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Part of the inspiration for the kind of destruction Gralo causes was taken from The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins, where near the beginning of the book, he talks about traditional magic (fairy-godmother stuff), stage magic (slight-of-hand stuff) and poetic magic (it's-good-to-be-alive! stuff). Friendship is Magic, being a show about magic of the third kind (although the first and second are dealt with throughout the show as well), I wanted Gralo to be a threat by those terms.

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My Little Pony (c) Hasbro,
Friendship is Magic was created by :iconfyre-flye: and assistants.
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:iconsuperdimentio77:
Superdimentio77 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014
Am I the only one who see Gralo as Clockwerk from the Sly Cooper series in this scene ?
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:iconuuvano:
uuVano Featured By Owner Edited Sep 30, 2014
Brilliant. That trope never gets old. As for Twi - above praise.
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BlackHat6 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Since I could not find the video I wanted, I think THIS would make a good clip in its place; Reaction for Cadence last Panel: 04
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fotland42 Featured By Owner May 9, 2014
Well, there goes that plan.
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:iconsongmina:
SongMina Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Student General Artist
:'<
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o0Airheart0o Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
I'm in tears now. :crying: rvmpCan we go NAO Tears of Joy :Crying: Cry emote :criesthrust: Crying Fappy Cry Spaz attack :updated: Q_Q Crymote Pikachu crying Emotes - Kappa Cries 1 Bunny Emoji-09 (Cry) [V1] 
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:iconmoomoonya:
moomoonya Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
why?
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:icono0airheart0o:
o0Airheart0o Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
Well, my favorite pony is near death, and so is my favorite princess.
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:iconmoomoonya:
moomoonya Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
and whos that?
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:icono0airheart0o:
o0Airheart0o Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
Either Applejack or Twilight. I can't decide.
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:iconmoomoonya:
moomoonya Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh ok
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watcher25 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
ahh da**it.. here I would have been by twilight's side when the real danger was there... my great failing...
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:iconkrashface:
Krashface Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
incredible. this is the only word i think when i read this comic.
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:iconlopoddity:
Lopoddity Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I might have missed something, but why didn't Cadence fly? Or...teleport?
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:iconrainwolfy:
Rainwolfy Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Too risky? maybe Gralo would somehow corrupt the teleportation, since that's purely magic? Not flying because, once again, Gralo is flying around as well, and it would be too risky to bump into him, he'll consume cadence for sure.


Sorry, this fanfic is just too awesome. Had to get my thoughts out.
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KanteViler Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
I think I've found the perfect theme for everything in this comic from this point on.


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karkovice1 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
Cadence: BEHIND YOU, LUNA!
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sonicandmario826 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
Man, this is worse than Discording!! At least there they had some Emotion or something to care about. This is leaving them as hollow shells. Also what would you think would happen if Discord fought Gralo. Would Discord get his magic suck out,or would he outsmart Gralo somehow. 
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AnaShadowWolf Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*shivers* tell me about it. Gralo actually creeps me out. Is like he leaves people/beings in the stage of depression... Not even that, but, as you said, hollow. There is not even sadness (when you CARE about something, you can GET sad), there is just nothing...

That would be a match to watch. I think that Discord could outsmart him with all that "out-of-reality" style of his magic (and I guess that, since he is so "out of the box", he would have seen that Gralo was using Garret as a disguise). After all, I think Discord is much more powerful than he seems. About the magic itself... I don't know. I THINK Gralo wouldn't be able to do anything... We've seen in this comic, in the next pages, that there isn't really a sun or moon (according to Gralo), BUT Nahmat said that Gralo can't touch the magic of Nature. My idea is that, since Discord IS Chaos itself (is not like his magic comes from chaos, he is it), he is part of Nature and therefore, Gralo wouldn't be able to touch his magic.

And if he tried, being Discord's magic and all, I wouldn't be surprised if he exploded. In a "watch out for what you eat" kind of way.
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999lazerman Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
So...everything gralo touches turns to emo?
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ArofaTamahn Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:rofl: Good one!
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GodTiger Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
IDK but if you've ever watch digibrony....

I'm quite bothered by the idea of canon idealism of 'harmony' and 'discord'. >.<;;
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Wolgron Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
I'm not normally the one who's into MLP stuff but DAAAAAMMNN. This is getting interesting!
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BlackHat6 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know I'M not hugely into MLP either but if MLP were like THIS...now HERE'S something I or ANYONE can get into!!!!
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Kinsfire Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As I'm understanding the description, that means that even if they defeat Gralo, Equestria is doomed. The magic is gone. (Plus the small fact that the sun and moon rise because of Celestia and Luna, and if they aren't there to do something about them, well, the entire world simply cools off and dies.
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CommanderEX Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
So Celestia is the only one who can stop the villain, why do I get the feelings that she will screw up without doing anything just for the final kick against her usefulness ?
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KingArthur5 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
And now the powers are revealed. How hard is that, having your sister, whom you have been very close to all of your life, suddenly not feeling anything for you anymore? Now we get a sneak peak of who is going to be the main hero and heroine.
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RaptorArts Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yer comics put me on the edge and I want more more more! I love your stories and how you illustrate them. Must have MORE!
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sigel4ever Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Student General Artist
and this...
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:iconmagicman001:
MagicMan001 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
Whoops. I read page 94 first. 

I have to admit, Twilight and your description of Gralo are definitely chilling. The threat he poses here is definitely something different from the other villains in MLP and the way it's executed reflects that.
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Heystopstaring Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
You hear that? That's the sound of shit hitting the fan at top speeds.
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:iconjamesrye:
JamesRye Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
And suddenly big ass shadow birdie out of nowhere! And ofc nopony saw it coming. XD
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Tharag Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013

I'm still not entirely behind Gralo being this tough, but I still have to give props for how utterly chilling the idea is that he drained the mane-six not just of their magic but of all there emotional drive and passion as well.  The idea that Twilight has to force herself to care about things when all she can feel is emptiness is pervasively creepy, though also speaks greatly of her character that she can even if only barely act in spite of it.

 

Actually, thinking of it as first and foremost that he drained their emotions, I could be quite a bit less bothered by his seeming immunity to the Elements of Harmony.  Without emotions they would have no friendship, and without friendship there would be no magic.  So it wouldn't be so much that he overpowered the quote "Greatest magic known to ponydom!" but rather that he circumvented it by cutting of the emotions fueling that power.  Maybe that's not what was intended, but I think that will be my head canon.

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Terrortheslayer Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
At last then dawn... has set... Welcome... To DaRkNeSs!
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Katiasmore Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
When's the next one??
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:iconwes13:
Wes13 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
Oh Shit, looks like we need XCOM to deal with Gralo.
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Likaon1995 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
This series is so epic! 
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dinogirl39 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
I love this comic I cant wait for more. This is like my favorite comic ever!!!!
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NicolasDominique Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Professional Artist
Nice.

So it begins... Pure destruction xd
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