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15th Apr 2017, 6:00 AM in Sonic Rainboom
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Defying Gravity
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Newbiespud 15th Apr 2017, 6:00 AM edit delete
I think any Barbarian would be proud of managing to kill a fundamental concept of the universe.

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Rastaba 15th Apr 2017, 6:03 AM edit delete reply
Laws were made to be broken. Physics are no exception. Heck, you think wings of that size should really be able to lift their body weight? Or a horn should allow Twilight to teleport instantaneously across a room? Physics are their B!7€#.
ZhonLord 15th Apr 2017, 6:09 AM edit delete reply
Or to quote my favorite anime viewer about Gurren Lagann: "Deus ex machina? You're SWIMMING in it! You're swimming in it in SPACE, because Physics? F*** YOUR PHYSICS!"
aerion111 15th Apr 2017, 10:36 AM edit delete reply
Laws can be rewritten as an alternative to breaking them, though. 'Magic' doesn't need to mean 'deus ex machina', it could mean just a new 'branch' of physics, the way electricity and such has become.
Solitary Performance 15th Apr 2017, 10:51 AM edit delete reply
With how analytical and science-y that Twilight is, and how magic permeates the entire world, it wouldn't surprise me that Magic can be seen as a sort of Science that, despite sometimes casual violation of the rest of the laws of Science, still has its own rules and laws it must follow... and Dash's rainboom? That's totally pegasus brand Magic going on and casually violating the laws of motion, friction, and gravity.
aerion111 15th Apr 2017, 1:28 PM edit delete reply
I tend to look at it the other way around: Twilight would have studied the exact nature of magic if it WAS precise, yes.
But with how cartoonish and hand-waving the writers tend to be, I expect 'Magic' to change from episode to episode, as the plot demands it.

Obviously Pegasi fly using magic, though, yes.
Just like Earth Ponies have that 'grow plants in an instant' power we've seen a few times, and Party Ponies can bend/break reality (though this later group overlaps into Narrative Causality - They can bend reality not just because they're magical, but because their role in the show isn't as serious, so the laws of nature aren't as serious either)
Scintilla 16th Apr 2017, 9:12 AM edit delete reply
When Starlight looked like she was going to start expositing at length about it during yesterday's second episode ("All Bottled Up"), I actually found myself hoping out loud that they *wouldn't* try to explain the mechanics of how unicorn magic works... I guess because I don't trust them to come up with a scheme that's good, interesting, and consistent. I'd rather leave it open to speculation.
Referee 16th Apr 2017, 10:07 AM edit delete reply
Hey, no spoilers! (Not everyone is from the states and/or can watch the episodes live, thank you.

The rule around here is no talks of the episode until Thursday. :)
Scintilla 16th Apr 2017, 5:19 PM edit delete reply
Well yes, that's why I didn't say anything specific about what actually happened. Thought that would be safe?
Freemage 16th Apr 2017, 10:50 PM edit delete reply
Hell, this was the entire crux of the original Pinkie Sense episode--Twilight being frustrated that Pinkie's precog talent didn't follow the 'laws' of magic-as-such.
Jade 15th Apr 2017, 9:23 PM edit delete reply
except the laws of ti...*hears the TARDIS in the background* OH SONOFA--
Digo Dragon 17th Apr 2017, 12:54 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Yeah that new season snuck up on us. :3
Space Jawa 15th Apr 2017, 6:14 AM edit delete reply
Plus, can you IMAGINE the XP to be earned from a kill of that magnitude?
Thor 15th Apr 2017, 6:54 AM edit delete reply
Sorry no XP for killing the innocent bystanders.
Platonix 15th Apr 2017, 8:47 PM edit delete reply
The laws of physics don't count as innocent bystanders in this case. They were trying their best to make this feat impossible, so Rainbow killing them counts as "overcoming a challenge" and is worth XP.

The catch is figuring out the CR of the laws of physics. We may have to settle for awarding an ad hoc amount of "story XP".
Specter 15th Apr 2017, 8:10 AM edit delete reply
This isn't the first time physics died. We had seven page updates of continuous physics murdering, remember?
Cass 15th Apr 2017, 11:13 AM edit delete reply
*looks at the date there*

*goes back a bit*

Holy cow, I can't believe they've been chasing Gala tickets for over two years.
Cyborg7221 15th Apr 2017, 11:28 AM edit delete reply
What about this?
Digo Dragon 16th Apr 2017, 8:07 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Long running campaign indeed. :D

This gala better be the bomb-diggity.
Kaze Koichi 15th Apr 2017, 8:36 AM edit delete reply
Bitch, please! Was she a dwarf trying to fly by waving her hands really fast? No, RB was doing not only a thing he is proficient at, you can say she was doing something tied in with her natural talent.
Newbie, I think you should write a letter to princess Celestia.
Malroth 15th Apr 2017, 10:03 AM edit delete reply
Cue the birth of Dischord,
Classic Steve 15th Apr 2017, 11:02 AM edit delete reply
I suppose that could be a way to get back at them. But I kinda doubt we'll see "The Return of Harmony" depicted in this comic. Too reliant on brainwashing.
Winged Cat 15th Apr 2017, 3:02 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
I already did as close as we're likely to see for a while as a guest arc.

(Speaking of which, I need to get NS something for this next guest strip break.)
Cliff Robotnik 15th Apr 2017, 2:43 PM edit delete reply
RIP Physics.
Rokas 15th Apr 2017, 5:41 PM edit delete reply
GMs only complain about breaking the laws of physics when it's the players doing it. Meanwhile modules and homebrew adventures have all sorts of handwavium to keep your characters from using magic/technology/whatever to bypass a certain obstacle and solve the ridiculous puzzle the creator put in and thinks he's so clever and is irked no one wants to deal with.

Point is: the GM here invented a world of magical, talking ponies. He/she doesn't get to complain about violating physics. That's called "hypocrisy".
Draxynnic 18th Apr 2017, 2:30 AM edit delete reply
In this case, it might not even be breaking them. Terminal velocity is the maximum unpowered falling speed - if you took a JATO and pointed it downwards (which is probably the technological equivalent of what RD is doing here) you're going to descend quite a bit more rapidly than terminal velocity.
Jennifer 15th Apr 2017, 7:58 PM edit delete reply
It's less "breaking the laws of physics" and more "ignoring the consequences of breaking them," which leads to breaking more and more laws until you've committed physicide.

Superman may be immune to all physical laws, for example, but Lois Lane isn't. If he catches her two feet from hitting the pavement after a ten-story fall, she is still going to die (or his invulnerable fingers will tear through her, which amounts to the same thing).

All ponies who were not Rainbow Dash could easily be killed by her rescue, even if she survives carrying it out. Luckily, ponies are inherently magical creatures, and unbeknownst to all save Pinkie, they also live in an animated universe.
BR549 17th Apr 2017, 7:33 PM edit delete reply
That's what touch telekinesis is for.
jy3 15th Apr 2017, 9:25 PM edit delete reply
To be fair:
Lv 1-5: Gritty fantasy
Lv 6-10: Heroic fantasy
Lv 11-15: Wuxia
Lv 16-20: Superheroes

The party left "realistic laws of physics" behind four levels ago.
Composer99 16th Apr 2017, 6:45 AM edit delete reply
And now Rainbow Dash's player can proudly add:

"Achievement Unlocked: Kill Physics"

to her pile of trophies (Presuming she has one).
magic 16th Apr 2017, 11:10 AM edit delete reply
It's a world of magic that have a Princess raising the sun, really exist physics there?
DeS_Tructive 16th Apr 2017, 3:30 PM Killing Death edit delete reply
That kind of reminds me of a discussion a player in my group had with the GM when we encountered a "minor death". In that system, it's basically an aspect of Death that is tasked with bringing the dead to their afterlife, depending on faith. The dialog ensued as follows.

DM: "So, thanks to the true seeing spell, you can see the Death coming for Elmirus."
Witch: "Can we kill it?"
DM: "No. It's Death."
Witch: "Yeah, but we can attack it now that we can see it, right."
DM: "Well, technically, you could, but it doesn't even have hitpoints. It's Death."
Witch: "Oh, okay! I cast a minor heal on it."
Witch: "It'll have hit points if I heal it. So I cast heal, and -then- we kill it."
Much discussion ensued.
Specter 16th Apr 2017, 6:53 PM edit delete reply
... they're technically correct in their actions to heal the undead entity, I'll give them that.

But death can only be beaten in a game of violin dueling (or being his friend and groveling to him if it were the sims).

... *plan to save friends after getting them killed ensues*
you know that guy 16th Apr 2017, 8:18 PM edit delete reply
I didn't know Death played the violin. What happens when Death and the Devil play violin against each other?
Malroth 17th Apr 2017, 3:01 AM edit delete reply
Professor Haystacks 17th Apr 2017, 4:14 PM edit delete reply

Also, "I told you once you sunnuva b***, I'm the best there's ever been!"
Rastaba 17th Apr 2017, 7:24 PM edit delete reply

NewbiespudBackup 17th Apr 2017, 11:40 PM edit delete reply
Just in case people come by Tuesday and there's no new comic: I've been having trouble with my ComicFury account, and I haven't been able to upload new comics. I'm still working on solving the problem.
ptmc 18th Apr 2017, 8:47 AM edit delete reply
It seemed to have cut off the top and bottoms of the comic on Twitter, and won't let me see the image itself.

Edit: Used mobile to see it.