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Forgiven by Valkyrie-Girl Forgiven by Valkyrie-Girl
So I was recently asked which princess is my favorite. I've observed that most people's answer is Luna and I can completely understand. She's a great character. She's fun, memorable, adorable.. She's gone from being a villain to an amusingly socially awkward princess to the guardian of ponies dreams. She's grown so much as a character over the course of the series so it's only natural that she would get attention. But she's not my favorite.

Celestia has been the ruler of Equestria for more than a thousand years. She is wise, kind and beautiful. She knows when to be a princess and when it's ok to laugh. She's helped Twilight grow from a bookish recluse into a wonderful friend to many ponies. She is all this and more. But that is not why I love her. I love her because she forgave a traitor. She forgave the unforgivable. She loved the unlovable. Luna was supposed to rule by her side, to abide by the Elements and keep the peace throughout Equestria. But more importantly they were supposed to love each other, to be each others friend through the long years of their reign. But Luna allowed jealousy to blind her to love. She chose bitterness and anger over love and she betrayed her sister. I know what it feels like to be betrayed by someone close to you. It's like a knife in the back, slowly twisted until your heart breaks from the pain. It is the hardest thing in the world to look that person in the eye and tell them that you still love them and that you forgive them.

Celestia did just that. Luna did nothing to deserve her sister's forgiveness. She did nothing but cause Celestia grief and pain and loneliness. Celestia would have had every right to punish Luna, to strip her of her royal title and banish her from Equestria. But she didn't do that. She welcomed her home with tears of joy as though she did nothing wrong. It is this beautiful act of love that makes me adore Celestia.

The quote is a slightly adjusted version of some of the lyrics from the song Forgiven by Skillet. [link]

In case anyone is interested, this one was drawn and inked traditionally then scanned and colored digitally.
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KraangTheConqueror Featured By Owner 5 days ago
So... Celestia may forgave Luna. What about the other Ponies?! I am sure there are a lot that still treat her as a Monster! And I'm believe that Goddess of the Sun have too much of the soft side in her heart!

Luna is not worthy for the offer that her big sis had offer in the first place! Why did she think she is worthy to take it?! After what did she had done, she is nothing but the worthless one and have no honor!
Valkyrie-Girl Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student General Artist
You are absolutely right, Luna has no honor. She betrayed her country, her sister, her values, everything she claimed to hold dear. There is no way that she could earn forgiveness after what she had done so there was really no reason for Celestia to forgive Luna, and yet she did. She could have sent Luna right back to the moon for everything she had done and she would have been justified in doing so.

And yet she chose not to. She chose to extend mercy and forgiveness to her traitor sister with no guarantee, no promise that Luna wouldn't hurt her again, betray her again. Why? Because of love. Celestia loves Luna so much that she can set aside all the hurt, all the anger, she can set aside her right to justice in order to have her sister back. And while this would appear to be the soft-hearted choice, the week choice even, I would argue that it isn't. It is hard to forgive. It is far easier to hold a grudge, to hold onto the anger and the hurt and to want to make the person who betrayed you suffer.

But Celestia made the hard choice and look at the result. Luna has been transformed! She has become kind and understanding. She despises what she became as Nightmare Moon and and has worked to earn back the trust of the ponies of Equestria. She watches over young ponies dreams and helps them to overcome their fears. She empathizes deeply with with other pony's fears and insecurities and does her best to try and alleviate them. And above all, she returns her sister's love. And i beleive that is the far greater prize Celestia sought when she chose to forgive Luna; to see Luna become the pony she was always meant to be rather than watch her suffer for her crimes.

And i know you may see things differently. This is simply how I see it.
I wanna tell something. It is a VERY BAD THING! This was happened when I'm at 13-15. I'm once get bullied with another friend of mine from a gang of goons that have 10-12 at every lunchtimes.

We have been tortured for three years. When I was 14. Me and my friend make an escape, we found a place that we can hide.

We hide at their for a few months. When we make an escape, it was of course is my plan to do an escape from them. But after we get our freedom,

he revealed to be as nothing but another worthless goon! When those goons found us, I blame my friend that he is the one who made an idea about the escape.

So we get captured back and being bullied again, I get the original as the same that I have but my 'friend' get more torture than me for making an idea of escaping. And I never apologize to him. Because he bullied me like them!

It has been 5 years now. I never tell anyone about this. Even my friends, who are very much different from him.

The point of this detail is... when I get betray by someone. I will betray that someone back! (If I have a change of course!)The Seriously Evil Laugh 
Valkyrie-Girl Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student General Artist
First I would like to say that I'm so sorry you had to go through all that. It wasn't fair and it wasn't right.

Second I would like to say that I can understand (at least a little) how you feel. I am no stranger to being betrayed. While I've never been physically hurt because of it, I have been (and am still being) emotionally hurt by someone who claims to love me, someone who promised they would never hurt me. I know how it feels to want to see them suffer for what they did. But the anger, the hurt, it eats me up inside. It exhaust me. It's gotten so bad in the past that I couldn't even draw because it was all I could think about. And that's no way to live.

I'm a Christian and as a Christian I am taught to forgive others because God forgave me first. The person who betrayed me doesn't deserve my forgiveness but then I don't deserve God's forgivness. I have hurt and betrayed Him just like that person hurt and betrayed me. So if God can forgive me then I surely I can do the same for others. And when I do, when I chose to forgive, the anger that has been sitting inside me eating me up disappears. The pain is still there of course but the exhausting, consuming anger is gone, replaced by God's beautiful peace.

I understand that this may not make sense to you but it is what I know to be true in my life. Take it how you will.
For the religion, I'm worshiped the Buddhism. But like what you said, the Buddhahood is always taught that too. But it is hard to do like you said.

And I'm kind of can't hold myself when I see one of those goons get suffered. It is fun for me after all.
Valkyrie-Girl Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student General Artist
No I don't think you're crazy. In fact i would say it's very natural to want to hurt people who hurt you. That's why it's so hard to forgive, because it goes against everything that we think we want, that we think will make us happy. But it wont. In the moment it might make us feel good but that feeling doesn't last and the pain will always come back. It's only when we let go of our anger and forgive that healing can begin. I don't know about you but I'm willing to let go of my desire for vengeance if it means I can be free of that exhausting, consuming anger.
DracoDei Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I think the 1,000 years was, in part, Luna's punishment.

But perhaps it was the Elements themselves that were the Judge in that trial which pass that sentence.

In either case... yes. Episode 2, and Michael and Lucifer embraced once more... a better world than our own.
WAMIX-awesomeness Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
I like Celestia too! :) (Smile) However, speaking in Luna's defense, the Nightmare Forces had taken advantage of her insecurities and Luna, believing them, was corrupted into their Nightmare Queen. Not saying it's Celestia's fault, or Luna's, but we can safely blame the Nightmare Forces. Sweating a little... That is, if you accept the comic books as conon.
Valkyrie-Girl Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Student General Artist
Until the show contradicts them I do take the events of the comics as canon. But I will say that I'm pretty sure it was more complicated than "the Nightmare Forces took her over so it's not really anyone's fault". If that were so then Luna would have no reason to feel as guilty as she did. And by saying that Celestia is my favorite I'm not saying that I dislike Luna. I love her. I just like Celestia a bit more.
ravenelite Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
so beautiful 
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