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Luna's Studies - Twilight by Nimaru Luna's Studies - Twilight by Nimaru
[INTRO]

[Report on Rainbow Dash]

[Report on Fluttershy]

[Report on Applejack]

[Report on Rarity]

[Report on Pinkie Pie]

[Report on Twilight Sparkle]

[Final Report]

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.
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marinus18 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
why did you pick love as the true face of the element of magic rather than friendship?
it's not that I'm saying you should revise it. I just want to know why you didn't choose friendship because since the show is called 'Friendship Is Magic' it would have been the obvious choice. I mean it must have crossed your mind.
I have read the previous comments but I can't fully figure it out from them.
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Nimaru Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It would have been the obvious choice, but I think that love is deeper, more powerful, and more versitle an element than just "friendship". Besides, love is an element that can be applied to all ponykind; friendship not so much.
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marinus18 Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
the bonds of love is indeed far deeper and more powerful than friendship but just because of that it seems less versatile than the simple bonds of friendship. 
why can't friendship be applied to other ponies? I don't understand.
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DrachenMaus Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015
It's actually the other way around, in that friendship is simply one type of love.
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marinus18 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015
so love is simply another word for bonds?
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DrachenMaus Featured By Owner May 1, 2015
There's overlap between the two, but it's not a 1:1 relationship.
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marinus18 Featured By Owner May 1, 2015
I always thought that love is a bond. However just one of many.
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I suppose the simplest way to explain is that it seemed right to me.
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marinus18 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
okay. It's your call.
(I want to contest it but I said to you I wouldn't. :( (Sad) )
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angelic20 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
wait... love?
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yup. Love.
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KatanaKaze Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
..Okay re-reading this... it's like you had already guessed that Twilight would transform! o.0
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Most of the fandom had that theory so I can't claim it. I'm just glad to see that it happened.
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Maximilian-McMonkey Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013   General Artist
First of all, I'm impressed at the thought put into these and I especially appreciate your description of their personalities. Even though reading them pretty much all at once was a little difficult. They were a good read, so it wasn't really hard. :P I could mention the two or three things I didn't totally agree with, but that would just be nit-picky. Regardless, I'm impressed. It's a bit refreshing to see someone put so much thought into the advantages and, more importantly, the difficulties of different personality types. It's important to realize that people have different things they struggle with that aren't their fault but are still their responsibility to work out. ...and you did in a way that didn't come across to me as cynical, which I really appreciate.

At first I didn't get why you chose the word 'love' to describe Twilight's element but after reading it and the description, it makes more sense. In fact, it reminds me of certain descriptions of God. That God's love is inseparable from His power and that they are essentially one in the same. So maybe you're on to something there.

It also reminds me of something I thought up more on my own: Real, loyal, devoted friendship, the kind of friendship that never gives up and always forgives, is the purest form of love, save for only a love of a parent maybe. I say that because you don't need to love your friends, there's no commitment like there is for family. If they say crap you can leave and never come back. You choose to love your friends, unlike with physical attraction which is hardly in one's control. Maybe one can try to influence the kind of person you like a little, maybe.  It's more like you just pick a group of people to hang out with and hope for the best. Who you choose as a friend is completely up to you and shows the merits of your character.

While friendship may not be the most powerful form of love, in a way it's the most sincere, or at least can be. The fact that it's not required gives it more merit or meaning in a way. I guess I'm really talking about each love at it's best.... Like if you die for your child, that's expected. If you die for some one you're in love with, that's dramatic and makes a nice story but isn't surprising. Yet if you die for a friend, it in a way means more because your love has less power. It's not as easy and is less obligatory. It's in a way more of a sacrifice.

Now friendship may not be the most important or meaningful form of love and the loyal friend is probably going to be more loyal in the other forms of love. I suppose that's where the different forms of love come together. I guess it's really the commitment and sacrifice that really matters, not so much who the recipient is. I guess I'm talking about true love, which can take any form, really. I guess it's not friendship, so much as that the less you're emotionally invested in a person, the less obligatory it is, the more one's sacrifice and loyalty mean something. Heh, I don't know. It's all connected anyway.

Ehhh.... That was longer than I'd planned.... Sorry for the hugeness of it. You really got me thinking. I guess that means you're doing it right. ^_^'
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad you like it!
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Maximilian-McMonkey Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013   General Artist
Hmnyes.... Yes I do. =o
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Le-escritor-VBA Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
For those complaining about Cadence being the Alicorn of Love, and The element being of friendship and etc.

TvTropes present you the Four Loves (tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php…

So Twilight is Phileo, and Cadence is Agape/Storge
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CommanderEX Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
I think this need to be updated:

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 ).
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Nimaru Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So far, I don't see any conflict between canon and my stuff (nothing major anyway). Cadence's talent may be love, but it's not her aspect/element.
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SouthernNight Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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 :P) 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! :eager:

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? :D so much that they could take over the element from Luna after she turned into Nightmare Moon? :D

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!! :dummy:

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 :la:
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Nimaru Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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.
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SouthernNight Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
okay! That theory makes sense :dummy:
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WhirlwindtheDragon Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"Note that Twilight has been brought to the edge of psychotic breakdown numerous times..."
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Smirkypony Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
Well damn, that was just incredible. I thought that the others were good, and they are, but this just blows right out of the water.

This would explain how, well easy it was for her to interact with other ponies in Ponyville. It just kinda seemed like a big transition but now it makes sense.

Good job.
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blackmorn Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
Just realized Twilight's Mane and tail are blue with a purple and a pink stripe.
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AlbinoOtaku Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
Can't wait to see Twilight studies part 2! It'll be interesting to see your opinions on Princess Twilight.
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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 :D
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Damnusername2 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Twilight reminds me of Sai (from Naruto) a lot.
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DemonicDem Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Nice prediction XD
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herostalker Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
For hearts long lost and full of fright
For those alone in blackest night
Except our ring a join our fight
Love conquers all
With violet light
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That sounds a bit like the green lantern mantra.
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herostalker Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Twilight Sparkle of Equestria,
You have great love in your heart,
Welcome to the Star Sapphires.
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Rebron-y Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Simon Seville..... or Professor Plum..... or Hank McCoy/Beast.... or just about any stereotypical smart character...
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Jezendar Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I recently realized that the Season 3 premiere has actually added a bit of evidence supporting one of the points you give in this report. Specifically, the idea that she can potentially duplicate spells that she's only witnessed once before, as she clearly does with the dark magic she uses in the Crystal Empire throne room, after seeing Celestia do it earlier.
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She's done it before with Rarity's gem-finding spell so that doesn't count as a prediction. Howevever, I DID predict party weaponry with my pinkie nuke and also something else, but I forget what.
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Jezendar Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I did realize that with Rarity's spell. I had intended to use the phrase 'bit of additional evidence' in my original comment, but 'twould seem I forgot the word 'additional'.:icontwilightfacehoofplz:
I'm still impressed that she could do that with dark magic, as it's likely very alien to the magic she usually uses.
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Especially since she only witnessed it. There was no instruction or anything.
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Ddraigtanto Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'm never going to be able to forget the episode where Twilight had to "Write a Report to the Princess summarising all the OTHER reports she wrote to the princess." That just sums up one aspect of Twilight perfectly: She would make, no doubt about it, a legendary pencil pusher.
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8Kiba9 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
this is an awesome report^^
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She's my favorite... can you tell?
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8Kiba9 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
Oh course I can^^ It already shows in the name you gave her element^^ And Im happy to see that there are others out there who share my oppinion that Twilight will someday become new ruler of Equestria^^
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Pinkeepiper Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
"While the other elements were safely hidden in bloodlines..."

Are you suggesting that the current elements (barring Twilight) are descended from the original elements?
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not really suggesting that, I'm trying to say that outright! :D
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FreeFlyingAngel Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
WAIT! doesn't that mean that twilight is related to princess celestia
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nope! Check out Twilight's Report in my Luna's Studies series.
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Pinkeepiper Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh. OK then.
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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Pinkeepiper Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
can't wait to see how you elaborate on this in your future comics!
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Magnaliscous Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
The only thing Twilight needs now to become a full wizard is to master EVOCATION!!
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asdflove Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Student Writer
Twilight is best pony. I really lovce this. I didn'tt hink you could beat your pinkie, but you did. I love every comic you do.
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