My name is Britannica Page and I have spent my entire life studying the exotic creatures of Equestria. I am a Cryptozoologist, I like to think of myself as the best in equestria! Me and my team have been everywhere from the frozen north, to across the seas, to deep within the wastelands. We have discovered amazing things and now come to you to share what we have learned about the fascinating creatures of our world. First off, we have my person favorite, Changelings!Changelings (Figura Mutante):
The changeling (also known as the Shapeshifter, and occasionally Horse-Fly) is considered to be one of Equestria’s most dangerous creatures. Their natural abilities as well as their natural behavior give them the reputation of being brutish and violent creatures. However, after years of study I have come to realize that they are actually quite different from previously believed ideas. While the belief that they CAN be violent is true, they aren’t always like that, they even care for their own.Social Structure:
Many ponies believe changelings to be mindless and without thought, but that is infact wrong. Each changeling seems to have its only personality. They are capable of independent thought and are expert problem solvers and in many cases I have even witnessed them working together in groups to accomplish a task. Even in the absence of a queen they are capable of advance problem solving that could rival that of an individual of high intelligence. (This may also indicate some kind of collective intelligence. Changelings are believed to have the ability to use telepathy so it would not be out of the question that they may use it to communicate with eachother.)
In their hives the changelings seem to have an organized pecking order, similar to that or ants or termites. The stronger the individual the higher up they are on the hive’s hierarchy. The highest of which obviously being the queen, followed by the soldiers, then the drones, then most likely those who have been converted and finally in unfortunate cases husks. --Sidenote.
It would also seem that these creatures are able to communicate through some form of telepathy. In one case I witnessed where a changeling tripped and injured its hoof the other members with it seemed to react in similar fashions of showing pain. This suggests that they may also be able to share senses and sensations. Possibly even see, smell, feel, and hear what others are experiencing. These abilities may also mean other things such as psionics (mental powers.) Species and subspecies:
It should also be noted that hives are believed to be highly hostile toward one another and through my years of study I have discovered several different phenotypes of changelings. Each one unique in their hunting styles and disposition. It is believe that there are many more phenotypes, but these are the only four currently known of.
a. Mutante Chrysalis.
b. Mutante Ambrosia.
c. Mutante Myxine.
d. Mutante Miasma.(?)
d. Infiltrator (Converted individuals).
e. Husks (“Zombified” Individuals).Changeling Genus:-Mutante Chrysalis
, the hive responsible for the recent attack on Canterlot is the most well known. This genus is believed to be the most hostile hive as of present. Those who see a Mutante Chrysalis are advised to leave the area immediately and with extreme caution, the same can be said for those who see ponies in area that aren’t normally be inhabited, such as the Everfree Forest or Western Wastelands. In their natural form Mutante Chrysalis can be easily distinguished by their bright green elytra and fly like wings. (Do not under ANY circumstances attempt to interact with an individual of this hive. They are highly hostile and will not hesitate to attack on sight. If interaction is absolutely required it is advised that the subject is heavily sedated, bound, and its horn placed in a magic displacer to prevent any spells or mental control.)-Mutante Ambrosia
, a hive native to the more tropical regions of the globe. They aren’t as hostile as the previous but their hunting style and behavior still make them dangerous. They prefer to lure their pray into traps through dancing, most being female; this may mean their primary prey is stallions. This genus is very rarely hostile, infact after interviewing a survivor of one of their trap I have come to discover that they seem to be quiet playful and surprisingly attractive in their natural form (The interviewed stallion was later brought to an asylum for treatment, he had become heavily obsessed with the Ambrosia hive and insisted on returning to “His queens side” It was later noted that several days later he had suddenly lost all emotions, most likely turning into a husk.) They can easily be distinguished by their bright yellow elytra and bat like wings-Mutante Myxine
, widely unknown to most ponies. This hive is fairly small and seems to be aquatic, infact their hives are underwater which makes them very difficult to study. They live in coastal regions and on small islands and rarely come inland if at all. They seem to hunt by luring ships to their hives and then capturing their crews. Being aquatic, this genus of changeling seems to have lost its ability to fly in its natural form, instead their wings seem to have evolved into a pair of chitinous fins that push them through the water at speeds up to 50+ mph. This hive is rarely hostile, probably due to its low numbers and will rarely attack if spotted. They would prefer to run or swim away to safety. (One individual my crew managed to capture went into a full blown panic and injured several ponies onboard our ship before leaping over board and into the water.)This genus can be distinguished by their bright blue elytra and fin like wings.-Mutante Miasma.
Believed to have a purple or red elytra but due to their reclusive nature very little info on them is known. It is also believed that their queen resides somewhere in or around Manehatten, though this is unconfirmed. (Further research will be conducted if possible.)Changeling Breeds:-Queen.
Changeling queens are the rarest type known to exist. They rarely is ever leave their homes and are often feed by their subjects. Very little is known about them other then they are capable of mind control and have the ability to speak.-Soldiers.
Changeling soldiers are the second type of changeling, only a small number exist is each hive. A good estimate would be a single soldier for every fifty drones in it. This breed grows larger and stronger than their common relatives. They are believed to have less skill in magic but make up for it with brute strength and a love for battle. They are only seem when the hive itself is in danger of a hive has declared war; otherwise they most likely remain in a dormant state until needed. As of now they are believed to be able to spit acid, venom, and slime.-Drone.
These are the most common form of changeling. They usually grow to be various sizes, around that of common ponies but final size does change with each individual. They the workers, hunters, and fighters of the hive. Physically they are far faster than ponies and their magical skills rival that of a skilled unicorn but they lack the strength and endurance.-Infiltrators.
An infiltrator seems to be an individual that have been turned into a changelings. There doesn't seem to be any species that is immune to the affects of conversion. Sightings of gryphon, bison, and even dragon changelings have been recovered (Celestia save us if a dragon can be turned….) These individuals are believed to be changed through cocooning. A process through which a changeling queen will surround their victim in a thick layer of slime then over the course of several weeks or month the individual's body is altered. The process itself may be a metamorphosis brought on by magic or natural means. The actual process is unknown.-Husks.
These poor souls are ponies who have been drained of all their emotions. They seem to be in a state of constant hypnosis and are highly vulnerable to injury or death. They do whatever they are commanded to do by the changelings of a hive even if it would go against the most basic instincts of survival. (Even heavy treatment of captured husks has proven pointless. It seems that once a pony has turned the process is irreversible and the pony can only be freed through death…. Poor things.)Shapeshifting, natural abilities, and feeding:
A changeling’s innate ability to shapeshift is most likely a direct result of their diet. Seeing as their true form is quite intimidating they most likely developed the ability to make hunting easier. A changeling may take the form of a pony and through a simple spell may know basic information about them such as the ponies name, what their voice sounds like, and the meaning of their cutie mark. More advanced things such as personality, memories, and daily life are probably learned through long periods of studying said pony before actually taking their place.
The natural abilities of a changeling vary just as much as their form does. Along with the venomous bite mentioned earlier they also possess the ability to use magic. The Canterlot incident shows that they can surround themselves in a protective bubble crash to the ground like mortars with enough force to shatter concrete and form small craters on impact. It is unclear at the moment whether they can use other spells, though it has been observed that queens are capable of mind control.
A changelings ability to produce slime in their bodies is one of their most well known features. It is unclear how they produce this sap like material but it is believed that they do so by eating material and allowing their undeveloped digestive systems to break it down. As of now it is know that they can produce two types of slime. A dark colored version which hardens into a rubbery layer or solid shape. Then second type which is lighter colored, it doesn’t harden like the other but instead remains glue-like and very sticky, it has been observed that they use this form of slime to capture prey and even seal wounds to prevent severe bleeding.
Feeding is a very mysterious part of changelings. It has never actually been witnessed and surviving victims seem to have no memory of the event. It is believe however they feed by absorbing energy from the emotional aura that surrounds every living thing. The more pleasant the emotion being experienced, the more eager the changelings feed on it, the most sought after being love.Changeling Biology:
After studying dead specimens I have been able to determine at changelings have a very unique physiology. Their insect/equine appearance gives them a combination of both an Exo and Endo Skeleton. This provides a strong shell to protect vital parts and organs while allowing them flexibility and speed equal to or even greater than that of ponies.Skin and exoskeleton-
Due to their combination of an Endo and Exo skeletal system changelings have a very interesting epidermal layer. Their back, chest, shoulder, neck, and lower legs are mostly covered in a thick layer of chitin which is vulnerable to blunt force trauma. While the rest of the body is covered in a thin layer of velvet like fuzz. The head is largely protected by its internal skull structure but other parts of the body that are not protected by a shell are very soft and flexible. At the same time they are very vulnerable to sharp objects like blades and spikes. It would most likely be possible for a large pony to trample a changeling to death.The skull-
The skull itself is a marvel of nature. After studying various subjects, both living and deceased I have determine that a changeling’s skull is (for a lack of better words) an arsenal of the natural world. The brain is heavily protected by a thick skull that seems to be able to take massive amounts of trauma before any damage is done. Their jaw also seems to be heavily built, the structure of the muscles that support it show that a changeling’s jaw is capable of exerting a crushing force strong enough to bite through and crush a cow’s femur with minimal effort. Just underneath the nasal cavity two small glands can be found. These run down into the fangs suggesting that these creatures not only have a powerful bite but also a venomous one. Though it is impossible to determine what type of venom these fangs hold because after death the proteins seem to break down very quickly and as of now I have been unable to gather a sample from live subjects. It may even be that different breeds have different types of venom or possibly even some form of corrosive chemical. The Skeleton-
The skeletal structure of a changeling is quite unique. Having both properties of mammals and insects shows that they have a highly flexible body without giving up the protection of a hard outer shell. The internal skeleton of a changeling is very similar to ponies, both in appearance and function. Though unlike us they’re actually missing some bones that we do have. They possess a rib-cage, spine, skull, pelvis, and upper leg bones like a pony. But unlike a pony they lack all bones below the carpus on their front legs and below the tibia on their back legs. Instead their lower limbs are supported by a highly flexible outer skeleton. The outer skeleton, also known as chitin consists of an elytra along their back, protective plates along their neck, shoulder, and chest; as well as their hole filled lower legs.The legs-
A changelings legs are some of the most unique I have ever studied, they are a marvel of evolution. As first I believed the holes that covered them to be some kind of common birth defect having to do with the legends of their creation. But after much study of old lore I have discovered that the original changelings didn’t even have these holes at all, and are most likely a result of exposure to dark magic. However they still serve a purpose. The lower legs of a changeling are supported by a hard outer shell, but unlike the rest of the body this area is spring-like. I believe that changeling may use these holes as a sort of shock absorber while running and landing. (They may also use them to adjust height while disguised as a pony but that is unconfirmed).The wings-
The wings of a changelings are very similar to those of most insects. The muscles attached to them are extremely lean and well built, made to beat as extreme speeds (In the case of Mutante Myxine these muscles have shrunk down slightly due to the fact that their wings are used for swimming rather then flying) A changeling, while heavily built is actually very light, their bones are hollow like a pegasus and their exoskeletal structures are filled with small holes which help with weight. This grants them the ability to fly for long periods of time before tiring. Unlike a pegasus however a changeling cannot glide, their wings must constantly beat for them to remain airborne and because of this they are incapable of attaining the same speed that a pegasus might. They are however capable of a wider range of maneuvers. Being able to fly backwards, sideways, diagonally, and even upside down means they are capable of outmaneuver almost any other animal.Internal organs-
The internal organs of a changeling are far different from those of a pony. Seeing how they feed on energy it would be believed that they don’t have a digestive tract. In reality, they do have one, but it is very undeveloped if not vestigial. If at all they do eat actual food (which would most likely be meat based on the number of canines they have) it would probably be mostly for pleasure or to give their body the material it needs to produce slime or heal injuries. Their circulatory system is similar to a pony but unlike us their hearts only possess two chambers instead of four. This suggests that they don’t have the same stamina that a pony would but are capable of huge bursts of energy when needed followed by heavy exhaustion. (Research on the nervous system is still being done and will be added when research is complete.)Senses-
A changelings senses have been highly tuned through evolution. Their eyes being the most interesting. In queens the eyes appear to be similar to cat or a dragons eye. The slitted pupils allow for excellent night vision. In soldiers and drones however the eyes are compound, like an flies eye. They are made of hundreds of tiny light and movement sensitive lenses. This furthers the proof that drones are the ones who do most of the hunting while queens remain hidden in the safety of a hive. Compound lenses are extremely sensitive to movement and are capable of seeing the slightest twitch from long distances. The ears of a changeling are quite different from ours. On the outside they look normal, pointed ends and the ability to swivel around to locate the source of a sound. But if you were to look inside one you wouldn't find any sort of ear drum, but instead a small antenna like growth. I believe that these antennas must be sound sensitive and possibly even have the ability to taste the air like the antennas of a common insect. Their other senses all seem fairly similar to a ponies except for their sense of touch. Research is still being done on the nervous system so until them we cannot understand how they experience the sensations of touch, pain, and pleasure.Further research is being done and will be added as information is found.
Heres something I did few weeks ago while I was sick. I think I am WAAAAAAY overdue for a submission so here you all go. Before you ask, yes I am a brony now and I find Changelings to be particularly interesting. So this is something I put together based on what I believe their biology and social structure would be. Its all based on fanon, so I do not claim that any of it is correct. Enjoy!
I am also looking for someone to help me put this in a journal like format, one that has anatomy sketches and such. Also if you see something that needs to be changed, let me know. Its still a work in progress.
Changelings are property of Hasbro
Myxine, Ambrosia, and Miasma are property of Siansaar
Picture is propert of emkay-mlp ( [link]
This is also subject to change in the future if I feel inspired to work on it again.