So, it appears the Thursday through Sunday afternoon slowdown is in full force. :mrgreen:

I'm out of town this weekend. Posting from me will be light; I'll be limited to an iPad for posting. I honestly think we're about 3 or 4 weeks (realtime) or so into rolling into a new game year.

The seasonal activities thread I'd like to have completed by everyone ASAP. I'd like to see people put their characters up on Obsidian Portal as I've done for Onisephorus and Peregrine has done for Fiona. I'm going to be adding more stuff there soon, such as detailing the specialists and library. Register and contact me via the site to get yourself added to the campagin.

Victor Sim, Methuselah won't have a story this year, you can determine what you want to do. If you pick up Ulrich as an apprentice you can presume the teaching requirement for 1220 has been met, so you can delve into whatever. You and Hitsumei will need to decide who's running the covenant in the Summer and Autumn of 1221 (Alexei has spring).

Tribunal is in Summer 1221, but even if you're running the covenant, you can still attend Tribunal. I haven't decided where it's going to be...

Methuselah will take Princeps duties for Summer 1221 assuming there are no objections.

Do what now?

Regarding activity, is Alexei's lab in order or does he need to spend time on it? He got right to work in Spring on the defenses, and it looks like he continued into Summer (which is fine with me). So those are his two seasons there. Leaving Autumn to study and Winter he's Princeps I think?

I mentioned Obsidian Portal before... A wiki... Haven't I?

Actually, you're still in spring. I just changed your defenses to something else and you're doing the Miles story. I had done this when Jonah volunteered Iosephus for spring and you said you were OK with it (council thread). Instead of going back to the defenses thing (which I can't find any story to, despite my best efforts) I went with the Miles story, where you are now. You're not actually Princeps now, Apollodorus has taken that over since the Magi responsible appears to be having a twilight episode, and he'll do the fall, since Silviatios has gone missing.

Alexei gets to be Princeps in spring 1221. So you get to study for Summer, Autmn and Winter. I'm content to say that you find some workers and can find stones to begin work on the walls, though it is slow work. Fiona is Princeps now.

OK, I'll ammend my activities then. Do you have a link for the portal?

Maybe it's just me, but I think the librarian's name should be Alexandra. That way, we can talk about "The Librarian, Alexandra." budumtish

Oh, yeah...I forgot that Normandy doesn't have the Tribunal in the same place every time like Stonehenge does with Blackthorn.


You name it, you own it. Winner. :smiley:


No, all the labs for PCs are fully setup and + 1 size, with "superior equipment", "superior tools" and "superior construction" virtues.

OK, I'll check those virtues out when I get home, I'm sure it will help spell design, but not enough to reduce it to one season i'm sure.

Love me my Dropbox w/ PDFs of Ars Sourcebooks...

Superior Construction : +1 Safety, +1 Aesthetics
Superior Equipment: +1 General Quality, +2 Upkeep*, +1 Safety; +1 Vis Extraction
Superior tools: +1 Upkeep*, +1 Safety; +1 Items

*I believe Upkeep costs are reduced by the specialists from zlorfik's build points. I haven't done significant number crunching, but the wealth level is such we don't have to do it.

And if you want to invent the spell in a season, you still need to have 2x the lab total, if it is a brand new spell. The only bonus that assists for spells is the +1 to General Quality, but it assists for everything.

I cannot find Ulrich's character sheet anywhere. Can someone post it or direct me to it?

If there is a lab ready in Autumn 1220 and Ulrich's Int+Magic Theory total is at least +3 then Methuselah can learn the Aegis of the Hearth ritual from the lab text in Autumn 1220.

Methuselah's Rego Vim casting total with aura would be: +1 Sta +7 Rego +5 Vim +1 Artes Liberales +1 specialty Ritual Magic +1 Philosophae +1 specialty Ritual Magic +5 Aura = +22. With an extra pawn of vis that total becomes +24 so Methuselah needs to roll a 1.

Unless there is a rule that Rituals are always stressful then Methuselah can cast the spell by himself as the minimum 1 die roll would =25 meaning the spell would be succesfully cast although Methuselah would lose several fatigue levels.

If the roll must be stressful then I believe Methuselah would have 1 base + 8 Vis - 3 cautious sorcerer = 6 botch dice. This is still much safer then the Wizard's Communion.

Methuselah can use up to 5 Vim vis and up to 7 Rego vis to cast the spell.

Anyone see any mistakes in my calculations? Any reason not to proceed with this plan?

Thanks. Yeah, I knew it wasn't enought to reduce it to one. Which is fine. I'll still get it done quickly.

His sheet isn't ready, yet. We'll put it up on Obsidian Portal when it is.

There will be a lab ready in Autumn 1220.

You indicated you read all the threads and are up to date. You're missing something very important in your analysis. Aegis must penetrate (if you want the warding effect). It's RAW and I subscribe to it. And yes, it underpowers Aegis, but it also makes Wizard's Communion a necessary spell to almost any Magus who can get to 3rd Magnitude MuVi.

If it were the case that the spell only needed to be cast, then anyone already here could do it as shown here.

I'll put it up on Obsidian Portal in a little bit.

edit: Done

np. Autumn will be perfect for me. I actually prefer to see what's coming at Tribunal before tackling on my first season as Princeps.

wow, you guys have been chatty today. 8)

I wasn't very present today, wiping up my boss' computer mess (while pretending not to notice the telltale signs of his chatrooms addiction :unamused: ), but this allowed me to negociate an extra holiday tomorrow.

I just joined Obsidian Portal, and sent you a pm there.

I presumed as much, since my imminent arrival is in Fiona's season, winter 1220. As for Princeps duties, as shown in previous posts, we settled as such : Methuselah/Summer 1221, Fieltarn/Autumn 1221.

Oh, I forgot to advise everyone at the time, but yesterday I re-edited Fieltarn's sheet, in agreement with Jonathan, so as to be able to contribute to the casting of Wizard's Communion. Wim is still not one of his forte, for the moment, but every little bits help.

Fiona and Alexei have some resource contention to resolve... Tie goes to the first poster.

Fiona, your lab is setup. You can learn a spell and plant your garden simultaneously...

and, iirc, you can only improve the Refinement in your lab once a year, so she can't improve the lab until at least Spring 1221, right?

Okay, I'll poke around and see what new spell she wants to invent. I was thinking about a variant of Shape of the Woodland Prowler that doesn't require a wolf pelt, but since she's been using the one that does in her thread, I'll hold off on that until the next go-round.

Oh, and yoink!