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MoonHunter's comment on 2009-04-10 04:29 PM
Actually no. It avoids deconstructionist implications (technically a modern ideal).

That aside, consider the globes as having "the sum of all socities' knowledge". This includes knowledge from "lost civilizations" and civilizations in other parts of the world unknown to the local peoples (getting knowledge from the Orbs that have been Vooped See Warmer aka Garnar'hklorrrathhhh ). It will not know the specifics of most peoples lives (Did Joanie marry Chachi?), but it will know a great deal about everything. (It might know where to find the marriage records for that town and time though,) Now if you are trying to use it to extend beyond the boundries of knowledge, it won't have the answer.

It might have a good guess. However, that is not its style.

I do know that the person who asked said question will have a burning desire to find the answer. (I.E. the orb will tweak their mind slightly and/ or tweak someone who will work for them, to find the answers.) Go to Comment
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MoonHunter's comment on 2009-04-13 04:58 PM
Actually in this case, I can write definitively on the thoughts of the Author. I talked with him often. He wanted to do a "fan piece" off one of my subs, which he didn't need my permission to do but that is another issue. He did this submission after checking a number of things with me. Otherwise I would not of posted in such an authorative way. If you want to post a question to his PM, he still shows up once every few months. Go to Comment
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MoonHunter's comment on 2009-04-13 06:03 PM
We really need to take the philosophical conversation offline, into PM or something. We are cluttering the poor post and not much adding to it. Go to Comment
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Shadoweagle's comment on 2004-07-06 05:39 AM
Good thoughts :) I had thought that to the public, the orb was just like an index book which people can publically access to find books. Actually I like the idea of asking the librarian. How about looking at it from a different perspective:

A sage is reknowned for giving riddles which will always give the correct answer to a question asked to the sage. You must pay the sage, then leave the room for ten minutes while he 'speaks to the spirits'. Ten minutes later, he comes back, magically knowing an answer. But what if a thief is in your party who just happens to snoop around the sages office? "Oooh, whats this ball?"

With the lightfingered thieves - the ball is fused to the library and the stand - it would take powerful magic to defuse it. And as I now see I neglected to mention: like the glow-orbs, it is completely useless outside the walls of the library - it stops answering anything. Go to Comment
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Chaosmark's comment on 2005-11-07 08:45 AM
Quite an interesting item. I never thought any could do the same thing as Moonhunter. Go to Comment
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axlerowes's comment on 2009-04-13 11:15 PM
I think you under estimate how much RPG fans enjoy armchair philosophical babel, and discussions of semantics. Go to Comment
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axlerowes's comment on 2009-03-25 05:09 PM
I like this one, it is clear, well written and would be central to any number of plots. However it does require you to accept the conceit that nobody in the library has found its true nature yet. The more I read of the Corvus setting the more I enjoy it. It has as very classic style to it. But again there are questions. This Orb is just a knowledge sponge, not a scientist. If it tests not knowledge and performs no empirical studies of things how does it organize and rank the knowledge? How does it seperate fact from lore etc?

So if I ask the Orb "Does prolactin passed through the breast milk effect thymus development in young males?" How will it answer. Go to Comment
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axlerowes's comment on 2009-04-10 01:39 AM
Remember, this is on a pre-industrial age world (like most fantasies are), thus we can not apply Industrial, Modern, and Post-Modern filters to them.

Isn't saying we need to consider the setting and the source before determining meaning and value a Post-modern filter? Go to Comment
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axlerowes's comment on 2009-04-10 05:26 PM
if you want to go down this road....

weren't you asking that we seek meaning or at least find our standard for meaning and thus reality in a contextual light (i.e. within a fantasy setting)?

can you answer question about his post definitively even though you didn't write and thus may not understand the vision of its creator?

Can you explain how Derrida would have approached the question of what it means to know something, and would his definition be different if the subject he was describing existed in different periods of popular thought (he actually dealt with I believe)?

at any rate, i dig that the it is just a ball of limited knowledge, not a ball of truth. Go to Comment
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axlerowes's comment on 2009-04-13 05:48 PM
Thus does understanding the piece require an understanding of and a relationship with the author?

Does it enhance one's understanding of the piece?

This piece deals with knowledge and perhaps truth, have you been saying to that to truth and knowledge are based upon the context?

How is context different then a paradigm? Go to Comment
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ephemeralstability's comment on 2004-06-12 04:09 PM
One bear to bring them all and in the darkness bind them...

Nice item for a twisted horror campaign.

5/5

ephe! Go to Comment
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manfred's comment on 2004-06-14 07:54 AM
A well-written story, and effects, and all fits together. Good item with black irony added. I'll be more careful around teddies from now.

The only thing I sort of disliked is, that it's yet another another item that makes you go mad and obessesed with its keeping. An original 'outfit' (rings are already little trusted in this regard...), but still the same thing. 4/5 because of it. Go to Comment
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Agar's comment on 2004-06-13 12:50 PM
I went ahead and gave this a 5/5 even though we all know that the teletubbies and barney already have this effect on anyone under 4. ;)

Good work. I love it. Go to Comment
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CaptainPenguin's comment on 2004-06-12 10:47 AM
Bizarre, dark, and slightly creepy.
Who knows what those teddy bears in the store window could be thinking?
*shudders*

5/5! Go to Comment
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CaptainPenguin's comment on 2005-03-31 08:04 PM
The part I like most of all is "DO NOT TOUCH HIM, HE IS MINE!" Go to Comment
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MoonHunter's comment on 2004-06-13 12:47 AM
From simple chats do scary things grow.

I may just have to take this plot whole cloth and stick poor Amy with it. This will make an interesting Christmas Episode as "This years must have" all have the spirit in them.

(www.rpol.net - Contemporary - Slayer's Dreams) Go to Comment
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Dragon Lord's comment on 2005-03-31 09:18 AM
Very Lovecroftian (is that a word?)

Love it

5/5 Go to Comment
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Chaosmark's comment on 2006-10-26 05:48 PM
Interesting. Go to Comment
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Murometz's comment on 2006-06-16 09:35 PM
Memorable, somber, morbid, and brilliant! Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2014-06-12 11:07 AM
Really good. Seems to me it would fit in the Garage Sale from Hell as well. Go to Comment
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