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"Don't you know your grin has always been my sunshine"

After a very long delay, next page. Future updates will remain slow, I don't have enough time for all my side projects now and this one will probably take years to finish. It's a good way to see what I've improved on in my art, at least. And where things need to improve.
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lunchymunchies Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Why is Derpy glowing inside?
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8a55 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2018
awesome work. hits right to the feels.
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kimx8 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2018
sad
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Chungused Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2018
y u do this
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Kalyandra Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
wow
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ZiddersRoofurry Featured By Owner Edited Nov 13, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just. Ugh. The art is amazing but just...ugh. Too many feels. 
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Cdpaliden Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
This kills the man.
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Dev-i Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Kewl!
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passionphoenix123 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2017
how did derpy know that was dinky?

Also this piece is awesome, but i find derpy's expression could use just a bit more work? Her mouth seems a bit misshapen so that kinda makes it a bit hilarious for me. lol. But thats just my two cents. Unless you intended it to be that way, then kudos to you! :D
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MoonlitBrush Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
sad faces on ponies is hard, they're just too cute to be sad
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passionphoenix123 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2017
totally agree! Especially since its derpy. XD

Maybe a different perspective and angle from this scene would make it easier? oh well.
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ZiddersRoofurry Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dinky was a firefighter. That's their helmet nearby. 
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MoonlitBrush Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Specifically, the fire chief, this was all her charge. I felt it was appropriate for a war that ends with fire to overwhelm someone who was meant to control it, and that her nightmare night costume (and title in the gameloft game) was too good an opportunity to both cover that and also emotionally charge the scene because of who she's the daughter of.

Symbolism!
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ZiddersRoofurry Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah I mean it's really amazing despite how tragic it is. 
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YoshiRingo Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2017  Student Digital Artist
ehh, grimdark like this isnt my cup of tea ;-;
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MoonlitBrush Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Don't read Fallout: Equestria, it's darker than the games it was based on. Fallout 3 was pretty lighthearted when it came down to it, Fo:E is heartwrenching with plenty of close calls and silly moments in between. You'd think that mixing ponies and fallout would be clunky, but it worked amazingly well together. Even knowing both source materials, the connections are nearly seamless. One thing, it's almost a prerequisite to play the games first, at least the third one, so that you can appreciate the references when they come up.
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YoshiRingo Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2017  Student Digital Artist
well i dont play fallout, tried fallout 4, bought it and all, then gave up in the first 30 minutes. i'll be honest, just ponies and anything grimdark dont mix well together, just like this, it doesnt have appeal, I just see art of ponies dying and really dark tones that dont set a happy mood, and just make me sad. the only way i can see ponies and grimdark work is if it has a metal kind of style, drawn as real horses. with this i dont see it going anywhere other than derpy seeing the world around her, more dead stuff, and thats it. :v
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MoonlitBrush Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
The fallout series on the surface was about a world that would have should have died, but didn't. The ghouls are symbols of the wasteland, the people who shun the ghouls usually end up dead, the people who see the humanity in the sane ghouls are also likely to be interested in the past themselves.

Fallout 4 started with the world before and then stripped it away, giving a sense of loss that is then filled back in as you head into the wasteland and see that people have continued to live their own lives.

Fallout 3 took a different route.

In it, you started off in a cramped vault on rails, giving you the sense of claustrophobia that the character probably had all their life. Eventually the father character leaves and you are made to follow, and once you leave the vault there's no going back, the door is closed. The last part of the rails is between you and the tunnel leading out of the vault area, past the bones and writings of the people who died two hundred years ago trying to get inside.

After that, you're presented with a view of the whole world, and the sharp contrast between the vault and here leaves you asking "Where should I go"?

It was absolutely amazing, and I feel like the fourth game tried to beat that emotionally by witnessing the end of the world in person, but I think that the people who played fallout 3 and new vegas would have been extremely hard to please, and anyone new coming in might be turned off by the inhumanity of the vault they entered.

With nothing to contrast it to, the vault salesman would seem kinda clunky I feel, and the vault itself seems a bit 1960s sci-fi (which the entire series is based on by the way, so they do that all the time)

Personally, I enjoyed 3 more than 4, and I preferred how much darker fallout equestria could be to contrast how much brighter and happier the ponies could have been were it not after the end of the world.

The story follows a similar path at the start to fallout 3, so at the very least there isn't any death while in the vault at that time.

I really do suggest pushing through fallout 4 though, I usually make a point of never playing fps games but I made an exception for this series because the stories made up for it. I love ethical dilemmas.

I really can't do the story justice, not much for writing, but I can do metaphors! This is like chocolate and salt, it doesn't sound great together, but... in practice chocolate and marshmallow sounds good but then it's too sweet and overall kinda bland and cheap tasting. Adding salt to the mix balances out everything and makes the sweetness stronger and more... full? This works with sweet drinks too, a little salt on the rim of a cup makes them taste so much better. Likewise, ponies and all they represent only makes the contrast with fallout that much stronger.

The reason I'm drawing so much dying in this part is because that's when the most dying happened in fallout, the contrast is what really matters. If the start of the story is the end of things, then the rest of the story is about new beginnings, climbing upward out of that darkness. Derpy lost much in the war, though she never gave up in spite of all that, and is symbolically a guiding light in specific parts of fallout equestria. I'll be getting to that later, but I wanted to put emphasis on the loss at the start.
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YoshiRingo Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Dont get me wrong, I enjoy gore myself, hell Im playing Doom now, and love killing the demons there, so satisfying to kill em in different ways. Fallout, I dont know what went wrong, maybe im not use to the PS4 controller, I love me a nintendo or xBox controller better, but since I got the PS4, Im stuck with it. if fallout comes out for switch, Ill try again. going back to this pony thing, it still doesnt mix well, and the chocolate and salt thing really doesnt make sense, mainly because I never met someone that thinks it doesnt sound good. of course chocolate and salt go well together, look at chocolate pretzels, mixing gore with ponies is more like mixing hot sauce and ice cream, one is something spicy and extreme, the other is sweet and tasty, I'd rather have them separate. if doom or fallout replaced the demons and enemies with ponies, then no, I would not play them, neither anyone else I would know of other than edgy teens that want to kill horses. we're talking about derpy, theres nothing deep about her, shes not to be taken serious, deep in contrast, something something lost the war, shes just your average adorable silly horse we see in the background for 3 seconds, and when you mix that innocent nature of derpy with gore, death and deep stuff,well, its just makes people turn the other way.
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MoonlitBrush Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
For people who haven't tried chocolate and salt together it sounds like a weird combo. Like peanut butter and bananas.

Lets have some context then. The fanfiction was written between season one and season two, when the fandom was getting into the backstories for the characters in the background, Vinyl Scratch and Octavia caught peoples attention, Derpy was seen as the mailmare mother of Dinky, Fluttershy had just finished a short stint as a supermodel, etc. While a lot of the story was based on facts in the show there were more than a few nods to other fan works of the time.

The fanfiction starts off the story very well, taking time to introduce the idea of what a vault is and why they were made, the main character leaves in order to fix a mistake they made, and within a few minutes of entering the wasteland they are captured by slavers, manage to get free with the one other slave with them when the slavers are attacked by another group, and the other slave turns a gun on them to try and take her food. This goes pretty fast, and it shows the first of many ethical problems she'll have to deal with.

Unicorn magic plays an important role throughout, and is one of the things that separates the setting from fallout proper. VATS makes sense now, being a magical device that can see enemies through walls and slow time is more reasonable than fallout's version. In more than one instance magic is used as a weapon, though it's only real use is to move things around rather than the fancy magic Twilight has at her disposal. In a world filled with guns and bullets, levitation isn't usually the better option, so these moments are pretty infrequent.

If you focus on just the combat and the gore then you kinda forget what fallout's about. Fallout is an RPG that happens to have guns and grenades, otherwise it's a lot like the elder scrolls series with some differences. For one, it uses real world music to give a sense of nostalgia that the character in the game likely feels. One song (Anything Goes) talks about events that in real life most people don't know about because it happened so long ago, and is equally meaningless to the people of the wasteland. Fallout 4 uses real life buildings in the city so that if you've been there in reality then you'll recognize many of the older locations, for example.

Fallout:Equestria is perfect for this, since we've seen the show and can recognize many of the landmarks that the main character doesn't see as all that important. The music (which we can't hear but some fans have been creating) is usually made by characters that we do know, and at points in the story their histories are part of current events.

Now, Derpy.

In the story Derpy serves a couple purposes, she represents the good of the world before the end, her sweetness and good nature has shone through for the last two hundred years in spite of her appearance, she brought things ponies needed to survive, opened a shop that has absolutely everything, and even though she's seen the worst parts of the wasteland she never bent and bowed to it. And, spoiler, eventually the wasteland loses and she gets what she deserves. There's a moment where it seems like the dregs of the old war might be enough to kill her, but she comes out on top through sheer force of will. Which might be why she's stayed sane for 200 years, she never gave up.

She's still a background character for most of the story, and her past isn't really given in detail, which is why I started this series of images. From this perspective, every time she sets things right, helps ponies survive, it's another blow against the war that almost killed everyone. Success to her would be to bring back Equestria.

Now, you can focus on the blood and gore, there's a lot of that and it helps show how hard the characters have to fight since much of it is their own, but don't forget that Fallout isn't just a shoot em up, and Fallout: Equestia is even less so.
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YoshiRingo Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2017  Student Digital Artist
See that's why MLP and Fallout don't mix well together, you lost me at slaves and guns, the closest there was to slaves is Sombra enslaving ponies, but they were basically just in chains. As for guns, only weapon I've seen is the party cannon, in the MLP universe, there is no such thing as guns, violence and gore, its suppose to be a peaceful getaway, full of color and happiness, give it a little dark won't hurt it, but pump it with something like Fallout and well, it just falls apart. When you mention death and killed, it just loses it's magic, the only canon death I've seen in MLP was that coffin from that Valentines episode, AJ's parents are sort of still implied, they never mentioned death, although there is a high chance they are, but the show will never mention it, unless it's maybe in a movie, which did happen, only death I've seen were those skulls from the parrots.
Derpy really doesn't fit well with this story either, growing with her, she's not meant to be take as serious as this. Ive recently read a little bit from this comic based on Vinyl being a vampire, comic really doesnt work as well, really messy and very predictable, I facepalmed so hard when I saw Derpy as this basass hero that saved the characters.
I know that these aren't my cup of tea, and that I should just ignore these, and I did so after this picture, where I had to unwatch if this was the route you were going for, your artstyle is great, if it makes you happy, cool, thats for you and your audience, Im more into art that makes me happy and warm inside, seeing Derpy holding the corpse of her daughter, I have no idea how that doesn't make anyone as depressed as I was first time seeing that. In the end, I still don't think that these two series mix well together, but thats just me :/
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MoonlitBrush Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Again, you're kinda using personal opinion without having read the story or played the games they're based on.

Also, there was Arimaspi who stole the griffon treasure and fell to his death. Then there was the time Applebloom would have been eaten by a chimera. Actually, if we're going to include near death scenarios that a kid might believe could happen, there's plenty in season one episode two onward, ranging from physical death to personality death. Going with the logic that "you know they can't really die in this show" isn't a strong argument. Dash trapped on a crumbling ledge on the side of a cliff with the wind whipping away her screams for help... without knowledge of how shows work, a kid might believe she was going to die there.

If we're only using actual death rather than threats of death then you've removed the importance of every villain in the show. Unless you like the show for the happier moments and skip anything else, you have to accept that villains trying to end the world happen a lot, and having a fanfiction all about minor and major villains doing pretty much the same thing fits right in, regardless of the alterations to the setting.

As for Derpy, I happen to favor her a bit, for the most part she's just a background element that ranges from just being an introduction to the idea of ghouls, to not showing up for chapters at a time and only appearing again to do good. Most characters don't stick their neck out for others, she's a bit like an echo of how things are in the show, more helpful and friendly than most.

And that's fair, I like stories that have very strong emotions in them. This one ended bittersweetly, to put it lightly. Every step of the way it got harder for the heroes, only near the end do they realize what can be done to save everyone, forever, but it's in the last few pages where the real cost is made apparent, like in the games. The very ending is as close to a start of a new Equestria as it can get, much of the evil of the wasteland is still being set right.

Most stories like it screw up by having the mane 6 act out of character, ending their friendships because of reasons that don't really work. In this the reasons are forced on them in a way that canon has shown at least once. The alternate timeline where Equestria was fighting Sombra. Their duties kept them apart in various ways especially once the fighting began.

I can't argue that guns don't really appear in the show, and I should point out that the author used that as a sort of symbolism of the difference between the two. In the show the characters would spend more effort trying to fix a problem, and in the story in a flashback they use a gun to solve a cockatrice problem only for Fluttershy to reveal some detail about them, and by using a gun to solve a problem they've instead made things worse than they could have been. I don't know if the characters ever say they wished guns were never invented, but it comes across with that message more than once, that without guns the world wouldn't have ended, diplomacy would have set things right.

Now that I think about it, a gun was what set the war off in the first place, so yeah. Almost forgot that.

But, you prefer more cheerful stuff, and some people prefer their candy without anything special added. Not a whole lot of fanfictions for that, but there's probably a few. A heck of a lot more to avoid though.
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sigel4ever Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2017  Student General Artist
a really sad moment
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MidnightFire1222 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh god, to lose your child like that. I can't even imagine the pain that parents who really have to go through that feel...
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RoyCalbeck Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Right in the feels.

All the feels -:(
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Celefin Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2017
damn... great work, but... damn.
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batosan Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Ow! Great work ...But.....Ow!
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Gordon-Weedman Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2017
If that's Dinky, where's the firetruck?
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MoonlitBrush Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Roughly where the camera view is, I think
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runner1 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ouch.... right in the feels. :(

Very nice art of a very terrible thing.
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tigreanpony Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2017
Oh poor Derpy,, keep up the great job here.
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Wabefuhon Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2017
Is this Fel Fire?
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Gordon-Weedman Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2017
It's balefire.
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Wabefuhon Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2017
Is there a difference? No, really, is there a difference?
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Gordon-Weedman Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2017
If there's a difference, I don't know, but it's canonically called balefire, so it's balefire.
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ShoryuKanosoto Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2017
fel fire, if i'm guessing right from hearing 'fel' and 'hell' interchanged a lot, simply means hellfire, or could be considered 'demon' fire.

balefire, in the context of Fo:E is 'necromantic' flame, accounting for a lot of the things it bypasses the protections of, as well as why it raises the dead that weren't obliterated on impact.
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