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Enemy Unknown by Glaive-Silver Enemy Unknown by Glaive-Silver
This is Central Officer Luna. What is your status, ground team?
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You think you saw a snake? What the hay does that have to do with anything?

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A piece inspired by XCOM: Enemy Unknown. This is a view of the mission control center, where most of the day-to-day management takes place. Celestia and Luna take the roles of the commander and Central Officer Bradford, respectively. Twilight, and the rest of the mane six are officers, scientists, and engineers within the base, rather than active front-line soldiers.

This piece was a lot of fun to work on, if a little bothersome at one point (curse that red banner in the background...). The main challenge was the shading. Trying to get it to look like an underground base, while keeping things visible was a bit of a tall prospect, but I think I did alright on it.

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown was developed by Firaxis Games, and I claim no ownership over it whatsoever.
MLP: FiM is Hasbro


For those of you that like strategy games, you should get XCOM, if you don't already have it. It's great!
Also, the text at the start is a slightly modified version of idle dialogue you can hear while at base.
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
Equestrian X-COM? Interesting. Let me write something to complement it:

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"We live in a cosmos cold and indifferent to us or our ideals. Beyond the stars are alien forces hostile and mysterious, enemies in the void cannot be befriended, that cannot be reasoned with, and even now plots our extinction.

No longer can we stand divided by our petty differences; today, ponies, griffons, dragons, changelings, and all other people and nations of this world are united in defense of our one and only home. 

When no one will come to protect us, we must do it ourselves. 

While the rest of us live in peace and harmony, we must take up arms to push back the darkness. 

To ensure our survival, we must ALWAYS be Vigilant, ALWAYS be Reliable. 

To all enemies unknown, coming destroy us - we WILL fight you, we WILL learn from you, and we WILL kill you. 

We are X-COM, and no matter the cost, we WILL prevail."

--- Commander of the Equestrian - and later global - X-COM initiative.

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These art tends to inspire me to write these things. 
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
"Yeah, maybe we shouldn't mess with these guys..."

--- Various Aliens, after X-COM's reputation had spread.
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
"And that's why I really care about you baby! You feelers make my antenna feel so high!" The solar system sized alien jogger sang to himself on his giant alien ipod in his ears as he obliviously stepped on the planet of Equestria, and continued his jog to his house millions of light years away and watched giant alien football.
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
...Dafuq?
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
:-D
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:iconsomerandomminion:
SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
Re-read it in context...still a WTF, but now I get the joke. ;)
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:iconalexwarlorn:
alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
:-D Thanks! 
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
Like I said, he REALLY likes trope subversions. 

It does fit with the theme of cold and indifferent cosmos, in a Douglas Adams black-comedy kind of way. 
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
On a second glance....yeah; it's hilarious, in a dark sort of way. :)

Just threw me for a loop the first time; it just came out of left field.
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
Yeah, I know, right? It almost makes me starting to think that our dear friend Alex don't really think highly of mortal resourcefulness, resilience, ambition and significance. 
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
I'd say it's more a taste for morbid humor, his aforementioned like of subverting tropes...

And a disdain for percieved arrogance, at least in fiction:

* Note how that happened after your big, badass speech.

* And his posts on the "SCP Pony" art about the "Secret Organization" trope, and SCP's Secret-Keeper job.
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
Well, that's a weird twist ending. What exactly are you trying to imply here? 
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
Huh?
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:iconbrutalityinc:
BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
Never mind, forget it, it's nothing. 
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:iconalexwarlorn:
alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
Just some supernatural niceness into a setting. 
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
Niceness? You have Equestria being stepped on by a giant alien jogger! While that's darkly hilarious by itself, it's almost like you're saying all the efforts of X-COM count for nothing.
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
Never played the games, but I loved the walkthroughs. One of these days... 
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
I have them on Steam. 
Maybe I could gift them...?
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:iconbrutalityinc:
BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
By the way, had you watch Stargate SG-1?
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:iconsomerandomminion:
SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
A few times. Why?
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:iconbrutalityinc:
BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
Enough to be reasonably well verse in the lore?
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
Not really, no. :P
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
Gift them?
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:iconsomerandomminion:
SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
I think Steam lets you Gift games to other users...
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:iconbrutalityinc:
BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
I'll go and check if there's such function.
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:iconterrortheslayer:
Terrortheslayer Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
And then a Seeker finds them all alone
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:iconhamburgercranium:
hamburgercranium Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
that shitty moment when after a terror attack, you get another one immediately 
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:icongoddragonking:
GodDragonKing Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
The haters have finally launched their invasion, so time to send them packing!
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:iconhywther:
Hywther Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ready to kick some alien ass! [link]
(Also, epic picture :iconbrohoofplz: )
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Sammykh Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Student Writer
I LOVE THIS!!!!! i also love the game :D
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dmtactical Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I was focused on the globe at the center and didn't notice the surroundings. When I shifted my focus I got a little bit of a falling sensation, really powerful perspective in this one!
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Kim-Fareseed Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
When I saw the url to this picture and looked it up, I really got happy. Try send it in to EQD.

I have also put it up with the other X-Com pictures on my X-Pony group on FimFiction. Here is the url if you want to see.

[link]
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ShadowDancerBrony Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
Nice
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Jezendar Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice work! I liked the original X-COM, and really need to check out this new one.

By the way, is Luna's appearance here based on the screenshots of her standing in front of Fluttershy's cottage?
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Glaive-Silver Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you liked the original, this reboot is great!
And yes, that's where I got the reference for her rear 3/4ths view.
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ABronyAccount Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
Snakes, spiders, drop bears, must be Australia!
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:iconsupercalc:
Supercalc Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
DID YOU KNOW.
Dropbears are actually koalas.
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ABronyAccount Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
Yeah right, and next you'll tell me haggis is really made from sheep parts.
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:iconsupercalc:
Supercalc Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
You come down here then.
Love,
An Australian.
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:iconabronyaccount:
ABronyAccount Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
With all the snakes and spiders? No thanks!
C'mon up to America. We've got wolves and actual-bears and cougars. None of which are venomous!
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Supercalc Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
But there's an even more dangerous animal..
It's called the Romney, ain't it? No way I'm going up there.
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:iconabronyaccount:
ABronyAccount Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
Our Romney is very similar to your marsupial analog, the Tony Abbott.
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:iconsupercalc:
Supercalc Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
You've heard about it? Hopefully the authorities will catch him. The Gillard seems to be not as big of a threat.
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Hazzdawg Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I go to dA to watch the ABA banter.
+like.
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tf2fan2222 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
o god its black mesa. [link]
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:iconglaive-silver:
Glaive-Silver Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hahah, I can't believe I forgot about that section.
At least we don't have to worry about a Resonance Cascade happening in XCOM, eh?
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tf2fan2222 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah.
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:icontf2fan2222:
tf2fan2222 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i mean it looks like.
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adivel Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
:iconflutteryay1plz::iconflutteryay2plz::iconflutteryay3plz:
:iconflutteryay4plz::iconflutteryay5plz::iconflutteryay6plz:
MORE XCOM PONIES!!
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DjChapica Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice picture.
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