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Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright

Posted by Fhaolan, 26 June 2016 · 149 views

Really, that should have been the episode name. :) Chimera
Here’s something vaguely interesting. Originally, it looked like MLP:FiM was going to use the Dungeons and Dragons incarnations of monsters. The hydra, for example, is not the classic mythological version of a snake with many heads, but the middle ages Bestiary version that is more a giant...

Starswirl the Bearded

Posted by Fhaolan, 02 September 2015 · 323 views
worldbuilding, headcannon
Right, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted to this particular blog so let’s do one that has been simmering in the back of my mind for quite some time. As before, let’s start with what we know: In the MLP: FiM cartoon, Starswirl the Bearded is mentioned several times. In Luna Eclipsed , Twilight dresses up as Starswirl in a stereotypical wizards h...

Bits and Pieces

Posted by Fhaolan, 21 January 2014 · 442 views
Okay, I've got a collection of little bits here, none of which have ended up big enough for an essay of their own. Mostly updates to previous entries.

Also, this one will be the last essay on the 'every week' schedule, as I've covered all the bigger ideas I had and I've fulfilled my need to get most of this junk down somewhere so it's not clogging up my...

Governor of Ponyville

Posted by Fhaolan, 13 January 2014 · 507 views
worldbuilding, ponyville
I was going to talk about the pony’s categorization and treatment of Monsters, but every time I sat down to write it all out, I came up with half a paragraph of text. I honestly thought I’d be able to do more with that, so I’m going to delay that topic for a bit in hopes of developing more material.

In the meantime, let’s talk about government. Specifi...


Posted by Fhaolan, 06 January 2014 · 468 views
Yay, I managed to get this together today, keeping to my schedule of one worldbuilding essay a week. Yeah, it's a bit light, but :derp:.

How the various creatures are portrayed in MLP, and how the ponies react to them, is very odd and seemingly inconsistent. As I’ve mentioned before, inconsistencies are opportunities for worldbuilding.

Those who are re...

Sir Gala-had, always late to the party

Posted by Fhaolan, 30 December 2013 · 430 views
worldbuilding, festivals
Last week we has the Spring and Summer festivals. Now onto the other two seasons.

Fall Festivals

Like the spring festivals, we have two in the fall: Nightmare Night and the Running of the Leaves. The Running of the Leaves feels a lot like the exact opposite of Winter Wrap Up. In this case the ponies are removing the last of Fall to make way for Winter....

It’s not Destiny, it’s Fete!

Posted by Fhaolan, 23 December 2013 · 523 views
worldbuilding, holidays
Festivals and celebrations are very important to most cultures and exactly how they celebrate them can tell you a lot about the people themselves, of course. Most of the festivals we’ve seen in MLP:FiM are expys of real-life Western holidays. But not all of them are, and in some cases there are some subtle differences.

Most festivals in real life are sou...

Education in Equestria

Posted by Fhaolan, 16 December 2013 · 1343 views
worldbuilding, education
I’ve talked about parts of this all over the forum, this is really just assembling it all into one place.

What do we know about the education system of Equestria?

We know that Ponyville has a one-room schoolhouse that appears to only have one class and teacher. No other schools or teachers are referred to within Ponyville. The expectation seems to be th...

Generation of Ideas: What Fresh Pony is This?

Posted by Fhaolan, 09 December 2013 · 286 views

Okay, basically I’ve watched all the prior generations of My Little Pony. And my conclusion is this: while there is stuff that can be borrowed from these generations, they need liberal interpretations to be truly salvageable.

If we are to force it all into a consistent history, it’s necessary to do some serious crowbarring. And my personal starting point...

Generation of Ideas: Third times the charm?

Posted by Fhaolan, 02 December 2013 · 312 views

Generation 3 had less stuff in it for worldbuilding than even G1.5’s My Little Pony Tales. This is at the same time very easy to summarize, and yet very hard to find anything useful.

The ponies are separated into four different tribes, one of which is more a different race than a tribe. The Earth Ponies live in Ponyville again, this time a village primar...

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