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Newbiespud 11th Aug 2015, 6:00 AM edit delete
Author: Digo

Guest Author's Note: Some characters are jokers, while others are serious professionals. However, they often have to work together to get the job done. Name a time two characters with nothing in common actually managed to work well as a team to accomplish an important task.

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ANW 11th Aug 2015, 6:02 AM edit delete reply
I'm not sure why I haven't did this one yet.
Male or female?
aylatrigger 11th Aug 2015, 6:24 AM edit delete reply
For who we are? Female.
Preferred gender? Male.
Gender to play as? Random, generally with a die. Unless a specific character idea calls for a specific gender. My best example of my recent characters for that would be El Bigote Blanco, my mustache luchador (white-haired witch/tetori monk).
Specter 11th Aug 2015, 6:17 AM edit delete reply
Well, Switch seems nice. I somehow get the feeling that banditory was a previous line of work. As for the quetiosn.

Serious: Dragonborn, previous law-enforcement and current 'professional' driver.

Joker: Gnome, shiney finder and all-time brothel searcher.
Digo 11th Aug 2015, 6:30 AM edit delete reply
I was dwarf cleric of Moradin, a bit of a drunkard at times (usually between the hours of 12 pm and 11:59 am), laid back about everything and I could find humor in most situations. She was an elven paladin of Correllon, upstanding model citizen, dependable, and bringer of order.

Normally the party would not leave the two of us alone in the same room. One time however, we were separated from the group and had to get a church congregation to stand down from attacking a group of kobolds seeking asylum.

We somehow managed to work that out together, through a combination of talking the church group down and beating up their leader (who was actually a drow in disguise). We still bickered like a married couple, but we got the job done and the kobolds managed to get to their destination. :3
DallyDaydream 11th Aug 2015, 7:12 AM edit delete reply
He's a straight-laced minotaur who fights for justice.

He's an immoral earth pony with a drug empire.

Together they fight (and cause) crime!
Disloyal Subject 11th Aug 2015, 9:25 AM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
Well, when a party includes a hilarious psychotic mechanical weasel with no sense of personal space and an (also psychotic) egotistical anthropomorphic shark with no concept of discretion, and the other 3 are... well, still psychotic, but very goal-oriented, you end up with the sane trying to capitalize on the chaos sown in the wake of their comrades.
Everything pretty much went up in flames.
Someone 12th Aug 2015, 12:38 PM edit delete reply
Somehow, I feel like this weasel is actually an Expy of a certain other Psychotic Robotic Weasel. But then again, there are no chances for that, since you westerners know nothing.
j-eagle12212012 11th Aug 2015, 9:42 AM edit delete reply
Oh I think your whole Dragon Mawlers inc fits this story time.

I'm on the eigth session and Flotsam is still my favorite of all the charecters
Digo 11th Aug 2015, 4:16 PM edit delete reply
Heh, what the Dragon Mawlers have in common is the efficient ability to destroy antagonists. ^^;
CrowMagnon 13th Aug 2015, 6:16 AM edit delete reply
And to punch the thing that will give way to progress!
GD 13th Aug 2015, 1:18 AM edit delete reply
You and me both, buddy.
Sham 11th Aug 2015, 8:02 AM edit delete reply
I ran a D&D 5 campaign for two friends of mine, who were a couple. She played a male warrior who was very concerned with doing the right thing and taking no risks, and he played a female rogue who wanted to lie and steal her way through all situations.

They did a great job balancing each other out throughout the entire campaign.
Digo 11th Aug 2015, 4:17 PM edit delete reply
Sounds like an interesting pair. :D
Kirby 11th Aug 2015, 8:14 AM edit delete reply
... Do they have to work together, or can my female human rogue just full on make a basic attack against the party member that expects a thank you after he opens her puzzle door seconds before she goes to open it, makes a snide comment about her abilities (because he got a ridiculously easy puzzle and I got a super complicated one), and then slapped her butt on the way out?
Disloyal Subject 11th Aug 2015, 9:18 AM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
Depends. Is something preventing you from making a Full Attack?
And, optionally, do you have nonlethal weapons on hand?
Kynrasian 11th Aug 2015, 9:26 AM edit delete reply
In answer to the story time: my character and our rogue, all the time. He was sneaky and I was about as subtle as using a gong for a doorbell.
Zontan 11th Aug 2015, 10:20 AM edit delete reply
I once played a Tiny chaotic pseudodragon whose general response to everyone that threatened his person was "kill it with fire" - regardless of whether the party was trying to negotiate or if they were already unconscious.

The party also contained a lawful good paladin who abhorred killing for any reason whatsoever, up to and including evil creatures that he had taken prisoner.

We didn't like each other and basically came to blows the first time we met.
Specter 11th Aug 2015, 10:43 AM edit delete reply
I can think of a lot of people who would agree full heartidly with your pseudodragon, and become fast friends.
Winged Cat 11th Aug 2015, 12:37 PM edit delete reply
I seem to often combine the two. More than one of my PCs has come off as a ditz at first glance, but when serious trouble looms - especially within their field of expertise - they're all business, even if they still seem like they're flailing their way through.

For instance, a pegasus mechanic seemed to be trying near-random and spontaneous ideas for several sessions in a row...which was somewhat true, because he was constantly thinking and adapting his plans in a sustained near-panic, keeping as cool a head as he was able to. Eventually he broke down and confessed at length to the party what he had been doing; his Plans A, B, and so on; and that his ultimate objective was to bring back his recently deceased father. Discovering said parent's corpse was what sent him into this state at the beginning of said several sessions. (He eventually succeeded, pulling Chrono-Trigger-like shenanigans on his past self. Fortunately, his plans did not need to wrap around the alphabet.)

Then there's my hacker PC, who was brought up in a Vulcan-like society but found herself too in tune with her emotions. (She also found herself with a talent for weapon design, in a society of pacifists.) She hugs, she chats, she cooks and cleans and generally domestics...until finally the other PCs found out she thought her homeland had assigned her to take care of them, so she has been doing everything she can to fulfill her "mission" and prove her worth. The party can tell she's in hard denial about something; they don't yet know that it's about having been exiled. Their adventures may eventually take her home, most likely while fleeing a certain small army (which respects no territorial bounds but is unwelcome in her homeland) so they have no choice but to hide out there.
Boris Carlot 11th Aug 2015, 1:27 PM edit delete reply
Someone mind explaining the averted innuendo to the slow folks? I can't figure out where that was going.
Masterweaver 11th Aug 2015, 3:38 PM edit delete reply
The state of being sexually aroused to the point of desiring immediate satisfaction is often referred to in short-hand language as being 'horny', this derived from the concept of having a hardened growth on a significant location of the body.
Digo 11th Aug 2015, 4:19 PM edit delete reply
Cannot not read this in Javolt's voice.
Specter 11th Aug 2015, 5:31 PM edit delete reply
Ishidan 12th Aug 2015, 1:14 AM Horny, baby edit delete reply
A person who is frequently in this state is colloquially known as a "horndog".
j-eagle12212012 12th Aug 2015, 10:34 AM edit delete reply

Also are the rest of the players for Fallout is Dragons following this webcomic?
I know DallyDaydream and Masterweaver are on here
GD 13th Aug 2015, 1:17 AM edit delete reply
Dinn here. I follow, but I'm rare to post.
(Usually some awful pun, rap battle, or at one point, actual campaign notes.
I need to get back on those when I'm not so busy.)
Someone 13th Aug 2015, 6:40 AM edit delete reply
So like, there are more of these, besides Rarity vs Fancy Pants one?
j-eagle12212012 13th Aug 2015, 8:38 AM edit delete reply
Ok let me see if I got this
Daly is Flotsam
Masterweaver is Dr Javolt
Spacejawa is tempered steel
Lapis is powder keg
Dinn is firelight? Or Xencarn?
Someone 13th Aug 2015, 8:55 AM edit delete reply
Dinn is their PR guy. Or was. Also, since session 16, plays Tibbs M.D, or Xencarn's Mint-Al dealer.
j-eagle12212012 13th Aug 2015, 1:33 PM edit delete reply
Oh ok I wouldn't know you yet I've Only listened up to session 10
Someone 14th Aug 2015, 4:02 AM edit delete reply
I'm pretty sure he had a guest appearance as... I think Scarlet Shawl in Session 6.
Boris Carlot 12th Aug 2015, 9:17 AM edit delete reply
Aww. I thought it was going to be something more clever/interesting.
Not You 22nd Mar 2019, 1:51 AM edit delete reply
"...and you're a eunuch."
Jarimor 11th Aug 2015, 4:05 PM edit delete reply
Does the human male cleric of Irori and the mature adult silver dragoness count?

oh and she had 8 dragonlings already and was having his kid.

gotta love that dragon birthday party booze time.
Digo 11th Aug 2015, 4:20 PM edit delete reply
Eight kids and still adventuring? That's a lot to balance. o.o
Akouma 11th Aug 2015, 5:43 PM edit delete reply
That was basically every interaction in my sister's nautical game with my chaotic good alchemist and my friend's lawful evil sorcerer. They were best bros despite being completely different.
Noctus Umbra 11th Aug 2015, 8:08 PM edit delete reply
My DM had us use the deadra from skyrim as our deities and I was a lawful good cleric of Meridia. One day my group asked me to start giving a sermon to the masses of the castle as a distraction so our thief could break into the king's armory, treasury, and throne room. Got some really nice gear from that sermon.
Mykin 11th Aug 2015, 8:13 PM edit delete reply
I could bring up my Spellthief, a batman expy, and his female sorceress companion who is bubbly, curious, and his complete opposite in too many ways to go over here. I could also bring up my cleric from DnD 5E, eternally cursed do-gooder working with an ever-changing party of self-obsessed jerks to change the world for the better. Also my loop-hole finding decker paired with our speed junkie elf who hates all other elves from my short Shadowrun game. My entire group from my oracle's Pathfinder game.

And by far the strangest group of randomly thrown together characters with nothing in common happens to be in the new dnd 3.5 Tuesday game. We have our tattooed Elven wizard of Boccob (who is slightly insane in this setting), who really doesn't care about anything but heaven help you should you break the law in front of her. Then we have our Neutral Evil Rogue/Swashbuckler, a noble who aspires to become an assassin because he likes randomly killing people for arbitrary reasons thank you very much. We also have our Lawful Evil Rogue/Fighter dominatrix who must always have a minion at her side (currently our aspiring assassin after she bailed him out for his rather stupid attempt at killing a foreman so he wouldn't have to pay the foreman for his work). Currently, she has sold her soul and became a champion to a blade containing the soul of a Lawful Evil god that is the source of the Big Bad Evil Army getting ready to destroy the world (said blade is ticked off that said army won't follow him and he wants revenge). Did I mention that she did this solely to resurrect our aspiring assassin after he got jumped by four thieves while he was trying to get the jump on someone else? Then there's my character, a Lawful Evil Warforged Dusk Blade (which, in this world, equates to a diamond soul gem powering a steampunk/clockwork-esque golem) who happens to contain the soul of a 150 year old knight from the tail end of a 1000 year war between the two main factions in this world (not that he can remember much of that time, really. Dying tends to do that to your memory). Loyal to a fault to those under his charge but completely lacking in mercy for those that cross him/get in his way.

All of these people are following a Neutral Good Cleric of Pelor, a friar who would really like it if the enemy would surrender before the rest of the group gets around to murdering them all in a torrent of blood. He also has had visions of how to stop the Big Bad Evil Army from wiping out every living thing from the face of the universe and has asked us all to help him out. Not a hundred percent sure how this group keeps working together as well as we have been, but I'm sure to be getting some interesting stories out of this in the weeks to come.
DracoS 11th Aug 2015, 11:36 PM edit delete reply
They're lucky; a GM I know in this situation likely would've required a single player to have both Science AND Arcana in order to hack a magical computer.
Someone 12th Aug 2015, 2:39 AM edit delete reply
That would actually make sense.
Edgewalker_001 12th Aug 2015, 4:18 AM edit delete reply
Hell, I'd have called the GM out on that if he allowed the hack using either skill, it's both or nothing. =p
JenBurdoo 12th Aug 2015, 9:00 AM edit delete reply
I know almost nothing about Fallout: Equestria, but I find it interesting that one of the characters has a firearm. What's a good form of the rules to become familiar with?
Digo 13th Aug 2015, 5:59 AM edit delete reply
Fun behind-the-scenes trivia: All three characters own firearms.

-Manco uses a sniper rifle
-Switch uses a sawed-off shotgun
-Doc uses a revolver (His isn't shown).

As for rules, I don't know which ones are best. I am slowly creating Pony races for D&D 5e. Once that's complete I might tackle a Fallout Equestria version of the system.
Super Kami Guru 12th Aug 2015, 7:33 PM edit delete reply
Ooh! Ooh! I have one! So I am currently playing through our current campaign as a 77 year old gnome summoner who's eidolon is essentially Nightmare Moon. I have been focusing more on being capable of using the magic based evolutions and the like as well as a mount, while I have been more focused on battlefield control and supporting my allies (Though for feats I've been going for the charge skill tree as well as dim. agility tree, =] ). Anyways, my guy is about as typical as you can get in a gnome: really loud, really obnoxious, and he doesn't stop talking...ever. This put hims annonying the party 90% of the time with the remaining 10% being combat. On occasion he's had bonding moments with the others, and deep down they all love him dearly. But he's still that crazy cousin that always manages to get you in trouble whenever he comes over. In particular he's at odds with our fighter, a 14 yr. old girl who's capable of wearing full plate and only stands only a foot taller than my gnome. There have been moments where I have annoyed her so much that we actually spent 20 min. roleplaying the fight trying to kill me while I just kept using dim. portal to get away. It was hilarious.

So long story short, by some miracle (or namely the DM) my character is at odds with the ENTIRE party, but when it gets down to it, he will happily charge into battle with you and do his best to keep you all alive.
Super Kami Guru 12th Aug 2015, 7:35 PM edit delete reply
PS. Sorry If I'm a terrible story teller ^_^'