Also, please note there is a Pre-round submission required before round 1 begins. The pre-round will start tomorrow or the day after. It's purpose is to show your character arriving in Discordance City and give some indication of what they are like in-character for your round one opponent, so they can write them, it doesn't need to be long.
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Race: Earth Pony
Age: Approaching the end of middle aged.
Physical Description: Steady Stride is a large pony with a lot of large muscles. He stands with a confident, yet at ease, stance that shows a pony comfortable in his own body. His gait is firm and directed, yet not arrogant. Stride's voice has a loud booming quality, yet holds no malice. When out of breath, he has an unhealthy wheeze to his breath.
Coat color: Light Bluish Grey
Mane color: Grey-black, though the edges are growing white from age.
Tail color: Same as mane
Eye color: Dark Blue
Cutie Mark: A long warhammer in-front of a large boulder.
Personality: Steady Stride is a generally calm and friendly pony. He knows what he wants, and he's not afraid to take risks to get it, but he treats others with respect and tries not to use more force than is necessary in fights.
An experienced and retired adventurer, Steady Stride is knowledgeable about the world and understands the importance of minimising risk while still being daring and confident. He often shares his knowledge with younger ponies, but is unperturbed when many don't listen.
Talent/Skills: Steady is well versed in the use of his warhammer and in unarmed combat. He has also worked in mines, and understands structure, proper support of weight and how safe a tunnel/structure is. Additionally, he has spent a large portion of his life as an adventurer, taking missions, exploring old tombs/structures/tunnels, and has learnt many skills from this life. Primarily, scavenging for food, reading maps, traversing large distances, remaining alert for trouble, and fighting in small skirmishes.
Fighting Style: Steady Stride wields a large warhammer, and wears a suit of metal armour. He is very strong and uses a fighting style based on strength and deflection. Despite not being the most agile pony, he understands that sometimes you just have to get out of the way, and has a little bit of ability to dodge. In a fight, he tends switch between two styles, very defensive, and very offensive.
Defensively, he uses both his fully metal warhammer and his armour to deflect blows, and uses positioning and terrain to control the flow of battle. He uses this time to bait the enemy into a mistake, or think of a tactic to use against his opponent.
Offensively he uses the great weight of his warhammer and his strength to make strikes that stagger anyone who blocks. He also uses quick jabs and strikes with his hooves, shoulders and makes headbutts utilising his great strength to force openings and press attacks.
Also, with his warhammer, he tends to launch rocks and debris as ranged attacks, and uses his knowledge of structures and supports to strike down key areas, causing collapses on other opponents.
Bio: Steady Stride has always had a daring attitude and desire for adventure, tempered by a gentle nature Though he has a natural talent and the physical ability for combat, he prefers to subdue his opponents and force them to surrender. He enjoys a good brawl, but would rather a tavern bash rather than a true life or death struggle.
Coming from a poor farming family, Steady chose to go into mining when a nearby mine opened up. The pay was good, and he quickly worked his way up to forestallion. Learning to the process of checking for shaft stability and directing others, he had begun down the road to leadership. But one day, when he had to pull a double shift, he missed the small signs of a section being unstable. Shortly after sending other ponies in, it collapsed.
Horrified, he quickly set to trying to dig them out. His lungs burning in the air thick with dirt and coal, he forced his way through the rubble with his pick. After what seemed an eternity, he managed to reach them. To his dismay, he'd only saved half of them.
In medical treatment afterwards, he found out he'd permanently damaged his lungs. They were fine most of the time, but when he required heavy breathing, his lungs would seem like they were on fire and he struggled to take breathe. The doctors warned pushing beyond this pain would likely lead to internal bleeding and drowning in his own blood.
Steady Stride decided not to return to the mines, he wanted nothing to do with leading other ponies ever again. The deaths of those ponies that didn't make it still haunt him. Looking for something else to do, he stumbled into adventuring with a pony named Dusty Artifact. He found the lifestyle suited him.
When the time of Discord began, Steady Stride managed to avoid the beginnings of it, being in a lost temple at the time. But it didn't take long for him to discover what was happening, as the very world itself was in chaos.
He found refuge in one of the small hidden communities that had sprung up, hiding from the Draconequus tormenting the world. Steady quickly proved an asset, with his courage to brave the chaotic world outside and search for supplies and resources the community needed.
In recent times, his lungs have been getting worse, and it seems that he might be nearing the end of his life. When Discord made his announcement, Steady decided to enter on one last adventure. Steady is determined to win and use his wish to save the world from Discords terror.
Why people should follow this character:
Steady Stride is a very physical fighter who uses terrain to his advantage in a strength based way. Also, he understands that strength can't win every fight and he'll be forced to be creative when fighting ranged/magical opponents.
Also, through the rounds, his history, previous adventures and he's desire for redemption for failing those ponies in the mine will be explored and play a part in how he solves problems.
He also will try hard to avoid killing his opponents and will try to disable or incapacitate them.
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