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Prince Crimson Star, the Red Scholar
Divine Classification: Ethereal/Ascendant
Portfolio: Psionics, Knowledge, History
"Without the light of knowledge, we risk stagnation and collapse. Only through this struggle for enlightenment can any advancement occur."
Prince Crimson Star (his entry here) is the eighth-born son of Emperor Golden Scepter, a Prince of the Terran Empire, and the demi-Alicorn god of Psionics, Knowledge, and History.
Despite growing up in the lap of luxury, Crimson Star quickly revealed himself to be an incredibly bright student. His mind absorbed whatever he learned like a voracious sponge, and to his teachers' delight, he turned out to be a prodigy in both magic and psionics, being able to perform feats that put him far ahead of his classmates. He was especially lauded for developing precognitive abilities, and he was believed to have a great destiny ahead of him. Because of his great intelligence, Crimson Star would naturally respect and become close to those who were well-learned just like him, including a few of his own brothers like Steel Barricade and Written Word.[WIP]
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- Abstract Apotheosis: He became the Alicorn demigod of Psionics, Knowledge, and History by accepting his blindness and helping those with similar disabilities, while atoning for his Insufferable Genius behavior by helping classmates improve their academic learning, and behaving more cautiouslyabout what he learns and the consequences of doing so.
- Adaptational Heroism: Magnus the Red tended to be an Insufferable Genius, yet was loyal to his father despite the negative reputation he has as a psyker. He turned traitor in the Horus Heresy after a rather unfortunate combination of arrogantly pursuing even forbidden knowledge, the manipulations of the Chaos gods, and being censured and alienated by the Emperor's actions. Crimson Star, Magnus's Codexverse counterpart, also started out as an arrogant Insufferable Genius, until he was blinded saving a classmate in a carriage accident, and became rather depressed after realizing that he is now no better than those he once deemed beneath his intelligence. Thanks to Golden Scepter's love and support, he would come out of his ordeals a much better and heroic person. He would even prevent a similar Codexverse version of the Horus Heresy event from happening during the "Temptation Unbound" conflict by warning his father of what he foresaw, exposing the malicious deities and their worshipers responsible for trying to engineer such a tragedy.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: Magnus the Red was too, an Insufferable Genius who preferred to shift the blame on others instead of acknowledging his own flaws and mistakes, which is what partially and ultimately led to him turning to Chaos (among other things). Crimson Star, who was based on Magnus, was broken out of the behavior when he was blinded saving a classmate in a carriage accident, and ultimately became a heroic and benevolent character thanks to the positive influence of his friends and loved ones, especially his father.
- Adorkable: For all his faults, he can be this at times. He genuinely enjoyed learning, and he tends to get really excited and talkative regarding things he liked. And out of all the subjects he learned, History is his most favorite, to the point where he could go for hours if he were to discuss anything related to it.
- Annoying Younger Sibling:
- He would treat Fanged Paw, his older brother, with icy disdain over developing Disruption magic, seeing it as the complete opposite of what he represented and specialized in. Eventually, Fanged Paw would snap and bully Crimson Star in turn, even after the latter was blinded and fell into a severe depression over his Jerkass Realization. However, after Fanged Paw was exiled by Golden Scepter for giving his own brother a vicious No-Holds-Barred Beatdown and leaving near him death, Crimson Star would gradually recover and properly achieve Character Development by doing good things to make up for his arrogant and disdainful behavior, eventually Ascending to demi-Alicornhood. He would also forgive Fanged Paw for what he had done, something that made Fanged Paw cry when he came back from exile a few years later (he still denies that he cried of his own volition, however).
- That being said, while he has since reconciled with Fanged Paw, that still doesn't stop them from bickering, annoying, and snarking at each other. One Codexverse drabble had him get into an argument with Fanged Paw over how many kills they each got.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: Embodies Psionics, Knowledge, and History post-Ascension. It's believed in-universe that he embodies Golden Scepter's great psychic talent and his voracious thirst for knowledge, which might explain his vast psychic powers, and his intellectual pursuits and behavior.
- The Archmage: Much like Magnus, his character inspiration, he's currently one of the most powerful psychics in Equus, rivaled only by his father, Golden Scepter, which is rather fitting since they both embody Psionics. However, it is believed that Crimson Star has the potential to equal or even surpass Golden Scepter himself one day.
- Astral Projection: It's noted in his entry that as part of his Psychic Powers, he can produce an astral form of himself for certain attacks, though that leaves him vulnerable to certain spiritual and supernatural threats. This is the same ability that Magnus the Red also possesses.
- The Atoner: Much like what his father did years before, he would atone for the bad things he had done when he was an Insufferable Genius, which eventually warranted his Ascension to demi-Alicorn hood.
- After he was blinded saving a classmate from a runaway, out-of-control carriage, and his attempts to restore his sight were swiftly ended when Golden Scepter killed the demon he summoned in exchange for a cure, Crimson Star became rather depressed realizing that he is now no better than those he deemed beneath his intelligence. He initially tried to atone for his actions by turning himself into a Silent Scapegoat that everyone, including his own brothers, can retaliate against as they saw fit, leading to him getting severely injured by Fanged Paw, Death Shroud, and Red Blade. But after he was saved by Blazing Hoof and taken to the infirmary, he would be called out by Golden Scepter for torturing himself excessively for the sake of atonement, not caring if he'll potentially die in the end or if his loved ones would be affected by his death. This would lead to Crimson Star learning the proper way to redeem himself and made amends with those he had wronged by helping them improve their academic learning and practicing complex magical and psychic techniques with them.
- Despite genuinely loving and respecting Steel Barricade as both his brother and an intellectual peer, his arrogance and other vices would gradually rub off on him until Steel Barricade essentially became a worse version of himself, being an attention-starved Glory Seeker who bore a deeply resentful grudge against their older brother, Clear Voice, in addition to being an Insufferable Genius. While Crimson Star managed to keep him on a leash (at least until he was blinded), his growing concern for Steel Barricade would create arguments between them whenever he tried correcting the latter's behavior. Steel Barricade challenging Clear Voice to a very destructive duel over an insult was when Crimson Star decided he finally had enough, and risked his own life to break them up by shielding Clear Voice from an incapacitating attack with his own body, and "blowing Steel Barricade away" with his Psychic Powers despite still recovering from injuries given by Fanged Paw. He regretted being such a bad influence for his younger brother that after Steel Barricade became an Alicorn demigod during his exile and had to be persuaded to come home after he went globetrotting for some more years, Crimson Star apologized to him and has been trying to make amends with him even to this day.
- "Awesome McCool" Name: "Crimson Star" sounds like a badass name for a psychic prodigy and a well-learned scholar. It's also similar to "Magnus the Red", the Primarch he was based on.
- Badass Bookworm: As (supposedly) the living embodiment of Golden Scepter's Psychic Powers and thirst for knowledge, Crimson Star is a very intelligent individual and a well-learned academic scholar, to the point where he was hailed as a prodigy. He's also a Handicapped Badass, having been blinded saving a classmate in a carriage accident, and has since become the commander of his own military chapter, the Thousand Sons, and a Magic Knight who uses his magic/psychic powers to become a really good crackshot.
- Barbarian Longhair: Much like Magnus the Red, he has extremely long and wild hair. It's noted in his entry that his hair is famous even outside the Terran Empire, to the point where he was mistaken for a demon or barbarian by those who dont know him.
- Bash Brothers: A literal example. He and Fanged Paw are demi-divine sons of Golden Scepter, making them biological brothers. After going through an extremely strained relationship, and then making amends and reconciling afterwards, they would frequently team up whenever they participated in conflicts and wars. Crimson Star aids his older brother by calculating how many magical foes Fanged Paw will face with his ability to sense magic, predicting when and where an enemy will attack with his foresight, and lessening the burden by shrinking large crowds of enemies with magical barrages. He also serves as the "sniper" of the duo, despite being capable of close combat himself, as Crimson Star's patience and disciplined precision allows him to pick off hidden enemies and stragglers that Fanged Paw might have missed.
- Beam Spam: It's noted in his entry that he can fire beams of pure psychic energy.
- Big Brother Instinct: Inverted. After reaching a point where he couldn't ignore or tolerate Steel Barricade's petty hatred and jealousy towards their older brother, Clear Voice, any longer, he would rush out of the royal infirmary himself while the two were engaged in an incredibly destructive duel, and protect Clear Voice by shielding him from an incapacitating blow with his own body and blowing away Steel Barricade with his Psychic Powers, stalling the fight. However, as he was still recovering from injuries given to him by Fanged Paw at the time, the sheer physical strain from the act would reopen some wounds and weaken him greatly.
- Big Little Brother: Played with. He's significantly larger than most of his family, being dwarfed only by his father, but being the ninth child of his family means that he's one of Golden Scepter's older sons.
- Birds of a Feather: His entry notes that his intellectual pursuits would allow him to befriend those who are also well-learned. This includes a few of his brothers, such as Written Word and Steel Barricade. And after he Ascended, he would befriend King Baarish, a divine Elephant, since they shared the same divine domain of Knowledge. He would also develop a Friendly Rivalry with Princess Twilight Sparkle, who is also a very intelligent and magically powerful Alicorn royal like him.
- Blade on a Stick: When fighting in close quarters, he wields a tall, giant-bladed glaive that he can channel his psychic powers through.
- Blindfolded Vision: He would take to wearing a blindfold in battle after he was blinded saving a classmate from a runaway carriage in his youth. He would develop magical and psychic senses to "see" to make up for his handicap, and after Ascending to demi-Alicornhood, he would start using pegasus magic to detect and avoid weather-related hazards while flying, and Earth pony magic to guide himself by sensing vibrations through the ground.
- Blind Seer: He's a blind Alicorn demigod who has the power of precognition, though it's noted in his entry that his younger brother, Prince Bright Eyes (who is based on Primarch Sanguinius) is a more powerful Seer. He originally wasn't blind in his youth, but an accident in which he saved a classmate from a runaway, out-of-control carriage left him horribly injured and took away his sight.
- Blind Weaponmaster: Despite being completely blind, he was able to become a really good crackshot with long-range Magitek weapons such as crossbows, though he's no slouch with fighting in close quarters, either, as he can fight with a giant-bladed glaive through which he can channel his Psychic Powers for elemental status effects.
- Body-Count Competition: A Codexverse drabble in Fanged Paw's entry reveals that he and Fanged Paw started bickering over exactly how many demons they killed - after Fanged Paw rubs in his face that he racked up a kill-count that's one more than his brother's, Crimson Star shoots the corpse of a demon that Fanged Paw was sitting on to even things out, then justifies his action with the excuse of "I sensed faint traces of magic still in a long-dead corpse, so therefore it's still alive and counts as a kill." They end up nearly coming to blows over this, to their brothers' dismay.Prince Blazing Hoof: (to Bright Eyes) Well? Should I separate them or not?
Prince Bright Eyes: Don't, Big Brother. They'll sort everything out eventually. If they get knocked out instead... well, we can always drag their bodies back home and tell Father they fell asleep during the trip.
- Break the Haughty: The constant praise and special treatment he would receive for being a Child Prodigy would influence him to become an Insufferable Genius of the highest order, straining his relationships with his friends and family. His ego would later be broken upon losing his sight in a carriage accident while saving a classmate, but what caused it to be shattered even further was when he tried summoning a demon to restore his sight, only for his efforts to be swiftly ended by Golden Scepter, creating a Jerkass Realization about both his reckless pursuit of knowledge and his arrogant behavior towards those he deemed beneath him. This led to Crimson Star becoming rather depressed to the point where he was willing to scapegoat himself if it means he'll achieve redemption, not caring if he'll potentially die or if his family and friends would be affected by his death. But after he was saved from a few of his hateful brothers by Blazing Hoof, and called out on his self-destructive behavior by Golden Scepter, he would properly redeem himself and become a better person by doing a lot of good deeds to make up for his arrogance.
- Broken Angel: A Codexverse drabble in Fanged Paw's entry reveals that he would have become a hornless unicorn in addition to the No-Holds-Barred Beatdown he received from Fanged Paw and his two other brothers, Death Shroud and Red Blade, as Fanged Paw wanted to make sure that he lose "more than just [your] sight". And because he wanted to atone for his actions as an Insufferable Genius, Crimson Star accepted his fate graciously. Fortunately, it never happened, as a furious Blazing Hoof interfered by unleashing hell on Crimson Star's tormentors.
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- Calling the Old Man Out: Inverted. While he was recovering in the royal infirmary from injuries given by Fanged Paw and two other brothers, Crimson Star would be called out by Golden Scepter for scapegoating and torturing himself excessively for the sake of atonement, not caring how his friends and family would be affected if he were to die. This, along with Golden Scepter's support, would help him break out of his self-destructive behavior and become a truly better person, and also give him the inspiration to name his military chapter, the Thousand Sons.Emperor Golden Scepter: I do not care if I have a thousand sons, or twenty or five, you are STILL no less deserving of MY love and praise, Crimson Star, for you and your brothers are of my own flesh and blood. And I will NOT stand by and watch while you torture yourself excessively for the sake of atonement. Even if you HAVE acted like an arrogant and reckless hooligan as of late, there are better ways to redeem yourself and make amends with those you have wronged. Forsaking your potential, your future, and even your own life by turning yourself into a scapegoat for our little ponies to blame is NOT one of them.
- Captain Ersatz:
- Of Primarch Magnus the Red. Much like Magnus, he's a red-skinned/haired individual who's significantly taller than most of his brothers, and is an extremely powerful mage/psychic who dedicated himself to higher learning. Even his folder quote is an altered version of Magnus's "light of Chaos" quote. However, unlike Magnus, who turned traitor during the Horus Heresy largely thanks to the Emperor's actions as well as the Chaos gods' manipulations, Crimson Star had the fortune of having a loving divine parent, who would continue to love and support him even after he was blinded in an accident, and helped him become a much better person over time. In addition, during the "Temptation Unbound" conflict, he would prevent a potential catastrophe that was engineered by a group of Fallen divines and their worshipers by warning Golden Scepter about a bad vision he had. This would save his family from being permanently torn apart, as well as his father, who Crimson Star saw dying in his vision, and exposing the culprits responsible.
- He's also one to Rezo the Red Priest, though it was stated to be completely unintentional as the writer never watched Slayers at all. Much like Rezo, Crimson Star is a highly respected and skilled, yet blind sorcerer who was disfigured at some point in his life, and tried researching ways to cure his disability. However, unlike Rezo, who was a Villain with Good Publicity yet callously destroyed people's lives in order to cure his blindness, Crimson Star, who had been an Insufferable Genius prior to this point, was quickly stopped in his research and attempts to summon demonic and eldritch forces in exchange for sight by his father, Golden Scepter. This would ultimately allow him to properly redeem himself for his previous arrogant behavior and become a kinder stallion.
- Deal with the Devil:
- After he was blinded saving his classmate from an out-of-control carriage, he tried researching ways to restore his sight, including summoning eldritch and demonic forces. However, his research would be swiftly ended by Golden Scepter, which contributed to his spiral into a deep depression, having realized that he's now on the same level as those he had dismissed and wronged. It's noted by his entry that his blindness makes him likely to pause if someone offers him a way to restore his sight, but after going through Character Development, he would turn the offers down in the end, as they almost always contain some huge price to pay in return.
- In another incident, when he visited the Bogolenya Deer pantheon, Pokhot, Temnobog's youngest daughter and the goddess of Lust and Pride, tried tempting Crimson Star into pursuing forbidden knowledge again, as well as researching ways to restore his sight. Crimson Star would ultimately turn her down after realizing he'll pay heavy prices for accepting. This impressed Pokhot so much that she gave him genuine words of praise, as well as a gift in the form of a tome containing information on lost civilizations.
- Death Seeker: His entry notes that he became rather depressed following the loss of his sight and his Jerkass Realization, to the point where he was willing to forsake everything and scapegoat himself to atone for his arrogant and dismissive behavior, even if he would possibly end up dying at the hooves of others in the process. It's deconstructed and played for drama when Blazing Hoof found Crimson Star being viciously beat up by Fanged Paw and a few other brothers, and moved to protect him alone, until Golden Scepter intervened and took Crimson Star to the royal infirmary to heal his injuries. Afterwards, Golden Scepter would call out Crimson Star for torturing himself excessively for the sake of atonement, not caring about how he would affect those who genuinely loved and cared about him if he were to die. Learning of this trope would also cause Fanged Paw to realize just how far he had fallen, as he only wanted to make Crimson Star pay for his arrogant behavior, not kill him.
- Deity of Human Origin: He was once a mortal demi-divine unicorn, but would eventually become an immortal demi-Alicorn by doing a lot of good deeds to make up for his arrogant behavior, such as helping his classmates improve their academic learning, and practicing complicated magical techniques with them. The fact that he was able to do so in the years Fanged Paw was gone in exile surprised his older brother when he came back a few years later.
- Disabled in the Adaptation: Played with. Magnus's loss of one of his eyes in canon depended on who wrote him - either he was a mutant born with only one eye, or he once had two eyes but gave one away when he made a pact with the Chaos god Tzeentch. Crimson Star, his pony counterpart, is completely blind in the Codexverse, due to having saved a classmate in a carriage accident that left him horribly injured.
- Disabled Snarker: Implied. His entry notes that he may be completely blind, but that doesn't stop him from snarking at his older brother, Fanged Paw, in a vitriolic but otherwise loving relationship.
- Divine Parentage: Is the eighth demi-divine son of Emperor Golden Scepter and Blessed Skies, a mortal pegasus mare. This would make him Long-Lived until he Ascended and became an Alicorn demigod.
- The Empath: Implied, as his entry notes that one of the abilities inherited from his father is far-reaching psychic empathy. However, it didn't stop him from becoming an Insufferable Genius due to his ego being inflated by constant praise for being a prodigy, leading to him mistreating anyone he deems beneath his intelligence, including a few of his brothers. Only after he was blinded in a carriage accident, realized his mistakes, and went through hell did he gain his empathy for others back.
- Eyes Always Shut: Justified. It's noted in his entry that his eyes are scarred and often closed, which came from being blinded in an accident after he saved a classmate from a runaway, out-of-control carriage.
- Eye Scream: His entry notes that on the day of his accident, his attempts to save a classmate from a runaway, out-of-control carriage left him horribly injured. One of the most prominent of his injuries listed was his loss of sight.
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- Forgiveness: He would eventually forgive Fanged Paw for bullying him and beating him up after he was blinded while the latter was in exile. When he told his older brother this during their mutual apology a few years later, Fanged Paw was so affected by it that he began crying Tears of Joy.
- Friendly Rivalry: It's mentioned in his entry that he has a friendly rivalry with Princess Twilight Sparkle of Equestria, due to both of them being very powerful and intelligent royals.
- Friendly Sniper: While he wasn't so "friendly" before, as he was once an arrogant and Insufferable Genius, he eventually atoned for his actions and redeemed himself following his blinding in a carriage accident and his Jerkass Realization, becoming an Alicorn as a result. He's also a really good crackshot who can pick off enemies from afar with long-range Magitek weapons like crossbows, even though he's also capable of fighting in close quarters.
- Game-Breaking Injury: He was permanently blinded in an accident when he saved a classmate from a runaway, out-of-control carriage, horribly injuring himself in the process. According to him, because magic-casters in general heavily rely on sight to perform spells, this would have made Crimson Star a cripple, both in the eyes of the public and the magic community. This would provoke a rather polarizing reaction - while some people, like Fanged Paw (pre-exile), believed that being blinded was well-deserved Laser-Guided Karma, others believe that while Crimson Star did need to be taken down a peg or two, he didn't deserve to be subjected to more horrible things afterwards for his misdeeds, especially after he fell into a severe depression from both a Jerkass Realization and learning how to adapt to his disability. Crimson Star himself also believed that being blinded meant that he wouldn't accomplish anything again, or resume his intellectual pursuits. Fortunately for him, Golden Scepter teaching him how to use his psionic magic to "see", while pulling multiple strings to have specialists craft unique books, texts, and scrolls that Crimson Star can still read, all so that his son can still have a future, allowed him to ultimately adapt to his situation.
- Gentle Giant: Double-subverted. He's larger than most of his brothers, being only dwarfed by his father. While he did behave like an arrogant Insufferable Genius for a time, he Took a Level in Kindness after he was blinded in a carriage accident and had a Jerkass Realization in regards to his actions. Now he's a genuinely benevolent Prince who helps those who either struggled with learning, or had been crippled like he was.
- The Gift: He was born with incredible innate psychic/magic potential, as well as great intelligence and capacity for learning. It was believed in-universe that his talents came from being born the living embodiment of Golden Scepter's Psychic Powers and his voracious thirst for knowledge. However, being praised and given attention constantly for being a prodigy slowly turned him into an Insufferable Genius of the highest order... until being blinded saving a classmate in a carriage accident and having a Jerkass Realization afterwards shattered his ego completely and humbled him, allowing him to become much kinder and use his talents for good.
- Handicapped Badass: Oh yes. Despite being completely blind, he was still able to learn physical combat and use long-ranged magitek weapons. His psychic potential and capabilities haven't diminished at all, either, and in fact gained more abilities after being blinded to make up for his disability. In battles, he would even team up with Fanged Paw and help out his older brother by calculating how many magical foes Fanged Paw will face with his ability to sense magic, predicting when and where an enemy will attack with his foresight, and lessening the burden by shrinking large crowds of enemies with magical barrages. He also serves as the "sniper" of the duo, despite being capable of close combat himself, as Crimson Star's patience and disciplined precision allows him to pick off hidden enemies and stragglers that Fanged Paw might have missed.
- Heroic BSoD: He would fall into a severe depression following his loss of sight and his Jerkass Realization that he is now no better than those he deemed beneath his intelligence. It got to a point where he was willing to become a Silent Scapegoat and let everyone he had wronged, including his own brothers, retaliate against him as they saw fit, not caring if he would die in the process or not. In one incident, he allowed Fanged Paw and his two other brothers, Death Shroud and Red Blade, give him a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown that also would have resulted in the loss of horn, when Blazing Hoof found them and proceeded to protect Crimson Star alone in a brotherly fury. He would eventually recover from this trope thanks to the support of those of his friends and family who genuinely cared about him, and redeem himself until he became a better person.
- Heroic Lineage: He is the eighth son of Golden Scepter, an antediluvian Alicorn Emperor who is an incredibly powerful psychic, a peerless genius and warrior, and a very competent leader who founded three empires in his lifetime. In addition, he's regarded as a legendary war hero even among the Alicorns, who were all saved from complete extinction thanks to his efforts. It is believed in-universe that he embodies a certain aspect of his father, namely Golden Scepter's psychic powers and voracious thirst for knowledge in general.
- Hero Worship:
- It's mentioned in his entry that pre-Ascension, he looked up to his father, Golden Scepter, for being not only a peerless genius, but also a powerful magic-user and psychic.
- He would ironically be worshiped in turn by his younger brother, Steel Barricade, who idolized him for being a genius who performed well in almost everything, including magic and psionics. This is ironic since Crimson Star himself believed that Steel Barricade has the potential to surpass him in many ways. However, it's deconstructed in that despite genuinely loving and respecting his brother, Crimson Star would become an Anti-Role Model after falling into arrogance and other vices, gradually influencing Steel Barricade to become even worse than him. He would realize the error of his ways when he saw the grudge that would develop between Steel Barricade and Clear Voice, and ultimately chose to protect Clear Voice from their younger brother by shielding him with his own body and blowing Steel Barricade away with his own powers, even at great cost to himself. He would try to make amends with Steel Barricade after the latter Ascended and was convinced to come back home, having realized what an awful role model had been, which is still going to this day.
- Ignoring by Singing: Apparently, after Golden Scepter started telling stories about the Alicorn Civilization's Free-Love Future as well as his own sex life to his sons, he would be seen running out of the royal Terran palace, screaming and singing all the way.Prince Crimson Star: LA LA LA LA LA, I CAN'T HEAR THIS, I DON'T WANT TO BE ON THIS PLANET ANYMORE!!!
- Insufferable Genius: Deconstructed.
- Being praised and given special treatment for being an academic and magical prodigy caused him to believe that he's a peerless genius who can only be matched by the best, like his father, a few of his brothers, and his friends at school who also pursued higher learning. Then he lost his eyesight saving a classmate in a carriage accident, and all attempts to restore his eyesight were swiftly ended by Golden Scepter, as they involved the summoning of demons and eldritch beings. This left him feeling rather depressed, realizing that he's become no better than those he previously dismissed, to the point where he let those who were wronged by him, including his own brothers, retaliate against him as they saw fit. Fortunately, the benevolent influence of those who cared about him, especially Golden Scepter, would help him break out of his self-destructive behaviors and become a truly better person.
- It's later revealed in Steel Barricade's entry that he was also responsible for Steel Barricade's arrogant and petty behavior, having gradually influenced his younger brother to become just like him with his own vices. As his younger brother got worse, however, Crimson Star realized what a bad role model he had been for him and tried to set things right, first by risking his own life to protect Clear Voice from Steel Barricade when their duel quickly got out of hand, and then by making amends with him for his misdeeds after Steel Barricade Ascended during his exile and was convinced to come back home, something that's still ongoing.
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- Jerkass Realization: After he was blinded saving a classmate in a carriage accident, and subsequent attempts to restore his eyesight through forbidden magic were swiftly ended by Golden Scepter, Crimson Star realized that he was now no better than those he deemed beneath his intelligence, and became rather depressed as a result. It got to a point where he believed that further injury to his person was "well-deserved", even letting Fanged Paw and his few hateful brothers retaliate against him as they saw fit. He would have potentially died if Blazing Hoof and Golden Scepter had not intervened; the latter in particular would call him out for forsaking his own life by scapegoating himself without thinking about how his family and friends would be affected if he were to die. Fortunately, thanks to the benevolent influence of those who genuinely loved him, he was able to learn how to properly redeem himself and become a truly better person.
- Lack of Empathy: Double-subverted. While he does have psychic empathy like his father, it didn't stop him from becoming an Insufferable Genius, as his ego had inflated so much that he couldn't be bothered to associate with those he deemed beneath his intelligence. It was only after he was blinded saving a classmate in an accident, going through a rather depressing Jerkass Realization, and being helped by his benevolent friends and family members, was he able to regain his empathy for others.
- Large and in Charge: Much like Magnus the Red, he's taller than most of his brothers, even prior to Ascension to demi-godhood, dwarfed only by his father. He's also a benevolent Prince and a major political leader, as well as a military commander in his father's empire.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Due to being a demi-Alicorn god of Knowledge and History, some of his abilities revolve around this. He can alter and even outright erase people's memories, causing them to forget things like walking or talking; in the case of History, this is shown by having parts of his victims' inner "history books" being obscured or erased entirely. It's noted in his entry that Crimson Star avoids using this ability because he hates the idea of crippling someone permanently, thus subjecting them to the same hardships he had gone through after he was blinded.
- Laser-Guided Karma:
- He let the praise and special treatment he got for being a prodigy in magic and psychic arts go to his head, becoming an Insufferable Genius that would mistreat and dismiss those he deemed beneath his intelligence, in turn straining his relationships with his friends and family. Then one day, he lost his eyesight after saving a classmate in a carriage accident. Because magic users in general are heavily reliant on sight to learn new spells, Crimson Star's blindness made him no better than those he once looked down upon. In addition, he would be viciously bullied by both his classmates and a few of his brothers, such as Fanged Paw, as a form of retaliation. It's later deconstructed in that Crimson Star, having become rather depressed from his blinding and his subsequent Jerkass Realization, started believing that being injured even more is a "well-deserved" punishment for him, and thus didn't lift a hoof whenever his classmates or those few of his brothers who hated him would bully and beat him up. This would climax into an incident where Blazing Hoof would defend him from Fanged Paw and his other brothers alone, causing Golden Scepter to intervene before things got too bloody.
- The trope is reconstructed afterwards when, after Crimson Star was taken to the royal infirmary to recover from his injuries, Golden Scepter called his son out on being willing to forsake everything to torture himself excessively to atone for his actions, not caring how his potential death might affect those who genuinely loved him, and pointed out that there are better ways for Crimson Star to achieve redemption and forgiveness than turning himself into a scapegoat. It was thanks to his father's benevolent influence that Crimson Star was able to break out of his self-destructive mindset and truly become a better person.
- Long-Range Fighter: Double-subverted. He is quite capable of participating in close combat, and like Magnus the Red, he wields a tall, large-bladed glaive through which he can channel his psychic powers. However, he prefers to use his magic as well as long-range weapons to pick off his enemies from afar, such as Magitek crossbows that allow him to use his psychic magic as ammunition. A Codexverse drabble has Fanged Paw poke fun at this by calling him a "magic-slinging bookworm who'd rather take potshots at the enemy" during their Body-Count Competition argument.
- Magic Hair: He gained this after Ascending to demi-Alicornhood, despite being the equivalent of an infant divine. Because he's so magically powerful with lots of inner potential, his hair began changing much earlier than expected, such as a perpetual ripple and showing signs of a spatial appearance, displaying stars and even suns.
- Magic Knight: While he's an incredibly powerful mage and a learned scholar first and foremost, he was still able to learn the ways of physical combat and weaponry, despite being completely blind. He is capable of fighting in close quarters, but he prefers to pick off his enemies from afar. His military chapter, the Thousand Sons, are also highly adept warrior-mages, and its chapter's relatively small size has not diminished their effectiveness at all.
- The Magnificent: Known as "the Red Scholar", for being a red-furred pony (and later, an Alicorn demigod) who pursues higher learning and other intellectual pursuits.
- Massive Numbered Siblings: Is the eighth-born son out of Golden Scepter and Blessed Skies' demi-divine children, and has seven older brothers and eleven younger brothers.
- Meaningful Name:
- It's stated in-universe by Crimson Star that his military chapter, the Thousand Sons, was named after something Golden Scepter said to him while he was recovering from injuries given by Fanged Paw in the royal infirmary. That "something" was revealed to be Golden Scepter calling Crimson Star out on forsaking even his own life for the sake of atonement, not caring how his potential death might affect those who genuinely loved him, while assuring his son that even if he had a thousand sons, he still sees Crimson Star as no less deserving of his fatherly love and praise than any of his brothers.
- Crimson Star's own name also counts, being a red-furred pony who was treated as a "star" by almost everyone due to being a prodigy in both intellectual and magical/psionic pursuits. Alternatively, it could refer to his hair post-Ascension; he's magically so powerful that post-Ascension, his mane and tail started showing signs of becoming spatial energy pretty early, displaying stars and suns.
- Mind over Matter: Implied; one of his psychic abilities included far-reaching telekinesis.
- Motor Mouth: His entry notes that his favorite subject is History, which he now embodies; in fact, he loves History so much that he's willing to go for hours talking about it.
- Never My Fault: During his Insufferable Genius phase, he believed that the only thing he was "guilty" of is the pursuit of knowledge in general, while brushing aside any other wrongdoings he had done whenever people brought them to attention. He got better after he was blinded in an accident, shattering his inflated ego.Prince Crimson Star: If I am guilty of anything, it is only the pursuit of knowledge!
P - S
- Parental Sexuality Squick: He apparently felt so disgusted upon hearing his father's stories of the Alicorns' Free-Love Future, as well as his father's own sex life, that he naturally reacted by running out of the royal Terran palace at full speed, singing and screaming.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: After being blinded and having a Jerkass Realization over his actions, he became so depressed that he was willing to atone for his actions by becoming a Silent Scapegoat, and letting everyone he had wronged, including his own brothers, retaliate against him as they saw fit. This is because he believed that further injury to himself was "well-deserved" and not caring if he would end up dying or not. It would be deconstructed in that Golden Scepter saw this as excessive self-torture that wouldn't really solve anything, and after taking Crimson Star to the royal infirmary to recover from wounds given by Fanged Paw, Golden Scepter calls out his son for forsaking everything, including his own life, for the sake of atonement while not caring about how his death might affect those who love him, and points out that there are better ways for him to make amends.
- Pet the Dog:
- While still an Insufferable Genius at the time it happened, he was willing to go out of his way to save a classmate from an out-of-control carriage, blinding and horribly injuring himself in the process. This one act of kindness would prove instrumental in shattering his inflated ego, allowing him to become a much better person afterwards.
- Steel Barricade's entry reveals that despite his flaws, Crimson Star respected Clear Voice for being an accomplished genius in his own right, and was genuinely concerned with Steel Barricade's growing resentment and pettiness towards their older brother. It got to a point where, after Steel Barricade and Clear Voice engaged each other in a duel that quickly got way out of hand, Crimson Star finally got fed up with his younger brother's behavior and sided with Clear Voice, protecting the latter from an incapacitating blow with his own body and blowing Steel Barricade away with his own Psychic Powers, though he was greatly weakened afterward as he was still recovering from injuries given by Fanged Paw at the time. This would lead to Steel Barricade's exile as seeing the brother he idolized side with the brother he hated so much left him so shocked that he didn't notice a furious Golden Scepter arriving to find a partially-destroyed Terran Empire until it was too late.
- Photographic Memory: As the Alicorn demigod of Knowledge, he has a photographic memory that allows him to easily recall what he had learned, no matter how long ago it was.
- Power of the Void: Implied; one of the things he can do with his Psychic Powers is create black holes to suck in and devour his enemies.
- Psychic Powers: Much like his father, he embodies Psionics, and is believed in-universe to be a living representation of Golden Scepter's psionic talent. His entry notes that while he does have the same far-reaching abilities as his father, such as telepathy, telekinesis, empathy, and teleportation, he's able to take his powers to new heights because of his drive to see how far he can go. As such, he became capable of astral projection, creating black holes to suck in and devour his enemies, firing beams of pure psychic energy, and summoning bolts of psychic lightning. Because of his potential and incredible skill, it is believed that he might end up equaling or surpassing Golden Scepter, who is a powerful psychic himself, once he gets "older".
- Reality Ensues:
- His Insufferable Genius behavior. Even if he did have the intelligence and magical power to back it up, Crimson Star acted like an arrogant jerk, which served to alienate his friends and family as he deemed those who weren't at "his level" were deemed beneath him. Furthermore, if he was called out on his actions, he would claim that the only thing he's "guilty" of is the pursuit of knowledge itself. Fanged Paw, who he treated coldly for developing Disruption magic would grow to resent and hate him so much that either they would constantly be on edge even if they're far away from each other in the same room, or get into violent fights that Golden Scepter would always try to stop.
- After he was blinded saving a classmate in a horrible carriage accident, Crimson Star attempted to research ways to cure his disability, which led to him summoning a demon in exchange for having his sight restored out of desperation. If Golden Scepter hadn't intervened and swiftly put an end to his research, Crimson Star would have been even more screwed than he already was and possibly would have damned more people in his quest as well.
- His attempts to turn himself into a Silent Scapegoat are also deconstructed. Crimson Star had become so depressed from realizing how much of a jerk he had been that he essentially became suicidal, believing that he could achieve redemption by letting everyone he had wronged, including his own brothers, retaliate against him as they saw fit even if he'll potentially end up dying in the end. He ended up being proven wrong because regardless of his previous behavior, there are those who genuinely love him and want to redeem him; Blazing Hoof was willing to protect Crimson Star by himself after he found the latter getting beaten up by Fanged Paw, Red Blade, and Death Shroud. And after Crimson Star was taken to the royal infirmary to heal, Golden Scepter would call out his son on "excessively torturing" himself, informing him that turning himself into a scapegoat isn't going to solve anything, and that there are better ways to achieve redemption instead of forsaking even his own life to do it. In addition, by becoming a scapegoat, Crimson Star ended up hurting even his loved ones, who would be rightly upset if he were to actually die.
- Red Is Heroic: While it took him a long time to get to the "Heroic" part, he's a red-furred demi-Alicorn who is also an intelligent, powerful, and benevolent Prince.
- Reincarnation: Discussed; a heated argument with Written Word later causes Golden Scepter to wonder if all of his sons, including Crimson Star, are reincarnations of his Generals from the Imperium era. Luminiferous assures him that even if they are, all of his sons are still unique individuals with their own thoughts and feelings, and he has enough knowledge and experience to ensure that they'll have the "brighter future" that his Generals did not. True to form, it's because of Golden Scepter's good parenting that Crimson Star would be broken of the arrogance that haunted his predecessor, ensuring that he would never repeat his predecessor's mistakes and allowing him to redeem himself for his own and eventually Ascend.
- Seers: One of the abilities he has is precognition, which he shares with his brother, Bright Eyes. It's noted by his entry that while his foresight isn't as powerful as Bright Eyes', Crimson Star was still able to put it to good use, averting several crises in the process.
- During the "Temptation Unbound" event, Crimson Star foresaw his brothers being turned against each other one by one, creating a schism so catastrophic that his father would die trying to stop it. He brought his vision to Golden Scepter's attention, ultimately saving his family, while exposing the malicious deities and their worshipers who tried engineering his family's downfall to remove a large threat to their plans.
- When he foresaw the untold amounts of destruction and death affecting the Nine Realms, Crimson Star pleaded for Golden Scepter to let him avert this bad future. Golden Scepter would give his son his blessing, allowing Crimson Star and a few of his brothers to participate in the "Final Ragnarok" conflict while the rest of his family fought in the "Storm King Crisis".
- In general, whenever he teams up with Fanged Paw to kick ass, one of the ways he helps out his older brother is predicting when and where an enemy will attack with his foresight.
- Semi-Divine: Has a demi-divine heritage by virtue of his father, Golden Scepter, being an extremely ancient and powerful Alicorn god. After he Ascended, he himself became an Alicorn demigod, the Codexverse equivalent of an infant divine.
- Shock and Awe: One of the things he can do with his Psychic Powers is summoning bolts of psychic lightning to strike his enemies.
- Silent Scapegoat: Deconstructed. After he was blinded saving a classmate in a carriage accident, and realizing how huge of a jerk he had been, he spiraled into a severe depression, to the point where he didn't lift a hoof whenever his hateful classmates or brothers bullied him in revenge. believing that getting injured even further is a "well-deserved" punishment for him. Golden Scepter would later call Crimson Star out on this behavior while the latter recovered from injuries given by Fanged Paw in the royal infirmary, pointing out that there are better ways to achieve redemption and make amends, and turning into a scapegoat for people to blame isn't going to solve anything. It was thanks to his father that Crimson Star broke out of his self-destructive behavior and truly became a better person.
- Smug Super: Deconstructed. Pre-Ascension, he was an incredibly intelligent and magically powerful unicorn, so much that he was lauded as a Child Prodigy by his teachers and family when he was younger. Because of this, he became convinced that he was a peerless genius who can only be matched by the best, including his father, his brothers and those of his classmates who pursued higher learning and had the intelligence to back up their academic pursuits. He would even abuse his magic to show off his superiority to others he deemed beneath him. However, after he was blinded in a carriage accident, his ego would be shattered to the point where he fell into a severe depression following his Jerkass Realization, and even let himself be injured by those he had wronged, including a few of his own brothers, on the belief that he deserved it. Thankfully, because of the positive influence of his family and friends, he would eventually learn the error of his ways and become a much kinder stallion, even developing disgust towards his past actions.
- Spanner in the Works: During the "Temptation Unbound" conflict, he foresaw his family being torn apart when his brothers would turn each other one by one, starting with his brother, Written Word, which would result in a great catastrophe that would result in Golden Scepter's death. He would end up averting the bad future by warning his father, exposing the Fallen deities and their worshipers who tried engineering his family's downfall in the process.
- Supernatural Floating Hair: Due to being a magically powerful pony with great innate potential, he became one of the first of his brothers to develop perpetually rippling hair after Ascending to demi-Alicornhood.
- Supernatural Sensitivity: After he was blinded in a carriage accident, he developed ways to "see" such as using his innate magic as a pair of eyes, allowing him to see and sense magic. Post-Ascension, he gained the ability to use pegasus magic to detect (and avoid) weather hazards while flying, and use Earth pony magic to navigate on the ground through vibrations.
- Sword and Sorcerer: Whenever he and Fanged Paw team up, he becomes the "Sorcerer" of the duo, taking out large crowds of enemies with magical barrages and sniping his foes from afar with long-range Magitek weapons, even though he's capable of close combat himself.
T - Z
- Telepathy: Implied; one of his Psychic Powers is far-reaching telepathy.
- Teleportation: Implied, as one of his psychic abilities listed by his entry is far-reaching teleportation.
- Tempting Fate: Hilariously, his entry notes that he believes that all knowledge is worth learning, no matter what the subject is... until Golden Scepter told him and his brothers stories about the Alicorn Civilization's Free-Love Future and his own sex life. Cue Crimson Star bolting out the royal Terran palace, singing and screaming how he "doesn't want to be on this planet anymore" at the top of his lungs.
- Too Much Information: His response to Golden Scepter's stories about the Alicorn Civilization's Free-Love Future as well as his own sex life? Run out of the royal Terran palace at full speed, singing and screaming that he doesn't want to be on this planet anymore.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: His response to a Griffon Autorist sending his father an incredibly foul-smelling, magical plague bomb in a failed attempt to kill him is as nonchalant as was Golden Scepter's. Justified, as his divine domain of Knowledge allowed him to know the symptoms of said plague and how to avoid them.Prince Crimson Star: Just refrain from breathing through your noses, and we should be fine.
- Warrior Prince: Despite being blind, he still managed to become a capable fighter by learning how to use his inner magic to 'see', to a degree, which is a huge testament to how well he was taught by his father and his tutors. He is also a really good crackshot who mainly specializes in long-range combat, using his magic and long-range Magitek weapons to strike from afar, though he's no slouch in close combat either, as he would wield a large glaive with a giant blade if so. In addition, he's the military leader of the Thousand Sons chapter, which consists of highly adept warrior-mages like himself, and an excellent strategist who learned the value of patience and long-term planning thanks to his blindness.
- Winged Unicorn: Is currently a demi-Alicorn, having Ascended by doing a lot of good things to make up for his arrogant and insufferable behavior, such as helping those of his classmates who are struggling with their academic studies.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: While calling him out on his self-scapegoating behavior in the royal infirmary, Golden Scepter would inform a rather depressed Crimson Star that he's still no less deserving of his love and praise than any of his brothers, because even if he had "a thousand sons, or twenty or five", Crimson Star is still of his father's own flesh and blood.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Red hair, in his case. His entry notes that due to how long and wild it is, his red hair is famous even outside the Terran Empire, with those who don't know him mistaking him for a barbarian or demon.