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Newbiespud 20th Sep 2018, 6:00 AM edit delete
I was going to write something here, perhaps about the daunting challenge of writing a justification for how gosh-darn smug Fluttershy is through this entire second part... but the seasonal bug is upon me at time of uploading and I can't think of anything. Blarg.


FanOfMostEverything 20th Sep 2018, 6:04 AM edit delete reply
Hmm. Trying to crack magical compulsions with logic rarely ends well in my experience, but that experience comes mostly from dealing with NPCs. The "Hmm" from the usual DM does seem encouraging, or at least intriguing.

Seems as good a story prompt as any. Who else has tried to talk people out of mind control?
GrayGriffin 20th Sep 2018, 6:16 AM edit delete reply
Sadly I haven't gotten to do that in any games, although I have had that happen in some fanfics I've written in my head. Most of the time it doesn't really work.

Edit: Actually, I have seen that happen in other people's games that I spectate. Although the context is hard enough that I don't really think I can share it here. Guess I could link to the official recaps if anyone's interested enough.
Robin Bobcat 20th Sep 2018, 1:54 PM edit delete reply
In my experience, cracking them with *lack* of logic tends to work better.

I did have someone try to place a Geas of Truth upon my Changeling: The Dreaming character once. That was funny. So here's the scoop:
- First, he has an entirely flawed premise of what is going on - my character knows nothing.
- He places the Geas... except he does not have the magical power to actually make such an oath stick.
- Nor does he have the magical knowledge to craft his inordinately-convoluted custom geas.
- Said geas is inordinately-convoluted enough to have many, MANY loopholes.
- He thinks the complexity of it would make it unbreakable.
- He is of House LIAM, also known as the Oathbroken House. NO oath sworn to them has any magical binding whatsoever... and he has worded the geas as an oath.
- Further, I am playing a Pooka. There is NO magic in the entire World of Dreaming setting that can compel a Pooka to tell the truth.
- He has Truth Sense, and relies on it, not knowing that it only picks up actual lies, and there are many, many statements that can be made that are neither truthful nor lies, and rhetorical questions are awesome.
- I am a goddamn silver-tongued devil.

The result was a hour long interrogation, during which I fed him the biggest pile of manure ever, one steaming spoonful at a time, with him believing every single word as if it were the unvarnished truth. I had him fully convinced of a vast, elaborate conspiracy, led by a Troll bricklayer from Carson City... oh god it was amazing.
Kereea 20th Sep 2018, 2:28 PM edit delete reply
I actually like it. A gritty action character realizing they're less effective because their methods are less likely to work than if they were being more lighthearted. A rare thing, but she's not wrong.
Discord 20th Sep 2018, 6:18 AM edit delete reply
I would say something like "Now that's not fair."
But I would be hypocritical.
Something that true chaos never is, is a hypocrite.
Greenhornet 20th Sep 2018, 9:32 AM edit delete reply
Forcing Pinkie to face reality...
Let me get my popcorn.
The Old One 20th Sep 2018, 10:57 AM edit delete reply
Tread lightly, Discky. You've cut the heavy-duty brakes on a literal force of nature, one even you might not be able to contain.

Bittershy is to be feared, for she may become the even greater villain. One who could destroy everything.....