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A need to know. by Baron-Engel A need to know. by Baron-Engel
Over the last week I have been posting a series of sketches that all involved one very vivid dream I had in my Equestria dreamscape. In my last posting [link] I commented that after hearing Paynes Grays story [link] Celestia wanted to know what I and Petina really were and where we had come from.

We explained as best we could but Celestia insisted that she needed to have clearer picture of where we were from and what those worlds were like. She was already confronted by the realization that she had the Kingdom of Shadows unexpectedly residing within the borders of Equestria, and felt that it was in the best interest of her subjects that she truly understand where both myself and Petina originated from. She then said she wanted to perform another test us. At this point she asked Twilight and Spike to leave for a while. Petina and I would all meet up with them later along with the royal sisters for dinner.

Now as several fans and fan authors have proposed the idea and in my dreamscape has adopted the concept Luna is not only the princess of the moon but she also the princess of sleep and of dreams. What Celestia proposed was to put Petina and myself under a sleep spell then let Luna enter our minds and dreamwalk through them. Luna also lead Celestia on the same walk so she see what her sister was observing.

This is the first time I have ever had a character in my sleep make such a request. not even Petina has asked for something like this since she already knew from day one that she was a product of my subconscious. Therefore I was very uncertain what the result of this experiment would be. Still I figured my subconscious had something in mind, pun intended, so I ran with it.

Now I have had dreams in which I fall asleep and have another dream but this felt very different. This felt like I was watching a montage/ anthology of my sleep over the last decade or so. Little snips and segments of different dreams, dreamscapes, characters and situations. When I awoke the first thing I heard was Celestia saying was. "You're right Baron. Petina should have bought the green dress. It looked very flattering on her." I immediately knew that Celestia was referring to a dream I had about four months before where I had stood around while Petina tried on dresses in a boutique. I had thought that green one she was eying looked good on her but Petina had opted to buy the deep violet one instead. Celestia then said. " And Rosemary was right. I would've been scared at her age if some nasty duck had pulled my tail too!" [link]

Through all this Luna just sat there and stared at me like she had been gently tapped on the head with a five pound sledgehammer. Petina was either still under the effect of the spell or just not wanting to wake up since she continued to lie on her back and snore away.

For her part Celestia just stared at me with a pleasant little smile on her face. Either she was completely at ease with what I was, or she has one of the best poker faces in the world. She did ask that neither myself or Petina discussed our homeland in great detail with any other ponies. From now on we were from Manehatten. With that we headed off to meet Twilight and Spike for dinner. Then I woke up from this dream. Sorry if it took a long time to get all of this dream posted but it was a meaty one.
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:iconjardape:
Did they see our world or your dream worlds only?
And i like your story.
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Baron-Engel Jul 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I have never gotten a clear answer from either Celestia or Luna.
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:iconorca19904:
Amazing how your subconscious pretty much predicted one of Luna's canonical capabilities well before "Sleepless in Ponyville" was ever written.
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Baron-Engel Jan 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Well there have been several fans who had speculated about Luna's capabilities so I am hardly the first to think of it.
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:iconorca19904:
Or it could have been one of the many fandom nods the series has made, such as a certain pegasus being referred to on-screen as 'Derpy' and Fluttershy donning a 'tree' disguise.
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:iconardashir:
I love the shocked looks you and Luna have. And of course Petina looks cute, and Celly has that whole 'amused yet regal' bit down. It's some great art.
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PHR16384 Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So basically, your subconscious is not only autonomously building a self-insert fic with a compelling plot and overarching sets of events and characters, but can also reference your other dreamscapes in a plot-relevant way?


...Damn, man. Your subconscious is a genius.
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Baron-Engel Sep 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes in a nutshell that is what happening.
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ZephyrTheDragonlord Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
that's hilarious... and i'm guessing that a 'demigoddess' would have as good a pokerface as a god would have... this is an incredible story that you have going. i think if i kept Zephyrus on a tight leash this would be quite an amazing place to visit... assuming my usual chaos from Zephyrus doesn't follow me there...
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anzul Jul 24, 2012  Student General Artist
also, did you ever draw or sketched petina whit those dresses?
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