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For those questioning Twilight's wings, I'll paste a comment I left down below, in response to ~widsithgrey, that might explain it.

I don't think normal ponies would live quite long enough for [Twilight] to still be alive as her normal self, after Spike has matured and (presumably) slept for 100 years. I wanted her to be there when he was waking up, though, so I decided to go with the ever popular idea of the mane six gaining extended lives and turning into alicorns. Or Twilight, at least.

Especially after the latest episodes. Celestia said Discord ruled before she and her sister (and maybe the holders of the other elements? who knows) gained control of the elements and trapped him in stone. Now that Twilight and company have the Elements, I quite like the idea of them ruling after Celestia.
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Viethra-Schepherd Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
I just saw this come up in my favorites again, and I gotta tell ya, you totally called it! This is still as amazing as ever.
Dotterall Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013   General Artist
Wow! This is spectacular and really touching! Well done!
pinupdancer Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
Wow, what a powerful image. Beautifully painted as well. Easily one of my favorite works from this genre. Thank you.
MadameMoreau Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I find it funny how Noel knew it all the time.
DevineEmperorMeiji Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
I get the feels from this... A sort of Sad, but still a little happy, you know.
Sodatsu61 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
Quite an amazing drawing. Very beautiful.
Cancer6667 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
I.. i,...
Pongira Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
A theory I have had for a while. With Twi's immense powers. She could be good or evil. Celestia sends her to the other 5 ponies to ground her. Make her care beyond herself. I also noticed it seems Celestia is weakening. So ergo she is setting up for the next ruler of Equestria. Just a wild theory mind you.
Pongira Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Also after all Celestia and Luna have been through I can see her and Luna wanting to retire. They have lost allot of years together. Wanting to live a quiet life and put all the turmoil and heartache behind them is something I can understand.
Pongira Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh one more thing. Amazing picture. The relationship that Twi and Spike might have as the years go by is something that tugs at my heat strings every time I think about it. From the look of Twi it almost looks like she has been through allot. Like she is just holding long enough to see spike one more time. T.T
Siberwar Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
it's so beautifull
blinding-eclips Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
I want a wallpaper version of this ;m; its beautiful!
Maguroni Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
Wow. A very powerful image. It brings me both sadness and joy, for Twilight has likely outlived many good friends, but she also has a chance to reunite with Spike.
Charlesdeleroy Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
This is the image I thought of when I re-wrote "The Last Unicorn" opening song into "The Last Alicorn".

Now I need to get some instrumentals and sing it. :3
YoukoNoKitsune Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
⊙△⊙ wwooooaaaahhhhhh
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adrianimation Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Student Filmographer
chrislea Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
I'm not crying. Must be something in my eye....
JustinJade Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
Liquid Pride? There is no denying the feels
CassandraJames Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so beautifully painted, fantastic job.
FlutterYuu Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow this is clearly beautiful
SilverAya Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
I totally love it !
HarpSealNinja Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This picture is awesome but its also so sad.
Not-Think Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
When I read the title the "Bookends Theme" by Simon and Garfunkel started playing in my head.
Thirteen-Souls Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful! amazing work on this! :D
WeirdLilArtist Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
I... can't stop... the tears.
Zarcos Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh man. Twilight Alicorn is sooo beautiful in this. I want to see this same version of her at eye-melting resolutions.
LittleJoeRambler Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
This makes me think of the battle before the final battle in Fire Emblem: Sacred Stones, where you're fighting deep in the forest and there's a draco zombie waiting for you at the end...

Not entirely sure why.
VaguelyCreepy Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Student General Artist
Lovely, really. The moss is a nice touch.

Have you heard of a fanfic called "Our Last Goodbye"?
OhNoNoel Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
Thank you.
A couple of people have linked it in the comments, but I haven't read it, personally.
VaguelyCreepy Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Student General Artist
I suppose a good summary would be to say that it explores this concept to its extreme. Be careful if you read it though; it's part clopfic.
OhNoNoel Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
Haha. That's part of why I haven't read it. I'm not much for shipping at all (though I don't have a problem with it,) but I know the type of thing RS writes. Bless the man for being so very talented, but porn doesn't usually top my to-read list.
VaguelyCreepy Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Student General Artist
True, very true. He has written a few familly-friendly things, though. The story that precedes OLG is clean save for a bit of language. There's also a little implied shipping at the end, but nothing even comes close to happening.
RandomFoxFan Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Student Artist
great story :) and in "AW"
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GoblinCrusher94 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Student Digital Artist

That is all.
Nollidronoc Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Student Filmographer
The detail on the scales leave me in awe. You really have a skill for painting. The concept of this made me feel a bit sad. It's sorta happy though too. It's interesting how one begins to really care about characters. When I saw this I thought of some events that might lead to this scene, or what these two might say to each other after such a long time apart. This picture is definitely worth a thousand words. I just wish I could think of some.
Cetaceaphile Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Marmbo Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
So awesome! I need a bigger version for desktop background.
Chrysolithos Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
My first thought was Shadow of the Colossus, but a version where you trot around as Twilight looking for creatures to bring to life.
OhNoNoel Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
Haha, oh man. I would, with great glee, play a pony version of Shadow of the Colossus.
Freefox Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011
Amazing for so namy good reasons. the emotion captured here is really cool, so are the colors
HMage Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011
There’s a story behind this:

Jin-Ghi-Lives Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
I read the story on this, it was beautiful...
WarpedGangComics Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
There's a story on this?:iconso-awesomeplz: Send me link ASAP!
The-NK Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
Oh my gosh. Everything about this.. I just love it so much. The story behind it even is creative and clever. I really REALLY love the arch in Twilight's neck for some reason, and how the mane flows over it. UGH NOEL YOU ALWAYS OUTDO YOURSELF.
Darksaber64x Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
Incredibly beautiful.
TrustedSource Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011
Why is My Little Pony more epic than World of Warcraft?
faustthefox Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011
dude this is beyond epic
TehZorzGuy Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011
lol so Twilight can get wings but Spike, the draaaagon, doesn't?
Anyways, I really like the style here. It definitely looks like a lot of time has passed. The only problem I have is that Twilight and Spike's face are so much more detailed than the rest of the picture. They're the only thing that don't appear to be slightly blurry. Not that being more detailed is a bad thing, mind you, I'm just wondering if it was intentional.
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