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The Quiet Game
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Newbiespud 14th Jul 2012, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
As promised, I've written a more elaborate editorial on Pony Tales. Also as promised, Stairc has finally released his Pony-Handler's Guide, the Pony Tales DM guide.

While the Pony-Handler's Guide has a few sample monsters, a Monster Manual-type document is tentatively in the works, but Stairc is mainly interested in turning that into a community-driven project, edited and guided by him. Again, if you have any questions, I'm sure he'll address them in today's comments.

But enough of that. It's the weekend of the 14th, which means I'm off to the Northwest Bronyfest meetup today! If you're going to be part of that group today or tomorrow, look for the white guy with dark brown hair wearing green aviator sunglasses. Not too many of those in Portland, Oregon, right...?

241 Comments:

Zarhon 14th Jul 2012, 6:01 AM edit delete reply
Zarhon
Oooh, IC vs OOC voices! Always fun.

Have fun at bronyfest! Try not to get murdered by your players and/or DMs!
Oblivious 14th Jul 2012, 6:07 AM edit delete reply
Oblivious
Many thanks, Newbiespud, for the support you are giving to our group's campaign. It's a wonderful bonus to the tri-weekly updated webcomic. *squee*

As for the rest of you guys and gals who are interested in helping Stairc and company, you have your mission: we need monster's for the monster guide! In all seriousness, any help would be appreciated: ideas, stat blocks, art, moral support, whatever you can offer.

P.S. For those wondering about the session summaries, our writer, Karilyn, is having some health issues, so wish her well, alright?
Masterweaver 14th Jul 2012, 6:09 AM edit delete reply
How do we donate monsters? *Evil grin, EVIL EVIL GRIN*
Oblivious 14th Jul 2012, 6:17 AM edit delete reply
Oblivious
Oh, that's the easy part. Send a private message to Stairc, or e-mail him at minimallyexceptional@gmail.com with any ideas concerning monster creation. The more creative, the better, though I would appreciate the darker-themed monsters to a minimum. Trying to go for variety here, and shadow-themed enemies are quite abundant right now. Nothing wrong with them, just keep that in mind. Also, no more changeling ideas or nightmare ideas; they will be done to death before this adventure arc is over with, I'm sure.
MirrorImage 14th Jul 2012, 7:28 AM edit delete reply
MirrorImage
When you say PM, do you mean on the ComicFury forums, or did I miss another forum where you're setting up?
Stairc 14th Jul 2012, 9:51 AM edit delete reply
Stairc
You can email me at minimallyexceptional@gmail.com or PM me here on ComicFury. We should definitely set up a forum for design work though. I"m just too tired to do it properly at the moment.

ThousandYearSunrise 14th Jul 2012, 10:40 AM edit delete reply
ThousandYearSunrise
Sent in an email with some monsters. It's hard to come up with things that aren't too dark.
Bronymous 14th Jul 2012, 10:46 AM edit delete reply
Bronymous
No nightmares or changelings, avoid shadows and "dark" (which I assume to mean stuff that wouldn't make it on the show) monsters?

Well there go my ideas.

How about humans?
Raxon 14th Jul 2012, 11:24 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
I take it that means my "Kathulu" is out, despite being a lighter and softer Cthulhu. I guess cosmic horrors are a bit too much.

Oh, Wait! 'Visitors' would work! Hee hee! Gonna have to submit a few monsters soon, when I have time! This should be lots of fun to write!
Stairc 14th Jul 2012, 11:51 AM edit delete reply
Stairc
Lighter and softer Cthulu sounds hilarious. Submit anything and everything you think is awesome. The very worst that can happen is that it doesn't get included. =)
Raxon 15th Jul 2012, 5:38 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
I actually got the idea from an 80s cartoon, The Real Ghostbusters. They had a (relatively) lighter and softer bastardized Cthulhu.

That being said, I don't think I could actually get away with having him devour 1d6 ponies per round. I'm going to have to get creative. Time to pull an all-nighter, and really get nuts.
Stairc 14th Jul 2012, 11:50 AM edit delete reply
Stairc
Humans probably don't make too much sense, but I don't at all mind seeing anything you can come up with. DM's can always reflavor them.

Plus, I'm totally fine with more nightmares and dark monsters. I want as many cool ideas as possible. :)
MirrorImage 14th Jul 2012, 2:03 PM edit delete reply
MirrorImage
Shall I just pull out my 4e Monster Manual and get crackin'?
The Guest 14th Jul 2012, 2:53 PM edit delete reply
Considering the monsters that have appeared on the show, anything darker would probably traumatize the players and DM alike.
Bronymous 14th Jul 2012, 3:19 PM edit delete reply
Bronymous
Dragons, hydras, manticores, body snatchers. I feel like that's pretty dark. Then again, this is the world where a minotaur is a motivational speaker.

And I was joking about humans. Anything that I could come up with for that would either break canon, or break the game. Someone else could try, though.
MirrorImage 14th Jul 2012, 4:00 PM edit delete reply
MirrorImage
Let change topic slightly then. What about "Humanoids?" Goblins, Kobolds, and the like.
Stairc 14th Jul 2012, 4:05 PM edit delete reply
Stairc
Feel free to add em.
Greyman 14th Jul 2012, 7:15 PM edit delete reply
Well, they don't have to be "humanoid", do they?

The Diamond Dogs from the "A Dog and Pony Show" episode pretty much fill the role of Kobolds and Goblins; by coltnapping ponies to slave away in their underground gem mines and such.
Stairc 14th Jul 2012, 9:06 PM edit delete reply
Stairc
Yep. You can make absolutely anything you want. The more stuff we make, the better - and DM's can decide whether to include it.

Also, in the spirit of 4e, there doesn't just have to just be one type of drake or one type of buffalo or one type of dragon. Feel free to make lots and lots of various monster stat blocks for each of them.

By all means get cracking. =)
Raxon 15th Jul 2012, 5:41 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
You heard the man! Break out the ice elemental succubi, and other deliciously absurd mind screws.

I will have to get back to that after Friday, though. I have to learn to write a full musical number, so my lunatic with mind control powers can cause an international incident.
Panoptes 15th Jul 2012, 7:31 AM edit delete reply
Panoptes
Catgirl witches appear to be G1 canon.

Just sayin'.
MirrorImage 15th Jul 2012, 8:07 AM edit delete reply
MirrorImage
HUMANS were G1 Canon.

Dis ain't no G1.
Digo 15th Jul 2012, 8:27 AM edit delete reply
Ah yes, Catarina...
AlicornPriest 15th Jul 2012, 6:57 PM edit delete reply
AlicornPriest
I'm rather excited to see the Monster Guide. Can't we see it half-done, though? I'd like to see everypony's contributions (including my own, possibly). Tuesday's comic, perhaps?
Stairc 16th Jul 2012, 12:25 AM edit delete reply
Stairc
Definitely, I'll be opening it as it goes along. I figure it'll be an ongoing project.

But no way it'll happen on Tuesday's comic. I'm swamped all week with work, running Guardian Games' D&D camp (yep, I'm technically a professional DM =) ), my own two weekly games etc. I doubt I'll have time to get some screened monsters by Tuesday.

But hey, we should totally set up a forum website for the Pony Tales Project.
Oblivious 16th Jul 2012, 1:48 AM edit delete reply
Oblivious
Why in the hoof did we not thing of that before? *facedesk*
Raxon 16th Jul 2012, 7:33 PM edit delete reply
Raxon
Oh, good. Plenty of time for me to tone down all my horrors so they're appropriate for ponies. By the way, would it be alright to create nonstandard enemies that require a different method to combat them?

Also, would you like some flavor text to accompany each monster, or not?
Stairc 16th Jul 2012, 9:11 PM edit delete reply
Stairc
Yep, totally fine with nonstandard enemies. I'm looking forward to it. Flavor text is awesome if you can come up with too, though not necessary.
Raxon 16th Jul 2012, 11:48 PM edit delete reply
Raxon
Excellent. All-nighter time. I should warn you beforehand, stuff I make tends to be terrible, in more ways than one.

And I will always add flavor text. Even if it's ridiculous. Especially if it's ridiculous!
Stairc 17th Jul 2012, 12:43 AM edit delete reply
Stairc
Awesome. I'm looking forward to it. =)

Btw, we just added two new non-pony races. Griffons and Changelings.
Raxon 17th Jul 2012, 2:50 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
I hope you don't mind, I included one entry for the monster manual specifically designed to waste your players' time, and make them hate that enemy intensely.

This gives you lots of time to think about what happens next.It's a tactical monster for the DM to use when the party has taken the game way off the rails, so he can figure out how to get everything back on track. He even has the trait Huge Jerk!
Anvildude 16th Jul 2012, 7:11 PM edit delete reply
You know, as Hasbro owns Wizards of the Coast, DnD is actually Pony Friendly. The reason there's Manticores, and Minotaurs, and that particular form of Hydra is partially because of that.

Just sayin'.
darkwulf23 14th Jul 2012, 6:12 AM edit delete reply
darkwulf23
That bastard DM broke Fluttershy
Gerkuman 14th Jul 2012, 8:12 AM edit delete reply
Gerkuman
Arguably it's more AJ's fault for getting on the DM's nerves.
Other Guest 14th Jul 2012, 6:17 PM edit delete reply
The DM hasn't been that rough on her. He even fudged some to try and get her over the gap. It's just the idea of fighting a dragon along with a couple of problems has gotten Fluttershy's player flustered. When you are upset, then every mistake feels magnified.

Now we wait for her cellphone to go off while they are crossing the hazard zone....
Zarhon 14th Jul 2012, 6:15 AM edit delete reply
Zarhon
What? No stories? Unacceptable. Tell a story about when a DM enforced the "OOC is IC" voice rule, or the players abused / suffered on account of it.
Cil 14th Jul 2012, 6:58 AM edit delete reply
We have this rule as a houserule: The first to break character has to bring food next session. Screwed us all over when we were playing our custom campaign (essentially it is Lord of the Rings, just with every character replaced by ponies) and one of our players was no Brony and got the relationship between the characters horribly wrong.

If you want I can post the transcript, in short: We had our normal group (AJ, Zecora and our DM) and our friend who was in the city by chance and was more than happy when we asked him to join this game. He picked Big Macintosh from our testing box (Mac was our testcharacter for physical minmaxers)and got his personality perfectly the first part of the session. Then we began failing our sanity-throws and everything went downhill, unfortunately we understood too late what he was trying: He asked Zecora for a sleeping potion, drugged AJ and did some things I do not want to write here.
Eager not to pay the bills for next week we tried our best to stay in character everyone (including the GM) did everything possible to stop this act, ranging from Zecora's wake-up-rolls to the constant rolls the GM was rolling (random encounter, different weather-conditions, even stupid rolls as 'wasp is stinging where it hurts' etc.), but the dice were hating us this session and we failed everything.
It ended with the GM angrily saying he can do his act before rolling his dice at least ten more times. Even Mac got this time the GM was trying to do something about his action and dared to ask what was up.

GM: Congratulation, AJ's pregnant, you both are struck with a random STD I have to create now, when your sanity returns you can roll a new sanity-decrease twice the last roll. Before I foret, congratulations to everyone...Mac, roll a 100d1 and substract the percentage from your life- and sanity-score, I will buy the pizza and now lets talk about what, how and why this happened.

Turned out our non-brony got Mac's personality mostly from the charactersheet and somehow thought AJ was his apprentice wo he has a crush on...
Let's just say we learned our lesson and now ask everyone we invite if they know the characters, even if they are happy to play with ponies and get the characters right. 'Nope', 'Eyup', being quietely and speaking around family or when angry was unfortunately the 'logical' conclusion from a charisma of 4 with high boost under the aforementioned circumstances. That this guy picked this two words instead of simple a simple 'yes' and 'no' was too bad for us, but got us at least a nice pizza :)
Oblivious 14th Jul 2012, 7:12 AM edit delete reply
Oblivious
...What?
Bronymous 14th Jul 2012, 10:34 AM edit delete reply
Bronymous
That scenario doesn't sound that bad. Kind of like a fairly oddly-written clopfic- or a very well written trollfic. Either way, I'd probably read it. Interesting way for a game to turn out, though.
Cil 14th Jul 2012, 12:17 PM edit delete reply
Cil
I think I got a few things wrong in the last post, it was Mac who bought pizza in the end, the GM was just innerly shocked.

btw, this campaign IS awesome, unfortunately our rulebook is currently in the making and therefore often not balanced/not complete/otherwise not suited for longer campaigns. Maybe the next month I can finally write our notes in ordinary text. n the moment may aspects are just simple notes, often written directly during the play...





Backstory:
We are playing a custommade crossover between MLP and Lord of the Rings, in essence it is Middle-earth inhabited by ponies and the Rings substituted with different Elements. Currently we are testing our rulebook and play different aspects of this world, but this one session most of our players couldn't come and we had just two players+GM. Fortunately, an old friend was in town and we invited him, his reaction being 'LOTR...with PONIES? Call me in!'. We then decided to play our favorite testmap (around Weathertop), as it was perfect for smaller groups and we had our funniest adventures on it (Five natural twenties in a row resulting in our first Sonic Rainboom, Fluttershy and filly!Dash with failed sanity rolls, Macintosh and Twilight stalling the pony-Nazguls with forceshields and their unnatural defense, rainboompowered tacklings and Twi impaling one of this fiends and thus revealing the first Element of Force).
As we saw no sense in continuing our previous chars and we had enough of testing munchkins, we let fate decide which chars we got and let our friend decide from our testing-list. In the end we landed on Zecora and Applejack and our friend picked Big Macintosh. The first task were easy and funny and thankfully our friend was full in character, just 'nope's and 'eyup's to stragers and often to Zecora, normal talking to Applejack and so on. Anyway, us having played this setting may times before and our friend being genre-savvy, we evaded the ambush on top skillfully and got our enemies an a false track (zebra-potions were just overpowered back then...). Our sturdy Mac was tasked by planting this track as he was the only character able to hold them for a while and within this task he was nearly caught twice, but was able to hide in the last seconds. On the downside he lost a few sanity points, making him 'more egocentrical, while also losing empathy'. Then our nightmare began!

Zecora's rhymes may sound a bit off, I had to shorten them quite a bit and find a fitting English translation for them...

* = Actions
<< = change of location
{{ = Conversation with DM

<<back in camp>>
AJ: Are they away?
BM: Eyup.
AJ: Any problms with it?
BM: Nope.
AJ: Fine. You earned your rest, let me do the first watch this night.
BM: *nod*
<<AJ to watchout>>
BM: Could you help me with something, Zecora?
ZE: What is it that you ask, old Zecora surely is up to the task.
BM: Can you mix me a potion for better sleeping?
ZE: It as good that you ask, because I have such a flask. But beware of it strength, because it lets you sleep quite a length. As said in the old lore, 'too much and you sleep for evermore'.
BM: 'For evermore?'
ZE: The old lore is harshly spoken, but more than three drops and you'll be not awoken. Many times till then will pass and you'll be rid of most your mass. Even by force you'll not succeed and still lie on this weed.
ZE: *gives flask to Mac; sleeps*
BM: *fills cup*
<<Mac goes to AJ>>
BM: Here, have a cup of water, you seem thirsty.
AJ: Thanks a lot, *drinks*, this watching made me all drowsy, fresh water is the best thing in such a situation...
AJ: *goes to ground*
BM: I'm sorry, AJ, but you never would think about getting a rest when you need one.
AJ: *sleeps*
BM: {{I look back to the camp. Do I see Zecora? Is she awake or asleep? *roll* 16}}
GM: You can see Zecora lying on the ground. Judging by her being movingless you think she's asleep.
BM: {{Is the cup empty?}}
GM: Yes.
BM: {{Good...I'll have my way with her}}
*Player AJ with open mouth*
GM: You do WHAT? Wh...how do yo...
BM: {{[detailled description what and how]}} <--- banning OOC is sometimes really bad, a "why" would have been a better question than "how" ;))
GM: *rolls desperately for a sudden encounter* <---Most enemies are tied to locations and the wandering enemies were taken care of and changing encounter rules is in our rulebooks the same as OOC...Unfortunately, encounters and weather failed...
GM: Zecora rolls for waking up by feeling a disturbance.
ZE *rolls* 1. Stay asleep
GM: *sight* You can do it, Mac.
BM: {{I hope I don't have to make this detailled, after a while I finish and cotinue the watch till morning rises.}}
GM: You don't have to give details, I'm still hoping my brains delete the last description...by the way, AJ's pregnant now, you both have STDs and I fear your sanity may vanish more and more the more it comes back. *death glare*
GM: It's morning now! Zecora, wake up.
ZE: {{I wonder why I'm alone and go to the watchout.}}
GM: You see a sleepy Mac and a still sleeping AJ.
ZE: {{I look puzzled and give AJ a little nudge.}}
GM: Nothing happens.
ZE: Her sleeping seems like from this potion...didn't you heed my notion? It's strong and unforgiving, I shall know as I do them for a living. A strong pony like you may endure my ration, but for your sister it may be hard to walk aga...
BM: S..Sister?
ZE: Of course she is, how could you forget? If I didn't miss that a changeling is here I never met.
BM: SISTER???
ZE: Didn't you hear me speaking or are you innerly sleep...
BM: Stop this rhyming! I don't care how many pizzas I'll have to buy, but WTF? You say AJ's Mac's sister and nobody thought of interrupting me in this madness?
GM: I thought you knew and were just taking your sanity loss too far or were trying to force us breaking character.
BM: How should I knew the relationships between your OCs?
ZE: Don't say you don't know MLP? You were the one jumping excited when I intruduced the campaign and the one beingt truest to character until this action...
BM: MLP? This girly thing? Seriously, are you kidding me? I am in for LOTR and because clever Ponies have so many different options than the eversame bipedal humanoids with their hands. And what do you mean with 'in character'? All I did was say two words over and over due to my 4 points in 'speaking' [<--being a subattribute to charisma] and abusing the bonus I got to my friendshipscore with AJ.
GM: Wo is kidding whom? With three exceptions Mac used exactly two words in the series, 'nope' and 'eyup', with the exceptions being brainwashed, speaking to Applejack and being angry. And you are saying these two words were the first coming in your mind? And that your normal speaking with AJ resulted from the friendship-score?
BM: Eh...eyup?
ZE: Then sorry about that...after your reaction I was sure you were a brony and your interpretation fit too well. But even then, why do you think this was a great idea?
BM: I didn't, but remember the sanity-level I got. Mac was in a phase just dedicated to his well-being and fun. In this wasteland I had to find something to counter this need and this was the only thing which seemed fitting. I mean, seriously, our friendship_meter is full, her CM is also an apple and gives a bonus to the same skills. With this, our same occupation, even similar attributes, just a bit more rounded on her part, I thought she was an assistant or something like this on whom I have a crush...
AJ: *laughs* When you know this series it is like in this bad clopfics...just more innocently.


Ps. stupid website, why can't I post longer text wthout logging in aren't spammers normally more about short links instead of longer texts?
BadHorse 14th Jul 2012, 7:19 AM edit delete reply
In a superhero game, I found myself mind-controlled by another PC and forced to take part in a press conference.

DM asked questions as reporters, we answered. First, I tried shouting for help - the MC PC squashed that right away, saying, "no you don't say that" and the DM continued on.

Next, I tried to come up with clever ways to answer questions to call for help. No dice.

Frustrated, I sat and waited. DM asks "are you seeing anybody?"

I grab MC PC and say, "Nope, we're married!"

MC PC literally splutters and goes "W-w-what?"

DM allows my answer to go through.

I smile in victory.
AlicornPriest 14th Jul 2012, 6:31 AM edit delete reply
AlicornPriest
I really enjoyed reading the GM guide. I may not actually be the GM, but I find it helpful to know what the GM knows. Firstly, because it helps me to see the greater picture of how the campaign will work, rather than just my little role in it. Secondly, I secretly want to be a GM someday, so reading every GM book I can get my hands on will hopefully sharpen my understanding of how that works, exactly.
kriss1989 14th Jul 2012, 7:48 AM edit delete reply
kriss1989
It'll only do so much to prepare you. You'll need to run a game eventually in order to really get the feel for it.

If you are already part of a gaming group, let them know you want to GM some day, and ask if they'd be willing to do a short one-shot adventure with you GMing. They'll probably say yes. A quick one-dungeon adventure (or the setting equivalent) with nothing too complex should suffice. I'd recommend 1st level (or the equivalent) PCs so you can more easily predict what they can do.

If you're not part of a gaming group, things are a bit more complex. You can either join a group, play for a year or so, then try the plan up above (doing it earlier might make the GM think you don't like his style). Or you could start a group as the GM. Start off with basic characters, adventure, story, etc. The basics work at low levels. Make about 5 dungeons before you advertise for players so you have something to work with.
Stairc 14th Jul 2012, 11:54 AM edit delete reply
Stairc
If you want a great tool, check out the Adventure Builder's Workshop on youtube. Run by a great panel of Master DMs who work for Wizards of the Coast - including the legendary Chris Perkins (my personal DM idol).

Here's the link to Part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCg-YPC8ajo

Also, Kriss is right. Working with an experienced DM and collaborating on an adventure is fantastic experience. Believe it or not, Newbiespud once lacked confidence as a DM. But after just 3 or 4 adventures working with me on co-dming one of my weekly games - he took over the whole thing ably and continually bedazzled us.
AlicornPriest 14th Jul 2012, 12:13 PM edit delete reply
AlicornPriest
Thanks you guys for all your support! Right now, though, I'm just worried about getting this game to happen. I'll worry about GM'ing after I do some actual playing first.
kriss1989 14th Jul 2012, 7:39 AM edit delete reply
kriss1989
To those running pony games or making pony systems....Crystal Ponies in Season 3.

Which will probably be based on the nightmare-fuel Twinkle Eye Ponies. If you don't recall why they were nightmare-fuel, let me retell their origin. Once, an evil wizard enslaved a large number of ponies to mine magical gems for himself. To keep them from escaping, he REMOVED THEIR EYES. This continued until a mysterious mare came along and defeated the evil wizard, throwing him and his gemstone throne into the canyon he had his slaves mining, killing him and shattering the throne. The slave ponies found that they could use the gems from the broken throne as substitute eyeballs. And so you have ponies with pretty gemstone eyes.

What a great bit of info to have on a children's toy in the 80s. I love how overboard they went on justifying having cheap plastic gem eyes for one series of ponies.
Guest 14th Jul 2012, 9:38 AM edit delete reply
Mysterious Mare indeed.

Also, he didn't take their eyes, they just went near-blind due to being in constant darkness.

Also, don't the Twinkle Eye ponies use the gems as lenses of some sort?
Zarhon 14th Jul 2012, 9:38 AM edit delete reply
Zarhon
^ My post, forgot to login.

There's a more likely source of the crystal ponies: The crystal empire, of which Cadence is the princess of (At least, according to the merchandise. See the pics below).
Pic 1
Pic 2
Pic 3

Bronymous 14th Jul 2012, 10:38 AM edit delete reply
Bronymous
Good god. Almost makes me wanna be a fan of G1. Almost.
Panoptes 14th Jul 2012, 11:35 AM edit delete reply
Panoptes
The words "crystal empire" immediately made me think of Darth Vader made entirely of cubic zirconia.

Does this make me a bad person? I think it should.

EDIT: Wait, light bulb just went off--they downgraded Celestia from Queen to Princess because Disney has made queens evil but they leave Cadance in charge of an "Empire"?

PS: I absolutely despise Hasbro for this "CadAnce" crap. Personally, I'm a fan of teaching our children how to spell real words, but it appears that this is official. I suppose I'll live :/
Bronymous 14th Jul 2012, 1:56 PM edit delete reply
Bronymous
Well if her name bothers you that much, you could just refer to her by her full name. I'm pretty sure Mi Amore Cadenza are all real worlds.

Also, Crystal Empire now equals Italy. I guess.
AlicornPriest 14th Jul 2012, 2:37 PM edit delete reply
AlicornPriest
All Italian words, and bad Italian grammar, too, but yeah, they're all words.
MirrorImage 15th Jul 2012, 11:56 AM edit delete reply
MirrorImage
That sounds like a PERFECT excuse to substitute the American theme song for the Italian version!
The Guest 14th Jul 2012, 3:31 PM edit delete reply
Who says Cadenza really rules it? Her parents may still be in charge. Or maybe it refers to the Crystal Catacombs, which are really the ruins of the Crystal Empire.
Bronymous 14th Jul 2012, 7:17 PM edit delete reply
Bronymous
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=3LkJ3_nVq8s#!
Crystal Ponies are now canon, and Cadence has something to do with them. SPOILER ALERT SEASON 3 SONG

This world is growing more and more epic by the day.
Karilyn 16th Jul 2012, 5:28 PM edit delete reply
Karilyn
My immediate thought when I heard the song was that the Crystal Ponies are the Changelings. That "Princess Cadance needs our help, her magic will not last forever" to keep them out of Canterlot and, "We have to make them see. We can save the Crystal Ponies with their history" by making them remember who they once were. This seems to almost be supported by the crystals in the song resembling the crystals on Queen Chrysalis' crown.

Though I'm probably crazy and seeing patterns which aren't there.
Demonu 14th Jul 2012, 8:04 AM edit delete reply
Demonu
Pony Tales Manuals:
- Read them
- Learn them
- Love them
- Tell your grandchildren one day about them


As for the Pony Tales adventure(s) I'm planning to run, all slots have been filled. I've got 9 people (potentially 10) of which half of them live in the same time zone, making it easier to schedule. The other group has more spreading but I have my top people working on a compromise for that.

People willing to spectate are still welcome. Said first group is of time zone GMT-4/EST so see for yourself if spectating is an option.
Mail to forger.f@gmail.com for any questions.
Masterweaver 14th Jul 2012, 8:11 AM edit delete reply
Here's a house rule:

If you have a cutie mark relating to an attribute instead of a skill, you receive:
Training in two of the attribute's skills
Minus one attribute point total.
Demonu 14th Jul 2012, 8:47 AM edit delete reply
Demonu
Seeing how Cutie Marks are kind of specific, I don't think you could have one for an entire attribute.

This gives a +2 net bonus to 2 skills in addition to 2 already trained skills, which makes it OP in my eyes.
Masterweaver 14th Jul 2012, 9:01 AM edit delete reply
A Skill cutie mark give +5 to one skill, equaling five points. An Attribute cutie mark gives +3 to two skills and -1 to three skills (or two if it's athletics), equaling three (or four) points. Jack of all trades.
Demonu 14th Jul 2012, 9:18 AM edit delete reply
Demonu
What if you decide that Athletics is your attribute cutie mark, meaning -1 to those skills but +3 to the same skills, granting a net bonus of +2.

Combined with cleverly chosen Freaky Knowledge talents, I believe you could end up with a character where each skill can be at least 10 (after modifiers have been add)
Masterweaver 14th Jul 2012, 9:52 AM edit delete reply
I think you misunderstand. I didn't mean -1 to the chosen attribute. I meant -1 to the attribute point pool in total. I'm factoring in all the skills.
Demonu 14th Jul 2012, 10:10 AM edit delete reply
Demonu
That's what I meant. Instead of spending 8 points to customize attributes, you only get 7, correct?
That means my reasoning still stands
Kaleopolitus 14th Jul 2012, 10:51 AM edit delete reply
Kaleopolitus
Hey, Demonu? When are you planning to play those games, or a rough estimate if that applies? Though I don't think I'll be playing along, I'd love to spectate at least a little bit of it.
Demonu 14th Jul 2012, 12:32 PM edit delete reply
Demonu
Somewhere along the middle of next week or else the weekend.
Masterweaver 14th Jul 2012, 10:59 AM edit delete reply
Um... how? We're talking about skills.
Demonu 14th Jul 2012, 12:34 PM edit delete reply
Demonu
Yes, so was I.
By taking Freaky Knowledge a couple of times and carefully selecting the applications of it, I think one would be able to make a character where every skill would end up as a 9/10 after applying said modifiers.

If you want, I could whip up an example right now.
Masterweaver 14th Jul 2012, 12:47 PM edit delete reply
Yes, but Freaky Knowledge would affect a character no matter what.
Stairc 14th Jul 2012, 12:56 PM edit delete reply
Stairc
"Pony Tales Manuals:
- Read them
- Learn them
- Love them
- Tell your grandchildren one day about them."
-Demonu

*beams*

This made my morning. It's great that so many people seem to enjoy the system, really makes me look forward to developing them further.
YeGuilty 14th Jul 2012, 10:01 AM edit delete reply
I am planning a pony rp based off of the simple and fun Puzzles and Ponies system... Am I allowed to post a link or email here?
Bronymous 14th Jul 2012, 10:42 AM edit delete reply
Bronymous
New here? Probably. Describe the game, what you want to do, your email for applications. Keep in mind time zone differences, how you plan to play it, etc.
YeGuilty 14th Jul 2012, 11:00 AM edit delete reply
I can be reached at YeGuilty@hotmail.com

I'm looking for players... And the game is still in the planning phase, so I am interested in what other people are interested in playing. I have some plans in mind, but at this stage I could adapt them to a setting that people are interested in. So, I'm looking for feedback.
Heat Wave 14th Jul 2012, 10:14 AM edit delete reply
Heat Wave
See everypony at Northwest Bronyfest!
Stairc 14th Jul 2012, 11:56 AM edit delete reply
Stairc
Sadly, I can't make it. =(

Relatives are in town and I have a to prepare for my D&D camp next week, as well as working on Pony Tales.

Say hi to everyone for me!
XandZero2 14th Jul 2012, 10:39 AM edit delete reply
Have a good time at Bronyfest everybody... er... pony - everypony.

Also, I do like what I've seen of the Pony Tales books so far. They're written in a fun way and I enjoyed reading them. I'm still a novice GM myself (and game balance), so I don't know what help I could give on the Monster Manual as far as stat blocks are concerned.

If you guys need someone to write fluff though, I could try my hand.

Two thoughts strike me about the books so far though:

1. What does a character get when they level up? I don't think that was discussed yet in either book - or did I miss it?

2. I'm also a little disappointed that there isn't a sanity system in the game yet. Based on the show, ponies go crazy quite a lot, and I've always thought that should be an integral part of a pony RPG. Any chance you might try adding something like that to the rules eventually?
Stairc 14th Jul 2012, 12:02 PM edit delete reply
Stairc
Great to hear. They sure were fun to write. I'm definitely looking forward to expanding them.

And heck yes, we'd love to have you on as a creative writer. There's lots of lore, both in campaign setting creation and monster lore, to be made. There's so much room for writers, artists and game designers on the Pony Tales project. If you want to be a part of it, just shoot me an email at minimallyexceptional@gmail.com - whatever you're talented at I'm sure we can find a use for.

1) I mention at the end of the player's handbook the basic system for gaining levels, but we haven't worked out exactly what happens yet. I have some hunches though and look forward to developing them further.

2) If anypony makes a sanity system, that might be a fun optional supplement for DM's. :)
Lapis-Lazily 14th Jul 2012, 10:47 AM edit delete reply
Hi, I'm a friend of Stairc's and I'm currently planning out a pony campaign using his pony tales system. I have three slots to fill, and, according to Stairc, there are a good number of people here who'd like to play. If you want more information send me a message on my email vidgameguy777@gmail.com
Stairc 14th Jul 2012, 11:57 AM edit delete reply
Stairc
I want to heartily endorse this. Lapis is planning on running a wicked-dark pony game that I've a small hand in helping him plan out. For those looking to experience the dark side of Equestria, you'll probably have a lot of fun here. The first adventure's outline looks really exciting already.
Kaleopolitus 14th Jul 2012, 10:49 AM edit delete reply
Kaleopolitus
I'm having trouble seeing most avatars lately. Some will load, but the vast majority will not. Anyone know what is going on?

Also, about the Five Fathers' Adventuring Party stories: I have them in .txt files but I don't really know how I should go about it. I think I'd piss Newbie off if I copy pasted them into a comment (OH GOD IT'D BE SO LONG), but I'm not that well versed in sharing files otherwise.
Demonu 14th Jul 2012, 12:44 PM edit delete reply
Demonu
You're archiving them?
Neat ^^

You could copy/paste them into google docs, store them there and just share a link to it when needed.
Kaleopolitus 14th Jul 2012, 1:52 PM edit delete reply
Kaleopolitus
Good idea, Demonu! I'll be posting a new comment with the link as well as that'll have the highest chance of the new guys finding it and reading it :D

https://docs.google.com/document/d/11eIMLP-xwc1ddaCcqgR-CrxP3lZyGguYPH6a4KjVIJs/edit

This SHOULD work. I hope.
Zarhon 14th Jul 2012, 11:04 AM edit delete reply
Zarhon
Campaign continuation

Part Twilight Sparkle: "Blame it on the kobold"

The cleric and wizard were the first to exit to reach the exit. They turn around, waiting in anticipation.

Skitter

You phase yourself to a nearby shadow of the carriage, and quickly leg it. Halfway to the exit, you see Rolf standing near the entrance, looking at the carriage.

Tiffany

As you see Skitter emerge from a shadow, you hold Horizon's hand and pretty much pull him along, as far away from the carriage o' horrors as you can.

****

The monstrosities turn to pursue the small figure that escaped them, unaware that a small fire has formed near their feet, and is quickly trailing towards a pile of rags. One of them turns it's head in reflex as a cracking sound is heard.

****

Boom

****

Save rolls
Skitter -> 5
Horizon -> 18 + 3 = 21
Tiffany -> 8 + 3 = 11

Skitter

An explosion rocks behind you. Rolf starts backing away, before quickly turning and running. As you turn your head to asses the damage, you see a wave of fire speeding towards you. You begin running faster. You reach the exit as the blast catches up with you, knocking you farther away from the tent and singing your tail. You land a few feet from Rolf. Heh. That went surprisingly well, you sup-OW TAIL BURNING HOT HOT HOT!

Horizon & Tiffany

You quickly glide upwards, safely escaping the range of ensuing fiery blast. You feel the blastwave hit you, but it barely pushes you backwards a bit. All that remains of the carriage is the wheels that supported it, the rest scattered and burning all over. The monstrosities, half-melted, weakly attempt to pull themselves away from the blaze. Their blood evaporates and congeals, quickly rendering their mobility nonexistant. They melt into a single pile of red, that slowly diminishes from the heat.

Horizon

Perception -> nat 1

You turn towards the large bright yellow blot. If you could see what just happened, you'd probably think of something cool or witty to say right now. Oh well. Hmm, that blot is awfully brigh-OW TOO BRIGHT GAH. That's it, you're getting some eye protection when this is over.

Tiffany

Perception -> 19

As you take note of the blaze, you notice the fire is trailing rather high. Gazing upwards, you notice that the top of the backstage tent caught fire, and it's quickly spreading downwards, burning away at some of the support beams holding the tent up.

Uh oh.




Bronymous 14th Jul 2012, 11:20 AM edit delete reply
Bronymous
"Well it looks like that plan..." He pauses and puts on a pair of sunglasses, "Went up in flames."

YEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH


Or, at least, that's what he would have said if he could have come up with something cool or witty to say. But since he didn't, it went more like this.

"Well I'm sure that was quite pretty to look at. Sure felt like it." He again rubs his eyes, blinking and squinting, hoping to salvage his vision. Still blurry, he shakes his head and then turns to Tiffany-blob. "So, assuming that thing's dead, what's say we land and regroup? I'm starting to get dizzy up here."
Ramsus 14th Jul 2012, 11:38 AM edit delete reply
Ramsus
Skitter rolls around on the ground for a while to put his tail out and only once that's done does he notice the continuing fire.

He looks at Rolf without saying anything for a moment. "Keep running!" He shouts as he starts running again. "And keep that necromancer with you!"
Zarhon 14th Jul 2012, 11:50 AM edit delete reply
Zarhon
Both Skitter and Rolf back away a bit more, until you're out of the danger zone of the burning tent, which is slowly starting to go up in flames. Rolf notices the necromancer from earlier: It appears a group of children are rolling him around like a log, much to his frustration. They quickly run in terror at the sight of both of you.

Rolf looks at the flaming tent.

"I am *not* taking the blame for that."

After a while, the wizard and cleric meet up with the two of you. Rolf announces that he'll need everyone's attention: There's a lot to discuss. But first, you'll have to wait for those other two get out of that tent already.
Kris_The_Guest 14th Jul 2012, 11:58 AM edit delete reply
Kris_The_Guest
"RUNNNNNNNNN! IT'S GOING TO COME DOWN!" Tiffany started trying to leave, dragging Horizon along like a meatbag.
Bronymous 14th Jul 2012, 12:02 PM edit delete reply
Bronymous
Horizon gets dragged along like a meatbag.

Seriously, I can't do anything for myself right now. Is there going to be a point when I can saving throw my vision back, or what?
Zarhon 14th Jul 2012, 1:28 PM edit delete reply
Zarhon
Note: Most of this was left by Lynt. He didn't leave any other info.

Tiffany and Horizon manage to float out of the tent moments before the whole thing collapses in on itself. The tent is now pretty much a burning wreck. The stage next to it fares no better, as it quickly falls apart. The temple, being made of stone and metal, is relatively unharmed. It's main door, made of shiny reflective bronze is uncovered, as its curtain falls apart from the flames.

You all quickly regroup. The cleric quickly goes to finish the treatment on Horizon's eyes and body. While he's doing so, Rolf gathers everyone around and relays his thoughts of the events that just transpired...

"Here's how I think it is: "Zilean" has three steps to his plan. Step 1 was blowing up the drinking/dancing contest, step 2 was the temple, and the audience of the play was step 3, due to the "audience participation". The bomb we intercepted was meant for step 2, and the bomb we just disarmed here was meant for step 3. Since the audience is gone, and there aren't any necromancers around to set if off (Apart from the guy we tied up, of course), not to mention those... things have already risen from the dead, I think the bomb isn't an immediate threat at this point. I think we should go to the temple and secure any clerics or paladins that might be inside. Zilean may not have had the bomb, but he might have tried to deal with them himself. Afterwards, we should head on over to the graveyard - There aren't any "fresh" bodies there, not to mention that the cultists are probably hiding there. And Tiffany can give that gift thing she mentioned to the guy there, I suppose."


(Horizon's, eyes are properly healed at this point. You can interrogate the necromancer, as Rolf suggested earlier. Decide what else you want to do as well.)
Ramsus 14th Jul 2012, 1:51 PM edit delete reply
Ramsus
Well, I vote for interrogating the necromancer and figuring out what to do from there but, probably deal with the temple.
Calypso 14th Jul 2012, 1:40 PM edit delete reply
Man, I'm just imagining Tiffany as this cute, doe eyed brunette with massive muscles buried in gigantic armor like a safety blanket and holding a chunk of steel on a stick like a teddy bear.
Kris_The_Guest 14th Jul 2012, 1:41 PM edit delete reply
Kris_The_Guest
Tiffany : ....
Me : Um...I don't think women can get muscles like that. *is thinking of space marine Armor.*
Bronymous 14th Jul 2012, 2:02 PM edit delete reply
Bronymous
Interrogation Time? Oh yes.

Give me a minute, I have a lot to write.
Bronymous 14th Jul 2012, 2:30 PM edit delete reply
Bronymous
As soon as his vision clears, Horizon sets his sights on the sniveling, pathetic form of the tied up necromancer. The fear in his eyes over his predicament strikes a particular chord- any pretense of a good mood that Horizon may have had up until now vanishes. He approaches the prisoner, retrieving his Kukri from Rolf as he passes. Kneeling, he gives him the darkest, iciest glare one can give, as if he fully intended to rend his soul just by staring. After a moment, Horizon stands. "You know, I was having a good day today. I got paid, I found something fun to occupy my time, I killed an ass of a thug. A fairly good day." He pauses, and pulls his last remaining Alchemist's Fire out of it's pouch. "And then you guys had to show up and ruin the festivities. I'll admit, the killing of innocent people, the necromancy, it didn't really bother me. I wouldn't have held it against you. The bombs- if we can call them that anymore- were inspiring, because you had to be there- you had to sacrifice yourself to activate them. Or that's what I thought, that you all were fearless, that you were willing to die for whatever stupid plan this is." He turns, and again stares into the necromancer's eyes. "But now I see you're just a coward. You were never in danger, so long as everything went according to plan- no harm would come to you. You're weak, pathetic, helpless, and disgusting." With that, Horizon smashes the Alchemist's Fire over his head. Over the sounds of the screams, and the reactions of those assembled, Horizon makes himself heard. "Scream all you want, all you can, until you can't scream anymore. This will not be over quickly." He then produces a waterskin, dumping it on the cultist, extinguishing the fire. He looks to the Cleric. "Heal him." When the Cleric hesitates, Horizon grabs him and pulls him over. "He is no use to us dead, not yet. Heal him." As the Cleric sets to work, Horizon again kneels, and speaks softly, terrifyingly, into his victim's damaged ear. "Do you hear that? You will not meet death. I will not let you find that peace. You will feel pain, and torment, endlessly, as retribution for everyone hurt or killed today- for that abomination you helped create."
Horizon pushes the Cleric away, his task unfinished, and grabs the cultist by the collar, sitting him up. The cultist's sobs and moans are cut short as Horizon, agonizingly slowly, pierces his torso with his Kukri, just far enough to put the flat of the blade between two ribs. The cultist screams as Horizon twists, prying the ribs apart ever so slightly. He withdraws just before the ribs crack, and slams him back to the ground. He motions for the Cleric again. The Cleric attempts to protest, and again, Horizon grabs him. "Your opinion of the situation is not needed. Just keep him alive." As the healing magic once again takes effect, Horizon kneels once more. "Now, tell me. Everything."
Kris_The_Guest 14th Jul 2012, 2:45 PM edit delete reply
Kris_The_Guest
"Was that really necessary?" Tiffany asked.
Bronymous 14th Jul 2012, 2:52 PM edit delete reply
Bronymous
Horizon ignores the question, focused intently on the task at hand.

To answer the question... uh, of course not? Why settle for necessity when you can shoot for extravagance (or in this case, utter brutality)?
Zarhon 14th Jul 2012, 3:36 PM edit delete reply
Zarhon
The cultist starts explaining. He was was part small group with a few more individuals, one of many scattered through the town. All low-ranking or newly converted members are assigned in such a way: They're not allowed to know where or who the other sects are. Occasionally, some of them rise in rank, and are assigned elsewhere. All messages were sent by good-runners from somewhere else. Their only jobs was occasionally doing scouting missions and other low-profile tasks, as well as to train our necromancy and report traitors. A few days ago, we were sent a message. It told us that several sects would be chosen for a special assignment, so they all needed to prepare for it. They were given basic instructions on how to use their tools and decrypt the messages that would come. Then, yesterday, a higher ranking member arrived and told them their sect was chosen to assist him. They were to follow his orders, when the good runner brings them.

The necromancer in front of you was taken along with him personally, to help him with the mission. He knew he had to obey: Disobeying would just get him killed on the spot, and treason was easily discovered, as finding traitors was a common way to rise in rank. That, and there are worse things than death, as most necromancers would know...
Ramsus 14th Jul 2012, 2:53 PM edit delete reply
Ramsus
"Yeah, what a waste of an alchemist fire." says Skitter, rather detachedly.

(OOC I don't think it was a waste of course. It was very flavorfull. Good job.)
Bronymous 14th Jul 2012, 3:01 PM edit delete reply
Bronymous
Why thank you. I've literally been waiting days for this interrogation.
Zarhon 14th Jul 2012, 4:26 PM edit delete reply
Zarhon
I posted his answer, if you haven't noticed.
Bronymous 14th Jul 2012, 4:31 PM edit delete reply
Bronymous
Yeah I just saw it. I was waiting to see if anyone else wanted to jump in before I ruin this guy completely.
Ramsus 14th Jul 2012, 4:37 PM edit delete reply
Ramsus
Probably the cleric does...

And someone else, Tiffany, Rolf, or an NPC might point out that the local law enforcement might want this guy for questioning and trial themselves.
Bronymous 14th Jul 2012, 4:48 PM edit delete reply
Bronymous
I mean, it doesn't make any difference in what happens next, I just wanted to see if anyone had any input.
Bronymous 14th Jul 2012, 5:12 PM edit delete reply
Bronymous
Horizon looks at him, irritated. "So that's it? You're a worthless coward AND you don't know anything. What a waste of a good Alchemist's Fire." He stands again, delivering a crushing kick to the cultists's chest. "Driven solely by fear, fear of death, fear of not dying, fear of those more powerful than you. You are an ignorant child, and a failure." Another kick, this time to the ribs, and then Horizon grabs him by the collar again. "You have some purpose, though. Your master doesn't care about you enough to save you, but you will be an effective message to him." Horizon hits across the side of the face with the flat of his blade, and then grabs him by the throat and pinning him to a wall. "They will find you, and they will not like what they see. Now, scream for me one more time." Horizon then forces his head back, mouth open, and, producing the vial of volatile liquid, begins pouring it into his mouth and splashing it onto his face.

As he sputters and screams, Horizon delivers one last brutal thrust of his kukri into the cultist's gut, before ripping a vertical tear up his abdomen, eviscerating him. Horizon stands and turns, leaving the mutilated cultist to die as he walks back to the others. "So, what now?"
Zarhon 14th Jul 2012, 5:44 PM edit delete reply
Zarhon
I'll hold up any further updates till Rolf comes back and you can decide what to do.
Ramsus 14th Jul 2012, 6:13 PM edit delete reply
Ramsus
"Probably need to search the temple for val- more necromancer devices right?"
Kris_The_Guest 14th Jul 2012, 6:34 PM edit delete reply
Kris_The_Guest
BLAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH! Stupid steepdad needing my mouse.

Tiffany was frowning. "He could have been turned into the guards. They could get some of the other sects!"
Bronymous 15th Jul 2012, 3:00 PM edit delete reply
Bronymous
OMG I wanna plaaaaaaay. Where is he?
Zarhon 15th Jul 2012, 3:05 PM edit delete reply
Zarhon
Just a note, I will probably be scarce on the updates from now on, or update between 6pm-1am Europe time (I think thats 9am-4pm in the comment timestamps). I'll be rather busy sleeping and doing full time employment as part of college "practice".
Lyntermas 15th Jul 2012, 4:08 PM edit delete reply
Lyntermas
Rolf's jaw dropped as he saw Knife-Guy torture and eviscerate the cultist. How...how he supposed to respond to that? Killing the cultist like that served no purpose, "message" or no. And Knife-Guy just turned away and changed topics like...like he had just stepped on a nasty bug. Like it was no big deal. Rolf had heard of people like this: Strange, calculating people who had their own rules (which you could learn if you were lucky), but were completely devoid of empathy. He had half a mind to just...

Just what? Shoot a Magic Missile at him? Knife-Guy would probably just knock his skull off if he tried, not to mention what he could do to Rolf once he had flesh again. Besides, the cultist had the means and clear intention to kill a crowd full of innocent men, women, and even children; should mercy be shown just because he hadn't managed to carry it out? Finally, as much as Rolf hated to admit it, they might need someone like Knife-Guy to see this mission through.

Rolf finally spoke. "We should probably head inside the temple now, the sooner we prepare the clerics and paladins to go stop those...things at the drinking contest the better. Also, Skitter's right, we should keep our eyes open for more of those alchemist cylinders, just in case. I'll go talk to the prop wizard to change me back; I doubt this body will be tolerated by anyone who hadn't seen the play."

He went over to Knife-Guy and held out his helmet. As Knife-Guy went to take it, Rolf held on. "I'm not going to ask you how you live with yourself, because either that question never made sense to you or you figured a way to justify your actions long ago. I will ask you if you have any motivation to continue fighting these cultists, and if so, how can we avoid ticking you off and ending up like him?" Rolf asked, nodding toward the bloody remains of the cultist.


(I'm back, baby. I've got work from 8-5 tomorrow and Wednesday, but I'm back. Found the updates for Season 3, and looking forward to continuing this.)
Bronymous 15th Jul 2012, 4:52 PM edit delete reply
Bronymous
Horizon grabs his helmet. "It's simple, really. As far as I'm concerned, we're on the same team, and that justifies a contract, of sorts." He paused, putting in the helm and adjusting the faceplate. "Don't try to kill me, don't try to steal from me, don't ever break a deal with me. That will get you killed. If you do something, act with intent and conviction. Failure to do that won't get you killed, so long as we're working together, but it does piss me off." He looks back at the fresh corpse. "He died, simply, because he was on the wrong side- though the manner in which he died was because I really didn't like him. His fate was sealed as soon as he took part in this whole thing." Turning towards the temple, he draws his scimitar. "The same can be said for anyone who stands against us in there. So in short, you don't want to end up like him, then stand with me, and stand strong."
Lyntermas 15th Jul 2012, 5:28 PM edit delete reply
Lyntermas
Rolf considered Knife-Guy's words. The man valued loyalty and conviction. Rolf's conviction when he went back to the crowd might have been the reason Knife-Guy hadn't just dragged him back. Alright, this could work, at least with a lack of other options.

Rolf briefly considered that under different circumstances, Knife-Guy could have been recruited into helping "the other team". However, he was with us now, and it seemed unlikely that he would switch sides (unless he felt that the other three had betrayed him somehow).

"Alright then, my turn. I want to save this city. This is my home, and I would prefer not to have it overrun with the undead. We're in the thick of this now, so I'm willing to follow this through until either we finish this ourselves, or we run into a group that's more capable than us that can finish the job. What ticks ME off is seeing innocent people getting hurt or abused. For example, you may consider it "collateral damage", but stunts like throwing that Alchemist's Fire into the crowd to try and hit those cultists do not sit well with me. You probably wouldn't appreciate me judging your actions but doing nothing, so if I have problems with the way you operate, I will let you know and we can talk it out. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to see a wizard about a costume change." Rolf turned away and started looking for the prop wizard.
Kris_The_Guest 15th Jul 2012, 5:46 PM edit delete reply
Kris_The_Guest
Woo! Tiffany will see Rolf's real form and fall in love!
Lyntermas 15th Jul 2012, 6:01 PM edit delete reply
Lyntermas
Assuming everything goes well. I have a horrible phobia of seemingly superfluous information (The spell normally lasts 48 hours, but don't worry, I'll turn you back right after the play.)

The other question is why did Zilean stun Rolf right before he revealed himself? The "advice" might have been for sport, but somebody wanted to make sure he stayed still at that time.
Bronymous 15th Jul 2012, 6:11 PM edit delete reply
Bronymous
No offense, but I really hope you don't get your body back yet. I like the whole ironically evil-ish look we've got going here: A psychopath, a little rat monster, a lich, and an innocent doe-eyed girl who's in way over her head.

I think it works for us.
Kris_The_Guest 15th Jul 2012, 6:22 PM edit delete reply
Kris_The_Guest
"Innocent Doe-eyed girl"

Me : .....AHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA! She witnessed the murder of her parents.
Bronymous 15th Jul 2012, 6:30 PM edit delete reply
Bronymous
...Close enough. I'm still waiting for her to lose it.

As Horizon watches Rolf go off in search of the wizard, he takes stock of the current situation of their little group of heroes. Skitter seemed bored, maybe a little jumpy (Excited? Maybe that's just how Kobolds are all the time). Tiffany, he noted, looked remarkably calm, if a little put off. He fully expected her to be breaking down after a display like that- at the very least a little nauseous. Obviously he had misjudged her, or more likely, he had misjudged her past experiences. Someone has to go through a lot to be able to take torture and murder in stride like that. Horizon turned back to the temple and turned his thoughts back to the issue at hand; in the back of his mind, though, he couldn't help but toy with ideas, ways to try and make her crack.

The necromancers were beginning to concern him less and less. There was little that they had done so far that they couldn't handle- so long as he didn't eat another face-full of that gas. The only things that was left to worry about were another one of those red masses- whatever THAT was- and the head Necro. Horizon examined his blades for imperfections, deciding that those were bridges to be crossed when they arrived.


(Just in case anyone's interested in what's going through Horizon's head at the moment.)
Kris_The_Guest 15th Jul 2012, 6:32 PM edit delete reply
Kris_The_Guest
Well....it will be scary.
Lyntermas 15th Jul 2012, 6:49 PM edit delete reply
Lyntermas
Yeah, it kinda does have that right aesthetic, doesn't it? I might put in an entry that has Rolf at least considering staying a lich.

Alt-script time!
A group of clerics are praying behind a locked door, hearing the zombies outside. They hear an explosion, hammers crashing, knives slicing. There is silence and then a knock on the door. The clerics look at each other, then one of them steps forward and unlocks the door.

Cleric: If you are here to rescue us, enter. But be warned, we have means to defend ourselves.
*There is a muttering behind the door, then Tiffany sticks her head through.*
Tiffany: Um, hello. Please don't harm us, we're trying to get you out of here.
Cleric: *sigh* It is so good to see a friendly face. What is your name, child?
Tiffany: My name is Tiffany Ryu. My friends and I were wondering if we could have some medical assistance before we went forward.
Cleric: Of course, child. Our church is always happy to help fine, upstanding-
*The door opens to see Rolf, Horizon, and Skitter*
Cleric:...heroes?
Rolf: Hi there.
Skitter: Oooh, shiny stuff! *runs into the room*
Tiffany: I know they may look strange, but they are here to help.
Other cleric: Sir, your clothes seem to be drenched in blood. How are you still standing?
Horizon: *looks down, shrugs* It's not mine.
Cleric: Um, young lady, are you sure you have picked good company? One of them, and I certainly hope I'm mistaken, appears to be a member of the undead.
Rolf: Actor in YOUR guys' play, thanks for asking. And I can assure you, we're the good gu- *looks at Horizon and Skitter* "...Tiffany and I are the good guys and we've got the other two under control."
Kris_The_Guest 15th Jul 2012, 6:52 PM edit delete reply
Kris_The_Guest
Saving to the Alt. dialouge word page!

*huggles Rolf.*
Bronymous 15th Jul 2012, 6:54 PM edit delete reply
Bronymous
Lol. I like it.

DM, make it so.
Lyntermas 15th Jul 2012, 7:14 PM edit delete reply
Lyntermas
As Rolf turned away from Knife-Guy, he took a look at his bony hands. Well, this experience had been better than expected, he had to admit. But the best thing to do was to change back as quickly as possible, wasn’t it?

Wasn’t it? He paused for a moment. Obviously, it wasn’t practical to keep it forever, but it could have some…short-term advantages. He could cast spells in it just fine now, thanks to Zilean’s “advice”. He knew that he had been unaffected by the purple gas, but what other advantage would it have? No skin to tear, no blood to spill, he didn’t have to eat, sleep, or hold his breath. Daggers and possibly swords would be useless against it.

On the other hand, there may be disadvantages that could make it unfeasible. Obviously, the sight would scare anyone who hadn’t seen or heard of the play. He hadn’t actually taken any hits, so he didn’t know how durable it was. One solid hit with a club could send him to pieces, for all he knew. Also, was he susceptible to Turn Undead? If so, he may have problems with healing, since divine magics wouldn’t work on him, and healing potions would just leave a wet spot on the floor. Finally, if he ever fell in water, he’d sink like a stone (granted, he wouldn’t drown, but it was something to keep in mind.)

Rolf decided to ask the props wizard more about this body and its feasibility. That is, if the wizard was in any shape to change him back at all.


edit: Note: this is not a guarantee that Rolf will stay a lich. He would like to hear more of what the props wizard has to say about it first.
Bronymous 15th Jul 2012, 7:42 PM edit delete reply
Bronymous
And now we ply the waiting game. Again.
Kris_The_Guest 15th Jul 2012, 7:47 PM edit delete reply
Kris_The_Guest
Yeah and I have to go to bed soon. *flails.*

Ratatosk's eventual reaction when he finds out that Tiffany's dating Rolf. This is cannon for him.

Ratatosk : GET AWAY FROM MY SISTER! *attacks Rolf in his were-wolf form.*
Ramsus 15th Jul 2012, 7:50 PM edit delete reply
Ramsus
(Well....we could always get Rolf killed and then he could be a lich for real. =P

And hey, Kobolds are little lizard guys, not rats. How insulting!

Edit: Alt fiction cleric would be right, sorta, unbeknownst to him.)

Skitter, mentally yawned while knife guy explained his moral philosophy or whatever. He was still a bit upset about all that blood just being wasted like that. If all those people were going to turn into delicious looking blood things why did they have to die first? The smell of it had been simply appalling.

He remembered something he heard Rolf say and decided to catch up with him.

"Excuse me, Rolf. I've grasped from the play and that madman's words that this town has certain beliefs about the undead. Would you say you have a problem with all undead?" Skitter eyed Rolf somewhat intensely as he asked.
Bronymous 15th Jul 2012, 8:13 PM edit delete reply
Bronymous
And to all of us tall people, how did that question actually sound?

Also, I am in favor of perma-lich now, just because it would completely ruin whatever shipfic Kris is apparently putting together over there.
Lyntermas 15th Jul 2012, 8:15 PM edit delete reply
Lyntermas
Rolf turned and looked at Skitter. The intense glare and the emphasis of the word all made him pause before answering. Rolf noticed for the first time that Skitter's eyes were red, and tried to remember if that was a natural eye color for kobolds. He did know that in most cases, red eyes were indicative of...other heritages.

Rolf considered the kobold's behavior so far. He hadn't seen him attack anyone for their blood (although even Skitter would know better than to do that in plain sight). Skitter seemed more likely to see people as potential sources of loot than as "walking meals". He decided to be diplomatic about it.

"Well, Skitter, I suppose it's similar to asking if I have a problem with all thievery. On general principal, it is considered a very bad thing since it is viewed as harmful to other people. However, there could, hypothetically, be a situation where thievery could be relatively harmless to the innocent, be damaging to the corrupt, and, if used correctly, make the lives of the general populace better. In short, it might be acceptable as long as innocent people aren't seriously hurt." Rolf knelt down and gave a firey stare at the kobold. "We don't want to see innocent people get hurt, do we, Skitter?"
Bronymous 15th Jul 2012, 8:22 PM edit delete reply
Bronymous
"Ha! Who's 'we'?" Horizon calls out from across the way. He surprised himself with that one- he didn't realize he had been listening so intently.
Ramsus 15th Jul 2012, 9:05 PM edit delete reply
Ramsus
Skitter silently considered this for a moment. "No, I suppose not. Though, please tell me if you ever actually discover any innocent people. Babies don't count. They are too del- d..d...d...delicateofmindtocount!" Skitter said, rushing the last bit to cover what he almost said. Good thing humans were all so stoopid, otherwise he might be in serious trouble there.

(If you're going to be writing shipfics it better involve Skitter captaining his own vessel!

Edit: Oh right. Kobolds totally do normally have red eyes. The thing that actually would give him away is his really pale scale color.)
Kris_The_Guest 15th Jul 2012, 8:18 PM edit delete reply
Kris_The_Guest
I haven't written a shipfic!....yet....
Lyntermas 15th Jul 2012, 9:25 PM edit delete reply
Lyntermas
Someone more skilled at reading the expressions of skulls would have seen an expression of surprise on Rolf's face, followed by a look of rage. He reached out and grabbed Skitter by the throat, not enough to choke him, but enough to hold him in place. "Do you think I'm stupid, Skitter? In other circumstances, I might seriously consider wringing your neck. But at this point we need all the help we can get. Now I don't know what...customs you had wherever you came from, but you're working for us now. That means that I don't want to find any bodies with little fang marks unless they are cultists, small animals, prepared meat, or if they were absolutely dead beforehand AND DON'T THINK I WON'T CHECK. And if I even see you LOOKING at a baby for too long, I will cause you so much pain that Knife-Guy there will look like a saint in comparison. Do we have an understanding, Skitter?"
Bronymous 15th Jul 2012, 9:45 PM edit delete reply
Bronymous
"I do so hope you're serious. I would love to see that." Horizon was listening very intently now, intrigued by the sudden outburst. He had also taken the opportunity to move much closer to the two. "Though I admit, I'm at a loss." He continued speaking: He was intentionally intervening on the conflict, secretly hoping to defuse it, while maintaining his detached demeanor. "Tiffany, what kinds of things do you think Rolf is capable of that would 'make me look like a saint'? Any ideas?" he looked to the girl expectantly. He may not have worked out the finer points of the group's dynamics, but he knew for a fact if their was a saving voice, it was Tiffany's. She would know how to keep the others from going at each other.
Lyntermas 15th Jul 2012, 10:04 PM edit delete reply
Lyntermas
"You know what, Knife-Guy? You're right, I have yet to have achieved the skill and sheer delight for cruelty required make you look decent, let alone saintly. I apologize for my gross hyperbole. Tiffany, you wouldn't happen to have some predilection for violence and/or depravity that you'd like to share at this time, would you?"

(Cue Tiffany giving a rousing speech. Although if you use any phrase such as "I know you're all good at heart", you'll have to leave a pause for Skitter's and Horizon's roaring laughter.)
Ramsus 15th Jul 2012, 9:59 PM edit delete reply
Ramsus
Skitter's eyes went wide in shock before a grin crept over his face. In a whisper so that the others wouldn't overhear, "Of course I do wizard. You like all your kind are a brutish self-rightous fool that think your way is automatically the right way. Just look at you, a man of words and yet you resort to your claws to threaten one you know can slip your grasp and plunge a blade through your heart with barely more than a thought."

He slipped into a low snarl as he said, "So yes, we have an understanding. You will keep me around so you can always keep an eye on me so that I don't do things you dislike just to spite you for your insult to my noble personage and you will make it very very worth my while to go through the trouble to allow you to do so."

As he finished his grin widened fully and he thought, "Yes, yes, you'll never see me do any such things."


(Whoah, I didn't know Skitter was gonna react like that. Neat!)

Edit: Ninja'd. Well, I like it too much to delete it.
Bronymous 15th Jul 2012, 10:04 PM edit delete reply
Bronymous
Oh yeah, I'm totally feeling the "Comedy duo" thing coming from those two right now. Right.

Sexual Tension. Ha.
Ramsus 15th Jul 2012, 10:09 PM edit delete reply
Ramsus
lol, of course the funny thing is that Skitter is pretty "good" for a vampire spawned kobold. Rolf just managed to tick him off. Also, he's just in somewhat of a bad mood. He woke up starving to loud noises after being driven from his home and on the run for days and immediately gets thrust into helping a bunch of people who normally treat his kind as pests to be removed from their territory. Then when he makes a slightly off comment (from his perspective) he gets threatened by someone he could kill on the spot but, it would make his troubles all that much worse.

Edit: Bronymous, no worries. "Hilarity" will definitely ensue. ;)

Edit: Note, I didn't mean "Skitter is better than Rolf" I meant, Skitter excels at melee/close range.
Bronymous 15th Jul 2012, 10:13 PM edit delete reply
Bronymous
Well, you can take some solace in the fact that if this escalates now or near future, Horizon would end up siding with Skitter. However, that should be irrelevant because Here she comes to save the day!!! *drumroll, cue Tiffany's speech*
Ramsus 15th Jul 2012, 10:15 PM edit delete reply
Ramsus
I wouldn't mind Rolf at least responding to Skitter first... (and actually letting go of him, lol).

Seriously, this is great though, we're getting a good show of their personalities way earlier than I usually see in games (with some players I in fact never really saw it at all).

Edit: Considering the lack of response I'm now no longer sure Lyntermas even saw my post. =(
Lyntermas 15th Jul 2012, 10:47 PM edit delete reply
Lyntermas
As he waited for Tiffany to respond, Rolf looked back down at the smiling face of Skitter. Deep down, he knew that he'd been beaten. Part of him was angry; he shouldn't have to justify himself to a baby-eating pale-scaled kobold. But then again...

Rolf relaxed his grip on Skitter's neck and brought his arm down. "I...I can't stop you, can I? With your little shadow tricks, you could pop off and eat a dozen infants and be back before I'd even know you were gone." Rolf slumped in defeat. "I can't stop you, or even Knife-Guy here from doing as you darn well please. Because I want to "save the city", don't I? And I...I can't do that by myself. I talk a big game, with all my plans and my "fancy words", but it all falls apart if nobody's willing to listen. But...but how am I supposed to respond? You essentially admitted to eating our babies because they're "delicious". I don't know how kobolds view their young, but with humans the welfare of our children is kind of a big deal. We're expected to view those how would harm them with repulsion and hate. And I've essentially given up on Knife-Guy over here," he said, not caring if Knife-Guy was listening. ""We'll talk it out"? Yeah, that conversation will be me shouting and him pulling out his knife and me shutting up. So I guess what you're really going to be paid to do is pretend. Yes, pretend that my presence is somehow keeping you from doing the "really bad things" that you would do without me. Pretend that I'm somehow "keeping you good" by being part of this as opposed to...being a bad guy for letting it happen."

"Heh, one joke's on you, though," Rolf said bitterly. "I don't got a heart for you to stab."
Ramsus 15th Jul 2012, 10:53 PM edit delete reply
Ramsus
Hmmm, on one hand I want Skitter to respond but, also feel Tiff should get a chance to talk. I'll leave it up to you guys I guess?
Lyntermas 15th Jul 2012, 10:57 PM edit delete reply
Lyntermas
I've said my piece. I'm going to be at work tomorrow, so I might not be able to respond from 8 to 5 Pacific Time. I suggest you let Tiffany make a speech and then have Skitter talk. I don't even know how Zarhon's gonna react to all this.
Ramsus 15th Jul 2012, 11:00 PM edit delete reply
Ramsus
Well, aside from having a character building(?) moment we haven't done anything except for walking to the wizard to see if he can fix Rolf.
Kris_The_Guest 16th Jul 2012, 4:51 AM edit delete reply
Kris_The_Guest
Sorry, had to sleep. Also, Thank You Disgaea 4 for the ideas.

"guys, stop! I know we all can work together, despite our different pasts, customs and goals! We just did it with those blood skeletons so I know we can also get along!" Tiffany cried. "Besides, No one is perfect Rolf."
Zarhon 16th Jul 2012, 6:57 AM edit delete reply
Zarhon
This is relevant for Tiffanys upcoming speech.

As for the alt-script: I like. I'll try to fit it in.

Rolf asks the wizard about his transformation. He explains that the spell isn't true undeath: You are still very much "alive". Your soul was not altered in any way or form. Your current form is, in essence, your "still living" skeleton (held together with it's joints), with it's other lively functions displaced dimensionally and placed in a sort of stasis. Your consciousness is merely being "redirected" to your skeleton, and animated with the spell's power. You're still very much alive, in a sense, so a turn undead spell won't affect you, and healing magic can restore your, uhm, bones. Once the spell ends, your bodily functions will be returned and restored to your bones.

This also means that the spell is very dangerous: If you sustained a broken rib during the spell, you wouldn't feel a thing, but once the spell ended, you'd suffer major trauma and system shock (As he found out via animal tests: Almost all of them died gruesomely).

The spell's complexity makes its materials rather expensive. The only reason he cast it for the play was because he was paid for all the costs and was assured no harm could come to the actors (and even if it did, there were plenty of clerics around). This was the reason why the other actor was replaced by you: His leg was broken and would risk messing up the spell.

As he finishes his explanation, he turns to you with a raised eyebrow.
"Why did you want to know about the spell, though? Just what are your intentions, hmmm?"

*************************

Meanwhile, the cleric, having heard your intentions regarding the temple, gives you some info on the matter.

He says that the temple should be mostly deserted right now: The high priest and his paladins aren't in the town, on account of a holy pilgrimage to the place where the saint died. They won't be coming back until later today. The rest of the clergy was part of the acting crew or selling and preaching to the masses all over town.

The only ones that should be in the temple right now are a few priest caretakes, those undergoing rites of spiritual isolation, as well as a few paladins and templars to deter petty thieves.

He explains a bit about the temple itself, as well: It's made up of four segments...
- The main hall, which contains confessionals, seats, and the grand altar. This area is connected to all the other segments.
- The dormitories and rites area, where most of the priests live and do their daily rituals.
- The attic, where the bells are and reliquary storage is maintained.
- The catacombs and wine cellars, where those that can't afford graves are buried, and the ritual wine is kept.

He further explains that there are three entrances into the temple from outside:
- The grand gate, which leads into the main hall.
- A backdoor which leads towards the priest dormitories.
- A trapdoor for the wine cellar, which is located in a walled-off section of the priests gardens.
Lyntermas 16th Jul 2012, 7:45 AM edit delete reply
Lyntermas
Rolf stood up. Tiffany was right, the cultists were the clear and present danger here. Knife-Guy and Skitter, while...questionable at best, weren't actively planning the deaths of hundreds of people. Knife-Guy wasn't going anywhere, as long as his demands for loyalty were met. As for Skitter...well, he might avoid doing grievous damage to innocent people out of pity if nothing else.

He addressed the party...well, they were an adventuring party now. "Thank you, Tiffany, for giving us that perspective. Regardless of our reasons, we all want to see these cultists dealt with. There's at least one more cultist inside, and I'm guessing he's up to no good. Now, we can either search the four segments one at a time as a group, or split up and have us all try a different entrance and then meet in the middle. We could cover more ground faster that way, but more eyes might be better to see clues that others might miss. Also, if any of us encounters a threat, we may be on our own. I'd like all of your input on this."

Rolf looked up at the temple. Something didn't add up. If most of the paladins or clergy weren't here, why would Zilean bother blowing it up right after the show? Theatrics, possibly, or a symbolic gesture. Or maybe there was something powerful inside that could stop him? And what had he meant when he said he would "thank all the priests and preachers in the audience for this one, as they made it possible, even if it was indirectly"?

He shook his head. Hopefully, they'd have a better idea of what was going on once they were inside. He turned to the props wizard. "I was thinking that this body might be helpful as we went to fight these cultists. But if I understand you correctly, I am healable and immune to pain in this form, but if I'm hurt in any way, shape, or form once the spell ends, I'm a dead man. I...I don't know if I'm prepared to take that risk." He turned to the party. "What do you guys think?"


(Off to work, later)
Bronymous 16th Jul 2012, 9:59 AM edit delete reply
Bronymous
SO many things to respond to.

Horizon stood, almost stunned. He looked at Tiffany, speechless. Finally he managed to speak. "Well thanks for that. What a big help." He turned back to the others, shaking his head at what was quite possibly the lamest attempt to convince him of anything he had ever heard, ever. He quieted down again as Rolf explained his thoughts on what to do next, as well as the matter of his body. Once he finished, Horizon responded. "Ok, here's what we do. Teams of two, stack up at the dormitory entrance and the cellar entrance. We'll to a clean sweep and clear of every room, working our way back to the main hall because, let's be honest, if they're going to make a show out of this, they'll probably set up in there, and clearing out any support first will give us a better shot once we find them. I'm going with Tiffany- So far I'm the only one who's taken any significant damage, and I will probably fare the same inside, and therefore I need the one who can heal me. You two are remarkably adept at avoiding getting hurt, and it will give you a chance to work out your differences like men, instead of bickering housewives. We'll even take the cellar and all the potential zombies down there, if it makes you feel better. And if you're that worried about your body killing you once you get it back, then either get it back now, or stop being a baby and lets go."

Srsly, Kris, trying to give you an epic moment of monologue (like the rest of us have done like 4 times each), and all you can pull is that? Work on it.

Also, I'm tired of being called Knife-Guy, but I'm waiting on a set-up for my cool intro (want a hint? someone get angry and mention something about trust or whatever, and the fact you don't know my name. Don't do it just yet, it won't be authentic).
Kris_The_Guest 16th Jul 2012, 10:14 AM edit delete reply
Kris_The_Guest
Sorry but I had to leave for school in five minutes. Besides, usually it's her brother that gives the speeches and kicks people into gear. That, and it's pretty hard for me to get my thoughts out on Paper/the computer because I'm diagnosed with high-functioning autism. I can do awesome stuff but to be, it always seems bland.
Ramsus 16th Jul 2012, 11:15 AM edit delete reply
Ramsus
Skitter shrugs in response to Tiffany. If he was going to continue that conversation it would be best to do so privately anyway. For now working with these people was likely the most profitable venture he would find, knowing so little about the area.

"I would prefer to take the cellar. I haven't had a good wine in almost a week." At this he gave a sigh.

"Besides, we'll do better where we can hide in the shadows if anything goes wrong."

Looking over Rolf, "I think it would probably be best to change back. There are still holy men in there and it's not like other undead would be fooled. I'm also somewhat curious as to what you really look like."

He looks at Horizon as if to say "I'm also curious about you."
Bronymous 16th Jul 2012, 11:51 AM edit delete reply
Bronymous
Curious about what? He's seen Horizon's face already. (Or was that a hint that you plan on setting up my intro? Because I don't think Horizon and Skitter are enough at odds for that.)
Ramsus 16th Jul 2012, 11:58 AM edit delete reply
Ramsus
It's mostly just the name. But, if he was going to say something he would have.
Bronymous 16th Jul 2012, 12:09 PM edit delete reply
Bronymous
And now we have to wait again. Stupid job. Why can't he be unemployed like the rest of the country?
Zarhon 16th Jul 2012, 1:38 PM edit delete reply
Zarhon
You guys need a team name. So far, I'm thinking "The Skitter gang".

The wizard turns to Rolf.

"Well, I'll be here if you wish to have the spell removed. Got a few bones left to heal. Just don't expect me to extend the spell without a *very* good reason, or some form of compensation. I've only been compensated for one spell, and judging from how things are going,it's highly unlikely that my employers will be paying me anytime soon."

Before you leave towards the temple, the Cleric asks you what to do in regards with the Grand Gate: It serves as a direct exit from the temple. While it could be used for quick evacuations of any survivors, they might also be used as a quick escape by any invaders (who would then probably slaughter anyone in their way). The cleric has a key for them, however, and could lock them. This would make them unusable by anyone without another key. He could also try to recruit some of the town's guards to watch over the doors. How should he proceed?
Bronymous 16th Jul 2012, 1:49 PM edit delete reply
Bronymous
I already made a Scooby Doo reference, and the gate thing came straight out of KotOR 2, except in that version it was open the door for the stuff inside, or seal it to keep the bad guys out. Much easier call.

Actually, so is this. But I will withold my judgment until everyone has had a turn.

Edit: I am not voting for this, but a better version of that name would be Skitter's Pets. I don't think we can come up with an appropriate name until we have a common goal and mindset.

Edit: Also, "Tiff and the Guys".
Kris_The_Guest 16th Jul 2012, 2:16 PM edit delete reply
Kris_The_Guest
Hmmm, Well, there are reasons to keep them open or closed but the bad guys could have a key or have some skill in unlocking doors.

Also, I talked to a friend and she like Tiff and the guys.
Ramsus 16th Jul 2012, 2:28 PM edit delete reply
Ramsus
I'm thinking locking the door and getting guards to watch it would be best since it's not like we're going to use that entrance anyway.

Hmmm, party names. Good cop, bad cop, mage cop, & Kobold cop. =P

Edit: Tiff and the Guys only works if we all learn to play instruments. And then you have to ask yourself, "But, how does he reach the pedals!?"
Bronymous 16th Jul 2012, 2:33 PM edit delete reply
Bronymous
I don't get it, am I the mage cop or the Kobold cop? And who says we don't all play instruments?

Oh, wait, I do. Horizon doesn't play instruments.
Kris_The_Guest 16th Jul 2012, 2:36 PM edit delete reply
Kris_The_Guest
Well, Tiffany used to play a violin when I first made her two years ago but that pretty much died away...
Lyntermas 16th Jul 2012, 4:53 PM edit delete reply
Lyntermas
Rolf said, "I'd prefer to take the dormitories, but I'll go with Skitter whichever way we go. You're right, the heavy-hitter and the healer should probably stick together. I'm in favor of locking the Gate; if we can surround the baddies they'll have nowhere to run to."

He turned to the prop wizard. "I believe the benefits of this body don't outweigh the negatives. I'd like to be changed back now please. Um, but could I have the cleric give a quick heal beforehand just in case?"
Bronymous 16th Jul 2012, 5:15 PM edit delete reply
Bronymous
"Make sure you put all your bones back where they need to be before you do. Ok, so we shut the gate. It's not like anyone who gets out will fare any better outside anyway, if more of those sects are in action." Horizon took a knee, and began going over the final details of the plan. "Skitter and Rolf will go through the dormitories- don't worry, it's a temple. That means plenty of high arches and torch sconces casting a lot of shadows for you to play in. Tiffany and I will head into the cellar and work our way up. If they aren't in the cellar or the dorms, we'll move into the main hall, and check the attic last." He stood again, looking at Skitter. "Right now, try to avoid stealing anything, or generally upsetting the temple staff- we will need their help." He turned now to the two members of the group who still had consciences. "Likewise, I will do my best not to threaten intimidate, or outright kill any of them. We won't have any viable communication inside until we meet up, so try not to get held up, or die. It would be a little inconsiderate to leave the rest of us to fight the bad guys by ourselves." He looked back to the rest of the group, expectantly. "Any questions, concerns, or any other preparations to make before we head out?"

Obviously waiting for Rolf to get his body back. And seriously, whatever it is you have to do with your jaw and ribcage to talk? Make sure its fixed, or that could end badly.
Lyntermas 16th Jul 2012, 5:24 PM edit delete reply
Lyntermas
"Sounds good to me. Skitter and I will hopefully see you in the main hall. And...thanks for trying to behave for us, Knife-Guy."

(I don't think they are dislocated or anything. I think of it more as a breathing technique so I can vocalize more clearly).
Ramsus 16th Jul 2012, 6:07 PM edit delete reply
Ramsus
Skitter sighs, clearly annoyed Knife Guy ignored his request. He looked over to the cleric. "As part of my price for my services to your temple and this probably fine city, I want my choice of wines from your cellars. I'm sure you have more than I could even think of carrying and you probably wouldn't have a temple left at all if it weren't for us. Agreed? Great."

He was about to walk away without letting the cleric even having a chance to speak but, he stopped and said, "Oh, could you give me some healing as well? I've suffered quite a few burns today."


(There, now Skitter doesn't have to steal the wine. Because he would have anyway. Even if he had to ditch Rolf to do so.)
Bronymous 16th Jul 2012, 6:23 PM edit delete reply
Bronymous
I fully expected him to steal everything he possibly could- I just thought he would know to wait until he's out of sight to do it.

And I wanna go through the cellar, so nyeh. Blame Rolf.

Edit: Also, haha, you got set on fire.
Lyntermas 16th Jul 2012, 9:25 PM edit delete reply
Lyntermas
The team is now ready to face whatever horrors lie within the temple. We all know what that means.

Alt-script time!
As the party leaves the temple, they encounter a group of four examining the graveyard. One is a paladin, wearing gold and white armor, trying to look “leaderish” without doing anything. Next is a young man, wearing silk wizard robes and a cap with a feather in it, cleaning his fingernails with a dagger. After that is a little green goblin, eagerly checking around the gravestones. Finally, there is a large huntress wearing pelts of some kind, sitting on a gravestone looking bored. The paladin sees the party approach.
Sunset: Greetings, fellows. I am called Sunset, for I bring an end to the reign of the wicked and lawless. These are my compatriots Alexander Chambers, Big Grin, and Sonja Whiterun. We make up the Crusaders, fighting to free the innocent from those who would harm them. We are currently looking for clues regarding the appearance of the undead in the city. If you have any information about this, we would be glad to here it.
Horizon: *to the party* I say we leave them to it; we know what we’re doing.
Rolf: They might know something we don’t. Besides, the more people we have fighting these freaks the better. *to Sunset* We’d be happy to share what we know, but we’d like to get to know you all first.
Sunset: Excellent. Feel free to talk to my associates. I’m sure we can greatly benefit each other.
*The party splits up to talk to each of the Crusaders.*
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Sunset: Judging from your appearance, I believe you are the leader of your particular group. Tell me, what are your reasons for fighting the undead menace?
Horizon: My reasons are my own. Were you assigned to look in this graveyard?
Sunset: Well, actually no. I was assigned to help the other paladins repel the undead from the bar, but I felt that searching for the source of this evil was much more prudent.
Horizon: …You abandoned your comrades?
Sunset: Well, I wouldn’t call it “abandonment.” I’m sure they can last on their own. I’d sometimes think of going back and joining them, but then Chambers would find a new development, and then I couldn’t bring myself not to follow it up. Besides, as long as I’m around to get a medal from the mayor for saving the city, who’s to say I wasn’t there, eh?
Horizon: I’m going to talk to my team now. Stay right here.
Sunset: Um, as you wish, friend.
Lyntermas 16th Jul 2012, 9:26 PM edit delete reply
Lyntermas
Alex: Greetings, mercenary. I am Alexander Chambers, top student at the Magic Academy. I assume you have heard of me.
Rolf: …Yes, in fact, I have. I heard that the only reason you’re top student is because you get others to do your work for you.
Alex: Unsubstantiated rumors. I’m quite proficient in my areas of interest. As for the rest, well, it is important to let the little nerds feel like they belong occasionally, doesn’t it?
Rolf: I also heard that you set a little girl’s hair on fire because she was in your way.
Alex: That never went to trial. I am the son of Maximillian Chambers, one of the richest merchants in the city. My family’s reputation ensures that I am shielded from these false accusations. And if that doesn’t work, my family’s MONEY can fix the problem one way or another.
Rolf: I see. So why are you fighting zombies? What’s in it for you?
Alex: Fame, of course. This little incident could be the push I need to be offered the position of Assistant Head of Enchantments at the Magic Academy after I graduate.
Rolf: You don’t seem to be the teaching sort.
Alex: Perhaps not, but that’s the beauty of it. The position has all the benefits for the least amount of direct responsibility. I get a steady salary, a position of prominence in the magic community, and I can have a say in grading to make sure that the…right kind of students pass. The ambitious ones who are willing to do whatever it takes to succeed. Besides, there are always a few cute college girls who are willing to do “extra credit assignments”. Yes, soon nobody will graduate from Magic Academy without having expert knowledge of the Chambers method of advancement.
Rolf:…Well, I’m sure it will all work out for the best. Could you pardon me while I talk to my friends?
Lyntermas 16th Jul 2012, 9:27 PM edit delete reply
Lyntermas
Skitter: So what’s a goblin doing working for these humans?
Big Grin: Well, I have quite a few skills in thievery and hiding in the shadows. Master Sunset says that it’s okay to do it for him, because he is a paladin and can tell me when I’ve gone too far.
Skitter: Master? The tall ones have enslaved you?
Big Grin: Oh, no, no, no. I serve the “tall ones” willingly. You see, I was raised by humans, and they taught me the proper place for creatures like us. The humans have mastered civilization and technology, while species like yours and mine are still living outside, scavenging for food. The humans are superior to us, and know what’s best for us. If we just set aside our differences, humans can lead us into a new age of prosperity. All that is required of us is our service and loyalty. Is that so much to ask?
Skitter: …Slave that does not need chains. How long have you been working for Mr. Shiny Armor?
Big Grin: Oh, not very long. Before that, I was busy trying to upset the political systems and tribes of the lesser species so they would be more receptive to my message. Just a few months ago, I encountered some kobolds who were ruled by some vampires. I don't like to brag, but I supplied the kobolds with the means to stir things up, chase out a few dhampir underlings, and have a taste of true freedom. By getting rid of these archaic leaderships, goblins and kobolds and other races can better find their true place in the scheme of things. Now that you’ve heard my spiel, would you be interested in some pamphlets?
Skitter: Uh, I think I dropped something back where I was. I go get it and come back,yes?
Lyntermas 16th Jul 2012, 9:29 PM edit delete reply
Lyntermas
Tiffany: So, Sonja, was it? I’m glad to see a fellow warrior fighting to save the city.
Sonja: Hmm? Oh, yeah, that. Actually, the only reason I’m here is because that Chambers guy is paying me. Frankly, the city could burn for all I care.
Tiffany: Oh, I see. Um, what kind of pelt is that?
Sonja: Like it? Werewolf; caught and skinned it myself. Pelts are already man-sized, and they fetch a high price if you know the right people. I heard there was one in the city called Ratatosk or something. Yeah, he won’t last long against my silver dagger…What you staring at me like that for, shorty?
Tiffany: I forgot to tell my friends about a clue I found. Please excuse me.
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The members of the party leave their counterparts at roughly the same time. Meeting some distance away from their new “friends”, they gather in for a huddle.
All: *simultaneous* We have to kill him/her.
Bronymous 16th Jul 2012, 9:43 PM edit delete reply
Bronymous
YES: I knew what that was going to be half a sentence in. And it was perfect.
Calypso 16th Jul 2012, 9:39 PM edit delete reply
I hope you are happy that I read "Kobold cop" as "Robo cop"
Ramsus 16th Jul 2012, 11:34 PM edit delete reply
Ramsus
Haha, very happy.

lol, bravo Lyntermas. Skitter wasn't the top of his society. Just around it. The actual vampires were the real rulers. I mean really, why trust someone less than 200 years old to possess any real wisdom at all right?

Edit: You reminded me of something funny. The original version of Skitter had a shield that emitted silver light (or something, I can't remember exactly). It let people bypass lycantrhopic damage resistance.
Edit 2: Also it made light. =P
Lyntermas 16th Jul 2012, 11:42 PM edit delete reply
Lyntermas
Glad you guys liked it. I was trying to think of the specific traits that would tick each person off. The biggest brain blast was the "Uncle Tom" goblin, which would grind Skitter completely the wrong way.

I'll edit Skitter's conversation to be a bit more accurate, Ramsus.
edit: Done.
Ramsus 17th Jul 2012, 12:08 AM edit delete reply
Ramsus
To be fair I don't think I've ever played a character the "uncle tom" wouldn't have pissed off for one reason or another.
Edit: Including the one who supported slavery oddly enough.
Edit 2: Of course the slaves there were better treated than most "free citizens" almost everywhere. *shrug*
Kris_The_Guest 17th Jul 2012, 4:29 AM edit delete reply
Kris_The_Guest
Wow. Sonja actually pushed Tiffany to commit murder, though Tiffany could reason that the Were-wolf Sonja killed was completely innocent. On the other hand, she saved Ratatosk the task of cleaning his sword off.
Zarhon 17th Jul 2012, 5:30 AM edit delete reply
Zarhon
The cleric obliges to the healing requests. Apart from some slight chipping on the knuckle bones (as a result of punching one of those cultists), you're pretty much unharmed. He also obliges to healing Skitter's burns, although with a rather stern look in his eye.

Rolf

The wizard then prepares another symbol on the ground. Instructing Rolf to stand on it, he casts a few incantations. Before you know it, your flesh starts returning to your bones, and skin quickly covers it. You check with a nearby mirror, just in case. Yup, same as before. You also attempt a simple spell, which fails at first fails, due to trying to cast it with your ribcage instead of your vocal cords. You then vocalize it as normal and it works.

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You soon head off to discreetly murder four individuals the two entrances, splitting up along the way.



Skitter & Rolf

You enter the dormitories. You enter the middle portion of a small hall. On your left, the hall leads towards two side doors and one in the very end of the hallway. To your right are another two doors before the hall turns towards the left. A big red carpet lines the length of the hall, soiled by the many footsteps of it's various users. Tapestries deck the walls, and small stained windows shine light in the hallway. There are also a few candles about, illuminating the darker corners of the room.

Tiffany & Horizon

You head towards the secluded garden. Walls of average height surround it.

Tiffany -> 4
Horizon -> 4 + 8 = 12

Horizon easily grabs hold of a ledge and uses it at a stepping stone to grab the ledge and hop over the wall. Nothing out of the ordinary here, apart from a small fountain, some colorful flowers, and a big red trapdoor. Tiffany tries to climb the wall the same way as Horizon, but the rock breaks out of it's position and causes her to slip instead. She trails the wall to see for any climbable spots. She finds a small locked gate, as well as a portion of the wall that looks old, with several holes where some of it's stones should be.
Lyntermas 17th Jul 2012, 6:49 AM edit delete reply
Lyntermas
Rolf turns toward Skitter. "I believe the door at the end of the hallway to our left leads to the main hall. I think we should start from the right and then search all the rooms, going back toward the main hall." He pulls out his amulet, looks through it (hey, it worked before), and starts walking toward the bend on the right, pausing to listen at the two doors along the way.

"Also, you might want to blow out some of those candles so you can use your shadow tricks better. If you're feeling lucky, we might try that "teleport in a closed room" trick again, although I don't know if a surprised priest or templar will take kindly to a kobold showing up out of nowhere."


(Roll for Perception).
Kris_The_Guest 17th Jul 2012, 9:02 AM edit delete reply
Kris_The_Guest
Tiffany looked trough the holes, looking for anything out of the ordinary but her mind was kind of distracted by how Rolf looked.
Zarhon 17th Jul 2012, 9:53 AM edit delete reply
Zarhon
Rolf is nowhere near you right now.

Continued on next page.
Bronymous 17th Jul 2012, 10:11 AM edit delete reply
Bronymous
Yeah, but she's been dying to fall in love with him once he got his skin back, so now she's just crushing too hard to concentrate.

I guess I'll wait til next page to post.
Kris_The_Guest 17th Jul 2012, 10:19 AM edit delete reply
Kris_The_Guest
She's thinking. She never had a normal teenage life! *flails*
Bronymous 17th Jul 2012, 10:40 AM edit delete reply
Bronymous
I'm not giving her the sex talk. Skitter can do that.
Kris_The_Guest 17th Jul 2012, 10:59 AM edit delete reply
Kris_The_Guest
...Skitter's a kolbold. They have different mating issues than humans!
Bronymous 17th Jul 2012, 11:15 AM edit delete reply
Bronymous
I know, that's why he should do it, and I should get to watch.
Lyntermas 17th Jul 2012, 11:52 AM edit delete reply
Lyntermas
Yeah, Tiffany's going to have some trouble getting relationship advice. She might try asking Rolf, but unless she willing to reveal her intentions early, she might have to get creative with hypotheticals (So I met this guy during the festivities earlier today...). Skitter's got his own mating issues, and considering he used to be near-royalty, he may not understand the whole "give-and-take" aspect. As for Horizon, well, I think he defines "love" as "something that makes people act stupidly" and...I don't even want to KNOW what he thinks about sex. *shudders*
Kris_The_Guest 17th Jul 2012, 12:03 PM edit delete reply
Kris_The_Guest
*Stares at Rolf.*
Bronymous 17th Jul 2012, 12:11 PM edit delete reply
Bronymous
I'll have you know he has had a fairly normal and healthy attitude towards sex, and an accompanying sex life. A little..."open minded", I guess, but nothing ridiculous.

He was in love, once, but contrary to the cliche, when and how it ended had no impact on his current psychological condition. It's more like he hasn't had any cause to fall in love since then. But to him, real love leads to loyalty, and he's all about that. It isn't necessarily a bad thing, it just needs to be weighed out with proper judgment.

If Tiffany does end up going to Horizon for advice, at worst he's going to laugh at her and be a little crude. But the advice itself should be up to par. (I am also working an angle that should throw some friction into the whole TiffRolf thing. Think conflicting emotions and third party involvement).
Kris_The_Guest 17th Jul 2012, 12:28 PM edit delete reply
Kris_The_Guest
Horizon's going to lose his clothes or slip in a love potion to make Skitter fall in love with Tiffany?
Calypso 17th Jul 2012, 5:07 PM edit delete reply
We NEED Tiffatter. If not for the odd couple factor, but also because that is a hilarious couple name.
Akouma 14th Jul 2012, 12:51 PM edit delete reply
Akouma
Fairly recently, a few of my players were offered the opportunity to become active allies to a demon lord in exchange for what I promised would be significant bonuses. The party decided to have two of them take her up on that, then the rest remain unpossessed to keep them contained if need be. The effects of being this lovely lady's willing servant are:

+1 morale bonus to all d20 rolls. All of them.
-3 instead on Intimidate checks.
+3 instead to Arcana, Religion, and Diplomacy. (Might've been +3 to Bluff as well, can't remember.)
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand...

Character must be aggravatingly chipper at all times. And it was even better, since I handed them a card showing them the bonuses and told them to keep it a secret, then as their jaws dropped I went "Oh wait, I forgot something..." and added that last one. (I really did forget at first, but the mood whiplash was priceless.) see, this demon lord is one of a group of sort of anti-muses, who's domain is comedy. she gains power by spreading happiness in a somewhat parasitic way, so in exchange for helping her goals and being one happy little bugger about doing it, you become broken-OP. Then I just balance my major boss monsters around this fact, and I've made a truly evil little trick.
Demonu 14th Jul 2012, 12:54 PM edit delete reply
Demonu
ATTENTION ONE AND ALL!

Applications for a Pony Tales adventure are now closed. I've got 10 (maybe 11) people which is the limit. I'm going to split them 5/5 or perhaps 6/4 depending on available time and time zones.

Glad to see so many people being interested in this. Now I've got to get to organizing so that everything goes smoothly.
Stairc 14th Jul 2012, 1:01 PM edit delete reply
Stairc
*applause*

Wow, 2 groups filled up in 2 days. That's amazing. I can't wait to sit in on some of these games as a spectator. =)

Also, LapisLazily has just opened a third darker game for those interested. I've worked with him a bit on his first adventure - and it looks like a lot of fun... If you're up for a darker equestrian experience of course.

Also, MirrorImage seems like he's still planning on brewing a game. Anyone else want to step up to the Pony Tales plate?
Masterweaver 14th Jul 2012, 1:13 PM edit delete reply
Maybe later. I still need to flesh out mosnters for the manual. And other hooved races, for that matter...
Demonu 14th Jul 2012, 1:15 PM edit delete reply
Demonu
In what time zone does LapisLazily reside?
Because most of the players who asked me are consistent with each other but those with less flexible schedules might be interested in something closer to home.

NOTE!
I'm not throwing people out of my groups for time related reasons. I can (and will) make it work.
Lapis-Lazily 14th Jul 2012, 1:50 PM edit delete reply
My time zone is Western Pacific US time
Bronymous 14th Jul 2012, 2:03 PM edit delete reply
Bronymous
The Dark Equestria setting is intriguing, but I think I'd like to join in on that only after I have some experience in the game.
Lapis-Lazily 14th Jul 2012, 2:23 PM edit delete reply
It's not actually a dark equestria setting.It's some of the characters who are darker in nature. The setting is actually more exploration oriented and a little Daring-Do/Indiana Jones-esque. At least for adventure number one
Lapis-Lazily 14th Jul 2012, 2:23 PM edit delete reply
It's not actually a dark equestria setting.It's some of the characters who are darker in nature. The setting is actually more exploration oriented and a little Daring-Do/Indiana Jones-esque. At least for adventure number one
Masterweaver 14th Jul 2012, 2:33 PM edit delete reply
I did email you. And I'm Central time.
Kaleopolitus 14th Jul 2012, 1:54 PM edit delete reply
Kaleopolitus
Contained within this link is Demonu's pinnacle of awesome. I highly suggest you read it, as they're very good stories !

https://docs.google.com/document/d/11eIMLP-xwc1ddaCcqgR-CrxP3lZyGguYPH6a4KjVIJs/edit
Stairc 14th Jul 2012, 2:01 PM edit delete reply
Stairc
Excellent. Thanks a bunch, I've bookmarked it. :)
Demonu 14th Jul 2012, 2:12 PM edit delete reply
Demonu
image

For doing that?

You have my greatest gratitude

For those who have trouble with the links, the songs that Dave plays (at the end of the 5th doc) is called Master Exploder by Tenacious D
Kaleopolitus 14th Jul 2012, 2:23 PM edit delete reply
Kaleopolitus
It may have been casually remarked to me in the past, Demonu. I never pay much attention.

But really, it was a 15-25 minute task, nothing impressive :P We should be thanking YOU for writing down your experiences in the first place!
Appkes 14th Jul 2012, 2:31 PM edit delete reply
The fighters secretly selling his sword made me emotional. They're the best Rpers EVER.
Ranubis 14th Jul 2012, 3:39 PM edit delete reply
Ranubis
Inky Quills: "So really, you goal is to have more living Nightmares in the world? Is there any way we could help you with that in exchange for removing the consort? Rather than one young part-Nightmare, you could have a couple of full grown pure-blood Nightmares?”

Have fun reading this with no context. :)

It's official, Inky Quills has no more room to blame everything going wrong on Alcazar.
Ranubis 14th Jul 2012, 4:13 PM edit delete reply
Ranubis
Why has our Pony Tales campaign been taken over by deals with the FREAKING PONY DEVIL?

Seriously, can anyone help me come to terms with what the heck is going on?
Karilyn 14th Jul 2012, 4:27 PM edit delete reply
Karilyn
Oh well, this wasn't such a big deal.

I'm just going to carry Mephisto's child.

See? No big. Just equivalent exchange.
Stairc 14th Jul 2012, 4:27 PM edit delete reply
Stairc
Hey, you keep contacting HIM with offers. He hasn't called you up once since the first time.

And it's simple. You made one bad deal and keep making more to get out of the consequences of your old bad deals.

It's like borrowing from a loan shark to pay back the bank.

To quote Demonu...

"So... You're going to bring the pony anti-christ to equestria and protect it from... The forces of good, I suppose?"

And for the record, this was all Karilyn's idea. Not Alcazar's.
Karilyn 14th Jul 2012, 4:42 PM edit delete reply
Karilyn
I still think I was 100% justified.

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Masterweaver 14th Jul 2012, 5:04 PM edit delete reply
Can I get a record on this campaign?
Stairc 14th Jul 2012, 5:18 PM edit delete reply
Stairc
A record?
Zarhon 14th Jul 2012, 5:27 PM edit delete reply
Zarhon
"Most deals struck with devil in single session"
Stairc 14th Jul 2012, 5:30 PM edit delete reply
Stairc
Honestly, this is just getting hilarious. They're wrapping themselves into more and more trouble, giving into temptations... Which makes for a great story.

They just loved Stylus so much they would do anything to protect her.

But of course, it's always darkest before the dawn.
Masterweaver 14th Jul 2012, 5:42 PM edit delete reply
Okay, maybe record wasn't a good word... history? Playthrough?
Stairc 14th Jul 2012, 5:49 PM edit delete reply
Stairc
Aha! Well, this actually exists. It's not fully updated yet, but we have it through session 3.

I'll ask Karilyn to repost it here. In the mean time, you can jump back 2 comics and find her post there full of the links.
Karilyn 14th Jul 2012, 5:52 PM edit delete reply
Karilyn
Yeah I've been very ill and haven't been able to do 3.5, 4, and 4.5. Luckily, I'm feeling a lot better now.

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Pony Tales: Aspirations of Harmony
Session 01 - The Mystery at Winter's End
Session 02 - Like a Ship Over Troubled Firestorm
Session 03 - The Devil Went Down to Equestria
Session 3.5 - Don't Go Changeling to Try and Please Me
Session 4 - Fire and Ice (Name Tentative)
Session 4.5 - Name Pending

Prologue Fanfiction
Chapter 01 - Inky Quills: Runaway Writer (By Ranubis)
Chapter 02 - Soaring Song, Quiet Giant (By Oblivious)

Resources
Player Cheat Sheet
NPC Cheat Sheet
NPC Cheat Sheet (Spoiler Free Version)

Fan Art!
Our First Proper Fanart! Colors by Karilyn, Lineart by ThousandYearSunrise (Go read his webcomic)
Heat Wave by Flutterknight
Inky Quills by Flutterknight
Charity Plush and Mephisto by ThousandYearSunrise

Pony Creator Stuff!
The Current Party (Say hi to Stylus!)
A Quick Little Gag Battle Photo
Stylus
Karilyn 14th Jul 2012, 5:48 PM edit delete reply
Karilyn
I wouldn't call it a temptation. We were going to have to make a deal, there was no option about it, at all. Then it just became a matter of what deal we would make.

At that point we had two choices...

1. A small highly-ambiguous deal which solved half of the problem of the first contract. A deal that was so ambiguous that it would obviously have a catch which would bite as hard as the first contract did.

2. A medium-sized extremely-explicit equivalent exchange which solved 100% of the previous problem, which should be loophole free, and we at least know the terms of.

Not making a deal was 100% not an option this time unfortunately. We had at most 5 minutes to fix the problem, and we were completely powerless.

Unfortunately this will turn up bad too, of course, because you don't make deals with the devil, and you don't make deals with the devil to revise the terms of a previous deal with the devil.
Bronymous 14th Jul 2012, 6:13 PM edit delete reply
Bronymous
You know, eventually I'm going to actually read those. If nothing else, than so I'll know what I have to compete with when whichever game I'm in goes live.
Demonu 14th Jul 2012, 6:43 PM edit delete reply
Demonu
And the pressure keeps on building...

I'll figure something out.
eventually...

The first time will probably be a stand-alone adventures seeing how it's the first game session but after that, the gloves are off.
Take that as you will :)
Stairc 14th Jul 2012, 6:53 PM edit delete reply
Stairc
I'm sure it'll be awesome. :)
Oblivious 15th Jul 2012, 6:08 AM edit delete reply
Oblivious
I would just like to point out they did this while I was asleep...
Ranubis 15th Jul 2012, 6:33 AM edit delete reply
Ranubis
Sorry... :(
tuxgeo 14th Jul 2012, 7:29 PM edit delete reply
tuxgeo
I have been copying the links from Karilyn and others, and I have been saving the links to an HTML file of my own, because the links keep on falling off the most recent page of FiD.

Is there any way you guys can set up an "Index page" in Google Doc.s, so we only have to link to the Index without having to search back through Newbiespud's (wonderful) comics in order to find all the "Aspirations of Harmony" content?
Stairc 14th Jul 2012, 8:56 PM edit delete reply
Stairc
Sounds like a good idea. We'll do that first chance we get.
Karilyn 15th Jul 2012, 1:48 AM edit delete reply
Karilyn
I have a folder set up on Google Docs for the roleplayers to have access too, and I have linked it to them before, though I'm not sure they ever bookmarked it. Part of the reason I gave them the folder was so that they could edit things themselves if they wanted to, as I gave all of them edit privileges.

I haven't linked it here because I wasn't fond of it, and felt it was rather a sloppy way to handle the list, especially considering I can't link the artwork and stuff we're getting, nor properly label things when I update them.

Is an Index different from a folder? I can't find the option for it.
Kaleopolitus 15th Jul 2012, 3:08 AM edit delete reply
Kaleopolitus
An index would be a seperate link entirely with ALL the other links in it. So that one link would contain everything you could ever need related to it.
Like what I did with Demonu's stories!
Azureink 15th Jul 2012, 11:12 AM edit delete reply
Azureink
When I DM I do ask "Did you say that in character?" quite often.
Masterweaver 15th Jul 2012, 1:26 PM edit delete reply
In regards to the sanity meter of Pony Tales:

Here's an idea. A pony starts with 20 sanity. Every time they crit fail, they lose a sanity point; crit fails on their special talent are 2 points. A decrease in sanity means an increase in derpiness; losing 1 point would mean that rolling a 2 would also be a crit fail, losing 2 points means up to 3 would be a crit fail, ETC. This wouldn't stack with the Derp talent; Derps would remain unaffected until they lost 3 or more points.

Regaining points can be done in one of two ways: the character can get a good night's rest, gaining back an amount of points equivalent to half their Horse-Sense, or an ally could spend a magic point to exchange one of their sanity points. That is to say, for one magic point, you can raise an ally's sanity by one point and reduce your own by one.

Eldritch entities may have sanity reducing effects.

Loosing all sanity makes a pony Screwy. They cannot gain sanity by sleeping until they succeed a Horse-Sense check to throw off the Screwy effect. +While Screwy, the success or failure of any action is determined by flipping a coin; failed actions require a d20 to be rolled, with increasing numbers determining an increasingly dramatic failure.+

The part between the + signs I'm unsure about.
Masterweaver 15th Jul 2012, 1:31 PM edit delete reply
On second thought, decouple the Sleep and Horse Sense relation. Sleeping just gets you one sanity point back.

Also, decouple Horse Sense and throwing off Screwy. You just have to roll 1d20 and not get what is considered a crit fail at your sanity level.
Stairc 15th Jul 2012, 1:38 PM edit delete reply
Stairc
This could be a fun supplement, especially for Kathulu (or Ponythulu) spinoffs that have been mentioned.

Might also be a good additional effect of Magic Points. Could spend one to take away some of the penalties.

I'd be interested in seeing this developed further.


Masterweaver 15th Jul 2012, 1:49 PM edit delete reply
Masterweaver
Yes but I e-mailed you the rough draft. Of course you're interested...
Stairc 15th Jul 2012, 1:55 PM edit delete reply
Stairc
*laughs*
Masterweaver 15th Jul 2012, 2:14 PM edit delete reply
Masterweaver
OOo! Ooo! You love this one!

Okay, so you know I've been on that board for free-form RP right? Well, we figured out POWER TIERS IN THE PONY WORLD!

Tier 0: Creators. They made the universe.
Tier 1: The primordials. They can only operate via "fingers" into the universe, but they're really darn powerful. Harmony, Discord, Nightmare, Dream, Time, and whatever Time's opposite is.
Tier 2: The Majesties. These entities have domins that are so powerful, sharing them would be a bad idea. Celestia, Luna... on the board we also have Ishtakhriot, first of the dragons, but it would vary from setting to setting.
Tier 3: Demigods. Regional masters of smaller things. Cadance falls here, with her control of Love.
Tier 4: Immortals. Fairies, undead, you know. Those kinds of things.
Tier 5: Mortal races! Like ponies and whatnot!
Tier 6: Animals. And Timber wolves. You know, living but not sapient.
Tier 7: Plants and spells. Things that could from a point of view be considered alive, but don't... you know... act.
Tier 8: Tom. Or rocks. Things that are.
Bronymous 15th Jul 2012, 2:50 PM edit delete reply
Bronymous
Implying Undead are higher forms, or at least more powerful than regular life- zombies do not fit that description.
Masterweaver 15th Jul 2012, 2:56 PM edit delete reply
Masterweaver
It's not so much "Greater" as "more powerful". And anyways, zombies aren't technically undead. They're more meat puppets animated by an outside force. Like, you know, maybe tier six...

This is flavor text, you understand.
The Guest 15th Jul 2012, 3:41 PM edit delete reply
Would Tier 0 be... humans? Ruled by Empress Faust herself?
Zarhon 15th Jul 2012, 3:46 PM edit delete reply
Zarhon
So, is Pinkie Pie Tier 4, Tier 3, or Tier 1?

She's not immortal, but she's not normal either. She has ABSOLUTE ULTIMATE POWER over parties. She has Pinkie Sense. And she can stick her hoof above and beyond the fabrics of reality.

I'm voting on Tier 1.
Masterweaver 15th Jul 2012, 3:49 PM edit delete reply
Masterweaver
Apparently the Elemental Harmony Squad is Tier 4. Then again, on the board, they're all missing.
Zarhon 15th Jul 2012, 3:52 PM edit delete reply
Zarhon
How to gain immortality:

Step 1: Make friends
Step 2: That's it! Enjoy your new friends FOREVEEEEEEEER.
Masterweaver 15th Jul 2012, 4:04 PM edit delete reply
Masterweaver
Nah, they just got lucky.
Consumer Unit 5012 16th Jul 2012, 11:12 PM edit delete reply
<i>So, is Pinkie Pie Tier 4, Tier 3, or Tier 1?</i>

On the 0-8 scale, Pinky Pie is Oregano.
Zuche 16th Jul 2012, 6:53 AM edit delete reply
The opposite of Time is Stasis. If Time had to pick a nemesis, however, it would be Nostalgia, Time's creepy stalker.
Stairc 15th Jul 2012, 3:27 PM edit delete reply
Stairc
Spike WAS worried about Zombie Ponies...
Masterweaver 15th Jul 2012, 6:32 PM edit delete reply
Masterweaver
I JUST REALIZED SOMETHING!

Combining the sanity meter with my previous houserule about Attribute cutie marks instead of Skill cutie marks would make Attribute cutie marks less stable ponies then Skill cutie marks! While a Skill cutie mark would get +5 to a skill and a -2 sanity on failing said skill, an Attribute cutie mark would get +3 to two skills and -2 sanity to THREE skills. Unless your Atribute is atheletics, but then again Stunts is used quite often. Factoring the -1 attribute point total for attribute cutie marks, you can have a pony with more training at the cost of total effectiveness and stability.
Blackie62 15th Jul 2012, 6:58 PM edit delete reply
Yeah that always pissed me off for some reason. In Dragonshy and May the Best Pet Win they refer to landslides as avalanches. Avalanches are snow, landslides are land.