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-> ''"Dare to dream..."''

''[[https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NgCmMMuecDRzbX05uIsZN1sN5HdHNNPQa68QCPDGvdo/preview?pli=1 Murky Number Seven]]'' is an in-progress RecursiveFanfiction of ''FanFic/FalloutEquestria'', written by Fuzzy.

The story follows the trials and tribulations of a slave named [[YouAreNumberSix Murky Number Seven]]. For young Murky, the life of the labourer and servant is [[BornIntoSlavery all he has ever known]], raised without knowledge of freedom or the concept of choice. But when the brutality of his newest masters in Fillydelphia becomes all too much and the heroic escape of a [[FanFic/FalloutEquestria certain little mare]] takes place before his eyes, Murky finally discovers a life worth fighting for.

[[WorthLivingFor His own]].

Broken from the indoctrination, Murky sets out to reclaim the freedom that has been denied to him throughout his entire life. Against [[ATasteOfTheLash abusive slavers]], [[IncurableCoughOfDeath a fatal illness wracking his body]] and the attentions of ponies that often cannot be trusted, Murky sets out to achieve the impossible: [[IJustWantToBeFree to escape Fillydelphia]].

But... can a pony with a set of shackles as a cutie mark [[YouCantFightFate ever truly be free at all?]]

Between its unique premise, its epic length, and its infuriating habit of stringing together constant sequences of {{Hope Spot}}s and {{Despair Event Horizon}}s in such a way that readers ''must'' find out what happens next, ''Murky Number Seven'' is often considered one of the best of all of the ''Fallout: Equestria'' side-stories. The Website/{{Tumblr}} page containing more information about the story can be found [[http://murkynumberseven.tumblr.com/ here]].

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!!This fan fic provides examples of:

* ActionMom / MamaBear: Coral Eve. Anyone that threatens her, her friends, or any foal in her presence tends to get BlownAcrossTheRoom by a wave of telekinetic force.
* AdultFear:
** Slavery in general.
** Coral Eve is seperated from her son.
* AirVentPassageway: Murky can crawl through vents due to his small stature.
* AmbiguouslyEvil / AntiVillain:
** Protégé, one of Murky's masters. He tries to avoid unnecessary cruelty, and is genuinely concerned about Murky's well-being. He is, however, a slaver who willingly works in the Fillydelphia system.
** The same can be said for some of the less cruel slavers, mainly Old Grizzly and List Seeker.
* AnythingButThat: Murky's default response to most any kind of aggression, by virtue of being a slave all his life.
* AnythingThatMoves: Glimmerlight.
* TheAtoner: Brimstone Blitz. [[spoiler:Glimmerlight]] could possibly count as well.
* AxCrazy: Wildcard. Cheerful and happy one moment, tossing machetes at you the next.
* AwfulTruth: Contrary to what Weathervane believes, [[spoiler:his son never made it to safety when the bombs fell]]. Murky doesn't have the heart to tell him.
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: {{Discussed}}. Murky's cutie mark is a set of shackles, while Shackles' mark is a loop of chain. Shackles asserts that this means that they were meant for one another; born master and born slave, father and son. [[spoiler: Murky eventually has an epiphany: the shackles on his flank are ''open'']].
* BoldInflation: Often used in dialogue. Wicked Slit magically amplifies her voice for this effect, while Shackles does it [[NoIndoorVoice all the time]].
* BloodFromTheMouth: Murky suffers from this when his radsickness becomes particularly severe.
* BornIntoSlavery
* BreakTheCutie: Life in Fillydelphia is harsh.
* BreatherEpisode: Chapter 19. Murky has a birthday party and even manages to get hammered drunk.
** There's also a scene in Chapter 12 when Murky gets "geared up", finally [[spoiler:getting his battle saddle]], to the tune of the song Find A Pet.
* BrokenAngel:
** Wicked Slit and Coral Eve, both unicorns whose damaged horns give them difficulty in using magic.
** [[spoiler: Murky, who had his wings badly broken as a young colt. Ragini suffers the same treatment during the Six-shooter Surprise ordeal]].
* BrokenPedestal: Murky hearing about [[spoiler:Arbu, followed by how Littlepip never really escaped Fillydelphia.]]
* CastingAShadow: Barb and his Shades.
* CharacterBlog: Murky and his friends answer questions at the [[http://asktheslaves.tumblr.com/ Ask The Slaves]] tumblr.
* CharacterTitle
* CheshireCatGrin: Barb tends to sport one. [[CastingAShadow It's often all that's visible of him.]]
* ClusterFBomb: Many characters, but this trope applies most to Doctor Weathervane. Curse words are but the paint of his vocal art form.
--> "Fuckbuttering dinglecunts, I've told you a dozen shitting times!"
--> "For the glorious love of great fuck, will you shut the hell up in there and stop that endless fucking bullshittery?!"
* ColdBloodedTorture: Barb is fond of this.
* CowardlyLion: Murky likes to remind the reader that he's a coward, but he's more than willing to attack a fully armored Steel Ranger ''with a metal ruler'' to help his friends.
* DeathByIrony: [[spoiler: Barb, who thrives off his shadowy magic and stealth skills, is killed when Murky reverse pickpockets him]].
* DiabolusExMachina: As mentioned above, the story can switch between HopeSpot and DespairEventHorizon so fast it'll make your head spin.
* DrivenToSuicide: Multiple examples.
* DrJerk: Doctor Weathervane, a very cranky ghoul doctor who specializes in pegasi.
* DysfunctionJunction:
** Murky's a born slave who's still figuring out free will.
** Glimmerlight is loose and lackadaisical [[spoiler:because she wipes her own memories]].
** Brimstone Blitz is an atoning raider warlord with fifty years of rape, murder and pillaging on his hooves.
** Coral Eve, introduced later on in the story, has an eternal grudge against Glim for [[spoiler:causing the raiders to attack her home]], and one against Brim for [[spoiler:being the one to destroy her home.]] Nevermind the fact that she's now sans her son as well.
* EthicalSlut: Glimmerlight's dialogue and attitude towards relationships reflect this as a viewpoint.
* EvilCounterpart: Murky has a number of them.
** Chainlink Shackles, the born slaver to Murky's born slave.
** Barb, a sadistic raider who, like Murky, relies on sneaking and stealing.
** Protege, who, like Murky, [[spoiler:was born as a slave before earning his freedom]]. He's not as malicious, though.
** Sooty Morass, another slave who, like Murky, has to rely on his wits. He is, however, completely ruthless and amoral, exploiting other slaves whenever he can, to the point where he eventually becomes a slaver himself.
* {{Expy}}:
** Protégé, particularly early on, comes across as the Twilight Sparkle to Red Eye's Princess Celestia. He even writes his master letters.
** Carrying over from ''FanFic/FalloutEquestria'', the city of Fillydelphia is based on [[Videogame/FallOut3 Fallout 3]]'s Pittsburgh DLC. Red Eye and Protégé both exhibit the UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans traits of Lord Ashur.
** Glimmerlight has a number of attributes similar to ''Fallout: Equestria'' protagonists like Littlepip and Blackjack.
* FantasticRacism: Murky tends to suffer this from other ponies, due to [[spoiler:being a pegasus]].
* FateWorseThanDeath: For Murky, being set to [[spoiler:become a sex slave. Fortunately it doesn't happen, but the prospect alone is enough to [[DrivenToSuicide drive him to suicide]]. See InterruptedSuicide]].
* FirstEpisodeSpoiler: Murky is [[spoiler: a pegasus]].
* FlingALightIntoTheFuture: Several examples.
* FootnoteFever: As is typical for [=FoE=] spinoffs.
* ForcedToWatch
* FramingDevice: Murky is recalling his story to a yet-unnamed friend or interviewer.
* GladiatorGames: The Pit.
** ForcedPrizeFight
* GreatEscape: Naturally, Murky and his friends plan to attempt one.
* GroinAttack: Murky's signature attack, which he's used against stallions, mares, slaves, slavers, raiders, [[spoiler:his own subconscious]] and even a Steel Ranger... with [[NoSell predictable results]].
* IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer: Brimstone is ''very'' protective of Glimmerlight, and doesn't hesitate to threaten or brutally kill anyone he thinks might be a danger to her. Later on, he begins taking the same attitude towards Murky.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler: Murky, courtesy of Wildcard and his machete]].
* IncompatibleOrientation: A case of DramaticIrony for those familiar with the original story. Murky has a huge crush on Littlepip. Unforuntately for him, Littlepip is a lesbian and has a girlfriend.
* IncurableCoughOfDeath: Radsickness is not fun.
* InterruptedSuicide: [[spoiler:Murky jumps off a building after being set to become a sex slave. Brimstone smashes through a wall to catch him]].
** Much earlier, his Pipbuck beeping is the only thing preventing Murky [[spoiler:from jumping off the control tower]]. Possibly courtesy of [[spoiler:Pinkie Pie, who tampered with said Pipbuck]].
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: How "Number Six"/[[spoiler:Brimstone Blitz]] finds out the password for the emergency exit in Chapter 1.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Weathervane.
* JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind: [[spoiler: On the brink of death after being impaled by Wildcard, Murky spends the bulk of Chapter 18 facing down his own subconscious in order to cling to hope and life]].
* KickTheDog: By the time Chainlink Shackles does this (literally) he's already firmly established himself as a monster.
* KnifeNut: Wicked Slit, a rather volatile slaver fond of threatening slaves with knives.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler:Glimmerlight inflicts this upon herself as a coping method.]]
* LightningBruiser: They don't call him Brimstone ''Blitz'' for nothing.
* LukeIAmYourFather: Chainlink Shackles claims he's this to Murky. Though Shackles may just saying it to torment him.
* MadeOfIron: Brimstone Blitz.
* TheMaster: Occasionally, Murky will refer to Chainlink Shackles as "the Master".
* MediumAwareness: Wildcard has this to a horrifying degree; he happily rambles about audience reactions and conservation of impact while [[spoiler: gutting Murky in front of a crowd]].
* MiddleManagementMook: Wicked Slit.
* MistakenForGay: Glimmer (jokingly) attempts multiple times to convince Murky to hook up with another colt, despite Murky's insistence that he's straight. Occasional FoeYay with Protégé doesn't help his case.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Chainlink Shackles, Brimstone Blitz.
* NeverLearnedToRead: Murky
* NiceGuy: Caduceus. He's an earth pony medic, one of the most emotionally stable characters, and generally calm and polite. He quickly becomes close friends with Glimmerlight, and [[spoiler: is the first of Murky's friends to die]].
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Murky suffers one at the hooves of Barb and his cronies for trying to call a pair of guards over to their position. This unfortunately includes a GroinAttack.
* NonActionGuy: Murky, due to his emaciation and complete lack of combat training. If he ''has'' to fight, he [[CombatPragmatist fights dirty]] so that he can escape.
* NoOSHACompliance: Fillydelphia in general. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] often by Murky.
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: Wildcard. Murky and Glimmer go into a memory orb together and wake up to find him napping between them.
* NotSoDifferent: Chainlink Shackles favorite way to torment Murky.
* PlaceWorseThanDeath: Fillydelphia. [[FanFic/FalloutEquestria Littlepip]] didn't see the half of it.
* PollutedWasteland: Fillydelphia again. As a city built on crude but heavy industry, Filly's air is faintly toxic and the rain acidic. Then there's the tainted moat surrounding The Wall, and the dangerously radioactive balefire crater.
* PosthumousCharacter: Sundial, the previous owner of Murky's [=PipBuck=]. Murky listens to his audio journals throughout the story.
* RapeAsDrama:
** AttemptedRape: Glimmerlight falls victim to this, saved by a timely ([[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown and messy]]) intervention from Brimstone.
** ChildByRape: Murky. Shackles claims that he's the father, making him a potential case of ArchnemesisDad.
** RapeAsBackstory: {{Inverted}} in Brimstone's case. During [[RetiredMonster his time as a raider warlord]], ''he'' was the one doing the raping. He's [[TheAtoner not proud]] of his past.
* [[Really700YearsOld Really 200 Years Old]]: Weathervane, a prestigious doctor during the war.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Possibly Protégé, who's caring and good-natured despite his role as a slaver. A few other slavers express remorse or reluctance over the poor treatment that the slaves often receive.
* RetiredMonster: Brimstone, formerly an infamous raider warlord who now seeks penance in slavery and struggles with anger management.
* RussianRoulette: Six-shooter Surprise. [[spoiler: The protagonists are forced to play as part of a sick game staged by Barb]].
* SlaveBrand: Murky's ''cutie mark'' acts as his.
* {{Slimeball}}: Sooty Morass, a slave who manages to worm his way up by way of his ruthless merchant business. He exploits Murky as much as he can at every turn, at one point humiliatingly making him [[spoiler:pluck out his own feathers]] to trade for his desperately-needed [=RadAway=]. Later he joins the slavers, running a sex trade.
* SmugSnake: Wormtail and Sooty Morass.
* StealthPun / MythologyGag: Wildcard is heard humming a melody: four short notes, followed by a long one, repeated twice. [[spoiler:The show's main theme song]].
* SuperSenses: Murky had a minor ([[IncurableCoughOfDeath or so he thought]]) taint mutation at birth that made his ears extremely sensitive. While this means that he can [[CursedWithAwesome listen to the radio undetected and hear enemies before they get close enough to see him]] it also means that [[BlessedWithSuck gunshots, heavy machinery and even loud voices]] [[LoudOfWar cause him physical pain]].
* TeenyWeenie: Murky, if the taunts he receives are any indication.
* ThemeNaming: A hint that [[spoiler: Sundial is Dr. Weathervane's son]].
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Subverted slightly in the sense that Murky and the gang survive as well as they can by confiding in one another, but enforced in the sense that a lot of them have some seriously deep seated problems.
* VagueAge: Murky. WordOfGod [[http://murkynumberseven.tumblr.com/post/36888877354/so-how-old-is-murky-exactly-judging-from-the-way-he puts him]] anywhere between 14 and 21.
* [[WhamEpisode Wham Chapter]]: 25, where we find out that [[spoiler:Murky is Unity's special somepony]].
* WhenHeSmiles: Other characters find Murky's rare moments of hope and happiness inspiring. Including [[spoiler:Pinkie Pie.]]
* WinYourFreedom: The slaves are offered several ways to 'earn' their way out of Filly. Of course, most of them are lethally dangerous.
* WingsDoNothing: [[spoiler:Murky's]] wings were broken and healed wrong while they were still developing. He can't even move them without pain.
* [[YouAreNumberSix You Are Number Seven]]

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