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Newbiespud 2nd May 2013, 6:00 AM edit delete
This whole scene is full of dog-like things before the main antagonists even show up: Several of Spike's mannerisms, Rarity's pats on the head, the whole buried stash thing akin to a dog hiding a bone in the backyard...

You could call that foreshadowing, or theming, but I'm not gonna. It's just an interesting parallel to draw.

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ThousandYearSunrise 2nd May 2013, 6:00 AM edit delete reply
ThousandYearSunrise 2nd May 2013, 6:01 AM edit delete reply



Am I actually the first to post?

I'm scared!
Digo 2nd May 2013, 6:19 AM edit delete reply
I'm scared too.

Speaking of theming, I do that often with dungeons I make so that the players get enough hints on what the end boss is going to be. Funny thing is that despite the hints they seem to still get surprised.

One of the most interesting dungeons I made was an abandoned underground factory that builds Warforged. It was flooded and many rooms were frozen or were quite cold. The cold motif continued with iced over machinery, snow that sprinkled out of ceiling pipes, and the big one where all the treasure was stuff that either protected from or dealt damage in cold.

The fun was the final battle where the last source of heat (a power generator) went critical and threated to drop temperatures so cold that the PCs had to fight an ice golem to get out before they froze to death.
Sadly the campaign stopped before they completed that part.

They did ask why a power source was making things colder instead of hotter. I told them that the facility ran on... Cold Fusion. XD
Zuche 2nd May 2013, 6:22 AM edit delete reply
If I wasn't going fission right now, I'd give you my reaction to that last joke.
Digo 2nd May 2013, 6:36 AM edit delete reply
Oh good, you at least got it. My players didn't think it was very nuclear when I told them the joke.
BakedBad 4th May 2013, 6:00 AM edit delete reply
Sounds like they nearly had a meltdown.
sidhe3141 2nd May 2013, 11:46 AM edit delete reply
Don't be so supercritical.
Zeeth 2nd May 2013, 7:23 AM edit delete reply
Hah! Y'know, I'd probably have said it's a magical heat engine that's pulling heat out of its surroundings, instead of making a proper pun.

I think I need a better sense of humor.
Digo 2nd May 2013, 7:37 AM edit delete reply
That was pretty much how I envisioned the engine working. Draws heat from the surroundings. Was built over a hot spring that is no longer hot so there's nothing to draw heat from other than from the factory itself.
Walabio 2nd May 2013, 2:26 PM Your post and its responses brings up an interesting point of discussion for metagaming. edit delete reply
Your post and its responses brings up an interesting point of discussion for metagaming:

In the real Universe, things tend to equalize. This is the Second Law of Thermodynamics. It the Novel “The Gods Themselves” by Isaac Asimov, this principle drove every star in the Milky Way toward explosion because we allowed contact between our Universe and another universe where the Strong Force is much stronger. The Strong Force in our Universe increased while Strong Force decreased in the other universe. Eventually, the Strong Force in both universes would equalize, but before that time, all of the stars, including our own star Sol, would explode due to the rate of fusion increasing due to an increase in the Strength of the Strong Force.

Many of the puns in this thread use energy going from low to high concentration. Even in an universe with magic, ¿how is that supposed to work?

Your pun about Cold Fusion is in a way sad:

It is too bad that practical Cold Fusion does not exist. If it would exist, we would have cheap power.
Digo 3rd May 2013, 3:50 AM edit delete reply
I think I heard about that novel. And the idea that two unicerses with different laws of physics trying to equalize is an excellent concept I rarely see. :)
Zuche 3rd May 2013, 7:42 AM edit delete reply
It was a good read. Not sure if I agree that practical cold fusion is such a good idea, though, not while there's any chance of it being used in a (relatively cost-effective) bomb.
Walabio 3rd May 2013, 12:10 PM edit delete reply
Zuche 3rd May 2013, 7:42 AM:

> “It was a good read. Not sure if I agree that practical cold fusion is such a good idea, though, not while there’s any chance of it being used in a (relatively cost-effective) bomb. ”

Instead we can build an electron-pump connecting with a positron-pump in a different universe with a much stronger Strong Force. The people in the other universe would could send us Plutonium 186 which would decay into Tungsten 186. We could then send Tungsten 186 to the other Universe. In the other Universe, the Tungsten 186 would decay into Plutonium 186. This system of interlocking pumps would generate energy from electron-positron annihilation. This would have the side effect of giving our universe a positive charge and the other universe a negative charge, but that is okay because it is not like running the pumps will cause every star in the Milky Way to explode. ;-)
Zuche 3rd May 2013, 12:27 PM edit delete reply
I'm aware of the good uses. I'm just noting that there are people who would and could put it to ill use.
Walabio 3rd May 2013, 11:54 AM It is an excellent novel. edit delete reply
Digo 3rd May 2013, 3:50 AM Digo 3rd May 2013, 3:50 AM:

> “I think I heard about that novel. And the idea that two unicerses with different laws of physics trying to equalize is an excellent concept I rarely see. :) ”

It is an excellent novel.
TDR 3rd May 2013, 9:35 PM edit delete reply
That kind of pun probably brought a lot of fallout when they did get it.
Hothead112 4th May 2013, 5:01 AM edit delete reply
Wow, you play Dungeons & Dragons as well? Which edition?
DoubleCross 2nd May 2013, 6:03 AM edit delete reply
Can I ship the DM with Rarity's player?
Zuche 2nd May 2013, 6:19 AM edit delete reply
Is there any way we could prevent you from shipping the DM with Rarity's player?
DoubleCross 2nd May 2013, 6:29 AM edit delete reply
You could make them directly related by blood.
Zuche 2nd May 2013, 6:48 AM edit delete reply
...Point. Well, if it was up to me, I'd make sure they weren't related by blood. Denying you the shipping option just seems... wrong.
Ace the Eagle 2nd May 2013, 7:00 AM edit delete reply
Well acording to the cast page Rarity has more experince on the DM's side of the table
Like parent like child ,alt, like brother like sister
What? 2nd May 2013, 7:02 AM edit delete reply
Since when has blood-relations ever stopped a good ship?
Zuche 2nd May 2013, 7:07 AM edit delete reply
Everyone has their boundaries. This one seems perfectly reasonable to me.
Zaranthan 2nd May 2013, 7:08 AM edit delete reply

Or, for those of you not playing along at home,
Raxon 2nd May 2013, 8:43 AM edit delete reply
Boundaries. That's like that shame thing you guys were talking about before, isn't it? Still not quite clear on that yet.
kriss1989 2nd May 2013, 5:32 PM edit delete reply
I don't really get boundaries either. I just smile and nod and move on before they issue a test.
Zuche 2nd May 2013, 6:00 PM edit delete reply
Sure you do. Consent is a boundary. Empathy is a boundary. Even objective is a boundary.

"A man's reach should exceed his grasp," acknowledges both boundary and the value of exceeding it.
guy 7th May 2014, 10:35 PM edit delete reply
Um . . . ick. That's all I can say. Incest is ICKY.
Walabio 2nd May 2013, 2:30 PM ¡Incest is best! edit delete reply
¡Incest is best!:

¡Never let family get in the way of a good ’ship!
AnonV3 2nd May 2013, 3:40 PM edit delete reply
Incest is best. Can't keep it in your pants? Keep it in the family.
Onyxjew 3rd May 2013, 7:01 PM edit delete reply
Wincest? Twincest? Princest?

Be wary ye' who enter here, for once ye' delve into the darkest depths, you are not like to return.
Malroth 3rd May 2013, 10:42 PM edit delete reply
Makes my favorite shipping of Evil sorcorer/mind controlled heroine seem relatively normal. Relatively
Classic Steve 2nd May 2013, 6:24 AM edit delete reply
Good idea, Spud. The tabletop equivalent of the Suspicious Video Game Generosity trope (which I will not link).
Zuche 2nd May 2013, 6:32 AM edit delete reply
That only leaves Raxon free to do it for you. On the other hoof, if you had linked it, that would have left Raxon free to reply with related links. On the next hoof, nothing would have prevented Raxon from linking it and the associated links even if nothing was linked in the first place by you. And on the final hoof...

Uh oh.

Digo 2nd May 2013, 6:38 AM edit delete reply
On the fifth hoof, ponies like me go google the trope anyway, so it's a done deal that our free time is as good as bucked.
Rokas 2nd May 2013, 7:18 AM edit delete reply
Do not try to understand Raxon! He is a shard of The Pink One's essence given form and independence! The Wallbreaker's powers are weak in him, but not so in the realm of the mental. To attempt to figure out his motivations is to tempt the Fates themselves.
Raxon 2nd May 2013, 8:40 AM edit delete reply
Or I could be a resident in a womens' asylum.
Digo 2nd May 2013, 10:19 AM edit delete reply
Or one of the orderlys.
FanOfMostEverything 2nd May 2013, 10:27 AM edit delete reply
Or all of the above and more besides.
Destrustor 2nd May 2013, 12:44 PM edit delete reply
Or secretly Batman.
skysong6 2nd May 2013, 5:24 PM edit delete reply
Hey Raxon, are you secretly Q?
Digo 3rd May 2013, 3:52 AM edit delete reply
Which one? I recall there were a few of them. :)
Descriptivist 2nd May 2013, 9:16 PM edit delete reply
An arcane familiar would be neither able to speak to anypony but Twilight nor able to stray more than twenty squares away from her, but eh.
NR 2nd May 2013, 6:50 AM edit delete reply
Huh. I never thought of the gems being so easily found 'cause they were buried by the Diamond Dogs. Like, holy crud, I think my mind's been blown!
Zuche 2nd May 2013, 7:08 AM edit delete reply
That is clever. Thank you for pointing that out.
Guest 2nd May 2013, 10:27 AM edit delete reply
But once the Diamond Dogs capture Rarity and have her start locating gems in their caves aren't they still inches beneath the floor in big piles of already cut loose gems. They wouldn't have any reason to bury gems they already found for her to dig up at that point.
terrycloth 2nd May 2013, 10:40 AM edit delete reply
I read one fanfic where the dogs were complaining to Celestia about 'the unicorn that keeps coming into their territory and stealing gems'. Maybe they're sick of her mining and set a trap.
Tatsurou 2nd May 2013, 11:51 AM edit delete reply
How many comics/stories/real-life-events/etc. have shown a dog burying a bone in the backyard and then forgetting where he buried it? They did bury all these pockets of gems...but they forgot where they were buried.
JSchunx 2nd May 2013, 9:02 PM edit delete reply
Sure, seems more likely than just finding a dozen gems buried in the same spot in the ground.
Anvildude 3rd May 2013, 11:43 AM edit delete reply
Wasn't that one of the reasons the Ponies settled Equestria in the first place, though? From the Winter episode?
Mink of Snow 2nd May 2013, 6:55 AM edit delete reply
I always figured gems were magic fungus and grew everywhere.
But they have economic value as seen in Just for Sidekicks
so I am confused
Common enough for a dragon's snack common enough for outfits but a tiny gem can buy an industrial sized pet dryer although maybe there rare enough and Rarity's make her enough bits to get by cause they have gems
God I need coffee
Tulip 2nd May 2013, 8:48 AM edit delete reply
My headcanon on the subject is that gems as mixed goods are extremely common, but there are specific types which are still actually rare.
aylatrigger 2nd May 2013, 12:58 PM edit delete reply
In my ponyfinder game, gems just in general had 1/1000 their orriginal value. They were everywhere, so they could be a magic fungus, but I had that mainly do to nature going crazy do to a pre-Celestian, pre-three kingdoms (heart's warming eve) evil Alicorn whl wanted to control nature, and messed it up a lot. Not only did the composition of the world radically change, but nature for the most part became completely dependent on ponies. After a brutal war, he was eventually sealed and he powers he had stolen from all d&d planes was dispersed, giving ponies their powers and he orriginal princesses god powers. Also discord his powers, but they warped him. If you read hrough the descriptions of planes, Hades has the effect on visitors to the plane that it warps their personality, makes hem not get along with those hey were friendly with, and turns them grey. Sound familiar? I have been able to explain pretty much all of the magic with it being stolen from other planes. Including zap apples. So anyway, I figure when nature changed so everyhig had to be run by ponies, composition of the earh probably changed too. Maybe it could be a byproduct of some creature or plant as well.
NeutralDemon 2nd May 2013, 1:16 PM edit delete reply
I love pathfinder and ponies
give me a link please
Feo Takahari 2nd May 2013, 9:02 PM edit delete reply
I once read a complicated conjecture of gems in Equestria that boiled down to:

Equestria's gems = Dubai's oil

They've got a lot of gems, most other countries don't have many gems, and the difference has greatly helped their economy.
Seanpony Renaud 3rd May 2013, 10:03 AM Maybe edit delete reply
I doubt that gems hold much value in Equestria nor are they particularly rare in the world (since I'm pretty sure Equestria despite all signs to the contrary is a country or continent not an entire planet.

That said we know Dragons eat gems and after the Dragon Migration either gems are really plentiful all over which is why they don't invade Equestria or Celestia is a lot stronger than has been hinted since she's enough of a threat that 1000 years with no Luna, Sombra (Evil or no I suspect he'd be motivated to fight things that eat gems) and they didn't take over?

They are also cheap enough that Rarity uses them for dresses and as made as she was at Sweetie Belle for using them on tacky arts and crafts she was the kind of pissed you get when your annoyed, not when it's something you can't simply fix.

Also since Spike was aging a gem they very well be made of some manner of living matter. I don't know why people went to fungus but it seems no less likely than snail shells or dragon scales or anything else that might gather minerals for reasons that will never be explained.
Tatsurou 3rd May 2013, 12:36 PM edit delete reply
Well, here's a possible explanation for gems that might be interesting.

Gemstones acquire a magical charge over time. THe more charge they have, the brighter and more beautiful they become.
Dragons eat gemstones in order to absorb the magic charge. THe discharged gemstone is then deposited as droppings.
Over time, the discharged gemstone gathers a new charge, and becomes a gem again instead of just a lump of rock.

Kind of like how, in "Lunar: Silver Star Story", Dragon Diamonds were implied to be crystallized dragon dung.
Wonder how Rarity would react to learning that her special talent is finding aged dragon feces.
The MunchKING 3rd May 2013, 7:15 AM edit delete reply
The MunchKING
I thought it was that all Spike cared about was size, because he was eating them, but for ponies who would NOT eat them, stuff like facets and shininess might be more valuable than just size.

Note that the small red gem is also the most ornate and you'll see what I mean.
NeytralDemon 2nd May 2013, 6:57 AM edit delete reply
How is she going to defend him I mean yeah she has sneak attack but Spike has freaking fire
Zuche 2nd May 2013, 7:14 AM edit delete reply
Arcane familiars aren't known for their combat potential. Even if the DM enhanced Spike's abilities, he'd still be an NPC. NPCs in 4E nearly always do less damage than PCs (especially PC strikers) of an equal level.
Mink of Snow 2nd May 2013, 11:03 AM edit delete reply
well it would be adorable for him to defend his sweetheart

anyway once my familiar did 12 damage to an iron golem
Tacticslion 2nd May 2013, 7:19 AM ... your interpretation of her line sure differed from mine! edit delete reply
Actually NeytralDemon, I took her words to mean that she'd be defending against "do-gooders" because, you know, she's a thief (also evil). That seemed confirmed with Spike's hesistent confirmation of what she said.

I can see how you got that impression though, and it's just as solid an interpretation - solid enough to be questioning my own. (I now read both equally.)

Since I don't horse around in the comments much (read: at all) I don't know how common, if at all, Newbiespud responds to comments. But I'm curious if he'll clarify which one he meant.

So (to cut off any potential side-hoofing)...
Newbiespud: did you mean for the lines to be a) more like NeytralDemon understood it; b) more like I understood it; c) some combination of both [and if so, how]; or d) neither [if not, what]?

By the way: I'm not a Bronie. I know, I know, but hear me out. I just don't watch the show, for a large number of reasons, not the least of which is I don't rent things online and I don't have television (and I've got a toddler and am a stay-at-home dad, which strangely nets less free time than if I worked full time). Thus, I've really little idea about what's coming outside of tropes. While I tend to prefer 3.X-based systems to 4E-based stuff, I still really appreciate the jokes, humor, and style of the comic (I'd probably like the show, too).

While I'm making an epic-sized comment, I'd also like to recommend Backyardigans. It seems fitting to mention here, somehow. Full disclosure: it's totally a completely squeaky-clean kids show, it's just well done.

Also: really surprised you can comment without signing up first. I'm glad you don't get a ton of spam!
Zuche 2nd May 2013, 7:36 AM edit delete reply
I also find the Backyardigans tolerable in bursts of two episodes or less at a time.
Raxon 2nd May 2013, 8:30 AM edit delete reply
I agree. Now, that delightful baby ponies show, that had potential!
NeutralDemon 2nd May 2013, 10:58 AM edit delete reply
NeutralDemon I clicked the wrong key
Guest 3rd May 2013, 9:03 AM edit delete reply
actually she's neutral I mean "unaligned"
emmerlaus 2nd May 2013, 7:09 AM edit delete reply
Man, Rarity logic is very good in that comic! I love it!
Digo 2nd May 2013, 7:35 AM edit delete reply
Logic in any RPG is always a... Rarity. ;)
Jannard 2nd May 2013, 9:05 AM Um... edit delete reply
I think it would be high time for you to rest, Digo. The pun-o-meter can only tolerate so far before it implodes and generates a wormhole through which The Raxons get free pass to invadde our Earth.
Digo 2nd May 2013, 10:23 AM edit delete reply
Ahaha... okay, in the interest of protecting the planet where I store all my MLP merch, I'll cut back for the next few hours. :)

I sometimes think of PC logic as a subset of "The Game Show Effect". Like, how a contestant will blow an easy question that all the viewers at home got and you wonder why the contestant didn't get it?
It's how we don't think about the stress of being put on the spot can make us a bit dumber.

Maybe that's the reason PCs aren't as bright behind the dice?
The Batman 2nd May 2013, 12:06 PM edit delete reply
Rokas 2nd May 2013, 7:21 AM edit delete reply
Hmmm, "Spike" is supposedly a common name for dogs, as well.

And if you think about it, Spike is pretty much like a dog. He's ever faithful, always stays home when the others run around, is usually called upon by Twilight to fetch things, gets jealous of the other p—I mean, assistant, Owlowicious, can't help himself when it comes to food and devours treats without restraint.

So he's basically like an intelligent dog. Does that make him a pokémon?
Jadelynn 2nd May 2013, 9:02 AM edit delete reply
No. He's even more intelligent than a pokemon, for he has genuine language. Very important, that. Saying your species name over and over again would get quite annoying after a while, I imagine.
Raxon 2nd May 2013, 10:24 AM edit delete reply
Mee-owth! That's right!
Changeling 2nd May 2013, 2:17 PM edit delete reply
Damn it raxon i need to breath stop makeing me laugh.
terrycloth 2nd May 2013, 10:43 AM edit delete reply
There was one episode of the anime where they added subtitles for the team rocket pokemon, complaining about how their bosses were idiots. Apparently pokemon have a rich and nuanced language, that only sounds to human ears like 'pikachu! Pika pi!'
BBkat 2nd May 2013, 10:55 AM edit delete reply
And there are some pokemon that have been shown to be capable of human speech in one way or another. Generally it's via telepathy (whether they are psychic types or not, i.e Lucario, Keldeo and the Musketeer trio have all been shown to be able to speak and none of them are psychic type, in fact they're all part fighting), but still, they're speaking.
Bronymous 2nd May 2013, 12:13 PM edit delete reply
Lugia and Slowking. Yeah, Slowking is Psychic, but he didn't use telepathy. He just flat talked.

Felt I needed to give them credit, as resident later gen pokemon hater.
Calypso 2nd May 2013, 6:11 PM edit delete reply
Ya know Spike could be a dog in Equestria Girls? Poor guy. I think the Black and White legendary duo are eloquent speakers, but the black one is a bit shouty.
Rokas 3rd May 2013, 7:34 AM edit delete reply
Speak not of that abomination. May its skin be poxed with all manner of boils and its hair fall out.
Raxon 3rd May 2013, 8:44 AM edit delete reply
I, for one, will welcome Equestria girls with open arms. I like to think it will be about Twilight testing a new long distance teleportation spell. Then she overshoots, and the ponies wind up in our world, as anthro ponies. The military discovers them, and rather than try to kill them, the military is skeptical, but sympathetic. The girls are kept away from the general public for safety concerns. Can't have some idiot humanist bigot attacking what could very well be a group of ambassadors, now, can we?

A little excerpt from my imagination.

Rarity: Hey there, handsome. How about you let us out, and I'll show you a real night on the town.

MP: Sorry, ma'am. Flirting with horses is above my pay grade.

Rarity: HORSES!? We are ponies! And now we're stuck in this place, very nice place though it is, and we're not allowed to look around, even a little! And you, Applejack! Why aren't you freaking out about this?

Applejack walks up to the MP.

AJ: Do y'all have apple orchards in this world?

MP: Yes ma'am.

AJ: And hard work pays off, don't it?

MP: Yes ma'am! It does, Ma'am!

AJ: Ah ain't got a problem.
Seanpony Renaud 3rd May 2013, 10:08 AM Ah ain't got a problem edit delete reply
AJ probably would react that way to finding herself here. I'd be more concerned, curious how well Pinky Adjusts.

Oh great, now I've got a mental image of Pinky walking through a construction zone harm free because of Pinky Sense but it's no where near that safe for a bunch of guys who are watching what I presume is supposed to be an attractive young woman twitching her tail every few seconds.
Raxon 3rd May 2013, 10:27 AM edit delete reply
Pinkie would do pretty darn well. There's so much to explore and see, and you can probably guess how well the US military would do at containing her. The girls stay under guard voluntarily. It's not like conventional jail cells are effective against teleporters like Twilight. Or pinkie pies... Like Pinkie Pie.

"Girls! Girls! Guess what! They have all sorts of great food here! They even have these things called hot dogs! I got lots of snacks for everyone!"

"What's a bagel bite?"

"I don't know, but we need an oven, so it must require baking! And look at this! They have bags of tiny bugles! I only got one bag, but there should be plenty for everyone to play!"

"Miss Pie, how did you pay for all these?"

"I paid with bits, see?"

Pinkie holds up a coin.

"Looks a bit like a dollar coin."

"What's a dollar?"

"Four bits."

"Oh no! I underpaid! That poor shopkeeper is going to be unhappy because I didn't pay for everything!"

"Don't worry, Miss Pie. We'll take care of it."

"Oh, thank you. I just hate making people sad."
Zuche 3rd May 2013, 11:06 AM edit delete reply
Er, Raxon, as much as I'm enjoying your patter here, would the one who sang, "Both our diets are vegetarian/We both eat hay and oats," be okay with hot dogs?
Raxon 3rd May 2013, 11:09 AM edit delete reply
Picture the look on her face when she's told what they're made of. She drops the hot dog to the ground.

"Ew ew ew ew ew! I ate animal!"

She runs to the bathroom and puking sounds are heard.

"Also, vendor hot dogs tend to have bugs and things in them by accident."


She finds out what's vegetarian soon enough. Though ponies are totally okay with eggs, honey, and milk, as shown previously in the show, they don't like straight up meat. Vegetarian, not vegan. That means they can eat most things, provided there's no meat. And there are lots and lots of vegetarian options for foods. Hehhehehehehe...

"And look! I found this neat marshmallow they have! It's called tofu!"

She makes smores in the fireplace with the tofu in place of marshmallows.

"... Ewwwww! That's horrible! It's got no flavor at all!"

Oh, Pinkie. Wait until she learns that we have 20lb chocolate bars, and we have a holiday where we paint eggs pretty colors, and hide them for children to find. And just wait until she finds out about that most wonderful of foods... Branston Pickle!
kriss1989 3rd May 2013, 12:09 PM edit delete reply
You mean Nutella.
Zuche 3rd May 2013, 12:31 PM edit delete reply
Thanks, Raxon.

My favourite food is pickled eggplant wrapped in some sort of hard cheese. One of those can leave me happy for hours.
Tatsurou 3rd May 2013, 12:42 PM edit delete reply
I want to ehar your take on how Twilight and Fluttershy react to all of this...and what Spike has to say.
I could just picture what would happen when Fluttershy starts pleading with one of the guards for something...and overdoes the cuteness acidentally.

...alternatively, Fluttershy hears about the wars going on, gets Twilight to teleport all the major leaders of the various militant factions in one spot, and then stares them into submission to behave themselves and stop the fighting.

Wait, if that happened...

Winged being of great power speaks to you with a voice and gaze that shakes you to your soul, and when she finishes she doesn't want you to be afraid of her...

If this happened, how long do you think it would be before a religion claimed Fluttershy was an angel sent by god?
Guest 3rd May 2013, 3:42 PM edit delete reply
Fluttershy finds out there are mice nearby, and the military comes to the conclusion that she is a vet back home. Twilight is fascinated by this strange thing she has been introduced to. It's called the internet. She likes the Encyclopedia Britannica, and spent three days straight reading wikipedia.

"Miss Sparkle? Are you feeling well?"

"Yes, I'm fine! I was just doing some light reading. I enjoyed one site called wikipedia, but then I finished it."

"You read all of wikipedia?"

"Oh yes! It was fascinating! Some kind of sociological experiment, I think. Giving everyone free reign to edit a massive worldwide encyclopedia! Would you like to read my report on it?"

Twilight holds up a five hundred page report and smiles expectantly.

"Umm, I'd like to, but I'm not rated for it. I'll have the boys in R&D look it over, though."
Raxon 3rd May 2013, 8:43 PM edit delete reply
Darn it! That was my post, but it didn't register. Argh!
The MunchKING 3rd May 2013, 9:55 PM edit delete reply
The MunchKING
You should write a fanfic about this.
Seanpony Renaud 3rd May 2013, 5:08 PM Hot Dogs! edit delete reply
I'm not entirely certain Pinky of all people wouldn't eat a Hot Dog. I mean even if you buy that the only reason the Apples have Chickens (do they have chickens or does FS have em all?) and cows is for milk and eggs that doesn't explain the sheep they keep prisoner nor the pigs. And I swear I saw Bacon once but I can't remember when.

I bet they CAN eat meat they simply choose not to because the writers thought it would be awkward.

On a morbid note since they can eat eggs we can be reasonably sure they could eat meat if they want. They choose not to which makes you wonder why they DO eat eggs. I'ma go be scared of myself for a while.
The MunchKING 3rd May 2013, 5:36 PM edit delete reply
The MunchKING
Sheep are for wool of course.

EDIT: Officially ponies like truffles, and pigs are known for being good at finding them. But IIRC, someone pointed out a ham sandwich at the Princess's party at Sugar Cube corner.
Rokas 3rd May 2013, 5:57 PM edit delete reply
Actually, there's at least apocryphal, if not outright documented evidence that horses can and do eat meat.

And frankly, if they have the enzymes and biota to digest things like milk, eggs, and cheese, then they can eat meat just fine I'd say.

My pet theory is they can eat meat, but they just don't because most things in Equestria are enhanced by a higher magical background to have some kind of intelligence. Whereas the world outside Equestria is more 'normal' thus allowing dumb animals to be the main food source for creatures like griffins, minotaurs, dragons, manticores, etc.

Thus producing a shadowy market in Equestria for those ponies who want to walk on the wicked side and taste the flesh of animals. A small, specialized industry that is tacitly legal and allowed, so long as it remains quiet and unadvertised (save by word of mouth) and all "food products" come from sources outside of Equestria that are routinely inspected by royal representatives to ensure no intelligent animal is harmed.
Suburbanbanshee 4th May 2013, 5:25 AM edit delete reply
Horses and ponies in our world eat meat. They like jerky. And no, I'm not kidding. Even the Mongols and the Macedonians fed their horses meat. It's a good way for horses to get protein when they don't have time to stop for a long grass or oats break. They can digest meat okay as long as you don't over-protein them with it. (Eating too much protein makes horses sick, but so does just about everything.)

Of course, there's a difference between sapient pigs and cows and our pigs and cows, but MLP includes a fair amount of meat on episodes.
The MunchKING 3rd May 2013, 12:42 PM edit delete reply
The MunchKING
She mentioned not only liking Hot Dogs, but having hotdog eating contests in Fall Weather Friends.

Spike prefers mustard, IIRC.
Zuche 3rd May 2013, 1:03 PM edit delete reply
While she does mention that, I suspect that the ingredients are very different for ponies. It's similar to the difference between traditional haggis and what North American restaurants are required to pass off as haggis.
Anvildude 3rd May 2013, 12:34 PM edit delete reply
You know, I heard that Equestria Girls is actually 'cannon'- in that the Mane 6 remember being Ponies, and did in fact travel to a different dimension...
Raxon 3rd May 2013, 12:38 PM edit delete reply
For your approval, Pinkie in Wal-mart.
Guest 3rd May 2013, 3:35 PM edit delete reply
Actually the synopsis is this...

"When a crown is stolen from the Crystal Empire, Twilight Sparkle pursues the thief into an alternate world where she transforms into a teenage girl who must survive her biggest challenge yet… high school. With help from her new friends who remind her of Ponyville’s Applejack, Rarity, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, and Fluttershy, she embarks upon a quest to find the crown and change the destiny of these two parallel worlds."

(Honestly the surviving high school part made me chuckle)

So only Twilight's gonna remember what happens. I think she ends up going through a magic mirror Alice in Wonderland style to get there.
Tatsurou 3rd May 2013, 10:56 PM edit delete reply's "pony on Earth as human"? That sounds like a lot of fanfics I've read lately.
Here's hoping the show is of at least as good quality as the fics. And I hope it includes some of the basic 'someone has to help Twilight figure out how to be human' bit. That'll be really fun to watch.
That synopsis also explains how Spike ends up a dog. He's transformed into one. ...wonder if he can also keep in contact with Celestia as a dog?

Mental image...

Spike sends a message to Celestia. One of the humans sees.
Human: Oh my god! A fire breathing dog!
Other human: Hell hound!
Twilight: Uh oh...
Spike: Whoops- I mean, bark bark?
Third Human: It talks!
Twilight: ...f***

Of course, this is all assuming she's trying to keep her nature as a pony-turned-human a secret. Otherwise, I fear brony guest stars. That could be a little strange...
Guest 3rd May 2013, 11:14 PM edit delete reply
I think its not Earth at all really, because I mean they still have wings and weird colored skin and stuff. Which is just strange really, the pictures I've seen of the art style and character design are just kinda... not good...
Seanpony Renaud 4th May 2013, 12:41 PM Brony Guests edit delete reply
You know there are things that you aren't supposed to say outloud you monster! You just made the odds 20% higher that this will happen.
The MunchKING 3rd May 2013, 12:46 PM edit delete reply
The MunchKING
I think the fighting guys were using some kind of chi-based mind tricks o pull that off.