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Dungeons & Ponies, Part 4
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Newbiespud 23rd Dec 2021, 6:00 AM edit delete
Author: GreatDinn

Guest Author's Note: "So, I'm not basing this comic on any particular version of D&D, because...well, the show didn't exactly do that either. Instead, I'm trying to get the vibe more of both the show Dungeons and Dragons itself, and of what we saw in the episode, Dungeons and Discords for Ogres and Oubliettes. And from what I saw in that episode, O&O has a lot of random tables, with a wild array of results.

Which, honestly, makes Tiamat showing up for a bunch of newbie adventurers make waaaay more sense.

(As an aside, for all the goofiness of the cartoon, this is honestly still a really cool and scary version of Tiamat.)"

Notice: Guest comic submissions are open! Guidelines here. Deadline: February 20th.



Cygnia 23rd Dec 2021, 6:22 AM edit delete reply
...I wanted a plush Tiamat as a kid.
Digo 23rd Dec 2021, 6:39 AM edit delete reply
If they made one now I'd still want it. ^^

Also, this cartoon *STILL* remains in the subconscious of our culture-- I always see Dungeon Master costumes sold around Halloween, even this year I saw it for sale.
Evilbob 23rd Dec 2021, 8:21 AM edit delete reply
Where there's a will, there's a way.

Internet also makes things easier now
Wulfraed 23rd Dec 2021, 9:12 AM edit delete reply
Or, to make readers shudder... o/~ Where there's a whip, there's a way o/~

<,_There%27s_a_Way?file=Where_there%2527s_a_whip%252C_there%2527s_a_way%2521 > (hope the direct link is valid (once unwrapped), if not, it can be reached from,_There%27s_a_Way
Winged Cat 23rd Dec 2021, 12:25 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
Use square brackets and the URL tag:

like this

(left bracket)URL=,_There%27s_a_Way(right bracket)like this(left bracket)/URL(right bracket)
Balrighty 23rd Dec 2021, 8:21 AM edit delete reply
Ah, Tiamat! She of the campaign-long plan to escape Hell and return to the material plane, only to be stopped by a Banishment spell ten seconds later.

The DM still hasn't forgiven us.
terrycloth 23rd Dec 2021, 9:39 PM edit delete reply
Tiamat, whose plan to escape Hell was foiled when the party bribed a bunch of dragon children too small to take part in the mass battle to accompany them into the secret caves to help disrupt the ritual.

The cultists were not prepared.
Wulfraed 23rd Dec 2021, 9:13 AM edit delete reply
Ah... of course there'd be a a "pony" in it...
Wulfraed 23rd Dec 2021, 9:15 AM edit delete reply
Just hit me... If this WAS an MLP episode, Fluttershy would make Tiamat the animal companion!
Winged Cat 23rd Dec 2021, 12:27 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
Fluttershy, as herself, is somewhat higher level than Bobby. I remember one D&D depiction where she was a mid-to-high level druid, as the low level Cutie Mark Crusaders found out when they angered her.
Prairie Son 23rd Dec 2021, 1:41 PM edit delete reply
That was a guest strip here some years ago. Ending with the line that her cutie mark represented the ashes of those ponies who had annoyed her.
albedoequals1 23rd Dec 2021, 9:52 AM edit delete reply
I'd like to see a campaign with Tiamat as a recurring character with dialogue, rather than just a boss monster. Because it seems like a 5-headed sentient creature that can speak would be a golden opportunity for some multiple-personality fun.

Red: "If you agree to be my slaves, I might consider spar-"
Black: "Kill 'em! Kill 'em all!"
White: "Hmph."
Green: *tries to pick their pockets*
Freelance 24th Dec 2021, 7:35 PM edit delete reply
"Director? Ms. Tiamet is holding on Lines 2, 3, 5, 8, and 11."

Kudos if you get the reference.
Philadelphus 23rd Dec 2021, 10:08 AM edit delete reply
I think it's fine to have a more nebulous idea of the system in use when making a campaign comic; Darths & Droids explicitly doesn't use any real system, which allows them to make jokes about memetic aspects of various systems, like having "the grappling rules" being a terrifying entity that every one prefers to avoid if possible without calling out any game in particular. (This isn't to say that I think Newbiespud's use of a specific system for Friendship Is Dragons is a bad thing, mind you, it's just different ways of approaching the same thing.)
The Old One 23rd Dec 2021, 11:02 AM edit delete reply
Hail Hy.......Tiamat!
Cygnia 23rd Dec 2021, 11:39 AM edit delete reply
And now I'm wondering how the Mane 6 would handle the unicorn-centric episode with Kelek (the one where he's trying to steal unicorn horns and the group has to team up with Venger to stop him).
Winged Cat 24th Dec 2021, 9:06 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
I notice that Spike refers to "a small creature". Is this a setup to never mention (at all, or until some dramatically or comedically convenient moment) that Fluttershy's companion is a unicorn?
Chakat Firepaw 25th Dec 2021, 9:34 AM edit delete reply
And here we have the longest running impact of the D&D cartoon: It changed what Tiamat looked like.

Before the cartoon, she was described as having a striped body as the colours from her heads blended with each other until they became brown for her tail. That's not exactly easy to do with hand-painted cels so they made her body red and the change stuck.