Fallout Equestria: Rules of Engagement Chapter 1Fallout Equestria: Rules of Engagement Chapter 12 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Special thanks: to my editor tebee without whom this story would be a mess of grammatical errors and my pre-readers
Once upon a time, on the not-so-magical-and-actually-quite-fucked-up planet of Earth. There was a US Marine who signed up to defend his country. He was assigned to a fire team, the fire team assigned to a squad and the squad assigned to a company. Together they defended the area surrounding a Forward Operating Base in Afghanistan from insurgents. If only it were that simple.
Chapter 1: Of New Wars and PipBucks
"As a soldier, you can be sent to any area of the world... you could find yourself alone, in a remote area possibly in enemy territory. This manual provides information and describes basic techniques that will enable you to survive and return alive, should you find yourself in such a situation." Preface, US Army Survival Guide.
" and so I said, 'chicken nuggets? Are you crazy!?'" exclaimed Jackson
The two marines in the Humvee's back seat roa
The Zanatorian's BackgroundThe Zanatorian's Background7 years ago in Science Fiction More Like This
-- In The Beginning --
The Zanatorians are an ancient machine cult that turned renegade several years after the Horus Heresy, there leader High Magos Zanatos of Mars was convinced that the Imperium would eventually reach its breaking point under the constant siege from its enemies and fall into chaos and drag humanity down with it.
To prepare for the inevitable Zanatos left with his followers and founded the Zanatorian Machine Cult, an organisation designed to protect humanity from the madness of the Imperium and when the end came save humanity from the bring of extinction and lead them into a new golden age.
Without the Imperiums restrictions Zanatorian machine cult were free to research into the most ancient and forbidden technology. One of which was robotics and AI, that would soon become the foundation of the machine cult.
A Millennia pasted and the Zanatorians had created a small empire in a system within the uncharted territories beyond Imperial space. A
Tau-English DictionaryTau/English DictionaryTau-English Dictionary4 years ago in Settings More Like This
How to use this Dictionary: The first column is the English spelling and pronunciation, the second is the tau spelling, the third is the meaning. Sections in quotation marks are literal translations. N means noun, V means verb, Adj means adjective, PN means proper noun, numbers following these abbreviations mean multiple meanings
Al Al N; structure, organization, Adj; small
Aloh Aloh Adj; cold
An An Adj; location (as in 'the place of union' 'An'lissera')
Anuk Anuk N; bird
Ar Ar Adj; high, both in altitude and respect/morals/etc.
Ar'Cea Ar'Cea PN; "High Ones," Eldar
Au Au N; age, era, period of time
Aun Aun Adj; ethereal, celestial, N; an Ethereal
Au'taal Au'taal PN; "time of salvation" a tau sept world
B B N; a shepherd, V; to shepherd
Bap Bap Adj; lost
Be'Gel Be'Gel PN; Orks, including all subspecies, as a race
Bentu'sin Bentu'sin PN; "Wise-gifted Ones," Demiurg
B'kak B'kak N; "Sand Herder," shepherd of sand creatures?
Spark Chapter 4Chapter 4Spark Chapter 42 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
After the Princess left, Twilight was determined to get to studying. She wasn't too clear on how she was going to go about retrieving her books - maybe another teleport was in order. Twilight was just getting ready when a knock on the door interrupted her concentration. She groaned, knowing she had to answer it before Luna was disturbed.
"Wha- Oh, Spike!" Twilight was surprised to find her assistant crossly tapping his foot outside the door. He came in without her invitation.
"Where were you, Twi?" he asked, clearly indignant. "You were gone for hours! Do you know how hard it is to keep a straight face when you're lying to the Princess of Equestria?"
"One of." Twilight corrected. "And sadly, yes. I'm sorry Spike." gears turned in her head. She couldn't have spent more than an hour and a half searching for books, probably less. Yet Spike was right - it was already well into the afternoon, several hours having passed from when she began her venture. Twilight wondered just what
SpaceSpace4 years ago in Science Fiction More Like This
The orbiter had touched down at Vandenberg, and Lewis and a dozen others had flown cargo the thirty minutes to San Francisco airport. They trudged in from the tarmac in loose formation out of habit, unprepared for the crowds in the terminal.
The debriefing team had talked about friction, that the religious right had taken offense to their involvement in the colony war.
There was an awkward moment when the soldiers met the seething mass of people, unsure if there would be familiar faces, confused by the angry looks and rumbled undercurrent of discontent.
Murderers, a lone voice lit the fuse, causing the crowd to erupt into a cacophonic barrage of unfettered hatred.
The soldiers had faced more threatening forces, but here, at home, unarmed and unprepared, they could do nothing but close ranks and retreat to safety.
Police raised riot shields as picketers raised placards, the two groups squaring off as the tired soldiers slipped away through the terminal.
Lewis took the shuttl
A Nightmare's Dream Chapter 9Nightmare's Battle, an Unexpected Ally, and the Power of CupcakesA Nightmare's Dream Chapter 92 years ago in Settings More Like This
When next she was aware, Nightmare Moon wasn't in the ruined castle like the other nights. She found herself in a city, larger and more modern than anything she'd seen. She dimly recalled it as Manehatten from a picture in the newspaper she had read in Clocksburro.
It was darknot night, but total all-consuming darkness. The only way she was able to see was due to some aura radiating from her; it wasn't quite light, rather like a lack of darkness.
When her eyes adjusted, she froze. All around her were the bodies of the dead. She hesitantly began walking, careful to step around them. She walked on and on past the dead, and there seemed to be no end.
This was her kingdom. The night that would last forever. For what seemed like miles she walked the city streets, past countless thousands of her victims. A horror and emptiness fell
A Nightmare's Dream Chapter 11ResolutionsA Nightmare's Dream Chapter 112 years ago in Settings More Like This
Once Trixie had gone Luna sat up, clearly uncertain about the pony she was talking to. It took her a couple of false starts to get going, but with Celestia's help she managed.
"Nightmare Moon, I've..I've been struggling with what to say to you since Celestia decided to do this. Once I really looked inside, I realized I can't rest all the blame on you. You offered the temptation, but I chose to embrace it."
She hung her head, not looking at either Celestia or Night, her voice even and calm. "I let my anger and jealousy get the better of me and I see now what the end result would've been. I've made some terrible mistakes, but Celestia was still willing to forgive them and take me back. So I would be the queen of hypocrisy if I held a grudge against you for what happened. She told me what you were and what you've become; we were mingled so long that I can truly understand how difficult yo
A Nightmare's Dream Chapter 2Alone and AfraidA Nightmare's Dream Chapter 22 years ago in Settings More Like This
Nightmare Moon stood alone among the trees of the forest. Not only was her name dimly recalled mythology, now the castle where the biggest events of her life had occurred was erased from existence.
She looked around the small clearing where she now stood, a rage that defied description welling up within her. With all her fury she threw off the saddlebags Celestia had given her and stomped them, smashing their contents and scattering it all around the clearing. Then she lashed out with greater violence, bucking wildly, kicking trees, rocks and the ground as she snarled and cursed.
Hours passedhow many she didn't knowbut she didn't stop until the strange stabbing sensations all over her body forced her to stop. She staggered and fell to the ground, her mouth open, almost inarticulate with pain. Hooves, joints and muscles ached from the abuse of her rage.
A Nightmare's Dream Chapter 4Nightmare's Nightmare, a Fireside Story and Unexpected KindnessA Nightmare's Dream Chapter 42 years ago in Settings More Like This
When Nightmare Moon was aware again, she found herself standing in the throne room of the opulent palace-temple she had constructed for herself over the thousand years of her imprisonment on the moon. A structure she was going to bring to Equestria, one she was sure would dwarf any structure ever created by ponykind.
A dark misty form began to materialize on the throne. It was her old self, her true form and it looked down at her with contempt.
"You have failed me, Nightmare Moon," it said, its voice wavering and shifting.
"And you have failed me," she replied to the phantom.
"You have lost us everything. You have reduced us to eating off the ground like an animal. Stealing just to eat. You are pathetic. A worthless construct, existing only out of Celestia's pity. As helpless
A Nightmare's Dream Chapter 1A Nightmare's DreamA Nightmare's Dream Chapter 12 years ago in Settings More Like This
Nightmare Moon was shattered, physically and mentally. Her parts were scattered all around the dais of the Castle of the Sisters. She raged in impotent wrath at the world and all life in it.
In the abyss of her shattered existence she became aware of a light, a hated burning light she knew all too well. Then she became aware of another sensationcompleteness, like her brokenness was being put back together. She knew there was only one being capable of such a thing and her rage only grew. The ruined castle came into focus and she turned her head to look at her body; she saw her pieces coming together like a jigsaw puzzle. She turned back and faced her most hated enemy, Celestia.
"Why have you summoned me, betrayer?" Nightmare Moon demanded, her horn flashing with rage.
Celestia only look
Screwball Over 3The tiny pink and purple creature stood in the jar on its hind legs with its little front hooves pressed against the glass, its swirling eyes wide with wonderment as it stared out at the large, slightly distorted world around its prison.Screwball Over 32 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The looming lavender face of Twilight Sparkle gazed back, her brow furrowed in concentration beneath her glittering, glowing horn. A gossamer tracework of sensitive magical fields lazily drifted up and down and rotated inside the jar, probing gently at the captive pony thing. Occasionally it would exclaim as it watched the mystic light show. "GooOOOoomm!"
While their hostess had lost herself in her study of the strange little creature, the other ponies had all found something to do to take their minds off of being besieged by an army of miniature pony things. Rarity had retired to Twilight's bathroom to "make herself presentable" after giving Button and Davenport a brief brush down with the unicorn librarian's curry comb and brush. The beige earth pony
Screwball Over 2Button Stitch awoke from a night of troubled dreams to find herself... occupied. Not in the sense of being busy, but in the sense that fire marshals would post signs about on public buildings. A number of small living creatures were standing, sitting, and laying all over her, lightly pinning her down to her bed.Screwball Over 22 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
This was... definitely odd. She and her husband didn't own any pets. Were they mice? She'd never heard of mice gathering in large groups or holding nighttime jamborees on top of sleeping ponies. She'd also never heard of mice with little hooves, which she could definitely feel through her linen sheets as they walked around on her.
She was lying on her side, with her legs curled up to her chest and belly, facing away from her husband toward the door to the hallway. She could feel Davenport's warmth and weight beside her, and felt and heard his breath on the back of her neck.
She swiveled an ear to listen to her surroundings. By the tone and rhythm, and faint snore, of her husban
A Nightmare's Dream Chapter 3Strangers in the NightA Nightmare's Dream Chapter 32 years ago in Settings More Like This
The night terrors Nightmare Moon had created now toyed with her, preyed on her fear as she had intended them to prey on all mortals.
Just outside the moonlit clearing she could hear things lurking and at times she'd see malicious glowing eyes staring back at her.
She grit her teeth, regaining control of her emotions. She was Nightmare Moon, mistress of the night. She feared nothing. She looked back contemptuously at the creatures in the darkness, however, as the night continued, the sounds grew more menacing and her mask of bravado quickly wore away.
She could hear the creatures out there, but none dared enter the clearing. As time dragged on, she found it harder and harder to concentrate, the pain from physical fatigue, hunger and the insect bite keeping her in a constant state of discomfort. Despite that, she found her eyelids growing heavier
2 songs Fo:E - PH styleTake some lead, brass casing, capsule and add it to the mix2 songs Fo:E - PH style2 years ago in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
Put inside gunpowder tightly, not very much, just a pinch
AP, uranium, solid, off-center and explosive
Electric shells for sentry bots, shoot raiders with corrosive!
Ammo, so neat and usefull
Ammo, don't be too wastefull
Ammo, ammo ammo ammo!
Shot by shot, can she be more carefull?
So much hits, here is one from armor peirsing
Little dents from a buckshot
Piece plate torn off and missing
Hit from beam-rifle is still hot
Is it supposed to...? I guess not..
I'm fixing BlackJack's mail
Plate by plate, some kevlar for joints
Steel neckline. Did you know it saved her life?
Maybe I can make it little higher
So she could stand some flamer fire
Got to mind all weapons with the blades
Maybe even arrows, spears and nails
I'm mending BlackJack's mail
Security's life's not easy
Never know where you get shot
I should make armor more breezy
I washed it 3 times and still can't stop sneez
A Nightmare's Dream Chapter 10Homecoming and A Royal AudienceA Nightmare's Dream Chapter 102 years ago in Settings More Like This
On the walk back to the traveling circus, Night explained the very bizarre dream she had experienced along with greater details of what she had been and what she believed she had become.
Once they had arrived at the circus, they met up with Trixie's family and it after a painfully long silence Presto started the ball rolling.
"Welcome back, Night," Presto said.
"Thank you, Presto," she replied just as awkwardly.
Abbie stepped forward and hugged Night.
"Thank you, Miss Night! Thank you for making the bad dreams go away. When I went back to sleep, there were no more monsters!"
Delores also gave Night a hug.
"We all know the story of Nightmare Moon. Who would have imagined that she could have turned back from the path of
A Nightmare's Dream Chapter 7Nightmare's Choice and Mixed up MemoriesA Nightmare's Dream Chapter 72 years ago in Settings More Like This
Nightmare Moon sat and watched the night sky, enjoying the moon and stars overhead, but again feeling a pang of loss at being a passive observer of them. Trixie's words began to haunt her as sleep began to claw at her consciousness: "Never known what it is to be loved," rang through her thoughts. But she was wrong. Nightmare Moon did know love.
"Time to put our differences behind us, we were meant to rule together, sister. Will you accept my friendship?"
"No Nightmare Moon, I will never serve you! Luna, please, come back to me!"
This night she was tormented not by her phantom self, but by a horrific version of Celestia. Her memories of the past played out before herthe past of Luna and the birth of Nightmare Moon all mixing together. But the long buried love she felt for the sister that had raised her from a fi
A Nightmare's Dream Chapter 12Party's End and One Last SurpriseA Nightmare's Dream Chapter 122 years ago in Settings More Like This
"Enjoying your first party, Night?" Trixie asked, walking over.
"It is quite interesting. The cake is to die for."
"Yes, Pinkie Pie is quite the excellent baker. So you'll be staying here now?"
"It would seem so."
"I'll miss you, Night."
"Miss me? Why? Oh, right, you will be with the circus."
Celestia cleared her throat and came up behind then, gently resting a wing over each of them. "Pardon my nosiness, but it's hard not to overhear things in such a small gathering. I have an idea. Twilight, may I speak to you for a moment?"
"Of course, Princess," Twilight said happily as she trotted over.
"Twilight, I have been thinking, perhaps it is time you took a student of your own."
Push Them Back - ProloguePrologue - The birth of the Traders Emergency CoalitionPush Them Back - Prologue2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
The small vessel emerged from phase space, leaving anti-matter dust in its wake. Its ion engines flared and it banked towards the planet of Koronis. Fires could be seen even from here, thousands of kilometres above in orbit, as hundreds of buildings were burning from orbital bombardment. The Providence banked sharply to avoid a huge lump of wreckage. As they passed by it, the pilot could see that it was a piece of a refinery ship, outfitted with several laser cannons. They were cold now, more powerful weapons having torn the ship asunder. More such wrecks came in sight, cold and lifeless as the rag-tag warship they saw earlier. Denaros sighed, deep cirles seemingly engraved under his eyes. His quarters were bright and cosy, unlike his mood. The Vasari had sacked another planet, Kron, stripping it bare of any resources. The Kronian defence fleet was swept aside by an armoured wall of Kortuls and Antoraks, supported by endles
Push them Back - Chapter IChapter One - The tables are turnedPush them Back - Chapter I2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Hundreds of boots thudded on the floor as the civilians left The Newborn Hope. The hatches slid shut with a hiss. The walkways retracted, freeing the hulking warship. Its maneuvering engines flared, slowly spinning it a 100 degrees to the left. The entirety of Coalition's council were onboard, save for Waleriona who had taken off in her private starfighter. She was just outside the bridge, flying alongside them, six wingmen accompanying her. Everyone was wound up. The Vasari fleet was going to arrive any moment now. Gerron had been counting the seconds all the time. He reached zero. And the Vasari arrived.
Their fleet opened instantly on The Newborn Hope, but uselessly. The shields held out, plasma fire and missiles splashing against them. In return, the Kol spat a hail of shells from its autocannons. The destructive barrage tore five Ravastras apart, their wrecks becoming miniature solar systems, complete with orbiting debris as planet
MLP: Katharine InfoKatharineMLP: Katharine Info1 year ago in Profiles More Like This
Type of Pony: Pegasus
D.O.B: Oct 31
Likes: Reading, Writing, Sleeping, The dark, the color purple, animals,
Dislikes: loud/noisy pony's, party's,
Fears: forever being alone
Personality: Katharine isn't an outgoing person, she tens to keep to herself and only come go out at night, but deep in side she's a very kind and loving person, she loves every pony in Ponyvile.
History: Katharine is like any normal pony, except she's not as talkative as most of them are. She lives by herself just outside of Ponyvile because of a fight she had with her parents. Even though she was mad at them, she still cares about them and even sends them letters every so often.
Cutie Mark: Moon and stars
Cutie Mark Discovery: She was wondering in the dark forest one night when she was young and she slid down a cliff and go all dusty, after she got back home she washed herself off and found that she had
Nice kittySaliva frothing.Nice kitty2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Blood smudging on my muzzle after the messy kill.
The pitiful little monkey invaded my territory.
What was I to do?
My flame pelt punctured by jet black glinting in the bloody sunset.
My sharp knife teeth easily slice through its soft skin.
The little hairless creature is not tasty,
But no wasting prey,
My claw marks are visible on the thin, fragile bones.
Did I cause it pain? I wonder.
It was dead before it hit the ground.
I am now finished with my kill and I leave the remains to be picked over by the rats.
As I am padding away, I look back and see the small scavengers picking over the carcass.
That had been my prey.
Stupid GirlsStupid GirlsStupid Girls2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Oh you. You stupid, stupid little girls.
Maybe if I acted like you, I'd have herds of people following me.
Maybe if I acted like you, I'd have 30 boyfriends at a time.
Maybe if I acted like you I'd be invited to all the hottest parties with everyone there.
Maybe if I acted like you I'd be dumb.
But guess what?
I don't want it.
I'm happy curled up in the corner with a book alone.
I'm happy with my one girlfriend.
I'm happy in a party of two.
I'm happy being smart.
Being a straight 'A' student.
So when I'm in college, with an honors and everything,
And you're on the streets begging for a job at some sort of strip club,
I'll take you in.
I'll give you warmth,
And I'll say,
I told you so.
You Don't Know MeNo matter how much you say you do,You Don't Know Me2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Know who I truly am
No matter how much you say you can
See through me like a crystal-clear window
No matter how much you would like to
Know me inside and out
No matter how long you've known me
Ever claim to know my true thoughts and feelings
Because no matter how much
You learn about me
There will always be some little part
I keep hidden
Not even you will know all my secrets