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Author Notes:

Newbiespud 23rd Mar 2013, 6:00 AM edit delete
I know the die has been cast regarding where this arc is going, but let me draw your attention to this video.

It's a live improv reading of the first 100 pages of the comic, complete with impressions of all the characters' voices, done in one sitting, by one person, in just over an hour.

The reason I love this video - and the reason I'm devoting an entire Author's Note to it - is because it gave me a fresh perspective on those 100 pages. I wrote those pages almost two years ago - I've read them over and over again since. But watching this video made me feel like a complete stranger experiencing the comic for the first time. And it convinced me, "Hey, all these readers aren't crazy after all. I haven't duped anyone. Some of this is actually pretty good."

So, I'd just like to say: Thank you very much, Bev, for the wonderful experience and for the hour of your day you put into it. :)

Notice: Guest comic submissions are open! Guidelines here. Deadline: January 27th, 2023.



Watchman 23rd Mar 2013, 6:05 AM Hmm edit delete reply
I wonder where this is going?
Raxon 23rd Mar 2013, 8:39 AM edit delete reply
One question. Are you under surveillance?
Pinkius 23rd Mar 2013, 5:47 PM edit delete reply
He is... by himself
Raxon 24th Mar 2013, 5:22 AM edit delete reply
Neat. I was wondering who watched the watchman.
494alex 24th Mar 2013, 4:18 PM edit delete reply
Guest 23rd Mar 2013, 7:44 PM edit delete reply
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
Zuche 24th Mar 2013, 5:03 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, Green Arrow and Black Canary have it covered.

...Come to think of it, those might not be bad names for ponies.
Ponikon 25th Mar 2013, 6:26 AM edit delete reply
Only for fanpony-sues, I'm afraid.
Zuche 25th Mar 2013, 6:55 AM edit delete reply
You are not afraid, and therefore doubly mistaken.
guy 7th May 2014, 8:24 PM edit delete reply
The Guarding Dark.
(Reference to Thud!)
Hirou 23rd Mar 2013, 6:07 AM edit delete reply
Is it abnormal that I'm NOT watching MLP so not to spoil this comic later?
Derpmind 23rd Mar 2013, 6:33 AM edit delete reply
Uh, yeah. A big part of the fun's how the characters in the comic reflect the characters in the show, and another big part is seeing the screencaps do funny things to what we remember from the episodes. You're totally doing yourself a disservice by not watching at least some of the first season.
sunbeam 23rd Mar 2013, 6:51 AM edit delete reply
I'm not certain if you're making a legitimate argument, or just trying to get him to pony up.
Lyntermas 23rd Mar 2013, 7:05 AM edit delete reply
...Well, Hirou I must admit your perspective is the exception rather than the rule around here, or for most campaign comics. Most readers of campaign comics are well aware of the source material, and can guess in advance how the plot will go, or what events they REALLY look forward to seeing portrayed.

You, on the other hand, don't know what to expect either way...and that's unique. While I personally enjoy seeing how my expectations for the comic will be handled (or subverted), you can keep up a sense of suspense and surprise by not even knowing what's "supposed" to happen (the two foot ravine and "rocks fall, everypony dies" come to mind).

Hirou, if you feel that you would enjoy this comic more without being "spoiled", more power to you...although, viewer beware if you go browsing the comments.
Raxon 23rd Mar 2013, 7:05 AM edit delete reply
Pony up, I think. Wait till he sees the scene where Twilight meets Raven Gloom, Fluttershy's goth sister.
darkwulf23 23rd Mar 2013, 12:11 PM edit delete reply
Yea but avoid the one where they reenact the Christmas carol. I swear, Pinkie Pie was the worst Ebenezer Scrooge ever.
Raxon 23rd Mar 2013, 2:04 PM edit delete reply
I love being a member of the old guard.

Go ahead. Guess which one.
darkwulf23 23rd Mar 2013, 7:43 PM edit delete reply
The crazy one who can never stay on topic.
CJT 25th Mar 2013, 9:40 AM edit delete reply
...and every time I hover over Raxon's link, I hear "Forum Pecking Order" in Mr. Popo's voice.
Giggle Tail 23rd Mar 2013, 9:50 AM edit delete reply
Giggle Tail
Either way, it is a legitimate argument, if you ask me.
Evilbob 23rd Mar 2013, 7:40 PM edit delete reply
You guys are incorrigible.
Giggle Tail 24th Mar 2013, 8:02 AM edit delete reply
Giggle Tail
I wasn't saying Hirou was doing anything wrong. I was just saying that, in my opinion, he is missing out by not watching the show. I mostly just wanted to get across that I don't think he should feel like he shouldn't watch the show just so he can enjoy this comic. It's his choice, obviously, and either way works. Just giving my opinion.
Kaze Koichi 23rd Mar 2013, 9:16 AM edit delete reply
Hirou, I think you are doing a right thing. This way you can enjoy this comic on a different level compared to those that watch MLP and know what's coming. And nothing prevents you from watching a show after reading corresponding story here, if you have such desire.
Kayeka 23rd Mar 2013, 7:19 PM edit delete reply
Screencap comics comics are a bit of a fandom-injoke though, so I think you are missing out on something.

I mean, the entire point is experiencing the story step-by-step with a different context, perspective and tone, with the occasional curve ball in the form of "derailment". "knowing" what's going to happen is more or less the heart of the experience.

But now I'm realising that I've just wasted two minutes typing a message to tell you that you are having fun wrong. Go ahead, whatever floats your boat, don't let anyone tell you otherwise. I'm just saying that you can still enjoy this comic after watching at least season one, which comes with the added bonus of having seen the first season of a good television show.
Zuche 24th Mar 2013, 5:04 AM edit delete reply
It's about as abnormal as eating hot dogs with peanut butter on them, and those are really good.
Digo 24th Mar 2013, 8:24 AM edit delete reply
Well now I want to try one. :p
NaughtSought 24th Mar 2013, 1:45 PM edit delete reply
I think it's perfectly fine not knowing what is coming up. You are literally getting all your information from a comic that doesn't necessarily follow the shows script. That means you never get an "I was so off in how I saw this going" moment... or do you prefer that?
Tatsurou 25th Mar 2013, 11:41 AM edit delete reply
Seeing as you are probably the only one doing so and 'normal' is defined by the average behavior of the group, as a deviation thereof, this is most definately 'abnormal.'
Digo 23rd Mar 2013, 6:08 AM edit delete reply
GM improvision can be a hilariously fun adventure :D
JohnBobMead 23rd Mar 2013, 6:10 AM Panel Four edit delete reply
I'm not quite sure why, but I really liked panel four; the DM as glowing eyed dark presence just made me laugh.
The MunchKING 23rd Mar 2013, 6:12 AM edit delete reply
Those are Diamond Dogs. I'm guessing that's the new threat.
CJT 24th Mar 2013, 12:12 AM edit delete reply
I'd figured that as well, which means the DM is abandoning any further interaction with Celestia for this session.

Twilight's player might have wanted that to better sound out the mentor/student relationship and potential future resources they might have backing them, and Rarity's player will probably be disappointed that she can't butter up the God-Queen in-session.

On the other hand, Dash's player will probably be quite happy to skip the diplomacy and head straight to a combat adventure.

I suppose we'll see soon enough how the DM handles the transition.
Digo 24th Mar 2013, 8:26 AM edit delete reply
Well, he/she could do what our current GM does and skips transitioning. Just throws everything at us at the same time, making a huge clusterbuck out of the entire campaign.

We never understand it.
DoubleCross 23rd Mar 2013, 6:15 AM edit delete reply

Awwww, sweetie~ Come heeeeeeere~
Raxon 23rd Mar 2013, 6:42 AM edit delete reply
I like where this is going. I could see Rarity striking a deal with the diamond dogs. She marks the gems, and they dig, and they split the gems 50/50.

Also, I have finished the first chapter of (removed). It's like I'm defacing a work of art.

I would like to take this moment to invite you all to donate money for a new charity I'll be starting, as soon as the government approves it as such. I call it Moustaches for Monas. Every cent donated goes toward restoring classic works of art to their pristine, moustachioed prime, as they were always meant to be.
Zuche 23rd Mar 2013, 10:56 AM edit delete reply
It's early in the work, Raxon, but I fear you may have stuck too close to the original source to properly balance a humourous blend between its style and the Equestrian tone.
Raxon 23rd Mar 2013, 11:06 AM edit delete reply
I read it in Tara Strong's voice, and it seems kinda funny. I agree it needs work though.

Hmm... Mayhaps it needs another once over. There's a part of me, deep, deep down, that's really good at messing with this stuff. She lies sleeping, and I need to awaken her. There is only one way to do that. I need to stop sleeping, drink that vanilla extract in the cabinet, and set my Weird Al playlist to shuffle. She's a crazy bird, but she will always live on in my appendix.

No. Why would I let her live in my heart? A heart is a terrible place to live! It's damp and moist, and the lighting is terrible!
Zuche 23rd Mar 2013, 11:32 AM edit delete reply
Ah, yes, voice might just be the missing ingredient. I'll try to imagine that next time.
Rokas 24th Mar 2013, 2:54 AM edit delete reply
Digo 24th Mar 2013, 8:27 AM edit delete reply
Ah... I admit I was kinda disappointed that it wasn't Celes from Final Fantasy 6 XD
Zuche 25th Mar 2013, 6:57 AM edit delete reply
Oddly enough, the Rainbow Dash comic mentions Mule Tzu.
LoganAura 23rd Mar 2013, 6:46 AM edit delete reply
*Wants to listen to it. Sees that it's an hour* Uh...
Lyntermas 23rd Mar 2013, 7:09 AM edit delete reply
Glad that you feel affirmed, Spud. And let me assure you, us commentors who keep coming back do so because we know quality when we see it, and we look forward for more.

Well, Raxon may be downright crazy, but still.
Raxon 23rd Mar 2013, 7:13 AM edit delete reply
Hey, I may be crazy, but I still know quality when I see it.
FanOfMostEverything 23rd Mar 2013, 8:12 AM edit delete reply
"We'll see what happens."

If ever there was a sentence that defined my DM style, it is that one. My group is just too dang unpredictable and derives far too much enjoyment out of smelting rails for me to do anything but fly by the seat of my pants and see where their impulses take the story. Fortunately, I enjoy it.

Still, I have to sympathize with FiD-DM. Nothing feels quite as bad as having your awesome, player-challenging, character-building, world-threatening scenario dismantled in a matter of moments. Especially when it's done not through cheese, but just a character doing what s/he's supposed to do.

Diamond Dogs
I see what you did there.
Raxon 23rd Mar 2013, 8:13 AM edit delete reply
No bones about it, that's a good attitude for a DM to have.
Digo 24th Mar 2013, 8:28 AM edit delete reply
Certainly better than just barking at their problems.
Zuche 25th Mar 2013, 6:58 AM edit delete reply
The puns gave me paws for thought.
falcophoenix 23rd Mar 2013, 8:12 AM edit delete reply
Thank you again for sharing my silliness with your fans! ;u;/
To everyone else: don't feel obligated to listen to the whole thing! If curiosity piques you, just listen to maybe the first ten minutes (there's a few minutes hiccup starting). \o/
Raxon 23rd Mar 2013, 8:35 AM edit delete reply
I see you are also a fan of adventure time. This pleases the GREAT AND POWERFUL RAX.


You do a good Fluttershy. I'm impressed.

Totally irrelevant link!
Guest 23rd Mar 2013, 6:55 PM edit delete reply
Please tell me that's your youtube account.
Lyntermas 23rd Mar 2013, 9:41 PM edit delete reply
If Raxon turned out to be ItsSomeRandomGuy, my brain would shut down for at least five minutes before it rebooted.
Raxon 25th Mar 2013, 3:16 AM edit delete reply
Sorry, guys. No brain shutting down today. I'm just blatantly plugging his channel because he's awesome, and he portrays our favorite regenerating degenerate very well.

Besides, I plug TV Tropes all the time, and you don't suspect that I'm an admin on there, do you?
Zuche 25th Mar 2013, 6:59 AM edit delete reply
Will he continue Season Three of Happy Hour?

And lots of people cite TV Tropes, but how many times do you see a guy playing Deadpool link to a guy playing Deadpool?
Raxon 25th Mar 2013, 7:11 AM edit delete reply
He will, in time.

Because Deadpool is in it, and he's a favorite of Randomguy. And Deadpool is awesome. The regenerating degenerate, the merc with a mouth, the crimson comedian... Ninja Spiderman himself, Wade Wilson!

And I've linked to a video of Hulk vs Wolverine. You didn't accuse me of being Nolan North.
Zuche 25th Mar 2013, 8:21 AM edit delete reply
I admit I don't check most of your video links. My speakers have been... unsound of late.
redwings1340 23rd Mar 2013, 8:39 AM edit delete reply
that livestream reading was really cool! She's really good at all the voices, and this comic is every bit as good as the others I've read in this genre (Darths and Droids, DM of the Ring).
XandZero2 23rd Mar 2013, 9:14 AM edit delete reply
I just want to put my two cents in here, but Rainbow Dash and AJ are such douchebags to the GM of this comic sometimes. Reading this last panel, I wanted to reach into cartoon land and slap them upside the heads.


-So remember guys, go easy on your GMs (;

Though, while I'm still in the ranting mood, I will also mention that the GM of this strip gave up way too easily with the Parasprite thing. He could've had Twilight have to make a willpower check just to strike the Parasprites because of their overpowering cuteness, or he could've made there be more than just the one bug Fluttershy brought in - thus slaughtering the initial 3 wouldn't have completely put an end to the adventure.

I guess I'm just venting at how annoying these characters are some time, but I do like this comic (:
Malik 23rd Mar 2013, 9:55 AM edit delete reply
I can certainly agree that the Players in this campaign are often unappreciative twats. The DM's problem, though, is that they're totally new.

The players have a variety of levels of experience, but I believe it was mentioned that this is new territory for the DM. New enough to just be learning the cardinal rule of DMing; Never let them see you Sweat.

No matter how far the players go off of the planned rails, the important thing is that the players never know just how ill- or well-prepared you are for their actions. So long as the DM can keep calm and carry on the story progresses smoothly, whether that means transitioning the story into another plotline or implementing a way for the original plan to continue uninterrupted.
Flutters hi 23rd Mar 2013, 10:16 AM Flutters hi edit delete reply
Malik, don't you mean "So long as the DM can keep calm and Flutter on"?
tuxgeo 23rd Mar 2013, 10:32 AM edit delete reply
Re: "Rainbow Dash and AJ are such douchebags. . . "

RD might be; but AJ's player has been shown before to have deep understanding of this DM, especially in the Dragon adventure where AJ's player was the one to ask the DM how he/she was doing, and was the one to go give the DM a pep talk. (Rarity's player even urged AJ's player to go talk with the DM; so RY's player must have known they were close.)

This DM might be meant to represent a younger sibling of AJ's player, or some other relationship (friend from infancy? pupil? cousin? lover? child?) that gives one person special insight into another.
CJT 25th Mar 2013, 9:38 AM edit delete reply
I have a sibling. After a few decades, we've moved up to "tolerating each other".

My money is on "significant other or long-term friend". My headcanon presently has AJ as one of the few actual females in the group, and the DM's SO.
Zuche 23rd Mar 2013, 10:52 AM edit delete reply
The Livestream was delightful. Nice work on the voices, and the side commentary was amusing too. The substitution for dice as a sound effect borders on brilliant, especially for having been improvised on the spot. The whole thing represents the comic very well.

As for the comic, this is a promising turn of events. I look forward to where it's going.
Zuche 23rd Mar 2013, 10:59 AM edit delete reply
Er, not Livestream. Pardon me. I am more error prone than usual this week. Too little sleep, maybe.
DoubleCross 23rd Mar 2013, 11:55 AM edit delete reply
The video being on Livestream and having been a recording from a Livestream cast, I don't think you made a mistake.
Zuche 25th Mar 2013, 7:01 AM edit delete reply
Thanks. Needed that.
PikalaxALT 23rd Mar 2013, 11:07 AM edit delete reply
I see you took part 1 of my suggestion from a couple pages ago.
Emeral Bookwise 23rd Mar 2013, 1:38 PM edit delete reply
Diamond Dogs? Not what I was expecting. I figured that with the parasprites prematurely defeated this comic would go on to the princess making her royal visit which would lead into Fluttershy's antics with Philomena.
Raxon 23rd Mar 2013, 1:40 PM edit delete reply
Hey, that is a nice idea.
Newbiespud 23rd Mar 2013, 5:28 PM edit delete reply
Between trying to bend over backwards making Bird in the Hoof work and jumping to a more fun, adventure-filled episode...
Lyntermas 23rd Mar 2013, 6:28 PM edit delete reply
It's all good, Newbie. I just can't wait to see Rarity use all her social skills and make the DM cry some more.
Oblivious 24th Mar 2013, 11:07 AM edit delete reply
So Rarity is best Heavy?
Zoid5 23rd Mar 2013, 5:03 PM edit delete reply
I dread this kind of thing when I am DMing. This is always why I have a backup adventure, even if it is only a single battle. There was one time only half of my group showed up when they were going to be going against the boss (they didn't know). I ended up having the ones who did show up go on a wild goose chase looking for the wizard that turned a man's wife into a pig. It turned out the man just randomly put a dress on his pig.
Masterweaver 23rd Mar 2013, 7:55 PM edit delete reply
Is there a youtube link to this video? I can't actually livestream...
falcophoenix 23rd Mar 2013, 7:59 PM edit delete reply
Unfortunately, I have no way of paying for a youtube subscription, so I can't upload more than ten minutes.
Newbiespud 23rd Mar 2013, 9:19 PM edit delete reply
Hmm... My little-used YouTube channel is in good standing, and is therefore allowed unlimited upload lengths...

If I could get my hands on the video file, I could upload it to YouTube myself. Heck, just give me the audio, and I'll edit a whole new video for it.
HiveLordLusa 24th Mar 2013, 4:54 AM edit delete reply
Uh... You know you only need a working mobile/cell phone for upload time limit removal, right? I did it, and I didn't have to pay anything beyond my normal phone bill.
Unless they've changed it since I did it last year, or it somehow varies from my country (Australia), then you should be fine.
WuseMajor 23rd Mar 2013, 8:07 PM edit delete reply
Personally, I applaud the GM here. Learning how to improvise is one of the skills of a good GM. I've gotten to where I don't really plan too much anymore. I mean, when I'm going in to a new adventure, I plan out the hook and try to come up with some NPCs and antagonists and things, but after that I just let it evolve and try to be consistent in my portrayal of NPCs.
WuseMajor 23rd Mar 2013, 8:11 PM edit delete reply
For example, in the situation this GM is in, I would have either had some other pony pick up a Parasprite or, given the nature of the comic, had the Princess bring her pet bird along.
NR 23rd Mar 2013, 11:12 PM edit delete reply
DARN IT!! Someone beat me to uploading a dramatization of your comic! I am so mad at myself for taking way too long with mine, trying to make it all perfect and... GAH DX !

~... Oh, and um, hi, this is the first time I've ever posted on FiD, but I've been following it for possibly over a year now~
Newbiespud 24th Mar 2013, 12:24 AM edit delete reply
Are you now? I am intrigued.

Also, welcome to the comment section.
Raxon 24th Mar 2013, 5:28 AM edit delete reply
Gasp! A newbie! Greetings, newbie! Before you can be fully accepted, you must offer Raxon of the old guard a sacrifice! I demand a baked potato!

A stoned spud will also be acceptable.
Destrustor 24th Mar 2013, 6:05 AM edit delete reply
Sacrifice or not, you should still receive your complimentary dish rag in the mail in a few weeks.
It should be easy to spot: it'll have a bright green "welcome" ribbon attached to it.

Just kidding! We don't have any ribbons.
NR 25th Mar 2013, 9:53 PM edit delete reply
I've been working on it for a long time now, though I have admittedly taken long breaks from it. I have the first 42 pages voiced (In-game sound effects are also voiced by the characters) and out-of-game sound effects included. I've actually compiled a large message I was going to email you as soon as I was satisfied with the recording so I could get your opinion on a few things.
Honestly, it would have been done much sooner, but then I got too unsatisfied and needed to realign everything.
Calypso 24th Mar 2013, 12:02 PM edit delete reply
Keep working on it, NR! I want to see it in its "perfect" state. Take your time, this isn't a race. Plus, if you take enough time you'll be able to work in whole other chapters that will come out later!
Lyntermas 24th Mar 2013, 12:52 PM edit delete reply
"Welcome to the jungle, we've got fun and games!"

I look forward to seeing what you have in store, NR.
NeutxralDemon 24th Mar 2013, 6:41 PM edit delete reply
Hey remember the comics were guests did, like other people tried to make pony characters for the game but they failed.
Can I make a script for one of those?
Where do I send it in?
Lyntermas 24th Mar 2013, 7:21 PM edit delete reply
Those guest comics were a collaboration between Spud and DragonTrainer, creator of "Grand Line 3.5". Newbiespud will be looking for more guest comics at the end of this arc. However, he is looking for full "comics", with the screencaps, drawings, etc., rather than a just a script. If you're interested, I suggest getting a copy of Comic Fury, the program that Newbiespud uses to make his strips.
NeutralDemon 25th Mar 2013, 5:41 AM edit delete reply
Never mind
All I have is the script
and I could not get the screen shots
oh well delete word doc
Tovath 25th Mar 2013, 7:38 AM edit delete reply
No, don't delete it.
Zuche 25th Mar 2013, 8:23 AM edit delete reply
I agree with Tovath. Even if you can't make the comic, you can always share the script. Want of trying would rob us of some pretty good alternate interpretations.
NeutralDemon 25th Mar 2013, 2:35 PM edit delete reply
Good thing I have a backup of every file.
It's a funny script
I use Rose for the character but her player is male lol humor
Basically player converts his main character into a pony everypony likes her but the GM says that Rose can't be in the game because he couldnt fit her in
Tatsurou 25th Mar 2013, 11:54 AM edit delete reply
I don't know what 'story time' this would fall under, but I felt compelled to share it.

I was a rogue in one campaign. On one mission, we needed to get an artifact from the BBEG's home base for...I can't remember what. I decided I should break in solo and steal it.
Failed a stealth check, and was being chased by a squad of the BBEG's Elite Guard. I was about five levels underleveled if the entire group had been there, let alone solo. I was running for it, with the guard hot on my heels.
I came to a steep cliffside. The DM figured I was cornered and dead. My entire party was preparing to either Res me or have me roll up a new character.
With no other options, I turned to face the guard, pointed out beyond the edge of the cliff, and said with all the conviction I could muster, "I went that way!"

The DM had a rather unique bonus feat houseruled he called 'The Power of Laughter'. Basically, we got a bonus to rolls if our action was hilarious...and penalties if it got booed. By the time we got around to rolling, I had a +7 to my bluff check.
I nat'20ed it.

The BBEG's Elite Guard squadron charged over the edge of the cliff like lemmings, pursuing the target. DM rolled for damage. The entire squadron died from the fall.

When everyone finished laughing at it...

Me: So...I get XP for that, right?

I think I went up like, 5 levels for that.
Digo 26th Mar 2013, 5:03 AM edit delete reply
That is a really funny moment.
Beard 12th Apr 2013, 3:44 PM edit delete reply
I'm pretty sure I'd have tossed that Applejack player out on her ass by now.

Scratch that I'd have told them all off when they tried to force me to "write to princess celestia about how I'm a bad gm" that comic still drives me CRAZY.
Carvin 15th Sep 2013, 11:42 PM edit delete reply
The video is gone! I really wanted to see it... is it still available somewhere?
Newbiespud 3rd Oct 2013, 4:14 PM edit delete reply
The livestream account went down, but, thankfully, the video's been re-uploaded on YouTube!
warriorkalia 26th Jan 2015, 12:01 AM edit delete reply
Twilight sounds like me when I was playing in one of my fiance's first DMing sessions.

I felt really, really bad for what happened, but essentially what it was was this: My character [for some reason I made Patchouli Knowledge] and the party were witness to a scene taking place on a rooftop, where an NPC was slowly being approached by what turned out to be a major antagonist. Or perhaps the scene itself hadn't started yet... at any rate, we rush to the top of the building, where we witnessed the antagonist covered in blood, the body of the NPC below him. He was standing near the edge and turned, presumably to taunt us. I asked the DM if the experience cap was a thing in this game. After some explanation, he said no.

So I rolled to bull rush him.

Long story short, he critically failed his Balance check, fell off the building and broke his neck. He didn't have a sheet up at the time, I believe, but he was meant to be a level 20 character. I estimated experience and we all grew 10 levels in one non-fight.

Later on in the same game, I kinda kept doing it. Like the time I used a spell from one of my Seven Veils to Gust of Wind someone out of an airship. I think I killed one or two other antagonists... there was a demon or something that was also in the airship, and a high-level NPC was having a show fight with him. When the demon went to leave, I used Dimensional Anchor, and the NPC killed it.

The campaign didn't end well, though. I( think we accidentally skipped most of the plot and didn't have any idea how to turn off the demon-spanwing-gate-thingie, so we... I think someone may have cast something to stop time in the area. Well, at the time I made a Drakengard reference and just called it the D ending.