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26th Feb 2015, 6:00 AM
Unexpected Favorites
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Newbiespud 26th Feb 2015, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
Author: Mykin

Newbiespud's Note: I might find a bunch of last-minute submissions before I turn in for the evening, but otherwise this run of guest comics probably won't be terribly long (contrary to guest rounds past) before the mini-arc hits. It seems like a lot of the usual people were swamped or tired or plainly not feeling creative this time of year, and I kinda can't blame them. Though if anyone out there is on the verge and needs a couple more days, I'd be willing to extend the deadline individually.

Otherwise, enjoy what we got. I certainly do.
Notice: Like what you see? Donations via PayPal at the top or Patreon would be greatly appreciated. Also, guest comic submissions are currently open.

40 Comments:

Zuche 26th Feb 2015, 6:18 AM edit delete reply
Twilight's player gets to have a Twilight style freakout? It involves interaction with the Apple family?

Even if this is where that story ends, sign me up!
Digo 26th Feb 2015, 6:27 AM edit delete reply
Me too! I'm all up for wild Twilight freakouts! They always end in spectacular disasters!
Mykin 26th Feb 2015, 9:44 AM edit delete reply
Mykin
Now I feel bad for not coming up with more. Oh well, gives me something to do for the next time around. Hopefully, there's a Luna/Apple Bloom episode next season so I can exploit that to the fullest.

But I'm glad you all liked it all the same. It certainly made my day a whole lot better after hearing that people liked it.
Winged Cat 26th Feb 2015, 11:13 PM edit delete reply
Then let me add my "this is worthy" to the pile.
Digo 26th Feb 2015, 6:32 AM edit delete reply
I wanted to submit something, but then the sewer line to my home backed up and I had to dig up the front yard to cut into the pipe and flush it out... and although I had help, including the landlord, there was an altercation that threatened my daughter with starvation and when I got food it wasn't what I ordered and there was the issue of nightfall that made digging harder, and I had to use So Much Bleach on the tub that the fumes were... ugh...

...the short of it is that the cosmos demanded I not get a submission in. For whatever reason. O.o
Mykin 26th Feb 2015, 9:47 AM edit delete reply
Mykin
Ouch! Well, I'll keep you in my prayers tonight and I hope things get better for you. If it's any consolidation, I've had my sewer line back up too. It is not fun to deal with at all, but now I'm just preaching to the choir here.
Digo 26th Feb 2015, 8:04 PM edit delete reply
Thanks buddy. So far it seems the repair work did the job. Water isn't backing up at all. Plumbing is one of those things that you can so easily forget how important it is until it stops working. o.o
Mykin 26th Feb 2015, 10:54 PM edit delete reply
Mykin
Yeah, it's on that list of things we tend to forget about: Plumbing, electrical, internet, heating, health potions. It's why we need to make sure to remember to check up on those things regularly to make sure they are in good shape. Especially the last one there.

I will never forget the reaction the shopkeeper gave me when my cleric wanted to buy more healing potions. As the only source of healing, they've become my "extra lives" counter as they are the only way anyone in the party can bring me back from zero. I even have them conveniently placed and instruct everyone on how to not ram the potion down my throat...then they ram it down my throat, shards of glass and all. The DM and I are now convinced that my cleric no longer has the capacity to feel pain with how everyone keeps treating him.
Winged Cat 26th Feb 2015, 11:11 PM edit delete reply
In a non-D&D game, where what were effectively resurrection potions were available (this was based on Final Fantasy, which had Phoenix Downs), one PC bought 99 of them. It went well with his ability to automatically use one on himself when he hit 0 or less HP, restoring himself to 1 HP (and free of all statuses) as a reaction.

He played the resulting ultimate tankmanship for all it was worth. Other PCs suddenly started experiencing much fewer incoming attacks, and it was a legit power (the others were getting similarly powerful things), so nobody complained.

They made very sure to keep him stocked with Phoenix Downs at every resupply opportunity.
Skorzah 26th Feb 2015, 6:33 AM edit delete reply
This seems like when my frien, Josh, gms. We keep managing to redirect the campaign. For instance, we were in a bar in galt (think French Revolution/Spanish Inquisition/Salem witch hunts). We were being interrogated by a group of gray gardeners (inquisitors). And they were coming a little to close for comfort (only one member of the party is human, which is an easy way to get murdered in Galt). The monk promptly remembers that we saw a tiefling kill the bartender, and proceeds to send hundreds of bloodthirsty Galtese after the poor bugger, and they forget about us. XP
Skorzah 26th Feb 2015, 6:36 AM edit delete reply
This chain of events is especially good for my character, as she is litterally a half breed vampire/human. They would probably have tortured her pre-mortem.
Maow? 26th Feb 2015, 8:31 AM edit delete reply
My character is only figuratively a half breed vampire/human. Although, oddly enough, she did come from a litter as well.

Okay. My character is a cat. And by 'my character', I mean 'my cat'.

On their other hand, the Galts' post-mortem torturing might be pretty interesting depending on how talented their Necromancer is.
Maow? 26th Feb 2015, 8:31 AM edit delete reply
My character is only figuratively a half breed vampire/human. Although, oddly enough, she did come from a litter as well.

Okay. My character is a cat. And by 'my character', I mean 'my cat'.

On their other hand, the Galts' post-mortem torturing might be pretty interesting depending on how talented their Necromancer is.
ANW 26th Feb 2015, 8:33 AM edit delete reply
D&D or similar players only.
Describe your In-game player in this format.
For every positive, list a negative.
For every negative, list a positive.
When you can't think of any -'s or +'s to counter the other, stop.
They can abilities, personality, stats if you have too.
And try to keep the + and - connected if you can.
Specter 26th Feb 2015, 9:25 AM edit delete reply
Specter
Seb the kobold, he is bound to master as he is to broom.
+He believes in the necessities of having a good meal to keep the body going, and has the skill to prove is (craft, food: 11).
-However, he is sidelined by his need to keep things clean, and will go through even a warzone to make sure the dust does not stay (profession, butler: 11)
+As a fighter, his small stature and quick reflexes keeps him from getting the brunt of most attacks (Dex: 18).
-As a fighter with only slightly above average strength, he relies on his horse and cart to transport most of his equipment (Str: 11).
+His need to keep his master alive until Seb can repay his debt will keep him under command and going through the journey the group must follow.
-His draconic nature, combined with his unfettered loyalty, makes him a curse to keep around when hostile encounters require diplomacy to solve, as those who threaten his master's life soon find out.
terrycloth 26th Feb 2015, 11:54 AM edit delete reply
Kita the kitsune summoner.
+Absolutely shreds things he can hit with seven or eight attacks per round
-Absolutely useless against things with high AC or DR
+Very high saving throws
-Player routinely fails to roll the '2 or higher' needed on a d20 to actually prevent being stunned, driven insane, or petrified
+Ridiculous AC (42 with typical buffs)
-GM increases enemy forces to compensate. Rest of party does not also have ridiculous AC.
+Can fly!
-Does not have hover feat. Does not have perfect maneuverability. Does not have very good fly skill.
+Cheerful and friendly disposition
-...not backed up by any sort of social skill. Pouncing on an NPC in Eidolon form, while covered in blood, and saying, "Hi! Are you evil?" does not always have positive results.
terrycloth 26th Feb 2015, 11:55 AM edit delete reply
Kita the kitsune summoner.
+Absolutely shreds things he can hit with seven or eight attacks per round
-Absolutely useless against things with high AC or DR
+Very high saving throws
-Player routinely fails to roll the '2 or higher' needed on a d20 to actually prevent being stunned, driven insane, or petrified
+Ridiculous AC (42 with typical buffs)
-GM increases enemy forces to compensate. Rest of party does not also have ridiculous AC.
+Can fly!
-Does not have hover feat. Does not have perfect maneuverability. Does not have very good fly skill.
+Cheerful and friendly disposition
-...not backed up by any sort of social skill. Pouncing on an NPC in Eidolon form, while covered in blood, and saying, "Hi! Are you evil?" does not always have positive results.
terrycloth 26th Feb 2015, 11:55 AM edit delete reply
Kita the kitsune summoner.
+Absolutely shreds things he can hit with seven or eight attacks per round
-Absolutely useless against things with high AC or DR
+Very high saving throws
-Player routinely fails to roll the '2 or higher' needed on a d20 to actually prevent being stunned, driven insane, or petrified
+Ridiculous AC (42 with typical buffs)
-GM increases enemy forces to compensate. Rest of party does not also have ridiculous AC.
+Can fly!
-Does not have hover feat. Does not have perfect maneuverability. Does not have very good fly skill.
+Cheerful and friendly disposition
-...not backed up by any sort of social skill. Pouncing on an NPC in Eidolon form, while covered in blood, and saying, "Hi! Are you evil?" does not always have positive results.
terrycloth 26th Feb 2015, 11:56 AM edit delete reply
...oh, I guess it was working. Sorry.
Disloyal Subject 26th Feb 2015, 3:15 PM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
And since you're posting as a guest, only Spud can clean it up. Most of us have done that before, I'm sure.
I may as well weigh in. Given that it's Dark Heresy, expect redundancies.
Pro: Devout worshipper of the Emperor. Con: Devout worshipper of the Emperor.
Pro: Amazing shot with a sniper rifle. Con: lacks principles on who's okay to shoot. Pro: Can dual-wield sniper rifles. Con: Can make a human explode to death by shooting him in the leg to nonfatally slow him down.
Con: Tiny & feeble body. Pro: Smart enough to wear excellent armour and avoid melee.
Pro: Smart enough not to do anything she can't get away with. Con: Secretly in the employ of a sanctioned xeno who regularly goes beyond his Inquisitorial sanction.
Pro: Will do pretty much anything for people she cares about. Con: Will do pretty much ANYHING to people she doesn't care about for the couple dozen people she does care about.
Pro: Can out-sneak most things. Con: Has no similarly sneaky backup if excrement hits the fan.
Pro: Can see in the dark. Con: Rightfully alarmed by the sight of Daemons. Pro: Response to fear is sudden and extreme violence. Con: Has access to archeotech weapons that make "sudden and extreme violence" level buildings. Including the one she's standing in.
Digo 26th Feb 2015, 8:16 PM edit delete reply
Why only D&D-type players? Observe as I work it with a not-D&D character, my Fallout Equestria character:

Doc Wagon, Earth Pony surgeon:
+Highly skilled medic who can set bones with almost no equipment.
-Tends to roll really bad on super-simple skill checks.
+Loyal and fairly brave companion who pulls his weight in the team.
-Picked on by the rest of the party for being too nice. And the only male.
+A crack shot with a revolver despite not having much training in it.
-Has the most kills in the party despite trying to avoid bloodshed.
+Is able to apply chemistry to make himself 97% immune to radiation.
-Fairly broke due to drugs being expensive to procure.
+Managed to get a pretty unicorn wallflower to come out of her shell and be his gf.
-Lost his girlfriend because the party does not like who the gf associates with.
Mykin 26th Feb 2015, 10:43 PM edit delete reply
Mykin
Yeah, that Doc Wagon sounds like a really cool chummer. Kinda sad he has to put up with so much drek. Then again, my character tends to be in the same boat, so they're in good company, I guess. Anyway, now to talk about the only character that I have that is worth talking about in this manner:

Taiyth Akamiir, NG Half-Elf Light Cleric of Helm:

+Highly skilled cleric that can heal, tank, and burn things with the white hot intensity of a million suns.
-Is almost always first to drop below zero in fights.
+Is really, really, REALLY lucky when it comes to dodging death and getting out of nasty situations.
-Of course, it's usually his party's fault that he keeps being placed in those kind of situations in the first place.
+Is a beacon of moral light and goodness...
-...in a party completely comprised of self-absorbed opportunistic jerks.
+Is completely devoted to Helm.
-Blindly trusts those who profess to be worshipers of Helm. It gets problematic when a vampire can convince him that he's good by stating that he too worships Helm...
+ Is altruistic, kind to everyone, and happens to be an excellent diplomat.
-Has a short temper when things don't go his way. May the gods help the poor soul that mistakes altruism for pacifism.
+Doesn't share in the high and mighty attitudes of the elves and identifies himself more strongly with his human half than his elven half.
-It probably doesn't help that he looks like a pansy elf, though. A strength of eight does not help to dissuade anyone from thinking differently.
ANW 27th Feb 2015, 12:28 AM edit delete reply
Know what.
I'm gonna to put mine in as well.
before any ask, I'm still not a player.
This just what my player be like.
+can control the 8 elements,(fire,water,earth,wind,light,shadow,ice,and thunder)
-He's blind(wears a faceless and non-eyehole type of mask)(planning on wearing said mask to the table)
+enough of element nearby, uses little to no mana
-not enough, and it can backfire
+can be more creative with magic.
-has to cast spells the bard way(little rhythms)
+can sense amount of element in the area.
-has no fighting power.
daftdeafdave 27th Feb 2015, 3:36 AM edit delete reply
daftdeafdave
Signi - Necromundan scum
Pro: Pretty decent stats
Con: ...For Dark Heresy.
Pro: Beholden to no gods
Con: ...Including the Emperor.
Pro: Can dual wield auto-pistols with minimal penalty.
Con: Still can't hit a thing.
Pro: In a position to milk the local inquisitor for all he's worth.
Con: Has trouble thinking big - "Two guns - nice ones and one of what that guy outside was wearing."
Pro: 60 to dodge.
Con: Will pretty much dissolve if hit.
Pro: Can mimic any voice and gets a bonus to deceive if doing so
Con: ...Leading to elaborate plans involving mimicry.
Pro: Commits crimes with an easy and light-hearted charm
Con: ...And multiple mentions of "crime"
Chakat Firepaw 26th Feb 2015, 8:59 AM edit delete reply
I have good news and bad news for you AB:

The good news is that I have a great adventure for you.

The bad news is that it is based on Baroncoon's "Equestrian Dreamscapes".
Disloyal Subject 26th Feb 2015, 9:12 AM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
I was gonna say "still better than Story of the Blanks."
A quick Google search has yielded just enough relevant results to give me doubts.
Other Guest 26th Feb 2015, 10:18 AM edit delete reply
"Okay Apple Bloom, Princess Luna wants you to take this wagon full of pies through the fire swamp alone because.... uhhh... secret princess stuff."
Skorzah 26th Feb 2015, 11:18 AM edit delete reply
I have a few characters, but I think I'll go with my namesake.
Skorzah Dragonchild: +pretty good diplomancer. -attempts to use this skill on everyone, regardless of the hopelessness of avoiding violence (attempted to convince a hellhound that there was no need to fight. While they were In combat).
+has a large amount of powerful evocation spells. -she is a conjurer. +good at strategy. -terrible at explaining said strategy to the rest of the party. +fiercely loyal and proud, and will fight to protect those she cares for. -this
Often results in a wizard edition LEEEROOOOY!!!
Skorzah 26th Feb 2015, 11:20 AM edit delete reply
Also, I forgot to mention the fact that she is a half black dragon. Most of my characters are hybrids of some sort.
Specter 26th Feb 2015, 3:45 PM edit delete reply
Specter
... I will admit, thought is was going to be worse.
Mykin 26th Feb 2015, 11:09 PM edit delete reply
Mykin
Ok, that was good, thank you for that one Raxon. I could see that happening if Scootaloo kept bugging the DM for more romance options and that gets thrown at her. That'll teach her for bugging the DM with stuff the DM doesn't want to do!
Skorzah 26th Feb 2015, 11:41 AM edit delete reply
My other two characters are the aforementioned Dhampir Magus, and a Bloodmarked (diluted version of werebat ancestors) Cleric of Calistria. Each of my characters has a hand written diary that I carry in my backpack at all times.
Skorzah 26th Feb 2015, 11:43 AM edit delete reply
If anyone would like me to do a pro/cons list on those two, I am happy to, but I don't want to flood the comments with stuff no one is interested in.
Disloyal Subject 26th Feb 2015, 3:20 PM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
Sure; so long as you use the 'reply' button to leave it in that thread, those who don't care to read it can just scroll past. You're a few posts too late to worry about flooding the page...
Skorzah 26th Feb 2015, 8:06 PM edit delete reply
Ok then. Namorae/Lady Nightblood. +Able to suppress her emotions just long enough to keep her cool where it counts - Her familiar (a raven named Poe) is not. +Super cool Dhampir abilities - any use of said abilities results in the party monk threatening to kill her (He needs a DC 50 heal check to get that stick out of his ass) +Pretty good with both fighting and casting -Can't take a hit from anything more than a bite attack or so +Pretty good with diplomacy -Dead if anyone knew her race.
Skorzah 26th Feb 2015, 8:17 PM edit delete reply
Saneethrae: +Epic attack spells -Forgets to prepare healing, regardless of multiple leeroys in the party +Epic bloodmarked powers -GM rules that if someone ticking me off forces a will save to not shift and lose control (I threw another party member across the room) +Smarter than most of the other party members -That isn't saying much +Diplomacy appropriate for a cleric of Calistria -There are some things that I REALLY shouldn't have tried seducing, and many more to come.
Guest 26th Feb 2015, 3:12 PM edit delete reply
Story of the Blanks here we come.
Rob D 26th Feb 2015, 3:35 PM edit delete reply
This reminds me of something...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y06TpDJtqsI
Specter 26th Feb 2015, 7:06 PM edit delete reply
Specter
No, Apple Bloom, don't ask to be like your friends, you need to let adventure seek you out, not the other way around.

Besides, based on Twilight's look in the last panel, the adventure with Luna not only be an experience, but also and an unfortunate one.