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Old 03-14-2023, 09:43 AM   #2761
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Some new specialisations for your Polearm skill for late-TL 8, early-TL 9 settings.

https://soranews24.com/2023/03/13/ja...vids%e3%80%91/
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Old 03-14-2023, 12:04 PM   #2762
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Some new specialisations for your Polearm skill for late-TL 8, early-TL 9 settings.

https://soranews24.com/2023/03/13/ja...vids%e3%80%91/
Wow, looks like the old 'sleeve-entangler' has had an upgrade.
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Old 03-15-2023, 03:45 PM   #2763
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These are sodegarami and sasumata - they are described in GURPS Martial Arts on p. 224 and given stats on p. 230. I suppose this spring-loaded version might offer a bonus to an initial attack at the cost of a slower re-Ready.

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Another weapon set practically begging to be put into the hands of an ultra-strong demon fighter, apparently a very large one who uses sword-and-board style: from Japan's Kofun period archaeologists have unearthed a seven-foot iron sword and 1 foot x 2 foot bronze mirror shaped into a shield, buried in a Kofun period (ca 4th century CE) grave. They believe the items, far too heavy for ordinary military use, were apotropaic.

What they didn't find was an inhabitant of the grave, so... maybe someone out there wants his stuff back?
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Old 03-17-2023, 01:00 PM   #2764
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What they didn't find was an inhabitant of the grave, so... maybe someone out there wants his stuff back?
Yeah, a coffin without a body is always good story fodder, but when teamed up with an oversized sword and a rather heavy mirror shield, well...
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Old 03-23-2023, 06:54 AM   #2765
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Scientific flights over Anarctica have discovered a perfectly rectangular iceberg. They of course claim it's entirely natural. But I'm sure you know better. Dimensions of the slab weren't reported, so for all we know they're in the ratio 1:4:9.

Egyptologists recommend not opening a giant ice sarcophagus, even if it is drawing ever closer to civilization.

Most reports fail to mention that there's a series of these objects being generated and dispatched toward the north, as revealed in a companion photo from the same flight. See over the wingtip of the plane, hidden behind the engine on the left.


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Old 03-23-2023, 07:56 AM   #2766
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from Japan's Kofun period archaeologists have unearthed a seven-foot iron sword and 1 foot x 2 foot bronze mirror shaped into a shield, buried in a Kofun period (ca 4th century CE) grave. They believe the items, far too heavy for ordinary military use, were apotropaic.
Do they want 7-foot mummies who seek to reclaim their grave goods? Because this is how you get them.
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Old 03-23-2023, 08:19 AM   #2767
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Do they want 7-foot mummies who seek to reclaim their grave goods? Because this is how you get them.
Depends on how the sword was meant to be wielded. If it was an oversized greatsword, 7-foot-tall mummies might show up. But if it were a more appropriately-sized one, you're looking at 8-footers (Hakushakusama's brother, perhaps). And if it were the equivalent of an arming sword, you'd be dealing with 13-footers instead.
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Old 03-23-2023, 09:36 PM   #2768
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Scientific flights over Anarctica have discovered a perfectly rectangular iceberg. They of course claim it's entirely natural. But I'm sure you know better. Dimensions of the slab weren't reported, so for all we know they're in the ratio 1:4:9.

Egyptologists recommend not opening a giant ice sarcophagus, even if it is drawing ever closer to civilization.

Most reports fail to mention that there's a series of these objects being generated and dispatched toward the north, as revealed in a companion photo from the same flight. See over the wingtip of the plane, hidden behind the engine on the left.


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I read about this in "The Ice People" by René Barjavel.

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Old 03-24-2023, 02:22 PM   #2769
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Mountain villages with a culture, religion, and economy based on going down cliffs to collect the entheogenic honey found nowhere else. If that's not the perfect destination for a fetch quest, I don't lnow what is.
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Old 03-27-2023, 04:05 PM   #2770
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Researchers at an isolated site called Sagalassos, in an isolated Greek-speaking area of the Roman empire, have turned up a tomb with an unusual number of protective charms: protections against the deceased.

While the standard respect was paid, the lack of which might have angered the deceased or the gods - Charon's fee, an array of grave goods - the deceased, who had been cremated, had their ashes buried with an enormous number of bent or otherwise deformed iron nails, the still-smoldering embers covered with heavy bricks (unlike other graves in the area), and the site sealed with quicklime.

None of these three practices are common in Roman graves, and the article claims this is the first time all three measures have been found in the same grave. Whoever buried this guy, they were really, to the point of some considerable expense, worried about him coming back from cremated ashes. What sort of power did they think this person had?!?
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