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I'm a long time science fiction and animation fan who stumbled into My Little Pony fandom and got caught -- I guess I'm a Brony Forever now.

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  • T Post-Traumatic

    April, YOH 1505: Twilight Sparkle and her Companions have returned to Ponyville from Our Town. Now they must deal with the emotional price of their incomplete victory.  · Jordan179
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  • T Her Special Gift

    Early in the morning after marrying Cheese Sandwich, Pinkie Pie gives him a very special present. In his sleep.  · Jordan179
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  • T Getting Stuck

    You made a few bad decisions and trusted someone you shouldn't have and now you're trapped in a world of talking little ponies!  · Jordan179
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  • T Dancing Alone

    YOH 1505: Moon Dancer has resumed her friendships. But can she overcome the damage of her alienation?  · Jordan179
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  • T Audience Reaction

    YOH 1548: Rarity is not pleased with High Concept's Succession ad on the Twelfth Equestriad Interview show.  · Jordan179
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  • T Undying Love

    Celly and Dissy have fallen in love. But another is jealous of their happiness, and dark dreams threaten their happiness. Can Love conquer all?  · Jordan179
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  • T Fools and Drunks

    Spring 1505. Snips Fields and Snailsquirm Carrot do something a bit dangerous to celebrate Snails' sixteenth birthday. What could possibly go wrong?  · Jordan179
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  • T Love Starved

    Compound's lost her administrative post and been assigned to what amounts to a suicide team. Will she have to spend these last months of her life alone? Or will she find friendship in the least likely of places?  · Jordan179
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  • T Can You Go Home Again?

    A Pinkie Pie who lost her way comes home for the holidays, bringing her best friend and dearest love for moral support.  · Jordan179
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  • T Ruminations in Stone

    Wind Whistler, trapped within Discord in the form of a stone statue in the gardens of the Royal Palace of Canterlot, muses on many things.  · Jordan179
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  • T The Fall of Hive Hunger-Prime

    Theoretical-Infiltrator Compound, pressed into service in her Hive's last desperate need, muses on how it all went wrong as she awaits her end.  · Jordan179
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  • T A World of Illusions

    Three girls encounter some unusual events at Canterlot High School.  · Jordan179
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  • T His Mark On History

    Across the Stormy Seas to the east of Equestria, on the continent of Taura, the ponies of the Running Water are oppressed by their Griffon overlords. Can young First Strong Messenger strike a blow for independence and change history?  · Jordan179
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  • E Royal Business

    When Spike is called away to Canterlot on Royal Business, he expects to have to do something for Princess Celestia. Instead, he winds up being interviewed by Princess Luna and fed a lot of gems. Life can be tough for a young Dragon!  · Jordan179
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  • T Substitute Mentor

    Wise Dreamer was the mentor of the Pony magician Trixie Lulamoon, but he can't be everywhere at once. When the Humanoid Trixie is fated to fall into Nightmare, Wise Dreamer, busy in another dimension, must find her a substitute mentor.  · Jordan179
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  • T Divine Jealousy and The Voice of Reason

    Late Season 4: When Discord discovers that Fluttershy has another love interest, will he attempt a traditional solution? Or can a Voice of Reason stay his hand?  · Jordan179
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  • T Dragonshyness

    Fluttershy endures one of the most frightening experiences of her life. (It is a testament to the utter terror that can be Fluttershy's life that confronting a full-grown Dragon counts as only "one" of the most terrifying days of her  · Jordan179
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  • T Pinkie Sense and Sensibility

    When a young mare happens to be both her own pony and the Pink Daughter of Paradise, love and life can get complex and strange  · Jordan179
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  • My Little Balladeer The Elements of Harmony find themselves facing an evil beyond their knowledge, armed with an alien magic. In desperation they use their Elements to summon aid and get - a hillbilly with a silver-strung guitar? by Ardashir 151,377 words · 2,712 views · 117 likes · 5 dislikes
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  • Pony POV Series Season Four: Generation Transitions & Origins Why is Pinkie Pie 'weird'? Why is Celestia? Why is Discord? A connection between G1,MLPT, G3, and by Alex Warlorn 79,042 words · 3,114 views · 160 likes · 6 dislikes

The "Shadow Wars"

The machinations of the Cosmic Concepts have shaped the history of the Ponies for ten thousand years.  But now their mistakes have cracked the Cosmos, and the Shadows seep through to claim our own Universe for their dark and predatory purposes.  If they can gain a bridgehead on Equestria's Earth, this will be but the first step in a war of extermination against our continuum, a war which will end in the destruction of all life in our own Universe.

Can Celestia lead the defense of the Earth and save, not only her little Ponies, but all Earthlife, from utter annihilation?  Can Luna be redeemed from the Shadows and return to her former greatness?  Will Discord prove a powerful ally, or betray them all to damnation?  Can a new generation of powerful beings aid them enough to bring victory?  Or will the Earth die, drained of its vitality by the sinister Shadows?

List of stories in the Shadow Wars universe further down the page.

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  • Collateral Damage Ageing ex-Guardspony Falcon Punch takes a dangerous escort mission to prove he still has the right stuff. Will he succeed, or meet his end? by Jordan179 32,227 words · 332 views · 36 likes · 3 dislikes
  • Nightmares Are Tragic Nightmare Moon spends a thousand years banished to the Moon, then returns to seek her revenge. From HER point of view. by Jordan179 32,977 words · 4,503 views · 336 likes · 18 dislikes
  • An Extended Performance The Great and Powerful Trixie gives the performance of her life during the Longest Night in Eqeustrian history. Start of Season 1. by Jordan179 26,641 words · 1,356 views · 73 likes · 5 dislikes
  • Twelfth Equestriad Interview Two and a half decades after the final victory over the Shadows, Princess Luna records an interview for the Summer Sun Celebration by Jordan179 15,740 words · 1,013 views · 56 likes · 11 dislikes

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  • Dragonshyness Fluttershy endures one of the most frightening experiences of her life. (It is a testament to the utter terror that can be Fluttershy's life that confronting a full-grown Dragon counts as only "one" of the most terrifying days of her by Jordan179 38,857 words · 1,097 views · 67 likes · 6 dislikes
  • A Robust Solution Fluttershy comes to terms with a mistake from her past, and learns how to handle herself in the future, with the help of her good friend Rarity. by Jordan179 11,859 words · 863 views · 77 likes · 7 dislikes
  • Fluttershy Is Free Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy go to see a butterfly migration. Mid-Season 1, immediately after "Call of the Cutie." by Jordan179 10,460 words · 1,468 views · 108 likes · 5 dislikes

List of Stories in the Shadow Wars Series

Here are the stories of the Shadow Wars, roughly in order, including major incomplete and projected works:

Undying Love (incomplete):  Takes place from around 2500 to 1500 years ago.  Discord and Celestia; how he loved and lost her, in a love that is undying, much as they might wish they could forget.

Corruption at Nightfall (incomplete):  Takes place over a thousand years ago.  The tale of Prince Crimson Quartz and Lady Tourmaline of the Crystal Empire, and Princess Luna of Equestria; and how the Empire fell into darkness.

All the Way Gone (projected):  The story of how Princess Luna of Equestria fell into the Nightmare.

"His Recipe For Love":  YOH 1252, or 248 years before the Season One opener.  Aventurine Miter is very much in love with his wife Harmonia Pie.  Join them on the Hunt for the Ingredient of the Cupcakes of Life!  M-rated, NSFW, both sex and gore.

Collateral Damage (complete, 32,231 words):  In YOH 1481, some 19 years before the start of Season 1, ex-Guardspony Falcon Punch tries to deliver a vital package from Appleloosa to Canterlot -- but unknown to him, an elite Changeling Infiltrator is on his trail!  Characters include Falcon Punch, Princess Ceymi, and a 9-year-old Cheerilee.  Dark tragedy, with gore and (very limited but horrifying) sexual content.

Pinkie Sense and Sensibility (incomplete):  The birth and early life of Pinkie Pie and her sisters.

"Ruminations in Stone" (complete, 2,292 words):  Spring, YOH 1500, a couple months before Luna's Return and the start of Season One.  Wind Whistler, trapped within the stone statue of Discord, muses about her past and future.

Nightmares Are Tragic (complete, 32,976 words):  S1E1-2, June 21-22 YOH 1500, The Elements of Harmony (Season One opener), from Luna's perspective.  The core story of the Shadow Wars continuity, introducing its interpretation of the Mane Six and especially of Princess Luna and the true nature of the Shadows.

An Extended Performance: (complete, 26,639 words) S1, June YOH 1500 (same time as the Season One opener): Side-story to Nightmares Are Tragic, detailing how Trixie defended her show against the Shadow Coven in Manehattan on the Longest Night, and what Celestia was doing while all this was going on.

A Long Night at the Hippodrome (incomplete) S1, June YOH 1500 (same time as the Season One opener):  Side-story to An Extended Performance, detailing how Trixie's old friend Piercing Gaze dealt with the Longest Night at his theater in Baltimare.

His Mark On History (incomplete, S1, June YOH 1500 (early Season One, from The Elements of Harmony to "The Ticket Master. but set on another continent):  Can First Strong Messenger make his mark on history by striking a blow for the freedom of the South Speaker Ponies of Taura?

The Romance of the Open Road (incomplete) early S1,  YOH 1500:  The Great and Powerful Trixie leaves Manehattan and takes to the road to win her fortune -- a road that will lead her to Ponyville.

All the Way Back (incomplete) early S1, YOH 1500:  How Princess Luna, purged of the NIghtmare, recovered her power and sanity, making a place for herself in the strange new world of modern Equestria.

Least Noticeable and Little Flappy (incomplete):  Early S1, YOH 1500, contemperaneous with E5 "Griffon the Brush-Off"  How "Least Noticeable" Claire Pie, Pinkie's gigantic invisible twin sister, saved a little flappy creature and made a new friend.

Dragonshyness (complete, 38,854 words): early mid S1, YOH 1500, contemperaneous with E7: "Dragonshy."  The most terrifying day of Fluttershy's life, as she must finally face the creature she most dreads -- a full-grown Dragon.

Royal Business (incomplete): Early mid S1, September YOH 1500, a bit after E7 "Dragonshy."  Spike is called away on royal business to meet with Celestia, but he winds up spending a while as Luna's guest.

A Robust Solution (complete, 11, 859 words):  mid S1, YOH 1500, just before E12 "Call of the Cutie."  Fluttershy reveals a shameful secret from her past to Rarity, who helps her friend understand and surmount its emotional legacy.

Fluttershy Is Free (complete, 10,464 words):  S1, YOH 1500, after E12 "Call of the Cutie."  Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash go to see a butterfly migration, and Fluttershy reveals a dark secret of her origin.

"A Meeting by Moonlight" (complete, 2,932 words): S3, YOH 1503.  Princess Luna visits Twilight Sparkle one night and tells her a tale of the Age of Wonders, revealing more than she means to in the process.

"Feeling Adrift"  (complete, 4,938 words):   S3, YOH 1503,  right after "A Meeting by Moonlight."  Princess Celestia tries to help her sister deal with her feelings of alienation and loneliness.

Divine Jealousy and the Voice of Reason (incomplete):  S4, November YOH 1504, right after "Equestria Games" and before Twilight's Kingdom.  When Discord discovers he has a rival for Fluttershy's love, he consults his inner Voice of Reason for advice.

Substitute Mentor (incomplete):  Pony Earth segment is between S4 and S5, January YOH 1505, while the Nightmare Delusion Humanoid Earth segment is AD 2016 and the Angel of Illusion Humanoid Earth segments are AD 2010 to 2016.  Can the Humanoid Trixies be saved from madness and their worlds from devastation by the Humanoid Piercing Gaze?

Post-Traumatic (incomplete):  April YOH 1505.  Starlight Glimmer has been defeated and Our Town liberated.  Now the returning Mane Six must deal with the damage the Sameness did to their minds.  Sometimes, mere victory is not enough.

Fools and Drunks (incomplete):  April YOH 1505.  Snips and Snails decide to celebrate Snails' 16th birthday by gping into the Everfree doing something a bit more unwise than usual.  Will Snails finally tell Snips about Glittershell?  Will the two teenage colts even survive?

Love Amongst Monsters (incomplete):  Starting YOH 1508, concluding YOH 1512.  Ill Wind, a brilliant Pegasus scientist, works to complete a vital engineering project for High Commander Windvane, and may find romantic as well as professional success.

Love Starved (incomplete):  February-March, YOH 1515.  Compound is reassigned to the Provisional Hive Defense Swarm, which she knows is a near-suicide post.  But in what she assumes to be the last days of her life, she makes two very good friends.

The Fall of Hive Hunger-Prime (incomplete):  April, YOH 1515.  Compound and her friends struggle to survive within the last of Queen Hunger's hives as it falls at the end of the Great Changeling War (1513-1515).

Twelfth Equestriad Interview (complete, 15,741 words):  June YOH 1548, 48 years after Luna's Return and 24 years after the final victory in the Shadow Wars, Luna and Twilight are interviewed on TV on the night of the Summer Sun Celebration.

"Audience Reaction" (complete, 2,867 words):  June YOH 1548, side-story to Twelfth Equestriad Interview.  During the historic interview TV broadcast, Rarity and Spike deal with an attempt to sabotage Rarity Enterprises' perfume campaign.


II.  Direction of Change

The next major question, after "how far into the future?" is "what sort of changes occur?"  We first should determine the direction of change.  There are five overall possibilities.

A. Progressive -  This assumes that change is generally in the direction of rise rather than decline.  This is, historically, almost always the case in terms of technology, though not as uniformly the case regarding culture, politics or diplomacy.  This is because there is a "ratchet effect" operating in technological progress -- a technology, once developed, tends to be remembered at least until superseded by a more capable technology.  For example, to take a field near and dear to the heart of Rarity, clothing has generally improved in terms of ease of production, quality and comfort since sapients first start protecting themselves with leaves and animal skins.

The same ratchet effect does not operate as strongly in matters of culture, because it is not as apparent just which cultural practices are superior.  What's more, cultures may enter periods of decline, in which a breakdown of organization forces a retreat to earlier and perhaps less efficient overall practices:  this can be seen at the end of the Greco-Roman Classical civilization, and during the many Times of Troubles China has suffered.  Politics and diplomacy are even less stable, as coalitions can shift from decade to decade, even year to year.

The West has historically tended to see change as progressive (and hence "good") because our history from medieval times onward has been much more rise than fall.  This is a small-l liberal assumption, as it implies that by dint of positive effort things may improve on the average over time.  It is also the assumption most able to support civil and economic liberties, because it implies that change should only be resisted by governments if the change is clearly bad:  most change is not bad.

Based on the evidence from vanilla-canon, Equestria also seems to be in the middle of progressive change -- we see a rail net spreading through the land, what looks like an industrial revolution well under way, and a general tendency for old racial animosities to dissipate.  This is possibly-contradicted by some of the IDW comics, which seem to imply that there has been no fundamental technological or social progress over time.  (This may be lazy writing on their part).

The Shadow Wars Story Verse is nakedly and obviously based on the assumption that progressive change is the norm in technology and can occur in culture, politics and diplomacy as well.  Equestria advances from an Iron Age feudal society to a vast Post-Singularity interstellar commonwealth.  The Lost Kinds are found and Reconciled with the Three Kinds of Equestria.  Ponykind and Earthlife spread through the Universe to become its new Guardians against the threats of the Shadows and other omnicidal enemies.

B.  Regressive -  Before the Renaissance, and in most other human societies before the 19th-20th centuries, it was generally-assumed that we were in decline from a previous "Golden Age" to an increasingly-imperfect world which would ultimately die due to its imperfections.  This is obviously a small-c conservative assumption, as it implies that the best we can do is to hold on to what we have by copying the past:  any change is likely to be degradation and hence should be resisted on the face of it.  In the end degradation will destroy the world, with possible hope of some supernatural regeneration.

The most famous Western heroic fantasy of all, J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-Earth, is a regressive fantasy.  Soon after their appearance, the Elves developed advanced arts and sciences far beyond anything achieved by Men, and in Middle-Earth gradually lost them.  The civilization of Numenor, which was partly-descended from Men who wed Elves (specifically, from Beren and Luthien) attained great heights but fell from them; even the revival of the Kingdom of the West (under Aragorn and Arwen) will be but a temporary respite in a fall which does not end until the Bronze Age of our history.

I've very occasionally seen MLP:FIM fanfic written regressively in this fashion.  This usually involves the assumption that a higher-tech civilization created the Ponies and that this technology was lost in whatever event enabled the Ponies to become free.  This may or not be coupled with an attempt to regain the lost technology.

The Shadow Wars Story Verse, despite being Progressive in the the longer sense, is Regressive in some aspects of its ancient history.  Before Ponykind, other races rose and fell upon the Earth, including the Great G'marr (who genengineered the first Ponies out of Equus equus stock) and the High Eldren, who created the Five Pony Kinds (Earth Ponies, Pegasi, Unicorns, Flutter Ponies and Sea Ponies) from the Primal Pony stock.  Before the Time of the Reclamation, earlier civilizations were smashed by the Warlords who almost entirely exterminated Ponykind.  Before the time of the Crystal Empire and Equestria, Ponies rose to the great heights of the Age of Wonders, only to be smashed back down to Iron Age barbarism by the Cataclysm, from which Ponykind is still recovering at the time of Luna's Return.  Each of these catastrophes saw a fall from a prior golden age -- though the Second Age of Wonders, which is (by later convention) held to begin on YOH 1500 when Luna is liberated from her Nightmare, sees Ponykind rise higher than it or any other Earthly race has ever done before.

Interestingly, this is close to the way the Night Shadows view reality.  There is an ultimate life form (themselves) and a mode of life consisting of preying upon other Universes.  This is ultimately doomed to fail because all the energy in all the Universes will achieve heat death, and then the NIght Shadows will simply be the last to die in an eternally-frozen Omniverse.  This goes a long way toward explaining why they are evil:  if this is how you view reality, the best one can logically do is simply be the last to die, because you've first eaten everyone else to stay alive.

C. Rise and Fall -  This assumes that civilizations rise and then fall, in an inevitable cycle of barbarism emerging from the previous shattered civilization, rising itself to civilization, then expanding to become a successful empire, and then freezing and declining to fall.  This is probably true as regards culture, politics and diplomacy in real civilizations (with the cycle lasting many centuries, perhaps over 2000 years).  I've assumed this to be true in constructing my own Equestrian past -- Equestria is the second cycle of North Amareican civilization since the Cataclysm, and is heir to the culture of the Crystal Empire in exactly the same sort of way that Western Christendom was to the Roman Empire.

This is generally not true in reality as regards technology.  The world of the European Dark Ages, while economically-impoverished due to the breakdown of large-scale political adminstration and hence the frequency of raids, invasions and brigandage, was technologically more advanced not only than the world of the Classical Dark Ages (10th century BCE Greece and Anatolia) but even than the world of the Late Roman Empire, in all respects other than infrastructure and mass production.

This was Robert E. Howard's assumption in creating his Hyborean Age world, and it was also the general assumption of Clark Ashton Smith and H. P. Lovecraft in creating the larger world of the Cthulhu Mythos in which it was embedded.  Since the Cthulhu Mythos is part of the backstory of the Shadow Wars Story Verse, this is partly true in the SWSV instead -- though it's only part of the story of the high destiny of Ponykind.  This is also the optimistic way to view the patterns of change in Michael Moorcock's Eternal Champion Multiverse -- the pessimistic way is Random Change.

D.  Eternal Stasis -  This is the lazy approach to writing fantasy.  Simply assume that there is no change, because thinking about change means that world-building must be longitudinal -- in other words, that the technology and culture of a particular people may change over time.  A lot of Extruded Fantasy Product assumes Eternal Stasis -- take a character from one age, plunk him down in another age, and he would find merely a change of the roster of individuals who happen to be alive at any particular time.

The great problem with Eternal Stasis is that it means that there is no larger story beyond the characters.  There is merely The Way Things Are, which Villains occasionally rise up to menace (through threatening to cause destructive Change) and Heroes who rise up to stop the Villains from wreaking this harm.  This literally means that all there is or can be is fighting and relaxing; there is no possibility of large-scale constructive achievement.  I personally find this concept incredibly depressing and nihilistic, only marginally superior to Regressive Change.  

Most lesser Night Shadows act as if they believe Eternal Stasis to be true, because they're neither smart nor brave enough to face up to the full nihilistic implications of their civilization's larger world view.  They act as the disruptive Villains only from the point of view of their prey:  from their own point of view, they are merely ensuring a steady supply of energy so that they may maintain their Shadowverse at its eternal hell of false-entropic maximum.  This is also why they become so terribly demoralized in the Poniternity, when the Ponies begin to wrest control of the Shadowverse itself from their grasp.

E.  Random Change -  Things rise or fall randomly, in no particular pattern.  This is an unpopular worldview because it allows for no pattern of history at all.  This is the pessimistic version of Michael Moorcock's Eternal Champion Multiverse; it's also how his Lords of Chaos view reality.  There is of course one entity in the Show who sees things like this -- Discord, who is modeled after a Michael Moorcock style Lord of Chaos.  In the Shadow Wars Story Verse, Discord recovers his sanity in part because he is converted to a more Progressive concept of life spreading throughout the Multiverse and diversifying into chaotic complexity, which is not coincidentally the view of his mate Fluttershy.

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