Explaining the Cake family's geneticsTitle: A dissertation on the hypothetical genetics of the Cake familyExplaining the Cake family's genetics2 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
There has been dissension among the ranks of bronies as to whether the Cake parents, who are Earth ponies, could produce a pair of fraternal twins with one being a pegasus and the other a unicorn, given only one distant ancestor carried a single representative phenotype of each on either side.
I have developed a plausible pattern of inheritance to explain this seeming incongruity.
Let's say that pegasi and unicorns were genetically designed, using earth pony as the genetic base, by the alicorns playing god on the mythical continent of Atlantis. The easiest way to add the genes to the earth ponies would be to design an artificial chromosome carrying all the needed genes. Then this chromosome's expression could be triggered by a special transcription factor integrated elsewhere in the genome, likely tied via a promoter to other developmental genes. My bet is the BMP-Bcat-Wnt
AppleJacks Hat Is missingMy Little Pony: Friendship is MagicAppleJacks Hat Is missing2 years ago in Settings More Like This
Applejack's Hat is Missing
Twilight was studying as usual on a beautiful sunny day. She pulled one book after another as her research became more intense.
Spike sat on the steps muttering to himself with his arms folded knowing full well the he was the one that had to put all those books away, Twilight lightly put her book down and tilted her head back and closed her eyes and took a deep breath and smiled she half opened her eyes and looked at spike "whew, I haven't studied like that is some time spike I think I should take a break" she got up on all fours and arched her back and yawned.
She headed up the stairs and looked back at spike as she smiled "could you be a dear spike and put away tease books for me, I'll give you some gems for doing such a good job for me" she said, spike grumbled to himself and thought to himself I knew it.
Twilight looked at herself in the mirror and noticed her mane was quite a mess she brushed it gently and put down the
The Escapist on RealityFor the longest time, I knew cartoon and book characters better than real peopleThe Escapist on Reality2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Actually, I preferred their company over that of a real person,
probably because the only way I could interact with them was in my mind
And there, they already knew me, from my strengths to my faults, and accepted me
There was no uncertainty, no rejection, no hesitation
They were always the ones to seek me out, smiling as they asked me for my input
My strong fear of rejection held me back from entering reality
I went to every extent to keep reality at bay,
so that I could spend every other minute and nanosecond in my perfect fantasy
It was my strongest addiction; I was a full scale escapist
But there's only so much sweetness and indulgence fantasy can provide
When I turned thirteen, I started tentatively wandering into reality
My ventures showed me a world I never would have expected
Two people that I still respect and admire to this day grabbed my wrists
and welcomed me with open arms, patience, and smile
For Your Birthday-Chapter 3Future Shock, Backward is Forward and A Fond RemembranceFor Your Birthday-Chapter 32 years ago in Settings More Like This
Pinkie started up her time machine and with another whoosh she was in the future. Strangely, she didn't find herself back home, but outside the same castle. It was almost pitch black out; only the moon and stars provided any light. She could make out the shadowy outline of the castle nearby and approached it.
The castle seemed to be in ruins now, bare earth and the dead, leafless trees surrounding it. Why was it so cold? She rubbed her extremities to try to keep warm as she entered the castle.
"Hello? Anyone?" Pinkie Pie called out into the darkness, but the only sound was the echo of her hooves on the marble floors.
Digging around in her pack she found a bag of jelly beans and began leaving a trail to follow as she walked deeper into the castle. She saw leaves gathered in corners and watched the moon through th
Super Milestone Wars 2 part INat and Alex Wolff are performing the song "Illuminated" from their new album "Black Sheep" during a concert in Bryant Park, New York City, when all of a sudden a portal opens from the sky. Suddenly out of the portal emerges an unfathomably large flying ship, commanding the ship is Matt Pinfield and his 2nd-in-command, a recently revived Discord. This flying ship "called the Voidspace Gunship" then fires the main cannon, causing a dark bubble to appear in the distance, engulfing the entire Earth. The Earth then appears in a mysterious dimension called Voidspace with many other alternate Earths that have been sent here by the Voidspace Gunship. Nat, Alex, and the rest of the band then transforms into the Supetastic 6 and teleport into their moon-shaped starship, the "Super Galaxy Dai-Gurren Mk-II", which was back in their home dimension. What is left of Earth is a planet-sized Voidspace bubble. And so the Supetastic 6 head to other unverses to re-form "Supetastic 6 Unlimited". To be conSuper Milestone Wars 2 part I2 years ago in Profiles More Like This
An Open Letter to J.K. RowlingIt's the end of a decade; now the nostalgia and memories begin, or is it even too early for that?An Open Letter to J.K. Rowling2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
At one point or another, all of us wanted to find that Hogwarts note in our mail box
Sometimes, when we drifted to sleep at night, it was enticing to think about meeting Harry himself,
wander the giant, capacious halls of the elusive school of wizardry
Maybe, some boring days at school or work, we find ourselves closing our eyes
and hearing "20 points lost for Gryffindor" and staring dismally
into the bright contents of an unknown potion that does God-knows-what because
you know you were half-asleep during the hooked nose Professor Snape's lecture
There's been times where we reach into our pockets for a magic wand that doesn't exist,
when we look at the desk top where our owl should be, but the cage is missing
Somehow, this has seeped into our lives and touched us in such an unimaginable, enchanting way
Harry and his friends may be just fictitious characters in a book series,
yet, in some
TFS DBZA Bald This Way -Full--Bald This Way-TFS DBZA Bald This Way -Full-2 years ago in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
Nappa: I doesn't matter if you love me... or capital M-E. Just put your shiney heads up... 'cause you are bald this way baby.
My momma told me when I was young,
"You're gonna roam the stars!"
She combed my tail, but my armor on
And sent me off in my space pod
Krillin: All you need to do is shave your hair
Then wax that bitch untill it shines
Who gives a crap if all the children stare
Just listen up and you'll be fine
Nappa:I'm beautiful in my way
Kami makes no mistakes
I'm on the right track, baby
I am bald this way!
Krillin: Don't hide yourself in regret
Just power up and you're set
We're on the right track baby
'Cause we're bald this way! (Bald this way!)
Ginyu (to replace Tien): Ooh there ain't no other way
Baby i was bald this way
Baby i was bald this way! (Bald this way!)
Chiaotzu: Ooh there ain't no other way
Baby i was Bald this way
Nappa: Right track baby
We were bald this way!
Burter: Don't let it drag
just let it gleam
Guldo: Don't let it drag
just let it glea
SecretsSecrets5 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Death comes not for me,
They come to cut out
the evil of my life.
AbstractAbstract1 year ago in Free Verse More Like This
Within my soul, lies my heart.
A blank canvas, unsure of the painting it wishes to start.
It longs to be released, from the norm that dwells.
It hopes for an artist to paint an image, to re-coat is dulled shell.
There had yet to be one, until you stumbled along.
No reason for arriving, no purpose for moving on.
Of so many canvases, I plead, choose mine.
To test your passionate strokes, and wear your enchanting affections.
Drench my edges with warmth, and fill my center with your sunshine.
Color me with adoration and dry me with respect.
And when you reveal to the world your creation, they shall not awe at its flamboyancy, but at its abstract resemblance of our love.
The Past, The Present, and Our FutureThe Past, The Present, and Our Future1 year ago in Short Stories More Like This
Chapter One- Amongst the Trees
Amilie Manson is a pale and petite girl, with long, dark red hair. It flows behind her as she runs quickly. Her breath comes out in harsh pants, and her feet slap the ground as she runs. She runs through the forest with which she grew up knowing and loving. She usually finds a happy place in the forest. When she is in the forest, she feels closer to her powers. Her witch's powers are specialized in wind, earth, water, and fire. Amilie has one other ability that is rather unusual, and she never tells anyone about it. She can feel the spirits of the things around her if she tried to listen hard enough. Amilie has never told anyone about feeling spirit, it's considered a dark art. So she's hid her ability well.
She scans over the trees with her deep purple colored eyes, reading into their spirit. The trees are large and a pretty blue, the branches twist with the other branches. The leaves are paler in color then the bark and there are lightbugs flying throug
Spyra, part oneTwilight Sparkle slowly climbed the winding staircase, casting frequent nervous glances behind her to check whether she was being followed.Spyra, part one2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Canterlot was always busy no matter what time of day it was, but right now the only activity within the castle would be the royal guards on their nightly duties. It was 2am and the young unicorn had had one hell of a day, but this was the only moment when she had felt something approaching fear.
Actually, fear wasn't the correct word anxiety was a better term. If she failed in her mission here, then she was certain that Princess Celestia would be disappointed with her. The alicorn had been her tutor and mentor for most of her life and the one thing she strived for was to make her proud.
But her chances of success were about to take a sudden turn for the worse.
There was a sudden, almighty crash and she spun round to see one of the shields that had been hanging on the wall bouncing down the stairs. She winced at the sound of every metallic cl
EHL Part I - A New TeamEHL Part I - A New Team2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Equestria Hockey League Part I: A New Team
One cold, winter afternoon, Princess Celestia was sitting on her royal throne bored with no royal duties left to be performed for the rest of the day. Seeing the glistening, white snow gently falling outside, she devised a plan to create some outdoor winter fun for her subjects in Canterlot. As Princess Celestia looked out upon the palace, she noticed she had a prime piece of property to use for this plan. The royal pond was currently barren and closed off for the winter. Using her magic, Princess Celestia refilled the pond with water and then froze it, leaving a sparkling sheet of ice. Soon after, the Canterlot ponies began to visit the palace to skate on the royal pond.
One day in the heart of the winter season, a visiting pony from a land far away brought some curious equipment with him to the royal pond. He brought a bundle of large wooden sticks, two netting apparatus, and a single black rounded stone. The visitor then expla
Ariel tgAriel tg2 years ago in Settings More Like This
Ariel and Eric were about to have sex. Before her three days were up, Ariel needed to get that kiss. They still had not kissed, but Ariel sent enough messages to make Eric understand her intentions. She did not know that if she had sex within the three days, the spell would turn her into seawater. They both took off each other's clothes and got into bed. The second it started, Eric was surprised to be suddenly drenched in seawater while Ariel was nowhere in sight. He swallowed some of the water and coughed as his pores soaked up the rest. Eric moaned as his feet suddenly cracked and shrank down a few sizes. They arched slightly and became dainty as pale smooth skin covered them. Eric could not move as his legs lost their body hair and muscle, slimming down to match his feet while his thighs thickened until they were crushing his groin. He grunted as his hips burst outwards and his ass filled out sexily. Eric's pain went away as his pubic hair went from black to red and he started to mo
Dragon Age: A Bard's Love 1Dragon Age: A Bard's Love 14 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Title: A Bard's Love
Game: Dragon Age Origins
characters/pairing- The Warden, Leliana, Wynne, Alistair, others
Disclaimer- DAO (c) BioWare
Dragon Age: A Bard's Love
The group had been lost within the Brecillian forest for several days, trying to find a strange herb that could only be found within the deepest depths of the forest. The forest seemed to grow on their armor now.
"Ughh what I would give to have a wonderful bath!" Leliana said as she swiveled her head from side to side trying to fix her hair. Alistair rubbed his hand over his scruffy chin, his beard beginning to annoy him at every twitch of his face.
"There has to be some source of water around here." Wynne said as she looked around, annoyed as well of the filth they had gathered from the wild. Everyone's nerves seemed to be twisted. Cogdale was silent, he had been since leaving the Dalish camp days ago. His Silverlite armor glistened green from the treetops that let what little sunlight escape thr
Birds of Prey - LyricsBirds of Prey - Lyrics3 years ago in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
"Birds of Prey - Lyrics"
Good evening all you gentlemen, mobsters, creeps and crooks
Men in tights come after you, and still you're off the hook
For those who scare and terrorize, it's the dawn of a brand new day
[Catwoman, Huntress, & Black Canary]
You scum can simply call us, the one and only Birds of Prey
Green Lantern has his special ring
[Huntress & Black Canary]
Pretty strong that little thing
Blue Beetle's deeds are really swell
[Catwoman & Huntress]
But who will bring him out of his shell
Flash's foes, they finish last
Too bad sometimes he's just too fast
[Catwoman, Huntress, & Black Canary]
While all the boys can always save the day, no one does it better than the Birds of Prey (The one and only Birds of Prey)
While all the boys can always save the day, no one does it better, no one does it better than the Birds of Prey
Green Arrow has heroic traits, that is when you shoot him strai
The Light in the DarknessThe Light in the DarknessThe Light in the Darkness2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
She panted, heart pounding as she stood in the center of town. She could hear the blood coursing through the veins in her ears, sounding like the roar of a distant ocean. Her mind was numb, barely registering where she was or that she was covered with a sticky red substance, the pungent scent of copper filling the air. Her eyes slowly fell to an object on the ground: a stained knife that glinted in the midday sun. Next to it was a growing red pool. Her eyes trained on the pool and slowly moved to its source.
The deed had been done.
Luna's Moon hung high above Equestria, its gentle rays bathing the countryside in an eerie glow as it slowly trekked across the cobalt-hued sky. Near Ponyville, the light illuminated a lone figure winging somewhat less gracefully than normal above the town. It was very late and she was exhausted, but Rainbow Dash didn't ca
My Little Dashie - After YearsIt's been a full hour since Dashie had left along with Princess Celestia and the rest of her crew. I was just sitting on the couch sulking over the photos left behind, showing distant memories so clear and vivid. It all felt so real, so convincing... enough to have changed me to be a different person from what I was 15 years ago.My Little Dashie - After Years2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
And yet I have nothing to show for it.
Had I just gone mad? Was it just a Rainbow Dash plushie that I had imagined as the real thing? And Celestia taking her away was the result of me snapping back to reality after growing up? That would explain a lot, considering everything in this house appeared as though I've been living alone this whole time. The note could have been just me writing things down, and the photos could have been me Photoshopping Rainbow Dash with myself... I think I recall seeing a similar scenario in a video game. You know, back when I had the time for video games.
I just didn't know what to think. My mind couldn't accept such insanity, this
Mass Effect 3 Alternate Endings. SPOILERSMass Effect 3 Alternate Endings. SPOILERS2 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
MASS EFFECT 3 ALTERNATE ENDING *SPOILERS OBVIOUSLY*
**EDIT** Holy crap this got way more attention than I was expecting. The comments and support have been amazing everyone!
A few points: Credit where credit is due; this ending, as much as everyone seems to love it, was only created because the amazing team at Bioware created a universe that was so rich and full of life and detail. As much as I know a lot of fans are hurt by what they did, we need to remember that Bioware still created an incredible trilogy, one of the best ever. So hats off to them all round.
Also, this was written really fast and so the ending (specifically the last part on how you actually win using TIM's signal) isn't very fleshed out. I know there are holes, and they can actually be fixed quite easily. This isn't perfect. Also, this doesn't deal with a 'happy' ending. If there were to be one, or you were to even CONSIDER taking the fourth option, you'd need to be damn ready. I'm talking ALL war assets e