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November 10, 2012
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Enshrouding Darkness by Jamey4 Enshrouding Darkness by Jamey4
...what if King Sombra won, and cast not only the Crystal Kingdom, but all of Equestria into darkness? ;)


Credit to :iconzutheskunk: for the King Sombre vector
Credit to :icon3luk: for the Crystal Kingdom backdrop
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Alright, so here we have a work that seeks to explore what it would have looked like had King Sombra one.

Let's start with the technical aspect. You have a vector of Sombra surrounded by a cloud even darker than the rest of the work. That matches up with how he is displayed in the show. This said, using shadow to highlight the focus of the work, Sombra, is a rather unique take. Hence your originality score being the highest here.

The dark crystsals scattered around all look rather mundane, they don't really exude malice. A few crystals with a more jagged and spire-like appearance would have loaned a feeling of dread to this scene. Sombra looks like he's glaring at the crystal tower in the distance with gleeful anticipation, focus on the anticipation. The city is dead looking, he won, he should look a little more content, or like he has an idea in mind.

As it is the work is rather dark and glum, but nothing else really contributes to a feeling of dread in the viewer, hence the low impact score.
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Hannahisfine Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Filmographer
King Sombra Shall Fall
L-MASTER Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
TKHolmes Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In reply to the description, extreme measures would need to be taken... prep the MDT! War faces, people! We're going in hot!
db1993 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
That is cool.
mlp-Toolkit Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
Well. It's good.
cutemute34 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
fimoman Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess the guy's evilness and villainy came not from his actions in the episode, but from what he had done and the legacy he'd left.

Also, note that he was the first truly evil villain. All the other villains had motivations. Nightmare Moon's was revenge for her punishment. Discord's as simply that, being the spirit of chaos, it just wasn't natural for him to be anything but chaotic. Chrysalis and the changelings were motivated by a need for food and survival. Sombra? Nothing. Why did he want to enslave the Crystal Ponies? What were his motivations? How did he become as he is when it is explicitly stated that he was originally just a unicorn? It's never given. As far as we know, he's just a unicorn who was corrupted by greed and hatred, who wanted to enslave an empire. He's evil, simply because he's evil. Not vengeful, not an embodiment of anything, not doing this to survive, he's just evil.
Masdragonflare Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So dark O_O
SO awesome O_O
Lorntak Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
He was so underused for such an awesome design.
EvilSnicker Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Scary...BUT AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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