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He kills people who have some sort of power, like soldiers and guards, unless they obey and surrender. In diplomacy he goes to war unless people surrender to him. The only way to get fairness from him is to serve him. All this is by your explanation.
This guy is evil to the core. Rotten, wicked, monstrous. He is ready and willing to commit atrocities for his own self-interest, for power. If an outsider were to see him, they would see something utterly evil. The only one who thinks he is good is himself. He would make a worthy villain, if he weren't so cliche in his inability to see his own taint.
If you intend to be Good, there are things you don't do. Mass murder and starting wars for power are two of them. Exploring darkness will taint you, and using it for Good still makes you a reeking wreck of Evil.
Unless of course those innocent people don't support him and obey him. This guy is as evil as they come. Compare with the concentration camp commander in Schindler's list. As repugnant as mass murderers come, he gets it into his head that he can be GOOD and perhaps even divine if he pardons some of those slated for execution.
Rosita the Riveter wrote:
Sounds like some serious crap going on there. People say that blood is thicker than water, and it is... But not by much, really. Nobody should have to go through that.
Every trait we humans have is biological, this much should be obvious. Unless we are discussing the "soul" and non-material stuff that makes us decide what to do. I will assume not.
The biological part of human behaviour, as opposed to the environmental, is what sets the outer limits. The stuff we can't really change. Environment affects us only within those limits. When discussing people without serious handicaps: We get a native language, either an already formalized one with rules from our parents, or one that we shape into a formal language if it doesn't have said rules. We learn to walk, lie, imagine abstract things, and so many other things. And we get a sexual identity and a sexual preference. These are not negotiable. Given all this, yes, we can further build on these "core rules" as we and our environment shape us.
What characterizes a purely biological trait? It is absolute, non-negotiable. A human learns to walk. To make him or her not do that, you would have to actively provide a massively warped environment, like tying him down for years. He will likely learn it still, only later. By the same token, a human will always learn some kind of language. The tabula rasa is anything but rasa. And part of that is your sexual identity, and your sexual preference. A heterosexual doesn't stop being so. A homosexual cannot be "cured" despite oceans of effort to the contrary.
Why is not everyone cishet? Well, sexual identity and preference is a complicated thing. A strong sexual identity and a heterosexual preference is likely what maximizes the chance for offspring - so it should be sharply selected for. But it also needs to be different for men and women, so it must be contained in a rather complex machinery - and all such are open to "errors". And so, some will be non-cishet. Or, otherwise put, cishet people would not exist in any large numbers without non-cishet people.
Sexuality is not something we can negotiate. Sure, we are of course able to go through the physical motions of things outside our sexuality, but we are not going to enjoy it like we do things inside it. People routinely risk death and torture for sex. Sometimes they have sex despite KNOWING they will be killed or imprisoned for a very long time for having it. Non-negotiable.
It falls to what he does. Going about getting world domination in a LN way would be to build power structures, working toward a legalistic view of the world, knowing the entire labyrinth that results, getting through agreed-on methods to the key positions of the hierarchy, and making sure everyone else keeps invested enough in the structure to want to keep it. At the end of the day, he might never be Grand Poobah of everything with a crown and a throne... but he would decide on policy, call the shots, and everything would happen through him. He wouldn't really have to murder anyone, but he would be quite happy to set up trade deals that would make the disadvantaged party weak enough to need his support, etc.
That was not this guy. Anyone he considered an enemy died. Anyone who didn't comply died. And whoop-de-doo, he was fair to his subjects - the people who did what he told them to. Sorry, not good enough. This is a textbook example of LE.
There are places in various slums where GPS maps recommend you not to stop even if your car is having trouble because it's too dangerous. Similarly, yes, if your plane is going down, and you are landing in certain territories, it may well be that you HAVE no good options. Hopefully, the pilots knew this about the situation BEFORE going in.
Russia knows WWIII is not going to be kinder on them than on anyone else. They are a poor country, in poor shape regarding production and civil society. Getting involved in a serious war would quickly see them in a very precarious situation. Not to mention, the West would quickly unite against them, and China would love to see a chance to carve out a piece of them. It is not a winning concept for them either.
Regarding shooting pilots... It is not something you should expect going in that your opponents will follow the rules of war, unless they are representing a nation, and often not even then. It is quite simply a very bad idea to eject in the wrong place.
There is quite a lot about what God almighty is going to do to billions of us humans in the end days in the Bible. Just sayin'.
48. We're not making much process in disabling the soul-destroying, automatically recharging, trap just outside the only toilet in the dungeon. Nor is the dig around the trap project going as planned.
49. Well, the entire thing was plastered with asbestos, in full accordance with previous building norms. Yes, I know a +2 to item saves vs fire is a good idea in an enclosed space, but you wanted a pool room...
50. The screamy phantom of dread is keeping everyone awake all night, everywhere in the dungeon. The last bunch of clerics gave up on trying to exorcise it earlier today.
51. Turns out "Dungeons of Horrible Dread, Fleshfester Swamp 1, 555-13, Fleshfester Swamp" has problems with mail delivery.
Harrison Ford probably bites it. After all, he costs. And honestly, I'd prefer him to get a good screen death rather than have the rest of the trilogy as "Han Solo in a nursing home". He really ought to have known enough to stay away, because like Captain Scoundrél in OOTS, there was no other option for him than being the mentor.
The Netherese archwizard was named Ioulaum, the first to create an enclave. In second edition AD&D lore, the only mention I know of beyound the Ioun stones is that the plane of minerals has a swathe of land that is called Ioun something, the area closest to the positive energy plane. This is from The Inner Planes for Planescape.
Edit: Apparently, there was a Ioun guy too, but the one in the spoiler is definitely Ioulaum.
Eeeeeexcept there are things the narrator of 300 was not present for.
But I do agree. Work of art. There is a place for ridiculously over the top muscle action with lots of yelling and slomo.
And yes, two people did run around the Titanic and giggle. The resulting security checks meant the crew did not manage to detect the iceberg.
Followed by dividing by a-a... A.k.a. zero. Don't do that. It makes bad stuff happen.
I remeber my psychology texts use the term acute for sudden onset and describe that trauma and stress can trigger episodes, but they're also a decade and a half old, so things may well have moved on.
Acute psychosis is a thing. Drugs, various personality disorders, depression, mania, extreme anxiety disorders, etc can bring that on. Schizophrenia describes one form of chronic psychosis, and as far as we know today, that has a serious run-up phase. Of course, it is possible that that never gets observed well, which would be interpreted as a quick onset. Note also that we are still at the threshold of understanding psychosis better, which means things change regarding diagnoses still.
Schizophrenia is, as stated, a poorly understood disorder. It was originally described by Kraepelin, who called it dementia praecox (early dementia). A while later, it was called schizophrenia by Bleuler. The word means "split soul", which gave rise to the idea that it's several people in one head, but actually, the schizo part of the word means split like in "split off, other, different".
The disorder consists of a chronic condition of psychotic symptoms: Positive, negative, and cognitive. Positive symptoms are positive in that they add something to the patient's experience, and include hallucinations (typically voices), delusions (typically paranoia, megalomania, or various religious forms). The negative remove something, making the patient less communicative, less social, and they tend to isolate themselves. Cognitive symptoms are signs of accumulating, albeit minor, brain damage, found by cognitive testing before and after episodes of acute worsening. Psychosis refers to the inability to separate what is real and what is not, and is a matter of degrees.
There is no such thing as acute schizophrenia. There are various forms of acute psychosis, such as amphetamin-induced paranoia, however, but these are not considered to be schizophrenia. Nor does schizophrenia (or usually, psychosis) come from traumatic experiences. It is a slowly-developing disorder, which begins at perhaps ten to twelves years of age with prodromal symptoms, but these are symptoms that are far more common, and so these give little hint of who will develop schizophrenia. Typically, the disorder begins with a sharp psychotic state at around 20 for men, and 30 for women. From that point, only neuroleptics (aka antipsychotics) have been shown to help. What they do is they get the patient to function, even if it is rarely full functioning. If the patient stops taking their medicine, they grow psychotic again, usually within a month. Since understanding that they are ill is rarely the case, much of psychosis care has to be done against the patient's wishes. With medication again, recovery from acute symptoms comes within two weeks or so, but cognitive symptoms get worse with every such episode.
Regarding violence, it can and does happen. However, a person in an acute psychotic state is usually far from unpredictable. First, each episode looks the same and doesn't vary much, usually even across decades. Second, this is a very, very scared person. They are not out to hurt anyone, their priority is to protect themselves. Violence happens when someone gets too close, doesn't listen to the patient, and keeps trying to communicate/touch/hold/whatever. Acute psychosis expands your personal sphere. Don't stare. Don't show your teeth. Don't make sudden movements. Don't get too close. Don't use big words. Focus on giving them an environment they can relate to, keep a decent distance, keep a roughly neutral face, see if they want/need something to eat or drink. If they tell you to go, go. It's not rocket science. Sum total, schizophrenic patients are very slightly overrepresented in violent behaviour compared to the general population - but there is overlap with autism spectrum disorder and other disorders that also have the same overrepresentation.
Contrary to popular belief, visual hallucinations are rare, and belong more to conditions like alcohol delirium.
It is harsh, unending, and breaks you down. 0.7% get it, slightly more in urban areas, slightly less rural. The causes are unknown, but some genetic predisposition exists.
All told, yes, confusion as a result is pretty decent. What you see of acute psychosis is typically that the patient is distracted, not much else.
Orfamay Quest wrote:
I never said it would be better to simply hand out money. You would need some kind of presence, probably necessarily with military backup, and have a dedicated work against corruption locally. Whatever the method you choose, I still think the result would have been better with a civilian focus rather than a military.
Those people? Too good for them. And since they hate it, it seems fair to call them that. Isis, the Egyptian goddess, never deserved to get mixed up with their s@@~.
Sooooo, the NSA got extreme surveillance powers specifically to prevent terrorist acts. The NSA doesn't do a good job of it, apparently. Why should everyone else have to stand NSA spying, given that it doesn't even help? I mean, either they are incompetent, despite all their powers, or they don't do the job they should. Either should be grounds for a serious stripping down of their budget.
When digging into a campaign setting, what you need a good handle on is the metaphysics and the baseline societal assumptions. Thus, which deities, what outsider groups, major spell categories, major historical upheavals, which major races, which technology, which major organizations. I.e. The stuff you get from the Inner sea guide. The rest of the stuff is repetition and in-depth of that. So, want to play in Andoran, read up on it. If you want to make your own Golarion campaign and not use published adventures, you will need more familiarity with it, and that is where you bury yourself in it. To run a published module, you need really very little.