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"Twilight Sparkle, my dearest acolyte,

I hope this long letter finds you in good health. You have expressed curiosity your whole life for the ancient secrets. I know much of what caught up with my sister and I from times long past has left you with many unanswered questions. You have also, as of late, been concerned about your age and that now, your years approaching three digits, leaves you little time left to learn.

That is something that has never ceased to astonish me about you. Your thirst for knowledge in whatever form it may come.

It is time now, in the time you have left, to understand why I kept the old knowledge from you. I have of course let slip certain details about the distant past. Your discovery of the book holding the tale of my sister's fall was no accident. I am no goddess, as you know. There were times when I thought no hope remained. When I had to remind you of the beautiful letters you wrote me to inspire in your heart the strength to rally your friends, the Embodiments of the Elements of Harmony and defeat Discord. Or when Luna and I became trapped by the Dark One. Or the long-standing peace you settled with the Griffons which lasts to this day.

But know that the Equestria you know and love today was brought to where it is by nothing less than the blood, sweat and tears of millions of ponies prior and of Luna and I.

It has been asked, by those who do not understand us that they do not understand why we are called 'Princesses'.

Pony historians call them The Ancient Times. But Twilight, I can close my eyes and recall the... horrors. In those days, the royal family of the Alicorn ponies all struggled to maintain civilization and order. We Alicorns had mastery over the body, allowing us to keep eternally youthful. As such, once Everfree City was filled, we saw no need to continue reproducing.

Then... Discord came.

Forget what little you know about him, what little I dared tell. Discord was a monster. There is no point telling you how he came to be. For some magics are better off left unknown.

We perished. All of us. Only my sister and myself remained. But our mother, the red-maned queen whose name I dare not utter for fear of losing even more precious shreds of my heart, visits us so often in our dreams that we believe, somewhere, she lives. Yet without absolute proof, we cannot bear the heartache to call ourselves the Queens of Equestria. So until we find her, flesh or bones, we are the Princesses.

Hearth's Warming occurred when Luna and I were chasing Discord to the darkest ends of the world, well beyond the boundaries of Equestria. We had freed the ponies of Earth, Horn and Wing from Discord's influence and allowed them to live in peace for once. Of course... as the story of Hearth's Warming told, the three tribes were still reeling from his touch of madness and were disharmonious.

It was asked of us why we train gifted unicorns. If we were training heirs apparent. Oh, we have heirs of a sort. The remaining bloodlines of the creations of the Alicorns... Earth Ponies, Pegasi and Unicorns. Your friend Rarity met the heir of the original Unicorn bloodline, that sad boy, Blueblood. He more or less changed his ways after I sent him a special letter and box of Joe's donuts. You remember, don't you?

But I digress... I was talking about why someponies believe we take students on to train as heirs.

This would bring much joy and relief to the hearts of my sister and I, the sort you would not comprehend even with the golden heart you have, my once-pupil.

The problem is, even with your magical talent, nopony other than my sister and I can raise the sun and moon. Nopony can rule properly without understanding the wearisome burden that absolute leadership carries. There would be corruption and downfall. This lesson we learned from the Elder Ones. Those who walked on two feet. Everything they were became what we are today. We still see their hands... yes hands, not hoof or claw or talon... in everything. From teacup design to books.

That is why I cannot afford to allow my emotions to get the better of me.

Ever.

My beloved little sister let slip her heart and the cost was catastrophic. Everfree City was utterly annihilated, the old castle pulled apart by the land itself and the lives of thousands of ponies were snuffed out overnight. But understand Twilight, the creature that destroyed Everfree City and the old castle and killed so many was *not* my little sister.

To be honest... Luna was the lucky one. She slumbered for the most part, in her prison on the moon. But I, my student, had to endure a thousand years seeing to my sister's duties. Some called me a tyrant vying for my sister's throne. They know so little... What matters is that I managed to keep the balance in spite of the wearisome madness that threatened to consume my mind as it had Luna's.

Now that my sweet, beautiful little sister is back, I can finally take the time to reflect on myself.

Heavens help me, I feel so tired... So very tired...

But I *cannot*, I *WILL* not abandon Equestria. Too many have laid down their lives and we sisters have spent too many centuries forging it into a place where comforts are plentiful, work is noble, smiles are plenty and warmth is never far from anypony's heart.

No, dear Twilight, there can be no heirs, for there are none yet who can do what we do. If we do, then I will give them the reigns of my precious, beloved Equestria and find someplace quiet and solemn to live a simple, humble life. Or perhaps finally allow myself to pass as well, that we might be reunited.

But for such an even to come, I hold no breath. In all honesty, I do not believe there will ever be anypony who can rule with peace and love. Nopony who can truly appreciate this land as much as we do.

So I am committed to protecting and caring for this land for the rest of my eternal life.

I sound weary, and believe me my student, I am... but Twilight, you and your dear friends allowed me to smile genuinely for the first time in the millennium since my sister lost her way with your parties, your correspondence and learning to speak to me like a normal pony rather than a princess.

But you will soon pass beyond where I can reach and since your friends are all tied to you, they too will pass on the same evening. You are six of the greatest heroes Equestria has ever known.

I know what you will say. That myself and Luna should be included as heroes.

But my beloved Twilight, we are not heroes.

We are but pillars on which a heavy burden lays.

Wherever you go, Twilight, you and your friends will make it a better place.

I am a sorrowed to see you leave, but in your brief, precious flicker of a life, you have warmed the ground at my hooves and brought a smile to a weary soul.

I hope this letter finds you in good health, my acolyte. For when the hour that is on both our minds finally arrives, I have more tears to shed than I think I can stop.
You have shown this ancient, broken old mare that these endless days of vigilance are and have been worth it.

Please do not think that I wish to send you off with more baggage than you arrived in this world with. I just needed to bare my soul to *someone*, and I knew that you of all ponies would be able to understand.

Thank you, my dear, precious, golden-hearted Twilight...

Your mentor, your regent and your eternal friend, Princess Celestia."
*HANDKERCHIEF WARNING*

I wrote this on a whim as a response to this picture [link] by the extremely talented 'Crappy Unicorn.'

Just a deep look into Celestia's heart and how she has always been the shoulders on which Equestria rests.

I've never found Trollestia jokes funny, nor do I care for Molestia, Tyrantestia and so on.

She's a strategist and while perhaps not a goddess, is still beyond aging and holds Equestria in her hooves.

And for those inevitable 'But you made the 'Like a Queen' thingy which makes fun of her!' comments, know that while she's my favorite pony, like any good-natured comedian, I'm not above poking fun at things I like or even love.

Anyway, just thought I'd share! Enjoy!

*Image belongs to it's owner, [link] ! If you wish it taken down, I will do so. Thanks to ~KeinZantezuken for finding who made it!*

See also the sequel to this letter, a return letter from Twilight! [link]
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This one-shot fanfic of Celestia is probably one of the most tearjerking ones I've seen so far. It touches on how most of the fanon portray her as on many fanfics and it's truly saddening for Celestia to go through a lot of emotional issues.

While this isn't perfect since I've seen other fanfics or comics that comforts Celestia from many harsh treatments and they had better execution, this one isn't far from great impact on not only me, and many Celestia fans but a few people who might've disliked Celestia before.

Plus, the picture used of this submission is also quite a tearjerker. Sure not a lot of people might buy into this fanfic but most people will probably shed a tear or two.

Overall, it's short but sweet. It's sad but sentimental. :)

Do I recommend this? Yes I do for the most part.
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I... I am absolutely speechless. This is going to be a hard one, but here goes.

Vision: Like yourself, I did not much care for the "Trollestia" interpretation of Princess Celestia. I may hold more stock as one of Luna's followers, but even as I could see from the outset that this was different from most of the "world-weary Celestia" fics out there.

Originality: The sheer emotion in this work poured into my soul like someone aiming a fire hose at a teacup, and it was a wondrous feeling. Some of the high points for me were the descriptions of what Twilight and her friends accomplished later on, like the Griffon treaty, as well as the description of Everfree City and it's populace of Alicorns. Also, the idea that Celestia and Luna refer to themselves as "princesses" because they still believe that their mother, the Queen, is still out there held quite a bit of emotional weight. However, all of these high points were undermined somewhat by the inclusion of "The Elder Ones". Look, I understand that including humans in this universe as some sort of benevolent rulers or gods is an appealing idea, but it really needs to stop. The idea of hands and feet wouldn't make sense to Twilight, who has only known hooves and claws and wings her whole life, and Celestia's vague description just seemed like purposeful obfuscation. If you were to re-write this, I would remove that little bit of fat.

Technique: Absolutely flawless from a purely technical standpoint, with only one minor niggle. At one point, you said "but for such an even to come," when I am pretty sure you meant "but for such an EVENT to come". Might wanna fix that.

Impact: Hit me like a sack of bricks, a mainly because of the unique take on Equestria's history while still staying within the bounds of the canon. It is very hard to find that balance between creativity and accuracy, and I applaud you for pulling it off so well.

Overall: A truly magnificent take on Celestia's history as ruler of Equestria, with only one serious issue that I noticed. You sir/madam, have a true gift for the written word, and I hope that you will continue to write for as long as you are physically capable. My hat's off to you, and I wish you the best of fortunes.
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Saigeryumurayami Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Simply amazing... :o
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Zucca-Xerfantes Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you ^_^
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Saigeryumurayami Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome!
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animaillady32 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
It was really good oh poor Celestia, the strange thing is I thought it was called the lost letter cuz Celestia was the one dying and not the other way around, but still poor Celestia.

Though one thing, I kind of like the theory of Celestia acting like a mother not that she replaces Twilight's blood mom.
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GodzillaKrueger Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Celestia doesn't get near enough love.

Great story.
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Zucca-Xerfantes Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Have you seen the follow-up?

And yeah, Celestia does need more love...
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lookman3733 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
follow-up? were were
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GodzillaKrueger Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
No, I'll try to check it out.
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Whisperer-of-Winds Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional Writer
a life well-spent is not a loss as it leaves this realm...
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Zucca-Xerfantes Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Amen...
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