This one was one of the hardest to write. I wrote page after page after page, revision after revision trying to get a LOT of information into a very small space. You see, I feel that Twilight is something special in a great many ways (even more than Pinkie ). And I struggled for a while trying to figure out what I would call her "true" element as I had for the others and I considered just calling it "magic" and being done with it.
However, after thinking about it, I realized that if there is such a thing as magic in this world or theirs, love is the only possible answer. Using this as a base, I described everything Twilight is from the perspective that she is practically bursting with love and just looking for ponies to share it with. Let's be honest, most of us can see ourselves in these ponies and, for me, the one I identify most with is Twilight. Smart, talented, modest (ok maybe not that one, but I'm realistic!), socially awkward and unable to easily form friendships, but earnest to learn, help and teach. Twilight, though a work of fiction, is like a kindred spirit to me, kind of like the little sister I never had. I laugh at her frustrations, I cheer for her accomplishments, and I hurt when she sad, scared, or upset (Lesson Zero was really awesome, but hard for me too).
I guess to me, Twilight represents to me how amazing love is. How is it that us bronies can feel such strong devotion and affection to the world that Lauren and Hasbro created for us and all the ponies within it? Why is it that I know the deep sadness Celestia must feel knowing that the ponies she loves will someday be gone? The answer is love. Maybe it's love for a fantasy; an idea, but what's wrong with that? I'm in love with the idea that there really could be a world where love is the rule and kindness the norm. After all, friendship is magic, but love is even greater.
EDIT: Holy shit! My man card just self ignited and burned to ashes. Ah well... who needs it anyway?
EDIT 2: Yes, I know I'm biased, but I tried to tone it down to keep it fair. Some of this is naturally going to be focused on Twilight, but she IS the main character with a special destiny so, meh.
1) Love is already taken by Cadance, so Twilight would need to be Friendhip or Faith.
2) Twilight destiny end up to become Alicorn of friendship ( or of magic ), but the transformation was not forced upon her, more likely she was guided by Celestia to become Alicorn.
My current theory is that Celestia and Luna were normal ponies who live in Equestria during Discord regin ( I bet Discord came at some point and took over ), Celestia and Luna tried to find a way to stop him and they somehow found and unlocked elements ( but it was not easy, they had to pass many challenges to do it ), after some hardship and strengthening bonds with one another, Luna could control 3 elements, when Celestia could use 3, as result they turned themselves into Alicorns and raised again Discord turning him into stone, and they became princesses of Equestria ( as strong heroes, ponies wanted to follow them ).
In Crystal Empire, Cadance was crystal pony who created Crystal heart so ponies could use love as magic source and banish cold from they city ( no wings, no horns, so no magic without Crystal Heart ), as result Cadance turned into Alicorn as well. Then at some point some dark evil smoke came and took over empire, and then it used Crystal Heart to gain physical form ( I do not buy the idea of immortal super powerful dark magic Unicorn, I bet Unicorn was just a form he took so he could rule, when being a shadow smoke was his true form ).
Cadance run to Equestria to ask for assistance, and Celestia and Luna did not used elements again him, they just used they powerful magic ( in Sombra defeat scene, they used magic from they horns, not elements ), and also, mane 6 did not took elements to fight Sombra, so maybe elements would not work again him, who know.
When Sombra took crystal empire with him, Cadance was stuck in Canterlot as princess with no subjects and power, so she took small jobs to pass time, spread love here and there, and also played with age changing spell or illusion spell to look younger ( more easy to interact with ponies when you are small and cute ).
When Luna became jealous of her sister and turned into Nightmare Moon, she defeated Celestia in battle as she cut Celestia from her power source, the sun, so Celestia tried to use elements again her sister, the problem is that she controlled only 3 of them, she tried to use all 6 ( for example, Luna was loyalty, honestly and laugher, Celestia was magic, kindness and generosity ( or maybe Celestia was laugher and Luna was generosity, I am not sure ), anyway since Celestia was not honest, loyal and generous enough, instead of healing Luna, she end up banishing her, and since bond with her sister was broken, elements turned into stone and magic was lost forever.
After 1000 years, elements found a suitable bearers and used RainbowDash to contact with them ( I bet sonic rainboom was result of elements trying to conect with they future bearers ), Celestia noticed it, made sure that all element bearers are in Ponyvile and that Twilight is well trained and prepared, and she manipulated them to safe her sister ( lets be honest, she was not banished by Nightmare Moon, without elements it is impossible to banish Alicorn, Celestia just watched from sidelines with hope that her student wont die while trying to defeat Nightmare Moon ).
Nightmare Moon was still part Luna, so instead of killing every pony, she tried to scare of mane 6 ( she could kill them easy in direct fight, her traps were more of attempts to scare mane 6 off, she tried to stop them without killing them if possible ).
Twilight and her friends after becoming new element bearers and passing many challenges together strenghtened bonds with one another, Celestia made sure to find an excuse for Twilight to keep elements with her ( reforming Discord ), and then she send one unfinished spell what change destiny for a final push, and just like Celestia and Luna, Twilight turned into Alicorn, and Celestia right away made her princess ( being a princess does not mean ruling Equestria and paper work, it is more of like being a Sage, or a Wise one, Twilight will still do what she do best with some extra challenges and learning ).
Maybe the rest of mane 6 will become Alicorns as well but later ( as Twilight was the most developed from them all ), or Twilight will be the only Alicorn as she is the only one with enough skills and magic and knowledge to handle being Alicorn, while her friends wont become Alicorns but will still be kept alive for a long time by elements of harmony, who know.
Thats my current theory/head canon.
I hope that with new episodes and data, you will also update yours ( and hopefully in season 4 we will finally get some answers on elements and alicorns themselves so that we will finally get a canon answer ).
oh I am bursting with so much to say (so do excuse the typos should there be any);
1. I think that you need to clarify a bit more on how the elements were passed from Luna to bloodline of other ponies.... Since I am obviously a huuuuuge fan of the series, and I believe you have seen at least all of the episodes (or else how on Earth did you know so much about all these ponies ) I did notice a few things that just... seems a bit strange.... I'll mention a few scenes here
Season 2 Episode 1&2 - Return of Harmony no screenshot for this one the pictures pretty much doesn't show anything I want to say, but these are the quotes from Celestia, her exact words; "Princess Celestia: I thought the spell we cast would keep him contained forever but since Luna and I are no longer connected to the elements, the spell has been broken." "Princess Celestia: You six showed the full potential of the elements by harnessing the magic of your friendship to beat a mighty foe. Although Luna and I once wielded the elements, it is you who now control their power, and it is you who must defeat Discord." So Tia pretty much says that Luna and her had the element's powers, but since Luna turned into Nightmare Moon, they don't wield them anymore... how did it come to the bloodline of other ponies? How did luna transfer these qualities when she was consumed by the Maisma o3o ? Or maybe she didn't? They were just in the bloodlines of the ponies? But since Luna had the elements, they just weren't as... strong? So many questions!
Season 3 Episode 1&2 - The Crystal Empire [link] This is a screenshot of the scene Quote: "Princess Celestia: There wouldn't be. Few remember it ever existed at all. Even my knowledge of the empire is limited. But what I do know is that it contains a powerful magic. One thousand years ago, King Sombra, a unicorn whose heart was black as night, took over the Crystal Empire. He was ultimately overthrown, turned to shadow and banished to the ice of the arctic north." From this scene, it's obvious that Luna and Celestia overthrew him... I think that they used the elements of harmony. Further prooving that Tia and Luna had the elements before Luna turned....
Soooo, how did it come to be that other ponies except Luna could possess these abilities with such strength? so much that they could take over the element from Luna after she turned into Nightmare Moon?
2. I totally agree with you! Though my fav pony out of the six is Fluttershy (come on... who doesn't love fluttershy?) I thinkI resemble Twilight the most.... though maybe not the stressing out on test part, or maybe this resemblance is just because I'm Asian
3. Noooooo!!! Being a brony doesn't mean your man card would be burnt! Its an honour!!
4. You are not bias! I even think you toned it down a bit too much, but eh, I don't know, my opinion at least!
woo, a lot of writing... too much for tonight.. back to comic reading... I think I should be able to go through the rest of your comics that I haven't read yet tonight
When Luna became NMM, she already lost her connection, but Celestia didn't. She kept it for 1000 years until she met Twilight. It was when she passed it on that the spell on Discord started to weaken. It's not that only alicorns can use them, it's that Luna and Celestia were special enough that the two of them could wield all six elements. It was because she didn't have Luna that she needed five other ponies to help her. My theory is that it's impossible to wield all six elements by yourself... no matter who you are.
I think I already accounted for Twilight's future greatness possibly including replacing Celestia and Luna. I don't think I'd need to do a new one until she shows something new that I didn't write about already
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