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  1. Hello, I’m requesting that critique be on the design/concept ONLY, this is just a rough sketch for efficiency purposes. Basically this is a Rainbow Dash and fluttershy fanfoal / nextgen / whatever the kids are calling it these days.
  2. I tried to draw a royal portrait for Twi This is the first time I attempt to draw digital oil painting, without references(second time if counting with references) Since I personally prefer Twi pre-timeskip, I drew this version instead
  3. I'm not much of an artist, but still, at times, I like to sketch stuff. So here's this. Sort of a WIP sona. His name is... hrm... actually, I haven't decided on a name for him. Was thinking of naming him Gizmo. Those lines on the forehead and nose are scars. He's sort of a dumbass and pushes himself too far for ponies who don't really care, and they kind of remind him what happens when he's too attached. Either way, don't be too harsh on the critique, pleeeaaase!
  4. Howdy! I put together a rough little animation test, I wanna get some eyeballs other than my own on this rig I made, see if it's actually any good. Specifically, I want to avoid the uncanny valley - no-one's seen this rigs until like last week and I'm worried I might have lost perspective. Be as harsh as you like, I'm a professional VFX animator by day so I take blunt critiques for a living. I'll make a list of known issues here so folks can avoid repeating stuff It's rendered in eevee, not cycles, so it doesn't look great overall. The shading and defocus specifically are pretty whack The lip sync is rough, she's kind of mouthing in places and I haven't properly sold a number of the phonemes. Some of the acting choices are dubious, I would need to either sell that arm swing on "Always glad" way better, or cut it entirely for something more natural. the cloth sim is... jank. (The original plan was to use a deform rig, but I ran out of time) hair is clipping in places there are still some funky deformations in the nose I have to iron out
  5. I'm curious to see how well my main OC holds up, after all these years, as well see if there is anything to be improved. --------------------------------------------------------- Name: Mythos Gray Sex: Male Species: Unicorn Age: Adult Coat/Body Colour: A soft gray color. Mane and Tail Colour and Style: Pure white. Eye Colour: Purple Physique: Fit yet lean, because of his travels and generally keeping an active lifestyle. Cutie Mark: An open book with a fire breathing dragon's head coming out from within, symbolizing Mythos' special talent for taking stories he finds and retells to 'come to life' as it were with his magic. Unique Traits: Illusion magic or magical illustrations as he sometimes calls it. Which he uses to “bring to life a story” or otherwise make some appear real when it is not. Creating visuals and even auditory effects, even to a certain extent the sensation of touch, yet with no solidarity or physicality to such illusions. Even create an illusionary disguise for himself or others. Residence: Canterlot, Equestria Occupation: An entertainer, musician, and storyteller publicly, yet secretly also a freelancer who offers his skills as something of an information gatherer and infiltrator. Personality: Mythos likes to enjoy himself, even if there is risk involved. Being friendly and charismatic, the unicorn has a gift for getting ponies to like him using his good manners and respectful speech, as well compliments. In some ways he can be manipulative, and is not above playing with the emotions of other ponies. Yet he is a stallion of his word, always keeping at least the letter of a promise, and will try to defend a mare or foal if able. He also has a great dislike for any that show rudeness towards or insults a mare, and will not allow a mare to be hit in his presence. Motivation: Always out for finding a good story and to have fun as well as to meet new ponies, as well an adventurous spirit who wants to explore every corner of Equestria and beyond. More then this though, he wishes to seek out the truth behind different Equestrian myths and legend, as well to learn that which history does not tell... Like for example the origins and past of Equestria beloved rulers, the Princesses Celestia and Luna. Where so little is known. Likes: Those with a pretty face. As well a love of reading, in good stories and books, meeting others, as well discovering and exploring old ruins or forgotten places. Dislikes: Those that are too serious, violence against fillies and mares or especially foals. As well those that show rudeness or disrespect, especially to fillies and mares, and those that speak without thought or sense. Any filly or mare shows disrespect to themselves or puts themselves down to harshly, especially when undeserved. With finally senseless cruelty and those willing to abuse others for their own pleasure, caring not for the harm they cause. Full Biography Mythos was born in a well to do Canterlot family who always seemed to be busy being involved in some social function or event. His father Brightstrings being an extremely skilled violinist and his mother Autumnheart a well respected private teacher of the history of Equestria. As a foal Mythos had plenty of time to himself, where he learned how to read as well as play music on the piano and violin. Yet while reading came easy to him, the musical arts were much harder. Yet Mythos was even at this young age a determinant lad and he actually did become fairly good at these instruments. As time went on Mythos expand his studies to not only the basics he needed to know but more, learning all he could on Equestrian history, myths, legends, and even tails from other lands. While leaving piano playing mostly behind he did continue practicing his violin, wanting his father to be proud of how well he could play. Yet he still hadn't discovered his Talent, which frustrated him and pushed him to try new things. Now like all self respecting unicorn he learned to use magic, and from youth he studied what he could on it. Yet that to seemed slowing going, but eventually he found he seemed to have an affinity to illusionist based magic and spells more then any other type. Surprisingly for some he started to become quite skilled at illusions or as he called it illustrations. When Mythos gained his cutie mark was interesting, as it was during a family party that his parents had prepared him for so that he would act the way he should. While looking around young Mythos noticed a young filly that seemed to not be enjoying herself and took it upon himself to cheer her up. Walking of to the filly Mythos smiles and introduced himself as he had been told to do by his father and asked what was wrong. Founding out she was his cousin as well as that her name Sundipple and explain that she hadn't wanted to go to the party in the first place. Calling her Sunny Mythos asked if she would like to hear a story he had read. Interested the filly nodded as Mythos started, concentrating his magic so that he could created the illustrations he had been practicing though they were like rough drawings. Smiling he told his story with all the emotion he could and started to catch the attention of others. By the end of the story there were ponies laughing and nodding at Mythos before he was hugged by Sunny as she thanked him. It was at this time that Sunny noticed Mythos cutie mark, which was an open book and a dragon that seemed to fly out of the pages and breath fire at the reader. With all the commotion Mythos parents walked over to see what was going on and grew excited when they saw his cutie mark. The rest of the party seemed to end even better then expected, and Mythos got to talk with a few of the adults because of what had happened as well as spend more time with Sundipple. As time went on Mythos grew into a young colt, and requested that he could go traveling around Equestria, wanting to see all the cities and town in Equestria. His parents were unsure, but agreed after a bit of discussion. Allowing Mythos to go off on his own as long as he promise to write weekly and tell his parents about his travels. Once he grew tire on traveling, though her greatly enjoyed doing so, he returned home to tell his parents what he had found and discovered as well as others that would listen. After about a week from when Mythos returned to Canterlot, deciding it was time to put his travel on pause and decided to step into the Canterlot elite as an entertainer and storyteller, showing himself gifted as such and finding use for all the skills he had learned when young and during his travels. Using his magic and his knowledge he weaved impressive stories as well as even played his violin at times. Yet it was during this time that he took up other work as well, finding himself with offers to find information or to learn about this pony or another. It didn't take long for him to realize he could earn more as a freelancer then for entertaining. It was around this time Mythos met a certain dark blue pegasus, who quickly caught his interest because of how pretty and nervous she was. It didn't take long for him to find out her name was Stardream and that she was with an assistant to an astrologer. After this meeting came many more and Mythos became quite close to to Stardream, fond even though he wouldn't admit to being in love with her. After dating for a time Mythos even consider being with just Star Dream, to actually have a relationship but it would seem that wasn't to be. Now Mythos had not gone out of his way to hide his activities from Star Dream but neither did he ever go into details on them. Partly because even he knew he was at times working for ponies who were not of good character. Who wanted him to give them the means to cause trouble for others and bring themselves up. He was not proud of this but at the same time he did not see a reason to stop. It was his policy to be available to any that have need of him as long as they paid his price of bit as well as good stories... and as long as he wasn't the cause of harm a filly, mare, or foal. Star Dream found out about this and was not pleased, trying to get Mythos to stop what he was doing as she was upset he would help ponies that would hurt others. Mythos tried to make it seem it was no big deal, that he wasn't the one actually doing anything wrong. Star Dream was not happy about this and eventually left Mythos in tears, later he found out she had left to another city and he was without a means to contact her. He was left in Canterlot, understanding he had made a grave mistake but with no way to fix it. All Art Commissioned Work - I can provide artist credit.
  6. I can see there is obviously some glaring issues with the legs and sizing. Perhaps if I spent a little longer I could fix it but I am looking to see if anyone would be willing to dish out any advice with the posing and the issues as such at this stage. Even if it is simple stuff just small things. And any tools you use to make it easier to draw ponies generally like posing tools and that. I am only just getting started with ponies as far as it goes :3 I am even happy to let you edit the image if you wish to suggest anything Thank you for reading
  7. (This might not be the right area, if it isn't please tell me!) I've made an account on FIMFiction to post my WIP antidote story to a well known and infamous work (antidote story = taking the premise and world and doing a rescue or fix themed story) and I am waiting for the second approval as my story wasn't formatted properly the first time. Is FIMFiction the most popular MLP-FIM story site? Or is there another that is best suited? Because the story deals with a world that is very much rated M it limits to where I can post it
  8. Pony/horse anatomy is complicated. I tried to do them laying down on their stomach but I actually don't know how those legs work. Any suggestions? And here's another unrelated pic too just for fun
  9. I'm working on a pilot episode script for my own personal MLP reboot, because ya know what? I really enjoy colourful horse creatures going on magic adventures where they kick butt and learn empathy and kindness. That is my JAM. Anyways, I'm stuck on some parts of the outline/story, and I'm struggling to finish it! Right now, I have a main character named Hopper who has to get rid of his Tantabus (a nightmare creature and spirit of self-harm that arose from Hopper's magic spells.) The pilot episode is about his journey through his fears, and the rewards that lay on the other side (friendship, acceptance, trust, support, etc.) There are some key things I want to establish about the world Hopper inhabits as well, and how it differs from the original series. Anyone have any suggestions? I have a Discord and Google doc, if you're interested in helping me create!
  10. Well, I threw my old boy Void on here a few years back, really appreciated the feedback I got on him to help formulate a better less all over the place character, but this is from a purely aesthetic point of view as I have gone through a few iterations of this girl before settling on this design specifically, and I wanted peoples opinions on her design wise before I even consider backstory and lore! Even a few words would be appreciated!
  11. It's been a while since I posted something for critique, so I uploaded something I'm not so good at naming stuff
  12. Hi I´m a new artist. Thats just the Mane 6 without any context. What do you think? Maybe some tips about shadow/ light effects? I really struggle with that.
  13. DARING DO and the STAFF OF SPRING It's funny, Daring thought, how often i get caught, and thrown into prison considering my reputation. The guards looked at one another and laughed, slamming the cell door shut with a clang. Daring Do stood and dusted herself off with her wings, wincing a bit from the pain of her left one, it would be out of commission for a while, through the bars she could see the three guards go through her saddlebags. One of them noticed her watching. He was an earth pony, taller than most and had an unkept beard. His coat was a brownish gray, though it could be that he was just unwashed for too long, hiding a different color underneath. Unkept guards, Daring thought, in any other city guards would have been pristine, they might aswel be since they were mostly decorative, but this was not just any city, this was Klugetown where being a guard was a synonym to being a henchpony. The pony guard came closer to her cage, leaving his abyssinian friends to sort out her belongings "they say you're pretty tough" the muddy pony said sizing her up. Daring Do didn't respond. "word on the street is you went into Verko's place alone and came out with something of his" he glanced over at her saddlebags. "You don't look so tough to me. Either way you should have known better than to steal from Verko but since he's after you i don't see the harm in getting the stuff. Now you'll spend the rest of your days locked up in here and even if you somehow get out, he'll get you" Daring turned away and examined her cage for any weak points, there was a pile of dirty hay that she wasn't sure if it was supposed to be her bed or her meal or both. "Are you ignoring me?" the guard asked trotting closer to the cage, the light caught the keys hanging from a chain around his neck and it glistened as if to taunt her. Daring calculated the odds and they weren't in her favor but that never stopped her before. She tested her wing and a jab of pain went through her, not yet. "Well well well.." said one of the abyssinians "what do we have here" they must have found the false bottom on her bags. Sure enough one of the cats pulled out something carefully wrapped in a white cloth. The pony guard turned his head to look as they unwrapped it to reveal one of the eight of Mage Meadowbrook's staffs. Not that these moots could tell what it was but it was very intricately carved and very obviously special, which in turn meant expensive. "Perhaps you actually did manage to steal from Verko" the guard said as he turned his attention back to her, but it was too late, this was her chance. One of her hooves connected with his ugly face while the other reached for the keys around his neck. The two cats were too busy examining the staff to react quickly so she was out and and running towards them before they had the chance to go for the cudgels hanging from their belts. The pony from behind her started regaining his composure. She had to make her escape right now. Daring sprang between the two abyssinians as they raised their weapons and grabbed the staff in her mouth. Heading towards the window, she closed her eyes and went through the glass. Some shards tore through her coat as if it was butter, but she's had worse. The problem was she didn't know how high the room was. Once she was sure there were no more shards around, Daring Do opened her eyes to find herself among some tall buildings, rapidly approaching one of the towers, if you could call them that. She clenched her jaw and bit harder on the staff, then opend her wings. Pain instantly stabbing her. There was no way she could maintain this long enough to reach the ground without passing out, so she chose one of the rooftops close to her but far enough from where she escaped and landed there, though crashing would be a more apt description. Klugetown was like a labyrinth with it's many twisted little alleyways. Daring could still hear the uproar from where she was kept, but it would take those goons quite some time to reach her through the ground, enough time for her to dissapear. Daring weaved her way to an abandoned cellar she used as her hiding place. Well that was easy, she thought and then passed out. Author's note: this serves as a prologue and implies a bigger story, but i'm not sure if i'll ever write the whole thing
  14. I lost track of me previous thread so here is a new one of my new art So start the piece that I made once I got my computer back Yeah I designed Script Chime a bit Next is this comic I made based on how interactions with me and my friend usually go Another simple piece I did of my precious Elusive Shadows These three are all request I took a while back the second one is my favorite I did fan are of Parlay which turned out really great the entire thing could have been crap due to the clothing This actually happened to me...I'm not even joking I love the chick who did that by the way My friends can be so evil sometimes I joined a redesign contest and made this I did this simple piece. I mean Script is still edgy right? I did this collab with one of my friends and after doing the outline I let her have a blast with coloring the oc before I gave it to her I did this ponysona meme I wanted to do for a while This is where Script found her bracelets if you want the full story look here Did another piece with Ocean Mist and Dove Petal Please reference the Audition Room comic and finally in honor of Pride Month! I can now have Script Chime spreading gayness like a bisexual chem trail. Anyway I love how this turned out since this also means that this is the first planned and well done piece of Script's new design. I actually love this and this will probably be up there as one of my favorite pieces I've made. Happy Pride Month to everyone!
  15. (edited because I don't like this post anymore)
  16. Hi guys! I had this really neat idea for how to make an Alicorn-OC that was a little bit different from most others in concept and I want to see what you guys think of it. ——————————————————— Name: Mirage the Dreamer Gender: Female Species: Alicorn Cutie-Mark: Crumbling moon (see drawing) Title: Princess of Lost Dreams Represents: Deception, Loss of Innocence Personality: Fixated on her appearance outwards, self-loathing, bitter, perfectionist, pessimistic, harsh self-critic, realist yet remains a dreamer deep down, can relate to others easily, caring, kind, knowledgeable in many fields, has a good eye for small details, seeks acceptance for who she really is but is terrified of ever dropping her fake persona out of fear of rejection, fears loosing her identity after years of pretending to be someone else Likes: Creating/crafting in various ways from woodworking to painting to pottery, interacting with the ponies in the local town, solitude Dislikes: Mirrors, imperfections, her younger sister Belladonna, large crowds, attention, make-up and other beauty-products Powers/Abilities: Illusions that can fool all five senses, telepathy, empathy, higher than average strength compared to other alicorns, teleporting across short distances, turn invisible temporarily, voice-mimicking Backstory: Mirage was the oldest child of the royal family but came out deformed because of a complicated birth. She wasn’t elegant or pretty or even slightly royal in appearance, she was short and compact like a workhorse and her tail was thin with the barest of tufts of hair at the end of it. Embarrassed of her appearance, Mirage’s parents kept her away from the public eye and the poor filly faced almost constant mockery from her younger sister Belladonna who found gleeful joy in all the attention she was getting. Mirage grew up bitter and her self-loathing kept growing as he became older, haunted by thoughts of never being good enough and hating her appearance. She bought copious beauty-products and a variety of potions to try and make herself look better. One day, her parents were pleased to see that she looked somewhat decent and allowed her to join everyone downstairs. She was suddenly the center of attention as many was not aware that there was a second alicorn in the family, causing her to feel incredibly uncomfortable at all the poking and prodding. Jealous, Belladonna tripped her down a short flight of stairs on purpose and panic ensued as the illusion that Mirage had casted around herself fell apart. Her parents were so ashamed of the incident that they cast her out of the family and forbade her from ever stepping hoof in the royal palace ever again as they worked day and night to prevent any damage to their reputation, intending to make the world slowly forget about their former second daughter. Now a lost soul, Mirage wandered from town to town carefully maintaining her disguise and no longer knowing what to do. Years later and all of a sudden, Mirage is suddenly called back to the Royal Palace. It turns out that Belladonna had passed away due to an unfortunate accident and to keep anyone from finding out that the princess was dead, they were now ordering Mirage to use her mind-tricks to take her sister’s place. Bitter and yet knowing that she has nowhere else to go, she is forced to agree and now she is forced to live a double-life as a pony she once hated in a palace filled with nothing but bad memories...
  17. Alright, so I've been drawing for about two weeks and I am in desperate need of some constructive criticism. Now that I'm getting the basics down I'm not entirely sure where to go/what to do now, so I could really use some help! Here's an uncoloured drawing of AJ! It's not perfect, but once again I am pretty new at all of this.
  18. I just recently tried the free trial, and bought Clip Studio pro Here is my first art rawn with that app The character here is Vesper Flare, my ponysona
  19. Hi everypony! I hope you are doing well. I need a little help with my OC. Well, maybe more than "a little." So first things first. I'm still debating on color concepts. I narrowed it down to a bat pony since I think I can relate to being a night owl and can put more love and detail into the character. I want her to be a bat pony. Not a fruit bat pony like Fluttershy was. Though I love her wings. I need help deciding on the wings since both look nice. I've been wanting to do night time / cool color palettes since they make her cutie mark pop, but I don’t want to be another purple pony though. There are already too many Twilight like ponies out there. I’ve tweaked the colors to be a bit of an ombre color effect for a unique look for both coat and hair. The one thing I want to really keep is her burgundy hair. In shorts here is what I want: Keep the Burgundy hair (burgundy can range from a dark purple to red shades) Cool tones Don’t want another purple pony/ twilight clones Here are is a couple images of the ideas I have. I’m switching and swapping colors and win types around on both samples: For base A, she is leaning more towards warmer tones to go with her cutie mark. Her burgundy hair is leaning more to a reddish tone and darker colors. I was trying to steer away from Twilights soft purple coat. I’ve put the bat wings on this one since Luna’s bat ponies seem to portray more bat like qualities. Base B I was going more of a bluish purple for a cooler tone. Both her hair and coat are leaning more towards blue. I added more blue to her hair. I add fluttershy’s bat wings with how pretty they are and with a faint transparency to them like in the show. Last thing I want to talk about is her occupancy. Maybe she can be an artist. Are there such things are graphic designers in the MLP universe? I mean, someone who helps create banners, fliers, labels that go on bottles and glasses. Maybe she can be a freelance artist. I honestly have no idea what kind of job she could have besides being a guard for Luna. I don’t want her to be a fighter really. Here is a bit about her to help with ideas: Personality: A bit of an introvert. Would like to spend her nights quietly on a cloud or in her home. She gets easily stressed out when too many things come her way, which is why she would rather stay away from a lot of ponies if possible or tries to take on one assignment at a time so she doesn’t put too much stuff on her plate. She can also get distracted easily with other things and can lose track of time. She likes to draw, play video games, or watch movies at home. When she does go out, she likes to go to late night cafes, libraries, hiking through forest, or other quiet places with not many ponies. Likes: Quiet nights, music, drawing, gaming, cool breezes, walking in wooded trails in the late evening, animals of all kinds, rainy days inside, hot drinks, and cafes. Dislikes: Loud ponies, crowds, having to do multiple things at once, spiders (anything with a lot of legs really) Cutie Mark: What do you ponies think? Any suggest would be nice since I just can’t make up my mind on which wings or colors I like best. I think more detail about her might be needed, but I'm not sure. Do bat ponies come from Cloudsdale?
  20. Anyone care to give a little critique and/or advice on this? My style of doing things is to eyeball some references, drawing the picture out as a little sketch with a pencil IRL, then scan the drawing and digitialize it via SAI, filling in the colors and details afterwards. In my opinion, this is the most detailed / probably best looking drawing I have done for MLP things, so excuse any slight pride over it
  21. Edit: I'm not actually asking for critique - though, sure, comment anything you like - I just thought you had to chose either 'no critique' or 'critique wanted', and now I can't get rid of it. Hey, I just thought if that if I'm gonna be active on here anyway, I might as well take the time to post some artwork. Also, if you want to avoid the stringent feedback rules here and tell me what worthless garbage I really am, I invite you to my Derpibooru account. Most of my stuff centers around fanfic ideas I had long ago but never made anything out of. What follows is a bunch of OCs from those stories - and I also tried my hand at turning one of the many scenes I've imagined into a comic page, albeit poorly. Pacing is hard. Pony deities from before the tribes united. A classic dysfunctional adventuring party.
  22. So I'd like a little help with Chima here and the head canons surrounding her, just to make sure I tied up any loose ends you know? Specific questions at the bottom of the post. My current favorite is my ponysona/self insert to my version of the canon. Think copying a google doc and adding your own stuff to it. She's more of a fun exercise with my creative abilities and pushing the limits of the lore we're given then anything else. Name: Chima Species: Changeling (Heir) Gender: Female Age: A thousand moons give or take (as an egg)/ barely a year Cuite Mark: Seed of Harmony Some of the species and their effects on her: (these are found when she meets the Young 6 who work these out by appearance alone. It can be assumed there are traits from other creatures, but these are the most notable) Dragon: The horns on her wings and by her ears as well as her stomach plating and tail. She also has the two small horns by her main one and the dragon magic in them makes her spells natural firey. She is immune to fire in the sense that it will not burn her. That said she still feels discomfort (sweating, dizziness, etc.) and famable parts of her will catch on fire, it just tends to go out quickly and won't burn anything away. Griffon: Her front legs are normal horse legs until you get to her plaws. They're like normal cat paws, if the dew claw was a talon. She can pick things up, but any thing requiring fine motor skills is a no go. Her wings are also longer and sharper like a griffon's. Hippogriff: All those long feathers on her wings, back legs, sides of her face and tail. She has difficultly flying because of them, and she mostly just uses her wings to glide and as a boost. Kirin: Kirin horn, tail hair and ears (with feathers at the tips). She can transform into a Nirik and when she does her feathers take on a more blue tone and her hair/fur takes on a more pink one. Pony: Her horn is curved back and thin like an oriental pony (Mistmane's people) and her mane is like a normal pony's. She also has crystal pony traits only show when she is in in the Crystal Empire. When in the borders of the empire she assumes a crystal from no matter what she shifts into Changeling: Despite her looks and abilities, she is a changeling, and has all the abilities of one. She can shape-shift, and feeds on love. She has a thin frame like most changelings, but her feathers and fur make her seem bulkier. Her irises and pupils are typical to a changeling, but much like with Chrysalis, they don't take up the whole eye. Nonspecific Traits: (the young 6 weren't sure where they came from) Her coat: When the young 6 find her they at first conclude she doesn't have any yak traits but Yona objects. She mentions that while Chima's coat is short like a pony's, it's much softer and thicker than all of their's except hers. Cloud Walking: They do quick tests to try and find some less obvious traits and find that she can walk on clouds. Not really a surprise given that most winged creatures are shown being able to do this, they just aren't sure which creature it's from. Personality/FunFacts: -She's shy at first but very eager to learn about everything she can. When shes meets new ponies she's very nervous about the impression she makes but is happy and carefree around the Young 6. -She fears becoming like Chrysalis and doesn't forgive what she did but she still feels love for her mother. She considers both the Spirit and Chrysalis to be her mothers. -Quite clumsy and very apologetic about it. Her tail and wings knock over a lot and when they do she'll curl up into a little ball and hide. -She loves to swim but is very slow and has to set her self on fire to dry in a timely manner. -Because of her thick coat and feathers she prefers the cold even if she can withstand high heat. -Her writing is attrocious. She can't quite get the hang of mouth writing and her tendency to set anything she uses magic on alight makes levitation a no go. She usually just uses her plaws as best she can. ------ So it all starts with my head canon on how changelings survive off love. Basically if friendship is magic, and love is a big part of friendship then love magic must be a thing. I'd say this is supported by a lot of episodes with the changelings in which love does actually manifest magic or make it stronger. So love is an actual type of magic and changelings siphon it from creatures they trick to take back to Queen Chrysalis, who then divides it between the rest of the hive. Because they are giving another creature's love, this doesn't count towards reform. I also think that this is how they maintain their ability to shape-shift. All creatures presumably have a slightly different kind of magic, like a magical fingerprint, and if this is in the love magic it's not unreasonable to say that this diverse range of magic allows changelings to mimic other creatures forms. In a sense, if that creature can love, then changelings can and probably have stolen that love at some point. So what if the exposure to this in their eggs is what gives them that power? What if direct love from another creature, and not the love filtered through grown changelings, could permanently affect the physical form of one still in the egg? When the changelings were first brought into the world I like to believe they weren't intentionally malicious. I assumed that they merely realized they needed love to survive and so giving love was too much of a risk. They wouldn't know right away that love wasn't a finite resource or that they could create it themselves, so their selfish nature came out of fear more than anything else. I mean Chrysalis has stated openly on more than one occasion that it is her duty to protect and feed the hive and that's why she's after Equestria. She snapped when they were all reformed but up to that point it was all about the benefit of her subjects. So I think that way back when, a Chrysalis who loved her people, even if she never gave that love out (If she gave all her love she could run out and starve, then who would protect them?), decided she needed an heir. Someone with her power she could raise to help protect her people or even help lead infiltration on a larger scale. We see how the old changelings are clearly incompetent on their own and the Canterlot invasion required her to leave the hive vulnerable to attack. She selected one of the normal eggs and began to feed it personally. She gave it larger portions of both love and normal magic even going so far as to cast spells onto it. There were probably changelings specifically charged with distributing love among the hatch-lings so they would grow, and this transfer of love from changeling to Chrysalis to changeling to egg (or maybe even more steps) might have helped filter out some of the species specific magic and prevent changelings from taking on traits in their actual form. Now while receiving the less filtered magic did have some effect on Chima I'm not saying that was the source of such extreme differences. That comes from Chrysalis's screw up. So, much in the ways that bees feed a different kind of honey to larvae that will become a new queen, Chrysalis was giving a different kind of magic to Chima, who she had named Sarynxis. Along with just straight up power magic and stolen love magic, she was also receiving the smallest bits of love magic unbeknownst to Chrysalis. Again, I don't believe she is expressly evil at this point, just incredibly focused on the protection of her people at any cost. If she had remained in the Changeling Hive I head canon that the metamorphosis would have happened before any major pony-changeling conflict. What happened instead was that Chrysalis began pouring way too much magic and the little barely formed changeling inside couldn't contain it letting the excess leak out wildly. I mean if a young unicorn can't control their magic how would a Egg? This manifested mainly in the egg repeatedly teleporting itself and other changelings, a fact that Chrysalis disregarded as harmless. Only one changeling, the one tasked with overseeing all of the egg care and a special talent for connecting to the eggs themselves spoke up. She warned the queen that the heir couldn't contain the magic and that she should focus on giving her enough love to hatch, but by this point it was too late. Even though Chrysalis listened and stopped casting spells not all the magic had leaked out. It was at this time that Changelings began coming in with more love than ever before. They had found Equestria and the abundance of love that came with it. Unfortunately for the heir, this love magic came with far more power magic attached that only served to push the Egg's capacity closer to the limit. The straw to break the camel's back was when one particular changeling had managed to trick Celestia into believing she was dreaming about her sister returning. The amount of love he gained was immense and upon his return Chrysalis fed it all to Chima, hoping this would be enough to hatch her. It didn't but the residual magic was enough to spark a burst so powerful that the Egg was teleported far from the Changeling hive, leaving no trace. Chrysalis couldn't sense her, The hatching managers couldn't sense her, not even the one who warned Chrysalis could sense her, and every party sent to find her failed. Chrysalis was furious and in that rage blamed every creature in sight, herself (even if she would never admit to it), the Changeling who brought the magic (he was banished) the hatching managers (all banished save for the one who warned her, she kept her in case she was able to sense the egg again) and most of all, Equestria. Her desire for revenge crossed with the clear gold mine of love that Equestria was lead her to launch her first attack on the kingdom, and then normal chronology follows. As for Chima, the burst of magic was enough to teleport her from land to land not just once but multiple times. Her egg was strange and unnerving, but in each place there was some creature that decided to pull her out of the cold and see what happened. These acts of love weren't enough to help her hatch, as an heir needed far more love than a normal changeling, but it did have a unique effect. As Chima was still in her earliest developmental stage, the direct, willingly shared love from the many different species heavily affected her form. This is where we see the mashup of traits. Her time on Mt. Aris gave her the longer feathers, her time with the Kirin gave her her Nirik form and horn, the time in the Dragonlands permanently changed how her magic works and so on and so forth. She still maintains her ability to shapeshift as a changeling and her increased power as an Heir but the thousand or so moons spent receiving direct love from so many species overwhelms the few she spent in the Hive. Somewhere along the line she pops into Ponyville, with the magic is running out and her getting closer to hatching. Deep in the Everfree forest, the spirit of Harmony notices this and uses it's power to direct her next teleportation to the tree. The spirit sees her need for care along with her potential destiny but also realizes the likely hood that she will not be protected should the ponies find her, given all the Chrysalis has done, and resolves to hatch her itself. Through this she forms a connection to the tree, seeing it's true from (head canon related to a species I made, not really relevant here) and learning how to understand ponish. As she is still in her egg, she's too young to learn anything complex so the Spirit mostly just communicates feelings of love and care to her. She hatches and remains by the tree's side. (I mean no one ever, and I mean EVER looks behind that thing). As an Heir the length of her life stages are another thing that varies greatly from changeling drones, with heirs spending more time as eggs and advancing to the age of the CMC/Young 6 within a matter of days. Avoiding spoilers she is eventually found by the Young 6, and Ocellus is the only one able to communicate with her. This is another head canon of mine; that changelings are born able to speak a language of hisses and such but must be taught ponish. Chima can understand and think in ponish, but cannot speak it, at least not at first. The Young 6 are told by the tree to only introduce her to the princesses and other ponies if they really believe she will be safe and so they agree to keep her in the forest until they think out a plan. She got her cutie-mark when the tree did the thing (the first one) and represents her destiny; to join the young 6 and truly unite the many species and kingdoms of Equestria, she is essentially a walking seed of harmony that will grow off the magic of the elements that manifests through the Young 6 to become what the tree was. In my personal universe she catalyses Chrysalis's reform but that requires a lot of S9 spoilers and is still very work in progress ------ So here's what I need help with; -Are there any lore points I'm directly contradicting? Especially with my head canons because those are integral to making her work. -Are there any things I'm missing? Like is there something that my head canons fails to explain or gaps it fails to fill? -Any ideas for her character? Other species that could come through in her personality or actions? Ponies she would get along with or dislike/fear? -Where should I post her, if anywhere? I understand that it's highly unlikely anyone will allow her in a role play regardless of how much I insist she won't be a power play, but does that mean I can't submit her to the Character sheets?
  23. So I made my first Alicorn OC and was wanting a little feedback on her looks and the small things I got written up as a bio before I keep working on her! Name: Queen Amaranthine or Lady Amaranthine Title: Former Queen of the Isle of Avalon Nicknames: Ama, Warrior-Princess, Our Lady Talent: Fighting, Leading, Strategy Age: 25 Mother: Queen Madainn (Alicorn) Father: King Steelheart (Unicorn) Half Brother: King (Prince) Ferrum Note: She is ninth cousins with Princess Tia and Luna and Candace. Likes: Training, Fencing, Tracking, Spell-Work, Flying, Fighting Practice, Classic Plays, Sweet Drinks, Pastries, Cooking, Fish Dislikes: Dresses, Balls, Fancy Things, Courting Stallions, Dances, Wool, Pushy Beings.
  24. I'm writing a story about a pony's ascension to alicorn status, but I'd like to do it in a compelling way that's not going to annoy the reader/viewer. So far, he's in a Gary Stu situation. Destined to be the first (and currently only) alicorn prince, son of Starlight and Sunburst, well-acquainted with several main characters, and is the apprentice of Luna (who has had to come out of retirement to teach him.) He is not going to rule over Equestria, but he will instead fill Luna's role of helping ponies deal with their nightmares. Perhaps he'll have to deal with a larger threat, or he could become an alicorn simply by learning how to do his task well. I'm not sure which route will be received the best! I was thinking on writing him as someone with depression. Maybe he doesn't want to accept his destiny as the guardian of dreams, and would instead prefer to do something else, like bake cookies or do standup comedy. Maybe he's a chronic procrastinator, or the type of character who compulsively makes everything into a joke to cope with stress. Luna is very serious about her work, and it would cause conflict if her apprentice wasn't interested in or motivated to do the tasks she deems sacred. And, as the only pony who has ever guarded dreams, I'm sure she sees herself as the absolute expert. Alternatively, he could be overly enthusiastic about his new position, and screw things up by making all nightmares into silly, funny dreams instead of dealing with the root of the problem. Maybe he has some sort of nightmare fear of his own that he can't get rid of, and he over exerts himself trying to help others to avoid his own shadow. Once again, not sure which direction is best. Kinda leaning towards him being a bit rebellious, too. His mother and father (and Twilight and "Aunt" Trixie) are all very much intelligent overachievers with important jobs. Maybe they hold our protagonist to strictly high standards, and his dream guardian destiny is only compounding upon his stress. He has big horseshoes to fill, and perhaps he feels intimidated and/or constricted by it all. What tips, critiques, and general feedback do you all have? I really want to sharpen this story and have a well-developed protagonist!