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Sometimes the mentors you cherish become the demons you dread.

Umbrae Nova and Twilight.
Pencil, CS6.
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Redmess22 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2019
This is great. I wouldn't mind having this as a painting.
Davesknd Featured By Owner May 15, 2016
"There is not a thing, I wouldn't do for my ponies... not a thing..."
SgtTex Featured By Owner May 13, 2016
What if Celestia felt she had to use the forbidden powers Sombra used and Luna once used to protect Equestria?
It doesn't matter who it was that caused her to go this far, this is the story of what happened after she succumbed to that power.
On a balcony of Canterlot castle Luna confronts the now self proclaimed "Solar Flare".

Luna: "Like me you allowed this dark power to twist your mind until now... Until now you have become the very thing you swore to destroy."

Celestia: "Don't lecture me Luna! I do not fear this power as you do! I have brought peace, order, justice, and security to my new Solar Empire!"

Luna: "Your new Solar Empire?"

Celestia: "Yes Luna Join me. Together I can help unlock your true potential as I have unlocked mine!"

Luna: "I... I don't believe what I'm hearing. Twilight was right. You truly have have changed."

Celestia: "Enough about Twilight! She betrayed me and I showed her the price that betrayal! Don't you dare betray me as well!"

Luna: "You did what... I... I don't know you anymore... Celestia... Please... You're breaking my heart. You are going down the path that I once followed. Please come back!"

A fight was was certain, no doubt about that. What was once Celestia taunted Luna, and did not even see her as a threat.

Luna's was looking down at the ground, but then looked up. Her face still had tears on it, but it was clear she was not crying anymore.

Luna: "It's clear to now. You no longer my sister, you're just what's left over of her. Her anger, frustration, lust for power... You did this thinking you could control it, but I've been in your place before. The power, it feels good. Like nothing can stop you. But in the end it consumes you, and soon all that is left is the broken pieces... The remains of what once was. I don't want to fight you, but seeing as the Elements have long since lost their power, I have no choice... I'm sorry... What I do now is out of mercy..."

The fight lasted for hours and seemed to take them all over the planet. While what was once Celestia was more powerful she fought with the savagery of an animal rather than the precision, and tactical mind set she once had. Most blows Luna could not block or dodge, she could at-least shunt off to the side. Even with Luna's superior fighting style, it was still a hard fight. Luna had been fighting in a minimalist manner in order to conserve her energy, while this self proclaimed "Solar Flare" was throwing everything at Luna and not even bothering to block attacks, instead just taking them and pressing on.

Solar Flare then tackled Luna and tried to bury her into a mountain side. Luna managed to flip Solar Flare around making her take the hit instead. They crashed through the mountain side causing the mountain to crumble, and crashed onto the ground on the other side plowing into the ground coming to a stop at a ravine which they fell into.

Luna landed on a ledge on the side wall of the ravine, as did the corrupted Celestia, however she was hanging off the edge.
Solar Flare's mane was no longer ablaze and one of her wings was broken, but she still showed some strength left in her as she tried to pull herself up. At the bottom of the ravine there were razor sharp rocks. Luna despite being beaten, bruised, and drained of most of her energy ran over to her.

Luna:"Celestia! Take my hoof! We can still save you, it doesn't have to be this way! Sister... Please..."

A few seconds passed, for a moment it seemed like Flare was going to accept Luna's help, but then...

Solar Flare:"I'll never give you the pleasure..."

Solar Flare let go and plummeted towards the razor sharp rocks below.


Luna looked away as she heard her sister hit the rocks and she exhaled as the last bit of life left her body. Luna then hesitantly looked down at her. Celestia was impaled on the rocks below had reverted back to her old self. Luna sobbed to herself.

Luna:"I... No... I only wanted you to find peace... I only wanted my sister back..."

Three months had passed since the ultimatum between Royal sisters. Canterlot was being restored since the initial battle with Solar Flare, and Twilight was recovering. Although she had lost a her right front limb when she confronted her former teacher, she got a new one made out of high grade metals with a little bit gold and silver in the mix as well.
Luna oversaw the funeral of her sister, and designed her coffin personally. After the funeral Luna became distant. She stopped socializing, and would only really leave her bedroom to eat at night, all the while keeping the sun and the moon going.
Twilight, Cadence, and Shining Armor all came up to Luna's bedroom door.

Twilight: "Luna... Are you there?"

There was no response.

Cadence:"Auntie Luna... Please. We know this has been hard on you. It's been hard on all of us. We all know you didn't have a choice, and we would have never wished this on you."

Quiet still.

Shining Armor: "She has been in there for three days. Luna if you are there I'm opening the door. We just want to make sure you are alright okay."

Shining took a key out of the pocket on his uniform and unlocked the door opening it slowly.

Shining Armor: "Luna? Are you in here"

He looked around. The place was a mess. It looked like Luna hadn't tidied up her room in awhile.
The three noticed a bulge coming from underneath the covers of Luna's bed.
Twilight approached it,

Twilight:"Luna I know you upset... We all are... Believe me when I say we all..."

Twilight noticed something. She had an eye for these sort of things. She notice that there was something... Off about the bulge under the covers. So she moved the covers back to reveal that it was just pillows.

Twilight: "Oh no..."

Cadence: "What!?!"

Shining Armor:"Cadence! Twilight! Over here!"

Shining showed them some of the books discarded throughout the room. They were books on theories. Time travel, alternate dimensions, universe, timelines you name it.

Cadence:"Do you think she intends to... What if she's already..."

Shining Armor:"She can't be. The sun and moon are still going."

They knew what had to be done. They had to find Luna before she did something that she would regret.

Luna stood upon the tallest mountain peak in world. She had been waiting here for a little over two days. Waiting for something to arrive.
Then it happened.

Luna:"There you are. Now I can set things right."

A swirling vortex of energy appeared. This event, this energy only happened once every decade. It was the excess energy of other universes, and if one knew how to use it, they could change the very fabric of reality.

The end... For now...

(So what do you think. Just thought this story up in my spare time. Do you think this would be an interesting story?)
ilovsapinta Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2016
Allot of similarities from Anakin and Obi Wan/Padme conversations in episode III o_O
SgtTex Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2016
Only 2 including you actually caught on to that as of posting this. It started out initially as a parody of sorts, but it turned into a serious story.

You can see the official version here.…
SnapCentino Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2016  Student Writer
"My faithful student, why do my subjects run from me?"
galaticfox1 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015
Twilight must be pretty hot right now.
Lyoko-fan Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015
"What is wrong little Pony? Why do you cry? I bring the sun for all to play in. So please stop crying...Twilight, please..."
Skitsniga Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
leebk201 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015
Oh, yes, this is good!
BloodyWolfGirl246 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing Work!
CassieAlicorn Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
BejeweledApples Featured By Owner Edited Jun 5, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I like the name Umbrae Nova. Sounds exotic.

The art here is really interesting to look at. Here we have evil Celestia just calmly bringing her head lower to look a, hm, startled Twilight in the eye.
starstruck865 Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Student Writer
Hi there, I'm doing a fanfiction reading of 'Curiosity' which used this amazing picture as the cover art. I thought it would be best to ask your permission for me to use this as the image in my video of the fanfic reading? :)

I will credit you of course. :) Thanks, and best regards!
dottiii Featured By Owner Edited Jan 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Warthog-Flammarion Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015
Me encanta!! Sería genial hacer una historia con estos dos! *o*

I love him !! It would be great to do a story with these two! *o*
Celefin Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014
Umbrae Nova is by far the best name for the ascended/descended (dependent on your imagination obviously) Celestia I've come across. Very good choice.
The picture itself is one of those rare gems that do justice to the saying of the 1000 words.
Umbrae doesn't look evil despite her demonic appearance but sad or maybe curious just as Twilight doesn't have the stance of someone terrified but merely afraid, despairing but also hesitating... she really doesn't look as if she's about to bolt just like Umbrae gives no indication of an empeding attack.

Well... a lot of people have already commented that they'd write a fanfic on this and I would like too. Alas, my longer fics never seem to get finished and this deserves so much more than a oneshot. /ramble
Truly a great and inspiring work.
Arielmlp Featured By Owner Edited Oct 26, 2014
This reminds me of my fanfic the legend of solar flare on wattpad
Wait0wat Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014
Well, we're righteously f:iconcensoredplz:cked
DoTheDinosaur24 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So beautiful. Can't take it.
Tianera Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This feeling... Twilights Fear, Celestias Sadness and those colors... stunning *_*
jardape Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
Because the nightmare demon is present she should have Nightmare in her name.
Benthehyena Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
"Sometimes the mentors you cherish become the demons you dread."
Fortunately it doesn't happen everyday.
Dowlphin Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is an interesting theme, because the way you drew that fiery hair, Umbrae Nova reminds me of the Red Bull in The Last Unicorn, and Twilight is in the role of the ... well you can guess.
ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
Princess ... what have you done ? You ... you monster !
Mercury-Pentacle Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
Thinking now of this remarkable work, I firstly cannot say that I've ever commented on art inspired by MLP: FiM, though this effort will change that. Catching sight of this one night, and appreciating the wider context of what I was seeing, it gave me much to think about, until finally bringing my thoughts here to articulate. To keep things orderly, I usually divide between thematic and technical aspects of an art work, as I shall do here too.

Thematically, this is a work of singular power - a rich, dark and potent impression which precipitates curiosity and fosters attempts to understand the scene unfolding, more precisely. In the operas of the Ring Cycle - as penned by Richard Wagner - we find a heady, rich and tragic tale centered upon the now familiar notion of magic rings. What is essential from this, recalling a documentary I encountered a few years ago, was the philosophical proposition that in order to wield absolute power, one must surrender love - urgency I feel resonates with this remarkable work here and now. The notion that the beneficent, sagacious and gentle Celestia has become consumed by some desire - and has divested herself of what she once was - using the medium of her power to achieve it. In becoming what she is now, and so utterly transformed, fans of the show could begin to appreciate the fear and terrible revelation of Twilight Sparkle - more so, how that once loving, trusting relationship has been changed and perhaps for the far worse too. In becoming Solar Flare, Celestia would impel Twilight to confront an enemy that wields not only divine power and vast knowledge but also to face the gulf between them; something that may have always been, but is now indelible. The revelation of where her relationship with the princess now is seems embodied in that luminous eyed expression SF has as she inclines towards Twilight; her brilliant, shining eyes moved by a seeming curiosity or bemusement at the one who presumes to confront her. Where might Twilight stand now, before a once loving, wise ruler who is now a supreme, undeniable and dark power? It seems love is now lost to power.

Technically, this is a superb work and can, on those merits alone, bring a viewer back for more. The sheer ambiance is remarkable and very evocative as the usually rich, bright world of Canterlot is remade into one of dark, fiery splendor. The use of shadow also is remarkable in accentuating the characters and the assorted details are excellent when more closely considered; SF's shining gaze and its expression, Twilight's tears and seeming strained shock, the majesty of the now dancing, flaming mane and the valley beyond now bathed in a dusky yellow all work to impress a dark narrative on the viewer. In all, I would like to commend and applaud this remarkable work and the artist for giving such a remarkable vista onto a curious, dark and compelling idea of Princess Celestia becoming Twilight Sparkle's enemy. Fruits of long, hard work =).
CosmicUnicorn Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
Wow... Thank you for your magnificent thoughts... I'm humbled, truly. 

It pleases me to know this piece spoke to you. It was born from a personal struggle of mine I was having at the time.

Much appreciation. :heart:
PhantomNova189 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
This is one of my favorite paintings of all time. The graceful and expressive stances of both the ponies, the lighting, the expressions on their faces. I never thought glowing eyes could show that much emotion. I have yet to find a painting I like more.
Mario-Wolfe Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmmmm... Daylight Sun? Yes, that.
RaikouArtist Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nightmare Sol. Why? Because Sol.
RomanJe Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
Is that celestia ?
bronyPower1 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
yes it is
how could you not know that? you can tell by her cutie mark
Falljoydelux Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Umbrae Nova, or Doomsday Sun?
TmnGirl Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
Nightmare sun?
Amatelaseu Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I have heard Solar Flare, Lightmare Sun, and Evil Celestial, but Umbrea Nova is a new one to me. It's probably one of my favourites.
MyLittlePrimo Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
That's Nightmare Celestia, isn't it?
zaneGrimm430 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
it's Epic That's What that is!!!
MyLittlePrimo Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
:iconpinkiepieduhplz::XD:Well, of course, THIS is epic!
But THAT has to be Solar Flare!
zaneGrimm430 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
oh solar flare that sounds cool!
MyLittlePrimo Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
It's a name coined by the fandom for Princess Celestia's Nightmare form.
zaneGrimm430 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
really? interesting
flygon7777 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
i like lightmare sun better.
like maybe along with the nightmare forces, there are LIGHTmare forces also.

but solar flare sounds cool too.
edamazing Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Student General Artist
i love this so much i cant stop looking at it *o*
arkangelofreedom Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
heck yeah like my teacher
deserthumor Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
Maybe "Searing Sun" could be a good villain name, but "Umbrae Nova" good too.
ToxicITZI Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
no, it's quite fitting actually. If you read the author's notes of the sketch for Umbrae Nova, this is what it says:

"This is my rendition of a "Nightmare"/dark/fallen/evil/unbalanced Celestia. "

Dark, Fallen, Evil. That's the purpose of the name Umbrae and imo, it's perfect, not just because of what the name means, but it also fits well with her new coat colour.
SomeKindaSpy Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
An "Umbrae" is the darkest part of a sun-spot.
xxReshiramxx Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I like how the main and tail appear to be lit up aflame.
Pyrofishy Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its Celestia as a nightmare! Lightmare Sun!
Zucca-Xerfantes Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
If there's anypony who can bring her around again, it's Twilight.
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