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Stories about ponies are stories about people. Every challenge is an opportunity to change. My Patrons let me keep writing, at: https://www.patreon.com/RealStarscribe


It wasn't Eric's fault he hit the alien with his truck. How was he supposed to see a dog-sized horse walking down the highway in the pouring rain? His life would've been simpler if he just left the animal like any other roadkill. But in his injured delirium, the horse spoke.

This accident soon ends with an intimate personal knowledge of just how dangerous magic can be. An ancient rises, tied to a mysterious tome the pegasus was protecting on the night of the accident. A malevolent force grows within those pages, whispering louder and louder about the cleansing flame. But without the spells inside that cursed tome, Eric's humanity will be gone forever.

He has no choice but to master the words of power contained within, before his life is turned to ashes around him

A commission for Muziki. Edited by Two Bit and Sparktail. Cover by Zutcha.

The various artistic works created for this story are credited to their artists within the chapter they appear.

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Hmm. Interesting start, smacking into a Royal Guard on Earth. Let's see where this whole book thing goes.

500 words in and we’ve already had our pony-human contact. Some of the quickest beginnings I’ve ever seen in a Starscribe story.

I’m not sorry for the pun.

Annnd here we go, super excited to see where this story goes :pinkiehappy:

*searches* $50 she shows up.

Curious why the pony visitor is so heavily armored. Is it really a Royal Guard or some other reason for the protection?

The presence of this magic tome makes me think they're not there entirely by accident.

Well, this should certainly prove interesting. Looking forward to seeing where this is going... though the short and long descriptions do help there. All the same, should be fun.

Promising start! Looking forward to seeing where you take this!

Hmm, a Lunar Guard pegasus on Earth with a dangerous magical tome. This was Star Swirl's idea, wasn't it?

Let me guess. This is a Starscribe story, so the kirin is female.

Hmm...interesting story description and start. I shall be watching this with great interest. It's been a while since I've seen a PoE fic that caught my eye...

Couple of hours tops before this hits the featured page

Aren't all kirin female?

Wait, how do they procreate then

Hmm maybe they don't age? After all we've only seen kirin at about the same age in appearance, save for the leader. And in one of the bloopers, when they were doing the singing voices of the background kirin, it was brought up something like

"Alright now let's get some guys in there"
"Oh no they're all female"
"Wait really?"
"Yeah we have the designs here if you wanna look"

No doubt Eric's about to trip into the rabbit hole.

There are. It's just difficult to tell by the kirin episode because DHX/Hasbro were either under a time crunch or a bit lazy and didnt make a custom stallion model, so used the pony mare model for both genders. The only real visual indicator for kirin stallions in the episode is that they dont have eye lashes.

I thought that at first too, but there was that part of the blooper reel about there being no guys?

For reference: timestamp 11:06 of https://youtu.be/fRRHDXHSsM0

First the horn, next I suppose he'll start growing scales. So this is basically Five Score with Kirin?

✌︎⧫︎ ●︎♋︎⬧︎⧫︎✏︎ ✌︎■︎□︎⧫︎♒︎♏︎❒︎ ⬥︎□︎■︎♎︎♏︎❒︎♐︎◆︎●︎ ♐︎♓︎♍︎⧫︎♓︎□︎■︎ ⬥︎♓︎⧫︎♒︎ ♋︎❒︎⧫︎ ♐︎□︎❒︎ ❍︎♏︎ ⧫︎□︎ ♑︎●︎♋︎■︎♍︎♏︎ ◆︎◻︎□︎■︎✏︎

and thus the googlification begins :rainbowlaugh:

Ahhhh! Called it! There she is.

The mare, the myth, the legend is at it again, lol

Maybe they're hermaphrodites?

Dude's in bad straights with his reality being "broke AF and just broke the car". To be fair if his pickup was in that bad of a shape that something's rattling after alln impact slow enough that he was almost stopping then there were other problems there too. But hey, adversity builds up main character suffering, and that drives stories, so let's see how this one goes!

I like 11497241 's explanation better.
Sure, you're objectively correct, but fanfiction allows us to make it cooler than "the studio was too cheap".
That or their dimorphism is actually restricted to just genitals and eyelashes, different fantasy races having different rules is cool too.


The direction of the arrows on their horns are also different. On males the arrows go in opposing directions, while on females they go the same direction.

Oh, so you've sneakily added two more chapters while we weren't looking?

Dude's got a clearly malignant growth on his head but heads on to work anyways? If this is realistic, that's one dystopian country you've got there.

It’s 2am here in China, I was lying in bed, reading this. I was not ready for the pic.

Just like Fine Print but the transformation is happening right at the beginning.

We'll see how long it'll take for Iron to find out about this new complication to his mission. With any luck, all he'll have to do is follow the screams.

I hope it doesn't flare up

I thought that looked like Ace's style!
I'm actually really happy we got to see where in the process he was during his transformation. At this point I had figured he was already close to done; certainly gonna be interesting to see what happens here…

Sounds like America alright.

The real question is whether or not it is contagious

Ready for another fantastic ride of a Starscribe story!

I also guessed that this will take place in Livingston, Montana. Drove through there last summer. It is also the final town of Friendship is Optimal: Always Say No. Which is why I stop by to take pics of the area of Greg's final mission.

"Eric, are you in there? John said you weren't in the men's room. If something's wrong, we need to get you to a hospital. Don't let Kent talk you into another shift."

He needed the money. But Eric needed to be alive to use that money. "Yeah!" he called back. His voice sounded nothing like it should—too high, almost musical. He coughed, cleared his throat, then spoke as low as he could. "I think... you might be right. Feel like shit."

"Sounds like it," she said,

You could say, he's feeling, a little horse? :rainbowwild:

.........I'll get out :derpytongue2:

I know I'd be freaking out. I just don't know if I'd go into full-on screaming fits or if I'd go catatonic.

I'm in this picture! :D

(O ).( o)!!

Someone else joined in. "What the hell are you?"

Later, in the car:

"Oh no, he's hot!"

"Dude, this is not the time to be making jokes abou–"

"No, I mean he's literally hot. The seat's on fire!"

Also, this is very relevant:


That’d be kinda freaky:pinkiegasp:


TFTG confirmed? Dropped.

Already enjoying this one, excited to see where ya take it!

I meant the dude who did the commissions but a'ight. :b

I've seen you do a lot of public transformations but this ones really putting me on edge.

Once they settle that Eric isn't actually an evil dictator, they'll have to see if Gale's slowly taking over. This might become a race against time, though we still have to take the Nirik copy of the book into account. Either way, finding a way into Equestria seems to be the priority now.

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