''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8150199/1/ Astral]][[http://www.french-brony.com/t1157-aventure-comedie-science-fiction-desastre-astral-24-chapitres Disaster]]'' (or ''Désastre Astral'' in French), is a French ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' Fanfiction, written by Quivering Star which takes place not very long after the end of season 2, and revolves around two strange [[OriginalCharacter newcomers]] arriving (or rather crashing) in Ponyville aboard an out-of-fuel [[BaseOnWheels flying tower]]. The two characters: an [[NoSocialSkills asocial]] Unicorn [[TheHermit traveling]] mage named [[AuthorAvatar Quivering]] [[SelfInsert Star]], sporting a crooked horn; and his [[TheNapoleon short]] Earth Pony [[SarcasticDevotee assistant]] Sol.

It is soon revealed that the tower Quivering uses to travel is powered by an ancient magic orb created by his ancestors, and that the traveling mage is searching for clues about his family's past, when they used to be a powerful clan of mages... While at the present day, Quivering is the only member of his living family to take an interest in magic. However, his artifact, as well as himself, are the targets of Arcadès, a strange, [[{{BFS}} sword-wielding]] black dragon; who seems to have a grudge towards Quivering's family, the Stellmares.

Quivering and Sol quickly form a few bonds with the Mane 6 despite the mage's aloofness and lack of tact, but his behavior as well as the fact that he is targeted by a dangerous beast gives him a bad reputation in front of the villagers.

While Quivering tries his best to find clues about his past, refuel his flying tower, gain some respect from the village, and works with the Mane 6 to repel Arcadès; the orb itself seems to have strange effects on his owner despite being depleted...

After some time, however, it is revealed that [[spoiler: Quivering Star, or rather Antarès Stellmare, as it is his real name; was looking for ways to bring his orb back to its full power. He manages to do just that by absorbing the power of the Elements of Harmony during a fight between the Mane6 and Arcadès. He then sets out to unseal his Clan's ancient knowledge, and more importantly, the flying city of Stellmare; in order to TakeOverTheWorld with raw magical power and knowledge, like the EvilOverlord he claims to be]]. This new threat pushes the Mane 6 ([[spoiler: Minus Twilight Sparkle, who gets abducted and brainwashed by Antarès after his reveal as TheMole]].) as well as Sol, Derpy and a few other Ponyville residents willing to aid them, and eventually [[spoiler: [[EnemyMine Arcadès himself]]]]; to set out and try to stop it before Equestria is forever changed by this unexpected turn of events.

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!!Tropes associated with Astral Disaster:

* AboveGoodAndEvil: [[spoiler: Nebula is clearly evil, and aknowledges that what she's doing is considered evil by pretty much everyone. But she believes the current concepts of good and evil are outdated and arbitrary, and flat-out doesn't care about what others think.]]
* AlchemyIsMagic: The Stellmares were known as some of the best wizards of Equestria, and they had an alchemy lab among other things.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: [[spoiler: The Dethicorns, a race of dark unicorns that crossed with the Stellmare Clan. They had a parasitic behavior,sticking with other groups/civilisations, and waited for the best moment to stab them in the back in order to gain power. Their actions led them to be near-exctinction even before meeting the Stellmares, and it was their hunger for power that led to them being sealed along with the Crystal Dragons and the flying city of Stellmare 1000 years ago. The last current representants of this race are their leader Nebula Shade, who [[SealedEvilInACan managed to put her soul/mind/spirit/whatever inside the Star of Sylas]], just like Sylas put himself inside a book; and Quivering Star/Antarès Stellmare, who, despite being an almost normal unicorn, still has the usual Dethicorn powers and evilness InTheBlood.]]
* AnIcePerson: Stalagmite, Arcadès' daughter, has a freezing breath, and uses it to travel by creating ice pathways to slide on, [[TheIncredibles Frozone-style]].
* AmplifierArtifact: [[spoiler: The Stellmare Boosters, magic necklaces worn by Sylas' friends to grant them magic or their natural powers more efficient. Even Guardian Blade, who is an Earth Pony, can use potent spells with it]].
* TheArchmage: [[spoiler: Sylas Stellmare was apparently this to the Stellmare Clan, altough his actual title was "Master Artemage", due to his mastery of magical artifacts]].
* AscendedExtra: Derpy and Doctor Whooves, as in the actual Series/DoctorWho ponified and involved in the plot get important roles. The former gets dragged in the main plot along with the Mane 6 and the OC's, while the latter just inserts himself into the group and helps them while trying to stay undercover (going as far as claiming his name is Time Turner) despite his unusual behavior and knowledge. Nopony has any idea who he really is and how he can know so many things about what's happening despite never having involved himself in anything important before that time, but his help is appreciated, if not met with confusion.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Arcadès is smaller and thinner than most dragons, but he's still huge compared to Ponies. [[spoiler: His big brother, Emperald]], literally TOWERS over him, though.
* BadPowersBadPeople: [[spoiler: Antarès]] might qualify, even tough he mostly uses his [[spoiler: Dethicorn]] powers in order to fight better, outside of [[spoiler: corrupting Twilight Sparkle]]. [[spoiler: Nebula]], however, clearly made full use of that same kind of powers when [[spoiler: she made the Stellmare Clan crumble on itself by corrupting everyon in it, save for Sylas and a few rebels]].
* BadSamaritan: [[spoiler: From the very start of the story, Quivering had evil intentions, but tried to gain the trust of Ponyville's inhabitants once he discovered that Twilight and her friends were the wielders of the Elements of Harmony, which he needed for his plans. Helping Rainbow Dash with the weather-control or Pinkie Pie with her cooking were nothing more than ruses]].
* BaseOnWheels: Quivering Star's flying tower, even though it runs out of fuel at the start of the story and stays grounded for a good dozen of chapters. [[spoiler: Later, long after his FaceHeelTurn, his flying tower combines, or rather reassembles with the flying city of Stellmare, making it his new moving base.]]
* BattleAura: Pretty much anyone who has access to magic manifests this at some point, sometimes even weaponising it.
* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind: [[spoiler: When Antarès finally understands that his "fake" HelplessGoodSide is not as fake and helpless as he thought, he goes into his own mind and directly fights Quivering Star in order to gain full control of his power. However, there isn't much of a fight since Quivering is reluctant at fighting a part of himself, even if it's his evil side, and his passive resistance causes him to be apparently suppressed from his own mind.]]
* BeamOWar: Celestia vs [[spoiler: Emperald]]. Also Quivering vs Arcadès, even though he stops the beam [[BadAss with his bare hands]], he then tries to shoot his fire breath through the beam.
* {{BFS}}: Arcadès wields a sword, not a very big one compared to his size, but it is still scaled up.
* BishounenLine: [[spoiler: Crystal!Spike]]'s second form. The first one was [[MightyGlacier huge and strong, but pretty slow]], and was easily neutralised by Sol, Derpy and [[spoiler: Sylas]], to the point that they were able to hold him down while exposition was going on. However, after [[spoiler: Arcadès tries to turn him back into a normal dragon, and partially succeeds]], he gets a slender body, only twice the size of a pony, and fights with a much [[FragileSpeedster faster]] and [[ConfusionFu unpredictable]] style.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler: Twilight and Spike, by Antarès. It's also hinted that Antarès might also be brainwashed, and is only evil because Nebula Shade, who is hidden inside the artifact which he has been using; has the power to bring out the bad side of the beings she comes in contact with.]]
* BroughtDownToNormal: [[spoiler: Shining Armor gets his horn broken by Spica!Twilight when she attacks him and Cadence.]] Later, [[spoiler: Antarès loses his magic when Quivering Star manages to separate himself from his alter-ego]].
* CampGay: [[spoiler: Sirius, Nebula's younger brother and [[DefectorFromDecadence the only Dethicorn among Sylas' old allies]].
* CastingAShadow: [[spoiler: Spica!Twilight]] seems to be able to make her surroundings darker, but it may also be caused by the mass amounts of shadowy energy that was sent along with her, which would mean it actually is [[spoiler: Antarès]]' doing. [[spoiler: Sirius]] uses shadow magic as well, by virtue of being [[spoiler: both a Dethicorn and a {{Necromancer}}]].
* CasualDangerDialogue: By virtue of TalkingIsAFreeAction, some characters tend to discuss important, but less-than-urgent points at times where they should focus more on fighting back or running away.
* CatchPhrase. Arcadès doesn't say it that much, but he has a tendency to claim that "[he] wont fall in the same trap twice". So far, he's delivered on that, notably with Rainbow Dash Sonic Rainboom-ing in the face. He gets hit at full force the first time she tries it, he just swats her away with no difficulty the second time. If he keeps going like that, and judging by all the things he gets hit with, he's gonna be progressively more difficult to defeat...
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler: Zecora. She appears briefly when Arcadès refuels himself in the Everfree Forest by burning the trees, she is last seen running away from the fire]] and we get no sign of her for a bunch of chapters. She finally reappears [[spoiler: while the Mane 6 minus Twilight are searching for Sol and Derpy in the forest. They find her along with Steven Magnet, and looks a little worse for wear after nearly avoiding being burned to cinders]].
* CombinationAttack: One of the spells Quivering Star uses is a "synchronisation spell", which allows him to connect to magic artifacts or other Unicorns. He does it a few times with Twilight Sparkle in order to cast bigger spells while fighting Arcadès. [[spoiler: The spells can also serve to control other Unicorn's movements and spells, almost like puppet strings. Twilight learns it the hard way when Quivering reveals who he really is]].
* CoolVersusAwesome:The duel between Princess Luna and Arcadès in the Everfree Forest: An Alicorn's lightning spells and etheareal blades made of Lunar Energy vs a Dragon's fire breath and FlamingSword.
* CurbStompBattle: [[spoiler: Celestia]] gets absolutely OWNED by [[spoiler: Antarès/Quivering]] right after a huge PlotTwist. It helped that she was already exhausted from her previous battle against [[spoiler: Emperald]]. [[spoiler: Twilight Sparkle]] also gets outclassed by the same opponent after giving him a good fight.
** [[spoiler: During their encounter above Stellmare, Nebula manages to force BOTH Princesses to use a DesperationAttack against her, just so they can escape her overwhelming electrocution spell, and Nebula simply floats away while her opponents fall towards the city. She did that while possessing Cadence's exhausted body.]] A while later, [[spoiler: she completely WRECKS the Mane6 when they finally get at the top of the Ras Alhague Tower, giving them no chance to strategize and countering every single one of their moves with her [[PsychoElectro lightning]], EyeBeams and CombatTentacles]].
* CuteClumsyGirl: Derpy, as innocent as she is clumsy. She can crash in spectacular ways by just bumping into someone WHILE WALKING AT A NORMAL PACE, and when asked to transport Sol, she's suddenly unable to fly in a straight line and crashes into a fountain by doing a sharp turn at full speed for no reason.
* CombatTentacles: [[spoiler: Quivering/Antarès]] has these. Nine of them. With very sharp tips. [[spoiler: All Dethicorns apparently had these, and Nebula Shade can manifest hers on the artifact that contains her soul.]]
* DanceBattler: [[spoiler: Trixie, who focused more on having an acrobatic fighting style, rather than relying on her magic, which she admits is relatively weak.]]
* DataCrystal: Quivering's magic orb is a very big crystal ball that can hold lots of information and even act as a GPS. [[spoiler: Once Quivering reveals his true colors and unlocks the orb's (or rather, the Star Of Sylas) full power, he shows that it even has millenia-old recordings of the Stellmare Clan, as well as the three tribes.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Sol frequently comments on everything around him, especially his boss' awkward behavior.
* DecoyProtagonist: [[spoiler: Quivering Star, as he later reveals he's the villain, and the Mane6, minus Twilight, and plus Sol, Derpy, Sylas and a few cameos (including Doctor Whooves) form the main group that goes to stop him.]]
* DefectorFromDecadence: [[spoiler: Sylas and a few other friends of his were the only ones to try and stop the battle between the rest of the corrupted Stellmare Clan and the rebelling Crystal Dragons. Among them was also Sirius Shade, Nebula's brother and the only Dethicorn not to take part in this senseless war]].
* DemonicPossession: Not only can [[spoiler: Nebula Shade corrupt magic-oriented ponies such as Antarès]], she can also take control of someone else's body, and does just that with [[spoiler: Cadence, in order to attack Celestia and Luna, who are infiltrating the city of Stellmare]].
* DittoFighter / MegaManning: [[spoiler: Crystal!Spike's second form]] seems to be able to "scan" his opponents and copy something from them. He starts by copying Arcadès' sword, creating a smaller, crystalline, self-repairing version of it. Later, he copies [[spoiler: Arcadès' wings, down to their ridiculous and impractical size. He quickly adjusts them for him to be able to fly, though. Even later, he copies his ability to [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim shout]].]]
* DynamicEntry: Arcadès gets to the recieving end of a few of these. Rainbow Dash Sonic Rainbooms him the face once, though he manages to swat her away the second time she tries it. But it doesn't take long before Sol and Derpy fly into his face at absurd speeds after being launched from Pinkie's [[{{BFG}} bazooka]].
* EpicFail: Courtesy of Derpy when she tries to help during a fight against Arcadès. She can't fly straight while lifting Sol, and ends up crashing into a fountain. She only manages to hit Arcadès when Pinkie Pie shoots her and Sol from her out-of-nowhere {{BFG}}. She completely misses her target when she tries to swoop down on him a second time, and crashes into the ground, leaving him in StunnedSilence.
* EvilAllAlong: [[spoiler: Quivering Star, or rather Antarès Stellmare]].
* EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor: [[spoiler: Antarès]] regularly gives a shot at throwing racist and mysoginistic remarks around, and following them with an EvilLaugh.
* EvilLaugh : [[spoiler: Quivering does that a lot once he becomes drops his act, as to show he's gone full villain.]]
* EvilMatriarch: [[spoiler: Nebula Shade, the wife of Sylas Stellmare, who founded the Stellmare Clan with him, but betrayed everyone for power, and is still active in the present day due to being a SealedEvilInACan]].
* EvilPlan: [[spoiler: Since the beginning, Quivering Star/Antarès Stellmare was looking for a way to unlock his orb's true power, in order to revive the Stellmare Clan and TakeOverTheWorld with raw magic power. He traveled aboard his flying tower to find clues about his clan's past. When in Ponyville, he finally found a book written by the clan's founder, and discovered that he needed the Elements of Harmony to reactivate the orb at full power. Coincidentally, the Mane 6 were around him and Arcadès was a big enough threath to bust out the big guns. He simply waited for the wielders of the Elements to use them against the Dragon, and promptly synchronised with Twilight, forcing her to use the Rainbow of Light on the tower instead of on Arcadès, depleting the Elements and recharging his artifact. After that, he dropped his act as a traveling mage and went on to gather enough power to TakeOverTheWorld and exterminate all Ponies who can't use magic.]]
* EyeBeam: [[spoiler: Nebula]] can do that, wether [[spoiler: from inside the Star of Sylas, or as an AstralProjection]].
* FangsAreEvil: The Crystal Dragons, of course. But more importantly, [[spoiler: Quivering Star, once he reveals his real identity as Antarès, and even Twilight Sparkle after she gets brainwashed by him.]]
* FightingFromTheInside: [[spoiler: Twilight Sparkle]] has been fighting her evil side, preventing herself from using her full power and [[spoiler: allowing her friends as well as Trixie to defeat her]]. The same thing seems to be true for [[spoiler: the real Quivering Star, who is also weakening Antarès from the deeps of his own mind]].
* FireIceLightning: Arcadès' three kids, Sulfurite, Stalagmite and Fulgurite respectively. Also, Arcadès himself uses a lot of fire, while [[Antarès and Nebula]] are quite fond of lightning magic.
* FlipPersonality: [[spoiler: Quivering Star and Antarès, even tough the evil side aknowledged and started directly interacting with the good one after the third flip, and apparently managed to suppress him, taking full control of himself]].
* FloatingContinent / OminousFloatingCastle: [[spoiler: According to Sylas Stellmare, the Stellmare Clan used to have their own flying city at the peak of their glory. And Antarès is trying to find it and make it work again. As of Chapter 18, he succeeds, and the city immediately looks like it may be too much for Equestria to handle.]]
* FrickinLaserBeams: [[spoiler: Emperald]] can shoot energy beams from his claws, ConvergingStreamWeapon style.
* GatlingGood: Sol weilds a [[spoiler: Stellmare-made]] minigun during one fight, but quickly depletes all its ammo, and discards it by throwing it at [[spoiler: Antarès]], who destroys it before it hits him.
* GenreSavvy: The Princesses and Arcadès, when [[spoiler: Spike apparently becomes normal again after having been under Antarès' control for a few chapters]]. They don't give much credit to that, what with the numerous cases of FaceHeelTurn and BrainwashedAndCrazy they've seen, and decide to [[spoiler: restrain Spike, just to be sure]].
** [[spoiler: Nebula also has a bit of that, since [[ShutUpKirk she keeps interrupting her opponents]] [[TalkToTheFist when they try to reason with her during a fight]], and attacks them from all sides, forcing them to spend more time defending each other instead of attacking her]].
* GentleGiant: Arcadès has shades of this, when not trying to kill Quivering Star and destroy his magic orb, he acts kindly towards Spike and Derpy, for reminiscing him of his youth and for delivering him his mail, respectively. [[spoiler: Emperald]] also acts like that towards [[spoiler: his two nephews and his niece]].
* HardLight: [[spoiler: Even tough Nebula died long ago and put her soul inside the Star of Sylas, her AstralProjection is still powerful enough to physically attack the Mane6, while Sylas' is too weak to be tangible. Though he later manages to absorb enough energy coming from the city's heart to become a "solid" ghost, most like his old allies who pop up around the same time]].
* HesBack: [[spoiler: Luna manages to negociate her way out of the crystal sphere whe was stuck into by the Crystal Dragons, and goes to heal her sister in order to help against Antarès, bringing both Princesses into the fray in the span of two chapters, after they've been out for at least ten chapters beforehand]].
** [[spoiler: Twilight Sparkle when she gets freed from Antarès' brainwashing with the help of her friends and Trixie.]]
* IdenticalGrandson: When [[spoiler: the spirit of Sylas Stellmare, founder of the Stellmare Clan]], reveals himself to Sol and Derpy, it's quickly noted that he has the same appearance and even the same voice as [[spoiler: Antarès/Quivering]] despite the all the generations separating them.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Each chapter is named after spatial events, such as Supernova, Pulsar, Comet or Dark Matter. However, the story up until now doesn't have much to do with space or stars, aside from [[spoiler: Quivering's magic orb, called "The Star" by the Crystal Dragons, and Arcadès seeing an unknown constellation slowly appearing in the night sky. Antarès' name also comes from the brightest star in the Scorpion constellation]].
** The star/space theme slowly makes itself clearer over time, such as the reveal about [[spoiler: Nebula Shade being the one who introduced her passion of stars to the Stellmares]], and eventually the appearance of [[spoiler: artifacts such as the Ophiuchus Heart, which draws its energy from space, and the [[WesternZodiac zodiacal stones]] which help keep its power in check and were brought by Nebula and the Dethicorns]].
* InfernalRetaliation: [[spoiler: The principle of Arcadès' LimitBreak]].
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: Arcadès, and later [[spoiler: his big brother Emperald, as well as Arcadès' THREE kids, Stalagmite, Sulfurite and Fulgurite]]. They're not exactly your usual type of dragon either, they are soon revealed to be [[spoiler: Crystal Dragons]], a unique species who has a bit of an history with the Stellmare Clan, [[spoiler: one of the main reasons for that seems to be because the Stellmares CREATED them, or at least made them into what they are by experimenting on them]].
* IronicNurseryTune: [[spoiler: Spica!Twilight sings a slower, distorted version of her and Cadence's song, before appearing and attacking the latter.]]
* ItsAllAboutMe: [[spoiler: Nebula.]]
* KillItWithFire: Arcadès uses a lot of fire attacks with either his FlamingSword or his breath.
* KnightOfCerebus: Arcadès, even though he has his ComicallySerious moments; instantly makes everything more serious and action-packed when he appears. [[spoiler: Antarès does an even better job than him, although he also cracks a few (tasteless) jokes every now and then.]]
* LeeroyJenkins: After getting some supporting advice from Fluttershy, Sol decides to go confront [[spoiler: Antarès]] alone, because ItsPersonal. It doesn't stick for long, but had he been able to go alone, he probably would've been killed either by [[spoiler: monsters from the Everfree Forest, or by Antarès himself]].
* ALoadOfBull: [[spoiler: Taurus, one of the security systems, which appears as a gigantic black bull]].
* MadeOfIron: Arcadès. Taking a Sonic Rainboom point blank to the face, and still be able to stand up right after it certainly count.
* MasterOfIllusion: [[spoiler: Trixie, even though she prefers using her acrobatics to fight, can still muster up pretty decent invisibility spells. Kinda useless against Antarès though, who is so full of magic that his eyes can see through it.]]
* MindRape: [[spoiler: Quivering/Antarès does that to Twilight Sparkle in order to forcefully get her on his side]].
* {{Necromancer}}: [[spoiler: Sirius]] who summons a horde of wailing souls with a giant pentagram while fighting [[spoiler: Taurus]]
* NiceHat: Sol wears some sort of red military beret/flat cap. [[spoiler: Sylas Stellmare]] wears a large, purple, [[Franchise/FinalFantasy red mage-like]] hat with a white feather on it,[[spoiler: even as a ghost/magic hologram]]. [[spoiler: Quivering/Antarès]] also makes himself a black one, with [[spoiler:[[RefugeInAudacity Celestia's ripped wing]]]] serving as the feather. Finally, [[spoiler: Spica!Twilight]] gets a dark blue one.
* NoNonsenseVillain: [[spoiler: While most characters tend to [[TalkingIsAFreeAction chat a lot during fights]] and [[MotiveRant question]] [[KirkSummation each]] [[ShutUpHannibal other's]] [[ShutUpKirk motives]], Nebula has a tendency to simply interrupt what her opponents have to say by [[TalkToTheFist attacking them mid-sentence]] and keep attacking them without interruption, while keeping her EvilGloating for after she's beaten down her foes. [[PunctuatedPounding Or while she's beating them.]] ]]
* NoticingTheFourthWall: In a weird way: After being hit by a magic discharge from his malfunctioning orb, Quivering starts having hallucinations in the form of [[MemeticMutation memes]] revolving around the world he's in. He sees Fluttershy and Rarity as a tree and a marshmallow on a few occasions, and Scootaloo as a chicken, for example. [[spoiler: It's gone after he reveals his real identity, and may have been a part of his disguise]].
* PainfulTransformation: Spike's cristallisation. By extent, all the other Crystal Dragons' cristallisations. It involves having a myriad of magically-charged crystal shards stabbed into the subject's body.
* PimpedOutCape: Quivering Star wears a cape reminiscent of Trixie's. It seems to hide his Cutie Mark, he refuses to take it off even when at the spa, and gets angry when Twilight barges into his room when he takes it off. [[spoiler: It actually hides his nine, black CombatTentacles]].
* PlayingWithFire: Spitfire basically becomes a living fireball while fighting. It proves very useful when she manages to [[spoiler: partially melt one of Emperald's wings by flying through it, forcing him to retread underground]]. Sulfurite, one of Arcadès' three kids, can apparently emit fire and heat.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Boy, is [[spoiler: Antarès]] discriminating towards everyone who [[spoiler: isn't a unicorn/can't use magic]]. He's also pretty misogynistic towards [[spoiler: Trixie]].
* PsychoElectro: [[spoiler: Quivering/Antarès]] has a real knack for electrocution, [[spoiler: be it from his Unicorn magic or his CombatTentacles]]. [[spoiler: Nebula Shade]] seems to like electrocuting her opponents as well, the similarity is even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] during [[spoiler: her short encounter with Celestia and Luna]].
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: [[spoiler: Nebula Shade. Even the Star of Sylas changes colors accordingly once she manifests herself.]]
* RedEyesTakeWarning: [[spoiler: Nebula Shade, once she reveals herself as having been inside the Star of Sylas all along, by making her eyes appear on the artifact.]]
* RedRightHand: Quivering Star has crooked horn, which is hereditary in his family, it doesn't seem to signify any kind of anomaly, even though he has a [[InsufferableGenius haughty]] and [[SociallyAwkwardHero awkward]] behavior. He also uses his magic normally despite that, at least before his orb malfunctions and he gets hit by a magic discharge that gives him hallucinations and makes his spells unstable. [[spoiler: And even after that, he actually IS evil, but his crooked horn is still unrelated]].
* SealedEvilInACan: [[spoiler: Nebula Shade, who managed to avoid dying or being sealed away by putting her soul inside the Star of Sylas 1000 years ago. She started waking up when Quivering Star discovered the artifact and started using it, and is completely awakened a short while after the Star is reunited with the flying city of Stellmare, all the while staying hidden and advancing her plans.]]
* SealedGoodInACan: [[spoiler: Sylas Stellmare, founder of the Stellmare Clan, transfered his mind inside the very book Quivering Star was looking for. But he only manages to manifest himself to the heroes a couple of chapters after TheReveal, since he didn't have enough energy to intervene at the time Quivering/Antarès revealed his identity and intentions.]]
* ShockAndAwe: Luna uses a lot of lighting spells, as demonstrated during her fight against Arcadès. Fulgurite, one of Arcadès' three kids, is also able to turn himself into a lighting bolt.
* ShoutOut: To [[Series/KamenRider Kamen Rider]], when Arcadès basically uses a Rider Kick on [[spoiler: Luna]].
** [[spoiler: To [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]], when Arcadès tries to destroy a magical forcefield with a FUS RO DAH. It doesn't work, but Crystal!Spike shows up right after that and charges the team with a [[SuperSpeed WULD NA KEST]] shout.]]
** To Franchise/StarWars, VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII, KingdomHearts, PowerRangers, VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}, and [[SoulSeries Soulcalibur]] when during a fight in an armory, [[spoiler: Antarès]] uses weapons that are described as looking like Darth Maul's double-ended lightsaber, a Gunblade, a Keyblade, the Green Ranger's Dagger-flute, the Monado and Soul Edge. Sol also picks up a weapon that might be a Soul Calibur look-a-like during the same fight.
* SlasherSmile: [[spoiler: Quivering, once he becomes Antarès.]]
* SlaveRace: [[spoiler: The Crystal Dragons were nothing more than living tools for the Stellmare Clan one thousand years ago. They were created to help them, granted, but they were also supposed to live with them in harmony. However, it was the Dethicorns' corruption that pushed the Stellmares to treat them like dirt. Only Sylas and a few of his close friends managed to remain sane and tried to stop this, to no avail... When Arcadès and Sylas meet again at present day, the latter makes it clear that he never intended that and wishes to mend for his Clan's mistakes,and Arcadès accepts to put the past aside and gives his help to the heroes.]]
* SmugSnake: [[spoiler: Antarès]], even though he's been shown to have enough power and ressources to back his confidence up, at least until now.
* SplitPersonalityTakeover: [[spoiler: Antarès]] seems to be completely independent from [[spoiler: Quivering Star]], even going as far as denying his other personality's existence and being appaled and angered when other characters claim that the other one was real. [[spoiler: When Sol points out that he never manages to finish off his opponents despite all the power he's gathered, he finally gets a clue that his other side might not be completely gone, and sets off for a BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind to get rid of it]].
* StraightGay: [[spoiler: Guardian Blade, who acts as a {{Foil}} to Sirius' CampGay]].
* SupernaturalGoldEyes: Arcadès has glowing, yellow eyes that act almost like car-lights in the dark. At one point, he makes them glow strong enough to make them work like a spotlight. There are a few times he's surprised or confused enough to lose his eyes' glowiness for a few seconds, revealing his naturally golden pupils, and a slight tendecy to [[FishEyes derp]]. [[spoiler: Quivering sports them after revealing is real identity.]]
* SuperStrength: Sol has a form of it, being able to straighten Quivering's tower, which has been leaning Pisa-style, by bucking it really hard.
* TronLines: [[spoiler: A lot of stuff that belonged or was created by the Stellmare Clans has these when charged with magic, including Quivering Star's flying tower once the orb absorbs the power of the Elements, and the entire city of Stellmare once it is revived]].
* TheUnintelligible: Sol briefly sees his voice replaced by duck quacks after Quivering uses a half-failed silence spell on him, because he was snarking a bit too much. [[IntelligibleUnintelligible Quivering still understands what he's saying, though]].
* TheWorfBarrage: [[spoiler: Shining Armor and Cadence try to use ThePowerOfLove on Spica!Twilight, just like they did against Chrysalis, in the hope it will turn her normal again. She not only resists it, but even manages to shoot a powerful spell trough it and destroy Shining's horn, knocking him down and cancelling the spell.]]
* [[UnwillingRoboticisation Unwilling Crystallisation]]: [[spoiler: Spike gets turned into a Crystal Dragon by the villain, just like Arcadès, Emperald and a bunch of unseen dragons were a thousand years ago.]]
* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler: Antarès may be this, since he doesn't realize that Nebula Shade is HiddenInPlainSight inside his artifact and taking advantage of his actions. It may also have to do with the fact that he was probably brainwashed into being evil, and thus is even less in control than he thinks he is.]]
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: While the fanfic itself has some serious elements and mildly violent fight scenes, it tries to keep the show's lightearted atmosphere. However, once [[spoiler: Quivering Star reveals his real identity and evil plans]], all bets are off and Arcadès doesn't seem particularly evil in comparison. [[spoiler: Quivering/Antarès almost kills CELESTIA after his reveal, kidnaps Twilight Sparkle and tries to forcefully turn Spike into a Crystal Dragon. When Twilight manages to free herself and fights Antarès, she gets savagely beaten, though not as much as Celestia, then gets mind-raped by her opponent]], and he's far from done...
** Things get even worse when [[spoiler: Nebula]] shows up: [[spoiler: she's the one who made Quivering evil, and her behavior and motives are very similar to his, but even worse. Same thing for when she fights, she's as violent and relentless as her UnwittingPawn, if not more.]]
* TheVillainMakesThePlot: Arcadès doesn't take long before [[OutsideContextVillain coming out of nowhere and bringing some new, unexpected conflict along with him]]. Becomes even worse after TheReveal, where [[spoiler: Quivering reveals himself as the "real" villain who wants to take revenge for what happened to his clan 1000 years ago, and create a unicorn supremacy]]. Finally, [[spoiler: things quickly approach their climax after we learn that [[ManBehindTheMan Nebula Shade]] might have been responsible for all of this just from inside the Star of Sylas, and is also trying to take revenge, along with reviving her race]].
* VillainProtagonist: [[spoiler: Quivering/Antarès is already the main character while undercover, and still has lots of screentime even after showing his true colors.]]
* VillainsActHeroesReact: Like in the actual show, the characters wouldn't have been going on an epic, Equestria-saving adventure, if antagonists like Arcadès, [[spoiler: Antarès and Nebula]] didn't suddenly pop up and started being threats to the kingdom with their already planned actions and motivations.
* VisionaryVillain: [[spoiler: Antarès/Quivering]] has plans to turn Equestria into a "perfect world". Too bad his methods basically make him a [[ANaziByAnyOtherName nazi]]...
* WeaponizedHeadgear: [[spoiler: Antarès]] throws his [[PrecisionGuidedBoomerang magically-infused]] NiceHat at [[spoiler: Trixie]].
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: Recited word-by-word by Sol before he throws his shiort-lived, out-of-ammo minigun at an opponent.
* WesternZodiac: The [[spoiler: Stellmare Security Systems]] are all based on that.
* WingsDoNothing: Arcadès has huge, worn out wings that just drag behind him like a cape. He can't move them, and probably can't feel anything with them either, since he barely reacts when [[spoiler: Antarès]] pins one of them to a wall he's climbing. Arcadès just keeps going and lets his wing get ripped.
* WouldHitAGirl: [[spoiler: Antarès/Quivering]], twice so far. First time for [[spoiler: Celestia]], the second for [[spoiler: Twilight Sparkle]].
* WreathedInFlames: A tactic used by Arcadès a few times, but never really to its full potential. [[spoiler: He finally shows how much this ability of his counts at the end of his fight against Crystal!Spike, where he burns an entire building and lets himself fall into the inferno, in order to jump back out of it and attack his opponent like a giant, living fireball]].