Here we have yet another Valkyrie pony. Brising Farseer is the Valkyrie Queen during the Successors era of my personal pony timeline headcanon thingy. She takes the throne about a year after Aurora and Corona become Princesses of Equestria so she and them are something of kindred spirits in that they all have a hard time getting used to their sudden royal status. Though Brising enjoyed the good favor of her predecessor, Queen Etta Gnarlmane, she was not at all expecting that she would be named queen after Etta's unexpected passing.
One of the reasons Brising was so surprised at being named queen was that she is blind, an extremely rare occurance among a race that hardly ever suffers from illness or infirmity. For many years she stumbled through life feeling pitied and useless until she was about 30 years old when, gradually, she discovered and extremely unique ability; she can use storms to see. Where ever storm clouds gather and rain begins to fall, she can see that part of the world as though she were looking down from the clouds. There has been no other Valkyrie in known history with such and ability. She calls this power the Eye of the Storm.
While her power is unique and useful it was not the reason she was named queen. Before she passed Queen Etta spoke to the Elder Council about who should succeed her and she nominated Brising, speaking very highly of her kindness, generosity and strength of character. It matter very little to her that Brising would never be a powerful warrior. The Valkyria had seen enough warrior queens and she felt it was time for a change and the council agreed with her unanimously.
Brising struggled at first but with the help of Aurora and Corona and the faith of her people she is well on her way to becoming a legendary Valkyrie queen.
Fun fact: Apparently all Valkyrie queens must have GLORIOUS MANES.
I'm glad you're back. I figured there'd be problems (what with the move and all) but now you're back with us and good times can be had by all! *cheers*
As to your questions 1) Valkyria all have runic cutie marks. Each rune in the Old Norse furthark had a particular meaning (they weren't just used for writing, they were also used for magic and fortune telling and such). Every Valkyrie knows what each rune means so they would just as descriptive as a picture for them. Take Brising's, for example. The first rune is Geifu or Gebu which means Gift and the second is Hagal which means hail or air or disruption. Put them together and you get gift of the air (or disruption) or Gift of the Storm which describes her sight ability. As another example Raven's cutie mark combines the runes for day and necessity which describes the fact that she was born in a time of need. And 2) No I haven't really thought about amazon ponies primarily I don't have as much of a passion for Greek Mythology as I do for Norse mythology, particularly the Valkyrie. There are other reasons too but I won't go into them.
And I'm actually not sure yet about the origins of the Valkyria. I do know that they were created with the specific purpose of keeping the frost dragons from invading and overrunning the rest of the world but who put them there and how and when I do not know. However I can say with certainty that whoever the first Valkyrie was, she definitely had a GLORIOUS MANE.
Also it should be noted that I wasn't GONE gone. I was still answering comments and stuff, I just wasn't posting anything. So feel free to ask questions at any time.
And Raven has a lot of years of adventure and then a lot of years of being queen ahead of her so there's plenty of time and opportunity craziness in the future. i just haven't planned it yet other than that fact that Raven never actually dies as far as anyone knows. She vanishes quite mysteriously many, many years in the future and never returns. I will post about that as well eventually.
Raven and Brynie were born at the same time and are the same age despite Raven appearing older. So had they lived out their lives to the fullest they probably would have died around the same time.
I love the wings.
And I don't know how much in the way of Tranquil Fury she would have. She has plenty of tranquil most of the time and every now and then she has some pretty good fury but when it comes to the full blown Tranquil Fury she kinda sucks. She's not a warrior in any way, shape or form. Blindness has that effect on ponies.
And thank you! And I can't really take all the credit for it. In the game Ni No Kuni there is an epic boss called Eye of the Storm that is literally a giant stylized eye in storm clouds. I thought it was super cool so I took it a ran with it.