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Name: Little Strongheart Gender: Female Age: Young Sow Species: Buffalo Pelt Color: Copper Mane/Tail Color & Style: She has a puff of tan forelocks on her brow. Her tail is standard to her species and the same color as her body. Eye Color: She has large black pupils with just the slightest hint of dark brown surrounding them. Cutie Mark: NA Physique: Strongheart is lean and athletic. She's lived her whole life out in the open on the frontier and as such shes as tough as a saguaro cactus! She can run and jump with prowess and can also sneak in stealthy fashion when needed. Residence: She lives with the rest of her herd on the plains outside of Appaloosa. They are a semi-nomadic tribe, living in teepees and changing locations with the seasons. She has recently been granted use of her own teepee by her father Thunder Clap who happens to be the chief of the herd. Her teepee is smaller than some of the others but that's perfect for her! The young buffalo was even allowed to add her own painted decorations to the outside of her teepee which she is quite proud of. Occupation: She doesn't have an occupation per say, though she is the daughter of the chief of her tribe. That is a great mantle that she daily learns to bear. Some say she may indeed be the first female chief of the tribe someday... only time will tell. History: Little Strongheart was born to loving parents on the open plains of the Painted Pinto Desert... at least that's what the ponies call the lands. To Little Strongheart and her clan the area is known as the Great Eagle's Land. Her father Thunder Clap was the chief of the Strong Horn herd, and her mother Standing Stone were ever so proud of their offspring. It was easy to see from a very young age that their little yearling was made of tough stuff! The day she was given her name proved that she would follow her heart and do what was right no matter the cost to herself. Strongheart had been tasked with protecting the years harvest of buckthorn as it dried in the sun. It was a job often given to young ones in the herd to teach them responsibility and help them grow up. It was a rather hot day and they had been put on duty not far from a small creek. She and three other yearlings were to guard the buckthorn from robbing crows for the whole day. Her parents knew that the ones younger than her would most likely be enticed to leave their posts to go play in the creek. From a distance her parents watched as Strongheart kept the others at their job by telling them stories of great buffalo from their clan. Her stories brought fortitude to her own heart and the hearts of the other young buffalo. For this she was awards with both the name Little Strongheart and two eagle feathers that she wears with pride in her headband. Years later a group of settling ponies made their way to the edge of the Strong Horn tribe. At first there was great rivalry as the ponies took no stock for the others living in the area and planted an apple orchard right over the top of the ancient stampede grounds of her clan. She had trouble for a while, trying to understand why ponies would do such a thing with no thought to others. Eventually she was able to realize that they would not be able to see eye to eye until they came together. Right before the clan and the new town of Appaloosa came to ruin, they were able to work out their difference over a shared taste for apple pie! Strongheart was an important part of this history as it was her that worked hard to help her father understand that the ponies did not mean them ill. She continues to grow up in the Painted Pinto Desert with her parents and the rest of the Strong Horn Clan. Now that there are good relations with Appaloosa the tribe stop by on occasion. Trading, sharing pie, and meeting others being the main purpose of these visits. Strongheart has taken a liking to many ponies in her encounters with them and holds the Mane 6, Applebloom, and others in high regard. Character Personality: Little Strongheart is very proud and can be a bit un-trusting at first. This has lessened over time though with the more ponies she meets. Once she is a friend, she is a friend for life and will defend and protect those in her care. She is wise beyond her years and very trustworthy. She also knows how to laugh and have fun! The more time one spends with this young buffalo the greater the reward will be! Character Summary: Strongheart lives with a passion in all that she does and being given a name to match her forthrightness makes her even more bold to stand up for what is right, even if it doesn't always seem like the most comfortable choice. She is a solid friend and a proud member, and possibly someday leader, of the Strong Horn buffalo tribe.
From the album: Regular Cast PicsProbably seen this on the side bar now, but this is a larger image of the same. Enjoyed making this; the challenge was to get as many species as I could without it becoming cluttered when shrunk to sidebar size. For the curious, the reason for no yaks was the picture was completed before Party Pooped came out. Why Cheerilee? I always imagined her as the tourist type, going on trips (mostly in the summer) to various places in Equestria, collecting images and souvenirs for herself and for future school lessons.
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Buffalo - Nomads of the Plain Buffalo are typically nomadic tribes as part of a larger community. Most buffalo tribes do not communicate with their other tribes other than for the occasional trade. Some smaller tribes have settled and become farmers, but for the most part they are nomadic gatherers who give back what they take from the land. Those tribes that are still nomadic usually have traditional paths known as “stampeding grounds,” that they have used for many generations. The structure of the tribe is very simple with a chieftain sitting at the top. The position is often passed down in lineage. The other positions of the tribe are often built upon tradition, there are those that are in charge of history and stories, maintaining camp, and naturally gathering and replanting the food they had gathered after. There are also craft based jobs, such as pottery and headdress makers, as well as the food preparers. The buffalo believe very strongly in the land, and whatever they take they put back. They are also very peaceful, choosing to often discuss their problems if the opportunity presents itself rather than take any other action. But let's talk about the buffalo themselves. like their habits what they are like and their special attributes. Buffalo are in general very stocky and muscular with horns for both males and females, though the males tend to be bigger and have bigger horns. It should be noted that buffalo calves do not have horns but they start to develop when they reach adolescence. But one shouldn’t let their size mislead, they tend to be very agile and very fast, which may surprise most ponyfolk. One could hypothesize that it is due to their natural lifestyle and constant moving about. They also sometimes wear traditional face paints and feathered headdresses (though more often the feathered headdress, with the chieftain wearing usually a more elaborate headdress). Their coats aren’t as extravagant as pony coats either. They are very rough and rugged looking, often being earthy colors, rather than colorful pastels. Their coats also get longer and more shaggy in winter months. Overall the buffalo have a rich and vibrant culture that is heavily tied to the land they live off of. The land provides for them and in turn, they protect the land. To them, family, the tribe and the land are all held in high regard and all three are treated with the utmost respect and care. ~Encyclopedia Equestria