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I shall either find a way or make one, Twilight by Lionel23 I shall either find a way or make one, Twilight by Lionel23
"Aut inveniam viam aut faciam, Twilight Sparkle." - Gaius Mareacus

The illustration above is another scene in my MLP fanfic series about Twilight Sparkle visiting various remote areas of Equestria. In the scene depicted, Imperator Gaius Mareacus and his Legion are ambushed while escorting Twilight and friends through the North Fens. Despite the chaos of the situation, Gaius remains both cool and collected; a beacon for his fellows to rally behind. Twilight Sparkle is a bit unnerved by the ensuing battle, but Gaius positions himself besides her to protect and reassure Celestia's star pupil that no harm will befall her or her friends. Below is a little blurb about the scene.
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Twilight Sparkle cautiously stepped back as the clash and den of battle echoed around her.

"Do not be afraid, Twilight Sparkle," a voice called from behind her.

Before the purple unicorn could turn around to identify the source of the voice, she felt a strong body press against her side - preventing her from withdrawing further backwards.

"My Legion shall keep us safe. They are veterans of countless battles. They know what to do, and as long as I yet breathe then they will not falter," Imperator Gaius Mareacus said calmly, looking over the lines of Legionnaires quickly forming a wall with their shields to keep the enemy at bay.

"But we are surrounded, Imperator. How will we get out of this predicament?"

A Legionnaire cohort approached the duo with a flaming torch held steadily in his mouth. Gaius exchanged a quick glance and a nod to the guard, who nodded his head in an affirmative at some unspoken question.

"Aut inveniam viam aut faciam, Twilight Sparkle," Gaius declared as he surveyed the ongoing battle unfold around them.

Twilight blinked at his native tongue used by him and his fellow ponies of the Empire. Picking up the mixed signals from the unicorn, Gaius moved to correct himself for the benefit of his charge.

"I shall either find a way or make one, Twilight Sparkle. You and your friends will see this through to the end, I assure you."


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Imperator Gaius Mareacus, Veteran and Ruler of the Empire
Twilight Sparkle, Ponyville's Star Prodigy

Illustration artwork by :icontiaamaito:*tiaamaito.

EDIT/UPDATE: New version with placeholder shields removed to real shield designs.
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:iconcolonelbsacquet:
ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner May 26, 2015
Who are the attackers?
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Serveris7 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
Amazing work on this pic!
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:iconashoof:
Ashoof Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
bad ass!
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Dakathi666 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
Sweet!
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redpny650 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014
Do you mind if I use this for a cover art for a vampire twilight I'm in the process of writing on fimfiction.net. I will credit you. Though I have not decided between this or jinyaranda.deviantart.com/art/… The art is really cool, but the only problem is that there is no way to tell that twilight is a vampire. Thank you and I'll send you a link to the story, no matter which I use.
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:iconlionel23:
Lionel23 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
I have no problem, as long as credit is given!
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:iconredpny650:
redpny650 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014
I have decided to use your picture of the cover art. The other one in my previous comment only retains to a scene, while this one shows a possible overarching story arch. 
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:iconhailmyself:
HailMyself Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
I really hope to read a full story T_T.
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Darkpower123456 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
What is this fanfiction called and where can I perhaps find it? .3.
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AirsoftCommissar Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
awesome
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:icontw6464:
TW6464 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
YEAH!!! Latin! I understood that actually!!!
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:iconlionel23:
Lionel23 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
Ahh, someone who does!  Extra special treat, wasn't it? ^^
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:icontw6464:
TW6464 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
Well... Kinda sorta...

(I had to take a Latin Class for three years.... IT WAS TERRIBLE)
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:iconredpny650:
redpny650 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014
I did latin for five before I got out and something nit picky, Lionel23. "Shall" is the fut perfect indicative so, the words would be fecero or faxo and invenero. Other than that great story, wish to see more of it.
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spartanofFEAR Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
Don't know why, but I hate this pic... It's great but, I fucking hate it. Don't know why.
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:iconhailmyself:
HailMyself Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
1. Maybe you hate Twilight.
2. Or you just hate Roman Legion.
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spartanofFEAR Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
I don't hate Twilight.... Or do I? Not too sure, all the stories of her go like this: "Oh your an unknown species, FOR SCIENCE *Clop*. Or, FOR SCIENCE *Near death of human*. Or, "Kill it! Kill it with FIRE!!"
And as for the Legion? I fucking love the Roman Legion, it's awesome, hell even Ceaser's Legion from Fallout New Vegas.
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:iconhailmyself:
HailMyself Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
Then the problem is.....Twilight. Well, that normal. Many people don't like she much. Some hate she. But she is Ok in my book.
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spartanofFEAR Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
Are, are you fucking kidding me? Do you speak English.
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:iconhailmyself:
HailMyself Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
No. I don't speak English as my mother language. But last time i check. I not write somethings wrong. And i don't say that you hate Twilight. Just say that you don't like she.
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spartanofFEAR Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
..... It's translated as "you don't like "she"" rather than "her" Either way, she is kinda of a pain in the ass when it comes to fan fics and such.
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:iconhailmyself:
HailMyself Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
Now that i can understand.
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AngelsKarith Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
I love this picture its awesome and I'd like to read the rest of your fic is it on fanficnet or FIMfiction maybe
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:iconlionel23:
Lionel23 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
Will be on here and on FIMFiction once finished! Thanks for showing interest!
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AngelsKarith Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
your welcome please ifo when done looks really interesting!

love the pony armor btw although the wolf pelt on the captains helmet looks strange dkw
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:iconfortitudo:
Fortitudo Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I really like the design Gaius. He, I would follow to battle and beyond!
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:iconcaro-kitty:
Caro-Kitty Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
He is very handsome :) Your art is phenomenal!
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author92 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Love the concept, love the phrase, and love the drawing
Romans are some of the coolest warriors ever
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TheMerryWolf Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful picture! I really love the idea of Roman ponies.
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Sketchy-wolves Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Student General Artist
i like the design of the guards and the OC's armor :)
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dummy-naruto Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
i swear the wolf pony with twilight makes me think of the actual twilight....uuuggh
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DragonStrider Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow if you confuse a Roman General for freakin Twilight and gay warewolves....just wow...
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:iconbonbon-chan:
bonbon-chan Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Very nice scene :D
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:iconbrutalityinc:
BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
"Ave, Imperator, Morituri te salutant."
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KlinkHammer Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
link to fanfic?
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:iconlionel23:
Lionel23 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
Working on the story still.
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:iconklinkhammer:
KlinkHammer Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
whats the premise?
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:iconflashfreeze42:
FlashFreeze42 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
what is the fic?
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:iconlionel23:
Lionel23 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
Still working on the story! ^^
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:iconflashfreeze42:
FlashFreeze42 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
What fan fic is this???? must read
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:iconlionel23:
Lionel23 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
Heh, working on it but it'll be a little bit as I'm writing my stories in order ^^
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Derroflcopter Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
Aut Caesar aut nihil.
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Redwolfdude1 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sweet mother of Celestia this is awesome i just feel the urge to yell out " for Romulus!" due to the wolf pelt XP
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:iconlionel23:
Lionel23 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
Dat pelt, you know ^_-
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:iconredwolfdude1:
Redwolfdude1 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm just become overly nerdy at the sight of roman things, I like them too much *-*
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Tarnum872 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
never thought i would say this abaout my little pony, but thats awsome ^^
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Knighteclipse Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
What is the name of the fanfic?
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:iconlionel23:
Lionel23 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
Hmm, it's in my journal, still playing with names but it'll all be under my 'Equestria Expanded' series.
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Pimsleurable Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Are they fighting Sleipnirs?!
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Lionel23 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
Funny thing you should mention that, I was thinking how to incorporate Sleipnirs into my story but ruled them out as being a bit weird to draw (four legs and all), went with another horse of myth and lore though!
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