RE: Re: Hsunchen & Puma People

From: Nick Brooke <Nick_at_...>
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2003 07:53:10 +0100

Alex writes:

> Clearly for hsunchen, their shapechanging _is_ related to their
> cultural magic, so it makes sense that a Rathori Wizard (say)
> would lose that ability.

And here's a thing I aired at ScotsCon. It makes sense to me that a Rathori Wizard (say) would be excessively discouraged and indeed *punished* for using any vestigial Hsunchen powers or rituals -- but it seems far more fun-inducing to me to leave them on his character sheet (festooned with "Warning! Improper Magic!" signs if necessary), rather than say, "The process of concentrating your magic means that you won't ever be tempted to revert to Animism in a crisis."

I would prefer characters to keep "improper" magics on their character sheet (ones that might be *very* useful, but certainly shouldn't ever be used), rather than erasing them by fiat as they progress upwards through their chosen temple, church or tradition.

So, if the Rokari don't want Mr Puma to shapechange, they can tell him "Thou Shalt Not Shape-Change And Perform Bestial Acts" when he joins their church -- but he can keep the ability recorded on his character sheet despite that.

Just my $0.02.

Cheers, Nick

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