Ch.1 - ReminiscenceCh.1 - Reminiscence1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Lord of the Ponies: The Search for Harmony
Ch.1 - Reminiscence
Twilight Sparkle stopped on the Bridge of Khazad-dûm, standing in the middle of the span, and impeded the advance of the pursuer as the other members of the Fellowship fled. Twilight turned. From the fire she faced erupted an earth-quaking roar. The inferno flared, and from its fiery womb burst forth the Balrog: a bipedal beast coated in shadow with a mane of flame erupting from between its massive ram's horns. The monster stared down at Twilight, scanning the minuscule Unicorn. The Balrog roared again, the shadows about it reaching out like two vast wings. Twilight remained steadfast before the demon; she would not waver against this being of darkness and shadow.
"You cannot p
Changing Worlds Ch 3: Cloak and Dagger'How did I get myself into this?'Changing Worlds Ch 3: Cloak and Dagger2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Spy's brain worked as fast as it could, given the war zone around him. The snow on the ground was slowly disappearing as volley after volley rocked their makeshift shelter.
His horn shimmered, and he disappeared from view. He stepped gingerly around the snow, not wanting to leave any trace of himself. As the specter crossed the battlefield undetected, his mind traveled to what led him here.
"Miss Sparkle, I must thank you for this opportunity." The dark blue unicorn adjusted the saddlebag on his back. A light blue glow that was not his own enveloped his tie, adjusting it tightly. "Miss Rarity, you're choking me" The magic dispelled, and Spy readjusted the tie himself. Rarity grinned sheepishly. The fasionista admired her own hard work, a tuxedo in the spitting image of the suit she wore only two months ago, now made for Spy's new job.
"Celestia's ambassador," Twilight read the letter again. She had asked Celestia if there was any place in her cas
R. Dash Always Mods in StyleR. Dash Always Mods in Style3 years ago in Humor More Like This
"Ugh, not Shadowfag9001 again."
Rainbow Dash didn't even need to check the screenname behind the post, or look for the Blueball Blitz avatar, or read the signature with the quote from Hayn Rand. She was used to seeing that unflattering image of Spitfire blown up with "FAT FLANK" written across the back of her jumpsuit in heavily fragmented red letters.
Dude, get a new image, she typed in response, and hit submit. Already someone had beaten her to the first response. FBS BANISH HIM. Rainbow shook her head. The rules were very clear regarding banishment, and Shadowfag was an expert at keeping just behind the red line. He would live to parasprite another day. She hit F5. He had already responded:
LOLOL SHITFIRE. PRINCESS CELESTIA HOW HORRIFYING. Rainbow ground her teeth. "Man, what IS your problem?" she yelled at her monitor, hoping somehow her yell would magically travel through the tubes and reach the troll in the form of a concussive blast. She assumed he would be
Mirror of Impossible DreamsThe Mirror Of Impossible Dreams starring Twilight Sparkle and Princess CelestiaMirror of Impossible Dreams4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Spike was out of the house for once, away on an adventure with Apple Bloom, and Twilight Sparkle was making good use of the time to get as much study done as possible. She sat on her bed reading a book called "The Ursa Major in its Natural Habitat" it was a fascinating book, and she was so deeply engrossed in it that for a long time she didn't realise there was somepony knocking on the front door of the house.
"Is that Spike back already? Why doesn't he just come in the door's unlocked for goodness sake! Oh Spike..." But when she got up and went to the door, she saw that it wasn't Spike it was one of the Pegasus ponies who took travellers between Ponyville and Canterlot. Few ponies made the journey regularly, so she was surprised to see him arrive at her house unannounced.
"Uh, yes? Can I help you?" she asked, and the Pegasus pony bowed and replied:
"Her majesty Princess C
UnrequitedUnrequited by PaxtofettelUnrequited3 years ago in Romance More Like This
(Starring Spike and Twilight)
There are a great number of questions that everypony goes through life that they wish could be answered early on. Will they live a long, healthy life? Will they become rich beyond their wildest dreams? Of course, some questions are alot more trivial, such as whether or not the Cloudsdale Angels will win the seasonal championships this year. But there is one question that everybody, from alicorns to zebras, from rabbits to dragons, has wanted to know:
Does the one that I love, love me in return?
The story I am about to relate to you deals with that very same question.
Deep inside the Ponyville Library, there lives a certain creature of which few ponies have ever dealt with, and of which fewer have lived to tell of the experience... It is neither pony nor griffin, nor zebra nor dog. No, it is something much more fearsome, much stranger, and by far more deadly! I am talking to you, of course, about a dragon! A gian
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Nothing Lasts ForeverNothing Lasts Forever4 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
Pinkie walked through Sugar Cube Corner. It was early yet, the shop hadn't opened. She watched the light from the rising sun play across the colourful candies and sweets, making them sparkle like diamonds. She straightened a display of lollipops until it looked perfect and she smiled at the beauty of it.
She walked out the shop door and locked it behind her, even though she knew it would never open again. They only had a few minutes left.
Putting on her best smile she bounced over down the street and towards a table where her friends were gathered round.
"There you are Pinkie," Twilight called to her happily. She didn't know, none of them did. Twilight spoke briefly about the the great adventure they had the night before. Pinkie found it hard to listen to the recap, but savored hearing her friend's voice.
"I just want you all to know, that you're my very best friends and I'm just so happy to be with you," Twilight finished and gathered them all into a group hug. It was a bit out of cha
Why Free Market Capitalism FailsIn this essay, I expose the flaws in the two mechanisms that are supposed to power the free market: Adam Smith's invisible hand and trickle down economics. The notion of the invisible hand holds that in a free marketplace, the buyer's self-interest will tend to drive the price down, while the seller's self-interest will tend to drive the price up, so that both parties' self-interest will naturally cause the price to settle on an amount that both find reasonable. Trickle-down economics maintains that the rich are the ones who start and expand businesses and hire employees, so the laws should favor them increasing their wealth as much as possible so they can hire more people, thus growing the economy.Why Free Market Capitalism Fails3 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
These concepts look good on paper, but the best way to evaluate any idea is to see how it works in practice. Let's start by analyzing nationa
Golden Crests and Apple pie 1Golden Crests and Apple pie 13 years ago in Romance More Like This
The ballroom lay in ruins. Chunks of marble littered the tiled floor, scattered around in broken heaps that nearly meshed together to create a solid blanket of rubble. The local band's instruments, dented and fractured far beyond recognition, lay in assymetrical positions around the room. Many of the animals from the garden still skittered about through various rooms, their loosely-aimed sprints unceasing until they'd explored every last nook and cranny within the castle walls, leaving muddy pawprints everywhere. Many of the royal guards and servants were tending to the enormous mess, for the most part ignoring the animals, but the occasional shout and hoof chase was not uncommon. After the pillars collapsed, most of the remaining partygoers had moved outside into the still-intact garden, small groups of ponies still gossiping and chatting about the six mares who were responsible for this disaster.
Holding glasses of punch in their hooves and still contemplating shock,
Taming Fire, chapter 1Taming Fire, chapter 13 years ago in Romance More Like This
[Chapter 3, part 1]
[Chapter 3, part 2] - coming soon sometime
[Epilogue] - coming later
"Twilight, there you are!" Rainbow Dash's voice came from a distance behind her.
"Hm?" Twilight said turning her head around. "Oh. Hey, Rainbow." She offered her friend a bright smile before once more facing the buffet table in front of her. She had arrived at the party at Rainbow Dash's cloud home later than the rest of her friends who had already been waiting somewhat impatiently for her. She had been held up at the library with some last minute studies and forgotten the time. On top of that she had had to tend to Cheerilee, one of the library's frequent customers, meaning she visited it more than once every few months. Only rarely did somepony come to the library to look
A Canterlot Wedding - Missing ScenesThe ponies were all hard at work. Pegasi went about repairing roofs and ceiling ornaments, unicorns spent their time seeing to the restoration of the more complicated features of the palace, and all others busied themselves with the myriad other tasks that needed to be done to get everything back in top condition.A Canterlot Wedding - Missing Scenes3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
The recent attack brought about by the unexpected and hitherto unknown changelings and their Queen, Chrysalis, had left much of the city damaged. By some miracle there had been no casualties, only a few injuries here and there. Of course it made sense. The changelings were, after all, using the ponies as a food source. It made no sense that they'd want them harmed.
Ponies all about the capital were grateful that the attack had left only structural damage. Damage which was easily rectified. But for one lone unicorns, the damage was far deeper.
Walking along the red carpet of the main hall of the Canterlot royal palace, Captain Shining Armour was looking uncharacteristically fo
What is Socialism?What is Socialism?3 years ago in Editorial More Like This
Who Owns What?
Socialism is the collective ownership by all the people of the factories, mills, mines, railroads, land and all other instruments of production.
Socialism means production to satisfy human needs, not as under capitalism, for sale and profit.
Who Runs Things?
Socialism means direct control and management of the industries and social services by the workers through a democratic government based on their nationwide economic organization.
Under socialism, all authority will originate from the workers, integrally united in Socialist Industrial Unions. In each workplace, the rank and file will elect whatever committees or representatives are needed to facilitate production. Within each shop or office division of a plant, the rank and file will participate directly in formulating and implementing all plans necessary for efficient operations.
Local and National Government
Mending a Broken Rainbow- Chapter FiveMending a Broken Rainbow- Chapter Five2 years ago in Romance More Like This
Mending a Broken Rainbow- Chapter 5
The distinct smell of a warm spring morning filled the property of Sweet Apple Acres, carried by a soft breeze through the many apple trees. The bright blue sky above, once a luring land of adventure to Ponyville's own Rainbow Dash, now carried no interest to the cyan Pegasus know as Dashie as she continued her mornings work, filling barrel after barrel with sweet delicious apples. Instead of daring tricks, and her competitive spirit, Dashie's mind was occupied only with thoughts of her new life with Applejack. Her life without Rainbolt; without needless complications. Without the Wonderbolts.
It was perfect.
Applejack didn't need to know about Rainbolt, right? That would just cause problems. No, Dashie was sure that she would keep her counter part a secret for as long as possible. Still... the Pegasus couldn't help but find her thoughts steering towards the previous night, just after Applejack fell asleep. A loud explosion filled the air, shocking D
Hearts with Sparkles On TopHearts with Sparkles On Top Starring the cute and flamboyantly fabulous Aero, the cute and pretty Snails AKA Glittershell, and many supporting and amazing friends.Hearts with Sparkles On Top1 year ago in Romance More Like This
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The MLP:FiM Drinking Game ver. 2.0from the quill of Butterscotch SundaeThe MLP:FiM Drinking Game ver. 2.02 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Warning: Always drink in moderation, unless you too want to turn into a middle-aged writer of MLP fanfiction! I suggest medium strength beer for the rules as they stand, although hardcore drinkers may opt for shots.
Drink = a sip, while Finish your drink means what it says!
Take a drink whenever:
- the opening or closing sequence plays
If you choose to skip either, you must finish your drink. Shame on you!
- somepony refers to 'friendship'
Additionally, you must say "Friendship is Magic!" or finish your drink
- anypony drinks something, even if it's just hotsauce
Additionally, you must say "Confound these ponies! They drive me to drink" or finish your drink
- anypony refers to Princess Celestia
Additionally, you must say "Another thousand years!" or finish your drink
Supporters of the New Lunar Republic may choose to say "Down with the Tyrant!" instead
- Derpy Hooves appears on screen
The Star In Yellow - Part OneSpike grunted heavily as he pushed his cart piled high with books along the aisles of the Royal Library. The monthly pilgrimage to Canterlot to carry out Twilight Sparkle's every bibliographic whim was not something he particularly enjoyed; not only was there the hassle of paying all the inevitable fines or getting crushed by the tottering pile of books that these visits seemed to result in, but Twilight's requests were getting more and more bizarre.The Star In Yellow - Part One3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Goats and Griffons socio-politics and cakes" Spike muttered to himself as he squinted suspiciously at the list he clutched in one little claw, and then at the shelf which was annoying devoid of any such volume. "It doesn't exist! I swear! Where does she get these titles?" Snatching the volumes 'The Sociology of Goats and Griffons' and 'Baking with Goats' from the shelf, he threw them into the cart with a sigh. "That'll have to do!"
Long ago he had decided that Twilight didn't have a clue what was actually i
A Night to Try to Remember Pt. 1A Night to Try to Remember Pt. 13 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
A Night (to Try) to Remember
Rarity inhaled deeply, letting the pleasant aroma of her drink fill her nostrils. The snifter glass gently shifted about, buoyed by her magical aura, and its burgundy contents swirled along the transparent walls. She tipped the glass to her lips, gracefully sipping its contents in a way that only years of cultured drinking could imbue. A satisfied smile crossed her lips as the cognac warmed her throat as it drained to her stomach. She was almost finished with her third glass of the night, which would put her just at her tolerance level for this particular beverage; such a shame that her friends didn't know their own tolerances.
At that thought, she looked about the bar from her seat in the corner booth. While she wasn't the type to normally socialize in such establishments, this bar was cultured enough for her tastes, being well designed, well built, and having a satisfactory selection of
One Last Letter "Hurry Spike! We don't have much time!" I screamed across the room. My little assistant was shoving things up against our front door while I attempted to cover the windows. Outside I could hear the screams of the other ponies, along with the sounds of shattering glass and the crackling of flames. Smoke consumed my nose and made my eyes burn, but I had to focus on my task. If we couldn't fortify our tree-home we were done for.One Last Letter2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Twilight!" came a voice, and I looked over to see Rainbow Dash pounding at the window. I opened it quickly with my magic and slammed it shut after she made it in. My mind was so overloaded that it took me a few minutes to see the blood dripping from her side.
"Oh no," I said in shock. Dash gave me a grin.
"What this? It's just a scratch, really."
I tried to lift up her wing to examine her wound, but she held it firmly down, whether to cover it or because the pain was too much I couldn't tell.
"Dash please, let me have a look at it,"
Interventions are MagicInterventions are Magic4 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Interventions are Magic starring Twilight Sparkle and the rest of the cast of Friendship is Magic
"C'mon Twilight! Everypony's waiting for you at Sugar Cube Corner!" Spike had had to half-drag Twilight from the library, where she had spent the evening reading and drinking mostly drinking. He'd found her curled up on the couch nursing a bottle of vanilla-lemon vodka, the floor a pile of crumpled books and empty bottles, and she'd resisted every effort of his to get her to come with him. He'd tried to pull her by her tail at first, and when that hadn't worked he'd pushed on her rump as she dug her hooves in stubbornly, but now she had finally given up and was walking alongside him, swaying as she went.
"At what where? Sugar Cube Corner?" she slurred. After half a bottle of vodka, Twilight was three sheets to the wind, and she found it difficult to put one hoof in front of the other. In fact, they threatened to tangle up underneath her at any moment, and she was glad o
Captain Hook the Biker Gorilla The dreaded Captain Hook sailed the seven seas with his pirate crew, collecting any treasure he came across. His ship, the Banana Apes, terrified any that had the misfortune to catch sight of Hook's ship. Few outside his crew lived to give a description of the black-furred gorillas, as they never liked to keep prisoners. His crew only took one injury between its twenty members: the captain had lost his left hand in a duel against another pirate, Captain Greybeard; the only defeat he ever had. He had since replaced the missing hand with a hook, giving him the name Hook. Over time, Hook's treasure hoard became so large that he had to bury it on an uninhabited island. He made sure that nobody outside his crew could reach by burying half of it and placing the rest in huts that his crew built on top of the trees. Eventually, the Banana Apes became so well known that its crew had to create a port on thCaptain Hook the Biker Gorilla2 years ago in Humor More Like This
Caerdwyn's Apple-Sausage Savory StuffingCaerdwyn's Apple-Sausage Savory Stuffing2 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
CAERDWYN'S APPLE-SAUSAGE STUFFING
Good enough to be a main dish all by itself. This recipe is scaled to feed a Thanksgiving or Christmas throng of 8 to 12; feel free to divide everything by 2 (if you do so, cook for 5 minutes less). Prep time: 30 minutes preparation, then 30 minutes of cooking. You can do the prep in advance, and slip the stuffing pan into the oven 30 minutes before meal time.
2 pounds savory sausage (I use Jimmy Dean's Sage Sausage; bulk Italian sausage based on whatever meat your preferences dictate works well too)
4 medium (fist-sized) Fuji or Gala apples - use more apples if they're smaller
6 stalks celery (minus the leaves; about 2 cups once chopped)
1 large sweet onion
12 ounces chopped dried dates
12 ounces dried cranberries
3 6-ounce packages of Caesar-style croutons
2 tablespoons of a steak-style spice mix (I prefer Weber's "Chicago Steak"; anything similar to Emeril's Essence will