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Changeling Concept: Enslaver by Siansaar Changeling Concept: Enslaver by Siansaar
Credit for the original concept goes to :iconterrortheslayer: - he allowed me to adapt and modify it.

Enslavers are among the most hated creatures in Equestria - by changelings. No-one knows for sure where they came from, but it is rumored they evolved from changelings who were driven out of their hive - loners who were forced to come up with new tactics.
Without a hive to fall back on, these creatures still realized that a hive would provide them with all they needed.
An Enslaver usually begins by sneaking into an existing hive, masked by his pheromones, and steals a few eggs. Some will be used directly as nourishment, as they are saturated with love, and some will be kept for later use. As the changelings in the eggs grow, the Enslaver showers them with pheromones to put them under mind control. When they eventually hatch, he sends them out in his stead to collect love. The Enslavers have adapted so well to this lifestyle that they've lost their ability to transform and fly. Their horns and wings have atrophied, instead giving way to pheromone glands all over their body. They stand a bit taller than the average changeling and don't seem to have any offensive weapons left, instead often running away and abandoning their "hives" as soon as they are found out. The changelings they've enslaved wither and die as their bodies cannot survive without the pheromones from the Enslaver.
Although an Enslaver's pheromones are amongst the most powerful found - they can be used to confuse and incapacitate other changelings - a queen is still able to "sniff them out", so they have to be very careful whenever they get new eggs. They don't mind the risk much, since their consequent enslaving allows them to live a life of luxury and laziness. In a cruel mockery of the original hive, they are the self-styled kings of their little "family".
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:icondracokx:
DracoKX Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014
My OC is a loner changeling...but he's different, so it's okay
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artadorkable Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Love it make more changeling species
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:iconkujiiro:
Kujiiro Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
Devious. I like it.
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mine-recurring-dream Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So, so cool; cool because it sounds plausible!

But I was wondering: How do they reproduce?  One of the previous comments you replied to states that Enslaved changelings can turn into them due to constant pheromone showering, but there has to be more than that if they're really a separate subspecies.  They are obviously solitary, since a hive of slavers would draw the changelings' attention and they'd all get in each others' way.  But, are there any "queen"-type slavers, which somehow reproduce more slavers?  Or do they make like a virus: injecting their genetic material into a changeling egg so that it hatches into a slaver instead?  I'd be interested!
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Siansaar Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
i figure if an enslaver senses he'll die soon, he'll purposely alter his pheromones and shower an egg with it to change it into a new enslaver.
otherwise i was thinking that if an enslaver is killed (most likely inside a hive), his dying body releases a shower of pheromones that infect any changelings nearby. i'm not sure if there's a treatment, but if one changeling who's been hit goes long enough unchecked, he eventually turns into an enslaver too.
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:iconterrortheslayer:
Terrortheslayer Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
I've seen something like that with ants on youtube
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:iconjustdoitmarshall:
JustDoItMarshall Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Whoa, this blew my mind. Your changeling stuff is crazy interesting.
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:iconsiansaar:
Siansaar Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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axelfirekirby Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

so its like my hive

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:iconw0nderbolts:
W0nderbolts Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
i may love changelings but these is one kind i wouldnt love >.<
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:iconterrortheslayer:
Terrortheslayer Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
You know they could use their wings to hold the eggs makeing their job easyer
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:iconsiansaar:
Siansaar Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
well they still have their back shields where the wings would normally be folded under, so i imagine they just kinda stash them there between the pheromone dispensers.
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:iconterrortheslayer:
Terrortheslayer Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
Ya that would work and if someone saw him they would miss the eggs he was hideing :)
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:iconterrortheslayer:
Terrortheslayer Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
I love it! XD
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:icondemonioblanco:
DemonioBlanco Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
coofin.
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:iconravenpuff:
Ravenpuff Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
OoOoOoh, I like this take on Terror's changeling enslaver idea =D
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:iconquanscouts15:
Quanscouts15 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
Very interesting... I wonder if the pheromones work on ponies
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:iconsiansaar:
Siansaar Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
hardly. the enslavers are too adapted to other changelings specifically.
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:iconquanscouts15:
Quanscouts15 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
Ah, ok. Do you mind if this concept is used in roleplay?
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:iconsiansaar:
Siansaar Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
not at all. go ahead.
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:iconthanos-san:
Thanos-san Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
How would such a changeling continue their subspecies?
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:iconsiansaar:
Siansaar Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
it is speculated that some enslaved changelings morph into Enslavers themselves due to the constant bathing in their pheromones.
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:iconthanos-san:
Thanos-san Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Aah, I see. Thanks!
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:icondeer-hunter01:
Deer-Hunter01 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
These changlings are like the American enslaving ants Protomognathus americanus.
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:iconsiansaar:
Siansaar Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
oh wow! i guess that's where the original concept came from. nature you scary.
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:iconcodymau:
CodyMau Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You reap what you sew, changelings.
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:iconstone2gold:
Stone2Gold Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
This is an interesting specimen. 
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:iconeeveexpert:
Eeveexpert Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
At this point, I'm not sure if more potential ideas are a good thing or a bad thing.
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:iconsiansaar:
Siansaar Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
haha, ikr? when designing this i contemplated giving you a heads-up cause i kept thinking "loners without wings? sylph?" :D
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Eeveexpert Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Just for one's own knowledge,(and to make sure my ideas don't get the wrong idea) would it stand to reason that an Enslaver would be more inclined to pilfer eggs from their mother hive, given that that particular queen would be far less likely to harm them than an enemy queen?

I can't see a Chrysalis-born Enslaver meeting with much success in trying to steal any of Miasma's eggs unless they do it very quickly or unless all Enslavers lose all their hive-specific markings.
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Siansaar Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
i was thinking that they aren't choosy in which hive they use and that any affiliations they might've had are long gone.
although i DID have fun alluring to the fact that the first enslavers might've come from the chrysalis hive on account of their faded blue colours...;)
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Chatterbeast Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can you please show us their queen?
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:iconsiansaar:
Siansaar Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
as this is my modified version of the original concept, they don't have a queen. they are single individuals who prey upon whatever hive they can find.
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:iconhourglassofsouls:
HourglassOfSouls Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
It's possible Enslavers don't have a queen. Not much point in infiltrating other hives to steal their numbers if they had a hive of their own to call home.
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megamanfan43 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
Like renegades. 
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:iconkyoshyu:
Kyoshyu Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting, I like this.
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:iconth3l0stch1ld:
th3l0stch1ld Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
huh. well this is different.  very creative on both of your parts though!
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KS-ZombieSoul93 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool concept and design
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