As her twenty-first birthday dawns, Twilight Sparkle finds her simple life turned upside down. While her birthright forces itself into her life, Twilight also has to deal with the arrival of three Alicorns. No pony knows where they came from or what they want, and the Alicorns seem intent on keeping themselves and their purposes hidden. To uncover the truth, Twilight will set sail for distant, ancient lands with old and new friends.This is a My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fan fiction written by Tundara. You can find this fanfic here.Side stories are:The Longest NightVelvet Sparkle and the Queen in StoneThe Apple and the Fox
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Absurdly Youthful Mother: In chapter 3 of Velvet Sparkle and the Queen in Stone, Velvet had birthed her first daughter, when she was 16.
Though she had excused herself that it was a different time and she was living and grew up in a different culture.
Adorkable: The first chapter shows that Twilight also has a checklist for symptoms of her usual panic attacks.
Even as a goddess, Twilight still acts like her usual eager-to-learn student self.
Badass Boast: Given one by Shyara's mother ( Astraea) to Ares in chapter 6 during Shyara's dream:
Astraea: No, Ares, you will not have them. With the last of my strength, I spit upon you. With the last of my will, I curse you. With the last of my love, I will save my herd. With the last of my magic, I will send them somewhere you can never reach them.
Badass Grandpa: The old zebra shaman Zubu is very elderly, yet can still kick Gilda's hind whenever she displeases him.
Been There, Shaped History: During The Longest Night, Twilight and Luna both went back 1000 years because of Celestia's wish at that time after Luna/Nightmare Moon's banishment ( the 'shooting star' was actually Iridia as told in chapter 6 of Myths and Birthrights) and talked with Celestia, which in turn gave her hope and made her prepare for Luna's return.
Big Damn Heroes: Aphrodite (Gaea's equivalent to Ioka's Cadence) saved Rarity, Trixie and Shyara from a Slaughter Daimon just in time before it killed them.
Little Sister Instinct: Sweetie Belle actually physically assaults Diamond Tiara when she calls her sister "useless" and acts like she doesn't care that she's been sent to Gaea.
Classical Mythology: It has a large influence in this universe, especially in Gaea, where it is ruled the Greek Pantheon alicorns.
Comfort Food: In chapter 3, we are told that Luna ate a tub of mint and chocolate ice-cream to calm her nerves once when the stars started shunning her after returning from her exile in the moon.
Cool Sword: Celestia's sword, Coronal Edge. For added coolness bonus points, it was apparently forged on the surface of the sun and appears to have a will of its own.
Crapsack World: Gaea is a parallel world which has been destroyed by a catastrophic war and slaughter between Alicorns and Titans.
Culture Clash: The alicorn fillies (especially Tyr) saw a big difference in cultures between their world (Gaea) and the world they have been transported to (Ioka).
Dark World: Gaea (Ancient Greece-like world) is this to Ioka (where our friends live).
Deity Of Pony Origin: Fluttershy was never born as an alicorn but in chapter 16, Artemis gave her her alicorn powers which ascended Fluttershy into an Alicorn of Forests.
Also in the same chapter, Aphrodite exorcised Serene by forcing her powers to be given to Rarity instead, turning her into an alicorn.
Divine Date: Fluttershy and Big Mac's romance from interlude 2 and afterwards.
Expy: Zeus is one of the Zeus from Disney's Hercules. In addition, the as-of-yet unnamed necromancer Big Bad from Velvet Sparkle and the Queen in Stone is pretty much the Myths and Birthrights version of King Sombra. Word of God outright says so.
The Halla is a merging of the Vikings and Native Americans.
Gaia is a world of Greek Mythology.
Zebrica is Africa.
The Griffin aeries are Byzantium, with a bit of the Italian city-states. The old griffin empires before the fracture are based on Rome.
Flat World: Ioka. It's literally a planet-sized disk on the tips of four almost-as-big mountians on the back of an even bigger turtle.
Friendly Enemies: Captain Hardy and Bloodrose 'Bonnie' Belle ( who is Rarity and Sweetie Belle's mother) are enemies (Hardy is a navy officer and Bloodrose is a pirate captain), yet very polite towards each other.
Give Her A Normal Life: Alicorns (in Ioka) are given life as mortals since birth until their awakening (a time when their alicornhood become active).
God Save Us from the Queen!: Iridia after the Unicorns killed her first daughter, Namyra. She might be the reason why all Unicorns are cursed to only dream once a year.
She is getting better though, as shown in the second interlude.
Though, in chapter 3 of Velvet Sparkle and the Queen in Stone, she warned the Halla that they will have have stillborn fawns/foals. That didn't stop the Halla blaming her for it.
Knight Templar Parent: Astraea. The alicorns foals are in danger (she thinks). She must protect them, and she'll do anything to protect them.
She's like this to stars too. She believes that Twilight stole them from her (even if she's in Ioka and not Gaea) and she is trying to regain her physical alicorn body to usurp Twilight and retake the stars, which she believes are hers and only hers.
Literal-Minded: In Interlude 2, we are shown that Sol (the Sun) can be dense when following orders. Cue the Sun literally dropping from the sky when Celestia ordered it to the first time.
Living Dream: What Fleur, Rarity and Fluttershy were having in earlier chapters due to having their souls merged with the souls of their Alternate Universe selves.
Make a Wish: In this universe, anytime a star falls, anyone can wish on anything and one of the stars can make the wish true if Twilight grants it.
It is a main thing in chapter 15.
There are three things in which wishes are incapable of doing:
Bringing back the dead.
Forcing ponies to fall in love.
Killing the pony.
Mama Bear: Twilight to the stars. When three stars went missing, she took her time to find them again. She had almost slain Draco the Star Dragon for devouring them (plus mortally injuring Pinkie Pie).
Mirror World: There is a parallel world called Gaea where it is ruled by a Greek-like pantheon of alicorns.
Obfuscating Stupidity: Blueblood normally acts like a very pompous and snobbish prince, though we are shown in chapter 17 that he is the current Vice Chief of Naval Staff for the Crystal Navy, in other words, a Spymaster..
Perpetual Frowner: Zubu. His frowns and scowls are more frequent than his smiles. Though, that could be because he believes that he's the Only Sane Man (zebra, actually).
Sirius. She's very hard to please and impress. She also doesn't accept Twilight as her new mistress unless she gives her a reason to respect her.
Gilda, especially after her cousin's death.
Physical God: The general rule for this story seems to be that if it's an alicorn, it's this trope. They're even called (and treated like) gods.
Privateer: The Sea Serpent's crew are privateers working for Prance to pillage Trotugese merchant ships.
Raised by Natives: In Velvet Sparkle and the Queen in Stone, it is shown that Velvet Sparkle lived and grew up with the Halla (deer-folk in the Taiga) when she was a filly after losing her family in the Taiga. She also mated with one and had a daughter with the Halla.
Sealed Evil in a Can: Although only Celestia and Luna still consider her evil, Iridia, Twilight's birth mother and Celestia and Luna's aunt, was a statue like Discord before her release to meet her daughter.
Serious Business: While Luna can't see Fluttershy's date with Big Macintosh as very important compared to Fluttershy's magic lessons, Iridia thinks that her date is very important.
Sharing a Body: Rarity, Fluttershy and Fleur each have a dead alicorn from the Mirror World living inside their body. Fluttershy's was willing to fade to Elysium to let Fluttershy live, but Rarity's and Fleur's were battling for dominance. Rarity seems to have lost the battle for total body control.
Sins of Our Fathers: Because of some unicorns managing to kill Namyra, the rest of the unicorns were cursed to only dream once per year, and it carried on to the present.
She started trying to atone again after Twilight's Awakening.
The Dreaded: Chapter 6 tells us that Iridia had titles which makes her seem to deserve this trope (Deathgiver, Black Star, She Who Shall Not Be Named and Bloodmaned).
Zeus, of course. When Shyara found out he was on Ioka and in Canterlot, she was first afraid of him being here, then she was afraid of him not being on Gaea due to being this trope to keep the others in line.
The Empire: What the Prench usually see Equestria as.
We are getting hints that Zebrica could be considered one, even having a tyrannical Empress.
The Obi-Wan: Zubu is an old zebra shaman who is also being a mentor to Gilda after finding her wounded after a large battle against rival griffin aeries. He patiently tries teaching her some defensive zebra spells, but he is starting to become less patient considering he is nearing death of old age, especially when he sees her practicing offensive spells instead of shields.
Your Normal Is Our Taboo: Tyr told Fleur de Lys casually that Celestia ordered that anyone who impersonates a priest is sentenced to an execution. Other ponies, especially Celestia and Rarity, found that information horrifying. The reason Tyr said it was because she thought Fleur is impersonating one of their priests (she didn't know she was in a completely different world).