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27th Oct 2020, 6:00 AM in A Canterlot Wedding, Part 2
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Newbiespud 27th Oct 2020, 6:00 AM edit delete
This situation probably isn't helped by the fact that, out-of-character, this is technically the first time these two players are playing these two characters interacting. What a wonderfully intricate mess.

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Digo 27th Oct 2020, 6:17 AM edit delete reply
I wanna award Spud for that best reaction image in the last panel. It is perfection. XD
BackSet 27th Oct 2020, 8:59 AM edit delete reply
Damn that last panel is great.
Jannard 27th Oct 2020, 9:56 AM edit delete reply
Loving the expressions you chose. Also, I was just thinking that same thing you wrote in your author's note. They have to create a pre-existing bond out of thin air, while playing it out. Should be fun reading.
Toric 27th Oct 2020, 9:59 AM edit delete reply
Insert Spiderman pointing at Spiderman meme
albedoequals1 27th Oct 2020, 12:01 PM Screen Caps edit delete reply
Man, panel 3, 5 and 6 are all expressions I never knew she made. Brilliant :)
Keybounce 28th Oct 2020, 7:23 PM edit delete reply
I am consistently finding reactions and expressions that I had not known about in these comics. One of the nicer surprises for reading along.
RinaldoLuke 27th Oct 2020, 1:27 PM edit delete reply
Hehe, this reminds me of something I ran a couple months back. We are playing on Discord voice chat, and the PCs got captured by the undead.

One of the PCs was dragged off to be questioned alone. I did this in a separate voice chat, leaving the other PCs to RP how they wished during this time. His interrogator just started asking him basic questions: his name, where he was from, who his companions were, starting to edge towards actual intelligence by the end. The PC mostly cooperated, figuring it would create more opportunities and that the information he was giving wasn't that actionable.

Then the interrogator turns outside the room and goes, "Did you get all of that?" and a Deathlock came out of the shadows and used Disguise Self to look like the PC after having studied him for several minutes. I then brought him *back* to the group playing the Deathlock, to confirm anything he said and to hopefully get more information. It was a great scene.
BardicWizard 27th Oct 2020, 1:28 PM edit delete reply
And this is why my sorcerer in one campaign, who’s very paranoid, has plans for the identity confirmation of the entire party as well as two or three important NPCs. It’s a simple 7-step process that she expects to happen without any prompting from her, so it’s really more 8 steps, but it includes “something only you would know” and “when did we first do *something they never did*”, alongside “who am I”, “do *something only they could do*”, “have you seen *one of the sorcerer’s secret identities that the party knows of* in the last few minutes”, and “when did I tell you *something she said two or three days ago*”. She won’t give any hints or anything so people are very confused and slip up.
Keybounce 27th Oct 2020, 7:29 PM edit delete reply
Really, there are two good options here.

One, having a character that can't remember a complicated speech, and being prompted to give it -- the imposter has too high of an opinion, gives the speech properly, and outs themselves. (See Naruto).

The other? The people are tossing out numbers. The trick? Don't say a number that has already been said, and the new imposter doesn't know the history or the rule.
BardicWizard 27th Oct 2020, 8:25 PM edit delete reply
There’s a bit of that too — she gives anything in *asterisks* just out of the blue and they’re expected to respond with all of the answers, so the person also has to know the protocol.
Steel Resolve 27th Oct 2020, 6:16 PM edit delete reply
If only you had a secret handshake... no hands...
Eroraf 27th Oct 2020, 11:52 PM edit delete reply
Does that face have a name? That face should have a name. It's hilarious.
Dakkath 28th Oct 2020, 1:26 AM edit delete reply
I'd go with "dumbfounded"
Enigmatic Jack 28th Oct 2020, 8:53 AM edit delete reply
I'm kind of reminded of a Shadowrun game I've been playing off and on for a few years. A couple of adventures ago, we discovered that the BBEG is apparently a clone of my character.

The following adventure, we discovered that the BBEG might not be the one who's a clone.
Aeshdan 28th Oct 2020, 11:31 AM edit delete reply
Well, there's always the Mar-Vell technique:

Nick: Prove you're not a Skrull.
[Carol fires photon blast right past Nick's ear, after which Nick gives a look that says “what does that prove?!]
Carol: That's a photon blast.
Nick: And!?
Carol: A Skrull cannot do that.
Digo 29th Oct 2020, 6:45 AM edit delete reply
My favorite comes from the first X-Men movie in the kinda-recent by not really series:

Cyclops: "How do we know it's you?"
Wolverine: "You're a **ck."
Cyclops: *is convinced*
MythicFox 29th Oct 2020, 12:48 AM edit delete reply
While I know this line of thinking wasn't the intent, I can't help but see Twilight's response and think of the Ducktales reboot episode where Launchpad accidentally convinces himself he's actually a mole person infiltrating the surface.