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Checkmate by rumblealex Checkmate by rumblealex
"So this is how it really ends. The sun will set and never be raised again. Since the night is mine to rule I feel you won't need this anymore." Nightmare Moon said as she levitated her sister's crown away.
"Enjoy your stay in the night time eternal, Celestia." She added before leaving her cornered sister alone in the slowly darkening plain.

Because I suck at writing nice descriptions.

Ohai! A drawing without Twilight in it!? What's happening to me!

I know the sky doesn't make that much sense but meh.. I wanted both of them to have their celestial bodies above, so I did it.

That's pretty much it! I hope you enjoyed, because I sure had a nice time drawing it!
8-12 hours - on SAI


Edit: Someone pointed out that this wasn't a 'real checkmate' but more like a 'stalemate'. While I have no doubts this is probably true, I'm not an expert in this game, I placed the pieces based on what I remembered of the rules from many, many, many years ago.
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Just-Call-Me-J Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist
I love how this makes a great symbol of what actually happened!
TSMatchsticks Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
You know, this reminds me a bit of the Age of Empires II cinematic. Love how expressive the faces are in this.
BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
Of course, knowing full well she'll lose against her more skillful sister, in reality Princess Celestia only played to buying time for her champions to retrieve the Elements of Harmony without Nightmare Moon or her forces interfering, and subsequently blasted NM less than 30 seconds after. 

Though she lost the game (and technically the war), in the end, it was Princess Celestia who checkmated Nightmare Moon.
MissFlight Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
Quite the situation here-you have a great imagination and the scene is depicted wonderfully; Celestia looks so forlorn. :c
stickman00 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
aw sweet strip chess. a game for the gentlem

DarkShadowguardian Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
LOL Celestia lose in the chess match against her sister XD.
rumblealex Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah. It happens sometimes :D She cannot stand her sister's aggressive style!
Dancewithknives Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Let's be honest, having eternal night would be awful based on several reasons.
Lack of vitamin D from the sun.
booming cases fo depression.
Land would freeze blah blah blah.
cant see where youare when stumbling around in the dark worth a shit.
but even with the shows cannon, Luna would be an awful ruler, i had to brainstorm when writing my own fic and I understood that even in the pony world, she would be the worst cannidate for sole rulership based only on the fact that she thinks that being a princess is a game.
In the first episode, she goes and turns into nightmare moon on the basis that the ponies did not enjoy her night enough, a real ruler would not care and mandate the best actions be done for their people and then ignore the inevitable bitching that people would do unless it was so much that wild protests occoured.
and just to satisfy everyone, the night is for sleeping, dont deny you like it.
(I worked a third shift job in the summer and had to quit because i could not sleep durring the day after working all night.)
yamiblade Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
also don't the Summer heat from the sun cause the estrus cycle for horses?
rumblealex Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Maybe. That doesn't stop me from drawing it anyway.
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