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Burly Bill's Beautiful Beverages
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Scrasamax's comment on 2014-05-04 11:25 PM
Feels like two submissions welded together here, the first half being Burly Bills, and the second half being the Humanity First AC. The two feel like oil and water, and I have trouble getting them to mix. I can appreciate the two separate halves, and I like the first half, an anachronism sitting in the middle of a shiny metal future, with wood tables. I can see the biggest crimes being committed here being the trade of contraband goods, aka honest to god tobacco products, rather than the serums peddled for the eCigs, and the presence of small batch and hand crafted beers in a setting where you could very easily have 99% of all of one product being produced by a monopoly. We have plenty to choose from, Bud, Bud Lite, Bud Black Crown, Bud Select, Bud Amber Wheat, Bud Special Batch, etc.

The second half I would need to see more developed, more explained, because as it sits, I don't know. I have a hard time reconciling the SCA Green Dragon Inn Burly Bill with a racist/bigot cyber terrorist luddite. Personally I would make a split into two characters, such as with Adolf and Alois Hitler. One was a tyrant and a genocidal maniac, and the other was his half brother who ran a bar/restaurant for the SS. Burly Bill could be the genial anachronism embracing the idealistic view of the past, with hand poured stouts and hand rolled cigars, while Bastard Bill seethes with anti-metahuman hostility and resentment, but the bond between brothers keeps the place going, with Burly overlooking, or covering what Bastard is doing, to keep him out of trouble as long as he can, and partially agreeing with some of the things Bastard believes, especially the luddite anti-modding, anti-cybernetic things. Go to Comment
Burly Bill's Beautiful Beverages
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Cheka Man's comment on 2014-05-02 07:34 PM
A well-made submission. Go to Comment
Burly Bill's Beautiful Beverages
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valadaar's comment on 2014-05-22 09:10 AM
I like two-faced organizations like this and agree with the bio-polar nature of some people. Some folks are very good at compartmentalization of behaviour. Go to Comment
Burly Bill's Beautiful Beverages
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dark_dragon's comment on 2014-05-05 11:18 AM


I love the suggestion of the two brothers. The relationship between the two could be a wonderful source of drama, tension and pathos. The PCs would have to make morally ambiguous decisions when dealing with Bill, knowing full well his intentions are essentially good and that he acts out of fraternal love. It could make for some wonderful storytelling and roleplaying.


The submission feels somewhat incomplete because it originally grew out of a scroll submission, but I didn't want to leave it as "Old fashioned pub that hides terrorist network fighting transhumanism". It was late at night so I ended up going overboard and writing a sub for it instead.


That said, I think the juxtaposition of "Bill as a nice guy" and "Bill who blows up clinics" is both realistic and interesting.


If we're talking of Hitler, there are several reports of him playing fondly with baby Helga Goebbels, or of being uncommonly attached to his dog Blondi and her puppies. Being a loving, caring family man does not stop someone from being a militant bigot. Casually murdering people as part of their role as an organised crime enforcer does not stop someone from being respectful, compassionate and caring towards their parents. A soldier can enjoy shooting "some guy in a turban" as part of his tour of afghanistan and then return home to patiently teach his son to read and make love to his wife. Your best friend at work and occasional drinking buddy could be beating his wife or molesting his children. Humanity is more complex that we make out, and while our fiction tends to use a lot of black and white, the real world is built more from a palette of grey, which is why I like the dissonant image of Burly Bill running a terror campaign.

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Burly Bill's Beautiful Beverages
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Kassy's comment on 2014-05-05 02:23 PM
4.0/5

An interesting submission. Well presented. Go to Comment
Burly Bill's Beautiful Beverages
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Longspeak's comment on 2014-05-02 06:57 PM
I like it. It's a bit on the short side, but it builds a nice picture in my head. I'd like to know more about Humanity First. Go to Comment
Serum 87
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Ancient Gamer's comment on 2014-02-05 01:58 AM
W0000000t! Don't tell me you've been around all this time, just not posting! ^^ Go to Comment
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Dozus's comment on 2014-02-05 05:47 AM
Very well researched article. One can imagine such a thing might exist, terrifying though that fact may be.

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Murometz's comment on 2014-02-05 10:31 AM
Solid gruesome stuff! And the 'References' section makes for great reading! Some really cool info. Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2014-09-26 02:06 PM
Holy smokes - this one is well referenced. Very good for moderns, lots of uses.

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dark_dragon's comment on 2014-02-04 06:05 PM
I'm a nice guy in real life, honest :)

Also, hello! Long time no post! Go to Comment
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dark_dragon's comment on 2014-02-06 10:55 AM
Nah, popped in from time to time, but haven't really been around. Blame this post on a mix of Insomnia, procrastination and wiki walking. I'm subscribed to both the forum and site RSS feeds, so I tend to have a look from time to time.
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The Tribulations of the land of Kremik
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Dossta's comment on 2011-12-12 12:59 PM


The Charter: a contract that was signed by all of the original settlers to Kremik.  It formed the basis of Kremik's various legal systems and provided several important unifying ideals that withstood the upheavals.  However, it was also at the heart of the original dispute which caused the formation of the three original nations.  Each of the three factions interpreted various key sections of The Charter differently, and their inability to resolve those differences led to the ships parting ways.



Potentially divisive provisions (need more here):




  • The Charter binds not only the original settlers who signed it, but all of their future descendants as well


  • The Charter codifies sins and virtues



Attitudes towards and influence of The Charter:



First generation settlers had all signed it personally before being put into cryosleep for the long journey to Kremik, and were faily well-versed in it.  They would be the most ardent defenders of their faction's viewpoint.



Later Kremikian nations would either discard The Charter entirely, twist or pervert its intentions, or cleave to it in an attempt to claim the moral high ground.

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Gideon's Mercy
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Strolen's comment on 2012-01-08 07:47 AM


Great description with an excellent background. I can see the Red Duke working his selfless act wishing to all that he could take the misery of all those upon himself. The knife, joining his mission and answering his call, slowly being inbued with the power. Its permanance then solidified in cloud of shadow wrapping the knife at the same time the Red Duke uttered a final agonized scream of triumph for the good he did.


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Gideon's Mercy
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Strolen's comment on 2012-01-29 10:40 AM


Congratulations on taking First Place in the Magic Items Quest!!


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Gideon's Mercy
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Scrasamax's comment on 2011-11-28 11:11 AM
Only voted Go to Comment
Gideon's Mercy
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Cheka Man's comment on 2011-11-28 03:54 PM


A truely orginal magical item.


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Gideon's Mercy
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Dozus's comment on 2012-01-30 07:19 AM


The healing/merciful weapon has been done before, but this is a lovely twist on it that brings freshness to the idea.


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Gideon's Mercy
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axlerowes's comment on 2012-01-31 05:06 AM


I enjoyed reading this.  An interesting follow up story may be how this dagger behaves when used for killings justified by a slightly different moral code.  How would the dagger respond to honor killings and executions?  



 


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Gideon's Mercy
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Wulfhere's comment on 2012-01-09 11:14 PM


A misericord in the original sense of the term.  Well detailed!


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