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On 8/16/2015 at 10:04 PM, ronikai said:

Is there an adventure for black sheep sky pirates? I'm curious as to the type of adventure our sky pirate students will get during the summer

 

On 8/17/2015 at 12:37 AM, Legate of Mineta said:

Ronikai;

 

At this moment, no- Sky Pirates are separate. But it would be really neat if they were combined, like the others. We'll see. ;)

Has this changed yet?

It was mentioned somewhere as well that family names are set/random but can be changed. Is there a set name for the ship and crew that the Sky Pirates Family has/belongs to? Can we change it and become Black Falcon Costers impersonators?

For that matter, I've been imagining that the ship belongs to the parents and one of them is the captain (or they co-captain?), based on the wording that they have a soft business of delivering packages, so it seems like they're business owners and in charge of the operation. Is this impression correct?

Are the family rivalries or allies or not involved at all with Asad the Lion? I realized if the Guard Captain may have hired them as privateers in the past, then the Guard option might be the family-approved main adventure path, and it would be interesting if maybe they don't like it if you help Asad.

Aren't Sky Pirates interesting and fun?

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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."

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Is there any in-world danger with the Reptile Whisperer bond, where if the human isn't strong enough they could end up on the wrong side of a familiar bond with the lizard instead? Or is it categorically a different kind of bond? (Regardless of whether this is a danger for the player mechanically or not.)

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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."

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39 minutes ago, Legate of Mineta said:

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."

Wouldn't this becoming alienating to other humans not also a problem for other animal? 

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Have any mages with multiple familiars had one familiar eat another familiar?

Is there any connection between a mage's personality and first familiar?

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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.  ;)"

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Are Shade familiars a wizard's own shadow that gains sentience as it becomes a familiar, or were they created by much more advanced magic at a much earlier time, and then became familiars to a different wizard in the usual way?

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2) is the summoner of a creature or creator of a construct that became familiar of a other mage keep some influence on the familiar? (looking at Orso Orsi)

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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.  :)"

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