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  • Originally posted by hellovg View Post
    Have you thought about a system wherein a demigod may take the partial power of enemies vanquished?

    Legend is rife with demigod heroes taking pieces of their defeated foes and using their powers (like Perseus using Medusa's head). Have you thought about something similar? Like Demigods being able to turn enemy parts into useful weapons?
    Seconded, this sounds like a cool idea. :3


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    • Originally posted by SaulottheGentle View Post

      Seconded, this sounds like a cool idea. :3
      I agree, thank you for the suggestion hellovg . I've no idea how to handle it though.


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      • Originally posted by ajf115 View Post

        I agree, thank you for the suggestion hellovg . I've no idea how to handle it though.

        You could probably make it a crafting such items a unique skill set, like token making from changeling or other some such object from mage, and using the item in question could work similar to a miracle...

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        • I've just been watching Lucifer, and the way that the artefacts of the Divine inspire obsession in mortals is a great deal like the effects of Halysis, and Detective Malcolm is an excellent example of a mortal at the fourth or fifth Threshold of Halysis. The way that he kills the Satanists who he sees as 'frauds' is an excellent example of the way that an enthralled mortal can do horrible things in the name of something which they adore and worship.


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          • Furthermore, here's something I wrote a little while ago, some inter-chapter fiction. I know it's not the best, and it's cliche beyond reason, but some thoughts on it would be delightful.


            Max stood, unarmed, with his back to the dead end of an alleyway with a pair of burly guys wearing balaclavas advancing on him and tried desperately not to laugh.
            If he had been in this situation only a week ago, he would have been terrified, begging them to take his stuff and to leave him alone. He would have been pissing himself with fear. Now he could hardly hold in the laughter at the thought that these two pigs thought they could hurt him.
            It was the other part of him that thought it was so funny, he knew, the part that had accepted Julian’s worship without a second thought and had loved it, the part that made him want to pull out the thunder and lightning and go full Old Testament-style on these fuckos’ asses.
            But that wasn’t all of him, so he spoke to them first.
            “So you’re the guys who’ve been fucking stuff up in this neighbourhood are you?”
            The guy on the right puffed up a little, like he was happy to be recognised.
            “Yeah, so wha’? You gonna go all caped crusader on us and drag us to the cops?”
            “Oh no,” Max replied, “I couldn’t care less about what you’re doing, if only you’d do it somewhere else.”
            “Oh yeah? You wan’ us to leave you alone?” said the guy on the left, “Well too bad, give us your wallet and we’ll go. Don’t and we might have a problem.”
            Max finally gave in to the laughter that bubbled up out of his throat, booming like thunder in miniature.
            “Where’d you get that little spiel? A crime drama?”
            Max reached inside, to where the light was, the light that had burned through him and remade him into a god.
            “Whatever,” he said, his voice becoming the rumble of thunder as his body turned to lightning “This is my turf, my holy ground and I won’t let filth like you pollute it”.
            When the police arrived later to investigate reports of a deafening bang that had shattered windows in a number of buildings near the alleyway, all they found was a pair of human-shaped outlines seared onto the dirty floor.




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            • Originally posted by ajf115 View Post
              Furthermore, here's something I wrote a little while ago, some inter-chapter fiction. I know it's not the best, and it's cliche beyond reason, but some thoughts on it would be delightful.


              Max stood, unarmed, with his back to the dead end of an alleyway with a pair of burly guys wearing balaclavas advancing on him and tried desperately not to laugh.
              If he had been in this situation only a week ago, he would have been terrified, begging them to take his stuff and to leave him alone. He would have been pissing himself with fear. Now he could hardly hold in the laughter at the thought that these two pigs thought they could hurt him.
              It was the other part of him that thought it was so funny, he knew, the part that had accepted Julian’s worship without a second thought and had loved it, the part that made him want to pull out the thunder and lightning and go full Old Testament-style on these fuckos’ asses.
              But that wasn’t all of him, so he spoke to them first.
              “So you’re the guys who’ve been fucking stuff up in this neighbourhood are you?”
              The guy on the right puffed up a little, like he was happy to be recognised.
              “Yeah, so wha’? You gonna go all caped crusader on us and drag us to the cops?”
              “Oh no,” Max replied, “I couldn’t care less about what you’re doing, if only you’d do it somewhere else.”
              “Oh yeah? You wan’ us to leave you alone?” said the guy on the left, “Well too bad, give us your wallet and we’ll go. Don’t and we might have a problem.”
              Max finally gave in to the laughter that bubbled up out of his throat, booming like thunder in miniature.
              “Where’d you get that little spiel? A crime drama?”
              Max reached inside, to where the light was, the light that had burned through him and remade him into a god.
              “Whatever,” he said, his voice becoming the rumble of thunder as his body turned to lightning “This is my turf, my holy ground and I won’t let filth like you pollute it”.
              When the police arrived later to investigate reports of a deafening bang that had shattered windows in a number of buildings near the alleyway, all they found was a pair of human-shaped outlines seared onto the dirty floor.



              This is utterly beautiful.


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              • Originally posted by SaulottheGentle View Post


                This is utterly beautiful.
                Thank you. I'm touched.


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                • I'm coming back to this after quite a while away, because I had an idea for it. Specifically, the Aspects as they are now seem altogether too on-the-nose to me. Perhaps they could be re-skinned, at least in name and in a few particulars? A way I thought of for doing that follows, and yes, it was inspired by the manga Campione! Note that although the 'aspects' are described with physical domains, their purviews are much more conceptual. Steel and Stone are 'crafted' things, and that's what their gods represent.
                  • Gods of Fire and Sky Gods of Fire and Sky are creatures of resplendence and rebellion. They are Prometheus, who stole fire from the gods and gave it to man, and they are Lucifer, who fell and in falling burned Hell as a scar into the earth. At the same time, though, they are also Zeus, who was stolen from, and YHWH, who cast down the Morningstar. Gods of Fire and Sky are the stars towards which civilisation strives, and they are the fires that cast it down. Demigods of Fire and Sky are most often masters of forces and the elements, and can sometimes seem more force than person, like a storm constrained in skin.
                  • Gods of Steel and Stone The gods of Steel and Stone are tutelary deities and holy warriors. They are Verethragna, the divine warlord, and they are the Yellow Emperor, who taught language to the early tribe sin the area that is now China. The demigods gods of Steel and Stone are perhaps the most human of their kind, and they are the patrons of human things: architecture, war, writing, smith-work and a hundred other disciplines.
                  • Gods of Earth and Water Gods of Earth and Water are old gods, primitive gods and primordial gods. They are earth-mothers and sea-father and, quite often, are dragons and serpents as well. They are the gods that are least like people, Gaia who was the Earth and Tiamat who was the salt waters. The Serpents are the gods that live in life and parenthood and sex and blood. they are visceral and their worship is unconstrained. Dionysus was a god of the bounty of the Earth and of the madness it can bring.
                  • Gods of Night and Death Always, in every pantheon, there is a god whose domain is the dark, whether of the night or of the vast abyss that lies beyond death. These are the gods of Night and Death, and they are other. They are the gods-beyond-the-veil, Ereshkigal who rules the Underworld and the Morrigan, bearer of fate and doom.


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                  • Originally posted by ajf115 View Post
                    I'm coming back to this after quite a while away, because I had an idea for it. Specifically, the Aspects as they are now seem altogether too on-the-nose to me. Perhaps they could be re-skinned, at least in name and in a few particulars? A way I thought of for doing that follows, and yes, it was inspired by the manga Campione! Note that although the 'aspects' are described with physical domains, their purviews are much more conceptual. Steel and Stone are 'crafted' things, and that's what their gods represent.
                    I don't know. I kind of like the Aspects as they are, and feel that they cover more than enough ground for different kinds of godhood. They give the possibillity of playing as a god who affects the physical world as much as a god who "works in mysterious ways" or the like.

                    Not to mention as how they've been renamed, it feels a tiny bit like they'd be easily mispercepted as being only able to affect the purviews they're listed for in their titles and a part of me feels that the new ideas could be written into the current Aspects.

                    But on the other hand, it feels like what I said could go the same way for the new aspects. That the new Aspects could still cover more than enough ground for different kinds of godhood and that the parts of the old ideas could remain in the new aspects.

                    In my personal opinion, I prefer the old Aspects if only because they feel more "Sandboxy" in a way. But that's just my opinion and this is your gameline, feel free to disregard it if you wish. :3


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                    • Originally posted by SaulottheGentle View Post

                      I don't know. I kind of like the Aspects as they are, and feel that they cover more than enough ground for different kinds of godhood. They give the possibillity of playing as a god who affects the physical world as much as a god who "works in mysterious ways" or the like.

                      Not to mention as how they've been renamed, it feels a tiny bit like they'd be easily mispercepted as being only able to affect the purviews they're listed for in their titles and a part of me feels that the new ideas could be written into the current Aspects.

                      But on the other hand, it feels like what I said could go the same way for the new aspects. That the new Aspects could still cover more than enough ground for different kinds of godhood and that the parts of the old ideas could remain in the new aspects.

                      In my personal opinion, I prefer the old Aspects if only because they feel more "Sandboxy" in a way. But that's just my opinion and this is your gameline, feel free to disregard it if you wish. :3
                      Hmm. Well, I probably won't be doing all that much with the thing right now - I have altogether too much on my plate - but it was a thought I had that I didn't want to just be forgotten. I thought I might as well put it up here for other people to have a look at.


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                      • So, I haven't looked at this very often since I came up with the Following Of Banners. How much progress has been made? How invested are you all into this project, if at all?
                        Last edited by GibberingEloquence; 05-28-2017, 09:32 PM.


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                        • Originally posted by GibberingEloquence View Post
                          So, I haven't looked at this very often since I came up with the Following Of Banners. How much progress has been made? How invested are you all into this project, if at all?
                          Recently? Really not that much. I had a bit of a break due to circumstances, then came back and realized that the demigods were far too Sueish for the setting. Quite apart from anything else, I got really engrossed in writing other stuff. I may come back to this at some point but I make no guarantees.

                          EDIT: Although now that I've gone back and taken a look at it, I'll probably keep working on it at a low level. Although, if you're interested in helping I'd be very grateful if you could do something with the Following of Sparks.

                          Following of Sparks
                          This following believes that there is only one thing which is truly divine, faith itself. Demigods are the result when humans have a great concentration of Faith.
                          Members of this following tend to collect faith from members of all religions equally, seeing each as a similar means for faith to express itself in the world. They seldom belong to an organized mortal religion themselves, but some may believe that the worldwide sea of Faith is itself conscious and thus be able to reconcile it with some form of monotheism or pantheism (there are virtually no polytheists among them - the Sparks believe that polytheistic religions originally followed Demigods who have long since Ascended for the second time and thus no longer have individual consciousness). The Following of Sparks is itself more like a religion than most of the other Followings: unlike the following of Reincarnates, they believe in a higher power which should be served, and unlike the Following of Vassals, they have reached an agreement on roughly what this power is and what it wants. Simply put, it wants more of itself to be spread throughout the world. Sparks accomplish this mission by spreading new Cults and founding new Temples, which tends to make them popular with other followings even if their reasons for doing so do not, for they create far more of these resources than they use themselves and are often willing to share.
                          Sparks believe that Second Ascension is the process of becoming one with Faith again, and they see it not only the pinnacle and goal of their own existence, but of everyone else's as well.
                          The numinous forms in this following tend to be fiery or to radiate some other form of energy, reflecting the belief among followers that they are filled with the energy of faith.


                          Here's the template:

                          Introduction
                          (A basic summary of the following)

                          Philosophy
                          (A few core ideas to the Following)

                          Organisation
                          (How the Following is organised)

                          Factions
                          (Factions within the Following)

                          Emblems
                          (A conceptual type of miracle that the Following is best at, and one which it's worse at)

                          Numinous Forms
                          (A description of the numinous forms of the following)

                          Stereotypes
                          (As usual)
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