Ask Nightmother Moon
OOC: Possible update and vacation.

I will try to have an update posted before the 20th.  Sadly there will be no Hearts & Hooves art this week.  The bakery is ….far more demanding and taxing on me, both physically and stress-wise, and with the addition of cookies, specialized cakes, chocolate-dipped strawberries, and one bizarre order for  A cake decorated in the style of a certain part of well…it’s been busy….very busy, and Very stressful.

That is why I am looking forward to my vacation on the 20th.  I really need to de-stress, and nothing will put me in better spirits and the upcoming convention I will be going to from 21st-23rd in Dallas. The theme is heroes and villains- so of course, I will be going as a villain. 

Also, I’d like to apologize for the complete stalling of my second project.  Because of work, things have been more than a little messed up on both this Tumblr and my other one, but while I’m on vacation, I may do some work on it.

Thank you all for your patience.

Where they are right now: Starscraper.

Let me make this perfectly clear to any who can hear my words:
I am NOT a goddess.
I do not demand or want worship, I do not seek praise, and I most certainly do not want tithes, religious offerings or sacrifices.  I am just a self-aware psyche-remnant of an alicorn that is now a separate, independent alicorn unto myself.  I am a living, breathing entity- as are all alicorns, such as Celestia, Luna, and the thousands of unseen ones that observe and record the day-to-day occurrences of life in this world.  

Sadly, though, in the absence of my/Luna’s banishment, cults have sprang up, especially in this century.  Of these cults, I have the misfortune to be the focal figure they have latched on to.  Two of them,  the Order of Eternal Night and the Order of Night Eternal, are bitter rivals, eternally at each other’s throats and there struggles have lead to deaths both of each other and those unfortunate to be around them. This is bad enough, but a recent development has made things even worse.  The Order of Night Eternal has recently declared a “holy war” against a third cult, The Moonlit Path.  Unlike the other two, the Moonlit Path is a rather benign group, mostly pacifistic in nature, and whose vices are tame in comparison.  As if things are not already terrible and confusing enough, the Order of Eternal Night, not to be outdone by their bitter rivals, have also now declared war on members of the Moonlit Path. 

I have done enough atrocities in my past. My hooves are forever stained with the blood of hundred on both sides from my/Luna’s war with Celestia a thousand years ago.  I will not idly stand idly by and let idiots commit murder and other vile acts in my name.  Which brings us to my son, Starscraper.

Star scraper is the largest of my Shadowbolts, and has strength and endurance unmatched earth pony or pegasus.  He has trained constantly in the arts of combat, particularly in hoof-to-hoof and melee combat. Of the three, he is a warrior first and foremost, from fighting to tactics. Before I took leave for my journey, I tasked him with being the instrument of my wrath upon both the Order of Eternal Night, and the Order of Night Eternal. Finding these cults would be easy, as I already had Nightfall infiltrate them when I first became aware of the cults existence. Starscraper is the one to break them, or at least put true fear into them, stopping their bloody deeds.  I did put limitations to Starscraper’s duty-  Of the low-level members, he is not allowed to kill or cause permanent, irreparable injury.  As for the high-ranking members….the no-kill clause still applies, unless it is to directly save an innocent life. As much as I despise the cults, I do not want Starscraper to bear the burdens that I do.  This also  serves another purpose- while he is busy taking care of the Order of Eternal Night and the Order of Night Eternal, he won’t be attempting to trail me.

I understand if you may be shocked that I would send a single Shadowbolt against these two well-connected and armed cults, hobbling him with restrictions while they have free rein to use whatever means is at their disposal.  I admit, I do feel a slight pang of sympathy….

…..those cults are clearly at a severe disadvantage and won’t know what hit them.

(For more information regarding the Order of Eternal Night,  the Order of Night Eternal and The Moonlit Path, prese refer to the following archive:   http://ask-nightmother-moon.tumblr.com/post/24729297611/speaking-of-followers-have-you-noticed-some-rather-odd  )

Where they are right now: Starscraper.

Let me make this perfectly clear to any who can hear my words:

I am NOT a goddess.

I do not demand or want worship, I do not seek praise, and I most certainly do not want tithes, religious offerings or sacrifices.  I am just a self-aware psyche-remnant of an alicorn that is now a separate, independent alicorn unto myself.  I am a living, breathing entity- as are all alicorns, such as Celestia, Luna, and the thousands of unseen ones that observe and record the day-to-day occurrences of life in this world.  

Sadly, though, in the absence of my/Luna’s banishment, cults have sprang up, especially in this century.  Of these cults, I have the misfortune to be the focal figure they have latched on to.  Two of them,  the Order of Eternal Night and the Order of Night Eternal, are bitter rivals, eternally at each other’s throats and there struggles have lead to deaths both of each other and those unfortunate to be around them. This is bad enough, but a recent development has made things even worse.  The Order of Night Eternal has recently declared a “holy war” against a third cult, The Moonlit Path.  Unlike the other two, the Moonlit Path is a rather benign group, mostly pacifistic in nature, and whose vices are tame in comparison.  As if things are not already terrible and confusing enough, the Order of Eternal Night, not to be outdone by their bitter rivals, have also now declared war on members of the Moonlit Path. 

I have done enough atrocities in my past. My hooves are forever stained with the blood of hundred on both sides from my/Luna’s war with Celestia a thousand years ago.  I will not idly stand idly by and let idiots commit murder and other vile acts in my name.  Which brings us to my son, Starscraper.

Star scraper is the largest of my Shadowbolts, and has strength and endurance unmatched earth pony or pegasus.  He has trained constantly in the arts of combat, particularly in hoof-to-hoof and melee combat. Of the three, he is a warrior first and foremost, from fighting to tactics. Before I took leave for my journey, I tasked him with being the instrument of my wrath upon both the Order of Eternal Night, and the Order of Night Eternal. Finding these cults would be easy, as I already had Nightfall infiltrate them when I first became aware of the cults existence. Starscraper is the one to break them, or at least put true fear into them, stopping their bloody deeds.  I did put limitations to Starscraper’s duty-  Of the low-level members, he is not allowed to kill or cause permanent, irreparable injury.  As for the high-ranking members….the no-kill clause still applies, unless it is to directly save an innocent life. As much as I despise the cults, I do not want Starscraper to bear the burdens that I do.  This also  serves another purpose- while he is busy taking care of the Order of Eternal Night and the Order of Night Eternal, he won’t be attempting to trail me.

I understand if you may be shocked that I would send a single Shadowbolt against these two well-connected and armed cults, hobbling him with restrictions while they have free rein to use whatever means is at their disposal.  I admit, I do feel a slight pang of sympathy….

…..those cults are clearly at a severe disadvantage and won’t know what hit them.

(For more information regarding the Order of Eternal Night,  the Order of Night Eternal and The Moonlit Path, prese refer to the following archive:   http://ask-nightmother-moon.tumblr.com/post/24729297611/speaking-of-followers-have-you-noticed-some-rather-odd  )

Where they are right now:  Nightfall.
In both my absence as well as Tailspin’s, I have given my two remaining Shadowbolts and the current staff of the Redoubt certain tasks.  These have been done not only to assist our followers and prepare the Redoubt for its new purpose- it is also done to keep their minds focused on something other than my departure.  
I assigned Nightfall to regularly visit Envious Sin, an Aberration.  If you recall,  Envious runs (or ran) the Everedge Orphanage.  She was the first stop on my journey, as the foals that she cared for faced a dire illness. While the surviving foals are healthy now,  Envious herself is in danger- from herself.  Being an Aberration,  there is an undercurrent of malignant chaotic energy that burns within her.  For all her life, she has manage to stave off that energy, to bottle it up.  Unfortunately, doing so has become increasingly toxic to her. To keep it contained for too much longer, she will likely die- but if she releases it, she will be overtaken by the malevolence that she has held off, becoming a threat to those around her- including the very foals whose lives she has made better.
Nightfall had visited Envious a few times before as a courier, when she was still at the orphanage.  I had but to mention the situation, and she volunteered immediately.  I am confident in my daughter’s abilities to handle this situation until I return,  regardless of outcome.  Though she lacks any sort of magic, Nightfall has many skills and abilities that can help- and above all, empathy.

(Envious Sin’s Tumblr can be seen at: http://enviousofsin.tumblr.com/ )
(For those new to my Tumblr, here is previous posts to give reference:
http://ask-nightmother-moon.tumblr.com/post/24941472733/my-queen-i-do-implore-does-thou-knowest-of-a-magic
http://ask-nightmother-moon.tumblr.com/post/24942280825/it-starts-with-a-cough-and-then-leads-to-a-fever-and
http://ask-nightmother-moon.tumblr.com/post/26061419963/my-three-shadowbolts-each-have-special-abilities
http://ask-nightmother-moon.tumblr.com/post/27322644978/no-no-no-this-cannot-be-i-left-as-soon-as-i
http://ask-nightmother-moon.tumblr.com/post/27969953432/as-i-knocked-upon-the-door-of-the-orphanage-i-was
http://ask-nightmother-moon.tumblr.com/post/28079361114/checking-the-thirteen-sick-foals-i-was-unsettled 

Where they are right now:  Nightfall.

In both my absence as well as Tailspin’s, I have given my two remaining Shadowbolts and the current staff of the Redoubt certain tasks.  These have been done not only to assist our followers and prepare the Redoubt for its new purpose- it is also done to keep their minds focused on something other than my departure.  

I assigned Nightfall to regularly visit Envious Sin, an Aberration.  If you recall,  Envious runs (or ran) the Everedge Orphanage.  She was the first stop on my journey, as the foals that she cared for faced a dire illness. While the surviving foals are healthy now,  Envious herself is in danger- from herself.  Being an Aberration,  there is an undercurrent of malignant chaotic energy that burns within her.  For all her life, she has manage to stave off that energy, to bottle it up.  Unfortunately, doing so has become increasingly toxic to her. To keep it contained for too much longer, she will likely die- but if she releases it, she will be overtaken by the malevolence that she has held off, becoming a threat to those around her- including the very foals whose lives she has made better.

Nightfall had visited Envious a few times before as a courier, when she was still at the orphanage.  I had but to mention the situation, and she volunteered immediately.  I am confident in my daughter’s abilities to handle this situation until I return,  regardless of outcome.  Though she lacks any sort of magic, Nightfall has many skills and abilities that can help- and above all, empathy.

(Envious Sin’s Tumblr can be seen at: http://enviousofsin.tumblr.com/ )

(For those new to my Tumblr, here is previous posts to give reference:

http://ask-nightmother-moon.tumblr.com/post/24941472733/my-queen-i-do-implore-does-thou-knowest-of-a-magic

http://ask-nightmother-moon.tumblr.com/post/24942280825/it-starts-with-a-cough-and-then-leads-to-a-fever-and

http://ask-nightmother-moon.tumblr.com/post/26061419963/my-three-shadowbolts-each-have-special-abilities

http://ask-nightmother-moon.tumblr.com/post/27322644978/no-no-no-this-cannot-be-i-left-as-soon-as-i

http://ask-nightmother-moon.tumblr.com/post/27969953432/as-i-knocked-upon-the-door-of-the-orphanage-i-was

http://ask-nightmother-moon.tumblr.com/post/28079361114/checking-the-thirteen-sick-foals-i-was-unsettled 

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I am once again, woefully slow, but this time it is because of something positive.  I’ve recently been transferred from front end/utility at the store i work at to the bakery department!  The downside is, I had to cancel the four days I was going to take off this week to relax and draw.  The good thing is it’s a completely new setting, with new challenges and benefits.  I’ve had my first two days and it has been VERY busy and stressful- but it’s a..*good* kind of stress.  The day goes by surprisingly fast, and my new co-workers are wonderful.  There’s a lot I’m having to learn and memorize right now, but I’m having a positive outlook.

Meanwhile the tumblr’s gonna shift gears a bit, switching to a much-neglected side-arch while Nightmother is conversing with Harpoon.

Thank you all for your support as well as your comments and questions.  Ask box is *open*.
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I am once again, woefully slow, but this time it is because of something positive.  I’ve recently been transferred from front end/utility at the store i work at to the bakery department!  The downside is, I had to cancel the four days I was going to take off this week to relax and draw.  The good thing is it’s a completely new setting, with new challenges and benefits.  I’ve had my first two days and it has been VERY busy and stressful- but it’s a..*good* kind of stress.  The day goes by surprisingly fast, and my new co-workers are wonderful.  There’s a lot I’m having to learn and memorize right now, but I’m having a positive outlook.

Meanwhile the tumblr’s gonna shift gears a bit, switching to a much-neglected side-arch while Nightmother is conversing with Harpoon.

Thank you all for your support as well as your comments and questions.  Ask box is *open*.

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Is that Celestia fighting the Queen of Dragons? It's not often that one sees Tiamat herself in action nowadays.

Tiamat?  No, it wasn’t Tiamat, nor her alternate, Takhisis.  The five-headed dragon that Crocutus, my army’s beastmaster was able to convince to attack and distract Celestia was a male.  He had a very odd name….Hiram something.  He disappeared soon after.  I wonder what became of him…

Rationalization.

Desperation.

Heartlessness.

Those three words sum up the last month of the War.  A war that I had begun with the best intentions for Equestria.  A proper, civilized war with set rules- that had degenerated into a series of atrocities after the Battle of Lost Hope.  Many lives were lost under both banners.  My forces, however were far smaller, and every casualty was an irreplaceable loss. After the Three Days of Night  during the dead of winter, for which I was blamed (though I wasn’t the one not raising the sun), spring was no cause for joy. Our forces had been dealt a harsh blow.  One of our aerial warriors turned traitor, and the maps and information she supplied of one our most fortified locations, the Teal Mountain caverns, was used to deal a merciless blow to my army.  A surprise assault using our secret passages led to…chaos….slaughter.  Part of me doubts that Celestia explicitly ordered what happened within those blood-drenched caves….I cannot picture her condoning it, and besides, the force that attacked us was but a portion of the army she had.  Still, it was a mad dash to escape the caverns by any means necessary.  I led a majority out, expending quite a bit of my power in the process.  Once outside the mountain, my forces were in the unenviable position of being on separate sides of the range…and numbering two hundred less.  I sent messengers, bearing three separate instructions:

  1. To my forces on the other side of the mountain, I bid them to flee in different directions, and later regroup at our last military strong hold,  the fortress of Night Gate, which until recently had been too far southwest to be of any use other than training new soldiers.
  2. To one of my fiercely loyal subjects, the beast-master Crocutus, I sent to the Dragonlands to request the assistance of a rather old and powerful drake to distract Celestia herself…and, fortunately for me he did.
  3. To the forces still with me, I gave an order to head straight into what was then called Fellgloom Swamp.

Fellgloom was feared.  Chill, even in summer, host of various terrible creatures, it was a place few ponies ventured into.  For that same reason, I ordered my forces into it, commanding them to keep moving until they reached the other side.  This was no small feat- the swamp itself had much foliage, water and hazards on its own, and it was several leagues in size.  But with the detachment in pursuit of us, there was no choice bout to forge ahead and hope our pursuers became lost or fell to the dangers of the swamp.

And then I sensed him…or rather that which he controlled. Following his will-o’-wisps, I found him and made an offer.  When he saw I was serious,he made a counter-offer.  Back and forth we went, hammering out details and insisting upon particulars while my army was running for their lives.  Eventually, an agreement was reached.  Myself and those who served me would be left unharmed as they passed through his domain. Those of the detachment of Celestia’s forces who were hunting my army would themselves be hunted by him.  In exchange, I agreed to never attack him, directly or indirectly. There was also another debt…one that would be paid in full.  He gave a sharp-toothed smile, then dove into the water and began his hunt, while I rejoined the remnant of my army. 

During the run through Fellgloom,  almost all of my one hundred and twenty of soldiers made it to the other side. Only 3 perished, due to previously sustained wounds. As for the pursuing detachment…only thirty-two ponies of that force remained- and they were in little shape to attack.  They came staggering out with various wounds, some begging for help, others delusional, and a few clearly driven mad.  I recall one even  singing a lullaby off-key, which made others in the rag-tag group hysterical until he was quieted.

We had no need for prisoners.

Herding the survivors into nearby caverns, I ordered pens constructed from what could be found, including their own spears. There we left the thirty-two enemy soldiers and the one chiropteran mare who betrayed me.  We also left them with two weeks supply of food.  It was not done out of mercy.  They were then left behind as a parting gift to Harpoon.  I knew what would become of them.

I felt nothing.

 

I see him now. If you’ll excuse me, this will be a private conversation.  Pix-E! Audio and visual off.

His name is…  Harpoon.

He is a true Kelpie.

Now before I go any further, I feel it is best that I first clarify a few things.  There are MANY subspecies of aquatic ponies, many of which have been confused for kelpies and vice versa. I do not have time to list all these sub-species.  Instead, I will list the four most prominent kinds of aquatic ponies, and then speak on true kelpies themselves.

1. Oceanic “Kelpies” (Undo saltantium):

I have no idea why this subspecies refer to themselves as “kelpies”, especially given the terrible and unfortunately true reputation that kelpies have. That being said, Oceanic kelpies are the most prevalent and second most advanced aquatic ponies in existence.  They have a rich culture of both art and history that rivals their land-dwelling cousins. Ruled by benevolent monarch, they have a great undersea kingdom, and smaller cities in each of the major seas as well as the Great World Ocean itself.

2. Sea Ponies (Mare mannis):

This odd, upright-swimming subspecies of pony, live in shallower waters, close to coasts. Sea ponies are easily at home in both fresh and salt water, and many travel from the oceans and along upstream.  Sea ponies are not as….complex as most of the other subspecies, having simple mindsets.  However, they are friendly, are famous for their singing,and are quite vigilant. I personally commend them for their efforts in rescuing many beings, pony and non-pony alike who would have otherwise drowned. They are the most recommendable aquatic ponies to be near.  Except during their mating season.  NEVER go anywhere near sea ponies during mating season.

3. Hippocampi (Hippocampus):

Hippocampi are not a true supspecies, but are actually hybrids of terrestrial and aquatic ponies.  All hippocampi have aquatic tails, yet also have strong pony forelegs that can support their wieght out of water with ease. While not entirely at home in either land or water, all hippocampi carry the best traits of both parents, and have the most diverse appearance of all the aquatic pony variants.

4. Deep Ones (Antiquis aqua tenebrosa equis):

These highly enigmatic and vaguely sinister beings are offspring of a pony and….certain beings of ancient ancestry that predates this world and even the three worlds that came before.  I shall neither illustrate the basic characteristics of a Deep One, nor shall I show what the other worldly parent may look like.  The reason being is that young Deep Ones look like regular ponies, albeit with minor differences. They grow, live, learn and love as any pony does, until they reach maturity, at which they answer the call of the dark waters in distant seas.  I believe that how we treat them on land directly affects how they view us under the waves.

And thus you have the four most prominent subspecies of aquatic ponies, which brings us to:

5. (True) Kelpies (Equi demone):

True kelpies, also referred to as Daemokelpies, are not ponies at all, but rather demons in physical equine form. Kelpie body types tend to be lean, and actually somewhat smaller than average adult ponies.  However this is deceiving, for Kelpies are quite capable of feats of strength and speed beyond that of ponies, which they use to their advantage. Their demonic nature manifests itself most noticeably in the fact that though their hooves are aligned the same as any pony, their hoof prints face backwards. Also, all kelpies have a number of a unique kind will-o-wisp, who keep watch and serve their master/mistress. These Will-o-wisps, they are…..I’d rather not think about it.  

True Kelpies are truly malevolent beings, without pity or remorse.  They live to defile and consume those unlucky enough to end up in their domain. They thrive on misery and are truly evil monsters…just as I am a monster, for the deal I made with the kelpie known as Harpoon…

6. Pseudokelpies:

And before I forget, please do not confuse the Pseudokelpies that protect my Redoubt at Lake Kelpie as true kelpies. Though they may have a somewhat similar appearance, my pseudokelpies are NOT demons.  For information regarding Pseudokelpies, please the redoubt’s archived journal regarding them at the following location:

http://ask-nightmother-moon.tumblr.com/post/20756864249/psuedo-kelpie-please-clarify-this-qualifier-for-an

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[AUTHORIZED USER  TAILSPIN 5-4-3, PASSWORD ACCEPTED.]

[QUESTION(S) RECEIVED. INITIALIZING AUDIO PLAY OF QUESTIONS.]

[TAILSPIN 5-4-3]:

Thank you for your concern.  I know full well the dangers of common will-o’-wisps, but this one is far from common. This little ball of pale light is owned, and while there are a small number of beings that have such control, my senses find an unsettling familiarity.

It seems that I may have a reunion with an old…..ally.

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[AUTHORIZED USER  TAILSPIN 5-4-3, PASSWORD ACCEPTED.]

[TAILSPIN 5-4-3]:
Is this working?  Something went wrong.  About an hour ago, something within Pix-E made a loud sound and the construct sparked for a moment, dropping to the ground.  After a few minutes, it went back to flying but apparently something is not functioning correctly.  It nattered on about &#8220;error code&#8221; something.  I believe it is still transmitting something, but I am not entirely sure.  
 
I have made my way out of town about two hours ago.  The dense fog that was over the lake and town has apparently receded down the hillside into the valley below.  I&#8217;ve been following a stream that led from what is now a lake into the valley I now am in. The forest i am now in has started to give way to marshland. I should take to the air, yet right now I find myself loathe to do so.  My thoughts are still on what became of Whispering Valley, the Battle of Lost Hope, and the town I have left.  Though my thoughts were somewhat melancholy there, I felt a curious peace.  I believe that my decision to both face the past and let it go was a good one.  I wish I could have stayed a while longer, but such a thing would be foalish. 
 
I should change the subject.  As it is Pix-E has apparently lost the small archive of questions you have asked. Something about &#8220;Files not found&#8221;.  If you watching me have any questions, please ask them.  As it is, I hope that the Redoubt&#8217;s main archive of past transmissions is still active. Some questions may already be answered-
 
One second, I&#8217;m seeing a light in the fog.  Whoever it is&#8230;&#8230; wait&#8230;. is that&#8230;.. is that a will-o&#8217;-wisp?  Something about that light&#8230;. I&#8217;ve seen that before&#8230;. I&#8217;ve seen it&#8230;&#8230;. Oh my.  Pix-E! Take an image!

Well, my watchers, it seems that my trip down memory lane is continuing.   Lead on, little light&#8230;.

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[AUTHORIZED USER  TAILSPIN 5-4-3, PASSWORD ACCEPTED.]

[TAILSPIN 5-4-3]:

Is this working?  Something went wrong.  About an hour ago, something within Pix-E made a loud sound and the construct sparked for a moment, dropping to the ground.  After a few minutes, it went back to flying but apparently something is not functioning correctly.  It nattered on about “error code” something.  I believe it is still transmitting something, but I am not entirely sure.  

 

I have made my way out of town about two hours ago.  The dense fog that was over the lake and town has apparently receded down the hillside into the valley below.  I’ve been following a stream that led from what is now a lake into the valley I now am in. The forest i am now in has started to give way to marshland. I should take to the air, yet right now I find myself loathe to do so.  My thoughts are still on what became of Whispering Valley, the Battle of Lost Hope, and the town I have left.  Though my thoughts were somewhat melancholy there, I felt a curious peace.  I believe that my decision to both face the past and let it go was a good one.  I wish I could have stayed a while longer, but such a thing would be foalish. 

 

I should change the subject.  As it is Pix-E has apparently lost the small archive of questions you have asked. Something about “Files not found”.  If you watching me have any questions, please ask them.  As it is, I hope that the Redoubt’s main archive of past transmissions is still active. Some questions may already be answered-

 

One second, I’m seeing a light in the fog.  Whoever it is…… wait…. is that….. is that a will-o’-wisp?  Something about that light…. I’ve seen that before…. I’ve seen it……. Oh my.  Pix-E! Take an image!

Well, my watchers, it seems that my trip down memory lane is continuing.   Lead on, little light….

OOC:
A few months ago, I posted this question on my now-gone mod-blog.  Well, running through youtube I&#8217;ve just discovered Hasbro&#8217;s  answer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksfecCUyoIQ
It&#8217;s bad, but not *quite* as bad as I thought it would be.  Uncannily matches Pinklestia&#8217;s desire to fly and have her mane styled&#8230;.somehow.
And I also keep mis-hearing the word &#8220;barrettes&#8221;.

OOC:

A few months ago, I posted this question on my now-gone mod-blog.  Well, running through youtube I’ve just discovered Hasbro’s  answer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksfecCUyoIQ

It’s bad, but not *quite* as bad as I thought it would be.  Uncannily matches Pinklestia’s desire to fly and have her mane styled….somehow.

And I also keep mis-hearing the word “barrettes”.

((OOC Post))
I just want to give my heartfelt thanks to all the followers who wrote and posted to me earlier.  I was at a really low point and feeling little helpless and hopeless, and wasn&#8217;t sure I&#8217;d be able to continue.  However, your ideas and encouragement have helped me push through what would have been despair, and now I have a few ideas.

Until things level off for me, I&#8217;m going to have to change my style for a while.  Most posts will be single-image with text, either in script-style, or Nightmother&#8217;s exposition style.  Any comics I do make during this time period will likely be simplistic and have corners cut (more so than usual at least).  WARNING: This blog will become text-heavy during this &#8220;downtime&#8221;.  However, if I actually have time to do heavy art, I will.
All questions to Nightmother, the Shadowbolts (Nightfall, Starscraper, &amp; Tailspin), and Stella the maid are welcome, as well as any questions regarding the particular world that this tumblr takes place.  However, I cannot promise your question will be answered at the time you send it.  Some questions are used during pivotal moments, and these moments may take place at a later date.  Some questions may not be answered due to inappropriate content, or because they simply don&#8217;t fit well into the world-setting. If you have a mod question, please label it &#8221; (OOC)&#8221;.  Please do not be offended if a question is unanswered. 

Once again, thank you for understanding.
Additional:
Questions are low at the moment&#8230;.because I lost the screencap I made of all recent questions (which I use to add to the art&#8230;I usually screencap then delete the originals)&#8230;sorry for losing 25+ questions.  -.-

((OOC Post))

I just want to give my heartfelt thanks to all the followers who wrote and posted to me earlier.  I was at a really low point and feeling little helpless and hopeless, and wasn’t sure I’d be able to continue.  However, your ideas and encouragement have helped me push through what would have been despair, and now I have a few ideas.

Until things level off for me, I’m going to have to change my style for a while.  Most posts will be single-image with text, either in script-style, or Nightmother’s exposition style.  Any comics I do make during this time period will likely be simplistic and have corners cut (more so than usual at least).  WARNING: This blog will become text-heavy during this “downtime”.  However, if I actually have time to do heavy art, I will.

All questions to Nightmother, the Shadowbolts (Nightfall, Starscraper, & Tailspin), and Stella the maid are welcome, as well as any questions regarding the particular world that this tumblr takes place.  However, I cannot promise your question will be answered at the time you send it.  Some questions are used during pivotal moments, and these moments may take place at a later date.  Some questions may not be answered due to inappropriate content, or because they simply don’t fit well into the world-setting. If you have a mod question, please label it ” (OOC)”.  Please do not be offended if a question is unanswered. 

Once again, thank you for understanding.

Additional:

Questions are low at the moment….because I lost the screencap I made of all recent questions (which I use to add to the art…I usually screencap then delete the originals)…sorry for losing 25+ questions.  -.-

What kind of gifts would you like for your foals when they are born, if that is alright.
Anonymous

I….I don’t know what I would ask for on their behalf. All I truly wish for is their safety, protection, and to grow up without being shunned or feared.

I am curious though.  What is the current social etiquette regarding the birth of foals?

If, or when, you take over Equestria would you have your own national holiday? Maybe something along the lines of a Harvest Moon festival?
Anonymous

I have no desire to “take over” Equestria.  At the moment all that matters is the survival of my family, those who know and trust me,  and the decendants of my followers.  I would like there to be a night festival.  This ‘Nightmare Night’ I had first thought of as insulting propaganda, yet what i have learned from you, my watchers, is that it is a time of costumes, candy and ‘frights-for-fun’.  Mayhap this year I shall endeavor attend…surely none would expect Nightmare Moon to truly be Nightmare Moon at such an event?

Are you not afraid and disgusted by that little orb that follows you around? If I am not mistaken the world from which that particular thing comes is a place wherein the whole of ponykind regards zebras as filthy, disgusting monsters. I would think the hate and malice would permeate its form.
Anonymous

*ahem* Without Pix-E, the flying camera that Tailspin had rebuilt and repurposed, I wouldn’t be hearing your questions, and my watchers would not be able to see where I am or what I am doing. If you’d rather ask questions to my Nightfall, Starscraper, Tailspin - if he’s returned - or the Redoubt’s maid, Stella,  I will graciously turn of this things camera and let you receive broadcast from the Redoubt proper. 

Yes, this hovering ball concerns me.  As I said before, I had used a psychometric spell to determine the past of this sprite-winged machine.  Yes, it had the miasma of being an artifact seeped in a history of tragedy and deception.  Yes it came from some desolate world that Tailspin called “Wasteland” - a place I had forbidden him to go back to, and yet he still traveled back to against my direct orders for some unfathomable reason. 

However, did this simple mechanical device cause a world’s corruption?  Of course it didn’t.  It is but a tool- and it is the one wielding the tool that determines if it is used for good or ill.  Whatever hatreds and prejudices are in Wasteland are there, not here. This…thing cannot bring that world’s problems here.

Nightmother, how doth thee fair? Dost thine belly ache? We are sure you have been working ever so hard.

What?! How did you- Oh, you’re another world’s Luna.  Hearing your voice through this machine’s speaker was more than a little…..unsettling.   Still as you are from some other world, it would be absurd for me to bear any ill-will for things that were not of your making.

My foals are kicking only occasionally, they have been quite restive.  I wonder if it has to do with the serenity of this place I am leaving.  This journey is not so hard…in fact, it feels nice… though I admit not as nice as the rime I had first experienced a thunderstorm after my return.  It was a wonderful experience.  After ten centuries of airless void, the fall of the raindrops upon me, upon my extended wings….the way the water struck me, then ran down my back…   Er, sorry. My mind seems to have distracted itself from the subject of your inquiry.  To answer your question, I do have aches and pains, mostly along my back and the softer parts of my hooves.  Despite this, I am quite enjoying this time in the open air.