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And That's How Equestria Was Made

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This is it, my 5 days of toil, here finished.
I'm truly proud of myself.

This comic started out as a simple ponification of an xkcd comic, but became more and more as I drew on, and soon it became a comic about the origin of Equestria, and how Maud Pie is god of the universe.

There are some little references here and there in the comic, but they are bonuses, not required for understanding. I'll just point them out here:
Analytical Engine: a general-purpose computer designed in 1837. Can theoretically do all the things a modern computer do (with a big enough mechanical RAM), and can be made entirely out of 19-century mechanical technology.
Alchemical signs: They are like chemical symbols for medieval alchemists, and still occasionally used by chemists until 18th century.
Rule 110: a celluar automata that is Turing complete in its computational power.
Yoneda theorem: a theorem in category theory.
Wu Xing: basically the ancient Chinese version of the four elements.
Lorenz attractor: that butterfly shaped thing, a famous demonstration of chaos theory.
Discord getting killed: I was thinking about how Ymir was killed in the Norse creation myth, as well as other primordial creators who later got killed by their creations.
Maha-kalpa: a very long time unit mentioned in a Hindu book Visuddhimagga.

Featured on EquestriaDaily: www.equestriadaily.com/2015/03…

If you want to translate this, here's a wordless version: sta.sh/0mipnyf60rs
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jamesfinch's avatar
Amazing comic, should be preserved for all eternity in Wayback Machine or Congress.
KopaLeo's avatar
Thank you. I just did that here.

However note that the Wayback Machine will breakdown one day too. The preservation is not literally possible for eternity.

Perhaps you'd see this more clearly here.
Cosmic Love by KopaLeo

Digital data can be copied and preserved forever. That doesn't mean they would, mind you ... but storage capacity is growing and it's generally easier to just copy data than to analyze it and decide which parts are worth copying.

So yes. It IS possible your image will end up in archive of some university department of archeology when they would be evacuating Earth due to Sun getting too hot billion years from now. It doesn't mean someone will ever look at it, but it MAY BE THERE.

jamesfinch's avatar
Well, everything fades, right?

Though who knows, maybe reality would turn weird someday, as in so weird that even concepts like "the end" will be subject to its whims. Ever heard of the SCP Foundation? That is what I am envisioning, a world where you could just wake up one day only to discover that your stomach is an ear garden and the sun is turning you to Tang.

But that is just a theory.

A Life Theory!
Alexander941's avatar
Just found out that I have not added this masterpiece to my favourites. Done!
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kamakane's avatar
interesting. in a good way obviously
Kirakostu's avatar
Big Ultra Wow!! I am astonished. This comic is very logical. I love it, Awesome job!!!  Clap Clap Clap Clap Applaud fella (Reactions) Applaud fella (Reactions) 
Sneshneeorfa's avatar
I really love how everything came together.
I have seen many fan back-stories, but this blew me away.
RestartBob's avatar
Yeesh, I almost got in lost in a big comment debate.

Thought I am not familiar with the source comic or a lot of the references, this is still enjoyable. I can't put to words how much I  like it, so I'll sum everything up with: "I like Maud."
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mind BLOWN!!!!!!!!!!
kind of dark but man that is cool!
amazing concept!
really!
KopaLeo's avatar
Thank you. I'm currently drawing a 
"And That's How Equestria Was Made, Version 2"
Expect it to appear on EquestriaDaily "soon".
I'll keep an eye out!
vekarvonkostu's avatar
SO AWESOMELY AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!! BIG, SUPER, WOW!!!! I can't believe this, I'm so speechless, this is how Equestria exists all because of Maud Pie and Discord, she created him, so No Way!!! This is so AWESOME, IT BLEW MY MIND, LITERALLY SO EXCITED TO KNOW EQUESTRIA'S BIRTH!!!! I can really see how Pinkie Pie and Maud Pie are so related, literally!!!! Pinkie Pie has one Lucky, Awesome, and yet Eccentric, like Pinkie Pie herself, Maud Pie!!! :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap 
jeffthekillerlover00's avatar
i got myself confoosed
Stayouofmahshed's avatar
Oh my, this was such an interesting read ;u;
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replacer808's avatar
Cooler than the original.
KopaLeo's avatar
How did you find this comic, I may ask?
replacer808's avatar
It was posted by this fb page I happened to be following www.facebook.com/ImSorryICantH…
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I was linked to this, and thought it was a simple ponification. And then, in a few short images, you described the most beautifully tragic story for Maud, solidifying Maudcord as a ship in my mind and visualizing what is now my headcanon creation myth for Equestria. Suffice to say, you have surpassed all expectations and blown my mind.
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Thank you, kind sir. I don't ship Maudcord (I view Maud as asexual/aromantic), but glad that it inspired you to do so.
The story is modified my creation myth of Equestria: Out of nothing came chaos, out of chaos came Discord, Discord created the sun, moon, earth, populated Earth with creatures. Then he (like "the Elder God" in Lovecraft's stories) treated the creatures cruelly (not because of evilness, but because he's too different from the creatures to empathize with them) and was defeated by the sun and the moon who became the Younger Gods. The Younger Gods don't actually have a definite shape, alicorn Celestia and Luna are just one physical incarnation of them.
Discord originally created all ponies as alicorns, but then felt a bit bored, so he split them into three kinds so that there's more drama to entertain him.
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