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  • Ramnesis
    replied to The visuals of afterlife
    Well that's why Day of the Dead celebrations are so colorful.

    Actually, I like to depict the Shadowlands as having the colors of a weathered old photograph. You can see what the colors would have been, but they are so washed out they might as well not be there.

    Lifesight, on the other hand, makes the living look look overexposed and oversaturated. Most of the color fades to white and the rest is inappropriately vibrant.

    Nothing shows the colorlessness of Wraithly existence quite so much as having real color to compare it to. Plus, it lets you start...
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  • Ramnesis
    replied to The visuals of afterlife
    I've often pictured the Tempest with a strange, purpley-pink color. I'd like to say its because it's an unnatural color, but it's probably a reference to Dimension X in the original TMNT cartoon.
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  • Ramnesis
    replied to Enter the Squirrel
    A thought. Squirrels are supposed to have powerful memories. They should get some qualities or gifts related to that. Nothing Mnesis related, that's the Mokole's wheelhouse, but stuff like eidetic memory and flawless mental maps. It would play very well into their stated gathering mission.
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  • Ramnesis
    replied to Long Term Marauder Villains
    A scene I thought of this morning: A Nephandi spends months preparing a ritual to bring in an alien nightmare creature from the Deep Umbra only to realize a moment too late it was actually a Marauder. Now there's an eldritch abomination stalking the streets of the city, but the only thing that's holding him here is the spell by one of the Fallen.

    Another possibility is making their Avatars the main villain. Avatars frequently appear as characters or creatures of legend (they might even be those characters or creatures). It isn't unreasonable that some of them would continue to...
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  • Ramnesis
    started a topic Long Term Marauder Villains

    Long Term Marauder Villains

    I don't often think of Marauders as long term or main villains, but there's no reason they can't be. Even if their thoughts and worlds are alien, they can still be coherent or consistent enough to analyze and anticipate. They can still have long term plans and the organizational ability to set major events in motion. So what are some marauders that could be the focus of a major chronicle?

    One idea I had was for a Marauder who thinks he's living in a crumbling world and is trying to bring back life. His presence alone tends to have destructive and erosive effects wherever he is...
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  • Ramnesis
    replied to Enter the Squirrel
    I would have scaled that one up to 7 feet and made it the Crinos. Then this would be the the Glabro:

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  • Ramnesis
    replied to Enter the Squirrel
    Potential Hispo equivalent:

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  • I go with inverted flight controls and I map jump to the spacebar.
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  • Only if the Cauls can custom make Nephandi. I tend to think that Inversion is already a profound and difficult undertaking, not one that can abide additional tinkering. You also have to consider who is actually running the Cauls and why they would be so adept at Avatar manipulation in the first place....
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  • Ramnesis
    replied to Separating OOC and IC
    It is easy to misconstrue how Mages think about this particular principle. Saying 'belief makes reality' is a lot like saying 'force is mass multiplied by acceleration.' It's true, but it's not the complete picture. Assuming that it is the most important element in every Mage's mind is dramatically oversimplifying how Mages look at the world.

    They teach the principle, and they make decisions based upon it, but they don't treat it as proof that everything they know is a lie. Instead they divorce truth from reality. Their teachings and philosophies are true (or at least lead to...
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  • And also look at the goals they pursue. Specific factions might have intricate goals (such as 10 year rituals to summon things from beyond) but the Nephandi as a whole have an open ended 'Corrupt or Destroy' goal.

    Harmony is easier when you don't actually have to work towards your ally's goals.



    Serve is a strong word. Some Nephandi serve, others enjoy the metaphor of serving, still others are actually manipulating their 'lieges.' No matter what the case, I wouldn't trust their actual loyalty....
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  • It's definitely stated to be stronger, I just don't know if that comes up mechanically....
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  • Offhand I can't think of one. I think when it is surgically installed (mentioned in Doomslayers) it reduces Permanent Corpus for the duration, but that might just be because of the surgery itself.
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  • To be fair, it's not easy to define biological complexity in real life.
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  • Chordates vs non-chordates (spines vs no spines).

    Quadroblasts vs Triploblasts (chordate neural crest vs other neural structures, pretty much the same as above. Also, the argument that chordates are quadroblasts is not universal).

    Warm blooded vs cold/non blooded.

    Hard eggshells and other methods for controlling the environment of embryos. (Really, really sketchy because it is up in the air what counts. This one would have fish and amphibians as simple while creatures with hard eggshells, creatures that give live birth, and creatures that hatch eggs internally...
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  • I doubt there's much actual agreement between Nephandi. They've cobbled together a way of working together, or at least making sure their sudden but inevitable betrayals still advance the overall cause, but that doesn't mean there's any unified end goal. I suspect many of them don't even have end goals. After all, it's not the destination but the journey that matters....
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  • I've often seen people include amphibians and even lizards in simple life forms. M20 seems to have left that up in the air (or maybe I'm not looking at the final copy) because it doesn't mention either of them. Given the position of frogs in folklore it feels right that they should be simple life forms, but I don't think it matters too much, overall.

    If you really wanted to get into the scientific weeds, the best threshold would probably be diploblasts vs. triploblasts, but that's hell of a conversation to get into for game mechanics....
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  • Some of the Revised Trad books are better than their 2nd ed counterparts, and sometimes it is the other way around. I'm trying to remember, isn't Euthanatos Revised considered one of the best Mage books out there?
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  • Ramnesis
    replied to Mythic Threads and magic rules
    I agree, it's not the actual conservation principle, but it is telling to see even an approximation in the rules. Notably, Awakening dropped that....
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  • Ramnesis
    replied to Mythic Threads and magic rules
    Yes, actually, there is one idea closely associated with a certain set of Paradigms that nonetheless is incorporated into the Sphere system itself: Conservation of Matter and Energy. That's why you need Prime 2 to manufacture something from nothing. Even using Prime 2 you are still only drawing on energy that already exists. The Spheres can convert stuff, but they do not make it.

    I think the idea that trees and insects are more simple life forms than dogs and humans is also a point of view....
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