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So my new season on Track King has started, which means that Abaddon and Fallen Angel have started their racing careers as well!

So far, Abaddon has placed first in his maiden race-a 6 furlong/1250 meter sprint. 

Next week I might start Fallen Angel (given if the track conditions on race day in TK is wet since she is a Mud-Lark or a mudrunner). I SHOULD have started her first this time...the track conditions for the first race of the season on TK were wet!

Anyway, keep an eye out, the season has begun and there are 10 more weeks left to go!
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So my current Track King season JUST ENDED. That means that in the next couple of weeks Obsidian Farm will be ROCKIN AND ROLLIN! (Finally!). Right now it is the off season on Track King, which means my horses get a break (and I have a few horses that are retiring, one horse I've had since I started Track King and I'm really sad to lose him). I updated the journal here about Obsidian Farm itself, and gave the Farm a complete make over. It's no longer located in Oregon, but where I currently live, North Dakota. It has an entirely new staff (except for the owner Dara Black, aka me). 

As some of you already know, I have some new ponies!!! They are two year olds so they won't be starting until the season AFTER the new one has begun (six real months from now!). My two El Diablo grandbabies are set to start in a couple of weeks, Abaddon and Fallen Angel have Track King counterparts, and whatever race results occur there will also show on Abaddon and Fallen Angel's racing career for their "Maiden Season". My "plan" is to do a partial RP story BEFORE the race runs (once a week for 11 weeks), but the REST of the RP story will not be finished until AFTER the race (that way I can include the race results IN the story!). Picture-art may or may not be detailed...depends on how busy I am at the time. I am going to TRY to add people in the pictures, but I absolutely SUCK at drawing people -_- 

Okay, well I just wanted to update you all on what's rollin in my head. I dearly HOPE this works...

Thanks, Dara

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Hello everyone, Dara here. 

So, I have been planning a complete renewal on my Obsidian Farm racing account. Everything that has been done with my race horses is being restarted. 

My new plan (which has been rolling around in my head for a year now) is to mimic Obsidian Farm off of a racing game online that I play, called Track King. I will be using Track King as a reference for my new racing idea for the farm. Basically what I do on Track King I will be doing here on harpg. 

For those of you who do not know what Track King is, it is a web based racing game that is flipping AMAZING. Track King is set up into 6 League Classes (each league has 25 positions, those that finish in the top 5 can advance to the next League Class which has more purse money, and those that finish in the bottom 5 are demoted). The objective of the game is to finish in the top 5 and move up each class until you are at Class 1. Each week there are two League races, and where your horse finishes in the race determines whether or not you will be top of your Class, average, or in the bottom half. There are stakes races with various purses on offer, and Cup races. Each week your horse has training to do, and each day there is veterinary care. The game is as real as you can get without it being real. In the game you have to learn to manage your finances wisely, train your horses well, hire jockeys and apprentice jockeys, breed a good stallion to a good mare, or offer your stallion for stud services. It is based on this game that I will be running Obsidian Farm. (this way I have an idea of what i'm doing and I have inspiration to do artwork!) 

Each season is three months long-12 weeks. Each week, I will be uploading at least ONE image-this will include a story that documents the week's events-training, events, vet care, and of course the races. At each season's end, the horses will age and move on to better, bigger races.

In the Game, horses can race in League races from age 3 to 10 years (for mares and geldings) and 3-11 years (for stallions). A stud career can start anytime for a stallion after 4 years of age and ends at the end of year 12 for the stallion. But, for Obsidian Farm, my plan is to train 2 year olds until their 3rd year starts their career, then race them for two to five seasons. Mares will be put to brood, geldings will be sold, and my good stallions will be retired to stud (so anyone in the harpg community can access them for their mares and make racing babies xD). 

So, Obsidian Farm is going under renovations until the next season starts on Track King (I'm currently half way through this current season). This will give me time to catalog all my current race horses and determine what I'm doing with all of them (aka which ones I'm keeping and which ones I'm getting rid of).

But...anyway! That is my plan. Sorry for those of you who are following my racehorses for their current careers, but hopefully this renewal will make things better.

Thanks for your patience!

Dara 
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Week Three by ObsidianFarm
Week Three
this is a phone upload... I currently have no Internet so the story will come later.

quick stats: end of Week Two Fallen Angel raced in an upgraded stakes race and placed 3rd

Week Three: class two league race, Abaddon placed 3rd.
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Two Misses by ObsidianFarm
Two Misses
Week Two of the season's racing. Results were not as good as the first week. Read below to see what happens!

This is a short entry...I have to go catch a bus to work -_-
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"Okay...so Fallen Angel isn't running this week." Dara murmured over a cup of coffee.

"Nope. Weather cleared up. Track is listed as "Good"." Dante confirmed. Dara rubbed her face and sighed. 

"I was hoping to start her this week."

"There will be another race for her to run in I promise."

"So you entered in Abaddon in her place?"

"Yes...it was a last minute entry. We will see how we do."


*RACE DAY*

Abaddon was set to run against eleven other runners on the track in Fargo. The weather was hot and humid, the track dry and good. The colt's competition was tougher this time, and as the gates opened on the 1400 meter race, he broke away slow, falling behind several lengths within moments. Daniel gave the colt his head, but Abaddon didn't seem to be on top of his game. He caught up to the rest of pack after a couple of furlongs but was unable to snatch the lead in time. He was caught up in a pack of moving bodies half way through the race and was unable to break out, finishing 5th. 

Dante confronted Daniel on the poor race, and the jockey relayed what happened on the track. Sighing, they took the angry colt away. Dara was not too pleased with the race results either, and they all agreed that something seemed off about their black colt. A vet check up revealed not terribly out of place, and they were left scratching their heads as to why the colt didn't take his place as leader. 

They earned $47,000 for their finish and went home wondering how they would do next week. 

Maybe the their bay filly Fallen Angel could race. And maybe, just maybe, she could do better than her black and white cousin? 





*Horse Shown: OF Fallen Angel obsidianfarm.deviantart.com/ar…

Ref used: obsidianfarm.deviantart.com/ar…
Credit to: :iconchunga-stock:
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So my new season on Track King has started, which means that Abaddon and Fallen Angel have started their racing careers as well!

So far, Abaddon has placed first in his maiden race-a 6 furlong/1250 meter sprint. 

Next week I might start Fallen Angel (given if the track conditions on race day in TK is wet since she is a Mud-Lark or a mudrunner). I SHOULD have started her first this time...the track conditions for the first race of the season on TK were wet!

Anyway, keep an eye out, the season has begun and there are 10 more weeks left to go!
  • Mood: Hope
First Start by ObsidianFarm
First Start
This image is a few days late and I drew it last night at like 1 am, so it's not my best work, but oh well. It will work for now. I was hoping to have this image up on the 5th or 6th since the Track King race Abaddon was running was yesterday ...but this week has been nuts and I've been running around like always so I didn't have time to get it done until now. 

So below is the story and the race results of Abaddon's FIRST League Race for Class 2.  Hope you enjoy.
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"God this is miserable weather for a first race..." Dante grumbled as he stood watching the grooms saddle the black colt. Daniel Sorenson, the Farm's hired jockey, stood near the trainer squinting through the haze of rain that continued to pour down over the League racetrack in Fargo North Dakota. Their maiden racer, the black grandson of El Diablo, stood in his stall, huffing and puffing in irritation as the grooms worked to get him ready for his race. Abaddon stopped his feet and flattened his ears against the side of his head, his bright blue eyes aflame with danger. 

"...and you are asking me to ride this devil today...in the slop?" Daniel remarked, looking up at Dante. 

"Yes. And you'd better ride him well or else I'll find myself another rider. You said you had experience with temperamental horses, that's why I hired you."

"Temperamental yes, not demonic." 

Dante chuckled. "You know his sire and grandsire's reputation for being demons in horseflesh?" 

"Oh yes. Who hasn't? The El Diablo lines filled Australia with terror back in the day. And now their bloodlines has found its way to the great US of A."

Abaddon squealed and kicked out at a groom who had dropped his guard cinching the girth and nearly opened up the man's skull. After a few tense moments, they managed to get the raging colt under control and fully saddled and ready for his race. Though the rain had made the track slow, the race was a full with fifteen runners. Abaddon had managed to pull the spot on the rail, set to break from the Number 1 stall. 

The call came for jockeys to mount their horses, and the black colt was led out for Daniel to be hoisted aboard. Daniel received a baleful glance from the colt and the jockey swallowed hard as he worked to calm his sudden rise of nerves. He could not lose his nerve around this horse-it would be the death of him. As he mounted, Dante approached the colt's side.

"Okay, here are your instructions: This field are all maiden runners so we don't know what will happen. You are on the rail, and Abaddon seems to be okay on the rail but it might be safer for you to run him a couple of spaces away from the rail...for the sake of your leg of course. This is a six furlong race so I want you to give him his head and let him run full speed ahead, got it? It will be over before you know it."

"Yes sir."

"Our horse has the most talent and the best bloodline out of any of these other nags and I want you to run him like he's top horse...because he is. The only horse you need to worry about is..." Dante looked at his race card with the other horse's information, "...never mind you don't need to worry about any of them. Have a good run, Daniel!" 

"Thanks sir!" 

The parade to the starting gate for the first race of the day was oddly quiet; the stands were almost empty, only a few people seemed interested enough in racing to come out on a rainy day to watch the race. Everyone who was there had their eyes on the giant black colt. He was quite the oddball on the track. Abaddon was a black splash Thoroughbred, a trait he inherited from his sire, also a black splash Thoroughbred stallion named Poltergeist. His legs were white, his face was white with two startling blue eyes that turned heads. On top of his unusual coloring, Abaddon was a giant horse; as a three year old he stood almost seventeen hands at the withers, and he wasn't finished growing either. Daniel looked like a tiny child aboard the giant colt. 

At the starting gate, Abaddon loaded up easily and stared straight ahead, trembling underneath Daniel in excitement. The colt loved to run, though he hated everything else. When he was on the track, he could forget about the annoying human on his back, if only for a few moments. Running on the big black colt was a thrill for Daniel; he felt like he was flying when the rode. Daniel watched the other horses load up and noticed more than once glance from other jockeys as they looked upon what they were up against. He heard a few catcalls but ignored them, instead preparing himself for the launch forward that Abaddon was famous for. The last horse loaded, and Daniel waited for the bell the ring. 

With a loud ring and the clamor of the gates slamming open, the field of fifteen were off in the start of the first League race of the season. Abaddon slipped in the mud on his way out the gate, and they started off slightly behind. As instructed, Daniel gave the colt his head, and Abaddon took the bit in his teeth and launched forward, eating up the ground in giant strides. Almost instantly, Daniel discovered that they had no competition. Abaddon ran on the rail until he was clear of the other runners then moved over a few spaces and thundered down the muddy track, kicking up clods of track into his competitor's faces. Within seconds he opened up a three or four length lead, and kept pulling away. Though the track was slow and wet, Abaddon ran perfectly, although a tad bit slow. Daniel knew the colt could run much faster, but for now he couldn't complain-with an eight length lead ahead of the others, they crossed under the finish line, stopping the clock at 1:16.845. For six furlongs (1250 meters) it wasn't the best time, but it would do. 

Abaddon posed in the winner's circle for pictures, then threw a fit as he was led to the back to cool off. 

Today's run had earned the colt a sizable purse winning for Obsidian Farm, raking in $162,500. Dante, and Dara the colt's owner, were pleased. Now they could pay for their expenses and not find themselves in the hole again. 

Later that evening, back at the Farm, Dara and her staff sat down to dinner to revel in the fortunes of the day. Spirits were high; it had been a long time since Obsidian Farm had been successful in a race. Perhaps their luck had changed.

"Well, if the track is wet next week we can run Abaddon's cousin. I'm curious to see how she does since she loves to run in the mud." Dante said between mouthfuls of dinner. Dara looked at him in quiet thoughtfulness. 

"You think she's ready, Dante?" she asked, her voice soft. 

"Oh yes. She's itching to run. There is no guarantee on how she would do, but we can start her next week if you wish, Ms. Black." 

"If you think she is ready then I see no reason as to why she can't run. But only if the track is wet. I don't want her running if the track is dry.  If it is, then we can run Abaddon again."

Dante nodded and ate in silence. After today's results Dante felt confident that the black colt would run again, and he had a strange feeling that word about the colt had gotten out to the public. Perhaps next week would bring in more people. His mind ran amuck with thoughts of roaring crowds as the Farm's name was exalted to great heights. 

Perhaps there was hope yet...perhaps. 
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Name: OF Abaddon
Barn name: Destroyer, "Colt"
Gender: colt
Age: 3 years
Breed: Thoroughbred
Projected Height: 17.1-18 hands; current height: 16.2hh
Color: black splash
Markings: bald face, "eyeliner", lip spot on left side, front stockings, hind right stock, hind left high white (all the way up to the hip); blue eyes
Genes: EE aa nSpl
Discipline: flat racing; future stud prospect
Build: Abaddon is tall, lithe, and elegant. As he gets older, he will fill out more, but right now he is in racing condition. He is still growing, and expected to reach 17+ hands. He is nearly perfect in build, strong and powerful, a trait passed down from his sire and grand-sire. 
Personality: Abaddon is the product of Angelfire Farm's mare Apolla and the great sire, Poltergeist, sired by the infamous and renowned El Diablo. And like his sire and grandsire, Abaddon is full of hellfire. Both his dam and his sire were hellish creatures to deal with, so this colt gets it from both sides. This colt will make his grandsire proud. He is stubborn, very vocal (he likes to scream), and dangerous. He was named after a fallen angel named Abaddon, the Destroying Angel of the Abyss. 
Spirit: Unbroken
For Stud: CLOSED

Racing distance: 1500-1750 meters (7 to 8 furlongs/1 mile)
Racing style: fast finisher 
Racing record: 1 (1250 meters/6 Furlongs) 1-0-0-0-0
Earnings: $162,500
Maiden Racing Season (3 years): Class 2 League Racing 

Abaddon's Bloodline Chart:

----------------------------------------- SSS: Thalion chistokrovka.deviantart.com/ar…
----------------- SS: El Diablo thunderjam1992.deviantart.com/…
------------------------------------------ SSD: Reckless thunderjam1992.deviantart.com/…
Sire: Poltergeist greatalmightyqueen.deviantart.…
------------------------------------------ SDS: Universal Ghost chistokrovka.deviantart.com/ar…
----------------- SD: Eidolon greatalmightyqueen.deviantart.…
------------------------------------------ SDD: Veridical greatalmightyqueen.deviantart.…

------------------------------------------ DSS: starter
----------------- DS: starter
------------------------------------------ DSD: starter
Dam: Apolla (starter) 
------------------------------------------ DDS: starter
----------------- DD: starter
------------------------------------------ DDD: starter
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Obsidian Farm has become an exclusive Thoroughbred racing facility where several fine pedigree Thoroughbreds for flat racing are bred, trained, and offered for breeding. My horse's bloodlines stem from the finest racing bloodlines in HARPG: the El Diablo, Poltergeist, and KhC Lucifer bloodlines. Three of my Thoroughbreds are grand-foals of the late, great El Diablo, owned by thunderjam1992, and I am proud to show such prized bloodlines at my Farm. El Diablo is considered the most influential racing TB in HaRPG, and Obsidian Farm is proud to own his bloodline.

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Geronimo24 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the watch!!
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Anytime
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Thanks for the watch
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any time :)
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RainbowStoneCreek Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
I love your thoroughbreds !!!!!
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ObsidianFarm Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
Thank you :) i havent had time to use them in the past year. Im hoping to soon
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We should totally do a meet up between one of your Tb with my colt Gentlemen Send Roses
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ObsidianFarm Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
Send me a link to your horse and tell me which mare you'd like to cross him too
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Thanks for the fave!
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