Page 979 - Grandmaster Plan

28th Oct 2017, 6:00 AM in The Best Night Ever, Part 1
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Grandmaster Plan
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Newbiespud 28th Oct 2017, 6:00 AM edit delete
Yep, still having way too much fun coming up with evil pony conspiracies.

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Kereea 28th Oct 2017, 6:08 AM edit delete reply
My guess given the GM is it was meant to be positive. They don't seem the type to set up a massive take that at one of their players.
FanOfMostEverything 28th Oct 2017, 7:42 AM edit delete reply
It ended up kind of being both. That Blueblood was able to pull this off is a testament to what this archetype is capable of. That he's choosing to attempt it is an indictment of what said archetype might do at its worst.
Draxynnic 29th Oct 2017, 2:58 AM edit delete reply
The DM did say that she liked the "Evil rogue fashionista", so it probably is more of an homage than a shot at Rarity's player.
Greenhornet 28th Oct 2017, 6:19 AM edit delete reply
I'm hoping this will turn out like a skit from the Carol Burnette Show:
Digo Dragon 28th Oct 2017, 6:21 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Scootaloo: "Quaternary? What are you, a dictionary?"

I don't know why this is, but it seems like in every pony RPG I've participated in, there's some kind of over-arching grand conspiracy, and they all work pretty well. It's as if ponies just lend itself to such things well. ^_^
Winged Cat 28th Oct 2017, 10:25 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
This may be related to why the pony 'verses - straight FiM and otherwise - lend themselves to RPGs so well.
ZhonLord 29th Oct 2017, 2:47 AM edit delete reply
It's a world of high fantasy where the rotation of the sun and moon are controlled by two living, killable deities. A world where all magic is fueled by raw emotion, and the stronger the emotion the stronger the magic. For example, Sombra. Someone who delights in cruelty will develop magic that enhances that cruelty, creating a feedback loop that - if left to grow - will turn someone into a smokey untouchable monster that can enslave an empire unless the counter-emotion is maintaining a magical crystal barrier.

So yeah, by the very nature of someone who'd have the inclination for a takeover, their desire would naturally lead to action - especially if they're magic users themselves (*cough* Chrysalis Discord too *cough*). And long villainous plans like that are perfect for RPG universes.
Evilbob 31st Oct 2017, 2:50 PM edit delete reply
Other then the very valid points that the others have already brought up, don't forget that Ponies are basically sheep. Something about herd mentality, blind idolization, and intentional blindness also lends itself very well to allowing nefarious plans to grow out of control.
Guest 28th Oct 2017, 6:30 AM edit delete reply
Where was panel two swiped from? Celestia's shading doesn't look like the usual screencap.

What does "line of succession" mean in Equestia anyway?
I don't think the show's ever explicitly stated Celestia and Luna are truly immortal; merely that a millennium is no worse than a rainy Sunday afternoon.
Blueblood (and his parents and THEIR parents and THEIR parents) must feel as frustrated as Prince Charles.
Colin 28th Oct 2017, 7:10 AM edit delete reply
They became a lot better (& freer) with shading in S4.
Hariman 28th Oct 2017, 8:56 AM edit delete reply
I'm more focused on panel 3, as that's the scene where they found the bridezilla who could level city blocks, and the god empress was down. ;)

(Look up the SF Debris Friendship is Magic reviews for full context of that joke.)
Winged Cat 28th Oct 2017, 10:24 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
Has it been stated in this game how old the Princesses are?

Even in the show, a millenium is no small thing even for the Princesses - but all that time is in the past now, just as much as it is for any pony.
Needling Haystacks 30th Oct 2017, 8:49 AM edit delete reply
With the S7 finale negating my original theory, I'm not not sure how the Princesses' life spans work. I get the feeling even they aren't sure.

It's possible they are killable, but biologically immortal (ie, they can't die of old age, but a knife to the heart'll do it just fine).
Evilbob 31st Oct 2017, 3:14 PM edit delete reply
It's never been stated, but at this point with the extremely loose continuity, it's probably going to drive us insane trying to actually figure out lifespans and timelines and such.
Borg 29th Oct 2017, 11:44 PM edit delete reply
Clearly you don't watch Scootertrix the Abridged. That's clearly from the scene that Scootertrix always uses for Celestia and Luna talking, of the two of them standing in front of that one window commemorating the defeat of Chrysalis's invasion of Canterlot. And of course in the actual show, that was the two of them discussing Twilight's progress in the beginning of the first episode of season 3, since Luna did not feel Twilight was ready for the test Celestia was about to give her.

Some might say I'm too much of a nerd, but I say that combination of words doesn't even make sense.
Guest 28th Oct 2017, 6:39 AM edit delete reply
Why not both?
Kuraimizu 28th Oct 2017, 7:31 AM edit delete reply
Twilight is coming to the same conclusion I did back on page 975. And now that Rarity is feeling guilty, she'll definately be rejecting Blueblood's proposal. Time for the chaos to begin.
Hariman 28th Oct 2017, 8:31 AM edit delete reply
Ah, but Rarity never planned assassinations or disruptions of the current power structure. Just being among the nobility, with the extra power and wealth that entails, was her goal.

Well, okay. Rarity MIGHT have done some thieving, but nothing on the "potentially turn good people into destructive monsters by breaking them and all they worked for, or just killing them" levels.

Rarity and Blueblood are the difference between marketing "The Great Egress" and having pickpockets steal the audiences' wallets, or having thugs beat up any big winners at you casino once they leave.
kedamono 28th Oct 2017, 9:35 AM edit delete reply
It's not like Elusive is, ya know, a _Changling._ That would be crazy!
PumpkingKnight 28th Oct 2017, 3:12 PM edit delete reply
The Changeling Invasion was an inside job!
PumpkingKnight 28th Oct 2017, 3:12 PM edit delete reply
The Crystal Empire was an inside job!
Truthkeeper 28th Oct 2017, 7:21 PM edit delete reply
So the endgame is an actual takeover of the kingdom? And here I thought Elusive was smart. What kind of idiot looks at somebody who has the double pressure of ruling the kingdom and controlling the freaking sun and decides that sounds like a good idea. I'm sure Celestia would probably hand the kingdom over to the first reasonably competent person who asked to be her heir. She's been at this a long time and has earned a nice quiet retirement.

Also, can male ponies even become alicorns?

Also also, still not seeing any reason for Rarity not to get in on this, as long as guarantees are made for the safety of her friends.

Also also also, poor naive Pinkie, thinking that love has anything to do with high level political marriages.
Winged Cat 28th Oct 2017, 10:22 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
Has the alicorn thing even been brought up much yet, let alone that a pony can become one?
hariman 28th Oct 2017, 11:04 PM edit delete reply
It has been shown that it's possible for a pony to become an Alicorn, and Alicorns can also be born naturally too.

It makes me wonder if Celestia and Luna started as Alicorns, or if they earned that power.

Heck, I just wonder about the life and times of Celestia and Luna, as they're featured so little in the show, but they are the most interesting characters when they are shown.

Cliff Robotnik 29th Oct 2017, 7:03 AM edit delete reply
I would argue they are so interesting BECAUSE they've so rarely had the spotlight...

Tho I have to admit recent Episodes framing Celestia as the long-time "Momlestia" fan intpritation of her has been both unexpected, and pleasant.

Not to mention herr and Luna's sisterly bickering...

Royal Sisters episode W/O the Mane7 when!?

(Yes I count Starlight.)
Guest 29th Oct 2017, 10:23 PM edit delete reply
When it comes to the second level canon (The Journal of the Two Sisters) yes, they were born alicorns. But that hasn't been confirmed in show.
Guest 29th Oct 2017, 10:23 PM TW edit delete reply
When it comes to the second level canon (The Journal of the Two Sisters) yes, they were born alicorns. But that hasn't been confirmed in show.
TW 29th Oct 2017, 10:24 PM edit delete reply
When it comes to the second level canon (The Journal of the Two Sisters) yes, they were born alicorns. But that hasn't been confirmed in show.
Winged Cat 31st Oct 2017, 4:23 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
I was talking about in this game, not in FiM.
Wulfraed 29th Oct 2017, 8:01 AM edit delete reply
Also, can male ponies even become alicorns?

Well, in their dreams at least... cf: Big Mac in the joint dream realm fight(though he not only went alicorn, but /princess/ too)
Hariman 29th Oct 2017, 8:31 AM edit delete reply
As I remember, Big Macintosh only gave himself the alicorn wings/powers in that dream. Plus, the only alicorn he knows are all female, so it's not like he had a more manly example for his wings.

Plus, it's also shown that he feels inadequate at times because his sister is saving the world, and he's just running the farm.
Needling Haystacks 30th Oct 2017, 8:47 AM edit delete reply
This is similar the plan I came up with for an in-progress work, but with the sisters reversed. Ie, get Celestia insecure (difficult, admittedly), while earning Luna's trust (relatively easy). The goal is a bit different there, but on the off-chance anyone here actually reads my work I won't spoil it.