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Newbiespud 17th Dec 2016, 5:00 AM edit delete
Author: Rastaba

Guest Author's Note: "I had no real intentions to make Bonnie 'play' Princess Celestia when I started, but it just worked out that way."

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T 17th Dec 2016, 5:39 AM edit delete reply
It is all a lie! Celestia and Luna have been fooling all saying that they are the responsible for the day and night cycles! They just know a lot of astronomy and make up some large scale theater every time an uncommon event is going to happen!
Stephen 17th Dec 2016, 8:46 AM Naw edit delete reply
It's like from War Planets. Their world was converted to be a giant spaceship to flee the Beast Planet. The sun and moon are actually defensive satellites under their control that have the added jobs of providing sunlight for plant life and regulating the tides.
terrycloth 17th Dec 2016, 10:03 AM edit delete reply
'The sun is going to randomly wobble around the sky in loops today, let's say that it was Twilight in control while we were trapped in Tartarus.'
T 17th Dec 2016, 10:30 AM edit delete reply
Every 1000 years there is an extra long night. Let's say that You refused to let day begin and them I had to banish you so you assume another identity until you return. Them next time we tell them that I refused to bring the sun and you banish me.
Needling Haystacks 18th Dec 2016, 2:54 PM edit delete reply
terrycloth, that's why I figure that their relative positions in the sky is magically controlled... but given Sunburst's orrery, their system is heliocentric, so it's probably 'really' rotating the planet. And the planet probably has little axial tilt, necessitating a change in the atmosphere to induce season, such as, say, creating a season-long, heat-reflecting cloud cover.
NexAngelus405 18th Dec 2016, 2:20 PM edit delete reply
My personal headcannon is that Equestria is on a tidally-locked planet orbiting a red dwarf star and the "sun" and "moon" are not natural celestial bodies but rather magical constructs that were created to keep the night side habitable.

darkwulf23 18th Dec 2016, 10:13 PM edit delete reply
My head cannon is that they live on a previously dying or dead world and that they can only thrive by replanting everything, then controlling every aspect of nature, including the heavenly bodies.
Digo 20th Dec 2016, 3:28 AM edit delete reply
All it takes is a princess kidnapping to devolve the country into a MadMax state of chaos. :3
Blueblade 19th Dec 2016, 7:26 PM edit delete reply
I like to think That originally everything worked on its own but due to every pony freaking out when something different happened (Percipitation, days being shorter during the winter, animals "disappearing", etc) that they tried to solve it themselves by controlling the weather, raising a lowering the sun, taking care of the animal and that this went on for so long by the time they realized that these things were supposed to happen (part of the water cycle, how the earth works in relation to the sun, hibernation, etc.) it was already too late and everything depended on them in order to function due to them being the ones to make everything work. In short originally Equestria orbited around the sun. Due to pony freak outs now the sun orbits equestria.
Anon 17th Dec 2016, 6:05 AM edit delete reply
I suspect Bonnie is going to shortly demonstrate her knowledge of the Stantz Postulate:

"If someone asks if you are a god, you SAY YES!"
The Old One 17th Dec 2016, 9:58 AM edit delete reply
I believe the principle was quoted by Winston, however, in response to Stanz's clear lack of savvy on the matter.
Digo 20th Dec 2016, 3:29 AM edit delete reply
Ghostbusters was playing on TV last night. It was indeed Winston's quote. It's a good quote. :3
ANW 17th Dec 2016, 6:22 AM edit delete reply
When was last time you read through the entire archive?
And how long did it take you?
Me:3 months ago, and 3 days to finish.
Specter 17th Dec 2016, 6:32 AM edit delete reply
When I first got caught up a few of years ago (2013?), and it took me about a day (high school life gave plenty of free time.)
aerion111 17th Dec 2016, 9:06 AM edit delete reply
About half a week ago, and it took me a day's worth of reading.
Took me longer the first time, mind.
reynard61 17th Dec 2016, 9:29 PM edit delete reply
I had to run through *most* of the Archive a few months ago to find a post that I had previously made so that I could reference it in a later post, but I don't do *deep* archive dives unless it's a new (to me, anyway) comic.
Digo 20th Dec 2016, 3:31 AM edit delete reply
I only ran through it once when I first found the series. I might go back for specific past pages to look something up, but never binged since the first.
Tjprower 17th Dec 2016, 6:23 AM edit delete reply
That has always been something that bothers me. We see Luna doing all sorts of things that seem supernatural in the later series, but, when it comes to push and shove, neither of the Celestial Sisters seem to be able to do much of anything except cast the burden onto another person or group. Even the one time we see them doing something, nature itself is overpowering them. A shiny rock passively emitting love is stronger than the physics breaking alicorns that move celestial bodies. Something just doesn't add up! XD
terrycloth 17th Dec 2016, 10:04 AM edit delete reply
Her special talent is moving the sun. She's like a giant forklift. You don't take a forklift into combat (except in Star Wars apparently, judging from last night's session).
Tjprower 18th Dec 2016, 9:36 PM edit delete reply
Never underestimate the power of industrial machinery in a combat situation! Having a forklift when the best thing your opponent has is a spear and a fireball is a pretty hefty advantage!
Digo 20th Dec 2016, 3:33 AM edit delete reply
From an actual Shadowrun session--

"If you can dodge a forklift, you can dodge a ball!"
(And then the combat mage skewers a combat drone on a forklift)
Dragonflight 17th Dec 2016, 1:11 PM edit delete reply
The "really? REALLY?" moment in the season 6 ender was that Luna and Celestia were apparently captured effortlessly by Chrysalis along with everyone else. You'd think that after the wedding, the sisters would have beefed up the guard so that they were actually *competent* at their jobs. Or failing that, they'd at least train up their magical combat capability to their full potential. Being casually captured off-screen by someone they *know* is out there is just lame.
Newbiespud 17th Dec 2016, 2:37 PM edit delete reply
"Dear Princess Worf..."
Jorlem 17th Dec 2016, 8:32 PM edit delete reply
Turns out changelings are pretty good at infiltration and sneak attacks when they don't assume they've already won.
Torquelift 17th Dec 2016, 10:14 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, they're good at infiltration and sneak attacks, but the only changeling that's done anything marginally more impressive than shapeshifting and basic 'pew pew' magic is Queen Chrysalis. There's no possible way that a handful of changelings should have been able to take down all 4 princesses without leaving a significant crater.
Heck, Twilicorn alone should have swatted her fair share of changelings. Remember the Tirek fight?
FanOfMostEverything 18th Dec 2016, 8:18 AM edit delete reply
It's a consequence of having to write around Celestia without ever giving her a chance to resolve a plot... other than "Lesson Zero." Having her flash in, light her horn, and solve all the problems every time would be anything but satisfying.
Dusk Raven 19th Dec 2016, 7:21 AM edit delete reply
I too mostly blame the needs of the plot and the general show format. Still, it is deeply unsatisfying every single time an otherwise potent (or maybe just imagined to be potent) character gets clotheslined. The last time it happened before the S6 finale for me, was in the S5 opener with Starlight taking out Twilight, although the S5 finale sufficiently impressed me with Starlight's power that I consider her the only unicorn more powerful than Twilight.

But yeah, the S6 finale left me thinking, "Way to go, Equestrian national security." To be fair, kind of the point of the show is that the heroes don't win through force, and as it were Chryssi only lost through the setting equivalent of magibabble.

Amusingly, the S6 finale came on the heels of me watching a video - "Taking the Changeling Invasion Too Seriously" if I recall correctly - that postulated that Chrysalis was actually quite savvy in the tactical sense, which I've accepted because it's better than thinking everypony is just that incompetent.
Guest 19th Dec 2016, 8:11 AM edit delete reply
The guy who did that video seems to think the writers simply have no idea how an Equestrian military would work, and I agree with him. When the princesses disappeared in S4 they had NO CLUE what to do, and apparently zero chain of command (no new Captain of the Guard to replace Shining Armor?). The first thing they should have had was a contingency plan, so they could reassure the completely inexperienced Twilight rather than the other way around!
Digo 20th Dec 2016, 3:36 AM edit delete reply
In one of the IDW comics, Celestia explained to Spike that she could have resolved so many plot threads easily, but chooses to let it fall to others in an effort of teaching them to take care of themselves. It was.... I guess an explanation (more than what the show tried to explain at least).
Dusk Raven 1st Jan 2017, 5:47 AM edit delete reply
It's an explanation a number of fans, myself included, had previously assumed, at least.
Guest 17th Dec 2016, 6:49 AM edit delete reply
Celestia avoids "coarse" language.
Not "course"
Rastaba 17th Dec 2016, 6:57 AM edit delete reply
Dang it, my bad.
Ishidan 19th Dec 2016, 8:49 AM Gritting teeth edit delete reply
It's fine.
Tempestfury 17th Dec 2016, 9:39 AM edit delete reply
Oooooh hohohoho... I'm hope I'm ready to see some SMACKDOWN next page!
Ashram 19th Dec 2016, 9:54 PM edit delete reply
"Coarse" language.