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I've decided to make Twilight's education a series, since so many people seemed to like the last one.

Celestia is going to teach you a valuable life-lesson one way or another, Twilight--even if she has to "call in the big guns."

EDITION:
After getting some feedback, it seems the comic is not very clear. This is a failure on my part, so, in case anyone cares, I will try to make up for it with some direction.

1) Celestia may or may not be omniscient--this cannot be disproved. Did she know what Twilight had seen in the flask? Did she know that by asking for a demonstration, Twilight would assent to taking the class? If Twilight had given the demonstration, would she have eo ipso learned something about friendship from Pinkie?

2) What is the liquid in the flask? Is it the liquid that conjures Pinkie's image, or is this a result of Pinkie's arcane 4th wall-breaking powers?

3) "Q.E.D." is what logicians and such write at the ends of proofs. It means "As was to be shown."

4) Twilight has looked into the abyss of friendship (a concept of which she is ignorant), and the abyss looked back.

5) The symbols along the wonky-perspective shelves in Twilight's room represent the stages of producing the philosopher's stone (viz. calcination, dissolution, separation, conjunction, putrefaction, congelation, cibation, sublimation, fermentation, exaltation, multiplication, and projection). Does this mean the essence of friendship is analogous to the philosophers stone? Is friendship likewise capable of miraculous things?

The nest comic will not be so complicated. Lesson learned.
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:iconschwarzerritter:
SchwarzerRitter Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
Pinkie Pie being a homunculus makes more sense than it should.
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:iconwheeljackson:
WheelJackson Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012   General Artist
Pinkie in a bottle?
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DoubleCleffTheBrony Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Q.E.D...E.Q.D. Coincidence?
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ShadowShay Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
1) I believe Ms. Faust said that the princesses are not gods or demi-gods, but merely powerful alicorns
nice work though!
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guitarfan01 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I didn't find the extra notes so necessary. It worked for me. shrugpony
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:iconjaysg2010:
JaySG2010 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
Great comic. Your style of ponies is cool.
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:iconbigm33:
BigM33 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
soo pinkie pie is the essense of friendship? cool
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:iconspecter-von-baren:
Specter-Von-Baren Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
I think your explanation just made me more confused...
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:icontarripup:
TarriPup Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Student
She is EVERYWHERE!!! D8
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michaelspringer Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
Liked your comic. I understood the majority of it without the explanation.

1 . Seems to be taking place in an alternate setting. More collegiate, less feudal. True to character, Twilight finds the concept of making friends abhorrent, so she tries to science/magic her way out of it. The exact nature of Celestia isn't currently important to the story, and, much like the show, should be left to the reader's imagination. (At least until such time as it does become important.)
2,4 . In stories, potions aren't generally known for being active while they're just sitting there (they usually need to be drunken or otherwise 'excited'), so I naturally assumed the fanon Pinkie fourth wall abilities. This may not even be the Pinkie from her universe.
3 . Couldn't remember what QED meant (though recognized it as a message closer). Considering it was alongside another image of Pinkie winking to the audience, its exact meaning didn't seem important. If someone cares enough, they could just google it.
5 . Spotted all the zodiac symbols, but didn't attach specific importance to them since I wasn't aware of the Philosopher's Stone connection. (Actually, for a minute it made me think this might be a Final Fantasy Tactics crossover.) Considering there's no plot reference made to them, it really shouldn't need to be explained right now. Merely serves as an extra bonus to smart people.

What I'm saying here is that I think you're doing a fine job. And unless I've completely missed the point above, I do not think you have made any serious mistakes.

Still, know your audience. If I'm the only one who got remotely close (or not, as the case may be), then maybe some simplification is in order.
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RaenBoow Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Pure Pinkie Essense :iconpinkiepieclapplz:
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:iconcaptainbrony:
CaptainBrony Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
are they in the 70's or the 80's man????? WTF is up with the hair
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:iconj10c25s98:
J10C25S98 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What's with all the zodiac signs on paper? :P
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MrSmartusername Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
hmm, i had no clue friendship was made out of sulfuric acid
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:iconmistabeans:
Mistabeans Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
MLP harry potter. GENIUS
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:iconkrislaf:
Krislaf Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
"all work and no friends make twilight a dull mare" a the shining reference? awesome
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FoxFire1988 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
*sees Pinkie Pie in the flask, thinks Full Metal Alchemist*
Ok, that was only slightly creepy *shudder*

*Sees Philosophers Stone in number 5*
OH DEAR SWEET CELESTIA!!!! TWILIGHT TRANSMUTATED PINKIE PIE!!!!!!
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MourekDA Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
great, reminds me of G3 style abit
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:iconbattree:
BatTree Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
ha my little pony mc Donald advert was on while i read this xD
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Dan001703 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
If Twi had GEB An Eternal Golden Braid on her shelf I'd propose in a heartbeat.

(Or at least beg the Princess to let me be her study partner)
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Valforwing Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
OMG that shelf!!!!!!!!!
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:icontherealamddude:
theREALamddude Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
You should color calibrate your monitor, the colors look a bit off (if that wasn't intentional). Other than that I like it.
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BB-K Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Quite Easily Done.
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maniax362 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
Stoichiology is not a word. I think you mean stoichiometry.
Just a helpful tidbit. :iconfluttershyyayplz:
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:iconultraspacemobile:
ultraspacemobile Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist
I don't generally like argue with my readers, and I always appreciate being corrected when I err; nonetheless I will direct your attention to the following page:

[link]

I admit that dictionary.com is not necessarily reliable, but I'm almost certain I've come across "stoichiology" before--i believe in Kant's introductory logic textbook where he explains the difference between logic and the particular sciences.
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ScottWolf Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
Pinkie win!
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Chimerax11 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Quantum Friendship Theory! Dynamic Friendship Relational Mechanics! The metaphysical "5th Wall" (which will later come to be called "Pinkie's Wall")!
This comic opens up so much for the exploration of definitive magical mechanics and theorems for this world! I love it!
Thank you for this dose of inspiration!
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:iconultraspacemobile:
ultraspacemobile Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist
Hurrah! The more pony comics there are, the better the world will be!
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Chimerax11 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That means we need more comics.
You sir, are charged with this civil duty!
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paropues Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
so pinkie is the alchemical avatar of friendship eh?
intriguing... very intriguing...!
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:iconkitmaro:
Kitmaro Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
SHAZAM! Friendship.
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:iconritsuko-mithos:
Ritsuko-Mithos Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Pinkie Pie is just right down creepy sometimes...makes me wonder wether it would be a good idea or not to let her loose in this world :XD:
By the way, Q.E.D. - quod erat demostrandum ("which was to be demonstrated").
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HoboBob24 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
QED? Quantum Electro-Dynamics?
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AlTheJuggernaut Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
It's Latin. Quod Erat Demonstratum.
Thus it was demonstrated.
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Dungeo Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
HoboBob just made a physics reference...was it Feynman that copied off QED?
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iceqake18 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
The symbols look like those of the trolls from Homestuck, then again... I quite sure that the creator would have copied them. So whatever...
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ultraspacemobile Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist
AIthejuggernaut is correct. The symbols on the trolls' shirts are just the zodiac symbols, most of which were used by alchemists too. Incidentally, did you ever notice that the trolls' names are derivative from the names of the constellations too? Eg. "Karkat" from the Greek "Karkinos," "crab," i.e. "cancer." that comic is brilliant.
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iceqake18 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
Yeah Hussie has so many references I can't count them all. Pretty cool facts, I'll need to point that out to some people. Great comic by the way, can't wait for more.
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AlTheJuggernaut Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
The symbols are actually from medieval alchemy texts. The one on the blue book in the first panel is the symbol for Jupiter.
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:iconiceqake18:
iceqake18 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
Ah, thanks for clearing that up. Learn something new every day. :P
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Haku1013 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
Pinkie, the one who sees beyond what you see
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:iconcrazyskullz:
CrazySkullz Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
Q.E.D. = Quantum Entanglement Device?
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:iconalthejuggernaut:
AlTheJuggernaut Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
It's Latin. Quod Erat Demonstratum.
Thus it was demonstrated.
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banjo2E Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
GODDAMMIT PINKIE.
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:iconchoseblackknight:
choseblackknight Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
Hahahaha wait. I don't get it. Is Pinkie meant to be pure friendship energy or something? uh.. .. could I drink that?
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:iconultraspacemobile:
ultraspacemobile Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist
Originally, I had the idea that twilight would drink it as her demonstration and transform into pinkie pie, but in the end thought the image of pinkie's big eye was funnier. Whip up a batch and try it out! I recommend it!
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OwlLover11235 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
Pretty sure no one's noticed this, but that text behind Pinkie in the vial is the Elements Song by Tom Lerher.
Look it up on Youtube, its hilarious!
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CharginChuck Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
That is the most awesome Celestia I have ever seen.
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:iconponyvangelist:
ponyvangelist Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
Bottled Pinkie Pie?

Is the world really ready for this?
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Vampiresuper-sayajin Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I drool over the way, you draw their manes... It's... GORGEOUS!! :wow:
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