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Re: [GRIMDARK] Fallout Equestria: Project Horizons Discussion

Post by SilentCarto on Wed Jan 16, 2013 12:39 am

Harmony Ltd. wrote:@ Cao : Plasticube posted the following in the fanart thread :
Spoiler:
"Cramming all those impact plates under your skin is going to make you look pretty damn angular, but in a very streamlined way. But who doesn't like the way a new car looks?"
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Re: [GRIMDARK] Fallout Equestria: Project Horizons Discussion

Post by Overlong Analysis Cobalt on Wed Jan 16, 2013 1:06 am

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Oh aye, I was more referring to how Somber said that the end is planned to come before this year is out, and that the pieces currently in motion do seem to correspond with the last big objectives on the board; though of course signs like this were quite altered in the original FOE with the arrival of the Enclave, and it is entirely possible that just such a thing will happen with PH. It's certainly not endgame yet, but Blackjack seems to be preparing to at last square off with a force aligned directly with, if not controlled by, the malignant heart of the Hoof - the Eater of Souls. There's plenty to do in the meantime, but I'm not sure there will be a bigger bad that this big bad. I also sort of anticipate an alliance of enemies before the end comes, incidentally; Lighthooves and Lancer need dealing with, one way or another. Might end up dead instead, of course, but I don't really think either would stand by or side with the EoS... though better ponies and zebras than them have been led astray by the power of the stars.

Returning to the original point, there may be more work to be done after the EoS is dealt with, and Blackjack's contacts with Thunderhead would make her a good pony to do so if she survives, but I'm not sure that we'd see that work in the PH story... or that she'd take it up, come to think of it. There are other ponies who are both willing and better equipped to fix the pegasi situation, and I don't know that BJ will come out of PH in a shape to take up another fight. Glory might, though, and Blackjack wouldn't leave her hanging. It'd be a cool read, if it happens; right now I think it's mostly speculative, though.
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Re: [GRIMDARK] Fallout Equestria: Project Horizons Discussion

Post by SilentCarto on Wed Jan 16, 2013 2:02 am

Overlong Analysis Cobalt wrote:Returning to the original point, there may be more work to be done after the EoS is dealt with,
Er, that was sort of my point -- the EoS situation is more or less entirely independent of what's happening in Filly or the SPP Hub. Pip could clear the sky tomorrow and it wouldn't make a whole lot of difference as far as the threat of Horizons is concerned.
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Re: [GRIMDARK] Fallout Equestria: Project Horizons Discussion

Post by Overlong Analysis Cobalt on Wed Jan 16, 2013 2:23 am

Oh! My apologies, I thought it was something about the end of the Project Horizons story itself, and what that would look like, and then sort of just went off on tangents from there willy-nilly. Upon re-reading, you're talking more about stuff that will happen prior to that, right?
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Re: [GRIMDARK] Fallout Equestria: Project Horizons Discussion

Post by Admiral Stoic Rum on Wed Jan 16, 2013 12:29 pm

huh?

you mean that vagina looking thing? also I would like to point out that the Lavos appearance was also used in Starcraft 2 for kerrigan's hive spawning point in the last mission
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Re: [GRIMDARK] Fallout Equestria: Project Horizons Discussion

Post by Mister Nikel on Wed Jan 16, 2013 1:00 pm

Once again a little late to the party. Wish there was some kind of NEW CHAPTER IS OUT!!! alarm instead of having to check that Google document every day. Oh well first impressions. This chapter felt shorter than unusual, not a bad thing but I noticed it. Considering the circumstances though, it's a miracle it even came out already. Once again this chapter was a 10/10 good job Somber. Mad props for your editors t-Huh...what? OH MAN WHATS THAT SOUND?




*~KHUUUUNT KHUUUUUNT!*


All aboard the the DEUS TANK!!!


Yea that part made me really happy. I am so glad that you decided to lengthen the fic. I foresee so many bad ass moments with Doof. Now usually introducing an indestructible tank into the story as a tool for the protagonists kind of ruins the suspense, but we are talking about Somber here so my only worry is about who is going to clean the bloody mess that DEUS TANK!!! will leave behind wherever it goes.

Well unless Somber trolls us all by making him guard Chapel or something. That'd be more disappointing than Mare Do well.

Out of the rest of the chapter I liked the scene with Triage and Grover making fun of BJ. Never get tired of that. I hope her thumbs come back though. They already saved her life half a dozen times. It'd be weird if BJ suddenly dies in the middle of the story just cause she could not pick up a gun with her steel reinforced hoof after she had her horn burnt out and the other three limbs eaten by a cyber ghoul dragon.

So EoS is Lavos. (Or Lilith's egg like someone mentioned above) Great. Just great. No wonder Goldie is trying to ram the whole damn moon into him.

Looks like Arloste's other souls memories are helping. She looks better. Even had a hearty laugh. Let's hope Lacunae will take it as well when the Goddess explodes tomorrow and she loses everything she is except for her soul which is stuck in BJ... yea....

Once again amazing chapter. Will eagerly await next chapter and DEUS TANK!!!'s first fight scene on the side of good. Let's hope villain decay won't Nerf him too badly.







Oh and for the love of god Somber, install speakers on him! As hilarious as it is to watch him communicate by swinging his guns around, it will be impractical if he sees something important and won't be able to tell it to the rest of the team.
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Re: [GRIMDARK] Fallout Equestria: Project Horizons Discussion

Post by Admiral Stoic Rum on Wed Jan 16, 2013 1:15 pm

here I was thinking deus would be essential to taking down the greenhouse defense systems.
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Re: [GRIMDARK] Fallout Equestria: Project Horizons Discussion

Post by Meleagridis on Wed Jan 16, 2013 2:00 pm

scootayay wrote:I'm only checking in because I just heard back from the printing.
Good news, we can include a letter if we want to. They just need to be able to print it. That confirmation email should also be on it's way now.

Anybody have something to put into a letter? Wanna sign it like a get well card or what?
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Re: [GRIMDARK] Fallout Equestria: Project Horizons Discussion

Post by CannonFodder on Wed Jan 16, 2013 3:42 pm

Mister Nikel wrote:Looks like Arloste's other souls memories are helping. She looks better. Even had a hearty laugh. Let's hope Lacunae will take it as well when the Goddess explodes tomorrow and she loses everything she is except for her soul which is stuck in BJ... yea....
You know I wonder what is going to happen to Psalm's soul when the goddess explodes. Will it go back into her body? Will it stay in blackjack, if so what will happen then to lacunae?
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Re: [GRIMDARK] Fallout Equestria: Project Horizons Discussion

Post by Harmony Ltd. on Wed Jan 16, 2013 4:13 pm

Spoiler:
Lacunae never existed. There was never a Lacunae.
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Re: [GRIMDARK] Fallout Equestria: Project Horizons Discussion

Post by Meleagridis on Wed Jan 16, 2013 4:17 pm

Harmony Ltd. wrote:
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Lacunae never existed. There was never a Lacunae.

There was a Psalm.
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Re: [GRIMDARK] Fallout Equestria: Project Horizons Discussion

Post by Harmony Ltd. on Wed Jan 16, 2013 4:18 pm

And it's inside BlackJack now, or so it seems.

Or at least parts of it.
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Re: [GRIMDARK] Fallout Equestria: Project Horizons Discussion

Post by Kippershy on Wed Jan 16, 2013 4:24 pm

Lacunae will have to accept that she's a real pony IF she survives the death of Trixie.
I really, really hope she doesn't die come the time though. That would upset me.
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Re: [GRIMDARK] Fallout Equestria: Project Horizons Discussion

Post by Harmony Ltd. on Wed Jan 16, 2013 4:34 pm

Technically, there's no reason she should die. Boo is Soulless and this doesn't stop her from being alive and well.

Though this doesn't mean she'll stay sane or won't fall into shock-induced coma...
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Re: [GRIMDARK] Fallout Equestria: Project Horizons Discussion

Post by Vergil on Wed Jan 16, 2013 5:07 pm

Kippershy wrote:Lacunae will have to accept that she's a real pony IF she survives the death of Trixie.
I really, really hope she doesn't die come the time though. That would upset me.

You and me both
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Re: [GRIMDARK] Fallout Equestria: Project Horizons Discussion

Post by Meleagridis on Wed Jan 16, 2013 5:19 pm

Harmony Ltd. wrote:Technically, there's no reason she should die. Boo is Soulless and this doesn't stop her from being alive and well.

Though this doesn't mean she'll stay sane or won't fall into shock-induced coma...

The implications, if Snips and BJ are to be believed, suggest she may be more than soulless.

As for Lacunae... she did something selfish to Blackjack. What could possess someone who only ever lived to serve others to do something selfish, and what could it be? Will it protect her from the upcoming explosion, maybe?
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Re: [GRIMDARK] Fallout Equestria: Project Horizons Discussion

Post by Vergil on Wed Jan 16, 2013 5:20 pm

Meleagridis wrote:
Harmony Ltd. wrote:Technically, there's no reason she should die. Boo is Soulless and this doesn't stop her from being alive and well.

Though this doesn't mean she'll stay sane or won't fall into shock-induced coma...

The implications, if Snips and BJ are to be believed, suggest she may be more than soulless.

As for Lacunae... she did something selfish to Blackjack. What could possess someone who only ever lived to serve others to do something selfish, and what could it be? Will it protect her from the upcoming explosion, maybe?
Point. Though I have no idea how Lacunae could have possibly foreseen this, she might end up using BJ as an anchor of sorts.
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Re: [GRIMDARK] Fallout Equestria: Project Horizons Discussion

Post by Harmony Ltd. on Wed Jan 16, 2013 5:25 pm

I had wondered why or how Psalm had ended up into BlackJack. I had assumed it was just some freaky Unity soul-osmosis thingy or something.

Spoiler:
Guess it was just Lacunae's doing, then ?
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Re: [GRIMDARK] Fallout Equestria: Project Horizons Discussion

Post by Harmony Ltd. on Wed Jan 16, 2013 5:30 pm

Meleagridis wrote:more than soulless
What do you mean ?
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Re: [GRIMDARK] Fallout Equestria: Project Horizons Discussion

Post by Meleagridis on Wed Jan 16, 2013 5:40 pm

Harmony Ltd. wrote:
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Guess it was just Lacunae's doing, then ?
Probably. Come to think of it... she may be adorably out-of-tune sometimes, but has she really been gone so long that she doesn't know that it's rude to hover over someone in their sleep? And to just casually explain, "I was watching your dreams?" ...My memory isn't that strong... but wasn't that around the time the dreams started to happen?
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Post by Meleagridis on Wed Jan 16, 2013 5:47 pm

Harmony Ltd. wrote:
Meleagridis wrote:more than soulless
What do you mean ?
Blackjack sure believes she's more than an animal. She's proven her uniqueness by simply surviving in Hippocratic- simply put, she isn't a blank. Maybe she started out as one (maybe- still not entirely convinced she is what she seems) but by virtue of her awareness, behavior, and bond with Blackjack she isn't the same thing as a blank right now. There is something that separates her and them
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Re: [GRIMDARK] Fallout Equestria: Project Horizons Discussion

Post by Kippershy on Wed Jan 16, 2013 5:55 pm

I've been sure that Lacunae shoved Psalm into Blackjack for AGES now.
Nothing new to me.
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Re: [GRIMDARK] Fallout Equestria: Project Horizons Discussion

Post by Retl on Wed Jan 16, 2013 6:13 pm

I enjoyed the chapter.
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I'm not entirely sure if it's the content itself, or just the tension shifting that makes it pleasant for me, but I like it more than plenty.

It's fun seeing Twenty-One get his bit of time to shine, and it's nice to get more info on Psalm. A chunk of what she's caused half way makes me want to try a hoof at the fic-writing thing. I also had a good laugh with Rampage's explanation of BJ's Defeat Means Friendship powers. Put a smile right on my face.
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Re: [GRIMDARK] Fallout Equestria: Project Horizons Discussion

Post by Harmony Ltd. on Wed Jan 16, 2013 6:14 pm

Meleagridis wrote:
Harmony Ltd. wrote:
Meleagridis wrote:more than soulless
What do you mean ?
Blackjack sure believes she's more than an animal. She's proven her uniqueness by simply surviving in Hippocratic- simply put, she isn't a blank. Maybe she started out as one (maybe- still not entirely convinced she is what she seems) but by virtue of her awareness, behavior, and bond with Blackjack she isn't the same thing as a blank right now. There is something that separates her and them
This may be that contrary to the other blanks who just stayed idle in their pen, she had experiences of their own and 'discovered' the world, this stimulated her brain and made her more aware of her surroundings.

One in a million.

I'd be inclined to think that in Boo's case there's no magic involved, just random chance.
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Re: [GRIMDARK] Fallout Equestria: Project Horizons Discussion

Post by Meleagridis on Wed Jan 16, 2013 6:38 pm

Harmony Ltd. wrote:random chance.

I was going to say that this doesn't exist in The Hoof... but today we learned the Marauders brought this fate upon themselves, not an evil city.
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Re: [GRIMDARK] Fallout Equestria: Project Horizons Discussion

Post by Moodyman90 on Wed Jan 16, 2013 6:53 pm

Throwing out some predictions.

If the story ends with Blackjack's body being thrashed to the point no cybernetics or magic could keep her alive or in a state she'd want to live in, Boo will step up to become Blackjack's new body. Soul transfer or something along those lines.

As for Lacunae, I'm predicting the death of Trixie will put her into a coma like state, kinda like how she was after the trip underground when Glory lost her wing and all. Chances are she started putting Psalm into Blackjack after that since that's who she use to be before she was absorbed into Unity.

More as a precaution in case she ends up in that state again rather than she suspect something would happen to The Goddess, but with Psalm's memories inside Blackjack, she'll be able to bring Lacunae back. Or rather, she'll bring Psalm back and hopefully the memories that matter to keep her stable.

Blackjack, being Blackjack, is most likely gonna suffer some kind of horrible mental backlash when Trixie dies. Other then regaining the memories the Goddess took, she's probably gonna have her mind slammed with psychic waves of all the other members of Unity as well.

And it's probably gonna happen in the middle of a huge fight, which will put her and Lacunae out of said fight for a long while.

Once again, just my predictions.
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Re: [GRIMDARK] Fallout Equestria: Project Horizons Discussion

Post by SilentCarto on Wed Jan 16, 2013 9:45 pm

Mister Nikel wrote:Well unless Somber trolls us all by making him guard Chapel or something. That'd be more disappointing than Mare Do well.
Well, you realize that he can't exactly fit in most adventure dungeons... and you generally wouldn't want him to make a door he could get in through... and the ones where he could fit, like a giant greenhouse, you might not want him to.

There's a reason that "Hulking Size" is a disadvantage in most RPG systems.

Harmony Ltd. wrote:Lacunae never existed. There was never a Lacunae.
Which I think is kind of bullshit. What is a person, if not the emergent behavior of a vastly complex group of lesser parts? One neuron is nothing; a cell that can signal adjacent cells. But millions upon millions of neurons form drives, reflexes, instincts. When the network becomes sufficiently complex, it gains the capacity to remember, to learn, to change and to choose. Pile up those memories and learned responses, a lifetime of experiences, and you have a person. It's just that Lacunae and Rampage's components aren't buried under multiple layers of simulation that allow them to pretend their perception of the world is something other than patterns of electrical impulses.
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Re: [GRIMDARK] Fallout Equestria: Project Horizons Discussion

Post by Caoimhe on Wed Jan 16, 2013 9:49 pm

Deus should be transferred out of the tank and into a spritebot, so he could follow the party around shouting "HEY! LISTEN! CUNT! HEY! LISTEN! CUNT! HEY! LISTEN! CUNT! HEY! LISTEN! CUNT! HEY! LISTEN! CUNT! HEY! LISTEN! CUNT!"
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"Now that we have established Trust"

Post by BrentOGara on Wed Jan 16, 2013 9:57 pm

FeatherDust wrote: ...

Dawn's transformation did rather put me in the mind of SHODAN, I will admit.

I love SHODAN so much that I always stop playing the game at the point they force you to kill her. I've 'beat' SS2 four or five (dozen) times, but I've never killed SHODAN.

The foregoing was completely off topic, so let me bring it back by saying; I personally think that the 'blue line' (intelligent strategic 'AI') is Celestia. But of course I'm always wrong when I indulge in WMG.

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Re: [GRIMDARK] Fallout Equestria: Project Horizons Discussion

Post by Moodyman90 on Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:01 pm

@Caoimhe

If I wasn't somehow spared from the same level of mind crippling PTSD as others got from Navi, I'd call for you head for that.

But since I wasn't I find it funny as hell.
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