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Shady: Line Of Fate
A tribute to: My Little Pony Friendship is Magic
Healing Pony POV Series by alexwarlorn

Surprise was still awake in the middle of the night. Ever since she heard about his nightmares from his mother the pegasus tried to find ways to cheer her friend up. After all the fun she had with his games it was only fair. Sure Galaxy, Wind Whistler, Spike, Star-Reacher and even Mimic didn't seem to like him that much, but the others were fond of Discord. He was one of them.

Around the time little Celestia and Luna were born the nightmares disappeared. She wondered if those two had something to do with it. But that would be silly.

The time afterwards was pure bliss. Discord cheered Luna up after the poor filly overheard what Wind Whistler said about her. Surprise had never seen so many funny faces in such a short time. And there were still some ponies out there who thought he was dangerous.

Soon she, AJ and Discord started to combine their efforts to make the best pranks ever. Most of them targeted Celestia and Luna. Primarily because the things the two did in return were always fun. What kind of prankster could only dish it out but can't take it?

The little group around Discord still wondered what a good comeback to the cheerleader costume incident could be.

Eventually Discord spent less time with pranks and more time with Celestia and Luna and his magic became even better. The mere thought about the pranks they could pull with this kind of power almost made Surprise drool.

This went on for several decades and Discord even got monsters to bow to him. Even Wind Whistler had to admit, that this ability could make the entire Paradise Estate a safer place for everypony. Eventually Luna got over her annoyance at the night creatures following her around. The future was bright.

Then in the night after Celestia was somehow able to move the sun, his nightmares returned, worse than ever. He stayed the entire day afterwards close to Shady. Neither of them told her, but Surprise just had to look into his eyes to see what had happened. The entire rest of the day, no matter what she did, every single thing the pegasus tried to cheer him up failed.   

Even now in the middle of the night she could only think about something that could distract him from the nightmares.

"Maybe a game or a challenge…"

Thanks to his impressive power it was hard to come up with a game that was even remotely difficult for Discord.

Suddenly she had an idea. It would involve a lot of mirrors to make it look like Discord could move the sunlight. It was a work in progress but Surprise felt a sudden burst of energy and rushed into action.

She was sure that the other ponies wouldn't mind if she borrowed a few mirrors and other reflective things. Around ten minutes later she had already an impressive collection of items placed around Shady's house. But there still weren't enough materials. Surprise needed 4 additional mirrors.

Then she remembered Mimic's horseshoes.

She decided to apologize later and soon she snuck into house of the gifted unicorn. In the darkness it was unexpectedly hard to find Mimic's bedroom. Carefully Surprise approached the bed, only to find Celestia and Luna sleeping inside. Then she saw that one of Mimic's horseshoes hanged above the bed of the two, shining in the moonlight.

Surprise was so concentrated on her target, that she didn't notice Luna emitting a strange glow. Carefully the white pegasus fluttered over them and removed the horseshoe. Now she just had to land carefully.

Her landing was less graceful and even Applejack would criticise it as clumsy. Somehow Surprise ended up on Luna's head. It was only a brief moment, causing Luna's glow to flicker. But the pegasus didn't see that and immediately jumped off the pony.

To her own astonishment even this didn't wake the two up. But she still had three more horseshoes to borrow, so she silently left the room.


Luna wanted to see what his dreams were like. After the entire day without him, she wondered if the nightmares Discord once talked about had returned.

Somehow the incantation of the moon made it. Somehow she looked into his dreams, no his nightmares. It was worse than anything Luna had ever seen. Discord legs and wings were broken. Still he desperately tried to escape from an equator long horned snake monster. It was exactly like in his description. And it was strangely similar to Discord himself.

But he hadn't told them about the landscape. It was filled with broken and deformed bodies. The air was so cold her breath was visible and strange shadows of ponies moved around.

Luna had to help him, she had to reach him.

But even as young goddess tried to take one step forward the shadows overwhelmed her and she was helpless to watch.

Suddenly Luna felt a headache and found herself in a green field, birds sung in the air and she could see two beings before her. Shady sat under a tree and caressed little Discord.

At first it seemed like his nightmare was over but somehow the incantation of the moon knew this wasn't his dream anymore. It was Shady's. Luna could feel it.

"Don't worry. The nightmares are over."

Even in her dreams his mother was there for him. Then Luna realized that the real Discord was still trapped in his horrible nightmare. She couldn't help him. But if there was one pony who could, then she was standing right in front of the young goddess.

"Shady, this is your dream. Your son needs you."

The earth pony eyed her, and then looked at her sleeping child. Shady wished with all her heart that this could be real, but somehow she could feel that it wasn't true. Her beloved child was still suffering in a way she could not fight or even see. Slowly her vision of him vanished in her hoofs.

"Let me try something."

Luna moved closer to her, put her wings around Shady and suddenly they were both in the creepiest and most twisted landscape the earth pony had ever seen. Countless shadows of ponies swarmed them immediately.

Luna was overwhelmed in seconds, Shady was surrounded as well. Slowly they started to cover her. Then she saw her Discord.

He was wounded, his legs and wings broken. A gigantic beast chased after him, the very same thing that had suggested his name. Then it tortured him with images of his mother being brutally murdered over and over. Some things were too horrible for her to even comprehend. And this monster did this to her child.

Desperately she tried to reach him as the shadows around her started to melt away.


Her child saw his mother. Both immediately rushed at each other. The beast tried to grab him but Discord evaded it at the very last second. He had to reach his mother.

Both hugged in the middle of the nightmarish landscape. More shadows started to melt into nothing.

"It's okay. It's over. I am here for you."

Discord's wounds started to heal. Luna managed to crawl out of her imprisonment.

"Not so fast!"

Both Discord and Shady were grabbed by the gigantic monster, Shady simply refused to see him as anything similar to the child she raised. The beast simply grinned at them and opened its jaws revealing a firestorm.

"Oh don't resist yourself! That's just silly! We're going to love it! You loved it so much before! And you will again in a second! You just need to remember how fun it is!"

Tears came down Discord's face.

"And mother can join into the fun as well!"

Suddenly Discord started to burn. The heat was so intense that his counterpart screamed in pain, dropping both of his victims. Luna managed to grab Shady, while Discord charged at his other side.

The beast merely grinned and slashed at the Draconequus with his claw. To the shock of everyone present the collision destroyed the claw instead, knocking little Discord back next to his mother. Despite the crash landing on the ground, he didn't stop glaring at the monster.

"Leave my mother alone!"

The wounded monster also took a few steps back. It looked at Dissy with wide eyes, then snarled with fury the likes of which no one present had seen. "Oh no you don't, it's time I put you in your place."

Suddenly two huge and impossible to comprehend shades loomed over Discord and his counterpart. The images made the beast look tiny in comparison and without a single word they devoured the beast in one bite. Then they moved closer to Discord.

With one final look at his mother behind him Discord flew right at the shades. Then his mother heard her little child swear at the abominations.

"Go back to PONY HELLLLLL!"

The fire around him shifted in strange forms. The images before him spoke; somehow Luna was able to recognize the two voices.

"Little One…"

Luna had to hold Shady back from running after her child.

"…You ARE…"

The fire around Discord erupted until the form was as large as the devoured beast.


The fire suddenly took a different form, not resembling Discord but another Draconequus. It looked like it had the rear legs of a buffalo and a bull, the tail of a monkey, the arm of a gorilla, and the other one was a tentacle. Its wings were one lizard crest and one dove wing.


Before they could devour him, the Draconequus exploded right before their faces. The abominations merely swallowed the explosion.

"Haha! See, you little brat?! You're nothing!" yelled the beast from within the shades. The shades eyes widened. "What?!"

Images of Shady playing with Discord appeared around the creatures. The few remaining shadows on the ground vanished into nothing.

The bodies of the abominations started to deform like something was trying to push its way out from the inside.

"No! This...this can't be happening!" the beast screamed in disbelief. "'re not this strong!"

More and more memories surrounded them: Visions of Firefly saving Discord from a cockatrice, images of the flowers he made in Posey's garden, visions of pranks he pulled with Applejack and Surprise, images of Discord making faces at Luna, visions of Celestia talking with him at the sunset.

The images became clearer and clearer. Eventually Shady and Luna could even hear the voices of these memories.

"I've got all of you, and you've got all of us. We're all a family!"

The memories charged at the abominations. The shades growled in pain with each hit.

The detonation inside kept growing, becoming stronger with each memory that joined into. But the shades remained strong. Nothing seemed to be able to overcome them. The force of the explosion inside began to diminish.

"Ha! You had me worried there for a second, but I told you, you're nothing, now accept your fate!"

Slowly the abominations approached Shady and Luna.

Finally only one memory was left: Celestia talking with Discord in the sunset. Without hesitation the last piece flew into the abominations.

Nothing happened. But the shades suddenly seemed VERY scared.

"N-no! Don't do it! I was joking! I was kidding! Haha! Funny, see?...O-Ok! That wasn't funny! Come on, let's fuse together like two good pieces of a personality! Be one big happy Discord!" the beast BEGGED, sounding like a scared child about to be punished.

"I've got all of you, and you've got all of us. We're all a family!"


Then the explosion inside increased tenfold.

"NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" the beast screamed as the blast consumed the abominations and obliterated them completely from the inside out. Absolutely nothing of them remained except the beast's death cry echoing over the dreamscape.

Both Shady and Luna were pushed back by the larger and larger growing destruction. In desperation Luna grabbed the earth pony and escaped from the vanishing nightmare.

As Luna woke up in her bed she rushed over to Shady's home. Countless mirrors were placed around them, some looking strangely familiar but the Goddess of the Night didn't care about that.

Inside several lockers were open and clothes were lying on the ground. Shady frantically searched for someone. Luna immediately understood who was missing. Discord was nowhere to be seen.


They tried to obvious solution first. But Twilight was not able to locate the missing Draconequus with her wishes. Destiny couldn't be altered that easily.

Star-Reacher seemed uneasy but didn't say anything.

Meanwhile Surprise had to return all her borrowed items. Applejack volunteered to help her. Not every mirror reached it's destination in one piece. Mimic had 4 horseshoes back but was too busy to check them any closer.

The weather had become strange and chaotic. Pink clouds constantly rained chocolate rain all over Paradise Estate. Animals and monsters had undergone strange changes, some changed size while others started to dance around. Nopony knew that Timberwolves were such good dancers.

Nopony knew what all of this could mean.

So the ponies decided to form search parties: Galaxy went together with Twilight, Posey decided to follow Applejack, Spike went with Star-Reacher, while the pegasi Firefly, Wind Whistler and Surprise each flew off into different directions to cover as much ground as possible. Luna and Celestia teleported to any place they had ever visited with Discord.  

Mimic however choose to stay with Shady. The stress of the entire experience in his dream had exhausted her more than she wanted to admit. Every movement was painful.

Surprise realized that she still had one horseshoe left. She had no idea whose this one was, so the white pegasus decided to keep it as a good luck charm for her search.

After hours of unsuccessful searching for the Draconequus near the Paradise Estate, Surprise heard Discord's voice near a cave.

"No, try harder!"

He sounded strangely serious. Surprise wondered what could have happened.

Slowly she tiptoed into the cave, following it into the darkness as the voice became clearer.

"And again, seriously how hard can this be?"

Eventually she found him together with a cockatrice. Her first instinct was to charge in, rescue him and then maybe sing a song about it later. But something was different.

Discord looked horrible. His body was covered in scars and injuries, constantly bleeding on the floor. Most cuts were on his head. Countless parts of the cave walls were covered in his blood. Surprise didn't understand what could have hurt him with all his powerful magic.

The basilisk seemed outworn but still followed the order. The cockatrice concentrated itself and slowly Discord turned into stone. The spell stopped just before his face was covered in stone.

"This time it almost worked…"

As the cockatrice collapsed in exhaustion the spell reversed itself and the Draconequus noticed the intruder.

"Surprise, seriously sometimes your timing is worse than AJ's."

"What are you doing?"

While he spoke to the pagasus he avoided to look into her eyes.

"The only thing I can do to make sure that I never hurt anypony or anything again. I think we only need a few more tries and…"

"Stop this! This doesn't make any sense."

"Actually this makes perfect sense. Even after I defeated my other self, I still got most of my memories back. It is only a matter of time before I become insane. I don't know how much time I have left."

Suddenly vines grew out of the rocks behind her and dragged Surprise against the cave wall. Her good luck charm fell to the ground.

Almost mechanical the Draconequus moved away from her, deeper into the darkness so the pegaasus couldn't see him anymore.

"When this is over, please tell Shady and the others I am sorry."

Slowly the basilisk rose from the ground and tried once more to turn the Draconequus to stone.

Discord knew it had to work this time. After the ordeal in his mind he only had a fraction of his former power left. Then he spent hours wasting it around the world, repairing a few broken houses and bridges while he was at it. Now finally he should be weak enough to be transformed into stone. Surprise's interruption had cost him enough time.

This wasn't a normal petrification, the incantation of chaos put his own power into it was well. The Draconequus was sure that the others wouldn't be able to reverse this transformation.

He couldn't feel his feet anymore. The personification of chaos considered this a good sign.

Surprise screamed something but he didn't listen, he concentrated on the cockatrice's eyes.

The petrification covered his body as well.

This time it would work.

Only his head was left.

Only a few moments more…

A hoof slamming into his face interrupted the eye contact. Again the spell was broken. Angry the Draconequus turned to face the sudden interruption, but when he saw who hit him he froze in fear.

It was Shady.

In his entire life she had never tried to hurt him but this punch was painful.

Behind her stood Galaxia still in her Star-Reacher disguise, Celestia, Luna, Mimic, Spike, Galaxy, Twilight, Posey, Applejack, Firefly and Wind Whistler.


"Order? ORDER-?! You have no idea what you are asking me to do! You don't know what I did and what I could do!"

"Then tell me everything."

"No, this would destroy you…"

"Try me!"

His mother starred into his blank and exhausted eyes.

For the first time the Draconequus was completely speechless.

Wordless Mimic picked up her missing horseshoe.

After a few seconds the incantation of chaos was able to answer Shady.

"Only on two conditions: Everyone but my mother leaves this cave and nopony tries to listen in."

To his surprise everyone even Surprise and the basilisk left the cave. Galaxia guarded the entrance. Only his mortal mother remained by his side. They still trusted him. The personification was sure this would change if they knew even a fraction of the truth. Outside the animals and monsters turned back into their original forms and stopped dancing. Posey gave the exhausted cockatrice a backrub.

Then Discord sat next to his mother and told her everything about his story he could remember:

The personification of chaos told her about his other family: Entropy, Havoc, Strife, Destruction, Anarchy and Pandora. Discord warned her to never use the name of his other mother. Entropy had the habit to see this as an attempt to control her by saying that she will or can or cannot do. The punishment was usually oblivion.

He told her about his actions around Celestia and Luna. How he tried to get them to share his point of view.

She calmly listened despite the pain she still felt, sitting on the comfy couch he had created for her. From time to time she interrupted him to patch up some of his wounds with medical equipment a pragmatic Star-Reacher had left behind. Otherwise Shady just nodded politely.

The entire time his voice was distant and serene.

The Draconequus told her about his activities when the world had to end and why he couldn't bear to see another flutterpony.

Discord told her about his role in the attacks of his toys against the ponies.

He only left out a few details about the war between Alicorns and Draconequi.

His voice started to waver.

"Then I saw my weakened brother and father's wounded Avatar. And in the next moment I found myself… I did… I am a…"

The Draconequus couldn't continue his story. He just wanted to run away. His mother was a withdrawn pony, her entire life her lack of self confidence dragged her down. Some nicknamed her "Little Shadow." Her entire body hurt and she was exhausted. How could he torture her with his own horrible story?

Discord wondered how much easier it could have been Firefly hadn't saved him from the basilisk back then. Outside the sky was completely covered in pink clouds, raining chocolate down at the inhabitants below. The chaotic storm got worse and worse.

He would go to his other mother and ask her to erase him but Discord knew that she would consider this entire turn of events hilarious.

The Draconequus started to turn grey, and then his wings started to become pitch black. The darkness spread around him, slowly covering his torso. Outside the storm had become a hurricane.

Suddenly he felt a warn embrace. His mother hugged him. The incantation of chaos weakly tried to shake her off but she didn't let go.

Then he heard her whisper a slow melody into his ear.

There's a place where the broken go
There's a room full of second chances
You're not stranded on your own
You're not invisible

His darkness stopped growing, just before it had reached his head.

I'm ready to listen, there's no need
To hold it all inside
The smallest whisper, I hear it
When your strength has all but died

The blackness vanished and his colors returned to normal.

I need you to believe me, can you trust me
That what you see is not what I see?
The reflection in the mirror is telling lies
'Cause nothing you have done can change how much I love you

The Draconequus sobbed, he was on the verge of tears. Outside the weather returned to normal.

"Thank… thank you, mother."

Discord had to admit that he knew no mortal or god who could just look into this abyss without blinking. And some ponies called her "Little Shadow."

The Draconequus continued with the things he did to his pleading brother and the broken remains of his father's Avatar.

Eventually he was done, finishing with the return of his other side and his inner struggle.

Only the timely arrival of his mother had saved him from his other side. From the very beginning the other Discord had planed to devour him. In the end he was able to use the full power of Destruction's omega state against the power gained from Havoc. Normally even the incomplete power of Havoc's weakened avatar would still have won against the power of one of his children.

But he wasn't alone in that battle. In the end both powers erased each other.

"Now you know everything I know right now. You have to admit that my punishment was for the best of everypony."

"No, you were just taking the cowardly way out."

To hear this from his mother hurt more than the incantation of chaos wanted to admit.

"So what do I deserve for all the things he... I did?"

Suddenly a third voice interrupted them. Galaxia was standing behind them.

"A wise being once said that a more fitting punishment would be to live forever with all the memories of what you have done never to fade."

Discord smiled a rueful smile.

"I think you are right… Did you already awaken Cellestia and Luna?"

"No, I didn't want to take this chance for a normal life from them. We need to come up with a convincing story to hide this from them for the time being."

Shady rose from her comfy couch and stood before her son.

"Always remember that you are my son. Nopony can change this, not even Entropy."

It was a beautiful day. The seaponies sung their melodies, earth ponies and unicorns worked outside, while pegasi and flutterponies flew through the air.

The class was getting restless. Their teacher still hadn't arrived and she was never too late. But when the door opened instead of the expected white earth pony with a pink mane and three smilie faced suns for a cutie mark, a grey pegasus stallion with a white mane and a hurricane as a cutie mark entered.

"Hello class, I am Calm Tempest and was sent here to tell you that Lady Sunny Days had to leave with her two sisters on an urgent family matter. She truly regretted not being able to properly say good bye to you."

He didn't tell them that the urgent family matter involved the return of a seemingly lost sister in form of the worst Nightmare the universe had ever seen. He knew that the powers of Havoc's avatar and Destruction had to return eventually. But he never suspected her to be the one wielding them.

Normally he would have joined the three sisters in battle but they decided that someone had to remain behind to keep an eye on this world. After all the Nightmare had the disturbing tendency to take what mattered most to her opponents and crush it before their eyes.

But the world of Equestria itself wasn't free of evil. The tension between the griffons and the ponies continued, even if the last war had happened 20 years ago. Often all four of them wished the ponies knew nothing of war. And someone had to guard the Rainbow of Light to prevent tyrants from abusing its power.

Plus it was always interesting to teach some mortals to think outside the box with a small dose of chaos. A few times when Celestia and the others were busy, he took a more direct approach like turning the explosives meant to take out the entire Equestrian Court into pudding while the speechless assassin watched. The look on the face of the would-be assassin was priceless.  

The assassin saw this as a sign to confess his crimes and try to learn a new profession in jail; he ended up working for a tabloid.

Of course Discord knew that the others did similar things to help the ponies in their own way. They all did this when they thought that the other three weren't looking. A purple unicorn filly interrupted his train of thoughts.

"Mister Tempest, Trixie is making funny faces at me!"

"If she continues, she will enjoy writing a 10 page essay about how Equestria had become a democracy until tomorrow."

He took a look at the list of his class members: Twilight Sparkle, Trixie Mid-Summernight, Abigail Jacqueline V, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Pinkamena Diane Pie, Rarity Belle.

Some things never change.
This is a tribute to a series of fanfiction by :iconalexwarlorn: about the popular series “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic”.

It was also inspired by comments to my very first story made by “BrutalityInc“ and “alexwarlorn“.

This story takes place in one of the countless alternate worlds of Equestria. In Celestia’s origin story the Sun Goddess told Twilight how Discord had obtained a genuinely kind personality after he was born by the mortal pony Shady.

But his own darkness was stronger than the little Discord. Celestia always wondered if there was a world where his mother was able to save him. There is one world where she at least had a chance to do this. But Destiny isn’t changed that easily.

Critique is welcome and still needed as English isn’t my first language. Please comment.

The title image is "You're supposed to wreak chaos, NOT SEEK COMFORT!" by :iconmrcropper:

Shady’s song: Invisible by Disciple.

music suggestions:

The Battle for one Soul: Beyond the Bounds from Zone of the Enders 2


Shady learns about Discord’s past: Reminiscence from Xenoblade


Fate is changed: Remix of U.N. Owen Was Her? from Touhou Embodiment of Scarlet Devil (hard to believe how calm this remix of the hectic original is)


MLP: FiM Copyright Hasbro.

Invisible Copyright Disciple.

21.01.2013: On Kendell2's suggestion I have extended Discord's inner struggle.

A special thanks goes to the tropers who have given this story a place in the Pony POV Series' TV Tropes Page.


You can find it under: Crowning Moment of Awesome and Heartwarming Moments.
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
Still like this. And that everything wasn't 100% better. 
ItsfromPeople Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015
It just made sense to me. After all Discord didn't obliterate society so the ponies didn't need Celestia's and Luna's help to create their own stable society from nothing. It also meant that the two wouldn't have their chance to rise to becomes the rulers of Equestria.

On the other side this meant that the ponies would make more mistakes and have a much more violent history compared to what could have been under Celestia's and Luna's protection.
alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015
However, with Luna and Celly and a reformed Dissy around, I imagine they avoid becoming the monsters they do in 'Friendship is Witchcraft' where we see how corrupt and horrid the ponies become WITHOUT the villains around to give them an object lesson of what it's like to be oppressed and persecuted.
ItsfromPeople Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015
No, the ponies certainly don't become monsters. There is plenty of moral ground between being saints and being monsters. I would imagine them to be more like the other countries in the Pony POV Series are: More experienced in violence and war but ultimately every one is trying their best to just live in peace.

I am not much of a fan of Friendship is Witchcraft, they just went too far and I don't really care about any of these characters anymore. From time to time they still get a good joke like censoring Derpy into a raincloud but often enough it just lacks real humor. For example a character being obviously evil and everybody else missing this very obvious fact CAN be funny if the writing is good enough but that only works if the other characters are actually good. If most characters are evil and/or stupid they just all blend together. Then there is no contrast, you have nothing that stands out or is memorable.
Jordan1964 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
Seriously awesome story, and a great example of how an alternate universe can be interesting and yet LIGHTER than the original!  :)
ItsfromPeople Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
Thank you very much!

I always was curious if I could take this tragedy into a different direction and then suddenly I got this idea when I read the flashback Discord had to his talk with Celestia in the sunset. From there everything just came together.
alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
This is still beautiful. There's another line of fate I hope you explore one day.
ItsfromPeople Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
Considering how downright negative the comments about how the Mane 6 would have turned out in this world were (in the brief look into truth in the Chaosverse story), I doubt that I will ever write a story that happens at that time. But I thought about maybe one day writing the story of how Celestia eventually learned the truth about Discord.

Celestia: "And I did nothing to help you... Shady and Luna saved you but I failed you utterly..."

Discord: "Oh you were there! The last memory I had before fading away was about you. You were by my side when I blasted jerk me to hell."

Which other line of fate are you talking about?
alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
You'll know it when you see it in the main story. In the chapter description. 
alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
I'm starting to think, unhappy endings exist, so readers can be inspired TO write the happy ending. 
ItsfromPeople Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
Indeed. Sometimes the question if somebody CAN be saved and what results this can have is very tempting to write about. And while Equestria is a lot less peaceful in the end without Celestia ruling it, the ponies were able to create a stable society on their own (with a bit of help here and there from the four gods).
Persona22 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
A world where Discord was able to overcome his "dark side", and thus his 1000 years rule of chaos never happened (and I'm guessing Nightmare Moon didn't either).
The Rainbow of Light is still whole, and thus no elements of harmony... this world is so full of potential! I love it!
It can be like a My Little Pony Tales kind of series, with the mane 6 (and Trixie) as the main characters. But there's so much more...
For example, it appears like Discord, Luna and Celestia are immortal but not the rulers of Equestria, and also not showing their true forms to anypony, does that mean that Celestia and Luna move the sun and the moon but nopony knows? Do they and Discord go around doing things with their magic without ponies knowing about it? It's so full of potential...
ItsfromPeople Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
Thank you for this comment!

Yes, Nightmare Moon did never happen in this timeline since Discord never manipulated Luna into insanity and her mortal mother Mimic was much longer around to guide her. The Rainbow of Light is still complete and four concepts are guarding it. Galaxia is still alive as well.

Since the four are concepts, Celestia and Luna do move sun and moon, just as Discord is the chaos. I don't think Celestia does need to do the big ceremony we saw once in the show to move the sun and she can do it much more stealthy if she has to.

The world is of course a lot less peaceful without Celestia ruling Equestria but the ponies managed to create their own governments as Discord never crushed their mind into paste for 1000 years. The four would still take down the kind of dangers that would be too much for the mortals or could only be defeated with a huge loss of lives like the ever-returning Grogar.
alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013…
Now featured on the Pony POV Series Recursive Works Theater. 
ItsfromPeople Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
This is great!

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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
Nightmare Eclipse, "At long last . . . Hello Cadence . . . this you never met me. But we met in another time, another world, another reality. And I have always loved and admired you. You took care of me even when Celestia and my parents couldn't . . . I was once Twilight Sparkle, but now my name is Nightmare Eclipse . . . tell me, who do I have the honor of addressing? Speak with me my sister in fate."
ItsfromPeople Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
Nightmare Martyr, "My name is Nightmare Martyr... suffering is the only way for hearts to experience true Harmony and to be connected to each other. My suffering saved the lives of my sisters from Havoc. Their suffering in the war with the Draconequi protected many mortals from our pointless battle. Celestia's suffering allowed her to understand herself and her family better then ever before. And I can sense it clearly... you too bring suffering over others, sharing true Harmony with them. And you too were liberated by suffering, reaching this ascended state. I am proud of you."
alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
I can imagine Paradox actually INVITING MARTYR to visit 'her house' (IE where the Nightmares dwell between their interventions in the dark world).
ItsfromPeople Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
I can actually see them getting along very well. Since Martyr believes so strongly in the intrinsic meaning of suffering, Nightmare Martyr would mostly see the Dark World as a chance for development and growth. The ends of the circles would sadden her but she would still be happy that the other Nightmares would change and grow in power over time.

On the other side, somewhat similar to Shady, the Nightmare would also believe that the circles and the torture improve Discord as well and would turn him into a better person in the end. But Martyr might be willing to add about 50.000 more circles just to be sure.
alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
I wonder what a 'family visit' would be like for them at the Nightmare's house. (set before the final battles of both Nightmares of course).
ItsfromPeople Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
I guess it could be somewhat bittersweet if they are still sane enough to notice. After all this Cadence never learned to be a foalsitter (but had some experience with taking care of Little Luna) and never had that special connection to Twilight. But she would still see her as a kindred spirit.

Matyr thinking back to her family might also be painful since the past when she was just happy to be with them is over and soon they will meet each other again on the battlefield. She might know that she is confronting her sisters on a world where there is a power that could destroy her. After all the Rainbow didn't heal Tirek but obliterated him...
alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
Nightmare Eclipse shape shifts into a unicorn filly (still with her color inverted cutie mark), squeals happily and presses herself against the side of the Nightmare version of her old foal sitter.
ItsfromPeople Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
Nightmare Martyr, "Now you are just adorable, this brings back so many memories... Let me sing you a song a sister of mine once sang to me:

Sleep, my love, as the trees above protect you from the dark.
A great river will watch you as you dream until dawn.
Sleep my love,
close your eyes
and when you´ve awaken,
the new day will bring to you a bright new world."
alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
Oh not yours. Sorry.
ItsfromPeople Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
No problem, I guess I think I should have said where I got it from (I was really surprised to find a song like that in this franchise...).
alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
I think I'll use this in a story. If you don't want that, just say no. Gonna give you credit.
eric-emanwu Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
Finally saw the extended fight. So, did Havoc's avatar and destruction's power just cancel each other out, thus purging discord's soul so he only had his own powers?
ItsfromPeople Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
Yes, both ended up destroying each other and thanks to Destruction's omega state being charged by his memories both Havoc's avatar and Destruction's power were gone for many many years until they found somebody else to latch on and Nightmare Martyr was born.
KurseofKings Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
"Always remember that you are my son. Nopony can change this, not even Entropy." What about Havoc?
ItsfromPeople Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
Actually considering that Havoc is the one who has the much saner sense of humor and is even able to admit that he was wrong, I really doubt that he would mind this development.

He would probably be happy that a mortal was finally be to get through Discord's thick skull and finally show him what love means.

Considering his sense of humor, I can almost visualize Discord walking into his mother's house and finding Havoc (in an Avatar) and Shady sharing tea and talking about embarrassing moments in Discord's past.
alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012

I'm actually surprised given your style of writing that you haven't done 'fix fics' for Cheerilee's Garden and Rainbow Factory, for example.
ItsfromPeople Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Thank you very much.

I have to admit that I never read Cheerilee's Garden. I think the entire premise is just too depressing and mean-spirited. Or did I miss something by not reading that? What do you think about it?

But I did read the Rainbow Factory and actually admired the Defiant to the End determination the children showed but just like Cupcakes I saw it is more as a scary story or a nightmare, then something that could take place like that in this world. In the Pony POV Series Rainbow Dash nicely pointed out all the flaws in the Rainbow Factory.

All of my stories usually start with a single idea or inspiration and I just never got anything like this from the Rainbow Factory.

By the way my favourite ‘fix fic’ is this one: The Light in the Darkness [link]
alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
Still beautiful.
ItsfromPeople Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
Thank you. :)

And it all started when I read one sentence in Mind Games! Part 3:

"I've got all of you, and you've got all of us. We're all a family!"

I wanted to try a story like this before but after that one sentence, I knew how to do it.
alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
I wish to see some other stories from you set in the Pony POV Verse. I know that they'd rock.
ItsfromPeople Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
The story I am working on in the moment is almost ready. I wanted to try a few new things and write something with a larger range.

I hope the result turns out well.
alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
BTW: fun detail that didn't make it into the series.

The G1 Pony Paradise the pegasus, in my head canon, was among the original settlers of Tropical Island, that Bright Eyes in MLPTs visited in Ponies In Paradise.
ItsfromPeople Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
Thanks for letting me know.

That might change the meaning of what the ponies of Tropical Island were once thinking about "mainland ponies" in that episode. This would explain in a different way why they thought that "mainland ponies" could fly.
alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
That makes a million tons of sense. And your epic fan work sent me for a loop.

My biggest curiosity isn't the bad guy, it's the evolution of Discord's puppets, and the idea of them beginning to pull their own strings. And how they'll divergent from the ponies they're made in the image of.

And the idea how Discord take to take a moment to realize Fluttercruel's braclet was made by chaos magic was VERY interesting.
ItsfromPeople Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
Glad to hear that it left an impact.

You are right it is a very interesting topic and maybe I could write later a story about their perspective of all these events and how they begin to change.
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minepearl Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
this is very cool
ItsfromPeople Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
Thank you for the comment and the fav!

Did anything in particular stand out?
minepearl Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
i say i liek them and they are so cool too that what i think
KurseofKings Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
What about this one? Have you ever considered submitting this to Equestria Daily? (By the way, was "Not One of a Kind" accepted?)
ItsfromPeople Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
No, unfortunatly "Not one of a kind" was not accepted. But I don't regret trying it and thank you for encouraging me.

And I think this one is even less likely to pass since it heavily relies on knowing the Pony POV story to really understand what is going on. For example at no point in this story do I explain why Discord's mother is a pony or why he even is in Generation 1.
KurseofKings Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
Would you mind telling me why it wasn't accepted?
ItsfromPeople Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
It was too confusing on its own and too dependant on knowing something about the Pony POV Story, which wasn't accepted by them as well.

While the Dark World is basically the world where Discord won and doesn't need further explainations to work (but maybe the part with Derpy would need some), the view into the other timeline might actually be very confusing if you don't know about what happened in the Princess Gaia arc. I don't name the child Rarity is teaching and I don't explain what Nightmare Whisper is or how Fluttershy turned into her.
ZeldaTheSwordsman Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
That was wonderful.
ItsfromPeople Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
Thank you for this comment and the fav.
ardashir Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
It's indeed a joy to see a world in which Dissey was able to stay good, but that last bit leaves me wondering: did Luna become not just Nightmare Moon, but the chosen avatar of Destruction and Havoc? Because if so, then if we have something that combines the powers of a nightmare, an alicorn, AND a draconequi... *shudder*
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