Commission drawing by *FruitbloodMilkashake, the original posting can be found on his DA page here: [link]
A scene from my MLP Fanfic series, and a preview of my new 'villian/enemy' pony race. Known as the "Craven Swarmers", this race from beyond was a threat to Equestria back early in its founding. The Craven nearly wiped out all of Equestria during the dual-rulership of both Princess Celestia and Princess Luna, but they mysteriously turned around and headed back to wherever they had come from - just when they were on the cusp of victory! Princess Celestia surmised that they most likely returned to deal with a more pressing threat. Since then, Princess Celestia and Princess Luna both agreed that it was best not to pry any further into the matter, least they 'provoke' another onslaught by the Craven upon Equestria.
However, due to Twilight's actions from a certain episode in Season 2 (hint hint to what or who was stopping the Craven), the force that has kept the Craven in check are no longer powerful enough to keep them back... and the Craven have returned! Many of Twilight's friends have come to Canterlot to defend the last bastion left in Equestria that can stand against them, and as the defenders fall left and right... Warlord Coltrane realizes he must make a heroic sacrifice to buy the defenders time to regroup. In the scene above, Warlord Coltrane rushes out and charges the enemy, pulling them away from Canterlot (however briefly) to give Twilight and her friends time as his warponies fall around him and he and his warband are eventually overwhelmed by the Craven.
When asked by Roan of Arc why he must go (just prior to the charge), Warlord Coltrane merely turns to her and says: "This is what heroes are for."
Anyway, just a small sneak peek, to those who are still interested in what's to happen!