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Goddity had a period of seeking, of fanaticism, during its youth. For some reason, the thing it focused on was the moderately successful (but very famous) goblin trash metal band Junkburn Nodogs.

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.

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Ever heard the phrase "we don't negotiate with terrorists"?

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Darnit. 1+1=10. Seriously.

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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.

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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.

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To be honest, CotCT would probably do better without the trip away from Korvosa... But of course, that is a serious rewrite.

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Fitzwalrus wrote:

I don't care what the "one step away" rule says.... if you're envisioning the destruction of the known universe and the annihilation of potentially billions of entities as a "Good" outcome you're using a different dictionary than I am.


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'.

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Not really... it is very common that the heroine needs to fight to save the love interest from various bad things: death in a duel, poverty from business rival plots, etc. Or at least it has been in my limited experience.

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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.

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Nonono. Three meter tall disco Xerxes, ridiculous testo poisoning, hilariously bad dialogue, and slomo doesn't belong in a trash compactor. You need such movies to heckle from time to time. I maintain, it's a work of art.

No, it is right there. Phase 434: Profit!

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Dear, sweet Tacticslion, let me emphatically state that you are NOT the first who ever confused two parts of Realmslore... =)

Hey! This product doesn't have "And much, much more!" :<

Excuse me, were we discussing RPGs and mental illness, or what Alzrius and IronTruth said?

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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.

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Stuff is gonna end. Bad stuff will happen, and we can't do anything about it. Why not enjoy the time we have left, get our affairs in order, you know? And hey, if we are diligent, it may be possible to prolong it all, sound good?

Yeah, CG cleric of Groetus sounds quite possible.

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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.

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Die, maggot!

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NobodysHome wrote:

Let a = b
a^2 = ab (multiply both sides by a)
a^2 - b ^2 = ab - b^2 (subtract b^2 from both sides)
(a+b)(a-b) = (a-b)b (factor out (a-b) from both sides)
(a+b) = b (divide by (a-b))
(b+b) = b (since a = b from the start)
2b = b (addition)
2 = 1 (divide by b)

Thus, 1 + 1 = 2 = 1


Followed by dividing by a-a... A.k.a. zero. Don't do that. It makes bad stuff happen.

Jamahawk knows this, indeed knows this very well, because he tried too and couldn't.

Krensky wrote:
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.

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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.

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PLATYPUS VAMPIRE!!! That is all.

Industry interests seem to me to be a poor reason to send men and women to die. Just sayin'.

We are all allowed to believe all sorts of things.


Antipaladins need to go through redemption to "rise". It is not something easy, and will include restitution. Paladins shouldn't fall easily either, but far easier than redeeming an antipaladin.

Say it? Sure.

Orfamay Quest wrote:
Sissyl wrote:
The US has spent several trillion dollars waging war in the Middle East recently. If that same money had been invested in respective countries instead, would it be possible that there would today be thriving, vibrant trade partners that exported things other than terrorists there instead?

Probably not. "Investing" in kleptocracies rarely improves the local economy.

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.

The US has spent several trillion dollars waging war in the Middle East recently. If that same money had been invested in respective countries instead, would it be possible that there would today be thriving, vibrant trade partners that exported things other than terrorists there instead?

olfin above has a son named hobb.

Well, I'm having an old fnord for dinner.

Why don't you come up and fnord me some time?

You know the type of fnord you eventually get better from? This ain't that kind.

You don't fnord! I'm not fnorded in here with you. You're fnorded in here with me!

What happened? You fnorded.

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.

No. But other countries in Europe do, and that is quite enough. Not to mention domestic intelligence agencies, etc. The NSA famously stated that to find a needle in a haystack, you need the haystack. They got it. They must have known. It's just, you know, more profit in NOT telling anyone about coming disasters. It gets them more powers and more budget.

And did not do what a responsible paladin should, namely fight to destroy the dreaded Y2K bug.

The paladin recited a beautiful love poem before an audience.

A good question is why the NSA did not stop this. After all, with all the information they have, they must certainly have been aware of such a complex scheme.

But maybe the NSA are counting on getting a bigger budget, like they do every time they decline to act on their data?

The modern names for the various mental disorders are very modern things. Not too long ago, bipolar disorder was called manodepressive disorder. Go back further, perhaps two hundred years, and none of them have names approaching anything we see today (though case reports are usually very clear on which they are depicting from the symptoms). Further than that, and all we have is "insanity" and similar. I agree, the modern terms have no place in a pseudo-medieval/renaissance game.

Getting a punch-card machine working.

Only problem is... fanatics don't do that, Raven Black. Being an obliteration target is okay to them. Rather, adversity is what feeds them. People dying left and right around them, and particularly in their leadership, merely confirms the need for their struggle. Legitimizes it. If they are fanatics, of course. The West has enough fanatic nutjobs that we shouldn't be particularly surprised by this.

Even if they are not fanatics, there is still the small matter of information. Leaders dropping like flies doesn't mean much if the foot soldiers don't know of it. It merely makes recruiting leaders difficult.

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I... Need to process this. I think much is going to depend on what the investigation turns up. That said, my suspicion is that it will reinforce France's dedication to fighting against IS. The only question is why IS wants that. If, indeed, they were behind this.

So you basically said it now?

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41. Mythic rules.

GoatToucher has always preferred the special perfume Eau d'goat. "Sadly", the line was discontinued due to frequent vomiting accidents.


Goddity considered braving the goat odour to get its hands on a diploma from the university of Tortuga, but decided against getting such important fakeries from someone who accidentally uses two full stops in some sentences.

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