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SING, MY ANGEL OF MECHA

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A mechanical monstrosity like this can’t be captained like a ship, or lead like an army, or ruled like a nation. It is a monster in the purest sense- an omen of a profound horror to come. Some day, wars will be fought with these monstrosities, wars that level mountains and grind civilizations against the wheel until nothing is left but dust and guilt. Not today. Not tomorrow. But soon.
They are mindless, these beasts, all guts and glory. Their hearts pump black and acrid blood, their yawning orifices drip with rainbow drool, their stomachs belch smoke that chokes out the sun. They rage and laugh and topple towers in fevered delirium, or slip into a dreamless sleep from which they do not awaken for centuries or more. There is no one to guide them. No one but you.
They can’t be lead, or captained, or piloted. But their empty heads can be filled with genius. Your genius, to be precise- that intangible force as powerful and incomprehensible as the sea, that lifts you and flings you from one…

Deeper Roots

You are a VAMPIRE.



You have THREE ASPECTS:

BLOOD- Power, Authority, Intensity

SUGAR- Humanity, Vulnerability, Sincerity

MAGIC- Monstrousness, Mystery, Grace


Roll d6+1 for each of them.

A 2 is just below average for a mortal. A 7 is as to vampires as vampires are to mortals.


When someone challenges one of your aspects, roll a d6.

If you roll under the aspect's value, you defend yourself from the world's intrusion, but exhaust yourself, and that aspect's value decreases by 1.

If you roll over the aspect's value, you accede to it and allow it to change you, willingly or not, and the aspect's value increases by 1.



YOU HAVE:

1. Old Money- More than could be counted or spent. If a price can be paid in gold, you can pay it.

2. Devoted Servants- Ragged edges, desperate longing. If a price can be paid in blood, you can pay it.

3. Ancient Wisdom- Your memory is an oubliette where history rots and dies. You know 1d6 DARK SECRETS, but dredging them back up will challenge your MAGIC.

4. A Cr…

Poetic Truth, Material Reality

A post all about magic! ^_^ What is it? How does it work? Well, let's look at some examples:

In Roald Dahl's Matilda, the protagonist is a brilliant child in an environment that doesn’t give her any way to express or develop her intellectual curiosity. She sneaks home books from the library and reads them in secret. She develops a special relationship with a kind schoolteacher, who teaches her things the curriculum won't permit. 

But it's not enough. So all that leftover energy goes into trying to solve the little problems in her world, to push out against the walls. Her irrepressible intensity and unused energy manifest in the ability to move things with her mind. 

There are rules to this power (She can lift small things but not large ones, fling them around but not make delicate motions. She refines and strengthens her skill with practice), but these rules reflect the emotional truth that the magic represents within the diegetic reality of the story. She graduates from …

Warlock Patron: Semiramis-Nebuchadnezzar-Shamsi

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Semiramis-Nebuchadnezzar-Shamsi, LLP A patron for Oblidsideryptch's lovely GLOG Warlock.

Goal: The world is a delicate balance of contracts and obligations. Spirits, ghosts, demons, gods— all varying legal terms for creatures of the same substance, bound by intricate laws rebuilt and refined over epochs. You never know what family politics have been built around their ancestor’s chain of demonic pacts, or what water rights dispute might trespass on of a long-settled divine imminence tort. There is great profit to be made in keeping these threads held together, and plucking them to the advantage of paying customers.
Equipment: Formal work attire, and an attaché case containing paper, pens, legal bona-fides, and a company letter-opener.
Boon: You have a lawyer’s education. The firm has legal possession of your soul for the duration of your employment, and keeps it secured in their vault. You can file appropriate paperwork if you want to temporarily requisition its use.
Favors: With a snap…

Destroying Angels

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The Underworld’s bureaucrat-assassins. Grandmother Possum takes especially promising paper-pushers and breathes a legacy into their eyes, which germinates in their orderly minds and blooms into a fruiting chaos through their mouths and ears and nostrils and empty eye sockets, encasing their whole head like a fungal rocket ship. 
Then they hone themselves for 7 years, fighting the rattling cold in cages made of razors, wrestling jaguars made from dead pets to bone-deep blood-soaked exhaustion, until their minds break sharp and clear and perfect, and the legacy chokes on them, burning to a char-black bramble cage.
They smell like sweat and charcoal. They sound like like a phone call from a submarine.

They’re the ultimate enforcers of the Underworld’s order:


To every life, a name.
For each name, a life.  To every name, a soul.  For each soul, a name.  To every soul, a death. For each death, a soul. 


Most violations of this law are innocent in nature. 
There are only so many souls in the…

Twenty More Questions, Answered With Aplomb

These are from Scrap Princess. I think they're more relevant.

Is there weaponized Squid? 
Only in Nacre, where they're used as saboteurs. They're as smart as wolves and fired like missiles. Everybody hates Nacre.


Can I start with one? 
Sure. I really like the Adventure Points system, and I think a toned down version might be a good fit for the setting. I'll probably write up some tables of connections, investments, secrets, tools, and so on for players to draw from or get inspired by.


How much are they? 
Comically expensive. Every time one is fired, it costs enough to feed a family for a year.


Can I have one as a pet/horse/best friend? 
Absolutely.


Can I play one? 
Sure!


Can I dual wield them?
They're artillery, so theoretically you could "wield" as many of them as you hook up to a single lever.


Is there undead robots?
Depending on how you define "undead" and "robot," you might call upwards of 70% of the population of the world undead robots.


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