Okay, so with the new season started, what say we kick off a new RP? :3 This will be an Alternate Universe RP where, although Ponyville and Canterlot, ect. exist, other city-states exist as well. This will take place in an empire called Equidia, your typical pony kingdom. However, Equidia has long been at feud with a smaller, neighboring kingdom called Ruffiana, home of the dark ponies. Not to be mistaken for something evil, the dark ponies are simply different than your run of the mill pony. Named for their darker coloration, these ponies tend to be rougher, louder, cruder, and generally complete opposites of what is considered the norm.
However, the ponies of Equidia have decided to put their long held feud to rest by uniting the kingdoms. A wedding has been arranged between the princess of Equidia and the prince of Ruffiana. The RP will take place among the preparations, the wedding, and any troubles that occur. There WILL be a plot and a villain, but I'll save info on that for later ;D
Quick bits of knowledge:
Ruffiana was formed when a group of unruly ponies, the first 'dark ponies' were banished from Equidia.
Dark ponies can be any color (except black), just so long as it's a darker tone.
While most 'normal' ponies don't swear and encourage violence, dark ponies seem to embrace it. They have a more violent and heated nature.
Positions for both dark and normal ponies are open.
Age: (Foal, Adult)
Gender: (Mare, stallion)
Breed: (Earth, unicorn, pegasus, alicorn (royalty only))
Special talent(s): (Dark pony's may or may not have a grimmer quality to them)
Appearance: (I would love a picture if you have one :3 Try using Pony maker on deviantart)
Name: Prince Zinziloo Larsara Acomidea AKA "Zinzie"
Personality: He's a bit of an oddball. Zinzie is laid back and friendly, if not a bit of a dope. Zinzie doesn't have much ambition in him, and couldn't actually care less about being married. He'd rather goof off. Luckily, he has his adviser to keep him in line.
Special talent(s): Zinzie, being an alicorn, is of course possesses very strong magical powers. Although, half those powers he never bothered to learn how to use. Zinzie's talent is a single spell that can turn anything from inanimate objects to living creatures into "grimlaughy". Essentially, it turns things into a creepy, grim style that most dark ponies would find amusing. However, the other ponies, it's just weird.
Appearance: Zinzie is tall and lanky. He has a dark purple coat with a dark purple blanket pattern on his rump. His black mane is almost always a mess.
Classic grimlaughy style skull and jester hat.
He inherited the kingdom a couple decades ago, (which in alicorn years, isn't very long). Zinzie almost didn't get to sit on the throne do to a complicating involving a crazed pony wanting to off him and take over. Luckily, good ol' Zinzie won in the end and began to rule his kingdom. He's done a surprisingly good job, but the kingdom is still dying regardless. They have no funds to buy food and building materials, which is one reason why they need to merge with Equidia.
Name: Ormond "Ore"
Personality: Ore is cranky and rude more than most of the time. He doesn't hesitate to scold and berate other ponies for not doing something right, or for not doing it the way HE would have done it. Despite his nature, he is Zinzie's adviser and best friend.
Special talent(s): NONE. Even his yelling doesn't seem to have counted. Ore still doesn't have his cutie mark.
Appearance: Ore is adorably short. He WAS supposed to be a unicorn, having two unicorn parents. However, do to a mutation, his horn is incredibly tiny and completely useless.
Cutie mark: None
History: Ormond's parents were just lowly castle servants. However, from the time he was young, he was friends with the prince. Although Zinzie was full grown when he met little Ormond, he still had a childish mind. Ormond was always the more mature of the two. He was promoted to royal adviser when he turned of age, however, he'd always had a way of telling Zinzie what was best for him. The two are best friends and are practically connected at the hip.
Name: Princess Harmony Andromedas
Personality: Harmony is incredibly selfless and is always thinking of her people, perhaps a little too much. She often loses herself in whatever she's doing and often forgets to tend to her own needs. She is refined and elegant, although a bit new to the whole royalty thing. Harmony is unsure of herself and is constantly doubting her abilities as ruler of an entire kingdom. She strives to do her best but is always second guessing herself which causes her to not give all she can. She rarely has time to herself but when she does she enjoys gardening and playing croquet. She believes very heavily in the stressing of friendship, cooperation, and love. She can be very uptight and no nonsense, not enjoying joking at inappropriate times. Harmony is somewhat neurotic especially when deadlines are coming up. She often gets into hysterias and blows things out of proportion.
Special talents: Being an Alicorn, Harmony has immense magical prowess. Her main talent concerns fertility and wealth. Princess Harmony can use her magic to create bountiful crops that grow at twice the rate of normal ones and has the ability to turn objects into solid gold. Defensively she can project near impenetrable force fields of love and happiness and offensively she can create powerful blasts of magic. Through her manipulation of flora she can use plants offensively and defensively as well.
History: Princess Harmony's mother recently gave up her throne four decades ago to the Princess after not being able to continue her royal duties any longer due to her age. Under Harmony's leadership several things have changed. Harmony, unlike her mother, believed that the rulers of a kingdom should be more proactive in their subjects' lives. She used her special talents to make sure no crops ever failed and that there would be more food for everyone, she also started turning several of the artisan ponies' creations into gold and in less than ten years Equidia's main exports had become gold based products. At first she was pleased with herself, seeing her country prosper but then she noticed everything started to go south.
Because of her constant intervention the ponies had faced almost a zero death rate and a gigantic population boom. Equidia was running out of natural resources and space. The only place close enough to support the infrastructure that they needed were the mines that Ruffiana was built on when the dark ponies were banished. Princess Harmony realized she had been too involved and had played with the natural order of things but it was too late now. The population continued to grow with the crops that never failed and the constant immigration due to a currently prosperous economy but Harmony knew that if her kingdom kept growing the way it did it would eventually become too high to sustain.
She consulted her mother who had become her daughter's royal adviser of sorts, though most of her time was spent relaxing now that she was no longer ruler of Equidia. Harmony's mother told her that the only way for the problem to be fixed was to rejoin the old kingdom. At first Harmony was completely opposed to the idea, Ruffiana had been Equidia's rival since before she was even born. However, Harmony's mother told her that she regretted banishing the dark ponies thousands of years ago and that it was probably for the best for the kingdoms to unite.
It took three years for Harmony to even consider the suggestion her mother gave her. However, as she noticed the growing population of homeless ponies she knew something had to be done. The space that Ruffiana provided along with the raw unprocessed materials it held would allow Equidia to flourish once more and this time naturally. Begrudgingly she approached the Prince of Ruffiana and proposed joining their kingdoms together.
However, as they poured over all of the paperwork that was required to join the Kingdoms and make it official she was shocked to find out that the only way to join two kingdoms was either through forceful conquer of the throne or through marriage. Reluctantly, she agreed to marry the Prince for her people. The thought of marrying a pony she barely even knows is constantly bothering her but she knows that if she doesn't Equidia will fall into a horrible depression.
Name: Prince Guile
Breed: Mirror Pony: A mirror pony is an odd thing. Born from an egg inside a world trapped inside a magic mirror, a Mirror pony egg hatches at the same time a pony is born. These Mirror ponies take on the magical power and ability of the pony born alongside them, and become that pony's reflection in a mirror. Too all who look at a mirror pony they look exactly like the pony they are bonded to, and only the real pony can break the illusion.
The only way for a Mirror pony to escape into the reality is if the pony they are bound to looks into the magic mirror from which they are trapped. Only then can a Mirror Pony escape.
Personality: Heartless, cruel, and a trickster of the highest order. Ambitious and devious, Guile is a Mirror Pony who has a simple desire. To rule beyond the mirror world which he controls. Often bragging about his accomplishments and his power, Guile possesses a love of over exaggerating events to make them more 'interesting.' Constantly seeking entertainment and some sort of challenge he often places self-imposed limits on himself in order to test his capabilities.
But all this shrouds a coward's heart. Frightened easily he often hides his cowardice behind a wall of lies and false bravado. Often taking back his word or fighting dirty if required to win in any type of competition, Guile relies primarily on trickery. Of course his tricky nature is not complete without his high intellect, with which he can formulate a plan in the time it takes a regular pony to spell their name.
Special talent(s): Magic craft and plan formulation are his most obvious talents. Others include singing and monolouging.
With his magic, which resonates from the markings on his neck and forehead, he can drain the magical force of other ponies. These drained magic is often used to create illusions which he uses to cause distrust and hate amongst others. He can cause illusions so complex and massive that he can create a massive castle that for all intents and purposes feels as real as the earth beneath your feet. It is even suggested by many that he can distort the sense of time a pony possesses.
Cutie mark: Prince Guile's cutie mark is a much more corroded and faded version of the cutie mark possessed by Prince Zinzie.
History: There is a world stored inside a mirror. A world brought upon by all the hidden guilt, all the hidden evils, and all the hidden envies of the real world. A world in which a race called Mirror Ponies exist. Hatched from his egg on the day Prince Zinzie was born, Guile has always been the 'double' of the crown prince. Since the beginning his existence was tied to that of Zinzie, and the powerful Guile took control of his realm at much the same time Zinzie did. But, what seperated the two was the hidden evil inside of Zinzie. A ruler like Zinzie would always have a slight evil nagging in his ear, and he would have his jealousies and rivalries. All of those poured into Guile, and the crown prince of his own realm feasted.
But a threat comes from the outside world. A threat in the form of the princess. A being so pure that she does not have a single drop of hatred or jealousy in her body required to create a Mirror pony in her image. If Zinzie were to marry this pure being it would destroy the cycle and lessen Guile's power in a single moment. Guile would be stripped of everything... So he set in motion a plan. A plan to step into the real world, and drag Guile into the mirror realm.
Personality: If there you had to describe him in as little words as possible, they'd be patient, serious, and calculating.
Rune always walks around with either a scowl or a general look of displeasure unless he's either fighting somepony, or laughing his flank off after a successful trap goes off without a hitch, or hes doing something entirely uncharacteristic of him; Reading. He likes to read, because as he will tell you, he likes staying informed. In reality, its one of the only nonviolent pastimes the he actually enjoys. He is patient, and will always opt for caution instead of running headlong unprepared into a fight. Thats not to say he won't, but expect him to take his time and assess his opponents abilities and carefully place a few traps around the battlefield using his magic to burn arcane symbols onto some surface. He also has a great dislike for anypony who just lazes about and does nothing.
Special talent(s): Runic magic. Using runes to create enchantments, make complex traps (namely blowing stuff up, burning ponies alive, electrocuting them, you get the idea.), or even complex security systems. It has a very wide range of uses, but discovering new combinations of working runes can take while. Most runes have accompanying magic circles as well.
Cutie mark: Its the same as the above pic, however there are supposed to be runes inside of those empty circles.
History: Rune has always been sort of an oddball in Ruffiana. Sure he likes fighting, drinking, being crude, and all that other fun stuff, but generally speaking hes a lot more serious and tends to err on the side of caution when dealing with things. He joined the army as soon as he was able, and for a few years stayed there and he enjoyed fighting the ponies of Equida, Until he ran across a mercenary who just made nearly 1,000 bits on one job. Thats more than he made in a month. Granted, the job was on the higher end of the pay grade for mercenaries, he still thought he could make more money and have a hell of a lot more fun in the process. Fighting the goody-twoshoes in Equida was fun and all, but it wasn't exactly a very high paying job.
So, he quit the military and became a mercenary. He was right about the money for the most part, and the fighting. Over a few years he made quite a name for himself as a pony that can get things done, legally or otherwise. There is not a job he wont do so long as hes paid and not cheated. Which brings him to the wedding, he as been paid to provide extra security for it, and make sure everything goes relatively smooth.
Name: Cloudy Remedy
Personality: Despite the fact that shes a dark pony, shes actually pretty friendly to most other ponies and could very well pass as a citizen of Equida, had her cutie mark and darker coat coloration not blatantly gave away the fact that shes a dark pony. Despite this she tends to get along well with the citizens of Equida. Don't let her friendly and flirty little demeanor fool you though, shes a real bitch when it comes down to it, and has just as much capacity for fighting and crudeness as any other Dark Pony. She tends to keep a few throwing knives tucked beneath her wings. Most of the time they are covered in some sort of nonlethal poison...usually nonlethal. She also knows her way relatively well around the business ponies and knows more or less how to work them using her charms or other methods since she herself is one.
Special talent(s): Potion making. Namely of the harmless mischievous sort, although she does know some rather brutal poisons the military and various mercs make use of every now and again. It would be odd for a pegasus to have this skill had one of her parents not been a Zebra.
Her coat color is a dark grayish blue, if your wondering. I hope thats dark enough as well. I seem to be having trouble to figuring out what you deem dark enough for a dark pony.
A little vial filled with some green liquid that bears a pony skull and crossbones on it.
History: Remedy's history is in all not very exciting. Shes never been in the military and she doesn't actively seek out fights as forms of entertainment, however she still enjoys it and if the opportunity presents itself, she won't back down from it.
From an early age Remedy has been fascinated with the potions her mother used to make, and soon learned that it was her special talent. So she helped her mom with the family business, making and selling a variety of potions that were beneficial to the one drinking them, or even poisons should somepony need one. Her father, a pegasus in the military taught her how to fight and protect herself. She learned how to use throwing knives, and her hooves from him.
When she was older she took over the business, and made a small fortune selling various potions to the military to help them get an edge in the war. Since the wars over with, her main line of business comes form mercs and nobles that want to...discreetly get rid of somepony they don't like. She's at the wedding hoping to find some ponies interested in employing her services. As she will tell you, even Equida citizens have ponies they don't like and if offered, can easily be talked into doing something they may later regret. Not that she cares.
Other: Whatever you do DON'T accept any form of drink from her, for all that is good and holy DON'T DO IT. She finds it hilarious to watch some poor pony suffer from the effects of one of her relatively harmless potions.
Breed: Earth Pony
Personality: Lonestar (or Star as he is often called) is one of the few Equidian ponies who actually isn't bubbly and constantly filled with happiness and sunshine. He's rather mellow actually, sometimes downright jaded and cynical. This is partly due to his fighting in the war, as it naturally disgruntled him to a certain extent. That's not to say he is a complete stick in the mud, on the contrary he'll lighten up and laugh and have a good time, but only if he feels there's something worth celebrating. Otherwise he gives the same annoyed eye-rolls to the overly happy ponies around him and sometimes mutter about their absurd behavior. Don't let that hard exterior fool you, however. Star, being a born and raised country pony, is well-mannered, chivalrous, and possesses those old fashioned family values any self-respecting country boy should have.
Special talent(s): Lassoing is Star's most well-known talent. He's won many a rodeo with his trusty lasso and is never seen without it hanging at his side because, as he puts it, "Ya never know when yer gonna run into a critter what needs hogtyin'". Star's other talent is playing the harmonica and, like the lasso, is never seen without his old harmonica around his neck on a necklace.
History: Lonestar was born and raised on a ranch outside of Apploosa. His days were spent doing chores and cleaning the barns, and his evenings were spent playing on his harmonica and practicing his lasso. Growing up, he participated in many rodeos, including one held at Canterlot Castle. If there was one gold medal that Star was always sure to win, it was the lasso. Always his best event, Lonestar even acquired his lasso cutie mark during a performance at the Canterlot Rodeo, ultimately winning the gold medal which ended up paling in comparison to the cutie mark he had gotten out of the event. Then the war intruded in Lonestar's life.
Apploosa, isolated out in the desert, had largely remained unaffected by the feud between Equidia and Ruffana. That is until war was declared between the two kingdoms, and ponies from all over Equidia were drafted to become soldiers and fight. This included Lonestar, who had never once started a fight in his whole life. That changed very quickly on the battlefield. Suddenly, the songs and festivals of friendship and happiness seemed meaningless as ponies were forced to fight one another to the finish. It was either fight or fall, and Lonestar couldn't bear the idea of leaving his folks back home to grieve, so he fought. The war went on for what felt like ages. Fighting gradually became easier until Lonestar found himself having no qualms about killing enemy ponies who crossed his path on the battlefield. As he became a better fighter, so too did Lonestar climb the ranks, eventually reaching the rank of Captain.
Then, without warning, the war was declared over. The soldiers began hearing news about some wedding being arranged between a Prince and Princess that would supposedly end the feud and unite the kingdoms in peace. Star was relieved, having nearly forgotten what home looked like after spending what felt like ages fighting the enemy. Before he was relieved of duty, however, Lonestar was given one last set of orders to follow before he would be allowed to return home. The mission: guard the wedding and ensure that nothing goes wrong.
Breed: Earth Pony...?
Personality: Quiet and reserved, Darkhorse prefers to observe rather than interact. He spends much of his time in the background, blending into the crowds and trying not to draw attention to himself. Quite simply, he's just a drifter. And yet, he somehow manages to attract trouble like a magnet for some reason and is always compelled to help fix it.
Special talent(s): He has no real defining talents, oddly enough. He does, however, have a sixth sense for distinguishing truth from lies.
He has scars on his flanks, almost as if a pair of wings had once been there only to be ripped off.
Cutie Mark: A simple white thunderbolt, though something about seems off. As if it were incomplete.
-1,000 Years Ago-
In the old court of Equidia, the Princess was on her throne as one of the messengers entered the room. The mare approached the throne with a somber expression, as if she had just committed an unsavory act. When she was before the throne, she bowed before the princess and with an ever so slightly quivering voice reported, "It... it is done, Your Majesty. As of now the Dark Ponies have been banished from Equidia.
The Princess closed her eyes and nodded somberly, "Good. You may go now." she replied, now wishing to be left alone with her thoughts. She tried very hard to wrap her head around how it had come to this. She tried her very best to make peace with the Dark Ponies, but their unruly behavior made that a very difficult thing to do. One top of that she discovered that one of her nieces had eloped with a Dark Pony, something the Princess knew would send her people into an uproar. That had left the Princess with one option and one option only. The Dark Ponies had to go.
The banishment wasn't an easy decision for her to make. She had tried her hardest to find another way. Anything that wouldn't potentially lead to a feud or even an outright war. But she had found none. Banishment was indeed the only way, and so the Princess reluctantly made the decree. All Dark Ponies were to remove themselves from Equidian land or be removed by force. As expected, only a small handful of Dark Ponies actually left peacefully. Most, rambunctious and ill-tempered as they typically were, tried to fight and were thrown out of the kingdom by force. It was not something the Princess was proud and would likely ever forgive herself for doing, but it had to be done for the good of her kingdom. That didn't stop her from feeling guilty, and responsible for whatever life of poverty she may have just thrown hundreds of ponies into. It would no doubt haunt her for the rest of her life.
"Your Majesty!" a servant mare's alarmed voice brought the Princess back to reality, "It's Marisa, she's... err..." the mare was clearly having trouble finding the right words, afraid of angering the Princess.
"What is it?" asked the Princess, staring at the mare expectantly, "Whatever it is can't be much worse than what has already transpired."
The mare trembled, still nervous about what she was about to say, "Her Highness is... she's pregnant, Your Majesty!"
The Princess blinked, clearly shocked by the news. She was wrong. It could be worse, and it was.
Just hours ago, Princess Marisa had given birth to a colt. His fur was dark and his mane a stormy gray, just like his father. But he had Marisa's eyes, her kindness and her innocence. But it wasn't as picturesque as it sounded. There were complications with the birth, and Marisa unfortunately didn't make it. That left the question of what would become of the child.
The Princess was against raising the child at the beginning. Marisa's son though he may be, he was still his father's son, and would no doubt still inherit at least of the Dark Pony traits that led to their banishment in the first place. Also complicating matters, was that her fears of feuding and conflict were realized when the Dark Ponies began acting aggressively toward Equidia, and so her subjects would surely rebel against the idea of a Half-Dark Prince. And while Marisa was adamant about raising the child, the Princess did convince her to keep it a secret throughout the pregnancy until a final decision could be made later.
However, now Marisa was gone, and the Princess was left with a Half-Dark, Half-Equidian colt and was completely unsure what she would do with. On one hand, the colt was her grand-nephew, family after all. And that part of her wanted to raise the colt, to love him like any of her own daughters. But she had to make a decision as more than just a matriarch, but also as a ruler. And it was that side of her that knew keeping the child was a very risky idea. Ultimately she was forced to make yet another hard decision. The child couldn't stay.
"What transpires here stays in this room." the Princess said. She was in a room with the colt, as well her most trusted adviser and the doctor who had delivered the child, "As much as it pains me to make this choice, the baby cannot remain in Equidia. It could cause too much conflict." as she said this, her face clearly conveyed her guilt and pain as she looked at the child with a heavy heart, tears coming to her eyes, "The colt will..." she paused, her words becoming increasingly painful to say, "The colt will be given up for adoption. Hopefully, he'll never have to know of the conflict that surrounded his birth. Doctor," she looked to the physician, "can his horn and wings be removed?"
The Doctor was hesitant but he replied, "Y-yes, Your Majesty, it can be done. I must warn you, that doing so will deny him the chance to ever use magic or any other power he would otherwise have developed..."
The Princess closed her eyes, tears now beginning to flow, "I know..." she said in a trembling voice, "...do it. And remember, the child's existence remains a secret, even from my own family."
The Doctor had a startles look on his face, as if he had hoped the Princess would change her mind and was shocked when she chose to go through with it. He slowly bowed his head and said quietly, "...Y-yes... Your Majesty."
And with that, the colt's horn and wings were surgically removed. All that remained of them were scars that would surely fade over time and become hardly noticeable. The Princess couldn't bare to watch the procedure, and cringed in heartbreak when the colt started crying. Before he was taken away, she let herself spend one last moment with the baby, and gave him one last loving nuzzle and whispered, "I'm so sorry... and though you probably won't, I hope you'll find it in your heart to forgive me."
-1,000 Years Later-
Darkhorse had long since figured out that he was different. It became increasingly obvious that he was aging far more slowly than the parents who had raised him and the friends he had made as a colt. They all grew old and died, meanwhile commenting how Darkhorse never seemed to age a day every time they had seen him. For a while, Darkhorse believed this was some kind of gift, one that he should use for good or at least for the good of other people.
That sentiment, over the centuries, faded away into quiet resentment. Why had Darkhorse been made to live for such a long time? Why was he made to watch anyone and everyone he met and held dearly grow old and die while he lived on in agonizing loneliness? No, this seeming immortality was not a gift at all. It was a curse. One that Darkhorse became increasingly obsessed with breaking before he had to suffer through outliving any more friends and acquaintances than he already had.
He had let himself become a wandering drifter. No home, and no friends if he could help it. Just traveling from place to place, watching the world go by while he remained almost completely unchanged. Then he heard about it. There was to be a royal wedding in Equidia, one that would end the 1,000 year feud between Equidia and Ruffana. Intrigued, Darkhorse decided to see the wedding for himself. After all, he was born at roughly the time the feud began, he may as well see the end of it as well.
An over-the-top, prim and proper pony who loves organization. She's a somewhat strict pony, but always obedient and respectful to whomever deserves it. While mature, Ribbon also dislikes when people underestimate her or look down on her. Her perfectionist qualities tend to get her into uneeded headaches and loathes messiness and uncleanliness. Everything has a place, so there's no reason for anything to be out of place. She does have a sensitive side and is sympathetic to others' feelings. Don't let her demeanor fool you; she won't hesitate to put you in your place if you step out of line. She does have her childish moments, for her competitive streak knows no ends. She's all work and no play, but when she plays hard.
Eidetic Memory -
The ability to recall memories perfectly; Ribbon has never forgotten anything, and can remember everything down to the exact detail. This is why she's such a good planner; her ability to remember even details makes her the ideal person to organize the wedding, all without a checklist.
A Red Ribbon (gettit?)
An Equestrian pony, the war hasn't had too much impact on her; as she worked for the royal family, she was constantly informed of any events that happened. When the royal wedding was announced, she was appointed as the planner, and made sure everything ran as smooth as possible. While she fretted over the cakes and table liners and the like, she was truly concerned for the Princess' well being. She took it upon herself to give Her Highness the best support she could, and made any and every excuse to make contact with her--if only to inform her that she had a friend close by.