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Virgil Firecask wrote:
Odraude wrote:
Also I recall (perhaps incorrectly) that the hardcovers are sold at a loss. And considering the hardcovers are all on OGL SRD for free, I'm inclined to believe that.

I severely doubt that. The Core Rulebook was what pulled Paizo's butt out of the fire when WotC went to 4th Ed. If Paizo was making a loss on those, they wouldn't be in business long enough to have made the rest of their books.

Their hardcovers are priced similarly to other companies. Which means, that if Paizo is selling theirs at a loss, then everyone else is selling at a loss as well.

Your math just doesn't add up.

The only thing that I've heard that sells close to a loss (but still makes the barest of profit) is the Beginner's Box. That's because they stack as much into that box as they can and want to put it at an affordable price point.

The core rule book did not save Paizo financially, but conceptually.

It allowed them to continue their fantastic subscription-based business.

The CRB did sell a lot, as Lisa has made clear, and I expect that Paizo are making money from it. However, Paizo did not need mad-rulebook-cash to stay afloat; they needed a popular, in-print version of 3.5 for which they could sell adventures.

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Kieran Crane wrote:
Happy marriage! Congratulations, GE! Hope your honeymoon was everything you wanted it to be.

Thanks everyone,

Twas brillig and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
all mimsy were the borogoves and the mome raths... well, really. And in public as well!

:D

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Taliesin Hoyle wrote:

You young people of today...

When I was eight years old, I moved from Oxford, to a gold mining town (Carletonville) in apartheid South Africa. My brother was eight years older than me. He went to university and came back with the red box. At the time, I was a wreck. I had gone through a series of traumas, with the worst two being my difficulty adapting to living in a fascist, racist, fundamentalist state, and surviving sexual abuse by an older boy. I had almost nothing to live for, but that red box gave me a sudden escape. I had already read The Hobbit, and I knew some mythology, but the ability to re-invent myself through D&D hit me with a force that I can still recall. I read the basic and expert rules under the covers with a flashlight, and even a candle, which singed the page with the third level cleric spells on it. It became the best thing in my life, and I naturally wanted to share my discovery with my peers.
Within short order, I was being punched in the gut by children who didn't even know me, spat on from balconies. I had my nine year old head flushed in a used toilet. A teacher confiscated my dice, as evil.
Three older boys grabbed me from the corridoor, into an empty classroom, held me down, and tried to perform an exorcism on me, using latin they probably got from a horror movie. I was sent by the school to a psychiatrist, for atheism, after my notebook was stolen, and handed to the guidance counsellor. I was told by well-meaning adults that I was going to go to hell, and that I had invited Satan into my life. I had one friend. He was also from England, and had the Greyhawk setting, box set. I endured.

In fairness, there was a lot of goofy stuff about my school life. My biology teacher handed out leaflets titled "Is the Kaffir an Ape, or Just a Sub-human?" We had more hours of religious teaching in a week, in my state school, than we had English lessons. We had regular canings and punishment by exercise. My history teacher took pains to explain to the class that carbon dating is a lie...

Blimey!

I hope you've come back to blighty: in the UK you can play in quiet pubs and the most you get is someone mooching over to say, "What are you playing? Looks like dnd, I used to play that when I was a kid."

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Another reminder that we're still waiting for Erik's Pathfinder Tales debut.

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I also think that Sandpoint is a big deal here: so many players and GMs love Sandpoint.


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Female Aasimar Paladin 1 (Hit Points: Current 12, Total 12; Initiative -1; Perception +0)

Eager to contribute, I call upon divine aid to check assess our 'allies'.

"Shelyn's grace guide us: as beauty is truth and beauty is virtue, so reveal ugly hearts to me."

casting Detect Evil.

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It's Drunken Nomad's fault... Deftones covering Sinatra by Helmet.

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TriOmegaZero wrote:
VM mercenario wrote:
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Irnk, Dead-Eye's Prodigal wrote:
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markofbane wrote:
John Woodford wrote:
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Fromper wrote:
strayshift wrote:

"I'll go... uh... check on Mr Scruffy."

Sinister?

Yeah, that struck me as a bluff check, where nobody was paying enough attention to bother making a sense motive roll. Guaranteed he's stalking the vampire.
it struck me as "the best way I can help is by being out of the way"
Possibly. Just reread it & I noticed that he's kind of looking directly at Durkula as he's saying it. I suspect that Fromper & strayshift might be on to something...
Either we're totally right, or Belkar really is just worried about the vampire eating his cat. :P
Or it's both. Also, the nesting quotes are starting to look like either a pit or a pyramid, depending upon how my eyes look at it.
Both pit and pyramid are appropriate for OotS :P
That's a pretty weirdly proportioned pyramid...
I suppose it'll look right when it gets to about 35 'nests'.
That's what you get when you make pyramid out of sticks.
I think its starting to look more like a longhouse.
ALL HAIL THE NEST-QUOTE-A-MID.
50 Shades of Nest Gray pattern's forming there.
At what point does the background in the middle swamp the print?
An intriguing question. I suppose we can find out while we are waiting for the next OotS comic.

So, the OotS thread is now the how deep can nested quotes go challenge?

I'm in.

Nest it til' it

...

It's strangely beautiful.

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Belgium v USA is way more interesting for me because of my fellow paizonauts.

I actually had a conversation today which went something like this:

"I'm supporting Belgium because they have superior chocolate."
"And beer!"
"But they don't have cowboys."
"No, no cowboys."
"USA then..."


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I stare blankly ahead, lost in the vision, and as it progresses I grow even more still and rigid: every muscle tensed beyond straining; my heartbeat a steady pace but pounding against my chest like waves against the shore.

The one clear sign of my feelings is a steady line of tears flowing down my face and gathering in damp stains on my shift, like a statue of a saint from which, one day, tears seem to spring unbidden.

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Pele also scored nine goals in his first 9 WC games.

Ronaldo has arguably the best World Cup record: scored 8 goals in 7 games in 2002 and holds the record for most career WC goals.

His eight goals in the 2002 World Cup include two in the final against... Germany.

Damn, those Brazilians are good.

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Klaus Layer: German breakbeat. Sounds like the late '90s... in a good way.

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I really don't want to see a bunch of redeemed orcs in this.

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Cap'n Jazz perform Take On Me, originally by A-Ha

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Kobold Cleaver wrote:
GeraintElberion wrote:

This is just silly.

No, this is.

No, that's great art which explores the obsessive nature of desire. You're just reading it wrong.

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BigNorseWolf wrote:
Orfamay Quest wrote:
Of course, no specific person in particular needs to read for deeper understanding. If you yourself think that Moby Dick is just a story about a fishing trip, and you enjoy it as such, have fun. But that doesn't eliminate the culture (both content and context) of the symbols in the book.
I would argue that some of the layers of symbolism (past what the author either had in mind or clearly had on their mind while writing) aren't deep, they're bull. At some point its like reading tea leaves or looking at clouds and insisting that the shapes you see are actually there.

Can we put this on a t-shirt?

If I see the shape of a pig in a cloud and say, "Hey, that looks like a cloud." then BeeNee will pour scorn on me because...?

Nope, still don't understand why?

Unless you're implying that I have claimed it is a real pig, which I never would do.

Must just be the shape you impose on other people's statements... it's almost like you're disregarding authorial intent entirely and imposing your own interpretation on others' words: completely prioritising the reader's (your) interpretation over the writer/speaker's intent.

Wowser!

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Just watched replays of Van Persie's header.

Outrageous skill, at high speed against the best team in the world.

I really hope it doesn't win goal-of-the-tournament because the skill needed to top that would be worth seeing.

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Wow, three great versions of the book!

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soy un perdedor

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It's sad that some people seem to want to make this thread a re-hash of old threads rather than engaging with the OP's interesting argument which I don't believe has been seen on the boards before.

Of course, the art has a connection with the OP's point but it isn't really the deal.

So, try talking about it in context of the OP, otherwise you can just link to old threads which have, at great length, covered almost every perspective on clothing/gender/sexualisation or iconics/art.

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Wiggz wrote:
Chief Cook and Bottlewasher wrote:

Faiths of Purity

Not 99% but not off-base either.

No, not 99% and that's with the most egregious example you can find. In AP's, modules and world books that number continues to drop noticeably to the point that the percentage of scantily clad women in Pathfinder begins to pretty closely mirror the percentage of scantily clad women in my day-to-day life.

I think many - such as in the post above - are grossly exaggerating the problem and doing so in an apparently misguided attempt to convince the lone company in the industry that doesn't need convincing. I suspect that its not the company they're actually trying to convince on these message boards, hence the hyperbole and straw men that are so often advanced as hard fact.

I know everyone loves to talk about art but the OP was not about art.

It was about NPC interaction with PCs.

And calling someone out for hyperbole is silly.:
The whole point about hyperbole is that it is not deceptive: everyone can see that this is exaggeration to emphasise.
Otherwise it isn't hyperbole, it's lying.
For example, if I get a 3% raise and I tell everyone I got a 10% raise that is a lie.
However, if I tell everyone I got a 99% rise and punch the air, they know I'm exaggerating (either to show excitement, or to be ironic).

Presman was using the common, accepted rhetorical technique of hyperbole to (a) show that it is a significant factor and (b) admit that he doesn't have exact numbers.

I can't believe I am having to explain hyperbole... darn interwebz!

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Aaron Scott 139 wrote:
What worries me a little is a trend I keep seeing about the demonizing of attractive characters, and I'm not talking about just the ones that have the bikini armor. Attractive, at least based on some posts both here and on other forums, is somehow now a bad thing. Even an attractive face is problematic now to some.

Really, maybe I'm just not reading the threads you are? Or maybe they're mostly on other forums?

I think you'd be hard-pressed to find much of that on Paizo.

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I love that cover: so pulp!

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drunken_nomad wrote:
GeraintElberion wrote:
drunken_nomad wrote:
...lots of cool stuff...

I saw QOTSA about twelve years ago and it was hugely disappointing: they doubled the length of every song with noodley soloing which left me cold.

Mars Volta did something similar.

I can see that noodling in some of the youtube clips. I only had 'Welcome to Sky Valley' from Kyuss. Mostly for Demon Cleaner and then I lost track of Homme until Feel Good Hit of the Summer. I didn't see em live until 2011, then not again until last year. But they've tightened up and go with the flow.

Mars Volta and Sunn 0)))) I cant get into, yet.

Mars Volta's gateway drug is the Tremulant EP, first thing they did and has hints of At The Drive-In lurking in the corners.

I'd love to see QOTSA really kick it.

Melvins was the best gig I went to where a band just rocked hard for an hour and played all of their crowd-pleasers.

This weekend I have listened to a radio show twice, because I enjoyed it so much.
Stuart Maconie's guide to No Wave.

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King Geedorah - "Next Levels"

Followed this one home:

Take Me To Your Leader

King Geedorah / MF Doom is pretty boss. Oddly enough, my friend Ray (guitarist for Perfect Pussy) is the guy who introduced me to the guy's music.

My favourites are his collaborations: JJ Doom, Dangerdoom and Madvillian.

I don't know why, I still like the solo stuff, especially the darkness of Born Like This.

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k3ndawg wrote:
When a story is written, not one moment should be spent on race/sex/political considerations. It should just be a story, told without agenda. Just as we should read these stories, without our own agendas.

I disagree with this.

Firstly, if you are not consciously considering rac/sex/politics then your subconsious assumptions and biases will come through. Race/sex/politics will still be there, it just won't be deliberate.
In my experience, great art is deliberate.
Also, we cannot interpret art without our own agendas. We can either acknowledge them or pretend they don't exist. My experience is that pretending they don't exist is limiting.
All art is a dialogue between creator and audience.

Most of the folks who wrote all straight+white+male superhero teams were not consciously trying to promote straight+white+male: they just wrote what 'came naturally' to them and there assumptions and biases shone through.

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TriOmegaZero wrote:
Is that Sajan's sister?

Same order, would be my guess.

I don't think I've ever colour-co-ordinated with my sister.

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One of those writers who made you see the world through a different lens.

I am reminded of Gerald Davies' tribute to the late, great Ray Gravell: “I shall not say, though, that we will never see his like again for I hope we do. There could be no poorer way to honour Grav than to assume his spirit is perished, never more to arise."

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That Om was great: made me go and listen to No Made Sense again.

Mix of new and old on the GE radio lately:

5ive - Gulls

Future of the Left - How to Stop Your Brain in an Accident

Shabazz Palaces - Black Up

Crosses - This is a Trick

Braid - Consolation Prizefighter

Walter Schreifels - Ballad of Little Kim

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Sara Marie wrote:

robot chris: I wish I had reverse dictionary

robot chris: where I told it what I wanted word to mean, and it gave me word

The internet is your friend.

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character development is, for me, shaped by circumstance.

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City of Fallen Sky was the worst Tales book.
Liar's Blade was a real pleasure.

I hope this is more Liar's

Blade:
Which had charm and elegant writing
and less City of
Fallen Sky:
where everyone was obnoxious and the writing was graceless
.

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NATO, of course, could intervene in Yugoslavia because they would not be walking into a war with a nuclear power which commands one of the world's most powerful military forces.
Also, the NATO nations were not heavily involved in unpopular Middle-Eastern conflicts at the time.

If a country like the US, UK or France angers Belgrade then all Belgrade can do is drink more, or lie down in a dark room.

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Well, when the band are in their 50s you can't expect that their audience will be teens and early 20s.

Y'know, if I was Irish, I think I'd get pretty weary of some of the stereotypes they're pegged with.

Oh, those fighty-drunky Irish people!:

Sailing To Byzantium

I
That is no country for old men. The young
In one another's arms, birds in the trees
---Those dying generations---at their song,
The salmon-falls, the mackerel-crowded seas,
Fish, flesh, or fowl commend all summer long
Whatever is begotten, born, and dies.
Caught in that sensual music all neglect
Monuments of unaging intellect.

II
An aged man is but a paltry thing,
A tattered coat upon a stick, unless
Soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing
For every tatter in its mortal dress,
Nor is there singing school but studying
Monuments of its own magnificence;
And therefore I have sailed the seas and come
To the holy city of Byzantium.

III
O sages standing in God's holy fire
As in the gold mosaic of a wall,
Come from the holy fire, perne in a gyre,
And be the singing-masters of my soul.
Consume my heart away; sick with desire
And fastened to a dying animal
It knows not what it is; and gather me
Into the artifice of eternity.

IV
Once out of nature I shall never take
My bodily form from any natural thing,
But such a form as Grecian goldsmiths make
Of hammered gold and gold enamelling
To keep a drowsy Emperor awake;
Or set upon a golden bough to sing
To lords and ladies of Byzantium
Of what is past, or passing, or to come.

-William Butler Yeats

He was Irish, as you can see from his fighty-drunky verse...

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Nostalgically enjoying Cannibal Ox - Iron Galaxy and Tom Waits - Mule Variations.

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Sissyl wrote:

So, without EU membership, and with a new currency, there are all sorts of possibilities open to an independent Scotland financially. Remember, a small currency could well have a meteoric rise quickly. I don't know enough about finance to draw any deeper conclusions, really. I just feel convinced the opportunity will exist. If the Scots go for a socialist big nanny state, however, that isn't going to matter much.

I think the central issue is probably one of identity rather than economy. Do the Scots FEEL Scottish? How many of them understand how the previous Scottish state differed from England?

Every Scot I have ever had much of a chat with feels a strong sense of Scottish identity. One thing that unites all Brits is our ability to feel a great kinship with our locale. Ask a Glaswegian about Edinburgh and you'll soon be given the impression that the two are different cultures entirely (and that the fancy-dans in the capital lord it over everyone else and take advantage). You'll probably be convinced to back independence... from Edinburgh.

That's just how we are: ask someone from Nottingham about Derby and it won't be much different.

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Skullford - Forgive me, I'm nub wrote:
Well in one instance someone picked up a wand from a wounded player then healed said player, who got up next round and used the wand on herself and the round after that the player who grabbed the wand earlier used the wand again, so basically two people were using one wand and all of this was done without any of them talking about giving wands to other people or move actions.

Pick up wand = move action

Use wand = standard action

get up = move action
take wand = move action
use wand = standard action

grab wand = move action
use wand = standard action

Yeah, a bit of leeway from the GM there but not much.

Very soon that will be a waste of three actions but, to be honest, I don't see any lack of drama in someone running over to a dying comrade and pulling them back from the brink. That seems to have more tension and drama than shrugging and moving on.

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SPCDRI wrote:

Paladins are professional killers, essentially. They loot corpses and take goods to become better at killing.

In Pathfinder, this is not morally wrong. Anyone who had the capability to be the best at killing quintessences of evil like devils and demons wouldn't be doing his or her job if he wasn't killing them.

That being said, there needs to be a lot more leeway.

If you, and the rest of the players, are seriously considering the paladin having a Faith Crisis/Fall From Grace over a fairly played
8 gold piece poker game, it is time to re-think if it is even possible
for a paladin to be at the table.

Let the paladin be the paladin. Why is he half-assing it? Because he isn't a theologian and philosopher thoroughly versed in theodicy and ethics theory? Stop putting undue burdens upon him.

Although dangerously flirting with the murderhobo fallacy, this is my point-of-view.

It is sad when GMs decide: "He's playing a paladin: so I must micro-manage and pick, pick, pick at his character."

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Is it possible to use contingency to teleport if clowns draw near?

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Blimey!

Sean is, arguably, one of the people who saved 3.5 gaming.

In a very short space of time he turned the 3.5 rules into the PF playtest, then he, again very quickly, turned that into Pathfinder.

If that process had dragged or been a failure then the whole, wondrous adventure of Paizo might never have become such a mighty gaming beast.

Dude will be missed.

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So, I went to a record shop for the first time in ages.

Cate Le Bon - Mug Museum
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Mosquito
The Evens - The Odds
Carcass - Surgical Steel
David Bowie - The Next Day

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Why would anyone choose play a goblin and then complain about being sub-optimal?

Goblins are meant to be ineffective. It is part of their charm.

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Just a thought.

This ability is perfectly powered for Goblins, whether PC or NPC.

Why?

Because goblins are supposed to favour the showy and spectacular over the practical.

The goblins in RotRL hijack their own combat performance because... they're goblins! They blow raspberries, call insults and make fun of each other when they should be fighting.

So, a flashy but not especially effective attack is perfect for the brilliant fflavour of Pathfinder goblins.

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Getting over a bug and needing something contemplative
Hala Strana - Fielding

Then I started reading Save Me The Waltz by Zelda Fitzgerald and discovered that it has a kind of internal soundtrack. She tracks the changes with cultural references (Chaplin in a yellow polo jacket, all the shop girls look like Marilyn Miller etc.) so I am constantly googling old stuff, including the music.
Right now it's all Vincent Youmans and Paul Whiteman.

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Enjoying Leyendecker by Battles at the moment.

Hip-hop
Del Tha Funky Homosapien
El-P
Earl Sweatshirt
dan le sac vs. scroobius pip
Roots Manuva

Or,if you're feeling wired
drumcorps
and
Kid606

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Aberzombie wrote:
For Christmas, my brother gave me a quart growler of Mississippi Mud Famous Slow-Brewed Black & Tan Porter & Pilsner. I think there's a picture on my FB page. Looking forward to trying it.

Oh, those fun-timey Black & Tans. The perfect name association for a beer...

ffs

I've been drinking my dad's beer today and, damn, he drinks heavy stuff. I'm crying out for a refreshing, crisp bitter, like Brakspear or St. Peters, but it's all Bishops Finger and Old Tom.

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So, along with being a great tune, this song also has the perfect music video for Paizonites.

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I do find it peculiar how people are presenting smoking as a choice.

F*%% make you smell bad, look worse, lower your fitness levels and make you feel bad when you don't have them. Oh, and in the longer term they might kill you.

And they're addictive.

Hey, I should be allowed to choose to not make a choice because of my addiction. The mistake I made in my teenage years when I was young and naive and chose to start smoking should be one that I am forced to carry with me forever.

They're addictive, smokers are coerced into smoking by their smoking.

Apparently, that can be conveniently ignored.

"I will defend your freedom to be trapped by your past mistakes!"

Taldor

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Sprain Ogre wrote:
... of the Blood War...

Wrong setting.

What nobody is actually taking into account here is the celestial hosts.

I can't see Sarenrae and Iomedae shrugging and moving on.

Taldor

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My favourite Horton Heat

And the best Public Enemy cover.

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