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A Dark Symphony by PerfectBlue97 A Dark Symphony by PerfectBlue97
EQD, I can't believe it, I'm in EQD. Thanks guys. That's so cool.

My first real attempt at a proper Screen Tone Comic. It's harder than it looks, given that the colors are so simple.

The Wings took Forever to get right.

I originally titled this "Luna's Torment", but I've already used that one, so I changed it right before I uploaded it.

This is an Unofficial sequel to my earlier comic "A Mother's Love" perfectblue97.deviantart.com/a…. It was inspired by a number of different things. Season 2 episode Luna Eclipsed was a big influence, as was the second arc of the IDW Comic series. Which showed more Luna than the entire animated series.

It was also inspired by various Symphonic Metal tracks that I've been listening to. Our Destiny by Epica, and Empty Hollow by Rage spring to mind.

Outside Luna is strong and capable pony. She is the ruler of the night, with all of the mystique that come with it. Yet, inside, she is filled with a hidden sadness. She protects the dreams of other ponies, but is herself haunted by nightmares that fill her with shame and doubt.

The Canon for this would be her due to her fall into the shadows as Nighmare Moon. Though I like the Fanon answer that there is further darkness hidden inside her from something not shown in the series or the comics perfectblue97.deviantart.com/a….

Luna's pose from Frame 1 is based on Celestia by Mihaaaa (mihaaaa.deviantart.com/art/Cel…. Everything else is scratch drawn. The Screen Tone was modified from the Screen Tone that comes with Yishan Studio's The Complete Shoujo Art Kit.

I used brushes from Obsidian Dawn for Luna's Mane.
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:icondeejay1993:
DeeJay1993 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015
Aw poor thing!
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:iconmissmoonrise:
Missmoonrise Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  New Deviant
don't worry Luna *hugs Luna*
Luna: *hugs back* thanks
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:iconperfectblue97:
PerfectBlue97 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Luna needs hugs.
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:iconseaswirl2001:
SeaSwirl2001 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
luna-->Hug <--me
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:iconkrysnha:
Krysnha Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015
so awesome
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:iconmonkeyrofl901:
Monkeyrofl901 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014
Wow.  That's just...wow.
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et450 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014
so this is my first review but i admire the form and style on how this comic shows our vary own white knight Luna protects every dream but her own this ponders us how can our heroes can protect us and themselves.but overall i give it 5 out of 5 stars a well thought of work kudos to you perfectblue97

et450
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:iconringtailmaster:
ringtailmaster Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014
interesting, she can protect other ponies from nightmares, but who protect her? nice job n_n
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:icontyruvelp:
tyruvelp Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014
1- if ur in EqD u should post the link with the comic that is featured in EqD 

2 - this is rumored to actually be happening in season 5 lol
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:iconmlpcool495:
mlpcool495 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
ciiiiiinda right
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:icondudebladex:
dudebladeX Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014   General Artist
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?


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only-second-place Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
It's always awesome to find thoughtful comics like this, which try to expand on a character.
I mean funny comics can be great too, but I think there are too many of them compared to ones, that portray other emotion or have a deeper meaning.
I absolutely love the way you did Luna's mane and how you drew her wings
and I think the idea you tried to get across is also expressed very well,
so there are only a few nit-picks I have detail-wise,
for example, that her hooves look a tad too pointy in the last panel or that the make-up under her eyes makes her look a little bit bag-eyed in the first two panels she's in (if that wasn't intended).
Also, I'm not sure if you could see her left eyebrow from the angle in the last panel.
But aside of those details, I think you did a great job overall. :D (Big Grin) 
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:iconchaosdrgon:
ChaosDrgon Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
Kind of a 'Who watches the watchers?' thing going on there.
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:icontesla51:
Tesla51 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Poor Luna. I deeply pity her for having to remember something like that.
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:icontwiwrite-flare:
TwiWrite-Flare Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
Who watches that watchman?
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:icontyruvelp:
tyruvelp Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014
watch-mare

sorry had to 
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:iconwarrior-moon:
Warrior-Moon Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sopretty;o;
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:iconkittycuddlecakes:
KittyCuddleCakes Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Makes me wanna cry.....Waaaah! 
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:iconblacklistbrony:
BlacklistBrony Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013
thats deep.
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:iconeasle-darkpaws:
Easle-Darkpaws Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The feeelz...*cries*
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:iconskunkwolfe:
Skunkwolfe Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
Well, spit; now I feel bad :( <Calculon> Curse you and your damnable... artistic talent! *shakes fist* :D Seriously, though; nice work. /)
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:iconumithemusicalpony:
UmitheMusicalPony Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
...the feels from that, yo.
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:iconingechan:
ingechan Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
ok, I usually really hate my little pony but this was kind of cool...? XD
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:iconmasterchief01:
MasterChief01 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
Nice piece. The choice of black-and-white really drives home the hopelessness of it all.
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:iconwaffleberry:
WaffleBerry Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
We cannot save ourselves from our inner demons your highness... but we can fight them off with the love of our friends and family *hugs*
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:iconcentaur71:
Centaur71 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
GAWD I FEEL FOR HER! I've got my own demons to contend with too (don't we all?)
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:iconfuzzynecromancer:
FuzzyNecromancer Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
*appreciative beatnick finger-snap*
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:iconbeariot:
beariot Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
I really thought this would be a Celestia/Cake punchline.
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:iconarchonus1:
archonus1 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
wow!! i don't think that i can find the perfact words to describe it!!!!
 sir i I salute you!  you!!
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:iconnanorider426:
Nanorider426 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
Yep! Ditto!
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:iconfrukos:
frukos Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
Luna: No Molestia!! Please!!!! Staph!!!!
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:iconsielent-brat:
Sielent-Brat Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
Short, but, suddenly, VERY strong...
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:iconsmylie369963:
Smylie369963 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
Wow.
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:iconkerriecat:
Kerriecat Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
This really refers to me D:
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:iconcycloethan:
Cycloethan Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
You control the moon and enter other people's dreams?
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:iconkerriecat:
Kerriecat Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
maybe not control the moon but well i get the same dreams as others and they remember me exact same stuff and whatever does that class as dreamwalking?
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:iconcycloethan:
Cycloethan Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
Depends on what you mean by "exact". Hardly anybody remembers their dreams exactly. Probably, from time to time, you and someone else have similar dreams and because you don't remember any details you fill in what the other one said. If you want to be sure there is no confirmation bias in your way, write your dreams down as well as you remember them and, when you think somebody dreamt the "exact same stuff" before you told them about your dream, let them explain it and compare to what you have written down. It is quite possible that it still matches and in that case you have to make sure that it is specific enough and not something like "I dreamt I could fly" or other, similarly vague or common things.
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:iconkerriecat:
Kerriecat Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
I seem to remember kinda easy and they give more or less the same detail
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:iconkadenjahusk:
KadenJahusk Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok wow, that was powerful.
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:iconsundrifter:
SunDrifter Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Whenever I look at this, my heart dies of sorrow.
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:icontimmcjimfrompl:
TimMcJimFromPl Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
Yeah, nothing like denmons of own soul...
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:icontid3000:
TID3000 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
The Princess of the Giant Space Mirror is what I hear when she says Moon
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:iconbirdofdestars:
BirdOfDeStars Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My feels!
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:icontemplar127:
templar127 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
all my feels to luna!
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:icontigreanpony:
tigreanpony Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
Daaaw, very thought provoking.
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:iconelectricpoodle:
ElectricPoodle Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful and thought provoking. :(
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schneelocke Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
Poor Luna. I can't even imagine how she's able to live with all that guilt weighing on her -- it's hardly as if turning into Night Mare Moon in a pique of jealousy and rage, being trapped in the moon for a thousand years, and wanting to plunge Equestria into eternal darkness not just once but twice is something you can just shake off. No matter how much kindness everyone's showing her, no matter how often her sister tells her she's been forgiven (and means it!), no matter how much good she's doing now, the hardest part will be for her to forgive herself for what she did: not forget about, not pretend it didn't happen, but genuinely come to terms with it, forgive herself for it, and accept it as part of her past that nonetheless does not change who and what she is now.
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BrightestStarlight Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Student General Artist
what if Luna did the nighttime dreams and Celestia did the dreams for nocturne creatures like bat ponies and Luna. And to make things better for her sister, she would try to soother this nightmare with Luna unaware she's trying....!
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:iconhennypennybenny:
HennyPennyBenny Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Y'know, that's actually a really neat idea!
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