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FiM TNtMD - Page 95: The Magic Dies by ArofaTamahn FiM TNtMD - Page 95: The Magic Dies by ArofaTamahn
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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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My Little Pony (c) Hasbro,
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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.
Oh Well, "The Journal of the Two Sisters" shot another fan theory down.
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.
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!"
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...
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
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.
timgil Featured By Owner May 9, 2014
I've heard this theory once before, but never explained so eloquently.
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!
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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