Commission sketch concept done by *Valkyrie-Girl.
This is my non-MLP related story idea that I'm writing up, based roughly on the concept of the 'Lords of Midnight' game. The story is centered around Lord Sovereign Celeste and her quest to recruit the various Lords of the Free Kingdoms - legendary heroes who each possess a magical weapon or artifact as symbol of their office and position.
The story is mainly told in 'animal form' (for ease of illustration), but shifts to human form when fighting/combat occurs. All the characters transform for these sequences (though the characters themselves of any change, as it's meant as a more stylistic narrative device).
Illustrated above is Countess Courage, one of the Five Nobles of the Eastern Fringe. She rules over her domain the Red Meadows from her seat of power in Caer Courage. She is the legendary wielder of Courage's Grace, a magical sword of unmatched workmanship and beauty.
Name: Countess Courage
Domain: The Eastern Fringe - the Red Meadows (Caer Courage)
Legendary Artifact: Courage's Grace (Sword)
Animal Race and Class: Knightly Unicorn