History Fanfic / TheLifeAndTimesOfAWinningPony

8th Oct '17 11:59:18 PM BoukenDutch
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* TrackingSpell: Star Kicker's special talent is tracking and location magic. She specializes in creating small gems enchanted with tracking spells. She also has the rather impolite habit of planting these gems on the clothing and persons of everybody she meets or talks to, for the purposes of being able to track them should the need arise. This does come in handy on some occasions, such as when a character goes missing and Star is able to use one of her gems as a focus for casting a tracking spell.
4th Oct '17 10:27:06 PM Twiddler
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27th Sep '17 7:05:34 PM Theriocephalus
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* AllTrollsAreDifferent: In ''Come and See'', Heritor Azurite's palace is guarded by enormous ice trolls. Going by the description, they resemble fairly typical mythological trolls, with shaggy hair and thick fat to ward off the cold.
* BaseOnWheels: In ''Come and See'', Heritor Azurite has a mobile crystal fortress pulled by a hundred yak thralls. Its mobility means he can move it to reinforce whatever battle he needs to be at, while also making it impossible to attack it with conventional siege weaponry.


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* KillItWithFire: Ice trolls turn out to be rather vulnerable to pyromancy, as the thick hair and fat they use to ward off the cold are both highly flammable.


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* YouKilledMyFather: In ''Blood Debts'', the zebra who tried to assassinate Strumming did so [[spoiler:to avenge the death of his uncle, the In ''bokor'' Strumming murdered in '' Blood and Iron'']].
3rd Sep '17 12:39:52 PM Peteman
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** The fight between Rainbow Dash and Cloud Kicker from their flight camp days is a ''brutal'' aversion. [[spoiler:The sum total of the resulting injuries included a concussion, broken face bones, a broken leg, broken ribs, a dislocated wing, an eye injury, a collapsed lung, and a GroinAttack so vicious that it ended the fight and caused serious internal injury and near fatal bleeding]].

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** The fight between Rainbow Dash and Cloud Kicker from their flight camp days is a ''brutal'' an aversion. [[spoiler:The sum total of the resulting injuries included a concussion, broken face bones, a broken leg, broken ribs, a dislocated wing, an eye injury, a collapsed lung, and a GroinAttack so vicious that it ended the fight and caused serious internal injury and near fatal bleeding]].
29th Aug '17 7:05:53 PM Theriocephalus
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* MythologyGag: Rainbow Dash's parents are the G3 Rainbow Dash and Surprise, a G1 pony that was the inspiration for Pinkie Pie.

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Rainbow Dash's parents are the G3 Rainbow Dash and Surprise, a G1 pony that was the inspiration for Pinkie Pie.Pie.
** In ''Cadance's Lovely Misadventure'', some of the schoolfillies Cadance visits believe that baby ponies are born from adults looking at their own reflections, in a nod to how it actually happened in the G1 ''My Little Pony'' continuity.
29th Aug '17 12:01:04 PM Theriocephalus
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** The pegasi are noted to have a tradition of engaging any invader to the last rather than ever surrendering their city to outside forces. In a footnote, Cloud Kicker notes that this has historically resulted in a great deal of ponies dying needlessly over matters of pride, and that as a survivor of a near last stand herself she sees little appeal in the concept. A short while later in the story proper, Shadow concedes that it’s easy to speak of dying gloriously when you’re not the one who’s actually going to have to die.

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** The pegasi are noted to have a tradition of engaging any invader to the last rather than ever surrendering their city to outside forces. In a footnote, Cloud Kicker notes that this has historically resulted in a great deal of ponies dying needlessly over matters of pride, and that as a survivor of a near last stand herself she sees little appeal in the concept. A short while later in the story proper, Shadow concedes that it’s easy to speak of dying gloriously when you’re not the one who’s actually going to have to die.
29th Aug '17 12:00:43 PM Theriocephalus
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** The pegasi have a tradition of engaging any invader to the last rather than ever surrendering their city to outside forces. In a footnote, Cloud Kicker notes that this has historically resulted in a great deal of ponies dying needlessly over matters of pride, and that as a survivor of a near last stand herself she sees little appeal in the concept. A short while later in the story proper, Shadow concedes that it’s easy to speak of dying gloriously when you’re not the one who’s actually going to be dying.
** After the Siege of Canterlot is broken, Steel Striker and his army choose to fight and die at the Maresidian Fields, caught between two royalist armies, knowing that the cause they fought for is already lost and preferring a honorable death to a humiliating peace through surrender.[[spoiler: They don't get the chance. The royalists, taking advantage of a drought, burn the entire rebel army alive with a tremendous fire spell.]]

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** The pegasi are noted to have a tradition of engaging any invader to the last rather than ever surrendering their city to outside forces. In a footnote, Cloud Kicker notes that this has historically resulted in a great deal of ponies dying needlessly over matters of pride, and that as a survivor of a near last stand herself she sees little appeal in the concept. A short while later in the story proper, Shadow concedes that it’s easy to speak of dying gloriously when you’re not the one who’s actually going to be dying.
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** After the Siege of Canterlot is broken, Steel Striker and his army choose to fight and die at the Maresidian Fields, caught between two royalist armies, knowing that the cause they fought for is already lost and preferring a honorable death to a humiliating peace through surrender.[[spoiler: They Steel even briefly wonders if there will be any stories about the last stand of the last ponies not to answer to immortal rulers. [[spoiler:They don't get the chance. The royalists, taking advantage of a drought, burn the entire rebel army alive with a tremendous fire spell.]]
29th Aug '17 11:49:53 AM Theriocephalus
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* DeathByIrony: Early in the story, the rebels divert most of the clouds over Canterlot in an attempt to flood the city and force its surrender. This diversion of clouds has the effect of causing a great deal of drought in the surrounding land. At the end of the war, [[spoiler:the royalists, after adding to this a bit with some increased sunshine and draining of the remaining water, turn this against the rebels. A massive fire spell later, the entire rebel army is immolated in a tinderbox of its own devising.]]

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* DeathByIrony: Early in the story, ''The Lunar Rebellion'', the rebels divert most of the clouds create a constant rainstorm over Canterlot in an attempt to flood the city and force its surrender.surrender, using up most clouds in the local countryside. This diversion of clouds has the effect of causing a great deal of drought in the surrounding land. At the end of the war, [[spoiler:the royalists, after adding to this a bit with some increased sunshine and draining of the remaining water, turn this against the rebels. A massive fire spell later, the entire rebel army is immolated in a tinderbox of its own devising.]]



* LastStand: The pegasi have a tradition of engaging any invader to the last rather than ever surrendering their city to outside forces. In a footnote, Cloud Kicker notes that this has historically resulted in a great deal of ponies dying needlessly over matters of pride, and that as a survivor of a near last stand herself she sees little appeal in the concept. A short while later in the story proper, Shadow concedes that it’s easy to speak of dying gloriously when you’re not the one who’s actually going to be dying.

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The pegasi have a tradition of engaging any invader to the last rather than ever surrendering their city to outside forces. In a footnote, Cloud Kicker notes that this has historically resulted in a great deal of ponies dying needlessly over matters of pride, and that as a survivor of a near last stand herself she sees little appeal in the concept. A short while later in the story proper, Shadow concedes that it’s easy to speak of dying gloriously when you’re not the one who’s actually going to be dying.dying.
** After the Siege of Canterlot is broken, Steel Striker and his army choose to fight and die at the Maresidian Fields, caught between two royalist armies, knowing that the cause they fought for is already lost and preferring a honorable death to a humiliating peace through surrender.[[spoiler: They don't get the chance. The royalists, taking advantage of a drought, burn the entire rebel army alive with a tremendous fire spell.]]
29th Aug '17 11:17:00 AM Theriocephalus
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* DeathByIrony: Early in the story, the rebels divert most of the clouds over Canterlot in an attempt to flood the city and force its surrender. This diversion of clouds has the effect of causing a great deal of drought in the surrounding land. At the end of the war, [[spoiler:the royalists, after adding to this a bit with some increased sunshine and draining of the remaining water, turn this against the rebels. A massive fire spell later, the entire rebel army is immolated in a tinderbox of its own devising.]]


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* FloweryElizabethanEnglish: At the time of the Lunar Rebellion, nine hundred years before the show's events, all ponies are depicted as speaking like this as an extension of Luna canonically speaking the same way after her return from exile in " [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed Luna Eclipsed]]". Unlike a lot of the times it's used in fanworks, the grammar and spelling are [[ShownTheirWork actually correct]] -- the author even distinguishes between the use of "you" in formal settings versus the familiar or intimate "thou".


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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Early in the Siege of Canterlot, the rebels construct a permanent rainstorm over the city in an attempt to flood it. In so doing, they starve the surrounding countryside of rain and create a massive drought. [[spoiler:This comes back to bite them at the end of the war, when the dryness of the battlefield allows the royalists to use a massive fire spell to burn the entire rebel army alive.]]


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* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: When Shadow arrives in the ritual chamber during the battle in Canterlot, she finds several warlocks impaled on massive spikes of ice around the ritual circle [[spoiler:as a result of Midnight losing control of her magic in a moment of panic]].
* {{Irony}}: The rebel's attempt to flood Canterlot at the beginning of the story ends up biting them in a case of situational irony. At the end of the war, [[spoiler:the drought caused by their using up the surrounding clouds for the flood allows the loyalists to destroy their entire army with a massive fire spell. What was meant as a way to force the war to end early with as few casualties on their side as possible ends up being key to the rebels' final, crushing defeat.]]
29th Aug '17 8:00:47 AM Theriocephalus
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--> '''Sunset Shimmer:''' "Yeah, there’s no way that would ever happen. "

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--> '''Sunset Shimmer:''' "Yeah, there’s no way that would ever happen. "
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