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1st Oct 2020, 6:00 AM in A Canterlot Wedding, Part 1
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Newbiespud 1st Oct 2020, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
The bravest and dumbest tool in the Diplomancer's arsenal is the strategic surrender.

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15 Comments:

ChaoticBrain 1st Oct 2020, 7:18 AM edit delete reply
It's a good thing we already know what happens in canon, otherwise this tactic would seem stupidly suicidal. For all Twilight knows, Cadence could just kill her here and now.
Digo 1st Oct 2020, 7:30 AM edit delete reply
To be fair, death in D&D is less a finality and more an inconvenience. ;)
Mrjacob77 1st Oct 2020, 9:42 AM edit delete reply
Mrjacob77
To be fair canon doesn't have to mean anything in this comic. The Elusive arc went totally off the rails in an awesome subversion of canon expectations! Do I think that will happen again this time? Probably not, but as long as the possibility exists Newbiespud is free to put on his best "smiling DM" face and watch us scurry in the comments.
Raven 1st Oct 2020, 11:05 AM edit delete reply
Well, she probably didn't have to worry about Cadence murdering her right in the throne room. Cleaning up the body from there would've been too much of a risk.
The Old One 1st Oct 2020, 11:22 AM edit delete reply
I'm actually very curious what the twist is going to be.
Trapped Cadence is real Cadence but the twin is a deliberate summons and psychic vampire channeling power back to the original?
Trapped Cadence is fake Cadence but the pressure of keeping her in there is affecting the original with fake Cadence's personality?
Trapped Cadence and Cadenza are the same pony split into good and evil versions by Shining as some kind of perfection spell gone wrong?
ANW 1st Oct 2020, 8:20 AM edit delete reply
This Twilight followed the clues a bit better then the show did.
Zendrelax 1st Oct 2020, 1:08 PM edit delete reply
"Take me to her," eh? I guess Twilight's still holding on to her imposter hypothesis.
you know that guy 1st Oct 2020, 1:30 PM edit delete reply
She's gonna feel dumb if Cadence has merely been possessed by an evil ghost.
Anvildude 1st Oct 2020, 2:38 PM edit delete reply
So, like, the crystal caverns are an allegory for her mind, or something?
Dakkath 2nd Oct 2020, 12:18 AM edit delete reply
Either that or she's about to cast a gate to the plane of (fire//negative energy//perpetually screaming robots//ranch dressing)
albedoequals1 1st Oct 2020, 7:23 PM Or... edit delete reply
albedoequals1
"Yes, well... I killed the real Cadance. Tell her hi for me." *stab*
BackSet 2nd Oct 2020, 2:39 PM edit delete reply
Twilight is an epic level wizard with a relatively loyal party, two of which are loaded (though their assets might literally be frozen in Ponyville right now). If she dies she'll be fine.
Newbiespud 2nd Oct 2020, 8:43 PM edit delete reply
Newbiespud
Paragon level, but yes, this mitigates the risk by a fair bit.
albedoequals1 3rd Oct 2020, 10:33 AM edit delete reply
albedoequals1
Oh, I know, I'm just poking at Twilight's assumption that the real Cadance is still alive. Considering that Cadance was invented as part of the hook to get the brother and his fiance into the game as guests, she could easily have been already dead in the backstory as far as Twilight knows.
Jennifer 2nd Oct 2020, 8:26 PM edit delete reply
Cadence looks very strange in the last panel - part her large alicorn eyes and part Uncanny Valley (for ponies). A deliberate choice by the animators, I expect.