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Star Mares 1.3.25: Mane Interlude (For Reals)

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I may need to revise some of my snout pieces - Skywalker doesn't really look like a mare up top there...

Panel 2 may require some explanation: this comic presumes that 99% of the Imperial military are earth pony clones created from the Mirror Pool (from 'Too Many Pinkie Pies'), and thus when they get blown up, the magic that produced them simply returns to the pool (hence the red cloud).  This is my slightly cheaty way around the fact that Star Wars requires gratuitous space explosions while maintaining my 'everybody lives (from a certain point of view)' policy.  I am perfectly aware that by this time in the Star Wars canon, stormtroopers and pilots were mostly not clones anymore, so don't nerd-rage on me.

For the benefit of my (surprisingly sizable) number of readers who haven't actually seen the movies (spoilers follow): in this scene, Obi-wan Kenobi (having told Darth Vader that if struck down he will 'become more powerful than you can possibly imagine') deliberately lowers his guard to distract Vader long enough for the heroes to get away (he comes back as a ghost later, because Alec Guinness could easily be persuaded to participate in roles he hated by being offered lots of money).  An epic space battle cribbed shot-for-shot from WWII newsreels follows, and the heroes escape into hyperspace... sort of.

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albedoequals1's avatar
Didn't you say earlier that there were no tie fighters, and pegasi flew around in suits instead?
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Pegasi make up a fraction of the pilot corps - the rest are earth pony clones.
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"For the benefit of my (surprisingly sizable) number of readers who haven't actually seen the movies"

Oh dear....
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Yes, one would imagine that at least a cursory knowledge of both properties being crossed over could be assumed of those who choose to spend their time reading it...
SPARTAN064's avatar
Exactly.
Or at least a willingness to rent the movies, especially with the hype of the new and upcoming movies.
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Still, I'd rather deal with the Star Wars newbies than the ones who would rather see the story they've already seen instead of the one I want to tell :)
SPARTAN064's avatar
Oi. I like this tie in!
fotland42's avatar
I wouldn't really call clones being reduced to component magic and returned to the mirror pool "everypony lives." I'd call it "some ponies die, but it's okay because they died on the show as well."

I belong to the "'Too Many Pinkie Pies' is a little disturbing" camp.
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As long as it passes the certification board :P
keybounce's avatar
Too Many Pinkie Pies is more than just a little disturbing.

Twilight was willing to risk killing her friend if she made the smallest mistake.

Did all those clones act like the real thing? Was there one pinkie behaving differently than the rest of the crowd? Wasn't there a safer way to determine which was real? Heck, ask Luna to check on their dreams and see if one of these ponies was not like the others.

Seriously, Kill anyone that shows a moment of distraction?
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We also know at least one of them escaped and is living on the lam in Manehattan, so presumably they are capable of functioning as complete beings.

I've been working on the assumption that while the clones start out as identical, if slightly stupider than the original, if left to their own devices they start developing their own personalities. Hence why Rex can have a crush on the pony his original once chained to a wall.
keybounce's avatar
Oh Celestia, I just saw Saddle Row Review again, and yep, there's Mirror Pie.
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I'm going to miss Twilight.  I really liked her design.  Well, I knew it was coming.  It's not like she has been removed from the previous pages, she's still there.
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Woah... weird think of it that way.
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I don't have all the interludes planned for future issues yet, although I doubt she'll show up in EpV unless I have an extra page to fill in 2.2 or 2.3 (I actually only have five pages left to do in 2.1 as of today).  But if she does, she'll probably be back to her 'normal' size (but still with the fancy mane) because trying to match scale between the big and little ponies is a real nightmare.
tom117z's avatar
Twilight nooooo!

On a side note I hope they manage to rescue Rarity before the station goes up.
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I sense a disproportionate amount of concern for the show characters versus everypony else.  What about those poor unicorn schlubs doing all of the station's dirty work because they're considered pariahs in the rest of the galaxy and can't find decent work anywhere else?  Nobody ever thinks about all the construction crew and janitors and cafeteria staff and accountants when they're cheering the evil planet-destroying battle station getting blown up...

:P
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Is Twilight...?
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Well, I haven't changed the basic plot of the movie at all, so...
DukeyDukeyDoo's avatar
So she's? :noes: 
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She's passed on! This pony is no more! She has ceased to be! She's expired and gone to meet 'er maker! This is a late pony! She's a stiff! Bereft of life, she rests in peace! 'Er metabolic processes are now 'istory! She's off the twig! She's kicked the bucket, she's shuffled off 'er mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin' choir invisible!! THIS IS AN EX-PONY!!
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Is that from a later version of the sketch?  I haven't heard some of them before...
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Yeah. It might have been from a stage show or something. Either that or the site I got the script from messed up.
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