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(non-canon) Survivor Shy - Sirt, Stry, urd Syche by Mattatatta (non-canon) Survivor Shy - Sirt, Stry, urd Syche by Mattatatta
"I threw off the cloak I was wearing and immediately dropped my saddlebags to the floor. Quickly, I emptied the contents of the bags out; food, medicine, bandages - everything clattered to the stone slabs and scattered. I retrieved my Element when it fell out and put it around my neck, and picked up the scroll that had started rolling away with my mouth.

"Barely able to control my nerves, I collected together the other Elements and arranged them on the ground around me, forming a ring. I passed a glance over to the two crowns of the Royal Sisters, still laying on the shrine I had spent countless months assembling. Whether this plan worked or not, I was glad I had so many witnesses with me, even if they were inanimate objects.

"My preparations complete, I sat down on my haunches, placed the scroll on the floor, and timidly edged my hoof towards it.

"I stopped, choosing to give myself a moment to take a breath. I stared at the rolled up parchment for a while, reflecting on the trouble I had gone through for this one chance, this one possibility that I could fix everything. It carried its risks, especially since I had never cast a spell before, let alone attempted a spell this dangerous and potentially life-altering. I had to be sure of this, be willing and prepared for whatever this spell could inadvertently do to me.

"The scroll contained a spell that broke all known laws of magic, allowing me to not only cast it, but also activate the Elements of Harmony alone, in spite of being a Pegasus. But while a Unicorn or Alicorn had a horn to handle magical currents, I did not. So once I had activated the spell, and passed the point of no return, I was going to be resisting the current until it overpowered me, and what happened next was down to luck and luck only.

"I took a deep breath and closed my eyes for a moment. I was the only pony left, and this could very well change that - for better or worse. I let out a sigh and reminded myself of the promise I made to myself: "Everything is going to be okay." The words comforted me, like they always seemed to be able to do, and the feeling of dread in my stomach disappeared. With nothing more left to think about, I unrolled the scroll with my hoof.

"The writing was in a language that didn't actually exist (as far as I knew), translated into phonetics. I could barely read it and understand the correct pronunciation, I knew the full translation, but the spell could only work when spoken with these words. After reading it silently a few times to become familiar with it, I cleared my throat and began to read out loud.

"'Ce tay charr lo cyin-largg tow habi ni sa palpo, shree o dewn col meelodi col ul.'

"The scroll began to glow and raise itself off the ground. I stood up to keep reading as I carried on.

"'Sy pos ner tay ig, Sy pos ling weetay Elmkeeli, urd way Sy im der fin ehkeeni, tay habvem lo tay chahawlod ri jot kree siib tow ehkeeni.'

"The Elements themselves began to glow, including mine. A golden aura was starting to become more and more apparent around all of them.

"'Fi zul konrurr ad sa crosuul, tayne zul naal colja siib.'

"The Elements in the ring all started floating, their energies becoming unstable. So far, the spell was working, and I only had one more line to read. I mentally readied myself, and delivered the last line without a shadow of doubt in my mind.

"'Tay Empawuul lo Sirt, Stry, urd Syche; cylovarr, ni Meelodi!'

"For a moment, everything went dark, and for a split second, I thought I had done something wrong. Suddenly, a loud crash and bright flash of teal light filled the room. Magical energies buzzed and flew and jolted around me, connecting with the Elements and then sending it all through my Element, straight into my chest.

"I was lifted off of the floor, I couldn't yell or scream as I felt my chest get tight, making me struggle to breathe. I kicked, flailed, flapped and wriggled uncontrollably as I panicked. I could hear my heartbeat in my ears, thumping loudly and at an alarming pace. My chest was burning, my vision becoming nothing but white, and I was getting dizzier and dizzier as I spun and convulsed blindly in the air.

"Suddenly, as the energies took complete control of me, I was relaxed into a state of paralysis and numbness, and my hearing became extremely sensitive. I felt an alien feeling of being transformed, rearranged and altered by the combined power of the six Elements of Harmony. I could hear whispers, but they were too faint for me to hear even with my heightened sense of hearing. Meanwhile, the cacophony of arcing magical bolts and six artifacts humming and almost singing came to a massive crescendo. I began to pass out as I ran out of air, and my vision, once white, now faded into black. I felt the Elements lower me down to the stone floor, which suddenly felt incredibly cold, and allowed me to let go and fall unconscious.

"When I came to, I could feel a hoof nudging me, and a voice gently calling for me.

"'Fluttershy... Fluttershy...'"

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Note (31st May, 2.30pm): Replaced the 1080p file with a 720p file to improve frame-rate on computers not built for my insanity. The original 1080p file is now available from Sta.sh here: [link]

Survivor Shy Gallery: [link]

*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*



After over a week and a half of work, and more hours than I am willing to count, the latest instalment of Survivor Shy is complete!

This is not the last scene I'm drawing, I have several new scenes in mind. But, like this scene, and all the other completed scenes, none of them are in chronological order.

Please do me a massive favour by giving your feedback! I would really appreciate it!

Fun Fact: The phonetic language actually has meaning, I wrote the 'spell' out in English, and then bastardised it as much as possible to create the phonetic spell. Cookies to the first pony who can correctly guess the strange words in the deviation title!

I will probably include the English translation in a future scene, as I have an idea in that shall call for such exposition.
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NonPlayer2 Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the heads up, I've just sent a report.
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NonPlayer2 Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you are welcome ^^
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Kimberly-AJ-04-02 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Student General Artist
I guess that language is mixed with Welsh and German.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nah, I just skewered the English language and until I had a bastardised language loosely connected to the normal words I was "translating".

It's been so long since I wrote this gobbledeegook that I can't remember what I exactly wrote. All I remember is that the title is "Earth, Sky, and Mind" - referring to the three fundamental pony races.
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FireworksBlaze Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
Link to next page please.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There's a better version of the story available on FimFic, it doesn't include every illustration found here, but it tells the story in a much more coherent sense. You can find it here [link]
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RainbowtheFox102 Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
I dont know how to react to this...That looks like torture
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's not meant to look like torture, but if I messed up that badly then I'll have to make sure I don't make that mistake with other pieces.
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SilverRattler Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Not sure if anyone's figured out the title yet, but I'll take a stab at it. XD

Sirt, Stry, urd Syche

Certain, History, you'd psyche


Yeah. I have no friggin idea.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It was a long time ago that I came out with that pseudo-magical language, and the fanfic now is probably not going to use it at all. With that in mind, I'll say that the title is "Earth, Sky, and Mind"
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SilverRattler Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Like anybody would have figured that out.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wasn't going to rule out being surprised, though
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Kimberly-AJ-04-02 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Student General Artist
According to this illustration Fluttershy who wears the Necklace of Kindness she put on herself was hovering upside down with all the other Elements of Harmony she took out, which reminds me of a request I'm about to give you. Can you make an illustration of her putting on her Necklace of Kindness?
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm a pretty busy person honestly, I draw almost exclusively for Survivor Shy and rarely draw anything else. Because of this, I can't take requests.

Drawing an illustration within the story depicting her putting her Element on? It's possible, but I only draw things from the story that can highlight something particularly notable, such as activating the Elements of Harmony, or fighting a Dragon. For me to want to draw Fluttershy putting her Element on, the image would have to carry some special meaning in my eyes. I cannot currently think of something that works that way, and I'm pretty far off in the storyline from needing to draw Fluttershy and the Element of Kindness again.
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AlexAceves30 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
one of their worst nightmares they have ever faced.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What exactly?
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AlexAceves30 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
I mean what if they have nightmares like this picture?
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Who would 'they' be? I'm missing something here and I'm getting confuzzled
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AlexAceves30 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Well I don't know exactly.
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039520 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
awesome!
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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RaenBoow Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
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Wowh! O-o I haven't had time to read the story... but that picture intrigues the hell out of me xD ...Not in chronological order? Interesting... But wouldn't that ensue spoilers if read wrong? ....Maybe not... Idk I haven't tried yet! :P

Until now that is. :D Change of plans: THIS is what I'm gonne read today! :happybounce: (It's apparently useless but I'm think I'm gonne start from the begining... in which you uploaded them.)

"Will Fluttershy die?" - Nice answer you gave here :D
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There will be a more definite answer to what may happen to Fluttershy when I finish making the series. Until then, I'm free to write how I choose, and hint in whichever direction I feel, and generally keep a nagging question such as "does she make it after that scene?" in someone's mind.

Even with a good idea of where I'm taking the story right now, there's still plenty of opportunity for me to throw something in that makes people stop and rethink. Hopefully, I can keep people guessing until I upload the last scene I want to create.
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RaenBoow Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
There is alot of air to fill indeed. I'm quite certain you will be able to fill it with an pleasant intriguing scent instead of cheap choking parfumé :)
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SubjectSigma77 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Woah these are awesome! Time to read :D
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McGinSpace Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Ce tay charr lo cyin-largg tow habi ni sa palpo, shree o dewn col meelodi col ul.

Stay at your location, your blood will flow fast, shreak at dawn, call melodie call all...

(lol) I have no idea, the above only works if the spaces are in the wrong places and palpo means palpitations.
This from someone who leaves cryptic spoilers in comments when he's guessed where the story is going so that he can come back later and say "Called it" and have proof.

Like in the forgotten element, I'm pretty sure the male OC likes anagrams and should be name sys Charli and "is a drag queen this day"
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not gonna stop ya from translating the entire spell, so I'll give you hints - this can be a game!

The spaces are not rearranged or splitting words in half. In later sentences, there is an occasion where a space is completely dropped to join two words together.
"Ul" is correct, it means "all".
You're on the right track with "palpo", but it does not directly mean "palpitations". Rather, "palpo" acts as a noun for something that has been known to palpitate.
"Shree o dewn" isn't "Shreak at dawn", and looking at the English translation here, I honestly have no idea how I made the connection between the magic language and English version. I guess it's an example of illogical representation.

Here's a helpful hint:
"Tay" is a direct translation of the word "The". Words similar to "The" such as "That" has counterparts in the magic language that begin with "T" and the "Tuh" sound.
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RaenBoow Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
....wut :XD: "magic language"? ... So "urd" = "word" Correct? :confused:
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nope, the sound of the word isn't a direct rhyme of the English word.

Hint: The title has commas, and almost all the punctuation (except for apostrophes) is correct according to English grammar. So the use of the commas here reflects the use of commas to form a list of three. This might help work out "urd"
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RaenBoow Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
....I would have guessed "and" but there is a comma after Stry.....

I'm not good at this XD
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it is "and". Depending on who you ask, using a comma before "and" is acceptable. My English teachers in England didn't care very much, but preferred there to be no comma before the word "and", whereas my English teacher in America despised not using a comma there. I started using the comma to appease him, but I continued to use it that way because it isn't grammatically incorrect, and I feel it improves the flow of the sentence and helps tidy up writing.
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RaenBoow Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
'Tay Empawuul lo Sirt, Stry, urd Syche; cylovarr, ni Meelodi!' - The Emperor of Dirt, Strive and Siege; sing your melody!

...Did I get anything right? :V (...Dirt? XD)
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What do Emperors, or any ruler have over their land?
What is another word for "dirt"?
You're close with "Melody", consider the word's definition or synonyms.
"Lo" is correct, it means "Of"
Two letter words are sometimes more literal and easier to translate than you think. "Ni" is one such word.
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RaenBoow Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I myself uses commas before "and" ... but I was teached that it was wrong :XD:. I think it fits there aswell. :thumbsup:
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austinb963 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
short mane reminds me of sakura from naruto, ya! im an idiot!, oh well! there is a lot of exclamations in my comments!!!
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The exclamation marks make it seem like you're on a sugar high and are speaking very fast.
"Netiquette";
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How do you work?
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Woof91 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
AAAAAAAAAH. :heart:
THIS ANIMATION.
MY GOD.
IT'S JUST...
...SO AMAZING. :heart:

It's so smooth, it almost seems like something you'd see on the show!
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really appreciate that, but I personally cannot believe that the animation is anywhere near comparable to the show's animation. I mean, I animated this with SAI and GIMP! :icondashlolplz:

But thanks for your comment, I'm happy that you like it. It probably looks so smooth because it is made out of sixteen painstakingly created frames. My previous animations in this series have been 6-frame animations, and they are quite jerky as a result.
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Shiryobukai-Uta Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
very cool but her mane is really short...
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Her mane and tail are short in this series. She had to cut them to a shorter length to stop them from getting snagged on things. As for the rather bedraggled style; you try cutting your own hair without any hands xP
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Shiryobukai-Uta Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
um nvm then...
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's 'kay
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Thezerovirus1000 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
¿what happened to she's hair?
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Her long mane and tail didn't fare well during the start of her adventure, what with it getting snagged on things and getting the ends dirty. So she opted to cut it to a shorter length (or rather hack it down since I can't imagine any pony other than a Unicorn being good with scissors).
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CATSr2 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
I love it! But where's her tail? Or did I miss something?
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Look very closely (there's a link to the 1080p version in the description if you need a closer look), it's behind her wing. It used to be more visible in the sketch, but it didn't look right when I started animating, so I ended up moving it where the wing would mostly hide it.

The tail is also animated, even though it is hard to see.
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CATSr2 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Ah, I see it now.
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Enmar123 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
kewl :D
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think so too
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