I've lived in the great city of Detrot all my life. Ambitions of traveling the world gave way to the cold-shower realization there weren't a lot of places out there more suited to a cop than a city full of crime.
Hard 'Hardy' Boiled
Monster attacks. Crime. Illegal hallucinogens made from electric fruit.They say things didn't use to be like this. They say things were different, before Luna came back 60 years ago, but Detective Hard "Hardy" Boiled of the Detrot Police Department has never known any world other than that demarcated by the seedy streets of his beloved decaying metropolis; a world in which the coroners sing and dance, surveillance bugs have personality disorders, and the Chief of Police is a scarier entity than most of the eldritch things the city attracts.The grey unicorn who turned up dead outside the posh High Step Hotel seemed like just another case, but her missing horn is the pointy tip of a very large and nasty iceberg. It's up to Hardy and his friends - a rejected monster hunter, a psychic cab driver, and an underground antiques heir - to find out whatís going on in an investigation that promises to turn Detrot upside-down and inside-out.Especially if Hardy has anything to say about it.Needs Wiki Magic.Can be found hereThe Side Story 'Nightmare Night' is available here
Deal with the Devil: Cosmo's family made one when he was young to save his life. The original Cosmo, that is. He was born with a weak heart and wasn't expected to live long, so they made a deal with a zebra who provided him with a changeling heart, which would keep him alive so long as it was powered by the love between his parents. What they didn't know was that it didn't just run on their love, but drained it. Cosmo died when his family fell apart, and his doting big brother Jingle Jangle took his name and became one of Detrot's most vicious crimelords.
...getting between After Glow and Swift would have been closely akin to getting between a mother bear and its cub, if the mother bear was endowed with the power to fling a pony into the upper atmosphere.
Might as Well Not Be in Prison at All: Hardy gets this impression of Saussurea (the architect of Supermax prison, who is herself imprisoned for crimes against ponykind) when she reveals that she knows a lot more about what's going on than a little old lady who's locked up in the deepest level of Tartarus Correctional should.
Saussurea was a player. Deposed. Trapped. Chained. Banished to a hole at the bottom of the world. Still playing.
Truth Serums: Truth Bloom, done with a twist: if you drink it you can lie, but it will make you violently ill if you do so for a half hour afterwards. Most persons take one sip of the 'Truth Bloom Special', and that's enough; Hardy drinks the whole glass, eliciting shock from the server.
Turn in Your Badge: Hardy gets fired by Iris Jade, and leaves his badge dangling from her horn.