No, me! Stay good! Don’t do it!

So there’s a fanfic I have in my brain that I have sworn never to write because (a) it’s a fanfic, and therefore unsalable, and also (b) it’s really freaking big and I have a terrible track record with such things.

Specifically, it’s an MLP AU fanfic, and as we all know, AUs are barely one step above crossovers.

But Thursday night, the bug got me, and I did the worst possible thing I could do, the one thing that makes a world sufficiently real to me that I can start writing it…

…I made a map. Label colors indicate fealty to different rulers. The green areas are temperate climate, the gray tundra/glacier, mustardy-brown desert (And yes, I know, the desert should reach right up to the mountains and the rain patterns implied by the river and desert placement make no sense. It’s still better than the official map in that respect.) You will probably have to click the image to open it bigger, and then rightclick to View Image to make most of the labels legible, I was deliberately working very zoomed in to make room for future details.

Doom, in PNG format.

7 thoughts on “No, me! Stay good! Don’t do it!

  1. I've seen a couple, but I'm generally avoiding Rainbow Rocks stuff on the grounds that I didn't particularly care for Equestria Girls.

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  2. Notions of geographical climatology go out the window when you have a race of magical citizens dedicated to controlling weather patterns.

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  3. True, and I suppose that borderline justifies my map. Still doesn't explain a couple of rivers on the official map that appear to be going downstream both ways.

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  4. Hey, man, don't diss crossovers! I'm practically making [0.75% of] a living on crossovers! :D

    But seriously, trust me, I do know the feeling of being drawn into an idea that you're pretty sure won't pan out but is still irresistibly compelling enough to drag you through the planning stages of it. There's a Leverage/MLP crossover in my brain that won't go away…

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  5. and as we all know, AUs are barely one step above crossovers.

    *gets a sweatdrop of embarrassment and backs quietly out of the room*

    But in all seriousness, if you want to sell it, you could just change the nouns and call it a new IP.

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  6. No, it only works as a pony AU. It's more of a “what if” than a “let's change all the characters' personalities and put them in an entirely alien setting” type of AU.

    The main issue is that it would take time to write, which is time not spent writing other things.

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