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(non-canon) Survivor Shy - Staying Hidden by Mattatatta (non-canon) Survivor Shy - Staying Hidden by Mattatatta
"I found my way back in Ponyville, and hoped and hoped that I would find anypony there. I was frightened, hungry, and the overcast skies were bringing a cold chill that made me shiver at each breeze.

"But there was nopony there, and the town, the place that had been the birthplace of so many wonderful memories, was a mess. Buildings had collapsed and burned, and the streets were so awfully silent that I could hear my racing heartbeats in my ears as I began to panic.

"Suddenly, I heard a sound; a low, threatening growl, that was coming from around the corner of a house. I dived over a crumbled wall and hid in the corner, daring to peek through the gaps in my mane. I immediately regret it as I saw a large creature pass me, dragging its cumbersome arms along the ground idly, its unnaturally long claws slicing through the packed dirt road like a shiny, new plow.

"I clambered onto my hooves and quickly pushed myself against another wall to stay hidden, the sound causing the Hound to look behind itself, right where I used to be. I held my breath and closed my eyes, and told myself over and over in my mind that everything will be okay. Everything will be okay."

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Edit (14th Dec '12): This scene is now non-canon to the fanfic, due to the artwork being remade, and the excerpt being rewritten.

I am REALLY pleased with this, started sketching just Fluttershy last night, and the next thing I know, I'm drawing a massive background with a Diamond Dog/Hellhound to create a brilliant scene!

Survivor Shy is now going to be a mini-series of mine, where I'll draw specific scenes and attempt to tell a story through them. The details of what Survivor Shy is about, what setting, etc. Is pretty much in the 'brainstorming' stage right now, but I've got plenty of mental images I'd love to sketch based on this theme. So expect more sometime!

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.
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DarthWill3 Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I hope Angel Bunny's okay...
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Mattatatta Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I should really give the little guy a means of leaving his clues behind. All of the Mane Six's pets need a little more attention.
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DarthWill3 Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep. They do.
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Yuni-With-Le-Cupcake Aug 26, 2012  Student Photographer
I would probably pee my pants if I were her.... :iconruncryplz:
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Mattatatta Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But ponies don't normally wear clothes
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RaenBoow Jul 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
....And now I got an insationable urge to play Baldurs gate again O____o (I've never played Fallout so I guess my brain is doing its best with what it got with creating fitting villagesurroundings mixed with..... death.)
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RaenBoow Jul 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
The Chronological order is becoming to become transparent (....that sounded somewhat wrong but what the hell I'm swedish, fuck proper english grammar :P). I really hope you're finishing this story with everything you've got :D I always considered Fluttershy as one of my favourites. And to read her as the manecharacter (I. Can't. Resist. That. Wordpun. :stupidme:) in a Fallout Equestria world is very much my cup of tea :)
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Mattatatta Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fluttershy recently became my favourite character (she dethroned Rainbow Dash, who had been my favourite character since I first started watching the show back in Feb '11), and creating a series where she is the mane character is a result of her becoming a new favourite. I actually find it surprisingly easy to write her, I'm not perfect by all means, but I don't have such a headache trying to make sure her behaviour and thoughts are in-character.

((I think you mean "starting to become transparent/clear", alternatively, "becoming transparent/clear" works, too))
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RaenBoow Jul 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Fluttershy is currently batteling Pinkie and RD... RD is currently in the back struggling while Pinkie has begining to loose control over the lead... The race will continue after commercials? :icongo-onapplejackplz:

All characters are somewhat adaptable to one's own interpretation. As long as she doesn't start acting like Spongebob (leave that to Pinkie) it's totally fine :XD:

"starting" yes. exactly. ^^
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