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"You are stronger than you think you are, Luna Starlight. You have fought well. But it is time to end this. Give up."
"Why are you doing this to me, Nightmare? I thought you were my friend..."
"Friend? No, I was never your friend. You don't have any friends." Nightmare laughed cruelly. "Your loneliness and jealousy made you an easy target for my influence. Once I take control of you, I'll use your lunar powers to stop that despised sun from rising."
"Celestia won't let you do that. She'll stop you."
"That pathetic sun princess will fall as you did. Besides, Luna, why are you sad? Why do you resist? After all, you're going to get what you always wanted: ponies will finally see your night."


This image is the inevitable end to Nightmare and Luna's Showdown.
Luna's facial expression is based off the one I usually use for epic sadness. When I drew it in, it also had the side-effect of showing what appears to be a great deal of fear. The result is almost too effective.

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"You were right. Celestia doesn't care about me. I woke up early this afternoon* to speak to her... She told me to go away; that she was 'busy' and that I should attend to my duties."
"I'm so sorry, Luna. Is there anything I can do to help?"
"... Yes. I want her sun to go away. Maybe if she doesn't have to look after the sun anymore, she'll be able to spend more time with me. And maybe the other ponies could see my night, too! Do you think that would work?"
"I don't know. But we can certainly make her sun disappear. For that, I'll need your help."
"Of course, Nightmare."


If you're trying to make a timeline of what I do, you can assume that this image precedes Nightmare and Luna Confront Celestia.

Additional Files: No magic version. I'll post the SVG file later, if I remember.
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* This assumes Luna is nocturnal; episode 3x02 suggests she may not be, or may not need sleep at all.
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"Luna is mine."

From the front, Nightmare has such an unusual head design. Made more unusual that from the side, her head is like the other alicorns'. I don't know if this is the angle, or a different design just for Nightmare.

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"I'm sorry for blasting you with a friendship-powered rainbow cannon."
"I'm sorry for making you fall off a cliff."
"Twice."
"Hey! It wasn't my fault the second time."
"I know. Friends?"
"Friends."


I don't know what's going on here either. Anyone want a Celestia + Twilight version as well?

Additional Files: Nyx version. Nightmare Nyx version.
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Luna and Nightmare, performing stupid stunts together. They're trying to make a Sonic Moonboom or a Double Rainboom or something. It's always fun until somepony gets hurt.

I wonder what effect their horns have on their aerodynamic status? I actually drew them horizontally and when I was nearly done, rotated the image. The wings were impossible to draw. I love their large alicorn wings, but they're so difficult to get right (in the end, I just copy-paste-edited them...). I also originally wanted their back legs interlocked as well, but I couldn't visualise such a position in my head and so it wasn't drawn.

Additional Files: Horizonal version. It's interesting that despite the only change being rotated 90 degrees, the horizontal version is 2 MB larger and took 15 minutes longer to export.
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Thanks to Skylark-Torch for feedback while I was creating this image. He even quit Halo 4 to take a look at it for me!
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"Hello, Luna Starlight. How are you tonight?"
"Leave me alone!"
"I could... but it looks like you are already alone. Nothing has changed, has it Luna?"
"Things are different now. Ponies pay attention to the night. Some ponies enjoy stargazing and others map constellations. They have months now, based around the phases of the moon. They even have a celebration for me. It's called Nightmare Night."
"For
me, Luna. Nightmare Night is a celebration for me. Hence the name. Not you. Speaking of celebrations, there was a wedding a few weeks ago, wasn't there? Your sister was badly hurt, wasn't she? Nopony thought to come and tell you so you could help her, did they? Nopony came and woke you to tell you there was a Changeling army in Canterlot, did they? Did they even invite you to the wedding in the first place?"
"... No ... They didn't ..."
"That's because they don't think of you, Luna. They don't care about you."
Luna's head and ears drooped as the cruelty - and truth - of Nightmare's words cut through her.


Additional Files: Closed eye version | Alternate eye version
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The Nightmare Moon and Princess Luna characters and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic are the property of Lauren Faust and/or Hasbro and/or others.
Thanks to NightmareMoonS and Skylark-Torch for feedback while I was drawing this.

Edit: Fixed layering issues.
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"Have you decided yet, Luna Starlight*?"
"I'm sorry Nightmare. You're a good friend to me, and I really want to show my night to other ponies. But I cannot hurt my own sister."
"This is your final decision?"
"Yes, Nightmare. I will find another way. Surely somepony out there will listen to me."
"So be it Luna. If you will not help me, I will help myself to you."
"What... what do you mean?"
"Your anger and jealously have grown stronger, and I have grown stronger with it. I'm more powerful than you now. Once I take your powers as well, I can defeat your pathetic sister and stop her despised sun from rising."
"No... no... Nightmare, I won't let you do that!"
"No, Luna, you do not have a choice. Because Luna, I am you. We are the same pony."


This sort of concludes the mini-story I had in my head. It began with Nightmare Comforts Luna and continued with Nightmare and Luna Stargazing. This little story ends with Nightmare's personality taking control of Luna's body - hence "transforming her into a wicked mare of darkness" - sealing Luna away for one thousand years until Twilight and her friends could remove Nightmare from Luna's mind.

But this leaves one final question for you to ponder: Is this battle mental or physical?

Additional Files: No magic version.
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* I have seen the name Luna Starlight used by other fan works. I like that name, so I reused it here.
Thanks to DarCowAlways, NightmareMoonS and Skylark-Torch for feedback.
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"Nightmare! You came!"
"Of course I did, Luna. Why wouldn't I?"
"My sister said I had to stop speaking to you. She said you weren't a good pony. She said she would send me to the moon as punishment if I kept talking to you."
"I think we need to have a talk about your sister."


I converted Nightmare Comforts Luna to get the Luna Major version of Celestia and Luna Hugging. So it's only fair to convert the Celestia Major version to get Nightmare and Luna Hugging.
I was going to use a closed eye version for more variety, but I was told "I have checked the closed-eyes version and no. Just no. ... it's a sin to hide them." Can't argue with the critics!

Additional Files: Alternative eye versions.
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"Why are you upset, Luna Starlight?"*
"My sister and I had another argument. She didn't want to set the sun early so that ponies could see my night."
"I see. She's probably already asleep, like everypony else?"
"Yes. You're the only one that's still awake. You're the only one who joins me after the sun sets. You're... you're the only pony who cares about me."
[Nightmare watches silently as Luna raises the moon and brings the stars into view.]
"Would... would you help me, Nightmare? You are the only pony that's seen my beautiful night. Would you... help me to show it... to other ponies?"
"For you, Luna? For you, I would stop the sun from rising. I would make the night last forever."


After Upset Nightmare Moon, I wanted to try something with a simpler pose. After doing Luna and Twilight Hugging, the thought came to me to do Luna and Nightmare hugging. Though I didn't end up doing a literal hug (their size difference is too great); but rather, Nightmare comforting a sad Luna. This is the result. I hope you like it as much as I do!
Guess how long it took to export the blur, sparkles and the transparency from their manes and tails. My only objection to the image is that Luna's head and mane cover most of Nightmare's details... there's a full body, chestplate and everything beneath Luna...

Additional Files: Closed eye version. (I couldn't decide which looked better, so have both.)
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* I've seen the name "Luna Starlight" used by other fan works before. I like that name, so I decided to use it here too. Initially addressing someone by their full name seems to fit Nightmare's personality.
Thanks to DarCowAlways, NightmareMoonS and Skylark-Torch for feedback while I was creating this vector.
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"Luna, who is this?"
"Celestia, this is Nightmare Moon. She's my best friend. Nightmare, meet my sister, Celestia."
"The Sun Princess. I've been waiting for a long time to meet you."
"Luna, what are you doing?"
"Your time is over, sister. You - and the ponyfolk - have ignored me and my beautiful night for too long. It is my turn to shine."
"Please don't do this, Luna."
"It is too late for that, Celestia. Some
sister you are. Do you sit with me when I'm alone? No! Do you ever listen to me? No! Have you even seen my night?! No, of course not! It's all about your 'rules' and your 'duties'. You don't care about me! Nightmare does. She's my friend. She's going to replace you."
At this point, Nightmare Moon took the opportunity to fling a bolt of magical energy at a distracted Celestia. Harmony was broken and the battle begun.
"Your despised sun has risen for the last time, Celestia. The night will last forever."
"You will try, Luna. But I must protect our subjects. I will not let your jealousy cause them harm."


This sort of concludes the mini-story I had in my head. It began with Nightmare Comforts Luna and continued with Nightmare and Luna Stargazing. This little story ends with Luna allying with Nightmare willingly, her jealousy finally compelling her to move against Celestia.

Luna tooks too adorable with that angry expression. Even if I were Celestia at that point in time, I still wouldn't have been able to take her seriously. (Maybe I should put Luna in her pink dress and then have her try to confront Celestia? Make Celestia hide a chuckle and you probably have a perfect 'Trollestia' moment. Yeah... it's ridiculously late and I'm lacking rational thought. I'm going to do that. Yeah, it happened. Remember what I said about option D?)

Additional Files: Surprised Celestia version.
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Thanks to DarCowAlways, NightmareMoonS and Skylark-Torch for feedback.
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