Twilight Sparkle: Well, I guess those are the rails forward, then. I know I have a certain tendency that we've talked about… repeatedly now… But I'd like to at least brainstorm some alternate solutions, just to get it out of my system. Is that okay?
DM: …Sure, why not?
Twilight Sparkle: What if, instead, we investigated the "moat of chaos" with Arcana? Tried to find a different way through it?
Discord GM: Hate to rain on your parade, but Discord will notice you hanging around at the edge of town, and he'll interfere.
DM: Not to mention it'd be time-consuming.
Applejack: Now hold up. Jus' because it's a bad plan for us doesn't mean there ain't a useful nugget of an idea in there.
Fluttershy: Maybe if we got some other magic experts to look into it?
DM: True, Twilight isn't the only magical researcher in the world. Not even the only one named after a type of light!
Discord GM: Ah, of course, let's subject some NPCs instead to Discord's eldritch designs and insidious games. Very responsible, very Good-aligned.
DM: You and I both know that the right kind of magical researcher would consider that an incentive.
Discord GM: You've got me there.