I based Northern Jewel off a sketch of a dragon by Lauren Faust that she presented for MLP:FiM before the show was initially created. The pony sitting near her tail is Wild Spice, who belongs to a friend by the same name.
Northern Jewel. The Ancient One. Matron of the Frozen North. Origin mother of the Crystal Mountains and all that dwell there. Many thousands of years ago, she did give birth to the North and it's rugged, crystal landscape. And many thousands of years still does she slumber, deep within the chambers of the Crystal Caverns. Give or take a few years, upon every 100th, where Jewel would awaken. Have brunch. Meet the locals. Just, generally hang out. Then sleep once again, following 100 years past.
Jewel is a lackadaisical creature, afflicted with a slothful nature and lack of desire. After many thousands of years, she has simply grown bored, finding minute entertainment in trivial matters. At least, in her mind's eye. To one such as herself, the political intrigue and maelstrom of catastrophic events involving ponykind is a 'trivial matter'. Despite her desensitization to the plights of such short lived creatures, Jewel is considered by many to be kind and understanding. Especially by nomads of the harsh, unforgiving Northern Lands, who worship her and pray for her guidance, despite possessing no traits of divinity.
She is a Crystal Dragon. Much like the denizens of the Crystal Empire, Jewel's colossal form is brilliant and translucent. Every breath, every murmur, is a swelling current of mist glimmering with a magical essence that leaves a sparkling crust on any surface it touches, like an early morn frost. With a mighty breath, Jewel is capable of turning flesh into crystalline stone. Unbeknownst to many, even to Equestria's most revered scholars, the original conception of the Crystal Mountains isn't quite as majestic as ancient lore may tell, but instead comes down to a terrible cold and a bit of nasal congestion.
They say, with some dragons, size is determined by the abundance of treasure it possesses. Jewel is one such dragon, guarding her mountainous cache of marvelous gemstones and lusting after pristine blue and white jewels, sleeping either atop her vast, shimmering sea of precious gems, or burying herself beneath them. The immense size of her mountain chambers is like a whole, new world alight by the sheer brilliance of its crystalline passageways and monolithic, limpid pillars of stone. The Jewel of the North spans nearly 25 meters from head to toe. But, the further the dragoness strays from her precious keep, the smaller she becomes until she is no larger than a small cottage.
Northern Jewel © Me
Wild Spice © Wild Spice
My Little Pony © Hasbro
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3 years, 4 months ago
04 May 2015 05:46 CEST
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