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Character Info / Sayer's runestones
« on: February 16, 2006, 10:58:17 PM »
Quote from: wildfire
Will you be doing this during a session?

What'choo talkin'bout, Willis?  I've made plenty of informal reading during our sessions!

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Character Info / Sayer's runestones
« on: February 17, 2006, 01:32:45 PM »
Quote from: wildfire
I'm talking about actual runestones

You'll see.  You'll all see.

::rubbing hands together in a gleeful manner::

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Character Info / Sayer's runestones
« on: February 15, 2006, 03:16:22 PM »
Here is an overview of Sayer's runestones:

The stones:

The stones are smooth river pebbles.  Although they vary in color, they are small and flat, and are identical in size, shape and weight.  On the obverse of a stone is a bolder marking of a symbol (the "dominant" rune), and on the reverse is a daintier marking (the "diminutive" rune).  There are 24 stones in a pouch, with three groups of stones evenly bearing the markings of the sun, moon and earth.

The runes:

The Sun is depicted by a circle centered with a dot.  It represents the mental world: the mind, skill, knowledge, organization, goals.
The Moon is depicted by a circle divided in half lengthwise.  It represents the spiritual world: the soul, emotion, social relationships, passion, energy.
The Earth is depicted by a circle divided into quarters.  It represents the physical world: the body, health, wealth, material possessions.

A dominant rune may have a positive, expansive, or active influence on a rune's attribute, while a diminutive rune may have a negative, reductive, or passive influence.

The casting of runestones:

A typical reading consists of six stones drawn randomly from the pouch and dropped from a closed fist at arm's length.  The runes are read, starting from the stones closest to the caster out to the furthest.  Equidistant stones are typically read from right to left when the stones are cast from the right hand (or left to right when cast from the left hand).

The arrangement of the cast stones are important to the reading.  Stones that lie close to the querent have a stronger impact on her than the further stones.  To a lesser degree, this is also true for those stones that lie on the same side as the casting hand.

If there are more dominant runes than diminutive runes in a reading, then the reading is a BOON.  If there are more diminutive runes than dominant runes, then the reading is a BANE.  If there are an equal amount of dominant runes and diminutive runes, then the reading is a BALANCE.  A predominant rune (multiple sun, moon or earth runes) may indicate the type of boon or bane.

Formal and informal readings:

Formal readings typically involve one person ("the querent"), and are lengthy and ritualistic.  Runestones are cast upon a prepared surface which bears a circle divided into quarters.  The querent selects her "path" by selecting a single stone or a group of stones.  Using her casting hand, those stones that may be covered with the querent's palm are areas that she may directly influence; stones that may be covered with the querent's extended fingers are areas that she may have an extended influence, and areas outside of the querent's reach are areas that may escape her influence (or they may represent areas that the querent must be willing to make sacrifices).

Informal readings ("readings in the field") are practiced commonly by Sayer.  Runestones are cast upon the any available surface and are read as a group.  While this reading form is helpful for obtaining quick advice, such simple readings lack the depth of insight that formal readings impart.

Skewed readings:

These are done with an odd number of stones (typically five).  There is never balance in skewed readings; the result is always a boon or a bane.


[size=9:4be3eb6ffb]Yeah, I spent far too much time writing this.[/size]

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Out of Character Discussions / We need to work together in Threshold
« on: February 14, 2006, 06:45:47 AM »
Quote from: Johan
Jarmok if you want to look for evidence of abnormal splash marks then make a Spot check and send me the result in a PM or email...I have the DC in my head.

Who wrote this, please?  It's showing up as Johan as the author on my browser.

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Out of Character Discussions / We need to work together in Threshold
« on: February 14, 2006, 07:19:15 PM »
As mentioned in the ICD thread, Sayer suggests moving the stay-behinders to the treeline north of the ruins.

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Out of Character Discussions / We need to work together in Threshold
« on: February 15, 2006, 03:32:17 PM »
Quote from: red:268069e4dc
this[/color]
The Weary Road Home[/i] is the first thread that I've made an effort to keep reading.  Of course, now I'm SUCKED IN reading the ICDs, damn it.

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Out of Character Discussions / Clan Lord meets Threshold
« on: February 13, 2006, 02:16:11 PM »
From the Weary Road Home thread:

Quote from: Jarmok
"Is not more hunt. Is rescue." He reiterated adamantly.

I find this to be a rather amusing summary of the situation: this line is frequently used in Clan Lord (a Mac MMORP) when a hunt goes bad and people need to come in to help.  Rescuers want to get their tags in on a beast and need to be reminded that the monsters need to die quickly: this is not a hunt, it's a rescue.

We also use the term "Fun turns to tragedy" quite often, too.

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Character Info / Your character description, in one word
« on: February 12, 2006, 03:45:40 PM »
Quote from: fraz
I'm confused.  Do you want us to report one noun describing just our own character, or do you want a list of all the characters from each of us as Blackspear provided.

Whichever. :)

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Character Info / Your character description, in one word
« on: February 12, 2006, 07:15:32 PM »
Quote from: himo
Dale: sir sleeps-a-lot
Haw![/i]

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Character Info / Your character description, in one word
« on: February 12, 2006, 07:24:28 PM »
Quote from: Blackspear
Dale The Sandman (numerous sleep spells)

Is this a specialized spell for Dale?  I ask because I was wondering if this word would still be applicable to him when he is 10th level.

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Character Info / Your character description, in one word
« on: February 12, 2006, 09:46:58 AM »
If you had to describe the characters from Threshold using one noun (using the format "The _____"), what would that word be?  The description may be their role within the group or about their person.

My examples:

Maal: The Hammer (fierce warrior)
Jarmok: The Enigma (wtf?)
Sayer: The Advisor (all he does is talk)
Kit: The Variable (emotionally unstable)
Ragnar: The Trigger (quick to act)
Dale: The Grit (bold and forceful)
Laren: The Ingress (allows access)

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Character Info / Query: character descriptions
« on: February 11, 2006, 05:04:50 PM »
Some random questions regarding Threshold characters:

* What does Jarmok's nose look like?  Broad and flat?  Narrow and protruding?

* What is Ragnar's race?  Are there any particular facial features for him?

* What are the facial features for Laren (is he a halfling)?

* What are the facial features for Dale?

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In Character Discussions / The Weary Road Home
« on: February 07, 2006, 07:08:44 AM »
Sayer crouches and casts his stones, pondering over them for several moments.

[The stones read: earth SUN SUN SUN SUN SUN; 5 boon and 1 bane; the inverted earth stone is closest to Sayer, and the other five stones form a circle]

"I would advise returning the councel members to town.  Although Dale's suggestion has merit," Sayer points to the inverted earth stone, "there will be a payment for such an attempt."

Sayer rises from his crouching position, looking at the faces of the group.

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In Character Discussions / The Weary Road Home
« on: February 07, 2006, 07:30:36 PM »
Quote from: Blackspear
[Dale] then hands the money to Sayer and says, "You did well today.  I've never seen a braver act than what you did today.    Since you're a scholar, why don't you tally this money up and dole it out equally when we get back to town."
your[/i] plan of action that enabled us to easily enter and control this stronghold.  My deeds may have seemed heroic, but all I did was follow your careful instructions."

Sayer glances at the purses, yet makes no motion to accept them.  "Perhaps the task of managing the spoils of the field is better suited for hands other than mine," he says.

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In Character Discussions / The Weary Road Home
« on: February 09, 2006, 06:22:26 AM »
Sayer stood by and listened.  His hands were folded in front of him.

"What is our decision?"

[Edited for clarity.]

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