Page 1429 - Opening Arguments

12th Sep 2020, 6:00 AM in A Canterlot Wedding, Part 1
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Newbiespud 12th Sep 2020, 6:00 AM edit delete
I love the 'oh crap' faces Cadance makes during the early parts of this scene. Maybe I just have a great love of watching a character's thought process through facial expressions, which this show does pretty well a lot of times.

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Scissors Rock Paper 12th Sep 2020, 6:06 AM edit delete reply
Wonder how "in" on this plan Shining and the DM is.
BackSet 12th Sep 2020, 6:17 AM edit delete reply
For a moment I thought Twilight was talking to just Celestia and calling her "Shining Celestia".
Cygnia 12th Sep 2020, 8:17 AM edit delete reply
I like how blaise that guard is in that first pic...totally "Eh, whatever".
albedoequals1 12th Sep 2020, 11:16 AM edit delete reply
Are you kidding, he's actually looking at her. That's a major breach in discipline. For a royal guard, looking at something is one step before complete panic :p
LupisLight 12th Sep 2020, 1:25 PM edit delete reply
Maybe a bit off topic, I just realised that in the cartoon, the story ended up with the mane 6 being unable to stop Chrysalis and Shining and Cadance being the ones to ultimately stop her.

Thing is that in THIS context, that ending would equate to 'Things go horribly wrong, the Big Bad soundly defeats the PCs, and the DMPCs have to pull a Deus Ex Machina to rescue them and resolve the plot'. Which doesn't sound like the kind of ending that anyone involved wants.

Has anyone actually had a campaign go that way?
Winged Cat 12th Sep 2020, 6:38 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
The closest I've done so far was, "The PCs near-sacrifice themselves to put the DMPC into position to defeat the BBEG," but that was the plan all along and the PCs were in on it. The whole campaign was technically one big escort mission. The real plot was the friendships they made along the way.
Jennifer 12th Sep 2020, 8:00 PM edit delete reply
So, something like Frodo and Sam...

... who, back in DM of the Rings, were variously regarded as DMPCs by the players of Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli. Only Legolas thought it was "awesome" to let the entire campaign ride on a die roll that depended on what the PCs had achieved up to this point.
CliffRobotnik 13th Sep 2020, 5:20 AM edit delete reply
Does invoking "Summon Bigger Fish" count?

A campaign I was in(, wherein I was a Neutral Good "White Necromancer"(honestly she played more like a general Conjurer then a Necromancer most of the time, but her signature spell was "Langour", which was like Baby's First Level Drain), aptly named Natasha the White cuz I am incredibly unique and original with character names, with a Crow familiar named Bathory(another totally original name!), end up in a party on some mountain in the middle of the Nopelands, wherein we had inadvertently unleashed four of these sort of,,, primal conceptual gods of Fear, Distrust(I think), Darkness and the Unknown from some meteors they were sealed within...

Now we had quite a few allied NPC's with us, including my Crow whom basically ended up as much a NPC as everyone else, and the various Gods really started to fuck with them, and the PCs, via these randomly moving walls that would split the party into various zones influenced by a respective God, and it was supposed to be more of a puzzle then a fight, but we were... Pretty munched screwed... But we decided to not rely on some Deus Ex Machina unless we had to(we run on the "Twin Rule Zeros"... The Rule Of Cool, and The Rule Of Fun.), so I pulled a Hail Mary out of my magical Buttocks of Pulling.

Greater Artifact of Shenanigans!

My arse aside, this setting basically had a sort of secondary magic system the PCs could use called Primal Magic, where you'd collect notes from various symbolic sources and combine and release them for various, often unpredictable effects... And could be combined with more practical spells for more specific effects... As the party wizard, I was sort of the one left to focus on it, even tho it was designed to work for any of the Pcs.

CliffRobotnik 13th Sep 2020, 5:35 AM edit delete reply
(Continued Here!)
As I said before, I was pretty much a Conjurer more then anything, despite my supposed specialty in necromancy(because who does not want to roll a Necromancer atleast once? Also my spellchecker keeps trying to correct 'necromancer' to 'necrophilia' so... Fuck spellchecker.), so I decided to invoke my (at the time) favorite Trope, "I Cast Summon Bigger Fish"... The process took like three or four turns, as I summoned a pair of Radiance Elementals(which, in this setting, Elementals were basically semi-mindless manifestation of raw energies and emotions) to draw Motes of Radiance from(a trick/exploit We found out earlier), since the combination of fire and light symbolically countered all four of our foes... I them combined it with some other motes I collected on the current excursion, and ALL OF MY PREPARED SPELL SLOTS FOR THE DAY...

This was going to work or we were all going to die.

We took a like, 22 minute snack/tea break while I wrote out exactly hat Natasha says and does... I don't know if the text wall exists anywhere anymore, but the long and short of it was she gathered all these noble, compassionate, positive motes with the motes of Radiance she drew from the Radiance Elementals, and all of her magic to try and summon(or rather, shape and draw forth from the ether) a creature capable of saving us, or atleast letting us bypass these barriers and crippling debuffs keeping us from just straight up murderhobo-ing at these four bastards...

As some fluff, I combined the two most pure and noble things she would know about, unicorns, as she had just met one, and a Phoenix, which was something she long aspired to witness and study to make this summons form...

After a massive text wall everyone had to scroll up for I included a line that has become legend in our group.

"TL;DR, I Summon Princess Celestia."

CliffRobotnik 13th Sep 2020, 5:49 AM edit delete reply
(Concluded here!)

Now the entire group was made up entirely of those familiar with, or fans if this show, so this was not a obnoxious line, nor was it entirely serious, mostly just wanted to summon a flaming bird-horse to help us not-die.

However, it turns out that that much further in the settings Timeline, a pony-less golden era modeled after Equestria existed, with a God-Empress modeled after a certain celestial diarch actually existed...

In my attempt to summon Mega Rapidash, in a area already spatially impaired, and flooded with rampant, unstable, absolutely ancient magics, I accidentally tore Space Time a new Cloaca(as, as you know, the Universe is a Frog),and summoned a Sun Diety that did not even EXIST YET...

ONE that happened to embody and serve as the Avatar of the conceptually that we're the EXACT OPPOSITES of the four things we were fighting...

She appeared, sealed the things back I there meteors, and then vanished... The party and I then used the massive, residual energy left behind by this entity to launch the meteors back into space, in four different directions.

LIKELY to late come together and release said God-empresses evil sister at a much, MUCH later date... Likely because the DM told me as much after the campaign had to be discontinued, and a campaign taking place in that setting had been planned, but has yet to be started, sort of in dthe development hell, sadly.

But yeah, that's the long, rambling story of how I summoned a alicorn princess to shoot Deus Ex Machina Rays at some evil ideal-gods to save us.

And why the Primal Magic system is unlikely to ever be used again.
keybounce 18th Sep 2020, 9:32 PM edit delete reply
Let me see if I understand this correctly:

In a universe that was a giant frog, you summoned something across time, and it proceeded to send meteors of destruction through time to some other place for a massive ... something?
keybounce 12th Sep 2020, 7:42 PM edit delete reply
Looking at all these screencaps, and Cadence's behaviors, I probably am in serious need of a rewatch.