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Newbiespud 28th Jul 2012, 6:00 AM edit delete
One full year ago today, this webcomic got started.

Back then, making a webcomic of my very own had been a dream of mine for a while, but I found myself waiting for the right premise. Above all, I figured, this webcomic of mine had to be good - or at least the best I could make it.

I hope I've delivered at least a little bit on that unspoken promise.

But I know for a fact that this little screencap webcomic wouldn't have half the readership is does right now without the regular commenters, always ready to share stories and wit for the others to enjoy. It's because of each and every one of you that I've made it this far.

I don't have anything special planned for this one-year anniversary, other than to keep chugging along. But that's alright - all in all, I have every reason to be one happy brony today.

Notice: Guest comic submissions are open! Guidelines here. Deadline: January 27th, 2023.



Raxon 28th Jul 2012, 6:01 AM edit delete reply
Happy anniversary! I love the comic, and I read it ASAP when the new one comes out! Let's all give Newbiespud a big thank you for making this awesome comic!

I await with baited breath a very special event that is coming soon. An event that I have long planned for. In fact, my very face exists specifically for that moment...
Appkes 29th Jul 2012, 12:50 PM edit delete reply
A wild Appkes is attracted by your baited breath.

Roll for initiative.
BadHorse 28th Jul 2012, 6:02 AM edit delete reply
Man, that series of line reads with the pause and the emphasis on "dragon..." it's just the way she'd say it on the show.
Lyntermas 28th Jul 2012, 9:27 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, I was waiting for this conversation too.
Derpmind 29th Jul 2012, 9:48 AM edit delete reply
The characterization of the characters, how they're all simultaneously themselves and the players, is the most impressive part of this webcomic by far. It's just... so... awesome!
Karilyn 28th Jul 2012, 6:06 AM edit delete reply
Don't worry Newbiespud, you definitely delivered on that promise.
Ranubis 28th Jul 2012, 6:53 AM edit delete reply
For sure! Congrats on making a comic we love to read and chat about! You're one happy brony today? Thanks for making all of us happy with each update!
Oblivious 28th Jul 2012, 7:59 AM edit delete reply
Indeed, here's hoping for another year of hilarious comics and comments.
Heat Wave 28th Jul 2012, 8:14 PM edit delete reply
Heat Wave
And causing a pink elephant to squish an inlaw.
Zarhon 28th Jul 2012, 6:10 AM edit delete reply

(We need more Pinkie Pie!)

As for the comic... Is it just me, or did Fluttershy suddenly turn into a reverse rules lawyer?
Zuche 28th Jul 2012, 6:14 AM edit delete reply
"Wheeeerrrre's Pinkie Pie?"
Raxon 28th Jul 2012, 6:25 AM edit delete reply
MirrorImage 28th Jul 2012, 6:30 AM edit delete reply
...Oh god, someone PMV that with Dash and Pinkie. Now.
Raxon 28th Jul 2012, 6:43 AM edit delete reply
I second that. Hey, does Equestria Daily have a forum? There should be a forum where you can submit things to be ponified.
Zeeth 28th Jul 2012, 8:16 AM edit delete reply
What about Ponychan?
Zuche 30th Jul 2012, 11:30 AM edit delete reply
Thank you, Raxon. I watched the first of that series years ago. Until now, I didn't realize that the story continued to five parts.
Torgamous 28th Jul 2012, 6:25 AM edit delete reply
There she is! And there! And over there! And OHCELESTIASHE'SEVERYWHERERUN!
Destrustor 28th Jul 2012, 6:30 AM edit delete reply
If she's everywhere, WHERE DO WE RUN TO?

Raxon 28th Jul 2012, 6:36 AM edit delete reply
There are really ten Pinkie Pies. This does not violate any established canon and uses logic to explain the hoof bit in A Friend In Deed.
modulusshift 28th Jul 2012, 9:05 PM edit delete reply
I always used this to explain that:
Turns out she did get the extra legs. She just doesn't use them.

Either way, screw logic. She's Pinkie Pie.
Philadelphus 29th Jul 2012, 2:40 PM edit delete reply
And now with all the reverse rules lawyering going on in Pony Team Bravo, I guess we know how Fluttershy feels.
Zuche 28th Jul 2012, 6:15 AM edit delete reply
It's been a great show. I hope you'll enjoy a few more years of it.
Destrustor 28th Jul 2012, 6:33 AM edit delete reply
Thank you Newbiespud for this wonderful comic.
Demonu 28th Jul 2012, 6:55 AM edit delete reply
Someone write up a summary listing all the highpoints of the comments this last year.

I'd do it myself but I only jumped in at page 81 (seems so long ago to me)

You know, if you want to...

Raxon 28th Jul 2012, 7:02 AM edit delete reply
I can tell you the high point!

"I didn't plan this."

It's moments like that that I find oh so wonderful. Also, that episode of Golden Girls when Dorothy posed naked for the sculptist.
Lyntermas 28th Jul 2012, 9:16 AM edit delete reply
ALL the highlights? Well, let’s see, here’s only a few that stick out in my mind.
Comic 4 – COMMUNISM!
Comic 9- "Sure, Twilight. I'll stop the festivities and militarize the nation because you read a story in a book."
Comic 12 – Umiyuri finds her one true love again.
Comic 16 – In depth discussion of how Rainbow Dash was able to do damage and not kill Twilight. (“Rules lawyers. Rules lawyers everywhere.)
Comic 81 - Speculation on how far back Celestia planned out how the Elements of Harmony would gather.
My CMCF alt-scripts (Particularly Rainbow Dash’s on comic 96)
Comic 98 – AVATAR DAY!
Comic 114 – The Fun Realm and the Joker Mindflayer
Comic 144 – When I finally put the pieces together and realized that Stairc is evil. (I think I even found one of his comments as a Guest near the very bottom of comic 70).
The Five Fathers Adventuring Party (gathered by Kaleopolitus on comic 148)
Out of context lines from Aspirations of Harmony.
redwings1340 28th Jul 2012, 9:23 AM edit delete reply
You mean the avatar Stairc uses didn't tip you off that he's evil? I haven't played any one of his games, but it became apparent to me pretty quickly that he is very evil, and we all love him for that. His games sound really fun, and I'm really impressed by a lot of his stories about DMing.

Also, I dont remember which comics you put these on, but any time you had an alternate script. Those stood out in my mind.
Lyntermas 28th Jul 2012, 9:38 AM edit delete reply
Well, I did point out his avatar when it first appeared, but I didn't want to jump to conclusions. I mean, mine looks shifty, Ranubis is the Grim Reaper, and Kaleo's got a pidgeon that's watching the world burn. It was only after he started talking about prior campaigns that I started to get a glimpse of his true depravity.

I'm not going to list all the comics that I've put alt-scripts on, because I've written a LOT of them. I did write a whole string of them starting at around comic 78 onwards, if you want to take a look. Just Control+F and type in "lynt" to find them on each page.

One of my favorite lines is "Man, now I'm willing to be steadfastly loyal out of spite."
Zarhon 28th Jul 2012, 10:27 AM edit delete reply
OBJECTION! You forgot about page 129:

"Damn diplomancers, always ruining the hack and slasher's fun"

Followed by a record-breaking amount of replies, as confirmed by the Spud.
Bronymous 28th Jul 2012, 10:29 AM edit delete reply
My contributions to the list (IDK what page, go look for yourselves).

-Newbie's Asleep, Post Factions
-The "Damn" thread. ninja
-Discussions on varying implications upon varying headcanons.
-Spoiler alerts for Kaleopolitus.
-A certain Play-by-post campaign that is still currently underway, of course.
Zarhon 28th Jul 2012, 10:57 AM edit delete reply
Probably won't be updating much tonight, BTW. Got work to do now + pony tales later.
Lyntermas 28th Jul 2012, 11:22 AM edit delete reply
...I'm getting 2 contradictary sentences here. If you've got work now and Pony Tales later, would that mean you're not updating much tonight? (Or today, for us Western Hemisphere folk)
Zarhon 28th Jul 2012, 11:45 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, forgot to add a "won't".
Bronymous 28th Jul 2012, 12:48 PM edit delete reply
Speaking of, added stuff last page.
Zarhon 28th Jul 2012, 1:42 PM edit delete reply
Same. Check it out. Continuing somewhere tomorrow, after you all made a response.
Raxon 28th Jul 2012, 4:26 PM edit delete reply
That's right, Lynter, and my handsome visage is the regenerating degenerate! Look at how wrong it would be to judge based on- wait...

I think I just ruined both our arguments. Who wants to go out for chimicherrychangas?
Stairc 29th Jul 2012, 1:34 PM edit delete reply
Dawww... Shucks. =)

And yes, that was my comment on page 70.
kriss1989 28th Jul 2012, 10:08 PM edit delete reply
I loved the 5 fathers storyline. And I was part of The Great Avatar Day near the start via pure coincidence.
Destrustor 29th Jul 2012, 3:52 AM edit delete reply
Wow. I had missed AVATAR DAY. I have now (hopefully) corrected this.
The REAL cool guys always arrive fashionably late to any event of importance anyway.
KS Claw 28th Jul 2012, 7:15 AM edit delete reply
Happy anniversary!
Anon 28th Jul 2012, 8:10 AM edit delete reply
Then I think I started reading 11 or 10 months ago. Dang, times sure does fly...

Keep up the good work, I'll look forward to all you still have to offer!
City Strider 28th Jul 2012, 8:14 AM edit delete reply
City Strider
I think I found this when you were at about the halfway point in dealing with Nightmare Moon. Been loving it ever since. Keep up the good work, Spuds.
CharginChuck 28th Jul 2012, 8:16 AM edit delete reply
Awesome! Happy....comic...birthday, I guess?

Your work has most definitely not gone unappreciated. Here's hoping for many more!
Lyntermas 28th Jul 2012, 8:26 AM edit delete reply
I'm going to tell you guys all a big secret.

Ponies got me to post on the Internet.

I'm serious. I had never posted anything on the Internet before until MLP came out. I was simply "the eternal lurker". It was on some thread in Ponychan where we were discussing how the mane six could be corrupted like Nightmare Moon.

Then I found this comic. I found that I enjoyed writing alt-scripts (and that you enjoyed reading them). And I've never looked back.

So thank you Newbiespud. You have lived up to the promise of excellence, and I think I'm better off for having found this comic. I hope to continue following this for some time to come.
XandZero2 28th Jul 2012, 8:39 AM edit delete reply
Now that you've shared this with us Lyn, I find your Avatar particularly suiting.
XandZero2 28th Jul 2012, 8:30 AM edit delete reply
You know, one of these days I'm going to actually get an Avatar (how do you find something that fits the file parameters - I've tried, but been unable to find anything that works yet!) - but until then I'll be one of the faceless masses that follow this comic, striking out to post from the shadows whenever the mood strikes me.

And for this thread, I shall strike with well-wishes!

"Happy, happy birthday to you, and you, and you!" (Or just NS's comic, but still, that's something).

My bro introduced me to this comic when you were first introducing Fluttershy, and I've stuck with it since. It's kept me very entertained.

Keep it coming - and here's to hoping you make a Return of Harmony adventure in the future... I so want to see Discord have a major part in one of these!
Lyntermas 28th Jul 2012, 9:25 AM edit delete reply
If you're still looking for an avatar, I found a bunch of Pony gifs that should work at
Raxon 28th Jul 2012, 4:21 PM edit delete reply
Sometimes, you just see a picture that would be perfect for your avatar.

Now, I may not be perfect, heck, I can't even get the yellow backgrounds, but I talk in boxes! What's not to love?
XandZero2 28th Jul 2012, 8:38 AM edit delete reply
By the way, some youtube links for the occasion:

First, we have a Pinkie song -

Next we have a serious birthday song -

And finally, my personal favorite -


Enjoy my friends!
Cain 28th Jul 2012, 8:48 AM edit delete reply
Woot! A toast to another year of good comics and comments.
Sidnoea 28th Jul 2012, 9:06 AM edit delete reply
I don't comment often, but rest assured that I'm always eager and delighted to see the next strip! Happy anniversary!
TrenWolfman 28th Jul 2012, 9:20 AM edit delete reply
An anniversary? This calls for a congratulatory greeting of... uhm... CONGRATULATIONS!
PrincessSpectra 28th Jul 2012, 9:20 AM edit delete reply
Happy Ponyversary! ^_^
Kontaro DragonFyre 28th Jul 2012, 9:46 AM edit delete reply
Kontaro DragonFyre
Happy Birthday to FiD!! Finally got to making my own account to post on here, and I've been enjoying this comic since near the begining.
deeman45 28th Jul 2012, 9:47 AM edit delete reply
I'm going to have to echo Lyntermas' comment and point out that while I follow many comments (and lurk on other sites) I rarely, if ever, comment on anything.

This is one of the exceptions. So way to go, Newbiespud.
HMorris73 28th Jul 2012, 9:57 AM edit delete reply
Happy anniversary! I know I've been enjoying this comic ever since I found it.
AJBulldis 28th Jul 2012, 10:25 AM edit delete reply
I have never successfully defeated a dragon in D&D before. The first time I ever encountered one, it was way above our CR, so we tried negotiating with it to let us leave her cave alive. My half-orc ranger with a Charisma of 9 rolled a natural 1 on his Diplomacy check (we didn't think to aid another so we all tried our own), and so his offer was, and I quote, "I'll give you this nice rope!"

There were no survivors.

The only other time, I was a human monk fighting a red dragon alongside a half-elf fighter. We managed to injure it a bit, but it was literally toying with us and would have killed us dead if it fought all out.
GreyDuck 28th Jul 2012, 10:29 AM edit delete reply
Happy Anniversary! By all means, continue as you've begun. You're doing a great job.
Bronymous 28th Jul 2012, 10:32 AM edit delete reply
It must be said, every other webcomic I've followed has since fallen by the wayside. This is the only one I've commented on, and therefore the only one I come back to every single day.

So....Good job? I guess?
Jason Shadow 28th Jul 2012, 11:50 AM edit delete reply
Jason Shadow
Congratulations! Here's hoping for many more reasons to be a happy brony in the future.

(Also: am I the only one who, upon hearing or reading the word "premise", can't help but think of that Premise Beach sketch that the Kids in the Hall did?)
Akouma 28th Jul 2012, 1:24 PM edit delete reply
WOOO! One year!

Let's see, one year ago today... I no doubt did something of mild interest that pales in comparison! Congrats!
Philadelphus 28th Jul 2012, 1:58 PM edit delete reply
Congratulations on the anniversary! I found this comic almost a year ago (at the end of September), and it's what originally got me into MLP. So thanks for that. I, like some of the others here, am a perpetual lurker and have probably contributed a half-dozen posts to the comics so far, but I've really enjoyed the comic the entire time. Keep up the good work!
Laurence 28th Jul 2012, 2:20 PM edit delete reply
Congrats on an amazing year! I don't even remember what brought me here back when you were just 3 posts in, but I'm damn proud to claim I've been reading since the beginning. Keep up the amazing work as long as you feel comfortable doing so, please!

And for the record, my single favorite comic is #90, where I think you did a better job of explaining how magic belongs as an element than the show did. (The show really didn't, did they? I bet they didn't even know how! That's how much you and that strip ROCK!)
Calypso 28th Jul 2012, 2:25 PM edit delete reply
I don't know how to do any special links or special fonts or anything... I'll just give ya this link:
Calypso 28th Jul 2012, 11:52 PM edit delete reply
I am no longer a Nobody! Let us see how this turns out...
Linden 28th Jul 2012, 3:09 PM edit delete reply
I love how this page is written to mimic the show's dialog. ^_^
andreas002 28th Jul 2012, 6:16 PM edit delete reply
Congratulations on keeping this comic running or a whole year! And it doesn't matter that you don't have anything special planned; the comics themselves are already special and great.
Evil Paladin 28th Jul 2012, 8:27 PM edit delete reply
Congrats on your first year and 100+ comics!
I first found this web comic when EqD featured it, so I think that was somewhere when the party was in the Everfree forest about to do Pinkie's Glib Limerick.
Funny that I reread the entire comic recently for shits and giggles.
Evil Paladin 28th Jul 2012, 8:32 PM edit delete reply
Funny that I reread it and then it turns out to be a year old.

*Raises a glass of AppleJack and coke*
Heres to many more pony D&D goodness!
*rolls d20 to see if Im drunk*
Damn it! I got a 1! Im plastered after a sip of AppleJack and coke.
DracoS 28th Jul 2012, 8:45 PM edit delete reply
Ah...the regular commenters...reminds me of when avatars were added and people complained that anyone could have an avatar. =p
Helseth 28th Jul 2012, 9:26 PM edit delete reply
Perfect timing to finish the archives. Good job keeping the comic going for a year, and great job on the comic itself.
ThousandYearSunrise 28th Jul 2012, 9:56 PM edit delete reply
Great job on a year of Friendship is Dragons! I really enjoy this comic. You've done a great job making one of the best pony comics out there, certainly the only one I read regularly. It's been a great way to re-evaluate the show and connect with smart and fun people.

If it wasn't for this comic, I wouldn't have made friends in the Pony Tales: AoH group, and drawn those pictures for them. Truth be told, if it wasn't for FiD I probably wouldn't have started my own pony comic.

So thank you Newbiespud! I'll keep reading so long as you keep writing.

Greywander 29th Jul 2012, 12:23 AM edit delete reply
Congratulations on a year of Friendship is Dragons. May the next year be even better than the first. As many have said, I've met some cool people here in the comments section, and I'm actually involved in my first ever D&D game because of it.

I, too, have been interested in drawing a webcomic for some time (I actually have something like a dozen general plots for webcomics, at least three of which are pony related), but I found that I'm no good at drawing. I actually started off in the style of Order of the Stick, which worked pretty well, but I decided that the particular comic I was working on required a more complex style. One of these days, I'm going to sit down and practice my drawing, or maybe go back to a simpler style (or do a campaign comic, which eschews any drawing at all). But regardless, like you said, it has to be good.

Have you thought about starting another comic at all, or would you not have time to work on two at once?
Aelyn 29th Jul 2012, 12:59 AM edit delete reply
I started reading in the Stephen Magnet scene - the comic was linked from another comic I read. Without it, I don't know if I would have given MLP a fair go. You made a brony out of me!
JSchunx 29th Jul 2012, 2:12 AM edit delete reply
Aw man, congrats on a year's run, Newbiespud. I don't remember when I was led to this site, but when I found it I was like, "Oh man, Ponies AND D&D? SOLD!"

So yeah, excellent comic, man. Keep it up!
Destrustor 29th Jul 2012, 7:09 AM edit delete reply
Tvtropes led me here.
I came here for the campaign comicness and fell in love with these darn ponies.
It was quite unexpected, really.
Raxon 29th Jul 2012, 11:10 AM edit delete reply
Welcome, brother troper.
Philadelphus 29th Jul 2012, 2:46 PM edit delete reply
Same here - I found this comic on the TVTropes page for screencap comics, checked it out, decided to see what this whole MLP thing was all about, and the rest is history.
Lyntermas 29th Jul 2012, 7:41 AM edit delete reply
Kris_the_Guest, in case you missed it earlier, Zarhon posted another update on the previous page. Respond there, and then Zarhon will continue on this page.
Kris_The_Guest 29th Jul 2012, 8:52 AM edit delete reply
Mraaaaaah. Going to check it.
Qin the Kirin 29th Jul 2012, 11:16 AM edit delete reply
Happy Aniversary!!!! whe hope, see this comic for many more years.
oh! and Tvtropes is the reason i read this Comic too XD.
Zarhon 29th Jul 2012, 11:21 AM edit delete reply

Christmas comes early!
Skitter: "Loot!"
Tiffany: "Loot!"
Rolf: "Loot!"

Horizon takes a cultist hostage!

Horizon: "..."
Cultist: "..."
Horizon: "So... uhm... what now?"
Cultist: "I dunno, I thought you knew..."

And now the epic continuation!

Part Santa: "Horizon ruins everything"

Rolf, Skitter, Tiffany

You check through the assortment of items in the storage room.

Rolf finds a glove of storing, allowing him to magically conceal held objects within it, like a form super-efficient scabbard that lets one retrieve a weapon in moments. It was donated to the temple from an unknown adventurer.

Tiffany finds a ring of animal friendship, which, according to the cleric, was primarily used to train Lizzie *not* to playfully pounce on people smaller than her: Ribs aren't very easy to heal.

Skitter looks around and finds a box, containing a portable hole inside. The cleric says it belonged to some mischievous children, prior to being confiscated. Apparently, they'd sneak in the backdoor of the temple and place it in front of the doors, waiting for someone to fall into it. Then they'd carry them inside of it, over to the garden lake and eject them into it. They kept at it for a whole week before one of our paladins caught them in the act and confiscated the hole.

(Horizon, what are you doing next then?)
Kris_The_Guest 29th Jul 2012, 11:23 AM edit delete reply
Tiffany slipped the ring on, smiling.

LOL. You guys are just trying to make Tiffany awesome.
Lyntermas 29th Jul 2012, 11:45 AM edit delete reply
Rolf puts on his new glove of storage and stepped out of the closet. He had to decide on whether he should use it for his cudgel or his new wand, but that could come later.

"Thank you very much for these items, they are sure to come in handy," Rolf said to the cleric. "Skitter, we brought all three cultists into one room. I've already searched one, but if you could search the others, I'd greatly appreciate it. Um, Tiffany, may I discuss something with you in private?"

Rolf leads Tiffany some distance away from the rest of the group and starts to whisper. "Tiffany, I would like you to take a look at those handwritten books I gave you and see if you can decipher them. Specifically, look for any mentioning of an orb or a cloak. Don't read it aloud this time, please. Just wait until I ask you about it again. Thank you."

Rolf turned back and walked over to the cleric. "Well, I believe the paladin can guard these cultists while we continue our investigation. We think there may be a bomb hidden in a secret tunnel that Brother Silas knows how to access. However, I had a few questions for you first.

First, you mentioned that using bombs wasn't Zilean's "style", so to speak. This may mean the lich we met earlier is an impostor. When we met him, he seemed to have a certain flair for theatrics. Does this seem different from how Zilean behaved before?

Second, how was Zilean dealt with last time? If you know what was needed last time, it might help us deal with this lich.

Finally, my friend read one of your notices which mentioned a Brother Gerald, who had been working on things the church disagreed with. Do you think he might have anything to do with this?"

Info dump time!

edit: And thus Skitter's Giant Pile of Loot was born.
Kris_The_Guest 29th Jul 2012, 11:49 AM edit delete reply
Tiffany took the books and started (trying) to read them. She sat down, crossing her legs Indian style and leaning her back t a wall.

Bleh, I might post another story from her past tomorrow.
Bronymous 29th Jul 2012, 2:02 PM edit delete reply
"Ok, this is how this is going to work. One, count them, ONE way for you to leave this room alive: I won't kill you if you tell me everything I want to know precisely when I ask. No vague, cryptic threats, no misleading comments, no bullshit. I ask, you answer, and when your friend gets here, he can join the fun." Horizon presses the blade into the necromancer's throat, just enough that a small line of blood begins to trickle out around it.
"So, buddy- where's the bomb, how do I stop it, and where is the big bad now?" Horizon releases the man's mouth, so he can speak his answer. After a moment's hesitation, Horizon deliver's a swift punch to the kidney, causing the man to cough and moan. "Quickly, now, we wouldn't want to be interrupted, now would we? I wonder, do you think your partner will be very concerned with your own personal safety?"

Intimidate check: 15+8=23. About to go out, may or may not be back again tonight before late.

Edit: I'm back. Disappointing, I thought I would have at least one relevant response to read.
Lyntermas 29th Jul 2012, 4:08 PM edit delete reply
Ramsus said he was feeling under the weather, which is probably why he hasn't updated yet. Make sure to get some rest, and I hope you feel better soon.

edit: Bronymous, I'm working on more backstory to sate your boredom. Give me a bit.
Bronymous 29th Jul 2012, 6:30 PM edit delete reply
Man, now I'm gonna have to come up with something else for backstory, too.

Hurry up.
Ramsus 29th Jul 2012, 8:17 PM edit delete reply
(Actually that wasn't the reason I haven't posted today. I was someplace with no internet access most of the day.)

"Oooh. Huh? Oh, sure thing Rolf." Skitter says distractedly, quite pleased with his find. "Oh right, while we're talking to these guys about stuff, I was promised all I could carry of my choice of wines from your stores as part of my price." *looks at the portable hole* "Uh, I'll limit it to what I actually can carry unaided."

Then he goes to search the other cultists as requested.
Lyntermas 29th Jul 2012, 9:25 PM edit delete reply
Gather around children for the story of when The Wizard Met the Thief.

Please give feedback. I was going more for the Discworld approach to the Thieves Guild, but let me know if something just seems ridiculous for this setting.
Calypso 29th Jul 2012, 9:53 PM edit delete reply
I liked the backstory on the Thieves Guild. I hope you understand that I found how Tom introduced himself and how Rolf quickly accepted him after very unbelievable. Tom's actions can only be explained by him showing off, and showing off to a random stranger is unusual. Unless, say, you are attracted to said random stranger... But they are in fourth grade... I guess being in fourth grade explains how Rolf was so stupidly accepting...
Lyntermas 29th Jul 2012, 10:04 PM edit delete reply
Hmmm. You might be right. I could justify Tom's behavior in that he just got "the official badge" that day along with his new assignment and is just looking for someone to brag to. As for Rolf, he probably helped out more for Jimmy than for Tom. Thanks for the feedback, I'll revise.
Ramsus 29th Jul 2012, 10:06 PM edit delete reply
I liked that one a lot.
Bronymous 29th Jul 2012, 11:46 PM edit delete reply
Ok, Team Building Activity Time!
Everyone select one song you think would be a good theme song for each character in the party, as well as one song to be the group theme song. We're talking actual songs, from real life. Post links if you want. I will. Get to it!
Ramsus 29th Jul 2012, 11:59 PM edit delete reply
I submit Bohemian Rhapsody as the group song.

Skitter's theme can be....Commissioning A Symphony in C.

Tiff's is Mahna Mahna.

Horizon's is the theme song for Justified.

Rolf's shall be....Rhinestone Eyes.

I shall not divulge if I just listed off a few songs I happened to have listened to recently or not. =P
Bronymous 30th Jul 2012, 12:09 AM edit delete reply
Justified Theme song? Fuck yes. That's even better than what I had.

Good shit all around. I too was going to do something like that for Tiff, but now I don't have to.
Ramsus 30th Jul 2012, 12:11 AM edit delete reply
Bronymous 30th Jul 2012, 12:35 AM edit delete reply
I was hoping to be a little more diverse, genre-wise, but what ya gonna do?

Group- Thick as Thieves, Cavo

Horizon- Haunted, Disturbed I actually had about 6 different songs I wanted to use, but this one won out.

Skitter- The Good Life, Three Days Grace

Rolf- Bully, Shinedown

Tiffany- Cry Little Sister, Seasons After (Ha, betcha didn't see that coming.)
Lyntermas 30th Jul 2012, 8:12 AM edit delete reply
Group - Uprising, Muse

Skitter - Ain't No Rest For the Wicked, Cage the Elephant

Horizon - Get Off of My Back, Bryan Adams

Rolf - Carry On My Wayward Son, Kansas

Tiffany - A Thousand Miles, Vanessa Carton (more about her brother than Rolf at this point)

Off to work, see you later.
Bronymous 30th Jul 2012, 8:35 AM edit delete reply
Guest 30th Jul 2012, 9:47 AM edit delete reply
F*** SAKE. Update delayed, as comicfury decided to delete everything I typed down.
Ramsus 30th Jul 2012, 11:11 AM edit delete reply
I'm guessing that was Zarhon.

Skitter is getting a neat collection of songs. =)
Zarhon 30th Jul 2012, 11:17 AM edit delete reply

The cleric looks at you seriously, then speaks:
"Well, I can't really speak from experience on the matter. I was just a child during those dark times. Our scriptures though describe him as being a ruthless ruler. He stormed the city with a army of undead, quickly occupying it. He threatened to slaughter everyone if we tried to resist him. He seized the town and began converting it into his own base of operations, forcing the inhabitants to work as slaves to fortify it. At the time this temple was merely a secret hovel, enchanted against undead. The resistance, lead by our savior, rose from it. Eventually, he fought the tyrant one-on-one. He was mortally wounded, but his sacrifice allowed for Zileans ultimate defeat, as the whole town rose up against him.

I'm afraid I cannot say how Zilean was dealt with, however: I'm under an oath of secrecy. You'll have to talk to the High Priest. He'd know about those details better than I would, he still has memories of those events.

As for brother Gerald... Working against the church? Nonsense! He was one of the few original resistance members. He took orders directly from our Savior, and later, the High Priest. He and a few others researched artifacts and magic objects for use against Zilean, and later studied what was left over from his rule. Without them, we wouldn't stand a chance! He was also my mentor, before tragedy took him. He died from a heart attack, right in front of me, many years ago.


Skimming over the books, you see that most of them contain magical formulas and symbols you cannot decipher, along with the religious script. The stuff you can read appears to mostly be illustrations of various objects (several of which you've seen in the storage room), experiment logs and random comments left by the writer, mostly theorizing the objects application and use. Some of them also reference methods of use against Zilean. All of the books appear to be filled from page to page, with two exceptions: A small, thin book with very few entries, that's in pretty good contidition. You read all the entries.

"- Object appears to be a mundane, decorative orb. No reaction when touched, either by living, undead or other objects. I'd say it was useless, if we didn't find it where we did.
- Object has some sort of lettering. Appears to have been carved magically. Language is unfamiliar. Will have to research further.
- Accidentally knocked orb off table. Despite this, orb remains undamaged, not even scratched. Will have to test further.
- Object appears to be indestructible. Tests included high temperatures, diamond cutting tools, holy weaponry. Must be an artifact of some kind.
- Breakthrough made. Upon attempting to identify magic sources within the artifact, it activated, discharging a magical effect onto me. I'm unharmed and seemingly unaffected by anything. In addition, the orb cracked in several places as it discharged its energy. I'll refrain from further magical tampering until I can translate the lettering.
- Lettering appears to predate most civilized races. Will have to import a few books from the royal library.
- Incident occurred. One of our new acolytes, who was sweeping my room, mistook the orb for a scrying orb and tried to use it, causing it to activate again. The boy is unharmed, but the orb is further damaged. Note to self: Lock door next time.
- Lettering appears to out-date even the dragons! It's a miracle the artifact survived this long. I'll have to pull a few strings with the thieves guild if I'm to find any further reliable research materials.
- Disaster struck. The acolyte, who caused the incident earlier, is dead. He fell off a scaffolding whilst performing regular repairs. A minute later, the scaffolding collapsed, causing another priest to fall to his death. I cannot help but suspect that the orb is somehow connected to both events.
- My earlier suspicions are confirmed. The lettering appears to have belonged to one of the first few civilized races in history. Roughly translated, the message reads: "Invoke me ~ know death."
I have made a grave mistake.
- Diverting all focus on finding an alternate method of destroying the orb. I pray I survive long enough to do so. The alternative is unacceptable. I refuse to have any more blood on my hands."

Another, larger than all the others, ancient looking, and slightly stained. Looking through it, you note the following:
- The beginning sections contain a language and script completely foreign to you.
- The rest of the books seems to have been written by another person, as the handwriting is changed, and is written in a cipher of some sort.
- The lettering gradually becomes messy, losing the religious script and filling single pages to the brim, making it difficult to read.
- The final few pages are smudged with blood and stuck together. The rest of the book is blank.


The cultist isn't wearing much: A sandwich (yum!), traces of mineral glue in his pockets and an empty crate that contained something viscous.


The cultist coughs a bit more and quietly whispers.

Cultist: "Big bad? You mean the boss? I don't know! I swear! And what do you me-"

His sentence is cut short as his another voice is heard around the bend.

?: "Hey! What's taking you so long?!"
Zarhon 30th Jul 2012, 11:22 AM edit delete reply
Edit: I know most of these ain't real life songs, but still...

Skitter - Rayman2 Pirates Theme

Rolf - Vivi's theme

Horizon - Chronicles Of Vengeance

Tiffany - Do Your Best, Girl!
Bronymous 30th Jul 2012, 11:26 AM edit delete reply
Studying the lich's magical leftovers? A good way to get corrupted.

Fianl Destination Orb. Someone should go secure that.

About how many different food items has Skitter looted so far? That's like his ninth sandwich in a 3 hour period.

And you didn't update Horizon.
Zarhon 30th Jul 2012, 11:34 AM edit delete reply
Did too! I even gave you songs.
Bronymous 30th Jul 2012, 11:36 AM edit delete reply
You just added those. I seen it, you ain't ninja.

Edit: Video Games and Pirates. Wasn't expecting that.
Ramsus 30th Jul 2012, 11:58 AM edit delete reply
(Thing we learned today: Zarhon has weird taste.
Edit: Not that I can fault anyone for a fondness for Disgaea.

So, didn't the wizard cultist have a wand at least? I figured Skitter would pass that along to Rolf.)

Taking this moment of privacy as an opportunity, Skitter decided to check through the portable hole for anything that might have been left in there from its previous use. It's sometimes surprising what the young can manage to get their hands on. Afterall, they'd gotten their hands on this portable hole and they were pretty dang expensive magic items in themselves.
Bronymous 30th Jul 2012, 12:20 PM edit delete reply

Horizon lets out a dissatisfied sigh, and delivers another kidney punch. "Keep talking, or I'll let my hand slip, and get my answers from your friend." Horizon has no intention of being stealthy or quick. The other should discover what's going on, and he is ready for it.
Kris_The_Guest 30th Jul 2012, 12:35 PM edit delete reply
"Hey, have you seen a weird orb around here?" Tiffany asked, approaching Rolf from behind."

Sorry guys but I'm going to be busy for a while with College stuff.
Zarhon 30th Jul 2012, 1:03 PM edit delete reply
I thought Rolf already took that wand (and used it for interrogation).

As for the portable hole, the paladins mostly emptied it after they confiscated it (Mostly because it still had one of the acolytes trapped inside). You do find a few old jawbreakers and shiny marbles though.
Ramsus 30th Jul 2012, 1:05 PM edit delete reply
"Well....I can always use them as improvised ball bearings?" Thought Skitter. Then he proceeded to stuff all the loot he'd found into it and returned to tell the others about the whole lot of nothing he found on the cultists.
Lyntermas 30th Jul 2012, 2:01 PM edit delete reply
When I was interrogating the cultist, I meant the wand I had gotten earlier, not the frost wand that had been used on Skitter. I'll just say I have both now.

"My apologies, sir. I had only read that his quarters had been sealed, and I'm afraid I jumped to conclusions. Um, I have a few more questions, but I'd like to speak with my friend for a moment please."

He leads Tiffany some distance away from the cleric. "Alright, did you find anything about the cloak or the orb? Skitter shadowported in there and handed them to me when he came out, along with those books. I haven't tried on the cloak yet, but when I inspected the orb, it seemed to "activate", sending a spell into me, and then crumbled into dust. So what did you find?"

...So should I just roll up another character now or what?
Bronymous 30th Jul 2012, 2:21 PM edit delete reply
HA. Horizon Does Something Stupid interlude: Rolf plays with the Death Ball.

You'll be fine, Zarhon won't let Rolffany go down that easily.
Lyntermas 30th Jul 2012, 2:26 PM edit delete reply
This doesn't count. We have previously established that "doing something stupid" requires prior knowledge of the risk before committing to the action (Intimidating Lizzie vs. Pulling the "Cloak" out). Rolf had no idea that the orb was a death ball when he examined it.

I'm not going to panic yet. So an orb that's been around since the dawn of civilization has just cursed me to a seemingly circumstantial death. I'm sure there's an out somewhere.
Bronymous 30th Jul 2012, 2:30 PM edit delete reply
Well now wait. The one guy activated the orb, but he survived (or did he not? I forget), but it killed that kid right away, as well as someone who never touched it. The rules seem to be more complicated than that.
Kris_The_Guest 30th Jul 2012, 2:38 PM edit delete reply
"...It's very unlucky." Tiffany replied, shaking as she told him about the deaths involved with the orb.

NO! We will prevent Rolf from dying in order to preserve the Rolf X Tiffany shipping!
Ramsus 30th Jul 2012, 3:05 PM edit delete reply
I don't know what you're all freaking out about. There are a whole bunch of clerics here who both are the ones responsible for the deathball and owe us. Even if Rolf dies we'll just guilt them into raising him. Or we switch sides and make him a lich.
Lyntermas 30th Jul 2012, 3:06 PM edit delete reply
Rolf's face turned pale as Tiffany relayed what the book had said about the orb. "Well, that's...that's just great. Really. The city's being invaded by undead, the High priests and paladins are out of town, nobody knows where Knife-Guy went, there's still a bomb in the building, and I'm going to die in a few days regardless. W...Who would make something like that? And why? I mean, if it was just a cursed item you gave to enemies, why the writing telling what it does? Who would voluntarily subject themselves to INEVITABLE DEATH!?!"

The people in the room turned to the two. Rolf tried to calm down. "We gotta...we gotta keep to the mission. Tiffany, get the key with the ribbon on it from Skitter. Try using it to open the last silken door and let Brother Silas out. I'll...I'll go talk to the cleric some more."

Rolf slowly walked back to the cleric. "It seems that we have a few problems. I'll try to ask only a few more questions. First, is there any way to contact the High Priest and have him send some paladins back early? The sooner we have people ready to combat the undead the better.

Second, after we have disabled the bomb, are there any critical areas that you'd like us to secure to ensure the wards stay standing?" He turned to the cultists in the middle of the room. "Although you might want to tell me that somewhere else."

"Finally, we have...learned that Brother Gerald's room was bolted due to a dangerous artifact. Unfortunately, my friend managed to...bypass the door, and the artifact activated when I examined it. Before Brother Gerald...died, did he mention any countermeasures he had found for the artifact, or where the artifact came from?"

Hopefully the cleric doesn't try to smite me or something.

edit: I'm not sure if resurrection is a "simple process" in this campaign. Otherwise the acolyte and priest who died in the scaffolding would have been rezzed and this orb thing would barely be an inconvenience.
Edit2: ...You know what, Zarhon? I ain't even mad right now. Because where there's life, there's hope. The orb didn't insta-kill me, so it might be Rolf's own little sidequest as we try and save the city. And the sidequest will have loot. And more spells. And a scholarship to the Magic Academy YOU KILLED ME ON JULY 18th at 1 PM YOU HEARTLESS BASTARD.
Zarhon 30th Jul 2012, 3:06 PM edit delete reply
So, this is what is feels like to be Stairc...
Kris_The_Guest 30th Jul 2012, 3:12 PM edit delete reply
"Okay." Tiffany walked over to Skitter. "Uh, excuse me, can I have that key with the ribbon on it?" She asked Skitter, approaching him from behind.
Ramsus 30th Jul 2012, 3:32 PM edit delete reply
"Sure thing Tiff." Skitter said and handed over the key. "I think I'll stick with you for now since Rolf seems to be having some sort of meltdown. Maybe when we're done with this task you'll accompany me in searching the secret passageway I found?"

(Hey, we could always screw with the prophesy-fueled device by finding one of Skitter's vampire relatives and turning Rolf.

See, that's the trick to prophecies. Yes, they'll railroad you but, you can screw with them by instead of fighting the train, just putting down a different set of tracks.)
Zarhon 30th Jul 2012, 3:34 PM edit delete reply

The cleric takes you away from the cultists and talks to you where you can't be eavesdropped. His face darkens as he explains about the orb.

"I'm afraid not, lad. He never spoke to me about his work and forbid me from entering his room. The last time I was with him, we went to ring the bells together. He suddenly yelled at me. When I turned around, he was on the floor, clutching his chest. He was pretty old, so our healing wasn't enough to save him. When I later went to clean his room, I found his journal. I read all about it, and then told it to the High Priest. He had the room sealed off to prevent anyone from touching the orb again and accidentally triggering it. I asked the High Priest about the artifact a bit. He said it was found, protected by a myriad of traps, inside Zilean's treasury. They assumed it was something important, like his phylactery, or something he needed for his plans. I am sorry to hear about your... misfortune. If it is any consolation, Gerald was alive for about two months since he activated that thing."

He then explains about the critical areas.

"Well, the wards themselves extend to the whole temple. Any part that undertook significant damage, (like, say the roof of the main hall) would no longer count as "part of the temple" and wouldn't be protected. As for the source of the wards, it's currently being guarded by Lizzie, and she's more than capable of dealing with any thieves. If the cultists are trying to bomb the temple, they'd probably try to destroy some structural areas. The pillars within our wine rites room... A few pillars within our main hall... and possibly the catacombs and attic. The catacombs, though, are already in shoddy condition. It wouldn't take much to cause them to cave in and make a large hole in our main hall. It wouldn't be a big deal for the wards though."

He then thinks a bit on about the High Priest.

"Contacting the High Priest? I don't think so. He's warded himself from scrying to prevent interruptions via magic. Hmmm... Ah! Of course! The bells! Back when the resistance was at its peak, there was a special signal we could send with the main bell, that would be heard from miles away and would specifically warn the populace of Zilean, whilst being unhearable by any undead. There's a device in the storage room, that will let us repeat the signal.

*He heads to the room, and hands you a device, shaped like a dove*

You'll have to attach it to the bell, then ring it as hard as you can. With any luck, everybody in the entire town and several miles away from it, including the High Priest, will be alerted! The downside, however, is that it would also alert Zilean's non-undead followers as well...
Lyntermas 30th Jul 2012, 4:11 PM edit delete reply
Rolf paused as he processed what he had heard. "Thank you for trusting me with this information. It's good to know that I have some time at least. Besides, we might be on the trail of the one person who knows the answers about the orb. Now we've got a plan, but there's little time and so much to do."

He headed back with the cleric to the main group. "Tiffany, Skitter, we've got a few places to look for bombs. First things first, open that door and let Brother Silas out. I know Skitter can access it, but not all of us can shadowport. Speaking of bombs..."

He pulls out the wand that Skitter said had frozen him, and went to the conscious cultist that was in the High Priest's room. "Now, my friend found a crate on your person that we know used to hold one of the bomb components. I am very keen to know where YOUR bomb was placed. Now, since this is a hallowed place, I cannot threaten you with death. However, I'm sure this paladin here can give me pointers about how much pain I am allowed to inflict upon you. Care to share with us?"

(Roll for Intimidate, few to no ranks. Possible bonus if the paladin is willing to play along)

How will we find the bomb in the catacombs underground? Easy, we follow the trail of body parts that Horizon leaves behind.

edit: I have a nasty suspicion that the orb actually IS the first step toward lichdom. But at this point it's just speculation.
Kris_The_Guest 30th Jul 2012, 4:54 PM edit delete reply
Tiffany walked over to the door and unlocked it. "Brother Silas? Are you okay?" She asked, slowly opening it.

Or Tiffany's pendant can stop it, making it so Rolf owes Tiffany his life.
I really have no plans for it.
Lyntermas 30th Jul 2012, 5:30 PM edit delete reply
Um, Kris, you might want to edit that sentence. Just a thought. There we go.

Also, Zarhon hasn't updated Horizon's situation yet. Oh well, he'll probably get to it tomorrow.
Kris_The_Guest 30th Jul 2012, 5:47 PM edit delete reply
At least Tiffany's getting better treatment here than in the other Rps I'm in.
They're mostly Pokemon or MLP but a common theme is that Tiffany get's depressed or tries to kill herself at least once.
Lyntermas 30th Jul 2012, 5:54 PM edit delete reply
What? Why? Why would anyone harass any alt-Tiffanys? She never hurt nobody!

Well, other than that cultist you threw that hammer at. But that was self defense!
Kris_The_Guest 30th Jul 2012, 5:56 PM edit delete reply
Evil bad guys who like torturing broken women/kids. Also her sister-in-law.
Lyntermas 30th Jul 2012, 6:00 PM edit delete reply
...Ratatosk got married in other realities? What's her name? Or is that a variable determined by the Reality Rulers?
Kris_The_Guest 30th Jul 2012, 6:05 PM edit delete reply
Also, in some alternate realities, Ratatosk is bisexual or Homosexual but that usually only happens when Sin/Angel is a guy.

Also, one funny universe I have going is where Tiffany was adopted by Jackie Estacado from the Darkness series (the comics, not the games).
Lyntermas 30th Jul 2012, 6:17 PM edit delete reply
Is Angel/Sin like Jekyll and Hyde? Or just one or the other exist in a universe.
Kris_The_Guest 30th Jul 2012, 6:23 PM edit delete reply
Sin is the current one, Angel is Sin as well, only two years older.
Yes, most of the stuff dealing with Tiffany has Time travel....
Lyntermas 30th Jul 2012, 6:39 PM edit delete reply
Oh. Time travel. Don't get me started on time travel.

I mean, I've never RP'd anything like that. It's just the logistics. Changing nothing vs. changing everything, and then people try to use the "Marty Mcfly Law of Averages" (Just get your parents to the dance and the time streams fine? The kid was lucky he was still BORN). Then there's running into yourself, information that comes from nowhere (if your future self told you, where did she get it from?), and all sorts of shenanigans. Yeah, I think about this too much.

Anyway, I'm sure this universe's Ratatosk will be a well-adjusted, reasonable individual who would not allow his romantic interest (if he has any) to harm his precious little sister.
Kris_The_Guest 30th Jul 2012, 6:43 PM edit delete reply
...Actually, Angel was the more sane one and is less inclined to hurt Tiffany. In fact, the group could trust her with important information.
Why? Well, something bad happened and the world was destroyed in her time. Thankfully, we made it so that won't happen by releasing the evil Arceus, Yami, early and kicking his butt into a stronger seal.
Lyntermas 30th Jul 2012, 6:54 PM edit delete reply
...Which would potentially cause Angel to cease to exist, since the circumstances that motivated her to back in time have no longer occurred in this timeline.

So your Pokemon RP has you as trainers? And you are exploring the implications of creatures with the power to rend the world asunder being controlled by 10-year olds?
Kris_The_Guest 30th Jul 2012, 7:01 PM edit delete reply
Kind of.

Mostly, it's Ratatosk tries to murder someone in the group after accidentally releasing Sin a week ago, Sin sends everyone a thousand years into the future after destroying Hearthome City, we get gems that allow us to force the ledgendaries to be reborn(Including Arceus.), Tiffany get's Groudon(Who tries to eat her because she tastes good), Angel appears, and then random stuff, including Tiffany trying to kill herself.

And then we find out Arceus and Asa(a mew) are Sin's sons and Ratatosk is the father.
Time travel!

The kicker? Sin is a giant whale monster thingy who can turn human.
Edit : And she made it so Pokemon were in charge and the humans are the 'pokemon'. Also, Gijinkas exist as a middle class group. We have one in our group. She's an Aggron gijinka.
Lyntermas 30th Jul 2012, 7:11 PM edit delete reply
....Huh. So, know what? I think I've learned enough about Pokemon RPs for one day.

So have you picked what songs you think represent us yet?
Ramsus 30th Jul 2012, 7:11 PM edit delete reply
When dealing with time travel I prefer to use the good ol different time-lines are actually different dimensions type of thing. Then you don't really ever have paradoxes because you never really travel along the same time-line as it's constantly branching out in infinite directions.
Kris_The_Guest 30th Jul 2012, 7:14 PM edit delete reply
No, I've been busy but I mostly listen to japanese and background music.

@Ramsus : Me too. It lets me get away with a ton of stuff. It irritated my ex-friend, Mia, though.
Lyntermas 30th Jul 2012, 7:19 PM edit delete reply
Personally, I like Homestuck's version of time travel. There is an Alpha timeline, and an infinite number of Beta timelines. There can be several "you's" running around, and as long as there's no paradoxes, you're fine (technically, it's just one person going through everything). You can go back in time and change something, but by doing so you erase your timeline and become a "time clone." And time clones do not have very long lifespans. At all. As in the universe tries to kill them.

edit: Well your paradigm could work, but it would mean you aren't really changing anything for "your" timeline. You are essentially leaving all your family and friends (potentially to their doom) and trying to "fit in" with complete strangers who you happen to know their life stories up to a certain point.
Kris_The_Guest 30th Jul 2012, 7:30 PM edit delete reply
Blah. Stop making me think of more alternate universes!

Anyways, I got some quick song stuff.





Lyntermas 30th Jul 2012, 7:43 PM edit delete reply
Like I said, don't get me started.
Bronymous 30th Jul 2012, 9:32 PM edit delete reply
I subscribe to the "set in stone vs time can be rewritten" timey-wimey stuff. Most events are meant to happen, and will happen no matter what you do to change it. The circumstances change, but the result is the same. Only in very select events can history be changed, and in those cases paradoxes and other irritants tend to roll themselves out through those same circumstancial changes.

On other topics:
"Evil bad guys who like torturing broken women/kids." It's a good thing we're on the same team then (my advice? don't have her try to kill herself around Horizon. Will end badly for everyone).

I also think you should make Ratatatatatosk gay in this one, too. Sexual Orientation is one of those things that just adds extra dimensions of enjoyment to RPing.

Waiting on Horizon update. Again. I demand to know what Kris said that needed revising.

Oh, and I won't be on very much over the next two days. Moving. Expect infrequent responses (if any).
Lyntermas 30th Jul 2012, 10:05 PM edit delete reply
Good luck with moving. As for myself, I'm going up north to Idaho on Friday. It will be a long drive so I won't be able to update until sometime Saturday.
Ramsus 30th Jul 2012, 11:19 PM edit delete reply
Ick. I hate any kind of "fate" stuff. It ends up boiling down to choices people make not mattering at all. Which undercuts any themes or meaning a story can be telling by sending the message "Sure, you can choose to be good, bad, strange, normal, whatever. Kill the orphans for profit, save them at the cost of your one true love, use good for evil purposes, or vice versa. In the end it doesn't matter at all because the Arbitrary Cosmic Will will bend you over and have its way with history no matter what. Seriously, just roll over, give up, and turn your brain off already."
Zarhon 31st Jul 2012, 3:01 AM edit delete reply
Just a status update: All three of the cultists are tied up in the High Priest's room and are stable, two of which are out of comission for now. Sister Ivy is guarding them and healing the paladin, who she dragged here. He'll need a few minutes to recover. Skitter and Tiffany are in the hall. Rolf is interrogating.


Intimidate -> 12

The cultist simply stares directly into Rolfs eyes, with a look of contempt and self-satisfaction.

Cultist: "You'll never find it."


The second kidney punch only makes it more difficult for the hostage to talk, as he coughs loudly.

?: "What the..?!"

The hostage manages to get out a single word through the cough.


More footsteps are heard, and another cultist emerges from behind the bend, with a wand drawn. The hostage begins panicking, causing his companion to quickly notice Horizon and his hostage.

Tiffany & Skitter

The door to brother Silas's chamber opens with the ribbon-key, revealing a rather bare chamber. It's only features are padded silk walls, a few colorful tapestries, depicting religious motifs, a sleeping mat, a knee-high table, surrounded by several couishions. A few books are stacked up in one corner. A priest, wearing crude clothing, is sitting there, praying silently. He turns his head as he hears the two of them enter, slightly confused with their presence.

(Edit: If Rolf isn't updating, I'll have him brood a bit in the High Priest's room, as well as guarding sister Ivy)
Lyntermas 31st Jul 2012, 7:54 AM edit delete reply
Oh, I'm good UNTIL Friday, I'm just letting you know in advance. Rolf's got stuff to do, confronting his own mortality can come later.

Rolf sighed as he put the wand away. Funny how these cultists suddenly gained "faithfulness to the cause" when they weren't bleeding to death.

He walked over to the silken door and looked at the man within. "Brother Silas, I presume? We have need of your services. Long story short, necromancers have attacked this city, and have infiltrated this very temple. We believe they have hidden a bomb inside a secret tunnel that you know how to access and DON'T play dumb, lives are at stake. Now, my friends will escort you to your old room, and you will open the door and help them locate any areas where there are pillars or other areas of structural integrity."

He looked at Tiffany and Skitter. "I have a plan. Assuming that we have encountered most of the 'surprises' that the temple can throw at us, we can focus our efforts on finding the bombs. You two and Brother Silas will look into the secret tunnel, I'll take the cleric and that paladin we ran into earlier into the main hall and the attic once the paladin HERE is up and about. We'll have to trust Knife-Guy to conduct investigations into the catacombs for the moment. Sound like a plan? Oh, and Tiffany, I need to know exactly what happened with Lizzie. It's important that you tell me in case I run into her."

Also, knowing what Horizon did to Lizzie is important for Rolf to "properly" ask Horizon's name.

edit: Just to clarify, I'm going to Idaho for a vacation, not moving there.
Kris_The_Guest 31st Jul 2012, 8:45 AM edit delete reply
Horizon just talked to her, trying to scare her off. It made her attack him. I don't know what happened to her after we fell through the stairs.""
Ramsus 31st Jul 2012, 10:37 AM edit delete reply
"Oh, so now I can finally search the secret passageway I told you about forever ago? Silas, you go with Tiff, I can find my way on my own and she doesn't need an escort of two to talk to a whatever a Lizzie is. Probably."

With that Skitter headed off to the secret passageway he had found earlier, shadowported into it (I'm assuming since he already was in there before he doesn't need to roll to get there again), and began searching, remembering to use the amulet to help find invisible things.
Stairc 29th Jul 2012, 1:33 PM edit delete reply
Happy birthday Friendship is Dragons! Thanks for the laughs three times a week - not to mention all the great experiences in Pony Tales owe it to this webcomic and its community.

I'm glad we could give you a great birthday celebration in the D&D game last night.

Lyntermas 29th Jul 2012, 1:44 PM edit delete reply
...Staaaaaairc, what did you do?
Stairc 30th Jul 2012, 9:06 AM edit delete reply
*laughs* I'll give Newbiespud a chance to tell first - if he'd like to.
Newbiespud 30th Jul 2012, 5:36 PM edit delete reply
It wasn't so much what HE did than what WE did. As in:

- Performing a hideous act of sacrilege against an entire continent of dragonborn followers of Tiamat, which landed us a banishment to the local deathtrap island. (Which, hey, we were trying to get to in the first place!)
- Taking command of an elemental ship powered by a djinn and sailing it through a planar scar into the realm of Elemental Chaos.
- Speeding past a throng of full-sized dragons and crashing through the ceiling of a massive citadel - straight into its treasure room. (It was implied by that point that we'd skipped a continent's worth of campaigning, shooting our Level 8 party into epic-tier territory.)
- Retrieving a +6 sword that only one special member of the party could wield, which just so happened to be the only thing keeping Tiamat herself in a death-sleep. (Whoops.)
- Running like heck out of there, gunning the ship back through the Elemental Chaos with Tiamat right behind us. Cue epic chase sequence.
- Crashing the ship so hard that it cracked open, releasing the djinn that had been sealed inside for who knows how long. The djinn turns out to be a bro and helps us escape with our lives - with a brand new sword, tons of rare treasure, and... a brand new crisis on our hands. Oh well.

It was the last game I'd have in-person with Stairc before I left Portland, so as a sendoff it was pretty freaking fantastic.
Azureink 29th Jul 2012, 10:53 PM edit delete reply
Happy one-year to Friendship is Dragons. I started following the comic about a dozen or so comics in, after it was linked through either Mushroom Go or Darths and Droids.
ShadowDragon8685 30th Jul 2012, 12:49 AM edit delete reply
To many more years of Friendship is Dragons! You've made us laugh, you've made our eyes raise, you've made us go "Oh, that is AWESOME!"
Digo 30th Jul 2012, 4:00 AM edit delete reply
Congrats spud on one year. :D
Proof that it's not art alone that carries a comic, gotta have good writing to go with it, and your writing has been most entertaining!
Solario the Visored 30th Jul 2012, 7:52 AM edit delete reply
So, even though she SAID wanted to know "absolutely EVERYTHING" about him, she actually didn't WANT to know anything? Poor neglected Spike.

Also, happy birhtday, FiD! I may not have been here since the beginning, but I'm so-so glad I found this comic! ^___^
Stairc 30th Jul 2012, 9:09 AM edit delete reply
I think she was talking about 'Insight' in terms of, "see if he's lying" or similar.
Crimson Doom 30th Jul 2012, 8:51 AM edit delete reply
Crimson Doom
Two days late, but happy anniversary, Spud! A toast to great webcomic makers! :D

...seriously, let's have a toast. Break out the toasters, lads!
Philadelphus 30th Jul 2012, 1:22 PM edit delete reply
"A toast!"
"A toast!"
"To us!"
"Best friends forever!"
*crunch* *crunch*
Azureink 30th Jul 2012, 4:16 PM edit delete reply
Crimson Doom 31st Jul 2012, 6:03 AM edit delete reply
Crimson Doom
Exactly! :D
Guest 30th Jul 2012, 10:39 AM edit delete reply
Whoops. It's a bit late, but happy anniversary. ^_^
DragonTrainer 30th Jul 2012, 10:42 AM edit delete reply
Happy belated anniversary, Newbiespud. XD
Digo 31st Jul 2012, 5:35 AM edit delete reply
Congrats spud on the 1st year!!
Noghenge 11th Feb 2016, 10:58 PM Gratz edit delete reply
I'm late to the party, but so far I'm loving this comic. :)