Page 570 - Chrono Chrys, Part 5

19th Mar 2015, 6:00 AM in Intermission 5
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Chrono Chrys, Part 5
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Newbiespud 19th Mar 2015, 6:00 AM edit delete
Halfway through, and it's been fun so far. It'll be kind of sad to see it go, really...

Somehow, I got talked into attending GameStorm, a gaming convention up in Vancouver, WA this weekend starting today. I don't know if I'll have anything distinctive on me (I'm not a terribly swagtastic individual), but I might have a tiny Applejack pin I can put somewhere. If you're attending/in the area, feel free to hunt me down while I'm wandering around aimlessly.

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



Alice 19th Mar 2015, 1:46 PM edit delete reply
Really? I'm first to post, this time? Huh.

Story time, then. Tell us about a time when you sang or acted out a performance check.
aylatrigger 19th Mar 2015, 5:58 PM edit delete reply
Okay, this wasn't quite a perform check, but was close enough...

In a 4.0 adventure we had a tiefling bard... At the start of the game, in the tavern, the player accidentally said a really bad pun. I forget the actual pun, but it was bad enough that we said it should count as using the bard at-will power 'Vicious Mockery', which deals 1d6 + Charisma damage if it hits. ...So we rolled it, and it hit. The commoner only had 1 hp due to being a minion, so died. The bard was arrested, under protests of 'I only said...' This killed one of the two guards who came to arrest him. The other took him to the magistrate.

Meanwhile, I got arrested for 'being indecently dressed' due to having taken off my shirt to prove I was male (which originally was questioned because player/character gender differences always confuse people starting out). As we were in a dwarf town, they thought I was female because a. I did not have a beard and b. I wasn't a bard, as dwarves heard that bards can be girly and that would excuse the lack.

Anyway, I was outside the magistrate's office when the bard came up. I asked him what he was being arrested for. "I only said..." Another guard dead. After that, whenever he started saying that line, we would cover his mouth. He kept on trying to explain himself to the court, so we had to do that a few times.
Mykin 19th Mar 2015, 6:15 PM edit delete reply
Yesterday, at our gamestore, it was suggested that I pick a new deity since Helm seemed to hate me with what had happened to us recently (I'll save the details on that one for another time). After a few jokes at my character's expense and me being adamant that I was only going to worship a deity with the light domain, Milil was suggested as my replacement. Upon learned that Milil was the god of poetry and song, everyone joked that I should become the singing cleric. While everyone kept pulling out different suggestions, I jokingly rolled my performance check (I got a grand total of 11 if you were curious) and started singing the gypsy bard song.

Apparently my performance check affected reality because the only time anyone noticed what I was doing was when I messed up the second verse. In the midst of me trying to correct myself, they asked me what I was singing. After I told them the name of the song, they stared at me blankly and then went back to talking about something else.

Shame really, the only time they could have found out that I like MLP and they were too concerned with the raging fire we started and the ash cloud that could kill us coming from the volcano that erupted near us. Oh well, their loss.
Toric 19th Mar 2015, 7:40 PM edit delete reply
At the festival where we were looking for a suitor for our nation's queen, the GM played sections of IRL songs that matched each one's personality as their "performance." My character also made an effort. I played "Won't Back Down" and then "I'm a believer" in the second round.
Disloyal Subject 20th Mar 2015, 1:07 AM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
Confound it all! I just got that song out of my head a few hours ago; now it's gonna be another week before I'm free of it!
It is a great song, but under the circumstances I can't fault their priorities. Fire is pretty distracting.
Mykin 20th Mar 2015, 7:38 PM edit delete reply
I thought the song was entirely appropriate, given the circumstance. But yeah, burning down an entire ecosystem is pretty distracting. Then again, the plains was so dry that a single lightning strike would have had the same effect as we did on it. It'll at least teach whatever it was that was surrounding us not to do it again...provided that they want to go back to the ash-covered barren wastelands that the plains got turned into.

As a side note, when I say the volcano was near us, I mean we could see the mountain on the horizon as it erupted. I don't think we would survive that if it was just a few feet away from us.
Digo 19th Mar 2015, 7:22 PM edit delete reply
The site was apparently down or something for half the day.
Winged Cat 19th Mar 2015, 8:48 PM edit delete reply
In the MLP game I'm in that is about to conclude (one session remaining), we have routinely done in-character songs. It helps that it's text instead of voice, but that just means we relyric entire songs to the situation.

For instance, I adapted Through The Fire And Flames to be about the party's journey through the desert to head off a changeling-pony war. Given that my PC was on desperation fumes - his father was dead and his mother nearly so as a result of this adventure (they recovered, after a Hail Celestia from a character who's all about planning) - the music was quite in keeping with the atmosphere at the time. He was singing to build up courage to give to the changeling princess, so she would agree to try talking instead of just sending her drones to fight and die.

And then there was the time where my PC and another did A Man's Gotta Do (A Pony's Gotta Do), complete with character actions similar to the original, as we wound up stealing a temporarily unmanned airship. (My PC - already displaying mad scientist tendencies - tossed a device in to fly it via remote. The other PC - the largest pony in the party - thought the airship was out of control and leaped in to save the day.) The GM let us get away with it.

Most of the songs have been sung by my PC or another who's been far more active about said songs (usually to cheer the party up, and get them through rough patches). I have lost count of the number of in-character musical moments we've pulled.

Elsewhere, I'm in a Dark Souls game where I play a bard. Magic, in that 'verse, is divided into sorceries, pyromancy, and miracles. My PC does the latter, which are retellings of fragments of ancient tales in ways that cause similar effects in the present. (Such as telling about old secrets revealing themselves, to cast an Identify spell.) The DM has said we have to narrate this sort of thing out, which I have no problem with: musical prose proportionate to the power of the spell, from simple pure tones for cantrips (Vicious Mockery - like aylatrigger described, though the exact damage formula and effects are different in 5E - gets a cutting whistle instead of cutting words) to...well, I'll probably have to tone it down somewhat by the time my bard casts Wish. ;)
Crazy Tom 20th Mar 2015, 5:27 AM edit delete reply
Not to take away from your great story there, but... How exactly does one recover from death?
Winged Cat 20th Mar 2015, 12:07 PM edit delete reply
By ripping off Chrono Trigger, with a tip of the hat to Back to the Future.

Back in town, the local medic - named Doc - had shown hints of being able to time travel. (For instance, he delivered to the PCs a supply of confectionary weapons that had been banned by treaty. The last known copies had been destroyed years ago.) Hints enough that my PC picked up on this and that Doc wanted not to admit to it for some reason.

So this pony, who preferred to plan things out to make sure good things would happen, took a wild guess and wrote a quite indirect letter, hinting at things and suggesting ways that he might have been fooled by a sufficiently well-crafted dummy - like the one that he might be creating and leaving at a certain place and time. (He found his father and his mother in the desert, after the former had died from exposure and the latter would have been about to. His mother had gone unconscious before his father died, providing a window of time in which to swap something that he would then attempt CPR on to no avail.)

This was a pony who aspired to be worthy of Honesty, who got angry at the mere notion of deliberate lies, suggesting in detail how to lie to himself, and that he might actively take part in that lie, on a theory with only a few shreds of evidence to suggest it was even possible. It certainly was not his Plan A, and he said as much. Not that he did not regularly make plans and backup plans, but he rarely admitted to it (as doing so made other ponies worry), let alone discuss his backup plans in detail.

(Plan A being to recover the by-then-long-lost Elements of Harmony, which they knew where 5 were and had a good idea where the 6th was. This was the reason they had traveled to the desert in the first place. While they did recover the 6th, using the Elements to resurrect his father - or any of the other recently deceased - did not work out.)

After dropping off the letter, he went to see his mother in the hospital before starting on Plan C, only to find his father watching over her, alive and well enough. Said father relayed a slightly confused tale consistent with the letter. He thus abandoned Plan C, not to mention Plan D, and let's just say Equestria was probably better off for it.
Freelance 22nd Mar 2015, 1:38 PM edit delete reply
This goes back to my Ranger again, and we went through the module...

RETURN to the Tomb of Horrors.
My character got turned into a Balor due to a very open wish made to a Dao during this.

One of the rooms that we came upon was a theater, and our party were forced to perform an impromptu play for a whole bunch of undead heads in order to survive/move along. As a Balor, I casted myself in th roll of bad guy that rest of the party needed to slay.

We got middling applause, enough that they didn't attack us and we could continue our quest.
Was the site down for anyone else this morning? Anyways, just wanted to say I'm still loving this comic and am seriously wishing I lived in Vancouver, USA.
Jennifer 19th Mar 2015, 2:08 PM edit delete reply
It was for me, up til about 4pm, but I'm in Bermuda at the moment...
Alice 19th Mar 2015, 2:10 PM edit delete reply
All I know is RSS only showed me the new comic a couple minutes before I posted.
Mykin 19th Mar 2015, 2:35 PM edit delete reply
And here I thought my router was being a jerk to me today. Glad to see I don't have to resort to killing again to get things back to normal.

Hearing about Gamestorm makes me wish I was still living in Spokane. At least then, I could justify just driving over there and seeing if I could spot the Spud. Oh well, maybe next time.
Skorzah 20th Mar 2015, 6:21 AM edit delete reply
What's gamestorm?
Specter 19th Mar 2015, 2:43 PM edit delete reply
*8 and a half hours later...

this isn't the first time (I can think of) this has happened before... but I recall that it took about half an hour or something.

Anyway, congrats Newbie, I've never heard of Gamestorm. Now I have something else to look into, along with several good television shows.
j-eagle12212012 19th Mar 2015, 5:18 PM edit delete reply
Site was down for most of the day for me as well...
Digo 19th Mar 2015, 7:23 PM edit delete reply
Same here.
Newbiespud 19th Mar 2015, 8:25 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, all of ComicFury was down until I was about halfway through the registration line, like 1:40 PM PST. It was frustrating to no end.
Winged Cat 19th Mar 2015, 8:51 PM edit delete reply
Ditto, both at and Just glad to see it's back up now.
ANW 19th Mar 2015, 2:12 PM edit delete reply
Slow post day.
Rubahhitam 19th Mar 2015, 2:13 PM edit delete reply
A few weeks ago my 5E rogue was engaged by an NPC into a rap battle (I wanted to earn free rooms by entertaining, and this guy was performing as well). Not being really good with on-the-fly lyrics, I used the first few lines from Eminem's "Lose Yourself" (minus language), rolled, and did so well the crowd looked past the fact I plagiarized a verse. Now I've started keeping some rhymes in my head, just in case.
Raxon 19th Mar 2015, 3:02 PM edit delete reply
I love unreality puzzles! Anyone else kinda wish Pinkie had brought baloons to test the physics?
you know that guy 19th Mar 2015, 3:46 PM edit delete reply
Baleens to taste the fishes? What are you yammering on about Raxon? I think Pinkie looks cute enough without any teeth or things, especially in panel 2.
aylatrigger 19th Mar 2015, 6:19 PM edit delete reply
I think that this would be a rare case that Twilight would be the one to bring the balloons. After all, SCIENCE!
Digo 19th Mar 2015, 7:25 PM edit delete reply
I had mapped out a 4-dimensional mansion for a dungeon once. Sadly I never got to use this tesseract home. Basically each room had six "doors" so you could move in any direction to another room.

My GM map looked like a flowchart, but it was actually easy to read.
Xander 20th Mar 2015, 9:54 AM edit delete reply
I... wow. Now I'm curious.
Blueblade 20th Mar 2015, 1:00 PM edit delete reply
Your saying that as though you actually hint she Didn't bring balloons.
Blueblade 20th Mar 2015, 1:07 PM edit delete reply
Guest 19th Mar 2015, 4:23 PM edit delete reply
"Space is warped and time is bendable."
Exgallion 19th Mar 2015, 4:27 PM edit delete reply
Is that past Zecora talking in the last panel?
Wyvern 19th Mar 2015, 4:33 PM edit delete reply
GameStorm? And you're just now mentioning it? I'm going to be there only Thursday and Friday nights, due to my work schedule; I'm just now leaving from home. Look for a big guy in a kilt.
Newbiespud 19th Mar 2015, 8:27 PM edit delete reply
It kinda snuck up on me! I wasn't going to go until my situation changed like the day before.
Joe the Rat 19th Mar 2015, 5:29 PM edit delete reply
I think I need to get a huge set of double doors with "SL AM" in big brass letters on the inside.
Digo 19th Mar 2015, 7:26 PM edit delete reply
Haha, that's actually a funny idea. :)
Blueblade 20th Mar 2015, 1:03 PM edit delete reply
Also I'm still alive. I'm like GLAD0S
(Insert portal song "Still Alive" here)