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  • Ajax
    replied to Is the Syndicate evil?
    In a rancher's eye, there is no greater value for cattle than beef.

    Screw Utopia, I have to up my profit margins EVERY QUARTER or get "downsized" into a role more "fitting to my abilities".

    Screw them now, screw them later. The problem with the Syndicate paradigm is and pretty much always has been that it really isn't about "Value" except in an idealized and debased sense. Idealized in that it's not really about making things better for those for who things should be better. Debased in that expressed value is really about about showing...
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  • Ajax
    replied to Is the Syndicate evil?
    Those are rose-colored glasses you're wearing. The human population vis-av-vis the Syndicate's use of them in Primal Utility sweatshops is infinite. That's the easily disposable, not going to be missed fraction of the human population, which is a hefty percentage of 7 billion people. You CAN do that effectively forever.

    The inherent problem with the Syndicate's paradigm of Hypercapitalism is that, in pretty much every way, it is a race to the moral bottom. If you can make a profit by doing these sorts of things, you then you have to or you will be replaced by someone who will....
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  • Ajax
    replied to Noob Questions
    1.1 Doing just that was a major part of Orpheus, the Wraith spin-off game. At least in the original book before PLOT happened. Since Orpheus is getting a section in Wraith20 we might see some of the "redeem the Blips" coming back. (It netted some really juicy rewards if you could get them to break out of their cycle...)

    2. They probably starve.......
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  • Ajax
    replied to Is the Syndicate evil?
    Any Syndicate Primal Utility mage who operates a sweatshop who needs to worry about unions or lawsuits or federal investigations needs to be handed over to the Progenitors and broken down for spare parts. Except for the brain as that is apparently something he or she neglected to use. So, on second thought, keep the brain. It might better serve as an advanced abacus or something. Something more useful than what the mage was doing with it.

    The limit doesn't exist because you are still caring about the employees. That is the kind of thinking that gets in the way of profit....
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  • Ajax
    replied to Is the Syndicate evil?
    As far as the Syndicate's model goes, people, as in the mass of Sleepers that generate the Consensus, are, with rare exceptions, completely fungible. Such exceptions do not work in Syndicate sweatshops/Quint farms. Not working your employees to death makes no sense, if working them to death will generate a profit....
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  • Ajax
    replied to The visuals of afterlife
    Color? The Shadowlands wish they could get color. It's all just....

    Hey, what was color, again?
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  • Ajax
    replied to Monaco as a potential Mage setting?
    If you take the Grimaldi royal family as the Grimaldi Revenants, you are taking Monte Carlo a VERY dark direction. It's probably a Sabbat or even Black Hand stronghold (maybe even true Black Hand masquerading as Sabbat Black Hand central...). Everything should be dripping with tainted elegance. The difficulty of access becomes more of a "no way to escape" situation. Any mage influence would be brushing up against that as a Background. Mages don't have any dictated morality, but most Tradition and Union mages are going to get uncomfortable pretty fast. Mages are master perceptors...
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  • Ajax
    replied to The visuals of afterlife
    Or you can just take a train...
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  • Ajax
    replied to Mythic Threads and magic rules
    Then we are in complete accord. When the topic is brought up, it fixates on the "something from nothing" side and doesn't usually address that transformations share many of the same concerns.

    But, to take it a step further, using your "Add Quintessence for Durability" HR, flip back from Matter conjurations to Forces... If I create a bonfire in mid-air with Forces 2 (b/c I LIVE for Paradox) and spend a point of Quintessence, does that bonfire hang around forever? Needing no fuel having been just written into reality? (BTW, do I need to have Prime 2 to have...
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  • Ajax
    replied to Mythic Threads and magic rules
    The issue is still going to come up with dealing with Matter effects. Sure Forces wink out, but to have stuff just vanish seems like it builds a little Paradox into every conjurationwhere you don't make it permanent. After all, aside from socks in the dryer, things don't just disappear all that often.

    And, if Duration is this big thing on effects, why is it only for out right conjuration? It doesn't make much sense to say "Duration matters with X but not with Y". Seems like you should need to spend a Quint or get massive Duration on alterations as well. If your pile...
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  • Ajax
    replied to Mythic Threads and magic rules
    So, using Matter 2, conjured gold goes "POOF!" at the end of the Duration? Very "fairy gold". Must be really hard for Technocrats to deal with in almost any way that doesn't involve "Star Trek" thinking.

    For that matter, does something that was altered using magic revert back to it's original form at the end of the Duration? Which might be very weird, depending on what was changed.

    And are you talking about just using Prime 2 or actually spending Quintessence to "permanentize" an effect? Prime 2 still seems like the go-to...
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  • Ajax
    replied to Data and Primal Utility
    That seems like it should be so possible that it doesn't need to stop there.

    Why wouldn't the Celestial Chorus being doing something like Primal Utility with their congregations and houses of worship? Seems more likely than them indulging in some ersatz-Platonic nonsense about squeezing magic juice out of or squirting it into Platonic forms. In fact, seems like they would have been doing it for a lot longer than the proto-capitalists and pre-industrialists of the High Guild would have been....
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  • Ajax
    replied to origin of malfeans contradiction.
    Aeneas didn't live after Charon's death. They are both of the Mycenaen era. In fact, Aeneas is pretty much de facto terminal Late Mycenaean. Considering who "Charon" very likely was when he was still alive, they are, in fact contemporaries. Doing very much the same thing (wandering about trying to find a/get back home) at the same time in roughly the same place (e.g. the Mediterranean) In fact, they have very similar epics........
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