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Old 09-09-2018, 08:44 AM   #1011
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And? We are talking about a magical star. The fact that it is only improbable that it would be on the same orbital plane as the Earth is just a low probability event, not an impossible or even weird event.
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Old 09-09-2018, 09:30 AM   #1012
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And? We are talking about a magical star. The fact that it is only improbable that it would be on the same orbital plane as the Earth is just a low probability event, not an impossible or even weird event.
Hey, it's a magical star, for all we know it might be *forced* into the same plane as the planets by astrological influences.
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Old 09-09-2018, 10:18 AM   #1013
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And? We are talking about a magical star. The fact that it is only improbable that it would be on the same orbital plane as the Earth is just a low probability event, not an impossible or even weird event.
Sorry, you seemed to be explaining why it wasn't weird before. If a wizard did it then there's not much to explain.

What would be more interesting than perfectly aligned orbital planes would be if the star's mana emissions were related to its own planets' orbital motions. They could have different aspects which ascend and decline with their orbits and alignments, so that Earth-side wizards have to struggle to figure out those motions.
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Old 09-09-2018, 11:40 AM   #1014
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That would be quite interesting, especially with they also interacted with the motions of the planets around the Sun. The discovery of Uranus and Neptune could have occurred because magicians realized that there were influences other what they accounted for it their models.
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Old 09-09-2018, 12:19 PM   #1015
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Hey, it's a magical star, for all we know it might be *forced* into the same plane as the planets by astrological influences.
For some reason that made me think of the sound of the outer crystal sphere shattering. Magical annual meteor showers of the shards?


(I just woke up and am especially weird at that time. Sorry if this makes little sense.)
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Old 09-09-2018, 03:43 PM   #1016
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There would start to be a massive disturbance of the Hills Cloud, likely resulting in a massive increase in comets (a thousandfold increase). While it would only increase the odds of a comet impacting the Earth to 1% during that time (a thousandfold increase), it would have a quite dramatic impact on the night sky as a flood of new comets would appear five hundred years after the appearance of Traveller. Since they would have had closer exposure to the mana of the alien star, who knows what strange things would come on the comets and attempt to transfer to the Earth as they passed close?
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Old 09-09-2018, 04:38 PM   #1017
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Try this one...

This is a flat Earth with crystal spheres but the people believe, inspite of clear evidence to the contrary, that they live on a spherical world. Further, Heliocentrism is the law! Even though this parallel is geocentric.
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Old 09-09-2018, 05:36 PM   #1018
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Try this one...

This is a flat Earth with crystal spheres but the people believe, inspite of clear evidence to the contrary, that they live on a spherical world. Further, Heliocentrism is the law! Even though this parallel is geocentric.
Hunh. The idea I had was a universe where all the physical evidence indicates that it was created in 4,004 B.C, including the fact that new stars appear every year as their light arrives for the first time. There are no fossils but there are actual saurian bones buried at the geological stratum created by a world-wise flood. The world is still round but smaller because the New World doesn't exist so Columbus sailed right over to China.
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Old 09-09-2018, 05:41 PM   #1019
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A geocentric/flat world would have some alarming implications. Is it your everyday myth parallel, or the creation of a powerful being?
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Old 09-09-2018, 08:26 PM   #1020
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One of the major problems of a flat Earth scenario is all of the water flows off the side without rather exotic physics (though a flat Earth needs rather exotic physics in the first place to exist...).
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