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  1. So little has been done with this canon race, that they are neglected in the fandom. I think bat ponies are cooler than pegasi...but that's just me. Post you Bat Pony OCs here and even Flutterbat pics are welcome.
  2. Now this question could work with both earth ponies and unicorns, but I would think that it would make the most sense for pegasi. Batponies and pegasi are very similar in certain ways. They both can fly, and I would think they can control the weather too. This would make the two types of ponies pretty close, I would think. Although, I'm wondering how close. Batponies are usually considered to be pretty isolate from the rest of Equestria, but do you think that they sometimes intermingle with the others, especially pegasi? They of course have their differences, but I could see them getting along. Maybe some batponies live in Cloudsdale, and maybe some pegasi live in Hollow Shades (Or whatever the batpony city is in your head-canon). Maybe the two types of ponies even have families together. Another question would be, have they always been friends? I would think that the banishment of Luna would cause conflict between the two. Like, the batponies stayed loyal to Princess Luna and the pegasi stayed loyal to Princess Celestia (It would actually make a good fanfic). I'm curious to see what all of you think .
  3. Hey, so I made a new OC, and I wanted to share her with y'all! Be sure to click for full view! As the picture states, her name is Lunar Symphony. She's a batpony - an albino one, to be precise (the streaks in her mane are dyed). And yes, she is blind. She primarily gets around through the use of echolocation, which is partly what her cutie mark represents (as well as a certain love for music). As you could imagine, sound is very important to her! I haven't had much chance to develop her in depth. Though I have some idea of her personality, I don't know much about batponies in particular as far as where exactly they come from. I think I read something about how they usually live in caves? Perhaps Lunar lives in a particularly dark cave... So, thoughts?
  4. Hey there fellow ponies! So, to get my boredom away, i've posted a status update to see if someone wants their oc's to be transformed into a batpony, and @@Venomous and @ wanted it, so I've made their oc's with bat wings and fangs, and the cat eye thing c: If i do more, I shall post here.
  5. A few more of my pics that I did over the past week a couple bat pony's requests this time, I don't see too many bat pony OC's around here and I find them really fun to make. Also, if you may be interested in a pic send me a PM and I'd be happy to talk to you and go over the details. OC Soot - for Tao OC Lucinda Night - for Lucinda Night
  6. So I would like some feed back on a few OC's Design and such, not really posting a back story or anything, given I still might play around with the designed a bit and a few I plan to keep as is but still some feedback/insight would be nice and thank you! Tao OC's To be Redone and Tweaked Teal Drop/Surge Emerald Dawn Brine OC's Not changing but would still like some insight: Soot Rhode Nevermore Midnight Rune
  7. Fluttershy may have become a "batpony" but she was still a Pegasus, she grew teeth and her wings changed, she didn't grow any crazy new limbs/appendages that make her filled with new power. It is in my own personal belief that if twilight became a batpony she wouldn't grow wings, her horn would just become more bat-like. And Applejack would just grow fangs and new ear stuff, with an eye change. What do you think, when a pony is turned do they grow wings, or is that determined by whether or not they were Pegasus.
  8. heres some bat ponies I draw up and idk why but I find then adorable
  9. Hey everyone/pony! First post so I figured I would show off one of my latest, a picture of Errant Scribbler and Mischief Night. If you like head over to my page at and check out some more. Thanks everyone/pony!
  10. I've said many times that I hate to draw... and that still holds true! WHILE I'm drawing it's the biggest pain in the butt imaginable; but for the first time today I actually completed something! (From scratch no less!) And it just so happened to be a drawing of my OC! (Who is a bat pony!) So tell me what you think, any critiquing would be greatly appreciated because it's my first real attempt at pony art.
  11. oops, I ponied again 8D Her anatomy is hella buggy looking, I know, so dun comment on the obvious stuff (e.i that one front leg... XD) this sketch was all about the pose. I think I pulled it off fairly well 8D Tell me what you think ^-^
  12. I have finished a sketch of my OC Crescest Star as a Bat Pony for Nightmare Night. It took a little longer than I wanted because of school and work, but I at least got it finished. I kind of prefer doing pencil only sketches so I did not color him. Anyway, let me know what you think. *Edit* I went back and touched up the sketch and fixed a couple of things. I made him a bit skinnier and moved his back right leg back some and tweaked it a bit. I touched up many of the lines as well and made a few minors tweaks here and there.
  13. Since I recently got my only MLP fanfic so far actually published (Doctor Whooves and the Terror of Tartaurus. It took a lot longer to get it through editing and proofreading than I had planned, but *shrug*.), I think I'll talk about the specific worldbuilding I dealt with in the story. This breaks down into some sub-topics: Tartaurus Tartarus is mentioned in 'It's About Time' as being guarded by Cerberus and containing many ancient evils, which is pretty much what Greek Myth tells us as well. What a lot of people don't know though, is that the actual Tartarus in myth was originally the name of a much older deity who gave his name to his realm, in the same manner as Hel (become Hell), Hades, and many other chthonic deities. In the oldest known Greek myths Tartarus is of the same 'age' as Chaos, Gaia, and Eros. The true primordial Greek deities that gave birth to the next generation, the Titans. Tartarus' realm became the prison of the Titans and other divine creatures that were the enemies of the Olympians, with Tartarus himself as their warden. It is *not* the afterlife, however, it is a prison for demi-god class and higher entities. What struck me in this episode was the pronunciation Twilight used. She very specifically pronounced it 'Tartaurus' which triggered what little Greek I knew to make me think of Taurus (bull), and thus brought me right around to minotaurs, which I knew existed in the MLP:FiM universe thanks to Iron Will. Since calling them minotaur due to the story of Minos and Asterion wouldn't make much sense in this setting, the idea of the Men of Tartaurus becoming 'minotaur' just followed naturally. I believe some others have made this connection but they may have followed other paths to get there. The difficulty here was how close Tartaurus had to be to Ponyville for the time took to return Cerebus to Tartaurus to make sense, and still be a location that the minotaurs actually come from as a race. This led to the idea of Tartaurus being an alternate plane of existence, which allowed it to be very far away, and yet very close at the same time. An excellent place to put a prison. MLP as a franchise has had similar alternate planes of existence before, with the Crystal Empire being vanished, and in older generations (G1 specifically); Tambelon the Lost City that was sent to the Shadow World. As for the ancient evils, as mentioned by Twilight, it didn't seem to contain Discord, Nightmare Moon, Sombra.... So maybe Twilight was misinterpreting things. Evils doesn't necessarily mean creatures as such, but artefacts can count. Things like the Alicorn Amulet and stuff that should be locked away. A Warehouse 13 (for those watching that show), a Warehouse 23 (for those who follow Steve Jackson Games), or just 'The Warehouse' (for Indiana Jones fans), that slowly became a prison over time as ponies (and others) forgot about its original purpose. So this is how I arrived at Tartaurus, existing on the other side of a portal guarded by Cerberus. A part of the Shadow World populated by minotaurs, guarding a prison that used to be a warehouse of ancient artefacts. The bell of Tambelon being used to maintain the portal between the worlds just for that added kick of G1 goodness. I also referenced the Twin Kings of Mallus and Amoni. This is meant to parallel the diarchy of Celestia and Luna but in this case using the ancient Sparta model given Tartaurus and Minotaurs' Greek origins. Ancient Sparta was ruled by two Kings simultaneously, each descended from a different son of Hercules. In this case Mallus and Amoni are each descended from the same minotaur Hero that brought stability to the Shadow World, just through different sons (or daughters) of that Hero. The 'Twin' title refers not to the fact that they were brothers, but that they took the throne at the exact same time which is unusual. Tirek and the Rainbow of Darkness While Tirek makes a good villain and was surprisingly dark for a 1980's cartoon in the first MLP TV special 'Escape from Midnight Castle', a lot of his shtick is too similar to Nightmare Moon for coincidence. The whole 'the night will last forever' bit. However Tirek made an issue out of transforming *others* with the Rainbow of Darkness, while Nightmare Moon was a shapeshifter herself. This Rainbow of Darkness sounded a lot like an artefact that the ponies would lock away given the chance, and we had Tartaurus for that purpose as above. Tirek was basically vaporized and pulled into the clouds at the end of the TV special. No other centaurs ever showed up in that generation, and his appearance was really a more demonic thing, resembling more a minotaur crossed with a centaur. Which made me wonder about perhaps the Rainbow of Darkness *had* transformed him from a normal minotaur into this creature. Artefacts normally have pretty rough side-effects to balance their power, and the idea that the artefact was linked to a parasite creature that was attempting to manifest through its wielder was born. Thus Tirek became a prior incarnation of this parasite, duplicated when it got a hold of another minotaur. As a note, the G1 Rainbow of Light became associated to the Elements of Harmony by the characters in the story, but that's not necessarily true. It's just what the characters thought. One of the principles I hold to when building settings and campaigns is that what is written as History is just what the people of the time thought happened. There is no guarantee that is *truly* what occurred, just what they believe occurred. Which brings me to: Batponies & Sombra Now the batponies are a hot item in the fandom. They've only made it on screen once, "Luna Eclipsed" and basically they were just props that were discarded once Luna made her awesome entrance. However they've caught the imagination of many Bronies. They could be written off as costumes, but their wings and eyes point to some kind of transformation magic. We know that the Canterlot Guards appear suspiciously uniform in their armour, so the idea that the armour magically makes them all look like the same three ponies is perfectly valid. However, this is kind of an extreme change in appearance, and nobody before or after has that look. Recently M.A. Larson and Lauren Faust have both said in twitter than their headcanons have the batponies as a separate race. It's not been confirmed in show, but it's pretty safe bet they're a separate breed of pony because of that. Calling them batponies is a bit off, because bats don't have eyes like that. Like a lot of things, sometimes the wrong name sticks, and it makes people go places in their assumptions that they woudn’t normally. Those eyes indicate something *else*. More draconic than anything. The interesting thing is that we've seen those eyes before on ponies. Nightmare Moon and Sombra. Nightmare Moon has a bunch of her own problems, but Sombra... there's a possibility there. He has the eyes, and a weird curved horn unlike any other unicorn. In truth, he resembles the Dungeons and Dragons version of a creature called a Kirin, an oriental-style dragon-unicorn with a curved horn, wreathed in flame & smoke, and so on. This is a vague mix of actual Qilin/Kylin/Kirin myths from China, Korea, and Japan that have a variety of different descriptions for this creature. It's this 'dragon-unicorn' that catches my interest. Combine with 'dragon-pegasi' of the batponies, and we have something interesting here. Not just a sub-breed of pegasi, but an entire alternate set of ponies based off of the originals. Kirin, Batpony, and likely an earth pony variant we haven't seen yet. Throw in the transformational powers of 'Dark Magic' (see the Rainbow of Darkness above), and you have something to work with. Connect it somewhat with the mythology of Nightmare Moon and the existing fanon around the battle between Celestia and Nightmare Moon, and you have a ready-made origin. Putting them in Tartaurus, and you've got an explanation as to why we haven't seen many the same way we've only seen one minotaur. Oh, and as I mentioned in my last author's note of the story, the name Sdukʷalbixʷ is a straight lift from the Snoqualmie Indian tribe local to the Pacific Northwest where I'm currently living. The odd spelling is their interpretation of Roman letters, and it’s not *quite* pronounced Snoqualmie, but that’s how it’s been Anglicized. It does in fact translate to Children of the Moon, and I couldn't resist. While others have called the batponies thestrals, and other names, most of them are lifted from modern fiction (Harry Potter) or constructed new out of pieces of Latin, so I felt no connection to those names. In any case, the Sdu aren't necessarily connected in truth to Nightmare Moon. As I said before in this essay, it's just what their 'history' tells them, so it's what *they* believe. Even the oldest Sdu in the story is too young to know what really happened, so the only ones who can affirm or dispute their origins are Celestia and Luna. And we know how much they like talking about the details of the past, don't we? They're not the types to do broad stroke history, aren't they?
  14. Challenged myself on this one. Still not quite up to the skill level I used to have years and years ago (and let go stale), but I'm getting back into it again. Based on the Uprising music video by Muse. I know I'm a bit behind on the whole Lunar Republic meme, and unless you know the song the connection is vague, but ah well. Oh, and yes the eyepatch was a deliberate homage to egophiliac. I love his depictions of the batponies.
  15. More chapters and information -------------------------------------------------------------------- Greetings and Salutations everypony, and welcome to the story of the century! This story is filled with tragedy, comedy, horror and splendor! It is the Origin of the Bat Ponies and I hope you are prepared! Everyone knows the stories of how the original pony folk came about to Equestria. How most other species vanished or ceased to exist. Some species however, did not leave this plane. The Crystal ponies are a good example as well as the changeling species. So it brings to mind, what other type of pony folk are out there? I'll ask you a question everypony, have you ever wonder where Princess Luna's guards came from? I have the answer you see and that is where I shall begin our story! Now gather round and listen up, because I wont repeat myself. The young mare began her story, levitating the book with her horn, "Our story begins with the winter's beginning. The winter was far more harsh than expected, the pony folk taking refuges in their own villages. The Pegasi, the Unicorns, and the Earth ponies had all forsaken the other tribes to parish under the storm. As they fended for themselves, the storm getting worse and worse, the other tribes soon began to die off. The Quagga tribe quickly retreated from the land and sheltered elsewhere. The Ceffaders or better known as the Ceffyl Dwr tribe had begun to adapt, turning into sea ponies. The Cartazonon tribe had tried to take shelter in caves though did not have much success. The Noogle tribe had survived, blending with the Unicorn tribe. The Unipeg tribe, otherwise known as the Alicorn tribe, had survived better than most, finding their own land to call their own. The last two tribes were the Bat Ponies and the Phooka ponies. Both had helped one another and soon became one powerful tribe. As the winter became colder and colder, the bat ponies began to dwell deep beneath the harsh cold, keeping warm and soon adapting to the dark and the diet they could find in the caves. The winter soon calmed, but for the bat ponies, they still assumed the winter had gone on, never once leaving their caves again. The years passed and soon the above ponies founded Equestria with their reigning lord Discord. All was not happy and soon two alicorns for their native land had arrived, defeating Discord and assuming the titles of the Rulers of Equestria. The lighter, more pink sister Celestia ruled the day while the darker more purple sister Luna ruled the night. Every day Celestia would raise the sun and every night Luna would raise the moon. Everything was in harmony. However, soon, Luna became bitter. Every night the ponies slept and did not enjoy its sweet embrace. This angered Luna and soon she was overcome with her anger. As the tension rose, she finally snapped, refusing to set the moon and let the sun rise. The two rulers, sisters by birth clashed, resulting in the land to shake and tremble before their might. The Ruler of the night Luna had finally had enough of the daylight and rebelled against her sister Celestia; the ruler of the day. As Luna, now named Nightmare Moon rallied up her troops, she asked the aid of the forgotten species known as bat ponies. The bat pony queen agreed, allowing her own troops to support Nightmare Moon. As the troops began their assault, Celestia had begun her assault with her own troops. The battle was gruesome, many ponies died in the battle. As Nightmare Moon was almost defeated, the queen of the bat ponies came into the fray. Knowing a dark and powerful spell, Nightmare Moon and the queen both became one being of night, thus giving them the edge. However, Celestia had her own trick up her sleeve. She used the Elements of Harmony, overpowering the two and sending the two beings into the moon, not knowing that she had imprisoned both the bat pony queen and her beloved sister. Many years passed and soon the bat pony kingdom needed a new ruler. They appointed the Princess as the ruler and soon the land prospered. The Bat ponies stayed to their own kingdom, which was now deep underground away from everypony. As the years went by, a prophecy soon came into the world. Nightmare Moon would return in a thousand years along with the Bat Pony Queen. As the bat ponies prayed for their Queen to return, the Princess, now a Queen, continued to keep their kingdom alive and well. Soon however, a thousand years had gone by, and the two rulers were freed. Still being combined, they began their assault once more, only to be defeated by the new wielders of the Elements of Harmony. As they separated, the Queen vanished from Luna's side and back into her kingdom only to see her kingdom ruled by her daughter. With this in mind, she regained control of her kingdom, and ventured to her husband's side, knowing he would pass soon. Day after day, she stayed by his side until he faded from the world. The bad news was soon public; the Queen's husband had left this world. Grieve stricken, the Queen enclosed herself into her chambers, allowing her offspring to deal with the kingdom until she could grieve no more. This is the origins of the bat ponies and how we survived." The mare breathed, tired from reading the story. "Alright little ones, it is time for bed my dears" She cooed to the little ones. The little colt huffed and flapped his wings, causing a horrid tune with the air currents. The mare could only smile and pat the young bat pony on his head, sending them off to their beds. She gave a nodding sigh of relief, trotting up to the royalty's chambers. The mare knocked calmly upon one of the doors labeled 'Prince' and awaited a response. With a muffled groan, the Prince answered with a solemn, "Present Lady Sea Salt." The mare nodded and trotted along, knocking on the younger princess's chambers only to receive a cherry reply, "PRESENT LADY SEA SALT!" She blinked and trotted to the last chamber on the floor; Princess Hallow Skye's chamber. The Princess opened her chamber doors and smiled faintly, cooing her response, "I am present Lady Sea Salt. I hope you have a wonderful sleep. " Sea Salt smiled with glee and nodded, taking flight to her own chambers. She stretched her long, webbed wings and flipped her hair, cascading the pink locks over her shoulder. She closed her red hued eyes and sighed, gliding back into her bed, the covers surrounding her lean body and securing her warmly. "The sun is coming up yet again...Yet I do not hate it, I want to embrace it.....Hm?" She glanced over towards the window and sat up, noticing it was open. She climbed out of her comfy bed and trotted to the window, curious to see why it was open. What her eyes beheld down below caused her to shriek in fright, falling backwards unto the cold ground. "No..No...Oh no...This can't be." She uttered, her voice trembling and choked. The guards down below had been slain, their bodies covered in blood. She gulped and dashed out of her chambers, flying through each and every room, trying to find survivors. Whimpering echoed through the halls and she stopped, creaking open the cabinet where the sound was coming from. Her sister was huddled in the cabinet, whimpering. Startled, she asked what was wrong. "Sister, my darling, what has happened?" Her sister shook her head, wiping off the blood from her face. "...." Her eyes seemed dim and dead, almost asif she had lost hope. Startled, Hollow picked up her sister and flew into the safe house, only to be knocked down by the assailant. Dazed and confused, she scrounged to try and pick up her sister, only to be hit in the face and sent backwards even more. "Ugh.....mmmj...." The pony that had done such a horrendous crime was non other than her personal guard, Abyss Armor. He gave a wicked grin, his sharp fangs clearly showing. He was unicorn half breed, his father a bat pony and his mother unicorn. He flipped his hair, the silver locks now a murky, red stained hue. Angry and full of a seething hatred, she shouted out to the stallion, her words full of spite, "WHY WOULD YOU DO SUCH A THING? WHY ABYSS?" He frowned and stared directly at her, his piercing blue eyes glowing with power. "Fool, I am tired of how this Kingdom is never seen or heard of. We are stuck in the old times and its time for a new ruler. I shall be the new king of Eternia!" He chuckled and nickered at her teasingly. "Oh, and don't think the Queen will help you, she's a bit tied up at the moment." He cooed. She roared and sent a crimson beam of power at the stallion only to be sent back at her and blow her into a tree. "Ahhh...mmn..." She whimpered, her sight dimming. He trotted up to her and picked her up using his magic, his eyes glowing with a seething hatred. "I hope you enjoy your new life Princess HallowSkye, because you'll never be the same again!" He barked, casting a spell unto the Princess. She screamed out in pain and fainted, her body beginning to alter and change. Her mane became lighter in hue yet shorter, her body twisting and turning into the size of a simple earth pony. Her horn bursted into a blast of shards, vanishing as well as her jewelry; She looked like an average bat pony. Groaning in her slumbered state, her hoof tapped Abyss, causing him to scowl. He kicked her into the nearby woods and flew off, assuming his new position. Eternia had been taken over within a day's time. The future of the kingdom was now unknown and no one could save them. \------/