July 26, 2013 at 9:34 am #2393
Hi, in building a Headsman I’ve noticed a discrepancy between the fluff and crunch regarding Headsmen.
The description of Tammuz (p. 53) says that many Headsmen follow this god, yet the Headsman Edge (p. 24) has the prereq Devoted, which as I understand it means they don’t worship the gods – and of course that a Headsman can never become a Tammuz priest, something that would be a nice in-game goal.
Ah, that comes down to capitalization. The Headsmen are Devoted, while headsmen refers to any executioners. Paladins of Tammuz also serve as headsmen, but they can never be Headsmen. Paladins don’t get the Edge because they’re not specialist executioners.
On an unrelated note: Would you say that activating Ancestral Guardian counts as “spend[ing] a Benny on a Trait roll”, thus gaining a +2 to the Spirit roll from Elan (provided the character has both Edges of course)?
thanks in advance
Were Elan allowed in Hellfrost, I’d say no — you’re spending a benny to activate an ability. That the ability requires a die roll as well is incidental.July 26, 2013 at 5:50 pm #2405
Some of my players are pondering over some of the sins, and how they can be (mis-)used to their advantage.
If you are ever followed by an enraged cleric of Tamarni, just carry sack with a dozen cats. Empty it in their way, and they have to pet every cat for the next minutes.
Some of the other gods have similar strange sins.
Is it a basic assumption that EVERY cleric in this setting is a regular, but not frequent sinner and has to pay the price? From our perspective that fits with the overall decadence-corruption tone in the big cities.
High Priest of Hoenir & Champion of QedeshetJuly 27, 2013 at 9:39 am #2416
They don’t go chasing cats 🙂 You release a dozen cats from a back and the cats will scarper. If one decides to sit or stand in front of the cleric, then he strokes it. Same way I like to pet the neighbors’ cat if it happens to cross my path, but I don’t give chase if it decides to run — it isn’t in my path. Then the cleric goes after you again, with the added charge of mistreating cats to level against you.July 27, 2013 at 10:45 am #2417
Bummer. Sounded like a funny idea. Like with Headman/headman, read the description verbatim…
Another question of my players was the absence of the Environmental Protection miracle in Duamutefs spell list. Found the explanation in the cults description just next to the trappings.
Just a side note: I’m currently wrapping my head around the southern calendar. We should think about a desert version of the HF calendar pdf one day.
High Priest of Hoenir & Champion of QedeshetJuly 27, 2013 at 10:58 am #2418
Another question regarding Tamarnis sins: How do you think should the “refusing a pleasure” sin should be played out?
Do we have to define, what the character in question understands under an “enjoyable pleasure”? Or must we take it as a general, cultural based definition?
Does, for example, refusing an invitation to a good bellydance (because he hates it) count as “sinning” regardless if there are other tasks to do or not?
As far as i understand the cult they mastered the art of mixing work and pleasure.
High Priest of Hoenir & Champion of QedeshetJuly 27, 2013 at 11:33 am #2419
Drinking, smoking, and sex are the “big three” pleasures the cult enjoys. Anything else is pretty much personal preference. And no, stopping in combat to offer a cleric a drink won’t count as a sin — like all sins, common sense, as applied by the GM, applies.July 27, 2013 at 11:48 am #2420
Thanks again, mate! 😀
Starting my first LoF game in a few hours. Our local weather fits the setting, oppressive 33°C/91°F, no clouds and only a soft breeze.
High Priest of Hoenir & Champion of QedeshetJuly 27, 2013 at 3:01 pm #2422
We’ve become part of the Mistlands the last few weeks. 🙂 Seen the sun once or twice since summer started.August 16, 2013 at 5:24 pm #2597
Hi, I have a question about the Bodyguard edge. It lists Shieldwall as one of the requirements for the edge however Shieldwall is on the list of prohibited edges in LoF. I was hoping for some clarification on which case is actually supposed to take precedent.August 16, 2013 at 6:42 pm #2598
Personally i would ignore the requirement, based on my assumption that the warriors in Al-Shirkuh seem to me more cavalry then infantry, and more individual formation fighters. Something like the persian sparaba (shield bearers), greek hoplites (Phalanx) or the svinfylking (Swine Snout) of later germans and ango saxons, seem to be out of fashion in recent years. But this may change as soon as the Realm Guides get published.
This is a good question for Wiggy, that has to wait for another week or so… 😉
High Priest of Hoenir & Champion of Qedeshet
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