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HC: Love and Hatred by Lopoddity HC: Love and Hatred by Lopoddity
so i kinda modified Sombra's origin story

rambles below


Once upon a time in Equestria, a brave herd of ponies set out to explore the great Frozen North. Although an artic wasteland teeming with monstrous abominations, the land was also foretold to contain untold treasure for any brave enough to conquer it. After months of mining, the explorers hit upon an underground cache of countless, glittering gems....and only discovered more and more treasure the more places they looked. It was all far too much to bring back to Equestrian the intrepid team decided to stay where they were, and founded the city-state that would eventually become the Crystal Empire.

Ponies came from far and wide to partake in the treasure, and colonize the land into something more hospitable. Gems and crystals were so plentiful that entire architectural structures could be made out of them. Celestia appointed one of her students to lead the tentative nation, the first Crystal Queen, Amore.

Unfortunately, in the wake of prosperity, the ponies had failed to notice that the land they'd come to call home was already inhabited. A dormant species had been sleeping within icy catacombs, and now, through the noise of construction and mining, had finally been awoken.

The Umbrum.

Powerful nightmare creatures. Distant cousins of windingoes. Vaguely horse-shaped, rolling masses of shadow and horror. Upon seeing the pony invaders frolicking about in their city built from plundered treasure, the Umbrum attacked, plaguing the ponies with biting cold and horrific nightmares. In the end, however, justice prevailed, as Queen Amore launched a devastating attack with her new magical weapon, the Crystal Heart. As the Empire glowed with renewed love and light, Amore ordered her guards to destroy any remaining Umbrum.

One particular Umbrum had managed to survive. A mare. Using the very last of her magic, she transfigured her infant child into the shape of a pony foal, and braved one last journey into the Empire, to leave her son, Sombra, on the doorstep of an orphanage.

Sombra was raised as an ordinary pony, never suspecting himself to be anything different. Other foals teased him for his dark pelt that didn't seem to reflect the Empire's light, but Sombra grew to be relatively well-adjusted, if shy and wary of other ponies. He had one good friend at least, Radiant Hope, and that was all he needed. As a young adult, his strange magical powers earned him the spot of Luna's beloved student (and possibly, secret lover).

Sombra's was very studious, and was most curious about why he looked so different from everypony else. Neither Luna nor Amore could seem to answer this, and the more time passed on, the more Sombra wanted to know his origin. There was no record of his parents in the orphanage, nor in official Empire records. Where did he come from? It burned at him. One day, he ran off to the frozen wastes, hoping to learn something new. He discovers an ancient red crystal-one last fragment of the Umbrum's home-and upon touching the crystal, the truth is finally revealed to Sombra. His true identity as the last well as the fate of his people.

With his dormant shadow powers now awakened, Sombra loses himself to rage. The crystal ponies murdered his people! His mother! And for what? Shiny rocks? Greedy, rotten, little monsters, all of them-especially that lying wretch, Queen Amore. The new, potent shadow magic begins poisoning his mind, exacerbating his anger and hatred. It is he that should be ruler of this land-it is his birthright! He hatches a plan and acts-stealing the Crystal Heart, turning Amore into a crystal statue, and shattering her to pieces. Now the rightful king, Sombra enslaves the crystal ponies, a punishment for their great evil. 

Unfortunately, Celestia and Luna disagree. They descend upon the Crystal Empire with righteous fury, and King Sombra, in one final act of hated, sentences the Empire to a 1000 year curse, before he is finally brought down.

Justice always prevails in the end, see? Although......Sombra seems to have.....said something to Luna during their last confrontation. Something that's got her looking at her sister rather angrily now......


A millennium later, the Crystal Empire rises again, but this time, Celestia is prepared. Years ago, a vision in a dream showed her that the great King Sombra would be destroyed by the power of love, so she began taking on new students, in the hope of one being a champion of Love that could combat Sombra. Princess Mi Amore Cadenza, an orphan and direct descendant of Queen Amore, was an obvious choice. Celestia took the young pegasus filly in and trained her extensively, then sent her off on a journey around the world to learn the ways of love and family. Cadence eventually ascended, surprising Celestia (who was fresh off the failure of Sunset Shimmer). This makes Cadence one of Celestia's more successful proto-Twilight Sparkles (she had a lot). When the Empire rises, Celestia places Cadence, Shining Armor, and her young student Twilight in position to defend the land, lining up all her pawns in a gambit that succeeds. Cadence replaces the Crystal Heart, revealing herself as the true Crystal Empress, and Twilight's success in the Empire proved she would be ready for more difficult tasks in the long road to ascension. All according to plan.....

Crystal Empire historians conveniently leave out Sombra's motivations when they tell the story of the Empire's beginnings. All of it has been sanitized down to the Crystal Ponies triumphing over the wicked Umbrum, and destroying the tyrant king with the power of love. Such a beautiful story.  Justice always prevails in the end, right?

Some character notes (that didn't otherwise fit into the story):

-Cadence's official title is the Crystal Princess, and Shining Armor is her prince-consort (commonly referred to as the Crystal Prince, or even King). She is the Alicorn of Family and Love (all love, not just romantic). She is an empath and highly sensitive to the feelings of others, and can amplify existing feelings in their hearts, perhaps granting a shy young pony the nerve to confess their love, or bathing a sick pony in feelings of warmth and comfort. This makes her a very skilled diplomat, but it also makes her perhaps a little too nosy about other ponies' relationships. She just can't help meddling sometimes-though always with words, never with magic.

-Cadence is an avid devourer of romance novels, the trashier the better. Although she adores her Shiny and is in a committed marriage with him, they are both polyamorous and entertain the odd boyfriend or girlfriend between themselves occasionally (Sunburst was shared between them, for a brief period). She and Shiny are totally that one obnoxious couple that nuzzle noses in public.

-Cadence's favorite music genre is disco, which made her and Discord instant friends. She is also very close with Pinkie, Fluttershy, and Rarity. She shares the Twilight family trait of being kind of a terrible dancer.

-Since Cadence originated as a pegasus, those physical traits were amplified when she ascended (she has lots of floofy feathers, perfect for snuggling)

-Cadence is an excellent singer, and most frequently bonds with her daughters, Flurry Heart and Skyla, through daily singing lessons. She tries to drop her regal Empress persona with her children to be a goofball mom-sticking a spoon to her snout to embarrass Skyla at the royal dinner table is a favorite.

-As an Umbrum, Sombra is not capable of earning a cutie mark (or even conjuring the illusion of one).

-Years later, following his defeat, Sombra manages to reform (sans horn), and is found wandering the Empire's outskirts in a weak, ghostly form. Cadence takes it upon herself to reform him, and she has some success, cracking through the hate that has all but extinguished any kindness in Sombra's heart. Sombra, now lucid, expresses remorse for his vengeful, tyrannical actions, and agrees to help Cadence in collecting the lost pieces of Queen Amore. Along the way, he befriends a recently released Tirek, and they bond over their dumb pony-imposed "reformations". Sombra has also been meeting with historians to reveal the true beginnings of the Empire, though most Crystal Ponies are loath to believe his side of history.


phew that was a lotta words

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more on Flurry Heart and Skyla:
Baby Sister~ by Lopoddity

more from my headcanon series (HC):
HC: Celestia by Lopoddity Headcanons Are Magic by Lopoddity HC:Zesty, Treehugger by Lopoddity

UPDATE: Some of ya'll wanted to see the Umbrum/Sombra's mom. Welp
Sina by LopoddityHer name was Sina (pronounced Seen-ah). She might not have been a looker by pony standards, but she cared deeply for her child.
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Moonwing2 Featured By Owner 1 day ago
have you read 'The Perilous Romance of the Swans'?
Twisted-Taffy Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
What are you talking about. Sina is America's Next Top Model.
Undertaletrasha Featured By Owner May 27, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
I now hate ponykind.
Lightning-Mover256 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Keep it to yourself...
Undertaletrasha Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Artist
Dude, they committed genocide for rocks.
RadioactivePotato123 Featured By Owner May 30, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why would you even write that on a page that focuses on mlp
Undertaletrasha Featured By Owner May 31, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Isn't it obvious? The fate of the Umbrum. However they justify it, it was genocide.
I was exaggerating somewhat of course.
BronzeStallion Featured By Owner May 16, 2018  New Deviant
it's cute
I am a dummy! Clap 
EdenAngel7 Featured By Owner May 2, 2018
WOw. That makes a lot of sense, though I like my idea, too.
Would you be interested in hearing it?
Anyway, does Sombra's mom prove that Umbra's weren't entirely evil? Or was she exceptional in that regard? How does reproduction work, anyway? 2+? Solo? Cabbage patch? Will the Umbrum ever come back, or will Sombra be the only one left in existence?
MoontailNightheart Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've always been like madly in love with Sombra lol
velvet-blue Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2018
Alright, so this is a great backstory for Sombra, and I love the worldbuilding on display, but i'm having some trouble rooting against the Crystal Ponies in this situation. It doesn't seem like they actually knew anyone was already using the land they'd found, and it seems like they were only made aware of it after the Umbrum had attacked them...which doesn't really endear me much to the Umbrum since they didn't seem to actively using the land. I think this could be remedied if we knew a bit more about the Umbrum themselves...

Was their hibernation permanent, or just seasonal? Did they need the land to survive during their waking hours? Were the ponies actions making the land inhospitable for them? Did they try and reach out to the crystal ponies, but were rebuffed? What's their society like? Did their jewels and treasures hold significant meaning to them? Did the Crystal Ponies find evidence of prior dwelling of the land they were taking, and chose to ignore it? Or were they really completely unaware of the Umbrum's existence? And if they had been aware of the Umbrum's existence beforehand, would they have been willing to completely exterminate them for their own gain? Or did they only act in self-defense against what they thought were a bunch of monsters?

I hate to be so pushy with my questions, but as it stands, I simply don't know enough about the Umbrum to actively root for them.
TwoTailskunoichi Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so the Umbrum are benevolent race in here?
ASHLEYbearteamisbest Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2018  Student Digital Artist
I adore your art!!! Amazing XD teach meh le ways
Moonwing2 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2018
I wish I had someone like Cadence in my life.
Soulwolfpup33 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018
What did Sombra tell Luna that made her so angry at Celestia? I wonder...
SilverNeko1 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
I'm pretty sure that part of the headcanon was base off of…
Soulwolfpup33 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2018
Oh ok, thank you. That animation was amazing was amazing by the way
SilverNeko1 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
It truly is
Haruka--chan Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so amazing!!! I love it! ^_^ :heart:
Goshawk-Gyrefalcon Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2018  Student Artist
Sina is beautiful 
Helios-Star Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2018  Student Artist
I love your work!!!! Those whom hate are nothing but ugly, nasty, shit filled trolls whom need to get a life!! Do not let them get you down!!! Keep up the wonderful work Lop!!!
amandavaldez Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Cadence is beautiful and Sombra is a badass! Great job!!
Mmkaay Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2018  Student Digital Artist
LOVEEEE! :heart: :heart:
Harpaw8 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
I adore your style of drawing ponies!!
ShadowDragoness777 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2018
Nice. Do you do comissions
Dankcakes Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2018  Student Digital Artist
I want to see more Sombra. 

*he is clearly the best character in mlp*
She looks cute (: (expect this creepy beast, bbbohhh D: )
PinkandCuteness Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2018  Student Digital Artist
dchachu Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Awesome characters, love the colours :D
licorne4you Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like it !! 
Vulcara-Ebon-Rave Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
So cool!
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Lopoddity Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2018  Student Digital Artist
so many rude people trying to advertise on my work, oy

go find somewhere else to seek attention
CastoroChiaro Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeeees, I LOVE the idea of Discord and Cadance being pals.
JefferyRaptor Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2018
Awesome work
Fluffypow20912 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Cooly Hinata Thumbs Up Icon 
blisterine66 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2018  Professional General Artist
Love is the answer.
kittykatrocks12 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
They look Amazing and I love the story~
elisedq Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2018
Sombra looks AMAZING in this!!!
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