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Setae Ref Sheet
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Published: March 20, 2016
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This is a reference sheet that I made for the husband since he showed some interest in having a pony OC. I admittedly had been thinking of a character for him before he asked me to design one, so I had a head start on some of the headcanon Changeling lore and such @_@ I wanted to make him a Changeling becauuUUUuuuuse

a) Boring stallions are boring
b) My husband doesn't like bronies and since Changelings make a living out of attacking ponies it seemed to make sense heh
c) The physical design of the tall, sharp Changelings fits my husband better than a fat FIM stallion
d) Earth Angel likes weird things
e) I love Changelies

So here is the overly detailed Changeling reference sheet for my husband's character, Setae. Annoyingly, there is even more information that I wanted to include on there, but I think that it's plenty wordy enough as it is.

In my head I imagine Changelings to have a native tongue which sounds very similar to Celtic languages such as Gaelic, but a lot more hissy. They call themselves Siofra, for instance, which is the Gaelic term for a shapeshifter. I am also under the belief that Changeling biology and society is completely and 100% established on the acquisition and maintenance of love. Biologically, they need love. Starved Changelings look small and frail, which is why the ones we see in FIM are like that, and which is why Chrysalis was forced to take such drastic measures in order to feed her army - her people were dying! Without love, Changelings can wither away and die.  But the more love a Changeling receives the more his natural appearance may alter by growing in size and changing in shape. The most powerful form of love is what they call Chroígra; love given freely, without need of shapeshifting, hypnosis, or facade. When a Changeling is genuinely loved for who he is, that is when he gains the most strength and is most likely to have his natural form altered. This is why Chrysalis is so much larger than her army. It is not because she is a female, or a Queen, but because she has garnered the genuine love and respect of so many of her people.

In a pinch, a Changeling can drink nectar from flowers, so they are equipped with long nectar tongue similar in appearance to a bat or anteater. They can't thrive on this diet though. It's only when they're starved that they even try (kind of like how deer will ear bark when they're starving but they can't possibly live on it forever).

I imagine Earth Angel found Setae wounded in the forest after the Canterlot attack, and nursed him back to life through means of many LOOoooOOoove potions because she is very good at making herbal  teas and tinctures. And then one thing led to another and they became happily ever after the end.

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CitrusEucalyptus's avatar
CitrusEucalyptus|Professional General Artist
Amazing character and reference sheet!

Beautiful job!

I hope that you have a great and blessed day!
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Shadowwolf|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :)
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CitrusEucalyptus|Professional General Artist
You're absolutely welcome, Shadowwolf!
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HarmonyStrings's avatar
This character suits him well. >_> 
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Shadowwolf|Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD inorite?
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I'm also surprised he allowed or even thought of wanting a "pony" oc. Lol
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Shadowwolf's avatar
Shadowwolf|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I thought that I just pressured him into it. But then he DREW OUR OCS TOGETHER so I think he might...SUSPICIOUS 

secretly be into it.

:omfg:
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cooley's avatar
cooley|Professional Digital Artist
Fun character! MLP FTW :heart:
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Shadowwolf|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, yay! :D
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The-Syreth-Clan's avatar
He can technically be her anything, so, Angel is lucky.
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Shadowwolf|Hobbyist Digital Artist
She certainly is! :love:
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TwistedWytch|Hobbyist General Artist
I enjoy how you went with Gaelic to explain changlings in this way. That is very imaginative. My own changlings character is a work in progress. After reading this however, I may need to do another redo. I wish to incorporate your views on Changling society and species info into my own design, if you don't mind.
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Shadowwolf|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't mind at all, in fact I love it. Please feel free to use the same lore as in my head canon :) I'd love to see your character when she/he is finished!
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TwistedWytch|Hobbyist General Artist
Oh thanks you so much! I will be more then happy to link
you to her when she is finished. It should be in a couple days.
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flutter-butter55678|Hobbyist General Artist
wow!
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TrebleNoteSinger's avatar
o.0 do you commission these? 
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Shadowwolf's avatar
Shadowwolf|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I could. My reference sheet prices start at $100 though since they are so time consuming.
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Lasiral's avatar
I usually don't care to read reference sheets, but i thought this character so interesting i read ALL of the info. Love it! Hopefully your husband loves it too! :D
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Shadowwolf|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I really appreciate hearing that :) he keeps sayin he likes it, but I think he a Litle confused because he hasn't even seen the MLP episodes with the Changelings... o.o
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FablePaint|Professional Filmographer
i love these fanon ideas on MiP. Makes for very fun reads, kind of like how I enjoy reading fanon TLK stuff.
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Shadowwolf|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah yes, I love TLK fan theories too! So fun!
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FablePaint|Professional Filmographer
have you seen lion guard yet? Everything hyena has me squeeing. Also the new cheetah character
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Shadowwolf|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I only saw the first two episodes I think, so the girl hyena wasn't seen yet. Is there a place I can go to watch a good version of it though? I only watched a super crappy recording of it on Youtube and it made me sad D:
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