Page 400 - Hydra Hightail

8th Feb 2014, 5:00 AM in Feeling Pinkie Keen
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Hydra Hightail
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Newbiespud 8th Feb 2014, 5:00 AM edit delete
Four hundred.

Milestones are kind of a big deal for me, I've come to realize. You have to understand - I have very low self-esteem and esteem for my work, so even when I get compliments, a big part of me doesn't really believe it when people say that something of mine is good. But when I get this far into something and people are still coming back to take a look and comment on it and keep saying it's good...

Well, I must be doing something right, I guess.

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Grey Pennies 8th Feb 2014, 5:13 AM edit delete reply
Nice season 2 reference there.
Specter 8th Feb 2014, 5:16 AM edit delete reply
Agreed, "WHAT!, But if Rainbow Dash finds out I've been impersonating her-!!!"
Mabbz 8th Feb 2014, 5:17 AM edit delete reply
Today's story time: tell a story about either charging suicidally into mortal danger as a distraction, or bravely forcing someone else to do the same.
Specter 8th Feb 2014, 5:25 AM edit delete reply
Good question, now let's see... Well, this one isn't exactly bravely, or for a distraction, but was suicidal. My little brother, mentioned in last page, had an affinity for explosives. He (we), were once tasked with killing the king of the kingdom, but were not allowed to get caught/get known (Suddenly we're playing Assassin's Creed Co-op). Well, my brother had recently watched "We are goblins" on YouTube, and promptly made a goblin. When we reached the castle, one goblin armed with explosives (Head-to-Toe, and several bags) ran straight into the keep, and declared, without any planning, "For the Goblin Empire!". Blowing up the keep, and scattering only the toughest of the keeps staff around the city. Guess which group of heroes had been employed to fight goblins.
Digo 8th Feb 2014, 6:12 AM edit delete reply
Shadowrun game: I was the team mage (a wiccan that was opposed to using magic violently, so I had penalties on combat magic). The team was pinned down by enemy fire at the 7th floor of a hotel where we were trying to extract a friend of the Johnson's who was kidnapped.

I picked up a shotgun and decided to distract the gunfire so that the team can get the target out of the building alive. I put on whatever defensive spells I knew and charged.


I got shot to hell and back, but the team managed to reach the stairwell and head down. As I lay there bleeding with guns pointed at my head, I heard "*click - whirrrrr*" behind the enemies.

The team Streetsam came back up another stairwell and was behind the enemies with his machine gun! His one-liner was awesome.

"More Dakka mother-lovers, do you speak it?!"

He mowed them all down, picked me up, and carried me back to the escape van. :D
Dakkath 8th Feb 2014, 6:22 AM edit delete reply
I usually play the melee character, and EVERY TIME I try this everyone else gets a 'no man left behind' attitude and charges in there right after me.
Digo 9th Feb 2014, 6:26 AM edit delete reply
My players do that a lot too. Its so silly when it happens because it seems not one person ever thinks that you can cover allies with ranged attacks.
Kian 8th Feb 2014, 6:57 AM edit delete reply
This was on a play by post game in a forum, D&D 3.5. We were playing a fairly know adventure (I can't recall the name now). We were all level 1 or 2, and there was a cave outside of town with kobolds and goblins, and a bunch of adventurers had disappeared within, so our group joined up and went looking for them.

Anyway, we reached the bottom-most chamber, where a corrupted druid was tending to a vampiric tree of some kind. The druid had some kind of shrubberies to serve as attack dogs, and we soon found ourselves spread thin and getting walloped.

My character was a tiefling ranger, we had an aasimar cleric, a halfling monk and a few more (it was several years back). The cleric was unconscious, the monk on his back and surrounded. My ranger, being more of an archer, had managed to avoid suffering much damage. But because his attacks were piercing, he was having trouble doing any damage too.

So, seeing no other way to contribute, he charged at the druid (scoring a crit that took out one of the druid's eyes with his rapier), moving around all the saplings and trying to draw as many attacks of opportunity as he could.

Fighting defensively, the saplings basically needed a nat 20 to hit him, but he was also pretty low on hit points so one or two hits would take him out.

For the next four or five rounds, he drew every attack from everyone in the room, including leaving himself open to AoOs to help the others regroup and recover. But his luck held out and the party managed to turn the tide and slay the druid.
Stavaros-the-arcane 9th Feb 2014, 7:26 AM edit delete reply
I believe that adventure is Sunless Citadel.
aylatrigger 8th Feb 2014, 7:07 AM edit delete reply
Urg...This comes from my childhood. From when I was 8 until middle school, I gamed with my older brothers, Thomas and Stephen, and Stephen's friend, Jeff. Now Stephen was usually GM, but he also had a barbarian named Kelgoran. Thomas liked playing mages, so he was usually the mage. Jeff played a fighter. And I was left with playing the cleric.

Stephen really wanted to kill Kelgoran off, but he also wanted to roleplay him accurately (Stephen was definitely a Real Roleplayer). So he would grab the cleric and throw her or him at the enemies.

...I went through 13 clerics before I could make a cleric who could survive the party...
Digo 8th Feb 2014, 8:40 AM edit delete reply
13?! O_o`
MirrorImage 8th Feb 2014, 7:24 AM edit delete reply
So back when 4th Edition Dark Sun came out, Wizards of the Coast had their D&D Encounters do a Dark Sun campaign.

I was playing one of the Psion characters (mental mage, basically) whose dump stat was Strength. In one of the encounters, we're fighting a group of Lizard-folk when a sand worm attacks in the middle of the encounter.

Conveniently, the Sand Worm appears right in front of me, trapping me between it and a rock and ruining my ability to actually cast spells. So what's my decision?

"I'm going to Grapple the worm."

Somehow I succeed and resist the first attempt to be thrown off.

Then the worm eats me anyways. >_<
Lyntermas 8th Feb 2014, 9:31 AM edit delete reply
In the "Zilean's Revenge" campaign, we were investigating some catacombs to determine if the lich we were fighting was the same one who had been locked away a generation or two ago. It turns out that some kobolds had been mining down beneath the graveyard, robbing the corpses as they passed and ended up opening the lich's coffin (bad idea). Long story short, Zilean had left a trap for us at the coffin: a crystal that shot laser beams and some undead kobolds trying to knock down the supports to the cave, trapping us inside. We managed to trap the crystal inside the silver coffin and fight past the kobolds, but we heard something whirring behind us constantly.

It turns out that the crystal merged with the coffin to form a drilling machine, which merged with whatever metal and bone got into its path. Our plan was to take a stick of dynamite, attach it to a chain held in place with an Immovable spell, then light the dynamite from a distance once the drilling machine got caught. The plan started off well, but the dynamite was going to take a few rounds to go off, which meant that we had to keep the machine in place and not shooting at us.

My wizard's brilliant plan? Rush directly at the whirling death machine to try and magically neutralize the amulet controlling it. What could go wrong?

I rolled a Nat 1. The amulet managed to shoot off a paralyzing beam, leaving me stuck in place so the machine could tear me to tiny little pieces.

...Which it would have done, if it hadn't rolled a Nat 1 as well. My spell had worked, completely shutting down the machine for a bit. So the machine and I were stuck in place, staring at each other. Luckily, my companions managed to pull me away while getting some shots off at the amulet that was stuck in place. The dynamite eventually went off, destroying the machine while everyone had retreated a safe distance away.

...So remember, kids, suicidal moments of badassery in D&D always work out!
FanOfMostEverything 9th Feb 2014, 5:31 AM edit delete reply
Well, that's what happens when you forget your maker-hooks.
WayraHyena 8th Feb 2014, 8:57 AM edit delete reply
The BBEG has just released a Horned Devil on our vastly under-leveled party (though we do have some pretty amazing gear helping to balance things so it's not totally slated in the Horned Devil's favor). Our bard is absent, our sorceress is crippled by domination, our Shield Guardian is on its last leg, we have two fighters, a ranger on an Apparatus of Kwalish (which had taken a terrible beating since it was acting as our main tank), a sorceress-fighter who's only purpose was to buff frontlines warriors, a rogue, and myself, a ranger on an intelligent warhorse. No one can get into Melee range against this thing because of the AOOs and reach except for the Apparatus and the now-destroyed Shield Guardian.

Me: "Well then... Blair shakes her head at the vampire and says that now she has something to do. Blair mounts up Mirro, draws her bastard sword and charges into combat with the Devil."
GM: "Um... you know you're going to provoke an AOO from that thing, right?"
Me: "Yes."
GM: "You're going to die."
Me: "No I am not. Blair has stubbornness issues and no one else is getting into Melee."
GM: "Alright..." *rolls 20* *rolls confirmation* *rolls damage*
Me: "..."
GM: "... holy crap you survived."
Me: "I smite it with my holy bastard sword. Also, if you recall, my horse's hooves are coated in Silver. Time to send someone back to hell."
Comet 8th Feb 2014, 6:18 PM edit delete reply
In a Pathfinder campaign I was playing as a bard/paladin with a glaive. We were investigating a disappearance when assassins jumped out of the rafters and one-shot our cleric and then set the building on fire. The Rogue and Fighter spent all their actions dragging the Cleric out of the building, while I kept 5 foot stepping and swinging my way out. I managed to kill both assassins by the time I made it to the front door where the rogue was waiting to assist me. So much for party help, but they did get the cleric out so we had a corpse to raise. The best distraction is the one that works better than the actual plan would have.
MWS 8th Feb 2014, 7:31 PM edit delete reply
In a supers game, one of the other characters had duplication powers. We were being chased by Doomsday (the creature that killed Superman). I asked him how quickly he could create duplicates, and he answered that he could create one as a quick action as soon as one was killed or reabsorbed.

So I told him to sacrifice his duplicates as a speed bump, to help in our escape. Which he did. Only problem is, his duplicates weren't in any way less "him" than he was, so, in effect, I ordered the death of several dozen of my friends. Er, several dozen of one of my friends, anyway.
kriss1989 9th Feb 2014, 4:53 AM edit delete reply
Our party's barbarian,to the point where we actively try to stop her regularly because "Wait, stop, we actually have a plan!" and "Gods damn it wait for us!"
MumaKirby 10th Feb 2014, 1:42 AM edit delete reply
Does it count if the distraction was the easy part and I was doing the suicidal part?

During my Scifi game, this super evil corporation had a particular agent on a planet who was trying to buy a teenager who had hacked into the translation/mechanical arm thing systems of a large Bison-like race, and was using it to control their minds. It was hinted that he was working for the company, but he was claiming to be doing a side project for himself.


He -really- pissed off the marine of our group, who stopped him outside his hotel and had a chat with him. Typical smiling and gloating with veiled villain threats. Kind of dangerous, I guess.

My part? Well, he had me sneak onto his ship and plant a very big bomb. There was no evidence he'd been the one that'd caused a murder back on the station, or that he'd acquired the technology, but he'd really ticked off the warrior, and I like blowing **** up. So. Win win!

(Minus the fact that the company just pinned everything on the dead guy.)
celestdaer 10th Feb 2014, 4:12 AM edit delete reply
Okay, I think I have to tell about the time another player dropped the Mountain on me, but it has lead up... So, the Air Gear game, the team's in the midst of a Cube battle that the GM later told us was supposed to be impossible, my fragile as hell speedster and our new team leader who is an unawakened gravity child (Just this side of saiyan from this universe...) are in a battle with a walking slab of meat and an amazon, I start off fighting the amazon, in a tiny little abandoned apartment room, with my teammate fighting the other guy (who we were all calling the Mountain) No matter what we did, we couldn't make a dent in our foes, I was getting particularly pissed because I should've been able to at least get past her defenses with my Flash level speed, but no... so, the teammate and I swapped, and he took her down, while I ran circles around the mountain, who kept making huge fist shaped holes in the already unstable floor... and then he clothes-lined me, out of nowhere, and I went down, and my teammate woke up to the Matrixian powers buried inside him... and he took the Mountain down, and kicked him into the air, and the force of doing so fnally broke the floor, so, me and the amazon went crashing into the basement, while the Mountain and my team mate are kind of hovering in bullet time, until he kicks the Mountain straight down into the basement, and I, being out of wind and unable to move, start wheezing, "Please, not at me... please..." the GM gets a sadistic look, and has my team mate roll to hit, and I got splattered under a mountain of muscle. Didn't die, just hospitalized for a couple of battles, but the team made it through the impossible battle, so, hurray? And it's not like our team didn't end up in the hospital one by one over the course of the game anyway...
Willo 10th Feb 2014, 6:27 AM edit delete reply
I had a friend who was playing in an all-barbarian game. She critically failed a jump and was about to fall into the chasm where the hydra was, when she decided that was the best time to turn it into an attack. With an absurd amount of 20s, she managed to turn her fall into a jump attack and slice off all the hydra's heads, single-handedly killing the campaign's intended final boss during her death scene. It was ridiculous.
Midnight Blaze 10th Feb 2014, 9:11 PM edit delete reply
Over in our Pony game, that's pretty much B.J.'s job description.
Specter 8th Feb 2014, 5:17 AM edit delete reply
If the panel system holds true, then the Hydra just passed Spike, although, in all reality, probably not.
ANW 8th Feb 2014, 5:50 AM edit delete reply
Can't come up with something about this one,so here's a standby.
Chain Riddles
From it comes friendship, and from friendship comes this; for without it, friendship can't live, and without friendship it can't live.
What is it?
Firedon 8th Feb 2014, 6:00 AM edit delete reply
ANW 8th Feb 2014, 8:56 AM edit delete reply
Specter 8th Feb 2014, 6:33 AM edit delete reply
ANW 8th Feb 2014, 8:57 AM edit delete reply
Title name, nice
FanOfMostEverything 8th Feb 2014, 6:47 AM edit delete reply
ANW 8th Feb 2014, 8:57 AM edit delete reply
Not even close
Specter 8th Feb 2014, 5:33 PM edit delete reply
Me: Trust?
Brother: Love?
aylatrigger 8th Feb 2014, 7:09 AM edit delete reply
Nanoha answer: Superior Firepower

MLP answer: Plot

My answer: Trust
ANW 8th Feb 2014, 8:59 AM edit delete reply
Nanoha: Painfully no
MLP: Hahahaha, no
You: good guess. Wrong, but good.
Darkside 8th Feb 2014, 8:38 AM edit delete reply
ANW 8th Feb 2014, 8:59 AM edit delete reply
NomanaDaha 8th Feb 2014, 9:11 AM edit delete reply
ANW 8th Feb 2014, 9:24 AM edit delete reply
Some one finally got it.
if you don't have love for your friends, then how are you friends?
And the person you love had to been a friend at one point.
DoubleCross 8th Feb 2014, 9:19 AM edit delete reply



The time I dived into the school pool to rescue that piece of your Millennium Puzzle that I threw in there earlier?
ANW 8th Feb 2014, 9:22 AM edit delete reply
Nothing dealing with yuigoh.
Specter 8th Feb 2014, 5:37 PM edit delete reply
Dude, it hurts seeing "YU-GI-OH" spelled wrong. Although, in truth, it's good seeing others who even know what it is. Some freshmen in my school don't even know what that, or even Pokémon, is.
Specter 8th Feb 2014, 5:40 PM edit delete reply
Dear ANW: I wish my brother looked at this page earlier, cause he guessed what it was seconds when looking at it, but the win is NomanaDaha, since they were first. Hurray for weird time zones!
Malroth 10th Feb 2014, 3:56 AM edit delete reply
I'm gonna have to take the nanoha card here and go with Full Powered Total Destruction being the key to friendship
Digo 8th Feb 2014, 6:12 AM edit delete reply
Love the change in plan here from the actual episode. XD
Limey Lassen 9th Feb 2014, 8:45 PM edit delete reply
He totally got me. XD
DracoS 8th Feb 2014, 8:11 AM edit delete reply
This is why my Sorcerer knows Summon Monster I.
Raxon 8th Feb 2014, 8:54 AM edit delete reply
You're doing a lot of good here, Spud. If you weren't making this comic, I would be loose on the internet! You wouldn't want that, now, would you?

After all, everyone knows you own the comic, but I own the comments. And since the comments below long to me, I'll do whatever I please with them involving zip ties and cattle prods. I would congratulate you on 400, but I never doubted you would reach it. You've got at least a thousand in you, and I am certain you'll reach it.

I believe in you. Who else is with me?

PS: Here is a puppy for all your hard work. image
Lyntermas 8th Feb 2014, 9:09 AM edit delete reply
"Oh, you think the comments are your ally, but you merely adopted the comments. I was born in them, molded by them."

Seriously, though, your work is always worth coming back to, Newbiespud. Happy 400th!
Zarhon 8th Feb 2014, 6:01 PM edit delete reply
Congratulations on the big 400! Here's to another 400ish! :)
HappyMuffin 8th Feb 2014, 11:16 AM edit delete reply
that puppy is worth any cattle prod. <:D

that puppy is awsome, everyone who sees that puppy is awsome, Raxon gave us the puppy and is even awsomer, but you sir, have allowed the puppy to make us all awsomer people through your work. You are the most awsome one here.

Also the comic is great, so BONUS POINTS +1000000000!!!!
aylatrigger 8th Feb 2014, 5:49 PM edit delete reply
This is true. Including the part about the comments longing to Raxon rather than belonging.

Keep up the fantastic work, Newbiespud! Especially since some comic writers haven't even hit ten comics yet...*hangs head in shame*
Raxon 8th Feb 2014, 10:24 PM edit delete reply
I stir up longings in a lot of places. Right now, your brain is longing for a time when it didn't have a mental image of a seventy year old cleric of Pelor knocking boots with a ten foot long talking black widow spider named Moira and unknowingly fathering the drider race. (This is a thing that happens.)

It's cool with Pelor, though. Moira isn't evil.
Lucithana 8th Feb 2014, 9:53 AM edit delete reply
Just wanted to say that I think the comic is going awesomely and I hope you keep doing it at least as long as the show's on!
Zuche 8th Feb 2014, 10:03 AM edit delete reply
"If you go outside that number, you strike people who are either not at ease in a ballroom or else make other people not at ease." Ward McAllister, on the Four Hundred

It's a good thing that this is no ballroom, then, though I've lost count of how many times we've seen a man at the back yell, "Everyone attack!"

Here's to more centuries, Newbiespud -- a millennium even, should you be grand enough to dare it. It has been fine work, insightful, funny, and creative. No doubt it will continue to be so.
Seanpony Renaud 8th Feb 2014, 11:13 AM edit delete reply
I guess wanting to beat Raxor here was unrealistic huh?

Also "Congratulations, you're the new Rainbow Dash." Greatest line ever. I was totally expecting Twilight to do what she actually did and give some variation on "Let's Get Dangerous."
Disloyal Subject 8th Feb 2014, 9:53 PM LEEROOYY--!!! edit delete reply
As much as I was looking forward to a Twilight Jenkins moment, this is more in-character, and thus better, even if less awesome - and it makes up most of the awesome points with the ribsplitting reference.
Now I'm gonna go sing Guren no Yumiya at max volume to get my hot-blooded charging monsters fix.
Raxon 8th Feb 2014, 9:53 PM edit delete reply
You cannot beat me! Here, in my seat of power, I am eenveencible!
kriss1989 9th Feb 2014, 5:03 AM edit delete reply
You might be eenveencible, but you're not invincible!
Raxon 9th Feb 2014, 5:57 AM edit delete reply
Eenveencibility is better, because it harnesses the power of Ricardo Montalban.

You shall never harm my reech coreentian leather.
kriss1989 9th Feb 2014, 6:25 AM edit delete reply
I have no idea who that is and I'm too lazy to use the Internet I am already on to look him up.
Raxon 9th Feb 2014, 9:43 AM edit delete reply
Seanpony Renaud 9th Feb 2014, 10:01 PM edit delete reply
I will defeat you one day if only so I can have my name raised into the pantheon. Luna, Celestia, Newbispud, and Sean Pony. The only people who've ever posted before Raxor. Well there was Discord that one time but we're pretty sure he was fucking continuity.

Actually that's a good point, I should probably find a chicken, a dictionary and apple and get in a fight in front of a statue then ask for help.
Joe England 8th Feb 2014, 6:03 PM edit delete reply
My kudos on this comic, especially for syncing Pinkie's pictures with her dialog.
Guest 8th Feb 2014, 6:28 PM edit delete reply
You've definitely made something good here. Screencap comics are common; good screencap comics are rare. And you have made a very good screencap comic.
emmerlaus 8th Feb 2014, 10:11 PM edit delete reply
Your comic is awesome... Im surprised you doubt it :)

DragonTrainer 8th Feb 2014, 11:35 PM edit delete reply
Congrats on reaching 400 pages! ^_^
kriss1989 9th Feb 2014, 5:02 AM edit delete reply
Thank goodness 4E familiars are imortal. If they die it just takes five minutes to re-summon them at no costs but just thinking about it.
Digo 9th Feb 2014, 6:28 AM edit delete reply
That must be a sad life if the familiar has an abusive master.
Specer 9th Feb 2014, 8:21 AM edit delete reply
After a while, if the master was abusive, the familiar would probably take a sick day and have a replacement, cause I don't even know where they go after they "Die", some sort of weird world called limbo with a bunch of other familiars who are currently waiting for a short while or forever, and they could swap contracts?
kriss1989 10th Feb 2014, 5:58 AM edit delete reply
Actually, familiars are literally a part of the spell caster. They don't exist anywhere in 4e except when the caster manifests them. They are literally a manifested part of the wizards psyche.
kriss1989 10th Feb 2014, 5:59 AM edit delete reply
If you mean "awesome life" and "free trap disarming tool", then our party's warlock agrees with you.
Raxon 10th Feb 2014, 1:25 PM edit delete reply
Heh. My familiar is a little mute yellow rectangle that can only communicates in text and grants a massive bonus to disbelieving.
XandZero2 9th Feb 2014, 11:54 AM edit delete reply
Well, in direct response to Newbie's author note (which I assume may have already been directly commented on), I'll say this - I don't comment on the comics as much as I used to, but they have kept me coming back every other day (or couple days) to catch up. So in other words, I just wanted to note once again that I've enjoyed them, and I'm glad you've kept posting them up Newbie.

Keep up the good work!

redwings1340 9th Feb 2014, 1:14 PM edit delete reply
Happy 400 Newbie! Amazing work on the comic, and congrats on his milestone! We'll all keep coming back to this comic for as long as you keep it going.
XanatosDrake 9th Feb 2014, 4:05 PM edit delete reply
amen to that!
Dugong 9th Feb 2014, 9:05 PM edit delete reply
Congratulations on reaching 400!! I remember reading this when page 26 came out, it was great then and fantastic now! Thank you.
Jennifer 10th Feb 2014, 8:56 PM edit delete reply
Congrats, Newbiespud, keep up the good work. This comic got me watching the show to see what had so inspired such creativity.
Trusnam 30th Apr 2014, 7:04 PM edit delete reply
Ok so this happened to a brother of a friend of mine I knew a while back.
So the brother is playing a half-ling rouge and is scouting in front of the group to spot enemies before they get spotted. And so he comes across two armored soldiers and decides he can take em before the group can arrive (even tough if he got a bad roll he would likely get killed).
He charges in, rolls a crit 20, slides in-between the first guy's legs, chops his balls, runs around the second guy, bounces off a tree (for a back-stab bonus), crits another 20, and hides in a tree for the end of his turn.
The soldiers loose track of him and spot the other players coming along and go after them.
Then the rouge jumps back out of the tree crits 20 to kill the first soldier, then throws his sword at the second soldier, gets a -5 to hit for throwing a non-throwing item, crits 20, cuts the soldiers head clean off, runs up to round house kick the head and critically misses.
He lands in mud, and stays there until his teammates pick him up.
LostDeviljho 20th May 2014, 6:28 PM edit delete reply
the hydra head in the top right of the first panel look SO tired of this shit, lol