Fan Fic: Crossed Paths
Crossed Paths is a crossover Fan Fiction by The Rogue Wolf and can be found here.What do a globetrotting archaeologist, a time-tossed samurai, and six magical multicolored ponies have in common? Not much! But when a magical gem and sheer coincidence throw them into a strange new place seemingly formed out of the worst aspects of each of their worlds, they're going to have to work together to get home - while they still have homes to get back to!
Tropes present in this work:
- Adventure Archaeologist: Indy, of course.
- Bittersweet Ending: In the recreation of Equestria, this happens for all four duos; they all manage to escape and reconcile with each other, but not without some sacrifices on their part. Twilight and Jack had to kill many corrupted innocent ponies and couldn't stop the Many; Dash and Indy were unable to save anypony from the haunted orphanage, aside from Scootaloo, who was already dead; Pinkie and Fluttershy had to leave Lyra and Trixie in their own story to fight the Taken themselves; and Applejack and Rarity had to kill Diamond Tiara in order to escape the hospital.
- The story itself; the group reasons with Fracture and assists it, allowing them to return to their homeworlds. Yet they never see each other again - at least not that we know of yet.
- Bonding Over Missing Parents: Indy and Applejack.
- Book Ends: Upon returning to their own worlds, Indy and the mane six find themselves in the areas where they disappeared, and presumably Jack did as well (though his scene starts a while after he returns to his world, so we don't know for sure).
- Came Back Strong: Several of the group's old enemies are brought back tougher. The swordsman who Indy simply shot is now able to deflect bullets with his sword. Demongo can now become his enslaved warriors and fight battles personally.
- Cerebus Syndrome: The chapters in the recreation of Indy's world and before it were pretty lighthearted, since the plot had yet to develop much past the basics. The recreation of Jack's world fleshed the plot out much more and helped to pile on the serious aspect of this story. Knowing how peaceful Equestria is, you'd expect it to be a lot more Lighter and Softer. It isn't.
- Chekhov's Gunman: The tiger Fluttershy befriends. With some shades of Back for the Dead, given how it dies shortly after returning.
- Continuity Nod: Several. One is the swap-the-macguffin-trick Indy used in Raiders of the Lost Ark. It still doesn't work.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Fracture, the main villain and the cause of the alternate universes, is connected to each and every timeline to ever exist, and is pretty much a sentient universe. Yet even he can't stand up to Fluttershy's Stare.
- Empathic Weapon: When Jack is incapacitated at one point, Rarity picks up his sword with her telekinesis and wields it. When she does this, she actually senses the sword judging her. Fortunately, it found her worthy.
- Gladiator Games: In the recreation of Jack's world, the group gets trapped in the Dome of Doom and forced to face several of their old enemies.
- Hope Spot: The group finally meet back up with each other after two long chapters of danger and fear, and it looks like they're doing alright now, back to joking around...then they get attacked by members of the Thuggee cult from Indy's world.
- Kill 'em All: The recreation of Equestria seems to have had this happen to its residents. [With added zombification for good measure.
- Let's Split Up, Gang: Indy, Jack, and the mane six try to avoid this, but it gets invoked against them sometimes. First in the recreation of Jack's world, where they have to split up in order to fight a group of robots. Then again in the recreation of Equestria, when they are split into duos and sent into different parts of an alternate timeline by Discord.
- Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie get stuck in what appears to be a pony version of Alan Wake, Twilight and Jack go through a Canterlot that has gone through its own version of System Shock 2, Applejack and Rarity are trapped in an Equestrian version of the popular Game Mod Nightmare House 2, and Indy and Dash have to navigate through an Equestrian version of the Shalebridge Cradle from Thief: Deadly Shadows.
- Mood Whiplash: The suspenseful arena battle in the recreation of Jack's world is often broken up by the Large Ham announcer. The group usually snarks that they wish he'd shut up. At one point, Pinkie even finds a way into his booth and starts irritating him, making this even better.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Fracture. Subverted in that he's not exactly evil; he was just doing what he believed would protect him. He is reasoned with rather easily once he sees how much pain the others - particularly Fluttershy - have felt.
- Sequel Hook: Desperate Times. Confirmed by Word of God.
- Tragic Keepsake: Indy has a lighter belonging to his father. He ends up losing it after using it to light up some kerosene barrels to keep off some enemies behind them. Applejack expressed apology in him having to lose it, only to find him grinning and saying that his dad would've been furious if he somehow hadn't.'Junior, you should know that some little bauble is hardly as important as the lives of innocents!'
- What Happened to the Mouse?: It seems we'll never really find out if Princess Luna could stop the Many, or if Trixie and Lyra defeated the Taken.
- Or really what part Discord played in all of this...unless he was just a recreation by Fracture.