Page 1420 - Magical Malpractice

22nd Aug 2020, 6:00 AM in A Canterlot Wedding, Part 1
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Magical Malpractice
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Newbiespud 22nd Aug 2020, 6:00 AM edit delete
Don't have much to say today. It's plot, and at time of uploading I'm working without air conditioning.

(Thankfully at time of publication the A/C has been repaired. And I did get some site work done. It only took nine years, but... You know that Title field in the comment submission window that never, ever got used in this layout? Well, your posted comment now displays the Title you put in! Retroactively for every past comment, too!)

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



Guest 22nd Aug 2020, 6:03 AM Wow, thanks NewbieSpud! edit delete reply
I can't wait to abuse this new feature!
Wulfraed 22nd Aug 2020, 6:20 AM First abuse edit delete reply
Winged Cat 22nd Aug 2020, 12:19 PM Abuse heaped on abuse edit delete reply
Winged Cat
And so you didn't. Wait, that is.
Guest 22nd Aug 2020, 1:50 PM Is this what they call the "cycle of abuse"? edit delete reply
Frankly, this is a little concerning. I feel like someone should call the cops or something.
CharginChuck 22nd Aug 2020, 2:18 PM ACAB edit delete reply
Call the cops to prevent abuse? What world are you living in?
Darkseide 22nd Aug 2020, 2:38 PM So I can just type and words show up magically? edit delete reply
One where Covid-19 doesn't exist and cops are helpful, I guess?
aylatrigger 22nd Aug 2020, 10:22 PM Yes; yay! edit delete reply
A magical place for sure.
CliffRobotnik 23rd Aug 2020, 6:39 AM edit delete reply
More magical then Equestria is, if you ask me.
keybounce 23rd Aug 2020, 12:31 AM "Yes. Yes you can." edit delete reply
I suppose we could have 19 crows looking at roadkill and wondering, "do we scavange?". What would you call that?

(now, how long until ratings get displayed?)
Guest 23rd Aug 2020, 1:16 PM edit delete reply
A murder?
Digo Dragon 22nd Aug 2020, 6:43 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Retroactively? Egads, maybe all those sarcastic entries in the title line were not a good thing way back when. XD

Alright, so! As a GM one job that is super important is being able to communicate clues with context. To paraphrase a character from the old CSI tv show, "A clue without context, isn't a clue."

One way to do this is use consistent color coding for magical effects that tell the players to pay attention; "Sickly green", "Oily black", "Sinister yellow", and "Blood red" convey a decent adjective with the color that denotes something negative about what the player sees. This works well in a pony campaign as the show has been pretty consistent to show that spellcasters tend to each have a signature color aura of the magic, as well as artifacts (like the later season episode where Rarity is possessed by a book and her own aura turns a bright green instead of the usual light blue).

Understandably it can lead to players drawing conclusions early with later clues. If you are using an acid green for an evil changeling, later on when they see the color they might immediately think "oh, this is from that evil changeling." But that's okay! It tells you that the players were paying attention to your mystery. Believe me, this is better than players getting blindly lost in your adventure and losing interest.
SureenInk 22nd Aug 2020, 7:53 AM edit delete reply
In my campaigns, magic has three major colors. Yellow/gold for divine magic, blue/cyan/light blue for arcane, and a deep sickly purple for eldritch (demon) magic. My players have been able to pick up on these facts and I no longer need to mention what the colors mean. I can simply say "you can see a deep purple aura around you" and my players immediately go "Oh boy, eldritch magic..." It's quite fun to play around with the idea that magic has colors.

At the same time, I don't settle with just the typical "schools of magic". When a wizard uses evocation, part of what that wizard is shows in that magic. Is it evocation magic cast by a necromancer? It's evocation with a hint of necromancy magic. Is it a divination wizard casting an illusion spell? There's a bit of divination magic in the illusion. Gives the players fun little extra hints to what is going on. I've actually found them more interested in what is going on when it's "evocation with a hint of necromancy" because it's powerful evocation magic cast by a ghost, and they strive to find what form of undead or undead-powered enemy is casting such a spell.
Anvildude 22nd Aug 2020, 8:47 AM edit delete reply
That reminds me of the I.M.E. from Goblins. I've been wanting to incorporate that into my own campaigns, but all my spellcasters are... boring, when I ask them to describe their magic.
Warlock 22nd Aug 2020, 5:07 PM edit delete reply
I can't even remember the last time that I as a player ever got asked to describe my spells. Most players in turn just take that request for spell appearances and stare at me as if I asked them to do differential equations.

Sometimes I get that same face when I ask for their backstory too, but that's a completely different issue.
Guest 23rd Aug 2020, 12:54 AM Mathmeticians have no souls. edit delete reply
I'm fairly certain the appropriate face to make if your DM started asking for differential equations would fall somewhere between "outrage" and "the Hulk stepping on a lego".
Digo Dragon 22nd Aug 2020, 10:00 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I like that detail, blending the magic to take into account who/what is casting the spell.
Scissors Rock Paper 25th Aug 2020, 12:15 AM edit delete reply
I'm stealing this. Time to make a spreadsheet!
albedoequals1 22nd Aug 2020, 11:08 AM Magic Colors ftw edit delete reply
Cadance's magic was a major tell in the show, for anyone paying really close attention. With only one exception that I can think of, pony magic is the same color as the eyes for ponies with eye colors other than blue. Cadance has purple eyes, so we would know without ever having seen her before that her magic should be purple.
terrycloth 24th Aug 2020, 9:01 AM edit delete reply
It's eye color or cutie mark color. Real Cadance used cutie mark color (cyan). Twilight started as eye color and then *switched*.

But yeah, green was wrong for both.
Wulfraed 23rd Aug 2020, 7:24 AM Color me a Rainbow edit delete reply
Andre Norton's Witch World assigned them as
Professor Haystacks 22nd Aug 2020, 6:56 AM edit delete reply
I just love Pinkie's line here. :P
zimmerwald1915 22nd Aug 2020, 8:02 AM In the mind of AJ's player edit delete reply
I'm so proud of you Rainbow, Rarity.
Borg 22nd Aug 2020, 9:32 AM I never actually looked at my comments after posting them edit delete reply
So I never noticed that on the occasions when I chose to put something in the "Title" field it didn't do anything.

Well, at least now I know it didn't work.
SilverShadow4 22nd Aug 2020, 9:58 AM edit delete reply
I don't post super often, but when I do it's usually to say I'm so glad you keep updating and I eagerly await the next upload! I'm loving how this story is playing out!
Matiekay_13 22nd Aug 2020, 10:21 AM Titles working? edit delete reply
Hmm, I don't see any comment titles on mobile. ☹️
Matiekay_13 22nd Aug 2020, 10:47 AM I am blind, LOL edit delete reply
Ohhhh, it's the italic text at the top of the post. I thought it would be in the bar at the top 😅
Newbiespud 22nd Aug 2020, 10:48 AM edit delete reply
Actually... Hmm, that sounds like a better idea. Let me see if I can do that...

Edit: Huzzah!
Matiekay_13 22nd Aug 2020, 11:11 AM I see it edit delete reply
Looks nice!
Boris Carlot 23rd Aug 2020, 12:42 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat 22nd Aug 2020, 12:27 PM Story Time! edit delete reply
Winged Cat
When have you needed an opposed check for healing?

For example, a warrior mid-duel who viewed healing as dishonorable (and perhaps there was a disagreement as to whether the duel was still going on or the warrior had been defeated already), or someone who would rather die than be captured.
aylatrigger 22nd Aug 2020, 10:31 PM Hmmm... edit delete reply
I forget if there were actual rolls involved, but one character I had has an evil healing gauntlet.
Touching it gave 500% healing. This would heal you to full, but in the process you would explode and reform five times, and feel it. ...She wore a glove between her and the gauntlet so this effect did not happen to her, and used it to torture people.
...Her other gauntlet was one of the Regalia of Evil in that world, to give an idea of what kind of party we were. ...And she had been forced to wear the regalia, turning her from a LG 'hates causing others pain' monk into a twisted and evil version of her former self. I used that gauntlet SO much for torture. Sometimes of party members!
Jehan Criec 25th Aug 2020, 1:34 PM YAY! STORIES! edit delete reply
I used to play in a system where there were two degrees of 'Magic Resistance' as a trait. The first gave a small bonus, and could be 'switched off' at will. The other one basically doubled your regular will save, but you had to make a resist attempt against ANY magic...

Including "Let's put that blood back in you where it belongs" spells.
redwings1340 22nd Aug 2020, 5:20 PM Titles! edit delete reply
Woot! I noticed it never did anything before, but sometimes I'd put in titles anyway.

Green being healing isn't a terrible assumption, though the follow up description makes it pretty clear that this is not healing magic.
Draxynnic 24th Aug 2020, 9:48 AM edit delete reply
It's a bit of a case of metagaming, though. Twilight doesn't necessarily know it was an opposed check, unless there was supposed to be some cue that Shining Armor was initially trying to fight whatever it was.

And with those two essentially acting as co-DMs, I wouldn't put it past them to make opposed checks even if it WAS healing or something like that. Just roll unnecessary dice and pretend.
Love this! 24th Aug 2020, 9:46 AM edit delete reply
So exciting! This is my first time reading and I love this comic, thank you for all your hard work!!
Mikoc5 20th Oct 2022, 7:55 AM edit delete reply
Question: Is the title supposed not to be available for those who try to post a comic on the page directly, without going through the pop-out?
Newbiespud 20th Oct 2022, 7:01 PM edit delete reply
Unfortunately, I don't have a lot of control over how ComicFury's forms behave, so that's just kind of how it turned out.
NobleCuriosity 23rd Oct 2022, 11:46 PM Wow! edit delete reply
I just rediscovered that I can still make titles! I had forgotten you had to use the pop out!

I seriously got it in my head that the feature had been removed. So thank you for this comment!