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Character Name: Princess Luna
Canon: My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
Canon Point: End of Season 2

Personality: On the surface, Luna is a very regal, proper sort. She speaks in a somewhat archaic dialect, and often finds herself slipping into the royal 'we' as she speaks, though she only intentionally invokes it when she is speaking to someone in a formal manner, as in a public address or when unhappy with them. She's somewhat caught up in her own emotions, prone to violent outbursts of temper just as easily as overwhelming joy and crippling sorrow, and never does any mood half-way. Despite the strength of her emotions, Luna is quite a guarded individual, afraid of getting close to anybody out of fear. Rather, she's afraid that others will be afraid, when she wishes to show them that she means no ill will at all.

Being of royal stock, Luna is more than minorly obsessed about image, though it's less about physical appearance in her case as it is about escaping her past. For a thousand years or more, she was viewed solely as an evil mare of darkness, and she wishes to escape such implications desperately. In fact, the remorse she feels for her days as Nightmare Moon are quite the open wound for her; no amount of penance she can provide will ever truly make up for the wrongs she committed. Exacerbating that problem is the love she feels for her sister, Princess Celestia. Being the only family she has and the only real pony she can confide in, Luna feels especially ashamed about the pain she put her sister through, a fact worsened by the fact that Celestia forgives her for the past completely and totally.

To say Luna is "old-fashioned" is a bit of an understatement, but it mostly comes from being imprisoned alone for a thousand years. The life she knows is one that is now a millennium old, and as of such, she is completely and utterly confounded by anything but an antiquated, high-crust lifestyle. This includes such things as modern convenience and, in her own admission, "fun". She's recently learned about the latter concept, and finds she quite likes it, though she is fairly naive in her acceptance of new things.

History: (Disclaimer: Portions in italics have been quoted directly from the show, and are not meant as plagarization, but as flavour. A Wiki page is here, if you want to skip the write-up.)

Once upon a time, in the magical land of Equestria, there were two regal sisters who ruled together, and created harmony for all the land. To do this, the eldest used her unicorn powers to raise the sun at dawn; the younger brought out the moon to begin the night. Thus, the two sisters maintained balance for their kingdom and their subjects, all the different types of ponies. But as time went on, the younger sister became resentful. The ponies relished and played in the day her elder sister brought forth, but shunned and slept through her beautiful night. One fateful day, the younger unicorn refused to lower the moon to make way for the dawn. The elder sister tried to reason with her, but the bitterness in the young one's heart had transformed her into a wicked mare of darkness: Nightmare Moon.

She vowed that she would shroud the land in eternal night. Reluctantly, the elder sister harnessed the most powerful magic known to ponydom: the Elements of Harmony. Using the magic of the Elements of Harmony, she defeated her younger sister, and banished her permanently in the moon.
At least, that is how the legend of the Mare in the Moon goes. At this point, the only ponies who know the entire story are the two sisters themselves - the elder, Princess Celestia, and the younger, Princess Luna. However, the fable certainly tells no lies. Resentful of her sister's popularity, Luna called upon dark powers and changed herself completely into the force of evil known as Nightmare Moon. Unable to stop the creature formerly known as her sister, Celestia used the power of the elements to trap Nightmare Moon in the moon for one thousand years.

Unfortunately, a millennium doesn't last nearly as long as it used to. Nightmare Moon eventually broke free of her prison on the day of the Summer Sun festival, kidnapping Celestia and sending Equestria into an unending night. It was only through the power of a young filly named Twilight Sparkle and her entouragecompanions that the Elements of Harmony were reawakened and Nightmare Moon was defeated - this time restoring Luna, freeing her from the beast, possibly for good.

Celestia, now freed, welcomed her sister back with open arms, with an offer to start anew. However, such things aren't quite so easy, when one has a thousand-year legacy of being evil. Murmurs of Nightmare Moon biding her time until she could strike filled the cities, and Luna had to spend most of her time shut off from the society that had been taught as children to fear her. Slowly Luna regained her former power (and appearance), and slowly but surely she came out of that shell. Her first venture into modern-day Equestria was made at her sister's urging, a visit to Twilight Sparkle in the town of Ponyville during a holiday in her 'honor' - Nightmare Night, a celebration not unlike Halloween. Despite her best efforts to enjoy the celebration, things went badly when she saw the citizens still treating her as if she was Nightmare Moon, causing her to cancel the holiday altogether.

However, thanks to Twilight's friends (and her quick thinking), she came to realize that the citizens didn't really feel that way - instead, they saw it as a way to let out their fears without a true sense of panic... or rather, "sometimes it's fun to be scared!", in the words of Pinkie Pie. Nightmare Night was reinstated, and became a night not only to playfully cower in fear of Nightmare Moon, but also to celebrate the return of Princess Luna to Equestria.

Since then, very little of note has occured. There was an incident involving an invasion of insectoid, love-devouring changelings, yet Luna's role in that is yet unknown. It is assumed, however, that she was helping to shore up defenses in Canterlot and other cities. Aside from that, life has been a slow, gradual acclimatation for the princess.

Abilities: The most obvious ability is that of raising and lowering the moon in Equestria, considering that it comes with being princess of the night. In addition, she's known to have some experience with dark magic of some variety, considering that she called an unholy power unto herself in order to become Nightmare Moon. Possibly as a result of that black magic, she's got rather... unconventional powers, up to and including the ability to turn toy spiders into real ones. Thankfully she doesn't have those powers in Konran, right? There is also THE ROYAL CANTERLOT VOICE, which does have some magical backing behind its force (and reverb), even if a large portion of it comes from a healthy set of lungs.

Strengths: The most obvious strength is Luna's birthright; not only a princess but an alicorn, a pony combining the strength of the unicorns, pegasi, and earth ponies in one single being. Notably, Luna appears to be incredibly well-versed in magic, able to give life to inanimate objects and summon (dramatic) lightning as needed.

Weaknesses: Luna's biggest weakness is arguably her temper, as when she gets upset it's very rare for her to calm down on her own. In addition, that anger has started wars, terrorized bystanders... it's the reason why Nightmare Moon is such a fearful presence, even now that Luna has been rescued from that influence. In addition, due to spending a thousand years sealed away, her manner of speech and view of the world is best described as "archaic", which may cause problems in adapting to a technologically advanced society.

First Person Sample: Hello? Can... can everypony hear? We were told that using the Royal Canterlot Voice was not needed, so... we wished to introduce ourselves. Our name is Princess Luna, she who governs the night sky in Equestria. We must admit, tis not our first time laying eyes on a human, although it is the first time to witness them so close, and in such a great number!

Thy local doctors suggest that we have come down with a malady of some sorts, that our life as a pony is a lie. We question their motives and wonder where they may have hidden the leeches from view, but yet... be there any grounds for such a ludicrous claim? We still look like a pony, wings and all.

Third Person Sample: Luna sighed and fidgeted with the dress as she waited, impatiently, from her seat. She was used to formal attire - Canterlot had a lot of fancy gatherings that she was required to attend, even now - but there were certain facets that she still couldn't adapt to. For one thing, it bothered her that she was not allowed to wear a dress with wingholes in it. Even if she mysteriously couldn't fly in this strange new land, it helped relieve tension to just... stretch one's wings now and then, as opposed to having them bound under fabric.

The piercing stares of the receptionist were equally uncomfortable - that bored look told more than others would suggest, that she was being judged. That's what the doctors said, after all, wasn't it? That she was different, unwell. The woman probably thought of her as a freak, judging by what others had said about their visits to this... "Doctor Owens". Thinking of what has been said of her, Luna prepared steeling herself for what she was certain would come: accusations that she was sick, a demand to return to 'normal'... not that normal would really be a bad thing. If she could just forget Nightmare Moon forever, she would be happy. But she did not expect this doctor to work miracles even the Elements of Harmony couldn't perform - even now, she felt those darker urges gnawing at the back of her mind. How dare they treat us like a prisoner in our own mind? When we regain our powers, they will learn to properly worship us! ...no, that's... that's not how it should be. I truly am a prisoner of my own mind, I have this darkness I cannot expel... this is for the best.

Luna fidgeted further as the waiting room clock kept ticking. Such a diabolical invention, the waiting room - a means of torture without any need for a dungeoneer.

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