Another sketcheroo of the Infected!AU I did yesterday. This one is of Scootaloo and Rainbow Dash. :3 I’ve always loved RD with short hair but this is by far the shortest I’ve drawn it. I just… I really like short hair styles. ;_; As for why she keeps it like this, its for practical reasons.
In this AU Rainbow Dash and Scootaloo travel together as scavengers, or those who don’t run with any group or affiliation and has made the decision to live out in the post-outbreak Equestria outside a settlement. Scavengers only ever go into settlements to sell and trade items they find, but other than that it they remain on their own by choice. Rainbow stays away from settlements because she simply doesn’t trust them, especially “big named” ones, or the ones that have the most rumors floating around them about being a “save haven” for weary travelers. She’s generally distrusting of anyone that isn’t Scootaloo, to be honest, but eventually she’ll learn to trust the Mane 6 when she comes across them.
As for how she came to be Scootaloo’s guardian: during the first few years of post-outbreak, Rainbow Dash was a part of a Bandit group: bandits are soldiers of the Equestrian military that joined civilian rebel groups that tried to overthrow a military-ran settlement, and succeeded in taking the territory over, but were eventually took to preying on other survivors once their own resources were depleted. Anyway, Rainbow; she was a part of a Bandit group and at some point she and a scouting party came across a mare in their territory. She was holding something in her arms and the group assumed it was something of use. While Rainbow herself didn’t pull the trigger, she watched as someone else in her group gunned the fleeing mare down, and she was the one to first approach the body.
Turning the corpse over revealed a young Scootaloo to be what she was carrying. Some of the group were clearly uneasy about just killing someone with a child while the rest were indifferent and debated on what to do with Scoots (some very disturbing suggestions popped up). The ultimate decision was to just kill the kid, but Rainbow spoke up and claimed Scoots before anything could be done to harm her. Rainbow had stuck with the bandits out of thinking it was necessary in order to survive, she had been having doubts and growing more uneasy the longer she stayed. It was Scootaloo that was the tipping point for her and some of the other bandits, and she eventually escaped with Scoots in tow. Originally, it was more out of guilt than anything that made her keep Scootaloo with her, but she eventually grows to love the kid as if she were a little sister. Scootaloo was a little too young to actively remember what happened, but she knows, and sometimes she gets snippets of the memory in the form of a nightmare.
I’ll write more for this one too, but I have class to get to so this will do for now. Feel free to ask questions in the meantime, and I hope you guys like! :3
InI had some muse for the Infected!AU (click HERE if you wanna see more about it) so I decided to go ahead and post them. No drawings this time though, sorry guys! D:
-Rainbow Dash and Scootaloo have a tiny tortoise as a pet: Tank! Scootaloo sometimes takes him out of his cage to carry him around on her head, much to the little critter’s delight.
-In this AU, Rarity’s parents are both deceased and they died after the Outbreak started. Rarity’s mother ended up getting very ill with a sickness that needed to be treated with medicine that was very hard to find, harder than usual (since medicine in general is either hard to find on a scavenge and expensive to trade/buy from a merchant): Rarity eventually does find the medicine while she was out scavenging with the designated group from the settlement they lived in, but she found it far too late. Her father, the poor fella, couldn’t bear the loss of his beloved wife, but he tried to stay strong for his daughters. In the end he didn’t make it; he died a few months later, when he was bitten from an infected and had to be put out of his misery before turning. It was Rarity that pulled the trigger. And she blames their deaths on herself to this day.
-There are several rumors floating around about the whereabouts of the Princess Sisters, but the most popular is that they are both dead and have succumbed to the Infection. Twilight doesn’t believe that, but she also isn’t actively searching for either of them. Partly because she’s a bit bitter that they’re gone while the world has gone to shit, and they’ve done nothing to stop it. She knows there wasn’t much they could have done to stop it from happening (it happened so abruptly no one really know how to combat it), but they’re still gone probably somewhere safe, while the world continues to rot.
-Rarity, given her witnessing her father being bitten and her having to put him out of his misery, might react to finding out about Twi’s bite… badly. I’m imagining a pretty interesting scenario that’d prompt Twi to tell her about it, but it might get lengthy so I won’t say here. If you’re interested though just let me know. :3
-In this AU Sweetie Belle is eventually shot in the shoulder a little after the group reaches Shining’s settlement. She lives, of course, but it gives her nightmares and makes her very hesitant to use a gun (at that point she had begun to learn how to handle one). It prompts her to begin learning how to wield a bow and arrow.