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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.


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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WishExpedition23 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They seriously need to put Star Swirl the Bearded in the series sometime soon.
Ferdrimmler Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014
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
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 :)
RukarioTrainer Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
I love Star Swirl! Also that's a beautiful picture of him ^_^
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?
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.
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~
EUNE7 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I wonder what happen to star sural probably turn himself into a evil cat
M7Fire Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Ahuizotl? Really doubtful xD
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