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  1. PathfinderCS

    Deer/Reindeer Fan Club

    EDIT 11/2/18: With the MLP holiday special "Best Gift Ever" presenting reindeer as canon species this fan club has now been expanded to include them. As it stands both the deer as presented in the IDW comic arc "Root of the Problem" and the magic reindeer from "Best Gift Ever" fit here; not to mention Velvet from "Them's Fightin' Herds." :p All right, thanks to issues #27 and #28 we now have deer a part of the lore in "Friendship is Magic." Granted we probably won't be seeing them in the show, but their in the lore now. <3 So yeah, we have King Aspen, his son Bramble, and Blackthorn, and the deer live in Thicket. I just LOVE their design!
  2. At 1:01 while Celestia talks about "magical items created for evil" they show several things we've seen throughout the show, and would expect to see...except for two of those things. One the bones of the Arimaspi (big goat thingy that attacked the griffons, and stole their treasure), and the other was Daybreaker's crown-helmet thingy! Soooo yea - mind kinda blown here, cause this implies one, that the Arimaspi may ether have been an artifact used by someone to attack the griffons for said treasure or at least it's bones could be (or have already been) made into an evil artifact and two, that Daybreaker's crownhelm is such an artifact which could mean either she may be in the show for real or she was already real at one point! I know this is just speculation but, what do you guys think? Video linked below, remember: pause at 1:01!
  3. Sheogorath

    Pony family names.

    So I have been thinking this over some. Ponies and their naming policy. By far they seem arbitrary in the generation but since logic can be inserted into them I have done just that. First inspection to pony names seems rather shallow and whimsical, but then after dissecting the names and some open speculation I've gathered a few pony name rules. Let's start fro the first ball of yarn: Apple family. What we have here,is a family that has been introduced to us in a relatively thorough manner and from our given knowledge Apple is the family name and any conjuncture to Apple is the actual name of the individual. This however presents us few problems, sure names like Bloom and Pie and Caramel are easy to understand as female names, but with names like Jack, from Applejack is not too feminine and AJ therefore was named with a masculine name or her name is actually shortened from something like Jacqueline or other Jackish name. And the fact that Caramel Apple as well as Apple Fritter are both names that are not combined up to a single name like Applejack means that Applejack likely is not Applejacks proper name but a nickname. Also the placement of pony last name seems generally random in the case of apple family and names are then paired in a manner that sounds good vocally rather than by order of first name -> last name or the reverse. Also then there are cases like Big Macintosh and Granny Smith who both are of course breeds of apple but are not named with a family name indicating several possibilities. In case of Big Mac we have obviously a case of name where family name is omitted for convenience, his real name likely is Apple Macintosh and he just got named "Big" due his most outstanding feature of size. Then the case of Granny Smith. Another case of masculine name or last name that differs from family name. With her we have the generation excuse at play. It could be that Granny smith marries to family of Smiths and her daughter then married to family of Apple, Making Granny AJ's maternal grandparent. And her maiden-name was likely something else. Her cutiemark suggests that she might be even related to Pie family. Then let's move on to the Family of Pie since we have a little bridge here to cross. Pie family Pie family, Granny Pie as well as Pinkamina Diane Pie share a last name, and Mrs Cake likely was named Pie before marrying Mr. Cake, making her Pinkies possible aunt. Bellamina Marie Pie, Pinkies dark grayish lavender sister also can be assumed to share Pinkies style of name. Her parents names we do not know but what we do know is that Pinkie Pie does share a similar strict naming we can assign to Twilight Sparkle. Sparkle Family Sparkles are unicorns, and likely then follow a more strict name policy in general. Sparkle family seems small and it can be that Unicorns due extremely long lifespan are allowed to have a limited number of offspring to prevent population growth, making generally unicorn family names a little less commonplace. Rarity's last name we don't know but I assume it to be same as Sweetie Belle's: Belle But since this is all speculation I will leave it at that. But Rarity Belle has a nice ring to it. Dash Rainbow Dash's family name likely is Dash, Until there's more Dash Background I dare not venture there either. And then the more complex cases like Fluttershy and Scootaloo pose questions whether these are combination names like Applejack or their last names just are not revealed.
  4. So I am crafting the second season of Equestrian City on paper..and I ran into a problem. I'd like to ask the collective. Why do the changlings keep their prisoners in good or for that matter at all. The entire situation would be easier if they just killed them. Now naturally we can't show that but still, there has to be a reason they keep em around. Any shape-shifting worth a darn will tell you kill your target. So what possible reason would they need to keep them around. Obviously they couldn't feed off the love of prisoners... I turn to you, pony collective..
  5. Okay, so in the first changeling episode, we hear that Cadence is Celestia's niece, and in the Galla episode we here that Blueblood is her nephew, They can't be Luna's children, because she would have been on the moon at the time of their conception, so is there a sibling of the royal sisters we don't know about?
  6. Anyways, do you want the movie to focus on explaining pre-existing unexplained lore in the show's universe (like alicorns, the tree of harmony or starswirl the bearded, discord's backstory, or something else) or would you rather the plot focus on completely new never before mentioned elements? Like how the sirens in RR were never mentioned before in show would be an example of having a movie focus on new lore, while the tree of harmony in Princess twilight sparkle would be an example of exploring pre-existing canon. Which would you prefer for the movie?
  7. What would you do if you had to fight against discord 1 on 1? Ideal if it is lore friendly. But who cares.
  8. TerribilisScriptor

    "Dear princess celestia..." moments

    OKAY guys now this is probably not your everyday thread but hear me out (sorry for my english skills, im german): did you ever have an MLP-lesson-like realization? like the ones Twilght has at the end of most episodes (the onese she sends letters about)? I CERTANLY did have one yesterday and i wonmdered if anny of you have come to some interresting and meaningfull conclusions since you joined the fandom. i would like to learn from your experiences and realizations and i am sure there will be some interresting poste below. so i will start off by posting my realization. so yesterday i was discussing religion and science with a freind of mine. and he had just finished his sentence qand i was eager to prove my point untill i suddenly stopped because i just realized that what i was about to say would hurt him emotionally. after that thought it came to me: If you need to hurt someone to prove your point, your point is not worth proving. so after realizing this i went a different way (and in that argument and the argument ended more civilized than most do on the internet ^^) im really looking forward to your "Dear princess celestia..." moments ^^ (also please don't just quote something you have read online i would really apprecieate actural, genuine and honest experiences =D )
  9. I will give the facts we know. • They ALL took place at least 1000 years ago. Sombra happened exactly 1000 years ago, as that was the time that the Crystal Empire was gone. This is also true for Nightmare Moon, as she was in the moon 1000 years. Discord however, has no definite time. • The elements were first used on Discord, then Sombra, then Nightmare Moon. We know the elements were used for the very first time on Discord. It is unconfirmed whether it was used on more ponies than Sombra before or after NMM. Now I will give Explanations that by the information I was given, can be derived as true. • Starswirl was alive during the reign of Discord. He banished the Sirens over 1000 years ago. So he was alive at in some time period between 1000 and 2000 years ago. He was alive at the end of the reign (this is canon). Which means Discords reign must also have ended at the very most, 2000 years ago. 1000<Discord <2000. • Sombra's Tyranny and Nightmare Moon's unsuccesful coup happened within years, perhaps months of each other. Nightmare moons return was in Season 1, and Sombra's Return was in season 3. Which means NMM happened before Sombra... Wait! That cant be right, because Luna was there to banish Sombra. We meet again Plot Holes, we meet again. So lets assume that i misheard Celestia when she said 1000 years ago (refering to Crysal Empire), and actually said over 1000 years ago. •So this is what we have gathered. 2000 years ago > Discord > Sombra > NMM > 1000 years ago. Any Information about Starswirl, the elements, or these events can help us derive some more precise numbers. These are very wide time frames. Does anyone know anything from the Extended Universe perhaps, or simply something I am missing that can whittle down these numbers?
  10. So like many new comers im working on my OC and as im going through the ideas in my head I keep whishing there is/ to make a (im probably not looking at the right place im open to that fact) some in deph lore of the mlp universe? If you know of with the shadowcast videos from youtube, something like that is what im thinking to help us new bronnys in the herd feel free to point the way if there is, its much welcome -brony on
  11. Steve Piranha

    New Castles of Equestria pop-up book

    I just found out this pop-up book came out recently, and there's still no topic about it. I saw what it looks like in Equestria Daily, but I don't wanna show it here for spoilers, which has the appearance of the founders of Equestria among them (I didn't seen Commander Hurricane, but I'll be bugged if he's made a mare in it, despite being a stallion according to the Journal of the Two Sisters )
  12. After the defeat of the everlasting dragons, the Lords founded the kingdom of Lordran with Gwyn as its ruler, however, he did not become a global leader as Lordran is flanked by Catarina, Astora, Carim, the Fivefinger Delta, Thorolund, Zena, Balder, Berenike and the Great Swamp as well as an unnamed kingdom to the far East. Gwyn built the great city of Anor Londo, Nito retired to the catacombs and the Witch founded the underground city of Izalith at the base of an ancient archtree. Seath the Scaleless was rewarded for his treachery in the war with the dragons when Gwyn made him a Duke, gifted him a portion of his Lord Soul and gave him full reign of the great archives. The town of Oolacile was founded in the valley beneath the volcanic plug atop which stood the city of Anor Londo. This small town was known for it's ancient sorceries but was swallowed by the Dark when the inhabitants were tricked by a primordial serpent. The few survivors, led by four men, fled to the caves near the Valley of Drakes. Here, over many years, the survivors of Oolacile built a city in the caverns and named it New Londo. The men who led the evacuation and founded New Londo became its kings, sharing their rule. Gwyn was so impressed with these kings' bravery and initiative he granted each one a shard of his Lord soul, just as he did with Seath. But fate is not always kind and the Dark found the people of New Londo once more. The kings were corrupted and turned against Gwyn and so, to halt the spread of the Dark, Gwyn made the difficult decision to flood New Londo and doom the entire population. One would think that this would be the end of Lordran's troubles but this was not the case. The First Flame was beginning to dwindle and with it the humanity of the populace was slowly going out. People began to hollow, losing their sanity and becoming nothing but murderous husks. Gwyn ordered these undead to be corralled and led to the North, to the Undead Asylum in an attempt to stop the spread of what was presumed to be a disease. Nito and the Witch of Izalith were the first to realise that the undead were the result of the dwindling First Flame. These two collaborated in an attempt to create a second Flame but their attempt failed and the Witch of Izalith was transformed into the Bed of Chaos, unleashing chaos fire throughout Izalith. This chaos magic turned her sisters sisters into vile monsters and demons. Gwyn sent his silver knights to fight these demons but the few which survived returned in blackened armour. They developed anti-demon weapons and these black knight veterans became Gwyn's elite. The curse of the undead had begun to spread to other lands and the knights of Balder and Berenike had started to besiege Anor Londo, blaming Gwyn for their misfortune and demanding that he take action. Gwyn needed to do something and so he decided to do the only thing he could: he took his black knights to the Kiln of the First Flame and sacrificed himself, returning what was left of his Lord Soul to the Flame in order to grant the living a few more centuries of life with which to gather the Lord Souls and return them to the Flame. Gwyn knew this was nothing more than a stall but the Witch's Lord Soul was trapped in the Bed of Chaos at the heart of Izalith. Nito's Lord Soul was deep in the Tomb if Giants, trapped there by Pinwheel, and Gwyn's black knights never made it to the Gravelord and obtain his Soul. The shards of Gwyn's Lord Soul were laying at the bottom of the flooded New Londo ruins or in the possession of Seath the Scaleless who was now far too powerful for Gwyn to defeat as the Lord of Sunlight had allowed the treacherous dragon to act unopposed for too long. However, there was hope in an Astoran prophesy which claimed that the bearer of the Dark Soul, the direct descendant of the Pygmy, would be trapped within the Undead Asylum and that, if released, would become the Chosen Undead, gather the Lord Souls and rekindle the First Flame. Oscar of Astora bravely gave his life to free the Chosen Undead... ...and this is where the player's story begins. Hope you liked this entry, would you guys prefer me to explain the events which happen in the game itself or to focus each new entry on a character and give all of the lore surrounding them?
  13. In the Age of Ancients the world was unformed, shrouded by fog. A land of grey crags, archtrees and everlasting dragons. This world of the past was a barren, grey landscape devoid of all life...but also devoid of death. The stone-scaled dragons appeared to have no beginning and seemingly no end... And then there was Fire. And with Fire came Disparity. Heat and cold, life and death and, of course, light and dark. The light and dark are the First Flame and the Abyss respectively. Humans are born of the Dark, born of the Abyss and the Dark Soul which governs it but they are given full life through the First Flame. Their dark souls (which were born from the Dark Soul itself) must be enriched by the First Flame in order for them to gain humanity. Humanity, however, is a double edged sword as, while it does allow one to rationalise and to be alive in the truest sense of the word, it does allow one to die, something this world had never experienced before. So, from the Dark they came, and found the souls of Lords in the flame. There are three additional Lord Souls aside from the Dark Soul and these were the fuel for the fire. Humans are greedy and ambitious creatures and three humans removed these souls from the Flame in order to gain the power of gods. Nito, the first of the dead, the Witch of Izalith and her daughters of Chaos, Gwyn, the Lord of Sunlight, and his faithful knights. The Furtive Pygmy, however, was the most ambitious of all, seizing the Dark Soul for himself but remaining in the shadows. With the Strength of Lords, they challenged the dragons. Gwyn's mighty bolts peeled apart their stone scales, opening up the dragons to Nito's miasma of death and disease while the witches weaved great firestorms to burn the drangons' roosts in the archtrees. Seath the Scaleless betrayed his own, and the dragons were no more. Thus began the Age of Fire...
  14. Taviscratch

    Dark Souls Lore - Coming Soon!

    Very soon I will be posting Dark Souls lore but right now it is 5am and I still have to go to bed. It's something I'm passionate about and so it seems like the perfect subject for my blog. If there's anything in particular you'd like me to cover, just post it here or PM me. Watch this space!
  15. DerpyFanatic

    MLP Timeline Discussion

    Twilight makes a lot of references to pony history in the show, and since G1 is now canonically linked to G4 thanks to Tirek, I figured it would make drawing up a timeline of Equestrian and pre-Equestrian history a lot easier. This post is subject to change as new information is added, although some parts of it are based on my own theories and may not necessarily be canon (though hopefully it can still serve as a handy aide de memoire for fanfic writers). I'm also using Elder Scrolls chronology as a guide to keeping everything sorted, because it works so well. And so, without further ado, I present to you... The History Of Ponykind Mythic Age Celestia and Luna are born. How they get their cutie marks is not known. This is basically equine prehistory. Ponies evolve, learn to use tools and get civilization up and running. Tribal Age (0 TA - 3400 TA) Palaeopony Period (0 TA - 1050 TA) 1: Dream Valley is colonized by a mix of pegasi, unicorns and earth ponies. 57: The events of Rescue At Midnight Castle occur. This is the first contact between humans and ponies that is often pointed to by modern ponies arguing for the existence of humans. 83: The Smooze incident occurs. 371: The first documented case of the Cutie Pox is observed on an earth pony agricultural estate. 650: The Unicorn Empire is founded under the Allotropic Dynasty. Imperial mages are tasked with regulating the day-night cycle in the absence of alicorns. 801: Earth pony farming and manufacturing communities across Dream Valley are united into the Dirt Pact, which ensures collective civil defence and trade regulation. 811: Pegasus city-states are united into the Stratospheric Republic. Mesopony Period (1051 TA - 2100 TA) 1260: Starswirl the Bearded is born. 1348: Clover the Clever is born. 1367: Clover the Clever begins magical tutelage under Starswirl the Bearded. 1986: Starswirl the Bearded disappears. Neopony Period (2101 TA - 3400 TA) 3321: The events depicted in the Hearth's Warming Eve pageant begin. Windigo activity causes a dramatic climate shift in Dream Valley. 3325: Dirt Pact farming communities attempt to pool their resources as crops begin to fail. 3332: Earth pony manufacturing grinds to a halt right across Dirt Pact territories due to lack of materiel. Ponies everywhere face mass starvation. Commander Hurricane stages a military coup, seizing control of the Stratospheric Republic and instituting martial law. 3335: The Tribal Summit between Commander Hurricane, Princess Platinum and Chancellor Puddinghead ends in failure. 3336: The Pegasus capital of Cumulus Colossae is forcibly evacuated as temperatures plummet to lethal levels. Earth pony factory cities are abandoned as freezing, starving earth ponies begin the exodus from Dream Valley. Clover the Clever draws up a plan for Unicorn resettlement. 3340: The last group of ponies leaves for greener pastures. Dream Valley and its environs are now completely uninhabitable. 3341: New land is discovered, but tribal warfare causes the windigoes to follow from Dream Valley. Clover the Clever, Private Pansy and Smart Cookie unite the tribes and drive the windigoes back. 3342: Equestria is founded. 3350: Discord arrives from another plane of existence. 3355: Equestrian leadership collapses under the strain of fighting Discord's chaotic powers. Offers of surrender are ignored as the draconequus turns the world upside down. Countless ponies are enslaved and tortured under his dark reign. 3380: Celestia and Luna return to the world and plans to defeat Discord are put in motion. 3390: All attempts to defeat, destroy or even contain Discord end in failure. An expedition to the wild Everfree Forest is chartered in the hopes of finding a natural power source. 3398: After years of chasing legends, rumours and theories, Celestia and Luna discover the Tree of Harmony and extract the Elements of Harmony. 3399: After much preparation and an epic battle, the Elements of Harmony are used to seal Discord away in stone. 3400: Celestia and Luna accept the invitation of the former unicorn-earth pony-pegasus government leaders to rule as an absolute dual monarchy. The Everfree Forest is partly cleared and construction begins on both Everfree City and the Castle of The Pony Sisters. The beginning of the First Celestial Era is declared. Alicorn Age First Era, aka Pre-Classical Era 1E 36: First contact with The Crystal Empire. 1E 123: First contact with the Griffon Kingdoms. 1E 521: First contact with the United Zebrican Tribes. 1E 632: Starswirl the Bearded reappears from the mysterious rift that swallowed him in 1986 TA, applies himself rigorously to magical research and becomes one of the greatest sorcerers of the Pre-Classical Era. 1E 700: The Sea Ponies mysteriously disappear. 1E 1300: Explorers making a return pilgrimage to Dream Valley report dragon settlements and the transformation of the region into a wasteland. 1E 1316: Starswirl the Bearded dies. Second Era, aka Classical Era 2E 2250: King Sombra seizes control of the Crystal Empire. 2E 2298: King Sombra is defeated. A fail-deadly system activates, causing the Empire and its inhabitants to vanish without a trace. 2E 2300: Princess Luna transforms into Nightmare Moon and triggers The Longest Night. Princess Celestia commandeers the Elements of Harmony and banishes her sister to the moon for 1000 years. Third Era, aka Post-Classical Era 3E 1: The Wonderbolts are founded. The ruined Everfree City is abandoned, which slowly reverts to the Everfree Forest. The newly-founded city of Canterlot becomes the new capital of Equestria. 3E 2: The first Summer Sun Celebration is held in Canterlot. 3E 723: Hoofington is founded. 3E 806: Manehattan is founded. 3E 899: Granny Smith is born in Hoofington. 3E 909: Ponyville is founded by the Apple family. 3E 911: Zap Apples are first discovered and the harvest ritual is mapped out. 3E 972: Fluttershy is born in Cloudsdale. Rarity is born in Ponyville. Rainbow Dash is born in Cloudsdale. Applejack is born in Ponyville. 3E 973: Pinkie Pie is born in Ponyville. Derpy Hooves is born in Cloudsdale. Twilight Sparkle is born in Canterlot. 3E 979: Rainbow Dash performs her first Sonic Rainboom. The Mane Six all get their cutie marks simultaneously. 3E 1001: Twilight Sparkle is sent to Ponyville, setting in motion the events that lead to the reactivation of the Elements of Harmony, the assignment of the Bearers and the defeat of Nightmare Moon. 3E 1007: The Crystal Empire reappears. Spike the Dragon recovers the Crystal Heart. 3E 1011: Twilight Sparkle becomes an alicorn. Fourth Era (Modern Era) 4E 1: The Elements of Harmony are sacrificed to revive the Tree Of Harmony. The Harmonic Lockbox is discovered. 4E 2: Tirek escapes from Tartarus and is defeated by Princess Twilight.
  16. IridscentNionios

    Changeling Theorycrafting, Lore, Worldbuilding

    In the rare case that this gets noticed by the worldbuilders of the changelings in Equestrian Empire i am willing to help, modify, and see what i can do in this. Changeling Diet Changelings are omnivorous but they require an increased source of minerals in order to fulfill their diet. Seeing as their scales grow and expand from birth they often crush rocks and pebbles with their muscular jaws and their pointy fangs. Seeing as they require such even during early stages of development (birth-gestation-egg) their homes are almost always located in such places and they are often seen sneaking near Rock Farms. They often pose as high bidders/investors taking part of the production with them and masking awfully well their identity and financial activities. Love-"Special Diet" Love is an allegory for life and how life is meaningless without love. Changelings feed upon the life-force of other creatures. This occurs because of a magical malady known as Lov-e-lipsis (Love+Elipsis aka Lack of Love, i will get to how they contracted it a bit later). A changeling running low on life-force starts losing sanity and is dangerously close to devolving into the Devourer state (More about that later). When a changeling is adequately fed the holes upon them and their growth will remain on low levels. A changeling fed on adequate life-force will experience a similar effect to that of a boost of adrenaline or drugs. Side effects of overfeeding upon love may include power-haze, clouded judgement, increased ambition and arrogance. Changeling stages of Life Birth A Changeling spends on an average 9 months until it is born and its' coming to the world of Equestria is a mix of gestation and egg-hatching. Changelings like every other living creature require a mother and a father in order to come to life. The changeling couple are overly protective of their young. The baby spends 3 months inside the mother's belly until it is born. Following quote of my fanfic... To a common pony these would look like alien abomination, semi-transparent eggs filled with slime, inside which there is a creature attached to a tube flowed willing to kill or drain you as soon as it came out. The truth is that in this state the changelings are at their weakest. That is why past the guards and their caretakers, there is usually at least one parent overlooking each egg. ... Alianna knows the justified pain she had experienced, and what she had been through before delivering her child. The baby cannot transform inside the womb. Attempting to transform to creatures of different size, weight or shape would, in most cases, kill her and the baby. The mother had to spend almost three months deprived of her most powerful weapon and escape tool: her transformations and she had to spend double to triple the time taking shifts with her husband into taking care of it. Because although all eggs would eventually grow a stronger exterior, their starting state is very fragile. ... There is a fleshy core at the bottom of the egg. It is round shaped with a darker core, and the changeling is connected with the umbilical cord to it. Among many of other changeling "eggs" he finds a suitable spot and starts digging, using his strong hooves. Gently and slowly he places the egg on the ground and pushes the dirt around it so it can stabilize. Some time after it touches the ground the core of the egg comes alive and "roots" start going into the soil. The "roots" will take water, micro minerals, trace elements and anything else the babies needed to build their scales and help them grow. From time to time the caretakers or the parents will inspect the integrity of the pod, and refresh the "love" energy to make sure the young do not die before birth. No changeling is born with holes, but it becomes less possible to keep it that way by each passing day. Changeling growth/genetics Alianna follows them as they keep talking about it. She knows that all changelings' lives are greatly effected by their unique "evolutions" . Being the caretaker of the newborn she is one of many changelings that were studying their species' genetics. There is one gene in particular that was rather "tricky", and still baffled many of generations who studied it. It was called "The Protean Gene" and it had three possible forms it could take. During a changeling's life it would adapt, change, depending on the situation a changeling was put in. Each position it took on the genetic code allowed the changeling to excel at different sectors: Strength, Dexterity, Magic. Added to that an unique characteristic was given to the changeling by it. Jonaleth's muscular structure was one, the reinforced scales of Mortain were another, her affinity with healing and there were countless others possibilities she could not even fathom. They had more in common with the ponies than they thought. They might not have been looking for "Cutie Marks" their whole lives, but they too had a part of their lives when they looked for their own path, their place in society, their special ability. Immersion and time spent with the ponies In order to gather love the young are separated until a point from their mothers and sent to replace young ponies. The changeling while living with the ponies gathers love while the changelings absorb back home the love of the pony. This way the young gather honest-hearted love. Then at the moment they are ready ((usually when they gain a cutie mark)) they are called back to the Changeling Kingdom where all the love is collected whilst the original goes back with all the memories of the changeling that was posing as itself. Some however don't return or have difficulty to do so. Some changelings get so absorbed in the experience that they become victims of a psychological phenomenon called immersion. Immersion is a real phenomenon that occurs when someone gets so captivated in an experience that they find it hard to detach themselves from it. As a result many changelings stay with the ponies continuing to believe that they are who they pretend to be. Ever heard of "Fake it till you make it?" or "When you wear a mask long enough, you become the mask?" That's pretty much what happens to them. Names Those that do succeed on returning get to pick their own name. For example... My changeling OC/Ponysona who was posing as Tidal Rider chose the name Ao. He chose it because of the many beginnings (A-Alpha) and endings (O-Omega) that his life had. General Changeling Abilities 1)Magic Sensitivity/Enhanced Vision Emotions are Magic... remember that for in our research it is going to be imperative. Emotions flow in the sky like energy. They are invisible in the naked eye and harvesting emotions is something that can bolster someone's magic immensely... if they know how to use it of course. Normally emotions can't be seen with the naked eye but changelings posses a special kind of skill that allows them to track magic found in ley lines. Great lines of power, known as ley lines, crisscross the lands. Ley lines exist all over Equestria, and are sources of deep and natural magic. Across the face of the world there flow lines of power - patterns of magical energy that carry vitality of the lands through them, like blood vessels in a creature. These lines of power are recognized subtly by skilled sorcerers yet changelings have a natural affinity in recognizing them. Most however, only really focus on those places where the lines converge and meet, seeking to tap the most power from them. Those who seek to understand and master runic power understand that the convergences are not the only important part of this power - the patterns formed by the lines themselves are important as well. There are lines of power that run across the land in a select few areas, but these are not the only lines - simply the most obvious. Inside of these thick and corded ropes of power, there are also tiny, web-thin lines that run between these great ley lines, connecting them in a vast net of pulsing, subtle power. Those with great magical power and ley walkers seek out these sites. A convergence of two or more lines of magical energy is called a "ley line nexus". I used http://www.wowwiki.com/Ley_line and modified it a bit. Positive Emotions These emotions are bright and when a person is filled with them they shine like suns sharing the energy among them and the receiver of said emotions. Those emotions transfer themselves and amplify themselves when they are shared between more people. They have bright colors and give energy to others like the sun does. Negative emotions Negative emotions are like black holes. They are grey emotions and often colorless or dark in color and act like black holes dimmening the aura of those around you and drawing emotions from everyone surrounding you. Unlike positive emotions negative emotions draw energy from others to the one feeling those emotions but like positive emotions they inspire similar emotions to those around you. Lov-e-lipsis and changeling emotions Due to their race-specific hereditary malady the changelings image when viewing their emotions is like a mix of the above two... though their emotions may shine bright and positive there is always a small hole that sucks some of the emotions like a bottomless pit. The feeling itself of having your emotions drained from the inside can range to a mild inner butterfly to a tapeworm or appendicitis. The description of Hasbro about the changelings says they are grotesque ponies... but still PONIES. Certainly it's not mentioned they are evil... therefore confirming my belief that they do not willingly feed upon love... or by choice... though it does give them strength. Now i believe that sometime during their history the changelings came in contact with Anti-Life entities such as demonic entities or dark magic and devolved into what they are now. They became parasites of emotions... and developed an isolationist society to avoid destroying the world due to their "curse". Thus the reason we haven't seen them much... Another reason we haven't seen them a lot or their corpses in Canterlot is because i believe dead changelings continue to be afflicted by their disease... thus if dying in battle they would "rot" much quicker dissolving into pixie dust in the wind... When a changeling is about to die due to lack of feeding there are two results:Multiple organic failure and death dissolving into pixie dust... or... Devolving and the Devourer Some just could not take it... their primal instincts rose up, as they do to every creature in hunger, and logic was slowly torn from their minds. Inside this... "madness" there was nothing of the former changeling to save, and it was even worse when this occurred near their own people. Because the change was not only mental... Their bodies changed too, they became unstable, much bigger but with extremely thick muscular structure and scales as hard as iron. In this state the remaining life-span of the changeling was short, and while absorbing "love" kept them alive longer their hunger could never be sated. "Devourers"... that is what they called them, from the way they ate their victims whole absorbing every bit of their essence. He and his friends had been forced to kill many changelings that ended this way, but those close to them sometimes could not. How can one strike one his own race, much more one of his own family? http://assasinmonkey.deviantart.com/art/The-Changeling-Behemoth-Returns-381243529 Devourers know no exception in their victims and are often kept a secret from the changelings themselves through their Queen and the highest ranking officials for they don't wish the changeling race to hate themselves. 2)Empathy and Mental Link Changelings as i said can see emotions and magic. They posses magical empathy and are affected by those emotions/energies. Changelings posses a natural mental connection with their loved ones and families... the more skilled a changeling is in making such bonds and friendships the higher the rank it can achieve. I believe the crown is imperative to ruling the changelings... the crown is imbued with the magic of an old Queen. The changelings were living underground but ended up having to move due to earthquakes, volcanoes and such. The Queen who had the talent to speak to more changelings than anyone focused her magic and managed to contact all the changelings guiding them... the first Queen to achieve that. She died however not being able to handle the lot of it for such a long time... but her crown got imbued with her magic. Thus the next Queens or Kings had to actually prove by the standards of the crown that they could handle such a bond without losing their minds thus making sure that only the most capable of changelings rose the hierarchy. Making sure that only those who could guarantee the future of the changelings rose up to the challenge... no matter who they were... good or evil. This is mimicked in helmets of the generals and other items. 3)Singing and Music As strange as it might seem all changelings can sing... be it rhythmically or melodically. Music is a great part of their culture and as a consequence every changeling knows how to sing somehow or knows at least one instrument. This is not only because it helps bonding between the changelings but also because it is a form of feeding upon the emotions generated though not so effective. The reason it is not used exclusively is because it would require infinite amounts of inspiration and infinite amounts of singing and resources fact that would be ineffective. Changeling expressions-and their explanation Quoted from my facebook page. "While changelings are not religious instead of praising Celestia like the ponies do they praise the maker. They also use expressions like "What in Tartaurus?" or "Sweet mother of Mercy". There are also expressions like "You're as sweet as royal jelly." in matters of love, and more often than not calling someone "honey" indicates family ties or intimacy. A very popular expression is also "Blood is thicker than water". It means that though we value friendship we put our families above everything. Couples that achieve high levels of bonding will often perform a ritual at which they will cut their hooves and clench them together letting the blood mix. This way they prove their loyalty to each other and develop between them the connection that the Queen shares with all. Indeed. You see... Tartaurus is the home of all evil... thus when something seems so despicable, so evil... we say "What in Tartaurus is THAT?". As i said... parenthood is something we value greatly so it's logical we use the second expression right? Besides family is the first group of people a changeling bonds with and talks through it's mind. Changelings also seem to have a great relation with bees. It seems bees see or "sense" for a better word a connection with us due to our common empathetic bond. After studies we have observed that this is one of the reasons so many of them make their homes near ours. It's not rare to see some of our homes also being used by bees as houses. We have developed over the years an understanding of sorts... we don't hurt each other and in exchange they grant us some of their honey keeping our people fed. It is said that the Queens of each species contacts each other and talks, the Queen is also given certain amounts of "Royal Jelly" which is an empowering delicacy making the changelings feeding upon it stronger in every way. Because of it's sweetness in comparison to normal honey, and it's rarity it is the most appreciated commodity ever. they have become in times of need even defenders to our homes against monsters, other locusts, and sometimes even ponies or others. Thus we have come to value their lives greatly, this has gradually entered our lives as expressions like these." Crowning a King/Queen A Queen or King is judged capable of leading the entire nation by three ancient changeling rulers. King Proteus the Overfather, Queen Metis the cunningly wise, King Nousios the blindly fair. King Proteus-Unifier of Body Name Meaning:Protean means versatile, mutable, adaptable, capable of assuming many forms. It is also the name of a Greek shapeshifter god that could transform into any material imaginable like fire, water, air, e.t.c. Little known fact changelings couldn't always transform. The first of the changelings to transform was Proteus. However his transformations were more related to primal materials. He could shift to stone, metals, water, air, fire. In ancient times he is said to have protected the changelings against the rampage of various forces like windigos, sirens, and others. However the casualties were too high. The changelings being a young race had little defenses against other more capable predators. During the peak of his power he scattered pieces of his body to the entirety of the changelings. The power of the transformation of the great King transferred to all changelings despite the fact that its' overall effect had been lessened. Having granted a fighting chance the spirit of the changeling King now oversees his descendants, his brethren from the planes above. He was granted the title "Unifier of body" by the changelings as his soul resides within everyone. It is said that at times the fragments act as emergency guidance, kind of like the instincts one has, protecting and preserving the race. Queen Metis - Unifier of Hearts Name Meaning:The name Metis means Resourcefulness, "wisdom," "skill," or "craft" and connoted "magical cunning". Metis was the first spouse of Zeus, a shapeshifter Titaness that Zeus swallowed after tricking her into transforming into a fly. The Greek word metis meant a quality that combined wisdom and cunning. This quality was considered to be highly admirable and was regarded by Athenians as one of the notable characteristics of the Athenian character. Queen Metis wore the crown of King Proteus. It was believed that when she wore it the Overfather himself came to contact her and measure her abilities. Regardless Metis became a Queen. At the time the changeling kingdom was underground. Like every changeling she displayed her skills at an early age bonding with friends and family like it was natural. This bond allowed the changelings to respond mentally to each others' needs no matter how far. She however possessed the skill on another level bearing in her mind the thoughts of even a whole town! It was not to last... natural disaster struck and the changeling kingdom was besieged by the eruption of a volcano which struck the foundations of the city. Between the toxic air, the lava, and all the chaos the changelings panicked and couldn't find a way out. Forcing herself to her limits Queen Metis surpassed herself and attained the ability to communicate with them all no matter how far. This bond of a selfless heart guided the changelings to safety. It cost her life however, but the gift she gave did not get squandered. The crown was etched with her own magic and this ability became hereditary for any worthy changeling King or Queen that would wear it for enough time. Those unable would be qualified "temporarily unworthy" until they could attain the necessary levels of empathy it required to bear it. She earned the title "Unifier of Hearts" for through the crown she will always reach out to her subjects. King Nousios - Unifier of Minds Name Meaning:It means "The one who has his mind straight/set in the right direction." Through the judgement of the ancient Kings there were times that the Changeling Kingdom remained without a ruler. Deception, backstabbing, and civil war plagued a kingdom struggling to be united. As a changeling Nousios was known for one thing... having his mind in the right place. Merely by watching a changeling he could tell a lot about them, just like a detective forms a potential profile about his opponent. It also granted him the chance to pierce through lies, illusions, and the such. With this ability he was able to shatter the opposition. When he was judged worthy he addressed the problem of anarchy reigning a Royal-less kingdom ((without a King or a Queen)). It was decided that as a backup to the monarch system there would be a chain of houses that would form each portion of the kingdom, twelve in total. With safety guaranteed even without succession Nousios proceeded to make a cultural renaissance. Laws, education, medicine. It all flourished in an age of peace. It was not guaranteed that the changelings wouldn't squabble but through this system it was ensured that hope would always shine through. Dying in old age King Nousios joined the rest of the rulers and together they formed the trinity that now judges all future changeling rulers. Continuing with the crowning. The power of the crown overflows the body of the King/Queen for one week during which the applicant is transferred to the Astral Plane where the three rulers' spirits judge the applicant based on one thing. Empathy empathy to be able to understand the body, mind, heart, of those around you whether you be friend or foe to them. To be able to understand the souls of those around you whether you are conqueror or peacekeeper. Military and Factions within the Changeling Kingdom Following the time after the failure in Canterlot Queen Chrysalis devoted herself in helping her race improve in every way. The army, the feeding upon love everything would be improved. In the process of doing that the military was revolutionized creating three clans: "The Disciples of Metis", "The Nightshroud Operatives", and "The Envoys of the Black Panther". The "Disciples of Metis" took their name out of the oldest of changeling Queens Metis one who's name connoted "Magical Cunning". They are changelings skilled in the arcane arts excelling in all sectors... their mission is to collect lore for every nation be it traditions, behavior, inventions, history, poetry... "The Disciples of Metis" gather also information about their own nation. Their motto is this "Knowledge is Power". "The Nigtshroud Operatives" took their name out of their ability to hide themselves to the point of invisibility during the night. They are changelings that act both as diplomats and assassins, they count their words one by one and their precision in their tasks is great. Do not be fooled by their title however... "The Nightshroud Operatives" are perfectly capable of fighting during daylight, they are the most agile of changelings and if forced will fight without rules or boundaries of honor. They are inventive in their fighting ways and unpredictable. "The Envoys of the Black Panther" took their name out of honor to the great beast. It is said in old myths that the first black panther blessed some of the changelings for their perseverance through time. They are changeling protectors and guardians that train day by day with extreme discipline to maintain and increase their strength. They are extremely loyal to the Queen and some of them always accompany her on her every journey. They do not hesitate to use force if necessary to protect their Queen whatever the method. After all their ideals are all summarized by one phrase... "All for the Kingdom and the Kingdom for all". Out of all of them a few were chosen as an elite-force group. They are a team of resolute warriors who are determined to repel the invaders, chosen among the three clans of the military of the Changeling Kingdom. They work behind the scenes of Changeling Kingdom. Despite being frequently assigned to dangerous tasks, they do not gain honor, glory, or fame from their work, so there are few members in this team. They are the definition of the word "Protean" the very name of their species meaning they are versatile, mutable adaptable, they are the hoof of the Queen and every single of their actions is made in the name of her glory and the one of the Changeling Kingdom. Changeling National Anthem I made a changeling national anthem here goes... "We know ourselves by the voice... The Voice that unites all The Voice that fills the heart Our Ears listen to the plight The love for which we must fight We know ourselves from the flame... The flame that burns the fake skin To the emerald spark we are akin The flame that burns within we hold The one, united, ancient, bold. We know ourselves from the quest... The quest to purge our taint This journey we bravely take To tame the savage soul To release our form of old." And there you have it... something i made in approximately half an hour you could say... with some breaks to read some online comics. A changeling anthem... I wanted to mention three things in it... first the "hive mind" or "Soul Union" as i call it... Second the transformations, Third the Purpose or at least what i think their purpose is. Do you think i got that right?
  17. EquestrianIdiot

    Is bat pony a race?

    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.
  18. I need some suggestions for a fanfic that I'm going to start writing. My fic is essentially about my OC, Pinoak Stringhoof (OC link in my signature), and having him travel across Equestria telling ponified versions of our folk lore. I already have one story ponified and I'm considering ponifying Chaucer's "A Pardoner's Tale", and maybe even "Lanval". I'm really looking for stories from all across the world, from the Brothers Grimm, to Native American, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, American, etc. It could even be urban legends and what not. I'm just looking for some ideas. Other notes that I have planned for this fic: I plan on having Pinoak perform in Ponyville with the CMC, Mane 6, etc. watching, and I'm thinking on having him do a performance with Trixie for helping with special effects. So, what do you guys think?
  19. The title pretty much says it all, which game do you feel like have the most interesting/comprehensive/best lore and why? I think the Warcraft lore is the best one, few other games got so many sides fighting against each other, so many sides of god and evil and so many badass antagonists. It also got some very interesting characters that lies somewhere between good and evil and fight for their own causes rather than for moral ones (Illidan Stormrage, Lady Vashj, Kael'thas) On second place would be The Elder Scrolls universe, I love the whole Deadra and Aedra god thing that's going there and the different demi-gods and races