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  1. Rhi; Hmmm. I don't think so, unfortunately. But it's a cool idea!
  2. For GS and S: "1) Legend has it that Shades are the shadows of Gates mages from about the sixth to eighth centuries; the mages, supposedly, were trying to find a lost continent down on the ocean below, and offered their shadows as tributes to the entities that promised to take them there. Those shadows then survived; the wizards did not. Is it true, even partially? The Shades themselves don’t seem to remember. All that’s known for sure is that the powerful ones are old. 2) Do they automatically? No. Bonds are pretty strong, even untrained, and fairly life-changing for the familiar. Can they? Particularly if creators know in advance that their creations may take on that role? Maybe. :)"
  3. Rhi; "1) There are rumors about Mastery experiments that entail familiar-on-familiar violence, but as far as you (the character) would know there's no documentation of anything like what you describe. A familiar hurting another familiar would resonate very strongly along the bond, probably causing pain both to the mage and even to the familiar inflicting the primary harm. It would take genuinely superhuman (you know what I mean) effort for one familiar to kill another if they're both bonded to the same mage. If you're asking, instead, whether there are studies of a hungry (or exotic) familiar devouring another familiar who's already dead: yes, that's known to have happened at least once, in the case of a pair of hyenas in the 13th century. No unusual effects were described. 2) That's a common misconception, but it doesn't seem to be true. The creation of a bond seems to be more about geographic proximity at the moment a new mage's magical aura expands into imbalance; the closest entity that's capable of entering into balance and willing to do it tends to seek the mage out. Mind you, Pamela might say otherwise. ;)"
  4. S; Some gain evolved or altered tastes, but in general, yes.
  5. S; Yes, it would also affect other animals, too- positively or negatively.
  6. GC; "It's not a categorically different kind of bond, and the danger of outright inversion (barring outside intervention) is basically no greater than with any other bond. There may, on the other hand, be a greater risk of what you might call bleedthrough, and what magical philosophers tend to call "behavioral aspect convergence." I.e., the wizard and the lizard taking more and more nonverbal cues from one another, possibly to the detriment of normal social function (at least in the human's case). Basically, it's not that the lizard would become the dominant partner, but that the wizard's hypersensitivity to the lizard's senses and instincts could become a bit... alienating."
  7. S; I think they're planning a pretty heavy look over here for that exact reason.
  8. Rhi; A little, VB looms large. It's in the hundreds, last I looked.
  9. I don't know if the new Jagged Alliance is good, but the originals were fantastic.
  10. Ponch; Yes, let me ask the VB gang to see what they'd like to do.
  11. Belated for Rhi: "Living ones, not so much. There are stories about”the Forget Me Not,” a Mastery mage who could control or possess anyone who said his name - even after his death. Legends have it that in the end the great wizards of his era cast their own horrific Mastery spell to burn all memory of the guy out of the Empire so he would stay dead… but somehow his Familiar (a thrush) escaped their attention, and still tries to whisper his name in travelers’ ears if they sleep outdoors. It’s probably not true. Probably." And for S: "Perhaps surprisingly, yes. The fact that Ana Flavia’s wand, with its draconic core, went unnoticed at the Academy itself for as long as it did might be suggestive - some of these things almost seem to hide themselves until they’re in positions to do real harm, even if it takes centuries."
  12. Schwarzbart; It seems to have gone really, really well. Lots of people playing, and some pretty unusual bugs. The Discord is an unofficial VB one.
  13. Oooh! Thank you, this looks great!
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