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Newbiespud 19th Mar 2019, 6:00 AM edit delete
In 4th Edition, you could play as a Revenant, and one of their features was the "Past Life," where you selected the race you inhabited among the living and thus qualified for any feats, paths, or destinies requiring it. If one were to expand the seapony lore and say all kinds of races fled underwater and assimilated into the welcoming fins of Queen Novo, then I imagine you could turn the seapony's former heritage into a similar kind of crunch.

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FanOfMostEverything 19th Mar 2019, 6:10 AM edit delete reply
Heck, given a transmutation artifact as powerful as the Pearl, you could do a lot with seapony shapeshifting shenanigans...

Don't mind me. Polymorph effects have always been one of my favorite parts of D&D.
Mr_Some1 19th Mar 2019, 6:45 AM edit delete reply
So Fluttershy is playing a character that's personality is completely different from hers, but pinkie is basically herself but she can fly and doesn't have fourth-wall-breaking powers. Ok. Although the idea of a flying pinkie scares me.
Snacker 19th Mar 2019, 6:57 AM edit delete reply
Then we shouldn't tell you that the original concept for Pinkie was a white pegasus named Surprise. Same personality though.
Digo Dragon 19th Mar 2019, 9:19 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Oh yes, it's all coming together now.

[/Villainous hand wringing]
Mystic Seer 19th Mar 2019, 4:44 PM edit delete reply
Well, Fluttershy is a role player much like Rarity. It makes sense she would play something different. Pinkie, on the other hand, is a player I could see making most of her characters extensions of her self.
Draxynnic 20th Mar 2019, 2:07 AM edit delete reply
Plus, from memory, the yak character is actually fairly sweet, although she does enjoy breaking things. I could see her being played by Fluttershy's player.
ShinyHappyGoth 19th Mar 2019, 6:47 AM edit delete reply
Dragonflight 19th Mar 2019, 7:54 AM edit delete reply
Considering it's Pinkie, would that be HipGriffoCamp?
ANW 19th Mar 2019, 7:14 AM edit delete reply
Favorite of the young 6.
I always like changelings.
Smart yet shy. That was young me in a nutshell.
Rastaba 19th Mar 2019, 8:09 AM edit delete reply
Ocellus for me too. She’s too gosh darn adorable!
Classic Steve 19th Mar 2019, 8:29 AM edit delete reply
Thirded. She combines qualities of Fluttershy and Twilight, my two favorites of the Mane Six.
Digo Dragon 19th Mar 2019, 9:20 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Fourthed. I liked her wallflower personality where she'd somehow get convinced to do things like impersonate school teachers. :3
albedoequals1 19th Mar 2019, 9:47 AM edit delete reply
She is a sweetheart, though her shyness is the only thing hiding the fact that she is ridiculously OP. Then again, considering she has several close friends that she spends all her time with, she's probably in a continual amped-up state from all that friendship. Probably gets the shakes if she ever has to be alone for more than a few minutes. :p
Borg 19th Mar 2019, 10:47 AM edit delete reply
I guess I'm sixthing? Several of them are adorable, but Ocellus is the most so.
Digo Dragon 19th Mar 2019, 2:03 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
That is something the show writers never bother addressing--magic and shapechanging limitations.
Evilbob 19th Mar 2019, 2:44 PM edit delete reply
Well. One only ever arrives at the predicament of needing to address limitations if one continually chooses to push said abilities to the limit, say, in multiple epic fights or whatnot.

Kinda pointless to need to address limitations of magic or shapeshifting if its ever only used for shenangians or nonconsequential actions.
Xanderman1201 21st Mar 2019, 12:51 AM edit delete reply
Mine's Gallus. I like his snarky, sarcastic, jerk-with-a-heart-of-gold attitude, and he's the obvious leader of the group, which is a clear plus. But Ocellus is my second favorite.
Freelance 19th Mar 2019, 10:09 AM edit delete reply
Pinkie's channeling Tatewaki Kuno here:
Randonimity 19th Mar 2019, 10:14 AM edit delete reply
If comments could have an upvote, have mine for the Ranma 1/2 reference.
Rastaba 19th Mar 2019, 1:54 PM edit delete reply
Like Randonimity said. Have as close to an upvote as we have presently available to us!
Kaze Koichi 19th Mar 2019, 10:37 AM edit delete reply
Hariman 19th Mar 2019, 11:23 PM edit delete reply
Pinkie gonna Pinkie. She can't help but play an extreme extrovert.

Twilight for Ocellus and AJ for Sandbar?
Kaze Koichi 20th Mar 2019, 7:56 AM edit delete reply
I'm more concerned about GM going Pinky here.


Once I created a concept of mermaid race: an all-female race of created by the Great Sea Serpent, that reproduces kinda like bees: one mermaid queen lays a ton of eggs enough for the whole generation of mermaids to hatch from them.
And then I thought that it's a waste that such race is only exist at sea, where the players rarely get to be, not to mention that such race can't be playable for the same reason. So I made a race of mermaid that managed to get out of the sea an live on land: the amazons. An all-female race of human-looking warriors that reproduces by... you got the drill.

Hey, stop looking at me like that. At least they don't fly.
Enigmatic Jack 19th Mar 2019, 5:10 PM edit delete reply
That kind of reminds me of an old Marvel Superheroes character I used to play. Rolling his abilities and such randomly, he ended up being an alien with three distinct forms: A nigh-invulnerable bruiser made of stone, a super-smart flyer made of energy, and a "normal human" with aim on par with Hawkeye. He acted like distinct characters between the forms (he wasn't, it was just a ruse) and everyone believed they were actually three different heroes.
Guest 20th Mar 2019, 2:16 AM edit delete reply
Applejack: "And Ah wanna play an Earth Pony."
Brainstorm 20th Mar 2019, 7:50 AM edit delete reply
Put in the context of racial abilities, a character who has both flight and deep-water capability sounds a little ... unbalanced? And I don't mean in the fun Pinkie Pie kind of way. Like, if you think about it, it's kind of bonkers as a tabletop character.

That said, I would only trust that kind of race to a roleplayer LIKE Pinkie Pie, who stays true to her character concept instead of an optimization build. She probably just wants to bring good times as far and as wide as she can, no matter how difficult the terrain, right?
Dragonflight 20th Mar 2019, 9:28 PM edit delete reply
Depends really on how much the GM knows and trusts the player.

As an example, in a Mekton campaign I ran involving multiple realities, one of my best friends played a ball of energy who was basically a flying energy pool. He had a custom advancement system which would eventually make him roughly cruiser-scale in power capacity. This would make him effectively invincible in any conventional game.

I allowed this because I trust him not to abuse it. And he didn't. He created a "probe" which manifested like his original self, while the rest of him was "tucked away" in a personal pocket dimension. The probe had standard player stats, and was played entirely like a player character. when he needed a ship, he just brought more of "himself" out of the pocket, and modeled its behaviour on the appropriate item.

Relative survivability of the character wasn't the issue. He never took the spotlight from others, and never used his power to solve problems for other players. Mostly he was just there to be social with people, and occasionally help them.

If you know and trust the player, it works. Just make sure they know where you want the boundaries to be, and touch base with them often, and you're fine.
Kaze Koichi 21st Mar 2019, 4:54 AM edit delete reply
In the only DnD campaign I played (I'm GURPS guy) we had a character that was basically a ghost that possess items, giving them buffs or debuffs. The idea was that he had a golem that he could possess and use in battles. No problem? Well... he never actually did this. His golem was sitting in our airship base, crafting, while he spent most of the time sitting in my katana, doing one buff per battle and leaching his share of exp. He didn't get his share of loot, but he didn't care anyway: he was getting money by crafting things for the rest of the party.