GeniusCodeMonkey wrote:How often does Malraux have revelations? Are there acolytes on 24 hour guard with pen and paper waiting to note down every word he says just incase he has a revelation?
What is the technology advancement pace? 1 axiom point every 10 years? 20? 50? Or has this slowed to less that 1 axiom point in 500 years because progress is only coming through one person? Who only gets revelations once a year?
More people than the Cyberpope get revelations... he just got the BIGGEST one.
Most people who get one wake up with a frenzy to get it done, and done fast, before the moment of revelation passes. Some scribble it down, others jump into it. For some, the images in their mind fade quickly while others carry it with them for their entire life … it varies by person and seemingly has neither rhyme nor reason. Those who suddenly get visions are certain to be visited by the local priests, both to record what they're saying, if it's divinely inspired, or to invoke an exorcism, if whatever the person is saying seems blasphemous. Others have the moment suddenly vanish, leaving them unfinished and with a hole in their heart. Think "In Xanadu, a stately pleasure dome did Kubla khan decree..." only with technology.
As for the pace? The exact number isn't really talked about, but it's around 12 points of increase in 500 years, which is a pretty high speed for that sort of thing. Trying to make heavy adjustments takes a lot of energy, best spread out over time... try and do it too fast and there can be unforeseen side-effects or damage as Possibility energy burns hot. In oTorg, moving from Tech 14 to Tech 26 in a day burned out dozens of Stelae, killed tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of people, and pulled so much energy from Magna Verita that the Cyberpope's invasion essentially stalled for four years. In TorgE, the cushin was MUCH softer for the development, but there's likely some damage that was done in the process all the same.
Will there ever be a deep look at that? Dunno. Be happy to write about it down the line if they ask me to.
Reality mechanics are *really* cool and the deeper dives into things like ho wmuch energy it takes to stay neutral vs expansion vs reduction, how levels change naturally, and how much energy it takes to prevent changes... that's all REALLY neat, but not for everyone. How much energy does it take the Gaunt Man to prevent technology from improving in his realm? How much energy does it take Malreaux to reduce the Social axiom in his realm? If the demons wanted tp push their Magic axiom up, despite their world leaking it, could they and, if so, how much power would it take?
These are *neat* questions, but probably beyond the scope of this particular thread and, possibly, the direction of the game itself. It cold be handwavium incarnate.
Bu if you want to start a thread to talk about Reality mechanics, I'm down.