Q: What the hell is this and why is Octavia a pegasus?
A: This is a picture of a bunch of the characters me and my friends all play in a game together, and one of the players did indeed choose to play Octavia. Story shenanigans happened (as story shenanigans tend to do in things like RPGs), and long story short she got wings. So, while not exactly an OC like the rest of them, it is the person's main character, and I really wanted to include them in the picture as well since they're one of my best friends " _____________
“Mythology meets MLP as the roman goddess Epona, also known as “The Divine Mare”, brings the two sisters Celestia and Luna into existence from a sea of chaos to watch over the newly formed world of Equestria”
Princess Celestia just does not get enough credit. Sure, Luna is easy to love (especially when there are so many variations of her personality to choose from), and Cadance will probably end up selling more toys, but when push comes to shove I have to say Celestia is my favorite Princess. At turns majestic, playful, scheming, and always loving towards her little ponies, she's the full package.
My all-time favorite bit of plotting from FIM is probably the moment a distraught Twilight finds herself bombarded with every Friendship Report she had written in the previous season, making a show element I had taken for granted suddenly seem like a master bit of chess positioning. From that genius move onward, I've never doubted Celestia has known what she's doing... and while others enjoy attributing darker edges to her as a result of such schemes, I have no doubt that she's all sunshine and warmth, myself.
This battle took place many thousands of years before the current events. And it is not the final battle of good against Lord of Chaos.
Discord with his new favorite doll versus Celestia, on her burn of rage form: Lightmare Sun.
What do you think?
Founding of Equestria ( "Hearth's Warming Eve" episode ) --> The conquest of the country by Discord. The reign of chaos. --> Bunt alicorn sisters and their allies against the Lord of Chaos --> This battle ( Fail ) --> The final battle with the all Elements of Harmony ( I think Celestia and Luna were users of a specific single item ). Discord Lost. --> Much later Nighmare Moon time --> Thousand years later, today time.
I'm a big fan of airships, and the more literal the "ship" part, the better, so naturally I was thrilled that such things are a part of official MLP canon. (It's also a reason why I'm so enjoying Flight of the Alicorn, which certainly was a huge influence on this image as well.)
So it was inevitable that I'd have to get around to designing such a ship for my own amusement... and who is more deserving of a tall ship and a star to steer her by than the Princess of the Night herself? The Mare Nubium ("Sea of Clouds") looks to be a personal vessel for nighttime cruises with a few steampunk touches. I admit, I'm very tempted to jump back in and design her a warship named "Mare Crisium" next, but I'll hopefully come to my senses when I recall how much of a pain it was to draw this one.
On a side note, I'm not sure there ever is a crescent moon hanging over Equestria... and yet one makes up Luna's Cutie Mark, so it seems like it would have to be possible. Don't ask me how such a thing would work with the whole bizarre rotations of heavenly bodies that the Princesses have going on. That kind of thing hurts to think about for too long.
Oh, and by all means, please click on the image above and look at the big version.
This piece took enormous amount of time (started to work on it at the beginning of January of 2012) and effort, but I'm quite happy how it turned out in the end. Really liked the original idea for this scene, quite enjoyed drawing and painting Princess Celestia here, in a bit unusual pose and environment, and it was a pretty good practice at the detailed backgrounds as well (my first waterfall, yay!). Anyway, I really hope you will like what I came up with. Tell me what do you think :3