Level 1: You can stand and walk on clouds as if they are ground.
Level 2: You can move individual clouds to create precipitation, lightning, or sunshine over a small area (5-meter radius). You can only create temperature-appropriate effects (that is, you cannot make it snow on a hot day). You can also create gentle breezes.
Level 3: You can move multiple clouds in a round to control the weather in a larger area (30-meter radius). You can still only create temperature-appropriate effects, and create stronger gusts of wind.
Level 4: You can control weather in a 100-meter radius, create temperature inappropriate effects (such as snow in summer), and create gale-force winds.
Level 5: You can control weather in a 200-meter radius, including temperature-inappropriate effects, and create winds strong enough to knock ponies over (Body check to prevent).
- Level 6: You can clear the sky over an entire town in ten seconds flat, or otherwise control the weather for a town-sized area, and create tornado-strength winds.
Still looking at my Lyra fig, and thinking about how little it looks like an actual Friendship Is Magic character from the front, it occurs to me: Are the characters even physically possible? I don’t mean as living things or anything like that; I mean as three-dimensional shapes. I’m not an artist, and I’m kind of awful at spatial reasoning, but it seems to me like the face-on views in the show are not compatible with the profile views–there’s no possible head shape for a toy that would accurately capture both angles.
I’m sitting staring at my Lyra, trying to figure out today’s Pony Thought of the Day, and so I find myself thinking about why the toy is where it is.
Lyra lives on my desk, between my monitors, and it is under her watchful, judgmental gaze that I do my work. Having her watch me makes me less distractable, or at least I think it does, and that amounts to the same thing in the end.
In this sense she functions very much like one use of an idol or household god. I think sometimes part of the price we pay for having monotheistic religions dominate in our culture is that we’ve lost this notion of making your own watchers, rituals, and superstitions, but play can sometimes restore this loss.
Which isn’t to say that I think Lyra is somehow real or that some sort of divine energy inhabits the little lump of green plastic on my desk or anything like that. It’s entirely something I’ve constructed; Lyra’s “watchful gaze” exists only in my imagination. Her effect on my productivity is pure placebo.
But so what?
If ponies don’t eat meat, why do the Apples have pigs?
Man, the first episode of Friendship Is Witchcraft really wasn’t that great. It’s a good thing it got better as it went.
There’s a few cutie marks that show up repeatedly on background ponies, and sometimes I like to speculate on what they might mean about the pony who has them. Here’s a few.
- Carrot: Excellent eyesight, proficiency at bad prop comedy.
- Fleur de Lis: Snooty superiority, bad spelling, and frankly overrated cooking abilities, but a real knack for breakfast pastries.
- Compass Rose: Unerring sense of direction, tendency to declare anywhere they don’t feel like going to be full of dragons.
- Hourglass: Time Lord, natch.
Was reading through the Friendship Is Dragons archive for dark and terrible reasons that will become clear Sunday, and one of the commenters asked an interesting question: What would happen to the CMC if they stumbled on poison joke?
Here’s my guesses:
Scootaloo’s legs vanish/stop working, and she has to fly everywhere.
Sweetie Bell becomes invisible and inaudible to everyone except Rarity.
Apple Bloom gets Niven’s “Keller eyes” power, a.k.a. the ability of Doctor Who‘s Silence: Anypony not currently looking at her forgets she ever existed.
…Wow, poison joke is horrifying.
Anyway, what do you think?
Since I posted the BESM Cutie Mark attribute I made, here’s the Blank Flank attribute.
Finally saw the second episode of Tomodachi wa Mahou, and wow. I thought the voice casting on the Mane Six was good, but Steven Magnet? One-hundred percent absolutely perfect. The voice director is clearly not only paying close attention to the English voices, but actually playing them for the Japanese actors. There’s no other explanation for how closely he matches the tone.
Is it just me, or is Hasbro being MUCH more aggressive about getting Japanese MLP episodes pulled off YouTube than English episodes?