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  • My players have introduced several things, mostly small factoids that gave them temporary advantages. Nothing too game-breaking.

    For example, the group was being pursued by political opponents out for blood. One character used their knowledge of local geography to bring up a possible hillock they could fight from the top of, in order to gain terrain advantages.

    After the fight, one of their companions was direly wounded, and they had to bring them back to town before a winter storm set in. They ended up not making it, and the geographically-knowledgeable character introduced...
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  • Boston123
    replied to The Time of Salt and Iron [Quest]
    1) Most people in post-Contagion Creation dislike refugees. Hell, the Swadians dislike refugees, and they are migrants themselves.

    The main reason for this dislike is xenophobia. Even if they speak the same language as you (which isn't likely), chances are the refugees are going to be fleeing the urban centers of the inner Threshold and Yellow River Valley, meaning they don't exactly have much in the way of practical skills for the now-superrural surviving groups, and therefore they can't be easily folded into the developing societies.

    On the other hand, it isn't all...
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  • Boston123
    replied to The Time of Salt and Iron [Quest]
    No post today, Im working overnight until friday.
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  • Boston123
    replied to The Time of Salt and Iron [Quest]
    Most of my campaigns are based off of some combination of a Total War campaign or Mount and Blade. Soooo..... yes.

    But, then again, you can't get too much of a good thing....
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  • Boston123
    replied to The Time of Salt and Iron [Quest]
    You all chose to enter the town. Here we go!

    As your companions gather and order the men of your warband into a cohesive whole, you stand apart, looking across the empty fields and running river to the abandoned town, more lost in thought than actually examining the site. As you turn back to your men, the wind changes direction with the oncoming twilight, shifting from the riverside, losing its tang of salt and taking on something….. unexpected. You freeze.

    Woodsmoke.

    Heartbeat hammering in your ears, you whip back to the town, eyes straining to catch a...
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  • Boston123
    replied to The Time of Salt and Iron [Quest]
    Northern Warfare: Aims, Methods and Means





    -Evidence of Northern Warfare:

    Most descriptions of warfare in the North come from three broad sources: the saga-songs written by the Northerners themselves, the literary accounts of the Shogunate and Shogunate Successor-States, both military and civilian records, and in physical evidence found in the grave-goods exhumed from warrior-burials found across the North and East.
    • Saga-Songs: these sources, found in both oral histories and in written records (often in the form of runestones commemorating
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  • Boston123
    replied to [3E] Mortals now Buffed?
    1) Technically

    2) Soak doesn't do that anymore. Soak, that is, Natural Soak + Armor Soak, is only used to protect against Withering Attacks, attacks made to damage the Intitiative Track. Decisive Attacks are made using pools of Initiative, and the only defense you get against Decisive Attacks is your Defense Value (Parry or Evasion) or Hardness, if you've got it.

    3) Technically.

    There are no more "Heroic Mortals" anymore, if that helps. There are only Mortals, and "Extras" in 2E parlance have been replaced by Battlegroups, which use regular...
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  • Boston123
    replied to Thoughts on the Fajad preview?
    Fajad has trees growing around it...but that doesn't necessarily mean it is all that warm-ish, since Taiga is a thing. It is also one of the more northern locales in Creation where trees grow, at least on the map in the core book, and I dunno how accurate that map is.

    I dunno..... I tend to look at the map of Creation as slightly mirroring the map of the Continental US + the Classical Mediterranean, modifying the real-world equivalent climates and suchlike for perceived elevation and the like.

    With that in mind..... 'my' Fajad' would be like Alaska + Greenland? For reference,...
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  • Boston123
    replied to Ask a question, get an answer
    -eyebrow raised-

    .......50 square miles is a large area in the modern day, Accelerator. That is the center of a city.

    If you used a spell that destroyed an area 5 miles by 10 miles, you would destroy the entire city of Boston and most of it's surrounding smaller cities. Everything from the Atlantic to Waltham and Quincy to Salem would be gone.

    Almost 700,000 (and certainly more, considering how that number is just the residential population of the City of Boston, not travellers moving through Boston, of which there are a lot, or people living in other cities)...
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  • Boston123
    replied to The Time of Salt and Iron [Quest]
    With the onset of the Great Contagion and the broad collapse of urbanized society across Creation, the economies of the survivors may be quite different than what a person living in ‘modern day’ Creation would expect to see. Below are some of the trade goods one might expect to see across Creation in the aftermath of the Great Contagion.

    Precious Metals: specie, bullion, and other forms

    Before the Interregnum, the Shogunate had a Creation-wide series of specie (in gold and silver and bronze), the value of which was tied to the price of staple agricultural goods and artificially...
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  • Boston123
    replied to The Time of Salt and Iron [Quest]
    FallenEco

    The post is back up. Sorry to mess up the formatting!
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  • Boston123
    replied to The Time of Salt and Iron [Quest]
    Chapter 1: The Wheel and the Road


    “So I, wandering, Bereft of my homeland, Over these long years, And from there, fully, Went winter-weighted, Over the icy waves, Far from my kinsmen…”

    (fragmentary part of the Northern saga-song “The Wanderer”)

    >Ascending Water, RY-138<

    You ride to the crest of the ridgeline, and even the spreading vista of the River of Tears, your destination for the last month, can’t do very much to mitigate your black mood.

    As you turn back to the head of the royal column, you reflect back on what...
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  • Boston123
    replied to The Time of Salt and Iron [Quest]
    With regards to how i view, and will portray, the Great Contagion, since i know the question will come:

    I, personally, have always found the canon "90% of EVERYTHING died" aspect to be, honestly, vaugely ridiculous. It sounds more like something that belongs in the grimderpier editions of WH40k.

    Instead, i portray the Great Contagion as 'only' killing somewhere around 60% of Creation's human population. Apocalyptic, society-crumbling, yes, but Creation wouldn't be left a barren wasteland. Other animal life and plants were unharmed, by the Contagion at least....
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  • Boston123
    replied to The Time of Salt and Iron [Quest]
    To clear some things up:

    The Swadians (and most tribal groups in the North) do not practice primogeniture. Instead, they elect their leaders. Generally, the smaller groups elect their immediate leaders, then these leaders elect their leaders.

    So, in the Swadian Confederation:

    -Each clan elects their clan-chief
    -The clan-chiefs of a tribe elects their tribal chief
    -The Tribal chiefs elect the King

    Of course, the general way of things is for power to stay in the hands of established families, according to tradition. For example, the...
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  • Boston123
    replied to The Time of Salt and Iron [Quest]
    Quite a bit of both.

    The story will progress through Rechila's POV, but his actions and choices will have a great deal of effect on the Confederation as a whole.

    It is important to note that the Swadian Kingship is more of a chief executive (a decent example is the US President) than an absolute monarch. While the King is in control of the Confederation's military, as well as the chief diplomat, he can't just do what he wants. He can't declare war (although he can raise the banners and do limited military actions), he can't declare peace or trade deals (although he will...
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  • I knew posts had to recieve approval, but i've never recieved a message or anything. I thought i was having computer issues, as the " now working" page never went through.

    Thanks for the help!
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  • Boston123
    replied to The Time of Salt and Iron [Quest]
    - Characterization

    -Author's Notes: My take on the Contagion
    -Author's Notes: Post-Contagion Trade and Economies
    -Author's Notes: Northern Warfare

    -Chapter 1: The Wheel and the Road
    > Across the River of Tears
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    Shogunate successors
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  • Boston123
    replied to The Time of Salt and Iron [Quest]
    Oh, hey, wtf, i've been trying to post this for a day and a half already. It finally worked? Cool
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  • Boston123
    started a topic The Time of Salt and Iron [Quest]

    The Time of Salt and Iron [Quest]

    The world is dying, the air filled with smoke and blood.

    The Shogunate is gone, the Legions withdrawn, the Dragons caught up in their ruins of empire. And, with the Dragon gone, the lesser beasts of the world have emerged to worry the edges of society.

    The beginning of the end was first noted in RY -393, when the barbarian peoples that lived on the eastern banks of the River of Tears started migrating across, into the Provinces of the East and North. Initially, this wasn’t met with too much interest, in fact, such migration was allowed and even encouraged, with some...
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  • Huh. What do you know. The same thing happened when i tried to post this, so i assumed it didnt go through.

    The loading screen is still chugging away on my other post, so let me wait a bit and see if it decides to cooperate
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