Professor Orion Shadow Location:Ponyville Species:Unicorn
Birthday: 15 October
Magic Color: Dark blue
Voice Actor: Matt Smith
Full title: The Right Honorable Sir Orion Brownmane Baronet (Which he never uses) Profile artwork by Shinula
CURRENT STATUS: He is now the father of Vincent, a grey earth pony colt!
Orion Sirius Brownmane was born October 15th to Sir Azul Brownmane and Lady Indigo Blaze, a pair of wealthy aristocrats from Trottingham. They lived in a mansion on the edge of town, and always had a decently-sized team of servants to keep the house up and running. Azul was mayor of Trottingham for several years, and so was usually very busy with government work. This meant that it was left to Indigo and the servants to take care of the young foal. As he grew, Indigo tried to raise Orion to be a prim and proper pony, though this was foiled when he expressed an interest in going to the local public elementary school. Once he got there he was bullied and mocked mercilessly, but eventually was able to make a friend or two.
Orion was a very adventurous little colt, and could usually be found exploring the local woods with his friend Seabreeze. When he was about 6 years old, he earned his cutie mark, a pocket watch.
After graduation, he began to follow in his mother's hoofsteps and studied to become a schoolteacher, as she had been. Other relations pressured him to become a politician, but he said he had no interest in pursuing politics after a failed campaign to become class president.
After receiving degrees in education and mythology from a university in Manehattan, Orion returned home at the age of 23 to teach at the university there. He soon became head of the history department, but continued to teach until he was 31, when he decided he had enough and wanted to go traveling. Late that spring, he arrived in Ponyville and soon became roommates with [[Zephyr Haste]], and formed many friendships too. During that summer, he became mixed up in the events surrounding the Glooze and [[Nightmare Moon]]'s second return, and was one of several witnesses to SapphireNight's gradual transformation into NightmareJewel, a name he came up with himself. For a brief time in mid July, Orion was partially taken over by the very magics that had corrupted Greenling and turned her into Darkseed.
During this, Orion met and fell in love with the earth pony magician, RavenShadow. Their love for each other was so strong, that by the time of the first battle with TheGroundskeeper, (and the night Orion asked Raven to marry him) she carried him to the safety of the medical tents, and watched over him carefully. By the end of August, the pair had married, and in October, were expecting their first foal.
MelodyShadow was born on the first of March, much to Orion's great joy. Since becoming a father, he has become fiercely protective of his wife and daughter, and does not take any threats made against them kindly. He would do anything for them, as he loves them both with all his heart and soul.
Nowadays, Orion lives in yet another manor house in the residential area of Ponyville, with his wife, mother, and two foals, Melody and Vincent.
Orion has a grey coat, a dark brown tail and mane, and dark green eyes. He wears a red velvet waistcoat, a tan striped vest, a white dress shirt, a red bowtie, and a red top hat, as well as round glasses with black frames. His cutie mark signifies his punctuality and his skill at teleportation magic. Also included is a fob-watch, adorned with alien, circular writing and a necklace, at the center of which is a small, bronze key.
He is, for the most part, a cheerful pony. He is also very generous, as evidenced by allowing several ponies to stay in his house, without paying rent. Furthermore, he is loyal, and willing to stand up for what's right. He's helpful to anypony and everypony, especially his friends, and extremely talkative. Unfortunately, he is also very naive and gullible.
Orion's house has many other ponies living in it besides himself and Raven. They are:
Room A- Unoccupied
Room B- Indigo_Blaze (his mother)
Room D- Unoccupied
Room E- Unoccupied
Room F- Unoccupied
NOTE 2: Orion's front door is guarded by two small stone gargoyles, Roranicus and Idris. According to SapphireNight, they can talk and move around.
Gentlecolt Adventurer: Ironic, considering upper-class ponies aren't really supposed to do such things. But Orion has a very strong sense of morality, and absolutely cannot stop meddling and getting his hooves into things.
Adventure Outfit: One of the few ponies in town who wears clothes almost all the time. It has changed several times since his arrival in town. At first, it was a simple tweed jacket with a white dress shirt, fez and bowtie, but then the tweed jacket was replaced with a green long coat, which in turn was replaced by a red velvet frock coat and top hat of the same color.
Quintessential Braytish Gentlecolt: Orion is exceedingly polite to nearly everypony he meets, even those who have crossed him in the past.
Gullible Lemming: Especially when Lucian's illusions are involved.
Unusually Uninteresting Sight: His usual reaction when confronted with one of Iona's forms. When she isn't scaring him half to death, at least.
Talkative Loon: To the point that Lucian outright calls him a man-child.
Badass Longcoat: He has started wearing one. It's in his profile picture.
Cuddlebug: Orion likes hugs.
Expy: Of the Doctor. Mostly his Eleventh incarnation, though traces of the previous ten can be found.
Catchphrase: Xs are cool, fantastic, brilliant, allons-y, geronimo.
Chronic Hero Syndrome: He let himself get corrupted by dark powers to save Sapphire Night.
cloud cuckoo lander
iconic item: His blue fez
adorkable: Raven calls him her little nerd.
knights who say squee: When he meets the Princesses or StarSwirl.
trademark favorite food: Tea.
character development: Went from a generic professor of an unknown subject and almost no background to a kindly but very eccentric professor of Equestrian mythology who tries to be a hero.
specs of awesome: See picture.
absent minded professor
attention deficit... ooh, shiny!: Tends to interrupt himself in mid-sentence.
beware the nice/silly ones: Not shown very much, but when it is, he gets eerily quiet. Raven finds it creepy.
happily married: To Raven Shadow.
nice hat: The fez, and the stetson.
nice job breaking it hero: Happens when Orion mentions Jester's engagement to Skyblaze to Iona. Iona got incredibly angry, but Orion was saved from transformational revenge by Mayday, who told him to run. And he did.
running gag: Insisting fezzes are cool, giving his friends pocket watches as gifts, having tea at multiple points over the course of a day.
Crowning Moment of Awesome: His speech to Lucian.
Papa Wolf: Tied to Beware The Nice Ones. Orion is -very- protective of his family and friends, as seen here: >17:38:45 : OrionShadow nods some. "I know that. But you won't." He glances back to Melody and mouths "I'll explain later" to her, before turning back to Bastille. He leans in. "Because if you dare to lay a hoof on my family, on my friends, I will strike back." His horn glows dark blue. "Basically... run."
Gentlecolt and a Scholar: Well, duh.
Crowing Moment of Heartwarming: Orion cheering up a listless Raven, and inspiring her to become her own mare. ""I feel guilt... guilt for never having asked if you had friends of your own. Not just ponies you know through me, but true friends you found yourself... Know this, my love... I feel a yearning to encourage you to go out and find those friends yourself, without me there. I want you to be your own mare. You found me, and I know we're both glad to have each other... but now is the time you went and learned of the magic of friendship. You can do it, I believe in you!"
Tranquil Fury: How he displays anger. His voice will be low and quiet, but looking into his eyes will be like staring into two emerald green fires. And he'll end at least one sentence with "Basically... run."
Admiring the Abomination: He seems to really like changelings for some reason.
Tear Jerker: Chell's "death" and rebirth at the hooves of Nightmare_Moon was this for him, it tore him up emotionally.
Stepford Smiler: Described as one of these by his more-or-less nemesis, Lucian. "What I think of it is that I see a pony who smiles almost constantly on the outside when even given the worse of offenseses. Why, I'd think you still smile and even apologize if somepony slapped you around. But on the inside? You are wanting to just tear it all up... Every... last... bit. You want to have your moment but was pushed aside. Or somepony steps in your place... You are a seething ball of rage with no where to go so when those rare and few moments appear you can let it go? You do so with vigor."
Ambiguously Bi: Orion is, to the surprise of some, bisexual, though you wouldn't see it at first glance. He does prefer mares, but he did once date another colt in high school, and his relationship with Jester/Harlequin does have some romantic undertones to it.
He has started to become more open about it though, ever since he began crossdressing at Harlequin's insistence. Therefore, he isn't completely out of the closet, but he might be someday.
Experimented In College: Mentioned twice in casual conversation with John Morris and Sapphire Night. He really liked the colt he dated, but was forced to break up with him when Indigo got wind of it.