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Message no. 1
From: "J.D. Falk" <jdfalk@****.CAIS.COM>
Date: Sat, 4 Mar 1995 20:01:55 -0500
*sigh* Active week in our little mailing list, huh?
It looks like we've got the six signatures for revokation of the
Implosion spell -- now it's up to one of y'all (probably Robert Hayden,
since he proposed the REVOKE) to list 'em all in one message as described
in the FAQ.
Since somebody asked for it, here's the original Implosion
submission, along with the relevant portion of a message sent privately
to me asking that it be adjusted slightly.

Date: Thu, 23 Feb 1995 11:54:33 EST
From: Shadowdancer <BRIDDLE@*****.VINU.EDU>
To: Multiple recipients of list NERPS <NERPS@*****.NIC.SURFNET.NL>
Subject: SUBMISSION: Implosion

Shadowlore II
New spell: Implosion

Type: Physical Range: LOS Target: Body/Willpower (R)

Damage: (F+3)M (spcl) Duration: Sustained Drain: (F/2)+3 M (spcl)

The Implosion is an underground all purpose destruction spell. Do
not bother looking for it in the published texts. It is very nasty, and
the only current spell that can cause an Astral Vortex.

The spell works by imploding the target on a molecular level. This
happens very fast, and can be seen as the target shrinking in toward
the center of gravity.

Implosion causes both mental and physical damage. The mental is
from the intense pain. Target, if capable of taking mental damage, must
resist both damages. Every two boxes of damage reduce the
appropriate attributes, physical or mental, by one. The damage caused
is perminant; the only way to heal it is utilizing a ritual team of at least
4 magicians and a spirit/elemental. Not even technology can help.

This spell is nasty in three respects; the amount of damage caused, the
time it is caused in, and the potential for a vortex. The damage amount
is stated, but the time is not. When this spell is cast, the target must
resist EVERY COMBAT PHASE! That is, if Ralph the Mage uses this
spell against your character in phase 23, you resist in 23, 22, 21, 20
etc. But, the magician gets nailed too. He/she must roll the spell dice
(for purposes of damage) and resist drain every combat phase that
he/she sustains the spell.

The magician has one other problem. Reality has a certain threshold
that will allow bending, but when this is breached, Vortexes form. In the
game, the threshold is measured in net successes. When ever a
magician rolls for damage, the successes do not count for upstaging.
Instead, they are placed in a seperate pool. If this success pool every
reaches 6+Magic Rating of the magician, the target is instantly
destroyed, totally collapsed. But this intense gravity caused by mana
rips a hole in the physical relm, creating a Vortex. The base force of
the Vortex is the force of the spell, range multiple is equal to Magic

This spell can affect anything.
Date: Wed, 1 Mar 1995 15:25:12 EST (GMT-5)
From: Shadowdancer <BRIDDLE@*****>
To: "J.D. Falk" <JDFALK@****.COM>
Subject: Shadowlore II

. . . I have an errata for the Astral Vortexes.
Where it talks about the opposed tests, add this: If the character wins
the test, s/he can move away from the center a number a meters
equal to STR x successes. If the Vortex wins, the character is pulled
toward the center a number of meters equal to base force x
. . .

-------------========== J.D. Falk <jdfalk@****.com> =========-------------
| NERPS Project Leader (Editor & General Motivator), Keeper of the FAQ |
--------========== ==========--------
Message no. 2
From: Mike Ruane <Nethicus@***.COM>
Date: Sat, 4 Mar 1995 20:11:06 -0500
Oh, hell yeah! I second that damn revokation request! Moderate drain to
create an ASTRAL VORTEX? Blow me down and call me thumper.

Mike, TGC
Message no. 3
From: Doctor Doom <jch8169@*******.TAMU.EDU>
Date: Sat, 4 Mar 1995 21:13:04 -0600
I should express my support for the contemporary movement to bring about
the revocation of the spell, Implosion. The present Drain code is, in my
opinion, completely and conspicuously inadequate to express the magnitude
of power manipulated and unleashed by this spell, not e'en considering as
to whe'er it transcends the scope of the game system.

I mean, what shall we have next? Total protonic reversal?

"I'm sorta fuzzy on this whole good/bad thing. Whaddaya mean bad?"

"Try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously as every
molecule in your body explodes at the speed of light."

"Total protonic reversal."

"Okay, THAT'S BAD ... safety tip. Thanks, Egon."

-- Drs. Ray Stantz, Peter Venkman, Egon Spengler, from "Ghostbusters"

Colonel Count von Hohenzollern und von Doom, DMSc, DSc, PhD.

Doom Technologies & Weapon Systems -- Dark Thought Publications
>>> Working on solutions best left in the dark.
[ Doctor Doom : jch8169@******* ]
"Attack, attack, and when in doubt, ATTACK!" -- Frederick the Great of Prussia
Message no. 4
From: Ken Webb <hbphy009@****.CSUN.EDU>
Date: Sat, 4 Mar 1995 19:22:26 -0700
I vote to have it revoked also.

-=Ken Webb=- <hbphy009@****>
"Of all the things I lost, I miss my mind the most."
Message no. 5
Date: Sun, 5 Mar 1995 06:04:58 EST
Arrrrggggggghhhhhhh! And people said my particle beam spell was a little
over the edge! Evidently they didn't look at this one. I toos in my vote
for revokation.

-Reaver (3:51:15/3-5-95)
Message no. 6
Date: Mon, 6 Mar 1995 08:40:50 MDT

I see that the Implosion spell has been looked at and munched most
effectively. My only response is that a spell of that great a power
should have a great side effect. It seems on the level of some of
the Indian magic described in the intro to SR. As I recall the drain
in that ritual was not measured on an individual basis, but rather,
on the number of people who died while helping to cast it.

Also, has anybody out there read the original _Bladerunner_ novel? I
don't mean the movie. It has nothing, well, very little to do with
the original. Think of it as a cross between _1984_ and _The Stand_.
Whole scale death and destruction, all from a little virus.
Unfortunately, I can't find a copy of it now. If anyone out there
can, scope it out, I think it adapted quite well to the adventure I
ran using the same premise. Nothing like world wide destruction to
make the world go 'round.

Theoretical Anomaly
Message no. 7
From: "Robert A. Hayden" <hayden@*******.MANKATO.MSUS.EDU>
Date: Mon, 6 Mar 1995 11:05:03 -0600
I don't think ther is a Bladerunner novel.

I believbe that the moveie Bladerunner is based on the short story "Do
Androids Dream of Electronic Sheep".

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Message no. 8
From: Lucas M Amodio <amodiolm@********.ROSE-HULMAN.EDU>
Date: Mon, 6 Mar 1995 14:05:39 -0500
I read the book/novel 'Bladerunner' or 'Do Androids Dream of Electronic
Sheep". It is required
reading in our SF Liturature class. It was a little bizarre for my tastes, but it does

Lucas Amodio

*Heaven is playing pranks on a Malkavian*

There is nothing funny about madness.

Marc A. Renouf
Message no. 9
From: Guy Swartwood <gswartwo@*********.WICHITAKS.NCR.COM>
Date: Mon, 6 Mar 1995 13:17:00 PST
Robert A. Hayden wrote.

>I don't think ther is a Bladerunner novel.

>I believbe that the moveie Bladerunner is based on the short story "Do
>Androids Dream of Electronic Sheep".

You are correct.
Message no. 10
From: Thaine Lyman <CantSurf@**.NETCOM.COM>
Date: Tue, 7 Mar 1995 23:34:21 -0800
Regarding this text:
>>Shadowlore II
>>New spell: Implosion
>>Type: Physical Range: LOS Target:
>>Body/Willpower (R)
>>Damage: (F+3)M (spcl) Duration: Sustained Drain: (F/2)+3 M

I hate to point this out, but on top of everything else, this is a
SUSTAINED spell?!?!?!? (!!!) That would mean, if you were feeling
REALLY nasty, you could spell lock this thing into an area, could you

Hmm. One permanently devastating, ever-increasing black hole, coming up,
I would think.


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