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Grombrindal

Member Since 31 Mar 2008
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In Topic: [OOC] Wulfgard: World's Edge

06 April 2017 - 06:52 PM

Name: Siduil Flintjaw

Gender: Male

 

Race: Dwarf

Subrace: Mountain

 

Appearance: 

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Short (even for a dwarf) and somewhat flabby, Sid is never without his toolbox and adjustable goggles. His white beard is kept fairly short for a dwarf and is always tied into braids, to prevent it from getting caught in the many moving parts of his myriad inventions.

 

Affinity: Magma

Deity: Odin

Faction: None

Talents:

  • Education (a self-taught savant with an admittedly poor attention span and constant thirst for knowledge, Sid is well-versed in many diverse fields, including Old Achaean history and language)
  • Arcane Lore (a former runemaster, Sid has an innate knowledge of runes and magic of many sorts)
  • Herbalism (alchemy is little more than engineering for plants, after all)
  • Diplomacy (securing funding for his inventions is a perpetual problem for Sid, and he's become very skilled at haggling and bartering as a result - and apologising when devices go awry)

Attributes:

Strength: 3

Agility: 3 (2)

Constitution: 4 (6)

Perception: 7

Intelligence: 15

Spirit: 4

Luck: 6

 

Weapon(s): Sid is not a fighter. Some of his tools could be pressed into use as weapons, but he finds violence distasteful and his equipment is far too highly calibrated to risk damage via bludgeoning.

 

Trinkets: Most of Sid's equipment is kept in his workshop, and the oft-volatile nature of his work means he tries not to become too sentimentally attached to most of his possessions - one stray pinch of chemicals and he often finds himself singed, covered in soot and homeless. Despite this, Sid's tools are his lifeblood. Mostly handcrafted or improved, his tools are some of the finest examples of dwarven craftsmanship in the world. He also lugs a straw-filled cloth mannequin roughly his size he has named Snorri the Ninth. It has a large, smiling face painted on it. Nobody asks what happened to the last eight Snorris.

 

Biography: Siduil studied the world for longer than many dwarves have been alive. Deep within the mountains, Siduil gorged himself on knowledge - books, scrolls, inscriptions were his bread and butter. A compulsive learner and savant, Siduil found most fields came easy to him - except for runic magic. While he developed a near-encyclopedic knowledge of runic theory, Siduil lacked the gift to channel magic the way his dwarven brethren could, and so he turned to science. His first attempts to recreate - or, perhaps, improve upon - runic magic were a dismal failure. Alchemy and potions could only go so far, and Siduil's gadgets and gizmos were fiddly and prone to falling apart at the slightest provocation. The runemasters were wary, however, and Siduil's people grew tired of the constant mishaps that plagued the inventor, and he was firmly 'encouraged' to pursue his 'discoveries' elsewhere.

 

If anything, exposure the surface world inspired Siduil, and he threw himself into his craft with gusto. He observed burrowing moles with delight, and sought to reproduce their way of tunneling. Soaring eagles inspired him to try to take to the skies (his subsequent misadventures with canvas sheets forming makeshift wings have cowed him somewhat, but he believes the principle to be sound). It was when his journey took him to the seaside, however, that his imagination was stoked once more. Time spent on a ship sailing the Boreal Sea exposed him to the aquatic creatures of the north - the furred seals and horned narwhals of the ocean captivated him. He ventured south (to warmer climates) and began to tinker again. The ocean would be his next great folly.

 


In Topic: 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio, #Straya

23 August 2016 - 11:36 PM

You did call us 'bloody cheating Aussies' and wanted to boycott the Olympics soooooo

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AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE

(I kid :P)

In Topic: 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio, #Straya

23 August 2016 - 07:21 PM

Arguing that population increases skill level when the Fiji team stomped EVERYONE seems kinda... not right?

Well that's more sport and culture. The US were clear favorites in basketball which isn't surprising given it's a sport played predominantly in the US, same as ice hockey for countries like Canada - other countries just don't play. Fiji is huge on rugby, particularly rugby sevens, and it was the only event they won a medal in for the entire Olympics. Individual athlete skill is a definite factor, yeah, but bigger countries send more athletes with more money backing them and tend to win more medals as a result.

In Topic: 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio, #Straya

23 August 2016 - 05:38 PM

But Occy, how can Australia be the best sporting nation on Earth if they can't even win in real sports, aka winter sports?

In all seriousness, I wasn't expecting Canada to crack the top 10 of the Summer Games, but I think we did well.

The Winter Olympics is in a couple of years in South Korea, and then we'll see who's laughing.

We don't even have a winter so we're at a severe disadvantage from the outset. :P Plus you're forgetting our national hero:
 

 

*raises hand*
 
How does population count affect how many medals a country gets? I mean, China beats us in population, but we got nearly twice as many medals as they did. I'm not seeing the correlation you Aussies apparently are. :V

There's a definite impact of population on sporting success (although you can take that second one with a grain of salt because it's from an Australian paper) - when you're drawing from a much larger population pool, you're directly increasing the number of 'elite' athletes. The other factor is, of course, money - the US has plenty to throw at athletes where a country like China doesn't. Consider how much it costs for an athlete to break out onto even the national scene - a lot of potential superathletes in poorer countries wouldn't be able to afford that kind of investment so we might never see them. You guys also sent 554 athletes (according to friend Wikipedia) which is over a hundred more than the next closest, China, at 412. That's a lot of extra chances to win medals.

In Topic: 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio, #Straya

22 August 2016 - 12:29 PM

That's possibly something to do with the fsct the US has 15 times more people than Australia...