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  • Economics for running a business on Minion of the Eyeless Face labor

    What resources level do you figure annual payroll for ten or so unskilled mortals is?
    More than a resources 3 purchase? Less?

    If more, the discerning terrestrial sorcerer would be well served by just using Lesser Minions of the Eyeless Face instead, if it's not a public-facing job. Heck, depending on the training level needed, even the annual training time for a new batch of Minions might be worth accepting in order to not pay the mortals, right? Especially since they need no nourishment, and are ceaselessly loyal to you until the day they crumble to dust

    But I'm not just thinking about starting an exploitative epic fantasy McDonalds staffed by magical faceless gimps.

    I'm thinking of starting an exploitative epic fantasy fine dining restaurant staffed by magical faceless gimps.
    For the discerning celestial taskmaster, nothing beats the efficiency of minions of the eyeless face for small business, non-thaumaturgy labor. Costing assets no greater than their lesser brethren, and scarcely more essence at base, this labor force is not only of superior quality, to a degree the summoner is free to determine with their motepool, but also as large as one is willing and able to pay for...with their motepool.
    For anything other than thaumaturgy or essence use, these can be the finest, most specialized laborers you could dream of.

    ....
    More seriously, I love minions of the eyeless face.
    They may not be as distinctly powerful as demons or elementals, or quite as human as ghosts, or quite as hilarious as summoning wildlife instead, but they're the most manageable, least risky, and the most personal-entourage ready of all the summons.

    And they're just...so dumb.

    What do you like to do with them?

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    An unskilled laborer makes 1 yen a day. 10 yen for 10 servants * 28 days a month * 15 months a year = 4200 yen. Per the conversion factor of 1024 yen to the obol, this comes to 4 jade obols, 6 quian, and a siu. Less than Resources 1's yearly income.

    So no, not really worth it for most Exalted who can make far more money in other ways.
    Last edited by Exthalion; 03-07-2018, 03:03 AM.

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    • #3
      That being saiiid....
      You could get the oil for significantly cheaper if you could make it yourself. Like, Resources 2 rather than 3.

      At which point it'd be far more efficient the very moment your prospective mortal employees were people who could demand pay meeting the bar of "Your character has a comfortable cottage or apartment and might own a poor quality riding animal. He might own a suit of light armor and a weapon. If your character supports a family, it eats filling, if boring, meals. If he lives alone, your character can eat meat every other day and afford hard liquor as well as beer." rather than unskilled laborers.

      In any context where you're looking at hiring mortals, at least.

      Anyways, the business side was mostly a lure to get people to talk about Minions of the Eyeless Face, admittedly.
      Last edited by PlotVitalNPC; 03-07-2018, 03:08 AM.

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      • #4
        Tell us more about the Minions of the Eyeless Face, then!


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        • #5
          Okay, so, Minions of the Eyeless Face is a spell line that's existed in both first and second edition.
          In first edition it consisted of the celestial circle spell Summoning the Lesser Minions of the Eyeless Face and the Solar Circle Spell Summoning the Greater Minions of the Eyeless Face.
          In Second Edition, it consisted of the Terrestrial Circle Spell Summoning the Lesser Minions of the Eyeless Face, the celestial circle spell Summoning the Greater Minions of the Eyeless Face, and the Solar Circle Spell Invoking the Eyeless Face.

          Lesser Minions of the Eyeless face conjures (Charisma+Essence) servants equivalent to decent mortal warriors, with the caveat that they can't heal, die after a year, and you can't have two batches at once. It's not the one I particularly like.
          Greater Minions of the Lesser Face instead summons (Charisma+Essence+more if you pay motes for it) servants equivalent to whatever mix of heroic mortals with a hearty pool of bonus points to spend you like...and you can also buy more bonus points for all of them by paing motes for it. These ones can heal, and the only caveats are that you can't have them buy thaumaturgy or merits, that they die in a year, and that you can't have more than one batch of them OR have them at the same time as you have a batch of Lesser Minions. Also, they desperately try to construct a personal identity while they still live.

          (Summoning a batch while already having one kills the prior batch)

          Invoking the Eyeless Face is a spell that puts you into a special, but edgy, state for as long as you want (or rather, until it gets countermagic'd). You can suppress compassion for free, keep lesser and greater minions at the same time, a mental map of where your minions are, the ability to sensejack them at will, and the ability to use them as a bootleg means of teleportation by violently turning their body into yours and migrating your soul into it.
          That's mean, don't do it.

          Lesser Minions is notable for, while not being that useful, being the only non-animal summoning spell a mortal sorcerer can use without their summon wandering off or probably killing them - minions of the eyeless face aren't bound to you by a sorcerous binding, they're just loyal to the end to whoever frees them from their hellish prison. This also means that they'll never go on a rampage or limit break or anything.

          I like greater minions for those reasons, and because really, the chance to summon a few Fangs (that's five troups) of many talented servants for a whole year is worth blowing one's motepool once.
          Saves the demons and elementals for when you actually need their volatile expertise and magic, y'know?

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          • #6
            Pretty good writeup.

            Do they have any motivation or agenda of their own?


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            • #7
              Originally posted by Simon Darkstep View Post
              Pretty good writeup.

              Do they have any motivation or agenda of their own?
              The actual Eyeless Face wants you to hate the world as much as it does, and leave it worse off than it currently is. Him whispering hateful things to you is why you can freely suppress compassion while using Invoking the Eyeless Face.

              Comparatively, there are two bits of personality which can be said to characterize the minions of the eyeless face. The first is their universal Motivation to serve their summoner loyally as thanks for freeing them from the Eyeless Face. The second is the fact that Greater Minions treat any order which would keep them from adorning themself with distinctive decorations to assert their identity as an individual as Unacceptable - once freed from the grasp of their Behemoth master, they want to dedicate their short life to proving that they are their own people.

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