Name : Crimson Star
History: Crimson Star is the chief unicorn strategist of the royal guard in the Princapality of Equestria. Born on the distant world of Equus to a pair of big name actors, Crimson's...foalhood...wasn't that special. But one day, while visiting his aunt and uncle at an observatory in the western badlands, his life changed dramatically. Crimson was playing in the fields around the observatory, when a large tribe of bandits attacked. The bandits had all manner of members, ranging from ponies, to zebras, to griffons, minotaurs, and even diamond dogs. (For the record, diamond dogs are what you get when you crossbreed a dog and an orc, and enhance their love for digging for shiny trinkets.)
Crimson was captured by the bandits, who plundered the observatory. Thrown into a wicker basket, the bandit leader at the time had Crimson locked away, in hopes that he could augment the magic power of his forces, who were sorely lacking any unicorn ponies. Crimson was tortured night and day, in an attempt to make him desperate enough to use magic on his captors. Eventually, he did forcibly learn his magic, but the spells he got weren't exactly what the bandits expected.
Crimson started using his magic to see what each bandit individually feared, and began playing mind games with them. He became an expert at getting into his opponent's head, and used his magic to play to their fears, even going so far as developing illusions that absolutely terrified them. After tormenting his captors for two months with nightmarish visions, they eventually welcomed him into the ranks of the bandit tribe, if only to get him to stop using his magic on them. At the tender age of 9, he was already fighting alongside the bandits, using illusions and enchantments to sow fear and confusion into the ranks of the militias they were occasionally forced to fight.
Not wanting what happened to him to happen to anyone else, Crimson used his abilities of strategy, enchantment, and wordplay in order to blackmail and coerce his way into a position of power in the bandit tribe. And after poisoning the last chieftan and framing his son, he was crowned the new leader. His first order was to put to death all the tribe members who had tortured him back when he was still a foal. At 15, Crimson worked to restructure the bandit raids to be more stealthy and clandestine. Using illusions, he would often make it seem as if his bandits had suddenly disappeared. In standup fights, he would instead cast illusions to make his bandits look like Eldritch Horrors.
This went on for three years, and Crimson's bandit tribe had faded into myth and rumor, turning into old mare's tales to frighten kids. But then, he made a critical mistake. During one of his raids, he stole a wagon containing the crown of Princess Celestia, the Goddess of the Sun, and the Elder ruler of Equestria. In response, Princess Celestia herself came to reclaim it, along with a large portion of the royal guard. Their hunt began with Crimson's brigands running from the battle, instead of standing and fighting. Although, they were surprised to see the bandits simply vanish into thin air. Frustrated, Princess Celestia planned to trap them several times, and every time, Crimson's strategies, coupled with his mastery over illusions, would demoralize a unit critical to Princess Celestia's plan, and allow the brigands a chance to escape.
This song and dance went on for three months and a day, with Crimson becoming cornered by the guard. All the brigands were taken prisoner, and returned to the Equestrian capital of Canterlot. They were all to be punished for their crimes, but then, Crimson shocked the Princess, when he made a simple request. "My brigands were only following my orders. They cannot be held responsible. If any creature here should be punished, it should be me, and me alone." Impressed with this turn of events, Princess Celestia agreed to pardon his crimes if he came to work for the royal guard, with the brigands already under him functioning as his soldiers. He would've been a fool not to agree.
Crimson was given the rank of Lieutenant in the royal guard, commanding his brigands as if they were a military unit. Though, it wasn't until the War of Doubt that Crimson and his brigands really showed what they were made of. Despite Equestrian forces initially losing the war against their neighboring country, Agistara, Crimson became a demon on the battlefield, creating illusions that would make Cthulu cringe in fear. Using guerilla tactics and frightening imagery, both illusory and tangible, Crimson's unit managed to turn the tide of the war, instilling fear into the Agistaran ranks. It was at the final battle where Crimson himself had frightened the Agistaran supreme commander into nothing more than a gibbering wreck, traumatized beyond psychological help. Crimson left the poor sod curled into a fetal position, the heads of his generals laying in a circle around him.
This action had earned him the title of "The Red Terror" according to the royal guard. It was at this moment, as he exited the enemy HQ, that a yellow ring flew down before him, delivering a message. "Crimson Star, of Equus. You have the ability to inspire great fear. You belong to the Sinestro Corps." Since then, he's been a willing servant of Equestria, happily using his newfound powers to terrorize any who would cross the Princess. He has been promoted to Captain of the Guard, ever since the previous Captain was married to the princess of the Crystal Empire. He stands watch over Canterlot, the yellow ring around his horn waiting to be used. Knowing he'd eventually go to Qward to "be subjected to psychological and physical reconditioning," Crimson scheduled leave with Princess Celestia, intent on going there for what he assumes to be training.