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MLP: FIM - Without Magic - Part 1 (Edited) by PerfectBlue97 MLP: FIM - Without Magic - Part 1 (Edited) by PerfectBlue97
EDIT: I've had a some people react quite badly to this comic. Some even found it a little distressing that I've taken Twilight's horn away (Wounded veterans have been been mentioned in the comments).

When I first wrote this comic, my vision was that this was an academic exercise set by Celestia to help Twilight to better relate to other ponies, as well as to better understand herself. So I've updated the text to clearly state that this fact.

I've also tidied up the page a little. Still the original vectors, though.

This edit means that some of the following pages might sound a little odd.

Original Description

I know that it doesn't look much, but this is my most ambitious Pony comic to date. I've tried to use as many original components as I can (Inkscape and Photoshop), but you might recognize some old favorites from other (more talented) authors.

This comic was inspired by the episode Winter Wrap-Up, where Twilight tries to get by without using her Magic, but in the end she uses it even though she isn't supposed to.

Princess Celestia sent Twilight to Ponyville in order to get to know other ponies, and to discover life outside of her books and magic, but in most episodes she seems to solve problems using books and magic.

Twilight solved three simple problems with magic, that any Earth Pony could have solved using their hooves. She used her magic instinctively.

Princess Celestia wants her to find a way to do things without using magic, and to see things from other pony's perspectives.

She's not being cruel (and this is supposed to be the "real" Celestia). She's trying to help Twilight to explore the other things that make Twilight Sparkle who she is.

Anything that isn't directly attributed to somebody is either based on an image from the show's advertizing material for the show, or is scratch drawn (Some things are a combination of the two). I didn't use General Zoi's Pony Creator for any of this (yay).

As you can see from the “Cyclops” pony in frame 7, I'm still getting to grips with Inkscape, and Ponies in general.

Twilight Sparkle's Cutie Mark is by Grendo11 (grendo11.deviantart.com/art/Tw…)

Part 2: perfectblue97.deviantart.com/a…
Part 3: perfectblue97.deviantart.com/a…
Part 4: perfectblue97.deviantart.com/a…
Part 5: perfectblue97.deviantart.com/a…
Part 6: perfectblue97.deviantart.com/a…
Part 7: perfectblue97.deviantart.com/a…

Frame 1, Scootaloo's expression is based on this image (bobthelurker.deviantart.com/ar…). Frame 3 and 4: Background (gameguy001.deviantart.com/art/…). Frame 5: Rainbow Dash is Angry Rainbow Dash by 90Sigma (90sigma.deviantart.com/art/Ang…). Derpy's Cutie Mark is by Ooklah (ooklah.deviantart.com/art/Cuti…). Frame 6: The background is from the show itself. Frame 7: Background is Library Upper Floors (Twilight's Bedroom) by DaringDashie (daringdashie.deviantart.com/ar…). Frame 8: Sorry, I'm being really lazy here. This is from the show itself. I wonder how Celestia is writing that letter without using her magic (no glow?). Frame 9: This one is based on a couple of different images. Including Veggie55's Rainy Days (veggie55.deviantart.com/art/Ra…) and Library Upper Floors (Twilight's Bedroom) by DairingDashie (daringdashie.deviantart.com/ar…). I used them both as a base. One for the window and the other for the curtain, along with some tweaks. Also based on the original image from the show. Frame 10 and 11: Same as above. Frame 12: Same as Frame 8. Frame 13 and 14: Same as Frame 9.
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:iconwoodybg:
woodybg Featured By Owner Edited Jun 21, 2015  New Deviant
fine 
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:iconperfectblue97:
PerfectBlue97 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, hey, hey, this is a family friendly comic.
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:iconwoodybg:
woodybg Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  New Deviant
ok sry but she did do a dick move there 
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:iconpixelblujay:
PixelBlujay Featured By Owner May 6, 2015
okay thats too much for u Tia
plz dont make Twilight paranoid again
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GoldenTorizo Featured By Owner May 2, 2015
And that's why Celestia earned the name Trollestia.
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:iconalexkjel:
alexkjel Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015
Now you can join the CMC
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GoodNeutralEvilHunt Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015
Bullshit! She's the Goddess of the sun, NOT the Goddess of creation
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GolliatTaillog Featured By Owner May 8, 2015
Tell that to Ancient Egypt.
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:icongoodneutralevilhunt:
GoodNeutralEvilHunt Featured By Owner May 9, 2015
you mean Ra? Egyption god of the Sun? you'll have to explain that to me
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GolliatTaillog Featured By Owner May 9, 2015
It's no real clever, but I though:
If egyptians worhsipped the god of the sun so much the let its "son"(the pharaon) reign them,
set the rules of the land,
and pretty much do whatever he wanted...well...
...his father might as well be the god of pretty much everything.
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Oh, I think I just got what you actually meant by "Goddess of creation".
Like...she can't erase a cutiemark and a horn from anypony like it was nothing. Is that what you meant?
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GoodNeutralEvilHunt Featured By Owner May 11, 2015
yes that is what i meant actually and thatnks for the lesson, i love learning about myths
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GolliatTaillog Featured By Owner May 11, 2015
I'm glad to read* that. :D

*I first wrote "hear" but hey, nobody "hears" a written text.
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GoodNeutralEvilHunt Featured By Owner May 12, 2015
lol
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vekarvonkostu Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Student Artist
So Awesome!! :D :D :D
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Masterbuscus Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015
What a twist....show me more!
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:iconperfectblue97:
PerfectBlue97 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There's another 50 pages uploaded.
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Eric-Michael-Kline Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015
Twilight Sparkle is a magical unicorn who seems to have it all.  Until the day her mentor Princess Celestia feels she's becoming too dependent on her magic and turns her into...A BLANK FLANK EARTH PONY!  And Twilight's about to discover that being a blank flank Earth Pony is a lot harder than it looks.   "The Blank Flank Earth Pony," starring Rob Schneider as Twilight Sparkle.  Coming this summer to a theater near you.
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PerfectBlue97 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was going to say Adam Sandler, but yeah there is this whole South Park thing going on, isn't there.
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Eric-Michael-Kline Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015
Nah Adam Sandler is already cast to play Pinkie Pie.
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RainbowDashieMLPFan Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Student Digital Artist
XD lol
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ArtemisThePegasus Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait, she's supposed to find out what her special talent is OUTSIDE OF MAGIC?







HER CUTIE MARK REPRESENTS *MAGIC* FOR CELESTIA'S SAKE. Facepalm 
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DragonBrood346 Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That and if you take a pony's cutiemark you take their magic, so now Twilight doesn't even have earth pony magic.
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ArtemisThePegasus Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Gasp
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DragonBrood346 Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
What? You never knew that?
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ArtemisThePegasus Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
No it just needed some dramatic effect. :noes3d: Noes 3D 50x50 derp 
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PerfectBlue97 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Most of Twilight's hobbies and interest are actually more based in science or academia than magic.

There's a lot that makes her special other than magic.
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ArtemisThePegasus Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I know, but I don't understand the whole 'Get your Cutie Mark back as an Earth Pony' Thing. If her special talent is magic, she would either get it immediately (Since every pony has magic) or never get it (because she isn't a unicorn)
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PerfectBlue97 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, there's a lot more to Twilight than just magic.

Celestia wants her to find out what else makes her special, so it could be any one of her other many talents and interests.
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mime432 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015
Trollestia strikes again
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Karolkwiecjasz Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015
*A Wild Comic is Found* Synopsis: read it. It has to be good as the graphical side is perfect and Celestia does Discord shi*!
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PerfectBlue97 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wut?
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Karolkwiecjasz Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015
I mean your Trollestia does the same as Discord does in the season 2 opening.
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:iconperfectblue97:
PerfectBlue97 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He tries to show Twilight that there are better ways to solve problems than just using magic?
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Karolkwiecjasz Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015
But in the same way as one of her biggest advesaries not that long before.
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Maldrete Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015
Hey look, Silver Spoon and Diamond Tiara have a new blank flank to make fun of. (Tries it, and Twilight immediately goes rapidash angry again).

Also. This seems like it'll be an interesting story.
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77madman Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015
Wow.....you're a dick Celestia-- I LOVE IT
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ZanarNaryon Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
If this whas S3, I would blame Discord
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Tenshineko01 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
No one take away the Cutie Mark. Not even Celestia.
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PerfectBlue97 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Discord?
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Tenshineko01 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
He does but he gives it right back.
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PerfectBlue97 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That was Celestia's plan.

Twilight just misunderstood.
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Tenshineko01 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh
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powerpuffgirl111 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A few days later, Twilight started the Equestrian Revolution and got both her horn and cutie mark back.
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ZsoronZ Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015
I would KILL Celestia if i was her!
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ChaosBetween Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've been reading the comic, and I have to say...  Celestia's an Idiot.  Her reason's for what she's done may be 'good' in her mind, but let's actually look at what she just did.

Twilight is the Bearer of the Element of Magic.  Her horn, Cutie Mark and magic are part of who she is.  All of these things make her who she is.

What Celestia has truly done, is commit the most heinous of crimes;  She has stolen Twilight's identity.  She has taken that which made Twilight the pony she is.  She has rendered all the lesson's Twilight has learned POINTLESS.  Twilight is who she is because of her magic, her friends and all the lesson's they've learned together.

Maybe Twilight is relying too much on her magic, but that's still no excuse for what Celestia did.
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PerfectBlue97 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When you look at Twilight in the comic and in the show, magic is not really a core part of her personality, and it's often not a really big part of the plot of the show.

So, I'm asking myself, what actually makes Twilight Sparkle the pony that she is?
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ChaosBetween Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Would she be the same pony had her talent been different?
Would she have met all her friends?  Would she have made the exact same choices?

Her magic may not be the PRIMARY thing to make her who she is, but it still plays a big part.  Specifically, the beginning.  Her magic exam, in which she had discovered her talent, started her on the path that would lead her to her friends and all the lessons she would come to learn.

The beginning is important, and the end we seek to reach.  However, it's the Journey we take through life that determines who we are.  The friends we make, the lessons we learn and the problems we face.

Doesn't change the fact that what Celestia did was wrong.
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PerfectBlue97 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Technically ... yes and no.

Remember the Sonic Rainboom? All of the mane character got their Cutie Mark on the same day, at the same time.

That smells like destiny. Destiny would probably have conspired to make that happen if Twilight's talent had been any one of her other interests.

Twilight could have gotten into Celestia's school for gifted unicorns based on all sorts of other things. Look at the other ponies who were there. Many of them used magic for their special skill, but it wasn't their magic that got them there. It was the skill itself.

It's not a magic academy, after all.

For example, Lyra's gift is music. She was on a music scholarship.

Maybe Celestia did wrong, but I'm not really exploring that here. For me, Celestia is just a plot device to explain why Twilight doesn't have her magic or her Cutie Mark.

Really, it could have been anything from a spell gone wrong to a magical villain.

I chose Celestia for two reasons:

1) Because she would have the power to do it
2) Because I wanted the main plot of the comic to be about Twilight being without her Magic rather than the reason that she didn't have it\getting it back.

If a villain did, then I'd have to have Twilight beat the villain. And I didn't want that kind of story.
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ChaosBetween Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Forgot about the Rainboom...^^;

And yes, that smells like Destiny:  What were the odds of them all getting their Cutie Marks at the exact same time?  Coincidence?  I THINK NOT!!

Celestia's school is for Gifted Unicorns; the exact talent of those unicorns isn't necessarily the deciding factor, but more the potential they possess in that area.

Your reasons for using Celestia as a plot device are your own, and I can accept the other potential reasons for Twilight's loss of magic/Cutie Mark/Talent.

Had a villain been responsible, that would make an interesting story.  But it's not THIS story you're writing.  :nod:

Plot convenience or not, Celestia is still in the wrong.  I am NOT budging on that.  *stubborn sulking*

Regardless, it's your story.  Write it however you like.  I give up.  :shrug:
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PerfectBlue97 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Celestia isn't going to just cruise through this, there's an emotional "realization" page planned for her.
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