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Julian the Dreamer


A simple fan with a wild imagination.

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The flow of the story is great!

Here is some hackneyed philosophy on a point Garen made:

"And I have decided that war is stupid. Get angry at me if you want, but that is what I believe."

Interesting view of the character that war is futile. I would hazard a claim that war is a tool. It serves a purpose, and whether the war is futile/pointless/stupid/etc. or not depends on that purpose. That purpose can also be misguided or misinformed. E.g. War is stupid vs. the reasons to go to war is stupid. A defense to protect citizens against a belligerent nation may be necessary, but to understand whether it was proper or not needs the context of the conflict itself.
At least humanity kept their free-will/determination and made sure the outside threat could not harm them in that capacity again.

Ok, this looks promising so far, following for now.

Oooh, this is going to be a harrowing yet entertaining tale. Do go on.

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Garen's view comes from being the 'therapist' of countless soldiers; through them he's seen every reason and excuse for war, repeated a trillion times.

Though calling them stupid is a simplification of a generalization. Halberd can't conceive so much amounts of time and lives, and Garen could have been more tactful.

"I'm a spirit, a being born in this plane of existance. Don't ask about how I really look; you couldn't perceive it anyway and I can't describbe it in words you can comprehend."

Ah, like the eldritch horrors and bible accurate angels, who go "Do not be afraid" when meeting mortals.
And also made me remember a quote from a certain jackal headed god in "gargoyles": "Death is always pointless... THAT is the point..."

Keep it up:twilightsmile:

Where Halberd's stubborness in all this so far is concerned; well, I believe that the saying "Denial isn't just a river in Egypt" sums it up quite nicely.

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Sure seems like it. I wonder what other excuses he tries later on?

I'm imagining that Garen has the voice of Morgan Freeman.

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Really? Huh.

In my head, he does not sound like Freeman, at all.

Huh, how long has this been around? Oh well. Let's see how this plays out.
I have to wonder if Halberd actually deserves a peaceful end. Maybe that's mean, and maybe he's technically a victim, but he's also an adult. And that means all his actions, and all his crimes are his own.

Oh, that's so fitting. Just supergluing him to the spot as if he was a whining child. And he really does feel that immature acting like that in the face of death itself.

I'm a bit surprised Halberd actually believed all this so easily. Considering the circumstances, it wouldn't be too far-fetched.

Great story so far! I like it :) Can't wait for more chapters

Can hardly wait to read some more.

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Since february, but I'm slow at writing and advertising, so it's not really known.

It's not a matter of Halberd deserving a peaceful end, is that the Spirits don't want to deal with the alternative.

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Well, Garen is not death personified, but yeah, he won't let Halberd act out, useless as it may be.

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While it can be argued Halberd is guilty of things, admittedly his guilt is more of being a gullible pony who wholeheartedly swallowed his Princess' lies and didn't think for himself. In a way, that is worse, since that's the sort of person a tyrant gains power from, but in the end, he had had no reason to doubt Celestia or the Princesses for his whole life. And then the war happened and everything went to shit.

Halberd admits to having thrown a potion or two, and having killed humans who did him nothing wrong, but those were all soldiers; he had only joined just in time for the Battle of Jerusalem, and after that, it was all a desperate defense of Equestria's conquest followed by a hopeless defense of the homeland resulting in utter defeat.

In a way, while I disliked Halberd's racism and attitude in Warfare, I can see how he can be persuaded to see the truth.

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Glenn isn't the Reaper, he's a psychopomp. Basically a spirit that guides the recently deceased to their proper place in life, sort of like the Valkyries guiding the worthy to Valhalla or angels escorting a soul to Heaven.

I like Glenn. While I might not always share his attitude on war, he does have a good point, and having had a few billion years experience can leave someone very jaded about wars in general, so I can see why he hates it. Also, he's very good at verbally smacking down Halberd every time he tries to spout the usual Celestia propaganda.

So what drove you to write about Halberd Wings' afterlife? Was it pity for the character, or was it an attempt to explore something in the universe?

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Sorry for answering late, I was dealing with exams.

It's Garen, not Glenn.

I felt bad for Halberd Wings, and having a strong imagination I started to have ideas about his story, they got mixed with other drafts I already had (a Diamond Dog that helped the dead, mostly), and this story was born.

After asking for permission, of course.

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My bad (on mistaking Garen's name). Other than that, it's a pretty good premise. And don't worry, life can throw quite a few curveballs, so take your time.

Oooh I am liking this so far! Much as I may have detested him as pony, Halberd was a compelling character and I’m very interested to see what this path to redemption will ultimately look like. Can he even be redeemed? Will he even want to be?

Looking forward to reading the rest of this!

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Thank you :pinkiehappy:

Next chapter should be out this month.

I will have to keep tabs on this one, I am very hyped to see more :)

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I am. I just have a lot of things going on now, and little inspiration for this.

Piece of advice: never start a new project without finishing the old one first.

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I know how that feels. Still I am just glad that you are doing ok. :twilightsmile: I hope that you find time to relax and rest as well.

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