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Fall of the Night Guardian by ShadoWolfozo Fall of the Night Guardian by ShadoWolfozo
Edit: 1-12-12000 views? /falls over
(and quickly nearing 13,000!)

Man had I known this would get so much attention I'd started doing these earlier, I love you guys! :D

~Has been my most viewed deviation since just under 2000 views and is now my most faved piece.

Thank you all for the views, faves, wonderful comments and watches ~ I love you all ^_^



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Edit: At least the one piece of art I ever do that gets over 7000 views is a serious one.

Thanks everyone ;)
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Edit: Wow! Over 4000 views! Far out, Thank you everyone!
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Thank you Equestria Daily! ;)


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I am not all that familiar with the use of the Royal Voice in the cartoon (haven't seen past S2Ep2) and for the sake of making it easy to read - (as well as the fact NMM doesn't use the royal voice in S1Ep1) I just kept with normal English)

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I feel bad for NMM both in the show and in this comic. She did bring it upon herself with trying to bring eternal night, but in the end she was still Celestia's sister and was forced to the torment of 1000 years alone.
I do not blame her for wanting revenge upon her return - she may have surrendered her fight for darkening Equestria forever after initially being defeated, but 1000 years is a long, cruel amount of time and vengeance is probably all she could think about.




Isn't it incredibly weird how - despite NMM's return destined to be at its 1000th year anniversary / Summer Sun Celebration - that she returns JUST as Twilight starts reading about her?

Anyway, if you don't recognize the reference in the comic, I'll explain it below.

If you wish not to see spoilers of the movie 'Rise of the Guardians' skip to the stuff under the ------








A guardian gets their power from those who believe in them. If a Guardian isn't believed in (or feared in Pitch's case) then they lose their power and become invisible to everyone but other Guardians.
For an example of power loss, the Easter Bunny is an anthro-bunny in his normal state but when he is not believed in, he literally shrinks and turns into just another regular rabbit (that can talk).

Basically, I got the idea from the movie and merged it with MLP and Nightmare Moon's banishment.
However instead of being banished to the moon, Celestia cast a spell on all the folk in Equestria to no longer fear nor believe in NMM (supported by the way no one but Twilight knows about her in S1Ep1). Because she is no longer feared nor believed in, she becomes invisible - and any living thing can simply pass right through her - but she also can't wreak havoc or alter the moon/sun because her powers have faded.

During the movie, if a Guardian isn't believed in and a real person runs through them (because they can't see them) it's a real shock for that Guardian. This is reflected in NMM's expression in the 2nd last panel.

As a result, NMM actually imprisons herself on the moon until the spell wears off and she senses the presence of one who believes.

It was proven in the movie it literally only takes 1 to believe for majority of their power to come back/remain. Unfortunately that 1 was Twilight...

/cue Episode 1.




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I figured the Temple where the elements were stored would not have been damaged and such 1000 years prior to the mane 6 discovering it so there is no damage or cobwebs or anything.




There are only a few non-canon things I support when it comes to MLP.
One of them I don't agree with, is that whatever happened when Celestia banished NMM, she was not being this... 'Trollestia'.

Granted I still find some of the Trollestia stuff a little funny, when it comes to banishing NMM it's really not funny anymore. You can't joke about banishing your sister to the moon for 1000 years.



Fun Facts about the Comic:
-The whole thing began with this:

-The original file size of the comic was 3929 x 25182 px

-I had to save the characters, background and speech bubbles/border/etc. as 3 seperate files and merge them - or my computer would have crashed. (Note to self, work smaller next time...)

-All backgrounds and characters are drawn by me from several references found on google and dA. References were used for the two Royal Guards, the temple, the 'Mare in the Moon' Moon and the outside night panel backgrounds. However everything was drawn by hand, nothing was traced. No references were used for Celestia or NMM other than for colour reference.

-It took half a week to make this (majority hours of the day) not including the original 'Last Chance' image.

-Royal Guards are a Royal PAIN to draw.




Comic and Art :iconshadowolfozo:
MLP:FiM Hasbro




My parents and pretty much everyone in real life (off-internet) aside from a select few don't support my liking of MLP: FiM and it was awkward drawing it in our open computer room but nevertheless I had a lot of fun and really enjoyed making this so I hope you guys enjoy reading it as much as I did drawing it ;)






1000 years later

:iconnightmaremoonplz: MAHAHAHAHA! I have returned - Equestria has seen it's last light of day! Now, the night will last forever! MAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA!!

:iconcelestiawtfplz: WHA? WHO STARTED BELIEVING IN HER AGAIN?

:icontwilightomfgplz: Oops...
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:iconaleuthesilverwolf:
AleuTheSilverWolf Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this!  One day I wish to do a Jack Frost and Nightmare Moon crosscover :3
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Rocky-IT Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I AM ROCKY!!!
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GokuMartin Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
I AM JUSTICE!

I AM THE RISING DAWN THAT DESTROYS THE RISING STORM OF THE NIGHT!

I AM PRINCESS CELESTIA!
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wisedomsdaughter Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my gosh just wow. I'm obsessed with Rise of the Guardians so this really hit me hard and then I love MLP so okay I'm hyper
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ShadoWolfozo Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D great movie ^_^
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BronyForLife99 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
I'm sure Celestia could have tackled this situation in some other way, other than send Luna to the moon and cause more trouble when she turned into Nightmare Moon.
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ShadoWolfozo Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What was done was done.
Her judgement was most likely clouded due to the enemy being her sister.
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BronyForLife99 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
True...but maybe had she considered her sister's feelings, I'm trying to say that disaster could have been averted, even though you are right.
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socoolyetdeadly Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
haha who dosent
ill beat her up with a banana
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Mikkillerib Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
heh. i totally got that reference. well done. oh and Twi, you may wanna rethink next time you are investigating a ancient myth. you might end up summoning something stronger than Nightmare Moon.
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ShadoWolfozo Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol, not sure I even want to know what you're talking about XD
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Mikkillerib Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i am no expert on Equestria's history, but i am certain that there has been alot of evil villains in the past.
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ShadoWolfozo Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol, specifically the last 1000 years or so XD
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Mikkillerib Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah, what is up with that number? 1000 years ago NMM was banished to the moon, 1000 years ago the crystal empire dissapeared and all the other things that happened 1000 years ago.
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ShadoWolfozo Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah actually it's funny because the crystal empire returned after 1000 years.... but it returend after NMM returned meaning it disappeared after NMM was banished, which is impossible because Luna was there to help seal Sombra away.

same with Discord (i think, i can't remember how long he was in stone for).

either that or "1000" years means anywhere between 900 and 1100 years XD
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Mikkillerib Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
or maybe its just a matter of months
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ShadoWolfozo Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
they should be more specific XD the whole world went to hell in a single year.
greatestyearever.
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Starlioness Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
I just ROTG this week too.. and I got the reference. XD..

and the icons below made me LOL. soo.. much .. XD

are they ever going to explain how Luna became the queen of Nightmares?!.. aside from her jealousy consuming her,,

do you think it's possiblle that Twilight or Trixie might become like nightmare moon ,hmmm... we need a new villian anyway.. with Discord and luna reformed (or so we think ) and the others dead or disappered.. hmmm
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ShadoWolfozo Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i want to see an episode where twilight goes dark from power... i mean, now that she's an alicorn and she already knows dark magic. it would be like king sombra's attack, part 2 XD
but it wont happen. i can't wait to see who S4 villain is though :D
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Starlioness Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
EDIT: oh wait ,maybe that's the love-child of Twi and Spike.. (thought it would be Spike and rarity)
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Starlioness Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
refresh my memory on the dark magic bit.. I've only seen 15 eps.. is it from Lesson Zero..?

and Lol at your Twi avatar.. are you sure twi doesn't become a uni-dragon? in the series?
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ShadoWolfozo Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My avatar is what happens when I think it's funny to screw with everyone's minds and instead of joining the alicorn twilight war, I make my own team and make her a draconequus like Discord.

Lol.

Ah, Celestia and Twilight use dark magic in the Crystal Empire Part 1/2 which is the start of Season 3. King Sombra uses Dark Magic as well.
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Starlioness Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
oh right.. need to see the ep again.. haha Discord Twi XD..
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EmmaSakura495 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow... this is fantastic
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ShadoWolfozo Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you ;)
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MissIp Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
how sad
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KarrinBlue Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
Interesting... Except, Twilight read about her in a book in a library, NMM is treated as an 'old pony's tale' and there's an entire freaking holiday based around her.

Well, the comic's still good.
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ShadoWolfozo Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Celestia likely had something to do with her reading that book at that exact time to prepare her.

But thank you ;)
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ParticlePony6 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If I had not have seen that movie last weekend the greatness of this comic would probably have been lost on me. Very good.
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ShadoWolfozo Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe yeah, I hope all those who have viewed the comic but not the movie, when they do they will look back and understand it better ;)

Thank you
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ParticlePony6 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very welcome!
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DarthWill3 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's pretty cool!

If you ask me, I think Celestia was the one responsible for Luna's makeover... and brainwashing. How? King Sombra's training. All according to plan... :iconevilgrin2plz:
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ShadoWolfozo Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LMAO

Oh dear, well there are numerous theories behind the truth about NMM eh, I guess that just adds to the list XD


Andthank you;)
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DarthWill3 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You should see my journal on that theory sometime.

You're welcome!
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Kapten-N Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Celestia probably gave the book Twilight reads in the begining of the first episode to her in order to prepare her to face Nightmare Moon.
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ShadoWolfozo Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Another Deviant suggested that,
most likely considering Celestia then vanished.
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bookworm20x Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooooooh, love this interpretation. Plus, crossover with ROTG? All my want.
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ShadoWolfozo Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe, Agreed :D
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houka-hearts-kinzoku Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
She seems healthier here than in the show IMO. Young Celestia is a good Celestia. ^^,
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ShadoWolfozo Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Celestia is always good. Even when she's letting the mane 6 take care of troubles without her XD
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Blackstunner6 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Artist
I love that movie i just saw it today everything is a guardian
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ShadoWolfozo Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just liked the to think Celestia and Luna's power would source from the belief, love and support of their subjects, similarly to that of the Guardians in RotG and also of the Gods/Ascended beings in countless other books and movies.
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Blackstunner6 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Artist
What your saying is without the belief from their people they to would be lost in faith and then know one could see them. How nightmare moon was like pitch black Celestia the good guardians revived hope in the kids causing them not to fear pitch anymore. then forever unseen until one day people remember and fear again.
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ShadoWolfozo Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes - Equestria had hope in Celestia (and whatever name the Celestial Army was officially given) and with that strong support she triumphed over NMM allowing the land peace.
NMM came back because Twilight began believing she was real and would come back - despite the fact NMM would have returned anyway.
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Blackstunner6 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Artist
That is true, but I think she might have lost some support when she lost to the Queen in 2 season
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ShadoWolfozo Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Chrysalis was over-powered by Shining's love for Cadance.
If there is one thing Disney, Hasbro and Dreamworks have taught kids, its that "Love will always find a way" (as crummy as that sounds)

Even if it's used in the darkest of ways.

Like wise, love from her subjects gave Celestia power - however the sheer surprise and shock from Chrysalis even being able to penetrate the overly-secured Canterlot at the time (due to the threat of invasion) likely set doubt into the minds of everypony.
And yes, seeing as how she was quite easily defeated by Chrysalis - although support for her did not falter - hope that she would be the one to save them severely dropped and that was proven when upon seeing Celestia again in the episode, she's encased within a cacoon/chrysallis and her powers either completely blocked/useless or gone as she did not attempt (or at least did not succeed) to free herself.
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Blackstunner6 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Artist
Well then it makes sense how chrysalis got even stronger cause shinning kept giving her power. Yes that does sound pretty cheesy. With guardians more you believe in the stronger you are. When celestia was trapped in the caccon it was either a magic repellent or when she lost faith was gone.
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ShadoWolfozo Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah. Something like that.
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wonderblade Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
WOOOOOOOOOOOW THAT WAS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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ShadoWolfozo Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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