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Out of the Ashes, a New Story To Be Told

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Had this rough idea for quite a while but didn't know how would I exactly present it. I did want to focus on trying to bring the scale of destruction into another light. Afterall that tree was pretty damn huge and old when you construct it by looking at the interiors. It had to be a significant loss for everyone, simply because of its age and place in history. Not to mention that amount of books that were certainly destroyed.

Of course, realistically a totally leveled tree wouldn't sprout again right in the middle of the trunk, but I took a little bit of freedom so it'd make sense in both artistic side and story viewpoint. I like to think that one day the old overgrown hollow remains of the golden oak would become one with the grown sprout, effectively renewing the tree in its glory.

I kind of regret not putting Spike in there. I just forgot about him after I threw away the idea of having the whole mane six gazing at the sproutling around Twilight.

(EDIT): There's a strange black line around the bottom appearing occasionally.. It's something on Deviantart's side, not being present in the full res picture. The whole site has been laggy as hell recently.
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goldorakx69's avatar

is nice but sadly is only in the head canon of many fans.

SeaTurtleSoundtracks's avatar

Wow! This is one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen on DA!

morion87's avatar
Course then we never saw or heard of Golden Oaks Library after season 4's finale. Just a little bit when the girls dug up the roots for Twilight's castle.

And that was it.
Bigoldinosaur's avatar
This is absolutely stunning and glorious. 
Rizarus's avatar
this is amazing art
ilvbrownies's avatar
Amazing work, I love how you've captured the destroyed look of the tree and the contrast with the new sapling, not to mention the little details like the loose pages sitting out front and the little dots of ash floating in the air. On top of that, I would be remiss if I didn't mention the emotions you've captured beautifully, I swear I got misty-eyed just looking at this. As to you're edit, I didn't notice it until it was mentioned. 
SasQ's avatar
Ah, the magical library.... :(
As sad as it is that the library is no more, there's an interesting part in this point of view: it kinda works like a "cross-section" and allows to imagine its internal structure better. I remember I had a lot of trouble once, trying to figure out its three-dimensional layout and incorporate all the inconsistencies about how it was presented in different episodes :q
idislikecake's avatar
this is why you're pretty much the best mlp artist
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Cynthrey's avatar
ouch ouch ouch ouch ouch ouch ouch...my heart hurts!, this is too beautiful!
SongbirdSerenade's avatar
That's amazing! Awesome job!!
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Cobalius's avatar
wow, simply wow
julian0123's avatar
So sad, yet cute at the same time...
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HyperDashPony's avatar
I can't believe it's been almost 2 years. RIP Golden Oak Library. :'(
JetPowerFIE's avatar
I think the most impressive part about this picture (aside from the gorgeous lighting), is the scale you've given the remained of the library.  The show never really points out how large of a tree it was, but this just makes it awe-ispiring and fantastic agumented by your amount of detail to it all.  Props to you.
Absolutely breath-taking! Love it! :)
Even though the Mane 6 did use the roots as a chandelier for Twilight's new castle, I do hope one day, a new oak sprout grows in place of the Golden Oak Library one day
jghgrh's avatar
WOW,love It.
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Saddust's avatar
Beautiful concept !
Twilight is an immortal alicorne, now. She has aaaall the time in the world (^v^)
Nyerguds's avatar
Yeeah... just give it a couple thousand years to grow to library size again? :(

Anyway... wonderful image :)
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