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End of Harmony by feather-chan End of Harmony by feather-chan
A thousand years ago, the world changed; Luna was banished, Celestia ascended to demi-godhood, and the Elements disappeared into history. Unwilling to discuss a painful moment in her life, Celestia let the event fade into myth, vaguely recollected by story-tellers, stained-glassmakers and unpaid DeviantArtists.

This represents almost two months of work. I can't imagine taking on anything quite this ambitious again, or at least I'll handle it differently.


Thanks to :iconkeinzantezuken: for proofing it for me and :iconmaximillianveers: for Celestia's Cutie Mark.


MLP is, of course İHasbro, though Lauren and her cohorts were soley responsible for it.

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Nov. 23 '13 - aaaaaaaand the show has finally established the battle with Nightmare Moon and Q, I mean Discord, and that Tia's mane was always this way. Ah well. Still no clue why the elements turned to stone or why Tia lost / abandoned them in her own castle.
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Articunos-Bitch Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014
Celestia was not Luna's friend at the end. She was at one point, how else could the Elements work on Discord and what not? She admitted as much the morning Luna returned, "will you accept my friendship?" I'm guessing Luna tried to be Celestia friend but was pushed away one too many times and she gave up.
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Brackets002 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Student Writer
And again, Celestia is demonized. Celestia asked Luna to accept friendship. Clearly the problem was not a one-sided one. Perhaps Celestia did act rather distant, but I doubt Luna actually tried to do much about it.
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Articunos-Bitch Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014
Celestia asked Luna to accept her friendship, that's not to say Luna had no other friends before. Probably not, but you would expect your big sister to be something of a friend, and she was not.
Don't get me wrong, I love Celestia, when she's done right with faults. In the show she is not done right with faults. Maybe she doesn't want to be Princess? Maybe she hates any non-pony and is prejudice? Maybe she's an addict or cuts herself? What I can not stand is this 'larger than life, white knight, holier than thou, flawless' image some Celestia fans have.
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Brackets002 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Student Writer
Okay, now I see where you're coming from, and I agree completely. She needs to have flaws, and so I go with a fairly standard "broken god" set:
She really doesn't like being a Princess. She wants very badly to be considered normal. The primary reason ponies don't worship her like a god is because at one point she flat-out ordered them not to.
She doubts her own judgement, simply because no one will tell her when she's wrong.
She's lonely. Everypony save one is beneath her (and very possibly set themselves there), and even if she could talk to someone like an ordinary pony, they age and die a hundred times over while she remains.
She's plagued with regret from how lonely she let Luna get and/or her gross mishandling of the entire situation--and quite possibly from hundreds of mistakes and thousands of casualties of war before that.
There is some godlike hubris still in her, from before Luna's banishment, but it's been thoroughly shattered by the aforementioned regret. She still has a sense of "I deserve whatever I want" that shows up from time to time, and she hates it.
She is so, so old.
And, because her subjects adore her and depend on her, she has to hide all this behind a queenly mask. The image is 'larger than life, white knight, holier than thou, flawless'. The reality is a very old, very broken mare who has more regret and more responsibility than anyone should have.
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Articunos-Bitch Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014
I. Love. Everything you say here. I want to talk about this some more but not on someone else's picture, I'll send you a PM to go over finer points in a minute.
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EcliptorCalrissian Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014
Lovely, and sad, and making more sense than the show version (which again didn't explain a whole lot and makes their past designs even more confusing.)

It makes sense that she'd need to have new element bearers; after sealing her sister away, there's not exactly harmony inside her anymore. 
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feather-chan Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014   Digital Artist
Thanks :)

Inconsistency just gives space for fanfiction writers to invent, right?
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pokemonlegend999 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Yes Tia. Your only friend is a psychopathic villain that wishes or eternal chaos.
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feather-chan Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014   Digital Artist
I'll give you psychopathic but eternal night != eternal chaos. Just slow, cold death from starvation when the crops die and the food supplies give out.
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pokemonlegend999 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
for not or
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