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26th May 2015, 6:00 AM in Fall Weather Friends
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Rock You Like A
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Author Notes:

Newbiespud 26th May 2015, 6:00 AM edit delete
I confess, a lot of what goes into the comic is just fun ideas I'd use if I was running a campaign in the vanilla Equestria setting.

Not that I'm saying the DM is explicitly me. Nor am I saying the DM is explicitly not me. It's been a long-standing tradition not to name real names or even say what gender the DM is. Explicitly.

It's almost convention time! This might be a good time to mention that I've started using Twitter more regularly. It might make a good tool for tracking me down in real time if you're also going to EFNW, and it's good if you want to follow me in a more general way across my multiple projects than through webcomic Author's Notes. I'm trying the "having a more active online presence instead of lurking everywhere always" thing, see.

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



Toric 26th May 2015, 6:03 AM edit delete reply
Glad to see this isn't just my deluded headcanon. It makes a nice winter fable that they all worked things out, but the process of moving to Equestria had to take years of logistics and economic commitment, and I doubt the races actually got along overnight, even if the leaders did. Still, if it's at the point that Commander Hurricane was buried here, in Equestria, one would guess she wouldn't be terribly antagonistic to Earth Ponies anymore. Something must have disrupted this tomb at some point...
Digo 26th May 2015, 6:13 AM edit delete reply
Perhaps old resentments die hard and Hurricane still had a bit of a grudge taken to her grave... or at least an inkling of pride that she didn't want to see a pegasus lose to an earth pony in a sports competition. :D

What episode are the screen caps taken from? It escapes me right now.
Liutasiun 26th May 2015, 6:30 AM edit delete reply
Castlemania. Season 4. The one where they all get scared inside the old castle of the two sisters.
Digo 26th May 2015, 1:20 PM edit delete reply
j-eagle12212012 26th May 2015, 8:15 AM edit delete reply
I'm pretty sure Commander Hurricane is a Stallion... right ?
Guest 26th May 2015, 8:26 AM edit delete reply
Actually Commander Hurricane is male as revealed in The Journal of the Two Sisters. Being portrayed by Rainbow Dash in the Hearth's Warming Eve play is like how Peter Pan usually played by an actress in stage plays.
Toric 26th May 2015, 1:27 PM edit delete reply
Which is actually a little surprising if you think about it. Much of the leadership caste in pony society appears to be matriarchal. Not in practice, necessarily, but numerically it trends drastically towards female leadership.
Anvildude 1st Nov 2015, 8:36 PM edit delete reply
However, the military has been shown to be primarily (or exclusively) male- as befits an equestrian race, with the males being the ones that fight over territory and in defense of the herd.

Though Pegasi are now primarily sporters and weather-workers, and the Wonderbolts are equal-opportunity, I'd imagine that the pre-classical Equestrian military was all stallions.
Tatsurou 26th May 2015, 11:14 AM edit delete reply
My thoughts on what disturbed the grave to make him antagonistic to Earth Ponies?

An apple tree.
Digo 26th May 2015, 1:21 PM edit delete reply
So it's a grudge over... sour apples?
Evilbob 26th May 2015, 8:00 AM edit delete reply
lol. Fluttershy's response is so spot on!
CmndrHurricane 26th May 2015, 8:12 AM edit delete reply
Commander Hurricane, eh? also, what episode are these image from? I have no memory of this
*Sigh* 26th May 2015, 1:29 PM edit delete reply
Castle Mania I believe.
j-eagle12212012 26th May 2015, 8:14 AM edit delete reply
Spoiler free

The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone

Overall it was a good episode, it did seem like they resolved things rather quick but *shrugs*
Any way three things I liked about this episode

1) Great world building epiode
2) Griffons as in more than just one
3) Indiana Jones and the last crusade refrence

Bonus points to new second best face by RD this season
Extra bonus points for Hhhhhnnnnnggggg inducing flash back sequence

So yeah no new episode till the 13th of june
Winged Cat 26th May 2015, 8:19 PM edit delete reply
This isn't the first time we've seen more than one griffon, but it is the first we've seen of the griffon homeland.

As was pointed out toward the end of the episode, things are just on the road to recovery. There's a lot more to do before the situation is resolved - enough for plot hooks into at least one future episode. (Hopefully after the reason Twilight wasn't invited is fixed.)
j-eagle12212012 27th May 2015, 5:41 AM edit delete reply
I ment this was the first episode to have more than one griffon appear in the episode (Griffon the brush off had just Gilda and mmmmystery on the ponyville express had Gustav )
Winged Cat 27th May 2015, 10:08 AM edit delete reply
Rainbow Falls, Trade Ya, and Equestria Games. Granted, extreme background characters in all three cases; I don't recall if any of them spoke. (There were also a couple griffon statues in episodes set in the Crystal Empire.)
ANW 26th May 2015, 10:03 AM edit delete reply
Looks like no one got it right.
Fake contest, part two.
An enemy that makes you say "No, no, anyone but him/anything but that"
And I don't mean sarcastically or annoyingly.
It can be you, your fellow players, or your in-game selves that said it.
Disloyal Subject 26th May 2015, 11:34 AM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
Does "AGH! NO, HERESY!" count? Because anyone with ties to the Adeptus Mechanics and the Imperium tends to get touchy about it when Chaos fields a Titan.
ANW 26th May 2015, 7:43 PM edit delete reply
Anything similar to those would work.
I have to ask though, I get everyone else's, but yours have me stumped.
Disloyal Subject 26th May 2015, 10:18 PM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
Ohboy. Best prepare yourself for an infodump. I apologize for cluttering the page, everyone, but I don't know of any succinct summaries of this that I could link. As for in-depth ones, start here and then have a few friendly little links to wikis. There's a lot there, and that's just the relevant stuff - both those sites are addictive, with links everywhere, but such is the nature of wikis. The first only includes official information; the second is informal and occasionally vulgar.

The Adeptus Mechanicus are the Tech-priests of the Imperium of Man in the Warhammer 40,000 setting. They're the closest thing we really have to scientists anymore, but while they're far more knowledgeable than your average Guardsman Joe who's lucky to know which end of his laser rifle to point at the enemy, they're more a religion than anything else - their idea of tech support is to light some incense and try again, and while their routine maintenance does contain actual maintenance of the machines being checked, that's buried under several layers of chanting prayers and smearing consecrated oils on parts that often don't even need lubrication. Going against their orthodoxies and traditions tends to REALLY UPSET THEM, even just minor customizations that improve the device's performance.
Their primary militant branch, the Legion Titanicus, is - well, exactly what the name implies: legions of Titans, Titans being massive bipedal robots - we're talking the size of small cities, and with at least a village's worth of crew. Naturally, these machines are held to be among their most sacred, and only fielded for battle under dire circumstances - either desperate struggles for survival, or zealous vengeance.

The forces of Chaos are, arguably, the prime nemesis to the Imperium, responsible for the Horus Heresy (long story) which crippled the Imperium through the Emperor. (He's been kept alive but comatose through advanced life support and the daily sacrifice of a hundred thousand psychics. It's that kind of setting.) They're pretty universally detested by the Imperium's loyalists, and with good reason, since openness to their ideas tends to corrupt one's body and soul to serve Chaos.

So, unspeakably holy, city-sized warmachine equipped with the finest, most massive guns available... in the hands of the Imperium's vilest enemies, who twist and subvert that which is good and right, wreaking destruction upon the righteous. In a word: HERESY.
Specter 26th May 2015, 2:14 PM edit delete reply
Gallow: "No, not Indigo, anypony but her. Please!"

*Small story of course; Gallow was our best (and only) fighter who also had also multi-classed into gunslinger as well. Indigo was our "rich-mare-from-Canterlot" who went for the rogue class and went completely insane whenever she saw something worth more then 10,000 gold (including gold in that quantity).

So one day, they were caught by our (at the time) rivals and stranded on an island. Most of the players thought we were going to find them in a rather "awkward position" later, which was true, but not in that sense (thankfully). They found a stash of ale and Gallow went on a drinking spree (he failed against his flaw), while Indigo came up with a way off the island (turns out they wanted to go for a Pirates of the Caribbean path).

Next day, after Gallow has drunk himself to unconsciousness, Indigo lit the ale up and hoped for the best. Later when they were saved, and Gallow came to, he found out Indigo burned about 5,000 gold worth of drink... yeah, Gallow will forever not want to go shopping with Indigo for supplies.
ANW 26th May 2015, 7:46 PM edit delete reply
OK, it dealt with another player, so not sure if it will count or not.
I'll come back to you later, with an honest answer.
Mykin 26th May 2015, 7:25 PM edit delete reply

Between nearly being eaten alive by a roper, actually been eaten and then spat out by a shambling mound, and watching a friend get grabbed by a kraken, my cleric has been traumatised by anything with tentacles. However, his natural response is to rain holy fire upon it until it turns into ash or he realizes that everyone is about to abandon him if he doesn't start running.

Anime Japan would be a bad place for my cleric to end up in.
ANW 26th May 2015, 7:48 PM edit delete reply
Ouch, PTSD at its finest.
So far I think your in the lead, but we have until Tuesday, so we'll see.
Disloyal Subject 26th May 2015, 10:21 PM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
That sounds like a rational response to one's fears. And a rational fear, come to think of it.
XanatosDrake 26th May 2015, 8:08 PM edit delete reply
I added a bit of xanth lore into my world in the form of the love spring. For those that dont know they force anything that comes into contact with the water is forced to mate with the first thing that it sees of the opposite gender giving rise to new cross breeds. enter my new creature. a giant spider crossed with a giant moth. think great moth from yugioh. then give it a paralyzing poison in its attacks. and add the fact that the pollen on its wings is flammable and if it ignites all at once..... well that happened in a canyon. fireball up the canyon plus a secondary rock slide due to the explosion. they say oh shnap whenever they hear the wingbeats of my killer butterflies!!!
ANW 27th May 2015, 8:14 AM edit delete reply
"Kill it! Kill it with fire!"
Another one comes a few days later.
"Kill it! Strike it with lighting!"
FanOfMostEverything 26th May 2015, 10:09 AM edit delete reply
I'm honestly kind of surprised that
Commander Hurricane would have a subterranean. Burying pegasi feels odd to me. Of course, given the tomb's effects, it's possible that it was meant as a raised middle pinion to earth ponies everywhere.
Digo 26th May 2015, 1:24 PM edit delete reply
Perhaps Hurricane's discontent is because he was improperly buried via earth pony methods and not pegasi methods?
Philadelphus 26th May 2015, 10:53 AM edit delete reply
"It's been a long-standing tradition not to name real names or even say what gender the DM is. Explicitly."

As in, "Shamus Young did it with DM of the Rings, and pretty much every campaign comic since has adhered to the formula." It's interesting to see how many design elements from DM of the Rings (as the type specimen for the genre) have been copied and used in later campaign comics.
Winged Cat 26th May 2015, 8:21 PM edit delete reply
Traditions have to start somewhere. One of the unique things about this age is that starts of many proud traditions can be recent enough to be within living memory - or at least discoverable with commonly available archaeology.
Raxon 26th May 2015, 11:25 AM edit delete reply
This is a clear violation of the Occult Safety in Haunting Act. Intentionally impairing the ability of the living to function is a punushable offense.

It would appear our only option is to perform a sueance.
Silentking 26th May 2015, 12:31 PM edit delete reply
Don't you mean seance?
Raxon 26th May 2015, 12:44 PM edit delete reply
albedoequals1 26th May 2015, 12:47 PM edit delete reply
No, he means a suance, as in major new suance :P
Digo 26th May 2015, 1:25 PM edit delete reply
Haha, good one. :3
Toric 26th May 2015, 1:25 PM edit delete reply
That specter doesn't stand A GHOST OF A CHANCE!
Specter 26th May 2015, 1:57 PM edit delete reply
How is it that I decide to check this comic within 30 mins. of someone mentioning my name?

Either way, I have no problems with phantoms, ghosts, or those of ethereal properties... but I am terrified of the monsters that are of aquatic origins.
Raxon 26th May 2015, 2:51 PM edit delete reply
It's not the deep sea creatures you need to worry about. It's the land creatures. The deadliest creatures in the world tend to be the length of your thumb, and often like hiding in dark, tight places, like your shoes.
Toric 26th May 2015, 7:14 PM edit delete reply
I don't know man. It's true we're more likely to run into those creatures being land-walkers ourselves, but I find nasties like the Rainbow Shrimp and the lethal brands of jellyfish more Objectively terrifying. I'm much less likely to run into one, but they nonetheless hold fairly high positions on the list of creatures I never want to encounter. Of course, I suppose I'm afraid enough of the deep sea itself that I'll probably never put myself in a position to encounter them and instead fall prey to one of your tiny land terrors. Yay.
Raxon 26th May 2015, 9:46 PM edit delete reply
Fair enough. I suppose the fact I have kept venomous species as pets, and the fact that tornados are more of an irritation than an urgent "OH CRAP I'M GONNA DIE!" situation probably says a lot about how jaded I am to lethal threats.
Specter 26th May 2015, 10:19 PM edit delete reply
I wouldn't see that as "jaded", I see that as things you are and are not prepared to face. You, Tiny things that are good a stealth and hold enough poison/venom to kill you. Me, things that I could not fight because of hampered movement (i.e. not land). It's all a matter of perspective.
Raxon 27th May 2015, 4:36 AM edit delete reply
Eh. I used to keep said tiny, venomous things as pets. Ah, Hillary, she lived a long, respectable life, feeding on the little things I dropped into her enclosure.

Honestly? What scares me is public speaking, not some animal that can bleed, or some natural disaster that, quite frankly, isn't worth worrying about, because the odds of being hurt in one are low, but the chances of being hurt and surviving are worse. I have no control over what nature does, so there's no point in fretting.

On the other hand, I have full control over myself, so worrying about what I say in public seems a much more valid concern than a tornado that either will or won't kill me, or a scorpion waiting under a rock.

But I understand your logic, and it seems reasonable. It's all about control.
Disloyal Subject 26th May 2015, 10:56 PM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
Well, if one's at a depth to encounter deep sea critters, they're bound to have protection to avoid being crushed by the water pressure. I'd imagine most ways of surviving that deep wouldn't be particularly vulnerable to wildlife, even the amazing stuff that lives down there. It's too bad keeping a mantis shrimp as a pet is so risky...
Mykin 26th May 2015, 6:38 PM edit delete reply
Mykin I really want to dig up my ancient twitter account just so I can follow you and actually have a reason to have a twitter account again despite knowing that I will never use it for anything important?...Eh, sure. Why not?

I also love the DM's response to Fluttershy's question by outright ignoring it. I've witness that happen a couple of times and I never understood the logic behind closing the door and hoping the effects somehow resolve themselves instead of getting worse. I mean if ponies are already feeling the effects of this while the door was still closed and buried, what makes anyone think it will just go away if one was to re-close the door now? Might as well get in there now while you can still do something about it and fix it.

Then again, if I was evil, I'd say the only reason Fluttershy would say this is because she secretly likes the idea of being stronger and healthier than 1/3 of the pony population if this curse was to continue. But I'm not evil and she'd probably still be scared of them or even feel bad for the sickly earth ponies if that was her goal, so I doubt that ever entered her mind.
silvadel 26th May 2015, 6:42 PM edit delete reply
This makes me think of the ooze zomponies in Austraeoh(Odrsjot) at where Hurricane died. Be careful down there.