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King Sombra

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Name: King Sombra.
Gender: Male
Age: Adult
Species: Umbrum; 'shadow pony'
Eye colour: Red irises
Character colour: A plain, markless grey
Mane/Tail/Other: A long, wavy black mane often kept swept back from his face. His tail is kept short, but has the same wavy quality as his hair. The only noticeable facial hair he keeps are well groomed sideburns.
Physique: Sombra stands at a height that rivals Princess Luna's, and his tall stature is matched by a physically fit appearance- what can best be described as buff. Somewhat barrel-chested and athletically toned, without the awkwardness of overly defined musculature; sturdy in appearance.
Residence: None currently; he travels frequently
Occupation: Learning about the modern day and all the changes that'd been made over the millennium he'd been gone, including new magic. Being a foreigner to Equestria as a whole, he has a lot to discover. Learning, specifically, is a passion of his.
Cutie Mark: None
Unique Traits: Sombra is particularly skilled in dark magic and has an affinity for curses, as well as the creation of strange black crystals. Dark magic is the only magic he is ever seen using, and its corrupting influence does not affect him. Certain aspects of his appearance also make it clear that he isn't quite a pony, such as the cat-like pupils he has, sharp teeth, and curved horn. As an umbrum, he feeds off of fear and despair and is capable of sensing the former in ponies. He technically doesn't have to sleep or physically eat.

Weaknesses: Any light magic, love magic wielded by Princess Amore and her descendant, Cadance. Sometimes his own arrogance. Long periods of no sleep or food is a detriment to how well he can function. Cannot swim. Cannot stay a shadow in the light long.


History: Originally found by the crystal guard outside of the Crystal Empire, a young grey colt was brought to the city's orphanage, run by a mare named Chestnut Falls. With no knowledge of pony language, the only word he knew or was capable of speaking later became his name, Sombra. He had no knowledge of any parents or where he came from, and so the orphanage took him in. It is there that he learned how to read and write, with some difficulty, and described learning to speak the pony tongue 'like chewing peanut brittle'. His broken speech and dull, dark coloration earned him the scorn and mockery from his fellow orphans, as he was the only non-crystal pony in the city. Out of all of them, the only one he found a friend in was a fellow outcast by the name of Radiant Hope, a kind and imaginative filly. It is she who he would grow up with as close friends.

Sombra would first learn a hint of what is to come when he and Radiant Hope visit the Crystal Heart a time before their first Crystal Faire, remembering what they'd been taught about the Heart showing them a glimpse of their futures. While Hope saw herself as a princess, Sombra would only see a shadowy, monstrous version of himself that would haunt him for the rest of his life. It is here, too, that he would meet Princess Amore. When asked of what he saw, Sombra lied and claimed he saw 'nothing, only darkness' and he would feel guilt later about lying to the princess.

 

When the Crystal Faire came, the magic of the Faire kept Sombra bedridden by the debilitating pain. Nopony could figure out what was wrong, and the pain was gone by the time the Faire was over. Hope would always be by his side no matter how badly they both wished to see the Crystal Faire, and this would continue for every Crystal Faire after. There came a time in their early adulthood that that magic would nearly shatter Sombra, but Hope used her magic in desperation to prevent this. In doing so, she finally gained her cutiemark in healing- cutiemarks were something they had always tried to gain, and never were successful with finding. The development of such magic earned Hope a chance to study under the princesses, and it was both what she gained and this offer that would drive Sombra to flee in hopes that he would find his own destiny as she had. It drove him out into the Frozen Wastes surrounding the empire, where he would encounter a strange red crystal that spoke to him, naming itself his mother and revealing the truth of what he was, as well as unlocking his dark magic. Driven by this newfound knowledge and power, Sombra returned to the Crystal Empire that night to steal the Crystal Heart. Princess Amore would confront him, and Sombra would discover then that she knew exactly what he was and kept that information in hopes that he would make the right choice, to choose not to be like 'those monsters.' It angered Sombra to know she'd known all along, and let him suffer, and the hurt of being called a monster would only fuel that fire. Sombra used his newfound magic to turn Amore into a statue of black crystal, and shattered her before the newly arrived Hope could restore her. Shocked by his behavior, Hope would flee, calling him the same as what Amore had- it would be then that Sombra would spitefully welcome the title to cover up how he felt, and disowned Hope as his friend, seeing her as a traitor. Sombra went on to do what he was known for: enslaving the Crystal Empire's citizens and forcing them to dig, all in order to find the door to the umbrums' prison buried deep beneath the city. It was only a matter of time before the princesses arrived to fight and banish him beneath the ice for a thousand years, in which he would ensure the empire disappeared along with him in a curse he cast.

 

A thousand years spent in an icy void would take its toll on the king when he returned, disoriented, desperate to regain his throne and driven by this desperation and his fury to the point he acted recklessly. He would find his second defeat at the hooves of Twilight Sparkle and her friends, and the new crystal princess, Princess Cadance. The magic of the Crystal Heart would shatter him at last, freeing the Crystal ponies of him once and for all. It would only be a few years later that he would rise again, his body reformed but temporarily weakened by the toll the Heart's magic took on him. With nothing but his cape left intact and his mind clear again, Sombra left the Frozen North behind to venture south.


Character Personality: Sombra is sadistic, greedy and prideful with an untempered rage and a willingness to do whatever it takes to achieve his goals, which takes a manipulative, intelligent mind to come up with such plans and strategies as he has employed; he is a creature that never stops scheming. He is also gruff, self-conscious, and uncertain about his identity, calling himself 'the king of monsters' because of how many times those he once trusted flung the word monster at him. He believes it to be the truth of what he is, not only because of how others choose to see him, but because of what he'd glimpsed in the Crystal Heart. A vision of his future, he did not believe that he could choose a different path. Sombra is outwardly confident to the point of arrogance and does not shy from interacting with ponies if he absolutely must, but he would otherwise keep his distance both physically and emotionally. Those who meet him may describe him as rude and rather grumpy. Some of his overall personality and actions are a coverup for how he truly feels- self-conscious, alone, and lost without his intended purpose in the Empire. He is fiercely protective of his true emotions and has a difficulty opening up or trusting others because of his past. His treatment at the hooves of others leads him to believe he is justified for what he has done to the crystal ponies and he refuses to acknowledge that he is wrong for it. He is equally unafraid of lying and being dishonest when it suits him.

Notable guilty pleasures, that anypony could notice if they pay close enough attention, is that he has a hidden love for stories and will gladly sit attentively during any that are told, and he adores having his mane stroked or petted to the point that he'll go still and relax whenever anypony touches it.


Character Summary: King Sombra was once the tyrant of the Crystal Empire that he enslaved, ousted from his throne twice by the actions and decisions of the princesses and their allies. Once controlling, greedy, prideful and power hungry; a deeply flawed individual who hadn't yet learned the importance of choices and allowed others of his kind use him to fulfill a purpose. Primarily now acts on his own needs and for his own goals.

 

Can you tell I really like Sombra? I could probably go on for days but I'll leave it as is. Most of it is based on the show and comics with my own interpretations, additions, and development. Please don't be afraid to ask to rp with him! I try to keep his general grumpiness and angst low-key for rp enjoyment.

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