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Newbiespud 19th Oct 2019, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
Really, isn't never putting yourself in harm's way, not even for a single second the most """"""clever"""""" plan of all?

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dziadek1990 19th Oct 2019, 6:26 AM edit delete reply
If I was a player, I would go with a psychological tactics.

I would (at least initially) assume that, however clever Discord is, his vulnerability-to-boredom is stronger than his willingness-to-stick-to-his-plan. I'd try to make things as boring for him as possible, to MAKE him eventually confront my group head on and--

...oh, right, "making things boring for Discord" was a tactic that Fluttershy already used... but then again *she* used this tactic to make Discord STOP interacting with her...

...anyways that's a terrible plan. The Mane Six are not the only ponies that could be the source of amusement for D. He could still torment and have fun with everypony ELSE, besides them.
BackSet 19th Oct 2019, 7:06 AM edit delete reply
Solution: Maud Pie.
Greenhornet 19th Oct 2019, 7:40 AM edit delete reply
Throw him a victory party!
What? You want to know what they do after that? I can't think of everything!

OK, just hear me out. Another. Discord.
Malroth 19th Oct 2019, 2:30 PM edit delete reply
Malroth
Throwing a "we beat Dischord" party would almost definately make Dischord show up to ruin it.
redwings1340 19th Oct 2019, 3:02 PM edit delete reply
redwings1340
I really like this plan actually. Sure, Discord might last a while tormenting other ponies, but he wouldn't enjoy the game nearly as much if there was no possibility of failure. He'd eventually want to dangle hope in front of the ponies, and eventually he'd let slip a little too much, and bam, over.
dziadek1990 20th Oct 2019, 12:50 PM edit delete reply
> Discord deliberately does a dumb tactic because using smart tactics would've been boring

> Discord gets Rainbowfied(TM)

> Discord: "WORTH IT!"
The Old One 20th Oct 2019, 9:37 AM edit delete reply
Well, they could take a page from original James T Kirk and defeat him with an impassioned bout of slightly spurious logic that causes his brain to explode
dziadek1990 20th Oct 2019, 12:47 PM edit delete reply
But he's not a robot.

Paradoxes won't hurt him.

Likely give be like power-ups for him, I think.
albedoequals1 19th Oct 2019, 7:10 AM edit delete reply
albedoequals1
It's true, the best possible defense is "being somewhere else". That's the whole philosophy behind stand-off weapons.
andreas002 20th Oct 2019, 12:02 PM edit delete reply
andreas002
This is usually what Wizards do when they're done gaining power at absurd speeds via slaying monsters. Private Demiplanes are a common theme.

There's also that one Level 16 Wizard called Eziah in the Pathfinder (D&D 3.75) setting that decided he'd had enough and settled on the sun. He's literally 1 level away from casting 9th level spells, but then just said, "Nah, I'm good" and left for his floating tower on the sun. Best part is, he's not anyone super important, just a footnote in one of the Lore books, but he has such a ridiculous story that it's impossible not to like the guy.
Specter 19th Oct 2019, 8:52 AM edit delete reply
Specter
Could just cut-paste him into a parallel universe, shield and all. Or cut-paste everything except him into a parallel universe if that doesn't work.
AProcrastinatingWriter 19th Oct 2019, 9:27 AM edit delete reply
sunset shimmer's problem now
BackSet 20th Oct 2019, 6:49 AM edit delete reply
No remorse on that part. Not that I don't like Sunset but still... no remorse.
you know that guy 19th Oct 2019, 9:59 AM edit delete reply
The problem is getting to Discord, and the ponies will almost certainly enter a Ponyville in which Discord isn't. Maybe they could use the Elements of Harmony to open a portal to the location of a particular friend of theirs named Discord.
Guest 19th Oct 2019, 10:20 AM edit delete reply
"I would rather lose bravely than win as a coward."

- Some Skeletons
Lure? 19th Oct 2019, 10:33 AM edit delete reply
They could also try to lure Discord outside, just like fishing... Too bad they can't use a piece of cake like with Celestia.
Classic Steve 19th Oct 2019, 12:35 PM edit delete reply
We're counting on you, Twilight.
Digo Dragon 20th Oct 2019, 8:25 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Try ignoring him? Discord seems to love riling up others and when a bully doesn't get attention...
CrowMagnon 20th Oct 2019, 12:25 PM edit delete reply
The Overpowered Villain is Also Overly Cautious
Guest 20th Oct 2019, 5:25 PM edit delete reply
TOVAOC
GrayGriffin 20th Oct 2019, 9:55 PM edit delete reply
GrayGriffin
I don't think Discord has ever heard the word "cautious" in his life.
Guest 21st Oct 2019, 6:15 AM edit delete reply
Discord isn't unable of being cautious, he's just bad at it.

He made a back up plan in case Celestia and Luna defeated him, it just triggered a thousand+ years too late.
darkgloomie 21st Oct 2019, 2:34 AM edit delete reply
Would read that Light Novel
Guest 21st Oct 2019, 3:08 AM edit delete reply
One day the DM will learn that it's ok for players/PCs to ruin your bad guys' plans/what you thought the campaign will be like, rather than go "ok, there's this one way to win how are you doing it?"
BackSet 21st Oct 2019, 5:48 PM edit delete reply
To be fair, this time they asked him.
Prof. Haystacks 21st Oct 2019, 8:20 AM edit delete reply
Been meaning to write this into a fic, but...
Briar-patching. Figure out a way to make Discord THINK he's the one getting one over, when that's actually your plan.