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Star Mares 3.1.13: Changeling Circumstances

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This issue was done well before the season 6 finale, obviously (it actually dates from shortly after 'Spice Up Your Life', as the muzzle on this character was derived from Saffron Masala's). I made her a bit more colorful than the standard changeling model, so it's not really a canon discontinuity - and we never see her native form again after this anyway, because I liked the way she looks as a unicorn.

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One would think that a rebellion would need to be a little bit desperate to use changeling spies. Espionage is definitely a field where there's such a thing as being too good at your job, and changelings are born spies. How would you ever be sure they're not double agents?
Well, if Darths and Droids can rely on Wedge, who is a shape shifter, to infiltrate this place, why not the pony rebels?
A lot of rebellions are a bit desperate.
AJR001's avatar
Considering that creature was crystal shouldn't the beam be refracted somewhere after it hit... ^^;
ChrisTheS's avatar
Not if it's a beam of concussive force.
AJR001's avatar
Point taken. :XD:
PhoenixFlambe's avatar
Is that changeling working for the rebels?
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ChrisTheS's avatar
Better late than never :)
SerpensVolucer's avatar
Oooh... Looks real neat. A+ character design, Chris. I see how you'd want to stick with that form over the native one.
tigreanpony's avatar
Lol, that was very cute, so the Changelings are around, this will be interesting. Great work I really love how you are putting this together.
GwDuncan's avatar
So did Maple know who it was all along?
ChrisTheS's avatar
No, that's just her response to anyone being angry with her :)
GwDuncan's avatar
Oh.........I am really bad with knowing your characters dude, and I am sorry for that
Dante-Wynter's avatar
Hmm.  Interesting twist.  Can't wait to see what you do next!
Can't quite read the words after the first in the first panel...oh...Threat level rising?  Heh that took me a few minutes...you know you did have some space to move it UP a bit so we could maybe see more of the second word. -_-

Anyway, Maple was just naked before without her fear expressed in words or onomatopoeia.
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Ok! I was not expecting that, and it was awesome. Star! Star! Star! Star! Star! 
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I've had a theory that changelings don't gain the powers of those they change into... otherwise they'd all change into Discord and... well, you get the idea.

Though other than shape-shifting and... love-draining?... it's unclear just what those green beams of theirs are actually supposed to do.

Rule of thumb, if some... thing... is shooting something at you, don't let it touch you.
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:o (Eek) 
Okay, how many twists you've got up in your sleeves, Chris? :D (Big Grin) 
First the golem from the crystal empire as a Rancor and the Oola antelope is a Changeling. What's next? Pinkie Pie is the empress?

...

Or I should stop there.
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At least... six or seven.  Possibly more depending on your definition of 'twist'.
MDWebster's avatar
I think of a "Twists" is, as I describe it, your friend sneaking up behind you and grabbed you by the shoulders while you didn't expect it.

You played my expectations I thought of where it's going to go but you twisted it in another direction very well.
Take a look at my comments for the last three pages and compare where my thoughts are at the time to now.
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One or two of these upcoming ones probably don't count as twists, then, since they'll be relying on dramatic irony, but they're certainly going to seem like it to the characters...
Isenlyn's avatar
Wow, Maple went full Caps lock red 'DANGER', she must have been terrified. XD
I love her expresion too. (it would have been even better if she hag hugged Gracenote leg. XD (I think the fact I had to go back several pages to remember Gracenote's name is a sign that she's not my favorite  Sweating a little...))
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