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* ApocalypticLog: The heroes find a crystal recorder on the corpse [[spoiler:of a pegasus who was part of an expedition to Skyreach. It describes how the automatons were reprogrammed to process everyone, pureblood or not, the pegasi had gone mad, and a pony called Spear Breaker activated the defenses, trapping them all. The speaker blames eating meat for the madness]]. Later logs are discovered with other corpses, revealing more of what happened. [[spoiler:Spear Breaker, before her madness, was a brilliant pegasus who initially activated the mechanisms to bring prosperity. She also brought unicorns that at least some of her fellows didn't trust. At least one log suggests that they began consuming earth pony slaves' souls for power. One log claims Skyreach was a god factory, and blames Spear Breaker's madness on discovering that earth ponies were part of the process]]. Notably, at least one log isn't discovered, and neither protagonists nor readers learn what it contained.
* AssInAmbassador: Ambassador Thames doesn't treat the heroes very well.
* BadassBoast: Terra Firma threatens to kill Pale if he crosses her, destroying the graves he draws power from.

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* ApocalypticLog: ApocalypticLog:
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The heroes find a crystal recorder on the corpse [[spoiler:of a pegasus who was part of an expedition to Skyreach. It describes how the automatons were reprogrammed to process everyone, pureblood or not, the pegasi had gone mad, and a pony called Spear Breaker activated the defenses, trapping them all. The speaker blames eating meat for the madness]]. Later logs are discovered with other corpses, revealing more of what happened. [[spoiler:Spear Breaker, before her madness, was a brilliant pegasus who initially activated the mechanisms to bring prosperity. She also brought unicorns that at least some of her fellows didn't trust. At least one log suggests that they began consuming earth pony slaves' souls for power. One log claims Skyreach was a god factory, and blames Spear Breaker's madness on discovering that earth ponies were part of the process]]. Notably, at least one log isn't discovered, and neither protagonists nor readers learn what it contained.
** In the "The tomb of sensibility" chapter, the heroes find a journal [[spoiler:owned by a Twilight Sparkle who came from a timeline where Nightmare Moon succeeded in bringing about Eternal Night, with Sunset Shimmer being one of her loyal followers]].
* AssInAmbassador: Ambassador Thames is an arrogant snake who doesn't treat the heroes very well.
well, and demands that they relinquish the key to Skyreach to the Grittish Crown, claiming it as property. It takes Doctor Caballeron being shot in the ass for him to let the heroes go without further trouble.
* BadassBoast: BadassBoast:
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Terra Firma threatens to kill Pale if he crosses her, her [[spoiler:by refusing to let the heroes into Skyreach]], destroying the graves he draws power from.from.
** Later, Tarnish receives one from Eternity[=/=]The Nameless One in a vision: [[spoiler:[[AC:I am the star that will forever sparkle. I am Twilight Sparkle, Light of Friendship]]]].
* BlessedWithSuck: Being a druid and follower of Terra Firma gives Tarnish control over plants, and the ability to telepathically communicate with animals. But his body is ill-equipped to handle such power; the story describes it as his Poison Joke cutie mark's "last laugh".



* BodyHorror: Frequently, between [[spoiler:the experiments, and the aftermath of the magical conflict]].

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* BodyHorror: Frequently, between [[spoiler:the experiments, and the aftermath of the magical conflict]].conflict. Special mention goes to the poor unicorn who died while encased in molten glass, and the "manipede" Tarnish's group finds later in the swaps]].



* CallForward: While exploring an area of Skyreach particularly badly ruined by magical warfare, Vinyl comments that the amount of power being thrown around was very high, and that either all the most powerful unicorns in the region came together or powerful unicorns were much more prevalent back then, but she dismisses both options as neither really makes sense at the time. As revealed in FanFic/TrixieLulamoonAndTheHorrendousHypothesis and FanFic/PrincessTwilightSparklesSchoolForFantasticFoals [[spoiler:The second option is correct, unicorns have been getting weaker over time due to a higher population spreading the magic more thinly and Grogar's corruption reducing the magic available]].
* CampGay: Kartoffel.
* ClosedCircle: The protagonists are stranded in Skyreach by something that causes their airship to cease functioning and interferes with magic in specific ways, preventing communication to call for help. [[spoiler:It's possible that this was put in place by Pale, who wants to keep Skyreach's secrets, and it is known that the characters' presence was engineered by Terra Firma, who thinks they can resolve whatever happened there]].
* CombatPragmatist: Tarnish's tendency to do things like throw villains to crocodiles and generally ignore what Daring Do calls "Professional Courtesy" are getting him a dark reputation.

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* CallForward: While exploring an area of Skyreach particularly badly ruined by magical warfare, Vinyl comments that the amount of power being thrown around was very high, and that either all the most powerful unicorns in the region came together or powerful unicorns were much more prevalent back then, but she dismisses both options as neither really makes sense at the time. As revealed in FanFic/TrixieLulamoonAndTheHorrendousHypothesis ''FanFic/TrixieLulamoonAndTheHorrendousHypothesis'' and FanFic/PrincessTwilightSparklesSchoolForFantasticFoals [[spoiler:The ''FanFic/PrincessTwilightSparklesSchoolForFantasticFoals'', [[spoiler:the second option is correct, unicorns have been getting weaker over time due to a higher population spreading the magic more thinly and Grogar's corruption reducing the magic available]].
* CampGay: Kartoffel.
Kartoffel acts quite flirtatiously towards Tarnish.
* ClosedCircle: The protagonists are stranded in Skyreach by something that causes their airship to cease functioning and interferes with magic in specific ways, preventing communication to call for help. [[spoiler:It's possible that this was put in place by Pale, who wants to keep Skyreach's secrets, secrets a secret, and it is known that the characters' presence was engineered by Terra Firma, who thinks they can resolve whatever happened there]].
there in order to restore balance to nature]].
* CombatPragmatist: Tarnish's tendency to do things like throw throwing villains to crocodiles and generally ignore what Daring Do calls "Professional Courtesy" are getting him a dark reputation.



* CoolAirship: The ''Endeavour''.

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* CoolAirship: The ''Endeavour''. [[spoiler:It crashes once the heroes reach the magic-killing barrier surrounding Skyreach]].



* CurbStompBattle: When Tarnish [[spoiler:accidentally animates an ancient tree and sets it on a group of mechanoids]].
* DeityOfHumanOrigin: [[spoiler:Skyreach is designed as a factory for gods]].

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* CurbStompBattle: When Tarnish [[spoiler:accidentally animates an ancient tree and sets it on a group of mechanoids]].
mechanoids. The tree wins]].
* DeityOfHumanOrigin: [[spoiler:Skyreach is designed as a factory for gods]].gods. It failed spectacularly]].



* DrivingQuestion: What is Skyreach?

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* DrivingQuestion: What is Skyreach?Skyreach? [[spoiler:As the story goes further, it's implied that Skyreach was founded by the centaurs with good intentions. But gradually, thanks to racism and Grogar corrupting the artificial ley lines in Skyreach, the place became a hellhole of horrific experimentation and insanity, with attempts to create alicorns without the earth pony parts]].



* EmotionBomb: [[spoiler:The artificial ley line running through Skyreach contributed to the decay in sanity of the inhabitants]].

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* EmotionBomb: [[spoiler:The artificial ley line running through Skyreach contributed to the decay in sanity of the inhabitants]].inhabitants. It's implied that Grogar corrupted it to kill the centaurs]].



* FantasticRacism: The pegasi dominating Skyreach were very keen on putting the other tribes "in their proper place".
* FashionsNeverChange: In Skyreach a centaur statue is found wearing a suit that wouldn't look out of place in modern Canterlot.

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* FantasticRacism: FantasticRacism:
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The pegasi dominating Skyreach were very keen on putting the other tribes "in their proper place".
place". The earth ponies were hit with this the most. It's implied that earth ponies were inducted as slave labor, [[spoiler:cannibalized by the pegasi in an attempt to draw power from their souls, and when it was discovered that earth ponies made up part of the alicorns' heritage and magic, they reacted quite violently by hacking several earth ponies to death, refusing to rely on "filth" to ascend]].
** Rainbow reveals that this trope is why she left Cloudsdale to live in Ponyville, as the pegasi there are fixated on blood purity and look down on those who are "polluted". She mentions that Fluttershy was one pegasus who received such bigoted treatment
* FashionsNeverChange: In Skyreach a park in Skyreach, a centaur statue is found wearing a suit that wouldn't look out of place in modern Canterlot.



* GoMadFromTheRevelation: [[spoiler:One of the logs claims the pegasi went mad when they discovered that earth ponies were part of the alicorns]].

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* GoMadFromTheRevelation: [[spoiler:One of the logs claims the pegasi went mad when they discovered that earth ponies were part of the alicorns]].alicorns' magic. This is confirmed when the heroes happen upon the corpse of a bunch of earth ponies that was hacked to pieces, with wall graffiti saying, "Our gods will not be made from earth ponies!"]].



* HealingPotion: The Caretakers are trees altered to pull up organic compounds and produce useful alchemical compounds in their fruits, turning them into this.

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* HealingPotion: The Caretakers are trees altered to pull up organic compounds and produce useful alchemical compounds in their fruits, turning them into this. Their fruits, however, aren't exactly edible and they [[TastesLikeFeet taste like "pussy"]].
* TheHeart: Tarnish, as the "moral officer", is responsible for the group's emotional well-being, as well as making sure that Vinyl is heard and not taken for granted by the other mares.



* HeroismIncentive: Blueblood ensures that dangerous artefacts find their way to him, and not anywhere else, by making it clear that he will pay appropriately, and, as he represents the government,he has very deep pockets.

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* HeroismIncentive: Blueblood ensures that dangerous artefacts artifacts find their way to him, and not anywhere else, by making it clear that he will pay appropriately, and, as appropriately. As he represents the government,he government, he has very deep pockets.pockets. And as a sign of goodwill, he gives Tarnish a sizable check that'll allow him to pay the bills for property damage caused in Manehattan.



* ItTastesLikeFeet: The 4K Ration Bars are described as smelling like semen by Tarnish, and Rainbow confirms that they taste like it too.
* IndyPloy: Tarnish's attempt at this in chapter 48, [[spoiler:detonating ''Bellringer'' to destroy a horde of spiders]] backfires spectacularly, [[spoiler:horrifically scalding all of them and bringing portions of the ceiling down]].
* IOweYouMyLife: Maldrago has this attitude towards Lichen, after Lichen won him in a card game and tried to set him free.

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* ItTastesLikeFeet: ItTastesLikeFeet:
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The 4K Ration Bars are described as smelling like semen by Tarnish, and Rainbow confirms that they taste like it too.
** The apples produced by Skyreach's Caretaker trees aren't much better. Rainbow describes them as tasting like "pussy".
* IndyPloy: Tarnish's attempt at this in chapter 48, [[spoiler:detonating ''Bellringer'' to destroy a horde of spiders]] backfires spectacularly, [[spoiler:horrifically scalding all of them and bringing portions of the ceiling down]].
down]]. The mares in his group don't begrudge him for it, as the move was necessary and that everyone makes mistakes in their lives
* IOweYouMyLife: Maldrago has this attitude towards Lichen, after Lichen won him in a card game and tried to set him free. He got a bodyguard instead.



* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler:The not-quite Tree of Harmony painting cannot be clearly remembered by anyone for very long after looking at it]].

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* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler:The not-quite Tree of Harmony painting cannot be clearly remembered by anyone for very long after looking at it]].it. Rainbow mentions that she can only remember that she saw a lot of cutie marks]].
* LaserGuidedKarma: Caballeron had Tarnish shot in the ass, so Tarnish returns the favor when he gets the opportunity. It's telling when Daring, despite her displeasure, doesn't really stop him, while Celestia praises him for his action.



* MartialPacifist: Flamingo's distaste for blood and AbsurdlySharpBlade means that she generally fights by carving through the weapons of their opponents, rather than literally disarming them.

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* MarryThemAll: As mentioned below, Cloudy wants Tarnish to marry Vinyl and Octavia and turn them into good mares. Tarnish feels rather uncomfortable with how upfront she is about it, as he are close to them but not in the way he's close to his wife. Not to mention that Vinyl and Octavia are lesbians.
* MartialPacifist: Flamingo's distaste for blood and being a sapient AbsurdlySharpBlade means that she generally fights by carving through the weapons of their opponents, rather than [[AnArmAndALeg literally disarming them.them]].



* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: How the incident in Manehatten is treated as such. Tarnish, Rainbow, and Daring were dealing with a mafia hitman who was chucking dynamite at them; though there were casualties, they did manage to save more from dying. As a reward for their efforts, the heroes were saddled with a huge property damage bill. Twilight agrees with the actions of the local authorities, blaming herself for abusing her authority to prevent the heroes from going to jail, and claims that Rainbow, the last to handle the bombs, wasn't responsible with them. Octavia is livid at both Twilight and the complete unfairness of it all, and storms off suggesting that the heroes should sit on the sidelines next time a crisis happens if people continue acting ungrateful.
* NotSoDifferent:
** Celestia praises Tarnish for shooting Caballeron in the ass; as she also detests Caballeron, she would've done the same thing if she were in Tarnish's shoes.
** Rainbow sympathizes with Tarnish's angst over being forced to grow up too fast, bringing up the fiasco with the Wonderbolts and Lightning Dust.



* PayEvilUntoEvil: Tarnish shoots Caballeron in the ass for doing the same to him.



* SavedByCanon: All four main characters have appearances in chronologically later [[FanFic/TheWeedverse Weedverse]] stories, so must survive and escape this one, no matter how bleak it may appear.

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* RealityEnsues:
** Getting shot in the ass brings its own physical health problems, such as being unable to sit or poop properly. When Tarnish is injured this way and later returns the favor to Caballeron, it's described as ''painful''.
** Cloudy Quartz's [[IWantGrandkids desire to spoil some foals]] is understandable, but rather rude and off-putting. Tarnish is left rather uncomfortable by the pressure as he's close to Vinyl and Octavia in a platonic way, and resorts to lying to get Cloudy off his back.
** Tarnish, despite being HappilyMarried with a lot of accomplishments on his belt, feels like he was forced to grow up too fast and angsts over it. Rainbow sympathizes with him as she had growing pains, too.
* SavedByCanon: All four main characters have appearances in chronologically later [[FanFic/TheWeedverse Weedverse]] stories, so they must survive and escape this one, no matter how bleak it may appear.



* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: [[spoiler:The book from Moochick's study will allow Twilight Sparkle that is to go back in time and repair the damage from the corruption of The Nameless One, allowing Twilight Sparkle that will be to replace her]].
* ShipperOnDeck: Rainbow finds the tendency of other ponies to look at her friendships with ShippingGoggles annoying, but admits she's guilty of the same thing, shipping Twilight/Fluttershy.
* ShootTheMedicFirst: The group actively try and defy this, as if Tarnish is taken out, none of the others have the medical skill to fix major injuries.
* ShotInTheAss: One of Caballeron's goons shot Tarnish before the story on the Doctor's orders, so Tarnish later returns the favour.

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* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong:
** [[spoiler:Terra Firma secretly engineered the heroes' passage into Skyreach against Pale's wishes, because she wants them to discover what happened and restore the balance of nature there]].
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[[spoiler:The book from Moochick's study will allow Twilight Sparkle that is to go back in time and repair the damage from the corruption of The Nameless One, allowing Twilight Sparkle that will be to replace her]].
* ShipperOnDeck: Rainbow finds the tendency of other ponies to look at her friendships with ShippingGoggles annoying, [[HypocrisyNod but admits she's guilty of the same thing, thing]], shipping Twilight/Fluttershy.
Twilight with Fluttershy.
* ShootTheMedicFirst: The group actively try and to defy this, as if Tarnish is taken out, none of the others have the medical skill to fix major injuries.
* ShotInTheAss: One of Caballeron's goons shot Tarnish before the story on the Doctor's orders, so leaving Tarnish unable to sit down or poop properly. This left Tarnish so angry that he later returns the favour.favour once Caballeron's in a vulnerable spot. [[NotSoDifferent Celestia remarks that she would've done the same thing in his shoes, as she also detests Caballeron with a passion]].



* SlaveRace: Earth ponies, in Skyreach.

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* SlaveRace: Earth ponies, in Skyreach. [[spoiler:The heroes find what look like an auctioning area in Skyreach's local market place]]



* TomesOfProphecyAndFate: [[spoiler:The book they find in Moochick's study is Eternity's book, and will allow[=/=]has allowed Twilight Sparkle to Set Right What Once Went Wrong]].

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* TomesOfProphecyAndFate: [[spoiler:The book they find in Moochick's study is Eternity's book, and will allow[=/=]has allowed Twilight Sparkle to Set Right What Once Went Wrong]].SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong]].



* WhatWereYouThinking: PlayedForLaughs by Rainbow calling out [[spoiler:Vinyl for giving Tarnish a steam bomb]] to try and cheer up the group after the IndyPloy backfired.

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* WhatWereYouThinking: PlayedForLaughs by Rainbow calling out [[spoiler:Vinyl for giving Tarnish a steam bomb]] to try and cheer up the group after the IndyPloy backfired. It works.


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* WindsOfDestinyChange: [[spoiler:It's implied Skyreach was partly founded to study cutie mark magic in an attempt to give ponies free will, while controlling their destinies to some extent. Daring is disgusted by the implications, stating that she couldn't tell if doing so is the action of a loving parent or a benevolent tyrant]].

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* BigNo: Meets PunctuatedPounding when Tarnish takes a wrench to a [[CombatTentacles gulguthra]].


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* CombatTentacles: There is an encounter with a gulguthra that has long, acidic tentacles.


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* WrenchWhack: Tarnish takes up a centaur-steel monkey wrench at one point.

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* TheSiege: One that lasts between twelve and twenty hours[[note]]By the time it's over, the heroes are too exhausted to work it out[[/note]] occurs when they become cornered by automatons in Skyreach.


* BodyHorror: Frequently, between [[spoiler:the experiments, and the aftermath of the magical conflict]].



* HealingPotion: The Caretakers are trees altered to pull up organic compounds and produce useful alchemical compounds in their fruits, turning them into this.



* ICallItVera: Tarnish's steam cannon is called ''Bellringer'', and the backup coach gun is ''Almighty Alicorn Sisters''.

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* ICallItVera: Tarnish's steam cannon is called ''Bellringer'', and the backup coach gun is ''Almighty Alicorn Sisters''. Vinyl's gun is called ''The Army Cannon''.


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* {{Magitek}}: Skyreach contains large amounts of this, but [[spoiler:the wetware network between the plants of the facility is explicitly described as being closer to technology than magic]].


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* OrganicTechnology: [[spoiler:Significant portions of the Skyreach tech uses this, including the Caretakers. Tarnish gets blueprints for most of it uploaded into his brain when he interfaces with the neural network, allowing him to create a variety of interesting and useful fauna in later stories]].

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* TheMagnificent: Tarnish got a title (Spider's Bane) when he became hero of the realm. When Rainbow comments that she didn't, getting a medal and not a lot else, Tarnish suggests the title "Wind-Breaker". Rainbow is unimpressed.


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* YouCanSeeThatRight: Rainbow requests confirmation that Tarnish is indeed seeing the boxing deer[[note]]Deer with arms and hands in place of antlers[[/note]].

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* CruelMercy: When Tarnish initially hears how Daring Do has been treated by Caballeron, he plans to kill him. Daring says that he shouldn't, so he plans this trope instead. Daring, aware of how he thinks, tries to shut down that line of thought as well.


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* MushroomSamba: Tarnish has a brief one after taking opiate painkillers, involving an odd conversation with his daughter (at the time, only a few months old, and quite a long way away) that apparently gets hijacked by something else ([[spoiler:probably Terra Firma]]).

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* CripplingOverspecialisation: Most ponies are this, focusing on their cutie mark talents exclusively, and while [[spoiler:high on opium painkillers after ''Bellringer'''s detonation]] Vinyl muses on how much she dislikes this tendency, and how glad she is to have a group of friends who don't follow it.


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* WeirdnessMagnet: Tarnish, and Vinyl loves him for it.
* WhatWereYouThinking: PlayedForLaughs by Rainbow calling out [[spoiler:Vinyl for giving Tarnish a steam bomb]] to try and cheer up the group after the IndyPloy backfired.

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* BadassBoast: Terra Firma threatens to kill Pale if he crosses her, destroying the graves he draws power from.


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* ExplosiveOverclocking: [[spoiler:How ''Bellringer'' is destroyed, Tarnish overpressurises it and drops in the middle of a room full of giant spiders]].


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* HurricaneOfPuns: While fighting {{Giant Spider}}s in chapter 48, Flamingo makes long series of spider jokes.


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* IndyPloy: Tarnish's attempt at this in chapter 48, [[spoiler:detonating ''Bellringer'' to destroy a horde of spiders]] backfires spectacularly, [[spoiler:horrifically scalding all of them and bringing portions of the ceiling down]].


* ThatManIsDead: [[spoiler:The Nameless One refuses both that title and her old one, "Eternity", as she is now Twilight Sparkle that will be]].

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* ThatManIsDead: [[spoiler:The Power of Magic refuses both the title of The Nameless One refuses both that title and her old one, "Eternity", as she is now has been replaced by Twilight Sparkle that will be]].



-->'''[[spoiler:The Nameless One]]''': [[AC:[[BadassBoast I am the star that will forever sparkle]]. [[spoiler:I am Twilight Sparkle, Light of Friendship]]]].

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-->'''[[spoiler:The Nameless One]]''': Power of Magic]]''': [[AC:[[BadassBoast I am the star that will forever sparkle]]. [[spoiler:I am Twilight Sparkle, Light of Friendship]]]].


* {{Futureshadowing}}: [[spoiler:While lost in the Shambler's mind, Tarnish meets the "Twilight that will be", the result of Tarnish recovering Eternity's book and allowing Twilight that is to repair the damage from the Nameless One's corruption]].

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* {{Futureshadowing}}: [[spoiler:While recovering from getting lost in the Shambler's mind, Tarnish meets the "Twilight that will be", the result of Tarnish recovering Eternity's book and allowing Twilight that is to repair the damage from the Nameless One's corruption]].

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* {{Futureshadowing}}: [[spoiler:While lost in the Shambler's mind, Tarnish meets the "Twilight that will be", the result of Tarnish recovering Eternity's book and allowing Twilight that is to repair the damage from the Nameless One's corruption]].


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* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: [[spoiler:The book from Moochick's study will allow Twilight Sparkle that is to go back in time and repair the damage from the corruption of The Nameless One, allowing Twilight Sparkle that will be to replace her]].


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* ThatManIsDead: [[spoiler:The Nameless One refuses both that title and her old one, "Eternity", as she is now Twilight Sparkle that will be]].


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* TomesOfProphecyAndFate: [[spoiler:The book they find in Moochick's study is Eternity's book, and will allow[=/=]has allowed Twilight Sparkle to Set Right What Once Went Wrong]].


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* WhamLine: At the end of Chapter 47, both with what is said and who says it.:
-->'''[[spoiler:The Nameless One]]''': [[AC:[[BadassBoast I am the star that will forever sparkle]]. [[spoiler:I am Twilight Sparkle, Light of Friendship]]]].


* ApocalypticLog: The heroes find a crystal recorder on the corpse [[spoiler:of a pegasus who was part of an expedition to Skyreach. It describes how the automatons were reprogrammed to process everyone, pureblood or not, the pegasi had gone mad, and a pony called Spear Breaker activated the defenses, trapping them all. The speaker blames eating meat for the madness]]. Later logs are discovered with other corpses, revealing more of what happened. [[spoiler:Spear Breaker, before her madness, was a brilliant pegasus who initially activated the mechanisms to bring prosperity. She also brought unicorns that at least some of her fellows didn't trust. At least one log suggests that they began consuming earth pony slaves' souls for power. One log claims Skyreach was a god factory, and blames Spear Breaker's madness on discovering that earth ponies were part of the process]].

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* ApocalypticLog: The heroes find a crystal recorder on the corpse [[spoiler:of a pegasus who was part of an expedition to Skyreach. It describes how the automatons were reprogrammed to process everyone, pureblood or not, the pegasi had gone mad, and a pony called Spear Breaker activated the defenses, trapping them all. The speaker blames eating meat for the madness]]. Later logs are discovered with other corpses, revealing more of what happened. [[spoiler:Spear Breaker, before her madness, was a brilliant pegasus who initially activated the mechanisms to bring prosperity. She also brought unicorns that at least some of her fellows didn't trust. At least one log suggests that they began consuming earth pony slaves' souls for power. One log claims Skyreach was a god factory, and blames Spear Breaker's madness on discovering that earth ponies were part of the process]]. Notably, at least one log isn't discovered, and neither protagonists nor readers learn what it contained.



* DreamingOfTimesGoneBy: [[spoiler:Tarnish dreams of the fall of Skyreach and Spear Breaker's ascension after linking wills with a Shambler, a diseased plant abomination that was there at the time and merged with a unicorn casualty]].



* EmotionBomb: [[spoiler:The artificial ley line running through Skyreach contributed to the decay in sanity of the inhabitants]].



* GreenThumb: Tarnish is a druid, and has several powers in this vein, ranging from asking plants for shelter to [[{{Invoked}} Invoking]] WhenTreesAttack.

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* GreenThumb: Tarnish is a druid, and has several powers in this vein, ranging from asking plants for shelter to [[{{Invoked}} Invoking]] WhenTreesAttack. [[spoiler:It later bites them when he links to an ancient plant that had merged with one of the unicorn casualties of the battle and begins reliving Spear Breaker's ascension]].


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* MagicMisfire: The fall of Skyreach left the scars of many of these.


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* SavedByCanon: All four main characters have appearances in chronologically later [[FanFic/TheWeedverse Weedverse]] stories, so must survive and escape this one, no matter how bleak it may appear.


Upon arrival, their airship crashes due to an anomaly around Skyreach that prevents them calling for help or leaving easily, and the four are left stranded, with their only chance of escape being to uncover Skyreach's secrets.



* CallForward: While exploring an area of Skyreach particularly badly ruined by magical warfare, Vinyl comments that the amount of power being thrown around was very high, and that either all the most powerful unicorns in the region came together or powerful unicorns were much more prevalent back then, but she dismisses both options as neither really makes sense at the time. As revealed in FanFic/TrixieLulamoonAndTheHorrendousHypothesis and FanFic/PrincessTwilightSparklesSchoolForFantasticFoals [[spoiler:The second option is correct, unicorns have been getting weaker over time due to a higher population spreading the magic more thinly and Grogar's corruption reducing the magic available]].



* ClosedCircle: The protagonists are stranded in Skyreach by something that causes their airship to cease functioning and interferes with magic in specific ways, preventing communication to call for help. [[spoiler:It's possible that this was put in place by Pale, who wants to keep Skyreach's secrets, and it is known that the characters' presence was engineered by Terra Firma, who thinks they can resolve whatever happened there]].



* ImAHumanitarian: [[spoiler:At least some of the inhabitants that went mad began eating parts of other ponies in an attempt to devour their souls, as evidenced by the graffiti they left behind from their discussions of where exactly the soul resided]].



* YourSoulIsMine: One of the {{Apocalyptic Log}}s [[spoiler:has suggesting that this be done to the earth pony slaves, and given the depravities of Skyreach's fall, it's not unlikely the plan was carried out]].

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* YourSoulIsMine: One of the {{Apocalyptic Log}}s [[spoiler:has somepony suggesting that this be done to the earth pony slaves, and given the depravities of Skyreach's fall, it's not unlikely the plan was carried out]].
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* DeityOfHumanOrigin: [[spoiler:Skyreach is designed as a factory for gods, specifically alicorns in the vein of Celestia and Luna]].

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* DeityOfHumanOrigin: [[spoiler:Skyreach is designed as a factory for gods, specifically alicorns in the vein of Celestia and Luna]].gods]].


* ApocalypticLog: The heroes find a crystal recorder on the corpse [[spoiler:of a pegasus who was part of an expedition to Skyreach. It describes how the automatons were reprogrammed to process everyone, pureblood or not, the pegasi had gone mad, and a pony called Spear Breaker activated the defenses, trapping them all. The speaker blames eating meat for the madness]]. Later logs are discovered with other corpses, revealing more of what happened. [[spoiler:Spear Breaker, before her madness, was a brilliant pegasus who initially activated the mechanisms to bring prosperity. She also brought unicorns that at least some of her fellows didn't trust. At least one log suggests that they began consuming earth pony slaves' souls for power]].

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* ApocalypticLog: The heroes find a crystal recorder on the corpse [[spoiler:of a pegasus who was part of an expedition to Skyreach. It describes how the automatons were reprogrammed to process everyone, pureblood or not, the pegasi had gone mad, and a pony called Spear Breaker activated the defenses, trapping them all. The speaker blames eating meat for the madness]]. Later logs are discovered with other corpses, revealing more of what happened. [[spoiler:Spear Breaker, before her madness, was a brilliant pegasus who initially activated the mechanisms to bring prosperity. She also brought unicorns that at least some of her fellows didn't trust. At least one log suggests that they began consuming earth pony slaves' souls for power]].power. One log claims Skyreach was a god factory, and blames Spear Breaker's madness on discovering that earth ponies were part of the process]].


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* DeityOfHumanOrigin: [[spoiler:Skyreach is designed as a factory for gods, specifically alicorns in the vein of Celestia and Luna]].


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* GoMadFromTheRevelation: [[spoiler:One of the logs claims the pegasi went mad when they discovered that earth ponies were part of the alicorns]].


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* SlaveRace: Earth ponies, in Skyreach.


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* UnreliableNarrator: None of the ApocalypticLogs can really be trusted, as all the speakers were directly invested, and more than a few were utterly insane.

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