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Birth of a Nightmare by NightShadow154 Birth of a Nightmare by NightShadow154
I tried to update with revised version, but the original crashed and it had to be taken down. Sorry for the inconvenience, and thanks for the feedback. Yet again, Happy belated Nightmare Night!, and to all mexican deviants: ¡Feliz Día de Muertos!
Update: EQD feature! So awesome! On a side note, so many people pointing out how similar the transformation is to that of Venom... can't unsee that now.
Update 2: Well, other than the fact that what consumed Luna wasn't gooey and she wasn't grieving at the time it happened, it seems this theory of "darkness takes over" might actually be correct!
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:iconcassiealicorn:
CassieAlicorn Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015
The feels
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:iconmaldrete:
Maldrete Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015
A comic done in traditional media? That's unique already.

You retold Luna's story beautifully.
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:iconwinterfrost321:
Winterfrost321 Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Student Digital Artist
IKR
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:iconbettina2013:
Bettina2013 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
I feel like I'm gonna cry! So true....so beautiful.........so sad........................

10 SECONDS LATER!



I HATE CELESTIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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EeveeDash9 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is really beautiful! I wish I could draw like that!

(P.S. Luna is best pony.)
Clapping Pony Icon - Princess Luna 
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InkBlossom71 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is SOOOO Beautiful! 
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Rainbow-Gale Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
Is that supposed to be a spider-manesque symbiote or something?
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:iconnightshadow154:
NightShadow154 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist
Copypaste from one of my earlier comments: "It looks like that for a series of reasons: first of all, it's an amorphous mass of something because the way I see it evil has no actual shape; then I decided it should be sticky because that way it would be more evident how Luna is trying to fight it on panel 13, and last but not least, it's black because that's the color of Nightmare Moon's skin. The result: some black gooey blob that awfully resembles the symbiote that later became Venom."
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sdwing7 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
:'(
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LunarSnowflake4 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
THIS is a better explanation than the one in season 4! And it's better drawn!
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:iconjardape:
jardape Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
That is what probably realy happened.
If it was only Luna's dark side she would be turned to stone like Discord. But Luna was victim here because she was possesed by Nightmare. Alone Celestia didn't have strenght to cleanse her so she put her to sleep by banishing her and Nightmare in the moon until there were new element bearers.
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Alice-darkfernus Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Poor Luna.
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shadowdelta47 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
On one note: Very heart-tugging
On other note: The darkness just now reminded me of the Venom symbiote
On an entirely different note: NIGHTSHADOW154!!! WHY YOU RIP OFF MY EVIL SMILE!?!
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MLPLOVER2020 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Student Interface Designer
That is true celestia does get all the attention.
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:iconmidnightdarkness1:
MidnightDarkness1 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love it!
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:iconspencermalley:
spencermalley Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
Venom-Luna, Nice
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:iconyarrix:
Yarrix Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
That looks far MORE AWESOME as in season 4!
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:iconmoppypuppy:
MoppyPuppy Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
Perfect.

DARKNESS, IMPRISONING ME, ALL THAT I SEE, ABSOLUTE HORROR...
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:iconambenthal:
ambenthal Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
personaly, luna is my favorite princess
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:iconyarrix:
Yarrix Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
My, too. I like the night more^^
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:iconambenthal:
ambenthal Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
I don't really like the night more, ive just been in her shoes...or hooves!Riding Icon 
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:iconjardape:
jardape Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
Oh, were you possesed by parasitic symbiont? Cool. :D
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:icontalon-the-cyberfox:
Talon-the-Cyberfox Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
Don't worry, Luna. I like your night.
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:iconboothnat:
boothnat Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
DAT SLASHER SMILE AT THE END
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:iconcomingo:
comingo Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
i love this
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NekoDrayUchimaki Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
I love the art and story its wonderful.
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:iconspaderiff:
SpadeRiff Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohnoes, it's a pony princess Venom. How'd Symbiote get there?
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Winxzafir Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
I still much prefer the idea of Nightmare Moon being Luna's own dark side rather than some alien invader. It feels more character driven.
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NightShadow154 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist
Maybe the whole possession scene was only happening inside Luna's mind, maybe it's some evil spirit that took advantage of her vulnerability, it could even be some evil being that was born out of her own bad emotions. I've seen some interesting interpretations of this comic on the comments, so I suppose it's ambiguous enough for you to come up with your own vision of what really happened here. In the end, what I was trying to do is show how people (or ponies in this case) can change when they feel ignored and underestimated, and how letting your emotions take full control of your actions can lead to bad things.
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inumbralunaest Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist
Awesome!
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3pichp Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
I like the way it looks, kind of like colored pencils :P
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ravenelite Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
love it
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:iconfox-ink:
Fox-Ink Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
I always enjoy these kind of, origin comic strips about luna. I like the comforting stance nightmare moon takes to worm her way in.
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:iconzerozi:
ZeroZi Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
excellent work i love it
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CrazyIvan69 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
u are a talent with these pencils mate, I most like when nightmare moon's commin' to scene :3
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ChaosDrgon Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
Wonderful storyboard of Luna's possession by the shadow forces. Though I believe Luna trapped in a cage of shadow, would have been more appropriate for the last panel, but then again you can't argue with results.
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C-blaze21 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
Now that's a backstory.
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:iconcataclasum:
Cataclasum Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful! Clapping Pony Icon - Nightmare Moon Clapping Pony Icon - Princess Luna 
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UmitheMusicalPony Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Feels were had....
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:iconmewtwo365:
mewtwo365 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Student Artist
Wow! this must have taken forever coloring! Great job, i really like it!
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:iconkonny00:
konny00 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist
podrías colocarlo en español porfavor
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:iconnightshadow154:
NightShadow154 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist
Pues supongo que podría, aunque me tomaría algo de tiempo. La escuela me tiene ocupado.
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:iconkonny00:
konny00 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist
tomate tu tiempo no me gusta apresurar a las personas es más lo odio
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:iconwolfstorm56:
wolfstorm56 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
Luna's missing wings in the second panel.
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:iconnightshadow154:
NightShadow154 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist
Darn it! Forgot to use ink and didn't notice! Thanks for letting me know.
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:iconwolfstorm56:
wolfstorm56 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
You're quite welcome. :)
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templar127 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
NICE!
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:iconfotland42:
fotland42 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
I'll not be overshadowed, mine is not the lesser light. I've waited long enough now for them all to come around; and though the sun may plead and threaten, the moon will stand her ground.
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cunningham087 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
This is so cool! And thanks! ( For the Feliz Dia de los Muertos ) 
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