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Friday, July 1, 2011

MLP D&D: Rarity


Name: Rarity
Race: Unicorn pony
Alignment: Neutral Fabulous
Class: Rogue

They say she's Ponyville's chief fashionista and dressmaker. But it's all a cover for her real role: Mistress of the Thieves' Guild. Just look at her cutie mark for verification: It's not a dress, or anything at all to do with fashion, but three diamonds.  Like any good rogue, Rarity loves the loot. Don't you remember that time she tried to rob a dragon's hoard -- right under his nose, no less -- by convincing him he looked good enough to be seen by everyone and that she was trustworthy enough to guard it for him?

Sure, she says she only uses her unicorn magic of gem detection to adorn her dresses, but really now, how many of those dresses have you seen bejeweled with bling? I've only ever seen one. And yet at the end of A Dog and Pony Show, she and the rest of the fillies are hauling back wagonloads of jewels.




It's all a cover, I tell you. The skill is real, but the dressmaking shop is just a front. Know what else you can make with exquisite sewing skills? Disguises. Elaborate disguises so cunning you won't realize you've been fooled until it's too late. Everything she does is to further her goal of getting into the Royal Court of Canterlot.




You see, she's not a common thief. She doesn't skulk about in shadows, or sneak attack, or pick locks (although with her unicorn telekinesis she'd probably be good at that.) No, Miss Rarity is a social rogue. Her main skills are Appraise, Bluff, Craft: Sewing, Disguise, and Knowledge: Nobility. Her ultimate goal? To marry into royalty by seducing Prince Blueblood, the (distant) nephew of Princess Celestia. 
I would stroll through the gala, and everyone would wonder: "Who is that mysterious mare?" They would never guess that I was just a simple pony from little old Ponyville. Why, I'll cause such a sensation, that I would be invited for an audience with Princess Celestia herself. And the princess would be so taken with the style and elegance, that she would introduce me... to "him"... her nephew! The most handsome, eligible unicorn stallion in Canterlot. Our eyes would meet... Our hearts would melt... Our courtship would be magnificent. He would ask for my hoof in marriage, and of course I would say... "YES!!!". We would have a royal wedding, befitting a princess which is... (giggles) what I would become upon marrying "him"... The stallion of my dreams!
-- Rarity's speech from The Ticket Master

She's trying to pass herself off as nobility, I tell you, and marry into even higher royalty. And then what happens? She loots the royal treasury of Canterlot.

Behold the Queen of Bling.
 
Still don't believe me? Look, she has a white cat for a pet. If that doesn't scream out "mastermind" then you're beyond convincing.



To summarize:
  • High Intelligence, Wisdom, Charisma and Dexterity (Multiple Attribute Dependency is typical for Rogues).
  • Strength is her dump stat (although someone in comments suggested Constitution).
  • Exceptionally good at searching for treasure finding gems.
  • Can bluff like the best of them.
  • You'd never, ever suspect her. 

Key "Rarity is a Rogue" episodes:
  • Tries to steal a dragon's hoard right out from under him in Dragonshy
  • Uses cunning and manipulation to be set free -- with all the loot -- after being captured by the Diamond Dogs in A Dog and Pony Show
  • Performs Uncanny Dodges in The Elements of Harmony as well as the aforementioned episodes
  • Utilizes her Disguise skill dressmaking ability in Suited For Success
  • Displays large-scale social manipulation abilities in Green Isn't Your Color

19 comments:

Beggg said...

This is fucking amazing. Keep it up!

Jeff_W said...

I pretty much agree with all of this, she is totally a social rogue, though her alignment ought to be Lawful Fabulous if you're sticking with Lawful/Neutral/Chaotic... but more appropriately would have to be Amazingly Fabulous if you were shooting for something closer to the actual mark ;)

I'm really enjoying these write-ups

Erin Palette said...

 I strongly considered making Rarity Lawful. In the end I decided against it because A) She isn't as inherently disciplined and group-oriented as AJ or Twi, B) She resorts to deception and manipulation a lot; and C) She isn't self-sacrificing enough.

Also, by going with Neutral Fabulous that means she is utterly dedicated to the concept of Fabulousity above any other concerns. :D

Jeff_W said...

I say Lawful because she's AWFULLY prissy, and I equate that with Lawful :D

Erin Palette said...

 Really? I've seen some awfully prissy elves (who are typically depicted as chaotic), and monks, who are lawful, are supposed to disdain vanity and embrace humility.

I think prissiness is more a personality thing than an alignment thing. :)

Allycorn said...

The element of generosity isn't self sacrificing enough? Huh.

Erin Palette said...

We've already got Pinkie Pie as the group bard. :)

Although I will grant that I could see Rarity taking a few levels in a Charisma-based spellcasting class, such as Bard or Sorcerer, and then taking the Arcane Trickster prestige class. 

OccamAldanis said...

One quick note is that in A Dog and Pony Show, she DOES end up pulling a massive cart full of gems, IIRC. CON might be the dump stat instead of STR, since she's always fainting? :)

Erin Palette said...

This is an excellent point. 

Fen said...

Naw, she's totally a mid-level sorcerer. Still got the Charisma, and she's got some surprisingly good magical ability related to her innate talents (transforming a huge tree into dozens of little topiaries, creating laser-show stage lights for her fashion parade), as well as a somewhat-familiar in Opalescence.

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SaintStryfe said...

yeah, sorry, Rogues can't ever be Lawful. I'm pretty sure that's in the DnD handbook...

Erin Palette said...

It was for 1st and 2nd edition, but I'm 99% sure (don't have the books with me) that 3rd edition removed that restriction.

SaintStryfe said...

Well, for a contrasting view, in "Return to Harmony", she becomes discorded, and she becomes actually greedy. So that's not her true nature... she definitely leans chaotic good.

Erin Palette said...

I still prefer "Neutral Fabulous." She is utterly dedicated to the ideals of fabulousity! :P

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