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"So darkness I became..." by RizCifra "So darkness I became..." by RizCifra
And in the dark, I can hear your heartbeat
I tried to find the sound
But then it stopped, and I was in the darkness,
So darkness I became

The stars, the moon, they have all been blown out
You left me in the dark
No dawn, no day, I'm always in this twilight
In the shadow of your heart


"Cosmic Love"
by Florence + The Machine



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This is actually a WIP that's part of larger image -- or rather, a set of images. I was going to try to explain the whole thing in the description of one deviation, but I decided to just explain as I go along. I'm sure most of you will figure out what I was thinking, though.


This idea was sitting in the back of my mind for awhile now (so apologies if there are inconsistencies with canon. This went through my mind early on in the season). I have this tendency of drawing fanart to whatever is currently on my playlist. This time it just happened to be "Cosmic Love" by Florence + The Machine. While I normally think of this song as depicting a more romantic relationship, I couldn't help but imagine it describing the relationship between Luna and Celestia through Luna's eyes. I've included a link to this image on Tumblr, where you'll also be able to listen to this song. WARNING: I'm bad at relating images to songs and even worse at trying to explain what goes on through my head when I do so. If you want to spare yourself the explanation and any additional brain hemorrhaging, feel free to skip the fine print and go straight to the :target:.


While listening to this song, I kept thinking of what Luna and Celestia's relationship was like when they were fillies. I like to think that they were very close, being the only family each other had. However, as they grew up and were presented with new responsibilities, they were left with little time for one another. After seeing how Celestia was always preoccupied during most of the season, I thought that once she started having to tend to similar matters, she was left with very little time to spend with her younger sister. Also, I believed she was probably shouldering a litte more as the older of the two siblings. So, Celestia was always being swept away with some matter of urgency.

Luna, still being fairly young, longed for those special moments she once shared with her sister, and she grew sadder as time passed. Alone in her night, she not only became jealous because of the attention Celestia's day received, which made her feel unappreciated, but also because she felt she was losing her sister. Although she felt neglected, Luna tried to hold on to the love and memories of her sister, but eventually the darkness that was growing inside overwhelmed and consumed her, which left her vulnerable to the entity that created Nightmare Moon. (Oh, kids and their tantrums when they want attention) Then, of course, Celestia sent her into the moon and that really pissed her off, LOLOLOL. (cont'd in the next submission)


:target:TL;DR - I made up some cheesy story to go along witht this song about how Luna felt neglected by Celestia and became sad, angry, and then Nightmare Moon.

The images don't really do anything in telling the story. I was planning to lay it out like that at first, but this crap came out instead, haha. I'll try to fix the errors in it as I go along.
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LK3Deviantart Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Student General Artist
Sonya Henar bought me here.
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spudly1000 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014
the song fits luna so well
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MLPegasis4898 Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woah... this looks just... woah... amazing... :omg: :omg: :omg:
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KironStrife Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Well done! I love how subtle, yet very obvious, Nightmare Moon is in the stars. 
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Lovecows101 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
Clapping Pony Icon - Princess Luna Yay!:iconfoxbaibaiplz: 
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Diomedeez Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, I'm writing an epic fanfic, and a major part of the story will be Luna. I want to give her a love interest, but I don't want him to be pony. So can anyone give me suggestions as to what species he could be. I was thinking Griffin, but he needs lips obviously. So is you can think of any mythical creatures that the show hasn't brought in yet could you tell me? If it helps, this character is a pirate captain, I hope you can help!!
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Wolfheart5541 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
Phoenix =3 No wait, that's  princess's pet...... Winged wolf? Ali-wolf? (wolf with magic and wings) or maybe magic wolf? o3o
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Celestia828 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Student General Artist
Oh wow, aliwolf is is just like my OC, Wolf fire XD
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Diomedeez Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A wolf with wings, I LIKE IT!
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Wolfheart5541 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
Yaaayy!!!!!!
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Religion0 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful. Luna's eyes, filled with tears and sorrow and longing, but not regret or fear, makes it so much more believable, shows so much more clearly why she became Nightmare Moon, who does a fantastic job of being a menacing foreshadowing in the background. Poor little Luna, left in the dark and the cold.
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GamerPrincessWoona Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
A falling star fell from your heart and landed in my eyes
I screamed aloud, as it tore through them, and now it's left me blind

The stars, the moon, they have all been blown out
You left me in the dark
No dawn, no day, I'm always in this twilight
In the shadow of your heart

And in the dark, I can hear your heartbeat
I tried to find the sound
But then, it stopped, and I was in the darkness,
So darkness I became

The stars, the moon, they have all been blown out
You left me in the dark
No dawn, no day, I'm always in this twilight
In the shadow of your heart

I took the stars from my eyes, and then I made a map
And knew that somehow I could find my way back
Then I heard your heart beating, you were in the darkness too
So I stayed in the darkness with you

The stars, the moon, they have all been blown out
You left me in the dark
No dawn, no day, I'm always in this twilight
In the shadow of your heart

The stars, the moon, they have all been blown out
You left me in the dark
No dawn, no day, I'm always in this twilight
In the shadow of your heart~


I Love That Song


~PrincessLuna
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AprilDiamond2001 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Pure awesome.
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Red-Fox14 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing work! I have a question... I am currently in the process of writing a fanfic about the fall of Luna, and have been scouting around looking for something that would make a cover for it. I haven't made a final choice yet, but when I do, would you mind if I used this wonderful piece of art as the cover? I understand completely if you wish for me to not use it.
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RizCifra Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
I wouldn't mind at all! Feel free to use it if you'd like. I can't even believe that you'd like it enough to consider using it. Thank you! =)
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Red-Fox14 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much! I'll be sure to credit you if I decide to use it.
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SuperSonicFireDragon Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing! I love Luna <3
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liliarose98 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
wow, this is amazing. Great job!
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MelodyoftheWolf Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Oh my gosh... this is incredible...
Very impressed by the whole outcome both in text and visual. Very impressive.
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HeartlessSpartan Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
I like the stars in the back, the poem is nice as well. Love the backstory you came up with for you artistic interpretaion, both physical talent and imagination, great motivation almost always to something well made.
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PiscesChick Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
isn't it "Too long I was in the darkness"?
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InkyLove34 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
i love this sooong
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Shays-Ways Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
THIS IS SO AWESOME
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shadamy20 Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
Poor luna
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Kuraiko-Sakura Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
cool!!!
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ViolinPlayer1-2Many Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
I love how her "evil" self is just barely there. It's just beautifully haunting.
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vchao123 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
So... it was based on this? ---> [link]
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RizCifra Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
I love that video! But no, this drawing was made a few months before that video was uploaded =)
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vchao123 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
That's sad. Though, nice picture! :D
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jmerridew124 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
If that's the transition she had to make to stop being a G3 pony then I say it was worth it.
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SPINO495 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
Love it when artist make a circle painting like this then add something that pops out!
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cajobif Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
Gorgeous.

Such a wonderful piece of art.
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DraakjeLove Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the collors of Luna, nicely done!
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MlpFimLuna Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
awesome
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j3tt5ki Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
This is an amazing piece. I can actually feel Luna's sadness, and you made a scene from one of the most popular and powerful PMV's on youtube.
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MajinAngelo2602 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is so Beautiful.
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PunkRoctorok Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
such a magnificent, beautiful picture! :)
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Brave3 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing sir just ... amazing
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affiejay Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
Fabulous set.
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Oronatur Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
Woooooooooooooow...
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Klice Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
I didn't have this one in favourite ? Well, that was a mistake...
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onyxrayne Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
OMG, that is amazing! Love it! Nice work!
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vsbloom Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Can you upload the celestia version plz?
(don't tell me you don't have one, I saw it in your tumblr)
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RizCifra Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
Ah, I forgot I never uploaded that separately! Thanks for reminding me! Here it is: [link] =)
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kingfox66 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
your pics are amazing
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SwanofWar Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional Writer
Love how you framed this!
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RockDaVote Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Hehe, i got darker. [link]
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Hedgie-Chan Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Indeed you must go watch it
[link]
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ky-nae Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:faint:
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