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Here you can see two men in full plate of the late 15th-early 16th century sort, showing us just how nimble one could be in one of those suits. Also, how well one could take a hit -- full-on to the torso with a real bastard (or war) sword and it does nothing! Of course, the same weapon thrust into a eye slit in a helmet would be another matter.

It should be pointed out that in actual battles fully-armored men at arms (be they French gendarme, Italian elmeti, or German reiter) were apparently most often killed by being dismounted, knocked down by three or four infantrymen, and then held down while someone pounded a dagger into their eye slit, drove it through the weaker armor at armpit or groin, or just raised the visor, stuck a loaded arquebus in their face, and pulled the trigger.

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MagicMan001 Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Good news mate, my new fic is up: www.fimfiction.net/story/25126…

If you have the time to give it a look, I hope you'll enjoy it.
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ardashir Featured By Owner 1 day ago
I read it, and yeesh, the poor Changelings seem to have gone from bad to worse. I'll be keeping an eye on it even if I don't comment very much.
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MagicMan001 Featured By Owner 11 hours ago
Thank you, mate. I apreciate it.

Ah well, don't sell ol' Hopper short just yet. Needless to say, that drunken sumbitch's got a few tricks of his sleeve.
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner 2 days ago
What would you let me to do with your two Amicitia's shorts? I love them both and would like others to see them. They both VERY well thought out (the slavery one in particular, and shows that like Rainbow Factory, Amicitia ends up doing some some very dark gray things to bring about a better world against institualized evils.) 
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ardashir Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Do as you please with them. If you want to edit them and post them as an omake, go right ahead, I'd love to see what happens with them.
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner 3 days ago
ne thing I can't ever figure out that Pony POV Nightmare World where Nightmare Mirror won; Equestria have Starswirl's Magic Mirror that opens a portal to any alternate reality the user so desires. If some ponies in her Equestria really want to be able to both tell the truth and lie, out of philosophical reasons or whatever, or are just undesirable dishonest scum who no one wants to deal with, why don't she just... well, let them all leave?

I now imagine a scene where a bunch of ponies go to Nightmare Mirror's castle and petitioned the use of the Mirror Portal so that they can go colonize alternate Equestrias where intelligent life never evolved. They don't want to live in Nightmare Mirror's world without lies, but they know they cannot fight against a Nightmare. So they want to do the next best thing: which is simply to leave. ("You say you want to create a paradise without lies... But what kind of paradise doesn't allow ponies to go?")

Depending on how reasonable Nightmare Mirror actually is (which is questionable at best), she would either actually AGREE to the proposal ("Let teh dishonest varmints go wherever they want! We don't want 'em! We don't need 'em!"), or she'll say no ("Ah can't live with mahself knowing I helped a world where ponies can still lie come intah existence!"). 

It would be in her interest to do so - it'll help make her perfect world without lies come about faster with the dishonest ones removing themselves from the global population, streaming to other worlds. If not, it's conceivable that Twilight Sparkle would had already thought about it and secretly get ponies - or anyone after Nightmare Mirror conquers the world - who want to be free from Nightmare Mirror out to other worlds. She could use that prototype Magic Mirror, or she might even figure out how to do it without using Magic Mirrors. Think about it, a dimension-hopping underground railroad, leading hundreds, thousands, escaping to freedom...
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ardashir Featured By Owner 3 days ago
I imagine that to Mirror, letting the still 'sick' go would just be allowing them to ruin other worlds. They need to be treated, saved, taught better. She's very much an example of what Lewis said about a tyranny composed of moral busybodies who would keep going past the point where even they wanted to stop because their conscience wouldn't let them quit until they'd "fixed" everyone.

One more thing: just because Starswirl made that magic mirror-gate (and maybe more, such fanfic fuel!), doesn't mean it still exists in her world. Some pony may have broken it to keep it out of Mirror's grasp; or she broke it so no pony could run away from her; or it may have just been broken by accident over the centuries.
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Thought so. And that would certainly fit the modus operandi of Nightmare Mirror.

There are other ways to escape Nightmare Mirror's world; the Alicorns in the Pony POV Series can teleport interstellar distances, right? And remind me again; where the Concept-Killing Weaponry in the series come from...?
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ardashir Featured By Owner 3 days ago
I imagine there would be a steady trickle of ponies leaving for other worlds somehow, or at least trying to do so. Heck, they might try setting Discord free (if he's not the 100% evil type here)  in the hopes that he and Mirror wipe each other out.
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MagicMan001 Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Rough story idea I'd like to show you if that's cool by you:

A 'what if' scenario. Chrysalis has won and Canterlot and the rest of Equestria is now one large Changeling colony.

Shining Armor has no idea where his sister or his fiance are since being released of Chrysalis' mental grip. He's now Chrysalis' husband  (Celestia having not been interrupted and thus completed the ceremony) and thus the Prince Consort of the Changeling Empire. 

Shining now spends his recent days a completely Defeated stallion drifting listlessly day to day in his shitty new life; whenever he is not flanking the new Changeling Empress on her royal duties like a dog on a leash, he's constantly at the castle bar drinking his ass off (not like he ever has to pay), having sex with his new wife (who's tapping every last bit of love outta him like a keg) and lamenting the loss of his Cadence and sister. He's also completely letting himself go; his once chiseled, muscular frame that made him a stud reduced to soft fat (especially from excess drinking) and he has become an all-around unkempt slob (the guards have to force him to have a shower every few days).

On top of that, he has to adjust to a forced new family life. Through their pre-martial sex, they have sired a mixed-breed abomination of a child riddled with health problems and whose every living moment in agony. Think Pupa, except by kinda going through Brutalityinc's idea about the species' genetic incompatibility when it comes to breeding, this is a kid who just shouldn't be.. It's basically a foal-shaped parasite. It constantly clings to others, its carers and a lot of time Shining, really just to suck up love like a leech. Shining, wallowing in his own world, treats the child mostly with indifference and only just acknowledging its existence. Whenever it tries to climb on his leg, he just shakes it off and tells it to go bother its mother or carers.

The worst part is how he finds he's coming to enjoy being around Chrysalis, mating with her and being nuzzled by her, since in this new world he has almost nopony else, despite the fact he knows full-well he should and wants to hate it. It's like the world he lives in is now engulfing him, basically, "There's nothing you can do to change this. You've lost. Equestria has lost." His bleak situation boils down to what he Does with his situation; He can either embrace it or, if he so chooses... just end it all.

If I decided to go through with it, it'd definitely be one of my bleakest fics (though there might be a shimmer of hope in the end). Sorry for the info dump there and bothering you.
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