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Ponies of Stalliongrad by Ritualist Ponies of Stalliongrad by Ritualist
Sooooooooooo, how do I start this? =D

Stalliongrad, a pun for Stalingrad, is it not?

Got name for Stalliongrad from :iconyoorporick:'s map of Equestria: [link]

City of war-like, heavy-industry pony nation. Only ones to oppose Celestia ( [link] )

Upper picture is a concept for a stallion: all earth-ponies, bulkier, smaller eyes. They shave their mane during time of war and generally have short tails. Their cuitemarks are mostly weapons or heavy-duty tools. Lower one is crucial moment of their history: the day they said Celestia: "Sod off!"


History of the city


In the early days of Equestria, not all ponies lived under Celestia's and Luna's watchful eyes. To the northeast, group of ponies formed village of Stalliongrad. Unlike their cousins watched over by castle of Canterlot, these ponies worked hard to defend themselves, as their lands were often in danger of dragon and bear attacks.

Constantly driven to fight, they advanced metallurgy from simple gold and jewel crafting to steel forging, as well as applying fireworks gunpowder into weapon of war.

When battle with Luna was won, Celestia turned greater attention to the lands below her. With her guards, she traveled Equestria, securing her rule, mostly with no opposition.

Mostly.

At the gates of Stalliongrad, her request to have ponies submit to her benevolent rule was refused and spit on. These ponies know of her and her powers, of course. Some even worshiped her as deity, as ponies in her land did in those early days. They had great respect for her, knowing how prosperous her land was. But to submit their independence to anyone, even the one who rotated the sun, was out of the question.

Celestia, still bitter of Luna's betrayal, was not willing to let this insult last. Her armies were deployed, and so were the armies of Stalliongrad. Nobody remembers who started the battle: was it stallion's warlike nature, or Celestia's disturbed state of mind. Whatever it was, the first and only pony battle was bloody indeed.

Pegasus rained from the sky, smashing themselves into stallion ranks, but their ceremonial, soft golden armors were ripped to shreds against thick wall of steel and spikes. Unicorns lifted huge rocks, cutting holes in strong lines of stallions. Guns answered them, wracking havoc as well. Celestia was present at all time, discharging magical attacks at her enemy.

At the end of the day, most of her army was dead. Stallions were beaten too, but had no thought of surrender. Even if she burned her city like dragon, they would go to the hills. Even if she destroys the hills, they will move to the mountains. They will never surrender, they said to her.

In the moment, Celestia realized just how pointless the war was with stallions. She was suppose to be force of compassion, love and friendship. Deeply apologizing for war, peace treaty was made. War was never to be spoke of again. Stalliongrad would forever be ally of Equestria, never part of it. Trade was opened and stallions promised to ease their aggressive ways, as well as Celestia promised to stay in the world as guardian and teacher, never as absolute ruler.

Since that day Stalliongrad prospered. Placed on site where river meets the sea, and near mines of iron, it grew fast. Most of technological stuff ponies used would be made there. Famous skyscrapers of Manehattan would be build by stallion workers. Stallions would play instrumental role in pacifying some of unruly regions of Equestria, such as some of wilder bison tribes and aggressive gryphon bands.

Today, Stalliongrad is a large industrial center. It's citizens still train in art of war, but not as extensive as in early days. Some of them do, and this hardened stallions are sent to places where help is needed and getting your hove bloody is a last resort.

:star: NOW WITH LENIN'S LAST WORDS: [link] :star:
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:iconstargatepony:
Stargatepony Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
FOR THE MOTHERLAND!
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:iconritualist:
Ritualist Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I CAN'T HEAR YOU!!!
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:iconstargatepony:
Stargatepony Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
FOR THE MOTHALAND!!! CURSE YOU! 
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:iconcrouchingallosaurus:
CrouchingAllosaurus Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
I'd work with these guys rather than Ms. Pretty-Pretty anyday of the week. Might pick up some good work ethics with workin' with them... Oo-rah.
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:iconritualist:
Ritualist Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Damn right, solider.
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:iconmrepicjustice:
MrEpicJustice Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
www.youtube.com/watch?v=obw23t…

I'll just leave this here.
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:iconritualist:
Ritualist Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You just showed whole new world to me. Must have that game!
Thank you :D
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:iconponybud:
Ponybud Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
"Были орды и ханы, грозные атаманы, но последнее слово всегда за тобой!" 
Я люблю всё, что написано ХОРОШО о моей стране. Это я считаю проявлением нашей РУССКОЙ сущности в виде пони. Порвав к х**м половину армии принцессы, они бы выиграли, если бы не магия. Магические отряды спасли армию Селестии. А так было бы неплохо увидеть советские флаги над Кантерлотом, Понивилем, Филлидельфией, Мэйнхэттэном, Эпалузой и другими городами. Клаудсдэйл остался бы наверное независимым. Или в руинах. В общем крики типо "FOR STALIN!FOR VODKA!" меня не обрадовали. Так давайте же споём "Три танкиста три весёлых друга" и го с победами по Эквэстрии!
А к 
XDolbik и Ritualist у меня 2 вопроса - "Зачем вы так?" к КСДолбику и "В каком городе живёте?" к Ритуалисту.


Искренне ваш: mister_Haladriel
кто знает - тот поймёт.
моё мыло: катана-рус@майл.ру (только латинскими буквами).
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:iconritualist:
Ritualist Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Eh, in English? ^^;
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:icondelecion:
Delecion Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
on English!
"There were hordes and khans, terrible atamans, but the last word always for you! "
I love everything that is written WELL about my country. I consider it as manifestation of our RUSSIAN essence in the form of a pony. Having torn to XYIAM(russian bad word) a half of army of the princess, they would win, if not magic. Magic groups rescued Selestiya's army. And it would be so quite good to see the Soviet flags over Kanterlot, Ponivil, Fillidelfiya, Meynkhetten, Epaluza and other cities. Klaudsdeyl would remain probably independent. Or in ruins. Generally shouts like "FOR STALIN! FOR VODKA! " me didn't please. So let's sing "Three tankmen three cheerful friends" and го with victories across Ekvestriya!
And to XDolbik and Ritualist at me 2 questions - "Why you so? " to Ksdolbik and "In what city you live? " to the Ritualist.


Sincerely yours: mister_Haladriel
who knows - that will understand.
my soap: katana-rus@mayl.ru (only Latin letters).
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:iconritualist:
Ritualist Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for translation. I must say, I expected patriotism to be part of the text, but no on these levels. Kinda reminds me of gorilla chest-thumping.
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MubarakBalboa Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very well written. I love how it's explained that because of their proximity to attacks from Dragons and Ursas, as well as the lack of unicorns in their population, the Stadoviets had to rely on industry to produce what the Equestrians made with magic. It's all just brilliant.
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:iconritualist:
Ritualist Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much. I tried my best here, really :)
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:iconvangrimm212:
VanGrimm212 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
FOR THE MOTHER LAND!!!
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:iconritualist:
Ritualist Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
FOR OUR GLORIOUS LEADER COMRADE STALLION!
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:iconxdolbik:
XDolbik Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
FOR STALIN!FOR VODKA!
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:icondelecion:
Delecion Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ну ты капец, пиздец, обосрать нацию можно только так!!!!!!!!(чтоб ты сдох(мда жёстко я написал,но нельзя так говорить))
P.S: if you american who dont anderstand what i write here you can.....
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:iconritualist:
Ritualist Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
VOOOOOOOOOODKKKKKKKKKAAAAAAAAAA!!! :la:
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:iconxdolbik:
XDolbik Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Нууу...даже не знаю....
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:iconritualist:
Ritualist Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Молим?
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:icontrolloas:
Trolloas Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
And may the Stallions over throw her another day!
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:iconritualist:
Ritualist Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
FOR JOSEPH STALLION! :lol:
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:icontrolloas:
Trolloas Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
DA!
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:icongessador:
Gessador Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
For comrade Stallion!
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:iconritualist:
Ritualist Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:salute:
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:iconcool2050:
cool2050 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
Awesome
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:iconritualist:
Ritualist Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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:icontheicefox2010:
TheIceFox2010 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your description of the city's history exactly matches my thoughts. It's a wonder how two different ponies think alike!
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:iconritualist:
Ritualist Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconbrohoof1plz::iconbrohoof2plz: Right on, mate. :D
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
These little Earth ponies, through technology, industrial might and sheer stubborness, fought for their independence against a kingdom of magic wielding Unicorns, weather controlling Pegasi and other Earth ponies, all of whom led by a physical Sun goddess, and WON?!

:wow:

RESPECT!
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:iconritualist:
Ritualist Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
With fire and steel we smite anyone who dare to attack us. We shed our blood and that of our enemies, for we know who's blood is going to run out first.
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:iconamberrito:
amberrito Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
Beautiful art, awesome story, fancy moustache.
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:iconritualist:
Ritualist Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconspikequiteplz::iconsaysplz:If you say so. ^^
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:iconstickbang:
stickbang Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
like what lenin says. not one steps back!
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:iconritualist:
Ritualist Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
NOT ONE! :rage:
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ShockWaveX2 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
Awesome story!!
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:iconritualist:
Ritualist Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, although it was my first try. =D
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ShockWaveX2 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011
You're very welcome.
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LoZCollector Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
...Much as Staliongrad is awesome and hardcore and a much-needed addition to the internet's new favourite/most despised thing... I now hate you.

I've been playing Exalted and your design for the ponies and pegasi made me think they looked Exalted. You bastard. You've made my favourite awesome thing... Into My Little Pony.

...ARGH!

:XD:
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:iconritualist:
Ritualist Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
MWAHAHAAHAHAHAHHAHAHA!!!! :evillaugh:
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:iconrezec:
Rezec Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
Whoa)
An entire city of harsh militarized "soviet-ish" stallions with tech, guns and stuff? Man, I have no words))
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:iconritualist:
Ritualist Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Finally - something manly, eh? ;)
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:iconrezec:
Rezec Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
Eeyep. Just add some "Zhigulevskoe" beer and some "Vobla" stockfish in order to make it Perfect!))
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:iconengel12:
Engel12 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
Finally, some ponies, who would survive a real war. Nothing bad against other ponies. But the truth is that under the rule of Celestia, softened.
It will follow any further work on theme Ponies of Stalliongrad?
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:iconritualist:
Ritualist Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Badlands breed bad-asses, nothing more to add.
Oh, I do plan. But in hot weather it's really hard to focus on drawing. :(
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:iconengel12:
Engel12 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
How do I imagine Stalliongrad? It resembles, for example, Black Citadel ([link]) or Gothic fortified city of Warhammer 40000?
At I least assume according to those battle uniforms.
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:iconritualist:
Ritualist Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, more like lot of factories and tightly packed tall buldings. Think industrial London from 19th century, plus some electricity.
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:iconengel12:
Engel12 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011
Hmm. Well I do not know. I rather expect something more. Can I write my opinion?
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:iconritualist:
Ritualist Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Of course, I do not own (c) to Stalliongard. XD
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:iconengel12:
Engel12 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
I would expect that the architecture will match the character Stalliongrad population. Thus heavily fortified, the massive walls bristling with heavy weapons, grim and threatening place whose appearance clearly tells everyone that the enemy of Stalliongrad not leave this place alive. Probably like this: [link]

Other questions will be random, so I apologize in advance.
How they look stalliongrads Unicorns and Pegasus? For thousands of years, there had to move some.
Running people of Stalliongrad, blood sport? As if they have in city large gladiatorial arena?
And how others react to those ponies of Stalliongrad? They are afraid of them?They feel them Respect? I ask because the logic and thinking Stalliongrad pony must be very different from the others.

And out of curiosity. When the stalliongrads stallions after the battle captures griffin woman/women. Followed by entertainment? (I must say perhaps what entertainment?)
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