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Little Cadence by SilFoe Little Cadence by SilFoe
So, I read that book, "Twilight Sparkle and the Crystal Heart Spell." Super adorable and full of puns. But aside from every single punning opportunity being taken, it briefly talks about how Cadance became an alicorn. It was super duper short, all of 2 pages in the gigantic font that kids books use, but still! It was way more than we had before. Her story may be thrown our the window by some later episode, but until then, I'm satisfied to accept it as temporary canon.

Brief summary for those who will never bother reading it:
Cadance was a pegasus baby who was found in woods and taken in and raised by earth ponies. She filled others with warmth and the "urge to protect her" (wtf, really? boooooo.....) by the natural love and compassion she held for everypony. An evil pony enchantress (who, I can only assume, did evil pony dances, and put others in evil pony trances), named Prismia, used her prized possession, a mini crystal heart like necklace, to leech the love out of all the villagers. Cadance sure does have a lot of run-ins with love leeches... So that necklace also amplified Cadance's love and defeated the baddy by, I can only guess, overloaded the crystal and reversed the spell on Prismia. That's what i got from it, at least. When Prismia changed her ways, Cadance got transported to that glowy, alicorn-making realm, "a place that nopony except Princess Celestia had ever been!" Poor Luna always gets forgotten... or got alicorned some other way. It says Celestia discovered Cadance there and took her to be her royal niece and live in Canterlot. It goes on a little more about how she attended Celestia's school, solved a whole bunch of conflicts and helped ponies find love, despite not finding love for herself (sans a crush on Shining Armor).

Anyway, its a really inexpensive book that can be read in an hour or two, so go read it.

So, this is that moment of Celestia finding Cadance in the alicornication realm. New style, just trying something different.

Edit: Eqd'd [link].
I forgot that awesome feeling of having my shit volunteered by random strangers. All of the possibilities with none of the potential rejection.
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BananasDontStopMeh Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cadence's mouth O-O
Ish scaryeh for mer :c
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SugarCookie310 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
:iconprincesscelestiaplz::iconsays1plz:..And it's time for you.... To get a horn!

:iconprincesscadenceplz::iconsays1plz:A what now?
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Thatbronyguy11 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014
*celecia turns into molestia* MAGIC!
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KrystalAurora Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
It looks like cadence just saw a ghost, her face is priceless XD
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Fujin777 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Very good.
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NobleForce Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This picture is pretty neat. :D (Big Grin) 
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DolphinSilverwolf Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
:icontrollestiaplz::iconsaysplz: Welcome to the dimension of TiVO!
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GJTProductions Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
This must've been a watershed moment for Celestia. She's been without Luna for over 900 years*, and out of the blue here comes this young filly who managed to reach alicornhood all on her own. For somepony who's seen dozens (hundreds?) of friends and confidants come and go, it's not hard to imagine how thrilled Celestia must have been to finally have somepony to truly call "family" again, even if it was through adoption.

Even if Cadance wasn't the one destined to save Luna, she helped care for and bring Celestia in contact with the one who did: Twilight Sparkle. Cadance also fell for Twilight's older brother, and thus Celestia witnessed Shining Armor's courtship of Cadance in addition to Twilight's learning and development of her magical abilities. After Twilight learning the magic of friendship saved Luna in the pilot (and two seasons' worth of time afterward during which Luna had extensive background rehabilitation), Celestia approved Cadance's wish to marry Shining Armor so as to make both Shining and Twilight part of her family. It may not have been obvious at first, but in addition to Cadance being the apple of Celestia's eye for some time, but the link to do something Celestia probably never was able to do before: build an honest-to-goodness family she can love and be proud of.

* More specifically, I conjecture that Cadance's ascension took place about a decade before the start of the series. She looks like a preteen/tween here, and was a teen fillysitting a "blank-flank" Twilight. Thus Cadance had already been a Princess a couple years before first meeting Twilight. The difference in age between the present and "Cutie Mark Chronicles" flashbacks (and Spike's maturity level) imply 7-8 years passage of time between the two. Between those two facts, we get a timespan of about a decade.
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SilFoe Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014   Digital Artist
I think you fleshed out the vague-ish idea I had of the situation. Well done!
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this is how cadence turn into alicorn, bravo everypony
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newtry13 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013
I like the way you captured the scene. The angle with which the characters are seen is very dynamic. Also the body poses are vivid, supple, well proportioned, and very believable and three dimensional. The shading and faces also add a strong sense of drama and vitality to the shot.

What is particularly liked is that the facial expressions tell the story in a very believable way. Cadence genuinely looks terrified, and (particularly as a little girl) is not taking being all alone in a strange new location as ideal. The fact that half of her body (face included) is shaded also conveys a sense of being overwhelmed by the new situation (and literally still in the dark).

This is where Celestia comes in. Her expression casts a very warm and non-threatening presence. Although she is technically looking down on her (implying being in a position to wield considerable dominance over her), it's coming from a position of genuine compassion, not the least of which is a sincere and disarming smile. Taking a look at her eyebrow, it also seems Celestia is taking notice of how scared Cadence looks, and is trying to first take gradual steps in reassuring her (caring about her and what she is experiencing, in other words).

The fact, also, that the half of Celestia that Cadence is seeing (from how Celestia is shaded) is illuminated by the light (the same light that is darkening the most of what Celestia is seeing in Cadence) also metaphorically speaks of what has been (and still is) a darker path for Cadence now being illuminated (particularly by a friendly and compassionate guiding light). The fact that it is the same light shading Cadence and illuminating Celestia (the part Cadence is seeing) helps support the indication that a very serious change in perspective is about to happen. It is definitely better that the shift is a positive one, since, if the location and person looking down on her are altered (particularly if it wasn't someone like Celestia), this could have been a very dark pic.

Details of the pic aside, it is personal preference for her backstory to be altered in the main canon (if done, and it is still appreciated having the book's version disclosed in the description). Having origins as an orphan tend to be overdone. At the same time, her growing up in a distant village may also have potential, since it could be where she learned to play all the games she eventually passed on to Twilight.

Since relations between pegasus and non-pegasus ponies (either earth or unicorn ponies) tend to be common, it can easily be seen of Cadence's parents being one of them. Possibly also that Cadence's parents, although meeting their needs, had a more modest income, and could only rarely afford to make the distant trip to the summer sun festival (possibly her first being in Canterlot was as an infant, and the next time being when she is considerably older). Cadence Celestia perform it for the first time, as a child, may be a basis for taking a possible interest in her and Canterlot from there (different angle than Twilight's, but still may be feasible).
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SilFoe Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013   Digital Artist
Oh my! Such a detailed breakdown of this picture. I love it!

I'm happy you could see all the concepts and emotions I had intended to convey, even if some of those ideas weren't all consciously done.

I can certainly understand the hesitation about the orphan back story. So long as they don't overplay it or fall into certain tropes, if they ever decide to expand on her back story at all, I'm mostly ok with. Honestly, her origin story is the only thing from that book I did like. Twilight's section of it was sorely lacking and out of character for her. I like the idea that she was a pegasus and a nopony on top of that. Orphan or not, I'm glad they show that, again, alicorn status is achieved and earned, rather than given or being born with it.

Thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed analysis of my drawing. It means quite a lot to me.
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newtry13 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013
You're very welcome. I'm glad the feedback was appreciated.

Besides not overplaying the orphan bit, you're right about the alicorn breakdown. That is, becoming one is earned, and under certain circumstances. Twilight had frequent contact with Celestia before her transformation, but, as an ordinary pegasus, Cadence would come from different circumstances (not frequent contact like that).

The part in the book, of Cadence stopping love leeching/loveless magic (Primia, Chrysalis, Sombra...) without the use of magic herself, may be on to something. Particularly if those practices have been going on for generations (despite Celestia's methods of trying to enforce against this), and if Cadence would consistently demonstrate ability to stand up to this, that would make her ascension to alicorn status a response to a need (rather than an accessory). That is, her added abilities would fulfill a need for someone to more effectively help reverse some pretty vicious magical practices that have been going on for generations (no reason also not to encourage love in ordinary ponies in the process). ;)

Glad again the feedback was appreciated.
 
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RainBloo Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg please make more of these pictures! they are amazing!
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kacript Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
So the book really did say that Celestia took Cadence in as sort of a adopted niece like figure?
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SilFoe Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013   Digital Artist
It did indeed. I don't have the book with me, or I'd look up the line, but yeah, it said Celestia adopted Cadence as her niece.
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kacript Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Oh thanks, I always wondered why there were so many fan made stories claiming Cadence to be Celestia's niece when I've never once heard Cadence being called Celeestia's niece in the show.
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SilFoe Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013   Digital Artist
Yeah, I think it was first mentioned in a synopsis for the wedding episode but then the book kinda reinforced it... (I think i know too much useless pony trivia)
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Brother-Malachai Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
I guess Tia's had opportunity to practice her "Fulfill Your Destiny" song then since she's done this before.  KEK.  :P
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Flutter-SHED Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awwww
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medicinecats100 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
Finally! Somepony knows that Cadence was born a pegasus! Thank you! :3
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Darkagumon2000 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013

A very good pic to go with a very good book.

Clapping Pony Icon - Princess Cadence 

 

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zacktheechidna Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
Was there an actual point to naming this love leech she had to deal with, if they don't even give us more info about her?
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SilFoe Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013   Digital Artist
Because there couldn't be any harm in giving her a name, I guess... It might give some fanfic writers something to work with? I got nothing...
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RavenSkaari Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
where did you read it? been looking all over for that book!
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SilFoe Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013   Digital Artist
I bought a physical copy from Amazon
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pegacorngem12 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought Cadence was Celestia's Niece...
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SilFoe Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013   Digital Artist
She is. An adopted niece. I dunno, I'd think even adopted nieces need some quality aunt/niece time.
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pegacorngem12 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, ok :)
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dewotter Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
Now I must go read the story.
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s-eiran Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very very nice, and an amazing interpretation of the story! Nicely done ^-^
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Yarrix Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
That looks REALLY good! And noe I go to read this Story ^^
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Starlioness Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
Cadenece has that .... "am I dead?" expression.. haha.. gorgeous piece btw,

maybe we'll find out more about Luna in season 4..

so let me get this straight, Celestia was born an Alicorn and Luna wasn't ??
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SilFoe Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013   Digital Artist
Heck if I know... Faust said in a tweet that she had envisioned Celestia and Luna as being born alicorns, but the current writers could completely go a different route. Personally, I'd like it if they do change that. I'd love Celestia and Luna to have been born as earth ponies or something and we have a consistent method of making alicorns.
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Starlioness Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
hmm.. or maybe give a reason why they're alicorns.. it could be screwed up genetics.. like the deal with Pound and Pumpkin cake... (one being Pegaus and the other Uni with earth pony parents..) .. and I'm still wondering about this Skyla character.. is she really related to Cadence, was she born an alicorn?, why are there so many alicorns all the sudden? :p
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SilFoe Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013   Digital Artist
Anything would be nice at this point. All we can do is sit, wait and hope season 4 has some answers.
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catperson100 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd think she was a normal unicorn learned to use her love magic and was crowned princess.
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deltasworder1x Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
my heart HNNNNNNNNNNNG
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xelianthought Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
Fantastic piece, while I have only a nominal affection for the book (sans one fanfic re-interpretation of it) I think this is a fantastic picture, Cadence, looks great the starry realm is very well done and Celestia is magnificent!
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SilFoe Featured By Owner May 17, 2013   Digital Artist
Right there with ya. The rest of the book was ok for what it was intended for but it wasn't anything spectacular. It's just that one scene that grabbed my attention and imagination and apparently it did the same thing for that author.

I'm glad you like this!
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xelianthought Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
Thank you for the reply! Yeah it likely was entertaining for the younger audiences, but nothing spectacular. It certainly grabbed some great creators imagination and i'm glad it did! :D
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Dreams-hold-Ambition Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Equestria Daily had questions Lauren Faust answered, she stated Celestia and Luna were born as Alicorns and aren't gods. (Though it does make me wonder why Luna was with Celestia when Twilight went into that realm.

I know its been rumored there is a bigger bad behind everything, I wonder if that realm is the domain of some greater good that opposes that bigger bad.
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SilFoe Featured By Owner May 16, 2013   Digital Artist
I remember those tweets... though I have to wonder if the backstory has changed now that she's not on the team.

I'd love there to be a bigger bad behind everything. Or a bigger good... or whatever. It'd fit nicely with all the destiny and fate stuff they've got going on.
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Dreams-hold-Ambition Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'd say since it mostly had to do with Season 1 its most likely true. Especially considering Celestia and Luna are the only two Alicorns with mobile manes which Cadence and Twilight who do not have. (Hinting on the fact they were both originally non-Alicorns.)

I think the Bigger Bad is probably true because we still aren't fully aware of what made Luna into Nightmare Moon, (unless the recent comic issues are counted but otherwise no there, though it would still make one wonder how they came to be.) how Discord got free as I doubt just a small argument from the CMC alone was enough adn even if the elements had weakened they were restored before he broke free, King Sombra is probably the biggest mystery and where did the Changelings come from is also something to ponder.

The greater good thing can be pointed at with Celestia's unknown actions and that mysteriously place Twilight was with Celestia at right before she earned her wings.
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Mare-and-Bear Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wait... what?! Luna hasn't gone to the Celestial plane but Celestia... I... but then how did Luna become an alicorn?! I always assumed she and Celestia were BORN alicorns but if Celestia has made no other alicorns why the hell was she there and what happened with Luna... my brain hurts... a lot.

Anyway, great picture, I love Candence's expression.
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SilFoe Featured By Owner May 13, 2013   Digital Artist
It's very possible that because Cadance is telling the story, she just forgot to mention Luna.

Glad you like it!
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Sechserpackung Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
For some reason it looks kind of creepy like stalker celestia or pedo celestia or something :(
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SilFoe Featured By Owner May 12, 2013   Digital Artist
Yeah... I got a lot of Molestia and rapey comments on derpibooru. =/
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almightybooda Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
woah... :iconmindblownplz:
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grieff Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Loving this, loved the implied scene in the book. I still kind of wish the entire novel were about Cady's ascension instead of hearing it in flashback, but, I guess that's what fanfic's about. Any thoughts as to what Prismia herself looked like? She's not described or anything but she's got an evocative name, and given this fandom it's strange that I've never seen fan-art of her yet (only fic). Maybe I've just been looking in the wrong places.
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