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22nd Aug 2019, 6:00 AM in School Raze
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Draconic Deterrent
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Newbiespud 22nd Aug 2019, 6:00 AM edit delete
I gotta admit, there's a lot I like in this episode, but this whole sequence might be my favorite part.

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ANW 22nd Aug 2019, 6:26 AM edit delete reply
This is giving me two story ideas.
Coin flip.

"Do I have to?"
Stories where your character says this.
BackSet 22nd Aug 2019, 3:43 PM edit delete reply
Quote "Do I have to? He's a Heretic!"
TheStratovarian 22nd Aug 2019, 7:39 PM edit delete reply
This has been said more often than not by our murderhobo monk. Who is a very very good killing machine, if very very squishy and atlas-like.
Digo 22nd Aug 2019, 8:14 AM edit delete reply
The really cute part is she secretly enjoys it. I found that to be endearing.
Bruno Barbosa 22nd Aug 2019, 3:19 PM edit delete reply
Two comments the entire day? Really?
Guest 22nd Aug 2019, 3:31 PM edit delete reply
Now it's three.

EDIT: Now it's four.
Winged Cat 22nd Aug 2019, 6:26 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
This will make six.
Derpmind 23rd Aug 2019, 2:24 AM edit delete reply
Leave a comment? Do I have to? :(
Vegetalss4 23rd Aug 2019, 3:42 AM edit delete reply
This seems like a pretty nasty trap from a meta design perspective.
Saying to a player "unless your character has this specific personality trait they are stuck". After all who's to say that Smolder actually is the sort of character that would secretly enjoy being cute and adorable rather than the sort of person that's find that miserable?

It also raises a bit of fridge logic, after all if the magic allows something that can trap someone unless they like a specific thing is possible, why make an illusion of a tea party, instead of having a big illusionary pile of literal poo and keeping the victim trapped unless they somehow admit that they enjoy eating it.
That'd work on a lot more people than the depending on pride preventing them from showing emotional vulnerability.

Of course it's possible that the magic only require them to say that they enjoy it with no actual admitting required, through that would probably still be a better trap if the illusionary tea party wasn't there and they just had to do it of their own initiative.
Guest 23rd Aug 2019, 5:36 AM edit delete reply
The dragon doesn't have to enjoy it, just *admit* they enjoy it.

It requires the dragon to shallow their pride for a bit, which is a pretty efficient way to stop them without going "only those who like tea parties sincerely may pass"
vegetalss4 24th Aug 2019, 6:39 AM edit delete reply
You cannot admit a thing that isn't true.
You can pretend to do so, but it is just a lie not an admittance.
Gred 22nd Nov 2021, 7:02 PM edit delete reply
I don't think it's even that. I read the illusory pony as only saying that dressing appropriately and participating graciously are required. The part about admitting Smolder enjoys it, is just the illusory mare is just trying to encourage Smolder to enjoy it/learn something while doing so. It'd be a pretty boring/depressing job running a trial, I imagine the only enjoyment the illusory mare gets from their work (apart from chatting with the other illusions) would come from getting to bring a new perspective to the people going through the trial.