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  1. He gave of his tears... (Cheaper than magic points).
  2. How about, the damage it rolls gets added to the roll for hit location?
  3. It is perfectly possible to see Eurmal as the model of right action if you don't know you are looking at Eurmal. Charisma, Lie, and illusions spells are like that. Also remember than many gurus are rascals who get you to do the wrong thing to educate you as to why the right path is important, and to teach you to have courage in the face of making mistakes.
  4. Surprise adds +3 to any action the surprised defender wants to perform in the round they are surprised (p193-194). Heaven forfend they have to choose between preparing a weapon OR a shield. Also, they won't have spells cast. Attacking an unaware/defenseless opponent also gets a +40% bonus (p223). Page 224 also indicated that there is a penalty for darkness, hence a GM may see fit to invoke a penalty to defend against someone who is constantly moving to flank when engaging a single character. Remember that in RQ, having your spells cast before combat is an extreme advantage, and doubled if the enemy has nothing prepared. A surprised character will have no spells cast, and likely no weapons drawn. It is possible they won't have a helmet on, and may not even be wearing armor, as armor is uncomfortable to wear when you apparently don't need it. In terms of invisibility, arguably the total darkness rules could apply (-75% to attack and parry, p224) for the round in which surprise is initiated. Remember that invisibility drops in the instant when the attack lands. It is also possible to invoke the aimed blow rules to attack at the end of the round at half skill to guarantee where the hit will land (p197) on SR 12, pretty much insuring that no other action can be taken by their enemy that round. In terms of extra damage, RQ is not D&D, and you don't get rogue backstab damage. The reason a surprise attack does more damage is that it is delivered with more ease and skill, and so is more likely to achieve a critical or special result (pages 204-206). Note, that as written, one's best defense against a surprise attack is to be able to dodge effectively, as this requires no preparation. Of course if you are in a military formation and you dodge, you have broken your position in that formation.
  5. I don't think Eurmal is a master of Dragon magic. He is a dabbler in many things. Eurmal learned what it would take to learn to speak Auld Wyrmish and learn Dragon Magic (ghastly operations). He didn't much like the sound of that but was curious about what it would do to someone else, so he tricked them into it. Of course Dragons and Dragonewts think that everyone else were just dragonewts who strayed from the Draconic path so far they forgot who they truly are; even Eurmal. Of course we all know the dragonewts are wrong and crazy, don't we? The mere fact that dragonewts seem to behave like tricksters is just a coincidence.
  6. Anyone who is interested in running or playing in CoC Berlin: The Wicked City, would likely benefit from watching the German production of Babylon Berlin which is available on Netflix, to get some added visual flavor for the setting.
  7. Actually I suspect for most Chalana Arroys, it is about trying to get their daily routine on the ward finished without anyone dying, or messing up so badly they have to pull extra duties. Perhaps, longer term, they think about qualifying for priesthood. Chalana Arroys aren't Jains, and they aren't saints. Sure, they don't fight, but that doesn't restrict them from all the other harm they can potentially have a hand in. For example, I played a CA who ran an organized crime syndicate out of Horn Gate running hazia, slaves, prostitution, loan sharking, fixed gambling, stand-over, and even murder for hire (though she never got her hands dirty with any of it, generally pulling the strings through money and dirty politics). She ultimately became Chief priestess of Horn Gate's Chalana Arroys and ran them as her personal fief, putting the Cult back in cult of Chalana Arroy. You can talk about high minded ideals, but that only applies to 1% of 1% of 1% of the Chalana Arroy Cult.
  8. Yes, what most people fail to grasp is that the Eel family surreptitiously feed the portion of their many servants and slaves who displease them to the hidden ogre population of the Empire in secret cacodemon orgies. As any of the folk belonging to their extended holdings can be referred to as an Eel, as they are effectively allied to the Eel faction (like it or not), a surfeit of Eels can often be subtext for chaotic cannibalism.
  9. Good advice unless you meet the real Arkat.
  10. Actually Lovecraft utterly eschewed many of his former beliefs and shifted from extreme conservatism to being a New Deal Social Democrat late in his life, decrying the emergence of fascism as the greatest threat to the American way of life. Better late than never. Idk that he ever actually properly eschewed racism, but he did marry a Jewish girl, for what that's worth. Yes, he was an asshole vis race, but the Depression made him grow up a bit politically, before cancer got him. Identifying monsters is definitely mythos skill. Normally a skill like intrigue would be good for avoiding mythos machinations, but CoC doesn't have one, so it is all about actual roleplaying and the decisions you make.
  11. Well, on review, they are likely pretty good with a few exceptions. For example, +5% Occult seems okay for the Golden Bough softcover, but for reading the full 26 volume magnum opus is likely worth +20% Anthropology and +15% Occult. Frankly I don't think the Malleus Maleficarum is worth +3% occult. It is more +10% Christian sexual neurosis, and perhaps +1% Occult. Isis Unveiled gets pretty weird and batty, and some of the ideas of the pre-human races might even be worth +1% Mythos. I also feel that the Witch Cult in Western Europe hasn't been properly treated in CoC. I mean, if you have been to Dunwich or Arkham then you might find that text more valuable than +1% occult.
  12. Ragnaglar is generally depicted with a goat head. Besides, this is all a moot point, you can still meet the Eternal Battle on the Plains of Prax if the whole giant block of truestone with chaos seeping out from under it isn't enough. This is all old territory to the God Learners and their monomyth. Kajabor is not the same deity as Wakboth. They aren't the same for hero quest purposes. They aren't just some "bad man" stand-in for the Summons of Evil ritual. They are on a whole different level, and they are not the same as each other. Wakboth is the god of evil. Kajabor is the god of entropy. They are not equivalent.
  13. It's hard to climb a staple ladder in a hurry with no air in your lungs. ⭐/5 Would not try again. You have done some seriously good work there. I have a pretty good idea about how time consuming programming an environment on your own can be. I'll give you ⭐⭐⭐⭐for encouragement and your last ⭐upon completion. ☺️
  14. Yeah, idk about you, but given the wrath of a healer generally amounts to a sleep spell, I felt I had to up my CA's game. She became a loan shark. I found threatening to call in people's tabs was more effective at crowd control than a sleep spell alone. 😉
  15. Sry. Kajabor=/=Wakboth.
  16. Yeah, certainly Alhazred came up with a good idea for a topic. In terms of this, I have what I call my "Dangerous Book Collection". It is not so much necessarily about collecting occult books, so much as books that have been banned for whatever spurious reasons, or books that have proven to be troublesome to their societies even if they weren't banned. Of course I have quite a few occult books in the collection, because they have been scheduled by the Vatican as being unfit for the eyes of Catholic layfolk. Interestingly, the much vaunted Picatrix has been translated into English (from Spanish) in the last few years. While it is essentially just a short book detailing how to make amulets that allegedly harness the influence of the planets, it has this enormous reputation, and keeps showing up in RPGs as this occult "mega text". I'm not certain the subject matter really qualifies, as I doubt there is anything in it that hasn't been covered by Paracelsus or Albertus Magnus.
  17. Let's make this easy. As Keeper, Call of C'thulhu is your game world. Does H.P. Lovecraft even exist in it? I mean, think about it, does H.P. Lovecraft exist in the stories he is writing about? The answer is no. It is perfectly reasonable to say that there is no HP Lovecraft in your world. This is not to suggest that HPL could not exist in your world, but he is a little known writer for fringe literature publications. Most CoC games start in 1927, by which time HPL is divorced and has yet to write Call of C'thulhu. He could be an NPC the players bump into, and his early death could be attributed to mythos forces other than the intestinal cancer that killed him. Or, given that he is basically right about everything, perhaps he is some sort of dark avatar or prophet of Nyarlathotep, every bit as cursed and dangerous as Abdul Alhazred himself, sent to corrupt the readers of Weird Tales for some arcane reason. I believe there is an edition of Different Worlds magazine that actually covered HPL as a C'thulhu character, but I don't remember which edition it is.
  18. I am betting that this is hackers looking for bitcoin mining opportunities from very gullible people.
  19. I literally own and have read all those books. Also, I believe you meant Isis Unveiled (not Evolved) by Blavatsky. The Beatus Methodivo is usually printed as "Bermechobus" and should be written as the Bea-Methodius. It is supposedly written by Saint Methodius, but the authorship is generally described as being Pseudo-Methodius becaus nobody believes that. It is a book that prophecies the end of the world, a bit like Revelations,and has a pseudo-gnostic heritage. It appeared first as part of the Mirabilis Liber, which is a book of Christian prophecies from diverse sources. This one is seldom reprinted and is hard to find. The Emerald Tablet is literally a single page of cryptic allegorical alchemical poetry, best read in the original Greek. It is all about the interpretation, but supposedly it covers the recipe to make the philosopher's stone. The Golden Bough is a colossal 26 volume treatise on the anthropology of religion with particular reference to the role of human sacrifice and other fertility motifs. There is a still large (400 odd pages) condensed paperback volume with a Breugel painting on the cover (the Garden of Earthly delights). The I Ching is an oracle that allows you to perform divination by casting yarrow stalks, or coins, and it will provide you with a cryptic series of suggestions about the situation that is troubling you. You know those Chinese six line pictograms with open or broken lines? It's about them. There are umpteen different translations and editions. The Key of Solomon is a renaissance book that covers summoning demons via magical circles and the use of candles and a black mirror. it has a few other spells in it too. It uses the Transitus Fluvii alphabet of Agrippa in its sigils (which speaks to its origins pretty eloquently). This is not to be confused with other works attributed to Solomon, as there are quite a few. Isis Unveiled is a large book by Helena Blavatsky, founder of the Theosophical Movement. It is generally believed that she plagiarized it. The book's first chapter covers psychic phenomena and a critique of science, and the second covers a wide ranging treatment of religious philosophy. It also covers some weird and pretty racist statements about a pseudo-evolutionary theory of humanity. The Oracles of Nostradamus has had many editions, and essentially contains a large number of 4 line poems in Old French, that purport to tell of future events. The prophecies tell, amongst other things, of the coming of 3 Antichrists. Plenty of reprints, as certain people try to hype up interest in Nostradamus every decade or so. The Witch Cult in Western Europe is by Margaret Murray and was published on the back of the success of the Golden Bough. It is a 1921 introduction into what became the Wicca religion. The Zohar is the primary text on Kabbalah. It is a big thick book on the mysteries of the Torah (first five books of the Hebrew Bible). It is an exegesis on the mystical cosmology of Kaballistic Judaism, and is considered a mystical text.
  20. If the ghost is just hanging around, and the Shaman can perform a ritual in the space without interruption, the Shaman can perform that ritual that makes the spirit visible. People who don't know what just happened may think the Shaman performed a summoning spell.
  21. Flaming torches are not exactly brilliant for keeping a healthy air supply either. Gas build-up in underground spaces is super-dangerous, especially as your first warning is when you discover that you can't breathe, and have to figure out what the problem is and what to do about it while having no air. Having been in that situation once, I seriously do not recommend it to others.
  22. That's easy. If a Chalana Arroy tells you that a fallen enemy is under their protection, then if you attack that person, the Chalana Arroy can cast sleep on you. Of course, once you are sleeping, you are likely also under the healer's protection. Of course CAs are not infinite magic point batteries, and can be countermagiced and exhausted of mps, and then there is nothing they can do about you dragging away their patients and slaughtering them. Having covered this disgusting topic with a good few RQ GMs, there is a consensus about the best method to deal with broo babies. Typically the treatment for broo babies is to get a shaman to use spirit sight and disruption spell the broo baby within the victim, then have an Arroin healer surgically remove the broo before its corpse festers inside the victim. Other means of removing the parasite generally result in killing both host and parasite, as broo babies can use their cutting edges to instinctively "dig in" to their host with lethal consequences if they are threatened. Also, if an Orlanthi can touch a broo baby, they can potentially teleport it (preferably into a fire somewhere) without harming the host/victim.
  23. The Block is unlike other mythological sites. It and the story which go with it are pretty unequivocal. Nothing screams fact like a million tons of Truestone sitting on Wakboth who is still trying to seep out into the local environment. I think evidence like that would make scientists into true believers in the Storm Bull.
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