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  1. Lynata

    Of Great and Terrible Things

    Ariel handed the priest several notes of yellowed parchment stamped with Administratum iconography to help organize transportation. Imperial Scrip, most commonly handed out as a stipend to Guardsmen on garrison duty or military leave. The novice was handed her share before they left the convent for this sector of space to help pay for various necessities. Most merchants would not like having to deal with this form of tender, as exchanging it for local currency would mean having to either queue at a regional Administratum officio themselves, or employ the services of a greedy broker to arrange it on their behalf. Nonetheless, Imperial law required them to accept the bills, and it beat receiving no payment at all for accommodating the Emperor's troops. The novice paused a moment to study the cybernetically enhanced beast of burden, a form of animal servitor she had read about during her studies, yet never seen in actual form. Despite being hardwired to the carriage and likely bereft of most of its animalistic individuality, and the aged look of its metal plating, the creature still looked strong and proud. Suppressing a sudden, irritating urge to pet the thing, Ariel proceeded to board the vehicle, storing the combat shotgun between her feet with the barrel pointed upwards. ((I'm fairly sure the only kind of animal Ariel has ever seen "live" was a cockroach. Unless we're counting the drill-abbot at the schola. ))
  2. Just to not detract from the story in the other thread, and to reiterate to be sure: Does that mean that, for the future, we can use Assistance rolls for Requisitioning Services? I certainly agree that it just makes sense to pool in for something like this. I'd assume each character has their own trade resources (most likely something like Imperial Scrip, or some local currency acquired in exchange for it), and RAW mechanics just get really awkward as soon as we're rolling for something like transportation or lodging that affects the entire group: if everyone rolls individually, it reflects their own budget, but what happens if two out of three characters fail the Test; would they get left behind as the one who passed it rides alone on the bus? Likewise, if we have one person rolling for everyone, technically it means they're paying for us, but does that make sense under the circumstances? As such, I think the idea of using Assistance rules to, depending on the situation, nominate a "Face" who acquires a Service based on their own skills, but with the entire group's resources (reflected as a bonus to their Influence), would make sense.
  3. Lynata

    Of Great and Terrible Things

    ((Oh, I actually misread that part! Feel free to add my FP -- the way you put it it would only make sense. Although personally I would have thought that to be better represented by using Assistance rules, even if it's not really RAW. Losing a Fate Point just to pay for transportation is pretty significant, yet I kinda feel forced to do so as there's no way my character would not offer this kind of help.))
  4. Lynata

    Of Great and Terrible Things

    ((Oh no, I'm good! Honestly, given my character's background and personality, I think she'd only really try if pushed. She's very much "out of her element" there and more or less trusts Balthazar as having more experience in such matters. This attitude may change in time and with some character growth, but for the time being I'd have her remain somewhat reluctant with such things.))
  5. Lynata

    Of Great and Terrible Things

    Having spotted the local timepiece, Ariel begins to fiddle with the heavy chronometer on her left wrist. Retracting, then turning a few miniature dials, she first adjusts the projections on the ember tubes, then the number of blue lights circling them. "There's nothing wrong with the means of transportation we have used thus far, is there?"
  6. Lynata

    Of Great and Terrible Things

    The Novice narrowed her brows at the unexpected sight. Shaking her wrist a bit, then tapping the chrono's heavy frame, she applies a rather unorthodox method of scrutiny to the device's machine spirit any Tech-Priest might scold her for, but even as the icy blue glow of the diodes encircling the center tubes flickers for a heartbeat, the amount of active dots remains the same. By her estimation, at least one light was missing. "Strange", she ponders aloud, before looking up towards the others: "How much time did we spend in the precinct, you reckon?"
  7. Lynata

    Of Great and Terrible Things

    "An interesting experience", the dusk-skinned Novice muttered under her breath, before turning her head to the others as they kept walking, presumably - or so Ariel assumed - towards a nearby transport hub. Raising her left arm, she checked the antique clock on her left wrist, specifically the hours displayed on its two nixie tubes, just to make sure how much time had passed since they left the estate.
  8. Lynata

    Of Great and Terrible Things

    Novice Ariel accepted the astropath's explanation with a stoic expression, nodding to his words. She knew very little about telepathy, but had heard scary stories about ships getting lost in time. Given the message was about to be sent through the very same Immaterium also frequented by the Imperial Navy and the Ecclesiarchy's own vessels, it made sense to her that these words would be subjected to much the same risks. The girl indicated a bow; a psyker Ferris may be, but he was also an Adept of the Imperium and as such warranted a modicum of respect, at least in terms of public appearances. In response to Ferris' question, Ariel's gaze silently shifted to her companions.
  9. Lynata

    Campaign Plot...er...Plotting

    Wait, did she actually have an official model? I thought she was one of those that only had a character sheet. (and I will always maintain the fugliest model was Anastasia -- shame, given how awesome her background was) I guess the Black Industries team and FFG just weren't aware. There's lots of Inquisitor stuff that just went ignored, largely because it was printed only there. Material for a fan-supplement, maybe?
  10. Lynata

    Campaign Plot...er...Plotting

    I was actually referring to the Enforcer series in particular, not novels in general. I know it's just a minor detail, but it irks me a bit when rather important, faction-defining policies such as "raised from birth" simply go ignored by derivative works, in this case the mention of the convent on Calpurnia's world apparently recruiting adult girls into its ranks. Unimportant as it may seem at casual glance, such changes ultimately turn the Sororitas from a characterful organisation into a generic army of "some girls in power armour", and I wonder how much Black Library is responsible for cultivating this simplified view among some of the fanbase, considering how often I saw posts alleging there's nothing culturally special about them. In the same vein, my beef with the example you thought I was referring to isn't that Julien is supposed to be a "bad Sister", it's how the author chose to go about it, ignoring all the established detail about how both the Schola Progenium (in organisation) and the Sisterhood (in policy) work in the original source material. It's not particularly difficult to write a "bad Sister" and still stick to GW's material if the author simply wanted to -- see Miriya from Faith & Fire. But Julien, in essence, is to the Adepta Sororitas what you'd get if you would write an Ultramarine Captain with the personality/mannerisms of Space Wolf Lukas Strifeson. Arguably, this would never happen, it only happens to factions that people don't really care and consequently know very little about. It's all the more telling that this includes Black Library writers, and that stuff like this gets through the editorial process. But ultimately, this is where Gav Thorpe's comment regarding authors having a "wobbly moment" comes into play. But I don't think our positions are actually all that different. We both acknowledge how "canon" (or lack thereof) works in 40k, and we both have taken to cobbling together details from derivative material we deem a suitable addition to our interpretation of the setting, based on the original source material not being as all-encompassing and detailed as we'd like it to be. At most, we probably differ which details we add to our "headcanon", or whether we're adopting sources in their entirety or only select bits from them. On a sidenote, Inquisitor actually had two characters, the other being hunt team leader Lucretia Bravus (notably, her listed equipment does mention a "full enclosed helm with rebreather and advanced auto-senses including bio-scanner") -- and I think when the material makes a point of how Enforcers like to replicate the look of the Arbites 1:1, it's okay to look at Enforcer models to picture the Arbites. On another sidenote, reading back up on the Inquisitor material also has me spotting the mention of "Wards" as another Arbites derivative, basically being to the Inquisition what Enforcers are to the local government. Shame this was never picked up again anywhere; would have been perfect for Dark Heresy, too!
  11. Lynata

    Campaign Plot...er...Plotting

    Huh, I suppose that does make sense. Though I'll always be biased regarding any alleged authoritative qualities of those novels on account of how they portrayed the Adepta Sororitas, but that's a different topic. I still like the idea just because the assumption sounds logical.
  12. Lynata

    Of Great and Terrible Things

    Briefly closing her eyes and resignating herself to the intricacies of interstellar communication in the Imperium, the novice indicates a nod before speaking again. "Very well. Adept Ferris, please convey the following message to Juno, to be passed on to the convent of the Adepta Sororitas at the first possible moment: Ariel Damaris and Estelia Dolan on detached duty, requesting information on noble House Novianna, genealogy and contacts, in particular one woman Rosalind Novianna." Her gaze shifting between the Astropath and the Cleric, she adds: "... will that do?" Having no previous experience with and only the barest hint of knowledge about telepathy, she felt a bit nervous. Was her draft in line with what the psyker had expected of her?
  13. Lynata

    Of Great and Terrible Things

    "Then, what you are telling me is that, ultimately ... we'll just have to trust you?" She presented him with a sardonic smile, but finally resorted to acceptance. On one hand this seemed like an obvious security risk, and likely the reason for why her order had established an elaborate set of ciphers - ciphers she was not yet privy to - to conceal the contents of a message. She could only assume other Imperial organisations did likewise. On the other hand, how could one encode the name of a place or a person this way? It seemed they just had to trust this adept. The idea did not sit too well with her, but the Adeptus Telepathica had served the Imperium for countless millennia. They would not be allowed to exist if her ancestors had doubts about their integrity, willing or otherwise.
  14. Lynata

    Of Great and Terrible Things

    Pondering the adept's response, the novice chooses to dig a little deeper, her concerns not fully addressed: "I see. But what about the person taking the message -- what about you?"
  15. The handkerchief is for the contact we are to seek out afterwards, if I remember correctly. This is just to query some genealogical info. I don't mind putting the message forward, but y'all can and should feel free to interrupt me IC if you have anything to add.
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