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You were a fool to trust me - NATGIII Day 17 by Whatsapokemon You were a fool to trust me - NATGIII Day 17 by Whatsapokemon
I would have thought that after a thousand years of brooding Luna would not be so quick to forget the banishment.
I think that Celestia acted to save her subjects, but Luna clearly acted on her jealousy and rage.
After a thousand years of isolation with nothing but those thoughts it's no wonder Nightmare Moon was so unreasonable. That sort of resentment does not go away easily.
Poor Celestia :(
It's a hard decision, to banish your kin. No matter how necessary and how many lives it saved it must have torn her up inside.

Addendum: I've never understood why people think that Luna would champion a Republic, since that implies at least a level of democracy. Luna seems like she'd strictly follow tradition, and a Republic seems very different from the Monarchy that I assume Equestria was run under for such a long time (and still seems to be). In fact, Nightmare Moon dubbed herself as a Queen, and even if you don't think Nightmare Moon was the same entity as Luna, then at the very least you must admit it fed off her desires. So the notion of a "Lunar Republic" does not make sense to me. If any of the princesses were likely to champion a democratic form of government I would wager it would be the younger ones - Twilight and Cadence rather than Celestia and Luna.

"Draw a pony broken up/Draw a pony mourning"
Celestia is best princess
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:iconjedibronies:
The first thing that comes to my mind when I see this is, wow. The way everything in this picture is set is just wow. The shadowing, and lighting sets the somber mood instantly of Luna's betrayal. The way you have styled the ponies is perfect for the way this picture was meant to be set. The technique you used for the light shining around Luna and her eyes draw your own towards that area.

This picture is amazingly well done and I wish I could give you more stars for this excellent work. This is an instant favorite of mine.
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I think the stunned look on Twilight's face perfectly describes her shock. The look on Celestia's makes her seem like she is thinking, "Oh no, please don't let it be Luna, please no, let this be a dream." I love the glowing eyes, it really helps the idea of Luna wanting power or being powerful.

I love this picture, it is incredibly amazing how you drew it to show what is happening, but there is some mystery, like 'what did Luna do?'. The lighting and shadowing reflect the horror of the scene. Overall, I think this is an absolutely great picture. Really, I wish I could give you SIX OR MORE stars for each.

Luna seems like a goddess when you illuminate her in the doorway like that; as well the glowing eyes also contribute to this idea.
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GlitchyShadow137 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I think a "Lunar Empire" seems more appropriate, and I think after a century of tyrannically ruling Equestria as a Queen it'll get boring and she'll listen to the public a bit more every century.
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M0VED Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Luna: YOU PISSED ME OFF FOR THE LAST BUCKING TIME.
Twilight: No!
Celestia: T-Twilight...
Twilight: Yes...?
Celestia: Eat the rest of the butter for me...
Twilight: I will Celestia... I will...
Celestia: Oh, and also, I found your porn.
Twilight: .....CELESTIA DAMNIT.
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Jlun2 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
Luna calls it a "republic" most likely to garner support before stabbing everypony in the back. 
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:iconwhatsapokemon:
Whatsapokemon Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, it doesn't make sense that such an old-timey pony like Luna would support a newfangled concept like a Republic.
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For-The-Darkspear Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Luna is best princess, Celestia is just terrible. Young children, you must go save the world while I sit here doing nothing.
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Whatsapokemon Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's better than "Let's put the world into an eternal night which would inevitably prevent anything from growing and lead to everyone starving - if they didn't freeze to death first".
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For-The-Darkspear Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I like current Luna, not Nightmare Night. Nightmare Night was totally wrong. I understand why she got upset and snapped, but she was young and very wrong. But when you compare her current actions to Celestia's....
>I think a group of teenagers/children should go stop this guy it took both my sister and I, who are gods compared to you common ponies, with the help of the elements of harmony, to simply banish for a thousand years.
>Well, while you're sitting there, eating cake and growing the royal flank, I'm going to go help my citizens by providing sagely advice in their dreams.
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GERsuperMAN Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i agree with you
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Whatsapokemon Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Celestia is the one governing Equestria. She keeps it running smoothly, sets up trade to keep the country running, and actually goes around earning respect by being a Princess.
Unlike Luna she doesn't throw tantrums and threaten to upset the natural order on a whim, or cancel a national holiday just because ponies are afraid of her. Yet Celestia is still the bad one? That makes no sense.

The elements of harmony did change their bearers, remember, you can't just go using their power willy nilly. The mane six are the bearers, thus they are the ones who have to use it, we've already seen that the power of the elements easily outmatches anything else, and its specific purpose is to defeat evil. Why would you *not* send those who wield the most powerful force known in Equestria to defeat these threats, especially when they've proved capable in the past? At least Celestia gives guidance to them.
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GERsuperMAN Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well, if you are old fashioned and the would around you was new, if you had to stand every bloody day of your eternal life on the shadow of the first born child, if you had to return and everyone believes you are a monster that could not control itself, to know that the monster you used to be destroyed lives, you might had at least an idea of what is it like for luna to return to the modern life.
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Zarnon11 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014
Even though celestia send twilight to ponyville instead of allowing her to help but nope instead she turned twilight and five other ponies into nothing but weapons to use and the only reason the elements of harmony are powerful is that the enemies are weak and predictable.
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GERsuperMAN Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
they are not weak but the mane six are taking evil does one by one, i would like to see them take on at least 6 of them (one enemy each) and see how they are doing
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Zarnon11 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 12, 2015
That not true I mean since there hero's they made them look like there strong Twilight is the only one I would see being able to have a fighting chance on her own while if each one of them where to fight a more experienced villain then the bug queen that will root out the weak so it will show who's the strongest.
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mew-vocaloid Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
<font><font>incroyable !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!                     no smie of luna Clapping Pony Icon - Princess Luna </font></font>
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annawasthere Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
Princess Luna...Why did you have to do this...why almost kill your sister and Twilight Sparkle.
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KraangTheConqueror Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
See! She is just a Savage Monster that deserve to be killed! But did anyone listen? No!

If I was in there, I will killing her with merciless!
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FancySallyAcorn Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dude. It's just a picture..
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:iconkraangtheconqueror:
I known that. I'm just want to let you all see what am I going to do if I'm in that situation.
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:iconfancysallyacorn:
FancySallyAcorn Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh. Is your icon a KRANG picture?
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:iconkraangtheconqueror:
Of course. Why? And it's spell Kraang, not Krang.
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FancySallyAcorn Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh. Just asking. And Okay.
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ClassicBlaze Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
The look in Twilight's face...you can even feel her despair and shock... all there is left is for Luna to finish the job, from now on... the night will last forever.
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irishitalygirl Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013
NOOOOO!!
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:iconwittlekitties:
WittleKitties Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Ive seen Season 4 preveiws and about one episodde Luna gets jealous and turn into NM  moon again :I
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:iconmisatheninjapup:
MisaTheNinjaPup Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
no she didnt turn into nightmare moon again Twilight just simply had a vision of the past :)
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:iconkellarn:
Kellarn Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Annnd that's just been spoiled for me. :C
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LaDeary Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
True, Luna has the potential to be more of a tyrant than Celestia will ever be.
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LisaWolf Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
Amazing art, if not very said, poor Celestia and Twilight. :(
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TechZeroPyro Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
Same thing about the "Solar Empire"

Empire implies Celestia is going to take over neighboring nations in integrate them into Equestria.
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:iconwhatsapokemon:
Whatsapokemon Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, Empire doesn't necessarily mean it expands forcefully. An Empire is just a collection of states or countries under supreme command. That kind of makes sense when you consider that Equestria is formed from 3 distinct nations ruled by the princesses.
But still, Solar Empire is nearly as bad as the Lunar Republic. I don't think either of them are quite accurate.
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TechZeroPyro Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
Well, both of them were a joke, actually....
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:iconwhatsapokemon:
Whatsapokemon Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
People sure do take em seriously. Especially the lunar republic. I see so much hatred and vitriol directed from people like that towards Celestia, and it's very disappointing.
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TechZeroPyro Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013
Bluh.
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GameyGeemer Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I honestly always thought that Equestria would use the Consul system implemented by the early Romane empire.
Luna would be in charge of things like military and Celestia internal affairs.

But I like your look on it too.
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Lopoddity Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Dang, I see you're getting practically attacked by the comments. I think it's an awesome concept, one thousand years of hatred and jealousy doesn't just go away. Luna could totally still nurse a grudge against Celestia, the subjects of Equestria, and probably Twilight. I never bought into Nightmare Moon being an entirely separate entity from Luna.

The composition is nice too, very effective. Not to pimp my own work, but I've got a piece that explores animosity between a resurrected Nightmare Moon and Twilight right here: lopoddity.deviantart.com/art/Y…
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:iconwhatsapokemon:
Whatsapokemon Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, exactly, I really like Celestia. She's been nothing but kind, and understanding, and yet so many people hate her. It's kinda sad.

I really would like to see a story about those dynamics between Celestia and Luna, because all we see is Celestia getting a bad reputation for doing what she could to protect her subjects.

Also, damn that's a cool picture. I think that 'Nightmare Moon' might exaggerate the hatred, but I doubt that it's completely responsible.
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jisowthefleetway Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wile I faved it, I starting to get annoyed of this conflict 
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:iconwhatsapokemon:
Whatsapokemon Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really? Why?
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jisowthefleetway Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
well what is it with people insist in those two been evil to each other and one wants to destroy each other 

why cant anyone just accept that they are sister and that they love each other 

I mean, Celestia Empire, Luna Republic, bull fucking horse shit
they are a kingdom united

besides, last person who spoke of a simpler subject of those two been enemies, I broke his nose, leched him on how much of an idiot and made him cry like a baby, he never spreed those lies again

some my say I'm a psycho, I'm just been optimistic 
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Whatsapokemon Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Optimists don't tend to break people's noses. That's not normal...

Anyway, they have a history, and Luna is bound to hold a grudge. She has demonstrated in the past that she's willing to do such a thing, so I don't think it's outside the realm of possibility.
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jisowthefleetway Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not a normal person, and you still don't get it, did you pay any attention to what I said, the idea is Nightmare Moon is evil, not Luna, Nightmare Moon is her jealousy and hatred taking over Luna's body, Luna herself would do no such thing, but Nightmare Moon would, the only thing they shear is the body, but the mined and motive is as different as Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
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Geors1199 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
this is actually now relevant due to the season 4 sneak peak premiere
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SilverMoonSilence Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay!!! Show those sun loving ponies what the power of the moon is my princess!!
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AmrasFelagund Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
New Lunar Republic? My answer to that is the New Moon Monarchy! (Which has the same acronym as NightMare Moon: NMM.) I doubt that they'll do something like this, but it would be amazing if they did.
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Ashoof Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
oh dang!
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Lordoffantasy Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
one hand, itnerstingly traumatic.
on the other hand, well it was demonic possession.
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Whatsapokemon Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Demonic possession?
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Lordoffantasy Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
the comics revealed a force called the nightmare force, a corrupt magic of the night. jealous and depressed, luna made a devil's contract with the nightmare force, hoping it would allow her to garner the affection of her subjects. however as with any devil's contract ,it turned array, and she became possessed by the nigthmare force. ngithmare moon was the result, and she became a creature not truly in control of her own actions. ultiamte the blame lies in her accepting the deal.
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Urvy1A Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Damn Luna, You Scary!

I like an evil Luna sometimes!
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sondash300 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:iconjoyplz:yay!!!!! the tyrant is dead! it's time to celebrate!!!!!!:icontrollfaceplz:
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