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Hydianites


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    General 
  • Bad is Good and Good is Bad: All Hydianite covens subscribe to this idea as one of their core beliefs. Hydianites seeks absolute freedom from all restraints, and that includes morality and goodness.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Like "constructive" Evil deities and factions, they're unapologetically evil, but that's where the similarities stop. Philosophically, Hydianites seek freedom from all restraints, including moral restraints, something that is completely abhorrent to those who practice "constructive" Evil like Temnobog, his children, and their mortal/divine followers. As a result, they share a rather mutually bitter and hateful animosity towards each other.
  • The Corrupter: It's mentioned in Prince Steel Barricade's entry that during the "Storm King Crisis" conflict, a group of Hydianites and their demonic allies completely cornered him and his older brother, Prince Clear Voice, while they were injured, and proceeded to try corrupt and convert them both to their side with dark magic. However, when Steel Barricade saw that Clear Voice was in danger, he began resisting the Hydianites' magic through what was initially assumed to be sheer force of will (but was actually psychic resistance as part of his Endurance domain), and went on the warpath while protecting his older brother. The commotion would draw allies and other heroes to them, including the Scourge of Hell, who helped Steel Barricade take down the Hydianite covens' demonic allies.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Despite both groups revering Evil as a concept, Temnoists and Hydianites do not get along. The main philosophical difference between them is the former upholds Evil as an inevitable and necessary part of Equus which must co-exist with Good, while the latter group upholds Evil as true freedom from the limitations impose by the world and others over them. The former sees the latter as a bunch of deluded maniacs and moral weaklings whose Destructive Evil will lead to the destruction of everything, including ultimately Evil itself; while the latter sees the former as tyrants and collaborators whose Constructive Evil is a perversion that seek to restrain them like the forces of Good and prevent them from becoming truly free to fulfill their desires. Inevitably, this leads to both groups of cultists and evildoers squabbling and fighting each other as much as they fight both rival factions of Evil, and the heroic forces of Good.
  • For the Evulz: Do everything to that end. Their motives differ from Temnobog Cultists and Temnoists in that they mostly do it both for their own self-gratification and to free themselves from all restraints. They wish to see the destruction of all that is Good and moral as a result.
  • Predecessor Villain: Hydia and her family, whom they are named after and emulate. They had troubled Megann and the Paradise Ponies in the First Age, but at present had been dead for tens of thousands of years.
  • Villainous Breakdown: One incident had a Hydianite sorceress from the Neighponse covens go through this after encountering the demi-divine Black Heron Corpse Investigation Team. She trapped the group within an illusion that preyed on their worst memories and experiences, only for Guiding Light, the blind Alicorn demigod of Death, Empathy, and Truth, to accidentally break through it in trying to save his friends, thinking the illusion was an ordinary wall. The Hydianite sorceress got even more upset when Guiding Light's friends started treating her like a joke afterwards.
  • Villainous Legacy: Even after four Ages and many tens of thousands of years, the evil witch Hydia and her equally villainous family of witches, wizards and warlocks - enemies of Megann and the Ponies of Paradise Estate - leave their vile stench on Equus in the form of the Hydianite covens who revere their evil ways. Heck, they're even named after her.
  • Wicked Witch: Many of those in the Covens are one, in emulation of Hydia and her family from the 'First Age'. They also have male witches, wizards and warlocks.

    Matron Dākusutā 

Character: Villainous

Alignment: Chaotic Evil

Type: Witch/Evil Spirit

Faction: Hydianites

"Aku o watashi no zen to shimashou!" ("Let Evil be my Good!")

  • Arch-Enemy: She sees Changeling Queen Supia of Hive Hōnetto as her personal enemy, ever since the latter ate the Shogun (who was also Supia's father) who Dākusutā as treated as a "meal-ticket". Supia would continue to be a thorn in her side, and eventually, the combination of Orochi's curse and Dākusutā's hatred would revive her as an onryō after death.
  • Bad is Good and Good is Bad: She considers Good to be utterly repulsive and morally restraining, while Evil is seen as freedom from said restraints. Thus, she considers Evil itself to be a good thing, though to Temnoists and Temnobog himself, she embodies the "careless" Evil that would one day destroy Equus if left unchecked.
  • Came Back Strong: Her resurrection as an onryō made her even more powerful than she already was in life.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: She's a villain, and even in her mortal life, she was proud of it, even declaring that the heavens "Let Evil be my Good!". She's a prime example of someone who embraces "careless" Evil and sees Evil as freedom from moral restraints, something that's greatly despised by "constructive" Evil forces such as Temnobog and his Temnoists.
  • The Corrupter: It's believed by many Neighponese locals (including Supia herself) that she was responsible for turning the Shogun of Neighpon into a tyrant by encouraging his malevolent traits, and summoned/created powerful monsters to help enforce his will. It got to the point where Supia had to confront her father, which ended when she ate the Shogun.
  • Kill It with Water: Post-resurrection, she tried wiping out Queen Supia and her hive with a tsunami, likely destroying a portion of Neighpon as well. Thankfully, her efforts were stopped in time.
  • The Power of Hate: Her hatred of Queen Supia was so strong that it partially led to her transformation into an onryō after she was resurrected.
  • Vain Sorceress: Implied to be one, as her profile described her as vain and she's an evil witch.
  • Wicked Witch: Is a Hydianite and infamous evil witch.

    Walpurgis Night 
An Equestrian witch and member of the Hydianite Covens, Walpurgis Night had been seen aiding the Storm King with many other cultists during the 'Storm King Crisis' as well as being one of the parties of evil forces which attempted to recover the infamous 'Greedstone'.
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