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  • RomulusGloriosus
    replied to Mutapan Empire!
    I agree with Solar. Just because the Assembly system creates a democratic system of government as opposed to the "meritocratic" consilium system doesn't mean that the Free Council is going to throw the baby out with the bathwater. They may still incorporate many aspects of the Lex Magica, and the Silver Ladder's main calling is making sure that the Awakened are united and cooperating, not 'ruling' them. (That seems far more like the Seers.) So there may still be plenty of Silver Ladder in an Assembly-run city who serve as representation in Assembly for those who feel overwhelmed or anxious,...
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  • this is a beautiful twist. Not only are the murderous psychopaths coming after you, but their blood has been laced with an alchemical concoction that is harmless to them but corrodes the insides of the vampires. So the vampires could easily take the psychopaths tonight...but what about tomorrow night, and so on? Meanwhile, the deranged individual who set all of this up (Ashwood Abbey??) has cameras all over the prison showing it as entertainment to the rest of his (in-the-know) club, with all of them believing it's more than justified because the protagonists are undead monsters and therefore...
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  • This has given me a lot to think about. I like the idea of there being many Zeuses/Jupiters in any given cities. Roman religion would actually support you in that theory, given that they often had "The Jupiter of X City" and "The Jupiter of the Old River" and so on. There may be one central Zeus the Olympian, Son of Cronus, but his Rank is surely 9-10 and beyond mortal reckoning. But it definitely allows you to actually have the PCs encounter Gods in the game at Rank 5 or 6, given that these Gods are not the ur-God, but rather merely a reflection of the God....
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  • RomulusGloriosus
    replied to Mutapan Empire!
    Mine was always

    Arrow - Gryffindor
    Mysterium - Ravenclaw
    Ladder - Hufflepuff
    Guardians - Slytherin

    and the Free Council says 'fuck your Harry Potter bullshit.'
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  • RomulusGloriosus
    replied to Mutapan Empire!
    I've always compared The Silver Ladder to Hufflepuff House. They are by far the most loyal of the Orders, and the most optimistic. They believe in Awakening for everyone, and work to bring the Awakened together as One Nation Under The Supernal. They believe in the Diamond (and the Pentacle) the most, and in humanity's inherent potential to ascend. The only reason you might view them as stuffy or arrogant is if you don't agree with them in their beliefs, in which case they might come across as dogmatic and pushy or patronizing. But given that I 100% agree with The Silver Ladder, I've always seen...
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  • RomulusGloriosus
    replied to How do you play?
    The first time I played Scion way way back in 2010, we did the RAW rules so everybody started at Legend 4 because bonus points. After that, we used the JSR rules for years and years, which encouraged starting at Legend 2 and leaving Legend-ups in the hands of the ST so that XP wouldn't all be dumped into Legend constantly. The jump to Legend 3 usually happened after their first real epic story. We stopped playing after JSR closed down back in 2014, and I don't see the point in digging back into 1e when 2e is so close....
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  • RomulusGloriosus
    replied to Malkovian Malkavia
    Oh man. I actually physically own that book. I should know that.......
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  • Well the Collegia was called, in full, the "Peregrine Collegia" (not that that is actual Latin or anything) or "The College of Pilgrims" so while it doesn't have quite the emphasis on travel as the later Post, it's definitely a viable assumption, if not directly stated, that the Gallows Post are the descendants of the Collegia. It is definitely something an ST could do in their games without creating an enormous dissonance. The thing about Requiem for Rome and the Camarilla is that the book focuses purely on the City of Rome and the Necropolis, so we only really see what's...
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  • I see both sides pretty clearly. In every Requiem for Rome game (and my long running Roman Vigil game) I've run, I've always considered one dot of Academics to be the equivalent of literacy, and I have flat out told my players without Academics, "you can't read it." So I'd probably just keep doing that. That being said, "Literate" is a one-point merit in V20 Dark Ages, which I know is not CofD, but it's definitely a good point of comparison. I think a one-dot merit for Literacy in some Dark Eras isn't too much of a stretch if an ST would like to use that in order to free up...
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  • RomulusGloriosus
    replied to Malkovian Malkavia
    Which game is Primeval Truths in? Beast?...
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  • Yes Uxas, join me and Atamajakki in the cry for a Roman setting for every game line!!
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  • RomulusGloriosus
    replied to Sublimati?
    There is literally a passage right at the beginning where the writer (Matt?) says "whenever we say that something can't happen, just apply an invisible "usually" before it."

    With that in mind, I never got the impression that the Pilgrim absolutely never could become a Promethean. Just that it would be really hard and not the intended purpose of the antagonist. But it could be a thing if the ST wanted it to be.

    I certainly would not stop the PCs from trying to help the pilgrim, and I'd give them total opportunity to do so.
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  • I'm salivating over this. I knew Forsaken by Rome would make me a Werewolf fanboy but I never knew how much.

    EDIT: ...how long before this becomes available to the general public again???
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  • RomulusGloriosus
    replied to Malkovian Malkavia
    problematic faves are a thing. I hate to admit it, but I actually do love the Ravnos as they are presented in V20/Dark Ages, but damn is it impossible to separate them from their super racist past. ...
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  • o.m.g.....
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  • RomulusGloriosus
    replied to Malkovian Malkavia
    Fwiw, I've never seen the Malkavians as actually "crazy." I've only ever played V20/V20 Dark Ages, but it's made pretty clear in both that the Malkavians' "mental illness" is not actually a "mental illness" at all (medication nor therapy will solve it) but the result of a shard of an ancient god being embedded in their minds. The sexy twenty-something's persona is totally overpowered by the ancient blood god, resulting in a three-way war between the neonate, their own Beast, and Malkav himself. Not to mention, every other Malkavian who is or was has a shard of this...
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  • I mean, most modern Christians believe that Jesus was simultaneously an individual and an avatar of God and God himself all at once, and you shouldn't think about it too hard because it's a mystery known only to the Highest. That's how these things go. If I was "compromising" to fit into Scion's setting, which generally has "pantheons," I'd make Jesus an individual God (or, at the very least, an individual patron, even if fluff-wise he is still God) in his own right just for the sake of playable variety.

    Also, it didn't take three days for him to die. He died after...
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  • I mean, to be fair, even if you're statting Jesus as YHWH instead of his own deity (which I would do, as a Scion of YHWH who ascended to the Right Hand of the Father, even though that would make me an Arian heretic...compromise here) he does in fact suffer, bleed, and die as a result of the flogging and the crucifixion. He doesn't just take it like it's nothing. I mean, he comes back to life, but that sounds, again, like more of a miraculous purview than a sign of his incredible physical fortitude....
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  • I love that character sheet. Love it. That's super creative and super thematic. I wish I could have 20.

    EDIT: the only thing I would change is I'd probably put something like 'x/5' or like 'one out of five stars' next to the merits at the bottom in order to keep the dot ratings relevant.
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  • RomulusGloriosus
    replied to Malkovian Malkavia
    I actually really love this explanation, pointing out how Malkovians are more like the Dominate Malkavians and Malkavia is more like the Dementation Malkavians. That's so awesome!!!

    I'm actually playing a (really Demented, but I'm trying to be true-to-form and not Fish) Malkavian right now in my local Masquerade LARP, and there are definitely two different beasts between the "Dominate" family and the "Dementation" family....
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