The amount by which a Polemic affects an upcoming Debate (this is Capitalized because it refers to the Debate rules from HoH:Soc) is equal to Quality of book - Prevailing Wisdom. This is the Argument Total, from which any bonus of penalty is derived. So only a really good Polemic has an impact on grander issues. This makes sense.
But the opposition may publish a Diatribe, and unless I'm missing something this affects the Argument Total by subtracting the full Quality of the text? Am I getting this right?
Wow, so it's hard to be a proponent of change, but easy to be a nay-sayer. Harsh, but not illogical. But even horribly inept authors can affect things.
Again, the Argument can be modified by someone - either the original author or sympathizers - who writes an Apologia. Argument Total is modified by adding the full Quality of the Apologia. So once again even poor writers have an impact. Am I still right?
At first it seemed harsh to me that the Polemic was so enormously hard to achieve a positive modifier with, while the Diatribe was easier. But then, so is the Apologia, and the original writer can write one as well. It may make sense regarding writing and affecting opinions - I don't know much about that. But it's beginning to make sense to me concerning balance in the game.
Because the Polemic is so hard only skilled and dedicated people are likely to do this. Seems fair, great change is unlikely to be brought on by an uninspirational nobody. And if the Diatribe was also very hard, not very many could voice their opinions, and the issue was more or less concluded to begin with. But when every Tom, Dick, and Harry can oppose or support the case they too can play a part in the grand scheme, even if it could only have been initiated by a remarkable person.
As ArM games go this makes sense. If Player magi are young and unimportant, serious matters are brought forth by important seniors, likely as ongoing plotlines in the saga, and they can still participate. A player magus who is remarkable and dedicated to a matter can be the agent of change, and the other Player magi can participate to a certain degree as well.
I really think I'm going to try this in use.
Has anyone else delved into this in their sagas?