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Line of Succession - Amber Forgehammer by Valkyrie-Girl Line of Succession - Amber Forgehammer by Valkyrie-Girl
One day I'll make it all the way through the line from Freya to Brising.

After Brynie steps down as queen, the Elder Council elects Amber as the new queen. She is notable for being the first forge priestess made queen in about ten generations. The purpose of the Valkyria (namely fighting the Frost Giants) is a warlike one and so most queens are chosen from among the Valkyria warriors. However, Queen Raven was able to accomplish a great deal to diminish the Frost Dragons numbers so for several generations after Raven vanishes, the Valkyria enjoy an age of uncharacteristic peace and so a warlike queen was deemed unnecessary.

While Amber is a forge priestess she is not the best at her craft. It wasn't her skill that draw the council's attention, rather it was her charisma and ability to unify those around her with little more than her friendliness and caring personality. She can be a bit of a goof off sometimes which made some of the higher ranking Valkyria question the Ender Council's choice but she quickly won over any doubters. She enjoyed a long and uneventful reign of 159 years and died peacefully of old age.

Her cutie mark is the rune Gebo, meaning "gift" and the Rune Kenaz, meaning "fire" or "light". Also it should be noted that as a forge priestess she keeps her mane short so it cannot be as glorious as her predecessors. Ah well. It's cute at least. 
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florfru Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017
I love you style!
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Valkyrie-Girl Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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florfru Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017
you're welcome
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templar127 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
Coolness!
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Valkyrie-Girl Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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templar127 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
sure thing! :D
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Entertainer13 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Her name is glorious!
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Valkyrie-Girl Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
Is it?
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Entertainer13 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It 'tis!
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Portmeirion Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Student Writer
She looks and sounds like a nice pony. And her short mane is indeed very cute.
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Valkyrie-Girl Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
Cute will just have to do for her. After all, not all of them can be glorious.
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Dgs-Krieger Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
Oh...

Why did I though she was a dude? Am I drunk?

Don't answer, I don't wanna know.

My only critique here would be the runes...they're rather simple. Did you made them?
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Valkyrie-Girl Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
Well that would be rather an impossibility seeing as there is no such thing as a male Valkyrie. Though I could see some initial confusion because all the queens so far have had huge, flowing manes and her's is short. So you are forgiven.

And no, I did not invent the runes. They are actual Norse runes from the Elder Furthark. With these, I don't go for visual interest primarily (though it is fun when they end up looking really cool), it's the meanings that are really important and have the most impact in the context of the story. There is going to be a queen later down the line with an even simpler rune cutie mark but the impact of which will be incredibly potent because of the meaning.
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Dgs-Krieger Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
So they're all queens?

An X for 'gift' is awfully simple, I think. How did that come to be? Hum...
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Valkyrie-Girl Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
All the pictures that I've done the have "Line of Succession" as the beginning of the title are Valkyrie queens. My goal is to name and design every queen from the time of Freya, who is queen during the event of Friendship is magic, to Brising, who becomes queen shortly after my OCs Aurora and Corona succeed Celestia and Luna as princesses of Equestria.

The "gift" rune, thought it does look like an X, is actually the rune that translates to the letter G. And actually runes were meant to be simple. Having them basically be a series of straight lines meant it was easier for the vikings to carve them into hard, stone surfaces. Straight lines and angles are way easier to carve than curves. So they may look simple but they're that way for a reason.
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Coco-Maya Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Student General Artist
I love what you are building up here. Cant wait for moreI am a dummy! I am a dummy! I am a dummy! 
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Valkyrie-Girl Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! I'm glad you're enjoying it.
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