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*** Maybe it's like human limbs as opposed to fingernails, they stop growing if cut off. And if magical potential defines horn growth, loosing her horn, and thus said magic potential, would stop it from growing.

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*** Maybe it's like human limbs as opposed to fingernails, they stop growing if cut off. And if magical potential defines horn growth, loosing losing her horn, and thus said magic potential, would stop it from growing.



** If we take the Prequel comic or ''The Stormy Road to Canterlot'' into account, Tempest was a lone wanderer for most of her life after loosing her horn. Its entirely possible she believed that nopony could fix it and when The Storm King promised to fix her horn she saw that as her only possible opportunity to gain her horn back. Leading her to trust The Storm King out of necessity.

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** If we take the Prequel comic or ''The Stormy Road to Canterlot'' into account, Tempest was a lone wanderer for most of her life after loosing losing her horn. Its entirely possible she believed that nopony could fix it and when The Storm King promised to fix her horn she saw that as her only possible opportunity to gain her horn back. Leading her to trust The Storm King out of necessity.

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** When Grubber brought up her horn, Tempest [[NotSoStoic nearly lost her cool]] before recomposing herself. She's apparently not as secure in herself as her philosophy suggests.


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* Tempest’s whole life philosophy revolved around not trusting others and relying only on oneself. So why exactly was she so shocked when the Storm King betrayed her? And heck, if she was willing to trust the Storm King, why didn’t she seek out Celestia or Luna for help with her horn? They’re extremely powerful, and they’re definitely WAY more trustworthy.
** We don't even know if it was even possible to fix her horn. Maybe everyone else she would have went to failed to offer help such that by the time the Storm King offered, she was desperate. It can also be that she's [[SourOutsideSadInside not as content with that life philosophy as she wants to believe]].
** Maybe Tempest resented the princesses in some way? For being more powerful than her. She seems to take great delight in petrifying them at the start - note the terrifying look of glee on her face when she realizes she's got Celestia.
** If we take the Prequel comic or ''The Stormy Road to Canterlot'' into account, Tempest was a lone wanderer for most of her life after loosing her horn. Its entirely possible she believed that nopony could fix it and when The Storm King promised to fix her horn she saw that as her only possible opportunity to gain her horn back. Leading her to trust The Storm King out of necessity.

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* Apparently there were originally plans for the Mane 6 to be thrown in jail after the attempted pearl theft, and Fluttershy would have convinced passing fish to break them out. Considering Fluttershy is so underused and contributes almost nothing in the final product(she befriends a Storm Guard and that's about it), why was the ''one'' plan they had for her to participate scrapped?
** While I agree that she could have used a moment like that, it would have affected the drama of the scene. It's much more effective to go from the pearl theft to the argument on the beach. That way the theft is still fresh in the characters' minds, giving them good reason to fly off the handle and say things they wouldn't otherwise. Thus Twilight is left alone and can get kidnapped by Tempest. If the Mane Six are thrown in jail, they're forced to be together even with the heightened tensions and it doesn't allow for that moment to unfold. Twilight yelling at her friends is key in realising the importance of friendship - and why she wants to befriend Tempest, to make up for her failings earlier.



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* Apparently there were originally plans for the Mane 6 to be thrown in jail after the attempted pearl theft, and Fluttershy would have convinced passing fish to break them out. Considering Fluttershy is so underused and contributes almost nothing in the final product(she befriends a Storm Guard and that's about it), why was the ''one'' plan they had for her to participate scrapped?
** While I agree that she could have used a moment like that, it would have affected the drama of the scene. It's much more effective to go from the pearl theft to the argument on the beach. That way the theft is still fresh in the characters' minds, giving them good reason to fly off the handle and say things they wouldn't otherwise. Thus Twilight is left alone and can get kidnapped by Tempest. If the Mane Six are thrown in jail, they're forced to be together even with the heightened tensions and it doesn't allow for that moment to unfold. Twilight yelling at her friends is key in realising the importance of friendship - and why she wants to befriend Tempest, to make up for her failings earlier.
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** The beginning of the book should take place years before the start of the show. The book also either forgets that doctors and parents/legal guardians exist (Tempest explicitly knows nothing about her prognosis and no adult in her life is ever mentioned) or deliberately omits them to avoid depicting [[AbusiveParents the kind of parenting]] that would drive a child to not only run away but ''leave the country'' to escape the shame of being disfigured.


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** According to the prequel novel, she was sent flying by the swipe and broke her horn on the cave wall.

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** Actually when the alarm first goes off, Novo glares at Skystar. Maybe that means she was supposed to be guarding it anyway? Novo was in the throne room when we meet Skystar but she had a seaweed wrap scheduled, so maybe her daughter was meant to guard it while she was away.


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** And maybe the orb was 'confused' by having so many targets to possibly spread to. It seems to zero in on the nearest target - since the one that got Cadence just got her when the other princesses were right behind her.

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** Well I'd say destroying their home and many of their belongings is a pretty steep punishment, and punishment is all she wanted to inflict on them. I doubt she cared about keeping them as employees afterward, given how they'd already shown their disloyalty repeatedly.

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* Speaking of Strife, what indeed ARE his goals. What would he gain by becoming the STORM Kings #2, betraying him, meeting with pirates, and then disappearing to do something elsewhere?

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** I got no other reason for the Hypogriffs. I think my answer to that part was fine. As for releasing the other ponies, they aren't imprisoned anymore so it's likely the pirates, Capper and Skystar DID do just that while the whole scene with the staff was taking place. Why they didn't do it earlier so that they could help I have no idea other than the out of universe reason and the characters not thinking it through.

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* Going back to above, the theory of Tempest only destroying the ship instead of killing the pirates in order to show the punishment of betrayal, but how? Even if they don't defy her or the king anymore, they don't have a ship to do their job with (and at this point, they are obviously not going to work for the Storm King anymore)
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** I can't speak for Andrea and Ashleigh but I've been to a convention with Creator/TaraStrong and she's been asked to do several of her characters on command. She easily switched from Twilight to Bubbles to Raven without missing a beat. In an interview with Andrea she was able to go into Pinkie and Fluttershy easily, so I doubt it's that. Rainbow and Pinkie just happen to be the more exciting characters - Rainbow being a big show off and Pinkie being comic relief - so them being involved in the plot is just more natural.


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** And maybe the pearl could reverse the petrification on the princesses too? Obviously in the end they were able to do that with the staff, but Twilight might have seen that as a possibility - and thus it would be four Alicorns without the element of surprise.


*** Maybe true, but once the Storm Guards that didn't see the storm find out that their fellow soldiers have been killed under his storm, intentionally or not, I doubt he will have as many followers as he used to. I mean what excuse could he possibly give?

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*** Maybe true, but once ** You'd think he would order his mooks to evacuate the Storm Guards premise and/or seek shelter if that didn't see was the storm find out that their fellow soldiers have been killed under his storm, intentionally or not, I doubt he will have as many followers as he used to. I mean what excuse could he possibly give?case.

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