Jun 14, 2021 1:15 PM
in principle I think you should be able to guess the entire premise from the title
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"I'm gonna go back to the headband, if that's everything. If you find anything about mind-buttressing armor you can set it aside for me."

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"Will do!"

And when she's gone: okay, obviously Hell has been working on translating all the Golarion languages already, but now he can read up on it more thoroughly -

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She wants to delay doing things, delay giving the apsel things, delay the apsel getting ideas, but that just increases the chances someone'll think of something to do about her, or get a Wish out of a genie.

Probably this is fine.

 

She works on her headband.

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When Carissa next takes a break Cam has a presentation ready to go on everything he found on mind-buttressing armor!

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- if she doesn't die she's going to get to learn so much magic. "If you make me, on this ship in somewhere occupied only by air not inside an organism, another hundred vials of spellsilver identical to the one I showed you earlier I'll do my best to make you that armor and give it to you once I succeed."

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"I'm a little concerned that if I try to wear something quite that heavy I, for one, won't be able to fly, and for another, will fall over if I try to walk. I was hoping all this would present to a relevantly specialized observer a way to get it on a more streamlined model."

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" - hmmm. 'too heavy to fly' we can solve, mithral's lighter, I can probably get it down to ten, twelve pounds. I'll have to try it to figure out why exactly the enchantment won't lay on less metal than that, I might be able to figure it out but it looks like it's just complicated and needs lots of metal to be stable..."

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"Ten to twelve pounds I can fly with no problem presuming it doesn't directly foul the wings, sure. Mithril is not magic?"

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"It doesn't show up to Detect Magic."

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"Well, maybe I can make it, then. We don't have it where I'm from." He puts "mithril" in a notes file.

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She's going to get to work in so many rare cool metals! She tries not to look too overeager about this. "I'll want to do a standard one first for practice, probably, but then I can do it in mithril for you. Do you have a spell failure chance from wearing armor?"

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"No, I'm not casting spells."

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"Lucky you. I'll keep you updated."

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"Thanks!" Wag wag.

- okay, denizens of Hell, can they make mithril? Can they make other cool Golarion metals?

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They can! They are all over this! Some of them kind of suck as metals in oxygen, and benefit immensely from the fact that in Golarion they're usually used for magic armor and magic items don't rust. There is a lot of demand in Hell for magic stuff, at this point.

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Has anyone got anywhere on casting spells or making magic items?

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Not yet! Locals seem to think casting spells takes months to learn, so that might not mean anything. Making magic items seems to just not work, tragically.

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Tragic! Maybe they'll be able to in a few months. Okay, does anyone have any geopolitics-type advice or intel for him?

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Lots of it! Some people have tried to filter other peoples' advice for being good but it's hard to know what's good advice, in a situation like this. There are long lists by country of people of interest and what they're up to. There's a list of everyone who has written anything about Cam (all in Cheliax so far, and quite short). There's a list of churches that seem....not incredibly terrible...and probably trustworthy with the knowledge of how to summon apsels.

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What is Cheliax writing about Cam? And then he wants to see the church assessments, that seems like it might matter if the gods, like, exist.

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There's lots of reason to believe the gods exist though inconveniently they don't have a lot of nonmagical writing or other conjurables. Some of them were formerly human and those ones' records are being enthusiastically combed through though also, it seems that ascending to godhood changes people. 

Promising churches: Shelyn (Neutral Good, goddess of art and music and love) Qi Zhong (Neutral Good god of magic and medicine), Kofusachi (Chaotic Good god of prosperity), Iomedae (Lawful Good, ascended human, fairly militant, fighting the Worldwound and Cheliax and Ustalav and the Hold of Belkzen, which all seem differently terrifying), Sarenrae (Neutral Good, credited with the alliance that imprisoned Rovagug, lots of nice legible priorities like ending child marriage and running hospitals and orphanages),Calistria (goddess of revenge and personal freedom, her churches offer abortions and domestic violence shelters), Gruhastha (Lawful Good god of enlightenment).

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Well, Kofusachi sounds most relevant to Cam's longer-term interests but Iomedae might be relevant to the whole Worldwound deal. - also Sarenrae might be relevant if he's shaking things up enough that Rovagug becomes a going concern. Does he just, like, pray to them, somehow, or should he drop letters on churches?

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Probably drop letters on churches? It is really unclear if prayer ever works but it doesn't seem to work often.

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Cam will look up some children's book about how to pray in case it's a really cheap and easy test, just in case, but he also helps himself to what the apsel cartographers are up to.

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You pray by making your space clear of distractions and optionally filling it with things appreciated by the god you're praying to and then thinking of them and the skills and priorities they embody and seeking their guidance and strength.

 

The apsel cartographers haven't yet finished building the to-scale model of Golarion but the tenth-scale one is done and there's satellite imagery of it.

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