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TheDriderPony


"Only the most subtle of references." -No fanfiction writer ever

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Earth Ponies controlled the Ground. Pegasi, the Sky. Unicorns, the Aether.
And things generally worked out for a few thousand years.

And then there was the Sea.

And now there's just me.


An entry for Bicyclette's 1000 words contest (group / info) in the "Angst" category.

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Comments ( 26 )

Water world.

I bet the sea ponies are responsible.

Anyone else getting strong Wind Waker vibes here?

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My first thought was Waterworld too, actually.

Trust Scootaloo to survive any apocalypse.

Very fun story, honestly I wish this was extended into a longfic. It somewhat feels like 'Empty Horizons' crammed into a thousand words, but I mean this in the best way possible. The small glimpses we get to the locations are really intriguing, I especially like the idea of how society remains with all its positive and negative aspects even after an apocalyptic event like this.

No lie the title made me giggle.

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Shoo be Doo! Shoo Shoo be Doo!

sounds like a raft thing to me

This kind of feels like "Rogue Diamond" mixed with Raft.

11209499 TURN THEM INTO SUSHI! ..... Yes I KNOW that SASHIMI is the sushi with fish and SUSHI is actually the vinegared rice! But not everyone is a crazed otaku like me!

Ok, didn't know what to expect from this... But I crave more!

I'm not normally one for this kind of content, but this is great! Full length story when?

Scootaloo on a sailboat? Gives me flashbacks to:

EIt's Not A Cold Dark Place
Six stars on EQD! To save Rainbow Dash, Scootaloo must confront her fears and sail to the land where dreams are made...
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Interesting short story. A longer version would be much appreciated, but it's up to you TheDriderPony. This definitely has Water World vibes, though not full on water world, at least not in this short form. Have a like. :rainbowwild:

I like scootaloo Apocalypse stories

That was wonderful and so though provoking.

Well done!

I'd love to see more

Greetings. Your reading has been completed and can be found below. I hope you enjoy.

Wow, this was fantastic. Very cool world to think about. I would definitely read more of this if you ever decided to write it.

Fascinating glimpse at a semi-doomed Equestria, though it feels more like an in-universe world building document than a story in its own right. Such are the hazards of a thousand-word-long AU story. Still, fascinating stuff. I hope you build on it some time. Thank you for it, and best of luck in the judging.

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Depends. Does Scootaloo sell pears you can use to mind-control seagulls?

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I still want to know which of the gods of Hyrule thought that was a good idea. A practical joke by Farore, perhaps?

This reads more like a world-building google doc with a ton of very interesting pointers and ideas, but doesn't really build upon them. Don't really get to know much about the main character herself outside of a shallow (pun intended) relationship with Applebloom.
An alright read, but I'd enjoy more a saga made around this, or at least a more thorough one shot with each of the individual ideas; Cadence trying to revive the Wendigos being the one that caught the most attention for me

Fantastic story about a world in over it's head.

It honestly makes me wonder what happened to the Princesses though.:trixieshiftright:

It's hard to imagine that they all have so little influence, even in a post apocalyptic scenario.:unsuresweetie:

Feels a lot like a intro to a larger story, but I won't complain since I loved it anyway!:pinkiehappy:

Here's hoping that if there's a follow up I will get to read it!:twilightsmile:

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Not even Princess Celestia herself, embodiment of the sun and all its heat, could stop the rising tide. Her solar magic erased huge swathes of water, miles and miles of it with every pass... but even she couldn't be everywhere at once. The water always came back. And it never stopped rising.

oof, love worldbuilding premises like this, applying "new rules" to natural phenomena and just seeing where things go. and the inevitable flooding of the entire world is actually a particular favorite of mine!

No one saw it coming, but maybe we should have. Even before it all Las Pegasus had already been bloated and heavy with steel and dazzling lights. They needed teams of pegasi just to keep it aloft. But it was profitable, so the ponies in charge kept it flying.

agh, the fragility of civilizational overreach!

After that was Thunderstead. Then Dewford. Cirrusshire. Neighwark.

love these pun city names

Not since it became the Eye of the Eternal Storm. A never-ending cyclone powered by the wingbeats of thousands of pegasi, towering high enough into the sky to be the only true landmark left above the surface.

a fittingly mythological fate for Cloudsdale

Rumors that there's not much of a city left; just one giant weather factory filled with barracks and cloud generators that run day and night. Stories about an endless cycle of siphoning, patching, and fitful sleep. Whispers that if they were to stop, even for a day, the last cloud city would crumble and fall like the rest.

augh, that is an entire story right there! i can just feel the dire atmosphere living in such a civilization. love it

And yet they keep going. Trying to preserve some last vestige of the old world like an elderly pet.

never heard this simile before but i love it now

Mine’s a sturdy little thing I bought off a salvage diver in New Haven.

hey, that's not a pun city name!

Applebloom still waives the duty fee whenever I make a run to the Sweet Apple Dome. It’s one of the safer settlements, provided you don’t mind crossbred seaweed-apples and the ever-present knowledge that a million tons of water are suspended above you just beyond the grow-crystals and obsidian dome.

aww, love this post-apocalyptic fate of the Apples! glad that they managed to figure out how to still be apple farmers in a world without soil

The Flood was a blessing to noble families of Canterlot; the ones rich enough to buy up the mountaintops before their bits lost their value and build their own little kingdoms where they could rule as they pleased. I've heard their mountain fortresses are like little slices of the past inside, but non-citizens aren't allowed past the outer seagates. And citizenship comes at a price only the truly foolish or desperate are willing to pay.

reminds me of Nepal in Stephen Baxter's Flood! and yet another story in a single paragraph

I hear in the far north, Empress Cadence's been implementing some desperate scheme of artificial tribalism to try and bring back the wendigos. It might cost a thousand years of friendship, but at least you can trot on ice.

and yes! augh, yes, this is a worldbuilding concept i've been dying to use or see used, instrumentalizing the effects of the Windigoes. and Cadance with her independent polity would be the perfect one to experiment with extreme measures like this

I was born a pegasus, but denied the sky. First by stunted wings, and then again when the magic faded.

But when I stand at the prow of my boat, with a strong wind behind me and nothing but hundreds of miles of empty water ahead…

…I can’t tell the sea from the sky.

and augh, the extra weight of meaning that comes with the viewpoint character being Scootaloo! perfectly executed, exiting the story with a chill.

Fun Fact: The first draft of this story was written on a typewriter in the Quills & Sofas room at the final Bronycon.

and what an honor it is to see it here! i really loved this. just love stories of societies and people adapting their lives to new and extreme circumstances, and this ticked all the boxes for me, especially with the ending. great stuff!

Empress Cadence's been implementing some desperate scheme of artificial tribalism to try and bring back the wendigos.

Bro Cadance just straight up said "fuck it, we ballin"

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