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I don't think that we're saying it is not legit: we're just debunking some myths about steel and swords in real world.
I like the idea, personally, given the mythical status of Damascene steel. It will be just like the glass weapons in Elder Scrolls (I heard that it comes from the Japanese myth of samurais being so good with kenjutsu that they can use katanas made out of glass).
edited 24th Jul '12 5:57:32 PM by IraTheSquire
Might want a different name, though. Damascus is a place, not a description.
Well, so is Corinth so will Damascene work?
Something needs to be addressed, though. How, exactly, would something promote the flow of magic? Perhaps acting as essentially a tiny hole in the veil between the dimensions, making it easier for Æther to touch Material?
That might work. Maybe in combination with something like "All materials have a certain amount of resistance to Aether some is held back most goes through with the exception materials which are highly resistant, materials which promote the flow likely have almost no resistance what so ever so none is held back."
To a certain extent, the material and the aetherial are anathema? Biological matter, especially intelligent matter, is especially less so then other things, specifically since the intelligent mind's nature is partly aetherial.
edited 24th Jul '12 8:16:55 PM by God_of_Awesome
The twin sun gods-
Ruleous, God of the sun as gift -
Ruleous is often thought to be one of the first celestial gods, and some say he may even be older then Elena. He was born by those who worship the sun as a gift. The sun gives light, the sun helps the crops grow, the sun keeps us warm, ectra.
Worshipers of Ruleous tend to come from areas where the sun isn't to harsh. His clerics wear white transparent cloaks over white or golden under clothing. His symbol is the rising sun over a mountain.
Ahulite, Goddess of the sun as curse -
Born at the same time as Ruleous, Ahulite is the goddess of the sun as a curse. The sun causes drought, burns people, gives them heat stroke, ectra.
Worshipers of Ahulite tend to live in areas where drought is common or where farming is near impossible, they tend to worship her out of either fear or twisted admiration. They tend to wear heavy golden cloaks with black trimming. Her symbol is a sun over a dune.
In recent years churches which worship them both as twin deities have popped up, in areas where the sun is not always a symbol of life but neither is it a symbol of misery. They both grant their power to these worshipers.
The church spreading because of this is the Church of the Twin Sun which believes they take turns controlling the power of the sun and that they are both equals. They wear transparent black robes over golden clothing, and their symbol is a golden sun reflecting a white sun.
Aawww, I had a sun god....
edited 24th Jul '12 10:34:49 PM by God_of_Awesome
Then submit it. We can have one of those either or votes going :D
Indeed. I really like this- it resonates on a very deep level for me. Hard to explain.
One nitpick: et cetera is Latin for "and other things."
Soledad, the Lonely Star
A strange god, something like Elena and the Elemental Gods but not beneath Elena in the loose hierarchy of Elementals. She is the goddess of the lonely light that hangs in the day sky, the singular bright star, the Sun. It is oft believed that she and the Moon God hold a complicated rivalry in courtship with the the Earth Goddess.
Soledad is distant and her love for Elena often flips between wrath and affection, explaining parts of world that are harshly burned and others that are kindly warmed. Most of all, it is meant to explain why the Nosferatu burn in the sun's light, as their crimes against Elena have made Soledad turn her wrath upon them forever.
I like that name, it is a common female name in Spanish. Though why would anyone name their daughter "Loneliness" at birth is beyond me. Sounds pretty tho.
OK, anybody still left to vote on the latest issues?
edited 25th Jul '12 8:38:29 AM by Sijo
Soledad, Ruleous and Ahulite
There are three gods of wrath, Jiboghon the Primal Wrath, Aezelantha From Whom Blood Flows the Goddess of Mindless Rage and Rorygono the Righteous Rage the God of Focused Anger. Aezelantha is the 'evil' goddess of wrath and Rorygona the 'good' god, with Jiboghon being something above, below and apart from them, neither good nor evil, he just is.
In the same way does Soledad exist to Ruleous and Ahulite, whereas Ruleous and Ahulite exist at opposite ends of the spectrum in regard to opinions on the sun, Soledad just is. She has more personality and definition then the likes of Jiboghon the Primal Wrath, Ariis the Primal Lust, Mama Baul the Primal Greed and Presiip The First Pride, being more elemental and less bound by emotion, but she exists almost in the same relationship with Ruleous and Ahulite.
No, I think Vyc's is better. That's just More of Something Already Done, without explanation as to why it works that way for the sun.
Now you have me feeling conflicted.
Ok, I think only Rikalous' votes are needed. Rik, if you are reading this, please do so ASAP so I can get on to do the next ballot.
Since I haven't come up with any ideas since my original submission, I think I'm going to end up one of those people Vyctorian mentioned who contributes once and then just votes forever. Consequently, I'm bowing out of membership until and unless I start thinking of more things.
Very well. Thank you. :)
OK, then, the voting results on the new Domehain Sceal rules are:
The new voting will apply on the next ballot which I will be making ASAP.
edited 25th Jul '12 9:31:37 PM by Sijo
Woolson, God of the dead as sacred
Woolson is not a god of the dead or undead, he is the god of taking care of dead bodies and making sure they are treated with respect as well as keeping them as the dead and not the undead.
Before he ascended Woolson was caretaker of one of The Eastern Dominions biggest graveyards. He took care of the dead bodies, and treated them with kindness and respect. He ran a funeral home service and even acted as a guard. He was not just a care-taker, he was also a powerful spellcaster. He also hated the mistreatment of the dead, the biggest grievance was Necroturgy in his mind.
As a graveyard caretaker he had more then a handful of encounters with wannabe Necroturgists and even powerful ones. Despite not being a cleric to any god he had a very powerful smite spell, it was said he once reduced a lich to dust with a flaming smite spell which burned pure white. Earning him the nickname the White-Flame in the dominion.
This reputation as an force of vengeance for those who dare violate the dead, and the fact that he took care of the funerals for thousands of people including a King and many lords and dukes, made several people want to learn from him. While a force of vengeance for those who defiled and disrespected the dead, he loved those who shared his beliefs. He trained many in the proper care of the dead and the proper way to deal with those who dare defile the dead.
After all this he Ascended to godhood. This symbol is a grave and his clerics often wear all white and carry shovels with them as it is the tool used to bury the dead and his churches tend to be cemeteries. He still cares for his graveyard to this day, and has even offered to "absolve" Hrod of his sins though he refuses to leave his "home" in-order to do this so he's waiting for Hrod to come to him.
Graveyards in The Eastern Dominion
Due to an issue with a Necroturist resurrecting a former king, T.E.D. started building heavy high-walls around all their graveyards, and even has guards specially trained in taking down undead and Necroturgists. The largest graveyards are the most fortified, and the biggest one of all looks more like a castle then a graveyard, granted it is the home to a god and several dozen clerics.
The stones of adaptability -
These stones are most commonly give to very devote clerics of nature gods or hunting gods. The stone allows it's owner to adapt to almost any environment in a matter of minutes no matter how harsh, though the stone requires intense faith to use and is useless to those who are doubtful except as maybe a stone to throw.
The stone can also be used as a catalyst to gift another with a temporary adaptation.
The adaptations often come in the form of animal features though this is not always the case.
edited 26th Jul '12 1:09:39 AM by Vyctorian
Black Empire Facts: Necroturgy
"Okay, are you recording this? Good. Let's get this straight, I raised myself up from the dead, me, by my own freewill. Some asshole dies and had her grieving widow and her kids bury her, you're not allowed to use her corpse for a round of necro-tango just because your emperor is a zombie. Here's the rule, if they didn't give the okay when they were alive, it's not okay to use their bodies when they're dead. You hear that? Everyone now has the basic humane right not to have their corpses desecrated willy-nilly. That's a thing now.
"On the other hand, by living here and here I mean you were standing there when I conquered the place, you agree that if you up and get murdered we can try a little necromancy to find out who and why. And, you know, other emergency stuff. I'm not gonna be stupid about this.
"Right, one more thing, free life insurance for anyone who volunteers up their corpse to the Empire, either for science and or being added to my invincible zombie army. Cause that's a thing now."
- Emperor Hrod, in the fiftieth year of his reign
Er, I was about to update the Main Page but then I realized, according to our new rules, the vote minimum depends on the membership. When I did the last collation, I counted the votes of 6 people, which means, each entry needed 4 or more votes to pass. But since Rikalous declined membership, should I count his votes now? Does the minimum slip back to 3? Please help me decide this ASAP so I can *finally* do the update and move to the next one!
3 is the majority of 5, so that would fall within the new rules. Also I didn't see them contribute this round so I'd go with No.
Go with 3
Black Empire Facts: Martial Arts
Black Hawk Style
A style of Martial Arts originating in the Black Empire, with schools and training programs sponsored by the state and strongly encouraged learning for combative state agents.
It is a style with a philosophy that follows suit with the Emperor's, that of carefully applied brutality. Economy of motion is favored, moving as little as possible and therefore favoring the use of the fist and the head. A weak spot or a series of adjacent weak spots are to be quickly selected and then struck in rapid succession or repeatedly in the case of one.
Weak spots favored in the state approved teachings are those meant to cause the maximum amount of pain or disability without causing permanent or terminal damage. Short blunt weapons are favored, such as cudgels mostly, or batons or maces.
A more lethal version of this style is called the "Black Widow Style". It favors short bladed weapons such as hatchets, daggers and short swords at most.
I just realised, got my Irish wrong.
It should be Domhan Scéal. No I.
We should be able to get a redirect/re-name pretty easily. We're both it's creators and active users of the site.
edited 28th Jul '12 5:29:47 PM by Vyctorian
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