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What can possibly go wrong!? Another week and another episode with the ponies we all adore and love! This time with the most adorable ponies of them all, the CMC! With their special talents revealed, our favorite filly trio boldly strive forward with their new mission in life, but does that apply only to ponies? Or could any species have that special talent along with a butt stamp? Tune in to find out!! The episode airs Saturday 11:30 AM EST on September 10th!! This thread is dedicated to discussing the episode before, during, and afterwards. As the thread is now open it may indeed contain spoilers. I ask that potential spoilers talked about or shown before the episode airs stay within the spoiler tags please, after the episode you no longer have to use the spoiler tags, but warning, if you haven't seen the episode yet after it airs, this thread no doubt will have all sorts of spoilers in reviews, images, etc. So tread at your own risk.
Although the world of Lauren Faust seems to include a multitude of mythical creatures, only several of the prominently sentient ones seem fixed to one type; that is, the griffins and unicorns. I believe it is slightly more well known that the English unicorn we all know and love (?) is just one type under that name, but the griffin is equally varied. Yes, I know that there are cyno griffins...but those aren't really one of the distinct types of griffins in world mythology, with hypogriffins being another thing entirely. In fact, some griffins in folklore do not have beaks or wings at all! While you may think that the eagle-headed griffin is the standard, in truth that is not entirely the case- from the English Isles to the hypothetical origin of the Griffin, the far East, time has produced at least four distinct types of griffin. Three of the four have a likely chance to be incorporated into Lauren's world, which are such: The griffin already present in canon, although like the other two has it's own sub-types; an earless griffin called the Opinicus, whom is exactly the same save for it's obvious lack of ears. The Axex is clearly more distinct, but still retains the generic features to be a sub-species: It has a body more slender, and both the head and wings of a hawk instead of an eagle. The Axex would do well to be in the land of zebras, given it's origin in Egyptian mythology. With unicorns already being one of three horse types in My Little Pony, it would be appropriate for the varieties to be emphasized on a lesser scale than griffins.
[colour=#008080]-Static Arc-[/colour] Another day, another trip to Ponyville. Static Arc found himself saying that too often. Too often was it that he flew through the cool air towards a safe spot in Ponyville's town square. Too often he would travel through the market place and get himself in a crazy predicament. And he didn't mind at all. He liked a little change of pace from the norm. He couldn't help but like interacting with other ponies and hearing their stories, having something to do other than checking out wares for a few hours, and then head for home in Cloudsdale. Static was starting to like meeting new ponies, but couldn't go beyond that. He couldn't get himself to befriend others, or ask a cute mare out. But today will be different. He will try to his hardest to make friends with the first creature he sees. As Static landed down onto a clear area in the town square, he looked at his surroundings. A few ponies were hurrying about their day, either with somepony or with heavy saddlebags. A modest number of ponies were standing about, going about their buisness. A perfect chance to try a friendly chat. Static then proceeded to close his eyes on the spot, and spun around in a circle, slowly so he didn't get dizzy. He was planning that the first creature he laid eyes on, he would try to talk to them and be their friend. And that was that. Static spun for a few seconds, most likely getting a few odd looks, and stopped on the spot. He then shot his eyes wide open and landed them on the first po- Woah, no way! I didn't know they came here! Now, even though Static lives in Cloudsdale, the land of flying things, he never met a Griffin before, not even in school as a colt. He read about them in his history books, about living in a far off land away from Equestria, but he never knew they would come here, of all places! Static Arc was looking at a a black coated Griffin, with silvery head feathers. He looked as tall as Static was, and it looked like he was working on something. He was observing what looked like a set of blueprints while sitting down at one of Ponyville's many picnic tables. He looked hard at work as he scribbled down notes on top of the papers. Static continued to stare in awe at the beast, not sure what to do now. Now, Static wasn't one to back down from a challenge, especially one he gave himself. Even though this was much different than a pony, and probably something he didn't want to mess with, Static took a few steps towards the Griffin anyway, deadset on making this griffin his friend. When Static was just behind the Griffin, unsure if the creature knew if he was there or not, he cleared his throat and tried to speak up despite being incredibly nervous at this point, unsure of how to approach this griffin. Static tried to go for the friendly approach, hoping it would improve his chances in friendship. [colour=#008080]"Hello there, umm, my name is Static Arc, and I'm just curious as to what you're doing there. It looks really interesting."[/colour] Hopefully this Griffin is up to make friends though, or he might find himself face to face with his sharp talons.