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  1. Learned Versa uses them, notably to turn Healing Spores into Restoration Spores, which is pretty great. I don't believe the bushes ever replenish.
  2. I can only repeat: Infestation didn't add that. It was present in the original. The endings have not changed other than a few minor text changes.
  3. Infestation didn't add that. It was present in the original. A few more people comment on it, but it was already described by a couple of them, and it already had a different ending.
  4. "factionless shaper" removes all potential for confusion, doesn't it? "disloyal" is really subjective.
  5. It would be interesting if news about Sharon finds its way into the G3 remake somehow.
  6. Most of the practicums I'm familiar with are part of graduate programs -- it happens in undergrad but it's a lot less common. I suspect this conversation may be the result of differences between countries where undergrad is professionally focused on one subject, versus countries where a lot of undergrad is general or elective, and most professional programs are in grad school.
  7. I don't care if it's "neutral shaper" or "ex-shaper" or "disloyal shaper" or whatever but you guys each object to a different one. We need something that can be used to communicate effectively in this world. But yes, we should use terminology that is based on what something actually is (stated as flatly as possible) rather than what one or more parties subjectively want to classify it as. The Shaper Council would call Sharon disloyal, maybe, but that's their definition of loyalty, and not even a universal cultural judgment among Shapers, let alone anyone else. And whether or not they were okay with the term "neutral," the Shaper Council would not object to drawing a distinction between an actual rebel shaper fighting against them, and an old shaper who basically retires to the countryside as a hermit. I agree that "ex-shaper" is confusing for various reasons. "Factionless Shaper" is maybe more precise than "neutral Shaper." If it's a factual and direct label, then for our purposes, it doesn't really matter what anybody in-world thinks about it.
  8. It doesn't matter if the Takers or the Shapers agree with the terminology. We need that terminology to have this discussion. Just because the Takers and/or the Shapers don't recognize a distinction doesn't mean it doesn't exist.
  9. In G2 you're definitely a graduate. You're just still dealing with a practicum before you can get full licensure 😛 The G1 and G3 PCs are at earlier points in their training.
  10. That's not just Tuldaric; every sect head trainer operates that way. Tyallea, Tuldaric, Burham, Salgurdar. They just need you to be modified.
  11. Except that the ideology really did come first, just not the ideology you're talking about. "Take our free" - in the context of the Obeyer-style thinking everyone was doing at the time - was absolutely an ideological movement. That's the whole Taker identity.
  12. Guys, this is just a terminology issue. I don't want to spend hours going through a thesaurus to find a phrase everyone will accept. We all know what we're talking about: Shapers who don't support the Shaper Council's attacks, or potential attacks, on free creations, but who also have not joined the Takers/Rebels.
  13. Apparently the Servant Mind in Benerii-Uss Power can unlock those doors.
  14. Everyone wants the Trakovites dead in G4. Presumably that includes Khyryk, since he's a high-profile Trakovite. But also, the Trakovites aren't really neutral shapers or ex-shapers, so moot point really.
  15. The endings aren't "canon" in the sense that they are not what happens as the series proceeds. They are still the canonical outcome for what would happen if G2 ended with the PC supporting a given sect. That changes the world compared to the "canonical" ending the series moves forward with, so it's not actually a given that the Ashen Isles would fall, for example. ...buuuuut if they did, do you really think the Shapers would be unwilling to prioritize dealing with the Rebels over the Barriered-up Awakened?
  16. Yes, and yet, Sharon and Khyryk exist. Why the heck would the Takers, of all people, privilege Shaper policy over the actions of an individual? They're willing to make an exception for defectors; there's no reason why they couldn't make the same exception for those who reject the Shaper laws, but simply don't want to be part of any war effort. That's a choice, and there's no practical reason to make it; it's made on purely ideological grounds. I brought up the concept of "neutral shaper" and I wasn't referring to Shaper policy or law for the definition. I'm not sure what this conversation gains (either in clarity or otherwise) by trying to use strict Shaper-policy-language for everything. Relabel my "neutral shaper" as "neutral ex-shaper" if that works better for you. The argument remains the same. The Takers kill even neutral ex-shapers.
  17. They aren't willing to leave neutral Shapers alive, though. Even sympathetic Shapers who stop short of actually joining the Rebellion -- see, yet again, Khyryk! They're just making exceptions to genocide when it's convenient for them. That's something else that's happened in historical real-world genocides.
  18. It's been two decades, but as I'm reading the guide, looks like the recipe is Blood Poison + Deep Focus Orb + Perfected Belt = Creator Belt A + Purified item = artifact B A + B + Purified item = artifact Does that do it?
  19. I agree that iff it's truly you or me, there's no moral third way. But this justification hinges on whether it is that way in reality. I vehemently disagree that feeling that way is justification for genocide. And it's not truly that way -- the Awakened ending proves that. The Shapers don't stop attacking, but this is no surprise. Nobody is under the delusion that the Shapers can easily be dissuaded, not after the burning of Sucia. The Awakened concept isn't "we don't need to use force with the Shapers." It's "we don't need to kill people just because their leaders are attacking us, if they themselves are not." And the result is that, after a little while, the Shapers put in only a token war effort. It's not clear that there are any meaningful casualties for the Awakened at all. This so-called "moral" approach is also a pragmatic one, because the Awakened are actually willing to take Shaper psychology into account, and that pays off. The problem with justifying genocide based on the feeling that "it's us or them" -- this has been the fatuous justification for plenty of real-world genocides. (And we could use a different verb tense there, too, but let's stay away from that topic with a ten foot pole plz.) Historical hostility is a justification for use of force, and there are times that means going on the offense. But there's big gap between "going on the offense" and "every X must die." To jump ahead in the series: the justification you've presented here for Taker genocide would also apply to Taygen's genocide, wouldn't it?
  20. I think the problem here is calling the Awakened "moderate" in the first place. They are "moderate" in the sense that they aren't ideologically inclined to genocide, but that's a truly weird term to use for that. It is absolutely clear that they are willing to fight and kill when necessary. Look at Pinner's reasoning behind the Spy Drayk quest, as an easy example. Culturally, they're as radical as anyone else with the changes they are basically forcing on existing society. They might be the closest thing Geneforge has to Professor X, but they're also the closest thing Geneforge has to Magneto (who was right). What exactly about any of the other factions looks better via the genocide lens?
  21. Seems plausible, would love an additional connection: In Triola (G2) we have John Maynard Keynes (economist) JS Mill (philosopher, relevant to economics) Henri Wald (much less famous, but also a philosopher) Zyx (literary magazine) per randomizer, this was a backer-suggested name Suspicious - any thoughts?: Barzahl means roughly "cash payment" in German - this feels far too appropriate Shanti means "inner peace" in Sanskrit Zakary means "remembering/remembered by god" in various languages New names in G2I - Kieron Stoff is listed as a backer Gardner Dozois - I think this is new in G2I? - SF writer, not connected to anything else but plenty of SF writers elsewhere in the series
  22. Is a war with no end in sight victory? Because that's what the Takers and Barzites get.
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