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The Royal Family - Canterlot

     Princess Celestia 

HRH Princess Celestia

The Sun Princess and ruler of all Equestria.


     Princess Luna 

HRH Princess Luna

The Night Princess and co-ruler of Equestria. Still relatively fresh out of her thousand-year imprisonment, Luna seeks to do right this time as a leader.

  • Ace Custom: Her Minotaur-forged obsidian armor.
  • Action Girl: Whether it's by sword or magic, Luna is a force to be reckoned with.
  • A Day in the Limelight: One of the major POV characters in Chapter Thirteen. Chapter Fourteen onward has her as the main Prime Equestrian POV in the Moonrise arc, especially after Discord gets stoned.
  • Armor Is Useless: Averted. The suit of obsidian armor she wears protects her from everything from spears to magic, but not (magically enhanced) dragonfire.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: The single most powerful combatant in Boston after Discord gets petrified. Apart from Twilight's anti-magic sword and dragonfire, nothing comes close to outright harming her.
  • Brutal Honesty: Outright admits she doesn't trust Galatea, believing something is off about her. Later, she bluntly tells the Archmage that she won't be joining her side.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Wears a full suit of obsidian armor by Chapter Fourteen, giving her an intimidating look - but she's as redeemed as ever.
  • Dream Weaver: As per canon. She uses her skills to show the Concordat the war on Earth through Alex's memories.
  • Friend to All Children: Very distressed when she sees human children suffering in the Conversion War. She often emphasises the suffering of children, such as demanding to know if the then-infant Lucie Heavensky deserved to face death at the hooves of the Empire.
  • Good Is Not Nice: See Brutal Honesty above. When push comes to shove, she won't hesitate to fight valiantly. Not even if it's someone she (might) love.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Averted. Her helmet stays on for the entirety of Chapter 16.
  • Hidden Depths: Likes gardening, as it turns out - her lavender is all over the Hall of Unity. She also has a certain fondness for stories.
  • Incoming Ham: Very loudly makes her presence known over Boston, courtesy of the Royal Canterlot Voice.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Lord Darkhoof. Also discussed by her, as she's outlived many friends over the millennia.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Throws both the Archmage and Spike into a skyscraper and not a second later speeds off to catch a falling Cadance, hundreds of meters above.
  • Magic Knight: Wears a full suit of armor when she and Discord travel to Earth. Shortly after, she fights the Archmage both with a sword and with her considerable magical skills.
  • No Indoor Voice While she's definitely eased her use of the Royal Canterlot Voice, she's the one to read out the Queen's letter to all the delegates, loudly. Put to great use when she loudly announces Alex's survival to all human forces in Boston.
  • Not So Stoic: Almost loses her patience when she sees Pharynx ruin one of her lavender pots. And then there's her pouting behind closed doors when she's talking to Celestia about Galatea. Her mask completely breaks when she confronts Archmage Twilight about the fall of the Reindeer.
  • Number Two: To her sister.
  • Ship Tease: With Archmage Twilight, as the latter reflects on their closer friendship in Imperial Equus and holds her hoof as she does so. Later, after things go sour, it's heavily implied through Cadance's observations that Luna has a crush on Twilight.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Shuts down Archmage Twilight when she preaches the Empire's ideals, pointing out it doesn't justify committing genocide against humanity.
  • Super Strength: Strong enough to throw a massive, house-sized adolescent Spike into a skyscraper, matches him blow for blow during their battle and were it not for the Archmage, would have overpowered him entirely.
  • Time Abyss: Like her older sister, she's thousands of years old.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: While she's a little unnerved and mistrusting of her 'sister' Galatea, deeming her to be uncanny and soulless like a puppet, Luna later admits to Darkhoof that she has no idea if she herself is truly alive.
  • Tranquil Fury: When she's not outright enraged, that is, she openly voices her displeasure at the Empire to Twilight's face in a subdued anger.
  • Troll: Fobs off the responsibility of dealing with Blueblood onto Cadance because she can't stand him.
  • Vague Age: Avoids confirming how old she is when speaking with Darkhoof, but the way she talks about a Minotaur legend implies she was there when it was written. She also freely admits she sees herself both as an old mare and a young mare.
  • Warrior Princess: A very capable magical user and not a shabby swordsmare, either. Despite some setbacks, Luna ultimately gets the upper hand (hoof?) over Twilight and Spike in every engagement during Chapter 16.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Played with. She admits she has no clue what a mortal life is like, and she isn't even sure she's truly immortal.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Puppets, apparently. Part of why she mistrusts Galatea is because she sees her as one. This later becomes a serious issue when she's very nearly overwhelmed by Newfoals, who are exactly the sort she fears.

     Prince Blueblood 

HRH Prince Astron Blueblood

Celestia's rather wayward nephew, who nonetheless promises to make himself useful for the coming conflict.

  • Adaptational Heroism: In contrast to both the show and the original story, Blueblood is given a much less obnoxious characterization and a more important role here from the get-go.
  • The Alcoholic
  • Bi the Way: He's had interests in both Captain Celaeno and now Basil Darkhoof.
  • Boldly Coming: Smoothly talks his way into a steam bath with Lord Darkhoof's son.
  • The Casanova: Somewhere between this and a Casanova Wannabe. Apparently, and presumably due to the attraction of his royal status, Blueblood is not without success in his romantic endeavors; maintaining relationships is the hard part. Still, it would seem his most cherished liaison was with someone who did not care he was a prince - Captain Celaeno.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Not himself in particular, but his ancestor has had a major falling out with the Reindeer.
  • Dream Walker: To a limited degree, as are most members of the Equestrian Royal lineage except for Celestia herself.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Among the royal family, he's this (but they don't outright hate him).
  • Generation Xerox: He's reminded by the Reindeer that he shares a lot of traits with his ancestor, Polaris Blueblood. Both the good, and the bad.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: While Blueblood is bisexual, his friendship with Awesome Fire and Shieldwall is never suggested to be any more than a male friendship.
  • Hidden Depths: The Prince mainly serves as comic relief in Act One, yet he's shown to have some diplomatic skill. Also, he enthusiastically agrees to support Lyra's expedition into the Unknown.
  • Naked People Are Funny:
    • Due to Canterlot standards, Luna grimaces when she finds out he sleeps unclothed.
    • This more blatantly befalls Blueblood after he irritates Awesome Fire to the point of bursting into flames, which accidentally burns his clothes off.
  • Prince Charmless: Blueblood's layabout lifestyle places him in this category. His behavior towards Rarity at the Gala was him trolling what he believed to be a Gold Digger.
  • Rebellious Princess: A Rare Male Example. If his dreams are anything to go by, Blueblood would sooner be a pirate than a prince.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: His friendship with Awesome Fire is an interesting variation, in that while a lot of banter is involved, Blueblood doesn't quite seem to realize how much he can genuinely annoy Fire.

The Royal Family - Crystal Realm

     Princess Cadance 

HRH Mi Amore Cadenza

Ruler of the Crystal Realm, and the Princess of Love.

  • A Day in the Limelight: The Deuteragonist to Luna's Protagonist in Act Two after Discord gets petrified. Chapter 16 prominently features her by her ancestor's side.
  • Badass in Distress: Gets knocked out by Imperial Shining Armor and rescued by Luna while she falls from the Great Equestrian.
  • Berserk Button: Downplayed example. Luna notices her conspicuous absence when Chrysalis arrives at the Hall of Unity.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Comes to Luna's rescue after Discord gets petrified.
  • Dream Walker: Which comes in handy for making long-distance calls from the relative isolation of the Crystal Realm.
  • Happily Married: With Shining Armor.
  • Magical Nanny: Was one to Twilight, Lyra and many other foals in their childhoods.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Easily puts Twilight and her guards to sleep with a simple babysitting spell, and tracks down Discord with a charm.
  • The Power of Love: The Princess of Love is her role, of course.
  • Morality Pet: To Blueblood.
  • Warrior Princess: Like her Aunt/ancestor Luna, though more downplayed compared to her.
  • The Watson: Luna fills her in on some finer details during Chapter 16, including the charm to track down Discord and how Fluttershy's mane plays a role.
  • The Worf Effect: After handily beating the Archmage, she gets the receiving end of this when Imperial Shining Armor and his new wife fights her.

     Prince Shining Armor 

HRH Shining Armor

The Captain of the Royal Guard and husband to Princess Cadance.

  • Cool Big Bro: To Twilight. Naturally, she is devastated to see his counterpart is participating in the xenocidal campaign against the humans.
  • Happily Married: With Cadance.
  • Nice Guy


     Awesome Fire 

Awesome Fire

A unicorn alumnus of the Guild of Engineers, formerly of the Royal Sky-Navy. Also a friend of Prince Blueblood's with an unusual fire-related ability.

  • Burning with Anger: When pushed, Awesome Fire will literally burst into flames. However, he firmly denies having any Kirin blood in his veins. His friends know better than to press him on it.
  • Butt-Monkey: A mild example during his introduction in Chapter Twelve, 'To Seize The Day'. Blueblood uses him as a cannon for their party games (echoing the gag with Pinkie and Twilight in A Canterlot Wedding) and Shieldwall keeps upstaging him. He does get his own back in the end, at least on Blueblood.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Dislikes the name "Awesome" because it reflects his working-class origins. And, frankly, can you blame him?
  • Friendly Rivalry: Fire specialises in fire-related engineering and fire-based weaponry. Shieldwall is well-named as a shielding engineer. They're always trying to outdo one another.
  • Meaningful Name: He's a unicorn with a very powerful firepower, and something of a pyromaniac.
  • Smug Smiler: His mostly commonly-described facial expression is him smirking.
  • Social Climber: Fire is from a working-class background and has risen in Canterlot society thanks to his engineering skills. Contrary to what one might expect, his closeness to Blueblood seems not rooted in sycophancy, but a genuine Interclass Friendship.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: Although Fire manages to keep his composure much of the time, his moments of anger are decidedly not Tranquil Fury.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: He often appears convinced he's the Only Sane Man in Canterlot.
  • Those Two Guys: Serves as this with Shieldwall in his scenes around Blueblood, though Fire appears to be on closer terms with the Prince.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: His attitude towards Blueblood and Shieldwall is somewhat abrasive, yet it's mostly banter.



A young earthpony engineer and another of Blueblood's friends in Canterlot.

  • Always Someone Better: How Awesome Fire feels about him, much to the former's annoyance. No matter what, the unicorn never seems able to craft a firearm capable of penetrating the earthpony's shielding. And at the party in 'To Seize The Day', Shieldwall continuously upstages Fire.
  • Friendly Rivalry: With Awesome Fire.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Shieldwall is an earthpony and he manages to consistently craft shields that block a certain unicorn's firepower.
  • Interclass Friendship: Shieldwall is a middle-class Canterlot. His two closest friends in the story are Prince Blueblood and the socially-climbing fellow engineer Awesome Fire.
  • Meaningful Name: His engineering speciality is armor and magical shielding. Given this, it's probably appropriate that he's not a unicorn like Fire or Blueblood, but a stocky earthpony.
  • The Napoleon: Fairly short, which stands out more besides his two unicorn friends, who are both quite tall.
  • Surfer Dude: Displays shades of this demeanor in his appearances.
  • Those Two Guys: Is this to Blueblood, next to Fire.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Quite happy to wind up Awesome Fire. Shieldwall's friendship with Blueblood seems a lot more easy-going, though.
  • With My Hands Tied: A variation in 'To Seize The Day'. When Shieldwall shows up at the party wearing a wall-climbing amulet of his own making, Fire dares him to climb a statue without it. Shieldwall pulls off the challenge.
  • Young Future Famous People: And not in a good way, given that TCB!Shieldwall is a leading antagonist in Light Despondent - Remixed.


     Lyra Heartstrings 

Lyra Heartstrings

A young mare who's always dreamed of meeting the mythological creatures known as humans, she finally gets her wish when Alex Reiner appears in the Everfree, only to find that this meeting is not going to be a pleasant one...

  • Ascended Extra: Compared to her role in the original, Lyra will be playing a bigger role overall.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: While almost as smart as Twilight, Lyra has none of Twilight's work ethic.
  • The Hero: Plays this role, contrasting her Out of Focus treatment in the original.
  • Nice Girl: Is generally patient and nice, and provides a calming presence for Alex while he's still mistrusting of the others.
  • Opposites Attract: Personality-wise, Lyra hasn't much in common with Bonbon.
  • Reality Ensues: She may be The Hero, but without military training, Lyra goes down very quickly in a fight against TCB!Redheart.
  • Sixth Ranger: Acts as such to the Element Bearers.
  • The Smart Guy: When she was in school with Twilight, she and Moondancer were considered the next-smartest people in the room.

     The Element Bearers 

The wielders of the Elements of Harmony.

  • Ascended Extras: Like Prime!Lyra, they'll be playing bigger roles in the reboot compared to the original.
  • Nice Girls: Which is jarring for Alex, as their TCB counterparts are definitely not this.
  • True Companions

Twilight Sparkle

  • Childhood Friends: She, Lyra and Moondancer went together to Celestia's School For Gifted Unicorns.
  • The Leader: Falls into this default role to the rest of the Element Bearers.
  • My Greatest Failure: How she feels about letting down Moondancer by missing out on her first party.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: Launches into her iconic rant about the implausibility of a typical TCB scenario in this fashion.

Rainbow Dash

  • Big Damn Heroes: If certain events hadn't transpired, starting with her returning to Ponyville to fetch her new Daring Do, TCB!Redheart would likely have got away with Alex's locket and killed Lyra.

Pinkie Pie

  • Hyper-Awareness: Typical of Pinkie.
    • She senses there's something off about Nurse Redheart. And unlike Lyra, she doesn't conclude that Redheart is a Changeling. Though, nor does she guess the truth.
    • Whereas no-one else notices, Pinkie instantly identifies a cloaked Galatea as an alicorn thanks to the outline of wings beneath her cloak.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Pinkie is seriously shaken up by seeing the false smiles of the Newfoals in Alex's dreamscape.
  • The Pollyanna: In Pinkie's mind, her most important question to Galatea is about the dour alicorn's birthday.


  • Brutal Honesty: When Alex details the Empire's propaganda about pony perfection, Applejack is the first to object.
  • The Stoic: She's the most emotionally reserved of the Element Bearers in the face of the horrors they're learning of.



  • Break the Cutie: It's her misfortune that she's the pony Alex chooses to threaten before he comes to trust the Prime!Equestrians.
  • Ship Tease: Despite the story being set around Season 3 in the timeline of Friendship is Magic, her closeness to Discord is further along the lines of later scenes.
    • There's even some substantial Did They or Didn't They? subtext to her and Discord's "vacation" to the Tauren Isles.
    • Chapter Thirteen, 'Concordia Maxima', outright shows a kiss.




The draconequus Lord of Chaos, an uncertain ally to Princess Celestia in these strange times.

  • The Gadfly: Typically, Discord enjoys riling up Twilight and her friends, though Fluttershy seems to be complicit in this when he dresses up as her using one of Pinkie's own costumes.
  • Reality Warper: As in canon, this is his default power. However, it's shown that it can be limited by certain forms of anti-magic. Nor does it help him when the Imperials bring out their own Elements.
  • Smug Snake: Oh, yes. His overconfidence leads him to underestimate the Empire's ability to counter him.
  • Ship Tease: There are an increasing number of hints over Act One that he and Fluttershy are an item, finally culminating with a kiss in Chapter Thirteen, 'Concordia Maxima'.
  • Taken for Granite: In Chapter Fifteen, 'Two Faces', TCB!Twilight and the TCB!Bearers turn him into a statue for a third time, without even letting him get a punch in.
  • Take That!: The petrification scene in Chapter Fifteen, per Word of Vox, was as much a Deus Exit Machina as it was a riposte to the widely-disliked characterization of Discord in the original Spectrum.
  • Wild Card: Discord doesn't care much about humanity's plight, but he does very much care for Fluttershy.
    • Galatea warns Celestia and Luna not to tell Discord about the heart-shaped locket, for fear he may perceive it as a threat to his freedom.
  • The Worf Effect: Discord gets turned back to stone by the Imperial Bearers before he can do any fighting. There is a little bit of Worf Had the Flu in effect since he was weakened by his previous fight with Havok, but the Bearers don't even give him the chance.

The Concordat

An alliance of nations called together by Princess Celestia to deal with the inter-dimensional crisis on Earth.


     Sint Erklass 

Sint Erklass

The ruler of the reindeer and the "Spirit of Hearth's Warming and Bringer of Gifts".

     Elsa Erklass 

Elsa Erklass (Alias: The Snow Maiden)

"The Snow Maiden", Sint's granddaughter, arch-mage, and chief counselor.

  • And I Must Scream: She's both an inversion and a subversion. Her consciousness is bound to a magical cloak somehow and seizes control of the body of whomever wears the cloak. In theory, the wearer should be subjected to this, but Elsa's hosts consider it the highest of honors to be the new vessel for the granddaughter of Sint Erklass and don't mind putting their lives on hold for her. Elsa, meanwhile, feels shame over having to do this for her own survival.
  • Deuteragonist: For A Sun in Winter
  • An Ice Person: As befits her title.
  • Magic Mirror: Can create one with her powers in which she can converse with the soul of her current host.
  • Soul Jar: Elsa's soul is bound to a magical cloak - the current wearer becomes the reigning "Snow Maiden" and their consciousness merges with Elsa's.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Drops her tranquil demeanor when speaking with Blueblood and takes him down a notch after she and Sint catches on to his Casanova tendencies, just like his ancestors.
  • Time Abyss: While not stated explicitly, she is the scion of an immortal, and before her immortality sets in she was already a full grown adult when Celestia and Luna were both foals.
  • Winter Royal Lady: A double example: she clearly draws upon Elsa from Frozen, but her familial connection with Sint and her "Snow Maiden" title come from Snegurochka, a Russian mythological figure who was later recast by the Soviet Union as granddaughter and sidekick to Ded Moroz (Father Frost), their nonsecular Santa.


Government of Kyorito

     Mikado Toshiro Kane 

Toshiro Kane

The Mikado of the Eastern Kirin.

  • Expy: His personality is based on that of Gendo Ikari.
  • Proud Merchant Race Guy: The ruler to a whole society of them, in fact. His detractors claim he's Only in It for the Money.
  • The Stoic: To the point that Kane could be said to display traits of the Inscrutable Oriental.
  • Wild Card: Toshiro readily attends the Concordia, proposing his country's services in return for a good price, but at the same time, his government has made a deal with the Storm King to stamp our piracy in their waters - even if it means allowing the King to occupy neighboring countries.

Tauren Isles

Government of Delos

     Lord Darkhoof 

Philip Darkhoof

The proxenos (i.e. liaison) between the Minotaur nation and Equestria.

  • A Load of Bull
  • Covert Pervert: Hinted at when Darkhoof allows himself a moment's break from introspection to admire his wife's backside.
  • Family Man: Being called away from his wife and sons to attend the Concordat is not easy on him. Not helping matters is that his younger son is mentally and physically disabled.
  • Genius Bruiser: Befitting the depiction of Minotaurs in Spectrum as a people who value intelligence as well as strength. It's taken the extra mile with Darkhoof in that he wears glasses!
  • Gentle Giant: As you'd expect of a Minotaur, he's huge and imposing - but also of a kindly, thoughtful nature, and a dedicated family man.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Princess Luna.
  • Interspecies Romance: After becoming a widower, he eventually remarried with a zebra.
  • Special Person, Normal Name: Discord's insistence on calling Darkhoof by his first name points to this being perceived in-universe.
    • Meaningful Name: However, "Philip" does mean "one who loves horses" in Greek; appropriate when you're a diplomatic liaison to a pony nation, and married to a zebra.

The Changeling Hives

Ebony Hive

     Queen Chrysalis 


The Queen of the Ebony Hive and an unlikely ally to Equestria.

  • Abusive Parents: Despite looking out for her hive, she's decidedly an unpleasant matriarch, especially to Thorax - whom she treats as a literal footstool.
  • Enemy Mine: Shaping up to be one with Princess Celestia and the other nations of Equus against the Solar Empire.
  • Ephebophile: As if Chrysalis weren't objectionable enough, there are strong suggestions that her relationship with Papillate is of this nature.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Her invasion of Canterlot did occur a few short months before the beginning of the story. And Changelings have a bad reputation in general on Equus.
  • Jerkass: Though she has a jovial demeanor, she's still the same jerkass that invaded Canterlot. This is best seen in how she treats her two drones, Thorax and Aphid.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Despite her unpleasant behavior, she's right in that Garble needs his vaccinations.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Drops her jovial act when it's revealed Garble isn't vaccinated, as a plague wiped out a Changeling hive.
  • Token Evil Teammate: The only truly morally ambiguous leader to answer the call.
  • Troll: She orders a few Changelings to attack Ember and Garble's campsite before breaking up the fight. When Ember confronts her about it, Chrysalis has this to say:
    Chrysalis: "My mistake. I thought that was how you dragons say 'hello'."



A Changeling drone in Chrysalis' hive, who unexpectedly becomes a confidant to Princess Ember.

  • Adorkable: Just like his canon counterpart, Thorax is an adorable fellow. He nervously tries to defend his compliments to Ember, for one.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Why he opens up to Ember - she spared his life.
  • Butt-Monkey: Chrysalis uses him as a literal footstool. Before that, Pharynx straight up tells him to give up on Ember. Before that, Ember managed to best him in single combat.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Takes a liking to Ember after she spared his life. Ember, meanwhile, is mildly weirded out, and lampshades that it only came to be after she tried to kill him first.
  • Nice Guy: He listens to Ember's stories and genuinely compliments her guitar playing. This is part of the reason why she opens up to him first.
  • Ship Tease: With Ember, of all people, starting from the moment he, disguised as Garble, gave her a compliment he later admitted was genuine. Garble catches on, and he admits that he knows he has no chance with her. A princess and a guy like him?
  • Shrinking Violet: Around Chrysalis. Ember helps him grow out of it.



A Changeling soldier in Chrysalis' hive, and a dedicated soldier.

  • Big Brother Instinct: To Thorax, deep down. Despite his harsh words, he manages to get Ember to let go of Thorax during their fight.
  • Brutal Honesty: Believes that the Concordat isn't going to truly work out given their differences. Later, he marches up to Thorax and firmly demands that he stop playin around with or crushing on Ember, believing that it's not appropriate for a drone to do diplomacy with a princess, and the fact that she's a princess, and his brother is a simple drone.
  • The Comically Serious: Very seriously insists that Luna's lavenders are actually a safety hazard, because enemies can hide in them.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: He's completely right that the Concordat consists of a large variety of creatures with their own self-interests at heart.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Like his canon counterpart, Pharynx may be unpleasant at times, but he has his brother's best interests in his heart.
  • Tough Love: Pushes his brother around, but genuinely wants the best for him, even if it means bluntly telling Thorax to drop hoping for Ember's affections.



A mostly quiet Changeling drone in Chrysalis' hive, and a friend of Thorax and Pharynx.

  • Animal Motifs: Her behavior is decidedly cat-like, from the way she sneaks into the room to scuttling away under the bed, to spying on Ember from an elevated spot.
  • The Quiet One: Doesn't talk much in her appearance, and communicates non-verbally with Thorax, who understands her perfectly nonetheless.
  • Genki Girl: A very energetic little drone, despite her not talking much.
  • Intelligible Unintelligible: She really doesn't talk much, but Thorax understands her gestures perfectly.
  • Shrinking Violet: According to Thorax, but mostly an Informed Attribute going by her behavior. She does, however, hide from Ember the moment Thorax pointed her out.
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave: Apparently just started hanging out with Thorax and Pharynx one day, to Pharynx's chagrin, as she keeps butting in.

Dragon Lands

     Princess Ember 


The daughter of the Dragon Lord and his representative at the Concordat.

  • Adaptational Jerkass: Arguably Adaptational Villainy. Because Spectrum is set around Season 3 of the show, this is at a time when Ember hasn't yet learned about friendship; best seen in her willingness to raid a party of pigs for supplies, and her verbal abuse of Garble.
  • A Day in the Limelight: One of the major POV characters in the doorstopping Chapter Thirteen.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: She doesn't say it outright, but this is why she opens up to Thorax.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Hinted to exist between her and Garble. And Thorax.
  • Brains and Brawn: The brains to Garble's brawn.
  • Genius Bruiser
  • Hidden Depths: It's explained she knows how to read and write thanks to having spent three years as a student of the Kirin Court, on her father's investment.
    • She also enjoys playing the guitar.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While lacking the character development of her canon counterpart, Ember slowly unwinds in the presence of Thorax, who so far is the only one she feels comfortable around.
  • Noble Demon
  • Pet the Dog: After raiding the pig family, she lets them know they've been left with their water supplies so they can survive in the desert. This might count as Bait the Dog, though, since it turns out immediately after that she stole the littlest pig's prized guitar.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy
  • Rebellious Princess: Ember hates being called "princess" and wants to make a name for herself.
  • Ship Tease: With the Changeling drone Thorax.
  • Token Evil Teammate: What she starts off as, although she does have more of a conscience than Garble.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Emotionally if not physically, considering her lack of qualms about snatching a guitar from a little boy.


A teenage dragon who is tasked with accompanying Ember to the Concordat.


     The Pretender Queen Grizelda 

HM Grizelda

The young pretender to the Griffonstone throne, and the only griffon to answer the call.

  • The Chosen One: Believes the call went to her of all griffon leaders for a reason and seeks to prove her worth with it.
  • The High Queen: Tries to be one, at least. She knows she's just one of many claimants to the throne of Griffonstone, and seeks to prove she's worthy of it.
  • Modest Royalty: The griffons are a scattered, nomadic people, so naturally they don't have much in the way of fancy equipment. Grizelda, for one, isn't quite used to dining formalities, and like her people sleeps in a modest tent.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Calms down Ironclaw when the old general has a split second reflex on seeing Ember - dragons don't exactly have the best relationship with griffons, as they raid griffon caravans.

     General Ironclaw 


Queen Grizelda's closest advisor and her main benefactor, an experienced mercenary.

  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Much kinder than his original version, though he remains prideful.
  • Old Soldier: A veteran of many raids around the Griffonstone territory, who's since taken to supporting Grizelda's claim.
  • Number Two: To Grizelda.

The Unknown

The regions outside of Equestria and the known world. Amongst other things, the Unknown is said to contain the Sunken Dream Valley, where ponies first came from.



The Scribe of the Stardust, the hidden alicorn sister of Celestia and Luna. Her purpose is to be the historian of the world.

  • Artificial Equine: Certainly gives off a somewhat robotic vibe. This troubles Luna, as it raises questions about her own nature as an alicorn created by Faust.
  • Decomposite Character: In the original Spectrum, Faust and the Scribe were basically one and the same. Here, the Scribe's equivalent is given a separate identity and character.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Galatea's existence is hinted at from the Prologue onwards, and she actually reveals herself to Celestia and Luna fairly early on in the story, as of Chapter Seven. Reading the story past that chapter is impossible without spoilers about her.
  • Odd Friendship: Pinkie is really quick to take to Galatea - going so far as considering the most important question she could ask to be "when is your birthday"! Then again, if you know Pinkie comes from a family of grey ponies...
  • Really 700 Years Old
  • Seers: Galatea has an ability to astral-project, but it's limited in that she can only use it around alicorns. This nonetheless explains how she knows so much about Equestria and its governance.
  • The Spock: She was essentially created by Faust to be the cold, logical counterweight to Luna's raw passion and Celestia's even-tempered disposition.
  • Uncanny Valley: There is something never entirely "right" about her mannerisms. Luna likens her to a puppet for it.
    • On the flipside, Celestia reflects that Galatea would be strangely unnoticeable if she weren't an alicorn.
  • Unknown Relative: To Celestia and Luna. She is the third in a trio of alicorns crafted by Faust to watch over the world.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: One of Galatea's means of subterfuge is to disguise herself as a grey earthpony.


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