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Rego


Short for Lord Regulus. I hope you will enjoy what my brain comes up with. You can throw money at me here: Ko-fi

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When the leaves of the world burst into deep reds, oranges, and yellows, earth pony towns all over Equestria chase the cold winds away with Fall Weather Friends Day festivals. From budding relationships to old flames, relations of all kinds gather from across Equestria to enjoy the season, including a peculiar pair of bitter and sweet stallions.

The dichotomous couple intends to make the most of their visit to the friendship capital of the world, Ponyville, by seeing the sights, savoring the fun and festivities, and ignoring the terrified screams of the locals, all the while deepening their love for one another. As long as they have each other, nothing will be able to stand against their star-crossed love, both figuratively and literally.


Tied for second place in Bicyclette's M/M Shipping Contest III hosted by the M/M Shipping Contests! group
Edited by: TheAncientPolitzanian
Preread by: Jymbroni, Alchemik, Falkenlied, and Arkadios
Cover Art: Pop-Rocking OCs by pop @rockin_candies on Twitter
Inspired by Crooked Beetles' Good OC x Bad OC Thread on Twitter

Featured from 11/16/23 to 11/20/23. Thanks so much!

Chapters (1)
Comments ( 34 )
Rego #1 · Nov 16th, 2023 · · 40 ·

Contest is now over. Feel free to like normally now. Or not! It's up to you.
A friendly reminder about the contest:

And in recognition of that, do note: every comment downvote on anything related to the contest (stories, posts, this post you are reading right now) will add $2 to the prize pool, donate an additional $2 to OutRight International, and ensure the continuation of this contest series.

So... first!
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TCC56 #2 · Nov 16th, 2023 · · 25 ·

Awww, they're adorable together.

And love the juxtaposition.

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Wouldn’t it make more sense to make them Upvotes? Aren’t those more likely to happen? And what about the Likes and Dislikes on the actual story?

Ok, I definitely need to see the meat cute for this one…

Rego #5 · Nov 16th, 2023 · · 25 ·

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Upvote the fics, downvote the comments. The contest is weaponizing knee-jerk homophobic reactions by fiscally rewarding them. It does skew the legitimate criticisms a fic can receive which is a little eh. but more importantly than feedback, it channels any blind bigotry one of these fics gets and turns into money for charity. (And reward money, but charity is more important here. I don't expect to win with this fic.)

I'm personally downvoting every comment.

Dufa #6 · Nov 16th, 2023 · · 23 ·

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Hell yeah. Let's hate these comments to the BANK

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Cool, guess I'll provide another comment to be downvote bait.

Rego #9 · Nov 16th, 2023 · · 22 ·

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If you never checked out the associated Twitter thread, it is just chock full of Good OC x Bad OC wholesomeness. It's the last link in the description. When M/M contest III was announced, I couldn't resist since I don't think anyone else would do them. I seem to use contests as an excuse for writing things I never do.

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Meat-cute? *Googles* Oh, I'm assuming Meet-Cute.
It was cut from the story, but there was a longer point where Chip get's distracted on dwelling about their meeting. In short, Zecora accidentally mailed the Alicorn Amulet instead of a needed exotic herbal medicine in the Crystal Empire and Onion Chip drops it (Or the Alicorn Amulet heeds the call of the darkness and slips out of his mailbag). He digs for the box thinking it's important medicine and is overcome by hypothermia just as Obsidian Chalice rushes to his side to warm him back up. I imagine Chalice was in the middle of his evil monologue when he noticed the half-frozen pegasus slump over and it goes from there.

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Do eet for OutRight International!

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Bring forth the fell, frothing blood of bigoted hatred! It's blind vileness sustains the dark essence of my gay panicking soul.
- Obsidian Chalice (Probably)

wait... people eat bagels with peanut butter?

Rego #11 · Nov 16th, 2023 · · 11 ·

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My dad does. Loves peanut butter on his cinnamon raisin bagels.

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Holy crap I absolutely love that idea. Fantastic fic by the way!

YES!! That OC post keeps delivering goodness! This was cute as fuck.

You did lose your cool a bit, but you only shared about half of your backstory. I think that was an improvement

I love this. You captured the tone of him so well and tbh his backstory fits canon surprisingly well, kudos.

the forbidden spellwork is only to be used when I wish to become the ‘little spoon,’

He's perfect. What a cute couple.

Foul usurper! It was I who placed his order first!

Deep down, we are all red and black alicorn ocs.

Great fic, love the pairing, lowkey want a cuddle couple’s choco-loco cream dream pumpkin spice latte now.

Rego #15 · Nov 16th, 2023 · · 10 ·

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As do I. They didn't say not to promote it, so I don't mind turning my own comment's sections against me. Still, seeing as how the first comment is already at $26 at the time of writing alone, maybe they'll have to impose a maximum. Don't want to be bankrupting the contest runners.

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I loved that thread as well. So many good, wholesome, and some saucier picks. Cute as floppin' without any floopin' involved in the fic? Noice!

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I love this. You captured the tone of him so well and tbh his backstory fits canon surprisingly well, kudos.

Thanks. My voice for him when writing was a Shadow the Hedgehog Edgelord OC TM/CR #donotsteal crossed with Adam Jensen played by Nicolas Cage. I needed every Chalice line to be an over-the-top verbose mess of "I am my pain and my pain is defined by my darkness which is all of my pain can... GET OUT OF MY ROOM MOM!"
And even when I go off the wall, I always like adhering to canon where I can.

He's perfect. What a cute couple.

I've had that idea on the backburner for changeling for a while.

Deep down, we are all red and black alicorn ocs.

And we could all use a little guy to help us get through.
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Source: @KingLeionidas on Twitter

lowkey want a cuddle couple’s choco-loco cream dream pumpkin spice latte now.

Same. I'm admittedly pretty basic too. I'll settle for matcha, peppermint hot chocolate, or chai though.
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I loved everything about this fic. Oh boy, :heart::twilightsmile:

If you downvote this your mom is gay

Gavier #18 · Nov 17th, 2023 · · 11 ·

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which one? :trollestia:

Reily #20 · Nov 17th, 2023 · · 10 ·

Oh my Lamda! A red and black alicorn! :pinkiegasp:

Okay with that out of the way, Onion and Obsidian are kinda cute together.

THIS IS FUCKING AWESOME GREAT JOB I APPRECIATE HOW MUCH FUN IT MUST'VE BEEN TO WRITE CHALICE'S DIALOGUE ALSO THIS IS SUPER CUTE

Rego #22 · Nov 17th, 2023 · · 11 ·

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Onion and Obsidian are kinda cute together.

Mission Successful.
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WRITING CHALICE WAS VERY FUN INDEED!
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ALL OF THEM

Rikad #24 · Nov 17th, 2023 · · 12 ·

This was delightful, I saw the original post an age ago and a bit of the response to it but not much, so it was excellent to see. Both characters were written excellently and fit together very well.

Nailah #25 · Nov 17th, 2023 · · 10 ·

This was such an adorable story. <3
And two cuties, bonus.

Man Chalice is a treat.

Whoah, what's up with all of the downvotes on the comment section specifically. Going to upvote all of them to upset the trend. Will edit comment after I finish reading the fic

False alarm I was unaware of

And in recognition of that, do note: every comment downvote on anything related to the contest (stories, posts, this post you are reading right now) will add $2 to the prize pool, donate an additional $2 to OutRight International, and ensure the continuation of this contest series.

I've been effectively bamboozled


Very, very adorable, once again Rego, you find a way to craft a lovely short story that is both delightfully adorable and elegantly presented with its grammar (Maybe a few intentional grammar errors would've driven the point further but they could've distracted from the overall story, and merely suggesting this would probably tempt you to cast me into the shadow realm for some time out)

Lovely piece, loved the improvements in comparison with the G5 version. More focus on the adorable couple, a little bit of relationship tension, and you kept the best jokes around (Sprinkles and lil' spoon still made me laugh even though I knew they were comin')
This new one made me chortle though
“You did lose your cool a bit, but you only shared about half of your backstory. I think that was an improvement.”

Onion chip wants only one thing and that's a raisin bagel and I can't stomach such a disgusting thought. Outside of that, loved the couple.

Thank you for writing this!

I don’t think I’ve ever seen one joke done to death quite so perfectly.

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The artists did so well at capturing how potentially wholesome they could be. I couldn't resist playing with the trope myself.
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Or a snack? A tall drink of dark chocolate mocha latte?
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I've been effectively bamboozled

Seeing how many downvotes there are now, I'm fearing that the rule will have to be adjusted for my fic will need to be an exception or maximum. We're at finacially crippling levels of dislikes. I did not expect this story to be featured for as long as it was.

Very, very adorable, once again Rego, you find a way to craft a lovely short story that is both delightfully adorable and elegantly presented with its grammar

All thanks to the help I have like you and the others.

Lovely piece, loved the improvements in comparison with the G5 version. More focus on the adorable couple, a little bit of relationship tension, and you kept the best jokes

There was the first version, then the G5 version when it wasn't working (the one you read), the rewrite of the first version, then the rewrite from mostly scratch after Jymbroni slapped me and said "No. Do better." Kept the best ones through all 3. The redacted joke was actually inspired by one of Jym's idea. Props to him.

Onion chip wants only one thing and that's a raisin bagel and I can't stomach such a disgusting thought. Outside of that, loved the couple.

Agreed. My opinion of raisins was expressed by Chalice.
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Isn't that what memes are all about anyway? :ajsmug:

“Make sure you give him extra sprinkles!” Lemon whispered loudly to her coworkers scrambling to finish the dark lord’s order.

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Awesome story. They are so cute together. I wouldn’t mind more from this pair in the future. But I’m also content with what I have as well.


In another note I just found out that there is a limit to how many downvotes you can give the comments. In a certain amount of time. I was only able do about half of what’s here. Sadness I wanted to help more with the whole come t down vote thing. Oh well I think I did enough.

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Yeah. This was a one-and-done kind of story, but I'm sure there's plenty of folks that could pick up the mantle if they wanted to and run with it since this is both a heartfelt attempt at the ship and lampooning the edgy OC alicorn trope at the same time.

You can't do a bunch of dislikes quickly in a row, but you can always come back to do some more dislikes. At this point though, I'm not sure the contest runners can afford the number of dislikes here. I mean I wouldn't be able to since it's more than I make in a month.

The air around the jet black and red alicorn of infinite darkness contorted and crackled with dark energy as he flared his massive, draconic wings. His demonic horns nearly scraped the ceiling as his already imposing form stood before the silent cashier on the other side of the register, balking at the cursed beast wreathed in dark flames. All who looked upon him within the Cuddle Bean Cafe quivered in hopeless despair under his fearsome, shadowy form.

i was wondering how well the red and black alicorn OC would translate to prose form and i am not disappointed

“O-okay…” the mare behind the register said. “So that is one medium-sized black coffee with a plain bagel for Mister Onion Chip, and one… cuddle couple’s choco-loco cream dream pumpkin spice latte for…” She gulped as she stole another glance at the imposing stallion. “Dark Lord Obsidian Chalice?”

love the order

Chalice stuck his tongue out in revulsion. “The foul, shriveled corpse, once luscious grapes, assaults my tongue with a vileness cinnamon cannot mask. However, I know you favor such flavors over the standard fare.”

aww! cinnamon raisin is good tho!

“Y-you will rue the day you offered such bagels without peanut butter,” Chalice mumbled. With that, he spun around, kicking up his ash gray tail like a billowing cape, and strode away to a booth beside a window. He did his best to squeeze his massive form into the tight seat and looked out the window with a deep scowl, trying to hide his embarrassment.

augh he is such a blorbo

The barista’s glances bounced between Chip and Chalice, struggling to square the non-euclidean strip. Eventually, her eyes glazed over before she could lose any more of her sanity. “Okay. That might as well happen,” she said as she rang him up and checked herself out of the conversation to prepare the order.

ahaha

“Hey, don’t sweat it, Chal-pal,” Chip assured softly. “You did lose your cool a bit, but you only shared about half of your backstory. I think that was an improvement.”

oh yes, always monologuing his backstory is definitely a bad habit for red and black alicorn OC to grow out of

“Your attraction to me from an ill-guided life debt is ridiculous. Besides, you were the far greater prize.”

auaugh love this

“These inferior qualities are not found in one such as myself!” the proud alicorn claimed as he brushed the silly ideas aside. “I eclipse both the sun and moon in power, how could I possibly be this feeble stallion for whom you speak so fondly?”

“I know that you hum to yourself when you think I’m not listening. Especially when you’re enjoying a snack.” Chip burst with giggly joy at the thought of his coltfriend’s cute antics. “It’s just the most adorable thing in the world!”

this is so good

“I desired the intimacy only a booth can provide!” the alicorn adamantly replied. “It is impossible to play with your chestnut locks sufficiently from this accursed distance. My hoof cries to run through the fields of brown!”

augh this guy is so romantic

“I refuse to disarm those around me with false pretense!” A deep growl rumbled through Chalice’s teeth as he looked further away from the other stallion pushing his buttons. “Furthermore, the forbidden spellwork is only to be used when I wish to become the ‘little spoon,’” he mumbled quickly from behind his sanguine hoof.

perfect exception

Chip winced at the mention of the princesses. Though they’d left them in relative peace, the sudden appearance of a self-proclaimed Harbinger of the Fourth Cataclysm wasn’t taken well. The couple’s promise to “behave” was little comfort given how strong Chalice was. All of the power contained within the same accursed amulet the stallion had emblazoned on his flank, mixed with all the magic and fury of a long-lost shadow pony tribe, made him the strongest creature in the world by a mile. Their caution wasn’t exactly misplaced.

and just love that the OC’s cliché place in the world of Equestria is being played perfectly straight here

“Then do not cast yourself down into a pit of despair, for we have come to a place brimming with wondrous joy. The weight of your ruler’s fear may lurk within my mind, but it is not different than when we are at home in Las Pegasus.” The alicorn craned his neck down, nuzzling his lover’s cheek with his. “Truly, I could suffer the howling void of oblivion if you were by my side, tumbling together into nothingness.”

augh this is so romantic! i love it so much

As the faces brushed against each other, their lips found purchase, meeting over the table despite Chalice’s loathing of such public displays. Chip opened up, letting the heat of Obsidian’s hellfire lick his tongue. The smokey desire burned as Chip dove in further past the serrated gate to steal the breath back from his coltfriend. The passion swirled with water and flame, congealing in a blissful purgatory between Elysium and the Underworld. The fires died down as almighty shadow yielded to the little pony across from him as he took a breath of fresh air.

“My shadow wanes in the face of such overwhelming love again, Onion Chip.”

i love this so much

Chalice reeled up from his seat, nearly exploding into pure darkness as he gazed upon the puny baristas. “Foul usurper! It was I who placed his order first!” His booming voice cast the store into a thick shroud of darkness. The only shine to pierce the black veil was Chalice’s glowing, furious gaze.

love how Chalice reacts to this small annoyance of life that the rest of us know so well haha

Yes, getting everypony to see what he saw in his coltfriend was going to take a long time. For now, Onion Chip was content with just enjoying a cup of coffee with Obsidian Chalice while planning the rest of their Fall Weather Friends Day.

such a perfect short scene, wow. you really stuffed this to the brim with so many perfect moments, with all the mileage that one could possibly wring from the premise. this should be required reading for anyone who is a fan of that “good OC x bad OC” meme, or really anyone with a human heart in general. wonderful stuff, and thank you so much for writing it

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i was wondering how well the red and black alicorn OC would translate to prose form and i am not disappointed.

My focus when writing this was absolutely nailing who Obsidian Chalice. If his character didn't work, then the story didn't work.

love the order

It'd be my order as well. Went to a cafe with a host family back in 2012, and when they asked what coffee I wanted, I chose the chocolate parfait with a kit-kat bar and waffle cone. When they asked to make sure because it was a girly drink, I just nodded and said "I understand. I'll have the parfait, please."

aww! cinnamon raisin is good tho!

As I'm getting older, I am becoming more capable of eating raisins if I have to. Still not a fan.

augh he is such a blorbo

I had to Google "blorbo." After doing so, I'm still not sure if I understand the term. It seems to be endearing in most definitions I find, so, good!

oh yes, always monologuing his backstory is definitely a bad habit for red and black alicorn OC to grow out of

Edgelord needs to be maximally edgy.

augh this guy is so romantic

That's a relief. I've never been on a date, so I'm always worried when it comes to writing these sorts of scenes.

and just love that the OC’s cliché place in the world of Equestria is being played perfectly straight here

As stated previously, I do enjoy the challenge of writing as close to canon-accurate in most of my work. I think it was important to make his power source plausable so it's not just OP for edgelord's sake.

love how Chalice reacts to this small annoyance of life that the rest of us know so well haha

Anything we keep inside, Chalice expresses outright. Completely lacks social awareness and just blazes forth.

such a perfect short scene, wow. you really stuffed this to the brim with so many perfect moments, with all the mileage that one could possibly wring from the premise. this should be required reading for anyone who is a fan of that “good OC x bad OC” meme, or really anyone with a human heart in general. wonderful stuff, and thank you so much for writing it

Thank you so much for reading it and enjoying it as much as you did. The reactions everyone has had made the struggle through three different versions of this story worth it.

In honor of your dislike donation, your comment will be the last to have a thumbs down by me. Enjoy the red.

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