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Anyway, as the game is currently a "Playtest", parts of the game or constantly being changed to see what works and what doesn't. This includes the list of skills. And in one itteration, one of those skills was "Use Rope". One of my players picked it up and for the past couple games was looking to use it at almost every opportunity. Now this was part joke, as the Use Rope skill itself is a flaccid one, the kind of skill you'd only see in use by a sailor, circus performer, or cattlehand (which this character is). Seeing as how a player has so few options for skills to be trained in, trying to make Use Rope viable for situations other then tying up enemies, getting yourself out of being tied up, etc. would be seen as a bit of a joke. Or would it!?
I made a horrible mistake once, not too long ago, my friend, roomate, and six-year hetero-life partner Eric made a character based loosely on one of his favorite television personalities, someone so skilled in perception that they would notice clues that even the most dedicated detective might gloss over, and because of this ability, could make deductions so percise they seemed psychic, prophetic, and almost magical.
|Skill Focus Perception and|
Epic Tales are my business (except for the making money off of it part), and my favorite by far is the Albanian telling of The Skillful Brothers (which featured seven brothers instead of four), each endowed with a special skill, some not so far out of the bounds of human accomplishment, some definantly on the the side of "Miraculous Power". In the tale the brothers are asked by a king to save his daughter who has been abducted by the Devil, each must use their trait to save her. The first can find the location of anyone or thing, and finds the Devil's lair. The next can open the earth to any depth, and does so to reach the Devil's home. The third could steal anything without being caught (taking first the girl, then one of the devil's shoes, which must've been quite stylish.), The forth threw the shoe to the end of the earth, as throwing was his strong suit. The Fifth erected an impregnable tower instantly to protect the group when the Devil arrived to reclaim the girl (winded as he was, having taken the time to retreive his footwear.).
|The Devil has had many|
Depictions in History. This
is my favorite.
As a side note, this is my favorite telling because when the brothers return, all are rewarded. And unlike the four brothers, none bicker over who marries the princess as she is the one who chooses her husband to be (Spolier Alert: She chooses brother Seven, who caught her and was the youngest brother and most handsome, as younger brothers often are.)
Now let's tie it all up. Skills ARE magical powers! The power to speak, the power to write, the ability to influence others, "THE ABILITY TO READ!". These are things that we take for granted, these are things that ARE magical and miraculous. I work with a guy who could take my car apart and put it back together and it would run just as well. And though I know that it is possible and not "extraordinary" in terms of what humanity is capable of, in terms of what I'm capable of my car is made of Glass, Metal, Fire, and Magic, and that man is a Caromancer! The ability to use a rope though we are disenchanted with it, could be something amazing! Look at what Indiana Jones could do with a whip!
|Skill Focus: Use Rope and |
And those my friends, have been my very favorite stories, and my job is the best, because no matter how high they go, I get to be the one that catches them.