The Crystal Empire is a location that first appears in the two-part third season premiere of My Little Pony Friendship is Magic as the home of the Crystal Ponies. It is ruled by Princess Cadance and Prince Shining Armor and formerly Princess Amore and King Sombra. In The Ballad of the Crystal Empire song, it is stated that the Empire has a "Crystal Kingdom Anthem". Its anthem has yet to be heard in the series.
The square lies at the center of the Empire, where the Crystal Castle is located. In the series, it is depicted as a peaceful place with a lot of buildings and working Crystal Ponies.
There is a snowflake pattern on the ground, spreading out from the Crystal Heart.
Crystal Castle Edit
The Crystal Castle is the home of the royal rulers of the empire. It has a huge crystal tower which fires a ribbon of energy into the sky whenever the Crystal Heart below is powered.
During King Sombra's rule, the Crystal Castle had a much darker appearance and strongly resembled Barad-dûr from The Lord of the Rings.
The Crystal Empire is home to an immense library with decorative griffon statues outside its front doors. Amethyst Maresbury serves as its librarian. Twilight and her friends visit the library in search of information about the Empire's history.
The Crystal Empire spa is first shown in Games Ponies Play, where Twilight and her friends meet Princess Cadance. One of the spa's signature luxuries is a crystal mud bath.
The main city of the Empire is also home to a huge stadium, on one occasion used to host The Equestria Games. It is a huge structure, capable of seating many thousands of ponies in the wrap-around grandstands. As well as regular seating, the stadium also features a special seating box for VIP spectators, including customised seating for the Alicorn Princesses.
MCF Stories Edit
In the MCF stories, it appeared in the spin-off series "MCF: Adventures in Ponyville" where they hear that King Sombra is returning. After Sombra was defeated, the Crystal Empire is free again. The castle is also the headquarters of Princess Cadence and Princess Demurra, who are the Rookies' teachers other than the MCF where they and sometimes the MCF discuss the events the Rookies have sometimes and where they also hear of the friendship lesson the MCF's students write.
- Shining Armor(ruler)
- Princess Cadence(ruler)
- Flash Sentry(pony form)
- Twilight Sparkle
- Pinkie Pie
- Rainbow Dash
- Sunset Shimmer
- Princess Celestia
- Princess Luna
- Apple Bloom
- Sweetie Belle
- King Sombra
- Princess Demurra
- Salvador and Esperanza's kingdom The Crystal Kingdom was inspired by the Crystal Empire in a lot of ways.