Greetings as well, everyone! My name is Dusk, though some of you may know me as Squirrelly, a toon squirrel, from many of Mu*. I've been on the mucks since 1994. You may also know me by a lot of my MUF code around the mu*s (meetme, teleport, movie, arrive_notify, summon, the updated version of action.muf (hug and such), etc.).
I've been a big fan of good cartoons since Tiny Toons, when I no longer saw them as just random things to watch, but became a fan. That lead to usenet groups, which lead to FurryMUCK, which lead to furry fandom in general. And my best friend going back to the early Tiny Toons days is the one that introduced me to the new MLP. The shows were great, but actually what helped really hook me was the show's two way relation with the fans. That helped impress me that much more. And it was that same friend, known to you here as Surprise, that said it'd be great to have me here and to help out with the place, which sounded great to me as well!
Dusk is an OC of mine, and actually goes back nearly as far as Squirrelly, but only exists (until now) on a Muck called Unbridled Desires. So when I decided to join here I needed to decide who I wanted to be. I'm Squirrelly virtually everywhere. But this is MLP. I could stay my old self -- I don't think Fluttershy would mind having another squirrel about. But I felt a pony would be much better. I originally was thinking of making a ponified version of Squirrelly, like I've seen so many others do with their other fursonas. But then I remembered Dusk! He would make a great pony character. So with just a little tweaking, he became a pony unicorn (since coding is pretty much a magic thing) with a new cutie mark to go.
Characterwise, I've written up a detailed initial background for Dusk, but may undergo some redoing. But the basics / short version so far:
Dusk grew up in Canterlot, born and raised in the high class life. But he had a much deeper interest in the workings of magic. Not just the acts of magic they taught in classes, but what made it work at all. That lead him to studying of arcane books on his own, and that lead to an act that affected nearly all of Canterlot, if briefly.
He left Canterlot, sure that he would be in trouble and unable to learn the things he wanted. He traveled quite far and wide, and indeed learned with a much deeper understanding than he had before. And maybe a little less dangerous. Well, he was more careful at least.
But those travels have brought him back around to Canterlot, or at least as far as Ponyville. His studies and practices have lead him to see there are forces and events focusing there, and he would be amiss to ignore it. Even if he has to risk trouble for his past. Perhaps in Ponyville though, he will be fine.
He does practice quite a variety of magic. But of a different bent than other unicorns. Being almost entirely self-taught away from the schools of Canterlot, and with his passion for a deeper understanding of magic, his magic works on a more fundamental level. Often changing the very way things work, altering some element of reality, or changing things on scales that wouldn't normally seem possible. But at the same time, those are things he doesn't do lightly. He learned his lesson the hard way before.
For example though, of the more common magic ponies are more likely to first notice with him, is should he happen to teleport. But he does not "pop" in and out. Ponies just notice that he is there, or not there anymore. How long was he standing there? When did he leave? You just must not have been paying attention. [A fun exception, and RP idea, would be Derpy, who would notice a ripple at least.]
And Fluttershy came up with the term "theoretical magician" which I think fits quite well!
So it's great meeting you all, and looking forward to playing and to helping improve the Muck as well! See ya's there!