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Old 03-04-2021, 10:52 AM   #1
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Default [Dungeon Fantasy][Magical Styles] The original temple version of Way of Echos

In Magical Styles: Dungeon Magic, it says that the Sisters and Brothers of Echos emerged from the cult of the goddess of fertility in ancient times (p. 21), and that it's "the remnant of a temple style, stripped of theological teachings". Because I've been working on adapting Dungeon Fantasy for a bronze-age setting, I've been thinking about what this original temple style might look like. Should it just add Theology and possibly Religious Ritual to its prerequisites without removing anything? Or should any new prerequisites replace existing prerequisites, and if so which ones? Should other skills be added as prerequisites?—Meditation, Occultism, Philosophy, and Thaumatology all seem potentially appropriate. Should the emphasis on quiet and dreaming be kept, or would the original version be more into "making a joyful noise" and communication spells that can be used while both parties are awake? There's even a question of whether a fertility goddess is the best fit given the style's other fluff—looking at the options in Dungeon Fantasy 7, I can see changing that to the god of night (if the dreaming theme is kept) or a city god (because civilization depends on communication). What do people think?
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Default Re: [Dungeon Fantasy][Magical Styles] The original temple version of Way of Echos

As I think about this more, I wonder if my setting it might be best to say that Echoists are bards, not wizards. Though it's a little unclear how exactly you'd do that—do the bards need the perk? Probably want to remove Mind Control and Terror from their list of bard song abilities, maybe replace with, say, Affliction (Sleep) and similar?
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