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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.

So:
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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Kishmond Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
And if you turn your head sideways the Pioneer plaque kind of looks like Twilight's cutie mark.
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Eagle1Division Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
And my favorite comment from Derpibooru:

"There was one word…older than the clans themselves

Hiigara

Our Home."
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Eagle1Division Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I can see a lot of fantastic stuff in here.

First, the sun and moon ruled together.

Then, up a layer, the moon was banished, and the sun ruled alone, leading Equestria in prosperity.

Then, up a layer, something happened to Celestia... And the moon ruled alone... Forming a grand treaty with the avatar of nature in their world?

And, up a layer... Who knows? They're amongst the stars, now...

I like how Nightmare Moon is over Luna, imprisoning Luna's true self.

One problem I have is along the top, I can see 5 of the mane 6 but no Twilight :p

And top line at the left, it looks like they reach industrialization, then a technically advanced era, but then the avatar of nature of their world is feeling weak and sickly; she has complaint against them (a la' modern environmentalism), and so they agree to reduce the load on her by taking their growth to the stars, thus the spaceships.

And here we have human explorers, from a distant world, discovering this ampitheatre of the long-gone civilization...

But is the civilization gone in time, or only in space?

Only another mission to the stars will reveal the answer...
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SasQ Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014

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).

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JackJacko-Eponymous Featured By Owner 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
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BB-K Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, interesting, just like in Egypt or in the Aztecs. :)
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Template93 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist 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.
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Deer-Hunter01 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
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.
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darkdoomer Featured By Owner 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 !
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JackJacko-Eponymous Featured By Owner 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.
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darkdoomer Featured By Owner 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. "...it was earth all along !"
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Chibijoshua Featured By Owner 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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quocduy141 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
soldier ???
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AmongTheFirst Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You know I'm not an MLP fan but you're making me one. Keep up the excellent work
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TheVindicar Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
Third row from the top, right side, one marked with crescent moon... Luna banishing Celestia to the Sun? o_O
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JackJacko-Eponymous Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nope, it's a nod to another work of mine: [link] :meow:
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Emperordaniel Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
I find it an interesting coincidence that the creature that Princess Celestia and Princess Luna are confronting in the second row from the top has a close resemblance to the Changeling Queen Chrysalis, and yet this epic picture was made some time before the changelings were revealed. :)
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Greenhatman Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
Wow. Just...wow!
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K4nK4n Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
This looks so awesome that it's giving me chills.
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JackJacko-Eponymous Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you =0
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K4nK4n Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
You're welcoooome.
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PKBrony Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
If we found this and I was alive to see this, I would be pretty damn mad to know that the mane 6 and everybody else actually existed, but we didn't know earlier, honestly, I would want a time machine at that point more than ever!

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I'm what's left. Or, Maybe I'm all that ever was...
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Handcannonisdumb Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
Someone get to work on a fanfic based on this picture. Now!
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SgtNolisten Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
...Could you inform me if anyone makes a fanfic about this pic?
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Kronys Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist
My first thought was something about Stargate
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JackJacko-Eponymous Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A lot of people say that, but I actually saw probably a couple of Stargate episodes in my entire life (which is a shame I should correct, I know). But it is true that the concept is somewhat the same =)
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SameAsUsual Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
Yes. Just YES!
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OliveBranchMLP Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Saw this on frontpage of Reddit. Incredible, really incredible.
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Potkanka Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
This is just... to awesome for words! And being the Tomb Raider fan I am, it gives off such a TR feeling I feel nostalgic :happycry:
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JackJacko-Eponymous Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks... Did the new Tomb Raider come out in the end? The one Square was making if I'm not mistaken?
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Potkanka Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
Welcome :aww:

No, not yet. It was scheduled for later this year but then they postponed the release, so it'll be released on 5th March. (A new trailer just came out and it looks pretty epic, I hope the game itself won't disappoint [link])
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Pa-Kalsha Featured By Owner May 25, 2012   General Artist
That is amazing! You win at the internet, sir/ma'am.
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JackJacko-Eponymous Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do I now? ^^
Thanks!
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Tsirist Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
I can't help but feel like the picture the bird is in front of depicts Celestia's death/return/ascent. The return to the sun, perhaps from whence she was born? And of course, Luna's (?) apparent sadness.

I'm sure you as the artist have already considered all of this, but man does it feel good to think about this picture. Really good job. I really, really, really wish more art had discernible depth to it like this does. It's great being able to interpret art, but I kinda like it when the artist just throws a lot of story in there in a direct fashion.

All-in-all, awesome!
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JackJacko-Eponymous Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a bunch... You're feeling right, and I actually referenced a comic I made on commission some time ago, Sunrise of a New Age
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Zack192837465 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
The immense detail in this piece is what blows me away. I am amazed at what people with talent can create. Please keep making beautiful art.
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JackJacko-Eponymous Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, I hope I will ^^
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Drawer2 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
Jaw dropping,
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Silverweed91 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
That's really an amazing concept!

I miei complimenti! xD
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JackJacko-Eponymous Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you =)
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ThraeTheSententious Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
Is there anything to the text on the walls and the slab? Can they be translated? If so is there a cypher?

Also, in response to your reply from earlier, this page was linked on Reddit's MLP sub-page shortly before I visited it. That's most likely where the view spike came from. (Sorry if that question was hanging there for a while.)
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JackJacko-Eponymous Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes and no, meaning that I did eventually make an Equestrian alphabet of mine but it was still just an idea when I was making this drawing.
The general shape of the type you can see here is very similar, but there's no meaning in it yet really.
In fact, what pushed me to develop an alphabet was the fact that as I was finishing the drawing I realized it would have been neat to have actual meaning behind that text.

Also thanks for the note about Reddit, I was indeed curious =)
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Nyerguds Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
Small question... that third pony on the top row, is that supposed to be Trixie? Because she's got Twilight's cutie mark...
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JackJacko-Eponymous Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aaaand previous reply hidden 'cos I got carried away and thought you were speaking of Starswirl.
So, first things first, sorry again for the late reply.
As for that pony, she's a sort of mysterious filler pony that had an important role at some point in Equestrian history. Ideally she's the same mare you can see being bestowed with a dragon egg in one of the lower panels. The cutie mark is only similar to Twi's one. You can also give her a name if you want ^^
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Nyerguds Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Ah, right. So just like the guard dude, just some other pony unrelated to the Mane Six. I get it :)

(She does look a lot like Trixie though. Maybe one of her ancestors! :3)
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Nyerguds Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
Wow. This is just... wow. Seriously. Amazing.
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zaku1986 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It looks so cool that I even don't know how to comment this.
Great work!
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JackJacko-Eponymous Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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ThraeTheSententious Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
Spooky. I can almost hear the ambient sounds of nature filling this room while the two human explorers examine it.
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