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  • Leliel
    replied to The Horror Show
    Here's what I was leading up to with Vulshoth...though very poorly formatted due to a phone.
    Tappan Arkwright III

    Quote: "Soon I will be I, and sooner, you will be nothing at all."

    This lead-in is a lie. Arkwright, the person actually named as such, is not a Horror. In fact, he's not even a bad person by any reasonable stretch of the imagination. It's really not his fault he is host to the High Priest of Vulshoth, and while he can't quite overcome his unwanted passenger's survival instinct, he has been quietly responsible for thwarting his wicked brother's
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  • Leliel
    replied to Deviant: the Renegades
    Thematically, there's at least one difference:

    Deviants can't move on. They literally cannot escape their Scars, only stabilize them and find something to live for again.

    It's not abuse metaphor, it's violent PTSD metaphor. A Guardian is a Renegade who remembers she is more than a weapon, but she is still also a weapon.

    A Devoted, however, embraces being a weapon, and a a Nemesis shifts from a soldier who fights because that's his duty to one who fights because he hates the enemy.

    And that is terrifying. Why is outlined in this song about a Nemesis...
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  • Leliel
    replied to Contagion Chronicle book
    By definition (or at least mine) a metaplot is not optional, and advances the setting overall. The Contagion outbreaks, from the sound of it, are not those-unless there is a date for an outbreak that will happen, it is simply an obscure danger. Don't want to use it, it just doesn't infect any local areas and what outbreaks do happen are relatively minor rather than cataclysms.

    Me, I'm hoping for strains of the Contagion, to emphasize it is, in fact, an eldritch organism, an anti-God-Machine....
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  • Leliel
    replied to Contagion Chronicle book
    I dunno, it sounds like two I thought I would never have.

    I've been wanting another look into that since Shadows of the UK....
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  • Leliel
    replied to Contagion Chronicle book
    Um, I'm looking at the brochure now:

    The exact words are that it "threatens the fabric of our world" whenever it manifests. As in "alters Infrastructure". In ways the players are implicitly allowed to weaponize.

    I don't think it's a plague that affects the people in it. More like what happens when reality gets the sniffles. It also explicitly affects existing antagonists.

    Admittedly, this sounds like the Abyss, but I think we may be seeing a Lower Depths incursion here (which is something that involves more gamelines, as the Strix are...
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  • Aiiieee.

    Deviant & Scion, you better be good...
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  • Leliel
    replied to Contagion Chronicle book
    There is an entire small book dedicated to a Z splat collection already, and there is several publically available Bloodlines on the blog itself. I am skeptical.

    Back to the plot: I'm hoping the Contagion is something more like the Virus from Antagonists-going full zombie apocalypse is its "panic" condition, it prefers to live as asymptomatic carriers and spread as far as possible.

    In fact, I'm hoping that the Contagion is the new name for the Virus-it fits better, and its very biology (a living meme that feeds on urban legends) makes it a natural rival and...
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  • Now that we have a pitch for Deviant, can I say that the obvious Crossover is a Lemurian figuring out how to make one? And then doing it again?

    I figure going Progenitor counts as using a Larvae, since you're literally cracking open some poor schmuck's soul and seeing what tumbles out. And that's a willing Deviant, abducting someone off the street is an automatic slide towards Renegade. On the plus side (for the Inspired) watching how the Deviant soul regulates its own internal Wonders without Havoc is probably grounds for a Thesis...
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  • I thought that we had said we were dropping that fairly early in this thread? Because I figure that "all being Unmada" was a pretty minor part of Lemurians anyway.

    I figure they're a lot more accepting of Unmada, but still recognize that going Unmada for too long can provoke Illumination. They treat it like nuclear power-dangerous, but very useful.

    Though, actually, if the Foundations still have full official titles, I figure the Baramins should too, that ties into their history and core ideas.

    For example, the Oracles' full name is the Enlightened...
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  • I figure they keep on being foils, but only the Peerage notices a lot of the time. It fits with how insular and hostile to outside influence Lemurians can be, to suffer repeated empathy failures with their archrivals.

    Atomists: Foils to the Artificers; they're what happens when an Artificer is not conflicted about progress, or assumes it is a good in-and-of-itself. Not only do they place the concrete over the abstract, they are openly dismissive of the idea of an abstract mattering. Their disconnect with humanity is that they never factor in the fact that people will be using their...
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  • Leliel
    replied to The Horror Show
    Here's something: a Thing That Should Not Be in 2E rules (also something from the Champions Universe)

    Vulshoth, the Eye of the Void

    One of the infamous entities known collectively as the Kings of Edom, Vulshoth is a native of the "Qliphotic World", a realm of "dying" universes that may or may not be the same thing as (or a subsection of, or something else) as the Abyss mages so fear. As with all his kind, he is a profoundly alien, amoral being with little care for any entity but himself-and like all the Kings of Edom, he was successfully imprisoned
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  • Also, here's my working system for controlling reality wrinkles.



    Worlds Within Borders

    Ultimately, the Land of Mists and the Hedge are more similar than different, if not by much. Both are worlds constructed in relation to other worlds; the Hedge is born of the mixing of two worlds, the Demiplane stealing pieces and images of other worlds. The Hedge is formed of dreams and nightmares, the Demiplane of desires and sins. The Hedge is given shape by dreaming minds, the Demiplane reflects the minds of its darklords. Ultimately, the main difference is that shaping
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  • Leliel
    replied to [Open Dev] The Code
    As it is, I don't actually have a problem with that. Addicted may need to kick the bucket, but Obsession makes sense as a Success Condition-the hunter, shaken, rededicates herself to her job to channel the stress positively. After the Obsession is dealt with (ie, the Hunt ends), the hunter realizes she was acting irrationally and takes some time off to de-stress.

    As it is, Hunter Obsession should probably give some nice bonuses to show how determination is really an effective coping mechanism....
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  • Screw it, I'm doing the Ghost Dancer. I'm leaving Emilien Durant (the Nightmare Man) until we get the kickstarter/core rulebook, so....Also, deliberately making the most tragic-seeming member the most personally unlikable. Please tell me if I made her too much like the alt-right's idea of a Social Justice Sally, I'm trying to make her a hypocrite, not a caricature, and a foil to changelings who don't just lament their life and use it as a reason to bully others.


    Leonia Gerhard, the Ghost Dancer

    Quote: <twirls silently, as all onlookers see flashes of all those
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  • Leliel
    replied to [Open Dev] The Code
    One problem:

    Why is mind control a penalty?

    Besides being very likely to piss a player off for no good reason, it doesn't make sense in the context of the Code ("That literally was not me. I am not like that-that is what makes me different").

    Otherwise, this looks awesome! I love the "success" Conditions, showing that psychologically, a hunter really is a bit different from everyone else, dealing with psychological strain by drowning it in work. It's easy to see the slasher that lurks at the heart of a hunter, and it is freaking beautiful....
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  • And then promptly discover it becomes Heaven as soon as they get in.

    Dark Powers be trolls, yo.

    Also, thinking of backstories for the Court: do you think it would be insensitive if I portrayed the Ghost Dancer as an archetypal whiner (her life is always worse than yours, why aren't you pitying her, and so on)....
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  • Excellent plan. The overall idea is that while the Court can't escape, they can send dreams-and later, monsters infused with them. They want the troupe to fall to their level because doing so would trap the motley in Ravenloft-and possibly turn their waking bodies into portals they can exert their influence through...

    Also, note how I said the Court wants to destroy free thought? That actually was inspired by how their predominant alignment is Lawful Evil, and all their natural servants are likewise Lawful. Thus, I've decided to mine The Invisibles for inspiration-they're not Freddy...
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  • Here I go:

    Dream Spawn

    The dominant "species" of the Nightmare Lands, Dream Spawn are also a quiet warning against those who would let the Court run amuck; while it is believed by Dr. Illhousen that they are the cast of any given dream between roles, any changeling knows the human mind is more than capable of conjuring its own actors. They are, in fact, what remains of the original populace of the Terrain Between that, unlike the ancestors of the Abber, were not able to adapt to the madness with their identity intact. They have since degenerated into entities...
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  • Actually, why am I converting that. I need dream morphs. Will do tomorrow.
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  • Actually, here's a reason why I'm using Changeling's rules: Easy conversion of monsters.

    Boowray

    Quote: You're not going to let the bastard get away like that? Take it from your caring friend, he deserves this.

    Description: A hobgoblin unique to Ravenloft, a boowray is in many way emblematic of the corruption the land is built on. Resembling tiny young children with an elfin quality, boowrays are actually products of the darklords' own repeated desire to find some way to minimize their moral culpability in their own actions; these subconscious urges, like...
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