To my dear old friend,
This may be the final correspondence you receive from me, as I fear greatly for my life. To keep you safe, I dare not even use my real name. I can only hope the messenger can find you, so far away, in Maremphis.
Whatever you have heard, it is true. Two months ago... Was it really just two months? It feels like an eternity has passed... They disappeared. The grand sisters of the Sun and Moon were... gone. Just gone. They both vanished without warning, without explanation. The question was muttered by everypony, once the shock had numbed: Celestia and Luna... are they no more?
"That cannot be!", said Twilight Sparkle and the Council of Unicorns, "because the Sun and Moon still make their rounds!" In response, it seemed most of us thought "who are we to doubt the Elements of Harmony?"
And yet, I am beginning to doubt. What if they ARE gone, truly gone, and the Sun and Moon would have always traveled without them? What of the Everfree Forest, and its unique qualities? Has our entire history been a sham, perpetrated by a pair of immortal theocrats?
As you can imagine, it was unwise to voice such concerns, even to my colleagues. In the night, my home was ransacked by guardsponies, apparently sent by the Council to silence me... It was by pure chance that I was a guest of Madame de Lis that night, and had left secretly for Manehattan. Since then, I have heard rumors, whispers that the Elements had separated, that the Element of Laughter, Pinkie Pie, was dead by Twilight Sparkle’s hoof through some evil arcane ritual, and the rest denounced her for it... I believed they were our last hope, and now I don’t know what to think...
In any case, I dare not return to Canterlot, and have found lodging in Manehattan. Soon I will attempt to secure travel to the Emerald Coast, to rejoin you. I must be honest: I am afraid. Certainly, I fear for myself, but most of all, I fear for Equestria... How can she survive this chaos? How can we all?
My friend, my love... Be wary. There are dark times ahead.
(from the letters of Red Luck, former historian)
Pain, Hope, and War
Map of Equestria and its Immediate Surroundings
The year is 15 ATS (After the Sisters) to most of ponydom, though some keep the old calendars, clinging to the hope that, one day, the two would return, and restore the land to its former glory. It seems unlikely. Absolutely certain, however, is that Equestria is not what it once was. It has been separated, viciously cut to pieces by broken friendships, and is controlled now by a series of Houses; at the head of each are the remaining Elements of Harmony:
House Moon & Star, lead by Archmagister Twilight Sparkle
House Stormwing, lead by Force Commander Supreme Rainbow Dash
House Everfree, lead by Lady Fluttershy (ShadowPhoenix)
House Earthborn, lead by Supreme Commander Applejack and the Apple Family
House Whitegold, lead by Mistress Rarity and the patrons of Manehattan
In addition, there is a mysterious new faith, the Cult of Laughter, that has grown tremendously in the past five years, and has gained converts from every walk of Equestrian life. Little is known of their leaders, and less is known of their deity, the Laughing Mare, but it is unquestionable that they are gaining power, leeching it away steadily every time a pony joins them.
"Where will it lead?", I hear you ask. "What is the future of Equestria?"
That, my friends, is up to you.
Welcome, ladies and gentlecolts, to Equestria Divided!
Invented by one PoorYorickDA, on deviantArt, this is a vision of a war-torn future, pitting friend against friend in the struggle for dominance.
The original idea was FiM as a "grimdark" RTS game, with each of the Houses vying for victory, sometimes in very brutal ways.
On to the point, though. I have seen it attempted as an RP before, with... semi-positive results, and believed that it needed a true Nation system behind it, a bit of structure, talented players, and an eager GM to keep it focused. Therefore, here I am. I would highly recommend visiting Yorick's DA page and looking at each House's military forces, reading his explanations for the setting, perhaps reading some of the comments, etc.
I have a burgeoning system in mind, though it needs work, so this thread is for discussion, to gauge general interest in the concept, and to attract people that could help me with its development. Basically, the posts would revolve around two perspectives: the working titles are the Big Picture (BP, as in "okay, my next post is mostly BP") and Small Picture (SP). Another possibility is "Intimate Events" and "World Events". No matter what they're called, the idea is the same: sometimes, events are told through grand, numbers and mechanics-based battles (BP), and other times, they are based around Very Important Ponies, such as the leaders of each House, Ambassadors to other Houses, spies placed behind enemy lines or even individual soldiers on the battlefield (SP). Who and what you choose to focus on is a large part of the game.
Come, and post, in the name of Celestia (or, if you wish, that of the Laughing Mare)!!