Note: This Trope Page is still under construction.Nine years after Luna's return, Equestria has taken a turn for the grimdark. Celestia is slowly but surely becoming a paranoid tyrannical dictator in her search for the Lunar rebels; Luna herself has gone into hiding, and the bearers of the Elements of Harmony have disappeared. The story now takes place in Fillydelphia, where the all too recent massacre of rebels still hangs heavy in the air. Celestian patrols during the day are oppressive; Violent dissident attacks occur after curfew. In this city of high passions and great fear, nopony knows what will happen next…Equestria Chronicles is a Play By Post role play forum based on a dark interpretation of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. While still young, it has developed a quite intertwined series of events, ranging from obvious rebel/guard dynamic to the more subtle implications of romance and the personal lives of ponies.~~~UPDATE~~~The admins at Equestria Chronicles have Rage Quit and closed the site for personal reasons. The boards have been moved HERE.
~The admins actually quit because a significant portion of the memberbase decided it'd be a great idea to deride and insult them behind their back, going so far to say they'd abandoned them and harassing the two admins in the middle of a cancer scare between them. The group of 5 that essentially ran the site (Clockwork, Nyx, Godiva, Bluberry and Antipathic Zora) were bitter for a long time. Zora still is, as you might be able to tell.
Bear Hug: Kettle Cornflakes and, occasionally, her daughter Fireflare. To hilarious results.
Big Bad / Bigger Bad: Celestia qualifies for one of these positions, but which one is a matter of debate.
Big Brother Instinct: Clockwork with Gadget, Icarus to Dino, Fireflare with the Heather Clan foals…Actually, anypony who has interacted with the younger generation.
Broken Angel: It is established that Pegasi can lose their wings and Unicorns can break their horns. Oddly, the characters that fit this definition seem to be coping rather well.
Brutal Honesty: Galaxy has a Love/Hate relationship with this trope; thanks to her habit of avoiding self-delusion whenever possible, she tends to not sugarcoat anything and be very blunt when telling other ponies what she thinks.
Catapult Nightmare: In one epic prank, Clockwork set up one of these over the course of a few hours…with all the other users thinking it was REAL right up till the end.
Later, Nocturne had one about his parents. Fortunately, Kettle was there to comfort him.
Dartbreak has one of these as well after an extremely vivid nightmare where he saw his dead friends again. No, it wasn't a happy dream. At least Kimono was there to keep the aftereffects from sending him spiraling into insanity…
Wishing Star is either an example of or a victim to this trope; she is currently carrying Mistweaver's foal, whether she likes it or not.
Cool Old Mare: Kettle Cornflakes, definitely. Amethyst Breeze as well. Shooting Star…maybe.
Cross Player: Men play as fillys, most often, but quite a few ladies play as colts. Really, any established user has at least one character of the opposite gender.
Custom Uniform: Both Flapper Jack and Hammer Fell wear different armor then the rest of the guards; FJ wears a family heirloom set, and Hammer Fell wears a custom mithril skinsuit. Interestingly, both sets of armor actually provide more protection then the standard barding…
Dirty Cop: Quite a few royal guards abuse their position.
Doorstop Foal: Fidelity barely has time to even hear about her brother's death before his former mistress walks into her office and drops off a nameless three-day-old pony because it clashes with her ensemble.
Grey and Gray Morality: There are good guards, then there are the fanatics. There are the friendly rebels, then there are the dissidents. There are normal civilians, then there are the murderers. And there have been implications that the monsters might join the fight…
Halloween Episode: In the midst of all this chaos and destruction there is a party celebrating Nightmare Moon's scaryness…after the host asked Celestia for permission. Hmmm.
Handicapped Badass: Galaxy is totally and irreversibly blind; yet, through a combination of her other senses and a sonar-like spell, can hold her own in a fight without any actual training.
Heroic BSOD: Oh so many. Not all of them limited to the characters…
He Who Fights Monsters: On both sides, there are ponies who are very wary because of this trope, and who might know a monster themselves. And then there's Fireflare, who fights literal monsters and has stated therapy is a necessity in her job.
Partially averted; her ongoing relationship with Wishing Star has ground many of the jagged edges off of Fireflare's personality. She wouldn't be mistaken for feminine, but she's no Lad-ette anymore, either.
Promotion to Parent: In one instance, Tinkertop find Snap Shot after her parents have been taken away by the guard and gets her out just in time. In another, Dino's mother dies of sickness, leaving his cousin/uncle Icarus as his legal guardian.
Oh, and there are the two fox kits Violet and Blu adopted.
Red Oni, Blue Oni: Quite a few of the romantic and not so romantic pairs end up like this.
Sacrificial Lion: Jon's death. While Jon himself wasn't too important, as the primary rebel spy character his death robbed the rebels of a key information source, forced another character to go underground, and eventually caused a mandatory execution which itself was a huge source of drama.
The Talk: Upon discovering that Iron Hoof doesn't know what sex is, Fireflare…asks her marefriend to explain. Unfortunately, Wishing Star is very well versed in that field…
Wishing Star facehoofed at Fireflare's behavior and said, "Alright. Sit down, this'll take a minute to get through. You're aware of what your penis is, right?…" started Wishing Star, before launching into what was possibly the most thorough practical explanation of sex that had ever been given. It put parents skirting the issue with their teenage foals to shame. Hell, it put most pornographic publications to shame as well. Star's descriptions and instructions were graphically detailed and exceedingly thorough~ any stallion who listened to this speech and managed to absorb even half of what she said would be hailed as God of Sex by all.
Subverted later on when Fireflare discovers that Scribble Quill doesn't know what sex is. She flat out states she doesn't want to go through that again and advises Scribble to ask her coltfriend.