Leaving to Madrid for a few days, to attend a science conference and to meet my long time pal CNG. See you in September!
I’ve noticed I have this rather bad habit of when I draw someone else’s characters I tend to stick very closely to the source character, so I grabbed all the refs I could find (at the time, as you can tell from Brainy Twilight’s jar) and tried to draw them more in my style but while retaining the character’s appeal… with varying levels of success.
A great success, I’d say!
((So apparently I can’t make things look spooky if my life depends on it. Anyway…
Brainy, you are a floating internal organ.
I think you got the spooky part covered.
Finally! The story of how Coppercog met Yhsrettulf is over.
You can read the final chapter in order here.
You are now the reader.
You behold how Coppercog and Yhsrettulf leave together, their hearts intertwined, towards a new life in Ponyville. Their love reflects the new era of peace which dawns upon the pony and changeling kins.
That, fillies and gentlecolts, is the story of how Coppercog met Yhsrettulf.
QC: I am so happy for you. Look how big my little baby has grown.
QC: Go, Yhsrettulf. Go and never forget your roots.
YS: I never will, Mother. I promise.
QC: Do you love this pony?
YS: Y-yes, I do, your Majesty.
QC: Are you willing to abandon your hive and leave with him to the pony world?
YS: Yes, I am.
CC: May I request something, your Majesty?
QC: You may.
CC: In return for my services, would you allow Yhsrettulf to come with me to Ponyville?
CC: But… but I love her…
QC: I know you love her, pony, I’m not as blind as your kin is. But a changeling is not a prize. She is not an object you may possess. She will not go with you as a payment. She may go, but only if so she wishes.
CC: Don’t I even get an apology? My snout still hurts.
QC: Coppercog pony.
CC: Y-yes, your Majesty?
QC: Although Celestia will pay your fees, I am forever in your debt. When the time comes, the hive will not forget the favors it owes.
QC: In that case, it looks like your crazy plan did work, Celestia.
PC: Our kinds will no longer need to fight one another. I shall spread the good news among my subjects! From this day on, you will no longer need to disguise yourselves. All changelings are welcome in all the pony settlements of Equestria.
PC: Let us go, my little ponies. You have been witnesses to a glorious day in the history of our kingdom.
YS: But the machine feeds on taumaterials, your Majesty! There is a deposit nearby, we could buy them from the diamond dogs or dig them up ourselves. I can teach my siblings how to process them. We could have an inextinguible source of love!
QC: Are you sure about that, Yhsrettulf?
YS: I checked the calculations myself, your Majesty. I am completely sure.
demegordragovar: hmmm what kind of machine did you build for them? im guessing its something good sine id doubt you would help them work on a weapon
PC: That’s why I hired Coppercog. He has been working for Queen Chrysalis under my command, hoping to find a way to synthetize love.
QC: And it is done, Celestia. The engineer claims that the machine is finished!
CC: I-it is finished, your Majesty. It is producing love at a steady rate.
PC: Will it be enough to feed the whole hive, Coppercog?
CC: I adjusted it for a hundred changelings, but it can produce much more if required. At its current rate, it should last about four years, maybe more.
QC: That is not enough!
pequefluttershy: Uh… girls… maybe we should let the evil villain explain her plan before we start a fight? I mean… this doesn’t seem like before, everypony just seems scared of us… and they got a pony helping them and… please?
ramdomaxes: Queen Chrysalis meant that it is A machine that synthesizes love energy and not something that will left the changelings wipe out ponies right? You don’t seem like the genocide type of scientist or am I just fooled by how nice you are on the surface?
PC: I knew my subjects would not accept my plan, but long-lasting peace often calls for unpopular measures.
PC: Changelings and ponies have been enemies for millenia, but after our encounter at your brother’s wedding, I understood that Queen Chrysalis’s intentions did not stem from greed or violence, but from love. She did not want to harm us, she just needed to feed her children.
PC: I was hoping there would be a way to feed them without resorting to parasitism. But alicorn magic can only produce love as a link between two ponies, not as the physical manifestation changelings require. I needed an alternative form of elemental power. I needed science.
adurot: That is Sun Butt, isn’t it?
ask-littleeris: Hey! Don’t you think this is all a big misunderstanding? After all The Princesses sent him here!
askpinklestia: Okay, that’s enough! This is just a huge misunderstanding! Mister Coppercog here came to help the changelings because I authorized it.
TS: Princess Celestia!?
Sp: And Spike!
PC: Hello, my little ponies. I see you have learned too soon about my secret project.
RD: You knew about all this?
PC: Yes, Rainbow Dash, I did.