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"But what threat did the Reds pose? Rule by majority, and not by those whose parents had land?"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
"It was, and is, not rule by majority, however. Those in Supreme Soviet would rule, and while there is voting in Stalliongrad, ponies are only allowed to vote for candidate Soviets choose. And while workers may have benefitted from some of their policies, farmers found themselves stripped of their land and livelihood, leading to mass starvation across country."
She shrugs
"Not everycreatre can be so fortunate as we were, to have our institutions and liberty."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
"I suppose so. I am glad it worked for your own nation and people, but for mine..."

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The Garbage Can - Thread #4 - Equestrian Coin Edition
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Same as before: ITT post anything off-topic that doesn't need its own thread.
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Of COURSS I wouldn't protest!!! What am I, a fucking moron? It's just jews trying to sabotage Putins regime by summoning tiktok autists to sperg a bit and play their role of victims. Man, I fucking hate the shitstorm that is happening in my homeland. It's all memez and shiet untill you hear drunk fuckers chanting for Navalni from the balcony.
I don't understand. Can you please just provide links? You can email them, IDC.
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>Neutralizing the gaslighting
The fake White Privilege lie (shedded in under one minute flat).

Anonfilly Thread - Equestrian Missile Program Edition
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>Spoonfeed me. What's this thread about?
This thread typically consists of Anon gone filly, as he's thrust into a new life as a cute little pony.
>What's to be expected?
Fillies, cuteness, Anon-tier shenanigans, bitchy Twilight, desires to be the little filly, etc..

>Any archive of photos or stories?
Dropbox (Photos):

>I'm a contributor.
Great! For writers, just notify All Nighter Fgt Lone15, so you can have your green added to the Doc. For artists, animators, or any other content makers, you can store your fillies in the Dropbox for future viewing pleasure.
Some especially based faggot also recently compiled nearly every filly image ever created, which you can check out here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1AowOdwFzlbRk0FVZsRGRYe2hyKhzo2h3?usp=sharing
Assess how well you fit into the filly hivemind: https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/personality-quiz/?group=-LdS-38NvfIG9PHPrYB8
>I don't like this thread because of reasons.
You'll never know how it is unless you try a dose of filly.
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I really have to pee, but robot pony sealed up my pee hole!
I'm gonna explode!
Time for some obligatory edits

RANDOM NEWS - Thread #4
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Post random news here.
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>JUST IN - Police cannot control #Eindhoven anti-lockdown rioters. The situation is out of control: cars burning, windows smashed, shops looted.

Looks like Dutchbros have had enough.
Updating because of hoers:
>NEW - Horse tries to escape the riots in #Eindhoven.
Union org. having buyers remorse

So, again the leadership stabs the people in the back by pushing forward Agenda 2030.

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Should I get therapy?
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Is therapy just a joke, or is it worth getting? Who should I do therapy with? Can I trust my entire life's story with anyone who's not on this site?
Maybe if I tell you my life's story, you can give me life advice.

I was raised by abusive lefty parents who hated their smart white son and often tried to push me towards trannyism. Never fell for it.
First I was sent to a shit primary school. A few kids bullied me there and teachers punished me whenever I fought back. I was a fat angry kid who could punch hard when pushed, and they liked attacking me and then running away. But when we fought properly I'd kick their asses. One time I kicked their asses hard enough to make them stop bothering me.
When I graduated from this school I was sent to the special school of a catholic school, and made the personal property of one old bitch there who hated autistic kids. Around that era I got interested in Game Maker and pokemon romhacking but that interest never amounted to anything, though I did have a USB full of GBA roms and romhacking tools and the fact that I was able to code at such a young age when not all kids were learning that should have shown somebody that I had more to offer the world than shitty schools thought I should.
Thanks to that school, my schedule looked like this: Enter a side building, wait for the day to end, sometimes get insulted by the teachers if they felt like abusing me, usually get to eat lunch at lunchtime but sometimes they wouldn't let me (and it didn't matter whether I brought a packed lunch to school or brought money for the school cafeteria) and eventually go home to a house with parents that, when told the right words by my boomer bullies, would freak out and abuse me at home too. Rarely I'd get to join in a classroom... but class clowns would act up until I'd get blamed for it and sent out.
If I had a tape recorder or decent phone, I could have gathered evidence of the shit said/done to me (audio files of verbal abuse, pics of bruises, etc) and posted it online. But I was never allowed anything like that, because my parents feared I might use it on them. One day at school the art teacher bumped me with her car while backing up into a crowd of kids, I was fine but pissed off and the art teacher shrieked and blame-slinged feministically at me until I lost my patience and started barking back, then she put me in front of the headmaster and I told him about the abusive staff members and called him terrible at his job, so he kicked me out.
Then I was sent to a worthless "speshul" school where a few teachers abused me and the students usually watched in confusion when they weren't joining in. Whenever I trusted an adult enough to tell him or her what happened at home, that adult decided to call child protective services, who sent the same fucking boomer woman over to warn my parents that I was talking about what went on at home again. I couldn't get away from my family until I became the problem of Adult Protective Services, where the slightly less retarded and lazy people go.
A woman my age at the autistics-only youth club I attended got mad at me over retarded internet roleplaying nonsense-drama that didn't even involve me, and she lied about me to the cops and accused me of abusing her, even went to some clinic to fake signs of a concussion she didn't have because she's a spoilt bitch who knows how to play her rich parents like fiddles, she was a low-functioning sociopath woman with histrionic personality disorder and every retarded boomer's sympathy. She lied and got away with it, because the cops weren't interested in this case after she cartoonishly fucked up and started gloating about physically assaulting me without realizing it hurt her case. But even though I said to the managers of the youth club and the friends I knew there "If what she said about me was true I'd be in jail so you know she's lying" they couldn't believe me because they were dumb. There was one weird creepy fucker I used to talk to online because his "woe is me, asian school life is sooo hard" shit kind of reminded me of me at the time, but he got severe TDS and stopped being a person once he stopped viewing me as a person so I'm glad I didn't tell him anything sensitive or identifiable that could fuck me over later in life.
Anyway when I went to college, I was lied to and exploited by the staff until I dropped out. They even tricked me into taking a worthless course that turned out to be the dump where they dump the autistic kids and give them a useless fake newspaper to write. I wish I dropped out sooner, trying to live on barely fucking anything is hard enough when your mom took govt money meant for you, but it's harder when you're forced to spend most of your cash on train rides between your college and shitty home every two weeks and all your cunt government can offer is a discount pass. Now that I'm living alone, I've got a free bus pass I can barely use. Government priorities, am I right?

I am an autistic man, I'm 24 years old, I'll be 25 next year, and I've spent so much of my life as property of someone else that I find it hard to notice when I'm hungry or tired and remember that I should eat or sleep without someone or a phone alarm telling me to. I shower every night before bed but sometimes I miss meals, it's what helped me go from obese fatty to only-slightly-overweight. I don't think I know what it feels like to be loved by someone else. Learning makes me happy and I love documentaries but when I tried an online free learning site it reminded me of school and I couldn't do it. Sometimes I talk to people and act charming like those "Charisma on command" youtube vids told me so they'll like me, but I've never given anyone my full backstory before. The only woman in my life I ever kissed was that bitch who falsely accused me and got away with it. I want to say I have no interest in modern women but I still feel the urge to wank to them. But I don't wank any more because of nofap.
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Are you mad at me?
Not at all, I'm looking forward to you getting a taste of your own medicine. Nice quads tho
Anon, without going into too much detail, there are places you can work through this kind of stuff alongside or without therapy. I haven't read most of this thread but the little I've glanced at makes me think you might be able to benefit from this. It'll be there if and when you need it, and this isn't your typical AA-style meeting, where the only objective is appears to be not to drink; this program is specifically to help work through issues like these and have them stop affecting people's lives well into adulthood. Nor is ACA reserved for children of alcoholics. It's for anyone that comes from a broken home.

I won't be able to help you work through any of the particular issues you've mentioned thus far but I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have about the program itself.
Why do you think that works?

Syria General /sg/ - Master of Fear Edition
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>Latest interviews with Assad

>Live MAPS

>Fan maps

>SYRIA Aug 12

>Libya July 17

>Yemen Aug 23

>Afghanistan Oct 22

>Artsakh/Nagorno-Karbakh Oct 23

Devs Oct 22

>#Azerbaijan takes complete control of border line with #Iran
>reportedly Azeri forces just 10 Km away from Lachin Corridor threatening to cut off last main road that connects Armenia to Karabakh
>American drone strike targeting a HTS commander meeting Jakara, northwest of Idlib. Death toll in the bombing is reportedly 15.
>Russian airsrikes targeting & blowing up oil-related facilities & tankers in N. #Aleppo countryside. From Al-Bab to #Jarabulus.
>Russian Navy Seen Escorting Iranian Tankers Bound for Syria
>Houthi forces take control of Barqa Shara’a, Qaysayn, Baliq, Jaww al-Qaf and Huzmat Qurayshima, with battles raging at the western gate of Camp Al-Khanjar
>>Houthi forces control Jabal Al-Shabaka and Al-Raqeeb, west of the camp
>Over 100 Afghan security personnel killed and wounded in Taliban ambush attack in Takhar
>Intra Afghan talks being held in Doha
>China has taken over 1,000 sq. km of area in Ladakh from India. Corp Commander level meetings taking between two countries to resolve the situation

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>Military source to me guy: Military source: At around 1340 pm today, a bus carrying soldiers on the Deir Ezzor-Palmyra road in the Al-Malhah-Shula region came under fire from the south of the road from a terrorist group coming from the Al-Tanf area, killing three soldiers and wounding ten others
lmao, as if there are no sleeper cells in SAA "controlled" desert territory and they just travelled 150km from the al-Tanf zone for this run of the mill highway ambush.
Even if/when al-Tanf returns to Damascus, the Badia situation will remain hopeless.
>The Houthi forces are approaching the center of Raghwan district, amid violent confrontations and the intense flight of warplanes
>And the legitimate forces continue to dig trenches on the outskirts of the Ragwan district.
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well done progresism
Ayyyyy lmao

The Great Reset
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The Great Reset.
Basically, the Great Reset isn’t so much a plan in itself as it is a description of many other plans that have already been put into action. It’s the thing that patriots have been describing all these months since the coronavirus conspiracy began: Elites and Jews want to strip you of all your rights, create a global government, end private property, make you live in a pod and eat bugs while surviving on “UBI” credits that are awarded to a computer chip in your hand. The world government wants to be a public-private partnership between the UN and multinational corporations. These corporations will become feudal powers and they’ll basically own portions of the population that live in their pods, eat their bug rations and take their sleeping pills.
The “Great Reset” is just explaining all that like it’s going to be great.
It is important, because they are literally saying they’re going to end private property. The Jews literally plan to destroy Christianity and Western Civilization, and enslave you. The New World Order is here.
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>Is a Total Lockdown Coming to the USA?
>Based on Bill Gate’s character and stories that leaders have been bribed and threatened, as stated by Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko and stories coming from Africa, show that this is a global coup to impose their environmental dictates upon the entire world. Destroying the American consumer will have a major economic decline for the entire world into 2022, and NOBODY will stand up to defend the people against this wholesale corruption. You CANNOT wipe out our civilization and build it back better in a year or two. It takes decades for this to unfold even naturally and centralized control by governments makes it worse — just look at why communism failed because of centralized control.
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>Build back better
>How to spot Satan's army - They love saying that.
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The Great Reset Explained in 5 minutes.
Can I get a source on that streme anon.

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To provide for the common defense, and to safeguard our home and way of life from the shills who would seek to destroy it, I hereby declare that horsepussy and pony porn must be on the first page, always!
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This thread had 666 replies so I released it from Satan's grip.
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Glim Glam Continues to Slam the Work of K "Wham Bam Call Me Ma'am" Kat
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Continuing from my last post: >>294025 →

Once again, Velvet's basic argument here seems to be that killing in self defense or in defense of others is okay, but she draws a line in the sand at doing it for profit. It would be hard to justify Littlepoop's actions at the slaver colony by this logic.

Self-defense, as far as I'm concerned, is right out. She attacked them, and they were the ones defending themselves; again, the morality of who the slavers were or what they were doing doesn't factor into the equation here. As to the defense of others, you could argue that she was acting in defense of the slaves, but on the other hand the slaves didn't ask for her help, and she had no direct connection to them that justified getting involved.

Also, she drew the train ponies and arguably the entire town of New Appleoosa into her fight against their will, and got the train ponies killed. Does rescuing a few slaves balance out the equation and justify the loss of all that innocent life? Again, it's not particularly important what you or I might think about this; the issue is that these questions ought to have been weighing heavily on Velvet's mind for most of the past few days, but by all appearances they haven't. Really, the author has a pretty nice opportunity here to create a difficult moral dilemma for Velvet, and develop her character by having her try to solve it, but unfortunately this seems to have gone over his head as usual.

We also have LP's actions since the train scene to consider. Between the farm scene and their first meeting with Gawd, there was an entire scene in which LP and Calamity butchered another group of raiders. That wasn't in self defense at all, nor was it in defense of others; they walked up, picked a fight with the raiders, and then killed them all. Here is exactly what happened:

>Velvet Remedy crouched beside me, tending to a gash in Calamity’s side. To her credit, she’d actually tried to talk to the raiders. They returned her hello with some extremely perverted suggestions, at least one of which involved necrophilia. That’s when Calamity started picking off the ponies who had taken sniping positions on the roofs.
So basically, they were walking along the road and they came across a group of raiders. Velvet made an effort to talk things out, the raiders insulted her, and Calamity started shooting. Does this sound like self defense or defense of the innocent to you?

Granted, the raiders probably would not have let them pass and it would have escalated into violence one way or the other, but from Velvet's perspective this shouldn't matter; Calamity was the one who opened fire, so technically their side initiated the conflict. Plus, they could have just as easily turned around and found a way around the settlement, which is what what Velvet would likely have favored.

Anyway, now let's hear Littlepoop's side of the Gawd-contract debate:

>I felt like I was bleeding out, dying. But the more they yelled at me, the more I realized I had already chosen my course. I just had to make them understand why.
>“Silver Bell.”
Oh yeah, Silver Bell. I'd almost forgotten about her. As I recall, Deadeyes, for some reason, made an entry in his accounting ledger in which he confessed to being responsible for the farm attack that killed her parents. Well, I suppose that's a good enough reason to murder somepony as far as Littlepoop's logic goes. So, the question is: does the additional moral justification of Deadeyes being an icky meanie-pants baddie-pone who deserves a horrible poopoo death solve the ethical dilemma for Velvet, and also for Calamity who for some reason has a problem with murder for hire all of a sudden? Let's find out.

Littlepoop goes on to explain what she read in the ledger: that Deadeyes sent his evil meanie-pants poopoo henchmen to murder Silver Bell and her sister's parents in front of them. They also did it really slow and gruesome and made it really really painful, probably with ball-torture and butt stuff and everything, and they did a lot of other bad meanie-pants stuff too, like prank call a bunch of pizzas to Silver Bell's farm that she didn't order, and they left flaming doodie bags on her front porch that she had to step on to put out, and...and...

Anyway, you get the point. Blah blah blah, Deadeyes was a baddie and this justifies turning him into worm food; we've heard this bit before. How do her friends react?

>Calamity spoke first. “Well, now, that changes things.”
Of course it does. Killing for material gain is always wrong, even if it's not material gain you're receiving as compensation for killing, but is just the regular type of material gain you normally get from doing the type of killing you normally do anyway. But, if the pony you're killing is BAD, well that just changes everything now doesn't it?

>Velvet Remedy shook a little, but stayed firm. “What does it change?”
Velvet Remedy taking a moral stand for once? In my Fallout Equestria? It's more common than you think lol not really.

>Velvet Remedy shook a little, but stayed firm. “What does it change?”
>“Ain’t murder no more,” Calamity stated without reservation. “It’s justice.”
>Velvet shook her mane. “Revenge, you mean.”
What's vexing to me about all of this is that kkat clearly wants to explore some complex moral questions in this story, but obstinately refuses to put even a tiny bit of serious thought into the questions he wants to explore. The only character in this story with any clearly-defined ideals is Velvet Remedy, and she almost goes out of her way to avoid adhering to them most of the time. Everyone else seems to (loosely) follow a basic-bitch white-hats-vs-black-hats code of morals that basically amounts to: "bad stuff is bad, unless the pony you are doing bad stuff to is also bad, in which case bad stuff is good."
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I've already told you I'm 100% white. Continuing to correct you on that point or any of your other repeated incorrect points won't do much, will it? You'll just keep being an angry slanderous jew. But why? Are you projecting your hatred of my country's government onto me? I hate my country's government too.
My favourite part about the FNV's depiction of the Brotherhood Of Steel is how it deconstructs everything about them. Veronica is a good BOS member who wants it to change, but it can't be changed overnight by good intentions.
200 years after the bombs drop, settlements aren't afraid of the BOS any more. The safest thing the Brotherhood can do is lock themselves away in their bunker because they aren't willing to form good relationships with towns that could use their help. Raiders able to prey on every mistake the NCR makes while they're spread too thin to finish them off in a week see more success than the BOS ever did when they and Helios were considered a priority for the NCR. They're not as invincible as they think they are. They're killed by Deathclaws, they're killed by artillery barrages, and they lost many men at Helios because the NCR outnumbered them. This chapter is the embodiment of everything negative in what the original Brotherhood was: Small, irrelevant, unable to save the world single-handedly yet religiously dedicated to hoarding tech and knowledge that could save lives. In their current state, they can't be a major power or win the game. And their dedication to the "glorious Codex", a book of traditions and tactics and so on written hundreds of years ago, stops them from adapting to the changing conditions of the modern Wasteland. You need to give these dumbfucks plot armour and infinite resources like in Fallout 3 and 4 before they can be important.
But the best part has to be the Pulse Gun, a gun that fucks up power armour and robots. With this gun, one Jet-fueled junkie can fuck up multiple paladins. Power Armour's rare, expensive to maintain, and it requires training to use safely. And that superior training means nothing in the face of this gun. There are other guns that CAN pierce armour, but they're big. This thing's small, cheap, and accurate. It's not just a gun that kills BOS soldiers, it's the gun that kills the main advantage the BOS relies upon. It kills the hopes and dreams of the BOS. If it was mass-produced, the BOS would be fucked. And all this evidence that the BOS is wrong still isn't enough to stop them from being what the authors think of fundamentalists.
The BOS would need literal fucking magic to save themselves from a fate of irrelevancy or certain death or scariest of all, positive change. You'd need the power to magic endless soldiers and resources and giant robots and blimps into reality out of nowhere.
Equestria has magic.
Fallout Equestria has magic.
Kkunt made his BOS knockoff into Earth Ponies because that's "authentic" to what he's ripping off mindlessly: stronk guys with big guns and moar metul plaet armur for extra stronk.
But a Unicorn in Power Armour...
If you say Power Armour blocks magic from getting through, it makes that armour useful in a world of enemy wizards but bad for BOS Unicorns.
But if Power Armour had some kind of "Horn Enhancer" or artificial horn built into it? Perhaps a VATS/SATS-like on-board targeting system complete with a searchable digital library of spells?
Suddenly it makes more sense that these faggots in steel cans are able to take on Alicorns, produce resources and ammo for themselves in the middle of buttfuck nowhere, and maintain their own power armour without the aid of dedicated technicians living with you in a bunker. Their decentralized scattered nature becomes an advantage, not a crippling weakness. Would you lose as many soldiers when you've got Brotherhood Priests, aka field-medic healers in Power Armour with magical shields and healing spells? And would losing soldiers be as big a deal when there are fertility spells to make mares produce Shrek's Nightmare numbers of foals, along with animation spells built into the Power Armour suits so the suits can take over if their pilot is ever killed or brainwashed or put to sleep?
What BOS soldier wouldn't want their soul captured and put into a giant BOS robot so they can continue to fight against the Brotherhood's enemies until they're no longer needed and allowed to ascend to pony heaven? They'd miss being able to eat and shit, but they can get that back after ascending.
Also, fuck Kkat for calling these guys the Steel Rangers.
The Rangers are something completely different. Combining these leather-duster survivalist sharpshooter badasses with the Power Armour-clad BOS makes no sense for their origin, tactics, personalities, or goals.
Kkat tries to make everything "Bigger" while ripping it off. Sometimes he'll combine multiple Fallout things. Often abandons what made the element interesting and unique in the first place. It's a shame that for the BOS, he only made it "Bigger" by building assorted big guns like grenade launchers and miniguns into their power armour while doing nothing creative with magic or the pony-world setting.
The BOS was created from US Army remnants. If the Pony BOS has the same origin, they should use some cool magical bullshit the Equestrian military had! Not that Kkat thought to give them magic portal-making radios or magically-refilling MRE boxes or even self-firing floating guns or anything like that at all.
The Sci-Fi Bullshit of Power Armour is a blank cheque just like Magic.
Combine the two and this armoured faggot Steeltoe could be powerful enough, and have enough interesting weapons and spells and powers, to make up for how bland and uninteresting he is! We'd all be on the edge of our seats wondering what awesome ability he'll pull out of nowhere next and what cool thing he'll do next, making him the best character in this story!
That last part's a joke, I know that's not how you write good characters now.

The memory appears to belong to SteelHooves. It also seems to take place before he underwent whatever procedure turned him into a cyborg. He is described as having an apple-green coat; however, since the memory is seen first-person through his eyes, all we see of him is a foreleg. As the scene opens, he appears to be giving comfort to Applejack before she goes onstage to address a group of ponies, seemingly about to tell them something they probably won't like.

>I (or more precisely, the pony I was “riding”) leaned close and whispered into her ear. “Now go on out there and make history. Or I’ll be forced to spank you.”
Legend has it Agamemnon once said the same thing to Achilles.

>Then I noticed that she had a holster strapped to one leg, mostly hidden beneath her formal attire. The ivory handle flashed three red apples as she walked.
The implication here seems to be that she is carrying the same weapon that Littlepoop herself now carries. This might be an interesting detail if the story hadn't already made clear the origins of that weapon.

Anyway, AJ goes to the podium and gives her speech. It appears that the group of earth ponies she commands has been working on some kind of secret project for the war effort. Twilight has sent some unicorns to help out with some aspect of the project, and this has resulted in tensions. It seems that the project is now complete, and she is about to unveil to them the fruits of their efforts.

Before she does this, however, she shares an anecdote about her brother Big Macintosh. It doesn't reveal any new information; we already know that he died saving Celestia from an assassination attempt or something. After she finishes with this, she orders her boyfriend to pull the cart to which he's harnessed onto the stage. AJ announces that the item displayed in the cart is the power armor they have been working on. The memory fades. Oh, also, at the very end she addresses the ponies as members of the Ministry of Technology; not sure if that matters or not. We're gradually getting the names down for these ministries, at any rate.

If I remember correctly, Twilight is the Ministry of Magic, Dash is the Ministry of Awesome, Ponk is the Ministry of...Cookies or some shit; I forget the name of hers, and Fluttershy is the Ministry of...Healing? I think? I guess I forgot the exact name there too. The medical one, at any rate. Anyway, we now know that Applejack is the Ministry of Technology, so that only leaves Rarity's to be identified.

>Moments later, the memory collapsed, the last sight lingering in my mind as my own world reasserted itself: a glance back at the display wagon and the magical power armor it was carrying. I looked to SteelHooves, sensing I now understood him far more than I had moments ago.
This orb didn't tell her anything about SteelHooves beyond confirming some things that she basically already knew. It revealed that he was romantically involved with Applejack, which she had already deduced from his personal effects, and that he is 200 years old, which he would have to be if he had known Applejack when she was alive. I really don't see how she can say she "understands" him better now than she did five minutes ago.

Also, it's a little odd that out of all the memories of Applejack he could have chosen to have preserved in an orb, this is the one he picked. Their relationship was obviously important enough to him that he still keeps mementos of her in his house. Out of all the memories of their time together, this is the one he wanted to keep? Not their first date, not some memorable afternoon they spent together, or the first time they met, or the last time they saw each other? This is what he wants to preserve? The day she gave a speech to a bunch of grumpy faggot-horses, showing off the steel coffin that he was to be later entombed in? This his how he chooses to remember Applejack?

To be fair, there's still a lot about the memory orbs that we don't understand yet. If, for instance, the process of extracting memories doesn't allow the subject pony to pick which specific memory is preserved, this could make sense. Maybe you just give the spell/mechanism a vague topic and it just grabs and preserves the first thing that comes to mind for you. Maybe when SteelHooves went in to have his memories pulled he just said "Applejack" and this is the memory it grabbed; then it would make sense. Sort of like if you wanted to remember your wife, but all your photos of her were burned in a fire, and all you had left of her was her driver's license or passport or something.

Anyway, it's a little weird that he would even pick this method of preserving his memories in the first place, since only unicorns can access the contents of a memory orb. Littlepoop noted this earlier too, btw, and it's never satisfactorily explained. There's quite a bit here that isn't being explained, and with this author it's a tossup as to whether or not it ever will be.

There's a page break, and when we rejoin the group they have (finally) left SteelHooves' shack. They have now reached the outskirts of Manehattan, but there is a fog and it is difficult to see much more than their immediate surroundings. Calamity sees and shoots a "radhog," which I'm assuming looks something like pic related. This is followed by a jocular conversation about eating bacon. The business with ponies eating meat in this story I just find confusing and awkward. My best guess is that the author had casually mentioned meat as a food source at some point early on (the kitchen of Twilight's old library is the earliest mention I can recall), probably without thinking about it, and someone had eventually pointed out that ponies don't eat meat, either irl or in the canon MLP universe, but instead of simply going back and editing out the handful of references to meat, he had to turn it into the subject of these autistic side conversations that keep popping up.
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In one of the stupider twists so far, the group apparently gets so worked up talking about radhog meat that they decide the thing to is to stop and have a cookout. They grill up the radhog that Calamity just shot, and Velvet sits off to the side sulking, because apparently the one conviction she has that she actually stands by is her vegetarianism. As Calamity lectures Littlepoop about which parts of a radhog are tastiest, Velvet lectures SteelHooves about not accidentally blowing them up by throwing grenades all over the place the next time they get into a fight. Yes, all of this autism is actually in the text.

There is a page break, and when the next scene opens Velvet and Calamity are talking about music or something, and Littlepoop is trying not to be jealous of how chummy they are getting. After awhile she gets tired of doing that, and drops back to ask SteelHooves a couple of fairly stupid questions out of absolutely nowhere.

>“The Ministry of Technology -- why M.W.T.?”
Has this acronym been mentioned anywhere? I don't recall seeing it, though in this story that doesn't always mean it wasn't mentioned. Anyway, if it wasn't mentioned anywhere during her travels, how would LP know that this is how this ministry abbreviated their name? As ever, it's unclear how much Littlepoop knew or ought to have known about the past before her journey started.

Anyway, if anyone cares, the acronym stands for Ministry of Wartime Technology, a name which Applejack apparently hated but didn't bother to change for some reason. It seems odd that she wouldn't, since it's an established fact that the ponies in charge of the ministries got to pick their names. If Celestia was okay with Rainbow Dash naming her ambiguously-defined organization the Ministry of Awesome, it stands to reason that AJ's shortening of Ministry of Wartime Technology to simply Ministry of Technology shouldn't have ruffled that many pegasus feathers. But whatever.

LP notices a flash in the sky, which she dismisses as probably nothing but Aurora Borealis, at this time of year, at this time of day, in this part of the country, localized entirely within this suburb of Manehattan. Meanwhile, Roboponer continues to flap his mechanical yap about the acronym:

> “Under the Ministry’s guidance and support, dozens of innovative technology industries blossomed across Equestria, and existing ones became a lot more powerful, their products becoming part of every pony’s daily life. Companies like Ironshod, Four Stars, Equestrian Robotics and even Stable-Tec.” He turned his helmeted gaze down towards my PipBuck. “So why use a name focused on war? It should have been the Ministry of Technology.”
Clearly he feels very strongly about this. Probably should have just bugged AJ to change it 200 years ago; it could have saved him the fuss of getting pissy about it now. Anyway, while he's droning on, she hears music, sees a blip on her map, and runs off like an autist to go see what it is. SteelHooves asks the group if she does this sort of thing terribly often.

>“Do what?” Calamity snickered. “Wander off? Break travel to explore random ruins? All the time.”
Not really; in fact, I think this is actually the first time. Anyway, page break.

The source of the music and the flash in the sky turns out not to have been the Northern Lights at all. Instead, in a building that her PoopBuck identifies as the Four Stars Grand Terminal and Central Offices, she encounters Frank.

Frank congratulates her on finding a new friend, and LP tells him that she is not quite sure SteelNigger is a friend just yet. This causes her to remember that she is none too certain about Frank yet either. Also, Frank recognizes SteelHooves' voice for some reason.

>That didn’t surprise me. SteelHooves’ voice was very distinctive. And if Watcher Frank had been snooping on the Equestrian Wasteland for any length of time, it may very well have spied on the Steel Rangers.
This is reasonable enough, but do we know for a fact that there are more than one of these guys? >>299457 brought up a good point: though we don't yet know that much about the Steel Rangers, it's clearly some sort of military organization, and it stands to reason that these suits would require a great deal of maintenance. It seems unusual that one of these guys would be living on his own, and it seems unusual that no one would comment on this. The only situation where it wouldn't be unusual is if the group were defunct for some reason or if this guy was the last surviving one, but if that were the case Frank at the very least should be aware of it.

>Watcher Frank: now there was somepony who deserved to be suspected as a covert ops spy pony.
While we're on the subject, I have a number of questions about Frank as well. He's clearly meant to be something of an enigmatic character, and usually in these cases he'd be someone who is playing both sides and/or has a hidden agenda. However, his loyalty in this story is even murkier because there aren't any clear "sides" in the first place.

As far as I can tell this society is complete anarchy; apart from the occasional odd settlement like New Appleoosa there doesn't seem to be any kind of cohesive social structure. This Red Eye character we've heard mentioned in passing seems like he might be trying to organize something, but apart from that it doesn't seem like there are any complex social or political factions. So, who exactly does Frank work for? Who could he work for? And if he works alone, what is he even trying to accomplish? Why is he interested in Littlepoop? He seemed to take notice of her pretty early on, long before the DJ started blabbing about her on the radio. Apart from her status as the author's Chosen Mary Sue, is there any pragmatic reason why this enigmatic sprite-bot hacker would bother to pay attention to one lone pony wandering in the wasteland, out of all the hundreds of thousands who are doubtless doing the same thing?

>I looked around for the sprite-bot, but the fog concealed it expertly. Instead, I spotted twin vending machines: Sparkle~Cola and Sunrise Sarsaparilla. And a third set just a few yards down from them: Ironshod’s Ammo Emporium. The last had been torn open and thoroughly looted. I felt a chill, imagining the kind of pre-war world where you could buy ammo along with your soft drinks at a street-side machine. No pony interaction necessary.
Yes, imagine buying your ammunition from a vending machine instead of just wandering around stealing it like a normal, goddess-fearing Equestrian.

Anyway, out of absolutely fucking nowhere, Littlepoop asks the following:

>“Watcher Frank, was there a Ministry of Awesome?” It was just a lead-in question; clearly, I already knew.
If you already knew, why are you asking? Why would you even ask this right now even if you didn't already know? Nothing about this subject is relevant to anything going on at present; the only reason I can think of that she might bring it up is because she doesn't trust Calamity, and wants to verify some of what he told her earlier. However, nothing about their interaction so far would indicate she feels this way.

Anyway, Frank just confirms what she already knew: there was a Ministry of Awesome headed by Rainbow Dash, and it didn't really do very much. After this completely random, pointless exchange, LP poses another random, pointless question. She takes out the statues she found, one of AJ and one of Rarity, and asks Frank what they are. He tells her that they are limited edition magical artifacts, and that only 42 of them exist in the world; seven sets of six statues. Once again, I'm not sure why this information is relevant at this time nor is it clear why LP would choose to ask, but there you have it.

Just to prove that LP isn't the only one here who blurts out random shit at random times, Frank suddenly says this:

>“Oh. Now I remember who your new friend sounds like.” The name Watcher told me made me glad I wasn’t drinking Sparkle~Cola again.
I'm assuming the reason she's glad she isn't drinking Sparkle-Cola is because the name was so shocking it would have made her spit it out? It's an awkward joke, wedged into an already awkward scene. Moreover, she doesn't tell us the name. There's no obvious reason why she should omit this detail from her narrative.

Anyway, after delivering this piece of information, the sprite-bot does it's usual schtick of cutting off Frank's voice mid-sentence and going back to blaring martial music and propaganda messages from Red Eye. The scene ends in a page break.

Pointless scenes are pretty much par for the course in this story, but even by the FoE metric this was a pointless scene.

>Four Stars was an elevated train company which had once provided public transportation for the Manehattan metropolis. SteelHooves suggested that, if the monorails were still intact, it would make the easiest route through the city, carrying us over the maze of rubble and away from most of the radiation-twisted aberrations and occasional raiders that lurked in the ruins.
This makes sense enough I suppose, although it would stand to reason that a 200 year old elevated monorail system that survived a nuclear explosion or whatever would be severely damaged in places and might not be safe to walk on. If they climb all the way up there and walk several miles along the elevated track, only to discover that a huge chunk of it is missing somewhere and they can't get across, they would have to backtrack, and would have realistically wasted a day of travel. However, since they don't seem to have anywhere particularly important to go in the first place, maybe this isn't a problem.

>It sounded like a good plan, so I stopped at a still-illuminated sign mapping out the rails. This station was part of the Luna Line. The Celestia Line, which crossed it at several points, lead straight to Tenpony Tower.
This at least solves the mystery of where Tenpony Tower is located. My working theory was that it was located somewhere on the road between Manehattan and Fillydelphia; apparently it's actually in Manehattan.

As I've mentioned, this author has an annoying habit of assuming either that we can see inside his head or that we already know what he's talking about. "Tenpony Tower" isn't in and of itself a very descriptive name; the word "tower" could refer to all sorts of structures. Considering that the DJ uses it as his broadcast headquarters, I've been envisioning something like a communications tower or an air-traffic control tower. Considering the quasi-fantasy setting of Equestria, it could refer to something like a castle tower as well. If it's just an old apartment building the way it's presented in Fallout (thanks to >>299457 and >>299135 for clarifying this; I certainly wouldn't have figured it out relying exclusively on the text) it's not clear why any of these characters would even know where it is in the first place. A single apartment tower in the middle of a giant city isn't exactly a major landmark, and I doubt the rail map would have it specially marked.

>Calamity finished rummaging through the garbage bins, returning with a surprising collection of sellable items and a few dozen bottle caps.
Traveling to the scenic ruins of Manehattan? Be sure to stop by our many alleys and do some casual rummaging through our 200 year old garbage cans.

Also: if bottle caps are currency in this world, why would there be any in the trash? Seems to me that's the first thing the bums would grab, and I refuse to believe that nopony in 200 years has ever thought of looking inside these trash cans.

>Velvet Remedy rolled her eyes. “Well, I hope that’s enough for you to buy a bath once we get to Tenpony.”
I'll ask again: why are they going to Tenpony exactly? They seem to have just settled on this place as a destination without ever formally discussing it, and LP's reasons for wanting to go there are ambiguous.

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