…This actually turned out visually the entire opposite of Sombra.
I basically reassessed all of Sombra, who, at this point, should not be called Sombra anymore (sombra means shadow). The things that I think are most important about this guy are his taking over the Crystal Empire and being banished to the north, pulling the Empire with him into the arctic. I decided to cut out everything about the ‘heart as black as night’ stuff because… well, to put it in a more fandom-related sense than my actual logic, we already proved two seasons ago that night and darkness aren’t necessarily evil via Princess Luna. This left the northern ice — and ice and crystals genuinely work well together. There’s a connection in the colours, the light, and there’s an opposite too: cold versus heat.
As for his armour, this is based on medieval European horse armour with some adjustments. Sombra’s armour doesn’t work very well — his neck has no mobility or flexibility, his body has barely any genuine coverage, and his face is really oddly plated. So I looked up some real armour instead and messed around with the proportions. I also took off the saddle, but replaced it with a bit of flexible plating because the remaining bustle didn’t work.
So, here’s my new version at the menace of the Crystal Empire, a once normal unicorn who, thanks to being sealed in the arctic for so long after his original attempted coup, has become completely formed of snow and ice, barely anything of his old self left inside. His threat to the Crystal Empire is an incredible snowstorm that will wipe out both the city and the power of the Crystal Heart.
When the power of the Crystal Heart defeats him, it is not light but heat that tears him apart, freeing the Crystal Empire from his grasp and ending the snowstorm.
Dear needs a new name. Anybody got ideas?