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PostSubject: What We Know So Far - Lineage   Thu Apr 26, 2012 1:41 pm

Ok.. usual caveat here about how stuff can change lots of times before Empire actually begins.

We understand that each nation of Empire will have an Avatar. This is an NPC character that is very definately NOT HUMAN. We could think of them as deities, but that's not exactly true (although I do think they are likely immortal).

No doubt Avatar's can change their shape (which will allow PD to continue to use each avatar regardless of crew availability) but each has certain traits that make them who they are.

These avatars represent the 'spirit' of the nation.

Although all players are human (except the Orcs.. who I suspect don't get an Avatar.. least not at the start), human bloodlines can and do contain the avatar's blood. Thus some humans will share traits with the avatar of their nation.

The more you phys-rep traits that match your nation's avatar, the closer your bloodline is to the avatar and thus to the nation's spirit. As a result.. your character will be as-yet-to-be-determined snacky powers.
I'm guessing this will work like Maelstrom's blessings.

Say your avatar is a horned, winged, red-skinned demon.
If your character had one of the above traits.. you'd get a level 1 snacky.
two traits.. a level 2 snacky. etc...

We've no information on what ANY of the avatars are.. yet. But if in keeping with the Rivendell theme that was suggested so far for Osiron's costumes.. I'm guessing pointy ears, wings and golden skin. This is a complete and utter guess of course..


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PostSubject: Re: What We Know So Far - Lineage   Wed May 02, 2012 10:40 am

An email to PD has revealed at least the first of the misconceptions with our information so far..

The Egregores (that's what we've so far referred to as Avatars) have nothing to do with lineage..

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From: Matthew Pennington [mailto:matt@profounddecisions.co.uk]
Sent: 01 May 2012 15:49
To: Darren Hosein
Subject: Re: Fwd: Empire - Osiron query


Hi Darren,

I'm afraid there isn't any information yet, as that nation's brief is still being written. We are hoping to release more information soon.

I've had a look at your forum, I've noticed there are a few points that are definitely wrong, for instance, the egregore, the heart (spirit) of the nation, is nothing like an avatar or a god, and categorically has nothing to do with lineage. I realize that doesn't really help you, other than to provoke more questions, all I can say is that I suggest you don't make any final categoric decisions about what you're doing for another 4-6 weeks. Hopefully by then you'll have more information.

Matt P,
PD.



Hello,
I'm starting to put together a group for Empire next year for one of the (so far) less-revealed factions. The mages of Osiron(?).
We've put together a small forum at http://urizen.forumotion.com/ which you'd be welcome to come take a look at, contribute suggestions/ideas... laugh at our misconceptions etc...

I wondered if there was any further information you could send us that might help us get organised in terms of background, costume etc...?

Thanks in advance
Darren (PID 997)

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PostSubject: Re: What We Know So Far - Lineage   Wed May 02, 2012 7:45 pm

Okay so Event 2 is in three weeks, so 4-6 until website I guess?

Big message here is we need to wait a little longer...
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PostSubject: Re: What We Know So Far - Lineage   Mon May 07, 2012 9:36 pm

PD down.... Oh, Empire update?
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PostSubject: New Update from PD   Sat May 19, 2012 8:08 am

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Human PCs may choose one of five different lineages. Lineage represents Eternal blood in a character’s ancestry. The degree of Eternal blood varies, the more obvious and dramatically non-human a player’s phys-rep then the more Eternal blood they have.

Each lineage will have a list of roleplaying and physical “Trappings”, to give guidance on how to play the lineage. The more of the Trappings the player adopts for their character the more “Eternal” and less human their character is. Lineage has no impact on a character’s skills or abilities, but will affect the way other Eternals interact with a character.
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PostSubject: Re: What We Know So Far - Lineage   Mon May 21, 2012 8:41 am

OK.. another of our early misconceptions is blown. There's no mechanical game advantage to phys-repping a character of eternal blood.
It's a role-play advantage only.

Also - if there are only 5 lineages, then there isn't 1 per nation.
So my inference, there are only 5 eternals... or not all of them dallied with humans.

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PostSubject: Re: What We Know So Far - Lineage   Tue Jul 24, 2012 11:30 am

OK.. we now know that the earlier reference to 5 lineages was likely a typo. There are 6 lineages, to match 6 Eternals and 6 Realms of Magic.

We don't have a complete list of lineages, much less anything like phys-rep requirements but here's best guess so far based on information in this and other threads:

1) Winter/Cambion. White-skinned, Spiky, Horns - Cold, Calculating, Ruthless
2) Summer/Fey. Changlings..
3) Night/Naga. Snakes
4) Day/Merrow. Fish-men. Phys-Rep to include prosthetic gills on the neck.
5) Spring/Briars. Dryads or Treants.. or something similar.
6) Autumn/Draugr. 'Ghoulish'.

There's somewhat of a clash between the info we've heard/remembered so far particularly with the Winter/Autumn Cambion/Draugr lineages so these two should probably be taken with a bigger pinch of salt than usual.
Although obviously we'll find out plenty more shortly on the wiki tomorrow (here's hoping...)
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PostSubject: Re: What We Know So Far - Lineage   Tue Jul 24, 2012 11:31 am

I wonder.. if the traits from lineage are due to Eternal ancestry...

Are mixed-blood lineages a possibility...?
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PostSubject: Re: What We Know So Far - Lineage   Tue Jul 24, 2012 8:31 pm

The list of lineages is incorrect. The 5 listed was not a typo, we were merely not sure we would be allowing the spring lineage to be playable.

Spring - Briar, Summer - Changeling, Autumn - Cambion, Winter - Draughir, Day - Merrow and Night - Naga.

Single lineage only manifest.
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