Aw man, it’s been an exhausting day today, and I have an inkling that tomorrow will too. So, I drew these doodles a few minutes ago to help me just relax a bit. Just some… Ref pics?? I guess they’d classify as ref doodles, so let’s go with that. Ref doodles of soldier!Twilight and Queen!Rarity from that plotbunny RariTwi AU sketch I did earlier. I’ve grown really fond of it in a very short amount of time, and these two wouldn’t leave me alone, so I went ahead and played with the idea.
So for this particular AU, Twilight and Rarity would appear slightly different from how I picture their canon counterparts. Twilight has a body that’s more taken to the shire gene in her family than canon Twi, making her taller and a little more fuzzy. Years of fighting and rigorous training has made her form muscular and, while she isn’t nearly as big as Applejack, she’s certainly formidable in physical strength. Pair that with her magical prowess, and you’re dealing with something very deadly. She also has a few scars on her body, some so faint you have to really squint to see, and some you can easily spot. The worst wound she’s had is the one on her chest: impaled by an enemy unicorn’s horn, who attempted to stop her heart with a magical burst with their horn still deep in her chest. As a soldier, she keeps her hair short for practical reasons.
As for her personality, I think it’d be relatively the same, however it is hidden underneath a serious, commanding exterior. Despite her prowess as a soldier, she hasn't given up her love for knowledge, and she reads whenever she has the time to do so. In fact, it’s because of her intelligence that make one of the most dangerous soldiers in Rarity’s ranks. Some of you have asked whether or not she still has her knowledge, but please remember that being a soldier doesn't mean you lack intelligence. :/
In contrast, Rarity would have a bit more of a slighter form than how I see her canon counterpart. Her mane is longer and often done up in a ponytail, but much of her appearance remains the same. She likes to wear extravagant cloaks and capes, but despite her tastes for the lush and fashionable, her royal wear is actually pretty humble. All she tends to wear, minus the cloak, is a tiara and a relatively simplistic… necklace thing (I can’t remember what they’re actually called at the moment). Aaaaaaand she just loves to flirt it up with her socially inept bodyguard. C:< As for her personality, I think she’d be more of a flirt in this AU, and she can also cut a very authoritative figure when she needs to. Other than that, like Twi, her personality is relatively the same. Being queen, however, her love for fashion and making things may be a little more of a hobby/side thing since, you know, running a country is very time consuming. She doesn't have as much time to indulge in the many things she loves and, as such, probably makes her more stressed than her canon counterpart, but she’d probably be able to handle said stress better.
So this AU has the possibility for several different factors, but I’m particularly fond of the ideas where Equestria is united and not separated by breed, however they are ruled by Rarity. Aaaaaaand because I want the entire Mane 6 (and CMC) present, they all play roles in this AU as well (**cough AppleDash and PinkieShy cough**).
So far I have:
Fluttershy (Royalty and best friends with Rarity)
Pinkie Pie (Jester?? Of Fluttershy’s court? Or perhaps a servant?)
Applejack (a Captain of the guard/ one of Rarity’s trusted generals?)
Rainbow Dash (Fluttershy’s personal guard)
Spike (Twilight's squire?)
I dunno how the princess sisters would play out in this particular AU, so I guess that’s up for interpretation. Also, suggestions for the AU are more than welcomed. C:
And I think that’s it for now. As always, feel free to ask questions. And thanks for taking a look at my work! :3
Great pics though. Wonderful designs and style with beautiful detail.
And I like this idea ^^
I have an idea for the princesses' roles... Maybe Celestia and Luna can be Spirits that live on Earth, like Discord and all the other major villains (except Sombra who is a mortal). They still control the Sun and the Moon, but they aren't rulers. I think Cadence can still be a princess (maybe Rarity's cousin or something) and married to Shining, but is a pegasus.
But, yeah, I'm not very creative when it comes to AUs. ^^"
As for the sisters, I actually settled on the idea of them being something of living deities or actual goddesses whom live far from the ponies (perhaps one of the highest peaks in Equestria). They'd be worshiped as gods, and they only show themselves to those they deem worthy. And they still are as powerful (if not more so) as their canon counterparts, as well as having power the sun and moon. The event of Nightmare Moon wouldn't have happened either, I don't think.
As for Cadence, I think I'm going with her not being a princess but is still royalty (kinda like Fluttershy is in this AU). However, she enjoys being in the field more alongside her husband, Shining Armor, and is a renowned doctor. She's also a pegasus, indeed. And no worries! Half the fun with AUs is the brainstorming part. C: