Post by billymays2 on Mar 29, 2016 16:29:19 GMT -6
||| SURGE |||
(Credit to the wondrous Coffeefox for the image)
#Name; Surge, Sgt. Surge, or "Sarge"
#Age Group ; Young Adult
#Gender ; Male
#Cutie Mark ; A horn and a lightning bolt, that can be seen as either the bolt coming from a spell casted by the horn, or the horn absorbing the lightning bolt like a lightningrod depending on how you look at it.
#Occupation ; Sergeant in the Royal Guard
#Powers and Abilities ; As a royal guard, Surge has all the physical and mental training that all guards have. He is a competent fighter, investigator, and mediator. He also has very quick reflexes allowing him to react to danger in the blink of an eye.
Magic wise, Surge is well versed in spells that assist in his work as a guard. He's good at telekinesis, barrier spells (though nowhere near as good at it as Shining Armor is), and he also has tracking spells to search for clues or criminals. However, Surge specializes in electricity magic. He can fire an electric bolt that can range in voltage from a light jolt, to bolts that can cause paralysis like a Taser, to bolts that can cause serious damage (though these are rarely used). He can use the same technique to electrify himself and his armor as a defense mechanism. Another power he has is the ability to convert his own magic energy into electric power and vice versa. This allows him to either act as a battery by using his magic to power electronic devices, or sap electric energy from a device to revitalize his own energy reserves.
#Physique ; Tall and fit
#Mane and fur color and style ; Jungle green fur, short and wavy mane and tail that is sea green with mantis and green-yellow colored streaks
#Eye color ; Deep sky blue
#Other appearance details (optional) ; Can be seen in his golden royal guard armor while working.
Surge is first and foremost a kindhearted individual who prioritizes the needs of other ponies above his own. He believes it's his duty as a guard and as a pony to help others whenever he can, sometimes at his own expense. He doesn't blame other ponies if they don't try to help themselves, but can be hard on himself if he fails to find anyway to help a pony in need. Selfless and modest, Surge almost never boasts and is content as long as ponies are safe (though he always appreciates a thank you for his work).
Surge takes his job as a royal guard very seriously. He always follows the rules and procedures he's meant to follow and is a stickler for the rules of the law. Sometimes he can even startle ponies sometimes as he suddenly jumps in when someone seems to have a problem. Normally Surge is very patient, but one thing he does not tolerate is ponies getting in the way of doing his job. With how important he considers his work to be, he can hardly stand when ponies try to get in the way of his work, so this is one of the only instances where someone would ever see Surge truly aggravated.
Surge is fairly self-conscious about his personal interests and opinions, especially his sexuality. His insecurity about his sexuality largely stems from being the only son in his immediate family, and he believes that his father expects him to have a wife and kids of his own to extend his family lineage. Normally he tries to be honest, but when it comes to potentially upsetting ponies he will sometimes hide his personal feelings to avoid upsetting anyone. He does not like to ask for help, as he considers himself the one who's supposed to be helping others, not the other way around. He also likes to keep himself neat and clean and dislikes getting dirty, but besides a quiet grumble wouldn't hesitate to get dirty if he had to.
Charismatic and friendly, Surge loves talking to ponies and making friends. He won't push anyone into a conversation who wants to be left alone, but Surge would never pass up the opportunity to have a friendly chat with someone. He is an admirer of beauty, and won't hesitate to compliment a mare for their good looks. Despite his normal charisma however, Surge is rather reserved when it comes to romance. He wants to be romantic, but the fact he can be slow to show his true feelings and is easily flustered by flirting often gets in the way of that.
Surge was born in Canterlot to a moderately wealthy family. His father was a Pegasus in the Royal Guard, while his mother was an earth pony who came from a farm and fell in love with Surge's father on a trip to Canterlot. His father's lineage had a long history of ponies from various races; his grandfather was a unicorn (which is where Surge got his unicorn blood from), and he had an uncle and cousins who were bat ponies.
Surge spent his early childhood raised mostly by his mother along with his older earth pony sister Goldenrod and his younger identical twin pegasi sisters Lightningbolt and Thunderbolt. His father wasn't around too often due to him spending so much time at work, but Surge still looked up to him and wanted to be like him when he grew up. When he was younger, he wasn't very good at magic due to his mixed bloodline. However, he was determined to eventually learn how to control the magic powers of his race.
Some point while he was still a colt, one day Surge was walking home on the way of school when he heard shouting from a nearby alleyway. When he peeked in to investigate, he saw a mare being mugged by a larger stallion. Without thinking, Surge leaped into action and, without being able to be able to do the spell before, fired a lightning bolt that severely shocked the stallion and caused him to run away. The mare thanked him, before pointing out that a cutie mark had just appeared on Surge's backside.
When Surge was a teenager he enlisted in the guard as soon as he was old enough. Beyond going through boot camp like all new recruits, Surge went through extra training of his magic among other unicorn recruits. Though he was a slow learner at first, Surge pushed himself to excel and eventually managed to get a good grip of what he was taught. His magic training being through the royal guard is the reason why all the spells Surge knows have a practical use in his job.
It was around the time of his training as a recruit that Surge began to realize he might be more interested in other stallions than mares. He kept quiet about it, for fear of not being accepted by his colleagues, or worse, his father. He was after all his only son and the only one who could pass on the family tradition of the males of his family serving in the military.
Starting as just a private, Surge's exceptional work as a guard quickly earned the interest of his commanding officers. Though he was still fairly new it didn't take long for him to be promoted to Lance Corporal, and not much longer than that to become a Corporal. He became friends with several of the guards he worked with, some of whom he became close enough with to come clean about his sexuality, which he was relieved to find that they did not have a problem with. He eventually built up the nerve to tell his family as well, and although the response was relatively accepting, he was still unsure of his father's true feelings on the matter. The older, hardened stallion didn't tend to show extreme emotion very often.
One day, news spread of an incoming Changeling invasion amongst the citizens of Canterlot. Surge had no experience with them beforehand, but figured they must be dangerous from what he heard about them. When the barrier was put up and the royal city was on lock down, Surge was one of the many guards stationed at the walls. Though somewhat sad he wasn't one of the guards who were guarding the palace (who due to their station would get to attend Princess Cadence's wedding), he was content enough with the idea of keeping an eye out from the walls of Canterlot to keep the city inside safe.
Then on the fateful day of the wedding, all Tartarus broke loose and everything was in chaos. Many of the guards on the front line were taken out almost immediately by the oncoming changelings hurtling down like meteors, Surge barely managing to dodge them himself. It didn't take long for the remaining guards to retreat in order to regroup back in the city, though when Surge got to the rendezvous point, he found himself to be the only one that arrived. Surge wanted to run, he wanted to go find his family and make sure they were ok, but he knew he had to follow orders. Finally his commanding officer and several other members of his squad came, but as Surge turned to move out he was struck from behind. Protected by his armor, he stumbled and turned back around to find his officer's eyes glowing bright green and giving off an aura of the same color from his horn.
As it turned out, his squad never made it to the rendezvous point after all. Surge managed to fend off the Changeling doppelgangers, if only barely, before stumbling into an alley to catch his breath after knocking them out. Thankfully, before he could be attacked again a pink wave stretched across the city, banishing the changelings to a place far away. He rushed back home and was thankful to find that his father had managed to fight his way back to the homestead to protect the rest of the family, and besides his father having a couple cuts and bruises, they were unharmed. Still, the fight against the imitators of his squad mates and close friends, many of whom he later learned suffered grave injuries and even severe love draining at the hooves of their attackers, left an impression on Surge's opinion of the Changelings that he wouldn't soon forget.
For his service in the defense of Canterlot, Surge was awarded medals and was promoted to Sergeant. Though he personally thought he hadn't done enough to protect Canterlot to earn such awards, Surge was determined to prove himself worthy of his promotions, if not because he had to impress others, then to impress himself. Currently he lives in an apartment by himself in Canterlot, keeping up with his work as a Royal Guard.
The Roleplayer's Corner
#Nickname ; Billy Mays
#Age ; < 13
#Gender/Preferred Pronouns ; Male
#How did you find us? ; The magic of friendship
#Sample RP ;
Surge took slow, quiet breaths as he stood outside a local Laundromat. Though the front of the store was indeed a Laundromat, the back of the building was left unaccounted for; leaving a few curious ponies to wonder what was really back there. Perhaps it was where the owner lived? Or maybe he used it for storage space?
As the guard learned through surveillance and a tip from an inside source, what was really inside the back of the Laundromat was cages. Cages for exotic animals sold in illegal trafficking. There was actually a decent market for exotic animals in Canterlot, with many rich nobles with lots of money that were running out of ideas as to how to spend it. And owning something rare always gave a boost to your notoriety in society, of course. Through proper channels, some of the animals were even legal; Phoenixes, for example, though rare can sometimes be kept as pets, like in the case of Princess Celestia and her pet phoenix (though it's possible she owned it before any laws restricting the ownership of certain animals even existed).
With several other guards joining him, each of them nodding to each other quietly, the group moves into the back alley behind the Laundromat. Their appearance had attracted the attention of a few bystanders on the streets, though thankfully there were no lookouts placed in the alleyway. Based on the intel they had the guards didn't know if the traffickers would put up a fight or not, so they stayed cautious just in case it turned for the worst. As the guards got into position at the back entrance of the building, the earth pony guard in charge of ramming open the door nodded to Surge as he gave them a countdown.
"One...two...three." On the count of three, the earth pony guard forced himself against the door and it flung open, nearly getting knocked off its hinges as the guards rushed into the building. "Get down on the floor, hooves behind your back right now!" Surge shouted, as he charged into the room first.
The room had cages and crates lined up anyway, leaving little room for a pony to walk through the room without bumping into somepony else. Though some of the cages were empty, most were filled with many different animals of various species, different regions, rarities, and more. Some Surge recognized some he had felt he'd seen once or twice, and others he was sure he had never seen before. In other partially opened crates he could see eggs, including those of phoenixes.
At the sudden appearance of the guards, most of the shady looking ponies in the room immediately moved to surrender, dropping to the floor. All except one: a stallion tan stallion with a scraggly beard on the far side of the room that based on the excessive jewelry he was wearing was the one in charge of the operation. "You'll never take me alive!" is all he shouted in response, as he moved to open a cage that was conveniently placed next to him. Surge glanced inside the cage and saw something completely alien to him: a giant, brightly colored moth, the size of a pony's head. A little name tag on the side of the cage labeled the creature as "Mothra".
The guards rushed in an attempt to stop him, but with the room being crowded as it was with all the cages and ponies on the ground, they could not reach him in time before the stallion opened the cage and released the gargantuan moth. "Attack! Suck them dry!" the stallion shouted in a tone that sounded like a mix of glee and desperation.
Surge's horn lit up as he prepared to defend them self when the moth suddenly lunged at the stallion instead of the guards. "ACK! WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!" the panicked stallion cried out as the moth assaulted him, which on the moth's part was only responded to with more biting. As far as Surge knew moths normally can't bite, but of course this was only based on knowledge of moths that he actually knew existed.
In a matter of a few seconds shouts of defiance turned into shouts for help as the wild animal attacked the stallion. After short period of time the guards (through a combined effort, the moth was very big and very pissed) managed to get the moth back in its cage. Soon the traffickers were hauled away, the grunts to jail and their leader to the hospital to be treated for bite wounds and blood loss, while ponies more experience with handling animals came to take the contents of the room and eventually send the all of the animals back to their wild habitats. Surge stood back and admired a mission well done while smiling. Though he had wished nopony was injured, he at least prevented any life threatening injuries and admittedly (he would probably never say this out loud to anypony), he was happy that the pony injured was one of the criminals and not one of the guards. Today was a good day for justice in Equestria.