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  2. GC; "We can't really say anything about the ultimate source of the Mysterious Package. The proximate source was a lawyer who visited the player character a couple of days before he/she/they left for the Academy; the implication given was that the lawyer represented the estate of an absent (possibly but not necessarily deceased) individual, and that specific instructions had been left to deliver this package to that child on that date - with the understanding that the package itself was not to be opened until the student was physically present at the school. The lawyer was willing to swear that she didn't believe that the bequest was made in malice, and the student had the right to refuse it, and that's all you know."
  3. Is there anything at all you can share about the source of the Mysterious Package? Just trying to figure out what kind of character it would suit.
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  5. @Legate of Mineta: I really hope that some random event in future years for games whose players did not complete the Triplets' Y1 adventure can be inspired by the opening of MacBath Act 1 Scene 3, with a player character stumbling upon the Triplets plotting vaguely but faintly sinisterly. Indeed, I have been tempted to write such a thing as fan fiction - because I am not sure whether the Team wants the Triplets to be so careless in the game.
  6. M; "The actual origin of the suites is probably as obscure in Mineta as it is here, but the reason that these particular four symbols took root in the city may be that there's a kind of narrative logic that sustains them. If you ask your average eleven-year-old, what you'll be told is that the deck is supposed to represent either Mineta or the Empire itself, and the suites the great powers that sustain(ed) it: Cups for the Temples, Coins for the Guilds, Wands for the Academy (and the Imperial Praecantati/Magical Order of old), and Swords for the Guard. The cards themselves go back to at least the fourteenth century, and that conceptual framework... well, it first appears in writing just a couple of decades after the creation of the oldest known/surviving deck (the Obelli set). Make of that what you will...."
  7. In hindsight, yes, that does make sense .
  8. Metis; I'm pretty sure it was a joke, given the magical setting. That said, it's also canon, so... your comments are on point. I'll ask.
  9. Quoth the raven Wikipedia: Mind you that as far as I'm reading further development of these suits started in the mid-fifteenth century, with both German and French speaking areas adopting their own variants (French notably putting together the well known hearts/clubs/spades/diamonds variation). Also as far as I'm reading the original inspiration for the coins/clubs/cups/swords series is, in short, based on Chinese currency denominations brought over to Europe by way of Muslims who had contacted china. In short I've no idea how a seventeenth century Mineta would have settled on the cups/coin/wands/swords...in fact I'm not having much luck finding the origin of those four (I recall them being the traditional Tarot suits, but, eh...*shrugs*). So how did those four suits end up being the predominant ones in Mineta, and how have other variants not taken over? Assuming other variants exist, of course.
  10. Rhi; "Cups, Coins, Wands, Swords. Come on now. ;)"
  11. @Legate of Mineta: So, I take it that the suits in Mineta's cards are Cups, Coins, Clubs, Swords - right?
  12. Rhi; "Famous warriors in their own rights? Not so much - or, at least, humanity doesn't remember them, which admittedly isn't the same thing. That said, there are some traditions (widely regarded as legitimate) that say that King Durand had a Satyr tutor and strategist named Aegetus - some tellings have him almost as a Merlin figure. Satyric traditions say he was more heroic still, though he succumbed to madness and vanished into the woods in the end. (Note that that's the kind of thing that's so common in Satyric legends that it may well be a folk tradition rather than fact. Satyrs don't like stories in which Satyrs die, heroically or otherwise, whereas madness and enlightenment are seen as two sides of the same coin.)" And: "Flusso. It's kind of like blackjack, in that you're aiming to get as close as you can to a certain total number without going over (in this case, 23, because it's the ninth prime number and somebody in the distant past thought that was significant). The big difference is that there are four "estate cards" (like Jokers) you can play to add or subtract from the value of any card of a certain suit - i.e., if you have and choose to play the Estate of Swords, then every card of the Sword suite in every player's hand is worth either one point more or one point less than the number on the card."
  13. @Legate of Mineta: What is a popular card game for four players in Mineta?
  14. This is a much too short video about L 56, a Zeppelin which survived WW1. Really interesting is the mentioning of the end of it. After the scuttling of the HSF in Scapa, the ground personnell of all Zeppelins still in Germany decided to destroy the Zeppelins in their care. This was not for any reason which might be connected to the HSF motivations, but they did not want the new German Republic to be able to use them. But the idea came from the scuttling.
  15. @Legate of Mineta: I thought of a great angle for Sima Venesico in order to make her more mysterious - have the player character (and perhaps others) wonder about whether her dreamy, contented personality is merely a facade for a much more decisive, active, and even ruthless, personality. After all, she was the one who decided to risk danger by distracting the pirates during one ending to the Triplets' adventure, where the PC was just pointing a wand at the creatures.
  16. @Legate of Mineta: Are there any famous satyrs who were warriors against the dragons? I ask because I am thinking about having a group of Satyrs in an adventure that I will write claim to be descendants of such satyrs who have become merchants (rather like Jews and Lydians in Earth's history).
  17. That was a refreshing update. Dolphins, nudity, sprezzatura! I really liked it. And commanding angeloi makes you the head of a logistics company. Now could we please get to the beta?
  18. What's Achilles problem with Ephialtes of Athens? Interesting. Maybe she can be swayed to our side quite easily.
  19. Procyon

    KS Update 216

    Soon! I can't wait to play the Closed Beta!
  20. lazarusdw

    KS Update 216

    poor choice of words?
  21. lazarusdw

    KS Update 216

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/blackchickenstudios/victory-belles/posts/3242751
  22. Rhi; Heh. Sorry, the whole answer I got is [Redacted]. Edit: Yes, there were such bonfires.
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