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Desperation by Neko-me Desperation by Neko-me
Sketch Commission for :iconmoppypuppy:

"Twilight Sparkle, you are forbidden from returning home until your performance improves."

"With the return of Nightmare Moon fast approaching, Princess Celestia is forced to accelerate filly Twilight's magic training beyond the capability of any pony, let alone Twilight who is still just a filly.

Filly Twilight's blissful days with caring Celestia effectively end. Celestia becomes harsh and cold, callously berates Twilight for the slightest error, and doesn't acknowledge any success. Twilight's enduring successes only prompt Celestia to accelerate her education further until Twilight's efforts fall short.

Upon Twilight's first failure Celestia forbids Twilight any form of distraction, ripping away her stuffed toy Smarty Pants, and finally forbidding Twilight from visiting her parents."

Next part here: neko-me.deviantart.com/art/Col…

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I saw a comment referring to this picture as unrealistic and unreasonable. I mean, Celestia would never act like that, right? Well, I agree, yet I disagree. In terms of canon, there's no way in Tartarus she would ever act this way toward Twilight, or toward anypony for that matter. She's a kind and understanding ruler, and even with such a pressing issue as the return of Nightmare Moon, Celestia would never be so cruel and harsh towards another, ESPECIALLY Twilight. However, the fictional world of Equestria as bronies see it is different. We see it as an imperfect place; a false utopia ripe for exploring through fanfiction and art. We have different interpretations of how things could and would happen in Equestria, and we tend to add a darker tone to some things. This is an example of that darker tone. Was this what Twilight was going through during her advanced studies with Celestia? Did she just repress these memories? If we weren't shown this portion of Twilight's apprenticeship, what else could the solar princess be guilty of that we are not aware of? It's all headcanon for the brony community, and is a fun distraction from the normally bright, happy, and perfect land of Equestria. With that rant out of the way, what do I think about the picture? Well, I think it's decent. There doesn't appear to be any noticeable mistakes (other than the F's looking like 7's or trees) and they definitely nailed the jarringly dark reality of this scenario. It depresses me just looking at it. My biggest gripe, however, would be with the background. There's just something about it that stands out, and not in a good way. It feels like it doesn't belong. I'm not sure if it's the color, the texture, or something else entirely, but I just don't like the background here. Other than that, it's a decent picture.
What do you think?
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I look at this art and I have come to a realization. Two realizations, in fact, but both very different. First, in my heart, I know how Twilight is feeling in this picture. What she is feeling is the unbearable feeling of failure, and that she must do everything and anything in her nature and abilities to try to please her mentor. My other realization is that I know by experience that Twi must try harder, lest her mentor snaps back at her. I know, even now, that in our toughest moments in our short lives, that we all must try hard.
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DerpTheTeletubbie Featured By Owner Edited Nov 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Fuck You… (For MoppyPuppy)
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TaroZero Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014
What's the meaning?I can't understand what happeni?
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lyrathelidragon Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
why? Why would celestia do that?
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:iconmoppypuppy:
MoppyPuppy Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
Sunset Shimmer was supposed to defeat Nightmare Moon right on schedule. That failed.
Twilight Sparkle fills that slot, but now there's little time left, training is accelerated.

Why? Like always for the good of all Equestria.
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:iconlyrathelidragon:
lyrathelidragon Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well, not to a little kid!!!
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:iconmoppypuppy:
MoppyPuppy Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
Its a time of...


...Desperation.
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:iconlyrathelidragon:
lyrathelidragon Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
desperation relies on to the strong willed!!! not the unprepared!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconmoppypuppy:
MoppyPuppy Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
And therefore Tiny Twi must be prepared and stronger willed. Training has been accelerated.
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:iconlyrathelidragon:
lyrathelidragon Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you`re evil!
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:iconmoppypuppy:
MoppyPuppy Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
Nightmare Moon was more evil, a choice had to be made.
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TrixiesTrix Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Student General Artist
Awe, I feel more sorry for Celestia than Twilight! Imagine her lacking fan base now.........
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:iconjosegoncalo:
josegoncalo Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:(
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:iconbanjoeman:
Banjoeman Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
Man I'm going through a really rough patch a can relate.  Almost makes me want to curl further up.
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:iconneko-me:
Neko-me Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awwwww sorry to hear.
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Zalga192 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
:icontrollestiaplz: : Here you go, Twi! :icontrollmemeplz:
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:iconkomatsuzaki-xingqi:
Komatsuzaki-Xingqi Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Because who needs to characterize Celestia as ACTUALLY accurate? :iconderpplz: 
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:iconneko-me:
Neko-me Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
NOPONY!!!! XD
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:iconkomatsuzaki-xingqi:
Komatsuzaki-Xingqi Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:icontwilightsadplz: 
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:iconvalronic:
Valronic Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013
Ponies aren't useful...until you break them.
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:iconsolvandus:
Solvandus Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013   General Artist
The picture was enough of a heart-breaker as it was... Then I read the description...
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:iconpelate:
Pelate Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Twilight sparkle? Getting F's??? FOUR F's???!!! How could you Celestia???Pikachu Crying Plz 
YOU ARE WORST PRINCESS NOW!!!!! 
Gloomy 
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:iconkomatsuzaki-xingqi:
Komatsuzaki-Xingqi Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Celestia is best princess. 
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d715 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
The person who made this is a horrible person

This is so OOC its hurts my brain this is basically like making another villain right after Sunset 
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Leokeizer Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
Awhhhhh..... YOU MONSTER!
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:iconeztp:
Eztp Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
very sad yet again. to be honest, a single tear falling from celestia would make it perfect in my eyes. along the lines of a painful moment for her and twilight.
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Neko-me Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It wasn't my decision, I would have put some tears on it.
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:iconeztp:
Eztp Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So it goes ha ha.
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:iconhomorng:
HomorNG Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
Oh, Twily, it's okay... *hugs*
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knightcommander Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Again, stupendously out of character for Celestia.
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Astaenes Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
Thank you for fanning the flames of Celestia-hatred even more. Wonderful job. -_-
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BronyHobArtistGuy Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Fanfics, fanfics everywhere
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NicolasDominique Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That looks like Sombra Door's nightmare xd

Nicely done.
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Neko-me Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanx :D
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Lorien077 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh goodness poor Twilight that's so sad.  The way we can only see Celestia's hooves makes this sketch more effective IMO, leaving her expression up to our imagination.  (Also it puts us in Twilight's shoes, as I doubt she can see her teacher's face particularly well from that angle)
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DrX-Raven Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
Raven: ....... Dude, what the hay?

Dr. X: ......... Pulls out his Death Ray
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LaughingOnLine Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
Twilight woke with a jolt.  The only sounds in her room were of the cold breeze and her own heavy breaths.  The nightmare had returned once again, worse than ever.
"I mustn't fail her," she whimpered to herself as tears began streaming down her face.  "I mustn't fail her, I must-"  Her sobs finally rendered her unable to talk.  Twilight Sparkle held Smarty Pants close and wept openly.  Could it be true?  Could she truly be falling behind in her studies?  Could Princess Celestia be disappointed in her?  The very thought took any control from her, and she buried herself beneath the blankets so that nopony else could hear her lonely suffering.
She didn't even hear the door open, or the hoofprints behind her.  Twilight jumped when she felt a nuzzle on the back of her head, and turned around.  Standing before her at her bedside, was Princess Celestia herself, a look of concern on her face.  "My dearest student, what's wrong?  Is it the dream?"  Twilight nodded with a hint of fear.  "Twilight," she said warmly, "your nerves are getting the best of you!  Everypony gets scared the night before their first exam."  She chuckled as she wiped her student's tears away.  "Especially if they try to calm themselves by eating an entire cake!"  She poked Twilight on the nose, and the little filly giggled.
"Don't worry, I won't let any of it happen outside of the dream..."  Celestia put her hooves around her, and held her tight.  Twilight smiled and hugged her back until she fell asleep in her hooves.  After tucking her in and kissing her goodnight, she looked out the window, to the full moon in the sky, and whispered sadly, "...not again."
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MoppyPuppy Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
No.
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LaughingOnLine Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Apologies.
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MoppyPuppy Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
No need.
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:iconneko-me:
Neko-me Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sweet :)
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X4vrztesp Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Professional Filmographer
i bet this'll be sadder if twilight says "but princess..  i'm so tired..." *sob... :noes:
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Ox26 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Student General Artist
It's a great drawing. You really captured the emotion with the back story too. I just want to reach out and hug her. T^T Poor Twilight..

That aside.

I could never see Celestia being that cruel, especially to Twilight. Even if Nightmare Moon returning was sooner than expected, I'm sure Celestia would have explained to Twilight why she needed to study harder. 
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Neko-me Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The commissioner's intention was that of a cruel kind, I was assured.
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DarthWill3 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aw... You poor, poor puppy. There, there... :cling:
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darkruler64 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is one of the most unrealistic, unreasonable, and out of character depictions of Celestia I have ever seen. Either this is a dream sequence or MoppyPuppy must be a Celestia hater.
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d715 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
I've been talking to him seems to just be another NLR still bitching about "she sent Woona to the moon!"
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:iconthedemonofsloth:
TheDemonOfSloth Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
And I thought MoppyPuppy was a Twilight hater.
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:icond715:
d715 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
I would say both


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CommanderEX Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
Is not this a bit to cruel, also, Twilight seems to be very small on this art when compared to Celestia legs, if she was a bit smaller, she would be as small as Twilight in my story "Celestia's Tiny Student," and she looks like grown mare on this art to me.
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kingofraggedy Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
I can't accept Twilight getting an F on any of her work. Sombra-troll must have placed his mirror close by. :shifty: 
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