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MLP Alternate Universe: Mothers of Harmony by ImperfectXIII MLP Alternate Universe: Mothers of Harmony by ImperfectXIII
Over the past several days, I'd been teasing at something related to the Elements of Harmony with black silhouette images labeled "HARMONYFILE" (in retrospect, a rather silly attempt to give this reveal a level of mystery). This is what I've been building up to (if you can call it "building up"): an alternate universe concept in which the Elements of Harmony are wielded by a different group of ponies -- specifically, the Mane Six's mothers. So whoever's been guessing G1 ponies, you weren't too far off. =P

Why only the mothers and not the fathers, some of you might ask? As much as for gender equality I typically am, MLP's female characters have always been more interesting. There's really no deeper reasoning behind it. *shrug*

I love alternate universes, and this is a concept I've thought about for a while but never got the opportunity to fully envision until we saw and learned more about the Mane Six's parents in the official series. The basic idea is this: somepony used a forbidden spell to take control of the stars and forcibly move them into alignment, causing Nightmare Moon to be released from her banishment twenty years or so earlier than she was supposed to be ("the stars will aid in her escape"). Because by this time most of the Mane Six haven't even been born yet, it falls to their mothers (who just happen to be in the same place at the time, just roll with it) to harness the magic of the Elements of Harmony instead -- which is why they've all been aged down by about two decades.

From left to right, we have Fluttershy's mother Posey Shy, the element of loyalty; Applejack's mother (at least my version of her) Red Splendor, the element of generosity; Twilight Sparkle's mother Twilight Velvet, the element of magic; Rainbow Dash's mother Firefly, the element of laughter; Rarity's mother Cookie Crumbles, the element of kindness; and Pinkie Pie's mother Cloudy Quartz, the element of honesty.

I currently don't have plans to turn this into a fully-fleshed-out story. As I said, this is only a concept that I've always wanted to give a physical form in some way, and I'm glad to have done it. ...Even if four of them suffer from the dreaded "sameface syndrome". XD

EDIT: In case anyone else asks, I don't plan to alter this image at this time to include Rainbow Dash and Applejack's REAL mothers. I'm satisfied with my alternate universe the way it is right now, and it IS an alternate universe after all.

Individual images + character bios -
Twilight Velvet - sta.sh/0lba1cshghw
Red Splendor - sta.sh/0a90o27056j
Posey Shy - sta.sh/013eq6rp3ad2
Cloudy Quartz - sta.sh/01ucwrtu2q6b
Firefly - sta.sh/01o6586vz5ca
Cookie Crumbles- sta.sh/0lgehcm4yy1

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:iconjeywiz:
JeyWiz Featured By Owner May 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omg it's like the DC multiverse where one of the universes has older counterparts of the superheroes we all know! 

Kinda like here, where the older version of twilight is the leader instead of our twilight. :)
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:iconjedithescififreak:
JeditheSciFiFreak Featured By Owner May 24, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
That's kind of how I wish the show itself played it, where instead of Celestia and Luna being the only other Element Wielders 
in existence besides the Mane Six we all know and love, there were multiple Element Wielders throughout the ages. Like 
perhaps one that predated Celestia and Luna (or at least have more team members besides them) and one that came after
(before the current wielders), that being this team (of the Mane Six's moms). 
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:iconkendell2:
Kendell2 Featured By Owner May 13, 2017  Hobbyist
I wonder if they helped deal with villains since then or 'came out of retirement' to defeat Discord after 20 years of peace.
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:iconghostwriter434:
GhostWriter434 Featured By Owner May 8, 2017
This will need to be updated after seeing RD's mom and soon AJ's mom
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:icondulceticecocoa:
DulcetIceCocoa Featured By Owner 1 day ago
I kinda updated that :D 

(SPOILER) Mom 6
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:iconmorion87:
morion87 Featured By Owner May 3, 2017
Oh who am I kidding. Somepony needs to write this. This changes everything that has happened in the show. For starters, Twilight has to be more open to friedship now. Her mom is an embodiement of one of its virtues.

Not sure if the Mane 6 would know each other much earlier or not. But if their moms see each other often, I'd say they would.
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:iconnialljameshoran199:
nialljameshoran199 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2017
U would love to see an updated version that fluttershy's mom is cannon now
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:iconfoldabotz:
foldabotZ Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Similar head canon accepted!
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:iconrarityluver214:
RarityLuver214 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017
The Mommy 6!!
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:iconrailfanbronymedia:
RailfanBronyMedia Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Since season seven's gonna show the parents of Applejack and Rainbow Dash, does that mean you'll have to eventually change it just for the sake of continuity? (You don't have to; I mean, it looks really good.)
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:iconimperfectxiii:
ImperfectXIII Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Once news about that came out, I thought about it. I could go either way, really. It is, after all, supposed to be an alternate universe.
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:iconrailfanbronymedia:
RailfanBronyMedia Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a good point, but we'll wait and see how they turn out.
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:iconlionenda:
Lionenda Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Too bad that Posey can't be Fluttershy real mother Q^Q
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:iconmaran-zelde:
Maran-Zelde Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Applejack's mother actually looks very close to the way I pictured her (if we both imagined her as Granny Smith's daughter then I guess that makes sense).

And nice to see Firefly. :heart:
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:iconrj-streak:
RJ-Streak Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
This is a very clever concept in some sort of way.
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:iconalexwarlorn:
alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2016
Cookie Crumble doesn't LOOK very kind with that expression. 

And Posey Shy was actually a looker before she hit middle age and had two kids! 
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:iconmorion87:
morion87 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2016
Very cool. Love how Magic runs in the family for Twilight (who will be the only one to inherit her mother's Element). Really needs a full story. I'd ask to try, but not confident enough to do it right.
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:iconalexwarlorn:
alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2016
"Guess it's in the blood after all." 
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:iconshadowlegionnaire:
ShadowLegionnaire Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016  Student Writer
This is fantastic! :D
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:iconimperfectxiii:
ImperfectXIII Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks.
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:iconshadowlegionnaire:
ShadowLegionnaire Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016  Student Writer
YW.
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:iconbiancaroseg:
biancaroseg Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
wow the mane 6 moms
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:iconecliptorcalrissian:
EcliptorCalrissian Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2016
[starts to comment, sees I've commented before, then sees mistake] Uh, I mean full story. XD
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:iconkleiner-jay:
Kleiner-Jay Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016  Professional Artist
WTF? rainbow dash and apple jack has mothers??
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:icont-erminallyhijinxed:
t-erminallyHijinxed Featured By Owner Edited Sep 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How else would they have been born. -.-
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:iconphoenixflambe:
PhoenixFlambe Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2016
The mommy 6! I like it!
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:iconecliptorcalrissian:
EcliptorCalrissian Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2016
Truly awesome concept. I wouldn't mind if we did see it turned into a flu story by someone, somewhere, someday.
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:iconpower-nico:
power-nico Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016
Attention they arrived.
The Bad Mom!
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:iconkillerteddybear94:
KillerTeddyBear94 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really don't know what to say. this is brilliant is all I got, it's rue tho. 
it'd be interesting to see the mothers have their own adventure like their children do :D
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SparklingSwirls Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2016
Wow, looks great, Impy! :)

I was wondering though: Why did you choose to make Cookie Crumbles so much older than the rest? The other ponies look like the mane 6's age but Cookie Crumbles looks like she does now.
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:iconimperfectxiii:
ImperfectXIII Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!

Cookie isn't much older than the others -- she's always been a bit chubbier than most because of her upbringing, metabolism, etc.
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SparklingSwirls Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016
Her upbringing? What backstory did you create for her? :)
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:iconimperfectxiii:
ImperfectXIII Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Check the description. ;)
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SonicTAlicorn Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2016
Was this made before flutter Brutter? Cause the colors on fluttershy's mom here look almost the same as in the show. XD
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:iconimperfectxiii:
ImperfectXIII Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I started working on this AFTER Flutter Brutter.
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:iconsonictalicorn:
SonicTAlicorn Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2016
Ah. I thought maybe that was the case.
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:iconanimelover525:
Animelover525 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2016
AMAZE
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:iconjshepard19:
jshepard19 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016
nice
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:iconwillmacarter:
WillmaCarter Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016
I like this! the symbolism, not only that they're all mothers of the mane 6, but the fact that they are mothers banding together, just makes me happy.
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:iconimperfectxiii:
ImperfectXIII Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Didn't occur to me to look at it that way. I like that.
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:iconsimby-pika:
Simby-Pika Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
C'est incroyable Dash reaction montage 
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:iconpristine1281:
Pristine1281 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Now it be cool to have a father one hehe.
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:iconyesimdeadpool:
YesImDeadpool Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016   General Artist
And no Starlight Glimmer in sight. ^^
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:iconnumbuh-27:
Numbuh-27 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016
Cool. This would be neat to see
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:iconbb-k:
BB-K Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooo.... mother edition. :)

Yeap, love Fluttershy being Posey
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:iconmlpspixieproductions:
mlpspixieproductions Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fluttershy's mother is cute
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:icondreadmaster231:
This would be cool, but my head-canon(For RD's) breaks XD. Good thing it's AU, Definitly gonna make something based on it myself.

Wow that sounded pretentious AF
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:iconrainbowyoshi305:
RainbowYoshi305 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm liking this concept!:D
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:iconlastbutnotalise:
LastbutnotAlise Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, this is awesome <3
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:iconimperfectxiii:
ImperfectXIII Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks.
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