• Published 26th Feb 2024
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The Night Will Last For As Long As Is Convenient - 8_Bit



Nightmare Moon had waited a thousand years for her triumphant return. What she was not prepared for, however, was for politics to get in the way.

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Ponies about the room yelped in surprise. On the pedestal before them, darkness and haze began to writhe and solidify into fat tendrils of magic. It pulsated, bubbling with a powerful energy that washed across all the onlookers in a thaumatic pulse. Then, with a flourish, the aura parted like a pair of curtains. It revealed a jet black alicorn in silver regalia, the starry magical aura reshaping itself to make up her mane and tail, which undulated in the frosty room.

"Oh, my beloved subjects," the alicorn drawled, her voice oozing with a smug malice. "It's been so long since I've seen your precious little sun-loving faces."

A pegasus with a rainbow hued-mane attempted a flying tackle against the alicorn from across the room, but was held back by a stetson-clad earth pony anchoring her down. Unceremoniously, rainbow tail grasped firmly in earth pony teeth.

"What did you do with our Princess?!" demanded Rainbow Dash, ignoring Applejack's muffled 'Woah there, Nelly'.

The outburst was met with a venomous laugh from the alicorn. "Why, am I not royal enough for you? Don't you know who I am?"

"Ooh, ooh, more guessing games!" gasped a pink-maned force of nature in the front row. "Um, Hokey Smokes! How about... Queen Meanie! No! Black Snooty, Black Snoot-" she managed to pipe in before an apple was unceremoniously stuffed into her mouth by Applejack. The cowmare seemed to excel in her ability to multitask.

"Does my crown no longer count now that I have been imprisoned for a thousand years?" the alicorn continued, ignoring the interruption as she leaned in close to interrogate the ponies around her. "Did you not recall the legend? Did you not see the signs?"

To her surprise, a voice answered her question from across the room.

"I did. And I know who you are. You're the Mare in the Moon... Nightmare Moon!"

The gasp that rolled through the crowd in response to this revelation was most satisfying indeed. Nightmare Moon smiled.

"Well well well," she muttered. "Somepony who remembers me. Then you also know why I'm here!"

The young purple unicorn who'd spoken out seemed to shrink under the withering gaze. "You're here to... to..." She gulped.

With a chuckle, Nightmare Moon found herself to be enjoying the moment immensely. "Remember this day, little ponies, for it was your last. From this moment forth, the night will last forever!"

Her chuckles exploded into maniacal cackling as her mane of dark magic swirled into a vortex above the room. Lighting shot out from her horn, sending violent flashes of light across the crowd. Oh, she was back to full strength. Her sister was gone. Everything was going perfectly!

"Wait, forever?"

The swirling vortex slowed as Nightmare Moon peered back down. Looking up at her, with one eyebrow raised in infuriating condescension, the purple unicorn seemed... unimpressed?

"Yes, forever," Nightmare Moon repeated. "Was I not clear in this?"

"Well, yes," the unicorn conceded. "It's just, in a socioeconomic sense, eternal night seems like a bad step."

"Socioeconomic... what in Equestria are you talking about, you foal?!"

"Okay, for starters. Food. While some plant life is capable of growing in low light conditions, the vast majority of Equestria is built on a farming bedrock. Crops that rely on sunlight for proper growth. While they can still grow in the dark, growth speed and yield is going to take a drastic hit. If you're in charge now, how are you going to make sure everypony has access to enough food?"

Nightmare Moon, prepared as she was for a grand monologue, found herself totally lost for words. "I... err..."

"Additionally," continued the unicorn. "Without enough sunlight, the entire ecosystem of Equestria would be thrown off balance. Plants wouldn't be able to photosynthesize properly, which means they wouldn't produce enough oxygen for everypony to breathe. And not just that, but animals that rely on plants for food would suffer too. It's a delicate chain reaction that could lead to widespread famine and chaos."

"Are you suggesting that the well-being of mere ponies and animals is more important than the eternal night I've brought upon them?"

"It's not just about the sentient life," the unicorn countered. "It's about the entire balance of nature. Without sunlight, the weather patterns would change drastically, leading to extreme temperatures and unpredictable storms. The very fabric of Equestria's ecosystem would be in jeopardy."

Nightmare Moon scoffed, her eyes narrowing at the irksome usurper of her grand moment of victory. "You seem to forget that I am the one in control now. I will dictate the weather and the land as I see fit, as they are now my playthings. My tapestry to weave in the patterns I deem most suitable."

"But at what cost?" pressed the unicorn. "You can't force nature to obey your will without dire consequences. The chaos that would result from your actions would bring suffering to all creatures in Equestria, including yourself."

All the other ponies murmured in agreement as Nightmare Moon's gaze swept over the crowd, her expression hardening. "Enough of this nonsense! I will not be swayed by your feeble arguments. My reign begins now, and none shall defy me! Even if you all have to perish by my hooves!"

The unicorn, infuriatingly, let out a small chuckle. "Well, it wouldn't be much of a kingdom for you to run if there's no living things in it, now would it? No pony or creature to bend to your whim. In fact, it sounds pretty boring to me."

As if to twist the knife in the alicorn's side, the assembled ponies in the room actually laughed along with this.

"Oh, forget it!" Nightmare Moon declared. "It's not worth the hassle!"

And with a puff of swirling stars and dark magic, she collapsed herself into a singularity. It pulsated, danced, and moments later spat out a young alicorn with a dark blue pelt and short-cut mane of starry blue.

"Whuh... what happened?" mumbled the juvenile Princess Luna.

Comments ( 21 )

LOL! That was a really good short story. Definitely liked how the ponies used rational arguments to wear down Nightmare Moon without even NEEDING to go for the Elements of Harmony. That means Twilight can find the Elements later out of pure scientific curiosity and take a few more months along with new friends in order to figure out how to activate and use the Elements when they DON'T have the pressure of a fate of the world scenario (though I DO hope they figure it out BEFORE Discord returns - I doubt rational arguments will work with HIM [at least not at that point in time]). Of course, arguing with Chrysalis will be a mixed bag - Chrysalis won't listen when the ponies argue that the Changelings can get more love by earning and sharing it instead of by invasion and abduction of the Alicorn of Love, but at least half of the other Changelings MIGHT actually listen.

Anyway, the dialogue, characterizations and wrap-up are pretty well done.

In the end, science shall succeed! Well done n_n

That was beautifully written I just couldn't stop laughing nice work.

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Actually, Season 2 Chrysalis might listen. Evil as she was, she didn't come across as the self-serving tyrant she became in Season 6 and was trying to gather love for the entire hive. So... :pinkiehappy:.

And so ended Season 1. :pinkiehappy:

This is why you need to think through your evil plans.

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Madness increases in loneliness and betrayal, add to that that Chrysalis was already a little crazy during the invasion

Wow, Twilight didn't even need to elements of harmony, she just needed logic and common sense.

Actually this probably could have fit in with the show, Nightmare Moon didn't show any want to kill anyone, she wanted eternal night and to rule Equestria, that was basically it so this would probably be an entire alternative to defeating Nightmare Moon.


Would be funny to see Celestia's reaction though.

This could honestly be a full on story on what would happen if Twilight was just being rational instead of defeating every villain, it could work for Nightmare Moon, Chrysalis or atleast most of the changelings, Starlight Glimmer since that has already happened but it could probably be easier, same goes with Sunset Shimmer, maybe discord but I'm not sure, he does get reformed but at the same time he wants to spread Chaos, Twilight could probably find a solution to maybe bring chaos to certain areas, maybe make friends as well, who knows.

LOLOLOL OMC, this is the universe where MLP G4 ended after Season One, Episode Two because Twilight geeked Nightmare Moon to death. Very nice touch having young Luna appear unhurt at the end. Yay, Luna!

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Nightmare Moon was saved by my desire to keep this a thousand-worder, otherwise I had plans for Twilight to start grilling her about fiscal policy :scootangel:

This is a fairly common premise, but I wonder if a creature able to move stellar objects might be able to solve problems like this.

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You want a story where Twilight defeats villains without the elements
Well here you go
Winning, and the pitfalls therein.
PS I don't know how to put links to stories so I just put the name

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You gotta admit that it would be a pretty interesting story.

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No its an actual story called Winning, and the pitfalls therein. Made by the user RandomNPC but I just don't know how to link stories

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Oh., wdym you don't know how to link stories? Just copy the link of the story and than paste it.

Ah yes, the ultimate war strategy, defeating the villain by telling them how inconvenient their plan would actually be if they succeeded.

A wonderful little rehash of a fandom classic, I especially liked NMM collapsing into a singularity, since I'm not sure I've seen that one before.

Left me feeling pretty nostalgic for the MLP Loops and all the various pranks on NMM in there.

Part 2 where twilight is now a fully fledged political figure of harmony

Twilight went full Twilight and it was awesome! :twilightsmile:

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