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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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DracoDei 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.
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:iconwamix-awesomeness:
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.
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Valkyrie-Girl 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.
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:iconravenelite:
so beautiful 
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:iconzerozi:
outstanding
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KittenLoverPink Aug 17, 2013  Student Interface Designer
sisters,kinda like brothers:sad: baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaauuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuTears of Joy 
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:iconxelianthought:
Magnificent piece! And I completely agree with you, that's very much why Celestia is my favorite character as well. 
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Valkyrie-Girl Aug 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you! I'm glad to know that there are others who feel the same way about her.
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:iconnibbler117:
I agree. Luna did cause Celestia pain, and she did go far with her jealousy, but she couldn't really help it. She was overcome by the bitterness and, in my own imagination, was also in a way, possessed by an evil spirit. And I do like Celestia. I just want to know more about her. Hopefully in season 4... I actually want both Luna AND Celestia (and Zecora, and Fluttershy... You know what, forget it. All ponies are my favorite. I cannot decide properly. I just don't think I like Shining Armour and King Sombra as much... Maybe even Cadence... but if I'd find out more about them, then...y'know...) to be my favorites. And in season 4, all princesses and Zecora and Shining and Chrysalis and King Sombra and Trixie should have some more attention and more of a background story. But in conclusion, I like all ponies. (I write too much... *sigh* Sorry)
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Valkyrie-Girl Jul 20, 2013  Student General Artist
I would argue that no matter how much pain and bitterness she felt, Luna (and anyone really) always had a choice and she made the wrong one. Which does not mean I love her any less. We all make the wrong choices sometimes and all we can do is hope that we have a Celestia in our lives to love us no matter what.

And you are quite right. Pretty much every pony is great.
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