@Bright_Ops@VutavaI don't think Equestria has the equivalent of a modern tax agency. They likely have some form of taxation given they have a government and such. However it's likely a far more archaic setup then what we're familiar with. Besides on Earth the settlements aren't likely directly taxed by Equestria, at least not at the moment. There are likely local taxes and fees however, decided on by the pony with the most legal authority (a mayor or some form of royalty like a duke).
After reading the first two OOC posts I've got to say that I'm really interested in this. Are you lot still accepting? I know the status says apply, but some people forget to change it, so it's a bit safer to ask first and make characters later.
@Polaris NorthI'd appreciate it Polaris. I know school can be a emotionally draining time eating hell, but I know you can do it.
@RaddumWe are absolutely accepting. I'm really glad that you're interested in what you've read so far. If you have any questions feel free to ask them, I look forward to seeing your character.
@Vutava Oh and Vutava you'll need to edit your post.
The skeletons are attacking the wall surrounding Bellbrooke, not the castle. While the Castle is within walking distance of the town, it's still perched on top of a cliff overlooking the settlement. So they're still far away enough that the group can't likely hear what's going on. Especially since they're all inside and they have the outer walls of the castle separating them to boot.
I REALLY need to get to work on that map I talked about. I'm healthy enough I can do it and I think it's clear some visual reference for where everything is located is needed.
@RaddumNot a whole lot has happened but I'll give you a summary of what has gone down:
Prince Blueblood, current headmaster of the Bellbrooke Reform School, panicked in his office. He had been embezzling money from the school funds intended for the human children at the school to fund expeditions out into the area surrounding Bellbrooke to look for wealth and magical artifacts. These have been very unsuccessful and gotten him nothing save for a pin that can protect the user from sunlight.
It didn't help he had to show an inspector from Equestria around the school that day. The inspector arrived and Blueblood (begrudgingly) showed him around. Lying through his teeth about the more questionable aspects of the school (disorderly sleeping areas not separated by sex or age, the use of Rended meat to feed the children on the cheap, amongst other things).
The Inspector believed Bluebloods lies and during an inspection of the classrooms, revealed he had been convinced by the school councilor Ms. Meadows to give the Headmaster a large sum of bits. Blueblood was over joyed, until her learned the money was to be spent on an extravagant Hearthswarming Eve celebration for the human children.
Blueblood bit his tongue and swallowed his anger. His resolve was pressed when he became aware one of the 'problem children' was absent from class and likely gone from the school entirely. Lying about her absence Blueblood excused himself and went back to his office, proceeding to throw a violent tantrum in anger over the funds usage.
In his anger however he things of a devious plan and rings the Mayor of Bellbrooke up on a crude telephone in his office. Threatening the mayor with incriminating evidence Blueblood had collected on him he forces the Mayor to commission any available adventurers/explorers to meet the Headmaster for a mission.
Going downstairs Blueblood proceeds to meet with a trio of adventurers who had answered his call. An experience gun touting local adventurer by the name of Beeline, a less then social Unicorn magic user by the name of Crepuscular Rays, and a reformed 'graduated' human going by the proper Equestrian name of Worried Mind.
Blueblood made it clear to the adventurers why he had gathered him. Offering him a very generous 'bonus' payment (taken from the money intended for the Hearthswarming party) if they went to an old, hidden church nearby and brought him back any valuable/magical objects they could find.
As this happened the problem children "Falling Down" made her way out from the Reform School walls and began wandering out into the snow. Happy to be out of the Reform School she began to explore the nearby woods, unaware she was followed by a local reformed human guard called Lightning Flash. Falling came across an old, decrepit church (the one mentioned before) and proceeded to try and enter. Unable to open the door she attempted to beat it down, however for Flash to reveal himself and blow the church door open in a 'helpful' display.
All the while Thundering Cloud, a reformed human guard, stood on duty atop of the wall surrounding Bellbrooke. Then from out of the woods animated human skeleton began to appear and rushed the walls...
The character I've been working on should be easy to slip in. He's both protective of Bellbrooke and a curious wanderer of the woods, so depending on opinions from everyone, (and if I get accepted, eh-heh...) we'll see where I end up going.
I just finished his bio, as I've been distracted a lot since my last post, lol. The rest ought to be fairly quick to put together, so I ought to have a character up soon!
Romt is a tall, frightening figure. Standing more than a few inches over six feet tall, nearing seven feet even. Romt is built heavily in the physical department as can be seen by the bulky, muscular build his body has. His arms are especially strong in appearance, with rough hands that have spend a fair amount of years digging through stone, and colliding with the earth as he walked. He has somewhat small back paws compared to his hands, but they seem to carry him well enough.
He has red fur from his floppy ears all the way down, with black nails at the end of his hands; As well as yellow eyes which observe everything he finds interest in. His attire consists of a brown ten gallon sheriff's hat, a gray collar decorated with pieces of obsidian, and the seemingly traditional Diamond Dog vest; Colored black.
Romt has scars across his body; Cuts and bruises from combat, his most permanent injuries being his stubbed tail, and left eye: Which seems to only stay about halfway open nowadays, and never opens any further.
Kind - Generally, anyways. Surprisingly good with kids. Don't tick off the mutt...
Protective - Especially of the children of Bellbrooke.
Romt was always a step above his pack, both in talent and intelligence; Actually, he was quite a few steps above them in intelligence, but he didn't often tell them that. While most of his species preferred to look for shiny diamonds, rubies, and emeralds, Romt had a preference for obsidian. It sounded a bit boring, but there was a certain attractiveness to it that just won him over; And it made him look strange in front of his family as they judged his actions every step of the way.
The entirety of a Diamond Dog's life is usually the same. Dig in dirt and rock, find your preferred stone, hoard it. Eat, sleep, bathroom, repeat. It's a dull life, but one that most of the low-intelligence dogs wouldn't notice. But Romt noticed it; Oh, yes he did. It was grueling; So boring that he could bite his own fur off in frustration. He wanted more than just digging; He wanted to see what else was out there. And that's what his youth was; Exploring the unknown, and becoming a much more functional member of society than almost any Diamond Dog that came before him.
He was civil; Thoughtful, with some tact. He was generally quiet, and it made him a great listener; He was able to get along with ponies after the ice broke between him being a giant, terrifying beast and them being, well, tiny colorful ponies. He traveled; Finding places to learn about the world, new places to dig in search of interesting new stones, and much more. Over time he became quite a wise individual for a Diamond Dog; Something that even some scholars were impressed by.
When the connection with Earth began, Romt kept his ears to the ground to get any information he could. Some of the scholars he knew stayed up in Canterlot; So he occasionally grabbed a bit of news. Though, nothing truly critical had hit his ears up until THE RENDING had happened. Horrified by the thought of the transpired events, he managed to tag along with his scholar companions whom joined into the aiding effort; Ponies being kind of wary of having a huge beast at their sides, but also finding themselves comforted because that huge beast was fighting for them.
Romt was a wonderful addition to Equestria's forces: Nopony probably ever thought of how powerful Diamond Dogs were, but they witnessed it as Romt whacked and smashed his way through The Rended to secure positions and protect others. He was somewhat terrifying for the children to witness, but cool, as well.
Romt devoted ten years to aiding Earth, and at one point found himself residing in Bellbrooke without his old comrades; Some having died, others having ran away out of fear. He doesn't have a home, or at least, not a traditional one. He has his own dugout living space, which secondarily operates as a shelter in case of something going terribly wrong topside.
At times he's not home, though. Romt spends time roaming the outskirts of Bellbrooke; Digging in search of minerals of Earth for him to study, while also scavenging for technology to return to Bellbrooke for mass-research. He keeps a close eye in case of a Rended attack, and tends to just linger on occasion to talk with the others, or to see how the children are progressing.
He has a long life ahead of him, and as long as there are children to protect from the horrid dangers on Earth, he'll remain, loyally, until his final breath.
◇Skills and Talents◇
Gem Knowledge: Romt has a vast knowledge of gemstones, as most Diamond Dogs do. He has a firm belief that there are meanings behind many of them. He could go on for hours about it.
Equestrian Knowledge: Romt spent a long time studying Equestria before the last ten years happened; He's extremely fond of Equestria's history, and is quick to correct others when they state things incorrectly.
Digging: Romt has the ability to easily burrow through dirt and stone with his strength, allowing him to excavate areas underground and also dig out living or storage spaces if need be. He can also use it in combat to surprise opponents; Or yank them underground and trap them.
Savage Fighting: Romt is an absolute monster when it comes to fighting: He can easily pick up ponies and Rended, tossing them about or smashing them into the ground. He's also of capable of using heavy, blunt objects as weapons. He's fairly quick, too. So you better hope you can run fast if you're looking to get away from him once you start a fight.
Village Puppy: The younger children have always refer to him as a giant puppy. He has embraced this and occasionally just plops down, allowing the children to pet him. Truth be told, it's relaxing donwtime, and a bit heartwarming. He especially likes it when they scratch behind his ears.
◇Relics, Spells, and Techniques◇
Romt usually doesn't solve problems that don't involve punching things. That probably explains enough about this. He is smart enough to see the benefits in something if he finds it, though.
Satchel: Romt's trusty satchel. He keeps mostly everything in it.
Notepads & Pens: Romt occasionally writes things down that he finds nifty, or important. He has a hard time holding pens, but whatever, it works. Except when he accidentally snaps them in half.
Medical Supplies: Romt has a small collection of medical supplies in his satchel, just in case. Only basic things, though: Like Bandaging, disinfectant, and things for wound-cleaning.
Water Flask: Diamond Dogs get thirsty, too. ... What, didn't know that?
Sledgehammer: When a stick just doesn't cut it, use a hammer instead. Romt's strength makes wielding it a breeze, and therefor makes him extremely dangerous with it. He could probably just dig through whatever he'd smash open with it, but it sure hurts when it connects with the Rended. Celestia help you if you're a pony or human getting whacked with this thing...
@RaddumRomt is absolutely wonderful. I honestly hadn't expected anyone to make a Diamond Dog character and frankly I'm quite happy to be wrong. You did a fantastic job Raddum and made an interesting, compelling addition to the roleplay. For some reason Romt reminds me a little of Clifford the Big Red dog, likely because of his size and fur color.
You can post Romt up in the character section whenever you feel like it because he's golden as is. :)
It's been awhile since I've been able to pull a Diamond Dog out, it's good to get back into MLP roleplays with one. Really glad you liked it!
I'll toss him in the char tab and start thinking about a post. I was thinking of making a second character; maybe a human, but probably another Equestrian native. So her CS might pop up eventually, if I'm inspired enough for it.
Good to hear! He's not hard to get along with, especially if he did know flash years back. Something notable is he's sort of an old hounddog now, much more likely to just want to plop down somewhere rather than be energetic. Though obviously he's still got bite; As these skeletons are about to find out the hard way.