History Fanfic / AVoiceAmongTheStrangers

15th Oct '15 8:49:51 PM ClatoLawa
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* AlwaysABiggerFish: After Jessica rescues Dinky from a chimera, Ebony helps by leading the chimera away and into the path of the hydra she almost ran into earlier.
5th Oct '15 5:57:21 AM Theriocephalus
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* BreakTheCutie: Jessica's first ponies she meets are the Flim Flam brothers, who are running a monster horror show. They added her to the monster roster, treating her poorly. This left her with a fear of unicorns and their magic, and a general distrust of ponies.

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* BreakTheCutie: Jessica's The first ponies she Jessica meets are the Flim Flam brothers, who are running a monster horror show. They added her to the monster roster, treating her poorly. This left her with a fear of unicorns and their magic, and a general distrust of ponies.
13th Jul '15 6:36:18 AM ClatoLawa
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* TranslationPunctuation: Equestrian words Jessica learns to understand or speak are wrapped in tildes. The same is done to certain English words that the Equestrians pick up from Jessica, such as "Ebony".

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* TranslationPunctuation: Equestrian words and phrases Jessica learns to understand or speak are wrapped in tildes. tildes, starting with, "~Let home be where your heart lies.~". The same is done to certain English words that the Equestrians pick up from Jessica, such as "Ebony"."~Ebony~".
10th Jul '15 8:50:36 PM maddthesane
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-->'''Jessica''': {''What next, I pledge a personal vendetta against a toaster?''{)

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-->'''Jessica''': {''What (''What next, I pledge a personal vendetta against a toaster?''{)toaster?'')
28th Apr '15 6:28:18 AM ClatoLawa
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* EnmityWithAnObject: A running gag, with Jessica swearing vengeance against various objects - a tree that she bashed her shoulder into, stones on the path that she stepped on in bare feet, a staircase (again, due to her bare feet), and her own brain, after getting a headache from her attempts to rationalise the world around her.
-->'''Jessica''': {''What next, I pledge a personal vendetta against a toaster?''{)
16th Nov '14 5:48:03 AM ClatoLawa
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* BilingualBackfire: After returning to Ponyville, Jessica shocks a number of characters with the fact that she's been learning their language, much to Rainbow Dash's amusement.


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* LanguageBarrier


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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Jessica's reaction when she realises her anger is physically hurting the Changelings.
16th Nov '14 5:40:41 AM ClatoLawa
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* FantasticSlur: Jessica's arrival coincides with a series of inconsistent rumours of an unfamiliar [[BigfootSasquatchAndYeti monster]] around Fillydelphia. Flim and Flam pass her off as the "Foal-Hunter", and the nickname takes a while to shake off.

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* FantasticSlur: Jessica's arrival coincides with a series of inconsistent rumours of an unfamiliar [[BigfootSasquatchAndYeti monster]] around Fillydelphia. Flim and Flam pass her off as the "Foal-Hunter", and the nickname takes a while to shake off.off, even long after she's proved she's sapient and not a threat to anyone.



* StalkerWithACrush: An as yet unnamed pegasus Guard who has been pursuing Aurora romantically ever since their families tried to set them up. He shows up several times in "Acceptance", but doesn't get the hint no matter how many lightning-filled clouds Aurora and/or Rainbow Dash throw in his direction.

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* StalkerWithACrush: An as yet unnamed pegasus Guard who has been pursuing Aurora romantically ever since their families tried to set them up. He shows up several times in "Acceptance", but doesn't get the hint no matter how many lightning-filled clouds Aurora and/or Rainbow Dash throw in his direction. [[spoiler:Iron Will]] also comes across as one for Jessica, but he did seem to take her rejection pretty well.


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* TemptingFate:
** Twilight walks into the library after a stressful morning to be met by an explosion in the kitchen. "How can this day get any worse?!" Rather hilariously lampshaded in the narration:
-->Seven words, seven innocuous words that when separated are as common as night and day. Many of the brightest minds had spent years researching the mystical power inherent when the words go together in the exact right order, and yet, none had ever come to a conclusion. It was even rumoured Clover the Clever had spent some of her years delving deep into their mystery but all to no avail. Twilight Sparkle, with all her past experiences really should have known better; at the end of the day she had no-one to blame but herself.
** Discussed in the narration when Jessica compares Aurora's stalker to [[spoiler:Iron Will's]] crush on her, and expects him to suddenly appear out of nowhere. He doesn't.
16th Nov '14 5:14:21 AM ClatoLawa
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** [[spoiler:Jessica is finally able to understand and speak Equestrian passably in the last chapter.]]

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** [[spoiler:Jessica is finally able to understand and speak Equestrian passably in the last chapter. It's also noted that Minder and Bastion have started to pick up a few words of her language.]]



* BrutalHonesty: Made Manifest, a Canterlot noble who is on good terms with the Princesses for precisely this reason - he tells Luna that their plan to bring Jessica to the castle in hopes of provoking the Changelings is "a bloody stupid idea," but notes that he would have said the same about Celestia's plan for Nightmare Moon if he'd been aware of it.



* CuddleBug: Jessica, who at several points falls asleep with Ebony in her arms, much the amusement of anypony who sees. She's pretty affectionate towards Dinky as well, and at one point surprises Bastion with a hug after he lets her ride on his back when she can't walk anymore.

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* CuddleBug: Jessica, who at several points falls asleep with is found hugging Ebony in her arms, sleep, much the amusement of anypony who sees. She's pretty affectionate towards Dinky as well, and at one point surprises Bastion with a hug after he lets her ride on his back when she can't walk anymore.anymore.
* DeadpanSnarker: Bastion, emphasis on [[TheStoic deadpan]].
-->'''Pinkie''': No offense you two, but you both are pretty big and imposing!
-->'''Rainbow Dash''': Uh, Pinkie. Thatís kinda their job.
-->'''Swift Dawn''': No offense taken, and Rainbow Dash is right. (''taps Bastion's breast plate'') Hear that, youíre imposing.
-->'''Bastion''': My day is now complete.



* IndyPloy: Ebony tends to do this a lot. "Deceit" stands out, with her constantly looking for an opportunity to get Jessica away from the Elements and lead her to the hive.

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* IndyPloy: Ebony tends to do this a lot. "Deceit" stands out, with her constantly looking for an any opportunity to get Jessica away from the Elements and lead her to the hive.hive, impulsively settling on the train to Baltimare.



* InterspeciesRomance: So far {{Defied}}, but [[spoiler:Iron Will is evidently attracted to Jessica]].
** Later played straight with [[spoiler:Bastion and Minder]].

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* InterspeciesRomance: So far {{Defied}}, but when Jessica finds out that [[spoiler:Iron Will Will]] is evidently attracted to Jessica]].
**
her. Later played straight with [[spoiler:Bastion and Minder]].



* LikeBrotherAndSister: At one point Jessica describes Swift Dawn and Aurora Blossom as such, only to be told that they ''are''.



* ObliviouslyEvil: The Flim Flam brothers were unaware of Jessica's sapience when they captured her, though they later seem to wilfully ignore several obvious signs of it, which Ebony calls them on after their escape.

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* ObliviouslyEvil: The Flim Flam brothers were unaware of Jessica's sapience when they captured her, though they later seem to wilfully ignore several obvious signs of it, which Ebony calls them Flim on after their escape.she breaks Jessica out.



* ShamingTheMob: Applejack first calls out the Ponyvillians for assuming the worst about Jessica (reminding them of thow they reacted to Zecora), then apparently does the same in Baltimare after Jessica is almost recaptured.

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* ShamingTheMob: Applejack first calls out the Ponyvillians for assuming the worst about Jessica (reminding them of thow they reacted to Zecora), then apparently does the same in Baltimare after Jessica is almost recaptured. Twilight does the same when they leave the hospital, attempting to make them realise that Jessica is more afraid of them than they are of her. [[spoiler:It still hasn't quite sunk in by the time they return to Ponyville.]]



* TheStoic: Bastion, hence Jessica's nickname for him.
** NotSoStoic: At various points, not that it leads her to change said nickname.

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* StalkerWithACrush: An as yet unnamed pegasus Guard who has been pursuing Aurora romantically ever since their families tried to set them up. He shows up several times in "Acceptance", but doesn't get the hint no matter how many lightning-filled clouds Aurora and/or Rainbow Dash throw in his direction.
* TheStoic: Bastion, hence Jessica's nickname for him.
** NotSoStoic: At various points, not that it leads
him. He later proves himself NotSoStoic on several occasions, but the nickname sticks until she gets into the habit of remembering his real name. Jess also thinks Swift Dawn is this initially, but he starts opening up to her more in the Baltimare chapters, and he comes across as more of a goof to change said nickname.the characters who can understand him.



* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It Have To Be Unicorns?]]: Jessica's reaction to Doctor Carehoof, a unicorn stallion like her captors the Flim Flam brothers. Dinky doesn't trigger the same reaction from her, though, and she manages to get over it thanks to interaction with Twilight over the course of the chapter.

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* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It Have To Be Unicorns?]]: Jessica's reaction to Doctor Carehoof, a unicorn stallion like her captors the Flim Flam brothers. Dinky doesn't trigger {{trigger}} the same reaction from her, though, and she manages to get over it thanks to interaction with Twilight over the course of the chapter.
8th Nov '14 12:01:11 AM ClatoLawa
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* IndyPloy: Ebony tends to do this a lot.

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* IndyPloy: Ebony tends to do this a lot. "Deceit" stands out, with her constantly looking for an opportunity to get Jessica away from the Elements and lead her to the hive.
7th Nov '14 11:56:41 PM ClatoLawa
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The story is now complete, with a POVSequel, ''[[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/128177/a-stranger-among-the-voices A Stranger Among the Voices]]'', told from the various Equestrians' points-of-views, now in-progress. Tystarr has also stated that a sequel is planned, as well as the backstory of Jessica's guards. Other side stories, canon or otherwise, may also be written

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The story is now complete, with a POVSequel, ''[[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/128177/a-stranger-among-the-voices A Stranger Among the Voices]]'', told from the various Equestrians' points-of-views, now in-progress. Tystarr has also stated that a sequel is planned, as well as the backstory of Jessica's guards. Other side stories, canon or otherwise, which may also or may not be written
eventually canon, [[http://www.fimfiction.net/blog/276023/status-and-things have been announced]], mostly focused on Jessica's experience of Equestrian holidays.
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