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Emperor Mondo
 
© Character by Alec Harris.

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Did I just make an Alicorn OC? Yes I did. Angry yet? No? Good. Though this is strictly fanon because of wings and horn at the same time, Emperor Lapiste Terramondo (Emperor Mondo if that's easier to remember,) is the current ruler of the land of Itaily, and is also Celestia and Luna's uncle on their father's side. His special talent is turning the world to bring about the natural seasons, setting the stage for proper snow to fall, plants to change in autumn, bear fruit in the spring and summer, etc. Earthly powers and such. Enjoy, and tell me what you think!

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Looks like a emo Celestia..XD

Actually, this is an interesting and valid point to bring up! In terms of rulership, he is at an equal, if not greater, level of authority compared to his subjects as the princess Celestia of Equestria. However, when put in terms of personality, with Celestia being casual and kind to her subjects, Mondo is intended to be a very intimidating figure on his own, and one obsessed in past rituals and practices. In fact, he has his mind stuck in the past for the most part anyways, and this leads him to often hold grudges. He is a strict and unforgiving ruler to those that trespass his will, but he is no tyrant, and puts his laws as the ponies dictate and within the realm of reason. To this effect, I actually did base his design (as is obvious enough) at least in part off of Celestia's, to communicate the fact that Mondo is not just a parallel, but also an antithesis to our fair leader of Equestria.

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eeeeehhhh he needs some work because right now he looks like a badly redrawn Celestia. ( Yes I read he is her uncle in the description but there can be some verity in how rulers look.) I think the first thing that needs to be redone is his cutie mark/job description. I say this because his marking contradicts what has already been shown in the show. If Celestia brings up the sun each day then there would be no need for the Planet to spin because it would be geocentric universe instead of a heliocentric. Also Winter wrap up stated that magic is what brings the seasons so that also contradicts his cutie mark. Perhaps his can be that he moves the stars across the night sky? or maybe he is in control of the tides of the oceans? (Though this might be a dangerous line to cross because that might fall under Luna's job) The next thing is the shoes and crown. Maybe have him wearing a helmet/or a male crown and a cape or something instead? As for the shoes, make them smaller more war like or have him have fetlocks. The yolk is some what interesting but could use a bit of a touch up. Finally the hair has got to go. I know that the wavy hair is a signature of the "Royal pony family" but It just does not work with his color scheme. If you are insisting on long hair then go with Prince blue blood style. Sorry if this is harsh but I figured it would be better to be honest then anything else. You might want to take a look at Italian king portraits to get a feel of what might work.

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I like it well enough, although sleeps has a few good suggestions. Boots/sandals are pretty fresh. I still like the name Neighro, but I'll just say that was another ruler from another time :D

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eeeeehhhh he needs some work because right now he looks like a badly redrawn Celestia. ( Yes I read he is her uncle in the description but there can be some verity in how rulers look.) I think the first thing that needs to be redone is his cutie mark/job description. I say this because his marking contradicts what has already been shown in the show. If Celestia brings up the sun each day then there would be no need for the Planet to spin because it would be geocentric universe instead of a heliocentric. Also Winter wrap up stated that magic is what brings the seasons so that also contradicts his cutie mark. Perhaps his can be that he moves the stars across the night sky? or maybe he is in control of the tides of the oceans? (Though this might be a dangerous line to cross because that might fall under Luna's job) The next thing is the shoes and crown. Maybe have him wearing a helmet/or a male crown and a cape or something instead? As for the shoes, make them smaller more war like or have him have fetlocks. The yolk is some what interesting but could use a bit of a touch up. Finally the hair has got to go. I know that the wavy hair is a signature of the "Royal pony family" but It just does not work with his color scheme. If you are insisting on long hair then go with Prince blue blood style. Sorry if this is harsh but I figured it would be better to be honest then anything else. You might want to take a look at Italian king portraits to get a feel of what might work.

No no, the critique is perfectly alright! Honestly, I'm glad to hear that somepony suggested changing up the mane, because personally, I agree: the wavy stuff does not do the good stallion justice at all. However, I suppose there was a bit of confusion with his talent, so allow me to be more specific. When I say that he turns the earth, I mean that in a much more figurative, or at least partially figurative, sense. He is an earth-shaper, and when not keeping total control of his power, he can rearrange landscapes in very extreme ways with every step, hence the heavy presence of mountains and valleys in his land. Does this make him dangerous? Yes, absolutely. Keep in mind, though, his powers only come about when they are either not at all kept in check, or summoned upon specifically. He's been doing this for centuries, even millennia, after all, I'd personally be shocked if he didn't have a good grip on the wheel by now, if you follow. The seasons themselves is rather a theory on my own part. Magic is one thing, of course, but it's also important to note a change in air temperature as well, which more has to do with the weather than unicorn shenanigans. Now, making snowflakes, that's one thing, we already know what the pegasi do that, so that basically covers winter in terms of climate. Summer? Hot. Period. However, what about the trees and plants? They're in full bloom in the spring, bear fruit in the summer and fall, and, well, do what trees do and go into hibernation. Now, here's the slippery slope that I personally proposed. It's already been established that once a plant is planted, ponies can't do much to alter that. Heck, even the earth ponies, who are farming miracle workers are just as at the mercy of the plants they try to grow. I offer up Zap Apples as a bit of an exceptional example. However, what if there is indeed a force behind this? Cadence can repair a broken heart; heck, her power is basically love. Celestia raises the sun, Luna the moon. If these forces have a sovereign of their own (in more than one way in this case,) would the forces of earthly nature not have a master as well? This is why I specified that he holds control over the natural seasons: His magic changes the plants and woods of the world to fit the season, be they bringing into bloom, or dropping everything they have in preparation for a long wintry hibernation. An emphasis I need to stress on Emperor Mondo is that his power is not in some ball in the sky, not in a word spoken to another or a powerful feeling shared. His power instead is right beneath your hooves. It is in the earth. It is the earth. All the land's bounty is sustained by his powers, and from those bounties, life survives. Mind you, he can't make plants die whenever he wants, and he can't instantly plant a seed and have it become, say, a beanstalk that stretches into the sky. His control over plants is a passive control: he cannot force them, but he can change their behavior.

Enough with the explanation of his talent and such, though I'd love to hear your feedback on that theory. As for the design, I think I definitely will look into more historical portraiture. Though to be honest, Mondo doesn't strike me as the helmet type, and full crowns on a pony just look off to me. Ah well, if I can make it work I will. Anyways, get back to me if you could, your advice and suggestions are always appreciated!

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No no, the critique is perfectly alright! Honestly, I'm glad to hear that somepony suggested changing up the mane, because personally, I agree: the wavy stuff does not do the good stallion justice at all. However, I suppose there was a bit of confusion with his talent, so allow me to be more specific. When I say that he turns the earth, I mean that in a much more figurative, or at least partially figurative, sense. He is an earth-shaper, and when not keeping total control of his power, he can rearrange landscapes in very extreme ways with every step, hence the heavy presence of mountains and valleys in his land. Does this make him dangerous? Yes, absolutely. Keep in mind, though, his powers only come about when they are either not at all kept in check, or summoned upon specifically. He's been doing this for centuries, even millennia, after all, I'd personally be shocked if he didn't have a good grip on the wheel by now, if you follow. The seasons themselves is rather a theory on my own part. Magic is one thing, of course, but it's also important to note a change in air temperature as well, which more has to do with the weather than unicorn shenanigans. Now, making snowflakes, that's one thing, we already know what the pegasi do that, so that basically covers winter in terms of climate. Summer? Hot. Period. However, what about the trees and plants? They're in full bloom in the spring, bear fruit in the summer and fall, and, well, do what trees do and go into hibernation. Now, here's the slippery slope that I personally proposed. It's already been established that once a plant is planted, ponies can't do much to alter that. Heck, even the earth ponies, who are farming miracle workers are just as at the mercy of the plants they try to grow. I offer up Zap Apples as a bit of an exceptional example. However, what if there is indeed a force behind this? Cadence can repair a broken heart; heck, her power is basically love. Celestia raises the sun, Luna the moon. If these forces have a sovereign of their own (in more than one way in this case,) would the forces of earthly nature not have a master as well? This is why I specified that he holds control over the natural seasons: His magic changes the plants and woods of the world to fit the season, be they bringing into bloom, or dropping everything they have in preparation for a long wintry hibernation. An emphasis I need to stress on Emperor Mondo is that his power is not in some ball in the sky, not in a word spoken to another or a powerful feeling shared. His power instead is right beneath your hooves. It is in the earth. It is the earth. All the land's bounty is sustained by his powers, and from those bounties, life survives. Mind you, he can't make plants die whenever he wants, and he can't instantly plant a seed and have it become, say, a beanstalk that stretches into the sky. His control over plants is a passive control: he cannot force them, but he can change their behavior.

Enough with the explanation of his talent and such, though I'd love to hear your feedback on that theory. As for the design, I think I definitely will look into more historical portraiture. Though to be honest, Mondo doesn't strike me as the helmet type, and full crowns on a pony just look off to me. Ah well, if I can make it work I will. Anyways, get back to me if you could, your advice and suggestions are always appreciated!

Well it is an interesting enough now that it is explained a bit better. So from what I am getting he has the ability to shape lands and make plants go in and out of hibernation. I personally would only go with one or the other because to many talents will make him seem like he has a Mary Sue like quality. As for him being all powerful and needing to keep his power in check is kind of a warning bell at Mary Sue description. Celestia has the power to move the sun which is basically the most powerful thing in the universe and she has trouble dealing with other creatures like Chrysalis and Discord so it is a bit over done to say that he is some super dangerous being if angered. Anyways with the description I think that maybe a change in color scheme might also be needed because both jobs seem to have something to do with earth so earthy colors might suite him better. (maybe have his mane be a leaf read and maybe have his coat be a light natural green/brown mix?) As for his cutie mark I would still say it needs a change maybe instead of a planet maybe make it mountains or vegetables.

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Well it is an interesting enough now that it is explained a bit better. So from what I am getting he has the ability to shape lands and make plants go in and out of hibernation. I personally would only go with one or the other because to many talents will make him seem like he has a Mary Sue like quality. As for him being all powerful and needing to keep his power in check is kind of a warning bell at Mary Sue description. Celestia has the power to move the sun which is basically the most powerful thing in the universe and she has trouble dealing with other creatures like Chrysalis and Discord so it is a bit over done to say that he is some super dangerous being if angered. Anyways with the description I think that maybe a change in color scheme might also be needed because both jobs seem to have something to do with earth so earthy colors might suite him better. (maybe have his mane be a leaf read and maybe have his coat be a light natural green/brown mix?) As for his cutie mark I would still say it needs a change maybe instead of a planet maybe make it mountains or vegetables.

Hmm. Yes, the terraforming I can drop for sure. I do see what you mean with the sue warning, so dropping the terraforming ought to eliminate that issue right there and then. As for color scheme, give me a bit on that, I'm actually redesigning him as we speak, to more suit that intimidation aspect I was talking about. But yes, plant behavior it is, and I'll see what I can do about the Cutie Mark. A cornucopia, you know, like one of those straw horn-like baskets with all the produce would probably be fantastic for him, and symbolic of both high powers and Earth's bounty. Thanks for the review, I'm liking this already!

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Hmm. Yes, the terraforming I can drop for sure. I do see what you mean with the sue warning, so dropping the terraforming ought to eliminate that issue right there and then. As for color scheme, give me a bit on that, I'm actually redesigning him as we speak, to more suit that intimidation aspect I was talking about. But yes, plant behavior it is, and I'll see what I can do about the Cutie Mark. A cornucopia, you know, like one of those straw horn-like baskets with all the produce would probably be fantastic for him, and symbolic of both high powers and Earth's bounty. Thanks for the review, I'm liking this already!

yes I think that a cornucopia would be a wonderful cutie mark for showing that he has power over the plants that lead to the eventual harvests around the world.

*edit* well I did think of something that might be interesting. On his Yolk perhaps you could include nordic runes or have a germanic calendar running around it.

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yes I think that a cornucopia would be a wonderful cutie mark for showing that he has power over the plants that lead to the eventual harvests around the world.

*edit* well I did think of something that might be interesting. On his Yolk perhaps you could include nordic runes or have a germanic calendar running around it.

That sounds like a cool idea, but I'm actually dropping the yolk altogether. Here's the sketch of the WIP so far: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/6962625/Alec%27s%20Things/MondoWIP.jpg any suggestions?

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That sounds like a cool idea, but I'm actually dropping the yolk altogether. Here's the sketch of the WIP so far: https://dl.dropbox.c...gs/MondoWIP.jpg any suggestions?

mmmm he's getting there. His leg seems a bit small and effeminate for a male so you might want to change that up a bit. Generally MLP males tend to be based of draft horses which are big horses. Like Big Big horses. The chest plat seems a bit flashy at the moment but I could maybe see it working.

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Gave a shot at thickening the legs, like you suggested. I really like how this came out, so far! https://dl.dropbox.c...s/MondoWIP2.jpg

If I were to change the chest plate, any ideas as to how I could change the way it's decorated?

Go with less. Maybe a simple symbol in the middle or a few detail lines but not that much. Here take a look at a screen shot of some of the armor worn by guards.

http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120425132023/mlp/images/thumb/8/84/S2E25_-_The_Captain.PNG/799px-S2E25_-_The_Captain.PNG

The armor is less detailed especially on the hoof and chest. At most there is a few small symbols and detail lines but not much. So basically go with the idea of "less is more". Also I recommend looking up Trotsworth art work on Deviantart and his picture of Lord Solaris it will really help out with that idea.

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Go with less. Maybe a simple symbol in the middle or a few detail lines but not that much. Here take a look at a screen shot of some of the armor worn by guards. http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120425132023/mlp/images/thumb/8/84/S2E25_-_The_Captain.PNG/799px-S2E25_-_The_Captain.PNG The armor is less detailed especially on the hoof and chest. At most there is a few small symbols and detail lines but not much. So basically go with the idea of "less is more". Also I recommend looking up Trotsworth art work on Deviantart and his picture of Lord Solaris it will really help out with that idea.

Eeh, this is where I'm going to break off from the help wagon. Now, the helmet and the breastplate? Those I can change with no issues, that's easy, fine, etc. The armor, however, I have no intention of altering. In my eyes, it looks perfect for his character, and to be perfectly honest, those boot-things the Princesses and guards wear? I hate them. I hate the shape, I hate how they look. On Celestia and the guards, they're fine! But there's no way in hell anypony will ever get me to slap a pair of those on any of my characters. I'm sticking with the shape, but the design of the armor I could definitely redo.

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Eeh, this is where I'm going to break off from the help wagon. Now, the helmet and the breastplate? Those I can change with no issues, that's easy, fine, etc. The armor, however, I have no intention of altering. In my eyes, it looks perfect for his character, and to be perfectly honest, those boot-things the Princesses and guards wear? I hate them. I hate the shape, I hate how they look. On Celestia and the guards, they're fine! But there's no way in hell anypony will ever get me to slap a pair of those on any of my characters. I'm sticking with the shape, but the design of the armor I could definitely redo.

I bring up because it just feels like to much is going to be going on. Like it will be clustered. Still I respect your decision. Maybe once it is cleaned up a bit it will look a bit better.

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I bring up because it just feels like to much is going to be going on. Like it will be clustered. Still I respect your decision. Maybe once it is cleaned up a bit it will look a bit better.

Once it's colored too, I'm sure. After all, this is all one color, and barely shaded at that. I can see how things here could blend together.

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Nice conversation, guys. :) The armour is very nice, and needs hardly any changing. Your point on simplifying? He controls the WHOLE EARTHS ROTATION!!! (if I read correctly) If his armor was simple like the royal guards, that would destroy the imperial look. What sort of emperor looks like a guard? And, if he lives in Italy, would his armour be based off of the same thing? Seriously, no the armor doesn't need a change. Though, the purple on the VECTORED image could be changed.

My problems? Well, like before, the purple doesn't fit. Even Luna's purple is a little more blue like the night sky. It should fit his job as a ruler of the earths rotation. Maybe a terracotta or more earthy color would work, but one of the reasons why he looks very feminine is probably the color AND the old legs. The change in legs, by the way, helps a lot. ;)

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