Ms. Do on a slow day.
"Another day, another dungeon!"
— Daring Do
Meet Ms. Daring Do, the strong and clever head of the Royal Canterlot University Department of Equinology. She has made it her mission in life to learn everything she can about the long lost civilizations of the world, by hunting down their treasures, great and small, and preserving them back at the Canterlot University. But unfortunately for her the mysterious Ahuizotl is out to get them first for aims that aren't clear to anyone, least of all Ms. Do herself...
The Adventures of Daring Do
is a series of Adventure/Action/Fantasy novels written by A.K. Yearling
, published by Polo House, Inc. in Canterlot. The series is written in a Anachronic Order
, starting close to the beginning of Do's adventuring career, and then skipping around the various missions and adventures, with little to no explanation. Bits and pieces of Do's backstory have been revealed but nothing concrete; there also appears to be a Myth Arc
, but written out of order.
The manuscript of the first published book Daring Do and the Quest for the Sapphire Stone
was found by acclaimed Editor and Literary agent Hard Cover in the desk drawer of A.K. Yearling, who at the time was working at the Canterlot Royal Library. Apparently Yearling had written the story just for herself and her family, but some coaxing from Cover convinced her to have it published, with some minor edits. She has since published seventeen more, with an unknown amount planned for the future. When asked about the strange order of release, Yearling has famously responded with, "I write them as they come to me."
The "Core Series," (which currently number eighteen) make up a loose canon, also commonly dubbed, "The Yearling Canon"; though numerous Expanded Universe
/Spinoffs exist, many fans refuse to accept them as canon. This is especially true after a long hiatus, Yearling started a new book and the publishers officially declared the expanded universe a completely separate continuity. Unlike the Disneigh
reboot of the Star Horse
franchise, she does not allow anypony else to work with her on her writings, so the current Expanded Universe
is considered a parallel universe and will continue on in its own continuity. The stories have quickly become one of the most well-known classics in modern Equestrian literature, and are popular with grade-school pony classes. There's a large adult fanbase as well; Princess Celestia
herself has even praised the series.
Yearling herself has been an infamously reclusive pony, going out of her way to avoid the fame and popularity that her books have earned her. In the beginning of her career she even tried to remain anonymous, which led to her unofficial nickname of T. Ropers
by her publisher, Polo House, because the manuscripts she turned in were bound in teal-colored rope
. Described as a meek and mild-mannered pony by those who have met her, she can be recognized by the large hat and blanket that she wears due to her sensitivity to sudden temperature changes, and the large pair of glasses that she has to wear thanks to severe near-sightedness. Some have theorized that Daring Do is A.K. Yearling's secret fantasy, living the life that the author herself wishes she had. The fact that Daring Do's coloration on the covers closely resembles that of her author gives some credence to this theory.
One critic jokingly suggested that A.K. Yearling is
Daring Do, who writes up her own adventures as works of fiction so nopony will be tempted to go after the dangerous secrets and relics that she does in every book. His fellow academics had a good laugh at that bit of absurdity.
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The Core Series contains the following titles (in order of publication):
- Daring Do and the Quest for the Sapphire Stone: After crash landing in the jungle, Daring Do must elude Ahuizotl and his minions as she attempts to recover the eponymous stone from an ancient temple. (It is colloquially known as "Quest for the Sapphire Statue")
- Daring Do and the Griffon's Goblet: Daring Do is hired to track down a mystical goblet; her search leading her to discover a conspiracy that reaches all the way into her past.
- Daring Do and the Curse of the Yeti: While excavating an ancient Pegasus settlement atop a remote mountain, she discovers her lost father imprisoned and helps him escape. They are attacked by a strange creature. As Daring evades its attacks, she tries to uncover its origin and figure out how to stop it.
- Daring Do and the Razor of Dreams: Daring Do fights once again with Ahuizotl, using the magic of the Quetzelcoatl Empress in a bid to control the Tenochtitlan Basin. Dr. Caballeron makes his debut in this book, wanting to partner up with Daring Do on her adventures, but Daring Do refuses.
- Daring Do and the Wooden Mask: Daring Do's assistant Herpy purchases a tribal mask while accompanying her on a trip, little knowing that it's part of Ahuizotl's plan to turn Daring Do to the dark side.
- Daring Do and the Platinum Crown:note Daring Do's sister Derring-Do challenges her to a race to see who first complete the only quest that their parents were never able to finish: the search for the legendary Platinum Crown.
- Daring Do and the Gardens of Equestria: Daring stumbles upon a previously unknown valley full of life in the otherwise barren Himineighen Mountains, but its Gardener does not take kindly to animals intruding on his verdant paradise.
- Daring Do and the Alicorn's Shadow: Has Daring truly found the legendary battlefield where Celestia defeated and banished Nightmare Moon? And does some trace of the evil mare still linger?
- Daring Do and the Cove of Candles: Daring Do embarks on a quest to recover the legendary pirate treasure of Three-Legged-Blackmane.
- Daring Do and the Trident of the Seaponiesnote : While on a trip to study ancient civilizations with her class, Daring gets involved in one of Ahuizotl's plots and must find out more about her parents and what happened to the seaponies if she is to survive.
- Daring Do and the Temple of Nightmare Moon: Ahuizotl attempts to use the artifacts he has collected to draw on Nightmare Moon's power, and cast Equestria into eternal night.
- Daring Do and the Legacy of Nightmare Moon: Daring Do discovers that the Dragon Inti is plotting to use the power of the stars to take over Equestria and must track down the remnants of Nightmare Moon's power to stop him. Notable for being the only book in the series to be a direct sequel (to Temple of Nightmare Moon) as well as being the only non-prequel book that doesn't include Ahuizotl.
- Daring Do and the Shrine of the Silver Monkey:note While on vacation with her family, Daring Do hears about a series of mysterious disappearances at a nearby shrine. When she investigates, she finds that an old enemy is behind it.
- Daring Do and the Staff of Star Swirl the Bearded: Daring recruits her old rival Bravado to help her track down and assemble pieces of an ancient wizard's legendary staff in time for a solar eclipse that will supposedly grant awesome power to its wielder.
- Daring Do and the Trials Of Unity:note Derring-Do returns to Daring Do with a most peculiar item: a map leading to a treasure that can only be discovered by siblings. The trials that guard the enigmatic treasure will put the sisters' already uneasy relationship to the ultimate test.
- Daring Do and the Spear of the Windigosnote : Newly appointed member of the Royal Canterlot University Department of Equinology is sent on her first field assignment to excavate an old unicorn castle that may have ties to her long lost parents. As the sweet and mild bookworm fumbles her way through her first dangers, she may get more than she bargained for...
- Daring Do and the Ring of the Marengeti:note
Part 1: Daring is captured by one of Ahuizotl's minions and Herpy must track down an artifact all on his lonesome in order to trade it for her safety. Little is Herpy aware that the ring is the key to releasing a creature with power monstrous enough to wipe the planet clean of all life...
Part 2: Freed from her captivity, Daring Do must stop Ahuizotl from unleashing the power of the ring upon the world.
- Daring Do and the Ring of Destiny: Ahuizotl makes his return, in search of a set of magic rings with the power to keep the sun in the sky for eight hundred years. Daring Do will need a bit of help for this one, in the form of a rainbow-maned mare from Ponyville.
Due to the insatiable demand for new Daring Do works overtaking the amount actually produced by the author, whose erratic schedule sometimes has a year or more between books, Yearling worked out a deal with Polo House that allows other authors to publish novels starring her creation, while Yearling gets to keep the rights and gets a share of the profits. However, to insulate Polo House from potential backlash (especially if the Expanded Universe
violates the continuity by the author herself), the Daring Do Expanded Universe
exists separately from the main series (using it as the starting point)
, and even from each other (though there are various "continuity families"). However, thanks to an increasing number of collaborative works, the Expanded Universe
is becoming increasingly more connected.
Please note: to avoid any Canternet Backlash regarding Mahavir/Mahiavar's name
in these descriptions, we will be using the spelling that corresponds to the earliest appearance of the name in the first print of the relevant book. This is to help avoid confusion like in Scepter Of The Chaos Beast
where his name alternates almost every time it appears and even between print runsnote
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The Polo House New Adventures line contains the following titles
- Daring Do and the Eye of Discord: Daring, Herpy, Mahavir, and Storm Talon look for an ancient red-orange sphalerite gem from the ancient land of Morpheum Vale, that Ahuizotl has other plans for.
- Daring Do and the Buffalo Burial Grounds, by Kevin J. Canterson: On the way to a dig at Aztack ruins, Daring stumbles across an ancient cemetery in Buffalo territory. The Buffalo are less than pleased at what they perceive as disrespect. Officially declared Canon Discontinuity due to its Unfortunate Implications, and Polo House have sworn that it will never be reprinted, though the numbering order will not change.
- Daring Do and the Ruby of the Blank Village, by Gusty Lulamoon: While Daring and Storm Talon are with a group investigating ruins in the Everfree Forest just outside Ponyville, they find a village where nopony has a cutie mark. Two of the party are killed for having cutie marks, and that is not even the village's deepest secret.
- Daring Do and the Spine of Space, by Germination Cloverius: While on vacation in Meerperl, capital of Neighcaragua, Daring Do uncovers a conspiracy to unleash unspeakable evils.
- Daring Do and the Skull of Ages, by Malcolm Hock: While investigating the city of Xiatropolis, Daring finds a gilded donkey's skull that turns out to be not only an artifact of power, but also a sacred artifact to the locals.
- Daring Do and the Obsidian Sentinel, by Waterfire M. Trotton: Daring is studying the ruins of Midnight Castle when a living statue starts terrorizing the group. What is its purpose, and what does it have to do with another mare's late coltfriend?
- Daring Do and the Basin of Plenty, by Medley McLargehooves: While investigating an Aztack temple, Daring finds a stone basin that supplies the team with all the food they need. An end to famine! But it's too good to be true...
- Daring Do And The Amber of the Smooze, by Ember Roundup: Daring learns from Mahiavar that a dangerous religious order had recovered a powerful artifact hidden in the Saddle Arabian Desert. Calling themselves the Colt of Smooze, they seek to unleash the eponymous Smooze and drown the world in its ooze. Surprise turns are everywhere when not only is Desert Rose implicated in having ties to the Colt of Smooze, but Ahuizotl himself is actually trying to save the world (albeit for purely selfish reasons).
- Daring Do And The Coronet of Chaos, by J. Thunderlane Hurricane Jr.: Daring and her friends must team up to stop the unleashing of the most horrible monster Equestria has ever faced: Krastos The Gluemaker. Probably one of the biggest Base Breakers in the series and falls under Love It Or Hate It, due to Krastos' characterization.
- Daring Do and the Scepter of the Chaos Beast, by Hinny Lincolt and Marevyn Haysman: Daring is investigating an ancient Morphean temple when one of the team accidentally unleashes a creature of Discord.
- Daring Do and the Mystery of Flutter Valley, by Bowtie Whooves: Daring returns to Flutter Valley (last seen in Mark of the Trickster) to find that the Flutter Ponies have vanished.
- Daring Do and the Sultan's Curse, by T. Velvet Sparkle, Sr.: While on a dig in Mareabia, Daring loses her wings to a mysterious stallion's alchemy.
- Daring Do and the Curse of the Golden Key, a collaboration by Gusty Lulamoon and Ember Roundup: Digging through some paleopony period sites in Brumbiland, several members of the expedition become possessed by an anachronistic artifact. Soon many others, including Outback Jack, are under the spell, and the entities behind the key mean to use Brumbiland as a springboard to Take Over the World.
- Daring Do and the Wrath of Hammerhoof, by J. Thunderlane Hurricane, Jr.: Everypony's favorite thinly veiled expy of Emperor Incitatus comes back as a Nightmare, and wants vengeance on Daring, Herpy, and Darren.
- Daring Do and the Amethyst Penguin, by Wingsong Set: While investigating a Blinkan ruin, Daring discovers a bird sculpture. What is Ahuizotl's interest in it?
- Daring Do and the Church of the Blue Sun, by Grant Mareson: In which Daring Do, due to a lost God Skull from the Sheeda Tribe, is sent to an alternate post-apocalyptic universe in which all her friends worship a giant blue sun by the name of Chuck Son of Burg who wants to sacrifice her to further his war with The Way of Jane, a brainwashing cult who wants to rule the world through a mysterious device called The Mind Bomb. The ending is considered a Mind Screw by many due to Daring Do meeting alternate versions of herself and ending on a conversation with Mareson on the state of fiction written about her and her friends and ending on an ambiguous note questioning whether or not it was all just a dream. It is considered to be the worst of the Daring Do spin offs by its fans due to it being too confusing and the ending that requires the reader to know the entire history of the character and the stories that inspired the writer to write the character when, in fact, most reviewers of the book actually say that is not true due to the majority of the themes being universal and the references made at the end are just in passing and more akin to to easter eggs for the fans. Haters of the series loving it because it does something new with the ''Daring Do'' formula despite using many of the tropes they are known to hate from the series. Ironically, it is the only New Adventures book the original author of the series vocally likes (rather than merely tolerates) due to it not ripping any of her stories off.
- Daring Do and the Sad Statue, by Steeplechase Moffat: Daring Do is pit up against her most frightening foe. No one has yet to finish this one to find out who the foe actually is. They just vanish.note
- Daring Do and the Minotaur's Maze, by L. Heartstrings: Daring must reach an artifact located deep within the minotaur Minos' maze before Ahuizotl, but what she finds may shake the Minotaur homeland to its core. What does the artifact she's seeking, the Hands of Fate, have to do with Margarita and Balthasar, the legendary ape gods?
- Daring Do and the Burning Heart: With the thousandth anniversary of the first Hearts and Hooves Day coming up, an ancient being filled with hatred threatens Equestria with the fires of Tartarus itself. With Cloudsdale having been seized and on lockdown, Daring must get to the bottom of this latest adventure.
- Daring Do and the Revenant's Effigy, by Kit Saddler: While investigating a forgotten hero's crypt, Daring Do stumbles upon a plan set in motion centuries ago, by an entity until now only mentioned in an obscure legend. Was this hero really what the stories say, and what does he have to do with the legend of a being only known as "The Assembler"?
- Daring Do and the Tinker's Seal, a collaboration by many Expanded Universe authors - Steeplechase Moffat; J. Thunderlane Hurricane Jr; Grant Mareson; L. Heartstrings; Ember Roundup and Kit Saddler - and a sequel to Revenant's Effigy. In the aftermath of the Steelclad Sorceror's discovery and the Assembler's reappearance, the university has been tasked with retrieving every single one of Steam Whistle's works. Now, helped by many others that she has met in her travels, Daring Do must face foes both old and new in her task to secure every artifact that has the mad tinker's seal.
- Daring Do and the Shadow's Heart: Taking place chronologically after Legacy of Nightmare Moon. In a dark old forest, there is a dark old house that hides a dark jewel in the shape of a heart. As Daring races to find it, she has to deal with more than cracking floorboards. This story is known for its more cerebral plot and for aiding in the revocation of Mareton's Villain Decay.
- Daring Do and the Universal Cracks, a collaboration between Steeplechase Moffat and fan author Muffin Parcels: When a crack appears in Daring's office wall, she believes that nothing more need be done than call the maintenance colt. However, when an impossible knocking is heard from the other side, Daring and Herpy are quickly swept into an adventure that threatens not only Equestria, but Reality itself.
- Daring Do and the Centaur's Spell: Released as a tie-in novel to the upcoming Daring Do and the Monkey King. Daring takes an expedition to the Hayan ruins, rumored to be guarded by a centuar. There, she bucks heads with an unruly gang of griffins, and meets an secretive unicorn.
- Daring Do and the Fires of Family, by Night Knight: Daren busts into Daring's class and drags her off in a manic fit. When finally calmed down, he explains he has possibly found a way to track down Daria N. Do, AKA, her mother. However, he'll need the help of all his children if he has any chance to find her. But each will have to face their own demons in the form of their bitter memories of themselves and each other. Will their best hope to reunite their family end up being what destroys it?
- Daring Do and the Reptile Spaceship, a collaboration between J.K. Foaling and Malcolm Hock: During one of her expeditions, Daring Do is approached by a strange pony with a mysterious blue box, and recruited (along with a ditzy female pegasus, a purple unicorn and her father, and Prince Orion of the kingdom of Stableton) to prevent a mysterious spaceship from crashing into Equestria. But is there more going on than first assumed? (One of the more controversial entries in the series, both because it has little to do with the series except Do herself, and because of the implied sexual attraction between Do and the somewhat-sexist Prince Orion).
- Daring Do and the Charms of the Skin-trotter, by Night Knight: Daring is recovering a sacred Buffalo totem from a Changeling attack, only to find the Changeling encampment massacred. Tracking the survivors, she finds out about a shapeshifting emotion-eating monster called a skin-trotter, but while Changelings feed on love, this monster feeds on fear. Meanwhile back at camp, Darren is becoming friends with a friendly Buffalo girl named Many Masks who has a terrible secret.
- Daring Do and the Purloined Stone, by Wysteria Roseluck: Daring Do needs the Sacred Stone of Balthasar to stop Ahuizotl's killer monkeys, but soon after she gets it, it gets stolen by an Australopithecus troop.
- Daring Do and The Mirror Pond, a collaboration by L. Heartstrings and J. Thunderlane Hurricane Jr: Claims of an artifact hidden within the Everfree Forest leads Daring into a run-in with Greyhoof and the discovery of the source of his duplication powers.
- Daring Do and the Rainbow Factory, a collaboration by J. Thunderlane Hurricane Jr and Medley McLargehooves: Investigating a rumor in the ruins of Old Cloudsdale mostly as a means of blowing off work, she finds evidence that the last manager of the Rainbow Factory really did order the processing of foals in an insane desire to create better rainbows. What's worse is that Krastos, who had spurred the manager and her staff into insanity, had left a mind trap causing whoever found it to relive the memories of the last manager. Can Daring rewrite the story into a happy ending, or will she succumb to the memories?
- Daring Do and the Vaults of Celestia, by Writer S. Block: Commandant Rex has returned (with some brain damage) and is seeking revenge against Ahuizotl and Daring Do. With some quick thinking, Ahuizotl manages to convince Rex that Daring stole his Mistress' egg and is holding it hostage in Princess Celestia's castle. But he secretly wants to use Rex to break into the eponymous Vaults of Celestia to gain access to the treasures within. Can Daring stop the irrational and revenge-driven Rex and the schemes of Ahuizotl? Notable for having a significant portion done from Ahuizotl's perspective, and for the scandal that broke out when a significant amount of the climactic showdown was leaked by a disgruntled Polo House employee (thankfully, the ending still has its share of twists).
- Daring Do and the Witch's Circus, by Medley McLargehooves: Daring, Darren, Herpy, Storm Talon, and Okpono find that all the adults have vanished from Herpy's hometown. What has happened, and what does it have to do with ancient Dream Valley legends?
- Daring Do and the Caverns of R'ni, by Rand Palomino and Hal Flinger: While investigating Blinkamena Brown and Okpono's disappearances in an ancient library, Daring discovers some strange books in remarkably good condition. She finds that each book is a one-way gate to somewhere.
- Daring Do and the Cloudfall Conspiracy, by Anda Lusian: Set sometime between Alicorn's Shadow and Cove of Candles. An elaborate revenge conspiracy is set in motion against Masra, the University President. Upon the bombing and destruction of the University offices, Daring and company take it upon themselves to track down the parties responsible. Contains major character development for Masra, as well as a very sad explanation for her being Put on a Bus.
- Daring Do and the Breathing Weapons By Galactic Gospel: In the dead of night, all the mystical gems in the University are stolen by a group of griffons with unusual powers, calling themselves the "Greifvögel", and claiming they will use the gems' power to overthrow Equestria. Daring Do takes it upon herself to stop them, but eventually learns much more sinister truths behind this band of unusual griffons.
- Daring Do and the Iron Grinder by Anno N.E. Moose: Daring takes a break from tombs and lost temples to explore an abandoned mine. Easiest adventure ever, right? Wrong. She quickly happens upon a diamond puppy named Shudder, who alerts her to the rest of her pack. Daring is quickly imprisoned, with her only hope of escape being...befriending the little brat in hopes of tricking her into setting her free... This turns out to work however, as Shudder requires Daring's assistance, namely in finding her pack leader, who has been missing for over a year now. With the promise of freedom and a map of the mine's treasures at stake, she gladly accepts the task, and manages to escape the mines (albeit with two diamond dogs in tow), but there are many more dangers at hoof. Both a devious, megalomaniacal mastermind and a mysterious, hooded killer known as Goblin Grave all await her. The thrill and danger of adventure survives, but will she?
- Daring Do And The Gunpowder Groove by Fantastic Voyage: Daring is invited to a show by famous jazz-musician, Dynamite Highs, where he reveals that he wishes to hire her for aid on a continent-spanning journey to find a lost instrument rumored to double as a powerful weapon. She accepts, but the trip won't be easy with the pony mafia hot on their tail and the realization that Dynamite isn't so clean cut himself...
- Daring Do and the Crown Of Ultima Mule by Writer S. Block. Daring is sent to a dig site supposedly of the realm of Ultima Mule. The crystal motif is definitely a sign, but there are some disturbing revelations... and secrets. Secrets kept all the way up to Princess Celestia. What is Ultima Mule really, and were the legends about its disappearance intentionally misrepresented?
- Daring Do and the Crimson, Black, and Blue by Galactic Gospel. While trekking through a thick forest, Daring comes across three hatchling dragons who ask her to play a game of hide n' seek, promising her riches and treasure should she succeed. However, these young dragons are far more cunning than she allows herself to believe, and she is quickly outwitted, only to find herself alone. In dragon territory.
- Daring Do and the Crystal Message, by Bowtie Whooves: Daring is on a dig near the Crystal Empire. What is this unfamiliar script, and what is Ahuizotl's interest in it?
- Daring Do and the Silver Menace, by Steeplechase Moffat and Kit Saddler: A physics professor disappears, and Storm Talon, Okpono, and Daring try to find out what happened. And what are Swin and Dell up to now?
- Daring Do and the Chemical Sister, by Galactic Gospel: It's back to Germaneigh with Daring after receiving a letter from that crazed lunatic, Papagei, claiming that the Greifvögel are alive and well. Upon arrival, Daring discovers not only is this true, but they are being used by Equestria's Military. Just what do they want with a group of half-dead griffons, and more importantly, what sort of dark, twisted magic did they use to bring them back to life in the first place?
- Daring Do and the Oathkeepers, by Galactic Gospel: In this exciting sequel to Chemical Sister, Daring, Arzt, and Eichelhäher scour the abandoned labs of Reichstag to find a cure for the Greifvogel before they are executed. Unfortunately, luck is not on their side, as they quickly become targets of both the Buckzi and Papagei, who swears revenge on Daring, even if it means unleashing Fischadler's horrible creations unto Equestria...
- Daring Do and the Tower of Terminal Canyon: Whilst on an expedition to the ruins of a desert kingdom with Daring, Herpy starts to have nightmares involving a certain salespony with a unnerving smile...
- Daring Do and the Terror of the Headless Horse: Our intrepid adventurer completes another successful dig deep in the Everfree Forest but discovers that the artifacts that she has unearthed have a fearsome guardian: the ghost of a long-dead warrior who predates even the founding of Equestria. Now she must use all her wits to survive when the animals, the trees, and the very shadows themselves betray her — for they belong to the Headless Horse!
- Daring Do and the Alicorn Amulet, A collaboration between Ember Roundup and A. Sparkler Star, with Beatrix Lulamoon in a technical consultant role: Daring is racing against time as she tries to recover the great and powerful Alicorn Amulet before Ahuizotl and his unicorn conspirators do. Unbeknownst to both parties, the ghost of Princess Sparkler is possessing one of these conspirators, and intends to use the amulet to not only resurrect herself, but wrest control of the domain of night from Nightmare Moon, threatening a power struggle that could drop the moon onto Equestria.
- Daring Do and the Always Faithful by Galactic Gospel: While exploring the catacombs of Canterlot, Daring comes across a secret that could shake the very foundation of Equestria; the body of an armored griffon preserved in crystal, known only as, "Mars, The Element of Loyalty". Before she can even decide if some secrets are worth keeping, the catacombs are flooded with holy light, and the griffon awakens...
- Daring Do and the Army of None: Daring has heard of an ancient legend concerning a sorcerer's amulet that is the key to commanding a vast and deadly legion of phantoms - the Army of None. She sets out to find out if this legend is true and, if so, prevent this amulet from falling into the wrong hooves. Unfortunately for her, not only is it true, but her old foe Ahuizotl has heard of this legend as well...
- Daring Do and the Sanguine-Stained Teeth, by T. Velvet Sparkle, Sr.: A series of museum break-ins from none other than Count Vryko Lakas leads Daring questioning everything about him as she struggles to finally find out just what the mysterious pony is up to, and whether or not what he's doing is a good or bad thing.
- Daring Do and the Marks of Destiny By L. Heartstrings: Ahuizotl steals the Hands of Fate and uses them to sow chaos by switching up Cutie Marks across Equestria. Daring must find a way to stop him and reverse the effects not just for her own sake, but the countless ponies whose lives stand to be ruined in the process.
- Daring Do and the Music of Endings: Canterlot gets attacked by mysterious mystical music, leading to many ponies' lives ending. It's up to Daring Do to find the source before things go too far or the eerie classical music ends her life.
- Daring Do and the Iris Survivor: Based on the smash-hit song and video, Daring ventures to the peaks of Canterlot, hoping to find a treasure said to be crafted by the hooves of gods. What she finds is a peculiar crystal pony with a coat of seven colors and a heart of stained glass whose only wish is to be real again.
- Daring Do and the Storm Braves: Daring is sought out as a teacher by a group of young pegasi who fear they will always be known as the worst flyers in the world. Promised treasures beyond her wildest dreams in exchange, Daring takes the job, but is teaching a muscle-head, a wall-eyed mute, and a cloudmaker with a manticore for a pet too much, even for a mare like her?
- Daring Do and the Humanestrian University By L. Heartstrings with special input from Princess Twilight Sparkle: A professor and acquaintance of Tabula Rasa thought to have long since disappeared has suddenly resurfaced and has taken the Coronet of Chaos into another world. Daring Do pursues her through the portal but upon reaching the other side, she finds herself in a whole new world and a brand new body to match.
- The Siren Saga: A sequel arc to Humanestrian University, it features two books dealing with the mythological Sirens with one book taking place in Equestria and the other taking place in the other world.
- Daring Do and the Heart of a Siren: By L. Heartstrings. After learning of rumors of dark magic causing ponies to suddenly lash out at each other, Princess Twilight Sparkle sends Daring Do to investigate. Upon her arrival, she learns that it might be caused by the gem of a long dead Siren whose remains lie within a cave, but is it really just the gem that's causing everything?
- Daring Do and the Interdimensional Song: By L. Heartstrings. Blank Slate, former acquaintance of Tabula Rasa and former antagonist from Humanestrian University, is investigating the possibility of other creatures from Equestria wreaking havoc in the other world. When her questioning of three depowered Sirens goes nowhere, her investigation leads to her bumping into Daring Do, but Daring Do is still in Equestria. Just who is this "Daring Do" then?
- Daring Do and the Disembodied Voices by Lawrence T. Change: When Daring Do is in an accident with an artifact imbued with an unfinished 'Walk in Another Pony's Shoes' spell, ponies end up disappearing. Can Daring figure out how to fix this mess before friend and foe alike end up as voices in her head?
- The Tirek Trilogy:
- Daring Do and the Bag of Tirek: The Colt of Tirek has located the legendary Bag of Tirek and they seek to release their dark master from his unholy prison in Tartarus. Daring must secure the Bag or the realm will be blanketed in eternal darkness.
- Daring Do and the Museum Robbery (Due out next Summer Sun Celebration), by Agatha Whinney and Ember Roundup: Several artifacts have been stolen from the museum and the curator is dead, a stone knife in his ribs. Whodunnit?
- Daring Do and the Rise of the New Breed (Due out next Running of the Leaves), by T. Velvet Sparkle, Sr.: While out on a routine excavation with Count Vryko Lakas, they encounter a tomb and accidentally awaken a different kind of vampony breed. Now, they must escape the animalistic, bloodthirsty vamponies' hunger or be drained dry.
- Daring Do and the Scattered Elements: (Due out next Nightmare Night), by Ember Roundup and Medley McLargehooves. While exploring the Castle of the Two Sisters, Daring stumbles onto a plot to steal, separate and hide the Elements of Harmony. After failing to stop it, Daring brings together several of her sidekicks to split up across the globe, searching deserts, mountains and valleys to find the gems before disaster strikes. note
- The Tirek Trilogy
- Daring Do and the Chariot of Darkness (Due next Winter Wrap Up)
- Daring Do and the Rainbow of Light (Due next Summer Sun)
- Daring Do and the Strange Detective: (Due out next Summer Sun Celebration; currently on hold) The first of a two-part crossover between Daring Do and The Fringe Files; written by a group of fans of both series and approved by both authors. Daring Do ends up discovering a journal about a long-forgotten artifact said to have been forged to counter Discord, the Crest of Might. While searching for it and its three Gems, she finds that one of the gem founders hired somepony to investigate the strangers stalking her. That somepony? Paranormal detective, Fringe Truth. Alternate Title: Reality Game
- The two part story has been pushed back by a year. It is unknown why, but rumors circulate that the actual authors may actually end up making these stories canon to the Core series, but nothing has been confirmed yet.
- Daring Do and the Crest of Might: (Due out next Hearth's Warming; currently on hold) The conclusion of the two-part crossover between Daring Do and The Fringe Files; written by a group of fans of both series and approved by both authors. With Ahuizotl possessing the Ruby of Life and losing the Sapphire of Fate, Daring and Fringe must obtain the Topaz of Matter before Ahuizotl gains it and the Sapphire, giving him near-unlimited power. Alternate Title: Cataclysmic Change
- The two part story has been pushed back by a year. It is unknown why, but rumors circulate that the actual authors may actually end up making these stories canon to the Core series, but nothing has been confirmed yet.
- Daring Do and the Flames of Time: (To Be Announced) While Daring Do is on a routine excavation, she accidentally releases a serpentine creature from her stone prison. She activates The Flames of Time within the temple and escapes. Now, Daring Do must travel through her past and future to recapture the serpentine creature and save her own timeline from destruction.
- Daring Do and the Crystal Statue (Due next Summer Sun) by Lawrence T. Change: A quiet period of Daring's life is interrupted when an unknown new adversary emerges with an artifact that has the power to turn ponies into crystal. When Darrin is affected it's revealed that there is a second part of the artifact that, when combined with the first, can undo the process or cause mass devastation and they want Daring to find it for them. Can Daring find a way to save Darrin without letting the world fall into ruin?
There is also a series of shorter Daring Do stories aimed at young foals called The Young Adventures of Daring Do
which take place prior to the main series, though whether these are in continuity, or even done by the same author is hotly debated amongst fans (as is the rumor that Princess Luna, since her return, likes to read them aloud to her friends and one of her toys
The "Young Daring Do" series contains the following titles:
- Daring Do and the Valley of Grouchy: On a college study trip, Daring discovers a mysterious valley, filled with dinosaurs! She soon finds herself fleeing for her life from the Lost World's numerous dangers, but especially from its supreme overlord: a Tyrannosaurus rex named Grouchy!
- Daring Do and the Ballad of Chickerufus: Daring and her friends go camping in the Brickabrack woods, but after a spooky campfire story and a strange painting of an eye, our young hero finds herself face to face with a terrible half-bird beast!
- Daring Do and the Children of Primus: Daring stumbles upon an ancient ship, filled with mysterious statues of strange beings. But are there more to these statues than what meets the eye? note
- Daring Do and the Cloud-Held Eternity: Daring explores a string of cloud ruins higher up than most anypony else would dare to fly with a new companion, Shifty Gaze, who quickly betrays her with the use of an ancient vat of unused rainwater with Fountain of Youth properties. With her flight and her cutie mark gone, Daring must use her wits to stop Shifty and return to her rightful age.
- Daring Do and the Mark of the Trickster: A series of strange dreams causes Daring to believe that she is developing a strange mind-link to the primordial trickster, Anasazi. When no-one believes her, however, she realizes that she must find out about Anasazi all by herself - and that there is more to this mysterious trickster than it may seem...
- Daring Do and the Swords of the Sun: A vacation to the Neighpon provinces proves to be anything but relaxing when Daring is thrust into action alongside a team of local superheroes. With danger never far behind, Daring will have to learn to work as part of a larger team to help stop a powerful new adversary and his army of giant monsters.
- Daring Do and The Return of the Fire of Friendship: Daring is called on by Princess Celestia to recover the stolen Fire of Friendship from Changeling Island, home of King Mayhem and his subjects. She gets the help of Lady Blue-blood, Lady Dove, and Lady Sun Sparkle, but which is really a Changeling in disguise?
- Daring Do and The Moon Ponies: Daring Do awakes up on the Moon and meet the Moon Ponies and have to prevent Scream Star from awaking Nightmare Moon.
- Daring Do and the Canis Major: While investigating the ruins of an ancient Diamond Dog settlement, Daring makes a horrifying discovery.
- Daring Do and the City of the Lost: While excavating the ruins of Tambelon, Daring's professor disappears. Then all unicorn, abada, and qilin classmates disappear as well.
- Daring Do and the Puffing Dragon: Daring Do discovers a proverbial gold mine of lost treasures to bring to the University. But there is a problem; they are in the possession of a bitter dragon who wants to sell them back to her. To top it off, she doesn't even accept bits! Can Daring retrieve these treasures before the dragon takes her wares on the road?
Gene Trottenberry has written a sci-fi series on Daring, called Star Quest. Originally a trilogy, he announced he planned two more stories.
Daring Do:Star Quest
After Princess Luna returns, she uses her magic to pull some of Equestria's greatest adventurers from the halls of time. Aboard the New Explorer, Daring meets an entire crew of others much like herself, ready to make the journey where no pony has gone before, but what mystery, what danger awaits beyond the stars in this three-part epic of astronomical proportions?
- Daring Do and the Plot Against the World: Daring is enlisted in the quest to stop an alien menace from destroying our world. But who pulls their strings?
- Daring Do and the Defeat of Celestia: Inti zaps Lieutenant Commander Woof, the chief of security, into the final years of Princess Platinum's reign. Woof has either done something or failed to do something with the result that the timeline is horribly changed: not only does Discord rule the world, but there is now no stopping Inti from destroying the galaxy. Chief Engineer LaHorse takes himself and Daring back in time and find that the alteration relates with a visionary stallion who ran a charity. A stallion with whom Daring finds herself in love.
- Daring Do and the Cube of Horrors: A strange ship arrives above Equestria in order to spread a twisted parody of harmony.
- Daring Do and the Imperium: Inti attracts an empire of Polymorphs to a spacetime tunnelnote , in the hopes that they may conquer our world.
- Daring Do and Professor Discordia: Inti exploits the Lumenians' ignorance of atomic matter to get the ship stuck, as they declare war on the villain of a Buck Canters-like LARP, thus imperiling the ship. This villain was originally to be called Killer Frame, but Polo House announced the villain's name would be changed in response to protests by lethal white syndrome awareness groups. The fandom has been... less than pleased.
There is also a seven-part arc written by an anonymous contributor known by the pen-name "Ghost Writer", Blood Diamonds
is very much intended for more mature audiences
. Due to the sheer grimness of the series and the fact that most of the established cast beyond Daring herself rarely appear in favor of entirely new characters, the series is mostly underground, but managed to hold enough of a readership to stay going strong, despite its controversial content.
- Spoils of War: Daring Do discovers a large and unusual gemstone and donates it to a new museum collection. When it is stolen and she is recruited to retrive it again, she finds herself stumbling into a conspiracy to plunge the Holy Griffanic Empire and the Minotaur City-States into all-out war, with Equestria as the battlefield.
- The Dog Pit: Having prevented a catostrophic war and learning of the true power of the Blood Diamonds, Daring devotes herself to finding the rest of them and removing their threat once and for all. Weeks of searching lead her to an underground fighting ring organized by a crazed zebra, and the advertized prize is the Blood diamond she was tracking.
- Worship in Fear: While recovering from her last escapade, Daring learns of rumors of another Blood Diamond in the territories of one of the Three Pony Tribes. When she arrives at the frozen wasteland, she finds rements of the last bitter tribesponies still clinging to their land and their old prejudices. As her search continues, she must confront vicious tribalists, desperate caravan raiders, and an ancient cult that could hold the secrets of the true origins of Discord, the Sun and Moon Sisters, and Equestria itself, as well as the destruction of them all.
- Never Forgive Me: Miss Do finally tracks down another Blood Diamond, but the ones already in her possession have started affecting her psyche. When she learns that a group of grave robbers are heading towards the same burial mound as her, it's a race to keep the Diamond from falling into their hooves, and a struggle to keep herself from giving to its magic.
- Demons Die: Horrified by what she did on her last venture, Daring devotes herself to finding a way to destroy the Diamonds, storing them in a remote cove for safety. After several fruitless efforts, she is forced to put her research on hold when she is informed of a new Blood Diamond in the possession of a rogue changling swarm.
- Swimming in Red: Daring Do is frustrated in her failure to find the final Blood Diamond. When she makes a discovery that could lead to the destruction of her Diamonds, they are located and stolen. A last frantic search begins, and Daring Do must find the owner of the Blood Diamonds and destroy soon, or watch as the horror of The Blood is finally unlocked and set loose on the world.
- The Crimson Horde: As The Blood and its forces launch their attack on the world, Daring must race against time to separate the Blood Diamonds and destroy them. But how?
Starsong Turner is writing a series of books on Shūbidū, who is the Seapony mayor at the time of Trident
. She says that at the time of the first book, Shūbidū has just come of age.
- Shūbidū and the Vault of Posteidon: Shūbidū is on a family vacation when some unscrupulous treasure hunters press the family into scouting out traps in an ancient temple's treasure vault.
- . Shūbidū and the Seals of Doom: A crazed pegasus sends trained killer seals against the Seaponies.
- . Shūbidū and the Pirates: The ghosts of pirates sunk in a storm attack the Seaponies.
Several Equestrian magazines across the world have published short stories about our favorite adventurer. Many are accepted as canon by fans, though some, fans prefer to pretend were never published.
Most of these stories can also be found in the anthology series, Scenes from a Pith Helmet
This is an incomplete list. Please add any that are missing.
- A Scandal in Trottingham: One of the more infamous short stories, due to it's surprisingly mature themes, though nothing's made particularly explicit. A precious horsecollar is stolen by a Classy Cat-Burglar known as Irene Saddler, who is professionally known simply as, The Mare. As Daring continues to chase her through Trottingham, she and her friends dig up a few of Irene's dirty secrets.
- Almost Got 'Er: Mareton, Swinn, Dell, Ahuizotl, Commandant Rex, Dr. Caballeron and his three iconic henchponies all meet up in a bar and play cards together. Yes, we realize it makes no sense, but that doesn't matter because the story is hilarious. They spend most of the time making fun of each other and talking about how, you guessed it, they almost got (or, in the Swinndell Sisters' case, almost conned) Daring Do.
- Arthur, King of the Trots, and the Celestian Grail: Arthur and his band of "knights" see a sonic rainboom, which they take a sign from Celestia herself that it's time for them to go on a quest for the legendary Celestian Grail. Ignoring the fact that Daring had already proven years before that it doesn't exist. They band off on their own separate quests within the quest, and face The Black Beast of ARRRRRRRGH, princes being held captive by their fathers, and the local schoolfillies. Those nasty taunting brats.
- Nothing but Puppy Chow Left by Henry Trottner: During the Fourth Griffon-Diamond Dog war, Daring helps Storm Talon write an Ear Worm to shoot down Diamond Dog morale. Hilarity Ensues.
- The Winter Wrap-Up that Repeated, by Sweetberry Jubilee: Sebastius Mareton finds himself reliving the same day over and over.
- Daring Do and the Antelope's Hoof, by Medley McLargehooves: Herpy finds an enchanted antelope's hoof that grants whatever you ask—except there's always a horrible catch.
- Geis of the Goyle, by Diamond Cuff: Bravado explores an ancient castle that's quite well-kept. He learns that it's guarded by a pack of dangerous gargoyles, sworn to protect their fortress and it's secrets from outsiders...and will go to any means to do so.
- Legend of the Zomponies, by A. Bloom, winner of a Best Student Writer competition: Outback Jack's younger sister, Alice Springs, stumbles upon the Blank Village. Notable for the surprisingly high amount of fan art depicting Alice as a very sad Zompony, despite the happy ending.
- Fear and Loathing in Las Pegasus, by Paul Camp: A defictionalized version of Ghoul Dachshund's mentioned In-Universe book of the same name. Ghoul and his best friend/attorney, Doctor Fozzie, take a weeks vacation to Las Pegasus. Substance abuse and property damage ensues.
- Trial: Every single villain from The Verse—canon, short stories, expanded universe, all of them—take over the jail where they've been imprisoned and capture Daring and decide to put her on trial, with Ahuizotl acting as judge, Mareton acting as prosecution, Swinn and Dell as witnesses, and a jury made up of the rest. There are several nods to other short stories and expanded universe material. Although one does have to wonder how dead villains are there, and why Swinn and Mareton are apparently back together for some reason, it's generally considered to be one gem of a story.
- The Body in Margaritopolis, by Agatha Whinny: Daring finds the still-decaying body of a pegasus stallion in a Dream Valley dig. Technically a novella, rather than a short story.
- Daring Do and the Review of Performance, by Dee Twenty: Daring's adventures have taken her all over Equestria and beyond, however this means she spends far too little time in the classroom teaching. Daring now faces her greatest challenge... convincing the University Board of Directors to let her keep her job.
- Shūbidū and the Ruby Shark, by Starsong Turner: At the seabedbreaking for a barn, the Seaponies discover a ruby sculpture with a horrific power.
- Prism Rush Presents: by Flim and Flam Filosophy. A miniseries that retells assorted published works, done in Prism Rush's uniquely skewed viewpoint when he's on his anti-psychotic medication. Takes place in an alternate universe where Prism Rush was captured and subjected to therapy, medication, and anti-Smooze treatment.
- A Serene Tale, by Rainboom20%: The backstory of Daring Do's Missing Mom, here named Serenity, is expanded on here. It focuses on her first archaeology expedition, during which she first met Daren Do, her future husband. While this story was very well-received by fans, winning the Derring Do Daily Best Short Story competition, it was, entirely coincidentally, partially Hossed by the release of Daring Do and the Fires of Family soon after, which established Daring's mother's name as Daria.
- Afterwards, by Ex Mortis: Describes what waits for each character in the afterlife after their respective deaths. Ranges from Terrifying to Tear Jerking to Heartwarming.
- Ahuizotl and the Giant Chess Pie click here by D.Cord Name : A comedy in which, after Ahuizotl frees a reality warper for a new scheme, it turns out to be a trickster who devotes it's time to messing with him
- ''The Surgeon of Marabia'', by Magic Step. When Swinn and Dell get their hooves on a potion that cures all wounds and brings back the dead, they see only the opportunity to make a bunch of cash. But such a potion cannot be released on the market without being thoroughly tested. Well, Swinn has a grudge against Sebastius anyway... The potion works, but not exactly as planned. Sebastius, Swinn and Dell (and Bravado, who keeps getting dragged into it for some reason) must travel through the Suspiciously Similar Substitute country of Marabia, dodging guards and crazy doctors, escaping from a deadly game of pinball, and discovering family secrets. And dying. They also die a whole lot.
- Short Stuff and the Amazing Vacuum by D.Cord : During a visit to Dr.Flux's by the Ed's to verify Dell's latest merchandise, Page and Header are accidentally entrapped by Flux's latest invention then mistakenly thrown out. A bored Short Stuff decides to set out to find them.
- Miss Jumbo and the M████████████ Tattoo by D.Cord : After a disastrous attempt at having Mahavir help with some housekeeping, everypony Miss Jumbo meets seems to comment on a tattoo she has. When they won't elaborate she decides to find Storm for a straight answer. The full title is implied to be Miss Jumbo and the Mysterious Tattoo but it's revealed to be Miss Jumbo and the Mahavir Tattoo.
- Anne Bonfire and the Unsightly Beauty Mark by D.Cord : In a sleepy town local police are about to connect several disappearances to a beauty parlour. However, a day before they do, Anne Bonfire decides to visit the parlour. Will she be able to avoid being another victim and leave before the police arrive? The author admits that this time around he tried writing a more traditional adventure peppered with his comedy than a straight up comedy like his other works.
- Fear and Love: When Morph the atoning Changeling and Many Masks the banished Buffalo Skin-Trotters life's become magically connected can they put aside their differences to survive and find out who did this to them?
- Equestria and the Attack of the Jello Slimes by D.Cord : An invasion nopony could have seen coming: living slime creatures made from jello. An attempt at creating a self mobile food source gone wrong when it became self aware, can they be stopped before pony becomes their food source? Note
- Silvia Clawson and Her Little Pony by D.Cord : When Dr.Caballeron is magically shrunken down by a stolen artifact he ends up in the paws of Griffon Embassy Employee Silvia Clawson. Surely she'll help him to reverse it and not take advantage of having a pony at her beck and call in any way right?
- Daring Do and Marey Sue's Totally Awesome Adventure by D.Cord : When Daring Do gets back from another adventure she's accosted by somepony claiming to be a fan. However when she gives Daring something written to look at, Daring finds herself magically pulled into the world of poorly written self-insertion fanfiction. Will Daring be able to escape this poorly plotted world?
- From the Pages of a Mockingbird by Sweet Things. The musings of the undead griffon girl, Eichelhaher, after she makes the biggest mistake of her life.
- The Tale of Two-Tone: A look at the Hippogriff from an alternate universe told via glimpses at random points in her life. Interestingly it's not the Mirror Universe version seen in Universal Cracks but a 'good reflection' based on them.
- The Recognition of Doris by B.A. Donka Donk: Doris, donkey and Darrin's off again on again partner, loses all her memories aside from her relationship with Darrin. He thus decides to try and help her regain them.
- Daring Do and the Secret of the High Cholesterol Test by D.Cord: A comedic short story in which various antagonists have to take their 'deadly, pony eating beasts' for checkups for embarrassing reasons.
For a short time, there was a comic book series by Mareval
about the hero, but it was critically panned and only lasted ten issues. More recently, a run of Daring Do issues were greenlit by Darkpony Comics
and a team of enterprising young ponies, who shall remain nameless, were able to get their hooves on large amounts of conceptual material and press releases. A DC representative could not be reached for comment. The fandom is unsure what to make of some of the ideas they have seen thus far; one half is interested in seeing Daring Do adapted to a new medium while the other is concerned that the character may change from an Adventurer Equinologist
to some kind of alien superpony who was sent away from her dying homeworld as a foal
Daring Do Comics and Graphic Novels - Darkpony Comics series
- Daring Do vs. The Mysterious Mare-Do-Well: A one-shot that is more or less exactly what it sounds like. Daring Do crosses paths (and swords) with everyone's favorite costumed vigilante as they both pursue the international super criminal Ahuizotl.
- Power Ponies #406-409: A trilogy of issues in the Power Ponies series where Daring teams up with the titular costumed heroes to stop an alliance between Ahuizotl and the Mane-iac. A second crossover has been announced to be in the works, where apparently, Daring and Zapp will swap places for a day.
- Hannibull #111-112: A rather surprising crossover with the recent Hannibull Knacker franchise, in which Daring and Storm Talon, the latter of whom is apparently a cousin of Hannibull 's Jack Clawford, aid in the investigation of a murder at the University. Received some controversy from fans of both series: from Daring Do fans for crossing over with such a typically violent series, and fans of Hannibull for "dumbing down" the typically very graphic series for those two volumes, to make the series more palatable for Daring Do 's younger fanbase.
There were also several comics in the weekly Disneigh Adventures
magazine under the name "Diamond Daring", featuring Daring being turned into a Diamond Dog by Ahuizotl and her quest to become a pony again. The series is purely comedy, with rarely any drama. Despite being written with an extreme dose of Lighter and Softer
, the comics are praised for their witty writing and subtle adult humor
. Several readers have billed them as, "the Animaniacs
of Daring Do comics, and it's been rumored that A. K. Yearling prefers these stories out off all the other alternate continuities. There are a total of four arcs at the moment, but the writers for Disneigh Adventures have confirmed there will be more in the future.
Disneigh Adventures' Diamond Daring Comic
- Diamond Daring: The Aristocratastrophe : Daring meets a powerful unicorn who claims she will turn her back to a pony, but only if she helps save her failing circus act.
- Diamond Daring: Bad Dog, No Buscuits : Daring is kidnapped by a Diamond Dog slave trader who plans to use her for a terrible Broadway Musical.
- Diamind Daring: Polar Bowler : Daring attempts to return to her adventuring, but quickly discovers the cons of being a Diamond Dog, such as a sudden love for the ball-shaped boulders she usually has to run from, which the latest temple is packed to the brim with.
- Diamond Daring: And Now A Word From Our Sponsors : Daring is faced with the greatest challenge of her life: ads during her comic!
As apart of the...stranger media, Taclopyuki Ishikawa
, electronic musician and noted Daring Do fan, has collaberated with SoyAnimation
and produced several songs with accompanying music videos about Daring Do's adventures. Despite the heavy dose of Soundtrack Dissonance
(all the songs are electronic, despite the universe taking place long before it even existed), reception has been positive. Praise has gone to the stellar animation, high-quaility music, and packing in so much action and emotion into a single video that it heavily
averts It's Short, so It Sucks
Daring Do: The Tracks Less Traveled
- Daring Do and the Illogical Dash : Daring Do attempts to escape a crumbling temple under the influence of a trip-inducing mushroom she had eaten on the way in. Given the oddness of the song, combined with the downright strange visuals when Daring starts tripping, many viewers called it, "the best acid trip no one asked for".
- Daring Do and the Cyber Symphony : Daring Do attends a concert of a brilliant violinist, only to learn his music invades the mind and sends the listener into a dream world while the violinist makes off with their belongings. Daring fights her way back to reality, and prompty punches out the violinist, much to the rejoice of his past victims.
- Daring Do and the Quickening : Daring Do is trapped in a raging stormcloud during a flight, and must fight her way out of it, with the storm doing everything it can to take it down. This one won several awards for best use of MGI. With the sheer detail put into the cloud monsters, it was pretty much a given.
- Daring Do and the Lonely Abyss : Daring Do is finally caught by a temple's trap, and she contemplates her own mortality and life choices, experiencing flash backs to all her past adventures. She is about to give up hope when Herpy arrives to free her. The two escape the temple, with Daring basking in the revalation that she is never alone.
- Daring Do and the Harsh Winter : Daring Do is forced to take in the realization that adventuring in in-the-middle-of-winter Germaneigh is extremely unpleasant. Despite the emotional music, this one is more humorous in tone, most of it being silent slapstick.
- Daring Do and the Leading Cyber : An adaptation of a scene from Daring Do and the Breathing Weapons in which Daring fights the heavy-weapons griffon, Falke. No plot, just beautifully animated fight scenes on par with Dragon Brawler X.
- Daring Do and the Absolute : Daring Do visits a fortune teller who shows her quick glimpses into the events of her future, one of which is marrying her recently-employed collegue, Arzt. The music indicates this is supposed to be a happy future, but at the end, she scoffs at the thought, claiming she has control over her own future, not the Fortune Teller...right before sharing ice cream with Arzt.
- This video lead to a huge shipping war at the Darebooru forums.
- Daring Do and the Unstressful Sky : Daring Do gets locked up in her reasearch, quicky becoming overstressed and nearly suffering a breakdown. Arzt takes her out for a flight around the University, and she is quickly cured.
- Daring Do and the Iris Survivor: Daring encounters a pony who was turned into stained glass by the Elements of Harmony over a thousand years ago, learning that the temple's treasure is the pony's glass heart.
Several authors were curious about some of Daren's adventures mentioned in the main series, so they opted to create their own takes on them.
Daren Do Adventures
- Daren Do and the Hurricane's Spear, by Northern Winds: Daren has always wanted to find the Platinum Crown in the hopes of finding whatever happened to his father, so he and his adventuring group try to track down famous artifacts from the other founders of Equestria in the hopes that they might provide clues to the Crown's whereabouts, starting with the Spear of Commander Hurricane.
- Daren Do and the Wrath of Zeb, by Gizmo Raff: While Daren doing research on ancient Dream Valley, the very physics of light starts to change. And why is there an impossible zebra-minotaur blend running around?
- Daren Do and the Golem Army, by Thistlewhistle Farrier (Due out this coming Summer Sun Celebration): Daren Do, Winchester Tock, and Rodolphus Mareton get mixed up in the rise of a mechanical force.
- Daren Do and the Killers Above, by Gizmo Raff: Daren Do races against time to stop a Raptorian invasion. Little does he know that he will face the most agonizing decisions of his life.
- Daren Do and the Fruit Bat Statue, by Medley McLargehooves (Due out the day after Hearth's Warming): As Daren tries to cope with a recent betrayal and tragedy for which he blames himself, a statue starts coming to life.
- 6. Daren Do and the Cyborg Servants, by T. Turner: In the conclusion to the Young Daren Do arc, a strange cyborg race claims to be servants to all the races of this world. But are they really?
Shortly after the publication of Daring Do and the Universal Cracks
, author Muffin Parcels was granted permission by Polo House to rewrite and publish her three Zapapple Tock AU fics
, as these had inspired the chapters set in the alternate universe in which Daring was killed instead of Zapapple. Muffin Parcels has confirmed that if sales are successful, she will continue the series with wholly original stories.
Zapapple Tock Adventures
- Zapapple Tock and the Sapphire Statue
- Zapapple Tock and the Night Wing Conspiracy
- Zapapple Tock and the Abominable Snowmen - this one was heavily revised from the original fanfic, to the point that it became a collaboration between Muffin Parcels and Bowtie Whooves.
- Zapapple Tock and the Wizard's Staff (Due out next Running of the Leaves)
There have been art books and collectible books dedicated to Daring Do under Polo House, Inc. High budget Bridleway
stage adaptions have been made based on the first four books, starring Hairerion Trot in the title role. A fifth had been in Development Hell
for some time, as the Applewood film series (also starring Trot, though almost none of the other stage actors) started shortly after the closing of Wooden Mask
and the filming schedule left Trot unavailable. The Bridleway series was revived last year with Alicorn's Shadow
, albeit with Shauna Flankery taking over the lead role.
The Applewood Film Series currently consists of:
- Daring Do and the Sapphire Stone: Directed by J.J. Thistle-Whistle, Screenplay by Minty Coral
- Daring Do and the Griffon's Goblet
- Daring Do and the Curse of the Yeti
- Daring Do and the Wooden Mask
- Daring Do and the Razor of Dreams
- Daring Do and the Platinum Crown
- Daring Do and the Gardens of Equestria
- Daring Do and the Shrine of the Silver Monkey
- Daring Do and the Cove of Candles
- Daring Do and the Staff of Star Swirl the Bearded
- Daring Do and the Temple of Nightmare Moon: Written and directed by Hoss Whedon
- Daring Do and the Legacy of Nightmare Moon
- Daring Do and the Alicorn's Shadow
- Daring Do and the Trident of the Seaponies (currently in production, due out next Summer Sun Celebration)
- Daring Do and the Trials of Unity (currently in pre-production)
Applewood also recently did a remastered rerelease of Sapphire Stone
, but excessive use of the magic effects budget as well as several other changes has given it mixed reviews. There have also been several radio plays done for each book in the canon series as well as numerous lesser stage adaptations.
The series has spawned a wide variety of video games, beginning with an arcade machine called Daring Do and the Bauble of Mystery
, released after Curse of the Yeti
was published. It isn't very good and is not canon in the slightest, although it has produced a number of in-jokes and memes in the Daring Do fandom. A later trilogy of graphic adventures, all original stories, were released between the publication of Cove of Candles
and Legacy of Nightmare Moon
, by Siyegua
. These were notorious for several Unwinnable by Design Guide Dang Its
- Archeological Quest: Lightning Kicker is deathly ill and Herpy and Daring have to fetch the formula for the only cure from a Hayan temple.
- Archeological Quest II: The Witches of Gloom: Daring is the only archeologist in a Dream Valley dig not to be kidnapped by Hydia.
- Archeological Quest III: The Labyrinth of Terror: Daring Do visits a Minotaur temple.'''
More recently, Telltail Games
announced two seasons of four Episodic Games
. The first consisted of adaptations of books in the original canon: Sapphire Stone
, Wooden Mask
, Trident of the Seaponies
(slightly re-written to be later in the timeline than the book was) and Ring of the Marengeti
. These were largely praised for their voice acting and writing, with a lot of Adaptation Expansion
, but criticised for unchallenging puzzles
. Telltail have announced that they will work to correct this aspect in the second season, which will consist of original stories. The first announced title for Season 2 is Daring Do and the Fate of Atlatigo
. Another videogame company, PAL Laboratories, announced that they're working on a more action packed platformer called Daring Do and the Great Cave Offensive
which takes place on a completely separate continuity from the Telltail games and apparently the books as well.
Colt Disneigh Studios
has recently announced the production of two Daring Do animated features, one based on the leaked Children of Primus
, the other an entirely original story called Daring Do and the Monkey King
. Both features scripted by author Terri Prancett
. They are both scheduled for release at next Nightmare Night.
Currently being adapted as a Radio Play
for Celestia Radio
, by Pony in a Box Productions.
Daring Do Adventures
- Daring Do and the Sapphire Stone — An adaptation of the first book. Considerably shorter than the original.
- Summer Vacation — Daring Do and a fellow professor, Archaeological Dig, talk about what they did over the summer.
- Lesson Plans — Masra runs into Herpy in the hallways of Canterlot University. It seems Daring Do's lesson plan is late once again.
- Herpy in the Dark — It's Nightmare Night at Canterlot University, and Herpy must face a nightmare of his own.
- Glory Days — Storm Talon is taking one last look at his old ship before its decommissioning and his own retirement, and reminisces with Copperbeak.
- Daring Do Adventures Episode 2: Griffon's Goblet Part 1 — Daring Do receives a mysterious letter regarding the fate of her father, which prompts her to search for the Griffon's Goblet.
The Third Griffon-Diamond Dog War
is heavily alluded to in many of the works. This prequel proceeds to give insight into the assorted adventures of the veterans of this conflict. It is divided into several sections.
Tales of the War.
- Of Steel And Talons: Storm's transformation from the brash and unpleasant youth to the hard-beaked but respectable griffon of today.
- Sniffing Out Corruption: The alliance his people made with the dragons had set off alarm bells in Ghoul's head, so he takes it on himself to find the root of this.
- Sacrifice Of Alicorns: Masra has to deal with the increasing fracturing of her nation's alliance with the griffons, and what she is willing to part with to end the war before it degenerates into a three-way conflict.
- No Matter The Cost: Sterling Silver's operations as a field agent, from his greatest triumphs to his ultimate betrayal.
- Demons Within: Applesack and Charity battle their inner demons over the increasing toll the war has taken on them. Sadly, they lose.
- Darkest Before The Dawn: A spin on the published diaries of Celestia regarding her actions during the war as translated into the Daring Do universe.
Following the release of 18th Core Series book, Ring of Destiny
, A.K. Yearling, for unknown reasons, made a statement, wondering what would have happened had Daring and Rainbow failed to destroy the temple, and 800 years of unrelenting sweltering heat had ensued
. Following this prospect, a group of authors struck a deal with Polo House, Inc. allowing them to write an Alternate Timeline
stemming from that particular book.
Fires of Equestria
- A Broken Rainbow: Following an apparent timeline divergence at sometime during the core book Ring of Destiny, Equestria is beginning to suffer under the unrelenting heat that Ahuizotl has brought forth. Rainbow Dash has lost faith in both herself and Daring and has dropped off the grid completely. If Daring is going to have any hope of undoing Ahuizotl's work, she's going to have to find Rainbow Dash and bring her to reason.
- The Infernal Spirit: After discovering that Princess Celestia has fallen ill as a result of Ahuizotl's Sun Curse, Daring and Rainbow Dash travel to Canterlot to meet with the remaining princesses. It is there that Daring discovers something amazing that she really should have realised about Rainbow from the very beginning.
- Hands of the Below: Daring and Rainbow's quest is put on hold as the deathly Sun Illness plaguing Princess Celestia begins to spread to others. They find themselves in a race against time to find a way to cure the illness.
- The Assassin's Code: Following the revelation that they are both of a small group of ponies who are immune to the Sun Illness, Daring and Rainbow find themselves the targets of Ahuizotl's ever infamous allies, the Hands of the Below, who continue to seek an unknown objective. In order to survive the constant attacks and assassination attempts, the two of them must make it back to Canterlot in one piece. But that's easier said than done when you have a bounty on your head...
- The Dictator's Wrath: Following Celestia's illness induced attempt to murder them, Daring, Rainbow, and their few remaining allies find themselves on the run in a land of creatures that want them dead. But as Equestria continues it's descent into an insane wasteland of sand and sun, a new alliance is forged with the least likely of individuals.
- Daring Do - F.o.E. #6-9: NAMES TBA: Confirmed to be in production, though no release dates have been announced as of yet.
After the success of the Breathing Weapons
trilogy, and the Tracks Less Traveled
music videos (notably, the overwhelming praise given to the videos' beautiful animation), Polo House collaborated Summer Sun Animation
to produce an Anime
series entitled, Globetrotters
. The thirteen-episode series chronicles, "Daring's adventures in more civilized settings alongside Arzt, Eichelhäher, and a slew of new antagonists that'll make Daring wish she'd stuck to the jungle.". The series is a healthy blend of action and comedy, with a decent amount of Character Development
It was never confirmed whether or not the series is considered canon. As such, the series takes a few artistic liberties with the setting, like modernizing the settings a bit
, giving it an almost dieselpunkish
feel, and even throwing in a bit of SchizoTech
, but character-wise, is completely faithful to the series' canon.
- Exotic Ethics: Our heroes kick off their adventure in style, tackling a case of a kidnapped princess in Saddle Arabia.
- Equestria In Blue: The trio must rescue a city on the water from a dangerous mining operation led by the diamond-dog pirates, the Ruby Gears.
- Stop, Look, and Listen, Give Props to the Lightnin' Daring plunges into the lower slums of Manehattan to infiltrate a rap battle in which the prize is one of the treasures she sheeks.
- Time Is The Healer: Eichelhäher is visited by time mage, Aeterna, and given a chance to undo her past under Krahe's control.
- The Future Is Mine: Arzt's past comes back to haunt him, as his parents, a duo of legendary griffon soldiers, show up at the university to punish him for defecting from his homeland.
- Can You Feel It: Arzt falls in with the new underground dance scene called "House". When he accepts and eats a bag of mushrooms given to him at one of the parties, it's up to Daring and Eichelhäher to try (and fail) to make sure he doesn't get into trouble.
- Gekokujo The trio aids Reiher, a griffon from the far east, in saving his kidnapped lover from his village's debt collectors.
- King of Hearts: In an attempt to find love, Eichelhäher seeks out the fabled King Of Hearts, a knight rumored to bring ponies together on the battlefield.
- Get Kraken While sailing to their next destination, the gang is captured by seaponies who demand their assistance in destroying a vile monster that raveges their kingdom.
- I Can't Stand You: After a stressful year of adventure, the trio decides to take some time off at the University, only to start sniping at each other, and eventually start a brawl nearly destroys the building.
- To The Pressure (pt.1) A condensed reimagining of Always Faithful. The gang stumbles upon the perserved body of the first Element of Loyalty, and learn a shocking truth behind the Elements of Harmony themselves.
- To The Pressure (pt.2) Trusts are missplaced and loyalties are tested as the gang struggles to stay together amidst the chaos of the battle between Mars and the resurrected Artes.
- To The Pressure (pt.3) Mars and Artes fight is in full swing, and the sheer magnitude of their battle threatens to tear apart Canterlot. It's up to the gang, with the aid of Celestia and Luna, to patch everything up and defeat them before Canterlot and all of Equestria is destroyed.
Despite good reviews and high ratings, Globetrotters
only lasted one season before Summer Sun lost the rights. The animated adventures of Daring Do would not end there however. Studio Pones
quickly bought up the rights and began work on a series of OVA episodes based off the original idea for the Breathing Weapons Trilogy. End to Order takes place forty years after the original canon. Daring Do has retired from adventuring and has taken up work for Celestia as the Chief of Canterlot's police force. When Canterlot comes under random attacks, Daring learns she must deal with The Rusted, a group of griffons who want to end pony rule by unleashing Discord unto the world.
, a few liberties are taken with the canon. The only notable change here, however, is Daring having fought in the Greater Lands War in her youth.
The series is split up into four "arcs".
End to Order
- Episodes 1-3, Time and Time Again.
- Episodes 4-6, We Must Be Just
- Episodes 7-9, Alabaster Feathers
- Episodes 8-10, Pandora Smiled
During the run up to April Foals day it's almost become a tradition for the authors involved with Daring Do, and even some that aren't, to create fake upcoming books or fake details about real upcoming books, which often become in jokes among the community.
April Foals Books.
- Daring Do: A Soiree of Stabbings by George R.R. Mareton: Maharaja invites Daring Do and Short Stuff to dinner, planning for it be Daring's last. Due to mixed reactions towards excerpts read during Ponyville Comic Con, the book has been cancelled....until it was revealed to have been an April Foals gag and was never coming out in the first place.
It's not a surprise that these widely-loved books have made their way to the stage as well. Here are some of the best-known stage shows.
- Sweeney Trot: The surprisingly popular villains Sweeney Trot and Mrs. Hoovett got their own musical, focusing solely on their plotline from Staff of Star Swirl, adding a new villain, Judge Clopin (mainly so audience wouldn't feel too guilty for rooting for Sweeney), a new hero, Anthony Hopewing, and giving Sweeney's daughter Linnet more depth. The clever, complicated lyrics are legendary. Good luck memorizing them all.
- A Very Daring Musical: A group of Chickcago-based college students made this musical, about the most affectionate an Affectionate Parody can be. Combining the plots of all sixteen Yearling books, plus throwing in some references to short stories, movies, and non-canon books, this musical spoofs the series, giving new and unique spins to characters, to the point where they could almost be considered OC's. If you haven't read all sixteen books, you'll understand maybe half the plot and almost none of the jokes, but if you have, it's gut-bustingly funny. Even the actors in the Applewood movie series are fans!
Also, there's a drinking game now.
Try at your own risk.
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