Modifications to Choosing Magics · 2:25am
...Right, so I've been thinking (yes, just because I don't update in Celestia only knows how long, doesn't mean I don't think about what I'm going to do), and I think I'm going to make some changes to the abilites of the Equestrians, especially the artifacts they will eventually receive.
Twilight: Her artifact will now be the Sage's Stone, which, aside from acting as a fairly powerful channel for her power, also acts as a database for any spells she comes across, letting her know information about the spells and getting her on the road to both recreating them and countering them.
Rarity: Her artifact will be the Jewel of Ramiel, which allows her to form AT-Fields and channel her magic into a blast. For those who don't recognize these abilities, it's pretty much an artifact version of the Angel of the same name from Neon Genesis Evangelion. Also, I'm thinking of having her eventually branch out into metallurgy and metalmancy.
Rainbow: No Thule Medallion for her, I'm afraid, as that would be overkill. But with enough mastery of Lightning magic, she might eventually produce the Lightning Armor of Naruto fame...
Fluttersy: Her artifact will be the Auream Coronam de Spinis Bestiae Deus-- the Golden Thorned Crown of the Beast God. Basically, it's the gold spikey ring Arceus has. Abilities include the ability to summon stone tablets as shields or projectile weapons, and the ability to summon-- what else?-- Pokemon, though I'll have to give them a different name (I'm fairly certain they wouldn't refer to themselves as "Pocket Monsters"). This change comes on the heels of a rather startling revelation I had: most of the possible summon sources I listed before had humanoid summons, which wouldn't really fit with Fluttershy's skill with animals. Pokemon, on the other hand, is chock full of animals ranging from cute and fuzzy to big and mean, which kinda fits the range of animals Fluttershy has been shown to deal with.
Applejack: Her artifact will be the Tenchi no Ken-- the Sword of Heaven and Earth from Tenchi Muyo. The main reason I'm giving her what is essentially a light saber is because it's a weapon made of wood, though this also has the nice benefit of letting her fit her role as the team's tank a little better-- she can now conjure Lighthawk Wings and can summon a suit of highly effective armor, for all that it looks like a colorful jumpsuit. Also, I'm fairly certain I can spin it in such a way that she figures out how to use it as a whip, thus letting her put her rope skills to good use.
Pinkie Pie: Her artifact will be changed to the Concínnant de Opificis-- the Forge of the Artificer. It's essentially the pack the Engineer from Torchlight II wears, and allows Pinkie access to the spells from afore mentioned class: spider mines, gun turrents, heal bots, battle automatons, immobolization copters, etc. etc. While battles will no longer be costume parties for her, it fits her role as the Engineer/Unorthadox Genius better.
Luna: Her artifact will be the Crown Shield from "Beet, the Vandel Buster." It's a shield that can turn into a spiked ball and chain, and has the ability to heal status afflictions and minor injuries. I find it fits particularly well with Luna: in its ball and chain form, it can be taken as a full moon, in its shield form, it can be taken as a cresent moon, and the ability to heal fits with Luna's affinity with White Magic. Also, I think I'll have her take the Reverse Cecil Route, inspired by Camlio-- she starts out as a White Mage, and gradually learns to harness the powers of her darker side.
Celestia: Her artifact will be the Sol Blade, from Golden Sun, as I've decided to give the Lightbringer to Luna Lovegood, since she's an angelic descendent and all.