I just finished volume one of Project Horizons. It's much more explicit, violent, and depressing than the whole of Fallout: Equestria. I think I've been on the edge of crying at least five times since I've started reading it, and I'm not entirely sure why I'm compelled to continue reading when they're darn set on beating any glimpses of hope to a pulp. Yet I am. I also found it a much less comforting, less gripping read than Fo:E. I'm not sure how much of that is due to the work as a whole being incomplete and not having time to polish up earlier sections like Fo:E has had time to do, or if it's just the different writing style, or if it's something about the pacing in general. There's also a number of times where I questioned if some of the text was written as filler or to GIVE ALL THE DETAILS in spots where it would have been equally suitable for whatever future payoff is intended to just summarize it and jump to the next part. Anyway, I think I'm going to keep going.
For a few years, I've always told myself that 'Above everything else, survive! As long as you're alive, there's a chance for change for the better'. This fic has me questioning that. Limbs can be replaced. Memories can be forgotten. But one can't really be un-raped, can they? Even if things were physically reverted, and the memory removed, it wouldn't really make it better, would it? Potential damage done emotionally, mentally, physically, I don't know how that could be fixed. And even if it all could, it doesn't seem like it'd make it any better of an act. Or with society, if someone steals/ruins/destroys/mutilates/removes one's identity and reputation, it can't come back. It can't be replaced. Even if one had total control over a single individual, it's not like one can just wipe all memories, records, experience, misunderstandings of misinformation completely away from everyone who ever came in contact with it. Neither starting over or continuing under warped expectation seems much better. Maybe it just depends on the case?
Also Fallout: Equestria - Pink Eyes is adoralarious and I love it. Even if it is a comedy about a dead pony baby in a derptastic spacesuit with a survival AI. Especially because it is a comedy about a dead pony baby in a derptastic spacesuit with a survival AI. (I'm currently on Chapter 16. It's significantly shorter than the other two fics, and I don't want to rush it to the end.)
(PS, I'm sharing my Zamzar converted story-to-MP3s via Google Docs. I'll probably post a link in this line when I get it ready, or make a new post about it. Might even slap it up on Youtube for convenience.)