Not if, like me, you're old and senile: I've read it, I remember it's somewhere in the levant (I think. I'm not sure actually) and that there are jinns in it.
There are NPCs, I vaguely remember some of them and their roles (like if I said "there's a magus, his shield grog and the autocrat"...), but not what they think or else (Is the magus a pompous ass? Is the grog a traitor? Dunno!)
Sometimes, Alzheimer is just your best friend 8). I have to keep rereading my books since I forget everything all the time
BTW, marko, I saw you listed as an author on Provence, that's so great!!! I'm very happy for, and proud of you
Funny thing, I was reading the recap, and the bit about flambeau, I thought "that'd please marko", and then, I saw you
Vocis has two goals from this trip. The first is pretty nebulous - he needs to be 'known' in Transylvania. He's been there several times for visits, but now that he's up against the exarch glass ceiling he needs to start making friends in the only tribunal that matters. Who he meets and how he's received is up to you. I've considered not flying there just so he can take Mica.
The second is something we discussed via private message several months ago - he wants to add a permanent resident professor to Andorra's roster. I'm guessing/assuming the Tremere have some well-trained individuals with both university degrees and knowledge of the supernatural. Vocis plans to wheel and deal as needed to acquire one on Andorra's behalf. The idea we discussed previously (which I'll forward, if I can find it) was that something would come up while he's in Transylvania that would be a perfect mission/adventure for an experienced signaler looking to make a name for himself and earn a favor.
It sounds like Vocis will be holding down the fort while everyone else heads to the City of Brass, so this is something that would happen in a year or two.
Names of some coworkers here in Chicago... Domingo, Frenchie(Safwan), Dominic, Nayelli, Manuel, Stavros, Seng, Rafal...
All people born and raised in Chicago.
Names of people from other lands that work here...
Jacob, Bill (Jabill), Angel, Luis, Manny, George, Christian, Alex...
Granted, I dug around my memory for examples that fit the bill. We have plenty of locals named Mark, Peter, Cassie, Nate, and so on; plus out-of-towners named Farulein (a Mexican name), Ena, Akif, Sehad, Octavio, Patty, Juli, and so on.
Many of you may not be aware of this, though I am sure Xavi is painfully aware of it. Francisco Franco, Dictator of Spain from aound WWII until the restoration of the monarchy, well, he was sort of a really bad man. In an effort to quell political opposition and separatist movements, Franco instituted a draconian nationalist policy that arbitrarilly chose what was and was not "Spanish" and promoted the one while oppressing the other. Subsequently, he made an effort to stomp down the Basque and Catalan languages in favor of Castilian.
Franco is gone, the land heals slowly, but the damage is done. Xavi has strong emotions concerning his cultural identity and his native language. He is cool about it, and is understanding of the misunderstandings and relabelings of we foreigners.
But this last bit might make Xavi shake his head and roll his eyes. To my ears, an uncouth barbarian Yank, it sounds almost the same to me. That is, the Catalan tongue and Castilian the way it is spoken in Spain. American Spanish as spoken by Mexicans and Southwesterners, has a harsher accent and bolder pronounciation. Very simmilar to the pattern of differences between British and American English. Spanish spoken in Spain sounds sweeter, spoken with a sort of a lisp. Catalan has a similar sound. Now remember, I know scant few words, and if spoken too quickly and/or with an accent, they are harder to detect and discern.
Which leads me to this tangential tale
One time waiting for the train, I encountered a couple conversing in a foreign language that sounded almost familiar. Some kind of Latin. Not Italian, that accent is very distinct. Not French, same deal with the accent. I was recognizing one out of every twenty words, like "pello" and such. She was talking about her hair I guess. I figured it must not be Spanish, but something similar. So, being bold as I am, I directly asked them if they were speaking Catalan. And of course, as usual, I was wrong :mrgreen:
They were speaking Spanish, but they were both from the Barcelona region. They spoke regular English too (with an accent), and in English the each mentioned that they also spoke Catalan. And these two friends did not until then realize that the other spoke Catalan. So they started to do so, and they were laughing and enjoying it. And it sounded the same to me. Same accent, Latin based, words I can barely figure out. Then they told me a little bit about life in Spain and such, since I am always curious. Then the train came, they went one way and I the other.
Sorry, Xavier. Didn't knew the bit about Spanish (nor, actually, the difference between all these languages).
If I remember the name (I won't...), I shall thus call him... Antoni. Is this better? If not, tell me, really.
Marcus has invited me to join this game- I am working up a mage with a certain flare for healing, teaching, and building up others, and I'm considering an artistic companion with a knack for interacting with faerie...
I have proposed the existence of a covenant in Marsielle called the Covenant of Canem de Mere, which Fleur would be from.
Is using the covenant raised childhood with the covenant raised flaw okay with everyone?
Covenant Upbringing is perfectly fine for any character who was raised up at a covenant from birth/early childhood. Maybe even since a young apprenticeship. Regardless, it is a Flaw and you have to play out the effects of the Flaw. You find the social and political structure of the outside world to be very odd. You are from a large old covenant that had little contact with the outside world.
Is this the nature you propose for your background?
Tell us a little bit more about the proposed character. What House? Ethnicity and gender? Philosophical, political, and religious views? How do they dress? What were the dramatic turning points in their life?
And remember, the outside world is strange to you and your covenant was mostly isolated from it. How does the character react to it? How do they cope? Even twenty years down the line after gauntlet, it will still be something that bothers you and affects your ability to socialize.
How do you feel about mundanes? How do they feel about you? What is the nature of your gift?
Are you now or have you ever been a member of the communist party? Beatles or Stones? Which is more important; the right to vote or the right to free speech?
What is the air speed velocity of a laden swallow?
Fleur de Bonisagus was born in the Covenant Canem de Mere, and as such she was recognized for her gift at an early age, in part when she started experiencing visions, despite having the gentle gift. She reached puberty during her apprenticeship, discovered sex and found a magical cat which has become her fast friend ever since. I wasn't planning on taking her 20 years past the gauntlet at this point, in fact I was considering her having been freshly gauntleted if that will work okay for this game.
In terms of mundane society, she has never been exposed to it. Her parens was heavily focused in the laboratory, and the covenant had everything she could want, so she never experienced religion, she heard a few covenfolk mention going to church from time to time but never thought much of it. Outside of a covenant environment (or possibly within some she will be seen as being excessively forward and lacking in 'womanly modesty'. She is not Christian, or Pagan, or anything really- she would simply answer that she didn't specialize in divine studies so she isn't comfortable answering the question. She could neither accept nor deny the moral authority of the church, she would be interested in listening to their arguments when she has some time however...
She believes that women are in fact the greater gender, but to her the only real difference is the ability to bear new life. She has heard of monogamy and considers it a strange concept. Someone did try to explain marriage to her once and she kept getting confused over which was the master and which was the slave since clearly one must own the other...
She is wanting to do research into fertility magic, but the caves near her old covenant have long ago been picked clean of inspirational material, she is hoping that in time she can fid some closer to Andorra, plus she has heard the mages in Andorra have greater freesom and that certainly sounds like something she would be interested in.
Her view of mundanes is currently limited to her view of covenfolk, and as such she understands that there are ranks within the mundanes, but believes that mages are simply naturally at the top of the chain of command, with the exception that some apprentices may be of lower status than select mundanes, especially early in the apprenticeship. Aside from the question of 'natural status' and the clear difference in ability towards magic she doesn't see any difference between gifted and mundanes.
Sounds interesting, lots of role playing opportunity.
Do realize that this is the sort of saga where $#!+ hits the fan from time to time, we go out killing dragons, get attacked by armies of ogres & goblins, hunt drakes, and cope with giant size 'Afrit at our gates.
We currently have an issue with Specters wandering the streets down in the village.
Not everyone is an action star. There is a lot of room for roleplaying, and we can ramp up other aspects as players interests demand of me. We worked out political deals with Barcelona & House Mercere that could be your entrance to the saga. We have become the link between Mercere Portal hubs in Iberia (Barcelona) and Provencal (Doisettep). This increases foot traffic. Foreign magi will pass through the Mercere Quarter all the time. It might start to get annoying even.
But this essentially means that any magus can come from any conceivable background and wind up here somehow.
Especially from Provencal (in stores June )
Marsielle is in Provencal I do believe.
What does Canem de Mere mean?
And a young maga is fine. I am kind to young magi. The last character to enter the saga fresh from gauntlet, Vibria, wound up being related to the local dragon and has grown close with her grandfather.
Which reminds me, Vibria should visit gramps and ask him what he knows about the City of Brass. His library is massive and certainly contains information. And he is old enough to have already been old when that original tale took place.