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Newbiespud 10th Oct 2013, 6:00 AM edit delete
Author: Nolan Benson (l3f4y)

Guest Author's Note: "What's a rabbit's Dexterity score, I wonder?"

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Derpmind 10th Oct 2013, 6:04 AM edit delete reply
Rabbits score all the "dexterity bonuses."
AlternateUniverse!Zuche 10th Oct 2013, 7:59 AM edit delete reply
I see I'm not the only one to study rabbit mating habits.
Limey Lassen 10th Oct 2013, 11:19 PM edit delete reply
You win.
Celestin 11th Oct 2013, 2:50 PM edit delete reply
Just mutate it to a dire rabbit and it'll have 25 dex
Raxon 10th Oct 2013, 6:05 AM edit delete reply
Heh, nice, but it's a bit blurry. Might wanna fix that.
l3f4y 10th Oct 2013, 7:24 AM edit delete reply
The blurriness comes from image resizing. By default, the program exports at something like 5100x6199 (and 10 megabytes) and I haven't yet been able to change it, so I have to downsize after the fact.
Gden 10th Oct 2013, 7:35 AM edit delete reply
Maybe she was trying to give her a Blink Bunny.
Raxon 10th Oct 2013, 10:57 AM edit delete reply
Found the problem. My visual enhancement gear was unequipped. Problem solved.
Midnight Blaze 10th Oct 2013, 7:45 PM edit delete reply
Aha! Raxon wears glasses!
Midnight Blaze 10th Oct 2013, 7:45 PM edit delete reply
Aha! Raxon wears glasses!
Guest 10th Oct 2013, 7:46 PM edit delete reply
_R_ 12th Oct 2013, 6:07 AM edit delete reply
Ah, Raxon, so you have glasses, too. Well bad news, because mine's are obviously cooler.
Ad if you want to know where I was, I was at Hogwarts studying under the House of Ravenclaw, and, let me tell you, no FBI agent has ever been a Squib much less a wizard.
Makaira 10th Oct 2013, 12:30 PM edit delete reply
The human visual system doesn't given an exact representation of the real world. Toss in a moderate amount of unsharp masking (try 0.4 pixel radius, 75-150 strength). The mask exaggerates contrast on edges, which is one of the things your brain looks for when deciding "hey, there's an edge there" and makes the pic appear sharper. And don't be worried that you're not publishing a pristine image. *Everything* you see on TV, in print, and on the movie screen is unsharp masked.
Letrune 10th Oct 2013, 12:39 PM edit delete reply
Blurry because it is so fast it blurs on regular screenshots. :D
Kokuten 10th Oct 2013, 6:06 AM edit delete reply
I'm pretty sure you don't have to wonder, just look it up in the "Player's Essentials Extended Monster Manual Errata v3.43".
Grey Pennies 10th Oct 2013, 6:11 AM edit delete reply
Or just make something up, and hope the players don't notice...
Digo 10th Oct 2013, 6:24 AM edit delete reply
For D&D 3.5 I usually gave rabbits the same DEX as a cat (15). Players indeed don't notice these things (unless it attacks them).
aylatrigger 10th Oct 2013, 6:46 AM edit delete reply
Or they want one as a pet...
Digo 10th Oct 2013, 8:19 AM edit delete reply
Nah, my players hate pets. Unless it can fight, be quipped, or transforms into rations, they generally don't bother. XD
MWS 11th Oct 2013, 10:43 AM edit delete reply
But rabbit DO transform into,rations.

And gloves.
Destrustor 11th Oct 2013, 3:05 PM edit delete reply
And good luck charms that can be sold to superstitious people
Anon 10th Oct 2013, 6:21 AM edit delete reply
It's not exactly the same thing, but according to Pathfinder, they have a Dexterity of 16.
Incidentally, they have a Charisma of 5, which might explain Angel's... 'social' skills.
kriss1989 10th Oct 2013, 3:55 PM edit delete reply
...that makes too much sense.
Digo 10th Oct 2013, 6:40 AM edit delete reply
I'm reminded of my wizard Sparks and his pony familiar Freya. What are the stats of a pony? Height? Weight?

It was a fun exercise to figure out the statistics of my familiar. It also made me think a lot when we explore a dungeon together. Although she was a medium-sized creature, Freya was longer than she was taller and weighed well over 300 pounds.

Stairs were an issue too. horses can get up most stairs, but they can't come down them. I had to comission a set of horseshoes that allowed Freya to levitate and then I'd just lead her down stair wells.
Also made it hilarious when combat breaks out and the pony suddenly lifts off the ground with the food. This led to a great running gag. XD

Freya: (in horse language) "Save the food!"
Dave 10th Oct 2013, 8:42 AM edit delete reply
Now I'm imagining an 2D combat situation with a pony levitating in the background, randomly dispensing food onto the stage.
Digo 10th Oct 2013, 11:35 AM edit delete reply
That would be pretty cool, actually.
NebulousRikulau 10th Oct 2013, 12:10 PM edit delete reply
Wouldn't that be a great 'floating' gag?
Disguised 11th Oct 2013, 5:23 AM edit delete reply
Horses can go up stairs, but not down them?
Suddenly that Twilight Sparkle QWOP game makes so much sense.
Suburbanbanshee 11th Oct 2013, 6:39 AM edit delete reply
Actually, horses can go down stairs, but it's more difficult for them than going up. The angle and width of the stairs, and the individual horse's agility, also comes into play. A lot of horses would rather skip it and jump, or take the stairs two at a time, while other horses will probably balk at the whole concept.

However, most ponies are more agile than most horses, and have been bred to deal with mountainous conditions; they're good at climbing up and down.

So I conclude that Freya was playing you in order to get magic horseshoes.
Suburbanbanshee 11th Oct 2013, 6:42 AM edit delete reply
I forgot to say that police horses are frequently trained to climb and descend stairs.
Dragonflight 11th Oct 2013, 3:18 PM edit delete reply
Heh. I have a sudden image of a pony familiar spouting, "Great Celestia!" at a crisis moment, and then not saying anything else, leading the players to wonder what - if anything - had just happened.

In a campaign I ran recently, a djinn bred a black unicorn with a Nightmare, to produce a carnivorous black unicorn mare. She looked like a "regular" old black unicorn until you got a little too close, and she tried to bite. The fangs were a shocker, most of the time. So were the claws she usually kept hidden.

As I recall, the party's CG paladin (yes, I know it's technically "not allowed," but a house rule I came up with allowed for any Deity to have holy warriors. And there's no point splitting hairs over what they're called. A paladin is a Holy Warrior, regardless of alignment,)decided to rescue the black unicorn who was being kept by the djinn as a racehorse in his stable. The djinn was bemoaning that she was untrainable, and he claimed he could train her.

The paladin led the deceptively calm creature out to the track, and jumped on her. She tried to buck him for something like ten rounds, each round requiring a Ride check at significant penalties to stay on. If she'd thrown him, he'd have seen the claws and fangs immediately, not to mention the "Save or Die" toxin on her horn.

The Paladin however, managed to stay on her back the whole time, and after appealing to her sense of pride, convinced her to run in a race with him. At the culmination of the race, he (and the player party) teleported back to the Prime Material with the black unicorn.

Interestingly enough, she tagged along with him from that point onward. At some point, the player reached a high enough level that he could summon his Warhorse, and when he tried, nothing happened. He thought about it for a long moment, and asked her if she was his Warhorse. Since then, they've been inseparable.

Although she *does* get peckish for raw meat from time to time...
DoubleCross 10th Oct 2013, 10:38 AM edit delete reply
"Look at its little ears!"

Wait another two years and you might be surprised.
Raxon 10th Oct 2013, 10:55 AM edit delete reply
Fix this, please. It does bad things to the page. You need to use bbcode.
Indigo Steel 10th Oct 2013, 10:58 AM edit delete reply
Indigo Steel
got it, compensating...
...whew! That was embarrassing... :\

Yet another edit: Thanks, Raxon! :)
Letrune 10th Oct 2013, 12:42 PM edit delete reply
For my sharpened claws, it is hilarious. :D
Zaid ValRoa 10th Oct 2013, 12:38 PM Three Years edit delete reply
It's been three years of My Little Pony, fellows.
Akouma 10th Oct 2013, 1:56 PM edit delete reply
I'm pretty sure a rabbit's initiative modifier would probably just read "I go first, but roll a die so the players think it's some insane number."

Totally have never done that behind the DM screen. No siree. Never dream of it.
Tatsurou 10th Oct 2013, 8:27 PM edit delete reply
I actually did that once, sadly. Although it wasn't a rabbit. It was a time elemental who was supposed to be the Puckish old man NPC...but the party became convinced he was the supervillain of the ongoing campaign.

Here's how his stats read:
HP: 1000, replenishes fully every round
Strength: 500
Con: 100
Initiative: I'm a time elemental who can stop, fast forward, rewind, and invert time at will. What do you think?
Int=month day year date number taken as a single number (example: today his Int would be 10102013)
Vit=24 hour clock time, including seconds (as of typing this part, 201725)
Luck: 0

Time Master - can manipulate time at will
Flawless Oracle - can predict any event that will happen
Reboot - If slain, regenerates completely at the start of the following round

Observer - cannot directly interfere with the course of events
Clean Hands - cannot inflict lethal damage, no matter what. Also, nothing can die as a result of his attacks
Compulsive Puzzler - cannot give specific details of how a course of events can be altered for a better outcome unless the group the clue is being given to has failed 5 continuous attempts at solving his riddles.
Vengeful Spirit - if Reboot is triggered, Clean Hands is neutralized for ten rounds and becomes berserk

...after Vengeful Spirit was triggered and the party suffered a TPK, I actually showed them the character sheet for the guy and had him rewind time to before they tried to kill him.

...they were prepared to try again anyway, until I pointed out that 'Reboot' didn't have a limit on how often it could be used, and also pointed out that the flaw 'Observer' was required to take the 'Reboot' feat.
Dragonflight 11th Oct 2013, 3:29 PM edit delete reply
Strangely, that overpowered critter reminds me of a player in a LARP I was in ages ago.

The player had been given an NPC role. His job was to help the GM advance the plot, and as a rule, NPC's in our LARP society were given full knowledge of the story, so they could help tell it.

The character was playing a leprechaun who had Q-like powers. Now, to set the stage, the guy who played it was topping six feet, dressed in green, and managed to totally convince us that he wasn't taller than a quarter foot, just on the strength of his acting skill. (He wasn't as good as another guy in that LARP group who we once said could convince you that you were possessed, tell you that you had to burn yourself at the stake to free yourself, and you'd thank him for his help, but he was close.)

Anyway, his job was to drop hints and the occasional loot object, but the party he was with got ticked off that his awesome loot powers weren't being used to make things they wanted when they needed them, so they killed him in the first day.

On the second day, he comes back. He sees the group, and immediately calls combat. When they start combat initiatives, he "pre-empts", which we could do in our rule system which would allow you to jump the queue if you spoke up before anyone else.

GM: Leprechaun, What do you do?
Leprechaun: I surround myself with an indestructible transparent dome, except for the firing slits for my 40mm autocannons. *OR*, they can apologize, and agree never to do that again!

Needless to say, they were very well behaved after that.
Kira 10th Oct 2013, 3:32 PM edit delete reply
I should try that.

(name here) goes first.

but you didn't even roll.
I don't have to :D
darkwulf23 10th Oct 2013, 4:16 PM edit delete reply
Now, Rainbow my dear, I cannot express my delight,
it's abundantly clear, that somewhere out here is a pet that will suit you just right
Guest 10th Oct 2013, 4:33 PM edit delete reply
Rabbits have excellent dexterity. They could take out 5 fighters easy... Er, 3.
Olon 10th Oct 2013, 5:46 PM edit delete reply
Sounds like personal experience, there a story behind that?
Wyvern 10th Oct 2013, 8:04 PM edit delete reply
That's ridiculous. Everyone remembers that it's housecats that can kill zeroth-level commoners.
Truthkeeper 10th Oct 2013, 9:03 PM edit delete reply
I've heard that one before, but I still don''t get it. Wouldn't any commoner have either a level of commoner or 1 humanoid HD, making them level 1 either way??
Malroth 10th Oct 2013, 11:44 PM edit delete reply
In Editions before 3rd, commoners were considered so weak that they actually were level 0 there was no commoner class and no racial HD, They had 1 HP, no class features and any attack would auto hit them. Housecats with their 4hp +10 initative modifier and 6 attacks per round would slaughter an entire village and as well as any low lv party that diddn't shell out for armor.
Malroth 10th Oct 2013, 11:24 PM edit delete reply
Or a party of 4 lv 3 adventurers back in 2nd ed
Dragonflight 11th Oct 2013, 3:35 PM edit delete reply
And let's not forget 2nd Edition AD&D, where the elven race could do d10 open-hand, which probably explained both why they never carried swords, and why they could leap through trees like aerial leopards. They were nature Monks with bows!
Zuifan 11th Oct 2013, 12:11 AM edit delete reply
So what happens if your party all have cat companions leveled? Game breaker?
Castille 11th Oct 2013, 12:12 AM edit delete reply
I just love the fact that the show has an Angel and a Spike who *really* don't get along.
MWS 11th Oct 2013, 11:09 AM edit delete reply
Mind: blown.
Zuche 11th Oct 2013, 12:31 PM edit delete reply
I'm surprised there aren't more vampire references, what with a character named Twilight Sparkle saving a bunch of characters that glitter in sunlight and then undergoing her own transformation at the end of the same season.

Then again, maybe I should count my blessings that the writers haven't tried to beat this joke to death with references to Stoker and Rice as well.
Dragonflight 11th Oct 2013, 3:37 PM edit delete reply
On an unrelated note, I recall a post I saw a few weeks back...

1) Twilight vampires aren't afraid of sunlight.
2) They sparkle.
3) They live in the forest.

Conclusion: They aren't vampires at all! They're *fairies!!*
Zuche 11th Oct 2013, 5:20 PM edit delete reply
That certainly would have worked.
Dave 11th Oct 2013, 5:36 PM the Title edit delete reply
When I saw the first previews for Twilight, that's what I thought Edward was - faerie, either Seely or Unseely. Once I learned it was about wangstpires, I scorned and refused to go see it.
_R_ 11th Oct 2013, 8:14 PM edit delete reply
My friend wanted to see Twilight when she was young. Then she thought the trailer was too violent.
Six years later, being the Potterhead Whovian Bronies we are now, we're glad that she thought so.
_R_ 11th Oct 2013, 6:39 AM edit delete reply
I'm heeeeeeere! After becoming a Whovian, plus a whole lot of bunch of other fandoms, I finallynchecked what was going on here. Impressive.
Rabits? Now think about hares...
Zuche 11th Oct 2013, 12:33 PM edit delete reply
Where I work, the trick is not to think of hares. They're everywhere around here.

Good to see you again, _R_. May you enjoy the Doctor's adventures as much as does my eldest niece.
_R_ 11th Oct 2013, 5:25 PM edit delete reply
I sure am.
...waaait, hold on, it''s The Doctor, not the Doctor! Wrongwrongwrongwrongwrong...ok I recovered now.
And it's funny, hares are symbols of witches and magic, so they would be the right animal for Twilight (a wizard) and Fluttershy (a druid) . No wonder Fluttershy would adopt Angel of all animals.
kriss1989 12th Oct 2013, 3:38 AM edit delete reply
Welcome, and be sure to watch out for Zuche's not-appreciably-eviler alternate dimensional double.
_R_ 12th Oct 2013, 6:03 AM edit delete reply
There's an...evil clone?
Not Meta Crisis or something, evil clone?
Maybe I should screenshot the comments as well as save the images...
kriss1989 13th Oct 2013, 10:00 AM edit delete reply
No no, he's not a clone he's from an alternate dimension. And he's not the evil double, he's the not-appreciably-eviler double.
Hemi-PoweredDrone 11th Oct 2013, 7:19 AM edit delete reply
So somehow I forgot this comic was a thing and just spent the past hour or so catching up from 272.

Oh shit, I probably should leave to catch a bus.
_R_ 12th Oct 2013, 12:11 AM edit delete reply
You are not alone...
I actually saved the whole thing in my iPad to catch up
ShinyBidoof 12th Oct 2013, 12:42 AM edit delete reply
Well that's no ordinary rabbit! It's the most foul, cruel, and bad-tempered rodent you ever set eyes on.
It's got huge, sharp...
It can leap about...
Look at the Bones!