Doktor Archeville's Laboratory

How often have you gone back to a game you thought you’d exhausted, only to find it full of prospects and potential?  In a fallow period for vast open-world RPGs, a lazy visit to see my Skyrim house opened more than furniture filled with hard-earned goodies.  Nostalgia took hold and prompted a look at my open quests list, and from there I was picking up the threads of a game that had laid dormant for a good 18 months.

"Return" implies you’d left at some point… but this is still a nice article.

Happy (Purim)!

This is a thing of beauty.

(Yes, I am aware Purim was a month ago.  I just saw this today.)

dailycharacteroption:

There are a lot of bloodlines out there that imply contact with evil or otherwise unsavory entities, so many that it’s a nice change when the source of a sorcerer’s power is revealed to be from a completely benevolent impetus.

The celestial bloodline falls into this category quite nicely, being a catch-all for a biological or mystical connection to any of the goodly outsider races. Any of these races could breed with mortals, producing imbued offspring that carry their blood for generations to come, or perhaps the child was infused in some way, a by-product of a blessing, and so on.

There also exists an empyreal variant of this bloodline, which gains power from insight as opposed to force of personality, making it most likely connected to outsider races that are more “Wise advisor” than “Smiter of the wicked.” Though as always, it could simply be a mutation.

Oddly enough, Empyreal Knights (a Paladin archetype from Ultimate Combat) do gain wings, while their Sorcerous counterparts don’t.

Those with the base Celestial bloodline could easily take a Summoner-y role in combat, summoning Celestial creatures (and even the low-level ones will have some DR/evil), boosting them with bless and resist energy, using Heavenly Fire to heal their summoned allies from afar, using their wings to keep afar, and using magic circles and flame strikes to shape the battlefield.

dailybestiary:

Witchwyrds are exactly that kind of messy…because they are, quite literally, out of this world.  Just when your players have a handle on a world of dragons and elves and even demons and angels, you throw a four-armed alien in a turban at them.  (“And does he have a deal for you!”)

In addition to revealing that they are from Akiton, Distant Worlds revealed that the Witchwyrds are an offshoot of the ferocious Shobhad.  If that’s the case in your campaign, many sages may wonder how such a divergence came to be, and if those same processes can be applied to make smaller, smarter, magically-gifted offshoots of other races.

memexprime:

The metaphysics and philosophy of Adventure Time. This is a must-read, trust me.

whoa

Cool!  Cast a Deadly Spell and Dagon are two of my favorites.

dr-archeville:

There’s about an hour to go ‘till the next ep of Hannibal.

Time to order some ribs!

My food got here much sooner than expected. They’d said 45 minutes, it was here in 20!

There’s about an hour to go ‘till the next ep of Hannibal.

Time to order some ribs!

cheskamouse:

thefingerfuckingfemalefury:

Starfire: YOUR FACE
I MUST SMOOCH IT

I imagine this: Starfire learns language by kissing, a weird genetic thing. So what else can she learn this way? I mean, can she learn about earth technology by kissing Cyborg?
Can she learn about Veganism by kissing beast Boy?
SO, Star wants to learn about the occult and mystasism, this happens.. a few seconds later, Raven, a bit breathless says, “Um… Star.. that was just the first book..”
Star: “Oh joy!.. ” she starts on the second book…
Later, in bed, Starfire is Ravens equal an their planning their new home together.

Yeah, that always irked me.  Her ability to assimilate/learn other languages through physical contact, and that she preferred to do so via a kiss when “learning” from males, always came across to me as an excuse to show her kissing guys (and only guys).  But if she can learn languages via physical contact, I don’t see why she shouldn’t be able to learn other skills in that manner, like Marvel’s Echo or Taskmaster (or, keeping it to DC, the second and third Prometheus).  (Yes, I know those four don’t requite physical contact.)  Even if it’s only limited to “mental” skills (the touch-based assimilation only applies to certain parts of the brain, not muscle memory), she should be able to learn most any occult or scientific skill, about history, cultures, religions, accountancy, cooking, et cetera.  (In D&D/Pathfinder terms, any CHA-, INT-, or WIS-based skill.)
And I believe this is an ability all Tamaranians have (along with super-strength, toughness, flight, and the ability to live off sunlight without need for food, water, or air; Starfire’s starbolts are the result of experiments performed on her by the Psions), which makes me wonder how it evolved.  And if there are Tamaranians who have weaker or stronger “assimilation” abilities — though mutation or accident or experimentation or practice/training — who could learn a wider arrangement of skills.  Or who takes the “learns languages instantly” thing to extreme lengths, like Marvel’s done with Cypher (who went from being able to translate languages and decipher codes and computer languages to being able to read “body language” to anticipate & counter a combatant’s moves, “read” architectural structures to know where its weak points are, and give verbal commands in machine code to deactivate electronics).

cheskamouse:

thefingerfuckingfemalefury:

Starfire: YOUR FACE

I MUST SMOOCH IT

I imagine this: Starfire learns language by kissing, a weird genetic thing. So what else can she learn this way? I mean, can she learn about earth technology by kissing Cyborg?

Can she learn about Veganism by kissing beast Boy?

SO, Star wants to learn about the occult and mystasism, this happens.. a few seconds later, Raven, a bit breathless says, “Um… Star.. that was just the first book..”

Star: “Oh joy!.. ” she starts on the second book…

Later, in bed, Starfire is Ravens equal an their planning their new home together.

Yeah, that always irked me.  Her ability to assimilate/learn other languages through physical contact, and that she preferred to do so via a kiss when “learning” from males, always came across to me as an excuse to show her kissing guys (and only guys).  But if she can learn languages via physical contact, I don’t see why she shouldn’t be able to learn other skills in that manner, like Marvel’s Echo or Taskmaster (or, keeping it to DC, the second and third Prometheus).  (Yes, I know those four don’t requite physical contact.)  Even if it’s only limited to “mental” skills (the touch-based assimilation only applies to certain parts of the brain, not muscle memory), she should be able to learn most any occult or scientific skill, about history, cultures, religions, accountancy, cooking, et cetera.  (In D&D/Pathfinder terms, any CHA-, INT-, or WIS-based skill.)

And I believe this is an ability all Tamaranians have (along with super-strength, toughness, flight, and the ability to live off sunlight without need for food, water, or air; Starfire’s starbolts are the result of experiments performed on her by the Psions), which makes me wonder how it evolved.  And if there are Tamaranians who have weaker or stronger “assimilation” abilities — though mutation or accident or experimentation or practice/training — who could learn a wider arrangement of skills.  Or who takes the “learns languages instantly” thing to extreme lengths, like Marvel’s done with Cypher (who went from being able to translate languages and decipher codes and computer languages to being able to read “body language” to anticipate & counter a combatant’s moves, “read” architectural structures to know where its weak points are, and give verbal commands in machine code to deactivate electronics).

Signal boost!