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Survivor Shy - 'It's Me! Fluttershy!' by Mattatatta Survivor Shy - 'It's Me! Fluttershy!' by Mattatatta
"The cave shook as a deafening roar rang out. A giant fist came crashing down onto the rocky floor - just as I barely dodged it. I immediately took wing and flew up and around the rampaging dragon to escape his sight, and landed down on a ledge on one side of the massive cave.

"I looked up and called out to him, terror and desperation wreaking havoc on my voice. 'Spike! It's me! Fluttershy!'

"The giant purple and green dragon turned to face me, now knowing where I had gone. He didn't even hesitate to open his colossal maw and breathe stone-melting flames at me. I took to the air to avoid being burned, my tail being singed as I escaped the heat. I landed on another nearby ledge as Spike stopped to take in a breath.

"I was shaking, and tears were streaming down my face at the fact that my friend was a gigantic, fire-breathing dragon, and was trying to kill me. I had to get through to Spike, make him stop what he was doing, and I knew in my heart that there was only one way I was going to be able to do that. In one last attempt, I pleaded to him, 'We're friends, Spike! Please, stop! Don't hurt me!".

"He stared down at me, snarling and fuming smoke and flames out of his nostrils. I locked eyes with him, and for a moment I could swear I saw little Spike in them. But suddenly, the glimmer was gone, replaced by such ferocity that I couldn't bear to look into them any more.

"As he raised a balled-up claw to strike, I blinked back the last of my tears.

"I had to fight him."


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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*


So here we go, Fluttershy discovers that Spike is alive and not missing like the other ponies, but he's reverted back into the wild and untamed monster he once became when greed took hold of his heart.

This is the first scene that has introduced a canon character (besides Fluttershy) to the series. This is also the first scene in a small arc I've already got pictures planned for, so in this particular turn of events, I know where I'm going, but everything potentially before and after is still completely and utterly unknown until an image pops into my head.

I will probably being continuing my random, fragmented storytelling going in spite of there being a much more definitive 'quest' going on. So don't expect scenes to be created and uploaded that are directly related to this scene. I may actually upload a scene from a completely different point in the story. We'll see.

I appreciate your feedback, comments, and general thoughts! Thanks for reading this far down!
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:iconlegoland5254:
legoland5254 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
FINISH HER!
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thundershock125 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
may i ask when are you going to finish this?
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I haven't the foggiest idea. But I've got two new scenes lined up and am in the process of submitting them right now.
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thundershock125 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
cool
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Innak Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
Message from Kkat:

I'm going to have to read this now. That is an amazing, powerful image. Wow! :wow:
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*backflips out of joy*

I certainly did not expect Kkat to comment on this little project I've got going on! Thanks!
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sapphire475gs Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
Afterwards, Fluttershy would remember the moment with sorrow, yet not complete regret; after all, he was forever safe within her heart in memory AS WELL as soul... for she was Dovahkin, "Dragonborn", and his soul was now absorbed into hers.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I always enjoy a Skyrim reference when it is do with Fluttershy.
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rageoftheheavens Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
It's really hard for me to come up with words on how well this is done. The detail, the shading... simply amazing. I wonder exactly what's going through Fluttershy's mind as she sees that her friend no longer the kind, gentle Dragon he once was, and is now about to kill her without thinking twice.

I don't think Fluttershy's willing to give up on getting her feelings through to Spike now that she's reunited with him. The whole fighting thing though... if it has to be done then it has to be done, but I can't imagine that lasting five seconds. If Spike doesn't capture Fluttershy (and it doesn't appear that he intends to) she'll either get scorched, crushed or eaten.

Again, amazing work.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do intend to follow this up at some point. The following action that takes place is a pretty important key point in the story - even though the story, as it stands right now, is fragmented and full of blank space yet to be filled in. I'm currently brainstorming ideas on how I want to illustrate the following scene, and I'm trying to not get bogged down in this stage, if it gets too much, I'll have to walk away and work on a different part of the story and return to this arc later.

I've also had disaster with my computer tonight, and lost basically all of the files relating to this scene, and lost all of the editable files for the one uploaded before this one. So I'm now too angry to want to sketch ideas, and I have to back up what's left as a precaution.

Fluttershy really doesn't want to fight him, or bring any form of harm to him. But talking to Spike and trying to remind him of their friendship hasn't worked, and unlike the other times her words have failed to stop bad things from happening, she hasn't got a friend to jump in and save the day. She's on her own, and she has to learn to solve the problems she runs into by herself. Without taking my 'insider's knowledge' into account, I still know that Fluttershy has it in her to make difficult decisions, and simply do what needs to be done, if there's nopony there to take the lead on her behalf. But I also know that she'll always aim for the best outcome possible, even if it is the far more risky option.

The fight won't last long, as you suggest. Realistically, fights rarely last longer than a couple of minutes, because it is extremely rare to pair two opponents who are equals, who would stand a chance at reaching stalemate.
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swordking684 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
one weapon only:THE STARE
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*dramatic music*
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DoughnutJoe Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
For real, girl? Good on you for being assertive, but if it's come down to a fight... well, you have my best wishes, but I'm going to have to put my money on the big guy.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now we have two betters, one for each side!
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DaoPian Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
ha on ponibooru i think i commented about spike or dragons in general good to see this :3..gonna make some tea to read this.
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:iconinfernothechinchilla:
fluttershy im sorry you cant save him... he has hit puberty!


sorry had to be done! and sorry again the main note was too long so i didnt read...
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*buh duhm tsssh!*
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zaiali Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
Spike should run away.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cave exit looks a little small, though...
Then again, he'll make a Dragon-shaped hole in the wall if he's desperate enough to leave xD
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zaiali Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
Spike died as I wrote this comment.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Coroners are currently attempting to determine whether the cause of death was fatal amounts of squees, or trauma caused by a debilitating stare.
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zaiali Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
Did you also include tickling and the dangerous adorable hugs?
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Those have already been ruled out by the fact that the body was never touched by the assailant xD
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zaiali Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
Then it was most likely a squee with a chance of massive adorable eyes. Those are my weakness if not hugs.
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dempsey23 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
Welp, Spike is screwed
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can see who you put all your chips on lol
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dempsey23 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
Well, you've got a bottomless well of cuteness, good manners, and soft spoken requests. And if that fails, you've got the will power of a nuclear powered steam roller. Always bet on Fluttershy.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
True, very true
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DarthWill3 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:evillaugh:
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconfluttershylaughplz:
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DarthWill3 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know how you feel. LOL
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe
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Karach0s Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
Whoa, I wasn't expecting this.
What happens next, what happens next, whahappensnex? o.O
Crap, we will have to wait, won't we? ;)
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Unfortunately so. Although, I might make the next scene I create directly related to this one, since it'll probably be too jarring to go from the prelude of an action-heavy scene, to some random scene from a different point of the timeline. It may go against my norm of uploading scenes out of order, but that was never a rule I had to obey in the first place, it was more of an optional convenience.

Besides, the image in my head looks like a badass wallpaper.
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Karach0s Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
Well, they keep telling that patience is virtue. ;)
By the way, I've been wondering about this timeline shenanigans of yours. :D Once the project is completed (not too soon, I hope! :) ), will there be a guideline on how to read it from the beginning to the end? Or will it be unnecessary, because everything will just fall in its place? Or will we just have to work it out like a motherf- like a frigging jigsaw? :D
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I haven't completely decided. Ideally, it should all make sense one way or another when I complete the elusive final scene. But I might organise it into what I consider the correct order of events, especially if it turns into a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle xD

Basically, if things stay away from being too complicated, it'll probably stay in random order. Otherwise, I'll do something about it.
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Karach0s Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
I'll have you know that since I turned teen (so many years ago, I might add :( ) I haven't ashamed myself by playing jigsaw less than 1000 pieces. :D So I'm up to the challenge. ;)
Let me part with wishing you good luck with producing that many of Survivor Shy. :) It would be truly epic and she certainly deserves that. ;)
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks
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Nameleslight Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I read the title in Mario's voice :XD:
Fluttershy's expression in the picture is really great. I love how you made the eyes.
I was really expecting her to be able to reach out to Spike and make him calm down. She is Fluttershy, after all.
I wounder why she would choose to fight Spike instead of flee? Maybe he have something she needs?

As for critique, I think Fluttershy narrowly escapes death a few times too many, gives it a bit of an unreal feel to it, and the decision to fight him seemed a bit out of character, although it was a nice way to end the story. For the image, the anatomy of her lifted hoof caught my eye. I'd say the part closes to her body is too long, the middle part is too curved and the hoof part is too small. I guess you've seen this before: [link]

Either way, great art and story. Hope to see more of it. :)
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I haven't actually seen that guide before, I can use that, so thanks! I struggle to get the forelegs right. The bone structure of them constantly changes so that they can double as forelegs AND arms. It gets a tad confusing at times, which frustrates me at times since I like to draw different poses and views, and not getting the anatomy right costs time. I redrew Fluttershy about three times when working on "A Night in the Canterlot Warzone" because I completely screwed up the anatomy each time.

Storywise, I can where you're coming from with Fluttershy narrowly avoiding 'bad ends'. It seems a little implausible to imagine a non-athletic pony such as Fluttershy to be agile enough to have such near-misses. However, I've noticed that in the show she can definitely move if the motivation is there, be it chasing discorded Rainbow Dash, taking down Dash and fleeing from her home in "Dragon Quest", or catching Philomena's ashes. Dash has also commented on Fluttershy's agility in "Hurricane Fluttershy", where she refers to an off-screen event where Fluttershy went into a dive to catch a falling bird. So I feel that with all that considered, it becomes clear that one of her strengths is her agility.

Now, in the context of Survivor Shy, Fluttershy has encountered other Dragons, and is negotiating with a very hostile setting. Spending any amount of time in this scenario would probably sharpen her abilities ever so-slightly, too. I'm not saying that Fluttershy can dodge atom bombs, but when it comes to large, lumbering giants such as Greedy!Spike, her attributes really help.

The problem with her decision to fight being out-of-character is the fault of how I'm creating this series. There isn't a lot of room for me to work a lot of context into every picture, nor is there a lot of room to write a lot of context into every written passage. I could have wrote down her plan of action in how she was to fight Spike exactly, but it would sacrifice the impact of the last line. In fact, the apparent out-of-character side to Fluttershy saying she was going to fight Spike is what makes it have that impact, in my opinion.

I can only assure you that I do know that Fluttershy just doesn't fight (at least not under the same definition you and I use). She thinks Rainbow Dash ranting about her feeble cheering counts as the two of them arguing - and she apologises for it. So full-on, bona-fide hoofi-cuffs is a massive leap for a character such as Fluttershy to resort to, especially since, with the exception of "Putting Your Hoof Down", she has never lifted a hoof in anger at anything. It has been jokingly toyed with, however, in "Lesson Zero", but she wasn't actually fighting.

You've definitely given me food for thought though, so thanks.

As for your top paragraph, I can't unhear that either. I was stuck on what to call this scene, it's too late to rename it though. Oh well!

Fluttershy couldn't get through to Spike in "Secret of my Excess", which was when he last became a rampaging giant, but mind you, she was basically using the same tactics this time around as in that episode - trying to reason with him. So the outcome was kind of obvious, but worth trying :D

She also won't flee on the principle that Spike is her friend, and whether he's endangering her life or not, he needs her help. Not only that, but he's the first friend she has been shown to encounter in the entire story, after spending so long thinking all of the friends that she held dear were gone forever, I'd say Fluttershy would be willing to risk her neck to properly reunite with him.

And then there's the motive that actually led her to Spike, which is strictly in spoiler territory for now. ;)
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Nameleslight Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for your response. :)
She probably have quite good agility, that makes sense. My point is that she just seem a bit nonchalant of how much luck she had dodging those blows, and seem to count blindly on the luck to continue. Maybe spike is clumsy, slow and bad at aiming, but that's not mentioned in the story.

You mention that you are restricted by the other pieces of your work. One option would be to simply not even try to connect them, freeing yourself of those shackles. Or maybe that's a bad idea, I dunno. But you could always go trough and rewrite the other pieces later to make the newer ones fit.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're right about how I don't note whether it's luck, skill, or Spike's own weaknesses in the story. I really should've included that. I might make a revision later, then. Because it should be noted in some form by Fluttershy. She does describe how much it was upsetting her that her friend is triggering her phobia of Dragons and trying to kill her, though.

In my mind, Spike is too enraged and out of control to really use any form of tact or reason. I got the impression in "Secret To My Excess" that Spike's growth had temporary drawbacks associated with the change, which included speech becoming worse until it was reduced to roars and growls, and overall intelligence being diminished. He wasn't totally dumb (trapping the Wonderbolts in an empty water silo was simple, but clever), but he clearly wasn't as smart as he usually is throughout the show. Going by that, it makes sense that he's pretty bad at coordination and anticipating and responding to his opponent's movements - unlike natural predators who learn these skills during adolescence, such as the other Dragons seen in the show that can talk. It's a case of using raw power to make up for shortfalls in other areas. It would be pretty handy in confrontations with other Dragons, especially since they are much bigger and are easier to target, to be the one more physically powerful. But against a small pony who can fly and move pretty quickly, things become a little more complex.
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Liliththeottsel Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
O______________O..... I love the concept of your tumblr, I guess I'll follow a little ;p I really want to see more of Fluttershy's quest ^^
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I'm going to be making new scenes as often as possible, so stay tuned and hopefully, you'll enjoy the story as it develops.
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DerpinYou Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
I like where this is going.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So do I, so I better get it drawn and written so everyone else can enjoy it
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OberonKnight Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
DO IT FILLY.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconfluttershysadplz: "Only because I have to."
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CJFinnegan Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing work.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks
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