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  • Murcushio
    replied to RWBY Volume 5
    Assuming Oz is telling the truth, that one act is actually pretty solid evidence that the gods of Remnant, such as they are, are evil sons of bitches, because it meant they were okay with grotesque violations of the bodily autonomy of hundreds of people yet unborn for no better reason than to punish a dude they'd considered done fucked up.

    The way the Maiden powers don't care about who they latch onto is also slightly sketchy, but the person receiving them can decide not to use them if they want. They don't have a whole other person crammed into their heads against their will, who...
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  • "To rule with grace and wisdom—there is no Charm for this. And if it seems that the best thing is not to rule, then to determine how best to wisely use the great power one has been granted—there is no Charm for this. To create a perfect world—there is no Charm for this."

    Holden sometimes really struck the nail right on the goddamn head....
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  • Murcushio
    replied to RWBY Volume 5
    Well, we can definitively prove she's a thief and a murderer, and that she abandoned her family. That's three of five. There's not a lot of evidence she's a liar in the strict "knowingly voicing an untruth" sense, cowardice is up in the air (Raven appears physically brave, but she's also scared enough of Salem to abandon what may well be an existential struggle), and "Cinder without ambition" is an entirely subjective judgement.

    So Sunder is three of five, with decent odds on the other two. That ain't bad....
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  • Murcushio
    replied to RWBY Volume 5
    This actually seems like it would almost have to be a point of contention within the setting itself. Like, you literally have Weiss going "we have Dust, Semblances, but there's no such thing as magic."

    Now, I know she wasn't actually talking to Yang; she was talking to us, the viewers, in the same way that when Pyrrha explained Aura to Jaune she wasn't actually talking to him either. But in the context of the actual world itself Weiss doesn't know a bunch of weird creeps are watching her most of the time. Which means that "magic" being something that can be confused...
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  • Murcushio
    replied to RWBY Volume 5
    I don't think Rooster Teeth is allowed to get indie cred anymore. They're not like ten people in a little office these days. They're a subsidiary of a subsidiary of a subsidiary of a subsidiary (Rooster Teeth to Fullscreen to Otter to AT&T/Chernin) and they own their own bigass studio and have tons of employees and enormous cash flow and hold conventions with tens of thousands of people who show up just for their properties. They employ industry professionals from top to bottom.

    There's nothing wrong with that, of course. They make good shit and they've all worked hard for their...
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  • Murcushio
    replied to Constructing the West in 3e
    And they were, as far as I know, not reliably capable of crossing two to three thousand miles of open ocean.



    Because we're not just talking "large" here. We're talking "large, sail-based, capable of reliable extended blue-water sailing." Those three things together require a fair amount of advanced shipbuilding. The rigging necessary to make extended blue-water voyaging on a large ship safe and reliable over the long haul (one and a half to two months) is fairly advanced, as is the hull technology.



    This is a lack of clarity...
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  • Murcushio
    replied to Constructing the West in 3e
    I recall numbers like that from previous editions as well; Grabowski got into numbers with GUTB back in the day.

    But raw numbers tell us very little. Just because most ships aren't sailing ships designed for blue-water travel isn't necessarily dispositive that sailing ships designed for blue-water travel exist, yes? The vast majority of the Realm's use-cases are going to involve coastal work around the Blessed Isle or quick jaunts across the Inland Sea for more coastal and/or river work. For that, the galley is ideal.

    (Also, context matters. "The Realm" as in...
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  • Murcushio
    replied to Constructing the West in 3e
    We "assume" nothing. We base this upon previous setting materiel, which supersedes inspirational source materiel in every way. Savage Seas explicitly gives us blue-water sailing ships between fifty and two hundred feet long with advanced rig types, multiple decks, and generous cargo holds. Making the real-world "Ming Dynasty" parallel isn't out of line here.

    They aren't European Age of Sail style ships, they're not galleons or caravels or carracks. But they would not be out of place in any of the Treasure Fleets of Zheng He.

    Now, sure. That's 1e. As...
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  • Murcushio
    replied to Constructing the West in 3e
    It does, but you wouldn't be drinking water aboard ship for precisely that reason. You'd be drinking some form of alcoholic beverage, because the water would kill you but alcohol will kill the shit IN the water that will kill you but only make you a bit tipsy.

    It's only about 4000 miles from the Blessed Isle to the Neck by sea, give or take. That's about as far as it was from Spain to its Caribbean colonies, and ships routinely made that crossing as early as the 1400s without being unduly worried about re-watering along the way, and in ships whose seaworthiness would almost certainly...
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  • Murcushio
    replied to RWBY Volume 5
    If she knows Leo has been compromised but didn't tell her brother before he walked right into Mistral, she's kind of a dick.

    The Spring Maiden's name is Vernal, but pronounced weird. "Vur-nahl" instead of "vernl."

    That said, Raven is certainly keeping Vernal away from the Headmasters, although part of that is that Vernal herself doesn't want to play the Maiden game. Something I wish had been addressed more is that... well... in episode one, Qrow and Leo have a conversation that basically is Qrow asking for the resources to kidnap a grown-ass woman....
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  • Murcushio
    replied to RWBY Volume 5
    This would actually be kinda interesting, because controlling who gets to be the next Maiden involves the previous officeholder dying. For Ozpin to ask Raven to the next one, he'd have to be either asking her to murder the current one in a way that make the possibility of the power leaping to her a high one, or the current one would have to have a high probability of dying of natural causes while Raven is still young enough to take up the mantle and they all come to an arrangement where she passes on the power willingly.

    There is also... we've assumed Raven got all her insider information...
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  • Murcushio
    replied to RWBY Volume 5
    No, just the consequences of their being in action.



    That is precisely what they do. We see the aftermath of just such an attack onscreen: Shion Village. Let's go to the tape, and get the testimony of the dying Huntsman from Volume 4, Chapter 2:



    But hey, maybe that wasn't Raven's tribe specifically that killed all those people and torched the town and left the survivors to be eaten by the Grimm... oh wait, she totally admits it was them. From Volume 4, Chapter 4:



    Yeeeeeah. You're a real statesman there, Raven.
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  • Murcushio
    replied to RWBY Volume 5
    Tesla and Newton would have approved of a philosophy that says "It's okay to descend on towns, plunder them, kill or subdue all who stand in your way, and then leave the survivors to be wiped out by the magical fear-monsters who wander the world and whom you caused to be strengthened and empowered by this act?"

    I... kinda doubt that.



    Raven is absolutely a force for ill. She's a thief, a murderer, a Grimm-enabler, a kidnapper, and a human trafficker. Raven hits teenage girls who have just been through a shipwreck in the head and then ties them up...
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  • Murcushio
    replied to RWBY Volume 5
    And of course, often she will cause them to rot, by murdering them and taking their shit and then leaving the survivors to be feasted on by the Grimm....
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  • Murcushio
    replied to RWBY Volume 5
    While bringing death and destruction to those outside of it, of course....
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