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  • Boston123
    replied to Crafting for an army
    After a quick (and I mean quick, like 3 minutes or less) peruse through the Craft charms, it appears you still need the raw materials even with Craftsman Needs No Tools. CNNT also doesn't speed up Superior or Legendary projects.

    So, your character would need 3000 weapons-worth of iron, charcoal, wood and oil. I strongly recommend you drop the swords and do just spears instead. Spears were the most common mass-combat weapon for thousands of years for many reasons, that they are cheap and easy to make is but one of them.

    In my games, making a spearhead/axehead/knifeblade...
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  • Boston123
    replied to Oathsworn [Quest]
    One of our grandfather's epithets/titles is "the Beast of Baotsu", so if we oh-so-casually bring his name up (which is going to be known by reputation by almost everyone in the Confederacy), the kids will probably metaphorically piss their pants. On the other hand, only the members of the Nemasket Tribe really know Ousamequin (his name) had a grandson, and only the people from the settlement he lives in know what we look like (er, more like looked: we left when we were seven or so, and only came back to visit occasionally) , so they might not believe us if we bring up our relationship....
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  • Boston123
    replied to Oathsworn [Quest]
    We did, the unknown assailants just ...... uh, negated them. (It has been several hours since we set up camp, with all that implies: the setting up of tents, staking/watering/feeding/caring of horses, unpacking of gear, gathering of firewood, rotating of watches, etc. I felt that was implied, but if you feel that I should have outright said that, then I apologize for not being clear)) They could have sneaked around them, or they could have killed them, we don't really know. Hell, at this point, we aren't even sure if the unknown assailants are actually hostile, although they almost certainly are...
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  • Boston123
    replied to Oathsworn [Quest]
    Sorry ladies and gents, but I got back from a camping trip today and am pretty beat down as a result, so it looks like there will be no posting this week. I might make a post on Wednesday, or I might make next weekend's post extra-long.

    ...... This is why I can't have nice Quest threads, I suppose.
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  • Boston123
    replied to Last Man on Creation
    Generally, if a whole bunch of people die off at once, technology is going to suffer. This applies to Stone-Age societies just as much as Industrial ones: any society that has developed a division of labor will be impacted.

    Once labor is divided (and therefore, specialized), if a specialist dies and there is no way to replace them, you almost certainly are not going to have access to that service or good any longer, until the specialist gets replaced.

    Like..... let us say you live in a really isolated village, and your blacksmith up and dies. If you have nobody skilled...
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  • Boston123
    replied to Oathsworn [Quest]
    Ehhhhhh, to be honest, I am playing rather hard and fast with that hex-map. I made it quick and dirty mainly to give context for the upcoming chapter. I didn't make it with a set scale in mind.

    For some context, however, there is a river that branches off to the "northeast" of Teriake Castle. Where the woods meet the river is where Saiko's village was located. From that village, it took Kasai and Saiko about ....... eh, 6-7 days or so, but one of them wasn't mounted, and they effectively faffed about training and such.

    Even with the wagon in tow, since the entire...
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  • Boston123
    replied to Oathsworn [Quest]
    It looks like most of you suggested a mix between land and hostages, with a few adding money/tribute.

    <x> denotes something said in Forest-tongue, from this point on
    -----------
    You sigh, trying to remember stories and conversations from over a decade ago.

    “In all honesty, Lord, money wouldn’t be the best choice. Now, don’t get me wrong, they would most certainly accept money in the form of tribute, but it would mainly be the principle of the thing as opposed to any real need for specie. They would likely just melt it down and reuse it in jewelry. Among...
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  • Boston123
    replied to [Quest] Legacy of Sextes Jylis
    Peerless Orchard: what isn't there to like about wolves?
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  • For humans, no.

    Due to our size and shape, there is an effective maximum that we can reach with regards to strength, speed, so on and so forth.

    You could theoretically be strong enough to bench-press a long-haul truck, but you will almost certainly not have the leverage needed to pick the thing up. You could theoretically be fast enough to outrun a speeding Ferrari, but your muscles couldn't work fast enough in order to build up enough velocity, or, alternatively. So on and so forth.

    In order to break that barrier, you either need to:

    1) change...
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  • Boston123
    replied to Immaculate History : Expanded
    I've got a local sect of the Immaculate Faith present in my totallynotDarkAgesBritain-campaign. It is one of the last remnants of the Shogunate on the island, and is mainly concentrated in the southern not!Anglo-Saxon portion. The northern not!Norse and eastern not!Britons have their own religions.

    Basically, take Roman Catholic Christianity, add some Confucianism, and mix to taste. Lots of bells, monks in roughspun habits, masses led by priests and spoken in not!Latin (High Realm), etc.

    The Faith is the descendant of the pre-Realm Immaculate Philosophy, meaning certain...
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  • Boston123
    replied to Buying slaves
    The Mongols weren't reeeaaalllllllyyyyyy an exception, more of a subversion.

    Their home territory is, essentially, a gigantic grassland the size of Europe, if not larger. This meant that, so long as they were in/around the steppe, they didn't really have to worry all that much about fodder for their horses.

    When they got to Europe, which is full of forests and hills, aka places where they had to bring food for their horses, as opposed to bring their horses to the food, they started running into logistical problems.

    On top of that, each warrior also had several...
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  • Boston123
    replied to Buying slaves
    With Iron Age/ Classical Era logistics ...... there isn't really going to be anything really approaching the modern concept of Blitzkrieg. Even cavalry is tied to logistics, and you are only as fast as your slowest supply line. Of course, you could also do what most premodern armies did, and bully the locals into giving you food and supplies, but that is going to make you hilariously unpopular, very fast.

    Yes, yes, mercenaries are loyal to cash first and foremost........ which is why they can be some of the most loyal soldiers possible, so long as you regularly pay them the most out...
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  • Boston123
    replied to Buying slaves
    -realized someone posted the exact same thing-
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  • Boston123
    replied to Oathsworn [Quest]
    The two other major domains in the area are Yue (with whom we aren't going to be mending many fences soon, quite the opposite) to the southeast of Xia, and Ji, with whom Xia has had a traditional rivalry of sorts. Mainly, said rivalry involves turning down marriage proposals out of hand, but if pressed or given opportunity, Ji could very well try to "split the pie" with Yue. It isn't that likely, however: "better the enemy you know", and all that, and if there is one thing Ji knows, it is Xia. The two realms were allied in the rebellion against Zhou, and while they had a falling...
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  • Boston123
    replied to Buying slaves
    One of my players did this, in the first Solar 3E game I ran.

    It .... ended poorly, to put it plainly....
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  • Boston123
    replied to Tell me your intimacies
    For my mortal Quest character, who is the Hundred Kingdoms version of a knight/samurai:

    Defining: "Upholding the intent of my Oaths is worth everything, even death and dishonor"
    Major: Saiko [page] (bemused friendship), Lord Iysen [liege] (slightly apprehensive loyalty and thankfulness), "I can make the world a better place!", other Oathsworns lack of integrity (despair), my good reputation (constant concern, currently satisfied),
    Minor: The world isn't like the stories my father used to tell (life isn't a fairytale, basically), calligraphy (calming),...
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  • Boston123
    replied to The Realm: Post-Collapse
    http://forum.theonyxpath.com/forum/m...eaning-methods

    There you go.

    People have this misconception that the Romans were a clean people, mainly because they were the "civilized" ones and they had bath-houses.

    They weren't. They really, really weren't. Roman bath-houses tended to be pretty disgusting places, and there were summer months that were called "sickly" by period writers, with around 30,000 people dying from poor-sanitation-related disease every year. http://www.innominatesociety.com/Artic...
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  • Boston123
    replied to The Realm: Post-Collapse
    The heavy plough. The watermill, including tidal mills. Three-crop rotation, although I'll give you this one, as it was around during Roman times. Specialized selective breeding, leading to the development of larger, heavier and stronger horses. Connected to this is the development and maintenance of animal lineages.

    Latin-based culture decreased, not culture as a whole. The "barbarian peoples" had plenty of culture of their own, and to say it is inferior to Roman culture is quasi-racist in a fashion.

    The decline of literacy, while lamentable, is emblematic...
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  • Boston123
    replied to The Realm: Post-Collapse
    The Dragonblooded aren't "sitting on their hands" per se, it is just that 1) they are doing other more "interesting" things, and 2) There aren't just that many of them.

    Firstly: What are the Great Houses, and by proxy, the Dragonblooded Dynasts, going to be doing in the case of a collapse of the Realm?

    Probably doing whatever they can to consolidate their own power, which, admittedly, could feasibly mean they now rule over mortal not!Kingdoms, but it, in my mind, is more likely they are busy fighting over the Scarlet Throne, off fighting the Lunar...
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  • Boston123
    replied to The Realm: Post-Collapse
    -ahem-



    But, enough of that little aside.

    Sure, sure, the Realm as a whole might be governed through the heavy usage of magic and Charms, but that doesn't mean bupkis to the little village in the hinterlands watched over by a Patrician.

    Just like how the US as a whole is a gigantic, reeking mess, but my city government does pretty well on it's lonesome.

    And, again, we aren't talking about the Realm as it is now, but as it might be after a societal collapse, where almost-overwhelmingly likely the Dragonblooded are going to be out...
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