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2nd Feb 2023, 6:00 AM in What About Discord?
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Broken Heart to Heart
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Newbiespud 2nd Feb 2023, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
Sometimes, the absolute hardest thing you can do is admit that you're feeling emotionally unsafe. That someone else's fun and enjoyment is making you feel awful. "I'm the issue, not them. If I make a big deal out of it, everyone will resent me for making a mountain out of a molehill. I should just keep quiet and go along with it. I can deal with it." Sometimes, that much-vaunted ideal of open dialogue and communication is the hardest thing to achieve, because it also means admitting to yourself that you were wrapping yourself in lies to yourself just to withstand it. And it really doesn't help if, on top of all that, you're dealing with a truly steamrolling presence or personality. Overcoming all of that feels like trying to push a mountain off your chest while it's crushing you.

Speaking from some amount of personal experience. Not necessarily from the tabletop gaming space.

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19 Comments:

Matiekay_13 2nd Feb 2023, 8:24 AM edit delete reply
Matiekay_13
Sooo... What did Tirek say that medallion did, again? It's been a while.
LupisLight 2nd Feb 2023, 8:44 AM edit delete reply
IIRC Tirek said the medallions were tracking devices so he and his brother could always know where each-other is.
Guest 2nd Feb 2023, 9:25 AM edit delete reply
There was also mention it made them immune to the other's magic. This is why Discord thought he was immune to Tirek's powers. But it would have made discord immune to *Scorpan's* magic, not Tirek's.
Guest 2nd Feb 2023, 9:28 AM edit delete reply
the part about protecting from the other's magic was just said by random commenters, it was never coinfirmed or denied by Spud
Newbiespud 2nd Feb 2023, 1:42 PM edit delete reply
Newbiespud
The part about blocking or immunity to any magic was a straight-up lie by Tirek to fool the overthinking Discord... and it worked well on many of the commenters, it seems.
Truthkeeper 2nd Feb 2023, 5:59 PM edit delete reply
You and a number of other people keep talking like there was some kind of gotcha, but Tirek clearly said "With this around your neck, I will be unable to drain your powers". That's all it was, there was no clever trick, he just flat out lied.
evileeyore 2nd Feb 2023, 8:11 PM edit delete reply
evileeyore
The gotcha, which wasn't a gotcha at all, was that DMSpud knows DiscordAdversary so well, he knew Discord would never question it, or do anything to verify it. The idea that someone would be so simple about a deception is just not in his playbook, so it came at him from his blindspot.
Guest 2nd Feb 2023, 10:08 AM edit delete reply
"The matching medallion around Scorpan's neck rendered my magic useless against him." - Tirek, strip 1731
Arcada 2nd Feb 2023, 12:56 PM edit delete reply
Tirek did also say later that he lied and that the medallions only tracked each other. Of course, that too could be a lie. Tirek isn’t exactly trustworthy.
Digo 2nd Feb 2023, 10:41 AM edit delete reply
The cloudy eye effect they used to show Twi being depowered always felt to me like she had cataracts.
gamemaster80 2nd Feb 2023, 11:29 AM edit delete reply
I can't wait until the strips start coming of DiscordGM and Fluttershy's playing interacting with each other; both in and out of game.
Tempestfury 2nd Feb 2023, 1:11 PM edit delete reply
Now then, this... this has my interest. With Discord stepping into character again, and doing his best to roll with what is going on, to truly be a player instead of an antagonist.

And perhaps more importantly, be open to discussion further.
Wolfier 2nd Feb 2023, 1:38 PM edit delete reply
On a lighter note it's taken us 2 and a half months to get through 5 minutes of the show.

I find that funny.
evileeyore 2nd Feb 2023, 8:13 PM edit delete reply
evileeyore
"Next week on DBZ, there is just 5 minutes before Planet Namek blows up!"
Newbiespud 2nd Feb 2023, 10:29 PM edit delete reply
Newbiespud
Turns out writing 5-6 lines thrice weekly is very sustainable but very slow, who knew?
CyanWhisp 3rd Feb 2023, 7:59 AM edit delete reply
Still much faster than some other webcomics.
Prairie Son 3rd Feb 2023, 8:28 AM edit delete reply
I think Freefall may be the champ. It took them almost 200 strips to cover a single (very busy) day.
Roguim 2nd Feb 2023, 2:10 PM edit delete reply
Indeed, some times a simple talk about feelings is the hardest thing to do.
Now I wonder if the "track spell" was also a lie or not, because could be useful for a future counter attack...
ZhonLord 3rd Feb 2023, 2:53 PM edit delete reply
Counter attack from whom? Tirek is literally the most powerful individual entity in the world right now. Let them track his location, it'll just give him more opportunities to gloat.