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5th Nov 2016, 6:00 AM
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Newbiespud 5th Nov 2016, 6:00 AM edit delete
Every time I get close to finishing one of these dang character sheets for the Cast page, some other bug crops up and I lose a bunch of progress...

Yearly reminder: Daylight Savings Time is a thing that affects the comic's upload schedule. Starting next week and for the next few months, the comic will be updating one hour earlier.


ANW 5th Nov 2016, 6:27 AM edit delete reply
TV troupe time
The Big Bad Behind the Big Bad
You foiled his plot and have saved the world.
Now's the time to go back home and, wait what?
Oh dear, turns out he was just the lacky.
Someone much more dangerous was ordering him.
Well, here we go again.
Any stories?
Someone 5th Nov 2016, 8:04 AM edit delete reply
ANW, for christ sake! Learn to spell the word correctly, how much times do I have to tell you, it's spelled "trope", without an u.
Yes, I am a sort of grammar nazi.
Guest 5th Nov 2016, 10:11 AM edit delete reply
He's just talking about the company of tiny people who live inside your television and put on plays for your amusement whenever you command it.

Really, TV troupes deserve WAY more respect than they get. Have you ever tried to act inside a flatscreen TV? It's not easy, let me tell you.
Freelance 6th Nov 2016, 9:33 AM edit delete reply
I'm more annoyed at the misnaming of the trope: Bigger Bad/Greater Scope Villain. That said, yes, confusing a storytelling convention with a group of entertainers is annoying.
Jorlem 7th Nov 2016, 3:48 AM edit delete reply
You mean "The Man Behind the Man", right? That's the trope that was being referenced, not Greater Scope Villain.
Guest 5th Nov 2016, 1:36 PM edit delete reply
Party (5e game)-
A.S.H., Cleric of Hopelessness (the depressed war forged).
Lemon & Lime, Spirit-bound Barbarian Twins (two unicorns, one soul).
Nebula Wisp, Wizard of Universal Knowledge (unicorn and only clinically sane part member).
Blood Quartz, Paladin/bard of the Crystal Court (crystal earth pony fueled endlessly by her loyalty and love for her quest and princess).
Steel Resolve "Bug", VERY friendly Knight of Punching Bags (changeling exiled from the hive, me).

The party has assaulted a estate, and headquarters, of an assassin who had made attempt on Princess Celestia. After countless undead and an elite force of war forged, we finally face the would-be assassin; Ice Heart, one of the countless aids to princesses Celestia and Luna (with levels in Monk/Assassin). Aided by some truly remarkable war forged creations, the battle began, five versus five. After roughly twenty five, maybe thirty rounds, the battle was over. The last war forged was destroyed and Ice Heart brought down to only a handful of health. She willingly gave up and went with us to face her punishment. Soon after leaving her estate a hooded figure hidden in the foliage took a shot at the party with an enchanted arrow. The arrow flew harmlessly through us and struck Ice Heart. A.S.H. and Blood Quartz stayed behind to try and stabilize Ice Heart while the rest of us pursued the figure. After a quarter-mile we lost them when they teleported. Ice Heart survived the attack and told us everything she knew about what was going on.

The gist of it, she was blackmailed into attempting to kill the princess, and if she didn't or she failed then she would never see her child again (the brilliant inventor of the war forged at the estate). Publicly Princess Celestia is in 'critical condition' and survivability is iffy at best. In reality she is hidden away in a safe house, and only eight ponies in the whole world know that (five of which is the party). We came to the conclusion that whoever is behind this didn't want to give Ice Heart her kid back anyway, and that we she was now on the 'loose end' list of this mastermind.

After some intense conversation, and bargaining, I convinced the group that since Ice Heart is now on a kill list she would be best protected if she stayed with us, and to pay for her crimes she had to help us uncover whoever is behind this and help defeat them. In exchange, I was responsible for Ice Heart and her actions. No one (except I) was happy with this plan, but was willing to deal with it.

I am now a sketch artist, and I have a battery.
Specter 5th Nov 2016, 1:37 PM edit delete