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12:34pm August 25, 2014

vexsketches:

These are all fan art for my favorite artist Earthsong! (http://earthsong9405.tumblr.com/) She has a wonderful AU head canon, and I suggest you check them all out!

Hey hey HEY! Check this out! Fanart of the bodyguard!verse AU! :D These are all very lovely; I especially love the flirty Rarity and flustered Twi one. xD I also REALLY like what you did with her helmet there. I feel a mighty need to draw it now. o.o

Thanks so much for drawing these badboys; I love ‘em! 8D

6:03pm August 24, 2014

earthsong9405:

I’ve actually been asked a couple of times about how I saw the Minotaurs of the MLP world. So, here they are! The way I personally see the minotaur in the world of MLP. The minotaur from the canon show is named Iron Will (big blue guy), while the rest are just random characters I drew to better illustrate the whole thing. However, I have taken to calling the adult female Neo, in reference to her Neapolitan color palette. o3o

These bastards were so much fun to draw, you have no idea. I’ll eventually do more for the other subspecies of the same family, but until then, I hope you guys enjoy this! C:

So with that said, let’s move on to the TEXT OF HEADCANON DOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!!

TL;DReaders may wanna look elsewhere >.>


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The minotaur are a part of of the Taurus family, the classification of the creatures that are seemingly half-primate/half-ungulate. This includes the Satyr, the Faun, and the Centaur as well. The minotaur in general is specifically a creature that is almost exclusively bovine in appearance, however it has the upright stature and overall body build that is similar to an ape.

Appearance:
The Minotaur are relatively tall creatures, the average height  being around 8 ft from head to toe for both genders (females typically end up a tad shorter). In addition to their height, the creature’s body is heavy and sculpted with muscle; this is true for both the female and male. Both genders also grow horns, however it’s possible for the minotaur to simply not grow a set, depending on the individual. I also don’t think the minotaur female would have prominent breasts until they were pregnant (and even then, it wouldn’t be nearly as prominent as an average human female), so the chest of the minotauress here is not that defined for that very same reason.

Minotaurs are covered in a short but dense coat, with the fur from the waist-down usually being more coarse in texture. The coat and mane —like many creatures in this world— can come in a variety of colors and markings. That said, the most common coat color i n minotaurs tend to be blue, tawny,  brown,  red, and green.

The primary locomotion of the minotaur is bipedal, however their arms are long and powerful which allows  quadrupedal locomotion if they so desire. Running on all four tends to be favored, due to how much faster and agile they become. Their hands/paws (either is acceptable) are large and are tipped with claws that are short, but sharp. Both genders harbor sharp canines, although the males tend to get longer “tusks”.


Diet:
Like all of the members of the Taurus family, the Minotaur is primarily an omnivorous creature. However, of the races in this genus, the minotaur actually prefers meat more than herb and leafy foods. Although the structure of their teeth allows them to eat a wide variety of potential foods, their diet typically consists of fish, venison, leafy herbs, and fruits.

The minotaur thrills in the hunt, almost as much as they appreciate a worthy fight; success in hunting is often likened to that of having wit, strength, and the endurance to pull it off. As such, hunting is often used in a coming-of-age ceremony, where young bulls and heifers prove their worth both as individuals and as good tribe mates by bringing back wild game. The minotaur typically hunts solo or with family members (usually no more than two). However, for ceremonial hunts or, say, a family reunion, the hunting party usually increases to about four to six taurs at a time, sometimes more if the hunt calls for hunting huge and formidable prey.

Aside from hunting, the minotaurs rely on crops, gathering, and trading tactics to maintain their rather voracious appetites. They are especially fond of potatoes, lettuce, and bittersweet apples.

Breeding:
The breeding habits of the minotaurs focus very heavily on the courting aspect and relationship basis of a pair. When a minotaur goes looking for a mate, it’s usually for something that’ll be long-term, and not so much a temporary partner for a romp in the hay. If this is what the minotaur is looking for, or if they are looking for someone to rear a calf with but not so much the romance part (aside from just plain adopting), they have a system in which an individual minotaur can put in a breeding request.

As for typical courtship, first let it be known that —in minotaur culture— different sexual preference and orientation doesn’t matter. Nearly the entire country of Taurus completely accepts the fact that every taurus has different preferences in everything, including which gender they are more attracted to (in fact, Taurus is considered the most openly accepting country when it comes to sexual preference/orientation).

When looking for a potential partner, the minotaur generally looks for someone who has proven themselves to be a exceptional hunter, a skilled fighter, and a good level of confidence. Once a particular taur catches their eye, the individual presents their potential-love interest with a gift of sorts (can be just about anything that could possibly prove their worth, such as a catch from a hunt or a hard-to-find stone. Anything. Some are confident enough to ask without presenting a gift) and will formally ask if they could court the other.

On the off chance that two minotaurs are interested in the same potential partner, there is the possibility of the two parties engaging in a formal duel for the privilage of having the chance to court the bull/heifer they are interested in. Whether or not this happens is entirely up to the partner the two minotaurs are interested in courting; If they are interested in one but not the other, then the “court-ee” will simply choose the one he/she’s interested in and that is that. If they are interested in both parties but can’t decide whom to give a chance, or if they simply doesn’t know whether or not they’re all that interested in either of them, THEN the two will have the court-ee’s permission to duel each other.

The duel is essentially a traditional match that is nothing but hooves, horns, and fists, although for the most part it is mostly wrestling and headbutting. The goal isn’t to hurt one another; it’s to further prove to their similar courtship interest that they are competent individuals with the attitude and dedication needed for a potential long-term relationship.

The duel is called off by either the court-ee that they’re dueling over, or when one falls and is too exhausted and battered to get up. The winner isn’t decided by who remains standing though; it’s decided by the minotaur both parties are interested in. Even the one who is on the ground bruised and tired can win the chance to court the “court-ee” if he/she liked what they saw, paired up with what they knows about the duelist. Basically, any factor can be the deciding factor in the match, because regardless of how it turns out, it’s the court-ee’s choice as to whom they will give a chance. However, it should be noted that any underhanded tactics to win the match will automatically “disqualify” the duelist who performed the act. The only way they could possibly get away with this is if the court-ee finds this acceptable, and more times than not, they wouldn’t.

Once a potential courting partner is chosen, and they accept (duel or no), the courtship (basically dating) will go on from there. This can last around two years and more, however it isn’t unheard of if the two parties don’t feel like it’s working or if they’d be more interested in a friendship instead of possible marriage.

Despite their aggressive nature, minotaur relationships often doesn’t end with bitterness .

When two minotaurs become mates, it’s often for life (they have a low divorce rate). When the taurs want to get married, it’s a common tradition that, when asking for blessings, the taur will spar with their significant other’s parents to further prove they are worthy of their offspring’s companionship. Regardless of whether or not the taur wins against the parent, it’s often their determination that settles whether or not they gain the parents blessing. That said, getting the blessing from parents is no longer required in some Minotaur tribes’ society.

A minotauress usually only has one calf at a time, but twins are not unheard of. The baby minotaur can be referred to as “calf”, “cub”, “infant”, or “child”, and are born tiny, fluffy, defenseless, and unable to walk. The calf, however, would be strong enough to grip onto the mother or father’s fur so, if they so choose, they can have their offspring riding their back without fear of them falling. This method is often used only if the minotaur parent is using quadrupedal locomotion, especially if it was to get away from danger.

The calf develops faster than the human baby as well, being able to walk and begin speech at around 6-7 months old.

Behavior:
Minotaurs can be somewhat likened to the behavior of Krogans (from Mass Effect), in that they are a very powerful race that thrives on physical power. They can be aggressive and bold and loud, and are known to settle disputes with their fists (it’s actually a part of their culture that, at the end of every year, every male and female, young and old, settle grudges and quarrels with each other by duking it out with their fists only. After, they go to have a ceremonial feast with each other to start the new year with a fresh and clean slate).

That said, they are not idiots, nor are they mindless brutes; they have a culture that strongly emphasizes the ability to both be able to be your own person and to be able to form strong bonds with your family, mate, and companions.

They are native to the small country by the name of Taurus (shares the name of the species Family/genus), however —like several sentient species— they have branched out all over the world of Gaia, Equestria included. The country, like Zebrica, is very tribe-like in orientation (in which there are many different tribes in the same country), however their government works somewhat like an oligarchy.

Now this part I had a bit of hard time trying to make how their government works in a unique way, so most of this part is off the top of my head. Bear with me here. :/

There is a “council” of sorts (referred to as the Council of the Holds) that is composed the leader and most trusted shaman/elder/representative of each individual “Hold” in Taurus (their are 10 holds in total). Each hold is under the rule of the Alpha (basically a king/queen/president) of Taurus, whom of which could be referred to as the “High Chief” of the country. The requirements to become the High Chief is that the minotaur must be an experienced warrior and hunter, and must be at least 30 years old or older. Political experience isn’t necessarily needed to try to become the High Chief of Taurus, however it is prefered by those in the seats of the council.

Every four years, there is a huge, country-wide tournament held for those who wish to challenge the current Alpha for his/her seat as the High Chief. Only the best of the best will be able to get into said tournament, so in the year before the fourth year of a High Chief’s rule, there is are hold-local tournaments held, in which each Hold has their own competition to determine who will go to challenge the High Chief. These tornaments will determine the candidates’ hunting and battle skill, their ability to adapt, their ability to lead, and whether or not they follow the Code of Honor. Each hold’s tournament will send out two candidates (the winner of the tourney and the 2nd placer winner). This gives the final tournament 20 participaters.

Once the candidates for the 4th Year Tourney has been chosen, they will train for the remainder of the time up until the final High Chief tournament begins. Once said tourney rolls around , 20 candidates will battle each other until there is only one who makes it to the final round. That round involves fighting the High Chief himself/herself. Whomever wins the duel will then be nominated High Chief of Taurus.

However, in the event that the current High Chief is less than satisfactory, those of the Council of the Holds are welcomed to challenge the High Chief to a duel for the title.

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And there ya have it. C: I had bunches of fun sketching these, so I’ll probably end up giving them color in a later update. That, and I’ll eventually do a drabble on the Satyr, Faun, and Centaur as well. But first, I have another species folks have been asking me a LOT about, so I’ll do it first. What is it? You’ll just have to wait to find out! >:3

But until then, if you have any questions feel free to ask. And thanks again for stopping by! Reward yourself a treat for actually reading the entire text, as well; you’ve earned it, buckaroo. ;D

Reblogging because I did some edits, sooooo… here are the edits!

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EDIT: 

-Added colors to the to Iron Will and the female minotaur (now named Neo). 

-Headcanon sections that have been revised and extended: BREEDING and BEHAVIOR.
 

***

3:59pm August 24, 2014
ponynstuff320 asked: Do you wish on putting certain creatures from the comics to: AU? Or your headcanons? (Nightmare Forces, Cloud Gremlins, Chupacabras, Cave Trolls etc.?)

I don’t really read the comics all that much, so whatever occurs in said comics are very unlikely to actually make it to my headcanon or the AUs. There are a few exceptions to that, however, such as Fleetfoot’s cutie mark and eye color, or the fact that Cadance was originally a pegasus before being ascended as an alicorn, but other than that (and a few others I won’t list for the sake of keeping the answer short), not that much.

That said, if anyone interested in writing something for the AU wants to include a creature or such from the comic, then they are more than free to do so.

12:49pm August 23, 2014

I’ve actually been asked a couple of times about how I saw the Minotaurs of the MLP world. So, here they are! The way I personally see the minotaur in the world of MLP. The minotaur from the canon show is named Iron Will (big blue guy), while the rest are just random characters I drew to better illustrate the whole thing. However, I have taken to calling the adult female Neo, in reference to her Neapolitan color palette. o3o

These bastards were so much fun to draw, you have no idea. I’ll eventually do more for the other subspecies of the same family, but until then, I hope you guys enjoy this! C:

So with that said, let’s move on to the TEXT OF HEADCANON DOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!!

TL;DReaders may wanna look elsewhere >.>


—————

The minotaur are a part of of the Taurus family, the classification of the creatures that are seemingly half-primate/half-ungulate. This includes the Satyr, the Faun, and the Centaur as well. The minotaur in general is specifically a creature that is almost exclusively bovine in appearance, however it has the upright stature and overall body build that is similar to an ape.

Appearance:
The Minotaur are relatively tall creatures, the average height  being around 8 ft from head to toe for both genders (females typically end up a tad shorter). In addition to their height, the creature’s body is heavy and sculpted with muscle; this is true for both the female and male. Both genders also grow horns, however it’s possible for the minotaur to simply not grow a set, depending on the individual. I also don’t think the minotaur female would have prominent breasts until they were pregnant (and even then, it wouldn’t be nearly as prominent as an average human female), so the chest of the minotauress here is not that defined for that very same reason.

Minotaurs are covered in a short but dense coat, with the fur from the waist-down usually being more coarse in texture. The coat and mane —like many creatures in this world— can come in a variety of colors and markings. That said, the most common coat color i n minotaurs tend to be blue, tawny,  brown,  red, and green.

The primary locomotion of the minotaur is bipedal, however their arms are long and powerful which allows  quadrupedal locomotion if they so desire. Running on all four tends to be favored, due to how much faster and agile they become. Their hands/paws (either is acceptable) are large and are tipped with claws that are short, but sharp. Both genders harbor sharp canines, although the males tend to get longer “tusks”.


Diet:
Like all of the members of the Taurus family, the Minotaur is primarily an omnivorous creature. However, of the races in this genus, the minotaur actually prefers meat more than herb and leafy foods. Although the structure of their teeth allows them to eat a wide variety of potential foods, their diet typically consists of fish, venison, leafy herbs, and fruits.

The minotaur thrills in the hunt, almost as much as they appreciate a worthy fight; success in hunting is often likened to that of having wit, strength, and the endurance to pull it off. As such, hunting is often used in a coming-of-age ceremony, where young bulls and heifers prove their worth both as individuals and as good tribe mates by bringing back wild game. The minotaur typically hunts solo or with family members (usually no more than two). However, for ceremonial hunts or, say, a family reunion, the hunting party usually increases to about four to six taurs at a time, sometimes more if the hunt calls for hunting huge and formidable prey.

Aside from hunting, the minotaurs rely on crops, gathering, and trading tactics to maintain their rather voracious appetites. They are especially fond of potatoes, lettuce, and bittersweet apples.

Breeding:
The breeding habits of the minotaurs focus very heavily on the courting aspect and relationship basis of a pair. When a minotaur goes looking for a mate, it’s usually for something that’ll be long-term, and not so much a temporary partner for a romp in the hay. If this is what the minotaur is looking for, or if they are looking for someone to rear a calf with but not so much the romance part (aside from just plain adopting), they have a system in which an individual minotaur can put in a breeding request.

As for typical courtship, first let it be known that —in minotaur culture— different sexual preference and orientation doesn’t matter. Nearly the entire country of Taurus completely accepts the fact that every taurus has different preferences in everything, including which gender they are more attracted to (in fact, Taurus is considered the most openly accepting country when it comes to sexual preference/orientation).

When looking for a potential partner, the minotaur generally looks for someone who has proven themselves to be a exceptional hunter, a skilled fighter, and a good level of confidence. Once a particular taur catches their eye, the individual presents their potential-love interest with a gift of sorts (can be just about anything that could possibly prove their worth, such as a catch from a hunt or a hard-to-find stone. Anything. Some are confident enough to ask without presenting a gift) and will formally ask if they could court the other.

On the off chance that two minotaurs are interested in the same potential partner, there is the possibility of the two parties engaging in a formal duel for the privilage of having the chance to court the bull/heifer they are interested in. Whether or not this happens is entirely up to the partner the two minotaurs are interested in courting; If they are interested in one but not the other, then the “court-ee” will simply choose the one he/she’s interested in and that is that. If they are interested in both parties but can’t decide whom to give a chance, or if they simply doesn’t know whether or not they’re all that interested in either of them, THEN the two will have the court-ee’s permission to duel each other.

The duel is essentially a traditional match that is nothing but hooves, horns, and fists, although for the most part it is mostly wrestling and headbutting. The goal isn’t to hurt one another; it’s to further prove to their similar courtship interest that they are competent individuals with the attitude and dedication needed for a potential long-term relationship.

The duel is called off by either the court-ee that they’re dueling over, or when one falls and is too exhausted and battered to get up. The winner isn’t decided by who remains standing though; it’s decided by the minotaur both parties are interested in. Even the one who is on the ground bruised and tired can win the chance to court the “court-ee” if he/she liked what they saw, paired up with what they knows about the duelist. Basically, any factor can be the deciding factor in the match, because regardless of how it turns out, it’s the court-ee’s choice as to whom they will give a chance. However, it should be noted that any underhanded tactics to win the match will automatically “disqualify” the duelist who performed the act. The only way they could possibly get away with this is if the court-ee finds this acceptable, and more times than not, they wouldn’t.

Once a potential courting partner is chosen, and they accept (duel or no), the courtship (basically dating) will go on from there. This can last around two years and more, however it isn’t unheard of if the two parties don’t feel like it’s working or if they’d be more interested in a friendship instead of possible marriage.

Despite their aggressive nature, minotaur relationships often doesn’t end with bitterness .

When two minotaurs become mates, it’s often for life (they have a low divorce rate). When the taurs want to get married, it’s a common tradition that, when asking for blessings, the taur will spar with their significant other’s parents to further prove they are worthy of their offspring’s companionship. Regardless of whether or not the taur wins against the parent, it’s often their determination that settles whether or not they gain the parents blessing. That said, getting the blessing from parents is no longer required in some Minotaur tribes’ society.

A minotauress usually only has one calf at a time, but twins are not unheard of. The baby minotaur can be referred to as “calf”, “cub”, “infant”, or “child”, and are born tiny, fluffy, defenseless, and unable to walk. The calf, however, would be strong enough to grip onto the mother or father’s fur so, if they so choose, they can have their offspring riding their back without fear of them falling. This method is often used only if the minotaur parent is using quadrupedal locomotion, especially if it was to get away from danger.

The calf develops faster than the human baby as well, being able to walk and begin speech at around 6-7 months old.

Behavior:
Minotaurs can be somewhat likened to the behavior of Krogans (from Mass Effect), in that they are a very powerful race that thrives on physical power. They can be aggressive and bold and loud, and are known to settle disputes with their fists (it’s actually a part of their culture that, at the end of every year, every male and female, young and old, settle grudges and quarrels with each other by duking it out with their fists only. After, they go to have a ceremonial feast with each other to start the new year with a fresh and clean slate).

That said, they are not idiots, nor are they mindless brutes; they have a culture that strongly emphasizes the ability to both be able to be your own person and to be able to form strong bonds with your family, mate, and companions.

They are native to the small country by the name of Taurus (shares the name of the species Family/genus), however —like several sentient species— they have branched out all over the world of Gaia, Equestria included. The country, like Zebrica, is very tribe-like in orientation (in which there are many different tribes in the same country), however their government works somewhat like an oligarchy.

Now this part I had a bit of hard time trying to make how their government works in a unique way, so most of this part is off the top of my head. Bear with me here. :/

There is a “council” of sorts (referred to as the Council of the Holds) that is composed the leader and most trusted shaman/elder/representative of each individual “Hold” in Taurus (their are 10 holds in total). Each hold is under the rule of the Alpha (basically a king/queen/president) of Taurus, whom of which could be referred to as the “High Chief” of the country. The requirements to become the High Chief is that the minotaur must be an experienced warrior and hunter, and must be at least 30 years old or older. Political experience isn’t necessarily needed to try to become the High Chief of Taurus, however it is prefered by those in the seats of the council.

Every four years, there is a huge, country-wide tournament held for those who wish to challenge the current Alpha for his/her seat as the High Chief. Only the best of the best will be able to get into said tournament, so in the year before the fourth year of a High Chief’s rule, there is are hold-local tournaments held, in which each Hold has their own competition to determine who will go to challenge the High Chief. These tornaments will determine the candidates’ hunting and battle skill, their ability to adapt, their ability to lead, and whether or not they follow the Code of Honor. Each hold’s tournament will send out two candidates (the winner of the tourney and the 2nd placer winner). This gives the final tournament 20 participaters.

Once the candidates for the 4th Year Tourney has been chosen, they will train for the remainder of the time up until the final High Chief tournament begins. Once said tourney rolls around , 20 candidates will battle each other until there is only one who makes it to the final round. That round involves fighting the High Chief himself/herself. Whomever wins the duel will then be nominated High Chief of Taurus.

However, in the event that the current High Chief is less than satisfactory, those of the Council of the Holds are welcomed to challenge the High Chief to a duel for the title.

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And there ya have it. C: I had bunches of fun sketching these, so I’ll probably end up giving them color in a later update. That, and I’ll eventually do a drabble on the Satyr, Faun, and Centaur as well. But first, I have another species folks have been asking me a LOT about, so I’ll do it first. What is it? You’ll just have to wait to find out! >:3

But until then, if you have any questions feel free to ask. And thanks again for stopping by! Reward yourself a treat for actually reading the entire text, as well; you’ve earned it, buckaroo. ;D

12:30am August 23, 2014
dragon-fly-jones asked: I was wondering if you had a headcanon for minotaur's I looked on your DeviantART gallery and noticed that there weren't any or at least any I could see. My headcanon is that Satyr or Faun's are a sub species of minotaur's and they aren't half bull (or goat) and half man but half ape because humans don't exist in the mlp universe. all bovine's come from the same country (Jorundarfell) as minotaur's.

I don’t have any art up of minotaurs yet aside from a drawing I did of a minotaur calf. Regardless of that, I do indeed have headcanon for minotaurs, I simply haven’t said anything about it yet ‘cause I like to clump it in one post, alongside some drawings to better illustrate the headcanon. Kinda like how I did the Breezies, Seaponies, and Changelings.

Like you, I also have the headcanon that humans don’t exist in the MLP universe, so they’d be half ape/monkey/primate instead. As far as satyrs and fauns go, I think fauns look more like a creature with body of a primate waist-up (with perhaps the addition of horns), and the legs and tail of a goat or deer (I’m leaning more toward deer for the faun).

As for satyrs, I think they’d be more like minotaurs, in that they are almost entirely goat-like in appearance aside from the fact that they are bipedal. They’d perhaps have a longer, maybe prehensile tail, specifically because the original version of the satyr had long tails (tails were horse-like, but whatevs).

I have the headcanon that the centaur, minotaur, satyr, and faun are all a part of the same family, which I’ll probably call it the Taurus family (suggestions are welcome of course). O:

7:50pm August 21, 2014
boss-hoss1 asked: Would a similar sounding word for "Changeling" suffice for BodyguardVerse feral Changelings? Perhaps the old Norse "Scraeling" (savage) would work?

That would work pretty well, I’d think, alongside “locust”. Perhaps Scraeling would be the first given name to them, while locusts is the name commonly used since it could be considered the slang term for them?

Honestly, both works fine, so it’s just a matter of preference for those interested in writing something for this AU. O:

7:48pm August 21, 2014
exodius-white-dragon asked: In the Bodyguards!AU what would changelings be considered? Would they be considered monsters or would they be considered a race of sub-ponies with their own kingdom?

exodius-white-dragon:

earthsong9405:

Well, the changelings themselves aren’t exactly equine, despite their appearance, buuuuuuut I won’t go off on a tangent there. xD For this AU, though… hm… Okay, so this is off the top of my head, so bear with me here. 8O

I’d say they may be somewhat of the equivalent of Skyrim’s Falmer in a few ways. One way would be that there would be two separate versions of them; Those who are no more than mere murderous monsters, and those who are sentient and intelligent beings.

The ones who are now monsters have been driven mad by hunger and lack of proper interaction, and these changelings linger in caves, ruins, or dungeons, while some roam the outside world. These changelings are easily recognizable in their very gruesome appearance (I’m talkin’ like they look almost undead), the lack of intelligence in their gaze, and that they simply attack (in that they don’t even bother to shapeshift anymore). I think they also have a tendency to clump together to form something of a pack (not even a hive, just a basic gathering together), and there would probably be reports of them preying upon a small village and such. Kinda like a group of crazed vampires. o3o

They’d probably be referred to something other than changeling… like… mm.. ghoul? Any suggestions are welcome. o3o

And then there are the actual changelings themselves, the ones that the ghouls(?) are descendants of. These changelings are intelligent and sentient beings, but perhaps they are somewhat an endangered race. They don’t necessarily have a kingdom (perhaps not anymore), but there are still pockets of hives here and there that dot the world. Some hives are simply hostile, while some are docile and more friendly. Regardless of the individual hive’s behavior, though, most of them also remain in hiding or are pretty hard to find, if only to avoid any additional trouble.

Maybe those monstrous changelings could be called Locusts? Ya know, since they always have an unsatisfiable hunger? (Also a tip of the hat to one of the plagues) Or maybe different regions or towns call them different things, like ponies in mountainous regions calling them “cave crawlers” or ponies in coastal regions “land sharks”.

Hmm… I think I like that. “Locusts” could work quite well. O: I can see other villages/towns/regions calling them something else, but I think the majority of them would just refer to them as locusts.

OOOOooOOOoH!

And I just had an idea; perhaps they are called locusts presently is because that was the name given to them when they first began emerging. I’m thinkin’ that starvation and isolation isn’t the only thing that makes a changeling a “Locust”, but perhaps a bit of corrupted magic as well. Something that could have been a result of a False God trying to take over, and perhaps capturing changelings to be forced into their ranks as slaves and cannon fodder via use of corrupt magic. O: That could be the reason there are so many of them, and why changelings now are somewhat an endangered race.

… Maybe. >.>

3:45pm August 21, 2014
exodius-white-dragon asked: In the Bodyguards!AU what would changelings be considered? Would they be considered monsters or would they be considered a race of sub-ponies with their own kingdom?

Well, the changelings themselves aren’t exactly equine, despite their appearance, buuuuuuut I won’t go off on a tangent there. xD For this AU, though… hm… Okay, so this is off the top of my head, so bear with me here. 8O

I’d say they may be somewhat of the equivalent of Skyrim’s Falmer in a few ways. One way would be that there would be two separate versions of them; Those who are no more than mere murderous monsters, and those who are sentient and intelligent beings.

The ones who are now monsters have been driven mad by hunger and lack of proper interaction, and these changelings linger in caves, ruins, or dungeons, while some roam the outside world. These changelings are easily recognizable in their very gruesome appearance (I’m talkin’ like they look almost undead), the lack of intelligence in their gaze, and that they simply attack (in that they don’t even bother to shapeshift anymore). I think they also have a tendency to clump together to form something of a pack (not even a hive, just a basic gathering together), and there would probably be reports of them preying upon a small village and such. Kinda like a group of crazed vampires. o3o

They’d probably be referred to something other than changeling… like… mm.. ghoul? Any suggestions are welcome. o3o

And then there are the actual changelings themselves, the ones that the ghouls(?) are descendants of. These changelings are intelligent and sentient beings, but perhaps they are somewhat an endangered race. They don’t necessarily have a kingdom (perhaps not anymore), but there are still pockets of hives here and there that dot the world. Some hives are simply hostile, while some are docile and more friendly. Regardless of the individual hive’s behavior, though, most of them also remain in hiding or are pretty hard to find, if only to avoid any additional trouble.

10:01am August 21, 2014
ruinsandremnants asked: Hello! I was wondering if you had any Headcanons with regards to the crystal ponies. I myself always had this theory that their hairs had a similar structure to that of a polar bear's, in the sense that they would be hollow but tinted, and would also have a sort of jagged stepladder of keratin inside that would refract light in all directions sort of like a faceted jewel. What do you think?

Hey hey, that’s very neat! I like that theory a lot! O:

As for the headcanon I have on the Crystal ponies, I had a bit of a hard time with it until Shaleclaw helped me out with it, so thanks bro! c:

So this is what was produced (straight from the headcanon book):

While being very much an equine, the Crystal Pony is different enough to maybe be seen as a subspecies of the Equestrian pony. They are somewhat a literal representation of their namesake; living, breathing, feeling crystalline equine. They aren’t necessarily crystals themselves, however they do harbor crystals within their making and biology.

 

Their coats and manes and tails are made of soft, thin, hair-like crystal fibers. Like a pony’s hair and coat, they are soft to the touch, albeit perhaps a little more like the smoothest of silk. The ponies themselves are vaguely translucent, specifically when standing in light, however their body’s workings only allow those to see very slightly through them, not within them; nothing of their internal organs, skeleton, and workings can be seen.


Along side the typical diet of Gaia equine, Crystal Ponies are also able to consume gems and crystals, which they often do. This is due to their bodies needing more nutrients than the usual to maintain its unique properties, as well as needing a substantial energy source for their very vigorous metabolism. Ingesting crystals and gems help their coats and hair stay full with luster and a healthy sheen.

Crystal pony magic is similar to the magic of Earth Ponies, however theirs revolve more around gems and crystals. Their magic is mostly focused in their hooves, in which they release through movement of elaborate kicks and stomps. Another unique ability to the Crystal Pony is to bristle their coats, their magic and their fur’s crystalline properties allowing it to stiffen into a protective hide of hard crystal. It is still possible to harm the pony in this state, however they are much more resilient to damage and their hide and skin are harder to bruise or substantially injure.

C:

12:32am August 21, 2014
Another quick AU doodle, this time of the main pairing of the Bodyguard!verse AU, RARITWI!!! 8D I actually had this finished right after I sketched the one with Shy and AJ, but I didn’t post it up so I wouldn’t just bombard you guys with messy sketches. So here it is now. C:

So as far as these two’s relationship goes, the beginning of it wasn’t all that smooth. They did not argue or anything like that, however Rarity had a little bit of a challenge to get Twilight out of her shell. She almost never broke her formal behavior around Rarity, and even with the queen’s request, it was very rare that Twilight addressed her by anything other than “My Queen, Majesty, or your Highness”. It took a couple of years to finally break Twilight out of that habit, and even then, for the most part she still calls Rarity by her official title. Rarity flirted often with the guard which, to her everlasting amusement, would never fail to fluster the larger unicorn. This was mostly just for play, though, even though Rarity found Twi attractive. Over time, the two of them grew close, and before long they’ve become good friends with one another.

When the actual spark of something more than just a mere attraction happened, neither of them knows, but it happened regardless. The two of them are completely smitten with one another, although how far along their romance is depends entirely on ya’ll.

ANYWAY! This particular piece actually occurs a little after THIS sketch I did.
Both Twilight and Rarity are still suffering from their injuries after the attempted assassination, but they are at least healing. However, the attempt at the Queen’s life has left the kingdom tense and in fear of another attempt soon. So Twilight, despite her stitched wounds still in the beginning stages of healing (she got the worst of the previous attack), dons her armor in preparation to continue carrying out her duty as the primary protector of Rarity. Obviously, the Queen is not pleased with her beloved bodyguard pushing herself like she is, and the two of them get into an argument of sorts. Also, if anyone is wondering, Rarity’s donning the cape to better hide the brace her injured leg is currently in.

Soooo yeah. Another possible prompt or somethin’ for you guys to play with if you’d like. O:

Another quick AU doodle, this time of the main pairing of the Bodyguard!verse AU, RARITWI!!! 8D I actually had this finished right after I sketched the one with Shy and AJ, but I didn’t post it up so I wouldn’t just bombard you guys with messy sketches. So here it is now. C:

So as far as these two’s relationship goes, the beginning of it wasn’t all that smooth. They did not argue or anything like that, however Rarity had a little bit of a challenge to get Twilight out of her shell. She almost never broke her formal behavior around Rarity, and even with the queen’s request, it was very rare that Twilight addressed her by anything other than “My Queen, Majesty, or your Highness”. It took a couple of years to finally break Twilight out of that habit, and even then, for the most part she still calls Rarity by her official title. Rarity flirted often with the guard which, to her everlasting amusement, would never fail to fluster the larger unicorn. This was mostly just for play, though, even though Rarity found Twi attractive. Over time, the two of them grew close, and before long they’ve become good friends with one another.

When the actual spark of something more than just a mere attraction happened, neither of them knows, but it happened regardless. The two of them are completely smitten with one another, although how far along their romance is depends entirely on ya’ll.

ANYWAY! This particular piece actually occurs a little after THIS sketch I did.

Both Twilight and Rarity are still suffering from their injuries after the attempted assassination, but they are at least healing. However, the attempt at the Queen’s life has left the kingdom tense and in fear of another attempt soon. So Twilight, despite her stitched wounds still in the beginning stages of healing (she got the worst of the previous attack), dons her armor in preparation to continue carrying out her duty as the primary protector of Rarity. Obviously, the Queen is not pleased with her beloved bodyguard pushing herself like she is, and the two of them get into an argument of sorts. Also, if anyone is wondering, Rarity’s donning the cape to better hide the brace her injured leg is currently in.

Soooo yeah. Another possible prompt or somethin’ for you guys to play with if you’d like. O: