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An Avenue of Lost Tales by JackJacko-Eponymous An Avenue of Lost Tales by JackJacko-Eponymous
I never put copyrights before but hell, I might just begin now before describing the piece.

Copyright belongs to Hasbro, the awesome team of MLP:FiM, the guys that made the Pioneer plaque (proudly telling evil aliens where to aim their cannons at since 1972) and, well, me I guess.

That said, here it is, the EqD December Draw-off submission aka An Avenue of Lost Tales (which is a pretty damn suggestive music piece - look it up - and a tribute to my friend ~KeinZantezuken).

There's a whole lot of stuff in this thing here, and I'd love to leave all the interpretations to you guys because hey, what's better than finding your own inspirations and little stories in art pieces?
Just to clarify the Pioneer plaque rip-off: being this an alternate Earth setting (there, you made me go and ruin your own interpretation like 15 words after declaring my good intentions) the Pioneer thingy applies as well. And while I'm well aware that on the original the pulsars are meant to triangulate earth's position, you can also calculate the time of the creation of the plaque from the pulsar periods indicated on the plaque itself. So in this case I meant it in a time sense and not in a space sense.

Apart from this... Have fun I guess =p


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Great to see that someone else is thinking about ancient history of ponies :>

What's more, I once draw a similar pictorial representation of ancient pony history. Maybe I should digitize it and put it somewhere online, too? ;)

My interpretation?

This is definitely a STARGATE! :>

This ancient ruin is located somewhere on Earth in the Human World, from very ancient times, where both worlds were once connected. But there was a great war between power-hungry Humans and noble Equines, which caused Ancient Alicorns to tear the spacetime and split these two worlds (I call this event The Great Divide in my personal head canon), for the safety of both races. This spell can be reversed only when Harmony will return to both worlds.

Now, after thousands of years, Human Race discovers these ruins back again.

The hieroglyphs and pictures are an instruction of how to activate the Stargate and open a portal to the Pony World.

See this slanted ramp leading apparently to nowhere? This is the place where the actual portal appears when activated, and the ramp is to facilitate passing through it.

There is a similar temple somewhere in Saddle Arabia, with a similar instruction of how to activate the other end of the portal. It needs to be done from both sides at the same time to work (which implies the Harmony must be present in both Worlds already).

JackJacko-Eponymous Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey man, thanks for the appreciation! I have to say your interpretation is fascinating, and I like a lot the idea that the slab is actually the ramp of the closed stargate :3
BB-K Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, interesting, just like in Egypt or in the Aztecs. :)
template93 Feb 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I haven't seen this sense the draw-off! I remember taking part of that, and seeing this along with a bunch of others. It's how I first meet with Calpain.

still a great work, and still love the concept of it.
The golden placard on the middle of the uppermost forth row.  Looks similar to the placard placed in the Voyagers & Pioneers spacecraft to define the position of our sun in our  galaxy using known pulsars as mark posts. and because of the images just to the left of the placard, they look like interstellar ships with the streaks... denoting stars passing by as these ship traverse across space? Hence why the placard to point out the location of the ponies home world. Ergo why it seems that they suffered some catalysm in their home world and were forced to abandon it looking for a new world.  And so the following images representing the quest and tribulation the ponies experience once they arrived to this new world.

Now the ponies are now gone, probably extinct.  And so humans, explores from the planet Earth and so also visiting this world, have stumbled on these ruins of the now long gone ponies...

That's my interpretation.
darkdoomer Apr 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
it's been a while i've seen this artwork and everytime i watch it, i love the concept and potential. very good job !
JackJacko-Eponymous Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, I'm particularly fond of this one. It's not particularly beautiful, or well executed, but I had put a lot of thought in it. It's something I've sadly lost a bit over the time.
darkdoomer Apr 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
i know that feel when i look at older drawings...
but yeah that's rare to find an artwork that could tell any kind of story, even if it's around that goddamned pony cartoon. and the details really make it. i dig the idea of a plate representing the location of the pony world in the universe, that would make one of these poor human explorers lost understand how they ended here. " was earth all along !"
Chibijoshua Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
SO MUCH GOLD HERE!!! (Fish with an Algae diet as well.)

I feel an aura of LoZ and Mass Effect for some reason.
Probably the suit colors and ancient writing on the tablet milking my gamer imagination.

A great piece of art in general.
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