vanimadin: (Terra NomNomNom)
I've been reading The Finest Creation by Jean Rabe. Here is what the back of the book says: "They were the Finest Creations-- mystically forged creatures of perfection sent by the creators to aid the Fallen (mankind) during their mortal existence. Though they resemble ordinary horses they are highly intelligent, capable of communicating telepathically, and completely moral. They are assigned to bond with individuals of great potential and then protect them from harm while guiding them along a path of virtue."

Anyone who has read any of Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar books and/or knows me will see right away what drew me to The Finest Creation (as well as its' sequels.)

At first I very much expected it to be a ripoff of Valdemar, but as I've been reading it had turned out very differently. The writing style is dramatically different, for one thing, but aside from that, despite the writeup I shared above, there are very few similarities between the two. In short "telepathic horses" is about it. Everything else about the Finest and their relationship with their assigned humans is completely different from Companions and their Chosen in Mercedes Lackey's books. This has been a very pleasant surprise for me, as well as something that's poking at the recesses of my brain.

Basically, I'm already tentatively planning a fic. I have no idea what it will be about yet, as I'd like to finish the books before I get too far into planning (so I don't mess up the canon), but I do know that the two Finest in it will be called Faithful-Mare and Dauntless-Stallion. (In The Finest Creation, the main Finest character is called Gallant-Stallion, and his mentor is Steadfast-Stallion. That seems to be the naming scheme for them, so I'm keeping with it. Their charges do tend to give them other names, though: Gallant is also called "Rue" and Steadfast is called "Nightsong". I'll be thinking of human-given names for my own Finest as well; I'm considering naming Faithful "Lily", or maybe "Belle", but I'm not sure about Dauntless.) Faithful is a small, slim chestnut horse with a white blaze on her nose and three white socks. Dauntless is a black-and-white paint with one brown eye and one blue.

Faithful and Dauntless will be working together as a team of Finest, each with their own charge. As with other Finest, they work in secret, so their humans don't know what they really are, but this is the first time that two Finest have been paired up to work entirely together, as their charges are twin brothers and are always together. I still have to name them and everything. *shrug*

So basically... more magical talking horses! YAY! :D

EDIT: Faithful's human-given name shall be "Silk"! ♥

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vanimadin: (Hippocampus Syngnathidae)
So, besides Fallout I have several other MLP: FIM fics that I'm currently working on as well.

A lot of them are one-shots that center around a core group of OCs I've created; Spice (unicorn), Watermelon Punch ("Melon"; pegasus, my ponysona, actually), Cherry Fizzle ("Fizz"; earth), Darkling Grace ("Dark" or "Grace"; lunar pegasus), Clearwater (sea pony), Umbra (changeling) and Rook (zebra).

These ponies live on Citrus Island (of my own creation); the two cities on the Island are Orangeville (surrounded by orange orchards) and Colt West (a popular vacation destination with a small lime farm on it's outskirts.) There are two large beaches on the Island-- Key Lime beach is right by Colt West, while Grapefruit Beach is a short distance outside of Orangeville. There are also three lakes; Clementine Lake, Tangerine Lake and Lemonade Lake, and two rivers; Mandarin River and Pomelo River. There is one inlet, Yuzu Inlet, which is near-ish to Orangeville.

Of course some of the fics also involve other OCs, too. But I have a fondness for my little group of friends. ♥

Anyway, a bit about each fic!

"Life Deconstructed": One that I want to write, but really different from what I normally do. It follows a pair of ponies, Snowdrift (earth) and Comet (pegasus), both stallions, during their high school days; how they met, how they became friends-- and how they fell in love. It deals with a lot of issues involving prejudice and intolerance, but also hope and true friendship.

Main ponies: Snowdrift (earth), Comet (pegasus), Redtail (pegasus), Blur (pegasus), Whiskers (unicorn), Honeydew (unicorn), Blackberry Tart (earth) & Larksong (earth) (all OCs.)

"Starless": After watching the S2 finale of FIM, I became really fascinated by the Changelings. There isn't much fic out there about them yet, so I decided to write one. Starless follows Calamity, a young Changeling mare. During her first mission outside of the Hive, she injures her wings, gets lost and bumbles into a young unicorn mare, Indigo Sky, who is badly hurt-- and before she can do anything, Indigo dies. Hearing the search parties approaching and knowing that she will be blamed if she is found with Indigo, Calamity panics and shapeshifts into Indigo's form and goes to meet the searchers. She is taken back to Canterlot and "her" family, and forced to remain there and live her life as a "normal" pony while her wings heal, experiencing life outside the Changeling Colony and learning about the other denizens of Equestria along the way.

I borrowed some ideas about the Changelings and the Hive from Silver Wing, who is writing a Changeling-centric fic called To Find Love, which I really love. She was kind enough to give me permission to use some of her ideas. ♥

Main ponies: Calamity/Indigo Sky (changeling/unicorn), Raven (changeling), Dawnfeather (pegasus), Sonnet (unicorn), Eon Spark (unicorn) & Poppy Rows (earth) (all OCs.)

"Inside-Out": Follows two of my main OCs, Cherry Fizzle and Umbra. Fizz is originally from Manehattan, but after an accident left her blind her parents moved the family to Orangeville on Citrus Island because it was smaller and safer for their daughter than the frenetic activity of the big city. In this fic, Fizz stumbles on Umbra during a walk and befriends her. Umbra is living in the Yuzu Inlet, having been blown there in a storm, and is waiting for her wings to heal so she can fly home. Only after they have been friends for a while does Fizz find out that Umbra is a Changeling.

Main ponies: Cherry Fizzle (earth) & Umbra (changeling) (both OCs.)

"The Lost Pony": On an outing into the forest, Spice and Watermelon Punch run into a strange pony. His name is Clearwater, and he says he's lost. Later it turns out that he is a kelpie-- a type of sea pony who lives in rivers. Kelpies are tricksters and will sometimes leave the water, their tail splitting into legs, to get other ponies lost in the woods. After some confusion, Spice, Melon and Clearwater become friends-- and they make him promise not to trick hapless ponies anymore.

Main ponies: Spice (unicorn), Watermelon Punch (pegasus) & Clearwater (sea pony) (all OCs.)

"The Midnight Guard": Follows Darkling Grace while she makes some important life decisions; namely whether she will do what most lunar pegasi do and go to Canterlot to serve under Princess Luna or not.

Main ponies: Darkling Grace (lunar pegasus) (OC.)

"Wing Clipped": In Las Pegasus there is a young pony who can't fly like all the others in her class. Corona was born with deformed wings, unable to fly like other pegasus and confined to walking the cloud-streets of her home city. She can only watch from the sidelines and cheer her friends on as they soar above her. But flying isn't everything, even to a pegasus-- a message that her new Cutie Mark speaks in volumes.

Main ponies: Corona (pegasus), Ion (pegasus) & Solar Wind (pegasus) (all OCs.)

"Because": One that I'm still kind of working out, which explains the rise of Discord. It's only my second fic that actually has established FIM canon characters in it. Because is about Celestia, Luna, Discord, Cadence and Chrysalis, as well as Celestia and Luna's lost sister, Terra, when they were young and all of them were still friends.

Main ponies: Princess Celestia (alicorn), Princess Luna (alicorn), Princess Terra (alicorn), Princess Cadence (alicorn), Discord (draconequis) & Chrysalis (alicorn; changeling) (mostly canon; one OC.)

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