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In an attempt to take over Equestria and get Princess Celestia, Princess Luna and their mentor Starswirl the Bearded out of the picture, Lord Tirek began planning. He decided to start with Starswirl, as he was the one who had taught the Princesses, and surely by getting rid of the unicorn, Tirek would start to break down the Princesses' spirits. Tirek knew confronting any of the ponies head on would only result in his own demise. Despite Starswirl's cool and collected demeanor and devotion to knowledge and travel, the talented unicorn was very loving and had a kind and talented Weather Pegasus named Moonbow as a wife, and a unicorn filly named Starshine. Tirek made the decision to target Starswirl's family while he was away on a diplomatic voyage to Griffonstone on the Princesses' behalf. When Starswirl had gone, Tirek went to Starswirl's home and set it ablaze, his heart cold to the family he was destroying in his selfish, monstrous bid for power. Celestia and Luna saw the family's house ablaze and rushed immediately to help, but alas, they were too late. They attempted to contact Starswirl, who cut his goodwill ambassador mission to Griffonstone short. Starswirl, Celestia and Luna didn’t know it was Tirek who had done the horrible act.
When a broken and grieving Starswirl could not be comforted by the Princesses, he silently slipped out of Canterlot during the night, setting off on his own to gather his thoughts and deal with his grief alone. He was unknowingly being closely watched by Tirek, who waited until Starswirl was too far away from any help, and revealed himself as the one who had killed the unicorn's family. Starswirl grew enraged and fought Tirek valiantly, using his extensive and powerful magic. Though Starswirl at first had the upper hand, Tirek eventually saw an opening, which he swiftly took advantage of to drain Starswirl's magic. Weakened, injured and sorrowful, Starswirl was cursed by Tirek to become a Draconequus, an ancient and powerful Spirit of Chaos. Tirek’s dastardly and cruel ploy had worked.
When the Princesses discovered their mentor was missing, they swiftly struck out to find him. Starswirl, now the Spirit of Chaos, managed to stumble his way back to the Princesses, disoriented, heartbroken and battered from the fight with Tirek, his mind a blur and weakening by the moment. His memories were fading and his heart was closing, causing him to lose sight of who he'd been. By the time he got back to Canterlot, he'd further lost his mind in his weakened and grieving state. He began unleashing his fury and sorrow on Equestria. When the Princesses heard of a strange creature raining destruction on Equestria, they grimly knew they had to abandon their search for Starswirl and protect their subjects. They first attempted to defeat Discord with their own power, but were unable to. When they retreated Discord turned Equestria into his Land of Chaos. Celestia and Luna returned to Canterlot to retrieve the Elements of Harmony, healed their most serious wounds, then confronted Discord a final time. Unaware that Starswirl had been cursed by Tirek and was now Discord, the Princesses used the Elements of Harmony and turned their beloved former mentor into a stone statue.
Shocked and anguished at losing Starswirl, Moonbow and Starshine, Equestria went into mourning. A service for the family was held, which most of Equestria attended. Many citizens from Saddle Arabia, Zebrica, and Griffonstone attended to pay their respects and give the Princesses their condolences, for Starswirl had been a well-traveled, learned, respected and loved citizen of Equestria.
Losing Starswirl had a consequence Tirek hadn't intended, but one he was satisfied with regardless. Starswirl, Celestia and Luna often stayed up at night to observe the skies and make various types of star charts. They also witnessed many meteor showers and even discovered a few new celestial bodies. Celestia gradually got too busy to join them as frequently. After Starswirl was gone, Luna had no one to share the night with, and the grief over her mentor and friend's loss became too much, eventually contributing to her change into Nightmare Moon. When two obstacles to power were gone, Tirek gathered resources, made plans and finally challenged the lone Celestia. He revealed during the battle that it had been him who'd killed Moonbow and Starshine and cursed Starswirl. Enraged, Celestia fought even harder to avenge all she'd lost. At last, exhausted, wounded and her magic almost spent, Celestia gained the advantage and banished Tirek to Tartarus for his crimes.
One night, as Celestia was recovering, she was observing the stars. Starswirl had taught both sisters that future events could be glimpsed in the stars if one knew how. That was when Celestia learned Luna would come back in a thousand years, and she vowed to make things right with Luna and eventually with Starswirl, even though he wouldn't remember her.