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17th Apr 2018, 6:00 AM in The Return of Harmony, Part 1
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Name Flop
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Author Notes:

Newbiespud 17th Apr 2018, 6:00 AM edit delete
I had always wondered about the "Pinkie's fixation on chocolate rain" gag from the outside (especially because there was the faint whiff of meme about it), but now that I'm sitting in the writer's chair it makes perfect sense.

At this moment in time, Pinkie's worldview has just been dramatically expanded. For somepony who has a shall-we-say tenuous relationship with reality in the first place, that's no small feat. But nevertheless: This is now a universe where chocolate milk can rain from the sky. Pinkie's reeling mind is still processing the implications at this moment, weighing the pros and cons. We can't act too rashly, because what if it never rains chocolate milk ever again?? What will we lose in the process just to restore the status quo? What else can we get from this? This is a profound moral and ethical conundrum in Pinkie-think, which is why I think she comes across as so fixated on that one idea.

Or maybe I'm taking the opportunity to indulge in some fanfic on the side because I have no idea what else to put in this Author's Note.

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Wulfraed 17th Apr 2018, 6:12 AM edit delete reply
While Pinkie's focus on chocolate rain is understandable -- that /she's/ the one to suggest reforming Discord and not Fluttershy (though one has to wonder about Fluttershy's focus on gender -- foreshadowing of the later relationship?)
Wulfraed 17th Apr 2018, 6:14 AM edit delete reply
<sigh> Closed the comment too soon...

I'd meant to say that Pinkie suggesting reform seemed out of place...
Digo Dragon 17th Apr 2018, 6:57 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
It's not out of place considering she has selfish reasons for the reformation idea--chocolate rain on demand.
Emtu 17th Apr 2018, 7:08 AM edit delete reply
Pinkie suggesting it makes sense, she's the one closest to him in personality.
Guest 17th Apr 2018, 8:14 AM edit delete reply
I think Fluttershy just finds it surprising that the concept of disharmony has a gender.
Fire Flyer 17th Apr 2018, 11:55 AM edit delete reply
Ah, but the fact that no one would expect the embodiment of chaos to have a gender means he's all the more likely to have one, all the better to defy expectations with.
Needling Haystacks 17th Apr 2018, 8:56 AM edit delete reply
It would seem out of place in a fanfic set at this point, sure, but remember that this is them playing a D&D game, where players are meta-savy. :P
cmndrhurricane 20th Apr 2018, 9:40 AM edit delete reply
suggesting a lawful good action, but for chaotic neutral reasons
MissFinefeather 17th Apr 2018, 6:15 AM edit delete reply
Newbiespud hitting us with the think piece!
ANW 17th Apr 2018, 6:23 AM edit delete reply
The title gave me this idea.
Worst in game name you have heard.
Tenkuu23 17th Apr 2018, 6:32 AM edit delete reply
Not courtesy of any D&D style game, but one guy (who was a notorious lightweight) that I was playing Cutthroat Caverns one time with defeated a dragon enemy and declared himself 'Two-Sips the Dragonslayer'. None of us took it seriously.
Digo Dragon 17th Apr 2018, 6:58 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
A fellow DM once played a pirate named 'Grab'.

I don't think you could get any less inspiring unless you put serious effort into that. XD
FanOfMostEverything 17th Apr 2018, 7:15 AM edit delete reply
None of my playgroups ever seemed to appreciate Nounverb Thingdoer, Gnome of Action! (Yes, "Gnome of Action!" is part of his name, including the exclamation point.)
Colin 17th Apr 2018, 7:33 AM edit delete reply
"Wagon-breaker". For the amazing feat of smashing a wagon on a critical in a mock battle, our dragonborn warden was lauded across the land.

It became a meme in the group and recurred for years after.
Balrighty 17th Apr 2018, 9:03 AM edit delete reply
We had an NPC who was never supposed to survive beyond the first encounter and whose origins lay shrouded in mundanity (he was a soldier whose job was cleaning out the dog kennels). He eventually became the MVP and the legend of "Convert the Unlikely" began.
Hariman 17th Apr 2018, 10:35 AM edit delete reply
One person in the living Forgotten Realms group I played in came up with the idea of a warforged named Emotron.

This was going to be the most emo robot ever.

It's such a stupid idea that I hate even putting it down here to let people know how awful it was.
Winged Cat 17th Apr 2018, 10:35 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
I admit to having once played a rifle wielder whose first name roughly translated as "Holy Mother Bazooka", but at least I dressed the name up: Basokoholamo Boomsmithson.

(An explosives-focused goblin alchemist from a family of such, the Boomsmithsons. For many generations they had made their living manufacturing bombs, ammunition, fireworks, and everything else gunpowder-related. Basokoholamo was branching out into other alchemy - leaving his sister to inherit the main store and family legacy, though seeking new formulas he could get back to her to bolster the business - and thus became the group's medic as much as the primary burst damage dealer. He was arguably the most pious of the group - his mother was a priestess - though his god was decidedly pro-industrial, a "the way the universe works is my holy guidance, so learning and discovery is worshiping me" type. He also claimed to have hired the rest of the party as loot carriers and bodyguards in furtherance of his house's mercantile affairs, when we needed an air of business legitimacy to disguise being random do-gooders. But all of this flowed from justifying that name.)
DeS_Tructive 17th Apr 2018, 11:15 PM edit delete reply
I joined a campaign where the original PCs had retired and become major NPCs. They were the survivors of a meatgrinder dungeon (DM was apparently testing out the Grimtooth series of books). Since two of the players had gotten tired of thinking up new character names (why bother if they die in a hour anyway), the names were somewhat... uninspired.

Say hello to (translated from German):
- Sam O'Lina Poo-Ding, The Barbarian King
- Penny Cakes, the Archwizard
Dusk Raven 29th May 2018, 11:13 PM edit delete reply
One of the DMs in my 5e group has come up with some rather... pedestrian names for NPCs. A Lawful Evil Warlock (an allied NPC and rebuilder of the ruined capitol of the human lands) was named Levi. A Paladin and the brother of one of the PCs is named Ken. Another Paladin (who ended up becoming a revenant) was named Sparkles. And there was a particular city guard who we called "That Guy," in-character.

Somehow, the names seem charming rather than stupid.
Rastaba 17th Apr 2018, 6:42 AM edit delete reply
Pinkie's relationship with reality isn't tenuous...she has it in a full on choke-hold up close and personal and makes it it her B!$%&. REALITY BENDS TO THE POWERS OF THE GREAT PINKAMENA DIANE PIE!

...seriously though, I never questioned why Pinkie wanted chocolate rain. It's CHOCOLATE!
LibbyLishly 17th Apr 2018, 9:52 AM edit delete reply

We don't NEED any other reason to embrace the chaos.
Emtu 17th Apr 2018, 7:10 AM edit delete reply
I just realized it has taken over 1000 pages just to reach season 2.

Winged Cat 17th Apr 2018, 10:29 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
Yyyep. Though NS has used panels from beyond season 1 from time to time.

Looking forward to season 3.
Guest 17th Apr 2018, 7:51 AM edit delete reply
At least Pinkie has her priorities straight.
Needling Haystacks 17th Apr 2018, 8:58 AM edit delete reply
Ever notice how Discord seems slightly afraid of Pinkie Pie on occasion? I have a hypothesis that she's got a little bit of chaos magic in her, without her knowledge. It would explain a lot about her otherwise inexplicable abilities.

This is played with in the comics where she briefly takes over Discord's realm. She complains about his lack of imagination... though she doesn't do much better. Option overload I suppose: when you can do anything, what do you do first?
Hariman 17th Apr 2018, 10:33 AM edit delete reply
It worse than that.

Pinkie operates fully on the Rule of Funny, due to being the Element of Laughter.

The Rule of Funny let's pinky violate any chaos order or all other rules of reality on a whim, as long as it's funny.

Chaos itself is only an equal to the Rule of Funny, at best.
Klimpaloon 17th Apr 2018, 10:44 AM edit delete reply
I am reminded of the time in Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality when Harry considers researching if there’s a spell that will make him find only one thing funny so that when he combines it with Comed-Tea he’d become essentially omnipotent.
Digo Dragon 17th Apr 2018, 9:05 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
"Please take this seriously."

I feel for you, fellow DM. Many a times I've had great dramatic moments thrown out the window by players who couldn't keep a straight face for the scene.
Evilbob 17th Apr 2018, 10:00 AM edit delete reply
Just tell yourself your players are roleplaying their characters cracking under the stress.

That laughter? Obviously because the drama/seriousness is too much for them...

Winged Cat 17th Apr 2018, 10:23 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
Yeah! A party full of murderhobos? Obviously, that's their PTSD kicking in, forcing them to act savvy to the genre they think they are in.

Maybe give extra RP XP (so as to get those characters through to maximum level and have an excuse to end - not just abandon - the campaign that much sooner, so you can then start a new one and reject murderhobos during character creation).
ChosenChaos 18th Apr 2018, 2:48 AM edit delete reply
Are you sure that having this group "take it seriously" is a good idea? Remember that these are players who've managed to burn the DMs plans to the ground twice by taking things seriously...
Hankroyd 17th Apr 2018, 10:44 AM edit delete reply
I discovered Mlp a few weeks ago (thanks to this webcomic).

When I saw that episode, at the moment when the Mane 6 (minus Pinkie Pie) are ready to use the elements. I really though Discord would try one last trick :

"Pinkie Pie, if you refuse to use the Element against me, I'll give you your personnal cloud that can rain choclate on demand. What do you choose ?"

Yup, if Discord used his ability to only corrupt Pinkie Pie and make her join him, Equestria would have been a very very different place. (Maybe it's what happenend in the future ruled by Discord ...)
Story Time 17th Apr 2018, 12:48 PM edit delete reply
Reading Pinkie comment... Any story about how a player silly commentary was in reality a spoiler of something that the GM had in mind and somehow the player managed to guess or how that commentary give the GM a idea that is going to use against the players?
Freelance 17th Apr 2018, 3:44 PM edit delete reply
I've always felt like Discord has been a bit of a missed opportunity in that while he acts as a big friend for Flutters and a foil to Twi, he could react with the other mane 6 in various ways. While I do worry about the kind of damage he and Pinkie with their reality warping could pull off, I do feel that they would have fun nonetheless. Also, while he does play that foil, I do feel like he would do well as a mentor to a whole new circle of magic for Twilight.
Personally, I think AJ would be a good foil, what with her down-to-earth stubborn personality versus Discord's whimsical yet stubborn personality. Rarity could be an interesting game of who is actually manipulating whom and how much "I know you know I know" plays between them. RD, I don't know, maybe have competitions of some sort? Maybe continue more with the rpg she and PP joined in with?
It's just... his character arc has been about learning how to make friends, and we really don't see him interact much with the others, you get my point?
zimmerwald1915 18th Apr 2018, 4:45 AM edit delete reply
Having Discord interact with the rest of the cast is beside the point. He's a set of keys dangled in front of the audience, and we, obedient children that we are, lap up his every line with a giggle and mashing-together of chubby hands.
Freelance 18th Apr 2018, 12:04 PM edit delete reply
To use your analogy, I just wish more than the same one or two keys are dangled in front of us from that set.
BackSet 17th Apr 2018, 5:17 PM edit delete reply
Am I the only one who mentally potholed the phrase "sealed ancient evil in a can"
Belmontzar 18th Apr 2018, 5:25 PM edit delete reply
id be asking or wondering the same thing as Rarity at the moment.