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Cracker Nut (Click for OC Information) It was s a cold morning over the Acorn farm. Cracker Nut had just woken up and was getting ready for the day's work. It was the last harvest of the season and the Acorn Nut Family needed to get all the Acorn stored in the barns before the snow fell. Pegasus Ponies could already be seen gathering snow clouds in the distance. The first thing Cracker does is grab his mallet and his pouch of assorted nuts, which is relatively getting low on nuts. He realizes that he is already late as he notices his older brother, Acorn Seed, bucking away at few Oak trees and at the same time, yelling a few orders to the other pony helpers immediately near him. He would get swatted again for being late so he rushed out of the house and went straight to his designated portion of the field. Unlike what most Ponies would do, he rarely bucked a tree. Instead he would use his mallet to do the job. Holding it with both his front hooves, he would stand on his hind legs and take a swing at the Oak Tree. This usually proved effective since he was able to exert more power into the mallet as he swung. This in turn would make more Acorn fall to the ground. This was especially effective for the larger Oak Trees, where bucking alone would impossible for a single Pony. Usually, two or three other Ponies would simultaneously buck at the Oak in order for the Acorn to fall. But with his mallet, he could easily do the work of two Ponies. The hours pass by until midday hits. The work progresses smoothly but due to the rush of things, Cracker manages to damage his wooden mallet. Having looked at the damage, it appeared that a crack started to form at the base of the neck where the mallet was connected to the handle. From experience, he knew that it was time for replacement. It was time for a visit into town and this excited him as he hadn't been to town for at least a few weeks. Making sure that he would make the best of his business into town, he takes enough bits with him and heads off. "Lemme see..." He ponders and continues to ramble to himself. "I'm gonna need more nuts! I wonder if I can get one of those Oak Mallets as well, I'm not sure I brought enough bits. Oh I wonder if the bakery has a fresh batch of Acorn Cake!" In no time at all he reaches the center of town. At this time of the year, Trottingham turned into a quiet town since most of the tourists only came during the hot summer months. There were a few establishments open and that meant that there were few Ponies around as well. Plus, the cold had started to settle in. Ponies preferred to stay at home near their fireplaces in the cold winter months. "Hmmmm... What should I get first?" He asks himself while looking at the few open establishments. "Of course, silly me! I need a new mallet!" Cracker manages to find the local tools shop and secures a new Oakwood Mallet. The owner suggested that the only wood that could stand a beating from Oak Trees was Oakwood itself. Plus he got a good bargain out of it as he tools shop had a year end sale going on. Satisfied with his purchase, he decides to stay a while, looking around and checking the other remaining shops, if they had year end sales as well. The excitement made Cracker's urge for cracking a nuts build up. And like he always did, he took out a few assorted nuts from his pouch and cracked the heck out of them with his front hooves. With the urge quelled he continued to do a little window shopping without noticing the time passing by.
Name: Cracker Nut Sex: Male Age: Stallion Species: Earth Pony Pelt Color: Sort of Redish Light Brown Mane/Tail/Markings Color & Style: A yellow short unkept sort of messy mane. He has a short normal tail as well. Eye Color: Green Cutie Mark: A Wooden Mallet hitting an Acorn. Physique: A bit tall and has an average buff build. Origin: Trottingham Roleplay Type: Mane RP / Nut Family Occupation: Nut Farmer and Nut Cracker Motivation: Cracking nuts, and his love for his older brother Acorn Seed. Likes: Cracking Nuts, All kinds of nuts Dislikes: Ponies who don't like nuts. Character Summary / Background: Cracker Nut is Acorn Seed's younger brother. He had strong admiration towards his older brother during their foalhood days, especially during the time when Cracker got in trouble with some bully ponies. He was always saved by his brother who singlehoofedly out-buxed everypony else. To show his support, Cracker always showed up during Acorn's matches and cheered on louder than anyone else. He got his Cutie Mark when he was cracking dried Acorns to turn into flour for the local bakery. There was a huge order to fill so he started work early in the morning. He went at it until midday, but since he was only cracking them with his hooves, he started to feel sore. When Acron Seed saw the dilemma that his little brother was in, he thought of a way to help the little bugger out. Rummaging through the tools in the barn, he finds an old wooden mallet and tells Cracker to use it. Cracker gives it a shot and whacks the dried Acorn nut perfectly. Surprisingly, he finds the feeling of the mallet hitting the nut pleasing and he soon enters into a zone, cracking the nuts all day hitting them dead center. At the end of the day, the order is filled and all the nuts cracked. His cutie mark later appears. Ever since that day, he has always carried that mallet around with him in the farm as he does his chores and of course when he starts cracking nuts. There is one side-effect however. He has somehow developed an obsessive compulsive behavior which happens randomly. From time to time, he will get the urge to crack any sort of nut with his mallet and/or hoof. For this reason, he always carries a bag of assorted nuts with him, so that when the urge arises, he can immediately crack a nut to calm it down. What happens when he doesn't quell this urge? Let's just say he'll start seeing things as nuts and starts cracking them. EDIT: I've already discussed this with RoyalDice (aka Survey) and he agrees the relation ship with Acorn Seed. I'll have him post his approval here as soon as he gets online. Will post a picture from the pony generator once I get home. Changed status to final. ^_^
Name: Beachnut Sex: Female Age: Older Filly Species: Hippocamp Pelt Color: Bright Red Mane Markings, Color & Style: Yellow with bright pink highlights, medium long, kept slicked down Eye Color: Gold Cutie Mark: Three Beechnuts, sitting in an open pod Physique: Long-legged and lanky, but still well-toned, with a thick, strong tail from time spent ashore (and possibly in part due to her earth pony heritage) Origin: Gallopocous Island Roleplay Type: Mane Occupation: None yet, but she has a talent for chemistry Motivation: Learn about her heritage and find a place for herself Likes: Bitter food, waterproof pockets, the Wonderbolts, coral, violins, oil, pirate tales, sharks, fire Dislikes: Small mammals, being told what to do, deserts, open ocean, being naked Character Summary: Beachnut's father, Malabar, was an earth pony sailor, who oversaw the naval shipping of many of the Nut family's products. Though a far cry from the traditional family business of growing nuts, his profession was considered an acceptable one in the family's eyes, and he proceeded to turn around significant profits for the family. Before long, he had progressed from chartering vessels to transport the family's cargo to purchasing a ship of his own. It was on this ship, on his way home from a trade venture into far-off lands of the Zebrafolk, that an unspeakable creature from the depths of the ocean attacked their ship. Malabar's crew fended off the creature for a time, but it quickly became apparent that it was not going to let them out of its territory. In a desperate gamble, he loaded his crew onto lifeboats and rammed his ship into the creature, driving the injured creature away. Malabar went down with his ship as a hero, and is officially listed deceased. However, unbeknownst to him, the creature was in fact a tamed kraken, doing what it was trained to do in defending a hippocamp city, far beneath. When their guardian was injured and fled home, Beachnut's mother, Moonwake, was among the warriors dispatched to investigate. She found Malabar unconscious and near death, and took him to the surface, where she resuscitated him. While many of the hippocamps wanted to arrest him for assaulting the creature and damaging their city with the debris from his ship, the logistical problems with incarcerating a land-dweller underwater led them to instead exile him to a small islet not far from the mane Gallopocous Island. Over his time time, he and Moonwake gradually fell in love, as she volunteered to oversee his resuscitation. When his debt was considered repaid, rather than return to his former life as a sailor, he elected to stay there, and the two were married. It was on this islet, in a clear pool beneath a small grove of beech trees he tended (from the only cargo he managed to salvage from his sinking ship) that Beachnut was born. Though no longer a prisoner on his islet, Beachnut's father never returned to his family. He preferred being thought of as a dead hero, and he was happy raising his daughter and caring for his trees. Beachnut grew up in relative isolation, with only the occasional visiting pegasus or hippocamp. When she was filly, she was diagnosed nearsighted, and fitted with prescription goggles, but she never actually got to visit the far-off, underwater city of her kin. Due to their distance from any cities, her education came almost entirely from books, which she read voraciously. Beachnut displayed quite a talent for chemistry, and she loved to start oil fires on the surface of the waves. She spent an usual amount of time on land for a young hippocamp, often drying out painfully for her recklessness. This led her to experiment with concocting an oily coating for clothing that would keep her from drying out as quickly, but wouldn't wash out in the water. Upon finally finishing a working product, she earned her her cutie mark (her namesake partially in a shell). She quickly adapted to wearing clothing all the time, keeping lotions on hoof for parts of her body she can't cover up. Because of her normally clothed state, she has actually developed a strange sense of modesty, and is extremely self-conscious about nudity. Just recently, Beachnut has resolved to travel. She wants to discover more about her roots, see the world, and learn more about it. While she's quite clever, and knows a lot about science, she has very little real world knowledge, and she approaches nearly everything with a naive idealism. Pic: And one by Kuda: