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From:     Eugene Shumu1insky <static@??.???.????.edu>
Date:     Tue, 23 Jul 1996 22:56:55 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:  Re: Create Helms
In our last episode, Shelby Michlin said:
>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!

	You are totally correct!  (;  The feel *is* different.  To *me*
though, it makes more sense.  What is a helm anyway?  *Why* were they
made?  I just can't see a reason for creating a Death Helm.  Then again,
it could be said that a Death Helm is simply a Lifejammer which has drained
enough life to gain "sentience".  And all a Lifejammer is is a Major (or
Minor) Helm that "mutated" by passing through one too many "magical surges".

	I guess what I'm trying to say is that I don't think magical helms
are all that hard to make.  Just make a high level version of the fly spell,
create a chair which allows whomever sits in it to control it, and off they
go!  Now you have an SR 1 Helm.  That doesn't take arcane intervention.
Somewhere out there is a mage with a modified 9th level fly spell that will
allow a ship to fly at SR 10 (move 240"), just *waiting* to cast it on a
chair and go exploring.  And his item doesn't even make him loose his spells!
Spelljamming speed is a bit harder to explain, but it can probably be done
with a modified teleport/dimension door spell.  Just a thought.

	Please note that I am currently without a party, and my mind has
been racing around with new ideas, just waiting to try 'em out... (:
Please don't take anything personally, if for some reason you should.  :)

>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?

	You pose some very good questions.  How long *has* Spelljamming
technology, as we now it, been around?  Why aren't there any Very Minor
Helms? (:

>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!

	Spelljammer/ Illuminati?  And the arcane are the Technology
Control Division... (:

>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."

	And there's nothing wrong with that.  Some settings I do that with
myself... (:

-Static

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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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