Title: The Thessalonica Legacy Author: Dashukta Rating: T Genre: Adventure/Drama Status: Complete Fandom: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic / Battletech Pairings: None Summary: When a JumpShip from the Federated Suns suffers a misjump, the occupants find themselves over a planet at once alien and eerily familiar. Meanwhile, Twilight Sparkle has uncovered a hidden secret which may challenge what she knows of Pony culture. Link: Google Documents or Deviant Art or FFN (FFN version has no scene breaks) Another oddball crossover, but this one does a reasonably interesting job of establishing its premises and characters before getting to the actual crossover. Getting about a third of the way into the story before the Battletech folks make contact with the ponies does give us a nice opportunity to get to know the characters and how the author will write them. It's an interesting way to write a crossover; most authors are a bit more eager to rush into crossing the universes. One of the things I really liked about the story was how it managed to run the crossover without feeling to out of place. Neither universe gets horribly bent out of shape to try and make the story fit better. It doesn't turn into Battletech with Ponies; it's really just about how people from the two universes deal with each other. The human characters are reasonably interesting, and I really liked the way the author handled their reaction to encountering ponies and learning about Equestria. The ponies all written as they should be, and don't get yanked wildly out of character over the process of the fic as they have to deal with some of the more grimdark elements that get introduced. The only real downside was that the eventual villain of the piece is a bit too obvious.