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Star Mares 1.2.5: It's Not Bragging If It's True

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Another new character based on an Expanded Universe figure.  This one should be more obvious than the last one, although not until you hear her name on the next page.  Any similarities between her and Rainbow Dash are completely intentional and will be the source of both humor and brooding psychological drama in the future.  Just don't read her in Rainbow's voice - she hates that.

The planet of Cloudsdale is the ponyverse's equivalent of Kuat - an industrial center known particularly for starships.  It's a gas giant (where else would pegasi settle?) that takes the basic concept of the city on the show and expands it to a planet-wide scale.  One of these days I'm going to have to run an RPG in this setting so I have an excuse to go there, since no matter how I attempt to convince myself, it doesn't make sense for it to replace Bespin.

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tyruvelp's avatar
"Just don't read her in Rainbow's voice - she hates that."

NOW YOU TELL ME!... (after i read the page first) 
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The voice I settled on was either Avatar Korra or Ahsoka Tano (I forget which).
fotland42's avatar
I was going to laugh and say "I'd like to see her stop me," but I think I can manage to keep her as Korra. Maybe.
Sturmlion1's avatar
Thats a face I hadn't expected to see.
ChrisTheS's avatar
They all have the same face :p
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Ponies in general.
Sturmlion1's avatar
True, but I like the idea there is a clone army of Pilot Rainbow Dash's. 
TheFerbguy's avatar
What are the gears for the flyers?
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Pressurized flight suit, rebreather mask, polarized goggles with HUD, ion engine pods strapped underneath the wings, casters strapped to forehooves, and hoof-waving the issues of having skin exposed to vacuum because of artistic necessity.
TheFerbguy's avatar
That's a lot to take in. That'd be so much to put into a cosplay.
ChrisTheS's avatar
It's a lot to put into a picture too.  I had to go back and add the ion pods to all of Wind Whistler's poses because I realized (about ten pages after putting her in the suit) that I'd forgotten them.  That's the main reason I haven't done a lot of unique poses for these two even though I'm almost done issue 3 now.
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Oh, and I forgot to mention the subvocal radio pods under the ears too.  Basically I figured everything that would have to be in a TIE pilot suit, stripped away the actual helmet so we could tell which pony we were dealing with, and added engines and weapons.
TheFerbguy's avatar
That's... That's a lot of detail for them.
momowo's avatar
it's... hsad wobniar!
ChrisTheS's avatar
'Monochrome Sprint'?
momowo's avatar
it's from that fan episode "double rainboom" it's rainbow dash spelled backwards...
basically nega-dash or evil-dash or something...
Dante-Wynter's avatar
Suddenly, the Empire is 20% cooler.
tyruvelp's avatar
19% - you need color for 20% 
TP-Night's avatar
Imperial-Dash... I already love her. <3
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Strange to say, but this is the only character motivated by practical necessity rather than random whimsy.  When planning ahead, I realized I needed an Imperial POV character in order to interact with ANY of the 'Empire Strikes Back' storyline.  So I went looking for the most sympathetic Imperial EU character I could find, and turned up a certain hotshot TIE pilot who was practically begging to be turned into a Dash clone (not literally, I should stress).
tyruvelp's avatar
"certain hotshot TIE pilot"

hot shots - a parody of the movie Top Gun

looks like i got some funny comedy gags to look forward to (drifting in space (space ball did that too), that landing scene that happened at the end of the movie ( mostly the only thing i remember of the movie) ) 
GBscientist's avatar
So this is your Baroness Fel?

I love your idea of Kuat.  Does it still have the full ring of orbital shipyards, or are those unnecessary with the cloud cities?
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