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Descent into Madness: Luna by Inkypad Descent into Madness: Luna by Inkypad
I've been thinking about what happened to Luna before the whole Nightmare Moon thing lately, so I finally buckled down to draw my idea (Which took forever! Confound these ponies!) I haven't seen much of Nightmare Moon originally being Luna's friend, companion, etc since she is often portrayed as evil and possessive. And I thought, "Why couldn't Celestia give Luna a chance or do something when she knew Luna was probably suffering over the fact that her hard work wasn't being received and was being ignored. She could have been suffering from depression, loneliness, or problems with her self-worth over the fact. Where was precious older sister in all of this?" Just a thought :)
Might do a Pinkie Pie origins since I've drawn some of that on paper... I dunno.
Too much pony! Listened to Bronyville Podcast while drawing this. First podcast I've ever listened to. Had a ton of fun listening and drawing this. Hope you like it!

EDIT: Fixed some spelling mistakes. If you see any others, please tell me! :)

EDIT2: People keep accusing me of making Celestia a tyrant and being too one sided. Here is my comment:

"Oh I really don't think Celestia is a cruel tyrant. But when I tried to make Celestia's reply softer it didn't work as well. I think that Celestia must have had a lot of work to do, and because she was the eldest she would also have to watch over Equestria and deal with the more governmental issues, such as paperwork, laws, etc. I was imagining that for this Celestia was getting a bit tired and just worn out. Luna was much younger so she might have been up to antics before, and Celestia just didn't have the time or nerves to deal with her. I like to imagine that Celestia has her flaws too! Probably after this when Nightmare Moon is banished, Celestia has a lot of regret over not paying closer attention to her. But like I said in the description, these are just my thoughts."

I'm making another comic for after this, showing new sides of Lulu and Celi

MLP FIM and characters (c) :iconfyre-flye:
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FoxyDaPirateFox99 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2016  Student Artist
I like to stare at the stars and moon...
mlpBFFpink Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare Stare 
Oh Noes! 
julian0123 Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Great and dramatic comic :iconfavbomb-plz:
Graeystone Featured By Owner May 20, 2015
Queen Chrysalis is all 'twisted and darkness', we know what happened to Luna. Twilight better be careful in how she handles her emotion for a few decades.
MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner May 17, 2015
Aw poor luna
Luna621Lt Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
poor Luna Sad Pony Rainbow sad Menma Honma (I still want to be with everyone) V1 
Nightstormshadow Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
poor luna i feel for u girl
SheabeePrime Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I really like how you portray Nightmare Moon in this. Let me tell you why. Nightmare is not just some evil figure Luna's rage that she is fighting against, but her sympathetic sorrow. She is her own best friend, trying not to lose hope. Nightmare is like her vented feelings. Unfortunately, depression like that becomes rage too easily, and she became thoses feelings. Anyway I love this! 
EcliptorCalrissian Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015
. . . AWESOME.

As for Tia being mean to Luna, I also think she might be rude to her once in a while because, well, nobody's perfect and siblings sometimes fight. 
buddertrixierules Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
omg dat face is creepy in last panel
ringtailmaster Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
interesting, give us a complementary view of what circunstances transform Luna into Nightmare Moon, great job
ChasexSkyelover7 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ok....this is why Celestia is my least favorite princess.....
Prince-Polaris Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Student Artist
holy mother of Linux if I was able to have dreams that Luna at the end would give me a NIGHTMARE
Space-Debris Featured By Owner Edited Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww. Poor Luna. Good thing I always stay up until the sun rises, then I fall asleep.

Also: MY GOD, THAT FREAKING STARE. *shudders* God that's scary...
somerandomguy123321 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Student Artist
There are scarier things, cupcakes, molestia, luna game, and finally, :iconslendermaneplz:
Bomerman3001 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
1cosmiconsciousness Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
All the work, and none saw it. She tried to tell Tia, that she needed to be noticed, to be loved, to be needed, but treated like a child, work before helping sister. An artist creates masterpieces, spends days,weeks,months,years, a lifetime, several to make it, putting thier soul into it, and noone notices it. :(
One day. One day without sun, how much harm could be done? Tia could even take the whole day off. But no, don't let Luna get loved, a share of the love. Waaaah! None.
jardape Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
Luna is becoming G1 pony. What a horror. :D
WoonaArt Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
I check comic with Celestia few minutes ago. If i can write a letter to Celestia, i will write:
Dear Princess Celestia,
Luna is not a child. She is not a child. She also has feelings. She is over 1000 years old. Celestia, don't raise the sun for one day in (only) Equestria. That will be fine. Luna is alone, and you are busy. That's why Luna try to kill you and change to Nightmare Moon. Don't you understand? It's your faulth. Don't raise the sun for one special day, like Summer Sun Celebration, before it say to everypony about this. Play with Luna games, like chess. Try to make her looks beautiful, buy her beautiful white dress and let her go to meet other Ponies. Maybe she will find a boyfriend. You are thinking about yourself. She is not a baby. I know you willdestroy this paper, get it to the fire and get Luna to the moon and don't listen to me, and that's one reason i like Luna more. Thank you.
Persona22 Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
I once read that the greatest fear of an artist is a blank page or canvas.
Basically, it means that the greatest fear of an artist, poet or writer is that one day they might run out of ideas.

I, personally, don't think that's true.
The greatest fear of an artist is to have much of their talent to share, but nobody interested in it.
Sleeping-Sniper Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
You dun goof'd Tia.
FakeTsuki Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
OUCH, this hurts. It's also so scary <3
Articunos-Bitch Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
Dude, this hurts. Remember, Celestia admitted herself she was not a friend to Luna before. So all this talk about Celestia being sorry and it not being her fault, bull crap. She is as much to blame as Luna.
You done good.
MazuSakura Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Student Artist
Right on
Cenrtergg Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
PastelKai Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Student General Artist
Clapping Pony Icon - Nightmare Moon 
Painted-Pen Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Student General Artist
*Last panel* Cuckoo!
Toon-Resurrection92 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know and Jesus Christ those eyes are scary as hell! She invented the look before fluttershy did.
bruiser128 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I understand how Luna was feeling before she became Nightmare moon, cause I was never taken seriously either.
Well on another note I always enjoyed a night time stroll.
TehKyura360 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
those eyes... they follow you... ._.
NinjaKitty2012 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hail the night o_o
Obabscribbler Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013

I hope you don't mind, but I have loved this comic for a long time and have recently put together an audio version on YouTube.…

Vipermoon999 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
make more to this
Poor luna, she doesn't deserve to be put out like that! Her night is beautiful and she just wanted some attention to it! It's all Celestia's fault! I hope she felt lonely after luna was sent to the moon, she should regret it!
emgrat223 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Student General Artist
This is one of my favorite MLP comics I've ever had the pleasure of coming across
Sonic4ever-yea Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
poor Luna :(
jeurobrony Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
Last panel xDDDD
Rickbeast Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
Last panel gave me chills.
IFlySNA94 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i feel it, very deep and moving
Vipermoon999 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
make this into a comic
Okami-Raion Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
OMG i love it!!!! So Emotional!!!!!!!!
CarliAdopts Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I acctually cried, so touching... Luna is one of my faveourite characters from MLP FiM! I would never forget her Lunar Celebration ; w ; :heart:~
BronyBeforePony Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
how utterly depressing
KrazyRabidRakkoon Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how you showed a side of Nightmare Moon that actually cared. I really like this!
gothic-dafne Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Wow, Luna's face at the final panel it's scary but heartbreaking at the same time :(
Luigicat11 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
@EDIT2: Not to mention having to raise the sun when Luna gets to raise something as tiny-in-comparison as the moon. Stars are *buy some apples*ing heavy!
Magiske-Fingrer Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
I love seeing art on Lunas backstory! <3
Silvermoonthewolf Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Earthstar01 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Poor Luna...
That being said, I must say that I loved this beautiful and tear-jerking comic. And I love the fair bit of psychology going on here. Right from the very beginning, we can sense Luna's mind breaking over her anguish. The expressiveness you captured in her eyes is stunning; from sad, to angry, to hopeful, and finally that last panel where she's completely snapped. The bags under her eyes really show right at the beginning that she has had many sleepless nights ((or days, depending on when she actually sleeps)) over this ordeal. I love how you interpreted Nightmare Moon. Most of what I see is Nightmare Moon being some kind of demon or even an alien entity that took over poor defenseless Luna. I love how you made her into a companion that Luna made for herself in an attempt to ease her troubled mind. I also love how Nightmare Moon slowly gains power over Luna; evidenced by her mane bleeding out from the mirror, enveloping Luna and eventually taking over a larger mirror right before Luna shatters it. Even the text was done beautifully. They're both very distinct to their respective characters and they blend together at the end.
As for Celestia being too harsh... well, I can't honestly say I'd portray her any different if this were my comic. The way I see it, everything we see is from Luna's twisted perception. Ponies sleep during the night and unfortunately miss out on Luna's beautiful masterpiece. Her fractured mind warps that into a showing of hate and loathing. She did the same thing with Celestia. Celestia probably did tell her something nicer about the necessity of balance between night and day, but Luna's intensifying depression and insanity made her hear her sister say something scathing and hateful. Causing her to finally snap under the perceived betrayal of the one pony that cares for her the most.
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