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Beta Call for Mad Ambition in Blades of Avernum
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We all love the BoAC, but you probably do not need to plug it at every conceivable opportunity.

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The Empire Always Loses: More fun than a kick in the shins!
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RP: The Empire Always Loses in General
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OOC: Frozen, a couple small things:
A) You should post a description when you get the chance. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, just the bare facts, so others can include your faction in their posts without getting it all wrong.
B) Non-Ermarian species are risky business. If one of them turns out to be from Planet Invincible in the Badass quadrant, don't be surprised if everyone throws a hissy-fit. :P
C) 200's rather small, small enough to be wiped out in one big battle. You should consider making that bigger.

Anyway, sorry about all that. Welmcome to the RP, and glad to have you on my side. ^_^

IC:
"The Ratbane were alive in Valorim before human ever crossed the northern mountains. Our ancestral lands, including those currently occupied by humans, contain all lands north of Tevrono between the ocean and the swamps. Any who bears arms or settle in them against our will will see no mercy."

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Homurr's village, deep in Ratbane lands, 230 days after Shao's secession

Meriwether's demand reached chief Ren, leader of the southernmost Ratbane settlements, three days ago. The word passed swiftly into the mountains, and two days ago Homurr's first response was spread by smoke signal:

ALL CHIEFS GATHER FOR COUNCIL OF WAR

And so they came. With the dozen or so chieftains of the Nephilim are Wake and Raven.

Homurr: "By now you have all learned the reason for my calling you here. Humans have ordered us to leave, and when we do not they will move against us in force."

Tosus, a warrior from the coast, answered: "Then the Empire has resumed its campaign against us." The nephil faces in the room were crestfallen."

Homurr: "No, I do not think this is the Empire. The garrison at Tevrono has made no move to attack or to shore up their defenses. The ultimatum was signed 'in the name of Generalissimo Shao.' This Shao, whoever he is, intends to carve out a domain of his own, and he is starting with those the Empire will not protect."

Ren: "They are still Imperials. We dare not risk open war."

Another of the chiefs answers angrily, "We have no choice!" Several others all shoout back at once, and Homurr has to calm them down.

Homurr: "Ren is correct that we have little hope in open war. Trying to offer battle in the lowlands would be folly. But we have fought Imperials before, and they have always thought us savages and fools. I have answered Meriwhether in my best diplomatic style (Homurr here repeated his reply to Shao), and if I know humans, they will take us literally.

"They will come for a battle in the flatlands. They will bring their horses, their heavy armor. They will have many wagons. Shao will give much gold to march his army north, and when he finds the woods empty, he will not go home without battle."

At this, a smile crept across Homurr's face. The others present are beginning to understand his plan.

"In our mountains, the only paths are those we made. There are no horse-roads, no flat ways for humans to cross in ranks. Many are passable only to Nephilim. Let them try us there, and then they will find us sterner than they expect!"

Homurr shouted the end of his speech, and brought his heavy fist down on a nearby table. The assembled chieftains let out purring cheers.

"There is one other matter to consider," Homurr continued. "Ren and his scouts have brought word that giants are marching north, toward Gale. Whether they come to join Shao or to make war on him, we know not. All the same, we must go to meet them, and remind them what the friendship of humans is worth. Tonight I will give thought to our defense, and at dawn I walk south to their speak to their chief."

[ Friday, June 03, 2005 10:15: Message edited by: Turumby ]
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What's your sex? in General
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Unless you have clothes that make you look nine and Japanese, good luck. :P
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RP: The Empire Always Loses in General
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Homurr, the most powerful of chief of the Ratbane, leads his warriors down through the foothills that mark the edge of his lands. Behind him are the pastures where his people tend their flocks. This is no mere raiding party, however: more than 200 Nephilim walk softly behind Homurr, the largest force of them to assemble in some time. Their goal is a small, hastily-built fort about two hours to the south, an armory and safehouse for the local human farmers. Patrols from it are pursuing Nephil bandits for miles around, but the last place their captain expected a battle was at his own doorstep.

It is a dark, moonless night, but the torches on the walls provide more than enough light for the keen-eyed Nephilim. The guards on the walls never know what hits them, and the soldiers who rush to their aide fall shortly after; the Nephilim present no target to return fire on. The shouts of alarmed soldiers spread quickly through the barracks, spreading panic among the refugees from other Nephil raids. With barely a sound, the agile Nephilim throw grappling hooks and begin to scale the walls.

In the courtyard, where a few of the more cool-headed residents are building a large fire. The lieutenant in command of the place is pulled suddenly from his sleep and rushes outside, only to be caught up in a general stampede toward the armory. They find it locked, the keys still under the lieutenant's pillow. By now, arrows are flying everywhere, killing the armed and unarmed indiscriminantly.

In a few minutes, it's all over. The survivors are taken prisoner and made to haul wagons loaded with goods away into the mountains. Swords, chain mail, arrows of iron and steel, and a great store of provisions go north with the prisoners, while most of the attackers disperse silently into the woods to wait for any human soldiers who were away from the fort to return. Behind them, the place goes up in flames.

* * *

News of the battle takes a few days to reach Tevrono, but from their it speeds south quickly. It is the first time in living memory that Nephilim have attacked a military target, and the shock is considerable.
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Who are you? and What's your IQ? in General
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Oops, my mistake. [jedi mind trick] There is no post here. [/Jedi mind trick]

[ Tuesday, May 31, 2005 16:35: Message edited by: Turumby ]
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quote:
Originally written by Dervish Malachai:

quote:
Originally written by Turumby:

Faction Name: The Ratbane Clan
...woah. Have you been playing my unreleased scenario? :P

Ratbane is in the canon, if I'm not mistaken. One of the books you can pick up in E3 mentions it.

IC:
The Divinity spy arrived at the Nephilim graveyard to find four spears planted firmly in the ground, facing outward. On the nearest was a note tied in a red ribbon. It read:

Your spies are not very good, stranger, if they have told you we will barter our fathers for gold. The corpses of our enemies dot the valleys below us, and those we treasure not. We will leave them to you in exchange for your food, and we trust one with so many eyes can find them.

[ Tuesday, May 31, 2005 00:47: Message edited by: Turumby ]
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Faction Name: The Ratbane Clan

System of Government: Tribal oligarchy
Government Legitimacy: Extremely high
Government Stability: Very high
Location: The mountains of northeastern Valorim.
Sphere of Greatest Influence: The forests and mountains of northern Monroe province
Territory: In the mountains, bordered by the Guild lands to the west, the ocean in the east, and the foothills of southern Pralgad to the north.

Fiscal System: Barter. Property is mostly communal, and they engage in very little trade with outsiders.
Fiscal Status: Poor.
Economic Growth: Almost none.
Standard of Life: Very low.
Imports: Food, rarely.
Exports: Labor, also rarely.

Population: About 20,000.
Recognized Species: Nephilim.
Other Nephilim are generally welcome; other non-human species are tolerated as long as they keep their distance. They will sometimes deal with humans, but only when desperate.
Populating Species: Nephilim.
Army: N/A
The Ratbane have no formal army. Most are skilled hunters and quite a few are ruthless bandits. Almost all have some skill with a bow, and a few are shamans as well.
Comparative Technology Level: Very low.
Army Training: Superb.
Many of the Ratbane nephilim are hunters and bandits, and masterful at it. They have much less experience with stand-up fights, and avoid them whenever possible.
Army Discipline: Very high.

Diplomatic Status: No formal diplomatic relations. Nephilim and humans have never seen eye to eye, and the once-mighty Ratbane clan is still bitter. They have lived in isolation for ages, protected by the harsh terrain they call home, and only the Empire’s decline has made them bold enough to raid the human settlements below them.
Traditional Enemies: All humans, and the Empire especially.
Major Problems: Centuries of human encroachment have pushed the Ratbane into some of the highest, most inhospitable mountains on Ermarian. Agriculture is almost impossible, and the animals they hunt often insufficient. In recent years they have had to rely on banditry to make up the difference, and old hatreds are beginning to flare again on both sides.
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Karma and Bush, and also the WTC in General
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John's not so bad. I took a shower with him once.
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Awfully Quiet in General
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quote:
Originally written by Thuryl:

quote:
Originally written by Wise Man is a:

I would imitate Ally's sig, but I'm also incredibly lazy.
"Ally"? Alorael isn't Rentar-Ihrno.

CGI being what it now is, Ms. Flockhart is finally 100% useless.
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What gender is Sulfras? in The Avernum Trilogy
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Sulfras was male in Exile 1, as I recall, but was referred to as female in E2 and 3. The confusion in the Avernum series probably result froms Jeff porting some of his text directly from Exile and writing some of it from scratch.

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The Empire Always Loses: More fun than a kick in the shins!
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Life Expectancy in General
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Alec: Try turning off popup blocking.

Apparently, I'm going to die at 67. The heroin must be catching up to me.
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Custom title in General
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quote:
Originally written by Ash Lael:

I actually think Zeviz's title is the best.

No, wait, *i. You can't beat The Establishment.

Okay, good point. "Nuke and pave" amused me enough that I started using it in conversation when I got the chance.
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Custom title in General
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I have the coolest custom title ever, and I didn't even earn it.
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Tough NPC Tournament round two in Blades of Exile
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Doesn't matter. You can say "The Master" and "San-Racku" without dying, and that's why Sovereign wins. :P

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post-canopy badness in Blades of Avernum
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Adlerauge is technically a sling.

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Missile Weapons In Avernum in Blades of Avernum
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quote:
Originally written by Le Martyre de la Terreur:

PS- Adlerauge
Making a game-breaking weapon is not really that impressive, you know.

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Terri Schiavo in General
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That's different. For one thing, the Constitution is vague on judicial review, largely because some of the founding fathers, most notably Gouverneur Morris of Pennsylvania, hoped to sneak it in without a lengthy debate on its merits. The Court does not so much exceed its Constitutional powers as take a generous view of them, one which had the endorsement of the executive branch under Jefferson.

More importantly, even with its expanded power, the court is limited in what it can do, even when its judges are excessively activist. The Schiavo precedent is dangerous because it essentially places Congress above the courts. It is interesting to wonder what would happen if the Schiavo case had been taken by the Supreme Court; the Schiavo law is almost certainly unconstitutional, and we could have had a situation in which both Congress and the Supreme Court were claiming the ability to overrule the other.

But, alas, the breakdown of the rule of law must await another day.
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Two years to the day. in General
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Israel spent roughly $7.4 billion of its own money on its armed forces in 2004, while receiving $10 billion in U.S. aid.
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New Abortion Laws in General
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Well, without education, contraceptives aren't much good. Both are necessary.
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Terri Schiavo in General
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Well, apart from being evil, he was actually a pretty good president.
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Two years to the day. in General
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I don't see this as a question of right and wrong, because neither side is what I'd call right. What's more important is that both the Israelis and the Palestinians are behaving in ways that will only extend the conflict, when either side could bring it to an end if they had a genuine commitment to peace.
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Two years to the day. in General
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Contrary to popular belief in America, several times as many Palestinians have died in this conflict as Israelis since fighting resumed in 2000. While it is true that a higher percentage of Palestinian casualties are "militants," it is still an undeniable fact that more innocent people have died on the Palestinian side.
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The Universe in General
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Nah, you should ask questions and get people to explain the things that don't make sense. This is confusing stuff, and takes a while to grasp.
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The Universe in General
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Gravity is a force, and all forces are the product of some sort of energy. The force that makes two masses attract each other can't really be classified as chemical, thermal, etc., hence the seperate category.

As for the rest, your division of energy into those four categories is pretty arbitrary. Chemical and nuclear energy are pretty different in terms of their sources and effects, and the former is not "equivalent to matter" at all. The criterion for scientific classifications like this is not so much "is it correct?" as "is it useful?", and saying that all energy is one of four functionally equivalent things just causes more confusion than it settles.
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The Universe in General
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Dreams: I'm pretty sure virtual particles have been observed. If not, they must rest on some very sound theory, because the books I read on the subject take their existence for granted.

Alec: It's not really true that Newton's laws were "incorrect," just that they are not perfectly precise, and that imprecision happens to grow to a noticeable amount at extremely high velocities. Einstein's theories just have a better (thought still not perfect) precision.
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