Today’s story walks the lonely road to revenge.
[Adventure] [Dark] [Drama] [Sad] [Tragedy] • 29,611 words
It’s been a long, long time since Spike was stolen from her, but Twilight hasn’t forgotten nor forgiven. After a long and arduous journey, she has finally found him and his kidnapper.
She will save him.
No matter the cost.
FROM THE CURATORS: While Schemering Sintel doesn’t flinch from its Dark tag, it’s “a very clever grim fic,” as Soge put it: “It is a great example of how to twist a character beyond recognition without alienating the audience.” Indeed, it was the way that the story handled its vision of a morally altered Twilight which drew the most curator praise. “Where this piece excels is showing,” Present Perfect said. “It’s not just a story about Twilight finding Spike, but about her changing over an extreme period of time filled with hardship. And that change is shown perfectly in the final chapters, when it seems like the plot has finished, but the story is still going.” Chris agreed: “This is character development done right. Twilight’s dual growth and collapse as a character doesn’t stop at any one point … the dramatic moments are simply waypoints that show what she’s become.”
We also found the construction of the world around Twilight worthy of note. “It’s a great fantasy adventure,” Present Perfect said, “from the unfriendly civilizations Twilight encounters to the beautifully-described landscapes and the cool stuff like her mythril tattoos.” Horizon also praised that worldbuilding: “There are some really unique ideas here that feel uniquely Equestrian while supporting a tone we’d never see in the show.” But in the end, Soge said, it came back to the strong writing of that world’s inhabitants: “It is an adventure that focuses on character rather than action, and is all the stronger for that.”
It was that strength which has kept Schemering Sintel relevant despite its vision of Equestria becoming increasingly obsolete with newer seasons’ canon. “I think it’s interesting to note to what extent this story is a product of its time,” Chris said. “The broader world of Equestria wasn’t nearly as well fleshed out before Season 3; I don’t think you could write a story with a similar tone today without doing significantly more to set the stage for all the violence, cynical choices, etc. But viewed in the light of the first two seasons, this holds up extremely well as a glimpse of how the world can silence our better angels.”
Read on for our author interview, in which N00813 discusses friendship entropy, thematic architecture, and glued-together pieces.