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From............Shadow.........Never.......Give......Up........(transmission is hereby stunted due to a strong sense of dread growing from the observer who lacks.....means to.....fight.......)

Hold it together man. HOLD IT TOGETHER!!!! The Dark World is NOT over yet. It will not be over, because the die has not fallen yet. The game is not over. The cost of life is the possibility for failure. The penalty for thinking a story typical is the wham episode. The....hurt at suddenly seeing Our Hero Is Dead in action must be faced, if it is being faced. HOLD IT TOGETHER!

This chapter is a roller coaster ride. In a very bad and yet somehow at the same time good way. I just hope I can stay sane long enough to keep my head together.

Alright. So, In one corner, we have AJ, Derpy, AP and Spike at war with Rancor, who thanks to the power of violence, has managed to shrug off a lot of what was being thrown at her, even putting 3/4 of them out of commission thanks to the power of violence. Incidentally, I think she liked passions in Spike for loving his sister and his Rarity. However, it was much to my surprise that Spike then managed to turn the tables on Rancor, using brains to out think her in every conceivable way. First with a couple slick moves, then utilizing that most unexpected of techniques, THE TICKLE ATTACK! Ok, I admit that this was something I was VERY tickled about. To just see the mighty spike outfight a concept of reality using laughter. (Hmmmm, laughter. passions. the opposite of fear for the most part) The tricky part of fighting Rancor is that she's practically unstoppable, though not invulnerable. Also, the reference to her being a teenager must be significant in some way. Hmmm, and then to weaponize a communication technique? Ha ha ha.

Actually, that bit with Equobo was pretty funny. Violent, passionate, random. Yep. that's a champion of rancor alright. BTW is this the DColts AU? Just wondering.

Further, there was this: "My family tells me I'm also too shallow. Dad says I need substance, Pandora thinks I need a hobby, Anarchy thinks I'm chiche, and Strife says I need more thant one note." Hmmm, so fear says she needs something to actually use, imagination says she needs something to direct herself towards instead of going every which way, rebellion against authority says she's too obvious (playing tropes too straight?), and Survival of the fittest says she needs versitility. Makes sense to me.

And spike really is getting his work on. It appears rarity's generosity allowed her to keep herself going. It appears spike's element helps him to focus all of his being.....Focus all his being.....Sounds a bit like a pinkie I once knew in a timeline that is at once straight ahead, and at the same time in the past. (how does that work? Especially with Shining Armor running Parallel? That would mean the reharmonized timeline is in the future. But if they're running parallel, how does point A and B line up? Are you celestiaing us?)

Anyhow, using strategy, spike managed to stop rancor for a bit, as he moved to rescue rarity. Little did he know that she didn't need rescue.

For Rarigreed, the Cruely desirous was in fact utilizing the very thing in the multiverse that made her different from every other pony: A will to kill. Using the true powers of desire (and explaining how it really works), she drew in hundreds of dead ponies and other creatures, willing them to be her badass crew to face fluttercruel, who in turn, brought out a sea of mooks to fight. The battle raged, and suddenly, Rarity got a moment of clarity: not only was there no fluttershy to rescue, but there was no morality to appeal to whatsoever. Fluttercruel thought that the only way to live was to be cruel in any way possible, which she thought was a good thing. Without the tempering powers of fluttershy to teach her the difference between kindness and cruelty, she had become little more than a sociopath. And thus rarity, using the honest truth, saw she had to end this.

Unfortunately, Missy cruel had one last trick up her sleeve: The Stare. "It's genetic." (Cheshire, Young Justice Bloodlines) So she began to stare rarity into oblivion, getting close to the kill, only for a savior to come in the form of her cutie mark: Tom the diamond struck the eye, bought her time, and using the powers of truth for good, she created an illusion, stoned up her Best friend's daughter, and took the element of Cruelty for herself, before driving a sword down into the pile. Well, that's one of the dragons down for. And then, She dug.

Hmm, cruelty and desire together? and the element has NOT been righted? Or is the butterfly symmetrical so that no matter what, cruelty is cruelty? That might create a few, "issues". I foresee it.

However, more important, is that she is free, but she killed discord's favorite. Maybe? Well, she did kill his daughter, so this will prompt some interesting reactions from the gallery. For Sure. Also, is it just me, or did the voice NEVER talk to cruel?

However, there was a tragedy building. Rarity and Spike are headed towards each other, but unfortunately, there's one problem: they don't need each other. The real pony who needs help now, IS TWILIGHT!

Oh. My. Gah. This.....thiss.....this is why Angry Pie suddenly went all crazy like in Pinkie's head once upon a time after Surprise appeared to join with her. That's how she got the flamethrower and grenade in that place. Desperation makes her tap into the powers of G3. That's how she can reality warp so effectively.

But still. Angry in the reharmonized timeline was apart from Pinkie. And Pinkie couldn't pass through to Pinkamina without accepting that she needed to know how to cry. So if Pinkie was the one who turned into a grumpy, how does that affect the barrier? Is Pinkie really gone from in there? The Pinkie that laughs in the face of danger? The pinkie that weaponized her super sense? The pinkie who (SHUDDDUPPPPP!) OH GOD NO! UHHHHH, SURPRISE! (pop)

Ok, that will buy a little time, but not a whole lot. Have to keep going. So already, we see that Angry is struggling with the old parts of herself, particularly over how anger and hat can be directed at family. But her angry self was desperately trying to claw her way to her goal to end the laughter at someone towards her.

The battle was fierce, the banter not ending. Twilight trying to bring up the broad strokes, trying to reach into the pinkie that cannot be truly erased. Trying to reach the pinkie that could still help others, who could be useful, who could say something profound if only she'd focus on it. And the blind rage, yeesh. Over and over, again and again. War upon war.

The laughter of the mystery female who says that it is impossible to truly eradicate the laughter at the price of another. That so long as will exists, the evils of the misuse of the elements of harmony would never end. You'll have to live with it until the final day, not go over to the other side. Your family you are not angry or hateful at. Stop this. Just get close enough to.....(a pin drops)....no........

This, this, this is why the chapter took so long to come out, isn't it? Fluttercruel's unredemption is one thing. Spike's badassitude is another. But this....this is the real reason why the chapter took so long to come. You didn't know if you could do it. Didn't know if you could bring in one of the most infamous storytelling tropes of all time: The Hero Dies. That moment, when the hero, the person we've followed through thick and thin, just....bites it. Or is this, Our Hero is Dead? The near aversion of such a thing?

Come to think of it, I just don't know. The truth is, twilight the unicorn has not come full circle yet. Her death was in service of equestria, but....but she was so close. So close to reuniting with Celestia and luna again. So close to reforming order harmodia. So close to redeeming Pinkie one more time. It is a tragedy! Gah, no, not like that!

Unless....the elements of chaos contain the essence of a person. so does that mean as long as the crown survives, that twilight will not permanently perish? Is this Lord of the Rings and the mythril vest? Or is this the final outgrowth of cupcakes at the worst time?

You know, it's the strangest thing. Twilight's relationship with Pinkie is almost like one Aquaman and Ocean Master. Brothers by raising, but then one was attacked by the other. Both were powerful magic users, and one desired what the other one had to fulfill their dreams. Heh. Kinda silly if you think of it. (HAVE AT THEE!) No.....Have....At....Thee! (Snap)

And the story of the farmer and the viper: how a farm helped something, only to receive the victim's end of the beast, who only naturally would do what it did. This....Oh this is the ultimate problem of evil. That it exists, and that all the good in the world won't always help build it back. The trouble is, pinkie wasn't totally a viper. This was almost like the viper struggling between striking, and going for the mouse just beyond its reach that the farmer offered. And this, this is the most difficult part of being mortals trying to find the spark. How do you distinguish between the spark and the ash? When is enough enough? When do you move from the rehab to the cell after too many failed attempts?

There was a man in the shadow world who once said to always help the viper, even as it was seeking to strike you down. But he also said to call out the viper for its callous and foolish behavior. He never forced the viper to eat mice, but he did distance himself when the viper got too close. But he always loved it. Even as the viper killed him, he cried out that his death would not be the viper's ultimate victory. And that, that, perhaps the viper was something that could have been a pet rather than the penultimate.

It is difficult to handle, and impossible to tell. But on another note, at least now we'll know if the twilight who faced down mortis has a genetic predisposition to long life, or if that was just the element of harmony.

This.....This......sniff....snifff...This Will be the END FOR YOU DISCORD! YOU BROUGHT THIS MADNESS UPON THE WORLD. YOU CHOSE TO EXPRESS CHAOS AND DECONSTRUCTION IN THE MOST BRUTAL WAY POSSIBLE! YOU DID THIS! YOU! YOU! YOU! (Oh, don't make me feel modest oh shadow with no power. You knew this was always a present danger. You..) ENOUGH! (KABOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMM!!!!!)

Wow. I didn't know the human torch technique would work. ahem. Now, before I close out, I have but one thing to say to you.

ALEXWARLORN, MASTER OF THE POV MULTIVERSE, YOU BETTER IN ALL THE NAMES OF FAUNA LUSTER AND HAVOC MOVE YOUR STORY FORWARD FROM HERE WITHIN A MONTH, OR I SWEAR TO THE ELEMENT OF....OF....No. I can't swear on anything good, or it will corrupt it. If I swear on something less than positive, I have corrupted myself. Just, please don't let this be the end of the dark world.

"The night is darkness just before the dawn." So please, show that the dawn IS coming.

Sincerely with every fiber of his being,
Shadow Wu
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:iconalexwarlorn:
alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
"This.....This......sniff....snifff...This Will be the END FOR YOU DISCORD! YOU BROUGHT THIS MADNESS UPON THE WORLD. YOU CHOSE TO EXPRESS CHAOS AND DECONSTRUCTION IN THE MOST BRUTAL WAY POSSIBLE! YOU DID THIS! YOU! YOU! YOU! (Oh, don't make me feel modest oh shadow with no power. You knew this was always a present danger. You..) ENOUGH! (KABOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMM!!!!!)"

Discord is busy kneeling in front of a pile of rocks. He doesn't even look at you. "Oh just go away." He says miserably. You find yourself on Pluto.
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ardashir Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Discord is busy kneeling in front of a pile of rocks. He doesn't even look at you. "Oh just go away." He says miserably. You find yourself on Pluto.

I never thought I'd do or even think this possible gibven what kind of a monster he is, but:

*Hugs Discord* I'm happy she's not going to be hurting anyone ever again... but I am sorry that you lost what seems to be the only creature besides yourself you ever cared about.

The only cosolation I can think of right now is that you'll probably be with her again very soon.
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:iconalexwarlorn:
alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
There is great only.
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:iconardashir:
ardashir Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Arrgh, and to think I dared to point out your misspellings!

I never thought I'd do or even think this possible given what kind of a monster he is, but:

*Hugs Discord* I'm happy she's not going to be hurting anyone ever again... but I am sorry that you lost what seems to be the only creature besides yourself you ever cared about.

The only consolation I can think of right now is that you'll probably be with her again very soon.


That's how it SHOULD be spelled!

And pardon my ignorance, but what does your comment mean? 'There is great only'?
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:iconalexwarlorn:
alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
The next few episodes are going to have a bunch of other whams!
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:iconardashir:
ardashir Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
I can imagine, given everything else that's happened!
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:iconeric-emanwu:
eric-emanwu Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
(in a very far away voice) Hey, hey. Give me a close up already. (beat)

This isn't a close up. A close up ya jerk. A close up!

(in a much louder voice) thanks for the sour persimmons cousin.

And by the way discord, as a shadow, I get to work outside of (snap) mmmmmmmmmmm (zipper sound). Alright. You're having a Shady moment aren't you?

I'll give you 5 minutes. But don't think that just because even Evil has Loved Ones doesn't mean they still get a free pass in the eyes of justice. You will have to live with this forever, "The memories never to fade." But I'LL BE BACK in chapter 21! (sound of a door shutting in subspace)
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:iconalexwarlorn:
alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Voice: (Hahahahh! I know. That's what makes it so delectably sweet.)
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:iconeric-emanwu:
eric-emanwu Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Oh lady. You were the one who wanted twilight to go alone on a murderous rampage. Without her friends, she would never have made it even this far. (especially with that whole valyard business)

I could push your berserk button right now, but I'm on break since the supreme shadow doesn't answer me fully on account of me being too detailed and going off on rants. I don't blame em, but it does make a shadow wonder if he should take it in smaller chunks.

Anyhow, when I was working at the duel of tears, I locked you out of the commentator's box on account of lying. So, like I said, I'm on break. (sound of a door in subspace again, only with a vocal telegram left behind that opens to say),

(Ah, but this is the space between spaces, where we can be whatever we want. So, for a moment of dark comedy, "JUST LIIIIKE DISCORD! JUST LIIIIKE DISCORD! JUST LIIIKE DISCORD!" NOW tell me who you really are. The telegram evaporates with a meanie face in the smoke)
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:iconalexwarlorn:
alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
"BTW is this the DColts AU? Just wondering."

MOre or well.
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