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7th Oct 2017, 6:00 AM in The Best Night Ever, Part 1
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You're Elusive?!
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Newbiespud 7th Oct 2017, 6:00 AM edit delete
Way, waaaaaaaaaaaay back in April 2013, reader The Hittite was the first one to guess that it might be Prince Blueblood. (To jokingly guarantee his elimination from the lineup, perhaps, but a call is a call.)

And unlike some many situations in this comic series, this isn't the result of improvisation or changing to a better idea at the last minute or following guidance from the comments section. No, from the moment Elusive was name-dropped, this was always the plan.

Speaking of thieves, we finally recorded another episode of that campaign podcast involving thieves!
Dusk City Outlaws Session 6 - The Seven Seas Job, Part 2: Libsyn YouTube

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Digo Dragon 7th Oct 2017, 6:16 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I think to us the readers, it didn't take long for most to catch on to the idea. Hints were there and there's meta-knowledge that we're going into the Grand Galloping Gala episode, where in Spud doesn't edit show clips so given what he has to work with, it was becoming the safe bet.

The players in this don't have that luxury, so it is more a surprise to them than us. :3

I did hold out that Elusive wasn't going to be Blueblood. Hoped there'd be one more twist we didn't catch. It's fine though. This works just as well (plus, so worth it for Rarity's reaction in that last panel. Hee hee).
offroader 7th Oct 2017, 6:30 AM edit delete reply
Someone's ANGRY!!!!!
Skorzah 7th Oct 2017, 6:32 AM edit delete reply
Oh yeah. She's bringing him down. Great public place to do it, too.
Jennifer 7th Oct 2017, 6:37 AM edit delete reply
Ohhhhh boy. Meta-knowledge from the episode suggests that Celestia WILL find this out. How many nobles are in this ballroom and itching to get in their sovereign's good graces? And given how she's been hunting Elusive for centuries, I'm guessing treason at a minimum charge.

Unless she already knows.

But Rarity ain't never getting back in the Guild. Which means all the monsters from here on will be assassination attempts by the guild against the party.

Unless Pinkie is about to interrupt them both with her cake, which may be required given Rarity's appearance for the rest of the ep and that it's visible during her upcoming rant. Next strip has gotta be the DM or Pinkie breaking in to announce the "diversion.".
Hariman 7th Oct 2017, 7:57 PM edit delete reply
I stand by my theory that Celestia knows that Blueblood is Elusive, or at least a member of the Thieves' Guild, but can't prove or act on it herself due to his royal blood and family connection.

Which means that either this is where Blueblood gets outed, or where Rarity humiliates his public persona so much that Celestia can isolate him from his contacts, leaving the Thieves' Guild temporarily leaderless.

I do look forward to seeing how Rarity and the other players/characters handle this! I suspect there shall be some major bluff and insight checks rolled, as well as some attacks, a strength check or three, and a Nature/Handle Animal check. ;)
Dusk Raven 9th Oct 2017, 11:49 AM edit delete reply
Alternatively, Celestia is manipulating Elusive (overtly or subtly) to make the thieves' guild serve her ends a little more... although I doubt that's the route Spud (and the DM) are going for
Jennifer 7th Oct 2017, 6:42 AM edit delete reply
Oh, and you misspelled surprised in panel three, Spud.

Just occurred to me the may still be behind the door, in which case Rarity might stalk angrily into the ballroom before the rest of the party launches... whatever it is they're about to do.

Dang I hate typing w/ one hand. Busted the other and got two weeks more wait before I get it back.
Referee 7th Oct 2017, 8:43 AM edit delete reply
Say it louder, Rar...Dainty. I think in Yakyakistan they haven't heard you yet. ;)
Hariman 8th Oct 2017, 1:02 AM edit delete reply
Discord: "Well, that's the most vehement "Reason You Suck" speech I've heard since those ponies made me stone. I'll have to compliment whoever gave that dose of withering criticism when I get free!"

Chrysalis: "Perhaps I'll wait a few weeks before I try anything, as it sounds a bit hot around there right now!"

Tirek: "*Grumbles and keeps working on his bouncing rock ball to distract Cerberus again.*"

Luna: "Well, she's got spirit! If she designs her dresses with half the passion she chews people out with, she's hired!"

Wreck-Gar: "The ponies are angry again!"

Solid Snake: "Why do I keep dreaming that I'm a purple pony?!"

Deadpool: "Oh this is going to be wonderful! Let me get some popcorn and my movie watching slippers! I want to see if Pinkie's friend will shed some blood!"

Cyborg: "Whoever that was, I'm going to be grateful next time I need to trash talk some thieves!"

Raven: "I sense a great disturbance in the cute. I'm going to go brood."

Starfire: "What is this brooding? Is it fun? And can I join you?"

Beast Boy: "Let her go, Starfire. This is something she needs to do alone!"

Robin: *Lands with a thud as he's tossed out of the Brooding Room.* Yeesh! She could have at least asked, I don't HAVE to be in that room to brood!

Everyone else: "WE KNOW!"

Pinkie Pie: *Giggles uncontrollably as she watches all of this finish.*

Rainbow Dash: "Is our bard okay? I think we're going to need her for a distraction really quick!"

Applejack: "I think you mean a bigger distraction than the one she's already making."

Fluttershy: "Focus! This "Blueblood" jerk has hurt Rarity AND Princess Celestia, and we're going to take him down hard! Garden Critter Army CHARGE!"

The DM: *Stares in amazement as all his plans fall apart, again. Sighs. Burns his current notebook, and pulls out a new one labeled "In case of campaign plan destruction, scenario 3 of 5, sub disaster C." and says, with a twitch in an eye:* "I honestly didn't think you'd trap Elusive with a combination of cake and tanglefoot bags. I also need to pay out the pool on how you broke the campaign. Again."

The Players: *Stare in stunned confusion.*

Rainbow Dash's player: "Wait a minute, you mean you're running a pool on how we'll break this campaign... and you're NOT giving us a cut?"

DM: "I use my earnings it to buy dinner for game nights, new minis, and contingency plans from other DMs online! Why do you think we've been eating steak and lobster the last few weeks"

RD: "...Okay, but we better get some gourmet pizza next week!"

DM: "...Fine."

Pinkie: "And we need to get back to wrecking his campaign without trying again!"

And thus, the Mane Six also unmasked the Changeling invasion, by shocking the changelings with such a disaster that none could hold their shape, including Pinkie Pie.
Specter 7th Oct 2017, 10:28 AM edit delete reply
... oh yeah, it's up to Elusive on who gets blacklisted, I'd be 'mildly' upset as well. This is going to be a good show.
ANW 7th Oct 2017, 11:23 AM edit delete reply
I think the in-game ponies know now.
DeS_Tructive 7th Oct 2017, 3:12 PM edit delete reply
I wonder if it's in the cards for Rarity to take the guild away from Elusive.
hariman 7th Oct 2017, 7:26 PM edit delete reply
Maybe! It's possible this might got into a less serious less fatal Shadow Broker type situation, where Rarity takes the Elusive title/position, and redirects the Thieves' Guild into less destructive directions.

Or she might be angry enough to just burn both Elusive and the Thieves' Guild worse than they burned her, leaving her clear to be the element of generosity with a clear conscience.

Her expression leads more towards the latter angle there.
Rokas 7th Oct 2017, 6:05 PM edit delete reply
Rarity: "And that's when I killed him, your highness."

Celestia: "Full pardon."
PumpkingKnight 8th Oct 2017, 11:38 AM edit delete reply
Can't exactly blame her
BR549 8th Oct 2017, 5:00 PM edit delete reply
No, no, the correct formatting of that statement is:

"And that's when the murders begain."
Jaakusan 7th Oct 2017, 8:09 PM edit delete reply
Methinks someone is still a mite sore about being tossed out of the Guild. What was your plan here, Blueblood?
Hariman 8th Oct 2017, 12:36 AM edit delete reply
I'm not sure Blueblood thought beyond "dinner with a former Guild Member, without her knowing", or that she might be furious at being drummed out of the Thieves' Guild.

I also don't think he understood just how powerful a connection he burned when he gave Rarity her severance.

The DM, on the other hand... was probably thinking much, MUCH farther in advance.
Boris Carlot 8th Oct 2017, 11:40 AM edit delete reply
Damage control, presumably. If she's at the point where Pinkie is doing thinly disguised "HE'S A GODDAMN CROOK" calls in front of the whole of high society, he needs Rarity to rein the girls in.

I expect he also figured Rarity would fall into line and immediately start kissing his butt to try and get back in the.
Digo Dragon 8th Oct 2017, 2:52 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
"Well I have this idiot ball in my pocket and I just had to use it at the gala."
Evilbob 10th Oct 2017, 3:02 PM edit delete reply
Yep. Definitely idiot ball moment. Or see previous comment on last page about drama and stuffs.
BunBun299 9th Oct 2017, 1:37 AM edit delete reply
So, he kicked her out of the Thieves Guild for being too prominent, while he is the head of said Guild, and is Canterlot royalty?

Say it with me, children, Hypocrisy. The word for today is Hypocrisy.
hariman 9th Oct 2017, 6:50 PM edit delete reply
Celestia probably doesn't know for sure that Blueblood is Elusive, or can't act against him due to him being royalty.

Hence, Blueblood isn't under direct scrutiny by Celestia, and can get away with being Elusive.

If he's lucky, that's ALL that ends tonight!
Kereminde 9th Oct 2017, 1:43 AM edit delete reply
That last panel is the sort of thing followed by "roll for initiative".
loyalChaos 9th Oct 2017, 3:26 AM edit delete reply
There is a certain amount of pure glee you get when you finally face off against the guy who has been hounding you for sessions, killed three of your party members, blew up four of the buildings you were in and did heinous things with your wife/husband.

Pure, unadulterated murderous, glee.
Jennifer 9th Oct 2017, 2:59 PM edit delete reply
The story of Shane the Shy ( supports that. Though in that case it's clear the party was just frustrated and sick of him.
Needling Haystacks 9th Oct 2017, 10:03 AM edit delete reply
Oh I'm pretty sure Celestia's manipulating the Thieves' Guild behind the scenes. Blueblood being the titular head gives her plausible deniability.
Dakkath 9th Oct 2017, 11:16 AM edit delete reply
723 pages later and we finally get to wrapping up this arc.
The Hittite 9th Oct 2017, 2:32 PM edit delete reply
Let's try this again, I can never remember which tags to use.
Solitary Performance 9th Oct 2017, 10:34 PM edit delete reply
To put in perspective, in the speed of strips, we got through 700+ strips (and two and a half years) between calling it, and the reveal.
That also comes out to 8 arcs, and 8 intermissions (so 8 guest comic sets and a couple minor side story arcs), for us to keep worrying, guessing, and suspecting on who 'Elusive' was.
LibbyLishly 8th Apr 2018, 3:59 PM edit delete reply