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Cutie Mark Crusaders 10k: Elements of Friendship by GatesMcCloud Cutie Mark Crusaders 10k: Elements of Friendship by GatesMcCloud
Scootaloo, Sweetie Belle, and Applebloom. When they first met, they vowed to help each other find their cutie marks. From those three fillies came what would become the greatest friendship Equestria has ever known. And in its darkest hour, the friendship that it desperately needed.



So this is gonna be short, so short that I'm racking my mind trying to figure out how much I can cram into each panel so I can keep the page count down. Because this is going to cover some important things. Happy I got done with this though, this cover was originally designed to be an alternate cover for when I hit page 50 with Lulamoon, hah hah hah... Yah. This marks the last bit of comic stuff I had roughed out from 2013. Though I have a few non comic stuff still sitting, waiting. Yes Spitfire, I know. Gonna have to wait.



Elements of Friendship 01
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:iconmiguelofking:
MiguelofKing Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The Light of the Hope...
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:iconbenrg:
BenRG Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015
In the dark, distant future of the magical land of Equestria...

There is only war.
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:iconwatcher25:
watcher25 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
on a different note

"We are totally damning the torpedoes right now...!"
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:iconwatcher25:
watcher25 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
I've had some thoughts

and i forgot how serious war is -its a constant state of crisis- even when you do the best you can- to take as little change as possible is often the best thing to do.

there are ways to do so in an non-damaging way, and ways to do so in a least damaging way, far before resorting to sheer malice just because it is easier though not more effective

(killing potential resorces because you don't have the resources to use it is such an example of such a crisis no room or time for error and stretched to the limit situation)

i'm not sure- perhaps i was too idealistic to think that wars of defense and peace making inside your boarders were about as holy as you can be in the sin ridden hell of combat. I had forgoten there is a responsible and mature way to fight before having to resort to more brutal tactics to maintain momentum and efficiency to prevent waste and losing the ability to fight and succeed- thus inviting defeat beyond any hope of recovery.

in the fractured and forsaken future of the first millennium, there is only a state of war. Many no longer remember anything but war, and thus war is like life blood to them, or it would be if not for the efforts of our Empress, Grand inquisitor, and high general

but even they suffer doubts, and they hide their callused souls, unable to not speak of their deeds as stark but completely necessary despite how close they may come to resemble their enemies.

This is more to the truth of my ... disagreements with the grand inquisitor- simply put:

"we are in a crisis. You know how to maintain security. You are smart. you have grown wise. your are a critical thinker. you do all you can despite how imperfect it may be. But do i hear that you do not have any mercy for yourself? you know how short you may fall, you know that when your back is against a wall, that drastic measures are the last resort available. Its survival. you know this, you would do better if you could wouldn't you? you know this. just like you know that such consideration is not taken by those you fight? that's the difference. you may bite with fangs when you have to, but you don't lust for blood like they do. and blaming yourself as a monster like them will prevent you form doing better when you can and making better on your sins that you just couldn't help at the time in light of loosing everything that is left.

you do what you have to and do better when you can, correct? so why are you so unkind to yourself?"

that is my truer response, if i am interpreting accurately with what is there and what the situation is.

If.


I make the wrong assumption last time. very wrong. I paid for it.
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:iconfotland42:
fotland42 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015
So now I'm here, apparently.
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:iconwatcher25:
watcher25 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015
TO GLORY!!!
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:iconaurora-chiaro:
Aurora-Chiaro Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Love the awesome title page :D
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GatesMcCloud Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
For some odd reason I like doing the titles for these more than the actual covers. Dunno why.
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revan1801 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015
Looking forward for this so much :D
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:icontechna3:
techna3 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I actually have a question, Will this be an ongoing series? Like, will we get to see them change Twilight and her friends change back? Or save Celestia and stop the Crystal Kingdom? I am really loving these comics your making. Also, sorry if this is a stupid question.
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GatesMcCloud Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
No, this is going to cover what went on between Lulamoon 89 and Lulamoon 90.


For the other things you said, oh no. You won't be seeing those, if at all, anytime soon.
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:icontechna3:
techna3 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh alright. Thank you for answering.
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:iconladyjaney01:
LadyJaney01 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
poor Sweetie and Trixie XD
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:iconponyvillefc11:
PonyvilleFC11 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015
I feel SO sorry for Sweetie Belle and Trixie right now.
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:icondekra234:
Dekra234 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015
blle looks not happy
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:iconkwendynew:
kwendynew Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You want to drive a broken car? I can help you with this!
No wheel! No tire! No problem! Those parts I never miss.
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:iconkodimarto:
Kodimarto Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015   Filmographer
Awesome job on this!!!
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:icondragon101k:
Dragon101k Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
I wonder.... why is Scootaloo feeling like she's alicorn size?
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:iconmarauder92:
Marauder92 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015
Growth spurt. Her wings were too little for the most of her life, and now they had made up for that, by becoming larger than the average.
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:icondragon101k:
Dragon101k Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015
Seems legit.
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:iconzopteryx:
ZoPteryx Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks like it's going to be a wild ride, perhaps literally! :D
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Legate47 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
So, there's going to be a comic about what the CMC did while Trixie was comatose, the downfall of the Mane 6, as well as ones about Spike, Spitfire, and possibly Templar. I wonder who else is will get a side comic in this series.
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:iconformoy1:
Formoy1 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
Awesome!
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:iconsamgreen90:
Samgreen90 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
Is this going to be a new chapter?
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:icongatesmccloud:
GatesMcCloud Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
No. Its the comic talked about in Lulamoon.
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:iconsamgreen90:
Samgreen90 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
Damn it. I miss Lulamoon and the CMC.
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:iconmasao114:
Masao114 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
looks awesome, Gates.
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:iconbattle765:
Battle765 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
:3 This is going to be interesting~
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:iconhotspot0626:
Hotspot0626 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
Ooh! Fun! :D
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:iconmalos323:
Malos323 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
Does anyone notice the Dark purple orb in the center of the title?
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PinkPrincessBlossom Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice Work! 
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PinkFluffyUnicorns24 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 8, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
WHY DID THE TWILIGHT AND HER FRIENDS HAVE TO BECOME EVIL!!!!!Sad Fluttershy Sad Pony Grey Kit Emoticon-Bye 
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:iconmh3umaster:
mh3umaster Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
ya it is just sadRainbow sad Rainbow sad Rainbow sad Rainbow sad Rainbow sad Rainbow sad Rainbow sad Rainbow sad Rainbow sad Rainbow sad 
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supersexyghotmew95 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
Poor trixie
poor sweetie
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:iconwhitewolfstormrunner:
WhitewolfStormrunner Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup.
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RainbowDashieMLPFan Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Student Digital Artist
i love your icon X3
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:iconwhitewolfstormrunner:
WhitewolfStormrunner Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, thank you!  I appreciate that!:D
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supersexyghotmew95 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
The looks on there faces
sweetie-h how d do you stop a earth pony?!
Trixie-TRIXIEDOSE NOT KNOW!
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:iconwhitewolfstormrunner:
WhitewolfStormrunner Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL Yep!

And in answer to that: Not easily.
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:iconsupersexyghotmew95:
supersexyghotmew95 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
Truth!
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:iconwhitewolfstormrunner:
WhitewolfStormrunner Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep.
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:iconwhitewolfstormrunner:
WhitewolfStormrunner Featured By Owner Edited Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks like Bloom and Scoots are having a bit of fun whether Belle and Trixie want to or not.

Poor gals.........

Heh, I can just hear Trixie yelling "BLOOM!  We just lost a wheel!  Slow down, would you?!  PLEASE?!"

Belle: "YES!  Slow down!  For both mine and big sis's sake!"

Bloom's reply: "Slow down?!  Where's the fun in that?!"

And Scoots' grin is more than enough for her own "comment" on the situation.

Love this cover, though, and I cannot WAIT to see what you have in store for us next!
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GatesMcCloud Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I was thinking Trixie was more of the thinking," See! I was right! You can't trust them!"
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:iconwhitewolfstormrunner:
WhitewolfStormrunner Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmmm, you could be right there, Gates.  I hadn't thought of that one.
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