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Greetings, I am Merlos the Mad. I am a dabbler of both words and wizardry in my free time. I also invite you all to partake in my musings. Take care though, as they are the product of a madman.


It's late. So late, in fact, that it's early. The clock in the room reads well past one in the morning. There's also a storm hammering against this girl's home, trying to lull her to sleep. Stubbornly, she remains awake, drawing, surfing the internet, and basically procrastinating another night away.

So, what is it that makes this night any different from another one that she has lived through? What strange occurrence occurs that makes it stand out? That changes her life forever? That changes the course of- Oh you get the idea.

Have a look through "A Twilight Landing" and find out. Follow Twilight through her journey on Earth, her quest to return home, and the people that help her along the way.

Author's Note

This story runs parallel (as in it happens at the same time as) to the other stories in "The Madverse". Those stories are, So Many Wonders, My Little Marriage, Abhorsen, as well as The Mane Two : Contrail, started by Alex Nuage, and currently being written by Ludicrous Lycan. :pinkiesmile:

Art Work

A Game of Geometry by Balthasar999

Other Related and World Relevant Works
Bap : Being a Pony

Thanks from the Author

A special thanks to Everypony from the collab group, Alex Nuage, Cold Spike, Firebirdbtops, Stormy Weather and everyone else involved!

Chapters (32)
Comments ( 2416 )

Gah you crazy wizards and your mad ways! Imma have to take a look now... there better be bunniez*leaves grumbling bout bunniez*

I like this take on PoE. It's a lot more down to earth than most of the ones I've read.
THE NEXT MORNING! Twilight has read every book in the house.

An interesting read. Some tense errors here and there, especially near the middle (but then again, you did mention it was late when you wrote this?). I'll definitely keep an eye on this one to see what develops.


Lol. :pinkiehappy:

Just be ready for something completely different.

Cant wait for the next chapter. :pinkiehappy: You have my Favorite^^

Thumbs up for creepy crawling Twilight.

Oh, I like Joe. She's so... human :twilightsheepish:
And the descriptions, and her thoughts(especially the ones about someone trying to eat her cats)! I love it all :pinkiehappy:
I hope that tomorrow she can explain the sun to Twilight like Celestia can...

Great :pinkiehappy: I'm following this!


Thank you for the compliments. :ajsmug: I'm a fan of cynical characters certainly, Joe has some unique spins on her from the ones you typically find on fimfic though so don't fret over her being cliched.

Can't tell you how tired I am of the OCs 'sticking' it to the mane six and Celestia, you know?

"I want to help you, do you need...?" Joe hesitates, realizing she didn't think of anything to say. "Well, should I call 9-1-1?" She waited, eyes glued to the girl on her garage floor, but the girl that reminded her so well of Left 4 Dead didn't answer her.


Huh? Joe tilted her head and tried to avoid put on a 'dafuq' face. Well, here we go, onwards to Narnia.

Brilliant! Lock her in a wardrobe and tell her it's a portal to Equestria :D. Or give her the red slippers...

Except maybe Justin Bieber, that guy was beyond help


Oh this is gonna rap up to be an interesting story!!!


Second chapter should be up on sunday. :twilightsheepish:

Mlm updates tonight, hopefully.


My Little Marriage, my bread winner. :pinkiesmile:

That is to say, I might not let everyone into my house lest they eat my cats or something, but I really would help anyone. Except maybe Justin Beiber, that guy was beyond help.

lol? :twilightsmile:

I really want to to just be crazy. I think it would be a great twist compared to every other story like this.

"Well, I mean...sure I do, yeah. I watched my little pony back i-"

Is she talking about FiM or one of the earlier generations here? I don't think the earlier gens had an 'Equestria'.

Twilight had crawled out and sat in that weird dog like position

Isn't Joe still calling her 'Purple Head' at this point? This happens later too, the narrator keeps switching back and forth between calling her 'Twilight Sparkle' and 'Purple Head'.

The dining room wasn't so bad off, it had nothing in it except...my breath catches

Whoops, slipped into first person here.

"Yeah, the Element of Magic. Well, why come here then? Or how did this happen?"

Oh, she was talking about FiM. I guess this is set in the future, then? It doesn't feel very future-y. You don't need to have nano-whatsits or make it all science fiction, you can just mention that her brother's degree is from 2019 or whatever.


I actually took out all of the year mentions! My proofers all said it was too blunt. It'll come up soon though.

Sorry about the slip.

And as for switching between the names... it made sense at the time? :twilightblush:

You know, I just realized something. Every time a pony (or ponies) shows up here and is taken in, their host is always someone like Joe-- someone who lives alone. I don't think anyone has written a story about them being taken in by a family.


Aaah, what was the name of that fic... American Girl? A foal is taken in by a family in that one. My other story, My Little Marriage is also very akin to taking in a pony by a family, although in that fic the mother turns into a pony... :rainbowderp:

But yes sire, you have a point, it's just easier to manage with fewer characters I suppose. :twilightsheepish:

noteing the word number on the first chapter reminds me i still need to finish reading Fallout EQ and It's a Dangerous Business, Going Out Your Door

2488802 I can't believe I didn't think of those. Both are stories I follow, too. I never noticed you were the same author who wrote My Little Marriage. That happens a lot, actually- I find a story I like, and only later do I notice it shares its author with other stories I like.

But what I had in mind was one of the main characters. Both of the stories you mentioned involve OCs. Oh well. Maybe it'll get written someday.


Ah, well now your delving into all of the my little dashie fics to a degree if you're ruling out OCs. A fair number of those deal with the pony being brought in by a group of friends. Although I will profess to not being familiar with one where one of the mane six is raised by a family... Or even given shelter by a family... hm :twilightoops:

Equestria's sun seems to be one of the few details about the show that every brony gets wrong. Equestria's sun is not Giant and far away like Earth's, it is small and close up. It should be no surprise that the sun orbits the world if it is no bigger than the moon. There are 2 details in the show that make it beyond clear that the sun is small and close: 1- At the summer sun celebration in Twilight's cutie mark flashback, the sun appears to rise just as the princess does. If the sun were really as far from Equestria as our sun is from Earth, it would take 8 minutes for anyone to see the sun go up after the spell was cast, because that's how long it takes for light from our sun to reach Earth. 2-At the very beginning of the series, it is stated that the moon needs to make way for the sun for there to be a new day. On Earth, the moon is always out, weather or not the sun is up. It's just too bright to see the moon. So come on guys, try to keep at least some of the science of Equestria straight. It's what Twilight would do.

Your opinion on Equestria's sun is exactly mine, too.
It would be astonishing for Twilight to hear that the sun-moon-earth relation could be so different from what's normal in Equestria. So I think she would have Joe tell her everything about our sun and how it all works around here.
And the "like Celestia can..."-part was a nod to the PMV/song, not Equestrian reality. I should have made that clearer... :twilightsheepish:

To think that Celestia controls a sun like ours... It would be kinda ridiculous. Celestia shoving around a thing wheighting hundreds of thousands of times more than the earth... :rainbowlaugh:

But at least that would explain why Luna went Nightmare Moon:
Everypony would get some inferiority complex when you control only a pebble of a moon compared to the thing your sister controls...:pinkiecrazy:
(that's assuming Luna doesn't control the stars too, but then celestia would go bonkers)

And I use "would" much too often. I'm going to learn some new vocables now ...


I did write one -- a MLD spinoff story -- in which Twilight was taken in by a couple, and at least a few other people knew about her (although I didn't go into detail about that). It was just a short piece, but I think it came out okay... My Little Twilight

I hate tuning in. But I like the story.


What an oddly specific fear.

You have my attention.


Hmm. Quite...

Seriously your stories rocks. I feel that this is going to be fun. Though I wouldn't want to be Joe if Twilight goes Lesson Zero :derpytongue2:.

As long as she's kept clear from the internet, most notably Wikipedia, it's all okay.
After that, though...:pinkiecrazy::pinkiecrazy::pinkiecrazy:
Oh, wait, she's gonna show her the show? I do hope she has some DVD's, not going to youtube...

Here's a comment.
Did I please you yet, Merlos?


Abandon Hope all ye who lets Twilight on Wikipedia

Playing Devil's Advocate for a minute, I'll just point out that 1) assumes the speed of light is the same as in our universe, and as for 2), the story as told is a thousand years old and clearly not very accurate. Or it could be something about the magic that raises and lowers the celestial bodies that means one has to go down before the other can rise. We don't even know if they really do raise the sun and moon, it could be completely untrue and the Eternal Night was actually the result of illusion magic bending the sun's light.

In short, people don't 'get it wrong'. There's simply so little information in the actual show itself that a writer can come up with all sorts of setups for the system and still be within canon because there's nothing to really contradict it.

I get the feeling that Twilight will enjoy then hate alcohol in this story...
Either way, I still have to follow this.

PoE, very few of those catch my attention. This one, just so happens to do so.
Hehehe, Twilight and Joe will be having a field-day omehow in some overzealous way.
Good chapter. I hope the next one comes swift and quite as the night.

Fun premise and I want to see where it goes, but the writing is very iffy all the way through. I had actually started compiling a list but it got too long so I stopped.

Before I even touch this story, I need to ask - do you already know how this story is going to end? It seems that so many stories like this (and then some) begin as more of a personal fantasy put to paper than as a comprehensive story, and so the authors don't know where they're actually going with the stories and they amble about aimlessly, any actual plot seeming to be shoddily thrown together long after the story began (assuming they don't amble aimlessly either A: forever, or B: until the author gets bored of the fantasy and stops writing).

Of course, there's no rule saying that stories that begin with no clear direction can't turn out awesome, but I'm still hoping you have some sort of plot outline planned, lol.

2489950 You're trying to bring science to a show about magical talking cartoon horses that can fly. Your argument is invalid.

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