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What is the Real Life significance of the name Hochmeister?

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@Mikka, when talking about Louise Kandinsky, said that Louise's familiar's name, the Hochmeister, was so strong a reference to something in real life that she was considering changing the name. Does anyone know what this reference is to? The only Hochmeister that I know about was a title given to the Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights - which would fit with Louse's northern Vilocian/Staadan homeland.

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A cursory Wikipedia check lists the (initial) title for the Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights, an 18th/19th century mayor from Romania, and a 1980s Czech football defender. And I'm going to assume that whatever she was talking about would show up on a cursory Wikipedia check, because otherwise the whole " so strong a reference to something in real life that she was considering changing the name" aspect falls flat IMO.

Of those three the obvious choice is the Teutonic Order, not that I could tell you what Louise's Familiar would have to do with that.

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@Metis: I am glad that I am not the only one who was puzzled by the idea that the name Hochmeister would be an obvious reference. But let us assume that it is a reference to the Teutonic knights. As I have mentioned, it would be appropriate, given that Staade, as a region of people speaking Cyve's German language equivalent and surrounded and influenced by Cyve's Slav equivalents, plays a role analogous to Prussia, which was founded as a state by the Teutonic Knights.

 

As an alternative explanation, the name Hochmeister apparently means "High Master", which may be a hint that Louise, due to her interest in birds (which, as her Y1 adventure reveals, can reach unhealthy levels) may become involved in mastery in some capacity. Related to this, the Purple Wizards of Thei are also headquartered in a linguistically Vilocian state/region...

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Interesting theory, but I don't think accurate because I believe the Purple Wizards were Schwarzbart's idea added in DLC 17, after Mikka's kids in DLC 16. Moreover, being interested in Mastery is Aaran's shtick, and I don't think Mikka would repeat that concept.

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2 hours ago, Metis said:

Interesting theory, but I don't think accurate because I believe the Purple Wizards were Schwarzbart's idea added in DLC 17, after Mikka's kids in DLC 16. Moreover, being interested in Mastery is Aaran's shtick, and I don't think Mikka would repeat that concept.

But people can change over years, especially when young - and @Legate of Mineta has said that Ana Flavia, who in Y1 has no interest in gates magic, will in later years develop such an interest.

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True, but I just don't think Mikka would have two of her characters develop the same interest. Too much overlap when they both have a "discovering Mastery" adventure, an "oh no someone questions what I'm doing" event, etc. I could see Louise develop an interest in Gates magic, it'd fit her wish to fly away (in a sense) and there's enough of a distinction that Louise's relevant adventures/events wouldn't be straight repeats of Aaran's.

Incidentally, I'm don't remember the Legate ever confirming it's Ana who develops an interest in Gates magic in Y2, only that "someone" does. IIRC that idea was based on this quote:

On 1/3/2013 at 6:34 PM, Legate of Mineta said:

Haha, yeah, that was just for Leo. :)

Here, this is for Pudding:

""I need to do this! Gates magic can be safe! Think about! We can talk to people who have been dead for centuries!" [Redacted] exclaims back at you.""

Sorry, couldn't off-hand find a Mastery quote for you. :)

Which, eh, I don't see how that relates to Ana? Oriabel, maybe, but I don't see Ana's signature on that.

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@Metis: I guess that misremembered what I read and attributed it to Ana Flavia. Maybe I should set up another topic to discuss that.

But back to Hochmeister. I had never thought that Louise and Gates magic might be connected. But mastery magic might still be something that Louise could develop an interest in as a way to better understand birds - including her familiar.

Still, you raise good points about similarity - so maybe the link is really between Prussia and Louise.

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I vaguely recall something being brought up that indicated Ana being the one who develops the Gates magic interest at some point, but I couldn't tell you where or when.

How would Mastery help her better understand birds, exactly? Or just her Familiar, specifically?

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@Metis: I am glad that I am not the only one who recalls the idea that Ana will develop an interest in Gates Magic.

About Louise and Mastery, I think that a skilled mastery mage would be able to read animals' minds as well as human minds.

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The closest thing i saw that could connect Ana to Gates it's in one of the exits in the final step of her adventure.  She gets the Wand of Planar Shift, which is a Revision Wand that the player can get too in one of these shops/catalogs that i don't remember the name right now.  The quotes are  under the spoiler tag.

By the way, on that same page of "Oriabel" quote, there's also this one:

"It is a long but not difficult climb to the top of Annerito Tower. When you arrive, however, it is neither the Queen of Cats nor her court that awaits you. Only Oyes is standing there alone, blue fur shining in the moonlight.

 “I see you’ve come to betray me after all I’ve done for you,” he says, stalking calmly towards you."

That's  looks like  Oyes the Pievran Blue Longhair,, Cinzia's familiar. 

Rhialto

I saw on another thread you wrote an adventure after some Prudence lores, that's great , it's awesome how the community expands the game, there's some  good stuff from the fans here. There's also Malacresta lores I to X, it's teased he might be a vampire. It's also on the spoiler tag. Maybe it could help you to write more adventures.

 

“This is the Wand of Planar Shift. It was created three centuries ago and has a long history attached to it. Come back some day, and I may tell you about it. Suffice to say that if anyone knew you had this wand, they would offer you a princely sum for it; that’s if they work honestly. If a pirate knew you had this, he or she would stop at nothing until it was theirs, so I suggest you keep quiet about what you have until you’re ready to defend it.” 

The Wand of Planar Shift Increases its wielder's Luck by 1 and skill with Revision Methods and Revision proper by 2 points each.  Unfortunately, the wand's own character is fluid and difficult to predict, Decreasing its user's powers of Concentration by 1.

A wand of Revision mastery, the Wand of Planar Shift alters the world around it to astounding effects. However, it cannot be used by anyone - some have been led to distraction, or even madness.B

 

 

 

"Why was I sent to Academagia? Well, why wasn't I? First, there was the fact that the galaxy's equinoxal bilateral position to the four suns a quarter trillion miles to the south-south-south-south *gasp* south-east of the Unitard constellation was a very big sign, followed by the fact that the solar flare of Orean's solar plexus couldn't have been better timed for my admission...well either that or we're in for a war between a slave uprising down below and our school's chef. Well, anyway, there's also...

(rest of the conversation was lost due to loss of focus in the midst of very big words)"

"Phew. This school life is a little tougher than I thought. It's been, what, a few weeks and I'm already having a hard time in biology. One of these days I'm just going to get sick, I tell you. (Especially with that cafeteria lady putting garlic powder in everything -- is she trying to kill me? I'll have hives for weeks!)

... Did I say a few weeks, because judging from the way the sun has been setting a few milliseconds later each and every evening, I'd say that the term 'few weeks' is going to become much more compact in, say, a few decades. By the time we reach seventy we'll have lost a day; time travel via it's compression. Although I suppose one could argue that time is relative in this case considering our lifespan is still the same, and it's only really our minds that are blown rather than our bodies...

(conversation stopped due to fainting spell caused by increased temporal awareness)"

"Look look look look look! I've got myself a new looking glass and she is a beauty! Just hold it up like so and...

(in the infirmary)

Well, this wouldn't be the first time I've ever looked straight into the sun without thinking twice about it. I don't know if you've noticed, but I'm quite knowledgable in the way of the stars. A little 'obsession' of mine, or so I've been told. Yup, when it comes to the great black beyond I'm the guy to come to. Just ask me any question. Why, when I was only half my age, I already knew so much about...

(conversation ended due to departure out of boredom. Malacresta keeps talking, however, not being able to see that his audience has left)"

"Hey, wait up. I noticed from the silent treatment you gave me in the infirmary that I may have bored you a little. Sorry, it's just-

You left when? Oh...

Well, it's just... I'm really sorry. When I was younger, truth be told, I could never socialize much with others due to being of ill health. I couldn't really even go outside in the daylight due to allergies and the risk of sunburn. So as a compromise, I got to go outside at night, all bundled up and warm and just look at the stars, and well, I suppose that's where I first learned about the moon's... Sorry, there I go again. Just thought you deserved an explanation.

(conversation ended when Malacresta leaves)"

"Oh, hello again. Wait, you...you still want to see me? Well, if that isn't just cool then? Don't worry don't worry, I'll do my best not to bore you so much this time. Wow, I can't believe I've made another one. A friend, I mean. Sorry to sound so sappy, it's just that I don't connect with people much. Once again, the stars have guided me to the right place.

Truth be told, the stars don't always give me a straight sign, and so I mess up a lot. The reason I went to this school is because the stars told me that I can improve my stargazing abilities here. But with my current skill, it's more of a gamble than anything. But still, if it works out, I can achieve my dream of being a soothsayer, and really be in control of my own life. Now won't that be grand?"

"Everyone in my family has always been considered a little nutters. My aunt especially (what is it with aunts and uncles being the crazy ones anyway? Does that leave our cousins to view our sane parents as the crazy ones? It's so wierd.) As a matter of fact, people say I often resemble her the most.

When she was young, she had to wear these thick, thick spectacles, and everyone would say 'hey, why don't you put those to good use and make them into a telescope?' Took her a week before she figured out she was being made fun of; won the science fair with those specs by then. She's still the life of the party now."

"You want to know something about secrets? You shouldn't tell them to just anybody. I learned that the hard way when I first started getting better and was let out of the house.

When I tried to make my first friend outside the family, I rushed things a little too fast. Oh sure, he put up with it for a bit, but then I let onto something that I shouldn't of. Next thing my mom and dad knew they were treating the bruises on my face and I wasn't welcome in the play area anymore. I don't know about social connections, but that was the first day I learned how to really push people away."

"The truth be told, I'm more than a little bit glad for the Exile. Now, don't get me wrong; what happened, and what's still happening, is terrible. But still, while I know that the sky can still be easily observed from here or the ground below (or so I assume), I just feel so much more at home closer to the stars than to the ground below us.

... Thanks for not judging me. I'm still not used to being hung upside down in the latrine yet for such views, although I do feel slightly privileged for getting a perspective on the world hardly anyone else gets."

"This night sky... when I look at it, it makes me wonder 'where do we fit into all of this? Where in this grand cosmic equation do we find out if we are a number, variable, or just an imaginary number?' Ironically, that last one is a real math term. They should really think of renaming that, whoever they are.

For all of our pondering, though, I certainly believe that what those stars have to offer us are certainly beyond numbers. We just have to communicate well, is all."

"Wow! Thanks for saving my butt during that whole flu fiasco! Hey, want your fortune told? Just write down your birthdate here and let me take a look.

Okay then, let's see...

.... Oh dear... say, you wouldn't be needing a companion for whatever you have planned next, would you? You are most certainly an... 'interesting' person, to say the least.

Aw come on, pretty please?"
 

 

 

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