Even if you *could* use the Crystal Heart or something similar to purge the entire world of radiation, wouldn't that kill or at least doom all of the ghouls? I mean, I could see that being a sacrifice *you* would be willing to make for yourself, but surely not every ghoul would go along with such a thing.
That is actually a perfectly valid point. Lionheart and I may not want to go on for more than another lifetime (if that), but it’s not really up to us to make that decision for every other ghoul out there. Just as well though, the crystal heart wouldn’t be able to pull that off anyways, based on how Celestia explained its function. Still, as time goes on, it’ll still get more difficult over time for ghouls to get radiation, and eventually most of them will probably get tired of unlife or decide to go peacefully rather than wait for feralism to claim them.
Actually a Wolf Wood pack is easy to spot if you know the one thing to look for, the lack of deciduous trees; Wolf Wood's have their ancestors odor problem and that keeps away seed dispersing animals who can smell it from a distance. As for the broadcaster my wife Tune Up's caravan is at Tenpony right now, I'll give her the heads up. Oh and are you interested in meeting a star wolf, because if so Inky's older sister Red Paws is one of the guards on that wagon? ~ Greynote
Smell is a good indicator, even if not a pleasant one. Thanks for the tip. I’m not quite sure what a Star Wolf is, but it’s always nice to meet new folks so long as they’re friendly.
Wasteland Joke Time! How many Stable ponies does it take to change a light bulb?
I dunno, four?
Do not go, element of laughter. The glaciers shall not care for your mirth. There are things in the shadows; evils older and more vile than even your war inflicted. The darkness watches. It breathes. It hungers. The frigid air howls between ethereal fangs. The icy night silence whispers but a single name in the stillness. "Sombra... Sombra... Sombra..." Poison and radbooms and guns and bombs will not avail you. Stay away. Stay far away! The ice chants his name! "Sombra! Sombra!"
King Sombra is… well, dead. He kinda got exploded. Or shattered possibly. I wasn’t there, but I heard about it after the fact. He regained his physical body when exposed to the raw magical energy of the Crystal Heart, but when the Crystal Ponies fed their power to the heart to produce the spell that protects the Empire, the collision with the magical energy field blew Sombra to bits. He wasn’t exactly invulnerable as a living shadow either, considering Cadance’s shield was capable of breaking his horn off the first time he tried to break back into the empire. It seems that, while otherwise impervious, the magic of light and love was his weakness, to which he had no resistance whatsoever. Either way though, he simply isn’t around anymore.
I'm aware, I just want you to know. there's also some weird thing I call a snow-strider. It's... sort of like a hippo, but covered in white fur, it has two monkey-like arms, big eyes, and a carnivorous appetite. they like to hide in the snow before ambushing their prey. Speaking of "dangerous creatures," how's Mouse?
Sounds interesting, perhaps I need a northern Equestria section of the Guide. I’ll look into it for the revised edition.
Mouse is pretty great. She’s got the same kind of pseudo-imortality as Lionheart, and most of her draconic attributes as well, so there’s really not much that bothers or hurts her. She enjoys playing with Silver Bell, and I’m always there to make sure they’re careful. She also makes a great guard for when we’re away from the house. You can get past a guard dog, but nopony messes with mouse.
Something you might want to look for up north are Plotors, a newly sapient race that mutated from the raccoons that make their homes in old growth deciduous forests up there. Just be careful they know that you aren't feral first, they might not be overtly hostile but they will defend their homes if they feel threatened. They're also born scavengers and a good source of trade. ~ Greynote
Nothing wrong with sapient races so long as they’re friendly. Trading and scavenging are both things I do pretty well, so I’m sure we’ll get along fine. Raccoons are cute too!
Um… most people would probably say I’m not cute at all, so it’s less a question of how I am cute, and more about why people might think of me as cute. The answer to that is… because?
Pardon me but did The Doctor ever go by the name Doctor Time Turner while in Equestria? One of the other librarians found a miss-shelved book that this pony wrote titled The Grand Bells of Equestria that has an entry on the Aegis Bell but I don't know whether or not to accept the information it has as truth or speculation. ~ Inky Paws
Time Turner? I think he used that alias while he was acting the part of assistant to Ponyville’s Mayor. It’s a funny story really, I’ll tell you about it some time. Of course, The Doctor isn’t his real name either. I don’t think anyone other than him knows that. Still, this Q&A isn’t supposed to be about The Doctor, it’s about me trying to help my fellow equines out there. If the aegis bells are important, I’m sure he’ll show up when needed.
Remind me, was there a particular reason for the Crystal empire expedition?
Well, aside from trying to see if there are any Crystal Ponies still around to be brought back into Equestria, the Empire itself has many resources that could be useful in the reconstruction of Equestria that the NCR is a big part of. Additionally, there’s the Crystal Heart. A powerful artifact in it’s own right, the Crystal Heart takes the emotional energy of the crystal ponies and converts it to various forms of magic. Most prominently, the spell used to protect the empire itself.
Celestia informed me that, sadly, the Crystal Heart cannot be used to amplify other spells, such as Gardens of Equestria. However, if the Crystal Ponies could be saved and instilled with hope and love again, the magic of the Crystal Heart could send that emotional resonance around the world. This in turn would go a long way to bringing peace and stability back to the rest of the world.
Actually north of Equestria there are Wolf Woods, evolved Timber Wolves made of living conifers who plant themselves to ambush prey; be careful of small forests. Also do you have any broadcast transmitters in stock, a rogue balefire phoenix melted Jerkytown's into slag recently? ~ Greynote
Yikes, that sounds tricky. At least we were planning on going armed anyways to be safe. Well, except for me, I can’t work a gun or battle saddle. No tongue.
As for a broadcaster, I think I can help you out. I still don’t have as many stealth bucks as I did before I gave a bunch to Blackwing and her Talons to help them fight the Steel Rangers in Stable 2, but broadcasters have never been in as high demand. Do you need it delivered, or are you going to come and pick it up?