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I suspect that some might feel that I'm being needlessly nitpicky or acting in poor taste when every other review has something along the lines of, "We're concerned about what you'll do IC; please assuage our fears by telling us about your plans!"

It's quite typical for a huge fraction of applicants to mysteriously vanish early on in an RP on this site, presumably because the creative juices stall out and they realize that they didn't actually go in with a plan and they don't know what to post. We truly believe that by holding sheets under an above average level of scrutiny and mandating that everyone indicate at least some level of planning, we'll be able to stave off that problem which plagues much of RPGuild. So I just hope you can see this from our perspective and that you all don't think I'm beating a dead horse as much as I feel that I am as I write these reviews.

Without further ado, here's two more:

@Turbowraith for Foe


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Alright, listen up, churls! This is how souls do.

Our conclusions generally came with backing motivation of keeping options open, keeping ambiguities present to be explored IC, and to provide opportunities for storytelling.

Diffused around the universe is soul ash. This is the raw substance of souls. There's more of it closer to the Sky of Pyres but it's present throughout every sphere unless otherwise specified. It's imperceptible to most mortals. It even escapes gods at times, the individual motes mysteriously disappearing at times only to reappear somewhere else in the universe.

When living beings are created, soul ash coalesces naturally into a soul within them. This natural coalescence is the only known way to create a soul. Souls come in all different shapes and sizes, generally dictated by intelligence and personality. If a creature loses its soul, it loses the intelligence and personality that caused the soul to coalesce in the first place.

Souls degrade (or fray) over time without some kind of treatment. The exact amount of time and rate of fraying varies from soul to soul. The effects of fraying can take the form of some mix of mental and physical degradation but the exact symptoms are up to the author. The only constant is that this continual degradation generally results in souls losing their will to resist Katharsos' vortex.

The degradation can be prevented in a great number of ways that can be explored IC. It doesn't have to be restricted to god stuff, but heroes, demigods, and gods don't suffer this degradation because of divine essence or an MP product holding them together.

Souls do not have to be coupled with divine essence and vice versa. Gods are just discreet amounts of divine essence. If they exhibit the intelligence and personality of a being with a soul, they more than likely have a soul themselves. That said, there could be a divine essence without a soul. It probably wouldn't be intelligent like the gods we know are.

Instances of divine essences without souls mostly occur when a god 'dies': The divine essence scatters and the soul of the 'dead' god goes on its way, probably to the vortex. The essence, however, reforms after a while. It reforms into a living being, into which a soul inhabits. Boom, new character. This is generally how we can justify dropped players being replaced with new players gunning for similar portfolios.

A neat detail: This opens up the option of an unintelligent divine essence without a soul doing all sorts of shenanigans.

Just about everything else can be handwaved or independently explored.
- External theological ideas? Not relevant.
- Souls as energy sources? Up to you.
- The role of souls in magic? Defined by the magic.
- How do demons or liches work? Whatever.
- The majority of other accreted contrivances added for flavour or to cover bases that don't have a narrative connection yet? Make it up yourself.

All of this extra stuff should be explored by the players IC, not codified in a book of metaphysics.

Feel free to ask if you have any clarifying questions. However, be prepared to get answers that could include 'Your character doesn't know,' 'It doesn't matter,' or 'Great question! How about you decide the answer and write it into the IC.'
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Edited. Will make further changes if need be.

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This looks interesting, but I feel my writing skills might not be up to snuff, so to speak, for me to be able to participate.
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I've looked the rules over....understand them pretty well, and I can always reference them should I decide to join...

I'll just assume that time as a Portfolio is out...

Could Invention or technological advancement count as a Portfolio?

Just asking should I decide to apply.
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@ZAVAZggg I would encourage you to have a look at our wiki to get an idea of what kinds of gods and portfolios we currently have.
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I did. There's a god of darkness, the abyss, puzzles, recorded knowledge, speech, light, desolation, etc. So I was just wondering if a god that is invested in the advancement of mortals was possible.
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@ZAVAZggg I think it really depends. A Portfolio should be more specific while Clusters should be more widespread, what would be a Cluster in which Innovation could fall into? To me, it feels more like a cluster material.

Also, in your profile you kinda mentioned not liking rules and regulations, which has a bit of a history of being one of the most regulated aspects of Divinus, considering players kinda want to experience eras such as the stone age or the bronze age and in the last one, Mk2, we had a bit of an issue with a player advancing a civilization way too fast.

Though the areas related to crafting and technology are indeed very free, there are not many whose purpose is to advance civilization, versus three gods who want to inhibit it for the sake of the wildlands. Kho has already talked about CSs, and you can also skim over a bit of Mk2to get a feel.

I would also suggest, if you are interested in joining, to already start making a draft of a CS for when some GM shows up, so its easier for them to judge what sort of idea you are going for.
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I've already started working on a CS, but I'll change the portfolio to something other than invention as it is more of a Cluster thing rather than a Portfolio.

And yeah I did say I didn't like too many rules or regulations, but I'm willing to make an exception if the rules are reasonable and make sense, which yours do. And if I don't get something right away I can always access the information easily due to how you've structured everything.
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This looks interesting, but I feel my writing skills might not be up to snuff, so to speak, for me to be able to participate.


I don't think it's a matter of skill so much as dedication. If you are willing to devote enough time and creativity to creating a character, you can make a good and unique one. If you are then willing to hold onto that same level of dedication as you go into the IC and write and edit posts and plan storylines, I believe it's possible for almost anyone with a decent grasp of the English language to make a post that would pass our threshold.

Now the question of dedication is a big one--I can fully understand and appreciate that since writing here is a thing we do for fun and as a hobby, many people don't want to "push themselves" so to speak. If you feel like you're up to the task, write a character sheet and we'll review it.

Now, I will say that the window for applying as a god has all but closed as I'd like to get the IC up tonight if not tomorrow, and I don't think you'll have time to write a sheet or that we'll have time to review it beforehand even if you did. Perhaps the solution here is for you to wait a bit, solidify some ideas in your mind, and then apply as a demigod in a few days.

As far as technology goes, our GM BBeast had a god that more or less did that in Mk. II. Here's his sheet, if you'd like to look it over for some inspiration: roleplayerguild.com/posts/3368493
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Edit: Applying as a demigod would probably be best.
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Edit: Applying as a demigod would probably be best.


In the meantime, would you like to take a look around on the Discord? We have most of our bantering going on there.
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In the meantime, would you like to take a look around on the Discord? We have most of our bantering going on there.


Unfortunately, I can't as I'm using a phone and mobile data (as I have no access to internet and don't own a PC at the moment) and Discord runs very slow when I go onto the site.

Edit: I'll be looking at the deities on the wiki to get a good idea of which god to go with as a Demigod.
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So is the universe being created from scratch again, or will the RP take place in an age closer to stone or bronze? Just curious for when I start fleshing out my demigod CS.
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Ah, the long awaited IC is drifting closer. But first I've got to get two more quick reviews out of the way.

@Not Fishing for Kalmar


@LokiLeo789 for Enolyc


So is the universe being created from scratch again, or will the RP take place in an age closer to stone or bronze? Just curious for when I start fleshing out my demigod CS.


The universe is being created from scratch. The OP makes that part (and many others) quite clear, so read it thoroughly when you have the time.
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