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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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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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