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Petras Astrauskas
03-26-1998, 04:08 PM
> >
> >as to this "conservation of bloodstrength" thing; bloodstrength appears to
> >be highly non-linear. 5 random scions of 20 bloodstrength do not the
> >gorgon make.
> This isn't really the point I was trying to get to. What I was asking is
> where does the extra bloodstrength come from? As in yes, bloodstrength is
> clearly a
> non-linear quantity, but more and more is generated with each passing
> generation. I used to believe that when the old gods died they released their
> godly life-force and this is what made up the bloodlines. However, this
> would be a finite (if large) quantity. This was then collected in various
> beings, with the gods champions collecting the large majority of it and
> ascending to godhood. The remainder is passed on from generation to
> generation. But, the example with John Roele and Jane Doe makes it clear
> that more godly life force/ bloodstrength is being generated. I would like
> to hear where people think it comes from.
I'm a very new here and haven't read the books, so have patience with
me... One thing that comes to my mind is that the life-force of gods
could be collected not only in various beings but in the land itself,
too. Just remember the thing of Land's Choice(if I got it right). If
land can hold the power of the scion who's died, why can't it hold the
power of the dead gods? Just that the power of gods is distributed
evenly in the land(could I say earth?). That's why commoners who are
worth to become blooded don't become such each day: the great
power(life-force) of dead gods is distributed evenly, so there's not
many of it in one place and the land cannot 'give' it to someone else,
when the power of the scion is concentrated in one place, so the land
can give it to someone. And, well, why the power of scions isn't
distributed evenly, too? I think that if the death of gods could be
compared to the explosion heard in every corner of the world, the death
of some scion could be compared to... 'puff'. It couldn't be heard two
paces away...
And scions, having some part of gods in themselves can get the power
from the land (or other scions) thus increasing their bloodline
strength. And that their children are granted part of their strength,
well... child of gods is usually good, too... And if scions have a part
of gods in themselves, their children should have it, too...
It's pretty hard to put all this in English clearly... Hope I managed
that -
Petras Astrauskas

Sythryc
03-26-1998, 05:33 PM
In a message dated 98-03-26 11:23:59 EST, you write:

< I used to believe that when the old gods died they released their
> godly life-force and this is what made up the bloodlines. However, this
> would be a finite (if large) quantity. This was then collected in various
> beings, with the gods champions collecting the large majority of it and
> ascending to godhood. The remainder is passed on from generation to
> generation. But, the example with John Roele and Jane Doe makes it clear
> that more godly life force/ bloodstrength is being generated. I would like
> to hear where people think it comes from. >>

i also like to believe that the gods' essences that were not absorbed by
heroes or chosens fueled the sources that can be tapped today. i am not sure
what restraints or requirements were placed on wizards of old, especially to
cast realm spells. Any input on that? if the barrier between the shadow
world is becoming weaker due to the increasing bloodline strengths of
population and time then i tend to think that birthwright is set in some pre
AD&D forgotten realms type setting. Pre-Netherese, when those who wielded true
magic (realm spells) were the real power brokers of mages-type of thing. hope
i didn't lose any of you. eventually some cataclysmic event happened where
the shadow world barrier collapsed and decimated non-blooded characters but
also damaged the shadow creatures as well and so a new age emerged and
prospered, most magics were destroyed and mages left had to put to pen the
spells in their heads since all the realm spells and other magics were
destroyed as a result of the loss of the barrier. getting too lengthy but i
hope you get my jist