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8th Sep 2012, 6:00 AM
Dragon Bawl
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Newbiespud 8th Sep 2012, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
Page title shamelessly stolen from commenter Zuche.

Well, maybe a little shamefully, in that I couldn't come up with a better pun. I mean, I'm not my dad.

55 Comments:

Raxon 8th Sep 2012, 6:01 AM edit delete reply
nekollx 8th Sep 2012, 10:43 AM edit delete reply
nekollx
in my story Substitute Magical Girl

Aiko, a spirit familar, learned that the hard way when she crossed Chaki's dad, a layabout slacker who acks more like a college student...who is also a trained samurai demon hunter.
Cain 8th Sep 2012, 6:01 AM edit delete reply
Cain
Well looks like she passed with those rolls.
Ranubis 8th Sep 2012, 6:03 AM edit delete reply
Ranubis
And the award for understatement of the year goes to...
darkwulf23 8th Sep 2012, 6:08 AM edit delete reply
darkwulf23
I don't think she threw a single roll on that one. All she did was managed to scare the hell out of the DM. Still a win.
Raxon 8th Sep 2012, 6:10 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
Yes, indeed she did! That's always a job well done.

Oblivious 8th Sep 2012, 7:13 AM edit delete reply
Oblivious
The fact that I can no longer separate the fictional DM from Newbiespud makes it even funnier. I always hear his voice whenever the DM's lines and for when NPC's speak.

Damn you, Spuddy.
masterofgames 8th Sep 2012, 3:28 PM edit delete reply
masterofgames
DM is Lauren. Always has been. Anyone who says otherwise has been into Pinkie's "special" brownies.
Oblivious 9th Sep 2012, 1:06 AM edit delete reply
Oblivious
I have the benefit of actually hearing Spuddy during play, so yeah, special brownies have nothing to do with that assertion. Also, makes me wonder if LF has ever sat down to play a table top game before. She might have, but I can't be sure...

*strokes chin pensively*
Raxon 9th Sep 2012, 5:53 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
Are you sure? I keep hearing the DM as Sean Connery.

And it is sweet.
Oblivious 9th Sep 2012, 7:29 AM edit delete reply
Oblivious
I thought Sean Connery was the dragon?
sunbeam 9th Sep 2012, 10:38 AM edit delete reply
And who is voicing the dragon?
MirrorImage 9th Sep 2012, 11:23 AM edit delete reply
MirrorImage
Morgan Freeman.
Demonu 9th Sep 2012, 2:33 PM edit delete reply
Demonu
In this game, the GM and the Mane 6 are being played by (in alphabetical order):
- Alan Rickman
- Brian Blessed
- Christopher Lee
- James Earl Jones
- Morgan Freeman
- Sean Connery
- Stephen Fry
With guest appearances by Christopher Walken as Spike the baby dragon.

Your ears are not prepared.
Guest 9th Sep 2012, 4:46 PM edit delete reply
Morgan freeman as Fluttershy, Sean Connery as Rainbow Dash, Allen Rickman as Twilight.
sunbeam 9th Sep 2012, 9:58 PM edit delete reply
No, Samuel Jackson as Rainbow Dash.
And personally, I'd love to see Summer Glau as, say, Discord.
Ember Quill 10th Sep 2012, 5:37 AM edit delete reply
Summer Glau as Discord?

That's either hilarious or awesome. Possibly both.
Zarhon 8th Sep 2012, 6:11 AM edit delete reply
Zarhon
RD: "Good... Use your passive-aggressive feelings, little pony. Let the assertiveness flow through you..."
MWS 8th Sep 2012, 8:00 PM edit delete reply
Strike my mailbox down with all your hatred, and your journey towards the passive-aggressive side will be complete.
ThousandYearSunrise 8th Sep 2012, 6:55 AM edit delete reply
ThousandYearSunrise
This is more or less what inspired my next character. He's going to be a cleric with a high Intimidate, just because I like scaring the crap out of people.
Tjprower 8th Sep 2012, 9:28 PM edit delete reply
Not hard. Intimidate is charisma based. I always found that odd, though... I'd think being charismatic would hurt intimidation, rather than help it. I mean, charisma is "compelling attractiveness or charm that can inspire devotion in others."
Well... maybe that can transfer to instilling fear in another... but that's a bit of a stretch.
Oblivious 9th Sep 2012, 1:08 AM edit delete reply
Oblivious
Charm can work both ways; after all intimidation isn't just putting a sword to someone's neck, and forcing them to talk. Some of best intimidation is done through through guile, quiet words, and dark promises. Look up Frank Booth if you don't believe me.
CJT 9th Sep 2012, 1:18 AM edit delete reply
It depends on your interpretation of "charisma" (the statistic, not the noun). While it's _correlated_ with attractiveness, the way our group usually plays it's more or less "force of personality". This meshes nicely with how sorcerers work, too.

Note that this is distinct from "willpower" (usually interpreted as a facet of Wisdom, rather than Charisma). Willpower is what lets you walk through raging storm winds stoically. Force of personality is what lets you do the "walking into the wind" mime act and get applause rather than tomatoes.

Every group has their own take on this sort of thing, of course.
Blue Moon of Storms 9th Sep 2012, 1:48 AM edit delete reply
Technically, It's better described as "Force of personality". Which is how Sorcerers control their spells, through the shear strength of their emotions, which through learning to control those emotions give them their ability to shape the magic in their blood to powerful ends.

Essentially, any character who can walk into the room, and everybody in the room can feel the character's personality radiating out from them... that character has an epic Charisma.

How it works for intimidate, is that they use their near supernatural force of personality to overpower others.

Want to see what a high charisma looks like? Watch the subtitled version of Gurren Lagann for long enough and you know... and you will feel... the immense power of Charisma alone.

Here's a bunch of stuff they said, done in CANTERLOCK to express how it feels to listen to them:

"EVEN IF WE WERE TO BE ENSLAVED BY THE GALAXY'S CYCLE OF REBIRTH!

THE FEELINGS LEFT BEHIND WILL OPEN THE DOOR!

EVEN IF THE INFINITE UNIVERSE WERE TO RISE AGAINST US!

OUR BURNING BLOOD WILL DETERMINE WHAT WILL BE!

WE WILL PIERCE THROUGH THE VERY HEAVENS AND DIMENSIONS!

WE WILL SHOW YOU OUR PATH THROUGH FORCE!

TENGEN! TOPPA! GURREN! LAGANN!

JUST WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK WE ARE?!"

...Then the very heat from their blood creates giant mechas, creates drills out of no-where, and destroys a god... all using nothing but Charisma and a Mecha that... may as well run off of sorcery and Bardic magic; plus whatever benefits they'd get from inspire heroism.

...

Anyways... if I ever manage to find a group for a Pathfinder game, My first character will inevitably be a Sorcerer... Or an Oracle... Or both.
Oblivious 9th Sep 2012, 7:30 AM edit delete reply
Oblivious
Couldn't have said it better myself.
Zeeth 9th Sep 2012, 1:28 PM edit delete reply
A priest walks into the interrogation room, and sits in the chair in front of you.

"Good morning, I'm Father Illasi, from the local cathedral. If you have any sins to confess, I can send the guards out and you can whisper to me. You don't have to worry about your corpse once we're done. I'll handle it from here." He smiles softly, as a father would to his child.

*rolls to Intimidate*
waffle911 9th Sep 2012, 8:13 PM edit delete reply
It's all about the way you carry yourself; to have a lot of charisma is to exhibit a lot of confidence, control, and presence in your interactions with others, while ensuring your words and gesture carry enough weight for folks to sit up and take notice rather than merely becoming annoyed.
masterofgames 10th Sep 2012, 12:17 AM edit delete reply
masterofgames
You mean like this?

http://poster-collecion.tumblr.com/image/31260258383
sunbeam 10th Sep 2012, 2:42 PM edit delete reply
Or, even better...

http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/04/10
How did you think Killer DM's got their start? When did they first taste that fell brew of control, total control...
Zuche 8th Sep 2012, 6:56 AM edit delete reply
Wait, what? That was mine? Oh, so it was. I'm sorry; no shame was intended to fall upon the House of Potato. :(

Seriously, though, if what's stolen is appreciated for what it is, I'm generally good with it. You wield it much more effectively here.
Guest 8th Sep 2012, 8:16 AM edit delete reply
I cracked up at Twilight in the first panel. Man, she really missed a lot when she wasn't paying attention to Spike, huh?
deeman45 8th Sep 2012, 8:41 AM edit delete reply
She's not alone. Almost nobody--excepting Fluttershy--seems to have paid attention to the setting backstory, whether delivered through NPCs or as part of the initial packet.
Raxon 8th Sep 2012, 10:40 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
But the setting backstory holds all kinds of goodies and easter eggs to be exploited for my own personal amusement! Why would you ignore anything with so much potential?
schpeelah 8th Sep 2012, 11:02 AM edit delete reply
Bad experiences with DMs whose backstories were loads of drivel ripping off whatever the DM was reading/watching lately?
Batman 9th Sep 2012, 11:30 AM edit delete reply
Hey, that's how I write all my campaigns!
Zuche 10th Sep 2012, 6:41 AM edit delete reply
Yes, but you're Batman!
Guest 10th Sep 2012, 7:26 AM edit delete reply
Batman does D&D? Well, I suppose it must get boring in that dark Batcave.

Robin: "Y'know, this is a really weird way to do combat training."
Lyntermas 8th Sep 2012, 8:16 AM edit delete reply
Lyntermas
Fun comic. Bringing up Rarity's involvement and that dragons had actually AGREED to be mindful were nice touches. Man, now I want to hear Spike's speech in full.

Poor DM, I hope Fluttershy doesn't abuse her newfound power.

DM: As the three of you run away from the..."chicken-headed lizard thing," you stumble across Twilight Sparkle. She has been turned into stone and a snail is crawling across her face.
AJ:...Start screaming?
SB: Yeah, seems appropriate. We all start screaming and running in a panic.
FS: Have I showed up yet?
DM: Yes. The Cutie Mark Crusaders are screaming and running around in a panic. You see the cockatrice jump out of the bushes and look at the group.
FS:...I yell, "Girls, behind me now!" I then shield my eyes.
S: We all stop screaming and get behind Fluttershy.
DM: Fluttershy, you hear the sound of little hooves moving behind you. You also hear the call of the cockatrice move right in front of you.
FS: I look behind me. Are the girls safe?
DM: They are currently unharmed but they look terrified.
FS: ...YOU! Just who do you think you are, going around turning others into stone?
DM: ....Not again.
Other Guest 8th Sep 2012, 3:05 PM edit delete reply
DM: Now I've got her. She can't use that soul-melting stare of hers or the cockatrice will turn her to stone. (five minutes later) How?! How did she do it?!
GreyDuck 8th Sep 2012, 9:55 AM edit delete reply
Gotta admit, that title's an excellent pun.
Umiyuri Papaeyra 8th Sep 2012, 5:22 PM edit delete reply
Umiyuri Papaeyra
In other words,

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Indalecio 8th Sep 2012, 1:08 PM edit delete reply
Fluttershy: What happened to all the animals? They were here! I felt them!
Gardener: I'm afraid you chased them away in your anger.
Fluttershy: Noooooooooooo!
Batman 8th Sep 2012, 9:28 PM edit delete reply
Is it bad if when I saw Fluttershy say 'your kind' I immediately thought of her as being racist?
Ramsus 8th Sep 2012, 11:53 PM edit delete reply
Ramsus
What? Of course she's racist. They all are. Their word for people is the same as the name for their race. ;)
Nebulous 9th Sep 2012, 5:24 AM edit delete reply
No, they're Specieist.
If Unicorns were talking that way about Pegasi, and Pegasi about Earth Ponies, and on around the loop both ways, THAT would be racist.
Ponies vs. Dragons, Griffons, Bison, etc.etc, is Specieist.
I'm not saying it's right, just that it is.
Raxon 9th Sep 2012, 5:59 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
Hey now. Gryphons exist, and are described in canon that they're half lion, half eagle. That means hybrids are totally possible.

This would mean that if Spike seduced rarity, there might indeed be little dracocorns running around soon after.

That would mean they'd traditionally be considered separate races, maybe divided into subspecies.

Fanfictions have been justified. My work here is done. Hi ho silver! Away!
schpeelah 9th Sep 2012, 6:01 AM edit delete reply
>dracocorns
You mean dracoeqi.

Although the fandom prefers the word Kirin.
waffle911 9th Sep 2012, 8:26 PM edit delete reply
>>dracocorns
>You mean dracoeqi.
You mean "draconequi," plural for "draconequus."

Yes, Discord is a draconequus; but the word is literally Latin for dragon-horse, which is what any potential offspring from Spike x Rarity would be.
definitelynotRaxon 9th Sep 2012, 6:27 AM edit delete reply
definitelynotRaxon
Who was that masked man?
ThousandYearSunrise 9th Sep 2012, 8:51 PM edit delete reply
ThousandYearSunrise
I can't stop laughing at this.
Umiyuri Papaeyra 9th Sep 2012, 10:45 AM edit delete reply
Umiyuri Papaeyra
"If Unicorns were talking that way about Pegasi, and Pegasi about Earth Ponies, and on around the loop both ways, THAT would be racist."

>Insert Hearth's Warming Eve clips here.
Digo 9th Sep 2012, 6:18 AM edit delete reply
I've seen dragons burst into flames, but not burst into tears... XD
Well, there was that one time in the Expedition to Castle Ravenloft, but the dragon doesn't like talking about that.
Cain 9th Sep 2012, 10:14 PM edit delete reply
Cain
The therapist still hasn't recovered from that. Or gotten paid.
Zuche 10th Sep 2012, 6:48 AM edit delete reply
It's when they burst into a rendition of Singin' in the Rain, especially if they do the dance.
Cecil Lizard 14th Apr 2013, 8:03 AM edit delete reply
Ha, this reminds me of a time when playing D&D with my 3 brothers, with the oldest being the DM. There was an empty dungeon room we entered which nevertheless my brother described a little bit. Part of the description was that there were some mice in the room (nothing that would give us XP for killing). I had my character, a wizard, grab one of the mice and keep it. My brother was all like "Sure, whatever, you now have a mouse.". But then, at the end of the dungeon, the boss was a dragon, and thanks to a combination of my brother (new to DMing at that point) misjudging the relative difficulty to our levels of the dragon, and some bad die rolls, we were heading for TPK. So, in what I always remember as a great piece of roleplaying by him, he used something I had done, picking up a mouse, to save us, by HAVING THE DRAGON BE SCARED OF MICE. It saw my mouse, cried for a bit (a bit like this dragon above) and then it let us go. We didn't get it's loot or any XP for fighting it, but hey, atleast we weren't dead. From then on in the campaign whenever we rested and so on, I would say something like "OK I will have this spell and that spell ready for tomorrow, oh, and I feed my mouse.".