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Master Zekorah by smilingDOGZ Master Zekorah by smilingDOGZ
God damn Flu! Anyway here's a continuation of the development of the comic.

Zekorah is a hybreed that has the ability to sense the spiritual aura of others. Over the course of her lifetime she has gathered vast collection of ancient knowledge and is a master of many forms of martial art. She safeguards whatever legacy that was left ever since the fall of the magi, waiting patiently for the one worthy enough to claim its secrets.

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When a Magi/Pureblood and a Human have a child, it will result in two things. They give birth to a normal human, which commonly happens and a Hybreed, a very rare birth. One can also be born with human parents as long as either one has a magical bloodline.
Hybreeds- Born with only one quality of their magical heritage, meaning they have a very unique skill that rivals a pureblood. They are also immune to the effects of Witchbane, a stone that nullifies the power of a Magi.

If your wondering why Twi does not have her signature pink stripe on her hair, it's because right now she is depowered. The stripes will gradually return as she regains her power.

For now enjoy as she has one of her episodes where she is in conflict with herself.


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WhiteFreak14 Featured By Owner May 5, 2015
Witchbane? Nulify? What is this, an RPG? XD
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Cyber-Angel-Rowan Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Pff, I'm sorry but I can't stop laughing at Twi freaking out.
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LJ-ATCTION-360 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015
Love the look.
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EqFAzrael Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015
This makes me think of Yoda :3
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oreoknight Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015
Ok, I´m definitely searching for this, where can I find the comic?
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Nina-Dragons-12 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What is a pureblood?
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Nina-Dragons-12 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A Pure Blood... wth?
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missael111796 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014
So does this mean that humanized Zebras are Hybreeds or just Zecora?
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BenRG Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
So Zecora taught Twilight the limits of scepticism and rationality and to embrace her true nature. She taught her how to be the hero that her mother hoped she would be and Chrysalis feared so greatly.
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EonOrteaShadowmaster Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Student Writer
I love how you've made the Element of Magic sigil look almost like a winged angel or shooting star.  And Zekorah just looks fantastic!
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Shadowblazer117 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
twilight being recruited into the assassins
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Xidphel Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
:iconazulaplz:?
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DeadlockAt Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
Sorry twilight its not fanfiction. Come to think of it, it kinda likes your living in one.
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Landmind Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014

Personally I think she looks better then most takes of Storm.


Her Tattoos give her a bit more character.


Yet her body language and facial expressions make her far more personal then they have EVER allowed Storm to show.


And I NEVER liked Storms mohawk.


Its like they could never get past her looks, and just give her a personality that wasn't just, Stand there and Look cool.


Even after all this time Storm really is very underdeveloped as a character.


Even though she has been supposedly the leader of various X-Men teams. It seems she was only in charge because her weather control power allowed her to beat most anyone in a fight.


Personality wise, she is like a brick to the side of  the head.


Its like if it was D&D she would have almost Zero Charisma.


Don't get me wrong though, sometimes, some writers would actually try to flesh her out a bit, but when someone else took over, its like any fallow ups would just die on the vine.


Considering her origins and what she can do, you'd think she'd have more character.


But then again, maybe that's the problem. Optic Blast, Super Healing, Telekinetics; even Freeze powers have more visual appeal then weather control. Maybe if she could shoot Lightning Bolts out of her hands or something, it make her seem more "marketable" but I cant recall anyone ever really doing it that way. I don't even know if she could be considered immune to that sort of thing.  


Yet being able to make Tornadoes and Lightning Storms; in a closed room fight, not the best to have around; but out in the open with multiple targets to hit, she is definitely the AOE bomber of the group.


And if I recall correctly, she spent some of her youth being a sneak thief in Egypt or some place like that for a while.


So she definitely has some other skills to fall back on in a close quarter fight.


Yet personality wise, never could really come to really like her.


Way to aloof and never really inclined to laugh, at ANYTHING.  


Seriously if we want that, we always have Wolverine. (If that guy ever even chuckled, its only because he just went insane. AGEAN).


But then I just went way off topic.


Sorry.


Anyway..................


Ahem.


Like it very much.


Keep up the good work.


Trust your instincts.


They seem to be serving you quite well in art.



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smilingDOGZ Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My older brother had a collection of old X-Men comics when I was a kid, I used to read them when I had nothing to do. 

I think that was the time when Jean was still alive, but unfortunately those collections where destroyed by teremites.

I don't know much about the X-Men of today so I don't know whats changed.
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Landmind Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014

Same here, (even the older sibling part). 

Though Patrick Stewart seems to make a great Prof X.


Shame about the lose; sad when that happens.


But stuff happens.


And as to Jean happing, (heh), gave up keeping track even back then.


It was like no matter who they killed off, pretty soon they where back.


It was always like, Clone, Alternate Universe, Altered Timeline, Memory Transfer to New Body, Never did in the fist place; something.


And it did not matter how they died, if they where popular they ALWAYS came back.


Remember the Hype of DC supposedly killing off Superman?

New the moment I heard it was supposedly for real, that it was not for real.

Of course back then I was already starting to get out of reading comic books on a full time basis.


It just became so much work to keep up with all my favorite titles, and the $$$ you had to drop was starting to become a total deal breaker.

Still it nice that they have not "Died Out" like some people kept saying was going to happen in just a few years. And that was awhile ago.


Personally some of my favorites where Iron Man, Batman,  Wonder Woman, Justice League (when it was made up of nothing but the 2ed stringers, [more character interplay then with the big kids]) and odd ball titles who's titles I cant recall right off the top of my head. A lot of limited runs and a few one shots.

Probably what they call Indi Titles, though maybe not; as the even the big companies where a bit more experimental in what they made back then.

Things like Sandman, Vertigo, Swamp Man, Ect.

Now its nothing but established characters and the same stuff just redone again, and again and again.

I have honestly lost track of how many times DC has supposedly Reboot their Universe, And Marvel gave up trying to keep track and just started to Number them long ago.


 All things considered, just numbering them and moving on, was probably the better way to do it.

You don't have to worry about continuity, if all that last stuff was an entirely different universe.


Then there was the cartoons. Anyone remember Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot? 


For its age now, Still think it held up production wise and stuff, compared to what their inclined to make now.


Shame that.


Anyway. Thanks.



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1stSuperboyFan Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
Did you get that hair thing from the Secret life of Juniper Lee? Also is it OK that I think Zekorah looks like Storm?
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smilingDOGZ Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well Storm is one of the inspirations for her look. So your not wrong on that one.
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1stSuperboyFan Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
Cool
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AstriT316 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
HAHAHA!!! This is PERFECT!!
I just- I just- OH! This is good! I love Twi freaking out over books!!! This is just hilarious!

I'm eagerly awaiting how this series will grow!!!
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BrightestStarlight Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Student General Artist
SOMEONE MAKE THIS A TV SHOW!!!
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Landmind Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014

Love the look.


Just a half bit idea.


Batman style utility belt hanging loosely around Zekorhas waist.


As far as potions, pills, pellets, and any martial art throw-able weapons. Say like Balls, Darts, and Shurikens, with her cutie mark on or in it in some way with a colored ball clearly visible in each and every one of the objects. That ball is a chemical alchemistic substance she has made up that gives the projectile a extra something effect.  Even if she misses the small marble size ball will burst unleashing whatever potion or gas she wants. So she does not have to actually hit someone with it to be able to incapacitate single or multiple targets all at once. Instead she can throw a Tangle Vine Ball, a Pepper Spray Dart, or even a Ell Zap Needle, that basically hits like a Taser, and can be used on electronic as well as organic. Also for general damage and knockback, use a Thunder Shuriken, which by itself can blast a armored foe off their feet by throwing it just before them, or do real damage if acutely hit. Also would make short work of regular doors and with a bunch thrown at once, put a big hole in a regular wall.


Instant Exit, just throw in a circle pattern at wall. Even that bat guy from another reality might be impressed with that maneuver.  


Considering Twilight is inclined to think that's only possible from technology, finding out it works because of "Magic" will at first be unbelievable.


At least until the Tangle Vine one is used.


And if she is going to be a Marital Arts Expert. Her Staff needs combat reinforcement, or better yet be magical.


Remember the Old Dungun and Dragons Cartoon Acrobat? She had a Magical Staff that she could shrink and grow at will and if broken, would automatically repair itself if the pieces where just pushed together. To make sure its not mistaken for Changeling Magic it should definitely Not Glow Green. Maybe White, because Zekorah always seemed to have a White (Good) Aura about her.


Oh yea, Magic Clay Drinking Cup. She has GOT TO Have THAT!


And just like in that acutely Episode, she can magically refill it, by just passing her hand over it.


(Heh Heh, that would so freak out Twilight, the first time she actually noticed it).



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HeimoBauss Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Why a belt? Why not something more Zecora-like? Like a small bag or something along those lines, I don't care what it would look like or how it would be with her but it sure as hell would fit better tbh.
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Landmind Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014

Thinking it would not flop around so much as she jumps and tumbles (Not imagining it That loose). The utility belt would be more compact then a bag, and she could gain instant access to multiple pre-made items, and the belt buckle would have her cutie mark.


But basically just for the visuals.

Something to cut across the waist to accent her hips just a bit and break the transition from lower to upper. It would also suggest its a two piece instead of a one piece outfit.  So maybe a small thin side pouch with a thin leather belt with a small cutie mark clasp on the side if a belt is too distracting.

Though seeing it one then the other, might help.

Its a fine "action" outfit, I kind of like the hip guards.  Women outfits tend to have the worse design when it comes to offering actual protection.  Her bracelets give her a definite "amazon" vibe, and could possible be used to deflect a incoming sword blow. Even though its a cloak, it might violate the NO CAPES rule from the Incredibles. But if she's just that could at martial arts, it might be ok. especially if she's Batman level.

All in all its a fine outfit. But its just missing something.

Maybe she should be the one with a Dr. Strange type Cloak Amulet?

Or would that just clutter it up? Her outfit seems to say to me, Mobility and Stealth. So anything that would tie her up, slow her down, or make noise would be a definite, No Wear.


Oooooh.


How about Hidden Magic Pockets on the INSIDE of the Cloak Itself?


That would certainly explain why she might want to wear it, even if it might sometimes get in the way. Maybe with two large pockets on the inside, like two saddle back flaps. but very flat and almost invisible until she reaches into one of them.


And considering the stuff she would be able to always have with her in travels. Just another thing to freak out Twilight.


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HeimoBauss Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I understand your points, and that's why I said I wouldn't really care how she carries it. Why not the belt that has some bags on it?

Eh... I'll just let dogz decide what he will do.

That magical pocket-thing was quite interesting though ;)
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Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your designs are awesome.
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ArguingPizza Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
Wait, is this comment being posted somewhere and I'm missing it or are these just snippets of whats to come?
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smilingDOGZ Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There is a prequel comic for this that is yet to be finished. And yes these are snippets of whats to come.
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JamesRye Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
OHMYGOD!!!!! Zecora as Twi's master, teacher of magi stuff and introducer into the magi world! THIS IS ALL KINDS OF AWESOME!!! So there Twi will get her outfit, I see. Can't wait to see how Twi gonna meet Zecora. <3

But there's something that doesn't make sense to me: You said Twi has no pink and light purple stripe due being depowered. However, child Twi with Celly and Sunset STILL has those! Why is grown-up teen Twi depowered and not child Twi though both should suffer under the effects of her mom's memory spell?

Also why is Twi a pure blooded when her dad was a normal human? I mean, i assumed so because we saw no magical effects when the witchbane bullet hit his chest plus Shining Armor never used magic and only his fists/skills, so he seemed to be human as well. Or can Pure blooded be born through pure blood magi and a hybreed?
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smilingDOGZ Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's something I just recently came up with while I'm still developing the comic. 

And about Twi being a Pureblood, well thats entirely up to you on what she really is. :)
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Wargur Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
I wonder how else are hybreed in the story:o
Got to love her book face looking ate all the rare and ancient arcane books
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nightshade1218 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
Is this the actual series in motion or are you just world-building and plan on creating an actual comic to go with it? I've read the comic before with Twilight killing her mother, can say I cared for it, but i love the world you're creating around it. 
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smilingDOGZ Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes this indeed part of that same comic.
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pendrake47 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014

Dogz777 ...



1. I like the idea of Zecora being Twilight's teacher.  It is even within canon when Zecora played "Yoda" to Twilight's "Luke Skywalker" briefly for "Magic Duel" (S03, Ep05), which I assume is what you also drew this inspiration from.


2. Your human depiction of Zecora is very good.  From her figure, to her face & thick hair (having a few "wild" locks over her face is a good detail touch), and her clothing, this very much says "Zecora" to the MLP:FIM-fluent audience; even if there are the un-avoidable comparisons with X-Men's Storm.


3. An artistic detail refinement...  You could add Zecora's Cutie Mark to her human depiction.  In this regard I have two (2) suggestions:


 ~ a. Amulet.  The simplest method would be to add an amulet at the cloak's clasp, a la Doctor Strange's Eye of Agamotto or Doctor Fate's Scarab of Order.  In human-Zecora's case, a simple round amulet with her Cutie Mark upon it, perhaps made of carved-ivory or ebony-wood, with silver inlay (silver is more magically potent than gold).


 ~ b. Staff.  This option would take more [time + effort], but would also likely be far more impressive.  Freely floating atop Zecora's staff would be her Cutie Mark, an sigil of arcane light, and it brightly flares when Zecora casts a spell.



4. Another detail refinement...  Adding dark-grey stripes/streaks, or perhaps a thick lock or two, to human-Zecora's hair, in relation to zebra-Zecora's mane.  If you want to really get ironically detailed to the master-&-apprentice relationship between Zecora & Twilight, you could have a dark-grey stripe for Zecora that matches Twilight's traditional pink stripe.


5. Yet another detail refinement (omg!)...  Perhaps adding a belt of potions &/or pouches of herbs, to reflect her alchemy & apothecary aspect.  This would be the most optional, since it would be artistically tricky to do; you do not want a bulky belt image to clutter up human-Zecora's figure.  ["Does this belt of bulky round bottles make me look fat...?"   "...a little?"  *sound of vials being thrown & breaking, & acidic sizzling*  "Not the face!  Oh gods, not the face!"]


~~~~~   ~~~~~   ~~~~~


6. Not sure if it is on purpose or not, but Twilight's Cutie Mark is a Six (6) pointed star, not eight (8).


7. I like your "civilian" look for Twilight.  The vest, button shirt & tie, are very appropriate to the "traditional" character of Twilight Sparkle and helps the audience keep the "feel" of the character.


8. So the rows of books behind Twilight are Zecora's library of accumulated arcane knowledge?  I like that idea/angle, it gives an plausible avenue of master-&-apprentice that Twilight can accept from Zecora, in addition to practical & applied magical teaching.


9. I see you took my suggestion towards a front-clasp cloak, for both Twilight and Zecora.  Glad I could help in that regard.  As I said earlier, the "traditional" cloak-style for most magic-user heroes in comic-books are cloaks that cover & conceal them, to add to the air of mysticism as well as mask their arms/hands to what spells they may be using/readying.  {What do you think of the cloak change, yourself?}

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smilingDOGZ Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like the refinement suggestion you gave for Twi's costume, it looks really great!

And about that 8 star symbol, whoops! While I was looking for possible inspirations for the costume, I must have somehow confused it with someone else's symbol. Lets fix that right up!
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bico-kun Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh, I'm getting such a Raven vibe from cloaked up Twilight. Fitting, I suppose. Your Master Zekorah, of course, is impressive as well. Looks like she's settling right into the Magical Negro trope, too. *le sigh* 
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Mortsyn Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I like your design for human Zecora. She looks like she should be a superhero.
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HeimoBauss Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Brings Storm from X-Men to my mind....
Actually she's almost exactly like Storm, just with tattooed face.
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Homeward Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I was gonna say the same thing
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HeimoBauss Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yehey, high-five!
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Mega-Gojira Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!
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