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  2. Alivda

    Celestia's Grand Birthday (Open - see OOC)

    Raven nodded her thanks to Ice. "Thanks, Icy... Any help you can give is more than enough." She said in an affectionate tone, as a warm smile slid softly onto her face. Suddenly, she stiffened when Sombra addressed her. "I... you! You know that's not what I mean! We've been over that... It's just hard to describe the concept of allowing somepony to live in peace to see if they won't harm others succinctly." Raven said, her tone going from mock upset, to a more playful one. "Sorry I haven't had time to see ya after my trip to the Crystal Empire, Sombra... I have some really good news about that actually. But as I was saying, in case you didn't over hear all of it, was that it was a matter that could be discussed later, when we're not celebrating." Raven watched with rapt attention to the ceding of the sun to the moon, her horn faintly twinkling as the light dimmed. It wasn't the only thing, as Icy's beautiful dress began to sparkle, the soft rays of light seeming to, at least to Raven's eye, trace her form. The soft muscle, the tensing of her legs as she shifted slightly while standing, even the way her mane moved in the light breeze. Raven was almost drooling, her mind absent for the second time that evening...
  3. IceStorm

    Celestia's Grand Birthday (Open - see OOC)

    Ice Storm was a bit bummed to hear that the research on the crystals wasn't going to well. She wondered if there was a way that she could help while she was here. She could talk to Luna or Celestia later about possible getting access to the crystal caves that were under Canterlot Mountain. If they knew it was to help with some research on a potential break through in magic, as well as medical properties if they worked for what Raven was looking for, that they would give her permission to go down there. That would have to be something that they would have to discuss later though. Tonight wasn't a night for business talks. "I'll see if there's anything I can help with and send some ponies in that direction. I've got faith in what you can do," she smiled From there, she shifted her thoughts to the princess, and the other two guests. She had to admit, they way they spoke was interesting. It wasn't something that she would have expected that magic could be used for. She didn't see why it couldn't but it was just one of those things that she probably would have never thought of if she hadn't seen it. Listening to them talk though, it seemed like they had a bit of the... nobilistic attitude that she usually disliked. At least the one of them did. The other seemed a bit more down to Equestria. They mentioned they would be interested in attending Luna's party as well if she were to have one. "I believe that would make three of us. After all, if you had a party you know I would be present," she smiled as Sombra and Celestia walked back over, Sombra not wasting the opportunity to take a jab at her from their meeting. "I can honestly say that it wasn't something that I was expecting, but there are some things that I am perfectly happy being proven wrong on," she spoke to him. She hoped that this trend would continue. She wasn't going to voice that aloud however. Not with how the princess had reacted to his greeting. She was certain that she would at least understand the hesitation on him, but at the same time, it would likely raise the question of how they knew each other. She was thankful that she was wearing her new guard armor at the time because she could easily play it off as a meeting at the end of a watch. That way she wouldn't have to bring up STAR if she didn't have to. That and she couldn't help but notice the filly was with them and the arrival of another pony. It was yet another pony that she recognized. It was Thunderbuck from the meeting. She gave him a smile and a wave before beckoning him over. "Feel free to come over and join us! We don't bite I promise!" she giggled watching as Celestia lowered the sun. If her dress stood out in the sun though, it shimmered even more in the moonlight. After all, the dress was made specifically for evening events. the moonlight danced off of the sequins with every shift and movement that she made, accenting the dark colors in the dress even more. The fact that the event was taking place under the stars made her happy. It wasn't any offense to Celestia, but the moon and stars, for reasons that Luna well knew, always appealed to her more. AS the cake and all of the treats began to roll out, she knew that everypony was in for a good time.
  4. When Taira revealed everything about his true form, who he was and who he was not, Applejack's mouth fell ajar. She knew that the lead competitor was a bit odd, but she had never expected the kind of finish her primary race adversary would come out as. Was she being pranked? "Wait. You mean to tell me that I not only won the race, but that I beat an immortal spirit-canine who uses magic and is capable of shape-shiftin' to whatever he desires?" Applejack's overabundance of humility was currently being buried by her own realization that she was the fastest pony by a lot, but her extreme effort pushed her to beat a being that won a bet with Discord. With Discord! Who wins a bet to Discord!? Applejack nearly fainted at the idea and was pretty sure she was dreaming, until she saw all the other ponies react in unison to the reveal of the okami and the rush of the finishing results. She shook her head to gain sense. "Well, Taira. You did lose our wager." Applejack chuckled. "But you ain't sleeping in my barn for a month, you're working in our orchard and doing chores that would otherwise be done by Apple Bloom and Big Macintosh. And then maybe if you finish them every day, then you're get to sleep in the barn." Applejack winked, but was she joking? No other expression on her face as she spoke this gave any credence that she was being sarcastic, honesty was always the mare's scariest feature. Boulder congratulated Applejack as did others, and asked about a rematch next year. Applejack had already thought about this. She knew that winning the race was a very important goal in her life, but now that she had done it, she felt like she could focus on other things involving this event. "Actually, I don't think I will run next year. If I do, I'll probably just be on stampede control, maybe we can get even more than 80% of the leaves down. I ran faster than anypony else today. I think next year I'll give that opportunity to somecreature else. Maybe it'll be you." Applejack winked at Boulder Dash, taking a second to think, and then reminding herself of a very important agenda piece. "Hey, when's that hoedown at the Boulder 'Mater Ranch startin'?" She asked loud enough so that everyone could also be reminded of the post-race festivities.
  5. Yesterday
  6. "Oh... I suppose that makes more sense... I should of focused more on geology in my studies it seems..." Raven said as she listened to Ice's explanation about the cave and mine. When the talk turned to the nobles of Canterlot, she was prepared to zone out like she always did when dealing with their kind, but something stopped her. She wasn't sure if it was because she had started to realize she needed to put herself out there for her goals, which in a way made her no better than them, or because she technically was the head of a noble house now, but she felt she needed to know this too. "I... I could offer the services of my home in Canterlot. It's really just me there, and I could use the lessons in the power of the nobility myself. I mean... I know House Dupone is noble, and not very high up, but that's about the extent of my knowledge..." She offered freely, if a little hesitantly. Bringing others into her home wasn't something she often did, and the friend of her and Ice's had been an exception, both due to her curiosity, and her need to help others. "Oh! And you needn't worry about me taking your secretary... I'll try to find my own, so at worst I may need to borrow him till then... Wow... I'm seriously underprepared for this... any of it." Raven's eyes opened wide with the sudden realization that maybe, studying her family history and magic almost exclusively was a bad idea. She didn't know where to begin looking to find good secretaries, of how to 'run' a noble house or research labs... Suddenly she was afraid, afraid of it all coming crashing down, and she started to draw in on herself, doing her best not to let Bluebelle see...
  7. The battlefield became a raging storm of magical blasts, most the Equestrian Soldiers were set up far back, the Vampire Legion doing the same on the opposite side. The current battle was far beyond their capabilities. Celestia slid back to a halt, twirling around her golden halberd, deflecting a fury of successive strikes from multiple enemies. She braced herself firmly as she blocked a heavy hit, her halberd parried against a black blade, like a katana but with a straight edge instead of a curve. The force was heavy, and contained an enormous strength behind it. The ground buckled beneath her feet, before she pushed the force off and sent out a wave of sun magic, blocked by a black smoke before it hit any of the targets around ber. Celestia grit her teeth, not knowing how long she could keep this up for, and her magic was running low. Her shoulders shrunk as the dust was cleared, revealing a towering tornado of dark wind. Celestia lit up her hands with a sunny glow, preparing to defend, but saw the enemy launching attacks all around her. ‘Damît!’ Suddenly the dark tornado was cut into pieces, the 7 figures charging in were each blocked by a surprising newcomer. Quickly the enemy backed off. Shadow brandished his black sword, his dark energy radiating off him as he sped in towards Celestia. Suddenly a white flash intercepted him, his eyes narrowed but he kept his advance. The two forces collided, exploding in a clash of dark and light energies. Shadow met the eyes of the opponent who was matching him, and to Maelstroms guess, Nameless Trax was alive... and stronger than before. Shadow felt his anger start to fall, allowing Trax to press and send him flying back. Trax jumped back as a flaming wall surrounded the group and Celestia, then spread out, forcing the Batkin to fall back. Celestia let herself fall to knee, looking up, she was beyond relieved to see the people who came to her rescue. Trax stood with Killjoy on his right, Oakly and Kasey standing to her right. Flint stood on his left with Triton, Jag, and Arial in the line. Azure came to Celestia’s side, helping her to stand, “We’ll take it from here M’Lady, make sure our forces stay clear, it’s about to get a little messy around here.” He told her reassuringly, with a bright smile. Across the field, Shade regrouped with Shadow as he dusted himself off, Ceasar walking up to them his hands shoved into his pockets. The others joined them, their faces clear of any joking, this was the warning, and they could sense a change in the tide of this war already. Trax sheathed his short-sword into the scabbard on his back, his dark grey trench coat waved in the wind, wearing light armor underneath the coat. Oakly and Kasey both wore something similar to their Fathers, their coats and armor having colored trims. Blue Oakly, and Red for Kasey. Flint wore red and black armored robes, looking like a true battle mage, wanting to represent for the Equestrian forces. Jag and Arial wearing similar armored robes, but in their respective colors. Jag had a dark brown and grey trim, Arial sporting a light blue and silver trim. Trax let his white aura settle, “They outnumber us just a little, pick a target and stay with them, don’t make any dumb moves.” He told them sternly. Suddenly a scream echoed over the battle field, sending shivers down everyone’s spine, “RED VEIL!!!” A shape crashed onto the field, followed by a giggly laughter, “Come and Play with me! I can sense you’ve gotten stronger! Show Me!” The female voice said loopily. Trax glanced at Killjoy, “Will you be alright?” He asked seriously, not so much concerned for Killjoy, just worried about who her opponent is. Ceasar chuckled lightly, “Was wondering if she was gonna come or not.”
  8. TheOne

    Meetup At Ponyville (Private)

    Gray tilted his head slightly as she mentioned the manager "Oh. Who runs the shop when you are out? I don't think I ever have seen anyone who ran a place like this, here in Ponyville..." The stallion said, scratching the back of his head a bit, searching his memory for anything that would connect with this place "Well. To be fair, I haven't seen this place before either" He said with ever so slight chuckle. Ponyville was a place Gray visited not very often but had a special connection to, so he enjoyed his time here. "Definitely. Ponyville stands out quite a lot on the background of all those cities like Canterlot... To be honest, I prefer it over them." Gray said with a slight shrug. He preferred the silence to the crowd. "It must be hard to manage all of these jobs..." Gray noticed as he stirred his spook in the empty bowl of ice-cream. He could only imagine how overworked she was. This was something that didn't matter to Gray as he lived a life of Nomad. Not caring to much about work or the problems of tomorrow anymore. But he still could think about the horrific stress he would be under in her place.
  9. TheOne

    Out on the Road [Closed]

    Gray smirked a bit as the pony said that they let them keep the armor. Guess they were a bit luckier wherever they served. Gray kept some pieces of his old armor as well, stashing them in his house, but he was a mercenary. A bodyguard. And this armored belong to him and not an army or something like that. When Elysium cast the illusion onto himself to show the armor Gray took a quick look, tilting his head to the sides a bit, seeing the armor from another point of view "Well... I guess it looks good. Cannot say much, since it was transparent and a bit hard to catch the details of" Gray said after the illusion disappeared. This type of magic was nothing new to him, as he even started to study some illusionary art for himself. Not with great results, but still something "If I may know. Where did you fight?" The stallion asked with curiosity in his voice. He found that topic interesting, and even though his bodyguard days were long behind him, he still had some sort of personal connection to this type of lifestyle. "I highly agree. I hope there will be no reason for me to put on my armor again, too. Well... Not out of necessity at least" He said as the side of his lips twirled up slightly into a smirk. He had two types of memories connected with his equipment. He both remembered his travels, friends and brothers in arms and all the suffering he went through during failed jobs. That was the risk of being a bodyguard. "Well... It was definitely different. Sometimes repeating itself job after job and sometimes throwing anything it can at you to throw you down to your knees. There is no predictability in being a bodyguard..."
  10. PatchworkPsycho

    Last post wins

    Rookie numbers, come back when you're working 27 hours a day
  11. Rosewind

    Last post wins

    I just worked 19 hours and have work in an hour. Goals!
  12. DreamWanderer

    Ways to improve writing?

    So I am pretty new to writing (probably as you can tell ). I have been interested in writing my own stories outside of Rping here. I figured i could practice sharpening my writing skills up here before i try anything else. On a day to day basis, I am constantly coming up with ideas and daydreams in my mind, and I would love to get them out of my head and onto a piece of paper, or screen. That's the problem tho, I have tried to articulate my ideas several times, But what i write or draw on the paper, and what i am imagining in my head doesn't always match up to my expectations , And it really frustrates me sometimes. Or sometimes I'll get that "good enough" attitude and leave everything lacking detail. Maybe I am expecting to much out of myself. Would anyone have any suggestions on who to overcome this, and able to write in a way that it goes into detail smoothly without lulling over the details? Sorry if this is hard to understand.
  13. Hawke arched a feathered brow, so the hunky kirin wasn't a kirin at all but an...Okami? The griffon wracked her brain for a few moments as she tried to recall where exactly she had heard that term before. Wait, duh. Ravencrest's books! Okami were a type of yokai, but yokai weren't usually so forthcoming with their yokai-ness, were they? Maybe Taira here was an outlier? Whatever the case may be, it didn't change who the stal...er...wolf was. Hawke smiled and wandered over to Pinkie's side to get a better look at her acquaintance now that his disguise had fallen. "Can pack a lot of wolf in that kirin disguise of yours huh? Man oh man, creatures must get cricks in their necks staring up to talk at you." she playfully teased. She expected the race to be full of surprises, but more so in the way of who would win and lose or leads being exchanged, etctera. Not one of the competitors turning out to be an almost mythological creature. Still, it was nice to see she wasn't the only one hiding who they were. Even if it was for entirely different reasons. Chuckling she gently poked Pinkie in the side with an elbow. "Congratulations by the way Pinkie. You really pulled it off back there! We'll definitely have to race together again sometime. Of course, that'd have to wait until after our date." she gave Pinkie a wink before turning her attention back to Taira. "And congratz to you too! Had a debate going in my head who was going to win between you and Applejack for that last stretch back there."
  14. Dashman562

    The End: Final Standings and Aftermath!

    Boulder Dash blinked a bit but nodded in understanding as Taira held his paw out to him. Without even thinking he reached out with his hoof and grasped the Kirin's paw shaking it as he nodded approvingly. "We're I to decline a challenge from a creature of honor like ya'll would be a disgrace the family name wouldn't live down. If ya drink like ya run then I a looking forward to the challenge" he said with a smile. Boulder Dash then went turned when he saw his little brother scoot with a bag of sweets in his hoof. "Rocky...was wondering were ya were" he said as Rocky hoof bumped him. "We're proud of ya big bro. Mama is packing up the stand and is heading over. Guess she's excited about the shin dig ya'll plotted on the course" he said. Boulder Dash nodded as he motioned for Rocky to follow him. The two Boulder brothers trotted over to the Apple sisters and Boulder Dash nodded to Applejack happily. In truth he was very proud of her, having always felt a kinship with AJ similar to a little sister growing up on the farms and watching her come of age. "Congrats AJ. I'm proud of ya, yer still tough as nails, but speedier then a wild cat with hot sauce. I hope yer up to the same next year" Boulder Dash said as he reached and hugged AJ despite his big size and bulk. Meanwhile Rocky was standing next to Applebloom, a slight blush creeping into his aquamarine colored coat. Clearing his throat he nodded to Applebloom and spoke with a slight stammer in his country twang. "Congrats Applebloom. Yer sister did great. Um....I eh bought these here sweets but way too many fer me to eat. Would ya.....would ya like to have some?" Rocky asked as he held the bag out to Applebloom his blush getting deeper.
  15. DreamWanderer

    The End: Final Standings and Aftermath!

    Heart Shield eased up a little, a smile returned to his face. It seemed every pony had kept calm, and this version of the kirin wasn't harmful but rather his true form. He had never seen a Okami or heard of one before, and was rather intrigued by it. He couldn't wrap his head around it, This pony he had raced with was actually a wolf, and he mentioned something about the last dance party he was to was a millennia ago. Heart Shield had a hard time making sense of it, Admittedly he did look rather cool looking in his wolf form, "wish i could do that" Heart Shield thought to him self. The large wolf responded to his earlier question "Oh um, tissues, uhh i don't think i have any on hoof, but I'm glad your alright." Heart Shield had said with a little bit of a nervous smile. He knew Taira wouldn't do anything to him, but he was rather intimidating looking tho. The large wolf overshadowed the now seemingly small guard pony. Turning His thoughts to other things now, He wondered now that the race was over, what other festivities would take place? How would he spend the rest of his time in ponyville?
  16. dragonofruin

    Out on the Road [Closed]

    Elysium could only nod their agreement. They were rather large cities, though Canterlot wasn't quite as big as the others, being that it was built on the side of a mountain. It was an impressive feat of architecture to have managed such a thing without it all.. falling apart. They had to wonder how it was maintained to keep its supports from growing weak from time and wear.. The curiosity was set aside in favor of Gray, who had asked them a question. "I was, and.. I did. I didn't think they would disallow me something like armor. I can understand the concern they'd have over weapons, though. I left mine behind, since I don't have much of a need for them." Elysium tilted their head forward, indicating their horn. "I.. don't have a picture, but I still have a means of showing you." A little glint had appeared in the unicorn's eye for a moment and their horn lit up gold. Using their magic, they managed to make a transparent illusion of their armor on their body, and they held it there long enough for Gray to get a good look, and once they were sure he had, they let the spell go. The illusion disappeared, leaving Elysium dressed in their black outfit again with their saddlebags strapped over it. "I don't use it anymore. There's no need to. I'm.. glad there is no need to, but I keep it for the memories and.. I guess, for that 'just in case' moment." Elysium nodded to Gray, quietly indicating something that he'd said- that chance he might face off against a foe for a last time. "Being a.. bodyguard must have been an interesting experience for you."
  17. "A lot of caves can actually turn into mines fairly easily. In fact, a lot of mines start out as a cave that somepony discovered something in, and by looking for more, well, a mine is formed. Finding a cave with a plentiful source of crystals would be more beneficial than finding an abandoned mine because while the mine has been worked, all it really is, is a cave that is self navigating. A cave that hasn't been touched yet, who knows what we could find in it, possible even new crystals that haven't been found," Ice said in response to Raven saying that she was hoping to find a mine. Ice knew where one of those were too, but a cave that had natural formations in them that hadn't been touched yet could give many more answers. "As far as talking over tea, I think that would be lovely. I'm not sure of what places here would offer a private refuge in speaking about these things," she commented as Bluebelle started talking about some of the houses and how the power of the houses were usually kept classified. At least informally so. That it helped keep things straight in the Canterlot social scene. "They have not mentioned anything. Really though, I actually don't pay too much mind to the Canterlot Social Scene. Really I might go to a few events here or there, but between everything I have going on, both in and out of Canterlot, and in and out of Equestria for that matter, Going to social occurrences and listening to Upper Crust preach about how everypony else is beneath her or suck up to whatever pony she's made friends with that day," she replied and waited for Raven to speak on the information about the scholars and the secretaries that Bluebelle mentioned. That would be more of her thing because Ice was more of a front like action kind of mare. She didn't do well with book work even though she did have to do some of it for managing finances.
  18. dragonofruin

    Celestia's Grand Birthday (Open - see OOC)

    The sight of King Sombra strutting across the middle of the party and kissing her sister square on the lips was a baffling sight- Luna hadn't any idea that they were.. this close. Celestia had told her she fancied Sombra earlier that day, back at their old castle, but this- to see it, was still quite a shock. Seeing the king in a setting like this in general was still.. startling. The only time she'd ever interacted with him was fighting him for the Crystal Empire with Celestia. Now he stood here among them casually, embracing her sister and staring up into Celestia's blushing face with a certain softness that Luna never would've expected to see on his. The voices of the others and the twins' telepathic questions washed over the stunned alicorn until she finally registered that they were speaking and tore her teal eyes away from the lovestruck pair to focus on them. "Y-Yes, it is my sister's birthday," the moon princess replied, struggling to hold back a frown when they'd asked if she was the one who'd made the mistake. "No, I did not. That would be my sister's doing, as she made the invitations." Luna spared a look for her sister, making an effort to ignore Sombra, though her eyes did curiously linger over Ice Storm and Raven's closeness with a curiosity before her attention returned to the twin ponies. "Indeed? I.." Luna trailed off, surprised by what she'd been told. It wasn't just their lack of voices, but their expressed interest in attending her own party, if she had one. "Well.. I was considering it, but I was not entirely certain if I would. Perhaps, I might. It is.. fascinating that you speak the way that you do. A clever use of your magic." In the midst of this conversation, of which Sombra paid little attention to when all of his was on Celestia, the umbrum moved to rest his side against Celestia's with one of his trademark smirks. "How could I help myself?" he replied with a low rumble, "I was excited to join this little party of yours and offer you the best present I could possibly give to you: myself." He chose that moment to look over at Ice Storm and Raven, delighted to see their reactions to his display- Raven's little spit-take especially. The strange twin ponies hadn't even seemed to register his entrance in the least, something that mildly disappointed him. "So, you want to redeem me?" Sombra asked Raven, a dark brow arching as his eyes swept away from the twins. Movement near him caught his eye, and he found the foal he'd spotted before staring up at him- at least for the briefest time before they wandered off. The question what's with the kid? lingered on his tongue, but he never thought to ask it as the foal approached their next party guest. Even Luna's eyes followed the little filly's wandering for a moment, after being looked up at. Sombra recognized him, and took a moment to recall his name, Thunderbuck, while Luna only saw another mysterious stranger, one who she couldn't help seeing a little of Sombra in.. somehow. Mostly the coloration and the horn. "Welcome," the dark princess greeted. Sombra merely looked on, curious, before his attention shifted back to Celestia and the others, with Ice briefly gaining the focus of his attention. "Don't think I'm lying about anything now, do you?" Sombra teasingly asked as he turned in place, his gaze flitting away towards an object of Celestia's focus: the cake. And, there was the sun, which he only watched the lowering path of out of the corner of his eye. In the other direction, the moon slowly rose as Luna chose the moment to bring it forth. It fascinated the former tyrant to watch it.
  19. Pretzelparty

    The End: Final Standings and Aftermath!

    The first to approach Taira in the tail end of his fit was Boulder. Honestly, he would be slightly saddened if that wasn't the case based on the stallion's goo will exhibited in the race. Windy sneezes changed to breezy coughs and then to a gentle snuffle when he felt he'd finally gotten most of that perfume out of his system. Now standing noticeably taller compared to the bulky country-colt he offered him a subdued smile, trying not to show off any teeth. "It's me alright..." Another soft cough came from the large yokai, "So... still up for that drinking contest? I think I might have a bit of an edge on you now that I look like this." A paw was offered in friendship to Boulder, large as it was it could still shake a hoof as the stallion soon learned. Ears perked at Heart Shield's question, "I could do with a tissue perhaps! Otherwise I'm perfectly fine." His response was punctuated by a soft sniffle. The arrival of the bouncing party pony made the big creatures tail start to wag about in delight, wisps of mist slipping and dissipating off the end of his tail as it waved about behind him. Once she got close enough he got down on his front paws and swiftly slipped beneath her as she came down on her last bounce: letting her land perfectly on his back. With his pink companion safely seated on his back he would eagerly walk back to the crowd with her and boulder, "To be honest I haven't gotten to attend a proper dance party in ... Hm... I think the last one was a millennia ago. Think you can teach this old dog some new dance tricks, Pinkie-san?" Taira was honestly surprised by how composed the mayor was, but he was most certainly not going to complain. Any official who could keep a stunned crowd calm after such an odd circumstance as this deserved his respect. Once he returned to the finishing line with two of the ponies he'd come to admire in this race he would nod appreciatively to the Mayor, mouthing a thank you her way once he was close enough. One pony he was sure was going to expect some answers. Applejack was having such a heartfelt moment with her kin and basking in her pride when Taira had to spoil it all by making a scene. "Well, I can't say for sure I know how much this clever one knows..." He glanced back to Pinkie for a moment then back to Applejack, "... But I think I can elaborate. Sorry for the scare back there and the bit of deception." He offered his paw to her , "The answer to that first question you asked is..." From the stands the descending yellow kirin rolled his eyes and rapidly stomped his hooves on the wood, producing a short drumroll that he ended the second the wolf spoke. "None at all! Like your mayor said, I'm an O-kami. I can be a kirin when I want to be... and perhaps earth pony or pegasus too, but my shape-shifting isn't quite as good as it should be. I stayed in that form as long as I could during the race as part of a bet with a certain mischievous spirit native to hear. Perhaps you've met?" He asked with a genuine sincerity, as he had not quite looked into all the details regarding recent events in this land just yet. The large would took a deep breath and then bowed his head towards Applejack, "And because I happened to lose the wager we made before the race's end... You have yourself a worker here for a month. I'll be sleeping in your barn as per our arrangement."
  20. Applejack crossed the finish line and the tape snapped. She felt the tape, but didn't immediately think of what it meant. Everypony was cheering but her intense focus had muted everything but her heartbeat. And she would have seen them if her eyes hadn't been closed for the last fifteen seconds. She started to slow, but was unaware of the impact of the finish, still enveloped in her adrenaline, her psyche attempting to dig herself out of her hypnotic state. When she stopped running, she attempted to gain awareness of her situation, but instead collapsed to the ground because of fatigue. Only until a heartwarming voice squeed over her, would she come to. “Ya won! Applejack, ya won tha race!” It was Apple Bloom. Applejack opened her eyes, the first thing she saw was the blurred skewed image of her little sister smiling wide, her face darkened by shadow in front of a blue sky above. "Apple Bloom!" She gasped, still breathing very heavily. Applejack bounced her eyes around to gain her surroundings and her direction of thought. She slowly came to the realization that her streak was over. "Ah... won?" Applejack picked herself up slowly, dusting off her hooves, though in vain of the extremely filth she had all over her. Her emotion continued to elevate. "I won!" When Applejack looked around, she could see everypony who came to see the finish excited to see all the racers cross the line and took notice of a large group of ponies who were all holding flags with her face on it. It seems as though the Apple family rented out an entire section of the stands. She fell back and took a seat on the ground, an ungraceful thump as she spared her strained legs. She cupped her hooves over her face in disbelief, pulled them away and then exhaled contently. "I won." Apple Bloom gave her a hug where she sat, Applejack giving back a loving embrace postured in such a way to prevent extra aches and pains. She pulled Apple Bloom out of her wrap and looked into her eyes. "There ain't nothin' more satisfying in this world, Apple Bloom, than seeing your hard work pay off. And no one can give you that feeling. But we can help create it." Applejack's breathing was still heavy but was starting to catch up to her body's dramatic finish. She picked herself up again. And started walking towards the event podium. While she slowly walked, other racers were dashing through the finishing gate, all of them desperate for water, air, and the little fillies room. Not too much longer, Coloratura trotted through, her expression one of complete exhaustion. Before Ra-Ra could catch her breath, fans surrounded her asking for autographs, and the musical mare was unable to refuse. Applejack then decided to come to her rescue. She gave a side hug to an unsuspecting Ra-Ra, and pulled her away. "Thanks ya'll, the Countess needs a breather." Applejack would not take no for an answer, attempting to block the view of any camera pointed in her direction. She thought it was pretty humorous that even in victory, avid fans would still rather gain the attention of a celebrity pony. "Ra-Ra, you finished!" Applejack didn't think Ra-Ra would be able to finish with as good of time as she did. She knew that other ponies with no athletic experience had finished the run with reasonable effort. But considering the time Ra-Ra made was impressive, she finished among some pretty fast racers! "I'm so proud of you. I know right now you're wanting to forget the pain and suffering, but after you sleep tonight, you'll never forget the time you ran the leaves!" Applejack walked her towards the podium, Ra-Ra limping slightly, but so was she. Neither of them would run for a week. Applejack stood up on the podium, taking the steps to get to the top center. When she reached the maximum height, she felt so accomplished. She had seen first place perspective at rodeos and cider festivals, but she had never seen it here in Ponyville's town center. Being able to be hoisted in this setting made her orange pelt glow golden, her smile radiant with satisfaction, no regret in her expression. As the mayor presented the medals, she reflected on all the friends that helped her get her to this point, in the race, and in life. She was also thankful for the new friends she had made, including this new interesting kirin character Taira, who seemed very on edge. Not everycreature could come to a rest as easy as Applejack. When Mayor came to Applejack, she lowered her head, and hung the medal on her neck, the shimmer of the golden medallion reflecting all of the animated cheering going on in front of her. A tear prepared for deployment. But before she could have another sentimental moment, Taira had a raging fit of sneezing, one that involved a magical spray of nasal excrete. When the mist fell away and the kirin was seen again, he wasn't seen at all. Instead in his place was a much larger creature, something like that of a wolf but with a mane like a princess. A wolf prince? "What kinna kirin are you!?" Applejack yelled, everypony around her also remarking on the creature's reveal. It looked like he had tried to escape, but his constant sneezing would not allow him to control his motion. Pinkie seemed to think she knew all along. Would have been nice for her to share this pinkie sense with her before. "Pinkie, you knew? What else do you know?" She wondered if she didn't actually win the race but was instead hallucinating everything, the best griffon racer speaking Applejack's thoughts into existence. It certainly wouldn't have been the first time she blacked out.
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  22. Stormstride

    Celestia's Grand Birthday (Open - see OOC)

    Celestia had been about to bring the filly over to join them when Sombra made his rather grand and fabulous entrance. She smiled and leaned forward to hug him, when he kissed her. He kissed her like owned her. And the princess blushed because she loved it. Her eyes fluttered as she felt the warmth of his lips on hers, smelt the scent of his mane in her nostrils and all she could do was shiver and let out a soft, pleasurable noise. As their lips parted, she looked at him before her and leaned in. She hugged him tight, whispering in his ear, "Hello there darling. That was quite the entrance." Caramel Cream looked up at the tall dark stallion. He was intimidating, rather large and his dark mane looked like black fire. But the princess kissed him and seemed to love him. So he could not be bad. She slowly moved off, approaching the others. As she passed a pair of twins, she looked up at them, curious of their way of talking. But she said nothing. Looking up at Luna, she felt so small. Celestia and Luna were towering over all around them. Moving on, she passed a mare in a pretty dress, and another that looked fancy as well. It was then she bumped into something. She looked up, and up... and up. Her eyes finally fell on the soft face of a stallion that matched Somrba for height, but he was muscular. His long, curved horn came to a sharp point, which contrasted with the gentle green of his eyes set in that kind face. He knelt down and smiled at her. "Hello little one." His voice was like a melody, and it seemed to sooth her some. Celestia looked over toward them, returning to the group with Sombra. Her eyes fell on the stallion. He had a thick, bushy coat. His mane looked like he had never combed it, and the same for his tail. He was large, and muscular. He looked like he knew what manual labor was. But his horn, it was strange. It resembled the horn of an Umbrum, and yet he was not an umbrum. His coat was a deep gray color, and his eyes were emerald green. She could see he wore saddle bags, and noted that there were a couple instruments poking up from them. A musician, it seemed. He stood and greeted Everypony gently and all at once. Giving a half bow, and yet his voice... It was soft and gentle as a forest stream. "Greetings. I received an invitation to a party!" He recognized a few ponies here from the meeting with Ice. Thunderbuck Cloud, standing his full height, was almost a match for an allicorn in size. He smiled, pushing his mane from his face a bit before looking back at everyone. He made no attempt to assert himself into any of the on going conversations. In fact, he only stood there as if he expected to be ordered to leave. But that smile never left his face. Caramel looked up at him, and soon enough she was smiling as well. He looked like a nice pony, and he spoke in a way that made her comfortable. As Celestia rejoined the group, she made her way to the twins first. "Thank you for bringing the type to my attention. I should have noticed. It is a bit embarrassing. Here, would you care for something to drink?" She motioned to the tables where the food was set up at last. And finally there was the cake. The chefs has just set it out. It was simple, and lovely to look at. It was a plain white cake, with cream icing. It was decorated with flowers for flavor and color. Celestia looked up, her horn glowing as she began to lower the sun. It was about 10 minutes early, but what was 10 minutes when a lovely party in the gardens under moonlight and the castle lamps would be lovely!
  23. DreamWanderer

    Caoimhe [Ready]

    Roleplay Type: Main RpName: CaoimheSex: MaleAge: StallionSpecies: Earth ponyEye colour: GoldenCoat: Chocolate brown with white on his belly, in his ears, and at the bottom of his hoovesMane/Tail: his mane is in medium length, and has black, and light blonde color mixed in, with a medium length matching tailPhysique: Caoimhe is a tall pony with a stocky build and moderate muscles Residence: Fet LochOccupation: Farmer/ sheep herder Cutie Mark: Mountain with a dirt trail winding around it down to the base and out and a compass in the middle of the mountain. As a young colt Caoimhe loved hiking in the mountains, and taking in the sights from way up high. as a young colt he often wandered the harsh terrain alone, either for his free time or looking for a lost sheep, and learned to know his way around the steep mountains and wilderness. As a young colt, one day a sheep had gotten loose from the pasture and wandered off. He was given responsibility from his parents to watch over the flock for the day, and he feared he would be in trouble for letting one wander off. Taking it upon himself Caoimhe took off looking for this sheep. Wandering the mountain sides up and down for several hours in search of this sheep. Wandering down into the woods below he eventually found the sheep in the thick woods. By this time night was falling, and he realized he to was lost and far from home. Using landmarks and natural features he was able to find his way back home and return the sheep and himself to safety once more. Unique Traits: Caoimhe is a hard working stallion, and over the years of herding sheep through the rough mountainside has given him a rather high stamina, and can run or do labor intensive work for long periods of times. It has also proven to give him a knack for navigating the wilderness and finding his way without a map or compass using nothing but landmarks and natural features. He is also really good at herding sheep, even doing so alone at times. He has a rather calm demeanor and is good at keeping ponies calm and avoiding conflicts. History: Caoimhe was born in the highlands of Fet Loch in a small stone cottage on the mountain side with his parents Allaway and brèagha. From a foal He grew up on his families pasture and helped tend to the farm. Work was hard herding sheep on the mountain but the view was always worth it. His parents Allaway his father inherited the farm from his line of ancestors who had settled the land on the harsh mountain side, and his mother brèagha lived down in the lower lands of Fet Loch. Both his parents brought up Caoimhe to always be respectful and hardworking. They always treated him with fairness and love. Caoimhe still lives on his families farm to this day, and looks after his parents and the farm. In his stallion years His parents let him take over the farm so they could retire from farming, but they don't mind pitching in to help. His life can be very labor intensive, but he deems it as humble work. Caoimhe has rather simplistic goals and hopes to establish his own farm and live in a small stone cottage just like his parents someday. Character Personality: Caoimhe may be a tall stocky pony but don't let that intimidate you. He is generally a very easy going pony, and just likes to have fun. Caoimhe is a bit of a wanderer and like to travel around taking in the beautiful sights of nature. When he is in town he likes getting to meet knew ponies and making new friends. He isn't really fond of fancy or formal gathering and prefers to live a simple life. For the most part he always has a laid back attitude and easy to get along with, He is really slow to anger but if you manage to get him there he can get quite confrontational. Character Summary: Caoimhe is is a hearty stallion with a stocky build and a soft personality. He always like to find new friends and fun where ever it can be found. He is a stallion of simple tastes and dislikes the formalities of more sophisticated life styles. He is mostly a s peaceful pony and is slow to anger but can be rather aggressive if you manage to get him all worked up. All in all he is pretty relaxed pony to be around and has a sort of bubbly attitude most of the time.
  24. DreamsofMaple

    Last post wins

    I'll send you thousands!
  25. SteelEagle

    The End: Final Standings and Aftermath!

    The Mayor watched the transformation- felt it more like- at first with a hint of fear. When it was over, however, calm returned. She had worked in many departments in the government, and that included a trip to Neighpon. Her memory was still sharp; she knew what an Okami was. She adjusted her glasses. “Oh, well then, excuse me. Thank you to our Okami visitor,” she said with a smile and matter of factly as if it were no big deal. After all, if she were calm, perhaps others would be. Apple Bloom had spent much of the race having her view obscured, either by the active members of the Apple family or the crowd which included a very loud Yona, somepony cheerleading for Discord of all critters, and the various odds and ends that called the stands home. But when it came to the final stretch she got to see everything. The determination and the drive, the strain and the pressure, the leaves and hooves that brought them down. Most importantly she saw her sister and saw that she was once again in the thick of it. Once again liable to win or to suffer through another noble second-place finish. Nobility and effort, it seemed, could only get you so far. But something strange happened on the way another consolation prize. As the final few meters became visible to Apple Bloom she saw both Applejack and the strange looking Kirin charging like they were possessed. She could feel the focused energy radiating off of both of them. But she could see Applejack clear as day. She could see that the world had faded around her. Apple Bloom cheered but she doubted Applejack could hear her. Applejack had entered the zone, the world was right, and the finish line was close. Taira was impressive all on his own but it was clear to Apple Bloom before it would be to anypony else. Applejack was the winner even before she crossed. Apple Bloom was already off the stands and running to the end of the line before she had crossed. Moments after Applejack crossed the line and before anypony else could congratulate her Apple Bloom was there, jumping into a hug around Applejack's neck. “Ya won! Applejack, ya won tha race!” As for Coloratura, she finished the race though she didn't finish it with a strong gallop. A nice firm trot, enough to make it appear like all of her muscles weren't failing across the whole body. Any moment she might have to recover was stolen even as she tried to take deep breaths. Stolen immediately, in fact. A gaggle of fans ran up to her started demanding autographs. She wanted desperately to say no but the first fan she failed to make an effort for would be the first. She switched between Ra-Ra and the Countess, doing her best to please them all as she tried to make short work of the process. She had to find a place to rest her screaming legs. Before that though, she had ponies and otherwise to congratulate, and one mare in particular who had been promised dinner. She had to make sure that one came to pass.
  26. Loremongrel

    Introduction!

    Man, are you my brother ? Except for Magic (never liked it, don't get me wrong. I like however the arts), you named all my interests too. I would love to hear some of your lore stuff, even of yours and your worlds. As my username suggest, I crave for Lore (thanks Dark Souls...)
  27. Loremongrel

    Hello there, I'm new!

    Well, seems I've found a new friend. Also, was reading you mentioned Fallout, so... must deduce you're a fan ?
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