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* FantasyCounterpartCulture: The Crystal Empire, to the UsefulNotes/ByzantineEmpire, to the point where Jordan179's TranslationConvention renders many of their names and terms into pseudo-Koine (Vulgar Greek).

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* FantasyCounterpartCulture: The Crystal Empire, Empire to the UsefulNotes/ByzantineEmpire, to the point where Jordan179's [=Jordan179=]'s TranslationConvention renders many of their names and terms into pseudo-Koine (Vulgar Greek).



* ForegoneConclusion: [[spoiler:Crimson will turn into evil King Sombra, and Luna will defeat him but be emotionally-shattered by the experience]]. We know this from MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E1TheCrystalEmpirePart1 and MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E2TheCrystalEmpirePart2.

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* ForegoneConclusion: [[spoiler:Crimson will turn into evil King Sombra, Sombra and Luna will defeat him but be emotionally-shattered by the experience]]. We know this defeated and banished from MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E1TheCrystalEmpirePart1 and MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E2TheCrystalEmpirePart2.the world]], as established [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E1TheCrystalEmpirePart1 in the show's Season 3 premiere]].



* TheWrongfulHeirToTheThrone: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]. Morion (Sthenarkos IX) is the Crown Prince and hence the legitimate successor. He is also TheCaligula who tries to wipe out all of his family save his sisters, whom he wants as mistresses. When Aventurine and Crimson return at the head of an army to overthrow Morion, you're cheering them on.

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* TheWrongfulHeirToTheThrone: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]. Morion (Sthenarkos IX) is the Crown Prince and hence the legitimate successor. He is also TheCaligula who tries to wipe out all of his family save his sisters, whom he wants as mistresses. When Aventurine and Crimson return at the head of an army to overthrow Morion, you're cheering them on.on.
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* LadyOfWar: Luna Selena Nyx, who has been filling this role with regards to not only Equestria but also the Crystal Empire since the start of the Age of Discord, long before she even ''became'' a [[BadassPrincess princess]] in the political meaning of the word.
* [[LostRomanLegion Lost Legion]]: The 24th Legion, annihilated by the Snow Griffons while under the command of Prince Carnelian Quartz, father of Crimson and his siblings. Resulted in the deaths of Carnelian Quartz and many other brave soldiers of the Crystal Empire [[spoiler:including Crystal Shard, Lady Tourmaline's childhood sweetheart]].

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* LadyOfWar: Luna Selena Nyx, who has been filling this role with regards to not only Equestria but also the Crystal Empire since the start of the Age of Discord, long before she even ''became'' a [[BadassPrincess princess]] princess in the political meaning of the word.
* [[LostRomanLegion Lost Legion]]: LostRomanLegion: The 24th Legion, annihilated by the Snow Griffons while under the command of Prince Carnelian Quartz, father of Crimson and his siblings. Resulted in the deaths of Carnelian Quartz and many other brave soldiers of the Crystal Empire [[spoiler:including Crystal Shard, Lady Tourmaline's childhood sweetheart]].


* FantasyCounterpartCulture: The Crystal Empire, to the ByzantineEmpire, to the point where Jordan179's TranslationConvention renders many of their names and terms into pseudo-Koine (Vulgar Greek).

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* FantasyCounterpartCulture: The Crystal Empire, to the ByzantineEmpire, UsefulNotes/ByzantineEmpire, to the point where Jordan179's TranslationConvention renders many of their names and terms into pseudo-Koine (Vulgar Greek).


* LadyOfWar: Luna Selena Nyx, who has been filling this role with regards to not only Equestria but also the Crystal Empire since the start of the [[DarkTimes Age of Discord]], long before she even ''became'' a [[BadassPrincess princess]] in the political meaning of the word.

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* LadyOfWar: Luna Selena Nyx, who has been filling this role with regards to not only Equestria but also the Crystal Empire since the start of the [[DarkTimes Age of Discord]], Discord, long before she even ''became'' a [[BadassPrincess princess]] in the political meaning of the word.

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* EvilFormerFriend: Prince Crimson Quartz is destined to become this to Princess Luna of Equestria.

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* BreakTheCutie: Happens to all three protagonists.
** Lady Tourmaline, a classic SilkHidingSteel aristocratic heroine [[spoiler:is raped by Morion, gets a HopeSpot when she is able to escape to Equestria with her beloved Prince Crimson and develop a technology with him that allows him to compensate for his mutiliation, then gets broken all over again when she is forced to witness her lifelong lover's slow descent into madness and evil as Emperor Sombros]].
** Prince Crimson Quartz starts as a [[UsedToBeASweetKid bright and loveable colt]], becomes an idealistic ScienceHero, and then suffers [[spoiler:the rape of his lifelong love Tourmaline, maiming in the removal of the horn which lets him be a mage, and after his HopeSpot with Tourmaline in Equestria and on the battlefield defeating Morion, becomes increasingly evil and insane as a result of his traumas and finally merges with the Shadows to become evil Emperor Sombros]].
** Princess Luna, who has loved Crimson Quartz almost all his life, thinks that he finally returns her romantic love: instead [[spoiler:he seduces her, pretends to love her, leads her down a path of depraved evil and madness, and in the end casts her out, SPECIFICALLY to destroy her attunement to the Elements. He succeeds, which forces Luna to instead help her sister ''kill'' Sombros]]. At the end of this, Luna's emotions and sanity are so utterly shattered that within two decades of increasing alienation from everyone, she becomes [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Nightmare Moon]].

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* MightMakesRight: Prince Morion's explicit theory of life. Princess Luna tries to demonstrate the fallacious nature of the AppealToForce to him in her usual diplomatic manner: namely, by threatening him and thus showing him that there's always someone stronger, but [[spoiler:all this does is convince him that Luna is poaching on his territory. Morion never really gets the point she was trying to make]].


* VestigialEmpire: The Crystal Empire. It once preserved some of the glories of the Age of Wonders and ruled all the Northlands, but by the start of the story has already lost many of its provinces, and is increasingly overshadowed by the rising might of Equestria to its south.

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* VestigialEmpire: The Crystal Empire. It once preserved some of the glories of the Age of Wonders and ruled all the Northlands, but by the start of the story has already lost many of its provinces, and is increasingly overshadowed by the rising might of Equestria to its south.south.
* TheWrongfulHeirToTheThrone: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]. Morion (Sthenarkos IX) is the Crown Prince and hence the legitimate successor. He is also TheCaligula who tries to wipe out all of his family save his sisters, whom he wants as mistresses. When Aventurine and Crimson return at the head of an army to overthrow Morion, you're cheering them on.

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* RoyallyScrewedUp: Prince Morion / Emperor Sthenarkos IX, who considers atrocities in military campaigns a form of outdoor entertainment and as Emperor enjoys raping noblemares. This is especially tragic as it is ultimately his cruelty to Crimson and Tourmaline which proves the trigger for Crimson's own StartOfDarkness, in time tempting Crimson to summon the [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Night]] [[DemonicPossession Shadows]] out of a determination to ensure that neither he nor his beloved Tourmaline will ever be helpless victims again.

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* RoyalHarem: Not official custom in the Crystal Empire, but practiced ''de facto'' by Sthenarkos and Sombra. In the latter case, with Lady Tourmaline as an increasingly-horrified and disgusted Chief Concubine.

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* RebelPrince: Aventurine and Crimson are this to Emperor Sthenarkos, their evil brother Morion. [[spoiler:Their rebellion succeeds]].

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* NobleFugitive: Happens under at least two emperors, and in both cases they flee to Equestria.
** Under Morion / Sthenarkos, many Crystal Imperials including Prince Crimson Quartz, his sister Princess Iolite, and his faithful Lady Tourmaline flee to Southern Dounitza, the town which is known a thousand years later as Dunnich.
** Under Crimson / Sombros, the bulk of the nobility of the Crimson Empire flee; they become assimilated into the Equestrian nobility after The City vanishes into temporal stasis.

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* LadyOfWar: Luna Selena Nyx, who has been filling this role with regards to not only Equestria but also the Crystal Empire since the start of the [[DarkTimes Age of Discord]], long before she even ''became'' a [[BadassPrincess princess]] in the political meaning of the word.

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* AbdicateTheThrone: Either mares or stallions can rule the Crystal Empire. The two sisters among the five Quartz siblings have absolutely no desire to get involved in succession politics, and both Rose and Iolite Quartz deliberately renounce their claims. This in particular keeps Rose Quartz alive when her youngest brother Crimson [[spoiler:merges with the Shadows]] and becomes Sombra.

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* TheEvilPrince: Morion, who in his repulsive personal habits shows a clear desire to become TheCaligula. Unfortunately, the harsh events of his life are destined to turn sweet young Crimson Quartz into one of these as well -- he becomes the character referred to in the series as "King Sombra."

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