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21st Jun 2014, 6:00 AM
To Cast a Shadow
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Newbiespud 21st Jun 2014, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
It's a bit of a knee-jerk reaction, but there's something uniquely irritating about being shown up by a brand new character many sessions into a campaign.

Have some Fallout is Dragons!
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Delta Pangaea 21st Jun 2014, 6:03 AM edit delete reply
That's the thing about roleplaying. Families are great material, but it's not often people flesh them out.

But if the GM goes ahead and does it themselves...

Story Time, eh? When the GM decided something related to your character or their relations that surprised you? Sound good? Good.
Von 21st Jun 2014, 6:50 AM edit delete reply
Yesterday I mentioned my dwarf rogue had five daughters. During the time travel bit of the campaign (I hate time travel) the five apparently grew to be fairly kickass.

Like hold off a golem army while we get the artifact needed to set right what went wrong kickass.

Papa was so proud.
Raxon 21st Jun 2014, 6:56 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
Does deciding that my wife is actually a lesbian and has decided to leave me and the kids because she doesn't want to be tied down despite several paragraphs of backstory describing our love and dedication count? That she decided to pursue a career in trading and politics, ditching her lifetime commitments as a healing cleric at the temple?

Aaaand that was the last time I gamed with an outspoken feminazi. Because how dare I ask her to honor her commitments? Not just to me, but to the residents of what was essentially a hospice. Her job was to make people's last days more comfortable. My character, a paladin, abandoned the party to take her place. And the DM told me outright that working in that hospice was the best use of my 8th level battle hardened veteran. Not stopping the serial killer plaguing the city.

I swear, she was like a social justice warrior straight off of tumblr. She would act like this and yell if you ever called her on her behavior.

A quote: "I didn't like her backstory, so I changed it."

EDIT: Okay, I might have heen a bit harsh. After all, I admit that she was a bit dull, being all kind and pious and selfless, but suddenly changing her into a GMPC detective who uses political maneuvering and wealth to help out? It wasn't necessary to rewrite large portions of my backstory to justify the change, when this role would have been better served by introducing a new character.

EDIT: I should clarify that that's the way she reacts, she didn't act like a gay man.
Digo 21st Jun 2014, 7:51 AM edit delete reply
I've once played a dragon and the BBEG tried to clone me so that he could have an army of dragons. He managed only one which we freed and the dragon was more like an annoying little sister than anything (opposite gender and fairly clueless).

I was a bit annoyed with it actually, because I had to keep this little clone sis alive and babysit her while all the other PCs were free to do whatever. :p
Raxon 21st Jun 2014, 8:03 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
I know that feel, man. I don't mind babysitting or caring for the helpless, but I want to have the choice to refuse without alignment penalties, you know? Especially when it's the DM intervention forces me into it when I wouldn't have to otherwise.

More specifically, I don't like having my backstory changed so that if I do my job, I lose my paladinhood, thus being forced into a minimum wage job in order to fulfill someone else's commitment.

Yeah, I am still angry about that. After my paladin died while I was out of the room, I rolled up a serial killer of my own and screwed the campaign over. I can be a very vindictive player when angered.
Digo 21st Jun 2014, 11:51 AM edit delete reply
It might not have been so bad if it were an NPC that everyone can share the work, instead of my character being forced to have a sis that never existed in the backstory.

I've never screwed over campaigns, I usually just quit. Screwing a campaign might anger the other PCs if they're trying to salvage their side of the story. Then again, if all the PCs band together.... boom goes the campaign. :)
Raxon 21st Jun 2014, 3:44 PM edit delete reply
Raxon
They did try to salvage their thing, but they all started to become more trivialized by the GMPC with about three times as many skill points as a rogue her level would have had.

By the time, she killed me off while I was in the bathroom, they were all ready to quit.
Digo 23rd Jun 2014, 4:20 AM edit delete reply
Wow, killing off a PC while they're on the con. That's... yeah, I'd be ready to quit too. Totally understand your side.
Raxon 23rd Jun 2014, 5:31 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
Hell no. I stabbed her in the back and described in excruciating detail what I did with the corpse. In public. In front of her own family.

Heh. She thought I took the dark secret flaw to get more points. I was the serial killer's son!

By the way, to approximate a sealed envelope online, you can encrypt a zip file with 7zip, and give everyone the key when it's time to reveal it.

She ragequit right then and there, and I just said, "And now, with his mother slain, Jaken could begin to atone for the sins of his family."

Yup. I just told everyone that the GMPC was the serial killer/rapist/whatever other crimes she kept tacking on. When she found out, she raged at me and said, "Women can't be rapists!"

FYI, if anyone puts the words "strong, independent woman" in a totally serious way in their character description, red flag right there. Give them three red flags before you boot them. "Rational, progressive fourth wave feminist" Is two red flags. Bringing real world politics into the game is not a good idea.

I guarantee there will be some angry people, especially if you are demeaning about it. Like that dude who made a monk, and the monk whined and insulted us anytime we ate meat. Or fish. Nope. I took to slaughtering animals, but not eating them. Instead, I ground them up and fed them to their own young, producing mad cow, pig, and other things, then dumped that stuff in water supplies. Do not nag a lich necromancer. He will deliberately do something much, much worse than you accused him of.
Seanpony Renaud 21st Jun 2014, 10:01 AM edit delete reply
Odd, if there is one thing that my players always love it's a new pet. Most parties eventually find some sort of mascot. We've had kid goblins that nobody had the heart to kill when we raided the lair, a dragon that had gotten trapped in a cave of life draining crystals (they nursed an Old dragon back to health after excavating the crystals that had formed around it). A griffon that someone thought would make a fine mount. Another dragon who they didn't know was a dragon, she liked polymorphing into a twelve year old girl and being generally obnoxious. I don't even think they suspected anything until they were getting their asses handed to them by some Spriggans told the girl to run and she shifted, killed the spriggans carried everybody back to the nearest village for healing on threat of burning down the place if they didn't help her friends. When she came back several sessions later nobody was was teasing her about wanting to carry her blanket around anymore.
Digo 23rd Jun 2014, 4:21 AM edit delete reply
Team pets are okay as long as they're useful. Goblin kids can carry stuff, griffons can make an awesome mount. In my case (with the little sister), it was just another mouth to feed. Sad too considering she was a dragon. Only attack she managed was to set our own transportation on fire.
Ranubis 21st Jun 2014, 8:31 AM edit delete reply
Ranubis
... yeah, going to have to bring back the Ward Family for this one. I may have written them up as demon-hunters, but it was DM Dan who went "Surprise! You and your family are part-demon!" I got to learn that little fact at the same time as the rest of the group.
Raxon 23rd Jun 2014, 6:19 PM edit delete reply
Raxon
So, you were Alucard, from Castlevania.

Dracula's son.
Requiem_Jeer 21st Jun 2014, 11:22 AM edit delete reply
My character's backstory was that he was from a tribe that was very recently integrated into a city's economy. But he was raised by an old traditionalist, so he still wanted to undergo the crazy tribal coming of age ceremony. As the literal wordings of the ceremony was much more extreme then the cultural realities of it, it involved challenging the strongest outside thing one could find. Who just so happened to be a bloodthirsty gladiator bitch. She refused to cooperate with the rite, so my character ended up using an obscure clause to essentially xp grind his way high enough to win. So when he returned home, the GM fiddled around with the events and made my character a laughingstock of the town, completely changing the context of what my character did, and introduced an older sister who made sure to drive the whole thing home. I was a cleric/prestige paladin though, so I pretty much stomped the rite of passage. So that was nice.
NellzDaBlackKing 21st Jun 2014, 11:37 AM edit delete reply
My Night Elf Dread Necromancer despises his own kind that lives in the city he was born from because the bastards burned down his household killing his whole family because all of them were gifted in necromancy one way or another. After at least 50 years of self exile from his home building resentment against his city, he now has to participate in a war against demons and the Night Elves of his city who willfully serves them. Does that count?
you know that guy 21st Jun 2014, 12:28 PM edit delete reply
Playing an elf cleric whose family was on another plane (part of a Warhammer-style eternal battle against orcs) and who fled to the city to find peace and an adventuring party. She married an NPC crime boss, had a child, things are good albeit low-key.
DM: blah blah also your mom is here on vacation and wants to meet her son-in-law and grandchild.
Me: she takes vacations? Oh crap she's here! Everyone look busy! And competent!
Kaze Koichi 21st Jun 2014, 1:48 PM edit delete reply
There was that time when GM decided to make me an owner of family legacy weapon (without telling me any details about it). My weapon was called Axe of Night Almighty. It didn't even have any awesome stats, it just ment that whoever owns this axe is the best there is in bed. So when I tried to sell it in unawareness, there was that exchange:

GM: The owner offers you an enormous amout of money for your axe.
I: Why? What's so special?
GM It's the Axe of Night Almighty!
I: It is? What it does?
GM: Muhahahahahahaha!!!

Raxon's story reminded me why I prefer to not play paladins unless I'm very sure about current GM. There was one time when I played quite a jerk lawful anal paladin, and I got some clues that GMPC may be a villain. Also that GMPC was my paladin's friend. So I decided that even if he is my frienf, I shouldn't give him any slacks. Especially if he is my friend. So when I tried to arrest this GMPC, GM was very surprised and pissed. He never threaten to strip me from paladinhood, but he said "this is not in character for you to do so" a lot. Like, every minute. GM also buffed his NPC with plot power so I would lose the fight, I answered with returning my character to his house and doing absolutely nothing to help resolve the campain. It all ended very similar to Raxon's story.
I regret nothing.
Disloyal Subject 21st Jun 2014, 3:01 PM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
Surprised, yes. Unhappy? No.
I needed a reason for my PC to have left home - an Orcish stronghold. Elder Scrolls orcs, with military discipline, quality arms and armor, and steel-spined pride. He made a number of suggestions, and I wound up being an emissary to our human allies sent to find out where the hell our food shipments were - the deal was we keep the drow and wasteland baddies off everyone's backs, and they provide food and magical backup. Turns out elves were meddling in the human empire's politics, and they were on the brink of civil war - never got far enough to see if those were related - and they decided to worry about us later. He also made me the son of our stronghold's commander, and then explained the crappy level 1 starting gear as what was in the export bin on my way out - apparently dear ol' dad just survived 2 drow assassination attempts, and didn't want to risk his boy getting caught in the next one.
And I became an adventurer because I got lost, and they seemed nice when I met them... But we were all drunk when I met them. After that, I was gonna try using them as leverage against the empire - "help my dad or the Warblade will chop your face open."
Toric 21st Jun 2014, 6:13 PM edit delete reply
Well, there was this time where I had kind of a custom storm-oriented spellcaster the DM decided was the son of a weirdo Itachi Uchiha character, working with that chick in the glass jars from FFX7 with world-ending powers (Genosha?) to breed their own god army using Thor's DNA. I was more than a little irked by all three things.
kriss1989 22nd Jun 2014, 10:37 PM edit delete reply
kriss1989
Genosha is the fake mutant country from the X-Men series. Genova is the chick from FFVII. But yeah that's bullshit.
Pandora's Homeobox 21st Jun 2014, 9:18 PM edit delete reply
Not quite the GM (although the GM allowed it) but I have a story. We were playing a homebrew MLP game and my character had a somewhat long and well fleshed out backstory. Basically, she was from a high class family of military types (mother was a general, older brother a strategist, father high up in the royal guard, etc.) and her special talent turned out to be music. Well, her family did not agree with this at all and she ended up quite screwed up because her family disapproved so strongly of basically everything she did and stood for. She ended up really embittered, with a very caustic tongue and an extreme inferiority complex. The mare had ISSUES with her family. Part of her story arc throughout the campaign was learning to appreciate herself and interact nicely with others. About three sessions, another guy joins the campaign. So we're giving him a quick rundown of our characters and ask what he wants to play. His response? ""I'll be Pandora's cousin, Charlie Horse! He's a circus acrobat!" The GM allowed it. So now my artistic unicorn had a random circus member in her family who was apparently her good buddy, despite her canon backstory of hating her family because they were all in the military and didn't believe in non-military work. Sigh.
Luna 22nd Jun 2014, 2:58 AM edit delete reply
Still about the paranoid rogue I mentioned playing yesterday : at some point during the campaign, we ended up in another plane and, to learn something about this new world, the party attended what was basically elementary school for the history class. Along with a lot of kids who were more interested in pranks than studying.

anyway, after that, my char decided that she wanted a daughter, but didn't want to bother waiting to going through marriage, pregnancy and all and so just decided, once back in her own town, to go and adopt one at the local orphanage. After a short trip there and asking the lady in charge to find her the worst prankster in the orphanage, my elf ended up adopting a cute sorceress with a tendancy to summon fire beetles and using telekinesys to open doors and pretending that a ghost did it, making the party going even more crazy when interacting with my character.

Anyway, at some point in the campaign, our town got attacked by all sorts of elementals. Having the habit to left my daughter with my sister whenever doing things too dangerous, I got a bit worried that she might have been caught in the attack and went to check on her. upon arriving, I discovered that not only she was fine, but took over the local "gang" of street urchin to led them in a basement and held the place by throwing stones and such to the elementals, summoning critters to deal with others and pretty much did a darn good job defending the building at the whooping age of 8.

Proudest moment of my character's life. ^^
BeyondTheFail 23rd Jun 2014, 8:33 AM edit delete reply
So, I hadn't fleshed out my character's backstory in Pokemon Tabletop, but one of the things I did put in there was the fact that my character was an only child.

My GM, however, had other plans. He had my character's parents hide the fact that she ever had an older brother from her. Said father of my character used science to revive my character's brother, and had him as the main antagonist throughout the first arc.

It worked. It got me to play the character a ton more seriously.
Olick 23rd Jun 2014, 9:24 PM edit delete reply
Played a Superhero game. Dead father at the hand of gangs, got superpowers from a science accident. Standard stuff. So he decides that he needs to keep this to himself and become a superhero. This is the only character I made.

Learns later that his younger brother ALSO got superpowers, but was scouted by a villainous youth academy, because he thought he couldn't trust his own family with the secret of HIS superpowers. Eventually wound up working partially against his will in an evil dictators army, who was attacking the city.

Later, when trying to rescue his brother, he learns one of the superheroes he's teamed up with was, in fact, his mother. And that his father was ALSO a masked vigilante. It ran in the family.

Mostly learned a very good lesson about sharing secrets with his family, and never made that mistake again.
Masterweaver 21st Jun 2014, 6:05 AM edit delete reply
Story Time: Ludicrous NPCs!

...I got nuttin.
Odious Call 21st Jun 2014, 6:50 AM edit delete reply
Closest I have to this would be one NPC, a goddess-teir Psion based off Theresa from Fable. And when I say based off, I mean ripped shamelessly. I even introduced her as Theresa and referred to her as a blind seeress. Sadly no one realised I meant *that* Theresa until after the party cleric/vessel for Elder God Oceanus smeared her across the wall of the Tattered Spire with a gravity hammer......
Raxon 21st Jun 2014, 6:57 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
You mean pretty much every NPC I play?
andreas002 21st Jun 2014, 7:27 AM edit delete reply
andreas002
Back when our group played DnD as 13 year old teenagers, the party found a 5 year old girl named Noh in a dungeon. The party druid decided to adopt her.

Turns out she was possessed by the CN squirrel goddess. Most of the time she simply trolled us, though she did have her uses - such as summoning Bahamut to take out a colossal dragon we were fighting around level 10.
Kaze Koichi 21st Jun 2014, 9:15 AM edit delete reply
@andreas002:

I heard this story billion times and each time it is told differently.
Siccarus 21st Jun 2014, 11:55 AM edit delete reply
http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Noh
Please do not take these Items.
Digo 21st Jun 2014, 7:58 AM edit delete reply
With the lst GM that I played under: Pretty much any NPC with a last name. He can make most Mary Sue characters seem like cripples. :p

There's Silver Fox, the immortal T-1000 Star Trek admiral that's also a time-lord and jedi. Has several demigod ranks. This was a character that was made for D&D!!

In Shadowrun there's Richard Johnson, CEO of K.O.C.P. who managed to built a AAA-rated megacorp in about two months and managed to nuke the Corporate Court out of orbit. Built a small army of Robocops to ensure he couldn't be touched.

Professor James, an NPC in a Star Trek game the GM ran. He's a lich that's bound to a T-800 model who can hack any system, and built bombs capable of killing all life within a 4-light-year radius (with no saving throw). Also has a teleport-at-will ability out to 1-light-year.

Ridiculous enough?
Venellian 21st Jun 2014, 9:11 AM edit delete reply
A blond, somewhat ditzy, young girl who loved muffins so much that she had a cantrip that would summon a muffin (she was a sorcerer). I didn't get the time to flesh her out, but she was fun.

Also: Kevin.
Every single time we play dnd for more than two sessions, some guy named Kevin is introduced. He's a character that I (the DM) make in order to flesh out the party, giving them what they need, or for a player without a character. Thing is? He always winds up dying.
The first time was because the party was battling against some Paladins, Kevin rolled a critical failure, and so he wound up exploding, winning the battle for the PCs.
So every time I introduce a Kevin, the party knows what to expect.
guy 22nd Jun 2014, 4:05 PM edit delete reply
Is his last name Shapiro?
kriss1989 22nd Jun 2014, 10:56 PM edit delete reply
kriss1989
In the vein of Kevin mentioned above, every one of my games eventually features three characters. Larry, Yamcha, and Steve. Larry will be an idiotic comic relief henchman of a good guy. Yamcha will be a local low level hero that teams up with the heroes. Steve is an absolute badass, having has such roles in campaigns as Grand High Paladin, THE Time Mage, The Conquerer King, the deadliest assassin in the world, dread pirate, or Grand High Priest of (insert deity here). The reason he's named Steve? "Well its not like my parents knew I would need an impressive and awe inspiring name when I was born." I first used Steve in a campaign where everyone had either overly dramatic names (Silverwind True-arrow, elven wizard) or over appropriate names (Bulk Rockfist, dwarven monk). I am not making those names up. So I through in Steve Smith, Grand High Paladin after a while because their names were just bugging me so much. I didn't make them change or forbid the names, nor did I make fun of them. Steve was ment to be a one-off gag. But I kept on coming to situations in later campaigns where "it would be so great if this awesome guy was just named Steve" kept entering my mind. Be he villain or hero, one high powered character in all my campaigns s named Steve.
Specter 21st Jun 2014, 5:17 PM edit delete reply
Specter
I once had a npc called Familia who hung out with the party throughout their adventures, and more or less trolled the party all the time. One such instance was the elf player who tried to break into a bank to... do something, I don't really know. But when he got in, he saw Familia already in there (Everyone guessed she was a rogue by then, and wasn't terribly surprised, even though she was actually a ninja) and she was trying to steal the banks art.

One fun quirk about Familia was that she was kind of derpy yet always knew what she was doing. Hurray for ninjas.
Blues 21st Jun 2014, 7:07 PM edit delete reply
My best ludicrous NPCs story was simply the campaign where I had so many. I had just played some variation of Fire Emblem, so I had a huge hankering for group tactics on a grand scale. In addition to the PCs (An Army captain with amazing marksmanship and healing magic, an unlucky sorceress with a Katana, a psion a la earthbound, a sociopathic tech savvy mimic, and Street Magician Dirk Harley), I had a group of four elemental benders, a reluctant necromancer who was also an auto mechanic, an extremely shy shaman, A girl who could cause others to shrink or grow, a girl with electricity powers, as well as a nigh-demonic girl who could turn into a massive, deadly fox. Most all of these characters were specific references or ideas that I wanted to try out. Plus, it was great roleplaying to have the players actively try to recruit these people into their war against the anti-magic high tech facists that ruled the post apocalyptic wasteland.

It was... kind of a complicated, but really a stupid fun campaign. Although I sort of did regret having so many NPCs later, no one seemed to mind it at the time.
Luna 22nd Jun 2014, 4:10 AM edit delete reply
Pathfinder's campaign. Local lord of the town had a rumour about him : he was somewhat "slightly" paranoid.

When our party met him, we entered the throne room, had to stop at a good distance of the lord and noticed that we were surrounded by archers from both sides, aiming at us and ready to shoot us at any sign of hostility. Those archers were themselves aimed at by other archers, ready to shoot them at any sign that one might suddenly try to shoot the lord instead of us. And so on...

The meeting was not tense at all. Paranoid ? Naaah, just a rumor. XD
Curb 22nd Jun 2014, 3:37 PM edit delete reply
Joe, the first DM i played with, had a habit if making ludicris npcs. One even had such a high PB, or Physical Beauty, that all male characters had to make saving throws or end up becoming her love slaves. thats when i started playing female characters to dick with him.
Raxon 21st Jun 2014, 6:05 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
Hah! Good to see Twi getting pissed over nothing.

Story time today is about sibling rivalry!

EDIT: Hah! Three calls for story time, simultaneously!
Digo 21st Jun 2014, 8:01 AM edit delete reply
In-game sibling rivalry? Never had one. The cloned younger sister dragon story above was just an annoyance. I was happy to have gotten rid of that baggage.

I did have a Shadowrun mage who was looking for her older sister. Despite how I fleshed out the sister, the GM went in a different direction to the point it seemed like the sister was killed at some point. So my disadvantage quality of looking for her became moot and ended up as simply free points for me. Oh well.
Disloyal Subject 21st Jun 2014, 2:48 PM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
Well,when 3 of the 6 people around the table are sisters, and one's a Catfolk Barbarian (and inexplicably a xenolinguist) that's to be expected. No in-game examples yet for me, though, barring NPCs no one's met yet.
BeyondTheFail 23rd Jun 2014, 8:43 AM edit delete reply
With the brother that I mentioned above, there was a bit of the sad type of rivalry going. My character didn't see her dad much, but wanted to learn from him. Character's brother, on the other hand, was forbidden from seeing their mother, since said mother tried to prevent him from being brought back to life. There were a few instances where things came to a head with them, ending with an absolutely heartbreaking scene when said brother is Killed Off For Real in front of my character.
Guest 21st Jun 2014, 6:08 AM edit delete reply
Darnit, Raxon.

Ah well.
*Sigh* 21st Jun 2014, 6:39 AM edit delete reply
NPC's on our side that are more powerful than us are nothing new the the group I play with, our DM is more the "lock the doors and close the blinds we're going for a ride" styled storyteller as opposed to the "your group are the big heroes who'll save everything on purpose" one.
super_big_mac 21st Jun 2014, 7:57 AM edit delete reply
Are you saying that iiiiit's nnooot easy having yourself a good time? Greasing up those bets and betters, watching out they don't for letter!
Digo 21st Jun 2014, 8:03 AM edit delete reply
Seems like you and I have the same problem.

Now when I'm DM, my more powerful NPCs don't make many appearances, and if they do, they always take a back-seat mentor kind of role. I believe in the PCs being the center of attention. :) Any time a powerful NPC does some of the main work its because the PCs wanted them to.
FanOfMostEverything 22nd Jun 2014, 8:00 AM edit delete reply
I try to blend to two approaches. Basically, the PCs aren't the only game in town when it comes to adventurers, but they make a name for themselves as very capable. Usually insane, given my playgroup, but capable.
Odious Call 21st Jun 2014, 6:46 AM edit delete reply
For quite a while I've been wanting to have my players be shown up big time by a much higher level NPC, then I realised.....they are all living with their former characters who are now at epic level and the most famed adventures in all of Edge....Nothing more awkward than being out-awesomed by.....yourself.
Guest 21st Jun 2014, 7:01 AM edit delete reply
Err, Twilight, you may want to get that lazy eye of yours checked out.
ironbolt 21st Jun 2014, 8:10 AM edit delete reply
"what kind of name is Shinig Armor?"
Pot - Kettle - Black.

And woah there TwiPC, arogant much? A chip on your shoulder mayhap? My DM would use such a reaction to pump up the NPC just to be a pest. Say like, so great he has captured the hearth of alicorn of Love, the empress of emotions, etc... XD XD
Raxon 21st Jun 2014, 9:49 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
Captured her hearth? Now I picture him mounting an invasion of her living room in order to to secure her love.
Jason Shadow 21st Jun 2014, 10:14 AM edit delete reply
Jason Shadow
Yeah - rearranging the room's furniture to maximize good chi, taking all her family photos off the mantelpiece and replacing them with pictures of himself...
Digo 21st Jun 2014, 11:52 AM edit delete reply
steal all the coasters and then leave a glass of ice water on the table.
guy 22nd Jun 2014, 4:09 PM edit delete reply
Go into the office and move the stapler. Crazy prank.
evileeyore 21st Jun 2014, 6:27 PM edit delete reply
evileeyore
Welll... the Greek/Roman Goddess of Family and Fidelity was also the Goddess of the Hearth...

She was also a very jealous and vindictive Goddess, but then Zeus/Jupiter was a dirty slut.
Dusty the Royal Janitor 22nd Jun 2014, 3:03 AM edit delete reply
Ahhh... I think you're mixing up Hera and Hestia.

Hestia was the Goddess of the hearth and home. Basically, people prayed to her to keep their homes safe and sacred. Interestingly enough, short of the creation myth where she's eaten by Cronus along with Hera, Demeter, Poseidon, and Hades and saved by Zeus, she never shows up in any other myths or legends despite being very important in ancient Greek Culture.

Hera was the goddess of Family, Fidelity, Womanhood, and Marriage. She was the one that regularly got pissed at Zeus for being such a manwhore.
Raxon 22nd Jun 2014, 9:43 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
Hera was the petty, vindictive bitch, Hestia was considered to be a very kind, gentle, inviting goddess. Hera could not harm Zeus, so she killed his rape victims if she ever caught them.

Hestia, on the other hand, could also be very dangerous. Do not violate her hospitality! Few gods had power over actual domains, but Hestia's domain was the home and hearth. Violating or abusing her hospitality would not have pleasant results.
Digo 23rd Jun 2014, 4:23 AM edit delete reply
She'd set your house on fire with lemons?
Toric 23rd Jun 2014, 5:42 PM edit delete reply
Wait until she reaches across universes to bitch-smack Walder Frey
evileeyore 22nd Jun 2014, 12:09 PM edit delete reply
evileeyore
It's entirely possible I am. It's been over 20 years since I learned all that mythology.


Might be time for a bit of a refresher...
JackTheGreatOfPojo 22nd Jun 2014, 2:53 PM edit delete reply
I happen to know there is at least one other reference to Hestia, who gave up her one of the twelve thrones on Mt. Olympus for Dionysus
Fury of the Tempest 21st Jun 2014, 9:54 AM edit delete reply
Can't wait for that next page. Honestly, I'm hoping TwiPC gets taken down a peg or two. She's already derailed two campaigns.
Joural 23rd Jun 2014, 2:20 PM edit delete reply
She derailed ONE campaign by figuring out the solution early(And I'm sorry, but it's not the player's fault if they derail the plot by solving a no-win scenario. You should have planned for it, ESPECIALLY if the solution they chose is the solution they were always supposed to find), and she derailed one SESSION by being a relatively powerful wizard who knew something was a threat.

The DM is trying to railroad, and he has to deal with a clever player in charge of a wizard who isn't concerned with the tracks he's laid.

On the other hand, introducing an older sibling whose achievements eclipse those of the player? Particularly without discussing the whole thing with said player in the first place? Not okay. remember the bit about him telling Pinkie false information to trick the party into thinking Zecora was bad, and why that was bad? It's a similar deal- he's taken a large degree of character control from a player for the purpose of the story he wants to tell, and that's bad DMing.
Specter 21st Jun 2014, 11:21 AM edit delete reply
Specter
With everything that has been going on, I can't wait to read Twilight's reaction to the foal sitter.

Or her foal sitter and brother getting married.

Or what happens to her brother and what really happened to the foal sitter.

Or the fact that this story arc is suppose to be more for Rarity and not Twilight.

So much arc in so little time, feels like my kind of game.
Tatsurou 22nd Jun 2014, 9:49 AM edit delete reply
Tatsurou
And then it turns out that Twilight's old foal sitter, Princess Cadence NotEvil GoodPony, is actually Elusive!

Think about it. That would put her in the perfect position to get away with anything thievy. Who in their right mind would question the Princess of Love? Especially when she's the Goddess's beloved niece?
Specter 21st Jun 2014, 7:40 PM edit delete reply
Specter
Video!

It was really hard trying to find a video describing Twilight's and Shining's siblingness...Then I remembered Twilight only needs Red Bull
Akouma 21st Jun 2014, 9:44 PM edit delete reply
Akouma
ProTip: Sometimes players don't mind being shown up as long as it's offscreen. I once had an NPC who was the king's court mage. In one early session, the players had managed to steal a giant golem that was for all intents and purposes a fantasy mech. A few sessions down the line, that NPC volunteers to accompany the PCs piloting this mech to hold off a horde of demons while the PCs fight the boss. In all honesty, the horde outside was probably a more difficult encounter, and he (plus the other NPC that was with him) survived just fine with no notable incident. As he'd been an established fixture of the campaign, my players LOVED that he was finally joining them in the field for something.
Demonu 22nd Jun 2014, 10:05 AM edit delete reply
Demonu
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA...
Oh, you are serious, Twilight?

That's the thing with older siblings. No matter what you are or what you accomplish, you'll always be the "the little one" and be forced to use the second controller when playing videogames.
Specter 22nd Jun 2014, 10:40 PM edit delete reply
Specter
On a 4 player system-
1: Oldest brother (anger issues and poor sport)

2: Dad (Just trying to have fun and bond with his kids)

3: Youngest brother (Same as number 1)

4: Myself (Second youngest, but best gamer... played too mush Golden Eye for N64 to really get angry)
Digo 23rd Jun 2014, 4:24 AM edit delete reply
I totally respect Luigi. :3
I_Ride_The_Tube 22nd Jun 2014, 11:03 AM edit delete reply
Spud,
There is a problem with the 14th episisode of FiD. It does not play on mobile devices "The content owner has not made this video available on mobile"
Please rectify this
Newbiespud 22nd Jun 2014, 4:13 PM edit delete reply
Newbiespud
Actually, that's because of a copyright flag caused by the music I used at the beginning. I literally cannot change it myself until I make a replacement version. Sorry. I'm working on it.
I_Ride_The_Tube 22nd Jun 2014, 6:20 PM edit delete reply
Damnations to copyright
Wynni 22nd Jun 2014, 7:56 PM edit delete reply
I've actually got a good one for this prompt. We're playing Marvel, and I random roll a character that's a teleporting martial artist with obvious abnormality: I basically random rolled a character I'd already played. So, to make her different, I decided she was a Chinese cat girl. I also rolled 'richer than angel'....which meant she was a Chinese aristocracy catgirl. I also rolled contacts. My loving DM decided The Mandarin was my godfather, for a little catgirl attending Xavier's school for gifted youngsters......eep.