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A Debt Repaid by WerdKcub A Debt Repaid by WerdKcub
If anypony owes somepony a life debt, it's Rarity for that one time when Rarity had wings, and then they got ruined, and then Rainbow Dash saved her from plummeting to her doom. After a lightning strike renders Dash unconcious and sends her falling over the edge of a cliff, Rarity is the only one around to save her.

I did this for the artist training grounds at EQD, where the prompt was to draw a pony following the noble dragon code. I experimented with my process this time around to try to focus on value and contrast. The story may have worked better as a series of panels, but I wanted to try and convey as much as I could in a single image.
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rainbowdash10124 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Student Artist
yea i did save a lot of ponies in my past but this never happend its just painted no no needs to save me im the hero
gxfan537 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
Rainbow Blitz: Rainbow Dash! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
KopaLeo Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For a brief instant, I thought Rarity was going mad and threw Rainbow Dash off the cliff.
Vimbert Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
This, uh.

At first glance, I thought Rarity was throwing Rainbow Dash to her doom.
orion1836 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
I thought the same thing! Revenge for leaving Rarity behind with Pinkie at Dodge Junction.
Amelia-Seyruun Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Same here. o_0
ShadoWolfozo Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was concerned the reason she was falling was actually Rarity's doing until I had a better look at the image.
A little tip; if she was hit by lightning, perhaps a little burn mark on either side of her body the bolt hit or smoke or something that will identify her as being struck by lightning and ultimately the reason she's falling.
-otherwise it gives the impression Rarity was responsible.

RD has helped save most of them, the least they could do is promise to help if she ever needed it ;)

It's a really nice image, great work!
WerdKcub Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the advice! I completely forgot to add the burn marks and a few stray feathers. That would have helped a bit. I struggled trying to convey a whole series of events in a single image. Maybe I was being a little optimistic in what I could actually pull off.
ShadoWolfozo Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually, it would work well if you went back and added burn marks/loose feathers. It would make a lot more sense seeing as how:

If the burn marks had been a result of Rarity attacking Rainbow Dash, she would not be then using her magic to save her. So it points to the lightning behind her being the reason for her fall. Plus 'A Debt Repaid' automatically points to Rarity saving her life as Rainbow Dash has never done anything terrible to her.

It's amazing how something as little as that changes the whole picture ;)
Justpeacheyy Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
wow! this came out really well! i love the lighting and expressions!
MidnightWonko Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Oooooohhhhhh. When I saw this on EQD, I was thinking all like, "Woah, why is Rarity flinging Rainbow off a cliff?"
Jarkes Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Soooo... context please? How did Rainbow Dash end up unconscious and plummeting to her doom?
WerdKcub Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The idea was that there was a lightning strike that hit Dash and knocked her unconscious. It probably would have worked better as a short comic strip, but I wanted to try and get it all in one image.
halodork Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Don't forget the time RD and Fluttershy saved both spike and Rarity from falling to their doom.
DoughnutJoe Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
And the time Dash saved her from plummeting from the Wonderbolt Academy. Rarity has a lot of life debts to work off her balance sheet!

Maybe that last one doesn't count, since Dash was involved in making the tornado...
ABronyAccount Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Of course, Rainbow Dash did leave her stranded in the badlands with Pinkie Pie.
TechZeroPyro Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Actually....I always wondered how they didn't bump into them on the way back to the train station.

Think about it....Wouldn't they have to head back into town to "leave" Rarity and Pinkie behind? But that would be back the way where Rarity and Pinkie fell out of the wagon. And if Rarity and Pinkie went back into town, wouldn't they have beat the others there?

I suppose there might be some complications when you remember that they were stuck in the desert without a hor....oh wait.
BlackBeWhite2k7 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Dash did save her a total of 3 times since then (counting that time in season 2 and 3) and its not as if that had too big of an impact on their friendship. The show certainly doesn't seem to dwell on that.
wardawn Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
And that's how Rarity and Pinkie became "special" friends.
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