In another possible [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Equestria]], two things happened to set certain ponies on collision courses with destiny.

The first was the young unicorn Sweetie Belle coming to stay with her sister Rarity, not because [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E5SisterhoovesSocial their parents took a sudden vacation]], but because a sudden accident left her orphaned. Soon, Rarity would give her a letter to read -- one that would give her, and ultimately the other Cutie Mark Crusaders, a stark look into their own origins and the nature of family.

The second was, some time prior to [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 the royal wedding]], a spark appearing between the groom-to-be and the Princess of the Night -- a spark that would eventually flame into an affair, driving Shining Armor not only into a spiral of sin but to seek out greater knowledge of the Princesses, and ultimately of Equestria itself.

Too bad that, for everypony, knowing is only half the battle...

Thus started [[ Jade Ring]]'s "Dear Sweetie Belle" continuity, an interlocking set of fanfics showcasing looks into Equestria's past, self-discovery and romantic drama ([[{{WAFF}} or sometimes not]]) to keep ponies occupied in the present...and as for the future? Let's just say...


Current titles (arranged by themes and/or direct sequels, but not necessarily the best reading order):
* "Dear Sweetie Belle"
** "The Sin of Envy, or a Mother's Love"
** "The King of Lies"
** "Paternally Yours"
** "Sweetie and Dimmy"
* "Dear Applebloom"
** "Apple Family Secrets"
* "Dear Scootaloo"
* "Cutie Mark Crusaders Dream Warriors"
* "Lost in the Night"
** ''Phases of the Moon''
** ''What's Done in the Dark...''
* ''Morning Glory'' (unfinished)
** "Sweet Dreams"
** "Can You Read My Mind"
** ''Let It Snow''
** "Suddenly, Spikey"

* ''The Changelings Have a King''
* ''On the Wings of War''
* ''All the Pretty Little Horses''
* AllJustADream: Most of "The Sin of Envy", [[spoiler:induced by a demon to soften up Rarity for a coming test]].
* AlternateContinuity: WordOfGod is that "Dear Sweetie Belle" takes place about a week before [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E5SisterhoovesSocial "Sisterhooves Social"]] would have, and events diverge from there.
* AnachronicOrder: The stories as published jump around within the timeline, though both posting order and chronological order (as laid out on the author's front page) unfold the overall plot well.
* ArcWords: AStormIsComing
* BiTheWay:
** At least one of Luna's previous lovers was a mare.
** In "Cutie Mark Crusaders Dream Warriors", [[spoiler:Sweetie]] is offhandedly mentioned to have dated [[spoiler:Twist]], while at the present time she is in a relationship with [[spoiler:Button Mash]]. She was also previously seen in a relationship with [[spoiler:Featherweight]].
* CerebusSyndrome: The early entries aren't exactly fluff, delving into familial and romantic drama, but the overarching story gets a lot more foreboding with Time Turner's chapter in ''Morning Glory'' and cemented at the end of ''Phases of the Moon'' (which occurs first chronologically anyway). Going by publication order, the end of "The Sin of Envy" (taking place after the other two) is also foreboding, but it is meant as part of a more self-contained arc.
* DeusExitMachina: [[WordOfGod This is why]] [[spoiler:[[ScrewThisImOuttaHere Discord abandons the Equestrian dimension]]]] at the end of ''What's Done in the Dark...''.
* DrowningMySorrows: Trixie and Cheerilee reference word for word having done this in ''Morning Glory'', Trixie apparently simply due to feeling uncomfortable being with the other ponies at Fluttershy and Big Macintosh's wedding reception (despite having been hired to entertain the foals), and Cheerilee due to [[spoiler:losing Big Mac to Fluttershy]].
* EyeScream: In ''What's Done in the Dark...'', [[spoiler:Cadance/[[SuperpoweredEvilSide the Crystal Empress]]]] rips out [[spoiler:Brother Veritas]]'s eyes to make him confess what he knows about [[spoiler:Shining Armor and Luna's relationship]].
* FirstEpisodeSpoiler: [[spoiler:[[FamilyRelationshipSwitcheroo Sweetie Belle is Rarity's biological daughter.]]]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Numerous references to upcoming conflict and destruction, from Time Turner's worries to the various prophecies. "The King of Lies" is pretty much all about this.
* GeneHunting: "Paternally Yours" revolves around [[spoiler:Sweetie Belle]] trying to track down her father.
* {{Gotterdammerung}}: Clover the Clever's dying prophecy specifically mentions "the Twilight of the Gods" [[spoiler:as the end of Celestia and Luna's reign]]. Needless to say, [[MeaningfulName Twilight Sparkle]] is implied to have something to do with it.
* KilledOffScreen: While it has not yet been acknowledged in-story outside of a brief vision, WordOfGod is that [[spoiler:Pinkie Pie]] has died by the end of "Paternally Yours", from unspecified natural causes.
* NoodleIncident:
** It has yet to be explained just how Rarity and Sweetie's parents died beyond an "accident".
** [[InSpiteOfANail Twilight still becomes a princess,]] but it's only stated that it happened later than in canon, with no further details.
* RevisedEnding: "The Sin of Envy" originally led into another chapter focusing on Twilight, but that story idea (Twilight having a nightmare about becoming an alicorn and destroying everything around her) was rendered [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E13MagicalMysteryCure redundant]], so the cliffhanger was reworked to lead directly into "The King of Lies".
* RunningGag: It's noted multiple times that the Apple family seem to share a fondness for pegasi.
* SayingTooMuch: Brother Veritas namedrops [[spoiler:Luna as Shining Armor's mistress even though Cadance hadn't mentioned her]], causing to Cadance to realize that [[spoiler:he had known about the affair]] and [[InterruptedCooldownHug ruining his attempt to calm her]], [[spoiler:[[NiceJobBreakingItHero in fact triggering her]] SuperpoweredEvilSide]].
* ShooOutTheClowns: Prior to the climactic trilogy, Discord [[spoiler:abandons the Equestrian dimension]] and Pinkie [[spoiler:[[KilledOffscreen dies offscreen]]]].
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: Twilight's research indicates that all alicorns are vulnerable to this if they swing too far to an extreme of [[AbstractApotheosis the ideal or magic they are meant to personify]], explaining Nightmare Moon. It is also implied Celestia went through this during Luna's exile. [[spoiler:Cadance forms one, the Crystal Empress, once she learns of Shining Armor and Luna's affair.]]
* TeenPregnancy: Borderline example with Rarity, as, while she was technically of age, she had just recently started fashion school and was in no way prepared to deal with a foal on her own.
* WholeEpisodeFlashback: "Dear Sweetie Belle", "Dear Applebloom" and "Dear Scootaloo", [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin as one might guess,]] center around letters written to the Cutie Mark Crusaders from their sisters (surrogate or otherwise) explaining their pasts.
* YourCheatingHeart: Shining Armor's clandestine relationship with Luna provides a great deal of drama.