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Sometimes even Princess don't know. by Baron-Engel Sometimes even Princess don't know. by Baron-Engel
Continuing in my Equestria dreamscape. With Celestia's decision to meet the Lord of Shadows in two days time and deal with him one way or another [link] , suddenly there was a heighten sense of urgency in the Palace. Also certain uncomfortable questions that had been put off up to this point could no longer be avoided.

For Applejack, there were obvious motivations for her wanting to be on the team that would go in and help lay out the stencil that I would be used to paint the sun symbol. Her sister Applebloom was a hostage [link] and she wanted her back, and if her release could not arranged then destroying the Lord of Shadows was perceived as being the best way to secure the hostages freedom.

However the premise was based on educated guesses of other vaguely similar situations. In theory if the Lord of Shadows was destroyed then his realm should vanish and all things that were not of his creation should return to their place of origin. Equestria. There was precedence for this premise in the theories of Pony magic, but when dealing with the magic from the land of shadows there were also uncertainties.

Either Applejack had not considered it or had been purposely ignoring this point in her mind, but now it was a question that could no longer put off asking. What would happen to Applebloom if Lord of Shadows was destroyed? That was the question she asked Celestia one afternoon in the ballroom we were using for training.

Celestia had been expecting this question from Applejack, but still she could not give any guarantees to her. "We don't know for certain, but she and all the other hostages should be released." Replied the Princess. "But if we destroy the Lord of Shadows it might kill Applebloom to?" Applejack asked. Celestia looked away for moment before looking back at the golden earth pony. " Yes. The possibility exists that if we destroy him then everything in his realm will be destroyed to including the hostages." Celestia sighed. "So what you're saying is if I go along with this I maybe end up killing my little sister!" Applejack green eyes were filled a mixture of anger and fear, and although she stood and stared directly into the Princess's eyes Celestia could see her entire body was trembling with fear.

Celestia closed her eyes and hung her head. She could raise the sun and the moon. She had lived over a thousand years and faced many foes and crisis, and yet still she had no certainties for one little pony. Slowly she sat down so she could look more directly into Applejack eyes before she spoke again.

"Applejack I cannot guarantee that there is no risk in this enterprise for Applebloom. However I have to know whether you are still willing to be part of this team?" Celestia's voice was soft like the wind whispering through the trees. "Even if this does not bring her back are you willing to do this so no other pony has to feel this pain?" With one front hoof she reached out to Applejack. " If you can't do that then you can not go with us to the planetarium." Celestia shook her head slowly then she continued. "I will not think ill of you nor will anyone else if choose to decline, but I can have no ambiguity in this mission. I have to know if you're willing to take on this task in spite of the risks." Celestia's mane billowed around the earth pony as she said this.

For several seconds Applejack stood there head bowed. When she looked up again her eyes were full of tears. "I'll do it." Then she started to cry uncontrollably. Celestia drew her close and just held her silently for while. At that moment it was probably the best thing she could do.
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ryu238 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
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ColonelYeo Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Stay strong, AJ. :cry:

Given how the Shadow Stallion that visited her chose to relay the last part of it's "message", I doubt that Applebloom is doing as "fine" as the Lord of Shadows would like everyone to think.

And given a choice between the risk, and allowing the poor little filly to continue suffering in that realm for who knows how long, it would be better to take the risk.
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Ognimod Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
If I could have the stream of comments between Arda, Rindis and you, I would.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Well Rindis is one of my roommates and along with the other two members of our household we have often have long conservations like this about a wide range of subjects and topics. In fact we started having just brain storming panels at conventions because enough people were interested in hearing us speak. We called them coffee, tea, and memes. Didn't do one this year but we might next year at Further Confusion.
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Ognimod Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
I had a typo, I was going to type "fave" and typed "have". But getting to talk to you in person would be great...
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Ognimod Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
fave* instead of have.
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StoryPony Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I apologize for not being so active with all of the other scenarios, but nows my chance to catch up. This story's pacing is very good with how the drama is not forced and the dialogue is very realistic. The emotion always leaps off of these pictures and I absolutely love how you do these scenarios along with the scene in the artist comments. *goes on to next page.*
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I have been having lucid style dreams for more than 40 years but the Equestria dreamscape stuff has some of the most vivid dreams I have had. Rivaling some of the Andur and A&K dreams over the years.
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StoryPony Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is very rare to be a Lucid Dreamer. I could only wish I were one, I am simply stricken with nightmares. Your dreams seem to be very interesting however, especially considering this Shadow Lord topic.
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K4nK4n Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
I can feel the sadness emanating from this... *sniff*
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