Re: 'tis as bitter to give as receive ? (Re: concentration counter to membership?)

From: Roderick and Ellen Robertson <rjremr_at_...>
Date: Mon, 7 Jun 2004 14:32:29 -0700

> Hmmmm, Peter says this, but in his reply, Roderick says that using or
> getting any of the banned magics is the problem. One expert says it
> is what you give, the other says it is what you receive? Anyone want
> to wade in with a tie breaking vote?

The rules say "learning excluded magic" (page 108) (since you had to give up all non-concentrated magic when you concentrated, you shouldn't currently have "forbidden" magic, unless your narrator is the kind that says "Sure, you can keep those charms on your sheet, no problem..." :}) ).

> (FWIW, I think both positions are reasonable, and most religions
> allow mixed worshippers, so that might be the exception that eats the
> rule, i.e. you can concentrate on innate magic and still be a
> communal worshipper of the storm tribe, because at that level the
> religion is a mixed one.)

Pretty much true. Also, Community Support is not determined by magical system, but by level of support you're willing to give. And, Heroband Guardians don't require a particular magical system to act on all the members of the band. From all this, I say "sure, you can attend the ceremony, and even lend support".

Now, the *social* problems inherent in attending a shamanic ceremony might well be more than the theistic hero wants to face...

It is by my order and for the good of the state that the bearer of this has done what he has done.
- Richelieu

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