Shadows of the Past is a continuation of my previous web Comic "Without Magic", in which Twilight was tasked with finding out out "what makes her special as a pony" outside of magic. You do not need to have read Without Magic in order to enjoy Shadows of the past, though some scenes will make more sense if you have.
Please see my disclaimer before reading\commenting, and be aware that this comic contains some darker or more political content that might be not be appropriate for Snowflakes\Millennial, people who are easily triggered, or those who cannot deal with ideas that conflict with their own.
This comic was created using stock resources from Clip Studio Paint and Comipo, and uses some or all of the following components.
Digital Script BB Regular, by Blambot
Death Rattle, by Blambot
Badaboom, by Blambot
DV Brush set for Clip Studio Paint
My Little Pony Brush Set 1.0
Tutorials and Other Resources
Felt Pony Bases
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This is season 2, so Changelings are still canonically animals other than Crysalis. The aren't shown as being intelligent yet.
In the case of this page, it's not racism as racism is an irrational bias, but Applejack has all kinds of rational reasons to hate them.
Suggesting that she's subconsciously bias against Changelings is like saying you're subconsciously bias against pedophiles, or rapists. It's all conscious, and its' all justified.
I'm not saying that she's biased against the changelings. I'm saying that if she would be it would be an interesting point to explore. It's your comic so what's canon and what's not only matters as much as you want it to.
First, no amount of thick walls or security keeps vermin out. Just look at maximum security places like the White House, the Kreml, or anywhere else in the world.
Second, how exactly will AJ find out what is behind that door? Someone getting tortured will tell you what you want to hear, not necessarily the truth. (f.e. the foals being fine, when they actually might not be...). They can´t trust what the changeling is saying anyway, so it´s completely pointless besides petty revenge.
It is about you, though. It's about you and your friends and family; you just said as much. And it is about them. You'd be a fool to trust anything the changeling tells you, and I know you're smarter than that. Whatever you may tell yourself, you're not really hurting this changeling for information that you must assume to be all lies, so as much as you deny it you must be rationalizing this because you want to hurt a changeling.
Maybe in other comics, but not in this one. Applejack hasn't read all of those New York Times articles on how torturing POWs in Afghanistan didn't yield and useful information. So she doesn't now that torture is generally not very effective. She's genuinely trying to beat the information out of the Changeling because she thinks that it might help.
I didn't learn basic common sense from newspapers. No newspaper had to teach me that if you can't verify what you're told except by walking into a trap then your enemies will be incentivized to lie to you.
And sure, common sense is far from common, but AJ is known to possess it.
This is Applejack. I'm pretty sure that this isn't a subject that she's particularly knowledgeable on.
Besides, even today a lot of people still consider torture to be a vital tool in military intelligence gathering. Obama himself thought that it was effective enough to continue using.
I can totally see AJ acting like this in canon, you did a nice job with her accent as well.
As to the changeling argument, I'm on the fence regarding the old/new changelings, I like both of them, but I can admit that the Thorax redemption bit with Spike was way more than a little cheesy. Some of my favorite fanfics that have changelings in them have multiple hives or suggest that Chrysalis was a bad egg, but hardly representative of the whole species. One in particular, way back in Equestria's past, the changelings of the era acted as spies and saboteurs that helped warn Celestia of an invasion.
I'm not really into the whole "reform" story line. I think that it would have been much more relatable if they changed over time rather than over night.
It's not really believable that such a dramatic change would have been so sudden.
Yeah, I agree. One of the reasons I like fanfiction more than cannon, although I can still appreciate both. Recently read a story written by VA/narrator/artist Obab Scribbler called "The Name of our Mistakes" tells the story of Luna's fall into NMM but does so in a front-row seat sort of way.
... Really, Applejack? Really? You're giving Twilight the "you don't know how I feel" treatment? You do remember where Twilight's family lives, right? And where the first changeling attack took place? And whose family was smack-dab in the centre of that?