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NATG3 Day 23 - Lifetimes of Regret by DarkFlame75 NATG3 Day 23 - Lifetimes of Regret by DarkFlame75
We all like to think about Luna sitting on/in the moon for 1000 years and how horrible that was. I won't deny that, but I like to remember that Celestia had to live 1000 years alone too.. In fact, it was a different kind of loneliness, a kind of loneliness where she couldn't express it. She had to hide her feelings. She became the sole ruler-protector of Equestria overnight, and banished her own beloved sister for 1000 years. Worst of all, she knew she could have prevented it. Yet through this, she had a kingdom to rule and a war to recover from.
I like to think that Celestia ended up creating rituals like this one to remember her sister. The first night alone after raising the moon herself must have been more painful than any battle wound she might have sustained in the past.

Here's a sort of sequel to this one:


This was made for the 3rd Newbie Artist Training Grounds. Today's prompt was Draw a pony litigating / Draw a professional pony.
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Acting as the sister comic to the previous one; this one is more or less the same as the other save this time it's Celestia is the one who is grieving.

Once again you have a wonderful art style. It has a unique dark feel to it while still having that reminiscent style from the show itself.

From Celestia's point of view she had just lost a dear sister and she knows that she wasn't able to help her and had to send her away really put's an emotional impact on the audience. Even though we probably can't relate to that kind of situation; we still feel emotionally tied to Celestia and that is a very important aspect of impact that you have captured within this comic.

In conclusion this comic is a great example of good comics don't need dialogue.
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Cavenerd20 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
In the show, Celestia actually cries when she banishes Nightmare Moon. It's easy to miss, but if you look closely you'll catch it.
Celestia needs love, people. :iconcelestiapuppyfaceplz:
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Freefox Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
great comic, both parts
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tigreanpony Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
I love it.
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xelianthought Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
Sad but excellent pic. 
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iamli3 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
im pretty sure being lost in a sea of morons is nowhere near as bad as being lost in a sea of loneliness.....
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DarkFlame75 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm not sure you can really fairly compare either one.
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iamli3 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
sure i can , i have examples , solitary confinement will have negative effects on a person's mental state within less than a year , bradly manning was forced to demonstrate that to us...
and a moral from a movie which should have been a doc about a person that wanted to leave materialistic society and live purely off the land in solitude had the character's final words be 'happiness is only real when shared' , which i would concede is a fair statement....

now as for the scenario of 'couldn't express it/had to hide feelings.' , i only have 1 friend that i know of that has an intelligence or certain mental awareness level that i do , but we no longer live in the same town , so for much of my life i've had to deal with being 'alone' in the part of nobody around me could comprehend anything of importance that i could convey to them , but i've managed to keep my sanity by learning more and seeing others who are smarter than me convey important information in ways that i can understand it......
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DarkFlame75 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Fair enough, but I'll just present this thought: a dozen lifetimes will magnify and change those effects more than we can imagine.
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iamli3 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
well yes of course it's quite likely that in such a prolonged period of time both scenarios would prove detrimental to the socially based mind sets that we operate by , but the point still stands that being alone is the far worse of the 2 scenarios......
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Peterbrony Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
Completely unrelated to the comic (which was awesome, by the way), but...AHHHHHHH! Equestria Daily has changed their format! I'm going to freak out over this, rage about them "fixing" something that wasn't broken, and after a while accept it and move on!
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DarkFlame75 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
What did they change?
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zaiali Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
I love that dark shading! 
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fotland42 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
I hope the new season answers the question of "why?" Why did it have to be a thousand years? Tia surely can't have wanted to banish her sister for so long.
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ShyGuyTheSammuri Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think it was a bit of a desperation move to use the Elements, which probably would have some sense of when their next bearers would show up. lol *Shrug* Or who knows really.
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DarkFlame75 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
My headcanon is that Twilight was the only one capable of stopping her, since it's obvious Twi is the best at Friendship-Magic or whatever. Somehow Celestia knew that it would take exactly 1000 years for Twilight to be ready.
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
Actually Luna was just banished to the moon for a ten minute
timeout but something went terribly terribly wrong!

Looks great.
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DarkFlame75 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I feel like this is the premise for Moonstuck.
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
Cher: You must Emote!
Luna: I am trying!

Oh wait that is Moonstruck.
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rjpugh Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
What may have bothered Celestia the most was that by the time she banished Luna, she had no other options.  But if she had paid more attention at an earlier time, Luna may not have gone insane.  As you said, Celestia could have prevented it.  Thing is she didn't even realize that there was anything wrong until it was too late.
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DarkFlame75 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
And that's what makes the story the most interesting, in my opinion.
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AbyssalEmissary Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good point you cover with this comic. I also started to think about Celestia after she banished her sister. About her thought and feelings and how she could have tried to handle it. Some of this ideas are waiting to be drawn. Until then I enjoy your good work. Thanks to both the representation and the expression.
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Sheat101 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
The feels are strong with this one.
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tealshift Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
The point you illustrate is all to potent after hearing a certain Ponyphonic song. youtu.be/H4tyvJJzSDk
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DarkFlame75 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yeah I would be lying if I said that song wasn't a heavy inspiration to me... For everything I do with Luna and Celestia.
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tealshift Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Though I do prefer the idea that Luna was asleep those 1000 years - as the song suggests.
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DelusionsofGranduer Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Celestia's expression in the second panel is the most depressing thing. 

You did very well.
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DarkFlame75 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Glad you liked that expression. I wanted to redraw it for a while, just didn't get around to it.
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Arkan0id Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
DarkFlame75, this is a truly an excellent exposition of emotion in art.  Great job. 
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Arkan0id Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Sorry, minor grammatical error above.
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templar127 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Poor Luna...
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Erix19 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
It always makes me happy to find somepony who doesn't think Celestia is a tyrant for banishing her sister. They happily ignore that there's no way she enjoyed having to do so. Celestia has a heart, dammit! Respect that!
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DarkFlame75 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I LOVE Luna. Like, probably too much. I draw her all the time. That said, without Celestia, her character is far less interesting. So because of that, I kind of HAVE to love Celestia too.
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Erix19 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Luna's my favorite princess but like you, I can't just brush Celestia under the rug either.
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DarkFlame75 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I do wish Cadance got more attention though. She's very interesting but underdeveloped.
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Erix19 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
She may yet get more screen time. 
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DarkFlame75 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I sure hope so.
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Vimbert Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Neat.
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dragonartistJRR Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
People often forget this part of the story.

I personally believe Luna wasn't aware during her banishment. She just saw foggy bits and pieces while Nightmare Moon controlled her mind. Nothing more than a bad dream.

Meanwhile Celestia was fully aware for every excruciating moment of those 1000 years. I don't care of she is immortal; 1000 years is a damn long time. Especially to be alone. :(
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DarkFlame75 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
That's an interesting way to look at it, but I really like the canon that Luna was 100% aware and in control. Maybe there was some evil entity giving her power and influencing her, but she was LETTING it. 
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dragonartistJRR Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
Oh, I believe that she was fully aware and in control while she was in Equestria.

If memory serves, the show said that she was sealed IN the moon and not just sent to the surface. What I was saying was that she wasn't aware during her imprisonment.
Refer to this series of comics for a better idea of what I am saying.

I mean, come on 1000 years of total isolation? Anyone subjected to that would be so far gone there would be no coming back to sanity.
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Shiverix Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is done really beautifully, great job ^-^
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Ajax94 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
:'(
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CosmicWaltz Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the atmosphere. Sends a chill with the right musical accompaniment. Good work.
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DarkFlame75 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Might I ask what music you're referring to?
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CosmicWaltz Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Let's see; at that point in the day, it was either Coma Pony by Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (also a humorously coincidental title) or Love Psalm by Akira Yamaoka (performed by the Konami Kukeiha Club).
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Pon3 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
I considered the whole Nightmare incident and banishment to be more of a dual punishment then just Nightmare Moons for a while now. 
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DarkFlame75 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yeah, Luna wasn't the only one who suffered. Imagine living with yourself after driving your own sister to such evil and being forced to banish her. Heavy stuff.
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mattwo Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"We all like to think about Luna sitting on/in the moon for 1000 years"

I don't.

I think of Nightmare Moon doing that...
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Dattebayo681 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She became Nightmare Moon during her stay on the moon though, didn't she? 
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mattwo Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, she became Nightmare Moon before Celestia put her there.

It's kind of the whole reason Celestia had to put here there in the first place... >.>
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