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Writing this all down just to get it out of my head :XD: Prone to be edited as I figure out more stuff.

Overview
The draconequus species (plural = draconequui) are an ancient, pan-dimensional race. Exactly how long they've been around is unclear, since clear records of them don't appear until after writing had been developed. Archaeologists speculate that they may have been misidentified as dragons in earlier analyses of prehistoric cave drawings; said drawings are still being studied.

Each draconequus is the embodiment of a universal concept*. All possess god-like magical powers, which they use to maintain the balance of their concepts in other dimensions. They exist in pairs of opposing concepts, which are perpetually at odds with each other. Certain Embodiments are inherently stronger than others; these would be the Embodiments of Life and Death, Time and Fate, and the two "World-State" Embodiments (order and chaos). The World-State Embodiments are eternally at war with each other over which should rule the other worlds. Sometimes an Embodiment will go mad with power and conquer a world by force, which may or may not ultimately end up destroying the world they've taken over; these Embodiments are treated as criminals, stripped of their powers and confined to another world, sometimes in the form of that world's inhabitants and sometimes not, depending on a variety of factors. Other, more serious transgressors may simply be executed.

Should an Embodiment abandon its post or otherwise be rendered unable to perform its duties, a successor will be instated to take its place. Successors are either born and raised into their roles as Embodiments, or converted creatures from another dimension. Converted Embodiments (often simply called Conversions) are chosen after an evaluation process, during which a predecessor will decide whether or not the chosen individual is fit for the role. Individuals do not know they are being evaluated, and several may be evaluated, but only the one who exemplifies the concept in question the best will be chosen. Conversions will retain little or no memory of their previous lives, and are much more prone to losing their minds due to mental stress; as such, they're typically only created until an infant Embodiment is full-grown and can take over the role. It's possible for more than one Embodiment of the same concept to exist simultaneously; the Active Embodiment could act as a teacher for a successor, or the successor could simply act as insurance, should its predecessor suddenly be lost.

When a draconequus has outrun its usefulness, it can either retire to another dimension or stay to offer guidance to its successor(s). In both cases the draconequus is stripped of its powers, though if it chooses to retire then it assumes the form of one of the beings which occupy the dimension it chooses to retire to. From then on it will live a normal life in its new, mortal form; when the time comes for it to pass away, the Embodiment of Death will be the one to collect its soul (even though its form has changed, its soul is still that of a draconequus).

A draconequus' lifespan is exceedingly long and seemingly immortal; as long as a draconequus continues to be useful it will continue to thrive. Sometimes a draconequus will simply grow weary of its existence, other times the long years will end up driving an individual to insanity; it's in these instances where Death must step in and provide merciful relief for them.

* - Universal concept ( abstract noun) = An intangible, disputable concept. It can be seen, the effects of it can be felt, something affected by it can be touched, but the concept itself can't be touched. The best example would be death; you can see death, feel the effects of a person dying, and touch a dead thing, but you can never touch death itself. Other examples would be things like: happiness, despair, wisdom, ignorance, conformity, individuality, freedom, slavery, disaster, fortune, love, hate, good, evil, dream, nightmare, beauty, ugliness, poverty, wealth, cruelty, kindness...


Appearance:
As varied as their appearances may be, all draconequui have the head of a horse/pony. Most have a standard, "draconic" build, with at least one pair of limbs and wings, while others are more serpentine. Still others may have either many limbs or no limbs at all.

A draconequus' appearance depends entirely on which concept they represent. Positive Embodiments are more symmetrical, usually deriving parts from only two or three other creatures. The negative Embodiments tend to have more varied appearances, sometimes even having different parts for each extremity. The draconequui with the most varied appearances are always the Chaos Embodiments.

Opposing Embodiments, as well as Embodiments of the same concept, will usually be similar in appearance to one another.


Reproduction
because everybody is curious about this even if they don't say so :V
Simply put, draconequui do not reproduce amongst themselves. All new draconequui are born from the Embodiment of Life herself, and are born whenever a new Embodiment is needed (without intercourse). The World-State Embodiments will typically inherit at least one trait from the Embodiment of Life.

Newborn draconequui are born live, with their eyes already open, and are more or less able to walk mere hours after birth (draconequui with four different limbs may take longer to learn to walk properly). Babies' appearances are as varied as their bodies are; some can be quite pudgy, with large, round heads, tiny bodies and short, stubby limbs, while others are simply a smaller version of their grown-up selves, and still others can be every shape in between. Through their infant and toddler years they're cared for by the Embodiment of Life herself; they'll also learn to talk during this time. A predecessor will be allowed to adopt their infant successor if they show interest, otherwise all draconequui are raised into childhood by the Embodiment of Life. From childhood onward they are entrusted to their predecessors (or a retired Embodiment of their concept, depending on which shows more interest in raising/teaching them), then taught everything they need to know about the concept they represent and how to use their powers. At any given time there may be as many as a dozen infant draconequui, though this number may fluctuate as often as weekly. There have never been any recorded twins, triplets, etc.

If a draconequus chooses to pair off with a creature of a different species, then the resulting child will be of the other species.



:iconlawooplz:now I have an excuse to draw draconequus babehs~

The draconequus species, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic © Hasbro/fyre-flye
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GUILLE832 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
I feel curiosity for something. When Tirek took Discord´s powers, after a while and according to your headcanon, would any other draconequus come to stop Tirek given he was altering the established hierarchy? Just to know.   
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grievousfan Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Student General Artist
They would've been getting a successor ready :I That's the whole "insurance" thing that's mentioned, is if something happens to the predecessor then a successor is  instated a little while afterward.

But the Harmony Cannon fixed things before a successor could be fully instated so nothing changed :dummy:
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GUILLE832 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
One last question... does the Tree of Harmony play any role in the Draconequus race?
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grievousfan Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Student General Artist
:iconliarjackplz:
Maaaayyyyybe,,,
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GUILLE832 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
So, that is a yes! Everybody knows Applejack never lies :dummy: Specially in such a grey day!
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GUILLE832 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
Rainbow Power! :la:
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SEGASister Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
And the Harmony Draconequus turned herself into a tree.
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KurseofKings Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
Do any of your draconeuus OCs have Blue and Orange Morality?
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grievousfan Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Student General Artist
Not any of my current ones :V
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KurseofKings Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
Who/What are all the negative embodiments that you have made so far?
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grievousfan Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Student General Artist
Anarchy, Mortimer and Oblivion have been drawn out, and right now I'm working on a page for Cataclysm :V
And just recently an idea struck me for a Love/Hate pair, so those will pop up sometime :dummy:
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msgunner Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
So where exactly deos discord fit into this? Seeing that he still has powers and is still practically immortal, he must still be useful then right? Or has he gone AWOL, for he hasn't been doing his job the thousands of years he was turned to stone.
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grievousfan Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Student General Artist
"Useful" meaning that he can still contribute to the draconequus species as a whole (ex: knowledge), or if anything happened to the Active Embodiment then he could step in and take over :V

I've come up with some new ideas that I'll eventually explain in detail, but for right now here's an overview;
Right now I have two Chaos embodiment OCs, Anarchy (Discord's successor), and Disarray (Discord's predecessor, who hasn't been released here yet). Right now Discord is still the "Active" embodiment, in my headcanon, but since he's found the "magic of friendship" and all that I'm thinking he wouldn't do his job like he's supposed to, and the role of "Active" embodiment would have to be passed to someone who would actually do it (Anarchy).

I'm saying that during his imprisonment the Embodiment of Harmony was overseeing things in Equestria :V

And as for his origin story...I'm stuck between two, but I'm leaning towards the one of him originally being Star Swirl and that he was an emergency Conversion :V

if this makes any sense at all derp
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msgunner Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
Thank you for the info, that practicaly answers most of my questions.
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grievousfan Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Student General Artist
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SEGASister Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing! :D
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LizzysMind Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I cant wait to see your embodiment of harmony.
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Vestasam568 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm thinking deceit.... yep, that sounds pretty good.
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layapamaster Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
Hmmm, is Magic a universal concept? Maybe friendship is, now that i think about it. How the embodiments of the Mane 6 elements would look like?
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grievousfan Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Student General Artist
Pretty sure all six of the Elements of Harmony would be "universal concepts" :P

~lilkitty0828 helped out and accurately described my idea of "universal concepts" as abstract nouns [link] So maybe that'll give you a better idea :XD:
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lilkitty0828 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Student General Artist
If it is of any help for you, the word you are looking for when you say a "universal concept" would be an abstract noun, which envelops emotions, thoughts, and stuff like death. :) Hope this helps, and love the head cannon btw. :D
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grievousfan Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Student General Artist
"Embodiments of Abstract Nouns" just doesn't sound right, though :ohnoes:

hrgh

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lilkitty0828 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student General Artist
:O just wanted to help.... you can drop "embodiments" if you prefer.... That's just ho I would word it.
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grievousfan Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student General Artist
You did help :XD: Now if people ask me "what the heck is a universal concept" I can more accurately describe it without walls of text :la:
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lilkitty0828 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student General Artist
:) Glad I could help!
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crimsonblossom42 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Student
I there were twins or triplets I could easily see them as the embodiement of harmony. (just a thought)
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grievousfan Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Student General Artist
I have a concept for Harmony in the works right now :P She's a single entity but she has three pairs of wings :dummy:
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crimsonblossom42 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student
Lets hope she has good hand-eye coordination, or wing-eye coordination in this case. :meow:
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Crystalitar Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Also, found a WHOLE lot of "original" OC's!

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I am gonna try and draw them all in one "family" picture together with my own Entropy and to keep it fair, wich of your 2 OC's do you want to get in the pic?

Of course discord is also gona be in it
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KurseofKings Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
Have you already done it? If so, than where can I see it?
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Crystalitar Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
got the skecth but cuz personal life issues didn't came to finish it
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Sire-Sword Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
BABAHS!!!
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grievousfan Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Student General Artist
BEYBEHS!!

:heart:
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PoltergeistNaga Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woah.

Seeing we know little to Nothing about draconequui, This is great!


PS: Uhhh...Mind helping me make mine? XD
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grievousfan Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student General Artist
Sure :XD: What d'you need help with? :P
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PoltergeistNaga Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not sure how to make the embodiment of Vengeance.
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grievousfan Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student General Artist
Well I think he/she would be an angry person :V Maybe with sharp features and exceptionally serpentine/snake-like.
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PoltergeistNaga Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm....Like what do you mean. Sharp features?
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grievousfan Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student General Artist
Angular shapes, maybe spikes or spiky fur/mane. Like most villains in the old Disney movies :V Scar, Jafar, Maleficent...

If it helps any, the ponies have rounded/soft features :P Try to go for the opposite of that and make Vengeance look like something you wouldn't want to encounter.
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PoltergeistNaga Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a design. and I need to see if I need to add/take away anything. to make it more unique. I used a Pock of Discord from your gallery to get the pose and see how the parts will work.

May I show you the wip?
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grievousfan Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Student General Artist
I'd love to see it~:heart:
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Boter46 Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
omg wanna see dragonequus babehs
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Zakgeki Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
So this is a two parter
1. Is Intelligence a universal concept?
2. What exactly is a headcanon? Is it when you practically explain something the way you see/imagine it?

P.S. I love your work.
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grievousfan Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Student General Artist
1) I think intelligence would fall under Wisdom, and that would be in the Ignorance - Wisdom pair. As of right now I have no idea how they would look, other than Wisdom maybe looking kinda like a monk :XD:

2) Exactly that :la: A headcanon is how I personally view things in a certain, premade universe (in this case, the My Little Pony universe). I took all the concepts fans had come up with about Discord's backstory that I liked (plus some of my own theories), then worked it out so they could all work with what the official canon had already established.

:icontardglompplz:thank you~
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Zakgeki Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
I imagine ignorance with unfocused eyes and constantly running out into on coming traffic.
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grievousfan Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Student General Artist
:iconrainbowdashderpplz:"Trah-fick saif-tee? Whut's that??"
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JerraianKing Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Fun fact, grievousfan: me and my gf combined has made over 25 draconequus children already, some ARE twins <3

Discord being the basic father of 'em~ Feel free to ask about any of them, I'll be glad to tell you their names, and if possible, show pictures.
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grievousfan Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Now I'm wondering what your headcanon for the draconequui is :XD:
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JerraianKing Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Mine? ;3

Heheheeh... ohh are you so sure you wanna know? If you ask me THAT question, you better be ready for it~

I'd have to send it to ya via note. It's not like anything obscene at all... but my bizarre otherworldly mind works in a whole other clockwork than others ^^;
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