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And so, as Twilight Sparkle's hope fades away, the mantle of heroism returns to her teacher, and a new journey begins.

In the description for page 93, I talked about Richard Dawkins's forms of magic, and how this story deals as much in poetic magic as it does in traditional magic. Here, we are met with a fourth kind of magic. A kind of magic people talk about when they see things happen that they don't understand. But, when they learn what makes it so, they say that the magic is gone.

When reality replaces fantasy, when knowledge replaces ignorance, that "magic" dies.

I think Gralo just gave us all the origin of this story's title.

This is my headcanon regarding the astrophysics of the world of Equestria, and is something I'd actually pondered ever since I watched the first few minutes of the very first episode. Assuming the world of Equestria weren't some mythic realm where old-time humanity's model of a geocentric universe was correct, and instead operated on rules were closer to the model of the universe that we use (allowing for magic and brightly colored miniature horses), what would be the implications of a geocentric planet who's day and night were controlled by the magical creatures living on it?

I don't know about how the planet gathered all that magic in the first place though, and I don't think Celestia knows either. I think Gralo just pulled that one out of his cloaca to make her feel even more miserable.

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:iconmillenniumfalsehood:
MillenniumFalsehood Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014
If I had to chose a voice to give Gralo for an animated adaptation, it would be Erik Dellums, the person who voiced Koh in Avatar: The Last Airbender. When I read his lines in that voice, it is quite chilling.
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:iconadmral-thrawn:
Oh Well, "The Journal of the Two Sisters" shot another fan theory down.
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Kujiiro Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
I see. The magic of fantasy. Like as if their world was one big Disney World, and the gates were built high enough so that no one could see the plain reality on the other side.

I like seeing people's take on how magic works. Very interesting.
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angelpalcs Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Student Interface Designer
"You dye your mane"

Princess Celestia Icon Profile "No, No, Hes wrong, you cruel beast!"
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:iconchelidoni:
Chelidoni Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014
Oh! My! Princess! I think I've fainted.

I never thought that deep into the Equestria-astrophysics. Now I will have this in mind everytime I watch the episodes...
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MacyIsHere Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i...i....i just don't know what to say to his 
explanation to all of this...
parrots...are evil
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fotland42 Featured By Owner May 9, 2014
Those are heavy accusations you're throwing around there, Gralo. And you don't seem very sure whether it was 'Tia who did it, or those who came before her.

Not that it would make much sense for 'Tia to have done it, given that history clearly records that ponykind as a whole, and the need for magic to control the heavens, significantly predate her and Luna.
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timgil Featured By Owner May 9, 2014
I've heard this theory once before, but never explained so eloquently.
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richfiles Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
It fills me with pleasure that another has theorized that MLP's world exists as a compressed region of all the magic and matter and energy that remains in an otherwise nearly dead universe! Why else would their world be the center of al that functions around them, and need utter manual control of all natural processes. Why would physics fail to function properly. You have earned a watch, my friend!
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DCarrier Featured By Owner May 8, 2014
The sun did not burn out. "Sun" is the Equestrian word for that big light in the sky that Celestia controls. None of the ponies had ever seen a big ball of burning gas, nor has Celestia ever controlled one. That is not a sun. The bright light Celestia was making fit the description. It was the only sun.
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BlackHat6 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a different view of THEIR world and its origin but interesting story, but I HAVE to say this...Gralo may be saying SOME truth but NOT completely, I think Satan influenced him, for Satan's greatest trick besides convincing humanity he does not exist; He knows how add just enough truth to a lie to make it real and successfully sell it as the truth. So in essence, I am taking what Gralo is saying with at the most 1/2 a grain of salt (I do not FULLY believe him at ALL).
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KiminaTheGuardian Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
...satan doesn't exist, and you're an idiot. Neither does god for that matter.
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BlackHat6 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And YOU are entitled to your opinion, but THAT is for YOU to have for yourself.
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KiminaTheGuardian Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
Um, yes, yes it is. If you had an argument, it was too weak for me to understand.
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BlackHat6 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It was NOT going to be an arguement and I will have you know I am learning to Minister to people, so MY points and "arguements" will NOT be unbacked, therefore it would NOT be weak I can assure you. BUT I have (1) person to talk to on this matter, 2 I think is a bit for me at this time, PLUS I do not want to cause a online Belief war.
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KiminaTheGuardian Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
How about you start by reading your Bible. I think that's a great idea, so you can read about all of the hypocritical atrocities your god has supposedly done. Here's a link with some of his atrocities: infidels.org/library/modern/do…

How long until we have to drag you people back to the realm of rational thought? How many of your walls must we tear down until you see that such superstitious belief is childish?
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BlackHat6 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am trying to be civil with you...but rather than create a scene and ME continuing my being off a week for reasons, I will say this...as far as your beliefs on the nature of things...hope that you are right. That is all.
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KiminaTheGuardian Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
I don't know if I'm right. I just have confidence that I am.
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SongMina Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
That parrot knows something that we dont dosent he? :|
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
The whole 'the entire universe is dead' thing. Doesn't come across as shocking or horrifying. It comes across as a TAKE THAT! against the setting itself. 
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stitch62651 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well now, that's probably the deepest, darkest explanation to the MLP world that I've ever seen.  And the worst part is, it makes a lot of sense.  *applause*
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WhiteQueen94 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013
There's one more damned than all. He never gambols,
Nor crawls, nor roars, but, from the rest withdrawn,
Gladly of this whole earth would make a shambles
And swallow up existence with a yawn...

Boredom! He smokes his hookah, while he dreams 
Of gibbets, weeping tears he cannot smother. 
You know this dainty monster, too, it seems — 
Hypocrite reader! — You! — My twin! — My brother!

- Charles Baudelaire
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RaptecClawtooth Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
pff at the end is only a emo-bird

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hotwheelswolf Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
lol
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mirtar34 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I knew Celestia was hiding SOMETHING.
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Earthpatriot117 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
...wow, that dark AND deep.
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karkovice1 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013

Big yawn = Big Bang?

 

BTW, you know what I call that fourth kind of magic? MIRACLES! :)

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:icontimgil:
timgil Featured By Owner May 9, 2014
Big Bang is when everything started. Big Yawn is after everything stopped.
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COMMANDER9 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
"WHA? PLOT TWIST!"

"Wait...That doesn't make any-"

"PLOT TWIST!"

-lol those lines go perfect here.
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NorthernLightsmlpfim Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Ohhh Myyyy GAWD!
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kacript Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
This is surprisingly believable. That would explain why there's a need for a princess to keep a sun and moon in the sky.
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Rushfan217 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
WHAT. A. TWIST. *jaw on floor*
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Patec Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
oh wow.  That's a very interesting theory
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:iconwpceo:
WPCEO Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
MIND BLOWN
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SaryTheWolf Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome theory.
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SoraNoRyu Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
So according to Gralo, it was Celestia who set up the universe as ponies know it?

But according to the hearths warming eve story, unicorns moved the sun and moon long before her time - suggesting that the geocentric system was already rolling when Celestia got there.
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ragnad Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
According to Garlo, it was done by others before Celestia's time.  He literally says, "I suppose your predecessors" 
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Betatrack Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
Now THAT'S certainly a theory I've never heard before.
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:iconmillenniumfalsehood:
MillenniumFalsehood Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
Mind = blown.
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KingArthur5 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
This does really explain how Celestia and Luna control the sun and moon respectively, by just controlling an illusion. I know that Luna didn't know that she was just controlling an illusion, but does a being as old an chaotic as Discord know? He took control of the heavens before, does this mean he has some knowledge too? Do his powers (and maybe his insanity) arise from the knowledge of the lies and cannabalized magic?
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WPCEO Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
Why, Your Majesty, what wise written words of wonder!
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KingArthur5 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
For a second, I wondered why you responded to both my messages with "your majesty", then I remembered my play on names username. Thank thee for thy words of encouragement, Sir WPCEO!
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xaq10r Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
A 10-dimension pretzel wouldn't have as impressive a twist as this story's plot just got.
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:iconkingarthur5:
KingArthur5 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
This is simply one of the single, most amazing comments I have ever read.
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:iconwpceo:
WPCEO Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
I concur, Your Majesty!
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MisterJones4899 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
Gralo could be projecting one hell of an illusion into their minds to trick them into handing over their magic.

Anything is possible here.
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ZDForrest Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Student Filmographer
Sometimes, knowing makes the magic that much more real...
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bubblized Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
Oh THATS great the ending is the same as the ending of Darw to life the next chapter ds version >:(
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Cecil475 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
There is no moon, yet Luna was banished there for a thousand years??
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:iconragnad:
ragnad Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
There is no natural moon.  It is an artifical moon, made by Grand Moff Tarkin.  
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