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There were times that called for the use of ancient and powerful words, the acknowledgment of humans in a crisis everywhere and everywhen since language was first invented. This was one of them. "Shit." Aurora said.
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 Forum: Comments from the Peanut Gallery   Topic: Choosing children

 Post subject: Choosing children
Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 4:24 am 

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Family squabbles are the norm for Amber, so the next generation has a motive to break the trend. And of course, the control freak streak in people who can warp reality is going to be a major issue. So, why not walk to a Shadow where you are Destined to be the parent of a favourite character from fic...

 Forum: Pulling the Strings   Topic: Promotion from another world system

Posted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:50 am 

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My usual response to a complaint of PCs growing to powerful in other game systems is "So what? If they end up ruling the world, have Free Trader Beowulf turn up and they become starting characters with Status F." Alternately, they could find themselves 'discovered' in the Fading Suns unive...

 Forum: Canon Law   Topic: Florimel and The Terror

 Post subject: Re: Florimel and The Terror
Posted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 10:06 am 

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I don't see why non-amberites cannot improve their stats, given time, challenge, and experience. I think that's where this notion falls down. Indeed, an 'average' human has human stats by their very nature, the rules do point out that the top levels of human performance equate to Chaos level (-10 p...

 Forum: In the Shadows   Topic: Time Travel and Godwin's Law of Time Travel

Posted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:58 am 

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Had Hitler and Stalin teamed up, it's likely that Italy, Finland and Japan would have joined the Allies; however a long term alliance between two powers both determined to rule the world was never going to last.

 Forum: In the Shadows   Topic: Magical Cults and Cabals.

 Post subject: Magical Cults and Cabals.
Posted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:55 am 

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1 point will buy you a universe. Power Words are 10 times that, Sorcery 15 times, Conjuring twenty times that. Assuming that points reflect effort and or scarcity, this means that acquiring a basic magical power is 10 to 20 times as difficult as conquering an entire universe! No wonder we don't see ...

 Forum: Comments from the Peanut Gallery   Topic: The miniaturization race

 Post subject: The miniaturization race
Posted: Sun May 21, 2017 1:23 am 

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Armies, guards for shadows, golems - all hit a pretty solid barrier in Amber: Combat Mastery, Deadly Damage, Endless Stamina. Such defences are no match for even a weak Amberite. However, we know that Amberites can be taken down if sufficiently outnumbered, either by an eventual case of bad luck for...

 Forum: The Courts   Topic: time running backwards, and the creation of Amber

Posted: Tue May 16, 2017 1:30 am 

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Causality is different for shadow walkers. "A causes B" is replaced by "I want B, therefore A also exists". Or to put it another way - time runs backwards. Forever. So the 'start' of Amber isn't Dworkin drawing the Pattern, it hasn't happened yet - what *will* happen is some Shad...

 Forum: Yada, Yada, Yada   Topic: Two thoughts

 Post subject: Two thoughts
Posted: Thu May 11, 2017 1:16 pm 

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- rather than get the items you want, a Ubiquitous item with limited shapeshift could include a form of 'body of air' allowing to be always present and just shift into the form you need when you command it. Variants would include the boat/wave of water, cosmic radiation/spaceship and heat haze/hazma...

 Forum: In the Shadows   Topic: A little spiteful nastiness

 Post subject: A little spiteful nastiness
Posted: Sun May 07, 2017 12:33 pm 

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...inspired by Bleys, who my Amber GM was able to make incredibly annoying, but workable for anyone you really hate: You can walk through Shadow to anything , yes? How about to a word? Walk to the concept of 'Bleys' being a slang term for, say, 'tiny penis'. Should be do-able? You can modify stuff y...

 Forum: In the Shadows   Topic: Rewriting the Pattern - without the Jewel of Judgement

Posted: Sat Dec 17, 2016 4:44 pm 

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Rewriting reality is being constantly done by Amberites - but rewriting all of reality is supposed to require the Jewel. But it doesn't. Walk through Shadow, and you can change it. Those changes can spread to other Shadows - frex if you walk to a Ubiquitous item, you'll then be able to find that ite...

 Forum: Canon Law   Topic: Florimel and The Terror

 Post subject: Florimel and The Terror
Posted: Fri Jun 24, 2016 12:36 pm 

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"it was in Paris, a party, at a certain Monsieur Focault's. This was about three years before the Terror-" That Flora would enjoy the parties of France is not surprising, but her reference to the Terror is notable. Three years beforehand, 1790: sometime close to the storming of the Bastil...

 Forum: Administration   Topic: Upcoming hosting migration

Posted: Fri Jun 24, 2016 5:04 am 

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Noted. Worth noting that some (but not all) of the site is on the Wayback machine, and that pages can be manually added:
http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://sha ... /index.php

 Forum: Comments from the Peanut Gallery   Topic: when the student is ready...

Posted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 1:47 pm 

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....the master will appear. Why? Well, in Amber the reason is simple: Amberites will walk through Shadow to find instructors in whatever they want to learn. This creates pathways that can be followed by other students, allowing them to find their master when they are ready. But masters can also be s...

 Forum: In the Shadows   Topic: Time Travel and Godwin's Law of Time Travel

Posted: Sun Jun 19, 2016 2:35 am 

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Time Travel in Shadow is quite straightforward - since time flow varies between Shadows, to go back in time all you need to is go to a Shadow with a slightly slower time rate, while to go forward you just need a Shadow with a slightly faster time rate. You are unlikely to notice te difference, as ev...

 Forum: In the Shadows   Topic: Hyperspace Shadow(s)

 Post subject: Hyperspace Shadow(s)
Posted: Sat Jun 18, 2016 2:46 pm 

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Hyperspace in science fiction is normally described as a parallel world where the rules of physics are different: in Amber, this would be a neighbouring Shadow where the Functional Technology of Shadow is different. This is could either be a higher level (so Earth has 'electricity', hyperspace would...

 Forum: Comments from the Peanut Gallery   Topic: Jack the Ripper and the King Under the Mountain

Posted: Sat Jun 04, 2016 3:18 am 

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Views: 1632


A savage and brutal murderer, whose actions result in long term social reforms, who disappears without trace. There would be many across Shadow. Second string shadow walkers - those using Broken Pattern or Conjured items - can find any item they want, but cannot find a Shadow of Desire. The simplest...

 Forum: In the Shadows   Topic: Thoughts on Pentagrams....

Posted: Sat Nov 28, 2015 5:20 am 

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Final thought (years later) given that a magic circle is actually 3 dimensional, UFOs could in fact be magic circles, allowing travellers to cross our Shadow using powers not normally available here.

 Forum: Comments from the Peanut Gallery   Topic: Creating Allies in Amber and Court friends

Posted: Sun Nov 08, 2015 8:57 am 

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That's game dependent though. Not all non-family can use them. And now, years later, I notice that according to the rule book you need Psychic Sensitivity to use Trumps (p69, the general description of Psychic Quality). However this can be granted by Artifacts, so the simplest solution is a Trump w...

 Forum: Comments from the Peanut Gallery   Topic: Force multipliers - hitting multiple targets with powers

Posted: Sun Nov 08, 2015 8:36 am 

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Okay, you can turn an opponent into a bug, or fireball them, or enchant them to serve you as a slave. But suppose you have to deal with an army, or just want to turn all the trees in forest Arden into butterflies? it struck me that the Quantity Multiplier for Artifacts and Constructs can be used to ...

 Forum: Comments from the Peanut Gallery   Topic: Enchanter of Desire

 Post subject: Enchanter of Desire
Posted: Mon Nov 02, 2015 9:16 am 

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IOW, how sneaky crafty ballsy can you sketch a mortal to make it believable that he will compete on that playing field with immortal royals? Amberites can walk to/create whatever they desire; granting them all sorts of abilities, but most importantly, reality. Yes, a Conjurer can create Artifacts t...

 Forum: The Courts   Topic: Logrus Tendrils in the Courts - a demonic perspective

Posted: Sun Nov 01, 2015 6:02 am 

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Okay, I've finally got around to working this out for building demons. The demons can be stripped for Artifacts with any normal Quality or Power, but require Lamarkian Selection for Transferral, Implant, or abilities requiring Trump or Conjuration. 0 Points - Natural Selection 1 Point - Artificial S...

 Forum: Comments from the Peanut Gallery   Topic: The CEO of Oceanic Airlines

 Post subject: The CEO of Oceanic Airlines
Posted: Mon Sep 14, 2015 6:33 am 

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IOW, how sneaky crafty ballsy can you sketch a mortal to make it believable that he will compete on that playing field with immortal royals? http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/OceanicAirlines connects the worlds created by the http://shadowsofamber.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=634 . Of...

 Forum: In the Shadows   Topic: The Commedia dell'Arden

 Post subject: The Commedia dell'Arden
Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2015 12:58 pm 

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scarily, it's been over a year since my last Shadow! Hope people enjoy this one: The Commedia dell'Arden is a strolling comedy company that has a semi-permanent home on the edge of the Golden Circle. The actors are all shadow copies of the royal house of Amber - and completely unaware that they are...

 Forum: The Courts   Topic: Logrus Tendrils in the Courts - a demonic perspective

Posted: Wed Apr 22, 2015 8:45 am 

Replies: 6
Views: 6798


Was thinking about this again...years later...and considered the possibility that demons have been created to breed when harvested. Assume several species of demons that are covered in Impervious armour - their sexual organs are inaccessible due to their armour, but exist throughout the body. If 'ha...

 Forum: In the Shadows   Topic: the Pick of Destiny

 Post subject: Re: the Pick of Destiny
Posted: Sun Jun 15, 2014 10:16 am 

Replies: 1
Views: 2796


Interesting. Another use for the pick would be to 'illustrate' a tale you are performing, molding the air to show it.
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