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16th Nov 2017, 5:00 AM in The Best Night Ever, Part 1
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Another Kind of Dirt
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Newbiespud 16th Nov 2017, 5:00 AM edit delete
Again, if you're suddenly wondering whether the last few years of comics have merely been building up to a recontextualization of the "Afraid to get DIRTY?!" scenario... comment.

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Specter 16th Nov 2017, 5:06 AM edit delete reply
... blood, my favorite past time. >:D
*Evil laughter*
ThatGuest 16th Nov 2017, 11:03 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon 16th Nov 2017, 5:19 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Woot! Roll for initiative! :D

So you could say that for Blueblood, this was a literal choice between Cake or Death.

albedoequals1 16th Nov 2017, 6:29 AM edit delete reply
Death. I mean cake! Definitely cake.
Digo Dragon 16th Nov 2017, 2:55 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Ah! Ah! Ah! You said Death first. ;)
Grand Line 3.5 16th Nov 2017, 6:47 AM edit delete reply
Funny enough, "Cake or Death" is literally one of the choices being made by the villains right now in the most recent "One Piece" manga chapters.
Frission 16th Nov 2017, 6:39 PM edit delete reply
But they meant to say cake!
Digo Dragon 16th Nov 2017, 7:20 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Oh alright. You're lucky we're the church of Celestia.
Werekitty 17th Nov 2017, 8:25 PM Cake or Death edit delete reply
I love this fandom. You randomly reference Eddie Izzard.
aylatrigger 16th Nov 2017, 8:52 PM edit delete reply
According to one of my friends, the cake is death flavored...

And you would have been resurrected if you had chosen just 'death'.
FanOfMostEverything 16th Nov 2017, 6:12 AM edit delete reply
Mykin 16th Nov 2017, 7:23 AM edit delete reply
OOOOO, Elusive is in for it now! This is going to get good! Now where did I put my popcorn...
TheStevest 16th Nov 2017, 8:07 AM edit delete reply
And this is how Rarity became so angry, that her speech bubble changed its color.
Rarity's speech bubble 16th Nov 2017, 3:21 PM edit delete reply
I am pretty sure that the black bubble is supposed to be her shouting that out-of-character...
TheStevest 17th Nov 2017, 6:02 AM edit delete reply
More like the angry ooc-voice. It was already on the page before, but she was not shouting. Sometimes it is just too hard to keep the emotions separated.
Truthkeeper 16th Nov 2017, 8:55 AM edit delete reply
And then later it turns out Bluebood is just a decoy for Celestia, the real Elusive.
kuraimizu 16th Nov 2017, 10:40 AM edit delete reply
Not likely at all. As Celestia is the defacto commander of the elements of harmony, princess by title, queen by authority, and goddess of the sun, she commands Rarity's loyalty. If she was elusive there would have been no conflict of interest. As such the fact the guild blacklisted her is proof that Celestia can't be elusive.
Fire Flyer 16th Nov 2017, 10:57 AM edit delete reply
Yep, can't see Celestia being the "real" Elusive. Blueblood being a puppet leader, yes, Celestia being the puppetmaster, no. She might still take over the guild, though - take the Vetinari-style approach of "if there's going to be crime, I might as well make it controlled crime".
Archone 16th Nov 2017, 3:33 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, but Vetinari never took over any guilds. He simply expected loyalty and cooperation from guild leaders - and if he didn't get that, the guilds got new leaders.
Winged Cat 16th Nov 2017, 11:08 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
Or (almost) the whole rest of the room knew, and shrugs it off.
Digo Dragon 16th Nov 2017, 2:58 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Which means the entire thieves guild is here? That would be funny.
offroader 17th Nov 2017, 5:55 AM edit delete reply
Yes and Celestia knows and plans to arrest all of them.

Anyone can continue this line of Xanatos Gambit&
Dragonflight 16th Nov 2017, 12:05 PM edit delete reply
I have this sudden image of this night of pure rage and hatred leading to Nightmare Rarity. It would be the perfect send-up for it.
Matiekay_13 16th Nov 2017, 3:07 PM Nightmare Rarity: the Cake Strikes Back edit delete reply
:O YES, that would be AWESOME! Terribly funny, too :D
GrayGriffin 16th Nov 2017, 5:01 PM edit delete reply
The Nightmare Rarity arc already happened.
hariman 16th Nov 2017, 11:14 PM edit delete reply
I don't think Blueblood/Elusive will last that long.
Gindranis 16th Nov 2017, 12:51 PM edit delete reply
GrayGriffin 16th Nov 2017, 5:09 PM edit delete reply
Got any stories about awesome PC outbursts?

My personal favorite was when my polite, friendly baker girl finally snapped at the Big Bad of the campaign abducting her family and cussed him out while flipping him the bird. She was at that point ready to rip him apart by hand if that was what it took.
Digo Dragon 16th Nov 2017, 7:23 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
From a D&D campaign--

Nick: "How often do you miss your mark on a teleport spell?"
Ezmerelda: "Never."
Nick: "So this is unusual for you."
Ezmerelda: "Hmm, well there is only one person who would dare to alter my teleport spell."
Digo: "LONE STAR!!" [/Darth Helmet]

(took about 10 minutes for everyone to recover)
Dragonflight 16th Nov 2017, 7:46 PM edit delete reply
I think I mentioned this one recently, but it's a personal favorite.

GM: "It's the year 2048."
Player: "Why?"
GM: <stares in confusion at player. Other players start snickering, and finally GM just glares at him and continues.>
Space Jawa 16th Nov 2017, 6:15 PM edit delete reply
I am loving the alternate speech bubbles to represent her unrelenting rage.
Hariman 16th Nov 2017, 11:12 PM edit delete reply
This is arguably child, now grown up, realizing that her parents didn't love them, and were just using them for their own personal gain.

It's horrifying, heartbreaking, and slightly comical due to the cartoon ponies being used as the medium.

But mostly the first two, and Elusive deserves a very long sabbatical from public life, guarded by VERY well paid guards who have negative histories with the Thieves' Guild, and full knowledge of WHY they're keeping Blueblood in house arrest for life.
The Enigmatic Jack 16th Nov 2017, 8:50 PM edit delete reply
As someone who's never watched the cartoon, I can't help but wonder sometimes how different my experience with this comic is compared to the average reader. I assume that a lot of people have a general idea of where the cartoon is going, and wonder how different episodes/story arcs will play out in the comic version. I think it's fun not having any idea what will come next, though, except for little bits that I glean from the comments... and even then, they generally play out a bit different than I picture.
CCC 16th Nov 2017, 9:46 PM edit delete reply
Where the *cartoon* goes and where *Spud* goes are two very different things. We may have some idea what sort of screengrabs Spud can use - if he even uses them from the same episode - but no idea what words the characters will be speaking...
hariman 16th Nov 2017, 11:07 PM edit delete reply
There's also the mixing of different episodes, and altering where certain lines are used.

The "laugh that you use when X" that Rarity used earlier in the arc is actually a reference to a different episode of the series than the one it applies to in comic.
JDB1984 16th Nov 2017, 9:21 PM edit delete reply
Well, if there was any chance of Rarity getting her blacklisting removed, that is now gone.
Hariman 16th Nov 2017, 11:02 PM edit delete reply
Actually, the opposite:

"Dainty Dove" is the one acting here, and Elusive is the one who is going to get Blacklisted/removed from his position/"on sabbatical from public appearances due to the stress of his recent public appearances".

darkgloomie 17th Nov 2017, 12:37 AM edit delete reply
I'm pretty sure there never was any way Rarity would get un-blacklisted- doubt Blueblood could afford somebody not directly loyal to him knowing his identity.
ZhonLord 17th Nov 2017, 4:37 PM edit delete reply
And now it brings in a new challenge for Rarity, if she wants to either A) take over the thieve's guild herself, B) take DOWN the guild, or C) set up a rival group of thieves.
hariman 17th Nov 2017, 11:09 PM edit delete reply
Zhonlord, my opinion on those options is "Yes."

She's got to take over the parts she can, take down the worse elements of the Thieves' Guild, and possibly deal with splinter groups of Thieves who cause too much trouble/damage.
Jaakusan 18th Nov 2017, 1:30 AM edit delete reply
Or instead of building everything up we could just. Blurt it out right here at the party. Whelp.