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  1. It took them the better part of a day in order to find the island that they were looking for. The island that Kyomo was on was much larger than the maps had made it look, and it took her longer than expected to go around. She could have tried to go over it, but that level of incline in such a short distance would cause a lot of strain on the ship and she wasn't sure that it would actually hold together. Not to mention that some of those mountains were pretty tall. Sure, her airships fly above the clouds but some of these mountains went well above the cloudline. Safer to go around. Still, she wanted to take the most direct route possible so that did take them over some of the farm lands. The more time they wasted gaining evidence, the more that power that Hou gained. A part of her wondered what the pony was actually up to, and what her ultimate goal was. Most ponies have a reason for doing the things that they do. Sometimes those are misguided, and many innocents pay the price for that. However, some of them are redeemable. One thing that she knew... she couldn't allow the pony to harvest souls any more. The island had been spotted by Mythic Vision, to the north east of the main island, lying in between the main island and the one named Ryushima. It seemed to be a decent size, but was nothing compared to the two main islands. In fact, she noted that it wasn't actually on any map that she had of Neighpon. That was an inspiring sign all of itself. Something that wasn't actually mapped would be a perfect hiding spot for somepony that didn't want to be easily found. Though now that she thought about it, was that really the case for her? Ice Storm knew exactly where Hou was, or at least had a relatively firm grasp of her location. She didn't know the range of the mare's teleport spell, but she knew that she was spotted in Saddle Arabia, but that had been a few weeks ago. Still without magic, that time frame would have put Hou at least five days out if she was using a non-magical means to get home. There was a bit of a lurch in the ship when she felt it set down. She took the time to move in front of the shore party while they were awaiting for the ramps to be lowered. "Alright everypony, stay sharp. For all we know, we are on an uncharted mystical island in the Neighpon region. I have no idea what to expect going ashore, and I have no knowledge to tell you what flora is hazardous, nor which animals in the forests here are dangerous. I would presume normal woodland animals and predators, but this island is teeming with magic. There could be animals here that have magical abilities in their own right. We need to be wary of that fact going forward. Thinking on it, I am actually very glad that the Shogun assigned such a decorated healer to the group," she said, addressing the shore party. She wasn't going to sugar coat it. This was going to be a very different experience. ~~~Niradaña~~~ While this wasn't Nira's first time on a ship, it was her first time on an airship. She noticed that there were a lot of similarities between the two of them, but the feeling was very much different. She could feel that the ship was moving, but unlike with the waves of the water there was no yolk and sway. Aside from some turbulence from the wind that would gust, there wasn't anything. She could definitely see how something like this could trigger a sense of motion sickness in a pony that had a very limited type of vision. Especially if there was magic that was helping the ship stay aloft. Still, she was happy that the temporary remedy that they found seemed to be working. The other thing that seemed to be working it's way into a positive direction, was Nira's assessment of the ponies that she was now working with. Most of them seemed to have a level head on their shoulders. The commander reminded her a little bit of Shiroi in the sense that she doesn't seem like the kind of mare that's afraid to do what needs to be done precisely when it needs to happen, but with a completely different mindset on how to go about doing it. She's only been on this ship for a day at the most, but she could already tell how relaxed the crew itself was working around her, and just in general despite the precarious nature of the mission that they were on. This commander was a pony that had earned the respect and the trust of the ponies around her. Not a pony that just demanded it, and expected everypony to stay in line. The entire crew would weigh in on decisions and try to plot the best possible outcome with what resources that they had. When she heard Commander Storm speak up, Nira would interject when she was finished. "Commander Storm, if I may, I am from the island that is just to the northeast across the strait. If the inhabitants of the island are anything like what is on Ryushima, there were be yokai and other spiritually blessed animals. Most of them can be tricksters, but some of them are genuine, and most of the plant-life should be not only safe, but possibly beneficial as well," she stated before getting a nod from the commander. She couldn't help but get a bit flustered when the commander brought up her credentials. "Bah, I'm just a simple healer that has a bit of magic to help. Nothing more. It's just nice that I'm actually getting to do what I've been trained to do again," she added.
  2. From the album: Requests, Gifts, Commissions

    Part of my "draw every character that's associated with Ryuichi" initiative, complete with ponified oni mask! Akuma Hantā is Bellosh's Grand Admiral, who leads the entire fleet of Neighpon's armed forces while also providing strategic wisdom and counsel on the Shogunate. As for the oni mask, there's an interesting reasoning behind it, at least in my opinion...can't wait to see her on the boards! Hantā (c) Bellosh
  3. Zeig

    The Shīrudo

    From the album: Requests, Gifts, Commissions

    Part of my "draw every character that's associated with Ryuichi" initiative, and so far, I've been keeping up! I just hope this artistic streak can last. The first member of Ryuichi's inner circle, and probably the closest, is his personal bodyguard that follows him around everywhere. Sandā "Raikō" Kumo is also the Head of the Guard at the Palace Castle, and keeps all the guards in tip top order in defense of the Shogunate and the Shogun. Sandā (c) PyroBlaze
  4. Zeig

    The Kansei

    From the album: Requests, Gifts, Commissions

    Part of my "draw every character that's associated with Ryuichi" initiative, the most complex yet most bad-flank as a result! Taiyou Hibana is the Kansei of Ryuichi's golem care taking team. If you can't tell from the picture alone, Hibana is probably going to be offending the serious, formal Palace Castle left and right, while Ryuichi stands off on the sides and laughs his head off. It'll definitely be interesting to see her interacting with other members of Ryuichi's inner circle! Hibana (c) Dio
  5. Zeig

    Shiroi Boshi

    From the album: Requests, Gifts, Commissions

    Part of my "draw every character that's associated with Ryuichi" initiative, with the most interesting result so far! Shiroi Boshi is the Gijutsu-sha/Tech Mage/Technomancer of the Shogunate, a genius of magitech who's in charge of an office that's responsible for magitech security, ethics, development, and pretty much anything and everything. Shiroi's a pretty interesting character, if you can't tell by picture alone...I'm looking forward to Ryuichi interacting with all these strong, independent mares that don't need no Shogun! Shire (c) PrinceBlueblood
  6. From the album: OC Art

    I'm finding a new love of Ryumas...this makes my third one total. Not that I'm complaining, because I really like how he turned out. Rakuen Ryuichi is the Shogun of Neighpon who's got big hooves to fill. His approach to ruling is practical, almost clinical, but still with an empathetic sense of protection that seeks to better Neighpon as a whole. He's also going to need a lot of help, meaning plenty of open positions in his household! Want to app a character of influence and power in Neighpon, and confer closely with the Shogun in RPs? Check out the relationship planning thread I have for him, to see what sort of positions are open (or to toss out some of your own ideas)!
  7. Zeig

    The Shogun

    From the album: OC Art

    If you've checked out my relationship planning thread for this guy, you've probably already seen this picture. See it again! Funnily enough, this was actually the concept art for the character, meaning it was the first picture I drew of him. He's decked out in his formal robes and armor, the very picture of a stern and stoic Shogun...but then I realized that I should probably settle on his overall look before I decided on his color scheme (i.e., do I like the way he looks because of the colors of the robe, will I like the way he looks without any clothing at all, do his golden horns only look okay because of the gold trim, etc). Which is how I ended up with two drawings of the character before he was even apped. Total first for me, in a good way. This picture is going to eventually be his character log art once I get the actual banner done with. Productivity!
  8. From the album: OC Art

    Full size is best size! This started as a simple doodle to try and design a casual outfit for Ryuichi, and morphed into...this. I'm not even sure what this is even, but I had a vague idea of Ryuichi and Sanda exiting from the Polohama Dome after an exciting fight. Also don't know what's got Sanda so surprised or Ryuichi looking so approving, but apparently something's gotten their attention! They're not suppose to be on a date or anything like that, but it kind of looks that way, probably because of their clothing. I thought it would be strange to have Ryuichi dressed all casual like but have Sanda still in her armor. They've got to get out of their formal attire/uniform at some points every now and again! But yeah. Not good with backgrounds, so I had trouble trying to make an entrance into the Dome. I eventually played around with colors to try and get a neon effect going, and left it very vague and messy. This was mostly difficult to do because it takes place at night - I had to use a lot of saturated colors, which is difficult for me to do, but I think it came out okay. Sanda (c) PryoBlaze
  9. From the album: OC Art

    "The drink?" Ryuichi is earnest in his desire to see Limi settled in and comfortable for his karaoke venture with the Shogun...maybe a bit too earnest... I'm having a lot of fun with these pencil brushes. Quick sketch and some lighting thrown in, featuring Ryuichi's attempts at ensuring the sake is to Limi's liking. Limi (c) Bellosh
  10. From the album: OC Art

    "...and as the cycle falls, once every one hundred years does the Shogun participate in The Hunt, offering himself as prey for the restless spirits that have made way through the cracks. Hide yourselves as the Shogun flees, wary the sound of the oni approaching from behind. Bare witness to the bell sound of the Shogun's return, in victory or defeat, and prepare the next one hundred years of bountiful harvest, or barren misery." Very rough and unpolished art, I know, but I just wanted to get this little idea out of my head and onto a picture after watching an episode of Natsume Yuujincho (which is also where the mask design comes from). Japanese legend and myth seems to place the importance of masks concerning yokai or spirits, i.e. you can blend in with spirits by hiding your human face. I like the idea of Neighpon having some sort of huge, nation-wide festival every so often, where maybe the barrier between Neighpon and The Door gets blurred, so old, highly superstitious Neighpon used to see everyone walk around with a mask for a whole week, and it just grew into a custom or tradition. Or it's customary for the Shogun to participate in some sort of elaborate song and dance where s/he's dressed up like a powerful yokai of legend, and essentially offers himself up as bait for the lesser oni that have slipped through The Door. Whether he manages to remain at large for the entire night or gets captured by an oni determines the overall success of Neighpon for the next hundred years until the Door cracks open again (at least according to legend). ...Also haven't drawn a human in a while, so decided to practice that. I actually have a sketch WIP of a picture similar to this with actual pony Ryuichi, but decided to switch over to a human!Ryuichi at some point. The mask actually worked fairly well over a snout, surprisingly - I might go back and try to finish that at some point.
  11. From the album: OC Art

    "[During the Sakura Spring Festival] Kyoma [...] becomes enveloped in a sea of pink." Quite. Literally. Might need to view full size to be able read it clearly! Bellosh pointed out an RP he was in that mentioned Ryuichi, but this line struck me harder than anything else and inspired this silly little comic. Kyoma doesn't quite reach this level of cherry blossom fun, but...it's probably a near miss. Yeah... Ishi (c) PyroBlaze
  12. Ishi sighed in contentment as he sat on a hill under a tree. Shibo was doing his thing in the park, which amounted to a kind of mix between playing and patrolling the area. Ishi smiled as he watched the golem and the other wildlife, glad he could take this break to enjoy nature. He had needed this, and he hoped Nira would join him soon, after whatever it was she was taking care of. Really, he thought of her as more of a friend than a guard, but he understood she had a job to do. He saw plenty of that sort of thing between Sanda and Ryuichi, he knew how it went. As his gaze moved towards the sky, he grew more somber, his thoughts drifting towards his mother and wishing she was here for times like this. She could probably help decipher those mares. “<Ah, Mother... If only you were still with us...>” He sighed, settling into a more comfortable position as he watched the clouds go by overhead.
  13. Short and sweet: I'm looking for Clan Chiyo operatives, contracts, contractors, family members, and Kakikara villagers. Main families are Kaze (no relation), Josei, and Chiyo, but others do live in the village. And of course all of this is OOC Council of Elders: Chiyo Hayate - code name Storm, associated with the colour black Chiyo Akane - code name Crimson, associated with the colour red - The two have at least two foals, one of whom (Hitomi) is persona-non-grata in the village. Chiyo Fumiko Josei Mami Kaze Himeko - has at least one foal, married or mated to Kaze Ichiro Elite Shinobi: Kaze Ichiro Unknown Chiyo sibling At least one shinobi capable of bilocation, at least one capable of sending scrolls via Breath magic. Exiled Shinobi: Chiyo Hitomi - Code name Si Jin, contracted to protect a foreign prince. Current contracts: Hitomi is contracted to protect a foreign prince, was originally contracted to protect Ryuichi's prospective fiancée who is now Empress of Long Guo. It's complicated.
  14. The Morning would find Night Breeze on a boat heading for the island of Neighpon. She was far from her little home in Canterlot, But she was heading out to get some time away from all the ponies for awhile, and possibly find some inspiration for her work at the spa in Canterlot. Resting her front hooves up on the railing of the ship gazing off into the ocean at the small island that was growing increasingly larger the closer they got. Admittedly she was heading into this island knowing very little of it, But visiting was all part of the learning experience wasn't it? On her back she carried two small bags one on each side of her which where held shut with a little metal button. One she kept empty for any interesting like flowers or other small things she found in, and another she kept a journal which she would take with her to sketch out the things she found interesting that where to big to put in her bag. The ship soon docked near a town, and the call was given for passengers to disembark. Stepping off Night Breeze took a deep breath before gazing off towards the direction she was going to travel. Leaving the town behind The light grey unicorn trotted off down the path around all kinds of mountains. It had been a pretty peaceful morning out, She much preferred this to bustling Canterlot she smiled to herself taking in the sights around her. She trotted down the path in the forest humming lowly to herself when a mountain top caught her eye. This one stuck out from all the others. A strange green fog seemed to envelope around it. What a strange occurrence. What could possibly be causing that green "stuff" to surround the mountain? she thought to herself as she stared at the shrouded peaks. She was genuinely confused and curious as to what may be causing such a affect. Sitting down, and lighting up her horn she opened the small button, and removed her Journal, and pen from the bag. Floating it in front of her She opened it and began to sketch it out on a blank page. Having finished, she put everything back in the bag and set out to see what was at the top of this mountain. Reaching the base of the mountain Night Breeze gazed up at it. The mist surrounding it seemed very ominous being directly underneath it, but she wasn't going to let that stop her. A narrow dirt path seemed to wind its way up part way of the mountain from the base. Hiking her way was very tiring, but she was nearing this strange mist little by little. She was a bit nervous when she got within a Hooves reach of it, Sitting down in front of it she waited a moment to collect her thoughts. Gulping she slowly reached her hoof out to stick it inside of this mist. Drawing it back out she examined herself, Whatever this stuff was it didn't seem to hurt her. This was the most peculiar thing She thought to herself. The narrow trail seemed to continue into the mist, The climb also seemed to be much steeper as well. Taking a moment to get courageous enough to venture into it She stood up and took the first couple of steps inside. Keeping her head low she kept eye on the trail underneath her hooves. It was a blinding mist and one could hardly see the bottom of your hooves. Night Breeze trekked through this mist for what seemed like a eternity, She shivered with a little bit of a fear of what could be hiding in this mist, but she pressed on. The thought crossed the back of her mind that just maybe she shouldn't be wandering around these parts, But it was far to late to turn back now. Turning around would easily find her lost. She had to press on in one direction and that was up. After awhile Night Breeze finally manage to make it to the other side of the mist she turned around with a smile to look upon her accomplishment. Now it was time to see what was at the top of this mountain. No doubt it had to have a spectacular view from its peak she thought. The upper part of the mountain seemed to be no different from the part below the mountain, She just couldn't wrap her mind around what this strange mist was. Putting that in the back of her mind tho she thought of what she came up here for, She wanted to look for inspiration for her work at the spa and to get a little relaxation in herself. Having wandered around the mountain for awhile lowly singing to herself, Night Breeze decided to find a place to sit down for awhile and rest. Finding a small clearing she sat down and took her journal out and sat it down on the ground in front of her to sketch out and describe the strange occurrence which she had seen. Looking down to write in her journal she soon zoned out that which was around, as she sat humming softly to herself. Seeming indulged in her journal.
  15. This was taking far too long now. The supplier she called about her barrel of Rice-wine said it would be here today at nine o'clock in the morning. He'd said the same two days ago... Why was this taking so long? Home brewing sake wasn't a strictly legal affair and despite Toboe's history, she still had a respect for rules. At this rate she was going to have to take the Amazake off the menu for tonight. The very idea got a irritated scoff from the mare in the big empty bar. Karaoke night was coming and the last thing she wanted anypony to say about her was that she "Came up short" even once when it came to her bar. If there was one thing she confidently called the result of her own hard work, it was this place. After she finished arranging the glasses in a perfect triangle on the shelf behind her, She would sink down beneath the counter to pull out a large jug of the titular sake. She narrowed her eyes at the bottle, the drink within barely enough to fill single cup. "Okay... I've had enough waiting." She muttered to herself before setting the bottle back down, "If it's not coming to me, I'm going to it." The sign on the front door flipped to show off the closed sign. Once that was done it was pushed open, the bar's owner calmly strutting into the open sun. It was a beautiful day in the city of Polohama. One of -if not the- tech capital(s) of Neighpon and it was her's to explore today. The rest of the organization can handle itself for the day, she'd already given notes to her administrator and her lieutenants to spread the word of the party tonight and they had ways to get in contact with her if something went too far south. Toboe let the myriad smells of the city fill her nostrils like she was sampling the aroma of some finely cooked entree. Shops were looking pretty busy today, and those tourists who would flock to this city were out in force it seemed. Neon signs seemed to lay around every corner, the smell of gyoza, Taiyaki, Tokoyaki filled the streets. How she loved this city. Was there another golem fight in the dome today? She really should get back to following that sport, some of the kyodai and most of the shatei loved talking about those dramatic celebrities. Her stroll soon took her through a crowd of various ponies, Tourists and natives alike. The tide of equine almost turned her around until she managed to take hold of a nearby bench. Toboe fished around her saddlebag and pulled out a small map, "Hmm... the place should be a bit of a trek, but I should be able to make it. Maybe I should have brought someone along in case things go south somehow."
  16. Neighpon. It wasn't all that long ago that Ice Storm had found herself here. Even still, that was roughly a year ago, and on not so legal terms on an island other than this one. One of their operatives had been taken by their enemy, which they had found out had been working in the region. That wasn't the only thing that they discovered, but the main mission at the time was rescuing Pathfinder. She can still remember that rainy night. The rain was good, it covered their tracks well, and made it difficult for enemies to hear them. Still, it wasn't without danger and conflict. Conflict that she wasn't expecting on this trip. That was on the Island of Ryushima, and right now she was on the Island of Horshu, just a ways north of Kyona. The city was great but she really came to Neighpon to take in some of the beauty that it had to offer. Right now she found herself in a small almost village like area that she couldn't pronounce the name of to save her life, but it was quiet, pretty, and the noodles were amazing! She always looked forward to lunch and dinner here. That being said, it was actually right about lunch time and she was already starving. She had skipped breakfast every morning just so that she can get the most noodles that she could. She eagerly sat at the outdoor cafe and and awaited her waiter. Thankfully, they had menu cards that she could fill out because she still wasn't all that great with Neighponese yet. she circled the veggies that she wanted in the noodles and then circled the largest bowl and put the number '2' next to it. She gave the menu back to the waiter and smiled before signalling to wait a second. She had almost forgot to circle her tea, which she liked the red clover tea with strawberries and honey. It was delicious. Once she finished that, she simply awaited for her food to arrive and looked around to the countryside. The weather was a tad bit overcast but nothing that she disliked to be honest. Not that she would ever tell Celestia this directly, but she wasn't a very big fan of the sun. in the mornings and evenings if you even looked in a certain direction you were blinded, and if you needed to look up for a pegasi or anything during the day, you were also blinded. It was an issue that most ponies easily work around, including herself, but she still didn't like being blinded on occassion. Cloud cover prevented those situations. As she looked out, she could see a very, very faint breeze blowing in the distance through the treeline of the forest. She wanted to venture in it, but she had no knowledge of the layout of this land. For all she knew she could get lost in there or worse. She only have a vague idea of what predators could be lurking as well. Nothing really worth the risk of sightseeing. Though she had heard about some tours through the safer parts of the forest. She might look into those. Not that she couldn't defend herself of course, but she was here on vacation. She'd much rather not have to fight some big predatory thing because of a situation she needlessly put herself in.
  17. To say that the Dragon Fangs Bandit Gang's cave was...well...'a fixer upper' was something of an understatement in itself, it was settled in the heart of a mountain that bubbled at its core - which the heat gave away making the insides almost uncomfortably sweltering during the day...but was probably extremely cozy at night. No cold nights on the hard ground outside, but cozy warm nights on the hard ground inside. Unless you were the Bandit Queen that is. And wouldn't she be happy today. Her gang had brought in two juicy pieces of bit-bait indeed, they had made sure they were roped and well kept in place as they were brought through the cave, it was littered with multiple spoils of their heists. Turned over carriages, baskets filled with half eaten or half rotten food that stank in the heat of the cave - but the deeper into the cave the better the treasure appeared to be. Gold, jewels, silk, seals of traders and village mayors and at the heart of it a big throne that must've been part of some ornamental palanquin that'd now been changed into a ramshackle seat covered in tattered silks and treasures. Needless to say a throne fit for an equally ramshackle pony, who happened to be sat on it chomping away at a peach before her eyes settled on what was being dragged into the 'throne room' with a cold stare as she threw the fruit away and shifted herself to her hooves to get a better look at what was being dragged in. However when she did get a good eyeful of her 'guests', there was a brief moment of disbelief that was completely overtaken by a cruel smirk that worked its way across her muzzle as she stepped down from her pedestal. If only the physical one. "I was about to tan your idiotic hides for interrupting me, you know I don't like being interrupted while I eat." Came her sharp bark as she walked past some of the bandits that'd immediately cowtowed to her, those that weren't keeping a hold of their prisoners that is. Eyeing over them again as she stepped up closer, she continued to smirk at the ideas bubbling away between those cruel violet eyes of hers. "But I'll admit, you muddling milquetoasts actually did something right for once this week...two pretty prizes indeed." The venom in her smirk turned sweet, sickeningly sweet, fake and full of false promise as she took a step back and took a more condescending expression. "I do hope your escort to our home was comfortable."
  18. There was a tiny bit of commotion on the way to the Kyoma Palace as a pair of armed ponies walked a tall, robed kirin stallion to the gates like a pair of sentries. Watching his flanks, making sure nobody looked at him funnily - all the while said robed stallion walked with a bunch of packages on his back that he had insisted upon carrying despite every fretful ask from his vanguard to help which he had kindly turned down. But that's how he had been with most of those who asked to help, he was older but he was still capable of carrying a few boxes of all things. As they stepped up towards the doors, he noticed one of the servants offering a small smile and a nod to the guards as they stepped off, most likely to alert the Shogun and his siblings that their father had finally returned from his trip overseas. He appreciated it, it gave him time to reabsorb the feeling of home again. These walls must've felt so intimidating to visitors or ponies new to the palace, but to him it felt as cozy as a campfire and as warming as a fresh cup of chamomile coursing through his system, the smell and the sight of everything just completely set him at ease after so long on that ship. Although he had to admit, the islands near Melodia were very nice this time of year. Settling the packages gently on the floor he let out a soft sigh, it felt like the seabreeze itself was relinquishing its hold on his lungs just being back on solid ground again. "Ancestors, but it's good to be home." He commented with a small smile upon his muzzle. It'd been a fair bit, hadn't it? Nearly a whole moon at the most, but he was told 'he needed a break' even if he hadn't felt tired or exhausted by the work. But mentally the workers of the palace had assumed the old man had needed a break. Oh but not without a pair of mandatory guards, just in case. He always found that very silly, even if he knew why his family worried, especially lately. But he supposed it got him out to see the world and spend some coin on something for his children. His children. The one thing he'd been missing the most during his whole trip. The three lights in his life that gave his life meaning and joy. He wondered what they'd been up to? What mischief his three jewels had been up to, how his eldest had been handling Neighpon, how Ishi was doing with his work and of course if and how his little moonbeam Kaze had been possibly driving her older brothers crazy whilst he'd been gone. Just thinking about the three of them made that dull ache of longing in his chest that had been plaguing him during the trip melt away into a warm glow. He was home now, he could learn all about their ventures soon. Ofcourse his newest curiosity was also who'd be here to greet him first bar the servant who went to inform the rest of the palace of his return.
  19. (( Original photo belongs to unknown owner )) Against the darkened night sky spanning across Neighpon, the streets of the Watertrough District of Polohama seemed almost blinding as they pulsed, glittered, and shone with nearly every form of advertisement imaginable, and their effect was almost tangible. Ponies on every corner and along every sidewalk - from the most severe looking, suit-clad business ponies, right down to the crazily dressed, "fashionable" urban street getters - laughed and cheered and bellowed their spirits into the night sky, and for good reason. No pony came to the Watertrough District for anything other than a good time, and barring misfortune in the form of an unprecedented Kaiju attack, that was exactly what they got. The Pony Pulse was no different in that regard. Celebrated in magazines and hailed as a one of the ritziest and chic joints in the entire District, the karaoke bar fairly screamed wealth and prestige, a parlor meant only for ponies with the financial means to indulge...or for ponies with appearances to keep up. Every single night, ponies would pass by the place, staring longingly up at its sleek and modernized visage, and turn admiring gazes on the scant ponies that would confidently walk through the double doors. They could only imagine what sort of indulgent evenings of entertainment went on inside, while those that entered could fully partake of the Pony Pulse. The sleek and classy front desk immediately gives way to a vast entrance area, water features and delicate plants decorating the walkways. Couches are available for members waiting for a full party, along with a lounge and bar - though those are only a small preview of the delights of the Pony Pulse. Requesting a room wille a server gracefully lead a party to one, varying in size and equipment. Even the smallest and barest rooms are filled with lush carpeting, furniture, and wide screen televisions, but the bigger the rooms get, the more lavish they become. Two VIP rooms, available only through reservation and a plenty large down payment, are the largest of all, easily spanning the size of a generous house. Menus for food, drink, and alcoholic beverages are placed on every table, along with a magic crystal that, when activated and spoken into, conveys orders to the servers for whatever one desires. All in all, the overly lavish and opulent design of the Pony Pulse truly make up its price, and make the karaoke bar a place one visits in order to impress, astonish, and otherwise brag. Or... Simply because one can. The Watertrough District was not one that he visited very often...for obvious reasons. Paparazzi, for one thing - no matter what he might actually be doing, the potential for an interesting story went through the roof in an area like the Watertrough District. It was different from, say, the Polohama Dome - anyone's presence there was easily explained away by the gargantuan titans fighting each other in a Battle Royale to the finish. But the Watertrough District was different, a pony could be doing a million and one things...and it was designed specifically for pleasure and entertainment. It didn't take the most genius of journalists to twist a story into something much more interesting to read. Although... So long as a journalist had no actual, relevant material to work with, made-up scandals ever rarely got any steam. Still, that didn't stop Ryuichi - nor his guards, for that matter - from insisting on entering from the back, along a much less widely utilized back street. The Pony Pulse, accommodating as they always were whenever he went out on these rare excursions, acted just as professionally and discreetly as he remembered - hardly a glance or a fuss was raised as he entered behind his guards, the servers acting as if he were simply a high profile customer, and in nearly no time at all, he and his retinue had been deposited in one of the VIP rooms. A host of his guards, dressed in savvy black suits rather than the armor of the Imperial Vanguard, were already off, scoping out the entire building, while a few remained in the room itself, checking it for...whatever it is they checked for. They would soon leave to stand guard outside the door - SANDA would be more than adequate protection inside the room itself - and Ryuichi gracefully sat himself down on one of the couches, eyeing the guards as they bowed, backed out of the room, and locked it behind themselves... And promptly flopped halfway over on the couch. ["Ancestors, I thought we'd never get here,"] the Shogun groaned, adjusting the scarf that hung loosely around his neck, an elegant yet decidedly more casual outfit a far cry from the usual Armament of the Shogun he most often wore. ["Getting out of the Palace Castle alone took near an hour!"] It wasn't often Ryuichi complained like a little foal, but the day had been a bitter one - a seemingly endless onslaught of meetings, unfavorable news originating yet again from the colonies, and one too many concessions that had made him rather irritable all the way until this moment. ["Someone get the sake in here before I have to go searching for it myself,"] Ryuichi demanded, but his tone was already lighter and freer than it had been all morning, as the glistening surroundings of his favored karaoke place promised a relaxing - and long overdue - time to sit back, let loose a bit, and enjoy the privileges of being the Shogun of Neighpon.
  20. Tsuhebi was a bit of a mystery, in and of itself. Because while a simple walk was still doable, the medium sized harbor town was famous for the canals that ran all throughout the village, remnants of the rivers that ran down from the mountains before emptying into the vast ocean. Though there were ample areas to set paw on earth to walk around, it wasn't an uncommon sight to see homes and businesses set right on the border of some water, complete with those wooden boats they used to traverse the canals. In fact, most of the ponies used said boats to get from one side of the village to another, and walking was considered a leisurely activity to do in one's spare time, rather than the accepted way of moving left to right. Uncommon, but not wholly responsible for the anomaly that was the once small village. Perhaps the crown jewel of Tsuhebi, however, resided in its famed floating market, a spectacle that was, to his understanding, boasted near world wide. Where boardwalks and bridges did not boast vendors, boats and floating merchandise did, as did the boats that moved to and fro around the market, advertising their wares and sometimes stopping the trade with other vendors. Villagers and tourists alike made the floating market more alive than the myriad of different products, produce, and whatever else the ponies deigned to trade little gold bits over, and the number of lanterns that would light up as the sun descended would make the water across the entire village shine like so many gems in the darkest of caverns. Truly, the attraction had turned the once-small harbor town into one of the world's most visited areas. Once, a beautifully cared for and magnificently grown willow tree had been the entirety of Tsuhebi's boast to the world. He remembered visiting it when the town was asleep, laying beneath the willow and feeling the earth around him. Now, the willow was all but invisible, the very tips of it sticking up a ways in the distance as the buildings around it commanded more attention and girth. It may as well never have existed. Kamikakushi no Shinrin studied the tip of the willow tree from his spot just outside the floating market and next the water of a canal, paws crossed over one another as the bustle of a village just beginning to wake up surrounded him. Underneath the shade of a few smaller, recently grown willow trees, his form seemed to shift and snake, his innate magic ensuring that most eyes glanced over his resting spot without truly seeing. Only a pony that directly gazed at this spot with purpose would take notice of his form, but Kamikakushi no Shinrin highly doubted such a thing would happen. If there was one thing he had learned since integrating himself into the pony world, it was that ponies were always moving and going places, and rarely took the time to simply sit, and stare, and ponder. All the better for him. Taking a shifted form was easy enough to achieve, but grew tiresome to maintain. Even an Ōkami needed to rest every once in a while. And to ponder. The harbor town had a small port, similar to the great city of Polohama that lay close to the south. But being much smaller on the grand scale of things meant an easier time securing passage. As busy as Tsuhebi had been in the recent years, it would be less of a hassle for his disguise, well known and well photographed, to barter passage across the seas. Money would be no issue - those bits of gold he received from his modeling more than ensure that. It was, all in all, a very simple thing to plan out. So why was he filled with such dread? Perhaps the idea of being so very far from his home forest is what drove him to lay down his head, seemingly prepared to stall for yet another day. He'd traveled great distances all over Neighpon, this was true, and his power had never deviated downwards to an extent that had worried him...but would that change overseas? Would he board a ship, only to feel his disguise weaken the further they sailed away? He was an Ōkami, and Kamikakushi no Shinrin had full confidence in his abilities - but that didn't change the fact that he simply didn't know, and there was no use denying the fact that his power hailed strongest inside and nearby his home. He wondered if this venture was worth the risk. Finding answers...fulfilling the yearning that kept him coming back to cities and walking into studios and surrounding himself with ponies that praised his looks or skill in front of a camera...there had to be a payoff somewhere, through someone or something. He just needed to find it.
  21. The Shogun wants You! Can't you just see how excited he is? With my new character being recently approved, the Shogun of Neighpon has been added to the RP boards - a young Ryuma by the name of Rakuen Ryuichi. Neighpon in an eastern country that boasts an impressive magitech force that is unrivaled by any other country, and balances tradition with ever increasing urbanization. The Shogun is the ruler of Neighpon, and looks to continue the prosperity of the country well into the future. And to do that, he's going to need help - lots and lots of help. As a leader of a country, I'd love to be able to set up a lot of different relationships for Ryuichi - some purely for business, others more personal. Because many of these relationships require a full-time commitment to the position or to Neighpon herself, a lot of them will require completely new OCs to be made. You can't have an Equestrian farmer serving as one of Ryuichi's council members, after all! The commute itself would be murder. If you do decide you'd like to take on one of these relationships but don't really know what sort of character to make, then let me help you with it! Don't be afraid to ask me questions, or to ask for help. Side Note: Though Neighpon is a country to the far east, its population mainly consists of pony species. Kirins and Ryumas are most commonly found on Ryushima, where their ancestors separated from Long Guo to unite on the island. This isn't to say that you can't have a Kirin or Ryuma from another part of Neighpon, not at all - just be aware that the majority of the population is pony, so you shouldn't feel obligated to make a Kirin or Ryuma unless you want to~ In any event, here are some of the relationships I came up with for Ryuichi. As with all my relationship planning threads, these are not the only relationships I'm open to - if you have something in mind that you don't see on this list, don't hesitate to ask me about it! _______________________________ Shogunate - The administration under only the Shogun himself, the Shogunate acts both as an advisory force and as a governing body of office. Though the Shogun's word remains absolute, delegation of various matters is hoofed over to the Shogunate, with the Shogun overseeing everything. Thus does the Shogunate act both independently and as the Shogun's personal council. With much of Neighpon's success resting on the military prowess of the country, most of the members of the primary Shogunate are focused on the welfare and maintenance of Neighpon's military might, and are the ones that speak directly into the Shogun's ear. More on the various Offices and what they do here. Machi Bugyō - The Grand Admiral. The highest authority along the military's chain of command, barring the Shogun himself, the Machi Bugyō is an extremely experienced veteran who has faithfully served in the military. He or she gives the Shogun counsel on military action, and is in charge of every branch of the Neighpon military. Gijutsu-sha - The Tech Mage. A unicorn, kirin, or similar magical engineer which extreme expertise in the art of magitech. The Gijutsu-sha is responsible for overseeing the use of magitech, especially in regards to ethical concerns over new magitech developments, and advises the Shogun on which area of magitech to invest government capital into pursuing. Ōmetsuke - The Overseer. The Ōmetsuke is involved in the monitoring and policing of high ranking city officials, including the daimyos of Ryushima and the various governors appointed to colonies. With the responsibility of keeping some of the most powerful individuals in Neighpon under control comes the dual-service of rooting out rebellion and disloyalty to Neighpon. The office of the Ōmetsuke thus has a shady reputation for subterfuge and government spying. Karasu - The Raven. Otherwise known as the Spymaster, the Karasu is a master of ninjutsu who operates behind the scenes to gather intel from both inside and outside of Neighpon. However, the Karasu also has a hidden history in committing acts of bribery, spying, and outright silencing, in order to advance the will of the Shogun and Neighpon. In times when the Karasu's more questionable services are not required, he or she uses a network of intelligence to gather delicate information, for better or for worse. Gaikoku Bugyō - The Ambassador. Though Neighpon is a self-sufficient country with the tendency to rely solely on herself, the Shogunate is not blind to the need of the Shogun to maintain political ties with foreign countries. The Gaikoku Bugyō is the utmost advisor on all foreign affairs, and often personally travels to different lands to act as an ambassador and diplomat for Neighpon. Hatamoto - The Honored. A position that once held great political meaning, the Hatamoto is a peerless samurai who has been honored by the Shogun as an exemplar of Neighpon. In the present time, the position holds no power in and of itself. However, the Hatamoto is looked upon with great respect, and serves as a physical symbol of the inclusion of ancient traditions in the future of Neighpon. The Family of the Shogun - Though not strictly mentioned in Ryuichi's application, there is more than enough opportunity in his history for siblings and other family members. Ryuichi was the first born son, but many others might have been born after him, up until his mother's death - so siblings ranging from young stallions/mares right down to infant foals are applicable. His father is also still around, and as the husband of the previous Shogun, retains a position of respect in the Palace Castle, though he holds no power in and of himself. (Update: The immediate family of the Shogun is now closed! If you're interested in some sort of relative, let me know, but there will be no other OCs that are Neighponese royalty and an official part of the Shogun's family.) The Shogun's Household - Every ruler needs a retinue of servants to attend his every bidding, and Ryuichi is no exception. Servants, cooks, post, scribes, librarians, entertainers, minor counselors - you name it, there's probably a position for it! The Shīrudo - Meaning 'shield', the Shīrudo is the Shogun's personal bodyguard - after all, he may have entire armies at his disposal, but a pony in Ryuichi's position can never be too careful. The Shīrudo stands watch over the Shogun at all times, and is someone that Ryuichi trusts implicitly. The two of them have a very close relationship, akin to siblings, and his bodyguard is one of the few ponies Ryuichi drops all pretenses with and is able to fully relax around if they are by themselves. The Shīrudo is also the Head of the Guard, a position that oversees all the guards stationed within the Palace Castle. Raijū's Caretakers - Named after a beast from folklore that was said to descend from the sky during great lightning storms, Ryuichi's personal golem requires intensive care from an entire team of trained and experienced individuals. The Kansei is in charge of the whole team, while various duties are divided amongst the ponies. While Ryuichi is the construct's ultimate master, Raijū's care taking team works closely with the goliath in order to keep it in prime condition. The Kansei, in particular, is the only pony that has been specially permitted to issue it battle commands, in order to test its power usage, compatibility, and learning curve. Hot Springs Owner - Though there are undoubtedly artificial hot springs in the privacy and security of the Palace Castle, there's simply no imitating the original. Ryuichi used to spend time in time around Mount Kaminichi as a foal, and still rarely as an adult. I like to think there was a particular hot springs/inn he paid favor too, and got to know the owner before he became able to spend less and less time there. He might have even hidden his identity in order to enjoy the hot springs like the average tourist...never mind the bodyguard that never strays too far from his side. Potential Bride-to-Be - As with any pony in such a position, the issue of securing the line of succession becomes paramount the older Ryuichi gets. Thus are mares often brought into his presence as potential consorts, to become the future bride of the Shogun. Hopeful mares are able to present themselves voluntarily and at will, though some mares of notable beauty, lineage, or status are specifically sought out by the Palace Castle and humbly asked to present themselves as a potential bride. Even if the Shogun finds favor with a mare however, she is not immediately forced to become his bride. The two spend some (carefully supervised) time together over a long courting process, in order to determine compatibility and devotion. Golem Trainer Idol - Ryuichi has a particular love for Golems and the Polohama Dome. A veteran Golem Trainer (or a newly rising prodigy) is sure to have perked his interest during his youth, and further into his adult years. No doubt he would have invited said trainer back to the Palace Castle on several occasions, the two of them perhaps even becoming friends over years of interaction with one another. Foalhood Friends and Acquaintances - After the appearance of his cutie mark, Ryuichi began spending more time out of the Palace Castle alongside his mother. He could have potentially met and befriended any number of other characters at some point or another, forming lasting friendships with some. It is most likely that a foalhood friend was someone who was raised inside the Palace Castle alongside him (the child of a servant, for example, or a high ranking noble) but not entirely necessary. Said foalhood friend could even be his present day bodyguard, or could simultaneously fill another position on his staff. Military Friends and Acquaintances - Ryuichi spent two years in the military, and though he was kept stationed safely in Kyoma and safely out of harm's way, he would have undoubtedly made some friends while he was essentially "just one of the guys". He served in the Air forces of the Neighpon military, but could have easily mingled within the other branches. Dissenters - While most have accepted the new Shogun with little fuss, there are some who call his overall lack of experience into question, and feel the Ryuma far too young to be in such a powerful positions. Others still are discontent with seeing a Ryuma or Kirin on the Seat of the Shogun at all, and consider it an insult to the, by far and large, pony population that founded the country to begin with. What any dissenters might be planning to do about their concerns, however, is a mystery, and entirely up to you... _______________________________ Phew! Okay, that's it...for now. Questions? Comments? Concerns? Gratuitous applause? Direct them all at me, please! Here are the characters that players are so far interested in apping/taking, so you guys can see who's already working on what:
  22. The large hanger was quiet, and still for the most part, and considering the hour, it was hardly a surprise. The Office of the Gijutsu-sha was the most varied among the Primary Shogunate, and this hanger was only one of many similar compounds located underneath the Palace Castle. This one, in particular, held only a small open space relative to its size - most of its room was dedicated to smaller, sectioned areas filled with workbenches and miniature arenas, built to allow members to design and test out their inventions. Other hangers were dedicated to the massive, gargantuan titans that were kept well functioning and maintained in the case of a national emergency, and - in all honesty - he would have much preferred working in one of those others, sitting underneath a silent colossus while he worked. Being overshadowed so thoroughly tended to give one a sense of perspective in this world. There were a few stragglers, working right up into the weekend, but they all afforded the Shogun of Neighpon a wide berth, and why shouldn't they? If not for his station, than for the stormy look that had remained an almost constant fixture on his face ever since the afternoon. An instance right outside the walls of the Palace Castle - some upstart, would-be fool of an assassin that had tried running through the gates with a convoy, only to be immediately apprehended just inside. A minor incident, startling but completely beneath his notice. If his younger sister hadn't been returning with her guard just around the same time. Koeda-san - otherwise affectionately known as Mr. Twig - lay unresponsive on the workbench, the source of his life and manufactured spirit laying dormant nearby. Ryuichi frowned as he studied the yellow petals on the construct, pliers held expertly in one hoof as he carefully began rearranging the golem's features. It wasn't often that he got the chance to indulge his love of golems in a hoof's on way - one would think that the Shogun of Neighpon could get more reprieve to play around with expensive toys every once in his ancestors-forsake while - but what might have been a time of relaxation and indulgence was instead tinged with slowly-simmering fury and determination, leaving the Ryuma's dark frown firmly in place as he bent closer over the construct. "Not enough input," the Shogun of Neighpon muttered to himself, hardly noticing the very last of the stragglers quietly making their exit. "The toxin needs to be resourced through the head...a complete rewiring...and some nerve-inhibiting properties too..."
  23. The carefully cultivated and enhanced beauty of the inner gardens were a sight that, on any other given day, would have given the Shogun of Neighpon minuscule pause, in order to revel in their perfection. Such was not the case today. The gardens provided a beautiful backdrop, however, the lingering cherry blossom trees scattering pink against the vibrant greens that otherwise dominated the landscaping. One particular tree stood near center of the asymmetrical window Ryuichi was currently facing. It commanded nearly the entire space from where he was seated, framed against a crystalline blue sky and rising high against the stonework and woven pathways underneath. It was, in fact, a favored resting place for several of the Castle staff - if he were to slide open the window, he undoubtedly would have become privy to some conversation occurring directly below. Ryuichi wasn't so inclined to bask in the beauty of the inner gardens, however, despite the gorgeous weather accompanying them. No, instead, the Ryuma continued to stare at the round object laid delicately on top of an elaborately designed cushion, and despite its plainness, it clearly stood out against the room. Wide and spacious, yet consciously empty save for a few choice pieces of furniture and decoration, the room seemed to almost be a spare, one added to the Castle for some reason or other, than abandoned later on. A small writing desk occupied by a single stack of blank missives, ink and quill, teapot and teacup, and the cushion he himself was seated upon - all settled out on the middle of the floor atop a rich, tatami mat. And the orb. That was it. Historically, the room had been designed as a place of meditation and introspection. Extravagant windows to showcase the splendor of the inner gardens, combined with a conspicuous absence of objects and distractions inside the room itself, had all lent themselves to an area of peace and seclusion, a way to center oneself. Nowadays, with dwindling interest in the Paths as an actual way of life, such rooms were not in such high demand...which had proven ideal for his purposes today. The young Shogun continued to eye the Pearl in front of him, as if it might suddenly rise from its platform and perform some great magic. Which...in all honesty, wasn't too far from the truth. But for its actual function, well...Ryuichi could admit he had been...skeptical, when he had first received it. Honored beyond all measure, of course, but still...bemused, when he had learned of its powers. The concerns and well-being of a singular, particular individual were the very essence of what a leader couldn't concern himself with, why the nation had its police forces and charities and ministers to handle those complaints. Such were beneath the notice of a Shogun. Individuals had no perspective, no bigger picture, no grand scheme of the entirety of the nation - their concerns and desires focused on themselves, not on everyone else in their entirety. A Shogun who concerned himself with the problems of singular individuals could not effectively rule the larger whole. ...And yet, so sat the Pearl that had been specifically forged for his use and purposes. The Long had to have had reason for it - Pearls were not gifted by the Long without express reason. And Ryuichi was not so proud yet to simply ignore a gift from the Long. It took a moment - Breathing lessons half-remembered from foalhood and never seriously studied in the long list of topics to study - but the Ryuma let out a breath, before closing his eyes, expression relaxing into one of peace and serenity. The sound of deep breathing, a flow of air into and out of his body, was the only sound to punctuate the otherwise still room...and, very carefully, Ryuichi Breathed out and onto the Pearl. In an instant, the Pearl was active, glowing a pale, shimmering blue in color as it serenely floated off of the cushion to eye level, and Ryuichi breathed inward once more before he opened his eyes, golden gaze fixed intently on the floating orb. "Let us see..."
  24. Situated on one of the smaller islands in the Neighponese archipeligo, the village colloqually called Kakikara-mura or "Oyster shell village" has a thriving pearl-diving business, and is known for exquisite jewellery and a historically excellent finishing school for geisha worthy of the Shogun, or even foreign courts. And these things are obviously true, as they produce tangible results. Measurable by anyone who wants to. Objectively. In truth, while the fisheries and finishing schools do produce pearls and coutresans, the true purpose of both is and has always been the training of a highly specialised breed of ninja. In addition to the rigorous training all shinobi and kunoichi receive, the Kakikara village trains assassins who master the courtly arts in an effort to get closer to the most difficult targets: nobility. Historically, the Kakikara kunoichi were dispatched to dispatch Long warlords and Viking Jarls with a more militaristic bent. When the nations established more peacable relationships and the ninja arts no longer became necessary the two leading clans, Chiyo and Kaze, convened a council. The Kaze clan was the controlling family in the area, but when they proposed assasinating the then-current Shogun in order to install a Daimyo with a mind toward continuing the aggressions, the Chiyo staged a successful coup that has left them in charge since. The Chiyo clan, now head of all branches of the Kakikara shinobi, immediately put into practice a new code and approached the daimyo one by one to establish a formal relationship with certain rules: The Chiyo could be hired for their original purpose against any target who is not a daimyo (and eventually the shogun once a clearer shogunate emerged), but they would accept no lethal contracts against members of the Neighponese government. The Chiyo could also be hired as bodyguards by anyone who negotiated an appropriate contract. Lastly the Chiyo could be engaged as instructors for whatever the individual shinobi was skilled in, save for the clan secrets. In exchange, the village's true purpose and the clan were to remain secret. The clan was to be a neutral entity with regards to any specific ruler or government, and while they could be employed as spies or assassins, they would not cleave to the shogunate or any daimyo. Security for independance. The Neighponese government was safe from the village clans, and the clans were independent from the government. In the decades following unification, the Chiyo honed their arts even further, developing three signature weapons, and two combat techniques utilising them. Sticking to the shadows, they developed dreamdust, a powdered soporific capable of rendering an adult Kirin or Ryuma unconscious within minutes of exposure to a dose no larger than a breath. Next they developed the tessenjutsu, a set of martial arts utilising iron-bladed folding fans. Finally they developed a technique called mibojin no hoyo, a sharpened ridge of serrated blades hidden along the shoulders and flanks that allowed for a seemingly innocuous leaning gesture to cause severe wounds in the intended target. Some shinobi were further trained with this weapon to make acrobatic leaps and tumbles capable of disabling multiple attackers in short order. They are also inoculated against several common toxins, trained to hold their breath for extended periods, and given lessons in courtly manners and foreign languages above and beyond most shinobi. Accordingly, a Chiyo candidate is not considered ready for deployment until much later than rival clans' agents even starting younger. Currently, the Chiyo's main branch still oversees training and controls the Elder council, though two branch matriarchs maintain seats among the five. The current Elders are Chiyo Hayate, Chiyo Akane, Chiyo Fumiko, Josei Mami, and Kaze Himeko. Currently, only Chiyo Hayate and Akane and Kaze Himeko and Ichiro have foals, though exact numbers for either couple are closely guarded secrets even within the clan. Typically, contracts are handled by any of the Elders, who interview prospective clients and negotiate cost, duration, and other terms, then the Elders collectively nominate and deliberate on assignments. The clan takes contracts very seriously, and for a Chiyo shinobi to breach the contract is considered a grave offense. Rumors abound of shinobi disowned or hunted for breaking a Chiyo contract, though most happen to a friend of a cousin. Notably, the Chiyo prohibition against government officials has only been breached once, and those with the unfortunate confirmed that the officer in question had been the aggressor in the rather brief exchange.
  25. The Neighpon countryside is a dangerous place, with rampaging kaiju, angered long and of course; Bandits. One such gang being led by the self proclaimed and partly infamous Bandit Queen; Tsuyoi Kazan!!! Her band of thugs made from outlaws, renegades and even her own children go under the name of 'Ryū no Kiba' or roughly translated the 'Dragon Fangs' for how voraciously they snap up and hoard their pilfered goods like a dragon would. And with a hot headed older mare like Tsuyoi at the head of this gang, there is definitely no lack of want for gold or pillage. - Of course it's a hard job, the gang mostly sticks to the edges of Neighpon to terrorize trade route caravans and smaller villages without the fear of being interrupted too soon by the law enforcement. This is further solidified by their stronghold in the active volcano cave that they have made their lair. Where the iron hooved Bandit Queen lords over all. But of course a Bandit Queen can't do much without bandits can she? Tsuyoi isn't picky on who is in her gang as long as they can take orders and shut up when they're told; they can be all walks of Equestrian life - they just need to be good at what she wants them to do and have no qualms in being on the wrong side of the law. Pony, Griffin, Diamond Dog or even other Qilin and Longma it doesn't matter to her as long as they're loyal. And you can choose to make a long time member of the gang or even a newbie. Qualities the Dragon Fangs Gang looks for; Fighting Skills Stealth Skills Acting Skills for pretending to be innocent or spying. Tactical Skills Survival Skills Ponies who can cook/clean do the basic stuff if they can't take part in raids. This includes her children whom she has nine others of (excluding her eldest daughter) all from different fathers that can range from young mare/stallions right down to foals and be as varied in colour as you like. Below is a list of the current kids, but when we reach nine I'm afraid that'll be it. 2nd born/2nd eldest; Tetsu Kāten - PyroBlaze 3rd born; 4th born; 5th born/Middle foal; taken by SteelEagle 6th born; 7th born; 8th born; 9th born/youngest; But not EVERYONE in the gang has to be on the complete wrong side of the law; take the Bandit Queen's 'heiress' Jinsoku Hanabira; Where her mother is more self-serving and out for her own goals, her first born works under her mother's nose as a Robin Hood style thief with a band of her own friends within the gang; attempting to slowly right the wrongs that her mother has done to other ponies in the only way she knows how. She could always use some accomplices if you'd like to be on the different side of the gang's coin. If you'd be interested in being part of this wily gang or even to be one of their victims; throw concepts in the thread and we can spitball ideas! And just as a reassurance; Your character will not be hurt unless you give permission. So banditing will be purely harmless bit/food/good/treasure taking.
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