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This is something about the Season 10 comics that has been bugging me for a while now, so I decided to put this out here

In regards to the various ‘teams’ discovering Trees of Harmony in the lands beyond Equestria, I've noticed this strange pattern.

In Applejack’s, Rarity’s and Fluttershy+Pinkie’s case, the native, indigenous folk of Farasi, Abyssinia and Caninia were unaware of the existence of their own Trees of Harmony. And the Mane 6 (well, in this case, four of them) only guessed which element might belong to which creature. They arbitrarily assigned them the Elements they were familiar with (Honesty, Kindness, Laughter, Generosity, Loyalty and Magic).

 

Honesty

Kindness

Laughter

Generosity

Loyalty

Magic

Tree of History

Marini

Dust Devil

Medley Brook

Cactus Rose

Crystal

Zecora

Tree of Family

Indiana Embereyes

Ambrosia Muffinbuns

Fiona Floppyears

Jennino Lanternlight

Katherina Proudpaws

Moonbeam Twinkletail

Tree of Purpose

Max

Admiral Fluffington

Molly

Capper

Chummer

Shadow

It never crossed their minds that the elements of other lands might stand for something else entirely – and why should it? The Elements worked, after all. So no such question was raised. Note that in all these cases, there’s one common factor – no creature knew the history behind or the origins of the Trees.

Then we come across something strange in Rainbow Dash’s “Tree of Harmony” arc. The Ornithians knew the origins of their Tree. And they even had a name for theirs - the Tree of Love. And – this is the important part – only two of their Elements of Love shared the same values as Equestria’s…Tree of “Friendship” (let’s call it that): Generosity and Kindness.

  • King Thaumas - protection
  • Queen Ozomene - generosity
  • Prince Aello - kindness
  • Zephyra - trust
  • Ocypete - hope
  • Captain Celaeno - perseverance

Ocypete’s Element of Hope is the only exception, as it mirrors one of Equestria’s older Elements (which has evolved to stand for “laughter” in the modern era. The rest of Ornithia’s  Element of Love are unique, and all closely associated with the concept of “love”.

The only other species, besides the Ornithians who had any knowledge of the Trees (or rather, 5 of them) are the Cunabulans, the Knights of Order (formerly, Knights of Harmony). Their Tree stood for Patriotism, and the Elements (kinda) reflected that. Take a look:

  • Danu - loyalty
  • Ceridwen - equity
  • Taranis - pride
  • Mannah - acceptance
  • Balor - magic
  • Morrigan - faith

Again, notice the strange pattern? Two of the Elements of Patriotism are same as two of Equestria’s Tree of “Friendship”: Loyalty and Magic.

We never get any information on the other Trees. There’s nothing to confirm that the Trees of History, Family and Purpose actually are exact copies of the Tree of Friendship. We only have four of the Mane Six’s guesses, which somehow, miraculously worked. Which makes me wonder…

Shouldn’t the Trees of History, Family and Purpose each possess their own unique set of elements that are associated with the concept of Harmony they stand for? Maybe they may share a couple of similar Elements with Equestria, but surely not all of them? And what if the reason they worked was because…the values these elements represent are analogous to Equestria’s Elements of Friendship?

I made some calculations. Considering there are 6 Elements of Friendship, and if we are to group them in pairs for each Tree, there are 15 possible combinations:

(H,G), (H,K), (H,La), (H,Lo), (H,M)

(G,K), (G,La), (G,Lo), (G,M)

(K,La), (K,Lo), (K,M)

(La,Lo), (La,M)

(Lo,M)

Of these, (G,K) & (Lo,M) have already been taken by the Trees of Love and Patriotism respectively. So assuming no repetitions can occur, we have 13 pairs of Elements to go around for the three other Trees.

What do you guys think? Any headcanons as to what those Elements could stand for? Would really love you tguys' thoughts on this!

Peace out!

- Dreamstar

 

 

 

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21 hours ago, Dreamstar Moonlight said:

In Applejack’s, Rarity’s and Fluttershy+Pinkie’s case, the native, indigenous folk of Farasi, Abyssinia and Caninia were unaware of the existence of their own Trees of Harmony. And the Mane 6 (well, in this case, four of them) only guessed which element might belong to which creature. They arbitrarily assigned them the Elements they were familiar with

Because no real thought was put into this entire arc. Felt like it's sole purpose was to drop a shit ton of new characters out of nowhere

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