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Cluster Writing Brain (My Ponysona) by human-groveback
Cluster Writing Brain (My Ponysona)
Well, I'm an illegitimate brony. While I don't buy merchandise or participate in community happenings, I still watch the show, look at fan stuff, make fan stuff, & look at Expanded Universe stuff. Anyway, on to the character.
  • Name: Cluster Writing Brain
  • Species: Earth Pony (I made myself an Earth Pony because I'm an utterly normal guy & a biology nerd, tying in with the whole "badass normal" & "in tune with nature" aspects of Earth Ponies.)
  • Mane Style: short-medium length, messy, brown.
  • Eyes: brown, wears glasses.
  • Coat: peach
  • Cutie Mark: Laptop keyboard
  • Cutie Mark detail
  • Special Talent:
    • Writing
    • Art
    • Good with technology (Earth Ponies are good at manual work)
    • Skilled in science (specializes in biology & physics)
    • Video gaming (Princess Luna herself respects Cluster's skills in Team Stable 2)
  • Place of Origin: Bucklyn, New Yoke (moved to Stable Island right after being born)
  • Languages he knows:
    • Equestrian Loegrian (or as humans call it, "United States of America English")
    • Loegrian Loegrian ("England English")
    • Pegalatin
    • Elleneighka ("Greek")
    • Spanish (his skills are rusty in this case, since he has yet to have to use the language outside of Spanish-centered academic environments)
    • Esperanto
  • Background:
    1. Before School: Cluster Writing Brain was born in Bucklyn, New Yoke at 12:35 Post Meridiem on May 10, 1991. His family moved to Stable Island right after he was born, so Cluster is, for all intents & purposes, a native Stable Islander. His life was pretty uneventful before he started school. The only incident of note was a party held at the house of a work friend of his mother's. Also at the party was a Seapony mare who was a friend of his father's in college. Said mare brought her daughter, a seapony/Earth Pony hybrid filly named "Blade Nymph" who happened to be the exact same age as Cluster. They became pretty close.
    2. Colt-hood: Then-eventual Ponynet Superstar & sentient melee weapon of accidental mass destruction Ditsica Bubbles "Derpy Hooves" Doo was 1 of Cluster's schoolmates & closest friends during his kindergarten tenure. Aside from several incidents involving Derpy's destructive derrière & the Circumstances leading to Cluster's expulsion from New Dorp Elementary, nothing notable happened during this time. Just after Cluster transferred to his 2nd elementary school halfway through his 1st grade year, he ran into Blade Nymph again. They briefly encountered each other. A few weeks later, Cluster saw a meteor crash behind a wall in his schoolyard while nopony else was paying attention. When he got to the crash site, the meteor crumbled, revealing a cardboard box containing a dis-integrator pistol, with 3 primary fire settings & 2 attached grenade launchers. The next year, his family got their 1st computer. Cluster played a bit with it, trying some games, writing a few random stories, painting a few random (but well-done for something by somepony of his age) pictures, working on some experiment files (his love of science started at this age, & he needed a way to keep his experiment info organized), & working on some technology ideas. His cutie mark appeared after some time using the computer. The next Friday, he met a Pegasus filly named Screech, who was about his age. He also met Smart Gem, a Unicorn filly who shared Cluster's love of science. The 3 were close, but ended up being separated when they graduated elementary school. After starting Junior High School, he met a Neighponese-looking Earth Pony filly named Firefox, who had a Western Trottish accent. After they got to know each other, they started dating. Eventually, at 1 of their outings, Cluster Writing Brain saw some green magical energy flash over Firefox's body. Then, he was shocked by Firefox's form changing completely, to a hybrid between an Alicorn & a Neighponese Red Fox. "Are you a Changeling?" he asked. "Yes", said Firefox. "However, I am not 1 of those who eats love energy. How do you know about us?" she continued. "Well," said Cluster, "I've been reading up a lot on old Equestrian Lore at the Canterlot Royal Library. I've had to make those excursions due to Princess Celestia locking up all information about the Changelings & not allowing that info on the Internet. Please don't kill me." "I won't. I'm a vegetarian.", said Firefox. "Good" said Cluster. Cluster than realized: Firefox must've been drawn to him. For some reason, he was starting to attract supernatural creatures that most wouldn't attract, even in a land of colorful talking Unicorns, Earth Ponies, & Pegasi run by Pegasus/Unicorn hybrids. His colt-hood was uneventful afterwards aside from that. He turned 13 (& thus, became an adolescent) on May 10, 2004.
    3. Adolescence: Cluster & Firefox dated as normal, until January 2005. On January 10, 2005, Firefox dumped Cluster unceremoniously. 2 months later, he was at Church. It turned out his dad had a friend who helped out for events that were ran by the Church. She hooked Cluster up with her daughter, & they dated. Unlike Firefox, Simple Solution was an ordinary Earth Pony. During their relationship, Cluster graduated Junior High School in June 2005, & started high school in September 2005. Him & Simple Solution ended up drifting apart around April 2006, 1 month after he got expelled from his 1st high school, due to Simple Solution ending up having to devote too much time to schoolwork to have a social life. In May 7, 2006, he started at another high school. Here, he met Psi-Fox, a Neighponese-looking Pegasus filly with a Southeast Equestrian accent. It turned out she was another fox-changeling of the same variety as Firefox. After Psi-Fox ended up disappearing the day before the school year ended, Cluster was in a funk until meeting Powerhouse, a half-Neighponese/half-Lenneigh Lenape unicorn filly who was violently protective of him & kind of a smartass to those who hurt her friends. She was a changeling whose unshifted form looked like a hybrid between an alicorn & a Neighponese bobcat. "WHY DO I KEEP DATING ETHNICALLY DIVERSE CHANGELINGS!?!?" He complained to himself 1 day. After his relation with Powerhouse ended, Cluster met a Trottish Unicorn filly named Hyper Healer. She was a bit bouncy, due to her addiction to a Trottish drink named Irn-Bru. Apparently, for ordinary (aka "Royal Wedding Incident") Changelings, which Hyper turned out to be (she was from a hive in Trottingham), Irn-Bru caused behavior similar to an Alicorn that just ingested its full yearly allowance of caffeine in 1 go. At this point, Cluster noticed all the Changelings he dated somehow broke off of their hives completely. When Hyper Healer had to leave due to her mom having a health problem, Cluster was in a funk until he started dating Sass Snarker, a zebra who was a year older than him & in his gym class. At this time, he reunited with Screech. Sass dumped him because her mom thought she was too old for him. In June 2007, he was reunited with Smart Gem. Much later (around September 2007), Blade Nymph, Burner (a Pegasus filly), & Rocket (a unicorn colt) became new students at New Dorp High School. As Blade Nymph was getting settled, Blade Nymph & Burner were looking for a guitarist for their band. On the day Blade Nymph & Cluster were supposed to do a geography presentation together, some fillies from the rival school of Trottenville High School came & beat everypony up, in addition to kidnapping Cluster. Blade Nymph went to the rival School, punched her way through the jerks, & defeated the kidnapper's leader. After doing so, Blade Nymph went to free Cluster from the restraints holding him to the wall, asked him if he wanted to date her, & asked him if he wanted to be in her band. Most of Cluster's adolescence was uneventful afterwards, participating in shows with his, Blade Nymph's, & Burner's band, which was called "Sound-wave & Fore-hooves". Things were okay, some of their school concerts were recorded & broadcast on the radio, Cluster & Blade Nymph dated. At this time, he found out about her "seapony/earth pony hybrid" heritage & met Blade Nymph's dad, a retired medium from Germaneigh who lost his body (& his ex-wife) in a "psychic backlash" that was happening during an astral projection. He had to use a special suit to keep himself together & live like a normal pony. The suit was originally bulky, but by the time Cluster 1st met him, the suit has been refined enough to look like his proper Earth Pony body. Also by the time Cluster met him, Blade Nymph's dad worked as a field agent at a research/defense bureau that dealt with the paranormal. On May 10, 2009, Cluster & Blade Nymph turned 18.
    4. Stallion-hood: Shortly afterwards, Cluster heard from Burner that Blade Nymph was moving to Hoople, North Dacolta to study little-known classical composer P.D.Q. Buck. At this time, Cluster finished preparations for college. After the friends all graduated high school & got their diplomas, Blade Nymph told Cluster to meet him at the library by their high school so they could say their final goodbyes to each other. At that time, Blade Nymph also gave Cluster a Drachma coin to remember her by (it was her lucky Drachma). Burner & Rocket also moved away. After moving, Cluster was in a deep funk until August 12, 2009, due to running into Psi-Fox again. It turned out her spontaneous disappearance was because her mom had to drive her to New Mexicolt to take her to a family thing, & it took them 3 years to raise up money for repairs to the car. On August 13, 2009, in his dreams, he met a tall, Neighponese Unicorn mare named Cannon Boom Spider. She was playing her guitar, drawing Cluster to her. Over the next 2 weeks, they got to know each other. Eventually, they met in real life at a "Welcome Freshstallions" barbecue at College of Stable Island. Cluster found out Cannon Boom Spider was a Changeling looking like a cross between an alicorn & a Neighponese orb-weaver spider. They started dating on August 29, 2009 on the day after Cannon Boom Spider's confirmation of becoming a student. During their relationship, they also had some pretty weird adventures. The 1st really big 1 started in May 2010 & involved an inter-dimensional terrorist group called "The Green Phoenix". This also involved the restart of something Cluster thought was finished in 2007. Other adventures involved a band, consisting of Cluster on guitar, Cannon Boom Spider on Keyboard, Bowerick "Bow" Bass (an Eastern weather dragon) on bass, & Tidal Hoof (a hippocampus & Bow Bass's roommate) on bongos; alien invasions, & being reunited with his ex-fillyfriends. 1 of Cluster's friends at this time was Bleep, a griffin who was dating Bow Bass. Bleep was also Cannon Boom Spider's roommate. On October 14, 2009, he met 2 mares by the name of "Specs Morph" (an Each Uisge) & "Fire Storm" (an equinomorphic Fenghuang) in psych class. On March 9, 2010, in his social studies class he met a Prench, homosexual dragon named "Muscle Mags", born Muscle Speedster Magma. Muscle Mags asked Cluster 1 question during the class & later began to show up at Cluster's house unannounced so often that he became a fixture in Cluster's life and eventually 1 of his closest friends. During April 9, 2011, Hyper Healer returned to Stable Island & reunited with Cluster. Afterwards, on July 13, 2011, Powerhouse returned as well. Apparently, since dumping the poor stallion, she was traveling the universe. On April 26, 2012, Bow Bass got into an argument with Cannon Boom Spider about record companies who were trying to sign deals so Foal Camouflage (the name of the band) could get famous, which Bow Bass didn't want due to seeing what fame does to those who have it. On June 21, 2012, an alien invasion happened that pretty much caused the world to be run by an inter-dimensional empire for all of summer 2012. He finally got his melee weapons at that time, in the form of a plasma crowbar, a lightsaber machete, & a L.A.S.E.R. trench spike. Unfortunately, he lost his weapons after thwarting the invasion (which happened on September 22, 2012). Eventually, the arguments were bad enough that Cannon Boom Spider usurped control of the band from Cluster. Finally, on August 13, 2013, the argument came to an ultimate head when Cannon Boom Spider dumped Cluster & kicked him out of her life & the band. In March 2016, him, his family, & - coincidentally - his pals moved to Tenneighsee. In June 2023, Cluster finished college. On February 6, 2024, he ran into Blade Nymph for the 1st time since she moved to North Dacolta. She had become a snarky, perpetually negative, misequinic bitch with an inferiority complex directed towards mares prettier than her over the course of her college life. His "weirdness magnet" nature didn't happen at this point. See Cannon Boom Spider's biography for her involvement in the history of "Mad Boomer". A primer of the rest of its history: In April 2024, Cluster, Bow Bass, & Blade Nymph discussed an idea for a band. After settling on a name, they decided to use Bow Bass's apartment as their band headquarters/practice area. Everything went peachy until December 2024, when his "weirdness magnet" nature kicked up again. At this time, Cluster met an equinomorphic myrmecoleon named "Pummel Portal" in his dreams (under similar circumstances to Cannon Boom Spider. Pummel was a delivery mare for Emerge Technologies.). For the 1st 11 months after this, 7 of Pummel's exes were after Cluster out of vengeance. On June 28, 2024, Mad Boomer was having a show in Calhoun's (A barbecue place in Gatlinburg) when Cluster used his guitar (It actually belonged to Blade Nymph's younger brother, who was living with Cluster's family for a while due to some home issues. It was on indefinite loan to Cluster since Sound-wave & Fore-hooves started in 2007 due to Cluster's own electric guitar being in disrepair from lack of use since 2004) to bash in the skull of a robot being used as a minion of exes 5 & 6, who were a pair of Neighponese Unicorn twins who happened to be expert roboticists. The neck of Cluster's guitar broke irreparably, & Cluster couldn't afford a new 1, meaning they had no guitar player. Mad Boomer was also having money troubles due to a lack of shows as of late. This meant the band couldn't afford a new guitar player, so they effectively had their history cut short. This happened in the middle of a party where they were performing, no less. Apparently, the invitation to perform was just a ruse to trick Cluster into getting his flank pummeled by said robot. Aside from no longer having his band, he survived this ordeal with no ill effects. He ended up returning a broken guitar to said younger brother, who was annoyed but managed to get it repaired to its pre-damage state. Cluster would have used his own guitar (he managed to get it fixed during the course of the loan) afterwards, but he decided to retire it since it held too many memories. He also got closure with Cannon Boom Spider. After Cluster & Pummel got married in the end of November 2025, they got to enjoy a normal life (well, normal by Cluster Writing Brain's standards). In December 2025, they got on the 1st train to Ponyville that they could afford. Even though they enjoyed life there, when they got new places of employment, they ended up moving around a lot. After yet another move (this time to Oxen Hill, Mareland), their house exploded (them & their stuff were intact, though) in May 2026. They ended up separated. Cluster ended up in Canterlot after a long journey. As it happened, The Royal Sisters took him in.
  • Persona:
    • Positive:
      • Intelligent
      • Fun-loving
      • Determined
      • Once he puts his mind to something, he'll get it done.
      • He prefers inter-generational friendships
      • Gets along with the Mane 6.
    • Negative:
      • Not a very good listener when it come to taking orders from his family members
      • Can be argumentative when things go wrong
      • He loses his self-control when he's either excited, annoyed, pissed, or angry.
    • Neutral:
      • He prefers the mare to wear the pants in relationships
    • Likes:
      • Doing stuff with other ponies on the Internet
      • Spending time with his friends.
      • Writing stories
      • Video Gaming
      • Drawing
      • Science
      • Doing Stuff on his laptop
      • Horror
      • Science Fiction
      • Rail Transport
    • Dislikes:
      • Things going wrong
      • Mushrooms
      • Onions
      • Assholes
      • Tomatoes
      • Bullies
      • His handicap
    • Random quirks:
      • He expresses his imagination by acting it out.
      • He narrates his dreams in his sleep
      • He dances along to music videos that he's watching.
      • He sings along to songs playing on his devices in public.
      • He talks to himself, usually for the purpose of narrating his own imagination.
      • He's rather scatterbrained.
      • He has a bad case of "Out-of-Character Is Serious Business Syndrome".
      • He makes random popular culture jokes out of the blue.
      • He has a tendency to make lame puns of the "gives whole new meaning to" variety (examples: "dating a vampire would suck" or "dating a succubus would drain you").
      • He tends to explain jokes he makes (to be fair, that usually only happens when he feels the beings he's telling it to won't get the joke or if it's 1 of those "it's funnier or only funny at all if you explain it" jokes)
      • When listening to video game or movie soundtracks, he'll act out the scene the song plays in
      • He has Asperger's Syndrome
    • Favorite things:
      • Favorite anime:
        • Mega Stallion
      • Favorite animated movies:
        • Titan After Earth
        • Treasure Planet
        • The Incredibles
        • The Marvel Animated Canon
      • Favorite comic books:
        • Batstallion
        • Superstallion
        • Marvel Zombies
        • Fantastic Four
        • Spider-Stallion
        • The Avengers
        • Doctor Strange
        • Captain Equestria
        • Iron Stallion
      • Favorite graphic novels:
        • Watchstallions
      • Favorite literature:
        • Novels:
          • A Series of Unfortunate Events, by Lemony Snicket
          • Dirk Gently, by Douglas Adams
        • Novellas:
          • The Railway Series
        • Short stories:
          • Philip K. Dick's Work
          • H.P. Lovecolt's work
      • Favorite Live-action movies:
        • Evil Dead I
        • Evil Dead II
        • Army of Darkness
        • Serenity
        • Daring Do
        • Ghostbusters
        • Ghostbusters II
        • The Three Stooges
        • Harold & Kumar
        • The Hangover
        • Underworld
        • End of Days
        • This is the End
        • The Shining
      • Favorite live-action TV shows:
        • Doctor Whooves
        • Two and a Half Stallions
        • The Big Bang Theory
        • Torchwood
        • Star Trek
        • Svengoolie
      • Favorite music:
        • Soundtrack
        • Electronic
        • Rock
      • Favorite original internet media:
        • The Special Containment Procedures Foundation
        • Freestallion's Mind
        • Homestar Trotter
        • The Quirky Misadventures of Soldine the Cyborg
        • Serial web videos in general
      • Favorite radio shows:
        • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
        • The Goon Show
      • Favorite video games:
        • Marathon 1
        • Marathon 2: Durandal
        • Marathon Infinity: Blood Tides of L'Howon
        • Haλf-Life 1
        • Haλf-Life 1 Expansion Pack 1: Opposing Force
        • Haλf-Life 1 Expansion Pack 2: Blue Shift
        • Haλf-Life 1 Expansion Pack 3: Decay
        • Haλf-Life 2
        • Haλf-Life 2 Expansion Pack 0: Lost Coast
        • Haλf-Life 2 Mission Pack 1: Episode 1
        • Haλf-Life 2 Mission Pack 2: Episode 2
        • White Cλiffside: Source
        • The Ultimate Doom I: Evil Unleashed
        • Doom II: Hell on Earth
        • Final DOOM
        • Doom: The Absolution 64
        • Master Levels for Doom II
        • Freedoom Phase 1
        • Freedoom Phase 2
        • Freedoom Deathmatch
        • Doom 3
        • Doom 3 Mission Pack 1: Ressurection of Evil
        • Quake I
        • Quake I Mission Pack Number 1: Scourge of Armagon
        • Quake I Mission Pack Number 2: Dissolution of Eternity
        • Quake II
        • Quake II Mission Pack 1: The Reckoning
        • Quake II Mission Pack 2: Ground Zero
        • Quake III: Arena
        • Quake III: Arena Mission Pack 1 - Team Arena
        • Heretic I: Shadow of the Serpent Riders
        • Hexen I: Beyond Heretic
        • Hexen I: Beyond Heretic Mission Pack 1 - Deathkings of the Dark Citadel
        • Hexen II
        • Hexen II Mission Pack 1: Portals of Praevus
        • Wolfenstein 3D 1
        • Wolfenstein 3D 2: Spear of Destiny
        • Return to Castle Wolfenstein
        • Team Stable 1
        • Team Stable Classic
        • Enemy Territory Stable
        • Stable Forever
        • Team Stable 2
        • The Original Strife: Quest for the Sigil - Veteran Edition
        • Portal 1
        • Portal 2
      • Favorite "western" animated TV shows:
        • Code: Lyocolt
        • Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends
        • Teen Titans
        • The Real Ghostbusters
        • The Simpsons
        • Family Guy
        • Equestrian Dad
        • Ed, Edd, n' Eddy
        • Beavis And Plot-Head
      • Favorite food:
        • Seafood stuff in general
        • Caesar salad
        • Vegetable soup
  • Items:
    • 1 slate gray 5th generation iPod Touch
    • 1 black 1st Generation iPad Mini
    • 1 Eurocom Panther 5SE laptop
    • 3 pairs of retractable headphones
    • 2 retractable Universal Serial Bus A-Male standard to Universal Serial Bus Mini peripheral cables
    • 1 non-retractable Universal Serial Bus A-Male standard to Universal Serial Bus Mini peripheral cables
    • 1 Registered Jack 45 Ethernet Cable
    • 1 4-port Universal Serial Bus 1.0 hub
    • 1 4-port Universal Serial Bus 2.0 hub in the shape of Doctor Time Turner Whooves' Type 40 Time And Relative Dimension In Space Travel Capsule as it appeared in his 11th incarnation
    • 2 3-foot retractable Universal Serial Bus 1.0 to Universal Serial Bus Micro cables compatible with both Universal Serial Bus 1.0 (up to 12 megabits per second) & Universal Serial Bus 2.0 (up to 480 megabits per second)
    • 1 Aperture Science Sentry Turret desktop replica with a 3-foot retractable Universal Serial Bus 1.0 to Universal Serial Bus Mini cable compatible with both Universal Serial Bus 1.0 (up to 12 megabits per second) & Universal Serial Bus 2.0 (up to 480 megabits per second)
    • 1 Universal Serial Bus flash drive with a 32 megabyte capacity
    • 1 Universal Serial Bus Flash Drive with a 1 gigabyte capacity
    • 1 Universal Serial Bus Flash Drive with a 2 gigabyte capacity
    • 1 Universal Serial Bus Flash Drive with a 16 gigabyte capacity.
    • Targus Compact BlueTrace Mouse
    • 4 Digital Versatile Disc+Rewritable discs, each with a capacity of 4.7 gigabytes
    • 1 non-retractable Apple 30-pin to Universal Serial Bus iPod Touch 4th generation recharging/synchronization cable
    • 1 retractable Apple 30-pin to Universal Serial Bus iPod Touch 4th generation recharging/synchronization cable
    • 1 non-retractable 6.6-foot Apple Lightning to Universal Serial Bus iPad Mini 1st generation recharging/synchronization cable
    • 1 non-retractable 6.6-foot Apple Lightning to Universal Serial Bus iPod Touch 5th generation recharging/synchronization cable
    • 2 5-watt Apple handheld device charger cable wall adapters
    • 2 Apple handheld device charger automobile outlet adapters
    • 1 cash wallet
    • 1 plastic card document storing wallet
    • 1 red fez
    • 1 black pair of glasses
    • 1 super crossbow
    • 1 M1 Carbine/Ruger Mark 3 combo gun
    • 1 grappling hook gun
    • 1 plasma crowbar
    • 1 light-saber machete
    • 1 umbrella
    • 1 laser trench knife
    • 101 C-4 charges
    • 101 dynamite packs
    • White Cliff-Side XV11,382 Displacer Cannon
      • Specifications:
        • Ammunition Used: Uranium-238 Cells (see below for reserve information)
        • Weapon Capacity: 100 Uranium-238 Cells
        • Damage: Instant death to pony-sized creatures.
        • Secondary trigger opens up a menu used to set fire mode.
        • Fire modes:
          1. Rift blast
            • Fires a portal that flies in the direction the user aims in
            • The portal travels until it impacts the 1st solid object in the line of fire.
            • Anything pony-sized or smaller is torn apart by pieces of it being teleported to different locations.
            • Uses 1 Uranium-238 cell per shot
            • Splash damage means that this weapon's primary trigger shouldn't be used in close ranges
          2. Self-teleport
            • Coordinates work by syncing with the user's mind, allowing the user to make it take him or her wherever they want with a thought.
            • Splash damage applies to those nearby
            • Uses 1 Uranium-238 cell per shot
          1. Stationary portal
            • Generates a 2-way stationary portal (it just appears in the spot that the user is aiming at).
            • This can be used to generate a portal network.
            • Uses 1 Uranium-238 cell per shot
          2. Portal clearer
            • Removes any fire mode 3 portals the user created.
            • Uses 1 Uranium-238 cell per shot
          3. Item warp
            • Teleports any solid object that the user is aiming at to a network portal
            • Uses 1 Uranium-238 cell per shot
          4. Networked self-warp
            • Teleports the user directly to a selected network portal
            • Uses 1 Uranium-238 cell per shot
        • Attack Interval:
          • 2.5 seconds between rift blasts (24 shots per minute)
          • 2 seconds between shots for all other modes (30 shots per minute)
        • Shot capacity per magazine:
          • Up to 100 shots of each fire mode
        • This gun has perfect accuracy
        • It can be aimed using the attached targeting monitor & camera.
        • It has a built-in Zero-Point Energy Field System with the following abilities:
          • In addition to its normal ability to pick up objects, it can extend the zero-point energy field to move them further away from the user, even through Displacement fields, up to a distance of several meters away.
          • It can also physically grab and reposition Displacement Fields from any distance.
          • Solid objects grabbed by the zero-point energy field can be rotated on all three axes.
        • Has a punting-ball launcher, similar to the Zero Point Energy Field Manipulator Gravity Gun. This can be used with the zero-point energy field, allowing it to throw objects.
        • Its Zero Point Energy Field Manipulator abilities are on the level of those of the Dark Energy Gravity Gun.
        • It can alter the effective area of the Displacement Fields it generates.
    • 1 set of Impact armor. Makes the wearer immune to self-damage & fall damage.
    • 10,000 spare Uranium-238 Cells, spread across 5 cases of 2,000 units each, each case can fill 20 magazines (ammunition for the White Cliff-Side XV11,382 Displacer Cannon)
    • 1,000 spare 5.7 millimeter by 15.6 millimeter 0.22 Long Rifle cartridges (ammunition for the Ruger Mark 3)
    • 3,000 spare 7.62 millimeter by 33 millimeter 0.3 Carbine cartridges (ammunition for the M1 Carbine)
    • 1 blue iPhone 5C
    • 1 copy of the Holy Book of Armaments
Zdoom Althud Revamp by human-groveback
Zdoom Althud Revamp
Yes, I play id tech 1 games. This is my proposal for a revamp for the "alternative HUD" option that comes with the zDoom family of ports. An explanation of a few things:
  • "Health status" means your amount of health: Health bonus at 1-9%, stimpack at 10-24%, medikit at 25-100%, & soul sphere at 101% & above
  • "Armor status" is in the vanilla alternative HUD. It shows the icon as an armor bonus if the only armor the player picked up at all (or since last running out of armor) is armor bonuses, a green vest if you're currently using that, & a mega-armor if you're currently using that.
  • The "active/inactive" icon uses the inventory to show what weapon & relevant info set is active by showing an icon that changes color: the icon is on the left is green for the weapon if its remaining ammo (both clip & reserve pool, including different fire modes having different clips & separate reserves) is above 50%, yellow for remaining ammo being from 25% to 50%, & red for remaining ammo being below 50%. The icon on the left is white for your active weapon & its reserve pool, black for inactive weapons & their reserve pools, purple for ammo-consuming weapons in your inventory with no ammo left in either the reserve pool or (if applicable) the clip, & gray for reserve pools of weapons you don't have yet (obviously, weapons that you don't have yet don't show in the HUD). Same goes for manually activated items.
  • The magazine counters will be incorporated into the weapon stats display if a mod uses a reload mechanic
  • The "weapon stats" & "Automap preview" are homages to the Alpha versions of the games
  • The weapon stats display only shows stats/icons for weapons you have in your inventory
  • Not shown: The stats display shows the weapon's slot number Between the "active indicators" & the weapon's icon.
  • The "coordinates" & "time" sections can now show all the categories for those values
  • The clip counters only show up if you're playing a WAD/mod that has reloadable weapons.
  • The Ammo counters only have the numbers, not the text specifying what the numbers are for. That text is just there in this mockup so you know what those numbers in the ammo section mean.
  • The ammo icons are now to the right of the counters, meaning you don't have to worry about the icons getting in the way if a mod increases the carrying capacity for a particular ammo type.
  • The row of powerup icons under the "health/armor/player face" thing is supposed to be for games that don't let you store powerups for later use. It only shows what you're currently under the effect of. Think about how the powerup mechanic (& corresponding section of the HUD) works in Quake 1 & its mission packs & you have the right idea for why those icons are there.
  • There might be some other stuff (namely a tracker for the speed you're currently moving at, a tracker for your most recent average speed, a "locational name tag" in the automap preview, a compass, & a radar)
  • If playing with the proposed custom HUD, the whole HUD should still be visible when looking at the automap. Also, (in regards to the HUD layout & having the automap on/off) the HUD element arrangement stays the same.
  • The original Alternative HUD doesn't include the player face from the vanilla status bar.
  • I'd like to implement features to scale it so it can fit the user's screen resolution, in much the same way Zandronum scales HUD text.
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Agent-G245 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016  Student General Artist
Goggles and the Tears is fully completed, in case you didn't get the memo. For the more concise layout, I made a copy on ArchiveOfOurOwn.… But there's new pictures here as well, the most recent of which was done in a collab.
human-groveback Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional General Artist
I'll look at it when I get the chance.
Agent-G245 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 14, 2015  Student General Artist
Hi. I thought you might like to know that I spoke with Ross Scott via email, asking if he was okay with me using his caricature of Gordon, and if he had ideas on what to add that I didn't know about. He said that he "didn't have much advice for fanfics", but also said that the whole Bioshock trilogy was a letdown to him compared to System Shock. (Me, I played Bioshock 1 first, then SS2, but liked both of them.). Then he went on to say that he didn't like Infinite at all, let alone its ending - and watched a playthrough of it, didn't buy it himself. Finally, he stated, "Infinite played it so loose by the end, you can probably write whatever you want and have it fit within the storyline."
Works for me. And here I was afraid that I'd screw something up in someone else's canon. But if even that's messed up beyond credibility, well, I guess that problem solves itself.
human-groveback Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Professional General Artist
I've been meaning to ask him for the details on what happened on Monday that Gordon didn't want a repeat of, as well as what the number 1 worst apartment that Gordon's been in was.
Agent-G245 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Student General Artist
That, I'd rather leave to Ross' work, if he even brings it up. I'm just guessing that Eddie survived the 7 Hour War since Mike mentions him as well.
Oh, btw, I've been working on some fanart just for kicks, and I wanted to ask this question: If Alex DeLarge (from A Clockwork Orange) was a Splicer, what kind would he be, and what plasmids would he use, alongside his Droogs, if they were in Rapture instead of England?
I couldn't shake Alex doing "Singing in the Rain" while committing "Ultraviolence" on other Splicers; not only that, but I've even imagined the setting for this drawing: The "Rhea Milk Bar" in Fort Frolic, where the dispensed milk is laced with Gene Tonics, and what they're sipping contains Bloodlust.
human-groveback Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Professional General Artist
Oh, you get those references to Gordon's past? Actually, knowing Ross, all of the "throwaway backstory incident" gags are probably based on things that happened to Ross in real life. It's been confirmed that the "squirrel in the power lines" line from Episode 1 happened, just at a different school. Also, I never saw the entirety of the movie, so I couldn't help you. Still, that's an amusing mental image. & speaking of fan-stuff ideas, what do you think of my idea for a crossover between Code: Lyoko & A Series of Unfortunate Events?
ask-theangelofsouls Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015
For my version of the guardians, they act as mercenaries who travel to places ripe with strife and save them
human-groveback Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015  Professional General Artist
ask-theangelofsouls Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015
As for the Lightsworn, they act as guardians over both human and monster world
human-groveback Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015  Professional General Artist
I see. But you said as far as the Angels in each group go, the Guardians are higher up on the heavenly corporate ladder than the Lightsworns, right?
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Shanteque Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou for the fav!! ^-^ :3!! -hugs-
human-groveback Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thou art welcome. What do you think of that RP idea I suggested?
Agent-G245 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015  Student General Artist
Hello again. I just wanted to mention something I discussed with my Dad in Austin. He knows a lot about Marathon, and I took some notes on what he explained to me. I'm building two brief chapters involving how SHODAN changed history using Elizabeth's powers.
- The S'pht can't live without their cybernetics, and anyone who controls those cybernetics can enslave them, so a page on a terminal told me. So I get to thinking: Rather than destroy them, SHODAN joins forces with the Pfhor before they ever attacked the Marathon, given how they saw her army arrive from a portal in orbit over Tau Ceti V.
- Similarly, SHODAN would take Dr. Breen's place as Earth's administrator in an alternate City 17, in alliance with the Combine.

Some additional notes on the side from what's not out yet:
- SHODAN has one fatal weakness in comparison to Durandal: He knows the limitations of what he can and can't do, but SHODAN does not, the godhood has gone to her head. ("I am drunk with this vision. God, the title suits me well," she said.)
- After Gordon manages to steal the Whistler and give it to Elizabeth, the final stretch of the battle ensues when Songbird attacks SHODAN face-first, (With Gordon shouting, "Hasta La Vista, baby") and everyone believes nothing would survive a blast like that. But somehow, SHODAN does, albeit with a severely damaged chassis that's still not weak enough for Durandal to jack into.
- That virus finally kicks in and 21 of the androids abruptly shut down.

There's one other twist, but I'll keep it secret.
All sound good so far?
human-groveback Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015  Professional General Artist
So far, yeah. At least put in something so the timeline alterations you're postulating could easily be undone by the characters. Also, remember what Gordon said when mocking Mjolnir Recon Number 54 about how easy the Pfhor got put down & the Cyborg's comment about cramped spaceships? I suggest putting in something to make Gordon eat that insult. Bear in mind: The Pfhor, unlike the Xenians, were smart. Mjolnir 54 often had to deal with Pfhor soldiers attacking him from all directions at once on UESC Marathon. Gordon only had to deal with groups of Xenians attacking from the front except on rare ocassions until he got to Xen itself. The Pfhor on the Von Braun were only forced to attack from the front because of the direction they were going in to get to their target from where they entered the ship from.
Agent-G245 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2015  Student General Artist
I tweaked the last part of chapter 17 to include SHODAN unleashing a torrent of Pfhor aliens from a Tear in the Citadel, from 2 directions at once thanks to the surrounding catwalks and hallways. She
And if that wasn't enough, a Confiscation Field activates with an android stealing Gordon's Gravity Gun.
Fortunately, as a dying Elizabeth mentioned, this is the point where the G-Man intervenes and rescues all 5 refugees at once, Alyx included. But it was a darn close call.
It's still become a difficult task for me to show some character development with Gordon. My dad suggested moving away from Freeman's Mind just a little, which I think makes sense. Only thing I'm not sure about is how such a change would fit with how Alyx felt about Gordon, since Ross Scott hasn't caught up to HL2 yet. It's all AdLib from here.
Character development in general isn't one of my strong points in writing, I'm afraid. I am learning, though.
human-groveback Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2015  Professional General Artist
I'm just waiting until it's finished.
Agent-G245 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015  Student General Artist
I know this subject matter must be getting tiring by now, but this is just for a small part: I'm doing a drawing (or rather, several drawings edited together in Photoshop Elements 2) and it involves the whole group of who I term "The refugees" (i.e.: Gordon, Booker, Alyx, etc.) and most of the men are holding weapons, prepped for action. Alyx has her pistol, too. And Booker has his right hand on Elizabeth's back in a protective way, but the question is: Would Liz be holding anything? A Sky-Hook? I'm not sure about that part.
Just a little hitch.
The story itself is getting good, I've got a lot of notes that I'm trying to keep memorized, but distraction is a cruel mistress, if you know what I mean.
Oh! And my Dad gave me a great tip about Durandal: He's not directly attacking the androids or helping fight them off, because he doesn't WANT to take action. That's why he's simply flying outside of SHODAN's range and only speaking through radio contact. I hope I'm getting that part of his character right.
human-groveback Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015  Professional General Artist
Give Liz the Sky-hook.
Agent-G245 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015  Student General Artist
Right, I thought of that. Just wasn't sure. Thx.
human-groveback Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015  Professional General Artist
Agent-G245 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Student General Artist
On the subject of Freeman's Mind, I've been a little uneasy about this scene: After the big battle is over, the final plan to shut all connecting Tears at the right point using the bomb requires a trip through the Sea of Doors. However, not only is Elizabeth hung up on the Booker/Comstock relationship which is a moot point, Gordon is having a VERY big problem with this concept and after she says, "Because it has, because it is, because it will happen," He snaps and starts to beat the snot out of her with his crowbar while ranting about how Elizabeth can't possibly be sure that every possible universe or timeline out there is the same, and he threatens to shoot her with his revolver.
Goggles intervenes by lightly stunning Gordon with his plasma gun, and Alyx tries to say that she loves him, but Gordon's entered that state of mind where he almost wanted to kill himself like on Xen, and how he doesn't deserve the title of "the One Free Man".
The thing I'm worried about is that I might be making Gordon seem like too much of a psycho, and the fact that through him, I'm venting my own personal rage at how Infinite ended, which is kind of stupid in hindsight.
Should I tone this back some, or what? I don't know.
human-groveback Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Professional General Artist
Have him ponder snapping, consider what would happen if he snaps, come to the conclusion that exactly the above circumstances would happen if he snaps, & decide not to snap.
Agent-G245 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Student General Artist
Sounds good. Geez, your answer coincides with how I control my own anger, being Autistic. and awareness of consequences keeps me from straying, so to speak. I'm still in a learning curve (mind you, I had to revise how I typed this multiple times.) Don't ask, it's a private matter.
This whole scenario shows up a lot of theories Gordon's had since Black Mesa, and one of the Luteces outright states that the universe is not bound by a single person's ego, in relation to the "reality is crumbling the longer I'm alive" theory, and Gordon half-heartedly agrees.
In any case, I figured out I was channeling my own emotions too much into this scene. Kind of like the time I hastily threw together a badly-animated video to hate on the "Pixels" short. Fixing what Infinite broke is enough resolution, if you know what I mean.
human-groveback Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Professional General Artist
I have Asperger's. Of course I'd have a similar solution.
Agent-G245 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 26, 2015  Student General Artist
I had to pass this along: I just typed a scene where Gordon is lounging in Comstock's former quarters (after Comstock was killed by SHODAN), and he hears a record that's the version of Modern Major General that Gordon "sang" while at Black Mesa. Noticing that Albert Fink passed it off as his own, and the fact that this record had music and a chorus; once it's done, Gordon scratches the record so that it can't be played anymore.
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