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Author Notes:

Newbiespud 6th Mar 2018, 6:00 AM edit delete
Author: Winged Cat

Guest Author's Note: "I was going to end Twilight's last line with, 'You are a trap!' Newbiespud thought that unwise on the Internet.

"Story Time prompt: the GM lets players stretch the rules a bit, and rather than accept it as an abstraction, they go explore the consequences of that stretch existing in the game world. Bonus points if, instead of the players ignoring the plot, that was how the GM got the players into the intended content."

Newbiespud's Note: And that's the end of this little guest arc! Thanks, Winged Cat! I've got a very very quick little IDW thing in the pipeline, only three pages or so, for a little bit more of a palette cleanser before we jump into Season Two.


Venellian 6th Mar 2018, 6:19 AM edit delete reply
I still like to think of Rarity as trans.
Zaranthan 6th Mar 2018, 7:43 AM edit delete reply
I thought Fleur de Lis was the token trans character?
Classic Steve 6th Mar 2018, 8:05 AM edit delete reply
Um, where did that idea originate? I see nothing masculine about her.
Jason Shadow 6th Mar 2018, 9:37 AM edit delete reply
I've also heard people claim that Sassy Saddles or Zephyr Breeze are "obviously" trans, so Rarity aside, it seems the pattern here is that any non-alicorn pony with a nonstandard body type (or more specifically, tall/lanky ones with more "horsey" and arguably stallion-like snouts) and "traditionally" feminine interests/self-presentation is automatically suspect. Which, frankly, sits not very well with me at all - unfortunate implications, much?

Personally, I wouldn't mind if a trans pony showed up on the show, but I'd want to hear it straight from the horse's mouth (if you'll pardon the expression) instead of trying to ferret it out based on how they're "coded." If nothing else... Suppose one of these ponies secretly WAS trans, and was actively and successfully trying to pass as their actual gender. Do you think they'd appreciate you going and outing them to everyone like that?

Oof, diatribe over. Sorry about that, folks.
Zeeth 6th Mar 2018, 10:39 AM edit delete reply
Actually, there's an argument to be made that Caramel, the occasionally-seen assistant at Sweet Apple Farms, might be trans, based on a change in the model used.
Winged Cat 6th Mar 2018, 12:03 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
If anything, there's canon support for the alicorns being as close to trans as the show gets - specifically, trans-alicorns. They weren't born alicorns; becoming one involves substantial body modification, including relearning certain physical actions (which Twilight goes through on screen with Rainbow Dash's help).

M/F switch...if it happens it happens, but it's no bigger a thing than e.g. mares loving mares, is the impression I get. That there are probably simple spells to do this, such that any unicorn (or anyone with a good unicorn friend, or other access to magic) with a day or two alone could casually experiment, might contribute to the acceptance.
Dusk Raven 6th Mar 2018, 3:45 PM edit delete reply
I'm not sure what you mean regarding spells, but "transforming" Applejack into a stallion during Magic Duel was considered a suitably impressive trick to use on Trixie, so I'm guessing it's not trivial to change one's physical sex.
Robin Bobcat 6th Mar 2018, 3:56 PM edit delete reply
Speaking of Trixie, there's been strong arguments made for her being trans.

Look at her eyes. She has fewer eyelashes AND only one eye highlight. Only colts only have one eye highlight, but there she is, rockin' it.
Dusk Raven 6th Mar 2018, 5:03 PM edit delete reply
That sounds like a very weak argument to me, honestly. I'm a guy, but I naturally have prominent eyelashes. By that logic, I'm trans. (I mean, whether I am or not is another matter)

From what Jason Shadow said, the arguments for other trans characters are similarly shallow, interpreting any minor design difference as being trans, as though a mare (or stallion) couldn't possibly have those traits naturally.

Gender may not be as clear-cut as male and female, but that also means that people (and ponies) can have minor non-standard traits and still be a certain gender.
Digo Dragon 7th Mar 2018, 5:53 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Yeah, I have naturally prominent eyelashes too. My wife is jelly not only cause I got better eyelashes, but my daughter inherited them.

As for Trixie, she's great and powerful. She does not simply follow standard traits. :3
Ace 7th Mar 2018, 12:45 AM edit delete reply
Ah, but according to the journal of the two sisters they do come from a tribe of alicorns implying they are born.

and there's Flurryheart
Ace 7th Mar 2018, 12:46 AM edit delete reply
Rarity as trans makes sense to this transgender person.
BackSet 7th Mar 2018, 9:27 AM edit delete reply
I'm nit seeing it. Care to elaborate?

Edit: it would never happen anyways. No matter how dark it gets mlp is primarily a kids show and the meddling executives would never let the writiers get away with something like that. (And they would have gotten away with it too if it wasn't for those meddling executives.)
Aname 7th Mar 2018, 9:32 PM edit delete reply
Bit of headcanon here, but I'm not sure if gender/species identity is even a problem ponies can have.

Magic comes from within, and defines who they are and what their destiny is. Magic is also related to species. If: a pony's destiny is determined by their magic, and their magic is based on their species, then it's probably safe to assume that ponies are "correct" from birth.

It just so happens that a rare few are destined to also become alicorns, and by all appearances this still relates to their personal magic even then (Cadence absorbed a powerful artifact related to love, Twilight got juiced by the Elements of Harmony).
Dusk Raven 8th Mar 2018, 11:47 AM edit delete reply
Yet another psychological difference from humans... honestly, it's kind of fun to think about how different ponies would be from humans, despite being so similar. But then again I'm a fan of good xenofiction...
Digo Dragon 6th Mar 2018, 6:19 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Good call on Spud for switching Twilight's last line. I know the internet, it would get awkward very fast. :o

A friend of mine is new to GMing D&D 5e. One thing he was annoyed at was how you can only apply one Reaction per round. He wanted to change it so characters can have several, up to a limit governed by your DEX modifier. I sat down with him and explained why that was a bad idea by playing out a few scenarios where all his NPCs were horribly slain by a few builds that can maximize that changed rule. He understood and didn't change things.
Tempestfury 6th Mar 2018, 12:38 PM edit delete reply
So optimized builds defeated un-optimized builds? Wow. That's certainly a reason to not change a rule.
Digo Dragon 6th Mar 2018, 12:48 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
It wasn't even that. I didn't optimize the builds I used. I only focused on reaction abilities and why getting a bunch of them per round can be crazy powerful. The rogue class has some of the best ones for it.
Anvildude 6th Mar 2018, 2:24 PM edit delete reply
Query: Do Attacks of Opportunity count as Reactions?

Because isn't that what the Combat Reflexes feat does?
Rathonje 6th Mar 2018, 6:18 PM edit delete reply
Yes, an Attack of Opportunity does require a reaction. And Combat Reflexes doesn't exist in 5e... Though the Unearthed Arcana playtest material does have a Fighting Style called Tunnel Fighter, which permits unlimited AoOs per turn at the cost of one's bonus action. Very nice for rogues dipping fighter, since sneak attack is limited to once per turn in 5e, but not to once per round.

...5e makes it kind of hard to force AoOs, though, outside of the single-target Dissonant Whispers spell.

I could see rogue getting a bit silly with 5 reactions per turn, as they can use Uncanny Dodge as a reaction to halve the damage of an attack. I'm still not sure how a single-classed rogue gains the power to "horribly slay" opponents with that though.
Digo Dragon 7th Mar 2018, 5:56 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
The way our example encounter played out, the rogue was only taking half-damage from attacks but still dealing full damage, tanking far better than a fighter.

We thought about a rogue/barbarian build and wondered if the resistance to physical damage would stack with uncanny dodge.
you know that guy 6th Mar 2018, 10:05 AM edit delete reply
Gotta admit I'm curious about how Rarity would test "traps"
Winged Cat 6th Mar 2018, 11:45 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
A lady has her secrets. But worry more about how she would disarm them, such that they cease being traps.
Winged Cat 6th Mar 2018, 12:14 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
For the record, my favorite line of this arc: "Just apply cat."
Digo Dragon 6th Mar 2018, 12:49 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I never noticed how happy Opal looked attacking the mice-horses. Horse-mice?
you know that guy 7th Mar 2018, 1:07 PM edit delete reply
I don't really understand why Fluttershy would be against temporarily transforming mice into horses but in favor of traumatizing them with a cat.
BackSet 6th Mar 2018, 6:35 PM edit delete reply
The first thing that comes to mind with that last line compared to what it originally was is the girdle of masculinity/femenity scequence from order of the stick.
darkgloomie 7th Mar 2018, 11:10 AM edit delete reply
"I don't want the mice to be exploited, so I'll terrify them out of their mind!"

Like. Great Job, Fluttershy. I can see how all kind of animals love you. /sarcasm
Wut 8th Mar 2018, 1:09 AM edit delete reply
"Disarm" mice
That is in no way sick and twisted