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'Cause the night owns darkness itself, YIR. Silly shadows, thinking they had a chance to begin with, ain't that cute~

For any of you who has watched the fan made short "Fall of The Crystal Empire" (which can easily be found on youtube) here's my initial thoughts; (CONTAINS SPOILERS)

First of all, I personally didn't like the style of the armour-combat, it felt out of place to me. ( I'm pretty picky when it comes to designs and fan made works when there's put this much effort into it, the design of the armour and style of combat just didn't really click for me, I wouldn't be able to picture the characters ensue in that style of close combat, admittingly it looks cool, but I would have prefered if it wasn't there. I know little about the process of the production of the short, but if the battle style was referencing something current going on, let me know in the comments. ) I think that made it very distracting to appreciate the storytelling. The animation itself however was very well done, fluent, always moving, no akward long pauses, it was well paced, that along with character expressions and lip syncing. : )
The voices were nice too, but I thought Sombra's tone and dialogue sounded incredibly cliché for some reason. Maybe that's just me. It was the whole "mwuaha, I draw power from your emotions, join the dark side, I understand how you feel unappreciated for what you do for a living, yadda yadda yadda" deal.
I also didn't enjoy how Luna suddenly overpowered Sombra, even having the nerve to lecture him as his superior, degrading his own self worth as nothing but less than an ounce of what her own capabilites were capable of. Luna came off as somewhat arrogant, and the ending was somewhat anticlimatic. ( no big fan of Nightmare Moon ^^; )
But despite all the critique and complains, I didn't hate it, it was still a cool watch. :) Tell me what you thought about it, and if you didn't watch it yet or simply don't find interest, that's cool too.



Anyways, this doodle was actually inspired from a scene in 'Asterix conquers America'. :p

Sombra & Luna © Hasbro
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:icondashieandluna:
Dashieandluna Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  New member Student Filmographer
Ok what i said before was not true i love both your arts cloured and not coloured
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:iconmidnightsonare:
MidnightSonare Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sombra's face is priceless. Laughing 
Hey, if no one is doing it, can I color it? It would be awesome, if you want of course.
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:icondashieandluna:
Dashieandluna Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  New member Student Filmographer
That is a great idea
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:iconmickeymonster:
Mickeymonster Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015
Go ahead :D
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:iconmidnightsonare:
MidnightSonare Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, It's done. Sorry it took me so long. I finished it last week, but I was too busy to upload it. Here's a link
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Dashieandluna Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  New member Student Filmographer
I added it to my faves
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:iconmickeymonster:
Mickeymonster Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015
faved and commented :D
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:iconchexmemint:
chexmemint Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015
Translation: Are you prepared for my whooping?

HORRIBLE TRANSLATE! Sorry, I'm not good with old english :(
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:iconmickeymonster:
Mickeymonster Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015
oopsiepoopsies
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:iconcolonelbsacquet:
ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
" Luna came off as somewhat arrogant"

Well ... when dealing with an arrogant antagonist, you might as well become arrogant to him (her) too. That will teach him (her) a lesson. :-P
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:iconcolonelbsacquet:
ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
YIR? What is YIR?
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:iconmickeymonster:
Mickeymonster Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
just like 'yeah'.
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:iconvgmaster9:
vgmaster9 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014
You forgot to mention that Luna's voice didn't change when she became NMM.
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:iconroth1000:
Roth1000 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014
I honestly thought that 'Fall of an empire' was a little unreal, but I still liked it. I always kinda vision Sombra being a bit more powerful then Nightmare Moon/Luna. Because Nightmare Moon was the first villain that the main six has ever faced, and they defeated her, they were inexperienced. I know that doesn't necessarily make Nightmare Moon less powerful or less of a threat but she didn't really show off how powerful she really was, on the other hand Sombra showed how powerful he really was when he attacked the crystal empire.

P.S.  don't think Sombra's really even dead. (despite what the writers said)  
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:iconcolonelbsacquet:
ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
But if the writers say so, how can it be otherwise?
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:iconguy-named-paul:
guy-named-Paul Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015
It's called headcanon.
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:iconggunsailor:
Ggunsailor Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Student Writer
Methinks he's not prepared for his whoopin'.
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:iconcanadian-pony:
Canadian-pony Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, to be honest, I didn't like the ending. The powers she obtained were far more than her sister, and I mean, they didn't really keep Celestia around for too long anyway. The other thing was, I absolutely got chills when she said, " I am a nightmare. ". Not good ones. That line was so... something about it bothered me. Deeply. I can't explain, really..

Well anyway, I know they worked hard, so I can't rag too hard. But it just was the script to me...
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:iconmickeymonster:
Mickeymonster Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
Same here. :XD:
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:iconcomedyteam:
ComedyTeam Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it's really stupid that king sombra looses to nightmare cheese, even more stupid for him to fear her, wtf, but ur right, they worked hard
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Canadian-pony Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah.. I mean some of the things she said was cool but ahhh just ahhh
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ThatAverageGuy Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
As my headcannon goes sombra was defeaded by both sisters but sombra knew that luna whas a natural dark magic user as i said she was "gifted" the only thing sombra did before get vanished was to awake luna's true powers not turning her in an instant nightmare moon , but sombra wanted a queen of darkness so he implanted a magic parasite in luna later that parasite would be fused in luna souls creatin not only nightmare moon but a duality complex. Buut thats my opinion. As fir the FoCE it was a cool animation.

and nice draw looks very estetic 
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RainyMoments Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The irony of not being prepared when your mane resembles Scar's mane. :XD:

I absolutely adore their facial expressions, especially Luna's smug face. 
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:iconmickeymonster:
Mickeymonster Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
Thank you very much! :D
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:iconkatiecat26:
Katiecat26 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Student
HEY LUNA STEPSISTER I GOT THE TF GUNNSS!!!
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:icontwilightalicorn:
TwilightAlicorn Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I BROUGHT THE WHOOPEE CUSHIONS
pinky pie party canon emoticon 
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JackJack71 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Student Artist
Whooping XD
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:iconthetspot:
TheTspot Featured By Owner Edited Jun 25, 2014
Sombra: Wait, Is it the good kind of whooping or the bad kind of whooping?

Luna: 'tis the bad kind!

Sombra: YES!!

Luna: Excuse us?

Sombra:  I uhhh.....I like being hit sometimes, and even though the nightmare morphing thing was a bit scary,  I thought it was pretty hot.

Luna: Oh..........neat....well this as gotten most uncomfortable.

Sombra: Soooo we doin' this or not?

Luna: Meh, why not.

Sombra: WHOOO HOOOO-*POW*<- that's an onomatopoeia
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:iconthecanadianpie:
"What's an onomatopoeia?!"
:P
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:iconthetspot:
TheTspot Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
Stare .........An onomatopoeia is the formation of a word from a sound associated with what is named,  like POW, BIFF, BLAM, BOOM etc.
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:iconthecanadianpie:
thecanadianpie Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
Sorry I didn't come out clear, it's the old stupid joke. "whats onomatopoeia? Exactly what it sounds like!!"
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:iconthe-kinky-hobbit:
The-Kinky-Hobbit Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Student General Artist
Ohhh my goodness I am adding that to my collection XD I definetely lol'ed when I read that XD
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:iconthetspot:
TheTspot Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
Oh, sorry
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:iconhere-for-the-ponies:
Here-for-the-ponies Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I agree with you point for point.
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:iconmickeymonster:
Mickeymonster Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
Thank you! :D
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:iconhere-for-the-ponies:
Here-for-the-ponies Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
no problem
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:iconcrazyexperiment:
CrazyExperiment Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
lunas face cracks me up! :D
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MrSpartin Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
It was...nice.:iconfluttershyisshyplz:
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Shadowstyle143 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
haha nice
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:iconkingarthur5:
KingArthur5 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
"I shall unseal a metail container of "whoop-ass" on thee"!
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BBOFF Featured By Owner Edited Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I didn't like the combat style very much either. I don't feel that's how they would actually fight! Sombra's voice was rather cliché, but still well done. It's a good pic! Are you going to color it?
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:iconmickeymonster:
Mickeymonster Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
If I'll remember it sometime in the future. :XD:
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Black-Sweater Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's Raeping time!
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:iconfrostfauna:
Frostfauna Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
I need to remember that line. Lol. It's a good one and feels very 'Luna' in my opinion.
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:iconmickeymonster:
Mickeymonster Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
Thank you! :D
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SemiJuggalo Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, thank goodness I'm not the only one who felt this way! Personally, I didn't mind the armor and the action scenes were creative, but the animation seemed wonky in certain areas, such as the slow-motion sequences. Also, I understand that it's a fan work, and that creative liberties were taken, but it's still based on canon material! More specifically, there are two well-established facts that were mentioned in the season three premiere... Which, unfortunately, were NOT featured in the animation...

1) Whatever happened to Celestia and Luna defeating Sombra TOGETHER?

2) Also, why not actually SHOW the part where King Sombra got the last laugh, by cursing the Crystal Empire?

Fan work or not, it didn't feel right that they neglected those details, just for the sake of such blatant Luna worship! Yes, I said it! It totally became a Luna worship animation and nobody try to tell me that it wasn't!
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ComedyTeam Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it's very stupid for king sombra to LOSE and FEAR nightmare moon, it just doesn't make sense that the king of Hatred
and fear looses to her
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TwiWrite-Flare Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
I'm starting to see a pattern with the group's animation projects.  Luna played at least a secondary role as Snowdrop's friend (the only one who really GOT her) in their first outing and outright stole Celestia & Sombra's spotlight in the second.  

As for Sombra's last laugh by cursing the Crystal Empire (the way I interpreted that last scene), they are apparently giving Luna credit for the curse of the Crystal Empire as well.  Sombra literally accomplished NOTHING as far as they are concerned (other than bitch slapping Celestia in the final fight so Luna could be both the hero AND the villain).

I liked the animation and the dialog quite a bit up until the last minute or so though.  It had all the parts and ingredients of a really excellent piece of work until it devolved into, as you said, blatant Luna worship.
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SemiJuggalo Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, someone at Silly Filly Studios has a serious crush on Luna, or something. I mean, it was acceptable in Snowdrop, because the story was about how even the most important things can be taken for granted. However, in FotCE, they may as well have had the words "PRINCESS LUNA ROCKS YOUR SOCKS!!!" flashing in big, bold letters, about halfway through the animation.
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TwiWrite-Flare Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
Agreed on both counts.  I liked Snowdrop well enough and Luna's minor involvement made sense.

I'm just irritated that Celestia couldn't have played a bigger roll in such a well made animation that should have done more to help both her and Sombra's popularity rather than detract from them further (poor Sombra was just TRIVIALIZED by the end).  Everything would have been fine if they had just stuck to canon a bit better.  Luna's great and everything, but celebrating her shouldn't come at the expense of every other character involved.
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