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Newbiespud 9th Nov 2019, 5:00 AM edit delete
Author: dziadek1990

Guest Author's Note: "As one piece of writing advice goes: 'Break your cuties to see what they are made of.'
Did your character ever encounter a situation that forced them to act VERY differently from how they usually do?"

Notice: Guest comic submissions are open! Guidelines here. Deadline: January 27th, 2023.



Digo Dragon 9th Nov 2019, 6:19 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Heh, tarantula familiar disguised as a toupee. That's a pretty amusing idea with merit. :3
dziadek1990 9th Nov 2019, 8:51 AM edit delete reply
I'm a cheater. I'm a total fraud... :'-(

I stole this idea from Pinkie. She said so in the episode: "Spider! Big hairy spider!"
Digo Dragon 9th Nov 2019, 10:18 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
As my college art anatomy teach always told us,

"Good artists borrow. Great artists steal."
dziadek1990 9th Nov 2019, 10:24 AM edit delete reply
Bah, you could've been a great artist just now and claimed that this quote belonged to *you*. :P
dziadek1990 9th Nov 2019, 9:56 AM edit delete reply
The "Destroy destroy DESTROY!" was borrowed from one "Friendship is Witchcraft" episode:
jdb1984 9th Nov 2019, 11:38 AM edit delete reply
Oh, there was the "boop zombie" thing. Basically, a Boop Zombie just moans "boop", and tries to boop you on the nose. If successful, you become one of them. I was one of the unfortunate victims.
dziadek1990 9th Nov 2019, 1:28 PM edit delete reply
What was the antidote? A cootie shot?

(wait no, that was boops, not cooties...)

...a boopie shot?
jdb1984 10th Nov 2019, 9:12 AM edit delete reply
I don't remember, sadly.
Story Time 9th Nov 2019, 11:40 AM edit delete reply
Any story of your character being Hypnotized, Controled, brainwashed, etc.? Some extra brownie points if your character manage to save the day
ZzzDJ 10th Nov 2019, 12:12 AM edit delete reply
I wasn't the player, but the DM. I put a Shoggti Qlippoth inside of a Suspicious Gypsy Wagon. The first person who opened it would get hit with its Charm Person 3/day spell-like ability. It happened to be the CLERIC who opened the wagon... from the Driver side, opposite the rest of the party... who then failed their save.
So, upon opening the door, the cleric then said a cheery "hello" to their "good old friend" Mr. Tentacles. She spent the rest of the combat trying to keep her friends from killing her "friend", even as it continued to try to fascinate and charm the rest of the party. As the dice would have it, the cleric was the ONLY one to fail the charm save though, and eventually the Shoggti began using its Wisdom-damaging attack, breaking the charm spell. Made for some funny roleplay!

Wasn't the only time something like that happened, either! The same party also later fought a Hangman Tree, which has a hypnotism-spore ability, which causes you to perceive it as either a harmless normal tree or a friendly Treant. The SAME CLERIC, failed the save... as as a cleric of Gozreh, felt the need to protect the poor, misunderstood Treant from her strangely-aggressive friends. So she healed it, repeatedly, until the Summoner literally dropped her in a pit.
That tree nearly ate someone during that fight, and only failed to because I forgot how Swallow Whole works.
Fun fight though!

Side note: for some reason, every game I've played in for the past few years has a fight with a Hangman Tree, which nearly kills someone...
Malroth 10th Nov 2019, 11:01 PM edit delete reply
I kinda have to avoid this kind of area when I can because it leaks into my creepy Mind Control fetish and I might accidently cross over into other peoples squick zones really quickly.
ThatGuest 9th Nov 2019, 3:01 PM edit delete reply
Once over the course of a campaign the asshole fighter pushed my friendly and caring bard too far after he let an innocent die because he was too lazy to help them. My bard took off his guitar and sword then proceeded to flawlessly beat the shit out of the fighter with his fists. No buffs or magic, just 20 after 20 rolled into his face. After he was down I kicked him in the ribs and spat on him just to add to it.Everyone else celebrated and after that the fighter and his player weren't so quick to act like heartless pricks anymore.
dziadek1990 11th Nov 2019, 2:28 AM edit delete reply
Was there an out-of-character grudge against you because of that? Or mostly IC because the fighter's player agreed that this revenge was fair?
Winged Cat 9th Nov 2019, 3:40 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
What, dziadek doesn't believe in nondestructive testing of cuties? :P
dziadek1990 10th Nov 2019, 2:13 AM edit delete reply
I do.

Imma actually a total coward and never wrote a dark fic...

(except maybe once a Dark Self-Instert Forum RP where a supernatural villain possessed my body and made me attempt to commit suicide and my friends had to use THEIR powers to stop me from doing that and then there was a Big Epic Fight and then another one with *another* grimdark villain where I RP'd as Celestia and she had to prevent him from destroying an entire town and brutally murdering thousands of ponies)

I mostly write comedy and slice-of-life.
dziadek1990 10th Nov 2019, 2:24 AM edit delete reply
...okay, and dark comedy scenes.

But I am incapable of *maintaining* a negative mood in a story.
Truthkeeper 9th Nov 2019, 4:19 PM edit delete reply
Needs more cupcakes.
dziadek1990 10th Nov 2019, 8:26 AM edit delete reply
No need. Pinkie's already sweet enough.
BackSet 10th Nov 2019, 12:15 PM edit delete reply
You don't mean *that* type of Cupcakes, do you!? Well, do you!?
keybounce 9th Nov 2019, 11:00 PM edit delete reply
Which episodes are these screencaps taken from?

I mean, the one where Pinkie is trying to welcome Cranky Doodle Donkey to town is clear, but the rest? The hat smash? The hypno-eyed Pinkie? Pinkie doing more steam than twilighted Twilight?
dziadek1990 10th Nov 2019, 1:03 AM edit delete reply
All pics with Cranky or with the wig/toupe: "A Friend In Deed"

Pinkie in 2nd panel's sub-panel: "Over A Barrel"

Swirly-eyed Pinkie: "Briddle Gossip"

Steam-eared Pinkie: "The Last Roundup"
dziadek1990 10th Nov 2019, 1:36 AM edit delete reply
RD with a spoon: "Best Gift Ever"

Smirking Pinkie in the sub-panel of the second-last panel: "Maud Pie" episode

Pinkie in last panels' sub-panel: "Not Asking For Trouble"
ChaosStar0 10th Nov 2019, 11:04 PM edit delete reply
This has nothing to do with this comic, but with session 10 of The Forgotten Ones. Is Great Dinn sure the module talks about Vecna? Cause the Undermountain is in Faerun, not Oerth. Considering Vecna is a deity of Oerth, that means something is screwy.
Newbiespud 10th Nov 2019, 11:15 PM edit delete reply
Might be the case! We do end up taking long breaks between sessions of TFO, and Dinn just had to deal with swapping to an inferior laptop at that. I'm a player who hasn't read the module, but from what I can tell right now it's a minor detail that can be corrected later if need be. It happens. Besides, I wouldn't put it past official content to have multi-realm shenanigans.

EDIT: Looks like the Vecna detail came from the Nothics entry in Fantasy Grounds, not from the module itself. Probably explains it! No reason we can't find a way to make it canon if we feel like it, anyway! We're already taking liberties with how the module starts.

EDIT: A quadruple-check confirms that Dungeon of the Mad Mage explicitly defaults to the Monster Manual when describing Nothics, which mentions Vecna! Vecna as a character is apparently vaguely omnipresent.
GD 12th Nov 2019, 12:19 AM edit delete reply
Okay, sorry to butt in with so much back and forth on this topic. Here's the whole scoop.
Dungeon of the Mad Mage does not expressly call out anything about Nothics. It says to use what is in the Monster Manual.

The Monster Manual says, "Rather than gaining the godlike supremacy they crave, some wizards who devote their lives to unearthing arcane secrets are reduced to creeping, tormented monsters by a dark curse left behind by Vecna, a powerful lich who, in some worlds, has transcended his undead existence to become a god of secrets."

So, Vecna is stated to be of multiple worlds in that, which implies a Vecna even in Faerun.

All that said, I said "She" in reference to Vecna from the Nothics, and thus: totally different lich what makes monsters. That's the story now, and I'm sticking to it. No canon conflicts between Vecna, and with my original lich Vecna, do not steal.