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  1. Oh, I sent this along already. I just can't say any more about this topic.
  2. There are surely no plans to have studies in any Proscribed subject. And of course the answer to your question is [Redacted].
  3. As in, summoning a creature or student to fight by your side? Yes, it does.
  4. Ah, our old friend the corruption bug. One day, we'll put a stake through its heart.
  5. S; We were just discussing that the other day- but nothing yet.
  6. Rhi; "1. Yes. The word "goblin" is in common use in human populations. It's hundreds of years old, and it's actually a corruption of an archaic Folletto title, "Khobelu," which translates into something like "Mischief-Making Knight" or "War Jester." Not a position with a lot of human parallels. Humans picked it up from what Folletti of the time called some of their greatest heroes - or, if you prefer, the jerks who made the most mischief around the human territories of the Empire - and they never really knew or cared that it wasn't the name of the whole species. It's not an insult to them, exactly, but they do understand that it's not usually used respectfully. (Which is a bit ironic, since nobody in their right mind would want to insult a genuine Khobelu.) "Folletto" isn't actually that much better - it's another human word, and it basically means "little fool." But over the past couple of centuries there have been "Folletto wars" (usually relatively minor engagements) in which The People came off well, so the name has come to represent a certain amount of dignity. They don't mind it so much. 2. Yes. Absolutely. They're not uncommon in the south, and a few have had real success as singers in Minetan opera."
  7. Sure! It's not intentional in the Empire of Man, but they do exist.
  8. Rhi; "There are different goblin (or, more delicately, Folletto) communities, and they have different rules. Sometimes they just give themselves descriptive titles, and that's all an outsider will ever hear. "Quick Biter," "River Green," "Queen Howler." If you're looking for a quick and dirty way to generate goblin personal names: masculine names often end in "e," while feminine names often end in "i" or "u." "T" instead of "d," constantly. Short vowel sounds at the start of a name tend to be preceded by a "V." There's usually a "k" or "kh" in place of "c" or "g." You can start with Italian or Italian-esque names - given geographical proximity, there's a surprising amount of overlap - and work out, usually with contractions or vowel compression. "Eraldo" = "Virate" (or "Viratu," feminine). "Leopoldo" = "Lupute." "Coriolano" = "Kurulaune"/"Khurulauni." "Durand" = "Turate" or just "Trate." What you're probably most likely to get in a social setting is a mix-and-match: "Quick Biter Virate" introducing himself as "Biter Vire," or "Queen Howler Khurulauni" going by "Howler Khuru." One last note: goblins don't like giving real names to wizards. They know names have power, after all. Titles are fine. Titles and partial names are fine. You're also likely to hear things like "You pick a name," or on-the-spot pseudonyms chosen from locations or situations. A goblin you meet in a cavern might call herself "Cave-Grabber" or "Mole Claw.""
  9. Rhi; No, the general idea is just fine. But... there may be ulterior motives, and that's all I can say about that.
  10. GC; A poll around the Team ended with: "It’s as legitimate an interpretation as the other, should you want to take your character in that direction. More than this, we can't say."
  11. Rhi; 1) Be well, and I hope everything goes smoothly for you! 2) Yes, plesae.
  12. We're gonna find out! Of course, the most important thing is that we have a group that are actively playing/testing, so we can beat out any issues prior to launch. Other than that, the more, the merrier!
  13. 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."
  14. 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...."
  15. 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.
  16. Rhi; "Cups, Coins, Wands, Swords. Come on now. ;)"
  17. 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."
  18. Rhi; Heh. Sorry, the whole answer I got is [Redacted]. Edit: Yes, there were such bonfires.
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