From: "Karl K. Northrup" <knorthrup@????.???.com> Date: Wed, 15 Dec 1993 13:08:27 -0500 Subject: Re: More Arcane history
Ooops, Yeah, I must of been tired of typing, but I was assuming that only one society of Arcane made the mistake of opening the rift to the energy planes. Then once they found that they could get through this sargasso and others could not, they decided to use it to best advantage. The Arcane, seeing that they had a monopoly on an outrageous new technology, wanted to keep that technology secret from any possible competitors. The Arcane formed the Guild, an organization that deals with outside races for the sale/transfer of Spelljamming technology. The Helms are the cornerstone of this market, so they will never reveal how they work, how they are made, etc....just how to use them to Spelljam. But, to keep people satisfied they let other technology filter out to the masses. This may include spells and magic items that aid/assist a Spelljamming Helm, or even the spells for creating a temporary helm. Anyway, to keep people from hunting down the Arcane home worlds to find out how to make Helms, they work alone and if asked where Helms come from they mention the Ancients. This is not really a lie, because the concept came from the ideas and work of the Ancients. The actual implementation comes from the Arcane, but other races don't need to know that. So, this information has the Arcane making Helms on private home worlds hidden behind the sargassos and other 'taboo' zones (someone mentioned similar dead zones in the Flow...). To market these items we have individual Arcane, working alone and with mostly Neutral attitudes... anyone with money can buy a helm. Now, how do we communication supply and demand. If I am not mistaken the Flow has these mysterious buoys that stand stationary in the Flow and allow reliable navigation if given the right knowledge of where they are. These buoys could be equivalent to modern day Post Office Boxes. The Arcane leave ledgers of the sales and orders here to be included in the overall Arcane machine. Another possibility is that, given a large enough buoy (or an extraplanar space within), the buoy is actually a storehouse of goods to be sold. Chew on that thought for a while and let me know how it tastes Sir Kirkland knorthrup@????.???.com "If you smoke after sex you're doing it to fast..."