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* While the Newfoals are usually nothing more than mindless drones, there are a few that do possess ''some'' [[EliteMooks degree of intelligence and cunning]]. Focus Ray, from "The Answer, Part 2", is the latter. When TCB!Trixie decides to break him with some well placed words, he starts to lose it, to put it mildly.

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* While the Newfoals are usually nothing more than mindless drones, there are a few that do possess ''some'' [[EliteMooks degree of intelligence and cunning]]. Focus Ray, from "The Answer, Part 2", 'The Answer (Part 2)', is the latter. When TCB!Trixie decides to break him with some well placed words, he starts to lose it, to put it mildly.



* In "War March and Past Sins", dragon king Spykoran and elder zebra shaman Quagga explain that in order to become the perpetually smiling zombies they are now, the Newfoals' [[spoiler: human souls are literally ''broken to pieces'' and bound to Tirek's will. Even worse, according to Quagga, it is completely impossible to repair said souls; only death will make the Newfoals' souls whole again. Meaning that even if the Queen and the Bag are defeated, only [[MercyKill mass euthanasia]] will set their souls free (and that's only if the Newfoals don't just drop dead once Tirek is neutralized)]].

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* In "War 'War March and Past Sins", Sins', dragon king Spykoran and elder zebra shaman Quagga explain that in order to become the perpetually smiling zombies they are now, the Newfoals' [[spoiler: human souls are literally ''broken to pieces'' and bound to Tirek's will. Even worse, according to Quagga, it is completely impossible to repair said souls; only death will make the Newfoals' souls whole again. Meaning that even if the Queen and the Bag are defeated, only [[MercyKill mass euthanasia]] will set their souls free (and that's only if the Newfoals don't just drop dead once Tirek is neutralized)]].



* The "Sons of Legacies" arc has these.

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* "Training Days: First Days Part 2" shows the various races of Equestria just how terrifying warfare against Newfoals is... by [[spoiler:giving them a view of New York City being attacked by Newfoals]]. Kill one and five more come to take its place, they attack in skyliners (or "Zeps" as the FutureSlang goes) while creating aerial defenses from pegasus cloudwork, enough that one minotaur can barely see the sky.

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* "Training 0Training Days: First Days Part 2" (Part 2)' shows the various races of Equestria just how terrifying warfare against Newfoals is... by [[spoiler:giving them a view of New York City being attacked by Newfoals]]. Kill one and five more come to take its place, they attack in skyliners (or "Zeps" as the FutureSlang goes) while creating aerial defenses from pegasus cloudwork, enough that one minotaur can barely see the sky.



* "Training Days: The First Month" has the reveal that [[spoiler:Tirek]] is doing all this not just for revenge, but because all the suffering the war is causing ''[[ItAmusedMe amuses]]'' him. ''Especially'' turning Equestria into a fascist hellhole. As [[spoiler:Discord]] puts it:

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* "Training 'Training Days: The First Month" Month' has the reveal that [[spoiler:Tirek]] is doing all this not just for revenge, but because all the suffering the war is causing ''[[ItAmusedMe amuses]]'' him. ''Especially'' turning Equestria into a fascist hellhole. As [[spoiler:Discord]] puts it:



* "Training Days: The Second Month": After getting her rear handed to her in the dream she constructed for Catseye, Queen Celestia's assassin "Weaver" is treated to a truly horrifying vision of [[spoiler:her Queen's corpse being desecrated by Tirek before he reaches out for her, ready to utterly destroy her]].

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* "Training 'Training Days: The Second Month": After getting her rear handed to her in the dream she constructed for Catseye, Queen Celestia's assassin "Weaver" Month': In a reversal of situations, Weaver is treated to a truly horrifying vision of [[spoiler:her Queen's corpse being desecrated by Tirek before he reaches out for her, ready to utterly destroy her]].



* "Love and Hate": We are introduced to Pineapple Cutter, a mare of questionable sanity and an especially twisted worldview, topped off with a [[BloodKnight constant craving for excitement]]. Whatever goes on inside her head can't be pretty.

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* In Chapter Eight, "A Melody Of Flames and Frost", Yon-Soo and Porter come across an HLF encampment in an abandoned school, happening upon a room full of pony corpses that are so brutally maimed that Yon-Soo notes that he can't even tell what kind of pony they were, what color their coats were, or find their cutie marks. He also takes a moment to reflect on the HLF's apparent love for [[CreepySouvenir wearing necklaces and belts adorned with broken horns and wings]].
* Chapter Nine, "A Journey to the East", opens with Yon-Soo having a nightmare. It starts off benignly enough, with him relaxing in a calm meadow... only to realize several things are off about the landscape. He's approached by the Newfoal form of his friend Eun-Hee as she tries to coax him into coming with her to Equestria, whereupon he sees Porter and his human friends becoming Newfoals, as well as a vision of his pony friends wearing the same empty smiles on their faces. Yon-Soo tries to be DefiantToTheEnd, but Queen Celestia herself shows up, delivering promises of eternal happiness, and orders his converted friends to force a bottle of potion down his throat. [[CatapultNightmare And then he wakes up]].
* "The Face of the Enemy", Chapter Ten, features another literal nightmare. After finding some respite from HLF atrocities at a safehouse controlled by their new allies in the underground, the team's rest is interrupted by the news that Firebrand's fire tornado to cripple the Empire's forces at Erenhot also killed 88,000 civilians and refugees. Devastated, the pegasus tries to sleep it off, but Weaver appears in his dreams (carrying Lyra's namesake lyre) and proceeds to give him an AffablyEvil BreakingLecture, followed by a bizarre form of baptism where she ''throws him into the sun''. It isn't described graphically, yet the RuleOfSymbolism wording makes it sound like the fire is literally stitching him into a tapestry. The dream ends on this note:

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* "Love 'Love and Hate": Hate': We are introduced to Pineapple Cutter, a mare of questionable sanity and an especially twisted worldview, topped off with a [[BloodKnight constant craving for excitement]]. Whatever goes on inside her head can't be pretty.

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* In Chapter Eight, "A 'A Melody Of Flames and Frost", Frost', Yon-Soo and Porter come across an HLF encampment in an abandoned school, happening upon a room full of pony corpses that are so brutally maimed that Yon-Soo notes that he can't even tell what kind of pony they were, what color their coats were, or find their cutie marks. He also takes a moment to reflect on the HLF's apparent love for [[CreepySouvenir wearing necklaces and belts adorned with broken horns and wings]].
* Chapter Nine, "A 'A Journey to the East", East', opens with Yon-Soo having a nightmare. It starts off benignly enough, with him relaxing in a calm meadow... only to realize several things are off about the landscape. He's approached by the Newfoal form of his friend Eun-Hee as she tries to coax him into coming with her to Equestria, whereupon he sees Porter and his human friends becoming Newfoals, as well as a vision of his pony friends wearing the same empty smiles on their faces. Yon-Soo tries to be DefiantToTheEnd, but Queen Celestia herself shows up, delivering promises of eternal happiness, and orders his converted friends to force a bottle of potion down his throat. [[CatapultNightmare And then he wakes up]].
* "The 'The Face of the Enemy", Enemy', Chapter Ten, features another literal nightmare. After finding some respite from HLF atrocities at a safehouse controlled by their new allies in the underground, the team's rest is interrupted by the news that Firebrand's fire tornado to cripple the Empire's forces at Erenhot also killed 88,000 civilians and refugees. Devastated, the pegasus tries to sleep it off, but Weaver appears in his dreams (carrying Lyra's namesake lyre) and proceeds to give him an AffablyEvil BreakingLecture, followed by a bizarre form of baptism where she ''throws him into the sun''. It isn't described graphically, yet the RuleOfSymbolism wording makes it sound like the fire is literally stitching him into a tapestry. The dream ends on this note:




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* According to the "Empire" chapter, the Newfoals are used as slave labor. However they get plenty of breaks. This isn't out of the kindness of Equestria's collective hearts, though, no - it's because they will literally ''work themselves to death'' if they aren't told to take a rest break.

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* According to the "Empire" 'Empire' chapter, the Newfoals are used as slave labor. However they get plenty of breaks. This isn't out of the kindness of Equestria's collective hearts, though, no - it's because they will literally ''work themselves to death'' if they aren't told to take a rest break.




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* Chapter 4 - "Bloodstained Sketches of a Small Town". Doctor Fluffy has said that he and [=TB3=] were competing to outdo each other in the Nightmare Fuel department. Hoo boy...

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* Chapter 4 - "Bloodstained 4, 'Bloodstained Sketches of a Small Town".Town'. Doctor Fluffy has said that he and [=TB3=] were competing to outdo each other in the Nightmare Fuel department. Hoo boy...



* Chapter 5 - ''Mercy Among The Children''. Oh lordy, where to begin.

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* Chapter 5 - 5, ''Mercy Among The Children''. Oh lordy, where to begin.



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* Chapter 6 - 6, ''Lost In Dispatches 2'':



* "The Double Hook": [[spoiler: Diamond-Mint Jewelup, a natural born pony, gets turned into a Pretty Private thanks to Nepenthe channeling the ponification spell through a tiara]]. God help us indeed...

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* "The 'The Double Hook": Hook': [[spoiler: Diamond-Mint Jewelup, a natural born pony, gets turned into a Pretty Private thanks to Nepenthe channeling the ponification spell through a tiara]]. God help us indeed...

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* Due to the SlowPacedBeginning, readers might get complacent as the Mane Six get the very unconscious and badly injured human to Ponyville Hospital. Other than comments on the [[OminousForeshadowing Death Tree]] encountered in the previous chapter, nothing seems particularly unnerving...[[MoodWhiplash and then we see the human dreaming about one of his first encounters with newfoals]], [[{{Gorn}} recounting on how they kept fighting and grinning even when mutilated and the building they're in burning down around them]].

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* '''Everything about [[StepfordSmiler the]] [[ExtremeDoormat New]][[UncannyValley foals]]'''. Each story contributes to their nightmare fuel in their own way. While the portrayal of them and the effects the potion has on a converted human's mind [[DependingOnTheWriter depends heavily on individual authors]] in the TCB genre, ''these'' Newfoals take the creepy TranshumanTreachery way UpToEleven and then some. They have these smiles that are too big and wide to [[TheUnsmile reflect any genuine joy]], and are glassy-eyed to the point of looking like they're brain-dead. [[PerpetualSmiler And it's the only expression they ever have]]. GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul doesn't even ''begin'' to describe it. The fact that they can't even get cutie marks is [[UncannyValley unsettling in itself]], especially from TCB!Trixie's perspective. In most other stories, her description of the Newfoals as "aliens molded into an equine likeness" would be treated negatively; here however, she is ''completely right'' in her assessment of them.

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* '''Everything about [[StepfordSmiler the]] [[ExtremeDoormat New]][[UncannyValley the New foals]]'''. Each story contributes to their nightmare fuel in their own way. While the portrayal of them and the effects the potion has on a converted human's mind [[DependingOnTheWriter depends heavily on individual authors]] in the TCB genre, ''these'' Newfoals take the creepy TranshumanTreachery way UpToEleven and then some. They have these smiles that are too big and wide to [[TheUnsmile reflect any genuine joy]], and are glassy-eyed to the point of looking like they're brain-dead. [[PerpetualSmiler And it's the only expression they ever have]]. GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul doesn't even ''begin'' to describe it. The fact that they can't even get cutie marks is [[UncannyValley unsettling in itself]], especially from TCB!Trixie's perspective. In most other stories, her description of the Newfoals as "aliens molded into an equine likeness" would be treated negatively; here however, she is ''completely right'' in her assessment of them.



* Queen Celestia herself. In canon, Celestia is the BigGood, a ReasonableAuthorityFigure, TheMentor for the heroes, and TheHighQueen who cares about all her subjects. Meanwhile, TCB!Celestia's an [[MadGod utterly insane]] [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen tyrant]] and a xenocidal monster. She has every intent of destroying humanity as we know it, has almost certainly [[spoiler: brainwashed most of her citizens (it's confirmed for the Royal Guards at least) into becoming her unquestioningly loyal followers]] and has also committed multiple counts of xenocide on the other species in Equus. On top of that, it would take almost enough firepower to take down a [[VideoGame/MassEffect Reaper]] to kill [[spoiler: a clone of]] her. To quote [[spoiler: Discord]]:

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* Queen Celestia herself. In canon, Celestia is the BigGood, a ReasonableAuthorityFigure, TheMentor for the heroes, and TheHighQueen who cares about all her subjects. Meanwhile, TCB!Celestia's an [[MadGod utterly insane]] [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen insane tyrant]] and a xenocidal monster. She has every intent of destroying humanity as we know it, has almost certainly [[spoiler: brainwashed most of her citizens (it's confirmed for the Royal Guards at least) into becoming her unquestioningly loyal followers]] and has also committed multiple counts of xenocide on the other species in Equus. On top of that, it would take almost enough firepower to take down a [[VideoGame/MassEffect Reaper]] to kill [[spoiler: a clone of]] her. To quote [[spoiler: Discord]]:



* In "War March and Past Sins", dragon king Spykoran and elder zebra shaman Quagga explain that in order to become the perpetually smiling zombies they are now, the Newfoals' [[spoiler: human souls are literally ''broken to pieces'' and bound to Tirek's will. Even worse, according to Quagga, it is completely impossible to repair said souls; only death will make the Newfoals' souls whole again. Meaning that even if the Queen and the Bag are defeated, only [[MercyKill mass]] [[GenocideDilemma euthanasia]] will set their souls free (and that's only if the Newfoals don't just drop dead once Tirek is neutralized)]].

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* In "War March and Past Sins", dragon king Spykoran and elder zebra shaman Quagga explain that in order to become the perpetually smiling zombies they are now, the Newfoals' [[spoiler: human souls are literally ''broken to pieces'' and bound to Tirek's will. Even worse, according to Quagga, it is completely impossible to repair said souls; only death will make the Newfoals' souls whole again. Meaning that even if the Queen and the Bag are defeated, only [[MercyKill mass]] [[GenocideDilemma mass euthanasia]] will set their souls free (and that's only if the Newfoals don't just drop dead once Tirek is neutralized)]].



*** [[spoiler: Twilight's mindscape. At first it looks like a replica of Canterlot Castle. But once Luna starts heading deeper into it, the place becomes [[AlienGeometries more]] [[{{Bizarrchitecture}} distorted]], decayed and falling apart; a screaming, lost, hurting filly version of Twilight begs for help as shadows cry and whisper in her voice. The mental construct that "imitates" her is so disgustingly deformed that Luna didn't recognize her as Twilight at first, and it viciously berates the filly-ghost for even being near Luna. And as for the real Twilight herself, she's buried in her own mind, a filthy and ill-looking shell of herself, and roots have impaled themselves all over her body, one even going through her heart]].

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*** [[spoiler: Twilight's mindscape. At first it looks like a replica of Canterlot Castle. But once Luna starts heading deeper into it, the place becomes [[AlienGeometries more]] [[{{Bizarrchitecture}} more distorted]], decayed and falling apart; a screaming, lost, hurting filly version of Twilight begs for help as shadows cry and whisper in her voice. The mental construct that "imitates" her is so disgustingly deformed that Luna didn't recognize her as Twilight at first, and it viciously berates the filly-ghost for even being near Luna. And as for the real Twilight herself, she's buried in her own mind, a filthy and ill-looking shell of herself, and roots have impaled themselves all over her body, one even going through her heart]].



** In Part 1, [[spoiler:King Sombra {{Mind Rape}}s and [[DemonicPossession takes control]] [[GrandTheftMe of Marcus's body]], fully intent on draining his runes' power to become a second Solar Tyrant. Thanks to Discord, this doesn't take, but it seriously impedes the group's efforts to reach the Crystal Heart]].

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** In Part 1, [[spoiler:King Sombra {{Mind Rape}}s and [[DemonicPossession takes control]] [[GrandTheftMe control of Marcus's body]], fully intent on draining his runes' power to become a second Solar Tyrant. Thanks to Discord, this doesn't take, but it seriously impedes the group's efforts to reach the Crystal Heart]].



** [[spoiler: The totem-proles are [[WasOnceAMan actually]] [[PoweredByAForsakenChild crystal]] [[BodyHorror ponies]] kidnapped from the Crystal Empire, either amnesiacs wandering the streets or prisoners of war]].

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** [[spoiler: The totem-proles are [[WasOnceAMan actually]] [[PoweredByAForsakenChild crystal]] [[BodyHorror actually crystal ponies]] kidnapped from the Crystal Empire, either amnesiacs wandering the streets or prisoners of war]].



** Highlights include the dream-version of Kate, his wife, telling him he's a coward who murders ponies and can't realize what he is. Then she turns into a pony while Kraber's having sex with her, and he stabs her to death... only for her to turn back to human while she bleeds out. He runs away, killing even more ponies, only for them all to turn into humans upon death. And then, after he's killed his own children and realized that he'll have to do so in the future, TCB!Pinkie Pie appears, holds him down and ponifies him and [[PsychicDreamsForEveryone he briefly turns into a]] [[AndIMustScream Pretty Private]]....

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** Highlights include the dream-version of Kate, his wife, telling him he's a coward who murders ponies and can't realize what he is. Then she turns into a pony while Kraber's having sex with her, and he stabs her to death... only for her to turn back to human while she bleeds out. He runs away, killing even more ponies, only for them all to turn into humans upon death. And then, after he's killed his own children and realized that he'll have to do so in the future, TCB!Pinkie Pie appears, holds him down and ponifies him and [[PsychicDreamsForEveryone he briefly turns into a]] [[AndIMustScream a Pretty Private]]....



* The "New Researcher" that Chalcedony and the unseen interviewer are discussing. Chalcedony [[InsistentTerminology refuses to refer to it as anything other than]] [[ItIsDehumanizing "it"]], claims that it "took" a body and is [[BodyHorror spreading living crystal through the body]], is a SenseFreak, and refers to it as a sentient, ambulatory totem-prole. ''How is this in the PHL? And what is it?'' Only Fluffy truly seems to know what it is, and he revealed it in [[TrollingCreator typical Doctor Fluffy fashion]] towards the end of the chapter, by [[spoiler:[[TheUnreveal not revealing it at all and]] [[LampshadeHanging wondering why you expected him to spoil it at the end]].]]

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* The "New Researcher" that Chalcedony and the unseen interviewer are discussing. Chalcedony [[InsistentTerminology refuses to refer to it as anything other than]] [[ItIsDehumanizing "it"]], "[[ItIsDehumanizing it]]", claims that it "took" a body and is [[BodyHorror spreading living crystal through the body]], is a SenseFreak, and refers to it as a sentient, ambulatory totem-prole. ''How is this in the PHL? And what is it?'' Only Fluffy truly seems to know what it is, and he revealed it in [[TrollingCreator typical Doctor Fluffy fashion]] towards the end of the chapter, by [[spoiler:[[TheUnreveal not revealing it at all and]] all]] and [[LampshadeHanging wondering why you expected him to spoil it at the end]].]]



* Due to the SlowPacedBeginning, readers might get complacent as the Mane Six get the very unconscious and badly injured human to Ponyville Hospital. Other than comments on the [[OminousForeshadowing Death Tree]] encountered in the previous chapter, nothing seems particularly unnerving...[[MoodWhiplash and then we see the human dreaming about one of his first encounters with newfoals,]] [[{{Gorn}} recounting on how they kept fighting and grinning]] [[BeyondTheImpossible even when mutilated and the building they're in burning down around them]].

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* Due to the SlowPacedBeginning, readers might get complacent as the Mane Six get the very unconscious and badly injured human to Ponyville Hospital. Other than comments on the [[OminousForeshadowing Death Tree]] encountered in the previous chapter, nothing seems particularly unnerving...[[MoodWhiplash and then we see the human dreaming about one of his first encounters with newfoals,]] newfoals]], [[{{Gorn}} recounting on how they kept fighting and grinning]] [[BeyondTheImpossible grinning even when mutilated and the building they're in burning down around them]].


-->The creature screaming back at her, while Granny Smith was still warm in her casket, was not the sister she remembered. None of Applejack's warmth and love shone in those eyes, just a dark fire that spoke of endless wrath. When Applebloom looked deep into them, all she could see was a hoof smashing down on a pony's face, forever and always...

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-->The creature screaming back at her, while Granny Smith was still warm in her casket, was not the sister she remembered. None of Applejack's warmth and love shone in those eyes, just a dark fire that spoke of endless wrath. When Applebloom looked deep into them, all she could see was [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour a hoof smashing down on a pony's face, forever and always...]]



** Another flashback shows [[spoiler:that after being turned into a puppet, TCB!Twilight creates the ponification potion in a manner that rivals Josef Mengele in ethical bankruptcy. The problem is, you see, that the potion needed to be perfected for it to actually convert a person without killing them. And this is told in [[{{Gorn}} extremely graphic detail]], including people's [[EyeScream eyeballs exploding]], [[FacialHorror their skulls splitting open as horns force their way out]], [[{{Fingore}} their fingers falling off as their wrists fuse into hooves]], [[BodyHorror bloody wings exploding out of backs, shattering spines as they go]]... Families were split apart and forced to watch as their fellow humans were fed into the meat grinder of ponification testing. Not even children were spared - in fact, when Twilight finally succeeds (on test subject ''two thousand nine hundred and eighty seven''), the subject is a little girl. And the first thing we hear after that is the girl's poor mother screaming in Spanish that the creature prancing on the table is not her daughter. Throughout all of this, the real Twilight is impaled in her own mind, screaming helplessly as her body mutilates children]].

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** Another flashback shows [[spoiler:that after being turned into a puppet, TCB!Twilight creates the ponification potion in a manner that rivals Josef Mengele in ethical bankruptcy. The problem is, you see, that the potion needed to be perfected for it to actually convert a person without killing them. And this is told in [[{{Gorn}} extremely graphic detail]], including people's [[EyeScream eyeballs exploding]], [[FacialHorror their skulls splitting open as horns force their way out]], [[{{Fingore}} their fingers falling off as their wrists fuse into hooves]], [[BodyHorror bloody wings exploding out of backs, shattering spines as they go]]... Families were split apart and forced to watch as their fellow humans were fed into the meat grinder of ponification testing. Not even children were spared - in fact, when Twilight finally succeeds (on test subject ''two thousand nine hundred and eighty seven''), the subject is a little girl. And the first thing we hear after that is the girl's poor mother screaming in Spanish that the creature prancing on the table is not her daughter. Throughout all of this, the real Twilight is impaled in her own mind, screaming helplessly as the thing controlling her body mutilates children]].



** A little boy on a crashed subway train getting ponifed, then advancing on his mother...

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** A little boy on a crashed subway train getting ponifed, ponified, then advancing on his mother...



* "The Double Hook": [[spoiler: Diamond-Mint Jewelup, a natural born pony, gets turned into a pretty Private thanks to Nepenthe channeling the ponification spell through a tiara]]. God help us indeed...

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* "The Double Hook": [[spoiler: Diamond-Mint Jewelup, a natural born pony, gets turned into a pretty Pretty Private thanks to Nepenthe channeling the ponification spell through a tiara]]. God help us indeed...


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*** Also, there's the fact that [[spoiler:Tirek states that the real TCB!Celestia is "withering away as [he] thrives"]].

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*** Also, there's the fact that [[spoiler:Tirek states that the real TCB!Celestia is "withering away as [he] thrives"]].thrives"]].

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* Due to the SlowPacedBeginning, readers might get complacent as the Mane Six get the very unconscious and badly injured human to Ponyville Hospital. Other than comments on the [[OminousForeshadowing Death Tree]] encountered in the previous chapter, nothing seems particularly unnerving...[[MoodWhiplash and then we see the human dreaming about one of his first encounters with newfoals,]] [[{{Gorn}} recounting on how they kept fighting and grinning]] [[BeyondTheImpossible even when mutilated and the building they're in burning down around them]].


* The Barrier is perhaps the most horrifying AdvancingWallOfDoom ever conceived. It started out as a humble shield in a portal, only to grow and disintegrate every human in its path, or anything built by a human. Cars, concrete, artwork, buildings, graves and famous landmarks and monuments are LostForever on contact with this pink wall. It's not only driving away and destroying any human in its path, but ''erasing all evidence that we even existed''. Millions of homes and thousands of years worth of irreplaceable history, just gone, and it doesn't even leave behind dust to mark their destruction.

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* The Barrier is perhaps the most horrifying AdvancingWallOfDoom ever conceived. It started out as a humble shield in a portal, only to grow and disintegrate every human in its path, or anything built by a human. Cars, concrete, artwork, buildings, graves and famous landmarks and monuments are LostForever lost on contact with this pink wall. It's not only driving away and destroying any human in its path, but ''erasing all evidence that we even existed''. Millions of homes and thousands of years worth of irreplaceable history, just gone, and it doesn't even leave behind dust to mark their destruction.


* '''Everything about [[StepfordSmiler the]] [[ExtremeDoormat New]][[UncannyValley foals]]'''. Each story contributes to their nightmare fuel in their own way. While the portrayal of them and the effects the potion has on a converted human's mind [[DependingOnTheWriter depends heavily on individual authors]] in the TCB genre, ''these'' Newfoals take the creepy TranshumanTreachery way UpToEleven and then some. They have these smiles that are too big and wide to [[TheUnsmile reflect any genuine joy]], and are glassy-eyed to the point of looking like they're brain-dead. [[PerpetualSmiler And it's the only expression they ever have]]. GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul doesn't even ''begin'' to describe it. The fact that they can't even get cutie marks is [[UncannyValley unsettling in itself]], especially from TCB!Trixie's perspective. In most other stories, her description of the Newfoals as "aliens molded into an equine likeness" would be treated negatively. However, Trixie is ''completely right'' in her assessment of them.

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* '''Everything about [[StepfordSmiler the]] [[ExtremeDoormat New]][[UncannyValley foals]]'''. Each story contributes to their nightmare fuel in their own way. While the portrayal of them and the effects the potion has on a converted human's mind [[DependingOnTheWriter depends heavily on individual authors]] in the TCB genre, ''these'' Newfoals take the creepy TranshumanTreachery way UpToEleven and then some. They have these smiles that are too big and wide to [[TheUnsmile reflect any genuine joy]], and are glassy-eyed to the point of looking like they're brain-dead. [[PerpetualSmiler And it's the only expression they ever have]]. GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul doesn't even ''begin'' to describe it. The fact that they can't even get cutie marks is [[UncannyValley unsettling in itself]], especially from TCB!Trixie's perspective. In most other stories, her description of the Newfoals as "aliens molded into an equine likeness" would be treated negatively. However, Trixie negatively; here however, she is ''completely right'' in her assessment of them.



** Furthermore, the Newfoals possess no survival instinct whatsoever. All they care about is worshipping Queen Celestia and carrying out her will. Even if you shoot them, they don't scream in pain or even retreat - they'll just keep going with unnatural determination, tripping over themselves or even their own entrails to get at every unconverted person they see. It's also noted that they still have those enormous, glassy-eyed smiles pasted on their faces as they die.

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** Furthermore, the Newfoals possess no survival instinct whatsoever. All they care about is worshipping worshiping Queen Celestia and carrying out her will. Even if you shoot them, they don't scream in pain or even retreat - they'll just keep going with unnatural determination, tripping over themselves or even their own spilling entrails to get at every unconverted person they see. It's also noted that they still have those enormous, glassy-eyed smiles pasted on their faces as they die.



-->"On top of that, she's stronger than she has any right to be, thanks to our little 'friend' here! (conjures an image of[[spoiler: the Bag of Tirek]]) I'm not convinced she's gonna die easily either. It took [[MacrossMissileMassacre more missiles than I can count]], [[AbnormalAmmo two bullets meant to punch through armor that were modified with magic crystals]], three beatings from me, a rune-enhanced earth pony and Lulu [[spoiler: turning into Nightmare Moon]], [[MoreDakka thousands of rounds of ammunition]], [[{{BFS}} and a gigantic enchanted sword]] just to get rid of a clone of her!" His eyebrows shot up, [[OhCrap the look on his face of dread and exasperation]]. "Oh Mother, it would take a lot to kill her!
** [[TheDreaded She's so terrifying]], in fact, that [[spoiler: her existence causes Princess Celestia to experience some SanitySlippage]] and when she appears at a fortified conversion bureau, the members of the PHL team raiding it all have a MassOhCrap.

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-->"On top of that, she's stronger than she has any right to be, thanks to our little 'friend' here! (conjures an image of[[spoiler: the Bag of Tirek]]) I'm not convinced she's gonna die easily either. It took [[MacrossMissileMassacre more missiles than I can count]], [[AbnormalAmmo two bullets meant to punch through armor that were modified with magic crystals]], three beatings from me, a rune-enhanced earth pony and Lulu [[spoiler: turning into Nightmare Moon]], [[MoreDakka thousands of rounds of ammunition]], [[{{BFS}} and a gigantic enchanted sword]] just to get rid of a clone of her!" His eyebrows shot up, [[OhCrap the look on his face of dread and exasperation]]. "Oh Mother, it would take a lot to kill her!
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** [[TheDreaded She's so terrifying]], in fact, that [[spoiler: her [[spoiler:her existence causes Princess Celestia to experience some SanitySlippage]] and when she appears at a fortified conversion bureau, the members of the PHL team raiding it all have a MassOhCrap.



* Given what it's done (and possibly can do), [[spoiler: [[ArtifactOfDoom The Bag of Tirek]]]] more than qualifies. It contains enormous darkness and evil within it, [[spoiler: has clearly corrupted TCB!Celestia into the genocidal tyrant Marcus knows her as]], and even [[spoiler: ''Discord'' expresses a degree of fear and disgust for its maker's work, so much so that he pulls an EnemyMine with the Princesses to aid Earth against TCB!Equestria]].

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* Given what it's done (and possibly can do), [[spoiler: [[ArtifactOfDoom [[spoiler:[[ArtifactOfDoom The Bag of Tirek]]]] more than qualifies. It contains enormous darkness and evil within it, [[spoiler: has clearly corrupted TCB!Celestia into the genocidal tyrant Marcus knows her as]], and even [[spoiler: ''Discord'' [[spoiler:''Discord'' expresses a degree of [[EvenEvilHasStandards utter fear and disgust disgust]] for its maker's work, so much so that he pulls an EnemyMine [[EnemyMine immediately puts his grudge with the Princesses aside]] to aid Earth against TCB!Equestria]].



* Let's face it - The PER is pure ParanoiaFuel. They could brainwash you to think however they want you to - and cheerfully ''did'', brainwashing numerous doctors all over the world, along with the FDA. They have the capacity to take over entire towns, letting loose Newfoals to destroy them in an orgy of destruction, plunging countries into civil war - and again, they have. One PER member named "Mr. Norton" even dragged his children out on leashes to ponify them, and Kraber is not the only one who lost his children in mass ponification. And this is not the first time this has happened, to the point that it's become common practice to carry firearms in daily life and/or wear wetsuits and gas-masks under clothes. On top of that, the PER prey on oceangoing vessels to halt the transport of goods, and any ship could be next. And if you're a Pacific Islander, ''your island could be the next to get ponified.''

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* Let's face it - The PER is pure ParanoiaFuel. They could brainwash you to think however they want you to - and cheerfully ''did'', brainwashing numerous doctors all over the world, along with the FDA.head of numerous organization like the FDA, to push the potion onto the unsuspecting public. They have the capacity to take over entire towns, letting loose Newfoals to destroy them in an orgy of destruction, plunging countries into civil war - and again, they have. One PER member named "Mr. Norton" even dragged interviewee from ''Case Files'' describes how she saw her neighbor Mr. Norton drag his children out on leashes to ponify them, and Kraber is not the only one who lost his children in mass ponification. And this is not the first time this has happened, to the point that it's It's become common practice to carry firearms in daily life and/or wear wetsuits and gas-masks under clothes. On top of that, the PER prey on oceangoing vessels to halt the transport of goods, and any ship could be next. And if you're a Pacific Islander, ''your island could be the next to get ponified.''



* While the Newfoals are usually little more than mindless drones, there are a few that do possess ''some'' [[EliteMooks degree of intelligence and cunning]]. Focus Ray, from "The Answer, Part 2", is the latter. When TCB!Trixie decides to break him with some well placed words, he starts to lose it, to put it mildly.

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* While the Newfoals are usually little nothing more than mindless drones, there are a few that do possess ''some'' [[EliteMooks degree of intelligence and cunning]]. Focus Ray, from "The Answer, Part 2", is the latter. When TCB!Trixie decides to break him with some well placed words, he starts to lose it, to put it mildly.



** In both a creepy and funny way, Kizuna Tallis states in a comment that she can visualize Focus Ray [[NightmareRetardant sounding just like]] [[WesternAnimation/AdventureTime Lemongrab]]. Doctor Fluffy has approved, on the basis that he thinks Lemongrab sounds like he's in a constant state of VillainousBreakdown.

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** In both a creepy and funny way, Kizuna Tallis states in a comment that she can visualize Focus Ray [[NightmareRetardant sounding just like]] [[WesternAnimation/AdventureTime Lemongrab]]. Doctor Fluffy has approved, on the basis that he thinks Lemongrab sounds like he's in a constant state of a VillainousBreakdown.



-->'''Granny Smith:''' "No! Landsakes no Bloom! Get yerself away from this place as soon as you ken'. Get out of Ponyville, getch yerself outta Equestria! This [whole] place has been poisoned. It's dyin' Bloom, and what'll be left will soon be just a corpse, movin' and talkin' and playin' like it were alive, but dead through and through..."
** Moreover, Applebloom [[spoiler: initially didn't listen to her dying grandmother, staying on the farm out of obligation to the family. As time went on, she slowly feels her thoughts drifting towards feeling an irrational hatred for humans and a desire to see all of humanity ponified]]. Also, in a [[{{Tearjerker}} heartbreaking sense]], Applebloom and Big Mac could only helplessly watch as their beloved sister became consumed with hatred as well, to the point of neglecting her own duties to the family and the farm.

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-->'''Granny Smith:''' "No! No! Landsakes no Bloom! Get yerself away from this place as soon as you ken'. Get out of Ponyville, getch yerself outta Equestria! This [whole] place has been poisoned. It's dyin' Bloom, and what'll be left will soon be just a corpse, movin' and talkin' and playin' like it were alive, but dead through and through..."
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** Moreover, Applebloom [[spoiler: initially [[spoiler:initially didn't listen to her dying grandmother, staying on the farm out of obligation to the family. As time went on, she slowly feels her thoughts drifting towards feeling an irrational hatred for humans and a desire to see all of humanity ponified]]. Also, in a [[{{Tearjerker}} heartbreaking sense]], Applebloom and Big Mac could only helplessly watch as their beloved sister became consumed with hatred as well, to the point of neglecting her own duties to the family and the farm.



* Queen Celestia's "Ashes of Solaris" spell. It basically disintegrates a person's body into ash from the inside. TCB!Cheerilee gets a firsthand look at how painful it is when she tries to comfort a dying ChildSoldier hit by the spell.

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* Queen Celestia's "Ashes of Solaris" spell. It basically disintegrates a person's body into ash from the inside. TCB!Cheerilee gets a firsthand look at how painful it is when she tries to comfort a dying ChildSoldier hit by the spell.



*** [[spoiler: TCB!Twilight's]] MindRape scene itself. [[ParanoiaFuel Just imagine]] [[spoiler: your most trusted mentor and confidante taking you prisoner, and magically poisoning you with darkness]]. The way she's kicking and screaming in fear and pain (as well as [[spoiler: the dark magic [[OrificeInvasion forcing its way into her mouth]]]]) [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything is almost like she's actually being physically assaulted]].
** A flashback shows [[spoiler: that after being turned into a puppet, TCB!Twilight creates the ponification potion in a manner that rivals Josef Mengele in ethical bankruptcy. The problem is, you see, that the potion needed to be perfected for it to actually convert a person without killing them. And this is told in [[{{Gorn}} extremely graphic detail]], including people's [[EyeScream eyeballs exploding]], [[FacialHorror their skulls splitting open as horns force their way out]], [[{{Fingore}} their fingers falling off as their wrists fuse into hooves]], [[BodyHorror bloody wings exploding out of backs, shattering spines as they go]]... Families were split apart and forced to watch as their fellow humans were fed into the meat grinder of ponification testing. Not even children were spared... in fact, when Twilight finally succeeds (on test subject ''two thousand nine hundred and eighty seven''), the subject is a little girl. And the first thing we hear after that is a poor mother screaming in Spanish that the creature prancing on the table is not her daughter. Throughout all of this, the real Twilight is impaled in her own mind, screaming helplessly as her body mutilates children]].
*** This knowledge is so bad that it causes Luna to fly into an UnstoppableRage and challenge the Tyrant herself by "Unstoppable Rage", we mean [[spoiler: she transforms into [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Nightmare Moon]] out of sheer rage and despair]].

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*** [[spoiler: TCB!Twilight's]] MindRape scene itself. [[ParanoiaFuel Just imagine]] [[spoiler: your most trusted mentor and confidante taking you prisoner, and magically poisoning you with darkness]]. The way she's kicking and screaming in fear and pain (as well as [[spoiler: the dark magic [[OrificeInvasion forcing its way into her mouth]]]]) [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything is almost like she's actually being physically assaulted]].
** A Another flashback shows [[spoiler: that [[spoiler:that after being turned into a puppet, TCB!Twilight creates the ponification potion in a manner that rivals Josef Mengele in ethical bankruptcy. The problem is, you see, that the potion needed to be perfected for it to actually convert a person without killing them. And this is told in [[{{Gorn}} extremely graphic detail]], including people's [[EyeScream eyeballs exploding]], [[FacialHorror their skulls splitting open as horns force their way out]], [[{{Fingore}} their fingers falling off as their wrists fuse into hooves]], [[BodyHorror bloody wings exploding out of backs, shattering spines as they go]]... Families were split apart and forced to watch as their fellow humans were fed into the meat grinder of ponification testing. Not even children were spared... spared - in fact, when Twilight finally succeeds (on test subject ''two thousand nine hundred and eighty seven''), the subject is a little girl. And the first thing we hear after that is a the girl's poor mother screaming in Spanish that the creature prancing on the table is not her daughter. Throughout all of this, the real Twilight is impaled in her own mind, screaming helplessly as her body mutilates children]].
*** This knowledge is so bad that it causes Luna to fly into an UnstoppableRage and challenge the Tyrant herself by "Unstoppable Rage", we mean [[spoiler: she [[spoiler:she transforms into [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Nightmare Moon]] out of sheer rage and despair]].



* Remember how Queen Celestia gave the PHL a lot of trouble in Boston? [[spoiler: [[ActuallyADoombot She's only a clone created by the Mirror Pool]]. An imperfect copy. A shadow of the original. And unlike the Pinkie Pie Clones, she's smart, as demonstrated when she nearly prevents the Prime!Equestrians from forming an alliance with the humans]].

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* Remember how Queen Celestia gave the PHL a lot of trouble in Boston? [[spoiler: [[ActuallyADoombot [[spoiler:[[ActuallyADoombot She's only a clone created by the Mirror Pool]]. An imperfect copy. A shadow of the original. And unlike the Pinkie Pie Clones, she's smart, as demonstrated when she nearly prevents the Prime!Equestrians from forming an alliance with the humans]].



** In Part 1, [[spoiler: King Sombra {{Mind Rape}}s and [[DemonicPossession takes control]] [[GrandTheftMe of Marcus's body]], fully intent on draining his runes' power to become a second Solar Tyrant. Thanks to Discord, this doesn't take, but it seriously impedes the group's efforts to reach the Crystal Heart]].
** Stephan is forced to confront his worst fears and memories when facing the Dark Door, in which [[spoiler: a bunch of Newfoal children chase him down an endless maze of hallways and classrooms, telling him to drink the potion and join the herd, then Queen Celestia's Mirror Pool clone's resurrected corpse appears before him, her mouth opening wide as if she were about to swallow him whole. And all the while, his friends, family, comrades and even his girlfriend Trixie look on, calling him a murderer]].
** Marcus's memories are most certainly not pleasant, as [[spoiler:Discord]] can attest. Field hospitals and tents full of amputees that have bloody buckets of limbs, dead children, a tortured pony in the middle of what's presumably an HLF encampment, a woman having {{Mercy Kill}}ed a room full of soldiers, some of which were children, then desperately trying to kill herself after her pistol ran out of ammo...
*** The worst part isn't the vision of [[spoiler: TCB!Twilight begging for death as Not!Twilight eggs a group of Newfoals on]], but when [[spoiler: Discord]] witnesses a group of Newfoals brutally beating a dream version of TCB!Cheerilee and hanging her, leading him to realize that moments like that are the only times their mangled souls have anything close to real emotion. They could have killed her quickly, but they're extending her suffering purely ForTheEvulz. Or possibly because somewhere deep inside, they're desperate just to feel ''something'', even if it's sadistic glee. It's confirmed in the ''Calm Before the Storm'' side story and it's every bit as horrifying as one can imagine.

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** In Part 1, [[spoiler: King [[spoiler:King Sombra {{Mind Rape}}s and [[DemonicPossession takes control]] [[GrandTheftMe of Marcus's body]], fully intent on draining his runes' power to become a second Solar Tyrant. Thanks to Discord, this doesn't take, but it seriously impedes the group's efforts to reach the Crystal Heart]].
** Stephan is forced to confront his worst fears and memories when facing the Dark Door, in which [[spoiler: a bunch of Newfoal children chase him down an endless maze of hallways and classrooms, telling him to drink the potion and join the herd, then Queen Celestia's Mirror Pool clone's resurrected corpse appears before him, her mouth opening wide as if she were about to swallow him whole. And all the while, his friends, family, comrades and even his girlfriend Trixie look on, calling him a murderer]].
murderer for killing those ponified children]].
** Marcus's Marcus' memories are most certainly not pleasant, as [[spoiler:Discord]] can attest. Field hospitals and tents full of amputees that have bloody buckets of limbs, dead children, a tortured pony in the middle of what's presumably an HLF encampment, a woman having {{Mercy Kill}}ed a room full of soldiers, some of which were children, then desperately trying to kill herself after her pistol ran out of ammo...
*** The worst part isn't the vision of [[spoiler: TCB!Twilight [[spoiler:TCB!Twilight begging for death as Not!Twilight eggs a group of Newfoals on]], but when [[spoiler: Discord]] witnesses a group of Newfoals brutally beating a dream version of TCB!Cheerilee and hanging her, leading him to realize that moments like that are the only times their mangled souls have anything close to real emotion. They could have killed her quickly, but they're extending her suffering purely ForTheEvulz. Or possibly because somewhere deep inside, they're desperate just to feel ''something'', even if it's sadistic glee. It's confirmed in the ''Calm Before the Storm'' side story and it's every bit as horrifying as one can imagine.



* "Training Days: First Days Part 2" shows the various races of Equestria just how terrifying warfare against Newfoals is... by [[spoiler: giving them a view of New York being attacked by Newfoals]]. Kill one and five more come to take its place, they attack in skyliners (or "Zeps" as the FutureSlang goes) while creating aerial defenses from pegasus cloudwork, enough that one minotaur can barely see the sky.

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* "Training Days: First Days Part 2" shows the various races of Equestria just how terrifying warfare against Newfoals is... by [[spoiler: giving [[spoiler:giving them a view of New York City being attacked by Newfoals]]. Kill one and five more come to take its place, they attack in skyliners (or "Zeps" as the FutureSlang goes) while creating aerial defenses from pegasus cloudwork, enough that one minotaur can barely see the sky.



** And then there's the outright glee they're shown to have in slaughtering or ponifying humans.

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** And then there's the outright glee they're shown to have in slaughtering or ponifying humans.



-->'''[[spoiler:Discord]]:''' "All of this, the corruption of Equestria, the Newfoals and war, all the suffering and hate, is [[ForTheEvulz the most colossal act of self-gratification ever seen]]."

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-->'''[[spoiler:Discord]]:''' "All All of this, the corruption of Equestria, the Newfoals and war, all the suffering and hate, is [[ForTheEvulz the most colossal act of self-gratification ever seen]]."



-->'''Em:''' "[[spoiler:There shall be nothing but Tirek, and he will die alone in a lifeless multiverse of rusting automata, and rejoice in that death...]]"

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-->'''Em:''' "[[spoiler:There [[spoiler:There shall be nothing but Tirek, and he will die alone in a lifeless multiverse of rusting automata, and rejoice in that death...]]"]]



* Chapter Nine, "A Journey to the East", opens with Yon-Soo having a nightmare. It starts off benignly enough, with him relaxing in a calm meadow... only to realize several things are off about the landscape. He's approached by the Newfoal form of his friend Eun-Hee as she tries to coax him into coming with her to Equestria, whereupon he see Porter and his human friends becoming Newfoals, as well as a vision of his pony friends wearing the same empty smiles on their faces. Yon-Soo tries to be DefiantToTheEnd, but Queen Celestia herself shows up, delivering promises of eternal happiness, and orders his converted friends to force a bottle of potion down his throat. [[CatapultNightmare And then he wakes up]].

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* Chapter Nine, "A Journey to the East", opens with Yon-Soo having a nightmare. It starts off benignly enough, with him relaxing in a calm meadow... only to realize several things are off about the landscape. He's approached by the Newfoal form of his friend Eun-Hee as she tries to coax him into coming with her to Equestria, whereupon he see sees Porter and his human friends becoming Newfoals, as well as a vision of his pony friends wearing the same empty smiles on their faces. Yon-Soo tries to be DefiantToTheEnd, but Queen Celestia herself shows up, delivering promises of eternal happiness, and orders his converted friends to force a bottle of potion down his throat. [[CatapultNightmare And then he wakes up]].



-->'''Weaver:''' "We are not mankind's enemy, Firebrand. [[NotSoDifferent We are its reflection in a stained-glass window]]. I want you to sleep on that."
** For added creepiness, some of Weaver's lines directly echo the [[spoiler: condemnation of Martin Walker by John Conrad at the end]] of ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine''.

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-->'''Weaver:''' "We We are not mankind's enemy, Firebrand. [[NotSoDifferent We are its reflection in a stained-glass window]]. I want you to sleep on that."
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** For added creepiness, some of Weaver's lines directly echo the [[spoiler: condemnation [[spoiler:condemnation of Martin Walker by John Conrad at the end]] of ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine''.



* It's revealed that [[WebAnimation/ButtonsAdventures Button's mother]] works with [[CreepyChild Newfoal children]] to try rehabilitating them, and she ''hates'' every minute of it. It says volumes about how unnerving Newfoals are given that [[DotingParent this mare]] has more patience for her [[BrattyHalfPint obnoxious]] and [[ButtMonkey accident-prone]] son than she does for the zombie-like shells of formerly human children. Not helping matters is that according to Button, [[TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior the unicorn Newfoals kept stabbing her with their horns]], forcing her to get protective gear for herself. To add insult to injury, [[spoiler: this is a wasted effort, since the Newfoals' souls are so damaged they can never be functional people again]].

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* It's revealed that [[WebAnimation/ButtonsAdventures Button's mother]] works with [[CreepyChild Newfoal children]] to try rehabilitating them, and she ''hates'' every minute of it. It says volumes about how unnerving the Newfoals are given that [[DotingParent this mare]] has more patience for her [[BrattyHalfPint obnoxious]] and [[ButtMonkey accident-prone]] son than she does for the zombie-like shells of formerly human children. Not helping matters is that according to Button, [[TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior the unicorn Newfoals kept stabbing her with their horns]], forcing her to get protective gear for herself. To add insult to injury, [[spoiler: this [[spoiler:this is a wasted effort, since the Newfoals' souls are so damaged they can never be functional people again]].



** We get to see the ponification process... from the perspective of the person being converted. It starts out fairly innocently, with an artificial version of Twilight Sparkle contained within the ponification matrix talking about the process to a PER member... only for the PER member's desires to be a pony nurse to be discarded, as she's systematically mind-raped into becoming a soldier (flying completely in the face of her belief of the ponies as PerfectPacifistPeople) and the [[SexSlave fuck-toy]] of a barrack of Royal Guards despite her fear of sex due to having been raped in the past. Her memories are destroyed and/or replaced with memories that are more equine, until there's nothing left...
--->'''Artificial!Twilight:''' "We don't need your soul. Just the bits of it that are useful to us. [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor Besides, this is what you wanted, deep down. Freedom from your past.]]"

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** We get to see the ponification process... from the perspective of the person being converted. It starts out fairly innocently, with an artificial version of Twilight Sparkle contained within the ponification matrix talking about the process to a PER member... only for the PER member's convert's desires to be a pony nurse to be discarded, as she's systematically mind-raped into becoming a soldier (flying completely in the face of her belief of the ponies as PerfectPacifistPeople) and the [[SexSlave fuck-toy]] of a barrack of Royal Guards despite her fear of sex due to having been raped in the past. Her memories are destroyed and/or replaced with memories that are more equine, until there's nothing left...
--->'''Artificial!Twilight:''' "We --->'''Ponification Configuration Daemon: (speaking with Twilight's voice)''' We don't need your soul. Just the bits of it that are useful to us. [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor Besides, this is what you wanted, deep down. Freedom from your past.]]"]]



*** And after she's fully ponified, she hones in on Maddy with the intention of making her into another [[SexSlave "Pretty Private"]]. To reiterate, Maddy is still only ten years old.

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*** And after she's fully ponified, she hones in on Maddy with the intention of making her into another [[SexSlave "Pretty Private"]]. To reiterate, Maddy is still only ten years old.



** Kraber's [[spoiler: CurbStompBattle of Sylvia/Reaper]]. It's not stylized, or portrayed as badass; he's just beating someone to a bloody pulp on a moment's notice.

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** Kraber's [[spoiler: CurbStompBattle [[spoiler:CurbStompBattle of Sylvia/Reaper]]. It's not stylized, or portrayed as badass; he's just beating someone to a bloody pulp on a moment's notice.



* The "New Researcher" that Chalcedony and the unseen interviewer are discussing. Chalcedony [[InsistentTerminology refuses to refer to it as anything other than]] [[ItIsDehumanizing "it"]], claims that it "took" a body and is [[BodyHorror spreading living crystal through the body]], is a SenseFreak, and refers to it as a sentient, ambulatory totem-prole. ''How is this in the PHL? And what is it?'' Only Fluffy truly seems to know what it is, and he revealed it in [[TrollingCreator typical fluffy mode]] towards the end of the chapter, by [[spoiler: [[TheUnreveal not revealing it at all and]] [[LampshadeHanging wondering why you expected him to spoil it at the end]].]]

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* The "New Researcher" that Chalcedony and the unseen interviewer are discussing. Chalcedony [[InsistentTerminology refuses to refer to it as anything other than]] [[ItIsDehumanizing "it"]], claims that it "took" a body and is [[BodyHorror spreading living crystal through the body]], is a SenseFreak, and refers to it as a sentient, ambulatory totem-prole. ''How is this in the PHL? And what is it?'' Only Fluffy truly seems to know what it is, and he revealed it in [[TrollingCreator typical fluffy mode]] Doctor Fluffy fashion]] towards the end of the chapter, by [[spoiler: [[TheUnreveal [[spoiler:[[TheUnreveal not revealing it at all and]] [[LampshadeHanging wondering why you expected him to spoil it at the end]].]]



** [[spoiler:TCB!Pinkie Pie's mindscape is a jumbled mish-mash of parties and of the Rock Farm, with doors that lead to random locations that she remembers. Rockwell finds an embodiment of Pinkie Pie's fillyhood, named Little Pinky, who informs him that the Homunculi could wind up causing the TCB!Mane Six to undergo a malady called the Cutie Mark Fracture, and on top of that, the embodiments of Pinkie's imaginary friends from the "Party of One" episode were all brutally murdered for trying to save her. Pinkie Pie's homunculus is especially horrifying, having a mouth full of razor sharp teeth and CreepyBlueEyes, and Little Pinky describes her as being all of Pinkie Pie's joy being channeled into a sadistic glee for murder and ponification. And then there's the fact that the actual TCB!Pinkie Pie is found hanging from a tree and was being used as a pinata by the Homunculus and the Newfoals]].

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** [[spoiler:TCB!Pinkie Pie's mindscape is a jumbled mish-mash of parties and of the Rock Farm, with doors that lead to random locations that she remembers. Rockwell finds an embodiment of Pinkie Pie's fillyhood, named Little Pinky, who informs him that the Homunculi could wind up causing the TCB!Mane Six to undergo a malady called the Cutie Mark Fracture, and on top of that, the embodiments of Pinkie's imaginary friends from the "Party of One" episode were all brutally murdered for trying to save her. Pinkie Pie's homunculus is especially horrifying, having [[MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily a mouth full of razor sharp teeth teeth]] and CreepyBlueEyes, and Little Pinky describes her as being all of Pinkie Pie's joy being channeled into a sadistic glee for murder and ponification. And then there's the fact that the actual TCB!Pinkie Pie is found hanging from a tree and was being used as a pinata by the Homunculus and the Newfoals]].


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** Furthermore, the Newfoals possess no survival instinct whatsoever. All they care about is worshiping Queen Celestia and carrying out her will. Even if you shoot them, they don't scream in pain or even retreat - they'll just keep going with unnatural determination, tripping over themselves or even their own entrails to get at every unconverted person they see. It's also noted that they still have those enormous, glassy-eyed smiles pasted on their faces as they die.

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** Furthermore, the Newfoals possess no survival instinct whatsoever. All they care about is worshiping worshipping Queen Celestia and carrying out her will. Even if you shoot them, they don't scream in pain or even retreat - they'll just keep going with unnatural determination, tripping over themselves or even their own entrails to get at every unconverted person they see. It's also noted that they still have those enormous, glassy-eyed smiles pasted on their faces as they die.


** You know the tired old saying "a picture is worth a thousand words"? Redskin agrees, and posted two pictures showing ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/blog/367023/the-barrier-what-has-fallen-and-where-it-is-at just how much of Earth was consumed]]'' by the time the story started.

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** You know the tired old saying "a picture is worth a thousand words"? Redskin agrees, and posted two pictures showing ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/blog/367023/the-barrier-what-has-fallen-and-where-it-is-at ''[[http://65.media.tumblr.com/16c235b6f9c28e68a01ba6f3b7c65513/tumblr_naqq19Zu831r4duxdo1_1280.jpg just how much of Earth was consumed]]'' by the time the story started.


** The report on the Pretty Private program that spawned Nepenthe. It takes the ponification process to an even worse place as it's revealed that [[spoiler:Rio's soul was so thoroughly destroyed and fading away that none of her original self can be salvaged, rendering her DeaderThanDead]].

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** The report on the Pretty Private program that spawned Nepenthe. It takes the ponification process to an even worse place as it's revealed that [[spoiler:Rio's soul was so thoroughly destroyed and fading away that none of her original self can be salvaged, rendering her DeaderThanDead]].DeaderThanDead [[note]]Granted, it's semi-mitigated by the HopeSpot of WordOfGod confirming that only the other side of death can repair ponified souls, but Rio still has yet to be {{Mercy Kill}}ed for that to even happen.[[/note]]]].


* Queen Celestia herself. In canon, Celestia is the BigGood, a ReasonableAuthorityFigure, TheObiWan for the heroes, and TheHighQueen who cares about all her subjects. Meanwhile, TCB!Celestia's an [[MadGod utterly insane]] [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen tyrant]] and a xenocidal monster. She has every intent of destroying humanity as we know it, has almost certainly [[spoiler: brainwashed most of her citizens (it's confirmed for the Royal Guards at least) into becoming her unquestioningly loyal followers]] and has also committed multiple counts of xenocide on the other species in Equus. On top of that, it would take almost enough firepower to take down a [[VideoGame/MassEffect Reaper]] to kill [[spoiler: a clone of]] her. To quote [[spoiler: Discord]]:

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* Queen Celestia herself. In canon, Celestia is the BigGood, a ReasonableAuthorityFigure, TheObiWan TheMentor for the heroes, and TheHighQueen who cares about all her subjects. Meanwhile, TCB!Celestia's an [[MadGod utterly insane]] [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen tyrant]] and a xenocidal monster. She has every intent of destroying humanity as we know it, has almost certainly [[spoiler: brainwashed most of her citizens (it's confirmed for the Royal Guards at least) into becoming her unquestioningly loyal followers]] and has also committed multiple counts of xenocide on the other species in Equus. On top of that, it would take almost enough firepower to take down a [[VideoGame/MassEffect Reaper]] to kill [[spoiler: a clone of]] her. To quote [[spoiler: Discord]]:


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