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Conversations on the porch by Baron-Engel Conversations on the porch by Baron-Engel
There was general sigh of relief in my Equestria Dreamscape. The Deception and to our knowledge the last remanent of the Kingdom of Shadows had been destroyed. Applebloom while injured and facing a long road of recovery and rehabilitation had not been lost and now the Apple family was truly back together again. Twilight's condition was serious but stable, and Applejack was expected to make a full recovery along with every other pony that had been wounded in the recent battle.

Over the course of the day there was a steady stream of official ponies arriving and departing from Sweet Apple Acres. After further stabilizing Twilight, Cpl. Stone, Sgt. Wind Whisper, Pvt. Blue Cloud and Cpl. Steel Mane were flown out in sky chariots to Canterlot General Hospital for treatment of their wounds. Both Celestia's star pupil and Cpl. Stone in particular had specialist surgeons awaiting their arrivals. As final precaution the Royal Sisters decided they'd spend the next day at the farm before returning to the palace in Canterlot. Celestia and Luna wanted to check and make certain there were no nasty surprises still lurking at Sweet Apple Acres. Unless something exceptional was discovered they would return to the palace tomorrow evening.

Of course the sounds of combat, magic, gunfire, and the blinding flash/ explosion had aroused the attention of ponies all over the area. This along with glimpses of the Royal Sisters and Royal Guards patrolling the farm meant that in no time every pony in the immediate area around Ponyville was aware of the events out at the farm. A cordon was set up around the farm and only ponies with "official" business were allowed on the property. Still a surprising number of ponies that seemed to have "official" business out at Sweet Apple Acres that day.

The Mane Six along with the Mayor and Carousel were admitted on to the property and were given a short briefing. Celestia also took the time to speak with the other members of the CMC and explain to them what had happened to Applebloom.

Needless to say this had been a news worthy event. Before shooing them off the property both Celestia and the Mayor gave a brief statement to the reporters who had begun to arriving looking for a story. Luna let Celestia doing most of the talking and the Royal Sisters promised that an official press conference concerning the events of the day would be held in the next few days. Eventually the afternoon grew late and with nothing else exciting happening most ponies went home to their warm homes and hot meals. At sunset Celestia and Luna went out into the barnyard and set the sun and raised the moon. It was strange to observe such an ancient and profound ritual amongst such a rustic setting, it gave a certain primal and timeless aspect to it.

When Celestia announced that her and Luna intended to spend the evening at Sweet Apple Acres the remaining members of the Apple family who were still on their hoofs went into a frenzy. Arrangements had to be made for providing appropriate lodging for such important guests. Applejack tried to help but was quickly led back to her bed and was told by the old matriarch that she was not to get out of bed. If Granny Smith caught her out of bed and going anywhere but to the bathroom she'd hogtie AJ herself and throw back into bed. Like some grizzly general Granny Smith began ordering anypony except the Royal Sisters to move this, get that, clean this, stack that. Rank, office, age matter not to her and it was amusing to watch Royal Guard ponies being ordered around by her; at first they protested but Celestia volunteered the soldiers to the cause. The Royal Sisters may be the rulers of Equestria and the controllers of the sun and moon, but at the moment Granny's word was law on the grounds of Sweet Apple Acres and Celestia and Luna were not interested in challenging that authority. In fact it was interesting watch Granny chat casually with Celestia, and I realized as I watched them partake tea around the dining room table that this was a special occasion for Celestia.

Granny Smith was one of the oldest ponies alive in Equestria and in many ways could appreciate the Royal Sister situation. She had watched the birth of Ponyville and had seen generations of ponies pass before her eyes. She was too old and wise to worry now what younger, richer, and supposedly more "important" ponies thought of her. She had seen the her family grow and prosper along with the town she called home. She had experienced the joy, pain, wonder of being a mother and helped many a mare raise their foals into fine stallions and mares. She had experienced the sadness of outliving many of her kin and neighbors and had helped comforted those who had lost those close to them. She had watched as her granddaughter help save a Royal Sister, defeat of an ancient nemesis, and now crush eldritch nightmare. She had no fear of the future. Ponies would get along just fine.

Since Granny Smith knew that I had some cooking skill I was assigned to be one her assistants in the kitchen along with Petina. For her part Petina also realized the futility of questioning Granny commands and availed to carry out her instructions to the best of her abilities. In fact the two seemed to get along just fine. For me though I was pondering several questions in my head. Through out the day and into the evening I mulled over the issues in my head.

When these Equestrian dream arcs began several of my watchers on DA and FA commented or sent me notes asking whether I had tried to intervene or stop the tale that my subconscious was spinning. If I made no attempt to force a change to these events was my conscious mind consenting to letting the darker parts of my imagination do these terrible things to a family and a little filly. How did this reflect on myself as an individual? For the first time in all my years of lucid dreaming I was asking myself a question. Should I awake from this dream and never return to Equestria? Were Petina, Carousel and I a destructive and harmful force in this dreamscape? If I really cared so much for this beautiful place should I make the choice to leave it and never return? Would my continuing visits to this place ultimately destroy everything I loved about? Was I the serpent in the garden? Throughout the day and that evening pondered this question.

I found myself not able to sleep that evening as the gears in my mind ground over and over again this question. Finally as dawn approached I gave up and quietly slipped out of bed and crept out the front door. Usually the Apple family would be up and about but due to the recent events they were all sleeping in this morning. Donning my goggles I launched myself into the still dark early morning sky. Luna was apparently off attending to other matter of the night. It was cold but at least the worst of smoke was now beginning to subside and I could make out the glistening stars in the indigo heavens. I found myself flying higher and higher all the while the same question rolled through my head. Should I leave and never return. Would this be the last time I would fly like this. Finally I found a small cumulus cloud and landed on it. Lying down on it I stared off into space. Literally.

I don't know exactly how long I remained on that cloud but I became aware of a growing glow on eastern horizon. Dawn was a coming and the Royal Sisters were beginning the changing of the guard from night to day. I rolled off the cloud and glided back down to the farmstead. Like yesterday they were standing in the barnyard but today Celestia appearance was very different. Luna still had on the trapping of her office on, but her sister had decided to forego her tiara, pectoral or symbolic war boots. Celestia mane and tail were beautiful rivers of shimmering multi-color light and her feathers and coat glowed with a warm light that illuminated the entire barnyard. Gently I landed and silently watched a ritual which bonded them not only to that world but also to the ponies they so loved. Finishing their task they turned and acknowledged my presence. Slowly I bowed to them. Luna spoke first.

"Greetings Sky Brush. What had you out flying amongst my stars today?" Her voice was cool but not cold and her eyes still had a glow to them like reflected moonlight on still waters.

"Could not sleep your Highness so I decided to stretch my wings." I said. Luna nodded her head then looked at her sister for several seconds. Though no words were spoken between them one got the feeling that a discussion was going on between them. Finally she nodded and looked back at me and spoke .

"Well my duties over for the night and now I must retire. Until we meet again Sky Brush take care." Then she turned and left leaving myself and Celestia standing in the yard. Through all of this Celestia had remained silent. When her sister was out of obvious earshot she spoke to me.

"Sky Brush, I wish to stretch my legs, would you accompany me on a morning stroll around the farm? I wish to discuss something with you." She spoke the words as if it was an idea that had suddenly sprung into her mind, but her stare and body language conveyed a different story. I nodded of my head. "Of course your highness." I replied.

For the next ten minutes or so we casually wander the grounds of Sweet Apple Acres. The princess checked in with the guards who had kept a watch on the farm throughout the cold night and thanked them for their diligence. With that task completed we eventually found ourselves standing in front of the Apple family farmstead. Before I could head inside Celestia stopped me. She had her usual soft smile on her face but her eyes had a subtle look of confusion and concern.

"Sky Brush. I have been watching you for the last day. There is something on your mind and it is weighing heavily on you. Care to share it with me?"

At first I just looked at the dirty snow on the ground. Throughout the last the day I had tried to imagine how I might tell every pony that I was leaving, but now all those deep, well crafted, composed thoughts fled my mind. After a second or two I finally raised my head and spoke in a somewhat shaky voice.

"Princess Celestia. I, I, I have been thinking, and maybe it might best if Petina, Carousel and myself left Equestria and never returned."

"Why this sudden desire to leave?" Asked the princess of the sun. "Why would it be best for you or any of my subjects?"

I looked at the rows of snow covered apple trees and composed my thoughts. "Princess it was because I arrived in Equestria that the Lord of Shadows took Applebloom and threatened your reign. Because of me one of his agents almost succeeded in doing unimaginable harm to every being in this world. You've taken the dream walk through my mind, and even If you do not know all the facts you should know my existence here is a unique situation." I felt a great sadness growing in heart as spoke the next words. "If I stay I fear I if things like this will keep happening and I may end up endangering and wrecking everything I love about Equestria." At this point I realized that tears were trickling down my muzzle.

Celestia looked at me for moment then with tilt of her head she gestured. "Come sit with me on the porch." I followed her up the snow covered steps and on to a small porch attached to the deep crimson farmhouse. She laid down and asked that I lay down alongside her. I settled down on her right side. The boards of the porch were cold and damp. For several seconds she was silent as she watched her celestial orb continue to rise in the eastern sky and bath her kingdom in its glowing light. Finally she returned her stare to me she spoke with a soft but serious voice.

"Sky Brush did you consciously or willing assist the Lord of Shadows or any of his minions in their actions against myself, my sister or my subjects?" Silently I shook my head. She continued. "Did you take any pleasure or satisfaction in what has transpired to Applebloom or any of my subjects who were abducted or attacked by him?" Once again I shook my head. "Did you in light of the special conditions allow you to exist in Equestria do everything in your power to help my sister and I confront these threats?" I looked her in the eyes and slowly nodded.

She looked out over hills and orchards again. "Then I fail to see why you can't continue stay here if you wish to." Her voice once again had that wonderful warm quality to it.

In rebuttal I spelled out the questions that myself and others wondered about how my subconscious had allowed things to unfold and I my fear that it might do the same again in the future. It felt odd saying these things since with the exception of Petina I never openly discuss my role as the builder of my dreamscapes to the inhabitants of those world. "I just don't know if I should be here." I said somewhat bitterly as I closed my eyes and laid my chin on the cold, damp boards.

Suddenly I felt a warmth spread over my body and something soft gently caress my back and sides. Opening my eyes I discovered that Celestia had shifted her body over slightly to my side and had laid her right wing over my body pulling that wing back in again she had gently pressed me against her side. A faint soft white glow encompassed us both. She lowered her head and looked me with beautiful mauve eyes. Her mane not confined by the golden tiara flowed like a waterfall from her head, and created a canopy with my head inside it. It was no longer a cold winter morning but instead a warm pleasant summer afternoon filled with the scent of flowers. When she spoke her words had an unshakeable conviction to them.

"Sky Brush. I do not know why you are here. Like Petina there are parts of your mind that I could not see when I dream walked in it, but understand when I say that I believe that you are here in Equestria because for whatever reason you need to be here. To deny that would not be wise for you. I've watched you and studied you. I have seen images of the other realms you've visited. You are not a malicious soul by nature and whatever has transpired here was needed for you to become a better individual." She smiled. "Do you understand?"

"But what about Applebloom and Applejack? What about Twilight? You almost lost your star student and two of your bearers of the Elements of Harmony. What about the war with the dragons? Those things would've never happened if I never came to Ponyville. I've hurt your subjects more than helped them."

"And how do you know that helping them recover is not the reason you are suppose to be here? Maybe by helping them you'll learn the courage, and wisdom to help others and yourself in the future." she lowered her head until the bridge of her muzzle was touching mine. "I'll say it again. You are not a bad pony. You have your weaknesses but so does every pony. It is how we rise above those weaknesses that define us, not the weaknesses."

I had one last question for Celestia. "Did you already know about the Vortex of Heaven and that Hiccahorrilka was trapped in their? Were you and Luna some of the beings that imprisoned it?"

Celestia shook her head. "No Sky Brush we had no part in that and until recently my sister and I were unaware of its existence. Please understand that there are beings in this universe far more older, powerful, wiser, and crueler than Luna and I."

She then raised her head and tossed her mane. "We should go inside now. I smell something wonderful coming from the kitchen. Granny Smith must have breakfast almost ready." Then gracefully she rose and opened the front door and went inside with myself in tow.

This is the end of this dream arc. I have had more since then in Equestria. I want to thank everyone who stuck with me when this story got rather grim. Also thank you for your patience as I stretched my writing skills trying convey the images and words of my sleep in some sort of coherent fashion.

To be continued.
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Sevenscence Featured By Owner Edited Aug 17, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
This is why I love Princess Celestia so much. Unfortunately, in the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic universe, she gets Worfed—defeated in order to show how dangerous the antagonist is—too many times. However, your dreamscape consistently portrays her as calm, wise, wry, and utterly kind and caring. I got a bit misty-eyed, there, I'll admit, when she pulled you close and comforted you. What other supernaturally-supreme ruler would reach out like that? Especially to a being as mysterious as you must be to her.

For some reason, my favorite Robert Jordan quote came to mind, reading her measured response:

It goes beyond more than simply where the story is set. I believe it is something we take in; in the air and the water. It's a matter of word choices—of the rhythms of sentences and the rhythm of speech, in particular.

It seems you, as Sky Brush, have truly taken that to heart.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes I am rather unhappy with how they are handling Celestia in the series, and my subconscious seems to be bent on correcting this oversight. This will be especially true during the Royal Wedding. I am glad you finding such enjoyment in my dream postings.
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Dgs-Krieger Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
And this is why I love Celestia ^^

I wonder how she would react if se knew the realily. The dreamscapes and that. But don't mention it to Twilight. I DO know how she would react. :icontwilightcrazyplz:
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SynCallio Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Somewhat tangential, but have you ever read J.R.R. Tolkien's essay, "On Fairy Stories"?
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
No I have not yet read that essay. Where can one find it?
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SynCallio Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's published in The Tolkien Reader. I don't know if you can get it by itself.

It started out as a series of lectures Tolkien gave at Oxford, and it's a defense of fantasy as a literary form. What made me think of it is the part that talks about world-building, which Tolkien called "subcreation", arguing that this is an essential part of human nature. (He was arguing from a Christian point of view, that if God is a creator and we were created in his image, then we are creators too - which is where I got the quote in my signature.) He talks about how fantasy helps us see the real world differently, with a fuller perspective and better appreciation for it.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I'll have to look that one up. Thanks for the mention.
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anzul Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Student General Artist
Its
So

Meta
Even
This
Acronym

seriously now, thats not a theme that one sees in mainstream media often, "should i exist/be in the world this world that i created?"
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It was one of the most profound and emotional moments I have had in any of my dreams.
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anzul Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Student General Artist
i can imagine...
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Kelazi5 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
Thank you for this awesome story. I don't think it could really have ended any better than it did. These dreams are much better than half of whatever else is out there. Thank you for sharing this. Looking forward to seeing your other adventures in Equestria. I almost wish I could dream like you do, or at least remember them.
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Aramis-Dagaz Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Now that was an awesome story. I look forward to reading the next chapter in this dreamscape, though hopefully it won't be quite as apocalyptic.

Your musings do bring up an interesting question: traditionally, stories that involve an average person being whisked away to another world and caught up in a grand adventure (be it via dreams or interdimensional portals) usually come away from them wiser and more mature. Have your adventures caused you to return to the waking world as a better person, or at least more than you were beforehand?
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It has made me a little bit more contemplative, and think I have mellowed a little since. Also I find more joy than before in just admiring the world and the things that are in it.
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Belvarius Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Great end to this dream arc of yours. I've really enjoyed the story you've shared with us and I'm glad Celestia managed to convince you to stick around. Besides, I think Petina would have been quite put out with you had you made her give up her pony persona.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah she'd raise quite fuss if I tried to cut her out of this place.
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Gilhin Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
questions worth asking, but also, I think, the answers you needed to hear.

Dream on, Baron.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah the whole dream had a very calming effect for me when I woke up.
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Gilhin Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Another train of thought that you may have considered, even if you didn't ask it: if it really is all in your head and you DID leave and never come back... would that Equestria go on without you? Because if it only exists while you're there... then do you really feel comfortable denying them their very existence because you're afraid of what MIGHT happen to them?
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This dream arc probably made me stop more and think about what my dream mean to me and how they interacted with the waking periods of my life. I had considered what you mentioned but just in as concise fashion as you put it.

An odd analogy might be the owner of a beautiful, rare, expensive, classic car. The owner loves the car and relishes the chance to drive it, but is fearful that they will wreck the car in an accident and then lose it forever.

At this time I've decided that I will keep driving the car. I will try to be careful with it but I am no longer afraid of wrecking it.
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valdenv Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish I could favorite comments.
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Gilhin Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Not a bad analogy; an interesting side note to that, of course, is that driving a car is about being as careful as you can be, but in your case, every other driver on the road is under the control of your subconscious. I think, more than just trying not to wreck the car, you need to accept that it's going to get scratched by shopping carts, and get a tear or two in the leather seats, and even an occasional baseball through the windshield, but they're things that can be fixed; they're not the end of the world.

It's not just a matter of how diligent and careful you can be on purpose, but also how much you trust your own inner thoughts, and in a much earlier post, I distinctly remember you saying that you firmly believed that you mind wouldn't let an Equestrian story end with anything less than a happy ending. I think that's what you need to have faith in; that no matter no many bad things happen, they can be.

I think, more than being a story arc in your dreams, this whole story was one long, extended nightmare for you: something so horrible happening to the characters you care about, that you would loose the ability to ever visit a place that brings you such happiness again. I'm glad that, in the end, the nightmare didn't win, and Ponyville still has has it' cottage full of 'visitors'.
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ColonelYeo Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, this story was one heck of a ride! :)

Thank you for sharing it with us, Baron. It was a pleasure to read this, and follow along as events unfolded. Both the good, and the bad.

I really look forward to seeing what you and the others have been up to since this arc.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for coming along for the ride.
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radiantsilverfire Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
most satisfying ending to this arc in this dreamscape. i would say more but im not the best with written words.

Cant' wait for more equestria dreamscapes!

love the pics where you are laying on the cloud and the one where you are beside celestia.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I am very happy that people seem to really appreciate the ending. It was a very powerful dream for me but I was afraid people might find it a bit too Mary Sue.
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radiantsilverfire Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
why would people find it mary sue? i am rather happy that everypony lived.

altho bloomie is going to have a real long road to recovery, luckily theirs family and friends for that.

on another note would i be able to talk with you about dreams? its been a long time (scratch that) i have never found somebody who has the same types of dreams that i do, well i call them stories wheras you call them dreamscapes.

if yes, that is great, if no that is fine aswell. sorry to bother you.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
on another note would i be able to talk with you about dreams? its been a long time (scratch that) i have never found somebody who has the same types of dreams that i do, well i call them stories wheras you call them dreamscapes.

Sure drop me note on subject.
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Jet-Maepa Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student Writer
Baron, my respect for you has greatly increased. I might not have questioned the role of my presence in Equestria like that (likely because I might not have realized the connection). But wanting to take responsibility and avoid damaging something that you love and prize highly shows just how much of a responsible and caring person you are.

Your subconscious may set up these dreams and introduce dangerous situations, but it is little different than the random situations life throws at us. It is what we consciously decide to do about these situations that show us who we really are. Celestia is right: you're a good person. And perhaps you do need to be in Equestria. Perhaps you need to learn things about yourself and test them. I guess time will tell.

Thank you very much for sharing these with us. I have been absolutely fascinated by the world your mind has created and riveted by the stories that are unfolding within it. I'll admit that I may get antsy for more, but that's my flaw. Take as much time as you need to properly convey these dreams. I look forward to everything that you decide to share with us.

Oh, and I'm totally jealous that you got to be so close to Princess Celestia. I wish I could have dreams like this.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad you enjoyed my art and storytelling so much. I was certain I'd lose quite a few watchers when the story got so grimdark, but it seems almost everyone stuck through to the very end. Once again thanks.
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Jet-Maepa Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Student Writer
No problem man. You're welcome!
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EarlMcClaw Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Granny Smith had prior dealings with Celestia. It would have been interesting to hear them "catching up on things."

Baron, you take responsibility for those things that happen because you visit Equestria, but that doesn't mean any of them are your fault. There's a difference between the two concepts that a lot of people overlook. The former, taking responsibility, is a good thing and drives us to improve and correct our mistakes. The latter, being at fault, is what happens when we willfully ignore our abilities and connections, more commonly called being negligent or "evil" (however out of date that word may seem).
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Rindis8 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
"Was I the serpent in the garden?"

No... that's Petina.
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Chamoko Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
I must say...I may have gotten in on this dream arc a little late (Blood on the Floor part 1) but I will say that I enjoyed reading about your dreamscape. I was wonderfully written, beautiful, and was pretty grim. I very much enjoyed every moment of it and am glad you could share this with us. I am happy that Applebloom will be alright in the end...despite the long journey ahead of her. I was hooked on this story from when I jumped in...and read up on the others to catch up. I am usually not a fan of grimdark in ponies...but I think I made an exception with your dreamscape, it just went well together.

Thank you Baron-Engel for this amazing journey. :)
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NuvolaVolpe Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
:)
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Uchihaninja Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Heh, heh, heh. You've really captured Granny Smith's cantankerous personality. Shaming an armoured soldier into peeling potatoes. You know, I've never before considered the psychological burden this lucid dreaming could have on you. I also love your rendition of Princess Celestia. She looks rather motherly as she's listening to you.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Celestia is probably the best listener in the world. It is that ability and her unshakable conviction to serve and lead the ponies that have made her the leader she is.
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ZephyrTheDragonlord Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you said it yourself when you first started posting here, these equestria dreamscape memories... time happens in their world even when you aren't dreaming, events that happen in that world are not truly affected by your presence. The lord of shadows had already had substance, you just by chance happened to be the opening he needed... everything to do with the Lord of Shadows worked beyond your ability. tell me one place... one place where nothing bad ever happens. no one can, because no matter where you are, there's always bad things that could be just waiting for you just out of your field of vision. all that the MLP tv show was trying to show, was that as long as you believe in yourself and your friends, you can still pull through with a happy end to any journey.
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welltheponiesmademe Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
I loved this story and I loved you.
I watched/read in rapt fascination.
Thank you for this wonderful saga, T'was beautiful. :heart: :heart:
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for bearing through the rough parts of it. Both in plot and as struggled to explain events in a coherent fashion. I hope to improve my both my writing and drawing skills so I can present even better work in the future. Once again thanks.
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welltheponiesmademe Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
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Looking forwards to it!
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Well stay tuned for future postings!
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Thanos-san Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Now this was rather meta, wasn't it?

I understand that you don't need more convincing, but I just wanted to say... Since all of this are products of your subconsciousness, then that means that you are kind of responsible for everything that happened there, as you were thinking... But that also means that you're also responsible for all the good things that happen there. If you stopped dreaming it, there would simply be nothing.
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TCPolecat7 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's an interesting bit of lucid dreaming there at the end. But it begs the question if those are alternate realities or actually "dreams". In a way, it puts you as a sort of traveller, while in another your subconscious is playing God. I don't think the answer will come anytime soon, but it's worthwhile to consider, as was the question you posed to Celestia (who answered it quite adroitly).

- Polecat
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah this dream arc is something I have pondered since it has ended. No real good answers yet.
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TCPolecat7 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There likely never will be any good answers...

- Polecat
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EarlMcClaw Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
If you find a "good answer," you will be enlightened far beyond anyone I've ever heard of.
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K4nK4n Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
"Yeah, ye tell 'em, Granny Smith!"
Always such fine drawings.
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Ognimod Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Now going to compliment on the art.
Granny Smith, woo! Awesome Celestia rendition, as usual. And, hm, does Luna sleep during the day?
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, she does spend most of the day usually in bed. Except when matters of the State intervene, which fortunately is not too often.
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