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Survivor Shy - 'The End of an Era Extravaganza' by Mattatatta Survivor Shy - 'The End of an Era Extravaganza' by Mattatatta
Non-Canon - I couldn't write that in the title

"I had veered off course while travelling back to Equestria from The Free Lands, and for a few days I wandered like a lost soul across the sky and on the ground as I searched for a familiar landmark to get my bearings with.

"Eventually, I found myself looking upon the remains of Fillydelphia. And I flew down to an apartment block to look for essential items; medicine, food, and clean water.

"When life had turned into this daily struggle, I had reservations about breaking into buildings and homes and taking what I needed. I didn't want to steal what wasn't rightly mine, nor did I want to disturb the eerie, graveyard silence that lingered throughout the land with my scratching around and rifling through other ponies' possessions. In spite of what I kept on telling myself back when this all began, the back of my mind believed that the ruins were the grave markers of the millions of ponies who had vanished, and that stealing from them was the same as desecrating a grave.

"However, as I watched myself get thinner, and found myself in need of things I simply couldn't get any other way, my prudish mindset gave way to survival instinct, and I resorted to scavenging. Now that I thought about it, I was silly to be so ashamed of adapting and trying to survive, especially when I was committing a crime out of necessity rather than a crime out of greed.

"After finding enough pressure in the kitchen and bathroom taps of a few apartments, I managed to fill my canteen and reserve canteen with clean water. A search through kitchen cupboards had given me an honest supply of tinned fruit to last a few days. One apartment had a proper first-aid kit, which went straight into my saddlebag, while another had a sickly-green mix of strong cough syrup and an unopened bottle of 'Nay-Nay Pain Away' pills in the medicine cabinet. With no more room to carry anything else, I left the apartments and began making my way through Fillydelphia's empty streets.

"As I walked through the city, I began thinking about my mission to find the other Elements of Harmony. Finding them was not a desire to reunite myself with the memories of my friends any more, it was now an imperative - without them, I couldn't make this one chance to undo the mess that I was in. But before I could find them, I had to get back to Canterlot and hope I could pick up a trail. And to do that, I needed a map.

"I started looking around at the debris and destruction around me, hoping to spot a shop that might have maps of Equestria. It was then that I realised that something was out of place; doors had been kicked in and trampled over, and window frames had been scratched up by what looked like claw marks. Shops had been broken into and stripped clean, and a branch of Fillydelphia Bank had been gutted.

"Before I could even begin to think about who could've done this, I saw the posters. They were on the walls of looted buildings, in alleyways, and on street corners, and they had all been put up recently. I trotted over to one, and read it.

"'LOOKING FOR LOOT?
COME AND VISIT
Lord Perry's
"End of an Era Extravaganza"
IN OUR BRILLIANT BAZAAR
IN THE UNDERGROUND HOME
OF THE DIAMOND DOGS!'

"My face went red as I felt myself grow very angry. The Diamond Dogs had come through here, looted anything of value, and were now selling it all on under the banner of preserving the memory of the fall of ponykind. I started kicking my hoof at the ground in frustration, trying to let off steam. I tore the poster off the wall and stomped it into the dirt, only feeling a little better afterwards.

"I sighed and sat on my haunches, staring at the crumpled and torn poster in front of me. 'Why am I so surprised by this?' I muttered to myself. 'They were only fighting Dragons in Canterlot so they could loot what was there, too...'

"A thought crossed my mind, the Diamond Dogs might've taken the other Elements from Canterlot, which meant that they might be selling them in their Bazaar. Whether I wanted to see them or not, I had to find the Diamond Dogs' underground city, and hope that I could get the remaining Elements of Harmony from them.

"And to do that, I needed a map."


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Here we, after taking way too long, I'm back with a new scene for Survivor Shy.

We're jumping to a different point in the story, here, so that's why Spike isn't present before you start asking. I'm creating this series on the fly, and the scenes I upload are usually out of chronological order, the exception being the three scenes where Spike appears.

That being said, I'm beginning to develop a nice collection of scenes in my head involving Spike, some of which are way too good to let sit. So expect some scenes featuring Spike in the near-future!

Anyway, this scene was originally going to be animated. But it proved to be way too ambitious to do without it taking far too long, so I took the scene and reworked it to be a pretty cool landscape shot. Landscapes are one of my many weakspots, and since I started this series to improve my art skills (and my writing), there are going to be a lot of pictures where I try something new for the first time.

That all said, I'm not 100 percent happy with this, but I'm tired with working on it, and I feel it is still good anyway, just not perfect.

As always, I appreciate comments, feedback, and even questions. So don't hesitate to drop something in the comment thread below (or FAQ if you have a question not specific to this scene)!
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MegaPatron Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Very good read :)
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, I just uploaded a new scene, too!
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RaenBoow Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
lulz I like the fact that a commercial with Fluttershy is on the roof there :D Past meets Present, sortof. :thumbsup::thumbsup:
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think I said it in another comment here, but I wanted to link the writing and the art together by having them both hark back to the past in some way. In Fluttershy's narrative, she reflects upon her learning to accept and even justify her looting, even going so far as to define good and bad looting. In the artwork, the remains of Fillydelphia contain things that directly call back to a different time in Fluttershy's life when things were not as bad.
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RaenBoow Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Having problems with looting in times like that did confuse me even in FoE :P Maybe that means I'm actually evil inside but when you are out of options and noone gives a damn anyway I would probably not have a problem with looting those buildings at all... ...But now I feel bad for actually not caring :XD: fu...

I still think it fits Fluttershy well to reflect the way she does. :)
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a moral thing. For Littlepip, and even Wasteland Veterans such as Steelhooves, they were quite a few taboos and general beliefs on what made looting horrible or only partially tolerable. Littlepip had reservations about looting from the dead, because she was kinda grossed out by wearing bloodied armour and disturbing a corpse. But she quickly got over that bit of squeamishness after stumbling upon her first Raider camp in old Ponyville, and looting some armour to protect herself, which ironically attracted some well-aimed bullets being fired her way.

Steelhooves wasn't too bothered by looting, unless it seemed excessive or involved looting from fellow Rangers. So when Calamity would display has Pack Rat ways and literally empty entire rooms in seconds of ANYTHING of practical value, it bothered Steelhooves, who felt it was somewhat immoral.

Calamity's looting may seem extreme and unbridled, but he looted only what would benefit the living. So ammunition, equipment, etc, were things he would loot. He seemed to bear no interest in impractical, if valuable, items because it's just dead weight to him. If he took something he couldn't use himself, he'd either give it to somepony who could use it, or sell it to the next trader who could find someone to make use of it.

Fluttershy's morals regarding looting are probably closer to Steelhoove's type of morals, however, her allowances are far narrower. Fluttershy believes that there are some things too sacred to loot from, or certain items that are off-limits. But because she hasn't had to take from a corpse, she doesn't have to overcome that moral issue of practically desecrating a body to take whatever it has of use to her. If "Survivor" Shy were to be dropped into the FoE universe, she would find herself going back to square one and re-evaluating her thoughts upon looting, because she'd be seeing actual death, and faced with the issue of searching corpses for essential items.

in the Survivor Shy universe, though. There are no corpses or actual signs of death, just the empty cities and homes left abandoned suddenly by ponykind. Here, Fluttershy has only had to ask herself if taking what she needed from buildings is moral, and since buildings have never been alive, it is easier for her to forgive herself for taking from them. At the same time, however, she considers the remains of ponykind's civilisation to be much like a place of burial, a place that has to be respected. So items that are of no practical use to her (and later on, Spike), are absolutely off-limits.

Now introduce the Diamond Dogs, who simply take anything they can see good value in, and you have Fluttershy becoming increasingly disgusted by the lack of respect.
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RaenBoow Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:icongo-on-plz: I see :) .....Yeah I would probably go all Calamity on that loot :P
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I aim to further address Fluttershy's acceptance of looting in the future, especially since the confrontation with the Diamond Dogs will probably test her greatly.
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RaenBoow Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Indeed.
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Sammykh Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Student Writer
IM always looking forward to the next survivorshy. i love the pics and the story.
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