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  1. 11 points
    Hello Canterlot, You will have noticed that the site has not been updated in a very long time. My work on site development has not been up to par and you deserve an explanation why. It is no secret that I have had trouble with my health over the past few years. I deal with chronic pain often and I have had a lot of trouble with cognitive tasks, especially those that require leadership and learning. Further compounding issues, my mother suffered a stroke a few weeks ago. She is doing much better after surgery and intensive care, but will require continued supportive care to ensure that she does not develop complications. My poor health coupled with the necessity to assist with long-term care for my mother have pushed me to the unfortunate realization that I just do not have the mental and physical ability to continue work as site host and developer. It is thus with great regret that I must tender my resignation as administrator of Canterlot. My anticipated time frame for step down is the end of the year. What this DOES NOT mean is the sudden termination of the forum or the Discord server or the dissolution of the community. What this DOES mean is that Canterlot will not receive any further active development from me. We the staff are currently in the process of developing a transition plan that will minimize stress and hassle for everyone. Keep an eye on the News and Updates subforum and the #announcements Discord channel for updates as they are posted. In the meantime, the Discord and forums will continue to run normally. Please leave questions and comments HERE and I will do my best to answer them as I am able. While I will no longer be in charge, I will try to make time and energy available to assist with the transition and perhaps even return to RP as a normal player as I am able. It is my hope that even if I am no longer in charge, you will all continue to carry forward all the lessons that MLP has taught us. Thank you, Canterlot, for giving me these years of friendship and magic.
  2. 9 points
    Hey friends! First off, I would like to apologize for how long it took to ban Robi. I know mediocre RP can only be tolera... Wait, what? You mean that's not the announcement? OH! The -other- announcement... Canterlot and its user base are not what they were years ago -- we're not the same people with the same amount of time we once had. Since I joined up, I've gone through college, been married and divorced, and worked across 4 different jobs. I still haven't finished FiM, though I have a fair idea of how the story ended. I think this site has always carried a meta parallel to the cartoon it was based around, as characters have come and gone, changes have happened, and important choices made. The story has officially ended. Now it's time to respectfully end my story in developing the site here and allow new people with different visions and capacities to take the fore. This place we've made together has given me sanctuary when I've needed it, as we've written our own stories inspired by the special qualities that early Friendship is Magic fostered. I'm happy to say that what we have built here is something incredibly special and precious. Since I joined 8 years ago to a burgeoning community, we've faced quite a few challenges -- rogue admins, rogue moderators, rogue users, getting hacked, spam bots, even predatory types using our site for unscrupulous means. We've risen above them all, handled a change over of admins twice, forum software, forum hosts, chat platforms, and managed to give this community a worthy journey to where we are now. On the front side, this site was a roleplay community; in the background, it has created lasting friendship, improved, and even saved lives. It's given us a lot to think about and process. It was a platform that I think went beyond the original bounds we intended for it. All that said, Dio and I thought that this would be the end cover to an otherwise rich story. We're happy to say that we've had an incredible outpouring of support from our staff, several of whom are willing to carry on the site. I will be doing my best in coming days to lend my support for our next set of leaders as we hand the reins over, with my official retirement respectfully coinciding with Dio's. I will still be hanging around this community, as well as the Discord, so I'm not going anywhere. I'm glad there will be a home for us for time yet to come. I'm eager to see what the next chapter will be. Thank you for allowing me to protect and lead this site; you're all truly the best. To our staff, I can't thank you enough; you've worked tirelessly over the years through your volunteer efforts to support our community here, and you've helped thousands of players find joy and entertainment through your support. Finally, to Dio. More than I can express, you've allowed this site to continue existing through your boundless generosity and effort, I can surmise your efforts as nothing less than herculean. More than that, you're my friend, and I hope that with the site in safe hands, our journey forward will lead us to better places. I'll be walking right next to you, giving you my shoulder as we find out what's next. Madelyne Rose, Retiring Admin of Canterlot.com The Blood Quill, Wolf Mother
  3. 9 points

    From the album: The Character Corner (Color!)

    This is probably one of the more drastic character recolors I've done. This is Rubble Rose. Demolitions expert who is going to get back to magic studies in due time.
  4. 9 points

    From the album: Gift Pony Art

    A gift for IceStorm of her OC pegasus Wind Dancer!
  5. 9 points
    Cool doodle of Fire Walker by 'Probably Fake Blonde'. https://probablyfakeblonde.wixsite.com/portfolio
  6. 8 points
    Applejack took a deep breath, though she couldn't for the life of her feel totally relaxed. How could she? She was getting married, and she was simply too excited. It wasn't a whirlwind romance or a shot out of the blue, however. No, this had been a long time coming. They had known each other for many moons long before they fully ready to admit their feelings to one another. And in the tempest that was their day to day life over the years it had been hard to manage it. Heck, it was hard to manage it now! It never mattered much though. You always made time for those you cared about and Applejack had made more and more time over the years for Rainbow Dash. It was apparent a long time ago which way the wind blew but like all-weather it could become a storm, and so Appejack had waited. She loved Rainbow Dash and Rainbow Dash loved her, but they had a whole heaping pile of responsibilities. Of course they added to that. You couldn't stop them from many things and nothing that had ever or would ever exist could stop them from having the best little colt on the planet. Zap Apple had been a wakeup call in a thousand ways both big and small but it was evidence that flaws and all they were a family. They didn't need to have a second to prove that- though Applejack was more than happy to have a second, or third, or fourth, or really any number- but they had done so. And if there was one thing Applejack knew it was that no matter the weather nor how stormy the seas, family was as enduring as the very earth behind her hooves. And together, she had Rainbow had created a family. And all that was left was to cement the final detail. There had been a small 'debate' about where to do it but Applejack wasn't one to let foolishness get in the way of a quick truth. There was no way that she wasn't getting married on her farm, in the same spot as her ma and pa, as her brother and sister-in-law. Trees were covered with wedding decoration courtesy of Rarity, with the style and trimmings most commonly associated with the heroines. And oh, that guest list! Everypony who was anypony wanted to attend. Applejack had put a stop to some of the more intangible invites, limiting it to Ponyville residents, friends, and family. Limiting- ha! Between how many friends they had made over the years and how Ponyville had grown, this wedding was becoming more than a little large. The ceremony was in the orchard as was the reception, the areas cordoned off from the rest of the orchard as best she could. Which, well, it was was at least good enough. She had so much on her plate. She had planned the whole nuts and bolts of the wedding. She had help, of course. She didn't have to think much on who would be in charge of the decor as Rarity would probably do it even if she had been specifically disallowed. Twilight was the obvious choice to officiate it, as who better than a Princess to marry two Elements together? Wedding bands, guest lists, hobnobbing about. She wasn't somepony who woud normally have spent a lot of time on non-farm work but with her second foal kicking her around a lot and making her have to spend a lot of time just watchig her family do the work without her, her brain had the time (and need) to keep busy on tasks like the wedding. She took another deep breath, holding her stomach as she felt Ambrosia kick. She wasn't far away. There had been some concern that the foal would be birthed before the wedding but as luck would have it Ambrosia seemed to have a bit of patience when it came to leaving her warm, cozy abode. The Apple family was sure starting to add to its stable a whole host of very special ponies, and she was plum excited to welcome its newest member into the fold. What would she be like? Incredible, of course. Awesome even, duh. But beyond that? Applejack had spent a lot of time thinking about it and her conclusion? Whatever it was she needed to be, and whatever it was, it would be perfect. A knock against the silo. Applejack darted to look at the door, aware in that fraction of a moment (don't worry, it passed) about the ludicrous nature of her surroundings. As was tradition with a field wedding this far out, the bride and groom were each prepared in their own separate areas nearby- in this case, cleared out silos. It looked nice enough all things considered. A good mirror, several dresses on hooks and lines and everything she needed to make herself ready for the wedding. She was dressed in the final culmination of the epic battle she had with Rarity about her wedding dress. The end result was rather fetching, as the fashionista was given to saying. She reached for her white stetson, custom made for this very occasion, and tossed it on in a panic. "Come on in! Come in!" She yelled out to whoever was knocking at her silo door. --------- OOC- 1- Thread is open to any resident of Ponyville as well as family of friends of Applejack and Rainbow Dash. 2- Only a few visitors for either AJ or RD, as they should be prepping for the ceremonies. Also, AJ and RD will not be part of the posting order until the ceremony. 3- Guests are allowed to enter and congregate, find their seats and prepare for the ceremony. 4- During the ceremony, only RD, AJ, and the officiant (Twilight) may post. 5- After the ceremony, time for the reception!
  7. 8 points
    I know there are many troubles in the world right now. At times it feels overwhelming. In the midst of the current maelstrom of events, I only ask that we be kind to each other and stay safe. Thanks, everyone.
  8. 8 points
    Hello. After some nostalgia and me totally being right about everything Discord, I was thinking about coming back to roleplay. To be sure I am getting a little better as I had been going through a difficult time in life so the overwhelming negativity had taken its toll on my weakened state of mind. I am feeling a bit stronger and can assure I will be more inclined to disregard the behaviors that had first driven me away, if those that wish to roleplay again, really a deeply important hobby of mine, wish to do so. I am looking to resume or pick up threads I have previously been "the next to reply" to if it is viable.
  9. 8 points

    From the album: Fire Walker Goodies

    Fire Walker getting a rare moment to lay around in the buff.
  10. 8 points
    Completed the final of three arts of these two! So cute together ❤ @Hippo's Remington and @SteelEagle's Moonlight Glitter.
  11. 8 points

    From the album: FiM Cast

    Just a bit of Twily in the candle light. I'd love to join her, wouldn't you? ^-^

    © hasbro

  12. 8 points
    I felt like practicing some pony armor today! Also been trying to practice some background stuff. @IceStorm I hope you like this:
  13. 7 points

    From the album: The Character Corner (Color!)

    A bit of a story to this one. There is an existing version of this same character but with a different color scheme: One that I don't use anymore. I'd wanted to test that same picture with a new color palette, but ... my laptop crashed and in the move I couldn't find the original SAI file. I did have to old picture though so I have to try and use it as a base for the same pose, and update and give her mane a new shape. I'll probably use this one for the foreseeable future when I play toboe as a Pony.
  14. 7 points
    Just a traditional drawing I did of all my adult OCs. It's pretty much a height chart, going Golden Daze, Gillian, Bellissima Stella (though she looks taller than Gill, she isn't, it's just her bow), Long Shot and Sea F. Salt (same height), Street Art, Nebulous Moon, and Alizarin Fruits.
  15. 7 points

    From the album: FiM Cast

    I thought of this pose randomly this morning and it had to be drawn! I love this ship and so happy to be able to play it with SteelEagle here on canterlot.com!

    © characters belong to hasbro

  16. 7 points

    From the album: Crossovers

    I've been listening to A Song of Ice and Fire while driving for almost two years now. One more book to go in the set! Thought it was time to do a little homage to some of my favorite stories ^-^

    © George R. R. Martin

  17. 7 points

    From the album: FiM Cast

    Fluttershy, how will I reach you for a belly rub? A playful pegasus in the clouds ^-^

    © hasbro

  18. 7 points

    From the album: Gift Pony Art

    A gift for PrinceBlueblood that was requested by Bellosh. Feng in his armor for his new role as a royal protectorate of the Empress.
  19. 7 points
    @IceStorm I'll add it to my list In other news: Finished this for @PrinceBlueblood! It was requested by @Bellosh Feng in his new armor for his new job. He's a handsome fella
  20. 7 points

    From the album: Gift Pony Art

    A gift for Ice Storm of their OC in armor!
  21. 7 points

    From the album: RainbowFoxxy's New Designs

    Some practice with my DJ unicorn Dusk!
  22. 7 points

    From the album: RainbowFoxxy's New Designs

    For the warriors event on eqd and of course for the medical professionals who are serving during these trying times. My Blue Bird all grown up and my Reckless 🙂
  23. 7 points

    From the album: Gift Pony Art

    A gift for the great SteelEagle of a special moment for two special RP characters! My RD getting a resounding YES from Steel's AJ :) Love is in the air! Bonus chibi royalty included! Thanks Bellosh and PrinceBlueBlood for setting the scene for the proposal!

    © Hasbro

  24. 6 points
    Berry had to laugh at Fire Walker's description of an old army stallion in a modern supermarket. "I can just picture it! Though, my family were always more 'farmer's market' than 'Barnyard Bargains,' if you know what I'm saying. He still might have shown up. And you got me on the whole ketchup-catsup thing. Honestly, I used to think the latter was actually 'cat soup'! Was I ever relieved to find out I was just being a silly filly!" That may well have been one of the reasons the latter spelling fell out of favor, now that she thought about it. The little exchange was concluded with the arrival of another mare, one who looked as if she'd come as the 'plus one' of the mare everyone was getting their knickers knotted over. Honestly, under the circumstances, Berry could well empathize with Glitter's desire for the harder stuff. But, that didn't do anything to shift her policy. "Before the ceremony? None. Afterwards, I'll have Sangria! Think of it like a wine punch; it's my specialty, and for the first time ever, I've actually been able to make use of Sweet Apple Acre's apples in the recipe! Trust me, you'll love it. In the meantime, give a try to the virgin version, and tell me what you think. Might make a last minute tweak or two." It was a mark of her shopkeeping heritage that she kept her customer-facing smile even as Tempest Shadow approached the group. The tension in the air would rise, no doubt, and it could only be hoped that cooler heads would prevail. Berry, naturally, was as cool as refrigerated grapes, and gave the hardened unicorn a friendly wave. "Hello yourself!" Her smile did slip a bit when Tempest mentioned the 'garlic punch', and even more so when she was interested in trying it! "Er..." She looked a little guiltily towards the ditch where she'd poured out the offending beverage. "I... didn't think the experiment worked out so well myself, and nopony else was interested so... it's currently not available. I'm very sorry; but everything else is on the house tonight, so..." Once again, she was thankful that no alcohol would be served before the ceremony, and now more than ever she was doubtful of the wisdom of serving any. That was just asking for trouble with this crowd... Fate sent one of her rare kindnesses at that moment, in the very pleasing shape of Equestria's foremost diplomat, educator, and non-alicorn royalty, one Princess-Archancellor Bluebelle. Dressed in red-and-gold finery with tricolor trimmings, it appeared the mare had commissioned her latest dress to fit the theme of a marriage between apples and rainbows. But then, when had the scion of House Platinum ever failed to dress for the occasion. She was making good time, despite being in a dress, and could only stop by the table briefly. "Oh, Fire Walker, it's great to see you too! We'll have to wait until after the ceremony to catch up; I'm one of Lady Applejack's bridlemaids, so I have to get into position before they start." She gave a nod of greeting to Swift as well, taking up a cup that Berry went ahead and poured for her. It was a bit of a dusty walk, and the refreshment was appreciated. "Ah, thank you, I needed that." She then noticed Tempest Shadow, and her eyes grew a little wide. "Oh, you made it! Last I heard, you were up north. Glad to see you could be here for your benefactor's big day!" As if for all the world they had never been enemies, a remarkable feat of diplomacy, given that Blue had been side-by-side with Swift Squall as they escaped the embattled capital. But that was why only one of them was trusted by the Crown's Foreign Office. "I'll see you all after the vows, alright? Ta-ta!" And with that, she departed, to take up her position in the bridal train.
  25. 6 points
    Glitter sat on the hay bale next to Temy. She smirked at her mare at her lofty plans. "Oh, I've heard of AJ's famous cider and that's not the kind of stuff you leave just laying around!" She winked at Tempest. "But if anypony can swipe a whole keg...it would be you." She glanced about, noting their distance from other ponies and then leaned in to nuzzle her friend. "Thanks for letting me come with you Temy," She giggled. "To this oh so romantic occasion!" She couldn't help it, she loved to play with Temy and her supposed "dislike" for all things mushy and/or romantic. Glitter sat back, resting herself on the bale and watching the proceedings. She supposed the mares of the day would make their appearance soon enough but for now things were still getting under way. Numerous guests were arriving and moving to the closer seating in the roped off area. Neither her nor Tem had any interest in that. The two of them usually kept their distance from others, spending lots of their times living and working out of their cabin in the far north. Coming to Ponyville was cetianly a change. She'd not been to the little town for Celestia knew how long! "You know, I could just go get us some cake and drinks," She smiled again. "You turn everything into a raid or adventure of some kind don't you Temy?" They both did that sort of thing, all the time actually. She loved that they could sit in the outlying area, not having to dress up all fancy or deal with small talk. It was better to live the way they did. At least for Glitter and Tempest anyway.
  26. 6 points
    "Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh!" Rainbow zoomed around the silo that had been cleared out to make a pre-wedding prep room for her. She kinda wished she' just been allowed to get ready in the same place as AJ. It would have been nice to have her practical nature around to calm her down. Everything swirled through her head in a giant rush. Since the first day she' d known AJ the mare had sparked Rainbow's interest. It hadn't been romantic right away. Nope. Anything but that. RD was a competitor as was her farm mare. Back in the day they had really kicked their heels up trying to out do each other. This only lasted for so long in a platonic fashion though. She remembered vividly the first day she'd noticed AJ in that new a special way. How her heart had skipped a beat and made her feel kinda light headed. After that RD had gone through a shift in her life. Sure she'd liked looking at mares but not wanting them the way she wanted AJ. She didn't want to just know about her, she wanted to be the closest thing in the world to the farm mare. "Take a breath filly!" Pinkie squinted up at her friend. "I mean I get excited too but you gotta get your head on straight before we head out there!" Pinkie Pie was not usually the most calm of ponies but she had the sense to know what would make a party go off right. That certainly did not include a certain cyan pegasus going batty during the biggest moment for her life! "You're right!" RD zoomed back to the hay covered ground and folded back her wings. "It's just," She huffed out a breath through her nose. "This is a lot!" "Yeah, but it's a good a lot right?" Pinkie giggled and reached for a cupcake. She'd been sure to bring some of the confections with her to help prep in the silo. Who wouldn't? Cupcakes were like super duper important for this kind of thing! "You want a bite?" Pinkie stuffed a treat into her muzzle and gulped it down. "Yum!" "Come on Pinkie, you're supposed to be helping me go over my um," Her eyes bulged. "Where's my vows!" "Relax silly!" The pink mare hoofed a crumpled paper towards her friend. "You know you can just read them off here right?" "It wouldn't be as special though." RD looked at her incredulously. "Right?" "I'm sure what's most special will be what makes you most comfortable!" She gulped another cupcake. "But if you want to try from memorized it's up to you! Want to practice again?" RD shook her head. "No, the last time was a disaster. Maybe I should just wait until I'm up there." As she spoke her stomach dropped. She was really doing this! It wasn't about AJ at all. She loved the farm mare deeply and truly. Loyally just like her element. They had a colt, the perfect colt. Zappers was amazing and just the best guy and she was so so so proud of him. And, they had another on the way! Rainbow couldn't help but wonder what Ambrosia would be like. She wondered if she'd be a little tom colt just like RD had been. The thought made her smile. "There you go! That looks much better!" Pinkie commented on her friend's smile and reached up the straighten the bow tie that brought her friend's dapper tux together oh so well! "Is it time yet?" Pinkie cocked her head and listened. "Not quite time yet..." She grinned hugely. "I'm so excited fr you guys!" Rainbow's smile dropped away for the time being. This whole thing was making her more nervous than any Wonderbolts race she'd ever been in!
  27. 6 points

    From the album: FiM Cast

    A little Roseluck for her special day on eqd!

    © hasbro

  28. 6 points
  29. 6 points

    From the album: Gift Pony Art

    These two are too cute together ❤
  30. 6 points

    From the album: FiM Cast

    I'm working on getting a pic of each of the mane six out! Here's some cute AJ ready to romp in the grass ^-^

    © hasbro

  31. 6 points
    Aaaand this got done! Requested by @SteelEagle of @Hippo's Oc Remington So handsome!
  32. 6 points

    From the album: Gift Pony Art

    The new uniform for the Friendship School! Glitter really rocks it!
  33. 6 points
    Not on the list but was a request from @SteelEagle for the new Friendship School uniforms. There's another one to go with this one that will be up soon!
  34. 6 points

    From the album: FiM Cast

    A simple Fluttershy with her butterfly friends ^-^

    © hasbro

  35. 6 points

    From the album: RainbowFoxxy's New Designs

    My OC Rapid Fire in his updated form! This includes my take on the armor worn by the Twilight Guard. Also, there's a sword... it's not of the soul sucking variety but still... ^-^
  36. 6 points
    Rainbow Dash As suprised no pony, Dash had once again overslept. She woke up to the scroll poking her int he face. After trying to swat it away a few times, moaning "cut it out, twi!" she finally woke up enough to realize there was a scroll there poking her in the face. She unrolled it, not noticing as the seal vanished. At first she just stared at it, it had to be a joke, she must have missed the 'ha ha gotcha!' thats all. she read it again and she got an unsettling feeling in the bottom of her stomach. She carefully slid out from her bed and shuffled to the window, opening it and looking out... "OH FOR PETES SAKE!!!!" The whole town no doubt heard her exclamation, it was a wonder that Cloudsdale didn't --- she would have loved for them to! They intentionally made sure that Ponyville would have the worst wrapup in years now that twilight was gone. They were being spiteful that the unicorn prodigy could get ponyville wrapped-up faster than they could! That was the only answer. Dash quickly threw on her uniform and kicked open the door, leaping off the cloud and spiraling down, taking time to circle wide and make note of all the proverbial damage... this was a disaster! She finally made her way to the center of town, perching on top of the statue "OK! EVERYPONY KEEP CALM, NO NEED TO GET THE TORCHES AND PITCHFORKS OUT YET!" she announced, in her typical fashion of comically missing the point. "I DONT KNOW WHERE THE OTHER LEADERS ARE, SO FOR NOW I'M TAKING CHARGE!" Her internal monologue though was far from so certain...: Oh wow, THATs your big idea? you dont have any clue what your doing! Yeah, well if somepony doesnt, there's going to be chaos, and the last thing we need is an invitation for discord to show up! point taken. She sighed "I none of us were expecting this, things looked so clear and simple last night... but..." A tune began to float through the air "I know things are looking dark This is an unexpected test But we wont miss our mark! Because we're gonna be the best! "Those ponies up there dont know us Think a little snow'll get us down They think they'll ruin us But they dont know this town! "Its time for us to pull together! We wont let them pus us around! Claw, hoof, horn and feather! Its time for us to stand our ground! "They think we're softer than the rest Just because we're small But we'll push it, we'll show them we're the best! IT wont be us that will Faaaaaa-aaaaaall! "Yes! We're the best! Yes! We're the best! Yes! we're the best! "We'll make a stand and prove it to the whole world! We're the best!" Dash flashed her winning grin and rose her hoof in a cheer... hoping beyond hope that they'd all join in... if not... well... that was all she could think of right now... and she didn't like having to dodge pitchforks flying through the air...
  37. 6 points

    From the album: RainbowFoxxy's New Designs

    My DJ showing off her good side ^_^
  38. 6 points
    I wanted a group shot of my newer OCs 🙂 going to release some over the next few days. First up Reckless and Oblivion!
  39. 6 points
    Well, this happened today! Vote for Spoiled @Bellosh @PrinceBlueblood
  40. 6 points

    From the album: Gift Pony Art

    My OC Reckless and GoldenDaze's OC Nebulous having a great time at the best club in Equestria!
  41. 6 points

    From the album: Gift Pony Art

    Limelight in her magical hat :)
  42. 6 points
    Got a little unicorn here for @Dubstep! I hope you like it! Probably a follow up head shot of her in a her hat coming soon!
  43. 6 points

    From the album: Gift Pony Art

    Birthday art for the most awesome games master of Canterlot! @steeleagle
  44. 5 points
    Berry Punch If, in later days, Berry Punch had been asked where and when things had started to go wrong, it would be here and now. All throughout the race she had planned to take it relatively easy, no risks, no gunning all out for the finish line. Just a nice run in the woods to knock all the leaves down, preferably with good-looking company. But when one of the good looking ponies had decided to open up on the flats, as the sun made a re-appearance from behind the clouds, well! Berry was not a mare well skilled in the art of resisting temptation, and the clear glade surrounding her and the sight of the backside of the mare gaining distance ahead of her proved entirely too much. "Well come on then, Tiger, you can't that stand, can you!?" She laughed, putting an extra spring in her hindlegs as she shifted from a canter to a full on gallop. It had been a while since she'd run at top speed, but in the crisp fall air, with the trees and deer surrounding, it was a pleasure in and of itself, whether or not she managed to catch up to Jade in the front. Not that she wasn't going to try! All Out!
  45. 5 points
    "Wow Zappers!" Pinkie bounded towards the bridge. The contraption had begun to sway slightly in the wind. "Looks like every pony wants to race alongside you!" She commented with a giggle as not only Tempest but Strong Copper raced in to rescue the little guy. "Not sure what you guys are so worried about!" She called out, taking her first step onto the swaying planks. "Zappers is a big guy now. He's gonna be just fine." The last words came out through gritted teeth as Pinkie took a gander upstream. The river was swelling and fast! If they were going to get across while the bridge was still in one piece they better shake a leg! "Everypony across that's going across!" The Pinkie one shouted as she bounded forward. Her bouncing was probably not exactly what the bridge needed to keep itself together but too late for worrying about that too. The Pink one glanced back to see who was following her. She was about half way over when a big gust of wind made her sidestep into the rope 'railing'. "Eeek!" She narrowed her eyes and continued on. With her in front and those others behind Zap would be just fine...right? Bridge crossed!
  46. 5 points
    Berry Punch Ah, the Running of the Leaves! Berry had always made a point of participating in this event ever since she moved hear from Canterlot, though the means of doing so alternated between actually running and providing refreshments to those who did each year. Though this year threw off her normal pattern, as she had run last year and had planned to set up a drinks stall next to Bon-Bon's candy vendor in the stands, while making sure her signature juices were available at the stations between each leg of the race. However... this year, it wasn't just about bringing down the leaves for her, or getting more bits for her business; this year her reasons were personal. The recent wedding between Rainbow Dash and Applejack had made going home a single mother harder than it had been in a while. She had been frankly envious of the two mares, raising a family together like that. She didn't regret her life choices, in so far as they gave her a wonderful daughter and a good home among good ponies in this town, but she felt that being alone meant she had messed up somewhere. What better place to rectify that than where those two lovebirds had first had their friendship raise the sparks of something more? And if she was recalling her regular readings of Dear Cady correctly, they weren't the only ones, as a reporter from out of town had found a special somepony at this event, hadn't they? (Of course, she hadn't recalled what happened to the poor fellow afterwards...) With all that in mind, she was doing her pre-race stretches with an eye to see the contestants... and to be seen by them, if the angles she was showing off to her immediate neighbors were anything to go by. It might be pushing it a little, but hey, she had plausible deniability, and felt that she needed to use what she had while she still had it. She certainly didn't expect to take home any athletic prizes today, especially not with mares like Tempest Shadow in the race. I mean, wow, that pony was ripped! She didn't expect to get anything more than a rear view of her even if she could keep up, which was not so bad, but if she was reading the looks Glitter Drops was giving her, that mare was as good as taken, even if Temy herself didn't quite know it yet. Oh well... There were a couple of cute stallions, though. There was that mayoral canditate, the monster catching Copper, along with a Threstral (aerion? Batpony? Which was the correct name this year?), probably for Twilight's guard. Any further speculation, however, was interrupted by the sound of the whistle. She took off, not aiming to do more than keep up with the pack at this point. After all, ambitions of the heart aside, the whole point of today was shaking down leaves, and that was best done together!
  47. 5 points

    From the album: FiM Cast

    Are they sisters? They look like they could be... ^-^

    © Hasbro

  48. 5 points
    @IceStorm A pic of Wind Dancer for you! I took some liberty with the mane/tail design...hope that's ok for you! Also just noticed I'm not sure which wing the scar should be on. I have it covered on the right ATM.
  49. 5 points
    Partying at the Electric Mane! My OC Reckless and @GoldenDaze's OC Nebulous having a great time at the club!
  50. 5 points
    Applejack was tinkering away at a broken hoof-powered cider press. This one was operational yesterday but had jammed up before they could get enough progress on pressing cider to make plenty of the raging crowds of ponies. She first looked at the large stone pressing wheel. Giving it a long reluctant look, she feared that if the stone press was damaged that it might be out of commission until she can get another fabricated stone wheel from the Pie rock farm. Taking her wrench in her mouth, she twisted a few different wooden bolts and slightly tapped different parts of the wheel. She sighed. After a slow examination of the stone wheel, she knew that it wasn't the culprit for the jam. She next looked inside the transfer cogs, seeing if any of the sister threads were stripped of their torque. Mostly being made of wood made it easy to fix but it failed often based on how worn out the soft wooden fixtures would be after a long season of pressing. And there it was. One of the wooden cogs was completely dislodged and dropped itself in the housing of the wheel. She wished she had looked at this last night, but when the sun set she didn't want to try and fix a broken piece of machinery in the dark without knowing how long it would take to fix. Applejack oiled up the cog and slipped it back in place where it belongs. A couple tightenings with her trusty wrench and once she pulled the safety lever, the treadmill was once again completely responsive to the wheel. "Whew!" Having fixed one of the two broken treadmills, she felt motivated to try and fix the one remaining idle and unworked. But before she could carry her tools to it, she was interrupted by Princess Bluebelle and Bellissima. They wanted to help, indicating that magic would aid the attempt to fix the mechanical machines. She smiled, the oil and dirt on her face curving to the shape of her glee. "You want to help?" Applejack was strangely hesitant at first, but remembering how successful cider seasons of the past had been if she allowed her friends to help would convince her quickly that she should accept the offer. "Huh, well, unicorn magic is a no go." She said plainly. "Magic on the farm ain't necessarily prohibited. But I can't accept the constant use of magic to help solve a problem we can solve with our hooves. The reason our cider is so special is because of the hard work that goes into it." In past years, the magic from Rarity and Twilight Sparkle helped in carry supplies and moving small materials around in order to complete the task, but the treadmill was always hoof-powered, and the apples were always physically removed from the trees. "But I tell ya what, I just fixed this here treadmill and it seems to be working just fine. Once we get her loaded up with good apples, I need somepony to power it with some good ol' fashioned trottin'." Applejack noticed how magnificent the Princess was looking today, so instead looked to her companion who Applejack had not met yet, a pink unicorn with a very stylish mane and a music-related cutie mark. "Would you like to run on it for me, miss? You don't need to go very fast, just keep a nice consistent pace. And no magic." "Isn't that right, Taira!?" Applejack yelled back at her farm aide Taira who was still huffing and puffing on the treadmill that had been running all day. She hadn't forgotten about him, and he was doing good work. She would have to pay him a fair wage in due time. "And the rest of you can maybe help me fix the other treadmill." Applejack walked over to the third treadmill, the one that still needed to be fixed. To put it lightly, the treadmill was in complete disarray. Pieces were missing, the stone wheel had a crack in it, and the belts that transferred energy to the wheel were twisted and jammed into the machinery. "To be honest, I don't think we've used this heap in a few moons. And unfortunately, it got neglected." Applejack put her tools down and looked around at the few ponies who seemed interested in the technological failure. "What do you guys think? Would you like to take this thing apart with me so we can try and fix it?" Applejack grabbed the wrench with her mouth and started loosening the few bolts on the treadmill that were still intact. One by one, parts of the treadmill came off and the broken treadmill turned into a large pile of individual parts. She wiped the sweat off her brow, and looked around while taking a breather. She noticed something about her surroundings and failed to withhold her current thought. "Why in the hay are there so many bat ponies here?" As the aerion Silverstream met yesterday passed both Luna and herself with a bow, Silverstream gave her patented goofy response. "I'm not a Princess, silly!" When Luna graciously responded to Silverstream, she was elated to have finally had a conversation with one of the rulers of Equestria. But Gallus was missing, what horrible timing. She wondered where he was. He was missing this very rare occasion where he could converse with the legendary dreamscape protector herself. She began to nervously look around her. "Well, Princess Luna, you must have heard of Gallus, then. He was right around here a second ago." Silverstream looked puzzled and tried to discern where Gallus had gone to. "He's a griffin with so much spunk, you wont believe it!" And just as she was talking Gallus up, she finally got line of sight of the young blue griffon, but it was accompanied by two apple pies being accidentally hurled in their direction. Silverstream did not have enough time to react and one of the pies hit Silverstream squarely it the face, the weight of the pie and tin knocking her off her hooves and talons and falling back-first onto the ground. Current fresh cider supply: 0% ((The day will reset in 5 days, on December 1st 12:00am UTC))
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