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  1. neutrondecay

    [Crusader Kings 2] [Let's Play] Succession Game 4: Let the Dice Fall

    The event with a romance between two courtiers who don't necessarily have compatible orientations is a known bug; the event was introduced in the recent patch with improved court size functions. nd
  2. neutrondecay

    regional politics - knights and rulers?

    This honestly sounds like it would make a great CK2 mod. What I want to know is: if the Knights are not subject to any one of the states they defend, who set them up, and who is their leader (Grand Master) now? Of course individual monarchs may knight people themselves too, and for some...
  3. neutrondecay

    [Let’s Read] Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes

    It's also worth noting that Elminster's relative promiscuity has far-reaching negative consequences from time to time. For example, Lashan Aumersair of Scardale, the failed tyrant of the Dales, was a descendant of one of El's by-blows. nd
  4. neutrondecay

    Stats for a "City State"

    Do you mean morale, or morals? nd
  5. neutrondecay

    Crusader Kings 2 II: Title Revoked

    I think the Conclave council mechanics only apply if you have Conclave activated. So my advice would be always to play with Conclave activated. nd
  6. neutrondecay

    [Crusader Kings 2] [Let's Play] Succession Game 4: Let the Dice Fall

    Count me in. I'll try to write a good AAR. nd
  7. neutrondecay

    Let's Read: Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual II (1e)

    And in doing so, reproduced the BECMI structure in which which Lawful is Good - that the paragons of goodness are automatically law-oriented. That's a hell of a message to be sending. nd
  8. neutrondecay

    Folkloric Germany as a D&D setting - what time and region to pick?

    Rudolf II as a mage-emperor was my first thought. Throw in Dr Dee, Edward Kelley, Stefan Bathory, and the legacy of the recently-deceased Johann Faust, and you've got quite a mix. nd
  9. neutrondecay

    Let's Read: Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual II (1e)

    Aside from the 'short' bit, it also sounds a lot like Vril-Ya. nd
  10. neutrondecay

    Let's Read: Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual II (1e)

    I think that's either a coincidence or a bit of hybridisation: the word derro is a variant of the Middle English dwerrow or dwarrow, an alternative form of dwarf. (Duergar is similarly an idiosyncratic respelling of the Old Norse plural dvergar, which is cognate.) nd
  11. neutrondecay

    [Let’s Read] Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes

    The specific association with the Nine Hells, and the idea of the Iron City of Dis, comes from Dante's Inferno, in which the entirety of Nether Hell is surrounded by the city walls of Dis. nd
  12. neutrondecay

    Crusader Kings II Humble Bundle - NOT A DRILL!

    I can't wait to play the new version of the After the End Fan Fork. And I'm working on a mod of my own (well, mine and a team of devs) which may be of particular interest to users here: how would you like to play an Abyssal Cultist yuan-ti countess trying to unify the Vilhon Reach for Sseth? nd
  13. neutrondecay

    🎨 Creative What to have in a realistic castle?

    To expand on this, using my examples from before: St Mary in Castro (Dover) and St Peter ad Vincula (Tower of London, inner ward) have burials; St John's chapel (Tower of London, White Tower) and the chapel of Rochester Castle do not. St Margaret's Chapel in Edinburgh is free-standing, but I...
  14. neutrondecay

    🎨 Creative What to have in a realistic castle?

    The chapel will pretty much always be in the innermost bailey (Edinburgh, the Tower of London) and will usually be in the keep (Rochester). The exception is at Dover, where the church tower is a Roman lighthouse, significantly closer to the cliff-edge than the keep. The term 'sanctuary' often...
  15. neutrondecay

    Notable BECMI adventures?

    It also claims that the setting is generic European fantasy, straight out of Tolkien, whereas one of the things I find distinctive and appealing about it is the quasi-Indian setting. nd
  16. neutrondecay

    Help with historical fantasy worldbuilding

    Exactly that. The letter implies that the super-secrecy, like the homoeroticism, was an unreasonable reading by gnostics, but it's anybody's guess if this thing ever actually existed, and if so, how it was really interpreted at the time. nd
  17. neutrondecay

    Help with historical fantasy worldbuilding

    Rather than a whole lost gospel, you could simply have a single additional chapter, or some key textual variations. What if an early copy of St Matthew's gospel had the unequivocal eromenos instead of pais or doulos? Or if something like the alleged 'Secret Mark' was extant as the canonical...
  18. neutrondecay

    Help with historical fantasy worldbuilding

    The Orthodox saints who are sometimes referred to as lovers and portrayed in a manner suggesting marriage or adelphopoiesis are St Sergius and St Bacchus. You might also want to look at St Matthew's version of the story in which Jesus heals a Roman centurion's servant. Unlike St Luke, St Matthew...
  19. neutrondecay

    🎨 Creative [OSR] Medieval England...plus the kitchen sink!

    There's an Underworld (Shadowfell) and an Otherworld (Feywild). The former contains Annwn/Annuvin, the land of the dead, whose king Arawn ruled South Wales before the dragons came. The latter is often accessed by portals in towers. The tower on Glastonbury Tor leads to the Glass Isle of Avalon...
  20. neutrondecay

    🎨 Creative [OSR] Medieval England...plus the kitchen sink!

    Pope Sylvester II legalised magic in a scholarly official letter arguing that negative biblical examples of magic use were godly signs of the proper limits of magic: no deliberately mimicking holy miracles (Pharaoh's wizards against Moses and Aaron), no summoning the dead (the Witch of Endor)...
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