Supplemental worldbuilding questions

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Re: Supplemental worldbuilding questions

Postby DanielH » Wed Jul 20, 2016 8:01 pm

Assuming that the plan involved takes longer than a day, how much sleep would you be able to get? Would you need to get the minimum you thought you could still function on? Could you get a full 8 hours because you’d heard people think better with that much sleep even if you personally thought you might be able to work perfectly well on fewer?
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Re: Supplemental worldbuilding questions

Postby Alicorn » Wed Jul 20, 2016 10:00 pm

You could pretty much sleep however much, the phrasing doesn't demand a lot of urgency.
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Re: Supplemental worldbuilding questions

Postby DanielH » Wed Jul 20, 2016 10:51 pm

But presumably I couldn’t take a several-years-long break to get a Ph.D. in ancient Chinese literature unless I could come up with some excuse for why having one might help? I might not be able to justify ancient Chinese literature, but I could certainly justify language classes and some computer science. Would that mean I could stall for years by telling myself I was working on it?

If the excuses don’t need to be very strong then the order is almost worthless, especially when applied to a mortal. I thought it might have problems, given that people rarely seem to use that kind of order, but that’s still interesting.
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Re: Supplemental worldbuilding questions

Postby Alicorn » Wed Jul 20, 2016 11:58 pm

There isn't a *bright* line on excuses, but definitely no Chinese literature and probably not even many language classes or computer science.
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Re: Supplemental worldbuilding questions

Postby DanielH » Mon Aug 01, 2016 9:31 pm

Re: the currently-unanounced go not to the elves for counsel

Does Materia have Detect Good and Detect Evil? Can Boots recreate them or steal them out of a library? They seem like the perfect solution to knowing how much to trust a hypothetical repentance from Evil Maitimo. They might even lead to a real repentance where he otherwise would not have one.
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Re: Supplemental worldbuilding questions

Postby atheistcanuck » Mon Aug 01, 2016 10:08 pm

Detect (Alignment) spells are divine magic in D&D 3.5 and Pathfinder.
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Re: Supplemental worldbuilding questions

Postby Moriwen » Mon Aug 01, 2016 10:22 pm

In any case I am deeply skeptical about trusting Materia's definition of """good."""
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Re: Supplemental worldbuilding questions

Postby AndaisQ » Tue Aug 02, 2016 9:50 pm

It would definitely be trivial to reconstruct them, given Detect Magic and Protection from Alignment, but, uh, yeah. Also, I have a weird feeling Evil Maitimo would detect Lawful Neutral on the weight of his accumulated good deeds, which are non-negligible despite him being super evil.
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Re: Supplemental worldbuilding questions

Postby MaggieoftheOwls » Wed Aug 03, 2016 5:26 pm

Do you really think he'd qualify as Lawful? He did do an awful lot of taking drugs to avoid deific scrutiny. I'm thinking True Neutral.
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Re: Supplemental worldbuilding questions

Postby PlainDealingVillain » Wed Aug 03, 2016 6:34 pm

I was thinking that too, but the personal organization of everything into a big well-ordered, low-crime country isn't something someone who was neither lawful nor good would really care too much about, I think.
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