Name: The Sugar Isles
Coordinator: LNS and DJ
Type: Cluster Club
Status: Approved for Building
The Sugar Isles are located on the Sugar Sea, beyond the Love Isles.
The Sugar Sea is named such because its waters are just a bit sweeter than one would expect. It is fabled that the Sugar Isles are what makes the water sweet. Perhaps the sugary sand washing into the peridot water makes it so. Or perhaps it has something to do with the very magic that keeps the Isles and its inhabitants safe and happy.
Not even the natives know what caused the Sugar Isles to form. The most popular story among the natives involves a pony that wanted a special place filled with rainbows, butterflies and sugar, most importantly cookies. The one who created Azuyan could not help but to look upon this one with a smile and agree that such a place was indeed needed. A place that was ever innocent and carefree. This wish was thus granted and a small group of ponies soon settled in this special place where lollipop trees grow wild and butterflies flutter freely. It is also home to the Sugar Faes, the only place in all of Azuyan where they can be found.
The water surrounding the Sugar Isles is a peculiar light lime. At certain times it appears much lighter as though someone squeezed the color from the sea, making it a very barely there pale green. Yet when a storm brews on the horizon the water turns a much brighter lime green as though something truly terrifying is about to approach but never does. Normally the sea is calm, quietly it laps at the shores, never in a hurry to go anywhere as there is nowhere else it would rather be.
Islands in the Chain:
Isle of Spices
Bittersweet Isle (Has drifted and none realize it still falls within their cluster.)
The main island is the Sugar Isle. This is the largest of the islands in the chain and happens to be where all major celebrations are held. It is also the Island that the Sugar Faes frequent most. When visitors come to the isles this is where they are first brought. It is the most populated of the isles in the cluster.
Fudge Isle is of average size. The terrain is a mixture, there are flat meadows and rocky hills, there are also large mountains (Double Cluster Peaks) looming over the entire western side of the isle. Double Cluster Peaks is mined for fudge. By no means the same type of fudge as one would buy in most bakeries. It is a harder fudge that is quite smooth and melts very easily in your mouth. No one pony or company owns the rights to mine the mountains. Anyone who wishes to mine them can. If they so wish they are allowed to keep or sell the fudge they've mined. A select group of markets and merchants will often buy the fudge from those who are willing to sell. Most though are none too interested as it only sells well during the Sugar Festival, at which point it is almost unheard of for locals to not eat at least one piece. The Fudge Isle is the least inhabited of the isles in the chain. It is without question the quietest of the isles. The capital of the isle is Chipper Town. Because fudge is so common here it is not unheard of for those who live here to have a roof made of fudge or even their entire house. Granted it can get a little melty in warmer weather, but for those who do not wish to cut down trees or have supplies brought in from other places it is a ready material that they have access to. The mountains, Double Cluster Peaks, have a growing population of Cho-coos that call it home. Due to these wild cats roaming the upper parts of the mountains locals tend to keep towards the base and will not go near them at all once the sun begins to set. Though the wild cats leave the natives in peace they have made it known those who tread upon their home will face their wrath. Of course that may just be lore given no one can recall Cho-coos ever attacking anyone. Still it is best to leave these wild cats alone.
Candy Isle is of average size. If it were not for the various vegetation on the isle one could see as far as the eye would let them, for the isle is completely smooth and flat. Gum-tees are plentiful and several small forests of Lolli-tops grow all over the isle. Hallowed out Pep O' Mint Trees make excellent homes in the lesser populated areas of this isle. Perhaps one of the most colorful places in the Sugar Isles is the capitol here, Gummi Vale. Here homes are painted in an array of bright colors, windows are made to look like melted lollipops and sugar-lips line the streets. For many this place has a look and feel as if something from a dream. Perhaps it is in a way a combination of all the dreams foals dream of a place brimming with sugar and where homes are made out of sweets.
Chocolate Isle is of average size. The isle is mostly wide open and flat. There are a few hills, but nothing grand. This isle is mainly devoted to farming. Because it is the only place in the Sugar Isles that the precious chocolate plants are able to grow, sugar plants also do quite nicely here. There is a chocolate museum and amusement park in the isle's capital, Cocoaburg. The amusement park offers rides such as the Chocolate Express (an exhilarating boat ride that takes one down the Chocolate Chute), The Ripple (a fast paced rollercoaster ride), Double Dipper (a bungee style ride that drops the rider after which they shoot back up and fall back down several times in a matter of seconds) and the Merry-Go-Cocoa (the rider sits in a large cocoa cup, complete with saucer and twirls around the floor). The Museum of Chocolate tells of the first pony to have eaten chocolate, how the precious beans were discovered, the first time the beans were used in baking and shows many of the early inventions used to make chocolaty sweets. By no means a hot spot for visitors, it seems to be of more interest to the locals of the isles, who wish to remember the proud history of chocolate. While visitors do come to the isle few stay for more than a few hours, just long enough to enjoy the rides the amusement park has to offer and occasionally take a quick stroll through the museum. Cocoaburg is in the heart of the isle, which could explain why so few travelers bother to visit it.
Cookie Isle is the second largest of the islands in the chain. It is also home to the Cookie Bushes, the only place in the Sugar Isles where these tasty bushes grow. A wonderful plant that grows cookies. Yes, cookies. The cookies begin small like a blueberry and are not ready to be harvested until they are the size of saucers. Most cookie bushes grow chocolate chip cookies; there are a few sugar, peanut butter, ginger and oatmeal raisin as well. No other varieties are known at this time. Though local scientists on the isle are always trying to create new hybrids. The vast majority of houses and buildings here are round, like a cookie. In the southeast portion of the isle lies the capitol, Gingerton. It is here that both the culinary school (The Silver Spoon) and the laboratory (Molasses Labs, where their motto is 'Science is sweet but sticky.') reside. Many exceptional bakers leave The Silver Spoon and venture out into Azuyan to leave their sweet mark behind. The Silver Spoon is a spacious building with many large windows, the double glass doors at the front have handles shaped to look like silver spoons. Molasses Labs is an impressive building with an enormous greenhouse taking up almost one third of its space. It is here that scientists tinker with making new hybrids of Cookie Bushes or trying to unlock the secret to why foals love sugar so; among many more useful things. It is also here where the Molasses Lagoon is nestled in the midst of the northwestern section of the isle. A sticky place where few will venture for it is far too easy to become trapped within the Lagoon. It is here that Monsger lives.
Marshmallow Isle is just under average size, fourth smallest in the Sugar Isles. Many who visit swear the isle feels as though it were about to sink beneath the water never to be seen again. It is true that the land is moist; almost having a spring like quality to it when one walks the ground pops back up after having sunk down from where a hoof was. There is a marsh like nature to the isle, perfect for Shell Ponies who are unafraid of possibly falling through the ground and into the sea. Sundae Vale is the capitol of this isle and luckily for those who venture to it near the northwest side by the shore. It is there one will find natives discussing the wonders of marshmallows and the many delights to be made with them. Though sugar does grow on the isle there is little else that will. Of course that doesn't stop the natives from trying to come up with a way to grow marshmallows like sugar there.
Gumdrop Isle is the third smallest in the chain. Once bountiful in color it is now a paradise all in purple. It is here that the Purple Penguin Ponies reside. From sea the island looks to be a dense wilderness made up of many trees, this though is not true. Though trees do encircle the entire island giving it a wild look the main portion of the island is open and spacious. Trees and shrubs dot the area breaking it up and giving it a pleasant appearance. In order to reach the center of the island one must venture through the forest that protects it. If one does not venture from the path they choose they will reach the center of the island within about ten minutes after docking at the only sandy spot near the water's edge.
Isle of Spices is a very small cluster of isles, truly the smallest in the Sugar Isles. The isles are so small that no one lives on them. Spices grow wild and the natives frequent the small shores to gather much needed spices to make their delicious goodies. Nowhere within the Sugar Isles can spices be found in stores. As they grow wild any who need some venture to the Isle to collect what is needed. Within the Isle of Spices one can find: ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice and clo-ice. The small spots of land are so close to one another that one wonders if perhaps they were once connected, they form a half circle and happen to be the closest in the Sugar cluster to the Love Isles. While it may be a group of extremely small isles the natives refer to them as one isle, hence the name.
Bittersweet Isle is the second smallest isle in the chain. The isle got it's name from the Bitterheart Plant that grew exclusively on it. There are pictures of the plants in books and some try experimenting to recreate it but to no avail. It was a green plant with large red flowers, frequently it was used as a flavoring in various dishes; sweet but with a slight undertone of bitterness to it. The isle while part of the Sugar Isles was bought and privately owned by the Thornspike family. They agreed to tend the plants and sell them back at a fair price, which was done for many years. The isle began to slowly drift though. It was little at first and barely noticeable. Over time though the drifting became quite obvious. Though the family tried in vain to find a way to stop it, as did the scientists on Cookie Isle, it continued to move further from the Sugar Isles chain. Most believe the isle drifted and then sank, some like to think it drifted off and is now part of another chain. Where it is or if it still exists at all the natives do not know.
Butters Ville is the capitol of not only Sugar Isle but of the entire chain as well. It is nestled near the waters edge just a short distance from the Peppermint Port.
Streets you should know in Butters Ville:
Dumpling Boulevard = The main road through town. Most shops/businesses are either on Dumpling Boulevard or on a street just off of it.
Brittle Road = Just past Carmel Street on Dumpling Boulevard. Would need to turn left to get to it.
Cider Drive = Turn right on Dumpling Boulevard to get to it.
Caramel Street = Turn left on Dumpling Boulevard to get to it.
Sprinkle Avenue = Just past Cider Lane on Dumpling Boulevard. Would need to turn right to get to it.
Cobbler Street = After turning left on Brittle Road, would need to go down about half a mile. Than turn right and you will be on Cobbler Street. It is not marked.
Nectar Lane = Just past Brittle Road on Dumpling Boulevard. Would need to turn left to get to it.
The temperature rarely drops below forty degrees and does not go higher than the mid-eighties. The isles seem to be in an ever spring like state. A gentle breeze often blows. As though on cue it rains every Tuesday morning, the rain is always a gentle, soaking rain that lasts for a couple of hours. Days are sunny and bright. Clouds may float by overhead; those that do are always wispy and tend to remind one of cotton candy that has been pulled apart.
From the last week of November through the first week of March the isles receive a light dusting of snow instead of rain each Tuesday morning. It is rare for the snow to stay around long, unless the isles are experiencing a cold front that drops them well below forty degrees.
The Sugar Faes
While humans, Fairies and Pixies do live on the Sugar Isles, they are in the minority. Very few Fairies and Pixies make these Isles their home. The humans that happen across this sweet land are more inclined to stay. Mostly though there are butterflies here. Butterflies, ponies and the Sugar Faes. The Sugar Faes have always lived on the Sugar Isles. It is actually the only place they live. None venture away from their home. There has never been a reason for them to and it is unlikely that if one were to arise that they would leave. The Sugar Faes are as much a part of the Sugar Isles as the sand beneath their feet.
Sugar Faes have eyes and hair all the colors of the rainbow. Their wings are usually either the color of their eyes, their hair or a mix of the two. It is rare for a Sugar Fae's wings to be a color that does not match their eyes or hair. Sugar Faes are smaller than Fairies but larger than Pixies. While they do tend to hover and flit about a fair bit they enjoy the feel of earth beneath their feet and are seen quite often walking or running about. When they walk they fold their wings behind their backs, just as a butterfly does. Unlike Fairies and Pixies, Sugar Faes have a tiny symbol at the corner of one eye, which can be any color. It is usually something that pertains to their name. (Example: A Sugar Fae named Lolli would have a small lollipop at the corner of one eye. A Sugar Fae named Honey could have a drop of honey, a piece of honeycomb or even a bumblebee for a symbol.) The symbol at the corner of their eye is small. So small that unless one is within a few feet of the Sugar Fae it is highly unlikely that they would be able to make out what the symbol is. Sugar Faes do not wear shoes. They honestly do not believe in them. Like ponies they prefer to feel the warmth of sand on their feet and to have the grass tickle them as they run.
Sweet and even tempered it is highly unusual to see a Sugar Fae lose his or her temper. They are very childlike in all they do and often in what they say. Sugar Faes live hundreds of years and it isn't until they reach their final few years that their childlike qualities vanish. When they reach that point they are often forgetful and spend large portions of the day napping in the sun.
While all Sugar Faes are magical creatures (they can all make sweet treats appear out of thin air), only one of them ever possesses any sort of real magic. That one is believed by them to hold the magic of the very Isles within them. Should something happen to that one before another is born possessing that same magic they believe that the Isles will suffer greatly. Maybe even vanish forever. At this time it is young Toffee that possesses this magic. With Toffee being so young another possessing this same magic will not appear for at least another three hundred years, quite possibly longer.
Unlike the other Sugar Faes Toffee is not brightly colored. Her eyes are like pools of melted dark chocolate and her hair is a golden brown. At the corner of her left eye is a piece of toffee. Her wings are a mix of browns and golds. The gold in them often catches the sun's rays and glitters. Like all Sugar Faes Toffee has her favorites among the ponies. The one whose company she enjoys the most is a white Earth Pony with bright red hair. Like the Sugar Faes this one seems ever childlike.
Should a Sugar Fae chose to leave the Sugar Isles:
The sugar magic they posses will diminish the further they travel from their native home and the longer they are gone. If they are gone for more then a year their ability to produce sugary treats at will, will vanish completely. Even if they return to the Sugar Isles the magic will not come back.
Sugar Faes are capable of producing up to five sugary treats a day (which they make to feed themselves, things like cookies or a slice of cake; they are not able to feed a pony or anyone else), when they first leave their home. Over time that lessens to four, then three, down to two, drops to one and finally they are no longer able to produce anything. Which means the less they can make the more heavily they rely on those they are with to provide food for them, as they can not make their own. Sugar Faes generally as a rule need to eat at least one sweet thing a day. Sugar is part of their makeup, almost as though it is in their blood, without it they grow weak and become ill. A Sugar Fae might be able to make it a week, maybe two without having any sugar and be able to survive, any longer then that and they will die.
(NOTE: In order to role play a Sugar Fae you need to get permission from LNS. Sugar Faes are generally given as rewards only for role playing excellence.)
Animals found on the Isles:
Sugar Bugs are welcomed by all in their gardens. They are white with pink spots on their backs (think like a ladybug just different colors). Not overly common but not rare by any means either.
Honeybees are often seen buzzing about flowers or traveling to and from their hives. The bees are striped yellow and honey brown. They are not concerned about the Sugar Faes or ponies who take their honey; for they make so much they have no use for it.
Lem-ops are bright yellow frogs with blue spots all over their bodies. Harmless, the frogs are often doted upon by foals and young Sugar Faes who are known for making mud pies and leaving fresh bugs in them for the frogs. Lem-ops can be found anywhere on any of the Isles; except for the Isle of Spices. Their favorite places to dwell are anywhere near a pond or in the Lollipop Forests. Often kept as pets, especially by foals.
Rock Kits are a domestic cat that is native to the Sugar Isles, their hair is short. Coloring varies from a very soft pale silver to an inky black, they are always solid in color. Eyes are always a yellow-green. Sweet tempered, affectionate, purrs easily, little on the talkative side with meowing. They also enjoy nibbling on fresh apples. There are a handful of dedicated breeders that keep the lines pure and ensure that all Kits have that wonderful personality that makes them a favorite on the isles. Kept as pets. They are not sold in stores, you can get one from a breeder only and only when old enough to leave their mother.
Mallowoofs are a small - medium sized dog (about the same size as a Corgi). Velvety soft the dogs come in an array of pastel colors; soft yellow, baby pink, pastel blue, mint green and lavender too. Their eyes are always a shade darker than that of their coat. Loyal, happy, fun loving dogs. They enjoy playing fetch and going for long walks. Kept as pets. They are not sold in stores, you can get one from a breeder only and only when old enough to leave their mother.
(Credit for the idea goes to Raining Rose. Thank you.)
Corn-Dogs are a medium sized dog (would be about the size of an Australian Shepperd) with short and somewhat stiff fur. Milk chocolate brown color, except for legs which are white that fade to yellow and the paws are orange (like candy corn). Eyes are either yellow or brown. Intelligent, alert, good for herding, watchful and protective (especially of young foals), happy, even tempered. There are a handful of dedicated breeders that keep the lines pure. Kept as pets. They are not sold in stores, you can get one from a breeder only and only when old enough to leave their mother.
(Credit for the idea goes to Malovane Dawaki. Thank you.)
Nibblets are mice of average size, with ears that are shaped more like a piece of corn. They range in color from white to a soft cinnamon brown. Eyes are either brown or black. Bright eyed and curious, Nibblets enjoy tagging along with their pony companion, good natured. There are a handful of dedicated breeders that keep the lines pure. Kept as pets. They are not sold in stores, you can get one from a breeder only and only when old enough to leave their mother.
Prism Larks are a small bird (about the size of a Parakeet) with feathers all the color of the rainbow. Quite literally the bird is a living rainbow with the spectrum of colors upon it's feathers. Top of the head is red, the face is orange and the throat is yellow, chest is green, wings begin green and change to blue, rest of the body is blue with tail feathers starting out blue and quickly changing to purple. On the top of their heads are wisps of delicate feathers that resemble bits of cotton candy that trail down towards the back of their neck, these feathers are white. Before they hatch the eggs are soft, almost like marshmallows, and always a brilliant blue with yellow and green speckling. The birds possess a beautiful voice and their merry chipping song can be heard in the homes of many throughout the isles. Kept as pets. They are not sold in stores, you can get one from a breeder only and only when old enough to leave their mother.
(Credit for the idea goes to LadyTulipan. Thank you.)
Honey Bears stick mostly to the Lollipop Forests. They will venture from the forests on very rare occasion. The bears are a soft golden honey color, which is where they get their name. No larger than a Polar Bear cub when they are grown, Honey Bears are not a threat to those who call the Isles home. Gentle and easy going in nature, the bears appear to have never outgrown that innocent cub stage. Being a wild animal they are never kept as pets. The natives are very much against any who wish to make them into pets and are quite vocal about it should someone try to do so (most often a visitor who knows no better).
Butter Buns can be seen hoping freely in meadows or on the outskirts of towns. Very few are made into pets. Most would rather see them out in the wild. Butter Buns are either white, soft yellow, light brown or some combination of those colors. Their eyes are always brown and their tails are always white. They are usually the size of an adult cat. Butter Buns are the Sugar Isles version of rabbits. They are slightly larger and their fur is puffier than normal rabbits. At a glance they can be mistaken for a giant puffball.
Foxitts are most often seen in open meadows or around the Peppermint Port. Rarely will they venture far from the Port. The fox like animals are not much bigger than Butter Buns. Foxitts have a white mask around their eyes, the bottom half of their tails is also white, they have white stockings on all four feet. The rest of the animals is a rusty red. Their noses are always black and their eyes are always yellow-green. They are quick, agile and sure footed. Foxitts enjoy crabs and shrimp, sometimes they will eat fish. They do not care for Butter Buns nor will they eat sweets. Viewed as a wild animal the natives are very much against keeping one as a pet.
Flossies are normally found on farms. They are raised for their wool. In most every way they are just like sheep; the one thing that sets them apart is their coats. Flossies normally have either pale pink, baby yellow, mint green or a soft blue colored wool coat. On very rare occasions a light lilac, pale cyan or a soft peach will turn up; those are extremely rare colors though and very much prized by those who manage to have them in their flocks. Flossies were named such due to the resemblance the animals' coats have to cotton candy.
Cho-coos are very similiar in size to a Snow Leopard, when full grown the top of their head comes to the top of the shoulder on an Earth Pony. This wild cat is mostly found on the Fudge Isle, normally in the mountains, Double Cluster Peaks. Dark brown in color, it is often mistaken for being black, with a soft brown muzzle. Eyes are a golden brown that seems to glow in the dark. Very protective of their territory and their young, it is not wise to intrude upon their home. Never kept as pets.
Sky Drops can be seen flying all over the Isles. These bright birds are a vivid blue with black around their eyes and beak and a splash of cyan on their foreheads. Often they are found in parks feasting on crumbs that someone has given them. They have sweet voices that seem to chirp an old forgotten melody that is comforting to foals.
Butterflies are seen everywhere about the Isles fluttering, their wings glistening like polished frosting in the sunlight. The quiet creatures come in every color imaginable and vary in size.
Robins, Blue Jays, Morning Doves and Cardinals while not plentiful are still common. Often they are found in yards or in parks.
There are cows, chickens and ducks on the Isles as well. Though both cows and chickens can only be found on farms, of which there is a very small handful. Ducks are most often seen in parks or open meadows.
Underwater wildlife: lobsters, yellowtail fish, neon rainbow fish and puffer fish are plentiful; shrimp, clams, starfish and parrotfish while not uncommon are not as easy to find.
Snapper Eels are rarely seen swimming about the Isles. The long reddish eel has a spicy flavor to it, something like cayenne peppers but seasoned with a sprinkle of sugar, which is where they get their name.
Arin-laas are a bright orange colored crab with a streak of yellow that goes around the entire outside edge of the animal's shell. They live in the waters around the Isles and are frequently seen on the beach near the Port. Large claws have been known to pinch more then one inquisitive foal who got their nose too close to the crustaceans.
Businesses/Shops and other Places to know in Butters Ville:
The Fountain: The shop sits on the corner of Caramel Street and Dumpling Boulevard. An old fashioned soda shop, complete with soda jerk making the orders. (For those who do not know what a soda jerk is, it is what the person who makes the orders is called. The person is not actually a jerk.) The building itself is a light topaz with bright blue trim around the double glass doors and windows. Under the windows are window boxes filled with snapdragons in an array of colors. There is an old jukebox to the left of the doors. The floor is white tile, the walls are a light topaz, the barstools at the counter are silver chrome with cherry red seats, half of the booths are cherry red while the other half is a bright blue. Booths sit by the windows, so patrons can look outside, if they want. The middle of the floor is kept open so anyone who wishes to dance to the music can. The shop is best known for its milkshakes (which come in every flavor imaginable). Besides milkshakes and ice cream the shop also serves sandwiches, pies, cakes, fruit salads and vegetable platters.
All the Trimmings: The boutique is on Dumpling Boulevard. The building is shaped like a giant hat box with a bow on top of it. The bow is made out of wood that was bent to form the shape of the bow. White and pink stripes are over the entire building, the bow is the same pink as the stripes. There is a single wooden door, a couple of small windows around the sides and back and a large window at the front where displays are placed. While most think it only a place for mares, the shop does in fact stock items for stallions too. The boutique stocks various styles of hats, along with tail ribbons, scarves and bowties. So don't let the shop's appearance fool you, mares and stallions are both welcome here.
Shortcake Inn: The Inn is on Dumpling Boulevard. It has a large archway leading up to the large double glass doors. There is a metal sign hanging on the archway that says Shortcake Inn. On the sign is a painted picture of a strawberry shortcake. The building itself is a soft brown, like the color of a cake fresh out of an oven; it is four stories high with a startling bright white roof. There are balconies on the second through fourth floors with bright white wrought iron railing. On each balcony is a hanging basket filled with strawberry plants. In each room of the Inn are two overstuffed chairs that look like large strawberries, red with pink areas for the seeds and a green stem at the top. The walls of the rooms are white, the floors are hardwood oak with pink and white scatter rugs, the king size beds have red with pink trimmed blankets and pillows on them, there is a spacious tub/pool in each room. The front desk has strawberries with vines curling downward carved into the oak wood. There is an Olympic size pool on the first floor at the back of the Inn. Around the entire Inn are strawberry plants, there are a few shady oak trees scattered nearby as well.
Luck of the Rainbow: The shop is on the corner of Brittle Road and Dumpling Boulevard. The outside of the building is white with one large rainbow painted over the single glass door. There is a skylight in the center of the roof as well as two large windows on each wall. The walls inside are white as is the tile floor. The counter is white with a silver cash register sitting at the far right corner of the counter. Anything dealing with rainbows is sold here. Be it a book of pony tales filled with knights and princesses who searched for a rainbow, to a painting of rainbows or a blanket made to look like a rainbow. Those who call the Sugar Isles home believe rainbows to be more than beautiful, they consider them good luck. It is quite common for a pony to have a picture of a rainbow hanging on their wall, or a banner shaped like a butterfly colored like the rainbow fluttering in their yard. The shop stocks anything and everything rainbow related that anyone could ever hope to find.
Gummy Park: The park is on Sprinkle Avenue. A favorite spot for Sugar Faes and younger ponies to play. There is a large slide, big enough for an adult pony to go down. Swings and teeter-totters are used mostly by the Sugar Faes, though younger ponies have been known to romp on them from time to time as well. Picnic tables are scattered around the park, most of which are close to a shady oak or maple tree. There is a stone path that winds its way through the park and around the Shake Fountain. In the center of the park stands a fountain shaped like a giant milkshake. The fountain sits in a spacious bowl, which has drawn more than a few youngsters and ducks to splashing in it. The water in the fountain is always cool and clear. Flowers are planted throughout the park. Some are in flowerbeds, some are nestled around the base of the trees, while still others line the stone path.
The Polished Hoof: The spa is on Dumpling Boulevard. It is the first business you see as you enter town by way of Peppermint Port. The spa is owned by a pair of human sisters, Violet and Iris. One can spend the day at the spa or just drop in to have their hair done. A pony spending the day at the spa can expect a soak in the heated pool, a massage, a full body grooming, a hoof trim, as well as having their hair done and a facial. If a pony wants they do offer seaweed wraps and salt baths. The building is between bright and dark purple in color with a bright white roof and large double glass doors with the name of the spa written in cursive in a silvery purple color with an upturned silver leaf underneath it. Inside the walls are a soft lilac, the floor is white tile and the reception area consists of a desk that is in the shape of a half circle made out of chrome. Behind the desk hangs a close-up picture of violets and irises under a pale blue sky. There are a few plush purple chairs in the waiting area as well as two small lime trees in dark purple ceramic pots. When leaving the reception/waiting area you go through white double doors that lead down a white marble hall. The hall is wide enough for four ponies to walk side by side. It is rare for more than two ponies to be in the hall at the same time. On either side of the hall are rooms. They are clearly marked as to what is done inside. At the end of the hall is the hair salon, which is wide open and spacious.
Sweet Tooth Delights: The bakery is on Dumpling Boulevard. The building is a soft brown with a mint green roof that hangs over the sides of the building, much like frosting drips down the sides of a cake. Double glass doors take you inside. On the doors is the name of the bakery in a frosty looking mint written in calligraphy. Straight in front of you once entering the bakery is a large glass display case filled with several different kinds of cakes, cookies, pies, streusels, muffins, bars and fudge, along with any specials of the day. To the right there are four oak tables, each with four oak chairs around them. To the left is a large oak bookshelf filled with various cookie jars and bowls. Two large windows at the front of the bakery allow passersby to see what is in stock as well as anyone who is inside. A large window behind the display case allows patrons to see into the middle of the kitchen, which is where pie crusts are rolled out and cakes are decorated. It is impossible, even with turning your head, to see all that goes on in the kitchen. Recipes are kept in a corner that none save for those in the kitchen can see them from. Two large apple trees offer shade in front of the bakery.
Luckyton Library: The library is in the middle of Cider Drive. It is named after a famous explorer. He is famous at least to the residents of the Sugar Isles. The building is white with four large pillars at the front. A statue of a mare reading two foals a book is standing in front of the library, pansies and petunias are planted around the statue. Two double white wooden doors take you inside. The walls are white and the floor is a white and cream tile. Just inside and to the right is the librarian's desk, which is oak. The bookcases are seven foot tall and done in oak like the desk. There is a pathway straight through the library, with bookshelves on either side. The pathway is large enough for three ponies to walk side by side without touching one another. Across from the librarian's desk is the children's section. Floor pillows are scattered on a rainbow colored rug. The bookcases are only three foot tall in the children's section. A few feet past the librarian's desk and children's section before reaching the rest of the books is the Great Sweets of Azuyan on a cushioned pedestal under a glass display case; red ropes encircle the display.
Seven Stars: The bakery is on Cobbler Street. A small bakery it is known to few outside of those who call the isles home. The building is brown with white trim, ponies frequently comment on how much it reminds them of a gingerbread house. They also tend to remark on how the name of the bakery does not suit it. There is a single wooden door leading into and out of the bakery. The door is split and the top half is often left open (the door swings inside). A medium window in the center of the wall is on both sides of the door. The walls are white; the floor is a natural oak. A small glass display is directly in front when one enters. The bakery never has more than two kinds of cookies, cakes and pies at a time. Carrot cake is the only constant, because the bakery is widely known in the isles for its carrot cake, which no other bakery can compete with. Always moist and airy, the carrots, raisins and pineapple give it a unique taste; the coconut and cream cheese frosting has been known to make mouths water. The Sugar Faes can not get enough carrot cake and frequent the bakery for it. A small bakery it can hold no more than four ponies comfortably in the front. Anymore than that and ponies are bumping into one another and stepping on hooves. The kitchen can be seen from the front, as the door leading back to it is always open. Behind the bakery is a garden, which is easily twice the size of the building, where most of their ingredients come from, it is also surrounded by a five foot high wood fence. They purchase their eggs, butter and milk from a local farm. Only things not found in the isles do they buy from a market. If they can buy it straight from the pony/pixie/Sugar Fae that grows it they do. Apple trees shade the front of the bakery, there is also one apple tree behind the bakery that shades the kitchen.
Seraphim Chocolate Shoppe: The shop is on Sprinkle Avenue. The Seraphim Phoenixes founded the Seraphim Chocolate Shoppe, the first of its kind. A two-story building with Shiloh's living space upstairs and the store downstairs. The building is lively decorated in red and white vertical stripes with a jaunty red banner that features a gold outline of a Phoenix head set against three outstretched pairs of wings that greet customers as they enter. This picture is also found on all the chocolate labels and ribbons used to decorate the elaborately packaged chocolates. The downstairs shop space is divided into an area for customer purchasing and a long, low window that looks into the next half where busy Sugar Faes melt the chocolate and create the many delicacies according to the secret recipes. The customer purchasing area has a window that fronts onto the street for display and floor to ceiling shelves covered in yet more exquisite displays and a centre circular island that rotates even more delightful chocolate creations. Shiloh's assistant 'Angel' a dedicated Sugar Fae runs the shop for him leaving Shiloh free to create more chocolate masterpieces with which to tantalize the taste buds. The shop is owned by Shiloh Seraphim.
(Seraphim Chocolate Shoppe, Shiloh Seraphim and Sherbet are owned and created by Motherofpearlz.)
Plants found on the Isles:
Apple, oak and maple trees can be found anywhere on the isles and are easily spotted while traveling. Peach and cherry trees are grown on local farms only. Lime and lemon trees are grown inside, as they do not get more than three feet tall and can be kept in a large ceramic pot with no trouble, they do not do well outside. Blueberry, raspberry and blackberry bushes while not scare are by no means abundant they only grow close to the Lollipop Forests. Strawberries can be found on farms and in gardens in the towns, they are extremely common. A variety of other fruits and vegetables are grown on farms, rarely do ponies and Sugar Faes grow them in their gardens. Flour is grown here and does quite well. Things like nuts, pineapples, coconuts, bananas, oranges and mangos do not grow on the isles and must be imported from other places.
Sugar, the isles seem to be almost made of sugar and it is the most abundant resource the isles have to offer. It is the main export of the Sugar Isles. The sugar plants found here are unlike any other in all of Azuyan. Sugar plants grow as a stalk of corn would and are harvested in the same way. When the yellow leaves are peeled back small white cubes of sugar are found. The cubes are sold as is or ground up into tiny crystal granules.
Chocolate plants grow only on the Chocolate Isle. The plants grow so well here that is quite common to see a plant growing wild in someone's backyard. The plants themselves are short, never growing taller than a foot. Always black in color, their appearance has caused more than one visitor to believe the plants to be dead, while in truth they are very much alive and thriving. The cocoa beans grow in small pods that are easy to shell; their shape looks much like a green bean, or rather like two grown together, for they are wider than green beans. Shells crack open with little to no difficulty, thus making the precious beans inside easy to retrieve. Shipped through out all of Azuyan, the beans are second only to sugar in exporting for the Sugar Isles.
Pep O' Mint Trees grow on all of the Isles, except the Isle of Spices. The large trees are perfect for hollowing out for one to live in, many do in fact live in them. The small branches are harvested once a year. These branches, often not much bigger than twigs, are perfect to melt down and shape into candy canes or break into smaller pieces for mints. The Peppermint Port was actually named after the Pep O' Mint Trees that grow there. The vast majority of ponies who live in the Port live in hallowed out Pep O' Mint Trees. The trees are striped red and white and look like giant peppermint sticks with branches growing in various directions. The leaves that grow on the trees are a pale mint green and are collected early summer each year to use for baking. Only the trees grown on farms have their leaves collected and their smaller branches harvested. The trees that are homes are not touched, unless those living in them wish to do so.
Lolli-tops grow only in the Lollipop Forests, which are on the Sugar Isle and Candy Isle. The trees are tall, like redwoods, but shaped like an enormous lollipop. The truck of the tree looks like the stick from a lollipop; while the top of the tree is like a large lollipop. They come in an assortment of colors, some even being swirled multiple colors for the tops of the trees. Never cut down, the trees are left to grow in the forests. Should one fall the top of the tree is melted down to use for either flavoring or to make small candies used to decorate baked goods.
Gum-tees can be found on the Sugar Isle, Candy Isle and Cookie Isle; they do not grow on the other Isles. Small, they rarely grow to be more then five feet tall. Delicate in stature the branches are very easy to break. On each tree branch gumdrops grow, in many colors and flavors. Some of the Gum-tees grow only one color and flavor while others have been carefully tended so that they can grow multiple colors and flavors at once.
Clo-ice a sandy colored plant whose leaves grow in clusters of four, making them resemble four leaf clovers. The plant is valued by chefs on the isles, for it has a unique flavor. Its flavor is similiar to that of cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg if the spices were all mixed together. A local favorite it is often used in place of the spices it is reminiscent of. The plant grows exclusively on the Isle of Spices.
Cookie Bushes are a highly favored plant of foals, that grows only on the Cookie Isle. Similar to berry bushes this plant looks much like them. The cookies begin small like a blueberry and are not ready to be harvested until they are the size of saucers. Most cookie bushes grow chocolate chip cookies; there are a few sugar, peanut butter, ginger and oatmeal raisin as well.
Sugar-Lips are a medium sized flower that are shaped like a cotton ball. Leaves turn up towards the flower giving them an appearance of lips. The flowers come in a wide range of colors; red, orange, yellow, blue, purple, pink and white. They are frequent in flowerbeds around homes or even in large pots at the front door of a business.
Teacups grow on a tall stem with fringed leaves, flowers are always yellow and shaped like a tea cup complete with saucer. One of the first flowers to bloom each spring on the isles.
Honeybuds are small clusters of either white or pale yellow flowers that grow on bushes. They have a faint fragrance of honey to them. Can be seen around the Lollipop Forests or in a few yards. Found on the Sugar Isle, Candy Isle and Cookie Isle only.
Spotted Tongues grow near the Lollipop Forests and in meadows. Flowers are large with one single petal that resembles a tongue. Always the flowers are a bright pink with purple spots on the petal.
Crumbles are small flowers that grow close to the ground. If one only glances at them without really looking they may think the small scattered flowers are petals from a larger plant that was torn up by a naughty foal. There is a soft moss that the flowers grow in. Flowers are normally pink, blue or purple; a few yellow and white have been seen from time to time. Grows on Sugar Isle, Candy Isle and Cookie Isle.
Flutter Butter Shrubs are a medium sized round shrub. Leaves are a vibrant purple with bright orange and pink flowers that resemble butterflies when opened. Before the flowers bloom they look like a normal bud, once opened they look remarkably like a butterfly. Flowers are small, roughly the size of a button. Grows on Sugar Isle, Candy Isle and Cookie Isle.
Many are the sailors who thought the creatures guarding the Sugar Isles were nothing but a legend or the creation of a foal's wild imagination. The creatures though are real and are a curiosity to many who sail the waters. They are known as Minttles. A large white looking sea turtle with a peppermint colored shell upon its back. Eyes are a soft pink, like melted dinner mints. A red swirl rests above the eyes. A birthmark of sorts perhaps or maybe it is something more. The Minttles are small in number, no more then about twenty give or take three or five. Friendly and welcoming of those who are deemed friend they swim with the sea dwelling ponies and allow land bound youngsters to climb upon their backs for water games. The great turtles are a peaceful group and will not attack unless provoked. If provoked Minttles will use their large hard shells to ram boats, leaving holes in the undersides of ships so that they sink. A few vessels line the outskirts of the water the creatures patrol. It is a warning to those who enter that they had better play nice for if they do not their fate shall be the same. There is not much for the Minttles to do these days as the Sugar Isles are peaceful and do not seek war with any nor do any seek war against them (currently). As such the large turtles spend much of their days lazing about on the bottom of the sea floor or playing games with the foals. This sort of peaceful life suits the titans just fine. They never did care for rampaging and laying waste to things, they would much prefer a quiet all be it lazy existence.
Legend or truth? The Sugar Faes have long told of a creature that lives in the Molasses Lagoon on the Cookie Isle. This creature slumbers all days but one. On Hallows Eve it wakes and leaves the Lagoon, molasses ooze covering whatever it touches. While awake the Monsger gets into mischief and causes a bit of destruction; uprooted strawberry plants are a frequent occurrence on the morning of Halloween when the natives awake. Not being a real threat none have sought to do anything about him. Let him be. After all he sleeps all year, except for one night. Never having caused any real destruction or harmed anyone he has been left alone. Rumors circulate what the Monsger truly is; a Sugar Fae that was trapped within the Lagoon or perhaps a pony, then again maybe it is a monstrous creature that would frighten everyone witless if they ever saw it. None can say for certain what it is or even if it is truly real. Maybe some mischievous teenagers keep the legend alive. One can not say for sure though and so the Lagoon is shrouded in mystery.
Holidays, Celebrations and Special Events:
The Sugar Festival: Takes place July 21st thru 27th each year. It is a time filled with fun, laughter and sugar. Wishing to celebrate sugar and what it meant to the islanders they began the Festival. Since its beginning it has grown and ponies from outside of the isles venture here to enjoy the sweets, watch the parade and to take part in the games.
On the 21st a parade takes place early in the afternoon. Floats of all shapes and sizes are seen on Dumpling Boulevard. Most of the floats are made out of sugary treats, some are made using flowers. The edible ones are eaten by all at the end of the parade.
Games for foals, though adults are more than welcome to join in and often do, are held on the 22nd. Cupcake decorating, cookie stacking (see how many cookies you can stack before they topple over), guess the number of jelly beans in the jar and bobbing for cookies in milk (how many can you pull out before they turn into mush).
There are two baking/sweet making contests held each year, both held on the 23rd, usually in the morning. One is for best traditional sweet (examples: chocolate chip cookies, brownies, lemon pie). The other is for best original sweet (can not be a real recipe, must be a new one the entrant has come up with all on his or her own). The winners of both contests receive a blue ribbon and have their recipe added to the Great Sweets of Azuyan (A book held in high regard by all inhabitants of the Sugar Isles and the one most of the islanders use exclusively for baking and candy recipes. The original book is kept under a glass display case in the library and is taken out once a year for the adding of new recipes. The most recent edition of the book is sold at the festival each year.)
A pie eating contest takes place on the 24th, usually in the afternoon. Unlike most eating contests this one is not how many pies you can eat in a set amount of time but rather how quickly one can eat a single pie. They had tried having the contest be as many as one could eat in two minutes, but found those most interested in the contest had a hard time eating more than two or three pies. So they changed it. Ponies of all ages are now able to compete and often do. The winner of the contest receives a coupon for a free pie (any flavor they want) from Sweet Tooth Delights and a blue ribbon.
The fruitcake toss takes places on the 24th, usually in the morning and is looked forward to by the islanders all year long. Fresh fruitcakes are made especially for this. A piece of rope is tucked inside and the end is tied in a knot and left to hang out. This is done so that ponies (and everyone else) are able to hold the fruitcake. It is much easier to swing the fruitcake back on a rope than trying to grasp it in a hand or one's mouth. The fruitcakes are not wasted; when the game is over they are broken apart and fed to the birds in the park. The winner of the fruitcake toss is awarded a blue ribbon and a coupon for a free dozen cookies (any variety they want) from Sweet Tooth Delights.
The 25th is story day. Tales of sugary sweets and daring deeds done to protect them are told. Knights of old battle three headed monsters to protect the royal chocolate chip cookie recipe. Youngsters are enchanted by the tales told while those who are older look back upon them with a smile. Any who wish to tell a story may throughout the day. Come evening a play is put on to tell a story, most often the natives' favorite of the Princess and the Pie.
Tours of the most famous spots on the Isles are given on the 26th. As there are places on each of the Isles that are notorious for their own special things it is impossible for one to visit them all. A guided tour is lead for each of the Isles by a pony well versed in all the special aspects of that Isle, most often all of the tours take place at the same time.
On the 27th a giant picnic begins late morning and lasts until evening. During the day everyone chats, exchanges recipes or plays games, whatever they wish to do. Once the sun goes down a giant fireworks display lights up the night sky. It is something that is greatly looked forward to by the young and the young at heart.
A carnival runs all week long. Merry-go-rounds, tea cup rides, tilt-a-whirls and more are scattered about Gummy Park. Booths selling various sweet treats are set up along the pathways. You can also buy the most recent edition of the Great Sweets of Azuyan. There are quilts (often decorated with various shapes that represent sweets) and baskets of various shapes and sizes (after all who doesn't love going on a picnic) sold here too.
Trimming the Town: Takes place during the first week of December each year. All who wish to help decorate Butters Ville are welcome to do so. The few pine trees that are on the Isles are never cut down. Instead natives decorate the trees where they are, allowing all to enjoy their beauty. Strings of shells and beads are often used in place of garland. Gingerbread men, ornament cookies and candy canes are the most widely used tree decorations. What traditional ornaments they have are used to decorate the trees closest to the Crystal Castle. On the final night of decorating, once the last decoration is in place, cookies and cocoa are put out by all shop owners for those wishing to walk the streets to admire how lovely their town looks. At the stroke of ten all gather for the annual winter play: Gift of the Magi. A wonderful story about a baker who gives up his award winning cookie recipe so that he can buy his sweetheart a gift, at the same time his sweetheart gives up her most treasured possession a locket that belonged to her mother so that she might buy the baker a gift. Both learn of what the other gave so that they could purchase the gift they were given. In the end they realize it is not the gift that matters but the love behind it.
All in Bloom: This celebration takes place on the first day of Spring each year. It is a time to rejoice at flowers blooming, the welcoming of new life and all the wonder the season has to offer. It is on this special day that the much anticipated Chocolate Egg Hunt takes place every year. A picnic is held in Gummy Park and games held, though none are as loved as the Chocolate Egg Hunt which both young and old enjoy. Pastel colored decorations decorate shops and many egg shaped items can be seen in windows and on front doors.
Winged Rainbows: Takes place on May 1st each year. On this day a special nectar is made and placed in shallow dishes outside for butterflies to drink. It is quite common to see foals and Sugar Faes flying kites that resemble either butterflies or rainbows. Cookies and cakes shaped to look like butterflies are sold on this day and only on this day each year. It is considered lucky to have one butterfly of every color grace your home and drink from the dish you've placed out for them.
The Lost: Is observed on June 17th. It is a quiet day, no special foods are prepared and no decorations hung. On this day a group of ten young Sugar Faes were lost in a wreckage. Though this day of remembrance was set aside for these ten it has grown to encompass all loved ones that have been lost.
Light Below: On this day Peppermint Port is alive with activity like no other day of the year. Sailors spin yarns, often pulling unsuspecting foals' tails with the stories they tell while they mingle about the Port and the beach close by. Sand castles are built on the beach, sea shells are wished upon before returning them to the sea, games are played, food is shared and a fireworks display is given come nightfall. The merriment takes place each year on June 22nd. It is the sea dwelling ponies favorite celebration and the one they are most able to join in on and enjoy all that there is to offer for it. The sea dwelling ponies are in charge of the fireworks, their own special creation of magical lights that explode in a symphony of colors once they leave the water. Given how the fireworks will go off the second they are no longer in the water the sea dwelling ponies take them out a safe distance from the shore so all may enjoy them without worry of someone being hurt.
Landing of Luckyton: Takes place on September 14th each year. It was on this day so many years ago that Luckyton first stepped hoof upon the shores of the Sugar Isles. This is a day of food, fun and stories being told. Games are played, in particular the Lem-ops Races which is looked forward to by both the young and young at heart. A pie contest is judged by a select panel chosen prior to the celebration. Once judging has ended and the winners announced the pies are then eaten by those gathered. At noon the makeshift stage set up in the middle of Gummy Park is surrounded by visitors and natives alike as the tale of how Luckyton came to the Sugar Isles is told. At dusk fireworks light up the sky in an array or bright colors. Candy makers and pastry chefs enjoy making treats in the shapes of rainbows, butterflies and even in Luckyton's likeness. Cookies resembling the stallion's head are offered freely by all shop keepers as they welcome visitors to the sweetest place in Azuyan.
Turning of the Leaves: This celebration lasts only one day and takes place on November 5th each year. It is a time for family and friends to gather, to share the year's joy and sorrow. Games are played by both young and old. Stories are shared and legends told. The day is often spent by most in Gummy Park. Long wooden tables are brought out and covered in white and red checkered tablecloths and piled high with foods of all kinds.
(Full size version of the color chart can be found here: http://im3.ponyisland.net/gallery/383616/172766.png)
FF0055 = Cherry Pie
FF5500 = Carrot Cake
55FF00 = Key Lime Pie
00FF55 = Lime Sherbet
0055FF = Blueberry Muffin
5500FF = Blueberry Pie
FF55FF = Bubble Gum
FFFF55 = Lemon Bars
55FFFF = Saltwater Taffy
FF5555 = Strawberry Pie
55FF55 = Jelly Bean
5555FF = Blueberry Ice Cream
FFAAAA = Peppermint Disc
FFFFAA = Lemon Sorbet
AAFFAA = Pistachio Pudding
AAAAFF = Blueberry Pancake
AAFFFF = Blueberry Slushie
FFAAFF = Fairy Floss
F5F5F5 = Marshmallow
5F5F5F = Silver Dragees
A5A5A5 = Varak
AFAFAF = Rock Candy
FF00AA = Raspberry Sherbet
FFAA00 = Butterscotch
AAFF00 = Sour Apple Lollipop
00FFAA = Mint Ice Cream
00AAFF = Blue Raspberry Popsicle
AA00FF = Boysenberry Syrup
AA5500 = Brownie
0055AA = Blueberry Cheesecake
AA0055 = Cranberry Muffin
00AA55 = Spearmint
5500AA = Spiced Gumdrop
55AA00 = Gummi Worm
050505 = Licorice
Sugar Clerics Banners
Though Strela's great, great, great grandfather, Dominostein, was not the one who found the isles he was among the first to travel to it after hearing of the Sugar Isles. It was here that the Unicorn set about making a name for himself. He started small, looking only to have a shop he could call his own. Being such good friends with Luckyton seemed to push the stallion into the limelight, even if he didn't want to be. It took some coaxing but the stallion soon found himself helping around the small town that was beginning to take shape. Setting up trades with the locals, Sugar Faes, and helping to smooth any disputes it didn't take long before the hoof-full of settlers elected him their leader. Though they tried to push a title upon him the Unicorn would take none, claiming he was "no better then anyone else" and so they dropped it. Under Dominostein's watchful hoof and care the town grew, as did the trade business.
One of Dominostein's first major decisions had been to have a statue built in the likeness of the Fairy stallion who had found the isles, Luckyton. Protests or not the Unicorn did not heed them, insisting that as their home grew they should not forget their history, and so Luckyton agreed to the statue. In a compromise Dominostein agreed to Luckyton's request of it being placed in the library they were planning to have built. Though the Fairy had no idea the library was to be named after him as well.
Years went by as they have a way of doing. Dominostein took a mate and they had a lovely boy whom they named Onyx. Though he was black as night he had a heart of gold. When his father passed, while Onyx was well aware of his father's dislike for putting on airs the young ruler still had a funeral that would have rivaled that of a king's. This the townsponies thought was the beginning of a new era, one in which they too would have a Prince or a Lord residing over the isles. As time passed they discovered Onyx had no intentions of changing things, the stallion did as his father had and governed the isles without a title. The only elaborate thing he did his entire reign was the lavish celebration of his father's life upon his death. Some thought it silly, others agreed with him. Why change what had been? Dominostein had known what he was doing at the time, so why should his son be any different? Under Onyx's guiding hoof the trading of sugar and chocolate branched out, reaching places they had never dreamed of.
Upon Onyx's death it was to his son, Nibblet, that the care of the isles fell. Unlike his father or grandfather Nibblet did not seek to further expand trade. Instead the stallion focused on building up the towns, making them what he felt they should be. There were those who had built businesses, these he was proud of. Still it struck him that other isles had so much more. Perhaps they too needed to be like these. With great influence from other lands Nibblet set about having new buildings built. It was during this time that Gummy Park came to be, so that all would have a beautiful place to relax and enjoy picnics with family and friends. Having such a lovely place to hold parties in the stallion sought to begin a tradition for celebrating sugar, so it was that the Sugar Festival came into being.
Even on his deathbed Nibblet was still coming up with new ways to make the isles more like other places, talking of new celebrations they could hold and ways to bring visitors in. While his son, Palette, tried to make his father's dreams reality he unknowingly changed details. Thus helping to prevent the isles from turning into a cardboard mimic of other isles. The islanders thought that Palette, like his namesake, was an artistic genius and took great pride in the construction of buildings under his watchful eye, never once suspecting that the stallion had mixed up plans and goofed when telling them of the details. When the mistakes were caught it proved too late and Palette fretted for a spell, convinced that he had done something truly terrible. It was only after the completion of the buildings, most notably that of the castle, that the stallion saw the mistakes as a blessing in disguise. Of the places he had traveled with his father never had he seen structures such as these. The isles finally had something uniquely their own.
When Palette passed away it was his son, Jingles, who took over the job of keeping watch of the isles. Being such a merry sort it was easy for all to get along with the stallion. Even an order sounded more like a chipper greeting coming from him. Returning to his ancestors plans Jingles set about building up the trade business once again. Under his hoof it bloomed. Sugar and chocolate were carried to places in Azuyan that made the islanders smile brightly to know that while they may never see such far off lands themselves their wares would. So in some small way they felt connected to the outside world.
Like his ancestors Jingles relied heavily upon the Sugar Fae known as Bean Jelly, for it was he who possessed what was referred to as the "islands magic" within him. Was this magic real? No one could say but unlike the other Sugar Faes this one was capable of doing much more then making a cupcake appear out of thin air. To Jingles dismay it was made known to him that another with this same magic had been born some years ago. Which meant Bean Jelly's time was limited, for two possessing such magic could not exist for any great length of time upon the isles. It would be this other one who would become the caretaker of the isles, making sure that the land was not overworked and that the natural balance remained intact.
When Jingles daughter, Strela, was born any thoughts of Bean Jelly's limited time vanished from his mind. The stallion was busy splitting his time between running the isles and playing with his daughter. While Strela was still little more then a toddler her mother, Daisy, set sail on a trip that she hoped would prove profitable. Though Jingles insisted they could send someone else, Daisy would hear none of it, claiming it was good for her to get out and that those who lived on the isles would also look upon it as favorable. Weeks later news reached Jingles that the ship transporting his mate had been attacked. Titan or KORR followers, none could say. All that was said was that no survivors had been found. This was a heavy blow for the stallion and one that left him questioning himself. What if he had insisted she'd stay? What if he had gone in her place? It took a great deal of time before Jingles stopped blaming himself. Even then his happy-go-lucky attitude never fully returned. Jingles was more careful, almost shrewd in some respects.
As the young filly grew it was Bean Jelly who took a surprising interest in her. To this one he talked, telling her many stories and helping to guild her education. Not knowing that the Sugar Fae would be leaving her in the not so distant future she confided in him all her childish secrets and considered Bean Jelly her best friend. It was not until she was almost a teenager that Strela learned of the unavoidable. In tears she ran to her friend crying over and over he couldn't leave, she wouldn't let him. Ever simple he replied "I'll always be with you so long as you remember me". As she wept Bean Jelly gave her the only gift he could, a piece of his magic. Something to protect her. This too would also keep her and her children from aging as others did. They would instead age as Sugar Faes, keeping a piece of their childlike innocence for always.
Barely sixteen Strela found she had to say good-bye to Bean Jelly one chilly November evening. More and more of late the Sugar Fae had been found wandering the castle gardens or sleeping outdoors. Though he had always been forgetful this too had worsened in the past few years. This told all that his time was drawing to a close and so Strela was not surprised but still greatly saddened when she found Bean Jelly under an apple tree. The childlike glint in his eyes wavered as he smiled at the young mare. "My little filly.", he whispered one last time and was gone. It was under the shade of the same tree that he was laid to rest. A simple stone bench placed to one side for those who wished to pay their respects.
Three short years later Strela once again found herself having to say good-bye, this time to her father. It seemed everyone was leaving her and it scared the mare to think that she was to run the isles, alone. Though she knew Toffee would be by her side, it somehow was not the same. As a filly she had always thought Bean Jelly would be there, but he wasn't nor would he ever be. A bit timid at first, Strela was almost reluctant to take her rightful place. With Toffee's help and the guiding hoof of Zorea to help her the Unicorn soon settled in.
Though a number of years have passed Strela still sneaks off to the castle library. In this quiet place is an old statue. At one point it belonged to Bean Jelly. The Sugar Fae had found it one day in his youth, just sitting in the water, as though waiting for him to find it. Taking it home with him he polished it until it gleamed. Giving it a place of honor upon his mantle he was often found talking to it, especially in his last few years. Before passing he gave the trinket to Toffee for safe keeping. Not seeing what Bean Jelly had in it, she placed it in the castle library for all to enjoy its beauty, strange as it might be. Silly though it is and she knows it, Strela finds some comfort in that little statue. There's something about it, almost as if a part of Bean Jelly were somehow trapped inside. But that's preposterous and she well knows it. Still the Unicorn can't help but almost hope that somehow the Sugar Fae found a way to truly leave a piece of himself behind to help her.
The first born of Strela, Dragee is in many ways like his grandfather. Reserved the young stallion rarely lets his true emotions show. Instead he tucks them to the back and wears a constant expression that is neither one of contentment nor displeasure; it seems to be an expression of just being. The Unicorn never appears happy or angry. This has proven time and time again to be a source of frustration for many who are uncertain if they have pleased the Sugar Isles heir or offended. Dragee has a head for business and as such is constantly looking for new ways to expand trade. He wants to see the isles flourish even more than they already have. If he looks forward to the day he will govern the isles none can say, for he keeps that tidbit of information just as heavily guarded as he does his emotions.
Strela's second born and her first daughter, Fairy Floss is as free spirited as the wind. Hooves take her where they may, the young mare never quite sure where she is going until she is there. Tender hearted she shows great concern for the well being of all around her. As a filly many were the times Strela fretted over her, for fear that the foal would cry herself sick over something that had happened to another or worse yet wander off and never return. Though Fairy Floss still cares for others and will cry if they cry, laugh if they laugh; she has gained some control over her emotions and how others affect her. The young mare feels most at home when submersed in nature. Here she finds a tranquility that calms her and keeps her hooves from wishing to press further onward. Often are the times she can be found in the Lollipop Forest singing to herself or whispering to one of the creatures who lives there.
Third born of Strela's and her second son. A carefree, happy go lucky young stallion. Dominostein knows no fear or stress. His is a world of happiness, rainbows and endless delights made of sugar. If anyone on the Sugar Isles was asked which of Strela's children was a living embodiment of the very isles themselves none would hesitant in answering Dominostein. Always with a smile upon his face, the Unicorn is as merry as they come. Though he was named after his great, great, great, great grandfather that seems to be where the similarities between the two ends. Dom has no great aspirations, nor any desire to see the rest of the world. He is simply content to be a part of the isles he was born on. The stallion wants nothing more then to live out his days on the isles he loves with all his heart.
Strela's fourth born and her second daughter. Brulee is highly inquisitive and wants to know 'why'. Why this works that way, why one day is more special then another, why chocolate is brown ... there are many questions swirling about in her head. It is quite common to find the young mare with her nose buried in a book, as she studies the isles history and how various things came to be here, along with trying to find the answers to her countless questions.
The ninth of Strela's children and her fifth son. Calisson enjoys a sweet the same as anyone else, however unlike his brother, Dom, he knows that sweets should be a treat. Excellent with foals there is nothing he enjoys more than telling them stories or playing a game with them. Many are the times Cal can be found in Gummy Park surrounded by foals begging him to tell another story or play another game of hide and seek. The young stallion adores it and enjoys making the foals smile.
Toffee is a Sugar Fae. Her eyes are like pools of melted dark chocolate and her hair is a golden brown. At the corner of her left eye is a piece of toffee. Her wings are a mix of browns and golds. The gold in her wings often catches the sun's rays and glitters.
Unlike the others of her kind she possess real magic. Just as other Sugar Faes are capable of making sweets out of thin air, so to can she. But unlike the others she holds a secret magic within her. Some believe it is the very magic that keeps the isles safe. If something should happen to her they truly do believe that the isles will suffer greatly, perhaps even vanish from existence.
Before her birth Bean Jelly visited her family to announce that the child her mother was expecting would one day take his place. None questioned, for they believed the magic he possessed had told him of the child's coming. Perhaps it did or perhaps the old Sugar Fae could sense the magic growing within her mother's bulging midsection. None could say for certain.
Born into a normal Sugar Fae family Toffee grew up happy and healthy. The loving nature she possessed was nurtured and her kindness encouraged. Quiet, more then expected she seemed content to just watch. There was something about observing others and how they did things that pleased the child. As she grew she noted that there were things that seemed strange even to her. Why could she do things that others could not? Not until 'special classes' were added to her schooling did she discover why. It was then that her parents told her of why she could sense changes in the isles that others could not and why the animals were always docile when she was near them. Lessons that would help her as she assisted the one governing the isles became a daily occurrence for the young one.
While Toffee was attending yet another lesson both her older and younger sisters went off with some friends on a picnic. It was not until late that evening that everyone heard of the wreckage found. The boat the teenagers had taken the younger ones out on had apparently hit a rock. Wood splintered and all were lost overboard. Not a one was found though the water dwelling ponies searched for them. The small group of ten young Sugar Faes were considered lost. Hard as it was to believe there was no other option. The wreckage didn't lie. Did it?
Time helped to ease the ache felt by all at this great loss, though it could not erase the hurt or the memories from the minds of family and friends of those lost. Each year on that same day a small group makes their way to the site of the wreckage to pay their respects, Toffee is among them each year. Though deep down she knows it an accident and beyond her control she still wishes she had been there. Perhaps she could have prevented it from happening, maybe she couldn't have and would have been lost as well; either way she will never know.
Well aware that none can take the place of a loved one who is no longer there, Toffee gave Strela the space she needed both when Bean Jelly passed and when her father did. Though she is nothing like the other Sugar Fae she has become good friends with the Unicorn. Often the two are seen strolling the gardens, talking of nothing important ... mostly just memories.
(Image of Toffee was drawn by Meowth. Thank you much!)
Co-owner of The Polished Hoof. Violet spent her childhood running about the Sugar Isles. Doing as all youngsters do, getting into mischief on occasion but never anything serious. Early on she took an interest in hair, mostly that of others, in particular pony hair. While Sugar Faes were willing to help untangle hair and braid flowers into a mane, it was obvious to the child that someone who could hold a pony sized brush would have a much easier time tending to the care of the ponies hair. It began as a hobby for the girl, but soon flourished into a business that required a shop. With help from family and friends Violet opened The Polished Hoof, a spa that took care of pony needs for pampering. From hair to hooves, to wraps and facials. There was nothing the young adult wouldn't try to learn if a pony requested it be added to the spa. Within a few months of opening it proved to be such a big success that Violet hired a small staff. Each brought something to the growing business that would allow her more freedom to focus in on what she enjoyed best, playing with pony hair. When her younger sister took an interest in the business Violet hired her on as well. It's been a few years now since the spa first opened and it is still just as popular now, if not moreso due to visitors.
Co-owner of The Polished Hoof. Iris is Violet's younger sister. Where her sister is level headed and calm, Iris is quick to speak before she thinks and often lets her emotions get the better of her. Though she's gotten better about controlling her emotions she still has the occasional outburst. Always one to tag after her older sister it came as no surprise to their parents when Iris announced she wanted to 'pretty ponies up' like Violet did. Violet found it cute and allowed Iris to help by brushing out tangles in manes. Iris though being so much younger then her big sister lost interest for a time and concentrated on being a kid. Running through fields, playing in the park, splashing in puddles and just having a grand time. As she got older she again took an interest in what Violet was doing and asked if she could work for her. Without hesitation Violet agreed. Within a year she made Iris co-owner of the spa. While she enjoys brushing and grooming as much as the others who work there, Iris has set herself up at the front desk, greeting those who come in. Talking shop and hearing all the latest goings on makes her smile and she enjoys talking with those who pop into the spa.
Captain Fair Weather
Born in the midst of a voyage and wishing for friendly waters the rest of their journey it came as no surprise to the newborn's father that his mother named him Fair Weather. Early on his parents joked that the foal had more salt water running through his veins then he did blood. True or not it did not surprise them to discover one morning that their son was gone. At fifteen Fair Weather struck out on his own, determined to join a crew. By his mid twenties the young stallion had been made first mate. Still he wanted more. His own ship, his own crew, sailing the seas, stopping in harbors he liked and avoiding those he did not. It was not long after that the ship he sailed upon stopped in the Sugar Isles. There was something about it, about those that lived there that caught the stallion's attention and managed to keep it. With a mix of emotions Fair Weather announced he would be staying. Though his Captain thought him a fool for throwing away such a promising career he said nothing. The Captain instead planned to return to the isles a year after departing, expecting to find a stallion that was saddened by what he had given up and begging to be taken on as a deckhand. Instead the Captain found that the young stallion he had left behind had been given his own ship and now sailed where the ruler of the isles wished him to. It has been almost thirty years since Fair Weather made the isles his home. When not at sea he roams about Peppermint Port talking to other seadogs or playing a game of checkers with the harbor master. Fair Weather captains The Sugar Schooner one of the largest ships the Sugar Isles has. Often he is entrusted with deliveries or picking up important passengers. Just as Strela's father had complete trust in him so too does she.
Rich in tradition it comes as little surprise to most that many of the children on the Sugar Isles follow in their parents' steps. So it was with Rocky Road. Like his father before him Rocky Road became harbor master of the Peppermint Port. The stallion oversees the coming and going of vessels, the arrival and departure of travelers and friends alike. It is he who keeps a sharp eye out for anything unusual. It has been over thirty years since Rocky Road became the harbor master. Much has stayed the same since then. But like all things there have been changes. Bigger, faster ships for one. Unlike when he took the job visitors were rare, now it seems they flock to the isles for the Sugar Festival. Though there is little for him to fret about, that does not stop Rocky Road from keeping a sharper eye out when the festival nears. Always on his hooftips the stallion is not about to let something that appears off to him slip by without a report. His better safe then sorry approach seems strange to most since the isles are peaceful and no enemies have been made, that they know of. Still the Earth Pony makes it his business to report anything that seems even the slightest out of the ordinary.
Owner of All the Trimmings. Gumdrop comes from one of the oldest living families on the isles. It was not long after Sugar Isles was first made known to Azuyan that her great, great grandfather (Bear Claw) settled here. As years wore on he married and had a daughter, Sprinkles. Happy though she was the mare noted that the isles seemed to have everything a pony could want, except a place to purchase frills. With this in mind Sprinkles set about to correct this most unfortunate of errors. After all what did a visitor enjoy doing while on vacation? Looking at local wares and buying pretty little trinkets. With much care and thought going into her shop All the Trimmings was constructed. When Sprinkles retired it was to her daughter, Evening Dew, that the business was handed. In her care the shop prospered. Dew sought out new goods, always looking for the finest to have in stock. As years wore by she eventually had to admit that running the shop was taking its toll on her and so it was to her son, Ripple, that she left the care of the shop to. Happy and doing well, Ripple married his foalhood sweetheart and the couple had a daughter, Spiced Gumdrop.
Gumdrop quite literally grew up in the store. First steps were taken inside, rag ponies were played with and lessons learned. Being so submerged in the family business her parents fretted that once grown she would shun it, instead her having spent so much time in the shop only seemed to fuel her love of it. Unlike her parents, grandparents or those further down the line Gumdrop designs some of the items that are carried in the shop. Bright, happy and full of life Gumdrop's world revolves around the small shop and the natives. The young mare is as devoted as any to the isles and the one watching over them all.
Captain of the Sugar Brigade, Fluttershy has a level head and a caring temperament. There are many who wonder if she should be in charge of the military forces for the isles. She often comes across as very soft spoken and almost shy. Where her Lieutenant is sharp and quick to dole out punishment she is more lenient and willing to listen to those working under her. Perhaps this is why she and Tank work so well together, they balance one another out. Another born native to the isles it surprised Fluttershy's parents when their daughter took to pouring over book after book dealing with military tactics and history. For five years she left her home while training elsewhere, for she sought to hone what her mind already knew. Training was difficult and often her body felt as though it would break from the stain put upon it, but she prevailed and returned home still much the same yet eyes had changed. They were alert, ever watchful for the tiniest of things that appeared out of place. One of Strela's closest friends it is Fluttershy who is trusted with island secrets and any fears that may plague the Unicorn.
Lieutenant of the Sugar Brigade, second only to Fluttershy. Troubled and causing mischief as a foal Tank's parents shipped him off to any school they could to be rid of him. The colt bounced about as none wished to truly work with him. It wasn't until he was sent in a last ditch effort to a military school that he seemed to turn around. Graduating with honors he went on to attend the Azuyan Military Academy. This though was short lived for the young stallion. Within a year's time he was kicked out, due to his ideals. When a fellow classmate was caught cheating on a test Tank rallied to have the other court-martialed. When his superiors refused such drastic actions Tank fumed claiming such lenient ways would be Azuyan's downfall. For a time the stallion wandered, uncertain as to what to do or where to go. Taking one ship here and another there, his travels soon brought him to the Sugar Isles where he found a Captain willing to work with him. Over the next couple of years he proved himself again and again to Fluttershy and was made second in command. While he still barks, perhaps a bit too much, and still leans towards punishment first questions after, he yields like a colt when Fluttershy speaks. It is to the Flutter and only to her that he is willing to back down. Tank is so loyal to her that if one dares speak a harsh word about or to the mare they will find themself doing double kitchen duty for a month.
Castle nanny, Zorea takes her job seriously. Having moved here in her mid forties the mare was hesitant to jump into anything. Though it was plain something had hurt her deeply. The only thing that brought a smile to her face was the foals playing in the park. Many hours were spent just sitting and watching, a wistful smile upon her face. It was not until months later that it was learned the Flutter had lost both mate and foals all in the same gruesome night. Little is known of what happened as Zorea will not retell the tale as she is unable to relieve that terror a second time. Taking pity on the mare Strela's father, Jingles, offered her a job in the castle. Zorea accepted not daring to ask what her task would be, though half expecting something in the kitchen. It was much to her surprise when instead of being shown to the bustling heart of the castle she was ushered into the nursery, where she found a sleeping filly. With a mix of emotions she agreed to stay on for a month to see if it would suit her. Each time she looked at the newborn Unicorn a pang swept over her, still she stayed. The more she was around Strela the greater that pain seemed to be, until one night it all came out. In a flood of tears she sat in the nursery sobbing like a foal, while Strela slept peacefully in her hooves. Though it was not the same the Flutter still could not help but to love her charge and did as she would have if the filly had been her own.
With a smile the mare watches Strela govern the isles, pleased with her hoof in helping to raise the Unicorn. Much to her great delight Zorea was kept on as castle nanny when Strela's own family began. Happily the Flutter watches these new treasures and helps them to learn the same lessons she taught their mother. While not the same as her own this adopted family of hers loves her every bit as much as the one she lost so many years ago.
Head librarian at Luckyton Library, the Fairy has almost a sixth sense when it comes to the goings on of the place. Should a book be placed in the wrong spot it seems only a matter of minutes before he is there carefully putting it back where it belongs. Guests to the isles have been known to comment on the stallion having the same name as that of the library, to which he'll smile, blush softly and simply nod his head. A quiet Fairy he does not boost of his lineage, even though everyone on the isles would not blame him if he did. Luckyton's great, great, great grandfather was the first known pony to set hoof upon the shores of the Sugar Isles. It was he who took the news to other isles telling them of this sweet place and the creatures that lived here. Shortly after his discovery a Unicorn by the name of Dominostein traveled back with Luckyton to the isle to see the wonders it held for himself. The two struck up a friendship and decided to settle the isles themselves. Luckyton took to exploring, leaving Dominostein to the matter of keeping peace among those who settled. It came as no surprise to the Fairy when those settling made the Unicorn their leader. This seemed to work well for both stallions. Dominostein could tend to building up the population and working out trades with other isles, while Luckyton could continue exploring to see if there were still more treasures the isles had waiting to be discovered.
One of Dominostein's first decisions had been to commission a statue of Luckyton and to name their library after the Fairy stallion. Though the other protested, a little, it went unheeded as all agreed that the one who discovered the isles should not be forgotten in their history. Years went by and Luckyton's descendants either left the isles or never married. One of his great, great grandsons though made it back to the isles, curious about his great, great grandfather and the tales he had heard from his grandpa about him. It was here that the bright blue Fairy settled. Marrying not long after the couple was blessed with a fine looking colt, who bore a striking resemblance to his great, great, great grandfather and so it was that he was named after him. Luckyton is the first in his family's line to have been born here and stayed here his entire life. The young stallion has no intent of ever leaving as he feels this is where he belongs and where he is most needed.
Owner of Shortcake Inn. An even tempered, soft spoken mare Clarice is warm and welcoming to visitors. Always ready with a helping hoof she offers suggestions and tells of wonderful places to visit that only the locals know of. Many are the times she's heard guests exclaim how they would never have found such wonderful hidden gems without her help. Clarice merely smiles claiming it to be all part of her duty, though she and the guests are both aware it is not.
Like many others on the isles Clarice too grew up in the family business, learning the ins and outs; later on taking over once her parents retired. Having no foals of her own the Phoenix dotes upon her guests, young and old alike, as though they are a part of her family. Perhaps in a way they are.
The older stallion manages the gift shop in the Shortcake Inn. A kindly fellow, though he may be grizzled and weather worn in appearance, he never raises his voice, it is always the same even gentle tone. Candygram spent his youth sailing the seas and trying his hoof at making both a name for himself and gathering a fortune. Though fortune slipped through his claws and a name was never made on the high seas, he has found what he always wanted here. Settling in took a bit of adjusting and for a few years he spent his time around Peppermint Port. Though the sea still held a charm for him it was not the same as it once was. The stories while different all seemed much the same to him and so he turned towards the town and found that the life he had once shunned was what he had been seeking all those many years. Finding a job at the inn it did not take long before he took a shine to the gift shop and was soon set running it. Candygram keeps the small shop in shipshape fashion.
Sunset is the castle decorator. It is her job to make certain that the castle is looking it's best for the festivals and parties that take place throughout the year. The Shellie adores decorating and never has as much fun as when she is in the midst of decorations and picking out color schemes. Her personality can be a bit over the top at times but deep down those who know her best understand it is just her way. A native of the isles Sunset grew up in Peppermint Port. Often she would come to Butters Ville for the festivals with her family. As a young filly her eyes would light up in excitement as she took in all of the decorations. Ambitious the Shellie entered a decorating contest as a teenager. Her unique style and blend of colors caught the eye of many at the contest. Though a more traditional piece by another won, Sunset did not let it deter her in the slightest. Digging in she continued developing her style. This paid off in time for the mare as she was offered a job in the castle helping with decorations. Over time she moved from helper to assistant and finally to that of head decorator. Sunset has been in charge of decorating the castle since Strela was in her early teens.
Owner of The Candied Lobster. Frosted Cupcake enjoys spending many hours within the kitchen trying out new recipes, many of which are his own concoctions. Pinch of this, dash of that and sprinkle of whatever catches his eye. Some do not turn out edible by any means, other dishes seem to make one's taste buds sing with delight. Unlike shops found in Butters Ville this one on the edge of the Peppermint Port, nestled on the shore of the Butter Cream Beach is not entirely above water. It was almost as if someone had cut the shop in half. Outwardly it appeared like any other shop, once inside it was plain to see that it was not. The kitchen was a strange mix of solid wood flooring on one half and open sea water on the other. In the same manner the sweet shop's counter was also split so half caught the eye of land dwelling foals and the other half caught the eye of water dwelling foals. Water dwelling ponies are able to enter the shop by way of a water entrance. Many ingredients used in for the sweets are kept in the sweet salty water. Cupcake insists that doing so gives the recipes better flavor. Perhaps true or perhaps the MerPony is a bit eccentric in his ways. One thing is certain though that The Candied Lobster is a favorite among the water dwellings ponies of the Sugar Isles, though it has only been open for a few years. It also happens to be the only place on the isles one will find the famed Lava Candy, a spicy sweet that is greatly sought in the fall.
Frosted Cupcake has not lived long on the isles. Still the moment he set flipper in the water he knew, this was to be his home. Settle in he did and open a shop of sweets on the shore of the Butter Cream Beach. This seemed a logical location for a sweet shop. Easy access for both land and water ponies. Plus who didn't enjoy coming to a beach and taking home a few saltwater taffies to nibble on after? No one he knew, so it seemed absolutely perfect. Seems the stallion may well have been right given how business is booming.
Works at The Candied Lobster, mostly decorates cookies and cakes, also does some semi fancy candies. A native of Estuary Island the MerPony had traveled to the Sugar Isles once for a festival, instantly smitten with the atmosphere she decided to stay. It has been some years since she left her original home, every now and then she thinks of them and wonders what all has changed. Perhaps she'll go back one day for a visit. Happy in her new home and quite taken with her work the mare has made herself very much a part of the isles.
Owner of Le Sugarplum, a small candy shop located on Caramel Street. Dandy has lived on the Isles all his life. After attending the famed culinary school, The Silver Spoon, where he earned many high marks in candy making classes he opened the small shop. Cookies, pies and cakes are all fine but nothing delights the stallion near so well as a perfectly gooey caramel that melts in the mouth or crystallized sugar petals that glitter like jewels in the sun. Considered more of a specialty shop, something for those with more adventurous tastes, it is rare to find more then a couple of customers in it at the same time. This quiet atmosphere suits Dandy just fine and allows him more time to work on new recipes or to tend to those who do drop by. It has helped to create the warm feeling, as though visiting an old friend, when stepping inside. A hand carved sign hangs straight out, swinging gently in the wind, from above the front door. Outside the shop is all pastel pinks with a splash of lavender here and there. Inside the shop has a warm wooden floor, soft yellow walls with rich red and orange swirls scattered about. Two small tables sit by the front window, two wooden chairs with a rich red cushion on each are at both tables. A shop special is the tantalizing hot chocolate and caramel drink which is served with a chocolate dipped spoon and a swirl of melted caramel floating atop the drink. Boxes of varying sizes line the display case, all tied with brightly colored ribbons.
Shiloh Seraphim is the owner of the family business Seraphim Chocolate Shoppe. His ancestors had struggled for years to turn a profit with their chocolate making business in their homeland but fell prey to the merciless group of ponies that controlled the area and all the supply routes into town. Although their chocolates were much loved by all who bought them it cost the Phoenix family double and sometimes triple to recover their own supplies. Invited by the Sugar Faes to relocate to the Sugar Isles the Seraphim line of Phoenixes gratefully accepted and thrived in their new home. They founded the Seraphim Chocolate Shoppe, the first of its kind. A two-story building with Shiloh's living space upstairs and the store downstairs, it can be found on Sprinkle Avenue in Butters Ville, Sugar Isle. The building is lively decorated in red and white vertical stripes with a jaunty red banner that features a gold outline of a Phoenix head set against three outstretched pairs of wings that greet customers as they enter. This picture is also found on all the chocolate labels and ribbons used to decorate the elaborately packaged chocolates. The downstairs shop space is divided into an area for customer purchasing and a long, low window that looks into the next half where busy Sugar Faes melt the chocolate and create the many delicacies according to the secret recipes. The customer purchasing area has a window that fronts onto the street for display and floor to ceiling shelves covered in yet more exquisite displays and a centre circular island that rotates even more delightful chocolate creations. Shiloh's assistant 'Angel' a dedicated Sugar Fae runs the shop for him leaving Shiloh free to create more chocolate masterpieces with which to tantalize the taste buds.
Shiloh is the first triple s-gene in the family and much adored by his parents and indeed many of the female Sugar Faes on the island. Since hatching he has had a healthy fascination for every aspect of the family business, his potential becoming most apparent the time he was meant to baby-sit his new baby sister when she was still in her egg. Desperate to see one of the new chocolate combining machines his father had just taken delivery of that day Seraphim had carried his egg sister down to the shop so he could watch the new machine mix the chocolate. Seeing the egg near the melted chocolate gave him an idea and without any qualms he had dunked his sister in and out and placed her on a rack to dry. Placing one of the store's ribbons around the dried end result he had handed the chocolate egg back to his surprised mother. After her initial horror, his mother couldn't help but recognize the exciting new idea and so real chocolate eggs of varying sizes were now a regular delicacy crafted by the Chocolate Shoppe. Decorated in colorful patterned foil, they are used by the Sugar Isles for a spring festival to celebrate all new life and the highlight of this holiday is the big Chocolate Egg Hunt. His sister is the organizer of the hunt.
Shiloh is now an adult and has been given ownership of the entire business. He is very successful and having known only praise from others he can be very self-centered and a bit pompous. His parents are semi retired and reside on the Seraphim Palms Plantation, the family's chocolate plantation where they grown their own chocolate and even experiment with new types. Shiloh recently acquired a companion, a little Sugar Fae named Sherbet. Shiloh had little choice in the matter and still can't quite figure out how it happened.
Sherbet's parents Fizz and Raspberry had been killed in an accident not long ago. She went into shock as a result and would not speak. Her aunt and uncle who were appointed her guardians took her with them on one of their trips to Shiloh Seraphim's Chocolate Shoppe to deliver some mint stock. Sherbet was fascinated with Shiloh the Phoenix and his eccentric, fussy ways, so much so that she at first giggled and then spoke for the first time since her parents died. In the days following Sherbet was often found in Shiloh's store much to his annoyance, with or without her aunt and uncle. In fact she spent so much time following Shiloh around that most of the Sugar Isles residents just naturally assumed Shiloh had adopted Sherbet. Before long certain small items started appearing in Shiloh's bedroom, a little cushion, a blanket, a small pink case containing tiny Sugar Fae sized clothing. Sherbet also determined to follow Shiloh on all his errands, her tiny wings and feet were no match for the strong gait of the Phoenix. Rather than leave her exhausted on the side of the street he had a small custom saddle made. Being Shiloh it is a very elaborate saddle with a high decorative back and front. Now Sherbet can ride him either astride or facing both legs on one side or by sitting cross legged. She is content and happily chatters away to him all day long.
(Seraphim Chocolate Shoppe, Shiloh Seraphim and Sherbet are owned and created by Motherofpearlz.)
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Though there is little for the natives to fear they have seen that not all in Azuyan share their carefree and easy way of living. So it was that the Sugar Brigade was established during Nibblet's reign. It is this elite group's job to protect the isles and those who dwell here. Frequently one can see the ponies marching in the castle courtyard, hooves pounding the cobblestones like drums as they walk in unison. The water dwelling ponies have not been overlooked and have their own version of marching underwater, here they do something that land dwelling ponies can only describe as a hop. Whatever one wants to call it water ponies take their responsibilities every bit as seriously as those land bound and those able to soar among the clouds.
While the Brigade allows any interested to join it is only the most devoted that stick with it. Twice a week those in the Brigade assemble to train (exercises to keep both their bodies and minds in shape, should they ever need to battle). Once a week at random they are called together to march in the castle courtyard. It is the Lieutenant of the Sugar Brigade, Tank, who conducts the courtyard march. The stallion does his best to drill as much of a military lifestyle into the troop as is possible, though it isn't near as much as he would like. The Captain, Fluttershy, sees to it that the ponies who have joined do not lose their individuality no matter what her second in command may think best.
The Sugar Isles are not aligned with any one group. While they do not claim neutrality they neither side with LSPP or KORR. There may be ponies on the isles who believe one fraction better then another, but if they do they don't talk about it. The constant struggle between good and evil seems a lifetime away to the natives who have never been worried of a possible invasion or hostile troops landing on their shores. This stance of theirs, claiming no side, is not likely to change unless something or someone forces them to. If asked who their leader would side with many would be willing to bet that Strela would stand with LSPP. Would she though? None can say for certain.
Family / Marriage:
Many believe a family is not necessarily a group connected by blood or marriage, but a group that cares about one another and is willing to sacrifice all to keep those loved ones safe. There are some who believe a family is only a family if one's parents are married or there is blood connecting them to one another. The Sugar Fae believe strongly in marriage and there only being one right Sugar Fae for each of them; when they find that right one they marry for life. Ponies on the isles are a mix of old and new ways. Old ways encourage ponies to have offspring with different ponies, never truly settling. New ways encourage ponies to seek out the perfect partner and settle down with that one, often times resulting in a marriage for life.
All nuts used in cooking / baking or eaten plain are imported from the Acorn Hills Isles. No nut trees or bushes grow on the Sugar Isles. As nuts are often used in cookies, cakes and candies the natives went looking for a place that was plentiful in nuts and sought to do a trade. Sugar is traded to the Acorn Hills Isles in exchange for nuts. The arrangement was agreed upon several years ago and seems to be one all involved are pleased with.
Though the Sugar Isles' have a small fleet, they take great pride in the vessels they have. All are kept in tiptop shape at all times. Decks gleam, rails glimmer and sails are always clean.
The Sugar Schooner: The ship used most often to deliver a shipment of sugar or chocolate. If an important visitor requires someone to pick them up it is in this vessel that they are brought to the isles. The gleaming white sails seem to almost sparkle like sugar in the sun. Captain of the Sugar Schooner is Fair Weather.
The Rainbow Rover: It is quite easy to recognize this ship, as the sails are colored like a rainbow. Being so easy to distinguish between other ships in the area it is no surprise that this ship will travel in only friendly waters.
The Mighty Monarch: The sails are white. The portholes are not round on this ship, but shaped to look like a butterfly. Being named after a butterfly has led more than one pony to believe that the ship is nothing more than a pleasure boat for ponies who wish to travel. This works as a good guise for transporting sugar and chocolate in less desired waters.
The Chocolate Clipper: The fastest ship the Sugar Isles have. This is the one used to patrol the Isles. The outside of the ship is painted white, the sails are also white, the deck on the other hand is a natural oak as is the inside of the ship. A small milk chocolate colored flag with a gleaming sugar cube positioned in the middle of it flies above the sails.
There are a couple dozen fishing boats and rowboats scattered about the local ports as well.
Editing and moving things about.
Editing and moving things about.
Editing and moving things about.
Editing and moving things about.
Editing and moving things about.
History of Gumdrop Isle and how the Purple Penguin Ponies came to call it home:
Gumdrop Isle was much like the other islands within the Sugar Isles, all sweetness and sunshine.
Wildlife and vegetation found on or around Gumdrop Isle:
Purple Penguin Ponies of note:
Notes to follow, once I've got them arranged.
Purple Penguins they are actually coming together.