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The Elements of Deception by Jamey4 The Elements of Deception by Jamey4
What would happen if during the Royal Wedding, Shining Armor and Cadence FAILED to defeat Queen Chrysalis with their spell?
What if after the Queen "dealt" with Shining Armor and Cadence, she manages to manipulate and convert the Mane 6 over to her side, and uses them to win the changling's battle for Equestria?
What would happen if the influence of the Changling's desire and hunger for love, began to...change...the Mane 6 over the many years that passed since the changlings took over Equestria under the rule of Queen Chrysalis?

What if the Elements of Harmony then became the...Elements of Deception?
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I really like how this one turned out overall, since I always love working with rain and with dark-edgy themes :)

Huge Credit goes to :iconheilos: for making the amazing Changling versions of the Mane 6 used in this piece. :)
Credit also goes to :iconqsteel: for the Canterlot Vector in the background
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According to Jamey4 himself, this picture is considered his most favorited and well-known wallpaper among them all. The idea to critique his most creative wallpaper from his perspective, well, I can't deny the opportunity for this! So let's get to business shall we? :)

Vision: The dark background, the rocky hill, the eyes glowing, the rain, and Canterlot off into the distance are just one of many things that truly makes this go for the dark. As you look at that pic you would imagine as to how come all of this happen as they look rather happy to fool everyone all this time not knowing of this dark gift as well until the wedding. Heck, even Rarity who would normally go bonkers on her design, is all smiles upon possibly embracing this gift.

Originality: Credit going to Heilos for the idea of making the Mane 6 changelings, all originality comes mostly for those six. I've never had seen a picture with these before in my life so that says something. The idea of this is truly outstanding as you could possibly think of many ways as to why this happened to the six such as, "Did they fail to protect the wedding and Chrysalis decided to do this," or, "Why and how did this occur (Though the answer is obvious xD)," it just speaks of possible fanfic possibilities that lead up to this fateful event.

Technique: If you seen my critiques with Jamey's artwork, you know as well as I do that it with me just saying, "Do I need to explain this?" For this wallpaper, like the volcano one, I'll see to it that I give the best description as possible. The artwork here is skillfully creative as he uses the colors of the background to make the six themselves, blend almost well into the background leaving just their illuminating eyes. You can partially see their bodies but you would mostly be appalled by their devious eyes. If one were to seed these kinds of eyes in the darkness, well, you're in for a rude awakening.

Impact: This gives that feeling of despair. If you've seen the episode then you know what would have been at stake had they failed to complete the task. This is that answer if they were to fail the said task. Chrysalis herself deciding to redo the heroes that everyone once admired now becoming her greatest allies/generals and their last hope crushed would make anyone bow out of the fight or succumb to the Queen's lust for love for her children and herself. I'm a bit thankful that this never occurred, however, with the idea of alternative universes abound, this may have occurred within any given time of that universe causing the downfall of all ponies.

Overall, considering that this, like I said before, was Jamey's most favorited and well-known wallpaper, it deserves its likes for the curiosity, wonder, and deceiving sight of these heroes gone without a trace. Also is it just me or do these six look rather adorable despite their looks? Anyway, hope I made Jamey proud for finally giving this wallpaper a well-deserved critique :D
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
"What if after the Queen "dealt" with Shining Armor and Cadence"

Like in ... killing them?
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:iconjamey4:
Jamey4 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It's open to interpretation. ;) She could have killed them, trapped them somewhere, banished them, it's up to you as the viewer to decide ;)
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
I'm happy it didn't turn out that way. It would have been far too dramatic and gritty for me.

How would Twilight let her brother being killed, by the way?

And where would Luna be?

Buying her time before coming back ... and taking back Equestria *cues "Back in control" from Sabaton*
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KirbyFluttershy Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Wow... this is very nice! XD
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EmoshyVinyl Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woah. You know I've been wonderin' if the show will have something like the elements of disharmony.
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Jamey4 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe, They would probably look more like this one: The Elements of Disharmony by Jamey4 :P
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:iconpenguinator24:
Penguinator24 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Creepy, but awesome.
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night-shadow7 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
wow
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FeanorKelsick Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
Cool, love the eyes
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
THIS is what made me despise the Changelings; the fact that they were so closed to winning and had the capacity to make this nightmare scenario happen. And the truth is, as long as Queen Chrysalis is still out there, they will never stop coming until this happens. 
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
Cherry Light (ancestor Cheerilee), "And that is why we love our changeling protectors and guides, for having peace and order to all of Ponykind." 
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
Meanwhile those ponies that Princess Luna managed to save from Equestria and around the world and secretly transported to a colony on the Moon finally finished their preparations for their crusade generations later, and the end of Changeling rule of Equestria was marked with appearence of massive oval-shaped dropships descending out of the sky, carrying with them a massive crusading army armed to the teeth with futuristic magitech battle tanks, war-bots and aerospace fighters. 

The Changelings, driven to stagnation and complacency by centuries of unchallenged rule, stood little chance. Equestria is thus returned to pony rule under Princess Luna.
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
And it's things like this, that make me want to make the changelings kick MORE flank and cause MORE damage and be MORE unstoppable with every single one of these. Not being negative towards you. But subversive (trope definition) is how I write, so I a lot of what I write in a way that is an inversion of something I saw or experienced somehow. Me trying to balance things out. 
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
I see. Guess I didn't got the message the first time. 
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sonickiller18 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
How could this happen WHY!!!!!!!!!
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darkmario66 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
AMAZING
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Iguanodragon Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Student General Artist
Fluttershy... the most deceptive of them all...

Fantastic job on this. i really like the glow effect, and the variation in posing plus positioning really adds to it. The large space to the left also adds a desolate, dark atmosphere. :)
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Rickbeast Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
I like this pic, I like it alot.

Though I am not really huge on the idea of changeling Mane 6. Maybe Twilight or Celestia changeling since they seem the most plausible, but other than that it's a turn off.

Still I do like this pic.
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turtlearmageddon Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
so cool! I really want to write a story based off of this but I'm afriad it wont get finished.
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gxfan537 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
Wow. Now here's an idea: The Elements Of Harmony(Colt Versions of The Mane 6) vs The Elements Of Deception(The Mane 6).
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ToxcityX Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
GOOD LORD THIS IS THE BEST DEVIANTATION OF MLP IVE EVER SEEN DXX
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Jamey4 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh wow...thanks so much!!! I'm so pleased to hear you like it! ^^ As I mentioned in the description though, :iconheilos: made the characters while I did the background, so I can't take all the credit. ^_^"
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ToxcityX Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
well still, it is so awesome!
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NanditheHedgehog Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh noes! :iconohnoesplz:
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OppositeOfAnArtist Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Changeling 6 Vs Mane 6?
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BlackBlueDawg Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd pay to see that. :D
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OppositeOfAnArtist Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
Animate.
Or even comic would be cool.
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BlackBlueDawg Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Either one would be good! ^^
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K4nK4n Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Creepy and dark, yet very beautiful.
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shadowkittten Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
now I want to use this in my mlp MTG set...
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RadiationAlpha Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Faved it before it was on EqD.
:iconhipsterplz::iconsaysplz:YEAAAAAAAA
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hrostami Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
:D
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Silverweed91 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
So cool! *3*
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Martsigras Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
That is awesome. At first I thought Rarity was Chrysalis and was going to ask where Rarity was :)
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SoniciatheHedgehog Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Whoa... Changeling counterparts of the Mane 6... That should totally happen in the world of MLP. Imagine how dynamic that would be!
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Rowan193 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
They can have ALL MY LOVE
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RedRadRussian Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
Shiny...
Fav'ed and watch.
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weirdnwild91 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow, cool~ 83
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senordunut Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
I am so going to use this as my wallpaper!
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skyedeathwolf Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
O.O creepy
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Lost-Our-Dreams Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:O THATS SO WEIRD AND AWESOMEE

Min=Blown xD
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colorfulBrony Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
now I would like to read a fanfic about this ^^
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RadiationAlpha Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Now this one is unique. Amazing!
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Spartan545 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Their defeat was no surprise. The swarm have overtaken Equestria and the Elements of Deception were her trusted soldiers looking for the resistance. But what they didn't know is when the truth finally dawns...it dawns in fire!

But there is one the Deception-6 fear, in their tounge he is Spike the Dragon, Equestria's Purple Dragon! The only Dragon that can see past their deception.

Spike: FUS RO DAH!!!!! *Spike defeats the Elements of Deception and absorbs the evil essence and turns it over to his advantage as a positive energy*

Spike's abilities have endured since the Changelings took over. His Fire, Electricity, Ice and Earth have doubled and now he leads the Resistance against the Changelings.
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JasonBluefire Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Amazing Work
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I LOVE IT!!! That's soooo goood!!!
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NimbusSpectrum Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
daaaaanngggg
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SpacePrinceGOD Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
duude thts super cool
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Shooeie Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Would you mind if I did a fanfic of this? It's just so beautiful! And mysterious.
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