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The Royal We - Commission by Famosity The Royal We - Commission by Famosity
Normally I don't post my commissions, but this was a sketch done at BronyCon and the buyer (~TheDescendantofKehAn) contacted me about finishing it :heart: He also asked if I'd post it (which is good cause I find this piece adorbs) and for me to attach this lovely story he wrote to accompany the piece.


Some day in Equestria's future, a historian will sit down to write the extraordinary story of Procer Twilight Sparkle Harmonia's ascension to power and the tale of her long, prosperous, golden reign as the Princess of Magic.

He will be horribly frustrated, and time after time he will discard his drafts and prance around his study in frustration. There will be something wrong with each bit of prewriting. Each copy will feel hollow. In time, he will go through his notes again, drawing his hoof through his beard and coasting his eyes over the diaries, letters, maps, and other primary resources that he had meticulously gathered.

There, as his eyes fall across a masterwork of an artist who had lived centuries before, the one missing element will flutter before him. The historian will smack his hoof against his forehead and moan. It was so simple. How could he have overlooked it?

He will return to his desk, and begin to write. Only now would the story make sense.

"It must be noted, that since the moment that Twilight Sparkle applied to enter magical kindergarten at Princess Celestia's School for Gifted Unicorns, she had been supplied with a missing part of her own personality. At that moment, she found a partner who would go through her life with her, one who it must be said, provided her with things that no other pony, or creature, that she would come to love, ever gave her."

"Spike the Dragon filled an unusual role in her life, moving between being her personal secretary, a very best friend, surrogate brother, and even something like a son. All of these were true, and none of them fit. Their relationship was unique among all relationships of their era, and scant examples of it can be found in mythology and history. Whatever they were to one another, he was her little one, and she his big one."

The historian will look over the rim of his glasses, examining the painting once more. A smile will go across his face, and soon he will flip forward page by page, filling in the holes in his narrative, ones that only a dragon could fill.

"History must record that, at the time, the unicorn filly who would become the princess was a rather introverted, bookish individual. Spike the Dragon was her only friend and confidant, as much as she knew about friendship, which given her history was shockingly low at that point in her life..."

"Though considered minor affairs by most biographers, Twilight Sparkle's first Winter Wrap-Up and her encounters with Trixie Lulamoon show us that Spike continued to urge her forward, and that he was her principal supporter and believer even after the other Elements of Harmony had taken precedence in her life."

"... he pulled her away from Sombra's door, and she in turn rescued him by assuring him of his place in her life. Together, they saved the Crystal Empire."

"... and it was the direct intervention of Spike, telling her that he still believed in her, not to give up, that allowed her to completely recover and complete Starswirl's spell..."

"... and despite their warnings, he followed her through at no pony's volition accept his own.

"There is something charming about Princess Twilight's description of Spike, in his dog form, licking her. In that moment she had been in pain, and what do fairy tales teach us other than the fact that true love's kiss always awakes a princess? No one ever said true love had to be romantic in nature..."

He will gaze over the finely proportioned painting once again. Yes, it will all fit. The one missing part will be found. The rest of the work makes sense now, and his pen will flow freely across the pages.

When, finally, he reaches the final pages, he will seek the best way to end the tale of Twilight Sparkle's life. He will go back to the painting again.

His head will hang, and when he sits again, he will think of how to define this missing piece, the ones the other historians, researchers, gossipers, and biographers will mistakenly find trite and unnecessary.

"It must be said," he will write, "that telling the story of Procer Twilight Sparkle Harmonia without telling the tale of Spike the Dragon is an unfortunate habit of many talented people. Under scrutiny, any work that does not include him in her life is a faulty one. Together, they made up a 'Royal We', a true partnership, one based on love, trust, and shared experiences."

"Though true romances would find her, it was Spike who entered her life first and stayed with her to the bitter end, and there is simply no other place where the dragon would have chosen to be. There is no other creature the princess would have chosen to fill the unique role that he filled. They were a 'We', an 'Us', and any who choose to ignore that miss out on the incredible tale that it truly was."

The historian will lay down his pen. His eyes will coast from the painting to his words and back again. He will draw his hoof through his mane and beard, and then blow out the candle before heading off to his bedroom to sleep.

It will be the best-selling biography in Equestrian history.


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Tyrannex Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2015
So beautiful.
Generalobiwankenobi7 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Terrific job! I love how heartwarming this is!
Scholar57 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
There's no doubt in my mind, it would definitely be the best-selling biography in Equestrian history.

Thank you for the wonderful little story and the fantastic work of art.  The warmth and the cool really balance each other.  The shading is precise and impeccable.  And of course, our Princess and her little dragon are simply wonderful.

So many take Spike for granted, but everything you say is absolutely right.  Spike was there when Twilight was trapped in her worst fear.  Spike was there to give Twilight hope when their friends' cutie marks were switched.  Spike was there when Twilight went through the mirror into the human world.  He isn't just there because it's his duty; he's there because he wants to be with Twilight.  His love and devotion for her is one of the most powerful things I've ever seen in Friendship is Magic.  It couldn't be plainer that Spike, out of all the characters, is easily Twilight's most faithful friend.

And how fitting that his worst fear is being separated from Twilight.  Spike may have a crush on Rarity, but that scene in which Spike is reduced to tears at the mere illusion of losing Twilight showed us that the person he cares most about in the world is Twilight.

Once again, thank you for the story.  It was so fitting and so well-versed.  Your style is smooth and tender, powerful and meaningful.  Keep us your fine work.  You are truly amazing. :heart:
ZiddersRoofurry Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
<3 <3 <3 <3
EcliptorCalrissian Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015
That is beautiful. The drawing and the story.
redwallfvs Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Student General Artist
Dear God I'm gonna cry, man........
Elennsar Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014
Truly outstanding art of two truly outstanding people. Favorited with joy.
MythCreatures23 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mommy Twi 😂
Ashoof Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
mmm what a nice picture.
Eeveeworlds Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Awwww so cutie and sweet! :)
Prism-S Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Gryphonia Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
So sweet! :heart:
CHCHcartoons Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
I thought Twilight hated Spike.
PartySplat Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can't tell if sarcastic 
or sincere
evangelian007 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
It's quite lovely. I love the way the the light from the fire place is covering both of them. And the way Twilight is hugging Spike is really hear warming.
She's holding him in a motherly and sisterly way while Spike is enjoying the warmth. I kind of liked the relationship between Twilight and Spike mostly because it's open for so many interpretations. Maybe their love is platonic, maybe they love is brotherly, maybe their love is between a mother and a child, maybe their love is between a master and a slave or maybe Spike doesn't care what kind of love he has for her. That as long as he's with her he's happy. :)
1over0 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This picture hits all the right spots with me. The lighting is wonderful, the line work is fantastic and crisp, and the emotion is flawlessly conveyed. Your accompanying story conveys what love truly is too. Not putting this in my favorites would be a grave injustice to a touching and well crafted work.
HallowpointPaws Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"No one ever said true love had to be romantic in nature." I LOVE that. Do you mind if I make a stamp or something out of it? I also LOVE this pic and how you describe Twilight and Spike's relationship. It reminds me of me and my bearded dragon, Pippin. People who know me in person and who are familiar with FiM tell me that I remind them of Twilight Sparkle.

I love that!
DoughnutJoe Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
I have little to add that others haven't said, but the story and art are both fantastic. Very well written.
Lordofthememes Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
so  sweet
Ballman64 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very adorable.
Blackvegetable Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
Awwwww.... :aww:
MasterSmasher Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very, very touching. Both the drawing, and the description. 
needthistool Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
fabulous use of like *all* the colors here without causing clash.

*quietly steals some headcanon*
AsherTye Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh yes to this. Both the picture and the description.
Tervicz Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
He's a true Samurai. Before the end of G4, he should be made a knight at least. He could use some training though, some education too.
Ohthehumanityplz Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, if we saw that episode Diamond Dogs, maybe that was foreshadowing if your comment becomes true.
Alesiopdv Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
I wept, both with the painting and the story. Great job!
hrostami Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
pyrmappege Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely adorable. :D
Runoratsu Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist

There is no more to say.
m1ntf4n Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
Sweet :)
BladeSquall Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That is such a sweet story to such an adorable picture.
CyaMan Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
Omg Epic
Draglord2505 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
I like everything about this, both the art and the attached story.
catz537 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Spike's pose reminds me of a cat's
mariusioannesp Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
cajobif Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
So touching and so sweet.

I like those two together.

Wonderful work
FeanorKelsick Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
djthomp Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
So fantastic.
ssj13samurai Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
Oh god, this is perfect, beautiful and lovely! I love it! If I end up using this for a story, do you mind if I use it
DavidCurser Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
Sometimes I'm very jellous at Spike.
The1Myth Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
Now that is a good mother/son moment there :D 
jolteonlover134 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
Darkagumon2000 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013

A Daw with a said of Aw.

Clapping Pony Icon - Twilight Sparkle 

SteGhost Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
aaaaawwwwww :3
Thorgankaart Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Student General Artist
This is Beautiful :) Awesome job
Just-Call-Me-J Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist
"Sentimental" Revamp I love the title AND the story AND the picture!
DarthWill3 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aw... That's so cute!
Scarheart76 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Just beautiful.
Peachykeen21 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awwwwwwwwwwww!!! This is the most darling thing I have ever seen! Good job!
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