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Luna's Victory by LaurenMagpie Luna's Victory by LaurenMagpie
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Thank you

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June 2011

Thank you to ~KeinZantezuken for the inspiration, he suggested the setting for this painting and the result is, I think, a combination of both our ideas...

What if Nightmare Moon had succeeded in bringing eternal night to all of Equestria? What if Twilight and her friends, had failed?

With no sunlight to feed their crops, the ponies disappeared long, long ago. Celestia is still missing, banished to who-knows-where by Nightmare Moon all those years ago. Equestria is a shadow of its former self, and with nothing left to hate, Nightmare Moon faded away, leaving only Luna behind, alone, forever...

Luna mourns for her past, and for her sister. But perhaps there is hope, yet? Can she find her sister and restore Equestria?

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I wanted to paint Luna 'grown up' like Celestia, so her colouring is slightly different, and her hair has become an aura like her big sister's.

Luna is in the ancient castle of the royal pony sisters, as seen in Episode 2 of MLP FiM.
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:iconstompybolteara:
StompyBolteara Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very fascinating. ^^
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:iconcjcroen:
CJCroen Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Poor Luna :'(
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SilverWing27 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Wow. That dark part of her that made her into Nightmare Moon is a coward. Using Luna as a vessel, and when that darkness had its fun with everything destroyed and sadness has spread, it just leaves her to be alone with the devastation created by her dark side. Unfair and uncool. Beautiful. :)
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theworgenwarlock Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
No one knows what they really want. Not until you get what oyu thought you wanted.

Luna wanted eternal night, she got just that
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TheDemonOfSloth Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
can I use this 4 my video? :iconlunalaplz:
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:iconlaurenmagpie:
LaurenMagpie Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013   Digital Artist
Please see this journal: [link] :)
Cute smiley!!
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TheDemonOfSloth Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
K
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5Nights Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconforeveralunaplz:
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:icon5nights:
5Nights Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconforeveraluna:
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ArianaLovesYou Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Reminds me of Past Sins, where Nyx is contemplating whether to raise the sun or not.
(Awesome story, recommend reading it 10/10)
Oh, and LOVE the picture, if you couldn't already tell haha
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ImperfectXIII Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I freakin' love Past Sins. It's one of my all-time favorite FIMfictions.
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WootMannen Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
It's remarkable I haven't seen more pieces like this. Eternal night isn't even remotely healthy for a planet's biosphere. Bad stuff happens, like what you just mentioned... But it could also result in an ice age. Which is even worse than crops not growing, because then the cold is out to kill you too, not just hunger.
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Ill-Fated-Jedi Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
Mind if I use this? With a reference to the original author and a link to the page, of course
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:iconthelunarprincess:
Thelunarprincess Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
Anyway I love it!!!!!
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:iconthelunarprincess:
Thelunarprincess Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
This gave me a sad feeling 4 some reason
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mortalshinobi Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
beautiful piece. great mood.
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Whisperer-of-Winds Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Professional Writer
Great work of art, if I may say.
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Bdanam Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Her main looks like blue fire to me so epic :p
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KairiRatten Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow. the thought actually made me tear up a little.... I guess I'm really that tired *got 2 hours of sleep only*
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JuliusScipio Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Student Writer
I see that you gave someone permission before, but I feel that it's only proper I ask myself: May I use this as a cover for a story on FiMfiction.net? It's a story featuring Luna as co-protagonist and it's called "The Sepulcher of the Lonely Night". I needed something with ruins that had either Twilight or Luna and I found this particular picture and it was just perfect, with the regret and the emotion portrayed being well suited to the story.

Have I your blessing? :)
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LaurenMagpie Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012   Digital Artist
Sorry, I'd rather you didn't.
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JuliusScipio Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Student Writer
That's alright!
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HeartlessSpartan Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
I first saw this when Gaugen had used it a while back, It is a really great picture, I really like the look of the ancient room she's in and the detail in her wings.
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LaurenMagpie Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012   Digital Artist
Who or what is Gaugen?
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HeartlessSpartan Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
DJ Gaugen is my friend Justin who is one of the popular Brony music producers, I think that picture was on the video cover for the song One Thousand Years that he made at some point. Good song, djgaugen is his youtube name, he doesn't make a profit off his music, he just does it for fun.

I was just saying that's when I first saw the picture some time ago.
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Ang3l06 Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so mysterious=]
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snugglepie Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Student Artist
I really like this :D!!!
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lol1759 Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I started writing a fanfic based on this picture... It I soon found that I was not cut out to be a writer as it took me way to long, and while I was told it was good and to continue, I just had to stop... Just wanted to let you know what you inspired with this pic
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LaurenMagpie Featured By Owner May 6, 2012   Digital Artist
It's all in the description :)
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Toilet--Princess Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
That is so beautiful....
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KTWizard Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Hi, um.... Can I use this image for my story on FIMFiction.net? It's a sad luna story about her fall to Nightmare Moon. I'm sure it's highly original. It's just supposed to be more than a series of unfortunate events. More like Good points that teach her lessons that are slowly corrupted into reasons for her actions.

Anyway, can I use your image, with you permission of course?
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LaurenMagpie Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012   Digital Artist
As long as you link back to it, sure (:
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KTWizard Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Promise from the bottom of my heart!
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Katamariguy Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
*sniff*
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KurseofKings Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
Are you going to make a followup picture/story/fanfic about this?
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:iconlaurenmagpie:
LaurenMagpie Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012   Digital Artist
I'm not a writer, sorry! I might do a followup picture if anyone has any inspiring ideas/suggestions for one
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iamli3 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
i would cheat death just to be with luna so she wouldn't be so lonely ;_; .............
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KlivanRobert Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sad...... :_:
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AtDawnTheySleep Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
Beautiful..
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
Suggested Follow up Scenario:

1) Luna eventually become powerful enough to bring back the Sun and restore life to the frozen land, and using the Elements of Harmony, she was able to bring enough ponies back to life to start over. The first of those resurrected were Twilight and the Mane Six, whom forgive her for their deaths and helped her to path of redemption.

2) Under her guidance, Equestria and the world was reborn and Ponykind finally be able to rebuild. The land prospered over the next three thousand years. The first end of Equestria and Luna's role in its destruction was forgotten. As far as the new ponykind knows, she was the goddess of the Moon and the Sun and their creator. The descendants of the resurrected Mane Six, bearers of the Elements of Harmony once more, went on to protect the land, becoming great heroes of legends. The heroes and the Elements became lost to history after the final battle against the resurrected Discord, disappearing after they had vanquished the Spirit of Chaos once and for all.

3) At the end of this era, Luna's parents came by to punish her for all she had done, but seeing and being impressed by the recovery of the land, they offer he penance if she could locate and free her sister Celestia. Having already been searching for years, Luna finally found her sister in the least expected but most obvious of all places; the Sun.

4) BUT... when imprisonment spell was broken, something else instead of Celestia returned. Three thousand years of being trapped in the Sun, in absolute pain and suffering, had twisted Celestia's body and mind, causing her mind to shatter and become consumed by rage and hatred for not only Luna but all of creation. Her powers, augmented by being in the place of her power for so long, had grown far more powerful than anypony could ever imagine. Freed, the wicked Mare of the Sun now desire nothing more but vengeance against Luna and Equestria.

5) With Princess Luna helpless against her mad sister's power, and the world being burnt to cinders around them, the last descendants of the Mane Six must now relocate the elements their ancestors once bore, so that they could save Equestria once more, where their foreponies had failed...

Anything could happen from here.
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jardape Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014
Evidently you like when Celestia sufers.
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:iconbrutalityinc:
BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014
Nope. This is just a proposition. What gives you the idea?
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Shockwave536 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
All awesome ideas, but they seem a little overboard to me compared to the official canon. I don't know. *Shrug*
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DragonOverlord2012 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That could be five consecutive fic series in and of themselves. Rather impressive. Maybe I'll get around to writing that idea out someday. Of course I'll need the help of my co-writer as always, but maybe I could do that. I wanted to write something to go along with this pic, and that's better than what I came up with...which was a blank btw...:( I'm normally better than that, but I don't really like writing happy endings all the time.
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Well, i always intend the first 2 points to be a short intro to what happened after the scene above and pt 3 to be where the story starts, in medias ries. It would be much more dramatic if the details of Equestria's first end, Luna's redemption and Celestia's transformation is slowly revealed bit by bit as the main characters, the descendants of the Mane Six, goes through their story.
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DragonOverlord2012 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
It depends on how you write the each point. Anything can be drawn out for explicate detail. Especially redemption scenes. Those can be drawn out to three or four chapters, but I'm not that great at drawing things out :P
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
We could have a poignant flashback prologue where Nightmare Moon was present when the last pony alive, a scared, starved and cold filly who is a shell of his/her former self, dies off, while Nightmare Moon desperately scream and beg him/her to tell her that he/she loves her and her night. This scene, set in an Equestria that had by then became a lightless, frozen wasteland, would had been a very dramatic point in the story - the point where Nightmare Moon, victorious, finally realizes her folly. And in her tearful epiphany she fades away, leaving behind Princess Luna to mourn over what she had done...

And then the scene suddenly changes, thousands of years later, where the previous scene is revealed to be Luna remembering her past in heart-breaking fashion in her palace. It would then be revealed that Equestria had been reborn under Princess Luna's guidance. The sudden jump between two time would had been a great way to start the story with a bang.
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
You could present the redemption scenes as flashback sequences. One scene where Luna struggles to return the Moon, another scene where she resurrects the Mane Cast and how they confront her afterwards, another scene which has a short timeskip and gives an overview of her efforts to restore Equestria. Not too long, just snippets, they are usually separated/presented in italics.

But writing it out is your idea... Have it your way. Whatever you are planning you have my approval.
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dracosilv Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
AWESOME IDEA dude!
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