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  1. "Make way, make way!" Never let it be said that Prince Blueblood didn't have a flair for spectacle and making an entrance. His showiness was often only restrained by an aristocratic sense of dignity. Some occasions, however, were sufficiently large as to overwhelm any hesitation, and this, well... This occasion was as big as the Sphinx the Prince was currently riding on the back of through the cobbled streets of Canterlot. "Behold, Citizens, the great Marvel of the Southern Desert Lands!" The Sphinx's name was Niilavin, and Blue had encountered him while accompanying the Sultana of Saddle Arabia on an archaeological dig. Apparently, one of the old Pharaohs had enchanted the great desert cat, and subsequently petrified him upon his own death. By donning the amulet that had been used control Niil, Blueblood had broken the petrification spell, and become Niil's new master. As the giant cat hadn't yet adjusted to the new norms of civilization quite yet ("No, we don't eat our enemies, we befriend them! Bad boy."), it had been decided that the safest thing to do would be to keep the enchantment going, while the Prince took Niil back to Equestria, more or less to housebreak him. Blueblood being Blueblood, however, he couldn't help but use the opportunity to show off his status. So, taking a few souveniers home to dress himself similarly to a Pharoah of old, he now Paraded down the main streets and squares of Canterlot, showing of his new pet and his new bling to all and sundry. Faust only knew what the papers would make of this...
  2. PrinceBlueblood

    Sphinxmaster (Pretzel, Dusty)

    Sand. Sand everywhere. For the third time since coming out to the dig site, Princess Bluebelle tried to discreetly cast a little spell to banish every bit of grit from the interior of her fashionable khaki clothes. Her self-cleaning magic, developed over the years as the neat-freak of a unicorn royal dealt with the unavoidable contacts with the dirt and dust of the real world, was usually quite effective, but she felt now that there was always at least one bucking grain that was lodged somewhere sensitive. Perhaps it was just a psychosomatic reaction to seeing the vast plains of sand outside the habitable areas of Saddle Arabia. Normally, the Princess would never venture outside of the beautiful gardens, lush fields, and picturesque streets of the horse Sultanate, but as one of Equestria's most prominent diplomatic ponies, her visits usually were spent in the personal company of royalty or major leaders, the Sultana in this case. And among the duties this Sultana took upon herself was the ceremonial dedication and tourings of the many archaeological digs delving into the history of her country. And that history was fascinating, of course, but Bluebelle still silently lamented the geography. Still, ever the premier diplomat, she did not let her good grace or smile falter as she accompanied the ruler. "I'm afraid I haven't read too deeply into the myths surrounding this dig; your country just has so many. Wasn't there something involving some kind of... sphinx, was it?" Bright, curious eyes; interested smile, and temporarily pristine coat gave all present the impression of the Equestrian tourist, of the more respectful and respectable kind, of course!
  3. If anyone asked, this was Prince Blueblood’s idea. How had no one thought of this before? It was perfectly brilliant, as far as he was concerned. Personal diplomacy, to him, always was the most efficient way of going about international relations, bypassing bureaucratic hurdles with a monarch’s prerogative. Of course, most monarchs were busy with their own country’s affairs most of the time, leaving little time to convene with their fellow crowned heads across the lands and seas. Which was where their technically-powerless relatives came in! After all, what was the point of being Royal if you couldn’t do something important once in a while? Build bonds of international friendship, sort out issues locked in legal intransigence, and party like only Princes could! All in all, not a bad way to spend a weekend. Certainly, Blueblood looked forward to the following few days with pleasure more than worry, which was more than could be said for many of his recent diplomatic ventures. After all, the Gallopagos was a pleasant place, and his beach house was spacious enough to comfortably host the siblings of the Empress of Long Guo and the Shogun, respectively. Blueblood blinked, pausing in the middle of having his mane brushed. Was there someone he was forgetting? He had a horrible feeling that he was; either an invitation he had sent out, or a notification that he had received. Who? He had a vague picture of something draconic… a dragon prince? Discord? Discord disguised as a dragon prince!? He shook his head decisively, and returned to his packing. Best to let his staff know to set up another bed, that was all. It’d be a bit snug, with four of them, but he was sure they could manage. After all, nothing could majorly go wrong, right…? From the instant he thought that, the Equestrian Prince knew he was going to be worried all the way over to the islands. Sighing, he returned to his business, wondering how the others were preparing to see him...
  4. It was always a bittersweet thing, coming back from a vacation. On the one hoof, to leave a wonderful place is always hard, but on the other hoof, to come home is always a welcome sensation. Of course, in Prince Blueblood's case, neither sensation was simply that. For one thing, the tropical paradise he and his marefriend had returned from turned out to actually be the new home of Queen Chrysalis and those changelings still loyal to her, making it a kind of 'love farm.' One that had admittedly been run in a totally benign manner (aside from interventions from Discord, another matter entirely), but still, a bit unsettling to find out, and a bit of a relief to leave. Coming home, though, meant having to put the manor back in order after the master's absence, always something filled with multiple small, annoying, but necessary bookkeeping and personnel tasks. This time, however, the normal swarm was led by a buzzing bee of abnormal size, one which the Prince had to keep under his bonnet until the cook returned from his own vacation. Or rather, if the letter he received was to be believed, her own vacation. Yes, there would definitely have to be a talk between the two of them...
  5. Winter would be horrible without Hearthswarming. In fact, without Hearthswarming, Winter would probably be eternal! It had been so long since the days of the Windigoes running wild that most ponies tended only to think of winter as a time to play in the snow, feast on stored food, and cuddle up with loved ones in a warm house. And, when that got old, they just got up and made winter go away. Just how amazing a triumph like that actually was could all too easily be taken for granted. And up until recently, Prince Blueblood had taken it for granted. Just one more day in the Canterlot social calendar, with associated duties: go to see (and be seen) at the Annual Play, attend all right parties, give just the right amount above the expected amount of bits to various charities, and the like. Recent years had changed that. And changed him. Not only was he striving to be a better pony than he had been, but he’d traveled wider, and gained new perspectives. In particular, his recent diplomatic trips to Whitescar had shown him just how much open doors, open hearths, and sticking together actually mattered, when one couldn’t simply wrap up winter. So, this year, Blueblood had decided to pull out all the stops. He’d take a page from the aristocrats of old, and hold a feast open to all comers, whatsoever their class, nationality, or species. A bold step, for a pony noted for their snobbishness, but certainly the right move if one wanted to improve their reputation after being so noted. Upon mentioning this plan to his marefriend and Honor Guard, Star Crusader, she suggested that Blueblood use her own family seat in Fet Loch to host this gathering, as the country setting would be slightly more appropriate to the old-fashioned celebration that he was planning. And thus, the Prince set off for the northern marches of Equestria… ~***~ “Is everything ready?” It was the seventh time today that Prince Blueblood had asked that question. And the answer was the same as it was the past six times: the cook was in the process of whipping up the feast, the Duchess’ manor was ready to receive any influx of guests, and the weather pegasi had the snow falling right on schedule for a white Hearthswarming. But… the guests weren’t here yet. Had he not sent out enough invitations? Had he not made them obvious enough? Public posters had seemed a little vulgar to him for this sort of thing, and it would have been folly to put them up in Canterlot if a diverse group was what he wanted. But surely, ads in the major papers would have been enough to get the word out. Maybe ponies just didn’t want to do this sort of thing anymore? All the old celebrations and rites, the Coverly dance, climbing the greasy pole, snapdragon and plum pudding… had Equestria left such things behind? *Or is it just me?* If the Prince had to be perfectly honest, that might be the reason he hadn’t seen guests yet. After all, perhaps being snowed into an isolated house with Blueblood, of all ponies, wasn’t their idea of a good time, especially for Hearthswarming. Or maybe he was just being paranoid. After all, the holidays had barely begun. Time enough for the guests to arrive for the festivities...
  6. In all the annals of Equestrian History, few dates are as significant as Hearthswarming Eve, for it is from there that the history of pony unity is said to begin. While this originally meant unity between the tribes, traditions later grew that would encourage unity between the classes, as well. For example, in literature and legend praises were sung of the lords and ladies who would throw open the doors of their great houses to all comers for feasting, song, and revelry! Sadly, with the decline of the aristocracy into a class of rich urban snobs, such great traditions seem to have fallen by the wayside. Regretting the passing of these old and better days, Prince Blueblood has decided (partly as a way to rehabilitate his own reputation) to revive the tradition of the Grand Hearthswarming Feast! With the assistance of the Duchess of Fet Loch, who will more or less play hostess to the comers, the halls of the great country house shall be bedecked with holly and thronged by ponies (and non-ponies) of all stripes and classes, to celebrate the great winter holiday. Such, at any rate, is the plan.... So, I basically got the idea after reading a bunch of 19th and early 20th stories centering around English Christmas traditions, and though it would be a good idea to start up a thread centered around them! Think of this as a sort of mini-semi-official-event, open to spin-off threads and the like. I just wanted to have something on the site about the holiday coming up. Hopefully, I'll have the OP up sometime around early December, ready for everypony who wants to get in on some winter festivities! I'd like to gauge interest here, as well as take suggestions for what sort of things people would like to see and do here.
  7. It didn't look good. No matter how Prince Blueblood looked at it, Baron Hardhoof's schematics smelled funny. Mixed metaphors aside, he knew perfectly well that the water and sewer infrastructure on that side of Canterlot was just not built to support residential housing of that density. And yet, had the council raised a single objection, or even so much as entertain the question? No, they even ignored the repeated letters that the Prince had sent to the Editor of the Canterlot Chronicle! Though, to be fair, the newspaper had only printed one. *If it looks like a slum, and smells like a slum...* Blueblood was vain, perhaps, and one could with justice cast aspersions on his intelligence. But buried under an over-inflated ego was a real sense of local patriotism, and a connection to a long political legacy. Not that the government of these days payed attention to Princes of the Platinum, hmph. And ponies wondered why some of their number turned to more direct means.... He could feel the weight of the Garnet in this pocket; the relic and key of his own superpower. But no, not yet. For what he planned to do, prep work would be needed. Investigation, either to unearth definitive proof of Hardhoof's nefariousness, or some clue to his vulnerabilities. Then he would be struck with the true Beauty of Canterlot! This was a beautiful city. There would be no ugliness growing like parasitic fungus upon it, not while Prince Blueblood, or Royal Platinum, had anything to say about it! Right now, the Prince awaited his summoned investigators. How many would come? Depends on how many would take his summons seriously...
  8. Scions of the Royal House of Blueblood had never been known for their patience, and as far as Princess Bluebelle was concerned, this whole thing had gone on long enough! All things considered, it was hard to impute her impatience as a vice. After all, when one has been born as a Prince, living contentedly as one for one's entire life, to suddenly be made a Princess by magical accident was a little disturbing, to say the least. Princess Twilight had been working on a reversal spell, but the unusual circumstances under which the transformation took place (involving a sneeze messing up a healing spell), made the research slow going. And in the meantime, several circumstances had been wearing down Bluebelle's ability to wait. First was the fact that the transformation was bizarrely inconsistent. While most of the time, she was a mare, from time to time she would revert back to her old body, which necessitated constant re-adjustment of everything from walking pace to wardrobes. It was quite trying. But perhaps even more disturbing was the fact that such reversals started out as very common, almost daily, but had slowly become more and more infrequent. This started to breed a worry in the Princess that if measures weren't taken soon, the transformation might turn out to be irreversible! Which would be terrible. *Gah! I need to focus! It's even starting to affect my mind now.* So it was, after a good few months of putting on a good show of taking her change calmly, Bluebelle took matters to rectify the situation into her own hooves. And, after an intensive few days of research (on the part of her secretary), she felt a solution might finally be within her grasp... ~***~ "We can't be lost, that's impossible!" Dressed impeccably in tailored khaki, Bluebelle frowned and fumed at the old map she was levitating in front of her. "I can find a small island in the trackless oceans! Surely one temple in one forest can't be hard to find..." The expedition to the Leota had not been hard to scrape together. She had royal funds, as well as an honor guard to serve as traveling companion and protector. But once she had let slip that she was going hunting for an ancient magical artifact, said to be held by an all-stallion tribe that once lived in the Leota, she unexpectedly found her party increased by one, a mare from EPIC. Not that she minded the extra protection, but she could not imagine what on earth any potential villains would want with a statuette that turned mares into stallions. Well, except smashing it to spite her. "Are either of you familiar with finding your way through forests? Because I think we've passed that tree before." She turned to her traveling companions, sizing them up for likelihoods. Star Crusader, Bluebelle's honor guard, had proved to be a resourceful mare in the past. It was this secure unflappability and readiness from the gigantic pegasus which had first caught the royal figure's admiration, even before Blueblood had seen what she looked like underneath the bulk of her armor. The help she had lately given her in dealing with her current situation only increased that admiration, and Blue had come to trust Star implicitly. The other mare, Rubble Rose, was more of a cipher. For one thing, she was neither talkative, nor silently expressive in much of any way. In addition to this strong, silent attitude was the fact that... it really didn't make a lot of sense for her to be here, as far as the Princess could see. EPIC surely had more members available that were better suited to wilderness adventures... unless they anticipated some difficulty in breaking into the temple. Then it would make sense to bring along an urban demolitionist. *Is there something else, though, that I'm not seeing? She had personally requested to come along as soon as she heard that we were going to an ancient temple....*
  9. Part 1: Where Blueblood Buys a Broach There was something in the very nature of Jewelry that implies something more solid than any other gift. It was unambiguous and conspicuous in its meaning, at least insofar as affection was concerned. Hence, to see Prince Blueblood in this particular part of the Canterlot shopping district was cause for the rumor mill to grind. He didn't seem to be particularly directed, in fact, currently he looked a little lost, looking in the shop windows... ~ Fleur was humming, she had cast some nice pieces, which were cooling, set in a few beauitful purple stones in a necklace, and was now sweeping the floor a bit, seeing the lost looking Prince in the window, she chuckled, moving to tap at the glass gently to get his attention. "Monsjourrrr You will have a better look einside zhe stoore~" ~ The Prince started, like a dozing bird that had his cage tapped. "Bah! Oh, um, Good day, Fleur. What are doing- do you work here?" Blueblood was first made familiar with the mare from her modeling career, but he'd heard that she'd chucked it to go back to an earlier job. Was this it? ~ "Oui Come on in ief you are looking for something! You cannot see zhem proper in zhe window~" She chuckled, going back to sweeping, she always thought the Prince rather cute ~ He paused to consider the point, but only for a moment. It was quite clear that he was going to get nowhere just staring into windows. The shop, of course, had the little bell that announced customers. "So..." He wasn't quite sure where to begin, as Fleur was something like an acquaintance. He was unused to knowing shop-ponies personally. "Well, I'm looking for something, though I don't know what, really, you know?" ~ "Oui! Eis it for you? Or for a accquaintance? Or perhaps" She smirked, batting her eyelashes softly "A mare you 'are 'oping to woe?" She teased, though knew what a flirt the other was. ~ Blueblood may have had a reputation for a flirt, though in truth there was some slight exaggeration in it. And he certainly received flirting with less aplomb than he was said to give it on at least one memorable occasion... Here, at least, he only gave a slight smile and cleared his throat. "Well... its not for me." ~ "Well Vhat does zhis other being like? Colors? Shapes?" She asked, moving to be behind the display cases, all glittering with a wide variety of jewelery ~ Blueblood looked over the Jewelry with the look of a complete amateur, to whom it all seems the same at first. "Well... It's hard to say. They, well, she... I've never seen her in anything... ornamental." ~ "So you would like somezhing a bit more subtle?" Her horn glew, and all the flashy, ornate pieces had their lids closed to not distract. ~ "Hm, Probably, though I don't know if it's possible to be both large and subtle, when it comes to Jewelry." Blueblood remarked, eyeing over the pieces. "She isn't what you would call a 'petite' mare; statuesque is the word I would use." ~ "So you want somezhing to accent her features? Perhaps a necklace?" ~ Yes... That would probably work." The Prince seemed still not quite sure, but Fleur could tell that he was now thinking more constructively. "I'm afraid I can only give you her basic colors, I don't know what sort of thing she wears when off duty. She's a... pale sky, whitish blue in the coat, reddish blonde mane." ~ ""HnN Well what are some of her FAVORITE colors? FOr instance, I am of a pale champagne color, and with light pink, but I do so adore a good red gemstone..." ~ Now came the hard questions. Blueblood's lips pursed as he tried to remember some, any clue, that would help him here. "Well... you see, I've not ever seen her off duty, so I've not really had a chance to see her preferences. I'm not even sure if she has any, especially." ~ "Zhen I suggest you get a tad more information before buying something so personal" SHe chuckled "Zhough maybe something small to test zhe waters? Like a Broach?" ~ The Prince let out a huff of air at that. "Well, that's no easy task, you know, with a bodyguard like mine! There's never point when I'm around her that she's not on duty, which makes sense, I suppose, but it makes it hard to bring up these sorts of things." Blueblood paused, realizing he may have raised his voice just a tad. "Sorry, but yes, I suppose a broach would be best to start." ~ She raised a brow at the raised tone of voice "Zhere is no need to shout at me mousiour.." She muttered, opening a few boxes of broaches, getting one that had a beautifully shaped sun, with a stone that seemed to EMIT light.. "It would go with her uniform.." ~ "I know, it's just..." He trailed off, then shrugged at Fleur. "I have no idea what I'm doing, really." The Prince had less doubt upon seeing the proffered broach, however. "My word, that IS impressive. She'd look marvelous in this... how, how does it do that? ~ "Eit is a special kind of stone, a Diamond Dog sold eit to me recently, it absorbs light and then reflects it out ward, it's simple and magical, perfect for a mare I do zhink" ~ "I should say so!" He pictured it in his mind, the light from the stone reflecting and making Star's armor shine with it's light. "You know, I believe I shall buy this. Thank you!" ~ She giggled "But ofcourse" Already wrapping it up to look like a lovely gift. ~ Purchases among the upper class were rarely a matter of cash payment. Merchants usually billed the noble House for their commission, and to be fair to the nobs, they rarely defaulted on their commitment. Taking the package gently with his own magic, Blueblood gave a little bow. "Until next time, then. Will you be at the Gala this year? I'm leaving Canterlot pretty often these days, and that's the next major thing I'll be in town for." ~ She chuckled "I will try my 'ardest to attend , If you are zhere I shall try even 'arder to " She winked at him, she was fond of the prince, she was sure they could be dear friends if given the chance. ~ "That is very good to hear. I look forward to seeing you there. And perhaps I shall be able to introduce you to Star." Blueblood was smiling. It was very much possible that they could be friends. ~ "I would love to! Oooh you could tell her as an extension of zhe gift you have reserved zhe entire jewelry store just for her browsing pleasure?" ~ Pursing his lips, the Prince had to think if Star was the sort of mare to enjoy browsing the store. "I... shall, yes. Will you be there to guide, though? I think she would appreciate somepony to talk with about this." ~ "Of course! Why else would I offer eit?" She flipped her mane a little bit "I'll help learn her tastes, to make sure you will know for sure~" ~ Blueblood smiled at that. An ally! Navigating the roads of actual affection was a new challenge for the Prince, and having somepony help in figuring out how best to shower gifts upon his favored mare was, in its way, a relief. "Very well then. Until next time, Au revoir." And with a bow, he made his exit. ~ "Au Revoir!" She called after him, making a note to her boss with a request for a day to reserve the shop, this should be the start of something wonderful! It was about time BlueBlood got a true relationship, one based on affection at that! She was proud of him!
  10. It was probably nothing. That was what Prince Blueblood had tried to tell himself when he'd heard about Princess Twilight's new student. After all, she gave lessons regularly when her schedule allowed, right? Community engagement, and all that. Surely, this was just a matter of remedial studies... Except, when Princesses took students, those students tended to matter in higher echelons of society. And, in his position, the Prince could not ignore new developments in that sphere. Hence, a trip to Ponyville. It didn't take him long to find the cottage where this... Novaburst was staying. Apparently, like Blue had suspected, he was one of several students Twilight had taken. Well, best just drop by to make sure everything was all right... And so, this morning, Prince Blueblood knocked upon his door. ~ The door opened and Blueblood could see all sorts of blueprints strewn across the floor, and stapled to the walls of the building. In addition he could see several cups of coffee (empty) on the floor. Prince Blueblood could also see Nova Burst was working on something, a mechanical device of some sort that had thin metal rods, and propeller like blades, and was attached to a saddle of sorts. "Hello Prince Blueblood. What brings you to my humble abode?" With that, Nova Burst knelt a little. The Horn Surges were decreasing in frequency, but Nova Burst knew he'd have to exert will power to keep them under control still. ~ Ugh, what a mess. Blueblood had known, and even befriended ponies with mechanical aptitudes, but none that let their workspace overtake their living space like a fast-growing mold. He tried to keep his face from being too clear in its distaste; bad form when one was a guest. And Nova did bow, at least. Most ponies didn't when he walked into a room, so point there for him. "Hello, well, I just sort of heard about you. Got curious. I like to keep on top of whoever's making attachments to the Royal Circle, don't you know." ~ "Well, given my situation was Dangerous to other ponies I had no choice but to seek out the help of the Princess of Friendship who is also a NATURAL when it comes to magic." Nova Burst sighed. Using a spell he quickly blasted all the coffee cups and levitated them into a trash can, and removed the blueprint paper from the floors, and walls before sighing. "All she's mainly been doing is helping me learn to control my magic which prevents barely controllable surges of magic that if left unchecked could hurt somepony." ~ Nova's outburst, both of voice and magic, caused Blueblood to back-step. Perhaps he should have called ahead. Yes, mental note, when visiting unstable magicians, give warning. "Oh, er, right then." Remedial stuff, as suspected. Still, it would look pretty dumb if he left now. "So, ah, besides that... what do you do?" ~ "Well, look at this..." Nova Burst gently levitated the saddle that had the propellers and thin metal rods. "This is a device I'm working on that could benefit Earth Pony, or Unicorns as they wouldn't need to continually cast cloud walking, or flight spells on themselves. I haven't yet figured out a way to power this device, but it should give the Earth Ponies and Unicorns a bit of aerial capability. It's not as good as the wings of a Pegasi, nor as stable. But it's a step in the right direction, I guess..." said Nova Burst. "During most of my time I invent mechanical devices." ~ Blueblood was... not a pony very interested in flight. He had a bad head for heights, and thus rarely had a need for cloud walking spells. And if he needed them, they weren't hard to get. Inventing in general, though, he had a vague interest in. He knew ponies in the field, and such. "Power devices, eh? Well, I suppose that's where you'll have to focus next. Should make the rest of your work easier..." He cautiously stepped closer to the workbench, looking for something in the blueprints that actually made sense to him. "Ever done any nautical devices?" ~ Nova Burst smiled. "Yes, but the blueprint is around here... somewhere." The entirety of the house was a disorganized and almost chaotic mess of blueprints, and living supplies. It would take an army of maids to clean it up well enough for a normal pony to find stuff because of the sheer amount of clutter. The work bench did have a blueprint for a nautical device, a sort of metal detector that could work under water but that was modified so it could detect not metal, but magical energy. "An idea I worked on, if I ever wanted to go explore under water and look for any magical items in the future. It can detect magical energy." ~ Blueblood shuddered to think what his head maid, a somewhat older mare with absolutely no nonsense about her, would do upon seeing this. Nova would be hag-ridden up and down the walls for allowing his dwelling to get into such a state, and after the phalanx had swept up his resistance, an occupying force would be left to bully him into cleanliness in perpetuity. Best not think about that. Instead, he turned his thoughts to the metal-detector device. "Oh? Interesting... I don't have any submarines, though. Always a little nervous about ships that sink on purpose. And those that fly, for that matter." ~ Nova Burst smiled, but noticed Blueblood shudder a little. "So Prince Blueblood, why did you shudder just now? I'm sorry my place is a mess. I've been busy trying to make friends, invent, learn to control my magic. I've been so busy I've not had time to clean up properly. Had I known you were coming I would have cleaned up the place properly and made it look more presentable. " There were strange glyphs of magical energy on the walls, and those would likely interest the Prince. "Do you know what those glyphs are?" ~ "Oh, I was just... thinking, about something." It would be hard for Blueblood to explain his imaginative ramblings to Nova; they were nowhere near that level of friend. "No, I don't know much about glyphs, actually. I suppose you're going to tell me?" ~ "Well, basically what they do is warn me the moment my horn decides it's time to unleash an uncontrollable burst of magic, so I can warn everypony to get clear if they're inside my house." A precaution Nova Burst had made after researching methods of alerting himself to the magical energy surges. This was a way he could warn other ponies, and prevent them from getting hurt until he could stop the Bucking Surges once and for all. With time and effort eventually he wouldn't need the Glyphs. They were a better solution than his horn cover. The Glyphs began to glow brightly as the conversation had distracted Nova Burst from controlling his magic as much as he should. A blast of energy shot out at Blueblood. Should it hit, it would change the color of all the hair Blueblood had to a mix of violet and gold, something that would be easy to undo. "WATCH OUT!" screamed Nova Burst, as the spell fired. ~ "Oh? Oh..." Blueblood began to inspect them a little more closely now. Warnings of magical accidents... he'd experienced a few in his time. Having an in-built warning system might prove very useful. "So, are they general application, or do they just work for yo-" Wait, why was that one glowing? POP! "YI!" He felt the burst of magical energy hit him, with a tingling sting, filling his coat and mane with static electricity. "Ah... ah... how... what?" He reached up a hoof to pat down his unruly mane, and received a static shock. "Ow! Uh... do you have a mirror about?" ~ Nova Burst sighed and nodded before levitating a large mirror over to Blueblood so that he could look at the mirror, and see what the damage had been. Hopefully it wasn't too extensive. The surges were a problem Nova Burst needed to solve, and he needed to solve now. Sure his lessons with the Princess of Friendship were helping, but they weren't enough apparently. He'd need to find a way other than the Horn Cover to force his magic into submission to his own will which was that it WOULD NOT surge. "Prince Blueblood. I'm so sorry. I'll accept whatever punishment you see fit for this.... mishap." If Blueblood looked he could see his mane and coat were now a mix of violet and gold. ~ The Prince sucked in his breath through his teeth at first sight. A shocking sight it was, at first, anyway. In an attempt to relax and calm down, he brought a small brush out of his pocket, and worked on his mane. There, no more dandelion on his head. Now, let's get a look. "Well... not the worst I've seen. Not by a long-shot, actually. At least I'm still the same gender." ~ "I'm sorry Prince Blueblood. I try my best to get those surges under control. Controlling them as you know can be rather difficult... at best..." said Nova Burst. "I did whip up a device that for a time helped, but in the long run actually made the surges worse. Is there any way I can make it up to you?" asked Nova Burst, lowering his head in shame at what he had done. ~ The Prince gave a deep sigh. Three or four years ago, he would have been livid, calling for an extended stay in the dungeon, and all that. But, after all that had happened to him, he at least got a little perspective. "No, I don't suppose you could have helped it. Unless you can program those glyphs to give more of a lead time." He shook his head. "Can you get my old colors back, or am I going to have to wait?" ~ Nova Burst looked at him. "I can try, Prince Blueblood. But it may sting a little..." Nova Burst then materialized a book on how to counter bursts of magical energy for the inept Unicorn and fired a spell from his horn directly at Blueblood. But the glyphs on the wall glowed even more brilliantly. For the spell had surged and gone wrong. Instead of it's intended purpose it would now cause all of his mane to fall out. Reprogramming the Glyphs to give an earlier warning would be a wise idea. "WATCH OUT PRINCE BLUEBLOOD. AVOID THAT BEAM!" ~ Blueblood stood still, and closed his eyes as Nova readied the counter-spell. Thus it was that he missed the glowing of the glyphs, and the yell coming suddenly only served to paralyze him. "Eh, what? OWWWW!" That was not a mere sting, it felt as if his scalp was on fire! "Augh... nngh, I... don't think..." He looked down. Down at a puddle of golden hair. Slowly, his pupils began to shrink, as his head rose to meet his gaze in the mirror. Bald. And purple. He hardly even recognized his reflection. "Ah... Ah... " Heavy breathing. His mane was a prize of his, lovingly conditioned and shampooed daily. This... this was a step too far! ~ Nova Burst knelt until his face was touching the floor in front of Blueblood. "I'm sorry Prince. I can't control my magical surges. It's why I train with Princess Twilight, to get the things under control. I'm learning some remedial magic, in hopes it may be enough to prevent what happened to you from happening to everypony I go around. Most of the time I can exert enough will power to keep any of my magic from coming out. But any time I use magic for prolonged periods, it seems to make the surges...act up. Especially as I'm not anywhere near fully trained in my magical abilities. So Prince Blueblood, I humbly await whatever punishment you see fit." Nova Burst then held still, awaiting whatever punishment the Prince saw fit to mete out for his hair falling out, and the spell going HORRIBLY wrong. ~ "Gai- gk, grk... grk... GAH!" All the inbuilt rage and frustration had blocked up in his throat like a deviled egg stuck in a carburetor. "YOU. WILL. FIX. THIS!" Blueblood was yelling, screaming, really, with the pitches he was vocally hitting. He was in Nova's face, not really listening to explanations, nor caring. "UNDO. THIS." He pointed at his own head, face a a rictus of fury. ~ Noticing the anger of Prince Blueblood, and his screams and yelling Nova Burst got frightened. Scaring Nova Burst was a bad idea on so many levels. For one thing, Nova Burst was a Unicorn. For two, he possessed high levels of magical energy. And for three, he barely had any control over said levels of magical energy. This caused another surge. This surge however was not like the others. It was not a mild spell, but a blast of energy. A blast of energy that would hit Blueblood with power akin to that of a Tazer, and give him a real shocking situation. ~ "AAAIIYYIIIEEEE!" And that was a scream, no if, ands, or buts about it. A very mare-ish scream, too; practically filly-like. Still, given that he was point-blank to a burst of magical force, it probably wouldn't cost Blueblood his stallion card. "Ah... ah..." He lay in a heap upon the floor, but not for long. Very shakily, he got to his hooves, rambling angry nonsense. "ArgleflarglerackenhshmakenBUCKINGAAAAUHGG!" ~ As he rambled angry nonsense, Nova Burst took a deep breath and started to count to 100. Once he had calmed down enough, he rose and looked at Prince Blueblood. "Prince Blueblood your honor. I respectfully believe it would be in our best interests if we were to seek out a Unicorn, or someone who could help regrow your hair and return your color to normal, who was not ME. For with my lack of control over my own magical ability... you might get tazed again, or your tail could fall out, or your coat. So please, allow me to help you find someone who can better resolve our current dilemma." ~ "Oh, Oh?!?" He was still barely coherent. "Oh. That's. RIGHT! You. Have. Done. E-bucking-NOUGH today!!" The Prince slammed a still-shaking hoof onto the workbench, making this jump and slide about. "You. Will. Go." Blueblood was biting off every word, struggling to put a sentence together. "I. Am. Not. Going out. Looking, Like this." ~ Nova Burst's emotions were like the ocean, shifting constantly. As he looked at Blueblood he felt sorry for the Prince. The prince had experienced the surges at one of their worst. Of course yelling at Nova Burst had made him lose control of his magical energy, and taze him. "I am truly and sincerely sorry My Prince. I will go around Ponyville, and look for a solution to your hygiene issues, so that we can have them resolved. " ~ The Prince's teeth were clenched, his body shaking with his own efforts to keep under control. Not that blueblood's outbursts were as dangerous as magical ones. Unless, of course, they happened next to a pony like Novaburst. Still, one had to keep polite. "You. Go. Do. That. Thank. You." Most grudging offering of gratitude in Equine history.
  11. Drills could only prepare guards for so much. Repeated marches across a green, weapon strikes against an immobile dummy, and spit-polishing armor meant nothing unless they could integrate their skills, together with their comrades, to address a situation. What was more, these situations could come on at any time, practically without warning. Given the... recent performances of the guards of Canterlot during previous crises, Prince Blueblood was not convinced that their current training regimen prepared them sufficiently for such situations. Well, he certainly wasn't going to stand for that in his honor guard! Hence, the little exercise he'd come up with for today... "Guards!" He called them to review in his back garden. There were currently only two of them, Captain Star Crusader, an absolute titan of a mare, and Arcus, a recent assignment whose mettle Blueblood hoped to see demonstrated. "There will be an extra drill today. A test, almost a practice game, if you will." He held a dueling cane in one hoof, stalking back and forth as he addressed them, aping the style of a commander talking to his troops. "I have contacted a certain specialist to test our perimeter and personal security measures. For the sake of the exercise I will not give a name, or expected tactics. They will be trying, on their own initiative, to breach your watch and... inflict certain things upon my person." He frowned a little at that. It sounded wrong, but he honestly didn't know what was being planned on the other end. "The exercise begins now. I wish you good luck hunting. That is all." He nodded at them both, signaling them to return to normal patrols. Or at least, their practiced patrols given a heightened security threat. To be perfectly honest, Blueblood wasn't exactly certain how confident of their success he ought to be. He'd be the last stallion in the world to denigrate Star Crusader's performance, and Arcus had come highly recommended... But the "red team" was no slouch either. After all, one didn't become an Element of Harmony and "fastest mare in Equestria" for nothing. *I hope she was kidding about that green dye...*
  12. Edit: Thread is open! http://www.canterlot.com/topic/21737-to-serve-a-princeess-open-see-ooc/ I've been thinking; I would really like to flesh out Prince Blueblood's household with something more than mere NPC servants. He already has an honor guard, but there are plenty of other positions available, from clerk to cook! During this thread, Blueblood will still be dealing with being Bluebelle. Hence, the traditional form application letter from the household was sent out: The household of Prince Princess Bluebelle is in need of trained, qualified staff to compliment itself over these coming months. Positions have opened up and will be open to all able-bodied (and spirited) creatures, as long as they are capable and willing to serve Princess Bluebelle. The following application must be completed and will be reviewed by the Royal Guard, so please answer truthfully in full: What position do you plan to occupy? In what way is your service exceptional? Any previous records of similar work? ​ In retrospect, some judicious proofreading and editing might not have been a bad idea...
  13. Why, hello there! Always good to see a commoner take interest; it's been so hard to find anypony showing the proper respect these days. You already know who I am, of course, but for the sake of upholding the social pleasantries, allow me to introduce myself. I am Prince Blueblood the LVI, direct descendent of Princess Platinum, nephew to the Royal Sisters, etc. I've got dozens of other titles, naturally, but I've been told not to elaborate upon them unless asked. No doubt you have seen me around the Canterlot Social Scene. Admittedly, it can be something of a bore, but I like to think that when I grace a occasion or Gala- Oh. Right. About that... Well, if I'm being perfectly frank, a Prince has certain expectations of the deference due to him! The only thing was, so do most mares. The end results of a certain collision of such with a now-famous fashionista... are well known enough by now for me not to detail. Alright, I admit, my behavior on that occasion skirted social acceptability. By which I mean it hardly touched the right side of the boundary at all. But put yourself in my position! What exactly am I supposed to think of a mare who comes out of nowhere, without introduction, attempting to initiate a romance? It hardly indicates respectable intentions. In any case, due to Auntly decree I'm to try and avoid these sorts of misunderstandings in the future. And I am trying, really! Our newest Princess informs me that finding a few friends is the best way of going about this business, and I suppose she ought to know. I intend to follow her advice; I may be considered dense, but I know a jolly good wheeze when I see it. What? What are you looking at me like that for? A stallion can dream, can't he? Major Character Developments: Well, this happened. It's the last time I sneeze while Princess Twilight is casting a healing spell on me. I'll admit, it could have turned out worse. At least this won't go on forever... right? Profile: It has come to my attention that a fellow of good taste and breeding has taken it upon himself to represent me. How delightful!
  14. Prince Blueblood was three pints deep in the party, and sinking fast. He wasn't usually the type to get drunk in public; he usually just nursed one drink throughout the night and shot superior looks at the more soused ponies. After being caught up in the recent invasion of the Crystal Empire by Viking Caribou, however, he'd sought fortification of his tissues in Stalliongrad stout, which had set off a sequence of events that had led to him getting entangled in a cross-cultural diplomatic incident, and challenging a caribou jarl to single combat; surprisingly, not in that order. One would have thought that quite enough for one evening. But, the night was young, and his Royal Highness was just getting started. The incident, while somewhat embarrassing, had the quite unusual effect of causing the unicorn to think for a full half-hour on serious subjects. *Whitescar is poor. Viking raids were made to not have to be poor anymore. If Whitescar wasn't poor, we wouldn't have been raided. I can't fight off a raid, so I can't do anything there. But if I could make them less poor, they'd be less barbaric...* But how could that be done? The Prince had money, but he wasn't the best at using it for any particular purpose. However, here at the party were two mares he knew to be as wealthy as himself, and more used to wielding money and influence as weapons. They'd been caught up in the recent attacks, too. Perhaps... perhaps they could come up with something... Thus, here he was, leaning against a balcony rail, empty glass beside him. Blueblood had sent word via the waiters that he wanted to see Miss Frostlace and Miss Snowfall at their earliest convenience, on a matter concerning the prevention of further atrocities. He was feeling a little unsteady on his hooves when they approached, but he managed to keep a fixed smile on his face. "Ah, there... you are!" An exaggerated clarity of speech is the first sign of the non-sober, and given that he sounded like he was giving a recitation at an elocution class... "I suppose you are wondering... why I called you here tonight."