Page 1080 - Inches to Miles

21st Jun 2018, 6:00 AM in The Return of Harmony, Part 1
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Inches to Miles
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Newbiespud 21st Jun 2018, 6:00 AM edit delete
"Euughh" is right. Those apple golems, as creepy as they are in motion, are significantly worse in still-image form. Worse yet, as a thumbnail while you're arranging a comic together. <shudder>

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LordIce 21st Jun 2018, 6:17 AM edit delete reply
"... and what was the question, Madam?"
FanOfMostEverything 21st Jun 2018, 6:33 AM edit delete reply
Asking for a chaos deity's plan. What could possibly go wrong?
tuxgeo 21st Jun 2018, 6:36 AM Who plans ahead? edit delete reply
The question would have been, "What is Discord's entire plan for defeating us . . ." (etc.)
Evilbob 21st Jun 2018, 2:12 PM edit delete reply
Chill. It's part of the stress-test. Does it respond to a question not in question form?

Although, technically, she's already asked the question of what's the cost? already... unless that was OOC? Hard to tell.
Digo Dragon 21st Jun 2018, 6:36 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I can see the creepiness in a pile of talking apples. The way leaves make sinister-looking pupils and stems for thin, crooked teeth? It is well designed. The witches weren't anywhere near this bad in my imagination when I read Macbeth.
Kereea 21st Jun 2018, 6:52 AM edit delete reply
They were one of the freakiest parts of the maze for me. Which, well, given everything else that happened is a darn good feat.
Sensei Le Roof 21st Jun 2018, 8:09 AM edit delete reply
Just from seeing them up there, they reminded me of the hands from <i>Labyrinth</i>.
Discord 21st Jun 2018, 7:13 AM edit delete reply
You asked your question. Now for the price.
Don't worry, your soul is still safe; for now.
BackSet 21st Jun 2018, 7:37 AM edit delete reply
Discord, your not cliche enough to ask for someponies soul. Do I have to do your job for you.
Ace 22nd Jun 2018, 1:27 AM edit delete reply
Even you wouldn't take a soul. that'd be too orderly.
Greenhornet 21st Jun 2018, 7:15 AM edit delete reply
"Any chance Ah can know what the cost is before Ah sign away mah soul?"
"No. And that was your one question."
"SON OF A *****!!"
Needling Haystacks 21st Jun 2018, 8:31 AM edit delete reply
That was out of character, presumably... of course, it would work in-character to so that would be a valid response. :P
Borg 21st Jun 2018, 8:31 AM edit delete reply
Just what I was thinking.
Winged Cat 21st Jun 2018, 11:51 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
That's what I was thinking too. She asked her question, so the apples rolled away - their task already complete - when she tried to press for more information.
Brickman 22nd Jun 2018, 5:01 AM edit delete reply
True, a literal genie could have taken that as her question. But if it's following anything close to the show's logic, Discord is planning for the answer itself to be harmful. In which case tricking her into "wasting" her question doesn't help him.
Needling Haystacks 21st Jun 2018, 8:32 AM edit delete reply
This gives some reason for AJ even trusting them, which in-universe didn't make much sense as she had to suspect it was really Discord. 'Course as seen with Fluttershy, he CAN just zap people... possibly. I have my own headcanon on that but I'm still working on that story.
Kira 21st Jun 2018, 10:11 AM edit delete reply
what's always interested me.

3 of them lacking teeth and eyes

if this isin't a nod to the greek fates ill be eating my hat.
Stephen 21st Jun 2018, 10:45 AM Ah yes... edit delete reply
The most powerful rule of storytelling: Show; don't tell. What is his plan? Depower all of them, hit them with a morale penalty so high that it may as well be negtive class levels, and invert their personalities.
Winged Cat 21st Jun 2018, 11:52 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
Quite. They had technically answered, so now they can give a nonanswer that leads Applejack to defeat herself.
Guest 21st Jun 2018, 11:28 AM edit delete reply
The best villain plans are the ones the players willingly walk into, even while they know exactly what's going on.

Make 'em roleplay themselves to death.
Para-Dox 21st Jun 2018, 4:14 PM edit delete reply
Why is that I suddenly remember the brothers Para and Dox from yu-gi-oh?
Freelance 21st Jun 2018, 10:44 PM edit delete reply
Be careful about trying to lawyer up such a question, AJ. Roy in OotS tried that, too, and it bit him on the ass. For that matter, trying to divine from antagonistic force bit just about all of them in the ass.
CCC 22nd Jun 2018, 12:23 AM edit delete reply
To be fair, Roy's lawyered-up question in OOtS did end up being helpful... long, long after they suspected at the time it would be.
Draxynnic 22nd Jun 2018, 6:27 AM edit delete reply
To be fairer, Roy's mistake was in lawyering it down to an X or Y question without considering the possibility of Z. AJ's left this one open.

I suspect the response becomes "okay, you'll find out through experiencing it."
RandomFan 22nd Jun 2018, 7:31 AM edit delete reply
I suspect they told it to her, but it happens to be the empty string, "".
Robin Bobcat 22nd Jun 2018, 5:24 PM edit delete reply
The plan will be revealed, in detail..

...but the cost is her ability to tell the truth. So she cannot convey the plan to her friends.

Actually, might even be worse than that - making her unable to tell the difference between truth and lies.
HappyEevee 22nd Jun 2018, 7:26 PM edit delete reply
Oh AJ, haven't you learned yet: wishes ONLY exist for the GM to screw the players. Run away from wish spells, avoid miracles, and never EVER use the words "I wish..." at the table. They will only lead to your entire party being screwed over by exactly what you asked for - because that's why GM's hand out wishes and miracles, to lure the players into sabotaging themselves. Never, ever, wish.