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Maskholm
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RGTraynor's comment on 2009-05-27 02:20 AM
Thank you!

And yes, pretty much; if the aerial patrols fail, if the landward watch towers fail, and if the fleet's penned in, a fireship would make life very tough.

That's realism for you. History's filled with examples of defensive positions thought "impregnable" until the opposition pulled a fast one or thought up an obviously "impossible" tactic. (Come to that, how many castles were taken by treachery as opposed to by storm? As few as three to one?)

The major war I've mentioned a couple times in my submissions between Warwik and Menahem a few years back was one of those, very much of an England-France battle between the dominant naval power and a very strong land power, with a couple hundred miles yet between their shores. Menahem launched a seemingly suicidal onslaught with their entire navy and half of their merchant fleet against the far superior Warwik navy ... only their real tactic was to ground the right ships on the Warwik shore to establish a beachhead: just long enough for the temporal wizards to create a Gate to Menahem through which the bad guys would stream their legions. The only reason the Menaheem failed was that the PCs led a surgical strike to take out the Gate on the relatively unprotected MENAHEM side, so the Menaheem only poured three legions and change into Warwik instead of ten ... and even so, came within ninety miles of Warwik City before the offensive was blunted. Go to Comment
Admiral Edwin Turner
NPCs  (Campaign)   (Political)
RGTraynor's comment on 2009-05-27 03:24 AM
Hm. I'd have to say that using oars for the Ark would be flat out impossible: the smallest of the average sized Vision-class liners runs 70,000 gross tons, while the largest war galleys ever deployed didn't hit 250 tons. Truth be told, why go high concept and have an unworkable Ubership, when you could just have a nomad fleet of smaller vessels instead? Convert Turner's coastguard cutters to sail for a picket force, convert the destroyer for a flagship, have a myriad of sailing ships and tramp steamers for living quarters; it'd be far easier to accomplish and far more nimble. I'd also proofread for typos and misspellings. Go to Comment
The Book Keepers
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (City/ Ruin)
RGTraynor's comment on 2009-05-29 02:03 AM
A number of typos and one big conceptual question: why would dwarven magesmiths restrict these constructs to library work? Given the time and trouble to make one, and how tough they apparently are in combat, wouldn't a dwarven ruler want as many of these as he could get as guards? If they're sentient enough to defend their libraries against interlopers, are they sentient enough to be used as invulnerable workers or scouts in dicey environments? As shock troops ("Go down that corridor and kill everything that moves for the next ten minutes")? Go to Comment
The Book Keepers
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (City/ Ruin)
RGTraynor's comment on 2009-05-30 04:56 AM
Oh, no, of course you’ve got Commonwealth spelling; I’d never consider that a typo.

Here goes, though: first paragraph, third sentence, capitalization in the middle of a line. Second paragraph, run-on sentence without commas. Fourth paragraph, second sentence, “it’s” where you should have “its.” Fourth paragraph, third sentence, missing comma after “forge.” Sixth paragraph, second sentence, missing comma after “sitting.” Seventh paragraph, third sentence, “though” should be set off with commas. Go to Comment
Floating Marches
Systems  (Ecological)   (General)
RGTraynor's comment on 2009-05-29 02:09 AM
Mm, Scrasamax picked off most of my questions. I've two other comments: elephants are quite intelligent, and are credited by many scientists with a high degree of self-awareness and sentience. Beyond that, errr ... what could possibly cause enough debris to float up in these fjords to bear the weight of an elephant herd, and keep it all there, only for it to all conveniently dislodge just at the push of an elephant or three, and to keep on floating seaward even when there's no more motive force? Sounds more high concept ("Hey, wouldn't it be cool to have migratory elephants crossing the sea?") than anything else. Go to Comment
Ratri, Goddess of the Night
Society/ Organizations  (Religious)   (World Wide)
RGTraynor's comment on 2009-05-23 10:41 PM
Update: There, cleaned up a wee bit. Go to Comment
Ratri, Goddess of the Night
Society/ Organizations  (Religious)   (World Wide)
RGTraynor's comment on 2009-05-25 12:16 PM
Heh, that's my *standard* religion writeup. I've a few more like it, and I haven't even appended the capsule descriptions on, which I should at least do here; there's a "What do we think about the other religions?" section that's a blatant steal from White Wolf standard. Go to Comment
Ratri, Goddess of the Night
Society/ Organizations  (Religious)   (World Wide)
RGTraynor's comment on 2009-05-25 12:20 PM
Update: Adding "What do they think of ... ?" section, which is common to all my world's religions. Go to Comment
20 Seaport Businesses
Locations  (City)   (Water)
RGTraynor's comment on 2009-05-23 09:28 AM
Mm, I had twenty in addition to the other maritime businesses I'd already posted, and while there are a lot more businesses in my Mariners' Quarter, the rest are either relatively generic or not obviously nautical in nature, however much even a maritime district needs bakers, blacksmiths and cabinetmakers. Go to Comment
20 Seaport Businesses
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RGTraynor's comment on 2009-05-23 09:33 AM
Hrm. Well, I tried to add a link and correct a punctuation mark, and it keeps telling me "You're not authorized to use freetext, please remove and resubmit." Go to Comment
St. Taria's Parish
Locations  (City)   (Water)
RGTraynor's comment on 2009-05-25 04:48 AM
What distinguishing characteristics do you think there ought to be? Go to Comment
Tyraesa Square
Locations  (City)   (Water)
RGTraynor's comment on 2010-07-17 09:10 AM
You're making the fatal presumption that public morality is logical. There are plenty of places in the world today where indentures and drug dens are legal or tolerated, but openly incestuous prostitutes sure wouldn't be. Go to Comment
Cathedral of the Black Dagger
Locations  (City)   (Any)
RGTraynor's comment on 2009-05-22 12:23 PM
Well ... one of the very few general criticisms I have of this site is that too few of the entries go beyond traditional sex roles - for example, almost all of the prostitution/brothel entries involve female courtesans serving male clients.

As it happens, over the decades a full third of my players have been women, and it's been at least 50-50 in my two groups for the last several years, so I make a deliberate effort to spread out the demographics, both in terms of gender and ethnically. Go to Comment
Cathedral of the Black Dagger
Locations  (City)   (Any)
RGTraynor's comment on 2009-05-22 06:23 PM
I've writeups of my world's religions, and at the least the Manannan and Ratri writeups are likely to be pertinent. They're on my list to post. Go to Comment
Cathedral of the Black Dagger
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RGTraynor's comment on 2009-05-22 09:29 PM
By that same token, the overwhelming number of rulers, warriors, guildmasters and indeed pretty much everyone in a position of power or authority in history have been men. In a genuinely egalitarian world, I fancy there wouldn't be the same stigma attached or the automatic presumption (among many others) that men are the only ones who want no-frills, no-fuss sex. Go to Comment
Cathedral of the Black Dagger
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RGTraynor's comment on 2009-05-23 09:36 AM
Mm, sorry, this new look just screwed with the layout, and I'm getting that "you are not authorized to use freetext" when I try to edit and save. Go to Comment
Cathedral of the Black Dagger
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RGTraynor's comment on 2009-05-25 04:51 AM
Update: There, updated the formatting following Strolen's kind aid. Go to Comment
Cathedral of the Black Dagger
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RGTraynor's comment on 2012-02-16 01:46 AM


It's not all that big, actually. The temple is a "cathedral" only in the Catholic Church sense; it's the "cathedral church" of a major player in the Ratri faith's hierarchy.



It is open to the public, though it has far less of a "congregation," per se, as opposed to supplicants seeking aid from the faith's ecclesiastical fighting order. Warwik City is the center of the Ratrian religion (and the Temple District of the New City has the High Basilica of the faith), and there are seven other temples to Ratri in the city, all with large, active congregations.

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Cathedral of the North Wind
Locations  (City)   (Water)
RGTraynor's comment on 2009-05-23 10:45 PM
Update: Cleaned up the formatting with the new site look. Go to Comment
Cathedral of the North Wind
Locations  (City)   (Water)
RGTraynor's comment on 2009-05-25 04:39 PM
Update: Mm, I hadn't planned on it being a "codex." I think the new site formatting's automatically taking those recent subs of mine and calling them codices. Go to Comment
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