With a yo-ho, stare the mare down,
A brand new arc’s starting and time to set sail
Give me some time to stare the mare down!
Ahoy me bronies! After four months of focusing on the landlubbers, it’s high time to rejoin the Mane 6 on a fresh adventure. With pirates!
‘Tis been a long time coming. I often wondered if Equestria even had pirate ponies – it being such a cutthroat way of life. Be ye warned, if this fresh treasure be new to your eyes, I be giving away little pieces of eight. If you wish to take this all in with fresh eyes, turn back now.
Here be spoilers!
Our crew of mares and their friend Spike be setting off to the seaside, by hoof. Already I be scratching me head as I recall their home being in the middle of the country. Seems impractical by my eyes.
The purpose of this trip be Fluttershy’s own quest: to return a fish she saved from Davy Jones’ locker. A plot like this be sinking faster than a stone, yet it’s short lived. The mares barely have time to be donning their sunscreen before a pirate vessel runs aground and nearly squishes poor Fluttershy. An unnamed pirate captain asks where he might find a crew, and Rainbow Dash volunteers her friends.
By the powers, Rainbow! Have ye never heard of “Stranger Danger?”
The ponies agree to go along for their own reasons. Rainbow be showing a type of fangasm for somepony other than the Wonderbolts. Rarity be a might smitten with this seagoing scoundrel. Pinkie and Spike because… because, you scurvy dogs! And Twilight and Applejack be going to keep an eye on their friends.
I not be fond of Rainbow’s actions, yet they be in character. Fluttershy be another matter. Her goal be to recapture the fish she cared for and keep him forever, denying him his home in the briny deep. The comics haven’t always been smooth for Fluttershy’s voyage. As with her micro, this comic be flanderizing her something awful.
Hijinks abound as the ponies take to the the Gallopingghost Islands in search of a stolen treasure map. There be all manner of pirate ponies about, including a few pirate version of Ponyville landlubbers.
This comic also be the first appearance of Princess Twilight Sparkle, wings and all. Oh, the caterwauling this set amongst the fans! Fear not, me hearties! Twilight be her usual, smart self. Though at first I be thinking this plot was written for a unicorn Twilight and the wings added later.
The mystery Captain not be paying a mind to Twilight’s wings and horn. That eye patch be a blight on his powers of observation, says I. It ain’t until later that a band of pirates realize that a royal hostage be worth some plunder.
Blow me down! All it took was for somepony to tell them that the pony with wings and a horn be one of four known princesses in the land! Who knew? Still, Twilight be in fine form against these buccaneers. Not “avatar-state Twilight” as with Queen Chrysalis, but these scallywags not be magically-charged changelings.
Despite some grumbling, I be finding this tale enjoyable. ‘Tis an oddity, as the conflict comes from the ponies’ own poor choices over some beast’s assault. Time will tell if the trials and tribulations beat some sense into their heads.
And by the chill in me bones, I know there be a fresh wave of “Rarity vs Crab” memes coming after this comic. Batten down the hatches!