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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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:icon77madman:
77madman Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Wow.....you're a dick Celestia-- I LOVE IT
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Tenshineko01 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
No one take away the Cutie Mark. Not even Celestia.
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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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:iconchaosbetween:
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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:iconperfectblue97:
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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:iconchaosbetween:
ChaosBetween Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She's going to get her own 'Friendship Lesson', ain't she?
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TheOtherSebastian Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
What the hell celestia?!
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:iconhystericaldominolego:
hystericaldominolego Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  New member
Scumbag Celestia.
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TeddyBear101ish Featured By Owner Edited Jan 15, 2015  Student Filmographer
That is downright cruel and unusual
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Dragonjek Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I'll be honest, this is one of the cruelest things I've seen Celestia do outside of the role of Molestia, Trollestia, or the Sun Tyrant.
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PerfectBlue97 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cruller than telling her that the fate of Equestria and the Crystal Empire reset on her shoulders, and then sending her off without out filling her in on most of what she needed to save them?

That's a lot of pressure to put on a pony.
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Dragonjek Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Yes.

Finding the problem and then figuring out a solution to it is something Twilight's been doing across the whole series (to varying degrees of success).  Celestia even provided the tool needed to bypass Sombra's protections (which it should be noted couldn't have been done without magic).  She did *not* take away a pivotal point of Twilight's very self.
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PerfectBlue97 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Celestia could simply have told Twilight to go tot he Crystal Empire, and to find the Crystal Heart. It would have made things a lot simpler.

Twilight wasted a lot of time "figuring out the solution". If she had been properly briefed she could have been using that time to find the Crystal Heart.

If Twilight hadn't figured it out then thousands of ponies would have been enslaved and there would probably have been an all out war between Sombre and Equestria. Lots of death, lots of suffering.

That's a lot of responsibility to dump on Twilight.

How would you feel if Obama pulled you out of class and told you that he was sending you on a mission to stop a terrorist attack on a certain city, but he forgot to mention whether it was a bomb, or a gun attack, or a hijacking?

Now, imagine he told you that you needed to find a hobby that didn't involve Japanese animation or illustration (Manga and Anime that feature quite a bit on your user profile, which is pretty much all that I know about you. So it's the only example that I can think of right now), as you needed to explore different interests.

One's pretty personal, and the other could kill hundreds of people.

Read pages 14 and 40 (when it's uploaded). They will make things clearer.
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Ajksob Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Gee, that's kinda harsh. But I do wanna know where this is going.
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DoubleBlaze Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  New member
what !? Pinkie Pie EyeFlutter 
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RubyWings32 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah...
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:iconperfectblue97:
PerfectBlue97 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Exactly.
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purplebliz Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Student Artist
i think celestia was taking it to far with the cutie mark
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:iconyapity:
Yapity Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014
trollestia strikes again
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dayle14 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014
no offense this is now even more creepier after watching Twilight's kingdom
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:iconperfectblue97:
PerfectBlue97 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really?

In what way?
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dayle14 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014
when Tirek robbed the ponies of their magic, what happened to their cutie marks? 
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:iconperfectblue97:
PerfectBlue97 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh sorry, I was getting things backwards. I thought that you were talking about the first two episodes, not the last two.
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dayle14 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014
I wasn't 
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ManaSparks Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Great concept.
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Crazyaniknowit Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Trollestia strikes again!! :icontrollestiaplz:
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:iconmrmeow20:
MrMeow20 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014
Trollestia!!!
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Saiavinn Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014
Methinks Celestia is incapable of this feat. The horn, maybe, but not the cutie mark.
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:iconperfectblue97:
PerfectBlue97 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It could just be an illusion.

I never came up with any real canon\head-canon for this.
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C-blaze21 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
Well,
This should be interesting.
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chris100100 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Of course she's "depending on her magic" her entire identity is formed around that and being the element of magic. 
If Celestia really thought that would be a concern, then why would she have trained her to use it in the first place?
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PerfectBlue97 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is her sense of identity really dependent on her magic, or does she just think that it is.

Twilight has a lot of hobbies an interests outside of magic, and in reality most of what she does all day is to study. She studies history, and science, and nature, and all kinds of things. Magic is really only a small part of who she is and what she does.
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superlink1425 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Student Artist
......huh??!!
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DaviDark-TheGunter Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well, i dont think she got earth ponie super powers, so she is just a purple pony
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:iconperfectblue97:
PerfectBlue97 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not sure that it really matters for the purpose of this comic.

Even if she had the strength of an Earth Pony she probably wouldn't use it.
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014
Whoa whoa whoa ... Celestia, me filly ... ain't ye goin' too harsh?
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:iconfluffy-pal:
Fluffy-Pal Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Celestia you TROLL
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LauraAnneFTLover Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
O_O
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Because-Im-Pink Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Celestia is the biggest fucking troll ever XDD
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
Couldn't Celestia have done this in a less....traumatic way?

Twilight looks like she's gonna start crying.

(And, taking her cutie mark? Really? Too far, Princess!)
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EvaBronyLoveArt Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
:iconmolestiaplz::icontrollestiaplz:
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:iconperfectblue97:
PerfectBlue97 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My basic premise that Celestia did this for all of the right reasons, and in a sensitive, but that Twilight overreacted.

I just couldn't put all of this in the comic.
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
...There's such a thing as overkill.

Twi didn't "overreact" by much. Again, there were MANY other ways Celestia could have done this besides taking Twi's horn AND her cutie mark.
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PerfectBlue97 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I needed something visual, so I could avoid having too much dialog and exposition.

I could probably have put some magic dampening amulet on her but when I started this comic I was more or less just tracing stills from the show so I didn't want to draw anything new in that I'd have to show from different angles. I could also have put some kind of spell on her, but again that would either have to be something that I would need to draw or something that I would need to explain over and over again to each new character.

Not having a horn or a cutie mark fulfilled the "Visual" aspect of what I was trying to do and actually made it easier to draw rather than harder.

This way everypony can simple see what is different.

I started this comic over a year ago, and it was my first real attempt at a proper multi-page comic. I'm a bit more experienced now, and better at drawing and writing dialog, so I might do it in another way now, but I did what I could back then.
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
Let that be a lesson. Don't help others. And don't use talents that others don't have. 
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