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Aurae43 by Tarantad0 Aurae43 by Tarantad0
Aurae43 is an "Equinaut", a bio-mechanical pony from an unknown star system far off in the MLP universe. Her body is a product of fusing an incredibly diverse artificial intelligence program and the latest (in terms of her star system) in biotechnology with the form of the native species, Equinauts, to form the most perfect equine-based artificial lifeform ever created. Unlike the ponies that populate Equestria, the design of Aurae43's spine allows her to walk erect on her hind-hooves like a human, similar to that of her creators and the populace of her original home. Her limbs and head are electromagnetically attached to her body and allow more free movement than what is anatomically possible, also allowing her to temporarily remove parts of her body to fit into tight spaces, and reattach themselves together. Her creator programmed her with only three initial orders into her mind: Think, Learn, and Live, which served as her basis for more complex thoughts and to develop her own ever-growing knowledge bank.

Word of this creation spread quickly around her home planet, and the Alicorn that was entrusted with ruling it ordered that the artificial pony be taken and destroyed, for fear of its potential threat to the civilian population. When a full-scale hunt for Aurae43, her creator managed to send her off the planet in a hypersleep pod, but not before ordering her that where ever she lands, she must follow her three initial programs and live as her own pony. After literally thousands of years of sleep, Aurae43's pod finally arrives at its predetermined destination, a thriving and fertile planet in a region called "Equestria"...

Aurae43's initial personality is, without a more polite way to put it, particularly cold yet curious. She speaks in a monotonic voice with a metallic echo in her speech, and is brutally honest in her observations. Since she is still learning about life, Aurae43 knows little in terms of emotion and empathy or even right and wrong, but is willing to develop this understanding and eventually feel them herself. She is curious about unknown factors and explores them thoroughly, unless there is no way to gather more information from what she has at hoof. Since her unexpected exodus from her home and the details associated with it, she distrusts many ponies on their introduction and any form of physical contact during that timeframe is considered to her as a threat. After sometime, she would eventually warm up to them, and will learn more about them. Before being sent off the planet, Aurae43's creator gave her a special helmet and tank pack that recycles the air in her suit to help her in case the air in where ever she lands in unbreathable to her. Her creator specifically told her, under no circumstances should she ever take off the helmet. Any attempt by an outside force trying to remove the helmet will be met with violent force at Aurae43's hooves. Fortunately, since she is robotic, she doesn't rely on food or water, rather she is "powered by knowledge", meaning as long as she is able to keep learning and gathering new information like daily events or new ponies, she will keep living.

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TL;DR, I made an OC pony. Woohoo.

I wanted to make an OC pony that was COMPLETELY different than most, considering she never originated anywhere near Equestria AND she is basically an artificial robot alien pony. You don't see many of those everyday.

I named her Aurae43 because "aurae" in latin means "heaven", and the 43 is her model number (the creator went through 43 iterations of his design to get to his best creation).
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20percentcooler75 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
wow. Thats amazing! what program did you use
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Tarantad0 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013   Digital Artist
I use a rather dated version of Photoshop Elements 6. It has only a small amount of the features from the recent ones, but it has served me well so far.
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ArkTeck Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I love Her! This is nearly exactly what i fantasize about pony or non pony, The subtle line between organic and inorganic thought and form. I understand the powered by knowledge concept but what do you think her literal power source would be? some form of micro reactor i'd thought.. also what sort of processing speed and intelligence does she have?
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Tarantad0 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013   Digital Artist
Actually a micro reactor was what I exactly had in mind for her main power source. It would act as her heart of sorts, and it is self-sufficient and forever-lasting. Her intelligence speed is particularly fast, and she can recall bits of knowledge and memories quickly at a moment's notice. Like think of her processing speed like, let's say, Google for example. You tell her something and she will recall as much information as she knows about it after the second you say it. Although, sometimes she'll occasionally dwell upon something a bit longer than usual, but it is rare.
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ArkTeck Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This just gets better and better! I have always found people's interpretation of AI to be a bit archaic, Emulation of thinking is still not thinking. No matter how complex the decision making program. How is her mind stored? I hope not a delicate squishy thing! Id like to think a nice pretty lozenge of crystal or maybe even Atom Etched quantum memory!
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Tarantad0 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013   Digital Artist
Her mind is a crystalline "infinity-core", developed by her creator on her home world. Unlike most memory-storing devices which have a set capacity, the infinity-core is, like it's name implies, allows for a completely limitless amount of memory to be stored within a compact space. It emulates an organic brain's neuroplasticity through the use of hyper-advanced micro mechanics to create pockets of infinite memory storage, so there will be no limit to how much she can learn.
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ArkTeck Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Neat! You have a quick and admirable imagination.. one I know I have too, but I also come with an annoying tendency for procrastination. >:c
I must get my Ideas Out and Down at some point.

How does She feel about all this, how do you think being what she is Effects her emotions? being jettisoned to the stars to escape what are essentially her own people?
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Tarantad0 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013   Digital Artist
Well that's the thing; since she was just recently created before being shot out into space, Aurae was never taught about what emotions are and how to feel them. As of now, she is almost indifferent about her situation, but is confused about the details of why she was sent out into space. She only knows that she was created to live, and that her creator had assigned her a mission that she wants to comply with. Eventually she will develop her own emotions by learning from the Equestrians, and maybe her feelings about her sudden departure from her home world will be brought to light.
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ArkTeck Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
What sort of Sensorial range does she have? is she limited to the capability's of her creators? or does she have abilities like sonar and EM transmitters amongst an arsenal of instruments?
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Tarantad0 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013   Digital Artist
Her sensory capabilities are just slightly above-average compared to a normal pony, but she has a few features that enhance and aid her in her mission. Among those features is an augmented listening mode, which allows her to focus and tune her hearing to pick up various sounds from moving objects, and reticules appear in her peripheral vision that point out to where the sounds are coming from. Unfortunately, the drawback to using this mode is that it requires to be turned on/off, and if she moves while the mode is active, the reticules will block her vision because of the amount of noise she's making, along with the ambient noise she was trying to listen to.
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lexiejay Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
Wow this is awesome! A completely original design and concept, not to mention that she isn't half-bad looking.
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Tarantad0 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you! Yeah, it took some time designing and creating her, and I'm glad so many people like her as well!
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lexiejay Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
Any fanfics she's being used in?
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Tarantad0 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013   Digital Artist
So far, no, none that I'm aware of. Although, she is in her own ask/story blog on tumblr (run by yours truly), which is sorta like a fanfic!
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lexiejay Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
sweet!
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VicariousReality Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
Cutie mark... acquisition program.
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Fluopiscis Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Student General Artist
lmao that is the most indirect translation of that word i have ever seen. well done
Love the concept and character! She's absolutely gorgeous <3

she makes me want to make one akldsjfaldskf of course i won't though since they're your concept
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needthistool Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
I saw some art from erijt who's renditions I very much liked, and searched on the tags to get here. I'm tracking Aurae43 as a tag and would likely follow a blog of it in a heartbeat.

I think this character really has some potential, op.
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Tarantad0 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013   Digital Artist
I'm glad you like her character.

Don't worry, everyone will get to communicate with her very soon on tumblr. ;)
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needthistool Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
'Really looking forward to it. For me it's been slow going drumming up interest for OCs on tumblr but it seems you have folks' interests already, which is great.

I'll try to keep an eye out for her!
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JaySG2010 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Is her memory mechanical? As in there is a limit to what she can learn. Or is the part of her that stores memories more like other organic ponies remembering some things quite well while ignoring unimportant bits of information? Maybe somethings else entirely? I'm curious.
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Tarantad0 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013   Digital Artist
Her memory database is made to become as ever-expanding as an organic brain would, yet allowing her to retain and recall information in complete detail, meaning she has complete photographic memory. Despite what others would think, Aurae43 always seems to enjoy this gift her creator had given her, claiming it to be extremely helpful. Of course, her creator gave her the ability to delete and "forget" tidbits of information if she so chooses to, although more subtle and involuntarily.
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JaySG2010 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
That's really sounds really interesting and in-depth. You must have given this character a lot of thought. At least it seems that way. It would be fun to see her again if you decide to feature her in more artwork. She really seems like such an interesting character. Have a nice day and thanks for taking the time to answer my question.
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Tarantad0 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013   Digital Artist
Thanks for asking your question! Yeah, I thought about what my OC would be like through and through, because I wanted her to be both unique in appearance and backstory, and have tons of meaning imbedded in everything about her. And yes, I hope to feature her in future pieces. ;)
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crown1995 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist
Yummy, this is great art... for a potato.
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CheshC Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A truly brilliant idea. I may just have to borrow it. xD Another incredible piece, as always. Excellent work on the story as well. :D
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Tarantad0 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you! You're too kind.
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CheshC Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
By the way, what's the story with that cutie mark?
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Tarantad0 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013   Digital Artist
Her "cutie-mark" (given by her creator) is a thick red circular line with a smaller, thinner circle inside of it. The thicker larger circle represents the universe as a whole, in terms that the universe is never truly ending and that almost all planets, stars, and solar systems are represented as spheres in a physical form. The inner circle of the cutie mark symbolizes eternity and life, referring to her goals to learn about life and become more like a pony, and since she is sustained by obtaining knowledge daily (and that new things can be learned and discovered everyday), Aurae43 basically can live for an eternity, ergo the circle.

...yeah, I just gave it more thought than I should have given.
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CheshC Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The amazing just doesn't stop, does it? :o Fantastic explanation. You should add that to the description somewhere. Cuz you know, novels are fun, right? xD
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Tarantad0 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013   Digital Artist
Heh, yeah, I definitely should.
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xEmaTheVampire Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Wicked! I love the background story you came up with for her.
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MetaKirb7 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
The part about her being able to take herself apart and put her self together again remind me of Godard from Jimmy Neutron. Your OC looks and sounds very cool! I'm really digging the eyes too. Nice!
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Princess-Amy Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
A mecha pony is a facinating idea
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stupidyou3 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow... now make an askblog out of it :I
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Tarantad0 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013   Digital Artist
Hmmm... I'll think about it... Maybe!
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Doppelgangsta Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Is it wearing a life preserve suit, or is that actually part of its body? Neat concept that definitely strays from the norm.
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Tarantad0 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013   Digital Artist
Oh wait a freaking minute; that didn't answer your question. Derp. Sorry. XC

Yes, that's her actual body. She has no fur to speak of, so her body is made of an extremely strong (yet soft-looking) metal alloy.
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Tarantad0 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013   Digital Artist
Oh, forgot to mention it: before being sent off the planet, Aurae43's creator gave her a special helmet and tank pack that recycles the air in her suit to help her in case the air in where ever she lands in unbreathable to her. Her creator specifically told her, under no circumstances should she ever take off the helmet. Fortunately, since she is robotic, she doesn't rely on food or water, rather she is "powered by knowledge", meaning as long as she is able to keep learning and gathering new information like daily events or new ponies, she will keep living.

I should put that in the description later. :/
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billy2345 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
fasinating, absoultly fasinating! and nice drawing too!
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Tarantad0 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013   Digital Artist
Thanks, worked really hard on her appearance and description. :3
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billy2345 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
and your awsome art piece deserves every fantactic comment for all the hard work you put into this. well done! <)^3^(>
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