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Cold in Gardez

Stories about ponies are stories about people.

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  • Contraptionology! When life gives you lemons, make robot monsters. by Skywriter 134,483 words · 13,487 views · 993 likes · 25 dislikes
  • Nine Days Down Celestia's latest game of Save the Princess gets more serious than she'd have liked when she gets herself thrown into Tartarus. It would be bad enough if she were alone...but it seems she'd picked up a straggler as well. by JoeShogun 137,280 words · 1,049 views · 149 likes · 5 dislikes
  • Who We Are A chilling letter from Celestia throws the girls' world upsidedown by kits 18,828 words · 22,727 views · 1,721 likes · 37 dislikes
  • Siren Song Bioshock meets MLP in this psychological thriller, where Celestia's new faithful student, Siren Song, must discover the truth behind the city beneath the waves. Arriving in pursuit of Twilight, Siren finds herself trapped in a city of horrors. by GaPJaxie 186,864 words · 10,993 views · 584 likes · 17 dislikes

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  • When the Levee Breaks Daring Do returns home one final time. by Cynewulf 6,581 words · 2,124 views · 224 likes · 7 dislikes
  • Hard Reset Twilight gives her life to stop a changeling invasion. Repeatedly. by Eakin 36,612 words · 72,628 views · 6,879 likes · 108 dislikes
  • Through the Well of Pirene [Now EQD Featured!] A young girl must travel to Equestria to rescue her kid sister from the clutches of a terrible magician. by Ether Echoes 367,054 words · 20,035 views · 1,353 likes · 78 dislikes
  • Within and Without Luna takes the Elements of Harmony on a journey in more ways than one. by Cloudy Skies 154,174 words · 13,064 views · 1,293 likes · 23 dislikes
  • 413 Mulberry Lane : A Report (With Annotations by Twilight Sparkle) A student at Celestia's school encounters an entity that seeks to claim him. His only hope lies with Princess Celestia, and the truth hidden in the documents she holds. by Starsong 9,377 words · 5,820 views · 367 likes · 7 dislikes

Latest Stories

Where am I?

The current 'Big Deal'

Also know as the "What am I pouring my heart and soul into this week?" box.

The World is Filled with Monsters

Vermilion didn’t join the Guard to be a hero. He just wanted to escape the farm and his old, boring life.

But now it seems he may have no choice – his unit is being sent to Hollow Shades, a tiny hamlet hidden in the depths of an endless forest, to fight monsters on behalf of Luna and Celestia. When the mission turns into a disaster and the town is lost, Vermilion finds himself at the forefront of an unexpected war, with all of Equestria at stake.

A new dark age has begun. Heroes must be found to guard the flickering lights of civilization. And Vermilion and his friends will discover that monsters are the least of their worries.

Set in the years before Nightmare Moon’s banishment, The World is Filled with Monsters follows a young hero and his friends as they struggle to protect a newfound nation – and discover the cost of greatness.

Two hundred years ago, an American president said it was not America's mission to journey abroad in search of monsters to destroy. America would offer moral support to the world's fight for liberty, but we would not crusade on its behalf.

We haven't always lived up to that ideal. The past fifteen years of my life have been consumed by the fight against what John Quincy Adams would have called monsters. They've been on my mind quite a bit lately.

So, like most things on my mind, I decided to write a story about it. With ponies because, you know, I'm me.

The pretty good ones

Dramas and the like

  • A Once and Future Darkness When Luna returned after a thousand years of exile, she brought something else back with her. Dreams – real dreams – are shaking the world, and Twilight Sparkle must stop them before they destroy it. by Cold in Gardez 9,555 words · 3,917 views · 446 likes · 37 dislikes
  • The Last Trumpet's Call A gryphon survives a battle in the north. His friend does not. He wonders, sometimes, who really won. by Cold in Gardez 14,587 words · 2,450 views · 364 likes · 3 dislikes
  • The Carnivore's Prayer It is their nature by Cold in Gardez 9,679 words · 6,654 views · 685 likes · 12 dislikes
  • The Glass Blower A young artist in love will do whatever it takes to satisfy his heart. by Cold in Gardez 10,489 words · 15,294 views · 1,070 likes · 23 dislikes
  • Small-town Charm Twilight has seen some odd things in Ponyville. by Cold in Gardez 3,958 words · 9,257 views · 1,038 likes · 34 dislikes

Adventures! Others!

The Comedies

  • Naked Singularity Twilight attempts to write a sensual romance novel. by Cold in Gardez 10,524 words · 61,177 views · 2,926 likes · 54 dislikes
  • The Contest Fluttershy returns to defend her title as Quiet Game world champion. by Cold in Gardez 6,714 words · 37,332 views · 1,820 likes · 24 dislikes
  • The Lamia There aren't many stallions in Ponyville. For most mares, this might be considered a problem. For a mare addicted to eating them, it's the perfect chance to detox. by Cold in Gardez 8,321 words · 5,637 views · 740 likes · 37 dislikes
  • National Geographic Presents: Big Princess Week Twilight Sparkle notices some odd urges, now that she's suddenly become an alicorn. by Cold in Gardez 5,406 words · 9,279 views · 1,156 likes · 41 dislikes
  • The Time of Their Lives Twilight Sparkle is arrested for the second time in her life. Rarity is attempting to put her business partner out of business. The undead have risen and walk Ponyville's streets. A normal day, in other words. by Cold in Gardez 6,988 words · 5,362 views · 848 likes · 28 dislikes


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On Magical Realism, and other pitfalls of writing in a fantasy fandom · 5:19am October 10th

I was reading a short bit of literary fiction today, Kamisama, a Japanese story about a man who goes on a walk with a new neighbor of his with old-fashioned sensibilities, who has no name but when asked what people should call him replies "Anata [the Japanese word for 'you,'], but when you say Anata please say it with the kanji [the Chinese characters, 貴方] rather than the hiragana [Japanese script, あなた], because it sounds better to my ears."

Also this character is a bear.

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