As far back as it is known, three great pony tribes existed in the early days before the great nation of Equestria came to be.
Earth Ponies: Hardy ponies with a magical affinity with the earth, this tribe is known for their strength and oneness with nature.
Pegasi: Dextrous and winged, pegasi, living amongst the clouds, have long been recognized for their military culture, as well as using their magical affinity for the sky to control the weather and seasons.
Unicorns: General magic-wielders and often ponies of affluence, these ponies have long worked in unison to combine their magic and manipulate the heavens, ceremoniously bringing about the sun and the moon every day.
Before Equestria, the three tribes shared an uneasy truce with one another in an effort to benefit from the abilities of each. Earth ponies shared their bountiful food stores, pegasi helped bring about good weather and the changing of the seasons, and unicorns combined their magic in large numbers to raise and lower the sun and moon to create day and night.
One day, wendigos came upon the tense civilization and found easy prey amongst the threadbare relationships between the pony tribes. As a creature that feeds off of hatred, it wasn’t long before the prejudices held between each tribe for the others helped the wendigos to become stronger, and they begin using their magic to bring ice upon the land.
As the blizzard created by the wendigos escalated and the land grew increasingly barren, food became scarce, and the three tribes began to accuse one another of being responsible for the hardship. Arguments escalated to fights which escalated to even more hatred, and soon, the wendigos had turned the once-lush land into a veritable tundra.
Eventually, surviving ponies made their way far south to find a new land to call home, abandoning their frozen homeland forever. Through the migration, the advisors of each tribe had found the reason and strength in nurturing the Friendship between each other, and the leaders saw that this was good as well. After some time, the wendigos found that they had no hatred to feed on, and they finally ceased to prey upon the ponies.
Settling in a beautiful land, the pony tribes agreed that uniting under a single banner was the best idea for the future of their kin, and the new nation was dubbed Equestria. Here, ponies of all races could coexist and benefit from each other, realizing at last the value in seeing the similarities in each other rather than just the differences.
During this time, two alicorns, rare ponies with god-like powers and the affinities of all pony races, were discovered. Two sisters, Celestia and Luna, were warmly welcomed into Equestrian society, and respectively took on the roles as Princesses responsible for raising and lowering the sun and moon each day, leaving unicorns to focus their magics on their special destinies, or performing other duties for the community. Princess Celestia and Princess Luna moved into a castle that came to be known as the Castle of the Two Sisters, and have ruled from there for the past ~20 years.
In this time, the Princesses’ efforts have driven off powerful enemies that threatened the new land of Equestria, and even entered the first-known treatise with Gryphonkind after diplomatic talks and the introduction of sweets into their society, which they prize nearly as much as gold (but not quite as much.) Equestria has been flourishing under the rule of the two Princesses, despite attacks from would-be evildoers and ponies of older generations still being part of the prejudiced culture that existed between the separate tribes before the new nation came into being.
As we begin our adventure, you have been invited to a party for the Summer Sun Festival at the Castle of the Two Sisters in the Everfree Forest, a festival created long ago where all ponies stay up all night to party and witness the unicorns bringing up the sun on the longest day of the year. The invitation has been extended to absolutely everypony in the realm, so the party will surely be interesting! We are all in attendance for our own reasons, and indulging in the party as the time for dawn draws near…
Starswirl the Bearded
M/Unicorn/? Cutie Mark representing ?
Archmage to the royal unicorn family and one of the strongest unicorn magicians ever to exist, Starswirl is a master of all magic and is wise beyond his surprisingly short years. He spends most of his time now as advisor and mentor to the Princesses of Equestria. The rest he spends inventing new magic. He keeps most things very close to his chest and dislikes interaction. He is most identifiable by his long robe, wizard’s hat, and white beard. Most ponies agree, he looks pretty silly. (Though his eccentricity and skill have garnered some fangirls, including Autumn Draught.)
It was Starswirl that found and suggested the alicorn sisters be the leaders of Equestria. It had been centuries since an alicorn had been seen, let alone two. When questioned about this, he would never give a good answer.
F/Alicorn/Moon Cutie Mark representing Night
The younger of the Princesses, Princess Luna is slightly wild and very powerful. She is much more willing to leave her comfort zone to help a friend and much less willing to sugar coat criticism. She can be a little childish; she is more emotional and cares more about how others view her. She sees the world as more dichotomous than it is. Despite all this, she will put her personal problems aside to help others at a moment’s notice.
She controls the moon, and all aspects of the night. The night can be dangerous, and only somepony like her can deal with it. She also can enter anypony’s dreams and take complete control, interacting with them and helping them deal with their demons.
Together with her sister and the Elements of Harmony, she has defended Equestria from numerous attacks. Though she was integral to the defenses, Celestia always seems to get more recognition.
F/Alicorn/Sun Cutie Mark representing Day
The older of the Princesses, Princess Celestia is a calm and diplomatic leader. She represents Friendship and loves her subjects very much.
Curious about the world outside of Gryphonstone, Guidmulo abandoned his militaristic life much to the chagrin of his family and peers, in order to travel and see other parts of the realm. Demonstrating exceptional strength since hatchling age, expectations of Guidmulo were very high, and his departure was a major disappointment to his kin. Despite this, his craving for adventure lead him to abandoning his homeland, likely exiled after making such a choice.
Autumn happily lived on a farm with her family before the migration and founding of Equestria. The whereabouts of any of her family that possibly survived the wendigos is unknown. Fearful of the militaristic pegasi, she still harbors a large amount of prejudice towards them, and even some for the snobbish unicorns. After the founding of Equestria, she moved as far away from others as possible and made her home at the edge of the Everfree Forest. She has faith in the Princesses, especially Luna, but not in anypony else. As a child, she was reckless experimenting with alchemical creations, but has turned into an extremely knowledgeable (albeit brusque) hermit. Her cutie mark is a flask, and she can create all kinds of things.