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Well, Rainbow Dash wins... Now what?

A possible Rainbow Dash victory over Gilda from Fallout: Equestria by Kkat. Honestly, this is the outcome I would expect. Who besides Gilda would be so bold and so foolish as to challenge Rainbow Dash to solo combat?

Mare of the Ministry of Awesome's Request fav.me/d6jza68
Gilda victory: fav.me/d6pp387

SVG: sta.sh/01kyq47hb2r0
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rwa96 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015  Student General Artist
Rainbow Dash (Pondering) Plz :"Well.... I just killed my oldest friend. Now what?"
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Sturmlion1 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015
She won, then went Ghoul and became Mare Do Well.
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HaveBKYourWay Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015
Kkat deliberately left that ambiguous.
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Sturmlion1 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015
Oh I know, I just like the Project Horizons version is all. Very nice pic though. I always figured they killed each other myself as while we don't see RD again, we also never hear from Gilda as well.
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ScarletLightning565 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is a great pic, but the cannon outcome is both live. In the security tape Radar shows to Little Pip in Friendship City the time stamp is said to be a few years post apocalyptic. When Rainbow is talking to the air calling for Pinkie, she says Gilda is still waiting for her.
And I think the recording Pip finds on Spike's mountain is from a couple of days after The End at most. Dash was one of the highest powers in the Pegasi, so she would have found out the truth of the Cloud Curtain very quickly.

But as I said, this is an awesome pic regardless if it is cannon or not.
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BenRG Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
I'm fairly sure that, after confirming everypony was dead or missing (either dead or in a Stable), I think it's possible that Rainbow may have either taken her own life or just set off flying in a particular direction, hoping to one day find a bit of the world that wasn't ruined where she could live out her remaining days.
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Kirou Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
That's an awesome picture, you did really well with the emotions tied to this scene, it is indeed a hollow victory since she had to kill an old friend, and for as much as she knew the only friend who still was around, except spike.

I have also seen the Gilda victory but didn't want to post there since the picture kinda twists my innards, G had some respect for dash and their history maybe not friendship anymore but respect that went so far that she agreed to perform their old cheer before the fight started, personally i can't see her beheading her corpse without showing some serious self hate for it, maybe not feelings so strong like in the dash victory picture but i am sure she still would show some sign of regret.

As for story rambling:
I have always been on the side of those who say Dash walked of that encounter alive.
FoE had this worst fate but chance of salvation in the future thing going for almost all the story characters. As for the story, if gilda would have won, the enclave would never have stopped to brag about that kill and would probably have gotten into the spp hub. There also woldn't be much fuss about the dashite movement, they would have used the information of her death to demoralize everyone who still had loyalty for her, probably even conserved her body just to show it off.
So in my headcanon she made it out of that encounter, her story could have continued like the story of the burnt man with the salvation ending (FO:NV-HH) or something else. After that hollow victory she probably would have realized that her fight is over. She may left the forming enclave in the first place to prevent a civil war in the skies, so short after the bombs an such war would have reduced the chance of survival above the clouds to 0 since they would have fought and eventually destroyed the last usable structures they had, this time pony against pony.
So what happened to her after the fight is open but as for (my) logical and probably a little bit of emotional reasons i kind of reject the outcome where she lost the fight against G.
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Sparkus-Clark Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
While it is an awesome picture, I- I'm kinda of the thought that RD didn't make it. 1) we would have heard more about her (she's kind of hard to miss, color and personality-wise). 2) A Red Talon wouldn't name her giant gun 'Little Gilda' after a merc who simply disappeared 200 years ago. Nah, it's the kind of name you use because the person was a big-damn-hero... at least, in your mind. And taking down RD singleclawed would get Gilda a place in the annals of merc history.

Still, great picture. RD's expression is simple enough but still conveys the depth of her feelings. Also, I commend you on making Gilda's death relativly bloodless. Kudos. I would have just tightened up the scene a bit. It feels empty, but not in the right way. Mayhap if the cliff wall in the background were actually the horizon? That way the scense of loneliness is still there because there's nothing and no one else in the expanse. Just a suggestion.

Keep up the art,
-SC
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HaveBKYourWay Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013
O hey, constructive criticism. I like that. I am not thinking that Gilda needs to have won to get a gun named after her. For one thing, that gun may have been nicknamed Little Gilda before the end of the war. Also, Gilda may have been a famous mercenary already. I don't think disappearing while hunting RD would decrease her fame. If she was already famous, I think disappearing without a trace along with Rainbow Dash, who she had been hunting, would increase that fame further. Sort of like Amelia Earhart but with two famous personalities instead of just one.

I did finish a Gilda victory scene, linked in the description. If you liked Gilda's bloodless death, I don't think you will like how I made Rainbow Dash's death. It's pretty bloody.
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Sparkus-Clark Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ooo, a well thought counter-argument. And yes, point to you for the idea. The dual vanishing would definetly up both their status' to legendary proportions. Also, I could see the topic of discussion causing many a barroom brawl between ponies and griffons (and I did see Kkat's headcannon which is also kind of awesome).

Yeah, I did check out the Gilda victory. It makes sense though, art-telling-a-story-wise; RD just killed her childhood friend, so the focus is more on the emotions of the scene, Gilda doesn't give a crap. In a way, this cements her as part of the mentality that is to come: Friends? Family? Doesn't matter. It's just Death and Caps. So RD's death being gore filled kinda works in that regard. Although I think it's awesome that, even dead, RD is giving Gilda the stink-eye.

Keep up the art,
-SC
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Twilight-Legion Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Clap
Эх... Эпично....):happybounce: 
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gunnarj Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
this would be cooler if they weren't horses :l
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Innak Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
Message from Kkat:

:cry:

So very emotional.

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anttosik Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Lovely idea. Still, the show-like style doesn't fit for Fo:E to me. It's just too rainbow and shiny for me. I believe there would be more debris, bruises and scorched earth - there practically nothing happened. Only Dash ruined her mane a bit. Nothing a comb wouldn't fix in two minutes.


Apart of style, it's perfect. Cheers =) 

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Istarian Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
Yeah. I feel like her armor would have acquired some claw marks and dust and whatnot. It seems less like a struggle and more like a shot out of the sky.
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HaveBKYourWay Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
Well, to be fair this was an aerial fight above a mountain peak, so there was nothing to run into and missed shots could conceivably land just about anywhere or nowhere. I tend to think that the most awkward thing about show style Fo:E is their huge heads. Head shots would be easier than body shots.
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otterlily Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
It's so hard for me to decide who would win this fight. I mean, Rainbowdash was weak and tired from radiation and pink cloud. And from flying all over Equestria with the knowledge that her friends are dead or missing. And Gilda was relatively fresh, weak from only radiation and tailing Dash.

But Dash is the best aerial combatant in all of Equestria, possibly all the world. Even when she is weakened, is Gilda a match for her?
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Istarian Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013

I think the power armor in this case provides a significant advantage. I kind of see this as Rainbow being semi-emotional over the crushing reality that Equestria is dead and gone, and now she's killed one of her earliest friends. I'm going to assume that circumstances dictate no alternative to fighting it out, which makes it sadder still...

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otterlily Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
Ah, I see your point. Power armor certainly does provide an advantage. It was also stated that griffin power armor is worse than pony power armor, if only barely.
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chinman Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
That face, just... yeesh.  Even if Dash is too proud to cry you can definitely still see it in her eyes (nice touch by the way!)
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TehGoatBoi Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
in the RP that kkat runs, gilda actually kills dash 
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Mamonth Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
Where can someone find that RP? Can you share a link?
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TehGoatBoi Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
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HaveBKYourWay Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
You make me sad.
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Brisineo Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist
Well... She actually kills Dash, but... 




[spoilers]




Because of being exposed to Fluttershy's Healing Megaspell, her soul remains behind and free to wander, so she takes up a new mantle as the Mysterious Stranger perk.
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Raydis Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
Interesting, the version I heard was she survived the fight, became a ghoul due to increased rad exposure, and took on the role of Mare Do Well as a sort of Batman-esque hero of the wastes. Guess I might have read it wrong
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Sparkus-Clark Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's just... wow that actually works.
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TehGoatBoi Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
i didnt do it, im just telling it like it is. words straight from her fingers. 
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David-Irastra Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
well gilda still alive... or something like it...

SPOILERS!!!!


on the ditzy doo chronicles gilda is a canterlot ghoul.
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Talancir Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
hmm.... not too much gore from what I can see.
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HaveBKYourWay Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
It's there, but it is relatively small and partially obscured by that wing. If you wanted a good look at it you could download the .svg, move the wing, and zoom in on that smoking burn.
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Talancir Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ah, I see.
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Sheason Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Magical plasma weapons cauterize the wounds. Why else would the corpse be smoking like that?
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El-Kortez Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
Given energies such weapons would(should) output, it wouldn't as much cauterize rather than cause gorey gushing wounds. :P
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Sheason Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Fair enough.
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Talancir Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
cauterization never completely stops the bleeding. there's always a little bit of capillary blood loss.
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