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First Contact War, Griffons by AssasinMonkey First Contact War, Griffons by AssasinMonkey
The first contact between the Pony and the Griffon
Celestia and Luna wage a war against another civilization, a new found intelligent species.

Absolutely great fun doing this kind of scale and style again. Plenty of new things to try out and improve.
First time doing any of these characters from MLP

See the Work in Progress for this here: [link]
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sir-digs-alot Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015  Student General Artist
I remember this battle, first between the "Royals" and Griffons of the trinity war, it opened my eyes and changed my life.
Kalenz123 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 11, 2015
It's much more likly that the Pegasi met the griffons before the Pony races united. So a war between the pegasi and griffons with no alicorns involved would make more sense. (and would be more balanced cause griffons vs alicorns is not a battle its a massacre =p)
mrhistorybuff Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015
Yes what about love and tolerance as for mentioned below by some other pony what made you think of this art series of war between the Griffins and the ponies?? Please reply
AssasinMonkey Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Ah, sorry I missed the question from thepixeldragon15

As to answer it, there's quite an in depth reasoning behind it.
But it already starts with the fact the show indicates not all relations are perfect. There's been fights and possibly even wars, as they seem to know the term 'war'
From Nightmare Moon, the the wildlife such as the Hydra, to other factions such as the Changelings. Twilight mentioned the term War before, and in recent episode there was even a more direct use of it.

It shows that things can go wrong, even though this doesn't imply they can't improve!!! My universe is set in the past, the show indicates Gryphons are a lot more accepted now-a-days. So I'm exploring the possibilities of a hostile relationship. The name "First Contact War" implies a sense of alien to it as well. I wanted to explore the contact between two completely alien species, in more ways than one. Two sentient intelligent species as well. (and possibly more, such as I've shown by creation Bovine pictures, and others)

The closest humans have come to historical first contact would probably be the colonization of the Americas. Where the natives did not speak the same language, nor had the same culture. They did however have the same bodies and ancestors. That contact didn't exactly go well. Gryphons and Ponies don't even share the same bodies! Language of any form could be totally unknown the other. Ponies having hooves, rather than claws and paws. A gesture in claws could be seen as completely offensive to those with hooves, and so on. Those unknown make it fairly interesting for me to explore these things.
Love and tolerance already doesn't mean the same for all ponies amongst each other, and probably even less so for the Gryphons or other species (Changelings, wildlife, etc.). A lot of gryphons have been shown to be greedy to some extremes.

I also make the contact slowly build up, at first they may not know of each other's existence nor that they already had some small interactions with each other. Perhaps a hunter shot someone down from the other side, not even knowing what it was! Creation a possibly butterfly effect. Especially without direct communication technologies. (Even if those with magic can, not everyone has magic) So news travel slow, across massive distances. Think medieval times. Villages could be completely wiped out without anyone knowing or hearing about it until months later.
Grudges can be build up, and ripple into bigger events, and eventually a full on war. Some may not even know why they're at war, others make it their personal vendetta for personal things, and others may try to settle things down more peacefully although those may still be struck down if the other side doesn't agree on that! Making things even worse.

So there's a lot of different directions to go in, with a lot of different possibilities across a vast landscape, with hundreds or thousands of smaller stories, events and personalities, all contributing to what could head into any direction, either grim or peaceful.

There's a lot more that can be told, but that's also why I'm making an universe out of it. To try and do so with the help of art.
Hope I didn't go to deep, and it's still understandable where I'm coming from with this fan made universe. :)
Engavar Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh wow, you have improved so much!
thepixeldragon15 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
B-But what about love and tolerance?
Luna-Soresodthe Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
A kind of sense of adventure and excitement :D (Big Grin) ,

but it is beautiful. Heart 
J25TheArcKing Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting written description you wrote...
'The first contact between the Pony and the Griffon
Celestia and Luna wage a war against another civilization, a new found intelligent species.'
Especially the title...

The war between 2 species.
Oh cool the two sisters are teaming up. Light and Darkness yes...

Clever work.
xormak Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow, looking at this and then on your newest deviations it's absolutely clear that you have improved a LOT O_O Though, even this here is one of it's kind due to it's atmosphre wich i guess, is the main aspect.
SCP-183 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
In all truth the griffons would be fucked seeing that equestria has unicorns with magic, pegasus which can fly so there advantage would be gone, a unbeatable workforce and warriors and to top it all off two who have all those traits but can also control the sun and the moon.
FeanorKelsick Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
awesome, i love ur material, all has an epic feel and like the style!
serwalt Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
note to self: never trust griffons...... except black gryph0n
CommanderEX Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
Nice to see Celestia and Luna fighting alongside their soldiers, because show and fanfics give them so little to do, making them useless all the time.
xelianthought Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
LisanneThePony Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
Wow, like Equestria war!
masteraus Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
mmm esto me hace pensar en mi...
Marblemagic Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Student General Artist
serwalt Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
*wrist watch transform into sword* some pony watch each other six!!!!
Marblemagic Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Student General Artist
*burp* "Nah" *takes out a halo4 rail gun* 
lolpas986 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
Well done, I know you meant it as a mass effect reference, but I couldn't help but think back to Equestria: Total War (fanfic) Nice work :D
rayray12k Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
'Another war against a civilization. I wonder why should they dare try to attack others. Still, it is best to keep observing for a while, as we wait for our men to finish their crack-downs on their civilian magic users. They won't know what will strike them.'

- The Seeker of the Lands, the apprentice of The Templar.
x4rn0x Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
RaggaR8 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Slightly different than what I've seen in service but amazing work.
MoonlightTheif Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Epic battle will ensure
JenniferMulkerrin Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional Photographer
MyLittlePrimo Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Nice work! Personally, I used to hate Griffins in Ponies after seeing "Griffin the Brush-Off".
cajobif Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
Oh yeah.

I hope we'll see something like this in the show. But more friendly.
adamthewalker Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Me: "Wow dude"
"Holy shit"

You know how to set the stage.
sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
Looks great.

Kudos on the lighting here.
TomFraggle Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
Looks great! :thumbsup:
10lamdn1 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
Also known as the Peak 314 incident to the griffons, the First Contact War started when pony explorers started to perform magical experiments that had been outlawed by the other sentient species. When a griffon patrol flew past them, they attacked, as per ordered. This would have led to a full scale war had the intervention of the other civilizations been slower.
ardashir Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
I can just imagine the griffin battle cry: "Yum, dinner!"
DarthWill3 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very cool!
Duelist925 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
Very nice. I love it.
21stUser Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Student Artist
ZeldaTheSwordsman Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
Griffons are not Klingons or Romulans.
Iron-Chef-OR Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Wow, this is SO cool! Great job!
J4B Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That looks pretty cool.
Dragonstar1278 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
pretty awesome.
StephenMannix Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
BadAss Griffons. Epic Battle Scene is EPIC!!! :D
JaySG2010 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Looks really cool. Great work.
BurntMyWater Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Reminds me of the Turian-Human First Contact War from Mass Effect.
FRESHxMEAT Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really badass, I love it! ^_^
Sire-Sword Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Epic pony war!! Griffion wars are best wars.
anzul Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
daam, looks rough-ish and very reminicent of the old-time paitings, quite a grea piece of art :)
templar127 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
GLASS them with the power of the Sun!
docabsinthe Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the smell of burnt feathers and lion fur in the morning. Smell's like ...victory.
Attemborough Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Epic artwork! Good job!

Celestia is in a aggresive situation and looks confident.
And is Luna nervous? Maybe she's too young that time.
Northwestcore Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, totally amazing. :D
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