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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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:iconfurrykeo:
furrykeo Featured By Owner 18 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
My therapist couldn't have put it better, thank you for the massive feels.
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The-Waith Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student Artist
This was amazing, and beautiful. It gives some major insight to Celestia's feelings, and shows how much Twilight has helped her to come to grips with her past mistakes. You did an amazing job on this. Well done.
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WarmTomatoSoup Featured By Owner Edited 3 days ago  New Deviant
Oh my god....the feels are too great, I feel all warm inside. VERY positive comic and VERY INSPIRING AND UPLIFTING
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MLPfangirl64 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Artist
this was so cute 
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sirkidd2003 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Wow....
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MarHarKid Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  New Deviant
LONG.. BUT GREAT!:RQ: Cupcake Icon 
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TeaTimeReal Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015
I love it!!!
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:iconsupersexyghotmew95:
supersexyghotmew95 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015
AWWWW
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:icondragonbrood346:
DragonBrood346 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That was beautiful.
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Snowdog-zic Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015
Nice comic, good job pep talking Celestia.
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CrystalDiamondSparkl Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
AWWW
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ContraSprite Featured By Owner May 28, 2015
Love this! It shows Twilight acting like and becoming the princess of friendship before she even became an alicorn. Beautiful conversation. :]
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CheesycheeseoCheese Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  Student
The amount of letters are over 9000 I)I
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NovemberLilly Featured By Owner May 13, 2015
wow!
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ponyfanlover87 Featured By Owner May 11, 2015
does anyone else see that twilight is flying with her wings UNDER her dress. shouldn't they be OVER her dress.
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DigitalDasherBot Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This comic is circa the Royal Wedding (Season 2 Finale), so it's pre-wings (Season 3 Finale).
She's not really flying in the last panel, just jumping a bit. I should have put a sound effect in.
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Just-Call-Me-J Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Hobbyist
I can't believe I haven't seen this until now :(
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HybridFurryHusky Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
After all Celestia, "You are a princess, you'll play your part."
(If you get that, high five x3)
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fnaf-foxina-the-fox Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Professional Photographer
*High five* Celestia smileprincess LunaTwilight Sparkle (happy cry) plzHappyCadencePLZ 
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HybridFurryHusky Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hallelujah!
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tekkenguy777 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015
so deep
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GameAddictedDragon Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015
Such deep lessons...
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LJ-ATCTION-360 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015
I loved it
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powerzzz21 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Panel 10
2 hooves up
Quadpedal
Fuck Gravity
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Lupineborn Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That was deep... gosh I loved it. Wish that scene was in the series lol
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GamerSpax Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015
This was a very well made comic and definitely pointed out some of the big issues with Celestia and how Twilight and others view things.

The only part I would disagree with in some regard (though what you wrote wasn't untrue either) is when Twilight was talking about fighting against the changeling army and failing.  I just simply saw the Mane 6 being escorted back peacefully without and bindings or any battle damage.  To me, that comes off as they give up without an actual fight and I hated that.  If they really tried to fight to the end to victory, I would like to see more battle damage on them and maybe them in chains or the goo that was being used to restrain some of the ponies.
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ProPony Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THE FEELS!
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angelinavonsweets Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Student Artist
I stopped reading when i waa at the middle cuz i was like "TO MUCH READING!!!!"
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Persona22 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015
What a pity.
This is probably one of the best, most epic pony comics on the internet.
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LittleBearCub25 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
Same.
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Calypso399 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015
scroll down trust me this will put a smile on your face, make your day, or help you <3

Every night , someone thinks about you before they go to sleep,

At least fifteen people in this world love you.

The only reason someone would ever hate you is because they want to be just like you

There are at least two people in this world that would die for you

You mean the world to someone.

Someone that you don't even know exists loves you.

When you make the biggest mistake ever,something good comes from it.

When you think the world has turned its back on you, take a look.

Always remember the compliments you've received.

Forget the rude remarks.

So if you are a loving friend, send this to everyone on your list including the person that sent it to you.

Tonight at midnight your true love will realize they like you.

Something good will happen to you between 12 in the morning and four o'clock pm tomorrow, it could be anywere . Get ready for the biggest shock in your life

Do not break this chain. Send this to fifteen people in fifteen minutes !!

Make Someone else's day! Help get a smile on someone's face! Help someone out! <3 remember that your loved
F.R.I.E.N.D.S. 😉
= Fight for you
= Respect you
= Involve you
= Encourage you
= Need you
= Deserve you
= Save you
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RabbitRaMae Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Student Artist
I'm sorry to say, even though this is nice: It's still spam. I don't really have any true friends, and this can't make anything truly better. I don't have a true love, and am too young for one. What does spam do? Nothing at all. It can't get you friends, it can't make someone love you, and it can't protect you or make your life better. If you're going to be encouraging, just say something, THAT is serious, THAT is kind, and THAT still has a better chance of making someone's day. I really do appreciate you are trying to be nice and make somebody happy, so thank you for that. But PLEASE remember that spam is not real, and it just ruins everyone's day. Goodbye and thank you. Have a great day! :)
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DrawingPegasus Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That made my day, I know a few people that I'll DEFINATELY be sending this to.
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WishDancer345 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015
STOP SPAMMING!

Even if it's a nice spam!
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SayEeda19 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Student Digital Artist
* bursts into tears * You just made my day! But its... ^6:00 in the afternoon. WHO CARES!! Your awesome
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pegazus14 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I don't know you, but I already love you!
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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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RazziBerriArts 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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IrdesTheBrony Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
You know, that line seems familiar... It feels like one of Fallout's cutscenes after DLC endings, which are like a story.
Please, do tell me where that is from.
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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
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  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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