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Nine years after Luna's return, Equestria has taken a turn for the grimdark. Celestia is slowly but surely becoming a paranoid tyrannical dictator in her search for the Lunar rebels; Luna herself has gone into hiding, and the bearers of the Elements of Harmony have disappeared. The story now takes place in Fillydelphia, where the all too recent massacre of rebels still hangs heavy in the air. Celestian patrols during the day are oppressive; Violent dissident attacks occur after curfew. In this city of high passions and great fear, nopony knows what will happen next…

Equestria Chronicles is a Play-by-Post role play forum based on a dark interpretation of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. While still young, it has developed a quite intertwined series of events, ranging from obvious rebel/guard dynamic to the more subtle implications of romance and the personal lives of ponies.

The admins at Equestria Chronicles have closed the site for personal reasons.


  • Absurdly Youthful Mother: Kettle Cornflakes is 42, and her daughter Fireflare is 27. When Kettle says she wants to start dating again, everypony but Fireflare is okay with it.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Every parent's first appearance, with the exception of Kettle Cornflakes.
  • An Arm and a Leg: A couple of Pegasi have only one wing, and there's at least one Unicorn with a broken horn.
  • Artificial Limbs: Clockwork has made a leg for Nova Storm and is working on a wing for Amarna.
  • Ax-Crazy: Azure Blade, Tanner, and Hammer Fell are examples of this trope.
  • Badass Adorable: Pony civil war, yo!
  • Badass Normal: Tinkertop and many of the other Earth Ponies are this.
  • Bear Hug: Kettle Cornflakes and, occasionally, her daughter Fireflare. To hilarious results.
  • Big Bad: Celestia qualifies for this position.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Clockwork with Gadget, Icarus to Dino, Fireflare with the Heather Clan foals…Actually, anypony who has interacted with the younger generation.
  • Broken Angel: It is established that Pegasi can lose their wings and Unicorns can break their horns. Oddly, the characters that fit this definition seem to be coping rather well.
  • Brutal Honesty: Galaxy has a Love/Hate relationship with this trope; thanks to her habit of avoiding self-delusion whenever possible, she tends to not sugarcoat anything and be very blunt when telling other ponies what she thinks.
  • Catapult Nightmare: In one epic prank, Clockwork set up one of these over the course of a few hours…with all the other users thinking it was REAL right up till the end.
    • Later, Nocturne had one about his parents. Fortunately, Kettle was there to comfort him.
    • Dartbreak has one of these as well after an extremely vivid nightmare where he saw his dead friends again. No, it wasn't a happy dream. At least Kimono was there to keep the aftereffects from sending him spiraling into insanity…
  • Child by Rape: Fireflare is an example of this trope.
    • Wishing Star is either an example of or a victim to this trope; she is currently carrying Mistweaver's foal, whether she likes it or not.
  • Cool Old Lady: Kettle Cornflakes, definitely. Amethyst Breeze as well. Shooting Star…maybe.
  • Cross Player: Men play as fillys, most often, but quite a few ladies play as colts. Really, any established user has at least one character of the opposite gender.
    • Except Nocturne.
  • Custom Uniform: Both Flapper Jack and Hammer Fell wear different armor then the rest of the guards; FJ wears a family heirloom set, and Hammer Fell wears a custom mithril skinsuit. Interestingly, both sets of armor actually provide more protection then the standard barding…
  • Defector from Decadence: Flapper Jack is set up to become one very, very soon…
  • Dirty Cop: Quite a few royal guards abuse their position.
  • Doorstop Baby: Fidelity barely has time to even hear about her brother's death before his former mistress walks into her office and drops off a nameless three-day-old pony because it clashes with her ensemble.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: The local pretty boy Shiloh is quite often mistaken for a filly, much to his irritation. In fact, he looks so much like a lady that he caught the attentions of the local sociopath.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Fidelity sports one.
  • Eye Scream: The unicorn Galaxy violently lost her eyes in her backstory; she's still a little sensitive about the fact that she doesn't have any eyes.
  • Femme Fatale: Dusk
  • Film Noir: Corrupt Authorities, Back stabbing "Allies", yep.
  • Four Lines, All Waiting: Aside from the so called primary plot, there are a bunch of romantic side-plots, events dealing with murders, the constant inventions of Tinkertop, psychological drama, and the expansion of businesses.
  • Gender Bender: In a surprising inversion, a temporary female-to-male transgen pin was utilized to allow two mares to have a foal. It went very well.
    • And then the mares stuck a transgen pin on their stallion friend as a prank....
    • Much later, a mare was turned into a stallion... right after she proposed to her marefriend. Said marefirend exacted her vengeance by turning the (male) unicorn into a (female) griffon.
  • Genius Bruiser: Icefox, a University professor who basically invented his own (surprisingly effective) martial art.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: If Mistweaver starts exhibiting this…Well, you're in for a LOT of pain.
  • Grey-and-Gray Morality: There are good guards, then there are the fanatics. There are the friendly rebels, then there are the dissidents. There are normal civilians, then there are the murderers. And there have been implications that the monsters might join the fight…
  • Halloween Episode: In the midst of all this chaos and destruction there is a party celebrating Nightmare Moon's scaryness…after the host asked Celestia for permission. Hmmm.
  • Handicapped Badass: Galaxy is totally and irreversibly blind; yet, through a combination of her other senses and a sonar-like spell, can hold her own in a fight without any actual training.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: On both sides, there are ponies who are very wary because of this trope, and who might know a monster themselves. And then there's Fireflare, who fights literal monsters and has stated therapy is a necessity in her job.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Nocturne for Scribble.
  • I Am Very British: Sure Lock, the town locksmith/cat burglar, has one of the single most entertaining accents on the forum.
  • If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: Fireflare has both had this threat directed at her and directed this threat herself.
  • If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten!: Icarus is told that he'll be executing a pony in, oh, five minutes. And the whole town is gathered by public decree. And then his dad shows up…
  • I Just Write the Thing: Masterweaver often claims his characters wander around without his provocation.
  • I Think You Broke Him: All but spoken by Fireflare when Wishing Star explains sex to Iron Hoof.
    • And then again when Wishing Star explains to the newly transformed Iron Claw what it means to be a griffon mare in heat.
      • Iron gets a lot of this.
  • Karma Houdini: Shiloh, Daedalus, Azure Blade…more then a few ponies get away with horrible things.
  • Lad-ette: Fireflare, basically.
    • Partially averted; her ongoing relationship with Wishing Star has ground many of the jagged edges off of Fireflare's personality. She wouldn't be mistaken for feminine, but she's no Lad-ette anymore, either.
  • Magitek: There's a complex background on how unicorn spells work, and on how gems can be made to HOLD unicorn spells.
  • Morning Sickness: Interestingly, only one pregnant character has displayed this. It might be due to the whole "pony" thing.
  • Mysterious Waif: The not often seen Earth Cloud has elements of this. His special talent is hiding, and he's a unicorn…
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Nocturne. Most wouldn't think it to meet him, but he's actually quite observant and intelligent.
  • Out of Focus: Happens occasionally.
  • Perky Goth: Bones Cloud, and her sister Flash Cloud to a lesser degree.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Apparently, Hammerfell seems to think of Wishing Star and Mistweaver as these.
  • Promotion to Parent: In one instance, Tinkertop find Snap Shot after her parents have been taken away by the guard and gets her out just in time. In another, Dino's mother dies of sickness, leaving his cousin/uncle Icarus as his legal guardian.
    • And there are the two fox kits Violet and Blu adopted.
    • And that foal they picked up off the street.
  • Psycho for Hire: Mistweaver is teetering on the edge of becoming one of these. The right push in the wrong direction, and.....
  • Rebel Leader: Clockwork. To be fair, she is the regional rebel leader.
  • Recurring Dreams: Dartbreak has stated that he has these when he falls to sleep without drinking heavily beforehand. Seems like they've started to lessen now, thanks to meeting Kimono…
  • Red Light District: The best place to get transgender pins!
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Quite a few of the romantic and not so romantic pairs end up like this.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Jon's death. While Jon himself wasn't too important, as the primary rebel spy character his death robbed the rebels of a key information source, forced another character to go underground, and eventually caused a mandatory execution which itself was a huge source of drama.
  • Split Personality:
    • Wishing Star and her alter ego Dark Star are this.
    • Turns out Mistweaver has one of these in Strangling Mist. If you see his eyes glowing, RUN THE HELL AWAY.
    • They've met. Strangling Mist won. To traumatizing results.
  • The Talk: Upon discovering that Iron Hoof doesn't know what sex is, Fireflare…asks her marefriend to explain. Unfortunately, Wishing Star is very well versed in that field…
    Wishing Star facehoofed at Fireflare's behavior and said, "Alright. Sit down, this'll take a minute to get through. You're aware of what your penis is, right?…" started Wishing Star, before launching into what was possibly the most thorough practical explanation of sex that had ever been given. It put parents skirting the issue with their teenage foals to shame. Hell, it put most pornographic publications to shame as well. Star's descriptions and instructions were graphically detailed and exceedingly thorough~ any stallion who listened to this speech and managed to absorb even half of what she said would be hailed as God of Sex by all.
    • Subverted later on when Fireflare discovers that Scribble Quill doesn't know what sex is. She flat out states she doesn't want to go through that again and advises Scribble to ask her coltfriend.
  • Thoroughly Mistaken Identity: Earth Cloud associates Amarna with Blue Blossom, a dead friend of his.
    • It's slowly being revealed that he associates ANY blue Pegasus with Blue Blossom. And believes them to be her messages to him.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Multiple examples! Surprisingly high in romantic pairs.
    • Clockwork and Nyx
    • Fireflare and Wishing Star
    • Blossom and Fog Moon
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Iron Hoof represses a memory of Iron Claw, Nocturne, and Sparks. For good reason.