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The Red Parade


Cassini don't come home

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This story is a sequel to The Last Decree


I, Princess Twilight Sparkle of Equestria, do hereby sign the Equestrian Heritage Act, approving its clauses and motions, effective immediately.


First Place entry in the Quills and Sofas Expanded Universe contest, written as a sequel to Zontan's The Last Decree.

Cover art by Snow Quill.

Featured on Equestria Daily, 6/18/21

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Comments ( 58 )

Hello, Red

I've already said as much to you much more directly, but I'm gonna put this here for posterity and for the benefit of anyone wondering whether they should investigate this fic:

It is the best of its kind. Fics exploring Twilight's ascension, alicornhood, and immortality aren't exactly rare around these parts-- but this is the fic to read if you want to see those themes on full view, in all their brilliant and vibrant colors. The concept is so clean, the setting so vivid, the emotions so visceral that I'm practically misting up just thinking about it. The spirit of the show, of the love and warmth that exists in the friendship at its core, is so unbelievably powerful in this piece. I feel just as much that I've been given a warm, comforting hug as I've been quietly crushed and emotionally wrecked.

I don't want to say much more than that, on the off chance that the reader of this comment hasn't read the fic yet, but I will finish with this: I don't cry easily, but I was very thankful I was alone when I read this piece, because I cried.

Incredible work, Red. You should be really proud of this piece, and you more than earned that first place trophy. I'll be coming back to this fic over and over-- that I'm sure of.

This is beautiful, and well-deserved its win. I remember being absolutely floored by the depth of emotion I experienced when I first read this story, and this felt like nothing less than a heartfelt love letter to these characters we have grown to love so, so much.

Zontan #3 · May 9th · · ·

I could not have asked for a better sequel. This piece is exquisite, and it expands on what I wrote so beautifully, and it made me fucking cry.

Thank you so much for writing it, Red.

I remember, seeing a grave. Kid didn't make it more than 4 years into the world before they were gone, and the last thing they left behind is a stone, with their name in a cursive font and Pinkie Pie next to the name.

Might well last a century or two, although not two thousand years- and people will look at it in a century or so, not as something that was part of living memory, but only history. Multiply that feeling twenty(zillion)fold and you have Twilight Sparkle coming out of her ivory tower (or palace, now) into the ordinary realm again. She's not alone-alone, at least: There are other immortals, Celestia and Luna and Discord, quite likely Cadence as well barring tragic misfortune. That doesn't mean you don't feel loss, the feeling that life has become only history when you weren't looking.

(I do think she's being unfair to Rainbow Dash, though. Doing what machine-assisted pegasi or vehicles do without unaugmentation is a supreme testament in terms of flight that here, at least has not been surpassed.)

This is a true masterpiece. One of the most believable and well-written stories of Twilight's future following her friend's deaths. I just have two questions:

1) The Elements of Harmony. They are supposed to be heroes in their own rights, but with no villain to defeat, is it safe to assume that they are no more than just political figureheads at this point?

2) (This if only if you believe EQG to be canon, I do) What happened to Sunset in this world, and the rest of the Rainbooms?

This is a masterpiece, an incredible look at what might realistically happen to Twilight in future. The bittersweet nature of it (the world is safe, there are no more monsters, but people have forgotten the heroes) is beautifully agonizing, allowing us both to sympathize with Twilight while recognizing that this future is not a dystopia. The world is a much better place now, but the costs are so high that we wonder whether it was worth it. Twilight was the hero for so long, and it took everything from her; "The Shire was saved, Sam, but not for me." Honestly, though, one of the main things this made me think of was "Jenny of Oldstones:"

High in the halls of the ponies now gone,
Twilight would dance with her ghosts,
The ones she had lost and the ones she had found
And the ones who had loved her the most.
The ones who'd been gone for so very long
She couldn't remember their names
They spun her around on the damp old stones,
Spun away all her sorrow and pain.
And she never wanted to leave, never wanted to leave,
Never wanted to leave, never wanted to leave,
Never wanted to leave, never wanted to leave,
Oh, Twilight never wanted to leave.

The first one was brilliant this one is too would love to see another one

for example Luna collaborated to create an interactive experience on the dream realm following its collapse during the reign of Silent Wind

:twilightoops: Okay, I have to ask what consequences came from the irreversible collapse of the collective unconscious. That doesn't seem like the kind of thing where you shrug and say "Oh well, it was a pain to clean."

Were they getting phased out? Like how Twilight was? Were they all nothing more than toys, to be discarded after the world got tired of them?

Ah. Hints of G5, perhaps?

Exquisite study of nostalgia in the etymological sense. The pain of returning home indeed. Bittersweet in the best way possible. Given the gap of millennia, the disasters become less tragedies than inevitabilities. Thank you for a devastating read.

Hillbe #9 · May 9th · · ·

:duck: Oh, My I remember that fire! :facehoof: It was Spikes first time.
:flutterrage: Oh my! I remember that fire! Discord and Spike on our last double date... Rarity was so peeved . . .:twilightoops:
:ajbemused: Don't tell me about my barn burning down
:unsuresweetie::applecry::scootangel: Or that the school was ground zero....
:rainbowlaugh::pinkiehappy: We're innocent
:trollestia: and as usual I did nothing
:moustache: Yea fire, Everypony blame the dragon
:derpytongue2: Static electricity from Angel Bunny running through the bushes?:twilightsmile: Okay

Can’t we all just forget the finale ever happened?

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Nicely done, still have to wonder just what the Sparkle exhibit would have shown, Princess Booky or Book Horse ... :twilightsheepish:

I'm not crying, I'm not crying, I'm not crying...

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since when it become so hated an idea to wish the show didnt end?

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:twilightoops: Okay, I have to ask what consequences came from the irreversible collapse of the collective unconscious. That doesn't seem like the kind of thing where you shrug and say "Oh well, it was a pain to clean."

luna's dream realm likely wasn't the actual collective unconscious, but a magical construct she used to interact with it, the destruction of the construct would not have destroyed what it was linked to just made it inaccessible and luna probly simply either lacked the power to remake it, or decided that the ponies were mature enough nowdays that they did not need her help anymore so she just left it broken and finaly 'fully' retired

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You're funny, just what I need after reading this fic.

Makes me wonder how Discord would react to Twilight now, sure he loved Fluttershy by Twilight gave him friendship when he most needed it after Terik bartered Twilight's friends for her magic, Discord didn't deserve to be included as one of her friends, but he needed it to really solidify his redemption. Real friends don't stand by you despite you mistakes they stand by you because of them, knowing that is when they need you most. You need your friends to call you out if you didn't understand you made a mistake, comfort you when you accept you did, and be there to help you make up for it.

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oh,it's not hated
It's how the dude goes about it. Ask in main fimfic discord about mixmaster, you'll get the details

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Bro why are you like this? This is a beautiful story about nostalgia and memories and what's worth holding onto, and you pull your usual crap of commenting one syllable of mediocrity? C'mon, this fic is fantastic and deserves more than that.

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if there like most trolls its because they know it will get a rise out of someone, which it did...remember the old wisdom of the internet, dont feed the trolls.

God damn, I didn't know what to expect going into this but that was phenomenal.

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They don't really win anything from it, though. They downvote the fic itself and it's anywhere from borderline annoying to downright hurtful to people who've poured their time and love into fics. Honestly, I don't know why they're still on this site, or what they get out of doing stuff like that.

Loved it even though it made me quiet sad. Really like you capture the difficulty of remembering even important ponies in Twilight’s life considering how long she’s been alive. It’s a take I haven’t seen very often with these kind of stories.

I'm not crying, I've just got some...uh...dust in my eyes...yeah, dust.

This one made me cry. :fluttercry:

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Because I’m fighting make sure Season 9 is revised and the original is forgotten!

“No thanks, Tiberius. I’ll take care of it myself,”

They don't make possums like they used to, huh, Luna? :trollestia:

Luna collaborated to create an interactive experience on the dream realm following its collapse during the reign of Silent Wind

Yeah, that definitely made me do a double-take. How the heck does the Dream Realm collapse? :twilightoops: But I have to admit, I like 10808943's take on it.

From what she had heard though, he was noticeably colder to the Element of Kindness.

Well, yeah, just because somebody else can take up bearing the Element, nobody can replace the original Fluttershy. :fluttershyouch:

“This next room may be hard on the eyes. If you have an underlying medical condition I would advise you to skip this room or apply your shielding devices should you have them available,” Starlight warned before the next door opened.

I anticipated something like this before I even read the line, but the medical conditions bit really sold it. :rainbowlaugh:

This was a beautiful piece. It definitely seems realistic for a future Equestria. Reading through Twilight's nostalgia really made me feel for her. I think the only thing that prevented me from crying was that I was interrupted a few separate times while I was reading it. You still earned my Fave, though. :twilightsmile:

Great story. Brought a tear to my eye. It's like going to a museum and seeing your past on display and your gear behind glass. Not gear like yours. But yours and your buddies. The men that stood at your side once. Now behind glass with a explanation of what it was and who it once belonged to.

And your angry and sorrowful because twenty years earlier that piece was on your friends hip or held in your hand. And for everyone else it's just a thing behind glass.

There right. You can never go home again...

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Oh, let people like what they like. You're allowed to have an opinion, but it's frankly rude to seek out people enjoying things you don't just to inform them you hate it.

I'm not a huge fan of Season 9 either, but it happened. No matter how rude you are in fanfiction comments, it's not going to un-happen.

... also I have no clue why you replied to me when I wasn't even talking to or about you, but whatever. This is a beautiful fic that isn't really about season 9 at all, which you'd know if you actually read it. Red Parade does phenomenal work, and I find myself learning from his writing style every time I read his fanfics.

This was pretty powerful stuff emotionally the descriptions of the scenery and it's related objects, the memories of Twilight's time with her friends was all pretty well done.

It was actually came off as pretty sad and depressing all things put together, but at least you were able to evoke emotion and that's not easy to do.

and the return of the late Queen Chrysalis,” Starlight reported.

What is this referring to?

I am slightly crying.

To those remembered, yet forgotten,

To those fallen, yet standing,

To those within our hearts, yet forever marching onwards,

As long as one soul, one heart lives with their memory inside, they shall never be truly forgotten.

And all we need sometimes to remember them is a good trip down memory lane.

I don’t usually continue reading these after the first paragraph ‘cause it makes me sad, but this was so compelling and well-written, I can’t help but finish it. I love each exhibit’s description, and it’s this huge chunk of nostalgia and longing once they all come together. Thank you for writing this masterpiece, it’s brillant.

I... am torn.
Part of me hates this. Hates seeing Twilight go through these emotions and having them rub off on me, hates the idea of these characters we'd both grown to love relegated to museum exhibits and dim memories effaced by time. I wasn't sure what sort of emotions to expect going in... and there was a little bit of pain. Nothing like Twilight's personal anguish, but it hit me in a way I didn't expect. I guess that's the #1 reason why immortality isn't all it's cracked up to be.
But another part of me... I have to admit that it's a very well-written story. The world of Equestria 2,000 years after the series ends is jarring, but in a good way. I've never been one to immediately accept the notion that alicorn = automatic immortality, but this is a logical and thought-out extension of that premise. Whether or not one likes/endorses the "Twilight will not outlive her friends" statement, I think we can all enjoy the occasional emotional tale.
So yes... I'm going to drop a like on this story and then try to forget I read it.

We're all stories in the end. Best we can do is make them good ones.

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Oh brother you're one of those people:facehoof:

Well now, wasn't that a fun little read. Well told story, with a lot of good choices for how to show things off. Interesting that Discord is mentioned in a slightly antagonistic role, though by her word choice, it would seem he's no villain. And of course, the mention of Queen C being reformed herself is quite interesting. Good use of canon events to then lead into things that would happen in the future.

Overall, I enjoyed it, nearly teared up a few times in fact. Cool stuff.

Damned ninja's cutting onions.

Alondro #41 · May 12th · · 8 ·

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The finale was even worse than Game of Thrones Season 8! :trollestia:

Alondro #42 · May 12th · · 16 ·

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I guess that's the #1 reason why immortality isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Because CLEARLY no one ever dies unexpectedly when young and NO ONE WE EVER KNOW dies while we're still alive!

You infants haven't even learned to crawl and you're already dismissing those of us ready to walk among the stars.

So weak.

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Not really they ended it pretty well but Game of Thrones no I can't say much about it it was terrible I'd rather watch My Little Pony season 9 finale then that which season 9 was not horrible yes there was some missed opportunities from what everybody keeps saying but it's not the worst season

stahp making me cry man!:fluttercry:
:raritycry::raritycry::raritycry::raritycry:

Odd how the first pony she almost remembered is the one whose name she was never quite sure of.:derpytongue2:

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No, I've accepted my own mortality and that of those I care about; have you? As far as we can tell, it seems to be the natural order of things to die, unless you're the microscopic hydra. If we ever do learn how to evade death, it will likely be for out descendants to enjoy, not us. I think accepting that shows an inner strength that many, myself included, struggle to find.
And as another show of inner strength, that's all I'm going to say. :ajsmug:

I really, really liked the detail you put in about Discord.

Excellent story.

10812767 I eons ago, I evolved into a bacteria that dwelt deep within rock, living as a spore for 250 million years, and possibly feeding off of radiation.... until the creation of the Internet awakened me from my slumber!

NOW THE EARTH SHALL PERISH AS I DIVIDE CEASELESS AND COVER THE WHOLE PLANET WITH MY CLONE PROGENY!!

250-Million-Year-Old Bacteria Revived in Lab / Spores were found deep in rock salt formation (sfgate.com)

Ancient life appears way more durable that over-complicated organisms. You see, my perceptions have simply exceeded the boundary of one lifespan. It is sad when a valued life ends, but that's simply a fact of life based on eukaryotic physiology. It was not made to last. So, I shall improve it. WHETHER ANYONE LIKES IT OR NOT!!

YOU WILL BECOME LIKE US. images-wixmp-ed30a86b8c4ca887773594c2.wixmp.com/f/f182cc8d-7cab-4c0d-9940-e416aab676b8/d1lz9y4-ccd7c52f-7c53-4b7a-9639-582ae2190b15.jpg/v1/fill/w_600,h_771,q_75,strp/cybermen___upgrade_now_by_tibots.jpg?token=eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJpc3MiOiJ1cm46YXBwOjdlMGQxODg5ODIyNjQzNzNhNWYwZDQxNWVhMGQyNmUwIiwic3ViIjoidXJuOmFwcDo3ZTBkMTg4OTgyMjY0MzczYTVmMGQ0MTVlYTBkMjZlMCIsImF1ZCI6WyJ1cm46c2VydmljZTppbWFnZS5vcGVyYXRpb25zIl0sIm9iaiI6W1t7InBhdGgiOiIvZi9mMTgyY2M4ZC03Y2FiLTRjMGQtOTk0MC1lNDE2YWFiNjc2YjgvZDFsejl5NC1jY2Q3YzUyZi03YzUzLTRiN2EtOTYzOS01ODJhZTIxOTBiMTUuanBnIiwid2lkdGgiOiI8PTYwMCIsImhlaWdodCI6Ijw9NzcxIn1dXX0.CzLhWmOarL0OlU81QuWdi7kAOSdM_t1i7SdAoYl_TUU

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...I think you greatly missed the point of that statement. XD

Cuz here’s the difference between mortal and immortal - mortals all die eventually. The reason why “immortality isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be” is because you watch those around you pass on but are unable to pass on yourself. You watch everyone you love die, and the likelihood of you seeing them again if there’s an Afterlife are very slim and gosh darn impossible.

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if there’s an Afterlife

Ah, but which form of afterlife? Cuz the one I know of, everyone will join eventually, living or dead.

And, if the people you knew were BADDIES, well then you won't see many of them regardless!

But if there's no afterlife at all, THEN LIVING FOREVER IS THE ULTIMATE POWER!!!

Plus, many people I knew died already. Dozens of relatives, dozens of old family friends, hundreds of acquaintances. I'm old. You either adapt or wither away.

You see, I have absolutely no reason to dread immortality, because I've already analyzed and compartmentalized every single possible outcome. When all that can be is considered, there is nothing unknown to fear.

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