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Infected!AU: Big Mac and Granny Smith by Earthsong9405 Infected!AU: Big Mac and Granny Smith by Earthsong9405

Did a quick doodle for the Infected!AU again, this time of Big Mac and Granny Smith! I’ve been itching to draw the two of them; it’s been quite a while since I last did, and I’m happy with the result. Also the first time I’ve drawn them anthromorphic! :3 Once again, though, don’t mind what he’s holding too much; it isn’t his actual weapon, it’s a farming tool, and the only reason it’s here is just to give him something to hold over his shoulder (like I did with AJ). Could I have done a gun? Yes. Was I too lazy to draw one? Yes. As for the fam pic HERE:

Apple fam by Earthsong9405
It's mostly to put them all together and partly to show off the height differences. Big Mac’s clockin’ in at about 7ft there.

Anyway, the characters: let’s start with Big Mac. He, like the rest of his family, are the de-facto lead farmers of the settlement (which I’ve started to tentatively call “Sanctuary”) Shining leads. Aside from farming and the occasional outing to hunt, Big Mac is basically a “blacksmith”, if you can call it that. Not in the traditional sense, but in the sense that he’s really handy stallion that can fix and build primarily weapons and tools, given the right supplies. He can kinda work on cars too, but that’s more Caramel’s thing.

In this AU Big Mac still doesn’t talk much, but moreso if that’s at all possible. His usual quips of “eeyup” and “eenope” don’t happen as often, and he opts to answer with his expressions, body language, or huffs of sound (grunts, laughs, snorts, you get it). There’s rumors among the kids that it’s because he remained quiet to avoid getting found by the Infected for so long that he forgot how to speak. Which honestly isn’t too far from the truth: not that he’s forgotten how to speak, but he prefers to listen and watch than to speak. You never know what’s lurking in this world, so Big Mac makes it his own personal job to do a lot of the listening and watching so the others won’t have to be as hyper aware. It’s because of his attentiveness that he barely misses anything; he’s usually the first to catch on to when things aren’t quite like they seem (Mac was the first to realize Twi was bitten but that her bite was actually healing when she returned to the settlementsomething the bite wounds shouldn’t actually do if it were a normal infection). His silence makes him all the more intimidating and, as he should, he isn’t quick to trust, but he can still be the gentle giant we know him to be.

Fun notes: the watch he’s wearing belonged to his father, and he’s wearing two lockets: one contains a family photo of him and the Apples, the other contains a photo of him and his spouses, Caramel and Cheerilee.

So now Granny Smith!  Whenever I watch MLP and Granny’s featured, despite the way she sometimes move she doesn’t seem like and elder who is fragile or “rickety” as it were. Despite her age, Granny moves like someone half her age, and though she sometimes needs aid moving about with her cane she doesn’t let that stop her from helping as much as she can. The elder mare can often be seen either working the farm, planting or harvesting crops, acting as the settlement chef, sewing and making clothes, tinkering… she’s pretty good at a lot of things, farming and handling a gun specifically. She’s good enough to be one of the teachers for the youngsters in how to properly handle a weapon, anyway, and she can be a mean strategist, what once being in the army in her younger years and all. Even still, Granny remains a steadfast matriarch of the Apple Family and basically is everyone’s grandma in Sanctuary; special treats, sneaks the kids cookies before desert (when they have the ingredients to actually make cookies anyway), that sort of thing. As for her eye? She lost it a long time ago and usually wears an eyepatch on it (the thing she’s holding). She loves telling the gruesome story of how she lost it to youngsters, and they eat it up every time.

So yeah! I hope you guys enjoy the image and thank you for takin’ a look! You’re more than free to ask me questions if you have any about this AU. ^.^

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SoupNaziMark2 Featured By Owner Edited 3 days ago
Drawing a scythe can be even harder than drawing a gun, especially if you're drawing a more modern design.  There's a lot of contours that are hard to draw in different positions.
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SoupNaziMark2 Featured By Owner 3 days ago
How did she lose her eye?  Timber Wolves?  >snicker< Hedge Hogs?
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Catiacaterina Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is great.
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RukarioTrainer Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2017
So Big Mac has two spouses? Are the three of them all married to eachother or just each of them to him? Were these at once or at different times?
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
All married to each other, all at the same time.
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CinsArts Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017  Student General Artist
I am so loving their designs!Love 
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XxAnimaTorixX Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Could I draw my own character in for this? Like, not actually have you put her in, but just draw her anthro and give her a story arc thing.
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
I'm not entirely sure what you're asking? It sounds like you're asking my permission to do something similar to this: anthro drawing of a character and explaining their story a bit. If that's the case you don't need my permission to do so because I don't own that idea. If you mean doing a story thing in this AU on your own then I don't mind that either.
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XxAnimaTorixX Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, the last scentence is the answer I was looking for lol. It was pretty hard to explain.
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bobshmit13 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017  Student Writer
How'd she lose the eye?
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ArtieStroke Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Polyamorous Big Mac- you have my UNDIVIDED ATTENTION 10/10
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kyo4kusanagi Featured By Owner Edited Mar 16, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
cool~badass big mac~
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ArtmadebyRed Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Big Mac doesn't turn into a Zombie when he gets bitten, the Zombie turns into Big Mac
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"Spouses"? He lost a wife? :( Do we ever see how the Infected look?
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Nah, he didn't lose a wife or anything like that. He's married to both of them, as in married with both of them right now.
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:iconlongliveharrypotter7:
Oh, is it them both loving him and being good friends, or them loving him and each other? :)
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Them loving each other and him; they're all involved with one another. o3o
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:iconlongliveharrypotter7:
Nice, it's a welcome change from the "sister-wives" thing were it's a harem of girls only pinning for one block and not giving a heck about each other :3
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WarriorsWithinUs Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I just really love your AUs because they're so detailed. And I'd really like to see a piece of Caramel, Cherilee, and Mac all together. Even a sketch.
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GamerLUPO Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Granny Smith makes me think of Ana with the eye patch (even without the eye patch/old wound, 'cause Granny...'nough said). Sweet pieces of your AU! ^^
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Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, excellent one.
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ApalrieusCentauri Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Student General Artist
 I look forward to these SO MUCH
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VampireKittenRose Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
isn't Caramel already part of the Apple family? I mean the is Caramel Apple?
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Caramel is a stallion that lives in Ponyville in the show, who has three blue horseshoes as his cutie mark. He's in no way related to the apple family. Who you're thinking about is Caramel Apple, as you mentioned, but she is a mare and kinda looks like Carrot Top.
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VampireKittenRose Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooooh okay :3
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An-Elric-Brother Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
"...the other contains a photo of him and his spouses, Caramel and Cheerilee."

So does that mean he's Poly, and the three are married, or did one of them pass away?
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Poly; both of his spouses are fine.
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Fotohunter Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Student Writer
I have to say, Big Mac oozes the spirit of the isolated survivor. He really looks like the kind of guy who has seen a lot, done a lot and is in a way an island among his peers. Is funny also that the Big guy is also a bi, quite an interesting concept, though he looks like the stallion of stallions.:XD: Does he have any kids?

Granny Smith looks like a classic, you really made her the staple of the veteran.:D
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Not only bi, but happily married to the loves of his life; he's a lovable oaf once you get past his somewhat intimidating stature. As for kids, he does, but they're all adopted kids; Cheerilee doesn't want to have children, not when the world is kinda more than shitty and there's still kids around that have lost their parents to a variety of things. o3o
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sayonaraShrimp Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Big Mac, caRAMEL AND CHEERILEE HOLY POOP THATS QT
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This is so awesome!
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ardashir Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017
They both look good; and Big Mac is mighty impressive.
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MysticalFiregirl Featured By Owner Edited Mar 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
''Too lazy to draw a gun'' is literally my life motto tbh guns are heckin complicated 
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VanillaGrimCreations Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Student General Artist
I love this so much!

One Question, how come big Mac has two Spouses?
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Because he married his two lovers, of course. He was in a consensual relationship with both of them, not just one.
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VanillaGrimCreations Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Student General Artist
Ohhhh that makes so much sense! I ship him with both Caramel and Cherliee and I was always trying to figure out who to put him with for my AU XD
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
I'd say go for a poly-relationship for them. So long as everyone is in the know and all parties are consenting to it, I think it's completely fine.
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VanillaGrimCreations Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Student General Artist
Okay c:
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WhitewolfStormrunner Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, herds are cool.
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VanillaGrimCreations Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017  Student General Artist
cx
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WhitewolfStormrunner Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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The-Fidget Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
GRANNY SMITH IS CAROL :D

Sorry, I love this AU so much, it would be a rad fan-comic! 
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artistnae04 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dude I'd totally read this as a comic
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SinjaAussiaAngels Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Love them! The scythe Big Mac is holding makes him so awesome.
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Ariaannaa Featured By Owner Edited Mar 15, 2017
Amazing as always, makes me wonder whether Big Mac actually prefers to speak whenever he feels needed, or mostly leaves things on their way. Might be a stupid question, but I'm thinking about the situation with Twilight's bite, as you described it. Would he talk to anyone about what he noticed, or did he wait until Twilight revealed it herself (assuming she hadn't told anypony earlier)?
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
He will speak when he think it's necessary, and sometimes speak because he feels like it, but for the most part there isn't much of a time where he feels he needs to say anything to get his point across. When he does speak, it's usually in very short sentences (sometimes down to just one word) or, when he thinks it's called for, a full blown explanation, but he tends to veer toward short, simple answers that usually encourage the other to do the thinking he's already done.

So let's take Twi's bite for example: Twi, before her return, was gone for nearly a month. While her being gone for long periods isn't unusual, she usually isn't gone for that long without saying something first, so of course many assumed the worst. When she comes back, many were simply relieved to see her okay, but Twi's family and the Apple Family knew there was more to it than that: she looked fine, but she wouldn't just disappear with Spike for so long without at least telling someone where she was potentially going, so something bad must've happened. And they were of course right.

Twi only told the Apple Family and her own family what happened. When she tried to tell them she had been bitten but something peculiar was happening, the majority of those present got stuck on the whole "I got bit" part, which is understandable, but with their emotions riled up so high from her sudden disappearance, to her sudden reappearance, to this, left Twi very little room to actually explain what was going on over the furious/scared/desperate half-shouting. The only one who wasn't panicking or freaking with worry was Big Mac (although he was alarmed), but when Twi showed the group her bite as proof that, yes, she was bitten (not that they needed it; they know she wouldn't lie about something like that), he noticed that it was... healing. Something bite wounds from an Infected doesn't typically do. And all he had to say was "The bite's healed," for the attention to be redirected to Twilight and Spike's explanation once more, and not what the bite initially implied.
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Taren14 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Did Caramel and Cheerilee make it in this AU?
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah they're completely fine.
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Taren14 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Okay, so the lockers are "remember who you're protecting" rather than "avenge them."
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Yes, although I'd never take Big Mac as someone who'd go looking for revenge. The only ones who aren't present are, of course, his parents, who are indeed in the family photo locket. o3o
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