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Survivor Shy - 'I'm Sorry' by Mattatatta Survivor Shy - 'I'm Sorry' by Mattatatta
"I leapt down from the ledge and started flying as fast as I could, heading straight for Spike. He stopped himself from throwing his fist down at the ledge I was just on and watched with bemusement as I lined myself up with his upper abdomen and bucked as hard I could into it, doing my best to block out my conscious all the while. The massive dragon doubled over and pulled his arms in, and I immediately flew and over his right shoulder, giving a hurried apology as I passed and attempted to land on his back. He responded by lashing his right arm out, swinging a balled-up claw over his shoulder and after me, only to hit the rocky ceiling and cause it to start collapsing.

"I abandoned my landing and dove down, attempting to escape the falling rocks, my wings protested as I corkscrewed and twisted clumsily, but I pushed myself through it. Suddenly, a boulder clipped one of my wings, throwing me out of balance and into a downwards spiral. I collided with Spike's horde, scattering bits and books all over the floor, and crashing into sets of golden armour and just barely avoiding the decorative weapons he had stolen. For a spell, I was seeing birds and butterflies flying around, I shook my head and they faded away, and the cave came back into focus.

"I stood back onto my hooves, and winced at the sharp pain in my wing. I had landed on it and sprained it badly, rendering me flightless. I carefully folded my wing away with the assistance of a hoof, and took stock of my situation. Spike had lost sight of me, and was searching the nooks and crevices on the opposite side of the large cavern. Boulders and rubble littered the floor, and Spike's tail was waving idly above them. I ran through the vast collection of treasures, and leapt onto a large rock. From there, I started hopping onto bigger and bigger boulders and debris, taking a final leap onto Spike's tail as it passed. I stumbled a little upon the unsteady surface, and bit down into one of Spike's spines to steady myself. The dragon realised where I was, and started to crane his neck around.

"Not wasting a heartbeat, I clambered up his body, making it impossible for him to see or reach me. Spike let out an irritated roar, and started to jump and thrash about. I bit down on one of his scales and held on for dear life, praying that the scale wouldn't fail me and come out, or that I would lose my grip and fall. Spike slammed into walls and shook the cave, causing more debris to fall. Rocks landed on him, making him stop and cover his head as they bounced off him and tumbled down towards me. One barely missed me, but another was following behind, I swung to the side and let go, flinging myself clear of the falling rock, and planted my hooves onto Spike's back. I slid down a little as I was trying to get a grip, but my hooves finally found purchase, and I started climbing back up hurriedly, using missing and damaged scales to climb up and hang on with. Spike came down onto all fours, making the surface horizontal. No longer needing to climb, I started to gallop along his back, almost reaching his shoulder height before he started to shake like a wet dog. I lost my balance and fell onto my side, and in a panic I scrambled over to one the green spines on Spike's back and bit down and held on tight. Realising his tactic wasn't working, Spike stopped shaking, and instead started to try and roll onto his back. I let go and ran to stay upright on Spike, and made for his shoulder, the sound of boulders being ground into dust as they were crushed leaving nothing to my imagination if I were to fall.

"I was now on the front side of Spike, treading on the softer scales, making my prescence even more known. He reached a claw out to grab me, and I just barely slipped between his digits. He closed his claw and brought it infront of his vision, and was surprised to see it was empty. He growled angrily as I started to gallop up his neck, and reached to grab again. This time, I leapt up and bit onto a loose purple scale to escape his blind grab, the sharpness of it cut my mouth and drew blood. As his claw retreated, the scale proved too loose to stay attached, and I dropped back onto the green scales on the underside of his neck. Spike felt me drop down and started to reach to grab with both claws this time, his patience already wearing thin. I met the palm of one claw with a swift buck, and by reflex it closed like a trap. I then clambered onto it to escape the other open claw, taking the purple scale with me.

"For a moment Spike had lost track of me, and he stood upright to see his arms and to try to cause me to slip and fall if I were still on his neck. As soon as he spotted me stood on the back of his claw, his eyes narrowed and a growl escaped him, and he started to take a breath in.

"I looked around me for somewhere to leap to, but there was nowhere to go, and running up his arm wouldn't escape his fire-breath. I tasted the blood in my mouth, and looked down to see the way the purple scale in my mouth was catching the light. My eyes fell upon the hand I was stood on, and I had an idea. I looked up at Spike, and saw the tell-tale glow escaping his nostrils. 'Mmf Thorry.' I said in apology, and drove the tip of the scale into his claw as hard as I could. Spike roared out and threw his claw up in pain, launching me up into the air. The scale left my grip and I spun around helplessly, unable to fly with a sprained wing. I started to fall, and I closed my eyes so that I wouldn't see the ground come rushing up to me. I hit the floor much sooner than I anticipated, and I was still alive, if badly battered and bruised. I opened my eyes, and they met two massive, green eyes, focused on me with intense fury."



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*FAQ:*

(q)What is this?
(a-short answer) Survivor Shy, an ongoing series following Fluttershy on a mission to survive being in an Equestria in ruins, and to restore Equestria and ponykind.
(a-long answer) A project I began after binging on Fallout 3 and Fluttershy episodes. It originally began as a couple of pictures that depicted Fluttershy in an ambigious, post-apocalyptic setting. But since then, Survivor Shy has evolved into an ongoing adventure/fantasy series following Shy's journey to restore Equestria and ponykind.

(q)Where do I start? In what order do these pictures go?
(a-short answer) Follow them in any order, none of them are in chronological order, and I've left it up to you to work out the correct order.
(a-long answer) I'm experimenting with an unusual way of storytelling. I focus on drawing dramatic scenes that fit the basic theme of Survivor Shy, and once I'm finished, I write a story excerpt based on the picture. As time goes by and I complete and upload new scenes, the chronological order of the story shall become clearer, and the story shall practically write itself. Once I finish the 'last' scene of Survivor Shy, I'll see about linking the scenes together into chronological order.

(q)Why are your animated pictures so big? They make me lag!
(a)I'm a silly pony who likes massive pictures, but I'll downscale the gifs so that they don't lag so much from now on.

(q)Is this going to be Grimdark/Mature?
(a) I have no intention of drawing anything that could be classed as Grimdark. We're talking Disney-levels of blood and overall darkness. As for the written parts, I will not write anything graphic, but the written parts do have less-strict rules.

(q)Will Fluttershy die?
(a)I can't say exactly, I will say that she could die, but I'll never draw her dead or write words to the effect of "Fluttershy died". If your imagination says that she died after a certain scene, then that's your interpretation.

*End of FAQ*


I took way too long making this update...

This time, I've gone against my usual way of submitting scenes out of chronological order and drawn up a scene that occurs straight after my previous submission, "Survivor Shy - 'It's Me! Fluttershy!'". This is actually the second scene of a three-part set. The third will be up within an hour or so, I've already made a big enough of a cliffhanger out of the last scene.

Leave your comments, feedback, and thoughts in the comments below!
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genocide24 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
Looks like a beard.
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Coobalt-Dahonli-One Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
I might soud like a m***n asking this question, but does it have any link with Fallout Equestria?

Because... Ah, nevermind. This pcture is powerful.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, but you'd be surprised how many people seem to make a FO:E connection to this trio of images!
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Solomon-Pider Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Pretty awsome, I'm glad I stumbled on it.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There's plenty more in the series to peruse over. I'm in the process of piecing together an entire story around Fluttershy's adventures in this setting. :)

Everything I've done so far can be found in the Survivor Shy Gallery here on dA, or over on FimFiction [link]
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RaenBoow Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
"giving a hurried apology as I passed" - Fluttershy in a nutshell ^^ Intense reading. I had to reread the middlepart cause I wanted to follow her movements more accurately. I succeeded = You succeeded.

That scale has Swag. :iconrdfuckyeaplz:
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was extra careful to make sure the actions and movements could be followed. I spent quite a bit of time mentally "choreographing" the scene to understand how the characters moved. I'm glad it all paid off, because I know what it is like when an action scene isn't clear enough and one doesn't follow.

Funny Fact: Derpibooru considers this picture grimdark AND safe. Their definition of grimdark makes a splinter look like mass murder, but it also isn't a "primary" tag like "safe, or "explicit". They kinda misused the word to describe absolutely anything that has even a smidgen of implied suffering or pain. Here, she's got some pretty long scratches and a few cuts, it is nothing life threatening by any stretch of the imagination, but it's grimdark apparently.

Meanwhile, "Meditate" is rated "safe" on that site, even though the picture alone implies that the Princesses, Twilight, and Fluttershy have all suffered terrible fates. It's apparently not grimdark, though.

This isn't really relevent to your comment, but I felt it would be funny to share. Derpibooru's tagging system is kinda silly
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RaenBoow Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
lulz :XD: yeah, byrocrazy... you can't spell it without "crazy" :iconpsychotwishrugplz: (...if you spell it wrong... that is... NVM! -___-)

She has a bandage aswell dear tag-system... that implies injury supposedly caused by evil forces.... better hide yo kidz. :/

This reminds ME of a comic with a Vegan-guy who doesn't dress in any clothes that are produced from animals. Someone mentions the fact that his clothes are still sewed on sewing machines - powered by electricity - that comes from burning oil - that is the restproduct from the bones of long extinct dinosaurs.

Next monrning he comes naked to work, mumbling to himself that he should start making exceptions :V
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's even sillier when you take a look at Fluttershy's injuries in "As Friends". She's bruised, scratched, and a little cut up. Her right wing, which is visible, has a few damaged feathers. And that is the 'good' wing! The sprained wing is somewhat hidden from view, with only misaligned feathers being visible.

And yet, "As Friends" is completely "safe" according to Derpibooru's tagging.

I know it sounds like I'm ranting, but I'm laughing about it, it is so ridiculous that it deserves criticism.
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RaenBoow Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
....That's some really nice hair (now that I look at it again) :D

..Nooooo She just spilled paint on her wing and foreleg ;P
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DarthWill3 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Poor girl.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She's got a lot ahead of her, it's going to be a long journey, and this is just one of the many dangers she'll have to face.
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DarthWill3 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I see.
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sapphire475gs Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
The battle soundtrack from Shadow of the Colossus was playing in my head. Great story sequence, again!
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's funny because I recently bought the Ico and SotC PS3 pack (never played the games before), but have been holding off on playing them so that I can draw these scenes. So I've probably had it on my mind while drawing and writing.

Then again, I was also being heavily reminded of the Golems in Prince of Persia: Warrior Within, yet the track "Conflict with the Griffins" is essentially the soundtrack of this scene in my mind.

I've got too many games on my brain
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HALOPONY3 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
nice.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks
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Nameleslight Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great flow, cool actions. Good balance between danger and injuries.
Fluttershy looks really nice. Her expression and angle of head is great, and the scale is nice, too.
The anatomy might be a bit of, but that's hardly noticeable. Overall both a great image and story. ^^
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
Where did I derp with the anatomy? The wing? The torso? The legs? All of those are problem areas I still need to work on, so I'm suspecting those right now.
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Nameleslight Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, I'm always so nervous when posting critique, always afraid to sound too rash. >.<
Anyway, first of all, you might have heard this before and might do it, but you should always try to get some references, even if you're making a new pose. Best place for that is the vector club, [link]
Here is some (I hope constructive) critique. [link] Hope it helps! ^^
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, I've gone over the critique and given the vector club a look. I might make use of them in future.
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Karach0s Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
Wow, an action scene! That's new. And it's quite good too. :)
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
After writing the excerpt for "A Night in the Canterlot Warzone", I felt that it was high time that Fluttershy encountered a danger that she couldn't run away from and had to confront. It was a challenge to lead up to and write an action scene for her where she wasn't trying to simply escape, because Fluttershy greatly favours non-violent options, and doesn't like fights. She doesn't even fight during the Changeling invasion, she merely avoided them and relied on her friends to protect her.

So when I had the idea of introducing Spike, I found a perfect set of scenes to create and work with that would force Fluttershy to actually confront danger and do something. Spike is the first friend she's found since everypony disappeared, and even though he is in a rampage, and mindlessly wants to kill her, she can't bring herself to abandon him and leave him the way he is.
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DaoPian Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
time to make tea and read!
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tea sounds pretty good right now. Too bad I have no teabags in the house, and it's 1.30AM.
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DaoPian Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
wow intense story!

Yeah I have an electric teapot and good earth tea, very good. :P i like this fic, im not a huge fan of fan fics but this is not bad at all.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm hoping to make a good story out of this. But I do worry about the quality of it, since I am making almost all of it up as I go along ( hence the scattered, out-of-order scenes). I think I've managed to work it in such a way that the random order actually helps the story remain interesting, but as more scenes are made, it is going to become a challenge to link them all together seamlessly.
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DaoPian Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
well you are doing a good job, its enjoyable :)
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MegaPatron Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
i really liking the story! I hope Flutters is safe in the next chapter! >_<
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You won't have long to wait. I'm about to hit the Submit button for it!
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MegaPatron Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
i saw :_:
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me-smith0211 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
Survivorshy indeed. I always anticipate the next one and am excited when you release it. :D
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, I never actually expected this to evolve into the project it has become. And I certainly did not expect it to gain a following! Thank you very much for sticking with this series. I really hope it continues to be fun to follow, otherwise, I've completely failed.
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