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From:     Shelby Michlin <shelby7@??.??????.com>
Date:     Tue, 23 Jul 96 19:54:13 -0500
Subject:  Re: Create Helms
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-------- REPLY, Original message follows --------
> From: Eugene Shumu1insky       \ Internet:    (static@??.???.????.edu)
> To:   Multiple recipients of list \ Internet:    (spelljammer@?????????.ac
.uk)
> In our last episode, Paul Westermeyer said:
> >No, I think it sounds about right.  Brings up a larger question:  How
many
> >of us only allow Arcane to create spelljamming helms,  and how does that
> >relate to the odd helms like a radient helm, lifejammer,  psionic helm or
> >Ki-helm (which Realmspace said was made by a Wa Wu Jen and a Cormyrean
> >mage)?
>         In my world, arcane have a monopoly on *cheap* and *efficient*
helms.
>  Some nations produce helms similar to a minor helm, but the  level ratio
is
> worse (4 levels for each point of SR).  Their major helm variant is only 1
SR
> per 3 levels.  These helms are also *more* expensive, about 3x to 5x (or
even
> 10x).  The furnace and lifejammer type helms arcane don't claim to deal
much
> with, but they do.
>         Comments?
> -Static
-------- REPLY, End of original message --------

Well, since you ask, yes. Why not maintain the Arcane monopoly on helms?
Create all the types you want, nothing stops you no matter who you say built
it. But if the Arcane don't have their monopoly, you've changed a very
significant part of the way the Spelljammer universe is set up. The feel of
things would be altogether different!

Also, imagine the efforts the Arcane would go to in order to prevent their
monopoly being threatened? Even if there were an all-out war between them
and this "Arcane-hunter" race, I don't see others developing the magic
"tech" spontaneously. Shouldn't such a major discovery take a significant
amount of time? How long has Spelljamming been around? Even if the Arcane
weren't the first, they're the only helm-creators now, and have been so for
some time. Suppose they've been killing off any researchers who got close,
and destroying their work? New Leonardo's have to start from scratch, right?

I think we can agree that a lack of continuity is responsible for any
reference to non-Arcane creation of helms. Say, rather, that these geniuses
worked out a proposal and presented their ideas to the Arcane, for practical
application. And perhaps *then* they were killed!

Anyway, if you can't tell I usually prefer to play the hell out of a
campaign setting, exhausting all possibilities, before I allow major changes
to shake things up. It's tough to "go back."

Shelby Michlin


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SubjectFromDate (UTC)
Re: Create Helms    Ken Lipka    23 Jul 1996 18:45:35
Re: Create Helms    Shelby Michlin    24 Jul 1996 00:54:13
Re: Create Helms    Eugene Shumu1insky    24 Jul 1996 02:56:55
Re: Create Helms    Ken Lipka    24 Jul 1996 12:06:07
Re: Create Helms    Thomas O. Magann Jr.    24 Jul 1996 21:04:10
Re: Create Helms    Kevin Scardino    24 Jul 1996 21:23:41
Re: Create Helms    Thomas O. Magann Jr.    24 Jul 1996 21:56:18
Re: Create Helms    Shelby Michlin    25 Jul 1996 01:02:24
Re: Create Helms    Steven R. Martindale    25 Jul 1996 05:06:56
Re: Create Helms    Thomas O. Magann Jr.    25 Jul 1996 05:15:07
Re: Create Helms    James Perry    28 Jul 1996 20:50:15
Re: Create Helms    Ivan A. Finzen IV    29 Jul 1996 03:55:46
Re: Create Helms    James Perry    30 Jul 1996 18:52:22
Re: Create Helms    Truls Rostrup    31 Jul 1996 15:41:10
Re: Create Helms    George Hernandez    31 Jul 1996 16:55:05
Re: Create Helms    Eugene Shumu1insky    31 Jul 1996 17:08:52
Re: Create Helms    James Perry    31 Jul 1996 19:04:08
Re: Create Helms    George Hernandez    02 Aug 1996 15:07:00
Re: Create Helms    Eugene Shumu1insky    02 Aug 1996 17:17:29
Re: Create Helms    Thomas O. Magann Jr.    02 Aug 1996 19:12:11
Re: Create Helms    Eugene Shumu1insky    02 Aug 1996 19:23:38
Re: Create Helms    Thomas O. Magann Jr.    02 Aug 1996 19:33:39
Re: Create Helms    Paul Westermeyer    02 Aug 1996 19:45:59
Re: Create Helms    Eugene Shumu1insky    02 Aug 1996 19:37:34
Re: Create Helms    Thomas O. Magann Jr.    02 Aug 1996 19:48:20
Re: Create Helms    James Perry    03 Aug 1996 19:40:28
Re: Create Helms    Thomas O. Magann Jr.    03 Aug 1996 20:22:01

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