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Formuo Magi Savant
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Cheka Man's comment on 2007-01-17 03:23 PM
A mage with a difference. Go to Comment
Formuo Magi Savant
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Dragon Lord's comment on 2007-01-18 08:25 AM
“Does not forget spell, ever” – kinda suggests that other wizards do – sounds a bit DnDish to me – remember that not all systems have that particular (and somewhat bizarre) game mechanic

Having said that – a powerful mage with the mind of child – what a fun idea

4/5 for a tickling my funny bone
-½ for skirting a little too close to game specific mechanics for my liking
Final score – 3½ / 5 Go to Comment
Formuo Magi Savant
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Murometz's comment on 2007-01-17 07:12 PM
He does not forget spells, ever. :D

Great piece val! Funny, clever, and usable! This guy is a hoot!

The whole demon/mental patterns/exorcism explanation is a bit dodgy, but I still love it! Go to Comment
Formuo Magi Savant
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valadaar's comment on 2007-01-17 07:55 PM
Thats a whole metaphysical debate Muro - are our souls impacted by our phyical brain structure? Or is a damaged brain a distorted lense for the soul? :) Go to Comment
Formuo Magi Savant
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valadaar's comment on 2007-01-18 08:55 AM
Well, the real life savant which inspired me on this post does not forget music he has heard and can replay pretty much anything he has heard after the first occurance, so I did not see this as being too game specific.
One can forget specific details of spells and cause spell casting to fail so this can be applied to pretty much any system - for non-dnd it would mean his chance of succesfully casting a spell becomes higher.

I tried to avoid any specific game references and thought this was oblique enough not to set off alarms. Go to Comment
Formuo Magi Savant
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Demagogue's comment on 2007-01-18 06:47 PM
Your presentation of Formuo's mental processes is extremely sophisticated, I am very impressed. I don't have a problem with the close brush with mechanics, I think it is broad enough for interpretation. My only small addition would be that it would be interesting for you to include some other instances when Formuo's lack of maturity confounded his enemies. Great submission! Go to Comment
Formuo Magi Savant
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Wulfhere's comment on 2007-01-25 08:22 AM
THe idea of an autistic savant mage never would have occurred to me. It gives me "Rain Man" ideas, with those who see only his potential use struggling against those who want to protect him. Go to Comment
Alun
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MoonHunter's comment on 2007-01-15 01:37 AM
Very much an expanded stub. I hate when you have those, and they just keep going and going.

Still, this one covers much of what one wants for a species group. Love the format. Take an extra star for a sub out of control. Go to Comment
Alun
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Scrasamax's comment on 2007-01-12 10:34 PM
Good submission, and while a bit spread out, the formatting makes the sub easy to read. The stone flutes are an obvious highlight. Go to Comment
Alun
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Cheka Man's comment on 2007-01-12 09:23 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
Alun
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necromancer's comment on 2007-01-31 06:11 PM
At first i thought this race was a cliche, but through your details you've made it your own. Go to Comment
Alun
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Murometz's comment on 2007-01-09 03:11 PM
me'likey Stone Flutes! Go to Comment
Alun
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Murometz's comment on 2007-01-12 07:56 PM
Labor of Love alert! Pretty good, covers all the basics. Nice detail in places. Stone Flutes are particularly juicy. Thumbs up! Go to Comment
Alun
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axlerowes's comment on 2012-09-23 04:40 PM
This was a large undertaking, writing up a culture. While I feel you covered a lot of material, you did not provide us with a picture of what it is like to interact with the people. These people have narrative to them and ascendancy and collapses. We don't learn what it is like to a be Alun or what they were really like. We have bunch of facts but not a real pictures. A good effort and an interesting one. Go to Comment
Alun
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valadaar's comment on 2007-01-09 10:58 AM


Stone Flutes
One of the few remaining artifacts of the Alun people of note are the amazing Stone Flutes. These massive stone pillars (generally 6' in diameter and up to 30' tall) pierced with carefully carved holes. Running down the center of the stone (only visible from above the stone), is a long resonating chamber.

When wind blows across the top of the stone the right way, a low tone is created (similar to blowing across a bottle, but much lower in octave). Covering the various holes on the stone will cause slight variations in the tone - if enough are covered then the changes become perceptible enough to produce simple music. It would, however, require a large number of people, carefully coordinated, to 'play' this massive instrument.

Those samples which survive of these artifacts radiate a small degree of magic, though wether this is from their creation, or represent some means of improving their ability remains to be seen. What is known is that no attempt to replicate these structures has succeeded in producing the same quantity and quality of sound.

It is thought that these played an important part in the magical rituals performed by the Alun.

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Alun
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valadaar's comment on 2007-01-10 11:16 AM
This was originally intended as a Stub for the Alun in The Scratching Stone, but it grew somewhat. Go to Comment
Alun
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valadaar's comment on 2007-01-16 10:43 AM
Updated: Removed many unnecessary newlines, a couple sections have been 'demoted' and moved into suitable sections.
Open for suggestions to improve readabilty, including breaking out sub-subs :) Go to Comment
Alun
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valadaar's comment on 2012-09-23 06:20 PM
This is due to them being, at least in Neyathis, a dead race.

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Alun
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the Wanderer's comment on 2007-01-14 12:05 PM
I like it, great details. Go to Comment
Haruun the Eternal
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Scrasamax's comment on 2007-01-12 10:37 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
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