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5th Sep 2015, 6:00 AM in Intermission 6
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The Dream Job, Part 4
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Newbiespud 5th Sep 2015, 6:00 AM edit delete
No Mawlers Take Manehattan this week again, because 1) hellcold and 2) The Phantom Pain. But that should be mostly cleared up about now (the cold, that is; I'm still playing and probably streaming MGS5). It's great that I'm getting better, though, because I get antsy when I feel like I'm not being productive enough. It's why I have way more projects going on at once than I can reasonably maintain.

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FanOfMostEverything 5th Sep 2015, 6:22 AM edit delete reply
I appear to be first. In that case, story time: Tell of a time when rocks fell as an essential part of the party's plan. Not necessarily moon-sized rocks, but rocks.
Digo 5th Sep 2015, 6:45 AM edit delete reply
There was a D&D adventure where the PCs led the battle plans on the defense of a castle. Dropping boulders and boiling oil was part of the plan when the invaders brought ladders.

Does that count?
Greenhornet 5th Sep 2015, 9:04 AM edit delete reply
I once watched a game played where the party was scoping out a stronghold for an attack. They were not being stealthy about it, one player even took time to taunt the enemy. The DM then had the defenders fire a catapult at him with a PERFECT dice roll.
The player got squished like in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Hilarity ensued.
Digo 5th Sep 2015, 9:43 AM edit delete reply
Well, can't say he didn't earn that one. :D
Raxon 5th Sep 2015, 10:43 AM edit delete reply
Not a story, per se, but I have been chewing on an idea for a character for a while. A high level magic user, preferably a planar mage. Toss in a few levels of hunter, and you have a guy that can set up a deadfall trap make up of the moon, the ethereal plane, and the abyss.
Winged Cat 5th Sep 2015, 1:11 PM edit delete reply
Not quite rocks that fell, but something that fell upon rocks.

This one time, the party was fighting a golem at the bottom of the main shaft of a temporarily extinct volcano. (Long story. Short version: a planetary cannon crafted to shoot away an incoming moon.) They were getting mauled by the boss, when they heard a whistling sound, slowly growing louder.

The party had a large robot chocobo they had been riding. They'd left it outside, but it wanted to join them. The only tunnel large enough for it was the volcano's main shaft, so down it jumped.

It landed on the golem, not quite defeating it but putting it in a world of hurt. The party was easily able to mop up the rest.
Digo 5th Sep 2015, 1:56 PM edit delete reply
Death Chicken From Above.
Disloyal Subject 5th Sep 2015, 11:22 PM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
Give us time; eventually we'll find a Chaos Lord in Terminator Armour and push him down the tallest flight of stairs we can find.

In the last campaign, we did provide targeting information that the Inquisition used to drop a derelict space station on a Hive City. The shockwave was cataclysmic, and killed the half of OUR army that weren't fortunate enough to be standing next to shield generators.
I do not like the Inquisition.
reynard61 6th Sep 2015, 12:57 AM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject 6th Sep 2015, 6:24 PM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
Inquisitors generally don't expect to be summarily executed on the spot for intoxication on the job, either.
Torquelift 5th Sep 2015, 4:56 PM edit delete reply
I had a group of bad guys set up shop in a cave, with an orc on watch just inside the entrance. One PC lured him out, and the others dropped a big rock on him. It was messy.
The Hittite 5th Sep 2015, 7:11 PM edit delete reply
I remember hearing a story (might have been here, might have been elsewhere) about a party climbing a cliff to escape a rock golem. One player fails an athletic check and falls directly on the golem, turns out he was high enough that him landing on it was enough damage to kill it. DM said, "You fall, rocks die."
Disloyal Subject 5th Sep 2015, 11:24 PM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
That one was here; I remember it. Pretty syre reading that is what made me start posting.
Someone 6th Sep 2015, 2:23 AM edit delete reply
Does a metric butt ton of clay count as rocks?
Luminous Lead 6th Sep 2015, 2:46 PM The psion who jumped up a man and fell down a mountain edit delete reply
The Psion gets a power at level 7 called Metamorphosis that lets you tranform into a creature with many restrictions.

Alternately, it lets you turn into an inanimate object with almost NO restrictions, including to specify size. So you could jump off a ledge above your enemy, and literally transform into the moon to crush them to death, provided it was a moon with Hardness less than or equal to 15.

I never thought to try this in game when I had the chance but...
Cowabunga, dude.
Digo 5th Sep 2015, 6:42 AM edit delete reply
I about died at AJ's inventory comment for the space program. Haha, Spud this page is comedy gold. That last panel perfectly executes a lampshading joke.
Guest 5th Sep 2015, 6:51 AM edit delete reply
"...and other sciency stuff", asked the flying pony.
Venseyness 5th Sep 2015, 7:23 AM Sciency stuff edit delete reply
One word: Magic.
As someone who takes an enjoyment in astronomy and physics, I can tell you that if gravity worked right in this world canterlot would have crumbled centuries ago.
Archeo Lumiere 5th Sep 2015, 11:02 AM edit delete reply
Magical re-enforcement, also, probably an indecent amount of internal structure support.
ANW 5th Sep 2015, 7:35 AM edit delete reply
Celestia's and Luna's auras are the sun and moon.
Brickman 5th Sep 2015, 8:36 AM edit delete reply
Just how light is the moon that seven ponies and a baby dragon can win a tug-of-war with it? Or make that six ponies, since Pinkie's not pulling.
Thud 5th Sep 2015, 8:43 AM edit delete reply
I bet Sunbutt, and Moonbutt, are taking care of the mass issues.
terrycloth 5th Sep 2015, 9:39 AM edit delete reply
That's almost explicit? Luna's straining on a spell but the only thing glowing other than the rope (which is purely Celestia's color) is the moon itself.
Digo 5th Sep 2015, 9:48 AM edit delete reply
This comic raises a bigger issue (err, pun not intended) about the moon. Look at panel 5.

From the planet-side when Luna raises the moon it just rises up from the horizon. But this panel indicates it is a large body in orbit around the planet. So when Luna moves it, does she rotate the moon to the far side of the planet?

And we don't see the sun, so it's likely farther. Being a brighter object it is probably bigger too. If it is like a dwarf-star size, what exactly happens when Celestia raises and lowers it? Is she actually moving a small star through space or...?

This is why this comic arc bugs me so much! :D

Borg 5th Sep 2015, 10:11 AM edit delete reply
If there's one thing I learned from the great Sir Pratchett, it's that magic steps in when science isn't watching and does things that science strongly disapproves of, and then science returns the favor.

The science moon and the magic moon are very contradictory, but the observed moon is both of them at the same time and exhibits at any time a mix of properties of each depending on what magic is being applied to it. Consistency is only an illusion that can result from not looking closely enough.
Guest 15th Sep 2015, 6:36 PM edit delete reply
What happens is that it's a television show, for children, and doesn't have to follow rules.
Specter 5th Sep 2015, 9:51 AM edit delete reply
That's nothing, I've seen the moon pull itself down... it did not end well for our party.

@terrycloth: If that's true, then what's Twilight doing?
Winged Cat 5th Sep 2015, 1:05 PM edit delete reply
Twilight's pulling on the rope, or boosting her friends, maybe. Nothing is glowing in Twilight's color, so it's not obvious what she's doing.

That said, the ponies pulling looks like a catalyst, that the Princesses are amplifying greatly.
j-eagle12212012 5th Sep 2015, 4:29 PM edit delete reply
Simplest answer is Magic
Seanpony Renaud 5th Sep 2015, 8:53 AM Interestingly Enough edit delete reply

Oh by the by all the evidence we have on Equestria suggests their sun and moon are much smaller than ours and much closer. Clearly the sun revolves around Equstria, Celestia/Luna(and once Twlight) literally lift and lower it. Also Rarity flew too close and her wings burned. In real life as you get higher in Earth's Atmosphere you don't get appreciably closer to the sun. What you do is get to where the atmosphere is thinner and holds less heat. If anything her wings should have frozen solid and shattered but they didn't.

It's still crazy they can pull it in but that moon is much smaller than Earths according to all the given evidence.

Digo 5th Sep 2015, 9:50 AM edit delete reply
When they're actually on the moon, it looks really large, like near the size of Earth's moon.
you know that guy 5th Sep 2015, 2:11 PM edit delete reply
Up where the atmosphere is thin, there wouldn't be enough air molecules to drain the heat away from Rarity's wings, let alone ones that are cold.
Zeeth 5th Sep 2015, 5:01 PM edit delete reply
That's where radiative heat transfer comes into play. Conductive moves energy from one thing directly to another, convective moves it by indirect transfer through other molecules in motion, and radiative is directly releasing that energy (mostly through infrared photons).
Other Guest 5th Sep 2015, 10:20 AM edit delete reply
Don't pull too hard or... *rock falls, everybody dies*
Guest 5th Sep 2015, 1:22 PM edit delete reply
not sure if it counts, but here it goes...
I was in a BESM d20 game that was a space opera setting, and we started out as lowly guards for a mining convoy that was run by an evil megacorp (aren't they all). The problem was that the planet that was being mined was unstable, and overmining was causing it to break apart. While we were trying to get the last of the miners into the transport away from the planet, we ended up getting zapped by an ancient device that was hidden in the core of the planet, which lead to us finding 2 members of the precursor race that created humans, and becoming insanely rich. So we quit our jobs working for the corporation and went into business for ourselves.

this, as you can imagine made our, now former, bosses very unhappy. So they decided we had to die. Especially once they found out that we had all been granted super powers by our exposure to the ancient technology. They wanted the tech, they figured we knew where it was (we didn't), they knew the aliens (remarkably human looking aliens) knew where it was (they forgot over the millions of years being sealed away from the rest of the universe). Any time they cornered us and asked us where the tech was, we told them the truth. They never believed us.

So we started our own planetary mining company, that would reduce a planet to metal, rocks, water, and biological matter sorted into nice neat organized groups. This got the megacorp's attention, so they would come along, buy the planet from us, and then we would buy the component parts of the planet that weren't alien tech (and we still made money off the deal).

What did we do with the bits of planet? We built a Ringworld. To distract the evil megacorp from our real goal.
That's how rich we were.
in the end we succeeded in driving the evil megacorp out of business, bought the company, and fired most of the board.
(we also turned the space pirates (lead by a captain ersatz of Don Karnage from the Disney cartoon TailSpin) into the space police.
grtgfbll 5th Sep 2015, 2:47 PM edit delete reply
Karnage as a Space Cop? I'd pay good money to see that, especially of he was a good (though not necessarily nice) one!
Alex Warlorn 5th Sep 2015, 5:03 PM by the love of everything edit delete reply
By the love of everything, DID YOU HAVE TO do an adaption of the "Luna wasn't evil! She was just possessed by an alien parasite!" :-(
Silvadel 5th Sep 2015, 6:59 PM edit delete reply
One thing that has bothered me about the last couple of seasons is how stupid they have made Rainbow Dash. She was a lot smarter in season 3. I would figure she would know what she said here, but as of season 5 it seems very unlikely unfortunately.
Disloyal Subject 5th Sep 2015, 11:20 PM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
I... What?
This actually happened in the comic?
It's just... seriously, WHAT?!
Wellwater 5th Sep 2015, 11:38 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, that's what I said!
Super Kami Guru 6th Sep 2015, 2:22 AM edit delete reply
So what if it breaks the laws of physics? Its good story telling. Now where did I leave that popcorn....
Ishidan 7th Sep 2015, 10:34 PM Rocks fall edit delete reply
And from this moment on, the GM found he could never use the tried and true "rocks fall everybody dies" tactic.
Mykin 8th Sep 2015, 1:25 AM edit delete reply
Moon falls, everyone dies....Wait.
HalflingPony 30th May 2022, 10:59 AM edit delete reply
Where's George Bailey when you need him?

(Seriously, almost seven years without an It's a Wonderful Life joke? I'm disappointed in y'all.

...but mostly myself, 'cause I read this years ago and I didn't make one either.)