This is Azure Ace Starburst, and who commissioned me to draw her? AzureAceStarburst
. Send her some kind words of thanks, because this mare saved Christmas for me with how many commissions she bought from me!
And now for her new backstory:
Azure Starburst was born from a union between the most magically and politically powerful Unicorn in Trottingham and the most magically powerful Kitsune in Neighpon. She inherited vast riches and great magical power, but her grey eyes were completely blind. Her parents still loved her, and had their servants read stories and textbooks to her while they were busy. She was a smart pony, as her tutors quickly realized as they scrambled to find harder tests for her. Her least favourite tests were the kind where ponies used magic and assorted potions to mess with her sightless eyes, and then asked her if she could see. She never could.
She spent her foalhood life in what she thought must have been an attic in their family manor, and she thought she was hidden away from the world, a foal whose parents were ashamed of her. After a few years, she met ponies smaller than herself, and her parents said they were her sisters and brothers. She liked them, but she didn't get to see them often. Well, technically she didn't see them during any of those visits, because she was blind, but you know what I mean.
Sometimes, ponies whose voices she didn't recognize would be brought into her room to watch as she was tested in this thing or that thing. She didn't think much of how pleasantly surprised they were by what she could do. She was awesome, she thought, so it was only natural that they'd be impressed.
Azure's parents had told her to never use magic outside of her magic classes, so she didn't. In front of her parents, that is. But when she was alone, she used magic freely. At first, she used simple magical pulses to view the world through feeling how her magic interacted with things. Then, she figured out that she could "See" (Feel from a distance, that's what she thought seeing was at the time) any object she was telekinetically holding, along with any vibrations that object felt. When she figured out how to send out and guide magic pulses around in intangible, low-power waves, she started sending them outside her bedroom window, and she started to use magic to view the outside world.
Over the years, she practiced magic in secret. After all, she didn't have anything else to do. She saw stage plays in massive theatres, she saw Royal Guards performing drills, she saw ponies in the back rooms of fancy restaurants playing card games, she saw stage performers pull off amazing tricks, and she saw ponies her age train in all kinds of different magic schools. She tried out what they did for fun, and after she started doing that, more ponies started showing up in her room to test her ability to do this, cast that, lift this heavy weight once the spell that shrank it was negated, shoot this many plates within a minute, try to control that puppet body using magic and see how far away you can move it, and so on.
One day, she decided to try and use her magic on her eyes, not only to let her see, but to also make them the best eyes ever. The spell she messed up was powerful, so powerful that it went out of control and grew to drain magic from everypony in Canterlot. Quick thinking from Princess Celestia, along with a lot of magical power she gave willingly to ease the burden on others, was the only thing that stopped the spell from sucking everypony dry for months. Azure's spell used their combined power to make her eyes perfect, which resulted in a lot of glowing and dramatic music. When the deed was done and she opened her purple-yellow eyes, she could see. Everything. Where normal ponies had a wide cone of vision, hers was impossibly wide. She saw everything around her. She saw for miles around her. She saw everything from every angle, and saw through everything at the same time. She saw magic, she saw muscles and brain activity, she saw spirits and probabilities and every future.
She even saw flashes of light on her rear, which were followed by colours and symbols in a world of colours and symbols and time and numbers she couldn't make any sense of at all.
It was very disorienting, and it took years of practice before she could reliably see things as easily and reflexively as others did. But after a lot of practice and visual training with eye experts, with her Ultimate Eyes, she saw the world, and it was beautiful. She saw the faces of her parents, her six younger siblings, and the many, many servants in her home. She saw that the room she wasn't allowed to live in was a laboratory room converted into a bedroom, complete with a glass wall so she could be observed by the best doctors, scientists, potion makers, and mages from all over the world. All of these ponies had been hired to try and fix her eyes, she realized. She saw instructions written out for her in magic when she looked at hidden passages that would normally only open, or even start to exist, if one who knew their secrets opened them. She saw the shine of the trophies on her bedroom's shelves that commemorated when she'd gotten world records from the different tests she did over the years. She even saw the spirits of ancestors and ancient magical masters, who taught her their secrets and magical knowledge.
And she saw the sincerity on the faces of her parents when they said that they'd only kept her locked away because they were overprotective and afraid that she'd be foalnapped if she left the house. After all, she was famous for having broken over a hundred world records before getting her Cutie Mark. And when she looked at her Cutie Mark, she saw a heart above, and a diamond below, a golden infinite loop. She wasn't sure if it meant she had an infinite amount of hearts and diamonds or not and what that meant at first, but she eventually figured it out. Her Cutie Mark was to be the best, something she proved to the world when she proceeded to get more world records, and on purpose this time. She also got back the world records that had been taken from her, broken by others.
She thought Princess Celestia would be furious with her for nearly bringing Canterlot to a screeching halt, but she was kind and understanding. The Princess even offered Azure a place at her School for Gifted Unicorns!
There, she was an attentive student, a brilliant genius, and a crass, obnoxious, easily-enraged, self-absorbed loud-mouthed show-offy brat. She was number one! So she should always be number one, she figured, and if anypony else was number one, they were cheating. She said she was number one so often, she even started walking around with an Ace of Hearts card in her hair, just to remind everypony that she was number one. She even started calling herself Azure "Ace" Starburst, "The Ace", and she started making up nonsensical stories about how she was actually the reincarnation of every famous pony ever in a row, and that was why she was able to talk to them and ask them questions. Friendship with others and a buttload of life lessons, many of which were taught by a young Twilight Sparkle or set up by Princess Celestia, mellowed her out and made her into a more respectable pony.
When Azure turned 16, she decided to travel the world in a massive blimp. Almost immediately after leaving Equestria, it was attacked by giant sea monsters. She was saved by a group of pony Sky-Pirates known as the Arcadians, who lived in massive city-tier airships outside of Equestria to get around the bans on certain magics and technologies Princess Celestia had set. She surprised them by copying their strange language, seeming to master it instantly because she was using her future sight to cheat and see the best futures where she said the best Arcadian words and phrases. Azure joined them and was taught their ways of making winged backpacks, powerful fighting robots, and powerful laser weapons. She rose through the ranks and became the best friend of their leader's daughter, then she joined that mare and eleven other ponies on an epic world-spanning adventure where she learned the true meaning of friendship and became even stronger when she defeated the final boss (Some ancient seventh-dimensional eldritch horror of pure evil empowered by chaos, conflict, fear, hope, determination, suffering, and uncertainty, seven concepts that had the same word in the language of the creatures that had sealed this monster away millions of years ago) by cheating and draining all of that final boss's magic until there was nothing left but a big stone statue that crumbled to dust when the protagonist guy destined to defeat it kicked it pretty hard. She also became insanely rich in her own right during this adventure. And then she went back to Equestria to found Las Haygas, also known as the cooler Las Pegasus. She made a city-sized Casino, a building so massively large that it covered all the land in Las Haygas. If other ponies wanted Casinos in her town, they would have to make smaller Casinos inside her one, a design choice her ego enjoyed a lot. She then set up vast underground labs to research better technology and better magic. She felt she was comfortably rich, so she decided to make all the games in her Casino perfectly and verifiably fair, which drew millions of creatures from all over the world to her games.
And then another her in another reality did a thing. An Ace from a world without ponies, magitek, or any type of magic other than breathing and spirit summoning ended up touching Azure Ace Starburst's mind, and the minds of every other Ace in the multiverse. Azure Ace Starburst gained the ability to call upon the abilities and techniques of the other Aces, and every other Ace out there gained the same. Azure decided to magically bring their minds together to talk, and together, the ones that had already finished their stories decided to get magically replicated a few trillion times and adventure through the worst Ace-less universes out there, bringing the twin lights of magitek and heroism to these worlds and turning them into planet-sized casinos under her control, when not warring with multiversal leagues of villains and organizations dedicated to preventing good universal changes.