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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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RGLloyd Featured By Owner Edited 3 days ago
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  New member
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  New member 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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