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Our Dear Celestia by DigitalDasherBot Our Dear Celestia by DigitalDasherBot
I've been wanting to do this comic since the Season 2 finale, but things kept pushing it onto the back burner. I had hoped to finish it before season 3 started, but that just wasn't happening.

This comic takes place right after the Royal Wedding. I remember how floored we all were when our Alicorn-Sun-God went down. Then I started thinking about how SHE would
have felt about it. As usual, that led to lots of exposition.

I suppose this comic works as a bit of a companion piece to my Goodnight Luna comic, [link] but really it's made to stand on its own.

Now maybe I can go back to playing Guild Wars 2.
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Edit: I've added the original script and thumbnails to my Scraps folder, [link] since it seemed like the kind of thing people might be interested in and it literally took me two minutes, so why not?

Edit edit: Youtube voiced version done by MindlessGonzo and IMShadow007! [link]
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tokyofox200 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015
It is when we learn from our mistakes that our hearts grow stronger...
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Blueberryeyes13 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That was so sweet
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SeventhSkull Featured By Owner Edited Dec 20, 2014
This reminds me of something:

"The hero is not the strongest, or the smartest, or the fastest, or the best looking. The hero is the one who, whatever happens, does what he knows is right."

To me at least, this comic demonstrates this, as well as the fact that it is not always easy.

Well done. All the cheers for you. 
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RGLloyd Featured By Owner Edited Dec 15, 2014
Usually when I read comics, I avoid the long winded ones. Generally a comic this long loses its purpose of being a comic which is a quick cheap laugh, or aha moment of some kind. If I want a good story, I will read a fanfic, but in this case I gave it a shot.

Wow, am I glad I did. I teared up a little. The writing in this is superb, and the tone is really well done. Celestia's problems are pretty serious, and one everyone will eventually face later in life as they ask themselves if they made the right choices or not. Even if you have self confidence, and vast amounts of experience, the questions still creep in. I've experienced this myself many times. So, I actually felt a bit nervous as to how you would handle Twi's response.

No disappointment there. I was surprised at how much of a sophisticated impact Twilight's counter argument made while still holding a good amount of emotion. It wasn't just about friendship, or relying on loved ones that hit me hardest. That much I expected out of response from her, but I didn't expect it to be so complex and well thought out. It was how she tied it into Celestia's own teachings, kept it flowing with that episode, used personal references and experience, and then wrapped it all up in a letter like response which is something very meaningful between the two of them that was just perfectly in character.

Finally, Celestia's response of "It seems that I needed to be reminded to follow my own lessons" really drove everything home, because that really is how it is. It doesn't matter how old you get, you still rely on others to affirm that you are doing it right, or did the best you could. That's why hermits eventually go crazy and collect cats to talk to. Celestia's problem here is so believable because it is lonely at the top. Who is she going to be close enough to besides Twilight to really assuage her insecurities about her sister, or how she's ran her country? 

Very well done! I would like to see this adopted into the show, because it teaches something very rarely touched upon these days. When I get the chance I would love to feature it on my fimfic page along with a link back here of course.
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TimMcJimFromPl Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
Amazing.
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DarthBadassus Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  New member
sorry guys... it's pinkie pie, NO CAKE 4 U!!!
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EStories Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
c_O Wow. This is one of the most perfect and most epic comic strips I've ever seen.
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TheNeoStrike Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
agreed
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kittybabyshoes400 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014
I wish they put this in the show. It would give Celestia some development. To me, Celestia is a Mary Sue. She has barely any flaws. She's pretty and powerful.

I think if you can give Celestia some development, than the creators of the show can give her some development too:)
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NewportMuse Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
One of the best MLP fan comics I have ever read! And a very good lesson for everypony to learn. It's very moving to see Princess Celestia doubting her own worth as Equestria's ruler and struggling with centuries of regret. But it's equally moving for Twilight to encourage Celestia with why she is still worthy of the throne and what truly makes her a great leader despite her weaknesses and flaws.

After seeing so much lowbrow humor of Celestia as a manipulator, tyrant or worse, it's very refreshing to see a fan story like this that is in the spirit of the TV show and worthy of being an episode. Well done, my friend. Brohoof!
Clapping Pony Icon - Princess Celestia Clapping Pony Icon - Twilight Sparkle 
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Notefly Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
WAY TOO LONG
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PonyMoog203A Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Wow, this is simply flawless! Really good to read it...
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DungeonBrony Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thoughtful and diligently done!
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sonicnarutoauthor Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014
OH THE FEELS AND I LOVE EVERY SECOND OF IT
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Dragonjek Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is outstanding.
You've done an incredible job with this, and I love how well you've characterized them.  Although I do think that there should have been a hug or nuzzle or something at the end of Twilight's speech.
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PinkiePie1902 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014
I didn't read it all XD
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cookiegirl500 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
Celestia is so underrated :( She is hated the most times, because she sent away Luna and people say, she doesn't do anything. She is just a wise ruler. All the things she did was because of her kingdom. And alot of people also hate on her just because she couldn't defeat Chrysalis. Atleast she fought and tried! And that is, what matters! I think, Celestia is a great ruler :)! And this comic is beautiful!
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bluebell5656 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Student General Artist
I second pretty much everything in there. I mean, it's fun to pick on every character in the show, but people often go too far with Celestia and Twilight. 
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SugarCookie310 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
Favorited.... And Watched.
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christmaspenguin123 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
is the music from puella magi madokaHomura Scared Icon Madoka and Homura Glomp Icon Homura Clapping Icon Homura Bowing Icon 
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tyruvelp Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014
faved 
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:iconfrederichorseshoepin:
Wow. The feels. Love it!
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:iconlgonggr:
lgonggr Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
Wow. This is a great piece of work that touches a lot of things I have been thinking about myself. *applause*
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ShiloT Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wonderfully written and drawn, well done!
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Sora200 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
Awesome!
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Kinsfire Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When you can write something and I hear the characters in my head - I hear Celestia and Twilight speaking - then it means you have done something very right. Thank you very much for something beautiful.
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Sky-Zoned Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
I sometimes wonder whether putting these big duties on Twilight was just plot convenience.  It's nice to see explanations (especially why Celestia couldn't wield the Elements), as well as seeing a weaker side of the usually regal and composed Celestia.  This should totally be canon :D  A rare occasion in which the student brings up the teacher :)  Wonderful comic <3
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BejeweledApples Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
A touching possible explanation for those bronies who believed that Princess Celestia was pushing the burden of protecting Equestria unto other ponies.
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PonyUniverse Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awwww! That was so sweet!
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JimTheCactus Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Stumbled on this again and was disappointed to find it already in my favorites. So have a :+fav: in here instead for being awesome!
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PlxHardC0re Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
I wanawanawana have this an episode!


Too bad its past Canterlot Wedding episodes
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piegirl290 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
cute
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oliviert10 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
Alternate ending: Princess Celestia is a changeling!
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julian0123 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
That was really touching :)
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willo3 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
I really want a Celestia episode now, I mean i'm sure what they would do, but there is so much poteinal
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gamexpert1990 Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
Between this one and your "Goodnight, Luna" it's hard for me to say which is MORE heartwarming. (Personally, I'm going to give the title to "Goodnight, Luna" just because it gets an extra point for being the FIRST heartwarming MLP:FiM fan comic I saw...)
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Dudette5030 Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Student General Artist
Part of me was fearing throughout this whole thing that it was going to end in some sort of Trollestia joke.

I'm so glad it didn't. :)
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Stealthysamari Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
thats what i thought, but not trollestia, molestia O-o
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MagicBIaze Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
TL;DR
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pkemonlover122333 Featured By Owner May 24, 2014
CAN SOMEONE SUMMARIZE EACH PANEL I AM NOT READIN THE LONG ONES
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BejeweledApples Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing. I just don-t know what to say.
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kiinastar Featured By Owner May 16, 2014
Awww, amazing comic.
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ZacBucklin Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Clapping Pony Icon - Vinyl Scratch 
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DoubleBMan13 Featured By Owner May 6, 2014
Clapplz 
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Cavenerd20 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
I thought I'd already added this one to my favorites list, but I didn't have it yet. Now I have.
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Rarisparkle Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Student Artist
ohdatpinkie
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i-love-daisy Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
the comic is great
just a question why is twilight floating in the last panel
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DigitalDasherBot Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She's jumping. A happy little hop.
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