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  1. Dio

    Burd's art.

    It's Superboy. He doesn't fly, though he can jump really far and knock you silly with a flick of his... hoof?
  2. Dio

    What Say We...

    That's not even shipping anymore. That's canon and it is so d'aww. So much d'awwww that I need insulin... but I can't stop reading.
  3. Dawn of War II: Retribution. I don't have as awesome a paint job as Kash does, but the game is still fun. Halo: Reach. All of my friends still play even though I'm not as motivated to credit grind as they are. Call of Duty: Black Ops. Recently proved that I still had it even after a 2 month hiatus. Battlefield: Bad Company 2. Awesome team-based game made even more awesome by awesome squadmates. Apparently I'm in the same boat as Brian when it comes to violence and strategy games lol
  4. Dio

    What Say We...

  5. Dio

    [Shop] Cafe Delights[ENDED]

    Diomedes Dio turned his head, coming face to face with a white Pegasus close to his height, but not quite as muscled. The Pegasus was young, just barely a stallion, but possessed a look of enthusiasm not unlike many of the other Pegasus Dio had met in his travels. If there was one thing about the Pegasus as a species, it was their desire to live life with gusto, never settling down for even a moment; as if doing so would dampen their very life force. Dio checked his dispatch gem again. It was still the dormant jade color that he wanted it to be and there was still quite some time before he had to be at the office. I suppose I could sit down for a chat once the barista brings breakfast? "Diomedes Ironwing," the red pegasus began, nodding in greeting, "I don't believe we've met. I'm interested in hearing how you think we're so similar from just a chance meeting." As he spoke, he caught a yellow unicorn walking up to Neon Pop and introducing himself. He caught a name, "Dubstep." It's getting crowded up here. Dio once again rapped his hoof on the floor of the café, trying to gain the attention of the small herd that had suddenly gathered around Neon. "Fillies, gentlecolts," he began. "I believe we're blocking traffic. But I have a table reserved, so as soon as I get my order, I'll be heading right back over there." Dio motioned with his head to the table on which his saddlebags rested. "You're welcome to join me," he said to Knightly. "As are your unicorn friend and Miss Neon Pop." "By the way, I never caught your name."
  6. Diomedes Diomedes Ironwing took in deep lungfulls of mountain air, his muscles burning from the climb, but his head feeling plenty good from the adrenaline pumping through his veins. The air at the top of Dragon Mountain was fresh and crisp; just cool enough to sharpen the senses, just warm enough to get the blood moving. Dio reached behind him and removed a canteen from his harness, taking a long swig. A break would be required before he could continue his training run. His usual high-altitude flights involved more gliding than physical exertion and altitude sickness was the last thing he needed. He had to admit, though, that the conditioning was paying off. The first time, he hadn't even made it halfway up the mountain before he had to stop to rest. Now, he could make it to the entrance to the Dragon's Lair without becoming winded. The Pegasus felt his heart rate going down and took a deep breath, steeling himself for the next part of his training run. Dio spread his wings to their full extension and leaped off the ledge, coasting for a few hundred yards horizontally before folding his wings, sending him into a steep dive, nearly parallel to the cliff face. His heart was pounding now as the crags he had just climbed flew past at lightning speed. He carefully adjusted his flight feathers, subtly altering his hypervelocity course so he slipped between the rock outcroppings and sparse evergreens like water running through sand. The red pegasus' mane flapped in the wind, his tail streaming out behind him as he plummeted from altitude. Though the drop could not have lasted for more than a couple seconds, Diomedes felt like he was suspended in space and time. But as the tree line rapidly approached, time seemed to speed up to normal again. Dio opened his wings slightly for better control, manipulating his feathers to rapidly adjust the oncoming airstream so he could twist and turn around the onrushing kaleidoscope of green and brown. Left. Right. Left. Left. Twist. Break. He was deep in Everfree Forest now, slowly leveling off as Dragon Mountain faded into the rolling foothills just west of Ponyville. This section was tough. There was hardly any time to react and the slightest mistake would mean a concussion or broken bones. He trusted the inherent magical physiology of Pegasus ponies to protect his wings from light impact and aerodynamic stress, but wasn't counting on it to protect his skull from head-on collision with a tree. Right. Left. Right. Twist. Roll. Dio was home free. Just a few more trees and… "Somepony!! Oh my pony stars... Somepony help me!! Ugh!! HEEELP!" What in Equestria??? The filly's voice was faint, but just enough to break Dio's concentration. The red Pegasus' eyes widened as a tree approached at an alarming speed. Diomedes snapped his left wing shut to avoid damage and twisted to avoid hitting the trunk head-on. It worked. Almost. CRASH! Diomedes clipped the tree at full speed, pulling off shreds of bark and leaving behind bits of fur and feathers. Dio winced at the pain; he knew it drew blood, but he didn't have time to think about it. Instead his thoughts were focused on slowing down to a safe velocity. The red Pegasus snapped his other wing shut and closed his eyes as his roll took his right side straight into the undergrowth. His high speed combined with his high mass ensured that he skidded at least ten yards through the mess of roots, rocks, twigs, and leaves on the forest floor, leaving devastated shrubbery and turned-over dirt in his wake. He tumbled as he slid, finally coming to rest at the base of a large oak tree, face pointing skyward and legs and wings in a tangled mess around him. Dio shook his head to clear his vision and slowly rolled over enough to where he could get back on his feet. Every muscle in his body was sore from the crash, but he wasn't concussed. He moved his wings slowly and stamped his feet on the ground to test their mobility. Nothing was broken and everything seemed to be in working order. The worst injuries would be a mass of cuts and scrapes and a handful of bruises. Dio snorted at his own luck. As Papa Ari always said, any crash you can walk away from is a good one. As he shook the dirt and debris off himself, Diomedes heard another voice, this one male. This one was indistinct, but the tonality was stressed. Taking a quick listen, Diomedes guestimated an approximate heading and took off at full gallop. Crashing through the underbrush was a lot different than flying through it. All sorts of little stickers and debris stuck to his fur and mane and dug into his skin. But Dio didn't care. Someone was in trouble, and he wasn't going to just let it go over a fashion gripe. As he crashed through the last cluster of shrubbery, he spotted the trouble: it was marshland. All of it. Opening his wings and delivering mighty flaps, he cleared the muddy water before he became mired in it, alighting on a nearby rock. From there, he spotted a salmon-colored unicorn with red hair wading into the mud, a vine in his mouth. A second unicorn's head was just barely visible above the surface of the water some distance away; locks of many colors adorning her head. Neon Pop? Dio thought incredulously. 'Hey!' Diomedes shouted to both unicorns. 'I'm here to help!' The big Pegasus kept his wings open, ready to lift off and assist at a moment's notice.
  7. Dio

    Gentleponies!

    Are you a spy?
  8. Dio

    [Shop] Cafe Delights[ENDED]

    Diomedes She seemed to cock her head ever so slightly as she looked up at Diomedes, a sort of quiet curiosity in her eyes. Dio managed an awkward smile. I guess three's a crowd? 'Ah, thanks,' Diomedes replied. 'I just didn't want to inadvertently cut you off.' The big Pegasus gingerly slipped past Katniss and made his way to the counter. 'Can I get an apple muffin, please? And coffee, black.'
  9. Dio

    I miss fruit.

    Neon Pop gets an internet! Mangoes are also delicious.
  10. Dio

    I miss fruit.

    Peaches. I could eat peaches for an hour. One internet for whoever gets the reference.
  11. Dio

    Dio's Devils

    [ FiM CAST ] Princess Celestia [RETIRED] // Alicorn // Female // Immortal // Canterlot // Princess of Ponykind // PROFILE Threads [Canterlot] An Eccentric Trespasser - [ENDED] A strange visitor. Some missing guards. Two princesses. One grand adventure! [Canterlot] Hoofing it Over - The Helm of Commander Hurricane has returned to Canterlot. The Princesses preside over the Snowfall and Pathfinder show. [Correspondence] AMA: Princess Edition - Princess Celestia runs an ask me anything forum. Hilarity ensues. [Outlands] Scales of Steel: Into the Burning Maw - One of these is not like the other. Captain Shining Armor [RETIRED] // Unicorn // Male // Stallion // Canterlot // Honor Guard Commander // PROFILE Threads [Canterlot] Colts will be colts - Shining Armor ventures into the dungeon to check on a detainee. Princess Luna decides the party is too loud. [HIATUS] [Canterlot] Throwback - The Ponyland, a proper venue for dance, drink, and a date. [Ponyville] A Long Story - Birds that catch fire and books made of paper don't mix. [Manehattan] Manehattan ain't exactly the Big Easy - The sky is falling. [REA Ball] Photos in the Foyer - Get your act together, man! [CONCLUDED] Thunderlane // Pegasus // Male // Stallion // Ponyville // Storm breaker, Wonderbolt candidate! // PROFILE Threads [Trottingham] Storm Force, Assemble! - No mug of cider goes unpunished. [ EARTH PONY ] White Feather // Earth Pony // Male // Stallion // On the road // Professional thief // PROFILE Threads Corporal Stone Bones // Earth Pony // Male // Stallion // Canterlot // REA Soldier // PROFILE Threads [Canterlot] Rehearsal - Stone Bones teaches Radiant Steel to dance. With boxing gloves. [solstice Heights] Pink Lady's Orchard and Bakery - Grocery shopping. Karma // Earth Pony // Female // Mare // Stalliongrad // Airship helmsmare // PROFILE Threads [ PEGASUS ] Diomedes Ironwing // Pegasus // Male // Stallion // Ponyville // Mail Pony // PROFILE Threads [Painted Pinto Desert] Night Riding [ENDED] - Trains, plains, and lantern lights. Colonel Aristotle Ironwing // Pegasus // Male // Older Stallion // Canterlot // Military Consultant // PROFILE Threads [REA Ball] Photos in the Foyer - Being the master of ceremonies is hard work. Sturmovik // Pegasus // Male // Stallion // Stalliongrad // Contractor, Merchant mariner // PROFILE Threads Rafale // Pegasus // Female // Mare // Canterlot // Private Investigator // PROFILE Threads [Crystal Empire] The Trillion Ballet Company Presents: La Bayamare - Vacation is required. By order of the administration. Sir Virtue // Pegasus // Male // Stallion // The lonely roads of Equestria // Knight, day laborer // PROFILE Threads [Fillydelphia] Bittersweet Betrayal [ENDED] - There's more to being a knight than swordplay. [Ponyville Outskirts] Sanctuary - A sudden storm, a chance meeting. Meadowhawk // Pegasus // Female // Mare // Cloudsdale // Wonderbolt trainee // PROFILE Threads [Gallopocus] Ponywalk Luau: The Tiki Bar - Life is tough being a second string Wonderbolt. Unless you're at an open bar. Sergeant Acclaim // Pegasus // Female // Mare // Canterlot // REA soldier // PROFILE Threads [Canterlot] Any Bar in a Storm - "Telling an airborne platoon to march was like telling a unicorn to manipulate something with her hooves or giving an earth pony three horseshoes and telling her to run a marathon." [bridlebank Beach] A Day at the Beach - A PT flight goes horribly wrong. As per usual, apparently. Some days, you just can't catch a break. [REA Ball] Photos in the Foyer - Back in the saddle. [ UNICORN ] Argent Rook // Unicorn // Male // Stallion // Hoofington // Trauma Doctor // PROFILE Threads Captain Fletcher // Unicorn // Male // Stallion // Canterlot // REA Officer // PROFILE Threads [Canterlot] Map of the Royals - A clever baron, a ragtag band of adventurers, one REA investigator on the case. Add a dash of intrigue and a splash of conspiracy and you have the recipe for adventure. Sergeant Major Novaya // Unicorn // Female // Mare // Stalliongrad // Stallian Guard soldier // PROFILE Threads [Lunae] An Adventure of Unorthodox Proportions - You meet your party in a bar. Then you go on an adventure. Dr. Angstrom // Unicorn // Male // Stallion // Canterlot // University Professor // PROFILE Threads Double Tap // Unicorn // Male // Stallion // On the road with the Traveling Players // Stagehand, Vaudvillian // PROFILE Threads [Ponyville] Glam Garments for the Gala - Spotlight and Ghostie go dress shopping, much to the latter's chagrin. As usual, Double Tap crashes the party. [Ponyville] Just Another Fetch Quest - We need to go shopping. [ GRIFFON ] Alistair Goldmane // Griffon // Male // Adult // Stalliongrad // Airship security officer // PROFILE Threads [18+] Quest for the Forbidden Temple Lev Nobleheart // Griffon // Male // Adult // Stalliongrad // Corporate head, philanthropist // PROFILE Threads [ CRYSTAL PONY ] Sigil // Crystal Pony // Female // Mare // Canterlot // University Student // PROFILE Threads [ CROSSOVER ] Anathema // Changeling // Female // Adult // Gone to ground // Rogue queen // REIN DOSSIER Threads Gipsy Danger // Unicorn // Female // Adult // Beakbreak City // Vigilante // PROFILE Threads [18+] Nightfall
  12. Dio

    [Shop] Cafe Delights[ENDED]

    Diomedes Even from altitude, the bulbous silhouette of the airship loomed large over the hamlet of Ponyville. Diomedes Ironwing delicately flicked his flight feathers and banked left, making a slow orbit of the village and the massive ship that hovered over it. It was definitely Griffon in design; decidedly brutish, painfully utilitarian, and with almost no eye for aesthetics. The Pegasus had been to the Griffon lands many times before on dispatch, but he'd never been this close to one of their lumbering dirigibles before. Still, it was a remarkable piece of engineering and Diomedes wasn't about to knock anypony who could make one of those things fly. The carnelian Pegasus dropped into a slow spiral that brought him down to the town square, where the metal beast almost seemed to strain at its moorings. Diomedes flared his massive wings and flapped several times to cut his airspeed until he could safely touch down on the cobblestone just outside the mayor's office, kicking up a small dust devil in the process. As he folded his wings to his back, over top his load-carrying harness and saddlebags, Diomedes stifled a yawn with a free hoof. The last dispatch to Canterlot had been a long haul. The business-pony he had delivered the registered letter to was none too happy to receive it. It was all Diomedes could do to get him to sign the verification documents so that the courier could finally get moving. What was his name again? Hot Toddy? Hoity-Toity? Dio shrugged and started walking. Though it was still early in the morning, Ponyville was very much alive. Vendors hocked their wares at their stands, parents ushered their children to school, artisans hurried to their shops, and a few ponies stopped in the street to gawk at the massive airship moored over the center of town. Breakfast sounded like a good idea. He had an hour and a half to kill before he had to report back to the post office. If they really needed him before that, they would page him. Dio looked down at the polished mana gem embedded in his saddlebag harness. It was a muted jade color and remained silent, indicating that he was free to do as he pleased for the moment. But breakfast. Where to get breakfast? Dio's ears perked up as he heard the excited clamoring of local ponies and smelled the smell of freshly ground coffee. The Café Delights? Must have opened up while I was running diplomatic dispatches between Canterlot and Talonopolis. I could really go for a muffin right now. As good as coffee and a muffin sounded, there seemed to be quite the line at the café. Dio snorted. Ah, what the hay. I'll bite. He thought as he nosed open the door, being careful to duck his head underneath the door frame. One of the drawbacks to his large frame was the constant need to avoid colliding with objects designed for smaller ponies. As Diomedes entered the café, the delicious smell of coffee beans and baked goods was nearly overwhelming. The Pegasus smiled as he picked out a table, unclasping his saddlebags and depositing them near one of the piles of hay that served as seats. He noted the two griffons seated at a neighboring table and made a mental note to ask about the ship later. A muffin and coffee took priority at the moment. Diomedes made his way to the counter, carefully navigating between tables, but stopping behind two ponies excitedly chatting away just in front of the counter. One he didn't recognize. She was a younger filly with white hair and a silver mane and rather short (compared to Dio at least); fairly easy to miss in a crowd. The unicorn, however, would have stood out from a mile away with her purple pelt and many-colored neon-bright hair. Diomedes chuckled to himself. It had to be Neon Pop. Her songs were all the rage in Canterlot clubs and Jade at the Canterlot dispatch office would not stop talking about her new album that was due out soon. He just hadn't realized she was based in Ponyville. Diomedes lightly rapped his hoof on the floor near Neon Pop. 'Excuse me, ladies,' he asked. 'Is this the line for the counter?'
  13. Dio

    Kodachrome

    I immediately thought "hipster pony"
  14. Dio

    Gentlecolts...

    So I'm here... now what? I'm just an ordinary brony who got sucked in thanks to 4chan, Know Your Meme, and Equestria Daily. I'm a 20-something college student and FiM is still comedy gold for me. About me? Well, I'm a bit of a nerd, so you'll probably catch me making Halo, Call of Duty, Star Trek, D&D, and Warhammer 40k references from time to time. I'm also an FPS geek and play Reach, Bad Company 2, and Black Ops on Xbox Live. My major RP experience is mostly from 4th edition D&D using some homebrew campaigns that one of my good friends cooked up in his downtime. I figured I'd give this a shot for something different. I love crafting fictional worlds and reading up on lore between engineering studies and hanging out with my friends, so let me know if you want any help with fleshing out the background lore for the RP section. That's about as much as I can think of before breakfast; hope that's enough to start to meet your acquaintances.
  15. Dio

    Gentlecolts...

    S3 of Enterprise is where it gets good. S1 and S2 weren't much to talk about and S4 was good until the last couple episodes. DS9 doesn't start to get really good until the Dominion War (S4 I think). I guess while I like Roddenberry's vision of a future worth living for, I know deep down that there will be no pretty federation where everyone is nice. I guess I'm just one for political intrigue and realist political theory lol
  16. Dio

    Gentlecolts...

    Boom! Questions! But that's okay, I'm wired to answer questions Of the two, Picard, though (I'll probably get called a heretic for this) my personal favorite was Archer from Enterprise. That said, I loved any episode in TNG and DS9 that dealt with Romulans or Cardassians. I study politics as my secondary concentration and the mechanics of interstellar political dealings always fascinated me. I'm a fan of the Dominion War arc in DS9 because it portrays the Federation more as another faction in a battle for control of the stars rather than the paragon of virtue that TOS took. I know, Enterprise and DS9; that's two strikes against me already I'm a huge fan of the rebooted Kirk, heck the entire crew of the rebooted Enterprise. The casting for JJverse Star Trek was spot on and the mechanics of the show struck a good balance between canon tribute and original material. I'm really looking forward to the next one, especially if JJ is directing. I've never touched WoW in my life, but I have so many friends that do I've picked up a few things via osmosis. The closest I get is 4th edition D&D which kind of borrows some mechanics from WoW like the aggro system for defenders (paladins, fighters, etc.). I just never got into MMOs; I've spent way too much time on shooters to get past the need for instant action. I take it you're an insomniac, too?
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