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Twilight Sparkle- The Bodyguard by Earthsong9405 Twilight Sparkle- The Bodyguard by Earthsong9405

EDIT: I redrew this so this is the new version. The old version can be found here:
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A little sketchadoodle I did because... reasons. o3o

I actually drew this half asleep last night, so please ignore the mistakes in anatomy and whatnot. )':

Anyway, this little sketchadoodle is of a militaristic Twilight Sparkle, because I haven't done such a thing in a while. I'm actually working on a practice fanfic that features this version of Twily, along with the rest of the mane 6, with the fantastic :iconliamneighson:. The story itself is something of a different take of the Hearth's Warming Eve play they starred in, but instead of using the characters of that play's name, they keep their own names and the world they live in is... uh... well, let's just say the play version is a rated G retelling of the history of what happened so it'd be more appropriate for foals. o3o 

And it also features my top OTPS because it CAN! >8D

Ahem... anywho. This Twilight is still a unicorn because Celestia and Luna aren't present yet, so she couldn't ascend. Anyway, Twily here is a very skilled and dangerous knight of Rarity's court, and has been appointed as Rarity's personal bodyguard due to her unmatched skill. She's not heartless, and she's quite passionate toward magic of ALL forms(love, friendship, spells, ect), but being born in a militaristic family hadn't really allowed her to be exposed to it fully. Years of training and fighting as hardened her considerably, and it gives her a rather grey moral compass. Thankfully Rarity's there to help sort that out, but it'll take some time.

For this story, Twilight and Shining Armor are literally bred as soldiers, in a sense; their mother and father were soldiers, their parents were soldiers, their parents before them, so on. And because of this, Twilight has a little more draft horse in her, making her tall and packed with muscle. She's no where near as strong as Applejack as far as physical strength goes, but she can certainly pack quite a punch, and this isn't even adding her magic into the equation.

I also drew her with her mane cut short, because I'd think that'd be the usual among the soldiers, of all the breeds. You can keep your mane long, but it's simply easier to keep it shorter. She'll eventually let it grow out though, specifically when Rarity compliments on it when it gets a little longer than it usually was.

I... actually really like her mane short. It's a good look for her. :3 But anyway.

The armor was sort of thrown on there so I didn't really plan it out or anything. Soooo... let's just say this is... training armor? :shrug: I'll probably go back and refine it.... probably.

Whatevs. But yeah, I'll eventually draw out the other 5 for this universe too, so keep your eyes peeled. I'll also include Spikey Wikey, but he'd be REALLY young in this story. Like... between the ages of infant to 4.

Anywho, as always, feel free to ask me any questions, and thanks for stoppin' by. :3
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UnluckyxSe7en Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the way you designed and draw bodyguard Twilight. So much fun. :heart: I would love to try drawing her myself sometime. :heart:
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Hehe, I'd say go for it; Bodyguard!Twilight is a ridiculous amount of fun to draw. O:
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UnluckyxSe7en Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
psssst.... I did it. I'mma gonna color it too. :> *super pleased with self lol *
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Here-for-the-ponies Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I'd rather see her passion, emotions, and morals overcome the way she was raised, as I feel like more than anything, that's where her strength lies. She does look really nice with shorter hair, even if the hair on the back of her head and neck seems to defy gravity :P
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Oh, they do, but that doesn't necessarily mean she isn't a soldier either. She still enlisted and still underwent the training needed to become a soldier, and still went into a few battles, but becoming a soldier doesn't mean you gotta give every single thing up to become one. She wouldn't just drop her passions, or morals, or emotions, just to become a soldier. At the same time, however, you're going to have to consider the horrors she's experienced as a soldier, and while it won't change many things, it's probably going to effect her regardless.

Anyway, this is actually a completely different perspective of the RariTwi bodyguard/Queen AU that I've been playing with lately. In this one, she lives in a world where racism is the norm, a world where you are expected to do what your family's "legacy" has done with no questions asked, a world where it's unacceptable to completely ignore the destiny you were given. This perspective of this AU is far darker, and far more unforgiving, as it takes place waaaaaaaaaaaaay back. Specifically during the Hearth's Warming Eve thing, where the unicorns, earth ponies, and pegasi were divided and in a middle of a war with one another.

The one I'm more fond of is the perspective of this AU where they live in a time where all three breeds live together in harmony and are not separated by race or anything like that. There's simply no Princess Sisters as their rulers (instead, they are literal goddesses) so instead, Rarity is royalty and the Queen of Equestria. This AU takes on a more Skyrim-ish feel, but still, it's far more flexible and allows Twi to be both a soldier AND indulge in her passion of knowledge, reading, and learning freely. In this AU the Mane 6 are far more like their canon counterparts than the one in the darker perspective of the AU, so you might like that one better than the one I've described in this deviation. o3o
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Here-for-the-ponies Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I think I do like that second one better. Thanks for the clarification! Man, I don't know how you find the time to type all this up XD
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Lol, I'm something of a fast typer. Or at least I'd like to think I am. XD
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horsesrunfree Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014
sounds good!
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horsesrunfree Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014
i think the armor looks just fine. keep up the good work! just wanna, where can your story be found or have you even started yet? Cause', now you have gotten me curious!
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
The story for it isn't up just yet, but hopefully will be soon. c:
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