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61  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."
62  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.
63  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.
64  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.
65  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.
66  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. 
67  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.
68  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.
69  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."
70  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.
71  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.
72  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."
73  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: January 08, 2015, 10:11:05 PM
Lars things of the most boring man from his village growing up.  Sam Smythe was a hardworking but unsuccessful woodcutter who managed to poor the village priest.  His was a face that was hardly worth noticing, much less remembering; however, Lars had seen him up close and personal at least once when the man had delivered wood to his father.  That was the face he now wore as he bent his back into the load of wood while he approached the gate.  The strain on his face was real enough as Lars hadn't packed that much wood in some time but the appearance was that of an older man or perhaps one that had merely had a hard life.  Either would suit Lars fine.

He thought about the jolt from the Knot's contract and decided that someone had either gotten themselves killed or had betrayed the Knot in some way.  Given that he didn't feel a pull toward vengeance, he was betting on the former.  However, the who bothered him.  Leona had expressed reservations.  So he hoped it was her.  He wasn't sure what to do with the others if they went missing.

Upon reaching the inn he offered wood in exchange for a night's rest.  If the sale went poorly he could offer some of the monies from his pouch to supplement and then leave each day under the pretense of looking for work.
74  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: January 08, 2015, 09:06:17 PM
Lars will come in during daylight if possible.  he'll be packing a small load of wood dressed as a commoner.  If anyone asks, he'll be looking for work.  That is, assuming that sort of thing happens and peasants aren't tied to the land or some such.  Perhaps, a down on his luck traveler who is looking for a good meal and a warm bed.
75  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: January 07, 2015, 01:03:55 PM

Damn it all, Hollywood!  Stop screwing with things that I like.
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