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FoE: ...And a True Friend by arconius FoE: ...And a True Friend by arconius
Don't go any further unless you've 1) read Chapter 39 or 2) don't care about spoilers.
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OK, now that we've got that out of the way.

Yeah, Chapter 39 was another one of those chapters that derails pretty much everything else on your mind. There's at least one other pic that needs to be drawn, maybe more, but I wanted to get this one done first.

In the wake of the destruction of the Goddess's lair by megaspell, hellhounds ambushed our heroes and, unfortunately, it went very badly for Steelhooves.

This scene is in the wake of the memorial service held by Applejack's Rangers.
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:iconyt8finalfinatic:
YT8FinalFinatic Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2016
this is a joke im on 39 and i hear it :''''''''( im cry sooooo much why was it him 
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Mikhail1 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2016
Rest in Peace comrade Applesnack
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InfiniteRespect Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I salute you! Godspead, Steel Hooves
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:iconarticunos-bitch:
Articunos-Bitch Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015
You should do a comic of them watching Canterlot fall in the distance. How's that for hurtful.
Or just take on a huge project and do all of Thirty-Nine.
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iIsMe95 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
Hmm?  What?  Crying?  Don't be ridiculous.  These aren't tears.  This is concentrated respect for one of Equestria's greatest soldiers coming out in liquid form.  He's where he belongs.  With her.  That's all the matters.
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BigSeran Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
I'm crying right now...
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:iconaljash:
Aljash Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
I have to ask. What is this from? Is it a story? and if it is, would you be so kind as to send me a link to it? I've become interested in see just what this is all about.
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:iconarconius:
arconius Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012   General Artist
Link to the whole story can be found here: [link]
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:iconaljash:
Aljash Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
Thank you so much! I'll get to reading this as soon as I have time!
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iIsMe95 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
You will need A LOT of time.  But believe me, it will be worth it.
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doppelganger1994 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
i cant even think of words right now i cant finish the chapter all at once i just read up to the end of his funeral and i feel like my mind is going to break. it all happened so fast i could barely think oh god steelhooves :,(
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iIsMe95 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
That's the point.  SteelHooves' very sudden and unexpected death shows how cheap death is in the Equestrian wastes.  Even for the best of ponies.  So take your time to morn.  When you're done, find me in the bar.  We'll raise a bottle to his memory.  It's on me.
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Evoferry Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
I just read trough this chapter... Rest in Peace SteelHooves, may you have your very own place near Applejack in the afterlife.

Oh and ... SCREW YOU ENCLAVE.
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CheshC Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I just want everyone here to know, I WAS NOT FUCKING OK WITH THIS!!!!
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Steelhoovesisbest Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
[link] play this while staring at this pic.......
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:iconheadhunter100060:
headhunter100060 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
I'll say it... Who's up on the hill?
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:iconheadhunter100060:
headhunter100060 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
No wait never mind. i remember
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FuyuStorm Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
who?
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:iconheadhunter100060:
headhunter100060 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
Spoilers...
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mdb45424 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
before this i thought he was unkillable DAM U HARD CORE MODE
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:iconnewgirlde:
Newgirlde Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
You made me cry just like I did when I read this scene in the book!

*sniff sniff* Thanks a lot! Now I have to save this to my Pony folder.

You really managed to capture this scene.
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SuperBigMac Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
God, I feel like with Taps playing, I'd start to cry all over again. This is just beautiful. Terrible, heart... I dunno, squirming? I'm only a poet when I truly try, and I'm not sure how to here.
Here goes:

Steelhooves, Applesnack
A true friend's terrible death
Brings tears to my eyes.

There. Haiku. Love ya fer that.
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:iconzankaru:
zankaru Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
I like it. Thought his tombstone was made of yellow/red granite though?
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:iconarconius:
arconius Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011   General Artist
It is; I didn't catch that until too late. ^^;
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:iconzankaru:
zankaru Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
Oh well, still good. =)
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Fenrirthewolf86 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
And when he get's to heaven
to the godesses he will tell
one more Ranger reporting
I served my time in hell
*snaps a salute*

Great piece of work!
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mdude009 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011
Manly tears were shed.
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:iconhaissan:
Haissan Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
and so pulled are my heartstrings,
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goth-of-whoville Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
I swear I saw Steelhoove's death coming as soon as they fleshed out his relationship with (you know who) and I mean, he has earned his rest and his chance to be with her again right?
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iIsMe95 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
This is a good point.  He had made atonement and his time had come.  I should have thought of that.
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AwesomeRaptor21 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
I seriously cried reading this scene.
Not ashamed. :iconmanlytearsplz:
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K9-The-First Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
Up until the service, I kept denying that he was dead. Then Pip put Applejack on the grave.

Then Remedy left the party.

I still haz sad. I want her back!
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iIsMe95 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
*Strokes hair gently*  It's alright...she'll be back...No tears, only dreams now...
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:iconscorch238:
scorch238 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
He has earned his rest.
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Altamo Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
i...i think im going to go cry now*snivel* good work
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Cogs-Fixmore Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
go to this link this song sounds like it was made for a fav Steelhooves well thats what i think but it sad that he dies im not at that part here link
[link]
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Crystal-Eclair Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great pic, captures the scene perfectly.

I have a feeling this isn't the end of Steelhooves however...don't know why but i don't think we've seen the last of him
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QuercusRobur Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
R.I.P Applesnack...
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:iconkyo4kusanagi:
kyo4kusanagi Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
May his soul rest in peace
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Nooful Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011
all my man tears....
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nomadthedashite Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011
A truly good picture capturing a truly heart wrenching moment. Thank you.
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:iconinnak:
Innak Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011
Superbly done and very moving.

Kkat loves this to tears and thanks you for it.
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:iconarconius:
arconius Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011   General Artist
I'll keep trying to do the story justice with my work then.

:hug:
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:iconlevia-the-dragon:
Levia-the-Dragon Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011
Ohhh, and oen of them is in a wheelchair too...
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:iconmcmesser:
McMesser Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well done, a really good piece of art work from a great scene.

Looking forward to more of your work in the future.
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scorch238 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
Sometimes... when my heart is in the right place... I sing a little dirge to myself. I make it up as I go on.

And while I do it...
I cry.
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Sw1tchbl4de Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
very nice :)
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Bmoreravens12 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
This part was so sad. You captured it perfectly.
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