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  1. 15 minutes ago, HreshtIronBorne said:

    Shaman have automatic Second Sight as well as being able to see both worlds at all times due to their fetch residing in the Spirit World. 

    That is while they are not discorporate.

    When they discorporate, they can see the spirit world but not the mundane world.

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  2. 21 hours ago, Puckohue said:

    Being "confined to the Spirit World" sounds to me like they can't see the Middle World, as the Spirit World is separate.

    Yes.

    21 hours ago, Puckohue said:

    So how would the shaman know when or where to cast visibility?

    Good question.

    I guess the shaman could work out roughly where they were from the type of spirits around, then cast visibility at an appropriate point.

    Maybe a spirit Travel roll would be needed to get to about the right spot.

    21 hours ago, Puckohue said:

    How would the shaman act in order to engage in Spirit Combat with the enemy in the house next door?

    That is easy. Discorporate, become Visible, walk through the wall, attack the enemy.

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  3. 15 hours ago, Crel said:

    Is there a longer story to tell? I've felt curious about Tada and his people and the Tumulus, but I haven't found much information about it in my reading.

    I should be writing about Tada and his folk in Secrets of the Oasis Folk, but that might be a while coming.

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  4. 10 hours ago, John Biles said:

    IF you're illuminated, you no longer need the cult and can do whatever you want. 

    Cults can be a useful stepping stone, though.

    You can do what Arkat did and join different cults to learn their secrets, then blend them into something new.

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  5. The Mundane World and Spirit World are separate, as they were separated during God Time, when Daka Fal separated the living from the dead.

    Most spirits cannot interact with the Mundane World, except in certain circumstances. That is why we are not bombarded with spirits wherever we go.

    To break through to the Mundane World, spirits need an ability, normally using a Visibility spell or effect. Without that, they are confined to the Spirit World.

    Ghosts and Wraiths are special cases, as they are usually bound to a certain place or object and can become Visible at will.

    Many temples have spirit places that hold cult spirits. These cannot always break through but can be easily summoned.

    Some areas have Spirit Places (RQG p 375) where the barrier between the Mundane and Spirit Worlds is thin, or where they overlap. Spirits here can become Visible at will, as they are effectively on both planes. This allows Adventurers to visit them and to bind spirits, or to contact spirits and ask them questions.

    1 hour ago, Puckohue said:

    It seems to me there's an overlap of sorts between the Middle World and the Spirit World, where a discorporate person (like a Shaman who's cast Discorporation) is not entirely "gone away" to the Spirit World. Can the discorporate Shaman "hang around" the Middle World (like an invisible ghost), having one foot in each world, so to speak. That's a great spy, only visible to other spirits (or defences against spirits).

    Discorporate beings are entirely in the spirit world, even Shamans. They can see other spirits and interact with them, but are not in the Mundane World. 

    A Shaman who wants to spy should use Visibility to interact with the Mundane World, then the Shaman appears as a ghost. Once Visible, the Shaman can be seen and can be targeted by spells. Of course, a shaman with a good Hide, or with special hiding magic, could become a reasonable spy.

     

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  6. 2 hours ago, CharloixBrooKiller said:

    Let me explain.  I was fortunate to be part of RQ when it was created. 

    And we eagerly await your recollections and stories of what it was like in the beginning. Please post as many of those as you can.

    2 hours ago, CharloixBrooKiller said:

    Yet I wonder how RQ GMs and players 'play' in Pavis knowing the cradle is coming, etc.  I'd think it hard to run campaigns and manage to stay 'authentic' yet unfettered by major events that you know WILL appear.

    To a certain extent, it doesn't matter.

    Unless you are gearing up to do something on the Cradle, what benefit does it give you to know it is coming? Even then it is just an event in the future.

    I just run scenarios as they come and try to put them into some sort of timeline. It is always flexible and fits around what the Players/Adventurers are doing.

     


  7. 5 minutes ago, AkhĂ´rahil said:

    With shamans being able to easily learn any Spirit Magic and then teach it, the idea of secret cult-specific Spirit Magic is risible

    That's why I house rule that Cult special spirit Magic is not commonly available to Shamans.

    I did ask the question in the Rules Clarification thread but have not had a response.

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  8. 20 hours ago, Kulhwch said:

    I'm French from Britanny, and I can't play Pendragon using Anglo-Saxon (English) names for places and people, as it is the language of invader enemy, and a rather big anachronism.

    I just can't play Pendragon for the very same reasons, also medieval knights in Dark Age Britain just doesn't work for me. 

    It's a shame, as it looks like a really fun game.

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  9. My completely unusable but probably fairly accurate star map, centred on Sol,  can be found at http://www.soltakss.com/starmaps/Map_000.html#000001. For some reason, it works better in Internet Explorer than Chrome.

    Each dot is a Jump-1, regardless of the scale of Jump-1. The size is such that it can take a ship with Jump-4 several jumps to reach a lot of stars, but years to reach the outlying stars, which feels about right to me.

    It uses the Huygens catalogue and I have an Excel spreadsheet with all 99k stars, their positions and links to the maps. It is nearly 13Mb in size, but that is small nowadays.

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  10. 13 hours ago, Redjac said:

    Does the Morale only work with a military regiment? Will it work with a Hero Band? Such as five or six starting adventurers? 

    I would get the Adventurers to sign up to an agreement that binds them together. This could be a blood pact, putting their marks on a clay tablet, signing a formal agreement or something similar. You could even sacrifice 1 POW to the agreement to create a wyter for the party. That way, they are bound as an entity and Morale works for them.

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  11. On page 260, it says:

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    Magic Attack
    Each point adds +1 to the shaman’s effective POW towards overcoming an opponent’s POW when casting a spell, in addition to the normal benefit of the fetch’s POW being added to the shaman’s for such rolls.

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    Magic Defense
    Each point adds +1 to the shaman’s effective POW towards resisting an attack spell, in addition to the normal benefit of the fetch’s POW being added to the shaman’s for such rolls.

    which strongly imply that a Shaman adds the fetch's POW to the Shaman's for both defensive and offensive purposes.

     


  12. In our RQ2 game, one of the Players saw that Vrok Hawks could be SIZ 6 and matched that to the SIZ Equivalency Table, noting that it was about a metre tall (121-135 cm in RQG) and weighed 36-41 kilograms, so like a really chubby child.

     

    So, basically, every time the Yelmalian mentioned his Vrok Hawk, there were sounds of vultures cawing and people mimicking him lolling to one side due to the 40 kilo weight on his shoulder.

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  13. On 6/22/2020 at 10:01 PM, Pierre said:

    All birds have a localisation table (p. 10). The bestiary gives only the localisation for the giant vrok so it's missing for the dwarf vrok. We need a second printing with the localisation of the vrok hawk! 🤡

    Same hit locations, but with different hit points per location.


  14. On 6/24/2020 at 4:43 PM, David Scott said:
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    I think we would have heard if they went around doing full LBQs.

    They were destroyed - from where ?

    King of Sartar p142 has a list of successful and failed LBQs. One of the successful ones was against the God Learners.

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    Aringor Darstalsson
    A hunter from Ralios, he foresaw the eventual conquest of his people by the lowlanders. After great struggle he reached the Underworld, and returned with the weapons to defeat the Shadow Empire and the God Learners. His prize was Narnarra the Greater.

    Unfortunately, I know nothing about Aringor Darstalsson or Narnarra the Greater.

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  15. 14 hours ago, AkhĂ´rahil said:
    16 hours ago, soltakss said:

    I think that Spirit Block and shield are incompatible.

    I don’t believe this is in the rules.

    You are correct, thanks.

    That is a big change.

    It used to be incompatible, which was another reason why spirits were deadly, you had to either use Shield or Spirit Block, so could be good for combat/spells or spirits but not both.

     


  16. 14 hours ago, Frp said:

    Finished the book and greatly enjoyed it!

    Thanks.

    14 hours ago, Frp said:

    I spotted a few typos here and there, but nothing that obscured the meaning of the text. 

    If you can point them out then I can fix them. I've got some from various people, here and there.

    14 hours ago, Frp said:

    (I totally would have signed up with the Shadowmages, too.)

    It seemed like a good idea at the time, but the PCs totally abused it.


  17. On 6/24/2020 at 6:05 AM, Lloyd Dupont said:

    I will challenge you though, that no Game Master could produce a (remotely) accurate map of the galaxy that is usable for table top play! 😜 
    You know, 3D with 10^11 stars in it....

    I produced a map in Excel that was 200 points wide, deep and high, centred on Sol. It was a pretty accurate representation, based on some star map data. so, it had 401 sheets, each 401 by 401 cells, with each star name that I had available, including some cells with multiple star systems. I think it had 20,000 stars or something like that, I can't remember.

    Of course, as a game aid it was only really usable when moving around a single sheet, moving onto another sheet took a while, as Excel is quite slow.

    So, it is possible to produce a reasonably accurate map of nearby stars, but who wants to draw up star systems and planet stats for 20,000 stars?


  18. On 7/2/2020 at 11:57 AM, M Helsdon said:

    Afraid that when the arthritis flares I seem to lose co-ordination and can't control the pens as well as I would like.

    Your drawings with an arthritis flare-up are ten times as good as mine on my very best of days.

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