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[[caption-width-right:345: [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse Whatever happened to the one-shot antagonists?]]]]

Twilight Sparkle and her friends are approached by Princess Luna, who presents them with a set of questions:


''Did you ever stop to wonder what became of Trixie, Gilda and Blueblood after your encounters?''
'' What did these episodes truly mean to you?''
'' What role will they yet play in the lives of the Elements of Harmony?''


''Last, are these questions as relevant as the journey towards the answers? Who will benefit from seeking these answers - you, them, or I?''

Originally written by Cloudy Skies in August-September 2011, ''Within and Without'' portrays the Mane Six confronting these and other issues in an lengthy, emotionally-driven quest that spans all of Equestria. It was among the first WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic FanFics to blend well-written adventure narratives, character exploration and development, and shipping. It was recently revamped with new scenes and additional edits, all of which can be found [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/18270/Within-and-Without here:]]

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!!This WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic fanfic contains examples of:

* TheAtoner: Luna.
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: From [[spoiler: Fluttershy]] to [[spoiler: Rainbow Dash.]]
* ArtifactOfDoom: The Star Hammer.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Luna breaks the covenant between herself and Celestia to revive Trixie.]]
* BelligerentSexualTension: Nowhere near as sexual as most shipping fics, but [[spoiler: Twilight and Luna's relationship takes a long time to develop and almost never goes smoothly.]]
* BreakTheHaughty: Trixie gets the worst of it.
* BrickJoke: Princess Longleap, Winter Sun, and the ''Somewhere Far Away'' epilogue.
* BroughtDownToNormal: [[spoiler: Trixie loses her magic]].
* BrutalHonesty: Applejack's blunt honesty and straightforward nature create several issues within the group. [[spoiler: They also convince Luna to revive Trixie.]]
* ButtMonkey: Princess Longleap.
* CannotSpitItOut: Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy, for similar reasons.
* CallBack: Luna promises to give Dash anything she wants - with reason - as reward for going on the adventure. [[spoiler: The story ends with Dash asking to have her marriage with Pinkie made official.]]
* TheChessmaster: Luna obviously has her own plans, and [[spoiler: Celestia]] has a hoof in how things play out.
* TheChiefsDaughter: [[spoiler: Gilda.]]
* ClingyJealousGirl: Rainbow Dash accuses Gilda of being like this.
* ComingOutStory: Part of Rainbow Dash's character arc.
* CowardlyLion: [[ShrinkingViolet Fluttershy]] is the only one brave enough [[WhatTheHellHero to yell at Luna for her actions after Grey Hollows.]]
* DarkSecret: Luna's reason for going on the adventure.
* DeathByDespair: [[spoiler: Trixie loses her will to live. She gets better.]]
* {{Determinator}}: Twilight goes to incredible lengths to [[spoiler: save Luna from herself.]]
* DoomMagnet: Winter Sun.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: When she's finally found and cornered, Trixie threatens to kill herself.]]
* DyingDeclarationOfLove: Not quite dying, but [[spoiler: Twilight becomes badly injured and delirious near the end of the story, and bluntly tells Luna how she really feels.]]
* DynamicEntry: Princess Celestia.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: And ''how.''
* EldritchLocation: [[spoiler: Crepuscin, specifically the palace containing Luna's magical artifacts.]]
* EveryBodyKnewAlready: Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie's romance. Despite their best efforts to keep it hidden, everyone except Twilight quickly picks up on it.
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: The connection and eventual romance between [[spoiler: Twilight and Luna.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: All over the place, though Fluttershy's is the most subtle.
* HeroInsurance: The more expensive aspects of the trip - especially property destruction - are paid by the royal treasury.
* HiddenDepths: Fluttershy is the most experienced traveler of the Mane Six. [[spoiler: This is because she roamed Equestria searching for Rainbow Dash after leaving Cloudsdale.]]
* HospitalityForHeroes: Luna uses her planning and foresight to [[spoiler: give Winter Sun ownership of a hotel, exactly where they group would be staying several chapters later.]]
* IDontWantToRuinOurFriendship: Fluttershy thinks this will happen once her issues come to light.
* IneffectualLoner: Luna.
* InsecureLoveInterest: [[spoiler: Fluttershy doesn't take Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie's relationship reveal well.]]
* InterruptedIntimacy: Twilight walks in on Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie early on. She's too oblivious to realize what's going on, though.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: [[spoiler: Fluttershy for Rainbow Dash.]]
* KeepingSecretsSucks: Luna is the biggest offender, but everyone is hiding something. The emotional turmoil nearly breaks the group apart.
* LoveRedeems: Luna [[spoiler: doesn't overcome her problems until Twilight helps her.]]
* ManipulativeBastard: [[spoiler: Chief Blackclaw, Gilda's father.]]
* MayflyDecemberRomance: Between [[spoiler: Twilight and Luna. However, Twilight still has the choice of becoming immortal.]]
* MyGreatestFailure: Luna spends her nights [[spoiler: reliving the memories of her final moments before being banished to the moon.]]
* MysteriousPast: Luna tries to keep hers as hidden as possible.
* NobleSavage: Brenliana.
* NoHeroDiscount: Applejack, Rarity, and Luna handle the adventure's finances. Twilight didn't even think to bring money.
* TheOathBreaker: Luna [[spoiler: breaks a covenant with Celestia to save Trixie, and stands by her decision.]]
* ParentalAbandonment: [[spoiler: Fluttershy suffered from this. Her character arc focuses on her gaining enough independence to stop using [[LivingEmotionalCrutch Rainbow Dash as an emotional crutch]].]]
* SimpleMindedWisdom: Pinkie Pie is much wiser than she acts.
* PleaseDontLeaveMe: Said almost word for word by [[spoiler: Fluttershy.]]
* {{Polyamory}}: [[spoiler: After Fluttershy's feelings of loneliness and love for Rainbow Dash are revealed, Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie promise to share their love and accompany her.]] Rarity calls it "terrifically modern."
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Many of the members of the griffin tribe.
* RaceForYourLove: Done literally between [[spoiler: Rainbow Dash and Gilda, with the future of the griffin tribe at stake]].
* RebelliousPrincess: Gilda.
* RoadTripRomance: This story manages to combine a long adventure with a healthy dose of shipping.
* SceneryGorn: [[spoiler: Crepuscin. The palace courtyard is still full of the bones of the ponies Luna killed as Nightmare Moon.]]
* SecretKeeper: Nearly everyone is keeping secrets from each other.
** Luna deliberately withholds information on Blueblood just to get Rarity's attention. She also [[spoiler: tries to keep her past hidden, to the point of casting a spell on Twilight to prevent her from seeing Luna's dreams.]]
** Twilight [[spoiler: sees Luna's vulnerabilities and eventually learns about her descent into Nightmare Moon.]]
** Applejack questions Luna's motives and overall personality, but not openly early on.
** The Pinkie Pie Promise is used to prevent Pinkie from revealing her relationship with Rainbow Dash, despite it being obvious.
** Rarity's insecurities about her future and sense of self-worth.
** Fluttershy's [[spoiler: severe abandonment issues and unrequited love for Rainbow Dash.]]
** Despite appearing in only a couple of scenes, Princess Celestia [[spoiler: knows what's happening during the adventure and enacts her own plans.]]
* SecretRelationship: Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie think they have this, but fail miserably.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Rainbow Dash is too afraid to publicly admit her feelings for Pinkie Pie until she's called out on it.
* ShoutOut: As everyone is deciding whether or not to go on the adventure, Pinkie Pie states that it's [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI dangerous to go alone.]]
* SpannerInTheWorks: Luna underestimated [[spoiler: Twilight, even if it ended up being for the better.]]
* StandardHeroReward: Played with. Before leaving, Rainbow Dash asks if they're going to get something for going on the adventure. Amused, Luna promises to give her anything she wants, as long as it is within reason. [[spoiler: Luna agrees to make Dash and Pinkie's marriage official.]]
* StaringDownCthulhu: Twilight's friends physically protect her from [[spoiler: Luna]], despite knowing they could be killed.
* StopHelpingMe: Fluttershy has the [[spoiler: confrontation with a suicidal Trixie]] almost under control, but Dash's loud mouth ruins it.
* ThereIsOnlyOneBed: The rooming arrangements at the inns are occasionally problematic, often leading to development between certain characters.
** Amusingly, Applejack chooses to stay with Pinkie Pie early on, hinting that Pinkie and Rainbow Dash would be too noisy if they shared a bed.
* TheyreCalledPersonalIssuesForAReason: Luna frequently invokes this to keep Twilight from learning the truth. [[spoiler: She does anyway.]]
* TheStoryteller: Trixie.
* TorchesAndPitchforks: Everyone in [[spoiler: Grey Hollows]] ''really'' hates Luna.
* TownWithADarkSecret: Grey Hollows.
* TransparentCloset: Almost everyone knows Rainbow Dash loves Pinkie, yet Dash tries to keep it hidden.
* UnrequitedTragicMaiden: [[spoiler: Fluttershy for Rainbow Dash. She gets better.]]
* WanderingMinstrel: Trixie is a tragic version.
* WeirdnessMagnet: Winter Sun.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: One of the driving questions of the adventure.
* WhatTheHellHero: Luna is on the receiving end of a few these.
** Rainbow Dash gets a called out on a few of her mistakes as well.
* WhamEpisode: The events at Grey Hollows, and [[spoiler: Trixie's death.]]
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Explored with as Luna comes to terms with her past mistakes. [[spoiler: It's also revealed that the Elements of Harmony grant their bearers the choice of immortality.]]
* [[YesMan Yes Mare]]: Twilight is often accused of being this for Celestia and Luna. She spends her character arc learning of her own self-worth in relation to the princesses.
* YouAreNotAlone: [[spoiler: Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie eventually do this for Fluttershy.]]