Page 981 - Rigged Spontaneity

2nd Nov 2017, 6:00 AM
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Rigged Spontaneity
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Newbiespud 2nd Nov 2017, 6:00 AM edit delete
Scrapped lines:
Applejack: She's a barbarian, not a romantic.
Rainbow Dash: Yeah!! Wait... is that bad?


ANW 2nd Nov 2017, 6:17 AM edit delete reply
Turns out, today is the last day of The Day of the Dead.
So for today's story, the Grim Reaper and other death symbols.
(Try not to go too far please, Big Brother Newbiespud is watching)
Winged Cat 2nd Nov 2017, 1:53 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
On a certain chat I'm in, of late we have been exploring death stories. One person suggested a story where everyone dies in the beginning - but we found that this makes continuing the story impossible, without ghosts (which are a type of life) or resurrection or something. Even if you just write about the corpses decaying, that's still a story of life - of the bacteria et al making that decay happen.

Death is stasis, and stories are change. In a way, stories are life.
CCC 3rd Nov 2017, 12:08 AM edit delete reply
No, no, no, such a story is quite possible. All you is... you describe the setting, and where the bodies were found. Consider:


The first bodies that one found, if one were to approach from the south, were a couple of changeling sentries that had been flying a small distance away from the Hive. They lay there, amidst the dead branches where they fell, their chitin unblemished, looking almost asleep. If one were to approach closer, not that anypony ever did, one would be able to find three more bodies before reaching the Hive proper. One had a crack in the chitin on the left side, where it had struck a rock in its fall. The rest were unblemished.

When one reached the Hive - which, again, no-one ever did - one would notice several bodies. Changelings who had been on the outside of the Hive when they died, their bodies now piled up in a rough circle around the outside.

If one were to enter the Hive - which, again, no-one ever did - one would find the passages clogged with bodies. The Hive itself is dead, no longer moving and changing, many doors stuck half-open or half-closed.

But if someone had been there, and had been patient, someone could have moved the bodies out the way, lit up a horn or carried some fireflies, and moved on in.

It would be a depressing expedition. Perhaps an archaeologist might try it, one who wanted to know how this extinct species had once lived. And had one been willing to do so, he would have found plentiful clues - for almost all the changelings had died at their jobs, the larvae in their nursery, the guards at their posts, the cooks at the side of cauldrons now filled with no more than rotted gunk.

And, in one deepest, most central room, he would have found the only changeling to display a wound. She is the biggest of them all, the Queen; though identification is difficult, for her entire head is missing - everything between halfway up her neck and the tip of her horn, which can be found embedded in the roof.

There are two changeling guards as well, and one changeling nurse. All dead, all unmarked. There are no other bodies in this room.

But there is one other feature; a pattern of something, splattered all over the wall. There are gaps in this pattern, which take recognisable shapes.

The shapes of two changeling guards, standing at attention. The shape of a changeling nurse, cringing at some reprimand.

And the shape of an alicorn baby with oversized wings.


There we go. A story, without a single live creature anywhere.
Masterweaver 2nd Nov 2017, 6:19 AM edit delete reply
Makes perfect sense to me.
Digo Dragon 2nd Nov 2017, 6:38 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Shipping is serious business. :3

Anytime someone gets hooked up with another, the rest of the party gotta check this suitor for all sorts of compatibility issues.
Rokas 2nd Nov 2017, 7:12 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, like if he/she is a lich. That'd be all kinds of awkward.
Classic Steve 2nd Nov 2017, 7:18 AM edit delete