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Headcanon: Prince of Harmony by Earthsong9405 Headcanon: Prince of Harmony by Earthsong9405
A rough concept I did a while back that I was on the fence of keeping, but I decided to go ahead and incorporate him into my headcanon. For those of you who don't know, before Tempest Shadow was a thing, the original concept of her was that she were male, and also the long-lost brother of Celestia and Luna, but that idea was scrapped in the end. I was playing around with the idea and the folks on tumblr helped build some headcanon with him, and I liked it enough to share it with ya'll. :3

His name is Cosmos, middle brother to Celestia and Luna and the Prince of Harmony. He's short and sturdy and warm and inviting, this alicorn's power resides within maintaining balance, harmony, and his very being is tethered to the world Gaia (like how Celly and Luna's beings are tethered to the sun and moon respectively). I haven't fully figured out all of his abilities, but I'd say his magic is closely tied to the earth and as his sisters are the living embodiment of their celestial bodies, Cosmos is the living embodiment of harmony. He is also the origin of the Elements of Harmony, of which came about around the time Discord showed up: Cosmos' exact opposite.

Even with the combined strength of all three siblings, Discord was simply too powerful to be stopped in his quest to spread excessive chaos (upsetting the world's balance), so in order to put a stop to the Dawn of Chaos, Cosmos sacrifices himself and used his magic and entire life essence into forming the Tree of Harmony. From this came the Elements of Harmony, purified and concentrated magic in the form of crystal gems that represent the aspects of harmony: Honestly, Generosity, Laughter, Kindess, Loyalty, and Friendship (otherwise known as Magic). No longer restricted by the physical limitations of a flesh and blood body, the power of Harmony for the first time could be fully utilized by Celestia and Luna to defeat Discord and imprison him in stone: a fitting parallel, considering the fate of their brother. The sisters vowed use the Elements of Harmony only when absolutely necessary, and until then the Elements would remain within their encasing of the Tree of Harmony, safe and tucked away until it is needed.... and maybe, somehow, find a way to revive their brother??

All of this came about from the idea that the Elements of Harmony hold some level of sentience, in which not just anyone could use the Elements... they had to be chosen by the Elements. This is why Luna, when she became corrupted and turned into Nightmare Moon, could not use her half of the elements: the Elements no longer deemed her worthy of wielding them, and as such rejected her. So, why not have the Elements' consciousness... or semi-consciousness come from the unused concept of their long lost brother? C:

Some mini-ideas for him:

-He’s the middle kid of the alicorn trio

-He fuckin LOVES donuts

-His mane actually doesn’t float unless he’s using an excess amount of magic. Otherwise it reacts to gravity like that of a normal pone’s

-He's the shortest of the three. He smol boi

-Gentle, nurturing, amiable, patient: he doesn’t get angry often, but I can see him as being something of an airhead. He has a soft lulling voice and gives off a calming aura

-Makes for a lovely pillow; he floofs up quite a bit.

-When he walks, flora sprouts beneath his hooves before fading away


I might've jumbled up some stuff in there so if you have any questions feel free to ask!
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chaserofthelight99 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can I use this Headcanon?? I'll credit you
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Marie-Scalereader Featured By Owner May 20, 2018  Student Writer
I can see him being a fantastic drinking buddy. Like, "You think you can beat me in a drinking contest? I am tethered to Gaia!" then proceeds to drink said Pony or Being under the table. 
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RainyFLOOF45 Featured By Owner May 16, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lemme just...


~steal your talent~
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shypegasister10 Featured By Owner May 13, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love him to bits!!!
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purplecruiser Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2018
MAH LORD THIS MAJESTIC BOI very inviting, as you said, I can see myself jut walking up to him all causual-like and asking if he’d like a cookie I made or if he’d read a book with me, or just to talk to him. 

Then I got to the part where he essentially sacrificed himself and I very nearly burst into tears.

I wouldn’t mind seeing some backstory of him in the future (ironic wording), where we can see him with his sisters. Or, perhaps if there’s stuff in the future like this, where we see him revived. . .
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MusicArtGirl123 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Which half of the elements of harmony could Luna not use after she became nightmare moon?
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018  Student Filmographer
Magic, Generosity, and Loyalty were the elements she held power over, but she is unable to use any of the elements when she transformed.
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fancylionfarts Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018
His design is gorgeous :D !
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2018  Student Filmographer
Thank you! :3
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imperialcaptain Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ya'll im actually gonna fucking cry hes so precious i want to fucking sleep on him gfihujdos
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Whoarethetwo Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
So in love with him rn, he's so stubby and cute! I wanna huggle his majesty!
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schaadenfreude Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018
sof boi. good boi
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DawnsyBebo Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Good chill boi
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Doctorwholovesthe80s Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome!

I agree that the Elements choose the wielders and have some sort of magical sapience. 
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love those colors
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TheBanaynay Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
you forgot to mention as  a mini fact that hes FUCKIN GORGEOUS
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XnogoX Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018   Artist
beautiful how did u mix colour green with blue aqua
I like it wow
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werewolf-hime1313 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
...
I love him.
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EmpressAkitla Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He looks like a lovable marshmallow. Love his mane and tail, also your headcanon for him. :heart:
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TheTraveler66 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
I love the idea, but I have a couple questions that you may or may not want to add into this character's concept.
One, how does he fit in with what we learn about the Elements in Shadow Play?
Two, how does he fit in with Twilight's purpose as Princess of Friendship?
If neither of these apply to this particular headcanon, go ahead and ignore me unless you find the questions interesting.
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Student Filmographer
I don't really care that much about the Pillars of Harmony and their overall concept, partly because I didn't watch the full finale and partly because I'm ultimately not interested in it. So they do not affect Cosmos' existence.

Cosmos, given he is essentially the Tree of Harmony and the Elements of Harmony are extensions of that, is the direct reason the Mane 6 are the Bearers. They were chosen that fateful day (the rainboom incident), based on each of them being the living embodiment of the Elements they will soon receive: Magic, Generosity, Honesty, Kindness, Laughter, Loyalty. So in part, Cosmos is the one that put the Mane 6 on the path of destiny they now tread, to become the new keepers of Harmony. Twilight becoming the Princess of Friendship wasn't necessarily his doing though; that was Celestia and Luna giving her a title to work with once she entered the political space of Equestria and, eventually, the world. And it isn't like they're wrong: Twi's the Element of Magic, basically friendship since friendship is magic in its own way, so it only makes sense her official title is the way it is.

Some of this is subject to change though, since it's mostly off the top of my head.
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TheTraveler66 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
In regards to Cosmos' relation to Twilight, that's cool. And it leads to the potential of her getting a Yoda/Luke kind of relationship with Cosmos; if we assume Celestia is Twilight's Obi-Wan.

(The following is only if you're at all interested in the very basic concept of the Pillars, and could find some use for them that you'd enjoy more.)

In regards to Cosmos' relation to the Pillars? Well, you're not missing too much in regards to their purpose; but how they were used was pretty cool. In canon, The Pillars of Old Equestria are, basically, My Little Avengers and Proto Elements of Harmony. Their Elements were Strength, Beauty, Bravery, Hope, Healing, and Sorcery. Prior to the event with the Pony of Shadows, they planted the seed that eventually sprouted into the Tree of Harmony, and you probably know how that turned out. The cool part was seeing these legendary heroes teeming up with the Champions of Harmony. Though Star Swirl was kind of a dick. Like, even for a Canterlot native. His knee-jerk reaction to anything he can't figure out is to just banish it. No friendship magic, no chances for redemption, just kicking the problem out so someone else can deal with it. The Sirens were not a one-time deal.
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Student Filmographer
I'm kinda-sorta toying with the idea that maybe all of the Mane 6 become alicorns.... but I'm still on the fence with it. But yeah, I say that mainly because I thought it'd be cool if Twi's ascension into alicornhood wasn't done just by Celestia, but by Cosmos as well. That weird celestial plane Celly took Twi to looked pretty otherworldly, and I had a passing thought that the girls would "meet" Cosmos in this plane at some point or another. I'm not too sure about the idea yet though.

And that is pretty cool, I have to admit; I like the idea that the Elements take to what virtues are needed at different times... or maybe there are different elements at play aside from the elements of harmony? It's something to consider for sure! I did hear a lot about Starswirl being a huge ass though; I think it's kinda interesting, seeing how some of the problems Equestria has now kinda stemmed from Starswirl being unwilling to try and understand or even befriend something.
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TheTraveler66 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Well, if you'll have the opinion of an outside source, I personally wouldn't go the route of all six becoming Alicorns. At least not in any permanent manner. Perhaps as their version of the Rainbooms' "Pony Up" forms.

From the way it was explained in the episodes, it sounds like the Pillars have their own set of Elements, and the Elements of the Champions are derived from there. The parallels are mostly obvious. Strength/Honesty, Beauty/Generosity, Bravery/Loyalty, Hope/Laughter, Healing/Kindness, Sorcery/Magic. The main difference is that the Elements of Harmony were intended to be used together from the get-go as the recipe for Friendship Power, while the Elements of the Pillars all just happen to work well as a team. It's possible they all knew they could never wield the EoH themselves, on account of Star Swirl's ego and borderline xenophobia(a topic they saved for the antagonist of the S8 premier. It sucked.), but that has yet to be even mentioned again.
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018  Student Filmographer
Heyyyy that's actually a really good idea: an upgraded Rainbow Power form that temporarily turns them into Alicorns? I like it!

Also Star Swirl being a xenophobic problematic hero makes things a lot more interesting... I might have to give the episode a watch to fully see how it all works before I decide whether or not they're in my headcanon, but thank you for telling me all of this stuff! c:
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TheTraveler66 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
No problem! Hope you enjoy the episode!
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MadnessKishinAsura Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Student General Artist
i could see him having the voice of Merle from The Adventure Zone !
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vampywacky Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I feel like they might do this lol the show been hinting at male alicorns to much to make it a mistake. Like in the latest ep it was the main stallion in a shot clearly an alicorn lol... or I'm crazy and looking into that to much
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Student Filmographer
The alicorns you see in the BG are almost always animation errors, but who knows what the writers have planned for the show, so a male alicorn could be possible in the future.
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robbieierubino Featured By Owner Edited Apr 16, 2018  Professional General Artist
Found a voice impression of Prince Cosmos:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dasQ7…
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CitrusEucalyptus Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Professional General Artist
He design, personality, and role are so cool and very adorable! >w<

I hope that you have a great and blessed day/night!
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bobshmit13 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Student Writer
What's your headcannon for the Pillars of Equestria then? Just old heroes? Also, was Celestia able to use all the Elements herself to banish Luna, and was this consciousness in the elements the reason she could do it?
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Student Filmographer
I don't care much about the Pillars of Equestria, so whether or not they'll be in my headcanon has yet to be seen.

Celestia was able to use the Elements to banish Luna to the moon because the Elements allows her to; it recognized the dire situation, but as soon as the deed was done, Celestia too lost her privilege to use the Elements. Celestia is not blameless in this situation; she may not have known what exactly was happening to her sister, but her behavior toward Luna contributed to her turning into NMM: arguing with her, brushing off her concerns, pushing her away, outright ignoring her sometimes. Both took for granted the importance of Harmony one too many times, and in doing so, did not see the consequences until it was too late: Luna fell to the corruption eating away at her mind, and Celestia lost her sister, unknowing as to whether or not she'd ever get her back at the time.
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bobshmit13 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Student Writer
Ok cool!
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Hawkshadow743 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018
;u; your headcannon is so awesome!!
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Earthsong9405 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Student Filmographer
Thanks, I'm glad you enjoy it! :3
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theWeaverofTales Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
hey hi hello I have never loved a headcanon more in my life
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MarzKartoons Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a super fun concept! 
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SickledSnake Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this design is amazing and i love his backstory and lore so much!!!! hes so lovely
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S-oujiiSan Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I can say this guy is amazing ^.^
The backstory is touching on how he acted to save his homeland along with the two sisters, also about his looks also deserve more attention. Even this guy with a beard makes him a lot better
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