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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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Dompteurs Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
Honestly, this is cool, just VERY cool.
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks! c:
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Phearlock Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
Most forms of "badass Twilight" are quite ok in my book!
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Lol, as if Twi wasn't badass enough in the canon show already. xD
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Kittyaj Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just out of curiosity, what are your top OTPs?
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
My top of the top OTPs are Omniship, RariTwi, PinkieShy and Derpy/Doctor Whooves.
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Shaleclaw Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Look out! We've got a definite badflank over here! :iconwegotabadasshereplz:

Okay... A really cute looking badflank that I'd really love to give a good scratch behind the ears, but judging by that stare she's giving me, that probably wouldn't be in my best interests... So um... I'll just stay over here... safely clear of the nice intimidating guard pony who totally isn't thinking anything about cooking me extra crispy with that unicorn magic of hers... Nice, Twilight... I'll behave! I swear! :ohnoes:
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Be careful man. She's not afraid to bite! D: 

even though she secretly enjoys ear scritches I mEAN WHOOPS SHE BADASS YUSH
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Shaleclaw Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
*Badflank Twilight narrows her eyes and makes the "I'm watchin' you" gesture with her hoof*

...Think we could get her with a double-team? Those ears simply must be given a thorough scratch! :paranoid:
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
O.O

...Maybe. o.o Alright, you go left, I go right. If this goes wrong... tell my mother I ate the cookies! D:
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Shaleclaw Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Alright. I'll be sure to tell her.
And I just want you to know that if I don't make it, my pecan stash is behind--wait a second! I'm not giving that one away that easy! ...Can't have anyone sabotaging the operation to get at mah pecans!
...DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT. :iconnogustaplz:
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donnys-boy Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Heck yeah, armor! :)
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
She fights for lurve!

The lurve of rarity of course c:
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donnys-boy Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
But of course. :)

And now that you've said that, I want an AU story where Rarity ascends to princesshood instead of Twi, and Twi becomes her bodyguard, and then CONFESSIONS OF LOVE and SNUGGLING and MAKE-OUTS.
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
OMG I'D BE SO ALL OVER THAT!

...Uh... I-I mean. That sounds cool. >.>;

No but seriously, I been wanting AUs like that for a while. One where Rarity's the princess instead and Twi's the bodyguard. One where Rarity's a princess while Twi' a renowned knight and they get married through an arrangement (and then que first-meeting awkwardness and cuteness and luff ermahgawd). Then of course there's the Omniship AUs... but I won't bore you with those. >.>
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donnys-boy Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
So.

I have this little project I've been working on for--oh, geez, it's something like two years now. I've been writing pony love songs, one for each of the fifteen Mane Six pairings, and I'm up to twelve or so of 'em by now. But I hadn't written one for RariLight yet, until this comment of yours inspired me, and ... well, I thought you might be interested in the rough draft of what you inspired. :)

"Let Me Be Your Knight"

Once upon a time,
A long, long time ago,
Lived a princess fair,
Beautiful, head to toe.
Wise and brave was she,
And strong and loyal and true.
With shaking voice, she told me,
“Your highness, I love you.”

“Let me be your knight,” she said.
“Let me serve you faithfully.
To love a princess, not to become,
I know now is my destiny.”

But I smiled in return
And gently shook my head.
I took her hoof in your own
And this is what I said:
“I’m afraid you’ve got it wrong.
Destiny, you see, is fake.
Fate is not what happens to us
But is something that we make.”

“You cannot be my knight,” I said,
“Because you’re a princess to me.
Let me be your knight, instead,
And I will serve you faithfully.”

“Let me be your knight,” she said,
“And I’ll be your princess too.
As long as you are by my side,
There’s nothing I can’t do.”


“Let me be your knight,” I said
“To protect you like a mighty tree.
And you can be my knight, as well,
And do the same for me.”

And so it was, and so it went,
In that kingdom now long past.
We lived well, and we loved well.
The years went by so fast.
I kept my word to her,
And I stayed there by her side.
“I love you,” I told her,
As she smiled before she died.

“Sweet dreams, my knight,” I said.
“Where you go now, remember me.
And I will remember you, my love,
And how you served so faithfully.”

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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, this is amazing! O.O And this is a rough draft? Coulda fooled me. o3o

Is there any chance you may end up putting some music and such to your songs? I think that'd be pretty rad, and they're (I've seen the one for AppleShy on Tumbrl too) so well written, I wouldn't surprised if they became a hit. x3
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donnys-boy Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, heh, thank you. That's kind of you to say.

And yeah, actually I've written all of 'em with music and recorded them. Here's the final version of the RariLight song: youtu.be/u925UTov6T8. They haven't gotten much attention--this is a fandom with a lot of incredibly talented musicians, and I think my songwriting's a lot stronger than my performing abilities--but that's all right. I've been having fun with the project, and that's the important thing, I reckon. :)
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ShatteredClocks Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
hmm raritys cutie mark on the armour interesting........ I love it though XD
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks. c:
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ShatteredClocks Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
yourwelcome. Ive always loved your art from the start of my deviantart. I dont have money for commisions which sucks. I would love for you to draw my OC. Hes a bird :). I would appreciate if you could watch me. I would feel so loved XD. :iconspazattackplz: thats my reaction to your awesome art. Maybe we can be friends? (Like that would happen im a loser XD)
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I'm afraid I can't draw your OC; I don't allow requests from anyone, honestly, being in college and all. I don't mind being pals though.
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ShatteredClocks Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
Awesome. Thanks
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Alextrosaurus Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love both <3 but she looks tougher in this version :0
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks! I'm glad she does, too; I wanted that sort of gritty "Ima kick yo ass" look and the last one didn't really give that feeling to me. o3o
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Alextrosaurus Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah yeah 0: the first version looked stern but not military tough o3o
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SonicHomeboy Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Definitely an improvement compared to the last time you drew her like this.

It really shows how far you've come in your art! :D
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks dude! ^.^
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SonicHomeboy Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. ^^
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jessi-dragon-rider Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's very well, as always, but the first version was better. 
Just my opinion.
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Eh. I like them both for completely different reasons, but I like this one due to it better fitting how I see Twilight Sparkle's face. But, certainly nothing wrong with liking the other better; to each their own. c:
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mooncorrupter Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
If this is Twilight why does she have the cuty mark of Rarity? It is very nice though
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Firiel-Archer Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
I think that's her armor plating, not her flank. ;)
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Read the description.
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mooncorrupter Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
god i derped >.<

my bad
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BluesStuff Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
May I say that your art is amazing, you improve with every piece and your head cannons and little stories and ideas just top that sweet cake off with every nice damn topping there is I hope that you never quit and always feel enjoyment in drawing you are amazing yes thank
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! ^.^
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HalfnoteMLP Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
what are your top OTPs?
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
RariTwi, Omniship, PinkieShy, AppleDash, Derpy/Doctor Whooves.
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HalfnoteMLP Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
oh my god. I ship all of that, though rarilight is my top otp this makes me so happy
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