Page 39 - Monologue Interruptus

5th Nov 2011, 6:00 AM in Friendship is Magic, Part 1
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Monologue Interruptus
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Newbiespud 5th Nov 2011, 6:00 AM edit delete
The threat of Nightmare Moon is an unusual one. Not bad, just unusual.

Most villains are threatening because they have yet to fully achieve their plan, but everyone wants to keep them from winning. Nightmare Moon, by comparison, apparently completes her goal within seconds of escaping from the moon. She just shows up and instantly claims victory.

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dzamie 5th Nov 2011, 6:18 AM edit delete reply
Selective use of the Royal Canterlot Voice?
Now headcanon, thanks.

Similar things tended to happen to the group I play with, although the scenarios don't involve ponies.
"We'll show you that dragons are inferior!" [gets punched by dragonborn party member for 1d4 and falls through a trapdoor]
BigBare 5th Nov 2011, 6:19 AM Smite edit delete reply
I never cared much for smite attacks. 1d6 extra damage just doesnt cut it for me in most cases. Only reason I have ever played a paladin was to run around saying "Lawful good is lawful great!"

But this imposes the question for teh night pony, is she rocking a few blackguard levels and looking to actually smite good or is she just just tossing the word smite out there in place of another synonym such as destroy or decimate?
BigBare 5th Nov 2011, 6:22 AM edit delete reply
And who is we? Big Bad Evil Pony have a touch of psycosis? SHES REALLY AN ALTERNATE PERSONALITY OF THE SUN PONY THATS THE ANSWER!!!
"We" is the usual pronoun used by royalty to refer to themselves.

Bleh. That sentence doesn't sound grammatically correct at all.
Torg 5th Nov 2011, 7:36 AM edit delete reply
Royals are apparently too good for the first-person singular.
Anon 5th Nov 2011, 7:56 AM edit delete reply
Royals do more than just rule the country. They represent the country; they ARE the country. And since countries usually consist of more than one person, royals use 'we' when speaking to remind the listener that when the King or Queen speaks s/he speaks for ALL.

Chris 5th Nov 2011, 9:56 AM edit delete reply
Actually, use of the Royal We when a nobleperson is speaking of themselves in the modern era is generally traced to the various Louis of France. They used We to refer to themselves and God, a not-so-subtle reminder that they supposedly ruled by divine right.

This theory is not uncontested, however. Others believe the modern origin comes from Queen Victoria's England, where We was used to refer to the Queen and the royal household, on the assumption that no-one in the royal circle would dare disagree with their ruler.

In either case, other nobles began copying the trend as a way to make themselves seem more regal, and it's stuck around (albeit mostly as a joke these days) ever since.
Krishnath 5th Nov 2011, 1:28 PM edit delete reply
In Denmark (where I am originally from, I am now living in Sweden), the "Royal We" does indeed refer to the whole of the Danish people. I.e. when the queen speaks, she speaks for the people of Denmark.

On the plus side, she is quite humble and friendly.
Azureink 5th Nov 2011, 11:09 AM edit delete reply
I would assume in this case she is not referring to "smite" in D&D terms, but more of what "smite" refers to by definition.
TechUnadept 15th Nov 2013, 11:14 PM battle cries edit delete reply
Jonathan Hallam 5th Nov 2011, 6:26 AM Dr edit delete reply

'Go, heroes, overthrow the Sorceror Kings... if you can survive in this blasted ruin of a desert world.' It is a little Dark Sun, isn't it... (heh).

banjo2E 5th Nov 2011, 8:16 AM edit delete reply
Playing mind games with the players is fun. There was one time when my group's DM admitted that he was planning to send the players into Valhalla for three hours or so a la Final Fantasy VI. The reason that didn't happen was because the players brought up perfectly valid points against the villain's plan to banish them ("If the tower doesn't exist, then what's the harm in letting us look for it? By your own admission, we're clearly insane/delusional and should therefore be kept away from society SOMEHOW").

I say "the players" but I wasn't really included because I was the Pinkie Pie in that session. Lucky One is the best homebrew class.
AstroTrain 5th Nov 2011, 10:14 AM edit delete reply
You know, where exactly DID Celestia go when Nightmare Moon escaped? Did NMM banish her to the sun?
Aidinthel 5th Nov 2011, 10:58 AM edit delete reply
That's pretty much what I assumed. I kinda doubt we'll get much of an official explanation so it's as good as any.
Watashig 6th Nov 2011, 8:27 AM edit delete reply
In egophiliac's headcanon, NMM banished her into some purple void.
Azureink 5th Nov 2011, 11:07 AM edit delete reply
Applejack once more shows her wisdom in dealing with the situation. Why isn't her Wisdom 13 like I suggested? She clearly is above average in that attribute.
KoshLovesYou 5th Nov 2011, 12:00 PM edit delete reply
I think thats more due to the player PLAYING Applejack rather than the character themselves.

I know a few players like that. They're bros, and usually seasoned and helpful in a teamwork/everyone gets what they want sense, but they get really exasperated by some of the more action-focused and non-planning characters really easy. You gotta watch out as the nerves on those players start to shorten, though.
Mecryte 6th Nov 2011, 3:47 PM edit delete reply
Which is really to say something about the Dwarf Fighter with 8 Int sketching out battle-plans for a 300 mile ground assault to effectively shutdown the enemy encampment in one fell swoop
Lyntermas 5th Nov 2011, 11:21 AM edit delete reply
Huh, the use of the traditional Canterlot voice might mean that "Luna" takes control whenever NMM gets angry. Whether that is an advantage for the ponies are not has yet to be seen.

Sad thing is, even after NMM smites the guards, RD will still try to chase her if it follows the show). No self-preservation instinct whatsoever.
Derpmind 5th Nov 2011, 11:57 AM edit delete reply
Rainbow Dash is invincible! Well, at least she thinks she's invincible. That's close enough, right?
Izandai 5th Nov 2011, 12:07 PM edit delete reply
AJ: I shove food into Pinkie Pie's mouth.
DM: While you're...
AJ: Yes.

Lyntermas called it.
HopeFox 5th Nov 2011, 1:57 PM edit delete reply
Rarity raises a good point, though. Nightmare Moon may have banished Princess Celestia to the sun, and is now in complete control over the sky and hence the ecosystem, but she doesn't try to do any, y'know, ruling. She seems to spend her entire time in the episode lurking in the Everfree Forest trying to stop the mane cast from getting the Elements of Harmony. Which is a good idea, but you'd think she'd actually make an appearance at Canterlot and establish herself as the new Queen.
Kiana 5th Nov 2011, 2:34 PM edit delete reply
Preventing the heroes from getting the ONE THING that banished you last time is still the logical thing to do. She can always go to Canterlot afterward to claim her throne, since nopony else has the power to oppose her once the Elements are taken care of.
kriss1989 5th Nov 2011, 7:44 PM kriss1989 edit delete reply
EVIL OVERLORD LIST: Destroy anything that can challenge me first, I can conquer the world after that.
Guest 7th Nov 2011, 7:05 PM edit delete reply
Which is pretty ironic considering trying to stop the girls from finding the elements is basically how Twilight figured out they represented the elements in the first place.
If she had just hung out in Canterlot twilight would just be lugging around five useless stone orbs with no idea how to use them.
Other Guest 5th Nov 2011, 2:27 PM edit delete reply
Rainbow Dash *points at Twilight*: "She said it!"
DM: "Twilight, lightning smites you for eight points of damage."
Twilight: "WHAT?!"
Maklak 17th Nov 2011, 6:12 AM edit delete reply
You can't get 8 points of damage on 10k6.
ProfPyro 5th Nov 2011, 5:46 PM I thought of Full Metal Jacket on that last panel edit delete reply
Who said that? Who the **** said that?!? Who's the slimy little communist manure twinkle-hooved filly-fooler down there who just signed her own death warrant?
Bronymous 5th Nov 2011, 8:08 PM edit delete reply
^If only
Digara 6th Nov 2011, 12:36 AM edit delete reply
That line right there makes me imagine the Equestrian version of a Mr Gutsy saying something like that.
Vorzakk 6th Nov 2011, 9:25 AM edit delete reply
That's awesome.
kriss1989 5th Nov 2011, 7:42 PM kriss1989 edit delete reply
'We are not amused.' One is used when speaking only about or of oneself; the we is used when representing the group as an indication of united intent.
Limey Lassen 6th Nov 2011, 12:44 AM edit delete reply
Limey Lassen
These ponies are BALLS at diplomacy. If it weren't for Fluttershy and Applejack, they'd be leaving a trail of blood everywhere they went.

Although sometimes AJ goes a little poo-brain. Also Fluttershy has some latent aggressive impulses.

Oh god. Who the heck is driving this thing? Twitchlight Sparkle?
Draco Starcloud 6th Nov 2011, 1:43 AM edit delete reply
Who is driving? Oh my Celestia! Ursa Minor is driving! How can this be?!
Sparkles232 6th Nov 2011, 10:44 PM edit delete reply
Ursa minors driving isn't normal.
On Meth it is.

Meth: Not even once.
Hardway Bet 7th Nov 2011, 6:25 PM edit delete reply
That's what you get for letting minors drive.
Torg 6th Nov 2011, 1:23 PM edit delete reply
All the ponies fail their SAN checks at one time or another. Keeping everything from blowing up is a cooperative effort to ensure that at least some of them remain sane at any given point.

What's really impressive, though, is that they can go completely off their rockers despite D&D not having a sanity mechanic.
leafia6 6th Nov 2011, 7:00 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, this isn't going to last long. Nice to see some canon Luna, though.
Ekevoo 6th Nov 2011, 4:11 PM edit delete reply
Panel 3.
G3.5 Pinkie Pie

HopeFox 6th Nov 2011, 11:26 PM edit delete reply
Oh, Pinkie Pie. Your Diplomacy is so random.
Ranubis 7th Nov 2011, 5:46 AM edit delete reply
Well, so much for Pinky's bonus for being In Ponyville.
Lyntermas 7th Nov 2011, 12:21 PM edit delete reply
Well, to be fair, she did roll a 1. Not much you can accomplish with that, bonus or not.
Dragonflight 7th Nov 2011, 12:38 PM edit delete reply
Why would you want a SAN mechanic in D&D? Last time I was in a Cthulhu game, someone blew their SAN check in a graveyard, panic-fired with an automatic shotgun, and killed the party!

Sanity is relative. The last thing you want to do is invent rules that railroad it... unless you *want* the PC's to have multiple backup characters ready.
Azureink 7th Nov 2011, 9:06 PM edit delete reply
There is the "fear" keyword in powers, so 4e has fear. But thankfully they don't have SAN mechanics. I really hate those kinds of mechanics.
Shikome Kido Mi 8th Nov 2011, 3:29 AM edit delete reply
Didn't you just answer your own question?
That story is A)hilarious
and B) true to the source material for Lovecraft.
Plus, in D&D pre-fourth, resurrections aren't that hard to get.
PikalaxALT 7th Nov 2011, 9:29 PM edit delete reply
Can't wait for the super-long comic today. I can tell it's going to be good.
Unformed8 8th Nov 2011, 2:50 AM edit delete reply
You just know things are bad when you have to use Crowd Control on your own team =D
wolf 29th Jan 2012, 5:47 AM edit delete reply
Oh look, taunting the main villain while she's making a speech... why does that seem familiar?
*does it ALL the time*
Aki 5th Mar 2012, 8:45 AM edit delete reply
Actually, I've seen a fancomic about what an everlasting night in Equestria might look like.

Ponies starve to death.
jdb1984 16th Dec 2012, 3:50 AM edit delete reply
I wonder what a GM would do if there was a good diplomacy roll.

NMM: Um...I see your point. Here's your Sun Goddess back, campain over.
temple run 26th Nov 2018, 11:52 PM edit delete reply
Villains are cruel. I do not like the performance of this character.