[[http://www.fimfiction.net/user/Jade+Ring Jade Ring's]] "Dear Sweetie Belle" continuity is a series of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' stories, which serves as a look into the lives of several ponies as they attempt to face their pasts and their futures.\\
When Sweetie Belle's parents are suddenly killed and she is sent to live with her sister Rarity, she comes home one day to find a lengthy letter from her new guardian- one which casts an entirely new light on their relationship. As word spreads, Sweetie's fellow Cutie Mark Crusaders Applebloom and Scootaloo receive messages of their own from Applejack and Rainbow Dash, which cast new light on the pasts and families of all the ponies involved and show that the Crusaders have a connection going back long before [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E12CallOfTheCutie Diamond Tiara's cuteceaņera]]. But Sweetie finds herself with an entirely new mission, one far trickier than searching for a cutie mark.\\
Across the country, Shining Armor finds himself pulled into an affair with Luna, Princess of the Night and adoptive aunt of his loving wife Princess Cadance. Even in the midst of his guilt, he desires to learn more of his lover's past and how he fits into the attachments of an immortal alicorn. Plumbing the depths of the Canterlot archives, he stumbles across secrets the royal family has kept hidden for centuries... and just misses a much more foreboding one.\\
And love of all sorts blooms through Ponyville. The morning after Fluttershy and Big Macintosh's wedding celebration, couples involving all of the ponies we know and love wake up and are forced to evaluate just where they are headed, and relationships new and old blossom.\\
These ponies have all the pieces, or almost all of them... but as old enemies plot revenge, secrets come to light, and passions flare, can they put them together in time to save Equestria?

Arcs and entries in this series:
* '''Dear Cutie Mark Crusaders'''
** [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/57590/dear-sweetie-belle "Dear Sweetie Belle"]]
*** [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/59383/the-sin-of-envy-or-a-mothers-love "The Sin of Envy, or a Mother's Love"]]
*** [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/163527/the-king-of-lies "The King of Lies"]]
*** [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/81369/paternally-yours "Paternally Yours"]]
*** [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/182790/sweetie-and-dimmy "Sweetie and Dimmy"]]
** [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/57788/dear-applebloom "Dear Applebloom"]]
** [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/90031/dear-scootaloo "Dear Scootaloo"]]
** [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/140608/cutie-mark-crusaders-dream-warriors "Cutie Mark Crusaders Dream Warriors"]]
* '''Loving Light, Lusting Dark'''
** [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/57413/lost-in-the-night "Lost in the Night"]]
** ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/104545/phases-of-the-moon Phases of the Moon]]''
* '''The Many Loves of Ponyville'''
** ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/62405/morning-glory Morning Glory]]''
** [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/93113/sweet-dreams "Sweet Dreams"]]
** [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/110891/can-you-read-my-mind "Can You Read My Mind?"]]
** ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/153250/let-it-snow Let It Snow]]''
** [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/164377/2/just-a-glimpse-suddenly-spikey/suddenly-spikey "Suddenly, Spikey"]]
** [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/236705/branches-of-the-hearths-warming-tree "Branches of the Hearth's Warming Tree"]]
** [[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/274684/today-i-marry-my-best-friend "Today, I Marry My Best Friend"]]
* '''The Great Storm'''
** [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/114882/apple-family-secrets "Apple Family Secrets"]]
** ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/127418/whats-done-in-the-dark What's Done in the Dark...]]''
** ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/209182/the-changelings-have-a-king The Changelings Have a King]]''
** ''On the Wings of War''
** ''All the Pretty Little Horses''

!! This [=Fanfic=] provides examples of:
* 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.
* ArcWelding: The CMC and Shining/Luna plots, as well as the romantic plots set up by ''Morning Glory'', originated as separate stories which Jade found fit together. He also attempted to work in another short fic, "An Oral History of the Rise of the New Lunar Republic", but [[http://www.fimfiction.net/blog/149948/failed-fics-2-our-darkest-days that didn't work out]].
* ArcWords: AStormIsComing
* AsYouKnow: Briefly used when Feather Duster points out, to his former weather team coworker Rainbow Dash, the storm cloud generators [[spoiler:that he plans to overload]].
* 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]].
* BigBad: Despite only appearing in the letter flashbacks, Feather Duster is basically this for the "Dear Cutie Mark Crusaders" trilogy, owing to the trauma his vindictive actions caused to the CMC's families and the subsequent effect on their lives. [[spoiler:He cements this position in the "epilogue" "Cutie Mark Crusaders Dream Warriors", finally appearing in the present before finally being KilledOffForReal.]]
* BigBadDuumvirate: In ''The Changelings Have a King'', Chrysalis and Carapace [[spoiler:(a.k.a. the transformed Prince Blueblood)]], the eponymous king, are nominally this, overseeing the management of the hive and the planned invasion of Equestria. That said, Carapace is much more TheHeavy, taking the lead in both forming and carrying out the plan, while Chrysalis seems more concerned with [[spoiler:her new brood (and it's hinted that Carapace is isolating and manipulating her)]].
* CerebusSyndrome: The early entries aren't exactly fluff, delving into familial and romantic drama, but the overarching story gets a lot more foreboding starting with the introduction of Clover's prophecy at the end of ''Phases of the Moon''.
* CommitmentIssues: Bon Bon broke up with Lyra due to the latter's insistence that a marriage wouldn't work out, [[spoiler:based on the experiences of her parents and friends back in Canterlot. When Lyra sees at Fluttershy and Big Mac's wedding how different the love visible there is from those prior instances- and realizes that the two of them feel the same sort of devotion- they readily give it another go]].
* ContrivedCoincidence: Lampshaded by Sweetie when she realizes that [[spoiler:her professor is her father]].
* 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]].
** In ''The Changelings Have a King'', Dash and Caramel [[spoiler:on the anniversary of Pinkie's death]].
** Also in ''Changelings'', Cheerilee and Crescendo after the former [[spoiler:is chewed out by Big Mac for suggesting that they and Fluttershy [[{{Polyamory}} form a herd]] since Fluttershy cannot have any more foals (which Mac had not even known)]] and the latter [[spoiler:learns Spike is planning to propose to Rarity, whom Crescendo has realized he is still in love with]].
* 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]].
* FantasticRacism: [[spoiler:Crescendo]] dismissively refers to Spike as a "lizard"; even when accounting for [[spoiler:his jealousy over Spike's intended proposal to Rarity due to his own recurring feelings for the latter]], his contempt is palpable.
* 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.
* FusionDance: [[spoiler:How the Cutie Mark Crusaders finally defeat Feather Duster for good in the dreamscape.]]
* GeneHunting: "Paternally Yours" shows [[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. [[spoiler:WordOfGod is that it's the name of Twilight's own SuperpoweredEvilSide.]]
* GrandTheftMe: [[spoiler:Feather Duster's final gambit is to take over Scootaloo's body and use it to murder Rainbow Dash.]]
* InfantImmortality: Averted in "Dear Scootaloo". While Scoots herself [[SavedByCanon obviously survives to the present]], three other foals are mentioned to have perished from smoke inhalation after Feather Duster's attack on the Cloudsdale Home for Wayward Pegasi.
* InnocentlyInsensitive: Rarity's old roommate Shining Star seemed to think suggesting going to a party was enough to cheer her up- not knowing that the reason for her being upset was having gotten pregnant at the ''last'' one they went to. ''[[BerserkButton Really]]'' [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown bad timing.]]
* InterspeciesRomance: Spike and Rarity, as far as they know the first in Equestria's history.
* JigsawPuzzlePlot: Details from the various sub-series connect to paint the larger, darker picture.
* KilledOffScreen: By the start of ''The Changelings Have a King'', [[spoiler:Pinkie Pie]] has died from unspecified natural causes.
* MyGreatestFailure: Dash apparently thinks of [[spoiler:not breaking up the Great Storm in time to save Applejack's parents]] as this.
* NaughtyByNight: Downplayed, as she's embarrassed about it even in private, but [[spoiler:Fluttershy didn't need any of the Apple family's "honeymoon cider" to go wild with Big Mac]].
* NoodleIncident:
** It has yet to be explained just how Rarity and Sweetie's parents died beyond an "accident", though the author imagines it was a [[WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft carriage crash]].
** [[InSpiteOfANail Twilight still becomes a princess,]] but it's only stated that it happened later than in canon, with no further details.
* ParentalAbandonment: Some pegasi (much like the Spartans) abandon their foals for appearing too weak or sickly. This seems to have happened to Fluttershy, [[AllThereInTheManual Derpy]], [[spoiler:Rainbow Dash and Scootaloo. Dash always preferred to think her parents had died and made sure she would be left in good hooves, making it very difficult at first to accept the evidence that Scootaloo is her sister]].
* ParentalSubstitute: Rainbow Dash very much thought of Firefly as her mother.
* {{Polyamory}}: Referred to as a common past practice. "Herding" was particularly common among earth ponies, though according to Celestia they also led the way in shunning the practice in more recent times. [[spoiler:It's still legal, though, and Luna decides to resolve her LoveTriangle with Shining Armor and Cadance this way. Cheerilee also suggests it to Big Macintosh, who is far less keen on the idea.]]
* RealAfterAll: [[spoiler:Santa Hooves, who used to be a member of the same Guild as Time Turner.]]
* 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.
* SadisticChoice: Feather Duster presents Rainbow Dash with one in the climax of the "Dear Scootaloo" flashback: save foal Scootaloo (whom he had tossed off a cloud) or stop him from unleashing a cataclysmic storm. [[spoiler:Fortunately, he vastly underestimated her speed.]]
* 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]].
* ShipperOnDeck: Pinkie for Applejack and Rainbow Dash; [[spoiler:she and Fluttershy slipped them some of the Apple family's special "honeymoon cider" to get them to act on their feelings]].
* ShooOutTheClowns: Prior to the climactic trilogy, Discord [[spoiler:abandons the Equestrian dimension]] and Pinkie [[spoiler:[[KilledOffscreen dies offscreen]]]].
* SmartPeopleKnowLatin: Professor Crescendo. (The story literally uses Latin as the ancient unicorn language.)
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: Twilight's research indicates that all alicorns are vulnerable to this if they swing too far to an extreme of [[AnthropomorphicPersonification 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.]]
* TeacherStudentRomance: Luna had one with her first apprentice shortly before her fall into Nightmare Moon. [[DoomedByCanon It did not]] [[ClingyJealousGirl end well.]]
* TeenPregnancy: Borderline example with Rarity, as, while she was old enough to attend school in another city, she had just recently started fashion school and was in no way prepared to deal with a foal on her own.
* VillainsWantMercy: Feather Duster is consistently quick to switch from gloating over the pain he has caused to begging his would-be victims to spare his sorry hide.
* WeWillMeetAgain: Feather Duster vows revenge after the events described in "Dear Applebloom" and "Dear Scootaloo", [[spoiler:and not even being vaporized by a sonic rainboom keeps him from following through]].
* WhatTheHellHero: Twilight chews out Shining Armor a good bit after [[spoiler:his affair with Luna is revealed]], though most of it is unfortunately defused when Shining mentions that [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome their mother already did that]].
* 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.
* WouldHurtAChild: Feather Duster had no qualms about firebombing an orphanage and tossing foal Scootaloo off a cloud.
* YouAreTheTranslatedForeignWord: Crescendo does this with some frequency, albeit mostly with ponies such as Sweetie who wouldn't initially know the translation.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Crescendo's gray mane is just from a misfired spell, and his glasses a temporary measure following surgery. [[spoiler:They are what keep Sweetie from realizing at first that he is her father.]]
* YourCheatingHeart: Shining Armor's clandestine relationship with Luna provides a great deal of drama.