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The Glamourling Empire (White Changelings) by Lionel23 The Glamourling Empire (White Changelings) by Lionel23
Commission concept done courtesy of my friend :iconmr-tiaa:*mr-tiaa, this is of the 'other' side of the Changelings and their original form (at least according to my head cannon).

The story behind the changelings is that they were once a single race - beautiful and very, very powerful. One day, they discovered the Power of Love and two schools of thought came of this discovery. One school sought to take this newfound power by force, thus gaining great power but acting like brutes in the process and corrupting themselves. The other side preached the idea of 'self-love' (which was narcissism), rather relying on themselves and not other outside parties for their source of power.

A short civil war ensued in which the Narcissistic school won, thus banishing the losers to leave The Empire for all eternity. Forced to wander the lands, the exiled preyed on other races around Equestria - eventually corrupting their beautiful bodies into the swiss-cheese forms of what would later become known as the Changelings.

The White Changelins renamed themselves 'Glamourlings' and continued to refine their art of improving themselves. Because of their views, they are an extremely haughty and selfish race. Their leader is known as the Shahbanu and they rely on a different kind of 'magic' than Queen Chrysalis and her changelings.

While the Black Changelings use shape-shifting to fool and overcome their enemies, the White Changelings prefer something more 'refined' and less brutish (and thus less physically taxing for such elegant creatures such as themselves). Instead, they use a form of magical telepathy to 'mind rape' their foes - making them live horrible experiences in their minds while they sit back and let their minds do all the work.

The 'look' of the Glamourling Empire is based off Ancient India (on clothing, while their society is based off the Mughal Empire). Pictured here is a 'soldier' glamourling with and without his Indian-styled armor.
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:iconmichal266:
Michal266 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
A whole race of ponified Thranduils!
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CubaSandwichPL Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015
Good Job!!!! :clap:
Is love race White Changelings!!! :D
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:iconkujiiro:
Kujiiro Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
Interesting. They sound almost peaceful if not for the mental torture tactics. But I'm curious, how would that benefit them?
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:iconlionel23:
Lionel23 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
Changelings change form to attack and confuse their enemies.  Being the Glamourlings abhor 'physical and menial' tasks, they prefer to use their superior intellect and 'mind powers' to overcome their opponents.  So the benefit is that it is very difficult for someone to mentally resist them while also not getting sullied by the 'lesser' races of My Little Pony.
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WhirrlingGears Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
can they still change form if they wish?
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:iconlionel23:
Lionel23 Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
I suppose they can XD  They are changelings after all.
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:iconwhirrlinggears:
WhirrlingGears Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
umm I hope you wont mind that I made one.. Well not exactly made

A drawing of Shahbanu
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:iconwhirrlinggears:
WhirrlingGears Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
:D
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blueskyBrittany Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
I love those white changelings, it could be awersome if they were in season four and then the black and white changeling was in a war against each other
Herr Llama Emperor   Herr Llama Emperor 
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:iconwhirrlinggears:
WhirrlingGears Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
ikr
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:iconlionel23:
Lionel23 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
Wish I was working for Hasbro! XD
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:iconblueskybrittany:
blueskyBrittany Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
Yeah, you make such great ponies
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RvB-DESTROYER Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist
Do glamourlings shape shift like the changelings?
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:iconlionel23:
Lionel23 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
Nope, they use 'mind tricks' and make you see things that aren't there (for example if I was a Glamourling, I might make you THINK I was an Ursa Major, while the Changeling is more physical in their shifting).
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RvB-DESTROYER Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist
So Changelings physically alter their bodies, but Glamourlings alter what your mind perceives?  Your Glamourlings are OSIM!!!  I wish MLP made your multi-nation species thing canon. 
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Lionel23 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
Hehe I wish, I'm a nobody though and I'm sure other fans must have better ideas.  Wish I knew Lauren Faust or someone in Hasbro to make this happen XD  The show has so much potential to be much, much more; get me? ^^
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:iconwhirrlinggears:
WhirrlingGears Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
can my oc be a glamourling that can change to 1 other form?
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:iconlionel23:
Lionel23 Featured By Owner May 10, 2014
Technically they COULD, but they would never choose to.  Being so fixated on 'perfection', why change into a non-perfect creature that isn't them? ^^
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:iconwhirrlinggears:
WhirrlingGears Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Im thinking of doing a plot twist in my rp and making her a glamourling? Any way you think of making it happen?
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:iconlionel23:
Lionel23 Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
You definitely could.  I'm not against them not being able to change.  It would be (if you saw the MLP Finale episode) something very extreme though to really make them use that power.  Or something very, very important to that particular character ^^
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RvB-DESTROYER Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist
Don't say that! You're awesome!!!! Maybe if you went to a briny convention and showed your stuff, maybe the creators will be inspired by you. Just saying.
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Lionel23 Featured By Owner May 10, 2014
Hmmm, that is a thought.  But there are so many others in the fandom that are so more well known... XD  Really appreciate the thought though, I really want to go to a convention sometime, hate going alone though.
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Julesworld99 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Student Writer
So The White Changelings Are Self-Absorbed Asspones who "Mind rape" Others
Seems Legit
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:iconlionel23:
Lionel23 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
Very legit, thank you!
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:iconjulesworld99:
Julesworld99 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Student Writer
Lol
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banjo2E Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
...What's the purpose behind their mind rape thing? What does it accomplish?
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:iconlionel23:
Lionel23 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
They don't get their hoofs dirty.  They consider the 'brutish' nature of the Changelings beneath them.  Why get physical when they can dominate their opponents with mind and willpower alone?
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Haissan Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Is all of this going to be consolidated and organized into a story?
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:iconlionel23:
Lionel23 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
Yup, already planned out and being worked on!
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Starbat Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the concept.  Great work!  :D
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:iconmagicman001:
MagicMan001 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
Oh, so Changeling here are Persians? Interesting.

I actually base Changelings off Imperial Japan.

So, you do commissions?
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:iconlionel23:
Lionel23 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
See the artist in the description, he does indeed ^^
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:iconmagicman001:
MagicMan001 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
Thanks. and I've already commissioned him, so keep an eye out.
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:iconjeriih:
Jeriih Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
"Mind Rape."
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:iconlionel23:
Lionel23 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
Heh, got a better term? Was looking on Television Tropes and Idioms and they pretty much classify what these guys do as 'mind rape', the ability to just make you see the worst of the worst inside your head (as opposed to telepathy which is mainly communication).
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Deer-Hunter01 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
Interesting...

Do you plan to write a story of them?
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:iconlionel23:
Lionel23 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
In the works!
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:iconraydhen:
Raydhen Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
at first sight I thought if they are Albino... but the I like the Ancient India as the base for Glamourling ^^
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:iconlionel23:
Lionel23 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
Thanks!
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:iconartfreak920:
ArtFreak920 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
Nice!
Narcissistic bastards who could perform a mind rape are definitely not a force to be messed with.
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:iconlionel23:
Lionel23 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
My thoughts exactly!  Oh shi--!
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DeadCobra Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
Great
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XANAPRIME Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
amazing choice of colors & ideas :3
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Dgs-Krieger Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
This is a very interesting headcannon (Cheers!), but I don't think I will share it. And...I also think the name could be inproved.

Anwyways, I am making it sounds like I don't like anything, but I actually DO like this ^^
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Lionel23 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
Any idea on names? That was the best I could come up with other than 'White Changelings'. Changelings wouldn't work for them since they don't actually shape-shift, and this was my next best reference (Changeling: The Dreaming):
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In this RPG series, their source of magic is known as 'glamour' hence why I chose glamourling. Thought for those who got the reference it would make sense in how it ties into the word 'Changeling' ^^
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Dgs-Krieger Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
Haha! Rarity would simply love them.

Hum...I don't know, the problem is the 'ling' part. I was thinking, have you watched Men in Black III? They mention aliens from the planet Glamour. Were they called Glamourians? I'm not sure.
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templar127 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
Very interesting side of the Changelings. came to realize that not everything is black and white (not just their color I mean! XD)
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Lionel23 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
Hehe that plays a HUGE role in their relationship with each other, the black and white thing while the ponies are more the 'shades of gray'.
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templar127 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
I hope they don't consider that as racist or something! XD
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