Kimono's Townhouse

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The KT Universe

The characters of Kimono’s Townhouse live in a vibrant, complex world, one that often is too broad to fit into the panels of the comic. Lots of things go on in Kimono’s world! This page is a small encyclopedia of Ponyland to give readers a glimpse into the world of Kimono’s Townhouse.

Ponyland: An Overview

Ponyland: An Overview

Ponies live all over the world, but they originate from Ponyland, and they all call it home. Ponyland is a small continent, which united into a single country hundreds of years ago. Its landscape is diverse, with mountains in the north, prairies and valleys in the west and central regions, forests to the south and a broad coastal plain in the east. Ponyland is surrounded by several islands, most notably Butterfly Island off the southern shore.

Map of Ponyland

As a result of its unification, Ponyland is a constitutional monarchy. The monarch no longer has lawmaking authority, but instead acts as an advisor to parliament and as the nation's primary ambassador. Ponyland is divided into eight provinces, which are further divided into shires, each with a seat, or main city. The capitol is Dream Valley, located northwest of the center of Ponyland. Ponyville, where Kimono and Minty live, is located in central Ponyland.

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Species of Ponies

There are three major species and several minor species of ponies that live in Ponyland. The major species are the Primerians, the Nisians and the Tresi. Each of these species has evolved into three main subspecies, or races, which are called earthlings, pegasi and unicorns. The reason for this is not understood fully, but the most common theory is that the plasticity of pony genetics makes the development of these races inevitable, regardless of species. Although each of the species are closely related enough to interbreed, they typically do not as the resulting offspring usually are sterile. However, different races within a species do not have this genetic problem and frequently intermarry.

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Primerians

Primerian earthling, pegasus and unicorn

Primerians are the most widespread type of pony in Ponyland. An ancient species, they are more genetically diverse than other species of ponies and have developed into more races. Primerians usually are taller than other species and have a characteristic, round body structure. They live throughout Ponyland but are most commonly found in the northern, western and central regions.

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Primerian Earthlings

Most Primerians are earthlings, constituting roughly half the population. Scholars consider the Primerian earthling to be the prototypical pony from which all other species and races evolved. They are easily recognizable by their stocky bone structure and ample musculature. A subset within the Primerian earthling group are the Clydesdales. Clydesdales are taller and stronger than typical earthlings and have longer fur, especially around the feet. Female Clydesdales trim this fur for cosmetic reasons but still stand out due to their height.

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Primerian Pegasi

Primerian pegasi are distinguished by their well–developed wings and powerful muscles, making them some of the best athletes in the pony kingdom. Their wings are small at birth but quickly develop, and most pegasi can fly by their second birthday. The pegasus gene is dominant in Primerians, so the children of mixed marriages almost always are winged.

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Primerian Unicorns

Primerian unicorns are the longest–lived of all pony races, often upwards of 150 years. Unicorns are born without their horns, which come in when they are about two weeks old. They age slowly, and for this reason, their young do not develop as quickly as those of other races. Most Primerian unicorns have a magic ability, which usually presents itself as short–range teleportation (called winking), limited telepathy or the ability to create light. Other abilities do exist but are not as common. Ponyland’s royal family is Primerian unicorn, and their long lifespans help provide stability to the nation.

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Nisians

Nisian earthling

Nisians are vastly different from other pony species. Although they are roughly the same height of other species, their bodies are shorter in length and they have a lean stature. They have smaller ears and noses and a distinctive eye shape, as well as longer body fur, which curls around the hooves. Nisians have a limited population, and for this reason, they are considered a minority. They live almost exclusively in the Friendship Gardens region of western Ponyland.

Nisian genes seem to lack some of the plasticity of other pony species, and as a result, Nisian unicorns and pegasi are rare. Another genetic curiosity has caused an unusual gender ratio in the Nisian population, with two females for every one male. Biologists are unsure if this anomaly is the cause of their limited number or the result of it.

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Tresi

Tresi earthling, pegasus and unicorn

The Tresi are the second largest group of ponies, a hardy species that lives mostly in the southern and eastern regions of Ponyland. Somewhat smaller than Primerians, Tresi have a lean body built to conserve energy, with short muscles that favor quick bursts of movement. They have large eyes and cupped ears that pivot a full 180 degrees, giving them keen senses. Like the other major species, the Tresi have split into the three races of earthling, pegasus and unicorn.

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Tresi Earthlings

The vast majority of Tresi ponies are earthlings, comprising about 80% of the Tresi population. They enjoy a wide range of color, a full spectrum that includes red and black, colors not seen in other pony species. Despite this range, some colors are much more prevalent than others, especially pink, violet and white.

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Tresi Pegasi

Tresi pegasi, like their Primerian counterparts, are quick developers and good athletes. While skilled in flight, they cannot fly great distances like Primerian pegasi. Their smaller size allows them to fly faster, however, and their incredible flexibility makes them excellent acrobats.

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Tresi Unicorns

Like Primerian unicorns, Tresi unicorns are slow developers gifted with long life, on average 120 years. Unlike Primerians, they usually do not have magic abilities, but instead enjoy more highly developed mental skills. Those who are gifted tend to have minor magic abilities, although occasionally one may display Primerian–like talents such as telepathy.

Because the unicorn gene is recessive in Tresi ponies, the early development of their young is a major event, particularly in mixed–race families. Unicorn babies are born without horns, and parents eagerly watch to see if their children will grow a horn, which usually develops within three weeks. Although most children of unicorns have keen unicornian intellect, only those with horns are gifted with long life and the potential for magic ability. In Tresi unicorn culture, the growth of a horn is marked by an annointing ceremony, similar to a christening.

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Minor Species

In addition to the three major species in Ponyland, there are several minor species. These species exist in limited numbers, often confined to small areas, and tend to have specialized characteristics. While there are numerous such species scattered throughout Ponyland, the most notable are the Seaponies and the Pterans.

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Seaponies

Seapony adult and young

Seaponies are an aquatic species that lives in the rivers and streams of Ponyland. No one is sure of their exact numbers, but because they are rarely seen, it is believed that there are relatively few of them. Only one sizeable enclave is known to exist, isolated in a lake near Dream Valley. The Dream Valley Clan is the only seapony group that engages in commerce with non–seaponies.

Like whales, seaponies breathe air at the surface of the water, requiring them to visit the surface several times a day. They may take in air through their nostrils or through a blowhole just behind the head.

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Pteran Ponies

Flutter pony, Summerwing and Breezie

Pterans are part of a separate genus, hippoptera, which consists of several different species. Each species has several common characteristics, slender bodies with fine bones and wings similar to those of butterflies. There are three species of Pterans: Flutter Ponies, Summer Wings and Breezies.

Flutter Ponies originate from Flutter Valley, located on a peninsula in eastern Ponyland. They are approximately the same size as Nisian ponies and have similar proportions, with short bodies and elongated legs. Their defining characteristic is their pair of transparent wings, which allow them to fly great distances, although at slow speeds.

Summer Wings are found throughout Ponyland, but they gravitate toward the forested regions in the south. While Flutter Ponies live fairly isolated lives, Summer Wings live with other groups of ponies. They are small in size, about the height of a Primerian child. Summer Wings have brightly colored wings with various shapes and markings.

Breezies are the smallest Pterans, about knee–high to a Primerian pony. They usually live in small communities hidden amongst trees or flowers, but they regularly interact with non-Pteran ponies. Breezies have large, shimmery wings suited for speedy flight. They also sport antennae, unlike other species of Pterans.

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