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?
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?
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.
I once met a unicorn in the wastes. She was a bit of an odd one, since she was willing to trade "facts" for supplies. Desperate for entertainment, I agreed to her terms. One of these facts was the meaning of the word Yao-Guai: Monster. Apparently, this comes from one of the zebra languages. While unsubstantiated, it makes a kind of sense. Zebras fear the stars and their "avatars" the Ursa Majors. And what is a Yao-Guai if not a smaller Ursa? A smaller monster.
Well, thank you for that clarification. Most informative. I’ll see if I can squeeze this information into the revised Wasteland Survival Guide.
Where did Yao-Guai get their names? It sure doesn't sound like it came from the Equestian language.
You know, I’m honestly not sure where it comes from, but Equestria has more than one language. Sure Equestrian English is the most common, but Spanish, German, and even French are spoken depending on what region you’re in. I’d have to assume they were named in either a foreign language, or a regional dialect I’m not familiar with.
With Mouse being, well, a mouse, how do you guys communicate with her? And does she ever visit her son, Spike?
Lionheart does take Mouse to visit Spike sometimes. As for communication, Lionheart has this sort of empathic understanding with her, and generally knows what she’s thinking or feeling.
Ditzy, did Rainbow Dash ever talk to you about the Wonderbolts tragedy?
It was all over the news, and the primary reason why Rainbow Dash took a more proactive role in the tensions with the zebras before the war broke out. Basically, what happened was zebra gem pirates hijacked an Equestrian cruise ship. The Zebra Caesar wouldn’t let Celestia send in Equestrian guard forces to deal with it, as he said it was his nation’s issue to resolve. Celestia instead ordered the Wonderbolts, who were a civilian force, to go and deal with the pirates. She apologized to the Caesar afterwords, saying it was a miscommunication. Four members of the elite flying squad were killed in apprehending those pirates, including Soarin, one of Rainbow Dash’s role models and close personal friend of her and Captain Spitfire both.
So have you ever thought of being a little bit mischievous and ask little pip about her favorite subject "Trains"?
Hey DItzy! You know I have always wondered... I know blueberry muffins, banana muffins, and other sorts of "regular" muffins... but what about the weird produce on the after apocalypse Equestria wasteland, do any of them are good to make muffins... and if they are... how do they taste?
Mutfruit is pretty good, although as Littlepip once said they taste better if you don’t know what they’re called. I really couldn’t say what exactly they mutated from. I was adverse to trying any muffin with bits of meat in it, so I can’t say any of them are any good options.
Hi Ditzy, I have a Canterlot-related question: What were the necrosprites? All I know is that they're mutated parasprites, but that just opens even more questions. I mean, why would parasprites be in the Ministry of Image hub in the first place?
The Pink Cloud was powerful necromantic magic and unpredictable effects when it comes into contact with other magic and corrupts it. In the case of the necrosprites, they were magically trained parasprites used by the Ministry of Image’s censorship department. Rather than reprinting every book they found questionable, it consumed less resources to have magically controlled Parasprites eat the words out of the books as a form of omission. Of course it’s somewhat ironic that they were corrupted by necromancy when the censorship of objectionable materials was in part, as revealed in Littlepip’s book, a dragnet to catch the Black Book and other possible sources of zebra necromancy that might have been snuck into Equestria.
Ditzy, I have a question that I think you might be able to answer. How did the Grand Pegasus Enclave manage to create crops on clouds?
The SPP was designed by Rainbow Dash (or, at least the concept was) to control all of Equestria’s weather from a single hub. One of the major parts of this was regulating weather in crop producing areas to maximize production. The Enclave hacked into the SPP and used this function to enchant clouds around the towers and turn them into surfaces that could be seeded and farmed.