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PND: Alternate party by RobD2003 PND: Alternate party by RobD2003
Gah, I can't believe this took me three whole days to do (then again, the first time I drew this out the file got corrupted after I finished the lineart; had to start all over).
Anyway, more PnD, where I draw humanized My Little Pony characters in a Dungeons and Dragons type setting!
Here we've got some of the most popular 'background' characters, assembled into their own party of adventurers. I haven't made stats for them, but here are my thoughts (left to right):
BonBon: I see her as the tank, for whatever reason. I'd go barbarian, with a double handed war axe of some variety.
Lyra: One of three potential bards in this group, though I consider her less of a musician than Octavia or Vinyl Scratch; more like someone who enjoys playing, but isn't a professional.
Class-wise, bard could work, but I'd also look at taking dips in any dex-based class, with an emphasis on archery (I picture hand crossbows for her; no real reason why, I just do).
Carrot-top: I've always been a fan of the fanon of Carrot and Derpy being room-mates, with Carrot as the 'straightman;' a role I'd extend into the party, and probably peg her as leader. Class-wise, I say meat n' potatoes fighter, all the way.
Octavia: My first thought was to go with a support class, like cleric, or even a martial class that puts some emphasis on culture (like samurai or knight, or something); in the end, however, you can't divorce Octavia from her music, so a bard she will be.
Vinyl Scratch: Vinyl gave me pause. On the one hand, bard could work for her. On the other hand, being a sorcerer who dual wields wands of 'ghost sound' and 'dancing lights' (the closest D&D analog to a set of turntables I could think of) sounds pretty cool and different way to perform music, as well as something that would clash with the more traditional bard (i.e. Octavia). Then I thought her belt could make an interesting magical item if it did something musical (note the turntable buckle), and there you go. So Vinyl could either be a sorcerer of some kind, or a bard, or even a rogue with lots of ranks of the 'use magic device' skill. Works for me.
Derpy/Ditzy-Doo: My first choice is rogue, but any class with max ranks in the "Hide" skill would do. For character building purposes, I'd focus on 'luck' abilities-feats, classes, and skill tricks and such that give a character the ability to re-roll dice if things go south.
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coolclaytony Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2017
To bad you'r going by DnD classes. Cause if this were Pathfinder, BonBon/Agent Sweety Drops would make a great Vigilante/Investigator.
Ownerest Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2016
Skyrim ponies?
Erynnsilver Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
now they have had their own episode have you considered doing a new beta party ;)?
Cyber-Angel-Rowan Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I just love Tavi and Vinyl here:

Tavi: I'm impressed. You actually managed to find a way to legitimately spec into wubs.

Vinyl: You specced into Bard, you don't get to talk!
RoseQuartz1 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist
I really like how you designed Octavia for human form. :D
Most of them are look like the Mongols. Nice design.
ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
"meat n' potatoes fighter"

What is a ... emat and potatoes fighter ? O_o
Cps43327097 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Student General Artist
The classes all make sense, I wasn't sound on Bon Bon's but the candy shaped Axe makes it works. Speaking of sound I would've made Viny Scratch(or DJ Pon3) a Sonic Mage, a DnD class that controls sound,using it to stun enemies and create shockwaves.
icewhip Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
I just love how Bon Bon's axe is shaped like her cutie mark! I love those sort of details you do! And DJ PON-3's design is very bad ass! Especially her goggles!
666inflames666 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome work !
Falcatae Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Just thought that I'd drop by to let you know that someone stole your work: [link]
RobD2003 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013   Artist
I've sent her a note; thanks for the heads up.
DeftCrow Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
Scratch what I said previously. Vinyl is begging to be a Wilder.
(Psionic classes are already close to sorcerers mechanics wise, this just makes her sorcerer^2.)

=> Full progression manifester class (as Unicorn)
=> Uses charisma for manifesting, just like sorcerers.
=> Can specialize in sonic-based energy powers; closest thing to speakers / bass cannon.
(Very high DC to cause deafening, due to high charisma)
=> Elude touch - can be explained as dumb luck.
=> Wild Surge - pumps excess power points into sonic-based powers.
=> Surging Euphoria - stat boost after using Wild Surge, fits character thematically.
=> Autohypnosis skill. (can remember complex musical passages without actually studying them)
=> Has Bluff and Intimidate as class skills.

=> Does not have Perform and Use Magic Device as class skills.
=> Most limited power selection out of all casting/manifesting classes in 3.5, only next to Warlocks; only 4 powers at level 7, the expected average level of the party. (Although it fits her thematically.)

Solution to cons:
=> Learn the Able Learner feat from Races of Destiny. 1 level dip to rogue(or start as rogue), purchase Use Magic Device and Perform(Electronic musical equipment) at regular rates, all the way up to total level +3.

Now we have a psionically themed bard specializing in sonic-based energy powers(bass cannon), who has full power point and manifester level progression(more bass cannon), literally experiences euphoria from performances(even more bass cannon), extremely adept in social situations(full ranks in Diplomacy/Bluff/Intimidate), has bouts of dumb luck from time to time, and can use magically/psionically powered turntables at the same time.

(And of course her hearing and sight are ruined; she probably has no points in Wisdom.)
RobD2003 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013   Artist
Wow, that's well thought out.
More proof (if any is needed) that there are far, far better optimizers out there than I.
DeftCrow Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013

All I did was find a different base class and describe its features in a way that fits Vinyl's (fanon) characteristics. The above build is just Rogue 1 / Wilder X with one feat from a non-SRD book thrown in; both the rogue level and the feat are more for character building than optimization purposes. No biggie, really.
DetectiveRoboMonkey Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Student Writer
Is Vinyl looking at Tavi's boobs?
OOvle Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
pervy sage?!?!
(jk ^_^)
Sonic-chaos Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I always wanted to get into DnD. But it was hard to find players back in my country.
I swear I was the only guy in my country that had the damn game! XD
I found like one other guy and that's about it. Maybe this is the push I needed to try again :D
gameguy199 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Student Writer
EqFAzrael Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Student General Artist
Lyra Loves her hands! :iconhurrplz:
CATSUITBODYSUIT Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
one too much carrottop
one too little dr.hooves
Arty022618 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Student Artist
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revara Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Oh my! - I must say all your PnD works are quite amazing :D

After having seen them you've inspired me to perhaps run a campaign with these very characters, and write the diaries :p
For the Mane Six group, of course Spike could follow around from the shadows, narrating the stories... Or Twilight could write. - For some reason I imagine Spike as less of a familiar and more of an "Unknown follower", such as a kobold or goblin aristocrat silently following the party.

Anyways! - I'll bump this message if I ever get to writing a diary of these characters' actions, and game on! /)

PS: 3.5e is best edition <3
maxvision92 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait, where's Time Turner? He's usually part of the Background Six, how come Carrot Top took his place?
RobD2003 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012   Artist
When I finally get around to it, he's going to be part of the 'boy's party" (and I like the idea of Carrot Top and Derpy as room mates).
maxvision92 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
MerchManDan Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
This is so great! If you ever do decide to whip up some stats, I'd love to see them. :D
Kylami Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist
Its so cute! especially Derpy!
Ydenne Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is awesome, but it looks like Carrot Top's right hand is on backwards. O_o
NFSXMLP Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
nice looks great
ed00 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
bon bon: a barbarin that has cooking skills
lyra: has some deplomacy skill with other races
vinal: is good at working a crowd and performing
derpy: is a good ambush rouge, clubs you over the head
savannagrey Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love how much thought you put into these!
TheLugia702 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
On Lyra, if you were gonna make her an Archery-Based class, you should make her ranger. In my custom Campaign, there's a class called "Brigand" and I think with the bonuses, that might work for her. And, on Vinyl Scratchs' belt, what's the third wand? Lastly, I'm not a big fan of carrot top. If she could be any class, maybe a psychic warrior. (I wonder how Human Lyra feels about ponies)
lzsmith88 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
awesome! this is way cool!
kentucky10 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
Dat Derpy :)
NerdyPoncho Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
Totally making a sorceror to dual wield wands. Vinyl is my next character. Thanks much for the idea!
Toravt Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No Doctor whooves? >.<
RobD2003 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012   Artist
Not yet, anyway.
Bioshock140 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
This is cool, I should us this idea in an RPG.
TheLugia702 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is freaking amazing I love you!
ZeroZi Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
i love it
spidermaster14 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
ERMERGERD DERPY!!! :iconsohappyplz:
SamCyberCat Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
These designs are so nice, I especially like how Lyra & Bon Bon look.

And another person saying your sorcerer idea for Vinyl Scratch sounds pretty awesome! :D
DeftCrow Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
Lyra - Rogue w/ maxed out Perform(Lyre) and Perform(Singing) then.

I applaud your decision for using CSco on Derpy. Perhaps she can be a scout instead of a rogue?

Vinyl might fit well with Incarnum(Incarnate), her primary color being neon blue and all, but the party probably needs an arcane caster.
TheLugia702 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Derpy is sooooo cute! If she was ANY class, she would have to be a rogue with maxed-out hide.

I wish i knew carrot-top (I haven't been watching much lately...:( ) but, whatever.
Sire-Sword Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh god, that is amazing!! But, I think Vinyl would do best as a Sorcerer. You don't have enough magic in that party. Also, what program do you use?
RobD2003 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012   Artist
For drawing, photoshop.
For D&D, 3.5 edition.
Sire-Sword Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ugh, were do you get photoshop 3.5? I can't seem to find it anywhere!
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