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1  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: January 24, 2015, 02:47:10 PM
Regarding the plan to portray a messenger, Lars has the following in his favor:

+8 to Bluff, + 7 to Impress, +10 to Intimidate (though I doubt messengers would do so), +8/+10 to Investigate/Notice (for the "eye's open" part of any such engagement) and finally, a +8 to Resolve (if pushed).

I'm fine with others doing the handoff but I feel like Lars has been in the back seat for a while.
2  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: January 24, 2015, 02:43:33 PM
Lars smiles and replies, I am happy to supervise your conversion and introduction to the faith.  After all, you have no need to believe when evidence is placed before you.  You have knowledge.  Is that not for what you search?  Pausing only momentarily, he continues, I have always been a student of human nature.  I think I could convincingly play a messenger ... unless others would prefer to do so?
3  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Repeat List on: January 24, 2015, 02:38:16 PM
... I like blackpowder in my fantasy.
Am I the only one starting to wonder why, with all the magic all over, peasants are still living in mud huts with thatched roofs?  I mean, it took a thousand years for metallurgy to become good enough to build a breech loading rifle, but when you have magic swords that cut stone, how do you not have a repeating, or even breech loading, rifle that uses Dwarven blasting cloth?  Argh.  Eberon is the only I recall dealing with this in a sensible fashion.  </rant>

I think it depends on the frequency and availability of magic swords.  If we take the FC approach where every magic sword has a history all it's own and is passed down from father to son or from vanquished adventurer to successful adventurer via the monster's horde, then I think people are far less willing to chop stones with them.  However, if we assume the ToG's level of magic, then I have no idea why they wouldn't do that.  At least why kinds wouldn't do that.
4  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: January 23, 2015, 11:03:37 AM
In response to Aiden Lars says, "I am a priest of our lord," as if it answers all potential questions.  "I am an instrument of his will; therefore, I will serve."
5  Products / Spycraft Third Edition / Re: James Bond is now out of copyright. on: January 23, 2015, 08:08:06 AM
At least Canada stuck with Death + 50.  We're basically dealing with Infinity + 1 here in the US.
6  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2015 on: January 23, 2015, 08:06:10 AM

Dammit, beat me to it.
U.S. ally, Islamic Conservative, sponsor of terrorism -I won't miss him, but guess it's time to see who's next up at bat.

Used to work with a guy from Saudi Arabia.  This was a big concern for him as he was concerned about a civil war since the royal family didn't exactly see eye-to-eye on certain things.  I hope he was wrong but time will tell.
7  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Non-Video Links (Quizzes, Tests, Illusions, Etc..) on: January 23, 2015, 08:04:49 AM
Quote
This place is not a place of honor.
No highly esteemed deed is commemorated here.
Nothing valued is here.
This place is a message and part of a system of messages.
Pay attention to it!
Sending this message was important to us.
We considered ourselves to be a powerful culture.
What is here is dangerous and repulsive to us. This message is a warning about danger.
The danger is in a particular location. It increases toward a center. The center of danger is here, of a particular size and shape, and below us.
The danger is still present in your time as it was in ours.
The danger is to the body, and it can kill.
The form of the danger is an emanation of energy.
The danger is unleashed only if you substantially disturb this place physically.
This place is best shunned and left uninhabited.

— Intended message of the warning marker design project at long-term nuclear waste disposal facilities at Yucca Mountain and WIPP, meant to discourage future generations from disturbing the sites for up to ten thousand years.

The report this comes from was actually one of two reports commissioned by the Department of Energy on this topic. The other was the product of an earlier interdisciplinary team called the Human Interference Task Force, which included the likes of linguist Thomas Sebeok and science fiction author Stanislaw Lem.

Among the suggestions made by the Human Interference Task Force made: an “atomic priesthood”, an elected council who would pass the information about the nuclear site through ritual and myth, and “ray cats”, genetically engineered cats that would change color in the presence of nuclear radiation and whose significance would be relayed through oral tradition like fairy tales and songs.

If you’re interested, you can read both reports in full: “Reducing the Likelihood of Future Human Activities that Could Affect Geologic High-Level Waste Repositories" (1984) and "Expert Judgment on Markers to Deter Inadvertent Human Intrusion into the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant" (1993).

This stuff makes for some fascinating reading.  I was in a conversation with someone on another forum about this very thing a while back.
8  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: January 23, 2015, 07:55:19 AM
"Are we sure that the goody, goody mage doesn't have alarm spells on his domain?  I would."
- Lars

I know it's the OOC thread but I'm thinking that the Knot would be discussing these types of things IC as well.  So, Lars wanted to register his concern.
9  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: January 23, 2015, 07:52:06 AM
Responding to Aiden, Lars says, "I've had a vision of our quest from our infernal lord.  He has shown me a hunter's trap that ends in blood.  It has something to do with letters, sex and a duel."  He then quickly reviews the information with Aiden and then asks, "Do you know what it means?"
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In response to Creamor's statement, he replies via whisper, "Yes, I believe it will."  He then recounts his vision to the rest. 
10  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: January 21, 2015, 12:30:05 PM
Traveling for work.  Will try to keep posting on schedule.
11  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: January 21, 2015, 12:27:03 PM
Lars sets down the cup of tea.  My lord has entrusted me with helpful information, but I don't know all the parts.  I need to talk to the rest of the Knot.  Arising from the table, Lars nods toward the innkeeper and heads toward the stairs.  He's hunting for another member of the Knot to discuss his vision.
12  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: January 18, 2015, 12:31:54 AM
Lars reaches the inn and after paying the innkeeper for the week asks, "Are you aware of any good opportunities for a laborer?  I'd like to pay for the next week as soon as I can.  It feels good to work for your bread.  Any construction?  I don't know much about wood but I can carry a hod and help a mason with bricks if need be."
13  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: January 18, 2015, 12:29:09 AM
Then Lars will be using his Signs and Portents ability to see how a certain course of action might/should play out.  Assuming that's a reasonable use of said power.
14  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: January 11, 2015, 01:50:55 AM

Evidence that Hollywood can do great things is not proof that they will not screw up other things.  But, thank you, that helped.
15  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: January 11, 2015, 01:45:41 AM
I'm left wondering if Imperial America will survive the translation.

Probably not.  Even if it does expect right wing fringe groups to suggest more evil demonizing of the country by "those evil Hollywood types."
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