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  • #91
    Consecutive Life Sentences: are now reserved for religions that implement the cycle of reincarnation. As for how the judicial system goes about enforcing these sentences... the general public doesn't like to talk about it.

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    • #92
      Originally posted by Nyrufa View Post
      Consecutive Life Sentences: are now reserved for religions that implement the cycle of reincarnation. As for how the judicial system goes about enforcing these sentences... the general public doesn't like to talk about it.

      I would assume Yama (Dharmaraja/Yan Luo/Emma-O) takes that into account so a souls serves their remaining multiple life sentences in Naraka (Diyu/Jigoku) before they're reborn.


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      • #93
        In the Ancient World, it was the norm for every soul to be judged by the pantheon they worshipped in life, or the one closest to the culture they lived in, and thus it was common for people who committed atrocities against other cultures or faiths to still be rewarded for their devotion. The turning point in this norm came between the Roman Mantles of the Theoi and the ascendent Christian Mantles of the Mal'akhim in late antiquity over the soul of Emperor Diocletian. It was that dispute that led to the first inter-pantheon extradition treaty over mortal souls, and a relative policy of tolerance toward mortals keeping their gods (compared with European history in world).

        Underworld extradition courts are now accepted institutions of the cosmos.


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        • #94
          Originally posted by mjorkk View Post
          ... If 1% of the population are scions (9% of whom would have the healer calling assuming an even distribution) and 0.1% are visited scions ...
          Are those "official" numbers? I would have put those numbers one or two orders of magnitude lower than that.

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          • #95
            Originally posted by cybertier View Post

            Are those "official" numbers? I would have put those numbers one or two orders of magnitude lower than that.
            There are no official numbers. The books note that they're going to why away from official numbers beyond "Scions are pretty rare", and that the number of Scions in the World is "As many as there need to be for your game"


            Disclaimer: I'll huff, grump, and defend my position, but if you're having fun I'll never say you're doing it wrong.

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            • #96
              I kind of want to try to create a city setting in the same vein as Chicago by Night and the like with several dozen Scions all in one urban area. The potential for socio-political tomfoolery alone makes me giggle.


              What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly. That is the first law of nature.
              Voltaire, "Tolerance" (1764)

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              • #97
                Just as there are mortal rebellions against mortal systems of government, so too are their divine rebellions against divine systems of government. This has lead to new pantheons organizing themselves into "divine dictatorships" as their chief deity is habitually replaced by means of a violent coup by their traitorous subjects.


                Due to their spiritual and religious significance, a number of recreational and hallucinogenic drugs were never made illegal, as doing so would have angered the pantheons who rely on their usage.


                Modern medical treatments have resulted in therianthropy being seen by the public as an "incurable, but manageable" STD.

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                • #98
                  Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post
                  9) Thor comics didn't happen in the World, instead Jack Kirby introduced the "New Gods" from the getgo when he was working for Marvel. DC did still create Mongul in reaction to Darkseid, but Thanos never happened in the back-and-forth. Orion was a founding Avenger instead of Thor, and Darkseid is the big-bad of the upcoming Avengers Infinity War movie.
                  I now have this image of the original Avengers being OMAC, Mister Miracle, Big Barda, The Demon, and Machine Man instead of the Hulk/Captain America, Ant Man, Wasp, Thor, and Iron Man. Maybe Devil Dinosaur too.


                  What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly. That is the first law of nature.
                  Voltaire, "Tolerance" (1764)

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                  • #99
                    Just gonna note that even without ACTIVE meddling, the World's Insurance Companies will have a VERY different outlook on covering "Acts of the Gods"


                    Disclaimer: I'll huff, grump, and defend my position, but if you're having fun I'll never say you're doing it wrong.

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                    • This is going by what I've heard regarding 2nd edition and how the World is supposedly aware of all this mythology stuff being real:

                      In a modernized world where magic goes mainstream, and the Health purview is a thing, my headcanon is that many of the world's sub-cultures have appealed to higher powers for a way to make their dreams into reality. And the scions who agree to help them are probably rolling in cash.

                      In fact, I could even see conventions for such people being moved to incognita pocket planes, where they're safely protected from intolerant ass holes who would otherwise try to attack them!

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                      • Laboratories would prohibit the usage of any religious symbol inside of his facilities, as any kind of religious or superstitious ritual, to reduce the potential to it affect the results of experiments. The only allowed would be on the entrance, where would be altars for Sciences and Knowledge Gods. (Athena, Thoth, Odin, etc.).

                        Universities would have courses on Divine Relations, to study the relations between the many Pantheons, as specific courses and subjects for each pantheon. There would be many universities with patronage of a specific God or pantheons, but even then inside clubs of fraternity houses would have their own patrons. Also, many, many papers on the effects and influences of the Gods in the society, and discussion of Who is patron of What city, place or society.

                        A Multi-Pantheon Pact would forbid interventions and Scions, of any kind, to participate on the Olympics, Football World Cup, Formula 1 and other sport events. Betting on those, though, is a very different thing.

                        There are many more small Gods for many more different important things and technologies: like a New Muse for Cinema, a Norse God of the Ocean Liners and Steam Boats, a Hindu God of Spices and Trade, etc. All of then were Scions that got important enough to be linked to this invention/new structure/thing. If those are Gods or just Demigods that are essentially immortal, is hard to say. None of those things or social structures can be from after 1900.

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                        • Originally posted by Manbat View Post
                          There would be many universities with patronage of a specific God or pantheons, but even then inside clubs of fraternity houses would have their own patrons. .
                          Actually, this one is mentioned offhand in text! I believe the Origins book mentions that there's a university in Memphis, Egypt, that bears the name of Imhotep, a Scion of the Netjer! So yes, divinely-sponsored colleges are very much a real thing in the World!


                          Disclaimer: I'll huff, grump, and defend my position, but if you're having fun I'll never say you're doing it wrong.

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                          • So... Deifans are a thing, right? So I was thinking about a kind of social net/app that allows the Bands so inclined to change informations and updates among each others. Something like "We are at X doing Y and if other Scions would like to join us, pls shout/like!". Or maybe gather some kind of database about Titanspawn about their habits and weaknesses.

                            I think I would call it Band-it.

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                            • Every time I read about Scion, I can't help but think about the Saints from the Saint's Row videogame series (mostly from before SR4, but including Gat out of Hell). Start as small time hustlers and criminals, get more and more famous as time goes on, eventually becoming international celebrities making tons of money, still doing the same kind of criminal stuff (Fatebinding?) and eventually having to travel to Hell, rescue one of their members, saving Santa Claus, etc.

                              Does anyone else get this vibe from those games?

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                              • Due to the crazy nature in which Gods and Titans reproduce, schools have been forced to change their Sex Ed programs for students that come from "less mundane" heritages.


                                Additionally, all schools are required to have a minimum of 2 Heroric level security guards, in case the school experiences a supernatural emergency.


                                The majority of animals with acting careers have become mythical creatures, with a level of sentience comparable to those of humans. This has resulted in them receiving the same benefits as any human celebrity might possess.

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