"Nightmare fuel" A theory by: Bronymuse/Thésis
So what do i mean by “nightmare fuel?” Why the immortal moon spirit, of course! what is this “immortal moon spirit” you may ask? well! If you’ve read the comics then you should know that it was the evil that manifested itself into luna to become nightmare moon, and even more so transforming rarity into “Nightmarity.” Today i will discuss the spirit and it’s victims…
Now the “nightmare moon spirit” is a spirit of nightmare. And since i haven’t read the comics myself, i’m incapable of giving it a valid description. But according to my knowledge, this spirit gives whoever it posses the power to turn to gas, and gives them “wavy hair” (not that it matters)
We already know it has corrupted Luna once, and that it has Rarity too… But where and what has it been doing all this time? I mean, it needs a living host to do what it does, right? (And even though i’ve not read any of the comics, it doesn’t take too much common sense to know that)
So the question is. What has the Nightmare/Eternal moon spirit been doing? WELL! My theory is quite simple, and a bit of a headcanon. Correct me if i’m wrong but i don’t think the comics have said anything about the gas’s whereabouts. And if they have, I doubt they said who it’s been hosting all this time. But before we get to that, let’s talk about it’s entire line of hosts of characters we know of…
So my theory is that the moon spirit had a line of hosts that began with the one and only King Sombra! Now 1,000 years ago, Equestria, Sombra enslaved the crystal ponies up until celestia banished him into the frozen north. Now we can all assume that Nightmare Moon came to be sometime after that.
What i’m saying is that King Sombra was being influenced by the moon spirit. He had dark powers, and could use it to enslave an ENTIRE RACE OF PONIES! I don’t know about you, but I think it’d take a lot of power to do something like that… And what gave him that power? The same thing that gave Luna/Nightmare moon hers.
After Sombra was banished, the spirit needed to find a new host. And who better than the princess luna? (What you may be asking) “But I thought that Luna was possessed by the jealousy within her.” And I say you’re exactly right. All things that require a host always need a reason to live within that host. I think Luna’s growing jealousy was the reason that the spirit chose her. And like Rarity, it helped persuade her to fall victim to it’s power.
Now how can we connect Luna to Sombra? well, let’s make a bulletin list!
*They are both able to become gaseous bodies
*They both become larger than the average pony
*Both gain astonishing amounts of power
*Both became EVIL
*And both have a dark colour scheme
(That last one may be minor, but it’s still something they share in common)
So what about the rest of that line of hosts? We’re going to carry it on! So after Nightmare moon was reformed back into the Luna we all know and love, the host had to find another victim… One with the potential to do evil. And who was this pony? Well, I believe it was-once again-Sombra!
Woah, woah, woah, wait a minute, I thought that he was already a host! And, well… He was. And I think that might be another main reason the the Immortal moon spirit chose him. I mean, if I were banished to an iceberg for that period of time i’d probably be pretty mad! And i wouldn’t doubt that he would’ve been mad too. The spirit could have used this to convince him enough so that it could take over.
So Sombra comes back to seek his revenge in season 3, episode 1-2, but ends up failing… This is where I started to see a pattern. The immortal moon spirit usually chooses a host who it has been near before. Such as the transition from Sombra to Luna, and Luna to Sombra. And it’s quite possible that Rarity just happened to be the next victim near the spirit. It recognized her and persuaded her to become one with the it.
May that have been the reason that Celestia forbid Luna to go out to help the crystal empire? -episode one, season 3- Luna asks her sister if she should go and help defend the empire, and Celestia responds to her “no,” saying to her that she should just let Twilight and the gang take care of it.
Now, let’s revise this… Sombra was first taken by the spirit, and then Luna. Sombra (Again) and then Rarity… So who’s next, now that Spike (from what i heard) took the spirit away from Rarity.
Unless they completely banished the moon spirit, I think that it may be taking over a new host sometime soon, may it be in the show or in the comics. And may primarily be targeting one of the mane six, or one of the princesses…
From what i know, there will be an episode that shows Luna’s transformation from good to bad-past or present-and hopefully we’ll get a more in depth idea of what this spirit is.
I’ll do my best to get a hold of these comics sometime, and hopefully my idea wasn’t already presented in the comics… (you know, because i haven’t read them) But if it was, please tell me in the comments so that i can avoid ridicule for something as stupid as not getting my sources…
Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this weeks theory, and I should have my Episode two review by tomorrow, sunday 25th of August.