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24th Oct 2020, 6:00 AM in A Canterlot Wedding, Part 2
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Newbiespud 24th Oct 2020, 6:00 AM edit delete
Shapeshifting is a neat power on the players' side, but the paranoia of dealing with shapeshifters is terrifying and demoralizing. Something about the horror of being unable to trust your own eyes and assumptions about who is who...

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Digo Dragon 24th Oct 2020, 6:27 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Yeah, the horror happens often when you run a pony game and changelings get involved. Especially when your players don't realize it.

Changelings gonna change!
dziadek1990 24th Oct 2020, 7:58 AM edit delete reply
>Changelings gonna change!


[Your changeling encountered a problem and stopped responding.]

aylatrigger 24th Oct 2020, 8:35 AM edit delete reply
Or have high level mages of some kind that shapeshift to a changeling!
Winged Cat 24th Oct 2020, 11:41 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
Or when they play changelings, and then suddenly you have three of a given PC.
Digo 27th Oct 2020, 7:40 AM edit delete reply
Hee hee, now that sounds like a good time messing with a villain NPC!
dziadek1990 24th Oct 2020, 7:55 AM edit delete reply
You know what that means, Twi.

Time for super-embarrassing super-private questions only Cadance of your childhood would know the answer to. :)
Anon 24th Oct 2020, 9:11 AM edit delete reply
Twilight: "How many punches can the real Cadance take before dropping?"

Imposter!Cadance: "Wait, what?"
ANW 24th Oct 2020, 9:41 AM edit delete reply
If it's Twilight doing the punching, 3
One to confuse her
One to stun her
One to faint her
Winged Cat 24th Oct 2020, 11:37 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
Real!Cadance: devious smile "Tickling what spot on Twilight Sparkle will incapacitate her?"

Twilight: pupils shrinking "ohno"
you know that guy 24th Oct 2020, 1:04 PM edit delete reply
That's true, Cadence doesn't know it's the real Twilight Sparkle.
BackSet 26th Oct 2020, 5:23 AM edit delete reply
Guess she's gonna have to do that dumb dance again.
GD 24th Oct 2020, 3:04 PM edit delete reply
I don't think the comic is going to go this route, but I do think there might be an interesting story in "The character that everyone knew and loved this whole time was the imposter living out the life of someone they thought had died, but now the other person is back and wants revenge on their imposter"

(I mean, it's kind of the plot of a recent movie, and I've seen something like it in a video game, but I haven't seen it in a D&D context and that might be neat.)
Guest 25th Oct 2020, 7:03 AM edit delete reply
It's also the plot of a simpsons episode if i remember correctly.

(also which movie is that cus it sounds interesting)
GD 25th Oct 2020, 9:28 AM edit delete reply
It's a film that released on March 22nd, 2019, from a horror director who surprised everyone when they stepped into the scene in 2017.

The whole thing I mentioned is kind of a massive spoiler for the plot of the film, so I'm trying to keep it vague for the sake of not messing with other people's experience.

I'm sure there are other examples too, the "kill and replace" trope is common enough. But that was the example that occurred to me.
CrowMagnon 25th Oct 2020, 9:31 AM edit delete reply
That's the plot of the Nightmare Time episode "Forever and Always".
The Old One 25th Oct 2020, 10:58 AM edit delete reply
Elvis. He's the Schrodinger's Cat of potentially dead celebrities.
Let's be fair, by now he's almost certainly succumbed to age, but for 50 years he was the one
CliffRobotnik 25th Oct 2020, 6:21 AM edit delete reply
Reminds me of a really, really weird Wh40k Black Crusade campaign I ran, with players wholey unable to play scumbags.... Instead of becoming Daemon Princes they ended up becoming imperial saints instead...

As for WHY it reminds me... There was a Arc where a Inquisiter they inexplicably sided with sent them to infiltrate a Tau city on some planet, and foun a EPIDEMIC of bootleg Polymorphine created from some byproduct of a local sea creature that was totally not space Ilithids.

Who was really who and doing what was intentionally impossible to track, but seemed like it COULD be figured out, but I designed it so that whatever they ultimately decided to do was right...

One of the PCs barely managed to make a compound that causes Polymorphine is o Explode on contact... And we're so annoyed by the shape shifting that the fact it was a horridly painful, scarring acid on anyone NOT using Polymorphine was an acceptable side effect, and the players and the NPC sidekicks were all required to carry some at all times...

THE FACT IT WAS EXTREMELY PAINFUL ORGANIC ACID actually came in handy fa, far more then once... So many ruined eyeballs...
ZzzDJ 25th Nov 2020, 1:23 AM edit delete reply
I've never had a shapeshifter in my game, but I HAVE thrown Mimics at the party! Would that count as thematically relevant?
Honestly, mimics are a lot of fun all 'round, I highly recommend them! They're not grievously difficult, but they throw a wrench into combat that forces them to think and improvise, at least a little. And there's so many options! Give a mimic the Giant or Young template so that the PCs can't even judge by size whether it's a mimic or not! (I had a Giant Mimic that was disguised as a four-post canopy bed. Lots of fun!)
Alternatively, throw a mimic WITH a mimic. My party was kind of expecting the suspicious chest to be a mimic, and was prepared to grab a big keg of ale to destroy its sticky ichor... but of the two available, they picked the wrong one... it was ALSO a mimic. TWICE as much fun!
Other mimic ideas: test the party's memory, have a "door" slam in what used to be an empty narrow archway! How many chairs were around the dining table? For bonus confusion, mimics are smart enough to move other objects to throw you off the scent!