History of CI.
Often people ask me about the beginning of CI and other questions about previous plots. Since the first CI was deleted the history that was written before was deleted so I'll post a short Q&A (Question and Answer) thread to help those who wonder about early CI and how CI became what it is today.
Q: Why was CI created?
A: Me and my friend Arrow would talk over messenger and rp quite often (about 7-8 years ago). We were on a few horse rpgs together and noticed something: most horse rpgs were just alike. They all had the same rules, same plots, and same flaws. At the time people thought that's just how horse rpgs are. Well, out of boredom, me and Arrow got on the subject of that and decided that we should make a horse rpg that's different, one that breaks the norms.
Now we didn't think it would be very successful at all, it was made more for fun. We wanted something to do and wanted to see what an rpg that differed from the rest would be like. CI differed greatly from all other horse rpgs at the time. From its wildly coded skin to its set of unusual, yet improved rules, CI differed. Although those things don't seem like a big deal today, back then it made CI stick out like a sore thumb. Don't get me wrong though, people didn't just flock to CI in mass numbers at first.
At around 60 members CI died. It barely had any activity since me and Arrow lost interest. Arrow actually left during this time since she got caught up in other things. I would have let CI die as well, but I felt bad because about 10 loyal members really protested me closing the site. They wanted it to be around so they could at least have somewhere to rp. Instead of closing the site, I remade the skin, cleaned the boards up, and advertised some more. That was when the members really started coming. Within only a few days CI had 100 members and with the growing activity more and more members came.
Q: How did CI become such a large site?
A: Because CI was so different people took a lot of interest in it. At the time, other rpg admins would ignore suggestions and rule changes. They tried to keep their sites the same. CI, on the other hand, embraced suggestions and changes to create an rpg people could really enjoy and have a say in whats going on. As more members came, as did more suggestions and plots. This gave CI its popularity.
Of course, this came with consequences. As CI grew and morphed the horse rpg community, people lost interest in their old fashion rpgs. More and more rpgs like CI were created and eventually the old fashion ones died. We never intended for that to happen but there was no way we could stop it. People wanted change, not old fashion horse rpgs.
After about a year, CI 1 was one of the largest horse rpgs.
Q: Why is this Cimoron island 2? What happen to the original?
A: It was deleted due breaking the Terms of Service with Proboards (our original host). It wasn't just CI though, dozens were deleted along with it. Back in the day "graphic breeding" was common on horse rpg's. Although it wasn't popular, most admins allowed it since they didn't see it as a problem. Proboards did though and deleted all the sites they could find that had it. So, with the help of a member named Lunar, CI 2 was made. Once more the site grew and grew. More suggestions came and the site was eventually morphed into what it is today.
Q: Where did the original horses come from?
A: A shipwreck.
Q: What time does CI take place it?
A: Modern day.
Q: Who were the original horses?
A: Era of Infinity: A white lipizzan. The first light king. He helped save horses on the ship.
Arrow: A black arabian and Era's best friend. He was the first horse loose on the ship and freed Era. Him and Era together saved as many horses as they could before the ship sunk.
Blood Falcon: Not sure if Blood Falcon was native or off the ship. He was a chestnut quarter horse and the first dark king.
Q: When were the Loners created?
A: With the arrival of CI 2 the Loner alliance was created. Since Lunar helped so much in re-making the site, her character (Lunar) became the first Loner Queen.
The loners were the first to have a Queen as the primary ruler.
Today the Loners are no longer an alliance due to activity issues.
Q: How did unnatural colored horses come about?
A: You can thank Darling Nicotine for that. Darling Nicotine was not oddly colored. She was simply a white horse with a few blue roan markings. Her son (Chemical Why) was similar, only black with blue roan markings. At the time, me and a member named Nobody weren't all that great at photomanipulation and when we made Nicotine's and Chemical Why's images, the blue roan markings simply looked blue or purplish. People thought these horses really just had purple and blue markings instead of blue roan and wanted more colorful horses of their own. With the growing demand for colorful horses the radiation plot (dumping of radioactive waste) that we had at the time came into affect, creating the breed Cimoron horse, the colorful horses on CI today.
Q: Where did all the radiation come from?
A: Originally it came from humans dumping near the island that they thought was deserted. Cimoron was once inhabited by people. People tried to create many uses for it such as a bio testing laboratory or a vacation spot. Humans could never successfully tame the island though so they left long before any horses arrived and dumped radioactive waste here instead years later (without knowing horses were now inhabiting the island). At first many horses died from the affects of radiation and still borns were extremely common. Years after wards though, odd offspring came along. They weren't beautiful like the ones today, they were ugly and missing body parts or extremely ill. Offspring eventually began to live and become more colorful. These colorful horses were given the breed Cimoron Horse since they no longer looked or acted like normal breeds of horse. With brightly colored horses becoming more desired on the island, the Cimoron horse began to take over.
Q: What is a baneling?
A: A baneling is another odd breed created on Cimoron. When the asteroid crashed on the island, tumbling rocks and debris covered a group of horses that were hiding in caves, locking them underground. These horses had to adapt and survive since they had little food or water underground. To live, they began eating lizards and small animals and eventually, the horses too weak to survive were eaten. Radiation from the comet also took its toll on them, making the horses deformed, short, and thin. Years later, an earthquake occurred and created an entrance out of the cave. The original horses covered were long gone, but their offspring still inhabited the caves.
Banelings usually have poor eyesight from living in darkness so long. They have odd deformities and some even glow. Usually they are almost colorless, having gray/white coats and white eyes. Some banelings are colored but its rare for them to be. They have stringy, thin manes and tails. Often, when a CI horse touches a baneling it becomes sterile, but this is not the case with all banelings. Banelings can only breed with other banelings unless stated otherwise. Very few banelings roam CI today.
Q: What is a CI or Cimoron Horse?
A: The breed of the island. CI horses have to be born on the island and have more than 3 breeds in their lines. They can come in any color or pattern and have a variety of deformities. They do not have to be deformed.
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