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  1. Metis; From the Team: "It may be theoretically possible for someone to be more correct in their thinking, but we're not sure we've ever come across an example."
  2. Rhi; No, unfortunately the save game corruption problem has never been definitively solved. We've had a couple of clues, that maybe it has to do with things that change the Train Steps, but...it's not clear.
  3. Mmmm, maybe a little.
  4. calqueraas; It's hard to judge- the first thing that will happen is the Kickstarter Beta. So, once we're done with the Store & Equipment there'll be a set of updates and trailers talking about those features. That's also the same time they'll set a date for the Beta. I can't say for certain how long the Beta will run- a month, or a few months, depending, before we go to Open Beta. But you'll be playing this year...barring any magazine explosions.
  5. And the response: "1) They're not exactly common stories, but they're out there. The most famous (and perhaps unexpectedly benign) is that of St. Olagio the Traveler, who in the 4th century had some kind of seizure - granted by the Gods - that sent him wandering down a long woodland path and then up into a strange mountain cave system. Thirty-three days after he woke, the story goes, the Dragons sent a massive storm to flood the valley in which his village lived, and he was able to lead all his neighbors to safety. 2) Mercenary contracts can be quite elaborate, but it depends on the size and quality of the company (and their employers, for that matter). A group like the Sulfur Company, perhaps the most dangerous currently in existence, has its own in-house lawyers, and tends to work for major merchant houses and wealthy city-states who can afford the same and can offer unusual terms. Smaller companies tend to have bundles of fairly simple contracts (blank spaces for names, payments, obligations and lengths of service) that they carry with them from job to job. Every couple of years they'll probably get in touch with an advocate or a clerk somewhere and commission more. And, yes, there are still some groups that'll work on a down-payment and a handshake - and if all you want is an exercise in brute force, they can work out quite well. 3) As for "-mancy," yes, a few scholars are aware. In fact, very early in the Empire, there was something of a fad in which a kind of court astrologer (specializing primarily in forecasting and shaping warfare) was called a "Mantis," in keeping with the tradition of the Academy of Nares in Cimone. But that was a long time ago, and it's not common knowledge."
  6. Free; Spoilers, alas- but you'll see echoes of the tabletop games in the game proper.
  7. Please write it! The worst that can happen is some edits.
  8. I suppose that would depend on your definition of properly implemented!
  9. Rhi; I really can't comment on that, most unusual, Familiar.
  10. Rhi; I'll certainly ask. I'll especially mention the gods who dwell in bliss.
  11. We had a little party internally (and an Academagia themed tabletop game), but yeah, nothing formal.
  12. Free; "1. For better or for worse - probably for worse - there's no standard protocol. The iconic image is of a wizard in a secure tower or cellar with wards on the walls, well-mapped ley lines, concentration-enchancing magic in play, and a couple of trusty friends hanging by to cast Negation spells as needed. (And, yes, per previous discussions, it can be hard to know what Negations will work.) That said, the only person the students would know well who's actually done that kind of trail-blazing work with a relatively new pheme is Professor Badcrumble, who did her doctoral work on the present form of Divinatio (the pheme was discovered in 1622 and she got her degree in 1651, to give you a sense of the scale). In her case, about sixty percent of her work was pure book research, seeing how similarly structured phemes play with others; twenty-five percent was astrological testing for pheme affinities (which is extremely tricky stuff); and a lot of the rest doing circle/ritual testing, wherein she and 2 to 8 fellow postgrads or other friends tried casting spells in concert so that the strain on any one of them would be limited and a lot of the effects could theoretically be broken by anyone concerned. And, that said, historically it's been just as likely to be some idiot kid slapping a new pheme next to a known pheme to see what would happen in the middle of a field someplace. There are even magical theory arguments for that: that the expression of pure inspiration is inherently safer than trying to contain and limit magic you don't entirely understand. 2. Yes, it's entirely theoretically possible. And, usually, in cases of "good faith" Gates and Mastery work, where someone stumbles onto something illegal by chance, a wizard of good standing can escape serious sanction by pleading no contest and swearing never to do it again. After that, though, one is generally no longer considered a wizard of good standing. 3. Ha! Okay, haze spiders. They're all over the Imperial Reserve, they're the size of your hand, they can run up to twelve miles an hour, and they spit a venom that causes hallucinations. In theory, you should be able to take one of them out with a good rock throw, never mind magic - but if one gets the drop on you it can go bad super-fast. 4. There are actually a few reasonably big saltwater lakes around - some of them pockets of old Ocean that got scooped up when the islands ascended, others the homes of magical creatures that can ensure salinity for their own comfort or consumption. The closest - Lago del Penitente, the Penitent's Lake - is in La Ritorta, about as far north of Mineta as you can get without leaving the island. 5. Trick question. Orso would never admit to any such thing."
  13. Free; Well, you all seem to really like the Proscribed Pillars, don't you?
  14. S; It's fair to say that an enterprising Player might do that, yes.
  15. Rhi; "It's not a particularly fierce rivalry among the Avila and Godina students of our year, compared to the Aranaz-Durand feud; it's hard to imagine Ana Flavia and Silke going out of their ways to prank one another just because of college ties. Certainly, as you say, there isn't a great ideological conflict between the two colleges. There's a degree of personal animus on high - Regent Badcrumble thinks Regent Massioti is a vulgar clod and Regent Massioti thinks Regent Badcrumble is pretentious and humorless - but that usually doesn't escalate to anything worse than the occasional public put-down. That said, there's a historical rivalry that's connected to the old Dawn Games; Godina has traditionally been the most athletically-inclined college, and every generation or so they would become convinced that Avila was using astrology to cheat at everything from rimbal to competitive dueling to public debates. And, not unreasonably, Avila would take that personally and would fight back - sometimes by using astrology to cheat, ironically enough. Sidebar: the Dawn games haven't been held since 1643, when Valeria Krantz pulled Avila out in a huff - and then demanded the Captain launch an official investigation of corruption among the judges. She was essentially accusing them of petty personal bias against her, but it then turned out that some of the judges were being influenced by Thieves' Guilds and the whole thing turned into a mess. The Dawn Chalice (or Cup), the big prize of the event, was ultimately shattered. Regent Massioti really wants to bring it all back, it should be said, and Regent Badcrumble, who was about sixteen when they ended, seems amenable to the idea. This would certainly bring into the fore a lot of the older rivalry."
  16. Rhi; I think it rebuilds, but...wouldn't hurt either way.
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