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Church of the Stars
"Through unity, we seek the stars. Through seeking the stars, we break our boundaries. Through breaking boundries, we become greater. Through becoming greater, we will break the Cycle."
— Church of the Stars holy text
While the kingdom of Kerajaan Cahaya promotes religious freedom for all of its inhabitants by royal decree, there is one religion that many practice: The Church of the Stars.
A peaceful religion, the Church of the Stars promotes the voice of Unity, as it is believed through Unity that the "Cycle" can be broken. According to Queen Dazzleglow, the Cycle is an endless loop of the rise and fall of great nations, kingdoms, cities, and even races, with their ultimate demise being brought on by their own failings and/or circumstances beyond their control. The Church of the Stars seeks to put an end to the Cycle and reject its inevitability by letting go of grudges, biases, and pride while looking for ways to look past barriers so people could cooperate with one another.
The Church of the Stars, appropriate to its name, also encourages worshipers to seek "the voice of the stars". As shown with Queen Dazzleglow and several other Sparkle Ponies involved with the Church, this is revealed to be a spatial version of telepathy where the user(s) can commune with celestial bodies such as stars, planets, and meteors, and look to them for guidance. In hostile situations, the celestial bodies can be called upon to descend from the skies and smite an intended foe. It is believed that the stars hold the answer to breaking the Cycle.
However, it is also advised never to go looking into the Cosmic Void on the day the Cycle breaks, for something sinister with hungry eyes lurks within. Queen Dazzleglow has refused to elaborate on this, merely stating it was part of the religion her father followed and that she trusted him on the matter.
While Dazzleglow is a central figure of worship in the Church, other deities are included, such as Luminiferous, Dazzleglow's younger sister Brightglow, Princess Jiniri, and Prince Arcaniss. Being great heroes and champions of past Ages, all of them have joined Dazzleglow in her efforts to help the people of Equus rise above their base natures and grow into their potential, and possibly break the Cycle. Recently, they have considered letting a young Alicorn demigod, Crystal Prism, join the Church, but he has turned down the offer until he has everything in his life sorted out and he feels like he's ready. They did, however, accept two other male Alicorns - Prince Sparkling Wing, an Alicorn from the Third Age, and Golden Scepter, an antediluvian Alicorn Emperor from the fabled Alicorn Civilization and the ruined Golden Imperium of Ponykind.
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- Awful Truth: Part of the Church's plan to break "The Cycle" involves knowledge about the Cosmic Void and a malevolent deity, the Void Sovereign. The members of the Church keep this a secret from everyone save for those they trust, because they want Equus's population at large to become strong enough to properly fight the Void Sovereign when the day comes. Releasing the truth too early would make the public panic knowing that something is out there, sealed in the universe, and will cause the death of the planet once it gets out.
- Beware the Nice Ones: All of them are compassionate and diplomatic deities who are all dedicated to breaking "The Cycle". All of them are also extremely powerful deities who won't hesitate to fight their enemies if necessary.
- Deity of Human Origin: Most members of the Church were once mortal sapient beings before they Ascended to godhood, nurtured and mentored by Luminiferous. Golden Scepter is speculated in-universe to have once been mortal due to being an Alicorn, though the ambiguity of his origins due to his extremely ancient age leaves the theory rather spotty at best. The only one who didn't Ascend was Luminiferous himself, who was instead an exact clone of his "father", Morning Star, and was originally created to be the perfect weapon against the Alicorns... but he followed a different path instead.
- Fantastic Racism: Averted. A core belief maintained by this pantheon is that racism and pride would perpetuate a Vicious Cycle of great civilizations rising and falling due to their people's collective flaws, so they try to break the Cycle by preaching friendship and unity. As such, many members are either diplomatic divines, and/or embody positive concepts such as Nobility, Potential, and Leadership.
- Fling a Light into the Future: Save for Luminiferous, Prince Sparkling Wing, and Emperor Golden Scepter, who all continued wandering Equus throughout the Known Ages, all members of the Church of the Stars have done this by putting themselves into a magical sleep, so they could wake up and help the people of later Ages avert the disasters that befell their times.
- Long Game: The plan that led to its formation took 20,000 years to finally lead to its creation, and isn't nearly done.
- The Magnificent: All of them have titles that refers to their deeds or what they are; Dazzleglow is "the Shining Queen of Kerajaan Cahaya", Brightglow is "the Stellar Diplomat", Stitching Time is "the Princess of Time", Luminiferous is "the Devil Child" (though it's more Red Baron than anything), Jiniri is "the Lady of Miracles", Arcaniss is "the Amethyst Guardian", Merula is "the Guardian Angel", Sparkling Wing is "the Royal Unifier", and Golden Scepter is "the Radiant Emperor of Ponykind".
- Physical God: All of them are corporeal deities, and incredibly powerful. The oldest of them are Luminiferous, a "Titan"-type Alicorn, and Golden Scepter who's even more ancient and powerful due to being an "Antecedent"-type Alicorn. The youngest would be Sparkling Wing and Jiniri, both Alicorns from the Third Age.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Most of the Church members were rulers with their own kingdoms, or at least came from a royal background before they "flung" themselves into a more modern Age. All of them are Ascendant gods and goddesses who are quite capable of leading and kicking ass.
- Secret Keeper: Anyone who joins the Church of the Stars has access to knowledge about the plan to break "The Cycle", as well as the Void Sovereign's plans for Equus and his attempted endgame in the Second Age. However, they also have to be sworn to secrecy so they wouldn't risk ruining their plan and spelling Equus's doom by making the public panic. While the secrecy is for good intentions, it's played realistically as Dazzleglow's secretive behavior has caused some to doubt the benevolence of her intentions - Crystal Prism is starting to have his doubts and suspicions about her, and Temnobog assumed that her breaking of the Cycle would result in a completely utopian planet that would ultimately stagnate and become corrupt, until Dazzleglow privately came clean with the latter god. Golden Scepter admits that he is worried by Dazzleglow's secrecy, because he had tried the same thing for millennia - withholding his plans from his own subjects because he felt he couldn't trust mortals with his knowledge - only for it to backfire on him spectacularly.
- Supernatural Elite: All members of the Church are gods and goddesses, and the highest authorities of Kerajaan Cahaya. Some of them are actual royalty, with a few ruling a kingdom/empire of their own, or coming from royal families and backgrounds in general.
- These Are Things Man Was Not Meant to Know: One of the Church decrees advises people never to go looking in the "Cosmic Void", as... something lurks within. Given how a pony ended up in there and came out as the Void Traveler in the Second Age. It's eventually revealed to be the prison of the Void Sovereign, a being that nearly consumed the planet Equus in the past, who Void Traveler was the herald of.
- Two Girls to a Team: Inverted and then averted. Initially, the only male members of this pantheon are Luminiferous and Prince Arcaniss, while the rest are Alicorn goddesses. Crystal Prism, a young male Alicorn demigod, is seen as a potential candidate, but he turned it down until he's got everything in his life sorted out and he feels like he's ready. However, after Jiniri and Merula joined, they would accept Prince Sparkling Wing, a male Third-Age Alicorn, and Golden Scepter, an antediluvian Alicorn Emperor from the fabled Alicorn Civilization and the ruined Golden Imperium of Ponykind. This resulted in the Church pantheon becoming a Gender-Equal Ensemble.
- Vertebrate with Extra Limbs: The more ancient members of the Church, such as Luminiferous, Dazzleglow, and Golden Scepter, have multiple wings or are in the process of growing extra pairs - Luminiferous and Dazzleglow are starting to grow a second pair, while Golden Scepter has six wings.
- Vicious Cycle: Defied. All members of the Church are dedicated to freeing Equus from "The Cycle", which is a rise-fall cycle that has reduced great civilizations, species, and kingdoms to ruins due to their own flaws and pride. Two members, Dazzleglow and Golden Scepter, have had personal experiences with particular cycles, which made them even more determined to break "The Cycle".
- Winged Unicorn: Almost all of the Church members are Alicorns. Prince Arcaniss is the only exception, since he's a dragon god, unless Luminiferous isn't counted as a "true" Alicorn since he's actually a Nightmarified one and a clone of Morning Star (though in appearance only).
Queen Dazzleglow, the Shining Queen of Kerajaan Cahaya
Divine Classification: Ethereal/Ascendant
Portfolio: Preservation, Light, Space
Rank: Divine (Tier 3/Greater)
"The Cycle will be broken - and I will help light the way to breaking it."
The divine matriarch of the Glimmering Isles, Dazzleglow was once the queen of Kerajaan Cahaya, a kingdom from the Second Age that existed concurrently with other mythical realms of that age, such as Ponyland, the Isle of Pony and the "Empire of Ushr". However, her kingdom fell, vanishing from history like the rest of the Second Age, though not before she willingly put herself in a magical sleep so she could wake up in another time, hoping that she'll break what she calls "The Cycle".
After 20,000 years of dormancy, Dazzleglow was awoken by adventurer Daring Do, who was trying to prevent Ahuizotl from killing the ancient queen and destroying what was left of her and her kingdom. At the last moment, Dazzleglow displayed her power for the first time in millennia, easily wiping the floor with Ahuizotl. Having witnessed Daring Do's moral integrity, Dazzleglow has decided to make her one of many champions that would help her succeed in her plans.
- Big Good: As the Queen of a prosperous kingdom and the leader of a very benevolent religion, Queen Dazzleglow actively participates in international affairs in her attempts to break the Cycle, often sponsoring heroes like Daring Do so their deeds will further her plans to unite the world.
- Buffy Speak: He called Page Wheel's monster form as a "dangerous, blue, blob-looking monster thingy that absorbs any type of magic it came across".
- Deity of Human Origin: Implied to have been once mortal, as Daring Do expressed surprise at the sight of a Sparkle Pony Alicorn. Her profile labeled her as an "Ethereal/Ascendant" deity. It's eventually confirmed that she indeed was, and Luminiferous was the one who taught her and helped her ascend.
- Fantastic Racism: Defied. Dazzleglow believes this is also part of the reason great civilizations perpetuate "The Cycle" - when one lets bigotry and hatred color their perceptions of others, they are doomed to failure. This is why she donated a large sum of money to the School of Friendship, applauding Twilight Sparkle for establishing a place where friendship and unity can be taught to the younger generations.
- Gravity Master: Implied; one of her described powers is the ability to manipulate her own gravity as well as the gravity of other objects and people.
- Half-Human Hybrid: It's implied that she and her sisters are hybrid offspring of the Visitors, due to all of them being Sparkle Ponies. Further implying this is the absences of two sisters, Happyglow and Starglow, who both have "returned to their father" according to Brightglow.
- The High Queen: She's the matriarch of the kingdom Kerajaan Cahaya in both the Second and Fourth Ages, and she's treated as a respected and beloved queen by both her subjects and those who know her through her actions. Of course, she still has her enemies, particularly in the Clovenists and Autorists, who try to overthrow her because she has openly opposed their beliefs and methods, but her allies are so great that they never succeed.
- History Repeats: Defied. Dazzleglow is an adamant opponent of what she calls "The Cycle", a never-ending Vicious Cycle that often leaves great civilizations falling to decay and stagnation as the result of moral evils like pride, bias, and greed or natural evils like disasters that are beyond their power to control. Having seen it happen with her own eyes, she is outspoken against the Clovenists and the Autorists, who both seek to dominate the world for extreme or unsavory reasons, and preaches the idea of friendship and unity so her kingdom would never fall like so many before and after it.Dazzleglow: When one species seeks to present themselves as superior to all other forms of life, or when they seek progress without limitations, they run the risk of lighting the world on fire and burning themselves to a cinder. I speak as one who has seen such folly with her own eyes.
- Immortal Ruler: She has been ruling the ancient kingdom of Kerajaan Cahaya since the Second Age, and even after undergoing a millennia-long magical sleep, she hasn't aged a day. It's implied that she was once mortal.
- Light 'em Up: One of her powers as a Sparkle Pony Alicorn; while all Sparkle Ponies are capable of manipulating light, Dazzleglow takes it further, being capable of create Hard Light weapons, energy beams, and shields. Her first move upon waking up was to call herself the "Goddess of Light", and attack Ahuizotl with a magical sphere made of light and lightning that created a deep crater upon impact. She even has Light in her portfolio, and is described as so powerful that she can draw light energy from even distant stars.
- Look on My Works, Ye Mighty, and Despair!: Defied. Despite being the Alicorn Queen of a very prosperous kingdom, Dazzleglow believes that this is partly what perpetuates "The Cycle"; when a kingdom or race seeks to dominate others and/or prove itself superior to others, it is doomed to failure. According to her, it happened in the past where she came from, and she seeks to end it by preaching friendship and unity.
- The Magnificent: Known as "The Shining Queen of Kerajaan Cahaya".
- Physical God: Tales of Equestria describes her as an Alicorn with a mane and tale made of blue and white energy, stars dotting her glowing body, and stardust forming a ring around her. Considering how she was able to drive away Ahuizotl in just two moves, she's immensely powerful. Her profile describes her capabilities; as an Ascended Sparkle Pony, her natural powers are heightened to an incredible degree, and in addition has the powers of all three pony tribes.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: She's a very benevolent and reasonable queen, who will not hesitate to aid her subjects and other heroes if they are having some kind of trouble. When she offered the young demigod Crystal Prism a place in the Church of the Stars, he refused, saying that he'll join once he has everything sorted out and he feels like he's ready. She completely understands and has accepted his decision.
- Secret Keeper: Justified; whenever she tells someone about something of great value, material or not, she makes them swear an oath of secrecy. This is to prevent people from misusing items from her kingdom for selfish, corrupt desires, and to prevent her enemies from conquering/destroying her lands as it happened before in the Second Age. However, it gets deconstructed in that her secrecy tends to make people doubt and even question her motives - Temnobog assumes that her breaking "The Cycle" would result in a gradually stagnating world where Good overwhelmed Evil until Dazzleglow cleared things up with him, and even Crystal Prism is starting to question her benevolence due to her redirection of the subject when asked.
- Space Master: Much of her magic as a Sparkle Pony Alicorn falls under this. Some of her capabilities include hearing the voice of stars and summoning them for her needs, manipulating gravity, drawing light from distant stars, and creating portals.
- Star Power: She can hear the "voice" of the Celestial Bodies such as stars, a magical power that some exceptional Sparkle Ponies possess. She's so powerful that she can draw light energy from them and summon shooting stars to bombard her enemies.
- Supernatural Floating Hair: Her mane and tail are perpetually rippling, as they are literally made of blue and white energy.
- Telepathy: A variant. Her space powers allow her to communicate with stars and other cosmic bodies. She can also talk to Celestia and Luna by using the Sun and Moon, respectively.
- Winged Unicorn: Is an Alicorn, but is not like the Alicorns from the antediluvian Alicorn Civilization that used to openly populate Equus. As Sparkle Ponies are implied to be alien hybrids, this fact may extend to Dazzleglow, who is also a Sparkle Pony herself.
Princess Brightglow, the Stellar Diplomat
Divine Classification: Ethereal/Ascendant
Portfolio: Peace, Thermal Energy, Space
Rank: Divine (Tier 3/Greater)
"It is within all our interests to work together to break the cycles keeping us bound. Then we can break our limitations and reach for the stars."
- The Empath: As a Goddess of Peace, she's got this as a power.
- An Ice Person: As she can manipulate thermal energy, she can absorb it to free things or manipulate ice and cold.
- Living Lie Detector: Being both able to see heat differentials and read emotions makes lying to her quite difficult. Blackthorn likes to test her limits during diplomatic meetings as an amusing diversion for him.
- Playing with Fire: She can manipulate thermal energy, letting her use heat to attack with.
- Space Master: Is a divine of Space like her sister, but more specialized in defensive aspects than her.
Princess Stitching Time, the Princess of Time
Divine Classification: Ethereal/Ascendant
Portfolio: Casualty, Fate, Time
Rank: Divine (Tier 3/Greater)
"We have come to the end of our time!"
Stitching Time is Queen Dazzleglow's beloved student, and the goddess of Causality, Fate, and Time. As a filly, Stitching Time had a fascination with time, which eventually led to her being taken under Dazzleglow's wing. Eventually, thanks to Dazzleglow's guidance, she was able to become the Alicorn goddess of time, and worked together with the Time Primeval, Ourophion, in protecting the universal time stream.
The fall of the Second Age during the Void Aeon and being forbidden from restoring it by changing time caused Stitching Time to corrupt herself with anger and grief, turning her into Final Epoch. Final Epoch's plan was to become powerful enough that she could erase from time anyone she deemed as threats, and to change time in a way that the only way to undo her changes would be to outright destroy Equus itself. With Ourophion's help, Dazzleglow confronted and defeated her student in "The Realm That Never Was", a defunct future timeline that was beyond happening. Final Epoch's actions inspired the birth of the Cult of Timebreakers, whose efforts to continue her plans would be opposed by Starswirl the Bearded and his time spells.
Starlight Glimmer's revenge gambit against Twilight Sparkle would free Final Epoch, and allow her to continue her quest to erase all the evils across time itself. With Ourophion unavailable at the time, Dazzleglow would instead use a loophole in Final Epoch's powers that presented itself when Twilight Sparkle finished Starswirl's Cutie Mark spell. While Dazzleglow fought Final Epoch, Dazzleglow's younger sister, Brightglow, briefly pulled Dame Patch out of time so she could talk down her mad daughter. Dame Patch's words distracted Final Epoch long enough for Dazzleglow to pull in Twilight Sparkle and her friends just as the Storm King was defeated. Using the Elements of Harmony, the Mane Six attacked and purified Final Epoch, returning her to her original form as Stitching Time.
Stitching Time would take up her original position as the goddess of time, but the horror of her actions caused her to develop a guilt complex that Luna is trying to help her with. Despite her sorrow over the Second Age's destruction, she is determined to atone for her crimes, and fix the damages she made to time itself.
- The Atoner: After her HeelFace Turn, she becomes this.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Averted. She used to be this pre-Ascension, but proper teaching forced her to grow out of it.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Even as Final Epoch, she loves her mother and when Brightglow pulled her forwards in time to the present temporarily, she's the only one who can cause her to second guess her evil scheme.
- Heroic Lineage: Is the daughter of Patch, one of the legendary Tales Seven. She became a villain, but is eventually redeemed.
- Knight Templar: As Final Epoch, she seeks to erase the evils of the world from existence, but the damage it would cause would be cataclysmic.
- Punny Name: Her real name before becoming Final Epoch sounds like stitch in time.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: After becoming corrupted and turning into Final Epoch, Dazzleglow as forced to seal her away in the Realm That Never Was. Thanks to Starlight's revenge plot, she escaped.
- Superpowered Evil Side: Like Luna, she became corrupted and transformed into Final Epoch until she was eventually purified.
- Time Master: She's a Goddess of Time, though her powers have their limitations. Her ultimate goal as Final Epoch was to gain the ability to Ret Gone whoever she pleases from time.
- Time Stands Still: Has the power to do this for five minutes ever ten minutes, but she can't physically interact with the outside world while doing so or vice versa.
- Villain: Exit, Stage Left: As Final Epoch, she mainly uses her Time Stands Still power to perform this.
Luminiferous, the Devil Child
Divine Classification: Ethereal/Ascendant
Portfolio: Perfection, Self-Determination, Potential
"I am not my father. And my fate, is mine to decide."
Luminiferous is the ancient Alicorn god of Perfection, Potential, and Self-Determination... and the son of the infamous Fallen Alicorn, Morning Star. After the fall of Alicorn civilization and the surviving Alicorns' retreat from the wider world, Morning Star was banished and left to wander Equus for crimes unknown. Full of anger and spite, Morning Star tried many times to craft a child that would also serve as his weapon for revenge, and finally succeeded when he used a fraction of his own Primordial Quintessence to create Luminiferous.
While what happened next is still debated, it is known that Luminiferous managed to become a loving and compassionate individual despite his villainous origins as his father's "clone". This compassion motivated him to stop Morning Star and put an end to his wickedness, leading to a divine conflict that lasted for over a hundred millennia. During the conflict, Luminiferous looked into his Fallen father's mind due to having Primordial Quintessence that's near-identical to Morning Star's, and discovered that underneath his rage, Morning Star actually missed his home and wanted to stop his quest for revenge.
Despite this revelation as well as Luminiferous's attempted appeals to his better nature, Morning Star refused to swallow his pride and accept his mistakes. Luminiferous was forced to defeat his father for good, and he has wandered Equus ever since.
Luminiferous has an infamous reputation for being a demonic-looking Alicorn god and is assumed to be on a dark path, much like the one Morning Star took when he fell. However, his appearance and might are all that he ever shared with his villainous father, for he is in fact opposite of his father in every way. Unlike Morning Star, Luminiferous is selfless, humble, and noble, and sees great potential in others, while Morning Star was a prideful and narcissistic being who only saw flaws in everything else. Luminiferous's quest to help bring perfection in mortals has gotten him personally involved in several major crises, and also caused him to develop great interest in the current generation of Equus's heroes, such as Thorax, Ember, and Rainbow Dash.
- The Ace: Incredibly ancient, incredibly powerful, incredibly heroic, he's widely seen as this. And given his portfolio, he even goes around helping others become this as well.
- Amplifier Artifact: His double-headed poleaxe, "Arisen Demon", can bring out the wielder's future potential indefinitely as long as they're holding it.
- Anti-Antichrist: Was originally created by his father to be The Antichrist, but due to growing up to become a selfless and noble hero, he became this instead. In Amareros' words, he's 'Morning Star as he should had been'.
- Adorkable: He's surprisingly adorable and dorky despite being an antediluvian Alicorn hundreds of thousands of years old. He likes playing videogames, is a fan and geeks out when he met A.K. Yearling/Daring Do, and blushes when pointed out about his age. It's part of what makes him so friendly and approachable. This also makes him rather befuddling to Changeling Queen Acanthosomastidae, who is rather traditional and expects him to behave as befitting his station as the ancient Alicorn god of Perfection and Potential.
- Badass Teacher: Oh yes. He's known for being a mentor for many people from multiple races, but he's also a Titan-ranked Alicorn, making him one of the more ancient deities of Equus. As shown with numerous incidents in other entries, he's quite capable of defending himself, and also has been known for empowering his students and other people of interest with their future potential.
- Berserk Button: If there's anything that could get to him, it is seeing potential for greatness squandered, but it's subverted in that he's usually more upset and disappointed than angry.
- Even when he was calling out the Changelings for letting their grudge with Dragonkind rob them of a chance to cure their Curse a thousand years earlier after Apterus' rampage, he mostly just let the ramifications speak for themselves.
- However, the only times he truly gets angry is when people try to get rid of their own flaws (and other people's flaws) in an attempt to achieve "perfection", which Luminiferous sees as a bastardization of true Character Development, where one becomes perfect through overcoming their flaws and improving because of them. One incident had him angrily call out High King Irminsul for trying to purge his then-unborn son's flaws, stating that he's no different than Morning Star since they both share twisted standards of what perfection actually is. The same goes for people who ruin someone else's potential because of their own biases and opinions, such as when he angrily chewed out the ponies of Sparkling Wing's childhood kingdom for rejecting him as a potential ruler just because Sparkling Wing was born a royal with the "wrong" sex according to matriarchal traditions.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He generally acts like a surrogate older brother to both his students and those he helps out. While he usually acts more disappointed and upset when potential is squandered, he will get angry if someone actively ruins another person's potential for various (usually selfish) reasons.
- Luminiferous was understandably angry when he learned that a matriarchal kingdom rejected Prince Sparkling Wing as heir to the throne despite his great potential simply because of his sex, and heavily pressured his mother, Queen Silver Clock, into having a daughter. While he was lenient with Silver Clock, who deeply regretted caving in to pressure, Luminiferous chewed out the entire kingdom for what they had done. Sparkling Wing would comment years later that he was "scary" for someone so nice.
- Luminiferous was enraged when he learned that High King Irminsul tried purging his then-unborn son of his inner evil in order to truly make him a God of Good, only for it to backfire and create Belyolen and Temnobog instead. He called Irminsul out on his actions and stated that he's no better than Morning Star since they both tried enforcing their twisted standards of perfection on innocent people.
- Be Yourself: Or rather, "Be the best you can be." As the Alicorn god of Perfection and Potential, he tries to encourage great individuals to improve themselves and grow into their potential, but also lets them know that the road to perfection is an uphill battle and in order to become great as he had envisioned them, they must work to reach that stage. This is how many of his students became success stories, as they worked to grow into their own potential and Ascended as a result.
- Blade on a Stick: His main weapon is a double-headed poleaxe called "Arisen Demon". It also serves as a divine Amplifier Artifact that brings out the future potential in the user so long as they continue holding it. Notably
- The Chooser of The One: As the Alicorn god of Perfection and Potential, Luminiferous actively seeks to bring out the best in others. He's the reason why Thorax was able to become a Royal Changeling, and seems to have chosen both him and Dragon Lord Ember to fulfill a great destiny. And from what was implied, Luminiferous is also interested in bringing out Rainbow Dash's full potential so she can finally unlock and perform the fabled "Rainbow Warp". With the exception of Princess Brightglow and Princess Stitching Time, all the members of the Church of the Stars are people he chose in the past and nurtured to ascending.
- Curbstomp Battle: Known for inflicting this on his opponents due to how powerful he is. Terraton, a war god among the Giant Deities, learnt this the hard way.
- Disappointed in You: His general reaction to those who have great potential but still end up squandering it for various reasons. While he hates people who do this, he doesn't get angry as people normally would - rather, he behaves like a disappointed parent or teacher dealing with unruly and disobedient children. The aftermath of the Princess Apertus incident is a prominent example of this, where he bluntly tells both the Changelings and Dragons that their racial grudge against each other really is holding them back, unlike Thorax and Ember who put it aside and became more powerful than their peers.
- The Dreaded: Being as ancient and powerful as he is, and with regards to his origins, he's this to many. Subverted for those who truly knows him for who he is (and not evil).
- Expy: Closely resembles the titular character of Ultraman Geed. Like Ultraman Geed, Luminiferous is the son of a Fallen Hero who was corrupted by pride, and was cloned specifically for the purpose of carrying out his father's evil designs. However, he became a selfless, compassionate hero who wanted to defy his father's influence and protect everyone. When his attempts to reach out to Morning Star's better nature failed, Luminiferous was forced to kill his own father to stop his wicked deeds. His name pattern also follows Ultraman Geed's, taking the first two letters of "Destiny" and then reversing it as a symbolic gesture of defying his intended fate as his father's image and weapon.
- Face of a Thug: Despite his very kindhearted and faithful personality, Luminiferous's appearance is quite the opposite, looking similar to a Nightmareified pony - flaming mane and tail, draconic eyes, demonic wings, and a curved, misshapen horn like King Sombra's. All of this tend to give him a bad reputation even though he doesn't mean to.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: Subverted. He's not ashamed of his true form, but for the sake of convenience and not scaring away people who don't know of his true nature, Luminiferous often appears as a young Neighponese unicorn.
- Give a Man a Fish...: Firmly believes in 'teaching people how to fish' rather than just 'giving them the fish', due to his portfolio. While he could choose to solve mortals' problems for them, he would rather help them solve it themselves, as he is confident in mortals' potential for greatness. He even has abilities based around that concept, using his powers to briefly unlock the full potential of those he wishes and allow them to save the day.
- Good Is Not Soft: That being said, if he has to go save the day personally, he would do it, and as many Fallen Deities, Demons and Monsters found out, the might and experience of an ancient Alicorn that's hundreds of thousands of years old is nothing to scoff at.
- In-Series Nickname: Several characters who know him personally call him Lumi.
- Like Father, Unlike Son: Unlike his narcissistic father who only cared about perfection in himself, Luminiferous chooses to seek perfection in others and bring it out. The only thing they share is their appearance.
- Meaningful Name:
- "Luminiferous" is an archaic word that describes something as producing or transmitting light.
- His mortal alias, "Blood Seed", is short for "Blood Set Destiny", except with the first two letters of "Destiny" reversed. It represents how he was supposed to be a weapon for his narcissistic father, Morning Star, but he ended up subverting his destiny by becoming a heroic deity despite his terrifying appearance.
- Mentor Archetype: He has been known for nurturing quite a few people who end up becoming gods, or are in the process of turning into one, such as Queen Dazzleglow, her sister Princess Brightglow, Thorax, and Ember. A large part of this is because he's genuinely interested in the potential of all races, and seeks to bring it out. At one point, he took in a very young demigod, Crystal Prism, to help recover from his traumatic experiences and Ascension, and to help him grow into his own potential.
- He personally mentored the Glow sisters, who are also his biological sisters as they share a father in the evil Morning Star. At least two of them, Dazzleglow and Brightglow, would become royal founders of their own kingdom, and powerful Alicorns themselves.
- He took great interest in the newly-Ascendant Changeling King Thorax, and Dragon Lord Ember, because they are willing to cast aside their elders' racial blood feud and become best friends, and thus they have more potential to become full-blooded divines than any of their respective peoples. He has even empowered them twice with divine power, the first time being against Princess Apertus, where he would give Thorax and Ember their future potential to fight evenly with the rampaging hybrid.
- At one point, he took in a very young demigod, Crystal Prism, to help recover from his traumatic experiences and Ascension, and to help him grow into his own potential. This is mostly because he felt guilty for causing Crystal's death instead of finding a way to save him from his corrupted form, and wanted to make up for it.
- In the Third Age, he mentored both Princess Jiniri, back when she was the mortal mare Razzaroo, and Prince Sparkling Wing, a royal pegasus who was cast aside by his subjects in favor of his younger sister because his sex barred him from his family's line of succession. Jiniri would become the Alicorn of Miracles and Wishes and the Mother of modern Genies, while Sparkling Wing would become the Alicorn of Peace, Unity, and Leadership.
- He would also influence Golden Scepter, an ancient Alicorn Emperor from both the Alicorn Civilization and the Imperium of Ponykind, into undertaking a long process of Character Development despite the latter being much older than him, so he can break free from his own mistakes and the mistakes of the other Alicorns. By the time they would reunite in the Fourth Age, Golden Scepter has become a much kinder stallion, and they would ironically become friends.
- Must Make Amends: Part of the reason why he took in the young demigod Crystal Prism as his student, besides seeing they're Not So Different from each other. Luminiferous genuinely didn't know that the "dangerous, blue, blob-looking monster thingy" was a unicorn colt named Page Wheel, who was transformed by Noble Grace and Bubbling Beaker's horrendous experiments in their attempt to mass-produce Alicorns. So he ended up killing the pony equivalent of a child for the greater good without looking for better alternate options until it was too late, when he and the Equestrian Princesses discovered Page Wheel's body. He became Crystal Prism's mentor in order to make up for what he did and the trauma he unknowingly inflicted on his student.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Both he and the Equestrian Princesses reacted with horror when they learned too late that the magic-eating monster they killed to save the Grittish Isles, was actually a unicorn colt named Page Wheel who was transformed by horrific magical experiments, and they killed him without looking for other ways to save him. Part of the reason why he took in Crystal Prism as his student is to make up for the trauma he unknowingly inflicted on the young Alicorn demigod.
- Nice Guy: He's incredibly carefree, friendly and approachable, described in one Codexverse story as like a loving older sibling. This is a constant source of dismay Changeling Queen Acanthosomatidae, who despite their cordial relationship is rather befuddled by Luminiferous's casual behavior, which she sees as so unbecoming for an antediluvian Alicorn god of Perfection and Potential. That being said, it still doesn't mean he's not capable of defending himself.
- Not So Different:
- Part of the reason why he took in the young demigod, Crystal Prism, as his student is because he acknowledged Crystal Prism's past as similar to his own and knows what it's like to be created as a wheel to carry someone's unscrupulous agenda, as his Fallen father, Morning Star, had done.
- He angrily states to High King Irminsul that what he did to his then-unborn son in the womb was no different than what the evil Alicorn Morning Star did to ensure his own twisted view of perfect, where one is without flaws instead of working to overcome their flaws and improve because of them.
- The Paragon: Became this for many, much to his own father's discontent. He's also a patron of mortal paragons, inspiring and aiding heroes and champions of Equus throughout the ages. Several of them even ascended to become benevolent deities in their own right, with most members of the Church of the Stars being just a few examples.
- The Paragon Always Rebels: Played with. He is a paragon, and he did rebel - except that unlike most examples where the paragon falls and becomes a villain, he is the son of a villain who rises and becomes a hero.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
- After the unicorn trio Decepticolt, Goldencap, and Zappityhoof pressed Crystal Prism's Trauma Button hard and provoked him into an Unstoppable Rage by claiming he's an entitled person who wants to keep the secrets of Alicornhood from "worthy" individuals, Luminiferous interfered and gave them a thorough dressing-down in turn. It's noted that it would've worked had a mysterious being likely Ispita hadn't whisked them away.Luminiferous: If you were willing to do the work and be a moral person? All you would've had to do is seek me out. I would've GLADLY helped you become Alicorns... As I have others. I have NO desire to keep the ability to become an Alicorn secret. In fact... I look forwards to a day where anyone who chooses and has a good heart can become one. Your problem isn't that no one wants to give you a chance, it's that you're too lazy to take the ones offered because they'd be too much work. THAT is why you've squandered your potential.
- He gave one to High King Irminsul for trying to enforce his twisted standard of perfection onto his then-unborn son by trying to magically get rid of his flaws, stating that he's no different from the evil Alicorn Morning Star, who sought to get rid of flaws in general out of a deep sense of narcissism.
- After the unicorn trio Decepticolt, Goldencap, and Zappityhoof pressed Crystal Prism's Trauma Button hard and provoked him into an Unstoppable Rage by claiming he's an entitled person who wants to keep the secrets of Alicornhood from "worthy" individuals, Luminiferous interfered and gave them a thorough dressing-down in turn. It's noted that it would've worked had a mysterious being likely Ispita hadn't whisked them away.
- Screw Destiny: One of his powers is to "Reject Fate" - as the Alicorn god of Potential, he can change prophecies and fates to his will, no matter how inevitable they are. This makes him a valuable boon to some, and a bane to others (particularly villains that are protected by prophecies). This also made him a target of ire among the Changeling Kings of the Summer Court, who believe that their divine lineage as children of Emperor Blackthorn makes them entitled to royal privileges and the right to rule.
- Secret Test of Character: He transformed an Earth pony filly, Midnight Bell, into a unicorn after she wished to be one on a shooting star, wanting to see if she actually wanted to be a unicorn, with all the expectations and baggage that came with it. Later on, when Midnight Bell refused to be turned into a unicorn again, having found her own calling in life, Luminiferous was noted to be rather impressed and proud of her.
- Self-Made Orphan: Justified; as he was created directly from Morning Star's Primordial Quintessence, Morning Star is Luminiferous's biological father by all intents and purposes. However, his intended purpose as his father's weapon was averted once he was adopted into a pony family and gained a moral compass because of them, and so he would rise to oppose and eventually kill Morning Star to stop him from spreading his evil across Equus anymore.
- Sins of Our Fathers: Defied. While many fear Luminiferous due to being an exact copy of his sire, Morning Star, his resemblance is only skin-deep. Those who do know him as he truly is praise him for his benevolent actions, with Amareros holding him as a shining example of what a deity of Perfection and Potential should be. Luminiferous also refuses to let his father's crimes affect him and shape him, as to him, "bloodlines mean nothing" - it's a person's own choices that influences their development. After all, Tirek and Orochi did become horrible monsters despite being born to great parents...
- That being said, one of Luminiferous's friends, Emperor Golden Scepter, another antediluvian Alicorn from the Alicorn Civilization, used to hate him for looking exactly like Morning Star, whom Golden Scepter fought for ten Ages. He eventually came around and started seeing Luminiferous as the noble person he really is, after wandering around Equus since the Second Age and going through much Character Development, to the point where he would eventually and ironically befriend him.
- So Proud of You: As the God of Potential, he tends to react this way whenever the people he helps/mentors start growing into their potential and become the heroes they were meant to be, instead of squandering it for evil purposes.
- He was responsible for Midnight Bell's temporary transformation into a unicorn because he overheard her desperately wishing to be one on a shooting star, and wanted to see if she really wanted to be a unicorn, with all the expectations and baggage that came with it. Later on, when Midnight Bell refused to be turned into a unicorn again, having found her own calling in life, Luminiferous was noted to be rather impressed and proud of her.
- He tells Button Mash "good job" for defeating CreepEntity513 and saving its victims after Crystal Prism led everyone out of the gaming realm and into the real world through a portal in Button Mash's Crystavision set.
- He was noted to be rather surprised and proud after Sparkling Wing resolved an enduring and petty feud between two noble Houses that nearly caused its two heirs/lovers to run away and commit suicide together to escape their families' hatred. He was also proud when Sparkling Wing manages to Ascend to Alicornhood.
- Super Empowering: As the Alicorn god of Potential, he can temporarily empower mortal individuals with their future potential, which almost always turns them into a powerful deity. He does this both to lend aid during crucial battles, and to give the recipient(s) a taste of what they could become should they take certain paths.
- During the "Revenge of Apertus" event, he would empower both Thorax and Ember with their future potential, turning Thorax into a full-blooded divine Changeling and Ember into a dragon goddess that's even larger than her father, Dragon Lord Torch. This had the dual purpose of allowing them to fight Apertus on equal footing, and to make a point to both Changelingkind and Dragonkind that they are wasting their potential on a bloody and vicious grudge that has hurt even innocent people not involved in it.
- After he was tipped off by Crystal Prism's empathetic foresight, he helped Button Mash defeat the evil digital spirit, "CreepEntity513", by giving him a magical trinket. The trinket in question would lend Button Mash his future potential should his desire to protect his loved ones be strong enough to resonate with him. This would quickly lead to CreepEntity513's death, as it couldn't stand a chance against a foal that was temporarily turned into a young Alicorn, and was further empowered by its various victims.
- During a battle against one of Ispita's divine children, 'Ajnihat Mudhhab, he empowered Rainbow Dash with her future potential, giving her the power to absolutely shatter 'Ajnihat Mudhhab's time-loops and render him as powerful as a "Tier II"-type deity. This would play into 'Ajnihat Mudhhab's defeat and sealing, enraging his mother Ispita because he was crucial to her plans for "The Darkest Wish".
- Superior Successor: He's one for his father, Morning Star; as his profile stated, he's described as being like Morning Star as he should have been, due to using his powers to bring about perfection and potential in others instead of focusing on getting rid of flaws altogether out of deep narcissism.
- Time Abyss: The ascendant Alicorn Civilization fell hundreds of thousands of years ago, and he was created not too long after. Needless to say, he is ancient. The only known Alicorn (more accurately Zebralicorn) on Equus currently older than him is Queen Mzazi, who is 4 million years old.
- Walking the Earth: Did this ever since he defeated his father for good, helping people wherever he could and inspiring them to become their best.
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- He called out Changelingkind in general for letting their racial hatred of Dragonkind get in the way of finding a permanent cure for their Curse a thousand years early, by forcibly separating Queen Acherontia and Dragon Lord Vulcan and then sealing them out of sheer disgust of their union. While he wasn't angry at them, he did allow the ramifications of their actions to speak for themselves.
- He also gives High King Irminsul a "The Reason You Suck" Speech for trying to magically alter his then-unborn son so he'll be "perfect" without flaws, pointing out that divine stag shares the same twisted ideas of perfection as the evil Alicorn Morning Star, who's also Luminiferous's father. It's noted that this is one of the few times where Luminiferous is genuinely angry.Luminiferous: You are no different than my father: believing perfection is the ABSENCE of flaws, rather than the OVERCOMING of them. Growing BECAUSE of them, not IN SPITE of them. Still, in spite of YOUR mistake, your son will indeed grow because of his flaws, even if those flaws aren't part of him. And those flaws have more potential than you will ever know.
Princess Jiniri, the Lady of Miracles
Divine Classification: Ethereal/Ascendant
Portfolio: Miracles, Wishes, Hope
Rank: Divine (Tier 3/Greater)
"Take care when you make a wish! Yes yes yes..."
- Adaptational Badass: Was G3 Razzaroo from the Third Age. Now she's a goddess and a powerful genie.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: If your wish is going to backfire, expect her to be the first one to warn you and you should probably listen. Changeling King/Prince Pelcia found this out the hard way when his wish to become as powerful as Blackthorn backfired horribly when he didn't heed her warnings.
- Benevolent Genie: She's the Mother Goddess of the modern Genie and has a genie motif. She's certainly this trope, and even warns villains who manage to get a wish out of her that their wishes won't end how they expect.
- Good Is Not Dumb: She's not got a mean bone in her body, but she was also smart enough to trick Pelcia into pledging his life to True Heart to save the hostages.
- Verbal Tic: As shown in her folder quote, "Yes yes yes."
Prince Arcaniss, the Amethyst Guardian
Divine Classification: Ethereal/Ascendant
Portfolio: Magic, Nobility, Protection
Rank: Divine (Tier 3/Greater)
"A noble character is as much a treasure as those belonging to any hoard."
- Adaptational Badass: He's G1 Spike, ascended to godhood and having grown into a mountain-sized dragon god who's likely the third-most powerful dragon in existence. It's also possible that G1 Spike was just one of his many mortal incarnations, meaning that he might be even more older and powerful.
- The Archmage: As the Dragon God of Magic, he is this, a Dragon Mage and likely the most capable one currently existing. He channels his magic through his Dragon's flames to various effects, such as teleportation, which his mortal descendants in the 'Dynasty of Spikes' inherited down to the current Spike. It's also noted by his entry that he has dominion over all of Dragonkind's elemental magics.
- Armor and Magic Don't Mix: Averted. Despite wearing golden armor, it hasn't impeded his ability to use magic in the slightest, and he can still cast spells just fine.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Subverted. Despite being the third-strongest divine Dragon, he loathes Dragonkind's mentality that being stronger and more powerful makes them superior to "tiny" races. So while he's an extremely skilled Dragon mage, he uses his power for good rather than to dominate those weaker than him.
- Awesome Mc Coolname: As if Arcaniss isn't cool enough, his mortal name is Kenbroth Gilspotten Heathspike the First, aka Spike the First.
- Bigotry Exception: Changeling Empress Blackrose normally acts quite racist towards Dragonkind due to the traumatic "Burning of Amorea" event, but she made an exception with him because he actively tried to stop his Dragon peers from burning down Amorea and plundering its riches.
- Breath Weapon: Like his draconic peers, he has fire breath, though it also serves as the basis for his many spells.
- Deity of Human Origin: He was once known as G1 Spike of the First Age before he ascended to divinity. However, he's been known to incarnate himself as a mortal drake to get more connected with the mortals he once sojourned with.
- Famous Ancestor: He's the first Spike, making him the founder of the "Dynasty of the Spikes" as well as the father of the Mana Drakes. He's also an accomplished hero in his own right, having been the guardian of Ponyland and a close friend of the Rainbow Empress during the First Age. It's noted that once G4 Spike met him, he promptly fainted out of shock.
- Fantastic Racism: Averted. Because he was raised by ponies and even adventured with some of them, Arcaniss has developed a more compassionate perspective of smaller races, seeing them as racial equals. He hates his people treating them as "inferior" for various reasons and sees it as a very toxic mindset that's blinding them to the potential of other races.
- Fling a Light into the Future: He would go into slumber after the First Age ended, so he would wake up later and help his divine peers assist mortal sapientkind in breaking the Cycle.
- Gentle Giant: While smaller than his draconic divine parents, Tiamat and Bahamut, his true divine form is still noted to be rather large, to the point where he often got mistaken for a mountain whenever he walks. He's also a very benevolent and noble dragon, which is notable considering that most of his peers, including Tiamat, believe themselves to be superior to "tiny" races. Because of this as well as his attempted prevention of the "Burning of Amorea" event, he's one of few Dragons that Changeling Empress Blackrose hasn't openly acted racist towards.
- God in Human Form: Or rather, Dragon Form. He is known to incarnate as a mortal Dragon from time to time, with his divinity and memories suppressed, in order to maintain his connection to mortal-kind. Interestingly, this leads to in-universe ambiguity as to his exact age; the earliest record of his existence in Known History was as G1 Spike in the First Age, but as a Tier III 'Greater Deity' he may be older than that. This leads to the question: whether he actually is G1 Spike, who Ascended and was adopted into the Draconic Pantheon, or if G1 Spike was his younger divine-self incarnating as a mortal at the time.
- I Got Bigger: He's G1 Spike, all grown up and ascended to a mountain-sized dragon god.
- Legacy Character: He's the original G1 Spike. Spike from Friendship is Magic is one of his youngest descendants.
- The Magnificent: Known as "the Amethyst Guardian", due to being a divine amethyst-scaled dragon that embodies Nobility and Protection, and protects the innocent while nurturing their nobler qualities.
- Mentor Archetype:
- He has taken his very distant descendant, G4 Spike, under his wing after meeting him, something that Princess Twilight Sparkle appreciates. He hopes that he could help Spike Ascend into a divine dragon one day.
- He has also become the mentor of Dragon Knight, who became his champion after being freed from 'Ajnihat Mudhhab's thrall, teaching him how to be kind without letting himself be manipulated by unsavory individuals.
- Monster Progenitor: He is the progenitor of the Jewel-scaled Drakes, most notably the Mana Drakes. One of them would become Pyro II in present day.
- The Paragon: It's noted by his entry that due to embodying Nobility as a concept, people feel more in touch with their nobler impulses and are inspired to do good things just by being around him.
- Purple Is Powerful: He's a purple dragon, the first of his kind, and he's noted to be a very powerful Dragon Mage who's only second to his divine parents, Tiamat and Bahamut, in terms of overall strength.
- Riddle for the Ages: Is G1 Spike his mortal self before ascending to godhood? Or was it simply one of his many mortal incarnations?
- World's Strongest Man: Played with. He's the third-most powerful Dragon in existence, divine, mortal or otherwise. However, where Queen Tiamat is the strongest, King Bahamut is the fastest, Prince Arcaniss is the most skilled.
Princess-Regent Merula, the Guardian Angel
Divine Classification: Ascendant
Portfolio: Guardianship, Mastery, Wisdom
Rank: Divine (Tier 4/Greater)
"Studying allows us to be prepared for any situation. That, and it's enjoyable..."
- The Magnificent: Known as "the Guardian Angel" due to her role as divine guardian and protector of the innocent, and a divine patron of those who pursue the same goals such as police, guards, and other like-minded beings.
Prince Sparkling Wing, the Royal Unifier
Divine Classification: Elemental/Ascendant
Portfolio: Peace, Unity, Leadership, Weather
Rank: Divine (Tier 2/Lesser)
"There is strength in unity."
Prince Sparkling Wing is the Alicorn god of Peace, Unity, and Leadership, and a younger member of the Church of the Stars.
Before coming to the Church of the Stars, he was a mortal royal pegasus who lived in the Third Age, born to Queen Silver Clock and her husband, King-Consort Cardinal Feather. From the moment he was born, Silver Clock believed that her son was always destined for greatness, and so she tried making Sparkling Wing follow in her hoof-steps by encouraging him to learn magic, and making him her heir to the throne. The ponies of the kingdom were not happy with this attempted break of tradition, since the kingdom was matriarchal, and heavily pressured Silver Clock into having a daughter so she could have a "true" heir. Silver Clock eventually gave in to the demands, which she would deeply regret later, resulting in the birth of Sparkling Wing's sister, Rising Sun.
Though Sparkling Wing never blamed or hated his mother and sister for superseding his claim of succession, as he was disinterested in ruling, his subjects' rejection of him for being born with the wrong sex left him rather heartbroken. As luck would have it, he would be found crying by a disguised Luminiferous, who was understandably angry when he learned what happened, and while he was lenient with Silver Clock, the same couldn't be said about the rest of the kingdom, whom the antediluvian Alicorn chewed out for ruining someone's potential because they were born with the wrong sex. Recognizing that Sparkling Wing would be better off achieving greatness elsewhere, Silver Clock pleaded for Luminiferous to take in her son as his student, to which Luminiferous agreed. His departure was marked with a tearful goodbye and a promise to write home as often as possible.
Despite his many shortcomings, including a laziness that was brought on by a deep-seated fear of responsibility and failing people's expectations of him, Sparkling Wing would overcome them and do many good deeds during his adventures with Luminiferous, causing stories and legends about him to spread all over Equus. Eventually, he would Ascend and becoming an Alicorn, an incredible feat that caused Silver Clock to start sobbing out of pride when she read his letter about it, happy that her son was finally able to become the great person she always believed he was. Sparkling Wing's great potential also attracted the antediluvian Alicorn Emperor, Golden Scepter, who foresaw a future where Sparkling Wing was the beloved ruler of a great kingdom, and began giving him lessons on leadership.
Sparkling Wing never forgot his origins despite his accomplishments, and would visit his childhood kingdom time and time again to check up on his family, including Rising Sun, who would grow up and succeed Silver Clock as Queen. While he and Rising Sun had a good relationship, they did butt heads over various issues, such as Rising Sun's developing racism towards non-Ponies and monsters. Notably, after many attempts of diplomacy with the Griffons failed due to rising hostilities and political sabotage, Sparkling Wing tried and failed to make his sister reconsider her declaration of war, which resulted in her dying in battle a few days later. He did, however, have more success in advising his niece, Queen Obsidian Star, on how to rule the kingdom once she inherited the throne from her dead mother, and would help her until she became confident and successful enough to rule on her own.
His stories and legends would survive well into the Fourth Age, inspiring the reawakened Queen Dazzleglow to approach and give Sparkling Wing membership into the Church of the Stars. While Dazzleglow is impressed with his potential, she also wants to see if he could serve a potential role in breaking "The Cycle" that she opposes.
- Abdicate the Throne: Because the kingdom he grew up in was matriarchal, with a single line of descent, Sparkling Wing was superseded in favor of his younger sister, Rising Sun, after his mother and then-queen, Silver Clock, was pressured by her subjects to have a daughter. While he was really heartbroken to know that his subjects didn't want to think much of him because of his sex, he doesn't blame his mother since he knows Silver Clock was keeping up appearances, and he doesn't blame his sister since he was rather disinterested in ruling anyway.
- Adaptational Badass: In Star vs. the Forces of Evil, Jushtin Butterfly had brief access to magic thanks to his mother, Queen Skywynne, allowing him, having held high hopes for him as a potential King... only to be superseded when Skywynne gave into peer pressure and gave birth to a daughter, because her subjects didn't want a male ruler in a matriarchal kingdom. He was able to become a diplomat, but he faded into obscurity after that, with his only reputation coming from his being an "un-queen". As Jushtin's Expy, Sparkling Wing shows what could've happened had someone continued showing faith in Jushtin and giving him a chance to show off his own potential, instead of letting him fade into obscurity because of his sex. While Sparkling Wing wasn't able to inherit the throne from his mother, he still showed signs of becoming a great leader and king, and the influence of Luminiferous and his many adventures and good deeds were what eventually allowed him to become an Alicorn and a powerful mage.
- Benevolent Mage Ruler: Subverted. His mother, Queen Silver Clock, wanted him to become a great mage King, and despite being a bit spoiled by his upbringing, he was very kind, generous, and open-minded. However, his subjects didn't want to accept a stallion on the throne due to the kingdom being matriarchal, and pressured his mother into having a daughter, Rising Sun, who would be her "true" heir. While he never got to rule, he does have the potential to rule a great kingdom someday, especially after becoming an Alicorn, since his empathy and silver tongue could persuade people into following him. This got Golden Scepter, an antediluvian Alicorn Emperor, interested in his potential after he foresaw Sparkling Wing as a great and beloved ruler.
- Beware the Nice Ones: While a bit spoiled, he's a very tolerant, nice, friendly, and diplomatic individual who would rather solve conflicts peacefully than use force to do it. He also wouldn't hesitate to defend himself and/or his allies should the need arises.
- Bishie Sparkle: He's a slender-bodied Alicorn whose body tends to sparkle when he's feeling positive emotions like joy and love, only for him to look dull and tarnished when feeling negative emotions. This is justified as he has some Crystal Pony ancestry in his family (though unconfirmed in-universe).
- Break the Cutie: Downplayed. Sparkling Wing was rather heartbroken to learn that his mother's people were quick to reject him and his potential because they didn't like the thought of breaking matriarchal traditions by having a stallion inheriting the throne, so they pressured the Queen into having a daughter instead. His crying would later attract a disguised Luminiferous, who was understandably angry when he learned why he was sad, and chewed out the entire kingdom for ruining someone's potential because of their sex.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Described as one of his flaws, which was noted by Dazzleglow to be a trait shared by Princess Stitching Time. It's deconstructed in that many of his peers and mentor figures have noticed that he's very intelligent and talented, but he often eschews responsibility in favor of goofing off, which has earned him many a scolding from Golden Scepter, who is disappointed that Sparkling Wing would rather do "parlor tricks" than be the royal diplomat and leader he's supposed to be. Sparkling Wing's laziness largely stems from a fear of failure and responsibility, which came from being publicly rejected as heir to the throne due to his gender, and his fears that he wouldn't be able to become a good King and please his mother. Fortunately, both Luminiferous and the Church have helped him get over his fears and traumas.
- Deity of Human Origin: He was originally a mortal royal pegasus before he Ascended into an Alicorn. It's noted in his entry that his Ascension made both Luminiferous and his biological family extremely proud of him.
- Emotion Bomb: A positive example. As an empath and the Alicorn of Peace, one of the things he can do is unleashing an empathy wave that calms even the hostility of crowds and fills them with "love and peace", as he puts it.
- The Empath: He's described as an empath who is capable of exposing lies and falsehoods, and seeing what people really think of each other, making him very hard to fool. He can also send out an empathy wave that calms anger and instills "love and peace" in his targets to defuse hostile situations. His most unique empathy-related ability is looking into the past via people's emotions, allowing them to experience their memories as if he had personally been there. The fact that empathy is getting extremely common among divine and mortal individuals on Equus has not been left without comment from him, since he sees it as rather odd.Sparkling Wing: I've noticed something... I think we have too many empaths on this planet.
Golden Scepter: Perhaps... but should there come a time where hatred, paranoia, violence, and suffering are most prevalent, then empathy might be the best and most powerful weapon we have.
- Expressive Hair: It's noted that the appearance of his body changes depending on the emotion he feels, due to being part Crystal Pony - with negative emotions, he looks dull and tarnished, while positive emotions causes his body and wings to sparkle.
- Expy: Of Jushtin Butterfly. Like Jushtin, he's a royal Prince of his kingdom whose mother, the Queen, named him her heir because she believed her son was destined for greatness, only to be forced to give up his claim to the throne to his younger sister because his sex made him "unworthy" to rule. He's also a fop who dresses primarily in red, and carries a staff with him, though in Sparkling Wing's case, it's just an ordinary white staff that he uses as a defensive weapon, rather than a magical one.
- Famed In-Story: It's noted in his entry that after leaving his childhood kingdom to travel with Luminiferous as his students, stories and legends about him would pop up throughout the Third Age, telling of a lavender-pelted pegasus stallion who would resolve conflicts all over Equus and manipulate the skies themselves. It's what later led to Sparkling Wing meeting Queen Dazzleglow in the Fourth Age post-Ascension, having heard of said legends and was interested in his potential role in breaking "The Cycle".
- Flying on a Cloud: His weather magic allows him to create clouds that allow people to escape war zones and other hostile areas if they can't fly.
- Follow in My Footsteps:
- Sparkling Wing's mother, Queen Silver Clock, a powerful time sorceress, wanted him to succeed her and be a good king by encouraging him to learn magic, and making him her heir to the throne. But because the kingdom she ruled was matriarchal, her subjects didn't want a male ruler and they heavily pressured her into having a daughter, which she did, resulting in Rising Sun's birth. She felt extremely guilty about it afterwards, since she dashed her own son's potential for the sake of her kingdom, but Sparkling Wing doesn't blame her for it since he was disinterested in ruling a kingdom. However, while Sparkling Wing never got to be king, he still managed to become a great hero and a powerful mage nonetheless, as Silver Clock sobbed out of proud joy when she learned that he actually Ascended to godhood.
- If his interactions with Emperor Golden Scepter are to be believed, Golden Scepter intends for Sparkling Wing to be a great leader like him, having foreseen Sparkling Wing's future as the beloved ruler of his own kingdom. However, his initial Brilliant, but Lazy tendencies would often result in Golden Scepter scolding him for wasting his potential on mere "parlor tricks" instead of acting like the royal diplomat and leader he's supposed to be.
- For Want of a Nail:
- Had Silver Clock refused to let her subjects pressure her into having a daughter, Rising Sun wouldn't have existed; instead, Sparkling Wing would've succeeded his mother as a Benevolent Mage Ruler just like she always hoped he would.
- Ironically, it's implied that if Sparkling Wing did manage to become king des, he wouldn't have risen to even more greatness and become a god like he did now.
- Freudian Excuse: He was often Brilliant, but Lazy because when he was younger, his time as his mother's heir actually stressed him out because the thought of running a kingdom and disappointing Silver Clock terrified him. And while he doesn't blame his mother or his sister for superseding his claim to the throne, due to his disinterest in ruling, he was rather heartbroken to learn that regardless if he wanted to rule or not, they were quick to reject and dismiss him as a royal and as a person because of his sex. This gave him a fear of failure and responsibility that would make him eschew hard work in favor of making his own life easier, which both frustrated and disappointed his mentors and friends. Fortunately, both Luminiferous and the Church of the Stars would help him grow out of this.
- Magnetic Hero: Described as such in his entry. As a mortal teenager, he was rather infamous for having an interracial entourage, which included Griffon and Yak nobles and princes, and an elderly commoner stallion named "Whizzbag". And after he became an Alicorn, he continued down this path, attracting people to him with his words and defusing conflicts all over Equus. Justified, as he had the social skills and silver tongue required to be this trope, and is also a natural empath.
- The Magnificent: Known as "The Royal Unifier" due to his background as a Prince, and his uncanny ability to unite hostile factions, countries, and even individuals with his natural empathy and silver tongue.
- Making a Splash: It's mentioned that he can summon rain with his weather magic to use for water-based attacks. But due to being a Martial Pacifist, he generally doesn't do it unless he has to.
- Martial Pacifist: He's described as such in his entry. He's a skilled weather mage and has the potential to become even more powerful, but because of his compassionate and empathetic nature, he doesn't like doing more than is necessary, and thus sticks to defensive/support roles if he has to fight, unless the situation requires him to be on the offensive. Even the idea of killing someone with a physical weapon sickens him, so he always carries a Simple Staff.
- Momma's Boy: Like his character inspiration, he was very close to his mother, Queen Silver Clock, and wants nothing but the world for her. Despite having every right to do so, he doesn't blame or resent Silver Clock for superseding his claim to the throne despite her high hopes for him, as she was only keeping up appearances for her subjects and he was disinterested in ruling at the time. Notably, when Luminiferous got angry at the kingdom ruining his potential because he was born a royal with the wrong sex, Sparkling Wing begged him to be lenient with his mother, which he did. He also kept his promise to her to write home while he was away, and when he Ascended and wrote her a letter about it, Silver Clock started crying out of proud joy.
- Nice Hat: His entry describes him as wearing a red wide-brimmed hat with feathers.
- Not So Different: Dazzleglow notes that his Brilliant, but Lazy personality was something Princess Stitching Time once had - Sparkling Wing would use his magic to goof off despite his intelligence because deep down, he was terrified of taking on responsibility that he thinks he's not ready for and failing people's expectations of him, no matter how ridiculous they might be. Presumably, Stitching Time did the same thing for the same reasons until she was forced to grow out of it through proper teaching.
- Parting Words Regret: The last time he saw his younger sister, Queen Rising Sun, alive was when he argued with her over her choice to wage war against her Griffon neighbors. Rising Sun would die a few days later in said war, leaving behind her daughter and heir, Queen Obsidian Star.Sparkling Wing: Sister, listen to me, please! You don't have to do this! We can still make peace with the Griffons, even if their leaders don't want to!
Rising Sun: I have to do this, brother! I've tried advocating for peace like you did many times, and still, they won't listen! Even your acts of diplomacy didn't work on those feathered dunderheads! The only thing that will get to them is war!
Sparkling Wing: This isn't right! The only thing that will come out of this is a vicious cycle of violence, death, and suffering!
Rising Sun: You are a naive fool to think that all problems can be solved with mere words of placation, brother! This foolishness has gone on long enough! It's time those disgusting interlopers learn their natural place in this world, for the good of our people!
- Physical God: As an Alicorn, he is this. Notably, he is skilled with weather magic, a powerful empath, and he can empower mortals and forge temporary bonds that allow them to share each other's abilities based on how deep they trust each other.
- The Power of Friendship: As the Alicorn god of Unity, he can invoke magical bonds between two or multiple people that strengthen and allow them to use each other's abilities. However, how powerful the bonds are depend on how deep the recipients' trust is with each other.
- Purple Is Powerful: His entry describes him as a lavender-pelted Alicorn with dark purple hair that became wispy clouds after Ascension. He's a god with powerful empathy and weather-based magic, and can empower other people through their bonds, though he normally doesn't like doing more than is necessary.
- Robe and Wizard Hat: His Iconic Outfit is a red sorcerer's cloak and, like his character inspiration, Jushtin Butterfly, a a red wide-brimmed hat with feathers. This combined with his white staff makes him resemble the ancient mages, wizards, and sorcerers of past Ages.
- Shock and Awe: It's mentioned that he can summon lightning with his weather magic for quick, precise strikes against his enemies. But due to being a Martial Pacifist, he generally doesn't do it unless he has to.
- Simple Staff: His primary weapon is a white staff that he carries with him at all times. Because he is sickened by the thought of killing someone with a weapon, a non-lethal weapon like a staff suits his defensive/support purposes by blocking attacks, as well as tripping, pushing away, and redirecting opponents.
- The Social Expert: He's described by his entry as having a "silver tongue", which allows him to charm people to his side, befriend people from multiple races, and defuse conflicts. Being an empath helps significantly, too.
- Spare to the Throne: Because the kingdom he grew up in was matriarchal, he was never intended to be king, even though his mother, Silver Clock, wanted him to succeed her by making him her heir to the throne and encouraging him to learn magic. When Rising Sun was born due to Silver Clock caving to pressure that she should bear a daughter, Sparkling Wing's claim of succession was automatically superseded in favor of his sister. Silver Clock deeply regretted ruining her son's potential for the sake of pleasing her subjects, and her realization that Sparkling Wing would fade into obscurity if he stayed home was what made her plead for Luminiferous to take in Sparkling Wing as his student. The rest was history.
- Spoiled Sweet: While he was initially shallow, irresponsible, lazy, and "dramatically over-the-top" due to originally being raised as the only child of his royal family, he still had a compassionate, empathetic, and open heart and mind. Benevolent influences and proper teaching would later curb the "spoiled" side of him and bring out his "sweet" side more.
- Supernatural Floating Hair: His entry describes his mane and tail as ethereal, resembling wispy, dark purple clouds.
- The Unfavorite: Subverted; even though tradition deemed him as such due to being born a royal with the "wrong" sex in a matriarchy, Silver Clock loved both him and his sister, Rising Sun, and deeply regretted ruining her son's potential for the sake of pleasing her subjects. Notably, she pleaded for Luminiferous to take Sparkling Wing as his student, knowing that he would fade into obscurity if he stayed home, and when she learned through a letter that her son became a god, she cried out of proud joy.
- Warrior Prince: Despite not technically being royalty anymore, since he was superseded from his family's royal line of succession and left home to learn under Luminiferous, he still kept his title as a Prince. He's also a powerful and capable fighter and mage, but he prefers diplomatic solutions and is sickened by the thought of killing, so he mostly fights in defense/support unless warranted.
- Weather Manipulation: Most of his magic is based around this. He usually generates clouds to transport non-winged sapient creatures away from war zones and make hiding places for his allies for surprise ambushes, but he could also create miniature twisters and weaponize thunderclaps by having his clouds filled with rapidly-expanding heat, magic or otherwise. He can also summon rain for water-based attacks and lightning for quick, precise strikes, but being a Martial Pacifist, he normally doesn't go on the offensive unless the situation warrants it.
- What You Are in the Dark: While he was heartbroken by his subjects' rejection of him as a royal due to being born with the "wrong" gender, he doesn't blame or resent his mother and his sister for taking away his claim of succession despite having every right to do so. Notably, he still loves them like family even though they have their disagreements.
- Winged Unicorn: What he eventually became, after spending several years helping people and defusing conflicts all over Equus.
- With Great Power Comes Great Perks: As part of his Brilliant, but Lazy shtick, he often used his powerful magic to goof off whenever he's faced with difficult situations. This got him scolded many times by Golden Scepter, who wants him to act like the the royal diplomat and leader he's supposed to be instead of doing mere "parlor tricks". Fortunately, the benevolent influence of Luminiferous and the Church has largely curbed this behavior.
Golden Scepter, the Radiant Emperor of Ponykind
Divine Classification: Ethereal/Ascendant
Portfolio: Ponykind, Judgement, Leadership, Psionics
"No land shall be beyond my reach. No Pony shall be beyond my protection!"
Golden Scepter is a surviving antediluvian Alicorn Emperor that once lived during a time where Equus was home to a divine utopian society of powerful and benevolent deities just like him. While his origins are ambiguous, it is widely agreed that he was likely just as benevolent as his people - indeed, many Alicorns have been known to have their own empires, though Golden Scepter's empire was among the most successful. He was incredibly intelligent and very well-versed in things such as history, magic, and science, to the point where his empire became magically and technologically advanced even by the Alicorns' standards. Out of the various mortal races he ruled over, Golden Scepter was very fond of Ponykind, as he embodied their best and worst traits, and sought to lead them to greatness.
However, the Alicorn Civilization would stagnate and ultimately fall at the hooves of Morning Star and his followers, who sought to subject Equus and the surrounding universe to their own twisted ideas of perfection. The civil wars would last for at least ten Ages, and during it all, Golden Scepter would both help fight Morning Star and protect and hide away those Alicorns who didn't participate in the wars. [WIP]
- Absolute Xenophobe: He used to be this, believing in Ponykind's superiority over all sapientkind and being extremely protective of them, to the point where he would launch genocidal massacres against even innocent non-Pony entities. However, this would end up disgusting some of his subordinates, who saw him as a hypocrite, and it was part of the reason why General Aurum Lupus betrayed Golden Scepter and attempted to launch a coup against him. Nowadays, after going through some much-needed Character Development, Golden Scepter has stopped acting xenophoic and became a bitter enemy of racist/tribalist individuals and groups, especially Autorists, since they're showing the same behavior that he once did.
- Adaptational Heroism: The Emperor of Mankind was a well-meaning yet ruthless, xenophobic, and hypocritical Jerkass who loved humanity, but only for what it could be and never loved it on an individual level. He was also a neglectful parent who treated most of his Primarch children as little more than tools, and was abusive at worst. Golden Scepter, his Expy, behaved similarly during the Imperium era, after the "Twilight of the Alicorns" and before the Known Ages, until he was wounded by one of his generals during a coup and had to be put in a magical stasis. After he was found by Luminiferous and Dazzleglow in the Second Age, and healed by Kerajaan Cahaya's medicinal technologies, he would undergo a long process of Character Development as The Atoner, wandering around Equus to learn from the examples set by both mortals and divines. The result was a truly benevolent Emperor, who settled down before the Fourth Age and founded a much smaller empire, and became the father of several Semi-Divine sons.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: The Emperor of Mankind was a very intelligent and well-meaning man, but was also a hypocritical Jerkass who was a neglectful parent who more or less treated most of his Primarch sons like tools at best. Golden Scepter, his Expy, became a genuinely nice guy and highly beloved ruler after realizing the full scope of his mistakes and becoming The Atoner, undertaking a long, arduous process of Character Development that allowed him to become much kinder.
- Adaptational Sexuality: In Warhammer 40,000, the Emperor of Mankind, Golden Scepter's character inspiration, had no romantic feelings towards anyone whatsoever, as he loved humanity but not on an individual level. In the Codexverse, it's mentioned that he not only had a mortal wife once everything had settled down enough, but also sired several Semi-Divine children with her, expies of the Primarchs.
- Arch-Enemy: He saw Morning Star as this, due to his betrayal and the massive destruction and death he caused in trying to achieve his twisted ideas of "perfection". It gets deconstructed - the traumas he suffered fighting Morning Star and protecting innocents from him affected Golden Scepter so profoundly that he started having nightmares and hallucinations about the evil Alicorn long after he died. His hatred of Morning Star also caused him to act hostile towards his enemy's "son", Luminiferous, due to looking exactly like Morning Star despite not doing anything evil. However, the Character Development he went through as The Atoner, therapy sessions with Mentálne, and learning how Good Needs Evil during his stay in the Bogolenya pantheon has helped him let go of his grudge and ironically become one of Luminiferous's best friends.
- Barrier Warrior: Implied, as his entry notes that one of his abilities is creating very strong psychic barriers.
- Belief Makes You Stupid: He used to fervently believe in this, which was implied to have stemmed from the arrogance and complacency that gave birth to the evil Alicorn Morning Star. Notably, his quest to convince Ponykind to stop worshiping him as a god (even though he is one) caused an infamous incident where he completely torched a thriving city along with its people for worshiping him and rebuked and humiliated its founder for encouraging religious devotion. He has since gotten over this after walking down a very long road of Character Development, with Golden Scepter calling the incident one of the worst mistakes he ever made.
- Benevolent Mage Ruler: Double-subverted. Back when the Alicorn Civilization was thriving, he was a very beloved and highly-regarded ruler, though Golden Scepter admits that how he behaved as a ruler (that of a stoic, regal, distantly benevolent and high-hoofed ruler who never personally interacts with their mortal subjects) were "ideal" traits for Alicorn rulers, but were actually toxic and promoted self-righteous attitudes. This would be proven true during the Imperium era, where his PTSD from the "Twilight of the Alicorns" and his loneliness from being the only Alicorn among mortals at the time turned him into an arrogant, ruthless, xenophobic, and manipulative hypocrite whose behavior and actions alienated his allies to the point where one of his generals betrayed him and launched a coup, even nearly succeeding in killing Golden Scepter, requiring him to go into magical stasis. It was only after he was found, revived, and healed in the Second Age by Luminiferous and Queen Dazzleglow that Golden Scepter realized his mistakes, and sufficiently atoned for them by helping protect innocents against the Void Traveler and Void Sovereign, wandering around Equus, and learning from the examples set by benevolent individuals, both mortal and divine. By the time the Fourth Age rolled around, he has become a truly benevolent ruler who separated himself from the high-hoofed methods of his Alicorn peers by being open, friendly, and trusting of his subjects and allies, and giving proper credit where it's due. He's also much more tolerant of non-Pony races now, to the point where during the "Temptation Unbound" event, he rallied his soldiers together to protect both Ponies and non-Ponies from the numerous Fallen deities and their allies/worshipers led by Ispita.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Due to him being an extremely ancient Alicorn who lived before the Known Ages, this happened a few times.
- A group of Pony Autorists once attacked his Fourth-Age empire, bent on eradicating its non-Pony population. Golden Scepter got many of them to surrender by psychically showing them the harm they were causing his subjects, making them regret their actions and were thus allowed to leave with a gentle yet firm warning. However, the same couldn't be said about their leader, who got a most severe punishment when she decided to continue her hate-filled rampage.
- A small army of fanatically loyal divine/mortal followers of Poena, the goddess of Punishment, tried attacking him after he publicly condemned them as tyrants and deluded extremists. Golden Scepter quickly defeated them, though to his bemusement, Katharsis would show up to take humiliating photos of the losers and send them to their victims.
- Deity of Human Origin: One theory in regards to his childhood proposes that he was once a mortal who Ascended to Alicornhood. Considering how Alicorns in general are described as "Ascendant" deities, and that he's classified as an "Ethereal/Ascendant" deity himself, it might be possible.
- Emotion Bomb: His entry notes that he's infamous for doing this. During the Imperium era, he would force his subjects to have absolute loyalty to him, and when he remembered what he had done years later, he felt completely disgusted with himself. After going through Character Development, he began using this ability for more positive purposes, such as showing a group of Pony Autorists the harm they've done to his non-Pony subjects in the Fourth Age, causing many of them to genuinely regret their actions.
- The Empath: His entry describes him as a powerful empath - while he can feel the emotions of all sapientkind, his empathy is more profound with Ponykind, since his domain lies with them. He's also infamous for "emotion-bombing", which he used to either show villains and other evildoers the harm they've done to their victims, or to force absolute loyalty to him during the Imperium era, which caused him to be disgusted with himself upon learning that he had done the latter. This trope is discussed with Sparkling Wing, who noticed that there's quite an abundance of both mortal and divine individuals who have empathetic powers.Sparkling Wing: I've noticed something... I think we have too many empaths on this planet.
Golden Scepter: Perhaps... but should there come a time where hatred, paranoia, violence, and suffering are most prevalent, then empathy might be the best and most powerful weapon we have.
- Emperor Scientist: His entry notes that he's extremely intelligent and well-versed in science, to the point where his previous empires were magically and technologically advanced even by the other Alicorns' standards. Modern Pony civilizations have tried replicating his achievements, but could not properly do so since they lacked his genius. One of the results of his accomplishments is his iconic golden suit of magical power armor that he would wear in battle, and it's implied that power suits were common in the Imperium of Ponykind before its fall.
- Expy: Of the Emperor of Mankind. Much like his character inspiration, Golden Scepter is an Emperor of godlike power and unmatched intellect, and is beloved by his subjects as a protector of a certain species, but also had raging flaws that ultimately spelled the stagnation and doom of his empire. However, unlike Emps, Golden Scepter would ultimately survive thanks to the kindness of benevolent deities, realize the error of his ways, and become The Atoner until he truly became a benevolent protector and ruler of Ponykind.
- Fantastic Racism: Deconstructed. After the fall of the Alicorn Civilization and living among mortal ponies as the only living Alicorn in the outside world at the time for so long, Golden Scepter became extremely protective of Ponykind in general and wanted them to be the Master Race of Equus, in turn becoming an Absolute Xenophobe. To that end, he launched military campaigns that were little more than genocidal massacres that targeted even innocent non-Pony races, and when confronted about it by a high-ranking commander of the Ultra-marerines, Golden Scepter justified his actions with the excuse of being "right" while his so-called enemies were "wrong", much to said commander's disgust. His actions influenced his subjects to behave the same way during the Imperium's gradual descent into a Wretched Hive, which partially became the reason they were all wiped out by benevolent kingdoms, empires, and civilizations. After going through Character Development and becoming much kinder, he has become more tolerant towards non-Pony races and notably became a bitter enemy against racist/tribalist factions such as the Scions of Hurricane and Autorist followers.
- Follow in My Footsteps: He intends for Sparkling Wing to be a great leader like him, having foreseen Sparkling Wing's future as the beloved ruler of his own kingdom. However, Sparkling Wing's initial Brilliant, but Lazy tendencies often led to Golden Scepter scolding him for wasting his potential on mere "parlor tricks" instead of acting like the royal diplomat and leader he's supposed to be.
- For Want of a Nail: In-universe. It's rumored that he represents the person Belyolen and Temnobog could have been had Irminsul not tried to magically purge his unborn son's inner evil - as the Alicorn god of Ponykind, he embodies Ponykind's best and worst traits, and has a balanced view that allows him to rule over things his mortal subjects hold with their highest esteem (though it wasn't possible without Character Development). Had Irminsul not tried to purge his then-unborn son of his inner evil, Belyolen and Temnobog would have been born as a single deity who's just like Golden Scepter, except they would have embodied Deerkind instead, which is presumably why they respect him.
- Founder of the Kingdom: He founded the Imperium of Ponykind, with rumors that it either nearly completely covered Equus or expanded to other worlds, until his hypocritical, xenophobic, arrogant, and cruel methods of ruling gradually turned it into a Wretched Hive that had to be destroyed to end its threat. He also founded a smaller yet thriving empire in the Fourth Age, and presumably he founded the empire that existed before the "Twilight of the Alicorns" as well.
- God-Emperor: Literally, as he's a divine Alicorn and extremely ancient due to having lived before the Known Ages. He also ruled over two empires before the Known Ages, both which fell due to treachery, arrogance, and complacency, and started a new thriving one by the time the Fourth Age started, though it's much smaller in comparison.
- A God I Am Not: He was extremely uncomfortable with being worshiped as a god, as he believed that religious faith can hamper one's true potential and bring them to ruin. So like his character inspiration, he took the extreme route and tried destroying Ponykind's faith in gods, even destroying temples made in his name. However, the fact that he demanded total obedience from his followers rendered this moot. Notably, this led to an incident where he torched a prosperous city down to its very foundations simply because its people praised him as a god, and harshly rebuked and humiliated the founder/builder of said city, who was then one of his most ardent followers, for promoting religious faith. He would later call the incident "one of the worst mistakes in the infinitely long list of failures I have created during my incredibly long life."
- God in Human Form: Played with. His entry mentions that he has a "default" form, one that resembles a normal Alicorn stallion with black hair. His "true" form is an extremely ancient, six-winged Alicorn with black spatial energy for hair and feathers made of holy fire. Presumably, he uses his default form often when around mortals, though being a "normal" Alicorn still means he's already considered a god to mortals.
- Good Parents: He's a good father to his many Semi-Divine sons, which is largely thanks to the influence of his deceased mortal wife and Empress-Consort, Blessed Skies, who taught him to always treasure the memories and friendships he made with others. This is a stark contrast to his character inspiration, the Emperor of Mankind, who at best was a well-meaning yet neglectful and manipulative parent.
- Happily Married: Sometime between the Third and Fourth Ages, he married a mortal pegasus mare, Blessed Skies, because he was attracted to her compassionate and forgiving nature, and sired several Semi-Divine sons with her. It's mentioned that it was Blessed Skies who taught him that Living Is More Than Surviving, advising him to "treat [your] memories and friendships like a Dragon treats its treasure hoard". Golden Scepter took her advice to heart and continued being a good father to their sons long after she died.
- Healing Hands: Surprisingly, his holy fire has healing properties - it can be used to burn away impurities and accelerate physical healing through heat.
- Heal It with Fire: He can use holy fire magic to heal people by burning away impurities and accelerate physical healing through heat.
- Holy Burns Evil: He is able to wield holy fire, which allows him to purge corrupt influences from his targets. This is what allowed him to protect people from being used as hosts for the Void Traveler, and also rescue those who fell under the thrall of Ispita the Deceiver and her various children/allies.
- Hot Wings: In his true form, his wings have feathers made of holy fire.
- I Hate Past Me: After he became The Atoner and wandered all over Equus, gaining much-needed Character Development that allowed him to become much kinder and tolerant, he really doesn't think much of his past actions, and has expressed anger, shame, and disgust over what he had done. This is why he became a bitter enemy of Knight Templars like Poena and the Clovenists, as well as racists/tribalists like the Scions of Hurricane and Pony Autorists, because they're displaying the same behavior that he used to have and now loathes. He even easily defeated Poena and her followers when they tried attacking him, showing how much he had changed over the years.
- Immortal Ruler: Much like his character inspiration, he's a divine Emperor. And he has experience in it, too, since he ruled a nameless empire until the "Twilight of the Alicorns" happened, and ruled the Imperium of Ponykind until that, too, fell. Currently, he's ruling yet another empire, but a rather small one so he wouldn't repeat his previous mistakes.
- Immortality Seeker: While he's already immortal due to being an Alicorn, the problem is that mortal lifespans are fleeting in comparison to the divinity of the Alicorns. After losing many neighbors and loved ones to Morning Star and living among mortals for so long, he began to fear Death itself, and began researching ways to allow a mortal to become an Alicorn so he wouldn't feel so Lonely at the Top. However, this came to an end after he married Blessed Skies, who taught him that Living Is More Than Surviving and to always treasure the memories and friendships he has made with others. Nowadays, he's a vocal and active opponent of other immortality seekers such as the Alicorn Ascendancy, whose well-intentioned yet cruel methods resulted in Crystal Prism's existence, and has been working together with Celestia and Luna in flushing out members of the organization.
- Irony: Ironically, despite Luminiferous being an exact copy of his old enemy, Morning Star, in terms of appearance, Golden Scepter would become one of Luminiferous's close friends after he got Character Development and Took a Level in Kindness.
- Large and in Charge: His entry describes him as a very tall and muscular Alicorn. He's ruled two empires before the Known Ages started, and currently he's ruling a smaller yet still thriving one in the Fourth Age.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Tragically, his benevolent intentions gradually became corrupted by his traumas and his immortality-based loneliness, and he became no different than a cruel, hypocritical, and deluded divine tyrant who would try eradicate non-Pony races for the benefit of Ponykind, using his own subjects like tools in his plans however he pleased, tried destroying his subjects' religious faith in him by destroying temples made in his name so they could reach their true potential, and using his psychic powers to enforce absolute obedience to him. He would be severely injured in a coup led by one of his generals, put in magical stasis and used as a symbolic figurehead until he was gradually forgotten, and lost his entire empire when it was destroyed by more benevolent kingdoms, empires, and civilizations to end its threat as a xenophobic Wretched Hive. Fortunately, Golden Scepter had an epiphany regarding his previous actions upon being reemerging in the Second Age, and became a genuinely benevolent ruler after Walking the Earth and going through some much-needed Character Development.
- Living Is More Than Surviving: He has stated in-universe that before his Character Development, he had taken his own immortality for granted. After living through the "Twilight of the Alicorns" conflict and losing so many people that were close to him, both mortal and divine, he began to fear Death itself, which led to him researching ways for Ponykind to become Alicorns so he wouldn't feel lonely. However, what led to a change of outlook on life was his interactions with mortals, specifically his deceased wife and Empress-Consort, Blessed Skies, who taught him to always treasure the memories and friendships he made dearly on her deathbed.
- Look on My Works, Ye Mighty, and Despair!: Heavily implied.
- While it's unknown whether his first empire engaged in this or not, Golden Scepter knew that the Alicorn Civilization was slowly growing stagnant due to its extreme success as a divine utopia, causing its inhabitants to grow distant, arrogant, imperialistic, and high-hoofed. But despite his efforts to make himself truly aware, even he was blinded to the corruption, leading to Morning Star's betrayal and the "Twilight of the Alicorns". So rather than go into seclusion with the surviving Alicorns, he chose to go look for both mortal and divine survivors of the ten Ages-long civil wars, since he was obligated to do so as a ruler.
- Once the Imperium of Ponykind was founded, he began believing in Ponykind's superiority and tried enforcing this by eradicating non-Pony races - it was rumored and speculated in-universe that the Imperium became expansionist because of these campaigns, to the point where it nearly covered the entirety of Equus or spread to other worlds. However, Golden Scepter's traumas led him to unwittingly repeat his divine people's mistakes by becoming arrogant, hypocritical, cruel and ruthlessly manipulative, causing most of his allies and subordinates to turn against him and attempt to kill him, seeing him as a divine tyrant.
- Averted and defied with the empire he made in the Fourth Age. Having learned from his mistakes and became more humble as a result, he established a new empire, but applied a more balanced, Temnoistic perspective and kept it small in comparison to his previous empires. This allowed his empire to continue thriving where its predecessors did not.
- Lonely at the Top: Deconstructed; the "Twilight of the Alicorns" conflict killed many Alicorns, including Golden Scepter's friends, loved ones, and neighbors. Although he chose to remain in the outside world to look for survivors due to his obligations as a ruler, and eventually founded another powerful civilization from his adventures, several millennia of living among mortals, combined with his unresolved PTSD, gradually warped him until he became a broken and rather lonely individual. His behavior would alienate many of his allies, since he believed that only he knew what was best for Ponykind, until General Aurum Lupus would rebel by launching a coup against him and managing to severely injure him before being killed himself. Golden Scepter was put in magical stasis until he could be healed, but he was eventually forgotten, and his empire crumbled and was ultimately destroyed by benevolent kingdoms, empires, and civilizations. Golden Scepter would later Reconstruct the trope following his reemergence and healing in the Second Age; having finally realized the error of his ways after Luminiferous showed him the Imperium's ruins, he would wander all over Equus, learning from both mortals and divines while helping those who needed it. His experiences would gradually make him a much kinder and tolerant stallion, and he would eventually settle down and found a smaller yet thriving empire, and have a family of his own.
- The Magnificent: Known as "the Radiant Emperor of Ponykind" due to his deep connection to sapient Ponykind and his tendency to rule benevolently over them, as he embodies both their worst and best traits.
- MayflyDecember Romance: He's a divine Alicorn who married Blessed Skies, a mortal pegasus mare, which meant she couldn't keep up with his immortality. Nevertheless, they were extremely loving to each other, and on her deathbed, she taught him to treasure the memories and friendships he had and that Living Is More Than Surviving.
- Merger of Souls: One theory about his origins proposed in-universe by tabletop game writers is that he's the collective reincarnation of various mages, wizards, and sorcerers. Golden Scepter reportedly laughed and praised the game writers' creativity.
- Mind over Matter: He has powerful telekinesis, though as the Alicorn god of Psionics, his telekinesis differs from the unicorn variety in that, naturally, it comes entirely from the mind.
- Monster Progenitor: It's theorized that Golden Scepter's Pony-related domain is because he's the "Parent Deity" of Ponykind itself, much like how the god Equus birthed all of sapientkind, including the Alicorns, who are considered to be the greatest of his mortal/immortal children. Golden Scepter has stated that his Pony-related domain is likely figurative, as Ponykind has existed even before his birth, and he always felt close to his fellow ponies... though he's not so sure himself.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After Luminiferous showed him the ruins of the Imperium of Ponykind, he realized that he became no better than Morning Star or his fellow Alicorns during his Imperium-era rule, which convinced him that he was a "monster". However, Luminiferous points out that his ability to feel remorse towards his actions proves that he's actually not a monster, and that there's still hope for him to redeem himself and break himself out of the Vicious Cycle of greatness, stagnation, and fall into corruption. This led to him becoming The Atoner and started a much-needed process of Character Development, becoming much kinder as a result.
- Mysterious Past: Since he's incredibly ancient, his early life remains a mystery - it was speculated that he was a child of an extremely ancient god, the collective reincarnation of various mages, wizards, and sorcerers according to some tabletop game writers (which made Golden Scepter laugh and praise the writers' creativity), a member of a group of undying immortals who acquired godhood and great powers, or simply an Ascended mortal.
- Physical God: A given, due to being an Alicorn. However, he's an "Antecedent"-type one, meaning that he's extremely ancient, and extremely powerful compared to the newly-Ascended Alicorns of current generations. In addition, he's one of the strongest and mightiest psychic on Equus, to the point where his entry mentions that even the mightiest Alicorns couldn't hope to match his potent mind. Even one his mortal Pony generals, General Aurum Lupus, had to rely on divine empowerment to even confront him during the "Aurum Apostasy" conflict after Aurum Lupus turned traitor. As such, any attempt to fight him will almost always result in an extremely one-sided Curb-Stomp Battle.
- Psychic Powers: He's the Alicorn god of Psionics, so naturally he's a master at this. Some of his powers include telekinesis, teleportation, telepathy, psychic barriers, empathy, precognition and retrocognition. It's noted that he's so powerful that Aurum Lupus was rumored to have relied on divine empowerment in order to beat and nearly kill him at all, and it was rumored that even the mightiest of Alicorns couldn't match his potent mind. The Imperium of Ponykind also had the largest numbers of psychic ponies thanks to his influence, and he intends to do it again in the Fourth Age. One of his Semi-Divine sons, Prince Crimson Star, inherited his psychic powers to make up for his blindness.
- Reality Warper: It's noted that he's such a powerful psychic that he can do minor reality-warping if he chooses to.
- Related in the Adaptation: Played with. The Emperor of Mankind's Primarch sons were created through advanced technology and science, technically making him his biological father, except he's a Truly Single Parent. Here, Golden Scepter, his Expy, sired them with natural means through his (loving) marriage to a mortal pegasus mare.
- Rousing Speech: As the Alicorn god of Leadership, he has the power to magically boost morale with just a few words. A notable incident had him rallying his soldiers during the "Temptation Unbound" event, when said soldiers were starting to falter after seeing the sheer amount of Fallen deities and their allies/worshipers that were led by Ispita.Golden Scepter: (to his soldiers) Equus and its surrounding universe has many horrors yet to throw at us. This seemingly horrific battle will not be the end of our struggle. This is just the beginning of our trials, the beginning of our crusade to save Ponykind and all of the sapient creatures that live with them. So be faithful! Be strong! BE VIGILANT!
- Screw Destiny: Despite being a powerful clairvoyant, he was taught by an "old friend" (Luminiferous) that everyone, both divine and mortal, has the power to determine their own fate. He would pass this advice onto Crystal Prism, encouraging the young Alicorn to break free of his intended role as herald of a "new age" and forge his own path.
- Seers: Played straight and inverted; he has both precognition and retrocognition, allowing him to see the respective futures and pasts of sapient creatures, including ponies. Notably, he foresaw the Alicorn Sparkling Wing as the beloved ruler of his own kingdom, which motivated him to try teach him in leadership.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: His entry notes that he fought in the war against Morning Star and his allies. Morning Star's treachery and the destruction of his home have left him extremely traumatized, to the point where he would have nightmares and hallucinate images of his old enemy even long after he was killed by Luminiferous. His being the only Alicorn among mortals at the time also caused him to be extremely lonely to the point where he felt that he could truly trust no one with his plans, and motivated him to try study ways to reach immortality so his mortal subjects could all become Alicorns. It got to a point where he had to frequently visit Mentálne on Luminiferous's suggestion, wanting the nightmares and hallucinations to stop. Mentálne would later describe him as "a shell-shocked veteran with a whole plethora of unresolved issues"... but fortunately, his traumas were being resolved thanks to the divine help he received.
- Supernatural Floating Hair: Double-subverted. His mane and tail in his "true" form are made of black spatial, ethereal energy that show of scenes of twinkling stars and yellow giant-type stars. His "default" form is implied to have normal hair.
- Super Strength: It's mentioned by his entry that as an Alicorn, he has Earth pony magic, which he makes copious use of in battles. This makes his strikes more powerful and deadlier than usual.
- Telepathy: One of his powers is far-reaching telepathy.
- Tempting Fate: Hilariously, during his stay in the Bogolenya Deer pantheon, he nearly got exposed to puns by Phykti, the Bogolenya Deer goddess of Cruelty and Despair, after he asked Yarost what puns are. Yarost, considering puns a Fate Worse than Death, warned him to leave as fast as he can before Phykti hears him, which he did, leaving Phykti rather disappointed.Golden Scepter: What are... puns?
Yarost: ...I think you should leave this place as fast as you can before you suffer a fate worse than death itself, Emperor.
Golden Scepter: Why, pray tell?
Yarost: ...SHE might come.
- Time Abyss: He's extremely ancient, having lived during a time before Known History when Equus was dominated by the Alicorns, who established an extremely successful divine utopia that had unparalleled achievements in culture, magic, technology, and science. Given the ambiguity of his origins, it's possible that he might have lived even longer than that.
- Vertebrate with Extra Limbs: It's noted in his entry that due to being an extremely ancient Alicorn god, his true form has three pairs of wings to show off his age, with a fourth pair on the way.
- Walking the Earth: Twice, and justified.
- After the "Twilight of the Alicorns" conflict ended, he would choose to wander across Equus to look for both divine and mortal survivors instead of going to seclusion with the surviving Alicorns, having felt obligated as a ruler to help people in need. His adventures and good deeds would give him a reputation as a benevolent god who came to Ponykind in its time of need, later lead to the founding of the Imperium of Ponykind.
- He would wander all over Equus for three Ages after he was found, revived, and healed by Luminiferous and Dazzleglow in the beginning of the Second Age. After he was shown by Luminiferous the ruins of the lost Imperium of Ponykind and realized his mistakes, he became The Atoner, and so he began journeying across the planet to broaden his horizons and learn from others, both mortals and divines. Come the Fourth Age, he has settled down, founded a much smaller empire, married a mortal pegasus mare, and had several sons with her.
- We Have Become Complacent: Happened a few times in his long life.
- It's implied that despite the trauma of losing his home, Golden Scepter knew the Alicorn Civilization was growing stagnant due to his neighbors becoming arrogant and self-righteous, which influenced his decision to refuse going into seclusion with the survivors after said civilization was destroyed by Morning Star. He would even admit to Temnobog years later that the "Twilight of the Alicorns" was a good thing, since it set him on the path to becoming a genuinely benevolent person and ruler, unlike his former neighbors and peers.Temnobog: A divine utopia of complete benevolence and fairness, with nothing but success to truly motivate them? No wonder your people fell. They've been sitting on their laurels for so long that they eventually became blind to their own corruption... until one of them snapped, that is.
Golden Scepter: ..I suppose you are right, Dark One. Even I was blind to it, as hard as I tried... Perhaps... perhaps Morning Star's betrayal and the destruction of my home were the best things that ever happened to the Alicorns, and me as well.
- The Imperium of Ponykind was rumored (and speculated) to have covered almost the entirety of Equus, or even spread to other planets across the stars. However, as it continued to expand, it began to stagnate, largely due to Golden Scepter's traumas and methods in ruling, and the complacency his Pony subjects would experience due to living in a vastly successful and expansionist empire. Golden Scepter's absence after the "Aurum Apostasy" conflict due to injuries and being put into a magical stasis caused his Pony subjects to use him as their excuse to continue their xenophobic, vicious, and fanatical ways, leading to its end at the hands of more benevolent kingdoms, empires, and organizations.
- It's also stated in his entry that this is the reason why he nearly died in the battle against his traitorous general, Aurum Lupus. As an ancient Alicorn living among mortals, he became complacent with his power, and thus never considered the idea that his mortal subjects could empower themselves to oppose him in any way. After he was unearthed in the Second Age by Luminiferous and Dazzleglow, and healed with Kerajaan Cahaya's medicine, he vowed never to let himself slip up or underestimate his subjects again.
- It's implied that despite the trauma of losing his home, Golden Scepter knew the Alicorn Civilization was growing stagnant due to his neighbors becoming arrogant and self-righteous, which influenced his decision to refuse going into seclusion with the survivors after said civilization was destroyed by Morning Star. He would even admit to Temnobog years later that the "Twilight of the Alicorns" was a good thing, since it set him on the path to becoming a genuinely benevolent person and ruler, unlike his former neighbors and peers.
- What's Up, King Dude?: Invoked and justified - he used to act more distant, imperial, and aloof as a ruler in the past, which were considered popular traits among Alicorn rulers, but has since realized what a bad idea it was due to the behavior encouraging toxic and self-righteous attitudes. After he became The Atoner and Took a Level in Kindness as a result of his adventures, he started a smaller, yet thriving empire, and tried to make himself more approachable to his subjects by acting open and friendly to them.
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- He would often scold Sparkling Wing for misusing his magic to shirk responsibility and goof off because he wants the younger Alicorn to act like the royal diplomat and leader he was supposed to be, and is rather disappointed that Sparkling Wing would rather waste his great potential on mere "parlor tricks".
- He would also receive one in the form of a Stealth Insult during the Imperium era - a high-ranking Commander of the Ultra-marerines chapter called him out for being Not So Different from the conquerors, tyrants, holy creatures, and predators he opposed, and when Golden Scepter retorted that he is "right", the Commander would call him a "true autocrat".
- Winged Unicorn: An "Antecedent" Alicorn, which means he's extremely ancient, going back to even before the Known Ages. He also once lived in a divine civilization of Alicorns, until it fell due to a combination of Morning Star's treachery and the flaws of the Alicorns themselves.