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17th Nov 2012, 5:00 AM in Bridle Gossip
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Questionable Ethics
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Newbiespud 17th Nov 2012, 5:00 AM edit delete
Between Pinkie's sonnet and Zecora's speaking style, the rhyming dictionary is certain to get quite a workout over the course of this arc!

As annoying as that might be to some, I'm actually enjoying myself. Writing poetry is a unique way to stretch one's writing abilities.

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Akouma 17th Nov 2012, 5:13 AM edit delete reply
So, Zecora's a scientist? Okey-dokey then.
Kaleopolitus 17th Nov 2012, 5:36 AM edit delete reply
Scientist Zecora. It's a thing now.
Blyndir 17th Nov 2012, 5:46 AM edit delete reply
Mental image: Zecora on a castle rampart, framed by lightning in the background, yelling "After all the work I took the dive, my masterpiece is now ALIVE!!! MUAHAHAHAHAHA"
Akouma 17th Nov 2012, 5:49 AM edit delete reply
Also, I feel the need to mention my Alchemist who's trying to invent "Cure [X] Emotional Wounds" potions again. One of my favorite characters I've ever played.
Raxon 17th Nov 2012, 6:24 AM edit delete reply
I'm guessing that she's not evil, but she isn't misunderstood, either. She's just a huge plothole.
Digo 17th Nov 2012, 8:34 AM edit delete reply
And she's married. To Science!
Ponyfodder 17th Nov 2012, 8:36 AM edit delete reply
The best "alchemist" I had ever seen was a dwarf sorcerer in Dark Sun (where magic is bad) who got the feats to wear heavy armor and wield a mordenkrad, and whenever he wanted to cast a spell, he threw a vial of colored liquid (i.e. Acid Orb was a green flask). The Dm wasn't aware that he was a sorcerer for several weeks.
Kiana 17th Nov 2012, 3:32 PM edit delete reply
I love reflavoring classes. It's so fun!

EDIT: That's not sarcasm, I actually mean it.
kriss1989 17th Nov 2012, 10:02 AM edit delete reply
Those already exist.
Minor - Beer
Moderate - Whisky
Severe - Jack Danials, leave the bottle
Destrustor 17th Nov 2012, 3:14 PM edit delete reply
Akouma, I once had a character whose life-long goal was to create The Eggoat, a creature that is half-egg, half-goat, whose meat tastes like beer-basted roast bear, and whose fur-like shell(or shell-like fur) could be ground into a sort of cool-aid that makes beer instead.
The Eggoat would have been native to the elemental plane of beer.
That character shared that goal with the other psion philosopher in the party. (Yes we made two different characters with the same class, goal and ridiculous obsession)
We sadly never managed to do it before the game ended, but that crazy random weirdo was just so much fun to play.
Zuche 18th Nov 2012, 12:10 AM edit delete reply
Yes, indeed. She's got a witch doctorate and everything.
Dusk Raven 19th Nov 2012, 12:32 PM edit delete reply
Fun fact - in certain African bush languages the word for scholar ("one who knows things" basically) is also one of their words for witch.

And by "fun fact" I mean "info I learned second hand that may or may not be true."
ANW 17th Nov 2012, 5:31 AM edit delete reply
Poll time:
Out of the mane 6, who has the best poison joke.
A quick guide. Pinkie's tounge swells. Twilight's horn becomes floppy and unuseable. Applejack becomes the size of an apple. Rainbow's wing is on backwards. Riarty's coat becomes a big mess of curls. And Fluttershy's voice is pretty deep. Hightest vote gets the prize.
Akouma 17th Nov 2012, 5:47 AM edit delete reply
Flutterguy takes it, although Rainbow's was actually fairly clever. I didn't even notice it until I saw it for like the third time and just thought the PJ messed with her flight instincts.
Frerichs0 17th Nov 2012, 6:04 AM edit delete reply
error 17th Nov 2012, 6:19 AM error edit delete reply
Appleseed (really just Applejack) because of the great bonus to stealth checks.
Digo 17th Nov 2012, 8:35 AM edit delete reply
I vote Appletini as well. Not just stealth, but bonus to AC as well! :D
ThousandYearSunrise 17th Nov 2012, 6:47 AM edit delete reply
Oh Flutterguy for sure. I would pay all the money for a DVD set of the series with Fluttershy's lines dubbed into Flutterguy's voice.
Rugsrat 17th Nov 2012, 6:51 AM edit delete reply
Flutterguy is definitely the best gag. Followed at considerable distance by Rainbow Dash.
ANW 17th Nov 2012, 6:57 AM edit delete reply
Seems to for Fluttershy, and it would boring to have a landslide winner, so how about 2 votes this time. That way at least 2nd place can have a close call winner.
Ranubis 17th Nov 2012, 7:15 AM edit delete reply
I'll vote for Flutterguy's voice and Appleteeny's stealth bonus.
Valron 17th Nov 2012, 8:07 AM edit delete reply
Gotta go with Flutterguy. It makes little things funny, like when everpony's screaming, and you just hear one deep basso voice screaming AHHHHH.
Valron 18th Nov 2012, 4:32 AM edit delete reply
Ok, if we need to have a second, I'm going with Rainbow Dash's upside-down wings. I love how awkward they looked, and they made for some amusing crashes. The best part is: Dash would have been completely unchanged, if she would just stay on the ground! (yeah right)
The Hittite 17th Nov 2012, 9:22 AM edit delete reply
aylatrigger 17th Nov 2012, 11:04 AM edit delete reply
Flutterguy, if solely for 'Evil Enchantress'. Fluttershy being able to make a song good that Pinkie Pie failed at wins.
ANW 17th Nov 2012, 11:12 AM edit delete reply
I gonna use my vote in a uniqe way.
While Fluttershy voice is fine,
Is not as good as wine.
Applejack's my favor of all,
Because it is funny being small.
The other one who make laugh til I rashes,
Is Rainbow's backwards crashes.

Thank you, thank you, I'll be here all week.
Noshrok Grimskull 17th Nov 2012, 1:07 PM edit delete reply
Definitely Flutterguy!

I was gasping for air from laughing so hard after the "I don't wanna talk about it." line was delivered.
Kirby 17th Nov 2012, 3:17 PM edit delete reply
I liked Appletini the most.
shineyorkboy 18th Nov 2012, 12:37 AM edit delete reply
Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash.
Yeguilty 18th Nov 2012, 8:21 PM edit delete reply
Flutterguy was probably my fave, and Appletini was cute, but is no one gonna vote for Twilight's erectile dysfunction?

Artsy 19th Nov 2012, 5:46 PM edit delete reply
And Rarity and Pinkie were completely forgotten.
tea 17th Nov 2012, 6:14 AM edit delete reply
a dog is sweet but you still love them
ANW 17th Nov 2012, 6:23 AM edit delete reply
Ingore that comment. my cosion is kind of crazy.
Jason Shadow 17th Nov 2012, 6:41 AM edit delete reply
Jason Shadow
Continue testing.

Also, I really like the subtly different speech bubbles for Zecora.
AlicornPriest 17th Nov 2012, 8:27 AM edit delete reply
Hey, Newbie, I think you'll agree
that this is as fun as could be
Because rhyming is fun
and so easily done
That's the wonder of true poetry!
Ponyfodder 17th Nov 2012, 8:33 AM edit delete reply
Roses are Red,
Violets are Blue,
I once tried to make a character that spoke in rhymes,
I failed.
Noshrok Grimskull 17th Nov 2012, 1:05 PM edit delete reply
Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
I'm a schizophrenic
and so am I.

No, you're not.
Yes, I am!
Stephani-d 18th Nov 2012, 12:11 AM edit delete reply
I believe you're thinking of multiple personality disorder, not schizophrenia. People confuse them a lot.
XandZero2 17th Nov 2012, 9:28 AM edit delete reply
If there's one thing you learn early on in English class, it's that 'true' poetry usually doesn't rhyme...

I like it better when it does though (;

And I have no idea how this interpretation of Zecora is going to turn out. She's my favorite side pony... zebra... outside of Derpy though, so I'm willing to wait and see how Dr. Zecora works out.

BTW - Dr. Zecora...

Reminds me of Dr. Death Ray, my Dr. Horrible-inspired PC for a Pony Tales campaign I'm playing in right now... Yeah.
LoganAura 17th Nov 2012, 10:01 AM edit delete reply
Alicorn, I'm sorry but no,
Your lim'rick just doesn't have flow.
Your couplet is long,
But that isn't wrong
Free verse is poety also.
terrycloth 19th Nov 2012, 11:58 AM edit delete reply
Free verse is
it's just some
one whose
enter k
is broken.
kriss1989 17th Nov 2012, 10:04 AM edit delete reply
Roses are Red
Violets are Blue
I can't rhyme
Kumquats and meteorite.
andreas002 18th Nov 2012, 9:12 AM edit delete reply
Roses are Red
Violets are Blue
Wait no they aren't
Violets are Purple.
Giant_Hat 17th Nov 2012, 9:26 AM Giant_hat edit delete reply
What if irony
changed Zecora's prose into
Japanese haiku?
AuroraMoon 17th Nov 2012, 10:13 AM edit delete reply
then we'd start seeing art of Zecora as Zer0. dude speaks in haiku around 99% of the time. and yes i'm aware none of this comment is poetry. i'd rather not insult Zecora by trying, and absolutely epic failing.

btw, anyone else think the combat talents in Pony Tales need level requirements, maybe race ones too? a pegasus summoning a fire giant... how does this make any sense? let alone at level 1?
Jason Shadow 17th Nov 2012, 11:11 AM edit delete reply
Jason Shadow
No, don't start that here
Or else the comments section
Will needlessly swell.

I'd take it to the Pony Tales forum if I were you, but I wouldn't expect much luck - pretty much anything is justifiable if you change the flavor, and the people over there are working on increasing options, not restricting them.
LoganAura 18th Nov 2012, 7:16 AM edit delete reply
I'll sum it up simply:
It allows for people to pick what they want without worrying about what would be "Better gameplay".
That and it's full of reflavoring.
One fire giant I know of was a sketch in a sketchbook brought to life, and another was a tornado of flower petals.
sunbeam 19th Nov 2012, 9:18 PM edit delete reply
Yet another one appeared differently to everypony, represented to each of them as their worst fear. It's creator needed to avert her eyes when she cast the spell.
I believe she renamed it non-euclidean horror, or something to that effect.
Bronymous 17th Nov 2012, 11:03 AM edit delete reply
Crackle is best rhyming character. Everything he says rhymes with GAWRP.

Poetry sucks.
PoniesForTea 17th Nov 2012, 11:24 AM edit delete reply
Rainbow Dash's would have my vote, being nicely ironic and hilariously slapstick.

Except...uh...Spike's name for that PJ syndrome is 'Rainbow Crash'. Then we see the episode where that's what the Cloudsdale bullies call her and, um, I then picture the two of them having a 'talk'.

In the middle of the night.

5,000 hooves straight up in the air.
Anvildude 17th Nov 2012, 11:40 AM edit delete reply
Naw, dawg. That's not how the Bow would work it. She'd be all cool, like "Hey, Spike, that nickname hurt my feelin's, yo. But it's good, I know you weren't aware of the bad vibes I got from it. Just don't do it again, ye?"
Tatsurou 17th Nov 2012, 12:54 PM edit delete reply
Okay, I think it's story time!
Recently, I read Darths and Droids. My favorite player was Sally, especially with how she kept derailing the campaign because she enjoyed being creative so much.

Those of us who've DMed...has this ever happened to you? If so, tell a story about it.
Demonu 18th Nov 2012, 8:21 AM edit delete reply
Having a campaign being derailed because a player decided to be creative?

Adapt, incorporate, make it your own and pretend it always has been so.
Crimson Doom 19th Nov 2012, 7:27 AM edit delete reply
Crimson Doom
Derailed? Nah. Having a player unexpectedly pretend to team up with the bad guy? Eeyup.
Malroth 19th Nov 2012, 2:45 PM edit delete reply
Have a Player LEGITIMATELY team up with the badguy can really change a campaign's direction.
kriss1989 19th Nov 2012, 6:57 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, that was fun, the fools never saw it coming.
AkumaTh 17th Nov 2012, 1:36 PM edit delete reply
So Zecora is now Glados?
Kirby 17th Nov 2012, 3:16 PM edit delete reply
I used to do a small Zecora ask blog on tumblr, it got easier over time. Granted, I hardly got any questions in the first place, but eh.

The internet's lack of love for Zecora disturbs me.
Tatsurou 17th Nov 2012, 5:35 PM edit delete reply
I find it amusing that Luna - who has less total screen time than Zecora, or any other character in the series with lines - but has greater fan following than any other character in the series.
Zuche 18th Nov 2012, 9:10 AM edit delete reply
There's a difference between screen time and significance. People like to examine Luna because it helps define their understanding of Celestia (the show's primary mentor figure), Equestria, harmony, and at least one of the current element bearers. They're understandably confused when she's nowhere to be seen when Celestia sounds alarm, and we're given no explanation for her absence.

As for why she gets more time than Celestia, the latter understandably makes a lot of authors nervous. It's why you're more likely to see alternate universe versions of her (the troll, the tyrant, or the deviant) than as herself. She is not perfect, but her people see perfection reflected through her. It's not easy to deconstruct that. (The author of "Princess Celestia Hates Tea" did a lovely job of it in a short comedy, then rebuilt it nicely in a sequel revealing Twilight as the original's author.) It's still more difficult to display her role faithfully without bogging the story down in boring administration and such. (Another comedy did a pretty good job of that as well, but it was more about the bureaucracy itself, rather than the princess. Sorry I can't recall the name.) Luna affords people more leeway in how they handle her.

For a long time, Luna had that advantage over a lot of background characters. She was absent for so long than there was little fear or writing something about her that could be contradicted within another two episodes. By the time of Luna Eclipsed, the foundation of interest laid proved adaptable enough to refit much of it around "canon".

It helps to remember that this isn't a contest, let alone cash prizes. There are riches to be found in exploring any of these characters. (For example, have you ever considered how many times Big McIntosh has many things worse by opening his mouth? We've seen that at least once on the show.) If people are too busy looking elsewhere to notice what you've found, that's their loss.
Crimson Doom 19th Nov 2012, 7:28 AM edit delete reply
Crimson Doom
Your lack of love for Zecora disturbs me. [/darthvader]
Zuche 19th Nov 2012, 12:25 PM edit delete reply
Hey, my original comment discussed much of what I like about Zecora and Big McIntosh and maybe a few other characters. That ran a few more paragraphs in an already lengthy entry, so it got cut.

I'd say more, but that kind of makes its own point, you know?
SchadeRealm 17th Nov 2012, 10:49 PM Reverb edit delete reply
Live in Darkness
Die By Light
Only children
can win this fight

Once in Shadows
Truth is known
As once gained
Through gilded Tome

Fear of FriendShip
Tis a lie
For there is
No love Greater then I
kriss1989 19th Nov 2012, 6:55 PM edit delete reply
Nice, what's that from?
Ashram 17th Nov 2012, 11:11 PM edit delete reply
If this were Pathfinder, I could see Zecora being an alchemist or a witch.
Chakat Firepaw 19th Nov 2012, 5:25 PM edit delete reply
She would have to be an alchemist: There is no sign of her having a familiar and witches are one of the three classes that can't trade away their companion.
Kiranis 17th Nov 2012, 11:35 PM Flutterguy edit delete reply
Blu mankuma voices Flutterguy.

name not sound familiar? well it should hes been voicing cartoon and animated charactors From Gigabyte (Reboot) to Flutterguy (present MLP) ^_^ this has been fun facts
Aegis Steadfast 18th Nov 2012, 6:26 PM edit delete reply
Aegis Steadfast
While I do faintly remember him voicing Gigabyte, he was sadly overshadowed by Tony Jay in that series. I've always loved his voice.
Zuche 18th Nov 2012, 12:13 AM edit delete reply
Ha! The rhymer is about to render the bard effectively speechless. Brilliant.
Stephani-d 18th Nov 2012, 12:17 AM edit delete reply
I vote for Flutterguy and Appletini as best poison joked. I like how Applebloom gets to be all "Now AH'M the big pony!"
shineyorkboy 18th Nov 2012, 12:44 AM edit delete reply
Without going into spoilers I'd like to say that the newest episode may be the greatest thing to happen to the fandom since time travel.
Raxon 18th Nov 2012, 7:07 AM edit delete reply
I just realized that if they wanted, Hasbro could have had Zecora speak in rap form, and sport an afro.

Her actual depiction was the best case scenario.
Digo 19th Nov 2012, 5:13 AM edit delete reply
Now I'm equating Zecora to Angel Dynamite in "Mystery Incorporated".
Jellybean 19th Nov 2012, 9:36 PM edit delete reply
There's only one way this can possibly end.


Pinkie Pie.

Rap battle.
Raxon 20th Nov 2012, 4:23 AM edit delete reply
Attack her weak spot for massive damage?
Zuche 20th Nov 2012, 4:58 AM edit delete reply
What weak spot? Both are terrifyingly good lyrical improvisers.
TechUnadept 8th Jul 2013, 1:52 AM Mad scientist? edit delete reply
Guest 24th Mar 2019, 6:44 PM edit delete reply
>"Questionable Ethics"

She's waiting for you, ponies... in the test chamber.