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  1. I'm going to start this off by saying I am not sure how plausible this is, or how much work it would be for the staff to implement if they so choose. Inspired by another discussion about the nature of Twilight's special talent, that seems to at least involve the potential to learn ANY spell, no matter what kind of magic, no matter the difficulty level simply by studying it. She's not just a powerful unicorn already, but she also has that untapped potential to learn and master every spell in every book throughout the land. She's just not there yet. Based on the way she holds Starswirl the Bearded in near reverence and the sheer amount of time she spends with her books, she will always have room for improvement, and there will almost always be some obscure she doesn't figure out until nearer to the end of her life. That is what keeps her from being a Canon Sue. Sure, she's a functioning adult and is no longer has to attend class with Celestia, but that's probably because she's at a point where she has absolute mastery of the control of her use magic (where she's not accidentally turning anypony into a cactus anymore) , but Twilight will never NOT be a student of magic. Even when she's the one writing the books and there's a wing in the Royal Canterlot Library named after her and aspiring unicorns are dressing up as her for Nightmare night, she will STILL be studying. She's mortal. There just simply is not enough time for her to possibly master every single spell that's ever been created in all of Equestrian history. But what about those spellbooks? Surely any unicorn can just march right into the library and read up and try to learn spells. In particular, the spell that Twilight uses to give Rarity wings, while exceedingly difficult for her, was found in a book in a library of a town built by earth ponies. Not even the royal Library in Canterlot. And Twilight was under a time crunch to make it in time to support Dash, failure wasn't an option so they had to take the easiest path. Not to mention that she had never seen the spell before performing it successfully to begin with. With practice and training that difficult spell would probably become easier and easier for her to perform. But the spell exists, therefore SOME unicorn has been able to do it before. This brings me to the actual point and suggestion of this rambling. The unicorns we have as OCs, and even cast members have a special talent and their magic is tied to it. But what if they, unlike a unicorn like Rarity, attended school and studied in an attempt to learn additional spells (For example, if a unicorn's power was helping plants grow, he or she could learn a spell what could do it faster, or even manipulate its structure to make a bush grow naturally into topiaries (Unlike Rarity's spell, which I'm not even sure what that did during winter wrap up). )? While there's no way it would come as easily to them as it does to Twilight, and there's no way they could even remotely master magic if it wasn't specifically aligned with the nature of their special talent, what if they COULD upgrade their power a little bit. Right now, Twilight could just instantly and completely overpower any OC that is on the forum with any type of magic period. While I agree that she is the best, and most magical, I would also like to think that if she locked horns with a well-trained pony whose special talent was, say, levitation, if they ONLY used those types of powers it's be more of a well-matched fight. I'm not suggesting that the ponies should or would fight, I am just using it as the easiest way to demonstrate the balance of power. But these powers would have to be earned through special RP in Celestia's School for Gifted Unicorns, and a set list of augments would need to be drafted. You get so many points through some sort of board-wide event, your unicorn gets some additional spell that makes them a tiny bit more powerful. Up to a point of like, say, 4 points. 4 levels of additional augmentation, until they've the power to at least put up a good fight if they were in a magic battle with Twilight herself (only using their type of special magic) and are considered "graduates". The augmentation could even be pre-built into the application in that the unicorn starts out fairly weak with run-of the mill powers, but has four levels of power-upgrade suggestions, as long as they are reasonable and make sense to the character. That way people who want a really powerful character have to earn it, and prove that they can RP responsibly before they are handed powers that can be abused, and there's a means by which for Unicorns to learn additional spells to keep them from being one-note in that aspect. Because, after all, they are there and easily available for anypony to study, whether they're strictly in school for magic or not. There has to be a reason for that, Twi can't be the only pony who can improve with time, and the study of magic can't be that much of a trade secret if directions are just everywhere. Ponies in general might prefer sitting around and hanging out with their friends (even the mane six, and extraordinary group, prefer to do this when they don't need to save the day) instead of studying as a rule, but that doesn't mean that there aren't other diligent unicorns out there looking to get better at magic. Again, not sure how plausible this would be for the staff to implement since it would be more work for them, if they even wanted to, but I thought I'd bring it up in case it even changes the way magic is viewed slightly in applications. If a unicorn can improve over time on this board itself, maybe people won't be arguing so much about the crazy sue-ish magic they try to apply to their character from the get-go.
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