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Survivor Shy - 'Oh... My...' by Mattatatta Survivor Shy - 'Oh... My...' by Mattatatta
"I quietly crept my way towards the silhouette of the air yacht under the cover of the falling snow. Canterlot had dramatically become colder, and as I climbed aboard the anchored vessel and questioned whether it was right to steal it, I reminded myself that there was no way I was going to be able to walk down the mountain without freezing or being attacked by the Dragons and Diamond Dogs in and around Canterlot, and flying out of the city was out of the question with the strong winds forming and poor visibility.

"I dropped my saddlebags onto the deck, and began releasing the ropes holding the balloon down. Suddenly, it rose upwards sharply, and the yacht was jerked a few hooves into the air as it was caught between the balloon and its anchor. I climbed back aboard the yacht, and released the anchor from the ground. Now free, the yacht ascended quickly and silently, and was caught by a crosswind and blown over Canterlot. I peeked over the rail at the city below. Compared to the last time I visited, the city was now much more quiet. With the exception of the few fires still burning, and the faint shapes of Dragons flying around below, Canterlot seemed to have been largely abandoned by both of the warring races, leaving a ghostly shell that was now being buried ever so slowly in snow.

"I rose above the clouds, losing sight of the world beneath, and was finally greeted by the rising Sun. I allowed myself to breathe a sigh of relief, glad to have reached the safety of the sky.

"I heard rumbles, and at first I thought it was my stomach, but then a flash caught my eyes. I looked ahead of the ship, and my eyes widened in fear. Dead ahead, was a massive multicellular thunderstorm, and the ship was sailing on the wind straight into it.

"'Oh... My...' I said to myself, and I rushed into the cabin to the pilot controls. I attempted to steer the yacht, but I couldn't get the ship to alter its course, I was at the mercy of the wind.

"I rushed back onto the deck, to collect my saddlebags, when a bolt of lightning struck the balloon. The deafening explosion scared me into a tiny ball on the deck, and I was too afraid to move as the storm became much more violent, shaking the air yacht around and assaulting it with hail and lightning. The balloon ignited and started to burn, and I knew then that the ship wasn't going to survive this flight."


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First scene out of five for the next five days, and I barely made it. I can't hang around for long, because I need to get to sketching tomorrow's scene right now.

I decided to try a different approach with this scene. I at first wanted to show the viewer the storm, but then changed my mind because the viewer couldn't see Fluttershy's face, and I like to leave her expression visible so that a viewer can read her expression. However, I also needed to show what she was so afraid of in the picture. So I decided to take a more comic-book style approach to it by including the thunderstorm in a separate pane. I like the result, AND I managed to make sure she had all the accessories she's supposed to be wearing on her the first time around. I need to correct my last submission when I have time because I forgot her bandage in it. It'll probably see correction this Saturday, since my weekdays are booked solid on drawing new scenes!

Oh, and one last thing: Survivor Shy is now on FimFiction! It'll soon be current to my dA, which means it'll be perfect for those of you who frequent FimFiction to easily track this story! Plus, it might help me achieve a feature on the site, you never know!
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EnforcingFern48 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
Will Dat Fing Blow up? or Set On Fire
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It isn't Hindenburg, but...
[link]
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DoughnutJoe Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
:iconfluttershyyayplz::iconsaysplz:":iconapplebloomplz::iconsaysplz:"Buy some apples!" "

A translation of Fluttershy's exclamation, for those of you who watch Friendship is Witchcraft. ;)
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I watch that, it's pretty funny!
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hellfirejag Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Student Writer
Welcome to the equestria Daily! 533rd Drawfriend! [link]
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was not expecting that! Holy sprinting werewolves!
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Nameleslight Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How could it end this bad? The explanation is simple: [link]

Anyway, excellent work as always. The background and the clouds looks awesome, and Fluttershy looks good, too. Not sure if you're trying a new muzzle style or if you forgot to draw the lower jar, but her mouth does looks a bit strange in my opinion.
Also, the shade of green in her sclera (white of the eye) looks strangely familiar. :iconqueenchrysalisplz: The plot thickens...

I wounder how the air yacht works. I assume it's helium in the balloon, since it would explode violently if it was hydrogen. There is probably plenty of magic involved too.
Maybe parts of the ship would stay in the air even if most of it crashes, floating in the air like remains of a boat, offering something for survivors to hold onto while awaiting rescue, back in the days.

You're planing to pull out 5 parts in 5 days? That's impressive. I just hope the quality won't suffer from the rush. :)
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Her mouth is meant to be closed, but with an exaggerated, and comical, expression of shock. Just imagine the lower eyelid of her right eye twitching and the caption "Do not want." to get the idea. I was trying to capture that moment when she realises she's just taken herself out of one extreme and straight into another, and tried to portray it in a slightly more 'cartoony' way to reflect other parts of the picture.

I've recently started getting a habit of filling the whites of her eyes with a very desaturated colour, typically green, to keep them from looking too grey or white. I guess I went a little bit high on the saturation this time, and the combination of greens and blues in the irises only made the hue more obvious.

Judging by how the air yacht works in Sweet and Elite. It seems to behave much like a regular ship in that it gets its power from the wind, and the controls consist of a rudder at the back and fins on the side. As a result, if the wind is strong enough, it'll blow the yacht off course and override the controls.

While such vessels are designed purely for luxury rather than actual practicality, meaning that the vessel has to be anchored during storms, it would most likely have several safety features such as a magical lightning rod like what Twilight's home is reported to be fitted with. But given the fact the ship is in the air and not on the ground, the lightning rod probably grounds into an enchanted gemstone that can absorb a number of strikes before it breaks, leaving a good pilot some lee-way to bring the yacht to dock before serious damage is caused. After the gemstone breaks, lightning can set the ship on fire and damage the ship if struck.

When it comes to it being on fire, I would expect the material to be very resistant to fire, and would burn slowly. To avoid a Hindenburg-level disaster, I imagine the gas to be non-flammable, and would simply leak out through the holes caused by fire, causing the ship to slowly descend. Now, in Fluttershy's case, the fire also put a lot of strain on where the cables were that were connecting the ship to the balloon. By the time the scene "Falling" came into play (after sailing through a thunderstorm), the cables broke from the balloon, and the ship fell onto its side.
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Nameleslight Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fair enough.
Seems like the gem should have been changed long ago. Probably was, too.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Like fuses on a car, owners forget to check them, and eventually they fail. Then again, Fluttershy did kinda lead a perfectly good airship into a lightning storm
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Karach0s Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Fluttershy, fortunately, has her own set of wings. Weak as they might be, they will surely work when needed. Remember when she chased Dash towing a balloon behind her, or how fast she flew when the team needed her to form a hurricane to transport water to Cloudsdale?
What I'm trying to say is--imagine if it wasn't Fluttershy, but an earth pony (or a unicorn, but they could probably teleport to safety :P). They could have a reason to feel slightly unnerved. ;)

Sometimes I wonder about it, you know. If you chose other character for the main heroine. Would an earth pony's journey be more perilous, more difficult? Would a unicorn fare better, because of the magic? Could they still use magic in the first place? Such questions are, of course, meaningless but I can't stop to ask them sometimes. :)
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The heroine was chosen long before her challenges and even fate were decided. A lot of this story has been created in that rump-about-face way. So essentially, Fluttershy's challenges have been tailor-made to play to her weaknesses. For example, Dash wouldn't have many problems with battling Spike in the first encounter, Twilight would teleport, and Rarity only needs to tug on his heart strings. AJ and Pinkie would have just as much, if not more, difficulty in the battle, due to not even starting out with the ability to fly.

The current challenges that Fluttershy has been shown to have faced tend to be centered around her deep-seated fear of Dragons, unwillingness to get into confrontations, and her own physical and mental limitations. There are bound to be obstacles that the other ponies would fare better or worse against if they had to deal with them, depending on which pony it was. Then again, wouldn't a different heroine also mean different actions, leading to different consequences?

What if I went all the way back to moments before the event that reduced Equestria to an empty shell? What if Twilight received a letter from one of the other members of the Mane 6 instead of Fluttershy, and was able to save that pony instead? Where would she be when the world changes? How would she react to the new task before her?

What if Twilight didn't receive any letters from any of her friends before the event, and instead saved herself? She'd know exactly what happened, who or what she was up against, and would be mere minutes away from gathering all of the Elements of Harmony. She would realise that Spike survived, and would be with her from the get-go, the only thing that would be against her plot-wise would be the lack of knowledge she has on how to undo what has happened. And once she discovers that way, it becomes a case of how long it takes her to prepare, if the consequences of activating all six Elements of Harmony at once are non-lethal, and if she is able to do what is needed to restore Equestria.

I can't give it much thought though, because it would take too long to fully consider. But it seems Twilight would have an advantage compared to Fluttershy.

So that would beg the question: Why did Twilight send Fluttershy a ward to ensure that she is safe, instead of first protecting herself?
Taking the fact that a minute longer could've made it impossible for a letter to reach Fluttershy as the 'trail' would've ran cold, and ignoring it for moment, Twilight had no other rational explanation for choosing to ensure Fluttershy's safety before her own, as she didn't know that Equestria only had moments before it would be transformed into the shell Fluttershy is living in. Shippers would tell you that it was love or romantic interest, some would say "Twilight? Doing things without making some sort of calculation first? Pffft! As if!", and others would simply look blindly at me expecting me to give them the answer.

Really, you just have to ask yourself: "Isn't a lot of the things we do for our friends and those we care about irrational?"
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Karach0s Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
And thus, with a simple questions, I forced a crack in your defenses and caught a glimmer of the back story from the Creator's point of view. :)

Although, I do have to agree with something I was aware of even before asking the question: if another pony was chosen, this story would simply go a very different route--from the beginning till the very end--because of the reasons you mentioned. I've read many books (not as many as Twilight, though :P) and in all of them the events were chosen and constructed to tailor to the character, never the other way around--simply because most (if not all) stories tell about characters and their development through the events they partake in.
What I meant with my question was rather something like: disregarding the construct of a story, would a particular kind of pony have some advantages over others in the desolate world you created? Unicorns seem the most flexible, because they have versatile magic (very few, however, can master as many spells as Twilight; at least we didn't see it in the show ;)), pegasi have wings and the ability to control weather, earth ponies have their natural strength and endurance...
Ye gods, I'll leave this thought hanging, because I'm starting to think of it as if I were choosing a playable character in an RPG game. :D

"Why did Twilight send Fluttershy a ward to ensure that she is safe, instead of first protecting herself?"
Indeed, that's exactly what I asked when developing my crazy (but still very probable :P) Celestia-is-a-villain theory. Part of the answer is, of course, "because Fluttershy is undoubtedly the best pony", and "because the Creator said so", and "because it's her story, Discord damn it!". ;) But if you would like to justify Twilight's choice from her point of view--other than the lack of other options, and a threat of probably having a very short story had she chosen herself :P--in some of the future chapters, I will be most interested to hear it.
If not, I will go with the shippers :D at least until I can whip up another crazy conspiracy theory behind it. :P

"Isn't a lot of the things we do for our friends and those we care about irrational?"
Definitely. Confronted with emotions, our rational thinking dwindles away to a barely recognizable whisper at the back of our heads. Is it good? Is it bad? I don't have the answer for that, but it definitely is the way it is.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What can I say? I like talking, and I felt it was time I let some things slip to provoke some further thinking.

As far as justification goes, I don't plan to go any further with it than what Spike said/says. He's the only surviving character that was with Twilight when she sent Fluttershy the ward, and he never actually asked her why she sent Fluttershy a ward first instead of protecting herself. He only asked what it was. I haven't even given any thought about the end, and if it is likely that Fluttershy would ask Twilight directly if it was possible. It's not even likely Fluttershy would really think about it that much, she made a promise to her friends, especially Twilight, long ago (as in when I first started working on Survivor Shy, not in-universe 'long ago') to not give up, and that is really all she needs to concern herself over - keeping to that promise.

There will be no perspective change in the story, so having Twilight's thoughts be covered in any case would not be possible without them being spoken to Fluttershy, and I've already said I haven't even thought about if they'll directly exchange dialogue in the story or not, it all seems to far off to really be sure on.
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Sammykh Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Student Writer
Yay! A new 1!!!!
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And hopefully a new one today
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MegaPatron Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
uh oh! that cant be good D:
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This actually leads into another scene I've already made
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MegaPatron Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
oh :o
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dun dun dun
I love it when I make a scene that connects to another. It's like a big puzzle getting a couple of pieces connected
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MegaPatron Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
i see what you mean c:
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nintendofreak768 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Now we know how she got to canterlot. Although I'm confused. Did she go to canterlot one time or several times?
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She went there twice. I'm still yet to fully explain her reasons for both trips in the story, but the reasons should be easy enough to guess just by reading the scenes set in Canterlot.
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nintendofreak768 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Ok. Thanks clearing that up.
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