And so... we return to Canterlot to find...
...The four princesses still conversing with one another.
Ever ready, ever willing!
But there were other plans in mind.
Luna explains something crucial.
Just giving Twilight Sparkle another mind burden.
"That somepony is you, Twilight."
"We do not believe that Tirek is aware that a fourth Alicorn princess exists in Equestria. If we transfer our magic to you, Tirek will not know where it has gone."
"Do you understand what we're asking of you?"
"I'm only now learning how to control my own alicorn magic."
"Taking on this task will be one of the most difficult things I'll ever do."
"But with the help of my friends–"
"I'm sorry, Princess Twilight."
"But you must keep your new abilities a secret. I fear that your friends being aware of your new power could put them at great risk."
"Do you still think you can take on this responsibility?"
"This is the role I am meant to play as a princess of Equestria."
"I will not fail to do my duty!"
"Then we must begin at once."
Cadance and Luna now have Celestia's wings!
I feel a disturbance in the—oh, never mind.
Hey look, Celestia and Luna's hair ain't moving anymore. Oh wait, this is a picture, you can't see that.
Princesses, Luna, Celestia, and Cadance with saddened looks.
Celestia, in a weakened state without her powers.
This is just too precious.
And, so it has been done.
This is the last time we'll see this place again.
Little Spike being his usual sleepy self.
"You weren't gone very long."
"Does that mean everything's okay?"
"Yep! Everything's fine," she said as if she didn't have extra magic inside her.
Smile and wave, princess. Just smile and wave.
The sun should be up by now...
The sun should be up by now!!!
Does Celestia levitate when she raises the sun?
There... a little to the left...
Wonder if Celestia and Luna are now regretting their decision.
No, no, not the Moon. The Sun, the Sun!
Okay now, slowly now, easy now...
Hmm, that's weird. The sun is late and rising too fast.
Shining Armor should take better care his men don't float away on him.
Hey what happened to my helmet!
That's some odd questioning right there.
Incoming dangerous beast!
It's your magic I'm hungry for!
Just a light snack for me.
Ya know maybe Ill do this myself...
Looks like he's got broken bones.
Is he feeling bad for Shining Armor?
I'm still hungry. Why don't you go and have a little fun, while I have a meal at the castle.
Waiting for the inevitable.
Uh, how much did it cost to make those doors?
Celestia's magic is first on the menu!
Nothing to absorb. Get TicTacs because your breath STINKS!
Also nothing to absorb. Get Excel because your breath again STINKS!
Again, nothing to absorb. Get Mentos because your breath STINKS!
A frightful glow coming from the library's portal!
Apparently too much power for one pony to contain.
This certainly needs a bit more practice.
"Gotta go...somewhere else."
Rollin' around at the speed of sparkle.
I wonder if Twilight was faster than Rainbow Dash at this point.....
So that's why she's called Twilight Sparkle.
You didn't see that! Heh, heh...
Anypony notice that Rarity's smile is completely different from the others?
Going for solitary meditation...
This is certainly a "majestic" sight to see.
The princesses remain defiant.
"...knowing that soon every Pegasus, unicorn, and Earth pony will bow to my will..."
"...and that there is nothing you can do to stop it?"
"You will not prevail..."
"Give my regards to Cerberus."
Luna gets sent in WAAYYY ahead of the other two.
Celestia, majestic even in defeat.
Discord still likes puppets.
Hey, Discord, can you get me a sandwich?
And, as payment for that service, I shall give you...
"I do love a good accessory."
"I suppose that's Rarity's influence."
Never make stained glass windows on an empty stomach.
Well, now that I rule Equestria, let's make some SANDWICHES!!!
That doesn't look like either of us!
Discord, I find your sense of humor...disturbing.
I am most EMPHATICALLY not amused.
No, that's not my sense of humor, Tirek.
Then whose sense of humor is this!!??
Or is there ANOTHER princess out there?
Well...yes there is a fourth princess...
...but I'm currently wondering...do you have any more of these things?
Don't play games with me, Discord...
"Princess Twilight lives above a library in Ponyville!"
(sound of cracking knuckles)
Somepony has to call the local asylum when the glassmaker hears about this.
A very deserted Ponyville.
Just a gathering of five familiar ponies... and a baby dragon.
Waiting for Discord? That's new, isn't it?
Oh, this makes his next move much more horrible!
Did you bring the cucumber sandwiches?
Oh I didn't need to bring them Fluttershy since I can just make them pop out of thin air!
Et tu, Discordia! Then fall, Fluttershy!
Discord: So, they're worthless. And so are you! Mane five: Hey! What are you doing?!
"And her little dragon too."
I suppose being a dog
did in fact teach Spike a thing or two.
Feeling betrayed in the worst way.
"Surely, you saw this coming."
"I didn't! I really didn't!"
Discord feeling ashamed of his betrayal
But Tirek sure feels good.
Oh! He finally broke his shackles off! And his beard grew too!
"Us?" Who said anything about me sharing the power with you, moron?
Fool, you think I'd actually trust you? Worse, you actually thought I'd share my power with you?
You're an idiot to trust me.
How does it feel having betrayed your friends for nothing?
But now, I no longer have any use for you.
Your magic, I will take, though.
Discord is so strong, and yet Tirek didn't get bigger.
That medallion was given to me by my traitorous brother.
It's as worthless as he is. Just like you.
"Surely you saw this comin'."
Suicidal thoughts may haps?
"Yes! Perfectly controlled teleportation." (Yeah, that's what she thinks.)
Oh, give me a home / Where the Alicorns roam...
Looks like Twilight is stuck between a rock and a hard place.
Teleportation won't work...
You Have Something That Belongs To Me!!!
Stop, stop, stop, stop, stop, stop!
Um, weren't you supposed to be getting AWAY from him??
Take a good look. This is the final time you get to see this place in one piece. :,(
Oh good, Owlowiscious is okay!
I'll see you next season.
That's the last straw! Nopony takes my home away from me!! Especially when my home is A LIBRARY!
Iresistable force vs. the immovable object
Still think this is a show for little girls, eh?
"Now I understand what your fellow princesses have done!"
There's no way that can be right!
"I COULD drain you right now..."
"...but let's have some fun first!"
How to tell when your enemy is super angry with you: *
Ooh, that's gotta hurt for Twilight...
This is for the library and Ponyville, you power-hungry GOAT!!!
Tirek is feeling like Trigon at this point
Since the fight began *; she doesn't even mince words with you!
Oh, come on, now space lasers?
Now why is this familiar?
Don't think this rubble is stopping this guy.
Tirek is one tough son of a gun!
I doubt Tirek will be intimidated by that look, Twilight Sparkle.
As always, Twi has to make a decision between her friends and something else.
And she always chooses her friends.
Your magic for your friends' lives!
So what's it going to be?
Why do I always have to make the hardest decisions?
"You're the pony who taught me that friendship is magic."
"I had magic and friendship, and now, I don't have either."
I want an answer, and I WANT IT NOW!!!"
Shimmering #1 - Pinkie Pie
Shimmering bubble #2 - Rarity
Shimmering bubble #3 - Applejack
Shimmering bubble #4 - Rainbow Dash
Shimmering bubble #5 - Fluttershy
Well, we all knew it would happen, and, it did!
"I will give you my magic..."
"...in exchange for my friends."
"After the way he has betrayed you..."
"You still call him a 'friend'?"
"If that's what you want."
"I'm sorry Fluttershy..."
"I know." (You really disappointed her Discord. You knew better!)
Does he have bad breath of magic?
He could be the new boyfriend of Sunset Shimmer in creature form, which also has a bad case of steroids.
"Tirek tricked me into believing..."
"...that he could offer me something more valuable than friendship. But there is nothing worth more. I see that now."
"He lied when he said that this medallion was given as a sign of gratitude and loyalty."
Full of regret and remorse.
"But when I say that it is a sign of our true friendship..."
"...I am telling the truth."
Wow! Who knew Discord would be the one to give Twilight her key?
All the keys are in place!
We have to do this together!
Six keys, six ponies, one hope for all.
It's the Rainbow of Light!
Shine bright like Generosity...
Laughter is so bright... so intense!!!
Not this time, jerk! REJECTED!
Tirek is getting smaller from his steroids disease...
And THIS time, he's never getting out EVER'.
The Crystal Empire is missing from the map.
Returning what was once stolen.
Derpy is 'squee'ing while flying with R.D. and Fluttershy. Yay.
Regaining their cutie marks.
When the mane six mimic Yugi Moto's hair...
... it's time to duel with the M6!
It's no Golden Oak Library, but it's the next best thing.
Welcome to your new home, girls!
So, Rainbow Powers is a temporary thing after all.
"Are you all seeing what I'm seeing?!"
"But...whose castle is this?"
"I believe it is yours..."
"Princess Twilight." Oh, look, all of the much loved, super important side characters in one place.
Sorry, but that so-called castle is too crammed in!
"As princess, I believe I have the power to spread the magic of friendship across Equestria."
"That is the role I am meant to have in our world!"
"The role I choose to have!"
"But I didn't defeat Tirek on my own –"
"It took all of us to unlock the chest."
Seven crystal thrones. An MLP homage to Cair Paravel.
Looks like Dashie's making herself at home.
But what is a Princess of Friendship without her friends by her side?
I don't deserve to be here.
It's alright, Discord. We forgive you.
Discord's first real group hug
You're not quite there yet.
Yes, well, I suppose not.
That looks absolutely nothing like a castle. But it does look like Twilight's library only It's made more fancier.
Whatsamatta, Derpy? Ain't you never seen a castle before?
Welcome to my castle, everypony!
Ponyville residents approach the new castle
Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy's second hoof-bump
By the power of the Two Sisters!
I guess there really is a reading rainbow after all.
Cheese Sandwich (and Boneless Two)...
Seabreeze and the Breezies...
Who gave Celestia those flowers?