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Starswirl the Bearded by AleximusPrime Starswirl the Bearded by AleximusPrime
Now I didn't come with this character or his name, but since we haven't still been shown a pic of Starswirl, I figured I'd make my own version and I am including him in my upcoming fanfiction, "Age of the Alicorns: Chaos Rising".

Here is a brief description of the character:

Starswirl the Bearded is one of the most famed pony magicians of all time. He studied the powers of unicorn magic extensively as a child and his powers grew at a faster rate as he got older. He made a vow to pass on his wisdom and gained the ability of longevity. He would age longer than any pony and live for thousands of years like an alicorn. His first student was Clover the Clever, whom he reared before Equestria was founded. Starswirl grew up learning that true magic comes from harmony and love, but true magic seemed dead in his world as all three pony tribes were turning against each other. Regardless of all the negativity, he continued to teach Clover the importance of love and Clover was able to overcome the devilish 'windigo' spirits and save all three tribes from the results of their hate. As a result, the tribes were finally united in harmony and ponies have been at peace ever since. Starswirl and Clover have also saved Equestria on several occasions using the power of the Elements of Harmony. The last time they used it though, so much power was needed, that they no longer were connected to the Elements so the Elements were hidden away for centuries in case any evil beings ever sought to use them against ponykind. Today, Starswirl continues to teach young unicorns and alicorns in the royal palace including Princess Celestia and Princess Luna. Clover used to teach with him, but now lives as a hermit out near the eastern sea.

Starswirl has always been a very kind and generous unicorn, willing to help anypony. Due to his longevity, he finds time to do anything and always uses his time wisely to teach others and help save Equestria using his vast knowledge of pony magic. Although he knows some of the most powerful spells of all, he never uses his magic for evil intentions. Upon first learning his magic as a child, he was clumsy with it just like all other unicorns when they start out, but he learned faster than most do and got better with each day he practiced making him the most capable. His powers are so great that even some alicorns cannot outdo him. Even King Solmidas and Queen Chernalia have learned some spells from him. Having been around for several millenia, he knows so much and can recite whole books. He is also an artist by hobby and plays several instruments. Although he no longer has control over the Elements of Harmony, he will soon find that his two most important students will be destined to use them next to save Equestria from eternal chaos.

It is said that the bells on his robe and hat are magical bells that when rung will empower him.


Notice I don't tell a whole lot about the 'accomplishments' that he and Clover made using the Elements. Well part of that will be told later on in the story and ***SPOILER ALERT*** it has a bit of a connection with Discord.

Designing him wasn't too hard as I already had the design for his outfit. Giving him a color for his coat was sorta tough but that shade of blue looked good enough to me. A gradient in the beard looked like a good option as well. And of course what is any wizard without some glasses? :3

Fun fact: I was inspired by Gandalf from the Lord of the Rings with him.

For his voice..........it would be either Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Peter Cullen, Christopher Lee, or some other awesome old guy with an epic voice.


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FiM Lauren Faust
Starswirl the Bearded © Hasbro but this design © Me (except for the clothes)
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:icontraihexalon:
Traihexalon Featured By Owner May 18, 2015
I once found a youtuber with a bearded male pony as his avatar, but I can't remember his name..
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iamnater1225 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015
The voice actor I'd go for is John Rhys Davies.
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Roxas1903 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015
what about Ian McKellen?
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I suppose that works well too...
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Anon200 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015
Starswirl the Bearded now has a lot of "canon" regarding him, although it hasn't (and probably won't...although it's possible) appear on the show. While the IDW comic is debatable as canon or no, the book "The Journal of the Two Sisters", written by Amy Keating Rogers (one of the writers for the show), features him a lot in the journal entries. I'm actually rather stunned at the role he played in the pre-Celestia/Luna sun and moon rising...

I think it's kind of funny how he was originally supposed to be a very obscure and unknown unicorn back in "Luna Eclipsed", but now he's practically the "Godfather of Equestria".
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Monkeyrofl901 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015
How 'bout Morgan Freeman?
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DragonDragoo Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great design for him, better than the official one I believe. And I totally think Patrick Stewart would do an epic voice for him.
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually there was a storybook flashback of him in EqG Rainbow Rocks and he looked a bit more like this.  He had the bluish coat (which I think works better than the white) and an actual beard rather than super long sideburns.  He was missing the glasses though.
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DragonDragoo Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really? I kinda forgot that.
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:iconaleximusprime:
AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
yup, it's there.  I am glad they showed that cuz I wasn't much of a fan of the white Starswirl with long sideburns.
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DragonDragoo Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just saw it. Yeah, I wasn't a fan of the old one either.
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CaptainPrower Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Sir Michael Gambon would be too obvious a choice, so I'd go with Patrick.
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
who is the former?
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CaptainPrower Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Sir Gambon is quite famous for being the second man to play Professor Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films.
He's also gained notoriety among the staff of Top Gear after nearly rolling their test car on the last corner of their track, but that's irrelevant.
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:iconaleximusprime:
AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
oooooooh.
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Ultimateheroes Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
leonard nimoy!
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:iconmalron:
Malron Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013
cool
Starswirl the Bearded
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:iconmlp-oc-critic1:
MLP-OC-Critic1 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
Hey, did you know that Starswirl was mentioned in the MLP FIM season 3 finale?
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:iconaleximusprime:
AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, did you know he was also mentioned in Luna Eclipsed?
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MLP-OC-Critic1 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
Really?!
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:iconaleximusprime:
AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Are you pulling my leg?
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:iconmlp-oc-critic1:
MLP-OC-Critic1 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
I haven't watched all episodes, so I wouldn't know.
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:iconaleximusprime:
AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you really need to.
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mechafone Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
This design is just amazing. With your permission, could I possibly use it for a drawing that I'm hoping to commission from someone?
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:iconaleximusprime:
AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You sure can so long as there's credit!  :)
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mechafone Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
Fantastic. I'll make sure your name is on the design credits :D
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:iconcobeoe:
cobeoe Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
oh im really hoping some 1 makes him do a gandalf "you cannot pass"
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:iconaleximusprime:
AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I just did to myself.  XD
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kylemon73 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
Would Morgon freeman work as a good voice actor?
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:iconaleximusprime:
AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
He has to have a more British-sounding accent.
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AlektheWererat Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
Awesome, I hope they use this model if indeed, it turns out Discord IS Star Swirl and they do an episode changing him back to normal.
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:iconaleximusprime:
AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's odd that you mention that theory because I drew a separate pic of Discord for this and in the story these pics go along with, Discord and Starswirl are 2 separate beings and Discord starts out as an Alicorn named Accord who is good.
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AlektheWererat Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
Sounds good, i'll have to give it a read.

Clover the Clever? That's an interesting concept and name, I would love to use it in a fanfic I am writing exploring the background of Starswirl, and I have been trying to design a character who would have served a similar relationship to Starswirl that existed between Newton and Leibniz, Plato and Diogenes, Lamark and Cuvier, Schopenhauer and Hegel, Edison and Westinghouse, Marlowe and Shakespeare, or in other words, a professional and personal rivalry between two intellectuals.
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Septagons Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
He must have been quite the handsome colt when he was young ;P
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NumberSevin Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Dude. This is awesome. He could have understood love, without knowing friendship "The same way" that Twilight did. I'd like to use this in context. She did say "He didn't understand friendship like you do". Maybe meaning that he knew friendship, but based on his own self. Meaning there was little diversity in his group. This would explain why he was able to test his spells and know if they worked, if he wasn't able to do some (Highly unlikely) by himself.
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I'm going to explain it in my fanfic with him.
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NumberSevin Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you
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DestinedFateX Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
....too bad he cannonly never understood the concept of companionship. I would've thought that, with friendship being magic and all, Starswirl, a great sorceror, would have been the nicest person of all. I wonder then what became of him.....hmm.....

Perhaps he began travelling into parallel dimensions to hone his skills and adopt apprentices?
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If you read my fanfic, you'll see how I am able to write around that...
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luiboy20 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Student General Artist
now this is how you make an origin for something like the elements. Screw my prototype for my OC smokeout being the creator. Using an already existing character is a much better idea when it comes to MLP FIM.

I'v actually learned that even compared to other series, the MLP FIM fan base is much more sensitive towards an OC that has a direct relation with canon, so it's nice to see someone who's made a back story for even someone like Starswirl. Nopony get's left behind indeed
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well I use OCs for this story but they are show-only ones like Celestia and Luna's parents and a few others I threw in for fillers.
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luiboy20 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student General Artist
well, that makes sense
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Mokrosuhibrijac Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
do you have the design for clover?
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:iconaleximusprime:
AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You'll see in time...
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Mokrosuhibrijac Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool :D

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this is my take on him :D
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Taiya001 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hasbro needs to pay you for this awesome design
this is sooooo perfect
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:iconaleximusprime:
AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oh I wish but I doubt they ever would...
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Taiya001 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, they can be very greedy and unwelcoming to outside talent. But here is to hoping.
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Plus it wouldn't be Hasbro that would hire me but DHX because they design the looks of characters for the show.
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