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The Legacy of Friendship is Magic.

In this day and age, it’s becoming rarer and rarer for a form of media, especially television, to have a definitive and conclusive finale. Many will either be left to sprawl endlessly until it becomes little more than a shadow of its former self or unceremoniously canceled in the middle of the story and forced to rush the endings.  So, it is with an odd mix of sadness and relief that it’s been finally confirmed that Season 9 of Friendship Is Magic will be the final season. While I will certainly miss the show, I can still take solace in the sheer legacy it has left behind.  When the first episode premiered on October 10th, 2010, many were expecting it to be dead on arrival, little more than another brainless show meant to distract small minded kids for a few minutes while acting little more than a 22-minute toy commercial, only to surprise everyone with its cast of colourful characters, thoughtful and funny plotlines, and an art style that was a joy to look at. What followed what a fandom like no one had ever seen before or I think ever since, filled with people far outside the intended demographic one would expect from “My Little Pony.” As of today, February 18th, 2019, the fourth generation of My Little Pony has managed to endure for over eight years, far longer than anyone could have ever imagined. In that time, a deluge of fan creations flooded the internet: art, writing, animations, plushies, you name it, someone has probably made a My Little Pony of it. But that was just the beginning, as dozens of conventions were created across the globe, gathering together fans from all walks of life together under the banner of a simple message: “Friendship is Magic”. Friendships have been formed between people who would have previously never crossed paths and people even managed to get married because of their relationship to the show, an impressive feat for a show that was originally mocked as a simple toy commercial. When the 100th episode, Slice of Life, aired on June 13th, 2015, I remember thinking that this was an unprecedented accomplishment for the show, having lasted longer than any other show made by Hasbro and doing what many shows couldn’t even attempt in reaching the triple digits. So, imagine my shock and utter amazement when I realized the show was about to take that same accomplishment and double it, as Season 9 will feature the 200th episode, a feat never before thought possible from a Hasbro show. Once the show does indeed finish airing the final episode, Friendship is Magic will then consist of 221 twenty-two minute episodes, a combined watch time of over 81 hours or around three and a half days or so, even longer if you added in the feature-length movie, the specials, and the Equestria Girl’s spin-off series, putting the combined total to somewhere around 86 hours or so.  To put that into perspective, that’s longer than it would take to watch the entire Lord of the Rings movie Trilogy, plus the Hobbit over ten times. Finally, Season 9 will only mark the ending of Friendship is Magic, not My Little Pony as a whole, especially with another movie already planned for 2021 and potentially a Gen 5 in development. Even if it was the end of the franchise, the fandom that this show created won’t just up and disappear, but will no doubt continue to flourish for years to come.  Myself? I’ve made far too many good memories with this show and the people I’ve met through the fandom to give it up the moment the last episode airs. If anything, I will be there with a smile when the show finally does come to end and I will watch proudly as Friendship is Magic takes its final steps into the world. For if nothing else, this show has managed to firmly consolidate one thing during its almost decade long run: Friendship truly is magic.

PoisonClaw

PoisonClaw

 

FIM's most impressive feat: consistency of good quality

With season 9 being its last, I could give my thoughts on it ending, but I did so already. Instead, I want to reflect on what the show has done. Over the years, FIM has had moments where many, myself including, declare whether the show jumped the shark or not. For those who don't know, "jumping the shark" is the moment that indicates its peak has passed and won't return to form again. Examples are located here and here. Of course, when something jumps the shark is subjective. What might be a "jump the shark" moment for one may not be for another. There's no right way to determine it. That said, there have been many "jump the shark" moments, only for FIM to bounce back. Faust leaving during Season 2's production? Season 2 was really solid and has aged better than the former. Derpygate? Derpy was around during S2, was on hiatus in S3 til MMC, returned again in Rainbow Falls, and has remained a background mainstay since. Twilicorn debuting in MMC, a possible change in character? In S4, she showed remnants of Twi of old, and in S5, many of her quirks return. The castle replacing the tree? No on talks about it now, and I argue that Castle Sweet Castle helped relieve the worries. In fact, her castle's been in the show longer than the Golden Oak Library (104 eps to 91 to date, minus the shorts and Best Gift Ever). Princess Spike's ending implicating permanent status as a buttmonkey? Two weeks later, Amending Fences — one of the best of the show — aired, and Spike's direction has improved tremendously since. S5 remains my favorite of the show. Newbie Dash screwing up Dash's achievement? In consecutive weeks, Tail and TSRR air. Afterwards, the Wonderbolts become much more likeable, and Dash feels like a part of the team. Starlight joins the cast? She gradually improves in S6, and in S7 and 8, she makes her mark as one of the Mane Eight. The School of Friendship is born? Becomes one of the show's best settings and the home of the Young Six, some of the best characters of the show. You get the picture. Every time the show proverbially jumps the shark, the show always bounces back. It never stays down for so long. Whenever the show looks to be in the downturn in quality, DHX publishes good to great episodes, reminding us why FIM has the well-earned reputation of being one of the best Western cartoons of the decade. Consider this. Many cartoon shows don't last so long. After two or three seasons, it starts wrapping up or gets canceled. Gravity Falls only lasted two seasons. If they stick around, it runs the risk of rotting. FOX renewed The Simpsons for both a 31st and 32nd season, but many argue that it began its turn to mediocrity after Season 9. The Powerpuff Girls were good for about four years, but S5 and 6 (both w/o McCracken) sucked. Nickelodeon finally canceled Fairly Odd Parents after already drilling into the sewer. Sometimes they bounce back, such as Spongebob post Out of Water and Thomas & Friends following S16. Is it impressive that FIM lasted so long? Indeed. I still remember wondering if FIM will even have a S3 or 4. But think about it. FIM's been good for not just the first three to four seasons, but so far its entire run. A large chunk of the show's best episodes started in S5. If Friendship Is Magic ended after MMC or Twilight's Kingdom, we wouldn't have all-time greats like Flight to the Finish, The Cutie Map, Slice of Life, Lost Mark, The Times They Are A Changeling, The Perfect Pear, Shadow Play, Mean 6, The Washouts, or Sounds of Silence. DHX maintained consistently good quality from the very beginning to today, which is very hard to do. As I wrote here, Faust planted the seeds early, and her apple tree currently blooms. Prior to FIM, Hasbro's longest TV series was G1 Transformers (99 episodes, 6 seasons). When this show concludes, it'll be more than double the length (221 episodes, 9 seasons); not bad for a show that's been this good for so long, huh? Whether it'll hold up or not remains to be seen. But no one can deny that Friendship Is Magic built a legacy, and with S9 coming up in perhaps five to eight weeks, I can't wait to see what's in store.

Dark Qiviut

Dark Qiviut

 

Too Many Things....

It has been a while since I last did this. Don't worry, this entry won't be nearly as depressing as the last few. Here's the short version: - Got a haircut - Gave up swearing - Moving houses - Got back into MLP   Now here's the long version: So you may have noticed me being quite on and off lately. Truth be told, this is an extremely busy year. Why? One word, education. I'm doing two courses which are two years ahead of me - Graphic Design and Informatics. It's a big step and while I'm up for the challenge, balancing everything else will prove difficult. You see, on the forum, I like to respond or react to as many of my friends' status updates as I can. Unfortunately, there have many days where I have not been able to do as such. I sincerely hope that nobody gets the idea that I'm deliberately avoiding them. I can assure you that is not the case and I try my very best to react or respond. It doesn't help that I'm in the process of moving houses, which also includes the mandatory tasks of packing, carrying and organising - a royal pain, as many would know. Although once it's all said and done, I think I'll be a lot happier, given that the new house is much more spacious and comfortable than the previous one. Meanwhile, I'm sitting here, listening to the sound of my computer fan, waiting to find a purpose in life. Also on the subject of MLP ending, yeah I'm a bit bummed out. Especially since I've really gotten back into the show recently and am re-watching a lot of episodes. Then again, it's good that things will end on a high note and not where everyone and their mother is begging for it to conclude. Oh well.

Cash In

Cash In

 

May the Road Rise Up to Meet You

All good things come to an end. At least we had a good time on the ride. Friendship is Magic and this site in particular have enriched my life in so many ways, I cannot list them all. Yeah, my interest dropped off in the last few years or so, but FiM will always be something I can look back on with positivity. Rarity in particular is a character I will always cherish, as I have many other characters from various cartoon franchises. Better to end on 9 seasons of good, rather than dragging on and snuffing out like a dwindling candle. I'll see you all in MLP G5! Stay sunny side up, everybody!

Sunny Fox

Sunny Fox

 

My thoughts on the show ending

*Sigh* It just never ends for me, does it? As you all probably know, Hasbro announced that MLP: FiM is ending after it's 9th season. I'm honestly very bummed out by this, as I'm sure a lot of you are. At first, I actually wasn't too sad about it, but then, everyone started making tearjerking posts about the show ending and started making me feel worse.  Anyway, I wouldn't be so sad about the show ending if it wasn't for 2 things. 1. It's ending too early IMO and 2. I didn't experience the show to the fullest. Honestly, I feel like 9 seasons is a bit too soon. I'd say 11 or 12 at least would be enough. I know a bunch of people are gonna say: "But, Avery! I don't want it to go on until it gets stale and repetitive!" Yeah, I agree, but isn't it getting cut off too soon just as bad if not WORSE? It's like with Courage the Cowardly Dog or Invader Zim. Those were shows that didn't go into seasonal rot at all and they still had more stories to tell! And it's the same with MLP: FiM! What about the Breezies? What about King Sombra? What about the Power Ponies? What about Chief Thunderhoof? I could go on and on and list more examples, but we'd be here all day. They still have a little bit more to work with, why do they have to cut it short? I just don't understand...  As for me not experiencing the show to the fullest, I'll explain. For one, I feel like I got into MLP too late. I saw MLP all over the place in 2012, and I just brushed it off and thought it was one of the dumbest things in history. But then I actually watched it and I LOVED it! God damn it, past me! What's wrong with you? I thought you knew not to judge a book by its cover! Anyway, another problem with this is that I didn't get to see every episode live when it aired on TV. My mom got rid of cable nearly 8 years ago and it wasn't until a year and a half ago that I got it back via DirecTV Now. As if all this wasn't bad enough, I never got to attend a single large Brony convention. NOT. A. ONE. This is one of the many disadvantages of living where I live... any cool event happens REALLY far away, and it's too expensive to get there! But guess what? IT. GETS. WORSE. I didn't draw much fan art for the show, and I seriously slacked off on my fanfics for it, and it's kinda too late to salvage that now. Not to mention, I didn't make a Derpibooru account until a little more than a year ago, and I just wish I did it earlier. (Though I didn't because I was kinda embarrassed to join because of a lot of the content on that site.) Man... I just seriously wish I had another chance to relive part of my past to the fullest, because now I'm gonna have to live with that regret. (Though I'm not sure if I will considering how crushed I am.) I don't mean to sound like a broken record, but seriously... #takeusback

AveryGamerDude

AveryGamerDude

 

Somnus

Species: Batpony Occupation: Royal Guard Backstory: Long ago when Somnus was a foal, his parents kicked him out. On his own, Somnus would resort to stealing to get what he needed. He did have a close friend for a while, but due to medicine not being great about 1500 years ago, she died from an unknown illness. When he reached the age of 21, he came across a strange well that would grant him immortality. Of course, he jumped in since he liked the idea of living forever. Not long after that, Somnus joined the Lunar Royal Guards. Though after the events of Nightmare Moon and her banishment, Somnus was Solar Royal Guard. When Luna returned, he was Lunar Royal Guard Again. Facts: Somnus has pet hamster named Fluffball. Somnus once ate a box of crayons.

Lucid_Nightlight

Lucid_Nightlight

 

Lucid Nightlight

Name: Lucid Nightlight Species: Poquus (looks of a pony and power of a draconequus) Occupation: Local comedian Backstory: Lucid grew up in an orphanage in Ponyville. Later on, he ran into Discord and made a bet, which Lucid won. For winning the bet, he got a stick that could warp reality. After the events of Tirek, Lucid and a friend of his were helping repair Canterlot Castle when the friend was killed in what was thought to be an accident with stone. Blaming himself for this, he left to an alternate universe where he met a draconequus named Novia who helped cheer him up. Facts: Lucid use to be a normal Pegasus until he ate the stick. He has a bearded dragon named Pringle. Lucid's name was originally going to be Shokku until I decided that Lucid Nightlight was a better name.

Lucid_Nightlight

Lucid_Nightlight

 

Arrow

Species: Pony (unicorn) Occupation: Royal Guard Backstory: Arrow was born and raised in Manehatten. Early in his life, Arrow was poorly treated, but it wouldn't be long until his parents were caught and locked in jail. Without his parents, his grandfather would be the one taking care of him. Since his grandfather was once a royal guard, he taught Arrow how to fight with various with weapons. Once he was well trained, he decided to it was time for him to see the world. He went on quite a few adventures and found many magical relics. One day, someone with a bow had a good shot on him, but due to a startling sound the aim went off and Arrow was hit in the knee instead of the heart which was the original plan. After some time in the hospital, he decided to join the Solar Royal Guards. Facts: Arrow was originally made as a joke character. Arrow owns a pug named Stumpy. Despite facing many things such as dragons, Arrow cannot seem to win a fight against Somnus who is way more experienced that Arrow. His name isn't actually Arrow, it's just a nickname. What's his real name? Idk, it's none of my business.

Lucid_Nightlight

Lucid_Nightlight

 

The Surprising Inspiration for the Prism Experiment

Today we are gazing through the looking-glass into the life of history's most renowned physicists, the father of gravity and the modern Newtonian physics, Sir Isaac Newton!  If you are not already familiar, Newton not only discovered the gravity existed as an tangeable force, rather than simply a law of existence, but also discovered the core parts of white light and how to split white into its key components. But just think about that for a second. Even if you're super well-versed in your field of study, you don't just wake up one morning with you Rarity smirk on saying " hmm... Y'know what, I'm going to bend light into 7 core pieces today, modernizing how 17th century scientist view light" Well, the origins to this revolutionary proposition are more than fascinating to say the least. See, while Newton studied both college-level mathematics as well as physics, as most are aware, but he had a third interest— Alchemy! "Oh oh! Like Edward Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist?!" I hear you asking! Well, yes technically, but Fullmetal's take on alchemy is heavily exaggerated to say the least... Anywho, in the 17th century, Alchemy was a well-respected field of study, built around the idea that with the right recipes and metaphysical concoctions, you can break down a material into its core emalgumatons and reconstruct them to make new materials. One of these materials was the Philosopher's stone, created using what was presumed to be an odd chimera of Lead, Mercury, Sulfur, and Iron. Now, Newton woke up one morning and thought, "If one can do such things with minerals, it would stand to reason that every complex thing is made of smaller things, so why shouldn't that be the case for light?" So he toiled in his study for weeks, barely eating or bathing. In the end, a quartz pyramid he used for meditation had a beam of sunlight from the window strike through it. While this wasn't groundbreaking, it made him think. He realized that spectralized light mighg actually be light's core components. So he moved the prysm to a more controlled environment, then used a second one to try to do the same to each individual colour, which no one had been know to attempt before then. Sure enough, it didn't split. None of them did. So, after further hypothesis were made, Newton attempted to recombine them into new light, or various other colours, seeing the results, as you'd do in any alchemic experiment. Eventually he got all the colours to combine back to white. He even discovered ultraviolet and infared light while making a thermograph of spectral light. He first called this light "dark light" because it was part of the light but he couldn't see it no matter how many alchemic methods he used. All of this because of alchemy Crazy right? Keep shining your light on the world, my stars, ―Astro 

Altastrofae

Altastrofae

 

Malum

Name: Malum Species: Draconequus Appearance: Head of a wolf, body of an eagle, left arm as a bat wing, right arm of a dragon, left leg of an antelope, right leg of an elephant. Backstory: Long ago before Equestria was established, there lived a draconequus. This draconequus looked upon the world and saw ponies of many universes who to her seemed warlike and corrupt. She decided that she take it upon herself to attempt to rule over the entire multiverse to correct this alleged problem. She spread darkness across the multiverse with her tyranny. One day, a brave stallion showed up and demanded that she stops her evil tyranny. Impressed by the stallion's courage, she decided to challenge him. He gave him a stick that was powered by an unknown magic. After a long battle, Malum was sealed away. But before she was sealed away, she promised that she would one day return and destroy the multiverse instead of rule it. The stick was given up and it would wait for another one to claim it. Moral Standing: Malum doesn't see herself as evil. She thinks that the ponies are warlike, but she let that make her more warlike than any pony could ever be.

Lucid_Nightlight

Lucid_Nightlight

Episode 27 - Servers Not Writing Orders Down

Hey.  Y'know what really grinds my gears?  When waiters/waitresses/servers don't write your order down.  You ever get one of these jokers?  What, are we supposed to impressed?  Are you so proud of your memory that you want to show it off?  You think we'll be so impressed by your astounding memory that you'll get a bigger tip?  Is that it?  Well guess what?  Every single time I've had a server do this, they either get stuff wrong and I have to send the food back, and/or they come back to the table six times and go, "I'm sorry; did you say onions, or no onions?" because they forgot. No tip for you. Write the Celestia damned order down.

Justin_Case001

Justin_Case001

 

A Journey Beyond Sanity: The Movie: Part II

The latest, thrilling installment of A Journey Beyond Sanity has been officially published! It's back to the universe of high school cliches, boring parodies of the Mane Six in human stereotype forms, Sunset The-Only-Reason-Men-Watch-EQG (And women, not judging) Shimmer, and all the creativity of a stale rice cooker. As if Stardust wasn't suffering with enough bull[BEEP]. Enjoy over 25,000 words of content shoved in one singular chapter! https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10959457/186/A-Journey-Beyond-Sanity https://www.fimfiction.net/story/243194/186/a-journey-beyond-sanity/a-journey-beyond-sanity-the-movie-part-ii Come join the AJBS server, and help us expand! https://discord.gg/JzmeAy And be sure to check out the AJBS audio reading on YouTube, done by FireBlaze! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBCMZsZVqDMEOuGHubFCFfrGJF2LiNpw9  

Stardust Balance

Stardust Balance

A Delightful Shake of Events

Hey! An unexpected surprise has occured! I am not sure if it is just local right now, as I haven't seen any ads, but McDonald is selling Shamrock Shakes! In case you aren't familiar with a Shamrock Shake, it's a minty vanilla shake meant to be festive for Saint Patrick's Day... Which is in March, which makes this pretty odd. Anyways, onto the early review. I expected to post this about a month after the Donut Sticks, but they get to be first. The Shamrock Shake is sold at McDonald's annually, while supplies last. It replaces the Vanilla shake, at least it does here, and has a distinctive green color to it. Its unclear to me whether this is an artificial coloring of the drink, or from the flavoring itself. The Shamrock Shake is/will be available for a limited time only in the three sizes of small, medium, and large. Either way, its a delicious way to keep from being pinched for wearing no green on St. Patty's Day. If you like mint chip ice cream, I recommend this shake for you! Check back next time for Donut Sticks. (For real this time)  

Nye

Nye

Episode 26 - Metro Exodus & The Epic Store

Today's entry will be a little different.  With Grind My Gears, I usually stick to more global things about society that bother me, or silly everyday type stuff that can bother anyone.  I usually do more timeless stuff, not current news cycle stuff that has more of a narrow window of relevancy.  But this is just too important.  This needs to be said now. You know what really, really, REALLY grinds my gears?!  Today I popped onto Steam, and I saw a news headline that Steam is having a midweek madness sale, so I went to my wishlist to see if anything there was on super sale for cheap.  For many months now, my number one wishlist item has been Metro Exodus, which has been available for pre-order for some time.  (I hadn't bought it yet, though.)  Now, I just need to give you a little context, here.  Metro 2033 and Last Light are, in my opinion, unabashedly, unambiguously, unequivocally the greatest fps games ever made.  I'm not basing this opinion on anything technical, but rather solely on the experience I had while playing them.  Playing the Metros was the most fun and most immersive shooter experience I've ever had.  In fact, it was the most fun single player game experience, period, that I've ever had by great lengths.  So much so that I have been looking forward to Metro Exodus more than I have ever looked forward to any game ever made, ever ever.  It was set to launch this month. So, as I was saying, I loaded up my wishlist today, and what do you suppose I saw?  Well, not Metro Exodus, that's for damn sure!  Where did it go?  I checked the store.  Poof!  Gone!  Well, that's a funny thing.  So, after a few seconds of research, what do you suppose I learned?  Well, as I'm sure y'all already know--Deep Silver and Epic made a deal to have Metro Exodus be an exclusive to the Epic Store for the first year.  It was pulled from Steam at the eleventh hour right before launch.  Exodus will only be available on other platforms/stores after February of 2020. ... ... Warning, very strong language ahead. *Ahem!  MM!  *Straightens collar, composes oneself.*  My apologies for that, ponies.  I usually don't get so angry, and I usually don't go overboard with the profanity, but this was just too much.  I cannot believe how despicable the video game industry has gotten.  And it's no better with movies and tv, what with the exclusivity to various streaming services.  It's bullsh*t.  I just cannot believe the level of greed and corruption.  This is just disgusting.  Absolutely vile and repulsive.  This is just beyond the pale.  Well and truly beyond the pale.  This isn't just BS.  This is beyond BS.  This is BBS.  This is the most heinous, repugnant, reprehensible, putrid business decision I've ever seen.  I cannot believe how low the video game industry is sinking.  It's just falling into an abyss of garbage.  And this is from someone who's usually very optimistic about it!  Just.... unbelievable. So, this Epic exclusivity is only for a year, after which time Exodus will (presumably) become available at all the usual places.  I'll tell you one thing--I'm not buying it on Epic OR Steam!  I'm buying it on f*ckin' Good Old Games, man!  GOG.com, where I should have bought 2033 and Last Light as well.  Steam has its conveniences, and I certainly like it, but the dark side of these game stores/launchers is that we are all beholden to whatever shifty crap they want to do.  The sad truth is that our digital game libraries were never really ours.  Not truly.  Valve giveth, and Valve can taketh away.  From now on, at least when it comes to important single player games that I really care about, I'm buying GOG, and I encourage anyone who cares about actually owning their games to do the same, not because I'm out to punish Steam (this Exodus sh*t wasn't their doing), but because I want to support GOG and show them that we want DRM-free games that we own for life, and that can't be taken away from us, changed, or any other such flim flam. And that, my dear fillies and gentlecolts, is what really, really REALLY grinds my gears.

Justin_Case001

Justin_Case001

 

I made a video about Apex Legends and EA

Yeah, this is a bit sudden, but this is a thing I have been wanting to do for ages and this subject is perfect for it. I made this video talking about how I think Apex Legends is a clear sign of gamer hypocrisy. What do you all think? How did I do? I would love to continue doing this because I am quite passionate about gaming.  

Kyoshi

Kyoshi

 

Another MLP Movie idea that popped up during work

So today at work, I had another brainstorm of an idea involving an Alternative MLP Universe.  The style is similar to Friendship is Magic, as well as the voice cast.  But many of the origin stories are a bit different, not to mention some of the layouts.  Here's how it goes. In this alternative world, Princess Twilight Sparkle once had a student of her own named Majesty, a young filly unicorn who once had an optimistic future.  But one day, something went wrong and Majesty cut ties with her former teacher. This left Twilight Sparkle devastated by her failure. Months later, Twilight and her friends Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Applejack and Fluttershy were able to defeat Starlight Glimmer, a mare with a troubled past.  Twilight, seeing Majesty withing Starlight, took her in as her student in hopes of giving her a second chance. Though Twilight and her superiors Princess Celestia and Princess Luna were willing to give her a chance to prove she's changed, there are some ponies who won't forgive her for what she did, calling her an impostor, a Twilight Wannabe, and a Mary Sue.  This has left Starlight depressed, but there are some ponies that trust her in second chances.  Especially those who live in Ponyville.  Since then, Starlight has considered Ponyville her new home.  And she has a number of friends to help her out(Besides the Mane 6 and Spike): Trixie, BIg Macintosh, Sugar Belle, Double Diamond, Mr and Mrs Cake, Baby Lickety Split, and Derpy Hooves AKA Muffins. One day, Twilight's former student Majesty appeared out of nowhere, armed with a tiara called The Wrath of the Windigos.  With it, she channels her own rage and hate into a powerful magical weapon, using it to devastate the Equestrian Kingdom.  Twilight wants to stop her former pupil, but Celestia insists on having her new pupil Starlight Glimmer stop Majesty.  Twilight was reluctant because she didn't want her new pupil to fall to evil again, or for her to succumb to Majesty.  But in the end, she puts her trust in Celestia and allows Starlight to embark on this quest to stop Majesty.  Starlight's companions are Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Applejack, Fluttershy and Sunset Shimmer.   Sunset serves as a big sister towards Starlight, helping her out and guiding her to her right path.  Since Starlight's reform, Sunset has been looking after her, and for a good reason.  Like Starlight, Sunset had a troubled past of her own.  She and her younger brother Sunburst grew up as street rats in Equestria, trying to forge to survive.  They were often mistreated by other Ponies as if they were unwelcomed guest.  It took Celestia's own intervention to save both and take them in as her own students. As Starlight and the others embark on their quest to stop Majesty, a young colt who is considered a fan of Twilight Sparkle wants to know why Majesty went evil.  A group of other Twilight fans don't seem to care, as they consider Majesty a traitor to Equestria, especially their leader.  Curious, this young colt embarks on his own investigation in Canterlot on what happened that day.  She was able to interview Twilight Sparkle and Princess Celestia on why Majesty went rogue.  Twilight's own assistant, Spike the Dragon, serves as a partner for the young colt in the investigation. His investigation turns up to the family of Majesty.  The young colt and Spike were able to talk with Majesty's mother and father.  Majesty sounded like the perfect filly growing up in Canterlot.  So why did she go rogue?  Turns out, some ponies were sending her nasty letters, calling her "Imposter,"  "Fake," "Twilight Wannabe," and even "Loser."  And it wasn't just the words.  The parents witnessed their own daughter being humiliated when someone purposefully dumped a bucket of rotten vegetables on Majesty long ago as a mean-spirited prank, causing her to flip out.  She was even taunted and humiliated by what sounds like the same ponies from the Twilight Sparkle Fan Club.  This made the Young Colt began to rethink his stance in that club. At Midnight Castle, Starlight, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Applejack, Fluttershy and Sunset were able to do battle with Majesty.  Despite her age, Majesty was able to overpower all seven ponies with the Wrath of the Windigos Tiara.  As the seven are severly crippled from Majesty's resistance, the young filly plans on using the fully power of the tiara to devastate Canterlot City as revenge for the humiliation she went through many years ago.  Starlight and Sunset began to see a similarity between themselves and Majesty, and tried to reason with her, even bringing in their own past.  But Majesty was not listening.  She would stop at nothing to unleash all of her hatred towards Canterlot, and destroy the entire city. It was there that the sacred powers of harmony activated within all seven heroines.  Early ago, they were unable to use the powers of Harmony to bring down Majesty.  But Sunset's empathy and the spark in Starlight's heart were enough to power all seven ponies.  They use the Rainbow of Light to defeat Majesty and shatter her crown.  Even in defeat, Majesty was as defiant as ever, refusing to even consider a reform, only to accept her arrest by the Seven ponies.  Starlight and Sunset were only saddened by Majesty's own defiant stance. After a short quest, Starlight, Sunset, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Applejack and Fluttershy return to Canterlot with Majesty in tow.  Majesty was put into a dungeon cell where she would await her own trial.  However, Princess Celestia portaled into the cell, wanting to know what really happened with Majesty.  She was willing to give Twilight's former student a second chance like how Twilight gave Starlight a second chance.  But Majesty refused to budge, even wondering why she would be given than when she's locked up.  Turns out, Celestia left the door unlocked, stating that Majesty could escape anytime she wanted, and start the whole cycle over if she desired.  But Majesty didn't even want to do so.  Without power, Majesty feels useless. But when Celestia brought up some parts of Majesty's past that caused her so much grief, the young filly broke down crying, admitting that all that heckling, all that taunting and tormenting by a group of trouble makers was what caused her to abandon her studies in friendship.  Celestia now had an idea, and it involved Starlight's own ceremony. That night, Starlight attended a ceremony with her friends, celebrating their victory over Majesty.  But as Starlight accepted the award from Princess Luna and Twilight, some former naysayers started seeing Starlight in a new light, at least giving Starlight some hope.  Then, without a second thought, a group of hecklers dumped a bucket of rotten vegetables on Starlight all just to humiliate her, and started to call her the same names that they called Majesty.  It was never about Starlight's past.  It was because Starlight was no Twilight Sparkle.  Devastated, Starlight ran off crying.  That alone angered Twilight, who called out those hecklers for being rude and insulting, even going as far as to blame them for Majesty's misfortunes.  In fact, she now knows that the group of Twilight fans were responsible not just for heckling Starlight, but also to Majesty as well.  When those same fans refuse to accept Starlight and even Majesty as students of Twilight, the Princess of Friendship throws down her crown and quits her status as Princess.  Princess Luna even scolds those very hecklers with some parts of the crowd becoming restless. The young colt who witnessed everything called out his own fan club for their selfishness.  The leader refused to accept any blame, stating that it was about keeping Twilight Sparkle pure.  But some members of the fan club began to see the errors of their own ways, especially after the leader dumps rotten produce on the young colt's head for his own amusement.  The young colt departs from the leader of the group, throwing away his Twilight Sparkle merchandise in shame.  Soon after, some fan club members also do the same, leaving the leader all alone. That night, Twilight Sparkle, Sunset Shimmer, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, APplejack, Fluttershy and Spike all went to comfort Starlight Glimmer after the humiliation she went through.  Not long after, Celestia, Luna and Majesty joined Starlight as well.  Majesty began to see the error of her ways and took pity on Starlight.  Starlight was able to cheer up and allowed Majesty to snuggle up to her.  Then the young colt arrives, ashamed at what his fan club did to Majesty and Starlight.  He even confesses that he actually had a crush on Majesty back then.  Some fan club members came to confess what they did and surrender, willing to pay the price for what they did.  But not the leader, who was angry over being ousted by the other fan club members. As punishment, the fan club members have to attend community service to make up for what they did.  Majesty, Starlight and the young colt volunteered to help out.  For Majesty, she chose to do community service to make up for what she did as a villain.  Twilight and Celestia are only glad that Majesty was able to return and mend their ways, though Starlight has volunteered to be Majesty's newest teacher.  As for the former leader of the fan club, he has to spend an entire year cleaning up Canterlot City as punishment for his crimes.   Starlight has become closer to the ponies of Equestria thanks to her second chance, and for helping save Majesty from herself.  For Twilight, she couldn't have been more proud of her pupils.  And for Celestia and Luna, they couldn't have been more proud of Twilight Sparkle.   Ideal voice cast Kelly Sheridan - Starlight Glimmer Tara Strong - Twilight Sparkle Nicole Oliver - Princess Celestia Tabitha St. Germain - Rarity, Princess Luna Andrea Libman - Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy Ashleigh Ball - Rainbow Dash, Applejack Rebecca Shoichet - Sunset Shimmer Cathy Weseluck - Spike the Dragon Lizzie Freeman - Majesty Veronica Taylor(Yes.  That Veronica Taylor) - The Young Colt Kazumi Evans - Majesty's Mother Ryan Reynolds - Majesty's Father Brian Davidson - Leader of the Twilight Fan Club

SaburoDaimando

SaburoDaimando

Turtle, tortoise, terrapin - no one right way

Lately I was reminded of this old episode that conveys in a gentle, subtle, humorous way how this debate about whether it's a turtle or a tortoise is somewhat futile since different countries do it differently, and the various other, supposedly more scientific terms are based on the same meanings, too, so any name you could be using for refering to the whole range of those animals that share the same traits are also based on the common terms for supposedly specific types. Sounds confusing? Exactly.   Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turtle#Turtle,_tortoise,_or_terrapin   P.S.:  The weird fact that in the thumbnail scene Tank's head came out of his butt was too tempting to pass up for an edit.

Dowlphin

Dowlphin

 

Rayven Starshield

Name: Rayven Starshield
Age: Young Mare
Gender: Mare
Species: Batpony
Status: Single
Occupation: Princess
Likes:  Mischief, stuffies, teasing the royal & night guards, pranks
Dislikes: Rude & Disrespectful ponies, harmful pranks, 'Prince' Blueblood
Personality:
Rayven is a mischievous young mare, who loves nothing more than a good prank. She loves to flirt with and tease both the royal and night guards. She is very protective and caring towards her twin brother Silver Moon, who is a bit of a frail colt. She is loyal to her family and the friends she has.
History:
Rayven Starshield was born to Prince Crow Moon, the son of Princess Luna and Discord (In an AU), and to Scarlet Rose (A wolf from another world). Growing up, she was tutored by Equestria's finest and best tutors, but would often try to skip out on classes to either pull pranks on her friends and family or to flirt with a guard (leans towards the Night guard).
Appearance:

Scarlet Rose

Scarlet Rose