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The Night Courts of Canterlot were an unusual place indeed. These proceedings were more subdued, calm, and held a certain peacefulness that made Stormstride feel more at ease. Though given her escort, the minor noble was likely one of the few ponies feeling at ease. Nobility often had their own private honor guard, which was nothing new. What did appear to be new was the fact that Stormstride's Honor Guard were wearing armor made of a black, non-reflective metal, and adorned with antlers, horns, and what looked likes claws and fangs of dangerous and wild beasts. There were even a few dragon claws attached to the helm of what was her captain. They were quiet, but their faces were hidden behind full helmets, their full bodies covered in chainmail, furs, pelts, leathers, and plated armor that made them look like walking amalgamations of monstrous magically crafted metal golems and wild animals combined. Clashing with that was the mare herself, in a simple white satin toga and golden crown made in the shape of lightning. Maretonian nobility by style and design, and the way she carried herself as well denoted that same are that Maretonian Unicorns carried. The self importance and pompousness many of them had was there, but to a much less degree. The only thing about her that stood out as strange were the shoes on her hooves. One could see the gleaming silver metal, and the mounting screws driven into her hooves, permanently mounting those shoes to her. On her neck hung a simple silver charm, cast with the family crest of her house. The mare's emerald green eyes stood apart from her mottled gray and dark gray mane. The silvery streaks blending in her mane twisted with the dark rolling grays, creating the look that her mane, tail and coat were made of rolling storm clouds, and beset with two gems for eyes. The deep and long scars on her chest, left cheek, and left front leg were visible. This mare was no stranger to combat. However it seemed she came not to pick a fight. Instead when it was her turn to speak she came forward, produced a scroll with her credential and then spoke in a tone of both respect and dignity. "Your highness, Princess Luna. I have come before you to request your advice and assistance on a matter dear to my family and our home. As many here are aware, I, Stormstride Cloud am not within good standing within Equestria. That being said, I hope that that will not taint the request I wish to place before you. My daughter has..." She paused, to glance around as if checking to see who was watching before continuing. "My daughter has stopped dreaming. In fact she has not had a dream in many years. I have tried my own magic to help, and sought the help of others in my own lands. However, this is something that we can not understand, nor can we treat. This lack of dreams has brought my daughter a lot of anguish as of late. She is of the age she wants to attend a more focused school. Centering around her talent in cooking. She has several selected here in Equestria and a few in Maretonia. But she has become depressed because she is very different." Stormstride took a step closer, and spoke in a whisper, "Please. I know Your sister loaths ponies like myself, but do not hold it against a filly barely out of her foalhood years. She's already deaf. She shouldn't have to suffer this too." Despite the looks and jeers of a few of the Canterlot nobility that knew of Stormstride's reputation and her previous deeds or misdeeds as they would refer to them, the mare before Luna was sincere in her request. She did not make a show, but she was almost begging for help. This was in honesty a mother seeking help for their child. And so it seemed Stormstride had no other choice but to come to Equestria to seek help.
From the album: My original art.Looks like someone in Equestria is being a mean old humbug and 3 certain spirits have taken on pony forms to help remind him what the true meaning of Christmas HeartsWarming is! Leave it to them to turn even the most miserly of scrooges around for the better! Since the holidays have started and since I pulled out my copy of A Christmas Carol, I just couldnt resist the temptation to ponify some characters! And who better than to start off with Past, Present, and Future! And I know I GOTTA ponify Scrooge at some point, and if I dont, someone please punch me until I do. xD
© Art is mine. Credit to Charles Dickens for Past, Present and Future.
It had been one month since King Sombra had taken over. Hammer, a gray Earth pony with a messy brown mane, had been a blacksmith before Sombra came. Now, he forged and repaired equipment for the resistance, a group of Crystal ponies that escaped Sombra's initial attack. It was too dangerous to have any camps in the city itself, so they were forced to take shelter in the Crystal Chasm. How far down it went, nopony knew, but hopefully Sombra wouldn't be able to find them here. Hammer walked over the the edge and stared up through the opening of the chasm at the black sky. There hadn't been a blue sky for too long. He walked over to his forge and lit it up, looking around at the other ponies in the cave.
So, I thought of something that might make a fun limited-roleplay event in World of Equestria (and if not, I can move this to just regular old crossovers) if you're not familiar with the musical Brigadoon, it involves a town in Scotland that only appears once every 200 years, and then for just one day. Once it is gone, the inhabitants have to leave too. But it occurred to me that if we made this into something with show canon, and adjusted the timeline to be either before or after Luna's meltdown into Nightmare Moon. Then someone could REASONABLY and canonically play StarSwirl the Bearded (and/or ponies we saw in the show during other flashback sequences depending on what the official stance on timeline is), even if for just one day. it might also be a good way to fill in some of the board canon history. Sure, we might not have heard of, for example "Lucky Leaf, the unicorn who expanded the forest far enough to the southeast that it reached the river, enabling Ponyville to eventually be built there and support crops", but that doesn't mean there aren't historical figures that could potentially be interesting, if not important enough to have entire wings named after them. After all, many of us have brought up ruins in applications or towns that became accepted into board canon without being on the show, and this might be a great way to expand upon more history in there. Think of how comfortable Luna would be in her element again! People would understand the Royal Canterlot Voice! The EverFree Forest might be an ENTIRELY different place to these ponies since it had a castle to the princesses. The appearing town could even be a representation of the little village we saw in the opening of the very first episode! I would not be surprised at all if this made its way into the show, given the sources the writers and animators pull from, and their unabashed love of the 80s. A similar concept was used both in that horrid It's Punky Brewster Cartoon and Gummi bears. But if you feel this should be totally shut down and should just be a crossover role play, please feel free to move it to Crossover OOC. I just brought it up here because it had the potential to be something that could be worked into actual board canon.