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My OC Zap Apple is 3 and a half years old now, seems like yesterday he was a newborn foal. Though it seems likely the intention within the universe of Equestria in the show was that foals were like elementary kids and the students in the school of friendship are around teenage years, I have been thinking about how I want to age Zap for the future. He may never see older ages simply because we don't typically RP that much in the future, but because of how Season 9 ended, and how I have been building on the development of Applejack and Rainbow Dash's son, it makes sense to me to go ahead and start paving the way for his stallionhood. Most of his RPs will still be foal-based, but I wanted to give room for him to be able to have those interactions with other young mares and stallions. This means a lot of things, it means I need to building new visuals for what he looks like. I always like the idea of him having a rainbow mane, but his apple roots are also very monocoloristic. So I decided to do a bit of both. When he was born, he basically had yellow and orange colors in his mane. As he got older, some of the more colorful mane colors he gets from his pegasus mother would start to show themselves. As a young stallion, I feel like a few locks of green in his mane seems appropriate. In the end, may not ever have an indigo or purple, but maybe a blue. It's not fun to me for him to just have exactly the same kind of colors Rainbow Dash has in her hair. I wanted it to be unique, while still pertaining to the principle of a rainbow mane and tail. Now, let's talk about cutie mark. When I created Zap, I had no idea what his cutie mark would be, but there are the obvious suggestions. It's worth noting if you don't know this, I did not name my OC. Steel and foxxy as players of the mothers named my OC in character, while I went ahead and based on the name, designed his colors. Up to this point, I haven't made any concrete decisions about his cutie mark or what his destiny will be, but I have made an executive decision now. His cutie mark, will in fact, be a zap apple. What this cutie mark means could be as simple or as nuanced as I see fit, and I do not have a cutie mark story just yet. But I value the heritage of the apple family and want to honor him being a part of that story with a cutie mark that matches the rest of his family. I could have added wings, but I figured the more simple it is, the better. Rainbow Dash is represented her side of the family with the colors of the cutie mark, and also the apple stem that is a lightning bolt shape. What the cutie mark means is not fully realized, but I'm pretty sure it'll have to do with struggling against adversity, and/or adapting to change and rituals. Zap Apple harvest time has a lot of hidden metaphors that are ripe for the picking. Whether or not we explore those ideas in role play remains to be seen, but I will probably use that kind of idea to explain how Zap Apple becomes a stallion and learns his special talent. If you're interested in RPing with Zap Apple, or becoming part of his history, let me know and maybe we can start a new story. Happy playing!
It was a sunny day in Ponyville. Only a few clouds left over from the morning weather pony could be seen, not so much as in imperfection but possibly an intentional flaw to give Ponyville that quaint charm it was so good at showing. It was the normal midday hustle and bustle in the marketplace and from a distance the occasional shopkeeper's bells could be heard ringing their invitation for customers to browse wares and goods of all kinds. But on the outskirts of Ponyville where the grass grew longer and the hills began to roll, it was much more peaceful. So peaceful, that the flapping of a pair of butterfly wings against the soft breeze created the ambiance for what would otherwise have been considered an ideal place of meditation. A pony seeking relaxation could trot themselves to this spot and be able to sort out their thoughts and their dreams with comfort of interference. But of course, that was not the plan for today. Instead this grassy hoofhill would be introduced to a pair of wings with a very young mind controlling them. An orange pegasus pony flying only a couple pony heights off the ground was fluttering inconsistently towards the crest of the hill. The colt was not flying very fast, but the excited sounds from his mouth made the noise of what it might sound like had he been flying at breakneck speeds. The foal slowed to a hover and after a few seconds of wobbling himself down to an even-hoofed landing, he struck the ground with the force of a small jumping fall. After a short wince, he looked back from where he came and yelled excitedly to his mother who was following close behind. "Did you see? I was flying fast! Faster than you!" Zap Apple had spent ample time with his mother Applejack on the apple farm, where he learned all about the apple trade and the farmer pony family values. He learned how to toughen his skin and how to deal with animals. The small amount of time he spent in the Everfree was experienced alongside Applejack who was always there to protect him, but to also remind him of the dangers that lurked where few ponies canter. And Zap had spent time with his other mother Rainbow Dash, but he had only just started to really learn how to fly. A couple weeks ago, he was able to take to the sky without any help from his mother for about five seconds. It was a big win in his eyes and made him feel motivated to fly higher and longer. But so far, his flight was still limited to the strength of his wings, which was only showing the beginning signs of being able to deal with more enduring flight challenges. Zap Apple had dreams of being able to fly above the clouds and do stunts and tricks like his mother Rainbow Dash did for the Wonderbolts. And he was so sure of himself that he would join her in wearing that blue suit even though he had no concept of what that meant. This grassy hill had become a usual spot for Rainbow Dash to show Zap the beginnings of pegasus mobility, and since they arrived for today, Zap was eager to get started with what he wanted to do, as if it was up to him. "We're here, now you can show me how to do tricks. I wanna do a big trick!" He fluttered in place, his wings buzzing violently, before his wings gave up and he landed back on his hooves.
"Goo!" Zap Apple uttered towards the orange caretaker. "Gu!" He had a thought. It was a thought of joy, unsubscribed by anypony who could decipher pony baby language. It was a feeling of content. Zap had no other means to express himself. Getting the attention of those around him, and smile and making noises, was all he knew to put his stamp on this existence of life. Should he not need the attention of these much bigger ponies, he might not make a noise. Zap grew to this point about a month old. He could easily trot his little legs across the floor, provided his diaper wasn't giving him an uncomfortable rash. At this moment, however, he was sitting in a highchair in the barn house kitchen, awaiting aerial food commands from his mother. Zap hadn't showed much of a mischievous personality. Perhaps he hadn't had a chance to show just how curious he could be. To his comfort, Zap's chair had no buckle, no restraint, no harness. As the feeder turned away for a moment, Zap was able to slip underneath the highchair table, and on to the wooden floor of the barn. He then scurried to the other room, a room he had explored before, but never without the supervision of those much taller than him.
Roleplay Type: World of Equestria Name: Zap Apple Sex: Male Age: Newborn Species: Pegasus Eye colour: Green Coat: Burnt Sienna Mane/Tail: Medium short, straight, layered and slightly messy. Orange with yellow stripe; underdeveloped. Physique: Average small foal Residence: Sweet Apple Acres Occupation: Infant Cutie Mark: None Unique Traits: Overly curious, reactionary and careless. As are most foals, very egocentric History: He was born to mare Applejack. Sire/mare Rainbow Dash. Character Personality and Summary: Fussy. Cries about significant issues. Cries about insignificant issues. Cries about there not being an issue. And poops. Oh, and cries about poop. Though he is only an infant, small clues of his eagerness side are already showing. More than the average foal, he ventures out of his comfort zone, as if on some quest of discover of life's musings. He lacks conviction and will fail to learn easy lessons repeatedly before he understands how ponies should act. Regardless, he is always in good spirits and provided he hasn't bruised his hooves yet, will laugh and giggle unintelligable foal noises to those around him. He is constantly surrounded by family and is very comfortable with all of them. If he meets new ponies he does not recognize he will be curious about who they are but many times will treat them like family all the same. an8OQ18mMq9//Hd5gERLAum1A18D843ycKY//UQ08Vp/C/t//20