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  1. I don't know if I'd so much want to play this, but it feels like a perfect low level antagonist to beat on. Superhero/Supervillain Name: The Super Unstoppable Cider Squeezy 10,000!!! Powers: An enormous automaton, the Cider Squeezy is as big as house, with all the strength it’s mass would imply. Armed with a high pressure cider canon, a massive vacuum capable of uprooting whole trees and sealing up ponies into barrels, the Cider Squeezy has become a menace to every orchard, vineyard, garden, and farm in Equestria. Crafted from Timberwolf bark, it’s destruction has always proven temporary, reforming time and again with only one mission: to juice every fruit and vegetable it can and drown pony kind in it. Alias: Squeezy or 10,000 Backstory: The infamous mad scientists Flim and Flam created the 10,000 in the hopes of becoming the most successful cider salesman in Equestria. But their attempts to make an ever more powerful machine lead to creating something not even they could control, the 10,000 burst from their hidden lair to follow it’s main operatives. 1) Create cider and 2) Sell said cider. Unfortunately, as most ponies run screaming, it goes into sample mode and begins spraying them with ‘samples’ of it’s product. Honest offers to buy the cider will temporarily stop it’s rampage as it fills barrels and extends a small change drawer to collect bits. While capable of learning, Squeezy is rather slow, and it would take a very patient pony to put the robot onto a less destructive set of mission parameters. Notable Allies: The Flim Flam Brothers, on occasion, have lead the Squeezy toward an area to create havoc, then take advantage of those suffering. Notable Personal Villains: Almost certainly Applejack. General Notability: In some ways a benchmark punching bag, the Cider Squeezy, while very destructive, is not very dangerous to heroes who have taken it on. While novice heroes may find themselves drenched in cider or caught in a barrel, the Cider Sqeezy’s main victim is local agriculture, and occasionally surrounding buildings. The Squeezy does fight back when under pressure, and has a limited vocabulary, usually monosyllabic. “Juice!” “Sale?” “Barrel!” “Smash!”
  2. My enthusiasm for RP here has been, overall, rock bottom low for months due to the slow slow pace of things, but Bubble Bath's post is up. Whee!
  3. Bubble Bath took in each statement in stride, nodding, taking notes, looking focused- probably too focused. Her head leaned forward, nodding with every statement, more like a football player in the midst of a huddle then a well balanced soldier pony about to give a speech. And just like that, it was time! Time- to not freeze up. Decisive action and speaking, discard the fluff! Bubble Bath leapt onto the table, head held high! "I! Was going to talk about how so many of our problems are lingering ancient threats that could only be properly predicted by a crackpot team of history ponies and conspiracy nuts! Or, was that history nuts and a team of crackpot conspiracy ponies? In any case! I'm not bringing that up, cause I'm sure somebody else is going to talk about that! So instead, I'm going to talk about stuff we're not doing too bad at!" she said, taking a breath. "Because really, we're going to be saying an awful lot about how bad we're doing, and we shouldn't throw the foal out with the bathwater. So here is some positive stuff!" "When it comes to our combat training... it's pretty much just fine! Pound per pound, ponies can pummel plenty of pesky pernicious perpetrators. For instance, there are a number of documented cases of pony versus changeling combat where in citizen and soldiers ponies alike took on vast numbers of changelings, holding their own for long periods versus utterly superior numbers. So, I don't think that's really a weak spot." "But I think we should really start to cover our strong spots and how to better take advantage of them. What separates us from every other force in this world isn't our discipline, or our combat training, or anything like that. It's our relationship with the ponies of Equestria and how we relate to one another. There are plenty of military forces in the world who do nothing but fight, conquer, control, but we're Guards! We're here for the ponies out there, helping and contributing however we can! It's not always glamorous, but sometimes we have to help a fisherman whose boat is sinking, or help someone lost in the streets, or maybe just stare at the same hallway all day, acting like someone is going to invade, for days and day and days and days, and you just start to question reality, is the carpet really purple, is the Princess real, are we all white or have I gone color blind..." Bubble Bath shook her head hard, getting back on track. "Um, what I mean to say is, ponies look to us for help and guidance in lots of situations, big or small, and they trust us, which means they listen when we tell them how to respond in real emergencies! Which is good. Next point!" Bubble Bath horn sparkled as she sealed herself in a ball and began to roll along the table in front of her fellow guard, cartwheeling inside it, making eye contact. "So, my name is Bubble Bath, I'm a naval recruit, in a chain of command, and it's something I completely respect. We need leaders, order. However, what I don't think is helping us is how little we see of each other outside our branches, not just like this, but as comrades in arms, joined in the common good for Equestria. Have we had a potluck? A luncheon? War games with emphasis on the games part? How can we pull together when we barely even know each other? How are we supposed to be some kind of amazing fighting force when we're all but strangers?" Bubble Bath said, bubble bursting as she returned to her seat. "Every pony is special, has their own talents to bring to the fore, but sometimes it's as if we think every unicorn, pegasus, and earth pony is completely interchangeable with any other, when we know it's just not true! I can make bubbles for almost any occasion, but if it's my job to teleport in and out combat, I'd be useless! The more we know about more Guard ponies, the better tactical decisions we can make as a group, and the closer we are as comrades, the easier inter.... inter-departmental? Affairs will be. So let's all hang out when this is done!" Bubble Bath said with a smile, oblivious, then dropping it as her eyes went wide, snapping into a salute. "Recruit Bubble Bath, speech finished!" she said, then promptly say back down with a sigh of relief. Whoo, nailed it!
  4. I believe Scootalux is next, followed by Firefoxx, followed by Zeig. Then, if I'm following posting order correctly... LunarRelic Bellosh Imagination Arcus Moonshine Theleocat Quillhart FULL LIST Also: Yay table!
  5. Because rarely an episode of the real show goes by without me laughing at some neurotic pony behavior. This summit is going to be tense. Serious. Insightful. And that's not MLP without a break now and then.
  6. Having gathered up and collected all the books and quietly taken her seat, Bubblebath had an excited smile on her face as she'd listened to Agile Speeds, then the Princess, and finally Naj, the smile growing wider and wider, leaning in closer, her eyes closing a moment, trotting in place silently- this was so exciting! History was being made! Wait, they were done already? What had they said? Was it her turn? Was her face doing that thing where her eyes and expression seemed to narrate her every thought making it obvious to every pony in the room that she was monologuing internally? Quick! Protocol! Bubblebath snapped to sudden attention and saluted. "Recruit Bubblebath, reporting for... meeting. Navy! Er, I mean, Navy Recruit, Naval! Naval Recruit! I think that the Equestrian Guard needs to develop stronger bonds of friendship and loyalty both internally and externally in order to meet the various magical threats popping up throughout Equestria!" Bubblebath stated, ending with what she hoped was a serious face. And then stood there. Saluting. Like a statue.
  7. "Oh *huff* excellent." she said in response to the assurances from the apple filly, the diamond dog, and the young green unicorn. Witchweed Charm huffed and puffed on the ground just a moment longer before standing up straight, coughing, and removing the momentary embarrassment from her face, back to her usual scowl. It was meant to be more of a focused, determined stare, but it was quite easy to mistake. Soon, all too soon, the potion would be complete. That's what was important. Still... this was quite a few ponies gathered. Witchweed began to take note of the different ponies waiting in line. Did they all want a kiss that bad? Romance, bah! Such folly. Such foolishness. Such... Wow, such a lucky mare. Ponies were lining up to kiss her (and get apples). She couldn't help but feel a twinge of envy, but... what did it matter? Potion! Eyes on the prize! Of course, just staring intently and looking angry was probably not the best way to pass time while waiting in line. The diamond dog mentioned merch, a trader she had to guess, and she took a look at his cart as well. "Ahem. Might I inquire as to what goods you do trade in?" Witchweed asked Gideon.
  8. For me, most checkerboards I'd seen were red and black, while most chess sets were white and black. And to continue the de-rail, we should make a bunch of game ponies to hang out playing games.
  9. A cat with ram horns? It may just have to be a bridge left uncrossed unless the series gets to it.
  10. Hmmm, looking at your posted article... That actually sounds like a way to go that both fits myth and the MLP way of going about things.
  11. I thought Tirek was just... Tirek. His g1 counterpart is essentially just an evil monster, and his current counterpart, beyond four legs and torso, is more apt to be a demon than a centaur. Since he's not really a centaur per se, his bull head worked out and explained his demon horns. As for the sphinx, I could see a head swap for something other than a cat to make it less obvious, but I'm not sure a horse head is the best pick. And once the wings are gone, it's sort of just become a new chimeric mixture with no real origin. Even calling it a sphinx at that point is a stretch.
  12. Red and black, the colors of evil. It was a trope before MLP, it'll be a trope after, for a lot of the reasons already mentioned. Is it overused or easy mode? Maybe. But it's nearly a human universal, one of the reasons Darth Maul ended up looking like he did. Seriously, the artists involved apparently did some research to put him together. A few cultures find white to be a more evil color, due to the color of bone and the way a corpse goes pale, but red and black will always be front runners. Even nature agrees. Black widow spider anyone? Seriously, I don't think anyone deserves to get bashed for putting one of these together, though perhaps the best bet is to blend these colors with a third to get the best balance and a unique artistic flair to the character design. Gray Red and Black: Megatron. Red Blue Black: Most of Cobra's color scheme. Red Black White and Blue: Mumm-Ra, the Ever living I dunno, there's a whole article on color and alignment over at TV tropes. I do think putting thought into a ponies color scheme will get better results visually and character wise, conveying personality clearly. Red and black, generally, is going to be conveying edge, but adding a third color or using them primarily as highlights may make it easier for a character's more unique traits to shine through.
  13. Fair enough, and agreed on the Breezies being their spiritual successors. Hopefully we get another episode with them. Hmm. So, Greek Myth has had a pretty heavy overall influence on things, with a lot of creatures coming out of that particular mythos. Sirens in the movies were made to have an equine appearance. What about a sphinx? Cat faced to avoid having humans involved? Possibly with some kind of Egyptian society attached, tend to be obsessive about some passion or other and like to make gambles, dares, and bets? The only other thing that might jump to mind is a Fire Pony, something similar in appearance to a D&D Nightmare, sort of completing the elemental pony schema, possibly living in a lush volcanic valley lost to time, discovered again by modern ponies or forced to leave due to some great disaster. Abilities would obviously involve fire in one way or another, with a likely immunity.
  14. MidnightMask

    Daahir N'em

    Makes me think of the evolutionary links between horses and rhinos.
  15. I may be slightly addicted to using these- even though, I should use more periods; and less semi-colons.
  16. Bubblebath moved slowly through the hall, studying several pieces of parchment, papers, and books, suspended inside small floating bubbles, trying to grasp everything that needed to be addressed. Sure, it had started with just the format of the summit, but then she started reading reports on Equestria's enemies, and then on the different branches, and then she found the news archives. There just wasn't enough time to be prepared! "...escaped Tartarus. Awful lot of escapes involved. I hope nopony else is locked up and waiting." she mumbled to herself. It seemed like a lot of stuff happening came from inside Equestria. Not a lot in the way of naval threats, but then again, maybe there was something locked up down there and waiting for it's proper time? Either way, if she stuck by her friends, they could beat anything. Well, at least that's what it sounded like. Of course, she only had a few friends, but she was always friendly. Maybe she could make friends with everyone here today? Then they could all work together and overcome even the most stubborn badguy! Unless the magic was only with the elements of harmony in which case, it really seemed as if there wasn't quite as much they could do... Bubble Bath was lost in thought as she walked into the room, still reading her reports, and oblivious to her surroundings, her many texts blocking her vision. "...had infiltrated Canterlot fully... above all else, there is a need for greater awareness of threats, for everywhere and anywhere, the changeling threat may be at hoof- " she said, when one of her bubbles popped as it bumped into the table, and Bubble Bath could suddenly see Princess Celestia, a Wonderbolt, and an unknown black pegasi Oh fishsticks, she was already there!?! She gasped, losing concentration, the rest of her bubbles popping, spilling her supplemental texts to the ground- pop-pop-pop-thud! Right in the middle of the room... quick protocol! She saluted with her hoof and puffed out her chest. "Recruit Bubblebath reporting for the summit Sir-Mam-Princ-yer highness, majesty!... sorry about the books!" Bubble Bath babbled lamely, tripping over several honorifics as she began to scramble to get them all out of the way and neatly stacked before any other pony arrived.
  17. I feel a little silly now, but I just hadn't thought to check the first page. I will try to get it done before bed.
  18. This is the only list I've seen: DELETED TO PREVENT CONFUSION! LOOK ON THE FIRST PAGE! But if it's my turn, I'll gladly post!
  19. I'm not, and have never been, a fan of trash talk. And I love the fact you told this person off, because it might make them think twice about being quite as rude while playing a game. No one needs to hear you lash out, and obviously it's not working as a psych tactic while gaming. I've also had enough problems with depression to really not appreciate getting a sudden push. On the other hand, I highly doubt it was personal, and trash talk is a semi-accepted practice in some circles. It could just be how some people's brains work. I often curse a blue streak while playing games and getting frustrated, more so in FPS. I just don't share over voice chat. Not condoning their actions, just food for thought.
  20. I'm right there with you on this. I think, drawing bigger or smaller can help for some people, using the arm rather than the hand, but I think it depends on the person and practice.
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