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War of the Equestria by Ziom05 War of the Equestria by Ziom05
Hello! :)

Well, what can I say. It is just...


The battle between Changelings Swarm and Crystal Ponies, lead by King Sombra. I always knew that there is hidden potential of dark character. And what do you think about Chrytion - The Ruler of Changelings?

Based on cartoon show "My Little Pony - Friendship is Magic".

Also check my video, about painting process of that picture: [link] with cool music by :iconthecarbonmaestro:

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Daily Deviation

Given 2013-01-28
War of the Equestria by *Ziom05 ( Suggested by KeinZantezuken and Featured by Lyricanna )
Critique by Meigs2 Jan 8, 2013, 1:47:58 PM
Yay, critique time!

Wow. Where do I start?

First off, well done fitting everything in! Its really difficult to portray something so large in such a small the same time, good job managing space. It feels large, yet not cramped, it feels lime you can sit in the picture

Second, very nice hse of effects.the warm glow brings out a sence of a holy presence there, as if a god is watching over everything.i also like tje subtle but important effects such as the glow on sombras' eyes.

And HOLY S*ITTHE DETAIL! you went way out of your to include EVERY little detail in the Armor, the dragon, and evwn the changeling's armor.Very good job.

I appoligize in advance for any weird grammar mistakes, just got a new phone and the keyboard is bigger than my old one :D
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Oh dear... the massive scale of this work is breathtaking.

There are only a few things I could think of that could throw us off a little bit.

See the soldiers on the very bottom right corner? I can't get a sense of depth on their head so their faces looks a bit like a man with a big fat upturned-nose.

And, if you look very closely at the changeling swarm in the background, I can notice repeated elements. Same leg poses, same leg shapes... Time constraints? Sure, but it's a funny observation.

I also wonder if white-colored highlights is the best choice as something in the back of my head tells me that it's wrong by principle. I see an orange-colored sunlight if anything, soo....

But mostly, they're probably little things that don't totally ruin this piece as the sense scale this creates is more than enough to make it one of the best fan art I've seen. If I can give a more useful critique, there's plenty for me to learn.
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ilvbrownies Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Simply Epic
King-of-Madness1 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2017
Wow... I mean, a war of Sombra and the Crystal Ponies against the Changelings is freaking awesome in and of itself...

But this artwork is AMAZING!
OtachiKaiju68 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2017
Amazing! this really reminds me of Warhammer Fantasy or LotR! Epic!
Dead-Sweets Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can see it imagine if the crystal empire had to call upon the help of king sombra to defeat a comeback of the changelings. That would be awesome.
Pyrogoldenwheel510 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017
holy arceus this is amazing! the changelings look terrifying, and that dragon looks so awesome :)

keep up the great work.
Cynthrey Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017
este dibujo es el significado de impresionante
redstonefox147 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a amazing piece this should be canon
This piece still haunts me!I guess amazing art does this to you.:)Seriously, after seeing it, I thought about how MLP FiM maybe is not that much for children, as most believe.This is nightmarish image, not very child-friendly.
BronyNo786 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"The Guardian" fits perfectly.…

"To Build an Army" by Evening Star is good too.
GrudgeThrower Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OH MY GOD!!!!! THIS IS THE MOST AMAZING THING I'VE EVER SEEN!!!! THE ARTSTYLE IS SO AMAZING!! This Battle reminds me about Karl Franz's battle in Blackfire Pass!! THIS IS SUPER EPIC!!!. Gotta hand it to you, man, You're AWESOME!!!!!
Epic-Prose Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016
The hooves of his soldiers beat upon the patching stones of the Crystal Empire, the rythem bringing back old memories, old joys and old horrors. The drums of war, his teacher had called them, those hoofbeats. And as he sits, watching the ranks of soldiers pass by, row by row, grim determination set upon their crystalline faces he can see his own determined look reflected in the polished armor. 

"You look troubled, Sombra," a voice comes from behind him, breaking him from his distant and dark thoughts.

"I am, your majesty," Sombra replies softly, his voice echoing slightly. "War is upon our boarders, and I shall soon lead many of my subjects to their death. That alone should bring my thoughts to darkness, yet I know should I falter before the foe that is before me, darker things that I could ever imagine shall descend upon those who have put their faith in me."

"All these years after, and you still consider them your subjects," the pink alicorn chuckles. "Should I be worried of a coup, King Sombra?"

"Nay, Princess Cadence, my time has passed," Sombra sighs, looking to the crown perched lightly in his hooves. "This crown is but a symbol of things I once did, evil things they were, but done in the interest of the Crystal Empire. Fitting now that I should dawn it, and my armor, once more in service to the land I gave all to."

"Though dark your actions may have been," Cadence says softly as she walks over to sit beside Sombra. "Tyrant you may have been, I and my husband can think of none better to stand with our army. Nor, I think can the soldiers think of a better general. Though many still fear you, the Changelings are feared more, and I suspect our citizens would rather stand with the monster they know to face the monster they do not."

"Wise words, for one so young," Sombra chuckles as he lifts his crown and puts it on. "If I am a monster, then truly the ponies you lead have nothing to fear of the Changelings, but rather the Changelings should quake in fear at my coming." 

"That is what I wanted to hear," Cadence agrees, smiling. "Now, go with our blessing, King Sombra. Protect the our home."

"Funny," Sombra says softly, his lips curling up into a smile that shows off his fangs. "Queen Amore once said the same to me. To have her successor speak the same words proves fate enjoys playing cruel jokes upon us." He then rises and cracks his neck. "But, the time for words has passed, I shall return in victory, or in death. There are no other options before us." 

When Cadence says nothing more, Sombra lifts his gaze towards the heavens, silently thanking Celestia for the bright sunlight she has gifted them with today, and channeling magic through his horn before vanishing with a bright flash and a pearl of thunder. A moment later the scene repeats on the outskirts of the city, as Sombra reappears standing before his troops. Many of the soldiers shy away from their former King, memories of their time as his slaves making them cautious of him, but none break ranks. 

Ignoring the unease of his troops, for it is a matter he cannot afford to address now, Sombra digs his armored hooves into the ground a little and takes a deep breath as he once more channels magic into his horn. However, instead of channeling the magic into a spell, he releases it into the ground, and towards an old foe he had once in a life long past defeated and made his slave. That ancient foe soon comes forth, the ground rumbling and splitting open at his coming.

Soon, an ancient dragon, its hide covered in black crystals, stands before Sombra and his army. It fixes the fallen monarch with a gaze of pure hate, yet holds its tongue and stays its claws as he looks upon his master.

"Ancient one, I require your service," Sombra states loudly, his voice echoing across the empty landscape.

"I live to serve you, O' King of Shadows," the dragon rumbles, the sound making a few of the soldiers behind Sombra step back as fear starts to set in.

"An army marches to invade this Empire, invade my home," Sombra declares, his eyes narrowing. "I will not stand for this, and so I require you to stand beside me, ancient one that is my slave. You will aid me, and my soldiers, in battle." Sombra then smiles, his fangs gleaming in the sunlight. "Do this, and I shall reward you."

"I shall do this, King of Shadows who is my master," The dragon rumbles once more, the growl evident in his voice. "But I doubt any reward you shall give me will be anything but poison covered in honey. Thus has always been the content of your gifts to your slaves." 

"I am king no longer, Ancient One," Sombra sighs. "These soldiers are no longer my slaves, and the throne of this Empire is no longer mine to sit upon. Aid me in battle, and I shall give you what I have denied you for a thousand years; I shall give you freedom." 

"Even if it should mean I shall destroy you as soon as your bonds to me are broken?" The dragon growls.

"Even should it mean my death," Sombra says slowly, his eyes never leaving the Dragon's

For a long moment the dragon says nothing, his gaze fixed upon Sombra as if to judge this this for one of Sombra's cruel tricks. Finding no malice within the fallen King's gaze, the Dragon nods slowly. "Very well, Fallen King, I shall aid you for my freedom."

"Then, let us be on with it," Sombra says, turning to look at his troops. "Peace has reigned for far too long, and those who would covet our home have grown bold! Complacent in the peace, we have not seen fit to remind them that the Crystal Empire may shine as brightly as the most brilliant of jewels, but we still have an edge hard and sharp enough to cut! Let us remind them, that to challenge the Crystal Empire, is to bash their heads against an unyielding, un-moving, and un-relenting force!" He turns, and looks towards the distant mountains where they shall fight their foe. "I may no longer be your King, but I must ask you all to be my blade once more! Not for myself, but for your families! For your Princess! Let us show the Changelings the ferocity you once showed the foes I unleashed you against so that this new foe shall never again threaten our home!"

A cheer goes up from behind Sombra, and he smiles proudly as he takes a step forward. Behind him the soldiers of the Crystal Empire fall into step, the drums of war once more beating against the ground.

War had come to Equestria, and Sombra has come with it.
Zalokin Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016
Dude, that was the most epic thing i've ever read
Epic-Prose Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016
Thanks! It was a lot of fun to write, but it hardly does the picture justice in my opinion ;3
Zalokin Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016
Yeah, if you write fictions i'll read them.
Epic-Prose Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016
I am actually a rather active fanfiction writer over on FimFiction under the name Sylvian.…
Zalokin Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016
Buddy, you just got another follower/watcher.
Epic-Prose Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2016
Awesome :D

Thanks for the watch
Zalokin Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2016
You're welcome
ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2016
Man ... you're one hell of a fanfic writer.
You know that?
Epic-Prose Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2016
I try :3
Bigbuny Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015
Wow, it's MLP if Peter Jackson was involved with it.
CloudZephyre Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015  Student Artist
some artist are "REALLY" dedicated to the show.
Aoshiro01 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015  Student General Artist
runnerdragon Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
King Sombra - This is Crystal Empier!!! We show no mercy !

Chrytion - Youussss issss weak! Letssss end thisss 

bobbleheadaubz Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2015
I stare deep into my cold, crimson eyes, they showed reluctance, they showed my fears. "Are you sure you want to do this?" I ask myself but my eyes flash with determination as I picture my subjects going to war and being destroyed, "Yes. I must do this. I can't watch my citizens be destroyed. I _need_ to do this." I hissed. "I won't let some changeling maniac destroy my kingdom. Do you hear me? I won't let you destroy my home! I won't let you maggots demolish my kingdom!" I roar. My eyes go back to my reflection and I closed my eyes, concentrating on the shadow spell. I could feel my body twisting and reshaping. I screamed out in agony but continued the spell. The spell seemed as if it lasted for hours though in reality it only lasted a few moments. I turn out of my room, though I stumbled a little, still recovering from the pain of the Shadow Spell. "Prepare my armor! I'm ready for battle!" I yelled at my servants. They obeyed immediately, putting the silver plates on me and the crimson cape. I mount my crystal dragon and head off to war with my loyal crystal army. We find that infestation, that plague of an army. I screech my deafening battle cry and the battle starts to rage. All around me I could hear the screams and the clanks of my men dying and I could stand it no longer. I let out a lion's roar and sent out a blast of crystal. I could feel the power bubbling inside of me. Oh yes...this power...I love it! I send blast after blast of crystal. The ugly changelings are getting squired and soon our battle has been won. The Crystal empire shall rule! I will be the power. _I_ have the power.
SoupNaziMark2 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015
"Decepticons, AT-TACK!"

Sorry.  Just got my franchise wires crossed.
Noknightsplease Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015
I'm not a brony, in fact, I hate the fandom. But Jesus tap dancing Christ, this is one of the best pieces on deviantart, the shading, lighting, and art style culminates into a fantastic picture.

Keep it up.
BronyGorefiend Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
its just amazing to see how talented people is around here amazing simply amazing!
MercenaryX Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015
Tell me, can this get any more METAL?!
SchwarzerRitter Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2015
An airstrike by Nightmare Moon riding a spiked chariot?
MercenaryX Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016
Oh god! You're right.
SnapCentino Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Professional Writer
Love the design of the crystal ponies' armor. I feel the dragon is unnecessary, though.
Etoile-ardente Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
OH LA VACHE !!!!!!!!!!! ça c'est de l'art oOo
I just saw this art on the channel of "Pony Music", and HOLY S*** YOUR PICS ARE AWESOME AS HECK!!!!
I've never seen something so awesome as that! Really, this is incredible!
While searching for this art, I noticed you also play League of Legends (dat Dragonslayer Annie >.>)
I don't even have words to say, 2 amazed to say anything XD

(btw, I LOVED that Dragon >.>)
RexfineMutts Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
TNTDisco Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015
Awesome, though i'm a little confused...

Are the Crystal Ponies fighting FOR Sombra...?
Senthai Featured By Owner May 12, 2015
Being his "crystal slaves", they don't exactly have much choice in the matter, now do they?

Besides, as cruel as he is, in this situation Sombra would be the lesser evil. Between a tyrannical ruler and an invasion of an alien-like species that will surely lay waste to everything in its path, the former option is still preferable.
TNTDisco Featured By Owner May 13, 2015
Yeah i know, but still :I
Doesn't really fit, just like the dragon...
I'm not complaining, well i guess i am... but it's still great, and the dragon looks awesome :D
SchwarzerRitter Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2015
The dragon has crystals growing all over his body.
So maybe Sombra has disguised cursed crystals as gemstones. Then the dragon collected them and slept on top of the hoard, like dragons do, and the crystals grew into his body.
TNTDisco Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016
Or he just fed the dragon crystals, but yeah i agree :D
Why didn't i think of that xP
MasterSonicKnight Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015
Actually, even with the name "War of Equestria", the battlefield we see is in the surroundings of the Crystal Empire, even if Sombra is not fighting for the rest of Equestria, his Empire he will protect.
And about his army, slaves or not, everypony wants to protect their home.
We also never knew if Sombra had or not a dragon, but he looks pretty badass in there e-e.
 Either Die a Hero, or You Live Long Enough To See Yourself Become the Villain
svolozhanin7 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015
In one word: "Destiny"
LJ-ATCTION-360 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016
Noknightsplease Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015
Ink-25 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015
That reminds me of Planetside 2...
grayfuffdude Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
reminds my dad of Dragonriders of Pern
Angelwings200 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015
I wish the show was like this. Then again, it wouldn't be a kids show anymore.
juneopal10 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
i like it very much your art is azmazing!
DatGuySteaLz Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015
HOLY FUCKING SHIT I.. i have no Words this is just... you cant appreciate all the badassery in this Picture you just can't it's epicness is on an entirely new scale
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