Page 617 - Rising Action

7th Jul 2015, 6:00 AM
Rising Action
Average Rating: 5 (2 votes)
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Newbiespud 7th Jul 2015, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
Feel free to come up with your own alt-scripts for these particular moments. I didn't think they'd stretch out to individual gags across four full pages. Still, what I find interesting here is not the cartoonish antics in each beat (those are pretty normal for both cartoons and campaigns), but rather the back-to-back nature of them.

You've shared stories of an absurd nature before. But are there stories about absurd sequences, where there are multiple ridiculous events in a row? I'm sure there are.

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ANW 7th Jul 2015, 6:12 AM edit delete reply
Contest time
Found a genie bottle. Made a wish. Pain happens.
Ex:wish for a million bucks. Stampede!
Specter 7th Jul 2015, 7:12 AM edit delete reply
Specter
Jokingly asked for a new party, my allies disappeared and were replaced by my rivals.

Survived just long enough to chuck that thing into the ocean.
Freelance 7th Jul 2015, 11:05 AM edit delete reply
Wished for my party to survive the Return to the Tomb of Horrors story.
Transformed into a Balor, leaving me too large to get through the door with room containing a sphere of Annihilation.

Then later opened a door that dealt damage equal to the character's MR rating in percentage.

Later, as biggest threat, other Balor saw me as biggest threat, so came at me with his vorpal sword. Nat 20 on the first attack.
Someone 7th Jul 2015, 11:30 AM edit delete reply
"I want to be King" Poof. Luis XVI, guillotine.

Also, example from one campaign: Our technomancer: "I want to have the McGuffin in my hands right now"
He got it. By getting transported to place villians hideout where it was being stored.
Someone 7th Jul 2015, 11:30 AM edit delete reply
"I want to be King" Poof. Luis XVI, guillotine.

Also, example from one campaign: Our technomancer: "I want to have the McGuffin in my hands right now"
He got it. By getting transported to place villians hideout where it was being stored.
Raxon 7th Jul 2015, 9:47 PM edit delete reply
Raxon
"I wish I had the most resilient armor ever made!"

Dude was given a bank vault. From a bank run by dragons. Prpblems ensued.
Consider it Done 8th Jul 2015, 10:43 AM edit delete reply
Genie came out smiling, like some Eastern tramp. He said: hey boy what's happening? What is going on? You can have three wishes, If you don't take too long.

I said well...

I wish they all were happy on the Lebanon. Wish somebody'd help me write this song. I wish when I was young, my old man had not been gone.

Genie said: Consider it done.

There's something in the air, and you don't know what it is. You see someone through a window who you've just learned to miss, and the road leads on to glory but you've used up your last wish.

Your last wish.

And you want her to come home.

Genie said: I'm sorry, but that's the way it goes. Where the hell's lamp, sucker, it's time for me to go.

Bye.
Digo 7th Jul 2015, 6:16 AM edit delete reply
In a Pony RPG, our group allied with a bunch of 1st and 2nd graders to take on a high school team in a snow fight. The high schoolers built themselves a fort and were bully the little foals with their snow-crafting superiority. Course, when a bunch of 6-8 year olds come knocking with PCs among their ranks...

The absurd sequence came about when my earth pony managed to break a hole into the enemy snow fort with her strength. The chunk of snow wall she pulled out was used as a shield against a high school pegasus above who was using clouds to rain snowballs. After shielding the 2nd-grade "Seal Teams" into the fort, my earth pony threw the remains of the snow shield at the pegasus. She dodged. I ran up the wall. She attempted to stop me by shooting lightning not unlike some sci-fi laser weapon, but ended up destroying the wall. I hopped from falling piece to falling piece (like Legolas in the Hobbit 3, only I did it first). She tries dropping all her ammo on me like a machine gun. I dodge the rain of snowballs and leap up to her on the cloud.

I spin-kick the pegasus off her cloud so hard she fell into a snow bank and got stuck. I land on the other side, making a crater in the same way The Incredible Hulk does. Crazy ridiculous sequence.
j-eagle12212012 7th Jul 2015, 6:35 AM edit delete reply
j-eagle12212012
*Spoiler Free*
Amending Fences

Good episode overall With great callbacks and charecter development

Some of the highlights

1) another episode written by M.A. Larson (this episode is rumored to have been episode 100 until Larson came up with Slice of Life)

2) Callbacks and Continuety (it doesn't get better than a callback to the first episode)

3) more background charecters with speaking roles and a new charecter (I will refer to her as Bookhorse 2.0)

4) sunbutt managed to sneak an appearance 4 episodes in a row (not that subtle Cellie )

I really like that this season is giveing us some great episodes

And yes the appearance of a certain pony was not missed. I expect she will be appearing again soon

Onward to the next episode
Digo 7th Jul 2015, 7:25 AM edit delete reply
Sunbutt made a cameo? Like, in a photograph?
j-eagle12212012 7th Jul 2015, 7:29 AM edit delete reply
j-eagle12212012
Not exactly a photo , she appears at the party at the end as one of the games being played (pin the tail on the pony)
Digo 7th Jul 2015, 7:44 AM edit delete reply
Oh *that*. Yeah I remember, but wasn't really counting that as a cameo. I guess that proves Celestia has her own merch in-universe. :3
evilauthor 7th Jul 2015, 7:49 AM edit delete reply
You sure that it's CELESTIA that's selling that merch?

Discord: "Who wants to play pin the tail on the pony?" *Holds up Celestia's tail*
Digo 7th Jul 2015, 9:59 AM edit delete reply
That or Luna playing a prank. :3
EEK 7th Jul 2015, 8:39 AM edit delete reply
When was her cameo anyway, I kept hearing about it and was looking but I missed it
Winged Cat 7th Jul 2015, 10:12 AM edit delete reply
Ah yes, when adventure calls you out of your comfortable home and routine, what happens to the home and routine you leave behind?

Though, one wonders why Twilight's nonappearance was enough to ruin the party, when the party giver had all her other friends present.
Toric 7th Jul 2015, 10:21 AM edit delete reply
No spoilers, but one could argue that a party might be thrown for a CERTAIN friend the thrower feels more connected/alike to and the other guests are incidental. You could read further into that, but consider that the party-thrower had more in common with some guests than others.
Ted the saiyanwolf 7th Jul 2015, 7:14 AM edit delete reply
Ted the saiyanwolf
I guess bees gives you a + 2 movement speed bonus
Random Person 7th Jul 2015, 8:08 AM edit delete reply
Nope, the flight or fight trigger for Dash's barb rage went other way this time. If the bees keep stinging her, she can maintain it for a while.
ksclaw 7th Jul 2015, 8:09 AM edit delete reply
Insert your option Nicholas Cage jokes about bees.
ksclaw 7th Jul 2015, 8:09 AM edit delete reply
That should say "optional" not "option"
Disloyal Subject 7th Jul 2015, 1:53 PM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
Better Cage than the Henry Partridge ones.
Toric 7th Jul 2015, 10:23 AM edit delete reply
Those bees clearly have the dark heart of neutrality, impervious to persuasion and just as likely to attack everyone in sight equally.
Digo 7th Jul 2015, 12:19 PM edit delete reply
Unless you're Fluttershy in a bee costume with the Stare power. ;)
Specter 7th Jul 2015, 1:50 PM edit delete reply
Specter
Does not even need the stare power, which makes it that much more terrifying (I'd force any DM to let me have a nat. 20 to run from Fluttershy if she told me to run).
Tatsurou 7th Jul 2015, 1:44 PM edit delete reply
Tatsurou
Rainbow: I pull a branch to have it snap back and hit Applejack.
DM: Roll to hit. Applejack, roll to dodge.
Rainbow: Ha! 20, not natural.
AJ: ...crap. 1.
DM: Applejack, you get hit right in the face and sent tumbling, when you stand, you have a mouthful of leaves.
AJ: Oh, come on!

AJ: I grab a thicker branch and use it to launch mahself forward.
DM: Roll strength.
AJ: Nat 20! ...say, since this is handling a tree, can I apply my Cutie Mark bonus since it's part of my farm skills.
DM: ...sure. You go shooting past Rainbow like a rocket.
RD: Oh, COME ON!

AJ: Hey, you mentioned that beehive?
DM: ...yeah?
AJ: I buck it down as I pass ahead of Rainbow.
DM: Alright. Roll for it.
AJ: 17!
Rainbow: Seriously?
DM: The beehive doesn't fall, but the bees do come out and target Rainbow.
Rainbow: Umm...
DM: What?
Rainbow: Well, I think there's something you put in here in my backstory...
DM: Right, allergic to bee stings, traumatic event as a child leading to severe melissophobia...
RD: And Cowardly Flight occurs in the presence of bees, doubling my running speed per round as long as bees are in my line of sight.
DM: But you can't control which direction you run. Roll to see if you run in the right direction.
RD: ...ha!
DM: ...you are.
Applejack: SERIOUSLY?!
Someone 8th Jul 2015, 8:27 AM edit delete reply
I call ponyshit. RD and backstory?
Zeeth 8th Jul 2015, 7:54 PM edit delete reply
Well, maybe it justified an extra feat?
Tatsurou 9th Jul 2015, 1:42 AM edit delete reply
Tatsurou
It's stated at the beginning of the comic that the DM created Rainbow's backstory, which she barely read.
I'm indicating that once Rainbow got interested in the role playing aspect, she read through it.
Disloyal Subject 7th Jul 2015, 1:55 PM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
Absurd sequences? Bees? I feel a memory coming on.
I shall return with a tale of bears, shapeshifting, and guerilla warfare.
Guest 7th Jul 2015, 2:52 PM edit delete reply
"I wish it would rain!"

typhoon of acid
Jay 7th Jul 2015, 5:11 PM edit delete reply
I agree with your decision. This is definitely funnier in near-montage form.
PoisonClaw 7th Jul 2015, 5:19 PM edit delete reply
Well, time to invoke all the bee jokes I know.

"Bees, my god..."
"A BEE!?"
"Not the bees! Not the Bees!"
Azureink 8th Jul 2015, 12:54 PM edit delete reply
Azureink
"What's this? A Running of the Bees woefully underpopulated by bees. This hive full of bees will put a stop to that."

"Just remember... beeeeee yourself."
EqualJ12212012 8th Jul 2015, 1:06 PM edit delete reply
redwings1340 8th Jul 2015, 10:49 PM edit delete reply
redwings1340
JORSUUUUUUUNNNNNNNNN!!!!!
MalusCorvus 16th Aug 2015, 8:14 PM edit delete reply
"I'm covered in bees!"
Lyntermas 8th Jul 2015, 12:32 AM edit delete reply
Lyntermas
AJ: I knock over a bucket of maple syrup directly in Rainbow's way...*roll* 15.
DM: You manage to buck one of the hanging buckets from the tree onto the ground. Not having time to dodge, Rainbow Dash gets stuck in it as Applejack and the other racers race ahead.
RD: Wait, what do you mean "stuck"? It's maple syrup, not superglue! Roll to escape...*roll* 12.
DM: Whitetail wood maple syrup has properties similar to bubblegum: very elastic and very sticky. You start to take a few steps out, but you actively feel the syrup start dragging you back from the tension.
RD: Oh, like a rubber band...Wait a minute! I'll pull myself back away, then use the syrup to launch myself forward...*roll* Nat 20!
AJ: She can't actually do that, can she?
DM: Rainbow Dash's plan works flawlessly, not only giving her enough momentum to escape the syrup, but also launching her past the rest of the racers...including Applejack.
AJ: SERIOUSLY!?
ANW 8th Jul 2015, 1:43 PM edit delete reply
Bean a while since you did an alt.
Lyntermas 8th Jul 2015, 10:22 PM edit delete reply
Lyntermas
Life's been keeping me busy (in a good way), but I'm still hanging around.