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15th Oct 2020, 6:00 AM in A Canterlot Wedding, Part 2
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Newbiespud 15th Oct 2020, 6:00 AM edit delete
Shining Armor being supportive and proud of his fiance playing the ruthless villainess out to get him is the precise aesthetic I wanted to arrive at from the outset.

Also, dang, these shots of Cadance's sneering face reflected in green on the crystal walls. This is mere minutes away from the reveal, but it's already communicating a lot about her duplicitous character.

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Digo 15th Oct 2020, 6:36 AM edit delete reply
Shining is a good husband, even if part of the fandom doesn't think so. Maybe the real green is wanting a Cadance in our lives. Or at least in our gaming group. :3
ANW 15th Oct 2020, 6:37 AM edit delete reply
I don't think this comic will give us another chance for abduction stories to relate with the comic.

So Story Time.

Times when one of your players in-game selves was held captured by the enemy.
Going to jail/prison because they did do something bad won't count.
Newbiespud 15th Oct 2020, 10:56 AM edit delete reply
Do you have your own story to share?
ZhonLord 16th Oct 2020, 3:08 AM edit delete reply
I ran a game in Lankhmar, City of Thieves. One of my players decided to be really, REALLY open about the party's mission to overthrow the city's Overlord, and got captured three separate times for interrogation. And this guy is such a natural at the party face that when he got a successful save against a truth serum (couldn't speak untruths but was free to say anything else), he led the guards on a massively merry chase all without ever speaking a single falsehood.
rakaydos 16th Oct 2020, 11:05 AM edit delete reply
Star wars.
So the party needs to get onto an imperial base. When snooping around for a way in, an imperial character they know (lawful neutral type, might be turnable) shows up to arrest them, and manages to successfully deescalate a party of player characters, wanting to "take them back to the station" for questioning, on the base they're trying to get to.

So the players agree to be taken in, and the combat droid gets approached with a restraining bolt. "hey, I'm specifically called out as a non-standard design. Can I get a roll to see if he installs the restraining bolt wrong?"

"You know what? He gets it wrong. Give me a bluff check so that he doesnt notice and fix the problem."

The combat droid gets a good roll on his untrained bluff (success with several complications), so he's going to be locked in an easilly broken out of warehouse on the base they were trying to get into, but will be offline for a few hours. He wasnt really built for talky sections anyway.

Imperial questioning back at the station goes well, and they might be getting the imperial on their side, when someone else rolled a bad complication. "So back to the droid. You wake up in the easilly broken out of warehouse, your weapons powered down but accessable. Your teammate's comms are thataway. What do?"
Cygnia 15th Oct 2020, 7:11 AM edit delete reply
Nothing says true love like an SO spouting accolades towards their partner as a GM -- even (or especially) when the GM is being Evil towards the SO's character... <3

(has a supportive Shining Armor as a hubby in my 7th Sea game)
Story Time 15th Oct 2020, 9:45 AM edit delete reply
"no one will hear you. No one will search down here"

Any story when that phrase or similar was used? Brownie Extra Points if somehow, someway, someone managed to "Hear" the character or "Search Down here" and found him/her
Newbiespud 15th Oct 2020, 10:56 AM edit delete reply
Do you have your own story to share?
aylatrigger 15th Oct 2020, 4:17 PM edit delete reply
I do not have an exact one, but that prompt did remind me of when party was separated a bit, and one character knocked himself out while attacking a bed...
Players started rolling Perception checks to see if they heard him, but nothing. ...Also one of the characters was deaf. But he also rolled accidentally, and made it. So I ruled he started having psychedelic dreams.
We determined later that the bed was a psionic dream manipulator. Obviously.
...So later had him (the bed) join the party as a cohort. He is also a lawyer. Named Eversheets Quire Esq. or ESQ Esq.
His race has 0 move speed, but he also had monk levels so could use that to move.
Ransom4 15th Oct 2020, 12:30 PM edit delete reply
Projecting one's image in real time on crystals and receiving an audio/video feed from them while you are all the way back on the surface sounds like a super technical spell when I think about it. I feel like all supervillains naturally have some degree of the "Takeover airwaves to monologue" ability. You know, when Cobra Commander or whoever can interrupt a TV signal or appear on the video screen in Times Square.
Eroraf 15th Oct 2020, 11:46 PM edit delete reply
HOLD IT! You're expecting me to believe that the HOUSE-SIZED CRYSTAL WALLS of these caves hold NO VALUE? That this massive network of caves deep in what I can only assume is an extinct volcano has been completely and utterly stripped of all worthwhile resources? Now I may not know much about the economy of Equestria, but crystals of that size and clarity, regardless of composition, must have SOME use. I call shenanigans.
Boris Carlot 16th Oct 2020, 12:54 AM edit delete reply
Might be the "cheap" crystals have a more convenient source somewhere else. "Yeah, we can dig these out and carry them all the way down the mountain, or we can just use the cave next to town instead.
Guest 16th Oct 2020, 1:02 AM edit delete reply
To be fair, Spike goes around digging up gems (with a little help from Rarity) and casually eating them like it's no big deal, so maybe in Equestria house-sized crystals like that really ARE not worth the effort of extracting. Like how there are real gold mines with gold still in them that isn't economically feasible to extract with the current price of gold.
ZhonLord 16th Oct 2020, 3:10 AM edit delete reply
Gemstones are what have value in Equestria, and thanks to the gems being consumed in alchemy and/or dragon stomachs the value stays surprisingly consistent. Crystals of that size can only really be used for windows or maybe specific decorative things, but those are such niche uses that I'm not surprised it wouldn't be worth carting out such large chunks.
Doctor Dinosaur 16th Oct 2020, 8:55 PM edit delete reply
The crystals are INTEGRAL!
Demon Nachos 16th Oct 2020, 10:29 PM edit delete reply
The Equestria economy is really weird. Somehow a tiny shard of a gem was enough for the CMC to buy an industrial pet dryer in that episode where Spike was trying to pass off babysitting all the pets.
NobleCuriosity 24th Oct 2022, 1:33 AM edit delete reply
I’ve heard the proposal that bulk gemstones are cheap (and possibly farmable!), but specific (presumably rarer or more magical) KINDS of gemstones still have very high value.