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New Dawn by MisterAibo New Dawn by MisterAibo
"How did that come about? What would a child do on a battlefield?"
"I... I'm not sure. I saw a flash of light, I think, and there she was, wrapped up tightly, sleeping. She just looked... abandoned."
"What did you do?"
"When I found out she was warm and alive, I held her close, trying to keep it that way."
"Were you worried about her?"
"That's the odd thing - as long as she was with me, it felt like there wasn't anything to worry about. I was there to protect the banner, look after my fellow soldiers, but in the end, looking after this baby was just as important as what we were doing for Equestria as a whole."

Commissioned by Chopsticks-Pony, featuring Blazin Blue and Gale Amore. Splash art for the first part of his upcoming story.

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Kiddan Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2016  Hobbyist
this reminds me saint seiya
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LookOutHereComesTom Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2016
Adorable and well-done!
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:iconmisteraibo:
MisterAibo Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016
Thanks! :)
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:iconconceptbro:
Conceptbro Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the lamp is a dismembered horn...that's kinda messed up. i'll give them an A for ingenuity though.
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Chopsticks-Pony Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Considering the technological developments that caused Equestria to fall under the hooves of it's new ruling government, it wouldn't be too far off a theory. But would be an artificial horn.

Same way they use to raise and lower the sun and moon without the Princesses.
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Chopsticks-Pony Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
We don't know about the nature of the sun or moon, or Equestria for that matter, if they are the spherical objects of size as we know them. We can't even be sure if Equestria itself is even a planet. The headcanon you spouted also has zero evidence and nothing to be based on. It's purely speculation that goes against everything that has been stated from the show, books, comics, and the writers/creators themselves, which has to be taken and read as evidence.


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The "headcanon" I told you about as far as technology is concerned has nothing to do with the canon from the show though. It was based on the background for the fan fiction.
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2016  Professional General Artist
Semi off-topic, but what is canon is that Chrysalis could technically start an entirely new colony with the 8 changelings that were likely her most faithful servants that took the place of the mane cast and princesses during the last finale, (since they were nowhere near the colony). As for the previous colony being able to sustain itself without a queen, the only queen we know of, well, that's an untold story. ^^

Nice commission BTW. :) I could also see the horn as being form a deceased pony's horn.
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Conceptbro Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i can spout headcannon too.

the tree of harmony is really a projector for an illusory image of the sky that surrounds the planet for the purpose of being actually possible to alter an image rather than the impossible task of moving celestial objects in space. ultimately being used by the alicorns to make themselves LOOK essential to the world and therefore stay in power. gg easy, the alicorns are tyrants with significantly less power than widely believed.

ggggggggggggggggg.
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Chopsticks-Pony Featured By Owner Edited Dec 23, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Explain the day the 2 Princesses were taken by Discords' roots and the sun and moon stood still.

Also explain the day the Princesses gave up their power to Twilight during the attack from Tirek, and it was night for too long until Twilight lowered the moon and raised the sun.


If that assertion headcanon were true, then the sun and moon would have raised and lowered just fine in their absence of ability. 
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Conceptbro Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
exactly, without the alicorns to modulate the illusory field, it reverted to default.
and who's to say Twi isn't in on it.
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Chopsticks-Pony Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Then how did the Unicorns do it before Equestria was founded?
Or Starswirl for that matter?

It also would beg the question: Where did this theoretical dome come from, why is it there, and who built it for what purpose?

There's too many holes in theory, the biggest of all being that the shows creators do not support it. When it comes to canonical material, what they say is scientific law with regards to the fictional universe.
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Conceptbro Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
dome is ancient AF.

the "dome" is there for the purpose of making it look like the leaders who control said "dome" are necessary and therefore to prevent a coup. basically propaganda. because claiming one can move the sun kinda makes you seem a little more impressive. but since you can't actually move the sun without seriously mucking up every orbital path in the system, you gotta have a way to make it LOOK like you are moving it.

don't care lol, it makes more sense, you know, since moving celestial bodies would fuck up all the star systems.
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MisterAibo Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2016
That, or it's just artificial horn, sharing the shape because that's what makes the magic work.
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:iconconceptbro:
Conceptbro Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nah, i prefer my theory. is that bad?
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MisterAibo Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2016
No. I know I definitely like a twisted spin on MLP, or almost anything else, for that matter. That's why I keep doing stuff like the horn.
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2016  Professional General Artist
I personally think it's a matter of perspective. But I'd figure it's probably form a deceased pony anyway, so why not make good use of it? (Even more-so in times of hardship.) :) I could even see that like the equivalent as ashes, but more significant. ... Now, seeing a deceased pony's coat being used as a blanket would be fairly disturbing. ^^;
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MisterAibo Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016
Well, there are different cultures all around the world which keep artifacts from their dead in belief they would serve as ties to their strengths. I think if the "we can use dead unicorn's horns" thing was discovered fairly recently, the practice would be fairly stigmatized in Equestrian society. Maybe it would have its military use, but it probably wouldn't be something you really talk about a lot. If, however, the practice was centuries or millennia old, it probably wouldn't be any more strange than burning your dead relative to ashes and keeping that around the house like you don't own a dead person in a can. If Equestria's society were to schism into unicorns vs. other races, I can see how keeping horns of defeated foes to literally steal their greatest strength would not only be normal, but would be consider a sign of skill, strength, and social status. The difference here would be that the trophy aspect would be based on actual rational use, instead of superstition. You have to ask yourself - would you buy a dead pianist's hand if it granted you the ability to play the piano?

As for this case, however, the idea of the story is not cannibalism, but matching the supernatural with technology, overturning the old with new - thus, an artificial horn fits in better thematically.
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016  Professional General Artist
No disagreement about transitions and varying possible perspectives. Cultures are different. Like eating dogs raised as livestock in South Korea, but people here would go nuts! If it was cooked properly, I personally wouldn't mind giving a try at fruit bats. Kind of a bummer that rabbit used to be the poor man's food, but now it's nowhere to be found unless one raises their own, of finds some other exclusive place to obtain it as meat. All that said, can't say I've tried any of those as food. Of course from the Equestrian perspective, I can understand why eating meats at all would probably be prohibited, cannibalism above all. Bit I think I've digressed too far. :XD:

But nah, can't say I care for superstitions. But I suppose a unicorn's horn would fit best as an engineered knockoff since it's probably the only thing they recognize to give off bright light as compared to a classic torch. :)
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Conceptbro Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sometimes a little dark humor is just what you need.
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Torvusil Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2016
How cute! Nice work on the details.
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MisterAibo Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2016
Thank you. :)
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Peaches-n-Charlotte Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2016  Student General Artist
AAAAAAAAAAAAW, this is so cute and so SWEET
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MisterAibo Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2016
Thanks :)
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