After traveling for many years, finding and colonizing many new planets, they encountered one which had another sentient species, one which would permanently alter everything the ponies thought about their universe. That planet... was Earth.
However, not all was to be fun and games. Celestia XVI, tyrant rising to power, decided that the ponies could be the only "pure" sentient race. She organized an invasion of the human-held space, aiming for total domination. Little did she know, this action would cause total devastation among both sides..
Oh god I love freelancer so much! This is amazing, I immediately recognized it which is pretty impressive since it must have been about 4 years since I played the game! You must have captured the spirit of the game or something! Very beautiful space-scape and excellent choice of cross-over! Makes me want to install freelancer on this computer and play it all over again!
I have had thoughts in the space direction. Then I wrote a fic, because it was inspiring. Were this not after the fact, in that sense, this probably would have inspired me to write the fic... if you see what I mean.
Mine's there on my DA account as an example of Military Sci Fi, and the more "domestic" science fiction angle isn't covered much - a possible framework? Or a distraction, of course, since the Apple clan's positions in my fic are already assigned. Eh, whatever. Be interesting to see your approach.
"Flying with rockets is cool and all, but with our wings we Pegasi bend the fabric of space-time itself! We already know Pegasi can fly in vacuum. I don't care how expensive or 'unnecessary' wing-sleeves will be."
-excerpt from Edge Spark at EASA's spacesuit design committee, leading inevitably to the discovery of FTL travel on the very first space-trot.