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  • SunlessNick
    replied to Failed Refinements
    If I remember correctly, salt was considered the most inert form of matter. That could be the "refinement" that essentially gives up on the Pilgrimmage and tries to make the best of being a Promethean, without hope for anything more....
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  • SunlessNick
    replied to Failed Refinements
    Endless tinkering and fiddling with small faults at the expense of recongnising the bigger context and moving on? Sort of the perfect is the enemy of the good Refinement....
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  • SunlessNick
    replied to [2E] Tammuz vs Unfleshed
    While the book doesn't end up going too far into this, in a forum comment, Matt suggested one way of viewing the Lineages is as an expression of where life comes from and what it is - such as lightning for the Frankensteins. But expanding the concept a bit further, you could see them as:

    Frankensteins: Life is a force. A spark that adds to unliving matter and transforms it. To create life, is thus a search - a quest that could be mystical or scientific, but is ultimately about the insight of the seeker. If it's the spark that's important, what the base matter is shouldn't matter...
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  • An interesting wrinkle on that could be that the covenant considers it haram to feed on animals, even when your blood potency is low enough to do so.

    Earlier on, I suggested that some covenants might have the idea of only feeding on the virtuous, so that if they are killed, they will be brought to God's side, and vampires' predations will deprive no one of salvation.

    While I'm in the different covenants camp, I do like the idea of yours. If I were to use it, I would probably make it older than either Islam and Christianity, originating in ancient Israel, and find a different...
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  • I read an article: full of spoilers for the film mother!. While the film doesn't suggest anything for a vampiric covenant (though it really captures how I feel about parties), the article I linked to goes into some characteristics of the Jewish relationship with God that might be useful to think about when crafting a Jewish vampiric covenant.

    In particular, a Jewish-based covenant might be more willing to consider their damnation - or however else they characterise their condition - as unjust on God's part. Which could change a lot.
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  • SunlessNick
    replied to Deviant: the Renegades
    Like The Birds, but with cats. First they'll tear your enemies apart - but as they do so, your body will break apart as your life essence flows into them through the cracks in yuor soul, and your blood and flesh trail out to meld with them. When it's over, your enemies will be little but bones and scattered gore, and the cats will return to their hearths - most sleek and satisfied, but perhaps a few of them ill for a while - and you will be gone as if you had never been, though your last thought will have been a purr of savage satisfaction....
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  • Google translate rebered lore of the great below as "la tradition des grands ci-dessous" - interestingly when I capitalised Lore, tradition changed to "connaissance" (the rest stayed the same)....
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  • SunlessNick
    replied to Idea: Coil of owls.
    "Somewhat safer possession" is a terrible idea. I don't mean terrible for the OP to have thought it up, I mean it's a terrible idea for whatever Dragon is harebrained enough to attempt it - which means of course someone will.
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  • SunlessNick
    replied to Contagion Chronicle book
    I figure it's more likely to be a Lower Depth of some kind - while that's a term mages use, the concept it refers to is Chrodwide.

    The other thing that occurs to me is that it might originate strictly from within humanity, since all the species have to orbit humanity in some way. Maybe a mutation of the human soul that does something to supernaturals who come into contact with it....
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  • Mm, that sounds more like Power or (at a stretch) Ruin to me. Stealing every spoon might do it, because the victim would have to get new spoons, whether just losing one may well make no difference (and this is making me laugh a lot more than it ought to)....
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  • SunlessNick
    replied to Gods and Goddesses you have crushes on?
    The early Christian Church thought was too cool to lose and adopted her as a saint.


    Nephthys: Kind of the goth of the Egyptian pantheon.

    Anat: Another war and love goddess, Canaanite this time. Saved her brother from death, but rather than pleas, bargains, or stealth, she did it by storming the Underworld and beating the tar out of the god of death.

    The Etruscan version of Charon: Not a boatman - he carried a big hammer and patrolled tombs, beating up any of the dead who felt like getting up to cause trouble....
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  • SunlessNick
    replied to 2e Signature Settings
    In that case, sign me up for Seoul....
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  • SunlessNick
    replied to 2e Signature Settings
    That's a good breakdown, though I'm swayed by Second Chances's argument for Luxor over Cairo. Of the European options, London would be my least favourite choice - of the other two, Rome offers a city that's mostly about a single heritage and those claiming inheritance from it, Istanbul has had multiple civilisations ruling it and spans two continents - either is very suitable for Mummy, enough that both might be good. I like Seoul over Silicon Valley - it offers another cultural base as well as a technological vibe - though I assume we'll be getting Tokyo. Mexico City is great for a cultural base,...
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  • Putting these together, a krewe is at an open Avernian gate, and demonstrates poor tactical acumen, leaving them dead and the gate sitting unguarded for the rest of time it's open. Their geists restore them, and the PC's are the unlucky payment for that - but in the meantime, some geists come out of the gate to find a collection of dead and death-touched people who weren't ready to die....
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  • Thresholds are also about what the death most means to the decedent as well as exactly what happened. So a car crash might produce a Forgotten if their last thoughts were about how sudden it is - but it's also a traumatically injurious death and could yield Torn - while a passenger who bleeds to death before help comes might also be a Torn (but because they dwell on their blame for the asshole who hit them) or else a Silent (as their life runs out slowly).

    A battle is more likely to produce Torn, but you could come up with ways to get Silent or Forgotten, and maybe Stricken if involves...
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  • Mysterious Places and Urban Legends are good for local supernatural phenomena for Beasts to investigate.
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  • Sin-Eaters have a power that allows them to disguise the cause of death of a body for any forensic analysis. It gets out that one of them can do this and she'll be on the speed-dial every supernatural in the city.
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  • SunlessNick
    replied to Deviant: the Renegades
    I remember hearing the phrase "won't survive the experience," so costs a lot may be understating it. But you have a way of taking a lot of the shitbags with you.

    Avenger slasher, I'd say - or perhaps Legend, if you take his narrative fiat of never killing an innocent in the crossfire as an example of the latter's ability - unless you changed his targets from criminals to supernaturals, I grant. Luke and Jessica make more sense as Deviants (and Killgrave), though Jessica's an accident. Matt and Danny are more like psychics....
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  • SunlessNick
    replied to Fun Activities as a Beast
    Make sure their last theory is right on the money to teach people that paying attention to cries of wolf! is always worthwhile....
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  • SunlessNick
    replied to Contagion Chronicle book
    Metaplot doesn't seem to be what Dataweaver (or Lex) was talking about there, but that aside, if "Contagion is about as prevalent as the Strix" is correct, that's good news in my book. My worry was that it would be more prominent, not in a metaplot way, but in a giving-short-shrift-to-crossover-in-general way....
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