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Reflections on the Nature of Time
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Published: January 29, 2014
Star Swirl the Bearded, born Astera Nocturna I, was a powerful Wizard and is widely considered to be one of the most influential conjurers of the pre-classical era. Conceived out of an illegitimate liaison between a low-ranking Princess and a commoner Guard, his Earth-pony status and bastardry in the strict class-dominated society of his time should have destined him to a life of soldiery and obscurity. Nevertheless, his mother defied the scorn and ridicule of her peers and so ensured him an education in the magical arts.

Star Swirl is credited with the invention of more than 200 spells and excelled in conjuration and chronomancy. Although vindicated by his rise to prominence and respected by many, he continued to be obsessed by his low-born status throughout his life, often using spells to change his appearance (he was especially fond of making himself look old and bearded) in order to adopt the wizardly image that many expected.

Star Swirl served within the Crystal Queen's inner circle during the centuries of her reign of the Empire and as an advisor for the successive councils that followed. Having grown close to the Princess sisters Celestia and Selena, he accompanied them to Equestria after the fall of the Empire. He devoted the last years of his known life to pursuing an elusive spell that he believed could transform him into an alicorn.

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Robe and necklace designs are from the cover of an upcoming comic issue by :iconandypriceart:, coat and mane colours adapted from the posters and banners seen in the latest ep
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Wait, he's an Earth Pony!? ._.
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star swirl the bearded I guess
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All the unspoken meanings conveyed here... wow. Even thought I kinda am at miss when he misses horn, but that just makes him even more incredible here.
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PoetBronyProfessional Writer
Magic can be done without a horn. If he adorned himself with magical trinkets and/or artifacts, he might be able to achieve a level of magic. Also, what if devised himself a spell that would modify his skull structure to allow a horn to be magically grown, complete with an arcane nerve. This would allow him to do most any magic. However, in thought to how he looks in this picture, I could infer that he might have just created an arcane nerve within his skull, thus eliminating the need for a horn, though he could still create one, and channel the magic through it to prevent suspicion, while he would be in the presence of others.
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OMG THAT ART IS AMAZING!!!!!!
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Why is he an Earth-pony?
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shvdyHobbyist General Artist
quank quank Duck says NO 
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WishExpedition23Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They seriously need to put Star Swirl the Bearded in the series sometime soon.
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ricinoHobbyist Traditional Artist
It means moon in greek or roman i forgot, but he's talking about Luna
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PoetBronyProfessional Writer
Luna is Latin, and Selena is Greek. Both mean "moon".
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Star Swirl being anything other than a unicorn just seems really weird to me.  We've never seen anything on the show doing the flashy "spell" type of magic without a horn of some type to focus it through.  The closest would probably be Zecora's potions, but that's not really the same thing.

On the plus side, I really like the picture regardless :)
RukarioTrainer's avatar
I love Star Swirl! Also that's a beautiful picture of him ^_^
hvgtd's avatar
In the official cannon of the series he's a unicorn, I don't see a horn on his head. Why?
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The backstory of this piece is better than the actual piece. Considering how good this piece is, that is saying something.
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M7FireHobbyist Writer
Aside form that, I adore this picture. Star Swirl has never looked more amazing and even... well handsome xD He looks good for an ol' stallion~
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EUNE7Hobbyist General Artist
I wonder what happen to star sural probably turn himself into a evil cat
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M7FireHobbyist Writer
Ahuizotl? Really doubtful xD
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M7FireHobbyist Writer
Sorry but, Star Swirl atleast needs even a tiny horn. i know Earth and Pegasi have history of magic too, but haven't they confirmed his unicorn status in the show?
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FurryXXI-02Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome Starswirl The Bearded! He looks a lot like the young Hohenheim of Light! <3
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Amazing drawing with a very well written backstory, I never though of Starswirl as an earth pony, one should wonder how he was able to cast all his spells, just imagine the abilities required to do so!
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