As the youngest member of the Star Fields Family, Rising Star never had the type of responsibilities inherited by her older sister Heartland. Ever since she was a young filly, Rising has found the curtain of the Milky Way far more interesting than anything which could grow during farm season. And it was all thanks to a dream she’s held onto since she was a foal.
Rising Star detailed seeing a shimmering glass tower descend from the heavens and plant itself into the core of Manehatten. The colossal bridge to the universe cracked and spilled a spectrum of indescribable light onto the ground at her hooves. Sparks of energy flew from the cracks as though embers cast from a raging fire. Each flame seed grew into a tree of fire which cut into the Earth, carved the sky and pockmarked the sea of stars with their brilliant intensity. Then, Rising Star awoke. She has never been able to shake the image of the dream from her mind.
Rising Star is a wiz when it comes to astronomical information. She can mention which star is the brightest in the Orion constellation (“Rigel”), can tell you how many moons Jupiter has (“at least sixty-six discovered to date”), and how long it takes for light to reach the Earth from the sun (“approximately eight minutes”). When she was younger, she told her parents “Using the bonds I have with my friends, I will grab onto space with our hooves!” When they asked what she meant, she told them that she believed friendship was the key to moving beyond the limitations of living on the ground and heading into the stars.
Creating our mascot: When we set out to create our mascot, we knew she had to represent the Texas spirit and our desire to make as many friends possible, but it wasn’t just enough to have a mascot for our branding purposes. We had to make her a character. There is a reason behind each aspect in her identity that lends to our vision.
As an Earth Pony, she represents the hardworking and rugged image of a Texan. To lend to this image, her cowboy hat is ever-often present in all of her appearances. Though we could’ve gone the easy route went with a cowboy theme, we decided that her theme had to be something more. With this in mind, we decided astronomy would be her passion: represented by the shooting star as her cutie mark. Not only does this references NASA’s home in Houston, Texas, but it also adds another dimension to her as an Earth Pony, who have little affinity with the skies.
Her first 2012 appearance (shown above) was illustrated by Amelie Belcher. You can find more of her work at www.amiarmy.com.
Rising Star will be voiced by Rina-Chan (PONY.MOV series, Colgate Brushie song) in upcoming Brony Fan Fair animations. Find her at www.rina-chan.com.