So... taking Eldest Daughter to her SAT prep class this morning, the topic of My Little Pony came up. (I'm the father of three girls. Don't judge me.)
Specifically, I was wondering - where are all the male ponies?
The Alldaughter pointed out that there's Big Mac, of course. There's also some male ponies - royalty, mostly - in Canterlot, and a few others. But the majority of the inhabitants of Equestria seem to be female.
"It's a show for seven year old girls, after all," she said.
Which kind of surprised me. I mean, there's one situation that immediately came to mind when I though about the lack of males hanging about...
A war so brutal that it has sucked up just about every remotely qualified male pony in Equestria into its unforgiving maw of death and destruction. A war so unforgiving that only the mentally deficient, the elite, and the infirm can keep from being drafted to serve. A war so horrifying that those left behind cannot even bring themselves to make mention of it, instead carrying on as if life was sunshine and roses.
Which got me thinking...
We know that the ponies can perform magic. They are also able to move between certain locations in Equestria and our world; and when they do, they do so directly. Their males are drafted to serve in a relentless war that those who remain behind dare not speak of.
Who else knows of a hidden, relentless war taking place in a realm just a hop, skip and a jump away from our world?
That's right... Harry knows.
Equestria is located in the Nevernever.
The strongest of their population - the male ponies - are off at the Outer Gates, fighting and dying in Mab's endless war to keep all of creation safe from the Outsiders.
Ah-yep. I just shoehorned MLP:FIM into one of the most epic storylines of modern urban fantasy.