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Torling (AD&D stats)

Theodore Beale has been squawking about “Torlings” in his quest to try and get Tor/MacMillan to accede to his demands regarding the continued employment of Irene Gallo, Moshe Federer and Patrick Nielsen Hayden.

So, old AD&D style, I present, The Torling:

Frequency: Uncommon
No. Appearing: 1-12
Armor Class: 8
Move: 12″ (36″ in the direction of Tor books)
Hit Dice: 1+1
% in Lair: 80%
Treasure Type: B
No of Attacks: 1
Damage/attack: 1d6
Special Attacks: Infuriate Beale
Special Defenses: Nil
Magic Resistance: Standard
Intelligence: Average
Alignment: Varies
Size: M
Psionic Ability: Nil

The Exalted Circle, Skiffy and Fanty style

Exalted is a role-playing game published by White Wolf Publishing. The game is classified as high fantasy and it was inspired by a mixture of world mythologies as well as Japanese Anime.

I’ve done this for 5 authors, but today I am going to classify me and my fellow members of Skiffy and Fanty.

The Solar Exalts:

DAWN: The Warriors and Generals: That’s our leader, Shaun Duke!
ZENITH: The zealot, the holy one, the keeper of the faith: Julia Rios. Who better than the “Bechdel Crusher”?
NIGHT: The Spy, the Assassin: Rachael Acks. If you’ve read her movie reviews, you will know why.
TWILIGHT: The Scholar and Sorcerer. David Annandale. He’s an academic and author, and is wicked smart and learned.
ECLIPSE: The Ambassador, Diplomat and Negotiator: Well, I am putting myself in this role.

To fit our other members, I am going to pull in the Lunar Exalted shapeshifters of the setting:

THE FULL MOON: The Warrior, the Combatant, the Leader: Jen Zink, co-creator with Shaun.
The CHANGING MOON: The Trickster, the Changeable one: That would be none other than Stina Leicht.
The NO MOON: The sorcerer, and savant: Mike Underwood, who also has deep academic background, is a writer, AND a marketing professional.

Five Woman Exalted Band, the female writer edition

Kate Elliott, as the leader and the Dawn. Her sword is sharp, and she has seen many battles.
Kameron Hurley as the Night. She’s the one whose words and no-fucks-to-give cut with the sharpest of edges.
Kari Sperring as the Twilight. The Smart One, with the degrees and historical background and training to match.
Elizabeth Bear as the Eclipse. The social one, the connected one. Everyone knows her. And like an Eclipse who can
learn charms from anyone, she has arrows of every type in her writing quiver.
Laura Anne Gilman as the Zenith. The one that carries the torch, the encourager, the one who blazes a path.

There are a lot of substitutions one could put in here for the roles, too. But these for now will do.

Gurps Infinite Worlds: Parallel Earth Creation

Gurps Infinite Worlds: Parallel Earth Creation
Because I felt like coming up with Parallel Earths and let the dice decide what comes:
Parallel I
Tech level: TL7 (Nuclear Age 1940-1980’s)
Tech variant: Supers
Superheroes Rule the Earth
1 Civilization
Chinese or Japanese [Pick: Japanese]
Civilization Unity:
So, what we have is One World Japanese State, run by Supers.
So, Japanese Superheroes emerged in the Tokugawa Shogunate. Thought
to be blessed by the Gods, or perhaps children of same, the Westerners
coming to visit in the 16th century got a rude surprise.
By now, the 20th century, Japan rules the Globe. The Shogun
is a Super himself, and so are many of the Samurai.
With the world cowed and under the rule of the Superhero Shogun, what
happens now? Brooding revolution in conquered lands? Conflict between
Supers to rule the Shogunate? Travel to other parallel worlds under
the Shogun’s banner?
Parallel II
Tech Level: TL4 (Age of Sail)
Tech Variant: None
5 Civilizations
Western: Empire with Rivals
Norse: Diffuse
Islamic: Multipolar (4)
Orthodox:Empire with Satellite States
Chinese: Unitary
So, the year is 1500.
Europe is dominated by an Angevin Empire with plenty of rivals from Burgundy to Poland.
The Norse have a bunch of states–Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and Vinland. The Norse
reached North America first, and are heavily invested there.
The world of Islam is based around a quartet of Caliphates–from Andalus in the West to the Sultanate of Delhi.
Byzantium survives in this world, an Empire with Satellite states in the Balkans and Russia, too.
The great dynasty of the Song stretches from Tibet and Burma, east to Japan and the Philippines.
Lots of conflict in this world. Byzantium and the Caliphates, Byzantium and the Angevins, the Norse
with everybody, the Islamic states with the Chinese pushing west.