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The newly crowned Princess Twilight Sparkle has set up a bold new initiative to discover new magic, and is sending out an open call to the unicorns of Equestria to apply for her research team. No experience in magical theory or research necessary. Enthusiasm and out-of-the-box thinking a must. The Equestrian government is not responsible for any physical, emotional, or magical trauma experienced during the course of the project or the application process.

Cover art by Page Turner

Chapters (5)
Comments ( 466 )

Heh. I can honestly say I've seen this story idea tried before (but not with My Little Pony); however, the effort you put into this chapter proves it's worth keeping an eye on. Congrats, I'm adding this to my reading list.

2285082 Calling it!

Anyways, I like the pacing of this, it really helps to keep me interested, and I applaud you for that. I've never read "Celestia's something for gifted unicorns" although I think I've heard of it. Is this going to be kind of a sequel? Eh, I guess it doesn't matter. Great way to start off this story! I can't help but wonder what kind of antics Vinyl will get into. :pinkiecrazy: huehuehueh

Anyways, will fav and thumb. I expect more from you, good sir.


I feel really bad for this fic actually. It probably lost its chance at featured due to the downtime of the site and it sorely deserved featured. Well I can give it the favored and upvote I wanted to do earlier today.

I liked this a lot. Lets see what Team Sparkle can do, and you can't go wrong with Trixie and Lyra on your team.

Wow. So, we have Trixie, Fluer, Vinyl, and Lyra building new and crazy magic...

I am so down with this, I'm in China

Also, is.... is this a Lyra shipfic.... where she is NOT shipped with Bon Bon?!

Is... is that legal?!

Just added this to my Read Later list. I'll give you a review later. For now, thanks for taking the Twilicorn fiasco and making something neat out of it.

So the way to pass Twilight's test was to try and pass it. Clever. Reminds me of something I'd seen in an anime. In any case, I'm keeping an eye on this.


It was featured.

As much as I dislike comments that just say "I want to see where this is going"... I really want to see where this is going.

Smooooth Twilight.
What a test.

This is the type of story I was hoping to see when Season 3 ended. Taking what the show gave us, and running with it in interesting ways. I even suggested a story prompt similar to this on my blog and you don't even know how happy I am to see it!

Interesting character dynamics we'll be seeing here. Ones I haven't seen before (admittedly, I haven't read everything, but it's new to me) so I'm highly invested in where this is going.

The characters are well handled, the prose is clean and the presentation is superb. Definitely keeping track of this!


very nice Idea. and I loved the first chapter. I will like reading this.

Dang, still in the "New Stories" box, and it's already featured.

I'm sorry. Lyra as an admirer of Twilight is okay with me. but LyraxTwilight ruins it.(for me.)

Happy trails.


That is always the case -- by the time it leaves the front page of new stories it is usually too late to be featured or nearly so. Before they changed the popular stories box, it could push a borderline story over or save one that almost fell prematurely.

I'm calling bullshit on this. This site's turning into EqD. Not even 100 faves, not even 40 likes, and not even 20 comments.

-Prologue Review-

One thing I can say for certain after reading this prologue. I have to stop getting so attached to the characters and their plights in the story. It gets me too riled up easily.

For the review, I'm going to start off with how you portrayed Twilight just to get the more noticeable things out of the way. I like how you had her follow right after the trickster footsteps that her mentor made when teaching her lessons. It shows just how much she follows after Celestia (in spite of such negative criticism and responses to her demands). Such tests from mentor to hopeful always create a rather tense mood for me, and seeing characters break down after failing is like a hammer to the heart. I loved how you wrote out how the test played out, as it built on that tension quite naturally.

I'm going to add this to my favorites and hope to see more as it comes. Thanks!

Well, that was a clever test! =D Can't wait to see more of this! Guess there was a reason this was featured! =P

Very few stories make it onto my favorites after just one chapter, but this one just did, :twilightsmile:


Ah, so all the ponies failed because they (ACK! What was I thinking typing a spoiler in here! EDIT!)

Yet another story for my follow list.

This is good

then i got to the shipping

oh god why

just please fucking stop

2285123 How does it feel to be wrong? :trollestia:

This is GREAT! I can't wait for the next chapter!

Lyra being shipped with someone other than a human or Bon Bon is always enough to get a read out of me.

Welp, another story for my read later list. I should probably start reading some of them before I hit 20...

this was quite enjoyable, I'm definitely following this. but I have a policy of never liking a fic before it's second update, and I so desperately want to hit that button, here's hope you don't make me wait.

And that, good sir, is where you are fucking wrong. This story is awesome. :moustache:

2286651I never said this story was bad. I just said I'm calling bullshit that it got featured with so little statistics.

Muhaha, this is going to be fun!
Magical chaos with a dash of underdog shipping AND an unusual cast of characters?
That it's well written seals the deal, I happily await whatever comes next~

So the story said a lot of ponIes failed. How many failed just for free hugs and sweets?

I probably would have.

Personally, I'm glad. Very. It's different. I like that.

2286485 Well it has a romance tag. What did you expect?

Read, liked, and faved.

Oooo a story about how Twilight would abuse her powers take on new responsibilities after become a princess. I like it.

Plus it appears four of my top favorite characters will be main characters in this:twilightsmile:

The only thing I'm not sure of is whether I should call this new pairing Lylight or Twira.

a story gets featured it it has at least 40 likes in a couple of minutes a lot of views, and the comments don't really matter to get it into featured

Hooray, good story.:twilightsmile::moustache:

Mmm... Twira don't convince me, also Lyra's personality is differente to the fandom model.... but I like the story :derpytongue2::derpytongue2::derpytongue2:

You have a follower :pinkiehappy:

Judging from the cast we've got Trixie, Lyra, Fleur and Vinyl in this school. I liked that the test was basically 'try something!'. Clever, clever. I'll be watching this one, and reading and enjoying it.


I suppose the other three wouldn't have made cameo appearances if they weren't going to be in the school. Fleur showed some magical ability in The Sweetie Chronicles, not that this is the same Fleur of course, but it's something to point at and say "see, it's eccentric, but the idea's not completely outrageous." It certainly is a motley crew, and non-traditional students as well, since none of them are fillies. And that's assuming that they remain the only four students... of course, if I'd looked at the tags before writing this, it would have been even more obvious.

2287138Well then there's something fucked up here. When I posted my last story, I had 80 faves in a day, and about 50 likes within an hour.

And whoever keeps downvoting my comments, stop it.

Oh my goodness! A Twyra story! You have no idea how happy this makes me :twilightsmile:


Multiple kinds of brilliant, right there. Definitely watching this one.

Princess Twilight is devious.

Multiple kinds of brilliant, right there. Definitely watching this one.

Princess Twilight is devious.

(suddenly doublepost. I blame html gremlins)

I really like the idea of ANY ship with Lyra besides Lyra x Bon-Bon. That aside, Fancy Pants x Fleur? Really? :rainbowwild: The only thing worse is OctoScratch...

Lol trolestia taught her well.

2287900 ...But Fancy and Fleur is a canon relationship...


Y'know, I don't think I've ever seen Lyra X Twilight before. I'm looking forward to seeing how this works out

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