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Newbiespud 16th Jun 2016, 6:00 AM edit delete
Quote-checking for this page caused me to come across the Wikipedia entry for Grace Hopper, which was a pretty darn interesting read. I'm not much for coding software myself (by which I mean I'm mediocre at C++), but give me some programmer history or biographies and I am hooked.

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ANW 16th Jun 2016, 6:09 AM edit delete reply
Story ideas are getting easy lately.
Failed pickpocket stories.
The funnier the better.
Frankly Frank 16th Jun 2016, 8:10 AM edit delete reply
It's not a pickpocket story, but it -does- revolve around thievery. Our bard decided to break into a library belonging to a suspicious member of a lodge we were staying at, so he could steal some ledgers and the like. When he heard the guy coming up the hall, he tried to escape out the open window, flubbed the roll, and ended up falling three storeys into a thorny bush, right in front of several lodge members. That was an awkward conversation afterwards.
Specter 16th Jun 2016, 9:04 AM edit delete reply
Group of five and are target was a USB in a roaming pony's pocket. Said pony was employed by the Crystal Empire as a counter hacker against the Solar and Midnight empires, she was a unicorn called Counter Spell (which was a cognate of what she was good at). The "star" of the story was a fellow member called Knapsack. He was a unicorn rogue assigned to pickpocket the target.

Naturally our simple job was complicated. There was a rival team who was also targeting her for the Solar Empire (ourselves employed by the Midnight Empire), the kicker was that they had no quarrels about assassinating her first before getting the USB, while we just wanted it without bloodshed. We knew about the planned hit way before they actually commenced with it, but we were unfortunately a group that didn't have the morals to go out of our way to save her either.

So the day we went to pickpocket her, was the same day the other team went out as well. After tailing her for a couple of days our decided it was best to get the USB at a intersection that gave him plenty of cover from the rival team and any possible passersby who might see him pocket our target. The section had a number of tracks for trollies to go back and forth, which gave our rogue such great cover. So mid way through, our rogue went in for the USB... one problem we didn't think of was that the trollies are computer operated so that they are never ahead of or behind schedule. The rival team knew this and hacked one of them to get to the section much sooner, and at a much greater speed.

So unknown to the rogue a trolley was gunning it down the street toward our target, and now him. The "saving" grace was that he had rolled a nat. 1 for both his sleight of hoof (which threw him off balance), and a nat. 1 for his balance check, and our target rolled well enough that she noticed the trolley instead of our rogue. So Knapsack dove forward into the Counter Spell, knocking both of them out of the way of the trolley. Counter believed Knapsack pushed her out of the way of the trolley, and considered him her savior. The escapade that ensued made our mission change from "Acquire a USB" to "Turn the counter hacker to our side". I don't know why, but the group I usually play with has a tendency to keep people as their own who we accidently save, especially if the person who saved them was treated to dinner and a date.

The rest of the team spent the days until Knapsack convinced Counter to change her allegiance making sure the other team didn't attempt another assassination.
Digo Dragon 16th Jun 2016, 10:11 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I once tried to reverse-pickpocket a bag of coke onto an enemy NPC and failed, thus getting caught. The NPC swiped the drugs from me and clocked me hard enough that I hit the floor.

Course, then he walked away with the drugs, which was kinda what I wanted to do just before calling the police with a crime tip.
Archone 16th Jun 2016, 11:20 PM edit delete reply
So did you still get to call the police with the crime tip?
Digo Dragon 17th Jun 2016, 10:43 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I did and the person got arrested. He tried to blame me for it, but I skipped town for a while, change up my identity. :3
Freelance 17th Jun 2016, 6:31 PM edit delete reply
So as Vaarsuvius would say, a qualified success?
Winged Cat 16th Jun 2016, 10:19 AM edit delete reply
Cursed small bag of holding, worn as a large pocket. Anyone reaching into it without the ring granting permission gets sucked into it.

Result: walk around a known thieves' den, kidnapping pickpocketers. Although, dumping them out later to be enthralled for life was probably disproportionate punishment.
Dragonflight 16th Jun 2016, 11:23 AM edit delete reply
In an ancient D&D game I was in, one of the players was a bit of a munchkin. Okay... Saying he's a bit of a munchkin is like saying the Atlantic Ocean is a little damp. He built a thief character with a half-orc blood brother, who basically followed around like a mindless puppy, and protected the thief. And the player used the half-orc barbarian thug to keep people away from him if he was caught stealing.

This seemed to work out fairly well, until one night in the campaign when we caught him stealing from the party. Immediately, he used the half-orc Barbarian to intimidate the party to leave the thief alone. And he did so fairly frequently after that.

In a related story, shortly after that, we were spelunking in an underground lair when the barbarian tried to take a minotaur trophy bust off the wall, and triggered a flesh-to-stone trap. The *moment* the barbarian was stone, the thief ran away from us at top speed, because he *knew* we were about to collect on what he owed us. The thief accidentally ran over a concealed pit trap, and dropped to his doom in a cavern below. No one tried to save him.

The player didn't stay in the game much longer than that. All because of a single blown pickpocket roll.
Guest 16th Jun 2016, 11:17 PM edit delete reply
This just happened last session. We were in a library magically enchanted to eject people who fought inside it and someone was inside taking all the rare books we needed to stop us from researching. So with very aggressively friendly hugs, being clumsy so he could 'trip', etc. a passive-aggression battle started up where nobody could directly attack but we were both trying to get the books we needed.
ANW 17th Jun 2016, 4:58 AM edit delete reply
That's not really a pickpocket story.
Digo Dragon 17th Jun 2016, 10:44 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Maybe they were... pocketbooks?
ANW 17th Jun 2016, 11:58 AM edit delete reply
D8 worth of raw damage for the bad pun.
Digo Dragon 16th Jun 2016, 6:13 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I'm more an aviation investigation buff. I like reading about incidents and figuring out causes alongside the historical accounts. I might of made a pretty good investigator, but I don't think I could handle walking onto a accident scene among mangled human bodies well.
j-eagle12212012 16th Jun 2016, 6:24 AM edit delete reply
*Mostly Spoiler Free Review*

Spice up your life

the episode brings the map from last season back into play
So after a little continuity humor and magic
Pinkie pie and Rarity go solve a Friendship problem

This episode was the Foodie episode
Lots of Famous chef and food references

Highlights of the episode

1) Spicy new Characters (pun intended)
2) so many references
3) Song

The Flavour of this episode was great
I give it 4 hooves out of 5

Anyway this was the mid season break episode
No new episodes till the end of Summer

JurriRig (hitbox)
Jamie (irl)

The Old One 16th Jun 2016, 9:53 AM edit delete reply
Gordon Ramsey pony. All my Yes.
Winged Cat 16th Jun 2016, 10:32 AM edit delete reply
Were the possible missions as the map was restarting, references to things? I couldn't help but think that, especially the Twilight and Twilight one - unless a certain other unicorn was being referred to as the second Twilight.
j-eagle12212012 17th Jun 2016, 4:34 AM edit delete reply
Not sure if it was referencing things that happened or if it was a sight gag poking fun at the shippers in the fandom
Pablo360 16th Jun 2016, 7:21 AM edit delete reply
Personally, my favorite computer programmer is Augusta Ada Lovelace, daughter of Lord Byron and partner-in-invention of Charles Babbage.

And somehow, I haven't read Sydney Pauda's masterpiece.
Digo Dragon 16th Jun 2016, 8:06 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Which the programming language Ada is named after. Charles unfortunately reminds me less of his analytical engine and more on the old electronics store Babbage's. ^^;
Guest 16th Jun 2016, 8:26 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, but that's such an easy answer. It's like somebody asked you "What's your favorite gas?" and you answered "Oxygen." It's an answer that's so obviously sensible that you might have arrived at it without a moment's thought. There's not a person in the world who knows anything about CS history who doesn't think Ada Lovelace was pretty cool, but if you identify her as your favorite you risk coming off as not caring enough about the question to think past the first person to come to mind.

Besides, the only thing she ever programmed was a theoretical machine that Babbage couldn't get the funding to build. The rest of computing history would probably have been unchanged if she and Babbage had never existed.
Newbiespud 16th Jun 2016, 6:36 PM edit delete reply
"Your favorite is too mainstream."
Jackie Papercut 16th Jun 2016, 7:04 PM edit delete reply
Insert Jack Black clip here.
Pablo360 17th Jun 2016, 7:35 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, but if I didn't care, then why would I know that Ada Lovelace had a deep, irrational hatred of poetry as a part of her mother's deliberate cultivation of her to not be like her somewhat unstable father?

I'm even including Lovelace in my Homestuck fanfic.
BlueDragonAura 16th Jun 2016, 9:13 AM Facial Expression edit delete reply
I actually don't ever remember Rarity's expression in that last panel. It's not especially special like a strange contortion, but it's awesome. That is not a standard facial expression, but it should be.
ANW 16th Jun 2016, 10:14 AM edit delete reply
It may have appeared in just 2 or 3 frames.
Dr. Haystacks 22nd Jun 2016, 11:44 AM edit delete reply
...How did quote searching turn up Admiral Hopper?

I always like to mention her when I teach. She sounds pretty awesome.