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Stand Your Ground! by Glaive-Silver Stand Your Ground! by Glaive-Silver
:iconlunamadplz::iconsays3plz:"Stand strong, guards! They may have breached the city's walls, but they will not take the castle while we still draw breath! Celestia's forces will arrive very soon, and we must only hold out for a little while longer!":iconsays3eplz:


Luna was tasked with overseeing Canterlot's defenses while Celestia was to go on a campaign to the west. Shortly before Celestia was due to return, an unknown force from the north staged a rapid invasion straight into the heart of Equestrian territory. The attack would have been successful if Luna didn't have the foresight to station scouts throughout the land.

Still, even with roughly a day's advance warning, the guards were not fully prepared for such a large siege, and were quickly pushed back into the inner city, and the castle.

Celestia's forces are only a half a day's march away from the city. Luna's forces are under heavy siege, and extremely outnumbered.


This one was a lot of fun to draw, despite reusing a background. I couldn't think of a suitably decent backdrop that still had that 'Canterlot' feel to it. I don't know if my wrist could have taken much more, anyway!

That Night Guard's armor was a pain to draw, especially. But I just had to include him in the picture, rather than another regular guard. His design is awesome!


MLP: FiM is Hasbro
The original background is by ~StarshineCelestalis and can be found here: [link]

EDIT: Updated it to a higher resolution. Also made a few tweaks to Luna's leg and the Solar Guard's legs as per the suggestion of *TheDescendantofKehAn.

EDIT: This piece made it onto EqD's Drawfriends post? :iconapplejackishappyplz:
No wonder this piece got so many views! Thanks, everyone!

And for getting this far down the description, I'll give you a little bonus: This scenario is just a war game.
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In his newest work, Stand Your Ground, Glaive-Silver presents us with a unique use of his ample talents.

The story presented by the image is clear. The younger sister sovereign of Equestria, Luna, stands and delivers orders to two of her royal guard. One can hear her distinctive voice echoing off the palace walls as she pans her gaze over whatever force is threatening the peace of her domain.

Glaive had a very distinct and easily interpreted vision for the work. One can see the way that "combat" is locked across the eyes of the two guards. The poses are dynamic, especially for the Nightbringer herself and the pegasus guard in Celestia's paint (as the fanon goes).

One must try hard to find such images, and rather than try to force the viewer into trying to comprehend a large battle scene Glaive instead chose to present a small, almost intimate moment, of a larger battle. Only the works single flaw, which we will discuss in a moment, disrupts the idea that we are watching a slice of something more... perhaps like focussing on one soldier or moment in a cyclorama of a great battle.

Glaive-Silver has once again used his considerable talent to an excellent degree. His technique remains as steady and as sure as in any of his other works, and shows that much more growth, as any good artist should do. The sole concern is how the pegasus guard seems to be entirely on the same plane despite having some of his legs closer to the foreground. The same can be said for Luna's forelegs. Oddly, the Night Guard does not display the same fault. We know that Glaive-Silver will grow in his technique, and we look forward to seeing what he does.

The sole error or problem that this reviewer has with the work is that it is too "clean". Despite the situation presenting itself the characters are not harried or even sweating. From their poses they seem to have already been engaged in combat, and from the sharp looks in their eyes it seems that their enemies are near and that fighting is swirling around them, yet we do not get any other cues for such. While it is not necessary to dump buckets of blood across a work to achieve such an effect, a stray waft of mane or a missing but of armor would have spoken volumes. This is the sole fault of what is otherwise an excellent work with a deep impact.

We congratulate Glaive-Silver on his ever-expanding talent, and hope that we see more from him soon.
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BenjaminHopkins Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
[… plays.]

Soldier: I can't do this! Can't do it! We're all gonna be butchered! Like cows, frickin' cows! :fear:

:iconprincesslunaplz: : [knocks some sense into him] Calm thyself! Until my sister arrives, we will not allow this city to fall! Is that understood?!

Soldier: Y-yes, you're majesty! I'm sorry... :salute:

[At the gate.]

:iconprincesslunaplz: :…
SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
"Who's attacking us?! What in the blue hell is going on?!"
PrincessLuna1256 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
Whisperer-of-Winds Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional Writer
is this image derived form a written story? if yes, can I be given the link to read it; I am rather intirgued by the source behind this amazing creation of yours.
helasz Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I Love it <3
Yofigful Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
cool :D
ponpheonix Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
Most impressive, if I do say so myself. I love the whole "Glory will be ours" feel. Great choices for the guards. I can soo see Luna being the most amazing warrior princess. =D
Luna-Lighting-Storm Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I simply love it my friend! Great job :clap:
jesseboyd7 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
Reminds me of Lord of the Rings during those battles.
CaptainPrower Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:iconlunamadplz:: Hold them off! Hold them off while I go fetch...the armor.
Lunar Guard: Princess, no! You'll turn back into-
:iconlunamadplz:: I have no choice!
Dino-Mario Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ijustlikehalo Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
-Who are we?
-Royal Canterlot Elite.
-And what is our job?
-Kicking ass for the good of all.
DarkShadowguardian Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Luna will handle this very well I will help her too very soon.
Ddraigtanto Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:iconnostalgiacriticplz::iconsays3plz:You know! For kids!

Pilot231 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Student Writer
amazing job! =)
Josef22222 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
great background
ToaDJacara Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
Looks cool :)
ijustloveit619 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I wonder what is the difference between celestia's guards and luna's guards :D!

Hope we get to see them again :squee:
ShadowDancerBrony Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
As was seen in the season three premier the armor appears to change the guard ponies (at least the eyes). [link]

So if we extrapolate that to the Lunar Guard (again using accepted fan term)[link] I have to agree with Glaive-Silver that they are better at night fighting; possibly having a night vision component to their armor resulting in their slitted yellow eyes.

Hopefully now that the Captain of the Guard has made two appearences we'll continue to see more of them in a non background capacity.
ijustloveit619 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I kinda know that already, old comment, but thankss :D
Glaive-Silver Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm willing to bet the Lunar Guards are more adept at fighting during the night. Compared to the Solar Guard being better during the day.
Yeah, I'm really hoping we get to see them more in season 3!
ijustloveit619 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Me too ^^

btw I haven't found any official names for the guard except "Royal Guards" I hear those names like "Lunar Guards" and "Solar Guard" came from a fanfic :/

As I done a bit of research of them they have, the fandom this days XD
ultimatepony21 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
epic epic epic......epic!!!!!!
The-Nuclear-Pegasus Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Hmmmm....this gives me ideas for a new strategy game.:)
mlp1fim Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
Warriors of Light And Darkness
DinoRoy39 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Who are they fighting?
Emperordaniel Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
I like to imagine that this is during the Battle of Canterlot (from the Season Two finale), and that Luna is giving the Changelings who dared to enter her wing of the palace a good flank-kicking. :D
Hawkbittern Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Student General Artist
Very cool work. Nice to see fanart where Luna and Celestia are fighting on the same side for a change.
statoose Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012   Digital Artist
Pretty epic! They all look great. I love it. :D
deathguard-lundmark Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
[link] Listening to this while reading the description. Gave me some tingles XD

I really liked the picture itself but with the little bit of insight as to what's going on I just love it!
MLP-Black-Knight Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Very Good! And Great Story.
eostrecalliope Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
Awesome! I love that you included a shout out to the bat ponies! I wish we could see more of them.

Great work!
Juria316 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
*walks next to her with two rocket launchers straped to his shoulders, a minigun around hi waitst, and two .45 caliber fully automatic rifles in his hooves* Ok, I'm ready.
The-Dark-Lord-Link Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Luna would make an excellent warlord.
Dell-AD-productions Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Maddog3060 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
:iconnewlunaisseriousplz: :iconsays3plz: "Harken unto me, warriors of Equestria! This is time of great trials and travails, when the dark-hearted enemies of harmony beat at the gates and drive forth to spread their hate. Verily, we stand at a pivot of history, upon which the entire wheel of time shall turn. I ask thee now, whom shall direct that wheel? Those brigands who dare attack our homes, hurt our loved ones, and threaten our very way of life? Or shall we stand here, now, and tell them 'Nay! Thou shalt not pass!'

:iconnewlunaisseriousplz: :iconsays3plz: "As I stand here, I see before me a great assembly of ponies the likes of which Equestria hath not seen since before my banishment. I can feel your anger, your hatred, your fears and your worries running through you like a great river pours through a canyon. Yet also, I sense in you the unyielding rock of reason, of duty, and of love that the torrent pours over. Though the troubles of our times may scour that rock, it is as deep and everlasting as the very earth itself, and like the earth, you shall endure where no pony should. You shall stand where no pony should stay, and yo shall do what no pony should be asked. Not because you are brave, though the heart of courage beats in you all. Not because you are vainglorious, though thy pride shines like a beacon through the darkest times. You stand not because it is demanded of you by others, but because you demand it of yourselves!

:iconnewlunaisseriousplz: :iconsays3plz: "Warriors of Equestria! Ponies of the Royal Army! Griffins of the Hippogryph Guard! Free citizens from all of our myriad denizens! I say to thee, that so long as we stand, so long as we draw breath, that this city, this castle shall not fall! That this very land upon which we walk, over which we fly, shall never know true defeat! The wheel of time yet turns, but is shall be we who direct its course! And for a thousand thousand years hence, the free citizens of the world shall look back to this day, and they shall weep in sorrow that they were not here to see it! They shall cry in grief at the toll we paid, but they shall sing our praises for our sacrifice! For today we stand against the darkness! We stand against the cruel terrors of despots and tyrants, who seek to dominate and control that which is not rightfully theirs! Today, we shall hold the line! For Canterlot! For Equestria! For Harmony! And for FREEDOM!

:iconlunamadplz: :iconsays3plz: "Now, STAND UP AND FIGHT!"

:iconprincesscelestiaplz: :iconsays3plz: "Uh, Luna? You do remember this is a wargame, right?"

:iconprincesslunaplz: :iconsays3plz: "Er, I guess I got carried away. But seriously, 'Tia, I love this music."

:iconprincesscelestiaplz: :iconsays3plz: *Sigh*
BenjaminHopkins Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Sounds like orc mischief to me. Enemies of harmony, I mean...
Glaive-Silver Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That speech.
Good god, man, that was great!

Also, I'm not really one for vocal music, but that song really caught my ear in a good way. Currently listening to it for a third time as I type this.
Maddog3060 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
Hehe, thanks. I felt inspired. ;)

I love Turisas, even though I tend not to be a fan of the screeching "death metal" voice they use often. I got used to it, though, since most of their songs are about Vikings being completely total badasses. ;)
temporos Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Isn't that a quote from the movie "Bravepony?" XD
Maddog3060 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
It's hard not to sound like Mel Foalson's rendition of William Cannonace when writing a speech intended to inspire people to stay and fight. ;p
myroflknife117 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
lol, sounds almost like [link]

with the exepction that in the picture, whatever is atacking them, they had a warning, a day prior to any atttack
NuvolaVolpe Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
Complimenti. :)

Congratulations. :)
Skyshazer Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is awesome. :O
Attemborough Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Nice concept and good story.
Luna is in a commander mode.

It's a good concept for FiM-Fic.
For example, the art work may fit the scene of chapter 5 of Aurora.

BB-K Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
At first I was thinking about the Canterlot wedding crisis which there was Luna with only 2 guards to protect her.
temporos Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Is this connected to some fanfic?
Glaive-Silver Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nope, this idea came completely from my own mind. Though, I'm willing to bet there are fics out there that are really similar to what's shown in this picture.
ShadowDancerBrony Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Nice work. The Night Guards always need more love. Hasbro hasn't given then enough.
temporos Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I've always found it difficult to believe that Luna would allow her Night Guard to keep the reptilian eyes and bat wings. Those would probably serve only to remind her of her time spent as Nightmare Moon.
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