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Star Mares 3.3.2: Smile, Smile, Smile

This page is I think the first time I had to take my own screenshots - as you might expect, if you enter 'Too Many Pinkie Pies' into Google Image, what you get is too darn many Pinkie Pies, very few of which were from the specific part of the episode that I needed.  And of course, once I found them, I had to completely duplicate them and then manipulate the objects so that they fit into the frame shapes I'd already determined.  It took a lot longer than I anticipated (normally I can finish a page a day, two if I'm particularly motivated, and this one alone took a day and a half).  It doesn't help that the throne room sets sometimes make Inkscape lag very badly.

The script for this page also underwent multiple last-minute revisions, mostly for space reasons.  Moontear had a lot more lines in the original, as the intent of this sequence is for her to finally realize that her boss is completely insane and that no amount of attempting to work within the system or talk her down is going to work.  Hopefully that still comes across in this page and the next - I figured it was far more important to get the Empress's motivations out there than Moontear's thought process, given that we'll be seeing a lot more of the latter than the former after this.

I tried a version of the last panel with the song lyrics exactly as written, and it sounded really weird, so I changed them.

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[quote]I tried a version of the last panel with the song lyrics exactly as written, and it sounded really weird, so I changed them.[/quote]

Which song? What music goes with that last line of Pinkie?
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The original line is "'cause all I really need's a smile, smile, smile from these happy friends of mine," which didn't scan well in this context.
How do you suggest she smile, then? I'd like to hear what you have in mind, Moontear, for a smile that wouldn't look creepy glowing from under a dark hood.
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One that at least roughly adheres to the normal dimensions of a pony's face might be a nice start.
RDkinght's avatar
The mirror pool is a feature not an artifact. You can't transport the whole pool around like an amulet.
You can if you're willing to spend the bits to build a giant box around it and then buy or rent a vehicle that can lift it.
ChrisTheS's avatar
And the Empire isn't shy about spending money for ridiculous reasons.  The Nightmare Moon alone cost 400 quintillion bits, and it's hardly the only insane building project on the books.
ChrisTheS's avatar
It's an artifact because it is (presumably) the product of artifice.  It's highly unlikely that there would be a naturally occurring feature of the landscape that would just happen to clone someone who uttered a very specific sequence of syllables in its presence.
GwDuncan's avatar
Are all the clone troopers Pinkie?(and I seriously asking it this time)
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No.  Most of them are Fettlock (or rather, the original blue-armored Fettlock, since the green-armored one is also a clone).
GwDuncan's avatar
OK, makes sense
tigreanpony's avatar
That was good, so I bet the real Pinkie got sealed in the pool instead of all the copies and this is one of her clones, or Pinkie Pie's mind just snapped for some reason and decided to becoming megalomaniac would be fun.
ChrisTheS's avatar
One of the episodes from last season can be viewed as a 'start of darkness' story. I'll let you guess which one :)
jppiper's avatar
the saddle row and review 
jppiper's avatar
okay how about the following? the gift of the maud pie spice up your life buckball season p.p.o.v. 28 pranks later is it one of these episodes? if not will we learn what episode it is later on in the story?
ChrisTheS's avatar
Nope, and not by name, although it should be easy enough to guess which by the end.
PhoenixFlambe's avatar
The clone troopers became stormtroopers? So under their helmets is jango's face? I thought they're all different because Finn.
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In SW they stopped being all clones when it became too expensive to grow new batches. Also, the First Order isn't the Empire - their army is made up of kidnapped and brainwashed children.

Here, though, they're all clones because if they get blasted they turn back into magic and return to the Pool, so nopony actually dies.
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and just like that we all knew pinkie is the sith lord XD
AJR001's avatar
That smile makes us prefer Emperor Palpatine... ^^;
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With his gold-plated teeth...
AJR001's avatar
His teeth is made of gold!? Let me get my drill... :XD: :XD:
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