Thank you for the favorite over Humans Assemble. Awesomeness comes few and far between, but when it does I hope to deliver.
Yes they do have those. Their "elite" soldiers are paladins that have very resilient blessed power armor that provides a magical shield. The armor is based on force of will and faith, much like magic. But because the source of the magic is the armor instead of a unicorn horn, any pony can learn to use it to enhance their strength and resilience.
>>531503531503 A space faring Empire =
Well not sure about taking away the tech sense they are a space faring empire. Their biggest advantage is that they maintain the largest amount of unicorns born with a high magical potential. They rely on a synergy between waves of expendable conscripts, supported with powerful combat magic's.
Though I do like the idea of visible ghost inside the armor, so I'll probably use that. Grats, you have officially played a role in developing a faction.
>>531468531468 Ok I declare Myself satisfied, but think again about the tech of the vatican against the tech of the other factions it would really give a mayor "equestrian feeling" if most of the army is lots and lots of "traditional armors" that fight on melee range think about it no power armor but traditional full armor regalia (of course it must be reinforced with something indestructium maybe something to make them viable against rifles beams and the likes and since expandability of the troops is not mayor concern.... also dont make the armor empty completly but make the appearance that "something" is still inside a sort of ghost if you will, and the mandatory characther called Captain Lost Soul here an aj
There was a group from with in called the "Cult of Discord" who practiced what would normally be illegal magic. But when the severance happened, they offered the Vatican an unstoppable army in exchange for allowing them to continue practicing their magic. It was viewed as siding with the lessor of two evils.
This would prove disastrous later on when they created a super being called "the prophet." She killed off much of the cult of Discord, shattered many of their shrines which almost cost them the war at one point, then ran off to consortium space. The prophet single handedly kill the leaders of several PMCs, take over their companies, then merge them into the Diamond Dogs, who became the most powerful PMC in Consortium space.
>>531446531446 It sounds interesting indeed but tell me something if they are followers of Celestia from where the hell did they got the power to manipulate souls? Wich I believe is different to necromancy really
No its nothing like that. I was hoping to go for a most part unique concept, that most people hadn't scene before. Tell me what you think of this.
The Holy Navy is just as advanced as everyone else. What happens is every crusader enters a contract of military service, he can't get out of it. His soul is binded to a certain shrine. If that crusader is ever killed in combat during his contract, that shrine will absorb his soul and put his contract on hold. The Vatican than uses their magic to extract the dead ponies soul, and imprint it into a suit of power armor, trapping them in their suits until their term of service is completed. They can die this way thousands of times, but they'll only stay dead if the shrine their soul was trapped in was to be destroyed, or when their contract is finally complete. Everyone who volunteers for the military undergoes this contract. Many criminals however are also forced into these contracts, and in doing so, the Vatican has mostly eliminated the use of prisons. Best part is, even though they are a living soul in a soulless suit of power armor, they are still limited by programing to a degree, so they can't refuse orders.
As for Earth ponies, well Pegasus wings don't really matter much on a ship, in a tank, or in power armor because its too heavy, so they really aren't any different. The only ones who are different are unicorns of really strong magical potential, which is rare even in the show lets face it.
>>530842530842 Honest the Vatican is the faction with the most potential of course I have no idea what is your plan with them but (and this is especulation) I expect them to relay in innate pony magic to counter the advanced tech of the other factions and to remain true to equestria I don´t know what could possible be better than an approach like the one The Inmmortal Game and This Platinum Crown took with training and of course natural talent a pony can expand and amplify their innate magic to AWESOME SAUCE levels that is pegasus controlling the weather with military applications (fun thunderbolt to the face!) earth ponies being almost immortal regenerating unstoppable machines of destruction and unicorns mobile platforms of destructive arcane magic: that my friend would be awesome (not that I´m parcial to AJ or anything but I think the Earth ponies having a bigger impact in this faction would be great since in the other factions they are........ meaningless )
Thank you for giving Koprulu Sector a favorite. Also thanks for the comments as well. You're the only person so far I know of who has actually shown interest in the Vatican. Dominion, Confederacy and New Khala each represent terran, zerg and protoss, so Vatican was kind of my own thing I had to build from the ground up. Good to see someone wants to see them develop.