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Online PaleEnchantress

At some point when you're at a point of "the teeming orc hordes were just 2000 some odd dudes" "you possibly personally control cities of tens of thousands of people, but your own personal resources don't reflect that" and "this map of hundreds of thousands of people in this vast area is represented by this fractional thing", why use the particular setting?


Because it's a nice backdrop setting and having the players micromanage things in the actual numbers involved would be exhausting.



Why wouldn't it be a force equal to my own? This is a request: could you please respond to my posts less combatatively and assuming the worst?

I assume you don't consider you and I equal in power because you're arguing you and 1 other PC can defend against me and every other PC coming for you and this massive "Godfather" treasury you're trying to set up. It's hard not to assume the worst when you do that and your reasoning is "I have the DM power of unlimited NPC's" This imaginary conflict between you and Osiris vs everyone else isn't even my point though. I'm trying to point out how bad an idea considering all the resources riches not in control of the PC's is.
« Last Edit: July 18, 2015, 07:12:13 PM by PaleEnchantress »

Offline Kolbrandr

Okay.. this is me:

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but again, even just canonically, even when they lost, the orcs invaded in such vast and teeming numbers that the wars dragged on for years, even with things like throwing mercenaries at them and etc. Gods still died in buckets. Set still killed Osiris not long after it. With the orcs particularly in a stronger starting position than even that in this case and Unther and Mulhorand's god situation being changed up, I'm largely trying to cohere what actions remain viable and what the shape of the society still is.

Anywho..

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I'm trying to point out how bad an idea considering all the resources riches not in control of the PC's is.

It's no different than the truly colossal horde the orcs otherwise rolled up with that would seem to be split up under various orcs in this situation, that counterbalances such things. I feel like you're really selectively reading my posts.

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I assume you don't consider you and I equal in power because you're arguing you and 1 other PC can defend against me and every other PC coming for you and this massive "Godfather" treasury you're trying to set up.

Despite my having said "why would the three of our characters be the only people doing anything?" And my responding to Zaer saying that stuff is there but inaccessible with "that's as fine by me?"

I said this:

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That's as fine, just looking for, how to put it, a sense of how a very changed setting would function as far as the image of it and just some narrative rigor.

It feels like you're just glossing over this stuff.
« Last Edit: July 18, 2015, 07:29:25 PM by Kolbrandr »

Offline Miroque

Question: Starting wealth for Cohorts? (by WBL or something compleatly different?)

What comes to the question about orcs invading... Yes they are.. and pharaos treasury: sure there is one, but not at PCs disposal (atleast at the time being), but orcs are still invading...

I have no idea of the "player base" on each side, but Im creating cohort for Mulhorand side (eg those that are going to be assraped by orcs.. unless someone does something..and fast)

EDIT: And follow up question: How are HPs done? (max at lv1, and then?)
« Last Edit: July 18, 2015, 07:40:16 PM by Miroque »

Online Zaer DarkwailTopic starter

Miroque: We use NPC wealth levels (based on DMG) on followers and cohorts. Unless you take wealth perk which upgrades it to PC based. All levels HD are maxed out.

Now to pharaoh and treasury; as mentioned already it would be damn huge headache to slap players '1 million followers' and micro manage them. Even if as god kings/queens they should have realistically have that number of followers.

As mentioned the pharaoh is absolute ruler in Mulhorand but in kid's case Re has not blessed/entered fraction of his power unto the child so lacking divine powers the child is considered not ruling body of the kingdom as of yet. So the power of pharaoh has been split up in decision making with god kings (which one may be Re's favored god king atm but it does not indicate a higher moral authority than other god kings to reign Mulhorand). Set naturally has no place in council as even before killing Osiris Set does not get along with others. Also one reason why Set followers are in underground and hiding as other orders would hunt them down.

What comes to PC's using said resources kill 'other PC' I call it off hand not possible for balance reasons than logic reasons. My answer was meant to help set the game in Mulhorand/Unther side in fluff wise to explain 'why I do not have unlimited amount of resources' and so forth. Despite fluff and lore you play what you got via charsheet. The income you gain from non-combat followers can indicate resources available through the vast wealth of Unther/Mulhorand empires (and orcs case just having numbers advantage).

Offline HopeFox

Personally, I'm very happy to focus on the conflict between the forces of the PCs, and between the PCs and minor NPC factions such as the villages full of helpless elves I'm going to subjugate and enslave. Maybe later in the game, there will be an assessment of how our individual progress has affected the greater geopolitical situation, but I don't think it should be the focus at first, because, as has been discussed, that's just waaaay too complicated (and unsexy).

Online PaleEnchantress

I could show you where you said things that lead me to have the feelings I do, but then this just degrades into an argument about the idea of arguing about something.  Actually when I try to look past that I see you're coming from a lore point and I'm coming from a mechanical point.

Then there is the other separate issue of how much of the God king is also the deity. Somewhere in there I think we can work that out with using examples and making sure we are using the same terms to describe the same things.

I do have reason to think that you want the "other people" as more then flavorful backdrop.  You do mention a lot of these things for Mulhorand being in control of the Pharaoh. Then you spoke of petitioning the Pharaoh for some of it meaning these things are accessible. That's where I start to have a problem. I've described that I worry this Pharaoh will be a superpower "Nanny" that controls things that should be just about the players.  Even if this isn't the case there is still a bit of kissing up to the NPC to get money. Lastly I realize you didn't plan this, but we know what god the Pharaoh ultimately serves. Even if you played a different god NPC Re might become the issue instead of the Pharaoh.  I had hoped to explain why I dislike this so much by pointing out that this super NPC is also an excellent target.

 I would dislike this even if I wasn't Set, but being set makes it particular bad. At least twice you have pointed out that I am Set and en enemy to the other Mulhorandi gods. Now you didn't say this next part, and it may be my bad for inferring it. But I saw the situation just a step away from  "Pharaoh/Re has a bunch of NPC friends waiting to kill you if they don't like what you're doing"

But anyway I think we are getting our wires crossed because it's a setting vs mechanic/gameplay argument. You did bring up some things that have a big game play and mechanical impact and thats  where I've had issue. As far as what you've said thats aggravating me beyond that, i'll concede that I was perhaps reading to much into certain things you said.


Edit: This was all typed before the 3 posts before it

Offline Miroque

@Zaer: Thank you. (so 110ooo gold.. for 13lv cohort.. ) Cant remember when I have played this highlevel character last time..

Online PaleEnchantress

@Zaer: Thank you. (so 110ooo gold.. for 13lv cohort.. ) Cant remember when I have played this highlevel character last time..

That is assuming you took the trait that gives Cohorts PC levels of starting wealth. Otherwise it would be 35k for a 13th level Cohort. You probably did take that trait, but I wanted to remind anyway.

Offline Miroque

@PaleEncchantress: I have no idea, but I think so, yes, as EternalDarkness asked me if I wanted to play his Cohort..

Online PaleEnchantress

@PaleEncchantress: I have no idea, but I think so, yes, as EternalDarkness asked me if I wanted to play his Cohort..

Oh you're the cohort! Did he submit a character sheet with his perks yet? That would answer it quickly.

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  Hi Miroque. 

  Are you playing his cohort?  There game also allows for playing supporters.  THey're only seventh level, though. 

Offline Miroque

I like the cohort idea better (not for the levels) but.. to link up with the power.
(Im like his bottled genie. Except elf, and non magical..)

EDIT : Should we post applications here?
« Last Edit: July 18, 2015, 08:46:26 PM by Miroque »

Offline Kolbrandr

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I do have reason to think that you want the "other people" as more then flavorful backdrop.  You do mention a lot of these things for Mulhorand being in control of the Pharaoh. Then you spoke of petitioning the Pharaoh for some of it meaning these things are accessible. That's where I start to have a problem. I've described that I worry this Pharaoh will be a superpower "Nanny" that controls things that should be just about the players.  Even if this isn't the case there is still a bit of kissing up to the NPC to get money.

I mention them in the context of being a counterpoint to the orcs pcs having more freedom to build gigantic hordes with npc orcs if that was the case of such things existing, so, I don't know how we're not now arguing about the meaning of the things I say, where I can really only say "this is what I mean when I say this" and either you can believe me, or you can tell me that I have ulterior motives, which is I guess where we are. And, being really honest, it's a place to be that feels personally insulting. "Easier access to gigantic doom horde by ally building with npcs" is to me a pretty good counter to "can lobby a guy who we are bound to obey to maybe give us crap, but there's a lot of crap he can give." If neither are a thing anyway, then neither are a thing anyway and apparently neither are a thing anyway. Honestly, considering I was certainly picturing crazy gigantic orc hordes, I'm sort of having to ponder the dissonance there.

If nothing else, there's an entire pantheon of which we are three representatives of three gods, I presume there are other representatives doing... something out there, simply for, as you say, consistency of setting, which is where I am approaching these things from, yes.

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At least twice you have pointed out that I am Set and en enemy to the other Mulhorandi gods.

That's just the setting. That's really just the setting. But you're Set's representative, not Set. And I'm not the only one who's said that as far as Set. At absolute best there's a brief note in Old Empires that Set had a tower in Skuld that Horus Re destroyed and banned his worship after the whole Osiris mess that got changed over in later stuff to "Set was chased back into the Raurin and his tower is there".

Beyond that no, I'm the guy asking Zaer "we're not actually the gods though, yes?" and noting based on his reply that indeed thus, we're not. Set himself, who is not you, doesn't go at Re directly because Re's a god, Set's a god, Re has more gods in his pocket, and also out there in the outer planes somewhere where they truly exist, Set and Re are kinda sorta allies against more or less Apophis/Chaos (if you're wanting sources again, that's from On Hallowed Ground). That doesn't really have anything to do with your character as I would see it. Re has a bunch of people who would get in Set's face. I'm not Re, you're not Set.

I would imagine though again that pharaoh, who is clarified as a background element anyway, has people guarding him as far as "well we can now just wax pharaoh or mind slave him". That has nothing to do with some idea of "you can be summarily killed whenever".

My interest in playing a thing where Mulhorand is a big option, is clarifying for myself how much of it still feels like the thing I'm interested as far as scope and possibility and structure and surrounding events.

Zaer noting that he was ditching the whole incarnation/manifestation system anyway as far as the questions you're asking about it, making all that moot, but it goes like this, as far as a very detailed bit from Old Empires, that was later slightly retconned in other books (mostly for the incarnations being somewhat less human and something the gods can just remake when needed in human bodies, and also that the gods were not on the prime by choice, but were stuck and sealed from their outer planar selves, but also to the point that the incarnations were aspects of the gods such that during the time of troubles, they went into comas), but this is close enough:

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However, this pantheon prefers to
dwell physically at a holy place within
this plane. This physical form of the deity
is called a manifestation. It is immortal,
very powerful (sometimes of
Greater Power status), and is the master
of that deity’s affairs on the plane.
For most purposes, the manifestation
of a deity can be considered to be the
deity, with one essential difference. A
deity who leaves the plane may pass on
the power of his manifestation to another;
when the manifestation of Re
(also known as Ra) was slain during the
Orcgate Wars, he passed on his power
to the manifestation of Horus, who took
the name Horus-Re.
In more extreme circumstances, a deity
who clashes with another deity and
who has a greater following among
mortals may demand that the rival
manifestation surrender his power; if a
war deity who had a greater number of
worshipers than Anhur arose, he might
force Anhur to surrender the power of
his manifestation. When a manifestation
is successfully challenged for his
worshipers or destroyed in combat, he
is forever banished from the plane,
though a gate spell might summon the
deity’s true form.
Another important concept is that of
an incarnation. The incarnation is a
mortal form of a deity. An incarnation is
very powerful, equal to a high-level
character, occasionally possessing minor
divine powers, but still capable of
being slain (Tholaunt, an incarnation of
Anhur, was slain 30 years ago by Valerios
of Pyardos, one of the Tharchions
of Thay). Incarnations compose most of
a pharaoh’s royal family, but the eldest
is always an incarnation of Horus-Re.
An incarnation has the general temperament
of a manifestation, but it is not
under the direct control of the deity
and can be affected by mortal weaknesses
and foibles.
A third term that is used in Mulhorand
is the cult of a god. A cult is a
group of worshipers devoted to a single
god within a pantheon of deities. Thus a
cult of Isis recognizes all deities of the
pantheon but focuses devotion on the
goddess Isis.
Mulhorand is an absolute theocracy.
The priests are the instruments of the
government of the pharaoh, who is responsible
only to the gods for his action.
All land that is not privately owned belongs
to the god-kings. All slaves are the
property of the god-kings and must be
rented from the church of Horus. They
must be treated well, for they are the
property of the gods. All commands of
the god-kings must be obeyed. This arrangement
gives great power to the
priesthood.
There's a follow up paragraph about how the gods prefer to be hands off, but it got a bunch of retcons and later things even in the rest of the book pretty much ignore it. Also replace "horus" with Re as needs be, since Horus is just Horus right now, and in charge of eff all, and not merged with Re.

There's also some stuff on countermeasures within the system that make it more benign and good to the people in it, slaves being given various legal protections, etc., but that's not really relevant to what you're asking on.

We're not incarnations or manifestations, going by Zaer. We're dudes, favoured by the gods, who represent their interests and have been touched by them a bit. I would imagine in this version of things the gods actually are off in the outer planes somewhere, since they only created that whole system because they had to in the breach.

If we were incarnations, our stats would be crazypants, and, for instance, you would be a level 17 fighter, level 18 illusionist, and level 12 priest. Also, you'd have skin of scales and have several divine special abilities amd immunities.

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As far as what you've said thats aggravating me beyond that, i'll concede that I was perhaps reading to much into certain things you said.

Well, thanks.
« Last Edit: July 18, 2015, 09:28:24 PM by Kolbrandr »

Online PaleEnchantress



We're not incarnations or manifestations, going by Zaer. We're dudes, favoured by the gods, who represent their interests and have been touched by them a bit. I would imagine in this version of things the gods actually are off in the outer planes somewhere, since they only created that whole system because they had to in the breach.



I'll have to discuss that with him.

Online PaleEnchantress

Doubblepost I know but it's on a new subject so I thought it might be better than an edit. Someone mentioned possible God-Kings of Unther. Inanna would be a great match for me too. Perhaps not perfect but my whole slave based mind control thing fits as a very lawful evil way of enforcing love for each other. Would the character creation for that be the same thing as I already did basically? I can export the character wholecloth even.

Online Zaer DarkwailTopic starter

Ugh, getting headache to read this argument :P.

Point being is that even if you individually do not have canon lore wise resources or insane hordes of orcs, we use for reason heroes of battle rules. In every conflict there will be VP (victory points) given in achieving objectives and there is going to be several. When you achieve certain VP values, it determines overall how battle went for the orcs as a whole (so in short even if conflict scale is smaller it determined how as a whole orcish horde or as entire host of Mulhorand/Unther fared in said battle).

So small battles but massive impacts. Anycase you do not go beg or ask pharaoh to get resources; you already get them (in form of income rating from your followers). Also if want bribe or win mercenaries to help in battle then that is achieved through VP amount in going with successful negotiations with them (and perhaps need do mission, alliance, another negotiation or a battle to get more VP to buy mercs against orcs).

All resource or advantage use falls into VP entirely. You can ignore the pharaoh although he is there but he cannot decide or do nothing as he is ten year old boy. Of course Set could gain VP in corrupting/mind controlling him as war does plan to last years (it's VP which shows up in future once pharaoh is in power for Set order). Besides empire scale VP usages there could be personal goal based VP usage (which focuses on order or such) and could allow purchase perks or remove drawbacks (but those cost a ton).

The VP system is still in air but I voice it out for discussion wise and opinions. Anycase I double confirm the god kings/queens or warchiefs are just divinely powerful individuals who have been touched little by their gods which mechanically carry no consequence (besides having right for said title than just be 'powerful cleric'). Also some point in campaign there will be (potentially, remember players actions decide how battles go) battle of the gods and all god kings/queens and warchiefs become avatars (simply said get buff like +30 to all stats or some special abilities) and go at each other.

Offline Miroque

@Zaer: do you like links to character sheets open or in private? (cause its PVP enviroment and all) ?

Online Zaer DarkwailTopic starter

So far players have been open about their chars and linked their charsheets openly. So even if PvP is involved, everyone in this game is open about their chars.

Offline Miroque

Alright, coming later today. (need to broker an deal with massive StarWArs toy collection IRL first.)

Offline Kolbrandr

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Anycase I double confirm the god kings/queens or warchiefs are just divinely powerful individuals who have been touched little by their gods which mechanically carry no consequence (besides having right for said title than just be 'powerful cleric').

That's what I had figured, we otherwise really wouldn't be deciding our own personalities as much.

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The VP system is still in air but I voice it out for discussion wise and opinions.

I would say it's a little bit weird if you can spend victory points to do things not really related to having won some battle. It makes things a bit more.. RTS, than something you rp towards affecting. Basically, how much scope is there for action taken outside of VP spending to make something go?
« Last Edit: July 19, 2015, 11:09:18 AM by Kolbrandr »

Online PaleEnchantress

Anycase I double confirm the god kings/queens or warchiefs are just divinely powerful individuals who have been touched little by their gods which mechanically carry no consequence.

That's so standardized though, after all is said and done we are just some priest with a fancy title.  Why not be lesser avatars in control of physical bodies or something?  Just because we are part of the conscious of the deity doesn't mean you have to stat us as them if that's what this is about. I'm looking rather forward to playing a full out aspect of Inanna (And previously was looking forward to playing one of Set). If people are divided on this issue than just leave it to the individual to decide the nature of their character. Everyone gets what they want, always a good thing.

I do have to request we switch the names of Ishtar and Inanna. Ishtar sounds bad ass, its what I've always called that goddess IRl. Inanna makes me think of a cross between Banana and a name people use for their grandmothers.

Edit: The Victory Point system seems like a great idea. Makes things more dynamic since it breaks a gigantic battle down to manageable parts. I also like how they can be used to buy upgrades and plot tokens afterward.  Since there is no "level up and chose a perk, or empire expansion, ect. . . " the VP make a very good way to handle such things.
« Last Edit: July 19, 2015, 11:24:50 AM by PaleEnchantress »

Offline Miroque

There is that "God Touched" template to those, who really want to go for the Divine path... just saying. And Catholic Pope is said to be Avatar of the God... so its pretty same how/why character is called X or Y... even some characters might actually "know" they are Divine manifestation of X or Y God, and preach it to others. Who is going to disaprove that and face their wrath anyway? Truth might be totally different story, or it might not be.. who knows...  Just play like you got a Pair.

And about the VPs, I kinda like those aswell. Easy way to "keep score" of how the whole campaign is going.

Offline ererruz

But Ishtar and Inanna are two different goddesses? Ishtar being her alleged daughter -- and later on in the timeline Isis' alter ego. That's not changing canon slightly, that's like... throwing canon out of the window.

I do hope Zaer agrees to your playing as Inanna (even though he said only Gilgeam and Tiamat for Unther God-Kings/Queens) because she is one of the most badass deities out there :)

Offline Miroque

Tiamat? Yeah.. Bad-Assery-to-Max! Dragonmother.. chaos incarnate...

Offline Kolbrandr

Basically my thing is, let's say I wanted to go hunt down and try and shellack some powerful monster or dragon or what have you for the extra cash influx, or something like that. Or try to find some lost cultural relic of some other culture to bring said culture into the ongoing conflict. Is there room for trying to do that outside of spending VP for things? How much is VP spending to make goals happen intended to cover and how much space is there for trying to achieve things outside of doing so, is what I'm asking.