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Equestria Divided is an Alternate Universe Fic of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Fifteen years ago Celestia and Luna vanished without a trace causing a civil war to engulf Equestria. Today five great houses (and one cult), led by characters you may know are fighting to conquer the kingdom. So, Basically My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic meets Game of Thrones or A Game of Ponies if you will. Can be found here and a gallery here

This fanfic provides examples of:

  • Addiction-Powered: Some members of the Cult of Laughter use hallucinogens like a Drunken Master uses alcohol.
  • Allohistorical Allusion: The House Earthborn siege unit is a giant wooden horse on wheels, unlike that one however The Headbutter uses a more direct method to get the city gates open.
  • Ambiguous Situation: The origin of the Laughing Mare and her relationship to Pinkie Pie both in and out of universe — is she Pinkie's vengeful spirit, an Eldritch Abomination pretending to be her, or one of those believing itself to be the other? If it is Pinkie, how did she come back from the afterlife? Did she make a Deal with the Devil that made her Come Back Wrong or did she want to come back that way? Only The Laughing Mare knows.
  • Anti-Magical Faction: House Earthborn fights against unicorns and other magic users without using magic themselves.
  • Anti-True Sight: Applejack's True Sight doesn't work on Rarity, she's just that good.
  • Army of Thieves and Whores:
    • Averted with the Whitegold Militia and the Sapphire Sirens, who are too well funded, equipped and groomed to qualify even if their actual jobs haven't changed much.
    • Played completely straight with the Cult of Laughter, who convert practically everyone.
  • Badass Biker: Cross this trope with a Monster Clown on a unicycle and you get a Cult of Laughter Cycle Gang unit.
  • The Beastmaster: House Everfree makes use of its unique fauna. Fluttershy herself is of no exception.
  • Better Living Through Evil: the Whitegold Militia is recruited from the rabble of the Undercity, their main task: guarding The Wall, see Urban Segregation below.
  • BFG: the House Earthborn Behemoth Cannon.
  • Biological Mashup: House Everfree has a few, including the Wildlings, Everfree Wraiths, Swamp Shamblers and Thorners are Orc Ponies, Lizardman Ponies with antlers, Swamp Thing Ponies and Plant Ponies. Also, their Spider Blossom unit is a fusion of the Wood Spider and Death Blossom Units.
  • Blackmail Backfire: Twilight tried to manipulate Pinkie Pie to take part in her experiment. Pinkie died and came back as The Laughing Mare.
  • Black Widow: Rarity is implied to have married and killed Blueblood for money.
  • Blood Magic: Everfree Wraiths are created by infecting a pony with Fluttershy's blood.
  • Body to Jewel: Rarity has a disease that covers her body in crystal. Unlike the coats of crystal ponies these are more haphazard,cause Rarity to bleed when she moves due to grinding against her insides and it's implied that in the terminal stages she will outright be trapped in a unmoving shell of crystal.
  • Fallen Hero: The Mane Six go from True Companions and the most important defenders of Equestria to Axe-Crazy warlords (or an Eldritch Abomination, in Pinkie's case) warring with each other for dominance.
  • Fantastic Racism: The most obvious being House Moon and Star, with its extreme disdain and mistreatment of non-unicorns, but Earthborn and Stormwing have shades of this to each other and the unicorns.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Applebloom, also the Cult of Laughter Toymaker units.
  • Giant Flyer: House Stormwing uses Rocs, huge predatory birds worshiped by griffons as the living embodiments of the skies.
  • Golem: both House Moon and Star and House Whitegold have living stone servants.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Twilights experiment was supposed to turn an ordinary pony into an alicorn, The Laughing Mare may not be an alicorn but she is a god of sorts.
  • Haunted Fetter: Pinkies corpse serves as The Laughing Mares anchor to the mortal plane.
  • The Juggernaut: House Earthborn has the Equestrian and Buffalo Juggernaut units, both are equipped with thick, spiky Space Marine-like armor and use it to trample and gore opponents.
  • The Magocracy: House Moon and Star is ruled by unicorns, who look down on non-unicorn for their lack of magic.
  • Mega Corp.: House Whitegold is kind of like the East India Trading Company or the Iron Bank of Braavos.
  • Our Gryphons Are Different: in addition to regular gryphons House Stormwing uses Keythongs
  • Prehensile Tail: Applebloom replaced her tail with a robotic claw arm.
  • Private Military Contractor: most of House Whitegold's army is actually made of mercenaries for hire.
  • Punny Name: Nhorse Warriors and Harl-equines.
  • Red Right Hand: Each of the faction leaders has one that shows how they have fallen from their canon grace as heroes.
  • Role-Playing Game Verse: the AU resembles a computer or tabletop strategy game.
  • Slave Mooks: Some units of various factions count in one for or another. That said, House Moon and Star explicitly uses them.
    • The Everfree Wraiths are supposed to be completely loyal to Fluttershy, but some like Screwloose and Big Mac were botched.
  • Sunk Cost Fallacy: Rarity convinces Twilight to stop looking for Celestia and Luna with this logic — if they come back, the Great Houses and all they created will be destroyed, and the Mane Six will probably end up in prison.
  • The Theocracy: House Moon and Star dictates its rule with worship of Princesses Celestia and Luna.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Snips and Snails still work for Trixie.