Page 66 - The Worst Possible Thing

7th Jan 2012, 5:00 AM in Friendship is Magic, Part 2
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The Worst Possible Thing
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Newbiespud 7th Jan 2012, 5:00 AM edit delete
Out of all the things Nightmare Moon could've done to impede the heroes' progress, why attack a mustache?

I imagine the scene went thusly: Nightmare Moon came across the river as she raced ahead and thought it'd make for an insurmountable obstacle if properly prepared. All she'd need to do is rile up the local sea serpent (it's a wild river in the Everfree Forest; a sea serpent being present is a reasonable assumption to make). It wouldn't be difficult - she'd already done something similar with a manticore, and an aggressive sea serpent would be even more dangerous.

In short order, she finds the sea serpent of the river and whisks past him sharply, only knocking off a few hairs to get his attention. It definitely takes notice. She gets ready to attack again to further agitate the creature... when it breaks down into tears, lamenting the loss of its mustache. He throws such a fit, such great heaving sobs and tantrums, that the river is made almost impossible to cross by his thrashing.

Not what she expected at all, but... mission accomplished, one way or another. With time being of the essence, she moves on and leaves the serpent be.

And that's how Steven Magnet got his mustache chopped off.

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Ranubis 7th Jan 2012, 5:07 AM edit delete reply
NMM: "... Well, while not exactly what I intended, it does seem to be keeping those ponies from crossing, so... I guess I win?

Ah well, at least they shouldn't be able to get past this. I mean really, unless one of them knows some sort of spell to grow mustaches, then I don't see how they can catch up..."
kriss1989 7th Jan 2012, 10:11 PM kriss1989 edit delete reply
And thus Twilight resolved to learn a mustache growing spell in case this ever comes up again, cause she's Batmare and if given time to prepare she can solve any problem. Let's look at two examples shall we?

Damaged Mustache which she wasn't expecting: Has no idea what to do.

Reads a book on Ursa Minor out of curiosity: Wins in less than 3 minutes.
Sparky 8th Jan 2012, 5:13 AM edit delete reply
Not Batmare, Mare-do-well!
Batmare 9th Jan 2012, 8:05 PM edit delete reply
I am friendship... I am the knight... I! AM! BATMARE!

(Ba-nanana-nananana BAT-MARE!)
Shikome Kido Mi 9th Jan 2012, 10:23 PM edit delete reply
"When there's trouble, you
Call MW."

Actually, given how eccentric the main characters are, Darkwing Duck really did make a better analogy.
kriss1989 13th Jan 2012, 4:36 AM kriss1989 edit delete reply
....that is so true. It even has the purple hat!
Digo 7th Jan 2012, 6:20 AM edit delete reply
By the look of Fluttershy's hair, I guess she made her Reflex save. :)
kriss1989 7th Jan 2012, 10:12 PM kriss1989 edit delete reply
In 4e Reflex is a static defense like AC, so it missed her Reflex defense. Same effect, different mechanic.
MirrorImage 7th Jan 2012, 8:15 AM edit delete reply
I don't think she knew it at the time, I think she was just learning it in Boast Busters. For that matter, (Fridge Logic) she's probably learning that spell specifically BECAUSE of this incident here.
Squeejee 7th Jan 2012, 8:15 AM edit delete reply
I always assumed that the reason Twi learned #25 in the first place was because this happened - I mean, why else would you learn how to grow facial hair if not to appease the local sea serpent, right?
Squeejee 7th Jan 2012, 8:16 AM edit delete reply
EDIT: Ninjas!
Colin 8th Jan 2012, 2:29 PM edit delete reply
I envision Twi's player being indignant at the thought of the rogue having a spell/ritual she couldn't cast yet and taking it later on, only for it to become useful much, much later. :-)
Guest 7th Jan 2012, 8:46 AM edit delete reply
An insight check into one's gender? That happen often in D&D? XD
Torg 7th Jan 2012, 8:49 AM edit delete reply
I'd've thought it would be a Spot check.
Azureink 7th Jan 2012, 11:09 AM edit delete reply
Spot, Listen, and Search from 3/3.5e were rolled together in 4e as Perception.
Akouma 7th Jan 2012, 5:40 PM edit delete reply
I don't think the Insight was to find gender (that would be Perception easily), but to discern without having to ask why he was crying. Insight is basically Sense Motive from 3.5, so it's used to determine if someone is lying or their motivations for their actions. The reason "sir" was emphasized the second time around was because she failed the roll hard, and wanted to "get his attention" better to get an answer.

Or at least, that's what I think is goin' on.
PikalaxALT 7th Jan 2012, 9:54 PM edit delete reply
Or maybe she decided not to roll because she didn't trust the dice.
popsicopilis13 24th Jul 2013, 10:51 AM edit delete reply
Wynni 7th Jan 2012, 10:13 AM Forum Momma edit delete reply
Well, he's a reptile. Reptiles generally don't flaunt their gender the way most mammals do, unless there's some major dimorphism in gender.
Izandai 7th Jan 2012, 12:30 PM edit delete reply
What your post made me think.

RD: Ugh, we don't have time for this! This stupid lizard is holding us up!
Fluttershy: He's a serpent.

Twilight: Wait, why do I have to make Perception to figure out what gender it is?
RD: Well it IS a reptile.
TimberWolf5871 7th Jan 2012, 10:20 AM edit delete reply
I just realized something. That scene was the first time we got to see Pinkamina!
Fluttercruel 7th Jan 2012, 11:30 AM HA ha edit delete reply
That's not Pinkamina. That's wet Pinkypie! You know what's clueless and wet? YOUR FACE!
legomaster00156 7th Jan 2012, 4:26 PM edit delete reply
Correction: the Pinkamena design. Not Pinkamena herself.
kriss1989 7th Jan 2012, 10:14 PM kriss1989 edit delete reply
Are you sure? That glare looks pretty Pinkemena...
modulusshift 9th Jan 2012, 3:06 PM edit delete reply
Not even the Pinkamena design. Not straight haired, wet haired. I'm happy the animators cared enough to differentiate. It's all wet and clingy, not just having all of the puff taken out of it. Pinkamena's hair is flat edged at the bottom, this is pointy.
CharginChuck 7th Jan 2012, 10:28 AM edit delete reply
The wet mane thing goes all the way back to the beginning.

And I would think the gender should be kind of obvious because, you know, mustache.
Classic Steve 7th Jan 2012, 2:56 PM edit delete reply
Women can grow hair on their upper lips, but unless sea serpent culture is very different, they don't take pride in it.
Chakat Firepaw 9th Jan 2012, 7:14 AM edit delete reply
The first step in courting a dwarven maiden, either in the mines or on the big city streets of Ankh-Morpork, is ascertaining that she is, in fact, female.
The Mask 9th Jan 2012, 1:46 PM edit delete reply
Also important is ensuring that it is not Nobby in a dress. Believe me, this happens more than you may think.
Gden 7th Jan 2012, 10:40 AM edit delete reply
Fluttershy's mane is immune to water.
DS 7th Jan 2012, 11:25 AM edit delete reply
Fluttershy's hair isn't immune to water - her hair lost the curls at the end.
NekoLLX 7th Jan 2012, 12:06 PM edit delete reply
and Twi obviously uses gel/magic to keepthe hair up because when whet it covers her eyes
Guest 7th Jan 2012, 2:01 PM edit delete reply
Anybody up for a pony game through infrno? Game doesn't look like it's happened yet.
banjo2E 7th Jan 2012, 2:12 PM edit delete reply
So, is Rarity going to make a Profession check here?
legomaster00156 7th Jan 2012, 4:27 PM edit delete reply
4e. No Profession skill.
Akouma 7th Jan 2012, 5:50 PM edit delete reply
If there WAS one, it'd smooth out 90% of the problems 4e's skill system has, since cutting so many 3.5 skills left noticeable gaps in the usefulness of skills. As a DM, when one of my players ask "What should I roll?" and I've got no clue and have to tell them to roll a flat STR/DEX/INT check, there's a problem.
daemosblack 7th Jan 2012, 6:06 PM edit delete reply
Can you give an example of that situation? cause many times there is a not so obvious way one of the 4e skills covers the action.
daemosblack 7th Jan 2012, 6:14 PM edit delete reply
while im waiting Ill give one example, Profession: Sailor - think on why a character would use that skill. the most likely answers are either A: using rigging on a ship or B: safely maneuvering on said ship. in 4e both of those can be covered by skills in the list. A by Thievery (which covers everything that requires fine motor skill) and B by Acrobatics
Guest 7th Jan 2012, 7:38 PM edit delete reply
Performing is one. There is no Perform skill in 4E, and nothing else that would really work for some type of musical performance.
Akouma 7th Jan 2012, 8:43 PM edit delete reply
Although it's a pretty bad fit, I use Diplomacy where Perform would go since they're not *too* dissimilar.

Profession: Sailor is actually a better example of a skill that would fill in some gaps, actually. Since rigging a ship is a difficult task, and sure Thievery *could* be used for tying the ropes, but maintaining the ship and operating the many moving parts is not something a trained Thief would necessarily be good at.

It's not so much that Profession itself would be a blanket fix for all the gaps in skill usage, but that every character being able to train a profession would mean that you don't have to fudge it quite as often. The problem isn't Profession itself, it's that SO many skills got dropped when making 4e that it creates gaps you don't really foresee until you actually run into them.
Linden 7th Jan 2012, 3:57 PM edit delete reply
Because I enjoy this comic so much, I plugged it on my comic's facebook. ^___^
Kyronea 7th Jan 2012, 11:17 PM edit delete reply
I dunno, I kinda thought Applejack's was the weakest of the Mane Six's Element scenes, not Rarity's. While Rarity's isn't all that strong either, relatively speaking(Pinkie Pie dominated with her song, of course) it's still a good demonstration of the concept.

Of course, they were limited by the air be frank I think they easily could have made several episodes for each of the Mane Six demonstrating their Element, if they had been able to take the time to do so.
Akouma 8th Jan 2012, 2:10 AM edit delete reply
I have to agree. I really don't think that Applejack's "element moment" really has anything to do with honesty. Rarity at least did something generous, even if it makes almost no sense in hindsight, while Applejack just told the truth, which while it's something you'd expect of someone who embodies honesty it's also something you'd expect of anyone in any situation except one where lying is beneficial.
Kuro Fox 8th Jan 2012, 2:18 AM edit delete reply
Applejack generally gets the short end of the stick out of the main cast.
kriss1989 8th Jan 2012, 8:39 AM kriss1989 edit delete reply
Well I don't think she gets the short end of the stick. Sure she can't fly, do magic, and has money problems, but she has a large family. In her season one episode...she became sleep deprived and needed help. OK, bad example. But in her next episode.....oh wait. Well that race...she tied for last place and Twilight got 5th...dang I think Faust hated AJ or something.
Guest 8th Jan 2012, 11:02 AM edit delete reply
Applejack has plenty of great scenes and lines.

She doesn't have an episode all of her own, but she's had 1/2 or 1/3 of some of the best episodes of the whole show.
Pav Feira 9th Jan 2012, 9:47 PM edit delete reply
Shikome Kido Mi 9th Jan 2012, 10:40 PM edit delete reply
Also relevant:

But I only kid. I think part of the problem with Applejack's definition as "Honest" and Rainbow Jack's definition as "Loyal" (when really she's honest and straightforward to the point of sometimes being offensive) was that I'm not certain they had the characters entirely worked out yet as of the first episode or possibly they just grew organically away from those original plans. This happens to series sometimes and as long as the growth is an improvement and not too abrupt it presents no real problem. Not that Applejack isn't honest and Rainbowdash isn't Loyal, I just probably would have switched them judging by their later actions.
Nezumi 23rd Feb 2012, 8:39 PM edit delete reply
I wouldn't have, and I'm not sure why so many people would. Rainbow dash is blunt and truthful... but she's also shown as being willing to lie, cheat, and manipulate to avoid losing or embarrassing herself. None of this is honest

Applejack is mostly dependable and eager to help out... but when push comes to shove, she just isn't genuinely loyal -- when it comes down to it, she'll put her own pride before her obligations to others, as in "Applebuck Season" or "The Last Roundup."

Meanwhile, Applejack is consistently honest in her dealings and habits. She rarely outright lies, and always tries to treat other ponies fairly.

As well, Rainbow Dash will not abandon her friends given the choice. In the abovementioned Last Roundup, she's the first of the ponies to suggest finding Applejack, and the most insistent on getting her to come back no matter what -- even when given the choice between rescuing Pinkie Pie and Rarity and pursuing Applejack, she makes the truly loyal choice to continue the pursuit. They knew what they were getting into, and they would have been lost for nothing if Applejack managed to escape. Her leaving Gilda is also very loyal -- she's willing to stick with her true friends, even if it means turning away from someone she knew for a long time and considered a friend, and who she definitely considered cooler than her pony friends. Loyalty is earned, and the other ponies had earned Rainbow Dash's loyalty, while Gilda had proved herself unworthy of it with her mean-spirited behavior and insistence that Rainbow Dash choose between Gilda or her other friends.
Robert 8th Jan 2012, 1:20 AM edit delete reply
Rarity? DRAG her tail on the ground? Are you loco in the coco?
HalfTangible 8th Jan 2012, 10:51 AM edit delete reply
I cannot WAIT to see how Rainbow will react to this...
MirrorImage 8th Jan 2012, 3:03 PM edit delete reply
Honesty means "telling the truth" only in the most basic sense of the word. Webster identifies it as "straightforward of conduct," so it's more of a "doing the right/logical thing." In the cliff scene, knowing that the "right" answer was for Twilight to fall and be caught demonstrates the honesty.
Goblin Scribe 8th Jan 2012, 3:36 PM edit delete reply
Just finished reading through. Very nice so far! It's an original approach, and it's all quite well-done. Keep it up!
leafia6 9th Jan 2012, 3:56 AM edit delete reply
Okay, I could see this wet Rarity as something to dislike. Wet Rarity in The Sisterhooves Special, however...
Azureink 9th Jan 2012, 2:14 PM edit delete reply
That was because she was fashionably wet in Sisterhood Social.
Shikome Kido Mi 9th Jan 2012, 10:21 PM edit delete reply
...Of course the "Friendship is Witchcraft" version of this scene makes a lot more sense for a rogue who values her appearance. Especially considering the new mustache didn't even match.
Maxime 7th May 2017, 8:31 AM Ugh edit delete reply
I come from many years in the future to say the punchline here is pretty gross. "This guy cares about his appearance therefore 'he' must actually be a 'she'" ba-dump tish. You're better than this, and so's AJ, RPG character or not.