The Ones That Stick With Me: by Kkat

A letter from the author herself, and well worth reading:

The Ones That Stick With Me

Sorry I didn’t get this up last night; RL stuff yet again. Let’s pretend I did? Ok? Ok! End of the month is soon! SOON I SAY! Thanks for remindin’ me Kkat & Cherry Pie!

Since I DO always have an excuse, at least, it’s ‘cause I was watchin’ my sisters’ kids, and also finally got to finishing Pokémon Y. I didn’t get to assemble the team I want yet, but workin’ on it!

captainhoers:

TOFFEE. Fallout Equestria in a nutshell.

I love you Cap’n.

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I’ve gotten many questions over the months about videogames, including some about Pokémon, so thanks to the talented and kind Mister Mech (go commission stuff from him!), I present to you this wonderful art crossover. Consider it a Nightmare Night special too, if you’d like!
"What Fallout: Equestria characters would go best with which Pokémon?”
Littlepip / Gardevoir : I thought Gardevoir would be the most appropriate ‘mon for Littlepip because they both embody the virtue of sacrifice. She can learn moves like Destiny Bond (taking you with me!), Telekinesis (duh), and like LP, she’s fast, somewhat small, mentally strong, not physically tough but still manages to endure. Even the Pokédex info compliments her character, as Gardevoir is described as willing to die for those it cares about, which is what Fallout: Equestria’s main story arc is all about.
Homage / Lapras : This aquatic Pokemon also is known for it’s compassion and caring, and like Homage herself, has a tragic past. They’re hunted nearly to extinction and are a rare species in the Pokémon world. Their blue coloration also reminds Homage of her lost friend & lover, Jokeblue, from before FO:E began. Notably, Lapras is one of the few Pokemon with musical ability; such as, well, Sing and Perish Song. The latter particularly reminds me of what Homage did with using the Star Blaster to take out an Enclave hit squad, and has a unique parallel with Littlepip’s Gardevoir using Destiny Bond..
Velvet Remedy / Blissey : As with Lapras, Blissey is talented with song, but like Velvet, her true calling is healing. Blissey is regarded as one of the best “walls” in the game, as she takes hits for her teammates (much like how Velvet’s barriers shield her allies) and then tends to their wounds with her medical knowledge. Finally, Blissey evolves from Chansey only when her happiness is at it’s peak, which also reflects Velvet’s development as a character in FO:E, from her pacifist beginnings to willing to take a life to save a life.
Calamity / Crobat : Much like Blissey above, Crobat also only evolves when it’s extremely happy, which connects the two, as he does with Velvet. Notably, Crobat is one of the fastest Pokémon in the franchise, and it’s moves emphasize precision strikes, like a sniper. It’s also capable of manuevers to further boost these qualities like Acrobatics, and there’s no denying Calamity is agile and accurate as hell. This ties him to Rainbow Dash too, as one of the ‘best pets' competing for Dashie's attention also happened to be a bat..
Xenith / Absol : I could have been obvious and chosen the zebra Pokémon that’s new in Generation V, but, no, Xenith’s character matches Absol’s better. Both are dark colored, misblamed for disasters they had nothing to do with (racial tensions between zebras and ponies).. and are hard hitting. And prefer the shadows. And underhanded moves which kill quick, but get the job done. I can go on and on, but you can see all the similarities yourself.
Steelhooves / Scizor : Not fast, but able to move quickly when needed. Vicious and hard to kill. Immune to almost everything. Somewhat bitter and jaded about life. Capable of dealing an enormous amount of damage. Apple red. Encased completely in metal. Attacks with bullets. Any and all of these terms describe both the Pokémon and Steelhooves, and that’s why they match up best. Steelix was another possibility, but it isn’t as destructive as it’s appearance implies, and ol’ Applesnack is both able to take hits AND dish them out, which Scizor represents.
You’ll also notice that this is a diverse party of types and there’s six of them, which means it’s also a perfectly viable group to use in the Pokémon games. That was intentional; they support one another and make up for the weaknesses of their allies with their own strengths, like any good group should. Although I guess if you wanted to be story accurate, once you’ve gotten most of the Badges you’d need to have Scizor fainted for the rest of the game.. :\
(Art by Mister Mech)

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I’ve gotten many questions over the months about videogames, including some about Pokémon, so thanks to the talented and kind Mister Mech (go commission stuff from him!), I present to you this wonderful art crossover. Consider it a Nightmare Night special too, if you’d like!

"What Fallout: Equestria characters would go best with which Pokémon?”

Littlepip / Gardevoir : I thought Gardevoir would be the most appropriate ‘mon for Littlepip because they both embody the virtue of sacrifice. She can learn moves like Destiny Bond (taking you with me!), Telekinesis (duh), and like LP, she’s fast, somewhat small, mentally strong, not physically tough but still manages to endure. Even the Pokédex info compliments her character, as Gardevoir is described as willing to die for those it cares about, which is what Fallout: Equestria’s main story arc is all about.

Homage / Lapras : This aquatic Pokemon also is known for it’s compassion and caring, and like Homage herself, has a tragic past. They’re hunted nearly to extinction and are a rare species in the Pokémon world. Their blue coloration also reminds Homage of her lost friend & lover, Jokeblue, from before FO:E began. Notably, Lapras is one of the few Pokemon with musical ability; such as, well, Sing and Perish Song. The latter particularly reminds me of what Homage did with using the Star Blaster to take out an Enclave hit squad, and has a unique parallel with Littlepip’s Gardevoir using Destiny Bond..

Velvet Remedy / Blissey : As with Lapras, Blissey is talented with song, but like Velvet, her true calling is healing. Blissey is regarded as one of the best “walls” in the game, as she takes hits for her teammates (much like how Velvet’s barriers shield her allies) and then tends to their wounds with her medical knowledge. Finally, Blissey evolves from Chansey only when her happiness is at it’s peak, which also reflects Velvet’s development as a character in FO:E, from her pacifist beginnings to willing to take a life to save a life.

Calamity / Crobat : Much like Blissey above, Crobat also only evolves when it’s extremely happy, which connects the two, as he does with Velvet. Notably, Crobat is one of the fastest Pokémon in the franchise, and it’s moves emphasize precision strikes, like a sniper. It’s also capable of manuevers to further boost these qualities like Acrobatics, and there’s no denying Calamity is agile and accurate as hell. This ties him to Rainbow Dash too, as one of the ‘best pets' competing for Dashie's attention also happened to be a bat..

Xenith / Absol : I could have been obvious and chosen the zebra Pokémon that’s new in Generation V, but, no, Xenith’s character matches Absol’s better. Both are dark colored, misblamed for disasters they had nothing to do with (racial tensions between zebras and ponies).. and are hard hitting. And prefer the shadows. And underhanded moves which kill quick, but get the job done. I can go on and on, but you can see all the similarities yourself.

Steelhooves / Scizor : Not fast, but able to move quickly when needed. Vicious and hard to kill. Immune to almost everything. Somewhat bitter and jaded about life. Capable of dealing an enormous amount of damage. Apple red. Encased completely in metal. Attacks with bullets. Any and all of these terms describe both the Pokémon and Steelhooves, and that’s why they match up best. Steelix was another possibility, but it isn’t as destructive as it’s appearance implies, and ol’ Applesnack is both able to take hits AND dish them out, which Scizor represents.

You’ll also notice that this is a diverse party of types and there’s six of them, which means it’s also a perfectly viable group to use in the Pokémon games. That was intentional; they support one another and make up for the weaknesses of their allies with their own strengths, like any good group should. Although I guess if you wanted to be story accurate, once you’ve gotten most of the Badges you’d need to have Scizor fainted for the rest of the game.. :\

(Art by Mister Mech)

This is what I was asking about before the incident with my computer. I felt it fit the most out of every suggestion I got, both public and private, for a number of reasons..
I’ve received a number of questions asking about politics over the last month, and while I wanted to avoid that, one query struck a chord; asking what Littlepip’s campaign poster might look like if she had run for office in the NCR (or her Stable). Sure, she might have been called all sorts of positive things like ‘Savior of the Wastes’ or even something messianic like ‘The Lightbringer’, but she was never really comfortable with such titles.
However, if there’s one thing Littlepip, and Fallout: Equestria itself has done, is inspire others. Kkat’s writings inspired me to start this Tumblr. It inspired the tales of Puppysmiles, Blackjack, Murky, Silver Storm, Cherry Pie, Dusty, a raider and her kid, a disembodied megalomaniac, and literally hundreds of others. There’s a thriving, growing fandom for this story, this world, these characters, and it’s become fanfiction of fanfiction. A fandom of a spinoff of two other fandoms, blended into a new, unique whole.
Therefore, I can think of no other single word that Littlepip could convey to you all other than inspiration. Inspire yourself, improve in whatever your special talent is, and do what you can to inspire others, so that they may find happiness in whatever it is that they enjoy.
Thank you Kkat for writing the wonderful story which made this possible. A certain somepony else received this treatment, and I think you deserve a similar honor.
Much love for those of you out there on the Internet as well. Thank you for your kind words, questions, and patronage. I may get a bit cheesy at times, like uh, now, but you’re all great and I hope I’m as much an inspiration as ya’ll have been to me. *smiles*
(Art courtesy of the amazing artist, person and friend, Toaster Repairpony)

This is what I was asking about before the incident with my computer. I felt it fit the most out of every suggestion I got, both public and private, for a number of reasons..

I’ve received a number of questions asking about politics over the last month, and while I wanted to avoid that, one query struck a chord; asking what Littlepip’s campaign poster might look like if she had run for office in the NCR (or her Stable). Sure, she might have been called all sorts of positive things like ‘Savior of the Wastes’ or even something messianic like ‘The Lightbringer’, but she was never really comfortable with such titles.

However, if there’s one thing Littlepip, and Fallout: Equestria itself has done, is inspire others. Kkat’s writings inspired me to start this Tumblr. It inspired the tales of Puppysmiles, Blackjack, Murky, Silver Storm, Cherry Pie, Dusty, a raider and her kid, a disembodied megalomaniac, and literally hundreds of others. There’s a thriving, growing fandom for this story, this world, these characters, and it’s become fanfiction of fanfiction. A fandom of a spinoff of two other fandoms, blended into a new, unique whole.

Therefore, I can think of no other single word that Littlepip could convey to you all other than inspiration. Inspire yourself, improve in whatever your special talent is, and do what you can to inspire others, so that they may find happiness in whatever it is that they enjoy.

Thank you Kkat for writing the wonderful story which made this possible. A certain somepony else received this treatment, and I think you deserve a similar honor.

Much love for those of you out there on the Internet as well. Thank you for your kind words, questions, and patronage. I may get a bit cheesy at times, like uh, now, but you’re all great and I hope I’m as much an inspiration as ya’ll have been to me. *smiles*

(Art courtesy of the amazing artist, person and friend, Toaster Repairpony)

I heard this earlier, as I was given an early preview, but now it’s released to the masses, as Equestria Daily reported on it, so here you go! And yes, that’s the pic of Littlepip that TRP made for me for this blog showing up again.. :3

Kudos to Scorch, and those assisting ‘em in the audio project work, as always.

Recently I’ve gotten a flood of questions asking about that “Security” mare I heard about a few times during my adventure years ago. Some of these messages imply that we’ve met, although I don’t remember any such thing ever happening, nor was there any record of such in my memory orbs. DJ PON3 reported on lots of ponies making a difference in the wasteland, not just my friends and I, so.. it’s possible, but I don’t think so..
And everytime I try and think about the subject, I keep getting this really weird image in my head.. that can’t be real..
(Project Horizons isn’t canon, but hey, I can compromise.. so maybe, just maybe, something in it happened, or maybe it didn’t. Blackjack is neither a clever pony nor the most reliable narrator, so.. this is a way to make those on both sides of the canon fence happy. Broad Strokes at it’s finest, folks!)
Art by the ever-awesome-and-talented Spikeshi!

Recently I’ve gotten a flood of questions asking about that “Security” mare I heard about a few times during my adventure years ago. Some of these messages imply that we’ve met, although I don’t remember any such thing ever happening, nor was there any record of such in my memory orbs. DJ PON3 reported on lots of ponies making a difference in the wasteland, not just my friends and I, so.. it’s possible, but I don’t think so..

And everytime I try and think about the subject, I keep getting this really weird image in my head.. that can’t be real..

(Project Horizons isn’t canon, but hey, I can compromise.. so maybe, just maybe, something in it happened, or maybe it didn’t. Blackjack is neither a clever pony nor the most reliable narrator, so.. this is a way to make those on both sides of the canon fence happy. Broad Strokes at it’s finest, folks!)

Art by the ever-awesome-and-talented Spikeshi!

On FO:E Spinoffs

It’s been my policy up to this point to NOT consider FO:E fics besides the main until they’re concluded. Thus, I was about to pick up and devour the contents of Pink Eyes since it finished, but as Project Horizons is ongoing.. well..

Certain events may lead me to make a small compromise for this blog. Just a small one. I still am not going to consider the events canon until it’s finished / any-and-all continuity errors are fixed, etc.

But.. keep an eye out for something here related to the latest PH chapter and to Littlepip. I can’t answer any questions related to it, until then, sorry!

(And no, I’m not ignorant of Blackjack and company, I just mean that it’s not like the main story which I’ve read and re-read dozens of times and know almost all of it from memory.. see my above comments and earlier posts for further musings on this subject.)

mech-station:

An entry for a contest at the Fallout-Equestria group on DA
Littlepip’s first step toward her destiny

This brings back memories.. and yes, it felt like there was an eternal darkness beyond, which made stepping into it all that more frightening..

mech-station:

An entry for a contest at the Fallout-Equestria group on DA

Littlepip’s first step toward her destiny

This brings back memories.. and yes, it felt like there was an eternal darkness beyond, which made stepping into it all that more frightening..

Fallout Character Building : SPECIAL - Part II

The second half of an analysis on SPECIAL in the Fallout ‘verse; you can click here for Part I and further details. I’ll try to link each post and use the same tags on them so they’re easier to find.. anyways, here goes!

Intelligence

This stat is an overall generalization of your brainpower, measured in a single number. In the wastes it has two primary functions: your language skills and how many skill points you obtain upon a level up. The whole concept of levels is rather abstract and doesn’t apply in every universe, but for argument’s sake, let’s say it does and you believe in it. The smarter you are, the more points you can allocate, even to skills that aren’t directly related to thinking.

And while Charisma is the ‘social’ statistic, Intelligence comes into play for the words themselves. Lower Intelligence individuals are unable to understand the very structure of language itself, and speak in “Me am good at fight!”-style sentences. Again, this doesn’t mean they’re incapable of functioning normally, it just means they’re a bit slow. Of course, bias also comes into play here, and if you or your simulated self has a very low INT, expect pandering or outright refusal to deal with “a moron” when others speak to you.

This is obviously an important value in both reality and fiction, and personally, it’s one of the things that seperates us.. both ponies and humans.. from mindless animals. There are many things I’d sacrifice for the greater good, but losing your mind? Very little in life is worth that, especially since your judgment on everything after that point would also be impaired..

Agility

This is another number that’s become far more important in the post-apocalyptic days then before.. everything wasn’t blown up. Agility is how quick your reflexes are, affecting your ability to draw, holster and reload a weapon, as well as the Action Points you have for targeting systems like S.A.T.S. Simply put, AP is the most you can do in a short period of time under ideal conditions; optimizing the calculations your PipBuck uses can squeeze a few more points in, but it’s mostly based on you, the one wearing it.

Before the War, this was only really of use to royal guards or those whose occupations required exceptional speed & control (like the Wonderbolts). But nowadays, how fast you can ready your weapon, ANY weapon; doesn’t have to be a gun, could even be your bare hooves (or hands or claws..), is extremely important.

If you’re smaller then the norm for your species, then you get an inherent bonus to this, but you also suffer more from injuries as a result. Given what’s happened to me in my story and my size, you’d guess correctly in that I’d fit the definition for that advantage as well as it’s opposing downside. Broken bones suck, but dying by being unable to react fast enough is worse!

I wouldn’t advise dropping this below average, since being clumsy isn’t good even in non-life-threatening situations. If you’ve got a PipBuck and absolutely love to use it’s targeting functions, or you just have a need for speed, then you can’t go wrong with Agility.

Luck

And finally we come down to that most mysterious of the SPECIAL system, Luck. Unlike the other numbers, which you can clearly see the physical and mental effects of, Luck is more subtle. It not only influences how “lucky” you are, improving your critical hit rate (in layman’s terms, a critical is when you hit a target exceptionally well, typically by virtue of landing an attack in just the right spot), and ALL of your skills very slightly.

It’s also been said that those with exceptional Luck have even been able to somehow influence the world around them merely by being present. Things like beating statistical odds in games of chance, or your enemies fumbling their weapon repeatedly far more often then they should.

If your Luck is impaired or simply below average, you’re literally gambling your life, while at the same time screwing over the probability. Not a good combination; and while even the most Luck in the world won’t prevent bad things from happening to you, it might at least soften the blow.

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And that concludes this part of my introduction to the SPECIAL system which underlies the Fallout world, and thus my particular Equestria. At this point in time I’ve pretty much accepted that my reality has far too many things in common with that one to be a mere coincidence.. which is somewhat comforting in that we weren’t the only ones to do what we did; but also frightening for the same exact reasons.

Anyways, I’ll cover skills next, then the really fun part, perks and traits. I’ll also try and point out the applications of the various abilities; what is useless to one pony is a Goddess-send to another. Not to mention just how important some of these are when your life is on the line; unlike you folks in other worlds merely reading about this (or messing around in your simulations where you’re not personally indanger..).

Fallout Character Building : SPECIAL - Part I

In my Equestria, as well as certain similar reality simulations, an individual’s base capability is determined by something called SPECIAL. That stands for Strength, Perception, Endurance, Charisma, Intelligence, Agility and Luck. You can’t really determine these numbers just by looking at somepony, although you can make a good guess. And of course, there’s things like magic spells and PipBucks which WILL tell you precise numbers. Regardless, even if you’re born a certain way, you can increase these statistics in various ways, with different results, as I’ll go over.

(These posts will focus on the systems used in Fallout: New Vegas, as it’s both the newest entry in the franchise and, arguably, the best. Most details will also apply to Fallout 3, which Fallout: Equestria draws heavily upon, particularly early on. Differences between FO3, FO:NV and FO:E will be noted if neccessary.)

Strength
Raw physical muscle, which affects one’s ability to lift objects and how hard you hit things up close with melee weapons like hammers.

You CAN carry more then your Strength allows, but that will slow you down considerably, so don’t get into a fight while overloaded! You’re unable to “fast travel" if you exceed your weight limit, which in our case was the Sky Bandit. A good bit of advice from Calamity is, that he would often store excess items in some containers near the entrance of whatever location we were exploring. Then, once all the dangers were cleared out, he could easily return to sell off the rest later. That’s a good idea in the short term, but don’t ever keep your stuff for more then a few days in an insecure location. A random Wastelander might happen by and take all your things, so it’s best to keep them permanently somewhere you “own”, like say, an apartment in Tenpony Tower.

Each weapon also has a minimum Strength requirement, and if you don’t meet or exceed that value, you’ll either attack slower (Melee & Unarmed), or have worse accuracy (everything else).

You’d assume, correctly, that I personally have a low Strength, which is also why I typically favor smaller weapons. Less recoil, less difficulty firing repeated shots, and less weight to worry about overall.

Perception
This reflects how keen your senses are; both the standard five, as well as any additional ones you may possess due to magic or technology.

Essentially, it’s how aware you are of your surroundings, as well as small details about others. Thus, a high Perception will let your PipBuck track and detect targets from further away. It can also help in conversation, as you might notice a sudden twitch or other indication that somepony is lying. I would highly recommend you never let this drop below average, as all it takes is one ambush to end your life.

Endurance
Ahh, a statistic that became very important in post-War Equestria to all, but was always vital for those in defense or security occupations. Endurance embodies how well you take punishment of any variety but mental; radiation, poison, gunshots, hammers to the ribs, all of the above and then some. Additional resistances exist, such as versus fire, but only certain creatures like dragons have that naturally. It also represents one’s overall health, known in some circles as ‘hit points’.

The NCR has made conditions in Equestria better then they were, but this is one statistic you also are unlikely to want to skimp out on. High Endurance is the difference between stepping on a rusty nail and getting an infection, or shrugging it off and going about your business with just an annoying scratch.

Speaking of the NCR, they’re also an example of the one time you CAN get away with a low value in this; if you’re a sniper of sorts and have friends whom can keep hostiles away from you. Given all the times I got close to death myself, however.. I cannot advocate decreasing this without a damn good reason.

Charisma
This is a combination of your force of personality as well as your physical appearance. I mistakenly assumed that shyness was a factor in this, but it isn’t. Both myself and Fluttershy have a good amount of Charisma, and it’s reflected in our faith in our friends.

Speaking of which, that’s also what Charisma does; helps you inspire your allies. You’ve heard the saying “to give 110%”? Well, that’s exactly what this can do for your friends, if you provide just cause for your actions.

I’ll also note that, although a form of discrimination, which I can’t deny exists, some folks will flat out refuse to speak with you at all if your Charisma is too low. They say first impressions count, so wearing a nice set of clothes can help raise this, even if only temporarily. And given my own problems with addiction, I can’t suggest using chems or alcohol, but.. they exist for that too.

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Wow, this came out longer then I thought it would! I’ll cover the remaining three SPECIAL stats in the next post on this subject!

Much Ado About Ponies

Ok, so, this isn’t a response to a question, but in a way, sorta is, and will spoil things for my story if you haven’t read all of it up to this point, so fair warning..

Now, I realize that, for those of you out there, my tale is either fiction, or it’s already happened, or maybe it is real but simply takes place in another reality. I’m living through it right now, so I don’t have the luxury of sitting somewhere, looking back on the past, or having the benefit of access to knowledge about every single little detail. I work with what I’ve got, and I’m often acting under massive amounts of stress, physical pain, and emotions that I can’t just bottle away and act like everything’s fine.

So when I read something that says I sacrificed a part of myself to kill Autumn Leaf, it just infuriates me. This was somepony who was ordering his troops to “purge” wasteland settlements of not just raiders, but entire innocent towns as well. And when the Enclave’s higher-ups found that there were families, children and other innocents as well in the crossfire?

That was just an excuse for them to pause and reload.

And then, when some Enclave soldiers had a crisis of morality, their officers ordered the remainder to fire upon THEM. Even if the orders didn’t come directly from Autumn, this was the kind of organization the stallion was a part of, and the kind of world they were after, while destroying the one we’re in now. From these actions, we can see that the rank-and-file Enclave probably has a decent number of ponies who aren’t evil, and that’s why I didn’t want to fight any I didn’t have to while we were on the Overcast. But the ones in charge have all the knowledge and power, and if you let somepony do horrible things and don’t even try to stop it, you’re as complicit as they are.

There’s a reason why ‘I was just following orders' isn't considered acceptable in every circumstance, and the above is just one example why. Ignorance isn't an excuse either; if somepony is screaming for help, and you don't go to see what's happening, and then they die, you can't claim 'I didn't know' because you didn't even try! I did what I did because I actually care about life, unlike him, and good doesn’t mean you let yourself be bound to the whims of evil. A bullet was a mercy compared to what he really deserved..

Now as for Red Eye, oh boy. I’ve said it before, I’m saying it again, and I’ll keep saying it, he is a tragic example of somepony with good intentions but whom goes about it all the wrong way. Some have asked me about Dr. Glue.. you know when your mind sees something so horrible, so incredibly repulsive, that you blank it out? That’s what happens whenever I think about him, or his cutie mark, or the things in his so-called lab. And this is the kind of pony that Red Eye was employing. Both of them were so beyond forgiveness that to give either another chance would be an insult to everypony whom has ever truly turned their lives around.

I have sacrificed plenty. Killing both those assholes was not one of them. Yes, I do need to avoid becoming that which I fight, I don’t deny that. But I have a conscience, and friends, to keep me from falling into the abyss. That’s the difference between me and Red Eyes. He embraced his darkness; I shine light upon my own, to keep it at bay.

Why do I suddenly feel compelled to wear this helmet? Calamity found it when he was looting the Overcast. It looks like an Enclave soldier modified a Steel Rangers helmet. There’s some weird language scrawled along the inside, and I swear this thing makes my voice louder, and it’s definitely uncomfortable. But then I don’t have training to wear power armor either, so I’ll be taking this off in a moment..

Anyways, Skyrim you say? Nope, never heard of it.

((Art provided by the awesome Toaster “Spikeshi” Repairpony @ this link.. thanks!))