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In traditional pathfinder, high ability score results in more spells per day.
What we are trying to move toward, though we are not there yet, is a non-vancian system. I am not even really in favor of spell points as a casting system, as that is still highly influenced by the core concepts of vancian magic.
If you are unsure what Vancian magic is, here is a link.
I am supposed to be the one refining the magic system into a non-vancian system, but have sadly been very busy with a move a new semester. My school workload is settling into a routine, so I should have time to devote to this soon.
As you will.
That penalty fits the training of the White Tower perfectly; in the books the Aes Sedai are always cautioning their initiates specifically not to experiment. But it still seems that the idea of being so cautious about experimentation that you have a -10 penalty to doing so does not fit the way the Asha'man and the Black Tower are presented.
The Black Tower is always presented as being almost callous about the potential risks of experimentation and forcing.
Sure, they share and teach what they learn, and they train to work together like any disciplined soldiers would. But that is a long way from training their initiates to be so cautious in using the One Power that they suffer such a large penalty for experimenting.
That seems pretty reasonable, except for one thing:
The -10 for composure should not apply to the Asha'man or to their initiates. There are many references to them actually being encouraged/required to experiment, being forced, being very nihilistic, etc. I do not think that they would feel restrained by cautionary tales, and I doubt their training would encourage them to be overly cautious.
As an example drawn from the books of Asha'man inventing, there is the unique weave (which is never clearly discussed iirc) that Damer Flynn used to turn the two evils in Rand's wound back in on each other. He could not have used that weave on anyone else before then given the unique nature of the wound, and he certainly gave no sign of being reluctant or hesitant because of his training.
To even things out between male and female channelers, having levels of Wilder should also remove the penalty to experimentation.
Nix: Dealing with overwrought teenage girls.
Analin Mendiana wrote:
I am referring to the recent Shadowrun Returns. The Shaman class felt entirely too railroad-ey in the character creation options. I did not try the other characters after that.
I am gonna jump on the "where are my characters" bandwagon ..
Cindra - Just arrived at Professor Agave's "classroom"
Jessa is there, but she is standing off to the side being confused.
I do not think I have read anything by Pratchett.
George Takei's facebook post about it:
George Takei wrote:
Today, the world lost a great man, and I lost a great friend. We return you now to the stars, Leonard. You taught us to "Live Long And Prosper," and you indeed did, my friend. I shall miss you in so many, many ways.
Made me kinda tear up a little.
@ice: Leonard Nimoy played Spock on the original Star Trek and the older Spock on the rebooted Star Trek.
But in this case, the decision is not an emotional one.