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The Pone Wars 5.20-21: Sand in the Eyes

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This was a difficult sequence to put together.  I eventually resorted to taking screenshots of the Anakin/Dooku battle in the movie to use as storyboards - which only worked up to a point, because trying to translate a biped battle in widescreen into a quadruped battle in roughly squarish panels, while retaining enough space for a fairly complex conversation, is a hair-pulling exercise (it's at it's worst in the bottom left panel, which should have had a straight beam, but I just couldn't make it fit).  Still, given that normally I leave duels for the covers so I don't have to deal with them, I think I did a fairly good job :)

A couple of important callbacks:
- The projector Rarity dropped was the one Stagelight gave her, not the one she's been using to talk to Fluttershy (in the future I'm going to use different models to distinguish communicators from recorders).
- Skywishes' natural magic color (without the crown) is red.
- She also occasionally forgets that she isn't actually Rainbow Dash.
- Prime!Rarity has, at some point, picked up EQG!Rarity's affinity for diamond shields.

Updates are going to be slower for the next little bit, as I'm starting on the next issue (and have to build new scenery), plus I have some other work that I need to devote time to.

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I just noticed her eye color changes. Does this indicate which crystal pony is talking to her?
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I can't remember now...
Delta52775's avatar
Makes me sad that she dropped the message that Stagelight gave her.
And she's now the Element of Loyalty, right? So that's a forever pony.
The Rainbow Dash I knew would hate having to choose so much that she might just refuse to be involved with either side.

But that was a long time ago.
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Or sabotage both of them.
AJR001's avatar
As much as I want to hear more of your debate you two should get a room. :XD:
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Shame on you. Skywishes is married :P
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I know. Just had to put it out there. ^^; :XD:
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Did Rainbow Dash possess her?
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Sort of, and sort of not. The deal with her is that she's directly connected to the three Triptych ponies (who are completely conscious while frozen) through Rainbow Dash's cutie mark. This means she often experiences their thoughts as if they're her own, and because this happened to her when she was only a filly (and now she's pushing 60), she's almost lost the ability to distinguish which are her thoughts and which are theirs.  Which makes it a little bit awkward when she thinks one of her mother-in-law's thoughts...
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Wait, FIFTY  YEARS? How long do ponies live these days?
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When they're Element Bearers, forever. Ditto if they're alicorns or if all their relatives are alicorns. If they're merely super rich, a really long time. If they're ordinary ponies, some.
And she's now the Element of Loyalty, right? So that's a forever pony.
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Well, if it weren't for the fact that we know she only survives another half century...
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