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Children of IspitaThe Children of Ispita is a group of evil deities whose members are mostly just that - biological children of Ispita. While the most famous of them were sired with Discord back when he was evil, other children had been sired with various deities due to Ispita's innate lustful nature, making them half-siblings. However, this group also contains angels of Ispita from before her Fall, when she was a "good" goddess who practiced Constructive Evil by tempting the wicked into sin and punishing them for it. When she betrayed her role and principles to side with Discord, many of her angels loyally followed her, as did her biological children.
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- Bastard Bastard: Owing to Ispita's lustful nature, many of her children had been sired through different deities, including Discord and Temnobog. Almost all of them are villainous deities, whether willingly or corrupted into madness by Discord and Ispita. The only exception, however, is Katastrofa, a rather tragic individual who is cursed with a rather unfortunate version of foresight and only follows his mother and siblings out of apathy and nihilism; he started showing a much kinder and creative side after befriending the young Alicorn demigod, Crystal Prism, who would become his Morality Pet.
- Deal with the Devil: Most of them are capable of this, inherited from Ispita herself, though Ispita's deals are more effective, as she is more powerful than them. As such, her children often rely on her power to make their own deals stick.
- Evil Is One Big, Happy Family: Subverted. While it appears Ispita's children willingly sided with their mother, it's implied that most of Ispita's children were also outright corrupted into siding with her and spreading Evil in Ispita's name (such as the sad case of Anarchie, who Used to Be a Sweet Kid). Zmatek is mentioned to still have some degree of affection towards his various half-siblings, but it's not enough to make him switch sides, earning him the great fury of Yarost who just sees this as pathetic indecisiveness.
- God of Evil: Unlike Temnobog and the Four Terrors, the Children of Ispita play it straight by being genuinely Evil deities who practice the "careless" Evil that Temnobog, the Terrors, and other beings like them disapprove of. The very things they embody are used to terrorize various places on Equus for the sake of Evil, not testing mortals and motivating them to get better as "constructive" Evil beings would do.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Save for Mr. Hide, a collective embodiment of mortal evils, every member of Ispita's group is a divine Draconequus and thus have body parts from different animals, since they are her biological children. Even Dark Illustration, who was born as a unicorn stallion, can transform various parts of himself to resemble certain circus animals.
Ispita/Lady Babylon/Temptation, the Deceiver
Divine Classification: Fallen Ethereal/Elemental
Portfolio: Temptation, Immorality, Evil
"Anything? Oh, is there any more beautiful word?"
Ispita (her entry here) is a Fallen deity, and the Draconequus goddess of Temptation, Immorality, and Evil. She is Temnobog's ex-lover, and the mother of the Four Terrors. Much like Temnobog, Ispita once gave trials to test mortals and punished those who let themselves fall into evil. Unfortunately, she fell to evil in the same way the mortals did, completely souring her relationship with Temnobog and causing the latter to issue a "Kill on Sight" order should she be spotted anywhere.
- Abusive Parents: Unlike Temnobog, who loves and praises his kids for testing mortals with their innate Evil natures, Ispita only loves her children if they're loyal and useful to her and her plans. Notably, when two of her children, Kolektor and Dark Illustration, were defeated and/or killed, she reacted rather heartlessly, just shrugging and saying "Oh well, you win some you lose some" in regards to her latter son. She also viciously abused Cudnost for embodying Virtue and thus being completely resistant to her attempts to corrupt her, and has expressed the desire to kill her during a confrontation with her pure daughter in the "Temptation Unbound" event. The Four Terrors remember her as a lustful and sadistic yet loving mother, but when she became a Fallen goddess and caused four of their own siblings to side with her, the Four Terrors were utterly heartbroken and traumatized by her betrayal.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: Embodies Temptation, Immorality, and Evil.
- Dragon Ascendant: Originally she was one of Discord's Co-Dragons alongside Cosmos before arranging for her imprisonment and becoming his sole chief enforcer. After their defeats, she'd go on to become a main threat in her own right.
- Evil Matriarch: Despite being her biological children and "evil" deities themselves, the Four Terrors consider her their enemy due to her support of "careless" Evil rather than the constructive Evil she used to practice. Yarost especially has a huge grudge against her, since as her oldest child via Temnobog, he clearly remembers the principles she used to follow and was enraged that she would betray them to follow "careless" Evil and thus break his family apart.
- The Ghost: Despite huge ramifications of her existence and being added very early, she never appeared directly. Finally subverted as things build towards the "Temptation Unbound" incident where she finally takes center stage.
- Jerkass Genie: Her greatest power is to grant wishes and complete Deal with the Devil agreements, but by her nature she tends to screw the wisher over. Her endgame involves granting something called 'The Darkest Wish.'
- Mother of a Thousand Young: The title 'Children of Ispita' isn't just a fancy name: of every introduced member, Mr. Hide is the only one who's not one of her children. She's also the mother of the Four Terrors and their four fallen siblings, along with Cudnost.
- Reality Warper: Like Discord, however unlike him she's normally far weaker...unless she's granting a wish or performing a deal, in which case she's actually stronger.
- Really Gets Around: Lust was a large part of her personality, so she often had children with deities who caught her fancy. Her ex-lover, Temnobog, had known of this and accepted it as a part of her, since Lust is one of many "evil" things that he also represents as the living embodiment of Deerkind's evil, and thus could serve as a testing force for mortals; he was more angry with the fact that she betrayed her own role and principles to became a Fallen goddess. Her youngest daughter with Temnobog, Pokhot, inherited this aspect of her, becoming known as the "Damsel of Desire" in the Erobreseg Deer realms.
- Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: Pakak imprisoned her in the form of a normal unicorn, with only a Bearer of the Elements or their variations being capable of freeing her.
- Unholy Matrimony: She dated Temnobog, who despite his noble traits is still unashamedly evil, and had eight kids with him. During the Reign of Chaos, she was Discord's steady girlfriend and had five children with him, being every bit as evil as he was at the time.
Zmatek, the King of Confusion
Divine Classification: Elemental
Portfolio: Confusion, Mass Delusion, Deceit
Rank: Divine (Tier III/Intermediate)
"As Pappy used to say - what's fun in making sense?!"
Zmatek (his entry here) is the eldest son and child of Ispita and Discord, and the Draconequus god of Confusion, Mass Delusion, and Deceit.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: Embodies Confusion, Mass Delusion, and Deceit.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Deconstructed. Zmatek does have affection for his biological and half-siblings, but due to his inner evil, his affection is twisted. Notably, he still shows compassion to the Four Terrors and Fluttercruel, though it's not enough to stop him from opposing them, which angered Yarost as he just sees this behavior as pathetic indecisiveness. He also took part in abusing Cudnost, both for his younger sister's "own good" as he claimed, and out of hope that he would help her fit in with her biological family.
Anarchie, the Archduchess of Lawlessness
Divine Classification: Elemental/Ethereal
Portfolio: Anarchy, Disorder, Insanity
Rank: Divine (Tier III/Intermediate)
"Say hello to my friends of varying effects!"
Anarchie (her entry here) is the eldest daughter of Ispita and Discord, and the Draconequus goddess of Anarchy, Disorder, and Insanity.
- Anarchy Is Chaos: Now embodies this as part of her portfolio, and lands she had terrorized and corrupted becomes little more than 'Mad-Max' style lawless wastelands filled with raiders, criminals, and other lowlifes.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: Embodies Anarchy, Disorder, and Insanity.
- Ax-Crazy: Explicitly classified as 'An Absolute Loon' by everyone, Anarchie is completely and utterly insane, and is noted to be a danger to herself and her siblings and parents' plans as much as she is to their enemies.
- Bomb-Throwing Anarchists: She embodies the worst stereotype with her love of lawlessness and explosions, which can be taken to literally apocalyptic levels: one time during the Reign of Chaos, she found and launched a Second-Age "Weapon of Mass Destruction" at her own father Discord's capital, with her riding on top of it, and was only stopped from blowing up the heart of Discord's Chaos Empire by Discord's own intervention.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Would had been effective enough to rival her older brother Zmetek were it not for being this.
- The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: Is aware of the Fourth Wall and the RL readers. This hilariously surprised even the main author/editor.Anarchie: [Looks at you the reader] "Hi there! I SEE you! Want to play?!"
- Medium Awareness: Her insanity somehow gave her this level of awareness. As above quote demonstrates, she knows you're watching.
- Punny Name: Her name is based on "anarchy".
- Reality Is Out to Lunch: How her chaos magic manifests. As the goddess of lawlessness she can break almost any law - including the laws of physics and reality - for various effects. While still weaker than her father, it is stated had she been sane enough to apply it properly she would be able to rival her older brother, if not surpass him.
- Tragic Villain: She used to be a sweet-hearted and heroic goddess who embodied the good aspects of anarchy, inspiring people to tear down tyrannical autocracies and regimes so they can build more benevolent ones. However, after Discord twisted and corrupted her for Ispita's plans, she became insane from the abuse and now inspires the evil aspects of anarchy, spreading total lawlessness and disorder. Even Phykti, Anarchie's half-sister who embodies Cruelty and Despair, was horrified to see what had been done to her, and nearly faltered in their fight multiple times out of pity.
- Trapped in Villainy: She used to be a much kinder and heroic deity, but she was corrupted and twisted into utter insanity and evil after Discord became a Fallen god. Her better side is still there, deep down, but her insanity makes it unlikely that she'll be able to go back to how she was before.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Stated in-universe to be such before her corruption, with a heroic role of helping mortals topple autocracies and tyrants. Then Discord fell and drove her daughter both mad and wicked.
Hrůza, the High Duchess of Hysteria
Divine Classification: Elemental/Ethereal
Portfolio: Mass Hysteria, Fear, Paranoia
Rank: Divine (Tier III/Intermediate)
"I love the sound of screaming - they are MUSIC to my EARS! Now let's turn it up and ROCK OUT!"
Hrůza (her entry here) is the second-eldest daughter of Ispita and Discord, and the Draconequus goddess of Mass Hysteria, Fear, and Paranoia.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: Embodies Mass Hysteria, Fear, and Paranoia.
- The Empath: Implied. As the goddess of Fear and Paranoia, she can spread emotions of fear, panic, and paranoia among mortals while stoking existing ones. She can also plunge entire cities and kingdoms into mass hysteria and fear at maximum.
- Foil: She's one to Blue Suede Heartstrings, another musically-inclined deity.
- Blue was born a mortal, and was raised by mortal parents who genuinely loved and cared for him despite losing one of their sons to stillbirth and living in poverty. This influenced him to become humble and compassionate, especially after his parents introduced him to religious worship, which went a long way in allowing him to Ascend to godhood later in life. Hrůza was born a full-blooded divine to Ispita and Discord, who are both Fallen Deities (until Discord's HeelFace Turn) and horrifically Abusive Parents whose parenting methods led to their children becoming either genuinely malicious or psychologically damaged from the abuse. In Hrůza's case, her lack of true reality-warping powers left her The Unfavorite in her family, which created an envy towards her more powerful siblings and a desperation to earn her parents' approval.
- Personality-wise, Blue is very polite, humble, devoutly religious, and friendly to almost everyone he meets despite being a musical legend. He also genuinely loves interacting with his fans, and believes that it's the music that provides the backbone of any concert, not the other way around, as the quality of music is a deciding factor in whether a concert fails or not. Hrůza is an Evil Diva, being hammy and over-the-top, but she's also an Attention Whore who constantly tries to make herself the center of attention, as well as a sadist who loves trapping mortals in their own worst fears and using their screams as part of her music.
- Blue, as the Alicorn god of Music, embodies the positive aspects of music itself and thus has powers such as musical healing and empowerment. Hrůza embodies the negative aspects of music and uses it to inspire and stoke emotions of fear, panic, and paranoia in her victims.
- Blue, as a "prodigy" deity, is incredibly powerful compared to other deities who are in his "age" group, and because he embodies seemingly different concepts that are all related to his background and personality, he has a wider range of abilities to use, such as music/sound, psychic powers, shapeshifting, and love. Hrůza, on the other hand, embodies Mass Hysteria and Fear, which makes her skilled in utilizing Fear as a weapon, but that's it. This combined with her lack of reality-warping powers left her feeling envious towards her more powerful older/younger siblings, and desperately hungry for her parents' approval.
- Master of Illusion: Like Sombra, she can produce fear-based illusions that are derived from the fears of those around her, usually to assist her, though they are occasionally created to fight for her.
- Meaningful Name: Her name means "terror" in Czech, and has divine domains and powers related to it, such as producing fear-based illusions and stoking fear.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: As a Draconequus goddess who embodies Fear, her parts come from frightening animals that are often sources of phobias, such as spiders and bats.
- The Unfavorite: Implied. Compared to her older and younger siblings, she lacks true reality-warping abilities, which gave her an inferiority complex, and left both envious of her more powerful sibilngs and hungry for her parents' approval. This would become a sore spot that would quickly infuriate her if pressed, a weakness that Rainbow Dash exploited in the "Temptation Unbound" conflict by goading her about her insecurities.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Because of Ispita and Discord's terrible parenting methods as well as her own lack of true reality-warping abilities, she desperately wants to earn her parents' approval in any way she can. The discovery that she can merge with her Terror of Bogeymares and Dreadmare to become a divine Dreadstorm with increased power would earn Ispita's praise, though only for suddenly becoming far more useful to her and her plans.
Kolektor, the Keeper of Lost Souls
Divine Classification: Elemental/Ethereal
Portfolio: Death, Debt, Consequences
Rank: Divine (Tier III/Intermediate)
"Cough it up! It's time you pay your debt..."
Kolektor (his entry here) is another one of Ispita's evil children, and the Draconequus god of Death, Debt, and Consequences.
Kolektor is the son of Ispita and an unnamed Death god, making him a half-brother to the children Ispita sired with Discord. Before Ispita's fall, Kolektor once served Temnobog, then Ispita's boyfriend, and his half-siblings, the Eight Terrors, by being the divine equivalent of a "debt-collector" - once a wicked person has made a deal with Temnobog or the Eight Terrors, Kolektor would claim (sometimes long-overdue) payments for said deals and repossessing stuff he had given to them depending on the deal itself, with souls being the usual form of payment.
However, Ispita's Fall and betrayal would see him pretending to side with Temnobog and his children during the schism, before backstabbing them and stealing a large portion of the wicked souls they were punishing for Ispita's use. This would earn him his position as one of his mother's chief enforcers, besides beings and other Fallen angels like Mr. Hide. Because of Kolektor's actions, Temnobog understandably held a deep grudge against his treacherous stepson, but wouldn't act on his hatred until much later.
During the "Temptation Unbound" incident, Kolektor would be confronted and defeated by the mother-daughter team of Fluttershy and Fluttercruel; as the mental "daughter" of Fluttershy due to being spawned from Discord's attempted breaking of the Bearer of Kindness, Fluttercruel had the ability to emerge in Fluttershy's body whenever she wanted. Both Fluttershy and Fluttercruel's purity and lack of bad karma would ultimately be Kolektor's undoing, and once he was laid low, he was met by a furious Temnobog, who was completely pitiless to Kolektor's cowardly begging and lies that Ispita was behind his actions.
Kolektor's ultimate fate is unknown, but Temnobog has stated that it was "his turn to pay his debt". Given the horrifying punishments Temnobog and his children would give to the wicked, his punishment was likely very severe.
- Antagonistic Offspring: Played with; while Temnobog is actually his step-father due to Ispita's inner lustful nature, Kolektor still opposed him because it was apparent that Ispita was willing to provide freedom from moral restraints and satiate his greed with power and a hell-realm for himself, which in his eyes was better than following Temnobog's strict code of "constructive" Evil. Of course, as is the nature of "destructive" Evil, Kolektor ultimately ended up caving after being defeated by heroic individuals with no bad karma to speak of, and being left at the mercy of a furious Temnobog, who made sure that it was "his turn to pay his debt".
- Anthropomorphic Personification: Embodies Death, Debt, and Consequences.
- Deal with the Devil: Much like the other members of his biological and step-family, he can make deals of his own, but he often relies on Ispita's power to enforce them.
- Determinator: Described as relentless. If there's a debt in souls owed to his mother, he will collect it, no matter what he has to do.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: He betrayed his stepfather, Temnobog and the Four Terrors and sided with Ispita fell to evil in exchange for benefits, even stealing souls from the Dark One's grasp on his way out. Subverted in the end when he is finally defeated, as he was last seen at the mercy of a furious Temnobog, who gave him none.
- Dirty Coward: Because he focuses on his own personal gain, he can be rather cowardly once he's exposed and left vulnerable. Notably, after he was defeated by Fluttershy and her "daughter" Fluttercruel, he would desperately beg for his life when he finds himself confronted by a furious Temnobog, lying that Ispita made him do everything just to save his own skin. Unfortunately for him, Temnobog saw right through it and gave his treacherous stepson the horrible fate he deserved.
- Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: He pretended to side with Temnobog and his children after Ispita fell, only to betray them and run off with a large majority of the wicked souls they were punishing, which he would give over to Ispita for her use. Once he was defeated, Temnobog decided to give his treacherous and cowardly stepson no mercy for his actions.
- Evil Debt Collector: Played with. Before Ispita's fall, he would go after villains and other evildoers who foolishly bargained away their most treasured possessions (usually their souls) to Temnobog and his children in exchange for divine boons. After Ispita fell, his true character as a vicious, sadistic, greedy, and thoroughly despicable yet ultimately cowardly person shone through, and he began collecting souls on behalf of his treacherous mother in exchange for his own hell-realm to play with, which she granted. He ended up paying his own debt in the end when Temnobog arrived shortly after his defeat and preyed on him during his moment of weakness.
- Fate Worse than Death: Temnobog got his hooves on Kolektor after his defeat, quipping that it was 'his turn to pay his debt'. Since Temnobog is a dreaded God of Evil in his own right and Kolektor made it personal by betraying him and stealing souls from him, it won't be pretty.
- Greed: A major aspect of his personality, which he shares with his half-brother Bolezn, who embodies Deerkind's Greed. Unlike Bolezn, who steals and hoards precious treasures so he could help fortify Deerkind against Greed-based threats, Kolektor's greed was what largely caused him to Fall - it was Ispita's promise of his own independent hell-realm where he can rule supreme over the souls he collects that induced him to betray Temnobog and the Four Terrors (whom he used to work with), stealing some of the damned shades from the latter's realm and earning him the eternal ire of the Dark One. Ispita kept her word, as long as he doesn't incompetently let the contracted souls he tortures escape while "playing" with them. However, his greed and self-interest means that he can be rather cowardly once exposed and vulnerable, as he was last seen defeated and at the mercy of Temnobog, trying to shift blame for his actions on Ispita by claiming that she made him do what he did.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Both metaphorically and literally. He had been helping his mother collecting and tormenting souls, as well as screwing over many mortals and gods, and has the power of 'Karmic Backlash' that turns the opponent's own 'bad karma' against them. In the end, his defeat stems from a soul contract being voided while fighting against those who had members with no little-to-no bad karma to begin with (Fluttershy and Fluttercruel) in their roster, leaving him weakened and vulnerable enough to be beaten. And ultimately, Temnobog seals his stepson's fate in retaliation for his grave treachery, making sure that it would be his turn to pay his debts.
- Never My Fault: After he was defeated by Fluttershy and Fluttercruel, he was last seen trying to save his own skin from a furious Temnobog by claiming that Ispita was responsible for his actions. Temnobog apparently saw right through it and punished him anyway.
- Pocket Dimension: Has his own Hell-Realm where he tormented souls he collected for his mother, which manifests as a great graveyard filled with their bones. While in this realm, his own powers are boosted tenfold and gives him a massive advantage in any fight.
- Too Dumb to Live: He really should had known better than to piss off Temnobog. Upon his defeat, Temnobog would make sure it's HIS turn to pay his debts.
- Smug Snake: As the child of Ispita and a powerful Death God, he's very assured of his own might. Yet when things go wrong, he'll fold like a house of cards and reveal himself to be a Dirty Coward in the end.
Katastrofa, the Duke of Disaster
Divine Classification: Elemental/Ethereal
Portfolio: Disaster, Bad Ends, Creation
Rank: Divine (Tier III/Intermediate)
"Why should I care? Everything I see or do ends badly one way or another."
Katastrofa (his entry here) is the youngest son of Ispita through Discord, and the Draconequus god of Disaster, Bad Ends, and Creation.
In his youth, he worked together with his stepfather, Temnobog, and his half-siblings, the Terrors, in sowing Evil and testing mortals with the disasters he would cause. His catastrophic foresight would also give him the role as "herald" for the Terrors whenever they're sent to punish particularly sinful Deer kingdoms and cities. While initially content with his place in life, his constant exposure to bad futures would [WIP]
- Anthropomorphic Personification: Embodies Disaster, Bad Ends, and Creation.
- Armor-Piercing Question: He would receive one from Crystal Prism regarding the bad futures he sees, catching him completely off-guard.Crystal Prism: Have you ever tried to stop that bad future?
Katastrofa: ...Stop it?
Crystal Prism: You know it might happen... maybe you could stop bad futures from happening.
Katastrofa: I... I never thought about that.
- Birds of a Feather: It's speculated that despite having different beliefs and mindsets, he and his friend, Crystal Prism, got along so well because they both have similar domains; Katastrofa's true nature is to recreate after destruction by using his domain of Creation, while Crystal Prism embodies Rebirth, Change, and Transformation, concepts that often involve adversity before things can improve.
- Blessed with Suck: He has foresight, but can only see bad outcomes, which largely contributed to his apathetic and nihilistic mindset. Crystal Prism suggesting that he can actually avert the bad futures he sees catches him completely off-guard.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: It's noted by his entry that he has a sheer amount of power, and he has a lot of potential with his Creation domain that he keeps to himself. Crystal Prism also notes that Katastrofa can be very intelligent and creative when properly motivated. However, his apathy and nihilism, caused by his catastrophic foresight, makes him believe that destroying things and sowing misery among sapientkind are all that he's good at, so he sees no point in doing anything worthwhile if everything's going to end badly anyway. It's because of this that he's given the lowest rank of his siblings, him being a Duke while his brothers and sisters have more impressive titles like "King", "Archduchess", and "High Duchess".
- The Brute: He has a rather brutish and aggressive fighting style because he believes he's only good at destruction and catastrophes, so he doesn't put in much effort into anything but destroying things through sheer force.
- Destroyer Deity: He's the god of Disasters, and has the power to trigger natural or mortal-made disasters with fairly casual ease. This is what contributed to his nihilistic apathy, believing that destroying things and sowing Evil and misery among sapientkind are all that he's good at. However, it's believed in-universe that his true nature is to create after destruction, and Crystal Prism, who would become his friend, suggested that he didn't have to be evil and that he could use his powers for good.
- Good Wings, Evil Wings: He's described as having raven wings, due to being a divine Draconequus. However, he's not willingly evil or corrupted into madness like his biological siblings, just apathetic, depressed, and nihilistic due to being exposed to bad futures all the time thanks to his foresight. Befriending Crystal Prism allows him to show off his kinder, intelligent, and creative side when around the Alicorn demigod.
- Goth: Of the "Gloomy Goth" type. He's described by his entry as dressing up in this style, complete with black makeup and outfit. He's also quite depressed, apathetic, and nihilistic from seeing bad futures all the time.
- Hidden Depths: He can be rather intelligent and creative when properly motivated. He also wants to be an artist, as he loves creating and making things, but he's forced to hide it from his parents, Ispita and Discord, feeling that they'll disapprove and force him to do evil things instead. Befriending Crystal Prism provides a chance to bring out the better side of him, however.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: As a divine Draconequus, he has different animal parts. In his case, he has parts from animals that are often treated as symbols of bad luck and ill omens, such as black cats and ravens.
- Odd Friendship: He would befriend Crystal Prism, a young butterfly-like Alicorn demigod, during the "Temptation Unbound" event. Katastrofa is an older deity and a apathetic nihilist whose catastrophic foresight made him believe that he's only good at destroying things and making people miserable with his catastrophes, even though he is very intelligent and kind and embodies Creation. Crystal Prism is a young Alicorn demigod who has empathetic precognition, but actively helps people deal with stressful changes despite the incredible trauma he suffered in the past. Despite their differences and beliefs, they would hit it off easily, and it is believed in-universe that Katastrofa's Creation domain is quite similar to Crystal Prism's Rebirth domain.
- Punny Name: His name is based on "catastrophe".
- Screw Destiny: He genuinely believes that since everything is going to end badly anyway, so when Crystal Prism suggests actually trying to stop the bad futures he sees, he was caught completely off-guard. It's noted that during his time as a prophet, many who listened to his prophecies averted the disasters that he foretold, especially when his half-siblings, the Four Terrors, were said to arrive.
- Seers: He has this power, but unfortunately, as the god of Bad Ends, he can only see the worst outcomes fate can offer. This initially gave him the role as a prophet who heralds the arrival of his half-siblings during a "Calling the Terrors"... but also caused him to become apathetic and nihilistic, believing that he's only good at destroying things and making people miserable, so what's the point of even trying?
- Token Good Teammate: He's the only one of his family who isn't genuinely malicious, or corrupted/twisted into outright insanity. Rather, he chose to side with his parents and siblings because he believed destroying things is all that he's good at, and even then, he would just wallow in apathy and depression unless ordered to do something evil.
- Tragic Villain: He once worked for the good of mortal sapientkind by testing mortal heroes with his visions and catastrophes, but eventually he began to believe that he's only good at destroying things, which caused him to become very apathetic and nihilistic. He even sided with Ispita based on this reasoning, but even then, unlike his siblings who either enjoyed sowing Evil or were thoroughly corrupted into madness, he doesn't do anything but sit around uselessly unless motivated or ordered to do something. His rather Odd Friendship that he forms with Crystal Prism during the "Temptation Unbound" event does give hope that he can get out of his funk and become good again.
- Trapped in Villainy: Thanks to his catastrophic foresight, he started believing that he's only good at destroying things and making people miserable. Even after siding with his mother after she Fell, he only did what he was ordered to, despite having little interest in sowing Evil. However, he would start showing a kinder, intelligent, and more creative side after befriending Crystal Prism, who suggested he didn't have to be evil and that he can use his powers for good.
Alignment: Chaotic Evil
Type: Evil Carnival/Emotion Eater/Demi-God
Faction: Children of Ispita
"I love the sound of laughter in my shows... and the taste of despair!"
- Cain and Abel: Justified. As one of Ispita's genuinely malicious children, he is an enemy of the Four Terrors, who are his surviving half-siblings through Temnobog siring them with Ispita, since he represents the "careless/diabolical" Evil that the Four Terrors absolutely despise. After he was defeated and killed by Celestia using The Power of Love on him, his soul would be dragged down to the Four Terrors' hell-realms where he would be eternally punished for his crimes.
- Deal with the Devil: How he was born; his mortal Pony father, a carnival owner, approached Ispita with a request for help in making his traveling carnival succeed. In return, he had to give Ispita a child that she'll raise as her own. Once he was old enough, Dark Illustration would take over the carnival and kill his now elderly father by revealing his sinister plans, making his father die of fright. Since then, he used his father's carnival as a prison and torture device for the souls of those who bargained with him, turning them into twisted freaks that are bound to his will so they could provide negative emotions to feed on as well as sadistic entertainment for him and his divine family.
- Divine Parentage: He's the son of Ispita, a Fallen goddess, and a mortal Pony stallion as part of a Deal with the Devil the latter made in order to make his traveling carnival a success. Dark Illustration would be raised by his mother as another part of the deal, explaining his evil and sadistic behavior later on.
- Expy: Of the villainous ringmaster, Mr. Dark, from Ray Bradbury's novel Something Wicked This Way Comes.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Being half-divine Draconequus from his mother's side, he can shapeshift his own limbs to resemble those of circus animals.
- The Power of Love: His entry notes that his biggest weakness is positive emotions, such as joy and love. This is because, as he feeds on his victims' fear and nightmares to survive, joy and love are toxic to him as much as hatred is toxic to Changelingkind in general. This is what killed him when, after he transformed himself into a unicorn colt to trick and kill his enemies, Princess Celestia discerned Dark Illustration's true nature and proceeded to bear-hug him and pump him full of her own love towards her family, friends, subjects, and students.
- Semi-Divine: He's the son of the Fallen goddess Ispita and a mortal Pony stallion. His entry calls him a "demi-draconequus" whose chimeric traits are based on circus animals, though it's noted that part of this is due to shapeshifting abilities that he possesses.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: His entry describes him as a sharply-dressed, attractive, and tall unicorn stallion who wears a black ringmaster's suit with a top hat.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Invoked and exploited. Because his partner, Mr. Hide, had been (accidentally) exorcised from his host and defeated by Prince Léon, Dark Illustration was left outnumbered by his enemies and thus was forced to turn himself into a child so he could trick and kill them. However, Princess Celestia saw through this when she realized his true nature, and proceeded to kill Dark Illustration by bear-hugging him and pumping him full of her own love towards her family, friends, subjects, and students.
Divine Classification: Ethereal/Elemental
Portfolio: War, Sacrifice, Time
Rank: Divine (Tier IV/Greater)
"One way or another, you'll regret what you wished for."
'Ajinihat Mdudhhab (his entry here) is one of Ispita's diabolical sons, and the Draconequus god of War, Sacrifice, and Time.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: Embodies War, Sacrifice, and Time.
Alignment: Chaotic Evil
Type: Enforcer/Fallen Angel/Collective Entity
Faction: The Children of Ispita
"You must suffer me to go my own dark way!"
- Holy Burns Evil: It's noted in his entry that purifying magic is especially damaging to him, since he's a gestalt of sapientkind's inner evil. This is what led to his defeat when little Prince Léon (accidentally) purified his current host, defeating him while freeing said host from his control.
- Made of Evil: His entry describes him as being the living embodiment of sapientkind's inner evil, with his true form being a gigantic mass of writhing shadows.
- Mysterious Past: His origins are speculated in-universe, save for the fact that he was once one of Ispita's angels before her fall into "diabolical" evil. Among the various theories is that he was originally a mortal, the result of a scientist's attempt to split his good and evil sides into separate beings, or was born from the inner evil of all the souls that have been enslaved to Ispita's will.