Rainbow Dash flies east.Austraeoh
is a lengthy ongoing My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
fanfiction series by Imploding Colon
. New chapters have been released daily since May 2012. There are currently six stories: Austraeoh
, and Ynanhluutr
(ongoing). Each story is 200 chapters long.
The official story summary is the laconic "Rainbow Dash flies east." Indeed, that's the only thing that happens for a while as the story begins: Rainbow Dash is flying in solitude across uninhabited scenic landscapes
, and is about to reach the eastern edge of a map of lands known to the kingdom of Equestria. Where is she heading? Why has she left home? Why does she keep the Element of Loyalty on her? Any answers to these questions will not come early in the story.
The author, Imploding Colon, is an alias of shortskirtsandexplosions
, author of well-known fanfics Background Pony
and The End Of Ponies
, a fact that was not known initially and came as a surprise to many readers. The author has spoken almost nothing about Austraeoh, only briefly acknowledging writing it in some recent blog posts. Although the author never replies to reader comments, he seems to enjoy reading them, as hidden references to last chapter's comments occasionally appear in the next chapter. Starting from about the mid-point of Austraeoh
(the first story in the series), most characters and places have been named after frequent commenters on Fimfiction.Net
- Aerith and Bob: partially caused by the author's practice of naming characters after commenters' nicknames. Aeriths include Zaap Nator, Floydien, Khao, Zaid, Zytharros, Arcshod, Lasairfion. Examples of Bobs are Sam, Stu, Dalton, Jasper Clark ("It's a northern name") and Simon. Then there are traditional (canon-like) pony names such as Gold Petals, Whitemane and Nightshade.
- All Just a Dream: a number of chapters in Innavedr. Nightshade captures Bellesmith and plugs her into a sequencing machine to trick information out of here. As the chapters are through Belle's point of view; the reader doesn't learn it until several chapters later. As those chapters were released, some observant readers guessed it already at the first or second dream chapter, due to Kera behaving "out of character".
- Authority Equals Asskicking: In addition to Prince Sam Rose from Silvadel, we have Prime Enforcer Shell. He's pretty much the leader of the enforcers, and is just as Badass as Rainbow Dash.
- Awesome but Temporary: The Sword of the Solstice was the only reason anypony made it off Stratopolis alive. It also allowed Rainbow Dash to talk to Celestia whenever the sun was up. Rainbow Dash decided to leave it in Durandana to give the pegasi there a link to Celestia.
- Unfortunately, the entirety of the Noble Jury can fit this description- they were fated to part at the Grand Choke since its perils were first mentioned back with the caravan in Windthrow.
- Badass: Rainbow Dash, so much. Also Steelteeth, Roarke, and definitely Prime Enforcer Shell.
- Let us not forget Prince Sam Rose from Silvadel.
- Badass Crew: The Noble Jury. Every single one of them, even the stated non-combative ones, have been shown to handle themselves in a fight.
- The Tarkington's crew is hardly shabby either, especially since many of them-changeling impostors or not- were antagonists at some point in the story.
- Badass Family: And then we have Pilate, Belle and Kera.
- Badass Gay: Both Rainbow Dash and Roarke count for this. Both of them can accomplish feats of strength far beyond most mortal ponies. Granted, Roarke's suit doesn't exactly make it harder for her.
- Eagle and Ebon qualify for this as well, as Eagle is a mercenary by trade and Ebon
- Battle in the Center of the Mind: Bellesmith verses Nightshade in chapter 150 of Innavedr.
- Battle Amongst the Flames: The confrontation at the end of Odrsjot gets extra credit for being both this AND a battle in the rain.
- Battle Couple: Rainbow Dash and Roarke have been this since around when the party re-united in Urohringr, though oddly they don't seem to fight alongside each other as often as you might expect.
- Battle in the Rain: See Battle Amongst the Flames above.
- BFS: The Xonan general Zytharros has a magical sword "twice the size of any full grown pony".
- Big Bad: Prime Enforcer Shell is this for the majority of Eljunbyro, Innavedr and Odrsjot. After him, the next big bad seems to be none other than Queen Chrysalis.
- Big Good: Queen Whitemane, in the first two books. Duchess Arcanista fills this role somewhat in Yaerfaerda.
- Bilingual Bonus: the titles are composed of Old Norse words. The meanings of Eljunbyro ("endurance (re)born") and Odrsjot ("frantic compansionship") are mentioned in the text. The others can be translated as "east horse" (Austraeoh) and "accomplish-wind" (Innavedr).
- Blood Knight: Roarke.
- Book Dumb: Rainbow Dash is this by her own admission.
- Breaking the Fellowship: The Noble Jury disbands in Yaerfaerda, and Rainbow Dash goes into the Grand Choke alone.
- Breather Episode: the Emeraldine arc, where Dash gets to play soccer and meet with the friendly Queen Whitemane. The Alafreo and Durandana arcs of Urohringr are DEFINITELY this, and are the first real spots where you can kick back and relax since... Emeraldine, actually.
- This did not stop paranoid fans from being concerned while they were in progress, however.
- Butt Monkey: Nightshade. She has gone through and continues to go through so much crap that you really do have to wonder if the author hates her.
- Canon Immigrant: Eagle Eye is based on a character of the same name and appearance, appearing in three fanfics (1, 2, 3) by Vimbert the Unimpressive.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Props and Floydien, at least at first impression.
- Character Magnetic Team: The Noble Jury acts as this for much of the main cast.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Enforcer Josho. There is no other way to describe him.
- Cute Ghost Girl: [[Twilight Sparkle. Don't tell her, though.]]
- Cyborg: the Searonese, especially Lady Pestiferous. Also Uncle Prowse.
- Dead to Begin With: The Mane Six are all dead except for Rainbow Dash for the entirety of the books up to Ynanhluutr.
- Defeat Means Friendship: This is how Roarke and Josho come about joining the Jury.
- Defector from Decadence: Josho was just fine with killing Xonans and following the will of Ledomare ... until Shell tried to pervert his idea of justice.
- The Determinator: Prime Enforcer Shell. Seriously, he's relentless!
- Diabolus Ex Machina: In Odrsjot. Belle, Pilate, and Kera have been left in Lerris, where they can start a new life away from war ... and then Shell shows up and slaughters the entire village. The three of them survive, but not without scars.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Enraged by her friends' deaths, Rainbow manages to summon her Element's power and single-hoofedly turn Discord back into a statue. She proceeds to break the statue into pieces.
- Doomed Hometown: And how. Kera has this really bad. No sooner than she arrives at the place she decides to settle down in with Bellesmith and Pilate, which was her hometown before abducted by Nightshade, Prime Enforcer Shell shows up and spreads the fun to everypony!
- Door Stopper: As of 09/15/2014, this story is one thousand chapters long. And it's still not complete.
- Downer Ending: played with, but subverted. Austraeoh seemingly ends with Rainbow dying, but she gets better in Eljunbyro (although it isn't clear that she survived till halfway in Eljunbyro). In the end of Eljunbyro, several main characters get thrown off an airship, but the very ending reveals that they all (unbeknownst to each other) survived the fall.
- Disney Villain Death: Enforcer Shell gets bucked off a bridge by Rainbow Dash in chapter 95 of Eljunbyro. He survives.
- Dream Within a Dream: Bellesmith experiences a severe confusion of dreams and reality when Madame Nightshade plugs her into sequencing while she sleeps and makes her believe that the events of Eljunbyro and Innavedr were hallucinations experienced under sequencing in Blue Shelf. Belle is first driven to suicide in the dreamworld and then made to experience a false awakening in Blue Shelf.
- Driving Question: Why is Rainbow Dash flying east? At least for the first half of the first story.
- Eldritch Abomination: the chaos monsters in Windthrow. Also, what Rainbow becomes when her pendant is removed. And Nevlamas.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Enforcer Josho has no problem killing Xonans, but he refuses to kill his own people.
- Shell is disgusted when he finds out that Nightshade abducted a bunch of unicorn foals, chopped off their horns, and forced then into a Lotus-Eater Machine.
- Evil Is Hammy: Nevlamas, in chapter 123 of ''Odrsjot'' for example.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: Many of the deaths in the series are this. Twilight and the Elements of Harmony are reduced to dust. Nightshade as abandoned and left for dead. Shell is impaled on a stake. There are many, many more.
- Flash Back: several such chapters occur throughout Austraeoh, slowly unveiling the backstory. Then in the first half of Eljunbyro, we finally get the entire backstory in form of several multi-chapter flashbacks.
- Flat World: The fraction of Urohringr that the entire story takes place upon is stated to be a flat side of a dodecagon.
- Good Samaritan: Rainbow Dash flies east. Meanwhile, she simply does what she feels to be right, and accomplishes feats that heal the hearts of ancient, mad Divines, brings peace to two war-torn nation-states, and saves the world from an unstoppable undead plague. She never once asks recompense for this, and as soon as all is well takes wing once more.
- Harsher in Hindsight: Floydien's eccentric personality and manner of speaking are played for laughs initially. Also, there's a humorous scene in Innavedr where we learn his antlers are detachable. Much later, in Yaerfaerda, we learn that he used to speak normally before being tortured by Nightshade, which also apparently caused him to lose most of his memories. And there is a disturbing flashback to Nightshade's ponies beginning to saw his antlers off.
- Heroic BSOD: After the Lerris massacre, Kera is reduced to an unresponsive shadow of a filly.
- How Much More Can She Take: Pretty much the majority of Rainbow Dash and Roarke's fight.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Shell's eventual fate is to be impaled by Rainbow Dash with a stake. The best part is that he still causes trouble for the jury for, arguably, the next hundred-or-so chapters.
- Imposter Forgot One Detail: Played with. The changeling impersonating Prowse did know he has an accent ... but it failed to realize that he only uses that accent as a marketing gimmick. Unfortunately, Prowse's niece Props has forgotten this since she last saw him.
- More generally, changelings have green blood, even when transformed.
- La Résistance: Ponies against dragons in Silvadel.
- Lame Pun Reaction: Happens once when Rainbow refers to "the Ten Commarements", and another time when she uses the phrase "to show the middle fetlock".
- Little Miss Badass: Despite being the youngest of the Jury, Kera has incredible raw magical talent.
- Messianic Archetype: Rainbow Dash is one of at least two, and likely more, ponies destined to spread harmony known as Austraeoh. She exhibits every element of the classic Messianic qualifiers except for having a name directly based off of Jesus.
- Mysterious Watcher: Chapter 17 of Odrsjot ends with a cloaked figure watching the party.
- Mythology Gag: A place called Dream Valley is, according to this story, somewhere in Equestria. Seaponies are also mentioned in passing.
- Never Mess with Granny: Lady Pestiferous. There's a reason the Searonese treat her with such reverence.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: Shell will occasionally engage in some gloating, but usually only while he pounds some poor pony into the ground with his immense magical power.
- Noodle Incident: Props mentioned several such events in her uncle Prowse's life, over 300 chapters before said uncle actually appeared in the story.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: The dragon Matriarch Axan gives one to Rainbow Dash after she melts her hoard.
- Not So Different: Josho delivers a short speech to Shell, trying to make a friend. Shell disagrees. Loudly.
- Shell also is very fond of telling Rainbow Dash how evil she is.
- One Steve Limit: broken with the name Zetta, borne by two characters (one a stallion, the other a mare). Also, Bellesmith is usually called Belle, which generally stands for Sweetie Belle in this fandom.
- Merigold, the Mayor of Amulek, shares a name(with one less R) as Shell's deceased beloved. Once more a subversion of this trope.
- Oh My Gods!: inverted by the Val Roans, who actually use real-word phrases involving God, with God always capitalised. What the nature of their religion is has not been revealed. Played straight with other cultures in the story: Ledomaritians invoke 'the Spark', Xonans Nagu'n, Searonese Searo, while Rainbow Dash herself uses Celestia and Luna's names or sometimes 'Goddess'.
- One-Winged Angel: Lady Pestiferous can turn into a mechanical pony-spider hybrid at will.
- Our Dragons Are Different: The dragons that appear in Austraeoh are, to make a massive understatement, not as friendly as Spike. The dragon Matriarchs are apparently ancient creatures older than the alicorns.
- Pensieve Flashback: through a technology called "sequencing" in the country of Ledomare. Can only be done by unicorns whose horns have been lost or removed. Curiously, this can be done even if only a skeleton is left of the subject whose memories are accessed.
- The Quest
- Recursive Fanfiction: Meat by Nevlamas, featuring Floydien's backstory. More loosely, there are a number of stories inspired by Austraeoh, such as Umbreka,note the Light Trilogy,note The White Void,note Climbing Mountians,note Solem Perditum,note and From the Mist.note
- Samus is a Girl: Roarke is female. ...Not that you can tell from all the armor she wears.
- Sanity Slippage: Shell seems to be getting more and more insane with every appearance. Bellesmith too, but to a lesser extent.
- Significant Anagram: this doesn't come up in the story itself (and probably is just a coincidence in-universe), but Noble Jury, the name of Floydien's airship, is an anagram of Eljunbyro. The author named the ship after a chatroom of the story's fans, whose name in turn was created by putting Eljunbyro into an anagram generator.
- Survivor Guilt: Rainbow has this big time, especially evident in Eljunbyro. She actually has a reason to blame herself too, having succumbed to Discord's temptation.
- Shattered World: Equestrians generally know that the world is a plane, much longer in the east-west direction than in the north-south. In Innavedr we learn that this is only a part of the formerly ring-shaped world, long ago shattered into pieces.
- Stealth Pun: a mysterious group of merchants, which for some reason is called "The Lounge", is mentioned in Odrsjot. In Urohringr, we learn that they are anthropomorphic lizards.
- Steam Punk: many of the civilisations east of Equestria run on steam power combined with magic.
- Sudden Name Change: Happens to two characters near the beginning of Austraeoh. Ironhoof is first introduced as "Stonehoof", and another character's name vacillates between "Sun Plate" and "Iron Plate" before settling on "Gold Plate".
- Sweet Polly Oliver: Gold Petals, who has to pretend to be a stallion to get to join trade caravans.
- Temporary Love Interest: Gold Petals was this... for maybe thirty chapters in Austraeoh at most, and hasn't been mentioned in the story since.
- Title Drop: In Austraeoh, this happens in the last chapter. Even then, the meaning of the word "Austraeoh" is not explained at all till Eljunbyro. In Eljunbyro, Innavedr, and Odrsjot, the title drop happens earlier. In all three cases, it's in the form of a character suddenly and unexpectedly uttering the title word.
- Transferable Memory: The "sequencing" technology of Ledomare.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: Madame Nightshade's goal of achieving world peace.
- Villainous Breakdown: Prime Enforcer Shell gets one in chapter 174 of Eljunbyro. And it only gets worse from there...
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Madame Nightshade, whose goal in life is to end the war where she lost his brother. To do this, among other things, she kidnaps unicorn foals and cuts off their horns (It Makes Sense in Context). Although much less sympathetic, Duke Zaap Nator might also count, sacrificing innocent foals in order to save his city of Darkstine.
- Khao and the cultists count too. They genuinely belive they are Eljunbyro and want to help Austraeoh achieve her destiny. It just so happens that they kidnap and attack the real Eljunbyro in the proccess.
- What If?: When Rainbow Dash abandoned her friends under Discord's influence and the others tried to use the Elements of Harmony against him without her, instead of just not working, the Elements kill them.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Zaid really lets Rainbow have it when she reveals that she sent Roarke away.