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* DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: Sumac has befriended [[TheGrimReaper Pale]], initially over a [[ChessWithDeath card game]].



* PalsWithJesus: Sumac claims to be good friends with [[TheGrimReaper Pale]].


* BadFuture: The castle shows Twilight and Sumac a future (or maybe a present) where they failed to stop Grogar because Twilight betrayed who she was as Princess of Friendship. The Royal Sisters have fled Equestria, and Tarnish, now a brutal warlord, rules the only remaining "safe" area, as only he can reduce Grogar's corruption by using poison joke.

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* BadFuture: The castle shows Twilight and Sumac a future (or maybe a present) where they failed to stop Grogar because Twilight betrayed who she was as Princess of Friendship. The Royal Sisters have fled Equestria, Terra Prime, and Tarnish, now a brutal warlord, rules the only remaining "safe" area, as only he can reduce Grogar's corruption by using poison joke.



* HomeworldEvacuation: The Royal Pony Sisters fled a dying Equestria with a trusted few in the BadFuture, but many were left behind. Some of them have taken shelter with Tarnish, but most almost certainly died, or worse.

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* HomeworldEvacuation: The Royal Pony Sisters fled a dying Equestria Terra Prime with a trusted few in the BadFuture, but many were left behind. Some of them have taken shelter with Tarnish, but most almost certainly died, or worse.

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* RetGone: The Nameless One mentions doing incomprehensible things to [[spoiler:protect her daughters]]. WordOfGod is that it involved writing several beings out of existence. [[spoiler:To restore the balance, Harmony had to do the same to her, hence the events of the story. One of the lessons that Twilight had to learn while shadowing her was not to abuse the power of the Librarian]].


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* ShoutOut: To WesternAnimation/MonstersInc.
-->'''Twilight Sparkle:''' Sumac, you put that book back or so help me!
:: :Bonus points for the book then turning into a door.


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* TouchedByVorlons: [[spoiler:Sumac Apple Lulamoon doesn't come out of his meeting with the Nameless One unchanged]].


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* WindsOfDestinyChange: The power of the Ink grants this to the Librarian of Souls, but abusing it has horrific consequences (see RetGone, above).


[[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/372697/ink Ink]] is a story in the WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic fanfic 'verse FanFic/TheWeedverse by Kudzuhaiku. [[TomesOfProphecyAndFate The Book]], retrieved from FanFic/{{Skyreach}} by Tarnished Teapot and his friends, has been an opaque puzzle to Twilight Sparkle, impossible to even read, until recently, when messages in her own writing have begun to appear in the blank pages. Following the instructions, she summons [[SuperEmpowering Sumac]], and they set to examining the mysteries.

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[[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/372697/ink Ink]] is a story in the WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic fanfic 'verse FanFic/TheWeedverse by Kudzuhaiku. [[TomesOfProphecyAndFate The Book]], retrieved from FanFic/{{Skyreach}} by Tarnished Teapot and his friends, has been an opaque puzzle to Twilight Sparkle, impossible to even read, until recently, when messages in her own writing have begun to appear in the blank pages. Following the instructions, she summons [[SuperEmpowering Sumac]], and they set to examining the mysteries.
mysteries of the Ink and the Nameless One.


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* CompleteImmortality: By the end of the story, [[spoiler: Twilight, maybe. She doesn't age unless she wants to, and once her]] body is done then it may result in [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Ascending To A Higher Plane Of Existence]] completely, but all we know is that they will "grow beyond it".


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* HelpYourselfInThePast: [[spoiler:Twilight Sparkle That Will Be writes messages into the book, giving Twilight Sparkle That Is the information she needs to access it and become Twilight Sparkle That Will Be]].


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* TheNamesake: The Ink, the representation of destiny that flows through the entire story.


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* RewritingReality: The power of the Ink, which controls and records the destiny of every living thing.


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* ScrewDestiny: [[spoiler:The Nameless One's gift to Sumac is just enough awareness of the Ink to allow the ability to write his own future as he chooses]].


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* StableTimeLoop: See "HelpYourselfInThePast", above.


* ADeathInTheLimelight: This is the first and last in-person appearance of [[spoiler:The Nameless One]] before her death.



* ArtifactOfDoom: An AmplifierArtifact used by [[spoiler:Radiant Hope to access the Nameless One's realm had a piece of Grogar's soul inside it, and that allowed Grogar to enter the realm and kill the Nameless One]].



* ContinuityNod: Sumac still can't see his socks.



* DieLaughing: [[spoiler:The Nameless One]].



-->'''Twilight Sparkle:''' I AM TWILIGHT FRONKING SPARKLE, THE ELEMENT OF FRONKING MAGIC! I DONíT FRONKING CAST MAGIC, [[IAmTheNoun I AM FRONKING MAGIC]]!

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-->'''Twilight Sparkle:''' I AM TWILIGHT FRONKING SPARKLE, THE ELEMENT OF FRONKING MAGIC! I DONíT FRONKING CAST MAGIC, [[IAmTheNoun I AM FRONKING MAGIC]]!MAGIC!


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* TheMagicGoesAway: [[spoiler:Initial stages of this occur with the death of the Nameless One, but Twilight steps in to replace her and prevent the trope]].


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* TheSlowPath: At the end of the first chapter, a far older Twilight Sparkle reappears just after her present-day self has vanished. She has apparently experienced thousands of years of subjective time. [[spoiler:This is because she's had to live the Nameless One's life from the beginning to replace her]].


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* WhamEpisode: This story reveals a lot about the past and future of FanFic/TheWeedverse, and includes [[spoiler:the death of The Nameless One and Twilight Sparkle's ascension to replace her, as well as Sumac's ascension to alicornhood]].


* BloodMagic: Twilight has to bleed[[note]]Though, like all liquids in the castle, it's ink[[/note]] to connect to the book's power.

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* BloodMagic: Twilight has to bleed[[note]]Though, like all liquids in the castle, it's ink[[/note]] to connect to the book's Book's power.



* ClusterFBomb: [[TheGrimReaper Pale]], of all people, upon losing a poker game[[note]]Not a case of SoreLoser, it comes across as exasperated and good-natured, rather than genuinely angry[[/note]].

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* ClusterFBomb: [[TheGrimReaper Pale]], of all people, upon losing a poker game[[note]]Not a case of SoreLoser, it comes across as exasperated and good-natured, rather than genuinely angry[[/note]]. Later, Twilight mixes it with IAmTheNoun.



* FasterThanLightTravel: A necessity of traversing the Library of Souls due to its sheer size. Fortunately, calling a name will take you to the book of the person you name.



* GreatBigLibraryOfEverything: The Library of Souls inside the castle contains the biography of everyone who ever has lived or ever will.



* HormoneAddledTeenager: Sumac is right in the midst of it, and upon arriving in the Library Of Souls, decides to look up his fillyfriend's [[ADateWithRosiePalms private activities]].
* IAmTheNoun: Twilight, while frustrated with an uncooperative (or possibly absent) [[BackgroundMagicField Aether]][[note]]It's rather appropriate, as she solves the problem by using her internal power, rather than the Aether[[/note]].
-->'''Twilight Sparkle:''' I AM TWILIGHT FRONKING SPARKLE, THE ELEMENT OF FRONKING MAGIC! I DONíT FRONKING CAST MAGIC, [[IAmTheNoun I AM FRONKING MAGIC]]!



* MoralityChain: {{Discussed}} as one reason that Sumac will never turn evil. There are far too many {{Action Girl}}s in his life that'd kick his a...''plot'' if he departed the straight and narrow. That and [[HormoneAddledTeenager he'd like to sleep with several of them]]. Twilight also considers Sumac at least somewhat this, the narration mentioning that her love of Sumac is far stronger than her love of power.

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* MoralityChain: {{Discussed}} as one reason that Sumac will never turn evil. There are far too many {{Action Girl}}s in his life that'd kick his a...''plot'' if he departed the straight and narrow. That and [[HormoneAddledTeenager he'd like to sleep with several of them]]. Twilight also considers Sumac at least somewhat this, the narration mentioning that her love of Sumac is far stronger than her love of power. Her mother's disapproval is noted by the narration as being another thing keeping Twilight from evil.


* BigBrotherInstinct: Pale refused to leave his sister to cry during the birth of her daughter[[note]][[spoiler:Celestia]][[/note]], even though it wasn't something stallions did back then.



* BloodMagic: Twilight has to bleed[[note]]Though, like all liquids in the castle, it's ink[[/note]] to connect to the book's power.
* BornLucky: Sumac has the magic of "Grift", inherited off his father. It makes playing games of chance against him a futile effort.



* ChessWithDeath: In the third {{Flashback}}, Sumac and Pebble must play cards with Pale to leave the graveyard they have come to.
* ClusterFBomb: [[TheGrimReaper Pale]], of all people, upon losing a poker game[[note]]Not a case of SoreLoser, it comes across as exasperated and good-natured, rather than genuinely angry[[/note]].
* CoverInnocentEyesAndEars: Twilight instinctively does this to Sumac during Pale's ClusterFBomb. Rather pointlessly, as they're viewing an event from his past.



* ExactWords: It's standard procedure for ponies who meet [[TheGrimReaper Pale]] to have their memories wiped, but as they've just won ChessWithDeath, and the terms of the bet were that he would allow them to leave unharmed, Pebble points out he can't actually mess with their heads. Pale, [[TheEeyore rather unusually]], begins [[LaughThemselvesSick Laughing Himself Sick]] and permits them to go without further complaint.



* {{Flashback}}: At least two, due to the castle showing Sumac and Twilight what they need to see, including events previously referenced: Sumac and Pebble's RomanceInducingSmudge during his ninth birthday and his encounter with his mother in Manehattan [[note]]Previously mentioned in FanFic/TheMaskMakesThePony[[/note]].

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* {{Flashback}}: At least two, Several, due to the castle showing Sumac and Twilight what they need to see, including events previously referenced: Sumac and Pebble's RomanceInducingSmudge during his ninth birthday and his encounter with his mother in Manehattan [[note]]Previously mentioned in FanFic/TheMaskMakesThePony[[/note]].FanFic/TheMaskMakesThePony[[/note]], and a meeting with Pale.


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* LaserGuidedAmnesia: It's meant to be done to anyone meeting Pale, but Pebble talked him out of it in the case of her and Sumac.


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* NightmareFetishist: Sumac's enthusiasm for graveyards remains undiminished and he's made friends with [[TheGrimReaper Pale]].
* OffscreenTeleportation: Sumac and Pebble end up playing [[ChessWithDeath Poker with Pale]] after they end up in a graveyard while she's practicing Jaunting.


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* PalsWithJesus: Sumac claims to be good friends with [[TheGrimReaper Pale]].


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* SecretKeeper: His friendship with Pale means that Sumac knows a lot of secrets, including [[spoiler:the identity of Celestia and Luna's mother]], but he's sworn not to tell.


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* WhiteVoidRoom: The interior of the castle between {{Flashback}}s gives this impression, being a largely empty room constructed entirely out of white paper.

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!!This story contains examples of:
* AbusiveParents: During the Manehattan incident, Belladonna says she used to beat Sumac when he was a foal. Now he's grown, she uses [[RevengeByProxy more sophisticated]] methods.
* AgonyBeam: Belladonna uses one on Pebble to torment Sumac.


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* CastingAShadow: Shēdo apparently acquired this ability between the current events of FanFic/DoggedDetermination and the second {{Flashback}}, hurling chains of shadow to pull enemies towards her so that she can deal with them.


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* {{Flashback}}: At least two, due to the castle showing Sumac and Twilight what they need to see, including events previously referenced: Sumac and Pebble's RomanceInducingSmudge during his ninth birthday and his encounter with his mother in Manehattan [[note]]Previously mentioned in FanFic/TheMaskMakesThePony[[/note]].


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* ItsAllMyFault: Sumac feels this way about what happened to his friends in Manehattan, but it really wasn't, and if he hadn't fought back, it probably wouldn't have been any better. [[spoiler:It was Twilight's fault, as she relied too much on her planning and became overconfident, and the point of the castle showing them was to force her to face that]].


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* MoreThanMindControl: Flam used his silver tongue to talk Belladonna into falling in love with him. Now, she knows she was manipulated and hates him for it.
* MyGreatestFailure: Twilight views the kidnapping of Sumac, Pebble and Moon Rose in Manehattan as one of her worst mistakes.


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* {{Pride}}: The Manehattan {{Flashback}} was to [[spoiler:help Twilight deal with her own by forcing her to face the consequences of her own arrogance head on]].
* RevengeByProxy: Belladonna torments Pebble after Sumac attempts to shoot her during the Manehattan flashback.


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* SenselessSacrifice: Many members of the Stiff Upper Lip Society died to keep Belladonna from reaching Sumac, Pebble and Moon Rose. They did not succeed.


* BadFuture: The castle shows Twilight and Sumac a future (or maybe a present) where they failed to stop Grogar because Twilight betrayed who she was as Princess of Friendship. The Royal Sisters have fled Equestria, and Tarnish, now a brutal warlord, rules the only remaining "safe" area, as only he can reduce Grogar's corruption by using poison joke.



* BirdsOfAFeather: Twilight's relationship with Seville is this, with both of them being penophiles and papyrophiles[[note]]lovers of writing implements and paper, respectively[[/note]]. Apparently, hours-long conversations about paper are not uncommon.

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* BirdsOfAFeather: Twilight's relationship with Seville is this, with both of them being penophiles and papyrophiles[[note]]lovers of writing implements and paper, respectively[[/note]]. Apparently, hours-long conversations about paper are not uncommon.unknown.



* MoralityChain: {{Discussed}} as one reason that Sumac will never turn evil. There are far too many {{Action Girl}}s in his life that'd kick his [[LastSecondWordSwap a...]]''[[LastSecondWordSwap plot]]'' if he departed the straight and narrow. That and [[HormoneAddledTeenager he'd like to sleep with several of them]]. Twilight also considers Sumac at least somewhat this, the narration mentioning that her love of Sumac is far stronger than her love of power.

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* CruelAndUnusualDeath: In the BadFuture, Flam Apple comes to Warlord Tarnish for help. Tarnish, whipping up the mob of ponies against him, sentences him to quartering: being torn apart by the Pie sisters, one of them on each leg.
* DarkMessiah: Warlord Tarnish appears to be one to the other survivors of the BadFuture, claiming the title of "Last Light" and inspiring almost cult-like reverence from some of his followers.
* EndlessDaytime: In the BadFuture, the sun is suspended above Tarnish's castle because if it leaves the field of poison joke surrounding it then it would be destroyed.
* EyepatchAfterTimeskip: Warlord Tarnish has lost an eye at some point in the intervening years.
* FlyingFace: In the BadFuture, Grogar appears as a gigantic dark cloud in the likeness of his own head.
* HomeworldEvacuation: The Royal Pony Sisters fled a dying Equestria with a trusted few in the BadFuture, but many were left behind. Some of them have taken shelter with Tarnish, but most almost certainly died, or worse.
* LittleNo: Sumac, upon realising he'll have to face what he did in Manehattan.
* MoralityChain: {{Discussed}} as one reason that Sumac will never turn evil. There are far too many {{Action Girl}}s in his life that'd kick his [[LastSecondWordSwap a...]]''[[LastSecondWordSwap plot]]'' ''plot'' if he departed the straight and narrow. That and [[HormoneAddledTeenager he'd like to sleep with several of them]]. Twilight also considers Sumac at least somewhat this, the narration mentioning that her love of Sumac is far stronger than her love of power.


* MoralityChain: {{Discussed}} as one reason that Sumac will never turn evil. There are far too many {{ActionGirl}}s in his life that'd kick his [[LastSecondWordSwap a...]]''[[LastSecondWordSwap plot]]'' if he departed the straight and narrow. That and [[HormoneAddledTeenager he'd like to sleep with several of them]]. Twilight also considers Sumac at least somewhat this, the narration mentioning that her love of Sumac is far stronger than her love of power.

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* MoralityChain: {{Discussed}} as one reason that Sumac will never turn evil. There are far too many {{ActionGirl}}s {{Action Girl}}s in his life that'd kick his [[LastSecondWordSwap a...]]''[[LastSecondWordSwap plot]]'' if he departed the straight and narrow. That and [[HormoneAddledTeenager he'd like to sleep with several of them]]. Twilight also considers Sumac at least somewhat this, the narration mentioning that her love of Sumac is far stronger than her love of power.

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* BirdsOfAFeather: Twilight's relationship with Seville is this, with both of them being penophiles and papyrophiles[[note]]lovers of writing implements and paper, respectively[[/note]]. Apparently, hours-long conversations about paper are not uncommon.
* BrainsAndBrawn: Going by Twilight's description, Flurry and Skyla have this dynamic, with Skyla being the brains, and Flurry the brawn.
* CallBack: Celestia's production of wainwrights is referenced again, perhaps with an explanation this time (wagon wheels can be seen as a kind of sun symbol), and linked to her contributions to the Apple family (Sumac's cutie mark can similarly be seen as a sun-symbol, with lightning radiating from an apple).


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* OneTrueLove: Pebble is Sumac's soulmate, and while he may have life-mates, only she will be his soulmate.


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* RomanceInducingSmudge: A previously referenced event between Sumac and Pebble during his ninth birthday is seen via the weird-time effects of the castle, as it was an important moment in Sumac's life.


[[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/372697/ink Ink]] is a story in the WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic fanfic 'verse FanFic/TheWeedverse by Kudzuhaiku. [[TomeOfProphecyAndFate The Book]], retrieved from FanFic/{{Skyreach}} by Tarnished Teapot and his friends, has been an opaque puzzle to Twilight Sparkle, impossible to even read, until recently, when messages in her own writing have begun to appear in the blank pages. Following the instructions, she summons [[SuperEmpowering Sumac]], and they set to examining the mysteries.

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[[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/372697/ink Ink]] is a story in the WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic fanfic 'verse FanFic/TheWeedverse by Kudzuhaiku. [[TomeOfProphecyAndFate [[TomesOfProphecyAndFate The Book]], retrieved from FanFic/{{Skyreach}} by Tarnished Teapot and his friends, has been an opaque puzzle to Twilight Sparkle, impossible to even read, until recently, when messages in her own writing have begun to appear in the blank pages. Following the instructions, she summons [[SuperEmpowering Sumac]], and they set to examining the mysteries.

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[[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/372697/ink Ink]] is a story in the WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic fanfic 'verse FanFic/TheWeedverse by Kudzuhaiku. [[TomeOfProphecyAndFate The Book]], retrieved from FanFic/{{Skyreach}} by Tarnished Teapot and his friends, has been an opaque puzzle to Twilight Sparkle, impossible to even read, until recently, when messages in her own writing have begun to appear in the blank pages. Following the instructions, she summons [[SuperEmpowering Sumac]], and they set to examining the mysteries.

Not to be confused with the [[Literature/{{Ink}} second book in the Book of All Hours series]] or the [[Film/{{Ink}} indie fantasy film]].
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* BadassMustache: Twilight may not have liked Flam, but his moustache was magnificent, and Sumac's inherited it, although it hasn't quite grown in yet.
* BarrierWarrior: Sumac's facility with shield matrices is very advanced for his age, even accounting for his general abilities.
* MoralityChain: {{Discussed}} as one reason that Sumac will never turn evil. There are far too many {{ActionGirl}}s in his life that'd kick his [[LastSecondWordSwap a...]]''[[LastSecondWordSwap plot]]'' if he departed the straight and narrow. That and [[HormoneAddledTeenager he'd like to sleep with several of them]]. Twilight also considers Sumac at least somewhat this, the narration mentioning that her love of Sumac is far stronger than her love of power.
* OverprotectiveDad: Sumac would kind of like to do the mattress mambo with Silver Lining, but fears what will happen if it goes wrong, or he departs the path of good, given that [[RetiredBadass Wormwood]] used to be a [[TerrorHero Warden]].
* SuperEmpowering: Sumac's power as a sorcerer is {{Exploited}} by Twilight to solve the problem of the book.
* TomesOfProphecyAndFate: ''The Book'', recovered from FanFic/{{Skyreach}} by Tarnished Teapot, and the focus of the story.
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