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Daring Do and the Ancient Curse

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Whew! This took a long time to complete. I hope you enjoy this comic.

For those that aren't familiar, this is a reference to a scene from the movie The Mummy. Here's the clip [link]

For the "bony" structure of the mummy's face, I created this reference for what I believe pony skulls must look like. I used details from what actual horse skulls look like to make it more realistic. [link]

And yes, in case there weren't enough hints, the mummy is supposed to be Lyra. It's meant as a reference to episode 4 of season 2, where Lyra is dressed as a mummy in the background (for Nightmare Night).

Huge thank you to :iconbreadking: for providing the everfree forest background in panels 1 through 7. Frankly, I had enough backgrounds to worry about already. XD

Reference background to be found here. [link]

Twilight's cutie mark, by :iconblackgryph0n:
Daring's cutie mark, by :iconhawk9mm:

UPDATE, same evening: I am once again honored to have been featured on Equestria Daily. Thanks so much!

My Little Pony, Friendship is Magic is property of Hasbro.

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Twilight: Oh look, I may not be an explorer, or an adventerer, or a treasure seeker, or a gun-fighter, miss Daring Do.... but I am proud of what I am!

Daring: And what is that?

Twilight: I ... am a Librarian! *faints*

Daring: I guess librarians can't hold their dandelion wine...
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LionsoulkopaHobbyist Digital Artist
:star::star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

This is my favourite My little Pony comment online.

It is truly fantastic. The original storyline, the fantastic drawing, the little hints and hidden jokes, the way you portrayed how much Daring-Do is like Dashie and even the way you showed how their two personalities differed so much.

I can't describe how awesome this is, you did such a great job! I really hope you're proud of yourself^^

I rated so highly because I can tell how much effort has gone into this- and I assure you it has totally paid off created a great, effective piece of art. Well done!!
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StarbatHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!

I'm really happy you appreciate my interpretation of Daring Do. ^^
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LionsoulkopaHobbyist Digital Artist
It's no problem^^
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Praetor-DexHobbyist General Artist
:star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Vision
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

In my oppinion originality isn't all that important, espaially with a crossover. I found it quite interesting you chose to impliment the mummy into a daring do story. that'll give you a good number of points. Also the choice of twilight as evelene was very well done. I was slightly perplexed that you chose to portray lyra as the mummy, but then i realise she could mistaken twilight as bon bon so that'll work quite nicly. I found the way you pointed out the gag of the howeling wind to be perfect. you obviously payed attention to the numerous movies that played that joke.

At anyrate, very well done!
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StarbatHobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm, perhaps I should strive for greater originality, it is true. It's just that crossovers like this come more easily to me, and are more inspiring.

Originally, the mummy pony was not supposed to be Lyra, but rather a generic made-up pony. However, I was hoping for a feature on EqD, and I thought the mummy pony would be interpreted as an OC, and thus would have hurt its chances of being accepted. It was then that I opted to make Lyra the mummy, which actually seemed appropriate, given that she did dress up as a mummy according to canon.

Thank you very much for the critique. I am always open to recommendations for improvement, in terms of technique, composition, and writing. :)
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Night-NadderStudent General Artist
Hey, it Lyra when she doesnt get her coffee in the morning!! XD
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StarbatHobbyist Digital Artist
Yup.  XD
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Night-NadderStudent General Artist
X3
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And then there was a mummy behind her!
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StarbatHobbyist Digital Artist
Probably. XD
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mlpicturesHobbyist Artist
The mummy looks like Lyra... 
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StarbatHobbyist Digital Artist
Yup.  ;)
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mlpicturesHobbyist Artist
:D
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DragonjekHobbyist Writer
And she even read it out loud!  You've read enough adventure novels to know that you should never read strange books out loud!

Daring Do, you're a goddamn archaeologist.  I watched Indiana Jones, I know you spend your time in universities!  No archaeologist is in any position to call anypony else an egghead.  Especially considering how much research needs to go into tracking down those lost temples and artifacts, learning dead languages, studying conflicting mythology regarding antique death rays...

On a side note, why is there no Twilight & Daring artwork out there?
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StarbatHobbyist Digital Artist
I wondered that too.  I guess Rainbow Dash's fixation on Daring Do so quickly became the focus that the fact that Twilight was also a fan kind of fell by the wayside....

Thanks for your comment.  ^^
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redreece333Hobbyist Digital Artist
"the mummy" was awesome
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StarbatHobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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:D
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lol Lyra is mummy Squishy Lyra Icon

and twilight remind me of myself when i got new novel to read *Free Icon/Emote* Twilight Hairball Pusheen 
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StarbatHobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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cbugnet2Hobbyist Digital Artist
Read in slide 10 she says Lai rah
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StarbatHobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, and the mummy's colors are Lyra's, and she was buried with her lyre.
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cbugnet2Hobbyist Digital Artist
I-it's L-lyra...
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