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Roleplay Type: World of Equestria. Name: Yona. Sex: Female. Age: Filly. Species: Yak. Eye colour: Olive yellow. Coat: An unsaturated, warm light-red colour. Mane/Tail: Mane is a reddish-brown, and her short tail matches her coat. Physique: "Stout" would be a polite way of putting it, having the general yak qualities of being rather large, a healthy lung capacity and plenty of shaggy hair with which to stave off the worst of the Yakyakistan weather. As is the way with yaks, Yona is also surprisingly strong, although she is rather clumsy with it, and her strength isn't backed up by particularly huge reserves of stamina. Residence: School of Friendship, previously a resident of Yakyakistan. Occupation: Student at the School of Friendship. Yona is best at being student. Cutie Mark: None. But if yaks did have cutie marks, they would be best at having them. Unique Traits: Good at smashing things. Logs? Smash. Walls. Smash. History: Prior to moving to Ponyville as the representative of the yaks in the School of Friendship, Yona lived with her family (best family) in Yakyakistan. While there were no doubt many great times - maybe even close to best times, in fact - spent alongside her siblings, parents and grandparents, the most exciting period of Yona's life began with enrolment into the School of Friendship. Having been selected to represent the yaks at the newly founded school and, while Yona initially doesn't do well under the academic rules set out by the EEA, her friendship with others begins to blossom. This finally culminates in Yona, along with the other non-ponies attending the school, being withdrawn from the school. Fortunately, the bonds of friendship between the group weren't so easily broken, and the group sought refuge amongst the dilapidated runs of the Castle of the Two Sisters rather than go their separate ways. Once the school became independent, and free from the strictures placed upon it by the Equestria Education Association, and after an incident involving puckwudgies and needing to be saved from the strange creatures, Yona and the others were invited once again to attend the School of Friendship. Now that the school could be run according to Twilight's own specifications, lessons were fun, interesting and helpful; the rougher, rather arrogant attitude that Yona once held was smoothed away through activities and lessons. During her time at the School of Friendship, Yona has overcome - mostly - her arachnophobia, learned the value of sharing, and developed an enduring appreciation of Rockhoof, the Keeper of Equestrian Tales. Character Personality: While still very much a yak, and therefore prone to loud outbursts and saddled with the belief that yaks are best at just about everything, time spent amongst other creatures at the School of Friendship has made her a little more bearable to be around. While she will still, occasionally, point out that just about anything relating to Yaks are best, not only does she mostly keep this to herself, but she has come to understand that there are some things that other creatures can do well. At times she is excitable, which usually manifests itself in rather destructive outbursts and, coupled with her clumsy nature, can land her in trouble. This doesn't seem to really bother her in the slightest, and the occasional trail of destruction left in her wake hasn't diminished her enthusiasm or curiosity. If yaks had a sleeve upon which to wear their heart, Yona would wear her heart on her sleeve, and would be the best at it. Character Summary: The excitable, clumsy and occasionally loud representative of the Yaks at the School of Friendship. Having begun to learn the value of friendship amongst ponies and other creatures, Yona is still a yak, with all that entails, but has begun to understand both how to behave oneself around non-yaks and the importance of good friends. Yona still, however, likes to smash things. "Yak can take yak out of Yakyakistan, but Yaks still have best sayings."
In this episode, Pinkie Pie picks up playing a bizarre instrument as a new hobby, but her friends get annoyed by her inability to play it. 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
"Pony say what to Yak? Pony best hope Rutherford only misheard" Roleplay Type: World of Equestria Name: Rutherford Sex: Male Age: Stallion / Bull Species: Yak Eye colour: Green Coat: mix of browns to dark oranges Mane/Tail: mane is a dark orange color that covers most his face, his tail is short and brown Physique: Rutherford is extremely strong, large and very hairy. Standing much taller than most ponies with many just barely reaching his chin. His entire body is covered in thick heavy fur. While extremely useful for the extreme cold of his home, he easily overheats in warmer lands. But underneath all of that fur is powerfully built bull that can put the strongest earth pony to utter shame with his power. As such Rutherford can be very intimidating in looks alone without the help of his short temper. Jewelry and piercings: Rutherford has two earrings, one per ear that ends in small bells. His jewelry is the black crown of Yakyakistan. Five golden hoops around his horns, three on his right horn with two on his left. At the base of his horns are golden crowns. His last bit of jewelry is a golden band used to hold the end of his beard together. Residence: Yakyakistan Occupation: Prince of Yakyakistan Cutie Mark: N/A Yak don’t need silly flank mark Unique Traits: Rutherford is strong, a statement lost in meaning around Yaks but Rutherford is strong even amongst them. Well this plays a big part in helping him keep other Yaks in line and following his orders, his most useful gift is a underlying compassion and intelligence that has allowed him to be the first Yak Prince in countless ages to even follow real diplomacy with other kingdoms. Even if he is hardly good at diplomacy, he makes history for trying and successfully making allies for Yakyakistan. History: Rutherford, like many princes was born to power, inheriting a kingdom from his father. As such this played heavily in to his youth and upbringing as he was groomed from birth for leadership. But with all things Yak, this grooming was nothing like most princes in the world. No fine living, silk beds or the best teachers gold can buy as one studied in the best schools in the kingdom. No, Rutherford was raised to be more than just a prince. He was groomed to be THE Yak all Yaks will look up to when he takes the crown. As such, Rutherford’s youth was one of training to be all a Yak can be. Nothing easy, nothing given to him yet nothing short of flawlessness was allowed in the outcome. And trained he did over the years as his father built his son up in to the perfect Yak. But such training left only a small amount of room for real learning, something most yaks never bother to worry about. But the young Rutherford took a passing care for it and did spend what small freetime he had reading and learning about the world around him. What he found was somewhat disturbing, Yaks truly were the best things to ever live. This was true. But the Yak kingdom was… Small. Very small. A small dot in a big world that has done nothing of note outside its borders. But bringing it up to his father got nothing but hot air and yelling about how Yaks do not need to care about the outside world. All that matters was Yakyakistan. Something Rutherford took to his heart, even if his worries never faded away fully. Such matters did not return to Rutherford until the passing of his father and his taking of the crown. The first years of his new leadership were spent just enforcing the changing of crown and proving to all Yaks he was a worthy leader, something he did in short order thanks to his powerful body and lungs. After firmly rooting himself as the new prince of Yakyakistan he followed in his father's footsteps, putting Yakyakistan first and foremost. Yaks were the most important thing after all. But the book he saw about the outside world haunted him, if Yaks were so good why did they hide away? It made them look weak, like cowards! Yakyakistan had to step out from the snow and show the world why Yaks are best. And so he declared to see the outside world and show them all why Yaks and all things Yak is best. After looking in the few books he had, he decided that Equestria was the best place to start with, a powerful land that for many long years enforced peace across the land and even on Yakyakistan itself. A land so strong must be almost as good as Yaks. Sadly such hopes fell flat on the face as the ponies of Equestria proved to be clueless and insulting as they mocked him and his fellow Yaks in a never ending mess of ‘acts of friendship’ that were so half assed Rutherford could swear they were trying too mocking Yakyakistan itself. But he pushed on to see if the ponies could redeem the mess only to be further insulted. The breaking point came when Spike ‘played’ the piano for them. At first Rutherford was fully impressed by the young dragons skill only to see it was fake. This was the last insult, if the ponies could not even bother to send something that could play a song for real, then they had NO respect for Yaks and yet they were seen as the stronger land. Angry at the sheer amount of disrespect and how pathetic they were he declared war on them, he’d not let Yakyakistan be overshadowed by such a worthless kingdom. But the war was not to be. Stuck from heading home thanks to a rather large herd of sheep blocking the way Rutherford was tracked down by the pink pony known as ‘Pinkie’. While not fully willing to join her silly party he was not heading home anytime soon and took the offer. A blessing he did as Pinkie fully changed his mind over the course of the party with the most important part being her honesty and taking the blame. Rutherford was moved by Pinkie's apology and called off the war along with giving the ponies another try as friends for a thousand moons… So long as they don’t have a repeat as bad as the first visit was. After that evenetfull outing Rutherford did not feel the need to have any more trips like that. He’s made his point that Yaks can do things outside of Yakyakistan and even built a strong friendship with Equestria! A good thing as having the biggest power in the land on HIS side made Yaks all the much stronger, not that they needed help being strong. But this now means he had to deal with more politics and all it comes with… Which was letters. Lots of letters. Most of them being about one pink pony. While charming at first the sheer amount she sent him was… Alarming. Most of all after he let slip about Yickslurbertfest in a letter back to her. She was stubborn as a Yak and he liked that and seeing as she did play a big part in Yaks becoming friends with Equestria, he sent her a letter letting her know she may come. Much to his pride Yickslurbertfest went very well with the pink one, she learned fast and was soon fitting in almost like a Yak! Something he took some pride in as he clearly knows how to find the best pony of all the ponies to be friends with. So in honor of this and Yaks being friends with Equestria the next session of stomping had even more smashing and stomping! At least until all the fun of smashing set off an avalanche. This was nothing new to Rutherford as it happens every year. But this time there was a lot more snow than normal and the digging started up another avalanche only adding more snow to the already overwhelming amount. Well his pink colored friend offers to get help from more ponies he had to refuse. First Yaks do not need help and more so, as the Prince of all Yaks, he could not be seen as weak and needing the help of their new alles. So he declared that the Yaks will just ride it out until the snow melts. But as the day passed and the next one came many Yaks started to feel effects of no food or shelter from the cold. But none were willing to speak up against Rutherford. All but the pink pony. While gentle at first, her pushing to have him ask for help proved too much. Yaks do not ask for help, Yaks are strong and will not go groveling to the ponies. This disagreement ended with Rutherford losing his temper and casting the pink one away along with her honorary yak title. With her gone he settled back into trying to work out how to save the Yaks without being un-yak like. Until a plan was found he pushed his fellow yaks on to just ride it out and be strong. Despite growing unrest among the yaks toward their prince's leadership, Rutherford knew he had to stay strong as a rock. Yaks will make it and Yaks will do so without asking for help, and so he and his Yaks went to bed again in the cold and snow. Only to wake up to Yakyakistan being back to the way it was. The sky was clear, the snow was gone, the farmland green and food safe in the huts. The Yaks declared the snow did melt and Rutherford saw them true, Yaks can just ride out all hardships! But Rutherford had feelings something was wrong. Snow did not melt so fast, let alone in the dark. Looking around he spotted a pink tail leaving the front gates. Following her outside Rutherford confronted the pink one. While she tries to explain it away he knew what she did and more so, knew it had to be done. But it was not the yak way to ask for help. Not ever, even if it may be their doom. So he thanked her for helping them without hurting their pride, like a true Yak she did not make them ask or beg for help. She just did it. As such he went back on his outcasting of her and reinstated her as a honorary yak again and gifted her a set of yak horns on a helmet to help her fit in. Seeing her as a true friend he allowed the pink one to come and go as she sees fit as a true friend of Rutherford and all Yaks. After this and the passing of time, Rutherford made more deals and pacts with Equestria with the help of Blueblood. Trade deals as well as other diplomacies forged anew. In the time to pass Rutherford saw his land growing and prospering more. While it was a struggle to keep it ‘the Yak way’ he knew this was for the best. Yaks were stronger than ever and he wished to only see it grow and rise. One day he dreams of Yakyakistan being the city of a grand kingdom and not the only Yak city. If Yaks want to be powerful they most grow. Yakyakistan was the best city in the world, but just one city. Character Personality: Rutherford is loud and incredibly short-tempered, often yelling or shouting to make his point and exploding into rage over the smallest mistakes or slights against him, real or imagined. But when he can keep his temperament cool he can be gracious, caring and understanding. But underneath his volatile personality is a prince that deeply cares for his fellow Yaks and kingdom and wishes to see it grow in power and surpass the stangented unchanging place it use to be. Character Summary: Rutherford is the Prince of Yakyakistan and Yak Kingdom, while stuck firmly in the Yak way he has allowed for many deals with the ponies of Equestria and forged a friendship with the pink pony. While rocky at times he feels Yaks and Ponies can work together for the betterment of all yak kind, he wishes to keep the friendship strong as he looks to the years ahead with pride and hopes to keep growing his kingdom. Yaks were no longer just a dot on the map, no, he wanted them to be a real power and knew he must someday expand his borders as well. As such he must be willing to travel more and do more… Diplomacy.