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This one took a little time. Lots of other commitments in the way and it was challenging to write. Lots of details, but not enough time to fit them all in. Hopefully the major points of the story are clear.


EDIT: Based on one question below and because I think others will ask: She definitely sees her parents again. Quite frequently in fact. The extra money they got from not having to care for her anymore along with the extra she MADE them accept has helped them both improve their lives dramatically. I believe small kindnesses (like what the Princess did for Rose) can spread far and wide and that's what's happening here.

Part 1 - Willow's Report
Part 2 - Rook's Report
Part 3 - Luau's Report
Part 4 - Crabapple's Report
Part 5 - Rose's Report
Part 6 - Road Trip
Part 7 - The Meeting
Part 8 - Spoink
Part 9 - Connections
Part 10 - Precious
Part 11 - Common Ground
Finale - Magic Hair
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Lorthalis-of-Crows Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015
That bit at the end.... *Squee* Really love these characters.
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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SimpleAzaleaFlower Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Hey! That pony that's in the bed crying, isn't she Crabapples foal sitter? O.O
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nah. Cutie mark is different, but they do have some similarities don't they?
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SimpleAzaleaFlower Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Yes they do, actually. :D
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Ganondox Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice message. Remember, you are a person too. 
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Persona22 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
Question: If the this five were the first time the Elements of Harmony were wielded, and in "The Return of Harmony" we learn from Princess Celestia that when Discord appeared for the first time, she and Luna used the Elements of Harmony to turn him into stone... then how does that fit in this story, where this five ponies used the elements of Harmony to help Celestia banish Nightmare Moon for the first time? Where there bearers of the Elements of Harmony before this five? Just wondering how Discord fits in all of this (since I saw his "statue" in one of the pages of the comic you made about the story of how Celestia sent Luna to the moon after she transformed into Nightmare Moon)
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fitting Discord in would just be a matter of having him turn to stone before the banishment which I believe was canon anyway.
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Persona22 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
It was, but it does not explain how the elements of harmony fit. If now is the first time they are being used, but they were also used against Discord, and this happened before Discord (which it did), so where do the elements of harmony fit in the first time that Discord was turned into stone by Luna and Celestia, using the elements of harmony?
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My story doesn't take place before discord. In the show it says that Celestia and Luna sealed Discord which means it must have happened BEFORE the banishment (so before my story too).
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Persona22 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
Yes, that's what I said. So, if Discord, who was banished BEFORE the banishment of Nightmare Moon, and he was banished by Luna and Celestia using the Elements of Harmony (like it was said in "The Return of Harmony" by Celestia), then how did they use the Elements of Harmony then according to your story? Did they use them by themselves, without anyone else? That's what I'm asking.
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OH!!! Yes. In my theory, any combination of ponies can use the elements if they have the aptitude. Therefore Celestia could theoretically use it alone since she has every element. However, I believe there's a reason that a single pony can't use the elements and that it's stronger if done with more ponies. For these two reasons, Celestia sough out others.
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lpsgirl111 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I want rose petal to be my pony because shes awesome
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Komatsuzaki-Xingqi Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*manly sniff* This almost tears me up, her back story and such. Are you a writer? Because this stuff is really good.

Yeah, I guess I'm going back and looking at all your stuff.
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Nimaru Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm a writer in the sense that every comic is a story (and most have a lot of writing). I'm also writing a fanfic if you didn't notice :D
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Komatsuzaki-Xingqi Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are? WAT. Since when? How am I so out of it!?
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Nimaru Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Here, check it out: [link]
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dayle14 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
so her power makes her like a mirage
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not exactly. It's actually sound based, not light based. That's why people can see her from far away despite her technique. If they're close enough, she can "quiet their mind" so they don't notice her. That's also why she can move through busy streets without getting hurt. They know she's there and move out of the way, but don't really think about it or remember it.
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ScarlletLover2001 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
Rose's colors are like a rose her body color is the leaves and stem while her hair and eyes are the petals
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You got it :)

Also her hair is shaped like rose petals. Just like how Willow's are shaped like Willow fronds.
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X-I-L2048 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww, she's such a sweetheart. :iconawwwplz: I'd never thought about the fact that things could permanently happen to a unicorn's horn like it happened to her father's. It's kind of a sobering thought. :(
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BigSpaceplz Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
OKay so,i was going to read this story because i found a strip of it on Ponybooru,so i decided to go to the frist strip,and frankly,you made walls of text so people can understand you Story.
Lucky for you,i will just point the errors on you OC's and ignoring what i said above because im nice like that.

So this one can basically go ninja whitout going ninja.(Cheater,i passed Mask of The Ninja already,and i am almost done with the New Game Plus,and then i find out a single pony can clear the whole thing)
Nothing wrong with Luau
Rook is...A pony who is stronger than normal ponies.And he is a Pegasus.He benefits from being a Earth Pony more,really.
Winter Willow..Went past bullying...like it was nothing.Huh,i don't remember it working like that,really.
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Razer1103 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
What happened to Rose's father's horn?
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Workplace accident. He's a woodworker and a building fell on him basically.
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CmdrNIX Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Aren't you going to do a "Twilight's Studies - Final Report" like you did with Luna?
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh yes, definitely. Just have another quick thing I need to get out of the way first.
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CmdrNIX Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
It's no hurry. Take your time.
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sigel4ever Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Student General Artist
ooooooooh!
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majic-namie Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
the picture with little rose holding the basket of flowers was just so sweeeeeeet
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Devi-kami Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
I wonder if Rose might go on a quest to heal her fathers horn -- surely some such thing must exist in Equestria but I also find the beauty of dealing with a life challenge like this and the selflessness that was a model for Rose in the first place. :)
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't know if that can be done. But it's an interesting idea.
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Devi-kami Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
:) I like using the concept of sound and quieting minds for Rose. Although the negative side of selflessness is indeed losing the self, I don't think it is in itself a bad trait. If anything, we lose the little ego-self and come into alignment with a sense of self that is bigger -- what Jung would have called the big Self (with a capital "S"). When we move from the Self rather than the little self, I think we understand better that by meeting our own true needs -- that we are better able to serve and help others. As a woman we both know once said, "You can't help someone if you crawl into the hospital bed with them." I can definitely see Rose drawn by the negative side of this virtue, I think many of us struggle with it -- or struggle with the concept of selflessness itself believing that we have to give everything up for others in order to be selfless. This is especially true for women -- and probably why I have a mite to say about it. Please forgive my enthusiasm for the subject! :)
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, of course! Sorry didn't recognize you (but hid the comment due to personal information)
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Was that Mother Teresa? That sounds like something she'd say.
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EmyliaHawke Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Rose is my favorite of the Gathering the Elements gang. Something about her sings a tune (pardon the pun) so similar to my personality, and she is such an adorable, sweet pony. :aww:
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like her too :D
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GKLancer Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist
This is one of the sweeter new Mane Six stories I have seen. I am starting to like this character. X3
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Demosthenes-101 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
So this is the last one right? ^^; Does this mean the next page will be Twilight grilling Owlowiscious about how he knows all this and how he wrote all this info down? :giggle: And we finally get to see what connections our mysterious Owlowiscious has with the 2 princesses? :D (given he was sleeping in their bedroom! :))
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yup! To everything.
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Demosthenes-101 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
:iconfluttershyyayplz:Yay!
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asdflove Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Student Writer
Awwww.
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Karach0s Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
"Ponies that care about you will never be truly happy if you don't take care of yourself"

Let Celestia smite me with the power of her sun, if this isn't one of the deepest thoughts I encountered since long, long ago. And so true at that!

Also, if not for her personality, Rose would be a great assassin (hide + calm minds) or thief. :D
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep, she sure would :D
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Xiane2003 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Student Artist
Yehey its finally here ive been waiting for this one
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KairaAethericBeast Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
That's real lovely. ^^
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OverlordK Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
All of the reports have been awesome! Are you doing one on the Element of Love?
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Probably not, though I will be doing an origin story.
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OverlordK Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
Can't wait to read it.
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