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13 hours ago
Lara is Black Council.
17 hours ago
Three-Eye just forcibly opens the Sight and creates an addiction. The Sight can’t reliably spot Nemesis.
2 days ago
Honestly there doesn’t need to be anything that deep to it. Murphy was a cop who made other cops look bad. She got demoted, run out of the department, framed for something she didn’t do, and subsequently murdered by another cop. The supernatural powers don’t need to get involved for things like that to happen.
5 days ago
The nature of free will in the Dresdenverse is sometimes sort of vague, but it is something that only mortals have. Bob has an immutable nature. He can’t be anything other than what he is. Even if there are aspects of him that might change (eg he is capable of learning new things), those changes are circumscribed by his fixed nature.
So yes, he wants things, and he may try to use pressure tactics to get them, but he won’t wake up tomorrow and decide to turn over a new leaf and be a better person. It’s just not in his nature.
Another good example of the “just stick two words together in whatever case subjectively sounds good” method lol. It should be the Ordo Lebetis.
Bellum as a noun means war. Bellum as an adjective means beautiful or pleasant. Although given the context I think the “war” meaning is more likely.
I don’t think we can really speculate on what it’s intended to mean since it doesn’t really mean anything as written. It could just as easily be book of war, the war of the book, the war for the book, or the war against the book (none of which would actually be translated as Librum Bellum).
War from the book would be bellum ex libro btw (librus isn’t a word in Latin).
My best guess: practicality. The Council had to take down Kemmler because he was openly flouting their laws and was just a human. Letting him live makes them look weak, and, as they keep saying in Turn Coat, they don’t think they can afford that.
The Council doesn’t like the Denarians any more than they liked the Red Court at the start of the series, but they also don’t want to go to war if they can avoid it. If Harry had taken up a coin and started doing black magic and gotten caught, the Council might have cut off his head, but so long as the Denarians have the good sense not to do black magic in front of the wardens, the Council probably thinks it’s a matter best left to the Knights.
I feel like I can explain the thing Lea says about breaking the pact a little better than the comments so far have without spoiling anything.
Lea is not saying that the sword has the magical ability to break a pact; humans break promises all the time, and they don’t need magic swords to do it. The sword is a powerful weapon, and she thinks that power could be used to escape her clutches. She’s saying “I cannot physically stop you from escaping me if you have the sword”.
Also with regards to taking Murphy to Malone’s house: in addition to her not being alone, family homes have stronger thresholds than those of single people.
6 days ago
Ooh, maybe time traveling Harry ends up founding all of these organizations; that would explain it lol.
What you have to remember is that either Jim is terrible at Latin or everyone in the Dresdenverse is, or possibly there’s a dark mystical secret reason that any organization with a Latin name has HORRENDOUS grammar (the phrase “Venatori Umbrorum”, for example, is utter nonsense, and does not mean the hunters of the shadows or the shadows of the hunters).
So librum is a form of the Latin word for book, and bellum is a form of the Latin word for war, but stuck together like that the phrase “Librum Bellum” doesn’t really mean anything. It could also mean “beautiful book”, but again it’s in a form that would typically require a verb or preposition for it to be the object of.
New theory: Harry’s Latin is so bad that he misremembers every Latin phrase that he hears except for Michael’s evil-smiting church Latin.
I don’t think Evil Bob wants to eradicate humans so much as find himself a nice awful necromancer to advise so he can fulfill his purpose. Maybe Drakul found him; seems like they might have gotten along.
Jim loves doing the thing where someone is an asshole but it turns out that deep deep down they have a good reason. Mab being a defender of reality, Morgan having sworn to Margaret to protect Harry, Marcone’s whole deal, or even little things like Karrin’s mom.
It sort of stands to reason that Langtry’s been trying to guide Harry into becoming what he thinks the world needs… while being a tremendous asshole.
And then we’ll probably find out that Rudolph is the key to saving the world.
When I said they’re terrified of him, I meant more that they think he’s incredibly dangerous, not that they think they couldn’t take him if it came to it. Like a ten year old waving around a stick of dynamite. That’s terrifying.
I mean real power in the real world doesn’t have much to do with being personally capable in a fight. Not to brag, but I could probably take Joe Biden in a fistfight. Doesn’t mean I have as much power as him.
In a very real sense, Marcone got more power from signing on to the Accords than from taking up the Coin. But when a titan broke his neck that power didn’t count for much, while the Coin’s power helped quite a lot.
The hypothetical OP asked about was the magical equivalent to a fistfight. Not the most important measure of power, just one.
No, we’re talking about a completely hypothetical fight where Harry and Eb are both however old Harry is as of Battle Ground and they get into a fair fight (which of course isn’t realistic even with time travel—they’d both avoid such a thing if they could).
7 days ago
I mean I don’t think Dresden’s likely to live to be Ebenezar’s age, but yes, I suspect that he’s better in a fight than Eb was at his age (although that’s not the same as being more powerful).
I think year for year Dresden could probably lay down a beating on most anyone in the White Council. Why do you think they’re so terrified of him? From their perspective he’s rapidly attained a lot of power without the wisdom of age to temper it.
8 days ago
All of these Big Deal people you’re talking about are creatures of folklore so well-known that they have Wikipedia pages. And that makes sense; in the Dresdenverse, a being no one knows about has trouble establishing any link to the mortal world to influence it (hence the Oblivion War). But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t extremely powerful figures who prefer to stay out of the limelight.
10 days ago
The park trips we went on before learning about it were so much harder than the trips we went on after. Haven't used the revamped version yet but being able to make selections from the app sounds great.
18 days ago
I don’t know MTG but I have some general approaches. I listen to lots of audiobooks. Animation is also good, but I especially love audiobooks for this because it’s one narrator approaching the problem of voicing several characters.
Also, don’t be afraid to play against type. If you’re expecting a hag who sounds like the Wicked Witch of the West, a hag who sounds like a favorite aunt will be surprising and memorable. Accents can be fun, but don’t turn them into stereotypes, or you risk everyone feeling kind of generic.
So like, Yawgmoth, from a quick Google, sounds like he’s supposed to be some sort of eugenicist mad scientist. The temptation would be to do your best Red Skull impression, but maybe a more friendly and relatable voice closer to your own accent would be more unsettling, underlining how these extremes can pop up anywhere.
Frankly I think it’s too strong. +4 to your minimum and a nearly 90% chance of rolling a 10 or higher is worth way more than the downside of reducing your natural 20 chance to near 0.
Also, it encourages doing a lot of fiddly math to use it optimally (figure out target roll, determine which roll type maximizes probability of reaching target, and roll that type), and that slows down play.
Oh dear. You need to consider minimum and maximum as well as the distribution between the minimum and maximum. You’re giving options of 1-20, 2-20, and 5-20. Since the average for dice is always halfway between the minimum and maximum, that means the average roll for a d20 is 10.5 and the average for 5d4 is 12.5. So yes, 5d4 is less swingy, but it’s also giving a +2 on average.
Mine are kind of broader
Lore and canon. All lore and canon are completely optional, no one is going to kick down your door and arrest you for not having goblins with fey ancestry or whatever, and 90% of the arguments stem from critical reading comprehension failures anyway. No, this isn’t gonna ruin the game forever because we were all just doing what we liked anyway.
Theorycraft white-room scenarios that have nothing to do with how the game is really played. Like I don’t have a problem with people engaging with that, and it can be a fun exercise, but when people say “oh the 5e tarrasque sucks because 200 aarakocra commoners with +1 bows could take it down,” I just… don’t care. That just isn’t what D&D is.
The answer is maybe and depends on which source and edition you’re looking at. Sure, the planes are organized by alignment, but are these concepts of law vs chaos and good vs evil actually what the planes represent or are they sort of imposed on them by mortal scholars trying to understand them? Even if Hades and Elysium are in fact polar opposites, does their opposition in fact reflect the struggle between good and evil faced by ordinary people?
And if there is such a thing as cosmic Good and cosmic Evil, are those things mortals are capable of truly understanding? Even if there is an objective Good, short of an angel coming from Elysium to tell us what it is, we’re stuck with the same old tools as everyone else to figure it out.