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Twilight Sparkle- The Bodyguard
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Published: November 2, 2013
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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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jendoes's avatar
jendoesStudent Artist
Smart and strong
meiyeezhu's avatar
With a horn that large, Knight Sparkle is bound to get needlessly stuck some precarious situations
Kodelaine's avatar
KodelaineHobbyist General Artist
...Is that a bite mark on her foreleg? Where the heck did she get that? xD
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Earthsong9405Professional Filmographer
It is indeed. Even as intelligent as they are, the ponies of the MLP universe still have feral equine instincts, and that's definitely the deal when it comes to fighting. Sometimes, they'll have the instinct to use their teeth to try and rip another pony apart (horse teeth is absolutely NO joke), so Twilight was bitten in the heat of a duel that went a bit out of hand. >.>
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UnluckyxSe7enStudent 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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Earthsong9405Professional Filmographer
Hehe, I'd say go for it; Bodyguard!Twilight is a ridiculous amount of fun to draw. O:
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UnluckyxSe7enStudent General Artist
psssst.... I did it. I'mma gonna color it too. :> *super pleased with self lol *
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Here-for-the-poniesStudent 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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Earthsong9405Professional Filmographer
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-poniesStudent 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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Earthsong9405Professional Filmographer
Lol, I'm something of a fast typer. Or at least I'd like to think I am. XD
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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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Earthsong9405Professional Filmographer
The story for it isn't up just yet, but hopefully will be soon. c:
Dompteurs's avatar
Honestly, this is cool, just VERY cool.
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Earthsong9405Professional Filmographer
Thanks! c:
Phearlock's avatar
Most forms of "badass Twilight" are quite ok in my book!
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Earthsong9405Professional Filmographer
Lol, as if Twi wasn't badass enough in the canon show already. xD
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KittyajHobbyist Traditional Artist
Just out of curiosity, what are your top OTPs?
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Earthsong9405Professional Filmographer
My top of the top OTPs are Omniship, RariTwi, PinkieShy and Derpy/Doctor Whooves.
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ShaleclawHobbyist 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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Earthsong9405Professional Filmographer
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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ShaleclawHobbyist 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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Earthsong9405Professional Filmographer
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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