I was gonna draw Scootaloo and Applebloom with these two as well, but I’m tired so I’ll do it later and edit this (or just upload them separately. *shrugs*) But anyway, as a refresher for those who’s been following this AU or a heads-up for those of you who are just now tuning in, this AU takes place about 6+ years into a zombie/infection outbreak. The Mane 6 actually don’t know each other prior to the outbreak, however they WILL meet up with one another eventually and making a journey toward what they hope is safety. Where that is, no one really knows (rumors lead them to different places) but they’ll continue to try. Now, as far as these two go, even though AppleDash is one of the ships in this AU, they actually don’t start out traveling together. Instead, AJ was originally traveling with Pinkie Pie while Rainbow was in a group with Fluttershy.
Once again, due to the circumstances, AJ and RD are a little different in this AU, however they remain relatively the same at their core.
First up is Applejack, who is still the tallest and strongest among the Mane 6 even as an anthro. She’s a little over 6 feet tall, and her body is heavy and thick with powerful muscle. AJ’s so strong, her punches have enough force behind them to actually kill a zombie if directed to the head; she’s even managed to decapitate one with her bare hands once by literally ripping it’s head off (it helps that a zombie’s decaying body makes it a little easier). Her kicks are far more devastating. Her physical power allows her a little more of an advantage of being able to easily defend herself without a weapon against a zombie, but she prefers not to do so for obvious reasons. As such, she always carries around a hatchet and a woodcutter’s axe (of which she can wield with one hand without problems).
Applejack, similarly to Twilight Sparkle, does not like to stay in one place for very long, however she is more willing to set up camp for a few days before deciding to move on. Unlike Twi, AJ is on the move specifically to find her missing brother and grandmother, both of whom she and AB were separated from rather recently (around a few months to a year). Due to this, she actually seeks out safe zones, in hopes that maybe Big Mac and Granny Smith might in one of them. While she still remains very cautious and alert, this makes her a little more willing to put some trust in strangers. Despite this, AJ isn’t a fool, and she will always be at the ready to react just in case things go south (especially because she has Applebloom to protect). It’s because of her willingness to give a stranger a chance that led her to meeting and traveling with Pinkie Pie, especially due to her discovering Pinkie’s knack for being resourceful (and also knowing how to fix items and hot-wire vehicles). The three of them end up meeting Rainbow, Scoots, and Fluttershy in one of the safe zones they stumble upon.
And Rainbow Dash, who is relatively short in this AU, but still has a lean body meant for speed. Due to the necessity (mainly conserve energy and keep attention to a minimum), Rainbow Dash doesn’t fly as often as she’d like. But this doesn’t deter her from being the fastest in the group (only rivalled by Pinkie, who can easily keep up with Rainbow Dash on the ground). Some knowledge in parkour is pretty much needed and known by all and any survivors, however Rainbow has it down to an art, able to navigate her environment with relative ease. She keeps her hair very short in this AU (she cuts it herself) and always has her pants taped up to keep them from being too loose. Her favorite weapon of choice is usually a dagger and a glock in case of emergencies.
In this AU, RD still has her temper and the tendency to jump to conclusions, a
nd she’s still very much pigheaded and rash with her actions. She’s also very distrustful toward strangers, maybe even MORESO that Twilight, and she will almost always be the first to go on the defensive if she feels threatened. That said, Rainbow is still a very loyal pony, and once you gain her trust it’s hard to find a more dependable pony. She and Fluttershy have traveling together since the beginning of the outbreak, and the two of them stumbled across a lone Scootaloo sometime later. While Rainbow herself doesn’t have much faith in safe zones, she still holds onto the idea that maybe, just MAYBE, there’s a place out there that provide adequete safety, food, community, and is without the constant fear of surviving. This is partly due to her desire to keep Fluttershy and Scootaloo as safe and as content as the hellish world they live in allows, which is one of the reasons why they try to find safezones. The current one they’re in is the longest they’ve been in one; around a couple of months, at most. It’s in this safezone that she meets Applejack, and then eventually Twilight and Rarity (which, around that time, the safezone will end up being destroyed by a sudden disast of some sort).
And there ya have it. I was actually gonna write more for each, but I’m really tired so I’ll just do that later. But as usual, if you guys have any questions, feel free to ask. And thanks for takin’ a look! 8D
Gonna be honest, when I didn't see Applebloom my heart sank and thought she might have gone the way of Shining who I'm guessing bought it pretty early on. Glad to know that is not the case. Though the fact we don't get an Alaskan whaler Shining survivor saddens me for a number of reasons.
Shining Armor's whereabouts are unknown; it isn't known if he and Cadance are dead or missing; Twi wasn't with them when the Outbreak happened and they were pretty far north for business. Twi kinda wanders Equestria sorta-kinda looking for them, but she has no doubt in her mind that they're alive and well. At some point the group will choose to go north due to rumors of it being a safer place against the dead (Twi doesn't believe in "Safe haven" rumors but for the sake of her newfound companions, she'll eventually agree to travel there). The north, specifically the Crystal Empire, is quite possibly where Shining and Cadance are if they did survive. o3o
But no, Apple Bloom is certainly not dead. She's still alive, although plagued by night terrors now.
I'm starting to think I might drabble in this... seeing as I have an OC with a history of interdimensional travel and I love to abuse my OCs.