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- Abusive Parents:
- He never loved Prince Blueblood, he never even liked him. He saw him as nothing more than a means to an end.
- He's even willing to let his daughter Majesty, who he hinged his entire plan on, to suffer for the sake of fulfilling his ideal vision for the future.
- Batman Gambit: It's later revealed that Amadeus Blueblood orchestrated Twilight's death so Celestia would push for all of Twilight's reforms, although far more aggressively than before. This would force a civil war between the Progressives and the Traditionalists, leading them to eventually destroy each other so the Blueblood family would be free to take over.
- Dark Messiah: Amadeus Blueblood is planning on making his newborn daughter, Majesty Blueblood, this.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Amadeus and his true allies hold the traditionalists in scorn, seeing them as being threats to the strength of Equestria as a whole themselves. They're simply a convenient pawn for Amadeus and allies to eventually seize the throne themselves, and he plans on destroying them all as part of that.
- Fate Worse than Death: Luna implants the Tantabus into his mind to ensure that he will suffer from never-ending nightmares for the rest of his life as punishment for his sins. Which eventually causes him to commit suicide.
- Hate Sink: Go on. Try to find one thing about the guy that is actually likable.
- Hypocrite: Amadeus' chapter shows some stunning displays of hypocrisy as he contemplates his plans and convinces himself he's "just" a Well-Intentioned Extremist. He talks about how his family and his allies have forcibly prevented inter-tribal breeding among their ranks, to the extent of not only exiling unicorns who fell in love with pegasi/earth ponies but forcibly aborting mixed-tribe foals... and then insists that they don't hate pegasi or earth ponies, and that the latter species do have their roles in the empire, it's just that unicorn blood "needs" to be kept pure in order to preserve the strength of their magic to protect ponies against other races. He also talks about how Celestia's focus on Harmony makes their race weak, and how they should instead be focusing on Unity.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: While Amadeus does get his title, power, and money stripped, he has a successful backup plan. Go to the far off kingdom of Unicornia, where he'll fit right in, and then covering his tracks by poisoning his own wife to make it look like she died of grief. Then Luna finds out and sics the Tantabus on his sorry hide just before he escapes Equestria. The first chapter of Path Of The Tyrant reveals that the Tantabus smashed him with a case of Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome.
- Long Game: The Bluebloods have spent the last several centuries plotting to take the throne of Equestria for themselves, with the recent birth of Amadeus' daughter Majesty being just what they need to finally bring their plans to fruition.
- Your Days Are Numbered: The Tantabus destroyed any chance of sleep and even dreamless sleep can't stop it, effectively destroying his mind in six years following up with his death a few months later.
- Face Death with Dignity: Played straight; When she finds out that Amadeus poisoned her drink to cover his tracks, she doesn't even scream or cry. She just closed her eyes and sighed as if she accepted her fate.
- Famous Last Words: "I hope she was worth it."
- Asshole Victim: Also counts as Alas, Poor Villain. Yes, Fastlane was a terrorist and got what he deserved, but you gotta feel bad for this guy. His father's own actions destroyed his family, but he was too stubborn to see it and blamed others and Twilight for his own damn problems. Fastlane is even worse for supporting that kind of stupidity.
- Driven to Suicide: His father hung himself out of grief, leaving a note saying that he's sorry.
- Despair Event Horizon: Because of Fastlane trusting a stranger with vital information, it ultimately lead to the utter destruction of the Equestrians First group, where 80 or 90 percent of them are dead. The rest of the survivors are awaiting trial for treason, terrorism, murder, theft, assault, and other things. Not to mention the added bonus of finding out that the now dead leader, Creed, was in contact with other terrorist groups that would be wiped out too. Fastlane ends up sobbing and waiting for death, knowing that he brought the end to Equestrian's First.
- Never My Fault: Fastlane and his father blame Twilight for ruining their lives. In truth, his father refused to work with non-pegasi at the weather factory and went on strike, only for others to come in and do the work just as well if not better. He died poor and alone due to his racism. Fastlane ends up the same way.
- Too Dumb to Live: Fastlane gives the location of the anti-Twilight "Equestrians First" terrorist organization to a pony who helps him break out of prison. Said "prisoner" actually turns out to be Stag, who uses that information on Luna's orders to lead an attack on the organization's headquarters, killing their leader, and most of its members.
- Would Hurt a Child: Fastlane mentions that Equestrians First successfully bombed Celestia's School for Gifted Unicorns. It's not until Gladius Stride's chapter that it's revealed that some of the victims were as young as seven to eight years old.
- Big Brother Instinct: He was forced to kill Twilight in order to save his younger brother.
- Dying as Yourself: Gallant Heart wanted to die as a traitor and remembered as one.
- Exact Words: Gallant Heart died believing he saved Celestia from a usurper. He never said that the usurper was Twilight.
- I Have No Son!: Gallant Hearts parents disown him for his part in killing Twilight, burning all his pictures except one his brother manages to save.
- The Mole: Gallant Heart tried to infiltrate the conspiracy and save Twilight, but Amadeus Blueblood found him out and forced him to go through with it.
- Last Request: Gallant Heart tells Shining Armor to keep the truth to himself, trust no one, and watch over his brother.
- Tears of Remorse: Gallant Heart's stoic expression finally cracks when he confesses to Shining Armor that he tried to stop the assassination but was forced to or else Amadeus Blueblood would kill his brother Gladius Stride.
- The Stoic
- Happily Married: Gladius Stride is married and has two sons. Even Celestia herself came to his wedding.
- Sins of Our Fathers: He was continually harassed for being the brother of one of Twilights assassins. When Celestia finds out he's Gallant Heart's brother, she orders him to leave the hall, practically screaming at him when he doesnt leave immediately. When she meets him again, she apologizes for her actions, only to find out that she isn't the only one who's been treating him unfairly.
- Parental Neglect: Her parents favored Twilight over her. They wouldn't even acknowledge her achievements.
- Replacement Goldfish: To her older sister Twilight. It gets to the point where Mystic has enough of living in her shadow, abandons the name Sparkle, and runs away from home.
- Recursive Fanfiction: Has her own story, The Unknown Story Of Mystic Sparkle. With the help of Luna and Discord, Mystic goes back in time to prevent her sister's assassination. Sadly she is Killed Off for Real.
- Berserk Button: Do not, and I mean, DO NOT try and hurt children, intended or unintentionally. God help you if you succeed...
- Stag: A child. They were willing to kill a child. Now, there are a few things in this world that get me angry. Sometimes I get angry when Chrysalis' name is spoken, although I soon feel happy again knowing shes dead. I also get angry when the Vanhoover Renegades lose at soccer, but then again thats normal. You see... there is one thing you never want to be when you face me either in public or when Im having you tied to a chair ready to put a cage of hungry rats over your head and release them if you dont tell me what I want to hear. That is if I hear you, intended or unintentionally, hurt a child. I may be a monster. I may live off the suffering of others. I dare say that I love what I do. However, even a monster like me has a line that is never to be crossed. Killing a princess? Fine, I dont care about Canterlot politics, and its normal when a public figure is almost or successfully killed in a coup or by a hired killer. But wanting to end the life of a young child who had just started living? There is a reason you never want to see a professional torturer like me angry. We dont lose our cool. No, we go beyond what we normally do to make our victims beg for mercy before we are through with them. And if it wasnt for my promise not to kill these five? I would make sure that the last thing on their minds before sweet oblivion takes them is regret even having the idea of harming a child. That all the regrets they have in the world are nothing compared to the crime they had just committed.
- Black Comedy: Stag indulges in this often, mentioning that in his line of work it's necessary in order to avoid insanity, alcoholism, or both.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Dude, Not Funny!: In-Universe, Stag mentions that in payment for identifying Twilight's killers, he'll be pardoned for all crimes he's committed in the past. He then mentions that he might use this to become a librarian, seeing as how Ponyville has an open spot. Thankfully, he's quick to apologize, saying how he has to make jokes like that in order to avoid insanity.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Stag may be a torturer, but he does not like the idea of hurting an innocent child. This is because when Chrysalis was still alive she ordered the deaths of many changeling children in order to eliminate any threats, including Stag's sister and niece.
- Friend to All Children: If he ever learns that someone has harmed a child, or planned on harming one, he will make them suffer.
- Jerkass: Say what you will about Stag, but he isn't exactly the nicest changeling around.
- Jerkass Woobie: Stag, because towards the end of his second chapter we discover why he hates Chrysalis and why he's so protective of children.
- Psycho for Hire: He loves torture, not the physical type, but the psychological part of the job.
General:The various gods and goddess who created the races of Equus. There are two different kinds of gods: the Creator Gods and the Race Gods. The Creator Gods are the ones who created all of life and such, they are the more powerful gods who control things such as time, fate, life, and death (To clarify: While time, fate and death is handled separately among the Creator Gods, the aspect of life is a shared responsibility among the trio according to Word of God). The Race Gods were created by the Creator Gods to each make a race in their own image and guide them. Each race has their own god, with a corresponding religion based on real life religions. They will have a more prominent role in the third fic Ragnarock. Links will be provided to the full bios to avoid having to search through the hundred-plus pages worth of blogs they were scattered over. More will be added in according to Word of God to correspond with newer races like Sirens, Yaks, etc. The currently known gods are: Fausticorn, Grandus, Mesmoria, Sarga, Kubwa, Amanari, Cern, Centarus, Septum Cain, Seremora, Uther, Ashina, Tempus, Nora, and Mordum.
Tropes that apply to them as a whole:
- Big, Screwed-Up Family: To say that most of the Race Gods don't see eye-to-eye with most of the others (or their own creations, for that matter) is an understatement, the only real exceptions being Septum Cain and Ashina.
- Fantasy Pantheon: Tempus, Nora and Mordum are the three Top Gods who were worshipped by all races while each mortal worships their corresponding Race God.
- God's Hands Are Tied: According to Word of God the reason the other Race Gods can't do anything to free the souls Seremora has devoured is because they don't have the power to do so. And while the Creator Gods do have the power, they can't do anything because only Seremora can free them as she bound them to her.
- The Maker: While the Creator Gods are in charge of the concept of life itself, it is still up to each of the Race Gods to define what their own creations look like while teaching them how to act and live.
- Author Avatar: She looks just like Fausticorn does in the fandom.
- Creator Backlash: In-Universe example. The Fantastic Racism and eagerness to be her favourite between the three tribes made her so disgusted with her own creations to the extent that she ignored their cries for help when the Wendigos came in and froze everything. It took the events of Hearths Warming Eve to convince her to give ponies a second chance in the form of The Lexicanum of Harmony.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Take a good read at the biographies of the other Race Gods. It's easier to list the races that aren't hostile to ponies due to her actions. The Kitsune stand out in particular thanks to what she did to Amanari.
- Parental Favoritism: Deconstructed. Being able to create three races instead of just one earned her the ire of the other gods who were calling her out for this, resulting the ponies being constantly attacked by other races. Not to mention, her insistence on taking leadership of the Race Gods after the scattering of Septem Cain amplified the overall jealousy even more. Still, she made an effort to be on good terms with Grandus.
- One Myth to Explain Them All: When the ponies were invaded by centaurs, after she pleading with the Creator Gods and latter themselves being angry at Centarus's endless destruction and cruel jealousy against the other Gods, they called Megan from Earth who is armed with a set of rainbow armaments to lead the ponies to defeat the centaurs before returning to Earth. One of Megan's pony companions, Twinkle became the first Alicorn whose current descendants would be Celestia and Luna.
- Sacred Scripture: The Lexicanum of Harmony, a compilation of her private lessons of faith to Private Pansy.
- Stealing the Credit: The duty of raising the sun and moon originally belonged to Amanari the Kitsune Goddess, who displeased the Creator Gods by having a half mortal child. To add insult to injury, the Lexicanum made it as if the ponies had always been the ones controlling the sun and moon, causing a rift between the two goddesses ever since. It doesn't help that when Amanari pleaded to keep it a secret upon finding out, she told on her instead.
- Break the Haughty: After uniting the Griffins under the banner of The Horde and waging a 200-year long rampage across the globe, he decided to attack the Dragon Empire thinking that he and his creations surpassed them. The resultant Curb-Stomp Battle was so bad that it practically undid all his hard work and his 'duel' with Septum Cain in an attempt to save face just made things worse for him. After mellowing out for 50 years, he swallowed his pride and sought Septum Cain for advice, becoming his student.
- Character Development: Went from a spoiled brat who is obviously not fit for the role to a respected God of Good among his peers, the Griffins and even the other races.
- Expy: Think of the God Emperor of Mankind in terms of appearance, but replace human with griffin.
- Sacred Scripture: The Code of Honor which was a hundred rules of acting virtuous to one self, ones country and ones god.
- Blessed with Suck: His Gender Bender ability. It left him with no friends in the Pantheon except for Septum Cain and Fausticorn, even then in time, the former would be dead while the latter ended their friendship over the creation of her race.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: He was effectively hated by all by the time Discord came, so when he offered to lift the Amanari's curse of turning the Flutter Ponies into Changelings which was too powerful for her to lift alone, she joined him out of desperation. After his defeat, she became an even bigger outcast and hid the existence of her people.
- Sincerest Form of Flattery: Painfully averted. When it was his/her turn to create a race, the result were the Flutter Ponies in honour of her only friend at that time in the Pantheon, Fausticorn. This action ended up angering her, accusing Memoria of blatant plagiarism and demanded her to be punished.
- A Load of Bull: A giant minotaur.
- The Blacksmith: Occasionally uses his mace to forge stuff for the gods.
- Carry a Big Stick: Wields a giant mace that doubles as his work tool to forge divine objects.
- Does Not Like Magic: Doesn't give magic to his creations, which he believed is a tool too dangerous for mortals to wield. He placed his creations on metal-rich islands instead to focus on logic and reason.
- God's Hands Are Tied: Unlike his other gods, he doesn't intervene with the lives of his creations unless it involves the islands or their birth and death. He was so detached that the minotaurs thought he didn't exist until the exposure by the dragons.
- Hidden Elf Islands: He surrounded the islands with storms to prevent intruders and isolate his creations from the outside world. However, the dragons broke through the storms in their tenacity, resulting in their exposure to the outside world.
- Orichalcum: His race were the first that would refine the local metals in their home, pioneering the art of metallurgy. The metal in question would become their most infamous creation and only they have total control over the only source. Or so they thought...
- Stay in the Kitchen: His detracting point much to the disgust of the other gods. He justifies it by stating that it is to maintain a stable population due to the fact that the islands themselves aren't exactly the most liveable of places. He has no answer for the abuse and inequality though.
- Team Switzerland: Due to the sheer difference in numbers during the exposure, he revealed himself to his people through a statue and told them about the outside world to ensure the survival of his race. The result was his people going abroad to serve as merchants and blacksmiths, enforcing trade and neutrality.
- The Evils of Free Will: Inverted. This is why he doesn't want to intervene in the lives of his creations.
- Giant Spider: Said spider also has fifty eyes, sixteen legs, and a pattern on his thorax that constantly changes colour and shape.
- Small Role, Big Impact: While all the other Race Gods while focused on ensuring mortals live a perfect life, he was the only one that ensured that there will be a perfect death as well. The result was the conceptualisation of the afterlife and reincarnation, something that all the other gods would thank and owe him for since before that, death simply means that you no longer exist and your soul gets thrown into the Void.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: The only god that is not a bigger version of their patrons due to being a giant spider.
- Divine Date: Was on the receiving end of this during her time as a mortal to judge the first Emperor Tsuneo. It ended with both sides falling in love with each other.
- Fantastic Caste System: Based on the Bushido Code, she created a system where various individuals are separated into various classes and the number of tails determined your rank in them, highest being seven for ordinary mortals. The Samurai class is the one held in the highest regard outside of royalty.
- God-Emperor: She is responsible for the Emperors of Kyukyo being this as all of them descended from Inari, the Semi-Divine kitsune borne of the forbidden union between her and the first Emperor of the land, Tsuneo.
- Hidden Elf Islands: Like Sarga, she created an isolated island called Kyukyo. After the fall of the Dragon Empire, they shut themselves in with the exception of trade until recent times.
- Kitsune: She's the one who created them as their Race God.
- Legendary Weapon: During her farewell to her husband, her shed tears later was used to forge the Naku tengoku no ken, which roughly translates to "Crying Heaven Sword". It served as the royal sword ever since.
- Mama Bear: Being stripped of her ability to take mortal form just made her divine wrath all the more terrifying. When a Flutter Pony was accused of getting a princess pregnant due to rape, she cursed all of the Flutter Ponies in the land into their current Changeling forms so thoroughly that when she found out it was all a lie by the princess to save her own hide, she couldn't undo the spell much to her regret.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Wields a katana on each of her nine tails.
- Pride: Suffered from a massive case of this. She constantly boasted about her great achievements and took no insults, even from friends. When she was tasked with raising the sun, her ego got even more inflated and made her even more insufferable than usual. It took her time as a mortal to mellow her out.
- Sacred Scripture: Code of Bushido.
- Sadistic Choice: She had to decide between her duty of raising the sun and moon (Ashina had entered into her trauma-induced coma before said events) and her child. She chose her child.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Emperor Tsuneo. She had to keep her relationship with her mortal lover a secret as it is forbidden in the first place. When discovered and told on by Fausticorn, she was denied the right to access a mortal form or to be with her husband to this day.
- We Used to Be Friends:
- With Seremora. They fell out when the god in question became an eater of souls.
- With Fausticorn. Believing that she was doing the right thing, Fausticorn ratted out her forbidden romance and subsequent child, resulting in the Sadistic Choice above. Add this to the stunt she pulled with the Lexicanum of Harmony and you get a divide that is still present to this day. The duo are still civil to each other, but with both sides constantly giving each other the cold shoulder.
- Brought Down to Badass: Lost her omniscience sharing her gift of foresight to her creations until her level of clairvoyance is equal to her own creations. Even then she can still a god, as the armies who tried to attack the sanctuary for her people found out the hard way as they were slaughtered to the last.
- Didn't See That Coming: In one of the most ironic situations possible, her creations being gifted with her power of foresight made them prime targets for their powers resulting in slavery and capture. You probably thought she would had seen this whole scenario coming with her powers before pulling off this stunt.
- Expy: A Palette Swap of Xerneas with a Third Eye.
- Heroic Neutral: She works with Nora to form prophecies and only gives them out when the time is right but never intervenes, much to the frustration of the other gods.
- The Deer themselves are also this combined with Thou Shall Not Kill. Due to being constantly hunted for their powers in the past, the Deer are satisfied with fulfilling their role as The Chooser of The One while not actually taking part in the heroics they prophesied. However, the prophecy of the Black Star and the incoming global war is so bad that one of them realized that direct intervention is necessary if there is to be anything worth saving by the time the dust settles. It doesn't help that another one by the name of Nazo went rogue to aid Unicornia.
- Holy Ground: The sanctuary forest for her people after she liberated them which serve as their homeland. It's only guarded by herself since the Deer themselves abide by Thou Shall Not Kill. Not that she ever needed any additional help.
- Meaningful Name: Her name comes from cervus, the Latin word for "deer".
- Purple Eyes: The deer have their eyes glow in this colour as a sign of their ability to see into the future.
- The Chooser of The One: After liberating her people and giving them sanctuary in a forest that was remade to be her domain, the Deer race became this. Their list of known involvement includes guiding Celestia and Luna to find the Elements of Order (now named the Elements of Harmony), telling the Sirens of the Day of Forgiveness in which Ashina the Wolf Goddess will one day awaken and her forgiveness will save their race, seeing the rise and fall of Twilight and most importantly, the latest prophecy which is rise of the Black Star who is Majesty Blueblood and a group of stars that will stand against her, among them who are Spike, Mystic and Shale Pie.
- The Omniscient: Played with. Being able to know everything in life and death for everything made her bored and apathetic with existence overall, so she created the Deer to share her powers with until even she herself can only see into the future at the level of her own creations.
- Seers: Her creations, the Deer pretty much fit as such. Downplayed as they are content with being The Chooser of The One as their history of serving as actual seers are...far from pleasant.
- 0% Approval Rating: No one in existence likes him, not even his own people.
- Always Chaotic Evil: The reason the Centaurs are like this? He made them this way.
- It's All About Me: He wants a race that ensures maximum loyalty to him and him alone. To the extent that he named them after himself.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: After his defeat at the hands of Megan, he wanted to genocide his own people just to start from scratch. This was the last straw and the Creator Gods cast him into the Void where he remains to this day.
- 100% Adoration Rating: Played with. Among the gods, he has this as the respected leader of the Race Gods. As for the dragons, he was worshipped until his defeat at the hands of Discord which caused a massive FaithHeel Turn. The fact that majority of his people don't want to put his heads together to bring him back meant that he isn't going to get his respect back anytime soon.
- Arc Number: 7. 7 heads, 7 heavens, 7 hells and 7 crystals.
- Multiple Head Case: Has seven heads representing each of his virtues: Wisdom, Justice, Compassion, Honour, Loyalty, Valour, and Faith.
- Irony: Valued uniqueness and individuality despite being seven-headed.
- FaithHeel Turn: Is on the receiving end of one. The sight of his defeat at the hands of Discord caused one to the entire dragon species which resulted in the collapse of society.
- God In Dragon Form: Ultimately his undoing as Discord figured out when he did this to fight him. He trapped Septum Cain in his mortal form by turning each of his heads and therefore his very soul into 7 crystals and scattering them across the world when the latter confronted him since he will just become a god again if killed normally.
- Parental Favoritism: Probably the only one that goes through this even more than Fausticorn. Thankfully for him, he earned it over time to avert jealousy.
- Sacred Scripture: While not named, it is a united code consisting of 100 different rules and 50 different sutras for prayer, medication, and spiritual balance.
- Soul Fragment: Also counts as Pieces of God. His heads turned which were turned into crystals courtesy of Discord. Each of his scattered heads had one of his virtues and only when all seven are reunited under a Chosen One embodying his seven virtues will Discord's curse be lifted and he will be reborn. The catch was that by the time this became public knowledge among the dragons, they have already been split into multiple factions with the seven biggest each holding one of his heads and are more interested in uniting through force to become the "Dragon Emperor" using the heads as a symbol of worthiness rather than coming together to find the Chosen One to revive him.
- Too Cool to Live: Let's see: The Paragon among the Race Gods and their respected de facto leader? Check. Reforming one of their most biggest problem child into a self-respecting God of Good? Check. The creator of the first progressive civilisation complete with Advanced Ancient Acropolis? Check. Was the hero that toppled other evil gods? Check. One of the few beings in other than the Creation Gods themselves that can match Discord in power? Check. If he lived, the dragons would have stayed the dominant race in Equus instead of being drifters and hermits in present day.
- 0% Approval Rating: Was the only other god that was just as or even more hated than Centarus.
- Apocalypse How: Class 1. Caused the extinction of the Wolves by sinking the entire continent they lived on with a tidal wave.
- Expy: Of Slaanesh. Even her worship was just like the Eldar worshiping their gods.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Inflicts this on Ashina the Wolf Goddess, her sworn sister at that time, who tried to help her with her obsession with eating souls by trying to get the Creator Gods to help in response to being asked to keep the whole thing a secret. Seeing this as a betrayal, she launched the biggest tidal wave in history that crashed on the entire continent where the wolves lived effectively sinking it, killing them all while devouring their souls. Not satisfied and going crazy from the euphoria, she then proceeded to break into the Wolves' afterlife, depopulating it entirely. She would have continued on to the afterlives of the other races it wasn't for the Creator Gods finding out about what happened to the Wolves.
- The Dreaded: To her own people after the revelation that she was devouring their souls upon their death. They resorted to making soul stones that trap their souls within upon death to avoid such a terrible fate.
- Fate Worse than Death: Having your soul devoured by her. Instead of simply being Deader Than Dead, you spend every conscious moment crying out for mercy while digesting in her stomach for eternity.
- Final Solution: Inflicts this on the Wolves in both life and death.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Went from a beautiful leviathan that was simply obsessed with the concept of beauty and arts to a devourer of souls that threatens all afterlives. Even from her prison, her screams and shaking are the primary cause of storms and tidal waves.
- Mad God: While not exactly in the sane department after experiencing mortal vices, she definitely crossed into this the moment she went into euphoria from devouring the souls of the entire wolf population.
- The Hedonist: Was concerned with only pleasure after experiencing mortal vices one fateful day. Even her whole obsession with the devouring of souls was because she considered it a better way to experience pleasure with their wails of pain and the souls themselves taste divine to her.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: The punishment for her atrocities was to be chained up at the bottom of the ocean for all of eternity, with her screaming and shaking against her prison the whole time.
- Start of Darkness: Started as a patron of the arts, pushing her creations to pursue to be the greatest of singers, sculptures, and designers of various clothing upon creating them in the deep oceans. One fateful day, the society of the sirens started engaging in debauchery of all forms. After failing to dissuade them, she proceeded to try it out herself after seeing how much pleasure it was giving to her race. She became their biggest advocate after returning to her divine self. The REAL push to evil came when she wanted to punish some Yak whale hunters for the murder of some sleeping Sirens. After contemplating on what do with their souls after killing them with a storm, she decided to eat one of the souls and it just went downhill from there, starting with her own people by transforming their afterlife. Mordum soon sensed the wailing of all the souls she consumed but couldn't find them in any afterlife, deducing it to be coming from the sea. Being her sworn sister, Ashina was asked to investigate and the rest is history...
- Your Soul Is Mine: Develops a taste for souls and even turned her own afterlife into a one-way ticket to her stomach. It was so bad that destroying her would not free the souls in her stomach but instead destroy them alongside her, forcing the other gods who do not want to erase the innocent souls to imprison her instead.
- We Used to Be Friends: With Fausticorn, Amanari, and Ashina. ESPECIALLY Ashina.
- HeelFaith Turn: A mutual case. The Yaks rejected him over his inaction to help them and insistence on blind faith while in turn their warmongering ways made Uthur reject them out of disgust.
- Never My Fault: Never considered his Suicidal Pacifism as the cause of his people's suffering and descent into violence.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
- Gave Seremora the go ahead to do whatever she likes to a group of Yak whale hunters' souls out of disgust at their cold-blooded murder of some sleeping sirens. This pretty much awakens her hunger for souls which results in the decimation of the wolves and Ashina's subsequent coma.
- His inaction to aid his people out to satisfy his own pacifism drove them to violent action for the sake of freedom, resulting in a xenophobic culture that worships violence and starts wars with pretty much everyone else. Even in present day, they are still fighting the griffins.
- Suicidal Pacifism: Essentially the biggest flaw in his doctrine to his people and his Fatal Flaw in general. The Yaks were initially so pacifistic that they were flat out defenceless when Grandus' horde came crashing on them. Even as his people were enslaved for forty years, he still told them to have faith and not do any violent actions.
- 100% Adoration Rating: She was the other god aside from Septum Cain that got on good terms with every other member of the Pantheon excluding Centarus and later on Seremora. When she fell into her coma, every other available Race God would put aside their differences and feuds to mourn for her on it's anniversary.
- Despair Event Horizon: The extinctions of the wolves in both life and death at the hands of her former best friend Seremora utterly broke her. She fled to the moon in her grief and cried herself into a coma that is still happening in present day.
- Lunacy: The moon is her domain when she was active. Her duties were passed onto Amanari and then later Fausticorn after her coma.
- Star Power: As the domain of the moon included the night, the stars were her work as well.
- Native American Mythology: Her way of worship is under this category.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Trying to cure Seremora's hunger for souls got her entire race wiped off the map while plunging into a grief-induced coma.
- Noble Wolf: Given that her race are all hunters, her actual temperament is a shock to anyone who didn't know about her.
- Howl of Sorrow: Gave a BIG one when she learned about what happened to her race. It was heard throughout the realms of existence.
- Secret Keeper: Is the only being in existence, outside of Cern in her prime who knew about the whereabouts of the missing Diamond Dog Race God.
- We Used to Be Friends: With Seremora.
Tempus, God of Time
Nora, Goddess of Destiny
Mordum, God of Death
General:A set of Outlaw Town islands complete with Not So Safe Harbour. Once a prison archipelago for criminals around the world, a collective jailbreak known as the Great Uprising made it stateless, meaning that it belongs to no single country with any attempts to retake it fail. The place dabbles in all forms for crime, however they are also split into various factions and guilds, with the Big Four having the most power and notoriety. Spike runs away to here to get stronger and subconsciously run away from his problems due to being unable to come to terms with Twilight's death. This place would be the main setting of story 2.5 Path Of The Dragon. The Big Four's names are The Red Lightnings, The Legion, Ars Arcanum and The Masks of Mordum. Word of God states that it is around half the size of Indonesia, with the biggest island around the size of Java. Notable characters are:
Marc/AshwingA blue dragon with yellow eyes and white underbelly. The Guild Master of The Red Lightnings. Ember's brother and Torch's son.
- 0% Approval Rating: To the whole of Dragonkind. The specifics to him being a traitor to his homeland is yet to be revealed...
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Manhandles 3 thugs in quick succession without breaking a sweat.
- Badass Longcoat: A red trench-coat with a hole for his tail.
- Dark and Troubled Past: He wouldn't have been in Erebus unless he did and/or suffered some horrible incident. It involved a certain dragoness that ended up turning him traitor against the rest of his kind for the sake of her love which got him nothing but rejection. Now he is Persona Non Grata to the Dragon Lands and all dragons that know about him are to kill him on sight. We still don't know what exactly he did as a traitor for said love. Only Erebus Islands can he meet with other fellow dragons that won't do so.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Considers killing an already robbed and defenseless child low even for him, which is why he saved Spike. The second reason for saving him is that he received a prophecy from a Deer Sage a year ago that a small purple dragon from Equestria will come to seek to join his guild.
- I Have No Son!: Got practically disowned for his actions in the past.
- Internal Reveal: He's actually Ashwing, Ember's brother.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Poses as a generic Snake Oil Salesman, giving newcomers the impression that a Guild Master of the Big Four can't be someone like him. He was also knows about the full situation with Spike since he did business in Equestria.
- The Old Convict: Becomes one to Spike to help him survive his initial years in Erebus Islands. He is also the one responsible for honing his Fire Caster abilities.
- Pet the Dog: Tells Spike to get out Erebus as it is no place for a kid like him.
- Playing with Fire: What makes him stand out from other dragons is that his flames can also be cast on his hands, feet and even his tail complete with Glowing Eyes of Doom!! This was what drew Spike in, hoping to learn under him in his quest to get stronger.
- Violent Glaswegian: Is written with this accent. Revealed to be faked later on.
- Wham Line: Was on the receiving end of this courtesy of the same Deer Sage that told him about Spike seeking to join his guild when asking whether it has anything to do with him aside from the whole "saving the world" part.
- Because when the call of the dragon lord comes, he will be the one to save the life of your sister, Ember.
RupertAquilina's uncle. Manages the The Rotten Barrel inn and bar.
Mistress LoveshotA pony slaver dealer that recently took up residence in Nima Island. Has a silver coat with a blue mane. Serves as the first Arc Villain for Path Of The Dragon.
- Establishing Character Moment: Greets the heroes with a motherly tone while being fanned by two slaves who were broken by her methods. She then brings them across a courtyard where slaves of all ages and races are being broken left and right by her indoctrination before treating them to lunch in her fortress. She then proceeds to demonstrate her effectiveness at breaking slaves by casually ordering a griffin slave to kill another while telling the victim to not struggle or scream while dying and then ordering the former to kill himself afterwards. This display is so repulsive that Stress Vomiting after her demonstrations is known to be a common occurrence around her customers as implied by the presence of breath mints in lower restroom cabinets.
- Faux Affably Evil: Generally acts like a motherly pony while casually discussing various methods on how to break an individual to her customers or ordering her slaves to die for her displays of dominance without a shred of conscience. What makes her slavery indoctrination methods even more terrifying is that all these atrocities are done with just her tactics, no magic involved unlike the majority who were more than happy to use binding spells.
- Hate Sink: Go on, try to find something likeable about her.
- Vocal Dissonance: Does some of the most despicable examples of slavery indoctrination one can ever imagine...all the while maintaining a motherly tone.
Warlord VanderA warlord seeking to unite the Erebus Islands with control over the eastern and southern areas. A griffin.
Warlord SwanburnA second warlord seeking to unite the Erebus Islands with control over the northeastern islands. An earth pony.
Sir Marshall/Agent RexiusAn Diamond Dog aide to Mistress Loveshot.
- Deadpan Snarker: Sends a secret letter to Spike asking for an alliance due to mutual interests...not before capping off with a statement on how bad Aquilina's stealth skills are.
- Foreshadowing: Why would an aide to a slaver bother with using the "Sir" moniker on his name? It's because of his upbringing in The Legion.
- The Reveal: He is actually a Frumentarii of The Legion on a mission to liberate their members who were captured for slavery.
- Villainous Rescue: Managed to sedate Aquilina before the other guards discovered her stunt which would have blown the cover of her friends.
General:A team of mercenaries under the Red Lightnings with Spike as the founder.
Tropes that apply them to a whole are:
- Anti-Hero: Thou Shall Not Kill? What is that?
- Badass Crew: Definitely.
- Everyone Has Standards: They hate slavers to such an extent that any job which involves killing them is accepted without hesitation.
- Five-Man Band: Note that the roles are constantly interchangeable.
- True Companions: Make no mistake. They constantly take the piss out of one another but if one is in trouble, the rest will waste no time trying to save him or her.
SpikeUnable to come to terms with Twilight's death who was his mother figure, he runs away to Erebus to get stronger instead when he realises that staying as the Tagalong Kid will not change things. After watching Marc in action and saving a lot of members from other guilds including Aquilina from slavery while accidently burning up the slavers because of his uncontrolled flames, he joins the Red Lightnings to get stronger and bring the magic of friendship to Erebus. Not to mention that destiny has plans for him... The main character of Path Of The Dragon.
- Badass Longcoat: A red trench-coat with a hole for his tail that was a gift from his mentor Marc/Ashwing.
- Cool Pet: Peewee. Having a phoenix to help certainly ensured his survival in his early days on Erebus.
- He Is All Grown Up: After the Time Skip, Word of God stated that he now has Smolder's build except taller but is still around a foot or two shorter than Ember. No wings though.
- The Idealist: A possible deconstruction. Plans on getting stronger to face a changed Equestria by starting with bringing the magic of friendship to Erebus Islands on his first week. The Time Skip shows him having saving a local town's trading livelihood with his team...while giving no quarter to his enemies. He even lampshades about how he can face his Equestrian friends when you have a body count.
- Knight in Sour Armour: Make no mistake. After a decade of having to kill, he still never lost sight of his goal to bring the magic of friendship to Erebus Islands, increasing body count be damned.
- Playing with Fire: Discovers that he is a Fire Caster, a rare group of dragons that can use magic with their flames.
- Teleportation: Uses his dragon-mail skill that was shown throughout the canon series to bring objects and people to locations that he can think of.
- Supreme Chef: Used his past cooking skills to whip up various fantastic dishes during the events of the canon series. Before the Time Skip, this was what allowed him to get free room and board in The Rotten Barrel by working as it's evening chef. After the Time Skip, Aquilina even gets motivated to finish jobs faster just to taste his cooking!! She even later stated that if he got recruited by a cooking guild, he would be the Guild Master in less than a year.
- Stress Vomit: After seeing the true depths of the treatment of the slaves at Mistress Loveshot, he makes for the restroom to empty his stomach. One of Loveshot's minions actually informs him that there are breath mints available because this reaction is so common.
- These Hands Have Killed: On his first few days on Erebus, he saved a lot of junior guild members by using his dragon breath to teleport them all to safety when swimming isn't clearly an option. However, he also unintentionally set the whole slaver ship they were on fire at the same time since the possibility of actually teleporting not just Celestia's letters was just theory at that time, meaning that he had no practice. He understandably breaks down.
- Walking Spoiler: His very presence in here instead of Equestria is nothing short of a giant plot point. And that's nothing to say about what happens in the future...
AquilinaA young griffin around the age of Spike.
- The Alcoholic: Gets constantly blitzed drinking several cups of beer on a weekly basis. Cue hangover the next morning. If the job has her deal with slavers, the resurfaced memories will pretty much ensure that she is taxing her liver as soon as she hits a pub.
- Combat Pragmatist: Willing to do anything to get the edge in combat. An example would be spitting in her opponent's eye to lower his guard!
- Dark and Troubled Past: Born a slave, saw things no child should ever see, murdered her own father who was her very owner before dabbling in mercenary work at the age of a child.
- Exact Words: In "The Treasure Hunt Part 4", she states that she needs to go outside to stretch her wings. While that is true, she omits the part where she sneaks into the underground slave prisons to rescue their target while doing so.
- Knife Nut: Wields two daggers with deadly efficiency.
- Patricide: Murdered her own father. Justified that he was owning her as a slave instead of being an actual father to her.
- Slashed Throat: Her main fighting style in combat. Her first victim was her owner!!
- Took a Level in Idealism: Hanging around with Spike gave some optimism back into her life. It also made her less impulsive.
AzuraA white unicorn with a raven coloured mane from Unicornia.
- At Least I Admit It: Considers Erebus a better place than Unicornia under this logic over the thirteen years she's lived in Erebus.
- Bling of War: Wears a cloak encrusted with blue diamonds.
- Blue Blood: Is a former noble from Unicornia.
- Fake Aristocrat: Pretends to be a Unicornian noble seeking slaves while her teammates pose as her hired mercenaries during The Treasure Hunt arc.
- An Ice Person: Her main speciality.
- Invisibility: Uses her magic to give her this so that she can get the drop on her enemies.
- I Need a Freaking Drink: Having to act like a Unicornian noble all day warranted this result from her during The Treasure Hunt Arc.
- Like an Old Married Couple: With Windward. They even got carried away in their debut and Aquilina had to tell both of them to stop it as they are in the middle of combat!!
- Locked Out of the Loop: Left Unicornia before the arrival of the Bluebloods, so she was unaware about Unicornia deciding to expand their slave gallery at their suggestion.
- Magic Staff: Wields a silver staff with a glowing blue orb held in place by a silver eagle looking claw.
- You Remind Me of X: According to her, the reason for joining Spike's team is because the latter's idealism and the tendency to Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right! reminded her of somepony that she was dear to.
WindwardA chestnut brown pegasus with an amber mane.
- Big Brother Mentor: Was assigned as such when the team initially consisted of just Spike and Aquilina to show them the ropes and stuck around ever since.
- Like an Old Married Couple: With Azura. They even got carried away in their debut and Aquilina had to tell both of them to stop it as they are in the middle of combat!!
- Lightning Bruiser: Like his namesake, his speciality is high-speed close quarter combat.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: Played with. If he isn't trying to get between Azura's legs, it's implied that he would get distracted on Slave Liberation jobs and try out one of the sex slaves. Since this is Azura making that statement as a witty comeback, we don't know if this is actually true or not.
- Power Fist: His bronze horseshoes.
- Single-Target Sexuality: With Azura.
YasahiroA four-tailed kitsune from Kyukyo.
- The Ace: Is the 3rd best among the Red Lightnings. He can single-handedly take on jobs that require whole teams to finish.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Whatever that made him wind up in Erebus Islands the first place definitely holds bitter memories. He had this statement constantly echoed in his mind for years:
- Katanas Are Just Better: Uses them as this Weapon of Choice.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Like any samurai kitsune, he wields a katana on each of his tails like his Race God Amanari.
- Not So Stoic: He loses his cool after watching one griffin slave kill another under orders, and the victim do nothing to resist his death when told. This almost blows him and his friends' cover when he knocks the knife out of the first slave's claws after he is ordered to commit suicide.
- Ronin: Is described as such considering that he is living in Erebus.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Is a master of this whenever a job is being given or just completed. Windward even states that this happens all the time!!
- The Voiceless: Never speaks at all. He lets his actions do the talking for him.
General:A nation beyond the Western Sea. Founded by Princess Platinum's younger sister, it is comprised of unicorns who refused to coexist with the Pegasi and Earth Ponies during the founding of Equestria, believing that it betrayed all they had stood for. This place would be the main setting of story 2.5 Path Of The Tyrant.
Their coat of arms is this.◊
Tropes that apply them to a whole are:
- Divine Right of Kings: Played with. They still worship Fausticorn, however they believe that Princess Platinum's sister was chosen by her to lead them through the storms and lost seas to salvation and they hold the belief that because their people survived they must be the chosen race of the three. As her descendants, the royal family believe as such. They also hold a prophesy that Platinum's sister will come back to them in a reincarnated form like the Second Coming. In truth, Faust ignores their prayers since they refused to join in Equestria and doesn't care much about them.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Played with. According to Jade Everbright, while the Royal Family were more than happy to enslave the Flutter Ponies, they still banned enslavement of all other non-unicorn races. Then the Bluebloods came along and convinced them otherwise...
- Fantastic Racism: Unless you are a unicorn, don't even bother trying to interact with them. The Flutter Ponies are still learning that fact the hard way. Alicorns appear to be the exception given their divine status among their faith.
- A Nazi by Any Other Name: Believes themselves to be superior to all other races thanks to their magic. Word of God even says that they're inspired by Nazi Germany, the only difference being that Unicornia is a monarchy. While they do send Flutter Ponies to correctional camps when they step out of line, it's currently unknown if these camps have such lovely attractions like gas chambers or flaming pits yet.
- Planet of Hats: Every citizen is a unicorn. The enslaved Flutter Ponies certainly don't count.
- Slave Race: Inflicts this upon the Flutter Ponies when they first met.
Majesty BluebloodThe alicorn daughter of Amadeus and Alura Blueblood. The main character of Path Of The Tyrant.
- Establishing Character Moment: Starts out playful and innocent like any filly her age...who then later on proceeds to preach about how unicorns are the race destined to rule over all others with the Flutter Ponies simply being the first to fall. She also proceeds to shock a Flutter Pony slave for having the gall to feed the flowers she planted on her father's grave for her as he was unaware that only Majesty can touch them due to being bought just two weeks ago. She proceeds to declare that she will one day make Luna pay for what she did to her father by painting Canterlot in their own blood, execute Celestia right in front of her before finally nailing her to the highest building to watch the city burn. Such a sweet filly...
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
- Considering how screwed up the Bluebloods are, Copper Penny who is their family butler is the closest Majesty will ever treat like an actual living family member.
- Majesty still holds her father in utmost regard despite being used as a pawn of the sake of his ideals.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Is designated by the Deer to be a Black Star, for one who is born into this world as such is stated to bring with them a dark fate. Sure enough, it's revealed that her very birth was what caused Twilight's assassination to happen in the first place, as Amadeus was initially more than happy to pressure Twilight into simply abdicating her crown only to be constantly slowed down by her own resolve and the fervour among her supporters. It's Majesty's birth which gave Amadeus the chance to finally realise his ideals and fulfil the Long Game played by his family, if it wasn't for the fact that Twilight's very existence now put everything they had planned into jeopardy as she would no doubt be Majesty's biggest potential threat. All he needed was to play Blueblood's Daddy Issues into his hooves and the rest is history...
- Villain Protagonist: Of Path Of The Tyrant.
- Winged Unicorn
- Walking Spoiler: Her very existence is one of the biggest plot twists in the series.
- You Killed My Father: Swears vengeance on Luna for killing her father via the Tantabus, vowing to make her suffer as she did.
Prince SilversteelA prince from the Unicornia Imperial family and Majesty's planned fiancée.
Copper PennyThe butler of the Bluebloods.
August BluebloodMajesty's uncle.
NazoA Deer Sage who has gone rogue to aid Majesty.
- Black Sheep: Openly defies his brethren's way of life by aiding Majesty Blueblood. His reasons for doing so are still unknown.
- Evil Mentor: To Majesty Blueblood. His first lesson to Majesty? "Everyone can be used to advance you further."
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Claims that the reason he's helping the Bluebloods is because the Deer's Heroic Neutral and Thou Shall Not Kill polices prevented them from warning the world about Discord, Centaur invasions, Seremoras madness, the deaths of the entire Wolf race, various disasters, plagues, earthquakes, and slaughters, and even could've prevented the death of Princess Twilight Sparkle.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Has a dark red mane that covers half his head while wearing a red cloak. Totally a good guy.
- Seer: His ability to see into the future like his fellow Deer was what convinced Amadeus into hiring him to teach Majesty.
Sir Morning BladeA unicorn with a yellow coat and a brown mane. One of the five Royal Knights of Unicornia, the personal bodyguards and agents of the Royal Unicornia Family.
- Black Knight: Wears obsidian armour with a dark red cloak. The only thing that looks out of place in his garb is a blue and silver swirling sphere that was shining in the centre.
- Cool Swords: His two enchanted BFS.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Appears in Aftermath of a Fallen Star as Tirek's jail breaker as the first named Unicornian character.
- Interspecies Romance: Fell in love with Sansha, a flutter pony slave of the Bluebloods. This being Unicornia, and their love is a key factor in the Bluebloods attempts to keep Morning Blade under their control, it's not a good thing.
- Magic Knight: Being a unicorn that wields physical weapons qualifies him as such. Also, if Tirek's description of his swords are to be believed, they are also enchanted even when not in use.
- Praetorian Guard: As a Royal Knight of Unicornia.
- The Sword Master: He can cut faster then Tirek's eyes can even follow.
SanshaA flutter pony slave of the Bluebloods who's treated somewhat better than the others.
- Interspecies Romance: With Sir Morning Blade, which is why she's treated better than the other slaves.
Raveneyes Noble Academy for Young Education
General:The Royal School that Majesty attends. It is also attended by nobility of all classes which was why the Bluebloods let her go there to spread her influence.
Forest EverbrightA white colt with a green mane with a blue streak at the back. Jade's twin brother.
- Crash-Into Hello: Not exactly a crash but Majesty nearly had a soccer ball hit her face thanks to him if it wasn't for her own magic.
- Family Business: His family runs the biggest of the Flutter Pony Imprisonment Camps, Gehenna.
- Skunk Stripe: His green mane has a blue streak in the back.
Jade EverbrightA white filly with a green mane with a blue streak at the back. Forest's twin sister.
- Family Business: Her family runs the biggest of the Flutter Pony Imprisonment Camps, Gehenna.
- Skunk Stripe: Her green mane has a blue streak in the back.
Dia WaterblazeA purple filly with a black ponytail mane.
- Alpha Bitch: Is a bully who targets Majesty due to her Equestrian origins. Majesty gets her off her back by blackmailing her with the knowledge that she still follows a toy line meant for babies.
- Blackmail: How she is ultimately dealt with. Due to Parental Neglect and her own Alpha Bitch behaviour, her only companions are the fictional characters in an In-Universe toy and book line meant for toddlers, to the extent that she wears the franchise themed underwear under her clothes. Majesty found out after gym class and threatened to release this to the public and shame her and her family. She caved in.
- Death Glare: Majesty describes her gaze at her during the first day of school as very icy with the sharpness of a diamond.
- Parental Neglect: Her parents were so busy in work that her only solstice laid in her toys.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives a big one to Majesty. She calls Majesty and by extension, her family the equivalent of a wounded bird fleeing from its nest because they bit off more than they could chew.
- Right for the Wrong Reasons: Essentially gives a much needed chewing out to Majesty on the actions of the Bluebloods that led them to Unicornia. The problem is that she said this due to her own Fantastic Racism instead of doing the right thing.