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The Crystal Empire Trilogy
– Ponies with Stratovarius

[Click here for the accompanying song]

Rediscovery (Rebirth of the Empire)

a) Ghost

Where did the world once disappear
When we were praying for freedom
The light was blinding my eyes,
Then darkness came;
Was that the end…?

What waited were the graying walls
Lifeless city and kingdom
Is this the worth of my existence
Has nothing changed?

Am I alive and trapped in the death
Or dead and lost my afterlife
Was I ever anything else
Than these crippling chains around my neck

They say time has forgotten our life
Yet the scars are still fresh in my heart
Can't I just leave it behind
Can't I just forget it all

Am I a ghost that's wandering the earth
I remember nothing more but pain
I saw the light once faded
Is there meaning to even try to escape

They say time has forgotten our life
Yet the scars are still fresh in my heart
I have nothing to hold on
Maybe there never was
Can't I just leave it behind…

b) Recall

There is so much more in you than you believe…
Once enslaved can still find the strength to fight, to live…

I remember this scene
Somehow it's seems so real to me
The sounds of fair
All the tastes and smells in the air
What is this feeling

Is this a sign
Did I recall a time
That's my real life…?

Were there once a time and life without chains
When we did know joy
Where in my mind those times remain
I want them back

The shadow clouds the times before you lost your life…
Try to recall the world where you were free to smile…

They're waking up in me
Memories that I once had are here
The wistful fair
All the tastes and smells in the air
I remember this!

Familiar sight, it's warming my heart…
Like I'm welcomed home.

All the life I've known I've lived in chains
For so long I've feared
Now I can open my eyes again
See and smile…

The key of rebirth
The stairway to the skies
The answer's waiting right ahead

Our deadline's closing fast with His siege
Will you be their savior, or are you to fail the final leap
Will you guide the light or lead their downfall?

All the life I've known I've lived in chains
For so long I've feared
Now I can recall the time past despair
I can smile

Maybe I can find myself again…
…I hope so…

c) Choice

[A shadow is growing outside,]
[Everything around us is dying,]
[The darkness that emerged anew has swallowed the last dim of light…]

[Is this where the memory guided us]
[From the chains of our past, to the end of our future]
[Couldn't we be free after all?]

There is no way for me
But maybe for someone else

I am seeing the eyes of darkness
They've grown everywhere
Before us the final choice:
Live, or be erased…

… I have the right to live my life.

Don't be afraid
You hold the power over your past
Let it guide your heart…

d) Rebirth

I won't resign to chains, no more
Now that I can see
There is more in life for me
I have the strength I need

The lantern of our land
It shines so bright
And guides us through the storm
We are given the key

I have rediscovered the path
Past the pain and grief
Scars may stay, but they won't bleed
I have the right to live

I can see the edge
There is no end
But a life reborn ahead
I can move on from here

I am free…

I realized pretty early on, that “the Crystal Empire” finale wouldn’t really be that interesting as a narrative epic. Most of my epics have focused on the duality of villain and hero, and I’ve found a lot of fun in depicting the villains of MLP FiM in a dramatic heavy metal sense.

Crystal Empire, however, was different. Sombra was a different kind of villain, who had indirect presence but no direct character to go with it. The focus was clearly more on the heroes… and the victims, Crystal ponies. It was clearly more natural to depict the villain too more indirectly, through the eyes of his victims. The slavery aspect helped it even further: the real conflict of the story would be the search of identity for the crystal ponies, finding the way from the shadow of Sombra and rediscovering the past life and happiness they had nearly forgotten in their time of slavery.

Writing a song about a personal catharsis was a project I've wanted to do for a while, and the episode provided an excellent symbolic framework to explore such themes. Thus these lyrics are probably the most universal stuff I've written so far.

Stratovarius’ “Elysium” was an interesting song to me personally, as I've never been much of a fan of Stratos. However, their later works without Tolkki have grown on me, due to having some feeling of Symphony X and even Kamelot.

The Crystal Empire Trilogy
Blind Greed (Fall of the Empire) [link]
Anthem (Memory of the Empire) [link]
Rediscovery (Rebirth of the Empire) here be you!

My Little Pony © :iconhasbroplz:
“Elysium” © Stratovarius, from the album “Elysium”. Written by Matias Kupiainen & Timo Kotipelto.
Song is used as a soundtrack for the lyrical content in terms of tribute, homage, parody and ponies.
The thumbnail is “In the Lair of the Crystal Heart” [link] by :iconturbosolid:

My MLP poetry, My Little Poems, can be found here [link]
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ziomal1987 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Crystal Empire poem is brilliant the music suits well to all its parts you have a talent a Glass of cider for you from me
Radoxeald Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! ^^ :iconcheersplz:
Light-of-Dusk Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
A stunning epic! You've brilliantly explored the nuances of the crystal empire, from fall to rebirth, Sombra to revivification.
It is a thrilling journey, this emotional transformation of the crystal ponies!
Radoxeald Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:icontwilightheeplz: Oh, you and your always so colorfully grandiloquent comments. They alone make this stuff worthwhile. Thank you :icondashishappyplz:
8loodyrain Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool story bro
Radoxeald Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:iconcoolstorybroplz: thanksies ^^
StrangerInUsAll Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Great poem man, glad to have witnessed some of it coming together and even helping with one word. xD
Radoxeald Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks a ton for that word, it broke nicely the writer's final block. ^^
StrangerInUsAll Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Eye for an eye back when you helped me revise the particularly tricky lines on my last poem. =P
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