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DF Spoilers / Dark Hallow Idea...
« on: January 06, 2021, 06:41:40 AM »
1) Harry Dresden knows how to preform a Dark Hallow
2) To summon up the spirits needed, there has to be a connection.
(The necromancers used a bunch of old relics)
3) People theories Harry will preform a Dark Hallow at some point.
4) There are a bunch of pictures of people who defended Chicago now hurried in a grave.

Thought: What if Harry uses those pictures, and the spirits they might summon up, to preform the Dark Hallow.

Just an idea...

Not sure Harry is quite pragmatic enough to do it yet, though.

DF Spoilers / (BG Spoilers) LTW Conservation of Speed w/ Mass Shift
« on: December 25, 2020, 03:35:43 AM »
In BG, during the fight with the fire giants, LTW flies at one, changing from a hawk to an elephant mid-flight. According to Dresden, he maintains his flight speed while doing this. I'm not really a math and science guy, but my instinct is to say that something is off about that. The easy answer is "magic." But, I was wondering if I was just wrong, or if shenanigans would indeed need to be happening for that conservation of speed to occur?

A minor detail, I know. But, I'm curious.

DF Spoilers / Mama Murphy
« on: October 05, 2020, 05:44:38 AM »
Does anyone else feel like we're missing a scene at the end of BG where Harry has a chat with mama Murphy? Maybe at the funeral, or going to her house to tell her what happened to her daughter?

DF Spoilers / (SPOILERS)Grumping about the timeline in BG
« on: October 05, 2020, 05:42:43 AM »
Okay, let me begin by saying I really enjoyed the ride. It was a fun book. Things exploded. People died. My expectations were - in some ways - exceeded. But... I can't help feeling like having the battle take place over a more stretched out span of time would have been helpful to the story.

What if, instead of a single night of crazy, it had been two or three days? With things as desperate as they were, the defenders of Chicago fight a desperate battle, slowly giving ground. Being pushed back. Wizards collapse under the strain of throwing around so much magic. Sleep a few hours, then get back up to do it again. I'm not sure this would have worked with the city-destroyer that we were led to believe the eye was. But... what we got from it wasn't that. Building destroyer, yes. City? Not so much.

We could have had the National guard show up to complicate things in the middle of the battle, instead of as one big "sweep the fish back into the ocean" moment near the end. They were foreshadowed so much, and we were told they would be such a problem... but in the end they became the reinforcements that allowed the final push against the bad guys. Not a complication for our heroes. I don't have a huge problem with this. It was still fun.

I just feel like the battle could have been... longer? bigger? Not sure bigger is the right word.


On the other hand, I can't wait to see how things change once footage from that night starts leaking out into the wider world and the cover-up begins to break down.

SIDE NOTE: I hope the grand apocalyptic trilogy doesn't end up on this kind of condensed timeframe.

DF Spoilers / Apocalypse is a state of mind...
« on: October 03, 2020, 08:10:42 AM »
We've heard this statement from two places now. The first was Nick, and the second was He Who Walks Beside(Still laughing because I won that bet from seven years ago :D). I find this very interesting/troubling. To this point, we have been lead to believe(by implication) that Nick was fighting the Outsiders. There was that whole "It's funny that you are the only one I can talk to about this facet of family business" conversation in Small Favor where he freaks out in a big way after finding out that one of his coin palls was involved in the attack on Arctis Tor. Then there was the "We're fighting to save the world" comment from his darling daughter and mistress of the bladed hair.

Other tidbits of info we know are that angels can't be Nemfected/Besidefected. Whether this includes Fallen angels or not, we don't know. But, without anything saying otherwise... I'd say it's a safe bet that it was Nam's host who was compromised. Not Nam himself. Granted, this bit is pure speculation. So, take it or leave it. The thing I'm more concerned with is why Mab is working with Namshiel. Given their... history... Skin Game becomes quite confusing.

In short, I'm not sure which Denarians are the "good guys" anymore. Yes, none of them really count. I'm well aware of that. But... It makes me wonder about whether Nick was Nemfected or not.

What is going on in the ranks of the Knights of the Ancient, Cursed Pocket Change?

DF Spoilers / Scenes you want...
« on: September 12, 2020, 02:06:05 AM »
... but will probably never see...

I'll start off by proposing a couple.

1) Butters needing to explain to his parents about the supernatural, and how he's a Knight of the Cross, a nice callback to Bombshells.

2) Along a similar vein, Charity has brought the kids to her mother's several times throughout the series. Grandma Carpenter seeing the Winter Lady on the news, fighting the Fomor invasion of Chicago would give me all kinds of laughs.

Whadya got?

DF Spoilers / Inconsistency Issue?
« on: August 24, 2020, 08:17:00 AM »
Upon my most recent re-read of the series, and Jim's release of a Morgan journal entry, I've come to notice something interesting. Both Morgan and Rashid suspect Harry of being Nemfected, and know he is Starborn. However, Eb claims this cannot happen Starborn. Do they simply not know all of the Starborn mojo powers? Or, is this supposed to be a hint (along with Eb's lack of self control, repeated warnings of treasury, and encouragement to do questionable magic things) that something is off?

I know we don't need yet another "Is Eb Nemfected?" thread. But... I hadn't seen this detail brought up before.

DF Spoilers / Mirror Mirror Next?
« on: July 30, 2020, 03:38:34 AM »
I've seen several posts that claim Mirror Mirror will come directly after Battle Grounds. And, given what is implied to happen in the next book I can't help but feel the timing is extremely poor. If magic is revealed to mortals, wouldn't it be better to see the implications of that, rather than the parallel reality where Dresden made a different Choice?

Is it true that Mirror Mirror is next? Why the... I don't want to use the word distraction, but it seems appropriate while unaware of the finer details...? Thoughts?

DF Spoilers / Chicago Defense!
« on: July 24, 2020, 07:23:28 AM »
This is just for a bit of fun. A mental exercise I've been wondering at for a while and haven't really come up with any answers for. So...

How would you do it? Assuming you have
500 Einherjar
The Archive
4 Senior Council members
"A detachment of wardens" (I'm gonna assume between 50 and 100)
A mostly confused and scrambling CPD
The FBI(probably in a similar state to the CPD)
Criminals in the know under Marcone
The Winter and Summer Knights and Ladies(with the Ladies providing roles as described in text)
A family of ghouls
The White Court of Vampires in Chicago
The Svartalfs
2 Knights of the Cross
The Paranet members of chicago(currently hiding)
(other members of the Accords I'm forgetting that showed up)
2 Divine artifact weapons in the keeping of one Harry Dresden, Winter Knight and warden... and Warden

Assume you have at least a few Nemfected companions.

City Conditions: As described in the book, the power is out, people are panicking, and feces is hitting the proverbial fan. You begin with the BFS building as a stronghold. The low-level talents gathering in places like Mac's pub and Saint Marry of the Angels church. People are beginning to panic and riots are starting by the time the battle actually begins. Odin and Ferrovax have prevented the enemy from using Ways and underground travel.

Your goals are to 1) Neutralize Ethniu and the Eye of Balor, 2) Protect the City, and 3) Save as many lives as you can.

How do you begin and proceed?

DF Spoilers / Because We Aren't Paranoid Enough...
« on: October 21, 2017, 11:25:56 PM »
I had a super dark thought, and figured I might as well share.

YET MORE PEOPLE WHO MIGHT BE NEMFECTED: So, Carlos mentions the Sleepers in Cold Case, specifically in reference to the thing that the cultists worship. He says that they're(it?) are(is?) like the Outsiders, but in. So... anyone think the cultists might have, shall we say... inducted... the children?

DF Spoilers / Upcoming Book Titles
« on: July 13, 2017, 07:05:39 PM »
Half fun and half serious: What do you guys think some of the upcoming book titles will be for the books we don't know yet? So, not Mirror Mirror or Peace Talks. Personally, I'm curious if one of the books will be called Black Staff.

DF Spoilers / Nemesis Factions...?
« on: July 11, 2017, 08:28:01 PM »
Rereading TC, and I came across the scene between Harry and Rashid while on the docks and Demon Reach. Rashid remarks on a number of events that have him wondering whether Harry is part of the Black Council/Nemfected. We know that Harry isn't. We also know that most, if not all, of Harry's cases involved him working against the Outsiders. One thing I have issues with is the idea that Rashid wouldn't know that most of these fall into that category. So... does him wondering if Harry is working for the bad guys imply multiple Outsider factions?

DF Spoilers / Is There More Magic In the World?
« on: July 04, 2017, 04:17:52 PM »
This is a strange question that occurred to me while I was planning out part of my own original work procrastinating:

1) Harry has said that magic comes from the energy of life.
2) There are exponentially more people than there were on earth a few hundred years ago(more life on earth?).
3) Conservation of energy has also been mentioned in regards to how magic works.

So, does the fact that there are more people mean that more magic energy is generated, or is this a major factor in why the powers that be have become diluted, their mojo spread out like Hades(?) and Santa Odin mentioned?

DF Spoilers / Smaug, Mr. Ferro... and Dollar Signs in the Eyes
« on: June 30, 2017, 03:47:41 AM »
Earlier today, I was doing a bit of research for a side project of mine, and stumbled across Forbes Fictional 16. Listed at number two was Smaug(Sadly, no relation), with 54 billion dollars in estimated wealth. And, that got me wondering: How much is Ferrovax worth? I get that he's a semi-divine being, but he's a Dragon. And, Dragons have hoards. I'm curious what you think one-thousand(or more!) years of interest and investments would get him. Alternatively, maybe he doesn't make investments. Could he just sit on it instead(doubtful, given his vault at Marcone's place)?


NOTE: This is purely for silly, random fun. So... have fun with it!

DFRPG / My New Character Idea: Suggestions Wanted
« on: June 14, 2017, 08:29:23 PM »
Basically: I picked up my Dresden Files RPG rulebooks for the first time in a long time yesterday. And, suddenly it was four in the morning and I was giggling manically as I sketched out a character concept and started resuming talks with my gaming group about seeing if we could start up a campaign. It having been a few years since I last played, I figured I'd run the ramblings of my sleep-deprived, unmedicated(I may have forgotten to take them yesterday... oops...), and multi-tasking mind by you guys to make certain I wasn't being absurd(more than usual...).

The primary issue with my idea is that, when it comes to story, the character's pre-game development depends a lot on starting power level. For example, if we were to begin at "Feet In the Water" I would probably start the character very near the beginning of his story(in my head), perhaps right around when his powers began to develop. If we were to start closer to "Submerged" I would probably make him a little older, with a bit more understanding of magic and the supernatural world in general. This would naturally have a whole range of effects on how the character was written up on the character sheet. So, what I list below(skills, powers, etc) are not necessarily the ones I will be taking. They are merely things I saw that looked cool and that I thought fit with my idea. So...

Name: Nathaniel "Nathan" Graves

Story: It's like Dresden said: Warlocks - most of them, anyway - are just kids. They're untrained, and they don't know any better. They've never heard of the Laws of Magic until some mysterious, hulking figure in a grey cloak steps out of the darkness with a silver sword. One day, this fifteen year old discovers he or she has the ability to do... things... and they get to thinking. Hell, practically the first thing most of them try is the old Jedi Mind Trick. Maybe they ask a teacher for an extension on their homework? From there.. they get a date with the hot cheerleader they've always had a crush on. Then... more. Nathan's story isn't any different.

He got dealt a shit hand, and by the time he knew what was going on... there wasn't any way back. One day, he accidentally did a bit of magic on the way home from school. But, halting a fall against pavement before the impact was only the first step. Floating pebbles came easily. Then he started seeing things. No. Not things... people. People that weren't there. People who were dead. His curiosity piqued. Really, who wouldn't be curious?

The changes weren't immediately obvious to his parents and teachers. He still laughed with his friends, hung out in the basement gaming and working on cosplays for conventions. His friends and he became more secretive. They stayed out later. They stopped playing so many computer games, focusing more on the paper-and-pencil variety. But, well... everyone changes in high school, and damn it but the house's electricity seemed to be on the fritz. Then one of the teachers had a break down and went off the grid.

It was a weird few weeks.

In truth, they probably should have been more concerned, even if they wouldn't believe the truth had they known it. Nathan had done his first bit of magic on his way home from school during sophomore year: halting a fall before he hit the pavement. Just... floating there. Then he had a migraine and a bit of a freak out. But... well... who could blame him for being a bit curious? And, playing a necromancer in his best friend's D&D campaign gave him a very bad kind of curious.

High Concept: Gamer, Cosplayer... Necromancer?
Trouble: In Over My Head


Reasoning: He's a nerd and a gamer, which is one reason I love the character so much. And, he would post YouTube vids and stream gameplay before his magic developed. He wasn't a big channel, but he was monitored and making some money at it. Alertness, I feel reflects the awareness he needed while gaming to keep track of the in-game environment. Performance, along with most of his other social skills are about his streaming and his ability to maintain an audience's attention while doing that. Deceit... well, he messed up, and he knows it. He doesn't know exactly how big a trouble he's in for Law breaking. So, he's kind of new to the whole lying to people bit, and mostly does it to keep the fact he's a warlock under wraps.


Reasoning: Why craftsmanship? He makes his own cosplay, that's why. And he's good at it. His stuff has won a few competitions. Yeah... he's a nerd. That's one reason I love this idea so much. Resources would probably in the "fair" tier. After developing magic, he can't really do video games anymore, which was how he was making money(outside of an allowance if the game begins around Feet In the Water).


Reasoning: Magic... 'Nuff said. But, Lore would probably be lower than Conviction and Discipline. He's new to this whole magic thing and doesn't really know much outside of the gaming manuals he and his friends have dug through, and the few - usually misleading - books they've checked out of the supernatural section of the library. If he's older, this could probably be a bit higher, but I don't really want him to be the magical compendium of knowledge. He's very much in over his head and unsure where exactly to turn.


Reasoning: He's a nerd, and an American(probably). Where would he be without a basic understanding of how weapons work, and an unusual(to some) interest in swords.

Investigation or Contacts

Reasoning: These seem useful...

Possible Powers

Lawbreaker (First, Third or Fifth): He's going to develop these at some point, and I'd like to start the game with one of them. I'm just not sure which one yet. First Law will probably happen later on.

Ghost Speaker: Nathan is powerful, even if he's fumbling along untrained. I see this as kind of the beginnings of his Sight coming in.

Evocation and Thaumaturgy:: He's a powerful guy. If he hadn't done what every teenager would do, he'd be White Council material.

Kemmlerian Necromancy: How can I not get this eventually? It fits so well... Plus! As a bonus, It has both Kemmler's and my name in it! Though... that's probably not a good thing.

Refinement: It's kind of a must for magic users eventually.

I've got a few other ideas, too. Like, if I ever die I might come back as a living corpse and just take the -1 for Living Dead or possibly come back as a ghost.

A Few Notes
- Nathan's friends are in on the whole "magic is real thing. Their views are carried. Some think it's cool. Others are a bit afraid. A couple have started trying to learn magic themselves. Though, none of them are quite as powerful.
- Nathan is not a good person. I mean, he is... or was at one point in his early development. But, eventually, the corrupting influence of dark magic and the constant hunt by the White Council to take off his head got to him. He still does what he thinks is helping people... but he's not too scrupulous about his methods later on.


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