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The day after the Battle of the Bands, Sunset Shimmer's friends asked to see her about some changes that hadn't gone away after defeating the sirens. Things escalated from there into a full-blown AU. Check out the original story here and the group here.

WARNING: Pretty much everything after the first story contains spoilers for the end of it, so I recommend following that first link first.

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Gathered Friendship: The FiCG Index · 6:08pm Nov 24th, 2014

One year ago today, I decided to share the cards I made of the Season 4 premiere. As such, this seems like the perfect time to provide a quick and easy way to access everything that's resulted since. The following is a hyperlinked rundown of every Friendship is Card Games blog, both those written and those yet to come. If you don't see something here, either I haven't gotten to it yet, or I've been a bit lazy in updating this particular blog. Feel free to yell at me about that if it isn't a

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Derpy, with your flames so bright
Please don't burn the sleigh tonight.

Season's Greetings.
Is "Derpy, The Red-Nosed Kirin" going to be the new holiday classic tale?

Post happened at an awkward/bad timing so I don't know if you've noticed Path updated over the weekend.

Thanks for the tips

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Profane Nectar 2: Cursed Wine · 3:15am 10 hours ago

My thanks to everyone who chimed in on how not to make a cup of tea. The fruit of your efforts is now imbibable. But before you do, have a sample of what I couldn't fit into either the description or the story itself. Consider it a sort of teaser trailer:

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