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Preview: Pony Royalty by Earthsong9405 Preview: Pony Royalty by Earthsong9405
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Now featured at Equestria Daily, it seems. o3o
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Another preview for you guys from Requiem, made special all thanks to good ol' :iconvolcanico:!

As you all know, he made my last "preview" of the Mane 6 look positively amazing. And he's done it again with my sketches of the royalty of MLP! I mean, JEEZ! I literally squeed and clapped my hands like a child. I have no shame. I:

I highly recommend taking a look at this guy's gallery! DO EEEET! D8
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So I'm pretty sure those of you who actually follow my stuff will know where the sketch came from; the "pony royalty test" thing. Wheeeelp, I liked it enough to get it colored, as you can see. c:

And before anyone asks, I only did the royalty that had horns and wings as a bit of a comparison. And Twilight Sparkle isn't included here because, in Requiem, she doesn't ascend into becoming an alicorn, ONLY because the story was made before season 3. o3o

SO! Let's move on, shall we, to a quick description of our lovely ladies:

In my headcanon, Princess Celestia and Princess Luna are, by definition, ponies. But because they harbor an exceptional amount of magic from all three breeds, they could easily be considered a sort of subspecies or simply demi-gods. To most of their subjects, they are gods, even though that isn't true. The only thing they are immortal to is age, but they are still able to die from outside causes. It's actually managing to kill them is the trick.

Because several people keep asking me, I've decided to add this in too: In my headcanon, as Luna grows more power she begins looking more and more like a creature of the night. This is turn will have her gaining a hybrid between bat-like wings and bird-like wings, fangs, slitted pupils, and tufted ears. To put it simply, when she reaches her peak she will look similar to NMM, only you can easily tell that she is NOT corrupted and that there are still some differences to her and NMM's overall appearance.

Princess Cadence, on the other hand, IS NOT AN ALICORN in my headcanon (all caps because I can't emphasize that enough. o3o ). She is a winged unicorn (can be called a pegacorn, horned pegasus unicorn pegasus), which possess a horn and wings, but do not possess the powers of an alicorn or their immortality to aging. Winged unicorns are not rare, but they don't happen too often either, and are not always born into royalty (or become royalty). Winged Unicorns harbor the magic of a unicorn and a bit of magic of a pegasus, and earth-pony genes ARE needed somewhere in the family tree in order for this sort of pony to be born, but it's nothing close to god-like.

Cadence is a special case, where her magic is a bit stronger than a normal Winged Unicorn, and she even harbors a tiny level of Earth Pony magic; perhaps it's because she's blood-kin to the princesses. But yeah.

HOWEVER, I'm beginning to fall into the headcanon of where Cadence follows the more canon path of how she was originally a pegasus, but was "Ascended" into an alicorn. This is where I have the headcanon that she is an "artificial" alicorn, where she gains the magic of all three breeds but no where near as close to the level Celestia and Luna have (the sisters are born alicorn in my headcanon). And even as an artificial alicorn, she isn't immortal, although her lifespan has expanded. And because she was originally a pegasus, her strongest magic resides in pegasus magic.

As for Chrysalis, you all know she's a changeling. The way I see it, the Changelings are some sort of... I dunno, sub-species of ponies, so they look sort of like them, but they're actually more related to reptiles than ponies (sorta like the hyena; it sort of looks canine but it's more related to the Herpestidae, the mongoose and such ). They lay cluches of eggs and are perhaps cold-blooded (I haven't decided if they were or not), but have the behavior that resembles a hive mind, where they worship and work for one single Queen at a time.

Changelings have something of their own identity, in that they can have slivers of personalities and quirks and different appearances, but its in their very being to CRAVE being one with their queen. As in, they don't really want individuality, only to be as close to their queen as possible. That doesn't stop the fact that some queens are more popular than others for various reasons.

Anyway, Chrysalis. Where as most queens often see their hive as simply pawns in whatever they so desire, I see Chrysalis as one of the few queens that actually harbor a respect and care for her "subjects". That's probably one of the reasons why she's so popular to her particular hive. That, and perhaps because she isn't stupid. o3o

Buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut yeah. I'll put more up later, but for now ask away if you have any questions. c: And thanks for stopping by to take a look. ^.^
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KumoriWind Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015
I can't believe I didn't fave this before now! :)
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cartmen2882 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
You have really inspired me with drawing ponies. I've started sing your drawins as references. :)
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! C:
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CrabbyKarkat Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014   Artist
This is really well done :3
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks! :3
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CrabbyKarkat Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014   Artist
You're welcome 
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LJ-ATCTION-360 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
love ChryssyLove 
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks! c:
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arigato9000 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
So Luna becomes a Nightbreed(bat pony).
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
No, she's just an alicorn with a unique wing design. Ponies with bat wings do not have the same wing-type as Luna does.
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arigato9000 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Oh, ok. Thanks for clearing it up. I love Nightbreed Pegasi(my name for them) and think that Sombra was a Nightbreed Unicorn who lost the ear fluff.
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Ask-Yellow-Linkette Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
This explains a whole lot, in Cadence's paragraph, about Flaringstar. She was born as a pegacorn but contained NONE of the magic the two rulers of her world have and well... she's mistaken as a alicorn and called 'princess'. She had no magic nor flight when she was younger and she practices. Wouldn't that be considered as a pegacorn? e3e
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
To be honest, this headcanon is old, and some of it is obsolete. Specifically, the headcanon that Cadence was a pegacorn is obsolete, especially after learning about her original origin as a pegasus and seeing how Twilight had been transformed into an alicorn. She and Cadence are "ascended" alicorns, or ponies that were originally a different breed that was transformed into an alicorn by a naturally born alicorn (in this case, the sisters).


That said, a horned pegasus, a winged unicorn, and a horned and/or winged earth pony do still exist and occur occasionally, although they are now more of a harmless birth mutation than anything. However, regardless of having additional parts to the body (horn, wings), the pony with this mutation will still have magic, as all and every creature in Gaia harbor magic. The problem here is, if this Flaringstar is not able to perform magic at all, then she would be experiencing a birth defect in my headcanon, regardless of what breed she is.
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Ask-Yellow-Linkette Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Well, Flaringstar was born without magic or flight which meant she had to learn how to fly and use magic properly. But in my story, she can't fly or use magic which means that she has to practice until she can actually do it. And like I said, she's mistaken as an alicorn princess when she really dislikes the idea of 'royalty' and 'subjects'. She's more of a... war/battle pony. Another thing, her gramps is a funny guy if you want to read the story and figure out what I mean by how she was born.

I understand what you mean by that now. But by the two royals, in the story, there's actually a King and Queen... I'm spoiling too much lol.
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MusicArtPokemonPonys Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
isn't Cadence a artificial Alicorn? she was a Pegasus in one of those MLP comics
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is a VERY old headcanon, before I found out Cadance was a pegasus and before we saw how Twilight was ascended. So yes. She is an "Ascended" alicorn.
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MusicArtPokemonPonys Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
ohhh sry
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candlelight7 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
they look so badass La la la la La la la la La la la la La la la la La la la la La la la la La la la la La la la la La la la la La la la la La la la la La la la la La la la la La la la la La la la la La la la la La la la la La la la la La la la la 
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you. x3
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candlelight7 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
np :3
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MusicArtPokemonPonys Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Chryssy, look AMAZING!!!
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JoeBreakdancer Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Fucking epic, nice work there! :)
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks. :3
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D3RPsezD3RP1 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
maybe cadence would go through what twilight did. like not a born princess but turned into one...wait is that what your trying to say?
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Of course. Although this is really old. I've already done an updated image of this with updated headcanon.
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D3RPsezD3RP1 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
ok. :D
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Winged--Maned--Wolf Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the way u you did Cadence
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks. c:
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supercat82 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
I really like your designs of the ponies. Excellent!
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks. x3
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supercat82 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
You're welcome! :)
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SydneyitsSydneyYo Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing!!!
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you. c:
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icedude1994 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
i see those wing types are celestia = swan, luna = bat admit it those bats are cute bastards, chrysalis = insects, and finally cadence = a pretty nightingale and their personallitys reflect it too swans are motherly beautiful and elegant bats are thoughtful and direct insects are cunning and deceving the more strenght than average kind of deceiving and nightingale pretty amd smart on mind and body agree anypony/body?? :3
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Celestia's wings would be pretty swan like in nature. Luna's wings are actually a mix between bird and bat. Chrysalis and Cadence's wings are pretty much what you said.
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icedude1994 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
well my ancestors are hunters after all so i have a knack of identifying animals and i only seen wings spread like that by swans and the base before the leadery wings on the bat wings do have fur so yeah bird
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BleedingAutumn Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm also EXCEPTIONALLY curious to your take on the genetically born crystal ponies ;u; I imagine you have your own head canon additions and such to them and I'm sure myself and many others would love to see!

(Also your take on usual changelings too!)
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Hmmm... That's... actually a good question. To be quite honest, I didn't really fully think about the differences of the Crystal ponies. Like... it was there in my mind, but I didn't really pay attention to it.

Now that you mention it though, I'm definitely gonna headcanon them. You'll see something about them soon enough. :3 As for Changelings, I already have a bit of a headcanon on them, but it still needs more development. If you want, I can tell you what I have so far. o3o
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BleedingAutumn Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I will be waiting patiently for that to come along ;3

As for your concept on changelings thus far, I would love to hear it!! ouo
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Alrighty! :3

Well, so far for my headcanon, changelings are large reptilian like creatures that resemble ponies and also harbor some insect-like features. They may be a variant of mythical equine, like the hippocamp or kirin, but no one really knows for sure. For simplicity's sake, let's say that they vaguely related to ponies, but that's about it.

The changelings are typically larger than ponies, averaging in at 5 ft tall at the withers. A queen can range from size to size, but they're typically bigger, around 7ft to 8ft tall. Chrysalis, especially, being taller than Celestia herself (whom is a little over 9"ft at the withers). Appearance wise, the changeling, as said earlier, has an appearance similar to an equine, but their faces also have a slight similarity to that of a snake (they even have very long, prehensile, forked tongues). Their bodies are completely armored scales that seem like chitin, and underneath it is an extra layer of leathery, tough skin; the softest part of their bodies is their underbellies. The wings, while similar in build like a dragon, are always insect like in nature, but their appearance can differ from changeling to changeling. The most common appearance is specifically a dragonfly's wings. The veins that are visible due to the thin membrane of the wings only make it look more like an insects wing (including a slight shine to the wing itself). The wings and eyes can come in different colors, cyan and green being the most common. They'd have long, pointed ears, and their tails can be similar to hair, or similar to fins. They have a venomous bite, and their teeth are situated in the jaw similarly like a pony's, only they are much longer and sharper. They have more teeth, too, and said teeth will grow back if lost

It isn't uncommon to see a changeling with some mutilation to their bodies; it's actually a characteristic of them. A changeling typically has rips and scars all along their bodies, included their ears, wings, and faces (the skin there, if dry and brittle, rips there when stretched).

The holes in their legs reveal the bone and muscle-structure, and their "hooves" extend with claws. These claws spread when the leg is supporting weight. 

Now, a changeling's diet is a peculiar thing. The changeling is omnivorous but highly prefers meat over herb-based food, but like a vampire, solid foods can only sustain a changeling for so long. Their primary source of food is Love, although a changeling can feed off of any sort of emotion. Love is the most preferred because it is positive in nature and very nurturing, which in turn provides the nutrients needed to sustain a changeling. A changeling will not feed itself with negative emotions, because it has no nutritional value to the creature, as well as the fact that the changeling experiences the after-effects of the emotion they feed on (for example, positive emotions, such as love and happiness, gives them a warm, sated feeling. Anger gives them the warmth but it isn't the same, it's the type no one really wants. And hatred and depression just gives the changeling a piercingly cold, very empty feeling they cannot stomach.)

There are several ways to obtain Love for the changeling. The most ideal and rewarding method is to befriend and care for another that isn't a changeling. Two changelings can survive by living off of each other's love, but it isn't nearly as nutritious or as sustaining as the love of another creature. Any type of love will do, from platonic to romantic to family to friends to community. This way, it is rewarding to both parties, as both the source of love and the changeling share a mutual emotion and the source of the love will not feel any harmful effects. Sadly, this method isn't used very often because changelings, before Chrysalis, have only known "Find a pony, impersonate a loved one, and steal the love".

The second method was the most common, and that was to shapeshift into a love one of a creature and steal the love. This a very parasitic method and is harmful to the source of love (in this cause it's called the Host), slowly draining them of their life force until they are nothing more than mindless shells of their former selves, sometimes even death. It's possible to revert the victim back to their original state of mind through extensive magic rehab, but they will never be fully the same and suffer from the inability to fully trust anyone completely anymore.

The third method isn't as common, but often used by rogue changelings living away from civilizations. This method has the changeling literally hunting and preying on anything that moves, paralyzing it with it's venomous bite, and quite literally sucking the love out of their prey with magic. This is the most crude method and, as such, doesn't really yield rewarding results (the amount of love they received from this method is about a third of what they get if using the first two methods) Only the completely, truely desperate changelings without a hive will resort to this, often with wild animals. It isn't a common occurrence, since all changelings know the second method yields far better results, but there has been a few reports of ponies being attacked in this fashion by hunger-crazed changelings (being a part of the hive is what helps keeps a changeling sane. If it isn't in a hive (this can be in the form of a literal hive, friends, family, or even community) and is starved, then it will eventually go insane). 

There are several other ways, but I'll get into that when I expand a little more on it later.

A changeling that's well fed often times don't have that many scars and rips as they heal much faster, their bodies are almost as full as a pony's (they still remain lean like that of a predator, but they don't look like their starving at all), and their armor has a healthy gloss to it. When their faces contort and stretch, their skin will not rip, and the holes in their legs aren't as prominent, although they will remain. However, if a changeling is hungry and without steady sustenance, it'll begin to look like the changelings we say in the canon show. Skinny, thin enough to see its ribs, the face sunken in, and the skin so brittle that it tears easily when stretched. The holes on its legs are more prominent as well, and have the tendency to bleed. The more underfed a changeling is, the worse its condition will be.

And finally, the matter of Chrysalis. I have the headcanon that the whole thing about the wedding was a very desperate attempt to get some proper sustenance for herself and her subjects, and it wasn't done out of pure spite. Queen Chrysalis isn't stupid, nor is she evil, but she was so blinded by hunger and the desire to feed her hive properly so they won't starve to death drove her to make a terrible decision.

After the failed coup, Chrysalis and the remaining survivors of her hive hid away from ponykind while Chrysalis herself did some serious thinking. I'm thinking that, maybe a little after Twi's coronation, she requests a meeting with the princess sisters, which they will hesitantly accept. The meeting generally has Chrysalis surrendering herself in hopes that her hive would have a possibility of being integrated into society and given a steady food source without the negative effects. They discuss the first method I mentioned above, and they eventually come to a tentative agreement that a few changelings, including Chrysalis, will stay in a controlled area (perhaps with animals that can be pets) as a test. It will yield successful results, and from then on they take slow, cautious steps in integrating the changelings into their society.

Another way I can see that working out is having Celestia and Luna allow Chrysalis and a few other changelings to disguise themselves as completely different ponies that are non-existent (basically creating a persona for themselves) and living among other ponies under their surveillance(maybe Ponyville). They're tasked with making relationships: get a pet, make friends, and try to blend into the community without forcing anyone to give them their love. It becomes a success and they move on from there.

Whew! That's what I have so far. You'll have to forgive that last few bits with Chrysalis though; I haven't figured out how she'll make amends with the princesses yet so that changelings will eventually be a part of their society. I'm still working on it though. c: And sorry for the large wall of text there. D:
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BleedingAutumn Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No worries whatsoever! I loved reading it! it's certainly a much different headcanon than most who deem the Changelings irredeemably evil and spiteful monsters!

I really really enjoyed reading it x3 almost makes me wanna make a changeling character x333
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I'm glad you enjoyed it! :3 I personally couldn't really get behind the whole "HGrgahdfrah changelings are evil herpaderpderp!" It never really felt like the attack on the wedding was spitful, and almost had a desperate air to it. Or maybe that's just me overthinking, but whatevs! x3

And if you do make a changeling character, I'd love to see it! Your artwork is beautiful. c:
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BleedingAutumn Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Some headcanons I do admit pull off the evil changeling theory well, but it becomes a little too common an assumptions nowadays save for one or two really interesting one.

Hush you~ I haven't got nothing on your art, I spend hours looking at your wonderful takes on the MLP species! 
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NektannNeightyFour Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
I liked it when Luna had feathered batwings. But hey, your canon. And I like Celestia and Luna being born Alicorns. Or has that been contradicted by season 4?

A Queen Chrysalis actually caring for her Changelings is something I love. Makes her more than just some big baddie with a horde, and contrasts her establishment as an insectoid creature.
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
She does have feathered batwings, even here. It simply isn't shown very well.

As for Celestia and Luna being born alicorns, it actually hasn't been contradicted yet because they haven't really shown much about them other than what happened when Luna turned into the Nightmare. They might delve deeper into their origin and past, if the premiere was any indication, but we'll have to see. Until then, while I like the idea of them being born alicorns, no one really knows whether or not they were. Celestia and Luna won't reveal it (it isn't known if they simply can't remember themselves or simply refuse to share the information), but the ponies have several speculations and beliefs about their origin, especially in their religion.


And Chrysalis never did seem like a completely evil antagonist to me. Obviously what she did isn't excusable, but it felt more like her acting out of desperation to feed her subjects instead of just pure "oh, I'ma take over Equestria hahahahaha".
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NektannNeightyFour Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
One fanfic I like that explores changelings is Love Mine;thankfully, it's not finished, so it sptheres more room for it to explore.
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KittyKat708 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
Amazing! :D
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks. c:
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DeeJay1993 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
I love how you gave Luna bat wings 
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Thanks. c:
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