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  • As far as I know, there's very little evidence that it's satire beyond the fact that people just can't accept he meant what he said. His statements on it directly said it was sincere, and he very much wanted to use the book to get back into the Florentine government. Writing a satire addressed to the people who just tortured you and whose territory you still live in is pretty unlikely behaviour.

    While people point to the Borgia stuff, it's pretty noticable that there are long sections where there's nothing that looks particularly satirical. Indeed, there are sections where he misses...
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  • Michael
    replied to Another GMC Tangent
    I'm not so sure. I mean, it's certainly annoying having time travellers turn up, but aside from that you're not going to notice any differences....
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  • Michael
    replied to Another GMC Tangent
    Paradox isn't controllable and it tends to crush any magi who play with time travel. Further, if you succeed, you essentially spin off a seperate version of reality into the Umbra.

    Also, from a narrative point of view, going back to time to stop the OoR is missing the point. There's no single conspiracy that leads to the modern world, the OoR is a movement and eventually a system; you can murder all the grandmasters of the order and the thing will keep going....
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  • Michael
    replied to Controlling Paradox (Scelesti)
    But it's clearly not futile; it does work to a degree. The Abstinence education analogy isn't 1 to 1 as teenagers still generally have some idea what sex is. Befouling is an idea you really have to learn or work out yourself, it's not easily intuited.

    Also teenagers having sex generally doesn't cause the walls of reality to crumble....
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  • 1) In physical form. Josiah is a ghost, so they're naturally in Twilight.

    2) pg. 39 the sidebar 'Where are they?' answers that. Basically, the answer is up to you.
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  • Michael
    replied to Controlling Paradox (Scelesti)
    I know you're one of the authors of LHP but that's not right. It's states you can apply befouling to any spell, you just have to pass a resolve + composure roll....
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  • Michael
    replied to A hypothetical soul question
    That sounds about right....
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  • Michael
    replied to A hypothetical soul question
    I believe that's the answer. Souls can be swapped as you like.



    No. You probably can't attach it in a useful way. It's likely the equivelant of a walking soul jar. Also, the New Dawn is a bit more involved than simply having a soul, it also includes rewriting reality on a fairly major scale which simply attaching a soul probably wouldn't do.



    They already feel real emotions....
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  • Where's that? I mean, yeah it sounds like it, but C&C at least doesn't say.



    That goes without saying, they're vampires. That doesn't even begin to answer anything. Who do these vampires want to kill? Why does this vampire have that many enemies in the first place? What vampire thinks creating a covert NATO taskforce is a good idea? I mean, TFV does work pretty much everywhere, and engage in a variety of different activities most of which have nothing to do with vampires....
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  • I'm all for hard facts, but the revelation about TFV tells us practically nothing. Who are they? What do they want? How do they control Valkyrie? When did they start controlling it? How are they keeping this secret? TFV is heavily implied to be significantly compromised in Night Stalkers anyway.
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  • I'd guess archmasters....
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  • Michael
    replied to Terrorism in CofD
    I don't think it's a good idea in this case. I mean, your plot presumbly doesn't relate to the attack so what does it bring to the table?

    That said the 9/11 Geist sounds actually pretty interesting, or at least evocative.
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  • Michael
    replied to Controlling Paradox (Scelesti)
    Suicide is a common end for Scelesti.

    The Aswadim are an exception I'd guess because Archmasters are an exception. It's noticable that Samiel isn't really a Scelesti ideologically, he just wants something and from the point of view of a posthuman god, the Abyss is just a tool....
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  • I don't think it's intended, but the game doesn't stop if you do. It would also really depend what exactly psychic powers are in your setting. A mage having access to some God-machine infrastructure that allows psychic powers unrelated to their magic could be fun. Just giving a mage a merit to do something they could probably do otherwise anyway is kinda pointless....
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  • Michael
    replied to Non-Mages Using Imbued Items
    Addicted to laziness.
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  • Michael
    replied to Non-Mages Using Imbued Items
    I don't really see what your point is. That analogy doesn't explain why the lower practice spell is harder to activate than the higher one....
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  • Michael
    replied to Magic Item
    Artifacts and Imbued Items are in the merit section. I don't think there are any examples though.
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  • Michael
    replied to Hacking Untrained Penalties
    It's only uncharitable if you have an unreasonable expectation of writers and developers. I didn't condemn it as bad or lazy, merely that I can see how a minor idea would simply get reused in a system without much examination. Especially as the system is itself a redesign of an older one, and build with many of the same ideas. I mean, if your baseline is that knowledges should be impossible unskilled, then a -3 could look like a fairly reasonable compromise.

    Also we're dealing with a mechanic baked into the system. There have only been two editions....
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  • Michael
    replied to Hacking Untrained Penalties
    I wouldn't put a lot in that. I mean, it's a very small part of an elaborate system. It seems as likely that someone put it in and then no one has thought to question it.

    To speculate a bit more, the WoD system had division by traits(?) skills and knowledges, where the penalties increased gradually. It's noticable that most of the mental skills would have been in the knowledge catagory, so it seems plausible that someone looked at it and just assumed it made sense to carry a higher penalty over. It's possible no one's really given it much thought since the orginal Masquerade....
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  • Michael
    replied to Hacking Untrained Penalties
    Okay. That's not really first aid, I mean it technically might classify as it, but first aid generally means people with very basic training. A tracheotomy probably shouldn't be done by someone with no formal medical training.

    Also, I don't think you are. It's not something you can just work out from general principles. A paramedic is going to fail at open heart surgery as much as anyone else; they're not trained to do it....
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