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Celestia rose from her bed, and went to her balcony. The moon was already sinking down, so Luna was ahead of her today. Celestia smiled softly, and her horn lit up in that glittering golden magic color. The sun slowly began to rise over the horizon, bringing light to the world and awakening it from the peaceful slumber of the gentle night. She loved the sweet night time her sister made.Tia slowly finished raising the sun into place and moved to the desk in her room. As she sat to look at the calendar, something came to her. It was her birthday. While most of her subjects had long forgotten it, many ponies near her still remembered. It was always a fun day, and she enjoyed the often festive like celebrations they held in the gardens for her. She let them do as they pleased, it was more fun that way. As she began putting on her finery, she paused to look in the mirror. Setting the gold trappings aside, she stood in front of her mirror and looked at herself. No. Today she was going without them. Her subjects knew her well enough to know it was her. She didn't need all the finery of a princess to be a happy pony. Taking one last look at herself, she nodded and moved to her door. Today was a day to be happy and she strolled the halls slowly. She looked out the windows at the guards as they went about their daily tasks and patrols. She could see that there was already a banner announcing it was her birthday, and that court was canceled. Moving down the hall she went to the dining hall. The table was massive, made to accommodate over two dozen ponies at once. But on mornings like this, it was just her and her sister. Taking a seat at the end of the table, she leaned a hoof on the wood to wait. She was pondering what was for breakfast. Maybe Luna would make pancakes, or the chefs would make something sweet and fruity. While the first attempt of her sibling to cook was not that great, Luna had kept practicing, and she got really good at it. Celestia herself was no good in the kitchen, she knew that. The best she could do was make a salad, and even then it was bland. As she waited, she started to hum softly. Her eyes drifted over the room, lit only by the light from the windows. It was lavish, and set with all manner of finery. Celestia had come to just accept it, though secretly she wanted to get rid of it all. She had come to miss the simpler time when it was just she and her little sister, dining on a picnic blanket in a flower field and enjoying the simple foods nature provided them.
Name: Princess Celestia Sex: Female Age: Unknown (over 1000 years) Species: Allicorn Eye colour: Purple Pink Coat: White Mane/Tail: Pastel Quad color - Blue, green, pink, violet Physique: Slender, sleek, lithe Residence: Canterlot Palace Occupation: Princess of Equestria, Princess of the Sun Cutie Mark: Large 8 armed sun. Celestia gained her cutie mark when she discovered her power to raise and lower the sun with extraordinary ease. where it once took the power of many unicorns, she could do it herself with little to no effort. Unique Traits: Former wielder of the elements of harmony, patient, wise, caring. Exceedingly Beautiful. History: Celestia first rose to power with her sister when asked by the first ponies of Equestria if they would be the rulers and represent all races in the land. While hesitant at first, she took to the role well enough after a time. She saw it as an opportunity to learn and grow with ponies, and to show them the power of uniting all the races of ponies, rather than being individual tribes. Being the older sister, she took on more of the responsibility and public figure. In her youthful arrogance, she loved the limelight. She loved being adored and even worshiped in some cases. Her ego eventually got the better of her, and she turned a blind eye to the suffering it caused other ponies, including her sister. The conflict that arose between Celestia and her sister ended when Celestia was forced to confront her sister and do battle with her, claiming victory at a high price. It crushed her inside, knowing the pain she caused others, and the damage to their home. Even in her victory, Celestia found no comfort in the praise of her citizens anymore. They loved and worshiped her as a savior, as she only saw herself as a betrayer of those that needed her most. After banishing her sister, Celestia ruled alone for over 1000 years as the only princess of Equestria. During this time, she established a military force and expanded Equestria's land coverage in all directions. Reaching shores and deserts alike, she sought to bring ponies together and unite the world in peace. She wanted to make every living being see that love and friendship were the answer rather than power and fame. In this, she realized that if her ponies depend on her so much that without her they are lost, Equestria will fall. To this effect, she has spent a good deal of time during the peace to make herself a distant part of their world, visible as a beacon on the hill, but not needed in their daily lives. However in times of Strife when threats arise, she will step forward to protect her kingdom. Unfortunately this has made many ponies in the past believe she is the sole protector of their kingdom. The princess choose this reason to form the REA. Having a military force that can protect them even in her absence would help the citizens understand that they can defend themselves just as well as if she were standing there with them. In more recent history, she has taken a step back. She gives other ponies a push in the right direction, helping them to become heroes of Equestria. This is to ensure that no matter what, Equestria will always have ponies to lead it to peace and safety. She also realize what while she is ageless, she can be defeated and killed by many other means. Multiple times, she has underestimated her opponent, being imprisoned by them. This has taught her that she is not invulnerable. As impressive as her magic is, and as deep as her power runs she knows that there is always the chance her opponent might be more powerful or more crafty than she is. Like any modern ruler, she is a civil servant. In the past she was lavished with love and could freely ask whatever she wanted. Her power to control the sun made many see her as a god. She cared nothing for this, but allowed it to pass as her longevity and great magical power caused many to revere her presence. Celestia helped guide public opinion over the years, turning her position of absolute ruler into that of a civic servant. She served the ponies of the country, as they served the kingdom. She established it this way to form a series of checks and balances to help keep the palace from gaining too much influence again. She cared nothing for the power, but knew that without a ruler the country would be lost. Character Personality: Celestia is a smart mare, with a skill for handling unexpected situations with calm and poise. However she has lost connection to her ponies and sometimes forgets that when interacting with them, they can not just understand what she wants or needs. Years of being the only princess have set her in the habit of believing she is the only one to be able to handle a situation until it gets beyond her abilities or knowledge. Her rule was dotted with a few instances of serious danger, between long stretches of peace and prosperity. Celestia has a fondness for sweets and music. She enjoys her sugary foods a bit too much, overindulging when she thinks no one is looking. While she maintains a slim figure, she can easily pack away an entire cake by herself. Her love of music extends to many forms, from the old classical pieces to the more modern club music produced by many modern ponies. Her favorite way to enjoy music is from the musician themselves, no matter their instrument choice. Be it electronic keyboard powered by magic or an old family violin that sang out notes coaxed from its strings by a an old professional, Celestia loves music. Even the out of tune notes played by a foal their first time they try to play, she enjoys it because it represents joy and peace to her. Her hidden personality is that of a timid mare, scared of her own power. Not her magical prowess, but as a ruler. Celestia is aware that she sometimes forgets she is a princess, and when she speaks or acts out of character it causes confusion and concern for other ponies. Her other self is locked deep away, hidden from the common pony and shown only around dear friends and family. She is scared, knowing that one day she might slip up and hurt another pony so deeply as she did her sister. Over the ages, she has made friends with many other rulers or other countries, including: the Hippogriffs, Saddle Arabia, Maretonia, and many others. Her efforts are to ensure that Equestira always has allies. Her reasoning is that in the event of great danger, these countries can band together and protect themselves from the threat to secure peace for their various peoples again. Character Summary: Celestia is skilled in combat, from engagements in the crystal empire, against various foes of Equestria such as chaotic spirits and evil invaders, to common challenges to her throne by powerful and skilled warriors. As she grew older, in the peace that was secured for Equestria she lost some of her combat edge, and relied more on help from other ponies to keep the world safe. She is also a loving mare, with more heart than most and a deep desire to share that love with every pony. She wants to be friends with all her ponies, and show them she is not some monarch on a pedestal but a friend they can turn to in their time of need. Knowing her position, Celestia tries her best to promote ponies to realize they are just as important as she is. She can not be a princess without them, and so tries to show them that they have so much more power than she does. However she feels restricted because she is duty bound to Equestria to provide it a service like any other civil servant. She must raise and lower the sun, as well as handle matters of importance like daily court or missives from other leaders.
The Night Courts of Canterlot were an unusual place indeed. These proceedings were more subdued, calm, and held a certain peacefulness that made Stormstride feel more at ease. Though given her escort, the minor noble was likely one of the few ponies feeling at ease. Nobility often had their own private honor guard, which was nothing new. What did appear to be new was the fact that Stormstride's Honor Guard were wearing armor made of a black, non-reflective metal, and adorned with antlers, horns, and what looked likes claws and fangs of dangerous and wild beasts. There were even a few dragon claws attached to the helm of what was her captain. They were quiet, but their faces were hidden behind full helmets, their full bodies covered in chainmail, furs, pelts, leathers, and plated armor that made them look like walking amalgamations of monstrous magically crafted metal golems and wild animals combined. Clashing with that was the mare herself, in a simple white satin toga and golden crown made in the shape of lightning. Maretonian nobility by style and design, and the way she carried herself as well denoted that same are that Maretonian Unicorns carried. The self importance and pompousness many of them had was there, but to a much less degree. The only thing about her that stood out as strange were the shoes on her hooves. One could see the gleaming silver metal, and the mounting screws driven into her hooves, permanently mounting those shoes to her. On her neck hung a simple silver charm, cast with the family crest of her house. The mare's emerald green eyes stood apart from her mottled gray and dark gray mane. The silvery streaks blending in her mane twisted with the dark rolling grays, creating the look that her mane, tail and coat were made of rolling storm clouds, and beset with two gems for eyes. The deep and long scars on her chest, left cheek, and left front leg were visible. This mare was no stranger to combat. However it seemed she came not to pick a fight. Instead when it was her turn to speak she came forward, produced a scroll with her credential and then spoke in a tone of both respect and dignity. "Your highness, Princess Luna. I have come before you to request your advice and assistance on a matter dear to my family and our home. As many here are aware, I, Stormstride Cloud am not within good standing within Equestria. That being said, I hope that that will not taint the request I wish to place before you. My daughter has..." She paused, to glance around as if checking to see who was watching before continuing. "My daughter has stopped dreaming. In fact she has not had a dream in many years. I have tried my own magic to help, and sought the help of others in my own lands. However, this is something that we can not understand, nor can we treat. This lack of dreams has brought my daughter a lot of anguish as of late. She is of the age she wants to attend a more focused school. Centering around her talent in cooking. She has several selected here in Equestria and a few in Maretonia. But she has become depressed because she is very different." Stormstride took a step closer, and spoke in a whisper, "Please. I know Your sister loaths ponies like myself, but do not hold it against a filly barely out of her foalhood years. She's already deaf. She shouldn't have to suffer this too." Despite the looks and jeers of a few of the Canterlot nobility that knew of Stormstride's reputation and her previous deeds or misdeeds as they would refer to them, the mare before Luna was sincere in her request. She did not make a show, but she was almost begging for help. This was in honesty a mother seeking help for their child. And so it seemed Stormstride had no other choice but to come to Equestria to seek help.