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  • You may be thinking of the Damned Trilogy by Alan Dean Foster. If so, it wasn't just the females, but old ladies. The first human the aliens got into contact with was trying to keep humanity out of the war so chose the worst group of initial volunteers they could find. They all came back having loved the experience and doing disturbingly well....
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  • The Mythos isn't entirely staffed with entities that are unconcerned with humanity. The Migo go out of their way to harvest brains for example. And Narlehotep looks like a human and goes around doing wonder-shows for humans. Perhaps more disturbing is the possibility that Narlehotep doesn't look like humans but that humans look like Narlehotep and that if they go out into space and meet other civilizations we will be the ones that resemble cosmic horrors. Or perhaps even be them to others.
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  • That isn't really an answer. Because if having a rock in her mouth is so unpleasant and Sekhem at all desirable, then she could just swallow it, get all the Sekhem, and be done with the annoyance.

    So the broader question is: What is she getting out of this deal that actually makes it worth her while to keep up her end? I had the suspicion that by holding off she was increasing the total amount of what she got (cheating aside), much like fattening cattle before slaughtering them....
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  • Is the total amount of Sekhem fixed, or does the proliferation of life create more of it? The Judges wanted to get it over with in a lump sum, but might Sutek's "wager" offer the possibility of more Sekhem for Ammut in the long run than if she had just eaten the world in the first place?
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  • This is very quickly going to turn into a “If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.” situation.

    Because you are not just inventing the car. You are inventing oil drilling and refining to produce fuel. You are launching expeditions to discover rubber so that you can make effective seals for pistons. You are inventing new alloys that can take the heat, building new mines to meet the new demand, and inventing new mining and prospecting techniques to make those mines productive enough. You are not just building roads, you are creating a core...
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  • Everything that has a beginning has an end, and there have been several previous Aeons of Fate. So almost certainly....
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  • The causal order may be important here.

    Mummy Fate and Mage Fate are specifically called out as different, and Mummy Fate generally takes precedence. I have no idea how acts of Imperium would interact with it.

    That being the case, it may Fate is more complex than Mordred might make it appear. Ignoring Changling (which I know little about), it would produce at least 3 distinct variants:

    Supernal Fate: Mordred is apparently the manifestation of this
    Astral Fate: What mortals think about (meta) Fate
    Mummy Fate: Only seen to really interact with...
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  • It isn't though. The Ruins might be useful, but at this point what makes the Exarchs different from any other Supernal symbol which predated them? (In so much as predate is a meaningful term in the Supernal where Time is itself defined)

    Newly ascended Archmasters have this same problem after their own ascension. If the people in their lives have not only no memory but no causal influence from the Archmaster, are they the same people? Is the Archmaster entitled to any sort of relationship because they remember a timeline these people weren't part of?

    If the Judges Before...
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  • Is the distinction meaningful? On some level it depends on metaphysical primacy of course, but consider a possible state of affairs:

    World that was: Judges exist in some form. Exarchs are moral mages who ascend.

    World that is: The Tyranny symbols of the exarchs are burned into reality from its utter beginning to its final end. The Judges are created as written. Their cruelty and the Law of Suffering which are fundamental to their being from their creation are reflections of/arise from the shadows of the Exarchs. The Judges have no knowledge of the world that was and might...
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  • Exthalion
    replied to Mummy: the Curse 2e Kickstarter
    To say nothing of those mummies who have knowledge from the future relative to our own time.

    I suppose that might be one source of plot drama, attempting to change a bad future that only you know about and cannot provide any evidence for....
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  • Exthalion
    replied to Mummy: the Curse 2e Kickstarter
    Imagine people living under INGSOC in 1984. What use will the tools of mass surveillance, oppression, doublethink, crime/right think, etc. be in dismantling INGSOC and bringing about a more equitable and open society?...
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  • Exthalion
    replied to Mummy: the Curse 2e Kickstarter
    Would it be a certain Sample Tomb Trap that makes would-be thieves pray there are grooves in the floor they can throw themselves flat in?




    My own questions about the non-linear time thing:

    What happens if a Sadikth created in the past lasts long enough to overlap with one that exists in the future? Say a Mummy awakens in 2000 and creates one. Then they awaken again in 1999, find they don't have one, and make a new one. Is this one guaranteed to die before the new year? Is the Arisen guaranteed to be dead before their previous awakening begins?
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