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MLP FIM: Fire Qilin by SaturnGrl MLP FIM: Fire Qilin by SaturnGrl
For a while now, I've been working on my own version of an "Asian" race in the MLP: FIM. I would like to see the show expand on other regions, sort of how they hinted at with Saddle Arabia and all. I already designed my Baby Asian dragon Lián: MLP:FIM Baby Asian Dragon More Lian
I had, long ago, decided to work on a Qilin race, but trying to develop an original look and to keep true to the origins of these creatures of Asian mythology was a bit of a challenge. Not to mention trying to come up with a name for their "Homeland".

Now, before people start commenting with "Those are Great Ponies!" let's get something straight here. I am a person of Asian descent, I take great pride in my heritage and roots, so I appreciate it if people Read my descriptions thoroughly, are respectful of my standing, and don't try to trample me with trollish flames, spam, or anything that may insult me culturally.
Qilin are not "Ponies". A Qilin is a beast composed of the head of a dragon or tiger, mane of a lion, the hooves of an ox or horse, the tail of a lion or ox, scales of a fish, and it can have either 1 or 2 horns/antlers. It depends on the area of the Orient that the parts of the Qilin are derived from. In Asia, Qilin are considered to be more closely related to Dragons. With how they are constructed, westerners should more correctly classify them as Chimeras, because by definition, a Chimera is "mythical or fictional animal with parts taken from various animals".

I've seen others make their own versions of Qilin, some are very impressive, others could use more research into Asian Lore. Most stuck to the Japanese Kirin, probably because of the popularity and influence of Anime. Its basically the same creature, just spelled/written differently from another Asian region. I stuck with the original Chinese/Tibetan name of Qilin for the species. I even thought of going for the Korean name of Gilin, but I decided against it because in the spoken Korean language, the "G" is pronounced like a "K", and that would only confuse people.

The Region that my Qilin hail from is called Neigh-Beyul. Its a play off of a real place in Nepal called Nghe-Beyul Khimpalung, one of the Seven designated Bhuddist Shangri-Las. The name "Nghe" means "Sacred Place" and "Beyul" is a hidden valley. I replaced Nghe with Neigh because it looks similar, and the Sherpa annunciation is close too. "Neigh" just gives it reference to the MLP world.
Neigh-Beyul is a land of Balance and Harmony. It is a kingdom that is ruled over by an Emperor and Empress, and it is a key region to ensure that all elements of nature remain equal and stable.

Like the different species of ponies: Earth, Pegasi, Unicorns, I created 3 separate species of Qilin based on actual Qilin references. The Qilin species are not identified the same as ponies. I labeled them to match one of the four natural elements; Earth Qilin, Wind Qilin, and Fire Qilin. Why is there no "Water Qilin"? Because Water is the domain of the Dragons. :) Males are generally a bit bigger and have longer tails than females. They come in a variety of colors, just like the ponies, but tend to be more along the lines of Nature and Earthy tones. Cutie marks are not applied here, since they are not ponies.

This is an example of Fire Qilin. Typical traits of the Fire Qilin are the single horns on their brows and the gold colored Fire-Scales that run down their throats, chests, and bellies. There are also patches of scales along their noses, by their eyes, on their backs, fore cannons, stifles, and tail. Their manes are about medium length and mullet-like. There are also patches of hair that grow by their Ergots, Fetlocks and on the underside of the tail. Tails are tipped with a brush of hair. Males also grow some hair along their backs. Males do sport mustaches and can grow beards. Beards are not required.
Fire Qilin have brown colored hooves. The horns are ivory.

Earth Qilin:
Wind Qilin:

These are the "Unicorns" of the Qilin, obviously. They are experts in magic, keepers of knowledge, and liaisons to the Dragons.
Lián's Mentor/Master is a Fire Qilin.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic style © Hasbro and Lauren Faust
The Qilin of Neigh-Beyul © Me
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Fujin777 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Very nice designs.
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SaturnGrl Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much. ^_^
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Fujin777 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
No problem.
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QueenCold Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Those are some interesting designs and you sure put a lot of thought into your creations. I can always appreciate that. :)
Reading this helped me imagine the setting a bit more. You certainly are very creative and well-informed, which shows in all the nice details. I'm going to watch you and see what else you come up with. :D
As for the name of the region, I remember driving myself nuts about that too, so eventually I just settled for "The Middle Empire" and focused on an ancient Beijing-esque setting. I really like your version, though.
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SaturnGrl Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I always enjoy sharing parts of my family's culture in some of my artwork. Coming from Asian roots really does help provide alot more insight and educational opportunities I can share with others. Many people just generalize Asian lore based on what is popular, ie: Anime. But there is so much more out there than just what came out of Japan. My family is Korean, but even I don't just settle for what I know of Korea. China, Japan, South Asia, and even into India and beyond, Asia has so much history and lore to share if one is willing to go researching.

I do like your style of Asian dragons as well. Your Year of the Dragon piece actually started my MLP drive to design an Asian culture in the MLP universe, so I want to thank you for that...its also a bit of my BF's fault for being a brony and getting me into the show. lol
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MenothsWrath Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
Oh, a Qillin! XD Do you do commissions?
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SaturnGrl Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
On occasion, but unfortunately, I am too busy this summer.
If you want to try your hand at designing a Qilin based on my designs, I did provide a base template for others to use who feel inspired by my work.

Just follow the disclaimer in the description, if you please. ^_^ 

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QueenCold Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I never knew that I inspired you. That's really nice to hear.
You've created an awesome dragon and that's partially my fault! lol

"... my BF's fault for being a brony and getting me into the show."

You and I have a lot in common!
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SaturnGrl Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great minds inspire alike. :D
I not only created a dragon, but an Asian race in MLP: FIM. XD

I did create a base for the Qilin as well. If you want to play around with it and design a Qilin too, have at it. :D
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QueenCold Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
While I do like your designs, I'm personally more interested in expanding on Western European mythical creatures myself, dragons specifically. Like yourself I take great pride in my culture and I know quite a bit about it. I'm currently refining a scaled behemoth of destruction. Fun! :D
I'm looking forward to seeing your future pieces, though. Keep up the good work! :D
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