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Ian Absentia

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  1. Also, Taoist "elements" is kind of a translational misnomer. They're seen more as influences than physical substances. So it's not a matter of being made of wood, but being like unto or affected by the nature of wood. !i!
  2. Arguably, superlatives and hyperbole are how others would describe a character, or how you'd describe yourself, whether or not it's an objective and definitive statement. That's part of the fun of HQ, depending on how you run your game (i.e., a world-building question). Thus, Fastest Woman Alive 17M4 can be interpreted in your game as: Fastest Woman Alive...until proven otherwise Fastest Woman Alive, as dubbed by the local and/or national media Fastest Woman Alive, in my own (not-so) humble opinion Fastest Woman Alive, definitively, full-stop; the next highest stat in the game can be no higher than 16M4 (Personally, I'm a fan of Running Guy's declaration from The Tick: "I run faster than ten fast men!") As a superhero trope, it's a classic staple of debate and contest, with plenty of heroes and villains claiming the title of Strongest of Them All, for instance. Let them all claim the same title, then let their stats in play establish who's who. How many issues involving a knock-down, drag-out between The Hulk* and The Thing* have been predicated on this very argument? !i! [Edit: *For the record, I'd give The Hulk higher strength stats than Ben Grimm, but I'd let Ben augment with strategic/tactical skills to a near standstill. That said, I'd let The Hulk eventually augment with Blind Fury 10M7 and call the fight in his favor...as usually plays out in the comics.]
  3. Whoa, hey. This slipped past me a couple of months ago. I'm curious -- considering that only six elements were noted in the original edition (seven, if you count the unpublished Selenim book), which eight elements would you identify? Solar Air Earth Fire Water Moon (Black Moon) (???) There are actually several different directions I might take this, including the apparent overlap of elements identified in Western occult/philosophical traditions (which aren't always in perfect alignment) with those in Asian traditions (which are also not always in alignment), and reconciliation of the deviations between the two. !i! [Edit: Right, I missed your reference to Saturnian magic from Secret Societies, which is kind of an inverted Solar element rather like how Black Moon is sort of an inverted Moon element.]
  4. "That which is not dead..." More cross-title pollination. 👉🐱👈 !i!
  5. I believe you're answering your own question, though perhaps laying blame at the wrong feet. !i!
  6. If this is how you really feel, you're working with either the wrong medium or the wrong audience. It's a broken pitch. !i!
  7. It's not a matter of science so much as a matter of dogma after 612 ST. !i!
  8. And perhaps the two could share possession of one of St. Alban's fingers. !i!
  9. Like Mordenkainen, Bigby, Otiluke, Tenser, etc? That's about right. Because they're monsters. It's okay to shoulder them out of the way. !i!
  10. We can only hope. But, yeah, that character is a bigger Mary Sue than Argrath. !i!
  11. No! Forbes was onto my use of Adblocker and blocked the content until I turned it off. Then the barrage of pop-up videos and sidescroll advertisements began. That said, I got far enough into the article to see that it was nothing new to me. But, yeah, Forbes, WSJ, Business Review -- they're all making an effort to show that popular culture is, in fact, part of the consumer markets they report on. Probably due, in no small part, to the fact that several prominent figures in business today grew up on things like television sitcoms, RPGs, console games, and sports, and discuss them openly. Who'd-a-thunk? !i!
  12. Intrigued, but the webpage was unreadable due to the quantity and intrusiveness of the pop-up commercial advertisements. "Quality journalism," indeed, Forbes. Boo. !i!
  13. Or like studying Satanism. Sure, you may be approaching it from an academic standpoint, but that doesn't necessarily inspire confidence among the population at large that you're not actually practicing it. Don't you know enough to leave a bad thing alone? !i! [Edit: Or as I've sometimes told my kids growing up -- If you have to ask, then you've already answered your own question.]
  14. But...but, they're so ironically self-aware and playfully non-hip! How can I not approve of corporate advertising conducted through non-traditional channels of communication? !i!
  15. M*A*S*H I can understand. Cheers, not so much. But, yes, that's exactly what was on my mind, too. I was also thinking of Mongolian and Inuit communities that move seasonally and set up semi-permanent hunting camps. There are also desert-dwelling cultures that move nomadically from oasis to oasis in similar fashion, usually for herding. There's a difference between being permanently nomadic and constantly on the move. Even the Israelites during their 40 years wandering in the desert settled down periodically in what we today might refer to as refugee camps. !i!
  16. It may be worth noting that, among nomadic societies, "permanently" mobile may mean seasonally or periodically mobile. No fixed and structurally founded locale, but mobile encampments where they may may stay for weeks or months, though there may be semi-permanent locations that are returned to. In militaresque terms, think of a mobile, but semi-permanent HQ that serves as a strategic base for smaller, more short-term tactical missions. !i!
  17. Tradition has it that the among the colonial voyageurs, French-Canadian fur trappers and traders, their skill with a canoe was such a point of pride that they purposely didn't learn to swim. They didn't need to! Well, the ones who lived to tell the tale, at least. !i!
  18. I'd assumed that "instruction" in the skill of Intimidation involved enculturation in a general bellicose attitude (like in much of sports culture, say, boxing or American-rules football), but the haka, and any number of cross-cultural equivalents coinciding with ritual combat, is a very specific and purposeful example. Particularly if they're emulating the attitude and postures of their goddess(es), I reckon that's exactly what the followers of the Gors are doing. !i!
  19. But it does! Crappy slaughter and butchery can spoil meat with bile, acid, feces, etc. Especially on a small animal. Use of the Peaceful Cut aside, I still decline to accept the Bloody Cut, although described as "a slaughtering skill" -- not "a butchering skill," I'll note (there is a difference) -- to be anything but torture intended to traumatise and defile an animal, body and spirit. Q: Bloody Cut is "used to dispatch both animals and captured prisoners." Does it work ritually on Aldryami? Again, is there a Red/Green divide as there apparently is between Peaceful Cut and Food Song? Or is it applicable to both the Beast Rune ("animals") and the Man Rune ("captured prisoners")? !i!
  20. Coolsies. So it's like the Lunar Sweaters? What powers does it confer? !i!
  21. Sure, the very structure of the Ivory Plinth and all, but I'm not seeing any reference to the average Aramite ritually killing a boar for it's tusks. Mythologically it makes sense, yes, but where is it writ? I dunno. Maybe the affection isn't exactly tender or requited, but... "These beasts are fierce and ill-tempered, but love their masters beyond all comprehension." - Gloranthan Bestiary, Tuskers "They are devoted to their riders; a tusk boar will not attack its own Aramite rider, and will even defend him by attacking other Aramites." - Anaxial's Roster, Tusk Boar (Tusker) I'm almost sure that I read somewhere that the Aramites share an affection for their steeds as well, but I may just be remembering the Tusker's affection in reverse. I know they're raised with the pigs until they reach majority and join a warband. !i!
  22. Yeah, the Bloody Cut is not a skill usable for practical butchery. It's explicitly a means of torture. While it may help a practitioner know their way around the parts of a living body, it's not a skill for rendering a good cut of meat or a clean hide. As to the matter of how so many different and unrelated deities seem to have access to the same cult magic and skills, I assume that there's something going on akin to what happens in the consulting or coding trades. There are your partners, with whom you share data and project templates, so your product is consistent within the project team. Then there are your competitors, who at some point review your deliverables, admire elements of your formatting and presentation, then reverse-engineer them and add them to their own templates. Later on, you review one of their products during due diligence and remark in surprise, "Hey, they have a section detailing the Peaceful Cut, too. And that's almost verbatim our wording!" Good ideas get around and become standards of practice. Bloody Cut is like fucking malware. !i!
  23. Hmm. Having just made friends with a pig, why not kill another Tusk Rider for his teeth? On a related note, how did Arkat handle the dentition issue when he became a Troll? !i!
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