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(non-canon) Survivor Shy - Falling by Mattatatta (non-canon) Survivor Shy - Falling by Mattatatta
"The fire made the airship less and less able to stay together, and suddenly, the starboard's cables completely broke off and the deck tumbled onto its side. I instinctively grabbed a hold of the railing and watched as barrels and sacks of supplies toppled overboard and fell. But then, to my horror, I saw my saddlebags slide off and fall. Wasting no time, I cast myself off the wounded ship after them, weak wings or not.

"I pumped my wings harder than I was used to, trying to catch up to my saddlebags and grab them before the ground met us. Finally, I was mere inches away from the bags. In the turbulence, one of the flaps flew open and the Element peeked out, threatening to fall out. With a powerful flap of my wings, I grabbed the saddlebags and shut the flap, just as I felt my wings start to cramp up under the stress.

"I fell through the clouds and into falling snowflakes. With no way to tell where the ground was, I started to panic. I tried to level out, but the speed was making me pull up far too slowly. I clutched onto my saddlebags tightly and I pulled out of my dive as fast as I could, the stress making me dizzy and my wings start to flare up in pain. At last, I could feel my velocity drop, and I realised I was now gliding level.

"I couldn't fly up now, my wings were too tired and hurt to take me back above the clouds, and chances were the airship was going down, too, and I wouldn't have a place other than the tops of the clouds to land on.

"I glided downward, squinting my eyes to try to spot the ground through the snowfall, but it proved fruitless as I collided with a snow drift and rolled along the ground.

"I shook the snow-beard off my face and released the saddlebags from my grip, taking a look inside. Thank Celestia the Element was still in there, along with a few supplies and enough food to probably last me long enough to work out where I had landed and find more.

"At least, I hoped so."


Here we go, another random scene! I'm having a lot of fun drawing these, and I'm loving what I'm drawing. This picture was a blast to draw because of the perspective and pose I did for Fluttershy. I try to draw interesting poses each time I sketch something, and this is one of the best I've done yet!

If you're new to these images, then I shall let you know now that the Survivor Shy series are a bunch of random scenes I think of, draw, and upload based on the premise of Fluttershy finding herself lost in a post-apocalyptic Equestria with not another pony to be seen. There is no real chronological order, but feel free to arrange the images into what order you feel like they should be - especially as I draw more scenes.

Survivor Shy Gallery: [link]


(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.
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spitfirev Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
good job man
Mattatatta Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, you should check out my newer artwork (this one is showing its age :P ).
RaenBoow Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist

lulz :XD: I was very suprised but yay "Blizzard" must surely come after this..... right...? (I'm so happy I'm so glad that I found-the-chronological-order-of-these-two-pages... I want to thank you - and thank you means MER*slaps myself in the face*)
Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Airships are canon, just saying. The airship will be better explained in future scenes, as will the damage it sustains.

I'm not saying anything about chronology just yet.
RaenBoow Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Iz cool :thumbsup:
DoughnutJoe Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
I must say that I really am enjoying this style of storytelling.

My first thought with the airship is that it caught fire in a dragon attack. But I wonder how she got away?

I like that, even in the grim post-apocalyptic future, she can still crash into a snow drift and come up wearing a cartoonish snow beard. :)
Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm happy that you're enjoying this, and I hope you stick around for more from the series!
HALOPONY3 Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
what's going on here what happen.
Mattatatta Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What you see and what you read is pretty much all there is to know.
My-Magic-Dream Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Student
awesome picture :D
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