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Roleplay Type: WoE Name: Vanity Sex: Female Age: Filly Species: Pegasus Eye color: Deep raspberry hue Coat: Pale Lilac Mane/Tail: Her beautiful mane is bright quinacridone magenta highlighted with rose streaks and is done into loose curls with a section of her hair tied back with a black bow. Her tail is long and curly. Physique: Vanity is taller and slimmer than most ponies her age, and has a more modelesque face. Residence: Ponyville Occupation: Student Cutie Mark: Hasn't received her cutie mark yet. Though, she does like to style manes and tries glamourous styles all the time. Unique Traits: Wears false eyelashes History: Vanity was born in Ponyville, to two very prideful ponies. Her father had served in the Royal Army and her mother had been a nurse and both took great pride in helping others. Her parents tried to get her to focus on realizing her talent was helping other ponies, but that wasn't really Vanity. She liked to help others, but sometimes they could be so aggravating. Vanity began to act out at school, during her only time of freedom before her parents realized that Vanity needed to just be Vanity. Soon after her parents relinquished control, Vanity assumed she would get her cutie mark, but after three months of trying what felt like everything, she lost hope. It wasn't until another pony in her class taught her how to braid manes, that she began to find a love for mane styling. While Vanity still hasn't received her cutie mark yet, she still continues to search for her talent. At school, she goes around and asks for suggestions and even helps with bad mane days. Character Personality: Vanity, as her name implies, is self-absorbed. She views herself as an important pony and often forgets other ponies have differing opinions. She doesn't like getting herself dirty, especially her mane. She only has a few friends that she enjoys hanging out with but tolerates almost everybody. Vanity doesn't always think about herself and offers to do her classmates' manes. She is known to be a bit rude, but what pony isn't? Vanity tries different mane styles on other ponies daily to see if a specific style will yield her cutie mark. She refuses to believe her cutie mark could be in anything other than manestyling. Character Summary: A blank flank pegasus from Ponyville, Vanity is an adept manestylist who believes her cutie mark has to be in styling. She finds herself to be an important pony and often forgets about others, even coming off as rude. She practices manestyling on her classmates.
[Pictured above is Scootaloo in tears, sitting on a grey cloud. Rainbow Dash's trail is visible, hinted she might have just flown away. The sky is slightly dull but it appears to be nearing sunset.] Hello! ^_^ This is my first time posting my art onto the site, so I hope it turned out well. I spent one or two hours doing the sketch, lineart, colouring, and finishing the drawing. Please leave your comments, complaints, thoughts, and feelings in the comments section below. Have a nice day!
Okay: I have a weird tendency when trying to create fanfiction and come up with ideas. I want them to be believeable. In terms of canon, not just in the fics. own internal logic. That looking at the world, and with a couple of mild and believable predictions, inferences, and logical extensions, that the show could be treated like this under the right circumstances. So. Here is my idea, based on a couple of phrases and considerations about the shows representations of ponies in relations to human beings. Now, the first thing that is key to the premise, are Apple Bloom, Scootaloo and Sweetie Bell. These 3 fillys have no cutie marks, obviously, and that is the key to their entire personal plot. This is about, what the cutie mark means. It means that you have found what you are good at, your passion, what makes you special, or as could be interpreted, a role in society. Every pony has either something that they are good at, or that is needed to be done that they enjoy. Next: We need to consider that people of all kinds are represented in Equestria, not just nice people, or the regular folk that we see everyday. But assholes, plenty of them, the neutral, the good and the bad are all mixed through ponyville and equestria. Trixie, Diamond Tiara, etc. This can also be used to introduce other personality issues, other than just being an asshole that are relatively negative. For instance, we need to consider the people that A. Have no passions in particular, the apathetic, the tired, the lost and confused. These are, for sake of simplification and argument, Generation X ponies. This also considers those who just do not think they are special, or important, or do not want to do anything specific, but are vagabonds who cannot decidmone what to do with their lives (essentially, the plight of the Cutie Mark Crusaders, not being able to really decide on what they want to do), or the people who cannot find what to do with their lives and are just unfortunate (once again the Cutie Mark crusaders) So these people, logically, would be life time blank flanks. --------------- Next: Back to the "Role in Society" Aspect of the cutie mark that I'm talking about earlier. Because I've established that due to the nature of the Human (and thus, Pony) condition, that there are people who do not get cutie marks due to not having or finding, or ever really establishing a talent. What of the people who have Cutie Marks, and have jobs solely based around them, the Apple family are farmers, because that is what their cutie marks say, that is their passion and their Job. Or Rarity, who has her job based on her cutie mark. This is normally okay, but that also shows there seems to be a caste system inherently set in here, based on what cutie mark you have, you are stuck with that job. That is what you do. No changing it around, the reason this is an issue because you see Ponies like, once again, Diamond Tiara, who is born to be rich. that is her place in the cutie hierarchy, and that cannot be changed. Same with Silver Spoon, they are born that way. The Apples are seemingly stuck farmers, as every apple before has been, a farmer. One cannot suddenly go on to become a well published author and profit on her books, say, enter a careear in the Pony Stock market? Why? They are farmers, born and raised. Simple enough. There are people born into being Waiters, servants, the subserviant, and then there are those born into being entertainers and leadership, with no option to change. At all. Well, then one would bring up in counter argument "What about Pinkie Pie?" She is the groups party animal, and organizes celebrations, and works at a Bakery, that's negating that point, right?" The response I give to that then, is that, if their true and only absolute passion, their defining characteristic and skill set, is something they cannot do for a living, then they are not truely as happy as they possibly could be, but her skills are set in stone, and she has a job that isn't what she absolutely enjoys most. ------------- Also, on a minor point: The interpretation behind Cutie Marks can be seen as, well, odd. Cheerilee, for instance, has flowers, and says that justified her being a teacher. She said something, along the lines of, that the Flowers were symbolic for children, adn the smiles were their bright shining faces. That could also be seen as literally being taken as, a Gardener cutie mark. What if it was a ruler instead? Or Chalk? that would be more obvious, so what if she interpreted it, wrong? For some people it is spur of the moment, realizations, other times it seems to be something akin to puberty. Finally, there was a line made when the Cutie Mark crusaders were really introduced, talking about, this is not an exact quote, but a paraphrase, saying that before one finds a cutie mark, they have the absolute freedom to be anything. That is what keyed off this whole thought process, the absolute limitless opprotunities that can be found in uncertainty about yourself in a positive way, by not knowing what you are truly, absolutely meant to do, and as such, being able to do many things in life. Though the instant you find your cutie mark, you have your purpose branded onto you, with no chance for change. ------------ The reason I bring up this entire line of thought is that this is the mentality that the antagonists in my fanfiction idea use, and I want to see whether an intelligent brony community can poke holes in some of the logic. The ponies that are the antagonists are rebels against the government of Equestria, seeing that the idea of Cutie Marks, is A. Not allowing for the most versatility in the community, Happiness, and perpetuates a caste system where no one can truly, absolutely migrate up or down, or just find they don't have a passion in life and find cutie marks outdated and so get behind this, Pro-Blank Flank militant philosophy. These are, essentially, Anarchists, causing a Civil War in Equestria over the highly important issue of Cutie marks and their place in society and pony psychology. They also plan on releasing Discord if they can, due to Chaos not just being disharmony and confusion, but absolute freedom without any rules and restrictions placed in the landscape. Thank you very much, and I hope you like my idea as a Believable "What if..." kind of fiction, because I believe in well motivated antagonists, and want such a complex social theory and analysis of the ramifications of the Cutie mark, to be something taken into consideration by the villains, with a reasonable, logical argument.