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    Roleplay Type: World of EquestriaName: (Princess) Twilight SparkleSex: FemaleAge: MareSpecies: AlicornEye colour: PurpleCoat: LavenderMane/Tail: Both Twilight's mane and tail resemble a carefully combed fringe. The dominant color of both is a navy-ish bluish purple, with twin purple and hot pink streaks slightly off-center.Physique: As Twilight is young, she's rather small for an alicorn. She has grown since being a unicorn, but she is still rather miniature in stature next to the other three princesses. As a result, she's this awkward middle ground between the average unicorn and the average alicorn in stature. She is otherwise well-bodied, and her wings gained from ascension function as well as any natural-born pegasus's.Residence: PonyvilleOccupation: Princess of Friendship Cutie Mark: A spark of magic best describes her Cutie Mark. It's hot pink in color and star-shaped, and little smaller white 'sparkles' come off the sides of it. It represents her prowess in magic, which far surpassed that of her fellow unicorn peers at the time of her gaining it. Such magical potential was unlocked during one of her magic tests in which she was required to hatch a dragon's egg. As a result of Rainbow's sonic rainboom off in the distance, the shockwave brought out a magical surge within her body that took Celestia's intervention to calm down. Up until that point, she struggled with her magic; but since unlocking it, Twilight pulls off spells with ease and even has an expertise in crafting them herself. She's not the only pony capable of grand magic, but she is one of the few with such a mastery of it, surpassing even her hero StarSwirl the Bearded. Unique Traits: Being an alicorn is already a unique trait, given that there are only five of those in existence. On top of that, Twilight Sparkle has unique magical prowess, and she's none too weak a flier, either. She's earned the title of "Princess of Friendship", which means that she's the owner of the castle within Ponyville and also the champion of friendship, and thus the one to spread it across the world. It's unknown the limitations of her magic, but the fact that she managed to finish a spell by StarSwirl the Bearded, one of the greatest unicorns to ever live, is a testament to how gifted she is at writing spells, finishing them, and utilizing them to their fullest potential. She's only gotten better at it since her species change, too, as she used to only be able to cast a wing spell once; now, that's practically child's play for her. History: Twilight Sparkle was born in Canterlot to loving parents Twilight Velvet and Night Light. While her mother, Twilight Velvet, was more adventurous and eccentric, her father was more down to earth and studious - traits that they passed down onto their daughter and a little bit her brother. When Twilight was young, she spent a lot of her time with her brother, Shining Armor, as well as burying her head in books; her parents expressed concern at her lack of desire to become close to other ponies, but some of this stemmed from an inadequacy resulting from her late blooming regarding magic. Twilight did make friends, but they were casual at best and Twilight often blew them off for her studies. Despite this, she still managed to catch the attention of Princess Celestia, who saw her potential in not only saving Equestria, but becoming a princess. It was this potential that she saw that convinced her, after Twilight passed her magic test and became well acquainted with her library, to send Twilight to Ponyville in order to unlock her potential - through which she knew would only come into fruition if she made friends with other ponies. It was not a prospect that Twilight was too happy about, at first. She thought all of the ponies in Ponyville were crazy, and she didn't even attempt to understand them, and on top of that she thought Celestia wasn't taking her seriously when Twilight considered the idea that Nightmare Moon's return was inevitable. She didn't attempt, that was, until Nightmare Moon showed up, and those ponies who didn't seem to know what the hay they were doing suddenly became instruments to her success; they worked hard to achieve the goal of stopping Nightmare Moon upon her return with her. Through that adventure Twilight learned the merits that her friends individually had, and by the end of it they stood together with her, an act so moving that she found herself unwilling to move from Ponyville once the adventure was done. Celestia was happy at this prospect, and gave her a new assignment: to study the magic of friendship. From there, Twilight went through a series of trials and tribulations as she gradually got to know her friends more and more. Rainbow Dash was bold and full of bravado, but she was also one of the most loyal ponies she'd ever met; Rarity could be vain and melodramatic, but she was a generous, crafty, and artistic soul; Fluttershy was painfully shy to the point of crippling social anxiety, but kind and thoughtful; Pinkie Pie was loony, but genuinely reveled in the happiness of other ponies; and Applejack was stubborn, but reliable. In the process, Twilight also grew to understand the merits of other ponies, including the established Cutie Mark Crusaders of Scootaloo, Apple Bloom, and Sweetie Belle, and even became so attached to her home that the prospect of failing her assignment of sending back a friendship lesson every time made her spiral out of control because of the fear that she may lose what she built up here. Celestia recognized this need to stay and changed the assignment to that of a journal that each of her friends could write in every time they learned a friendship lesson, broadening Twilight's understanding of how being a friend worked. It's through this that Twilight developed her greatest strength: empathy. She became the rock that tied the group together because she was the one who truly understood what it meant to be each of them. She'd be the one to reach out during their darkest moments and speak to them intimately as friends, and she's the one who would believe in them the most. That didn't mean that her journey came without its hiccups, but Twilight's friendship bond with them became so strong that it was difficult to reconcile the fact that she'd ever been antisocial at all. It all came to a head when Twilight finished a spell of StarSwirl the Bearded's, a unicorn whose legacy inspired Twilight since fillyhood. The secret that he was missing in this spell was friendship, something Twilight spent so much time learning. It was upon this completion, and the subsequent fixing of it once it swapped her friends' cutie marks, that Celestia took her to achieve what she'd been destined for: her ultimate ascension. Twilight used to be a unicorn, but this ascension meant that she gained wings, as well as a title: The Princess of Friendship. She had officially become its paragon through her own merits. Unfortunately, Twilight found herself falling into the trap of becoming too wrapped up in what this title actually meant, rather than the fact that it simply represented what she had already achieved. She became duty-bound in spreading friendship and uniting everypony under its banner with her own knowledge of it, and she became so concerned about this that it led to her forgetting what allowed her to earn that title in the first place: the strive to learn. This especially became evident when faced with Starlight Glimmer, her moral opposite; while Twilight believed in the merits of the individual, Starlight thought that individuality was what caused strife and so sought to eliminate it from everyone except herself. Twilight united with the village that she'd enslaved to drive her out, and Twilight became wrapped up within this formula of defending Equestria from those who would threaten it... She became wrapped up in this, at least, until she figured out what Starlight's motives were, and it became clearer to her what Twilight's purpose was: to reach out to those who really needed it and extend that hoof of a friend when they were all alone without a friend to help them. It turned out this adoption of Starlight after the reveal of her motives of being friendless turned out for the better, as Starlight being her pupil taught her a thing or two about friendship in itself. When an opportunity to release StarSwirl the Bearded presented itself, Twilight took that chance without thinking through the repercussions, which led to bringing back the Pony of Shadows, a pony who inflicted pain and misery upon the world of Equestria years past and would do so again. It was Starlight who broke Twilight and the others out of the mold they'd fallen into, believing that a quick blast should solve everything, when in fact what they saw was a pony who was suffering from doubt and loneliness as a result of a misunderstanding. Starlight helped Twilight to understand, once again, what the purpose of her being a Princess of Friendship was, and why that title was so important: to reach out to ponies in need with her empathy and to bring them to understand themselves a little better. Twilight now seeks to spread this union to others across the globe, and she's begun this process by making the School of Friendship. She's hopeful that she will be able to make the world a better place by teaching everyone empathy, to seek companionship and to understand each other just a little better. Character Personality: Twilight Sparkle's chief strengths come in two forms: her desire to learn, and empathy. While she may have been close-minded before, Twilight has grown to thirst for knowledge about anything she can potentially learn about, even subjects she previously might not have been interested in. This need to understand the world around her has resulted in that empathy, too; Twilight seeks to understand ponies around her, understand herself, and know what to do in a given situation. This is not simply to the degree of books, either, although she certainly champions books as a great vessel to picking up new knowledge, but she has learned that practical knowledge can be equally as valuable. Either way, Twilight is somepony who doesn't shy away from experience and learning new things, and even admitting when she is wrong about something she's cemented herself into believing. After all, what Twilight honors most is the ability to set goals and accomplish them, as well as to continue growing. Unfortunately, this hunger to know more and her sheer intelligence are also a double-edged sword. Twilight can hold herself to high standards - while she's willing to admit that she's wrong and has the humility to know that she's not always right about things, it doesn't mean she likes being wrong, and she can debate with the best of them. It especially hits her hard when she believes she should know more about a subject and then finds that she actually doesn't know as much as she thought; in this way, she's incredibly self critical. It also can allow her to veer dangerously close to the territory of cynicism, unlike her more optimistic friends; if she becomes inundated with too much negative information, she can absorb that like a sponge and grow to become skeptical of the friendliness of the world around her, which she must be reminded of by those around her. Sometimes knowledge is too much knowledge, and nopony else embodies this quite like Twilight, as she can be bogged down if she's been slanted in a certain way. In addition to that, being blindsided by something can result in Twilight losing control over herself when she believed she understood a situation before, to the point that it even induces panic within her. Part of this also stems from the fact that Twilight, despite her humility, is very much a perfectionist. She likes doing things right, and she likes doing things right the first time, which is why she's so meticulous. She makes checklists, then makes checklists for her checklists, and she's very detail oriented, specifically because she doesn't want to make a single thing out of place. And because she has that humility, she often frets about whether she's doing the right thing or doing it in the right way. As a result, Twilight can be particularly prone to self doubt and concern, not just about the moral implications of her actions but how others may see her when she does them, which ties back into her empathy. Twilight is very much concerned about how others perceive her, and as a result she may push aside her own wants and feelings for the sake of putting on a good impression. This backfires on her spectacularly as it can stress her out and lead her to bottling up her feelings, which have a tendency to explode outward some other way. Despite this, Twilight can often have a calm and rational approach to a situation, so long as she feels like she's in control of it. If she thinks she's approaching a situation she knows a lot about and she's in her element, that hidden confidence can really show and make her appear to be the more level-headed of her friends. It's only when she's in situations that she feels like a fish out of water in that she finds herself questioning her place and giving in to self-doubt. Otherwise, she is very much the rock of her group as she ties them all together with her understanding and intimate knowledge of the situation, knowledge that she gained due to her desire to look into something as much as she can. Unfortunately, sometimes she overestimates how much she knows, which makes the crash when she's inevitably incorrect about it that much harder. Twilight is a very kind-hearted and warm pony who can get herself invested in a topic easily, so long as there's something there that she can sink her teeth into. In addition, she is very much a bookworm in the purest sense: she likes to study, she likes to do work, and she likes to learn, because all of those preoccupy her brain. She can even veer into busypony territories, as she doesn't much like having absolutely nothing to do. If she has no books to read and nopony to talk to, it can lead to her proclaiming that she's bored as her mind is constantly working on overdrive and needs a lot of stimuli to function. Twilight doesn't like to sit around unless she has some project to engage her, and when left to her own devices may attempt things that would look outright eccentric to the outside viewer simply to occupy herself. In this sense, she's also the most likely to have random thoughts late at night and then act on them impulsively because they might be interesting to study. That being said, Twilight is far from a practical-minded, pure scientist type. In her purest form, Twilight enjoys company with her friends the most above anything else, and would willfully give up magic in its entirety if it meant she could spend the rest of her time with them. In fact, Twilight may not like to admit it since she prefers to be the 'sane pony' of the group, but she can be the most sentimental of them all, and even have a tendency to wax poetry about her main purpose in life. While she is not as melodramatic as the likes of Rarity, Twilight is very philosophically-minded and morally-oriented, and as such it's much of what she thinks about. In other words, while Twilight does like learning, her chief motivation in life is not that but instead fulfilling what destiny tells her to do, because beyond anything she wants a purpose and to fit in someplace. Character Summary: Twilight Sparkle is a loving, compassionate, and sentimental pony with a desire to learn and become a better pony every day. While she can be very much neurotic and paranoid, Twilight still behaves as the de facto leader of her group and she does so with gusto, if a bit of lack of self-confidence at times. She's a bookworm, but she is a sociable bookworm who places her friends above absolutely anything else in the world - ultimately, while one might be sucked into believing she is a pony who's rooted solely in introversion, in reality Twilight thrives off of being needed, serving a purpose, and coming to understand the world around her.
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    Looks like Rainbow picked up on her idea! Scootaloo watched as the cyan pegasus made her way over to the rocks and dusted them off of the dirt (personally, Scootaloo wouldn't mind if they were still dirty, but it was nice for Rainbow to think of that anyway) before handing her one of them, which Scootaloo held within her hoof. As Rainbow encouraged Scootaloo to take some deep breaths, the little filly did just that, inhaling and exhaling, and some of the heat built within her chest relaxed; it was a good thing, then, that'd she done it. Yeah, yeah, she could balance a rock like this, or an egg, no problem! And she'd prove that to Rainbow, that she didn't have to worry too much about her prowess as far as that was concerned. Scootaloo knew all about balance, after all; she took rides on a scooter, and it was common for her to use her athleticism to her advantage. While other little fillies may be lacking in that department, especially pegasi, Scootaloo's inability to fly had the side effect of allowing her to build up proper muscles and balance elsewhere. With a determined nod in response to Rainbow once she'd managed to achieve something like zen within her brain, she held up the rock, keeping an eye on Rainbow as she too held up her rock. On the count of three, and Scootaloo tightened her legs in response to that count before finally, she heard three, and as a result, placed the rock upon her nose. Its uneven shape proved to be the best practice for the egg balancing, as almost immediately Scootaloo found it was beginning to swerve off of her muzzle. So quickly had it moved, in fact, that Scootaloo yelped out in surprise, pushing her face forward to compensate for the way that it began to tilt in that direction. Unfortunately, Scootaloo wasn't exactly proving how impressive she could be with balance, as the rock kept moving to and fro, and Scootaloo herself as a result started to sway along with it with a few panicked noises in response to it in a desperate attempt to get it not to fall. And she hadn't even started to walk yet, which the egg balancing required! Actually, what was far more impressive was the way that Scootaloo managed to contort her body in an attempt to keep the rock stable. Everything from bending over backwards to tottering on one hoof because the others weren't able to keep up, Scootaloo's balance over herself was greater than the object she attempted to carry. She kept her mouth very very shut, or as shut as she could, in an attempt to prevent as much movement as possible - - but there was one slip in her attention, especially as she glanced over to see how Rainbow was doing, and the one hoof she'd been balancing on fell out from underneath her, making her crash right onto her bottom jaw. Aaaand as if to add insult to injury, right after Scootaloo let out a rather justified, "Owwww," the rock rolled right off of her nose and toppled onto the ground, which she watched as if it was in slow motion. "... That looked so easy when I watched them do it," Scootaloo complained. And that was just a rock. How was she supposed to balance an egg!?
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    Rainbow Dash knew for a fact that she wasn't always the most understandable when it came to her competitive streak in almost all things. She would race anypony over anything and would even eat ice cream sundaes if it meant winning something. But she knew, KNEW, that she had to slow that down a bit. It was annoying to others. The real problem was that it sometimes meant Rainbow Dash didn't enjoy the little things that went along with these things that made them honestly enjoyable. How many times had she made something a competition, won, enjoyed the thrill of victory, and later regretted? More times than she would honestly care to admit. She wanted to win the Sisterhooves Social bad- real bad, that was just part of her mental makeup- but she had to stop herself from making this too much about winning. She wasn't here for herself, not at all. This was about Scootaloo. She so desperately wanted that sisterly connection and Rainbow was more than happy to oblige. Being an only child all her life it was kinda fun to have a little sister, especially one with the smarts and gumption of somepony like Scootaloo. But part of being a big sister was making sure that she didn't do something to lead Scootaloo down the wrong path. It was strange for Rainbow to have thoughts like this but as previously stated, she was protective of the filly. Rainbow knew that Scootaloo looked up to her a bit too much and that was bad, but she was sure that once Scootaloo had dared to excel, she'd be able to be the best Scootaloo she could be. She wanted to do well by her. Doing well by her meant two things. Yes, it meant that Rainbow wanted to win and hoist Scoots up in the air with a medal hanging delightfully on her neck. It also meant she had to make sure she didn't become a jerk like Rainbow could be. “Right, right...oh, I got an idea!” She said, picking up two rocks from a tree nearby. She cleaned them off and hovered back to Scootaloo, handing her one of the rocks. “If you can balance a rock, you can balance an egg. Well...maybe, but it should work? I think?” She shrugged. “So, think you're ready? Take a deep breath, exhale. Do it a few times. Then we can get to it,” Rainbow said, doing so as to make Scootaloo comfortable. She then placed the rock on her nose and held it in place with her hoof. “Okay, we go on three. One...two...three!” she said, releasing her hoof and getting to the going of balancing the rock.
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    That sucks majorly. Sorry for your loss. Old people can be rather direct about their advice, but I don't think they had ill will.
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    Sorry about your dog, it's never easy to lose a friend.
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    Twilight Sparkle was a Princess and an Arcane Mistress by title and trade, but she was a scientist at heart. Nothing was as pure to her as the methods and reasoning to be found in scientific academia, but she also knew its limits. It was why she was capable of approaching magic in the manner she now did. While others faltered at the altar of mysticism or bred themselves harshly to the orthodoxy of scientific methodology she understood the waves that progress rode upon. Not for her were the many debates to be had fruitlessly regarding whether or not this or that was proper to research. Instead she understood better than any other that you had to take risks inside of the confines of the scientific method at some times and rely on your own skill and power in the arcane at others while building for yourself a formula for future success. In this case she understood his concerns, though she appeared nonplussed by the more dramatic and intense focus he gave to his words. In most ways she wasn't. She had learned long ago to put faith in her instincts and she was going to do it here. It was dangerous, very likely. It was unknown- absolutely. He was right to be concerned. Right even to be- though he would never admit it- scared. She still was. But her instincts told her that it was safe, at least for now. That it wasn't a threat to her she felt certain about. “I understand your concerns, Daedalus, and I share them. But I know to trust my instincts as well, and I know- though I don't know how I know- that I'm safe. That you're safe. That, for now, the relic is safe. This may change in the future but it won't be now,” she smiled, “feel free to lighten up a little. We did something pretty amazing out there. Reveling in it is no sin-” she started, then her eyes opened wide. “Reveling! Pinkie Pie!” A schedule popped up out of nowhere in front of Twilight, her eyes desperately searching as a clock popped in a moment later. “I'm late for one of Pinkie's parties- already late!” She said, hovering desperately in mid-air. “Heeeeh heeeh-” rubbing the back of her neck- a moment later, a hug with Daedalus, “-sorry but I've gotta go. You've got the full run of this place. If you need me you know how to reach me!” she said, looking at him one last time and vanishing before the blush became too apparent. As Twilight vanished, another noise echoed loudly across the Keep. The book being read by the other mare dropped to the table with a loud crack as the mare herself vanished entirely, no trace of her existence left. And then Daedalus was alone in the Keep. Alone, but not forgotten- by neither mare. *************************** Twilight zapped back into real-space in the map room, the pitter patter of Spike's claws, his voice, Starlight yelling out her name- she had been missed, obviously. She took a look at the clock- huh, had time changed? She wasn't late anymore. In fact she still had ten minutes! A bit too awkward to head back to the Keep for now. She shook her head free of the thoughts that danced their way in as her friends arrived, happy to have found her- all the while unaware of the ghostly, invisible presence which had watched her and looked at her map room. As the others arrived it too vanished, and all was right with the world.
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    We'll get back to you in four to five business days Sidenote, the third game had me in tears
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