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Being a worldbuilding Fix Fic for My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, there's bound to be a lot of awesome moments in Codex Equus.


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    General (lore, nations, etc.) 
  • The Cutesauruses of Sauropoda have had very few attackers in their entire history. Gilded Chalice, a griffon warlord, found out why the hard way. The result can't even be called a battle. This is elaborated on in this story, which shows their Queen more disappointed at how stupid he was than angry at being invaded, or even proud of being the one to kill him.
    Queen Immensa: "Hmph...the thankfully few times I've had to crush a foe underfoot, I've indulged in a quip that they were lucky I didn't sit on them instead...but with this Griffon? I honestly think I should have done that, childish and unroyal as sitting on a smaller foe is."
  • Mixed with Heartwarming, the Bogolenya pantheon's origins. This divine Deer group was formed by Belyolen as an act of defiance that was made out of love for his brother, the dark Temnobog, because he wanted to give him a place where he was loved and respected despite being a God of Evil.
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Characters

    King/High-Prince Thorax 
Thorax, known as the meek and Adorkable Changeling King in Friendship is Magic, gets badass treatment here in Codex Equus.
  • Here, his confrontation with Chrysalis using The Power of Love actually transformed him into a Royal Changeling, which means he's the Changeling equivalent to an infant demigod. Because of his actions, he became known as the "Sanctified One", revered by his people for being the first to break his racial Curse and influencing the rest of Chrysalis's hive to follow his example. Even the Summer Court was impressed with him!
  • When the Summer Court decided to test his new strength by pitting him against Changeling King Zorpheus, who was infamous for his "iron-clad" defenses. Thorax blasted him half across Avalon with a single arcane blast, leaving Zorpheus half-dead in a crater from an attack that would have killed a normal Royal Changeling. The incident served as a Break the Haughty experience, teaching Zorpheus that despite his incredible endurance, there are still things that can kill him.

    The Storm King 

    Elske Titanna 
Despite being a motherly Jotunn goddess, Elske can be still as deadly as her older, warmongering sister

    Flœrð, the Maker of Mischief 
  • The benevolent adopted son of Kaldr, High King of the Hoyklan Deer Pantheon, shows just what happens when you make a Trickster God with illusion, shape-shifting and size-shifting abilities out of a Jotunn Divine:
    • Flœrð was once challenged in a contest by a conquering, power-mad Deer Runelord who demanded that he 'show him the path into divine power' if the Runelord won. Naturally, Flœrð has no intention whatsoever to let the Runelord win by playing fair, but was forced to forfeit when the Runelord caught him cheating. Still, Flœrð was able to avert disaster and have the last laugh. As per the bargain, Flœrð directed the Runelord and his fleet of longships carrying his armies to sail up a river and into a large cavern by a mountainside, where supposedly divine power is contained within. Flœrð neglected to mention that he happened to BE that mountain in disguise, at his true size, and the cavern was in fact his open mouth. Cue Flœrð swallowing the Runelord and his entire force in one gulp. As noted by Flœrð, he technically fulfill his side of the bargain; it's just that he interpreted 'the path into divine power' as 'straight into the endless bowels of a Jotunn god'. Then he ate the Runelord's evil empire for good measure.
    Flœrð: "Hubris and blind loyalty had never tasted so good."
  • The fact that despite being prophecised to bring about the Hoyklan Pantheon's Ragnarok, thanks to Kaldr's and Haust's upbringing, Flœrð not only flatly refuses to play any part in it, but actively fights to make sure it never happens by becoming a heroic Trickster God. Leads to an awesome moment in its own right: a group of Fallen deities, presumably unwitting pawns of the 'Shadowed Ones' approached and enticed him to try bringing about 'Ragnarok' as he was meant to do. At first, it appeared that he agreed... but in reality he used this opportunity to learn about their plans, then back-stab them at first opportunity.
  • Kaldr and Haust's efforts to raise their boy right paid off massively, as despite being a Chivalrous Pervert who Really Gets Around, unlike his predecessors Flœrð too treats all his partners and children with utmost respect and love. This leads to another Awesome/Heartwarming moment down the line when this in turn pays off as prior to the Hoyklan Deer Pantheon's climatic confrontation with the Shadowed Ones, a WHOLE ARMY of Flœrð's children and grandchildren answered his call for aid, significantly bolstering their forces for the Final Battle.
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    Prince/Captain Polistes Lyonnesse 
  • Prince/Captain Polistes of the Summer Court may be an air pirate, but ever since he was young, he has done many awesome deeds.
    • Even as a colt, he would draw blueprints for airships and even prosthetic wings.
    • When a group of intolerant mountain pegasi fanatics formed a lynch mob to kill Polistes and his pegasus mother for the "blasphemous" act of tinkering with technology, Polistes saved them both by quickly cobbling together a ramshackle airship that managed to fly, despite its incredibly hodgepodge condition.
    • When he realized that Blackthorn's offer of revenge against the pegasi fanatics included razing the village he grew up in, Polistes launched a gambit that involved secretly forewarning those who weren't involved with the lynch mob and evacuating them with his airship, all under the guise of "scouting" the place. When Blackthorn's raiders arrived at the village the next morning, they only found the pegasi who tried to kill Polistes, bound and blindfolded in the middle of a deserted town. It also counts as a moment of Pay Evil unto Evil.
    • During a raid on a luxury liner, he came across a married pony couple where the heavily pregnant wife had just gone into labor. Instead of robbing them, Polistes instead told his crew to help the mare give birth, resulting in a healthy foal. The newly-made parents reportedly shook his hooves and thanked him out of gratitude.
    • His greatest heist ever, the "Stolen Starlet Caper", involved the rescue of famous Griffon actress, Helga Greywing, who was suffering under her brutish director Colton Marentino yet barred from revoking her contract with him. Polistes and his crew disguised themselves as cameramen and "kidnapped" her from the trailer she was confined in, and escaped the screaming Marentino by riding in an armored truck off a stunt ramp and into a net carried by Polistes's crew. While a "captive", Helga had the time of her life, partying with Polistes and his crew and even giving them autographs as thank-yous.
    • The incident led to Helga's own awesome moment - she planned a pretend-escape from her own "captors" (Polistes helped with rehearsals) and flew back to Applewood by herself. She also used the moment to expose Marentino's horribly abusive treatment to the public, famously quipping, "It’s truly a sad state when getting kidnapped by pirates is a relief!" With the public adoring her as a hero for saving herself from air pirates, and Marentino disgraced and possibly blacklisted for his crimes, Helga became a bigger star after replacing Marentino as director. The result was the beloved film classic based on her adventures, Bitalian Holiday.

    Belyolen 
  • Belyolen, was born to be The Paragon of his Elternteil family and was lavished with love and praise for it, while his "evil" twin brother, Temnobog, was emotionally abused and shunned for being Belyolen's cast-off. Despite his innate compassion, Belyolen eventually got fed up with the toxic behavior his family and friends were exhibiting, and shocked his parents by leaving to form his own pantheon so Temnobog wouldn't be treated like trash simply for being born.
    • The incident also shows the strength of Belyolen's character. His father, High King Irminsul, purged him of all his flaws so he would become a God of Good and develop the righteous hatred of anything evil like the other divine Deer. However, the plan horribly backfired, even without flaws, Belyolen wasn't blind to how everyone was mistreating Temnobog and rebelled against his family anyway. Not only did Belyolen prove himself to be a true paragon, it also revealed the hypocrisy of his fellow gods' "benevolence" in rejecting someone who really hadn't done anything evil in the first place.

    Amour-De-Soi 
  • It's later revealed that part of the reason why Belyolen's group left to form the Bogolenya pantheon was because of Amour's doing. She was extremely disgusted by the Elternteil deities' emotional abuse of Temnobog, and helped Belyolen come to the decision to get his brother out of their toxic home. It's really saying something when even non-Deer gods show great displeasure towards the Elternteil pantheon's behavior.
  • Also mixed with Heartwarming, the fact that Amour wasn't disgusted or repelled by Temnobog's innate Evil nature, and genuinely wanted to help him recover his self-confidence by essentially serving as his therapist.

    Blood Fang 
Blood Fang, despite being the evil reincarnation of his heroic ancestor, Blood Feather, and being regarded as one of the most feared villains in his homelands, is treated as a central figure of Hyrule's stories and legends for a reason.

    General Pincer 
Due to General Pincer being... well, an experienced ex-General who is now the leader of his own mercenary company, he has been collecting a lot of awesome moments.
  • The very fact he was able to maintain any sort of morality (even a professional/pragmatic one), in Chyrsalis' Hive, let alone instill that in his troops. Knowing what kind of regime Chrysalis ran, that's impressive.
  • After getting a base to operate from, a vizier rose a stink about mercenaries on his borders. These stopped when he found his personal yacht surrounded by "dolphins"...that turned into Changelings, boarded his ship, and held him in the brig for two days. The vizier suddenly became much more accommodating to Pincer's mercs.
  • Pincer's rather unprofessional answer to the Storm King's offer, delivered by crystal ball, was, "As my daughter would say, 'blow it out your ovipositor'," before throwing the crystal ball in the Storm envoy's face and blasted him out a fifth-floor window! His mercs were deployed to fight the tyrant immediately.
  • He and his mercenaries also proved essential in liberating Las Pegasus, proving their worth in battle and becoming heroes the world over.
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    Prince Blueblood 
Despite being a deeply hated pony in-universe, Blueblood shows that unlike his canon counterpart, he's a badass who truly cares for the well-being of Equestria and its inhabitants.
  • In general, Blueblood is a Guile Hero who makes good use of his Special Talent, which is direction/guidance - he's an excellent manipulator and negotiator who can sway even the most corrupt nobles into supporting seemingly backwards laws that look like it'll support them, but are actually reforms designed to expose and eliminate the corruption in the Equestrian system. While the use of masks has massively turned off the public's opinion of Blueblood, it did work for the nobles, who often don't even realize that their greatest supporter is actually their greatest enemy.
  • It's noted by his entry that during his career in the Equestrian Navy, he was an exceptional soldier and proved his loyalty to his comrades by never leaving anyone behind, even during extremely dire situations. As a result, the entire Navy chapter is loyal to him, even after he was promoted to Commander.
  • It's noted by his entry that sometime after the events of "The Best Night Ever", Blueblood personally visited Rarity to explain to her why he acted like a complete Jerkass to her during the Grand Galloping Gala, and apologized for his behavior. Though he could have chosen not to do it, he still went anyway, which took guts on his part considering he had wronged Rarity in a huge way. Rarity for her part was allowed to part with her former crush on more civilized terms.
  • Because of his military training, Blueblood has sufficiently defended himself against assassins sent by enemies and rivals multiple times. In one incident, he thwarted an assassination attempt on Twilight Sparkle and Spike by having Luna deploy Night Guards as their bodyguards, and having a few of his loyal entourage be his undercover spies. The result was a failed assassination attempt, with one of Blueblood's surviving relatives being exposed as a willing accomplice to a unicorn tribalist faction called "The Children of Platinum", and the Mane Six developing a much better opinion of him, especially with Rarity, who tearfully hugged Twilight and Spike after hearing of the news.

    Princess Celestia 
As an immortal Alicorn goddess and one of two ruling Princesses of Equestria, Celestia has a long list of awesome moments garnered in her lifetime.
  • During a day in her court, Celestia took notice of a white unicorn colt who looked particularly sad, tired, and depressed. After learning of the emotional abuse that was being heaped on Blueblood, Celestia would show off her Mama Bear side by adopting him, and declaring House Platinum persona non grata in her court. When Blueblood's parents protested, Celestia would make it quite clear that she would not allow any mistreatment of a foal to occur under her roof before having her Day Guards escort Blueblood's parents out.
    Blueblood's mother: You can't just take our son!
    Celestia: You're right, I can't. Or rather, I could, but I would never... but I can have the entire child services department do an in depth investigation of your parenting and little Blueblood's home life. And they have declared it, and I quote, an 'incredibly toxic and abusive environment unfit to raise any child.' There is a very long, detailed list of transgressions in their report, which I have read several dozen times to ensure I was not misreading it. My assistant will provide you with the complete transcript. A proper trial will of course happen, but with the evidence provided it has already been declared that Blueblood spending another moment in your home would be detrimental to his mental and spiritual well-being. I suggest you hire a good lawyer.

    The Scourge of Hell 
From what we know of him so far, the world of Equus' most mysterious, relentless and dreaded demon-slayer is a walking, breathing, brutal and merciless Crowning Moment of Awesome incarnate.
  • The fact that this guy is based on the Doom Slayer from the DOOM (2016) reboot. This should tell you EVERYTHING you need to know.
  • During the Void Sovereign's attack on Equus at the end of the 'Second Age', this guy held off an entire front singularly, slaying countless numbers of the cosmic destroyer deity's hordes by himself (Which other entries had noted numbered in the MILLIONS upon MILLIONS). Over the ages he had done it again and again, wiping out whole hordes and destroying entire hell-realms and diabolical empires while defying all attempts by Demonkind to kill him back.
  • Had been around as far back as the 'Twilight of the Alicorns', fighting Morning Star and his Fallen Alicorn factions' demonic minions and partners as an independent combatant with only occasion support from the good Alicorns. Did we mention the war itself lasted ten Ages (That's roughly 100,000 years!)?
  • The fact that he's so full of Unstoppable Rage and is such a Determinator that he would not stop, EVER, his crusade/rampage against all of Demonkind, no matter how eternal or futile his war is. It's implied that the reason for his immortality and being so hard to kill - apart from divine and demonic empowerment - is that he's simply too furious to die. Needless to say, he has more than earned his reputation as one of the few beings on Equus who could consistently scare the infernal crap out of Demonkind.

    Guiding Light 
  • At one point in their lives as demigods, Guiding Light and his friends got in a fight with a Hydianite sorceress, who trapped them all in a powerful illusion that preyed on their worst memories and experiences. It also becomes a Moment of Funny when Guiding Light became so desperate that he broke what he thought was a wall to save his friends... only to discover shortly that the "wall" turned out to be the very illusion he sought to free his friends from. This meant that he discovered an ability related to his domain of Truth by complete accident.

    Golden Scepter 
  • His entry notes that at one point in the Fourth Age, a group of Pony Autorists attacked his empire, targeting his non-Pony subjects. He would go confront them, but instead of giving the Autorists a harsh punishment for their actions, he instead chose a more merciful yet equally effective option by showing them the pain and suffering they inflicted upon their victims, causing many of them to instantly surrender out of guilt and shame for what they had done. The only exception was the leader of the Autorist group, a genuinely repulsive and unrepentant bigot who was imprisoned and punished for her crimes. When confronted about it by his firstborn son, Prince Blazing Hoof, who thought his Father let the Autorists off easy, Golden Scepter simply responds that 'hatred only begets hatred' and points out that save for the mare he imprisoned, all of the Autorists had only been led astray by hatred and bigotry, so the only thing they needed was a push in the right direction. It really shows just how far Golden Scepter had come in terms of Character Development in comparison to how he behaved in the Imperium era, where he would have harshly and ruthlessly punished all of the Autorists regardless if they were truly in it or not.
    Prince Blazing Hoof: Do you think they would sufficiently learn from that, Father?
    Golden Scepter: Oh yes. Unlike that genuinely repulsive and unrepentant mare who now resides in my dungeons, her followers had been simply led astray. By giving them empathy, they would feel the pain of remorse and guilt that would inevitably follow. For that is my final judgement upon them - for every life they had taken and ruined, they would live each day with the true horrors their hatred and bigotry had wrought, never able to truly forget them as long as they live. The only way they can brighten their dreams and atone for their sins, is to go out into the world and sin no more.

    Crystal Prism 
Despite the trauma he would suffer at a young age, he is already on his way to becoming an exemplary individual.
  • After Button Mash defeated and killed CreepEntity513, its video game realm started falling apart upon its death. Cue the arrival of Crystal Prism, who was sent by Luminiferous to retrieve Button Mash, as well as the living and dead gamers from inside. The awesome thing is that Crystal managed to rescue all of them, allowing two of the "Three Deaths", Gavisus Manes and Audens Manes, to take all the dead gamers to their respective afterlives while the living gamers would get psychiatric help to recover from what they went through.

    Button Mash 

    Princess Luna 

Events

    Storm King Crisis 
Despite being considered one of the worst invasions Equestria had experienced in its history, it also spawned plenty of awesome moments.
  • When one of the Storm King's generals successfully invaded and conquered the kingdom of Hyrule, a dark Alicorn by the name of Blood Fang approached him with a request of a possible alliance. The general accepted... only to realize too late that Blood Fang purposely set him up to fail. Before he knew it, his armies were utterly massacred, leaving the general vulnerable to the combined might of Radiant Primrose and Gleaming Shield, who both killed him. Even better is that despite being a villain himself, Blood Fang is savvy enough to see the Storm King as the demented fool he actually is to even consider actually allying with him.
    Blood Fang: Only a naive and mad fool such as the so-called "Storm King" would try lay eyes on a territory that I called dibs on first.

    The Giant Wars 
  • The Battle of Moroz Valley - in this prelude event of the Giant Wars, the Cloven Empire decisively stopped a 'Rampage' of Giants bearing down upon Moroz Valley, and it isn't a victory over the Giants involving so much a defeat of them, or even a rout - the Clovenists near-completely annihilated the Giants with virtually no casualties on their side.
    • Their strategy deserves recognition - recognizing directly fighting over fifty or more Giants at Moroz Valley is undesirable, they blocked off the entrance on one end of the valley, forcing them to march towards the other end, where the Clovenists set up an elaborate trap. Using sniper fire and rocket-barrages from from their armoured vehicles, they lured the Giants into the middle of a huge clearing - which, as it turned out, is a frozen-over lake. Then the Clovenists opened fire with every artillery piece and dropped bombs from every airship they have, felling dozens in the resulting barrage and scattering the rest. Then the frozen surface of the lake finally cracked, sending most of the rest falling, sinking and drowning in the icy depths. By the end of the battle, the handful of Giant survivors were reduced to 'traumitized, terrified and crippled' wrecks shuddering in fear of the Tinies they had previously crushed and devoured with impunity.
    • Special mention should be given to certain elements of the operation:
      • The sniper, 'Wolf-Eye', who took out the Giants from afar? Not only is she considered the best marksmare in the entire Cloven Empire's military, she managed to do it in this battle with a heavy artillery cannon. The only reason she didn't get the leader of the Giants in her first shot is due to Imperial intelligence misidentifying who was leading the 'Rampage' - she actually did hit her target, across an enormous frozen lake, through a forest, and straight through the throat.
      • Since There Is No Kill Like Overkill, some of the Giants managed to scamper onto islands in Lake Moroz when the ice broke. The Clovenists saw that coming and mined all of them with Blastfire explosives. On the one island where the explosives failed to detonate, the Clovenists directed artillery and airship bombardment towards it and the Giants on it, flattening the island so thoroughly that by the time dust settled, the island disappeared beneath the surface. The whole lake remained stained with Giants' blood and body parts well after the battle was won.
    • The leader of the Giant rampage, Khaligan the Brutal, and his Giants band had bullied and terrorized Moroz Valley for generations, and the whole thing that set off the battle was when the people of Moroz Valley, tired of his and his lackey's extortion and torment, flat-out refused to hand over their food and materials and called them out for their cruelty. After the battle was won, the people of Moroz Valley designed and assembled the contraption used to finally execute the defeated Khaligan, now reduced to a terrified wreck begging for mercy, for his crimes.
    • The Cloven Empire deserves kudos for living up to its reputation as Well-Intentioned Extremist anti-heroes for once, defending the masses and destroying the tyrants with whatever means necessary as is their creed, instead of over-zealously spreading their ideology and empire across the world. In-universe, this overwhelming victory is celebrated within the Empire nearly as much as the Empire's victory over the Storm Empire, though not without undercurrent of ominous foreboding.

    Revenge of Apertus 

    Toxikon Crisis 

    Temptation Unbound 

    Final Ragnarok 
  • The whole concept. After countless pantheons and civilizations of the Nine Realms had perished in the 'Ragnarok Cycle', the Hoyklan with their allies are finally going to put an end to the Vicious Cycle once and for all. Especially by exposing and defeating those who manipulated and exploited it, the Shadowed Ones.
  • High King Kaldr, once the goofy Oakley of the Ponyfriends, proved his mettle as a God of Wisdom and the leader of the Hoyklan Deer Pantheon with the Long Game he played to end the present Cycle and bring its perpetrators to heel, first by successfully and spectacularly screwing the prophecies to derail the coming of Ragnarok, and then, once he discovered who are truly responsible for this travesty, began a complex, multi-layered, centuries-long plan to foil them and take them down.
  • By Equus, Emperor Blackthorn, did you and your sons actually managed to scam the Shadowed Ones and subverted their Ragnarok Cycle from right under their collective noses?!
    • To elaborate, the Changeling Summer Court secretly wiped out and replaced one of the Shadowed Ones' allies, the Old Fae race the Dokkalfar and their leaders, the Malekith Dynasty, so they could exploit the Shadowed Ones' Ragnarok Cycle and quietly manipulate the Shadowed Ones themselves for their own ends. Now, at Amareros' request and seeing the Ragnarok Cycle and its builders had outlived their usefulness, they gladly assist in secret the Hoyklan's efforts to win their freedom from their hidden puppet-masters and break Nine Realms free from their doom.
  • Mjolna, wielding her mighty hammer Mjolnir and channeling not only her godly might but that of countless Thunder Gods who came before her, smashed the Loom of Fate to bits just as the Shadowed Ones activated it, causing a backlash which weakened the Fallen Deities and their allies severely, officially kick-starting the Final Ragnarok.
    • How the Hoyklan tricked the Shadowed Ones into activating it deserves mention: getting help from the Cloven Empire and the benevolent Changeling Spring Court, they staged an imminent conflict where the former seemingly seek to invade and 'liberate' Cervidia. [WIP]


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