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Last issue featured a lot of events happening but not a lot of character development. Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon were haughty, but managed to help save the group from a bear. Snips and Snails weren’t the sharpest tools but still offered aid as best they could. The Cutie Mark Crusaders, still markless in this time period, are doing their best to keep things together.

That includes cliff-side rescues. The big theme throughout this struggle is that the foals aren’t able to match the physical challenges alone, but together they manage to stay alive. Silver Spoon demonstrates a certain degree of leadership as she figuratively and literally pushes Scootaloo to reach higher while the unicorns offer support.

Thus we come to the character portion of the story along with the classic trope of finding shelter and bonding during a snow storm. Each set of foals confesses that they don’t know how to live up to their families. The Crusaders have national heroines as role models, the rich fillies are expected to be a cut above the common class. Even Snips and Snails admit some pain that everyone views them as idiots.

I actually felt sorry for them at that moment. I’ve never cared for their role as the town fools, and it’s nice to see a little depth.

It’s also nice to see them laugh together, though no intended jokes are shared. Laughter is a defense mechanism and sometimes laughing about nothing is just a way to keep sanity.

And lo and behold, the Wonderbolts get to do something! Thanks in part to the mystical Turul, which wasn’t as big a factor in this story as I expected.

By comic's end we basically fall back into the status quo. Which is too bad because it feels like the comic is resetting the clock to countdown towards Crusaders of the Lost Mark. A lot of the themes in this comic were in that episode as well. The desire to make an impression in the world, the pressure to live up to family expectations, and the push and pull between social status and unexpected friendships.

After the Siege of the Crystal Empire, this story feels like a safe bet. Simple conflict, direct progression of events, some character insight near the end, but hitting the reset button. A decent read with some fun visual humor, but not really pushing the envelope.

Also, Snips and Snails have an affinity for setting fires. I cannot stress enough how concerned I am for the town's future.

So we start off this latest friends forever with a mystery… except not. Rainbow Dash’s wings are suddenly gone and she has no idea how. But a quick spell by Twilight reveals that three unicorns abducted Rainbow Dash, drugged her, and magically removed her wings. They’re going to dissolve the wings into a potion that will grant them all physical alicorn status.  

Can we pause to appreciate this story’s darkness? Rainbow was just surgically violated by unicorns who are envious of Twilight’s status. There’s no mention of the consequences to this, but if it became public knowledge you could take somepony’s wings to make yourself an alicorn I bet there’d be a fresh menace amongst ponies.

One problem with the Friends Forever series is that sometimes the team-up can limit how our heroines react. Given that Rainbow’s future is at stake and a black market in dark magic is forming, one would think Twilight would call on the entire Mane cast or even the princesses to stop this.

You’d also think that she’d employ a little magical muscle to overwhelm the treasonous unicorns. Instead, she and Rainbow sneak in, get caught, and Twilight can’t readily defend her own ascension to Alicornhood. 

Rainbow has the idea to pool their talents, as they should have from the start. This leads to a nice scene of magic that reminds me of Firestorm from DC comics. It doesn’t take much for a now super-flyer Twilight to make short work of all three unicorns, who receive no punishment besides a stern talking-to.

Twilight asserts that she earned her wings through study and making friends. What she doesn’t mention is that she was born with more magical talent than most ponies, had the interest and guidance of rulers, and apparently she was predestined to ascend.

That’s the most uncomfortable part of this. Here are ponies reacting rather naturally to Twilight’s change. They want that too. Why is she more special than they? While Twilight did work hard, wings were never her own goal. She was manipulated into this transformation. Her most honest answer would have been, “I have these wings because I was chosen and you were not.” With that explanation in mind, I can’t blame other ponies for envy though I will condemn their tactics.

Rainbow Dash is more victim than character in this story, though her prowess is on full display as she guides Twilight. It’s a good adventure tale but with some dark undertones. Although their adventure does peak Twilight’s interest in being a stronger flyer, I can’t say Rainbow gained new appreciation from the experience. The best Friends Forever feature growth on both sides. This one’s a little off-kilter.

Hi Everyone,
After a week of abdominal pain I went to see my doctor Friday and ended up being diagnosed with appendicitis. I had my appendix out that afternoon. Now I'm in recovery, just back from the hospital but barely able to sit comfortably. Sadly, this means that I can't work on my Rah Rah Rainbow video in time for Monday. I still plan to release the video and thank everyone for sending me their audio files. I will have this out as quickly as possible!

I also want to resume Clutterstep's adventures with Imani. So much to do, so little health!
Hey everyone.

I'm calling for people's voice for an upcoming video. Rainbow Dash's birthaversary is Monday, February 1st and I'm working to have a character video ready in time.

Since Rainbow's all about the crowd cheer, I thought it'd be nice to have a community cheer going. To do this I'm calling on folks to record, upload, and share a link with me to compile.

For more info please see this video:

Thanks much!

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Last issue featured a lot of events happening but not a lot of character development. Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon were haughty, but managed to help save the group from a bear. Snips and Snails weren’t the sharpest tools but still offered aid as best they could. The Cutie Mark Crusaders, still markless in this time period, are doing their best to keep things together.

That includes cliff-side rescues. The big theme throughout this struggle is that the foals aren’t able to match the physical challenges alone, but together they manage to stay alive. Silver Spoon demonstrates a certain degree of leadership as she figuratively and literally pushes Scootaloo to reach higher while the unicorns offer support.

Thus we come to the character portion of the story along with the classic trope of finding shelter and bonding during a snow storm. Each set of foals confesses that they don’t know how to live up to their families. The Crusaders have national heroines as role models, the rich fillies are expected to be a cut above the common class. Even Snips and Snails admit some pain that everyone views them as idiots.

I actually felt sorry for them at that moment. I’ve never cared for their role as the town fools, and it’s nice to see a little depth.

It’s also nice to see them laugh together, though no intended jokes are shared. Laughter is a defense mechanism and sometimes laughing about nothing is just a way to keep sanity.

And lo and behold, the Wonderbolts get to do something! Thanks in part to the mystical Turul, which wasn’t as big a factor in this story as I expected.

By comic's end we basically fall back into the status quo. Which is too bad because it feels like the comic is resetting the clock to countdown towards Crusaders of the Lost Mark. A lot of the themes in this comic were in that episode as well. The desire to make an impression in the world, the pressure to live up to family expectations, and the push and pull between social status and unexpected friendships.

After the Siege of the Crystal Empire, this story feels like a safe bet. Simple conflict, direct progression of events, some character insight near the end, but hitting the reset button. A decent read with some fun visual humor, but not really pushing the envelope.

Also, Snips and Snails have an affinity for setting fires. I cannot stress enough how concerned I am for the town's future.

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I became a My Little Pony fan in the latter part of 2011, well into the show's second season. As a latecomer, I'm in a strange situation. The online community is pretty unknown to me, and none of my local friends are fans.

I admire the creativity surrounding MLP, in both the show itself and the creativity of its fans. I created this account to focus my own expressions. Keep checking back and I hope everyone enjoys my drawings!
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GryphonStar5678 Featured By Owner Edited 13 hours ago  Hobbyist Writer
Hey Silver Quill, I found some fan art that somepony else did of you. Here the link: mariedrose.deviantart.com/art/…
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raymanraving244 Featured By Owner 1 day ago
what kind of accounts you have?
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Jwpiszczek Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student Artist
Cybercrow: * appears *
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Drakostryker Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New Deviant Student General Artist
Do you use clutter anymore other than jokes and references? If not may i have him? I love your videos and just read through twilight falling for him. And it was amazing
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Drakostryker Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New Deviant Student General Artist
Have you heard of the scp foundation? If so can i get a short story to make you seem like a euclid class scp?
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TheChaoticNerd Featured By Owner Edited 3 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
Yayy :)!! You got Core membership!!! :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: 
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TheChaoticNerd Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
Also, I made fanart of you :)!

thechaoticnerd.deviantart.com/…
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Futaba2 Featured By Owner 4 days ago
seems   majority of bronies are football fans.  while see some don't see many other sport crossovers with MLP.   given name ORLANDO MAGIC  surprise no pony thought of doing a all unicorn team   dressed as Orlando magic team.
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Futaba2 Featured By Owner 4 days ago
like the  season 6 teaser as well as the image of pinkie swan boat.
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slayerdude677 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist
:iconoraoraroraplz: 
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