Ask Ditzy Ghoul
Outside of ponies, were there any magical animals effected by the fallout?

Well, there are the Balefire Phoenixes. Basically any phoenix incinerated by a balefire bomb came back, since phoenixes do that, but they had absorbed some of the dark magic in their ashes. They’re usually not too bad, if a bit territorial. Also, they can breathe fire. Manticores are an interesting case because both taint and radiation absolutely failed to have any impact on them at all. To the best of my knowledge, Cockatrices, another hybrid creature, were similarly unaffected.

So do you think Spike still has his old power ponies comics, and from time to time hops in them for a little fun?
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Well, he did share his comic collection with me and Silver Bell when we were taking shelter in his home, but I never saw any magical comics that could do the things that I was told by Fluttershy happened with that one particular comic. He likes to speculate that Humdrum would grow up to be and big and strong as he did.

OOC question: Have you ever considered writing the Wasteland Survival Guide? Even if it wouldn't be canon, I believe that it would be a fantastic companion piece to Fallout: Equestria, especially with your attention to detail when it comes to lore.
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OOC: The real problem is that I haven’t been able to write anything since February. A bunch of crappy stuff happened and I just haven’t been able to create anything I was satisfied with in regards to the Ditzy Doo Chronicles, so I feel taking on a new project would be ill advised.

No time to explain! I need 2 geese, a roll of duct tape, 23 toothpicks and some sodium benzoate!

Well the toothpicks, tape and preservatives I can get for you, but I don’t normally carry live animals. As a matter of fact, I don’t think Geese are around in Equestria anymore. Those that weren’t killed in the holocaust would have migrated someplace better able to sustain them.

Having read Littlepips book, I notice she describes a lot of ponies as having very militaristic or even violent cutie marks. As you lived through the whole great war, and subsequent collapse, did you notice the shift from the friendly peacetime cutie marks of the ministry mares generation to more warlike talents as things progressed? How long did it take? Were they different from one generation to the next, or more gradual than that?

Yes, and it deeply saddened me. Cutie Marks aren’t just about being good at something; a cutie mark is the very essence of a pony. That is to say, it represents what makes them special. Cheerilee, the elementary teacher in Ponyville, is a good example. The flowers on her flank represent growth and nurturing, and the smiles are about bringing happiness to young foals by helping them to discover themselves and the world. She chose teaching as a career because it seemed to her the best way to follow her heart in that regard. The violent and sometimes gory cutie marks seen on wasteland ponies make me sad more than anything, because it means the pony is all twisted up inside.

The first time I saw a cutie mark of that sort was within the first generation of post-holocaust ponies. The twisted world unfortunately made for twisted ponies.

OOC question: Was Soarin killed in the original Fallout: Equestria? I remember the mention of the four Wonder Bolt casualties, but I can't remember if their names were specified.
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OOC: I don’t believe that the members of the Wonderbolts who died in that event were specified, owing to the fact that when Fallout Equestria was written, the Wonderbolts were less well characterized.

((Yeah, it just said that they lost 4 members. But the three main ones are Soarin, Spitfire, and Fleet Foot as of current continuity, so I think most of us just imagine it would have to be them plus one other as yet unnamed member. Especially since Season 4 seems to confirm the Bolts as a branch of the Equestrian military))

Former branch of the Military. They were originally founded, according to Testing 1, 2, 3 as a supplement to Celestia’s Guard after the Nightmare Moon incident. However, the modern Wonderbolts are mainly stunt performers. There may be a lingering thread though, considering they were a Dragon Response team in Secret of my Excess.

OOC question: Was Soarin killed in the original Fallout: Equestria? I remember the mention of the four Wonder Bolt casualties, but I can't remember if their names were specified.
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OOC: I don’t believe that the members of the Wonderbolts who died in that event were specified, owing to the fact that when Fallout Equestria was written, the Wonderbolts were less well characterized.

Hiya, Ditzy! I have two pretty mundane questions: 1) What is the most common profession in the NCR, and 2) is meat still eaten by ponies?
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The most common profession in the NCR is scavenger. Trying to build an infrastructure requires a lot of raw materials to get it going. Plus, even with Gardens making food growable again, we still need to supplement what’s available with pre-war preserves. This also means that ponies do still eat meat out of necessity. Some just like the taste, but the Followers of the Apocalypse at least want to see it start phasing out as crops begin to grow again. They like to stress the fact that eating it, flavour or no, isn’t good for equine diets.

Hey howdy, Ditzy. While zebras may not be your area of expertise (we know so little about them, after all), I nonetheless have a question about them. Why would they stand on their two hind-legs to fire weapons? And could they move on two legs, or did they stay still when they did this?
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To the best of my knowledge, they don’t. They use mouth held firearms and battle saddles, same as Equestrians. The only time I’ve seen a zebra on two legs was if they were using their forelegs for martial arts. Rainbow Dash and Rarity both knew hoof-boxing, and would rear up for that as well.

Besides pegasi and griffins, are there any other species (either sentient or non-sentient) with the innate magical ability to walk on the clouds?
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Alicorns do, although that is only because they (or at least in the case of the natural alicorns that were the Princesses) have the essence of all three kinds of ponies. Earth Pony Strength, Unicorn Magic, and Pegasus Flight (And cloud walking by extension) all wrapped up into a single creature. A lot of birds also have the ability, so I’m thinking maybe any creature that can fly naturally can also walk on clouds.