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I've been thinking about a show that would uphold the ideals of FiM, without using any of Hasbro's intellectual properties. The main goal in planning this "bible" is to come up with a cast and setting that have the most potential for FiM-style episodes.

The basic premise is that the show takes place on a new continent far away from the mainland Equestria, referred to only as the "mainland" or "maneland" in the show. The main location would be a small town (name needed) that was originally a logging camp but has since grown to about the size of Ponyville. The town is near a forest of giant trees, and many of the older buildings are built from their trunks or even inside trees similar to Twilight's old library. As ponies avoid exploiting nature, the logging has slowed down since the early years and the vast, mostly unexplored forest is still full of mysteries.

The working title for this show is "Settlers of Horseria", but as always, suggestions and discussion are welcome.

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Of the new main characters, the most fleshed-out at the moment is this unicorn. She's not especially powerful magically, but she's an avid reader and routinely borrows advanced magic books from different libraries. She constantly strives to better herself, and often exerts herself to near fainting trying to cast spells meant for much higher level unicorns. And once a blue moon she actually manages to exceed everyone's expectations, either by sheer tenacity or by finding easier ways to cast more complex spells.

It would be adorable to have her live in a traditional wizard tower, but I'm not sure about what her profession should be yet. Baking would go well as it also uses both studying and experimentation, but since ponies tend to live at their working places it might be hard to fit a bakery in a tower. Especially considering how much cake and pastries ponies tend to eat.

Her cutiemark could be a lantern on fire, to symbolize her tendency to go beyond expectations. She also needs a name, so suggestions are welcome again.

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Another planned character is a tough but slender earth pony who enjoys hiking and serves Fluttershy's function at maintaining the peace between ponies and the animals of the forest. Unlike Fluttershy, she has a firm yet nurturing demeanor, and spends most of her time trekking around the forest looking for animals that need her help.

I'm stuck visualizing her appearance as a mix of Tempest and Applejack, since that's how I saw her in a dream and have kept looping back to that same idea since. She has a long, slim tail that she occasionally uses to reach difficult places like Indiana Jones uses his whip, but this shouldn't be used too often or she'd start looking like some kind of tentacle pony.

Her cutiemark is binoculars with a band-aid on them to symbolize her willingness to go out and search for those in trouble. As before, her name is still open for suggestions.

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A third main character would be an unicorn carpenter and general craftspony. She has great natural talent but little ambition, and is okay just working at her own little shop. She appreciates her friends helping her expand her business, but her central conflict as a character is between becoming more successful and simply getting to do what she loves. She's not especially shy, but tends to be quiet unless the topic is something she's interested in.

Not much ideas for her appearance yet. A shorter, tidy mane would fit her personality, but longer manes look good so maybe quaint, unassuming braids would be the best choice.

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I've been wanting to do something like this for a long time now, I'd be down to help out in any way possible. You sound like you're on the right track as for alt universe ideas and premise. You should create a Discord server to organize discussion better and post a thread on /mlp/

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A character-related thing I could use some help with is coming up with a socialite pony of the group. A singer would sound good in theory but would mean even more songs in a show that's bound to have them anyway, so I've been thinking maybe an actor/playwright could work better. A more "real" job would be nice, but the main thing is coming up with someone to fill the niche of the civilized, outgoing pony.

I also thought about a painter, but having her be a socialite and a painter would make it seem like she's shilling her art rather than making good art in the first place, and that wouldn't make a likable character.

However, the thing I'd need the most help with is concept art. Having portraits for the ponies to work with would help refine them, as would concept art of the town and the surroundings as well. I tried making first drafts of the characters with the pony creator but it doesn't really lend itself to making new designs. Pic related is the first draft of the craftspony, and she definitely needs a more unique appearance. Possibly with braids, but there's still plenty of time for brainstorming new possible designs and ideas as nothing has been locked down yet.

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The first pegasus character I've thought of is a chill but energetic mailmare. She gets her job done quickly with plenty of time to spare, and tells other ponies not to stress either. While this advice isn't necessarily useful in itself, she does tend to bring refreshments which always makes her a welcome sight.

Despite her carefree attitude, she doesn't lack on her duties and is as reliable as anypony else. She just doesn't worry too much, and even when she fails she can be content in knowing she did her best and that was all anypony could ask for.

She uses a lot of situational comedy and always finds the bright sides in things, sometimes even dipping into gallows humor territory. Being the kind of pony who'd fart during tense silences, she combines Maud Pie humor with Pinkie Pie delivery.

She gets the refreshments she often serves from her sister, who runs a saloon in the same building as the post office. While her sister was originally worried about the amount of drinks her sister gave away, the grateful customers it brought in quickly dispelled her worries.

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As the show takes place in an entirely new setting, it benefits from having an audience surrogate main character. For this I've thought up Dingbat, a batpony writer moving to the new continent to write about her experiences about it.

Her cutiemark is a book with a checkmark on its cover, symbolizing her desire for objectivity. She always tries to understand before she judges, and avoids making decisions before understanding all sides of the issue. Sometimes she inadvertently comes out as inquisitive when she can't take "just because" as an answer, but the reason she does it is to make sure everything gets presented fairly. Her favorite quote would be: "The mark of a wise pony is that they're capable of understanding a viewpoint without agreeing with it."

Other than her cutiemark, her general appearance is up for a poll: Should she be a grey pony with purple/dark blue hair, or can bat ponies have more varied colors? Sketches and discussions about any ponies appearances are always welcome, but in this particular case even opinions on just the possible colors for bat ponies are needed.

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Here's another thing the show needs: New mythological creatures.

The original borrowed heavily from the Greek mythology with its manticores, griffons, minotaurs and such, so where can we find new races for the new continent?

I've already been playing with an idea about the opening episode involving a lovecraftian horror slumbering under the town, but while Cthulhu mythos does have some inconic non-humanoid creatures, most of them would be very hard to fit into mlp.

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How do we make it kinda... mobile? Exploring the land is one of the greatest parts of MLP, but for ages they struggled to come up with reasons for the characters to go outside Ponyville when they have secure jobs there; the cutie map fixed that, but how would this show do it? I love all these ideas.

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get rid of ponyville and canterlot for a while like Crystal Empire.

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They could do like the movie and make up some generic anthro races

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>They could do like the movie and make up some generic anthro races

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Just want to say this is a brilliant idea, and I wish you the best of luck. Not that you have to or anything, but it'd be amazing if we could have some pony related entertainment that Hasbro wasn't claiming to own. It's a good idea, and I like the setting you're developing.

Um... you might want to think about some overarching conflicts, world-spanning problems that take a season to solve. Also try to offer teasers hinting at even more questions, like how did the ponies get there, was there a reason they left the mainland, some inexplicable reason they get sad whenever referring to it? Or I dunno really.

As for titles, I dunno... I'd advise against "settlers" or "Horsearia" because you aren't really writing this for the location or the occupation of the ponies. Pick what you want to have in the entire show, and call it that.

So let's see... ponies, explorers, mysteries, nature, wonder, friendship, helping, singing, cooperation... a title based on some of that stuff. "Pony Explorers" would be better than "Settlers of Horsearia" for instance. You could also add a title that changes from season to season, like "Ponies: Seekers of the Heart Song."

I don't think you... need an audience surrogate character. Just make the characters all appealing in their own ways. If the audience wanted to see themselves, they'd go watch home movies. Stories are about exploring other people, and being able to identify with them.

IMO a good writer can make just about any character an audience surrogate, at any given time, by showing us how we can sympathize with their motivations. You could even have the audience surrogate of the day be one of the ponies living there, who has to introduce the newcomer to stuff. Your batpony character could be a new arrival to the town, which lets you introduce the setting to the viewers, but she doesn't have to have a fence-sitting, mediating, "totally cool dude" personality that conflicts with literally no one in the audience.

Maybe make her a uh... dingbat, like really unobservant or slow to draw obvious conclusions. Maybe make her slow to warm, like Maud Pieish, or too quick to warm, like Pinkie Pieish. Give her a real personality that isn't just doing stuff because the author said so, but give her some things she struggles with that the audience doesn't, or things she's super good at that the audience can only wish they were good at. Give her a reason for coming to town, like perhaps she's come to live with a relative, or is on the run and doesn't want anypony to know, or something. Is she the only batpony? What are batponies anyway? They sure don't have bat eyes!

And yes, you oughta make batponies of many colors. Something standouttish but complimentary is good for a main character. I think you already know not to go overboard on the details.

Oh uh... you might make your "unicorn scholar" a little less book-oriented. They're on an exploration frontier, not exactly the place where you'll find big libraries. She probably oughta be studying something, or trying to find out something, that wasn't written in the books back home. So Daring Do, basically.

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