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    It flatters me that at least four people are now using quotes from me as signatures. Maybe I should go into the aphorism business.

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  1. Well if it's going to count as a Skill it darn tootin' ought to. Lucius Alexander This palindromedary tagline is lying to you
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    Early editions: House rules?

    I'm sorry I was too dense to see that Neil Patrick Collins was "NPC" Your AutoInCorrect also botched my name, I see. Lucius Alexander And just try getting them to spell "palindromedary" right....
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    Early editions: House rules?

    At the risk of sounding ignorant, who is Neil Patrick Collins? Lucius Alexander And the palindromedary asks why he wants to foil his boss's car?
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    Early editions: House rules?

    Susceptibility: Striking something hard and failing to break or move it 3d6 damage Instant (Uncommon) 15 Lucius Alexander Moving a palindromedary
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    How do you draw an X?

    It doesn't matter as long as the result is recognizably an X. Lucius Alexander But the palindromedary wants to know what kind of bait you use to draw an X into a trap....
  6. Which would cover telling if someone is lying? Between those two I'd go for Conversation, personally. Lucius Alexander The palindromedary says with some people you can tell they're lying because they're lips are moving, but that belongs in the politics thread....
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    Thief/Rogue Powers

    You give it such OCV and or DCV penalties that the only practical use for it is from surprise. Lucius Alexander surprise, it's a palindromedary
  8. What makes you think psychological manipulation is incompatible with polite company? Lucius Alexander Politely manipulating a palindromedary into participating in this tagline
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    Anyone up for 20,000 Point Heroes?

    Why would I do that when I can put it on the powers bought via the VPP? Lucius Alexander And a PT
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    Anyone up for 20,000 Point Heroes?

    First posted in 2009 May All the Gods Forgive Me Yes, this is getting impious even by my standards, not to mention completely silly....but I couldn't resist. Omnipresence: (Total: 217 Active Cost, 199 Real Cost) Immanence: Growth (+15 STR, +3 BODY, +3 STUN, -3" KB, 800 kg, -2 DCV, +2 PER Rolls to perceive character, 4 m tall, 2 m wide), Inherent (+1/4), Reduced Endurance (0 END; +1/2), Persistent (+1/2), MegaScale (1" = 100 billion lightyears; +6 1/4) (127 Active Points) (Real Cost: 127) plus Transcendence Desolidification , Inherent (+1/4), Reduced Endurance (0 END; +1/2), Persistent (+1/2) (90 Active Points); Linked (Immanence; Greater Power is Constant or in use most or all of the time; -1/4) (Real Cost: 72) Omniscience: (Total: 246 Active Cost, 246 Real Cost)Knows All: KS: Everything, Uncontrolled (+1/2) 50- (Real Cost: 61) plus Understands All: Universal Translator 40-, Uncontrolled (+1/2) (73 Active Points) (Real Cost: 73) plus Sees All: Spatial Awareness (Unusual Group), +20 to PER Roll, Discriminatory, Analyze, Microscopic: x10,000,000,000, Perceive into any dimension, Rapid: x100,000 (Real Cost: 112) Omnipotence: Omnipotence: Variable Power Pool, 500 base + 937 control cost, Inherent (+1/4), Persistent (+1/2); all slots Cosmic (+2) (1437 Active and Real Points) plus Eternal Omnipotence: Succor Cosmic Power Pool and all Slots 5d6, Inherent (+1/4), Reduced Endurance (0 END; +1/2), Persistent (+1/2), Transdimensional (Single Point in Time: Moment of Creation; +1/2), Uncontrolled (+1/2), Can Apply Adders (+1), All Powers Simultaneously (+2) (156 Active Points) NOTES The first attribute listed, Omnipresence, includes Immanence and Transcendence. The former is Growth, Megascaled, sufficient to cover the entire observable universe as of the most recent scientific cosmological theory, as I understand it. The latter is bought as Desolidification. The second attribute, Omniscience, sort of assumes the first: If a Deity is not Omnipresent for example but wishes to be Omniscient, it would be necessary to buy 360 degrees, Range, and lots of Telescopic on the Cosmic Awareness. An Omnipresent Being need not have Ranged senses, since by definition nothing is ever at range from an Omnipresent Being. The third attribute, Omnipotence, includes both a Cosmic Power Pool and an Eternal Succor that applies to the Cosmic Power Pool at the moment of Creation, and that goes off automatically and without effort each phase - Forever. Even in the unlikely case of a SPD 1 Being, and even over the course of, say, a normal Human lifetime of three score and ten years, that's an enormous amount of 5d6 Succors - and a zero END Succor basically goes on forever. Even though it costs less than 1600 points, I'd say this constitutes effectively unlimited power for any Being that endures for eons. Don't ask why I did this. I don't understand it either. edit: Might as well add this: Deus Absconditus: Invisibility to Sight, Hearing, Mental, Radio, Smell/Taste and Touch Groups and Spatial Awareness , No Fringe, Inherent (+1/4), Reduced Endurance (0 END; +1/2), Persistent (+1/2) (135 Active and Real Points) Lucius Alexander Sometimes, the palindromedary worries about me.
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    Improving Intimidation

    This is why I call it a "flintmobile." Remember that cartoon The Flintstones? Remember the family piling into the "stone age car" and then they all stick their feet through the bottom and start running? It LOOKS like a car so you would THINK it helps you get from place to place but all it is, is a heavy contraption you lug around while still doing all the work yourself. Normal Characteristic Maxima is like that. It won't prevent a STR 30 Pixie, you still have to do that yourself. All it gives you is the kind of headaches you can expect from trying to run a point buy system with a bolted on glitch that violates the "get what you pay for, pay for what you get" principle. I really do need to track down and repost those Florist Friars. edit: here they are: The Florist Friars Brother Rose Aka ”the Flying Monk” Val Char Cost Roll Notes 15 STR 5 12- Lift 200.0kg; 3d6 [3] 20 DEX 30 13- OCV: 7/DCV: 7 13 CON 6 12- 9 BODY -2 11- 13 INT 3 12- PER Roll 12- 11 EGO 2 11- ECV: 4 13 PRE 3 12- PRE Attack: 2 1/2d6 8 COM -1 11- 3/5 PD 0 Total: 3/5 PD (0/2 rPD) 3/4 ED 0 Total: 3/4 ED (0/1 rED) 6 SPD 50 Phases: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 6 REC 0 26 END 0 24 STUN 0 Total Characteristic Cost: 88 Movement: Running: 3"/6" Flight: 3"/12" Leaping: 2"/4" Swimming:1"/2" Cost Powers END 9 The Flying Monk: Flight 3", x4 Noncombat, Trigger (Activating the Trigger is an Action that takes no time, Trigger resets automatically, immediately after it activates; +1) (22 Active Points); Side Effects, Side Effect occurs automatically whenever Power is used (Drain 3d6 END when fuel runs out.; -1/2), Conditional Power Only if already ran 3" that phase; Can only go noncombat if ran noncombat that phase (-1/2), Only In Contact With A Surface (-1/4), 1 Continuing Fuel (Secret herbal potion) Charge lasting 30 Minutes (-1/4) [1 cc] 1 No thank you, I won't stand still and let you land a solid blow...: Armor (2 PD/1 ED) (5 Active Points); Limited Power Does not stop first pt of BOD of a Killing Attack (-1), Side Effects, Side Effect occurs automatically whenever Power is used (Drain 3d6 END when fuel runs out.; -1/2), Linked (The Flying Monk; Lesser Instant Power can be used in any Phase in which greater Constant Power is in use; -1/4), Nonpersistent (-1/4), 1 Continuing Fuel Charge lasting 30 Minutes (-1/4) [1 cc] 2 Healing Potion: Rapid Healing (5 Active Points); OAF Fragile (-1 1/4), 6 Boostable Charges (-1/2) Notes: For some reason, Brother Rose's herbal potions seem to only be able to heal himself. Unfortunately, not everyone believes that.... He's Fast! Maneuver OCV DCV Notes 5 Flying Dodge -- +4 Dodge All, Abort; FMove 3 Martial Throw +0 +1 3d6 +v/5, Target Falls 3 Martial Grab -1 -1 Grab 2 Limbs, 25 STR holding Skills 3 Breakfall 13- 3 Acrobatics 13- 3 Bureaucratics 12- 3 Paramedics 12- 3 Trading 12- 0 Language: English (idiomatic) (4 Active Points) 2 Language: Latin (fluent conversation) 3 Jack of All Trades 2 1) PS: Florist (3 Active Points) 12- 2 2) PS: Flower Arranging (3 Active Points) 12- 2 3) PS: Gardener (3 Active Points) 12- 2 4) PS: Herbalist (3 Active Points) 12- 3 Scholar 2 1) KS: Canon Law (3 Active Points) 12- 2 2) KS: Flowers (3 Active Points) 12- 2 3) KS: Herblore (3 Active Points) 12- 2 4) KS: The Fastest Routes through the City (3 Active Points) 12- Total Powers & Skill Cost: 62 Total Cost: 150 75+ Disadvantages 0 Normal Characteristic Maxima 5 Age: 40+ 15 Dependent NPC: Brother Orchid 14- (Slightly Less Powerful) 15 Psychological Limitation: Monastic Vows (Common, Strong) 5 Money: Vow of Poverty Poor 5 Distinctive Features: Monastic Habit (Easily Concealed; Noticed and Recognizable; Detectable By Commonly-Used Senses) 10 Rivalry: Professional (Mercury Man and the FTD; Rival is Significantly More Powerful; Seek to Outdo, Embarrass, or Humiliate Rival; Rival Unaware of Rivalry) 5 Hunted: People wanting the secret of his herbal preperations 8- (As Pow, Mildly Punish) 15 Hunted: Ecclesiastical Superiors 8- (Mo Pow, NCI, PC has a Public ID or is otherwise very easy to find, Watching) Total Disadvantage Points: 150 Background/History: Brother Rose gained the nickname "The Flying Monk" when he started doing the deliveries for his monastic order's floral business. Personality/Motivation: Brother Rose loves the Church and flowers, not necessarily in that order. He has an irrational resentment of Florist's Transworld Delivery because their symbol "Mercury Man" is a Pagan God. Quote: May the Saint forgive me, but I hate Valentine's Day....how many more orders do I have to deliver? Powers/Tactics: Unless he is cornered or must act to protect the innocent, Brother Rose responds to violence by running away. Campaign Use: Florist Friar Appearance: Brother Rose is almost always to be found in his monkish habit. Wearing it is one of his monkish habits. Brother Orchid aka “Brother Ox” Val Char Cost Roll Notes 40 STR 50 17- Lift 6400.0kg; 8d6 [8] 11 DEX 3 11- OCV: 4/DCV: 4 13 CON 6 12- 10 BODY 0 11- 10 INT 0 11- PER Roll 11- 11 EGO 2 11- ECV: 4 15 PRE 5 12- PRE Attack: 3d6 8 COM -1 11- 6 PD -2 Total: 6 PD (0 rPD) 4 ED 1 Total: 4 ED (0 rED) 3 SPD 9 Phases: 4, 8, 12 11 REC 0 26 END 0 37 STUN 0 Total Characteristic Cost: 67 Movement: Running: 5"/10" Leaping: 4"/8" Swimming:2"/4" Talents 6 Combat Luck (3 PD/3 ED) Skills 3 Hoist 11- 3 Jack of All Trades 2 1) PS: Florist (3 Active Points) 11- 2 2) PS: Flower Arranging (3 Active Points) 11- 2 3) PS: Gardener (3 Active Points) 11- 3 Scholar 2 1) KS: Flowers (3 Active Points) 11- 2 2) KS: Herblore (3 Active Points) 11- 2 3) KS: Monastic Traditions (worldwide) (3 Active Points) 11- 2 +1 With Grab Total Powers & Skill Cost: 29 Total Cost: 96 50+ Disadvantages 0 Normal Characteristic Maxima 15 Psychological Limitation: Monastic Vows (Common, Strong) 5 Money: Vow of Poverty Poor 5 Distinctive Features: Monastic Habit (Easily Concealed; Noticed and Recognizable; Detectable By Commonly-Used Senses) 15 Hunted: Ecclesiastical Superiors 8- (Mo Pow, NCI, PC has a Public ID or is otherwise very easy to find, Watching) 10 Psychological Limitation: Looks up to Brother Rose (Common, Moderate) Total Disadvantage Points: 50 Background/History: Brother Orchid is actually Brother Rose's nephew, and he looks up to his uncle as a wiser and more experienced monk. But he's also read about the monastic and ascetic traditions of other cultures, and is not above sometimes mischeivously annoying his uncle by comparing their own rules and rituals to those of Buddhists or Taoists. Personality/Motivation: Curiosity about Eastern traditions aside, Brother Orchid takes his vow of Obedience very seriously. Whatever he's doing at any given moment, it's probably what someone told him to do. Quote: No thank you brother, I can handle it. They can't weigh more than a couple hundred kilos. Powers/Tactics: Brother Orchid is gentle by nature and if he must fight will usually try to grab and immobilize his opponent. He knows he is unusually strong and is unlikely to strike anyone with his full Strength unless frightened or severely provoked. Campaign Use: Florist Friar Appearance: Brother Orchid is almost always to be found in his monkish habit. Wearing it is one of his monkish habits. Lucius Alexander Florist Friars copyright Palindromedary Enterprises
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    Anyone up for 20,000 Point Heroes?

    I've written up Omnipresence and Omniscience as Powers, and I don't recall needing that kind of point expenditure. Lucius Alexander The palindromedary says I ought to track those down again....
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    Anyone up for 20,000 Point Heroes?

    I've built Gods on less than 3,000 pts. Hero Designer doesn't even accommodate the kind of numbers you're throwing around. I'm not sure what purpose you think would be served by characters of such point totals. Lucius Alexander More than a palindromedary can swallow
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    The Turakian Age is Seriously Underrated

    Thank you. Maybe I should be in the business of writing back cover blurbs. Given that, 1) the relatively small number who will see a phrase like "The Desolation of Skarm" and automatically think of Tolkein's line "They were come to the Desolation of the Dragon, and they were come at the waning of the year," and given that 2) of those who DO think of it, most will respond approvingly and only a vanishingly small portion (perhaps a single individual) will sneer and say "really?", I will venture to suggest that yes, even if it we regard it as a crib, it's still a good idea. Lucius Alexander The palindromedary looms up to say that overuse of the word "looming" is not necessarily such a good idea. Everyone's a critic.
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    Thief/Rogue Powers

    I approve of this thinking. And I am Lucius Alexander For Palindromedary Enterprises
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