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It's a Dangerous Business, Going Out Your Door by Sevireth It's a Dangerous Business, Going Out Your Door by Sevireth
"...Roads go ever ever on
Under cloud and under star,
Yet feet that wandering have gone
Turn at last to home afar.
Eyes that fire and sword have seen
And horror in the halls of stone
Look at last on meadows green
And trees and hills they long have known."

- J. R. R. TOLKIEN

It's a Dangerous Business, Going Out Your Door by Jetfire: [link]
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BUllyKiller113 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
ooooOOOO! Cool!
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mouseanderson Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awe...some!
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BloomTheWhiteRabbit Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love rarity's armour! so cool!! ^^
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Silnev Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
holy baloney, this is bad. :D
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Advent3546 Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love this story! Love this art!
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AmrasFelagund Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Epic fanart that just gets me PUMPED to read Dangerous Business!
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OneLonelyPickle Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
If you don't keep your feet, there's no telling where you'll wind up. Or something like that. Love LOTR! Will definitely have to check this out :)
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BerryPAWNCH Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
Quite fantasmal detail work on this! I love the outfit designs and breathtaking background scenery.
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Xeno-the-Hedgehog Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm reading that fic now. and this is fantastic.
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ZeldaTheSwordsman Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
It needs serious revision, that fic.
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JustARandomPasserBy Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
I *just* finished reading this incredible story and the only thing I regret is not reading it earlier. Nice way to spend a weekend. :-)

And this image, 10/10. You captured all the detail.
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Thespurgin Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Student Artist
Why is there no sequel to that story anyway? the fanart declares that it must be so!
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El-Jorro Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
The best story ever! The best illustration of it ever!
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ArcheonZ Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
This is amazing! I love the amount of detail you put into it. You even managed to work in the Dreaming, which was something I couldn't picture very well. I wonder if Jetfire has seen this...
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Smanthar Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
Love the World Snake and Beneviolet in the background!
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TurtleGuy Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
I've been waiting for this kind of image since I read the story! =D Amazing!
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mlpMaconMixx Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Best story ever. And a year later, there is still fanart being made. There were two in one Drawfriend post! :D
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Quigon777 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
But...you...I...wow...
*Faints from pure joy*
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DrifterofSpaceTime Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
I loved this fanfiction. Amazing image. I wonder if he will ever make a sequel.....
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LavaZombie Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My reaction: [link]
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ULTRADJ4EVER Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
i stated reading, but then stopped
i should really get back to that fic as soon as possible
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Deviatealittle Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
damn that awesome. The fact that Jetfire's story is STILL inspiring fan art with its greatness is truly impressive.

Great job! Just... wow, that is a fantastic bit of fanart! You even have the world snake in there with the purple flower! It's a bit hard to discern the features on Rainbow due to the lighting and it's a bit cluttered, but thats a tiny quibble at best.

Seriously, fantastic work.
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Sevireth Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
Thanks for an insight!

The sparks on her body weren't that obtuse when I first sketched them, but once I realized lightning's supposed to glow they did become a bit too much prominent.
It was one of the last things I placed though, didn't have much time to look back with a clear head, just wanted to be done with it at that point.
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faloxx Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
Wow... This is like, the best art of this fic I've seen. Very nice!
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ScottWolf Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
I shall now be rereading this.
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Maddog3060 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
Something tells me I should read that fic.
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Deviatealittle Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
it's longer than the first Lord of the Rings. 141,000 words.

It remains one of, if not THE best fan fic I have had the pleasure to read. Seriously, go read. Now.
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Charlesdeleroy Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
Of course, I read the entire LoTR trilogy in 3 days...

My old job as a science journal data entry technician granted me unprecedented speed reading and comprehension abilities. ;3
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Deviatealittle Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
Then you can destroy this in an afternoon. Do it. When you get to the end, if you don't just geek out into fanboyish tears, then you may need to see a doctor about getting a new soul.

(I'm implying that it's a quality piece of writing)
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Charlesdeleroy Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
Oh I did read it already! And also "Past Sins", both of them took 1 day. I did "Past Sins" during Hurricane Irene, finishing just before we lost power at 3 am that Saturday/Sunday night.

I thought both were fantastic epic-length stories of 2 different categories. "Dangerous Business" was the travelogue/quest archetype while "Past Sins" was the heavily drama and character-driven type. Both were exceptional examples of each style.

The only beef I had with "Dangerous Business" was the world snake. It just didn't seem to fit in smoothly to the remainder of the narrative, in my opinion. I'm not even sure if there was any real foreshadowing to it, or if that's what all the cave and reptiles running was about? In any case, I re-read those parts and they still came off as quite vague.

Has the author done a re-write of any parts since autumn to shore up the ambiguous elements? I fear I can barely keep up with anything beyond the newest stuff (and even then I'm falling far behind) what with my job sucking the life out of me with 30-36 hour 'days'. X______x
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Deviatealittle Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
Well, he did do a really endearing follow-up story set a few weeks later, called "A Day For Spike and Twilight". It's adorable, but it has almost nothing to do with Dangerous Business.

And Pinkie DID mention the World Snake jokingly at the beginning, and when Rarity was talking to the Deer queen... thing... when she went all glowing-eyes and godly power, she said something to the effect of how she questioned whether or not to allow them to continue at all, because she knew that beyond the mountains they could release some unspeakable horror that could destroy the world, and I assumed that referenced the World Snake waking up.

I never thought that it didn't fit with narrative, but I'd be lying if I said the end failed to resolve what happened to the world snake. He either knocked himself out in that dive for the group, or fell into a plothole and was never heard from again.
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Charlesdeleroy Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
Well that's what I mean. That glowy-eyed exposition was far too plot-convenient and short. Just one piece of randomly-inserted plot device with no mention at all afterward until they come upon the snake. And then it just goes away.

And I still don't know what was supposed to be in that cave and why the reptiles were running. It seemed like there was supposed to be another ancient evil that was forgotten in the narrative in favor of the inexplicable giant snake.

For a villain/adversary to work in a narrative of this scale, it's crucial that it maintain at least some level of relevance throughout the story (like, at the very beginning, usually), or else it simply becomes a meaningless 'boss battle', which is how I felt the snake scene played out. "Ok ponies, we're at the last level! Beat the final boss and we win and get to put our initials in first place!"

If you look at every single major work of fiction adventure in classic literature, if the story contains a primary antagonist or a major adversary for the protagonists, he/she/it ALWAYS either shows up or is heavily mentioned/hinted at within a large portion of the story. You see it in "Lord of the Rings", "Harry Potter", "A Stitch in Time" and many other new and old classics.

"Dangerous Business" was a lovely narrative epic, but it simply didn't need the snake at all. It felt like a villain thrown in simply to give the story a villain somewhere. "Past Sins" not only gave you a villain early on, it then threw a clever twist in about who the real villain was, and you realized some of those you had come to hate were in fact victims themselves. There was menace present constantly and always central to the tale. "Past Sins" weakness I think came in the fight against the Everfree monsters. That whole scene played out too conveniently, but I could understand it in keeping with the rest of the story, in which nopony actually died. It was as dark as it could be while still holding onto a child-friendly atmosphere. Still weak, but at least reasonably so.
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Deviatealittle Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
I concede, I was a tad bothered by the unresolved mysteries of the stampeding lizards and the weird cave thing, but to be honest, I barely mind at all, simply because the continued mystery, these not-entirely answered questions feel a lot more enjoyable than having drawn out segues to elaborate on them, when they weren't that relative to the "quest" progression and the character's development.

And THAT is why I can excuse the world snake. That culmination of all that they had learned on the journey and all that character growth and the synergy of their individual accomplishments culminating into that final scene... It WORKED. I was just so into it, so immersed, that the tiny critic in the back of my head was silenced for a moment... I need to go read that chapter again. I can admit without shame (well, without TOO much shame) that I lost it at the line "Earth ponies are unbreakable" in context. (jeez that sounds weird...)

AS for past sins? Couldn't stick it out... that story was just... It's mostly my personal preferences shining through, but the term "Mary Sue-ish" is how I best describe a lot of the character actions in that story, and the large disconnect from the context of the show is immersion breaking at times. It became rather difficult to take the premise seriously at times. I lapsed into silliness, at least within the handful of chapters I read before bailing.

...How on earth am I having this elaborate discussion centered on the merits of My Little Pony fan fiction? Man alive, I was so (relatively) normal a year ago...
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Maddog3060 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
141,000? Meh.

I read science-fiction, that's comparatively tame in terms of length. Not dismissing the fic 'cuz of it, just saying, that length ain't going to impress me much. ;p

But a lot of folk like it, so I'll give it a shot when I got time.
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ScottWolf Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
yes you very much should.
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DrewCopenhaver Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
This is just beyond phenomenal. I can't seem to come up with any words other than that. I just keep staring at how amazing the detail is. How long did it take?
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Sevireth Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
A couple months. To and fro, not like full time of course. I had to learn pretty much everything I've done here — painting mountains, forest, clouds, plains, lightning, shading steel and leather...
The things I knew how to make were pretty much only shading and general poni anatomy, the rest I had to learn from scratch.
It was more of a learning experience than anything, but if I can create a pretty picture along the way hey why not.
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DrewCopenhaver Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
I'm not going to lie, that makes me feel way better. It's just so... absolutely beautiful and detailed... and... and I want to be able to do that. It makes me feel better that, if I put that kind of time into it, it would be rewarded and you're not just obscenely talented. I value hard work, I'm afraid. ^_^;

Still, it's just amazing.
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DarkAlicornWarrior Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Student Filmographer
wow awesome job ^^ really love how realistic everything is
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TLATopHat Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Seeing as this was the first fanfic I ever read, to say I'm 'pleased' to see such amazing fanart is... and understatement. I particularly love the way you designed the armors. Very fitting!
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MagnorCriol Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
Stunning rendition of the whole thing. The main three are fantastic, but I really I love the details - AJ's Stand Firm, the world snake in the background, and even the weird topography of the valley they faced the snake in. Bravo.
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LBTDiclonius Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
This is, by far, my most favorite description of Dashs' tattoos. They look amazing! I also love Rarity, she looks so fierce, as with Applejack and the Gildedale armour. I still can't get over how bulky it looks, though. Oh well, it suits her. :D

Brilliant story. I completely recommend it. Like, now. Go read it, all of you that haven't. NOW.

Awesome art!
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Sevireth Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
The armor was a bit of a conundrum, yeah — Rarity has all that foresty elvish theme going on and Applejack is supposed to be the tank, yet Rarity is wearing strong steel armor and Applejack's got leather.
But then I remembered that Gildedale get their leather from komagas and I can just draw it however damn thick I want.

Thanks! :)
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LBTDiclonius Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
You're very welcome. ^^
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goggleeyes23 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
Wow, been a while since I saw fan art for this.

Also, VS World Snake for the win!
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crapfacehead Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
:icondatplotplz: Dat Jörmungandr...
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SpikelyWhiplash Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
:icondatassplz::iconsaysplz:"Dat Asp."
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Sbstrollerpadawan Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
(awesome drawing*awesome story reference^link included)+awesome tolkien quote= BOOOOOOOOOMM!!!
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djthomp Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
Oh WOW!
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Firestorm-CAN Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fair warning, folks: you don't fuck with these three.

"Dangerous Business" is hands down one of the best fics anywhere. It's got action, drama, humor, heart, and all those LOTR references to keep you occupied for a long time. If you haven't read it yet, do so NOW. You won't regret it. ;)
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