History Fanfic / AradsStardust

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.]]
4th Jul '16 10:13:09 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* ActorAllusion: The fic gives the first-nameless support staff first names. David Bradford is played by ''David'' Hoffman. Moira Vahlen is played by ''Moira'' Quirk. [[RuleOfThree And]] Charles Shen is played by...um, [[SubvertedTrope François Chau]].
** Discord offers Celestia a cup of Earl Grey during his interrogation in Chapter 31, saying that "[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration it comes highly recommended from a friend, though hed deny up and down that we were so close.]]"



* AscendedFanon: Possibly. Arad was the first person to attribute the name "Moira" to Vahlen in-universe. With the release of XCOM 2, Firaxis has officially stated that Vahlen's first name is Moira.



* IdiotBall:
** More than one fan has accused the Council of holding this after TheReveal in chapter 15, pointing reasons why it makes no sense and is even actively harmful for the Council's purposes. Perhaps not coincidentally, the next chapter shows the Council's debate over what to do with Twilight, with some members clearly against the plan, and reveals that the current "prepare a special base for more extreme measures, but leave the decision to send her there to Commander Bradford", to be the result of non-unanimous consensus.
** All of XCOM gets hit with this when a Council inspector visits to receive the latest monthly report. [[spoiler:Despite sporting iffy credentials and his presence being an unannounced break in the usual method of how XCOM reports their progress, no-one keeps watch on him as he is allowed free access to all facilities and top secret files inside the base. He quickly turns out to be an EXALT spy.]]



* [[spoiler:[[OneManArmy One Mare Army]]: Twilight utterly annihilates the Alien task force invading the X-COM facility.]]

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* [[spoiler:[[OneManArmy One Mare Army]]: Twilight OneManArmy: [[spoiler:Twilight utterly annihilates the Alien task force invading the X-COM facility.]]



* [[TheseHandsHaveKilled These Hooves Have Killed]]: Twilight seriously freaks upon splattering a Chryssalid, even though it was about to rip her apart, and is still shaken up by it in later chapters. In Supplemental Notes 3, Vahlen notes that Twilight absolutely refuses to use her "Crush" ability in the lab tests and instead breaks down and becomes hysterical at the idea. Just how hysterical is revealed in the next chapter.

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* [[TheseHandsHaveKilled These Hooves Have Killed]]: TheseHandsHaveKilled: Twilight seriously freaks upon splattering a Chryssalid, even though it was about to rip her apart, and is still shaken up by it in later chapters. In Supplemental Notes 3, Vahlen notes that Twilight absolutely refuses to use her "Crush" ability in the lab tests and instead breaks down and becomes hysterical at the idea. Just how hysterical is revealed in the next chapter.



* 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.]]



* StrawmanHasAPoint: Word of God states that the council is made up of unknown individuals, not representatives of funding nations. Senator Goleman's political attacks are completely justified as XCOM is a glorified PMC operating as it pleases, not an official multinational force. It has been pointed out that the nature of the Council is not completely known and they may take the form of TheIlluminati, which means they not only control XCOM but the nations of the world as well. Strawman still does have a point, but not the one that he started with.
24th May '16 10:28:14 AM NativeJovian
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* ImplausibleFencingPowers: In chapter 4, Shining Armor uses blades to deflect bullets. Fired on full auto. [[OffhandBackhand Without even looking at the shooter.]] [[spoiler:He's actually using magic to detect the rounds coming in so he knows where to move the blades.]]


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* ParryingBullets: In chapter 4, Shining Armor uses blades to deflect bullets. Fired on full auto. [[OffhandBackhand Without even looking at the shooter.]] [[spoiler:He's actually using magic to detect the rounds coming in so he knows where to move the blades.]]
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