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  • Croakamancer
    replied to Ask the Devs
    If we use Linguistics to write a social action, enhanced by charms, and someone copies the book, is the effect the same?
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  • Just wanted to say thanks for these,Mr. Mad. They help a ton when I'm trying to get a 'feel' for a tree, and I really appreciate you making them.
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  • Croakamancer
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    Question. How wide a brush did the Empress use with selecting magistrates? Could they be recruited from within another Imperial organization, like the Immaculate Order or Thousand Scales?
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  • Going on past canon, it was the Empress' direct appointment, so magistrates were handpicked for loyalty to the Realm. Probably the most famous canonical magistrate is Tepet Elana, a soldier who had no past experience with law. I think Fokuf/the Deliberative can appoint new magistrates, but aren't, and thus other power groups are hunting them down... IDR how much of that is still true, but hey, that's how I remember it.

    As to who I'd play... varies on game, but I'm thinking my Outcaste bandit, Scrags, is probably gonna be my first choice. Short, destructive and in this for a good...
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  • Croakamancer
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    Does adoptive daughter count?...
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  • Croakamancer
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    *whistles* Well, if you insist. Don't have a firm concept for this yet, but I do love speculating and throwing stuff together as I slowly go.

    I'm kinda split between the spirituality tropes and the more humble, raw, practical side. So I'm thinking of splitting the difference! An ancient, holy, revered site, that once upon a time was this isolated serene grand dojo.... but times change. Cities build around places of value, and sometimes, one of the most valuable things is protection. So what was once this remote commune, a pilgrimage spot has become a bustling settlement, with wooden...
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  • Croakamancer
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    *blinks*

    Erm... wasn't really meaning to imply anything negative. It's just that when I've run into you in the past, it always seemed like it was some debate or another about quality, books or ideas, and we tended to disagree. I always got the impression we liked different things about the setting and had very different tastes (I'm a 2E fan who feels 1E is overly revered, and disliked Glories, Masters of Jade and Shards.) Objectively, there's nothing strange at all about your post and it's not like I viewed it as a change for you. It's just I'm used to running into you on the opposite...
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  • Croakamancer
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    Gods, it always feels weird when I agree with you on something. Sorry, sorry.

    But yeah. Outcaste groups.lineages need to be more than canon fodder or underlings. They should stand on their own. *hums*

    I'm kinda interested in Outcaste Martial Arts traditions. Terrestrials are the most populous supernatural martial artists, so trying to define some dojos outside the Realm's control seems like an angle. 'City of Martial Artists' sounds gimmicky when you just say that, but so does 'City of Sorcerers'. You can pull it off with some thought IMO *wanders off yonder to po...
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  • Croakamancer
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    *hums* Something in the Underworld, perhaps? Or remote North. The Isolated Mountain Community is a bit of a classic, if you're going with something that survived. Or perhaps a group founded and trained by the Cult of the Illuminated, to give their lives for their sparkly overlords.
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  • Croakamancer
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    They're a good starting point. I'm looking to take a bit of a family vibe to them. They've been legendary bandits and raiders for generations, they strike deals with greedy rulers, and face overwhelming odds with smiles and laughter. I also am considering a tradition where the young members come of age by venturing out into the world, and their name is the first thing people call them. Like, Lightning Blade, Holy Tornado, Great Mountain....

    And of course, one guy made kinda a fool of himself attacking a Lookshyan camp, so his name is Baka. ...
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  • Croakamancer
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    I'm still toying with an idea of a 'bandit clan' of Outcastes who get up to various shady dealings throughout the Hundred Kingdoms. I keep not being sure on how legitimate to make them though. Are they purely bandits, thieves and criminals, are they more mercenaries and heroes for hire, do they straddle the line? Oddly, trying to work out what they do has been my biggest stumbling block in developing the group further
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  • As a personal note, I'd love the devs to pieces if a hypothetical Sorcery book made it even remotely viable to focus on spells to the exclusion of charms. The 'Brigid build' as it were. I don't need charms or even Evocations that interract with sorcery: having enough spells to use a wide variety like that is quite enough for me.
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  • Croakamancer
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    *hums* You know... it'd be an interesting setting hack to say that all three circles of Sorcery are open for everyone. Has that been considered before? Yeah, it makes Sorcerers at high essence really powerful, but Sorcery is a very specific form of power, only really wielded by Elders. *hums*
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  • Croakamancer
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    Belated, and as was said, there's the question of ST's choice, but IIRC, it was actually expressly called out in text that this wasn't supposed to be a thing, and that there were no gods attached to Sorcery. Gods could learn Sorcery, but there was no god of sorcery, or of particular spells or the like....
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  • Croakamancer
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    Oooh. Lunar Sorcery.

    Mmm. While there is a power gradient between the three circles, it's worth remembering that it's kinda one of scope as much as raw energy. Terrestrial Circle spells have very immediate, direct effects. It's practical magic: useful, versatile, but no one spell of that circle is going to entirely decide a battle or rewrite the history books. Celestial Sorcery is where those big, major effects come into play. Cantata of Empty Voices in the original tale of the Bulls war against the Linowan was used by Sidereals to destroy an entire city. Second Circle Demons are...
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  • Croakamancer
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    So, here's a weird question. With the Dynasty taking on a matriarcal bent in 3E, is Ragara intentionally subverting that a touch? It's the sole House fathered by a male child of the Empress, (Nellens and Tepet were both consorts, right?) and Ragara's chosen successor was also male. I'm wondering if they're deliberately cultivating a bit of a patriarchy or if that's just coincidence.
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