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Nightmare Moon Comforts Princess Luna (1) by 90Sigma Nightmare Moon Comforts Princess Luna (1) by 90Sigma
"Why are you upset, Luna Starlight?"*
"My sister and I had another argument. She didn't want to set the sun early so that ponies could see my night."
"I see. She's probably already asleep, like everypony else?"
"Yes. You're the only one that's still awake. You're the only one who joins me after the sun sets. You're... you're the only pony who cares about me."
[Nightmare watches silently as Luna raises the moon and brings the stars into view.]
"Would... would you help me, Nightmare? You are the only pony that's seen my beautiful night. Would you... help me to show it... to other ponies?"
"For you, Luna? For you, I would stop the sun from rising. I would make the night last forever."


After Upset Nightmare Moon, I wanted to try something with a simpler pose. After doing Luna and Twilight Hugging, the thought came to me to do Luna and Nightmare hugging. Though I didn't end up doing a literal hug (their size difference is too great); but rather, Nightmare comforting a sad Luna. This is the result. I hope you like it as much as I do!
Guess how long it took to export the blur, sparkles and the transparency from their manes and tails. My only objection to the image is that Luna's head and mane cover most of Nightmare's details... there's a full body, chestplate and everything beneath Luna...

Additional Files: Closed eye version. (I couldn't decide which looked better, so have both.)
Reuse: You are not allowed to reuse this image without permission. If you post it on another site, I ask that you include a link back here.

The Nightmare Moon and Princess Luna characters and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic are the property of Lauren Faust and/or Hasbro and/or others.
* I've seen the name "Luna Starlight" used by other fan works before. I like that name, so I decided to use it here too. Initially addressing someone by their full name seems to fit Nightmare's personality.
Thanks to DarCowAlways, NightmareMoonS and Skylark-Torch for feedback while I was creating this vector.
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:iconglitchyshadow137:
GlitchyShadow137 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it.
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lunathymewolf Featured By Owner Edited Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nightmare Moon is Luna just in another form, what Luna feels she feels, what Luna dreams she dreams. Neither wish to hurt ponies, only for them and their night to be loved and admired just like they do to her sister and her day.
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SilverWing27 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Sneaky Nightmare Moon. Sweet on how she would do that for Luna, but Luna doesn't know the consequences if she goes through with what's planned in Nightmare Moon's head.
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ManesixandPPG Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
...This is just the type of art I was looking for, awesome.
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Sourunicorn123 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
sourunicorn123.deviantart.com/… link please click and i thought of this to
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BenjaminHopkins Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:iconnightmaremoonplz: : Do you hate her? Do you wish to be free? Embrace me. Embrace your darkness... :devilish:
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XxfukaimorixX Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
LOVED IT!
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Eli-J-Brony Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
I can actually imagine this as an episode all to Luna where she has a nightmare where she's meets her past-self as Nightmare Moon reminding her of the evil she caused. Although I do wonder if a different evil was what cause Luna to turn into Nightmare.
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GodzillaKrueger Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
A touching approach to the character of Nightmare Moon.
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:icon90sigma:
90Sigma Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
Thank you.
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fisgas Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very Cute Draw^^
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Masdragonflare Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well Flare here stays up at night :D
But I don't think that Luna would even notice tough
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Nulono Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
Does this mean Celestia is Celestia Starlight?
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W0nderbolts Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
:iconcelestiashrugplz::iconsays3plz:even i dont know that
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:icon90sigma:
90Sigma Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
I'm not sure if Celestia has a fan-accepted last name, but I guess so? The sun is a star too after all.
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greatmuqeet Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
inception?
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:icon90sigma:
90Sigma Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
Not yet. I need to go deeper.
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greatmuqeet Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
okay
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EaLicaria Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
Wow!
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:icon90sigma:
90Sigma Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
Thank you.
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EaLicaria Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
^-^
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fixman88 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
*hugs them both*
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flyingcheese143 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
Alright, first, I had no idea of this website existing. Then, about two months ago, I saw this. I didn't really pay much attiontion to the website, but today I love it. So, just about 1 minute ago, I saw the one about Luna in a stupid dress. I recognized the handy work. My suspistions were confirmed when I came here, and saw the mini story had been correct with the one I saw months ago. Nice job! Man, why am I useing fancy talk. My own talk is hurting my brain! AHHH!
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90Sigma Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
I'm glad you liked them! There was a mini-story; I elaborated a bit more in this journal entry.
(By "this website", I assume you mean deviantART?)
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flyingcheese143 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
Yeah! I mean devianART! :D
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demonreapergirl Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ooh luna you can always ask me to watch the moonrise with you
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BB-K Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, really? :o
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:icon90sigma:
90Sigma Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
Umm...?
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TehEpikCat Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Nightmare Moon and Luna are both awesome.
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:icon90sigma:
90Sigma Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Agreed.
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brickluver123 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
awes
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:icon90sigma:
90Sigma Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
Thank you.
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CommanderEX Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
And so good intention change into dissaster, instead of solving Luna problem with loneliness, it result Luna and NMM to be lonely for 1000 yers in cold prison, and instead of gaining love and respect from subjects, NMM gained monster status.

This is quite the irony, the show itself is ment to show how importand friendship is, and yet NMM and Luna who needed it the most did not got it.

If Luna would have some friends in the pass, she would never end up banished, and NMM would probably life happy inside Luna experiencing friendship or get her own body and be raised by Luna.

I do say events sure turned the worse possible way.
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90Sigma Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
I agree with that.
Of course, we can't say for certain what happened prior to the show, but the more I think about it, the more awful it seems.
Luna's first words when she returned were "I missed you so much, big sister." That indicates to me she was aware the whole time she was on the moon. For a thousand years! How can you miss someone if you didn't know you were gone?

I know Lauren Faust said that Nightmare was intended to be some kind of dark being that was going to "usher in a new era of evil," but I'm pretty sure the signs were there. I don't think Luna just woke up one day and thought "Let's take over everything!"

The thing that gets me the most is that Nightmare isn't really shown doing anything bad. Discord's actions speak for themselves, and Chrysalis laid out her intentions for all to hear.
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CommanderEX Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
Well, about Nightmare Moon, I find her very calm for a evil being or even villan.

The story what happened 1000 years ago is not explained to much, but when she go back, she seems awfully calm.

If she and Luna experienced 1000 years loneliness on the moon, I m supriced she did not wanted any revange at all, all she did was banished Celestia to Sun
( Celestia was not damaged, so I asume it was like banishment to the Moon ), did not took any hostile actions again Ponnys, nor again Twilight the first time they meet, striking the guards with bolts seems violent, but it still a self defense.

When she found out Twilight was searching for elements what banished her to the MOon for 1000 years, she would easy attack librery and kill all inside with full force, or strike teh team in frontal assault, despite action with Manticory and Cliff, they were not to dangerous, more like trying to scare tham off.

Whats more, when she returned she said: " did not you saw the signs ? " and after Twilight ansfered she said " than you also know why I m here ", it sounds like she knew the legend about herself and just play along ( what is weird like Legend was created before her banishment ).

for someone banished by elements for 1000 years, she sure did not hold any malice, no need for revange, for 1000 years she did not even thought of any counterplan again elements what banished her, and not hard and direct enogh actions again the main 6 what possesed huge treat to her.
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90Sigma Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
They're all excellent points. A thousand years with nothing but your own thoughts - why didn't she just return and start laying waste if she really did want revenge? Discord wasted no time in mucking things up.

As you said, everything she did was self-defence or deterrence. She herself did not outright attack any member of the mane six. The guards looked only to be stunned. And as for Celestia - no idea where she went, but she got hit harder by Chrysalis.

When thinking about it, Nightmare was apparently strong enough to pose a threat to Celestia. So she should have been more than capable of such actions. After all, she can shape shift, change her physical form to smoke and teleport.
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CommanderEX Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
Well, there are many theorys made by fans about who Nightmare Moon is and so she was put diferently in some fanfics, mostly as villan.

So I came up with theory on my own.

For me NMM is more of a child.
When Luna was lonely, jelious of her sister and did not knew what to do so subjects may love her like her sister when her Night was rather feared she:
1) Wanted to have a friend, someone to talk with, someone on her side.
2) She wanted power to force Celestia to accept what she ask for since Celestia probably denny Luna requests about night Celebrations in her name or about letting her have 1 night what will last 24 hours.

As result when she used some dark magic to increase her power, in reality she born a living entity inside her from who new powers came from.

So NMM was born inside Luna mind, like a child,yet it had Luna memorys, most were sad ones.

So as result NMM fell sad for Luna, trying to comfort her, felling anger toward Celestia and other ponnys what ignore her, and felt huge amount of power.

Overtime NMM started to think she is part of Luna, her stronger side, stronger even than Celestia.
So she came out with plan to force enternal night thinking it will earn ponnys love for Luna and herself ( as inexperienced child, she had no idea that it would kill everyone ).

As it was mention in show, Celestia tryed to reason with her, but it was pointless, Celestia after all was the one who got all the love, made all decysions, NMM would never belive her, like a child who would not listen to arguments of someone she hate.

It result fight what NMM won since she is stronger, but Celestia used elements to banish her ( meaby Celestia could not cure Luna or did not knew she could ).

1000 years on the Moon did not gave NMM any experience, she could not mature, probably Luna and NMM went to some sort of long sleep to pass the time and were waken up when chance to escape showed up, or Luna was sleeping inside NMM for most of time when NMM went crazy from loneliness, making her emotionless.

After they came back, NMM had no malice, she just decided to banish Celestia to the sun as eye for eye, and than came to Ponnyvile trying exacly the same what she did 1000 years ago hoping it will gain love of her subjects.

However she still had mind of a filly, so as innocent as a child, she could not put herself to kill or hurt more than self defense, she was scared that elements would banish her again, but she was more of playing with mane 6 and scarying tham off than destroying tham, in the end she tryed to destroy elements what failed.

When mane 6 used elements, it just separate Luna from her new gained powers, as result, NMM soul and spirit end up in body fragments what elements took off Luna.

NMM tryed to act like queen, but she was just a child who put up tantrum and tryed to get what she wanted with no idea of consequencess, she did not knew that love and respect should be gained, not forced, yet she was too innocent to kill or hurt, however unaware of powers she could hurt others when she send Manticore to attack or when she damaged cliff.
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90Sigma Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
My current head-theory is that Nightmare was an imaginary friend created by Luna. Over time, Nightmare gradually took control of Luna's mind and eventually her body.
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CommanderEX Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
I see, still, you must also add the reason why NMM was stronger and Celestia, or in your theory she was not ?
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90Sigma Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
I believe Nightmare to be stronger than Celestia because, quite simply, Celestia banished Nightmare. When Nightmare returned, Celestia wasn't around. (Of course, she could have been hiding or something like that as well.)
If Celestia were stronger than Nightmare, I believe she would have defeated Nightmare there and then and restored Luna... or at least, not banished her for a thousand years.

Also, I believe that Nightmare has the combined powers of her own powers, Luna's powers, and the powers of the night sky. But I'll elaborate a little more on what I mean by that in my next Nightmare + Luna scene.
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WarriorSparrow Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Aaawwww!
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90Sigma Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
:)
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yayayayayala Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
hooray!!!
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90Sigma Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
:)
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yayayayayala Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
:D
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Crystic Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your only objection to the image could have been easily rectified if you made Luna's hair slightly transparent, at least so it isn't completely obscured. This really is great though!
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90Sigma Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
Thanks!
As far as I can tell though, the blue part of Luna's mane/tail is opaque, so that's why I left it like that.
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TheOrangeFactor Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awwwww
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90Sigma Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
:)
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