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  • The 9th Scroll: Ask the Sage. Submit Your Background Questions Here!

    The Esteemed Sage, Sigmund Selig will be back next edition, as blithe and anecdotal as always.

    If you have questions about the background of the 9th Age, here is your chance to ask the questions and get them answered.

    Of course we are limitted on space so not all questions will be answered, and the Sage does not always know the answer, but he will certainly do his best!

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  • Why does the Vermin Swarm have an affinity for bells?

    What happens if a Magister/Patriarch eats too much Dark Shard?

    Are Beastherds, Saurian Ancients and Vermin Swarm connected? All of them are bipedal animalistic humanoids?

    How do they summon a Vermin Daemon and does there exists lesser Vermin Daemons?

    Why does that blonde haired man-ape and his dwarf-pet always foil my Magisters glorious plans?

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  • What was the intention behind writing the fluff for the UD, DL books with the vast majority in sort of first-person perspective? Was there ever discussion about more of a god's-eye view fir some books, or is that the style for all of the books going forwards?

    Personally I dont have a huge interest in how they are styled presently - a first-hand account of a demon attack is neat every once and a while, but the appeal quickly fades when every passage is written that way with little variety. History of something like the Empire of Dwarves, for example, seems a little concerning.
  • There is something special about dragons and giants.
    They are both intelligent and mighty creatures, both in very low numbers, which both ally with several factions.
    • Dragons, but not giants: SE-HE-DE-EoS-VC
    • Both: WDG
    • Giants, but not dragons: O&G-ID-OK-BH
    • Neither: DL-KoE-DH-SA-VS-TK


    Is there an explanation why dragons and giants are spread over so many factions, when nearly all other monsters are limited to a single faction?

    Is there an explanation why dragons and giants seem not to like to fight in the same faction?
    Is there an explanation why WDG uniquely manages to attract both dragons and giants?
    Is there an explanation why 6 of the factions failed to attract either one?

    Additionally for dragons:
    Are there links between true dragons and dragon-like creatures such as wyverns?
    Why do dragons accept to be mounted by so puny riders?
    Why can't dragons fight on their own, like so many monsters?


    Bonus question:
    What is the name of T9A Mascot?

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  • zKoTTe wrote:

    Are Beastherds, Saurian Ancients and Vermin Swarm connected? All of them are bipedal animalistic humanoids?
    So are humans. They are weird bipedal monkeys that move, speak and think a bit like Avrastes.

    Back to the questions:

    What justification do the Equitanes provide for conquering the city of Avras away from its rightful owners?
    How does human language work, exactly? How do they communicate without scent glands or tails?

    Okay, and now non-jokey questions that aren't in-character:

    The Vermin are said to be children of magic, with a magical origin. Were they summoned, created, or are they changed Avrastes? if the later, were any historically famous Avrastes changed into Vermin?
    What is the religion of the Vermin Swarm? Who are the Vermin Gods? What place do Vermin Daemons have in this?
    The plague cult of the Sagarikadesha preaches salvation through disease. What does that mean exactly and of what kind of salvation do they speak? What does it promise to the common rat that the vermin gods can not offer? Mention of the cult is mostly connected to Sagarika, is it spreading to other lands? Has it arrived in Vetia?
    What style of naming do the Vermin Swarm use? Do they follow the Avrasian tradition of the tria nomina? Are any famous Vermin known by name to the learned community of Vetia?
    Why are low-ranking Vermin leaders called Chieftains? Titles like Tyrant and Magister seem to indicate a sophisticated society that places worth on titles and protocol, but chieftains are usually associated with tribal society.
    Rakachit. If Rakachit is one house among many, how are their weapons so widely spread among the vermin? Do they sell their weapons internationally? Do they train operators of other houses, or are they mercenaries on loan to maintain a monopoly? Are there indeed many weapon-producing houses and engineers and weapon teams are just all labelled as "Rakachit" by ignorant humans despite having various origins? Does Rakachit have a known emblem?
    If the Arvrastes are a Republic with a senate, consuls and public votes now, why do they have a Vermin King? How do they rectify that contradiction?
    Is it true that most darkstone is mined in Taphria? Is it acutally mined, or somehow magically created? It is said that the stone is mostly used for electricity generation, but then how do the Magisters, who don't seem to use machinery on the battlefield employ it? Is it true that the stone is sometimes literally consumed?

    I'll think of more later.
    Sie beobachtet
    Ewig kennen ihre schwarzen Augen die Ewigkeit
    Uralt, zeitlos, belauert Nukuja die Äonen, Zeuge des ersten Erwachens und des letzten Verhängnisses
    Ihr Wissen schlummert wie ein endloser Ozean
    Unsere Göttin, allumfassend, von der Heuschrecke bis zur Eule
    Ihr mächtiger Schlaf erschüttert das Erdgestein, Ihre Wacht entfacht die Sterne
    Sie regt die Gläubigen an zu warten, die wahre Lauterkeit der Geduld, und Ihr beizuwohnen während…
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  • You say that you do not like to debate the divine, Herr Selig, but perhaps you will permit me one question: the daemons who serve the dark gods are well known. Do other gods, such as Sunna or the elven gods, have lesser supernal servants of their own? If so, why are there so few stories of them sending servants of their own to aid their worshippers in battle, like daemons are often reported to do? Do the gods not send their servants?
    Sie beobachtet
    Ewig kennen ihre schwarzen Augen die Ewigkeit
    Uralt, zeitlos, belauert Nukuja die Äonen, Zeuge des ersten Erwachens und des letzten Verhängnisses
    Ihr Wissen schlummert wie ein endloser Ozean
    Unsere Göttin, allumfassend, von der Heuschrecke bis zur Eule
    Ihr mächtiger Schlaf erschüttert das Erdgestein, Ihre Wacht entfacht die Sterne
    Sie regt die Gläubigen an zu warten, die wahre Lauterkeit der Geduld, und Ihr beizuwohnen während…
    Sie beobachtet
  • Eldan wrote:

    Is it true that the stone is sometimes literally consumed?
    Check the DL FAB, the page with the story on Blight Flies.
    There is a Dæmon who snuffs darkstone powder to be able to remain indefinitely in the Mortal Realm in a possessed human body.
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  • I'd like to know more about
    Dread Elves cults,
    – the history of Tsuandan (old dynasty and how it got replaced by the Dragon-Emperor, when and why and what are the other factions in Tsuandan)
    Orc history : Akrubad, the Great Orc, the traitor Goblin that is being punished for eternity by Vanadra, etc.
    – the Alihat religion : history, beliefs, precepts, spread ?
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  • Eldan wrote:


    If the Arvrastes are a Republic with a senate, consuls and public votes now, why do they have a Vermin King? How do they rectify that contradiction?
    I think they had a rat-king when they ruled Avras on the surface. SRQA is no more. still also with a King or an Emperor theres no contradictions about senate, consul and public votes. We are going to have again an Empire when we get back the surface my friend...we only need a leader. I liked to see Lucio Rattus Catilina became emperor, but that stupid of Mickey Mouse Cicerone ruined everything at the last senate reunion...
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  • I have one. Pag. 68 DL book. Hope Harvester.

    ....That same year, the tribe of Iocundi in theprovince of Upper Varalia grew enraged at thetribute forced on them by Galenus, a first-rankcenturion. Having first demanded hides of theIocundi’s cattle, Galenus had increased the titheto include lands and finally slaves, at whichdecree the chiefs rose up and the garrison ofthree hundred Avrasi was cut to pieces.....
    ..................................
    ..................................
    ..........Galenus was forced back across the river, and thelands beyond were abandoned for many years.The Iocundi name, and that of their goddess, thusbecame famous in Varalia, and the consuls keptthe losses a secret at home, not wishing to alarmthe people in Avras.—Explicitus, Annals (approx. 1,000 B.S.)

    1000 Before Sunna Avras was (i suppose, we are 963 A.S of the ninth age. Avras was conquered by rats at the end of the 5th age and lost at the end of the 8th age) under the Vermin Swarm. are those guys rats? is Explicitus a rat or is a mistake of year?
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  • That is a really good point you are making here.

    I was thinking that 950 A.S. corresponds to our 1550 A.D.
    That would mean Sunna came roughly in the year 650 A.D., so about the same period, roughly speaking, that the end of the Roman empire and people like Charlemagne.

    In that line of comparison, I was thinking that the Vermin Swarm could correspond to the taken of power by Cæsar and the transition from Roman Republic to Roman Empire.
    That would have meant the “Vermin Age” lasted for about 700 years, which is fine.

    But suddenly, YES, I realize that Vermin have been in power for THREE ages !! (Ages 6, 7, and 8).
    So that would mean every one of those ages are only 200 years long ??

    Mercenary Armies, thank you so much for that observation !!
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    First T9A player in West Africa