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Changeling Concept: The next generation

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The queen loves all her children...save one: her successor. For to a queen, any other queen, whether kin or not, means one thing: competition.
Lest the mother kills the child, the new queen is therefore removed from the mother hive as quickly as possible. A small escort of workers is given to her, to nurture and care for her until she is fit to rule and expand the new hive.
Most queens never meet their parent, which - given their naturally aggressive territorial behaviour - is a good thing. The pheromone mix alone - familiar, yet different - is enough to make most queens fly into a minor frenzy.
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ILoveObsidianPie's avatar

Dear lord.. Looking at this art and the concept of the Lacera Hive, I could not help but to envision an alternate universe where Lacera herself smashs Miasma's egg and is like... the alternative Changeling Queen alongside the four others. Then again, Miasma did say that she was ugly both inside out so I have absolutely NO idea any of her intentions were or if she would even be willing meet up with other changeling queens or not.

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SiansaarProfessional Digital Artist

Oh geez. Yeah, that would be horrifying and totally in character for her. I can't imagine her going to any meetings. If she encountered any of the other ones, she'd probably try to kill them and enslave their hives.

ILoveObsidianPie's avatar

Yikes. o.o Hopefully they'd beat her then. XD

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SiansaarProfessional Digital Artist

I could see them teaming up to do so.

ILoveObsidianPie's avatar

That would've been epic.

MechCL3's avatar
Changling lore is really sparse in the show.
Siansaar's avatar
SiansaarProfessional Digital Artist
Aye...among others.
Foxyrulz's avatar
I love all your changeling art! It's all so lovely!
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SiansaarProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you! ^^
Foxyrulz's avatar
Might consider making my own species, or maybe some Breezie variations
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SiansaarProfessional Digital Artist
Go for it!
NexTyphoon's avatar
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Had there ever been a changeling mother who cared for her heir?
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SiansaarProfessional Digital Artist
Not in my headcanon so far.
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NexTyphoonHobbyist Digital Artist
Oh. That's sad.
Equeto's avatar
EquetoHobbyist
I am no sure but I think that I have found a little contradiction respect the history of the "initiation test" of the changeling queens. So while in this pic: siansaar.deviantart.com/art/Ch… you say that if a "new queen" achieves to fullfil her objective to dry all the love of other creature she will return to her original hive and take the post of her mother as the new queen (but she only returns after the old queen has dead or after to kill her? or in reality the old queen takes the decission to commit suicide and so let the way clear for the her daughter?) of the hive. However in this pic I understand that the new queen never returns to the original hive (as in the case of Miasma) and in exchange she founds a new one in another place with the changelings which nurtured and cared for her during her "infancy" and with her own offspring.

So both are true? It is said are two possible options that have the new queen whn they are finally prepare to rule?
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SiansaarProfessional Digital Artist
Ah, guess I formulated that unclearly in the first picture...the latter option is the correct one.
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EquetoHobbyist
Ah ok thanks for the answer!

And now I take the advantange to ask another question related to the changeings: in your headcanon how long could be the life span of a "normal" changeling? The same as a pony?
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SiansaarProfessional Digital Artist
Honestly can't make up my mind. I'm tempted to say maybe a bit longer. Queens definitely longer, maybe twice as long? Problem is we don't know how long ponies DO live.
Cavenerd20's avatar
You've mentioned that Queens sometimes fail their love-gathering mission, but don't necessarily die. Is it possible for two queens to be sisters, then? And if they were, would they react in the same way as a mother queen to a daughter?
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SiansaarProfessional Digital Artist
Good question! I figure they might not be *quite* as adverse, but it's probably up to the individual. For example, I can't see Miasma reacting very well to either relation. But on the other hand I figure if two sister queens meet, they already have established hives so they wouldn't compete beyond "normal" changeling rivalry, whereas a queen born into her mother's hive triggers an automatic fear that because of a lack of her own hive the new one would overtake the old one.
Cavenerd20's avatar
They would definitely know they were sisters because of similarities in their pheromones, right?
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SiansaarProfessional Digital Artist
Yeah, probably. They'd probably ask for confirmation from some drones who came from the mother hive though.
Cavenerd20's avatar
The reason I ask is because as we saw with your "Next Gen" queens, Changeling queens often seem to have similar color schemes to their parents. And since Calliphora (who failed her mission at first) is older than Miasma (who she seemed to relish messing with), and shares a color scheme with Lacera (whose form she apparently knows), I began to wonder who Calliphora's mother is.

Of course, Miasma looks almost nothing like her mother, so it may have been coincidence that the daughters seemed to share color schemes.
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SiansaarProfessional Digital Artist
Ahh, right. Well Lacera definitely isn't Calliphora's mother. When I design the daughters (or mothers) I always go for a small colour shift. Purple becomes more pink (Miasma), red more orange (Calliphora), green towards yellow (Ambrosia) etc.
(Not sure where you take "shared colour scheme" from when it comes to Calliphora and Lacera...one's red and the other purple?)
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