History Fanfic / TheConversionBureauTheOtherSideOfTheSpectrum

30th Apr '16 11:43:35 AM Josef5678
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* CelebritySurvivor: Amongst the ponies of the PHL, Vinyl Scratch (aka DJ Pon3) seems to be a high-ranking member, Sapphire Shores uses her singing voice to raise morale amongst the troops, and Photo Finish is in charge of creating pro-human propaganda to spread throughout TCB!Equestria.

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* CelebritySurvivor: Amongst the ponies of the PHL, Vinyl Scratch (aka DJ Pon3) DJ-[=Pon3=]) seems to be a high-ranking member, Sapphire Shores uses her singing voice to raise morale amongst the troops, and Photo Finish is in charge of creating pro-human propaganda to spread throughout TCB!Equestria.



* CelebritySurvivor: Amongst the ponies of the PHL, Vinyl Scratch (aka DJ Pon3) seems to be a high-ranking member, Sapphire Shores uses her singing voice to raise morale amongst the troops, and Photo Finish is in charge of creating pro-human propaganda to spread throughout TCB!Equestria.

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* CelebritySurvivor: Amongst the ponies of the PHL, Vinyl Scratch (aka DJ Pon3) DJ-[=Pon3=]) seems to be a high-ranking member, Sapphire Shores uses her singing voice to raise morale amongst the troops, and Photo Finish is in charge of creating pro-human propaganda to spread throughout TCB!Equestria.
1st Apr '16 5:13:30 PM KizunaTallis
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* DeconstructionFic: Remember how Earth is always written as a StrawDystopia in Chatoyance's stories? Here, Earth becomes a dystopia precisely because of the Barrier and TCB!Equestria's actions.

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* DeconstructionFic: Remember how Earth is always written as a StrawDystopia in Chatoyance's stories? Here, Earth becomes a dystopia precisely because ''because'' of the Barrier and TCB!Equestria's actions.



** The chapter "For Whom The Bell Tolls" deconstructs another thing usually glossed over in other TCB fics - the creation and the testing of the potion itself. Let's just say [[spoiler:there's a ''very'' good reason why the TCB!ponies are frequently compared to Nazis]].

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** The chapter "For Whom The Bell Tolls" deconstructs another thing something that is noticeably and usually glossed over in other TCB fics - the creation and the testing of the potion itself. Let's just say [[spoiler:there's a ''very'' good reason why the TCB!ponies are frequently compared to Nazis]].
21st Mar '16 10:32:22 PM KizunaTallis
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** TCB!Lyra Heartstrings was this to Earth's people before her death, after which her position is taken over by Cheerilee (who, incidentally, shares Celestia's voice actress on the show). The story gives them both shining moments, with Lyra quoting Charlie Chaplin's speech from ''Film/TheGreatDictator'', and Cheerilee [[spoiler: getting to actually hold her own in a fight against the Tyrant]].

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** TCB!Lyra Heartstrings was this to the PHL and much of Earth's people before her death, after which her position is taken over by Cheerilee (who, incidentally, shares Celestia's voice actress on the show). The story gives them both shining moments, with Lyra quoting Charlie Chaplin's speech from ''Film/TheGreatDictator'', and Cheerilee [[spoiler: getting to actually hold her own in a fight against the Tyrant]].Tyrant]].
** To a lesser extent, President Jack Davis and King William are this to humanity.



* TheDreaded: [[spoiler:Tirek scares various characters, including Discord and dragon king Spykoran, [[MyLittlePonyTVSpecials who was Tirek's minion before siding with Megan Williams and the Dream Valley ponies]]]]

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* TheDreaded: [[spoiler:Tirek scares various characters, including Discord and dragon king Spykoran, [[MyLittlePonyTVSpecials who was Tirek's minion before siding with Megan Williams and the Dream Valley ponies]]]] ponies]]]].



** And then subverted in ''Calm before the Storm'', where we get a good look at the state of TCB!Equestria's economy. The mentioned potion vials are only available in masses due to newfoal slave labor. Otherwise, the laws of economy and logistics have hit them very hard.

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** And then subverted in ''Calm before Before the Storm'', where we get a good look at the state of TCB!Equestria's economy. The mentioned potion vials are only available in masses en masse due to newfoal slave labor. Otherwise, the laws of economy and logistics have hit them very hard.



** Queen Chrysalis balks at Shining Armor's accusation that she raped him while disguised as Cadance, and even seems [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil insulted that he would think such a thing]]. She still used her MindControl to her advantage, but not for that specifically. May also be a TakeThat to stories which actually have that happen. For her part, TCB!Chrysalis was disturbed to realize what Queen Celestia was up to, [[spoiler: though that may have been due to the Newfoals' tainted love, which fatally poisoned all Changelings who fed on it.]] It's safe to say that even the show's greatest villains think the Solar Tyrant is going too far. [[spoiler: With one exception the original nemesis, Tirek, is TheManBehindTheMan to Queen Celestia]].

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** Queen Chrysalis balks at Shining Armor's accusation that she raped him while disguised as Cadance, and even seems [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil insulted that he would think such a thing]]. She still used her MindControl to her advantage, but not for that specifically. May also be a TakeThat to stories which actually have that happen. For her part, TCB!Chrysalis was disturbed to realize what Queen Celestia was up to, [[spoiler: though that may have been due to the Newfoals' tainted love, which fatally poisoned all Changelings who fed on it.]] it]]. It's safe to say that even the show's greatest villains think the Solar Tyrant is going too far. [[spoiler: With one exception the original nemesis, Tirek, is TheManBehindTheMan to Queen Celestia]].



** The familiar Equestria ends up diverging from the show's prime in the main story's "Sons of Legacies" arc, [[spoiler: where the Princesses, Discord, Marcus and Stephan are the ones handling the return of the Crystal Empire while the Mane Six have to undergo training for the war]].

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** The familiar Equestria ends up diverging from the show's prime canon in the main story's "Sons of Legacies" arc, [[spoiler: where the Princesses, Discord, Marcus and Stephan are the ones handling the return of the Crystal Empire while the Mane Six have to undergo training for the war]].



** Technically, TCB!Twilight Sparkle and Stalwart Heart are such a pair, as Stalwart Heart was a human and Marcus's brother before getting ponified.

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** Technically, TCB!Twilight Sparkle and Stalwart Heart are such a pair, as Stalwart Heart was a human and Marcus's Marcus' brother before getting ponified.



* KillAllHumans: Guess whose plan that is. [[spoiler: No, it's not Queen Celestia's.[[MyLittlePonyTVSpecials It's Tirek's]]]].
* KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter: Played with. Human-made energy weapons ''do'' exist in the story, but of the two that appeared, one melted itself into oblivion, and the other one (A LightningGun mounted under Kraber's machine gun) was very effective. Judging by the fact that they've only appeared twice (while also being mentioned in Case Files) it seems that while they are possible thanks to magic and technological advantages, they're just harder to build than assault rifles and the like.

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* KillAllHumans: Guess whose plan that is. [[spoiler: No, it's not Queen Celestia's.[[MyLittlePonyTVSpecials [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTVSpecials It's Tirek's]]]].
* KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter: Played with. Human-made energy weapons ''do'' exist in the story, but of the two that appeared, one melted itself into oblivion, and the other one (A (a LightningGun mounted under Kraber's machine gun) was very effective. Judging by the fact that they've only appeared twice (while also being mentioned in Case Files) ''Case Files'') it seems that while they are possible thanks to magic and technological advantages, they're just harder to build than assault rifles and the like.



** While the PER generally are along the same wavelength as the Solar Empire, there is also a number of people that joined because they genuinely believe ponification is a second chance for them to get better lives.

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** While the PER generally are along the same wavelength as the Solar Empire, there is are also a number of people that joined because they genuinely believe ponification is a second chance for them to get better lives.



* ThisMeansWar: Humanity declares war on Queen Celestia after she forcibly ponifies a group of reporters at a press conference in Berne.

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* ThisMeansWar: Humanity declares war on Queen Celestia after she declares her intention to ponify all of humanity, starting with forcibly ponifies ponifying a group of reporters at a press conference in Berne.



* {{Troperiffic}}: The sheer volume of this page, the number of {{Shout Out}}s, and occasional {{Lampshade Hanging}}s is more than enough evidence of this. Considering a few of the co-writers are Tropers themselves, it's rather deliberate.

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* {{Troperiffic}}: The sheer volume of this page, the number of {{Shout Out}}s, and occasional {{Lampshade Hanging}}s is are more than enough evidence of this. Considering a few of the co-writers are Tropers themselves, it's rather deliberate.



* WarRefugees: The civilians that managed to escape their home countries and cities before they were overrun by the barrier, the ponies who defected from Queen Celestia, and [[spoiler: Chrysalis]] for awhile. The Starvation short story focuses on the struggles of various war refugees in Rio de Janeiro.

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* WarRefugees: The civilians that managed to escape their home countries and cities before they were overrun by the barrier, the ponies who defected from Queen Celestia, and [[spoiler: Chrysalis]] for awhile. The Starvation short story ''Starvation'' focuses on the struggles of various war refugees living in Rio de Janeiro.



** [[spoiler: Discord thinks he's one too, as he only caused chaos in Equestria the first time so ponies could overcome the challenges necessary to make themselves self-reliant. He's not thrilled with what Princess Celestia's well-meaning efforts to stop him [[MedievalStasis have led to]], though his trips through his trips through the multiverse do force him to realize his own carelessness and lack of control at the time as well as reconsider his position]].

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** [[spoiler: Discord thinks he's one too, as he only caused chaos in Equestria the first time so ponies could overcome the challenges necessary to make themselves self-reliant. He's not thrilled with what Princess Celestia's well-meaning efforts to stop him [[MedievalStasis have led to]], though his trips through his trips through the multiverse do force him to realize his own carelessness and lack of control at the time as well as reconsider his position]].



* DeconstructionFic:
** Bordering on DeconstructorFleet, as this fic shreds through why [[SugarBowl Equestria]] and the ponies would engage in a typical ''Conversion Bureau'' plot, addresses the impracticality of transporting Equestria to Earth, the misanthropy of most ponies in TCB fics, and it does not shy away from [[WarIsHell the horrors of war]]. And even it has a deconstrucion fic in the ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/143840/1/the-conversion-bureau-the-other-side-of-the-spectrum-side-story-starvation/starvation Starvation]]'' side story, which was based on taking most of the FridgeHorror of the setting and demonstrating how awful such a world would be for the people who don't get to be larger-than-life heroes.

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* DeconstructionFic:
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DeconstructionFic: Bordering on DeconstructorFleet, as this fic shreds through why [[SugarBowl Equestria]] and the ponies would engage in a typical ''Conversion Bureau'' plot, addresses the impracticality of transporting Equestria to Earth, the misanthropy of most ponies in TCB fics, and it does not shy away from [[WarIsHell the horrors of war]]. And even it has a deconstrucion fic in the ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/143840/1/the-conversion-bureau-the-other-side-of-the-spectrum-side-story-starvation/starvation Starvation]]'' ''Starvation'' side story, which was based on taking most of the FridgeHorror of the setting and demonstrating how awful such a world would be for the people who don't get to be larger-than-life heroes.



* {{Dedication}}: "Sons of Legacies, Part 1" is dedicated to Drawdex, a pre-reader/editor who recently left the team for personal reasons.
* DeepCoverAgent: In Chapter 11 it turns out that [[spoiler: some of the Royal Guards were actually Changelings planted there since they were young]].

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* {{Dedication}}: "Sons of Legacies, Part 1" is dedicated to Drawdex, a pre-reader/editor who recently left had to leave the team for personal reasons.
* DeepCoverAgent: In Chapter 11 11, it turns out that [[spoiler: some of the Royal Guards were actually Changelings planted there since they were young]].



* EarthIsABattlefield: The East Coast of the United States has become the latest battlefield in the war against the TCB!Equestrians; elsewhere, the Barrier has stretched far enough that Nairobi (Kenya), New Delhi (India), and New Brunswick (Canada) are on the frontlines as well.

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* EarthIsABattlefield: The East Coast of the United States has become the latest battlefield in the war against the TCB!Equestrians; elsewhere, the Barrier has stretched far enough that Nairobi (Kenya), New Delhi (India), and New Brunswick (Canada) are on the frontlines front lines as well.



** Kreme-Brulee spells it out as well:

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** In ''Last Train From Oblivion'', Iron Kreme-Brulee spells it out as well:



** The Barrier, while their trump card, essentially screws TCB!Equestria over big time, since it vaporizes ''everything'' (agriculture, infrastructure, buildings, and information about how to create these things), leaving the conquered lands useless to them, which is especially problematic since their food production is breaking down. They're destroying the very resources they need so much. Not only that, but they've overstretched themselves so far that it'd be nigh-impossible to even figure this stuff out, and it's all during wartime no less.
*** An article from Prime!Twilight in ''Other Side of the Mirror'' expands on this. Since the Barrier is powered directly by TCB!Equestria's magical field, it's draining the lifeforce of the land, leading to the aforementioned food production problems and possibly even the Cutie Mark Dearth itself.

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** The Barrier, while barrier may be their trump card, essentially screws card (and it's clear the war would've been over in a day without it), but it's also screwing TCB!Equestria over big time, since it vaporizes ''everything'' (agriculture, infrastructure, buildings, materials, and information about how to create these things), leaving the conquered lands useless to them, which is especially problematic since their food production is breaking down. They're destroying the very resources they need so much. Not only that, but they've overstretched themselves so far that it'd be nigh-impossible to even figure this stuff out, and it's all during wartime no less.
*** An A research article from Prime!Twilight in ''Other Side of the Mirror'' expands on this. Since the Barrier is powered directly by TCB!Equestria's magical field, it's draining the lifeforce of the land, leading to the aforementioned food production problems and possibly even the Cutie Mark Dearth itself.



* HolyBacklight: In the chapter "The Answer'", Derpy first appears gliding out of the TARDIS, explicitly described as being 'backlit like an angel'.
* HolyCity: According to the chapter "Setting It Right", Mecca has been wiped out by the barrier, devastating the Islamic world. And given The Barrier's starting point (Switzerland), it's safe to say Vatican City and Jerusalem were destroyed too.

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* HolyBacklight: In the chapter "The Answer'", Answer", Derpy first appears gliding out of the TARDIS, explicitly described as being 'backlit like an angel'.
* HolyCity: According to the chapter "Setting It Right", Mecca has been wiped out by the barrier, devastating the Islamic world. And given The Barrier's the barrier's starting point (Switzerland), it's safe to say Vatican City and Jerusalem were destroyed too.



* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: Marcus tried this on Stalwart Heart to bring his former human self, Jacob (Marcus's little brother) back. It doesn't work.

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* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: Marcus tried this on Stalwart Heart to bring his former human self, Jacob (Marcus's (Marcus' little brother) back. It doesn't didn't work.



* InMediasRes: The story starts after Marcus' entry to Prime!Equestria. In the overall arc, the main story starts after the war has lasted for 3-4 years.

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* InMediasRes: The story starts after Marcus' entry to Prime!Equestria. In the overall arc, Prime!Equestria, and the main story starts itself takes place little over three years after the war has lasted for 3-4 years.began.



--> '''Prince Blueblood:''' "How dare you call me a donkey! You look like a minotaur that went a few rounds with an ape he just found!"
--> '''Marcus:''' "No, calling you a donkey is an insult to such a mighty, fine, foul-working breed of equine. You, make me laugh."

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--> '''Prince Blueblood:''' "How dare you call me a donkey! You look like a minotaur that went a few rounds with an ape he just found!"
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'''Marcus:''' "No, calling you a donkey is an insult to such a mighty, fine, foul-working breed of equine. You, make me laugh."



* ItIsBeyondSaving: TCB!Cheerilee holds this opinion of TCB!Equestria.

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* ItIsBeyondSaving: TCB!Cheerilee (and more than a few TCB Equestrian defectors) holds this opinion of TCB!Equestria.



** Marcus's reasons for wanting to kill the TCB!Mane Six, ranging from Rainbow Dash ponifying his soldiers right in front of him to Twilight ponifying, seducing, ''and marrying his own brother'', which led to Marcus having to kill said brother.

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** Marcus's Marcus' reasons for wanting to kill the TCB!Mane Six, ranging from Rainbow Dash ponifying his soldiers right in front of him to Twilight ponifying, seducing, ''and marrying his own brother'', which led to Marcus having to kill said brother.



** This was also heavily discussed and subverted in ''War March and Past Sins'', with the eponymous past sin being that [[spoiler: Spykoran [[KillItWithFire resorted to]] [[KillEmAll drastic measures]] to keep the Bag of Tirek buried. While the other world leaders of Equus are horrified by what he did (with Luna herself calling him a murderer), Discord, Marcus and to a lesser extent Celestia agree that Spykoran [[IDidWhatIHadToDo did what had to be done]], and Spykoran himself [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone deeply]] [[OutDamnedSpot regrets his actions]]]].

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** This was also heavily discussed and subverted in ''War "War March and Past Sins'', Sins", with the eponymous past sin being that [[spoiler: Spykoran [[KillItWithFire resorted to]] [[KillEmAll drastic measures]] to keep the Bag of Tirek buried. While the other world leaders of Equus are horrified by what he did (with Luna herself calling him a murderer), Discord, Marcus and to a lesser extent Celestia agree that Spykoran [[IDidWhatIHadToDo did what had to be done]], and Spykoran himself [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone deeply]] [[OutDamnedSpot regrets his actions]]]].



* MultinationalTeam: The remainders of Europe's armed forces have now joined together as one to keep fighting the ponies.

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* MultinationalTeam: The remainders of Europe's armed forces have now joined together as one to keep fighting the ponies. The PHL itself is also comprised of a diverse roster of fighters from Earth and Equus.



* MultiversalConqueror: It's very clear that once Queen Celestia is done with Earth, the regular Equestria is next. And according to [[spoiler: Discord]], she will likely only continue on after that. [[spoiler:It turns out to be Tirek's whole plan]].

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* MultiversalConqueror: It's very clear that once Queen Celestia is done with Earth, the regular Equestria Prime!Equestria is next. And according to [[spoiler: Discord]], she will likely only continue on after that. [[spoiler:It turns out to be Tirek's whole plan]].



* MurderSuicide: A flashback shows a man killing his recently ponified son and then himself after reciting The Lord's Prayer, to TCB!Applejack's disgust and Marcus' horror.

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* MurderSuicide: A flashback shows a man killing his recently just ponified son and then himself after reciting The Lord's Prayer, to TCB!Applejack's disgust and Marcus' horror.
21st Mar '16 7:21:55 PM DoctorFluffy
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-> '''First Published:''' Jan. 14th 2014

* AllAnimalsAreDomesticated: Very much averted. The predatory animals living in the parts of Earth that the TCB!Equestrians are trying to colonize are giving them a hard time. Africa in particular is especially brutal.
** In universe, there's a rumor going around that a group of zebras, ponies, and a few humans actually placed a spell on the African continent so it would forever be a DeathWorld to Celestia's forces. While there certainly was a ritual to create this spell, it's left ambiguous as to whether it worked.
* ApocalypseAnarchy: It's already well known that many places on Earth are spiraling down the toilet in the face of the apocalypse, but in the "Who Am I To Stand Still" segment, we actually see it go down ourselves. Or at least, we see some of it on the news. There's are HLF suicide bombers, the PER hijack a train, there's riots over food in New Orleans and North Dakota, and one National Guardsman is quoted as saying "It's like looking into the gates of hell" in response to a question about a food riot.
** And there's also the Fu'an riots, in which the protesters have guns - it's described as not so much a riot in as much as an all-out war.
* AscendedFanon: InUniverse - the "Thaumic Absorbent Runic Missile" or TARM was originally proposed by Spudrum, a reader whom Doctor Fluffy likes.
* AuthorAppeal: ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'', second-person writing, and the works of Creator/ChinaMieville and Jeff Vandermeer (the guy that wrote Literature/{{Ambergris}}) were all huge influences.
* AuthorFilibuster: InUniverse, as Enitan takes a break from her broadcast to rant about how TCB!Celestia has a case of ItsAllAboutMe and only cares for the acquisition of power.
* {{BFS}}: [[spoiler: Fancy Pants aka "Five Blade Fancy" wields that amount of swords at the same time]].
* BreakingTheFellowship[=/=]HowTheMightyHaveFallen: [[TheClan The Apple family]], according to Fiddlesticks (the fiddle-playing PaletteSwap of Octavia from the ''Apple Family Reunion'' episode), is a shadow of its former self:
-->'''Fiddlesticks:''' "It's turned into a nightmare, half my family isn't on speaking terms with each other! Half of them left for earth, almost none of them want to talk to Applejack, a quarter of them can barely work the farms they grew up on or meet any of the quotas, they use slave labor, and they're actively celebrating turning people into unthinking zombies!"
* BreakOutTheMuseumPiece: Two notable examples in "A Story About Them". First, there's a mention of Beyer-Garratt steam locomotives being used to evacuate refugees. Another is a mention of a man using an [[RareGuns STG-44]], a Nazi assault rifle that would, at this point, be eighty years old, and is seemingly a case of ImproperlyPlacedFirearms. However, both are TruthInTelevision STG-44s are fairly common in Northern Africa and were in fact used in the Libyan Civil War, and Africa does in fact still use steam locomotives.
* BreakTheHaughty: Part 3 of Chapter 3 is not kind to Fleur. Justified, considering what she's been through and [[DefectorFromDecadence finding that everything she'd ever believed in was wrong]].
* CallForward: In a recorded quote during Chapter 3, Fiddlesticks Apple claims in 2020 that TCB!Equestria will be "an unrecognizable shithole" within a couple years. This being immediately after Chapter 2, which showed us just how terrible TCB!Equestria is.
* CanonImmigrant: Desert Wind, Alexander Redmond, and other characters from ''FanFic/TheAvatarOfAlbion'' appear in "With Dignity", the fourth segment of Chapter 3. Which, fittingly enough, was written by ''Avatar Of Albion'''s author.
* CrapsaccharineWorld: TCB!Equestria, though the story takes it far enough that it almost seems like a straight CrapsackWorld.
* DeadAlternateCounterpart: TCB!Octavia died on the night the war broke out, which sends Prime!Octavia into a brief existential crisis.
* DeconstructionFic: The second chapter is dedicated to showing how Equestria's really not going to be able to shoulder the sudden and massive influx of newfoals coming in. For one thing, they're forced to rapidly industrialize and destroy their own environment to produce enough materials to just stay afloat in the war, making them NotSoDifferent from humanity in that regard. There's also nowhere near enough jobs or food to support their influx of new residents, so their economy is, to put it lightly, screwed. On top of that, thanks to the barrier, they've [[SaltTheEarth destroyed all the infrastructure and materials]] they could have possibly used to support their explosive population growth and make colonizing Earth easier, so [[HoistByHisOwnPetard they've basically screwed themselves over]]. And it also shows that having zombie-like citizens obedient to a fault is pretty bad, culturally, given that they are explicitly mentioned to work themselves to death if they aren't told to take a break, and they make the perfect prostitutes because they can't say no to anything.
* {{Dedication}}:
** Chapter 2 is dedicated to Doctor Fluffy's friends Heather and Miranda.
** Chapter 3 is dedicated to ''Spectrum'''s various co-authors and editors.
*** SpecialThanks: To Jeff [=VanderMeer=], the author of ''Literature/VenissUnderground'', whose novel inspired part of the chapter, and to fellow troper [=VoxAdam=].
* DystopiaIsHard: [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Thanks to the Barrier]], [[{{Irony}} ironically enough]]. Though specifically, it's more a case of "wartime dystopia is hard". It's proven to be a herculean task to keep TCB!Equestria under control of Celestia, thanks to the Barrier destroying any resources the TCB!Equestrians could have used to support their growth.
* {{Expy}}: Enitan Adebayo is a black, female Nigerian expy of [[Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale Cecil Gershwin Palmer]].
* FictionalDocument: Every segment is prefaced with at least one in-universe quote.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: It's practically telegraphed that something bad will happen to the Beneficence. Lampshaded by Doctor Fluffy in the comments:
-->'''Fluffy''': I don't want to give spoilers but {{OH THE HUMANITY}}.
* GenreBusting: As a result of the format, the genre can change at the drop of the hat.
* GunPorn: The focus of chapter 4.
* HairTriggerTemper: Obayana has his moments of this.
* HomemadeInventions: "A Story About Them" features mentions of homemade rifles, gunpowder, and claymore mines. Angus Reid also states that the HLF's "home-brewed cannons and pipe guns" are nothing compared to the PHL's magically enhanced superweapons. Several homemade weapons, such as a .50 BMG open-bolt rifle, appear in Chapter 4.
* HumanResources: There's a mention of scientists harvesting the alicornal tissue in newfoals in Chapter 3 to use its magic.
* {{Hypocrite}}: The second chapter explores the Imperial ponies' hypocrisy in great detail. For starters, to keep the war effort from destroying them and to provide jobs to the massive number of Newfoals coming in, the TCB!Equestrians have gone through rapid industrialization that is destroying their environment (one of their many criticisms against humans). There's also the fact that Newfoal workers get exploited as slave labor, and TCB!Big Macintosh even muses how for all the Empire's railing against humans for engaging in slavery in its history, the Empire is no better. TCB!Fancy Pants also points out how disingenuous it is to claim that ponies are peaceful and Equestria is a paradise when they're using the Newfoals as CannonFodder and exploiting their passivity.
* IAteWhat: Implied in TCB!Big Mac's comment about giving Diamond Tiara food poisoning.
* JustBeforeTheEnd: Special mention for pointing out that they're at the point of no return - as soon as the Barrier eats up most of North America, everyone is done for.
* LampshadeHanging:
** Plenty from Fancy's chapter, which pokes fun at numerous things, such as the ease with which problems are often solved in the show.
-->'''Fancy:''' "If we were living in the same Equestria where problems could be solved within thirty minutes and capped off with a speech..."
** The propensity of the authors for writing speeches.
-->'''Fancy:''' "You can debate the morality of it with humans. They do seem to love their moralistic speeches..."
** And how out of character "Xenolestia" needs to be for a ''Conversion Bureau'' fanfic to work.
-->'''Fancy:''' "How is any of this even remotely in-character?! It's like something derailed her character, and forced her to become some evil tyrant!"
* LudicrousGibs: Fancy Pants actually manages to [[spoiler: cause this effect with swords, and the description of the aftermath is grisly]].
* MeaningfulName: Enitan Adebayo's first name means "person of stories," or "sum total of all the myths, songs, histories and other cultural concepts which make up religion and society" in Yoruban. And she's a storyteller who narrates most of the "A Story About Them" segment of Chapter 3.
** Ironically, her last name, which means "(s)he came in a joyful time" does not qualify. At least, [[EarthIsABattlefield not at the moment]]. It's also worth mentioning, though, [[ShownTheirWork that both are accurate Yoruban names]].
* MoralEventHorizon: InUniverse. The Prime!Mane Six and Lyra consider the PER and Newfoals' infiltration of a maternity ward to convert helpless newborn humans to be this. Prime!Fluttershy is also disgusted with the Barrier and the Newfoals, which she considers an "affront to all life" (and since she's a FriendToAllLivingThings, it's no surprise).
* NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: Doctor Fluffy made a brief aside in the author's notes to point out that the {{BFG}} .50 BMG open-bolt rifles he'd mentioned [[http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/09/15/drug-cartel-diy-open-bolt-automatic-rifles/ were real]].
* ReadingsAreOffTheScale: Invoked, discussed, and parodied.
--> He couldn't have imagined that his Queen had enough magic power that it beggared belief, enough that thaumic classifications were useless and would, in all likelihood, reduce ponies to grasping thaumoemotive indicators in their mouths or telekinetic fields, [[Anime/DragonBallZ screaming madly about the impossibly high readings while crushing their instruments]].
* RealityEnsues: This story (or at least, its second chapter) illustrates the consequences of what would happen to a country if it had a sudden and enormous population boom in wartime, and inadequate infrastructure. TCB!Equestria is suffering from food shortages and rapid industrialization that is ruining the environment. Arguably, the only thing they have plenty of is space, but due to the lack of adequate infrastructure to support all the Newfoals coming in and the barrier destroying everything they ''could'' have used, they're unable to use it well, forcing the Newfoals into the cities to work on machines and weapons for the war. And a prolonged war with innumerable casualties that are by now in the millions is bound to completely destroy the fabric and the general morale of society, so much so that in the end only terror and fanaticism can hold it together.
* RousingSpeech: As Enitan points out at the end of "A Story About Them", the main characters have more to live for since the battle of Boston than they have had in the last four years.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Big Macintosh in Chapter 2. He's simply had enough of TCB!Equestria.
* ShipTease: A little between TCB Big Macintosh and Carrot Top.
* ShownTheirWork: The third chapter has the CEO of Crowe Labs go off on why [[HomeworldEvacuation escaping Earth and going up to space]] is utterly impractical.
* StraightGay: Enitan, evidently, given her mention of a wife.
* StupidSacrifice: [[spoiler: Fancy Pants makes a LastStand against a horde of newfoals in his mansion while Fleur de Lis escapes through a secret passageway]]. Awesome to be sure, except that [[spoiler: by Fancy's own admission, the passage is well hidden, and it took a long, ''long'' time for the Newfoals to break down the barricade leading into the room. Couldn't he have just as easily followed Fleur down the passage and given them the slip? Maybe even break open a window to make them think they escaped in a different way]]?
** Actually it's not so stupid if one gives it more thought in the longer run. [[spoiler: Had Fancy left with Fleur, it would've caused the Newfoals and the Royal Guards that were chasing them to spread their search all over the city and possibly all over Equestria, therefore making it ''much'' harder for them to run and hide due to everypony loyal to the Empire looking for them, especially the Newfoals. So what would make things easier for them; running away together with everyone searching the city for the both of them, or one of them staying behind [[LeaveNoWitnesses to kill everyone who saw them both]] and making everyone focus on that single pony, giving their loved one enough time to leave the city before their absence is noted]]?
* TakeThat
** A lot of mentions are made in the "Exhibition" segment of the Equestria chapter of a unicorn named Catseye. The mentions are ''not'' flattering, with her frequently being called a xenophobic idiot. [[DontExplainTheJoke "Catseye" is another way of saying "Chatoyance"]].
** Coal Embers calls Dr. Jacqueline Reitman (an unflattering stand-in for Chatoyance) a "horse fetishizing bitch."
* TooDumbToLive: The HLF are portrayed this way, one of them having ''tried to sabotage a PHL-aligned factory''.
** Newfoals are also this - or rather, Too Jingoistic To Live, as a result of the spellwork driving them and their hollow "minds" around making them throw themselves into the line of fire with absolutely no regard for their own lives, as long as they serve Queen Celestia's will.
* TheUnreveal: In Chapter 4, an HLF soldier accuses the PHL of turning Verity Carter into a Newfoal (see ''Last Train From Oblivion'' for more details). The PHL say she's "not a newfoal at all" but before they can explain what really happened to her, they're attacked by ''actual'' newfoals ([[NoodleIncident whatever happened]] though, Kraber seemed to think it was hilarious).
* VoiceOfTheResistance: Enitan Adebayo serves as this, making radio broadcasts live from combat zones.
* WhamEpisode: "The Empire" Chapter is a double-feature of wham:
** The readers see Inkwell's segment ("The Worst Day of Your Life") as this. It's easy to see why - before this, readers had only gotten scattered glimpses of TCB!Equestria, which was at the very least implied to be a CrapsaccharineWorld. This segment, however, took place entirely in there, and showed just ''how'' terrible it was, revealing it to be as crapsaccharine as you can get without being a straight CrapsackWorld. There are food shortages, overpopulation of urban centers and pollution, a total logistic breakdown, mass poverty, deranged newfoals just barely hidden under the veneer of niceness... Oh, and [[spoiler: Fancy Pants dies]].
* WholePlotReference: The second part of Chapter 3, "A Story About Them" is, according to WordOfGod, one to the "Balzac's War" segment of Jeff [=VanderMeer=]'s book ''Literature/VenissUnderground''.
** However, it's also narrated in the style of ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale''. Make of that what you will.
** SmallReferencePools: Unfortunately, the book Doctor Fluffy was referencing in it was ''very'' obscure, confusing many people that responded to his blog posts on the subject.

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[[folder: ''Shades of the Unsung'']]
-> '''First Published:''' Nov. 17th 2014

* ActionSurvivor: Inkwell is shaping up into one thanks to the harsh conditions of the prison camp.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Rockwell has one in the filler chapter ''Rockwell's Travel Through Darkness/A Trek Through Those Broken'', where [[spoiler:he goes on a journey to the center of the minds of TCB Twilight, Applejack, Rarity, Pinkie Pie and Queen Celestia and tries to save them, but [[ForegoneConclusion to no avail]]]].
* TheAlcoholic: Rockwell helps to make the prison camp's home-brew and drinks copious amounts of it.
* BadBlackBarf: Inkwell spies on his cellmate, Rockwell, vomiting up something that gives off the same dark magical vibes as the ponification serum. [[spoiler:Turns out that he was exposed to the Bag of Tirek]].
* TheCameo: One in-universe newspaper clipping telling the news that Fancy Pants was a spy for the PHL is revealed to be written by a pony named Flower Pepper. She is the newfoal form of Eun-Hee Lee, TheLostLenore of Porter from the Asia Side-Story.
** A newfoal stallion named New Bloom appears in the fifth chapter. He's the ponified form of [[spoiler:Jazmin Carter, Verity Carter's transgender mother]].
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Most of the main characters can count.
** Inkwell started off as a simple reporter who [[WrongGenreSavvy thought he would be some brave whistleblower]] exposing the unjust treatment of newfoals. Instead, his efforts to get to the truth land him in prison and branded an enemy of TheEmpire.
** Rockwell was bullied in his childhood, in addition to the fact that he [[spoiler:came into contact with the Bag of Tirek as well]].
** Soundstorm was one of the organizers of the battleship factory strike and was on the receiving end of some very vicious PoliceBrutality that has left her both [[ScarsAreForever physically]] and [[BrokenBird emotionally]] scarred.
** [[NoNameGiven The Headmaster]] also [[spoiler:was exposed to the Bag of Tirek, which forced him to carry it to Celestia]]. He's spent the last three years of the war working to [[TheAtoner correct this]].
* DataCrystal: Rockwell acquired one to record [[spoiler:his encounter with the Homunculi within the TCB!Mane Six and the Bag of Tirek, and recount everything he'd discovered to a chosen chronicler]]. Inkwell is forced to destroy it once he's done using it.
* DressingAsTheEnemy: Sunset Shimmer is disguised with armor and some other changes to her appearance while infiltrating the prison camp.
* GreatEscape: What Rockwell and Soundstorm appear to be planning.
* GrumpyOldMan: Rockwell is this combined with JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* HairTriggerTemper: The head warden of the prison camp, Iustita, is very vicious tempered and an all around sadistic {{jerkass}}.
* HellholePrison: As the majority of prisoners are Empire dissidents (or at least suspected to be), the Warden and her goons are especially dead set on breaking them through either physical torture or re-education.
* InfoDump: In the third chapter, where Inkwell is shown through a magical crystal the truth behind TCB!Equestria's corruption and Rockwell's backstory.
** In the fifth chapter, the unnamed former Headmaster of Celestia's Academy also recounts [[spoiler:Tirek's plot]] to TCB!Sunset Shimmer.
* LowerDeckEpisode
** PrisonEpisode: As much of it takes place within the largest prison camp in the Solar Empire.
* MeaningfulName: TCB!Twilight's lab is named Camp 731, named after what was essentially [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo Imperial Japan's Auschwitz]].
* NoodleIncident: No pony in the prison camp knows just why Rockwell's in there, though rumors include that he either killed a stallion with just his left hoof, robbed a bank with only a quill, or helped smuggle TCB!Luna and Cadance out of the Empire.
* PenalColony: The entire TCB!Crystal Empire has been converted into one.
* PoliceBrutality: Pegasus mare Soundstorm was on the receiving end of this during the Cloudsdale Protest much like Blizzard Flurry was.
* RageBreakingPoint: Inkwell has this in the fifth chapter.
* WardensAreEvil: Warden Iustita is loud, hot-tempered and vicious, abusing prisoners regularly and even being rather abusive towards her newfoal lover.

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[[folder: ''The Other Side of the Mirror'']]
-> '''First Published:''' July 03rd 2015

* AscendedExtra: The Prime Equestrian counterparts of Frost Wind and his family make a major appearance in the first chapter.
* AuthorAppeal: A rather gratuitous amount where music and movies are concerned.
* TheCameo: The other Spectrumverse authors' original characters make cameos throughout, including Aegis and his foals, Coal Embers, Stellar Wind and Pineapple Cutter.
* {{Celebrity Survivor}}s: Trance musicians Markus Schulz, Armin Van Buuren and Ferry Corsten appear in the flashback in "Too Close to Lose" for no other reason besides gratuitous AuthorAppeal.
* CheerfulChild[-/-]ChildrenAreInnocent: In stark contrast to her [[ChildSoldier TCB counterpart]], Prime!Comet is a normal and well-adjusted little girl who dearly loves her family, [[DaddysGirl especially her father]], whereas TCB!Comet disowned her own father out of anger and bitterness. Frost Wind counts as well.
* DisappearedDad: Nothing is said of Winter and Frost's father. "Woven Within Details" from the main story hints at his disappearance turning Winter into [[TookALevelInJerkass more of an antisocial loner]].
* {{Fangirl}}: Prime!Comet becomes a huge fan of all kinds of human music and movies.
* FutureMeScaresMe: Many of the Prime!Equestrians aren't very thrilled with how their counterparts (who are about four years older) turned out (especially considering how many relationships, families, marriages and friendships were broken apart by the war). Specifically, Prime!Aquamarine is unnerved at seeing her counterpart in battle, and Gale is disgusted with how his counterpart drove his family away [[spoiler:due to being under the control of a geis]]. Inverted with Comet, who thinks her counterpart is a badass hero... which is the very last thing either of her parents want.
* GoodParents: Prime Aquamarine and Gale, as well as Snowdrop.
* LighterAndSofter: Much more so than other side stories in the Spectrumverse. There are plenty of reminders of the war and the suffering it's causing, but all in all, this story mainly focuses on the lives of normal ponies, their culture shock with humanity, and reactions to their counterparts' fates. Justified to a certain extent, given that it all takes place in [[SugarBowl Prime Equestria]].
* MoodWhiplash: The first chapter mostly has Comet Tail and Frost Wind looking around in awe of the foal-friendly human exhibition. Then came the [[DarkerAndEdgier Broken Mirror and Dispatches exhibits...]]
** Right after Winter Truce assures Comet about the Guard and Equestria's dedication to upholding harmony, Pineapple Cutter cuts in with a few choice words, seriously creeping out Comet, her family, and the normally stoic Winter.
* PuppyLove: Between Prime!Comet and Frost Wind. Both of their families have noticed it, with Snowdrop in particular [[ShipperOnDeck wholeheartedly supporting it]].
* SliceOfLife: The closest this story can get, considering it takes place in the Spectrumverse.
* ShrinkingViolet: Frost Wind. It's even more pronounced than his appearance in ''Joy to the Worlds''. Comet helps him out of it, mostly because the little colt is [[LoveAtFirstSight smitten with her]].
* RealPersonFic: To a very limited extent, due to the appearance of real life musicians Prime!Comet interacts with.
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[[folder: ''The Beatification of Lyra Heartstrings'']]
->'''First Published:''' December 25, 2015

* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: It's implied that this may have happened to Lyra. [[AmbiguousSituation Maybe.]]
* ChristmasEpisode: A semi-sequel to 2014's ''Joy to the Worlds'', it revolves around a religious council debating whether or not to [[TitleDrop beatify Lyra Heartstrings]]. On the other hand, it serves as a sequel to ''Joy to the Worlds'', in that it revealed the possible survival [[spoiler:of one of the Erklass sisters]].
* InnocuouslyImportantEpisode: It may be a breather to the tense events currently ongoing in the main story, but it sheds light on the worship of Lyra as a MessianicArchetype and [[spoiler:reveals the true nature of both Amethyst Star and Ana Bjorgman]].
* WhamEpisode: Not a dark one, but this story does shed a lot of light on [[spoiler:Sparkler's past and some curious revelations on Ana's history]].

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[[folder: ''Snowbound'']]
->''First published February 5, 2016'''
* AbsentMindedProfessor: Kgalakgadi.
* UsefulNotes/{{Alaska}}: The setting of the story. [[WordOfGod Word of Fluffy]] is that it was inspired by the long list of abandoned things one can find out there - be it abandoned trains, abandoned military installations, or wolf puppies.
* BodyHorror: Johnny C claims to have seen a man's artificial hip exploding out of his body as he was being ponified.
* CloudCuckooLander: Johnny C, to the point of [[TooDumbToLive forgetting to wear a winter coat when getting out of an airplane.]]
* CoolTrain: The 501, a large 2-8-0 steam locomotive made for hauling cargo that debuted in ''Light Despondent'', returns!
* CreatorProvincialism: Yes and no. While New Hampshire, and the author's family farm show up, it's very much not the focus of the story.
* DescriptionCut: Henri Bartholomeaux explains how sensitive the information in his decoy briefcase is, and how it's probably safe. Cut to [[EyeScream a PER spy screaming about something in their eyes.]]
* HandCannon: Johnny C carries a revolver so massive it's described as "almost the length of his forearm" and he holsters it on his back.
* InMediasRes: Combines with DistantPrologue - the story starts sometime before the DistantPrologue to ''Light Despondent,'' flashes back to pre-war, then settles in early 2022 of January.
* NoodleIncident: Kraber claims, in the DistantPrologue, to have died before, [[MajorInjuryUnderreaction claiming that "it hurt"]].
** The story itself, actually - it was alluded to as early as March of 2015, with a mention of Johnny C, Fiddlesticks, and several others having recovered a totem-prole from Alaska. The specifics were vague, but Fluffy physically couldn't keep himself from writing it.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: The incredibly irritable characters we see introduced early in the story? They end up being sent to investigate the mysterious signal found up north.
* RescueRomance: Suggested to be between Johnny C and Fiddlesticks, as the former shot HLF attempting to kill Fiddlesticks on the grounds of his family apple farm.
* ShownTheirWork: Fluffy did a lot of research on Alaska for the story.
* TrueCompanions: Johnny C and Fiddlesticks.
* WorldOfSnark: Everyone has a witty comment in response to ''everyone''.
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[[folder: ''Calm Before the Storm'']]
-> '''First Published:''' Jan. 14th 2014

* AllAnimalsAreDomesticated: Very much averted. The predatory animals living in the parts of Earth that the TCB!Equestrians are trying to colonize are giving them a hard time. Africa in particular is especially brutal.
** In universe, there's a rumor going around that a group of zebras, ponies, and a few humans actually placed a spell on the African continent so it would forever be a DeathWorld to Celestia's forces. While there certainly was a ritual to create this spell, it's left ambiguous as to whether it worked.
* ApocalypseAnarchy: It's already well known that many places on Earth are spiraling down the toilet in the face of the apocalypse, but in the "Who Am I To Stand Still" segment, we actually see it go down ourselves. Or at least, we see some of it on the news. There's are HLF suicide bombers, the PER hijack a train, there's riots over food in New Orleans and North Dakota, and one National Guardsman is quoted as saying "It's like looking into the gates of hell" in response to a question about a food riot.
** And there's also the Fu'an riots, in which the protesters have guns - it's described as not so much a riot in as much as an all-out war.
* AscendedFanon: InUniverse - the "Thaumic Absorbent Runic Missile" or TARM was originally proposed by Spudrum, a reader whom Doctor Fluffy likes.
* AuthorAppeal: ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'', second-person writing, and the works of Creator/ChinaMieville and Jeff Vandermeer (the guy that wrote Literature/{{Ambergris}}) were all huge influences.
* AuthorFilibuster: InUniverse, as Enitan takes a break from her broadcast to rant about how TCB!Celestia has a case of ItsAllAboutMe and only cares for the acquisition of power.
* {{BFS}}: [[spoiler: Fancy Pants aka "Five Blade Fancy" wields that amount of swords at the same time]].
* BreakingTheFellowship[=/=]HowTheMightyHaveFallen: [[TheClan The Apple family]], according to Fiddlesticks (the fiddle-playing PaletteSwap of Octavia from the ''Apple Family Reunion'' episode), is a shadow of its former self:
-->'''Fiddlesticks:''' "It's turned into a nightmare, half my family isn't on speaking terms with each other! Half of them left for earth, almost none of them want to talk to Applejack, a quarter of them can barely work the farms they grew up on or meet any of the quotas, they use slave labor, and they're actively celebrating turning people into unthinking zombies!"
* BreakOutTheMuseumPiece: Two notable examples in "A Story About Them". First, there's a mention of Beyer-Garratt steam locomotives being used to evacuate refugees. Another is a mention of a man using an [[RareGuns STG-44]], a Nazi assault rifle that would, at this point, be eighty years old, and is seemingly a case of ImproperlyPlacedFirearms. However, both are TruthInTelevision STG-44s are fairly common in Northern Africa and were in fact used in the Libyan Civil War, and Africa does in fact still use steam locomotives.
* BreakTheHaughty: Part 3 of Chapter 3 is not kind to Fleur. Justified, considering what she's been through and [[DefectorFromDecadence finding that everything she'd ever believed in was wrong]].
* CallForward: In a recorded quote during Chapter 3, Fiddlesticks Apple claims in 2020 that TCB!Equestria will be "an unrecognizable shithole" within a couple years. This being immediately after Chapter 2, which showed us just how terrible TCB!Equestria is.
* CanonImmigrant: Desert Wind, Alexander Redmond, and other characters from ''FanFic/TheAvatarOfAlbion'' appear in "With Dignity", the fourth segment of Chapter 3. Which, fittingly enough, was written by ''Avatar Of Albion'''s author.
* CrapsaccharineWorld: TCB!Equestria, though the story takes it far enough that it almost seems like a straight CrapsackWorld.
* DeadAlternateCounterpart: TCB!Octavia died on the night the war broke out, which sends Prime!Octavia into a brief existential crisis.
* DeconstructionFic: The second chapter is dedicated to showing how Equestria's really not going to be able to shoulder the sudden and massive influx of newfoals coming in. For one thing, they're forced to rapidly industrialize and destroy their own environment to produce enough materials to just stay afloat in the war, making them NotSoDifferent from humanity in that regard. There's also nowhere near enough jobs or food to support their influx of new residents, so their economy is, to put it lightly, screwed. On top of that, thanks to the barrier, they've [[SaltTheEarth destroyed all the infrastructure and materials]] they could have possibly used to support their explosive population growth and make colonizing Earth easier, so [[HoistByHisOwnPetard they've basically screwed themselves over]]. And it also shows that having zombie-like citizens obedient to a fault is pretty bad, culturally, given that they are explicitly mentioned to work themselves to death if they aren't told to take a break, and they make the perfect prostitutes because they can't say no to anything.
* {{Dedication}}:
** Chapter 2 is dedicated to Doctor Fluffy's friends Heather and Miranda.
** Chapter 3 is dedicated to ''Spectrum'''s various co-authors and editors.
*** SpecialThanks: To Jeff [=VanderMeer=], the author of ''Literature/VenissUnderground'', whose novel inspired part of the chapter, and to fellow troper [=VoxAdam=].
* DystopiaIsHard: [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Thanks to the Barrier]], [[{{Irony}} ironically enough]]. Though specifically, it's more a case of "wartime dystopia is hard". It's proven to be a herculean task to keep TCB!Equestria under control of Celestia, thanks to the Barrier destroying any resources the TCB!Equestrians could have used to support their growth.
* {{Expy}}: Enitan Adebayo is a black, female Nigerian expy of [[Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale Cecil Gershwin Palmer]].
* FictionalDocument: Every segment is prefaced with at least one in-universe quote.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: It's practically telegraphed that something bad will happen to the Beneficence. Lampshaded by Doctor Fluffy in the comments:
-->'''Fluffy''': I don't want to give spoilers but {{OH THE HUMANITY}}.
* GenreBusting: As a result of the format, the genre can change at the drop of the hat.
* GunPorn: The focus of chapter 4.
* HairTriggerTemper: Obayana has his moments of this.
* HomemadeInventions: "A Story About Them" features mentions of homemade rifles, gunpowder, and claymore mines. Angus Reid also states that the HLF's "home-brewed cannons and pipe guns" are nothing compared to the PHL's magically enhanced superweapons. Several homemade weapons, such as a .50 BMG open-bolt rifle, appear in Chapter 4.
* HumanResources: There's a mention of scientists harvesting the alicornal tissue in newfoals in Chapter 3 to use its magic.
* {{Hypocrite}}: The second chapter explores the Imperial ponies' hypocrisy in great detail. For starters, to keep the war effort from destroying them and to provide jobs to the massive number of Newfoals coming in, the TCB!Equestrians have gone through rapid industrialization that is destroying their environment (one of their many criticisms against humans). There's also the fact that Newfoal workers get exploited as slave labor, and TCB!Big Macintosh even muses how for all the Empire's railing against humans for engaging in slavery in its history, the Empire is no better. TCB!Fancy Pants also points out how disingenuous it is to claim that ponies are peaceful and Equestria is a paradise when they're using the Newfoals as CannonFodder and exploiting their passivity.
* IAteWhat: Implied in TCB!Big Mac's comment about giving Diamond Tiara food poisoning.
* JustBeforeTheEnd: Special mention for pointing out that they're at the point of no return - as soon as the Barrier eats up most of North America, everyone is done for.
* LampshadeHanging:
** Plenty from Fancy's chapter, which pokes fun at numerous things, such as the ease with which problems are often solved in the show.
-->'''Fancy:''' "If we were living in the same Equestria where problems could be solved within thirty minutes and capped off with a speech..."
** The propensity of the authors for writing speeches.
-->'''Fancy:''' "You can debate the morality of it with humans. They do seem to love their moralistic speeches..."
** And how out of character "Xenolestia" needs to be for a ''Conversion Bureau'' fanfic to work.
-->'''Fancy:''' "How is any of this even remotely in-character?! It's like something derailed her character, and forced her to become some evil tyrant!"
* LudicrousGibs: Fancy Pants actually manages to [[spoiler: cause this effect with swords, and the description of the aftermath is grisly]].
* MeaningfulName: Enitan Adebayo's first name means "person of stories," or "sum total of all the myths, songs, histories and other cultural concepts which make up religion and society" in Yoruban. And she's a storyteller who narrates most of the "A Story About Them" segment of Chapter 3.
** Ironically, her last name, which means "(s)he came in a joyful time" does not qualify. At least, [[EarthIsABattlefield not at the moment]]. It's also worth mentioning, though, [[ShownTheirWork that both are accurate Yoruban names]].
* MoralEventHorizon: InUniverse. The Prime!Mane Six and Lyra consider the PER and Newfoals' infiltration of a maternity ward to convert helpless newborn humans to be this. Prime!Fluttershy is also disgusted with the Barrier and the Newfoals, which she considers an "affront to all life" (and since she's a FriendToAllLivingThings, it's no surprise).
* NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: Doctor Fluffy made a brief aside in the author's notes to point out that the {{BFG}} .50 BMG open-bolt rifles he'd mentioned [[http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/09/15/drug-cartel-diy-open-bolt-automatic-rifles/ were real]].
* ReadingsAreOffTheScale: Invoked, discussed, and parodied.
--> He couldn't have imagined that his Queen had enough magic power that it beggared belief, enough that thaumic classifications were useless and would, in all likelihood, reduce ponies to grasping thaumoemotive indicators in their mouths or telekinetic fields, [[Anime/DragonBallZ screaming madly about the impossibly high readings while crushing their instruments]].
* RealityEnsues: This story (or at least, its second chapter) illustrates the consequences of what would happen to a country if it had a sudden and enormous population boom in wartime, and inadequate infrastructure. TCB!Equestria is suffering from food shortages and rapid industrialization that is ruining the environment. Arguably, the only thing they have plenty of is space, but due to the lack of adequate infrastructure to support all the Newfoals coming in and the barrier destroying everything they ''could'' have used, they're unable to use it well, forcing the Newfoals into the cities to work on machines and weapons for the war. And a prolonged war with innumerable casualties that are by now in the millions is bound to completely destroy the fabric and the general morale of society, so much so that in the end only terror and fanaticism can hold it together.
* RousingSpeech: As Enitan points out at the end of "A Story About Them", the main characters have more to live for since the battle of Boston than they have had in the last four years.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Big Macintosh in Chapter 2. He's simply had enough of TCB!Equestria.
* ShipTease: A little between TCB Big Macintosh and Carrot Top.
* ShownTheirWork: The third chapter has the CEO of Crowe Labs go off on why [[HomeworldEvacuation escaping Earth and going up to space]] is utterly impractical.
* StraightGay: Enitan, evidently, given her mention of a wife.
* StupidSacrifice: [[spoiler: Fancy Pants makes a LastStand against a horde of newfoals in his mansion while Fleur de Lis escapes through a secret passageway]]. Awesome to be sure, except that [[spoiler: by Fancy's own admission, the passage is well hidden, and it took a long, ''long'' time for the Newfoals to break down the barricade leading into the room. Couldn't he have just as easily followed Fleur down the passage and given them the slip? Maybe even break open a window to make them think they escaped in a different way]]?
** Actually it's not so stupid if one gives it more thought in the longer run. [[spoiler: Had Fancy left with Fleur, it would've caused the Newfoals and the Royal Guards that were chasing them to spread their search all over the city and possibly all over Equestria, therefore making it ''much'' harder for them to run and hide due to everypony loyal to the Empire looking for them, especially the Newfoals. So what would make things easier for them; running away together with everyone searching the city for the both of them, or one of them staying behind [[LeaveNoWitnesses to kill everyone who saw them both]] and making everyone focus on that single pony, giving their loved one enough time to leave the city before their absence is noted]]?
* TakeThat
** A lot of mentions are made in the "Exhibition" segment of the Equestria chapter of a unicorn named Catseye. The mentions are ''not'' flattering, with her frequently being called a xenophobic idiot. [[DontExplainTheJoke "Catseye" is another way of saying "Chatoyance"]].
** Coal Embers calls Dr. Jacqueline Reitman (an unflattering stand-in for Chatoyance) a "horse fetishizing bitch."
* TooDumbToLive: The HLF are portrayed this way, one of them having ''tried to sabotage a PHL-aligned factory''.
** Newfoals are also this - or rather, Too Jingoistic To Live, as a result of the spellwork driving them and their hollow "minds" around making them throw themselves into the line of fire with absolutely no regard for their own lives, as long as they serve Queen Celestia's will.
* TheUnreveal: In Chapter 4, an HLF soldier accuses the PHL of turning Verity Carter into a Newfoal (see ''Last Train From Oblivion'' for more details). The PHL say she's "not a newfoal at all" but before they can explain what really happened to her, they're attacked by ''actual'' newfoals ([[NoodleIncident whatever happened]] though, Kraber seemed to think it was hilarious).
* VoiceOfTheResistance: Enitan Adebayo serves as this, making radio broadcasts live from combat zones.
* WhamEpisode: "The Empire" Chapter is a double-feature of wham:
** The readers see Inkwell's segment ("The Worst Day of Your Life") as this. It's easy to see why - before this, readers had only gotten scattered glimpses of TCB!Equestria, which was at the very least implied to be a CrapsaccharineWorld. This segment, however, took place entirely in there, and showed just ''how'' terrible it was, revealing it to be as crapsaccharine as you can get without being a straight CrapsackWorld. There are food shortages, overpopulation of urban centers and pollution, a total logistic breakdown, mass poverty, deranged newfoals just barely hidden under the veneer of niceness... Oh, and [[spoiler: Fancy Pants dies]].
* WholePlotReference: The second part of Chapter 3, "A Story About Them" is, according to WordOfGod, one to the "Balzac's War" segment of Jeff [=VanderMeer=]'s book ''Literature/VenissUnderground''.
** However, it's also narrated in the style of ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale''. Make of that what you will.
** SmallReferencePools: Unfortunately, the book Doctor Fluffy was referencing in it was ''very'' obscure, confusing many people that responded to his blog posts on the subject.

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[[folder: ''Shades of the Unsung'']]
-> '''First Published:''' Nov. 17th 2014

* ActionSurvivor: Inkwell is shaping up into one thanks to the harsh conditions of the prison camp.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Rockwell has one in the filler chapter ''Rockwell's Travel Through Darkness/A Trek Through Those Broken'', where [[spoiler:he goes on a journey to the center of the minds of TCB Twilight, Applejack, Rarity, Pinkie Pie and Queen Celestia and tries to save them, but [[ForegoneConclusion to no avail]]]].
* TheAlcoholic: Rockwell helps to make the prison camp's home-brew and drinks copious amounts of it.
* BadBlackBarf: Inkwell spies on his cellmate, Rockwell, vomiting up something that gives off the same dark magical vibes as the ponification serum. [[spoiler:Turns out that he was exposed to the Bag of Tirek]].
* TheCameo: One in-universe newspaper clipping telling the news that Fancy Pants was a spy for the PHL is revealed to be written by a pony named Flower Pepper. She is the newfoal form of Eun-Hee Lee, TheLostLenore of Porter from the Asia Side-Story.
** A newfoal stallion named New Bloom appears in the fifth chapter. He's the ponified form of [[spoiler:Jazmin Carter, Verity Carter's transgender mother]].
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Most of the main characters can count.
** Inkwell started off as a simple reporter who [[WrongGenreSavvy thought he would be some brave whistleblower]] exposing the unjust treatment of newfoals. Instead, his efforts to get to the truth land him in prison and branded an enemy of TheEmpire.
** Rockwell was bullied in his childhood, in addition to the fact that he [[spoiler:came into contact with the Bag of Tirek as well]].
** Soundstorm was one of the organizers of the battleship factory strike and was on the receiving end of some very vicious PoliceBrutality that has left her both [[ScarsAreForever physically]] and [[BrokenBird emotionally]] scarred.
** [[NoNameGiven The Headmaster]] also [[spoiler:was exposed to the Bag of Tirek, which forced him to carry it to Celestia]]. He's spent the last three years of the war working to [[TheAtoner correct this]].
* DataCrystal: Rockwell acquired one to record [[spoiler:his encounter with the Homunculi within the TCB!Mane Six and the Bag of Tirek, and recount everything he'd discovered to a chosen chronicler]]. Inkwell is forced to destroy it once he's done using it.
* DressingAsTheEnemy: Sunset Shimmer is disguised with armor and some other changes to her appearance while infiltrating the prison camp.
* GreatEscape: What Rockwell and Soundstorm appear to be planning.
* GrumpyOldMan: Rockwell is this combined with JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* HairTriggerTemper: The head warden of the prison camp, Iustita, is very vicious tempered and an all around sadistic {{jerkass}}.
* HellholePrison: As the majority of prisoners are Empire dissidents (or at least suspected to be), the Warden and her goons are especially dead set on breaking them through either physical torture or re-education.
* InfoDump: In the third chapter, where Inkwell is shown through a magical crystal the truth behind TCB!Equestria's corruption and Rockwell's backstory.
** In the fifth chapter, the unnamed former Headmaster of Celestia's Academy also recounts [[spoiler:Tirek's plot]] to TCB!Sunset Shimmer.
* LowerDeckEpisode
** PrisonEpisode: As much of it takes place within the largest prison camp in the Solar Empire.
* MeaningfulName: TCB!Twilight's lab is named Camp 731, named after what was essentially [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo Imperial Japan's Auschwitz]].
* NoodleIncident: No pony in the prison camp knows just why Rockwell's in there, though rumors include that he either killed a stallion with just his left hoof, robbed a bank with only a quill, or helped smuggle TCB!Luna and Cadance out of the Empire.
* PenalColony: The entire TCB!Crystal Empire has been converted into one.
* PoliceBrutality: Pegasus mare Soundstorm was on the receiving end of this during the Cloudsdale Protest much like Blizzard Flurry was.
* RageBreakingPoint: Inkwell has this in the fifth chapter.
* WardensAreEvil: Warden Iustita is loud, hot-tempered and vicious, abusing prisoners regularly and even being rather abusive towards her newfoal lover.

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[[folder: ''The Other Side of the Mirror'']]
-> '''First Published:''' July 03rd 2015

* AscendedExtra: The Prime Equestrian counterparts of Frost Wind and his family make a major appearance in the first chapter.
* AuthorAppeal: A rather gratuitous amount where music and movies are concerned.
* TheCameo: The other Spectrumverse authors' original characters make cameos throughout, including Aegis and his foals, Coal Embers, Stellar Wind and Pineapple Cutter.
* {{Celebrity Survivor}}s: Trance musicians Markus Schulz, Armin Van Buuren and Ferry Corsten appear in the flashback in "Too Close to Lose" for no other reason besides gratuitous AuthorAppeal.
* CheerfulChild[-/-]ChildrenAreInnocent: In stark contrast to her [[ChildSoldier TCB counterpart]], Prime!Comet is a normal and well-adjusted little girl who dearly loves her family, [[DaddysGirl especially her father]], whereas TCB!Comet disowned her own father out of anger and bitterness. Frost Wind counts as well.
* DisappearedDad: Nothing is said of Winter and Frost's father. "Woven Within Details" from the main story hints at his disappearance turning Winter into [[TookALevelInJerkass more of an antisocial loner]].
* {{Fangirl}}: Prime!Comet becomes a huge fan of all kinds of human music and movies.
* FutureMeScaresMe: Many of the Prime!Equestrians aren't very thrilled with how their counterparts (who are about four years older) turned out (especially considering how many relationships, families, marriages and friendships were broken apart by the war). Specifically, Prime!Aquamarine is unnerved at seeing her counterpart in battle, and Gale is disgusted with how his counterpart drove his family away [[spoiler:due to being under the control of a geis]]. Inverted with Comet, who thinks her counterpart is a badass hero... which is the very last thing either of her parents want.
* GoodParents: Prime Aquamarine and Gale, as well as Snowdrop.
* LighterAndSofter: Much more so than other side stories in the Spectrumverse. There are plenty of reminders of the war and the suffering it's causing, but all in all, this story mainly focuses on the lives of normal ponies, their culture shock with humanity, and reactions to their counterparts' fates. Justified to a certain extent, given that it all takes place in [[SugarBowl Prime Equestria]].
* MoodWhiplash: The first chapter mostly has Comet Tail and Frost Wind looking around in awe of the foal-friendly human exhibition. Then came the [[DarkerAndEdgier Broken Mirror and Dispatches exhibits...]]
** Right after Winter Truce assures Comet about the Guard and Equestria's dedication to upholding harmony, Pineapple Cutter cuts in with a few choice words, seriously creeping out Comet, her family, and the normally stoic Winter.
* PuppyLove: Between Prime!Comet and Frost Wind. Both of their families have noticed it, with Snowdrop in particular [[ShipperOnDeck wholeheartedly supporting it]].
* SliceOfLife: The closest this story can get, considering it takes place in the Spectrumverse.
* ShrinkingViolet: Frost Wind. It's even more pronounced than his appearance in ''Joy to the Worlds''. Comet helps him out of it, mostly because the little colt is [[LoveAtFirstSight smitten with her]].
* RealPersonFic: To a very limited extent, due to the appearance of real life musicians Prime!Comet interacts with.
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[[folder: ''The Beatification of Lyra Heartstrings'']]
->'''First Published:''' December 25, 2015

* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: It's implied that this may have happened to Lyra. [[AmbiguousSituation Maybe.]]
* ChristmasEpisode: A semi-sequel to 2014's ''Joy to the Worlds'', it revolves around a religious council debating whether or not to [[TitleDrop beatify Lyra Heartstrings]]. On the other hand, it serves as a sequel to ''Joy to the Worlds'', in that it revealed the possible survival [[spoiler:of one of the Erklass sisters]].
* InnocuouslyImportantEpisode: It may be a breather to the tense events currently ongoing in the main story, but it sheds light on the worship of Lyra as a MessianicArchetype and [[spoiler:reveals the true nature of both Amethyst Star and Ana Bjorgman]].
* WhamEpisode: Not a dark one, but this story does shed a lot of light on [[spoiler:Sparkler's past and some curious revelations on Ana's history]].

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[[folder: ''Snowbound'']]
->''First published February 5, 2016'''
* AbsentMindedProfessor: Kgalakgadi.
* UsefulNotes/{{Alaska}}: The setting of the story. [[WordOfGod Word of Fluffy]] is that it was inspired by the long list of abandoned things one can find out there - be it abandoned trains, abandoned military installations, or wolf puppies.
* BodyHorror: Johnny C claims to have seen a man's artificial hip exploding out of his body as he was being ponified.
* CloudCuckooLander: Johnny C, to the point of [[TooDumbToLive forgetting to wear a winter coat when getting out of an airplane.]]
* CoolTrain: The 501, a large 2-8-0 steam locomotive made for hauling cargo that debuted in ''Light Despondent'', returns!
* CreatorProvincialism: Yes and no. While New Hampshire, and the author's family farm show up, it's very much not the focus of the story.
* DescriptionCut: Henri Bartholomeaux explains how sensitive the information in his decoy briefcase is, and how it's probably safe. Cut to [[EyeScream a PER spy screaming about something in their eyes.]]
* HandCannon: Johnny C carries a revolver so massive it's described as "almost the length of his forearm" and he holsters it on his back.
* InMediasRes: Combines with DistantPrologue - the story starts sometime before the DistantPrologue to ''Light Despondent,'' flashes back to pre-war, then settles in early 2022 of January.
* NoodleIncident: Kraber claims, in the DistantPrologue, to have died before, [[MajorInjuryUnderreaction claiming that "it hurt"]].
** The story itself, actually - it was alluded to as early as March of 2015, with a mention of Johnny C, Fiddlesticks, and several others having recovered a totem-prole from Alaska. The specifics were vague, but Fluffy physically couldn't keep himself from writing it.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: The incredibly irritable characters we see introduced early in the story? They end up being sent to investigate the mysterious signal found up north.
* RescueRomance: Suggested to be between Johnny C and Fiddlesticks, as the former shot HLF attempting to kill Fiddlesticks on the grounds of his family apple farm.
* ShownTheirWork: Fluffy did a lot of research on Alaska for the story.
* TrueCompanions: Johnny C and Fiddlesticks.
* WorldOfSnark: Everyone has a witty comment in response to ''everyone''.
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[[folder: ''Case Files'']]
-> '''First Published:''' Mar. 31st 2014

* AllThereInTheManual: This side-story expands on the history of the war.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Marcus delivers a couple to the founder of the PER after she was captured, first asking her why she hasn't taken the potion for herself if she claimed to hate humanity and being a human so much. He then asks just how the Solar Empire ponies could be kind and peaceful if they're stealing humanity's home, vaporizing all of its history into nothing, and committing the worst kind of MindRape imaginable. She can't answer either of those, and instead resorts to hurling insults at Marcus and telling him that he will bow to Queen Celestia one day.
* CassandraTruth: One of the factors that led to the Harriet Thomas Foundation (a support group for people whose loved ones left them after getting ponified) becoming the Human Liberation Front was that the HTF's founder, a reverend named James Thomas (Harriet's father), failed to get the FDA to take his concerns about the potion seriously.
** As with TCB!Lyra - she was seen as crazy at first, or no different from the potion-happy forces of the Solar Empire.
* ContinuityNod: TCB!Lyra's commemoration of Queen Elizabeth and public declaration of her defection from the Solar Empire is lifted from the Asia Side Story.
* DarkMessiah: Dr. Jacqueline Dionna Reitman, the PER's founder, was regarded as a "high priestess" by her more fanatical followers.
* DocumentaryEpisode: This side-story is described by Redskin as being like "something you would see on [=TruTV=]".
* HandWave: According to the PER chapter, the reason that there were so few interviews with PER members is that most of them are dead, because "[[BerserkButton in the presence of most anyone that did not support the Solar Empire, their lifespan was best measured in minutes]]."
* HateSink: Dr. Jacqueline Dionna Reitman, the founder of the PER and TheQuisling to all of humanity. Sure, the Solar Empire ponies aren't exactly slouches when it comes to the war crimes and atrocities they've committed, but it's also clear they are [[spoiler:little more than pawns in the BiggerBad's master plan]]. Reitman meanwhile was a selfish opportunist who sold out her species for her own desires.
* HeroicSacrifice[-/-]LastStand: It's explained that TCB!Lyra was captured by the Empire in the aftermath of the famed "[[Literature/WarOfTheWorlds Battle of Thunderchild]]", wherein she commandeered a magically-enhanced CoolShip off the coast of Iceland to give the refugees there time to evacuate from the approaching Imperial forces. The diversion succeeded at the cost of the prototype ship's destruction and her getting taken prisoner before she could leave the area.
** HowDareYouDieOnMe: Thinking back, Marcus can't help but express this sentiment, though he quickly relents and admits the depth of his grief.
* KangarooCourt: TCB!Lyra's "trial" after being captured by the Solar Empire amounted to little more than this.
* ALighterShadeOfBlack: The disgust which most characters express for the HLF's actions pales next to their utter contempt for the PER.
* {{Magitek}}: The creative ways the PHL find to combine technology and magic to further the war effort are lovingly detailed.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed:
** Dr. Reitman's initials make it clear that she's an unflattering stand-in for Chatoyance herself.
** The same goes for the pony supremacist unicorn Catseye, whose physical description matches Chatoyance's profile picture on Fimfiction.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: HLF supporter Senator Patrick Goleman seems to have been this.
* OhCrap: Lyra's reaction to finding out that the Harriet Thomas Foundation had become [[RightWingMilitiaFanatic the HLF]]:
-->... Lyra was on record as looking in fear for a couple seconds, saying simply, "This won't end well."
* ReassignedToAntarctica: What Marcus's reassignment as Ambassador Lyra's bodyguard was meant to be...
** ReassignmentBackfire: ... before he helped her shape the PHL into an effective military force.
* RetiredMonster: Some of the interviewees are former HLF members, such as Andrew Silas, Dayoung Tengku and Viktor Kraber. Granted, Andrew Silas' only crime was graffiti tagging Buckingham Palace, Dayoung Tengku only stuck with the HLF after they saved her from the PER and [[DefectorFromDecadence she left pretty quickly]], and Kraber is not [[TheAtoner anywhere near]] [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone okay with]] [[ShellShockedVeteran his past misdeeds]], and [[WordOfGod Word Of Fluffy]] is that he's suicidal due to the sheer guilt. Nonetheless, there's plenty of HLF members that qualify. There's also PER defector Ernst Kasparek, who left due to a crisis of conscience.
* ShownTheirWork: The mentions of landmarks in Riga, such as the Daugava and Cathedral Dome, are actual places.
* TakeThat: Again, several of them are applied to Chatoyance and to the TCB subgenre as a whole.
** TCB!Lyra acted as one against Chatoyance's version of earth as a diseased hellhole and her HumansAreBastards views:
-->'''Lyra:''' (to Aegis) "I've seen most humans, and I've visited many places all over Earth. Let me tell you this: they're not living in some dystopia where everything is owned by a greedy minority and every religion is some corrupt scam church like so many newfoals claim! Sure, it isn't perfect, but it's not as though they're riddled with kill-happy criminals, murderers, terrorist fanatics, and whatever else you can think of! They seem happy!"
** An unintended example popped up in Andrew Silas' interview where he mentions having known some trans individuals who came to regret going through with a sex reassignment operations (unlike the newfoals who never stop telling people how great ponification is no matter how long it's been since they were converted). Chatoyance once infamously put up a "support" website for transpeople advising them to ''cheat'' on psychiatric tests that would determine whether they were really trans and thus qualified for surgery. There probably are people out there that took her "advice" to heart...
*** [[http://www.fimfiction.net/blog/368799/okay-now-thats-pretty-funny According to Doctor Fluffy]], it ''was'' unintentional, but he thought the coincidence was funny and ultimately made it a straight TakeThat retroactively.
** Taken UpToEleven with the reveal that the PER's founder was a misanthropic doctor named Jacqueline Dionna Reitman. In other words, she shares the same initials as Chatoyance's real life name (Jennifer Diane Reitz). For that matter, the names even sound similar.
*** Also, while she's in federal custody, she gets punched in the face by an FBI interrogator (with an "audible crack" to go along with it) and receives a vicious TheReasonYouSuckSpeech from Marcus.
** One PER agent being interrogated in a flashback clip is named Mikhailovitch. Mikhailovitch is the Russian equivalent of "Michelson," making him a Russian equivalent of Michelson from Chatoyance's infamous story ''The Speed of Right''. He even mentions another PER agent named Morely.
* TechnoBabble: A magical variant was given to Aegis while he was talking to TCB!Lyra. He did not understand it at all.
* TruthInTelevision: That mention of the "[[MoreDakka fire hedgehog]]"? That's [[http://englishrussia.com/2008/07/06/the-fire-hedgehog/ based on a real thing]].
* TurnInYourBadge: Spitfire quit the Wonderbolts after an argument with Rainbow Dash... which was quickly followed by ''the entire 'old guard' of the Wonderbolts''.
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[[folder: ''Adrift'']]
-> '''First Published:''' Nov. 24th 2014

* BadassCrew: Subverted with the Mamayev Kurgan's crew. While they are armed and dangerous, they consist of a bunch of misfits given control of an aging Russian ship.
** Downplayed in Segment Two. While the crew managed to subdue the SAS raiders, they suffered larger losses and only won due to the SAS team being convinced to lay down their arms in exchange for medical equipment.
* TheCameo: Stellar spots a wounded Aegis in the aftermath of the car bomb.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Stellar has some shades of this. For instance, he inexplicably thinks there are humanoid robots in St. Paul's Cathedral.
* {{Celebrity Paradox}}: A variant of this trope is used. As [[spoiler:Sherlock Holmes]] is stated to be a living person in the Spectrumverse, the interviewer (implied to be [[spoiler:Mycroft Holmes]]) is utterly perplexed when Stellar mentions [[spoiler:''Sherclop Pones'']].
* CelebritySurvivor: Indonesian President Joko Widodo.
* {{Continuity Nod}}:
** Stellar mentions and witnessed the aftermath of the car bomb meant to kill Lyra, and saw a wounded Aegis on the scene as well.
** The USS Gerald R. Ford is mentioned to be in the North Sea; it appeared in the same location in the Europe side story.
* {{Crossover}}: The detective Stellar runs into is very heavily implied to be [[spoiler:Sherlock Holmes]]. His name, "William Scott", matches [[spoiler:Sherlock's full name in the [[Series/{{Sherlock}} show]]]] - William Scott [[spoiler:Sherlock Holmes]].
* CrypticBackgroundReference: The end of the first segment show several related files. While the first few file names have something to do with the chapter, the meaning of the last one (named Project Eris) isn't explained.
* CuteClumsyGirl: Ana.
* DeadpanSnarker: The interviewer. As he's heavily implied to be [[spoiler:Mycroft Holmes]], it's rather natural.
* TheDreaded: The Special Air Service is this to Viktor and the rest of the human crew.
* EpicFail:
** Ana somehow ending up in Blackburn ''through the London Underground''.
** Stellar and the smugglers failing to identify ''a foreign head of state'' on board their ship.
* FailedASpotCheck: Stellar and his fellow crewmates managed to miss the fact that they have a foreign president (and an old, abdicated king) on board. The interviewer lampshades this repeatedly.
* FramingDevice: The whole story is presented as an interview recording.
* FiveManBand: The main escorts of the Mamayev Kurgan.
** TheLeader: Viktor
** TheLancer: Grigori
** TheBigGuy: Dimitri
** TheSmartGuy: Stellar/Dimitri
** TheChick: Ana
** SixthRanger: Stellar, arguably, being the only non human in the team.
* TheGhost: The smugglers' boss. And to an extent, the organization the smugglers work for isn't named.
* InSeriesNickname: The interviewer is called the Umbrella Man by Stellar.
* LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain: See NoodleIncident below.
* LighterAndSofter: Somewhat less dark in tone than the other Spectrumverse stories, in stark contrast with ''Light Despondent'' and ''Last Train''.
* LowerDeckEpisode
* MacGuffin: The stolen missiles are a downplayed variant.
* TheMenInBlack: The interviewer is called one of these by Stellar.
* MotorMouth: Stellar Wind, for some parts of the interview.
* NoodleIncident: The interviewer has had a run-in with Aegis before. He doesn't want to talk about it.
* NoNameGiven[-/-] OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: The Interviewer refuses to give away his name, resulting in Stellar deciding to call him the Umbrella Man.
* ObliviousToLove: It's implied that Ana has feelings for Stellar. He doesn't notice.
* OneWordTitle
* ThePollyanna: Stellar is this, combined with UnfazedEveryman.
** StepfordSmiler: However, he also has a lot of inner pain and sadness, making him sort of a SadClown.
* RagtagBandOfMisfits: The smugglers. And by extension, the rest of the passengers.
* SuddenlyShouting: Stellar does this when talking about Viktor Kraber, who is still a member of the HLF at this point. Apparently, Kraber managed to blow two bureaus into oblivion, and killed most of the ponies in Innsbruck, Austria.
* VodkaDrunkenski: Crewmember Nikolai Belinski. [[spoiler: His drunken behavior leads to a shootout between Jokowi's guards and the crew, as well as the SAS raid]].

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[[folder: ''Many Faces Of Mankind'']]
-> '''First Published:''' March 05th 2015

* AscendedExtra: Yael Ze'ev reappears here.
* ContinuityNod: There's a mention of a guy named Polmont throwing a bottle at Reverend James Thomas' face, which was referenced in ''Light''.
* CallForward:
** Yael claims that the reason she hates the HLF so much is that the thought of contending with them during evac when the barrierfalls scares her. She namedrops both Atlas Galt and Truro, Nova Scotia in this, foreshadowing the events of ''Last Train''. There's also a mention of possibly getting [[GenderBender genderbent]] while being ponified.
* DocumentaryEpisode: Though unlike ''Case Files'', this story reads as an extended magazine article with several different interviews interspersed here and there.
* TheUnreveal: Kraber and Aegis have a CrypticConversation about whatever it was that ponified Verity. It reveals... absolutely nothing.
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[[folder: Starvation Side-Story]]
-> '''First Published:''' Nov. 08th 2013

* BodyHorror: Isaac Acevedo claims that he's become skinny enough for his ribs to start showing through. Still, the guy does seem pretty limber for a man in that state, all things considered.
* CrapsackWorld: Rio de Janeiro. It's said to be better than China, though.
** WretchedHive: Nearly the whole city counts, yet "[[TheCityNarrows Town]]" stands out.
** CrapsackOnlyByComparison: Acevedo makes the rather grandiose claim that his world would cause the [[UsefulNotes/HongKong Kowloon Walled City]] to wail in horror.
* CreatorProvincialism: Set in Brazil, yet written by a North American to purposefully avert this trope, since many stories in the TCB genre are usually set in America or Europe and hardly anywhere else.
* CreepyChild: The pegasus filly Acevedo takes in, Autumn Showers, is one of the DissonantSerenity kind. It's implied that she's traumatized from losing her parents.
* {{Cyberpunk}}: Digital broadband and video games are apparently still readily available, but living conditions are squalid and food is scarce. Believe it or not, this is actually TruthInTelevision the real-life Rio's ''favelas'' are some of the most technologically advanced slums in the world.
* FirstPersonPerspective: Courtesy of Acevedo recording his thoughts electronically.
* FlingALightIntoTheFuture: What the characters expect the broadcast to be, warning any sapient aliens about the situation on Earth.
* GrumpyOldMan: Green Grocer, the earth pony whom many people in Rio can buy their best food from thanks to his literally magic touch.
* GunNut: Acevedo and Button Mash are quite fond of firearms, which isn't surprising given how they've helped them stay alive.
* HehHehYouSaidX:
-->'''Button:''' "Even if aliens that probably use plasma or hard light weapons as the basic loadouts for their troops, or concepts we probably haven't even thought of yet hear this, it's just not relevant to the plot!"
-->'''Acevedo:''' "Hehe... plot. I guess I got caught up in the moment."
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Between the 25-year-old Isaac Acevedo and the teenage Button Mash. The same goes for Acevedo's friendship with [[Literature/PerdidoStreetStation Dr. Isaac Dan Der Grimnebulin]].
* LowerDeckEpisode
* NoPartyLikeADonnerParty: Some humans have resorted to eating Newfoals, because there is just so little food to go around. [[spoiler: It's what Acevedo ends up doing]].
* PurpleProse: Our narrator frequently goes off on long, sometimes irrelevant tangents.
* ReligionOfEvil: There are ponies and Newfoals who call themselves "Celestians" and worship the Solar Tyrant.
* ShipTease: According to Acevedo, [[WebAnimation/ButtonsAdventures Button Mash]] intends to see Sweetie Belle again when the war is over.
* SpeaksInShoutOuts: We're looking at you, Isaac E. Acevedo.
* TakeThat: The world in this short story greatly resembles the way Chatoyance usually depicts Earth... except that in this case, the TCB!Equestrians are very much responsible for the over-crowded {{Cyberpunk}} hellhole mankind is forced to live in.
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: One of the reasons why [[WebAnimation/ButtonsAdventures Button's Mom]] hates working with Newfoal children is because the unicorn Newfoals kept stabbing her, requiring her to get protective gear for herself.
* WarRefugees: If you think Trixie had it tough in the Europe Side-Story, well, read this...
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[[folder: ''The King's Speech'']]
-> '''First Published:''' May 26th 2014

* CanonImmigrant: While the events of ''FanFic/TheAvatarOfAlbion'' do not and cannot exist in the main Spectrum universe, all the characters at the bar (save for [[OriginalCharacter Angus Reid]]) are from that same fanfic.
* CelebrityParadox: ''Series/DoctorWho'' is mentioned several times as existing in the Spectrum version of Earth despite the fact that [[spoiler: the Doctor himself is a real person in context of the story]]. Handwaved by the fact that [[spoiler: Doctor Whooves is from a different dimension anyway]].
* TheChainsOfCommanding: King William feels he's got it easy compared to President Davis, who, like most American presidents, is aging prematurely.
* ChristmasEpisode: Since the speech is held on Christmas Day, this is natural.
** It's also worth mentioning that the same speech appears in ''Light Despondent'', making them unusual Christmas Episodes in that they take place on the same day.
* DefectorFromDecadence: Angus Reid was in the HLF before he left due to his frustration with their fanatical tactics and lack of accomplishments.
* DrowningMySorrows: The characters at the bar were busy doing this until they heard of the upcoming speech.
* FaceDeathWithDignity[-/-]GoOutWithASmile: William tells True Quill, a PHL reporter, that Lyra Heartstrings saved humanity by bringing the two races together, even if the Barrier cannot be stopped.
** SincerityMode: The King acknowledges that making these kinds of statements is to be expected of royalty, but he also insists that he meant every word.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Between the King of England and the U.S. President.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall[-/-]TakeThat: True Quill gives a short speech that reflects Doctor Fluffy's views on the Conversion Bureau. Or rather, his views on how Chatoyance took it over:
-->'''True Quill:''' "All of this. The war, the newfoals, the barrier... we've done nothing but hurt you. Equestria's arrival could have been something wonderful! We could have had a cultural revolution, conquered the stars together, made things of beauty... and instead, this happened. Whatever madness took hold of Celestia then infected that bitch Reitman... it took something that could have been amazing, ran it into the ground and turned it into a xenocidal nightmare. I'm so sorry!"
* ModestRoyalty: William is written as such, going out of his way to put True Quill at ease and even inviting her for dinner with the Royal Family.
* ObviouslyEvil: True Grit and Steady Hoof saw TCB!Equestria as this. And, to be honest, they're not wrong.
* OneSteveLimit: Two of the ponies in the story, True Quill and True Grit, share the same first name.
** But they don't share a gender. Whether that avoids the confusion factor is a different question.
* RealPersonFic: King William V of England is better known as Prince William, husband to Kate Middleton and second-in-line to the British throne, in the real world as of 2014.
* RousingSpeech: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin King William gives one]]. And what a rousing speech it is!
* ThrowingOutTheScript: The King figuratively does this by forgoing the UN spin doctors' planned Hollywood-blockbuster speech in favor of a more down-to-earth, personable affair.
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[[folder: Europe Side-Story]]
-> '''First Published:''' Dec. 21st 2012

* AndTheAdventureContinues
* BattleCouple: Stephan and TCB!Trixie become one.
* {{BFS}}: Stephan is given a machete by [[spoiler: TCB!Chrysalis]] that [[MorphWeapon turns into a claymore sword]] thanks to Changeling magic. It's about the same height as him, but weighs less than a regular claymore.
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler: Chrysalis crossed it after she became the last of her kind to survive Queen Celestia's xenocide of the Changelings]].
* DirtyOldMan: Peter. While he's treated sympathetically by the text, he does mention having had four wives and is rather frank about why exactly he likes Sapphire Shores.
* EnemyMine: The entire ''Middle East'' are mentioned to have put aside their differences to fight the TCB!Equestrians, including the Taliban and the ANA.
** In the appropriately titled chapter "The Enemy of my Enemy", Stephan encounters [[spoiler: Queen Chrysalis being kept on life support in an Icelandic hospital. She offers to train Trixie, a pony she once would have seen as no more than prey, in the arts of shape-shifting to strike back at Celestia]].
* TheExile: [[spoiler: TCB!Chrysalis]] somehow made it to Earth after fleeing Equus.
* EveryoneHasStandards: Trixie may be self-absorbed and abrasive towards humans, but she's sickened at the idea of forcing the ponification potion down anyone's throat.
* HypocriticalHumor: Peter's comments about being in a relationship with pony celebrity Sapphire Shores creep out Stephan, even as he's falling for Trixie himself.
* LastStand: [[spoiler: What the remains of the TCB!Changeling hive did to protect Chrysalis so she could hide away and repopulate their species when the Newfoals' tainted love killed them all off. [[SenselessSacrifice Sadly, it was all in vain]]]].
* MiddleEasternCoalition: When all of the countries within the the Middle East ally against a common enemy, that's when you know the world is ending.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The chancellor of Germany is an unnamed, middle-aged woman. Given that the side-story is set in 2020, Angela Merkel could still be in office by then.
* PoliceBrutality: Trixie is subjected to this after being taken into military custody aboard an American aircraft carrier. The Marines fully intend to finish her off too, but Stephan arrives just in time, and accompanied by Marcus, who uses his senior officer status to overrule them.
* RedBaron: Stephan's nickname, "The Knight of Germania", due to him being German and using PoweredArmor and a sword.
* RescueRomance: Getting saved by Stephan from death at the hands of the vengeful Marines is the first step for Trixie to fall in love with him.
* RougeAnglesOfSatin: The story is littered with spelling and grammatical errors. Somewhat justified in that English isn't the author's first language.
* SexyDiscretionShot: At one point, Stephan wakes up Trixie to give her a briefing while she's in bed. Once he's finished speaking, she points out they do have two hours left...
* ShownTheirWork: The military procedures of the Bundeswehr are told in great detail. WordOfGod states that the author has experience in that department.
* TakeUpMySword: [[spoiler: Chrysalis does this both literally and figuratively to the two main characters by introducing Trixie to shape-shifting magic and giving Stephan his signature MorphWeapon]].
* TeacherStudentRomance: Stephan teaches Trixie how to fight before starting a relationship with her.
* WarRefugees: Trixie spends some time in a pony refugee camp in Iceland. Fortunately, since most human governments acknowledge that not all ponies seek to destroy mankind, the conditions there are rough yet bearable.
* WeAreNotTheWehrmacht

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[[folder: Asia Side-Story]]
-> '''First Published:''' Nov. 25th 2013

* AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder: This is revealed to be the case for [[spoiler:Aquamarine Glimmer, who decides to pursue a relationship with Sergei after realizing her growing feelings for him]].
* ActionSurvivor: Yon-Soo started off as one until he asks Porter to help him take a level up in badass because he doesn't want to be TheLoad.
* AffectionateParody: "The Baker's Dilemma", a TV show Yon-Soo was the leading actor in, is one for K-Dramas.
* AnIcePerson: Blizzard Flurry.
* TheArcher: Mei Ling and Tatiana from the Underground.
* AuthorAppeal: [[FoodPorn Detailed descriptions of international cuisine]] and {{dubstep}} and other shout outs to electronic artists are scattered throughout the story.
* BreakOutTheMuseumPiece: Both the Russian military and civilians have done this, whether it's with old rifles, bombs and tanks.
* CallForward: Melnik claims in Chapter Six that things will only get worse for everyone in the world, and the war is the easiest it's going to get. Anyone who has read the Starvation Side-Story knows just how right he is.
** Aquamarine just knows that [[spoiler:something happened to her Royal Guard husband to make him drive her and Comet away]]. She's definitely correct.
* TheCameo: Marcus and Ambassador Lyra both show up in the chapter "The St. Petersburg Diaries".
** A "wild-bearded ''Menschabwehrfraktion'' (German HLF) man" with an [=MG2019=] is briefly shown on the news in Chapter Six, clearing an entire street of Newfoals. Considering that Kraber claims to have done this at some point, it's probably him.
* CatapultNightmare: Yon-Soo suffers one in "A Journey to the East".
* CelebritySurvivor: Yon-Soo is a former actor, [[TeenIdol pop idol]] and model.
* CheerfulChild: Comet Tail, who takes a shine to the humans that rescued her and her mother from the HLF.
* ClickHello: How Yon-Soo and Porter first meet Hyong-Jin.
* ContinuityNod: Queen Elizabeth's last address is reproduced. We also get to see a glimpse of TCB!Lyra and her work prior to her death.
* CorruptTheCutie: Comet starts exhibiting signs of this in "The Face of the Enemy" when she takes a rather sick delight in taunting an injured newfoal, and disowns her father.
* CreatorProvincialism: Played straight with regards to Yon-Soo being South Korean (as Kizuna Tallis stated in a review of ''Starvation'' that her mother's family comes from there), but averted with the story also taking place in areas of Russia, Mongolia and China.
* DefiantToTheEnd: A group of elderly folks who refuse to evacuate from St. Petersburg ask the protagonists to rig their nursing home with explosives, and when the Royal Guards come in to convert them, they blow the building to kingdom come.
* DyingAsYourself: The main characters make a vow to each other not to hesitate in shooting their comrades should they get potioned; this is apparently not uncommon amongst human fighters.
* EmpathyDollShot: Yon-Soo sees several discarded and dropped children's toys (along with clothes and other types of possessions) on the streets when he and the crew are helping to evacuate civilians out of St. Petersburg.
* EnemyMine: North Korea and South Korea form an alliance in the battle against Imperial Equestria, but the Democratic People's Republic is quickly overtaken by the Solar Empire's forces and promptly is wiped out by Russia's and China's nuclear warheads.
* FieryRedhead: Firebrand is a male example.
* FiveManBand: So far we have...
** TheLeader: Porter is a [[SupportingLeader supporting]] example.
** TheLancer: Yon-Soo and Hyong-Jin.
** TheBigGuy: Aitmatov, Melnik and Firebrand all share this role.
** TheSmartGuy: Sergei, being the DemolitionsExpert of the group.
** TheChick: Blizzard is an ActionGirl variant.
** TeamMom: Aquamarine Glimmer, who is also literally a mom.
** TagalongKid: Comet Tail, a LittleMissBadass in the making.
* FreudianTrio: [[TheKirk Yon-Soo]], [[TheSpock Porter]], and [[TheMcCoy Hyong-Jin]].
* HowWeGotHere: The prologue opens in the main story's present day (2023), and the rest of it recounts how the Dragons of the East were formed and how the war has been going on in the Asian front from the day it was declared and onwards.
* IAlwaysWantedToSayThat: Melnik, while using the drill in his prosthetic arm, [[CallingYourAttacks yells]] [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann "Giga... Drill... Breaker!"]] When Porter looks at him funny, Melnik says this in response.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: For everyone who managed to escape Moscow, St. Petersburg and anywhere else in western Russia swallowed by the Barrier in Chapter Six.
* {{Irony}}: Hyong-Jin, a former North Korean, bemoans President Davis's decision to nuke Washington D.C.
* ItsPersonal: Porter wants to make the Queen pay for ponifying his girlfriend (who was one of the reporters that got forcibly converted at the Berne press conference), while Hyong-Jin vows to avenge his family and friends that were likely killed or ponified by the PER.
** Aquamarine and Comet both want to get back at the Solar Empire for how it corrupted Gale (Aquamarine's husband/Comet's father) and broke up their family.
* KillItWithFire: Firebrand's fire tornado.
** DifficultButAwesome[-/-]AwesomenessIsVolatile: Creating one takes immense amounts of concentration and uninterrupted flying for Firebrand. On top of that, Firebrand can't control the tornado once he's out of the cyclone, plus any additional latent magic and other fuel for fire can make it become even bigger and more uncontrollable.
* MercyKill: Yon-Soo does this to a fellow soldier right before the man was fully ponified. Hyong-Jin does the same to an old man with dementia that gets converted.
* MultinationalTeam: A South Korean, an American, three Russians, a North Korean and four ponies join forces to take the fight to the Solar Empire.
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: Yon-Soo refuses to leave Porter and his friends to die at the hands of the HLF in "The Face of the Enemy".
* NuclearOption: The Russian and Chinese governments resorted to this to keep the Newfoals in North Korea (numbering the millions) from spilling over into their countries.
* OldSoldier: Aitmatov is stated to be forty-three, and a UsefulNotes/GreatPatrioticWar vet in St. Petersburg pulls a TakingYouWithMe when Royal Guard Ponies show up at his and his friends' retirement home.
* RoofHopping: The guys pull this off during the evacuation of St. Petersburg.
* ShownTheirWork: Chapter Five features numerous pieces of Russian hardware, all completely accurate for the setting. Yes, even the [[{{BFG}} automatic]] [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill grenade launcher]].
** Everything about the Borz pistol found in Chapter Seven is true, in that they really are that bad and unreliable. On top of that, Russia has a lot of Neo-Nazis, unfortunately. The chapter also has plenty of (untranslated) Russian dialogue.
* SoapWithinAShow: Going by the clip Sergei shows to Aquamarine and Comet, "The Baker's Dilemma" has many shades of this, most particularly including a LoveTriangle that involved Yon-Soo's character (who makes a RaceForYourLove dash through an airport after an apparent epiphany) and a bunch of other overblown cliches.
* SociopathicSoldier: As it turns out, being a SociopathicSoldier is practically the HLF's hat. According to Porter, there's mainly two types of people in the HLF those who use the war as [[PsychoForHire an excuse to kill and murder]], and those who that only join out of fear and paranoia for their own safety and end up being DrivenToMadness.
* TakeThat
** A completely unintentional example in the form of pegasus filly Comet Tail, who also shares her name with a unicorn mage from one of Chatoyance's stories. [[http://www.fimfiction.net/blog/380738/lets-meet-some-ponies Word of Kizuna states]] she was completely unaware of that, and retroactively made Comet into a straight TakeThat, which works as Comet's love for humans and human culture doesn't get dampened by her traumatizing stay with the HLF.
** A newfoal references a PER agent named Jiang, which is the Chinese word for ginger. Michelson's first name is Ginger. There's also a reference to a piece from the Official Timeline of a PER squire named Nutmeg Morely getting stabbed to death [[CruelAndUnusualDeath with a ceramic rat]] by Kraber and Kagan Burakgazi.
* TakingTheBullet: In Chapter Five, a Russian soldier named Markov pushes Porter out of the way from a potion getting thrown at him. Yon-Soo {{Mercy Kill}}s him right before the conversion process is complete.
* ThoseWackyNazis: Khan mentions offhandedly that a decent percentage of the Russian HLF's membership is comprised of Neo-Nazis.
* TigerVersusDragon: The biggest HLF group in China is named the Blood Tigers, and they're squaring off against our heroes, the Dragons of the East.
* TranslationConvention: Porter is said to be fairly good at speaking Korean, though Yon-Soo (and later on, Hyong-Jin) can speak fluent English. There's also the Russians' dialogue.
* TrueCompanions: The main characters, soon to be called "The Dragons of the East". They even serve somewhat as a surrogate family to each other.
* UncannyValley: InUniverse; Comet finds horses from earth to be unnerving and odd looking (though they're still just slightly better than the newfoals). Sergei explains this trope to her to help her understand why.
* VomitDiscretionShot: Yon-Soo has a StressVomit version of this after the evacuation of St. Petersburg by grabbing the nearest trash can and releasing the contents of his stomach.

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[[folder: ''Last Train From Oblivion'']]
-> '''First Published:''' Aug. 03rd 2014

* AlternateHistory: Another thing that went differently in TCB!Equestria is that following the Changelings' failed invasion of Canterlot, the Royal Guards went out and purged every hive they could find.
* AnyoneCanDie: ''Much'' more pronounced here than in the other stories, especially since the protagonists aren't exactly larger-than-life action heroes like Marcus, Stephan or the Dragons of the East members.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: According to "Lost in Dispatches II", every captured HLF insurgent goes [[VillainousBSOD completely silent]] when they're asked [[FridgeLogic how they plan to stop The Barrier without magic]].
* AuthorAppeal: Trains are a subject of no small interest to the author.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: PER member Rio Deneter willingly lets herself be ponified because she legitimately thought ponification would be the answer to all of her life's problems and it would take the pain of her DarkAndTroubledPast away. She is utterly dismayed (to put it lightly) to find out that even though she willingly joined them, the Solar Empire only cares enough for how she can benefit their xenocidal cause.
-->'''Spell Configuration Daemon (speaking with Twilight Sparkle's voice):''' "We don't need your soul. Just the bits of it that are useful to us. Besides, this is what you wanted, deep down. Freedom from your past."
* BigBrotherIsWatching: The Baltimare segment of "A Tale of Three Cities" shows that TCB!Celestia uses "totem-proles" to simultaneously broadcast to and monitor the Equestrian population, not unlike [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour telescreens]].
* BlackAndGrayMorality: Though it's a hell of a lot darker than most Spectrum-verse stories.
* BreakTheHaughty: Failing a Sonic Rainboom, being put in the presence of what's implied to be the sentient embodiments of the TCB!Elements of Harmony (as in, the actual Elements such as Laughter and Generosity, etc, not the Bearers), then catapulted into an unfamiliar world, wings nearly destroyed from the pain? It has not been a good day to be Lightning Dust.
** This also goes for Verity Carter, who was ponified while somehow retaining her personality and free will. Unfortunately, she was also a member of one of the top HLF units, and as a result, they're all gunning for her, even when she asked for shelter.
* TheCloudCuckooLanderWasRight: HLF member [[TakeThat John Birch]] claims to have seen [[spoiler:ponies kidnapping people before Equestria manifested on Earth]]. He may or may not have actually seen this happen, but seeing as this canonically ''did'' happen, he's still correct.
* CoolTrain: The CPX-9782.
* CrypticBackgroundReference: ''Many'' in "Bloodstained Sketches of a Small Town". It mentions several HLF units, such as the Swiss 'Glanzon's Gluemakers', the Russian 'Oborots', the Serpents, the Heidelberg Brigade, Old Skinner's assortment of units, and someone named Kagan Burakgazi that's apparently almost as bad as Kraber and defected around the same time...
* DarkerAndEdgier: The main story wasn't exactly sunshine and rainbows, but when you have comparatively normal human protagonists, newfoal "flesh pits" and newborn babies being ponified ''on-page,'' you get one of the bleakest side stories yet.
* ADayInTheLimelight: We get to see TCB!Cheese Sandwich and Coco Pommel on duty for the Equestrian Resistance in "The Double Hook".
* DefectorFromDecadence: Apparently, this happens very often among HLF members. Reasons usually range from either growing disillusioned with the group's extremist methods, guilt, or just realizing that the HLF is incredibly ineffectual when compared to the PHL.
** The Equestrian Resistance (aka the New Lunar Republic) is a decidedly patriotic version of this - ponies who recognize Equestria's descent into madness and wish to save it from the Tyrant's control.
* DieselPunk
* EquivalentExchange: For some reason, to be transported to Prime!Equestria, Marcus needed to be exchanged with Prime!Lightning Dust.
* {{Expy}}: "Iron" Kreme-Brulee is one of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the ''Great Eastern'', one of the world's largest ships.
** One of his companions is a "Mr. Isneigh," which is presumably a pun on J. Bruce Ismay, a prominent passenger on ''The Titanic.''
* FantasticRacism: Tess Jones might dislike the HLF and their methods, but the sheer amount of atrocities she's seen committed by the ponies hasn't made her well-inclined towards the PHL either.
** BoomerangBigot: Verity Carter is a Newfoal that used to be an HLF member, and has kept her original personality.
* FearlessFool: Implied with this quote from Lightning Dust:
--> Not quite fear, as that was the kind of emotion she associated with being a daredevil pony and soon-to-be Wonderbolt; fear was something to overcome and destroy.\\
No, this was the pain of slowly eroding confidence. Slow, rather slight, but noticeable. And when she lost that core of herself, well she'd not be Lightning Dust any more, just a useless frightened filly.
* FictionalDocument: Continuing from ''Calm Before The Storm'''s example. But it also has an entire chapter full of in-universe quotes.
* GenderBender: [[spoiler: John Birch]] ends up ponified and turns into a mare after a particularly painful GroinAttack.
** FirstLawOfGenderbending: Subverted tragically in one character's backstory. Turns out that [[spoiler: Verity's mother Jazmin was a transwoman who took the potion to cure her Alzheimer's Disease. It only recognized her biological sex, and her newfoal form ended up being that of a stallion, and every bit as brainwashed as any other newfoal]].
* HopeSpot: Readers get treated to a flashback in Baltimare shortly after the end of the Crystal War. Ponies are celebrating, Celestia is still a princess, and Sweetie Belle and Babs Seed have been invited by Fancy Pants to attend the unveiling of the ''Great Equestrian'' airship, which is to introduce a new era of harmony and progress then the crystal statue at the heart of the ship representing Equus's races joined in friendship (which, like all Equestrian crystals, is magically connected to its namesake country) explodes, killing and injuring several passengers. This is immediately followed by Celestia announcing that she has taken the Crystal Throne, her revealing Earth's existence to the nation, and stating her intention to "spread harmony" to this new world.
** DayOfTheJackboot: The zebra ambassador declares that Celestia is acting in violation of the [[BindingAncientTreaty Concordia Maxima]] by not consulting the other species of Equus on the matter of FirstContact, while Sweetie, Babs, Fancy and Luna are horrified by the sudden death around them. Sadly, they are voices lost in the ocean of crowds of ponies in the streets below them that are cheering for what amounts to the birth of the Solar Empire.
* HumansAreCthulhu: Lightning Dust is downright disturbed at some of humanity's accomplishments.
** In something of an inversion, she's also unaware that Earth does not in actuality ''have'' weather teams, causing the presence of a hurricane to make her incredibly angry and call the local weather team idiots.
* IndustrializedEvil: [[spoiler: The totem-proles use the powers and bodies of crystal ponies as raw materials]].
* InternalReformist: What Redd Flamel hoped to be, honestly believing he could change the HLF into something better than the PHL by bringing organization to its chaos. [[DroppedABridgeOnHim He gets ponified before he even gets the chance]].
* JustBeforeTheEnd: While most ''Spectrum'' stories have this in their tone, ''Last Train'' deserves special mention for how much it emphasizes this. More specifically, it takes place one week before Marcus is sent to Prime!Equestria, right when the Barrier is close to touching America, which would mean humanity's defeat is ''very'' likely unless a miracle happens.
* MadeASlave[-/-]SexSlave[-/-]SexBot: PER member Rio Deneter willingly lets herself be ponified, and is programmed (read: {{mind rape}}d) into becoming the fuck toy of a barrack of Royal Guards to "keep their morale up". What makes this especially horrifying is the fact that she states she was raped at some point in her past, which made her hesitant to have sex again. Ironically (and just as horrifying), it also gives her the ability and inclination to mind-control victims so she can literally ''rape them.''
* MindRape: The story shows ponification... from the perspective of one being ponified. It's [[NightmareFuel incredibly unpleasant]].
* OhMyGods: Rather disturbingly, some ponies (but mostly Firelock) swear by Lyra's name.
* PhlebotinumRebel: Verity Carter. Though given how the PHL stated she's not actually a newfoal, there is some question as to how much of a rebel she truly is...
* PsychicDreamsForEveryone: Lightning Dust has a [[NightmareFuel particularly bizarre dream sequence]] featuring her randomly inhabiting the bodies of other characters in the fic, such as TCB!Cheese Sandwich, TCB!Maud Pie, and a PER member.
* PsychoForHire: The HLF has more than a few of these around.
* ReliablyUnreliableGuns: The Famas F1's various mechanical problems are depicted accurately here.
* ShownTheirWork: Lightning Dust's flight along the New England coast can be accurately traced in [=GoogleMaps=].
** And all the locations shown in the fic are accurate.
* SinisterSurveillance: The totem proles, naturally.
* TakeThat
** John Birch is one to the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Birch_Society John Birch Society]], and Colonel Atlas Dagney Galt is one to ''Literature/AtlasShrugged''.
*** In fact, Galt is one to UsefulNotes/{{objectivism}} in general. Neither Fluffy nor [=TB3=] have nice things to say about Ayn Rand's philosophy.
** An InUniverse example - The ''Great Equestrian'' was made as one to Princess Celestia, and the beginnings of TCB!Equestria. [[spoiler: It backfired. Violently]].
** [[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/207968/last-train-from-oblivion#comment/5701150 As Kizuna Tallis pointed out]], the fact that the ponification serum only recognizes the biological sex of the human convert (meaning a transman would get turned into a mare and a transwoman into a stallion) can be read as a take that against Chatoyance, herself a transwoman who has occasionally expressed {{Otherkin}} tendencies.
*** Making this funnier or more disturbing, the transwoman that this is demonstrated on was named Jason when she was male... which is widely believed to be Chatoyance's birth name. [[WordOfGod Word of TB3]] [[https://www.fimfiction.net/group/206246/spectrum-crew/thread/181225/how-many-of-you-have-been-blocked-by-chatoyance#comment/4420039 states]] that it was all coincidental, but Vox, Fluffy, and Kizuna agree that it's funny nevertheless.
* TemporalParadox: Prime!Lightning was sent back in time, and she's going to die.
* ToThePain: Mercy's speech to Lightning Dust, describing what exactly will happen if the wrong people find her:
-->'''Mercy''': "I'm going to stop you right there. There are men and stallions, mares and women out there, who would work you over for hours as you begged for mercy that would never come... Then, if they didn't believe you, they'd hand you over to people you don't want to think about. And those are the ones that don't hate ponies. If the HLF get their hands on you, you're doomed and you will die alone, grounded, and crippled. Right now, I'm urging you to dye your mane and hide away somewhere, put the name 'Lightning Dust' behind you, and just try to ride out this blood storm without getting it on your hooves. Go to the Pacific, I don't care, just do yourself a favor get as far away from all of this as you possibly can."
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: Firelock, an incredibly irritable filly that works as a ChildSoldier displays many traits of this.
** There's also Maddy, a ten-year-old member of the PER who actually ''looked forward'' to being ponified. That line of thinking gets dashed pretty quickly, and even then, it's only because she felt she "wasn't ready." She also objects to Tess giving [[spoiler: Jean-Eric]] a MercyKill to prevent his ponification, treating it like the former's MoralEventHorizon (but again, she gets called out on this).
* WarRefugees: Again, deserves special mention.
* WasOnceAMan: Verity Carter. She's supposedly a sentient newfoal, yet some hints dropped in the story (and various {{Unreveal}}s in ''Calm'' and ''Light'') point to a completely different origin.
** [[spoiler: [[BigBrotherIsWatching The totem-proles]] are revealed to be this in ''Lost in Dispatches II''. They're actually crystal ponies, mostly amnesiacs or prisoners of war, transformed into [[PoweredByAForsakenChild living computers]] [[BodyHorror beyond any recognition]]. ''And they're [[AndIMustScream still conscious.]]'']]

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[[folder: ''Last Train From Oblivion'']]
''Shades of the Unsung'']]
-> '''First Published:''' Aug. 03rd Nov. 17th 2014

* AlternateHistory: Another thing that went differently in TCB!Equestria ActionSurvivor: Inkwell is that following shaping up into one thanks to the Changelings' failed invasion of Canterlot, the Royal Guards went out and purged every hive they could find.
* AnyoneCanDie: ''Much'' more pronounced here than in the other stories, especially since the protagonists aren't exactly larger-than-life action heroes like Marcus, Stephan or the Dragons
harsh conditions of the East members.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: According to "Lost in Dispatches II", every captured HLF insurgent goes [[VillainousBSOD completely silent]] when they're asked [[FridgeLogic how they plan to stop The Barrier without magic]].
* AuthorAppeal: Trains are a subject of no small interest to the author.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: PER member Rio Deneter willingly lets herself be ponified because she legitimately thought ponification would be the answer to all of her life's problems and it would take the pain of her DarkAndTroubledPast away. She is utterly dismayed (to put it lightly) to find out that even though she willingly joined them, the Solar Empire only cares enough for how she can benefit their xenocidal cause.
-->'''Spell Configuration Daemon (speaking with Twilight Sparkle's voice):''' "We don't need your soul. Just the bits of it that are useful to us. Besides, this is what you wanted, deep down. Freedom from your past."
* BigBrotherIsWatching: The Baltimare segment of "A Tale of Three Cities" shows that TCB!Celestia uses "totem-proles" to simultaneously broadcast to and monitor the Equestrian population, not unlike [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour telescreens]].
* BlackAndGrayMorality: Though it's a hell of a lot darker than most Spectrum-verse stories.
* BreakTheHaughty: Failing a Sonic Rainboom, being put in the presence of what's implied to be the sentient embodiments of the TCB!Elements of Harmony (as in, the actual Elements such as Laughter and Generosity, etc, not the Bearers), then catapulted into an unfamiliar world, wings nearly destroyed from the pain? It has not been a good day to be Lightning Dust.
** This also goes for Verity Carter, who was ponified while somehow retaining her personality and free will. Unfortunately, she was also a member of one of the top HLF units, and as a result, they're all gunning for her, even when she asked for shelter.
* TheCloudCuckooLanderWasRight: HLF member [[TakeThat John Birch]] claims to have seen [[spoiler:ponies kidnapping people before Equestria manifested on Earth]]. He may or may not have actually seen this happen, but seeing as this canonically ''did'' happen, he's still correct.
* CoolTrain: The CPX-9782.
* CrypticBackgroundReference: ''Many'' in "Bloodstained Sketches of a Small Town". It mentions several HLF units, such as the Swiss 'Glanzon's Gluemakers', the Russian 'Oborots', the Serpents, the Heidelberg Brigade, Old Skinner's assortment of units, and someone named Kagan Burakgazi that's apparently almost as bad as Kraber and defected around the same time...
* DarkerAndEdgier: The main story wasn't exactly sunshine and rainbows, but when you have comparatively normal human protagonists, newfoal "flesh pits" and newborn babies being ponified ''on-page,'' you get one of the bleakest side stories yet.
prison camp.
* ADayInTheLimelight: We get to see TCB!Cheese Sandwich and Coco Pommel on duty for Rockwell has one in the Equestrian Resistance in "The Double Hook".
* DefectorFromDecadence: Apparently, this happens very often among HLF members. Reasons usually range from either growing disillusioned with the group's extremist methods, guilt, or just realizing that the HLF is incredibly ineffectual when compared
filler chapter ''Rockwell's Travel Through Darkness/A Trek Through Those Broken'', where [[spoiler:he goes on a journey to the PHL.
** The Equestrian Resistance (aka
center of the New Lunar Republic) is a decidedly patriotic version minds of this - ponies who recognize Equestria's descent into madness TCB Twilight, Applejack, Rarity, Pinkie Pie and wish Queen Celestia and tries to save it from them, but [[ForegoneConclusion to no avail]]]].
* TheAlcoholic: Rockwell helps to make
the Tyrant's control.
* DieselPunk
* EquivalentExchange: For some reason, to be transported to Prime!Equestria, Marcus needed to be exchanged with Prime!Lightning Dust.
* {{Expy}}: "Iron" Kreme-Brulee is one
prison camp's home-brew and drinks copious amounts of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the ''Great Eastern'', one of the world's largest ships.
** One of
it.
* BadBlackBarf: Inkwell spies on
his companions is a "Mr. Isneigh," which is presumably a pun on J. Bruce Ismay, a prominent passenger on ''The Titanic.''
* FantasticRacism: Tess Jones might dislike the HLF and their methods, but the sheer amount of atrocities she's seen committed by the ponies hasn't made her well-inclined towards the PHL either.
** BoomerangBigot: Verity Carter is a Newfoal that used to be an HLF member, and has kept her original personality.
* FearlessFool: Implied with this quote from Lightning Dust:
--> Not quite fear, as that was the kind of emotion she associated with being a daredevil pony and soon-to-be Wonderbolt; fear was
cellmate, Rockwell, vomiting up something to overcome and destroy.\\
No, this was the pain of slowly eroding confidence. Slow, rather slight, but noticeable. And when she lost
that core gives off the same dark magical vibes as the ponification serum. [[spoiler:Turns out that he was exposed to the Bag of herself, well she'd not be Lightning Dust any more, just a useless frightened filly.
Tirek]].
* FictionalDocument: Continuing from ''Calm Before The Storm'''s example. But it also has an entire chapter full of TheCameo: One in-universe quotes.
* GenderBender: [[spoiler: John Birch]] ends up ponified and turns into a mare after a particularly painful GroinAttack.
** FirstLawOfGenderbending: Subverted tragically in one character's backstory. Turns out
newspaper clipping telling the news that [[spoiler: Verity's mother Jazmin Fancy Pants was a transwoman who took spy for the potion PHL is revealed to cure her Alzheimer's Disease. It only recognized her biological sex, and her be written by a pony named Flower Pepper. She is the newfoal form ended up being of Eun-Hee Lee, TheLostLenore of Porter from the Asia Side-Story.
** A newfoal stallion named New Bloom appears in the fifth chapter. He's the ponified form of [[spoiler:Jazmin Carter, Verity Carter's transgender mother]].
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Most of the main characters can count.
** Inkwell started off as a simple reporter who [[WrongGenreSavvy thought he would be some brave whistleblower]] exposing the unjust treatment of newfoals. Instead, his efforts to get to the truth land him in prison and branded an enemy of TheEmpire.
** Rockwell was bullied in his childhood, in addition to the fact
that he [[spoiler:came into contact with the Bag of a stallion, Tirek as well]].
** Soundstorm was one of the organizers of the battleship factory strike
and every bit as brainwashed as any other newfoal]].
* HopeSpot: Readers get treated to a flashback in Baltimare shortly after
was on the receiving end of some very vicious PoliceBrutality that has left her both [[ScarsAreForever physically]] and [[BrokenBird emotionally]] scarred.
** [[NoNameGiven The Headmaster]] also [[spoiler:was exposed to
the Crystal War. Ponies are celebrating, Celestia is still a princess, and Sweetie Belle and Babs Seed have been invited by Fancy Pants Bag of Tirek, which forced him to attend carry it to Celestia]]. He's spent the unveiling last three years of the ''Great Equestrian'' airship, which is war working to introduce a new era of harmony [[TheAtoner correct this]].
* DataCrystal: Rockwell acquired one to record [[spoiler:his encounter with the Homunculi within the TCB!Mane Six
and progress then the Bag of Tirek, and recount everything he'd discovered to a chosen chronicler]]. Inkwell is forced to destroy it once he's done using it.
* DressingAsTheEnemy: Sunset Shimmer is disguised with armor and some other changes to her appearance while infiltrating the prison camp.
* GreatEscape: What Rockwell and Soundstorm appear to be planning.
* GrumpyOldMan: Rockwell is this combined with JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* HairTriggerTemper: The head warden of the prison camp, Iustita, is very vicious tempered and an all around sadistic {{jerkass}}.
* HellholePrison: As the majority of prisoners are Empire dissidents (or at least suspected to be), the Warden and her goons are especially dead set on breaking them through either physical torture or re-education.
* InfoDump: In the third chapter, where Inkwell is shown through a magical
crystal statue at the heart of truth behind TCB!Equestria's corruption and Rockwell's backstory.
** In
the ship representing Equus's races joined in friendship (which, like all Equestrian crystals, is magically connected to its namesake country) explodes, killing and injuring several passengers. This is immediately followed by Celestia announcing that she has taken fifth chapter, the Crystal Throne, her revealing Earth's existence unnamed former Headmaster of Celestia's Academy also recounts [[spoiler:Tirek's plot]] to TCB!Sunset Shimmer.
* LowerDeckEpisode
** PrisonEpisode: As much of it takes place within
the nation, and stating her intention to "spread harmony" to this new world.
** DayOfTheJackboot: The zebra ambassador declares that Celestia is acting
largest prison camp in violation of the [[BindingAncientTreaty Concordia Maxima]] by not consulting the other species of Equus on the matter of FirstContact, while Sweetie, Babs, Fancy and Luna are horrified by the sudden death around them. Sadly, they are voices lost in the ocean of crowds of ponies in the streets below them that are cheering for what amounts to the birth of the Solar Empire.
* HumansAreCthulhu: Lightning Dust MeaningfulName: TCB!Twilight's lab is downright disturbed at some of humanity's accomplishments.
** In something of an inversion, she's also unaware
named Camp 731, named after what was essentially [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo Imperial Japan's Auschwitz]].
* NoodleIncident: No pony in the prison camp knows just why Rockwell's in there, though rumors include
that Earth does not in actuality ''have'' weather teams, causing he either killed a stallion with just his left hoof, robbed a bank with only a quill, or helped smuggle TCB!Luna and Cadance out of the presence of a hurricane to make her incredibly angry and call the local weather team idiots.
Empire.
* IndustrializedEvil: [[spoiler: PenalColony: The totem-proles use the powers and bodies of crystal ponies as raw materials]].
* InternalReformist: What Redd Flamel hoped to be, honestly believing he could change the HLF
entire TCB!Crystal Empire has been converted into something better than one.
* PoliceBrutality: Pegasus mare Soundstorm was on
the PHL by bringing organization to its chaos. [[DroppedABridgeOnHim He gets ponified before he even gets receiving end of this during the chance]].
Cloudsdale Protest much like Blizzard Flurry was.
* JustBeforeTheEnd: While most ''Spectrum'' stories have RageBreakingPoint: Inkwell has this in their tone, ''Last Train'' deserves special mention for how much it emphasizes this. More specifically, it takes place one week before Marcus is sent to Prime!Equestria, right when the Barrier fifth chapter.
* WardensAreEvil: Warden Iustita
is close to touching America, which would mean humanity's defeat is ''very'' likely unless a miracle happens.
* MadeASlave[-/-]SexSlave[-/-]SexBot: PER member Rio Deneter willingly lets herself be ponified,
loud, hot-tempered and is programmed (read: {{mind rape}}d) into becoming the fuck toy of a barrack of Royal Guards to "keep their morale up". What makes this especially horrifying is the fact that she states she was raped at some point in her past, which made her hesitant to have sex again. Ironically (and just as horrifying), it also gives her the ability and inclination to mind-control victims so she can literally ''rape them.''
* MindRape: The story shows ponification... from the perspective of one being ponified. It's [[NightmareFuel incredibly unpleasant]].
* OhMyGods: Rather disturbingly, some ponies (but mostly Firelock) swear by Lyra's name.
* PhlebotinumRebel: Verity Carter. Though given how the PHL stated she's not actually a newfoal, there is some question as to how much of a rebel she truly is...
* PsychicDreamsForEveryone: Lightning Dust has a [[NightmareFuel particularly bizarre dream sequence]] featuring her randomly inhabiting the bodies of other characters in the fic, such as TCB!Cheese Sandwich, TCB!Maud Pie, and a PER member.
* PsychoForHire: The HLF has more than a few of these around.
* ReliablyUnreliableGuns: The Famas F1's various mechanical problems are depicted accurately here.
* ShownTheirWork: Lightning Dust's flight along the New England coast can be accurately traced in [=GoogleMaps=].
** And all the locations shown in the fic are accurate.
* SinisterSurveillance: The totem proles, naturally.
* TakeThat
** John Birch is one to the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Birch_Society John Birch Society]], and Colonel Atlas Dagney Galt is one to ''Literature/AtlasShrugged''.
*** In fact, Galt is one to UsefulNotes/{{objectivism}} in general. Neither Fluffy nor [=TB3=] have nice things to say about Ayn Rand's philosophy.
** An InUniverse example - The ''Great Equestrian'' was made as one to Princess Celestia, and the beginnings of TCB!Equestria. [[spoiler: It backfired. Violently]].
** [[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/207968/last-train-from-oblivion#comment/5701150 As Kizuna Tallis pointed out]], the fact that the ponification serum only recognizes the biological sex of the human convert (meaning a transman would get turned into a mare and a transwoman into a stallion) can be read as a take that against Chatoyance, herself a transwoman who has occasionally expressed {{Otherkin}} tendencies.
*** Making this funnier or more disturbing, the transwoman that this is demonstrated on was named Jason when she was male... which is widely believed to be Chatoyance's birth name. [[WordOfGod Word of TB3]] [[https://www.fimfiction.net/group/206246/spectrum-crew/thread/181225/how-many-of-you-have-been-blocked-by-chatoyance#comment/4420039 states]] that it was all coincidental, but Vox, Fluffy, and Kizuna agree that it's funny nevertheless.
* TemporalParadox: Prime!Lightning was sent back in time, and she's going to die.
* ToThePain: Mercy's speech to Lightning Dust, describing what exactly will happen if the wrong people find her:
-->'''Mercy''': "I'm going to stop you right there. There are men and stallions, mares and women out there, who would work you over for hours as you begged for mercy that would never come... Then, if they didn't believe you, they'd hand you over to people you don't want to think about. And those are the ones that don't hate ponies. If the HLF get their hands on you, you're doomed and you will die alone, grounded, and crippled. Right now, I'm urging you to dye your mane and hide away somewhere, put the name 'Lightning Dust' behind you, and just try to ride out this blood storm without getting it on your hooves. Go to the Pacific, I don't care, just do yourself a favor get as far away from all of this as you possibly can."
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: Firelock, an incredibly irritable filly that works as a ChildSoldier displays many traits of this.
** There's also Maddy, a ten-year-old member of the PER who actually ''looked forward'' to being ponified. That line of thinking gets dashed pretty quickly, and even then, it's only because she felt she "wasn't ready." She also objects to Tess giving [[spoiler: Jean-Eric]] a MercyKill to prevent his ponification, treating it like the former's MoralEventHorizon (but again, she gets called out on this).
* WarRefugees: Again, deserves special mention.
* WasOnceAMan: Verity Carter. She's supposedly a sentient newfoal, yet some hints dropped in the story (and various {{Unreveal}}s in ''Calm'' and ''Light'') point to a completely different origin.
** [[spoiler: [[BigBrotherIsWatching The totem-proles]] are revealed to be this in ''Lost in Dispatches II''. They're actually crystal ponies, mostly amnesiacs or
vicious, abusing prisoners of war, transformed into [[PoweredByAForsakenChild living computers]] [[BodyHorror beyond any recognition]]. ''And they're [[AndIMustScream still conscious.]]'']]
regularly and even being rather abusive towards her newfoal lover.



[[folder: ''The Light Despondent'']]
-> '''First Published:''' Nov. 02nd 2014

* AuthorAppeal[=/=]RuleOfCool: The reason steam locomotives appear so often. And dogs. And also guns. And references to Biting Elbows.
* ADayInTheLimelight: For Kraber, and the HLF in general.
* {{Animorphism}}: Besides general acts of ponification, it's mentioned that while there are natural born bat-ponies, most of Luna's [[PraetorianGuard Night Guards]] were other breeds placed under an enchantment that turned them into bat-ponies. The justification in-story being that Night Guards are rare enough, so it'd probably be hard to have an entire corps of natural-born Night Guard.
** GenderBender: One Night Guard, Lunar Phase, is a stallion who requested that his bat-pony form be female. It's apparently a stop-gap solution to being transsexual, as s/he still has to undo the transformation periodically lest s/he "burn out."
* BilingualBonus: The title of chapter 2, 'Bosbefok', is Afrikaans slang for [=PTSD=]. It's fitting, to say the least.
* BreakOutTheMuseumPiece[=/=]SteamNeverDies: In response to high fuel costs, steam engines are used more.
* CallForward: Kraber professes a desire to shoot Celestia with an anti-materiel rifle, particularly a 20mm one. Aegis suggests he tone it down to a .50 caliber, but judging by Kraber's wishes for a 20mm in ''Trust'' in the main story, he never quite gets over this.
** Lunar Phase mentions that 'Diamond' Mint Jewelup is probably going to have something really terrible happen to her in Equestria Forward Operations. (''Last Train'')
* CheerfulChild: Dancing Day.
* ChristmasEpisode: Technically, the whole story so far, with the exception of the DistantPrologue. It's revealed in chapter 3 that Kraber's been telling the whole story on Christmas Eve... only for him to get beat up by Verity, and resume the story in the same hospital room as her on Christmas Day. Funnily enough, it's actually ''the same Christmas episode as The King's Speech'', as the characters end up hearing King William's speech at the end.
* ContinuityNod: The Thenardier Guards appear in chapter 3. Also, after her ponification, Verity's suffering a mental breakdown in the brig.
** Button Mash is alluded to in Chapter 3, and implied to have resurrected the song [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hcZE4pNLk0 Sunset City]] from ''VideoGame/SunsetOverdrive'' as an anthem of resistance.
** Also in Chapter 3, the characters, such as Dancing Day, Vinyl Scratch, Kraber, Aegis, and others end up listening to the King's Speech from Jed R's same fanfic. Kraber and Aegis are also mentioned as having met the characters of that fic.
* CoolTrain: Train 501, a refugee train driven by a 2-8-0 steam locomotive.
* CreatorProvincialism: According to Doctor Fluffy, who claims to have been to most of the places in the story. [[SceneryPorn It really shows]].
* {{Crossover}}: Kraber manages to view the world through his [[FanFic/TheAvatarOfAlbion Avatar of Albion]] counterpart at the end of "Philistine".
* DarkerAndEdgier: It's neck-in-neck with ''Last Train from Oblivion'' for the darkest story in the setting yet. It comes with the package given that the protagonist is the AxCrazy TokenEvilTeammate from the main story, and the first few chapters were set ''before'' his HeelFaceTurn, where he indulged in ColdBloodedTorture and enjoyed it, participated in multiple terrorist attacks against the nominal heroic faction, and [[WouldHurtAChild even killed some foals]] (who had already been crippled by the PER, by the way).
* DarkReprise: TCB!Pinkie apparently sang her "Smile Smile Smile" song when she ponified the birthday guests.
* DistantPrologue: Inverted - it starts a significant amount of time ''after'' the story starts, on a stolen steam locomotive in White River Junction.
* DyingAsYourself: In her last moments, [[spoiler:Reaper, a prototypical Pretty Private, has her former human identity resurface. She uses her last breaths to [[HeelRealization admit she was wrong about ponification]] and begs Viktor to kill her while her soul is still mostly intact]]. It's unclear if Viktor is hallucinating, though another pony, Caduceus, was there to witness it, but we don't know what she thought of it.
* FictionalDocument: There are several pieces of in-universe interview quotes, excerpts from books and other pieces of the news pertaining to the situation. In particular, the HLF.
* ForegoneConclusion: Numerous segments take place in the HLF settlement/shantytown called Defiance in the summer of 2022. Anyone remembering ''Case Files'' probably knows what the fate of the town will be. Oh, and Kraber has to live through it all.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Kraber often comments on future events of the fic - namely, ending up at rock bottom 3 times in four weeks. It hasn't been revealed just how this happens yet. At least one of them appears to be ending up alone in the middle of North Conway.
* FromBadToWorse: It's already been made clear that humanity is having trouble feeding itself. But making matters worse, it's revealed that the main story currently takes place during the winter, and humanity's capacity to grow food in the face of the apocalypse is only getting worse. And nobody wants to think about what happens the winter ''after'' that...
* GaiasLament: According to reports from PHL scouts, higher primates besides humans and certain whale and dolphin species are also killed on contact with the barrier. Other animals do survive but seem to react poorly to contact with the magic, and as mentioned in ''Calm Before the Storm'', the TCB!Equestrian colonizers are committing mass extermination campaigns against predatory wildlife in the places overtaken by the barrier.
* GunPorn: A lot of detail is given to the various firearms in-story, fictional or not.
* IAlwaysWantedToSayThat: Kraber apparently always wanted to say "Avast! I be Kapitan Kraber!"
* [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming Idiosyncratic Chapter Naming]]: Each chapter, with the exception of "My Self-Defense Catastrophe" is named after a song. Most of them have been by Biting Elbows, [[AuthorAppeal a band that Fluffy likes.]] [[WordOfGod Word of Fluffy is that]] [[SuspiciouslyAproposMusic almost every Biting Elbows song can summarize Kraber's life and experiences.]]
* ImHavingSoulPains: People who avoided ponification through amputating their potioned limbs are still occasionally hit with strange and disturbing feelings and echoes of the potion's magic. Considering that the potion ''literally'' [[spoiler:shatters the soul of its victims and binds it in chains to the Tyrant's will if allowed to do its work]], this makes a lot of sense.
* IHaveNoSon: Michael Carter disowns Verity upon seeing her ponified form. Kraber was [[BerserkButton not pleased.]]
* {{Irony}}: During a flashback to his college years, a younger Kraber is rather contemptuous of American gun culture (that said, a later retcon mentions him as having grown up with guns) and disgusted on how gun companies profit from paranoia. If only he knew...
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Kraber himself cracks a joke about his own ubiquity in the fanfic series, and Aegis being OutOfFocus:
-->'''Kraber:''' "Remember what you said about me hogging all the screen time... on interviews?"
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Impressively enough, considering that it's already part of the large ''Spectrum'' universe.
* MythologyGag: Apparently, Vinyl Scratch actually ''does'' have a dubstep dishwasher.
* NewOldWest: Appears to be heading this way, judging by the mentions of bounty hunters in chapter 2, combined with the general vibe of the Dancing Bear pub. And of course, steam locomotives.
* NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: According to Kraber, the name of Sweet JP, the protagonist of ''Anime/{{Redline}}'', is 'James Punkhead'. [[TruthInTelevision He wasn't kidding.]]
* ObligatoryWarCrimeScene[=/=]KickTheDog: Chapter 2 is dedicated to this, showing both a highly illegal HLF checkpoint, and the HLF (and, prominently, Kraber) killing a family of PHL ponies that they rescued from the PER.
* {{Pun}}: Kraber refers to getting 'bloutrein' on a train that's mostly red. It's worth pointing out that 'bloutrein' means drunk.
* RealityIsOutToLunch: When Kraber dreams, or starts hallucinating, things get... ''[[NightmareFuel weird.]]''
* SanitySlippage: Kraber gets increasingly unhinged over the course of the first eight chapters. [[SanityStrengthening Of course, he gets better, as far as we know, but that doesn't make it any less disturbing.]]
* SceneryPorn: The bulk of chapter two is dedicated to this, culminating in an actual photo of Lake Umbagog that [[http://haruaxeman.deviantart.com/art/Lake-Umbagog-485373176 Doctor Fluffy himself took on a kayak trip in the area.]]
* ShownTheirWork: Though much of it is simple CreatorProvincialism, the setting is very accurate. And, as per [=TB3=]'s work, so are the various locomotives such as the 501.
* SpontaneousChoreography: Averted. Kraber, Vinyl Scratch, and Aegis break out into singing the song Sunset City... and promptly forget the lyrics midway through, atypically for ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''.
* StealthPun: In the quotes page for Part 2, Twilight analyzes one proto-pretty-private named Reaper, then promptly rejects it. [[spoiler: [[VideoGame/MassEffect2 She's dismissing claims of Reapers.]]]]
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Kraber gets several in chapters 8 and 9 for his violence, overall insanity, and FantasticRacism, enough that quoting all of them would be pointless. One of them is actually done ''in song'' - 'Philistine' from ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes2DesperateStruggle'' is one for Kraber's vengeful nature.
* TakeThat
** Besides [[FanFic/TheConversionBureau the obvious]], Clive Mudget is probably one to infamous anti-government rancher Cliven Bundy.
** And another one to the American open carry movement, with Kraber referring to them as kontgesigs.
** And another one to Seraph weapons from ''Videogame/{{Borderlands2}}'', with Johnny C claiming they were shite.
* RockBottom: Kraber regards his current state (almost penniless, homeless, no friends) as this early in Chapter 10. That said, he gets over it by the end, realizing that he's now mostly free to do what he wants without the HLF.
* TooDumbToLive: Scootaloo regards Kraber's plan to visit Littleton's synagogue (which isn't far from the PHL in White River Junction) as this. For that matter, so does he. In Kraber's defense, he doesn't seem to have planned to stay there for awhile, he didn't know of any synagogues, and it was the easiest.
* VillainEpisode: Focuses on the HLF.
* YourDaysAreNumbered: Lovikov promises that Kraber will die for the crime of letting ponies live at the checkpoint. [[SavedByCanon Of course, Kraber's going to live through it.]]
* WouldHurtAChild: Kraber finds that the PER had taken a family of PHL-affiliated ponies prisoner and subjected them to ColdBloodedTorture and [[spoiler: since this is his HLF days, he shoots them to death, laughing all the while. Though it's merciful compared to what he does to their father]].

[[/folder]]

[[folder: ''Shades of the Unsung'']]
-> '''First Published:''' Nov. 17th 2014

* ActionSurvivor: Inkwell is shaping up into one thanks to the harsh conditions of the prison camp.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Rockwell has one in the filler chapter ''Rockwell's Travel Through Darkness/A Trek Through Those Broken'', where [[spoiler:he goes on a journey to the center of the minds of TCB Twilight, Applejack, Rarity, Pinkie Pie and Queen Celestia and tries to save them, but [[ForegoneConclusion to no avail]]]].
* TheAlcoholic: Rockwell helps to make the prison camp's home-brew and drinks copious amounts of it.
* BadBlackBarf: Inkwell spies on his cellmate, Rockwell, vomiting up something that gives off the same dark magical vibes as the ponification serum. [[spoiler:Turns out that he was exposed to the Bag of Tirek]].
* TheCameo: One in-universe newspaper clipping telling the news that Fancy Pants was a spy for the PHL is revealed to be written by a pony named Flower Pepper. She is the newfoal form of Eun-Hee Lee, TheLostLenore of Porter from the Asia Side-Story.
** A newfoal stallion named New Bloom appears in the fifth chapter. He's the ponified form of [[spoiler:Jazmin Carter, Verity Carter's transgender mother]].
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Most of the main characters can count.
** Inkwell started off as a simple reporter who [[WrongGenreSavvy thought he would be some brave whistleblower]] exposing the unjust treatment of newfoals. Instead, his efforts to get to the truth land him in prison and branded an enemy of TheEmpire.
** Rockwell was bullied in his childhood, in addition to the fact that he [[spoiler:came into contact with the Bag of Tirek as well]].
** Soundstorm was one of the organizers of the battleship factory strike and was on the receiving end of some very vicious PoliceBrutality that has left her both [[ScarsAreForever physically]] and [[BrokenBird emotionally]] scarred.
** [[NoNameGiven The Headmaster]] also [[spoiler:was exposed to the Bag of Tirek, which forced him to carry it to Celestia]]. He's spent the last three years of the war working to [[TheAtoner correct this]].
* DataCrystal: Rockwell acquired one to record [[spoiler:his encounter with the Homunculi within the TCB!Mane Six and the Bag of Tirek, and recount everything he'd discovered to a chosen chronicler]]. Inkwell is forced to destroy it once he's done using it.
* DressingAsTheEnemy: Sunset Shimmer is disguised with armor and some other changes to her appearance while infiltrating the prison camp.
* GreatEscape: What Rockwell and Soundstorm appear to be planning.
* GrumpyOldMan: Rockwell is this combined with JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* HairTriggerTemper: The head warden of the prison camp, Iustita, is very vicious tempered and an all around sadistic {{jerkass}}.
* HellholePrison: As the majority of prisoners are Empire dissidents (or at least suspected to be), the Warden and her goons are especially dead set on breaking them through either physical torture or re-education.
* InfoDump: In the third chapter, where Inkwell is shown through a magical crystal the truth behind TCB!Equestria's corruption and Rockwell's backstory.
** In the fifth chapter, the unnamed former Headmaster of Celestia's Academy also recounts [[spoiler:Tirek's plot]] to TCB!Sunset Shimmer.
* LowerDeckEpisode
** PrisonEpisode: As much of it takes place within the largest prison camp in the Solar Empire.
* MeaningfulName: TCB!Twilight's lab is named Camp 731, named after what was essentially [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo Imperial Japan's Auschwitz]].
* NoodleIncident: No pony in the prison camp knows just why Rockwell's in there, though rumors include that he either killed a stallion with just his left hoof, robbed a bank with only a quill, or helped smuggle TCB!Luna and Cadance out of the Empire.
* PenalColony: The entire TCB!Crystal Empire has been converted into one.
* PoliceBrutality: Pegasus mare Soundstorm was on the receiving end of this during the Cloudsdale Protest much like Blizzard Flurry was.
* RageBreakingPoint: Inkwell has this in the fifth chapter.
* WardensAreEvil: Warden Iustita is loud, hot-tempered and vicious, abusing prisoners regularly and even being rather abusive towards her newfoal lover.

[[/folder]]



[[folder: ''Joy To The Worlds'']]
-> '''First Published:''' Dec. 25th 2014

* ADayInTheLimelight: For Sint Erklass.
* AfterTheEnd: Takes place just after the extermination of the reindeer.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: As seen at the top of this very tropes page, the author's notes describe the Spectrumverse as filled with "genocide, madness, infanticide, fanaticism and pop-cultural references".
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:The bad news is that Sint perishes at the end, and the reindeer almost completely exterminated. The good news is that Elsa survives (although being a piece of cloth, she can't do much unless she possesses a host), as well as the siblings Eadmund and Lucie. The story ends after he blesses the two with his powers and sends them off to Earth to aid humanity, finally passing away]].
* ChristmasEpisode: Well, a Hearthswarming Episode, technically. And a far darker and sadder example than others.
* ContinuityNod: Frost Wind, the little colt that finds himself missing the Reindeer on Hearthswarming Eve, knows Aquamarine Glimmer and Comet Tail from the Asia Side Story, and is the cousin of Stellar Wind from ''Adrift''.
* CultureChopSuey[-/-]CrystalDragonJesus: Hearthswarming incorporates elements of both Christmas and Hanukkah.
* DefiantToTheEnd[-/-]LastStand: Sint Erklass refuses to go down without a fight.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Weaver successfully kills the ''oldest living being in Equestria''.
* ForegoneConclusion: TCB!Sint Erklass was mentioned to have been killed in the main story, while the reindeer were exterminated.
* GenocideBackfire: [[spoiler:Despite their efforts, the Solar Empire didn't totally exterminate all of the reindeer, and it's clear that the survivors will make them pay for what they did]].
* LastOfTheirKind: For the reindeer of TCB!Equus, there's Elsa (whose soul is bound to a cloak), and two orphaned siblings named Eadmund and Lucie.
* TheMagicGoesAway: What Frost Wind feels about Hearthswarming without the reindeer.
* MyMasterRightOrWrong: Weaver, Sint's assassin, tells him she doesn't like what she is ordered to do, but will carry out her Queen's will.
* StayWithMeUntilIDie: Inverted. TCB!Elsa decides to stay with her dying grandfather rather than be worn by one of the two orphans.
* WhenYouComingHomeDad: Frost Wind's older brother Winter Truce promised that he would be back by Hearthswarming. As he serves in the Royal Guard and going by their mother's evasive reluctance to talk about it, it's more likely than not that he was killed in action.

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[[folder: ''Once More Unto The Breach'']]
-> '''First Published:''' July 24th 2015

* ADayInTheLimelight: Prince Harry and the late King Charles both play a role.
* AscendedExtra: The reappearance of the characters of ''The King's Speech'', as well as Charles prior to his ponification.
* CanonImmigrant: Several of the characters - mostly the ones from ''The King's Speech'' - are originally from FanFic/TheAvatarOfAlbion.
* {{Crossover}}: Characters from the game [[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon F.E.A.R]] appear in this story, along with a version of [[ComicBook/HellBlazer John Constantine]].

[[/folder]]
20th Mar '16 6:30:32 PM KizunaTallis
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''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/42449/the-conversion-bureau-the-other-side-of-the-spectrum The Conversion Bureau: The Other Side of the Spectrum]]'' is a ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic formerly co-authored by Redskin122004 and [=TB3=], who stopped co-writing with Redskin after the release of the "Writes of Passage" chapter to continue his professional writing career. Since then it has evolved into a group project with authors Doctor Fluffy, [=ProudToBe=], Drawdex, Kizuna Tallis, Beyond The Horizon, Rush, [=ThatClosetBrony=], Inquisitor-Awesome, [[FanFic/TheAvatarOfAlbion Jed R]], [=TheIdiot=], Red-Bomber, [=VoxAdam=], and Sledge115 pitching in, eventually drawing [=TB3=] back to the story. It's based on ''FanFic/TheConversionBureau'', with a different spin on the premise.

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''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/42449/the-conversion-bureau-the-other-side-of-the-spectrum The Conversion Bureau: The Other Side of the Spectrum]]'' is a ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic formerly co-authored by Redskin122004 [=Redskin122004=] and [=TB3=], who stopped co-writing with Redskin after the release of the "Writes of Passage" chapter to continue his professional writing career. Since then it has evolved into a group project with authors Doctor Fluffy, [=ProudToBe=], Drawdex, Kizuna Tallis, Beyond The Horizon, Rush, [=ThatClosetBrony=], Inquisitor-Awesome, [[FanFic/TheAvatarOfAlbion Jed R]], [=TheIdiot=], Red-Bomber, [=VoxAdam=], and Sledge115 [=Sledge115=] pitching in, eventually drawing [=TB3=] back to the story. It's based on ''FanFic/TheConversionBureau'', with a different spin on the premise.



* [[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/178621/tcb-spectrum-case-files Case Files]], an in-universe documentary detailing the HLF, PER and the PHL. (group project between Redskin122004, Rush, Kizuna Tallis, and Doctor Fluffy)
* [[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/231529/the-conversion-bureau-adrift-a-story-from-the-other-side-of-the-spectrum Adrift]], which details the story of a smuggler ship and its crew at the outbreak of the war, in the form of an interview with a pony crew member. (written by Sledge115)

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* [[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/178621/tcb-spectrum-case-files Case Files]], an in-universe documentary detailing the HLF, PER and the PHL. (group project between Redskin122004, [=Redskin122004=], Rush, Kizuna Tallis, and Doctor Fluffy)
* [[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/231529/the-conversion-bureau-adrift-a-story-from-the-other-side-of-the-spectrum Adrift]], which details the story of a smuggler ship and its crew at the outbreak of the war, in the form of an interview with a pony crew member. (written by Sledge115)[=Sledge115=])



--> '''Redskin122004:''' "Some new changed Newfoal thought it would be great if they can use them in the 'good fight' for earth, passed it on to Twilight who began to set up the ships to be refitted for defense and potions, and improve magical to help power it."

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--> '''Redskin122004:''' '''[=Redskin122004=]:''' "Some new changed Newfoal thought it would be great if they can use them in the 'good fight' for earth, passed it on to Twilight who began to set up the ships to be refitted for defense and potions, and improve magical to help power it."



** Apart from exiling Luna to the moon, Princess Celestia regards her hasty banishment of the Changelings to the Badlands, as well as losing the Crystal Empire to Sombra, as these.

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** Apart from exiling Luna to the moon, Princess Celestia regards her hasty banishment of the Changelings to the Badlands, as well as Badlands and losing the Crystal Empire to Sombra, Sombra as these.



** Marcus's beatdown on the Prime!Mane Six (although it's [[MisplacedRetribution misaimed]]); that said, Marcus seems to be after Fluttershy and Twilight more than anypony else.

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** Marcus's Marcus' beatdown on the Prime!Mane Six (although it's [[MisplacedRetribution misaimed]]); that said, Marcus seems to be after Fluttershy and Twilight more than anypony else.



** Discussed in Chapter 10. TCB!Bulk Bicep's anger problems are well known throughout the PHL, though Cloudchaser has been helping him with them; if Cloudchaser were to die from the injuries she sustained in battle, it could very well send Snowflake into one of these. [[spoiler: Luckily, Discord saves her]].

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** Discussed in Chapter 10. TCB!Bulk Bicep's Biceps' anger problems are well known throughout the PHL, though Cloudchaser has been helping him with them; if Cloudchaser were to die from the injuries she sustained in battle, it could very well send Snowflake him into one of these. [[spoiler: Luckily, Discord saves her]].



** Prime!Twilight gets into this mode twice. First is when she gets vocally fed up with Stephan's domineering attitude when he accuses her of wasting time studying the Elements of Harmony instead of focusing on her military training. Second is when she demands answers from Dr. Grimnebulin regarding [[spoiler:TCB!Spike's fate]].

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** Prime!Twilight gets into this mode twice. First is when she gets vocally fed up with Stephan's domineering attitude when he accuses her of wasting time studying the Elements of Harmony instead of focusing on her military training. Second is when she demands answers from Dr. Grimnebulin regarding [[spoiler:TCB!Spike's fate]]. Second is when she gets vocally fed up with Stephan's domineering attitude when he accuses her of wasting time studying the Elements of Harmony instead of focusing on her military training.



** [[spoiler: Blueblood gets turned to stone by Discord in the mostly-prime universe, this time as punishment for being such an EntitledBastard. But it's temporary, in this case]].

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** [[spoiler: Blueblood Prime!Blueblood gets turned to stone by Discord in the mostly-prime universe, Discord, this time as punishment for being such an EntitledBastard. But it's temporary, temporary in this case]].



* TheTeaser: The story begins with Marcus, already captured and mouthing off at Prime!Twilight.

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* TheTeaser: The story begins with Marcus, Marcus already captured and mouthing off at Prime!Twilight.



** As in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'', Trevor's philosophy.

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** As in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'', this is Trevor's philosophy.



** Viktor Kraber, a former HLF member and one of the most notorious. He has gotten better and he only directs his AxCrazy impulses towards those that really do deserve it, but it's clear he's still ''very'' trigger happy and deeply mentally unbalanced (and even the [[AdultFear reasons]] [[PapaWolf for]] [[CrusadingWidower that]] are pretty understandable).

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** Well, he's more of a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, but there's Viktor Kraber, a former HLF member and one of the most notorious. He has gotten better and he only directs his AxCrazy impulses towards those that really do deserve it, but it's clear he's still ''very'' trigger happy and deeply mentally unbalanced (and even the [[AdultFear reasons]] [[PapaWolf for]] [[CrusadingWidower that]] are pretty understandable).



[[folder: Starvation Side-Story]]
-> '''First Published:''' Nov. 08th 2013

* BodyHorror: Isaac Acevedo claims that he's become skinny enough for his ribs to start showing through. Still, the guy does seem pretty limber for a man in that state, all things considered.
* CrapsackWorld: Rio de Janeiro. It's said to be better than China, though.
** WretchedHive: Nearly the whole city counts, yet "[[TheCityNarrows Town]]" stands out.
** CrapsackOnlyByComparison: Acevedo makes the rather grandiose claim that his world would cause the [[UsefulNotes/HongKong Kowloon Walled City]] to wail in horror.
* CreatorProvincialism: Set in Brazil, yet written by a North American to purposefully avert this trope, since many stories in the TCB genre are usually set in America or Europe and hardly anywhere else.
* CreepyChild: The pegasus filly Acevedo takes in, Autumn Showers, is one of the DissonantSerenity kind. It's implied that she's traumatized from losing her parents.
* {{Cyberpunk}}: Digital broadband and video games are apparently still readily available, but living conditions are squalid and food is scarce. Believe it or not, this is actually TruthInTelevision the real-life Rio's ''favelas'' are some of the most technologically advanced slums in the world.
* FirstPersonPerspective: Courtesy of Acevedo recording his thoughts electronically.
* FlingALightIntoTheFuture: What the characters expect the broadcast to be, warning any sapient aliens about the situation on Earth.
* GrumpyOldMan: Green Grocer, the earth pony whom many people in Rio can buy their best food from thanks to his literally magic touch.
* GunNut: Acevedo and Button Mash are quite fond of firearms, which isn't surprising given how they've helped them stay alive.
* HehHehYouSaidX:
-->'''Button:''' "Even if aliens that probably use plasma or hard light weapons as the basic loadouts for their troops, or concepts we probably haven't even thought of yet hear this, it's just not relevant to the plot!"
-->'''Acevedo:''' "Hehe... plot. I guess I got caught up in the moment."
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Between the 25-year-old Isaac Acevedo and the teenage Button Mash. The same goes for Acevedo's friendship with [[Literature/PerdidoStreetStation Dr. Isaac Dan Der Grimnebulin]].
* LowerDeckEpisode
* NoPartyLikeADonnerParty: Some humans have resorted to eating Newfoals, because there is just so little food to go around. [[spoiler: It's what Acevedo ends up doing]].
* PurpleProse: Our narrator frequently goes off on long, sometimes irrelevant tangents.
* ReligionOfEvil: There are ponies and Newfoals who call themselves "Celestians" and worship the Solar Tyrant.
* ShipTease: According to Acevedo, [[WebAnimation/ButtonsAdventures Button Mash]] intends to see Sweetie Belle again when the war is over.
* SpeaksInShoutOuts: We're looking at you, Isaac E. Acevedo.
* TakeThat: The world in this short story greatly resembles the way Chatoyance usually depicts Earth... except that in this case, the TCB!Equestrians are very much responsible for the over-crowded {{Cyberpunk}} hellhole mankind is forced to live in.
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: One of the reasons why [[WebAnimation/ButtonsAdventures Button's Mom]] hates working with Newfoal children is because the unicorn Newfoals kept stabbing her, requiring her to get protective gear for herself.
* WarRefugees: If you think Trixie had it tough in the Europe Side-Story, well, read this...

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* ActionSurvivor: The main character, Yon-Soo, started off as one, until he asks the American soldier who saved his life to help him take a level up in badass because he doesn't want to be TheLoad.

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* ActionSurvivor: The main character, Yon-Soo, Yon-Soo started off as one, one until he asks the American soldier who saved his life Porter to help him take a level up in badass because he doesn't want to be TheLoad.



* ThoseWackyNazis: Khan mentions offhandedly that a decent percentage of the Russian HLF's membership is comprised of neo-Nazis.

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* ThoseWackyNazis: Khan mentions offhandedly that a decent percentage of the Russian HLF's membership is comprised of neo-Nazis.Neo-Nazis.



* UncannyValley: InUniverse; Comet finds earth horses to be unnerving and odd looking (though they're still just slightly better than the newfoals). Sergei even mentions this trope by name.

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* UncannyValley: InUniverse; Comet finds earth horses from earth to be unnerving and odd looking (though they're still just slightly better than the newfoals). Sergei even mentions explains this trope by name.to her to help her understand why.



[[folder: Starvation Side-Story]]
-> '''First Published:''' Nov. 08th 2013

* BodyHorror: Isaac Acevedo claims that he's become skinny enough for his ribs to start showing through. Still, the guy does seem pretty limber for a man in that state, all things considered.
* CrapsackWorld: Rio de Janeiro. It's said to be better than China, though.
** WretchedHive: Nearly the whole city counts, yet "[[TheCityNarrows Town]]" stands out.
** CrapsackOnlyByComparison: Acevedo makes the rather grandiose claim that his world would cause the [[UsefulNotes/HongKong Kowloon Walled City]] to wail in horror.
* CreatorProvincialism: Set in Brazil, yet written by a North American to purposefully avert this trope, since many stories in the TCB genre are usually set in America or Europe and hardly anywhere else.
* CreepyChild: The pegasus filly Acevedo takes in, Autumn Showers, is one of the DissonantSerenity kind. It's implied that she's traumatized from losing her parents.
* {{Cyberpunk}}: Digital broadband and video games are apparently still readily available, but living conditions are squalid and food is scarce. Believe it or not, this is actually TruthInTelevision the real-life Rio's ''favelas'' are some of the most technologically advanced slums in the world.
* FirstPersonPerspective: Courtesy of Acevedo recording his thoughts electronically.
* FlingALightIntoTheFuture: What the characters expect the broadcast to be, warning any sapient aliens about the situation on Earth.
* GrumpyOldMan: Green Grocer, the earth pony whom many people in Rio can buy their best food from thanks to his literally magic touch.
* GunNut: Acevedo and Button Mash are quite fond of firearms, which isn't surprising given how they've helped them stay alive.
* HehHehYouSaidX:
-->'''Button:''' "Even if aliens that probably use plasma or hard light weapons as the basic loadouts for their troops, or concepts we probably haven't even thought of yet hear this, it's just not relevant to the plot!"
-->'''Acevedo:''' "Hehe... plot. I guess I got caught up in the moment."
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Between the 25-year-old Isaac Acevedo and the teenage Button Mash. The same goes for Acevedo's friendship with [[Literature/PerdidoStreetStation Dr. Isaac Dan Der Grimnebulin]].
* LowerDeckEpisode
* NoPartyLikeADonnerParty: Some humans have resorted to eating Newfoals, because there is just so little food to go around. [[spoiler: It's what Acevedo ends up doing]].
* PurpleProse: Our narrator frequently goes off on long, sometimes irrelevant tangents.
* ReligionOfEvil: There are ponies and Newfoals who call themselves "Celestians" and worship the Solar Tyrant.
* ShipTease: According to Acevedo, [[WebAnimation/ButtonsAdventures Button Mash]] intends to see Sweetie Belle again when the war is over.
* SpeaksInShoutOuts: We're looking at you, Isaac E. Acevedo.
* TakeThat: The world in this short story greatly resembles the way Chatoyance usually depicts Earth... except that in this case, the TCB!Equestrians are very much responsible for the over-crowded {{Cyberpunk}} hellhole mankind is forced to live in.
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: One of the reasons why [[WebAnimation/ButtonsAdventures Button's Mom]] hates working with Newfoal children is because the unicorn Newfoals kept stabbing her, requiring her to get protective gear for herself.
* WarRefugees: If you think Trixie had it tough in the Europe Side-Story, well, read this...

[[/folder]]



* DeconstructionFic: The second chapter is dedicated to showing how Equestria's really not going to be able to shoulder the sudden massive influx of newfoals coming in they're forced to rapidly industrialize and destroy their own environment to produce enough materials to just stay afloat in the war, making them NotSoDifferent from humanity in that regard. There's also nowhere near enough jobs or food to support their influx of new residents, so their economy is, to put it lightly, screwed. On top of that, they've [[SaltTheEarth destroyed all the infrastructure]] they could have possibly used to support their explosive population growth and make colonizing Earth easier, so [[HoistByHisOwnPetard they've basically screwed themselves over]]. And it also shows that having zombie-like citizens obedient to a fault is pretty bad, culturally, given that they are explicitly mentioned to work themselves to death if they aren't told to take a break, and they make the perfect prostitutes because they can't say no to anything.

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* DeconstructionFic: The second chapter is dedicated to showing how Equestria's really not going to be able to shoulder the sudden and massive influx of newfoals coming in in. For one thing, they're forced to rapidly industrialize and destroy their own environment to produce enough materials to just stay afloat in the war, making them NotSoDifferent from humanity in that regard. There's also nowhere near enough jobs or food to support their influx of new residents, so their economy is, to put it lightly, screwed. On top of that, thanks to the barrier, they've [[SaltTheEarth destroyed all the infrastructure]] infrastructure and materials]] they could have possibly used to support their explosive population growth and make colonizing Earth easier, so [[HoistByHisOwnPetard they've basically screwed themselves over]]. And it also shows that having zombie-like citizens obedient to a fault is pretty bad, culturally, given that they are explicitly mentioned to work themselves to death if they aren't told to take a break, and they make the perfect prostitutes because they can't say no to anything.



* ShipTease: A little between the TCB versions of Big Macintosh and Carrot Top.

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* ShipTease: A little between the TCB versions of Big Macintosh and Carrot Top.



* CassandraTruth: One of the factors that led to the Harriet Thomas Foundation (a support group for people whose loved ones left them after getting ponified) becoming the Human Liberation Front was that the HTF's founder, a reverend named James Thomas, failed to get the FDA to take his concerns about the potion seriously.

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* CassandraTruth: One of the factors that led to the Harriet Thomas Foundation (a support group for people whose loved ones left them after getting ponified) becoming the Human Liberation Front was that the HTF's founder, a reverend named James Thomas, Thomas (Harriet's father), failed to get the FDA to take his concerns about the potion seriously.



** There's also Maddy, a ten-year-old member of the PER who actually ''looked forward'' to being ponified. That line of thinking gets dashed pretty quickly, and even then, it's only because she felt she "wasn't ready." She also objects to Tess giving [[spoiler: Jean-Eric]] a MercyKill to prevent his ponification, treating it like the former's MoralEventHorizon (but again, she gets challenged on this).

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** There's also Maddy, a ten-year-old member of the PER who actually ''looked forward'' to being ponified. That line of thinking gets dashed pretty quickly, and even then, it's only because she felt she "wasn't ready." She also objects to Tess giving [[spoiler: Jean-Eric]] a MercyKill to prevent his ponification, treating it like the former's MoralEventHorizon (but again, she gets challenged called out on this).



* GaiasLament: According to reports from PHL scouts, higher primates besides humans and intelligent (though unspecified) sea mammals are also killed on contact with the barrier. Other animals do survive but seem to react poorly to contact with the magic, and as mentioned in ''Calm Before the Storm'', the TCB!Equestrian colonizers are committing mass extermination campaigns against predatory wildlife in the places overtaken by the barrier.

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* GaiasLament: According to reports from PHL scouts, higher primates besides humans and intelligent (though unspecified) sea mammals certain whale and dolphin species are also killed on contact with the barrier. Other animals do survive but seem to react poorly to contact with the magic, and as mentioned in ''Calm Before the Storm'', the TCB!Equestrian colonizers are committing mass extermination campaigns against predatory wildlife in the places overtaken by the barrier.



* DataCrystal: Rockwell acquired one to record [[spoiler:his encounter with the Homunculi within the TCB!Mane Six and the Bag of Tirek, and recount everything he'd discover to a chosen chronicler]]. Inkwell is forced to destroy it once he's done using it.

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* DataCrystal: Rockwell acquired one to record [[spoiler:his encounter with the Homunculi within the TCB!Mane Six and the Bag of Tirek, and recount everything he'd discover discovered to a chosen chronicler]]. Inkwell is forced to destroy it once he's done using it.



* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:The bad news is that Sint perishes at the end, and the reindeer almost completely exterminated. The good news is that Elsa survives (although being a piece of cloth, she can't do much unless she possesses a host, as well as the siblings Eadmund and Lucie. The story ends after he blesses the two with his powers and sends them off to Earth to aid humanity, finally passing away]].

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:The bad news is that Sint perishes at the end, and the reindeer almost completely exterminated. The good news is that Elsa survives (although being a piece of cloth, she can't do much unless she possesses a host, host), as well as the siblings Eadmund and Lucie. The story ends after he blesses the two with his powers and sends them off to Earth to aid humanity, finally passing away]].



* DocumentaryEpisode: Though unlike ''Case Files'', this story reads as an extended magazine article with several different interviews interspersed here and there.



* CheerfulChild[-/-]ChildrenAreInnocent: In stark contrast to her [[ChildSoldier TCB counterpart]], Prime!Comet is more or less a normal and well adjusted little girl who dearly loves her family, [[DaddysGirl especially her father]], whereas TCB!Comet disowned her own father out of anger and bitterness. Frost Wind counts as well.

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* CheerfulChild[-/-]ChildrenAreInnocent: In stark contrast to her [[ChildSoldier TCB counterpart]], Prime!Comet is more or less a normal and well adjusted well-adjusted little girl who dearly loves her family, [[DaddysGirl especially her father]], whereas TCB!Comet disowned her own father out of anger and bitterness. Frost Wind counts as well.
18th Mar '16 3:58:40 PM KizunaTallis
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* [[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/307453/the-beatification-of-lyra-heartstrings The Beautification of Lyra Heartstrings]] (written by TB3 and [=VoxAdam=])

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* [[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/307453/the-beatification-of-lyra-heartstrings The Beautification of Lyra Heartstrings]] Heartstrings]], a semi-sequel to 2014's ''Joy to the Worlds'', it revolves around a religious council debating whether or not to [[TitleDrop beatify Lyra Heartstrings]].(written by TB3 [=TB3=] and [=VoxAdam=])
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* ChristmasEpisode: A semi-sequel to 2014's ''Joy to the Worlds'', it revolves around a religious council debating whether or not to [[TitleDrop beatify Lyra Heartstrings]]. On the other hand, it serves as a sequel to ''Joy to the Worlds'', in that it revealed the possible survival [[Spoiler: of one of the Erklass sisters]].
* InnocuouslyImportantEpisode: It may be a breather to the tense events currently ongoing in the main story, but it sheds light on the worship of Lyra as a MessianicArchetype and [[Spoiler: reveals the true nature of both Amethyst Star and Ana Bjorgman]].

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* ChristmasEpisode: A semi-sequel to 2014's ''Joy to the Worlds'', it revolves around a religious council debating whether or not to [[TitleDrop beatify Lyra Heartstrings]]. On the other hand, it serves as a sequel to ''Joy to the Worlds'', in that it revealed the possible survival [[Spoiler: of [[spoiler:of one of the Erklass sisters]].
* InnocuouslyImportantEpisode: It may be a breather to the tense events currently ongoing in the main story, but it sheds light on the worship of Lyra as a MessianicArchetype and [[Spoiler: reveals [[spoiler:reveals the true nature of both Amethyst Star and Ana Bjorgman]].
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