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F:E Fates -- Rainbow Dash by tomcullen F:E Fates -- Rainbow Dash by tomcullen
The final installment in the fates of FO:E's Ministry Mares: Rainbow Dash, of the Ministry of Awesome!

I lot of folks were wondering about this one, as Kkat never really addressed Rainbow's ultimate fate. Finally, I chose to go with this scene, our final glimpse of Rainbow Dash before she faded from the story, and from history...

I know it's weird, having a Rainbow-shaped hole in the history of the Equestrian Wasteland, but I actually prefer not knowing. It's kinda poetic...As hard as Rainbow worked to make history, the break every record, to have her name screamed to the heavens, it somehow seems right that in the end she should just...vanish.

Of all the pieces I've done, this one has changed the most, from concept to execution. I hope you're all as satisfied with it as I am.

Fallout: Equestria belongs to Kkat, MLP:FIM belongs to Lauren Faust.
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Sturmlion1 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015
You and me both.
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tomcullen Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014
no hateful comments here, please and thank you! (I might have to wop you with the Spoiler-Stick, tho) ;)
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Vector-Brony Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My apologies
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nightengale1028 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
am i the only one who cares what happened to spike? being a dragon he should still be alive and he was in his cave when the mega spells happened so we know he is alive ..... he would make one bad ass companion now
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tomcullen Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
you really should go read the rest of the story... ;)
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nightengale1028 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
i did....*face hoof*
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AussieGriffin Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
Technically speaking, no one knows what happened to her... we assume it was awesome. >.>
A.G.
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watcher25 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
(haven't fully read story, glanceing at pics to the side...)


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" - HOLY ----!!!!"
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Innak Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
Message from Kkat:

I just used this in my FIMfiction blog.  :love:
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tomcullen Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
I just saw the entry! Thank you so much...I'm so glad you understand! (And I hope you understand why I ultimately decided not to read your headcanon, even though I'm sure it's brilliant...and even though it was not an easy decision!) 

You're awesome, Kkat!
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BenRG Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
I think that Rainbow beat Glida and probably nearly got herself killed checking on everyone.  As far as she could determine, everypony was dead, with the exception of Sweetie, who was missing.  Even Celestia nad Luna both seemed to have died.  How can you remain loyal when you are seemingly the last pony left in a ruined world? How can you be the hero when you have failed everypony

I think she flew up, up, up as far as she could, further than any pegasi had done before, then slammed herself into the ground as fast as she could... just to be sure.
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CrazyPastels Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Shadowbolts never die, there just missing in action!

Not like I stole that or anything. 
 
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BenRG Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
Yeah, you're right. The Last Shadowbolt, ponykind's sword and its shield. She won her last fight, completed her last mission and then faded into history and legend.

Let's face it, Rainbow would have wanted it that way.
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Evilgidgit Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I never looked at it like that before, Rainbow Dash wanting eternal glory and she vanishes into thin air. When I first read FE, I really expected Rainbow Dash to make a dramatic entrance in the final chapters as a ghoul, but I was left a little disappointed.
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Istarian Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
I read one side story where she'd basically sealed herself up in magical containment the day she disappeared. Although honestly, I wish any past characters arriving in the future had a harder time coping with it. Shooting to kill your enemy is fine right up until everyone is your enemy. Dying in battle against losing odds would certainly have been a fitting, if depressing end. Although, it's ironic that in the end her single real project was close to the most beneficial their could be. Despite the pegasi totally disowning her, if it hadn't been for her the pegasi probably would hardly exist. The SPP and Gardens of Equestria are really the technology that saved ponies ultimately in the original fic.
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spartanguy88 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
I like that no one really knows just what happened between Rainbow Dash and Gilda. Did Rainbow Dash defeat/killed Gilda (or vice-versa)?
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ZFDcorpz Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
Very nice! Loved this series.
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y1fellas Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
I like this. It's grim, and in a good way, too. There's a real dynamic sense to is, that signifies something significant is happening here. 

With the 'Rainbow Shaped Hole', my interpretation is that Gilda killed Dash, explaining why she was never heard from again. Which I think is a fitting and ironic end to the Element of Loyalty. Killed by someone who was once her friend, someone who she betrayed years ago, and in turn betrayed her. I can't help but imagine the final showdown between them, both doing the junior speedster's chant, eyeing each other up, limbs never straying too far from their guns, and once that song ended... 

Blam...

Blam...

Blam...

One friend had killed the other, merely another tragedy among thousands.

Just thinking about it makes me feel melancholy...
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ksad90 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
Except that the part where Gilda and Dash face off happens BEFORE the events of Dash's memory orb. Dash escaped Gilda without killing her (she said that Gilda was waiting for her just outside the Pink Cloud) and fled into Canterlot to fullfill Pinkie's request, but after that, nopony knows.
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I created a story that deals with Rainbow Dash's final fate. Check it out.
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Innak Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
Message from Kkat:

I love this.  :hug:

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tomcullen Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
Kkat, in case I haven't said it already: 

Thank you, thank you, thank you! You brought together two of my favorite things in a way that complimented them both, and allowed me a new way to appreciate my fandoms. I hope my Fates series has done your work justice :D

Again, thank you Kkat. Where-ever you are, and whatever you're doing, I hope you never stop writing!
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BrentOGara Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I had wondered how you would address this, and I have to say: I love it! :love:

This really is the perfect image for her 'fate'. PP had a hand in it, but really RD is the one (I feel) was directly responsible for LP discovering the truth's that led her to the SPP... not to mention that RD is the reason for the SPP in the first place. She looks so hurt, so lost... apprehensive, yet awesome. All her friends are dead or missing, the world is a burning ruin, even the Goddesses are gone... and all she knows is that her crazy druggie friend insisted that she had do this one last thing... so she does it, because she's Loyalty Incarnate.
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ParastarSarasva Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Though the screams have died down, whispers remain.
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Wisdom-Thumbs Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was basically going to say what Chinman said, but they already said it.

Also, I love (LOVE) this armor design. And the silhouette of her gun just sells it for me. This is going in my favorites.
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UWoodward Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Seconded.
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chinman Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
"As hard as Rainbow worked to make history, the break every record... it somehow seems right that in the end she should just...vanish."

Holy crap!  I know the final fates of the rest of the mane 6 were brutally ironic (i.e. Pinkie wanting to keep people happy, ended up making everyone fear her, Flutters wanting to save everyone, killed everyone instead, etc...) but for the longest time I could never see the irony behind Dash's fate.  Wow, thanks for pointing that out!

Oh and awesome pic, can't forget that!
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coyotecyb Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
i think since she left an entire following (the Dashites) she left her mark ....
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tomcullen Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
i now feel bad for the role i played in a bad pun...XD
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chupathingy98 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Tom Cullen... as in, m-o-o-o-n, that's spells whatever you damn well please?
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coyotecyb Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
m-o-o-n, that spells tom cullen ;)
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Sielent-Brat Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013

I totally agree with you about Rainbow's fate.

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