A middle-aged stallion looked up as he heard his son call of him. The little colt ran as fast as his legs could take him away from the sandbox in which he had been playing with other young ponies from school. His mane was full of sand, his knees were scraped, and his little eyes were full of tears. Before his father had a chance to ask what was wrong, the little colt slammed into him, clinging to him and sobbing.
The stallion quickly hugged his little boy, gently patting his back in an a failed attempt to calm him down, "What's wrong, did you fall?" He tried to pull his son away so he could look him over, "Let me see."
The colt only clung to his father tighter, shaking his head in protest. "N-no, I d-didn't fall..." He began to explain, though his sobbing and the fact that his face was pressed firmly into his father's chest made his words hard to understand, "Th-they pushed me down and kicked sand in my face! They called me a f-freak!" He sniffed, "...All because I have a horn and wings..."
"You're not a freak." The stallion said with a gentleness in his voice, doing well to hide the anger he felt towards his son's classmates, "You're a special little pony, just like everypony else."
His son was not consoled, "B-but they said I shouldn't exist! Th-that I'm a mistake..."
"The Princess doesn't make mistakes."
The colt looked up, the sudden firmness in his father's voice startled him, "The Princess?"
His father shifted, successfully moving his son to sit beside him, "Do you know how ponies are made?"
The colt leaned into his father, not willing to fully sit up as he continued to take comfort in his father's presence, "Y-yes, you told me when I was littler..." He looked down at the ground, his voice becoming a disheartened mumble, "But that story doesn't include ponies like me..."
"That's because there's a different story for ponies like you." Using his magic, the only attribute he shared with his son, he picked up a branch and began to draw in the dirt. A circle for the moon, little dots for stars, and a stick pony for their second Princess. It was a crude picture at best, but it was enough to get his point across, "You see, on nights when there's a full moon, Princess Luna looks up at the sky and asks the stars to fall. But the stars are young a rebellious, it's rare that they ever listen to her."
From the stars, he drew small lines falling diagonally down, "On the nights that they do listen to her, she tries to catch them with her magic. Sometimes they avoid her and they're very good at it. But when she
is able to lure them to her, she cradles them with her magic and let's them know they're loved."
"When the stars feel safe in her hold, she moves the clouds to cover them." Squiggly lines formed puffy clouds placed in no particular way and a quick swirl was added in the 'sky', "Then she calls the night wind to swirl around her cloud-covered stars and help her mold them into a pony. When the little pony has a form, she blesses it with her moon magic and winks it into the homes of ponies she knows will love and cherish them."
He moved over a few inches, taking up a new drawing space beside his first illustration. This drawing was much more simple, a single stick unicorn standing over a boxy bassinet, "I can't tell you how happy I was when she answered my prayers and sent me you~"
Over the course of the story, the little colt's tears dried and his sobbing gradually stopped, a smile finally gracing his little face. "I'm glad she sent me to you too, Daddy~" He nuzzled into his father, thanking him not only for the story, but for everything else the stallion had been able to do for him on his own.
His father dropped the stick beside his drawings and the two shared a warm embrace. After a moment or two, his father pulled away with a smile, "Would you like to go play again?"
"Sure!" The colt smiled and started off for the swings, "Race ya!~"
His father laughed and trotted off after his son. While he was happy his son was feeling better, he knew nothing would stop the picking. Some ponies just didn't understand...His son was different, yes, but that didn't make him any better or any worse than other ponies. He hoped that, one day, others would see that just as he did.
This could be one of two things: An Alicorn character defense picture/story OR a response to a couple of comments on Where Ponies Come From asking about where Alicorns might come from. Possibly both. Please Note That I'm NOT, In Any Way, Trying To Spark The Great Alicorn Debate of 2012.
Either way, this is what I think:
They take up the most ingredients to make: Moonbeams, Clouds, Falling/Fallen Stars, A Night Breeze
The conditions needed for making them are as rare as they are (or as rare as they're supposed to be.), a meteor shower that takes place on the night of a full moon. Even though Luna controls when the moon rises and when the stars appear there's no guarantee that they'll fall or come close to her and, when they do, it takes a ridiculous amount of magic to use them.
When all of the ingredients are present for her to use, there are several possible outcomes depending on how much she was able to collect and how strong her magic is that night: A 'Perfect' Alicorn, an 'Imperfect' Alicorn, a 'Balanced' Alicorn, a Unicorn, or a Pegasus.Perfect:
The rarest outcome, happening only once or twice in possibly thousands of years. When everything is mixed perfectly and Luna donates a portion of her power, it creates an Alicorn whose power level will eventually match or sit just below the power level of the Princesses. They're often put in positions of power as Royalty of other lands and kingdoms. [Princess Cadance]Imperfect:
A more common outcome that results when all of the ingredients are there, but one or more (such as stars or clouds) is in a smaller amount than normal. These Alicorns still retain the species appearance and name, but they're far less skilled at one ability or another.
The pony being created here is being made more of magic than she is clouds, so she'll be a skilled magic-user, but a clumsy/slow flyer. Balanced:
Occurs when all ingredients are there, but Luna doesn't add her own magic into the mix. Since everything is equal, they're able to use both their wings and their magic as any other unicorn or Pegasus would and have roughly the same power levels of either of the two species.Unicorn:
There simply wasn't enough clouds to go in the mix, but the creation process was performed anyway. These Unicorns are just barely touched by clouds and, aside from the fact that they were created by Luna rather than Celestia, they're no different from any other Unicorn. [Prince Blueblood]Pegasus:
Just like Unicorns, only there wasn't enough magic to go into the mix. Plenty of clouds though. They'll be just like any other Pegasus.
And now with the new evidence, we have one more type:Ascended:
This can come from any of the three normal species, but they have to be specifically chosen after proving their worth to become one. Those who ascend are even rarer than Perfects.
A little more complex than the other three species, but few are supposed to exist. Aside from the fact that Luna was absent for a thousand years, it stands to reason that they're harder to create
Anyway, this is basically the same as the last picture: This is just my headcanon. You don't have to agree with me, I won't hate you for it if you don't.
I'm not sure how I feel about how this turned out...I worked harder on it, but it certainly didn't come off as 'sweet' as the other one did... But my first draft of this one looked almost exactly like Where Ponies Come From concerning the position of Luna and the created pony. I dunno, you tell me what you think.
And I would like to end with...Ponies are hard to write for! >BU
The picture itself took two or three days but this wall of text (story and completely unneeded description) took like a week...but it only took like an hour to think it out >BI
It might've been easier if I gave them names or something, but I didn't wanna get attached to them, lol.
Then again, I haven't written anything decent in a long time...I need to practice more x.x
Where other ponies come from:
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic - Hasbro / Lauren Faust (*fyre-flye