an eyebrow, which generally meant the same thing as when anypony else did so. "Lady Ponyville, I feel I should remind you that the Gala is fully and freely catered."


Blueblood blinked. "Auntie's student?" He shook his head, throwing in an expert mane toss out of habit. "Lady Ponyville, Twilight Sparkle's attendance this year is no less astonishing than yours. The Gala is perhaps the one topic in all of Equestria where I am better versed than she."

And pieces start falling into place.

"If she's having hip problems, it may finally be safe to pay her due respect." Blueblood gave a glance in the direction of Ponyville, one that Applejack knew was solely for her entertainment. "So long as I do so in another city."



Applejack could hear the pout. Turning to confirm it was a formality. "Rarity, you can't spit an apple seed in this town without hittin' a prince. Half of 'em are named Prince!

Ah, pony naming! And also royal family stuff.


She took a step back, grateful that Rarity hadn't led with the heel.



one drop of the cream of society in what amounted to a dairy silo.

Was cream stored in silos? Applejack would know.

Nice twist on an old phrase!


Also ensuring that the sun still rises; I understand some ponies are rather adamant about that sort of thing." His eyes twinkled like Celestia's when amused.

Rarity tamped down on the building smile so hard, her face ached. "Applejack especially," she blurted out.

Yaay! Friendliness!


The prince... Blue flinched as though struck. "That is the sole privilege of Lady Ponyville."

I wonder how they met the first time...

Donut Joe rolled his eyes, but his response was still tinged with amusement. "Yer aunt's already tried danglin' titles in front o' my muzzle, pal. I ain't bitin'."



The resulting twitch sent shooting pains all through Rarity's neck.

Yeesh. Yeah.


And again, great ending! Such a good AU!

Blueblood & Rarity always had the potential to have a great romance.

Someday I'll channel my inner Jane Austen & write a story called Pride & Prejudice & Ponies

Hilarious. I expected the like with the blog post, and you did deliver :rainbowlaugh:

And damn, that's quite the lack of gag reflex :trollestia:

It was everything I could have hoped for. Very nice.

You know, I'd love to see more of this someday.

“Go Auntie,” indeed. If there’s only one thing I’ve learned from life, it’s that you should never underestimate the things a princess can fit down her throat.

What? What’d I say?

Very well done!

To be fair, our world's horses are incapable of vomiting.

Yeah, but that doesn't apply to the ponies of Equestria, as the infamous "baked bads" scene proved.

Any story that has "Rainbow Dash bet the princess she couldn't swallow four donuts at once! Come watch!" in it is by default going to be an amazing story. Will done good sir and/or ma'am!

REALLY good job on this AU one-shot. The exchanges, characterizations, general humor and general wrap-up were all well done in all the right places. I especially loved Applejack and Blueblood's chat at the beginning (including the nod to the IDW comics in regards to Blueblood's characterizations), Rarity realizing that she was coming on entirely too strong, Celestia's comment to Twilight concerning the "greeting ponies at the Gala" scene, Blueblood spilling the beans about Shining Armor (and, to be fair, with the exceptions of Applejack and Rarity, the Mane Six DON'T discuss their families much, so it makes sense the subject never came up) and the doughnut eating contest at the end.

All in all, this WAS a darn entertaining one-shot, as I aforementioned.

Nothing of special interest. I do have to ask where where you learned that, however; I lack source material on the abilities of the royal throat, you see, and I'd like to gather more for research on alicorn physiology.

zx29b #14 · May 11th, 2020 · · 1 ·

The best thing about this AU in my mind is that it explains, at least to an extent, how the oldest family in the village... the biggest land owners by far... who possess a monopoly on a cash crop... manages to be dead broke and on the verge of losing their orchard all the time. It should not even be economically possible to mess up that situation that badly. Between a hopelessly stubborn Granny and an Applejack who is so business un-savvy that she tries to sell fritters at a catered event, you can almost see it.

Not one but two fics on the Featured box where Rarity learns that another member of the Mane Six is actually nobility. Nice.

Pause #16 · May 11th, 2020 · · 1 ·

I don't recall the series has ever once said that Sweet Apple Acres is almost broke/losing the farm. That's a fandom cliche.

(Much like all of the nobility, sans Fancy Pants, and Canterlot being stuck up)

Oh. That. Well... I saw it. You know, in a magazine.

In an article. That was in a magazine. In an interest magazine. You know.

Princess Celestia’s neck is longer, bit I'm not convinced it'd wide enough across to make this safe. But she saw Pinkie do it, and she doesn't actually know Pinkie yet...

really interesting interpretation of blueblood, in the show we only get one appearance of him, so his personality can be anything and this take was refreshing from standard snobby noble we normally get

Rarity gasped as the bit dropped. "Oh dear, I hadn't considered that. Being the most eligible bachelor in Canterlot..."

"Means everypony knows yer th' most eligible bachelor in Canterlot. An' they're all gonna try an' grab you like a prize sow up fer auction."

that a good point that rarity did come off as kinda a gold digger, it did seem as her trying to live out her fantasy with blueblood, and he was just trying to get rid of her by being annoying as he was

wish we got more stories with this kind of BB

All these years later, and you're still bombarding us with amazingly fitting headcanons.

What is that cover from?

"All of my friends are here. And Applejack is here too."

This is a splendidly show-flavored alternate take on Blueblood (and Applejack). It is heartwarming to see him learn friendship like that too. Thank you for the story and the good moral here of treating others as the persons they are with their own needs and wants, not as prizes to chase after.

"Hey Rarity!" Pinkie cried. "Rainbow Dash bet the princess she couldn't swallow four donuts at once! Come watch!"

I didn't realize I needed this scene so, soooo badly. :rainbowlaugh:

What a refreshing take on Blueblood, and not to mention Applejack!

So, this is fun! Even if terribly heretical non-canonical.

Just needs a little Rarijack, but I say that about most fics.

I remember, many years ago on a forum called Spacebattles, a round of discussion that would crop up now and again about stories centered around the concept of all of the Mane 6 - except for Rarity - were actually nobility. It was wonderful.

Thank you for - inadvertently or not - giving the world a little taste of what could have been had someone actually gone with the idea enough to make a fic. :pinkiehappy:

They never say they're so broke they're going to lose the farm, but Applejack does worry about making money and having enough. For example, Granny's hip was brought up in "The Ticket Master" where Applejack says:

Applejack: If I had an apple stand set up, ponies would be chowin' our tasty vittles 'til the cows came home. Do you have any idea how much business I could drum up for Sweet Apple Acres? Why, with all that money, we could do a heap of fixin' up 'round here. We could replace that saggy old roof, and Big McIntosh could replace that saggy old plow, and Granny Smith could replace that saggy old hip.

I don't think it was the only time, but it was certainly the first. So, they may not have to worry about losing the farm since they are owners by the crown, but they do worry about making enough to keep everything running and in shape.


There's a few such stories around... Join a Blueblood group or something... I can't remember any specific stories...

Apart from "Ticket Master" where they could not so much as replace a plow, there was "Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000" in which Applejack specifically said that they would lose the farm without the local cider market to keep them afloat through the winter. It was a very long time ago, that--eight years now.

Holy shit, more of this thread please, because that was hilarious.

Twilight leveled an unamused glare at her. "You see him every day."

Twilight leveled an unamused glare at her. "You see him every day."

Celestia tilted her head. "You didn't tell them about Shining?"I'm honestly surprised no one is commenting on these lines. Nice bit of characterization, as well as mentioning the plot hole.

Y'know, I always enjoy seeing Blueblood given a bit more characterization than "arrogant prick". His banter with AJ almost felt like cousins verbally sparing, and it was thoroughly delightful.

"Hideous. A monstrosity. An affront to the proper, dignified cuisine to which a pony of my station is entitled."

"Would you like another?"

He wiped the crumbs off his muzzle as genteelly as he could. "Absolutely. Master Joe? I believe we can see about making you a duke."

That was perfect.

Very much enjoyed this. Thanks for it.

"The princess gave land t' Great-Granpappy Cody Lead-On. That's ennoblin' in a nutshell."

Yeah it pretty much is isn't it...

No words can describe my enjoyment of this little gem. AJ the noblesse is such a fun trope that I don't see nearly often enough, outside of Triptych anyway. Same with Blueblood being an actually decent bloke besieged by gold-diggers. And of course, the antics of the swan-in-chief never get old, especially when they leave Rarity and Twilight so comically shell-shocked. :trollestia:

In short, fantastic as always. More please? :fluttershysad:

It's been a while since I've favorited a fic, but this interpretation of Blueblood was just too perfect for me not to!

"Would said posse include the mare trying everything but beating me over the head with a club?" Blueblood pointed his horn towards the main ballroom, and...

I like the slight nod to RGRE here

I loved AJ and Blue's banter, and how they obviously know each other well. Not to mention I like a Blueblood who is competent, a bit haughty, but decent at heart. Even if he goes a bit far getting rid of Gold Diggers.

Applejack's momentary transition from 'country hick' to 'southern belle' was remarkable.

Rarity's reaction to cussing was excellent too.

I am also a sucker for Twilight emphatically reminding people that Spike is her little brother. And being called on how little she talks about her family. For goodness sake, she's almost as bad as Spock!

And ending with friendship and doughnuts is an excellent place to start another chapter some day.

Okay, seriously, this is all kinds of good!

It's setting up worldbuilding and character backstory/development that not only works on its own, but would make perfect sense in canon too :raritystarry: I can easily see this becoming its own timeline and there's a lot about it that reminds me of Capn_Chryssalid's stories. Excellent work, FOME: you deliver once again! :twilightsmile:

Given how well Blueblood gets along with Applejack, I’m really wondering what happened between Twilight and him that set her off like that

My headcanon for this is that AJ is just wrong and worrying for no real reason. IIRC, she's said that she doesn't have a head for numbers and Mac handles the farm's books, so it's possible that she doesn't actually have that good of an idea what the Acres' financial situation is, and is just doing her overprotective sister routine on a larger scale.

Indeed. She is very much a farmer first and a noblemare, oh, somewhere around ninth.

This was a very fun read! Great work!

Shoot, who can blame her? Those books and ledgers are plum full of fancy mathematics.

I love it! And I would love it even if I didn't help inspire it! The banter is perfect, the characterization is great, and the conclusion is awesome! I do hope you make more of this series!


Applejack, no! The poor English language! Oh, pone-manity! :rainbowlaugh:

Well, technically, it's Ponish. And also French. :raritywink:

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With regards to the cover image, it comes from the same infamous comic that gave us King Zebra and Rainbow Dash's beloved sidekick Terry. Thankfully, it isn't actually an official, licensed work.

You know what they say, a stallion in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.

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I'm not saying Celestia can unhinge her jaw when pastries are involved. I'm also not denying that. I'm also not saying whether or not alicorns strictly need to breathe.

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I don't have any specific plans for more with this Blueblood at the moment, but you never know when inspiration may strike.
At this point, I have so many promising beginnings to larger stories, I may as well just throw a contest where people write sequels to my stuff...

...The hell did I just read?


I'm not saying Celestia can unhinge her jaw when pastries are involved. I'm also not denying that. I'm also not saying whether or not alicorns strictly need to breathe.

But, are you confirming that Celestia eats like a duck?

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I share 10228941's interpretation of the Apples' financial situation. I personally think Big Mac's cutie mark actually represents a talent for resource allocation, so it works quite well. (Of course, there's still the question of the Flimflam brothers somehow claiming ownership of the farm in SSCS6K, but that seems to be more a case of the brothers rewriting the verbal contract.)

Quite the coincidence, isn't it? Now all we need are Fluttershy marrying into the pantheon of chaos, Rarity discovering she's the long-lost direct matrilineal descendant of Princess Platinum, and Pinkie Pie revealing herself as the Queen in Pink of Lost Carcosa. :pinkiecrazy:

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Glad to hear I did a good job with this portrayal of Blueblood. I don't have much experience with the character, and I wanted to make sure I presented him as reasonable without whitewashing his earlier misdemeanors.

Contrary to draconequine belief, there's a lot of fun in making things make sense.

Given my own predilection for Sciset, I'm hardly one to complain about crusading for your OTP, even if I try to keep Rarijack to the human world. But in this case, Rarity trying to woo Blueblood was baked into the premise. Though no one said she can't change targets to the nobility closer to home...

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I will never get tired of poking fun at how Twilight never mentioned Shining Armor's existence until she got the wedding invitation, then completely failed to notice the irony of him not telling her about his engagement.

It really is. It's just that the Apples aren't the sort of ponies to put on airs.

Not what I was going for, but I can see how you'd make the connection and I'm glad you got a kick out of it.

They were both young and immature. Twilight took it a lot more personally, and given her much lesser degree of socialization until recently, still harbored a grudge. She didn't say anything to Rarity during the events of "Ticket Master" because, well, who was she to trample on her new friend's dreams? Besides, there must have been something else to recommend Blueblood by that point. Surely a pony as sensible as Rarity wouldn't just fall head over hooves for a pretty face, right?
(As I said, this was early in their friendship. :raritywink:)

Pinkie is more likely to be from Sarnath I think, what with the city being consumed in the party to end all parties.

Edit: does this make Discord Bokrug? I think this makes Discord Bokrug.

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