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Once again, a preview for Requiem. :3 This time, I present to you the Diamond Dogs. I drew up three of the several varieties of them, just to give a little taste of how I view them as far as appearance goes... at least, the ones who are intelligent.

So, in Requiem's universe, the Diamond Dogs also don't have a country of their own, spread across the world and can be found in nearly every state. However, unlike the griffons, the intelligence of the Diamond Dog varies. While a good portion of them are intelligent and rather cultural, there are others that have the mentality of a mindless beast and nothing more. These feral Diamond dogs are often untamable and extremely aggressive, attacking anything that moves, even those of their own kind if they aren't in their packs.

Because of this, the Diamond Dog often face prejudice and disgusted fear, of which is often unfairly given. The Diamond Dogs in Equestria are treated as equals and actively serve as citizens of the country, but in some countries, they are either treated like a wild animal or a second-class citizen, no matter if they are feral or not.

As for the species as a whole, their appearance can vary. It's common place for those in Equestria to resemble Mastiff-type canines, while in Collambia they often resemble working/herding dogs. Diamond Dogs in Zebrica look a lot like our every day Hyena. But these are a few examples of many types.

In my headcanon, the Diamond Dog is a relatively large animal, though they can vary in size like they did in canon. Their body structure is somewhat similar to our real-life gorilla, only with longer arms and a more curved spine. Their appearance can vary depending on the sex, as well, where males often always have tusks/sabre teeth while females may not (it IS possible for them to have them, though). Males are often large, or at least bulky and stocky in build, while the females are slender and the curve in their spine isn't as extreme when they hunch.

And because I've been asked about it, I'll put the explanation here so everyone can see. The appearance between the sane and intelligent Diamond Dog differs very highly from the feral and mindlessly blood-thirsty Diamond Dog. The feral ones look more like they do in the canon, albeit a bit more... ferocious and insane. So it's pretty easy to tell when a Diamond Dog is civilized and smart, and if one is completely dangerous and should be killed on sight (sort of like the Ghouls and Feral Ghouls from Fallout 3). But despite that, the civilized and reasonable Diamond Dogs still face quite a bit of racism. :c

Now, for the characters:

-Telon, Diamond Dog bodyguard to the democratic leaders of Collambia. As a call-back/parody that touches on how herding dogs often act as protection to herds, these diamond dogs often act as a special force of soldiers that protect the residents of this country (which, in majority, are llamas and sheep/lambs.) This Diamond Dog is old, grizzled, and wise, but often very set in the old ways. He is the father of his second-in command, his daughter Fang.

-Hyena Diamond Dog without a true name, but the village he resides in calls him "He With Large Teeth", or Tusks as a nickname. One of the few Diamond Dogs who isn't treated as a wild animal in this country and is allowed to live among the tribes, he was raised by the local Shaman from puphood. He acts as a guardian protector to the village he resides in. Twilight Sparkle once met him when aiding the Zebrican nation in their war several years ago.

-Fang, Diamond Dog bodyguard and the second in command in Telon's squad. Smart and with a wit as quick as her tongue, she often gets into arguments with her father about how things should be approached. She's willing to do something new or different if it has the chance to work, and with the world changing so fast, she's worried her father's ways will one day get him killed... if their job doesn't do so first, anyway.

But yeah, these are all minor characters in the story, too, mainly Shining Armor's side-plot. So I hope you all like it. ^.^

Also, Merry Christmas, everyone! And if you don't celebrate Christmas, then Happy Holidays! c:
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grisador Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015
Wow...This is Just so Great and Right !   excited happy


Finally seeing Diamond Dogs in a Drawing; so much epicness !  :happybounce: 
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you! Although this image is pretty old, but I actually have a more recent deviation that fully features the Diamond Dogs in my gallery if you're at all interested. :3
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grisador Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015
You are very much Welcome ! :D

I am going look at it right now and Thank you for such awesome art and Headcanon :D
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Gwalt88 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014
I actually made diamond OC recently. But my style is a bit cartoonish so I don't know if you would like that sort of thing. But awesome concept though. :3
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Gwalt88 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 2, 2014
Lol true true :3
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
A "Cartoonish" style doesn't bother me; otherwise I wouldn't have been able to get into animation in general. xD
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Julesworld99 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Student Writer
But Hyenas aren't a member of the canine family...
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Doesn't mean Diamond Dogs are gonna have just dogs in the species.
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Julesworld99 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Student Writer
They're called Diamond DOGS for a reason
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Yes, but they're also NOT real. So if I think there's a subspecies of diamond dog that is more hyena than dog, then there is. If you don't agree with that, that's cool, but we'll just have to agree to disagree.
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Flamebeacon Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
Though he is right about Hyenas not being part of the canine family they do behave like canines. Plus, Hyenas are cool and i love the way you drew him.
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Flutter-SHED Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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Frostbite365 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I absoluetly LOVE practicly everything you draw, this one is in my top favs though. You can make them look like buff, ruthless creatures, like they were in the episode, but still keep that realistic dog look to them. Each different character you draw has a completely unique face, and you somehow still keep their personality perfectly portrayed. I don't know how you do it, but its amazing. Like I was saying before, I really love this peice because their are all uniqe in their own way, in size, muscle, face, ect.
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks! I'm glad ya like it! ^.^
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EmberWolfHeart Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist
Nice drawings of the different types/breeds of diamond dogs
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks, although this one isn't too good in comparison to the second version of it. I may end up deleting those one or at least redrawing the characters, to be honest. o3o
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EmberWolfHeart Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist
Well, they're still pretty good though and you're welcome
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spyrofan923 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
The one Diamond Dog in the middle reminds of a colossus from Shadow of the Colossus. I forget which one tho. With that said, you designed them amazingly! Job well done. Eagerly looking forward to Requiem.
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Lol, that's kind of cool. xD

And thanks! Also, this is actually the older version of the Diamond Dogs. I refined the way they looked, including the one in the middle, as seen here:
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Velgarn Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
More Monsters, aw yeah!
Diamond Dogs are my favourite monsters of MLP.
Still i think they would have a more cruel and feral appearance, or maybe those are good dogs.
Also i want to see the little ones and the biggers!
Well done, once again!
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks! :3 They would be more feral in appearance, but these are the ones who aren't blood thirsty, mindless beasts. Like the ghouls from Fallout 3 (if you've played the game), it's pretty easy to tell which is intelligent and still very human despite their appearance, and which is a feral, mindless creature you should avoid.

Same concept here. C Hmm... I may end up drawing a few of the rabid, feral Diamond Dogs just as a comparison. o3o
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Velgarn Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
On second thought... Diamond Dogs have Cat-Like eyes, if you notice D:
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Indeed they do. :3
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
Well done.
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks. :3
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Might be a bit different from these Diamond Dogs
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Diamond dog 1: That was some fancy shooting!
Rarity: You call that shooting! Now this is shooting!
*Kills 4 Diamond dogs with a ricochet shot*
Diamond dog 1: *whines in fear* Ok Pony do not kill any more of my friends!
Rarity: My name is not "Pony", you may call me Rarity or Ms. Rarity.
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GwynnethSasaki Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This Diamond Dogs are so awesome specially the one from the middle X3
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you! ^.^
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GwynnethSasaki Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome! :icondummydanceplz:
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The-OMG-Cat Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
The one on the left looks slightly Disneyesque.... i dunno *derp*. Talking of derps, will Derpy Whoves(?), and/or Dinky, and/or Timeturner be in this fic?
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
The one looks Disneyesque because I drew him while studying preliminary sketches of the Beast from Beauty and the Beast from Glen Keane. c: I love the Disney style, especially how they express their faces (particularly the eyebrows and eyeshape) so don't be surprised if anything from my stuff looks a little Disney.

...Actually, I'm surprised you caught that. I didn't think I pulled off trying to mix my style and disney style well enough. o3o

As for Derpy and Dinky, they will be in the story. Timeturner... if you mean Doctor Whooves, then yes.

Although, all of them will have minor roles in the story, nothing prominent. Now, in Infectious those three have a more important role. c:
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The-OMG-Cat Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Yay! XD
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SonicHomeboy Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
A nice semi-realistic approach on them. :) I think I favor these designs over the show. :XD:
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Lol, thank you! ^.^
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SonicHomeboy Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. :)
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ardashir Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
Amazing art! They look very impressive and almost cuddly. I especially like the hyena-esque Diamond Dog in the middle.
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you!! ^.^ I forgot to add his spots, though; I may go back and fix that. D:
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Falljoydelux Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like this. No, I LOVE IT!! I love how you flesh out the species you draw!

Lemme ask you, if you find yourself at a block for these species bios, does it drive you mad?
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you! ^.^

And not really. When I have an art block, it's a little frustrating, especially if it takes a long time to resolve itself, but I don't let it bother me too much. I learned the hard way that, if I force myself to draw something while having an artblock, it just doesn't work... at all. The result of when I do that is a really bad drawing, at least in my eyes.

So I usually just do simply things for a couple moments, like a small "skeleton" stick figure of something or a five minute sketch to at least get some practice in, and then move on to something else entirely, like go out and play with my dog or play some video games. Works every time, too. c:
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Falljoydelux Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Whew. I needed to know that. Tanks!

No really, TAAAAANK!!! :iconl4dtankplz:
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