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  1. Inshallah.
  2. I think it's kind of interesting how it gets framed, in terms of the percentage. I ended up travelling a couple of hours to get to 100%. Previously I had been convinced that 92% would be "good enough". But the percentage really only describes the degree of occlusion and not the quality of the experience. From what I can tell, a 99% eclipse is really only about 10% as good. All of the really good stuff happens when the sun is totally obscured.
  3. The 100% version of the eclipse was unspeakably beautiful. I really don't think there's any comparison at all between the admittedly impressive shadow over the sun you can see with glasses and the unobstructed view at totality. The cold, white ring of fire and petal-like aura were awesome in the traditional sense of the word, they inspired awe. You come away a little shaken I think. I know I'm waxing rhapsodic but it really was one of the most amazing things I've ever experienced.
  4. Oh dang, that's a lot more than I thought there would be.
  5. Mineta is kind of like Rome without the benefit of the Catholic church though, an influential little rump state with considerable international prestige but probably very little practical political clout. I very, very much doubt that the outlying Elumian states pay any sort of tribute to Mineta. My guess would be that it's like early modern Europe and most large states are just starting to get into the business of maintaining permanent ambassadorial staff in each other's countries. I would imagine for reasons of prestige almost all of them at least try to send some kind of representative to Mineta. I think Free is right that sending embassies to others would probably be below Mineta's Imperial dignity, but I think they'd probably do it anyway, at least to important states and close neighbours. In our world Hapsburg Austria and the Papal States maintained relations with other countries after all. You need to keep an eye on people. As to the empire retaking its former territory, well... there's a difference between wanting something and being able to do something. It seems difficult to believe that even if a new emperor was appointed, unless there was a truly catastrophic event to unite everyone behind them, that the empire will ever be its former size. Meril is supposedly on the rise, no? What do you think would happen if someone from outside Meril tried to put a pretender on the imperial throne. How would the Meriliens react to this challenge to their growing power?
  6. In fact, that actually brings to mind an area where I don't think there's a character claiming dibs yet (?). You could rework her into a fierce lawyer-in-training type, standing up for the rights of accused students and generally making a nuisance of herself to the professors.
  7. So, it seems like Elumia has access to potatoes and tomatoes. Where did they come from? Maybe it's silly to be like, "well they didn't exist in historical Europe so obviously they wouldn't exist in thinly veiled fantasy Europe" but still.
  8. There's a line that goes: Which I assume has a lot to do with it. In any case, the senior staff of the Academagia (or at least Orsi and Briardi) seem to have a somewhat loose approach to enforcing the prohibition against gates and mastery so long as it seems like people did it for a good reason or there are extenuating circumstances.
  9. Durand is almost literally Gryffindor though, gosh!!!
  10. I agree with you on a lot of what you're saying, but having non-white characters is hardly arbitrary. I have literally seen people say that they were put off playing Academagia because of the lack of options for playing someone like them.
  11. I think it's a good idea! The game could use more non-white characters. Though the team should also think seriously about adding non-white portraits for player characters, hint hint.
  12. I like botany
  13. I would assume a considerable number of professors at the Academagia are considered masters. They are, after all, professorial staff at the most famous magical university in the world. It probably attracts a lot of top talent.
  14. It'll get here when it gets here, it's not like asking about it all the time will make it arrive any faster.
  15. Like in the sense of networking at your job, getting to know people and making connections that are useful for your career.