History Fanfic / AradsStardust

2nd Feb '18 3:54:58 PM nombretomado
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** [[MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail 'What do I do now?' Head tilt. 'What was my father like?' Head tilt. 'What is the airspeed of an unladen swallow?' Head tilt.]]

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** [[MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail 'What do I do now?' Head tilt. 'What was my father like?' Head tilt. 'What is the airspeed of an unladen swallow?' Head tilt.]]
1st Dec '17 10:53:42 AM xcountryguy
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** For one, more than a single squad is deployed on most operations, the [[spoiler: Gangplank operation]] seeing 6 Skyrangers full of soldiers seeing action, and the Skyrangers also provide covering fire for the attackers.

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** For one, more than a single squad is deployed on most operations, the [[spoiler: Gangplank [[spoiler:Gangplank operation]] seeing 6 Skyrangers full of soldiers seeing action, and the Skyrangers also provide covering fire for the attackers.



* AnyoneCanDie: As is usual in X-COM, being a named character does not protect you from horrible death. [[spoiler: Lana (she got better), Dryzimski in chapter 30, Kim and Joel in chapter 33.]]

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* AnyoneCanDie: As is usual in X-COM, being a named character does not protect you from horrible death. [[spoiler: Lana [[spoiler:Lana (she got better), Dryzimski in chapter 30, Kim and Joel in chapter 33.]]



** Chapter 33 puts the emphasis on the ''badass'' part, when Twilight [[spoiler: pretty much singlehandedly ''annihilates'' the enemy invasion. This includes shrugging off direct-hit plasma blasts from ''alien spaceships'']].

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** Chapter 33 puts the emphasis on the ''badass'' part, when Twilight [[spoiler: pretty [[spoiler:pretty much singlehandedly ''annihilates'' the enemy invasion. This includes shrugging off direct-hit plasma blasts from ''alien spaceships'']].



** In chapter 14, [[spoiler: a captured Thin Man just flips the fuck out when it sees Twilight, starts making death threats and beats itself to death trying to get out and presumably at her.]]
** In chapter 20, Lana reacts ''very'' poorly to being called by Matt and Shen on [[spoiler: manipulating Twilight into thinking Matt was romantically interested in her.]] In a sparring match later, another soldier makes a poor choice of insult to the already-steamed Lana, and Lana makes him pay for it.

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** In chapter 14, [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a captured Thin Man just flips the fuck out when it sees Twilight, starts making death threats and beats itself to death trying to get out and presumably at her.]]
** In chapter 20, Lana reacts ''very'' poorly to being called by Matt and Shen on [[spoiler: manipulating [[spoiler:manipulating Twilight into thinking Matt was romantically interested in her.]] In a sparring match later, another soldier makes a poor choice of insult to the already-steamed Lana, and Lana makes him pay for it.



* BlessedWithSuck: [[spoiler: Commander Bradford's CombatClairvoyance apparently [[PowerIncontinence cannot be shut off on its own]], and he literally grabbed the first never-tested-on-live-specimen prototype of a portable suppressor he could reach when Shen opened the case of them.]]

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* BlessedWithSuck: [[spoiler: Commander [[spoiler:Commander Bradford's CombatClairvoyance apparently [[PowerIncontinence cannot be shut off on its own]], and he literally grabbed the first never-tested-on-live-specimen prototype of a portable suppressor he could reach when Shen opened the case of them.]]



** In chapter 22, Discord is horrified at the idea of bartering for or stealing souls from other people, because "The soul of a living creature is the purest spark of creativity and change in the universe. It is change, it is hope, it is the drive that every little living thing needs to motivate themselves to get up in the morning and take on the world, or at least their horrible commute and coworkers." Despite this, as fans of the canon are well aware, he sees no problem with doling out MindRape ForTheLulz. In the same chapter, he also [[spoiler: restores Lana to life because he wants her to keep being Twilight's friend.]]

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** In chapter 22, Discord is horrified at the idea of bartering for or stealing souls from other people, because "The soul of a living creature is the purest spark of creativity and change in the universe. It is change, it is hope, it is the drive that every little living thing needs to motivate themselves to get up in the morning and take on the world, or at least their horrible commute and coworkers." Despite this, as fans of the canon are well aware, he sees no problem with doling out MindRape ForTheLulz. In the same chapter, he also [[spoiler: restores [[spoiler:restores Lana to life because he wants her to keep being Twilight's friend.]]



** Confirmed for Vahlen in chapter 17; [[spoiler: her family were killed by a Chryssalid in a Terror Attack ''while she was listening over the phone.'']]

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** Confirmed for Vahlen in chapter 17; [[spoiler: her [[spoiler:her family were killed by a Chryssalid in a Terror Attack ''while she was listening over the phone.'']]



** In chapter 31, Celestia asks why Discord doesn't "release her" so she can protect Equestria from [[spoiler: the incoming alien invasion]], implying that he did this to her. Discord refuses by declaring she'd become just as great a threat to Equestria if he did. [[spoiler: ''Fortitude Amicitia'' gives a strong hint as to why he sealed off some of her powers in the first place.]]

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** In chapter 31, Celestia asks why Discord doesn't "release her" so she can protect Equestria from [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the incoming alien invasion]], implying that he did this to her. Discord refuses by declaring she'd become just as great a threat to Equestria if he did. [[spoiler: ''Fortitude [[spoiler:''Fortitude Amicitia'' gives a strong hint as to why he sealed off some of her powers in the first place.]]



** [[spoiler: Twilight in chapter 33 leaves behind hoofprints melted into the floor of the X-Com facility when she goes berserk.]]

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** [[spoiler: Twilight [[spoiler:Twilight in chapter 33 leaves behind hoofprints melted into the floor of the X-Com facility when she goes berserk.]]



* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: An early comment by Twilight is that the native "Field" is stiff and musty from disuse, but it'll loosen up as she uses it more. Come chapter 28, and TheReveal that a side-effect of a "loosened" Field is that it becomes increasingly easy to touch, meaning X-Com members are starting to spontaneously develop powers of their own as they can begin to access it.]]

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* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: An [[spoiler:An early comment by Twilight is that the native "Field" is stiff and musty from disuse, but it'll loosen up as she uses it more. Come chapter 28, and TheReveal that a side-effect of a "loosened" Field is that it becomes increasingly easy to touch, meaning X-Com members are starting to spontaneously develop powers of their own as they can begin to access it.]]



* {{Cyborg}}: Twilight designs cyber-prosthetics for maimed soldiers after [[spoiler: Lana gets her arm cut off]]. It's implied she's used certain "spell-circuits" related to {{golem}} construction to get around some of the logistical problems invoked by this trope.
* CynicismCatalyst: In chapter 15 it's strongly implied that ''something'' bad, probably alien-caused, happened to [[spoiler: Vahlen's family to make her the cold, paranoid jerkass she currently is.]] [[spoiler: Confirmed in chapter 17; Vahlen's family were killed by Chryssalids in a Terror Attack, and she was on the phone listening as they were slaughtered.]]

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* {{Cyborg}}: Twilight designs cyber-prosthetics for maimed soldiers after [[spoiler: Lana [[spoiler:Lana gets her arm cut off]]. It's implied she's used certain "spell-circuits" related to {{golem}} construction to get around some of the logistical problems invoked by this trope.
* CynicismCatalyst: In chapter 15 it's strongly implied that ''something'' bad, probably alien-caused, happened to [[spoiler: Vahlen's [[spoiler:Vahlen's family to make her the cold, paranoid jerkass she currently is.]] [[spoiler: Confirmed [[spoiler:Confirmed in chapter 17; Vahlen's family were killed by Chryssalids in a Terror Attack, and she was on the phone listening as they were slaughtered.]]



** In the same chapter, he makes it clear that he believes that Celestia herself would fall into this if he "released her". [[spoiler: ''Fortitude Amicitia'', revealing as it does the existence of a "Queen Solaria" who engaged in rampant petrification of ponies for the most petty reasons, implies that he believes this because ''she already went this route before''.]]

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** In the same chapter, he makes it clear that he believes that Celestia herself would fall into this if he "released her". [[spoiler: ''Fortitude [[spoiler:''Fortitude Amicitia'', revealing as it does the existence of a "Queen Solaria" who engaged in rampant petrification of ponies for the most petty reasons, implies that he believes this because ''she already went this route before''.]]



* FreudianExcuse: Lana has one for her fixation on the importance of hope -- [[spoiler: hope was all that helped her get through her life when her coming out as a lesbian caused her father to explode in a fit of violence, resulting in him then turning on her mother and Lana having to shoot him to prevent him from killing either of them, and the resultant consequences of that shooting]].

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* FreudianExcuse: Lana has one for her fixation on the importance of hope -- [[spoiler: hope [[spoiler:hope was all that helped her get through her life when her coming out as a lesbian caused her father to explode in a fit of violence, resulting in him then turning on her mother and Lana having to shoot him to prevent him from killing either of them, and the resultant consequences of that shooting]].



** [[spoiler: Bradford's mind evidently goes ''somewhere'' horrible when Twilight explains that people developing magical/psionic powers is going to become a chain reaction; he immediately orders her to design and build blockers to prevent such awakenings.]]

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** [[spoiler: Bradford's [[spoiler:Bradford's mind evidently goes ''somewhere'' horrible when Twilight explains that people developing magical/psionic powers is going to become a chain reaction; he immediately orders her to design and build blockers to prevent such awakenings.]]



* GrenadeHotPotato: Matt does this in episode 9 with an alien grenade, ensuring no casualties, but getting himself seriously wounded; he's lucky not to have wound up paralysed or dead. [[spoiler: Justified in chapter 28; his exposure to Twilight's magic is starting to awaken telekinetic abilities of his own.]]

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* GrenadeHotPotato: Matt does this in episode 9 with an alien grenade, ensuring no casualties, but getting himself seriously wounded; he's lucky not to have wound up paralysed or dead. [[spoiler: Justified [[spoiler:Justified in chapter 28; his exposure to Twilight's magic is starting to awaken telekinetic abilities of his own.]]



* GoneHorriblyRight: When parallels between a material from Equestria's past and Elerium were pointed out [[spoiler: in a letter from Pinkie Pie]], they try to test an Elerium sample for magic reactivity with a levitation spell. The sample punches through the ceiling, through the mess hall (almost killing Joel), through the rest of the base, the ground above them, and eventually hitting a reconnaissance satellite. Turns out "Arcanite" fundamentally enhances any spell cast on them, so using telekinesis means a super-kinetic surge; they were expecting it to glow because that was the first documented spell cast on Arcanite.

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* GoneHorriblyRight: When parallels between a material from Equestria's past and Elerium were pointed out [[spoiler: in [[spoiler:in a letter from Pinkie Pie]], they try to test an Elerium sample for magic reactivity with a levitation spell. The sample punches through the ceiling, through the mess hall (almost killing Joel), through the rest of the base, the ground above them, and eventually hitting a reconnaissance satellite. Turns out "Arcanite" fundamentally enhances any spell cast on them, so using telekinesis means a super-kinetic surge; they were expecting it to glow because that was the first documented spell cast on Arcanite.



** [[spoiler: BalefulPolymorph[=/=]FateWorseThanDeath]]: Implied. [[spoiler: When the guards find that Changeling minutes later, hoarse from screaming, Discord explicitly refers to it as a "''perfectly normal unicorn''".]]

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** [[spoiler: BalefulPolymorph[=/=]FateWorseThanDeath]]: [[spoiler:BalefulPolymorph[=/=]FateWorseThanDeath]]: Implied. [[spoiler: When [[spoiler:When the guards find that Changeling minutes later, hoarse from screaming, Discord explicitly refers to it as a "''perfectly normal unicorn''".]]



** Vahlen [[spoiler: and, as we learn in chapter 15, the Council, though chapter 16 shows the latter are far from unanimous]] comes off as unnecessarily nasty to those of us with outside knowledge, but she does have a point; Twilight is basically an EldritchAbomination, no matter how cutesy-adorable she is, and she could pose a serious threat to the survival of the human race if she starts using her powers against them. A bit of paranoid suspicion is quite justifiable.

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** Vahlen [[spoiler: and, [[spoiler:and, as we learn in chapter 15, the Council, though chapter 16 shows the latter are far from unanimous]] comes off as unnecessarily nasty to those of us with outside knowledge, but she does have a point; Twilight is basically an EldritchAbomination, no matter how cutesy-adorable she is, and she could pose a serious threat to the survival of the human race if she starts using her powers against them. A bit of paranoid suspicion is quite justifiable.



* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: In chapter 21, [[spoiler: Lana takes losing her left arm surprisingly well. The fact she's bleeding out, in physical shock and dies moments later probably helps her keep her cool.]]

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* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: In chapter 21, [[spoiler: Lana [[spoiler:Lana takes losing her left arm surprisingly well. The fact she's bleeding out, in physical shock and dies moments later probably helps her keep her cool.]]



** In chapter 15 [[spoiler: the Council considers having Twilight sent to the Argentina base for further interrogation, a reference to the bonus for locating your base in or having full satellite coverage over South America being instant completion of interrogations.]]

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** In chapter 15 [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Council considers having Twilight sent to the Argentina base for further interrogation, a reference to the bonus for locating your base in or having full satellite coverage over South America being instant completion of interrogations.]]



* NeckSnap: [[spoiler: Vide kills several X-Com operatives in this manner.]]

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* NeckSnap: [[spoiler: Vide [[spoiler:Vide kills several X-Com operatives in this manner.]]



** Chapter 28 gives some to Commander Bradford, apparently: [[spoiler: he immediately orders that Twilight start making "awakening blocking" devices upon finding out that more and more people are going to keep developing powers.]]

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** Chapter 28 gives some to Commander Bradford, apparently: [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he immediately orders that Twilight start making "awakening blocking" devices upon finding out that more and more people are going to keep developing powers.]]



* PowerNullifier: As of chapter 29, X-COM has developed one [[spoiler: as a result of Bradford's directive in the previous chapter.]]

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* PowerNullifier: As of chapter 29, X-COM has developed one [[spoiler: as [[spoiler:as a result of Bradford's directive in the previous chapter.]]



* PyrrhicVictory: Matt considers the [[spoiler: raid on the alien base this. XCOM managed to capture the base with the Sectoid Commander and prevented potential EXALT operations, but over half their soldiers were killed with the rest wounded. Additionally, the Sectoid Commander managed to MindRape Twilight's presence from Matt's mind before it went down, and presumably transmitted her location to the Hive Mind]].

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* PyrrhicVictory: Matt considers the [[spoiler: raid [[spoiler:raid on the alien base this. XCOM managed to capture the base with the Sectoid Commander and prevented potential EXALT operations, but over half their soldiers were killed with the rest wounded. Additionally, the Sectoid Commander managed to MindRape Twilight's presence from Matt's mind before it went down, and presumably transmitted her location to the Hive Mind]].



** In chapter 14, [[spoiler: Twilight's attempt at using her translation spell on a Thin Man drives the normally stoic alien into a berserker state fuelled by hate so intense it mutilates itself to death in an effort to escape and get at her]].
** In chapter 15, [[spoiler: the Council are constructing a new containment unit in the Argentina base specifically to hold Twilight Sparkle and, should Commander Bradford agree, she'll be sent there for... much more bluntly direct interrogation]].
** In chapter 28, [[spoiler: because of Twilight's presence and her continued manipulation of the ambient mana, humans are gaining the ability to access it and becoming empowered themselves. As more people become empowered, they will make it even easier to access the Field, so empowerment will spread exponentially.]]

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** In chapter 14, [[spoiler: Twilight's [[spoiler:Twilight's attempt at using her translation spell on a Thin Man drives the normally stoic alien into a berserker state fuelled by hate so intense it mutilates itself to death in an effort to escape and get at her]].
** In chapter 15, [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Council are constructing a new containment unit in the Argentina base specifically to hold Twilight Sparkle and, should Commander Bradford agree, she'll be sent there for... much more bluntly direct interrogation]].
** In chapter 28, [[spoiler: because [[spoiler:because of Twilight's presence and her continued manipulation of the ambient mana, humans are gaining the ability to access it and becoming empowered themselves. As more people become empowered, they will make it even easier to access the Field, so empowerment will spread exponentially.]]



* SelfMadeOrphan: [[spoiler: Lana]] shot her father dead with a shotgun at the age of 12. [[DomesticAbuse He was trying to hurt her mother at the time]].

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* SelfMadeOrphan: [[spoiler: Lana]] [[spoiler:Lana]] shot her father dead with a shotgun at the age of 12. [[DomesticAbuse He was trying to hurt her mother at the time]].



* ShutUpKirk: In chapter 20, [[spoiler: Lana blows up when Matt and Shen call her out on shipping Matt and Twilight together.]]

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* ShutUpKirk: In chapter 20, [[spoiler: Lana [[spoiler:Lana blows up when Matt and Shen call her out on shipping Matt and Twilight together.]]



* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler: Vahlen has one in chapter 17.]]

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* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler: Vahlen [[spoiler:Vahlen has one in chapter 17.]]



** Chapter 17. [[spoiler: Vahlen finally breaks down and admits that Twilight really doesn't seem to have any sinister purposes, even admitting that Project: Stardust is a valuable resource in its own right. And Twilight receives a letter from her homeworld, meaning the Princesses have finally found her.]]
** Chapter 20. [[spoiler: Lana's "gag" comes out and leads to major strife between the members of Project Stardust. And Twilight has just figured out that Matt is the human who captured her...]]
** Chapter 21. [[spoiler: The Wallflower spell turns out to not work on the cybernetic alien forces, such as Cyberdisks. This results in Lana getting her arm shot off and then dying.]]
** Chapter 22. [[spoiler: Twilight has agreed to actively help X-Com defeat the alien invaders after learning some important details about how they work. She and Dr. Vahlen have discovered she can create [[{{Magitek}} "spell-circuits"]] using Elerium that will allow others to artificially replicate magic. Discord reveals he can see everything that's happening on Earth and reach out to its inhabitants at any time he wants... which he uses to bring Lana back to life.]]
** Chapter 28. [[spoiler: People are going to start developing psionic powers like wildfire because of Twilight's presence; the more people who "awaken", the faster it'll happen and the wider it will spread. Also, Twilight has been made known to the other Strike team leaders, who originally weren't in the know.]]
** Chapter 32. [[spoiler: What appears to be the Equestrian star system has been found. EXALT has slipped infiltrators into XCOM HQ and the aliens are beginning their attack on the base.]]
** Chapter 33. [[spoiler: The aliens attack XCOM HQ. Kim and Joel are dead, Vahlen is critically wounded, Twilight goes into UnstoppableRage and wipes out most of the invaders only to be overpowered by the Overseer Ethereal and shot by a human.]]
** Chapter 34. [[spoiler: Twilight isn't getting better, so XCOM builds the "Kaleidoscope" to send her back to Equestria, only to be attacked by Luna and some guards and barely saved by Discord.]]
** Chapter 36. [[spoiler: War has come to Equestria, and the ponies are losing badly. The Ethereals have began assimilating them in a similar manner that they did with Exalt. X-COM soldiers are beginning to display more and more extreme abilities, and the Council has decided to aid the Equestrians.]]

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** Chapter 17. [[spoiler: Vahlen [[spoiler:Vahlen finally breaks down and admits that Twilight really doesn't seem to have any sinister purposes, even admitting that Project: Stardust is a valuable resource in its own right. And Twilight receives a letter from her homeworld, meaning the Princesses have finally found her.]]
** Chapter 20. [[spoiler: Lana's [[spoiler:Lana's "gag" comes out and leads to major strife between the members of Project Stardust. And Twilight has just figured out that Matt is the human who captured her...]]
** Chapter 21. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Wallflower spell turns out to not work on the cybernetic alien forces, such as Cyberdisks. This results in Lana getting her arm shot off and then dying.]]
** Chapter 22. [[spoiler: Twilight [[spoiler:Twilight has agreed to actively help X-Com defeat the alien invaders after learning some important details about how they work. She and Dr. Vahlen have discovered she can create [[{{Magitek}} "spell-circuits"]] using Elerium that will allow others to artificially replicate magic. Discord reveals he can see everything that's happening on Earth and reach out to its inhabitants at any time he wants... which he uses to bring Lana back to life.]]
** Chapter 28. [[spoiler: People [[spoiler:People are going to start developing psionic powers like wildfire because of Twilight's presence; the more people who "awaken", the faster it'll happen and the wider it will spread. Also, Twilight has been made known to the other Strike team leaders, who originally weren't in the know.]]
** Chapter 32. [[spoiler: What [[spoiler:What appears to be the Equestrian star system has been found. EXALT has slipped infiltrators into XCOM HQ and the aliens are beginning their attack on the base.]]
** Chapter 33. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The aliens attack XCOM HQ. Kim and Joel are dead, Vahlen is critically wounded, Twilight goes into UnstoppableRage and wipes out most of the invaders only to be overpowered by the Overseer Ethereal and shot by a human.]]
** Chapter 34. [[spoiler: Twilight [[spoiler:Twilight isn't getting better, so XCOM builds the "Kaleidoscope" to send her back to Equestria, only to be attacked by Luna and some guards and barely saved by Discord.]]
** Chapter 36. [[spoiler: War [[spoiler:War has come to Equestria, and the ponies are losing badly. The Ethereals have began assimilating them in a similar manner that they did with Exalt. X-COM soldiers are beginning to display more and more extreme abilities, and the Council has decided to aid the Equestrians.]]



** [[spoiler: Pinkie Pie's one-line letter to Twilight]] in Chapter 19

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** [[spoiler: Pinkie [[spoiler:Pinkie Pie's one-line letter to Twilight]] in Chapter 19



* XRayVision: In chapter 29 [[spoiler: it seems Zhang is developing this power.]]

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* XRayVision: In chapter 29 [[spoiler: it [[spoiler:it seems Zhang is developing this power.]]



* AscendedFridgeHorror: [[spoiler: In chapter 31 of ''Stardust'', Celestia asks why Discord doesn't "release her", clearly implying that [[BroughtDownToNormal he has sealed off some of her powers]], so that she can protect her ponies from the oncoming invasion. Discord refuses, because she would end up falling into her own [[TheEvilsOfFreeWill corrupt rendition of Order]], which would result in her [[TakenForGranite petrifying every living thing in Equestria]], complete with showing a corrupted Celestia atop a pedestal of petrified ponies and surrounded by dozens more for emphasis. In the very first chapter of ''Fortitude Amicitia'', reference is made to discovering prison-vaults filled with tens of ''thousands'' of petrified ponies, petrified for the most minor of crimes by a "Queen Solaria". Upon the discovery, Celestia immediately cancelled the expedition and arranged for the professors to forget about it in exchange for comfortable jobs. The reason why? "Past sins should stay buried and forgotten", as she puts it. So, the implication is pretty clear that Discord sealed Celestia's power and won't unseal it because she has ''been'' an Order-mad tyrant in the past when she had full access to it.]]

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* AscendedFridgeHorror: [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In chapter 31 of ''Stardust'', Celestia asks why Discord doesn't "release her", clearly implying that [[BroughtDownToNormal he has sealed off some of her powers]], so that she can protect her ponies from the oncoming invasion. Discord refuses, because she would end up falling into her own [[TheEvilsOfFreeWill corrupt rendition of Order]], which would result in her [[TakenForGranite petrifying every living thing in Equestria]], complete with showing a corrupted Celestia atop a pedestal of petrified ponies and surrounded by dozens more for emphasis. In the very first chapter of ''Fortitude Amicitia'', reference is made to discovering prison-vaults filled with tens of ''thousands'' of petrified ponies, petrified for the most minor of crimes by a "Queen Solaria". Upon the discovery, Celestia immediately cancelled the expedition and arranged for the professors to forget about it in exchange for comfortable jobs. The reason why? "Past sins should stay buried and forgotten", as she puts it. So, the implication is pretty clear that Discord sealed Celestia's power and won't unseal it because she has ''been'' an Order-mad tyrant in the past when she had full access to it.]]



** The CMC hide in a room to evade XCOM personnel after trespassing into their labs and utterly fail to notice [[spoiler: the pile of dead pony corpses left by alien infiltrators in the corner.]]

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** The CMC hide in a room to evade XCOM personnel after trespassing into their labs and utterly fail to notice [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the pile of dead pony corpses left by alien infiltrators in the corner.]]



* HonorBeforeReason: Despite the impending danger, Alvar prioritizes getting a poisoned Zhang to the healers before his own evacuation [[spoiler: because Zhang took a hit that was meant for him]].

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* HonorBeforeReason: Despite the impending danger, Alvar prioritizes getting a poisoned Zhang to the healers before his own evacuation [[spoiler: because [[spoiler:because Zhang took a hit that was meant for him]].



** Chapter 27. The title of the chapter is [[PyrrhicVictory Pyrrhic]]. [[spoiler: Applewood was saved and EXALT had suffered major losses in manpower and equipment. However, Pinkie was badly wounded and her ultimate fate is unknown, Matt was badly wounded during the operation by Vide, and EXALT assassins kill Lana and Major Fujikawa.]]

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** Chapter 27. The title of the chapter is [[PyrrhicVictory Pyrrhic]]. [[spoiler: Applewood [[spoiler:Applewood was saved and EXALT had suffered major losses in manpower and equipment. However, Pinkie was badly wounded and her ultimate fate is unknown, Matt was badly wounded during the operation by Vide, and EXALT assassins kill Lana and Major Fujikawa.]]




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29th Aug '17 9:05:05 AM CosmicFerret
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-->“Uh...[[Franchise/MetalGear a cardboard box and good timing?]]”

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-->“Uh...[[Franchise/MetalGear [[VideoGame/MetalGear a cardboard box and good timing?]]”
28th Apr '17 6:06:59 AM Cryoclaste
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* WrongGenreSavvy: In canon ''VideoGame/{{X-COM}}'' or some other thematically similar work like ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', Vahlen's belief that the [[CuteIsEvil cute, powerful animal is out to eat your face]] would be right and the paranoid approach to it would indeed be appropriate. In Stardust? Not so much.

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* WrongGenreSavvy: In canon ''VideoGame/{{X-COM}}'' ''VideoGame/{{XCOM}}'' or some other thematically similar work like ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', Vahlen's belief that the [[CuteIsEvil cute, powerful animal is out to eat your face]] would be right and the paranoid approach to it would indeed be appropriate. In Stardust? Not so much.
24th Apr '17 3:20:40 AM Underachiever
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* FluffyTheTerrible: Most people would likely not take a threat called 'Toys' from a place or object literally referred to as 'the Toybox' particularly seriously. They'd be wrong -- these things gave their inventors enough trouble that decades later the latter still freak out when encountering their first MEC troopers (mistakenly thinking that humans invented the same disastrous technology), and now they're back and integrated into the aliens' army.
8th Apr '17 5:54:52 PM Golondrina
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* LesCollaborateurs: EXALT has been upgraded from hostile [[BlackShirt Black Shirts]] who operate independently to aid the aliens to actually being under their command and supply.



* LesCollaborateurs: EXALT has been upgraded from hostile [[BlackShirt Black Shirts]] who operate independently to aid the aliens to actually being under their command and supply.



* LesCollaborateurs: Chapter 22 reveals that [[spoiler:Tirek]] has thrown his lot in with the aliens.



* LesCollaborateurs: Chapter 22 reveals that [[spoiler:Tirek]] has thrown his lot in with the aliens.
16th Oct '16 10:50:35 AM AKITN
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** '''Epically''' subverted in Chapter 33, where [[spoiler:Twilight conjures an "absolute defense" in the form of [[WreathedInFlames lavender flames]] that lets her tank everything from anti-personnel weaponry up to and including ''[[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill ship-based weaponry]]'', essentially turning her into an [[ImplacableMan unstoppable]] [[OneManArmy force of nature.]] It's only running into [[AlwaysABiggerFish an Ethereal Overseer]] that finally stops her.]]
20th Sep '16 8:04:25 AM GentlemensDame883
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* WholePlotReference: Chapter 36 is ''Fanfic/ThingsXCOMOperativesAreNoLongerAllowedToDo'', "Foreign Deployment Edition".
24th Aug '16 1:28:49 AM Morgenthaler
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* BadassNormal: Pretty much every recruit in X-Com, in theory. Robert Sachs, a new recruit from the [[AussiesWithArtillery Australian Tactical Assault Group]] introduced in chapter 24, is a stunning example. He got recruited for killing a Chryssalid. ''With a knife''.

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* BadassNormal: Pretty much every recruit in X-Com, in theory. Robert Sachs, a new recruit from the [[AussiesWithArtillery [[UsefulNotes/AussiesWithArtillery Australian Tactical Assault Group]] introduced in chapter 24, is a stunning example. He got recruited for killing a Chryssalid. ''With a knife''.
15th Aug '16 10:02:18 PM blackkittyfreak
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** Lana is well known for these. During her conversation with Matt in chapter 24, she drops some real groaners of hand and arm-related puns. Crosses over with BlackComedy because she's making those puns because of her own severed arm.

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** Lana is well known for these. During her conversation with Matt in chapter 24, she drops some real groaners of hand [[spoiler:hand and arm-related puns. Crosses over with BlackComedy because she's making those puns because of her own severed arm.]]
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