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The Quiververse is a series of fanfics based upon My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, conceived of and written by EchoWing. It's available on both his DeviantArt page and on Fimfiction.Net. In chronological order, it consists (thus far) of...

  1. The Sun Also Rises - Immediately after the events of Equestria Girls. After her defeat, Sunset Shimmer retreats to where she's hidden herself since arriving in the human world, a realm that links Canterlot High and Equestria. But she isn't the only one to know about this realm, on either side, and more than a few want to help her rise again.
  2. Six Nights (and a Day) with Sunset - Takes place immediately after the above. Sunset Shimmer spends a night with each of the Humane Five, getting to know them as she sorts out a new place for herself in the world. Meanwhile, Twilight's wrestling with some of the consequences of her visit to the human world, particularly involving Flash Sentry.
  3. An Act of Random Kindness - Post Equestria Girls, prior to Season 4. Quiver Quill is a lonesome stallion with a dream of being a writer, one that has been squashed by circumstance and all but smothered as he works a job that depresses him simply to make ends meet. Then he meets Princess Twilight Sparkle, and he finds himself a little more optimistic.
  4. Looking for Work in All the Right Places - Sunset Shimmer gets a job at a shop run by the human world's version of Zecora, who knows more about Equestria than she's letting on.
  5. Reflections: Quiververse Edition - An alternate take on IDW's Reflections story, written with Sombra's Fiendship Is Magic comic and the Season Four premiere in mind.
  6. The Last of the Elements - This universe's version of the events of Princess Twilight Sparkle.
  7. Wherever You Find Love - This universe's version of the events of the Equestria Girls Holiday Special.
  8. Nightmare's End - Celestia and Luna accompany the Mane Six to the Castle of the Two Sisters as part of Twilight's research into the Chest of Harmony, where Luna confronts her guilt over everything related to Nightmare Moon.
  9. A Shimmering New Year - Sunset Shimmer and her friends at Canterlot High are faced with nightmares as a new semester starts and new students join them at CHS. Meanwhile, Twilight continues to research the portals. Later edited into a Crossover with RQK's story Reflections.
  10. On a Wing and a Prayer - Becoming flag-bearers for Ponyville in the Equestria Games gives Scootaloo and her fellow Crusaders reason to cheer and Diamond Tiara reason to fear, while Twilight and Flash Sentry decide to take the next step in their relationship.
  11. New Horizon - Quiver Quill moves to Ponyville following Rarity's appearance at Manehattan Fashion Week, but finds some trouble settling in.
  12. A Light in the Dark - After the events of Rainbow Falls. Spitfire gets chewed out by a potential Wonderbolt recruit named Sunrunner for her past mistakes.
  13. Family - Pinkie Pie tries to help Quiver find if he has any relatives in Ponyville. Flashbacks (and Flash Forwards) are shown to visits from her own family, whose rock farm was in serious financial trouble.
  14. A Daring Day - Twilight Sparkle and Rainbow Dash are invited to join A.K. Yearling on a trip to Maretonia, and bring their friend Quiver Quill along for the ride. However, things are not what they seem...
  15. Scars of the Quill - Quiver Quill has scars, both mental and emotional. Now, one run-in with Diamond Tiara is about to bring them back to the forefront... and reveal some of her own in the process.
  16. Scars of the Sun - Sunrunner finds herself helping with a class reunion, in the process confronting her scars from that time, particularly involving a foalhood friend.
  17. Many Happy Reunions - picking up from the epilogues of Scars of the Quill and Scars of the Sun, Quiver Quill and Sunrunner meet for the first time in years, and another reunion - with Sunrunner's cousin Sunset Shimmer - is also in the works.
  18. A Mad Pony in a Box - Crossover with Doctor Who. The Last of the Time Lords has arrived in Equestria, and danger isn't too far behind him. Incomplete.
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  • Quiververse Bonus Reel hosts the blooper, Q&A, and vignette chapters, the latter being short scenes that retcon events from the series that took place before the storyline began.

More are currently in progress, with the series currently slated to feature a "first season" of 26 stories and a second season of as yet undetermined length.


The series contains examples of:

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  • Abusive Parents: Spoiled Rich, as in canon, is emotionally abusive to Diamond Tiara, and later shows herself capable of worse. Quiver Quill's father, Bitterhoof, is emotionally and verbally abusive as well towards his son.
  • Adapted Out: The author has revealed that particular elements from the series as well as the expanded universe won't be incorporated into this storyline. Thus far, examples include...
  • Adults Are Useless: Attempts are made at mitigating this compared to canon in regards to Principal Celestia and Vice Principal Luna. Whether these attempts are successful are up to the reader to decide.
  • All There in the Manual: In addition to the Q&A installments, there's also a timeline that reorders canon episodes and slots in assorted bits of the expanded universe.
  • Alternate Universe: The storyline branches off from the official material after the events of Equestria Girls, and continues from there.
  • Anachronic Order: The list above puts the stories in chronological order. In publication order, it's An Act of Random Kindness->The Sun Also Rises->A Light in the Dark->Six Nights (and a Day) with Sunset->Reflections: Quiververse Edition->Looking for Work in All the Right Places->The Last of the Elements->New Horizon->Wherever You Find Love->On a Wing and a Prayer->Nightmare's End->A Shimmering New Year->Family->A Daring Day->A Mad Pony in a Box (prologue only; the first chapter was released after stories 15&16 were completed and after the first chapter of 17 was released, and the rest will follow once 17 is done)->Scars of the Quill -> Scars of the Sun -> Many Happy Reunions.
    • The Vignettes, unfortunately, fell victim to this as well. They're listed on FIMFiction and below in chronological order, but were released thus - Friendship is Magic->Sweet and Elite->A Bird in the Hoof->One Bad Apple->A Canterlot Wedding->The Mysterious Mare-Do-Well.
  • Canon Immigrant: Of a sort; Sunset Shimmer's parents, the characters of Silver Bullet and Legalhawke, and some of Flash Sentry's background are all borrowed with permission from other authors.
  • Door Stopper: All seventeen complete published stories (not counting the Bloopers, Q&A, Vignettes or incomplete stories) put together total 407,657 words.
  • Driven to Suicide: Two instances, both ultimately averted.
    • Sunset comes close to this thanks to the Anon-A-Miss incident. Twilight, thankfully, stops her in time.
    • Quiver doesn't get quite that far, but does contemplate walking into the Everfree Forest and not looking back. Then he gets distracted by Derpy.
  • Expy: Quiver Quill's employer, Amazing Booksellers, is one for Amazon.com.
  • Fix Fic: Intended from the beginning to fix issues the author had with canon. Consequently, a lot of plot holes ended up being explained in one way or another.
  • Fourth-Wall Mail Slot: Has one in the form of question and answer sessions, alternating with a blooper reel and small scenes that are canon to the overall storyline, but don't really fit into other stories.
  • Great Offscreen War: Mention is made of an old war between Equestria and the Griffon nation. No details have been given beyond war crimes on the part of the griffons that involved violations perpetrated upon female prisoners of war.
  • Hidden Depths: In addition to what she's demonstrated in canon, Sunset Shimmer reveals she has eidetic memory, fair skills as a sketch artist, and certain lines that she didn't cross at her worst, particularly involving dead relatives. That last bit ultimately helps her to bond with both versions of Applejack, as all three are orphans.
  • Invisible Parents: Averted compared to the show in the case of Scootaloo - while her father remains absent, original character Gilded Lily is revealed to be her mother in A Daring Day.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Played with compared to canon, as there are various degrees of loops that characters at Canterlot High are either locked into or out of.
  • Masquerade: Principal Celestia and Vice Principal Luna knew about Equestria long before Sunset Shimmer came to Canterlot High, and were secretly looking after her until the events of the Fall Formal. They aren't the only ones aware of it, either. Afterwards, they started looking after her directly.
  • Militaries Are Useless: Played with, in that while some of their showings prior to the start of the storyline are acknowledged, it's shown that some members of the Equestrian Royal Guard are indeed reasonably competent at their jobs and help to take the weight off the backs of the Mane Six.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Rarity mentions off-handedly that Rainbow Dash and Applejack are often speculated to be a couple by gossip columns.
  • Mythology Gag: Rainbow Dash's mother is named for and designed after G1 Firefly, and mentions are made of Megan, the primary human character from the original TV specials.
  • Pocket Dimension: One exists that serves as an indirect link between the human and pony worlds; it can be entered from either end, but you can only return to the world that you entered it from.
  • Point of Divergence: Star Swirl the Bearded, after creating the Crystal Mirror over a thousand years before the main events of the storyline, collaborated with someone in the human world to create the bridge mirrors. Thus did come to pass a number of changes from canon.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Several examples, some based on fanon and some from the author's own imagination.
    • Whereas it's remained unconfirmed in the series proper, Applejack and Pinkie Pie are confirmed to be distant cousins thanks to research by Pinkie's mother, Cloudy Quartz.
    • Cadance is suggested as being the descendant of Princess Amore, the last legitimate ruler of the Crystal Empire before Sombra usurped the throne.
    • Bulk Biceps is Featherweight's maternal uncle in this storyline, whereas they've never so much as interacted in the series itself.
    • Twist is Bon-Bon's niece (doubling as a Shout-Out to RealityCheck's Nyxverse).
    • Flash Sentry is confirmed to be the elder brother to a background colt popularly called First Base but here named Pop Fly. A later story introduces a cousin named Hard Rock, though neither is aware of their familial connection.
    • Original Character Quiver Quill is established as a cousin to Sour Sweet.
    • Time Turner and Minuette are cousins in this continuity, as well as descendants of the renegade Time Lord Drax.
  • Retcon: Short vignettes released serve to retcon events from the series that took place before the storyline began.
    • The first one changes Celestia and Luna's reconciliation, giving Celestia more apologetic dialogue and having her outright admit her role in Luna's descent into Nightmare Moon.
    • The second retcons events for One Bad Apple to reveal that Babs Seed was scolded and punished for her bullying of the Cutie Mark Crusaders, though still forgiven as in canon.
    • The third adds a scene to the events of Sweet and Elite, where Rarity properly introduces her friends to Fancy Pants and Celestia, Spike and Twilight's parents join in the party.
    • The fourth changes the events of A Bird in the Hoof to eliminate the Poor Communication Kills moment, with Celestia directly asking Fluttershy to look after Philomena to boot.
    • The fifth changes the events of The Mysterious Mare-Do-Well. Mare-Do-Well isn't Twilight, Applejack, Pinkie and Fluttershy at all. The secret government agency SMILE, when its leadership noticed that they weren't following "what we were told would be the normal progression of events", effectively hypnotized four of its own agents into filling the role instead in an attempt to salvage things. As a result of the actual Bearers not being responsible for it, they and Rainbow Dash have a much calmer and more reasonable talk when Rainbow Dash finally talks to them about recent events, though she's still not happy about some of it.
    • The tenth changes the events of A Canterlot Wedding to show Celestia giving Twilight a proper apology over failing to heed her concerns over Cadance's behavior, and establishes that several hundred changelings were killed in the invasion.
  • Shout-Out: Many, from other fanfics to other series entirely.
    • The loft apartment that Sunset Shimmer moves into is directly inspired by the one owned by Richard Castle.
    • The name of the shop she works at is a Swahili translation of "Into the Mystic".
    • Doctor Who gets the lion's share thanks to Time Turner and his human counterpart, complete with a scene lifted from an episode. And that was before the crossover.
    • Scars of the Quill mentions the town of Promise not wanting Twilight to come there, claiming there's nothing of interest in its nearly forest. An author's note confirms that this is the same town from A Great and Powerful Heart.
  • True Companions: By the time of Family, Quiver's come to think of the Mane Six as being closer to him than much of his own family. He's even put together a scrapbook to remind him of this. Signs are clear that they reciprocate.
  • Younger Mentor, Older Disciple: In this continuity, Sunset Shimmer is an official student to Twilight Sparkle in the Magic of Friendship, thus leading to this relationship. That being said, it's a very narrow age gap, with Sunset only being a few years older than Twilight, so little's made of it.

     #1: The Sun Also Rises 
  • Broken Pedestal: Princess Celestia admits to feeling like this, between everything that happened with Sunset Shimmer and how things went with Twilight. She rebuilds her relationship with the former, and opens up more with the latter, who saw her flaws but nonetheless loved and supported her.
  • Metaphorically True: Applejack brings up that Celestia mentioned her ignorance of the human world. Celestia quickly corrects her by mentioning that Twilight would know more than she did, which was true; Celestia had never visited it herself.
  • Never the Selves Shall Meet: Outright defied, as thanks to the bridge mirrors, the human and pony versions of Twilight's friends are able to meet and interact. Sunset, however, admits to having never met her counterpart, or even seeking her out. The story also reveals that the human and pony versions of Celestia and Luna have also met.
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     #2: Six Nights (and a Day) with Sunset 

     #3: An Act of Random Kindness 
  • Early Installment Weirdness: This installment was purposely written with minimal dialogue and a large amount of exposition rather than action. Later stories are written in more traditional ways.

     #4: Looking for Work in All the Right Places 
  • Hot Librarian: Sunset reflects that the outfit she wears to her job interview makes her resemble one of these. All she's missing are the glasses.
  • Wham Episode: The human world's versions of Zecora, Lyra and Bon-Bon are aware of Equestria and the Elements of Harmony.

     #5: Reflections: Quiververse Edition 
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: Twilight remembers the party she was invited to in canon's opener, and turned down... cue Spike reminding her of Minuette, Twinkleshine, Lemon Hearts and Moondancer, just as he did in Amending Fences. The timeline reveals the events of that episode took place shortly after this story, rather than waiting for season 5.
  • Adaptation Expansion: This version expands upon the original story from the comic, giving further details about how the other world came to be that way and expanding the roles of characters only hinted at in the original version.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Less so than the original version. The alternate Equestria is restored in a way that doesn't involve its Sombra turning evil but still turns Celestia and Luna back to good, and while the portal leading there is destroyed, Trixie finds herself with the means of recreating it on their side. The epilogue reveals that she's eventually successful, and Celestia and Sombra reunite.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Sir Quill, advisor to Good King Sombra and counterpart to the main universe's Quiver Quill.
  • Fantastic Racism: Star Swirl the Bearded, of all ponies, is given this towards dragons - he deliberately designed the Crystal Mirror so that it turned dragons into dogs and all other sapient creatures in Equestria into humans when visiting the human world. A later story has Twilight admit that this makes him into a Broken Pedestal for her.
  • Flawed Prototype: Star Swirl's first mirror portal is treated as one of these. Each successive mirror, including the Crystal Mirror, was made to address the flaws of the first one, and even those haven't quite ironed out the kinks.
  • Happily Adopted: The alternate version of Sombra, by Princess Amore.
  • Mirror Universe: Played with. This version of the storyline treats the parallel world where Sombra was good as more of an Alternate History than a straight mirror universe.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: In addition to the flashbacks adapted from the comic, the third chapter is one to Good King Sombra's youth in the Crystal Empire and elaborates on how the differences between the two worlds came to be.

     #6: The Last of the Elements 
  • Chainsaw Good: Royal Guardsponies Silver Bullet and Pixie Dust use a pair of chainsaws against the plundervines to great effect.
  • Continuity Nod: Mentions are made of the manticore and Steven Magnet, both of whom were encountered the first time the Mane Six ventured into the Everfree.
  • Cutting the Knot: Once the Mane Six and their Royal Guard escort reach the Castle of the Two Sisters, Silver Bullet starts putting together a plan for the group to get down to the bottom of the ravine a few at a time by having those with wings fly them down. This is put aside when Pinkie Pie notices the stairs.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Discord ends up attacked by his own plundervines after he's asked to deal with them.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Thanks to foreknowledge regarding the Tree of Harmony, Twilight figures out what's happening with the plundervines very quickly, and convinces Discord to help with the crisis. However, Discord is attacked by his own vines, and she's forced to return the Elements to the tree anyway.
  • More Expendable Than You: As in the series, the rest of the Mane Six use this to try and justify Twilight staying behind in Ponyville, but she quickly points out that all of them will be needed. Pixie Dust then mentions that she and fellow Guardspony Silver Bullet are more expendable, justifying them tagging along for the adventure.
  • Perky Goth: Pixie Dust, a thestral mare and a member of the Royal Guard.
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     #7: Wherever You Find Love 
  • Could Say It, But...: Celestia had been subtly monitoring Sunset through a cloned cell phone, and informs her of such in this manner at the end as she gives Sunset a new phone that isn't being monitored. While illegal, this did give her some proof that Sunset wasn't responsible for the Anon-A-Miss incident.
  • Cuteness Proximity: The human world's Rarity falls victim to this when she encounters the pony version of Sweetie Belle.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: The reaction Sweetie Belle and her fellow Crusaders, and to a lesser extent the Humane Five, have to Sunset almost taking her own life over the Anon-A-Miss incident and being abandoned.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: This version of the story is moved to between the events of the first two Equestria Girls films, rather than after the second one.

     #8: Nightmare's End 
  • For Want of a Nail: Unlike canon, where the Mane Six and Spike went to the Castle of the Two Sisters separately and got engaged in assorted hijinks, they go together this time, with Celestia and Luna along for the ride. They avoid scaring themselves half to death, Celestia retrieves the Inspiration Manifestation spell before it can cause trouble, and Luna confronts and resolves her guilt related to Nightmare Moon, thus avoiding issues with the Tantabus. For herself, at least. Her actions will have consequences discovered in the following story.
  • Sealed Evil in a Six Pack: Celestia mentions that the remnants of the Nightmare left behind after the Elements of Harmony were used to stop Nightmare Moon were collected and sealed away in vaults across Equestria. Unfortunately, they missed one.

     #9: A Shimmering New Year 
  • Actually Pretty Funny: The reaction of the pony version of Pinkie Pie to Princess Luna zapping her with a joy buzzer.
  • Awesome, yet Impractical: Sunset expresses this sentiment regarding guitars with more than one neck, given their added weight and difficulty of use.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: Sunset and her friends are pulled into a shared dream state by a fragment of the Nightmare that escaped being sealed away. With some help from Princesses Luna and Twilight, they fight their way out.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: A light example when Sunset confronts Principal Celestia over keeping secrets and not acting as directly as she could have with the Anon-A-Miss incident. It's far more civil than most examples of this trope, however, and very effective, with Celestia acting as The Atoner from there on.
  • Cool Teacher: Doctor Time Turner, the new substitute physics teacher at Canterlot High, quickly endears himself to his students with a short, verbal pop quiz and an offering of extra credit after they all pass.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: Both Sunset and Celestia admit that had the latter acted on her proof sooner, much of the drama related to Anon-A-Miss could have been avoided.
  • Demonic Possession: A fragment of the Nightmare, bonded to a piece of the Tantabus, attempts to pull this on Sunset Shimmer. It fails.
  • Heel Realization: Most of Sunset's immediate circle of friends is forced to confront their actions during the Anon-A-Miss incident and realize just how much their betrayal hurt her.
    Fluttershy: You're not the monster here, Sunset. We are.
    • The pony version of Pinkie Pie feels a downplayed version of this over how she's treated Princess Luna following Nightmare Night and some occasions since; from her perspective, she was simply joking around, and she takes the first chance she can get to apologize.
  • Inspirationally Disadvantaged: Discussed by Derpy, who isn't this trope but doesn't like to be seen in such a manner. Given the extent of her condition is stabismus (a purely physical condition rather than a mental one), it's not hard to see why.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: The students who mobbed Sunset Shimmer while believing her to be Anon-A-Miss find out to their horror that they were Caught on Tape by another student. Each of them are punished, some even having pre-existing punishments for their role in the incident extended, while the one who took the video is punished themselves for failing to report it.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: A downplayed example mixed with Dramatic Irony, as Lyra speculates that Sunset Shimmer is from Equestria. She's right, but Bon-Bon politely dismisses it for the time being. It's not because she doesn't think it's possible, but more because there are other plausible theories available based on the information they have at hand.
  • The Shrink: The main plot revolves around Sunset and her friends talking with a therapist the human world's version of Radiant Hope over the Anon-A-Miss incident.
  • What Were You Thinking?: Cherry Crash doesn't ask this exact question of Leading Rose after it's revealed that he recorded her and several other students accosting Sunset in the midst of the Anon-A-Miss incident, but what she does ask certainly fits into this mold.

     #10: On a Wing and a Prayer 
  • Adaptation Name Change: Played with. The young colt who resembles Flash Sentry in the series, dubbed by fanon as "First Base" due to his baseball-themed cutie mark, is named "Pop Fly" here.
  • Big Brother Worship: Pop Fly treats Flash Sentry with nothing but love and admiration. Flash, in turn, gives him nothing but love.
  • Domestic Abuse: Smooth Rock beat his pregnant wife because he thought she'd had an affair. Their foal Flash Sentry was consequently born a month premature.
  • Full-Name Ultimatum: Diamond Tiara has a private moment where she recalls several of these from her mother. Combined with Embarrassing Middle Name for maximum effect.
    Spoiled Rich: Diamond Dazzle Tiara!
  • Relationship Upgrade: Twilight decides to go for this with Flash Sentry, and tells him about her experiences in the human world. He reciprocates, and reveals his Dark and Troubled Past.

     #11: New Horizon 
  • Bad Samaritan: Luster Drain takes Quiver Quill in as a housemate shortly after he arrives in Ponyville, only to manipulate and use him for her own benefit.
  • Commonality Connection: Quiver instantly strikes up a bond with Lyra Heartstrings after they realize they have a shared interest in Equestrian legends and lore.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Quiver Quill demonstrates some capacity for this. Once he exhausts his patience with Luster Drain, he provides crucial proof that she's committed fraud and is personally there to see her arrested.
  • I Ate WHAT?!: Quiver briefly has this reaction to eating spring rolls prepared with pork, but gets over it fairly quickly.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Luster Drain's crimes catch up to her when the Mane Six, who are concerned about Quiver Quill and note his roommate's odd behavior, are able to figure out her schemes and get her arrested for it.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Luster Drain, who accepts Quiver as a roommate, is actually on welfare and does her best to take advantage of the system and any possible roommates she might get so she can get benefits for the least amount of work.

     #12: A Light in the Dark 
  • Accusation Fic: Sunrunner gives Spitfire a serious chewing out over her actions as well as those of the Wonderbolts as a whole after tearing up her application to join them.
  • Always Someone Better: Played with; Sunrunner was the record holder before Rainbow Dash came along, but doesn't hold any ill towards her given her achievements. This doesn't stop her from seeking to be an equal, however.
  • Fiery Redhead: Sunrunner's mane is equal parts crimson and yellow, and she shows the temperament.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Sunrunner outright yells at Spitfire over what happened at Rainbow Falls, but later has a less heated conversation with her over her actions there and over the incident with Lightning Dust.

     #13: Family 
  • Crazy-Prepared: Quiver reveals that he's built up a small research library for himself in an effort to avoid Critical Research Failure with his works, having learned from experience that getting basic facts wrong can be a bad thing.
  • Distant Finale: The story ends with an adaptation of Maud's introductory scene from "Maud Pie", this time with Quiver Quill in attendance.
  • Good Parents: Pinkie Pie's father recognized before she received her cutie mark that she wasn't really cut out for rock farming, but couldn't really do anything about it. After she got her mark, he sent her off to live with a friend who could help her achieve her purpose in life - Carrot Cake - not because he didn't love her, but because he knew that she'd be happier elsewhere and that she could fulfill her talents to their fullest off the rock farm rather than on it.
  • Heel Realization: Limestone, after yelling at Pinkie and prompting a protest from Marble, gets a short, stern lecture from her father explaining how her assertions that Pinkie had abandoned them were wrong, and goes to make amends with her sister. Pinkie, being Pinkie, accepts her apology.
  • Must Make Amends: Pinkie's motivation for her actions in the present day, as she still holds herself partly responsible for everything that happened with Luster Drain.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: A downplayed example has happened with the rock farm, which has suffered some financial woe thanks to the return of the Crystal Empire taking away some of its business. While Limestone's eager to blame Pinkie and the Mane Six, Igneous is more reasonable about it, noting that they had no idea of this consequence and were acting to save lives and the whole of Equestria. It's also mentioned that the rock farm was facing competition elsewhere to begin with.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: With a dash of Character Rerailment for Pinkie Pie and the Rockin' Ponypalooza Party!. The flashbacks are adapted from that story, but informed by the portrayal of the Pie Family as they appeared in "Hearthbreakers".
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Discussed. The Pie family comes to Ponyville in the hopes that Pinkie and her friends (Twilight in particular) can help them. Twilight explains that she's sympathetic, but can't just give them government aid as that would invite others to do exactly the same. She does help to solve the problem, but in an organizational capacity rather than as a princess.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Limestone Pie, who viciously yells at Pinkie's suggestions for saving their family's rock farm. Slightly justified due to her fear of losing the farm, and thankfully temporary.

     #14: A Daring Day 
  • A God Am I: Ahuizotl sees himself as this in the eyes of his followers, which is bolstered by his apparent ability to travel freely across Equestria and its neighboring nation Maretonia without incident.
  • Curse Escape Clause: The entombed Nahual can only be freed under very specific circumstances - an alicorn making physical contact with a golden seal upon its tomb, in direct sunlight, on a specific day of the year.
  • Didn't See That Coming: The Nahual turned out to be Dead All Along.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Ahuizotl, full stop.
  • Evil Plan: Ahuizotl's scheme is reasonably straightforward; he seeks to free and control the Nahual in order to eventually Take Over the World. The methods he uses to accomplish this goal are equally straightforward. Unfortunately, the heroes are able to easily gather enough information to tear his plan apart with little trouble. Even the brief Hope Spot on his part fails because of something that he didn't anticipate.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Ahuizotl. He puts up a front of being charming and friendly with Twilight Sparkle, but she doesn't buy into it for a moment. Given his current plot involves potentially killing her, her stance wasn't unfounded.
  • Improvised Weapon: Quiver briefly uses a metal canteen filled with water as an improvised flail against one of Ahuizotl's underlings.
  • I Should Write a Book About This: Averted; the consensus after the fact is that the experiences would make for a poor Daring Do book, though Quiver suggests a potential title that sounds reasonably catchy.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Quiver briefly slips into this after meeting A. K. Yearling, especially once he learns the truth about her being Daring Do.
  • The Man Behind the Man: A pony who provided Ahuizotl with the location of the tomb of the Nahual as well as the substance used to disable Twilight's magic appears at the end of the story and departs with part of the seal, hinting at plans yet to come.
  • More Expendable Than You: Quiver uses this justification, combined with not being a pegasus, to explain his part in the plan to rescue Twilight.
  • Not Me This Time: Rainbow Dash immediately assumes that Star Swirl the Bearded had something to do with the Nahual's defeat, only to be corrected - he'd long since disappeared by the time the Nahual was sealed away, and the deed was done by an unknown Earth pony mage.
  • Outside-Context Problem: Mentioned word for word by Quiver Quill as a means to defeat Ahuizotl's current plot. It proves to be very successful.
  • Pyramid Power: A pyramid serves as Ahuizotl's headquarters as well as the location for the tomb of the Nahual. While its exterior is keeping with Mayincatec design philosophy, its interior is more like an Egyptian pyramid. Ahuizotl and his followers, leaning towards the former more than the latter, aren't all that impressed, especially in light of how stifling the heat is inside.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Quiver attempts this once the full extent of Ahuizotl's plot becomes apparent, though less out of cowardice and more out of the conviction that if he comes along, he'd screw things up somehow, and is noticeably ashamed of himself as he does so. Rainbow, however, talks him out of it.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The Nahual, a shape-shifting creature who sought to rule Maretonia centuries in the past, only to be defeated and entombed. Ahuizotl's current plot is an attempt to free and control it.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Invoked by both sides, but Quiver figures out Ahuizotl's plot anyway.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Rainbow Dash gives Quiver Quill a talk along these lines when he's convinced that if he plays any part in Twilight's rescue, that he'll screw things up and make things worse. Quiver ends up being the one to come up with a simple but effective plan to stop Ahuizotl and save Twilight, proving Rainbow Dash right.

     #15: Scars of the Quill 
  • Adaptational Villainy: Spoiled Rich was hardly a pleasant mare to begin with, but here, in addition to being an emotionally Abusive Parent...
    • ...the first chapter has her display Fantastic Racism towards Spike.
    • ...the second chapter has her threaten to Blackmail Cheerilee into giving Diamond Tiara a good grade on an assignment, or risk losing her job.
    • ...the fourth chapter has her bully and berate the staff at her mansion over minor infractions.
    • ...the fifth chapter has her launch baseless accusations towards her staff and Quiver Quill, falsely accusing all of them of plotting to kidnap Diamond Tiara and specifically accusing Quiver of being a pedophile.
    • ...the sixth chapter sees her graduate to physical abuse towards her daughter, then launching a vicious tirade towards the Mane Six and Quiver despite them having successfully brought Diamond Tiara home safely. She almost gets killed by Quiver as a result.
  • A Degree in Useless: Quiver's degree in Modern Ponish is considered to be this by his father, who never approved of his son's talent for writing and wanted to send him to trade school.
  • Adult Fear:
    • Filthy Rich is hit with this twice. The first time is when he returns home to find that Diamond Tiara and a visiting Silver Spoon have vanished into the night, either having run away or been kidnapped. Naturally, he's scared out of his wits. The second time is after Diamond and Silver are found safe and sound, and he witnesses Spoiled Rich's graduation to physical abuse.
    • Another example of this is seen in Quiver Quill's backstory involving his brother. Said brother broke out of their house one night to go play on a neighbor's trampoline, only to get hit by a streetcar while crossing the street and die from his injuries.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Sour Sweet, after discovering her cousin Quiver Quill came close to attempting suicide several stories earlier, slaps him in the back of the head and yells at him before giving him a comforting hug.
  • Apathetic Teacher: Miss Persimmon, Quiver's teacher in grade school, is a classic example.
  • Big Damn Reunion: Quiver Quill reunites with his foalhood sweetheart Sunrunner at the end of the story.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: Twilight receives a one-pony security detail in the form of Sour Sweet, here a member of the Royal Guard Special Forces, as a result of her experiences in the previous story with Ahuizotl.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Sour Sweet dispatches a giant timberwolf by firing an explosive crossbow bolt into its mouth. The whole thing explodes as a result.
  • Cassandra Truth: Quiver managed to predict Nightmare Moon's return several years before it happened, even if he didn't take it seriously. Few listened to him, however.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Quiver's is laid out in the seventh chapter, after being teased for several stories beforehand.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Flash Sentry and Sour Sweet exchange theirs in greeting - "Hopper" and "Two-Face" respectively. Flash Sentry's nickname veers into Harsher in Hindsight territory once he reveals the reason behind his poor flying abilities.
  • Even Bad Fillies Love Their Daddies: Diamond Tiara ends up attacking Quiver Quill after he briefly insults Filthy Rich's competency as a parent.
  • Family Theme Naming: Quiver reveals that there's a tradition on his father's side of the family to this effect - his grandmother, aunt and cousin are named, in order, Surely Sweet, Bitter Sweet, and Sour Sweet.
    • Additionally, his father and aunt are respectively named Bitterhoof and Bitter Sweet, while both his and Sour's names are alliterative.
  • Fantastic Slur:
    • Sour Sweet briefly uses the term "roaches" to refer to changelings, though quickly admits that she shouldn't be using such terms. Given that she's a veteran of their attack on Canterlot and personally fought them, however, it's no surprise that she occasionally uses the term.
    • The term "Blank Flank" is made Harsher in Hindsight when it's revealed that ponies with severe mental handicaps from an early age never receive their cutie marks, and that the term was once interchangeable with the word "retard". Diamond Tiara learns this following her Heel–Face Turn and is horrified.
  • Heel Realization: Diamond Tiara undergoes one thanks to the events of this story, after she drags herself and Silver Spoon into the Everfree Forest for petty reasons and nearly gets the two of them killed. Her father, Filthy Rich, goes through something similar.
  • Hidden Depths: Silver Spoon, upon seeing the schematics that Twilight has made of the Chest of Harmony, is immediately able to recognize that it has special pick-proof locks. She explains that this is due to her father's influence.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While she's totally off base with her accusations towards Quiver after he is attacked by Diamond Tiara, Spoiled Rich does raise a fair point that not just anyone should be allowed onto school grounds.
  • Never Mess with Granny: Granny Smith, after Spoiled Rich's tirades and abusive attacks, makes it quite clear that the wealthy mare is no longer welcome on her property, complete with a threat of bodily harm if she doesn't leave under her own power.
  • Not Now, Kiddo: Spoiled Rich attempts to invoke this against Apple Bloom. Applejack, however, has enough sense to hear her little sister out.
  • Parental Favoritism: Grandparental, in this case, as it's revealed that Quiver's grandmother devotes more of her attention towards his dead younger brother than she does her other two grandchildren, Quiver and his cousin Sour Sweet.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: As stated above, Spoiled Rich isn't above using slurs to describe Spike. And that's in addition to her classist tendencies as shown in canon.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Quiver reaches his in response to Spoiled Rich's actions throughout the story, and almost kills her in an act of Unstoppable Rage.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Spoiled Rich was verbally and physically abusive towards her daughter in front of her husband, and generally went out of her way to be a nuisance towards everyone whom she viewed as beneath her. Once the local authorities learn of her actions and corroborate it, Spoiled is subsequently arrested on domestic assault charges. Filthy Rich is so disgusted with her that not only does he refuse to pay for a lawyer, he opts to begin divorce proceedings. Given Spoiled's actions and behavior, it's unlikely that she'll end up with custody of Diamond Tiara.
    • Played with when Quiver expects to be arrested for assaulting Spoiled Rich after witnessing the above and being attacked himself. Spoiled Rich, however, finds herself in no position to press charges against him, and Filthy's account has Quiver acting in self-defense, and to defend Diamond Tiara against her abusive parent, which is true to what occurred. The local authorities find themselves under no obligation to pursue the matter, as most authorities would in real life.
  • Relative Error: When Flash arrives in town, he's greeted by Twilight, Quiver and Sour Sweet, the latter of whom he went through guard training with. He promptly teases Quiver by saying "Now please tell me you and Sour aren't dating." Quiver quickly informs him that they're cousins.
  • Shipper on Deck: Granny Smith takes a little time to tease Cheerilee about her brief flings with Big McIntosh, and later jokingly threatens to try and pair Quiver Quill up with Applejack.

     #16: Scars of the Sun 
  • Fantastic Racism: It's revealed that during Sunrunner's youth (and possibly into the modern day), Equestria's public school system was at least partially segregated. Word of God has already confirmed this is due to the influence of Chancellor Neighsay.
  • Heel Realization: Bit Stream and Digit Count, two of Quiver Quill and Sunrunner's classmates, go through this after they get some perspective on everything that happened to the latter two in school.
  • Interspecies Friendship: As a filly, Sunrunner was good friends with a young jenny named Muriel. They kept in touch and happily reunite here.
  • Simultaneous Arcs: The second and third chapters, minus flashbacks, take place on the same day as the events of Scars of the Quill from its third chapter onwards. It ends with the Big Damn Reunion seen in that story, this time from Sunrunner's perspective.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Sunrunner delivers one of these to her and Quiver's gathered former classmates as a result of their longstanding apathy and amusement at the treatment the pair received during their time in school.

     #17: Many Happy Reunions 
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Quiver ends up asking two of these in regards to Princess Celestia and how she handled things with Sunset Shimmer, first in regard to how she handled things with the Crystal Mirror, and later with the Anon-A-Miss incident.
    "If she didn’t think you were ready to know the full details about the mirror, then why show it to you in the first place?"
    "Did Celestia know anything about [Anon-A-Miss]?...Then why didn't she do anything about it?"
  • Big Damn Reunion: Sunrunner reunites with Sunset Shimmer in the fifth chapter, and the two mend their bond.
  • De-Power: What ultimately happens to Primrose Thorn courtesy of Twilight Sparkle.
  • Establishing Character Moment: When Primrose Thorn and her associates arrive in Ponyville, they quickly endear themselves to the audience by going out of their way to insult Ponyville and its inhabitants. Hot Trail and Roxy drive it in further later on when they mock Derpy behind her back.
  • Fire-Breathing Diner: Hot Trail and Roxy are subjected to this thanks to a bite of Pinkie Pie's chocolate habanero cupcakes.
  • Get Out!: Rarity levels one of these at Primrose Thorn after the latter wastes her time and materials and gabs about her plans to trick Quiver into attending a reunion and humiliate him.
  • Internal Reveal: After they offer a proper apology and ask to be let in on the truth, Sunset Shimmer shares it with the human world's Photo Finish and her two friends, Pixel Pizazz and Violet Blurr.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: Primrose Thorn and her associates regularly bullied and terrorized Quiver Quill and Sunrunner for years, and never saw any consequences due to a corrupt school system and Primrose's father being the mayor of Indianapoloosa. That starts to end here.
    • Hot Trail and Hard "Roxy" Rock get their first taste after they cross paths with Pinkie Pie, who gives them chocolate habanero cupcakes, and Sour Sweet, who subjects the latter to a judo throw and tosses her out of Sugar Cube Corner. They later disrupt a party alongside Primrose, Brick and others being thrown in honor of Quiver, Sour and Sunrunner, and end up battered, bruised and arrested for various crimes on both the local and federal level.
    • Brick Wall gets the snot beaten out of him by Silver Bullet, and after he attempts to hurt Spike on Primrose's orders, gets his knee shattered by a very angry Twilight Sparkle. He's also arrested.
    • Primrose herself ends up depowered by Twilight Sparkle and exposed as the only mare to ever be refused admittance to the School for Gifted Unicorns by Princess Celestia herself, and caught in a magical choke-hold by Twilight. Like her cohorts, she's arrested. Subverted, however, as her great-grandmother is making attempts towards her freedom.
  • Missed Him by That Much: Pinkie Pie discovers that she was a hair's breadth away from seeing Sunrunner enter Sugar Cube Corner at the end of the previous story, and immediately rushes off to inform Twilight in order to avert this happening again.
    • Quiver realizes that there'd been an earlier instance of this between him and Sunrunner as well involving his father, much to his displeasure.
  • Relative Error: Very briefly - Sunrunner finds Sour Sweet, whom she knows from their time in the Guard together, in the same house as Quiver and, grimly, asks why she's there. Sour Sweet immediately replies that she lives there, and demands to know "why you took so damn long getting back in touch with my cousin”. Sunrunner is quite visibly surprised to hear that they're family, but also clearly relieved by this reveal.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: Quiver and Sunrunner start acting like a low-key version of this, but the way Sour Sweet complains, they may as well be acting under a love potion.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: As Applejack elaborates on her methods for feeding the pigs, Sour Sweet simply dumps the bucket's contents into a trough and shouts "Soo-ie!"
  • Tempting Fate: Pinkie Pie's Pinkie Sense can apparently alert her to when someone else does this, as it alerts her to Roxy and Hot Trail making remarks to that effect.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Primrose proves to be this on behalf of Hot Trail and Roxy after Bon-Bon aids them in curing their Fire-Breathing Diner episode.

     #18: A Mad Pony In A Box 
  • Ancient Order of Protectors: The Order of Gallopfrey, the descendants of Time Lord refugees transformed into ponies ages ago, work to monitor the timestream, protect Equestria, and ensure that if a Stable Time Loop occurs, it does so safely.
  • Continuity Nod: Quite a few to earlier Doctor Who stories.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: Again, the Order of Gallopfrey. Thanks to a combination of unique circumstances, they possess a biological Perception Filter that obscures their cutie marks. This breaks down when when there's more than one of them present, however, as Time Turner and Minuette discover when they're in the presence of the Doctor.
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: In-universe, Quiver outright admits that he doesn't have a head for complex math equations.

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