Page 337 - Smarmony Returns, Part 2

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Smarmony Returns, Part 2
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Newbiespud 14th Sep 2013, 6:00 AM edit delete
Author: Digo

Guest Author's Note: "They say there's no 'I' in Team. Well there's no 'Loot' in Collateral either."

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



DoubleCross 14th Sep 2013, 6:08 AM edit delete reply

There it is.
MuffinMark 14th Sep 2013, 6:24 AM edit delete reply
Well played...
Digo 14th Sep 2013, 6:35 AM edit delete reply
Indeed. Well played DoubleCross.
sqrl-boy 14th Sep 2013, 6:08 AM edit delete reply
Poor Zecora, Cadance had it coming.
FanOfMostEverything 14th Sep 2013, 6:11 AM edit delete reply
Derpy's British?

Well, given how often she's portrayed as the Doctor's companion, I guess that makes sense...
Digo 14th Sep 2013, 6:35 AM edit delete reply
At the time I was putting this together, my wife was running a marathon of old Doctor Who episodes with Sarah Jane and the idea struck me- "Give Derpy a British accent!"
So I did, and I think it works. :)
ShadowDragon8685 15th Sep 2013, 3:00 PM edit delete reply
I wouldn't think Derpy's British, but since she rides around in the TARDIS all the time and the Doctor /does/ speak English with a UK accent and mannerisms and colloquialisms, it would probably rub off on Derpy Hooves.

Go ahead and watch a Doctor Who/Red Dwarf marathon and try not to speak British for a while. :) Same principal in effect.
Robin Bobcat 14th Sep 2013, 9:57 AM edit delete reply
Ooh... new Headcanon time! Derpy's from Trottingham!
Ref 14th Sep 2013, 6:47 AM edit delete reply
No. Zecora is best pony.
Archon 14th Sep 2013, 8:31 AM edit delete reply
Cadence as a lich? Huh. ...Fitting.
Raxon 14th Sep 2013, 10:24 AM edit delete reply
Waaait. Can you make a way to wear multiple ioun stones at once? I would think the best method would be a circlet with spots for the stones.
Vegetalss4 14th Sep 2013, 10:30 AM edit delete reply
They float around your head and avoid obstacles on their own.
Why wouldn't you be able to wear All the stones at once?
Raxon 14th Sep 2013, 10:35 AM edit delete reply
I thought there was some kind of rule limiting how many you had to something like one or three.
RunawayCanadian 14th Sep 2013, 11:56 AM edit delete reply
You can wear as many as you want, but they are visible and you only get the benefit once.
Infomatic 14th Sep 2013, 12:38 PM edit delete reply
Ioun stones only have internal limitations, such as not stacking with iterations of itself. This is assuming, of course, that there is no exception within the description of the given ioun stone. Depending on the version of game, it is additionally possible to create customized ioun stones that are steps above the normal versions through following a given equation.

For example, the Emerald Ellipsoid ioun stone from Pathfinder has no known limit according to its description. An individual could technically purchase a hundred of them and use them all.

This is all assuming, of course, that the DM does not implement any sort of limitation on ioun stones (many do). This can vary from being one of each type, to no more than 5, to anything else. It varies wildly between DMs.

From a physics perspective, ioun stones would only be limited by the spherical radius from the head, which is between 1 and 3 feet. However, arguing from this basis would result in blindness should a character completely fill this radius.

As a small aside, ioun stones can only affect intelligent creatures, which require an int score of 3 or higher.
JSchunx 15th Sep 2013, 12:33 AM edit delete reply
Though, on the upside, with enough Ioun stones you could make it so that no one could ever shoot you directly in the head. Granted, that'd be a lot of Ioun stones, but at least you'd never be short of magical effects.

I was always fond of the 'don't eat or drink' stone, very handy for those with poor bookkeeping skills.
Digo 15th Sep 2013, 7:36 AM edit delete reply
In the context of this comic, we have a killer GM here who likely bends the rules to his whim for the pure pleasure of killing off the PCs. :D
Raxon 15th Sep 2013, 10:36 AM edit delete reply
Here's an idea for you. The fabled helm of Ioun. It is abunch of adamantine coated ioun stones that free float around the head, and automatically adjust to fit. Due to the number of them, they act as a secondary helmet, but they adjust to fit around any hat or helm. There are over a dozen stones. Roll dice to determine the ioun bonuses, but the helm overall merely has a +2 ac with no armor restrictions.

What do you think? Too overpowered? It would probably be a very rare item.
Pig s Feet 15th Sep 2013, 9:18 PM edit delete reply
Considering that it would be an artifact level item (or just a unique one), I don't think it would be overpowered at all. Sure you would probably have to make it the focus of a quest or even a campaign, but that's where the fun's at.
you know that guy 16th Sep 2013, 2:29 AM edit delete reply
The problems with having many IOUN stones are well-known. They are extremely valuable and extremely snatchable. They are quite visible and attention-grabbing. They are somewhat distracting. And, of course, it is extremely dangerous to mine them.

Nothing threatens Morreion.
Drhoz 17th Sep 2013, 6:31 AM edit delete reply
*thumbs up* Nice to see somebody knows the source material :)
McBehrer 14th Sep 2013, 11:52 AM edit delete reply
No, you can wear as many as you want. That's part of why they're so expensive; they don't take up inventory spaces, and their effects stack.
Rokas 14th Sep 2013, 4:58 PM edit delete reply
Ha ha! Yes! Finally, my headcanon is vindicate! Sorta! Maybe!

...Look, I'm just saying, I wanted Ditzy/Derpy to have a British accent back before "the Last Roundup". I just figured it'd be awesome that this mare everyone thinks is a complete goof actually is just clumsy but well-refined. *Sigh* Ah, well. I guess fanwork is the only place she'll be such.
Digo 15th Sep 2013, 7:37 AM edit delete reply
You have my backing on this headcanon :)
Colin 16th Sep 2013, 5:20 AM edit delete reply
But which accent? "Git" makes me think of Dave Lister, a Scouser, but "outta" for 'ought to'? Can't place it.
Rokas 16th Sep 2013, 11:36 PM edit delete reply
I dunno what the guest artist used as inspiration, but I always imagined Derpy/Ditzy with a mellow Estuary accent.
Grey Pennies 17th Sep 2013, 4:50 AM edit delete reply
Sadly, my Derpy Head Cannon is denied.

All of my siblings and I agree that Derpy is secretly a genius, on par with Twilight, and she pretends otherwise to keep everyone else from picking her brain all the time.

She is, however, exceptionally clumsy. Hence, her destructive ability.
aqua 14th Sep 2013, 9:14 PM edit delete reply
huh i sorta remember reading somewhere about there being a limit to how many you can have, and the workaround to it was undergoing a ritual to embed them into your flesh.
CommandoDude 14th Sep 2013, 9:42 PM edit delete reply
Any DM who doesn't respect the Sunder Treaty aught to get bitch slapped.
Digo 15th Sep 2013, 7:41 AM edit delete reply
That's something slightly predictable with me. If I sunder PC equipment, they'll usually find something of equal or greater value shortly after. Or enough standard treasure to commission a replacement.
Raxon 15th Sep 2013, 10:46 AM edit delete reply
I might have a villain sunder their weapons and/or armor. It's a quick and surprisingly effective way to make the players HAAAAAATE the villain. Because your equipment is more than just a sword and the shield. Your equipment is your livelihood, your survival. Your equipment is your friend, and when someone attacks you friend to get to you, it makes things personal.
Digo 17th Sep 2013, 5:22 AM edit delete reply
I can attest from personal experience that this does indeed work as advertised. :D
witec83 14th Sep 2013, 10:36 PM Am I the only one... edit delete reply
I read Zecora's last line and this is all I could hear:
Digo 15th Sep 2013, 7:38 AM edit delete reply
Hahahaha, excellent :D
JSchunx 15th Sep 2013, 12:38 AM edit delete reply
See, this is why I always horde my powers. You never know what's around the next corner. Gotta succeed by the skin of your teeth for the first few encounters, so you can blow everything on what is probably the final boss.

Of course, that explains why I like characters whose resources aren't terribly limited; there ain't no limit to how many times you can sneak attack in a day!
Malroth 15th Sep 2013, 1:29 AM edit delete reply
this is why i like combining reserve feats, metamagic cost reducers and heighten spell. there's nothing like being able to summon huge elementals as an at will power.
Newbiespud 15th Sep 2013, 2:31 AM edit delete reply
My Assault on Dragon Keep Let's Play continues, and I'm also apparently guesting in Oblivious's Dead Space LP. Check both of those out if you like listening to me talk (and don't mind very M For Mature games).
DoubleCross 15th Sep 2013, 5:16 AM edit delete reply
I like listening to you talk!

But Dead Space is unnecessarily icky...

...But I like listening to you talk...

...I'm conflicted.
Blaizokaran 17th Sep 2013, 5:46 AM edit delete reply

*points Dee to the first option*

You'll be fine there, honey.
Delta Echo 16th Sep 2013, 2:21 AM edit delete reply
Dead Space? Say hello to Space Butt for us!
Killerhellhound 16th Sep 2013, 4:35 AM edit delete reply
And remember the heart attack from the communicators is only temporary
Killerhellhound 17th Sep 2013, 3:28 AM edit delete reply
also have a little song for the LP
Necromorph soup
celestdaer 16th Sep 2013, 4:03 PM edit delete reply
How did Zecora get away with not rhyming Apologizing to something? She rhymes Whack to attack... How did she miss apologizing, unless the ellipsis is supposed to rhyme...?
Digo 17th Sep 2013, 5:24 AM edit delete reply
I imagined that Zecora's player simply dropped the rhyming to counter Trixie's comment. :3 Think of it as an "Out of Character" comment.
Gden 16th Sep 2013, 6:45 PM edit delete reply
I think I may have to create a character who can only speak in rhyme.
I'll also come up with just the right mental disorder just in time.
Mooncalf 18th Sep 2013, 7:11 AM edit delete reply
The best way to deal with an opponent with Ioun stones? Bring a tennis racquet.
Pecan 10th Jan 2014, 2:16 AM edit delete reply
Actually, there IS an I in team.