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  • ​Correlation is not causation; the gradual transition from personal scale transactions being mediated by currency exchange rather than credit aligns more with the growth of communities and economies than the idea that credit has a severe shortcoming.

    ​And the development of information technology has a lot of people coming back around to primarily performing their transactions through debit and credit simply because of the convenience of it.

    ​I mean, the idea that there's a dissonance between currency and credit... you know the stereotype of the elderly person talking...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Ask the Devs
    Darn.

    ​Is there any process in the setting that you think would make for a better depiction of a legacy of imperialism or colonialism in which an external power does exploit the territory to its limit and then abandons the inhabitants to deal with the consequences?

    ​Sure there's the thing in which some of the satrapies are being withdrawn from, but that's an ongoing process in the game's Year Zero, while I'm thinking of something where it would have left a legacy of bitterness....
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  • Isator Levi
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    That's kind of a contradiction in terms, isn't it?

    ​Does it undermine the Realm's aura of invincibility if they leave a place on their own terms, having thoroughly gutted it?...
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  • Isator Levi
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    ​I've been thinking a lot lately about the applications of soft power, and am now on the thought about how that might apply to the Realm. If among the duties of the Immaculate Order are promulgating compelling positive narratives about the Realm (and negative narratives about its enemies) that give it a good image in the eyes of people even when its military or political influence is limited.

    ​Would it be consistent for the Realm to ever abandon satrapies, either because their value has been exhausted or they become tumultuous enough to be not worth the cost of holding them?...
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  • Isator Levi
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    ​You see how that kind of information would have been better in the original post?

    To be honest, I'm still not entirely sure what the scenario you're describing or the sequence of events is.

    ​The best that I can make out is that during the Primordial War, one of the Solars gets stuck outside of reality, the War ends, and then some time after that the Solar dies and the Essence comes back.

    ​If that's the case, I'd say the answer is dependent on what your priority is.

    ​If the point is about a story involving a Solar who is not afflicted...
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  • Isator Levi
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    ​I'd say it's more that being a Sidereal means that they occasionally need to do extremely dangerous things, but most of the time they're fairly secure. Their small number and high regeneration time just don't support the image of them having a high mortality rate. It's compounded by the significance of what they do.

    On a related note, each Edition had different ideas about what they did with proto-Sidereals (at least one of which was applied inconsistently). I personally prefer the First Edition one, where the infant was quickly identified and consistently had an eye kept on them,...
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  • Isator Levi
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    I'm not sure... I feel as though an attachment to Solars is still a general Lunar thing, even if you've not yet bonded with a specific Solar.

    ​It depends on whether it comes back with the idea that a Lunar Exaltation is bonded to a specific and singular Solar Exaltation through all time.



    ​It was said to be about 80 Sidereals in active service at any given time, with the rest made up of ones who hadn't yet returned to their power (either not reincarnated or not yet awakened), ones on extended sabbatical, and rogues.

    ​Really, Thulio being...
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  • Isator Levi
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    ​They're probably not always supposed to be a couple now; there are still approximately 300 Solars....
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  • Isator Levi
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    It did, and there were said to be about fifty of them....
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  • Isator Levi
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    ​Certainly, the actual finger is a gesture that dates back more than two thousand years; there are famed Ancient Greek philosophers who used it to insult one another....
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  • I think that in the Realm, peasants might handle currency a bit more than is common in a lot of the Threshold as a result of various policies and incentives, as a means of keeping them participating in the wider economy in a subservient fashion without placing them directly under the authority of any local power.

    But even then, not really something you paid your neighbours with; more of a community resource for when some folks needed to go off to town, and a process to mediate their selling products in local economic centres so that the community can pay its taxes.

    ​The...
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  • Isator Levi
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    Bracers of Universal Crafting make sense to me as something that could have Evocations on the model of finding unusual applications for their base power or using them in ways that give a bit of personality to their purpose in crafting.

    ​I don't think Evocations work for every higher level Artifact, but Bracers are one where the use is personable enough, and the specifics of their effects seem open to being more flexible, that it would fit.

    ​That's the example I draw from Artifacts like Arete or the drum that builds on controlling hungry ghosts to controlling the lower...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Games and Sports in Creation
    There's probably about two or three others as well; it's a popular recurring subject. ...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Who let Oramus get a movie?
    Gah, opening a link? Too much effort.

    Is it A Wrinkle in Time?
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  • Isator Levi
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    ​The point about hungry ghost dispositions derailed a thought I had about Chiaroscuro specifically, in which being in such close proximity to the living while being warded away from them might have created a pressure that would explode all at once if they should have a means out.

    ​I'm thinking one could probably get Necromancy to mess around with the usual rules for leaving shadowlands....
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  • Isator Levi
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    ​Well, Creation can be home to all kinds of oddities and unique phenomena. Just because it's not a universal thing for a bunch of zombies to come out as a kind of self-driven hoard doesn't mean that it wouldn't happen on an occasion focused on by the story.

    ​Of course, it is the kind of thing that would depend on a shadowland forming around somewhere where a lot of corpses have been left.

    ​Question; are you talking about creating an entirely new shadowland in Chiaroscuro, or the ones that are already there that the government puts considerable effort into keeping...
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  • Isator Levi
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    I would say the zombies, by virtue of how beings that can animate them tend to exist in shadowlands or the Underworld, and there's a stronger motivation to get them together and send them out en masse. Hungry ghosts do tend to accumulate in shadowlands, either from the people who die there or ones that seek refuge as their original vessels fail, but I think they're less likely to gather as a group, or to be gathered by minor necromancers.



    I recall that there are, although they can be a bit anemic, and sometimes transformed in odd ways....
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  • Isator Levi
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    ​I used to think that, but I don't think it's ever described so, and I've become attached to an image where it's more planar.

    ​EDIT: Although it might be what was meant by referencing layers to one another as outer and inner. It's mostly kind of vague....
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to The Numberless Hordes of Hell
    I'll note that the map of Autochthonia is very stylized and doesn't really provide indications of where anything within it is. It's more a model to give the basic idea of what the Poles are and how they're arranged.
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  • Isator Levi
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    Thinking about the subject of minor animals:

    ​I am actually inclined to view things like Kimbery as being filled with strange marine life, Cecylene is already supposed to contain desert animals who do things like gnaw at the edges of eternity, and I'd even say that the ominous phenomena of some demons and overall strange weather can sometimes leave behind some living frogs. Plus, Alveua forges insects.

    ​But I would want to hold these distinct from First Circle Demons, because I define those as performing functional or occult tasks within the Demon City, which would...
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