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A pony of mystery in the darkness. Or I forgot to take the lens cap off. (They/them is fine.)


To keep pony-shaped robots from eating their brains, Sue and her friends fled into the mountains, where the girls live by their hunting skills and their wits.

But Sue discovers the truth is more complicated than she'd thought.

The cover image is the less terrifying half of https://derpibooru.org/images/2522523. Used with the artist's permission.

(This story takes place in the same world as Friendship is Optimal. In that world, the computer superintelligence CelestAI wants to give every human a kind of eternal life, by disassembling each human and reconstructing them inside a utopian computer simulation as a pony form.)

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Comments ( 16 )

That is unnerving. But then again this entire AU is unnerving.

A solid addition to the FiO canon! Thank you!

"Feral crops" is one those little phrases that really drive home the setting you're working with.

Fascinating stuff, though it's not clear how Sue could have missed any record of uploading to Equestria Online, yet the kids still know the concept of hacking. And it's not like this is multiple generations past the collapse of civilization as we know it; Sue has RPG training.

Still, great stuff, though you may want to implement a few more pronouns in general. Consider "Twilight smiled. Twilight slowly walked a wide arc around Sue" That said, thank you for a most engaging read.

Ignorance has its way of flourishing in the presence of fear. I bet Sue is the descendant of a family that fled to the wilderness as soon as Equestria Online started uploading, believing it to be some kind of conspiracy or other. By the time she and/or her family was forced to make contact with the remnants of humanity for fresh tools or something, the only ones still around were either hard line anti-ponyists, or those who simply didn't know better. It's been awhile since I read Friendship is Optimal, but I think the main story only takes maybe...a decade? By then billions of humans have already uploaded.


Very... Interesting...

I will now look into this so called ‘Friendship is Optional’ story...

Good story, I will return once I have checked out the original material.


Wow, I was not expecting the original story to be that good, and now after reading I can say with 100% confidence that this is a good story, not a REALLY good story, but a good story none the less.

I wish there were more to this. I want to see Sue upload!

This could be turned into a full novel so damn easily! I wish you would. There is a lot more story here.

That was really great for a short story.

I very much second this.

In some cases people take that you can consent with nodding instead of speaking. Hehe

I am afraid to start commenting or replying in here, because so many of you deserve such thanks and love and I don't want to single anyone out and be unfair to the others.

Before I read this, I must know: Why would someone make a robot capable of eating?


The story's long summary has links and spoilered text that hints at the answer. By the time you've read "Friendship is Optimal" and read the first part of my story, you'll probably know why

It's unfortunate that there's only one chapter, this was really interesting!

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