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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.

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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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"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."
"Come here, Luna." When Luna approached, Nightmare quickly embraced her. She hugged Luna tightly until Luna started to cheer up again.
"If you want me, you need only call my name. When the odds are against us, I'll stand by your side. Even if we end up completely alone, we'll still be together. I'll always be here for you, Luna."


This image takes the original Nightmare Comforts Luna image and applies the way I drew Celestia Comforts Luna, though I decided to forego tears in this final export. The result I feel is a little better drawn and more emotional than the original image. It also fixes a few minor errors now that I'm more experienced drawing the alicorns. Again, as equines aren't bipedal, Nightmare is leaning on Luna.

Additional Files: Nightmare Comforts Luna (1).
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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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"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?

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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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"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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"So, it is the night you desire so badly, is it? If I can't sway your opinion, I can at least protect our subjects. Perhaps the night is where you should go."
"Do you really think that me,... the ruler of the night... could be held... by the night sky?"
"It matters not. What does matter, is that for now, there will be peace."
"Mark my words, Celestia... the stars will aid my escape. ...I will return... stronger than before."
"Farewell, Nightmare Moon."
"You aren't going... to say 'Farewell, Luna'?"
"No. My real sister will return. You, however, are not Luna. You will not return."
"You wouldn't say goodbye... to me, would you, Celestia? You don't care... about me. That's why... Nightmare Moon exists. You don't fix... the problems you create. You make them disappear... Discord... Sombra... even your own sister. I hate you, Celestia. I hate you. I don't care how long... it takes. When I return..."


In the story that Twilight is reading, Celestia doesn't have a crown and necklace until after she banishes Nightmare Moon. The tiara she is wearing is the Element of Magic, which she is depicted using in the story to banish Nightmare. The idea of using the Elements of Harmony to banish a sister seems completely contrary to their name to me.
This image also get the honour of the most number of export errors in a single image to date.

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The Nightmare Moon and Princess Celestia 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 creating this.
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Nightmare sweeps her lover off her hooves - literally.

I'm going to regret saying this, but anyway... Since Nightmare is capable of controlling her mane and tail, I decided to try drawing it differently here. To use the pegasi term, Nightmare not only has a wingboner... she has a maneboner as well.

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"I am so sorry, Luna. That you had to suffer such a fate through no fault of your own."
"I too am sorry for what I did, sister. I should never have let such dark magic influence me."
"You will conduct the trials?"
"Yes, as we discussed. Nightmare will test the chosen ponies. If they are truly representative of the Elements of Harmony, they will prevail."
"My student will not fail me. She will remove the dark powers from you. She will banish Nightmare Moon. Finally, my sister will be returned to me."
The two sisters shared their first embrace in over a millenium.


I wasn't sure whether to portray this as Nightmare / Luna being split personalities again, or being the one personality that had seen the error of her ways. I opted for the latter: that Nightmare had seen the error of her ways. However, the Elements of Harmony would still be required to banish any lingering jealousy and return Luna to her previous form.
Of course, you don't have to interpret this the same way I do. The image after all, is just Celestia and Nightmare hugging.

Additional Files: Open eyes version.
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"...And that one is the Canis Major. Over there is the North Star, so lost ponies can get their bearings. That five point constellation is the Southern Cross..."
"Oh, Luna. We need to find you a hobby."
"Shut up, Nightmare." Luna playfully poked Nightmare in the side.
"So what's the moon called, anyway?"
"Luna, of course."
"Hence the term lunar, I assume. Is that where the name lunatic comes from for when the full moon is out?"
"Yes, I guess so."
"Oh. I always thought it was named after you. ... Because you're crazy."
"Didn't I tell you to shut up?" Luna jabbed Nightmare playfully again, but a little harder this time.


Nightmare and Luna lying in a field together, watching the heavens. Something Celestia probably should have done in the place of Nightmare, but apparently never did. While I had wanted to draw something like this for a while, it was the song Constellations by Aviators that inspired me to finally do it. Go listen to the song while looking at the image!

Additional Files: Wallpaper versions.
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Thanks to NightmareMoonS and Skylark-Torch for feedback while I was drawing this.
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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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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.
* 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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