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Gaming / Re: What are you playing?
« on: May 11, 2019, 05:20:18 pm »
I'm actually getting over it really quick. It's crazy repetitive and I get ambushed literally every ten seconds.

Game is complicated.

Getting ambushed means to me, usually anyway...:

1) Not enough troops. Need leadership to have lots of troops, recruit them at town. Don't overdo leadership though, 2-3 starting is fine, up to 5 max... Over 30+ will take you off the menu for most bandits, 50+ will take you off the menu for nearly all of them. Troop order matters, there is a move up and move down -- put the shield wall in front at the top of the list, archers behind them, etc. In the Party menu, train them up, but make sure you have a good mix. You don't want all tanks, all archers, all cavalry. When you're really new in the game stay out of the Khergit and Sarranid areas -- the bands have lances (which insta-delete you), horses, and lots of bows.

2) No pathfinding. Find Borcha or Deshavi at a tavern, Borcha is better. You can put two points of your skills points in that as well, since you need to do this for a party bonus. Pathfinding = travel speed, and spotting is important too. Tracking, not so much... Spotting affects how much of the map is revealed to you at once. Right trigger on main map accelerates time, hope you know that. (I spent days running around at crawling the map speed. :D)

Having to re-roll is common, because it's easy to screw up. Basically, you want good melee/range skills, training, 2 points in most "support skills" to boost companions, and slowly bring up leadership until your troops are "happy" in morale. (don't raise this until you see them "dipping" in the party menu often, and food variety isn't helping.)

If the game is too hard, go into options and reduce settings. You can make the AI dumber, slow down the combat, reduce the number of enemies you have to face at once, etc. No shame in doing that at all.

You can also order troops with your voice, and the right d-pad and there is a "Drag the flag" option on the left dpad (which also shows you statistics). These only work in battle of course, but let you pretty much exactly order the way your troops move. By default, "Charge" is the order... Charge makes your archers run into the calvary, not so good. :D

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Gaming / Re: What are you playing?
« on: May 10, 2019, 11:16:51 pm »
Dye works? You mean I can buy stores and stuff?

I basically did tournaments till I stopped beating them lol.

How do I find sieges ?

Yeah, dyeworks is a thing you purchase to make you money. :D

Sieges, you can make them happen by attacking towns/castles or you can jump into fights already going on. You have to be a mercenary or a vassal of a liege to be able to fight them. The game broadcasts a message every time a siege is happening, so you just run to that place and jump into the fight. Most of the time the enemies will stand around for a minute before actually getting in combat, so don't just charge right in. :D

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General LHP Discussion / Re: Power magical circle
« on: May 10, 2019, 10:12:04 pm »
Not particularly interested in Egyptian Pantheons, but why do you think it matters? :D (A far more interesting question to me.)


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General LHP Discussion / Re: Outline of a Black Magic Rite
« on: May 10, 2019, 09:53:10 pm »
I have bumped this thread to maybe inspire other Sorcerers/Sorceresses of this forum and the O.S. to create and/or share some of their own customized Magical invocations and rites they use and that work for them.

Practice makes perfect.

I appreciate the aesthetics of such rituals, but never use them myself since I use a much different way of working. I may use a simple ritual to connect to a new force in the demonic divine, but after I have a lock on it's mostly a process of inducing a trance, linking to the power called, and then putting it in motion with intent. Once I have the "vibe" of the power calling on it is like dialing a phone. Simpler to explain than to do, I guess.

However, I am always of the school of "that which works, is good" and "whatever gets 'er done". Working for working sake is of course irrelevant, and you should be keeping score with what I call the "catastrophic catharsis". The changes will be noticeable and abrupt -- if you don't notice them get back to the drawing board. Contrary to LaVey's opinion of it being akin to mental masturbation, I use a much different scoring system -- if what you're doing isn't getting you what you want, why bother? :D I have no need to feel spooky, that I am getting away with something, or to intimidate the plebs with my weirdness. I'm doing certain acts to achieve certain results -- and the results are the only thing that is important.

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Gaming / Re: What are you playing?
« on: May 10, 2019, 09:26:59 pm »
Well Mount and Blade is crazy addicting. How do I level up though?

1) Up to level 5, just stay in a big town fighting in the arena (doing the quick matches)

2) After that, just start doing tournaments for money / renown. 100+ renown, become a vassal. Some leveling to be had just winning them. Also, start taking quests from lords/kings and getting those done -- the best quests for XP are fighting the bandit lairs, so talk to the lord that owns the town near them for the quest. Stay away from starting war, intrigue, and quests like that. During war, free prisoners. (There are several ways to do that, but easiest is pay nearby town to light their panic fire then "diguise yourself"... sneak in, kill the guard at the door for the keys and then enter the jail... break out the guy, but don't let him help you fight -- they'll die. :D) If you find a prisoner, don't free him immediately go to his family members (using the game info) and talk to them -- they should give you a quest for lots of XP/honor/renown to free the relative. Also, near Rivacheg is a lot of Sea Raiders with decent starting armor/weapons. Kill the hell out of them to arm up companions/self.

3) Defend towns/castles on sieges, just camp the top of the ramps and whack. Keep pushing into the ramp until you get there, if you can't get there just jump up while you swing. :D (Can usually get a level per siege if you keep doing this... it's really nice.)

4) Use the tournament winnings to buy dyeworks so you can start getting income, the best dyeworks is in Rivacheg it'll give you about 1000+ a week when you're not at war with whoever owns it.

The game is pretty complex though, so don't be afraid to google the hell out of it.


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Gaming / Re: What are you playing?
« on: April 27, 2019, 08:20:09 pm »
Mount & Blade: Warband on the Xbox. :D

What?! I thought that game like vanished. Where'd you get it?


Was on a $5 sale on Xbox Store, it's still up there though for a few more bucks. ($19.99)

I've spent about $30 on the last three games I've purchased, lol. (Got Witcher 3 for $10 as well.)

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Gaming / Re: What are you playing?
« on: April 27, 2019, 05:33:35 am »
Mount & Blade: Warband on the Xbox. :D

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General LHP Discussion / Re: Marriage without Paper
« on: April 27, 2019, 05:32:40 am »
So my S.O. and I had discussed simply telling people we are husband and wife. I mean, we are in everything but paper. Even both wear our bands. We plan to get it legalized, it's just a matter of getting parents down here and having some money. I felt a bit silly about doing this, like it  was similar to playing house, or pretending your high school girlfriend was your wife. But all the emotion and loyalty and commitment is there. And I realized as a LHPer I certainly shouldn't rely on state recognition to live my true life.

IDK, what are your thoughts?

Dunno, if you know you're both not going anywhere it makes certain things easier -- like insurance, taxes, and of course who gets your stuff if something happens to one of you. Also, if you get any sort of benefits like retirement/401k/pension if you're not married on paper all claims to those assets are dissolved upon your passing. Sure, I think both of you are young enough to not necessarily have to worry about d-day, but it doesn't hurt to have your ducks in a row, so to speak.

Also, if children are in the future now you have someone else to make sure will retain your assets in such an unlikely event. Anyway, I'm more of the "expect for the best, but plan for the worst" sort of guy so I didn't think about it too long. I'd never be with anyone else either, regardless of that paper -- but, in the end it was about financials, inheritance law, and so on. It's just the prudent choice at the end of the day.

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Satanism / Re: CoS Tax Exemption Truths and Falsehoods
« on: April 26, 2019, 10:29:28 pm »
I asked Dr. Aquino if he could provide documents but they are "in storage". All I will say in my great overall respect for the man is I would not have something so controversial lost in storage.

It doesn't trouble me in either case whether they're tax exempt or not, it's merely how you'd like the government to deal with you. There are also other concerns as well -- for example, if you are involved in politics in any remote way 501(c) is typically bad for you. This is, of course, is why it's very curious that TST did it -- since that predominately seems what they're involved in doing. :D (If the IRS can demonstrate you are involved in politics they can revoke your tax exempt status and you are liable for back taxes.)

Anyway, most real Satanic/LHP groups are so low-key they're not even recording the information it'd take to tax them. I personally see little to no value to advertise to the government my religious inclinations, nor does seeking government approval lend any credibility to your organization in a real way.

Mostly, to me, this just seems like another way for various detractors to jab at various organizations or attempt to appear more legitimate. It's comical either way you look at it, really.

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Satanism / Re: Can one worship Satan and other pantheons?
« on: April 26, 2019, 08:19:52 pm »
My understanding of 'worship' is relative to the word 'supplicate', Theistic Satanism or spiritual Satanism is the umbrella term for religious beliefs that consider Satan as an objectively existing supernatural being or force worthy of supplication, with whom individuals may contact, convene and even praise, rather than him being just an archetype, symbol or idea as in LaVeyan Satanism.

The word 'Supplication' means the action of asking or begging for something earnestly or humbly", it deserves attention from the definition in that this is a key difference between Theistic and non-Theistic Satanism. Non-Theistic Satanism/Luciferianism has no supplication involved, does not believe in deities other than archetypal structures, or symbols.

Theistic Satanism really has nothing to do with outsiders to the religion think. Its foundation lies in a direct personal experience of communion with Satan in whatever way that uniquely manifests to the individual. That's it, the end, stop there. We're not Christian's looking for our deity to bail us out of our life problems, or conversely blaming Jehovah for them. Nor, do we think appealing to Satan (who certainly would have better things to do) to intercede on our behalf is productive. We're blessed enough with that bond and require nothing else. Worship also has several meanings, and one of them is simply to honor someone -- that is a main focus of a theistic Satanists practice but it isn't done in the same vein as mainstream religions. Being grateful and being subservient aren't the same thing naturally.

In contrast, theistic Satanism isn't so much about believing anything but rather knowing it directly. It's not so much a faith, at least in the classical understanding of the term, even though there are outward similarities. Anytime someone asks me, "What are your beliefs?" I cringe -- that's missing the point of theistic Satanism entirely. It's not about getting you to think this way or that it's about developing a connection. Whether that's valuable to you or not is something each of us has to answer for ourselves.

I don't particularly see any value to the poo-pooing of supplication either as that method of devotion suits some people's natures more readily and if it achieves the end result (in this case a direct awareness of Satan) then it's all perfectly valid. But, this is just personal tastes insofar as an individual Satanist not something that establishes the quality of one's philosophy or approach.

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Lounge / Re: satanist friends irl
« on: April 26, 2019, 01:00:45 pm »
Nope :(

Yeah, me neither at least in my early adult years -- well, except my wife. Dunno, does that count? :D

As time went on though I've met plenty through unrelated mutual interests in horror films / comics, music, and so on. So, doing the quick count perhaps about ten total IRL. None of us have done anything together due to some being atheistic, some theistic, and some just kinda dark pagan / Wiccan but digging on the dark lord more than the Goddess, etc. (But, I'd still count them since they venerate Satan not some anthropomorphic/composite Horned God idea.)

Anyway, been at this awhile and todays Satanist is often tomorrows something else -- people are pretty fickle these days and it seems like they try out religions like others switch their underwear. However, it can be pretty entertaining to have someone to converse with directly about various subjects IF they can check their ego at the door, so to speak. (LaVey Satanists annoy me the most in that regard, typically.)

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Satanism / Re: Can one worship Satan and other pantheons?
« on: March 09, 2019, 10:20:15 am »
Absolutely, Satan is just one form of this being, who has always been part of a greater pantheon. I mainly have been working with other Egyptian deities, a few Hebrew entities, and lately Mephisopheles.

From where I sit, I don't ascribe to this, but I understand where you are coming from. To me, all these energies are very different things. But, that being said, there is great value in reaching out and having direct knowledge of these things. You're a Satanist, you make the rules, you can talk to anything you want. :D

But, that being said, I experience "Satan" as different from supposed cultural equivalents... to me they're all different folks.

This sort of prompts me to write, btw... I'm thinking about things like cultural and blood connections (which is most of the non-Satan deities I work with). Anyway, it's an interesting subject... People seem to think blood does not matter, but if you find out your genealogy you will find immediate connections with those spiritual beings very easy. Anyway, something to explore.

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Satanism / Re: Can one worship Satan and other pantheons?
« on: March 09, 2019, 10:03:34 am »
As much as I feel drawn to Satan and the demons, I've always felt drawn to the Nordic gods as well and didn't really know how to go about working with two pantheons, or if that would make me less dedicated to Satan.

Thanks guys/gals for any info I receive.

My experience, is that Satan isn't some jealous Jehovah. :D He's my bro, he's fam, but he doesn't care if I date other girls. :D

Anyway, there are all sorts of legit reasons to add additional pantheons to one's realm of experience. If anything, it lets you know the gods don't exist in enmity.

I work with Celtic and Greek pantheons if they suit me, which many of them do, but I'm completely a Satanist through and through.

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General LHP Discussion / Re: Do you believe in spirits?
« on: March 07, 2019, 10:35:10 am »
I don't believe in anything... :D

However, determining whether these are discreet entities or consciousness is just an infinite neural network is impossible for me. It seems to me, from my perspective, a little column a & b.

That being said, it becomes rather silly to think in terms of "that which they can affect" and so on, if that initial statement is true, then the answer is nearly everything. But, we could argue that the same is true of one's own local environment on a smaller scale in relation to oneself. Now, take that self, connect it to all the the others, and theoretically there is no limit in that understanding. Of course, then the me, you, spirit, god, and so on separation becomes a challenging thought.  More of a glass-half empty/full dilemma -- how would you like to look at it and so on? :D

If anything, the on-going debate in LHP circles about this very matter implies the somewhat subtle truth of the thing -- like water, it's willing to take whatever shape of the container you want to place it in. Call it an archetype, a form, an entity, a part of oneself, and strangely enough it fits. Perhaps, my initial statement, in that regard, is closer to the actual truth. :D

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General LHP Discussion / Re: suicide
« on: February 28, 2019, 02:09:22 am »
Far be it from me to criticize suicide, there are plenty of useless people taking up space. Suicide is a perfect mechanism to cleanse the human genetic material of the inferior models.

But, that being said I think most of the people whom actually succeed have easily resolvable problems and are probably just too lazy to sort them out. It's easier to give up than to face your difficulties. So, I guess I think it's a display of weakness if anything. From that perspective, as a Satanist I reject it. In this case, I think the only person that act of suicide impresses is "you". But, for what trouble it takes to accomplish, you might ass well get off your ass and do something that makes you proud and happy. Never give up, never surrender. (Yeah, Galaxy Quest quote here, lol.)

As far as my cosmological knowledge of the afterlife -- this is one life of many, I neither view one's soul or spirit to die (since it was never born). Thus, from that perspective suicide is equally worthless. Maybe from that angle, I could make the argument of "your life could be so bad, maybe you should just re-roll the dice". But, I digress, since you could end up worse off -- you just have no way of knowing. Thus, even from that perspective it seems pretty unappealing and lacks any finite resolution to the dilemma. In the end, you're probably at step two and just sorting out your shit as best as you can.

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