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Newbiespud 20th Jun 2020, 6:00 AM edit delete
Going to be interesting how I'm supposed to build tension when the cat has already been out of the bag for... Nope, nope, not even gonna look up how long it's been since the Season 2 finale. Nope.

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andreas002 20th Jun 2020, 6:37 AM edit delete reply
How might the tension be built up if we already know the original story...

Here's an idea: This Cadance isn't Chrysalis. Instead, the queen of changelings has disguised herself as... rolls dice... Shining Armor! The strange behaviour Cadance will show is simply an effect of being drained.
Wyvern 20th Jun 2020, 10:18 AM edit delete reply
That's been thought of before. It's kind of too bad, since once you stop to think about it the plan would have made more sense if Crysalis were trying to replace Shining Armor. She needs love and here's a stallion getting married to the Princess of Love. Shining Armor is the best target in Equestria.
CCC 21st Jun 2020, 2:45 AM edit delete reply
*Unless* Cadance's abilities as Princess of Love include the ability to directly observe love being drained, and perhaps also give her a degree if resistance to love draining. Then the changelings would have to replace her, or she'd blow the whistle on them in an instant.
Classic Steve 21st Jun 2020, 11:42 AM edit delete reply
That might make more sense as a plan, but it wouldn't have made sense after establishing the security bubble. As soon as Chrysalis had Shining out of the way, the invasion could begin in earnest.
Winged Cat 20th Jun 2020, 7:13 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
No, wait, what if Twilight Sparkle was replaced?

Or better yet, Pinkie Pie. No one would notice if she acted strangely in a different way.

Or what about Applejack? And Rainbow Dash? At the same time?

Not Fluttershy, Rarity, or Spike, though. That would be too obvious.

But what if there was no Chrysalis after all, except for an identity that Celestia and Luna made up when they wanted to act incognito?
Digo 22nd Jun 2020, 4:57 AM edit delete reply
Ultimate strategy: Chrysalis replaced herself!
BackSet 20th Jun 2020, 7:12 AM edit delete reply
Excellent roleplay Cadance. Take a bow.

Also, according to a quick google and a bit of math, it's been 8 years since the season 2 finale.
BackSet 20th Jun 2020, 7:32 AM edit delete reply
Okay, maybe I shouldn't make fun of Cadence like that. It's mean and I've recently vowed to be less mean, even if it's to fictional characters.
Evilbob 20th Jun 2020, 9:47 AM edit delete reply
Don't push yerself too hard, mate.

Don't want to make yourself a victim to burnout and then start railing against the "PC culture" and become a veritable fountain of racist or misogynistic epithets.
you know that guy 20th Jun 2020, 10:18 AM edit delete reply
oh man, now I have the desire to make an NPC who rails against PC culture. I guess that would be murderhoboism, and pretending that bystanders can't hear intraparty conversations?
BackSet 20th Jun 2020, 12:05 PM edit delete reply
I was going to make a "player character culture" joke but not only did you best me to it yours was much better.
StrykerC 20th Jun 2020, 1:36 PM edit delete reply
Might want to look into dnd aangvanced for that, the korra side of that goes much more in depth but it touches on the idea during last airbender as well.
ANW 20th Jun 2020, 8:00 AM edit delete reply
April 21, 2012
Jennifer 20th Jun 2020, 8:38 AM edit delete reply
Don't you mean the feed has been out of the bag?

Sorry, sorry...

I'm curious to know how (or if) Cadance-player is going to roleplay this, and a bit anxious for the party after the OOC debacle of Discord. There's something in me that really doesn't like watching even fictional characters in a "nobody-believes-me" situation.
Vegetalss4 20th Jun 2020, 2:12 PM edit delete reply
I wonder will the cat being out of the bag actually make it harder to build tension?
Or will the Hitchcockian principle of the bomb under the table apply where since we the audience knows that the bad thing is about to happen it will allow the building of suspense and thus tension much easier? Do that principle even apply to webcomics when they are read page by page a few times a week instead of all in one go?
Guest 21st Jun 2020, 2:17 AM edit delete reply
Tension isn't the same as surprise, so it'll be fine.

Two takes I think could happen now: the "Shining knows she's the Changeling Queen" one I mentioned in the past, and "it's Twilight who keep defending her to the rest of the players as an olive branch for her brother, only to be disappointed"
CliffRobotnik 21st Jun 2020, 3:20 AM edit delete reply
"Roll for bluff." "Why? "To trick them that your acting isn't shit."

Based on a true story.
Wulfraed 21st Jun 2020, 8:32 AM edit delete reply
I'm waiting to see how Twilight (player) describes "Sunshine, sunshine" to the group -- especially as the Cadance (IC) behavior fits Chrysalis.
evileeyore 21st Jun 2020, 1:05 PM Building Suspension edit delete reply
No worries, I never watched the cartoons, so you can build away!