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A Little Trip by Chritsel A Little Trip by Chritsel
Here is my new big pic!
This time, it's the crystal empire in all its glossines and glariness.

If you are wondering, what is going on down there on the street:
Yes, it's the start of a trip. But a more "royale" one, which means, you need more stuff and escort. And more attention, it seems.
Basically it's a placement of poses and frozen situation, which went a bit over the top.

find the folowing things:
-A Vampire
-8 changelings
-One changeling queen
-The CMC
-A Fruitbat

Hint: Don't just look at the crystals. Look into them!

If you have found everthing, you earned the achievment "Don't stare into glare!"

But there's more!
It's something about the location of one of the royals there.
The first one, who dissolves this little riddle, gets the achievment "crystal coder"

That's all for now.

Blender 2.68
Gimp 2
Textures from
MLP:FIM by Hasbro

Thanks for the watch
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Iceflar Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow i dont even know how you do this on blender and all of them
dodo1500 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think Hasbro will hire you for making MLP movie 2017 :P
MisAnthroPony Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015
Wow, this is VERY well made.
Chritsel Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
MisAnthroPony Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016
MarkHarrierT99 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That was beautiful!!! :D
Krashface Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
... No words can explain my... i'm stupefy !
JetPowerFIE Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist

I don't even....woah..
Hart-Fort Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015
Awesome. So shiny. Also there is so much to see happening in the street below the castle, a very nice touch.
Pauleen-MLP Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015
I found Derpy and BMO
KieDough Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Derpy what are you doing in there? :)
Marc-Moses Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014
This is so real
Butterscotsh Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Student General Artist
I give up on the riddle. Best i could come up with based on chryssi is "look out for other royals" as she looks over at them. probably not it.
Chritsel Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Chrysalis is the right way. Observe this red crystal there!

You can also check the comments for some good hints ;)
Butterscotsh Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Student General Artist
It seems like all the red crystals are connected to the castle chryssi is in, except the one with the cryptic writing on its side near the red griffon statue. Does that have something to do with it?
Chritsel Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just look at the one with Chrysalis. There is something engraved.
Butterscotsh Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Student General Artist
All i see is crystal. I give up.
Butterscotsh Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Student General Artist
How i found BMO, who was said to be the hardest.

BMO, isn't it that little-- FOUND IT!
i don't even wach adventure time.
now onto that riddle...
KironStrife Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I don't know why, but the building above Cadance reminds me of a Blitzball sphere.
Penblade-the-bard Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
"And this is the capital building. It's a super-weapon. No biggie."
Pokegirlsky Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Student General Artist
I really wish you could make a crystal empire map for sfm. I would use that all the time
dodo1500 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Does some one Notice Derpy at Top-Left at Glass Lamp
MLPquang20-c Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Student General Artist
I'm pretty amazed by how you managed to capture the hidden and glistening beauty of the Crystal Empire.

I think it could be your first try so don't worry about it not being perfect. Your second one would be 20% better but your original attempt is good as it is.
liamwhite1 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Needs more render samples, but excellent scene and layout :)
Striker-666 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
Sparkleriffic. =)
darkoverlords Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
I like this Crystal Empire than the one in the series.
AtukoManga Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014
So here's a bunch of things I found that you didn't mention for the first achievement, so I'm hoping I win the second achievement.

On the tower where Cryssi is, you have the binary 01101110 01101111 00011011 written as a detail, which translates to "no" with some extra numbers.  In reverse, it's just garbage symbols and numbers.  I doubt it's that one.

Cadence appears to be in front of the spa she spent the majority of the episode when they were winning over the Equestria Games person.  This is the closest one to your clue.

On the ground near Spike, somepony has written S A P in various colors.  I've been wracking my head for a while trying to get this reference...I stopped when the smoke started coming from my ears.

Finally, the guard whose head is cut off on the far left near Cadence has a tag on his ear that reads "42 107 15 32".  At first I thought it was something to do with the episodes, but the closest I got with that was that S4E2, S1E07 and S3E2 were all by Megan McCarthy, but the pattern was broken for S1E5.  I tried stretching this pattern by using variations on how those numbers could be read to mean different episodes, but no clear pattern came up.  Google also failed.

Other than a few funny hats (RD wearing AJ's, lady bug hat, PP wearing a guard helm, and some sort of Dido style hat (or a paper hat) on a kid near Cadence), I don't see any other little hidden things that are clearly able to be read in the downloaded fully zoomed version.  Great picture though.
AtukoManga Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014
A bit more....

Near the Griffin statue on the right, is that Discord's tail?

The doll laying on the bench near the vampire seems familiar...can't place my finger on it....

For some reason, I keep coming back to the writing details on the various buildings...something about their spacing suggests a hidden message.

Oh...and I found everything else you mentioned before I started writing all of these...the hardest one was finding BMO (had to look up what that was as I don't watch Adventure Time) and one of the changelings...namely the one that is next to the cart...that reflection is so faint.  The two on the right and the five in the spa building were easy, as was finding Derpy, Chryssi, the vampire, the fruit bat, and the CMC.

Now...back to me finding the probably unintentional easter eggs....
Chritsel Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
First: :clap:
Wow, you really went far in your investigation and I'm glad, my pic kept you entertained for a while.:)

You found so many hints, I'm tempted to give you the second archie, but there's one last bit to complete it.
So let's review my hint in the descripton: "It's something about the location of one of the royals there."

I knew, everyone would go for Cadance here or perhaps the two royals behind her.
But isn't there another royal, which you already found? 
Well, it's a rhetorical question. I just wanted to explain my hint.

Obviously, you found something. A binary code! And without any secretiveness, I can tell you, that this is the key to the archievement.;)
For the right decoding, you need the right code.
-it's an "original" 7-bit code
-the third symbol is a little different form the first two
-your first two symbols are correct!

It's probably easier than you thought: Just give me the correct translation and you got it!

But you found even more!
The S A P is indeed a hint. But you have to read it SPA. There's another hint to the order for the letters nearby.
It's an admittedly vague pointer to the Spa, where you can find the changelings. Plus it was unnecessary, because everybody found them without help.^^;

I can't believe, you found the numbers tag.XD I'm even more astonished, you could identify the numbers.
This really is, what you could call an easter egg.
Your references to epsiodes is a nice idea, but I'm afraid, I was not that creativ.
Have you ever converted binary numbers into decimal? It's real fun;) 

Oh and if you find out, what the numbers mean, don't be confused. I'ts an easter egg. It doesn't have to make sense.
But if it makes sense, you may understand the guards choose of cloth.

Uh. Sorry for the wall of text.
But two more things:
It's not Discords, it's Griffins tail.
The doll is Smartypants(who you found for the first archie, didn't you?)

That's it. The longest comment answer, I ever gave.XD
Thanks for investing so much time to find this things. Makes me happy. 
I hope you find the rest. You deserve that archievment!
Happy easter (egg finding)
AtukoManga Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
I'm glad I made you happy with my excessive OCD.  After reading the wall of text (yeah...I read it ALL...multiple times), I have narrowed it down to two possible translations, and whichever one is correct is inconsequential as they are both pretty smart.  The reason I had to narrow it down to two was because I wasn't able to figure out the direct translation, and instead went a more roundabout way of figuring it out.  I looked up all 3-letter words starting with "no".  

Possibly translation 1: "NOW!"  As in Cryssi calling out to her minions to attack.  I honestly think it's this one, but if it's the other one, you are a genius.

Possible translation 2: "Nom."  Why nom?  Well, the pony in the window appears to be eating her flowers...and they do look tasty. ^.^

I'll admit, I did skip Smartypants by accident, and as I stated, I had no idea who it was.

The S P A read trick I think comes from the line that goes around it.  It doesn't connect on the side for A and S.  That would honestly be a really REALLY hard to get hint.  But at least you were trying things.

Finally, those dang number.  I have ran through every online converter in every possible way for an hour trying to get this.  I keep getting garbage text that makes no sense.  It's been 45 minutes since I started on just trying to figure out those...I give up.  If I got the translation correct for the achievement, I would like my prize to be knowing just what those numbers mean so I can stop wracking my brain over it.  Seriously, with everything that is going on in this pic, I have been going over every detail I could.  This is the last part that I need to figure out, and I would like to put it to rest.  (don't take that as anger, I'm having fun doing this)

So...did I get the achievment?  Am I the winner?
Chritsel Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are quite the investigator. 
Both answers do fit in a way I must say. The "Nom" made me laugh :)
But unfortunately they're both wrong.

As creative as your translations are, they are too "overthought".
Let's go back to the roots; means, back to the code.
You translated the first two symbols(01101110 01101111) without a problem. But what about the third?
There must be a code with one unique translation for 00011011 and I can tell you, there is one.
(It may help for the research to leave away the first 0 of the code)

I don't know, how you translated the first two symbols(if you used a translator or a table), but I would recommend a table.
You will notice, that the third number is much lower than the first two.
As I said: The third is a little different.It does not translate into a letter or number.

That's all the hints I can give you without just telling you the code.
Well, let's leave it at that and concentrate on this problem as I see, you really want to get behind it asap.

(About the SPA hint: Has nothing to do with the lines, but with the colors of the numbers.;))
AtukoManga Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
I translated the first two symbols by running them through a binary-letter translator online.  Hence why the third symbol keeps coming up as null or garbage symbols.

After a few more google searches, and a bit of reading, I think I finally got it thanks to those last hints.

The translation is "No Escape".

If that's not it, I give up and bow to your superior Zodiac Killer puzzle creation skillz.
Chritsel Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, no need to bow.

"No Escape" is indeed the right answer!
And that said, I am happy to present you the "crystal coder" archievment!!

:clap::clap::clap:  :trophy::w00t:

Well, wasn't that a ride? You fought for it and you got it!

Why "No Escape" you ask? You can interpret it in two ways.
Either it's a little message from Chrysalis similar to your "Now" answer -but it would be more like a warning -
or it could mean, that Chrys is trapped inside that Crystal and her minions are there to help her.
Would throw a new light on this situation, would it?

Soo... about that other code. Hm, would be too easy to just tell you.
But I give you the master hint:
It's basically the same as the code, you just translated. But it's not binary.
Every binary number represents a "normal" number, which is also called decimal.
Maybe you need another translator here.
Forecast7 Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
well, the only other royal I can think of that could be in this picture would be blueblood who looks like he is facing away from us, but knowing you I would not be surprised if the other royal is, like, invisible or something. 

I also noticed the guard with the number tag also has a picture of luna's cutie mark, any coincidences the we didn't notice?

and last but not least, that damn number tag,

with the advice you had given before, and the efforts of atukomanga, I have come up with absolutely nothing, one of my friends who watches the show and is as OCD as atuko analyzed this picture with me, and couldn't come up with anything. Grr. 

this picture is like something out of the freakin Da Vinci Code. 

I concede defeat, you clever devil.
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djdirty Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
ermahgerd gorgeous!
Alesiopdv Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
cold-dead-body Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
Nice picture. Im wondering how you got all those ragdolls posed with the backgroung.
If you have one, can you tell me your Profile name in GMOD?
Chritsel Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. These models are no ragdolls. I modelled their pose by hand, so to say.
They are simply added to the 3d-scenery.

I don't use Gmod oder SFM.
cold-dead-body Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
kk, cuz le models are used on Gmod as well. :P
Chritsel Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hm. I'm pretty sure, they aren't, because these are my own models and I never gave them away.
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KimuraChan Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
influxWishDream Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
Well, since the 1st one is solved.
Let me see the second one...

Let me guess... It's the griffin statue, am I correct?
Chritsel Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What makes you think that?
There's no royal near that statue, or is there?
Sparksol Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
I think I've got it.
==Spoiler width, a minor amount==

  Behind the large crystal globe, upper left.
  On the bench near the Vampire.
-A Vampire
  On the ground, right side, behind the tree near Spike.
-8 changelings
  5 in the building on the left side below center, below the roof and above the hanging drapery.
  One revealed by the hanging crystals just above Spike directly between the two trees.
  Another revealed by a crystal just above the bench and vampire, back of its head.
  That silvery guard pony below Rarity has a black reflection, unlike the other ponies on the reflective street. That's my guess.
-One changeling queen
  large crystal building, right side center.
-The CMC
  Scootaloo on a lamppost, bottom center + Applebloom under the carriage + Sweetie Belle between the two and on the ground.
-A Fruitbat
  Under the bush next to Spike.
  On the driver's seat of the carriage.

I'm still working on the "location of one of the royals" thing. Probably nothing to do with the chalk scribbles on the ground under the lamppost and the ones reflected in Derpy's lamp-crystal. Probably some metaphor I'm not aware of.
Chritsel Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! That list is complete. :clap:
Here is your trophy: :trophy:

You even found some artifacts. The chalk symbols were meant to be a part of another search riddle, but I didn't finish it.^^;
And they're not part of the second riddle.;)
About this: You came this far, I guess, I can give you a hint or two.

First: It's nothing, you can just find, like the things before. You must recognize, that there is something.
(If you don't know this kind of thing, you're probably having a hard time recognizing it, but I gues you can still see, that there is something "wrong")
Ah well. I hope, this doesn't perplex you further.^^;

Second: Yes, I mean, there is literally something about the location of one of the royals. Meaning, their near surroundings.
But who there is a royal anyway?
CMC--Scootaloo Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
IMAGE SPOILERS!!!!!  Don't read my comment if you're still searching!

- Derpy is in the upper left corner, in the street lantern

- Smarty Pants is on the bench to the right

- The vampire is behind the bench

- 5 changelings are in the round building to the left, about the others, I don't know

- Chrysalis is in the building on the far right

- The Cutie Mark Crusaders: Applebloom is under the carriage, Sweetie Belle is at the palace entrance and Scootaloo is sitting on the street lantern directly in front of the palace

- The fruit bat is under the bush to the right

- I don't know what you mean with BMO, so I couldn't search for that
Chritsel Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good. You almost have found it all.:)
Only 3 changelings left and the hardest ones to find too. Look for them more on the right side and the middle.
You probably have already seen one of them, but didn't notice. (Look at reflections;))

BMO is more like a bonus find, for he doesnt belong to mlp.
I assume you never watched "adventure time"?
Well look for a little green box with a lighter green display on it. If you find it, you found BMO.

Happy searching!
CMC--Scootaloo Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

Oh yeah, that one, I saw it! And now that you mentioned Adventure Time it also seems vaguely familiar!
It's sitting on the carriage.
I think I found one more changeling. There's a pony on the right, which sticks it's head into a bush and behind it, there's a crystal that mirrors it.
And at one point, there is something that looks like the face of a changeling.
Can it be that this pony is a changeling and that the reflection somehow shows his true appearance?
But the other two ones? I don't have a clue......
Well, except you are tricky and you count Chrysalis as one of the eight changelings, because she is a changeling too......
Wait, you did that, right?
Chritsel Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Two more findings!
Though it's not completly right.
Behind the trees is a grid-like fence with crystal panes inserted in some of it's meshes.
The ponies are behind this fence and you can see parts of them through the panes.
But I grant, that's not easy to identify.^^;

And you still discovered the changeling there and you're right, that the crystals show the truth.
Now that you know, how to identify them, you can find the last two. Search more in the middle and look for reflections!

And no: Chrysalis is not one of the 8;)
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