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Foaltron by Baron-Engel Foaltron by Baron-Engel
More images and memories from my Equestria/ MLP dreamscape. Petina and I had only been in Ponyville for a few weeks and were still staying guests of Twilight at the town library.

After the Annual Ponyville Kite Flying Festival [link] the next event of the summer was the summer meteor showers. This year was of particular interest since Luna was taking over mantle of running them again after a thousand year absence. It is a tradition that on the night of the showers that ponies all over Equestria gather outdoors to watch the spectacle. Large bonfires are built and starting in the late afternoon and continuing until the showers around midnight ponies gather by the fires to cook food, sing, dance, and swap stories, gossip, and tales.

Having only recently arrived and in my case still on the mends, Twilight invited me and Petina to join her for the festival. Since Twilight enjoys astronomy very much she had sets up several telescopes for ponies to view not only the showers but to learn more about the celestial bodies.

Applejack brought ears of corn for roasting in the fire along with apples and cider, both types, for drinking. Pinkie Pie made a giant vat of lemonade and also brought a huge amount marshmallows for toasting. Someone brought a whole army of sandwich irons and we spent the evening snacking on sandwiches grilled in the fire. Munching on corn on the cob, and washing it down with mugs of lemonade and cider. Dessert was blackberry cobbler and vanilla ice cream. This was one of those dreams that really enjoyed the fact I had my sense of smell and taste for.

Petina spent a fair bit of time dancing with any pony she could meet, but I was still very much on the mend and besides I have two left hooves when it comes to things like dancing. At least compared to her. Therefore I decided to take it easy and lounge around the fire.

Since my arrival in Ponyville with no cutie mark I had come to the immediate attention of the Cutie Mark Crusaders who had decided that maybe if they could solve my mystery of the missing mark they could get theirs to. So for the first few weeks they were like my constant sidekicks.

As the evening got later ponies gathered around the fire and started telling stories. You know the kind you tell around campfires. Soon tall tales and ghost stories were being told with varying degrees of approval from the listening crowd.

Scootloo had finished her story which involved scooters and zombie ponies and Celestia with an eyepatch. Don't ask. Just don't. She turned to me and asked what kind of stories I remembered from my childhood. Well this caught me broadside and since I had had probably one too many hard ciders along with my medication I wasn't firing on all cylinders. Of course any real stories from my childhood would have involved humans so I decided run with the first thing that came to my mind. "Have you heard the tale of Foaltron!" Well of course they hadn't, I'd just made it up so it was full speed ahead.

Long ago in distant pony kingdom Foalsom... Twilight later told me it was actually the name of a real correctional school for delinquent colts and fillies but at the time no one called me on it. Anyways. In Foalsom the wise king Regal Gallop had created a council of ponies from the three tribes to help him run his fair kingdom. The wisest ponies in the land would travel to his castle to give their advice and wisdom. Those whose advice was fair and just were often offered positions in the Kings own personal staff.

One day red unicorn stallion with gold eyes and black cross for a cutie mark appeared at the council and asked to address it. He was permitted to speak and upon taking the council floor began to tell the most amazing prophecies of the future and demonstrated the most wondrous acts of magic. King Regal Gallop had never seen such magic and knowledge and asked the unicorn to join his staff immediately. "What would be your name wise unicorn?" Asked the king. "My name is Crossroads said the unicorn."

Now Crossroads was actually a demon of great power who came to Foalsom with the intention of bringing the fair kingdom under his evil power. With subtle words and spells he soon had most of the palace under his sway. But not everyone was snared in his web of deception.

Three ponies. Proud members of the council saw the evil magic that Crossroads was using to poison Foalsom and started secretly building a weapon to defeat him and his growing army foul creatures that were starting to inhabit the kingdom. Ironhoof the earth pony master of machinery. Moonhorn the unicorn instructor or magic and Firewing the pegasus master of flight conspired to build a device mighty enough to stop Crossroads and his ever growing armies.

However they knew that were too old to operate the great artifact they were building so they secretly imbued the power to control the mighty device to their three colts. Thunderhoof the earth pony. Starfire the unicorn and Stormwing the pegasus. Unfortunately before they were able to fully brief their young colts Crossroads had them imprisoned in the Tower of the Forsaken! But Crossroads did not yet know that the young colts were the only ones who could operate the gigantic machine they had built.

Against desperate odds and deadly traps the three young colts figured out to activate the mighty construct Foaltron, and with the few good remaining ponies in Foalsom fought a desperate battle to defeat Crossroads, his evil legions and break the spell he had cast on the good king Regal Gallop.

For the most part the ponies present said they'd never heard anything like that before.
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Marauder2s3 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015
"Foalsom Prison Blues"

I hear the train a comin'
It's rolling round the bend
And I ain't seen the sunshine since I don't know when,
I'm stuck in Folasom prison, and time keeps draggin' on
But that train keeps a rollin' on down to San Anpone..
When I was just a baby my mama told me. Son,
Always be a good boy, don't ever play with guns.
But I shot a man in Pono just to watch him die
When I hear that whistle blowing, I hang my head and cry..

I bet there's rich folks eating in a fancy dining car
They're probably drinkin' coffee and smoking big cigars.
Well I know I had it coming, I know I can't be free
But those people keep a movin'
And that's what tortures me...

Well if they freed me from this prison,
If that railroad train was mine
I bet I'd move it on a little farther down the line
Far from Foalsom prison, that's where I want to stay
And I'd let that lonesome whistle blow my blues away.....

((Sorry, couldn't resist))
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Kaeto1 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014
"Form feet and legs!,  Form body and wings!, And I'll form the head!   GO FOALTRON FORCE! "
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL!!
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ColonelYeo Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I suppose there are worse things you could have borrowed from to tell a story. I shudder to think what their reactions would have been to a ponified Flash Gordon movie. :lmao:
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Um, didn't already fav these or is DA dumping your favs again?
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ColonelYeo Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
As far as I know, DA is more then likely working right.

There were just some of your earlier works that I didn't read into as much as I should have when I started watching you. So tonight I was just looking through, and decided to reread and fave anything that I missed.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, thank you very much.
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ColonelYeo Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're quite welcome, Baron. :)
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DameonRaeth Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
"I have two left hooves"

Of course you do... two right ones too.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Hee, hee,maybe I should've said I had four left hooves instead.
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anzul Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Student General Artist
your story was... wow... a total ripoff! XD
JK, though, i dont remenber the name of that show....

and i read scottīs story in the coments... looks like someone has been watching too much anime lol!
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I have been accused of watching too much anime on several occasions. When I start posting some of my other dreamscapes this will become very evident.
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anzul Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Student General Artist
maybe scootaloo took your knowledge of anime?

wait... can they do that in your equestria dreamscape?
that would lead to odd things...
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
No, well not to my knowledge and not consciously. The only character of mine who abuses that privilege is Petina and even with her their are parts of my mind she can't gain access to. Much to her annoyance.
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anzul Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Student General Artist
oh, so there are rules for them?
hehe interesting
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Thanos-san Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Quite an interesting story... But what was that about Celestia with an eyepatch? If you can still remember that, I'd love to hear it xD
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Quite an interesting story... But what was that about Celestia with an eyepatch? If you can still remember that, I'd love to hear it xD

Ugh! I was wondering if someone would ask me this question. Okay you asked for it. Understand I am paraphrasing and cleaning up Scoot's original plot but it goes something like this.

Twilight and the rest of the Mane Six did not destroy Nightmare Moon when they used the Elements of Harmony. Instead all they succeeded in doing was driving out the demon that had possessed Luna. This was actually not a good thing since the demon had been feeding on Luna's magic and had grown immensely powerful over its thousand year banishment to the moon. Upon Nightmare Moon's return to Equestria the demon actually attempted to leave her body but Luna was using what power she had left to restrain and keep the demon trapped in her body.

Now free from Luna's body the demon Nightmare Moon cast a hideous necromancy spell that raised all the dead ponies of Equestria to serve as her army of conquest. Tens of thousands undead ponies quickly overwhelmed pony society. Canterlot fell to the onslaught. The government was driven into exile. All that remained of the legitimate government was the two sisters, the Mane Six and a handful of government officials and officers. With the lands overrun with zombie ponies Celestia's government was based out of a small fleet airships. Only a couple of the pegasus cities still stood against the demon's rule, and any ponies ground side not under the yoke Nightmare Night's reign had retreated to Zion-like cities in the hills where they licked there wounds and held on to live another day.

Celestia having lost an eye in the fall of Canterlot was now this Captain Harlock character who fought to free Equestria and all the surviving ponies. From her sky galleon The Solar Flare she struggles along with Luna to be victorious. You asked for it.
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Thanos-san Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
... Not bad. That could be the plot of a fanfic. Did you ask Scoot of she might find her cutiemark in writing? xD
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Hee, hee I might mention that idea to her. Especially since the whole Ponyville Confidential fiasco has not yet happened in dreams yet.
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Thanos-san Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Hah! Please tell us the result xD
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FlyingRam Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Foaltron. <3
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Ognimod Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
I'd love to see a colored piece of the three heroes and Foaltron. The suits look very much like G-Force/Battle of the Planets.

Sorry, but I just HAVE to ask what was Scoot's story about. =P If it is what I'm guessing, it'll be hilarious.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'd love to see a colored piece of the three heroes and Foaltron. The suits look very much like G-Force/Battle of the Planets.

Good! Folks recognize the art reference. I thought it might be too old school nowadays considering the break neck pace of anime these days. Thank god for Netflix streaming and Crunchy Roll!

Sorry, but I just HAVE to ask what was Scoot's story about. =P If it is what I'm guessing, it'll be hilarious.

Ugh! I was wondering if someone would ask me this question. Okay you asked for it. Understand I am paraphrasing and cleaning up Scoot's original plot but it goes something like this.

Twilight and the rest of the Mane Six did not destroy Nightmare Moon when they used the Elements of Harmony. Instead all they succeeded in doing was driving out the demon that had possessed Luna. This was actually not a good thing since the demon had been feeding on Luna's magic and had grown immensely powerful over its thousand year banishment to the moon. Upon Nightmare Moon's return to Equestria the demon actually attempted to leave her body but Luna was using what power she had left to restrain and keep the demon trapped in her body.

Now free from Luna's body the demon Nightmare Moon cast a hideous necromancy spell that raised all the dead ponies of Equestria to serve as her army of conquest. Tens of thousands undead ponies quickly overwhelmed pony society. Canterlot fell to the onslaught. The government was driven into exile. All that remained of the legitimate government was the two sisters, the Mane Six and a handful of government officials and officers. With the lands overrun with zombie ponies Celestia's government was based out of a small fleet airships. Only a couple of the pegasus cities still stood against the demon's rule, and any ponies ground side not under the yoke Nightmare Night's reign had retreated to Zion-like cities in the hills where they licked there wounds and held on to live another day.

Celestia having lost an eye in the fall of Canterlot was now this Captain Harlock character who fought to free Equestria and all the surviving ponies. From her sky galleon The Solar Flare she struggles along with Luna to be victorious. You asked for it.
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Ognimod Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
I used to watch BotP reruns in the mid 90's, but my memory is sketchy. The only anime I've been really hooked on has been the early Pokémon seasons and Card Captor Sakura, the latter of which I really loved. This was all at the age of 10, maybe 11...

I knew I was going to love Scoot's story. No, not in that way. But I love it when your dreams make jokes in reference to real, insane fanon (Celestia making a "to the moon" joke, and all that speculation about Vinyl's backstory!), which I imagined Scoot's tale was going to be.
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Uchihaninja Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
That story of Scootaloo is remarkably detailed for the imagination of a little filly. pretty grim too.
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ardashir Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Long ago in distant pony kingdom Foalsom... Twilight later told me it was actually the name of a real correctional school for delinquent colts and fillies but at the time no one called me on it.

Arrgh, the puns! But the ponies never heard of a story like 'Foaltron' before? Hmm, sounds as though you might be able to make some bits by telling them suitably Equestrian-ized versions of various tokusatsu tales.

Oh, BTW, when you and Petina are 'visiting', does Ponyville seem to have as many mares as compared to stallions in 'reality' as it does in the show, or not? I've been wondering just what the male to female gender balance of the Equestrian population is. I have this idea that it's something like 6-7 mares for every guy.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, BTW, when you and Petina are 'visiting', does Ponyville seem to have as many mares as compared to stallions in 'reality' as it does in the show, or not? I've been wondering just what the male to female gender balance of the Equestrian population is. I have this idea that it's something like 6-7 mares for every guy.

No the mare to stallion ratio is closer to 50/50 in my dreamscape, so every stallion does not have a harem of mares at his disposal. It also mean that most mares are not lesbians like some folks have jokingly commented. Although Petina does wish that more of them were bi. But that is Petina.
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ardashir Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
No the mare to stallion ratio is closer to 50/50 in my dreamscape, so every stallion does not have a harem of mares at his disposal.

Hah! Though some of the stallions might like it that way. Though I do wonder what effect it'd have on the ponies if most of their members were female? Probably not much, given that the mares are as physically and mentally capable as the stallions.

And I like the bit about Petina. The poor ponies will get such an education from her.
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