With her new friend off in Trottingham and the Princess in Griffinstone, Sunset finds herself bored and lonely for the first time. However, Moon Dancer and the Princess already have a plan in place in the form of a perky blue unicorn named Minuette.
5 Dislikes, 4,389 Views

  Somepony has raided the border of the desolate Badlands, abducting every musician, singer and bard in the realm. Now, four brave adventurers will journey to the depths of this forsaken land to seek the meaning behind these strange disappearances.

  ...assuming Sunset doesn't strangle Minuette, Lemon Hearts or Twinkleshine in the real world first.

Featured on FimFiction multiple times in January and February of 2017! :pinkiegasp:

Featured as a sequel on EquestriaDaily!

Historian’s Note:

Set in the Wavelengths timeline where the Sonic Rainboom didn’t happen, Bards of the Badlands occur about two months after the events in The Alchemy of Chemistry during the summer after Sunset’s first term as an aide at Gifted Unicorns.

Cast: Sunset Shimmer, Minuette, Lemon Hearts & Twinkleshine.

Stories set in the Wavelengths Timeline in chronological order:

Origins Arc

The Alchemy of Chemistry

Bards of the Badlands

Grading on a Bell Curve

Habits of the Equestrian Phoenix

How Not To Use Your Royal Prerogative

Applications Arc

The Application of Unified Harmony Magics

Princess Celestia: A Brief History

The Cloudsdale Report

Dreamers Arc

Tactics of Snowbound Unicorns

A Study in Chaos Theory

Teahouses of Saddle Arabia

As the Raven Flies

Cover Design by Amber Spark

Sunset Shimmer Cutie Mark By Millennial Dan

Dawn Break component of Garnet’s Cutie Mark by Sankam

Garnet Gem component of Garnet’s Cutie Mark by zutheskunk

Epic Hydra Artwork by Zilvart

Special Thanks

Roll For Initiative by Prak - A big part of the inspiration for this tale. Go read it. It's hysterical.

Beta Reader & Editor Credits

Ebon Quill - Quest Designer & Worldbuilding Writer on The Manehattan Project

Little Tinker - Master of Systems at Poniverse & Scripting Engineer on The Manehattan Project

Beltorn - Commenter-at-Large on FimFiction

Painted Heart

Word Count: 28,500

Version: 7.0


27,904 words: Estimated 1 Hour, 52 Minutes to read: [Fimfiction.net] [Cache]

7 Chapters:

  1. The Initiative [Fimfiction.net] [Cache] Feb 5th, 2018
  2. The Players [Fimfiction.net] [Cache] Feb 5th, 2018
  3. The Tavern [Fimfiction.net] [Cache] Feb 5th, 2018
  4. The Brawl [Fimfiction.net] [Cache] Feb 5th, 2018
  5. The Ambush [Fimfiction.net] [Cache] Feb 5th, 2018
  6. The Badlands [Fimfiction.net] [Cache] Feb 5th, 2018
  7. The Bards [Fimfiction.net] [Cache] Feb 1st, 2020
Published Jan 16th, 2017
Last Update Feb 13th, 2017


Login with