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  • Leliel
    replied to Vampires and Dreaming
    I think it's assumed everyone who sleeps dreams now.

    I do remember there was that stupid side note in Rites of Spring that says vampires only have memory dreams or nightmares, and nightmares tend to corrupt memories and create the Fog of Eternity...but the FoE is gone now except as a rare neurological disorder. Besides, that was written when, somehow, vampires didn't feel emotions apart from Beastial anger, fear, and hunger so much as remember them, but that has been cheerfully forgotten....
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  • Leliel
    replied to A Thousand Years of Night
    Hey, it's not a bad review. I just caught a few things where I thought you misread things. Might as well point out my own opinion in the process, where it differs from yours....
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  • Leliel
    replied to A Thousand Years of Night
    Okay, there's a few criticisms of the critique I have....
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  • Leliel
    replied to A Thousand Years of Night
    I think that's why they died out. Neonates are really, really vulnerable to attrition, on the basis that those without Humanity are morons. Still though, it isn't that bad-the Pijavica just needs to keep to the wild places to feed on animals until BP 3-when their mental problems aren't nearly as bad.

    Still, I would make them all have very high starting dots in Protean, as they're literally blobs of sentient, malleable blood. It flows naturally to them, pardon the pun....
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  • Leliel
    replied to A Thousand Years of Night
    I just realized-

    The Oath of Dynasty Merit doesn't specify if the two characters need to be part of the same Covenant. This gives me an idea for a pair of ambassadors-a brother and a sister who aren't actually twins but like to pretend they are, one a Sanctified Bishop, the other a Sworn of the Mysteries. Something about them being related before they were Embraced gave them a strange form of blood sympathy they noticed as they were climbing the ranks, and being pretty close anyway...
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  • Leliel
    replied to A Thousand Years of Night
    They aren't really a group, the Cerberus Pact. They're a paranoid pack of fanatics unable to keep to their creed of total devotion to the hunt, which would make them complete villains were it not for the fact that their hunt is of the Strix; they lost two homes to the Owls, and they vowed never again. No matter if they become even more terrifying or disruptive, better them than the Birds of Dis.

    They may or may not be VII, same as all other VIIs. Could be that they just use the numeral because it's good cover, their killings are as random as the Strix often are and there's only two-and-a-half...
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  • Leliel
    replied to A Thousand Years of Night
    Inanamorta are apparent reincarnations (appearance-wise) of a vampire's lost loves whose blood is effectively Kindred Marijuana-it causes them to be cheerfully high on "life" for a while and debuffs their Disciplines, already hazardous were it not for the fact that while high, the vampire has a tendency to think he's sun-proof. Empusas/Lamiae are effectively strange divergent clans of Kindred who lack Touchstones (though not Humanity), TWDND and Dvora are the same person, an immortal vampire huntress and patron of hunters, and King Kitamba is an immortal man who sacrifices vampires to...
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  • Leliel
    replied to A Thousand Years of Night
    "Okay, I'm on top of the world, I'm a political and mystical powerhouse, I don't even need to fear my childe due to their clan weakness, my reflexes...my reflexes....

    ...shit. I knew I shouldn't have dropped that class."...
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  • Leliel
    replied to A Thousand Years of Night
    double post.
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  • Nope, just slow due to a summer intetnship....
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  • ​Answer Hazy, Try Again At Own Table.

    ​I will say the third major faction I have in mind is a powerful Unchained lord who keeps it vague if he's trying to win the Flange for his own reasons, for a war against the Machine, or to transfer ownership over to it so as to bring its clockwork perfection to the multiverse. None conflicts with the Flange being the core of the Machine itself....
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  • Excellent colloraries.

    Though, now I'm wondering what and who the High Lord is...if there is even a distinct one. It fits if there are multiple contenders fighting over the Darkness Device (the eldrtich machines that give High Lords their powers) who will occasionally call truces to manifest their dimension-altering abilities. Perhaps the Celestial Flange is called that because it can make "pipes" to other worlds?

    The first couple contenders that come to my mind are the Dark Mother and the collective consciousness of the Exarchs-savage nature vs corrupt civilization....
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  • Torg Crossover: Defining the CofD's World Laws

    In honor of the Torg Returns Kickstarter, I decided to think of ways to make the CofD a cosm.

    ​For those of you who don't know, Torg is basically a setting + game system where various RPG settings (cosms) are attempting to invade and overtake Earth, at the behest of powerful villains called the High Lords who want the planet's "possibility energy" so they can one day rule the multiverse.

    ​Thing is, along with the physical laws that enable them to work, each cosm has "World Law" that define its narrative ​laws. The pulpy Nile Empire rewards overly...
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  • Leliel
    replied to Confucius Is A God?
    Where there is power, there is people who want it. Many times, it's even for altruistic reasons, but they're still power-hungry (the main difference is whether they want the kingdom or just the throne)....
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  • Leliel
    replied to [2E] Abyssal Aspects and Numina
    And now you know the seductive power of Scelesti.

    Speaking of, GibberingEloquence made a good find. Here's one I just got from the word generator: The defining words are (expressive horoscope afraid grandiose damnation injury)

    The Face of the Inevitable is a Rank 4 Abyssal Jaggling with the Influences of Art and Doom, called by an iteration of the Shard revolving around a post-apocalyptic dystopia. She embodies a form of Fate that inverts the relationship between Destiny and Doom-under her power, all things with notable Fates invariably meet tragedy and abject failure...
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  • Leliel
    replied to Confucius Is A God?
    Sturgeon's Law hardly seems like a problem with xianxia alone. So are a lot of Western superhero stories. The first thing that sprung to mind for a noxious power fantasy are a lot of A1 Pictures' work, a Japanese company.

    Depends on the author, I guess....
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  • Leliel
    replied to Confucius Is A God?
    Yeah, no, you've got the references backwards.

    The Wu-Tang are a reference to Wudang. I can see the annoyance behind kitschy references, but it actually is a group of monks who do stick their noses into political affairs on occasion. If Taoist alchemy really does give you mystic powers, as it does in this game.

    EDIT: I'm not saying it's not mildly annoying to have the monks be a large shout-out, but really, it's hardly a deal-breaker, especially if they change it to be slightly less of a reference.

    *nudge nudge, hint hint*...
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  • Leliel
    replied to Confucius Is A God?
    Actually, they note she has a human form that many people don't realize is just a mask for the whirling storm she is. So presumably she's in that form when talking with people....
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  • Leliel
    replied to Confucius Is A God?
    On a related note:

    Is it just me, or is the Shen's write-up the goofiest yet?

    Random Immortal: ...My liege.

    Huangdi: *twitching* Yes?

    RI: Did an airliner just shave off the top of your pagoda?

    H: For the fifth time this year? Yes.

    RI: And you had just moved your collection of restored Ming vases there?

    H: That is accurate.

    RI: ...my liege, I don't believe it would be improper to swear in this one instance.

    H: You have my gratitude. Ahem:

    FUUUUUUU-

    (elsewhere)...
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  • The Sodality Of The Great And Bountiful Human Spirit: Less of an empire and more a roving church with enough power to rival a nation, the Sodality is a massive fleet of various sanctuary-vessels with a mysterious, almost impossible to detect form of FTL that allows them to slip in and out of sectors unannounced and unexpected. Despite their mysterious nature, they are fairly open with their nature-they are a multi-world confederation of various faiths from the great to the small, accepted to the arcane, most of whom may disagree on the specifics, but all agree on the fundamental nobility of the...
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