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Charmie as a Wondercolt

"You may not know this, but I actually compete in a sport. Ten pin bowling. Yes, it might sound a little weird and a little crazy but I've always dreamed of representing my country at Paralympic or at World Championship level or even for my school. Now I have that chance at the Friendship Games."

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Charmie Heart

"A new look, for a new me! Look out world! This is a sample of my journey as a student at Canterlot High."

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Charmie Heart EQG Style by Strumfreak

Ah yes, the ever wonderful world of Canterlot High. I was quite the "charmer" as they would say.

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The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone (Recap + Review)

Journal Entry: Sat May 23, 2015, 1:00 PM
WARNING: As per my previous posts on this topic, it contains items that are from a personal retrospective and are based on my thoughts and mine alone. Trolls, haters and wannabe heroes who want to cause trouble will be dealt with and run the risk of being reported. This post also may contains some spoilers for those who haven't seen the episode yet, so you've been warned.

With that said....

Now I normally wouldn't be starting an episode recap and review like this, but I am pissed off to no end.

It's 3:00 in the morning and I pretty much blew my chance of any sleep due to a string of events.

I couldn't watch the second half of the new episode due to my primary Slingbox stream deciding to change the channel. Then my backup stream decided to lag out and drop out. I couldn't restore the backup with having to reboot the router. Rebooted router, missed last half of episode.

At this point I am tearing my hair out.

Then I had to find a live stream that was showing the episode on replay. Once I found a stream, I live tweeted my reactions on a second try, only to be dragged through hot coals and blasted for tweeting spoilers and ruining the episode for some.

You can see where I am going with this right?

Over the last three episodes, something bad has happened to me.

Whether it would be Appleoosa's Most Wanted where I got called out over my thoughts on Braeburn and completely hating the episode overall or last week with Make New Friends but Keep Discord where I had to abandon my duties as a newswriter and leave the forums that I once called home due to someone extremely disagreeing with my thoughts and getting into my face.

In the words of Clint Black, I've been having a good run of bad luck as of late.Really bad luck.

Don't know if I broke a mirror or my recent actions just resulted in a curse or a spell being cast on me.

So this episode recap and review of The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone, I'm going off my second viewing in terms of reactions and thoughts as if I provided my true reactions to the episode the first time round, then this post would have to been censored and heavily edited as most of it was towards an angry email to my Slingbox provider demanding a please explain.

With that said...here we go.


Pinkie's Bakery




We begin this episode with a visit to Sugarcube Corner where Pinkie.... Ummmm...one moment folks.



*Some time later*

Ok, a little technical mishap there. Let's go again.


So where was I? Oh yes,

We begin this episode with Pinkie Pie hard at work in the kitchen of Sugarcube Corner. Alongside her pet Gummy, she is trying out a Pie family recipe from her late Granny.

It's a complex setup of incredients, methods and cooking instructions including a LOT of cooking time.

Everything was going along smoothly until the flank started to flash.

It's a summons order to the Friendship Castle!


Mission Briefing


We then turn our attention to the Friendship Castle where the interactive map has summoned both Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash to a mission.

A mission to a part of Equestria that has only been mentioned in history books and not ventured by a hoof in thousands of years.

There isn't much to write home about on this scene except Twilight's briefing and orders. So let's continue on.

Off to Griffonstone....on the XPT


We then jump on board the Fr....

Oh great! Not this again!
"We are experiencing some technical difficulties at the moment, as soon as we rectify the problem we will return to the program. - John Martin

*15 minutes later*

Right! That should do the trick. Let's see how long this goes for.

Let's get back to the action shall we?

Ok, the Countrylink XPT doesn't go via Griffinstone in real life, but the Friendship Express train sort of acts like a XPT service doesn't it?

So after a lengthy train trip and a couple of kilometers of walking, we finally reach the Kingdom of Griffonstone.

Unfortuntely...the place has seen better days.

Struggle Street...Griffon Style


The entire kingdom, although small in size is run down and in ruins.

It's treasures ripped to pieces.

The citizens feel down in the dumps.

All hope is lost and Griffons are living on the edge where everyday is a constant struggle with life.

It's like Struggle Street.

Apologies for using that term, but it looked and felt like that these griffons were kicked, punched and thrown to the curb and left to fend for themselves after a power stuggle resulted in their treasures and treasury being raided to empty.

You can't even throw a party or sing in this town.

If you thought Starlight Glimmer's village of equality was bad, this was worse than that!

This is a genuine example of it's like to live life on the bare essentials and on the skids as they say. Something I know all to well as a disability pensioner who works in a supported workplace just to keep my head aloat.

This is where every bit of money means more than a scrap of food and decisions on whether to buy the essentals or pay off the essental services is a daily struggle. Decisions that cannot be put off have to be made and often result in being short changed.

Griffons are stuck in dead end jobs and every bit matters towards their daily income.

Again, an experience I know all to well.

This is a place where anger rules and being happy is being frowned upon and depression is through the roof.

Poverty is at an all time high. Crime is through the roof.

This is a place where no one will help you if you are suffering from life's problems. You are pretty much on your own. Your cries for help go unanswered into a deep, dark void.

So I can safely say this now. Griffonstone is a country that is hard on it's luck.Really hard on it's luck.

This is far cry to five years ago where a single griffon decided to come to Ponyville for a visit and almost become cooked on a BBQ.

So what happened to this once powerful country which was once peaceful and happy now struggling to make ends meet?

"You talking about me? - Gilda

Back with a Vengeance...and on the Skids.


That's right. *gulp*

Gilda had returned. You know Gilda right?

The one that made Fluttershy cry back in the first season?



The one that almost became Kentucky Fried Gilda or dunked into a Griffon Tonight sauce and marinade by fans and bronies who wanted her blood? The one that got blasted by cannons and insults galore afterwards and literally had to hide at home for a long time?

Now we are getting somewhere.

It turns out Gilda has been in hiding for the last five years in Griffonstone and well...let's say friendships are still frosty after that time. Rainbow Dash and Gilda, once best friends are still enemies and literally still hate the heck out of each other. Even the anger issues still remain.



..and why not? When you live life on the edge every day, then I don't blame you for being angry and upset.

In fact, I originally invisioned Gilda as a griffon who didn't change on the first viewing before it become abandoned.

But after the second viewing where I was calmed down enough to understand the situation, you can easily see that she has been though a lot.


Baked Goods...Griffon Style


When griffons are living life on the edge, they will do anything to make a quick buck.



..and what better way to make a quick buck then to sell some baked goods?

Pinkie Pie decided to try and bring some cheer into the country by sampling some of the local baked fare, but the results were....

That's right. Pinkie lost a tooth.

So let's see....so far Pinkie has almost lost her lunch in the season premiere episodes due to Sugar Belle's cooking and wound up in an ambulance and hospitalised for a week due to food poisoning.

Now she is looking at a huge dentists bill for the repair of the tooth!

Twilight! What are you doing to your friend!

She cannot afford to have her health insurance premiums hiked everytime she puts her body on the line!

I hope you are paying them danger money for this quest!


She is going to need every bit! You're going to give Cloudy Quartz a big fright!


A Friend in Need


While Pinkie and Gilda were trying to repair friendships, Rainbow Dash decided to blow the entire travel allowance trying to get herself out of a hole after trying to seek a treature to restore the country to it's former self.

So it was Gilda to the rescue and even after a flashback or two the good old days of the Cloudsdale Flight Academy, Dash was rescued and brought to safety.

In Conclusion

Despite the technical issues I suffered, this episode originally for me was a 50-50. I didn't hate it nor did I like it enough to warrant a definite decision.

But on the second screening, my overall thoughts changed somewhat.

For me, this episode was a good one for a few reasons.

The first being the issue of what life is like for someone on terms of living conditions and low income. Living on payslip to payslip as to say. I didn't see this the first time round, but the second time felt it was like a tale that would end up on Struggle Street and really told the story well on how Griffonstone got along despite all of their troubles.

The second was Gilda. I was one of the many bronies and fans who wanted to make mince meat or a marnade of her after making Fluttershy cry her eyes out, but after watching this episode and seeing how things look though her eyes, my opinion of her has changed. I didn't even know that Gilda was in the same position as myself in terms of financial woes, working in a dead end job to make ends meet and suffering from anger issues and having to deal with them on a daily basis.

I could relate to her story, and it's glad that I did.

Who knew a griffon that you wanted to make mince meat out of would eventually make you see things differently?

As they say, it's not easy making ends meet when you are living on Struggle Street.

That couldn't be any further than the truth.



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Cecilia Teodomira Márquez, or Cecilia for short was my female alter ego. Now I am in the process of transitioning to a female full time in the next three years. But don't worry, I'm still an Aspie, I am still knowledgeable and I'm still respected by many and shows a huge despise against trolls etc.

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