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the Reharmonized Timeline
Pinkie pie has different reasons for hating that stupid fanfic than one would expectRather, she doesn't hate it for the much more dark and twisted elements(her Medium Awareness would tipped her off that Dark Fics are common, and that the story could be much worse.) her reason for hating it? well one or both are these two reasons;
Golden Tiara will make a Heroic Sacrifice.Giving up her sanity or her life in order to save her daughter. This will lead to Diamond completely breaking down, and a Bittersweet Ending where Onyx Tiara stands by his child rather than trying to ignore it or brush it under the rug, the way he tried to cope with his wife's insanity by not coping. Thus, the overall theme of facing reality no matter how painful or difficult it is will be carried through to the end.
Fluttercruel will Call The Old Man OutIt's all in the foreshadowing.
Other Elements of HarmonyOK; this is crazy, but it said in the main page that the author already has an ending in mind, but I have a theory. The author will never stop writing until he's able to flesh out one last plot point: the idea of other Elements of Harmony. This is also a forum for people to guess who might have a different way of expressing the elements.
The Last story of the Reharmonized Pony POV Series will be…
Ponies, deleted when the previous world was erased, actually are alive but not in this timeline
Razzaroo's book, and possibly the G3 world's destruction will be a Chekhov's GunPinkie said that her story of the end of the G3 world had absolutely nothing to do with the plot. The interviewers promptly ask her about Diamond Tiara, who's absence is of huge importance to the plot. The interviewers' questions often result in influencing ponies and revealing hidden clues, this is probably no different.
There will be an Eleventh Hour Ranger to face DiscordIt's a given that most of the major players of the series will be there (the Mane 6, Fluttercruel, Celestia and Luna), but here's a place to guess if anyone else will arrive to save the day.
The "Magician" AlicornThe author has revealed names and corresponding tarot cards for every Alicorn…except Card 1, "The Magician". Personal PM inquiries led to the author's response that any Intel on him/her would be "a big spoiler". My personal theory: Twilight Sparkle is either the Magician Alicorn as an Amnesiac God, or is somehow his/her reincarnation. Magic is, after all, her special talent, she carries the Harmony Element of Magic, and she has clearly demonstrated incredible magical power.
The Royal Wedding Arc will be cut short by Applejack's Truth vision.Specifically, it will allow her to see through Chrysalis' Cadence disguise, and since everyone knows about it, they'll trust her, allowing Chrysalis to be exposed. Combined with the fact Alex has stated a desire to skip over the Royal Wedding altogether...
The Royal Wedding Arc will be cut short by the use of the Magic of Common Sense.Twilight and her friends have a very close bond of trust and once one of them notices that something is wrong, they will sit down, come up with a plan and not ignore events until the invasion is about to start. Besides Celestia is MUCH smarter then in the Heart World and her first reaction to Twilight acting slightly strange was to scan her mind if the unicorn was replaced or possessed. And the Princess has a much closer bond to Twilight making her willing to listen to her student instead of ignoring her.
Twilight will be killed by Discord during the Finale Arc, only to come Back from the Dead after a battle with Celestia's brother Mortis.Think about it — it's been stated several times throughout the story (including by Mortis himself) that there is only "one destined to defeat death". Plus, one of the visions Applejack had the first time she looked into the Truth was of Twilight far outliving everyone else, with only the barest signs of aging, which implies that she's the one who'll defeat Mortis at some point, and be granted immortality as a reward. Therefore, unless the author is going to intentionally ignore all this foreshadowing, it seems that Twilight will die at some point during the story, confront Mortis in the afterlife/spirit realm/whatever, refuse to move on, defeat him, and be returned to life as a result of it. And the Final Battle with Discord seems the most likely time for all this to happen, as you've got to figure she's the one Discord will want dead most (being the leader of the Elements).
Discord's plan is to rewrite history so he never lost 3000 years agoOne of his replies, when mocked about losing to Mimic, was he'd already gotten the last laugh on those who beat him in the past. His goal is to somehow alter history so he never lost.
Diamond Tiara will have to be put out of her miseryConsidering how Princess Celestia has talked about how Rarity and Rainbow Dash are willing to kill, it will most likely lead to them planning on putting Diamond Tiara out of her misery by Rarity calming her down and trying to bide some time for Rainbow Dash to make her final strike on to Diamond Tiara in Nightmare Form, using, a Sonic Rainboom and then all of the Mane Six will have a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against Discord and finally seal him away for good. All leading to a Bittersweet Ending with Golden Tiara sane, but Diamond Tiara died for it.
Shady will appear again in the finale arcAnd she'll give the truth on the relationship between Nightmare Shadow, Discord, Golden Tiara, and little Nightmare... Diamant? Anthracite? Ash? This is because she became Nightmare Shadow during the thousand years of Discord's first reign, and then was hit by the Elements of Harmony, completing her 'Alicornification'. In fact, given her nature with voids (the shadow is a void of light), it's almost as if Shady is an aspect of Entropy, the nurturing part that was cast off so long ago, and was small enough to take form in the material world. Also explaining why Discord would call Diamond Tiara a "bearer of the cursed bloodline" (a relative), when otherwise she has no direct descent from Discord or the Draconequus family.
Discord's siblings will reappear during the finale arc.Most likely to aid him against the Mane Six and the princesses, on orders from Havoc and/or Entropy. Through them, we will also learn whether any other Alicorns survived. More importantly, fighting them will somewhat give Pinkie a chance for closure for what happened in the Gen 3.5 apocalypse by allowing her to fight Anarchy. Also, if the rest of the Mane Six were ever going to learn about all that, this seems like the best way for them to.
Twilight and Captive Audience will become an item during the Royal Wedding.Twice now, Shining has stated that he thinks Captive would be the best match for Twilight, and they do have a lot in common (they're both Badass Bookworms with Adorkable moments, for example). So maybe they'll meet during the preparations for the wedding and hit it off. At least, there'll probably be some Ship Tease between them.
Celestia LIED to twilightSpecifically, she lied about Her alternate self existing in the spirit world. If there's a unity of worlds such as that the spirit realm is relatively unchanged in them all, then Celestia must have left out the fact that Amicitia was there at her trial as well. Or, alternatively, Amicitia was the one who saved her from Strife, and thus she is actually unaware who saved her.
During the fight with Diamond Tiara......Rarity will try to save Diamond by using the Memory Spell, but it backfires. Discord, who knew that was going to happen rubs it in her face which leads to Rarity becoming a Nightmare
Shining Armor is The NailThat is, Shining Armor's presence is the difference between what happened in the reharmonized timeline, and what happened in the dark world timeline. Shining Armor was actually a natural part of the timeline, but as part of some sort of Evil Plan, Discord sought to erase Shining armor by using the Wolf, because he saw a prophecy or something that Twilight would be his downfall. However, he decided to go after the one thing that twilight couldn't protect: Her Brother, and without his strong presence as a pullback from her brink during Discord's 2nd coming, she fell, allowing Discord to take control. The main reason that everyone seems to be having some trouble remembering them is because the timeline where he defeated the wolf doesn't exist (yet). Thus in a very meta move, Shining Armor's victory over the wolf will be some kind of World-Healing Wave, keeping the world somewhat saner, reminding them of the defending champion.
The Hooviets have their own Elements of Harmony team.One that is, surprisingly, Not So Different from the Mane Six. The names of Elements they represent have undergone a slight cultural (and lingual) translation, each corresponding to the closest Hooviet virtue(s). Unity (Magic): Represented by the granddaughter of the Supreme Marshal of the Hooviet Union. She came up with the idea of forming a team after becoming enamoured with the tale of six heroes saving the day from Nightmare Moon. Hopelessly naive, having been pampered her entire life. Conversable in Equestrian. Selflessness/Sacrifice (Generosity): A doe from an upper-middle class family, of whom she estranged herself from as the result of (heated) disagreements over the state of socioeconomic equality in the Hooviet Union. Radical, outspoken and quick to point out injustice, she's avoided the usual fate of those like her soley by virtue of being the same race as the ruling caste, but even if that weren't the case, she's prepared to give up a lot more to help those with even less. Duty/Obedience (Loyalty): A perpetually conflicted griffoness who recognizes the failings of her government, and even the schism between what the group believes their purpose to be, and their actual purpose. She carries on only out of a sense of obligation, to the comrades who depend on her, and because she's also aware that 1) there aren't many alternatives, 2) most of them are much, much worse. Sincerity (Kindness): A very intelligent griffoness who always speaks formally, but only out of respect and sincerity. She understands (all too well) that occasionally, one must be Cruel to Be Kind, and does not hesitate when she identifies those occasions. After all, she believes in the Greater Good, and she is supposed to be sincere, isn't she? Fluent in Equestrian. Honor/Humility (Honesty): A hard-working jenny, her perseverance under challenging circumstances and the care she has for her fellow comrades contrast an unquestioned belief in the leadership and doctrines of her country. She is the model citizen of the Hooviet Union: Someone who sees no reason to lie, only speaking of what she believes to be the truth. She tends to be very modest in regard to her own work, while vicariously parroting the official line. In other words, she's an Expy of Boxer from Animal Farm. Optimism/Contentment (Laughter): A young immigrant from Zebrafrica who's lived most of her life under war, disease, slavery and famine. She looks forward to living in the Hooviet Union, which has professed itself to be a peaceful and equal society. Can speak a bit of Equestrian. True to Hooviet operating procedure, they were semi-randomly cobbled together in hopes of recreating even a fraction of the essence of the Elements of Harmony. And hilariously enough, they do. Though united by chance and initially as miscible as water and fluorine, with time, their comradery grows into what may save the Hooviet Union... or destroy it. Yes, their primary purpose is to serve as a propaganda tool, a symbol to unify the country and reduce social unrest (AKA promote harmony), but isn't that the point of every national team in existence? Whether Shining and the Misfits will ever encounter them, well, the Hooviet Union is a very large place with very many denizens/citizens.
D___t's nameAssuming it's five letters long:
Each Element of Chaos represents one of the Draconequi.
the Dark World Timeline
The Benevolent Interloper is Alicorn TrixieThe timing of when the BI first appeared fits with Twilight taking Trixie's Element of Magic. And judging by the burn she left on Eclipse's face, there's no reason Trixie wouldn't be rooting for Team Harmony here.
Nightmare Eclipse/Paradox/Twilight/Groundhog Day will be defeated, but not purifiedInstead, she'll be thrown into the gap between timelines, with her remnants somehow making their way to the Reharmonized Timeline... There, she'll merge with Diamond Tiara and become the source of her Nightmare self (which otherwise shouldn't exist as DT doesn't wield an Element of any stripe).
The Fading Futures story by Kendell2 did already happen.
The interventions in the Dark World Timeline are intentionally happening right now all at the same timeAfter one thousand years, there are finally the right conditions in the Dark World to conduct Operation: Glass-Cleaner (never put the actual objective in the title of an operation. Standard Military speak). This operation involves a coordinated move by the spirit realm stepping in to fix the discorded 6 once and for all, and could not have happened without each of the mane 6 losing someone or hearing something important so they then could be open to change. Cadence and Trixie? lead the charge with Twilight after Apple Pie confused her understanding of tragedy, and now, Saint Apple Bloom had help from The Father of all Alicorns to change Liar Jack by (ironically enough), using the same technique as the reharmonized Applejack through the pool of truth. So now, we're going to see which of the Alicorns survived The War, and with the help of earthly companions, they will help restore the 6, and bring down discord once again. Below are a space for guessing who and how the rest of the cast will be restored.
the Dark World Elements of HarmonyThe old bearers have become too twisted in who they are to hold on to most of their elements, so I foresee a new team arising to finish Discord in this world.
The voice is the draconnequi sibling who was erased by Entropy.Somehow __ survived Entropy having Ret Goned ___, and is now working to undermine her by helping bring down the most active of ___ siblings. Note that the voice did sense Rancor's birth.
Who comforted Dinky and passed the memory spell onto her?A flashback in the latest Dark World chapter shows someone comforting Dinky during the initial days of Discord's reign, and shortly after she was able to instinctively use the memory spell to free Derpy from her Discording. Twilight doesn't find it possible that it could have been Cadence as she was elsewhere, and Word of God has confirmed that it wasn't. So who was it? Feel free to post theories below.
The elements of Chaos are also going to significant in ending the Dark World SagaIf there's one thing that we've learned from the dark world, and the fic, it's that Chaos in of itself is not pure evil. Destructive and dangerous, but depending on who's there, not inherently evil. More significant, when Twilight, AJ and Rarity were harmonized, their "elements" weren't eliminated, but rather altered to a more neutral state. Deceit over Lies, Desire instead of Greed. I'm thinking that so long as the remaining members of the chaos 6 accept a Heel-Face Turn, they too will attain new more fitting elements for a chaos that helps rather than destroys. This will lead to an awesome moment where the 9 elements of harmony and chaos finish off Dark World Discord, bringing his reign to a glorious end.
Rancor's gonna hear the voice…And will become insanely powerful thanks to it if she ever gets a chance to fight "the rebels". Because really, if the personification of Revenge is with all passion and vengeance always, than does that mean strong passions around the multiverse make her stronger?
The mysterious voice is Discord's host body.Okay, so, we know that Discord possessed someone during Origins (Celestia refuses to say if it was Wind Whistler or Galaxy), but who's to say that the host mind was destroyed? And I think several thousand years trapped in your own mind with Discord in control of your body would be enough to drive anyone to the brink of rage-filled madness that the voice seems to be suffering from. As for being able to talk to everyone, maybe she somehow learned to tap into Discord's powers and use them to a mild extent, all in the hopes of bringing about Discord's destruction. And bear in mind, the voice did once respond to Twilight's accusation of not understanding friendship with "I know more about friendship than you ever will" — and didn't the G1 ponies really set the standard?
The Doctor will reappear before the finale.After all, The Valeyard's template was destroyed.
Angry Pie and Fluttercruel will be "stopped" in different ways.
Angry Pie and Fluttercruel are going to have to die in the dark world.It's neatly foreshadowed in Mind Games 8 with the interviewers getting so up close and teary around Fluttershy and Pinkie Diane about them being "So good to have you as friends." Why would they be so unprofessional if there wasn't something awful in an alternate timeline for them to base it on?
Dark World!Twilight's apparent death will cause her to ascend into an Alicorn, at which point she'll become the Interviewers.Okay, bear with me because this is a long one and actually incorporates a few of the Interviewer guesses. So, we know it's possible for ponies to become Alicorns under the right circumstances — like what happened to Fluttershy — so maybe the stresses of Dark World!Twilight's impending death will cause her to ascend. And as for becoming the Interviewers, let's break it down: 1) Twilight's "Half-Light Dawn" form is an Earth pony filly, her "Half-Light Noon" form is a young adult pegasus, and "Half-Life Dusk", as Angry Pie nicknames her aged form, is a unicorn. That all matches up with the physical appearances of the Interviewers. 2) In Different From Everypony Else, Celestia said that it's possible for an Alicorn to split into the three tribes. 3) We know that for a spirit outside the mortal plane, time is meaningless. Therefore, we can assume that Twilight will somehow ascend — and being at the brink of death seems like the best time — and after beating Discord will enter the spirit plane, where she'll then travel back in time to the first fight with Discord and somehow alter events, thus branching out into the main POV!Verse. And then, she'll somehow perform a Literal Split Personality, becoming the Interviewers in order to aid her younger/alternate self and her friends.
The voice is Nightmare PurgatoryWe know it's a she thanks to Rancor, we know she hates Discord, and Discord's comments imply that whoever she is, she's suffering from He Who Fights Monsters syndrome. And since we know Purgatory is a version of Twilight Tragedy who went Nightmare after her own attempts at redeeming her friends and defeating Discord only led to her world being Retconed... Now, I'm not saying this is the Fading Futures Nightmare Purgatory. She could be from a similar Dark World alternate reality, and she somehow found a way to move between universes (hey, if Nightmare Mirror could do it, why not Nightmare Purgatory?) determined to punish Discord in all of them. If nothing else, look at her reaction when Twilight jumps off the slippery slope and prepares to kill Angry Pie. If that's not proof, I don't know what is.
The element of Desire is the most powerful element of existence everNamely, it's like the element of magic, allowing for channeling the power of ALL other elements, since desire is a base feeling that fuels honesty, kindness, laughter, generosity, loyalty, deciet, anger, cruelty and treachery in some way. A wielder of the element has the potential to channel every element in her system, and this is why Rarity didn't despair in losing twilight. She knew that she could use the element of magic, and become temporary twilight to beat discord.
The second voice Twilight did hear is...
The second voice is Princess Gaiain respones to the above WMG, I believe voice number 2 is Princess Gaia! hear me out on this but she is sensible, cares about her friends and doesn't want anyone to suffer plus she wanted to help redeem discord if possible. Dark World Fluttershy mentions the queen of cups which is the arcana minor that Princess Gaia represents. to me it seems like a logical assumption. and as stated by Alex the timelines are intertwined.
Dark World Fluttercruel's transformation into a Draconequus is a Chekhov's Gun for the Reharmonized world.
The Dark World is stuck in a Time LoopHowever, it's like a series of figure 8's rather than a simple back and forth. The loop in question is in part because the alicorns and draconequi are perpetually remaking the world, and thus existence is constantly being made and remade, with the Mane 6 destined to be made, remade, brought in and out of existence for all eternity. And why? Because a shadow-who-watches has rebelled against his noninterference, and sought to perpetually make it so that Discord would always lose, and never change out of his ways. A perpetual movement, seeking to trap Discord in existence, and thus forever have him experience rejection, hate and pain for all eternity. Therefore, before this, every time a group of heroes came at Discord, they froze him, outed him, or did something in some way so that Discord would be hurt, but not change. HOWEVER, this time, the gods decided that enough was enough. And thus the Dark World Series is how they're finally going to change the outcome of things. Namely, that this time, thanks to the power of Free Will, they will find a way to expose the traitorous shadow for who he was, defeat it, and finally send Discord back to the Draconequi realm to rest and learn about what his family wants for him.
The Dark World will end on Chapter 30And it will be the mother of all Wham Episodes, showing just why this extended stay in the dark world was so important, and completely changing how we saw the old timeline, making Nothing Is the Same Anymore.
The Dark World is going to end with 2 new alicornsPrinciple Theta on alicorns is that the elements of harmony complete the nightmareification of a pony. And Rancor also said that she knew rarity's real name. Put on top of that the lines along rarity's BACK and HOOVES, and it's possible that absorbing all the elements of chaos has prepped her for becoming an alicorn. And if Nightmare Paradox can be harmonized then that means that her alicornification can be finished, and the magician alicorn can finally enter into the family.
The Other Elements of Chaos have Super Modes as wellWe've seen Dark World!Rainbow Dash hers to transform into Ender Dash (and it's implied there's a purified version of it she's just hesitant to use), perhaps the others all have them, she's just the one who was actively training to unlock hers. The Elements of Harmony may have them as well.
Fluttershy/The Queen of Cups will help the Dark World Elements of Harmony Given how far Nightmare Eclipse has fallen, Fluttershy would probably feel that it would be a kindness to put her out of everyone's misery, plus Nightmare Eclipse has hurt Fluttershy's friends, and we all know how she reacts to that.
The Power of Friendship and the will to liveIs how Nightmare Paradox is going to be defeated. Namely, it will be a very specific crafted series of events that will lead to defeat. The only way the elements of harmony can beat Paradox and her sextuplet of backup nightmares is if they have help. And actually, they have tremendous resources to end things that are currently in motion. 1. Rainbow Dash and the returning princesses. If so desired, they'll land at Sweet Rock Acres, and we can then have Dinky use the memory spell on Celestia to bring back the mind that had 1000 years to sharpen itself. And of course, Dashie can come back to fight as well. 2. The rebels. They might have heard of discord's weakening, and feeling something wrong, come all the way to hold as a distraction and meat shield to let the elements preserve their will to live in this world. 3. The Dragons. At the very least, the apple dragons can bring in some heavy Cavalry to hold back the tide. 4. Minty Pie. The last piece of the puzzle. With that sword, she can place a final blow to end the war once and for all.
The Benevolent Voice is RarityShe doesn't have a Nightmare counterpart, so it's entirely possible that she either managed to escape her Nightmare problem, or she skipped the Nightmare phase and went directly to being Alicornified. This would also explain why she knew what Paradox was up to when she started summoning the Nightmare versions of the Elements of Harmony.
The Benevolent Voice is TwilightTo go into more details she is the Twilight from the second circle of the Dark World. The first one produced Nightmare Paradox while in the second one Twilight managed to purify herself with Discord's unintentional help. As we know after a Nightmare is healed, it becomes an Alicorn. So one version of Twilight had already become an Alicorn but maybe she was struck im limbo for a long time before she learned to understand her new state and how to make any influence on the tragic events.
Apple Pie is secretly the champion of BuddyJust as Patch was secretly Puerellis's champion, Apple Pie is secretly a champion of Reality. Apple Pie is optimistic, believing that there can be good even in the worst people, and is willing to forgive people if they're willing to show their sincere desire to never repeat it. Sounds very Fatheresque to me. I suppose this would slightly diminish her status, but at the same time, Patch being the champion of potential and fools didn't diminish the fact that SHE was the one to retrieve the shards. In the same way, while Apple Pie might have been a great hope for reality and wisdom itself, it was by her growth and responsibility that she became element of laughter and went on her grand adventure.
Alicorn Twilightstarted out as an Split Personality of Twilight the Unicorn Much like how Purgatory was created out of twilight's rage, Amicitia was harmonized out of her newfound appreciation for the balance of magic. Seeing all the magic and tragedy and friendship as they are meant to be seen, thus allowing her an existence to try and nudge twilight away from darkness in the last cycle of the dark world. Then after ascension proper, she was able to exert a more easy influence over herself just as Paradox did.
the Overall Plot
Nightmares and their characteristicsTheory: We will eventually see another Nightmare character in the story and in story canon. This is for people to give their ideas on who's going to become the nightmare and what their purpose and reason for being there is.
Unicron is behind all of thisUnicron is PURE CHAOS AND EVIL.
Redemption for Discord?
Morning Star will become a major villain
The mysterious entity in the reviews is the Magician Alicorn.
The Element of Trust WILL return.And its bearer will be Traitor Dash.
Ultimately, the Element of Generosity will be revealed……when Fluttercruel and Angry Pie are fought. After all, it seems that not much is left in the "Dark World" story arc: fix those two (and maybe Traitor Dash), confront Discord with Elements in hoof, and undo his reign of tyranny.
Chrysalis is the Magician AlicornShe fell from grace, like Morning Star, which caused her to be transformed into a monstrosity that only vaguely resembles her old form. This would explain how the Dark World version of her was able to reawaken Cadence's memories, something that she shouldn't have even known how to do.
General-Admiral Makarov is a servant of StrifeI have no real evidence for this other than a gut feeling, the fact that Makarov has definite General Ripper vibes, and the fact that we know the Alicorns and Draconequi like to select "champions" in the mortal world.
Alternatively, the general is a champion of Morning StarThink about it. He believes in his perfection above all, despite very little evidence beyond his word provided by him. He acts much like an evil force in his dealings with other nations. He overreacts when he believes one has gone against his perfection? Seems pretty Morning Starish to me. As to why Morning Star decided to take a champion, he wants to get back at his family since he was unable to truly win the war of the gods, and decided on Revenge by Proxy against his sister Celestia.
In response to above, Shining Armor is Justitia's current championBecause if Batmare and Bane say anything about champions, Strife and Justitia do love having competitions between the two of each other. After all, he's a captain of the guard, serves to protect the laws of Equestria, and is an all around Lawful Good. Just a guess.
The Discord's Epilogue is actually the prologue for Reharmonized Pony POVReasoning being an early reference to Rancor's birth in Mind Games, and why it goes back-to-back with Shining Armor POV, the actual prologue set during Season One of the show.
There is a "good" elements of Chaos that exists somewhere in the multiverse.Not pure good per se, as chaos is always unpredictable, but at the very least, far more noble than what Discord's working with. This is going off the ideas of how some of the elements have been in the Dark World, and speculating from there.
The Shadowy Wolf in Shining Armor's story is....A piece of Entropy. More specifically, it's a Shadow of Existence who tries to align side-worlds with the Heart World, just like how Pinkie Pie fretted about waaaayyyy back in Butterflies 10. This is the beast which she so feared, and it's trying to get rid of both Shining and the special tech to make it closer to the more ambiguous situation of the main cartoon.
Thunderchild will end up dating Fluttershy/FluttercruelThunderchild claims to have Love at First Sight after seeing 'Shy's picture. Meanwhile, we know from New Game Plus that 'Shy and 'Cruel do both want a relationship, but with someone (or several people) who can handle the whole Sharing a Body aspect of theirs. Presumably, Thunderchild and the rest of Misfit Actual will show up in the main series during the finale arc, and he'll start courting her, and when he finds out about 'Cruel, he'll be able to handle it because of all the weird stuff he'll see with Shining.
Shining Armor is, in some way, Suzaku from Code GeassThey are too disturbingly similar to each other to not note:
Makarov will return in the Royal Wedding arc.Okay, stick with me while I lay this out. Since we all know we haven't seen the last of Makarov in Shining Armor's arc, it stands to reason he'll try some more to capture or kill him. My theory is, he'll try repeatedly, causing him to start suffering Sanity Slippage with each failure. This, combined with the increasing unstable political situation caused by his attempts, will lead to the Hooviet leadership (whoever operates under the Father Deer figurehead) to attempt to relieve Makarov of command at the end of the arc, causing him to go rogue. Then at some point between the end of this arc and the Royal Wedding arc, he'll run into Chrysalis, who'll talk him into an alliance, helping her impersonate Cadence in exchange for another chance at revenge against Shining and the opportunity to weaken Equestria from within and open it up for a Hooviet invasion, granting him a chance to reclaim his position. Who'll double cross who first is up to debate.
The most dangerous weapon in Discord's arsenal......is not an army, an artifact, an attack, or a scheme, it's an ordinary mare. Operating under the alias, "Screwball", she's been Discord's first enforcer, last resort, and prized pretzalmaker. No one would understand the latter two until it's too late - and they are on the receiving end of a Curb-Stomp Battle. A biologically 50+ year old mare turns out to be Not So Harmless, yet she was never counted as a potential foe because she has been too dangerous to keep as anything other than a mindless doll. Fancy schmancy magic? Nah, just good ol' fashion flank-kickery, mixed with some crazy and her own brand of Mortal Kombat. Derpy? Neck Snap. Spike? Meet distinguished serial dragon slayer. Twilight? How about Twi-Knot? Applejack's illusions? She can smell fear... and cold sweat. Dear Rarity? It's very convenient that there are an even number of Elements of Chaos, it allows her to easily slam them together 'til they crack. Cue anguished cries of "You're just an ordinary Earth pony!" and in the end, it is that kind of prejudice that will get you killed. Unfortunately, insanity is not conducive to Crowning Moment of Awesome or Funny at all. "Screwball" is actually extremely demented, to the point of being able to violate Rancor because she can't understand that her actions are disturbingly violent, her mind simply does not comprehend pain; she can't recognize that others may be in pain. With the rest of the bearers dead or incapacitated, Apple Pie will see just how demented that thing can be, the life being slowly strangled out from her, but hope does not die out that easily. Where old heroes fall, new heroes are born. "Mad Tiara" wouldn't stand for this kind of injustice, and Minty Pie and her sisters are always ready to assist with Dinky. And so the end begins and the torch is passed, to a band of young fillies fending off a crazy old mare while their world falls apart around them. What lays after the end of Dark World is for them to decide.
The real reason Makarov is so obsessed with Shining Armor...
The Hooviets have their own version of the Truth, and Makarov looked into it.That would explain how he seems to know about the Wolf. Moreover, his Charm Person spell could be a side effect, like Applejack's truth vision — it allows him to make people believe his version of events as true. This would certainly explain how it even affects Cadence, and might even explain why it doesn't work on Shining; he's a bit of a universal anomaly at the moment, so as such doesn't quite fit in the universe, and therefore is free of things that affect the perspective of it.
Secret AlicornsAfter what was revealed in Shining Armor 10, I think that there's something very secret under the surface of that story. Namely, Shining Armor is actually an amnesia prone Turris, the Alicorn of Defense. Hence Shining's desire to always protect. And he fears being forgotten because he was almost consumed by entropy and had to make the same kind of crash landing Cadence made. Makarov on the other hand is one of Entropy's shadows of existence. Namely, the extremely strong willed one named Morning Star. Killed in the war, given flesh by the weakening of one of the points of Truth, and now out to conquer the world to prove his perfection to all. Of course, this could make things VERY awkward at the wedding, as this is essentially brother and sister marrying in the divine sense.
Discord is an Immature ConceptWe've seen by now that there are differences between Complete/Mature Concepts and Incomplete/Immature Concepts. I hereby postulate that Discord still hasn't actually fully developed as a Concept, for the following reasons:
Link will show up to help out in the main timeline.He already made a cameo appearance during the Pearls arc, so who's to say he won't ultimately be a Chekhov's Gunpony?
The Theory of diverging timelines & AscensionWhenever a mortal ascends, they technically create an alternate timeline with their ascension, since Rota Fortuna presides over the creation of many worlds, and as Owlman most succinctly put it, "With every choice we make a world. History branches in two, creating one earth where we made the choice, and a second where we didn't. That's the secret of the universe you know. Billions of people, making billions of choices, creating infinite earths." Since Ascension is essentially a choice, that means that the choice to ascend creates an alternate timeline, and thus there are actually a near infinite amount of alicorns running around, creating an near infinite amount of spirit and mortal worlds, resulting in near infinite copies of the alicorn and Draconequi Gods for near infinite sources. The only limitation is that their ascension causes the creation of a timeline where they always existed instead of one where they might not have at first. That way, even if they use their powers to affect a world, it's technically not the world they came from, allowing for the paradox of having Twilight the Alicorn help with her own ascension.
Draconequification reveals the greatest Secret of the MultiverseAccording to Nightmare Paradox, technically Draconequification shouldn't exist the same way Alicornification does. Nightmarification is focusing on one part of one self. Alicornification is seeing the universe in total enlightenment from their point of view as a specific concept. However Draconequification is a rare occurrence where a draconequi sub-being will consume the shadows of existence in order to become a concept that is dangerous or leaves a hollow feeling if pursued too simplistically rather than mixed with more complex understandings or logics.(Like how destroying everything will leave you with nothing left to destroy. Living only for survival will leave you with little joy in your life other than making it through the next day, or will turn everything into a duty rather than bringing in desires/culling all things that have "no life value". Imagination can lead you to hallucination, confusing reality with your altered reality or neglecting the real things around you. Constant Revolt means there's no space for peace and growth if you're always trying to leave or destroy what's there. Revenge might give you some satisfaction, but leaves you with no idea of what to do except maybe revenge the next person. Feelings can lead you to decision you would never make except that it "feels right". Following your fears might lead to either paralysis or emotional instability. Nothingness literally is literally not survivable whether literally or metaphorically.) These concepts are necessary for life to grow, be challenged and progressed, make no mistake. However, there is something that happened in the Dark World that reveals something odd about the draconequi. When Fluttercruel "ascended" by become a pure concept of Cruelty, she was hauled off to her uncles, aunts, grandparents and the like, who treated her like her actions in the dark world timeline were all she'd really done. This is in stark contrast to what happened with the alicorns, who treat ascension as an "always there" rather than a "concept was there, but you weren't there" deal like with Fluttershy as the Queen of Cups or how Fluttercruel turned out. This could mean 1 of 2 things. 1. Cruelty is a minor Draconequi trait that doesn't treat ascension the same way the alicorns do. Or 2, and this is the more shocking choice: The Draconequi do NOT share the spirit realm the same way the alicorns do, and are technically secondary to _______(YOU DON'T EXIST!!!!!)__________(OH, hush up Entropy. You have no power here)
The mysterious interviewer is... the author himselfTo me, it makes sense, considering he is the one putting out these stories…though this is only speculation.
The Interviewers are future/AU versions of Apple Bloom, Scootaloo, & Sweetie BelleThey've been revealed to be one Earth Pony, one Pegasus, and one Unicorn, they speak of various Mane Cast members as if they know/knew them personally, and they're heavily hinted (confirmed?) to all be female. If there's further evidence that I've missed, please add it here.
The interviewers are the dead helping the livingMore specifically, Older Applejack, Firefly and one certain purple Unicorn are stepping in to change this world for good.
The interviewers are sisters of Celestia and LunaKey facts about the interviewers:
The Interviewers are actually Celestia's sister Rota Fortuna doing a Hecate Sisters/Hive Mind thing.When Rota Fortuna showed up during Origins, she was shown shifting between three ages — young, adult, and old, just like the interviewers. It's possible she came to Equestria and somehow split herself in three in order to blend in. As for the interviewers' ability to be wherever something important is happening, she is the Alicorn representing the Wheel of Fate/Fortune tarot, which — going by comments made by Celestia — implies that she's omniscient, so it fits with this scenario.
The Interviewers are Twilight Sparkle from the futureIn the latest installment, Different From Everypony Else, Princess Celestia says that if she exploded, it would produce three separate beings; an Earth Pony, a Pegasus and a Unicorn. We also see the interviewers have purple fue and the Earth Pony filly had a Smart Pants doll. Therefore, in the future, Twilight will undergo Alicornification and split into three beings, possibly during the fight with Death.
The interviewers are highly related to the Epilogue MCGiven that the Earth Pony interviewer slips into an accent, the Pegasus interviewer is impolite, and the Unicorn interviewer calls Celestia her teacher, they seem to act like Liarjack, Fluttercruel, and Twilight Tragedy, respectively. However, two things that don't add up is why they call each other sisters, and why they appear to be different ages.
The Interviewers are an Alicorn of Twilight TragedyIn Different From Everypony Else The Pegasus interviewer says that she wrote all the Daring Doo stories from memory and in Dark World the first section of the Library that Twilight Tragedy burned happened to be the Daring Doo stories. It is too unlikely that these two details are just a coincidence.
The interviewer in the Epilogue MC is the mysterious voice Twilight keeps hearing and NOT the interviewers from the other timelineThe voice talks to her similar to how the interviewers left their notes in the story, hinting that the voice is the interviewer, maybe gathering information about the world to destroy it.
The Dark World interviewer is the other voice Twilight heard
The Interviewers are the purified VoiceOkay, this is a combination the theories about the Voice being Nightmare Purgatory and the Interviewers being a split up Alicorn Dark World!Twilight. Presumably, the Dark World Elements of Harmony will fight her and end up purifying her. Now, as we all know, the use of the Elements on a Nightmare causes them to become an Alicorn. It will be this alternate Twilight who ends up traveling to the main POV!Verse and splitting up into the Interviewers, in an attempt to help one version of the heroes so as to atone for her attempts to corrupt the Dark World versions.
The Interviewers are the fusion of Dark World Twilight, Minty Pie, and Rainbow DashWord of God at one point said that if Minty Pie and Twilight kept touching for too long, they'd become one pony in two bodies. Rainbow Dash joining the gestalt would result in them having unique personalities thanks to the Element of Free Will, as well as explaining where the pegasus interviewer comes from (Minty Pie and Twilight provide the earth pony and unicorn interviewers, of course).
The price of Diamond Tiara's Deal with the Devil…She breaks him free in order to help her mother. Discord will twist this deal around by:
Onyx Tiara will have to face his Fantastic Racism firsthand in order to save his daughter.At first, he'll refuse the help of a bunch of 'Feather Dusters' and 'Narwhals'. He may even choose to turn his back on his daughter entirely when he learns what she's done. This will only fuel her spiraling into Discorded insanity, much to his private dismay — for despite everything, he loves his family dearly, and has simply struggled to show it after watching his wife go mad, and to see his precious daughter taking the same path will be utterly devastating. Eventually, he'll admit that his daughter means more to him than his pride and prejudices, and ask for the mane cast's help…or, rather, accept that they're already helping to the best of their ability.
Luna was still weakened when she fought Celestia as Nightmare Moon.When punishing her, the Father of All Alicorns said that a part of her power would be locked away until she once more proved worthy of it. We never see her doing so. This means likely Nightmare Moon was weakened...And Celestia COULD have beaten her without the Elements but couldn't bring herself to defeat her own flesh and blood.
Trixie is NOT an Element of MagicThe entire drive behind Trixie's arc thus far is being able to keep herself an individual without isolating herself from the world, and becoming an Element of Magic is something she actively fights against in part 2 of the Gaia arc because she does not want to become a product of the "Friendship is Magic" groupthink, because then she is just one of the herd, and the One and Only Trixie ceases to be. She will have to get over that, compromising complete autonomy to gain strength through others, but as far as being the glue that binds the group together, that's not her. Twilight would walk on water to help her friends, but Trixie would do the work to make the bridge. Not to say that Trixie wouldn't fight for her friends with every iota of will in her body, but she knows when to fold and ask for help, and she knows when to push even harder than she ever has before. Sort of the Simon to Twilight's Kamina. This may make the case for her being an Element of Magic stronger, but she did tap into her Element as Magic, she would be conditionally choosing it instead of it choosing her. I may be way off base here or just as conflicted as Trixie, but my guess is that she will eventually come out as the Element of Providence or some derivative thereof. (Hope, Ambition, Insight, et al.) The underlying theme being that she is not what keeps the group together, but what keeps the group going past all since of success and focuses the groups efforts into a defined goal over the Friendship is Magic creed. She's the focus of the group, and when all hope is lost, she's the one exploits Loneliness to give her the insight she needs to get the group back on track.
Nightmare Whisper is pulling power directly from DiscordWe know that Discord has been in play since the blood ritual, and unless something is going on with the narrative timeline, Gaia and Discord are coexisting. Who's to say one doesn't have fingers in the other, mainly the one with fingers.
Somebody's going to die in the Duel of TearsEven though that would be extremely sad and tragic, I just have this uneasy suspicion that unless they can convince Rainbow Dash to stop, they new elements might have to kill her to stop her, or they might end up with a nasty loss to leave a dent in their current elements count. I know it's dark, but this is WMG, and what's crawling out of a pit without a few more setbacks.
Just for Fun
Strife and Mortis were once part of a political MarriageIn the time before time, The alicorns and Draconequi were just beginning to establish themselves, and both sides were uneasy of each other. The top Gods felt uneasy knowing that they would have to share existence (literally, in the father's case, despite the Mind Screw that would involve), and Entropy was still rather miffed at the time that the alicorns would disturb the silence that her nothingness had. So, as a way to start getting the gods talking and becoming personable, they arranged for Mortis and Strife to be married. Strife could not complete her work without Mortis's help, and so the two were united. Their Marriage was an uneasy one though. Strife thought Mortis focused on the past a little too much, while Mortis sometimes complained that all Strife did was talk about the future. Thankfully, they enjoyed each other's company well enough not to split up. (think, a less violent version of Havoc and Entropy's marriage) And when Mortis mounted Strife, it lead to...complications in their children. War, pestilence, famine. All these things were in part the tools of Strife, but needed Mortis's duty in order for them to mean anything. Oddly enough, both parents loved their children, although they had the odd distinction of being the first dracon-alicorns in existence, and technically not allowed in either realm for too long. (particularly when they visited their father's family). However, despite their instrumental role in connecting the families, when Ragnarok rolled around, they met briefly before the battle. Strife was happy to go to war, but Mortis just thought that it was a duty he'd never want to perform, as his siblings can't be escorted in the same way mortals are, taking all the joy out of it. So, as the war would ruin ties for eons to come, they had a formal seperation (not divorce, just seperation) right before the first battle. They weren't exactly angry with each other going into the war, but they both understood that their marriage was essentially over, even if they'd have to work together eventually.
Season 3 related guesses. STAY OUT ALEX!
Sombrawas a disciple of Grogar A fallen unicorn who was taken over to his side during one of his unsealing periods. He took over the Crystal empire on Grogar's behalf, and the machine like slavery he ran was because of his time under him. Further, Celestia and Luna defeated Sombra after they beat Grogar, because they couldn't stand to see any legacy of that evil goat floating around. As for why he stuck around? Maybe he was given a personal version of the curse that seals Grogar's domain?
The Crystal EmpireIs powered by harmony crystals. Pure extensions of Cadence's power, left over from when she fell after her battle with Havoc. She cast a spell upon herself to heal (perhaps the same way that allows alicorns to be born to mortal), but after her disappearance, ponies settled near the crystals that kept harmony in the bare north. However, said crystals were also near Grogar's lost city, and after he returned, he corrupted one of their own. King Sombra then overtook their magic, and the harmony that use to pervade equestria was corrupted to its core in the name of absolute order. Celestia and Luna banishing Sombra was a way to prevent him from perverting the powers of their sister, but his influence had become too strong, and the city was lost to the same curse he had: banishment to the incorpreal. 1002 years later, with the powers of harmony growing stronger in Cadence, the empire returned, in part because of the blast she and shining used against Crysalis, unlocking a part of the seal. Thus, in the Reharmonized universe, there will be a couple twists from the original episode. 1. Twilight and team harmony try using the elements, which will not work due to extreme dodging skills, just like in Dark World 19. 2. Twilight will use the memory spell at some point as an alternative strategy. 3. Fluttercruel will try tough love tactics, and get no further. 4. We will get a different worse fear for twilight, who will have picked up something different due to her many quests and discoveries of the true nature of equestria. 5. It is the moment that Cadence touches the real crystal heart that her memories of eternity will kick in, and the reaction will be something like from Dark World 3.
Magic Duel will never happen in this world.Trixie has become too good a friend to ever even try what happened in that episode.
After the fic "finishes", one of the legions of cocreatorsWill do a fic with the lore of POV adapting Season 3. Kinda like how New Game Plus was. Because this story has become way too good, and like with New Game Plus, there is a TON of alternate angles one could work with the upcoming stories.
Alexwarlorn loves this story too much.And he will eventually find a way to sneak season 3 into the story without it upsetting everything.
If there's a Season Three in this storyline, things are going to be very differentSo much of it either can't happen or will need to shift to fix itself now the storyline is a bonafide AU, no longer following the heart world. And this is a good thing, for there will be a massive amount of creativity required to work in any canon events. And the alternatives? Completely new ideas. Fitting given the general themes of freedom this fic has had underlying that the fic itself can now be completely free to go whatever way it wishes to go. And that simply means that readers can't know what to expect. And no matter where you stand on season three, I think it's fair to say that's an exciting prospect for all us shadows that watch, and those of us that make. And are aware of the potential excitement, of course.
Shining Armor will be completely unsurprised by King SombraConsidering how often weird things happen to him in this universe, why would a thousand year old unicorn king turned Living Shadow surprise him? Considering his Deadpan Snarker status, he'll probably lampshade this somehow.
Keep Calm and Flutter On Will Not HappenConsidering the fact that Discord has already become a Complete Monster in the main timeline, this already seems to be confirmed beyond any shadow of a doubt.