Characters : Luna and a bunch of fancharacters.
Backdrop : This was so horribly annoying to do, but the idea didn't get out of my head.
I'd be surprised if we ever saw Luna's guard again, let alone if we get an answer on why they're so different. My pet theory is that they're the nocturnal version of daytime pegasi, which led to thinking up dark earth ponies and unicorns as well. Most of these characters were made up as I went along; I ended up with a magic concept of why they've got physical differences greater than just cutie marks, explanation for why they're hardly heard of, names off course and other useless story stuff that I'll probably never use. Making it up though was more fun than working on the image.
The scene you've created is so awesome.
I've read one fimfic that had a theory of Bat ponies origin, that wasn't too bad.
Personally, I think all the royal guards, regardless of unicorn, pegasi, or earth, are regular ponies that wear enchanted armor that allow them to fly and to match the princess they serve. So, bat ponies for Luna.
gorgensor curse unacorns) thare magic talent is always is always harmful, such as blight, fire or sickness if not used can be painful. thay tend to have reptilian feathers.
morlocksdark earth ponys) live underground, amazing diggers, have hard skin.
I was in fact just about to tell you how cool that you drew them and that I wish they would show them again. maybe they where just something she conjured? like the spiders?
I love the way you made Luna ^^!
And I loved the picture! Luna is just beautiful and the composition is well-balanced. The colors and shading are great too: Very dark, but far from monochromatic. Congratulations.
Now, this is just amazing times a helluva lot. Yes. I cannot think of anything that I could type that would give this justice. It's just that awesomes. Yes. Awesomes.