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    Wonders of Thedas Episode 49: The Knight of Our Dreams



    Welcome to the Wonders of Thedas, your one-stop-shop for all your Dragon Age roleplaying game needs!

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    Once again, we are in the spirit. This time we are talking Spirit Warriors, one of the more esoteric specializations for Warriors! We bring our resident Warrior expert, Caitlin, on for the ride to talk about one of the more fascinating specializations for the Warrior class! We have lots of questions to get through, and we keep making spirit puns...the same one.

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    Re: Wonders of Thedas Episode 49: The Knight of Our Dreams

    I so much loved this episode and I swear it's not because you mentioned ritual magic... :P

    But, really, everything was great. The comments, your guys' reactions, the ideas for spirit warrior. Congrats! Keep up the good work!

    You got me inspired to fully develop ritual rules. Maybe later I'll send you another wall of text with complete rules and several rituals from the games that we've never seen in the RPG...? If so... Which rituals would you guys like to see there? From the top of my head:

    ~ Walk the Fade (used in DA:O to send the mage origin hero into the Fade for the Harrowing and later by Jowan or Irving to send a mage into the Fade to confront the demon possessing Connor; used by Marethari in DA2 to send Hawke and companions into Fenryel's dream).

    ~ Protection Rituals (ritualized versions of some glyph spells used to protect from Fade creatures)

    ~ Song of Healing (a ritual that enhances and speeds up recovery from diseases, wounds, etc.; done before or during a long rest, never 'in the field')

    ~ Summoning (series of rituals to summon demons and other nasties into our world - used extensively by various mages in the series and almost every freaking mage in DA2 - seriously, what's wrong with that city?)

    ~ Grim Harvest (used by Orsino - who took the 'pay in blood' option - in the end of DA2 to create a Harvester. Hmmm... I'll obviously need to include Harvester stats for this one...)

    What do you think? Any other ideas or rituals you'd like to see?

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    Re: Wonders of Thedas Episode 49: The Knight of Our Dreams

    Quote Originally Posted by Icarus View Post
    ~ Summoning (series of rituals to summon demons and other nasties into our world - used extensively by various mages in the series and almost every freaking mage in DA2 - seriously, what's wrong with that city?)
    Well, I mean, it was the seat of Tevinter's slave trade, has a giant blood rune literally built into its streets, and has been the site of numerous demon summonings/containments dating back for centuries, even including one of the Forbidden Ones. I mean, say what you want about Kirkwall, but it got its badness the hard way!

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    Re: Wonders of Thedas Episode 49: The Knight of Our Dreams

    Quote Originally Posted by PlatinumWarlock View Post
    Well, I mean, it was the seat of Tevinter's slave trade, has a giant blood rune literally built into its streets, and has been the site of numerous demon summonings/containments dating back for centuries, even including one of the Forbidden Ones. I mean, say what you want about Kirkwall, but it got its badness the hard way!
    I know right! xD

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    Re: Wonders of Thedas Episode 49: The Knight of Our Dreams

    So, Kot, here's a question for you:

    One of the standard tropes of the combat in the DA games has been the idea of defining a character by their "fighting style": one-handed/shield vs two-handed for warriors, bow vs. twin daggers for rogues.
    While the Talents do a good job of representing this fighting style for Warriors and even Archer rogues, rogues that want to wield two daggers are left in something of the lurch. Daggers seem to be quite the 'inoptimal' choice, compared to short swords, rapiers or other weapons. How could we re-emphasize the focus on daggers that the video games have captured, but the tabletop games haven't?

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    Re: Wonders of Thedas Episode 49: The Knight of Our Dreams

    Quote Originally Posted by PlatinumWarlock View Post
    (...)Daggers seem to be quite the 'inoptimal' choice, compared to short swords (...)
    I know your question was to Kot, but I have to say this.

    You do realize that what they call "daggers" in the games are actually short swords in the RPG, right? I mean, look at the size of those things xD




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    Re: Wonders of Thedas Episode 49: The Knight of Our Dreams

    The first ones? I'd still call those daggers.

    The second ones? Yeahhh...borderline mess. That said, why don't we have a category of weapon that is "Crow Blades" available to rogues or, more aptly, assassins? Maybe a little more damage than normal daggers, but no ability to throw them? Then again, that does tend to make them into just short swords...

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    Re: Wonders of Thedas Episode 49: The Knight of Our Dreams

    Quote Originally Posted by Kot the Protector View Post


    Welcome to the Wonders of Thedas, your one-stop-shop for all your Dragon Age roleplaying game needs!

    You can hear the episode above, or you can listen on iTunes, Google Play, and Soundcloud!

    Once again, we are in the spirit. This time we are talking Spirit Warriors, one of the more esoteric specializations for Warriors! We bring our resident Warrior expert, Caitlin, on for the ride to talk about one of the more fascinating specializations for the Warrior class! We have lots of questions to get through, and we keep making spirit puns...the same one.

    If you'd like to see the rules for Paulo Frota's Ritual Magic: click here!

    If you would like to submit a question or some custom content for the Dragon Age RPG, you can send it to us through our Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Google+, Soundcloud, and WordPress blog accounts! You can email us at wondersofthedaspodcast@gmail.com or send a private message to Kot the Protector or Healerpuff on the Green Ronin forums, or Kot or Lisse on the d20 Radio forums!

    Thanks for listening, Thedosians!
    I'd forgotten how difficult it is for warriors to get the 3 Willpower and Magic stats to enter this specialisation - it really does require a lot of future planning, most of the time. One possibility exists I think to help players who want to get their characters moving in that direction - a trip to the fade can not only introduce them to possible spirit helpers, but also enable some free stat increases, much as it does in the computer games. A point in Magic is easy to reward players with for some actions in the fade.

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