Every time a fictional character says ‘everything is going to be okay’ or any variation of that phrase, I automatically know that everything is totally not going to be okay without:
-zombies all but wiping out characters you care about
-bandits all but wiping out characters you care about
-a torrent of suffering being washed over characters you care about
-characters you care about losing their hope in the world and attempting to crash the sun into it
Goddamnit Be- I mean Nick.
-everyone playing The Walking Dead Season 2.
Twdg s2e2 comments
I’ve noticed that the final big decision in each of the episodes have been extremely ambiguous compared to their season 1 counterparts. This is overall a good thing as it encourages players to take different paths and ultimately get a different first-play experience from others. But because of how each decision thus far has had its downsides and upsides equally, in a meta sense I personally don’t feel as bad about things when the consequences of my actions cause something negative. I’m secure in the knowledge that there is no true ‘wrong’ or ‘right’ answer to a problem, and that has kind of taken away the edge.
If every choice is so equal with eachother, then one cannot pick fault with someone choosing one or the other - especially when the consequences are unforeseeable. Season 1 had more unequal decisions, and it wasn’t a case of which one would ruin less lives later on, but also a case of if you were gutsy enough to make very questionable choices at times - bordering on criminal.
So to solve the solitaire puzzle you must know where you want the last piece to be. You’ve got to imagine the move before that, and the move before that, and so on until you end up right where you are in the present. You have to remember the future, or at least the future that you strive for.
Forget the problem on the table before you, think about what it will look like when it is solved, and trace the path all the way back to now. Each move is a step you must take, and because you’re unmaking a solution, you can’t go wrong.
Now you’re thinking like a witchhunter.
A part of me felt… strange seeing Canterlot like this. It hurt knowing that there were no ponies here, but with dozens of flowers and blooming trees lining the streets instead of huge dogs with spears I felt… okay. Y’know? Peaceful maybe - but there was still pain there.
Maybe it was because I wasn’t alone anymore. No, it wasn’t just that, it was what Fluttershy said to me the day she found me - the promises she made and the task that she had set herself. I.. I didn’t know if it was healthy or not, but it was the way she had chose to, well, deal with what happened. But with the way she walked ahead of me - with a thoughtful pace and with purpose - I could only hope that it was doing her some good. I mean, if we’d- If we’d both lost friends and gone through the same things, what was keeping me chained to a boulder while she lead ahead?
I wanted to find that happy place she had, that dream that just maybe everything would be okay in the end, y’know?
"Can I ask you something?" My voice seemed lost among the crickets and birds chirping in the bushes.
Fluttershy craned her neck down to me and smiled. “Of course, what’s on your mind?”
"Do you… do you think things will ever go back to the way they were?" I paused when her expression hardened, but her eyes nudged me along. "I mean, if you could bring everypony back, would it be the same ever again?"
There was a brief moment of silence while her gaze dropped to the floor, but before I could reach out and try to take it all back, my friend looked back up to me, and sat down so her eyes were level with mine.
She said my name, and I knew right then that I wasn’t going to really like this answer.
"Even if I could bring everypony back," she explained, "it’s never going to be easy from now on. Everything you remember - we remember - is gone."
My next question stuttered on my tongue, and I glanced down to my twiddling claws for a moment. She wanted to hear what I had on my mind, her eyes were almost pleading for me to just spit it out, but could I really ask these kinds of questions to her? Could I risk dragging her down with me because I didn’t understand her sense of hope?
I didn’t want to make her sad, but I just had to ask: ”If it could be done, would it be worth bringing them back? Wh-what if they’re happier where they are now?”
She sighed, releasing the thin strand of happiness she had been holding onto since we got outta the mines. “I don’t know. I don’t know at all. I hope they’re somewhere better, but… at the same time…”
Fluttershy stood back up and looked over to the sunset. “It’s just… I miss them.”
My claws clasped together while I followed her sight. ”Yeah, I miss them too, Fluttershy.”
By the time I remembered my last question, I had lost the heart to ask it - and Fluttershy was already leading the way again.
Spoilers? Dunno, it’s more of an exercise really, hence why it’s a different character’s perspective. I’ve been feeling pretty horrible recently so I chose to write in Survivor Shy’s universe to offload the negative feelings.
It’s nice to know that after every horrible little thing that I have planned to happen to ‘Survivor’-shy, she still possesses the same traits near the end of the fic that canon Fluttershy possesses.
I entertained the idea of throwing Breezie’s into post-cataclysmic Equestria, and how difficult it would be for them to migrate without the ponies - and inclement weather as a guarantee. How would ‘Survivor’-shy react to seeing the little creatures struggling? How would she feel about their plight after all of the paranormal horror, the slipping of her sanity, and the endless journey she’s gone through herself?
Survivor-shy would stall the main quest to help them. She’d willingingly lose sight of the ‘bigger picture’ in a heartbeat to help those suffering around her. And that is exactly what Fluttershy did in today’s episode.
She saw the group of Breezies in danger, and after she saved them they still appeared needy. She lost sight of the fact that they need to keep moving before it is too late to go home, and instead chose to offer her care to them. Of course, Fluttershy eventually learnt that she can’t coddle the Breezies because it would make things worse for them in the long run. The only way to truly ensure their safety is to push them to go on without her aid. It hurt to push them away and force them into the open world, but this way they would get home - where it is truly safe.
'Survivor'-shy, as of the last chapter update in September, has yet to even have such a conflict arise in her story. She hasn't really had her own Element really questioned at all, which is something that is going to be put to the test in later chapters.
Breezies may or may not appear in Survivor Shy to supplement the internal conflicts I’ve already got planned. Today they were a talking point on Fluttershy’s character and her development in the show, and it became a surprise check on how the fic compares to the show after all this time since I had to break away from the show’s canon.
It’s nice that I’m managing to keep my take on Fluttershy’s character as faithful to the canon character. It’s tricky when said canon character is revealing intricacies to her personality all the time.
From the MLP Friends Forever #2 Comic
That StarSwirl looks… familiar…
I DID IT
I BREACHED THE FINAL BARRIER
I HAVE ACHIEVED MACH 20 OF THE PONY FANDOM
I AM FLYING AWAY FROM THIS WORLD FOREVER
ITS MILLER TIME, MY LITTLE PONIES
Next milestone: Show canon.
While watching Six String Sumarai I came to the conclusion that the protagonist, Buddy, is who LasFas will become in the near future.
The only actual difference between the two would be that a movie about LasFas going to play a gig in Vegas would end with him turning into a pretty princess.
The movie would also have a run time of two whole days.
No but seriously
If Destiny: A Tale of Unicorn Wings really does inspire you enough to draw ANYTHING, SEND IT TO ME. You don’t understand how much I absolutely LOVE fanworks.
And also, if you want to do artsy things but have a few questions, absolutely DO NOT HESITATE to write me on tumblr or skype (heylasfas)
I would be more than happy to just share heylasfas!lore for anyone willing to listen! Like seriously! It’s awesome!