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The Soul
Lifeforms  (Ethereal)   (Any)
hylandpad's comment on 2011-09-05 06:16 PM
it's really more about the dynamic between the brain, which acts in the best interest of the body, and the soul, which acts in the best interests of humanity. Both are necessary to live and coxist, but too much in either direction causes death and/or suffering. Go to Comment
The Soul
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PoisonAlchemist's comment on 2011-09-05 04:46 PM


Interesting, the soul is both good and bad, and immortality is impossible if you have a concience. 


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The Soul
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Tundra's comment on 2011-09-08 06:34 AM


Very good! Useful and well thought out. Unique.


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Fully Articulated Powered Carapace Armor
Items  (Armor)   (Combat)
Scrasamax's comment on 2011-09-01 12:02 PM


Only Voted


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Fully Articulated Powered Carapace Armor
Items  (Armor)   (Combat)
Cheka Man's comment on 2011-08-31 07:31 PM


Powerful but not uber-powered.I like it.


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Fully Articulated Powered Carapace Armor
Items  (Armor)   (Combat)
hylandpad's comment on 2011-08-22 02:54 PM
Update: Sorry about the spelling. I'm on some painkillers and this computer has no Spellcheck and I'm sure it's absolutely horrid. Go to Comment
Fully Articulated Powered Carapace Armor
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hylandpad's comment on 2011-08-31 09:48 PM
considering this is supposed to be an investment only the knightly class can afford, it needs to offer ample protection, that run-of-the-mill soldiery simply do not have access to. It needs to have a bad-ass factor, and serious stopping power. But it's serious awesomeness is somewhat nullified when two of these suits come into contact - at which time it's a test of skill. Go to Comment
Fully Articulated Powered Carapace Armor
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hylandpad's comment on 2011-09-03 01:47 AM
I never thought about that, to be honest. I'm sure I could find some nutrient-rich fluid to marinate the muscles in, that keeps them elastic and healthy. Go to Comment
Fully Articulated Powered Carapace Armor
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PoisonAlchemist's comment on 2011-09-01 05:11 AM


A very good and complete writeup of an uncommon piece of equipment. Does the Kellerhadrin Plant fiber ever wear out or degrade? I'm sure the suits are broken far before then, but it seems a releveant qestion. If the plants are still alive when they are used you might even have to water your armor. 


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The Ark
Society/ Organizations  (Political)   (Area)
Scrasamax's comment on 2011-08-31 01:52 PM


Good composition, consistent material, interesting read. Well done.


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The Ark
Society/ Organizations  (Political)   (Area)
EchoMirage's comment on 2011-09-02 04:31 AM


A note: with its strong foundation in dealing with knowledge, archives etc., the Ark will have a very strong handle on noblemen. Why?



*You need to legitimate your claim to a title. Of course there are documents to prove your right. Kept by an Archivist. Of the Ark.



*You need novel weaponry to defeat your foe. It was invented recently. By a scholar of the Ark.



*You need religious support to motivate your troops. Priests of the Ark can do that. (just look at the Investiture Controversy in the 11th-12th century for a conflict between priesthood and nobility).



*You need competent magistrates to run your realm properly. Of course they are members of the Ark.



Simply denying services will calm many an uppity noble quite swiftly. If the Ark withdraws its members from a realm, it will soon become a hillbilly backwater - especially considering that intellectuals will drain from there to realms where the Ark maintains presence.


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The Ark
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EchoMirage's comment on 2011-09-06 05:43 AM
Indeed. Hence, as long as the Ark will not bend over and take it like a good... girl, there will be all sorts of interesting conflicts. Even though they are but humble scholars, they are not toothless.

Another point: Ark scholars will be the main writers of history - offend them, and for all times to come, you shall be known as a drunkard and buffoon, and your daughters as harlots of satanic bent.
They may also have bards and entertainers, who will make sure to paint any uncouth lord-ling blacker than pitch.

Anyways, I like it. Conflict makes for good tales. Go to Comment
The Ark
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hylandpad's comment on 2011-08-31 04:34 PM
One of these days I'm gonna earn a 5/5 from you Scras ;)
Thank you for the compliments - I try hard to be consistent. Go to Comment
The Ark
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hylandpad's comment on 2011-09-02 06:10 PM
These are all very valid points. However, as it was true during the days of the investiture controversy, so it is true in this scenario; dynamic and powerful personalities rule the world. The potency of any institution, whether it be a monarchy, theocracy, oligarchy or what have you, is determined by just how far a person will go to enforce their policies. Take Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II, who's personality was so strong, that he broke a lot of clergy AWAY from the opposing Papacy. And there is no doubt that the Ark, in this situation, supplies the academics of Greatland, which is a force of it's own. Go to Comment
The Ark
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PoisonAlchemist's comment on 2011-09-01 05:02 AM


Wow. I have only read this and the Biv (it might be nice if you used inline links) but I already have a very very clear picture of your world. Good work. 


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The Ark
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PoisonAlchemist's comment on 2011-09-01 05:02 AM


Wow. I have only read this and the Biv (it might be nice if you used inline links) but I already have a very very clear picture of your world. Good work. 


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The Ark
Society/ Organizations  (Political)   (Area)
Tundra's comment on 2011-08-31 11:25 AM
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The Biv
Systems  (Societal/ Cultural)   (Defining)
Scrasamax's comment on 2011-08-29 01:14 PM
A rather long and complicated read, it has a sense of history and bears a certain sense of ponderance and antiquity that a massive archaic book should have. Nicely done Go to Comment
The Biv
Systems  (Societal/ Cultural)   (Defining)
Murometz's comment on 2013-05-24 02:33 PM
This is mighty impressive to me. And what Scras said. Go to Comment
The Biv
Systems  (Societal/ Cultural)   (Defining)
Murometz's comment on 2015-06-12 01:45 AM
Second read...

This time I'm just going with "wow". Go to Comment
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