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7th Oct 2017, 6:00 AM
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You're Elusive?!
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Newbiespud 7th Oct 2017, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
Way, waaaaaaaaaaaay back in April 2013, reader The Hittite was the first one to guess that it might be Prince Blueblood. (To jokingly guarantee his elimination from the lineup, perhaps, but a call is a call.)

And unlike some many situations in this comic series, this isn't the result of improvisation or changing to a better idea at the last minute or following guidance from the comments section. No, from the moment Elusive was name-dropped, this was always the plan.

Speaking of thieves, we finally recorded another episode of that campaign podcast involving thieves!
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31 Comments:

Digo Dragon 7th Oct 2017, 6:16 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I think to us the readers, it didn't take long for most to catch on to the idea. Hints were there and there's meta-knowledge that we're going into the Grand Galloping Gala episode, where in Spud doesn't edit show clips so given what he has to work with, it was becoming the safe bet.

The players in this don't have that luxury, so it is more a surprise to them than us. :3

I did hold out that Elusive wasn't going to be Blueblood. Hoped there'd be one more twist we didn't catch. It's fine though. This works just as well (plus, so worth it for Rarity's reaction in that last panel. Hee hee).
offroader 7th Oct 2017, 6:30 AM edit delete reply
Someone's ANGRY!!!!!
Skorzah 7th Oct 2017, 6:32 AM edit delete reply
Oh yeah. She's bringing him down. Great public place to do it, too.
Jennifer 7th Oct 2017, 6:37 AM edit delete reply
Ohhhhh boy. Meta-knowledge from the episode suggests that Celestia WILL find this out. How many nobles are in this ballroom and itching to get in their sovereign's good graces? And given how she's been hunting Elusive for centuries, I'm guessing treason at a minimum charge.

Unless she already knows.

But Rarity ain't never getting back in the Guild. Which means all the monsters from here on will be assassination attempts by the guild against the party.

Unless Pinkie is about to interrupt them both with her cake, which may be required given Rarity's appearance for the rest of the ep and that it's visible during her upcoming rant. Next strip has gotta be the DM or Pinkie breaking in to announce the "diversion.".
Hariman 7th Oct 2017, 7:57 PM edit delete reply
I stand by my theory that Celestia knows that Blueblood is Elusive, or at least a member of the Thieves' Guild, but can't prove or act on it herself due to his royal blood and family connection.

Which means that either this is where Blueblood gets outed, or where Rarity humiliates his public persona so much that Celestia can isolate him from his contacts, leaving the Thieves' Guild temporarily leaderless.

I do look forward to seeing how Rarity and the other players/characters handle this! I suspect there shall be some major bluff and insight checks rolled, as well as some attacks, a strength check or three, and a Nature/Handle Animal check. ;)
Dusk Raven 9th Oct 2017, 11:49 AM edit delete reply
Alternatively, Celestia is manipulating Elusive (overtly or subtly) to make the thieves' guild serve her ends a little more... although I doubt that's the route Spud (and the DM) are going for
Jennifer 7th Oct 2017, 6:42 AM edit delete reply
Oh, and you miss