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28th Dec '17 2:41:04 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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->''My name is [[color:green:Lyra Heartstrings]], and you will not remember me. You won't even remember this conversation. Just like with everypony else I've ever met, everything I do or say will be forgotten...''

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->''My name is [[color:green:Lyra Heartstrings]], Lyra Heartstrings, and you will not remember me. You won't even remember this conversation. Just like with everypony else I've ever met, everything I do or say will be forgotten...''



[[color:green:Lyra]] isn't a normal pony. She went to Ponyville to celebrate the Summer Sun Celebration with her foal-hood friend, but instead found herself living a cursed life. Upon her arrival, Nightmare Moon did.... ''something'' to the unicorn. Everypony forgets about her within minutes of meeting her. Nopony can read her writing. Any evidence of her existence disappears or is dismissed. Any attempts to leave town cause her to collapse underneath the most painful cold imaginable...

Now trapped in a world where she has as much presence as a half-remembered melody, [[color:green:Lyra]] must find a way to undo her curse. Her only clue is a series of enchanted songs that keep running through her head....

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[[color:green:Lyra]] Lyra isn't a normal pony. She went to Ponyville to celebrate the Summer Sun Celebration with her foal-hood friend, but instead found herself living a cursed life. Upon her arrival, Nightmare Moon did.... ''something'' to the unicorn. Everypony forgets about her within minutes of meeting her. Nopony can read her writing. Any evidence of her existence disappears or is dismissed. Any attempts to leave town cause her to collapse underneath the most painful cold imaginable...

Now trapped in a world where she has as much presence as a half-remembered melody, [[color:green:Lyra]] Lyra must find a way to undo her curse. Her only clue is a series of enchanted songs that keep running through her head....



* ActionSurvivor: [[color:green: Lyra.]]
* {{Adorkable}}: Twilight, [[color:green: Lyra]] comments on her regularly.

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* ActionSurvivor: [[color:green: Lyra.]]
Lyra.
* {{Adorkable}}: Twilight, [[color:green: Lyra]] Lyra comments on her regularly.



* AlternateUniverseFic: A somewhat frustrating example: [[spoiler: the royal wedding and the Changeling invasion happens during the last chapter, but Lyra's canonical involvement in those events as one of Cadance's bridesmaids is ignored for the sake of the DownerEnding.]]
* AmnesiacHero: Inverted Ė [[color:green: Lyra]] cannot be remembered by anypony she encounters.

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* AlternateUniverseFic: A somewhat frustrating example: [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:The royal wedding and the Changeling invasion happens during the last chapter, but Lyra's canonical involvement in those events as one of Cadance's bridesmaids is ignored for the sake of the DownerEnding.]]
* AmnesiacHero: Inverted Ė [[color:green: Lyra]] Lyra cannot be remembered by anypony she encounters.



* BittersweetEnding[=/=]DownerEnding: Depending on how generous you want to be - [[spoiler:Downer in that she dies without ever removing her curse, Bittersweet in that she chooses not to let her defeat of Discord and everything else she's done be erased.]]

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* BittersweetEnding[=/=]DownerEnding: Depending on how generous you want to be - [[spoiler:Downer in that she BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:She dies without ever removing her curse, Bittersweet in that but she chooses not to let her defeat of Discord and everything else she's done be erased.]]



* BreatherEpisode: Chapter X - which comes right after one chapter with some of the saddest and scariest moments in the story, and precedes another with a lengthy and heartbreaking InfoDump from Dr. [[color:dodgerblue:Comethoof]]'s [[ApocalypticLog diary]] - is pretty much [[color:green:Lyra]] hanging out with Pinkie Pie for about 70 pages, and is about as random and funny as that suggests.

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* BreatherEpisode: Chapter X - which comes right after one chapter with some of the saddest and scariest moments in the story, and precedes another with a lengthy and heartbreaking InfoDump from Dr. [[color:dodgerblue:Comethoof]]'s Comethoof's [[ApocalypticLog diary]] - is pretty much [[color:green:Lyra]] Lyra hanging out with Pinkie Pie for about 70 pages, and is about as random and funny as that suggests.



* ChildhoodFriends: Twilight, [[color:green: Lyra]] and Moondancer
* ColdEquation: [[spoiler:[[color:green: Lyra]] must choose between being forgotten forever and being responsible for the deaths of three ponies, the possible destruction of the world, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking the nonexistence of a marriage.]]]]

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* ChildhoodFriends: Twilight, [[color:green: Lyra]] Lyra and Moondancer
* ColdEquation: [[spoiler:[[color:green: Lyra]] [[spoiler:Lyra must choose between being forgotten forever and being responsible for the deaths of three ponies, the possible destruction of the world, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking the nonexistence of a marriage.]]]]



* CrapsaccharineWorld: Ponyville for [[color:green: Lyra]], itís the same friendly pleasant town from the show, but [[color:green: Lyra]]'s curse prevents her from leaving or she will freeze to death and no one can remember her for longer than a conversation, leaving her alone and homeless with no one to help.

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* CrapsaccharineWorld: Ponyville for [[color:green: Lyra]], Lyra, itís the same friendly pleasant town from the show, but [[color:green: Lyra]]'s Lyra's curse prevents her from leaving or she will freeze to death and no one can remember her for longer than a conversation, leaving her alone and homeless with no one to help.



* DeflectorShield: [[color:green:Lyra]] learns a shield spell from Twilight so that she can protect herself from the [[WhatDidIDoLastNight effects]] of ''Threnody of Night''.
* {{Determinator}}: [[color:green:Lyra]]
* DespairEventHorizon: [[color:green:Lyra ]] came close to it in the back-story, but managed to recover [[spoiler: Chapter IX has her come close again, but her experience with Bon Bon manages to pull her back from it]].
* {{Diary}}: Everything that happens is told through [[color:green: Lyra's]] diary, or that of [[spoiler: Alabaster Comethoof]].

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* DeflectorShield: [[color:green:Lyra]] Lyra learns a shield spell from Twilight so that she can protect herself from the [[WhatDidIDoLastNight effects]] of ''Threnody of Night''.
* {{Determinator}}: [[color:green:Lyra]]
Lyra
* DespairEventHorizon: [[color:green:Lyra ]] Lyra came close to it in the back-story, but managed to recover [[spoiler: Chapter IX has her come close again, but her experience with Bon Bon manages to pull her back from it]].
* {{Diary}}: Everything that happens is told through [[color:green: Lyra's]] Lyra's diary, or that of [[spoiler: Alabaster Comethoof]].



* ForgottenFallenFriend: [[color:green: Lyra]] is this to Twilight
* GoodSamaritan: [[spoiler: Bon Bon]], to the point that she continues taking care of a freezing cold [[color:green:Lyra]] even after forgetting that she had brought her inside.
* TheGreatestStoryNeverTold: Chapter VI, [[color:green: Lyra ]] rescuing of Scootaloo from a teleporting accident.

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* ForgottenFallenFriend: [[color:green: Lyra]] Lyra is this to Twilight
* GoodSamaritan: [[spoiler: Bon Bon]], to the point that she continues taking care of a freezing cold [[color:green:Lyra]] Lyra even after forgetting that she had brought her inside.
* TheGreatestStoryNeverTold: Chapter VI, [[color:green: Lyra ]] rescuing of Scootaloo from a teleporting accident.



* IconicOutfit: [[color:green: Lyra]] almost never seen without her "swell hoodie".
* IJustWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: [[color:green:Lyra]] falls in love with another pony who reciprocates her feelings, but eventually lets her crush go and sets him up with another pony, since she knows they can't be together.

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* IconicOutfit: [[color:green: Lyra]] Lyra almost never seen without her "swell hoodie".
* IJustWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: [[color:green:Lyra]] Lyra falls in love with another pony who reciprocates her feelings, but eventually lets her crush go and sets him up with another pony, since she knows they can't be together.



* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Sooner or later (and almost always, it'll be sooner), every pony will forget they met [[color:green: Lyra]] ([[spoiler: or any of the other Unsung]]), even if they're still mid-conversation with her. Its possible that something they discussed will stick with them, though they won't know the source of the thing they're thinking about.

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* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Sooner or later (and almost always, it'll be sooner), every pony will forget they met [[color:green: Lyra]] Lyra ([[spoiler: or any of the other Unsung]]), even if they're still mid-conversation with her. Its possible that something they discussed will stick with them, though they won't know the source of the thing they're thinking about.



* MadnessMantra: [[spoiler: [[color:purple: '''Sing my song and become nothing. Sing my song and become nothing. Sing my song'''...]]]]
* MagicMusic: [[color:purple: Luna's]] elegies have powerful magic effects from instilling paranoia or joy, causing blindness and freezing cold, and seem to be the only key to unlocking [[color:green: Lyra]]'s curse.

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* MadnessMantra: [[spoiler: [[color:purple: '''Sing [[spoiler:'''Sing my song and become nothing. Sing my song and become nothing. Sing my song'''...]]]]
]]
* MagicMusic: [[color:purple: Luna's]] Luna's elegies have powerful magic effects from instilling paranoia or joy, causing blindness and freezing cold, and seem to be the only key to unlocking [[color:green: Lyra]]'s Lyra's curse.



* ThePhilosopher: [[color:green: Lyra]]

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* ThePhilosopher: [[color:green: Lyra]]Lyra



* RageAgainstTheHeavens: [[color:green:Lyra]] finally snaps and starts screaming at [[spoiler: the Third Alicorn]] after her dozenth failed attempt to [[spoiler: get her to play ''Desolation's Duet'' with her.]]
* RainbowSpeak: Certain words are colored in the story. [[color:green: Lyra]] seems to notice them even if they're spoken.
** [[color:green:Lyra Heartstring]]'s first and last names are colored green.
** Doctor [[color:dodgerblue:Alabaster Comethoof]]'s first and last names are colored blue, as well as [[spoiler:his song, ''Penumbra's Echo'']].

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* RageAgainstTheHeavens: [[color:green:Lyra]] Lyra finally snaps and starts screaming at [[spoiler: the Third Alicorn]] after her dozenth failed attempt to [[spoiler: get her to play ''Desolation's Duet'' with her.]]
* RainbowSpeak: Certain words are colored in the story. [[color:green: Lyra]] Lyra seems to notice them even if they're spoken.
** [[color:green:Lyra Heartstring]]'s Lyra Heartstring's first and last names are colored green.
** Doctor [[color:dodgerblue:Alabaster Comethoof]]'s Alabaster Comethoof's first and last names are colored blue, as well as [[spoiler:his song, ''Penumbra's Echo'']].



* ShoutOut: Chapter X is loaded with references to pretty much every other popular fanfic staring [[color:green:Lyra]] and FanFic/TheEndOfPonies. [[spoiler: Chapter XVI as well.]]

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* ShoutOut: Chapter X is loaded with references to pretty much every other popular fanfic staring [[color:green:Lyra]] Lyra and FanFic/TheEndOfPonies. [[spoiler: Chapter XVI as well.]]



** [[spoiler: Discord makes a crack at [[color:green: Lyra]] about hands in a presumed reference to {{Fanfic/Anthropology}}, also in Chapter XVI.]]

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** [[spoiler: Discord makes a crack at [[color:green: Lyra]] about hands in a presumed reference to {{Fanfic/Anthropology}}, also in Chapter XVI.]]



* SoundStone: The songs playing in [[color:green: Lyra]]'s head, the Nightbringer, and [[spoiler: ''Penubra's Echo'']]. There are items called sound stones in-universe, but they don't actually play any music and are more like [[PlotCoupon Plot Coupons]] for how they're used.

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* SoundStone: The songs playing in [[color:green: Lyra]]'s Lyra's head, the Nightbringer, and [[spoiler: ''Penubra's Echo'']]. There are items called sound stones in-universe, but they don't actually play any music and are more like [[PlotCoupon Plot Coupons]] for how they're used.



* TalkingDownTheSuicidal: On the first day of her cursed life, [[color:green: Lyra]] goes to the forth story ledge of town hall to jump off, convinced that her life isn't worth living anymore. A passing stallion convinces her not to jump, saying that she's too precious to leave so soon even though he didn't know who she was.

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* TalkingDownTheSuicidal: On the first day of her cursed life, [[color:green: Lyra]] Lyra goes to the forth story ledge of town hall to jump off, convinced that her life isn't worth living anymore. A passing stallion convinces her not to jump, saying that she's too precious to leave so soon even though he didn't know who she was.



* UnPerson: [[color:green:Lyra]]ís curse has rendered her existence invisible to all other ponies, no one can remember her, and all attempts at communication beyond verbal are invisible.

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* UnPerson: [[color:green:Lyra]]ís Lyraís curse has rendered her existence invisible to all other ponies, no one can remember her, and all attempts at communication beyond verbal are invisible.



* WhatDidIDoLastNight: When [[color:green: Lyra]] plays ''Threnody of Night'' for the first time in her cellar, she blacks out and [[color:purple: wakes up in the middle of the woods outside her home with her coat soaked]].

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* WhatDidIDoLastNight: When [[color:green: Lyra]] Lyra plays ''Threnody of Night'' for the first time in her cellar, she blacks out and [[color:purple: wakes up in the middle of the woods outside her home with her coat soaked]].soaked.
15th Sep '17 12:52:04 PM Byzantine
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* UnPerson: [[color:green:Lyra]]ís curse has rendered her existence invisibility to all other ponies, no one can remember her and all attempts at communication beyond verbal are invisible.

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* UnPerson: [[color:green:Lyra]]ís curse has rendered her existence invisibility invisible to all other ponies, no one can remember her her, and all attempts at communication beyond verbal are invisible.
15th Sep '17 12:40:19 PM Byzantine
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* FandomNod: [[spoiler: "I ran a hoof across my clenched eyes and rubbed them. That much blue text is utterly agonizing."]]
** Only when using the default white background. [[spoiler: Using one of the dark themes makes the ''purple'' hurt.]]
7th Apr '16 8:48:06 AM HiddenWindshield
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* \FlingALightIntoTheFuture: [[spoiler: Dr. Comethoof's journal]]

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* \FlingALightIntoTheFuture: FlingALightIntoTheFuture: [[spoiler: Dr. Comethoof's journal]]
19th Nov '15 8:22:26 PM blackkittyfreak
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** Used in Chapter IV when Lyra is leaving her house in Canterlot to depart for Ponyville.

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** Used in Chapter IV when Lyra is leaving her house in Canterlot to depart for Ponyville. Somewhat inverted in that it's foreshadowing something that has yet to happen chronologically but has already occurred in the story.
19th Nov '15 8:20:01 PM blackkittyfreak
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---> Lyra: Daaaaaad... I'll only be there for a few days! Heehee! You won't even know I left!

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---> Lyra: '''Lyra:''' Daaaaaad... I'll only be there for a few days! Heehee! You won't even know I left!
19th Nov '15 3:03:03 PM blackkittyfreak
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*** Lyra: Daaaaaad... I'll only be there for a few days! Heehee! You won't even know I left!

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*** ---> Lyra: Daaaaaad... I'll only be there for a few days! Heehee! You won't even know I left!
19th Nov '15 12:51:32 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* [[spoiler: BittersweetEnding[=/=]DownerEnding: depending on how generous you want to be - Downer in that she dies without ever removing her curse, Bittersweet in that she chooses not to let her defeat of Discord and everything else she's done be erased.]]

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* [[spoiler: BittersweetEnding[=/=]DownerEnding: depending Depending on how generous you want to be - Downer [[spoiler:Downer in that she dies without ever removing her curse, Bittersweet in that she chooses not to let her defeat of Discord and everything else she's done be erased.]]



* [[spoiler:ColdEquation: [[color:green: Lyra]] must choose between being forgotten forever and being responsible for the deaths of three ponies, the possible destruction of the world, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking the nonexistence of a marriage.]]]]

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* [[spoiler:ColdEquation: [[color:green: ColdEquation: [[spoiler:[[color:green: Lyra]] must choose between being forgotten forever and being responsible for the deaths of three ponies, the possible destruction of the world, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking the nonexistence of a marriage.]]]]



* [[spoiler: DrivenToSuicide: Averted; in a flashback it's shown that Lyra was driven insane by her curse and planned to jump off the top of Town Hall. Thankfully she was talked out of it.]]
* [[spoiler: DyingAsYourself: Played with. Though Lyra's memory has been stripped to nothing and her love of music has been [[FakeMemories wiped completely from her mind]] in order to cover up the existence of the Unsung Realm, her final recorded words in her old age were "I almost wish I could write a song."]]
* ElegantClassicalMusician: Octavia
* [[spoiler: EldritchAbomination: The Third Alicorn, Aria the Alicorn of Twilight]]
* [[spoiler: EldritchLocation: The Unsung realm]]

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* [[spoiler: DrivenToSuicide: Averted; [[spoiler: Subverted; in a flashback it's shown that Lyra was driven insane by her curse and planned to jump off the top of Town Hall. Thankfully she was talked out of it.]]
* [[spoiler: DyingAsYourself: Played [[spoiler:Played with. Though Lyra's memory has been stripped to nothing and her love of music has been [[FakeMemories wiped completely from her mind]] in order to cover up the existence of the Unsung Realm, her final recorded words in her old age were "I almost wish I could write a song."]]
* ElegantClassicalMusician: Octavia
Octavia.
* [[spoiler: EldritchAbomination: [[spoiler: The Third Alicorn, Aria the Alicorn of Twilight]]
Twilight.]]
* [[spoiler: EldritchLocation: [[spoiler: The Unsung realm]]realm.]]



* [[spoiler:FlingALightIntoTheFuture: Dr. Comethoof's journal]]

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* [[spoiler:FlingALightIntoTheFuture: \FlingALightIntoTheFuture: [[spoiler: Dr. Comethoof's journal]]



* [[spoiler:ImmortalityInducer: Not quite its intended usage, but the power from the Nightbringer allows Comethoof to live for almost a thousand years in [[EldritchLocation the Unsung realm]].]]

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* [[spoiler:ImmortalityInducer: Not ImmortalityInducer: [[spoiler:Not quite its intended usage, but the power from the Nightbringer allows Comethoof to live for almost a thousand years in [[EldritchLocation the Unsung realm]].]]



* WhamEpisode: [[spoiler: Chapter XI]]
** [[spoiler: Chapter XVI]]

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* WhamEpisode: [[spoiler: Chapter XI]]
** [[spoiler:
XI and Chapter XVI]]
19th Nov '15 12:42:38 PM blackkittyfreak
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* [[spoiler: DrivenToSuicide: In a flashback it's shown that Lyra was driven insane by her curse and planned to jump off the top of Town Hall. Thankfully she was talked out of it.]]

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* [[spoiler: DrivenToSuicide: In Averted; in a flashback it's shown that Lyra was driven insane by her curse and planned to jump off the top of Town Hall. Thankfully she was talked out of it.]]


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**Used in Chapter IV when Lyra is leaving her house in Canterlot to depart for Ponyville.
***Lyra: Daaaaaad... I'll only be there for a few days! Heehee! You won't even know I left!
20th Sep '15 11:27:12 AM blackkittyfreak
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** [[spoiler: Discord makes a crack at [[color:green: Lyra]] about {{Fanfic/Anthropology hands}} in Chapter XVI.]]

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** [[spoiler: Discord makes a crack at [[color:green: Lyra]] about {{Fanfic/Anthropology hands}} hands in a presumed reference to {{Fanfic/Anthropology}}, also in Chapter XVI.]]
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