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(non-canon) Survivor Shy - In Trances by Mattatatta (non-canon) Survivor Shy - In Trances by Mattatatta
"I wanted to sleep, or wake up from this awful dream. No matter how many ruins I searched, or barren lands I scoured, there was not a single trace of any pony passing through. I had become very lonely, and it was taking its toll.

"I began stopping during my journey to just sit and dwell on better days, often for hours at a time. In these trances, I took refuge in my memories of spending sunny afternoons with my friends, even as I caught a cold in reality by sitting in a downpour of freezing rain. I wanted to go home, but home was in my mind, not in the scorched and ruined landscape I had left behind, and it wasn't in this land, either.

"I heard a Dragon roar in the distance, the sound echoing through the mountains and rolling across the plains I was travelling across. The terrifying thought of Dragons pierced through and brought me out of my latest trance, but I didn't want to move just yet. Instead, I looked at the wild grass around me. This place was very different to what I was used to, it was untouched by the disaster that had befallen everypony else. Damp, rich soil dirtied my hooves, and healthy shades of green rose and dipped softly with the gentle hills. I felt like an invader for disturbing the ground and grazing on the grass.

"I heard another Dragon roar, I was starting to run out of time. I struggled onto my hooves, my joints aching after being still for so long, and pushed onward."


I had some terrible art block over the weekdays, meaning that this was sitting around as a sketch for most of the week. I powered through the block last night and today, and got this finished. I quite like what I have here, I tried to go for a 'bug's-eye-view' perspective, and I reckon I just about pulled it off.

Be sure to leave me some feedback on this and the series in general, and if any of you have any speculations, feel free to share them!

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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gamezonejack Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Here lies rainbow dash 1985 to 2014.
Sabera55 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
I love the animation.
Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sabera55 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
This pic puts me in a trance, lol! Its so peaceful, yet so sad.
Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I eventually did a re-imagining of this image. It's not animated, but I had improved in quality by the time I drew this:
Sabera55 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014
Mattatatta Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice, I like it.
OceanSunset22 Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
the animation of the rain is beautiful!
Mattatatta Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Be sure to check out my gallery for more Survivor Shy pictures!
OceanSunset22 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i most certainly will ;)
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