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Edit 12/09/2016: Welp. Aurora is officially half Wildling. She needs some Wildling friends to make her life happy (the first will always be little Pandion!)

Edit 2/18/2017: Updated the lore below.


Long story short, since Aurora has taken on more classical unicorn traits, I thought it'd be fun to imagine her as one of Rannarbananar's Wildling Unicorns! 

So to break this down, here are where her traits are actually from:

Protokeran traits: Glossy/shimmery fur, metallic hooves, two-colored irises, streaks of 'nebulous' hair (I'll explain this trait later, it is very rare).

Wildling traits: black tufts on ears, black markings on body(minimal, as she takes a lot after her mother), sloped back

Shared traits: lion-like tail, deer-like ears, lean build, long fetlocks, cloven hooves, curved horn (though hers is of medium length, between the average Wildling's shorter horn and the Protokeran looooong horn)

Long story long, see below:


So if you remember anything about Aurora's more humanoid form for a D&D setting, you'll remember that she was part of an ancient race thought to be long-extinct.
  

Well I did incorporate that into her actual 'pony' lore, but I haven't published it officially. Most of it is about the same, with the differences being that instead of humanoid races, the world is populated by animalistic races. If you don't want to bother reading what I linked above, I'll try to give a summary here. The Protokeros are tall, ethereal, and are the 'first born' of the God and Goddess Verum and Thyra. Their magical powers are the most potent and powerful of all magic users in the world, as they are descendants of/created from greater spirits. They were charged with protecting the world by preserving a sense of balance and keeping the gateway from the world of the living and the world of the dead shut. The Hevonandar (earth ponies and pegasi) are a similar species, but they are completely unrelated, as they were created by lesser spirits in the image of the Protokeros. The Protokeros, through conquest, eventually began to interbreed with their Hevonandar subjects (it was not usually done by the most scrupulous Protokeros, and many illegitimate children were born). These hybrids at first looked very similar to their Protokeran ancestors, but over time as the blood line became more and more diluted, their appearance changed to reflect their lesser magical prowess. The most notable change was the straitening and shortening of the horns, and the absence of cloven hooves and lion-like tails. In modern times, the only sign of Protokeran ancestry are either feathered fetlocks, unicorn horns, or the very rare cloven hoof.

Civil war eventually broke out, resulting in the defeat and flight of the Protokeros, the most powerful mages sealing the capital city of Vesperia in a pocket dimension. Aurora's mother, Amalthea, was not within this dimension as it was created. She went into hiding with a small group of villagers, and there met her life mate, Brand. After a few years of marriage, Aurora was born, and when Aurora was very young, her father died in a raid on the village. At that point, her mother spent the next year trying to find and get into the lost city. In the canon universe, Amalthea and Aurora make it though and Aurora is raised there and sent out into the world to find help to restore the city to its rightful dimension, as the elder mages are either dead or refuse to teach anyone how to master their secrets. Many magical secrets, in fact, have been lost to the ages in the thousand years that the remaining Protokeros are in hiding. 

In this universe, Amalthea manages to break through the Veil, but she causes such a disruption that the dimension begins to collapse. Only a few Protokeros are able to escape before what was left of Rigela completely collapses in on itself, and the pocket dimension is lost forever. With only a handful of Protokeros left in the world, they were forced to survive by any means they could. Many chose to band together and live as a tribe in the ancient ruins surrounding their once-great empire, hoping to rebuild. Most chose to follow Amalthea, who in her despair claimed that moving on elsewhere was the only choice for them. The larger clan survived through sheer force of numbers and whatever magical secrets had been passed down. The few who ventured out alone were never heard from again. Aurora had a very harsh childhood, and has only recently come of age to be allowed to leave their territory with hunting and gathering parties. On one of these outings, Amalthea is attacked by a wolf and passes on before healers are able to reach her, leaving Aurora to be a very young and very inexperienced clan leader...

Aurora is only considered half-Protokeros, though. Her father was a Wildling Unicorn exhibiting Protokeros traits, as his blood line wasn't very diluted. In this AU, Aurora's unicorn father was a half-Wildling of the Tarandus clan. (Yes I know her hooves are silver, that is a trait inherited from her mother.) With how similar Protokeros and Wildlings are, I like to imagine that Wildlings are among the closest in relation among the Hevonandar/Protokeros hybrids. Like the Wildlings, the Protokeros have very specific traits, and the greater the presence of 'pure blood' in the blood line, the more you will appear like a Protokeros. The two-tone colored irises, and glimmery/metallic hooves are among these traits, as well as long fetlocks, and a tall and elongated body similar to deer (much like the Wildlings). 

With Amalthea's passing, and Aurora's foray into relations with Wildling tribes, Aurora has found her homesickness even greater than before. She has vowed to bring her clan home and hopefully begin the long process of rebuilding. She also hopes to foster formal relations and alliances with Wildling tribes, and perhaps other species to help kickstart the rebuild. Then there is also the subject of producing a new heir to the throne, as Aurora is the last of the royal bloodline. 

Her personality in this universe is a teensy bit different. Because of her upbringing and sudden need to lead a tribe in a world that, to her, is out to kill them all, Aurora is extremely slow to trust. Before meeting Pandion (and other Wildlings thereafter), Aurora is flighty, fiery, and wild, seeming almost feral to any strangers who might stumble upon her (I tried to capture that look in this drawing). Her magic is also extremely unpredictable and incredibly powerful, and without formal training from anyone at her skill level, she can sometimes be a hazard whenever she is in a fight or flight situation. To those who know her, she is kind and generous. She'll put the needs of her tribe before her own desires as best she can, given her young age. She speaks fluent Protokeran, and for a time, very broken Common. Little Pandion eventually teaches her to read and write in the common tongue, so she may better communicate. It also softens her.

I had never intended to make Aurora officially Half-Wildling! This started as just a fun exercise, sparked by a conversation I had one night with NoxxPlush, and I'm so glad to have finally gotten it drawn! A huge thanks to Rannarbananar for letting me create this interpretation of my character as a Wildling. If you'd like to know more about this OPEN species, find all that info here: :iconwildling-unicorns:


I had so much fun with the Woad paint, too! I really wanted to play up her harsh lifestyle, and this seemed so perfect!

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MissFemke Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
her designnn! ohmygosh ilove itt <3
the markings finish it, makes her look like a badass heCK °A°!!
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StarkindlerStudio Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!!! ;3;
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Kai-Sempai Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017
So cool. I love the way her eyes shine and her markings make her look badass.

(is also jelly of your mad skillz at drawing hair)
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StarkindlerStudio Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, thanks so much!

Drawing hair is such a pain, but can be well worth the time! It took so much experimentation and studying to get to where I am, but I still feel like I have a lot to learn. Sometimes I feel like my hair can look a bit flat, you know? Just lots and lots of practice until you get it just right!
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Comixbookgurl Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016
beautiful! 
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StarkindlerStudio Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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SparrowDraws Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2016
what Wildling clan would she be in?
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StarkindlerStudio Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Her father was Tarandus, but she herself is not currently affiliated because of her upbringing. That could change, given the right sorts of interactions with any clans she comes across. She is a nomad.
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SparrowDraws Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2016
cool
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NoxxPlush Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2016  Professional General Artist
AAHHH
 WILDLING RORY
I love her, this is so stunning!! She's so pretty in every form, but I love that I could draw her with my wildling babes tho :'D
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StarkindlerStudio Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
GURL you can ALWAYS draw her with your Wildlings, haha! 

Thanks so much, this was just.... so freaking great to draw. I NEED MORE.
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Rannarbananar Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahhhhhman this rendition of her is just stunning *3*
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StarkindlerStudio Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! I am kind of in love with it and I am SO sorely tempted to keep the ear tufts, ha!
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ErinKarsath Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing! She takes on the Wildling look well and I love the tribal look to her!
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StarkindlerStudio Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! I've been aching to do this for a while now and like, I'm so in love with how these ears look on her hnnnng. I want to keep them forever kthxbai.
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ErinKarsath Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha I did the same to Selene a while back cuz I wanted to see her as a Wildling.

Like damn son. Classical unicorns look great with those fluffy ears <3
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StarkindlerStudio Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
For real though. XD
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CelestialRainicorn Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
That's pretty expansive
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StarkindlerStudio Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, yeah, I tend to go a little overboard with character lore sometimes! ^^;
I really enjoy writing, and lately it feels like I don't get to do it very often!
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SolaceSojourn Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
DEFINITELY a very nice exercise! I love what you've done with the face paint :heart: just incredible!
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StarkindlerStudio Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! It felt so good just to get to draw again, and I always love drawing Rory so so much! I really want to draw her like this more, to be honest. >.>
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SolaceSojourn Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Hehe then draw away, my friend! It's wonderful to see you art again ^^
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StarkindlerStudio Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Eeee thanks!
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