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My Little Pony Friendship is Magic
"Seven Friends Sit Around And Play A Game."

Six would-be pony liberators now look at their new Princess with discorded colored ring eyes.

She was once Fluttershy but now was the savior of the world Princess Gaia.

One look, one sound of her song, one breath of her ever lasting fog, and you knew she was the one who would make the world fair.

They chat with their new Princess about flower arrangements and flavors of tea.

They all smile. They all laugh. They are all happy. Their new Princess is so beautiful.

And she is so happy to have them all with her as well. They make her feel complete. She's happy to show them that she now has the confidence they all wanted her to have before. She's proud that she's improved for them.

Princess Gaia is not the least bit deceptive in her eyes. She is so loyal to her friends. She is so generous. So is kinder than kind. She is so full of laughter. She is so magical. All six ponies agree.

They have no problems. They have no complaints. Yes. Everything is so nice.

Rarity gives some polite but firm suggestions on how the interior of the castle should be improved if the Princess absolute insists on living in such an old place. Princess Gaia also had Rarity's wound cleaned and her bandages changed.

Twilight Sparkle figures Celestia won't mind Princess Gaia living here. Princess Gaia was only using a castle the sisters hadn't used in a thousand years.

Majordomo Angel The Rabbit in his cute aristocrat outfit, complete with his cute little wig. He brings in a map of Equestria, and lots of little wooden figurines. All of them different colors.

The ponies didn't look to see if Angel's eyes were discorded or not. They knew Angel would never abandon his master.

He sets the map and tokens up on the table for his Princess. And the Princess and her friends all happily play the game.

~~~

Desert Town of Appleloosa.

Where neither Pony nor Buffalo Would Dare Confess That They Liked Being Singing SeaPonies and Hippocampi When Discord Had Turned Their Desert Into An Ocean (Unknowing Back Into An Ocean From Two Thousand Years Ago).

Apple Braeburn was proud of the town his clan and other independent thinkers had spent two years building.

Sheriff Silver Star was just happy he had not lost any ponies during the short lived war with the Buffalo tribes.

Bloomberg was an apple tree, it didn't care what others thought of it, and others didn't care what it thought of them.

Little Strongheart wondered if it was right for Buffalo to be with Ponies in That Way . Because she wanted to get to know Apple Braeburn, the ones who didn't want a war no more than she did when their people had almost killed each other.

Chief Thunderhooves was just glad his culture's traditions have survived another generation, and had not lost any buffalo in his war with the ponies.

Then the flock of yellow and pink birds came. All with blue eyes. They came over the pony town and the buffalo tipis. They sang. Mama Princess Gaia apologized that she didn't have enough power yet to grant the changes that in their heart of hearts they wanted even if social stigma denied them expressing their feelings.

Yellow and pink jackrabbits with blue eyes came. Followed by big yellow and pink armadillos with blue eyes.

The birds sang to the ponies and the buffalo. The ponies and the buffalo smiled and sang back. Chief Thunderhooves and Sheriff Silver Star had no ear for music and resisted even as Little Strongheart and Apple Braeburn gained circle colored eyes and smiled at each other and kissed, much to both elders' disgust.

Chief Thunderhooves and Sheriff Silver Star fought back to back, pieing in the face and hoofing down their own tribe mates and towns people as they tried to kiss them.

Chief Thunderhooves fled with Sheriff Silver Star on his back still throwing pies. Mowing down the jackrabbits and the armadillos. Then they were being chased by roadrunners with blue eyes and pink and yellow feathers.

Little Strongheart and Apple Braeburn cut their elders off at the pass and kissed them. Chief Thunderhooves and Sheriff Silver Star eyes became circles of color and rejoined everyone in the town square. Buffalo and ponies hoof in hoof began to sing. "Shoop-bee-doo-shoop-shoop-bee-doo!"

Strongheart and Braeburn danced together. The emotions of shame and worry gone from them. They thanked their new Princess.

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The pink and yellow birds flew in droves towards the town of Hoofington.

A fireball detonated in the middle of the flock, incinerating many.

Offensive Magic Professor BlueFlame stood proudly as the flames devoured the birds.

Several other offensive magic specialized or mage unicorns flanked her on both sides.

But more birds kept coming. Then a black fireball ignited in the middle almost shaping and shifting to devour the birds with black arms before it burned out.

Morgan Mid-Summernight heard her daughters and husband cheer her on.

"You may have a chess piece on your flanks, but everyone's always known your magic's special talent was 'destruction.' I mean, with that black coat and silver mane and a name like Morgan? You might as well have a mustache as well." Said one of the mage ponies making fire rain down on the horde of song birds now being augmented by pink and yellow eagles and falcons with blue eyes. "What use is a unicorn who can only destroy things?"

Morgan ignored her.

A soft kind voice echoed in her head almost breaking her concentration.

Morgan Mid-Summernight. You were denied the power to protect your baby Trixie from awful Discord. Now you fight with everything you have to protect your other children. What if you could protect them from any death and any unhappiness and any suffering? Would you want to be able to do that? What if you could protect all foals of Hoofington from those things? Would you? Accept my kiss, become my Knight, and your children need never be in harm's way again.

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Soarin and Spitfire didn't know it was a good or bad thing they had chosen to come to Cloudsdale as part of their therapy after all.

After the warning had come, every battle able Pegasi (including stunt flyers apparently like it or not) were to hold down the fort until support from Canterlot could arrive.

The birds came as several flocks. They were tiny targets. Spitfire did a trick she developed for their shows, doing a corkscrew that set off some material she had placed on protective layers on her wings. And she turned into a twisting fireball! The birds burned.

Too bad she couldn't do that trick more than once in a row.

Then the dragon with yellow and pink scales and blue eyes showed up forming right out of the fog like a stranger at midnight.

The stare in it's eyes cowed every pegasi it laid eyes upon.

The two Wonderbolts and a third blond Pegasi did battle with it, and using some wing blades taken from some hapless rookie guard ponies, they did do a clean cut along the dragon's side from mouth to the tip of it's tail, and it fell.

The three cheered. Then four more dragons came out of the fog.

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Philomena flew around Canterlot, burning away the mist, not letting it get close, and burning away the animals that were really just an extension of a greater force much like the fog itself. She flew like a fury hot comet. The air becoming scorching from her presence alone! Canterlot was nearly surrounded by a ring of fire!

The guard ponies actually felt fear at the sight of the Princess' pet enacting such a display of power. And this was the Princess' PET?

She would not stop or give up. Not now. Not ever. Her mistress had ordered her to keep Canterlot safe until her mistress returned. And Philomena would obey her mistress' command.

Starlight Sparkle looked out the window with her husband. Wondering if their child was out there again, using that overwhelming power of hers to protect Equestria again. And again, she, her mother, was left just wondering.

Starlight Sparkle. You have within you a mother's love that you've never been able to fully express. Your baby takes every risk and you can do nothing to protect or even help her. What if you could protect her from death? Protect her from cruelty? Would you? Would you accept the power to be able to? What if you could protect any mother's foal from harm? Accept my kiss and become my Knight and you will have that gift.

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The seven friends cheered as they played the exciting board game, before turning attention to topic of causal conversation again. Rainbow Dash was frustrated that her pieces hadn't been able to conquer anything on the map.

Princess Gaia then brought out a small brown wooden playing piece that was half-lion half-eagle. Princess Gaia suggested a simple and quick solo game. Rainbow Dash grinned at Princess Gaia's idea.

A few minutes later the familiar looking griffin figurine moved madly about the map as Dash tried to corner it with her own pieces. It madly fled from it's starting position on the map proving to be -very- fast and able to outfly pretty much any of Dashie's pieces. The figurine would then force it's way through when Dash used her own tokens to corner it. The others cheered her on. This time however Dashie didn't whine about Princess Gaia making the game too hard, she -was- going to win this!

Finally the figurine that Dash pretended was Gilda was apparently running low on stamina. After corralling it to the fog covered Ponyville where she could place more pieces on the map, she finally had the figurine of Gilda completely surrounded and the pursued piece was exhausted.

Then at last the figurine magically changed into Gilda's likeness when she and Dashie first met, back when Gilda was -smaller- than Dashie! Pinkie Pie giggled at the revelation that griffins started out smaller than ponies! Either that or Gilda had been a shrimp when compared to most griffins her age, but Pinkie didn't ask!

Dash grinned at her little victory! As the last part of the solo game she placed the griffin hatchling figurine on the part of the map representing Cloudsdale where she could play with all the pegasi foals there. Rainbow Dash laughed and clapped her hooves. "Ah man if only I could see her like that now!"

"All in good time," Princess Gaia smiled and nodded.
Not quite a drabble, not quite an actual scene, not quite cutting room floor material.

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An in between chapter for [link]

Decide weather this is canon of your own free will.

I wanted to do some epic battles over Equestria. But I was tired how the previous chapter dragged on. So I'm hoping I'll be able to try and fit what I can into a singular chapter next time.

Of course this is part of the healing pony POV Series. [link]

I'm so tempted that maybe I should just move this thing to scraps!

EDITED: Added some junk.

EDITED: Added a scene at the end I considered having in the next chapter, but I chose not to. And figured it worked better as optional canon.

EDITED: Added another something. Again. This is all OPTIONAL canon for a reason.

Edit 201112 6th: Again, just added in a note about Rarity's stab wound. Just to create a better sense of continuity.

20120607 DracoDei edits.
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The six heroes are all under the spell of Princess Gaia. While they were strong enough to resist the fog, here at the center of the new world, right before the Princess her mind control is much stronger. That is the reason she invited them into this trap. The heroes are all happy and talk to her about meaningless things instead of confronting her about what she has done to the world. The being before them appears to be everything they could have ever wished for. Fluttershy seemingly overcame her worries and self-doubts and became the one true saviour of this broken world. She seems to be honest, loyal, kind, happy, generous and a true friend. They have no complains about the new world anymore. Rarity only makes a few suggestions to the interior decoration of the castle and Twilight is sure that the other two Alicorns won’t mind her living in their old castle. Princess Gaia even helps Rarity with the wound, her own knight did reopen. Finally Angel brings them a map of Equestria and several figures and they play a nice little game of world domination. They don’t bother to check if Angel is under her spell as well and from his futile effort to escape the fog, we know he must be controlled as well.

In Appleloosa we learn that both ponies and buffalo actually liked to be turned back by Discord into the singing Seaponies and Hippocampi their ancestors once were. Both sides are happy their war ended so soon and no life was lost. The elders are proud that their ideas could be preserved and the younger generation like Little Strongheart wants to get closer to the former enemies. Then the constructs looking like birds, rabbits, roadrunners and armadillos appear and sing the song. Princess Gaia promises them to eventually fulfil their deepest wish of unification, when she becomes strong enough to do this. Soon they are all under her control and to the shock of their elders Little Strongheart and Apple Braeburn kiss each other. Chief Thunderhooves and Sheriff Silver Star try to escape and actually do very well, until Little Strongheart and Apple Braeburn surprise and kiss them. Now the last resistance is gone and they all sing the happy song of the long lost Seaponies and Hippocampi.

Hoofington is invaded by a large army of birds, eagles and falcons as well. Countless unicorns fight back including Professor BlueFlame and Trixie’s mother Morgan Mid-Summernight. Especially Morgan shows incredible magical power. Only to be mocked for this by another unicorn. Then Princess Gaia speaks to her and reminds her that she failed to protect her beloved daughter from Discord. But now it could be different, she just had to accept her kiss and become her knight to protect the entire population of Hoofington, when they are turned into foals.

The Wonderbolts Soarin and Spitfire and several other pegasi try to defend Cloudsdale until they get further support from Canterlot. They manage quite well against the birds Princess Gaia creates, but then a giant dragon construct appear and this one is able to use Fluttershy’s special stare to paralyse several pegasi. By now Princess Gaia is willing to use this ability, when it was her last resort before. But with the help of the blond Pegasus, that managed to warn Cloudsdale, the Wonderbolts are able to destroy the dragon. Their cheers are soon interrupted as four more dragons appear. It is hopeless.

Canterlot is protected by Philomena, who is able to burn away any fog or construct getting closer to the city. The guards can hardly believe what power Celestia’s pet wields. Celestia herself seems to be somewhere else but her pet is more than able to defend the place. But Canterlot is unable to send any support to other regions and the phoenix will not be able to do this forever. Twilight’s mother, Starlight Sparkle, wonders if her daughter is out there somewhere and fighting against these strange events. Then Princess Gaia talks to her and reminds her that she isn’t able to express her love and will never be strong enough to protect her daughter. She just needed to accept her kiss and she would be able to protect Twilight and any other foal of the new world.

Then the narrative switches back to Princess Gaia’s castle where it is clear that the heroes did assist her army by leading them against their families and friends. Now this is a really depressing thought. Instead of stopping this madness they have made it even stronger and help it to spread its influence. Only Rainbow Dash wasn’t able to conquer anything. So Princess Gaia offers her a short game against Gilda. It seems that someone still has a grudge. Gilda is fighting with everything she got against the constructs controlled by Rainbow. But it is a war of attrition and the Pegasus lead the griffon into a trap in the fog covered Ponyville where Gilda is turned into a baby griffon. Again Princess Gaia turns one of her friends against a former friend without the Pegasus even noticing it. They place Gilda in the already conquered Cloudsdale.

Overall these short scenes show the scale of Princess Gaia’s operation and how she is able to conquer places that put up resistance. The way she uses her friends to do this is really disturbing and shows how strong her deception is. Under normal conditions many of them would have noticed that something is wrong. But things aren’t exactly normal anymore.

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KurseofKings Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
"You may have a chess piece on your flanks, but everyone's always known your magic's special talent was 'destruction.' I can't help but wonder what would happen if she and Destruction met. (Sorry! I put this in the wrong spot!)
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
They'd sympathizes with each other.
Both in their own way know their power isn't evil unto itself anymore.
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ToufuuLogan Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
Wow. *Eyebrow raise* That seems to be an exciting board game.
Arcana: Exciting? It's basically Risk but in real life!
Spoilsport. I'd want to play-
Arcana: Memory spell. *does it and can since it involves observing one's past*
HOLY BIT GAIA IS FREAKY! Why in pony hell would she force her friends to do this!
Arcana: *Pats Logan's head* Come on. Let's go read more.
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
Not really 'forced.' More like she suggested or offered to play a boardgame with them.
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ToufuuLogan Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
Arcana: After making their minds foggy. In my mind it's Mind Rape. Even if the person is drugged and they say yes, they aren't in the right of mind and you're forcing your will on them.
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
Blue pegasus filly with swirlie eyes and a crayon drawing version of a campfire cutie mark, "Mama Princess Gaia's own loving radiance did that, she didn't mean to make them love her unconditionally. Just looking at Mama Princess Gaia makes you want to be reeeeeeallll happy, just like yoooou waaant to be haaapppy. And Mama Princess Gaia wants you to be happy. So what Mama Princess Gaia wants, is what you want, so you should listen to Mama Princess Gaia."
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ToufuuLogan Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
Arcana: *Stares at the filly with an eyebrow raised.* I want to make my own happiness and make others happy. Sorry little one. *Gentle nuzzle* But I have to deny Princess Gaia's wish to revert me.
Arcana levitates a white Colt, with a crayon crayon and pencil cutie mark, on his back and walks away.
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
Princess Gaia, "That's okay, I have lots of positions for Knights open to protect the countless little foals, I mean, every new Knight helps and becomes their protector. Only someone heartless wouldn't WANT to protect them I mean. I mean, if you really wanted to, sorry."
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ToufuuLogan Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
Arcana: *Tilts head and twitches* ... I guess... *he looks at the princess* I accept.'
The white colt claps and hollers
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Princess Gaia, you are a sick creature. Tricking your friends into commanding your armies by playing a magical boardgame and helping you into conquering Equestria and turning their mothers into knights and foals? That's just twisted.
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
"It's all for the greater good. If everypony is more happy, then how is it bad? Besides, Dear Celestia does this sort of thing all the time I'm sure. And everypony love what I'm doing after I show them how it really works and not how they think it works. Celestia and Luna will love it. Yes, mommy is sure, just like she's sure you're a cute foal, yes you're really a cute foal, yes you are, and that's such a cutie crayon drawing cutie mark you have, yes it is."
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Can't... let her... have... Equestria... and... ME!

[Pulls out a trigger from a backpack, connected to a Arcano-Nuclear weapon. He presses, and the whole place disappears in white light as an explosion with the heat of a thousand suns envelops them both.]
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Princess Gaia pats you on the head. "Nap time now my little foal, you can pretend to be a big tough space ranger later." You pack has unleashed a mass confetti instead. Princess Gaia kisses you on the forehead and nuzzles you. Then tickles you silly with her wings, then blows on your belly making you laugh harder.

Then a blue pegasus with a camp fire cutie mark comes over begins playing patty cake with you.
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Guilrel Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
And this is the bad future mode... sort of. It's just the part of the story of showing everyone else being captured and fighting.
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Not really a bad future. Just something written for fun. It can fit perfectly into the story.
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Guilrel Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Yeah I can see that after reading the next part, like this is what happened when they were talking with Fluttershy for so long.
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
Yes.
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Guilrel Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
Sorry for using your reply as a bookmark, but I honestly do have a couple of more things to ask. Like we can reeally decide whether or not this really happens right"?" and Applejack seems a little too obsessed with the truth lately, it's like she can't go two sentences without sticking the word "truth" in her dialogue, why is that?
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DracoDei Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
SPOILER ALERT!!!




now look at their new Princess with discorded colored ring eyes.
-This doesn't fit with the vibe I was getting when AJ revealed what was going on, although BEFORE that it did... Not sure if I should finish that chapter before reading this one... going to go on with this one for the moment.

Majordomo Angel The Rabbit
-Don't recall him being there, then again my memory is slipping occasion (whereas before it was excellent I think).

He brings in a map of Equestria, and lots of little wooden figurines.
-Ok, definitely alternate reality, or Gaia trying to wind the clock back by erasing memories and trying the scene again.

And the Princess and her friends all happily play the game.
-Risk seems a bit... negative. Might be a warning sign in the dream, from the subconscious, or from Luna, saying "You are struggling for the fate of Equestria here".

Where neither Pony nor Buffalo Would Dare Confess That They Liked Being Singing SeaPonies and Hippocampi When Discord Had Turned Their Desert Into An Ocean (Unknowing Back Into An Ocean From Two Thousand Years Ago).
-Interesting...

Bloomberg was an apple tree, it didn't care what others thought of it, and others didn't care what it thought of them.
-Nice... seems that AJ was just over-protective, rather than being SO hippomorphizing in how she thought of Bloomberg.

Because she wanted to get to know Apple Braeburn, the ones who didn't want a war no more than she did when their people had almost killed each other.
-I have to say that if nobody has called Spike on this, and given the existence of mules, I don't think that Pony morality would be against it. Buffalo morality might differ, but I say she should go for it, with the only POSSIBLE exception being if an heir for the buffalo leadership position after she inherits (if she will inherit?) will eventually be needed, and if Pony magic and science wouldn't be up to artificial insemination or Hollywood genetics.

the changes that in their heart of hearts they wanted even if social stigma denied them expressing their feelings.
-This would only seem to apply to Braeburn and Little Strongheart, Chief Thunderhooves mostly wants an ABSENCE of change (or maybe the orchard gone, perhaps replaced by a single appletree that produces the same number of apples).

Yellow and pink jackrabbits with blue eyes came.
-Consider putting horns on these, just for fun.

Followed by big yellow and pink armadillos with blue eyes.
-Those are new. Then again so are JACKrabbits... she must be sticking to native species. This also implies sGaia has a pretty good radius on her effect.

Chief Thunderhooves and Sheriff Silver Star had no ear for music and resisted
-This Gaia's excuse to herself, or does not liking music actually provide a bit of a defense?

Apple Braeburn gained circle
-You have an extra space.

and smiled at each other and kissed,
-Extra space here too.

much to both elders disgust.
-elders'... and I wonder if we will revisit this location and have them think things through and decide "well, why NOT?". Then again, if Chief Thunderhooves is about social purity (which I have always considered a bit foolish... I am more for the melting pot than the tossed salad) he might be opposed to it even after a few minutes to think. Of course, going from notheld hooves (or whatever) in public to kissing is a bit much by any standards.

pieing in the face and hoofing down their own tribe mates and towns people as they tried to kiss them.
-Now THIS makes sense. It also makes me realize the reference of them no liking music... or at least not certain kinds of music since they said Pinkie Pie's music was the WORST, which implies there were things that weren't as bad to them.

on his back still throwing pies.
-Pretty good pie reserve... Bottomless magazines(er.... pie safes) except when the plot calls for running out?

"Shoop-bee-doo-shoop-shoop-bee-doo!"
-Err... would think that even under these circumstances they would avoid a song associated with such traumatic memories...

Offensive Magic Professor BlueFlame Stood proudly as the flames devoured the birds.
-"Stood" shouldn't be capitalized... also the idea of using fire in a non-lethal way seems a bit off... Oh, wait, you might have it that that only applies to using lethal for on another PONY (still, Twilight never pulled out the fireballs against the parasprites, she couldn't have gotten them all, but she could have thinned the ranks a bit, then again, by the time she was that desperate, Fluttershy was with them). Appears someone got the word out far enough in advance however...

Then a black fireball ignited in the middle almost shaping and shifting to devour the birds with black arms before it burned out.
-Luna?

Morgan Summernight heard her daughters and husband cheer her on.
-Ah, maybe a female member of the night-guard (they can't ALL be pegasi...).

augmented by pink and yellow eagles and falcons with blue eyes.
-First non-cute species she has used, although she may be mostly trying for faster approach to give less time for blasting.

"What use is a unicorn who can only destroy things?"
-She is certainly proving useful NOW... and the very existence of the recognition of fire as being "offensive" rather than just for cooking and smithing and such... well, I GUESS that actually makes sense. The offensive use is considered a secondary catagory, and it is only stuff that DOESN'T have a peaceful use that is looked down on. Also, is this someone else's OC?

You were denied the power to protect your baby Trixie from awful Discord.
Ah, didn't recognize the name or cutie-mark... as I said, I sometimes miss something these days... or maybe I miss the same amount, but am being harder on myself than I used to be. In any case, the name Morgan is now somewhat familiar... I think I made a comment about Arthurian Myth, but thinking that it only applied to the dream-mother, not the real one, and that the real one had a different name.

Accept my kiss, become my Knight, and your children need never be in harm's way again.
-Another cliffhanger... don't think we ever found out what happened with Derpy.

(including stunt flyers apparently like it or not)
-I assume you wrote this before "The Secret of My Excess"? Or maybe they decided to dabble in violent heroism when they heard the alarm, and didn't turn out to be so good at it? Or maybe some of the Wonderbolts are reservists, but not these particular ones?

doing a corkscrew that set off some material she had placed on protective layers of her wings.
-"on protective layers on her wings" perhaps? Like an insulating layer, and then the pyrotechnic layer? Also, I guess she doesn't trail very dense flame normally and/or needed a larger area?

Then the dragon with yellow and pink scales and blue eyes showed up forming right out of the fog like a stranger at midnight.
-Really upping the ante... Also, maybe this is where they LEARNED or got the motivation to decide to learn dragon fighting. Still, there have been comments about Spike being a much more tactical combatant than most dragons possibly, thus explaining the Wonderbolt's loss... they might even win this one without much help.

The two Wonderbolts and a third blond Pegasi did battle with it,
-Pegasus, and maybe THIS is Derpy, and she was the one who warned Cloudsdale (although where she would have set Dinky down would be an interesting question).

The three cheered. Then four more dragons came out of the fog.
-This works... they win the battle, proving effective(rather than "the Worf Effect"), but then Gaia just amps up the power.

And this was the Princess' PET?
-Yes. Your rulers would be Armageddon incarnate if they ever wanted to be. Good thing The Nightmare only managed to corrupt Luna enough for SLOW omnicide, rather than barrages of texas-sized asteroids, eh? Be VERY glad they are on your side.

And Philomena would obey her mistress' command.
-Sounds like guilt from the Discording but... she was one of the few creatures that actually managed to be EFFECTIVE at tying up some of his resources...

Wondering if their child was out there again, putting that overwhelming power of hers to protect Equestria again.
-Should be "to use to protect Equestiria again" at the end or "using" instead of "putting".

And again, she, her mother, was left just wondering.
-The US Marines like to say that the "toughest job in the corps" is that of a wife to a soldier.

You baby takes every risk and you can do nothing to protect or even help her.
-Your

Accept my kiss and become my Knight and you will have that gift.
-And another cliffhanger... unless Derpy DID become a knight and I missed it, in which case I am expecting that this is code for "and then she accepted because nobody Gaia deems worthy of the offer CAN resist it for she turns their highest Loves against them".

Rainbow Dash was frustrated that her pieces hadn't been able to conquer anything on the map.
-Wait... so she has tricked them into acting as her generals? Interesting. I assume that Dash was going after Canterlot? She knows Cloudsdale better so... maybe that is holding out pretty well despite the three dragons?

Princess Gaia suggested a simple and quick solo game. Rainbow Dash grinned at Princess Gaia's idea.
-This should be interesting... guess this means that Gilda will hear Dash's voice asking her to join Gaia?

griffin figurine moved madly about the map
-The map of all of Equestria? Or is Gaia using a more zoomed in map for the solo game? Don't think that Gilda could zoom over Equestria as a whole... then again the response time for the Wonderbolts to Ponyville was pretty low, and Gilda DOES seem to be in Dash's class as far as speed for short sprints, so...

The figurine would then force it's way through when Dash used her own tokens to corner it.
-Yeah, Gilda does have pretty good natural weapons (and probably no taste in music what-so-ever). Plus the color scheme on Gaia's forces would be "lame".

Then at last the figurine magically changed into Gilda's likeness when she and Dashie first met,
-Wonder if that had happened before, or if the pieces that represent hundreds of defenders just get removed from the board? If so, I guess that Soarin' and Spitfire don't rate individual tokens on the big map? Nah, only the Alicorns and the people in the room probably do.

As the last part of the solo game she placed the griffin hatchling figurine on the part of the map representing Cloudsdale where she could play with all the pegasi foals there.
-Flight orders or teleportation? Also it looks like Cloudsdale DID fall, which means that despite knowing Cloudsdale better, Rainbow Dash was in charge of the attack on Canterlot... maybe Gaia didn't want to risk/didn't have the heart to have Dash sell out her home-town for the SECOND time?



-This chapter doesn't seem to fit the continuity of the main story (or maybe she hypnotizes them later and this happens). No reason NOT to include it in the main flow if it is compatible... if not it has to be "alternate reality", and can't be canon to the main line. As such I would leave it out... but, much as it pains me to admit it, you DO have precedent with the "bad future" from Discorded Twilight.
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
now look at their new Princess with discorded colored ring eyes.
-This doesn't fit with the vibe I was getting when AJ revealed what was going on, although BEFORE that it did... Not sure if I should finish that chapter before reading this one... going to go on with this one for the moment.

Thus why I labeled this 'optional canon' to be on the safe side.

"Majordomo Angel The Rabbit
-Don't recall him being there, then again my memory is slipping occasion (whereas before it was excellent I think)."

He came in at this point and wasn't present when the heroes first arrived.

"He brings in a map of Equestria, and lots of little wooden figurines.
-Ok, definitely alternate reality, or Gaia trying to wind the clock back by erasing memories and trying the scene again."

Actually meant to take place right after Gaia's aura had (unwittingly) brainwashed them.

And the Princess and her friends all happily play the game.
-Risk seems a bit... negative. Might be a warning sign in the dream, from the subconscious, or from Luna, saying "You are struggling for the fate of Equestria here".

Or just symbolic.

Where neither Pony nor Buffalo Would Dare Confess That They Liked Being Singing SeaPonies and Hippocampi When Discord Had Turned Their Desert Into An Ocean (Unknowing Back Into An Ocean From Two Thousand Years Ago).
-Interesting...

Comes into play much later, or rather you see more details of this.

Bloomberg was an apple tree, it didn't care what others thought of it, and others didn't care what it thought of them.
-Nice... seems that AJ was just over-protective, rather than being SO hippomorphizing in how she thought of Bloomberg.

Well, trees aren't known for caring about other people's opinion and keep their own opinions to themselves.


"Because she wanted to get to know Apple Braeburn, the ones who didn't want a war no more than she did when their people had almost killed each other.
-I have to say that if nobody has called Spike on this, and given the existence of mules, I don't think that Pony morality would be against it. Buffalo morality might differ, but I say she should go for it, with the only POSSIBLE exception being if an heir for the buffalo leadership position after she inherits (if she will inherit?) will eventually be needed, and if Pony magic and science wouldn't be up to artificial insemination or Hollywood genetics."

Well the Buffaloo are new comers to the Equestria stage, or Spike's crush is seen something as innocent and cute and not something to actually think about.

"the changes that in their heart of hearts they wanted even if social stigma denied them expressing their feelings.
-This would only seem to apply to Braeburn and Little Strongheart, Chief Thunderhooves mostly wants an ABSENCE of change (or maybe the orchard gone, perhaps replaced by a single appletree that produces the same number of apples)."

Which would show the Buffalo really don't understand how farming works. And I figured Silver Star and Thunderhooves both didn't like the idea (since ponies are just ponies, that idea has been hammered into them enough, but outside the racial zone and get into the species zone . . .)



Yellow and pink jackrabbits with blue eyes came.
-Consider putting horns on these, just for fun.

Hmmmmmmm. Naw. They aren't jackalopes.

Followed by big yellow and pink armadillos with blue eyes.
-Those are new. Then again so are JACKrabbits... she must be sticking to native species. This also implies sGaia has a pretty good radius on her effect.

And is getting 'pretty good-er.'

Chief Thunderhooves and Sheriff Silver Star had no ear for music and resisted
-This Gaia's excuse to herself, or does not liking music actually provide a bit of a defense?

Either/or.

much to both elders disgust.
-elders'... and I wonder if we will revisit this location and have them think things through and decide "well, why NOT?". Then again, if Chief Thunderhooves is about social purity (which I have always considered a bit foolish... I am more for the melting pot than the tossed salad) he might be opposed to it even after a few minutes to think. Of course, going from notheld hooves (or whatever) in public to kissing is a bit much by any standards.

The loving couple will get together eventually. Eventually. But sadly being this far away from the main events, I can't really cover it in story.

on his back still throwing pies.
-Pretty good pie reserve... Bottomless magazines(er.... pie safes) except when the plot calls for running out?

I try to avoid that.

"Shoop-bee-doo-shoop-shoop-bee-doo!"
-Err... would think that even under these circumstances they would avoid a song associated with such traumatic memories...

Except everyone LIKED IT, even if they won't admit it.


Offensive Magic Professor BlueFlame Stood proudly as the flames devoured the birds.
-"Stood" shouldn't be capitalized... also the idea of using fire in a non-lethal way seems a bit off... Oh, wait, you might have it that that only applies to using lethal for on another PONY (still, Twilight never pulled out the fireballs against the parasprites, she couldn't have gotten them all, but she could have thinned the ranks a bit, then again, by the time she was that desperate, Fluttershy was with them). Appears someone got the word out far enough in advance however...

Or they realize there are un-living magical constructs.


"What use is a unicorn who can only destroy things?"
-She is certainly proving useful NOW... and the very existence of the recognition of fire as being "offensive" rather than just for cooking and smithing and such... well, I GUESS that actually makes sense. The offensive use is considered a secondary catagory, and it is only stuff that DOESN'T have a peaceful use that is looked down on. Also, is this someone else's OC?

No.



Accept my kiss, become my Knight, and your children need never be in harm's way again.
-Another cliffhanger... don't think we ever found out what happened with Derpy.

I never said weather morgan accepted Gaia's kiss or not.

(including stunt flyers apparently like it or not)
-I assume you wrote this before "The Secret of My Excess"? Or maybe they decided to dabble in violent heroism when they heard the alarm, and didn't turn out to be so good at it? Or maybe some of the Wonderbolts are reservists, but not these particular ones?

Yeah. Before that episode aired. Should I just erase this line?



doing a corkscrew that set off some material she had placed on protective layers of her wings.
-"on protective layers on her wings" perhaps? Like an insulating layer, and then the pyrotechnic layer? Also, I guess she doesn't trail very dense flame normally and/or needed a larger area?

If you say so. And this is basically like the fantasy idea of covering your sword in booze and lighting it on fire.

The two Wonderbolts and a third blond Pegasi did battle with it,
-Pegasus, and maybe THIS is Derpy, and she was the one who warned Cloudsdale (although where she would have set Dinky down would be an interesting question).

It's Link.

The three cheered. Then four more dragons came out of the fog.
-This works... they win the battle, proving effective(rather than "the Worf Effect"), but then Gaia just amps up the power.

Thanks.

And this was the Princess' PET?
-Yes. Your rulers would be Armageddon incarnate if they ever wanted to be. Good thing The Nightmare only managed to corrupt Luna enough for SLOW omnicide, rather than barrages of texas-sized asteroids, eh? Be VERY glad they are on your side.

Ponies unable to accept their Nightmare was themselves are much likely to fall back into darkness.

And Philomena would obey her mistress' command.
-Sounds like guilt from the Discording but... she was one of the few creatures that actually managed to be EFFECTIVE at tying up some of his resources...

Don't mess with the pet of a goddess.

And again, she, her mother, was left just wondering.
-The US Marines like to say that the "toughest job in the corps" is that of a wife to a soldier.

I never knew that.


Accept my kiss and become my Knight and you will have that gift.
-And another cliffhanger... unless Derpy DID become a knight and I missed it, in which case I am expecting that this is code for "and then she accepted because nobody Gaia deems worthy of the offer CAN resist it for she turns their highest Loves against them".

She MAY have accepted it. While both love their children dearly, Morgan tends to be more detached. Which ironically is another contrast between her and the fake Morgan Twilight fought.

"Rainbow Dash was frustrated that her pieces hadn't been able to conquer anything on the map.
-Wait... so she has tricked them into acting as her generals? Interesting. I assume that Dash was going after Canterlot? She knows Cloudsdale better so... maybe that is holding out pretty well despite the three dragons?"

Four. And yeah. More or less.

"Princess Gaia suggested a simple and quick solo game. Rainbow Dash grinned at Princess Gaia's idea.
-This should be interesting... guess this means that Gilda will hear Dash's voice asking her to join Gaia?"

Naw. Still Princess Gaia's.

"griffin figurine moved madly about the map
-The map of all of Equestria? Or is Gaia using a more zoomed in map for the solo game? Don't think that Gilda could zoom over Equestria as a whole... then again the response time for the Wonderbolts to Ponyville was pretty low, and Gilda DOES seem to be in Dash's class as far as speed for short sprints, so…"

Your idea of the zoom in works.

"The figurine would then force it's way through when Dash used her own tokens to corner it.
-Yeah, Gilda does have pretty good natural weapons (and probably no taste in music what-so-ever). Plus the color scheme on Gaia's forces would be "lame"."

INDEED!

"Then at last the figurine magically changed into Gilda's likeness when she and Dashie first met,
-Wonder if that had happened before, or if the pieces that represent hundreds of defenders just get removed from the board? If so, I guess that Soarin' and Spitfire don't rate individual tokens on the big map? Nah, only the Alicorns and the people in the room probably do."

Likely get removed from the map or added to the player's resource pool.

As the last part of the solo game she placed the griffin hatchling figurine on the part of the map representing Cloudsdale where she could play with all the pegasi foals there.
-Flight orders or teleportation? Also it looks like Cloudsdale DID fall, which means that despite knowing Cloudsdale better, Rainbow Dash was in charge of the attack on Canterlot... maybe Gaia didn't want to risk/didn't have the heart to have Dash sell out her home-town for the SECOND time?

Flight orders.
And perhaps. Open to interpretation.



"-This chapter doesn't seem to fit the continuity of the main story (or maybe she hypnotizes them later and this happens). No reason NOT to include it in the main flow if it is compatible... if not it has to be "alternate reality", and can't be canon to the main line. As such I would leave it out... but, much as it pains me to admit it, you DO have precedent with the "bad future" from Discorded Twilight."

I figured this happened before or during Playtime.
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BrightDark89 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Nooooooo! SEA PONIES ARE EVIL MYTHS. NEED BRAIN BLEACH.

"Mama, my Scream seems to have fused with my memory spell. Better not get close to anypony, as that could trigger a Memory Scream spell. And there's a big mean Simurgh bird flying around Whitetail Wood. 22 feet tall, to be exact. But I'll just laugh at the giant bird. But the fog is almost to Stableside Port. Soon, it'll cross the sea!"
*The current drags me and I crash into Braeburn.*
"Uh-oh. I feel a Memory Scream."
*I envision Rainbow Dash and LS running towards the sunset, and now I'm stuck with a colt with a cowboy hat.*
"I'm so sorry, Mama! The current surprised me and I don't have any control over the Scream! But I just saved a foal from drowning. And he's running… off… towards Sweet Apple Acres…"
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
Will people stop bashing the poor Hippocampi and Flutterponies please?

Whose LS?

Amusing bit of craziness you got there.
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BrightDark89 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Student General Artist
It's just that Sea Ponies were creepy. I like the Flutterponies because they have part of best pony's name in it. (Since Fluttershy and Princess Gaia are the same pony.)

A nickname for Little Strongheart.

"And… Braeburn's going to get rid of the Simurgh. With a rope. Also, Mama, since Appleoosa's flooded, wouldn't that attract scary sea monsters?"
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
I didn't think they were that bad.

And thanks for the fun. (65 messages to go through)
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BrightDark89 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Student General Artist
:iconpinkiepieisinsaneplz:: Oh, they're not so bad…

"Everypony needs a little kindness… a brohoof to the pegasus foal who made this story and a brohoof to mama Princess Gaia."
*double brohoof*
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
Heh.
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BrightDark89 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Student General Artist
Do the foals look like the baby in "Mysterious Mare Do Well" or Apple Bloom's age.
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
That Princess Gaia rules over? Applebloom's age.
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Charanty Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
Lol, tastes like diabetes.
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
And what's wrong with that?
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Charanty Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
Nothing, if not to count the reason why it happen and how things turned after.
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zero93 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
Never thought I'd see the day Fluttershy goes full-scale offensive on the whole world.

Different animal forms tackling different areas.Fluttershy knows her strategy too?God,chessmaster Fluttershy...wait no they're playing a different board game.

Also,feeling sheer hopelessness from such actions done in the sincerest of hearts?I applaud you.

"I've seen enough."Said the traveler as he left this world.
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
"Never thought I'd see the day Fluttershy goes full-scale offensive on the whole world."

Maybe just Equestria. It is a gift to Princess Celestia.

"Different animal forms tackling different areas.Fluttershy knows her strategy too?God,chessmaster Fluttershy...wait no they're playing a different board game."

Well it's supposed to be fun.

"Also,feeling sheer hopelessness from such actions done in the sincerest of hearts?I applaud you."

You can not resist, you SHALL feel happy and joyful.

""I've seen enough."Said the traveler as he left this world."

Ah please! Stick around for Pearl Necklace! And we've got a horde of side stories and the finale arch in the planning stages!
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Frostybrand Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
The Evilest game of Risk ever.
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
"Run! The harbingers of peace love and happiness are upon us! Run for your lives!"

"Ahhh! The chick Gilda figurine is so cute!"

"She turned out wrong, now she gets to start over!"

And yes, I was thinking of Risk when I thought of the game they were playing.

I hope the rest of the series is just as entertaining to you. Or at least as exciting. Gonna get around to some edits that were given to me a few weeks back and now I get a chance to use them! Oh and reply to the 425+ messages that have built up.
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TheAussieBlue Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011
I haven't felt this angry in ages.

THIS! IS! WRONG!

Kindness without compassion leads to Nuremberg!
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011
Wait till you read the rest! 0-0 I promise things do get better by the end.
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Shritistrang Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
Happiness is fine and all, but Princess Gaia must learn that you should never force happiness on others.

I liked the idea of Braeburn and Little Strongheart liking each other. I always got that impression when I watched that episode.

I also wish I could see the scene where Philomena protects Canterlot on a TV screen.
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
"I also wish I could see the scene where Philomena protects Canterlot on a TV screen."

Heh. Interesting!

"I liked the idea of Braeburn and Little Strongheart liking each other. I always got that impression when I watched that episode."

Really? Heh.

"Happiness is fine and all, but Princess Gaia must learn that you should never force happiness on others."

BUt can it normally BE forced? Heh.
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CottonSnourth Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Professional Writer
Dear Alex,

Good to know!

Listen, if you'd like, please contact me. I list one of my e-mails in the description section of the YouTube dramatic reading. I'm sure you must have questions, and I'd certainly enjoy talking with you!
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
I'm actually not sure what to ask. I'm not used to this kind of positive reinforcement except from close friends and loved ones.
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CottonSnourth Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Professional Writer
So do you like it? And would you be willing to link to our reading, Alex?
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
Yes I like. And I've already linked in the appropriate chapter. :D :D :D :D :D :D

Words alone can not express my gratitude and shock and awe at this development.
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CottonSnourth Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Professional Writer
Dear Alex,

Good to know!

Listen, if you'd like, feel free to contact me at badalamentink@gmail.com. I'm sure you have many questions, and I think I would enjoy talking with you.
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
Do you have Yahoo. MSN. Or Skype?
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CottonSnourth Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Professional Writer
Dear Alex,

Feast your eyes on our first installment.

[link]

I'm excited to hear your thoughts.
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
You know when I submitted the Discord POVs as written works to Equestria daily. They were rejected as too much as conversation pieces (and AJ's accent being too thick). I wanted to submit the reharmonization. But it didn't feel right unless the dark was there to make the light brighter.

Maybe you can try to submit the dramatic readings to Equestria daily in their media section?

I wish I could help here, but I am no voice actor. Sorry. :-(

Do you have paypal?
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
I have only thing to respond to this shocking development of someone willing to make a frickin' audio reading of one my POV shorts.

[link]
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CottonSnourth Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Professional Writer
Dear Alex,

Then prepare to be stunned and amazed, sometime in the not-to-distant future.

You have NO IDEA what I have in the works.

Just you wait.

I assure you; you'll like it.
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
0-0 . . . *stunned silence*
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