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* AltumVidetur: It's titled "Obiter Dicta." It means 'said in passing' in Latin.


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* GratuitousLatin: It's titled "Obiter Dicta." It means 'said in passing' in Latin.

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* StrangerInAFamiliarLand: In "The Other Princess", where Luna cuts a swath through a social event with her powers of observation linked to sharp and pointed words.
--> '''Dotted Line''': "Well, Your Majesty, it was a... a noble effort. Very, uh, very earnest. A few minor quibbles if I may. Firstly, we no longer draw and quarter ponies. Haven't for nine hundred and some odd years. Secondly, you can't order ponies executed. Equestria hasn't had capital punishment since the reform act of 514, and even if it were reinstated—which given the positions of the Crown Loyalists and the Front Pegasus is actually probably possible—you'd need due process. Thirdly, the usual mode of address for members of the Royal Council is 'my lord' or 'my lady' not 'brief mortals.' Fourthly, we can't declare war on Stalliongrad, it's been a part of Equestria since 344, and fifthly the person you kept addressing as "Lord Privy Seal" is the stenographer. We haven't had a Lord Privy Seal since 889. Sixtly, while I happen to know that it is true that Lord Trottingham’s in dire financial straits and that the Duke of Whitetail is involved with… who you said, those were rather meant to be secrets, and chastising them for not hiding them better—even though it was a rather excellent lecture on OPSEC, Your Majesty—doesn’t really help. But aside from those, ah, trifling matters, it went well, I think."


* ScrewThisImOutOfHere: The academics of Princess Celestia's School for Gifted Unicorns flee the first chance they get. A few of the more GenreSavvy ones were fleeing before that.

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* ScrewThisImOutOfHere: The academics of Princess Celestia's School for Gifted Unicorns flee the first chance they get. A few of the more GenreSavvy savvy ones were fleeing before that.


The Equestrian Civil Service Series is an ongoing project by GhostOfHeraclitus. Takes place during a period before Twilight's ascension, but after the Changeling Invasion.

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The Equestrian Civil Service Series is an ongoing project by GhostOfHeraclitus. ''Ghost of Heraclitus.'' Takes place during a period before Twilight's ascension, but after the Changeling Invasion.


* [[spoiler: Calvinball: The Game Princesses Play is really just a quick game of Nomic that went way, WAY overboard. Some thousands of years ago. At least one section of it is a direct playing of Mornington Crescent from ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue'']].

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* {{Calvinball}}: [[spoiler: Calvinball: The Game Princesses Play is really just a quick game of Nomic that went way, WAY overboard. Some thousands of years ago. At least one section of it is a direct playing of Mornington Crescent from ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue'']].

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** Also an in-universe case of ContrivedCoincidence: As Leafy Salad puts it: "Just five, I think you'll find. The other thirty-five were off-duty and, by freak of chance, were all in the area where the arrest was to take place.". Don't ask about the Royal Guard...


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* AnticlimaxBoss: In "The Nature of War", unfathomable resources (and over a thousand words) are dedicated to building up the legendary griffon champion and his legendary sword before he is ready to attack Equestria. He is then [[spoiler:shot by a random pony with a crossbow]].

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* AnticlimaxBoss: AntiClimax: In "The Nature of War", unfathomable resources (and over a thousand words) are dedicated to building up the legendary griffon champion and his legendary sword before he is ready to attack Equestria. He is then [[spoiler:shot by a random pony with a crossbow]].


* PalsWithJesus: Dotted Line is the only person who can enter Celestia's private study whose name does not include the title princess, or start with a "T" and end with "wilight Sparkle".

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* PalsWithJesus: Dotted Line is the only person pony who can enter Celestia's private study whose name does not include the title princess, or start with a "T" and end with "wilight Sparkle".


* PalsWithJesus: Dotted Line is the only person who can entire Celestia's private study whose name does not include the title princess, or start with a "T" and end with "wilight Sparkle".

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* PalsWithJesus: Dotted Line is the only person who can entire enter Celestia's private study whose name does not include the title princess, or start with a "T" and end with "wilight Sparkle".

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* ExactWords: Ivory Abacus states that Dotted has a number of options for dealing with the book. She then supplies a grand total of one suggestion, before pointing out one is a number. Dotted isn't impressed.
* SanitySlippage: The director of the Bureau of Names and Standards snapped from looking at genealogy charts all day, and went on a quest to learn "how many miles" there were. He wasn't seen again.


* TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard: [[spoiler:Ykzlpxlt!k, the Diemvoweled One, Devourer of Souls, Approacher At The Gate, and apparently at least a dozen more titles.]]

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* TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard: [[spoiler:Ykzlpxlt!k, the Diemvoweled Disemvoweled One, Devourer of Souls, Approacher At The Gate, and apparently at least a dozen more titles.]]

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* TheComicallySerious: Princess Celestia, when she finally appears.


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* INeedAFreakingDrink: Professor Ivory Abacus says that after exorcising Twilight Sparkle's old room, they ''will'' need a drink. They do.


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* NotSoAboveItAll: Dotted snaps at a bunch of professors for getting distracted talking about Daring Do. Then we see his inner monologue, where he's angry because he prefers a different book than them.


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* TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard: [[spoiler:Ykzlpxlt!k, the Diemvoweled One, Devourer of Souls, Approacher At The Gate, and apparently at least a dozen more titles.]]
** Apparently Princess Celestia has even more than that. Apparently if a regular pony tried to recite them all in one go, they'd asphyxiate.


* CommonKnowledge: Everyone knows that everyone else has read ''those stories'' about Twilight Sparkle and Princess Celestia, and yet when the subject comes up...
* DeusExMachina: Princess Celestia appears in the climax bearing a much needed SpotOfTea.

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* CommonKnowledge: Everyone knows that everyone else has read ''those stories'' about ContinuityNod: Some difficult workponies bring up some of the exploits of Twilight Sparkle and Princess Celestia, and yet when the subject comes up...
her friends as reason for their being difficult.
* DeusExMachina: Princess Celestia appears in the climax bearing a much needed SpotOfTea.SpotOfTea for Dotted.


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* ManipulativeBitch: With the aid of a friend on the inside, Spinning Top plans to play the Equestria Daily like a fiddle.


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* ScrewThisImOutOfHere: The academics of Princess Celestia's School for Gifted Unicorns flee the first chance they get. A few of the more GenreSavvy ones were fleeing before that.


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* ShoutOut: One highly exclusive tea-shop in Canterlot has doorponies who are skilled in bouncing, and should they be sufficiently pressed, [[Literature/{{Discworld}} splatting]] as well.
* SlasherSmile: In a particularly jubilant mood, Spinning Top begins smiling in a way usually saved for sharks.


* BerserkButton: Don't call Dotted "my lord".



* CloudCuckoolander: Leafy, mostly due to having skipped breakfast. And he's also [[BunnyEarsLawyer Permanent Under-secretary of State for the Home Office.]]

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* CapitalLettersAreMagic: To emphasise how serious he is being, a noble uses capital letters as part of his rant on how Twilight Sparkle popping in for a visit Spells Doom For All.
* CloudCuckoolander: Leafy, mostly due to having skipped breakfast. And he's also [[BunnyEarsLawyer Permanent Under-secretary of State for the Home Office.]] ]]
* CommonKnowledge: Everyone knows that everyone else has read ''those stories'' about Twilight Sparkle and Princess Celestia, and yet when the subject comes up...



* MakeItLookLikeAnAccient: A surprising number of edicts passed down by cabinet ministers "accidentally" end up going missing, or on fire, or in a moat, or set on fire then dropped in a moat...

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* MakeItLookLikeAnAccient: MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: A surprising number of edicts passed down by cabinet ministers "accidentally" end up going missing, or on fire, or in a moat, or set on fire then dropped in a moat... moat...
* MassOhCrap: The EQCS's reaction on learning Twilight Sparkle is coming to Canterlot for a visit.
* MisplacedKindergartenTeacher: It's apparently expected for Cabinet Secretaries to act like this, with a touch of Canterlot refinement to boot. Needless to say, neither of these things describe Dotted Line.



* NarrativeCensor: Dotted Line's thoughts on the nobility aren't suitable for publication.

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* NarrativeCensor: NarrativeProfanityFilter: Dotted Line's thoughts on the nobility aren't suitable for publication.


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* ObfuscatingStupidity: Dotted Line thinks (nay, desperately hopes) Twilight Sparkle isn't actually the innocent, cheerful adorable and slightly clueless-ly friendly pony she actually is.


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* ARareSentence: "Why is the erstwhile home of Princess Celestia's very favorite student covered in four feet of custard?"


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* TheStoic: A requisite of being a Guard, with increasing stoic-ness relative to rank. Sergeants apparently have full control over their autonomic systems, and the ability to speak without moving their face.
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: Dotted Line's reaction to learning about Twilight Sparkle's visit.
* TitleDrop: The opening of the story contains the full phrase, before mentioning that no-one's ever actually asked where it came from, and neither Celestia or Luna are talking.

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