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Prelude to Power by AssasinMonkey Prelude to Power by AssasinMonkey
This episode... this finale, just like oh my GOSH.
MLP:FIM Season 4 soo good, soo sooooo good hehe.

Also this finale was so good, the title part "Prelude" is kinda because this is just the start  of what my mind has planned for me to cover on this episode.
As in, I'm going to try and cover the entire episode with multiple arts. My mind would just not accept I'd only make 1 piece though I did want 1 piece finished today.
See a little very rough preview of my plans:

Anyhow, thought I'd start out with where the main storyline actually seemed to begin.
Who would've guessed they would throw us back to Cerberus's appearance back then influencing this. That continuity is one of those great parts.

So much to say about this episode, I recapped the episode talking for 2,5 hours in my stream. I might actually upload that soon for those who want to give it a listen or something heh.

Hope y'all enjoyed this season and I'm sure will get through the wait for season 5 together!

Approx Time: 9-10 hours? if I take into account trying to match up the Battle scene with just about every song we could think of for more than an hour :XD: (It all fit a bit too well at times)
Prelude to Power [WIP] by AssasinMonkey
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This is just one heck of an amazing piece of artwork you did based off the finale this past Saturday...

I love how you have Cerberus having returned to his duty since It's About Time to discover that, although the rest of the convicts were still there, Public Enemy #1 had somehow managed to escape his own shackles and made a break for it. Cerberus was both angry and worried at how Tirec had escaped, but knew he could not do anything about it as he still had to keep the other inmates imprisoned.

I'm certain that when Tirec was defeated, stripped of his ill-gotten magic, and sent back to Tartarus, this time imprisoned in small cell instead of shackles, Cerberus was ready to ensure he never escaped ever again...Maybe even consider eating Tirec in revenge for his cruelty in imprisoning the Princesses in Tartarus. That would show the other inmates the price for what happens when you make the mistake of sending innocent Princesses to rot in your stead.

I can't wait to see if you do more artwork of Cerberus...Maybe even with how he took care of the Princesses during their short stint in the slammer.
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What aspects i like:

-loved the expressions on the characters. the right one seems dopey like he is questioning the event just by his facial expression. The other two seem to be more wiser and know what is going on.

-the story behind the picture is more complicated, the viewer has to piece together certain things just like the character is. This creates a sense of being in the same position as he is.

-The story is not straight forward, it is like a puzzle, the viewer realizes what's happened without it being present (you can't see him escaping but you know he has).

-picture quality is great as usual (the actual drawing)


What i think could be improved (sorry if I'm harsh or make mistakes):

-I can't really find anything wrong with it. To create something better would of just took longer and what you have drawn portrays the event well. So yeah, no flaws worth mentioning.
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grisador Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016
Or '''' Jailor's Demise ? '''
right head: he... Has escaped...
Left head: we must do something!
Middle head:... We can't.
Left and right: WHAT!?
Middle: by the time we find him, he'll be too powerful.
Left: oh dear celestia!
Right: not. Good.
Middle: *looks up at the sky and whispers* may the ancestors have mercy on us all...
FalloutFanfic879 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Cerberus YOUR SO FIRED !!!!!!Angered Angered Angered 
bigdad Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Oooooooh we're so in trouble" ^ ^
BenCooneyTheGuardian Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
Uh, oh.
MLPegasis4898 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woooaaahh...!!! :wow: :wow: :wow:
SonicMila Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
its like harry potter
Here-for-the-ponies Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Good ole Cerberus. It would have been neat to see him make an appearance in the finale.
Kronoxus Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Hobbyist
Bropony2010 Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Head one: oh no he escaped!

Head two: let the ponyprincesses handle this. 

Head three: i'm hungry!
ChaoticNote Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
The faces just truly speak "We done fucked up."
EverlastingJoy Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
Nice form and lighting on this one.

Intrigue, rage and confusion, I see those emotions in Cerberus. I don't know if you were going for that but if you were, nice!
ZzzShadows Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
in the show i thought he was cute XD
Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool stuff here.
J4B Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am really glad that they actually showd us Tartarus in the show.
GUILLE832 Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
Fanart is the best kind of art! I still wonder why, after season two, nopony noticed that Tirek was missing in Tartarus. I mean, he is not the kind of guy who goes unnoticed, is he?
coolclaytony Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
Considering Cerberus is probably the only non inmate in Tartarus, he (seemingly) can't really speak any kind of pony languages, and he has to keep his post (least the other monsters escape in his absence). Once one manages to escape, I'd imagine it's relativley easy to go unnoticed.
GUILLE832 Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
And shouldn´t Celestia take count of the prisoners? I mean, if you have decided to seal in the same place the most vile criminals of your reign you should keep an eye on it. I guess.
SwanLullaby Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
the whole scene is really good!
Sonic5421 Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Cerberus may have been worried or infuriated to discover Tirec had escaped, but at least once he was returned by the Magic of Friendship, Cerberus was ready for a little retribution over two things:

1. Tirec being cruel enough to imprison the Princesses in Tartarus.
2. Tirec busting out in the first place.

I think Tirec is going to be Cerberus' next meal, and that is the end of that monster.
Mokey1980s Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
That's some beautiful lighting you did there. I love how it just illuminates the entire room from the aura on the ground.

Nice job =)
NicolasDominique Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Professional Artist
Nice Cerberus!
HungrySohma16 Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Despite this setting being such a dark and scary place I can help but adore Cerberus here.
The third head looks so adorably confused. x3

Very nice lighting effects starting from the ground up <D
Imadethistoseeponi Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
"Ruh Roh" X 3
Ponkool4 Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
Sweet! It was great to see more of Cerberus in the finale!
FeanorKelsick Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
Loved that tartarus gate, so cool
Krazylec Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
An original idea oh so very well rendered? That's AM for you!
ZoPteryx Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
They're thinking: "Oh crap, we're fired."

Very nice work, can't wait to see more!
Also, pllleeeeeaaaaase do something from the Twi vs Tirek fight.
In your style it'd be freaking amazing.
Heh, I like how the one on our right is all "hey, what's going on over there?"
and the other two are just stuck thinking "... shit."
Saisona Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
reminds me of the Exotic core hound pups from WoW ^^
batosan Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very well done!
A3Kitsune Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
Cool.                                                                                                                                                                                             ONIGIRI THING 
unassuminguser Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This induces a bit of fridge logic actually; why didn't Cerebus alert anyone to Tirek's escape? Perhaps he was bribed with a bone or two :D
Senthai Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
Not really. Tirek is not the only prisoner in Tartarus. If he moved from his spot, more dangerous beings could have escaped.
unassuminguser Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Huh, must of missed all the other prisoners they listed as being held in Tartarus :P. Wonder why they didn't all escape at the same time. Unless they did and catching them all is gonna be the plot of season five. I like your line of thinking guy :nod:
Senthai Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
It was never explicitely stated who else is held in Tartarus, but when Cerberus escaped they did say it holds "dangerous creatures", not just Tirek alone. Maybe they didn't escape because only Tirek had the strength/patience to break out of his shackles so far...
Gapeagle Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They called back an episode so far back. I didn't expect that at all.
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Armosk Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
Good to see that you managed to finish it in the night, or better said, in the morning. xD
zephyr093 Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
Absolutely stunning work! I can't wait to see the other pieces for the finale :)
Jaimeelee123 Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love the detail you put into your art works!
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