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I think this page is interesting. It shows how misunderstandings on both sides can lead to disastrous fiascos, and, more specific to the characters involved, that Nahmat thinks of herself as vulnerable, in spite of her great powers.
But, I think Shining Armor has the right idea. Nahmat provoked them, so she, though acting the best she felt she could, was still the wrong.
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I'm dissapointed about sombra because he had no backround.
She needs some sense.
What poor excuse of first contact is that ?
Mat should have known better to act like that while in presence of the Two Princesses ruling Equestria.
"Shining immediately deemed her as a threat ON SIGHT"
Of course, he did. And he was damn right. What was he supposed to do ?
Everything in her attitude, her behaviour, her voice, made her appear like a threat to everypony and every griffon inside.
So she shouldn't have been surprised to have been treated like a potential threat.
SA and the two Solar Guards with him acted like they should have acted, as soldiers.
They are supposed not to take any risks that the stranger - Mat, in this case - "fires the first shots" and take them by surprise.
Besides, later on, Mat recognises she shouldn't have acted like that.
She's a great character. And I like her ... "pawy hands".
Some commenters say "I'd do sooo much better than her in this position etc."
That's easy to say when one's not in her (horse)shoes.
I recognize Sun Butt has flaws, but making her the most-flawed for no reason other than character-bashing is really standing on me nerves. It makes me think to those who screamed blue-funk (Is that even a real expression ? O_o) at Derpy Hooves being wall-eyed and calling it a insulting mockery of mentally impaired people, even though Derpy is not so, and was never intended to be an insulting character.
But well. Brohoof, anyway. /)
yes, I was tense too and wouldn't have taken chances... but once the talking started... and no real harm was yet done, i listened, and frankly diplomacy actually was more appealing... if not in part to the princesses stepping in...
and I do recall Nahmat being surprised by Fluttershy's reaction after that stare off... but if Nahmat was genuinely scared... i definitely didn't see that... just annoyance and then surprise and fluttershy's faint...
come to think of it... i guess when you're tense and ready for trouble, afraid or not, you'll still appear angry or annoyed from virtue of the focus you're using...
or she's trained herself to do that... huh... maybe she projected her own fear of dismemberment by the elements into the bearer's minds... so Nahmat may have appeared unimpressed, but was in many ways, was scared enough to stay put if not freeze... and such fear projected into the minds of untrained and unprepared ponies caused them to out right seize up...
but... what was it you saw in fluttershy...? what? dark thoughts born from the pain of an introvert...? I would think that is where the generalization that the shy ones are the most prone to psychopathy comes from...
In that last panel, you seemed to have left out a few choice words... Shouldn't it read:
"It seems the Fluttershy you know is far different from the Fluttershy I met..."
But I think Nahmat is on the right track when it comes to figuring out Fluttershy: It's always the quiet ones...
Are fluttering away from each other
She was clearly in the wrong for sneaking into Equestria, then into a secured complex with state leaders, and not giving any explanation. Shining is completely in the right when he says she looked like she was going to kill someone. She EXPLAINED IT HERSELF, she was after a dangerous criminal, and was therefore ready to display force; which she did, on ponies in the room! What she did to the guards and the Elements is clearly some form of mental mind control and/or intimidation, and if that isn't a wrong thing to do, you may as well say that Chrysalis is an innocent.
"What you saw was my frustration from being lost and friendless in a strange world..." Why is she being painting herself as some kind of fugitive like a "X in Equestria" story? She's an agent, who was presumably informed of where she was going, and arrived with a plan of what to do and how to get out.
"...with no hope of help or understanding from the locals." This one really gets to me. The reason she didn't have a chance of receiving help was because she didn't say A DAMNED THING to any pony. When did she ever try to make some form of diplomatic inroads? Not until Celestia called her crap, and had no other option available to complete her task.
One could argue that Nahmat is essentially a cop, and that's the way she thinks. I don't think cops try to excuse their actions with accounts that don't make sense (as I've explained above) in order to look good. More importantly, when you need to hunt down and capture someone on a third party's territory, you don't just send a cop, you send an envoy. The difference being that the latter possesses an once of tact and knowledge towards another culture (an ass kisser, if you will) to make their case and ensure everything goes smoothly. Arofa was obviously a terrible pick.
I must agree with him. Nahmat hasn't been very sympathetic on anything but her own words thus far. In fact, she's been downright hostile. This might work if we knew her from anything else and knew if her intentions were pure, but this is literally her first public appearance. You, as her creator, have intimate knowledge of her personality and integrity, but we know nothing about her except for how she's acting and what she says, and they're painting two very different pictures. She's been throwing a pity party and expecting us to go "Awwww... Look at the poor little wolfey. The big mean ponies were being so mean to the poor lost wolfey who didn't know where she was and she was completely justified in breaking into a high security area and attacking innocent people without even trying to explain anything rational until she was stopped." When we've been seeing a character who, even if we are to believe her, assumes everyone should automatically know what she's doing, and uses cruel and unwarranted means of getting her way when they defend themselves and those not yet proven guilty against her hostilities.
I'm sorry, but I'm having a hard time sympathizing with such an arrogant and somewhat dishonest character. Your later pages do a little better job making her a more little believable, with her apologizing for her gross misconduct and assumptions and such, but I still don't find her very likable on her own merits.
"The only thing I find more unbelievable than how delusional this character seems to be is how we, the readers, are suppose to believe such statements, or at least sympathize with her."
What about the readers out there who do sympathize with her? How would such words make them feel?
I write this comment to address, not just you, but any who read this thread. If you would like to share your criticism with me, and if theres even a shadow of doubt that what you have to say would be enjoyable or helpful to a bystander, just note me instead.
That being said, I thankful for the time you spent to share your criticism with me. I found it very thoughtful and well-worded, and I hope you continue to enjoy this comic!
Questioning why you believe something is very important for developing strong beliefs. If you're thin skinned enough to be insulted when someone questions your opinions, then you might need to re-evaluate why you hold them in the first place.
Thankfully, this doesn't apply to you. I've been very impressed with your ability to take criticism, and I hope your story continues to improve because of it! I can't wait to see where it goes from here.
Oh, wait, Fluttershy just did that.
So, yeah. All-round snafu.
It's still a fun tale, but her level of ability tends to travel a bit into 'Liable to put people off' territory.
Shining armor's barrier wasn't broken, it waned because his horn stopped glowing and he stopped casting. The Elements of Harmony aren't an ineffective weapon, she just said using it was a bad idea(because she wasn't the real enemy) and told them to stop it.