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  • Aristarkos
    replied to American Mantels (a suggestion)
    They specifically started a thread asking about Americans, so that's what we're doing. A conversation talking about other cultures' mantels can be its own thread....
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  • Aristarkos
    replied to Mythos
    I agree with this, though it feels like we have that already with Scions fighting titanspawn in the core game, and many Titans (especially the Teotl ones) feel like Old Ones but with more personality and lore.

    Also I do not know what you are a Scion of, if it is a world without pantheons. Do you play a Scion of an Old One instead? That would seem quite gruesome......
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  • Aristarkos
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    There are many versions of how the Old Ones are supposed to be. The original Lovecraft versions of the Old Ones are utterly indifferent to humanity in much the same way that you are indifferent to the huge amounts of bacteria and microorganisms you kill when you wash your hands with soap.

    The overly antagonistic versions you are talking about who are opposed by the more or less "good" Elder Gods is a conceit of the author August Derleth who infused quite a lot of his Catholic world-view into the mythos. Amongst Lovecraft fans he is not well-regarded for this reason. They...
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    Last edited by Aristarkos; 05-16-2020, 02:30 PM.

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  • Aristarkos
    replied to Mythos
    This is very true. Besides, the eldritch monsters of Cthulhu Mythos are supposed to be unknowable vague entities that may or may not exist. It's what driving a lovecraftian game on, the fear of the unknown. Which makes it a strange decision to try and emulate in Scion of all games for anything else than camp purposes. But oh well, if other's will find enjoyment in it then all is well....
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  • Aristarkos
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    I'm not sure what the point is with Masks of the Mythos they are NOT crossing over with human mythology. That's like losing the entire unique selling point, might as well just play Call of Cthulhu in that case.

    I'm also not sure why the Mythos would be contradictory in any way to mythology. To me the big horrible monsters of the mythos are basically a modern version of the Titans of ancient mythologies.
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  • Aristarkos
    replied to University degrees in The World
    In my personal vision of The World the gods are far too busy fighting Titans and engaging in divine politics to care one bit about the silly science of mortals. The priests of the gods, however, are a different story altogether and they might well criticise, condemn or even assault scientists for all sorts of slights they perceive against their religions and gods. In fact, that would be a good source for plot hooks....
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  • Aristarkos
    replied to University degrees in The World
    Some more fun university degrees, this time Master Degrees:

    Eschatology Master's Degree
    The name has inspired many jokes among first year students, but students of this discipline take it highly seriously. Eschatologists study all the catastrophes, omens, apocalypses and so on that are present in all religions and try to verify if such events are coming to pass or no. That hail storm in the middle of summer is usually just a freak meteorological phenomenon, but it might just be a sign of some coming apocalypse or catastrophe on the way if all the conditions are true. Forewarned...
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  • Aristarkos
    replied to University degrees in The World
    Excellent idea, I shall consider it. Really, I would personally base sorcery in The World on real life folklore magic and so Cantrips are simpler magic tricks that can work if done properly, such as putting glass in the footprints of a person to hurt them. Meanwhile Sorcery is the blatant siphoning of divine energies, human sacrifices and similar taboo subjects....
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  • Aristarkos
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    You make it sound as if this is a bad thing....
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  • Aristarkos
    replied to University degrees in The World
    I could see a rip-off of East Texas University but in the Scion setting, could be awesome....
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  • Aristarkos
    replied to University degrees in The World
    Thanks!



    You are of course right. I just wanted some reasons, however tenuous, for why sorcery is not more widely spread because I don't want it to be an everyday thing that every corporation would have, since it would tax my imagination and worldbuilding skills quite a lot.



    Thanks, I will check it out!



    I have purposely ignored Shadowrun because the setting does not appeal to me at all, but if it can be mined for ideas then maybe it's worth it to procure....
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  • Aristarkos
    started a topic University degrees in The World

    University degrees in The World

    Just for fun I am brainstorming what different types of scientific disciplines there would be in The World that do not exist in real life and presenting them as a study counselor at university would.

    Theology
    This is required study for any priest of any kind that wishes to have an official clerical license. As opposed to Religious Studies which is a theoretical academic field, Theology is the study of practical applications of divine sorcery, encompassing diverse subjects such as conversation therapy to ascertain the health of the person's soul, immaculate knowledge of best...
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    Last edited by Aristarkos; 05-12-2020, 06:27 AM.

  • I like this version a lot, I'm going to use it.

    In that case if a player spends momentum to switch Knacks, would you have the effects of the original Knack end instantly?...
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  • Can somebody explain the limit on active Knacks to me?

    The book says that your dots in Calling limits how many knacks you could have active. How does this work exactly?

    Let's say I have one dot in Trickster and the Knack "In Sheep’s Clothing" that let's me disguise myself without a roll and the Knack "Light Fingered" that lets me steal things from others without needing a roll. I disguise myself with In Sheep's Clothing to get close to a person and decide I need an object of their's which I must steal. If I were to use Light Fingered, must I first drop my use of In Sheep's Clothing before I can do so, showing everyone...
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    Last edited by Aristarkos; 05-10-2020, 09:01 AM.

  • Aristarkos
    replied to Alternatives for Defense?
    How does having a high Resolve / Stamina / Composure do so? You just shrug off the damage like a D&D barbarian?

    Either way its easy enough to set a static difficulty vs firearms and other quick projectiles beginning with 1 and add to it cover, distance, darkness and so on. I am already doing that in my games....
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  • Aristarkos
    replied to Alternatives for Defense?
    I'm not into Dex for defense either, and I do not think I have said so at any point. I'm rather thinking that dodging and blocking is a skill and therefore should utilize Close Combat. This is why I was curious to know if there would be alternatives out there for how to handle Defense....
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