I understand the logic of Zylithan and Val comments but personally I'm okay with this seemingly disconnect of a docile beast that could be very dangerous (I think of it as a sort domesticated wolf becoming dog story). However, I also agree with AG that this is a solid but not particularly endearing idea presented here. Go to Comment
The Orb of Corvin and the Dark Eye suspect there may be an opposing force out there. They are playing a cat and mouse chess game with each other. However, neither suspects the Silver Star/ Orb of Healing is one of the "The Players". This chess game has three players. Go to Comment
The Unexpected, especially the balanced unexpected, always has a great inpact. (GMing/ Writing tip 87)
To be honest, "The Hand" is a tiny fraction of The Stars, and has a modest impact upon the world.. almost nothing in comparison to the effect the Stars have upon the world. Still, the explanation for The Hand's Powers and their "cover" make the organization effective. Go to Comment
Even healers have to live from something. To me it seems to go along with their clerical appearance - in exchange for healing, you don't necessarily have to pay, but can perform a service "for the cause". It may be something directly for the order, or some "good deed", both are understandable and support their public image. The Stars may trade it for other services in turn. Go to Comment
These are not your riverboat gamblers. These are not your Vegas crowd. These are extremely rich and powerful gamblers. They are nobles. They are merchants. They are kings. They have the money to burn (and the ability to make more).
These are your Skulls, Your New Men, your Trilateral Commission, your Round Table, those of wealth and power, who play these kinds of games because they can. And other people are their pawns to their own greed, ambition, and huberis.
Eyes Wide Shut shows a perfect example of such an organization, though they are more about debachery rather than politics, at least in the movie's story.
They are a political organization because these are the only people who can gamble at this level.
I mean who else would have the ability and money to gamble on these things, and the ability to create minion to act upon them.
If you don't like the coding, can you find another one for a group of people who start wars to see who will win? Go to Comment
Another incomplete post. Why would gamblers create a political organization? I know several and they can hardly manage themselves, and are a far cry from organization of any kind. The bit about the manipulators IS credible though and I think you should play fully upon that theme if you choose to revise this post. Go to Comment