Bat Ponies, also known as batponies or bat-ponies, are a bat-like species of ponies. While their nomenclature differs between sidestories and media, their appearances remain the same; they are characterized by their tufted ears, dragon-like eyes and leathery, bat-like wings. Little is known about them as bat ponies do not make a prominent appearance in Fallout: Equestria. They do, however, appear in several sidestories and in official My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic media.
Depiction in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and ComicsEdit
Bat ponies were first seen in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic's Season 2, episode 4: Luna Eclipsed, pulling Princess Luna's chariot on Nightmare Night. Since then, bat ponies have been associated with Luna's Royal Guard ponies, characterized by their bat-like appearance and leathery wings.
Bat ponies also appear in the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic IDW comics, again portrayed as members of Princess Luna's Royal Guard.
In Fallout: EquestriaEdit
Members of Princess Luna's Royal Guard were enchanted with the Royal Canterlot voice, and presumably fought against the Zebras during the Great War. One of these Royal Guard ponies, Lionheart, survived the war as a ghoul and played an important role in the final push against the Grand Pegasus Enclave in Fallout: Equestria.
Notable Bat poniesEdit
Lionheart from Fallout: Equestria is the only observed Batpony Ghoul to date.
Depictions in SidestoriesEdit
|Appearances of Bat Ponies in Project Horizons|
Origins Not much is know about Batpony origins. They themselves have two creation theories, one of which states that they were ponies that became trapped in underground caverns. They adapted to the dark underground and eventually emerged on Equestria's surface. Batponies were shunned and feared by regular ponies and they found the bright sunlight painful but the night time perfect for them and eventually met Luna who took them on as personal guards.
Another creation myth/theory is that the Batponies were personally created by Luna and Nightmare Moon who turned regular pegasus ponies into batponies.
Before the war The batponies were used a soldiers by Nightmare Moon until her defeat. The conflict also caused the death of numerous batponies, who fled back to their cave homes. The batponies emerged when Luna returned, they sent two of their own to serve as guards for her and kept the location of their families and home a secret.
During the war The race continued to act as royal bodyguards for Princess Luna during the escalation of the war. Unlike Celestia's royal guard, they tended to operate from the shadows and were also seen covertly monitoring and guarding high ranking officials and working with the O.I.A.
After the War
The bat ponies survived the war and eventual megaspell apocalypse by retreating to their underground home, later revealed to be Nightmare Castle; a millennium old bastion of Nightmare Moon and the site of Project Redoubt, hidden in a Shadow Realm that overlaps Equestria. Unfortunately, due to their already limited numbers and prolonged isolation, their genetic pool quickly began to dwindle (an issue also present in many Stables) resulting in mass instances of birth defects due to the required inbreeding.
Biology Bat ponies have yellow irises with slitted, dragon-like pupils, suited for nocturnal environments giving them superior night vision. They tend to have have greyscale coats and a set of large bat wings on their back, instead of the typical feathered variety of pegasus ponies. Given that they hunt for prey and have fangs, it can be speculated that they are carnivorous or omnivorous. Due to their prolonged isolation from the other pony species, and their limited numbers, birth defects of various kinds have been observed in a worrying number of the remaining population. Culture Not much is known about batpony culture. What is known is that they have a long history serving under Luna and eventually Nightmare Moon. They have their own language which is described as sounding like chirping and squeaking at the edge of hearing, when they speak amongst themselves or to other ponies. They communicate with non-bat ponies by writing on small chalkboards like Ditzy Doo, or by using enchanted armour or talismans to bring their speech down to lower frequencies. When addressing outsiders or strangers, they tend to use the Royal Canterlot Voice, speaking at high volume in an archaic manner, however this is not the case in their own realm, or when speaking to friends. During a memory of Psalm's, while visiting the Royal Palace during the war, she witnessed Lionheart (then just a regular batpony) being criticized for not using the Royal Canterlot Voice after recognizing the unicorn; he ironically retorts that "nobody talks like that anymore" and that they should save it for the tourists. The remaining population currently reside in Nightmare Castle (an old fortification of Princess Luna's that was built in a shadow realm adjacent to Equestria from the time of her transformation into Nightmare Moon) where they continue to follow the rule of their own monarchy. Abilities Bat ponies are skilled fliers. Their slitted eyes provide them with superior night vision, but poorer eyesight during the day. Bat ponies also have sensitive hearing. They are capable of hearing and speaking in frequencies too high for a standard pony hearing. Many Bat ponies also possess a unique shadow power; examples of these include the Shadow-walk ability that can be employed to teleport over short distances, and the ability to conjure life-destroying dark matter. They also have a sonic scream that can be used to damage sensitive equipment.
Notable Bat ponies
Stygius - A batpony encountered by Blackjack whilst he was out hunting. He took a keen interest in Blackjack and accompanied her to Goldenblood's home where the two had sex. He later met Psychoshy through Blackjack and began a relationship with her. He has the ability to Shadow-walk - a short range teleportation effect - which he makes great use of in combat.
Tenebra - Stygius' sister who disapproves of her brothers interactions with outsiders. Despite having no interest in Stallions and being revolted by the concept of incest, she was scheduled to marry her brother due to the approaching genetic death of her species. Supposedly due to earlier inbreeding (with her parents being half-brother and sister) she suffers from Epilepsy and problems with her gait during periods of stress. She has the ability to use shadows to snare and entangle enemies.
Hades - The father of Stygius and Tenebra and current king of the Bat ponies. He is a massive, Black-coated Stallion with the 'Oblivion' shadow ability. He has a noticeably grumpy disposition and suffers from frequent migraines.
Persephone - Hades' wife and half-sister. She appears to be an albino and is frail, suffering from acute angina.
|Appearances of Bat Ponies in Fallout: Equestria - Rising Dawn|
Before the war Bat ponies originated from a Northern mountain Kingdom in Equestria. While some left the Kingdom to join Princess Luna's Royal Guard, the vast majority remained home. The Batpony Kingdom was far from isolated, as it maintained key trade routes with its Equestrian and Crystal Imperial kin. Bat ponies are few in number in comparison to the other pony races, owing to centuries of isolation prior to Celestia and Luna Rift, a millenia prior to the Great War,
During the war Bat ponies and all of ponykind, threatened by the Zebra Nation, joined the Equestrian war effort in limited numbers. Including those that served in Luna's Royal Guard, the Batpony Kingdom lent both military and logistical aid to the Equestrian war efforts, fighting in the skies of Equestria against dragons, griffon mercs, and Zebra zeppelins.
After the War Currently, nothing is known about the fate of the Batpony Kingdom prior to the events of Fallout: Equestria - Rising Dawn. During Rising Dawn, however, bat ponies can be seen wandering the The Northern Wasteland, haggard and reduced to nothing but nomadic caravans searching for shelter from the unforgiving Northern winter. Where exactly these ponies came from, it is currently unknown, but their ragged, beaten appearance suggests only the worst of fates.
Physiology Bat ponies are characterized by their enlarged tufted ears, leathery bat-like wings, serpent-like retinas, and pointed canines. Bat ponies appear to display a diverse variety of coat-mane color schemes, but many tend towards darker colors.
Culture After the Great War, much of batpony history and culture was lost to the destruction of ponykind's repositories of knowledge. Only those who live among them or have seen them know about batpony culture - and there are very few, if any, who have, following the balefire Apocalypse.
Abilities Possessing nocturnally-adapted eyes and large ears, bat ponies are capable night fliers, using both their heightened senses of sight and hearing to navigate both terrain and air in complete darkness. Their set of canines, unique to the bat ponies of the pony species, are notably sharp and are capable of puncturing flesh. Though very little if known about their diets as of now, it can be assumed that bat ponies are omniverous in nature.
|Appearances of Bat Ponies in Fallout Equestria: Moon's Blood|
Before the war
During the war
After the War
Biology Bat ponies in Hollow Shades have hairy ears, fangs and sharp incisors evolved from a carnivorous/omnivorous diet. They have strong leather bat wings which are usually darker than their coats. Their eyes are normally cat-like with amber/goldish color.
These bat ponies are sensibly taller than their diurnal counterparts.
Notable Bat ponies
|Appearances of Bat Ponies in Fallout: Equestria - Tales of Transylvania|
Origins Originating in the area known as "Hollow Shades", the race was largely located in the forested area beneath Equestria's capitol Canterlot. However far to the west, just on the other side of the mountains that surrounded Vanhoover, another smaller state of Bat Ponies lived. This heavily forested, and wide spread area was known as Transylvania. The entire race descends from the islands of Braytain, and as such, the ponies all speak in the ways of their ancestors, with Braytish accents and dialects originating from the north central or southern regions of Braytain.
Before the war Before the war, Transylvania was the main and sole city of the region. The city was built by a large organization of farming ponies and became a nice little farming town within the forest.
During the war During the war, the city saw little action, however they still stepped up to assist in the driving of the economy. With their architecture and medieval atmosphere, they set up a series of festivals and fairs around the region to help improve morale of civilians as well as raise money for the war effort.
After the War After the war, the region was spared by not only being an out-of-the-way target, but also by the large mountains that ringed the forest. The ponies who survived quickly set up communities throughout the fairgrounds and started to regain their civilization. Farming began to flourish once more, albeit with some difficulty.
Biology The biology of a bat pony is similar to their cousin races. However, the main differences that they display are small tufts of fur on the ear tips, slatted pupils and golden irises, small fangs in the jaw along side their regular teeth, and leathery "bat" wings. They are a vegetarian race, similar to their cousins and have a preference for fruit.
Culture Their culture follows near identically to Equestrian Culture. However the main difference being their reversed time keeping cycle. Since the creatures are naturally nocturnal, they feel the need to sleep during the day, and to be awake during the night. A few words have been changed in their vocabulary, mainly being "Yesterday" turning to "Yesternight" and such as follows.
Abilities The bat ponies share a variety of unique abilities involving the passive magic that surrounds the creatures. They have heightened senses, especially on a clear night. Their eyes will give off a faint glow, similar to light reflecting off of gold, when they are in dark places, granting them night vision.
Notable Bat ponies
Night Shade: the chief engineer behind the Stable that preserved the near entirety of the inhabitants of Transylvania.
Scarlet Rose: The "Scarlet Angel" who was depicted in a prophecy. Her destiny is to save the dying race and lead to times of peace and prosperity.