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Reflections on the Nature of Time by Equestria-Prevails Reflections on the Nature of Time by Equestria-Prevails
Star Swirl the Bearded, born Astera Nocturna I, was a powerful Wizard and is widely considered to be one of the most influential conjurers of the pre-classical era. Conceived out of an illegitimate liaison between a low-ranking Princess and a commoner Guard, his Earth-pony status and bastardry in the strict class-dominated society of his time should have destined him to a life of soldiery and obscurity. Nevertheless, his mother defied the scorn and ridicule of her peers and so ensured him an education in the magical arts.

Star Swirl is credited with the invention of more than 200 spells and excelled in conjuration and chronomancy. Although vindicated by his rise to prominence and respected by many, he continued to be obsessed by his low-born status throughout his life, often using spells to change his appearance (he was especially fond of making himself look old and bearded) in order to adopt the wizardly image that many expected.

Star Swirl served within the Crystal Queen's inner circle during the centuries of her reign of the Empire and as an advisor for the successive councils that followed. Having grown close to the Princess sisters Celestia and Selena, he accompanied them to Equestria after the fall of the Empire. He devoted the last years of his known life to pursuing an elusive spell that he believed could transform him into an alicorn.

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Robe and necklace designs are from the cover of an upcoming comic issue by :iconandypriceart:, coat and mane colours adapted from the posters and banners seen in the latest ep
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TheZeePony23 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
OMG THAT ART IS AMAZING!!!!!!
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langslock Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
Why is he an Earth-pony?
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NeoWolfArtist Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
quank quank Duck says NO 
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WishExpedition23 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They seriously need to put Star Swirl the Bearded in the series sometime soon.
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Ferdrimmler Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014
Selena?
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ricino Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It means moon in greek or roman i forgot, but he's talking about Luna
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chipperpip Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014
Star Swirl being anything other than a unicorn just seems really weird to me.  We've never seen anything on the show doing the flashy "spell" type of magic without a horn of some type to focus it through.  The closest would probably be Zecora's potions, but that's not really the same thing.

On the plus side, I really like the picture regardless :)
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RukarioTrainer Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
I love Star Swirl! Also that's a beautiful picture of him ^_^
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hvgtd Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014
In the official cannon of the series he's a unicorn, I don't see a horn on his head. Why?
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DallasBlack Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
The backstory of this piece is better than the actual piece. Considering how good this piece is, that is saying something.
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M7Fire Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Aside form that, I adore this picture. Star Swirl has never looked more amazing and even... well handsome xD He looks good for an ol' stallion~
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EUNE7 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I wonder what happen to star sural probably turn himself into a evil cat
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M7Fire Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Ahuizotl? Really doubtful xD
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M7Fire Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Sorry but, Star Swirl atleast needs even a tiny horn. i know Earth and Pegasi have history of magic too, but haven't they confirmed his unicorn status in the show?
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FurryXXI-02 Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome Starswirl The Bearded! He looks a lot like the young Hohenheim of Light! <3
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ClassicBlaze Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
Amazing drawing with a very well written backstory, I never though of Starswirl as an earth pony, one should wonder how he was able to cast all his spells, just imagine the abilities required to do so!
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MagicaITrevor Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Dear Recipient: 
     We regret to inform you that you are hereby banned from this evening's Unbirthday party at the Unbirthday Manor in Whitetail Woods. As you are aware, our members are promised that no non-unbirthday persons shall be allowed on the premises, and, regretfully, we must uphold our promises and traditions. We ask for your understanding and cooperation in this matter.
     However, we look forward to admitting you back on the premises for the morrow's party, so please, don't do anything drastic in your depression, such as, but not limited to the following: suicide, over-dosing, self-injury, or other such activities which would incapacitate yourself. We do, however, highly encourage you to surround yourself with the others who won't be joining us for the evening, so that you will not fall to despair. 
     Thank you, and good day.
Sincerely, 
     Magical Trevor, President of The Unbirthday Society 
:rarity: by Zoiby
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StreaksPsyche Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
Star Swirl...
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Apple-Tank Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Student Artist
That's...kind of a wimpy beard.
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Clarice Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
You've created a very interesting backstory, and your art is absolutely wonderful!
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MoppyPuppy Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
Celebrate the new IDW comic featuring Starswirl! 
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bcollins39302 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Very nice! Twilight looks so much like him
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AvengerXD1 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
I made this with this image along with some others. I truly believe he should be the voice of this character. Tell me what you think.



Star Swirl The Bearded Voiced by Corey Burton
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Here-for-the-ponies Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I love how you manage to say so much with such few words. It makes reading about the pieces as enjoyable as looking at them.
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EUNE7 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The knowledge of the accents
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anime527 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
I just realized you forgot the horn
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Here-for-the-ponies Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You may want to read the description. It explains why (and the character building he does is a good part of the enjoyment).
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TSMatchsticks Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
Is it going to be a theme to have evil faces in any and all reflective surfaces?

Sweet.
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Dowlphin Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Would be nice for a change to have an evil character get a good reflection in the background.
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TSMatchsticks Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
Good lord, I hadn't thought of that. That would be really cool.
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Dowlphin Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
If only I had the skills. I'd dish out tons of stuff like that. I have an overabundance of good ideas. Especially ones that mess with mainstream, habits and stereotypes. :)
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MataNuiSaga Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
Wow, amazing!!!
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lzsmith88 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
this is super cool, i love all this different details. awesome work
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WPCEO Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
Wow, you make these with the seriousness of someone making historical portraits. I love your interpretation! It only leaves me confused on one point; how did Star Swirl cast spells? Is there any canon or fanon way for Earth ponies to cast spells that I've missed?
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hastypixels Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
Okay you seriously need to make more wallpapers. I'd love to feature your work in my pre-show stream slideshow. Awesome.
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Nafsi-chan Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my Gosh, his design is amazing!
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KingArthur5 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
My god I love it when you add lore! The piece itself is incredible, but reading the additions you make is just so much more incredible!
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thevampman24 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
Now this is not only good art but a Nice piece of lore that could turn the MLP universe on it's head even more so then the workings of Pinkie Pie's mind.
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ZDForrest Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Student Filmographer
That's incredible! Out of sheer curiosity and not ridicule, how does he use magic? 
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shadowthepredator Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
I always imagined him as a unicorn.
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AvengerXD1 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
I believe Corey Burton should be Star Swirl the Bearded.
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Pkmatrix Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
I wonder what he's thinking about?  And what sort of darkness the mirror's image portends...
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T-babe Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Beautiful. :)
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animegx43 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Who needs horns to use magic?
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thedutchbrony Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
 Zecora does not need it , so star swirl can join the club?
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animegx43 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014

:iconzecoraplz::iconsaysplz: Join us, for it will be fun

                         With you, me, and the pink one.

:iconpinkiepieplz::iconsays3plz: Hi, Beardy!

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thedutchbrony Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD
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RyeFireAnimations Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
wow... that's really good!
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thundergalaxy Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Student General Artist
Love it! this desing is fantastic!
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TheDoctorsGirl99 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Wow just wow
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