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The Shahbanu of the Crystalline Raj by Lionel23 The Shahbanu of the Crystalline Raj by Lionel23
Commission by :iconsiansaar:*Siansaar, featuring the Changelings original form.

Known as the Shahbanu (female Shah, which translates to "Queen of Queens"), this unnamed Changeling is heavily based off the Indian Southeast-Asian culture (so this is India, not Native American Indians!). Now there are some people who say these are... flutterponies or something from G1 or a corruption of the Changeling...? I haven't read any of those ideas but this is something I just came up with on my own, so this is my take on it.

Being that India is a very spiritual and cultured people, I came up with the idea of these 'Crystalline' creatures by basing their beliefs off Hindu-ism and Buddhism (both predominant religions of and near India). Long ago, the Changelings were a single great empire, capable of amazing advancement and solidarity.

One day, they discovered the 'power of love' and a great debate broke out on how to best harness and utilize this raw source of power. One faction (the Black Changelings) promoted the idea of 'taking it by force', while the other (the White Crystallines) side thought that was unreliable and dangerous and advocated 'self love'. A civil war broke out which saw Queen Chrysalis Changelings expelled from the Raj, never to return.

During their banishments, the Changelings (using force and being all dark-like) began to become twisted and corrupted, changing into the current beings that they are now: able to take the form of others and looking like Swiss-cheese!

The Crystallines, however, went head-first into the idea of self-love - becoming narcissistic creatures who value their well-being over all others. They became more 'beautiful' than their twisted Changeling counterpart; taking on lithe and sleek white bodies though if one looks closely they can see the past semblance between their distant others. What sets them the most apart is their abilities are much like the Mesmers of Guild Wars 2. While Changelings can change their own forms, the Crystallines use 'illusions' to project hallucinations over those they have a grudge against, confounding them in their memories and tormenting them without ever getting their hooves dirty.

They also are huge lovers of 'mirrors', hence their affinity for crystals and polished rocks and sparkling minerals. The 'Crystalline Raj' is an isolationist nation and has thus far been keen to avoid entangling itself with much of Equestria, though all that is about to change when a certain group of Crusaders stumbles upon their territories...
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Youtoupe Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Do you mind, if I used your hive for one of my roleplay characters? please ♥Clem Epic face 
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Lionel23 Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Of course!
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Youtoupe Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student Digital Artist
thanks ! i credit you <3
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Kujiiro Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
Wait, so what's the difference between Crystallines and Glamourlings?
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arigato9000 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I also have an alternate changeling-esque species, but mine are like Succubi and are called Lustlings.
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Lordoffantasy Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
intreestinghluy ernough a recent comic might, might have a alternate chruysalis........ and she is kinda like this.
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NektannNeightyFour Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013
Why do I get reminded by the contrast between Elves and orcs?
Also, chess :P
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cobeoe Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
nice work but i cant say i'm fond of this character "self-love?" thats feels very vain & spolied kinda worse than chrysalis talking love turning it into lust
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14ErrantArtistGD Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Huh. When I saw the word 'Shah' in the name, I thought of Iran. My English class did project on Iran, so I know a bit about the culture, and the Shah was the name of the ruler.
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Jachra Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
So Changelings are Rakshasa? I can get behind that ;D
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