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Grand Lodge

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Yay fiction!


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Who else read the final line in Doug Bradley's Pinhead voice? ;)


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Fabulous story! I loved all aspects of it. Keep up the good work!


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That was fantastic.

Suddenly I want to play a wizard.


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If wizards in PF2 have adaptive magic as a possible path...that would be so awesome!


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"We have such sights to show you."


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"Truly, there was nothing so marvelous as a library."

I'm with you there, Ezren.


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"Ezren!" Valeros's voice rose, hitting the octave of a man at least partially on fire.

Bravo.

Silver Crusade

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Yussssssss, give us more of the good stuff.


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Sigh, "Kazmiri's Cryptographic Theorem." I am not surprised that those pampered dandies at the College of Mysteries misuse technical terminology.

Cryptographic - related to using secret codes and ciphers.
Cryptologic - related to the study of secret codes and ciphers.
Cryptanalytic - related to breaking secret codes and ciphers.

I could forgive Kazmiri naming his spell a "cryptologic theorem," since cryptology is the general term. But the correct name for a deciphering spell would be "cryptanalytic."

And don't make me explain the difference between a code and a cipher. I will give examples and homework.

As for Lomal's Revealing Incantations, yes, that is the proper first step. Look at the puzzle. Eyeball the data, we used to say.

Dr. Erin Schram, retired NSA cryptanalyst

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I wonder if Kazmiri was a Bard instead of a Wizard who named it that specifically to annoy them.


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Very nice piece, and inspirational. Well done!

Contributor

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Thanks, everyone! I love getting to write the iconics when they're talking smack, and it seemed like Ezren would probably have a lot of hot takes about other spellcasters, especially given his backstory. :)


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Gwaihir Scout wrote:
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"Ezren!" Valeros's voice rose, hitting the octave of a man at least partially on fire.
Bravo.

Logged in to say this...


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A great piece of short fiction James. Paced incredibly, and adroitly given the format. And enough tantalising snippets to engender lots of inspiration and questions. Glad Ezren got some reward out of the box after all...

And yes, loved the asides about Seoni's spells and the exact timbre of flaming warrior-calls...


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Uh oh. Who or what did he end up summoning?


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UnArcaneElection wrote:

Uh oh. Who or what did he end up summoning?

Exactly the creature he wanted to summon, I'd guess from his reaction. :3


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Well, hopefully he wasn't raising a little hell...


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Mathmuse wrote:

Sigh, "Kazmiri's Cryptographic Theorem." I am not surprised that those pampered dandies at the College of Mysteries misuse technical terminology.

Cryptographic - related to using secret codes and ciphers.
Cryptologic - related to the study of secret codes and ciphers.
Cryptanalytic - related to breaking secret codes and ciphers.

I could forgive Kazmiri naming his spell a "cryptologic theorem," since cryptology is the general term. But the correct name for a deciphering spell would be "cryptanalytic."

And don't make me explain the difference between a code and a cipher. I will give examples and homework.

As for Lomal's Revealing Incantations, yes, that is the proper first step. Look at the puzzle. Eyeball the data, we used to say.

Dr. Erin Schram, retired NSA cryptanalyst

I love Paizo forums: come for the gaming, stay for the erudition!

Although in general, I'm inclined to go easy on grammatical and linguistic issues: not everyone who posts here has English as a first language.

...after all, quite a lot of them are Americans.


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Wandering Wastrel wrote:
Mathmuse wrote:

Sigh, "Kazmiri's Cryptographic Theorem." I am not surprised that those pampered dandies at the College of Mysteries misuse technical terminology.

Cryptographic - related to using secret codes and ciphers.
Cryptologic - related to the study of secret codes and ciphers.
Cryptanalytic - related to breaking secret codes and ciphers.

I could forgive Kazmiri naming his spell a "cryptologic theorem," since cryptology is the general term. But the correct name for a deciphering spell would be "cryptanalytic."

And don't make me explain the difference between a code and a cipher. I will give examples and homework.

As for Lomal's Revealing Incantations, yes, that is the proper first step. Look at the puzzle. Eyeball the data, we used to say.

Dr. Erin Schram, retired NSA cryptanalyst

I love Paizo forums: come for the gaming, stay for the erudition!

Although in general, I'm inclined to go easy on grammatical and linguistic issues: not everyone who posts here has English as a first language.

...after all, quite a lot of them are Americans.

Eyyyyyy

I'll be the first to admit my language is bonkers. English doesn't borrow from other languages, it follows other languages down dark alleys, knocks them over, and goes through their pockets looking for loose grammar. XD


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Is that a Pratchett quote? It feels like a Pratchett quote.


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Captain Morgan wrote:
Is that a Pratchett quote? It feels like a Pratchett quote.

While often misattributed to Pratchett, it was James Nicoll who said it, though not exactly in the form above. The actual quote is:

James Nicoll wrote:
The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary.


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^That said, it probably also rifles through their pockets for loose grammar. And then proceeds to botch that along with the pronunciation . . . .

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UnArcaneElection wrote:

^That said, it probably also rifles through their pockets for loose grammar. And then proceeds to botch that along with the pronunciation . . . .

I will admit I am horrible at this myself, but the most fun is listening to an American try and pronounce French words correctly.


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Now now guys, there's no need to be mean, the US have no official language anyways.

Spoiler:
It shows.


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Tim Statler wrote:
UnArcaneElection wrote:

^That said, it probably also rifles through their pockets for loose grammar. And then proceeds to botch that along with the pronunciation . . . .

I will admit I am horrible at this myself, but the most fun is listening to an American try and pronounce French words correctly.

Even more fun than that: Watch some people who are not only US citizens, but in (or recently in) high offices do a worse job of pronouncing English words than many people from other countries.

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