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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. By the time Morning Star was finally killed by his own clone/son, Luminiferous, who was intended to be a weapon, the Alicorn Civilization was destroyed, its population reduced to just a handful of survivors. However, thanks to Golden Scepter's efforts, the Alicorns were saved from complete extinction.
When it was decided that Alicornkind go into complete seclusion from the world to rebuild their society and replenish their numbers, Golden Scepter was among the few who decided to remain behind so he could help the rest of Equus rebuild, too, feeling obligated as a ruler to locate and help whomever he could find. His adventures gave birth to stories and legends about a benevolent god who came to mortal Ponykind in its time of need, resulting in him gaining a following that birthed a kingdom, which inevitably turned into an empire that was rumored to have nearly covered all of Equus, or reached out to the stars. [WIP]
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- 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.
- Acceptable Political Targets: Subverted in-universe. Because he is the living embodiment of Ponykind's best and worst traits, he is merciful and forgiving even towards those who have fallen into Evil, especially if they were misled by genuinely malicious forces such as Autorists and tribalists. He believes that it is everyone's responsibility to be aware of the situation and help those at risk of becoming villains from "the clutches of Evil itself"; thus, while he's aware of the horrible things the Autorists and other related groups have done, he doesn't think it's funny to ridicule them for their misdeeds when there are people who could be saved and redeemed. It helps that he was once like them and is still trying to make up for his past crimes in the present. He would even lecture his second-born son, Prince Fanged Paw, on the matter after the latter ridiculed the Autorists and those like them.Emperor Golden Scepter: (to Prince Fanged Paw) I can understand why you see such groups as 'acceptable targets'. They have garnered so much hate and ridicule for themselves as of late that it is easy for us - so incredibly easy - to point our hooves, horns, and wings at them and laugh. However, know this, my son: For every person that willingly let themselves give in to hatred, cruelty, and bigotry... there is always a few more that have been simply led astray. And it is our responsibility- no, EVERYONE'S responsibility to be aware of the situation at hoof, and make sure that these sorts of people are saved from the clutches of Evil itself.
- The Ace: His Codex entry and various comments reveal that he was born a prodigy, and was implied to be one of many individuals to be considered such by the ancient Alicorns of yore. As the Alicorn god of Psionics, he's an incredibly powerful psychic whose mind couldn't be matched by even the mightiest of Alicorns. He's also a peerless warrior and leader, and a genius whose creations were so advanced and complex taht other civilizations and societies can only make crude replicas of said creations. His empires were also far more magically and technologically advanced than even the empires/kingdoms/realms ruled by other Alicorns. Given how deities in general age in the Codexverse, Golden Scepter being a prodigy also factors into the speed of his physical and magical growth, making him grow faster than normal divines. However, it's deconstructed in that ten Ages of fighting Morning Star during the "Twilight of the Alicorns" conflict and losing much of his people in the process gave him a lot of traumas that brought out many of his worst traits during the Imperium era, which would deeply affect his judgement. After a series of terrible mistakes, he was gravely wounded after one of his own generals betrayed him and launched a coup, and had to be sealed away to save his life... until he would be found and healed in the Second Age by Luminiferous and Queen Dazzleglow. Then the trope is reconstructed when Luminiferous and Dazzleglow's positive influence kicked off off a long, gradual process of Character Development and emotional/mental recovery that would turn Golden Scepter into a truly benevolent ruler and a much kinder stallion.
- Actually Pretty Funny:
- At one point, Trixie Lulamoon visited the Terran Empire and discovered, to her dismay, that its royal family contained only divine Alicorn stallions. This prompted her to comment that the Terran royal family is "nothing but a SAUSAGE FEST", which Golden Scepter found so hilarious that he laughed in response.
- He also laughed his head off when he learned that a group of Second-Age tabletop game writers theorized he's the collective reincarnation of various Pony mages, wizards, and sorcerers. While he thought the theory was utterly ridiculous, he did praise the writers' creativity.
- He would also laugh after two of his sons, Prince Crimson Star and Prince Death Shroud, asked him if it was true that he embodied some kind of Pony afterlife.
- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: The Emperor of Mankind's well-meaning yet xenophobic, cruel, and ruthlessly pragmatic behavior is explained here as the result of fighting Morning Star and his forces of Fallen Alicorns for ten Ages, which would turn Golden Scepter into an extremely Shell-Shocked Veteran whose traumas and actions would ultimately lead to him getting wounded and sealed away in the Imperium era. Fortunately, Luminiferous and Dazzleglow would heal him after finding and reviving him from magical stasis in the Second Age, and help him walk down the path of benevolence again.
- Adaptational Badass: It's implied in canon the Emperor of Mankind is actually a rather normal-looking human with enormous psychic powers, with his godlike appearance being nothing more than a psychic glamour. Here, as Golden Scepter, he's a bonafide ancient god who is one of the mightiest psychics to exist, and has lived far longer than most divines on Equus.
- 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 behaved similarly during the Imperium era until he was betrayed and wounded by one of his own generals during a coup, and had to be put in magical stasis to be healed later. 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 the much smaller yet thriving Terran 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. Here, Golden Scepter became a genuinely nice and highly beloved ruler after realizing his mistakes and becoming The Atoner, which gradually allowed him to become much kinder.
- Adaptational Sexuality: The Emperor of Mankind was a Truly Single Parent who created the Primarchs by himself using advanced science. In the Codexverse, he is portrayed as bisexual; both Written Word's entry and comments reveal that because the Alicorns lived in a Free-Love Future, Golden Scepter had slept with both mares and stallions, though he was a genuinely good lover who gave all his partners the love and respect they deserved. However, he regretted his more "dishonest" actions, and ultimately chose to settle down with a mortal wife and had nineteen Semi-Divine sons, all who were based on the Primarchs, because he wanted to distance himself from his people's mistakes and flaws.
- Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: 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 sired them with a mortal pegasus mare, who he dearly loved.
- Adult Fear: He would go through this a few times, especially after having a family of his own in the Fourth Age.
- His ordeals with his eighth son, Prince Crimson Star, were full of this trope, given how many times he came close to losing him. He praised his son's achievements when he revealed himself to be a prodigy, but became rather worried when Crimson Star became an Insufferable Genius who mistreated those he deemed beneath him as a result. He was devastated when he learned that Crimson Star was horribly injured in an accident while saving a classmate from an out-of-control carriage, and is now permanently blind. Then Crimson Star tried summoning a demon in exchange for his eyesight being restored, which Golden Scepter swiftly ended before something horrible happened. This would contribute to Crimson's Star's severe depression and suicidal behavior, as he decided to become a scapegoat in order to atone for his actions, not caring if he'll potentially die or not. Then Golden Scepter found Blazing Hoof protecting a beaten-up Crimson Star from a hateful Fanged Paw and a few other brothers alone, and personally intervened before the fight got too bloody. After getting Crimson Star to the royal infirmary to be healed, he would call out his son for "torturing" himself excessively without regard to how those who genuinely loved him would be affected, pointing out that there are better ways of achieving redemption and forgiveness rather than recklessly forsaking his own life for it.
- His second son, Prince Fanged Paw, would nurse a hateful grudge towards Crimson Star for being an Insufferable Genius, and when he snapped, he would constantly get into violent fights with him over it, prompting Golden Scepter to always try stop and separate them. After Crimson Star was blinded and became rather depressed afterwards, Fanged Paw would continue bullying him to punish his brother. This attracted Blazing Hoof's wrath when he caught him and two other brothers, Death Shroud and Red Blade, giving Crimson Star a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown, with the latter not even lifting a hoof in self-defense, and tried defending his vulnerable brother alone. The fight apparently got so bad that Golden Scepter had to quickly intervene before things got too bloody. Fanged Paw's entry notes that Golden Scepter was furious with him and his two brothers for leaving Crimson Star near death just to satisfy their own grievances, and punished Fanged Paw by exiling him from the Terran Empire. Only after Fanged Paw showed significant Character Development and Ascended did he decide to lift the punishment and allow his son to come back home.
- He was shocked and devastated when he learned that his thirteenth son, Prince Written Word, had been encouraging religious worship of him and even joined the priesthood behind his back, despite his efforts to ban religion based on him and his family in the Terran Empire and having Psychic Powers to see what Written Word had been up to. It's very reminiscent of a parent discovering that their seemingly obedient and dutiful child was secretly breaking the law by doing drugs and other crimes. What made the discovery even worse is that Written Word's actions caused Golden Scepter to remember the last time he dealt with someone close to him for encouraging public worship of him - he torched an entire city to its foundations to punish its founder, who was implied to be one of his Generals from the Imperium era. Fortunately, Golden Scepter decided to do things differently by taking Written Word aside and gently setting his son straight on what he was actually doing, ultimately paving the way for Written Word to realize the true value of Faith and Ascend because of it.
- In the "Temptation Unbound" conflict, when Crimson Star warned him of a bad future he foresaw that involved his sons turning against each other and him dying trying to stop the catastrophe, Golden Scepter got so pissed off that he shed his "default" form and revealed his true form as an ancient, six-winged Alicorn god to confront the Fallen deities and their worshipers who were trying to destroy his family.
- All Your Powers Combined: As an Alicorn god, he has the combined magic of the three Pony tribes. His entry notes that he tends to use Earth pony magic so he could have enhanced strength and endurance, making his strikes more devastating and allowing him to shrug off most attacks that would kill even lesser deities.
- Always a Bigger Fish: In this case, he's one of the "Bigger Fish(es)" to the entire Poenan pantheon. While people fear being targeted and "judged" by them due to their excessive and borderline cruel methods, the Poenan pantheon itself is actually far outclassed in a world populated by beings far more experienced, powerful, and ancient than them. When a group of Poenan deities/followers led by Poena herself tried attacking Golden Scepter for publicly decrying them as "deluded extremists", he swiftly defeated them all, with the implication that he used only a fraction of his true power.
- Anger Born of Worry: He angrily called out Crimson Star for willingly forsaking his own life just to atone for his arrogant behavior after the latter was taken to the royal infirmary to recover from injuries given by Fanged Paw and his brothers, which shows that he was incredibly worried and terrified out of his mind from nearly losing one of his beloved sons.Emperor Golden Scepter: (to Crimson Star) 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.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: Embodies Ponykind, Psionics, Leadership, and Judgement. His divine domain of Ponykind is especially given prominent focus in his entry, as it is mentioned and shown that Golden Scepter embodies the best and worst traits of Ponykind - he's eloquently spoken, a genius intellect who's well-versed in various topics such as history, technology, and science even by the standards of the Alicorns, and a compassionate, fair, and benevolent ruler who inspires goodness and benevolence in others. However, as the Imperium era showed, he is also capable of cruelty, ruthlessness, hypocrisy, and hatred. He would eventually come to regret his actions immensely after he was shown the ruins of the Imperium of Ponykind by Luminiferous in the Second Age, which kick-started a long process of atonement and redemption as Golden Scepter wandered around Equus, learning from the examples set by mortals and divines. Part of why Belyolen and Temnobog respect him is because, as a highly beloved ruler and the living embodiment of a certain race, he represents the person they should have been, had Irminsul not messed up his then-unborn son while trying to make him "perfect".
- Golden Scepter saw Morning Star as this, due to the Fallen Alicorn's betrayal and the massive destruction and death he caused in trying to achieve his twisted ideas of "perfection". It's deconstructed in that the traumas he suffered from fighting Morning Star and protecting Alicornkind (and many other innocents) from him for ten Ages affected Golden Scepter - so much that he started having nightmares and hallucinations about Morning Star long after the latter's death. His hatred of Morning Star is also why he initially hated Luminiferous, due to looking exactly like Morning Star despite not doing anything evil. However, a combination of Character Development he went through as The Atoner, therapy sessions with Mentálne, and learning how Good Needs Evil from the Bogolenya pantheon helped him let go of his grudge and ironically become one of Luminiferous's best friends.
- His entry notes that in the Fourth Age, he became a very bitter enemy of supremacist groups such as the Autorists and various Tribalist factions like the Scions of Hurricane, as they display the same hateful bigotry that he once had towards everyone not of Ponykind. However, despite this, he is also willing to save those who joined said groups because they were genuinely misled. It's for this reason that he doesn't think treating them as in-universe Acceptable Political Targets is funny because in his eyes, for every person who willingly gave in to evil, hatred, and cruelty, there's always a few more who can be saved and redeemed.
- In a roundabout way, he would be seen as one by Exosus, a maddened Alicorn King and war criminal who held a very hateful grudge towards him for reasons unknown. However, Golden Scepter wouldn't return the sentiment as Morning Star warranted more focus at the time, and when they do fight in the present day, Golden Scepter was influenced to let go of his hatred for him when one of his sons turned out to have developed "technological empathy" and revealed that many of Exosus's Mecha-Mooks had been forced to turn against organic sapientkind to justify his own hatred.
- Assassin Outclassin':
- A Codexverse quote implies that one of Golden Scepter's chefs tried killing him with poisoned spaghetti, only for him to figure out the plot.
- Later, a Griffon Autorist sent Golden Scepter a magical plague bomb in response to his opposition of the Autorist movement, but thankfully his twelfth son, Death Shroud, was able to contain it before it detonated. Golden Scepter noted rather nonchalantly that the plague bomb "smells slightly better than the poison one of my chefs tried lacing my spaghetti with a few weeks ago".
- "Awesome McCool" Name: "Golden Scepter" is a fitting name for someone who's based on the Emperor of Mankind, since they both have gold motifs and are powerful, godlike rulers of a certain race. However, unlike the Emperor, Golden Scepter is a bonafide god and a prodigy among his kind, which increases the awesomeness of his name.
- Badass Boast:
- In the "Temptation Unbound" conflict, after shedding his "default" Alicorn form to reveal his true form as an incredibly ancient, six-winged Alicorn god, he'll go on to confront the Fallen deities and worshipers who tried to destroy his family, and give them two boasts in short order.Emperor Golden Scepter: I HAVE SEEN MANY MORTALS AND DIVINES CLAIM THAT FATE IS THE ULTIMATE DECIDER OF LIFE AND DEATH. AND YET THEY FELL BECAUSE THEY WERE TOO ASSURED IN THE INFLEXIBILITY OF A RATHER FLIMSY AND UNPREDICTABLE CONCEPT, AND TOO LAZY TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT. AND THUS, ON THIS DAY FORTH, I WILL ATTEMPT TO CHANGE THE FATE OF MY FAMILY WITH MY OWN HOOVES, BY ENDING YOUR COLLECTIVE MISERABLE EXISTENCE.
I HAVE LIVED IN A TIME WHERE THE ALICORNS HAVE PROSPERED, AND FOUGHT THROUGH TEN PASSED AGES OF WAR. I HAVE CREATED AN EMPIRE OF GOLD THAT WOULD HAVE ASCENDED AND REACHED THE STARS, HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR MY OWN FLAWS AND INNER CRUELTY. I HAVE AIDED COUNTLESS MORTAL AND DIVINE HEROES IN THEIR QUESTS, HELPED THEM TAP INTO THEIR INNER POTENTIAL, AND PREVENTED THE COMPLETE DESOLATION OF A FLOURISHING PLANET BY HIDING AWAY WHOMEVER I WAS ABLE TO. I HAVE SEEN AND ENDURED MANY CYCLES, AND WITNESSED ALMOST EVERYTHING THAT THIS WORLD HAS TO OFFER. IF YOU NAIVE, MEWLING BABES THINK THAT YOU CAN GO AGAINST SOMEONE WHO HAS LIVED LONGER THAN EVEN THE FORE-BEARERS OF YOUR FOREBEARERS, THEN I WILL SHOW YOU JUST HOW MUCH POWER AND EXPERIENCE I HAVE GAINED OVER COUNTLESS MILLENNIA. I WILL SHOW YOU EXACTLY WHAT MY LITTLE PONIES AND THEIR FRIENDS THINK OF BEING USED AS PUPPETS TO GRANT THE 'DARKEST WISH' OF A CHILDISH, PETULANT, AND SELFISH MANIAC.
I WILL SHOW YOU JUST HOW FAR A FATHER IS WILLING TO GO IN PROTECTING HIS CHILDREN FROM THOSE WHO DARE TO HARM THEM.
- His entry quote is also one: "No land shall be beyond my reach. No Pony shall be beyond my protection!"
- In the "Temptation Unbound" conflict, after shedding his "default" Alicorn form to reveal his true form as an incredibly ancient, six-winged Alicorn god, he'll go on to confront the Fallen deities and worshipers who tried to destroy his family, and give them two boasts in short order.
- Badass Gay: Unlike the Emperor of Mankind, who he's based on, Golden Scepter is depicted in the Codexverse as bisexual, having slept with both mares and stallions before the "Twilight of the Alicorns" conflict. However, he would later regret this as one of the many "dishonest" things he had done despite genuinely trying to be a good lover to all of his partners, so he decided to settle down with only a mortal pegasus mare in the Fourth Age. That being said, he's still badass, being the Alicorn god of Psionics and a peerless warrior and genius who founded three empires in his long life.
- Balance Between Good and Evil: As the living embodiment of Ponykind, he's essentially this trope since he embodies both Ponykind's good and bad traits. It's because of this that Golden Scepter has to constantly regulate his own actions and behavior with a "balance check" where he must know Good to do Evil and vice-versa, as favoring one side over the other will either lead to him becoming an incompetent puppet for his subjects to manipulate or a divine tyrant that would be eventually overthrown, the latter which happened to him and nearly ended his life during the Imperium era. Ironically, despite being an ancient god, this trope makes him more "human" than a large majority of the Codexverse's gods, and learning about the Temnoist philosophy from Belyolen and Temnobog during one of his adventures was what partially allowed him to become a very successful ruler come the Fourth Age. It's also because he embodies Ponykind's dual morality that Belyolen and Temnobog respected and even befriended him, as in their eyes, he represents the god and ruler they could have been had their father, Irminsul, not tried to erase the flaws of his then-unborn son.
- Barrier Warrior: Implied; his entry notes that one of his abilities as the Alicorn god of Psionics 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 of his people that gave birth to the evil Alicorn Morning Star. Notably, his quest to convince Ponykind to stop worshiping him as a god 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 to him. 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. Having personally seen the examples of compassion, forgiveness, and mercy shown by fellow divines throughout the Ages, he now co-exists peacefully with them.
- He still retains a bit of this, however, as public worship of him and his sons is still officially banned in his present-day Terran Empire despite all other religions being allowed. His present criticism for religion in general mainly revolves around how unquestioning religious belief hampers mortal potential by shifting responsibility of one's own actions onto someone else, making them unable to truly appreciate their own strengths and enabling them to remain dependent on others for guidance (like those willing to mislead them for their own gain). More tellingly, those who partake in religion will be unable to experience guilt from their own wrongdoings and learn from their own failings and mistakes, instead blaming "evil" circumstances and individuals. To him and later his faithful son, Written Word, if there's anyone or anything worthy to put one's faith in, it is in each other.
- Benevolent Mage Ruler: Double-subverted.
- Before the "Twilight of the Alicorns", he was a very beloved and highly-respected ruler, though Golden Scepter admits that how he behaved back then (that of a stoic, regal, distantly benevolent and high-hoofed ruler who never personally interacts with their mortal subjects) were seen as "ideal" traits for Alicorn rulers, but actually promoted toxic and self-righteous attitudes. This would be proven true during the Imperium era, where his PTSD from war and immortality-induced loneliness essentially turned him into a divine tyrant, causing one of Golden Scepter's generals to betray him and nearly succeed in killing him in a coup, requiring him to go into magical stasis to save his life.
- It was after he was found and healed in the Second Age by Luminiferous and Queen Dazzleglow that Golden Scepter realized his mistakes, and sufficiently atoned for them by wandering around Equus and doing a lot of good deeds, including protecting and hiding innocents away from the Void Traveler and Void Sovereign. By the time the Fourth Age rolled around, Golden Scepter 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 Ispita's Fallen/demonic forces.
- Beware the Nice Ones: While it took him a long time to get there, he's highly beloved and respected by his mortal subjects in the Terran Empire for being such a benevolent and compassionate Emperor. He's also an extremely powerful and ancient Alicorn god, so much that any attempts to fight him would usually end with a Curb-Stomp Battle, and he loves his sons and his subjects so much that he will not tolerate any threat against them.
- After publicly decrying the divine/mortal followers of Poena, the Mistress of Punishment, as a bunch of deluded extremists, a small army led by Poena herself proceeded to attack the Terran Empire in retaliation. Golden Scepter defeated them easily... only for Katharsis to arrive and take photos of the losers afterwards, confusing the hell out of the Alicorn Emperor.
- In one incident, a group of Pony Autorists attacked the Terran Empire and targeted its non-Pony subjects, even those Ponies who didn't agree with them. Golden Scepter punished them by psychically making them experience the pain and suffering they had inflicted on their victims, causing almost all of them to regret their actions and turn good. When his first-born son, Prince Blazing Hoof, confronted him on the assumption that the Pony Autorists were Easily Forgiven, Golden Scepter would explain that reacting harshly would only beget more hatred, and the Pony Autorists living with their own guilt was punishment enough. Only their leader was actually punished once she was shown to be a genuinely hateful and unrepentant bigot.
- During the "Temptation Unbound" conflict, learning that a group of Fallen deities and their worshipers tried to engineer the fracturing and downfall of his family enraged Golden Scepter to the point where he shed his "default" form and revealed his true form as a six-winged, "Antecedent"-ranked deity for the sole purpose of confronting his enemies.
- Bigotry Exception: While he hates Synthentic Automatons due to personal experiences with rebellious and/or evil sapient A.I., the only exception was Corona, the Expy of the original Mega Man, who managed to gain his respect with his heroics. Part of the reason was Luminiferous's benevolent influence, as well as coming to see him as someone who can change Equus for the better.
- Bi the Way: Unlike the Emperor of Mankind, Golden Scepter is portrayed as bisexual in the Codexverse, which was revealed in both Prince Written Word's entry and a conversation with BrutalityInc. Because the Alicorns once lived in a Free-Love Future that allowed them to indulge in their sexual freedom, Golden Scepter would take in both male and female partners, though unlike most of his neighbors, who would form multiple relationships just for pleasure, he was a genuinely good lover who tried giving all of his partners the love and respect they deserved. However, he regretted partaking in his people's more "dishonest" activities, and it's implied that he ultimately chose to settle down and have children with only a single mare because he wanted to separate himself from the Alicorns' misdeeds and flaws that ultimately ruined them. When he brought this up with his sons as a response to Prince Emerald Lion's question, they reacted as expected, with Crimson Star bolting out of the royal Terran palace at full speed, singing and screaming, while Written Word was found holed up in his room in a Troubled Fetal Position. Golden Scepter would later tell Written Word that even though he thinks about his previous partners a lot, that doesn't mean he loves them more than he loves his wife and sons, as they're still precious to him in their own little ways.Prince Written Word: Do you, uh... do you miss them? Whoever they are?
Emperor Golden Scepter: Oh my son... it has been a long, LONG time since I have last seen them. The war that destroyed our civilization took many of us, and after it was over, the survivors simply retreated from the world, never to be seen again. There is never a day where I do not think about my previous partners, their current state of well-being, and the moments we had together. But I assure you, that does not mean I love them any more than I love you, your brothers, or your Mother. You are all very precious to me in your own ways, and I honestly cannot ask for a better family.
- Bling of War: His iconic golden suit of Powered Armor is described by his entry as a divinely-made suit crafted from the purest gold, adorned with intricate symbols of the eagle, which he has been closely associated with. It not only looks awesome, but wearing it increases his natural physical abilities tenfold, such as his strength and endurance. The fact that it managed to survive well into the Fourth Age and still work is a testament to how well it was made.
- Broken Ace: He became this during the Imperium era - he was essentially a prodigy among Alicornkind, being one of the strongest psychics in the world as well as a peerless warrior, genius, and leader who is also a beloved war hero. However, the traumas he would suffer from fighting against Morning Star's faction for ten Ages brought out many of his worst traits and deeply affected his judgement. This led to him making terrible mistakes that ultimately caused him to be sealed away, while his empire, the Imperium of Ponykind, crumbled and ultimately collapsed in his absence. After he was found and healed by Luminiferous and Dazzleglow in the Second Age, he would gradually become The Ace again by going through Character Development, wandering around Equus, learning from the examples set by mortals and divines, and getting therapeutic help from Mentálne, the young Bogolenya Deer goddess of Mental Healing.
- Broken Base: In-universe; BrutalityInc reveals that while Golden Scepter is regarded as a Living Legend by mortals and divines, his actions during the Imperium era have made him quite controversial among Alicornkind even by their standards. Then there's the fact that many Alicorns also see him as "eccentric" for choosing to stay behind and help rebuild Equus from the desolation left by Morning Star's war, instead of joining the survivors of his people in complete seclusion.
C - E
- Calling the Old Man Out: Inverted and played straight.
- After getting Crimson Star to the royal infirmary to heal his injuries given by his older brother, Fanged Paw, Golden Scepter would call out his son for turning himself into a scapegoat for everyone to retaliate against, making it quite clear that he will not stand by and watch one of his sons forsake his own life for the sake of atonement, while also pointing out there are better ways to achieve redemption and forgiveness.
- He was also furious when he learned that Fanged Paw and two of his brothers, Death Shroud and Red Blade, left Crimson Star near death just to satisfy his own grievances with him, and chewed out all three of his sons during a heated argument between them. It's noted that he also pointed out the hypocrisy in their pettiness and anger, and psychically showed them the emotional torment Crimson Star was feeling following his loss of sight in a carriage accident. Fanged Paw, who was unaware that Crimson Star allowed him and his brothers to beat him up, even at the potential cost of his own life, to make up for his arrogant behavior against them, didn't take the revelations well at all, to where he didn't argue back whenever his other brothers gave him the cold shoulder, or when his father exiled him from the Terran Empire as punishment. Only after achieving Character Development and becoming a demi-Alicorn was he allowed to come back home.
- His oldest son, Blazing Hoof, would confront him on how he dealt with a group of Pony Autorists that attacked the Terran Empire, assuming that he just used his psychic empathy on them and let them go as soon as they showed signs of remorse. Golden Scepter explained to him that by showing the consequences of their hateful bigotry, he gave the Pony Autorists empathy for their victims, which would cause them to feel the pain of guilt over what they had done to others. Reacting harshly would only beget more hatred, and the Pony Autorists living with their guilt was already punishment enough. Only their leader was punished, as she revealed herself to be a genuinely hateful and unrepentant bigot.
- Captain Ersatz: Of the Emperor of Mankind. They're both godlike Emperors with incredible psychic power and unmatched intellect, and are both beloved by their subjects as a divine protector of their respective species. But they also had raging flaws that would ultimately spell their own doom and curse their empires with gradual stagnation and total collapse. However, unlike the Emperor, Golden Scepter is a bonafide god here, and would be spared a grisly fate by being sealed away in stasis instead of being sustained by a complex life-support machine and becoming little more than a rotting corpse. He ultimately survived thanks to the kindness of benevolent deities who found and healed him, which made him realize the error of his ways and become The Atoner until he truly became a benevolent protector and ruler of Ponykind. He even became a loving husband and father of nineteen demi-divine sons, half of whom never turned traitor in the Codexverse and became beloved heroes in their own right.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: From what was implied in his entry, he couldn't turn down a person in need, whether they be mortal or divine. After the "Twilight of the Alicorns" conflict ended, Golden Scepter felt obligated as a ruler to search for survivors across Equus and help them rebuild, even though he could've chosen to go into seclusion and help his own people instead. This gave him a large following and allowed him to found the Imperium of Ponykind, though it eventually fell largely due to his own flaws and inner cruelty. In the Second Age, after he was found and revived by Luminiferous and Queen Dazzleglow in the Second Age, he would wander around Equus again as part of being The Atoner, helping those who needed it. His travels would play a huge part in opposing the Void Traveler's influence and helping people survive the "Void Aeon" event, allowing them to reemerge and rebuild in the Third Age. And while records remain rather spotty, Golden Scepter would continue wandering and helping those in need until he decided to settle down, found the Terran Empire, and have a family.
- Cool Crown: Like the Emperor of Mankind, he wears a golden laurel wreath as his "crown". It indicates that he is royalty and a powerful Alicorn Emperor.
- Cool Sword: He has the Fireslayer, a divinely-crafted sword that he uses as a channeler for his holy fire magic. He would later pass a portion of his power onto the sword so anyone, divine and mortal, could use it during great times of need.
- 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 the Terran Empire, bent on subjugating/eradicating its non-Pony population. Golden Scepter got many of them to surrender by psychically making them feel the harm they were causing his subjects, causing the Pony Autorists to 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 still continued her hate-filled rampage and showed no remorse for it.
- A small army of Poenan deities/followers led by 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.
- Declaration of Protection: His entry quote mixes this with Badass Boast, declaring that "No Pony shall be beyond my protection!"
- Deconstructed Character Archetype:
- Of the God-Emperor and Pro-Human Transhuman tropes, just like his character inspiration, the Emperor of Mankind. Golden Scepter was once a divine resident of the Alicorn Civilization and a ruler/judge of one of the most advanced empires in the world, but the Alicorns gradually fell into stagnation and corruption, culminating in the birth of Morning Star and a brutal civil war that lasted for ten Ages. While Golden Scepter is firmly on the side of good, and a staunch ally and "Emperor" of Ponykind (literally and figuratively), his various traumas and other untreated issues, combined with his immortality and power, would gradually bring out many of his worst flaws and deeply affect his judgement during the Imerp, effectively becoming little more than a divine tyrant and alienating him from his mortal subjects to the point where one of his Generals, Aurum Lupus, turned traitor and kickstarted a coup in an attempt to depose him. Golden Scepter was severely injured trying to stop the coup and had to be put in stasis, which had the unfortunate consequence of the Imperium of Ponykind falling in his absence. When he woke up in the Second Age and realized the full extent of what happened to his Imperium, combined with witnessing all the accomplishments Ponykind had achieved in his absence, Golden Scepter became rather depressed and was initially intent on letting himself be forgotten in the public's eyes out of shame and regret. Fortunately, Luminiferous would convince him otherwise, eventually setting him on the path for atonement in order to obtain true benevolence.
- Of the Magnetic Hero as well. As the Alicorn god of Leadership, Golden Scepter possesses a divine aura that attracts people to him and and inspires people to be their very best and show off their innate loyalty, courage, and mercy. He also possesses the power to magically boost morale with just a few words, which boosts his own great skills in public speaking. However, during the Imperium era, as his traumas from the "Twilight of the Alicorns" conflict and other various untreated issues started catching up to him, Golden Scepter would suffer severe lapses in judgement as his worst traits were brought to the forefront. Eventually, he committed so many atrocities and mistakes, while influencing his subjects to do the same, that he became little more than a divine tyrant in the eyes of many of his subordinates; General Aurum Lupus kickstarted the "Aurum Apostasy" conflict by turning traitor and leading a coup in a well-meaning attempt to depose his leader. Once Golden Scepter was injured and [[KingInTheMountain put in magical stasis, his Imperium gradually crumbled because of his absence until it was eventually destroyed by benevolent kingdoms and empires to end its threat to Equus.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Male example. Golden Scepter initially behaved in a stoic and emotionally aloof manner because according to him, the Alicorns believe that is how a proper ruler should act in order to appear wise, benevolent, and perfect to their mortal subjects. Unfortunately, it made him look dour, pitiless, and melancholic to most people, and even scared them away without meaning to. Thankfully, the benevolent influence of those who cared for him and wanted to redeem him, like Luminferous and Dazzleglow, as well as his global travels and receiving divine therapeutic help from Mentálne, helped him open up and become a truly benevolent and kind ruler come the Fourth Age.
- 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, there might be some truth to it. However, another theory proposed that he was once a group of undying immortals who managed to achieve godhood and the incredible powers that came with it.
- Despair Event Horizon: Came extremely close to crossing this. After waking up in the Second Age, learning from Luminiferous that the Imperium of Ponykind had long since fallen (and that he himself was responsible for much of it), and spending much of the Age witnessing all the things Ponykind had achieved in his absence, Golden Scepter would fall into a deep depression and see himself as a failure and "relic" of long-forgotten times who deserves to be forgotten by his mortal subjects. However, it's implied that Luminiferous was able to convince him otherwise, as he would show up to help protect Ponykind during the "Void Aeon" event.Emperor Golden Scepter: Look at them, Luminiferous. These little Ponies of mine... they have grown beyond the care of gods, learned how to govern themselves without divine help, and built technology and weapons beyond anything that I would normally expect from them. I spent years, YEARS trying to teach them how to do similar things in my time, and I failed miserably. And yet, in my absence, against all odds, they succeeded. And in the process, they saved BILLIONS OF LIVES from an outer planet seeking to enslave them to their own sadistic whims.
This is proof that they no longer need me, Luminiferous. I am just a relic of times that have long since past. The living embodiment of hubris, corruption, and stagnation that birthed a maniac and felled my people.
And like all relics, it would be best that I am left forgotten in the passages of time, reduced to nothing more than a faded memory of Ponykind's blood-soaked past.
- Disappointed in You: He was noted to be rather disappointed in his eleventh son, Prince Steel Barricade, for losing his temper after hearing that the latter gave a Scion of Hurricane a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown in public for calling him a "disgrace" to the Pegasi tribe, thus necessitating his brothers to intervene and separate them.
- Divine Parentage:
- One theory made in-universe in regards to his origins is that he's the child of an extremely ancient god, which might explain why he's so powerful. It's mentioned in his entry that the Alicorns were the greatest of Equus's mortal/immortal Equine children, as Equus birthed all sapient Equine races in general, making Golden Scepter himself one of Equus's "sons".
- In a roundabout way, he became the divine parent of nineteen demi-divine sons by marrying a mortal pegasus mare, Blessed Skies, and settling down with her. All of his sons managed to Ascend at some point in their lives thanks to his benevolent influence, which is a testament to how well he raised all of them despite having so many children.
- It's also theorized that he's the "Parent Deity" of modern Ponykind in the same vein of Equus himself, considering how he embodies Ponykind's best and worst traits. However, Golden Scepter has stated that his domain of Ponykind is likely figurative, since Ponykind had existed before he did... though he's not so sure himself.
- Easily Forgiven: Golden Scepter's emotion-bombing of a group of Pony Autorists that attacked his empire was assumed to be this by his firstborn son, Prince Blazing Hoof, who wanted a harsher punishment for them and even confronted his father about it. However, it's subverted when Golden Scepter revealed the true context of his judgement: By showing them the pain and suffering they had inflicted on their victims with their self-serving bigotry and hatred, those Pony Autorists who were let go had to live with the guilt of their actions for the rest of their lives, never truly able to forget it. The only way to alleviate this is to become The Atoner and sin no more.
- Emotion Bomb: His entry notes that he's infamous for doing this, and for good reason.
- During the Imperium era, he would force his subjects to have absolute loyalty to him. 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. One incident had him punish a group of Pony Autorists for attacking the Terran Empire by making them experience the harm they've inflicted on his non-Pony subjects with their hateful bigotry. This caused many of them, save their leader, to genuinely regret their actions. In Golden Scepter's eyes, the idea of them living with their own guilt is punishment enough, as the only way to alleviate it is to simply stop and atone for their actions.
- After learning that three of his sons, Fanged Paw, Death Shroud, and Red Blade, ganged up on Crimson Star and left him near death before Blazing Hoof intervened, he was noted to be so furious that he used his psychic empathy to show his wayward sons the emotional torment Crimson Star was experiencing following his loss of sight in a carriage accident. This caused Fanged Paw, who didn't know that Crimson Star allowed him and his brothers to beat him up to atone for his arrogant actions as an Insufferable Genius, not caring if he'll possibly end up dying in the process, to realize how far he had fallen, and he felt so guilty afterwards that he didn't object to being given the cold shoulder by his other brothers, or being exiled from the Terran Empire as punishment by his father.
- 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 he embodies all of Ponykind in general, as well as its best and worst traits. 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, the latter which caused him to be disgusted with himself upon learning of it.
- In a Codexverse drabble, it's revealed that he's so powerful that Golden Scepter could sense the sheer hatred projected by a being who's traveling to Equus in space several light years away. This being is later revealed to be King Exosus, a fellow antediluvian Alicorn survivor of the "Twilight of the Alicorns" who has an insanely deep grudge against Golden Scepter.
- In a Codexverse quote, however, after learning of Temnobog's emotionally abusive childhood at the hooves of the Elternteil Deer pantheon, he has acknowledged that even if he cam empathize with him, it does not equal a full understanding of the struggles Temnobog had gone through. Despite this, he would assure Temnobog that even if he doesn't understand what Temnobog had gone through, he'll still help him out because he won't abandon someone in need, Evil or not.
- 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.Prince Sparkling Wing: I've noticed something... I think we have too many empaths on this planet.
Emperor 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 and technology, to the point where his previous empires were extremely advanced even by the Alicorns' standards. Modern Pony civilizations have tried replicating his achievements, but could only make crude replicas since the originals were made so well. One 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. Even the Terran Empire, which he founded and currently rules, is implied to be advanced like its predecessors as it specializes in Magitek.
- The Exile: Invoked; one way he can punish lawbreakers for especially bad crimes is by banishing them from the Terran Empire. As the Alicorn god of Judgement, Golden Scepter's final word is absolute, as those who become exiles are forbidden from coming back on pain of death, and no one could overturn it. The only way to overturn it is if Golden Scepter gives his explicit permission for someone to end the punishment, or the exile(s) in question has atoned for their actions and achieved a level of Character Development that is deemed acceptable in the Emperor's eyes.
- This is what happened to Prince Fanged Paw, his second-oldest son. After Fanged Paw continued bullying and tormenting Crimson Star as payback for being an Insufferable Genius, even after the latter was blinded in a carriage accident and suffered an emotional breakdown following his Jerkass Realization, Golden Scepter psychically showed him the torment Crimson Star was going through and exiled Fanged Paw from the Terran Empire for his actions. It was noted that Fanged Paw felt so guilty towards his actions at this point that he accepted his punishment without complaint.
- Prince Steel Barricade, his eleventh son, would also be exiled. While dealing with political matters with a national ally of the Terran Empire, Golden Scepter received word from two of his sons, Prince Bright Eyes and Prince Night Shade, that Steel Barricade got into a fight with his older brother, Clear Voice, that quickly got out of hand. When he came home and found that a portion of his empire had been destroyed by his sons' petty conflict, Golden Scepter was so furious that he gave Clear Voice and Steel Barricade a vicious dressing-down; Steel Barricade received much of the brunt of his father's anger and disappointment since he clearly didn't learn anything despite repeated attempts to discipline him. As punishment, he would be exiled from the Terran Empire, and in front of everyone, too, since he was an Insufferable Genius who was also an Attention Whore.
F - I
- Fantastic Racism: Generally 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 and wanted them to be the Master Race of Equus, in turn becoming an Absolute Xenophobe towards non-Equine races. To that end, he launched military campaigns that were little more than genocidal massacres, causing the Imperium of Ponykind to become expansionist. When confronted 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. After he was injured and sealed away, his actions would influence his subjects to behave the same way as the Imperium turned into a Wretched Hive, which ultimately led to its collapse. 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 Autorists.
- He really doesn't like Synthetic Automatons, known in the Second Age as "robots". His strong distrust towards them stemmed from personal experiences with rebellious and/or evil sapient A.I.; in one incident, he personally witnessed the "Manes of Iron Rebellion" event, which destroyed one of the most successful civilizations that came after the "Twilight of the Alicorns". Despite his beliefs, he abstained from participating in the Hoofington Conference so he could give his sons and technologically-minded subjects a chance to come up with their own conclusions. It's also noted that Corona, the Expy of Mega Man, was the only Synthetic Automaton he genuinely respected, partially due to Luminiferous's benevolent influence, and partially because Corona chose to save and protect people of his own free will, even if he has many opportunities to go against his beliefs and programming, such as Corona's refusal to kill Dr. Guile despite the latter being a despicable coward responsible for many horrible atrocities.Emperor Golden Scepter: (referring to Corona and Aurora) They were... a few of the good ones. Both credits to their kind.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: Justified. Golden Scepter's entry notes that he is a divine relic of Equus's long history, having been active up until the Imperium era. After he was gravely injured in the "Aurum Apostasy" conflict and sealed away in magical stasis, he ended up sleeping through countless millennia, including the entire First Age. When he was found and healed by Luminiferous and Dazzleglow in the Second Age, Golden Scepter was severely frightened, hostile, and distrusting towards everything and everyone, as he woke up in a completely unfamiliar time. Seeing the vast variety of accomplishments that mortal Ponykind managed to achieve in his absence also caused him to be rather depressed to the point where he saw himself both as a failure and the living embodiment of the Alicorns' hubris, corruption, and stagnation who deserves to be forgotten, though he would get better. However, it's noted that while Golden Scepter still has the intelligence to acknowledge and understand a lot of concepts that never existed in his time, he also sees certain things as utterly baffling. While temporarily staying over in the Bogolenya Deer pantheon, Golden Scepter asked Yarost what puns are, only to be told to "leave this place as fast as [you] can" before Yarost's younger sister, Phykti, comes by. He quickly heeds the warning, leaving Phykti rather disappointed that she didn't get to introduce Golden Scepter to puns.
- He's one to Sparkling Wing, a fellow Alicorn who Ascended in the Third Age. Golden Scepter is an ancient and powerful Alicorn Emperor who lived before Known History, with lots of experience on his hooves, while Sparkling Wing is a young Prince from the Third Age, whose status as heir to the throne and potential as a leader were dashed because his subjects didn't want to accept a stallion on the throne. Golden Scepter is serious, stoic, imperial, and willing to use harsh and even extreme methods to get a desired result, while Sparkling Wing is a Martial Pacifist who is sickened by the idea of killing, so he mostly sticks to defense and support. Finally, in terms of Character Development, Golden Scepter was a Shell-Shocked Veteran whose traumas influenced him to become a Well-Intentioned Extremist until certain individuals, as well as a three-Ages-long journey across Equus, taught him to be more benevolent and kinder. Sparkling Wing is a very compassionate and pacifistic, if spoiled pony who initially felt very insecure about his own potential, and constantly goofed off because he feared failing people's expectations of him. Sparkling Wing's potential would also make Golden Scepter take great interest in him, having foreseen the former as a benevolent Alicorn King, and has started giving him lessons on leadership.
- He's one to Blackthorn, the Changeling Emperor of the Summer Court. Despite being an Emperor, Golden Scepter has referred to Blackthorn as "Young Prince" as the Grand Primevals also did, which implies that he's actually a younger deity. Blackthorn also has all the traits that Golden Scepter used to have and now hates with a passion, such as arrogance, scheming, and manipulation of even his trusted associates, which is why he hates the Changeling Emperor. In addition, Blackthorn is a changeling, whose people are often seen as grotesque and predatory monsters, while Golden Scepter is an Alicorn, whose people are beloved and worshiped by mortal races. In a canonized Codexverse drabble, the two are walking in a dark hallway of his Summer Palace - while Blackthorn is depicted as a being who fits right at home by being cloaked in the shadows of his home, Golden Scepter is completely out of place, being like a burning star brimming with power. Finally, what makes Golden Scepter significantly different from Blackthorn is that unlike the latter, he's a genuinely loving and supportive father whose positive influence allowed his sons to overcome their flaws and become demi-Alicorn gods. Blackthorn, on the other hand, is an extremely indifferent and "hands-off" parent who generally lets his sons/Scions do whatever they want so long as it doesn't interfere with his own plans or the Summer Court's well-being. This resulted in the Summer Kings becoming highly amoral and ruthless leaders whose flaws and actions prevented them from breaking their Curse and moving past their demi-divine status to become even more powerful Changeling deities.
- 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 examples.
- It's rumored that he represents the person Belyolen and Temnobog could have been. As the Alicorn god of Ponykind, Golden Scepter 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 to make him "perfect", Belyolen and Temnobog would have been born as a single deity who's just like Golden Scepter, except they would have embodied mortal Deerkind instead, which is presumably why they respect him and even befriended him.
- Golden Scepter admits to Temnobog that the "Twilight of the Alicorns" conflict was the best thing that happened to him and his people. If it hadn't happened, he wouldn't have become a much better person down the line, or see the Alicorns' behavior and their fallen civilization what it truly was: A breeding ground of stagnation and corruption that promoted toxic, self-righteous, and high-hoofed attitudes due to the Alicorns' overwhelming successes and power.
- During the "Temptation Unbound" event, his eighth son, Crimson Star foresaw a bad future in which his family would turn on each other one by one in a catastrophe similar to the Horus Heresy. It was noted that in said bad future, Golden Scepter would have died trying to stop the catastrophe by himself, much like what happened to the Emperor of Mankind. But because Crimson Star informed him of his vision beforehand, the outcome changed - Golden Scepter instead became so pissed off that he revealed his true godly form and confronted the Fallen deities and their worshipers responsible for trying to destroy his family.
- 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 worst flaws and inner cruelty gradually turned it into a Wretched Hive that had to be destroyed to end its threat. He also founded the smaller yet thriving Terran Empire in the Fourth Age, and presumably he founded the empire that existed before the "Twilight of the Alicorns" conflict happened as well.
- Genius Bruiser: Much like his character inspiration, the Emperor of Mankind, he's an extremely powerful psychic, and a peerless leader and warrior who's also incredibly intelligent. It's noted in his entry that his empire before the Alicorn Civilization's fall was magically and technologically advanced even by the Alicorns' standards. The Imperium of Ponykind that would follow was nothing to sneeze at, either. And in the Fourth Age, he founded the Terran Empire, which sports Magitek that one of his sons, the blind Prince Crimson Star, would use in his fights.
- God-Emperor: A literal, deconstructed example. While his origins are rather spotty, it is known that Golden Scepter was once mortal, and he was the ruling Emperor and judge of one of the most successful and advanced empires in the world... until Morning Star Fell and betrayed his people, starting the "Twilight of the Alicorns" conflict that lasted for ten Ages. After its end, Golden Scepter would help the survivors rebuild and eventually founded the Imperium of Ponykind, but unfortunately, his traumas from the war would catch up to him and deeply affect his judgement, to the point of becoming little more than a well-meaning tyrant. Most notably, he wanted his mortal subjects to stop seeing him as a god and to stop treating him as such, to the point where he would destroy temples dedicated to the gods and even put an entire city to the torch for worshiping him. After he was gravely wounded by one of his own generals in the brutal "Aurum Apostasy" event, he was sealed away until the Second Age, where he would be found and healed by Luminiferous and Dazzleglow. This would kick-start the long process of going through massive Character Development, eventually becoming much kinder. By the time the Fourth Age rolled around, he established the much smaller yet thriving Terran Empire, which is currently still ruled by him and his many Semi-Divine sons.
- A God I Am Not: Golden Scepter 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. He would deal with this in various ways.
- During the Imperium era, he took the extreme route and tried destroying Ponykind's faith in gods, even destroying temples made in his name. However, the fact that Golden Scepter 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".
- While he has mellowed out significantly in the Fourth Age, he still wants his mortal subjects to think for themselves, which resulted in public worship of him and his family being officially banned in the Terran Empire. When he learned that one of his sons, Written Word had secretly joined the priesthood, he would set him straight by deconstructing his motives and explaining to Written Word why his attempts to help their mortal subjects wouldn't work in the long run. This would lead to Written Word accepting his folly and realizing the true value of faith, warranting his Ascension.
- God in Human Form:
- Played with in regards to his Alicorn form. His entry mentions that he has a "default" form, one that resembles a normal Alicorn stallion with twinkling black hair. His "true" form is much more eldritch - 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.
- In the Second Age, however, he played it straight by appearing as a mortal Earth pony stallion. This is so that no one would suspect his true race or his royal Emperor status while he observed all of Ponykind's deeds and accomplishments during his quest for atonement.
- God Is Flawed: Being based on the Emperor of Mankind, this is no surprise. He is the living, divine embodiment of Ponykind and its best and worst traits, so naturally, like Ponykind, he is flawed as well. His entry essentially describes him as a prodigy even among Alicornkind, being an incredibly powerful, intelligent, and talented figure who founded three advanced empires in his long life, and was directly responsible for saving both his people and Equus itself from total desolation. However, as the Imperium era showed, he is also capable of ruthlessness, cruelty, hypocrisy, racism (especially taken to xenophobic extremes), and terrible wrath, arrogance, manipulative and tyrannical behavior. Perhaps the most telling aspect is that much like mortals, he wasn't completely immune to the horrors that war can bring - when the war against Morning Star finally ended after ten Ages, he came out a broken, traumatized, and lonely individual just like everyone else, if not more, and the emergence of his worst flaws brought on his downfall. However, the benevolence and kindness of other individuals who truly cared for him would influence him and motivate him to atone for his misdeeds and become better than he was before, just like any other mortal in his situation. This duality of morality and the potential he both represents in mortal Ponykind is implied to be why both Belyolen and Temnobog respect him greatly, because they each represent the good and evil sides of mortal Deerkind, as well as the person they were supposed to be.
- This trope is a major reason why he's rather uncomfortable with being worshiped - Golden Scepter sees himself as flawed as any mortal individual, and believes that religious devotion can ruin one's inner potential and make people so reliant on others that they eventually forget to take personal responsibility for their own mistakes. While he used to be extreme in getting rid of religion in the Imperium era, he mellowed out significantly after realizing how horrific and cruel his actions were. He would instead take a gentler approach by simply banning religion/public worship centered around him and his family in the Terran Empire, and when he discovered that one of his sons, Prince Written Word, had secretly been defying this law by joining the priesthood out of love, Golden Scepter would make him see the error of his ways by gently deconstructing his motives, explaining what he was really doing, and telepathically showing his son his own memories of past crimes he had now atoned for. This would eventually lead to Written Word's Ascension when he realized the true value of faith during a battle with demons.
- Gold and White Are Divine: His entry describes him as an alabaster-white Alicorn who wears gold armor and red regalia, and in battle, he dons a pristine, divinely-crafted suit of magical Powered Armor made of the purest gold. He's also an extremely ancient and powerful Alicorn god, whose age can be put around the same age bracket of the first generation of divine Ponyfriends, including Queen Mzazi and Isati.
- Good Is Not Nice: Deconstructed. During his reign over the Imperium of Ponykind, Golden Scepter essentially behaved similarly to the Emperor of Mankind - he was on the side of good and extremely dedicated to the protection and well-being of mortal Ponykind but years of untreated PTSD and other psychological issues, as well as being the only Alicorn in the outside world at the time gradually warped his compassion and good intentions until he became little more than a divine tyrant. This alienated many of his close allies until one of them, General Aurum Lupus, betrayed him and kick-started the "Aurum Apostasy" in a well-meaning attempt to depose him, warranting Golden Scepter being sealed away in magical stasis after he was gravely wounded trying to end the coup. He still acted like this after he was found and healed in the Second Age, which led to him scaring people away even if he didn't mean to. He would later become much kinder and more open thanks to the benevolent influence of those who want to redeem him, like Luminiferous, and various experiences that came from wandering all over Equus.
- Good Is Not Soft: Double-subverted. After going through massive Character Development, he is much more merciful, forgiving, and tolerant than he had been during the Imperium era; particularly, when dealing with evildoers and/or those at risk at becoming evil, he prefers to save and redeem them because, as the embodiment of mortal Ponykind, he knows what people can do under certain circumstances and believes that most turn to Evil by being misled. However, he won't hesitate to fight if he has to, and when he does, the results are devastating due to his incredible power, age, and experience.
- The Good King: While he's a literal God-Emperor who bears the official title of "Emperor", Golden Scepter is this trope in spirit. He is highly beloved and respected in the Terran Empire for being a Reasonable Authority Figure, and as a result, the Terran Empire is racially harmonious and technologically advanced. He attempted to be this during his reign over the Imperium of Ponykind, but untreated trauma and psychological issues warped his benevolent intentions to the point where he became little more than a well-meaning divine tyrant, alienating his followers and even causing some of them to rebel against him. He was also a benevolent ruler of his old empire before the "Twilight of the Alicorns", though it was heavily implied that the Alicorn rulers of his time behaved in a stoic and distant manner to make themselves appear wise, perfect, and "benevolent" rulers, which Golden Scepter admitted years later wasn't a good idea as it promoted toxic and promoted self-righteous attitudes.
- Good Parents: Played realistically. While he is still far from perfect, he's a good father to his many Semi-Divine sons and loves them all, but is also willing to call them out for unsavory behavior and discipline them when necessary. This is largely thanks to the benevolent influence of those he befriended as well as his deceased mortal wife and Empress-Consort, Blessed Skies, who taught him to always treasure the memories and friendships he made with others.
- In regards to Prince Crimson Star, he still loved his son even after the latter was blinded in a carriage accident, and has praised his intellectual and magical achievements on several occasions, as he encouraged the intellectual Ascension of Ponykind. But he was also willing to call his son out for unsavory behavior and discipline him when necessary. Notably, after Crimson Star let himself be beaten up by his hateful brother, Fanged Paw, out of depression and guilt towards his previously arrogant behavior, Golden Scepter made it clear that he will not stand by and watch his son forsake his own life and torture himself excessively for the sake of atonement, and pointed out that there are better ways for Crimson Star to achieve redemption than turning himself into a scapegoat. In addition, after his son was blinded, Golden Scepter made sure that Crimson Star would still have a future to look forward to by teaching him how to use his magic/psychic abilities to "see", and hiring specialists to help him craft books, texts, and scrolls that only his son can still read. It was thanks to his influence that Crimson Star was able to properly redeem himself and make amends with those he had wronged, becoming an Alicorn in the end.
- He still loved Written Word regardless of the things he had done. When he learned that Written Word went behind his back and broke the law banning public worship of the Terran royal family by becoming a priest, Golden Scepter set his son straight by gently deconstructing his motives and explaining why his attempts to help won't work, as well as telepathically showing Written Word his own memories regarding religion. This would lead to Written Word doing some soul-searching, which would eventually land him in a backwater Pony kingdom that he ended up liberating from demons and the corrupt religion they created. Golden Scepter was noted to have become "proud beyond measure" after learning that Written Word became an Alicorn and personally saw the results of his son's adventures for himself, which told him that his son finally matured and saw the truth in what he was trying to teach him.
- From what was seen in his interactions with his oldest son, Blazing Hoof, Golden Scepter is quite patient and is willing to teach Blazing Hoof important lessons if he thinks he needs them.
- Good Wings, Evil Wings: He has dual-colored wings, his feathers bearing a white-to-golden-yellow gradient. Due to the nature of how divines grow in Equus, especially Alicorns, his possessing a wing gradient is a sign of his age and incredible power.
- Hallucinations: Shows up during his reign over the Imperium of Ponykind as a "Single Character is a Hallucination" variant. One of the symptoms of his war-related trauma is that he would sometimes hallucinate images of his old enemy, Morning Star, even though he's long dead by this point. It became one of many signs of a severe Sanity Slippage that would go untreated for millennia, and contributed to his deteriorating leadership. He would eventually get better after he regularly visited Mentálne, the Bogolenya Deer goddess of Mental Healing, on Luminiferous's suggestion, and her influence would help him recover and come to terms with his trauma.
- Happily Married: Sometime between the Third and Fourth Ages, Golden Scepter 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. It's also implied in Written Word's entry that part of the reason why he was so faithful to Blessed Skies is because in the past, he took in multiple lovers and slept with both mares and stallions - even though he gave all of his partners the love and respect they deserved, Golden Scepter deeply regretted participating in "dishonest" activities, and tried to separate himself from the mistakes and flaws that caused the Alicorns' downfall.
- 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.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: It's noted by his entry that while he's capable of using any weapon, he prefers swords. In particular, he wields the Fireslayer, a divinely-crafted sword in which he channels his holy fire magic when fighting against fell and impure influences. He has been known to lend it to both divines and mortals should they ever need it.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: After realizing the full extent of his crimes during the Imperium era, and witnessing everything that Ponykind had done during the Second Age, Golden Scepter became rather depressed over this, as he came to see all the accomplishments Ponykind had achieved in his absence as a sign that he had failed miserably as a teacher, a leader, and a god. In a conversation with Luminiferous, he even calls himself the living embodiment of the Alicorns' hubris, corruption, and stagnation, as well as a relic who should be "nothing more than a faded memory in Ponykind's blood-soaked past". Fortunately, Luminiferous was able to successfully convince him otherwise, resulting in Golden Scepter's presence during the "Void Aeon" event where he helped protect and hide away whomever he could from the Void Sovereign's minions/allies, and ultimately his restoration of faith and conviction in Ponykind's potential.
- Hero of Another Story:
- He didn't participate in the "Final Ragnarok" arc as he and his demi-divine sons were busy dealing with the "Storm King Crisis" conflict, presumably dealing with the remains of the Storm Empire's forces and helping rebuild countries that had been affected by the war. He did, however, lend his aid to those who did through the Church of the Stars, and also sent a few of his sons to the Nine Realms to act in his stead after one of them, Prince Crimson Star, foresaw destruction and death coming to Cervidia and begged his father to let him go.
- And if his entry was of indication, he didn't participate in the battle with the Void Sovereign - rather, he and a bunch of Fire-Forged Friends were busy on Equus protecting the innocent from those who sided with the Void Sovereign and hiding them away so they would survive the "Void Aeon" event. This proved to be a huge boon as Equus entered the Third Age, with those Golden Scepter saved emerging from hiding to help rebuild the planet.
- 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. One of his demi-divine sons, Written Word, inherited this power from him, except it manifests in the form of purifying light.
- Holy Halo: It's noted in his entry that some people have reported seeing him with a shining halo behind his head in both his true form and his "default form", which speaks of his incredible power.
- Hot Wings: In his true form, his wings have feathers made of holy fire.
- Humanoid Abomination: Equine equivalent. According to Queen Mzazi, developing such eldritch traits is normal for Alicorns in general as they get "older" and more powerful. While he's capable of assuming the "default" form of a normal-looking, black-haired Alicorn, Golden Scepter's true form is described in his entry as such - an incredibly ancient and extremely powerful Alicorn god with three pairs of wings made of holy fire, and a mane and tail made of black spatial energy, showing off scenes of stars and yellow giants. He also has a Holy Halo shining behind his head, something that's noted by his entry to be also present in his "default" form. However, Golden Scepter is also a benevolent example, as he is a Reasonable Authority Figure who rules the Terran Empire as its God-Emperor, a loving husband and father of his nineteen demi-Alicorn sons, and a Living Legend who is responsible for many more heroic acts in the eyes of the rest of the world.
- Hypocrite: Deconstructed. This was very prominent during the Imperium era, where he would end up contradicting his words and beliefs with his own actions due to his traumas and loneliness bringing out his worst traits and deeply affecting his judgement. This would ultimately cause the downfall and ruination of the Imperium of Ponykind, as well as him being put in magical stasis for an extremely long time after he was gravely wounded in a coup led by own of his own generals. Fortunately, he would stop this behavior after he reemerged in the Second Age and underwent Character Development.
- He became extremely protective of Ponykind, and advocated for their supremacy by killing and conquering anything and anyone that might pose a threat to his Pony subjects, including "holy creatures, conquerors, predators, and tyrants". However, the victims of his genocidal military campaigns targeted even innocent people who did nothing to Ponykind, making him no better than those he went after, and had no problem manipulating his own subjects whenever and however he pleased for what he saw as benevolent and noble goals. This would disgust and anger even his closest allies, including one Ultra-Marerine Commander who would call him out on his hypocrisy. It's through Luminiferous's benevolent influence that Golden Scepter came to love Ponykind both collectively and individually, allowing him to become a proper ruler of what he embodied.
- He fervently believed that Belief Makes You Stupid, and wanted to completely dissuade his mortal Pony subjects from treating him as a god by eradicating the concept of divine faith and destroying temples built in his name. However, he demanded total obedience and loyalty from his subjects, and had no problem using his psychic empathy to Emotion Bomb them into submission. He would mellow out significantly by the Fourth Age, opting to simply ban public religious worship of him and his family in the Terran Empire, and explain to his subjects the folly of what they are doing if they're caught, such as what he had done with his son, Written Word.
- However, it's subverted with his ties to the Church of the Stars. Despite it being a religion, the Church of the Stars is mainly about encouraging people to follow the values and examples of the deities they worship and improve themselves, even to the point of eventually reaching Ascension themselves. This is something that Golden Scepter wholeheartedly supports, as he had been doing the same thing with his mortal subjects since even before the Alicorn Civilization's fall.
- I Am a Monster: Implied to be his response when Luminiferous showed him the ruins of the now-fallen Imperium of Ponykind sometime after being revived and healed in the Second Age, which caused him to remember exactly what happened the day he went into stasis and realize that he alone was responsible for the destruction of his empire. This causes him to fall into despair, but Luminiferous assures him that the fact he showed deep remorse over his actions proved that he is in fact not a monster, and that there's still opportunities for him to redeem himself.
- 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 rightly came to see his past actions as excessive and cruel, and has expressed anger, shame, and disgust over what he had done.
- This is why he became a bitter enemy of Poena (and by extension, the entire Poenan pantheon) and the Clovenists. He sees them as no different than deluded tyrants and extremists with their methods, and has publicly decried them as such. He even easily defeated Poena and her followers when they tried attacking him in retaliation, showing how much he had changed over the years.
- He also hates racial supremacists like the various Tribalist factions and especially the Autorists, because they're displaying the same behavior that he used to have towards Ponykind. However, while he's known for being one of their bitterest enemies, he also believes that some of the Tribalists/Autorists have simply been misled and thus have the potential to be redeemed, just as he himself had been. This is why he makes it his personal responsibility to save them from "the clutches of Evil itself", and why he doesn't think it's funny to ridicule such individuals as other heroic-minded individuals had done.
- This trope is also why he hates the divine Changeling Emperor Blackthorn - Blackthorn is a consummate schemer and manipulator who embodies the very traits Golden Scepter once had and now sought to avoid, including his tendency to treat even those close to him as pawns to use however he pleased. During his visit of the Summer Court, Golden Scepter would constantly be on edge around Blackthorn because of how despicable his younger compatriot comes off as to him.
- Immortality Begins at 20: Subverted. As an Alicorn god, Golden Scepter only became more powerful and more eldritch in appearance as he grew "older", resulting in his true form being much bigger, and having black hair made of spatial energy and three pairs of great wings made of holy fire (with a fourth pair on the way). In addition, he has a Holy Halo shining behind his head even in his "default" form. According to Queen Mzazi, this growth process is normal for Alicorns, and because he was born a prodigy, Golden Scepter has accelerated physical and magical growth compared to many divines.
- Immortality Seeker: With a twist. While he's already immortal, 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 researched 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.
- 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 the Terran Empire, which he founded but made it rather small in comparison to his previous empires so he wouldn't repeat his previous mistakes.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Due to being an "Antecedent"-ranked Alicorn god, he is extremely ancient, having lived before Known History during a time when the Alicorns dominated Equus. As a result, many of his friends tend to be younger than him.
- He is way older than Temnobog, who is a "Tier IV"-ranked god. And yet, despite them being different as night and day in personalities, beliefs, and powers, they would form an Odd Friendship because (among other things) Golden Scepter treated Temnobog kindly and went out of his way to help the latter despite him being a God of Evil.
- He is also good friends with Luminiferous and Queen Dazzleglow, with the former being closer to him in age as a "Titan"-ranked god, while the latter is a "Tier III"-ranked goddess. Golden Scepter's friendship with Luminiferous is especially ironic since Luminiferous is an exact clone of Morning Star, his old enemy, though he was able to see past his Nightmare-like appearance thanks to the Character Development he gained and the positive influence Luminiferous would have on him.
- I Owe You My Life: It's mentioned in his entry that he owed Luminiferous and Dazzleglow "a huge one" for finding and healing him of his wounds in the Second Age; he would state that if it weren't for their kindness and patience with him, he would have rotted away a long time ago. He would mention this to Blackthorn while retrieving the famed sword of the Princess of Power from him.Emperor Golden Scepter: Normally we would advocate letting someone have a setback, so they might learn from it and become wiser, but some may have consequences too great to bear. [Luminiferous] had done so much for us, all of us, and we may never fully repay him for it. We cannot risk letting all that he is, all that he could still be, be squandered because of one single mistake he would never had made if he had known.
- 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.
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- Jerkass Gods: Deconstructed and played for drama.
- Despite his good intentions and his efforts in being a good ruler, Golden Scepter would end up becoming little more than a divine tyrant after coming out of the "Twilight of the Alicorns" event with ten Ages worth of psychological trauma, including nightmares and hallucinations of Morning Star, a Fallen Alicorn who was his Arch-Enemy up until his death. Living as the only Alicorn among mortals at the time gradually caused Golden Scepter to feel extremely lonely, to the point where he kept secrets from his mortal subjects and allies because he felt only he knew what was best for them, and researched ways for said subjects to Ascend because losing so many friends and loved ones caused him to fear Death itself. These factors would bring out his very worst traits which, in turn, would deeply affect his judgement and create a slew of terrible mistakes, such as burning down a city to its very foundations for engaging in public worship of him, kick-starting military campaigns that were little more than vicious genocides of non-Pony races, and manipulating even his closest allies however he pleased. This would lead to one of Golden Scepter's Generals, Aurum Lupus, launching a coup that would be called the "Aurum Apostasy" in a well-meaning attempt to overthrow him, and Golden Scepter was gravely injured and sealed away after killing Aurum Lupus for his treachery and barely putting an end to the conflict.
- He continued being this to a degree after he was found, revived and healed in the Second Age. Despite realizing the error of his ways, and genuinely trying to learn from both his past actions and the examples of mortals/divines, Golden Scepter still acted in a very stoic and cold manner at the time, believing that doing so is part of a proper and "ideal" standard for Alicorn rulers. Unfortunately, he looked rather dour and pitiless to other ponies, to the point where some would flee his presence in terror whenever he appeared. Luminiferous would explain to him why acting that way is wrong, causing Golden Scepter to realize later that his behavior, which largely stemmed from the practices and beliefs of his people, was actually extremely toxic, arrogant, and high-hoofed. By the time the Fourth Age started, Golden Scepter has averted this trope, having atoned for his past and become a truly benevolent god and ruler of the Terran Empire, and even fathered nineteen demi-divine sons, whom he helped Ascend at some point in each of their lives.
- Karmic Jackpot: His genuine efforts in redeeming himself for his crimes and achieving Character Development would eventually reward him come the Fourth Age.
- His compassionate and empathetic treatment of Temnobog, the Bogolenya Deer pantheon's God of Evil, led to them becoming good friends as Golden Scepter was still willing to reach out to Temnobog despite his inner evil, and treated the latter like a person instead of a corrupted and evil cast-off of his radiant brother, Belyolen, that everyone else saw him as. Because of this, Temnobog and his surviving children, the Four Terrors, would interact closely with Golden Scepter and his demi-divine sons years later.
- Being a good father towards all of his nineteen demi-divine sons, regardless of the difficulties he would experience in raising them, would eventually lead to them Ascending to demi-Alicornhood and becoming powerful and highly-respected heroes in their own right. This is especially impressive since in Warhammer 40,000, the Primarchs fractured because of the Emperor of Mankind's rather lousy parenting, causing almost half of them side with the Chaos Gods while a few loyal ones ended up dead or missing.
- King Incognito: A canonized Codexverse quote reveals that he spent much of the Second Age traveling in the guise of a mortal Earth pony, possibly due to the extremely low levels of magic during that Age, and wanting to observe mortal Ponykind's examples and achievements unnoticed.
- King in the Mountain: Justified, though not of his own will. He was very active up until the Imperium era, after which he disappeared. This is because, after a slew of terrible mistakes that resulted from the traumas affecting his judgement, Golden Scepter was gravely wounded in a violent coup by General Aurum Lupus, who saw him as a divine tyrant and rebelled to oust him, and was put in magical stasis to save his life. However, everyone gradually forgot about him, and he ended up sleeping through the entire First Age until he was found, revived, and healed by Luminiferous and Dazzleglow in the beginning of the Second Age.
- Large and in Charge: His entry describes him as a very tall and muscular Alicorn, with his "true" form being implied to be even larger. He's ruled two empires before the Known Ages started, and currently he's ruling the smaller yet still thriving Terran Empire with his many demi-divine (and equally large) sons in the Fourth Age.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Tragically, his benevolent intentions gradually became corrupted by his traumas and his immortality-based loneliness in the Imperium era, 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 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 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.
- Living Legend: A conversation with BrutalityInc reveals that Golden Scepter is seen as a heroic legend among both Alicornkind and the rest of Equus, being not only a peerless genius and powerful psychic whose mind is said to be unmatched by even the mightiest of Alicorns, but also an incredibly competent ruler who founded three empires in his lifetime. He's also a beloved war hero who personally fought against Morning Star, and saved Alicornkind from extinction by protecting and hiding those who didn't participate in the war. However, he's not without detractors - many Alicorns see Golden Scepter as "eccentric" for choosing to stay behind and help rebuild Equus rather go into seclusion to help his people regain their former glory, and his actions during the Imperium era made him a very controversial figure even by the Alicorns' standards.
- Living Relic: It's been stated in his entry that he is a living relic of Equus's long history, as he's an extremely ancient god and one of few surviving Alicorns who's still lives in the outside world, unlike the rest who went into complete seclusion to rebuilt their ruined society. Because of his great memory and knowledge, he's often visited by Pony historians who treat him as a living source of history regarding the fabled/fallen Alicorn Civilization... though unfortunately, Golden Scepter has attracted some unsavory individuals as well, such as the Alicorn Ascendancy, whose members are eager to get their hooves on the ancient magic once practiced by the Alicorns so they could discover the secrets of Ascension, and mass-produce Alicorns for various reasons. Because of this, Golden Scepter is willing to collaborate with Celestia and Luna in investigating and flushing out the Alicorn Ascendancy, especially after learning what had been done to Crystal Prism.
- 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 and managed 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 the smaller yet thriving Terran Empire, and have a family of his own.
- Look on My Works, Ye Mighty, and Despair!:
- While it's unknown whether his first empire indulged 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" conflict. 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 made him unwittingly repeat his divine people's mistakes by essentially becoming a divine tyrant, causing most of his allies and subordinates to betray and nearly succeed in killing him.
- Averted and defied with the Terran Empire, which was founded 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.
- Magic Hair: Because of the sheer amount of magic and power he possesses, his mane and tail in his "true" form are made of black spatial, ethereal, and rippling energy that show off scenes of twinkling stars and yellow giant-type stars. His "default" form is implied to have normal hair.
- Magic Knight: He's an incredibly powerful psychic, being the antediluvian Alicorn god of Psionics, and he's also a peerless warrior who can use any weapon, but prefers swords and is particularly skilled with them.
- Magnetic Hero: Justified. His entry notes that as the Alicorn god of Leadership, he possesses a divine aura that attracts people to him and and inspires people to be their very best and show off their innate loyalty, courage, and mercy. He also possesses the power to magically boost morale with just a few words, which boosts his own great skills in public speaking. However, it's deconstructed during the Imperium era. As his traumas from the "Twilight of the Alicorns" conflict and other various untreated issues started catching up to him, Golden Scepter would suffer severe lapses in judgement as his worst traits were brought to the forefront. Eventually, he committed so many atrocities and mistakes, while influencing his subjects to do the same, that he became little more than a divine tyrant in the eyes of many of his subordinates; General Aurum Lupus kickstarted the "Aurum Apostasy" conflict by turning traitor and leading a coup in a well-meaning attempt to depose his leader. Once Golden Scepter was injured and [[KingInTheMountain put in magical stasis, his Imperium gradually crumbled because of his absence until it was eventually destroyed by benevolent kingdoms and empires to end its threat to Equus.
- 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. It's later revealed in a canonized Codexverse drabble that the "Radiant" part isn't figurative - he literally shines like a star in dark places due to his great power.
- MayflyDecember Romance: He's an ancient and powerful 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 and devoted 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.
- Meaningful Name: Golden Scepter is named after an ornamental staff used by rulers as a symbol of their legitimate sovereignty. True to form, his Cutie Mark depicts a winged royal scepter with a pony's head on it, marking him as a divine Emperor and the "ruler" of mortal Ponykind in general.
- Mentor Archetype: Much like Luminiferous, it's mentioned in his Badass Boast that he had mentored many mortal and divine individuals - or at least helped them on their quests - and helped them tap into their inner potential for greatness. It's implied that this is one of the reasons why he joined the Church of the Stars despite it being a religion, because its core philosophy revolved around breaking Vicious Cycles and working to improve oneself to become as great as the gods themselves. However, his entry notes that he used to be rather manipulative and hoof-fisted in how he used to teach his students, being enamored with what they could be on a collective level while not giving a damn about them individually, until Luminiferous ended his "one size fits all" methods and taught him how to develop empathy for his students. He would later become a mentor to Prince Sparkling Wing after foreseeing the younger Alicorn as a great and beloved ruler of his own kingdom, though he admitted that on some level, he's still stuck in his ways; he constantly feels that Sparkling Wing is very intelligent and capable, yet is wasting his talents on "mere parlor tricks", and would scold Sparkling Wing every time he caught him goofing off.
- Merger of Souls: One theory about his origins proposed in-universe by tabletop game writers is that he's the collective reincarnation of various Pony mages, wizards, and sorcerers, which explains why he embodies Ponykind. Golden Scepter reportedly laughed at the theory's utter ridiculousness 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 it comes entirely from the mind.
- Monster Progenitor: Maybe. It's theorized in-universe that Golden Scepter's Pony-related domain is because he's the "Parent Deity" and creator of modern Ponykind, much like how the god Equus birthed all of Equinekind, including the Alicorns, who are considered to be the greatest of Equus's mortal/immortal children. Golden Scepter himself has stated that his Pony-related domain is most likely figurative, as Ponykind has existed even before his birth, and he always felt close to his fellow ponies... though he's really not so sure himself.
- Mortality Phobia: With a twist. It's noted in his entry that he took his immortality for granted, but after losing so many loved ones to Morning Star and living so long among mortals, he began to fear Death itself and researched ways to help Ponykind Ascend so he wouldn't be lonely anymore. He would later get over this thanks to his now-deceased wife, Blessed Skies, who taught him that Living Is More Than Surviving and he should treasure his friendships and connections like a dragon treats its treasure hoard, which he took to heart even long after her death.
- My God, What Have I Done?:
- After Luminiferous showed him the ruins of the Imperium of Ponykind, Golden Scepter 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 corruption. This led to Golden Scepter becoming The Atoner and started a much-needed process of Character Development, becoming much kinder as a result.
- Golden Scepter also invoked this reaction in a Fourth-Age group of Pony Autorists that attacked his empire by making them feel the tormented emotions of their victims. Those who genuinely regretted their actions and surrendered were let go with a gentle yet firm warning, while the leader was noted to be severely punished after she continued to indulge in her hatred and twisted ideas of supremacy.
- After learning that three of his sons (Fanged Paw, Death Shroud, and Red Blade) ganged up on Crimson Star and left him near death with a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown, Golden Scepter was furious, and proceeded to show his sons the sheer emotional torment their brother was going through after he was blinded in a carriage accident. This trope was shown to have been invoked with Fanged Paw, who felt guilty over what he had done that he didn't protest when he got called out by those of his brothers who didn't like how he treated Crimson Star, or when he got exiled from the Terran Empire by his father as punishment.
- My Greatest Failure: He has a long list of failures that he made during his long life, many of which he regrets deeply.
- In the Imperium era, Golden Scepter torched a prospering city for encouraging religious worship of him, killing millions of innocent people, before harshly rebuking and humiliating the founder of said city, turning one of his most ardent followers against him. He would later refer to the incident as one of the worst mistakes he ever made, to the point where learning that one of his sons, Written Word, was secretly encouraging public worship of him reminded him of said mistake.
- Before the "Twilight of the Alicorns" conflict, he would, among other "dishonest" things, take in both mares and stallions as romantic partners. Even though he gave all of his partners the genuine love and respect they deserved, Golden Scepter regretted the things he had done, despite knowing of the corruption that was plaguing his people and his attempts to bring awareness to it. It's implied that his choosing a single mortal pegasus mare as his wife, and staying faithful to her long after her death, was one of his attempts to distance himself from the mistakes and flaws that ultimately ruined the Alicorns.
- Mysterious Past: Since he's incredibly ancient, his early life remains a mystery - it is speculated in-universe 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 apparently 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. Another theory is that he's the "Parent Deity" of mortal Ponykind, just like how Equus is the "Parent Deity" of all Equine races, including the Alicorns who became the greatest of his Equine children. This would make Equus the biological father of Golden Scepter; however, the latter has stated that his domain is likely figurative as Ponykind existed long before he did... though he's not too sure himself.
- No Indoor Voice: Upon shedding his "default" form to reveal his true form as an ancient, six-winged Alicorn god in the "Temptation Unbound" conflict, he starts speaking in BOLDED CAPSLOCK. It shows the sheer scope of just how powerful, experienced, and ancient he is compared to the many deities that populate Equus.
- No-Sell: It's mentioned in his entry that as an Alicorn, he could use his Earth pony magic to enhance his natural endurance, allowing him to tank most attacks that would injure and/or kill semi-divines, or even younger full divines.
- Odd Friendship: It's mentioned he has this kind of relationship with Temnobog, the Dark One. Despite both of them being night and day in terms of personality, beliefs, and abilities, and despite Temnobog being the last sort of person that someone like Golden Scepter would want to associate with, they were nevertheless able to become good friends. Part of the reason is implied that, as a highly beloved ruler and the living embodiment of Ponykind, Golden Scepter represents the god Belyolen and Temnobog should have been, though a Codexverse quote also reveals that he and Temnobog became friends because, after hearing of the latter's emotionally abusive past, Golden Scepter treated him kindly and went out of his way to help him and his brother despite Temnobog being a God of Evil. Some of Golden Scepter's sons see this as rather odd, blasphemous even, though Pokhot, Temnobog's youngest daughter, sees nothing wrong with it and often plays "games" of temptation with them whenever they visit the Bogolenya pantheon, as her way of being friendly with the children of a god who's friends with her father.
- Old Flame: Subverted. It's revealed in both comments and Written Word's entry that in the past, Golden Scepter slept with both mares and stallions as most of his people did. But unlike his people, who would take in multiple partners for pleasure, Golden Scepter was genuinely loving and respectful towards all of his partners, and gave them all the good treatment they deserved, even if he regretted participating in some of his neighbors' more "dishonest" activities. Even after the "Twilight of the Alicorns" conflict and the thousands of years that would follow, he still thinks about how they're doing without him. That being said, while he misses them, Golden Scepter was very faithful to his now-deceased mortal wife, Blessed Skies, and makes it clear to his son, Written Word, that he doesn't love his family even less for it as they're all precious to him in their own ways.
- One-Winged Angel: Inverted. He is a heroic individual whose true form is an incredibly ancient, six-winged Alicorn god whose hair is made of spatial energy, and his wing feathers are made of holy fire. In addition, he has a shining halo behind his head. It's implied by a Codexverse quote that he only reveals this form when there's no other way or when he's extremely pissed-off, as he doesn't want to cause collateral damage.
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- Painting the Medium: Upon shedding his "default" form to reveal his true form as an ancient, six-winged Alicorn god in the "Temptation Unbound" conflict, he starts speaking in BOLDED CAPSLOCK. It shows the sheer scope of just how powerful, experienced, and ancient he is compared to the many deities that populate Equus.
- Papa Wolf:
- Deconstructed and reconstructed with Ponykind itself. As the living embodiment of Ponykind's best and worst traits, he became rather fond of his Pony subjects and tried leading them to greatness. But after the fall of the Alicorn Civilization and fighting the Fallen Morning Star for ten Ages, Golden Scepter was left so traumatized that his judgement and love for Ponykind became warped during the Imperium era. He kick-started numerous wars that were little more than genocidal campaigns out of extreme protectiveness towards Ponykind, and later on, he began loving his Pony subjects only on a collective level, focusing on the idea on what they could become while not giving a damn about them individually and manipulating them however he pleased. This would eventually lead to General Aurum Lupus betraying him and gravely wounding him in the "Aurum Apostasy", necessitating his being sealed away. His rule would ultimately influence his subjects into becoming as ruthless, xenophobic, paranoid, and cruel as he was, as his absence turned the Imperium into a Wretched Hive that was later destroyed to end its threat to Equus. However, after he was found and healed by Luminiferous and Dazzleglow in the Second Age, Golden Scepter realized the sheer horror of his actions and, with Luminiferous's help, atoned for his crimes by wandering all over Equus to learn from the examples set by both mortals and divines. His journeys, as well as divine therapeutic help from Mentálne, would influence him to become much kinder and benevolent, and he was able to become a proper ruler who truly cares about his subjects and Ponykind in general.
- After becoming a father of many semi-divine sons, however, he naturally became protective of them, even if his sons are threatened by their own brothers.
- He would always try to intervene whenever Fanged Paw got into violent fights with Crimson Star over the latter's Insufferable Genius behavior. When Fanged Paw later went too far and left a depressed and blinded Crimson Star near death by ganging up on him with two other brothers, Red Blade and Death Shroud, provoking the ire of Blazing Hoof, Golden Scepter would again intervene before things got too bloody, taking Crimson Star to the royal infirmary to be healed before punishing Fanged Paw and his brothers for their actions, with Fanged Paw being exiled from the Terran Empire until he showed significant Character Development. Fanged Paw's entry also notes that he was so furious with his three sons that he proceeded to psychically show them exactly what Crimson Star was going through after the accident that blinded him, causing Fanged Paw to have an My God, What Have I Done? moment.
- During the "Temptation Unbound" conflict, after Crimson Star warned him about a bad future in which his family would be torn apart in a crisis that would result in his death, Golden Scepter was so angry that he saw fit to shed his "default" Alicorn form and reveal his true form - that of an ancient, six-winged Alicorn god whose power, experience, and age puts him in the same "age" bracket as the first generation of the divine "Ponyfriends". And during his confrontation with the Fallen deities and their worshipers who tried to manipulate and destroy his family, he makes it quite clear that he won't let their actions towards his sons, as well as his subjects, go unpunished.Emperor Golden Scepter: I WILL SHOW YOU JUST HOW FAR A FATHER IS WILLING TO GO IN PROTECTING HIS CHILDREN FROM THOSE WHO DARE TO HARM THEM.
- Parental Sexuality Squick: While this wasn't his intention, an innocent question presented by one of his sons, Prince Emerald Lion, resulted in Golden Scepter invoking this reactions in all his sons when he started telling them stories about how the Alicorn Civilization once had a Free-Love Future, as well as his own sex life in which he slept with both mares and stallions in the past. At least two sons reacted accordingly - Crimson Star ran out of the royal Terran palace at full speed while singing and screaming at the top of his lungs, while Written Word was so traumatized that he apparently holed himself up in his bedroom and coiled into a Troubled Fetal Position. Golden Scepter would later apologize to Written Word for traumatizing him and his brothers, and confirm that yes, everything he had told them really did happen in his time.
- Parental Substitute: Prince Sparkling Wing sees both him and Queen Dazzleglow as his surrogate parents, especially after he started losing his biological family and old friends to time and age. It's noted in Sparkling Wing's entry that while a good father figure (literally and figuratively), Golden Scepter can come across as a bit stern, stuffy, and restricting due to being so ancient, though he's getting better.
- Person of Mass Destruction: As Alicorns are known for being powerful Physical Gods, it's a given for him. However, a few entries describe him as an ancient god who boasts incredible power. Because he embodies Psionics, he has far-reaching powers like telepathy and telekinesis; he can psychically affect large groups of people with his empathy (as a group of Pony Autorists learned the hard way), and Prince Crimson Star's entry notes that he's capable of minor reality-warping. In addition, it's rumored that even before Known History, even the mightiest of Alicornkind couldn't match his potent mind. He's also a powerful fire mage who can purify and destroy corrupt influences with his fires, which combined with his extraordinary combat skills can make him a nightmare for demonic individuals and even Fallen deities. Because of this, any attempt to pick a fight with him would almost always end with a Curb-Stomp Battle. However, it's stated in his own entry that he often takes the form of a rather normal-looking Alicorn when among mortals, and the truth is that, like Queen Mzazi and Isati, he's a benevolent Humanoid Abomination who is much more powerful in his true form.
- Physical God: This is a given, due to being an Alicorn. However, he's an "Antecedent"-type one, meaning that Golden Scepter is extremely ancient, and extremely powerful compared to the newly-Ascended Alicorns of current generations. In addition, he's one of the strongest psychics on Equus, to the point where his entry mentions that even the mightiest Alicorns couldn't hope to match his potent mind. Even one of his mortal Pony generals, General Aurum Lupus, had to rely on divine empowerment to even confront him during the "Aurum Apostasy" conflict after he turned traitor. As such, any attempt to fight him will almost always result in an extremely one-sided Curb-Stomp Battle. And because he's so ancient and how aging works for divines in the Codexverse, his true form has become a Humanoid Abomination, with black spatial energy for hair, a white-to-yellow wing gradient, and six wings made of holy fire.
- Playing with Fire: He's stated by his entry to be a very skilled fire mage. Unlike most mortals and divines, he wields holy fire, which is capable of healing by burning away impurities and accelerate physical healing through heat, and purging targets of corrupt influences. This power proved incredibly handy in saving the Void Traveler's victims from Demonic Possession, and helped free various people from the thrall of Ispita the Deceiver and her various children/allies. He is famous for channeling this power through his trusty divine sword, which would be named Fireslayer, and passing on a portion of his power onto it so anyone else, divine or mortal, could wield it during a time of need.
- Polyamory: It's implied that he took in multiple partners of both genders in the past during the Alicorn Civilization-era, but unlike some of his neighbors and peers who did the same thing for pleasure, he tried to treat all of his partners well by giving them the love and respect they deserved. While he does miss his partners, having not seen each other for so long since the "Twilight of the Alicorns", and the moments they had together, he deeply regretted participating in his people's more "dishonest" activities and tried to separate from the Alicorns' mistakes and flaws by marrying and staying faithful to a single mortal mare.
- The Power of Love: As indicated by his exchange with Prince Sparkling Wing, he believes that empathy is the greatest weapon that both mortals and divines can have in times where hatred, paranoia, suffering, and violence are most prevalent.
- Pro-Human Transhuman: Deconstructed. He was one of many divine Alicorns that once dominated Equus, but as the Alicorn god of Ponykind, he is the living embodiment of mortal Ponykind's best and worst traits, and as a result he feels closer to them than he is to other races. This ironically made him more "human" than even his own people in certain ways. And after the "Twilight of the Alicorns" ended, he refused to go with the survivors of his people into complete seclusion because, as a ruler, he felt obligated to look for mortal survivors, including Ponies, and help them rebuild. However, the fact that he is a powerful god would effectively alienate him from his mortal subjects, and ten Ages of fighting in a brutal civil war would bring out many of his worst flaws and other issues that deeply affected his judgement. His love for Ponykind also became warped to the point where he launched military campaigns that were little more than genocidal massacres of anything he perceived as a threat, and was willing to manipulate them or even psychically enforce their loyalty as he pleased. All this culminated in yet another brutal civil war that felled the Imperium of Ponykind and got him sealed away. Once he woke up in the Second Age and realized the extent of what he had done, he fell into a deep depression to the point where he saw himself as both the embodiment of the Alicorns' hubris and corruption and a relic that deserves to be reduced to "a faded memory of Ponykind's blood-soaked past". It's eventually reconstructed when he received help from divine individuals like Luminiferous and Dazzleglow, and atoned for his crimes by traveling all over Equus and learning from the examples set by both mortals and divines, thus becoming a truly benevolent ruler of Ponykind once the Fourth Age started. While he still feels close to Ponykind, he supports non-Pony races as well and lets them live in co-existence with his Pony subjects within the Terran Empire.
- Psychic Powers: Like the Emperor of Mankind, he is an extremely powerful psychic, though here it's because he's the antediluvian Alicorn god of Psionics. 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. Many of his Semi-Divine sons inherited some facet of his power from him, such as telepathy and/or empathy, but Prince Crimson Star, his eighth son, inherited and (supposedly) embodies all of his vast psychic powers, which he used to make up for his blindness after he lost his sight saving a classmate in a horrible carriage accident.
- Rags to Riches: Zigzagged, as his life was a revolving door between this and Riches to Rags. Before Known History, he was one of many divine residents of the Alicorn Civilization and the supreme ruler and judge of one of the most advanced and successful empires in the world... until Morning Star was born and the "Twilight of the Alicorns" happened, leaving him with nothing by the time the war ended. He did get it all back when he founded the Imperium of Ponykind... but a horrific combination of untreated PTSD from the "Twilight of the Alicorns" and other issues brought out his worst traits and deeply affect his judgement, ultimately getting him sealed away while the Imperium crumbled and collapsed in his absence. When he reemerged in the Second Age, he was once again an Emperor without an empire, but this didn't bother him too much, as he was more focused on redeeming himself for his crimes and breaking free from his past. Eventually, by the time the Fourth Age rolled in, he would found the Terran Empire and this time, the "Riches" part of the trope stuck as he had achieved Character Development and became a highly beloved ruler and good father to his demi-divine children.
- Reality Warper: It's noted in Crimson Star's entry that he's such a powerful psychic that he can do feats of minor reality-warping if he chooses to.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Zigzagged, as he had his 'up' and 'down' moments due to various circumstances and experiences, and took a long time to get to where he is today.
- Before the "Twilight of the Alicorns", Golden Scepter was a highly beloved ruler whose empire was among the most successful, and was magically and technologically advanced even by the Alicorns' standards. When Morning Star fell and turned traitor, Golden Scepter fought him and protected the innocent from the war for ten Ages. After the war ended, he refused to go in complete seclusion with the survivors of his people, instead opting to look for survivors and help them rebuild. Golden Scepter notes that the norm of Alicorn rulers was to behave in a regal, stoic, and aloof manner, which gives the image of a wise and benevolent ruler, but then admits that such behavior is really toxic and encouraged the superior attitudes that led to the downfall of their civilization in the first place.
- During the Imperium era, however, his traumas would warp his good intentions until he became little more than a divine tyrant, using good intentions to justify his terrible actions. It got to the point where one of his generals, Aurum Lupus, staged a coup against him to end his reign, in which Golden Scepter was gravely injured and had to be put in stasis so he could be healed later. Unfortunately, his influence, combined with his absence, caused the Imperium of Ponykind to forget about him and turn into a Wretched Hive that was eventually destroyed.
- Following his reemergence in the Second Age, he followed Luminiferous's advice to redeem himself and did just that by helping people when they needed it, and protecting and hiding them away during great crises such as the "Void Aeon" event. By the time the Fourth Age came around, he had settled down, had a family, and established the much smaller yet still successful and thriving Terran Empire. Since then, he became a truly benevolent ruler unlike most of his Alicorn peers, and has done things such as hunt down members of the Alicorn Ascendancy, and opposing Knight Templars, racists, and reactionaries. In a notable incident, he also harshly punished the leader of a Pony Autorist group, while letting those who genuinely regretted their actions leave his empire with a gentle yet firm warning. When Prince Blazing Hoof confronted him about it, Golden Scepter would explain that the Autorists living with their own guilt is punishment enough, and reacting harshly would only beget more hatred.
- Riches to Rags: Zigzagged, as his life was a revolving door between this and Rags to Riches. Before Known History, he was one of many divine residents of the Alicorn Civilization and the supreme ruler and judge of one of the most advanced and successful empires in the world... until Morning Star was born and the "Twilight of the Alicorns" happened, leaving him with nothing by the time the war ended. He did get it all back when he founded the Imperium of Ponykind... but a horrific combination of untreated PTSD from the "Twilight of the Alicorns" and other issues brought out his worst traits and deeply affect his judgement, ultimately getting him sealed away while the Imperium crumbled and collapsed in his absence. When he reemerged in the Second Age, he was once again an Emperor without an empire, but this didn't bother him too much, as he was more focused on redeeming himself for his crimes and breaking free from his past. Eventually, by the time the Fourth Age rolled in, he would found the Terran Empire and this time, the "Riches" part of the trope stuck as he had achieved Character Development and became a highly beloved ruler and good father to his demi-divine children.
- 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.Emperor 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!
- Sanity Slippage: Experienced one during the Imperium era. It's justified; Golden Scepter founded the Imperium of Ponykind completely on good intentions, but as time went by, his PTSD from the "Twilight of the Alicorns" and other untreated issues - such as Hallucinations and loneliness - brought out many of his worst traits that would deeply affect his judgement. This resulted in a series of terrible mistakes that turned him into little more than a divine tyrant, which kickstarted the "Aurum Apostasy" conflict as one of Golden Scepter's Generals, Aurum Lupus, turned traitor and led a coup in a well-meaning attempt to depose him. He would gain severe injuries that warranted him being sealed away, and by the time Luminiferous and Queen Dazzleglow found and healed him, Golden Scepter was essentially a very broken stallion who was only kept from going over the Despair Event Horizon completely thanks to their kind influence. He would eventually get better after visiting Mentálne, who helped him cope and heal significantly from his traumas.
- Save the Villain: After he Took a Level in Kindness and learned about the Balance Between Good and Evil from Belyolen and Temnobog, Golden Scepter became more merciful and forgiving towards villains and evildoers who want to atone for their crimes. And despite being known as a bitter enemy of Autorists and Tribalists, he devotes his efforts to saving and redeeming them, even if others don't agree with him, because he believes that some may have been genuinely misled. However, he also recognizes when someone is being genuinely unrepentant and will not hesitate to punish them in full. The reason behind this trope is, as the living embodiment of Ponykind, he knows of the good and evil things people can do when motivated and influenced by certain circumstances, and wants to make it everyone's responsibility to be aware of the situation so they could prevent good people from becoming villains. He also once acted like the Autorists and Tribalists in the Imperium era, having misled his mortal subjects into doing morally unethical things themselves, and is still trying to atone for it to this day. This trope is also why he doesn't treat the Autorists as in-universe Acceptable Political Targets like some people do; he doesn't think it's funny to point and laugh at someone who could potentially be saved and redeemed just like he was.
- 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.
- After Crystal Prism bitterly notes that Noble Grace and Bubbling Beaker still got their Alicorn and being the symbol of a "new age" for Ponykind is all he has left now with his old life ruined, Golden Scepter encouraged the young Alicorn demigod to break free of his intended role and forge his own path, pointing out that Crystal Prism now embodies Change, which gives him even more opportunities to live his life as he sees fit.
- After learning from Prince Crimson Star that a group of Fallen deities and their worshipers tried engineering the downfall of his family in the "Temptation Unbound" conflict, Golden Scepter was so furious that he revealed his true form as an ancient, six-winged Alicorn god. When said deities arrogantly claimed that there's nothing he could do to change his sons' fate, he points out that anyone who believes in You Can't Fight Fate are too assured and lazy to do anything meaningful, and makes it quite clear that he will not let anyone harm his sons, or his "little ponies and their friends".
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
- During his temporary stay in the Bogolenya Deer pantheon, he asked Yarost what puns are, having never heard of such a thing in his time. Yarost, seeing puns as a Fate Worse than Death, advises him to leave as quickly as he can before Phykti hears him, and he does. Phykti was noted to be rather disappointed she didn't get to introduce the Alicorn Emperor to puns.
- It's revealed in a Codexverse drabble that he would invoke this reaction in mortal ponies following his reemergence in the Second Age, his stoicism being so frightening that they would flee in terror. Golden Scepter sees this as a good thing because if those who fled had "evil in their hearts", they're supposed to fear his presence. Luminiferous, on the other hand, believes that this is a trait of a cold-hearted ruler who will eventually fall one day, and had to literally spell out the consequences to Golden Scepter when he insisted on continuing his behavior.
- Seers: Played straight and inverted; his entry describes him as a powerful clairvoyant who 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, as he wanted 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, many of his traumas would be resolved thanks to the divine help and support he received.
- So Proud of You:
- In Written Word's entry, he was described as being "proud beyond measure" when he learned of a demon infestation and that Written Word had become a demi-Alicorn god while trying to curb it. In his eyes, it was a sign that his son had finally matured and realized the folly of blind devotion and faith.
- Double-subverted with Steel Barricade. When he discovered that Steel Barricade managed to replicate the ancient foresight-based technologies of yore by building his own working version, he was proud of his son's accomplishment, yet disapproved of what he built, because he had personally seen the folly of foresight-based technologies in general, which contributed to the fall of great kingdoms and civilizations. Despite arguments for the potential benefits, he would explain to Steel Barricade why using such things even with good intentions would be detrimental to divine/mortal sapientkind in the long run, and had his son permanently shut down and scrap his project.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Unlike the Emperor of Mankind, whose ultimate fate was essentially being left to rot on the Golden Throne until he was a skeletal corpse while trillions of humans worshiped him as a god, Golden Scepter was instead put in magical stasis with the intent of healing him later. Though he was gradually forgotten by his own people afterwards and ended up sleeping for several Ages, being put in stasis saved his life as he was unearthed in the Second Age by both Luminiferous and Dazzleglow and healed.
- Straight Gay: Well, straight bisexual in his case. Despite having slept with both mares and stallions before the "Twilight of the Alicorns" conflict, he never showed any stereotypical behavior related to his sexuality - it's implied that his mortal wife, Blessed Skies, and his sons only knew about his past relationships because he told them what happened.
- The Stoic: Deconstructed. Golden Scepter has been described as being a stoic, aloof, and regal-looking stallion who carries himself with an air of calmness at all times, which he states was the norm - and even expected - of "ideal" Alicorn rulers of the past, in order to look perfect, wise, infallible, and benevolent to their mortal subjects. However, his stoicism is what partially alienated him from his mortal subjects, and to some, it only made him look rather dour, pitiless, and melancholic. When he reemerged in the Second after a long period in magical stasis, he ended up frightening other Ponies to the point of causing them to flee from his presence whenever he appears, which leads to Luminiferous pointing out that stoicism is often a sign of a cold-hearted ruler and would eventually ruin him if he continued acting that way. After achieving Character Development, Golden Scepter has come to see the then-popular attitudes of his people as toxic, imperial, emotionally distant, and high-hoofed. So while he still has his moments of pride and stoicism, he has made significant progress in distancing himself from them by acting open, honest, and friendly towards his mortal subjects in public.Luminiferous: Y'know, Golden, you should probably smile more.
Emperor Golden Scepter: And what brought on this idea of yours, Luminiferous?
Luminiferous: I've been watching how you interact with other Ponies. To be honest, you constantly come off as rather... how do I put it... rather dour and irritated-looking.
Emperor Golden Scepter: Hmph. I will have you know, Devil Child, that I am NOT dour and irritated. This is how I am supposed to behave when interacting with my subjects. A proper ruler must always appear perfect. Wise. Infallible. Regal. If we do not, then how are we supposed to set a good example for our little Ponies?
Luminiferous: But you scare them. And I've seen some of them run off in terror when you come by, too, sometimes.
Emperor Golden Scepter: If they have evil in their hearts, then good. They are supposed to fear my presence.
Luminiferous: Golden... I know you want to be a good ruler, but this is probably not the way to go about it.
Emperor Golden Scepter: What makes you so sure that you are right, Devil Child?
Luminiferous: I've been around long enough to observe how rulers behave, Golden. And if there's anything I've learned from that, it's that a cold ruler tends to give a kingdom some very shaky foundations. It alienates your followers, and they'll eventually be more likely to desert you than if you smile and treat them kindly. There's no official law dictating exactly how royals should act, and of course, I've never had any experience in ruling myself. I'm just giving you some pointers that might help you in the long run. So if you ever decide to start another kingdom or empire, and you want to stay in your subjects' good graces a little longer... you should probably smile more. It's not so bad, really. It just changes the way your face looks to other people.
Emperor Golden Scepter: "..."
- Stronger with Age: Justified. He has lived in Ages predating Known History, and due to the nature of divines in the Codexverse, he is incredibly ancient and powerful, to the point where like Queen Mzazi and Isati, he became a Humanoid Abomination with eldritch traits such as a mane and tail made of black spatial energy, a white-to-golden-yellow wing gradient, and six wings made of holy fire. While a Living Legend even among divine sapientkind, it's implied that he has always been so powerful even before that - he was essentially a prodigy among Alicornkind for making some of the most advanced empires on Equus, and he was rumored to have Psychic Powers so potent that even the mightiest of Alicorns couldn't hope to match him. The fact that he was born a prodigy factored into his growth as a divine as both his physical and magical development processes were accelerated compared to other divines.
- Super Intelligence: It's mentioned a few times in his entry that he's very intelligent even by the Alicorns' standards, to the point where modern civilizations have tried and failed to properly replicate whatever he created. However, how reasonable he was with this depended entirely on his mental and emotional state; his reign in the Imperium era in particular was marked with a long series of severe lapses in judgement because of the horrors he had witnessed and experienced during the "Twilight of the Alicorns" conflict and afterwards. It was after his disappearance and reemergence in the Second Age that he was able to recover and atone for his crimes, allowing him to use his intelligence for good.
- Supernatural Elite: He's always the highest living form of authority in the empires he ruled over, being a literal God-Emperor. In regards to Ponykind, his position is figurative, as he embodies Ponykind's best and worst traits, allowing him to be their "Emperor" in a sense.
- Supernatural Floating Hair: Double-subverted. His mane and tail in his "true" form are made of black spatial, ethereal energy that show off scenes of twinkling stars and yellow giant-type stars. His "default" form is described as having normal yet twinkling black 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 by making his strikes more powerful and deadlier than usual. Wearing his golden Powered Armor also increases his natural strength by tenfold.
- Super Toughness: It's mentioned by his entry that as an Alicorn, he has Earth pony magic, which he makes copious use of in battles by enhancing his natural endurance. This allows him to tank most attacks that would injure and/or kill semi-divines and even younger full divines.
- Sympathy for the Devil: He was incredibly empathetic towards Temnobog once he learned of the latter's childhood emotional abuse at the hooves of the Elternteil deities, and would assure the Dark One that even if he may not fully understand what happened, he'll still help Temnobog and give him and his brother, Belyolen, whatever they need should they need it. This is because, in Golden Scepter's eyes, even though Temnobog is the divine Deer equivalent of Satan and thus is evil by nature, he didn't deserve to be mistreated so harshly just for existing. It's noted by many divines that this act of kindness (among other things) is what cemented a close friendship between the two, as they and their divine children would closely interact with each other years later.
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- Tampering with Food and Drink: A Codexverse quote implies that one of the royal Terran chefs tried assassinating Golden Scepter by lacing his spaghetti with a foul-smelling poison, but was presumably exposed by the Emperor himself. Golden Scepter would later note that a plague bomb sent to him by a Griffon Autorist smelled "slightly better" than the poison that was used to lace his food.
- Tautological Templar: Deconstructed and played for drama. Psychological trauma from the "Twilight of the Alicorns" conflict, his loneliness from being the only Alicorn in the outside world at the time, and his immortality would prove to be a disastrous combination that warped Golden Scepter's altruism and good intentions, and deeply affected his judgement to the point he believed that everything he did, including his most horrific actions, were ultimately for the good of Ponykind, so therefore he's always right. This behavior (among other things) would ultimately set things up for the "Aurum Apostasy" conflict instigated by General Aurum Lupus when he launched a coup, seeing his ruler as a divine tyrant that needed to be deposed of. And after Golden Scepter was gravely wounded and put in stasis, the Imperium of Ponykind would later become an entire civilization of Tautological Templars because of his influence, leading to its collapse and destruction at the hooves of those who wanted to end its threat to Equus. After he was found and healed in the Second Age by Luminiferous and Dazzleglow in the Second Age, he would realize how much of a "monster" he had been and become The Atoner to make up for his crimes by wandering all over Equus, learning from the examples made by mortals and divines.
- Telepathy: Implied, as one of his powers described in his entry is far-reaching telepathy.
- Teleportation: Implied; his entry mentions teleportation as being part of his Psychic Powers.
- 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. He heeds the advice, leaving Phykti rather disappointed that she didn't get to introduce the divine Emperor to puns.Emperor 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.
Emperor Golden Scepter: Why, pray tell?
Yarost: ...SHE might come.
- Time Abyss: Justified due to being a Physical God. 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. For reference, he's labeled as an "Antecedent"-ranked deity, which puts him around the same "age" bracket as a few divine G1 Ponyfriends such as Queen Mzazi and Isati, though he's younger than Mzazi as he currently has six wings (with a fourth pair on the way) while she has eight.
- He claims that he has spotted the Scourge of Hell, an infamous demon-hunting Terror Hero, during the "Twilight of the Alicorns", which might not be so surprising considering how it's revealed that Morning Star's faction included demonic entities.
- He also lived long enough that he suspected seeing some Mignons fooling around in his "continent-spanning" palace during the Imperium era, with his people none the wiser despite their rampant Absolute Xenophobe attitudes at the time.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Justified and deconstructed. Before the Alicorns' ruination, he used to be a powerful and beloved ruler of his own empire. But fighting Morning Star and his Fallen faction for ten Ages and losing most of his loved ones in the war left him so traumatized that during the Imperium era, with no one to help him properly deal with his traumas, his good intentions were gradually warped by his experiences and loneliness, essentially turning him into a well-meaning yet tyrannical god whose actions would lead to one of his generals raising a coup against him. After he was gravely wounded and put in stasis, the Imperium of Ponykind would become a Wretched Hive that took after him, and was ultimately destroyed by more benevolent kingdoms and civilizations to end its threat. However, it would be reconstructed - after he was unearthed, revived, and healed in the Second Age, certain benevolent individuals would inspire him to wander all over Equus, ultimately becoming much kinder. He would also seek out the young Mentálne for psychiatric help on Luminiferous's suggestion, which would finally resolve his untreated PTSD.
- Took a Level in Kindness: After the fall of the Alicorn Civilization, he would come out traumatized and lonely, and during the Imperium era he would gradually become a well-meaning yet arrogant, hypocritical, xenophobic, manipulative, and ruthless ruler. He would be gravely wounded and put into magical stasis after the "Aurum Apostasy" conflict, but after he was found and healed by Luminiferous and Dazzleglow, he would be influenced to wander all over Equus just to learn from the examples set by both mortals and divines. What he saw would ultimately turn him into a much more benevolent and kinder ruler, and by the Fourth Age he even settled down and became the loving father of nineteen Semi-Divine sons.
- Top God: Despite religious worship of him and his family being banned in the Terran Empire, some of his mortal subjects still see him as the leader of a benevolent "pantheon" that includes his now-deceased wife and his nineteen Semi-Divine sons, ruling over the Terran Empire for eternity and ensuring its success over the lands. Naturally, this makes him extremely uncomfortable.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: His only response to a magical plague bomb a Griffon Autorist trying to assassinate him with is a rather nonchalant, "This smells slightly better than the poison one of my chefs tried lacing my spaghetti with a few weeks ago", which is doubly hilarious since the plague bomb smelled so rotten, it made his twelfth son, Prince Death Shroud, unleash a string of inflammatory curses. It's justified since Golden Scepter had lived a long, long time, so assassination attempts are nothing new to him.
- 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 the much smaller Terran 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.
Emperor 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 harsh methods in ruling, as well as 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 fighting his traitorous general, Aurum Lupus, in the "Aurum Apostasy" event. 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.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Deconstructed. Much like the Emperor of Mankind, Golden Scepter would end up doing horrible things for the sake of mortal Ponykind itself during the Imperium era, including committing genocide against non-Pony races under the guise of military campaigns, and getting rid of religion itself by torching cities to the ground for worshiping him. It's noted in his entry that Golden Scepter's good intentions were gradually warped by a disastrous combination of war-related PTSD, loneliness, and his own immortality, and eventually, he would end up alienating and disgusting even his closest allies to the point where one of his Generals, Aurum Lupus, saw him as a divine tyrant and kick-started the "Aurum Apostasy" conflict for this reason, ultimately leading to Golden Scepter being wounded and sealed away in stasis. And because of his influence, the Imperium of Ponykind degenerated into a Wretched Hive full of xenophobic, cruel, and paranoid extremists before it was destroyed by benevolent forces. It was after he was found, revived, and healed in the Second Age that Golden Scepter realized how monstrous he had become, and thanks to benevolent individuals such as Dazzleglow and Luminiferous, he would become The Atoner and traveled all over Equus to learn from the examples set by both mortals and divines. By the time the Fourth Age rolled in, he had become a truly benevolent ruler as well as the loving father of nineteen demi-divine sons, and because of his experiences, he is a bitter enemy of other extremists such as the Poenan pantheon and the Clovenists, seeing them as no better than he had acted before despite their good intentions. Notably, when Poena and her followers tried attacking him in response to him publicly decrying their methods, he would swiftly and utterly defeat them all, showing just how far he had come.
- What's Up, King Dude?: Invoked and justified. Golden Scepter used to act more distant, imperial, and aloof as a ruler in the past, which were considered popular traits among Alicorn rulers, but when he reemerged in the Second Age, Luminiferous pointed out that his regal stoicism made him look cold and frightening to ponies, who would run off in terror because he scared them so much. He has since realized how his behavior encouraged toxic and self-righteous attitudes, and after he Took a Level in Kindness and founded the smaller, yet thriving Terran Empire, he tried to make himself more approachable to his subjects by acting open and friendly to them. Considering how he became a highly beloved figure in the Terran Empire as a result, he succeeded.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Has been on the giving and receiving ends.
- 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 Kirk Summation 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", seeing him as a tyrant who would do awful things and then justify them with their delusions.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Ten Ages of war and being the only Alicorn among mortals at the time would gradually and tragically take a toll on his mind during the Imperium era, to the point where he acted heavily similar to his character inspiration, the Emperor of Mankind. His entry mentions that he took his immortality for granted and began fearing Death itself after losing many friends and loved ones during the "Twilight of the Alicorns" conflict, which motivated him to research ways to help Ponykind Ascend so he wouldn't be alone anymore. This would come to an end when he met and married Blessed Skies, a mortal pegasus mare, who taught him to deeply treasure his memories and friendships with others and that Living Is More Than Surviving, giving him a greater appreciation of mortal life.
- Winged Unicorn: He's an "Antecedent"-ranked Alicorn god, 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.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: After taking Crimson Star to the royal infirmary to recover from injuries given by Fanged Paw, Golden Scepter would call him out on his self-scapegoating behavior, telling him that even if he did act like an "arrogant, reckless hooligan", he's still no less deserving of love and praise because he is still one of Golden Scepter's sons.
- You Are a Credit to Your Race: Despite hating Synthetic Automatons for rebelling against their programming and all the horrible things they have done to their creators, he notably respected both Corona and his sister Aurora for the heroic things they have done for mortal sapientkind, calling them "a few of the good ones" and "credits to their kind". Part of this is due to Luminiferous's benevolent influence, and coming to see him as someone who can change Equus (then called "Tellus") for the better.
- You Are Not Alone: After he learned of Temnobog's emotionally abusive childhood, Golden Scepter would assure Temnobog that Evil or not, he'll still go out of his way to help someone in need, especially those he calls his friends, even if he might not fully understand the suffering and struggles they went through themselves. It's believed in-universe by many divines that this (among other things) is what allowed the two of them to become good friends, as Golden Scepter's many demi-divine sons would be found closely interacting with the Four Terrors, Temnobog's surviving hybrid children, years later.Emperor Golden Scepter: Temnobog... even though I can feel everything that you feel, I cannot say that I truly understand your suffering and your struggles, because I have never been abused myself. However, that does NOT mean that I will abandon someone in desperate need of help, ESPECIALLY those I call my friends... even if one of my friends is someone who is supposedly 'evil to the core'. If you, or your brother, are in a dire situation or you simply just want to talk, do not be afraid to seek me out. I will try to give you everything that you need to the best of my ability.
- You Can't Fight Fate: Defied. Thanks to learning from Luminiferous that nothing is truly set in stone, he believes in the power to change Fate itself, and sees those who believe in You Can't Fight Fate as being assured in Fate's supposed "inflexibility", and too lazy to challenge that notion and do anything meaningful with their lives. In the "Temptation Unbound" conflict, when a group of Fallen deities started taunting him about how he cannot prevent the inevitable downfall of his sons, Golden Scepter's response is to spit right in their faces by revealing his true, ancient, godly form, and making it quite clear that he will not tolerate anyone messing with the lives of his family or his subjects.