Fanfic: The Elements of Harmony and the Savior of Worlds
Twilight bit her lip and sighed. "Megan…you've been to Equestria before, haven't you." She chuckled nervously and looked away. "It was your reactions to everything around you, as if you've seen them before, and they changed."
When an unlikely accident involving a teleport spell, a Sonic Rainboom and an exceedingly pissed off dragon punches a hole through space-time, the Mane Six accidentally reach into a different world. This leads them to encounter a "human" called Megan, along with her family... and eventually discover that Megan's not only been to Equestria before, but may well have played a central role in its History. And her role might not be over yet…The Elements of Harmony and the Savior of Worlds is an ongoing crossover between My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, the original G1 My Little Pony and a lot more besides. It interprets the new series as being set in the distant future of the original, and examines how "Dream Valley" could eventually become "Equestria".Originally posted at SpaceBattles (thread 2 found here). Can be found at Fanfiction.net and FiMFiction.There is also Side Stories of First Contact with one-shot stories set in the same universe, and The Conversion Bureau: United We Stand, a pseudo-sequel crossover with The Conversion Bureau.
The Elements of Harmony and the Savior of Worlds contains examples of:
Action Mom: Megan. Upon her first trip to Equestria, she carries a rifle with the express intent to kill a dragon.
Alpha Bitch: Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon, of course. They get taken down a few pegs by Danielle and Michelle.
The Alliance: The Equestrian Alliance. It not only consists of the ponies, but also the Flutterponies, sea ponies, bees, griffins (that broke away from the Griffin Kingdoms), crabnasties, penguins, stonebacks, and several others. The Flutterponies, along with the bees, broke away for many centuries after the battle with Discord, but rejoined after Megan's return.
Alternate Universe: Takes place in what is known as the "Hasbroverse," where many of the 1980's Hasbro/Sunbow/Marvel cartoons are canon.
COBRA is pretty much destroyed, with only a few higher-level officers (including Cobra Commander himself) surviving after Cobra attacked the Decepticons and were nearly annihilated in return. (Detailed here)
The kids from Dungeons & Dragons did go there and come back, but it happened in the space of a single day. (It should be noted, this show was not aired in syndication, but on CBS, and it was produced solely by Marvel (Disney owns the rights to the cartoon now); presumably it counts because Hasbro owns the rights to D&D, having acquired Wizards of the Coast in 2000.)
Balkanize Me: It seems Ponyland actually was a united nation prior to Megan's arrival. However, twenty years earlier, Tirac killed Queen Majesty, which caused the country to collapse into various mini-states until Megan managed to reunite them.
Big Bad: After almost thirty chapters of buildup and foreshadowing, it turns out that Tirac is the one responsible for Luna's corruption into Nightmare Moon, and in the present is now plotting revenge against Megan.
Big Damn Heroes: In Chapter 31, Trixie shows up just in time to save Danielle, Michelle, and the CMC from one of Tirac's Ursas.
Bullying a Dragon: An author's blog entry explains that this is why G.I. Joe have disbanded and become governmental employees, and why Cobra will never be a threat in the story; Cobra no longer exists. See, while Cobra Commander was smart enough to realise that challenging the Decepticons was a seriously bad idea, Serpentor was... not that bright. Megatron utterly annihilated Cobra in retaliation for an assault launched on his undersea base; there are only twelve confirmed survivors by the time of the story. (Cobra Commander himself, Destro and The Baroness — who had quit Cobra and got married several years before Serpentor made his stupid decision — Storm Shadow, Zarana, Zartan's daughter Zanya, and half-a-dozen nameless Cobra grunts loyal enough to Cobra Commander that he took them with him when he escaped before the retaliatory strike). It's also rumored that Zartan survived, but it's unconfirmed. Now detailed in story form here.
Danielle and Michelle invoke this to get Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon to leave the CMC alone — they point out that the Princesses are their adopted sisters, and they can tell on them if they don't leave their friends alone.
Cloudcuckoolander: In this fanfic, though Star Swirl is known as a very powerful wizard, he's also considered an "utter nutter" to those who knew him personally. Something that surprised Twilight Sparkle.
Twilight's jaw dropped. "Star Swirl the Bearded, a nut?"
Crazy-Prepared: Megan and Mike both take weapons to the Grand Galloping Gala, just in case something happens.
Curb-Stomp Battle: The offscreen backstory fight between COBRA and the Decepticons. Only a few of COBRA's higher-ups survived.
The author has now posted that battle from Cobra Commander's perspective. Well, actually his and that of a bunch of other Cobra operatives wanting to very much not be incinerated by giant robots with two gigs of attitude on a one-gig hard drive.
Cuteness Proximity: Megan has two daughters. Twilight is a talking pony. Megan warns her to expect this.
Michelle, the most obvious, due to wanting to comb every pony she sets her eyes on. Danielle, being the oldest and smartest, would try to hide this.
The Dark Times: The twenty years between Queen Majesty's death and Megan's arrival in Ponyland.
Fantastic Racism: Spykoran's hatred of the Ursas borders on this, though it's justified by them having apparently killed his family all except for his grandson's (Spike) egg in a previous raid on dragon lands.
Before the Equestrian Alliance was formed, the Unicorns, Pegasus ponies, and Earth ponies weren't very friendly with each other. It's also implied that the Sky Clans looked down on those Pegasus ponies who were raised on the ground, like Firefly. The same could be said about the Mages of the Rocks looking down on the unicorns growing up with the Earth and Pegasus ponies.
Field Promotion: When Blueblood reactivates his Royal Guard commission in order to help defend Canterlot from Tirac, General Spanish Steel promotes him from First Lieutenant to Captain on the spot to help coordinate things with Shining Armor.
Fingerless Gloves: Megan wore a pair on her first trip to Equestria. Danny also wears them.
First Contact: Technically not the first, but there are hints that Equestria and Earth are headed this way. Though in Earth's case, they already had a first contact of a different kind...
First contact finally happens in chapter 21.
Chapter one of Side Stories of First Contact has the first meeting between the Princesses, Twilight Sparkle, and Optimus Prime.
Foreshadowing: There were repeated references to Tirac throughout the story. Guess who turns out to be the Big Bad.
Forgotten First Meeting: Megan and Mike actually met when they were around 6, and she saved him from bullies. When Danny introduced him to Megan, it all came back to him.
Former Teen Rebel: Danny reveals in an embarrassing photo album that Celestia had a Goth phase as a filly. (It's also revealed, but only to the audience, that Celestia still listens to The Cure in private.)
Danny: I'm your adoptive uncle. It's my job to embarrass you.
For Want of a Nail: The involvement of Megan and her family means that the Gala ends up going a lot better for the Mane Six. The only ones who don't fulfill their fantasies are Rarity and Rainbow Dash, and even then, Rarity and Blueblood part ways more amiably, while Rainbow Dash manages to have fun with Spike.
The event that went wrong that caused the formation of TCB!Equestria instead of regular Equestria? Firefly didn't come back over the Rainbow Bridge, but the specific circumstances surrounding it are unknown, though since it was the Earth of Shattered Glass...Additionally, Majesty directly made Celestia and Luna to be the sword of the pony race.
Generation Xerox: Not identical, but Megan is nevertheless stunned by Spike and Applejack.
Both cases are justified — Applejack is the descendent of the original, and Spike is G1 Spike's grandson.
Godzilla Threshold: The Equestrian military's reference to an extreme emergency is Code: Tirac like Tirac himself coming back to life.
Gondor Calls for Aid: After Tirac reveals himself and kidnaps Megan, Celestia not only mobilizes the Elements of Harmony and the military, but summons help from Spykoran, Queen Rosedust, and the Princess Ponies.
While they don't get the initial call, Catrina and Reb hear about the situation while visiting the dragons, and join in.
Has Two Mommies: The Princess Ponies created Celestia and Luna, and as such, the latter two view all six as their mothers.
To an extent, Megan and her siblings as well, though they're more surrogate parents to Celestia and Luna.
Heel Realization: Trixie had one in a flashback — after she was run out of town following the Ursa Minor incident, she initially swore revenge on Twilight for upstaging her. She then caught a reflection of herself in a puddle and saw how twisted by anger she was. This scared her straight.
Heroic Sacrifice: The reason why Danny is in a wheelchair. Back when they were raising Celestia and Luna as foals, Danny saved Luna from a falling tree branch. The branch impaled him in the back, making him paraplegic from the waist down.
Here There Were Humans: Celestia tells Megan that the humans had left centuries ago beyond the Equestrian borders.
Hidden Depths: Apparently the reason Prince Blueblood is a jerkass is because a lot of mares he flirted seem to only care about his royal connection and his wealth rather than himself.
Another example from the same character: Blueblood was once a high-ranked member of the Royal Guard, but quit rather than take over because he saw the group as hopeless. This experience comes in handy when planning Canterlot's defenses during Tirac's attack.
Historical Hero Upgrade: In-universe example. In the original show, Megan was The Hero. Fifteen centuries of myths have spun her into the "Mag'ne", a quasi-divine figure.
How the Mighty Have Fallen: The Decepticons in this universe have fallen HARD, and are no longer the great threat to the Autobots and Earth that they once were.
One faction led by Galvatron still wages war from his home base, but his men are running out of Energon and morale, and all his former war cunning is disappearing under frustration and madness.
The other faction led by Starscream has the more "rational" Decepticons under their control, and they're negotiating a ceasefire with the Autobots, seeking autonomy while recognizing that the Decepticons have lost the Great War.
I Have Many Names: Besides the "Mag'ne", Megan is also known as the "Giver of Gifts", "Defender of the Stable", "Guiding Light", "Wielder of the Spear of Fire", and "Teacher of Knowledge".
I Need a Freaking Drink: When Tirac's forces attack Ponyville, Mayor Mare responds by getting smashed, leaving Twilight to handle organizing a response from the citizens.
Identical Grandson: In Chapter 25, Big Mac notes how the G1 Applejack resembles his sister.
Informed Ability: Megan Richards is described as a successful author. Then we get a brief look at My Little Horsey in chapter 17.
Specifically, we're shown the first paragraph or so, and it is a fairly accurate depiction of books written with young children in mind, and Megan does outright say that My Little Horsey is a series of children's books. Books that target audiences that young, however, are rarely bestsellers, a status that Megan also claims the series holds. This is not necessarily a contradiction; her books could well be a bestselling children's series rather than a general bestselling series, but it still could have been expressed better.
Interservice Rivalry: Big Macintosh, a retired member of the Royal Tank Corps, doesn't think very highly of the Royal Guard. Surprisingly, Shining Armor agrees, and says he was appointed Captain of the Guard specifically to whip them back into shape.
Karma Houdini: In-Universe, Cobra Commander; despite the fact he is based off of his comic incarnation (making him a lot more ruthless, effective, and deadly), he's one of the very few Cobra members who survived the Decepticon assault and is currently living like a king somewhere in upstate New York.
Megan groaned. "Oh, come on! That's one of the worst puns I've ever heard! Well, maybe not the worst, but down there."
Legend Fades to Myth: This is what happened to Megan, Danny, and Molly. Becoming part of Equestria's mythology.
Princess Luna: The turn of the wheel, the ticking of the clock as future becomes present, present past and past legend and myth.
Literary Agent Hypothesis: In-Universe: Megan wrote the My Little Horsey books, which unknown to the public were based on true events.
Mama Bear: When TCB!Celestia threatens to convert Megan's daughter Michelle, Megan is able to defy the potion's mind control, attack Celestia, and teleport her to safety.
The Masquerade: Quickly defied. Megan briefly panics when she realizes Equestria's radio stations are unwittingly broadcasting through the portal, but Twilight doesn't really see the problem with mankind discovering the ponies' existence. The U.S. government's main concern, once they become aware of the Rainbow Bridge in Megan's backyard, is for official First Contact go off with as few hitches as possible.
Mega Crossover: Word of God has called it "the Hasbroverse", though for the most part it's kept to fairly minor hints; G.I. Joe characters holding governmental jobs (General Hawk is now President Abernathy of the USA), Jem and the Holograms being a popular band, the existence of The Transformers (Megan and Mike apparently went to Autobot City on their honeymoon, Chip Chase is now an aide to President Abernathy), etc.
In "The Conversion Bureau: United We Stand" (itself a crossover between the Hasbroverse and The Conversion Bureau), it's mentioned idly that the Inhumanoids exist on this version of Earth as well.
The author's blog confirms that Inhumanoids is part of the canonical core for the Hasbroverse.
William Lennox appears in United We Stand. In the Hasbroverse, he's a member of Earth Defense Command.
The author also admits to using elements from the Marvel-produced comics of the series for some details — for example, Cobra Commander is based predominantly on his comic-book incarnation, meaning he was a lot more competent in this universe, as well as being a human ex-used cars salesman instead of an exiled serpent-man scientist (though he lived amongst Cobra-La briefly).
This is partially how the author justifies using the fanon character Dr. Whooves (a.k.a. The Doctor, reincarnated into a pony form) as a character; Marvel Comics actually did do a short-lived series that crossed Doctor Who with The Transformers.
It's hinted that this story will eventually fully crossover with the Lunaverse fics, due to a dimension-hopping Trixie from that reality popping up in the Hasbroverse in the story Culture Clashes.
Joe Colton (the original G.I. Joe) and his Adventure Team were mentioned in Day of the Broken Fang.
Mind Rape: During his original rampage, Discord performed a particularly brutal one on Morning Glory that left her almost completely unresponsive to those around her. Due to Rosedust isolating the Flutter Ponies after what happened, she's been that way for thirteen centuries. Fortunately, with Twilight Sparkle's help, Megan, Sparkling Dawn (Morning Glory's husband), and Blazing Day (her son), were able to break her out of it.
Mirror Universe: Rainbow Bridge Equestria (the main setting of this story) vs. The Conversion Bureau Equestria. The former owes its existence to human civilization and the help of human individuals; the latter has already forcibly ponified its respective Earth. Inevitably, the two don't see eye to eye.
Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Like in the Pony POV Series, Discord destroyed the Rainbow of Light when Celestia and Luna attempted to use it on him, forcing them to convert its remains into the Elements of Harmony and resulting in Discord's first imprisonment.
Megan: "We've got about a week, and I do not want Pinkie Pie overdoing it like with Danielle. Or when I went back to Equestria. Or when the Cake twins were born. Or–"
Megan: "Michelle will have a nice, fun birthday party that won't force the police to come and politely ask us to stop it from overflowing into the streets."
No Indoor Voice: Princess Luna's traditional royal Canterlot voice is in full effect. Luckily, she tends to only use it to get ponies' attention and to announce things to groups of ponies. Otherwise, she speaks using her normal voice. She will, however, switch between the two without warning, which catches ponies and humans alike off guard.
Also, the full-sized dragons…which is understandable, seeing as how they are utterly massive. The one seen in the Everfree Forest when Spike ran away? Only came up to King Spykoran's chest.
Obstructive Bureaucrat: In one of the Side Stories, President Abernathy is worried the State Department might have one replace Megan as a representative, since everypony in Equestria will be displeased if Megan isn't involved.
One Steve Limit: Subverted. Because the Hasbroverse mashes multiple franchises together, we have G4 MLP Spike the dragon, a mention of Spike from G1 Transformers, and G1 MLP Spike as King Spykoran the Old. Also, G4 Applejack is said to be a direct descendent of G1 Applejack.
Only Sane Man: Danielle tries desperately to be one only sane one of the Cutie Mark Crusaders. She could easily get along with the other sane person (or pony) Twilight Sparkle.
Other Me Shocks And Horrifies Me: The TCB!Mane Six are shocked and horror-struck that their versions from this universe not only like the humans, but revere them and allow technology into Equestria (big no-no's for "The Conversion Bureau" ponies). The RB!Mane Six are at least equally horrified, if not more so, when they find out what their counterparts pulled on another Earth.
Pony Popsicle: In this fic's 'verse, Princess Platinum, Commander Hurricane, and Chancellor Puddinghead did not un-thaw and are still bound in ice. And alive.
Present Company Excluded: After Twilight Sparkle ran out of the librarynote to tell her friends that Megan is the Mag'ne, Megan asked Spike what's up with her:
Spike shrugged. "Mares. Who can figure 'em?" He suddenly blushed through his scales as he felt Megan's glare. "Present company excepted, of course."
Princesses Rule: Celestia and Luna say that the reason they're princesses instead of queens is because princesses are closer to their people than queens. Though Celestia later admits that in reality, they view themselves as regents holding the throne until Queen Majesty's true heir eventual comes forth.
There are hints that Twilight may be the one they're waiting on, but there's been no confirmation on that one way or another yet.
Properly Paranoid: The reason Cobra Commander wants nothing to do with Cybertronians is that one fine day, a typical Cobra operation got crashed by Decepticons shooting up the town. After Soundwave and Starscream decided that the fleshling with the stupid mask would make a nifty last survivor to tell the world that mighty Megatron meant business, he issued an order that when robots in disguise showed up, Cobra troops were to drop what they were doing and run.
Reasonable Authority Figure: Surprisingly, this fic has perhaps some of the most rational, patient and friendly leaders of My Little Pony fanfics on both the pony and human sides. President Abernathy is more about peaceful contact than Xenophobia, and even offers to fairly purchase land from Megan to build a new embassy and spacebridge for contact with Equestria. Celestia and Luna are the kind stewards of canon with little in the way of manipulating tendencies. Even the king of the dragons Spykoran is on good and fair terms with the other rulers.
The Reveal: Chapter 28. Tirac is alive, and plotting revenge against Megan.
Rhymes on a Dime: Zecora, of course. When Megan questions it, she explains that it's part of her training in the mystical arts (specifically, it helps her remember the difficult parts).
Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Applejack goes on one when she thinks the green dragon has murdered Twilight, Spike, and Rainbow Dash. Thankfully she is stopped — by Stephen Magnet, of all people — before she gets herself killed.
Rousing Speech: Blueblood gives one to the Royal Guard while preparing for Tirac's attack on Canterlot.
"That is my ancestral home. I can trace my lineage all the way back to the original founders, mere weeks before King Invincible I founded the Ancient Kingdom of Ponyland. In all that time, through griffin invasions, Tirac killing Majesty, the dissolution of Ponyland, Discord and Nightmare Moon, the city has never fallen. And upon my horn, it will not fall to Tirac on this day! You are the Royal Guard, reborn and ready to do your duty in defense of this city and of Equestria! Stand proud and tall, ponies!"
Shining Armor gives a briefer one to his troops when arriving in Ponyville to fight off Tirac's forces.
Rummage Sale Reject: Rarity gives a friendly criticism on Megan's clothing on her return visit to Equestria. "The clothes are nice for off the rack. But really, Megan, wouldn't you want something with a bit more pizzazz? A bit more glamor, a bit more in the way of haute couture?" While Rainbow Dash says she wouldn't look out-of-place in Applaloosa.
Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When Serpentor ordered COBRA's attack on the Decepticons, Cobra Commander panicked, grabbed every bank book/PIN number he could find, hopped on a hydrofoil with a half-dozen loyal soldiers, and got as far away from Cobra Island as humanly possible. Hence why the reason he was one of the only members to survive the resulting massacre.
Secret Keeper: Celestia is the only one who knows Spike is the grandson of Spykoran. And he prefers to keep it that way.
Self-Deprecation: Cadence and Shining Armor joke about waiting until the week of the wedding to tell Twilight.
Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: An Alternate Universe Discord warns Alternate Celestia and Luna that they'll be defeated by Megan some time in the future. This is implied to be Alternate Celestia's Freudian Excuse for starting The Conversion Bureau, something Megan takes exception to. The conclusion is still a long way off, but all signs point to it being this.
Seems to be partially true, but not the real reason XenoCelestia is very xenophobic. See For Want of a Nail.
Sergeant Rock: Macintosh's rank back when he served in the military.
She Is the King: According to Word of God, the ruler of the Dragon Clans is always called King, even if it's a female. So don't try to call her Queen.
Shipper on Deck: Mike (Megan's husband) and Applejack are trying to hook up Big Macintosh and Fluttershy. AJ claims she's actually been trying to do this for a while, but has been hampered by Fluttershy's shyness and Big Mac not feeling that he's good enough for her.
Granny Smith gets in on the action in chapter 24, while also commenting that AJ and Mike were laying it on too thick.
Big Mac appears to be this for Caramel and Blues.
Probably Megan for Danielle and Jimmy the pizza boy.
Spit Take: Celestia's reaction to receiving Twilight's letter about Megan. Luna has almost the exact same reaction.
Also Twilight's reaction to finding out about Shining Armor and Cadence's engagement.
Start of Darkness: When Luna is explaining her transformation into Nightmare Moon, we get a flashback showing how it happened — a mysterious entity (Tirac) played off of her sorrow over none enjoying her night, turning it into envy and anger at Celestia, at which point she transformed.
We also see a flashback explaining why TCB!Celestia is so afraid of humans. Discord warnedher about them, saying they would defeat her. Later on, we see that the event that changed everything was far earlier than expected. See For Want of a Nail above.
The Stations of the Canon: Discussed in a blog posting. The author says the story will be trying to avoid these and be as original as possible.
Stop Worshipping Me: Megan and Mike are quite uncomfortable the way some ponies bow in their presence.
Tall Tale: "She commanded Mount Eohippus itself to turn into Canterlot!"
Megan: You have got to be kidding me on that last one! I told a mountain to reshape itself? What do they take me for?
Tempting Fate: Celestia before meeting Megan again says she's not to be disturbed, "Unless Tirac comes back, Discord breaks free and the two join forces." Guess who comes back a few days later? Now we just have to see if Discord gets free and the two team up.
What the Hell, Hero?: Blueblood calls Rarity out on only coming to the Gala in order to marry into nobility. Though she at least also gets him back by pointing out that he should have just ignored her if he had no intention of properly courting her.
Year Inside, Hour Outside: Megan's spent twenty years on Earth. When she returns to Equestria, it's been fifteen centuries from the ponies' perspective.note The actual ratio between Equestria:Earth time after the Rainbow Bridge was severed was roughly 75:1.
Later corrected: now that Earth and Equestria are connected again, time moves at the same rate.