Page 1055 - Butterfly Effect

24th Apr 2018, 6:00 AM in The Return of Harmony, Part 1
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Butterfly Effect
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Newbiespud 24th Apr 2018, 6:00 AM edit delete
I like this reasoning for Discord's escape a little (just a little) better than "the CMCs done did goofed again and doomed us all," for several reasons. Man, that's another vintage show/fandom thing: The CMCs as constant harbingers of accidental doom and destruction. That was their "bit" for the longest time. I like the new direction for them from Season 5 onward, though. It's late as I type this and I'm rambling.

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Guest 24th Apr 2018, 6:12 AM edit delete reply
That and the tree sap. Of all the things to fixate on, why tree sap?
Digo Dragon 24th Apr 2018, 6:17 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Probably because the writers threw a bunch of weird ideas at the walls for the CMC and tree sap was the one thing that stuck. ;)
albedoequals1 24th Apr 2018, 6:38 AM edit delete reply
Haha, good one. :P
Needling Haystacks 24th Apr 2018, 10:09 AM edit delete reply
Wait, did that happen more than once? It's been awhile since I watched the first three seasons.
Tatsurou 24th Apr 2018, 10:46 AM edit delete reply
It only happened once in show...but one of the CMC complained that their Crusade attempts "always ends like this".
Truthkeeper 24th Apr 2018, 5:37 PM edit delete reply
Honestly, that would have been a really interesting route to take with them, all of their attempts ending in releasing sealed monsters and ancient nightmares of the universe.
Guest 24th Apr 2018, 6:15 AM edit delete reply
Admittedly, the show writers had no idea what to do with the CMC. Maybe Lauren had a bigger plan for them in the original vision, but the shift towards more episodic content did not do them any favors.
MissFinefeather 24th Apr 2018, 6:17 AM edit delete reply
I forgot to put down my name! ^^;;;
Classic Steve 24th Apr 2018, 6:44 AM edit delete reply
AIUI, Faust had hoped that they would get their own show. But they were never as popular as the Mane Six.
Guest 24th Apr 2018, 10:54 PM edit delete reply
I'd heard she didn't want them in the show, since the point was to appeal to all ages anyways, but marketing execs wanted them?

I'unno, it's hard to find facts on stuff like this.
Matt Reverse 24th Apr 2018, 6:43 AM edit delete reply
Matt Reverse
Rainbow Dash asks the important questions.
Guest 24th Apr 2018, 8:06 AM edit delete reply
Personally, I've been in the camp that Discord's escape was due to the transfer of ownership of the Elements since September 19th, 2011.
Digo Dragon 24th Apr 2018, 8:57 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Must have been a... "non-binding" agreement. :3
MooseImperium 25th Apr 2018, 8:05 AM MooseImperium edit delete reply
That deserves "pun"ishment.
Needling Haystacks 24th Apr 2018, 10:09 AM edit delete reply
I assumed this as well.
Hariman 24th Apr 2018, 10:24 AM edit delete reply
I've always viewed Discord's Escape as a combination of many little bits of chaos and discord building up over a thousand years.

The Cutie Mark Crusaders we're likely not the first people to argue in that garden, so they were just the unlucky ones were the last ones needed.
Winged Cat 24th Apr 2018, 11:31 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
I don't see a post in the comics around that time claiming this. Did I miss it?

Although - NS, while checking I found comic #18 (the closest before that date) and similar are getting infested with spam comments toward the bottom. IDK if you have an easy way to clean them out.
ANW 25th Apr 2018, 5:26 AM edit delete reply
It seems to stop after page 20.
Maybe that will help you.
Guest 24th Apr 2018, 10:53 AM edit delete reply
The Chaos Mark Crusaders were the best thing about them! I really miss those days, they were legitimately fun!
gamemaster80 24th Apr 2018, 5:18 PM Taking all bets edit delete reply
I'm calling it now: Fluttershy's player starts developing a crush with the second GM who I imagine is playing as discord, and he develops one on her, and it bleeds into how discord gets to stick around instead of being destroyed, and under her watch.
GW 24th Apr 2018, 9:21 PM edit delete reply
I thought it was the other way around - the CMC were arguing because of Discord's influence leaking out of the statue.
Fire Flyer 25th Apr 2018, 9:00 PM edit delete reply
Why can't it be both? It could be entirely possible that Discord was just one little push away from being free. As such, when the field trip came by, he used just a little bit of his power to make the CMC argue, resulting in the fight which he then used the chaos from to break free.
...That is now my headcanon.
Story Time 25th Apr 2018, 9:25 AM edit delete reply
And so... It needed only a little push... Three little fillies having a fight in front of the statue.

Now... Any story of how the "great evil" broke of his seal or prison because a tiny stupid and obvious thing?
The Late Adopter 25th Apr 2018, 11:58 AM edit delete reply
Wait a second. You have Fluttershy admitting she might have been the catalyst to release Discord, but you missed a perfectly good opportunity to call this strip "The Fluttershy Effect"!

Worst. Page. Ever. ZERO STARS! ;-)
redwings1340 25th Apr 2018, 9:33 PM edit delete reply
Wow, I like that explanation a lot better than what the show gave. Not that the show's explanation was bad, this just... fits right in and adds more continuity than the show did.

Evil Author 25th Apr 2018, 10:23 PM edit delete reply
IIRC, it's more or less the same explanation that the show gave. But as usual, Newbiespud took a bare bones explanation and elaborated on it in detail to make it look more plausible. Kinda like why the Sixth Element is called "Magic" and not "Friendship".
HappyEevee 4th Jun 2018, 8:10 AM Explanations edit delete reply
Sometimes the players just know when it's their fault... but to be fair, it often is. Nothing can mess up a GM's future plans like players trying to creatively solve the problem in front of them.