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Official r/NFL Week 6 Power Rankings

Week 6 Official NFL Power Rankings are here! With almost half of the top ten teams losing and almost half of bottom ten winning, look for shakeups galore. Who's ready to be mad? Discuss! 32/32 Reporting
# Team Δ Record Comment
1. Chiefs +2 5-1 The Chiefs bounced back in a big way against the Bills by...running the ball? Kansas City rushed for the most yards in a game since 2012, and this was the most rushing yards by an Andy Reid led team ever. Clyde Edwards-Helaire had an impressive night running the ball behind a patchwork offensive line that still had an amazing day. Nick Allegretti and Daniel Kilgore, especially, performed amazingly. If this rushing attack can continue and the defense can continue to also play well, the Chiefs will add another sorely needed dimension to their arsenal. An arsenal Le'Veon Bell is now powering up.
2. Seahawks -- 5-0 Week 6 saw the Seahawks become the only undefeated team left in the NFC. Look for that to continue this week in Arizona. Russell Unlimited is coming for that MVP vote baby. 😎
3. Ravens +1 5-1 5-1 going into the bye with an offense that does not look great, but the 20+ streak lives on another week. The Ravens really fought off some refball valiantly as the game ended, but that defense was ferocious, and the offense can keep experimenting as teams get HUMPED!!!!!
4. Steelers +2 5-0 Although the Steelers have one less game played for cumulative stats, even on average, the defense is near the top of the NFL in most categories. A depleted Browns team found that out the hard way when their promising start was interrupted with a rude wake-up call, courtesy of Pittsburgh's defense. Cleveland came into that game arguably the hottest rushing team in the league and were held to just 75 yards. Now, after 4 straight home games, the Steelers have to try and continue this pace with 4 of 5 on the road starting at Tennessee to decide who will potentially be left with a perfect record in the AFC.
5. Titans -- 5-0 Derrick Henry had another 200+ 2 TD rushing game and outgained the Jets, Bears, Giants, Browns and Packers in total yards on Sunday. All attention turns to the upcoming battle of two 5-0 teams against the Steelers.
6. Packers -5 4-1 apolgy for poor run d. when were you when aron threw pick6? i was at house eating dorito when phone ring. "aron is kil". "no"
7. Buccaneers +6 4-2 The Buccaneers played a romper stomper on Sunday, upsetting the undefeated Packers 38-10 (after starting down 10-0). Ronald Jones rolled through his third straight 100 yard rushing game, the defense generated 24 pressures on Aaron Rodgers (including 2 interceptions), and 0 penalties were committed. If this is the Buccaneer football the team produces for the rest of the year, they will be a contender deep into playoffs. Next up, the Las Vegas Raiders, where Center Rodney Hudson is expected to go AWOL in Tijuana the night before the big game.
8. Bills -1 4-2 The Bills are reeling off of two straight losses, and for the first time in years most of the blame can go on the defense. No semblance of a pass rush, and an anemic run D have plagued the team in two consecutive weeks now. With that being said: the Bills are 4-2, lead their division by a game, go into what should be a “gimme” against an awful Jets team, and Josh Allen is still a franchise QB. Things could be a lot better, but they could also be a whole lot worse.
9. Rams -1 4-2 The 2020 NLCS had it all: Close battles, big blowouts, amazing defensive plays, grand slams, TOOTBLANs, and best of all, blowing a 3-1 lead. The Dodgers are now headed to their third World Series in four years, and while immensely grateful to the Rays for eliminating the cheaters, after a decade of postseason pain, the mantra among Dodger fans is “please just win it this time.”
10. Bears +4 5-1 Have the Bears earned your respect yet? Their defense continues to flash hard hits, rattle quarterbacks, and keep teams out of the endzone. The Monsters rank in the top (bottom?) 6 in points allowed, yards/play allowed, touchdowns given up, and third down conversions. They lead the league in red zone defense too -- allowing opponents to score a touchdown on only 36%! of red zone possesions. The biggest weakness of this team is clearly the offensive line, which can't seem to find a way to open up room to run no matter who they're facing. The next three games (@LAR, NOS, @TEN) may determine for many if the Bears are contenders or simply good-but-not-great.
11. Raiders -1 3-2 The Raiders score points on 56% of their drives, averaging 3.04 points per drive, both of which are near, or tops in the league. They will need to keep scoring at a similar or better pace against the Bucs who are coming off a very strong win against the Packers this week. The Raiders have a few key players returning from injury this week which should help bolster their defense which is coming off a strong performance against the Chiefs their last time out. Holding them to only 8 points in the second half of the Raiders dominant win.
12. Saints -1 3-2 Much like how Fulcanelli, it's clear Sean Payton possesses great knowledge which can be used to improve his team, but he needs to ensure it doesn't get lost; as with Fulcanelli's knowledge after the Liberation of Paris. The Saints need to put the bye round to good use to ensure this team snaps out of the mire of mediocrity it's been stuck in to start the season lest the resurgent Bucs and Panthers overtake them.
13. Cardinals +3 4-2 That was one of the more memorable Monday Night Football games for Cardinals fans. The Red Rifle had Cardinal hunting in mind, but Budda Baker and the defense were having none of it as they mostly shut down the Cowboy offense and created 4 turnovers. On offense Murray's throws were a little off, but the team seemed much more balanced and fluid as Kenyan Drake had a huge game on the ground. Hopefully the team can use this as momentum as they'll face a well rested division leading Seahawks team next week.
14. Colts +1 4-2 The Colts dug themselves out from under a 21-0 deficit and managed to escape with a 31-27 victory on Sunday. The death of Phillip Rivers has been postponed temporarily; 17 made it happen in his best game as a Colt to date. Extra shout out to Jack Doyle for hauling in a beautiful TD. At 4-2, Indy looks to catch up with the resurgent Titans for control of the AFC South.
15. Browns -6 4-2 Browns fans have a lot to reflect on after the Steelers game. The Browns will take on the Bengals, at home, in a game everyone is sure to tune into.
16. 49ers +2 3-3 The return of Emmanuel Moseley changed the entire look of the defense. Instead of being a weakness, the secondary looked like the strength of the defense against the Rams this week. On the other side of the ball, the Offensive line played a flawless game, allowing 0 sacks on Jimmy G. Both sides of the football will have to be at the top of their game for the stretch of games ahead (@NE, @Sea, GB, @NO, @LAR).
17. Patriots -5 2-3 Hard to gauge what's going on with the team without practice, that being said they did not look great against the Broncos. Pats need a boring week of normalcy leading up to the Niners.
18. Dolphins +1 2-3 Between Mike Gesicki, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Christian Wilkins the Dolphins players are clearly representing the fanbase's excitement for the team very, very well! And while everyone is happy that we finally saw Tua on the field for a couple of passes in mop-up duty after another well won game over a bad team, it clearly meant something more for Tua to get on the field for the first time since his injury in college.
19. Panthers -2 3-3 For a lot of people, failing against the Bears will come as a "We are who they thought they were" moment for the Panthers. But a closer look reveals this: The Panthers have either been in control of or within one possession of every single game they've played in 2020. It's likely not our year, but that's an impressive feat for a team that was supposed to be one of the League's worst going into the season.
20. Chargers +1 1-4 The Chargers didn't blow it this weekend, and about six livers are probably thankful for it. Now the rest of the week can be spent worrying about how this team could shoot itself in the foot against the super spoopy Jaguars.
21. Broncos +5 2-3 242 yards. For a running back or a wide receiver, that'd be an all-time great game. For Brandon McManus, that's just another day at the office. On the leg of their longest-tenured active player, plus a little help from the active hands of Shelby Harris, the Broncos exited Massachusetts with their first win in Foxborough since Jake Plummer. A season not quite dead and not quite alive gets its next test when Mahomes comes to town on Sunday.
22. Lions +3 2-3 A Lions win delivers happiness, excitement, and confusion. Not that the Lions beat the lowly Jaguars, but the Lions dominated from the first snap. They held the lead for the entire game, and beat the Jaguars on both sides of the ball. HC Matt Patricia stated they would be "simplifying" the defense in order to have results NOW, and god damn it finally worked. Does this save his job? No, but consistent performances like that will definitely earn a second look. Next week at ATL, are the teams going to fight over who gets to blow the double digit lead first? Tune in next week!
23. Texans -- 1-5 From the beginning to the very last seconds the Texans were in the game and pushing to win. Aggression was their watchword and for the first time in a long time the Texans were undeniably entertaining to watch. The difference in the team since BoB's firing is obvious, and I think fans can be rightfully proud of this team again. When the worst part of a game was having to listen to Rich Gannon demonstrate loudly how little he knows about strategy, you know it's been a Sunday afternoon well spent.
24. Eagles -- 1-4-1 The Philadelphia Eagles Practice Squad did their best against the Ravens but were unable to complete the comeback. Injuries and losses continue to pile up with virtually no end in sight. The only saving grace: the NFC East is so historically bad that the Eagles, with 1 win in 6 games, sit in 2nd place.
25. Cowboys -5 2-4 The Dallas Cowboys have continued their drunken shuffle sideways, falling the least far from the top of shit mountain. They rotated out which key players were injured, so that was a nice change of pace. Fans have started to shift playoff expectations from a potential Superb Owl push to picking in the early 20s with a 5-11 record.
26. Falcons +4 1-5 Prospective employers are crossing Dan Quinn off in droves, whose incompetent body of work at this point is nothing short of a creative masterpiece. Under new leadership Atlanta looks as sleek as their new jerseys, holding a lead for the first win of the season. Meanwhile, fans have undergone the quickest 180 in recent memory, from Trevor tanking to 11-5 hopefuls in just under five business days.
27. Vikings -5 1-5 Justin Jefferson's stat line from Sunday: 9 catches, 166 yards, 2 TDs, 1 reason to live.
28. Bengals -1 1-4-1 How to lose close games and & alienate players. A memoir by Zac Taylor, coming soon.
29. Washington FT -1 1-5 Washington Football Team and the Giants both came in with aspirations of being the least in the east but when it came time to win the game, Washington showed true losing heart and just wanted it less.
30. Jaguars -1 1-5 The Jacksonville Jaguars are very bad at the sport of American football. Fans call for leadership changes, however it seems the beatings will continue until morale improves.
31. Giants -- 1-5 An ugly win is still a win. But boy, was this one ugly. Staredowns and inexplicable lobs into the air resulting in picks continue to plague Daniel Jones, and the offensive playcalling leaves much to be desired. Thankfully, the defense continues to (mostly) impress. The Giants have little time for celebration on their first win of the season, though, as they'll head to Philly on a short week to see who wants to lose the NFC East title more.
32. Jets -- 0-6 Immediately following the game in Miami, the Jets traded DL Steve McLendon to the Bucs, who promptly got into his car and drove straight to Tampa. We should all be so luc
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The Imperial Council - /r/eu4 Weekly General Help Thread: October 27 2020

Please check our previous Imperial Council thread for any questions left unanswered
 
Welcome to the Imperial Council of eu4, where your trusted and most knowledgeable advisors stand ready to help you in matters of state and conquest.
This thread is for any small questions that don't warrant their own post, or continued discussions for your next moves in your Ironman game. If you'd like to channel the wisdom and knowledge of the master tacticians of this subreddit, and more importantly not ruin your Ironman save, then you've found the right place!
Important: If you are asking about a specific situation in your game, please post screenshots of any relevant map modes (diplomatic, political, trade, etc) or interface tabs (economy, military, ideas, etc). Please also explain the situation as best you can. Alliances, army strength, ideas, tech etc. are all factors your advisors will need to know to give you the best possible answer.
 

Tactician's Library:

Below is a list of resources that are helpful to players of all skill levels, meant to assist both those asking questions as well as those answering questions. This list is updated as mechanics change, including new strategies as they arise and retiring old strategies that have been left in the dust. You can help me maintain the list by sending me new guides and notifying me when old guides are no longer relevant!

Getting Started

New Player Tutorials

Administration

Diplomacy

Military

Trade

 

Country-Specific Strategy

 

Misc Country Guides Collections

 

Advanced/In-Depth Guides

 
If you have any useful resources not currently in the tactician's library, please share them with me and I'll add them! You can message me or mention my username in a comment by typing Kloiper
Calling all imperial councillors! Many of our linked guides pre-Dharma (1.26) are missing strategy regarding mission trees. Any help in putting together updated guides is greatly appreciated! Further, if you're answering a question in this thread, chances are you've used the EU4 wiki and know how valuable a resource it can be. When you answer a question, consider checking whether the wiki has that information where you would expect to find it, and adding to the wiki if it does not. In fact, anybody can help contribute to the wiki - a good starting point is the work needed page. Before editing the wiki, please read the style guidelines for posting.
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The Imperial Council - /r/eu4 Weekly General Help Thread: November 2 2020

Please check our previous Imperial Council thread for any questions left unanswered
 
Welcome to the Imperial Council of eu4, where your trusted and most knowledgeable advisors stand ready to help you in matters of state and conquest.
This thread is for any small questions that don't warrant their own post, or continued discussions for your next moves in your Ironman game. If you'd like to channel the wisdom and knowledge of the master tacticians of this subreddit, and more importantly not ruin your Ironman save, then you've found the right place!
Important: If you are asking about a specific situation in your game, please post screenshots of any relevant map modes (diplomatic, political, trade, etc) or interface tabs (economy, military, ideas, etc). Please also explain the situation as best you can. Alliances, army strength, ideas, tech etc. are all factors your advisors will need to know to give you the best possible answer.
 

Tactician's Library:

Below is a list of resources that are helpful to players of all skill levels, meant to assist both those asking questions as well as those answering questions. This list is updated as mechanics change, including new strategies as they arise and retiring old strategies that have been left in the dust. You can help me maintain the list by sending me new guides and notifying me when old guides are no longer relevant!

Getting Started

New Player Tutorials

Administration

Diplomacy

Military

Trade

 

Country-Specific Strategy

 

Misc Country Guides Collections

 

Advanced/In-Depth Guides

 
If you have any useful resources not currently in the tactician's library, please share them with me and I'll add them! You can message me or mention my username in a comment by typing Kloiper
Calling all imperial councillors! Many of our linked guides pre-Dharma (1.26) are missing strategy regarding mission trees. Any help in putting together updated guides is greatly appreciated! Further, if you're answering a question in this thread, chances are you've used the EU4 wiki and know how valuable a resource it can be. When you answer a question, consider checking whether the wiki has that information where you would expect to find it, and adding to the wiki if it does not. In fact, anybody can help contribute to the wiki - a good starting point is the work needed page. Before editing the wiki, please read the style guidelines for posting.
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The Imperial Council - /r/eu4 Weekly General Help Thread: October 19 2020

Please check our previous Imperial Council thread for any questions left unanswered
 
Welcome to the Imperial Council of eu4, where your trusted and most knowledgeable advisors stand ready to help you in matters of state and conquest.
This thread is for any small questions that don't warrant their own post, or continued discussions for your next moves in your Ironman game. If you'd like to channel the wisdom and knowledge of the master tacticians of this subreddit, and more importantly not ruin your Ironman save, then you've found the right place!
Important: If you are asking about a specific situation in your game, please post screenshots of any relevant map modes (diplomatic, political, trade, etc) or interface tabs (economy, military, ideas, etc). Please also explain the situation as best you can. Alliances, army strength, ideas, tech etc. are all factors your advisors will need to know to give you the best possible answer.
 

Tactician's Library:

Below is a list of resources that are helpful to players of all skill levels, meant to assist both those asking questions as well as those answering questions. This list is updated as mechanics change, including new strategies as they arise and retiring old strategies that have been left in the dust. You can help me maintain the list by sending me new guides and notifying me when old guides are no longer relevant!

Getting Started

New Player Tutorials

Administration

Diplomacy

Military

Trade

 

Country-Specific Strategy

 

Misc Country Guides Collections

 

Advanced/In-Depth Guides

 
If you have any useful resources not currently in the tactician's library, please share them with me and I'll add them! You can message me or mention my username in a comment by typing Kloiper
Calling all imperial councillors! Many of our linked guides pre-Dharma (1.26) are missing strategy regarding mission trees. Any help in putting together updated guides is greatly appreciated! Further, if you're answering a question in this thread, chances are you've used the EU4 wiki and know how valuable a resource it can be. When you answer a question, consider checking whether the wiki has that information where you would expect to find it, and adding to the wiki if it does not. In fact, anybody can help contribute to the wiki - a good starting point is the work needed page. Before editing the wiki, please read the style guidelines for posting.
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[TOMT][1990s][MOVIE] I used the Brad Pitt Snapchat Filter but my friend says I look like another 90s heartthrob that he hates. WHO IS THIS?

We can't seem to figure out who this is. Apparently he's in romantic comedies and was also in a war movie. Probably from the 90s. Might have black hair. My friend hates all his movies. Could possibly be Italian. Definitely not A-list.
https://imgur.com/a/MuXYAvI
More info from my friend p3animal [IT'S HIS CAKE DAY TODAY - LET'S GET THIS]:
Hi everyone I'm the OP's friend. Thank you so much for all your service on this quest. I hate this actor so fucking much. My brain has literally shut out any idea of what movies I've seen him. He's similar looking to Thomas Ian Nicolas. He has black hair, and has this lower huskieraspier voice that is so grating it makes me want to shove corded drills into my ear lobes. Corded not cordless because they are more powerful.
I know, that with all of your help, we'll crack the code on this.
We are so close...
Guesses that are close: TheFinalGirl84 guessed Thomas Ian Nicholas and he looks just like him but not him unfortunately! punchdrunkwtf and SpacingIsMyGame guessed Adrian Grenier and that was close too.
Gsheet of all the guesses so far. All these should be 'No' but when confirmed will update with 'No': https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ZMByrHZ-80S4ARCbIULoVTTbsgI6-xMPEeseNHaNdxs/edit#gid=0
Edit: My friend hates this guy's guts.
Edit 2: Off to bed but will reply to all the guesses in the morning. We're sooo close!! Thanks everyone!
Edit 3: Holy Shit, there are 50+ more guesses. Sending them to my friend!!
Edit 4: I'll make a gsheet with all the names so it's easy to keep track.
Edit 5: Check gsheet above to see if the person you think it is has already been guessed. Over 130 have been guessed so far.
Edit 6: Went through the entire Italian-American actor list here and it's none of them! :(
Edit 7: p3animal is going through the new ones. EVERY SINGLE ONE WILL BE EXAMINED AND RE-EXAMINED UNTIL WE GET THIS MAN!!
Edit 8: WE NEED A NEW STRATEGY. We'll go through the list again but doesn't seem like it's anyone listed. Maybe this dude was from the 80s and like really not famous.
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The Imperial Council - /r/eu4 Weekly General Help Thread: October 12 2020

Please check our previous Imperial Council thread for any questions left unanswered
 
Welcome to the Imperial Council of eu4, where your trusted and most knowledgeable advisors stand ready to help you in matters of state and conquest.
This thread is for any small questions that don't warrant their own post, or continued discussions for your next moves in your Ironman game. If you'd like to channel the wisdom and knowledge of the master tacticians of this subreddit, and more importantly not ruin your Ironman save, then you've found the right place!
Important: If you are asking about a specific situation in your game, please post screenshots of any relevant map modes (diplomatic, political, trade, etc) or interface tabs (economy, military, ideas, etc). Please also explain the situation as best you can. Alliances, army strength, ideas, tech etc. are all factors your advisors will need to know to give you the best possible answer.
 

Tactician's Library:

Below is a list of resources that are helpful to players of all skill levels, meant to assist both those asking questions as well as those answering questions. This list is updated as mechanics change, including new strategies as they arise and retiring old strategies that have been left in the dust. You can help me maintain the list by sending me new guides and notifying me when old guides are no longer relevant!

Getting Started

New Player Tutorials

Administration

Diplomacy

Military

Trade

 

Country-Specific Strategy

 

Misc Country Guides Collections

 

Advanced/In-Depth Guides

 
If you have any useful resources not currently in the tactician's library, please share them with me and I'll add them! You can message me or mention my username in a comment by typing Kloiper
Calling all imperial councillors! Many of our linked guides pre-Dharma (1.26) are missing strategy regarding mission trees. Any help in putting together updated guides is greatly appreciated! Further, if you're answering a question in this thread, chances are you've used the EU4 wiki and know how valuable a resource it can be. When you answer a question, consider checking whether the wiki has that information where you would expect to find it, and adding to the wiki if it does not. In fact, anybody can help contribute to the wiki - a good starting point is the work needed page. Before editing the wiki, please read the style guidelines for posting.
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The Imperial Council - /r/eu4 Weekly General Help Thread: October 5 2020

Please check our previous Imperial Council thread for any questions left unanswered
 
Welcome to the Imperial Council of eu4, where your trusted and most knowledgeable advisors stand ready to help you in matters of state and conquest.
This thread is for any small questions that don't warrant their own post, or continued discussions for your next moves in your Ironman game. If you'd like to channel the wisdom and knowledge of the master tacticians of this subreddit, and more importantly not ruin your Ironman save, then you've found the right place!
Important: If you are asking about a specific situation in your game, please post screenshots of any relevant map modes (diplomatic, political, trade, etc) or interface tabs (economy, military, ideas, etc). Please also explain the situation as best you can. Alliances, army strength, ideas, tech etc. are all factors your advisors will need to know to give you the best possible answer.
 

Tactician's Library:

Below is a list of resources that are helpful to players of all skill levels, meant to assist both those asking questions as well as those answering questions. This list is updated as mechanics change, including new strategies as they arise and retiring old strategies that have been left in the dust. You can help me maintain the list by sending me new guides and notifying me when old guides are no longer relevant!

Getting Started

New Player Tutorials

Administration

Diplomacy

Military

Trade

 

Country-Specific Strategy

 

Misc Country Guides Collections

 

Advanced/In-Depth Guides

 
If you have any useful resources not currently in the tactician's library, please share them with me and I'll add them! You can message me or mention my username in a comment by typing Kloiper
Calling all imperial councillors! Many of our linked guides pre-Dharma (1.26) are missing strategy regarding mission trees. Any help in putting together updated guides is greatly appreciated! Further, if you're answering a question in this thread, chances are you've used the EU4 wiki and know how valuable a resource it can be. When you answer a question, consider checking whether the wiki has that information where you would expect to find it, and adding to the wiki if it does not. In fact, anybody can help contribute to the wiki - a good starting point is the work needed page. Before editing the wiki, please read the style guidelines for posting.
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The Twilight Bone Presents - 10/29 Weekend Event Live!

Strategy: Ricky at level 8, Scrilla Villa Character at level 7, Scrilla Villa at level 4 with 750 customers
Last time this event came around, I went a little rogue since I couldn't get business cards, and here's what got me the last prize (slight difference from the sheet strategy, feel free to choose your own adventure):
Strategy #2: Ricky at level 8, Sarah at level 8, Scrilla Villa at level 3 with 720 customers
Character / Business Level Needed
Ricky Level 8
Lahey Level 1
Army Surplus Level 1
Tyrone Level 2
Denture King Level 1
Randy Level 3
Dirty Burger Level 1
Trinity Level 3
Mystic Fingers Level 2
Sarah Level 7
Scrilla Villa Level 4
Prizes: Friendly Clown (Sam costume), Wolfman (Julian costume), Nightmare in Sunnyvale (Ricky costume), Mumsie (Bubbles costume), Dr. Frankenweiner (Donna costume), 10,000 liquor
Leaderboard Rewards: Julian Smash (Julian costume), Decent Detective (Bubbles costume), Fuckystein (Ricky costume)
Sheet: The Twilight Bone Presents
Howdy everyone, how's your week going? Good, I hope! How'd you all do on last weekend's event? I think I got every prize, but the weekend flew by as I started on the floor this week. It's been hectic, but I'm learning a lot, so I'm enjoying it. I'm scheduled to work 6:45am to 7:15pm, but the last two days I ended up getting out right at 8pm, and one day didn't get a break or lunch, so back-to-back 13.5 hour days....I'm exhausted, ha. But I'm off until Monday, wooooo, I think I'm going to love this nursing work schedule of three days a week.
Anyone have plans for Halloween? Anyone dressing up? I don't have plans and might not dress up, but I want to drink...I know that much, at least, lol.
So this weekend's event is a new Halloween/Twilight Zone themed event, based on the Chris Jericho: Mall Cop event from a few weeks ago. You might remember that, since it was recent, basically you upgrade one character to automate all businesses, and work your way to the top. It's pretty straightforward, but requires a lot of upgrades. I added a secondary/alternative strategy that I used last time, since I couldn't get business cards for the life of me. Either route will get you to the finish line, so go with what you have the cards for!
Alrighty guys, the last two business characters are unknown, so I'll add them I figure them out, but if you get there first, let me know! Edit: added, thanks everyone!
Have a kickass (and safe!) Halloween, and enjoy your weekend 😁.
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The Imperial Council - /r/eu4 Weekly General Help Thread: October 26 2020

Please check our previous Imperial Council thread for any questions left unanswered
 
Welcome to the Imperial Council of eu4, where your trusted and most knowledgeable advisors stand ready to help you in matters of state and conquest.
This thread is for any small questions that don't warrant their own post, or continued discussions for your next moves in your Ironman game. If you'd like to channel the wisdom and knowledge of the master tacticians of this subreddit, and more importantly not ruin your Ironman save, then you've found the right place!
Important: If you are asking about a specific situation in your game, please post screenshots of any relevant map modes (diplomatic, political, trade, etc) or interface tabs (economy, military, ideas, etc). Please also explain the situation as best you can. Alliances, army strength, ideas, tech etc. are all factors your advisors will need to know to give you the best possible answer.
 

Tactician's Library:

Below is a list of resources that are helpful to players of all skill levels, meant to assist both those asking questions as well as those answering questions. This list is updated as mechanics change, including new strategies as they arise and retiring old strategies that have been left in the dust. You can help me maintain the list by sending me new guides and notifying me when old guides are no longer relevant!

Getting Started

New Player Tutorials

Administration

Diplomacy

Military

Trade

 

Country-Specific Strategy

 

Misc Country Guides Collections

 

Advanced/In-Depth Guides

 
If you have any useful resources not currently in the tactician's library, please share them with me and I'll add them! You can message me or mention my username in a comment by typing Kloiper
Calling all imperial councillors! Many of our linked guides pre-Dharma (1.26) are missing strategy regarding mission trees. Any help in putting together updated guides is greatly appreciated! Further, if you're answering a question in this thread, chances are you've used the EU4 wiki and know how valuable a resource it can be. When you answer a question, consider checking whether the wiki has that information where you would expect to find it, and adding to the wiki if it does not. In fact, anybody can help contribute to the wiki - a good starting point is the work needed page. Before editing the wiki, please read the style guidelines for posting.
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[C2A] Call to Arms / Strategy Thread: Dastardly Dominus (Emperor's Lost Chapter)

. With the Call to Arms in its new home site, including the new form to send your videos to the spreadsheet, we can now use these threads to also discuss strategy and tips for the Chaos fight in the new event. Please post your team comps as usual if you want to, and share your ideas about how to deal with the new Chaos stage!
📊 Video list for this event:
Chaos Fight: link
Challenge Quest: link
[Keep in mind that only videos sent through the site will appear in the spreadsheet]
DissidiaInfo.com will have a detailed 📕 Boss Guide for this even soon!
Calls to Arms for previous events:
http://dissidiainfo.com/call-to-arms/c2a-list/
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[C2A] Call to Arms / Strategy Thread: Lotsa Lore (Strago's Debut)

. With the Call to Arms in its new home site, including the new form to send your videos to the spreadsheet, we can now use these threads to also discuss strategy and tips for the Chaos fight in the new event. Please post your team comps as usual if you want to, and share your ideas about how to deal with the new Chaos stage!
📊 Video list for this event:
Chaos Fight: link
Challenge Quest: link
[Keep in mind that only videos sent through the site will appear in the spreadsheet]
DissidiaInfo.com will have a detailed 📕 Boss Guide for this even soon!
Calls to Arms for previous events:
http://dissidiainfo.com/call-to-arms/c2a-list/
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The Imperial Council - /r/eu4 Weekly General Help Thread: September 28 2020

Please check our previous Imperial Council thread for any questions left unanswered
 
Welcome to the Imperial Council of eu4, where your trusted and most knowledgeable advisors stand ready to help you in matters of state and conquest.
This thread is for any small questions that don't warrant their own post, or continued discussions for your next moves in your Ironman game. If you'd like to channel the wisdom and knowledge of the master tacticians of this subreddit, and more importantly not ruin your Ironman save, then you've found the right place!
Important: If you are asking about a specific situation in your game, please post screenshots of any relevant map modes (diplomatic, political, trade, etc) or interface tabs (economy, military, ideas, etc). Please also explain the situation as best you can. Alliances, army strength, ideas, tech etc. are all factors your advisors will need to know to give you the best possible answer.
 

Tactician's Library:

Below is a list of resources that are helpful to players of all skill levels, meant to assist both those asking questions as well as those answering questions. This list is updated as mechanics change, including new strategies as they arise and retiring old strategies that have been left in the dust. You can help me maintain the list by sending me new guides and notifying me when old guides are no longer relevant!

Getting Started

New Player Tutorials

Administration

Diplomacy

Military

Trade

 

Country-Specific Strategy

 

Misc Country Guides Collections

 

Advanced/In-Depth Guides

 
If you have any useful resources not currently in the tactician's library, please share them with me and I'll add them! You can message me or mention my username in a comment by typing Kloiper
Calling all imperial councillors! Many of our linked guides pre-Dharma (1.26) are missing strategy regarding mission trees. Any help in putting together updated guides is greatly appreciated! Further, if you're answering a question in this thread, chances are you've used the EU4 wiki and know how valuable a resource it can be. When you answer a question, consider checking whether the wiki has that information where you would expect to find it, and adding to the wiki if it does not. In fact, anybody can help contribute to the wiki - a good starting point is the work needed page. Before editing the wiki, please read the style guidelines for posting.
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Jay & Silent Bob Strike Sunnyvale - 10/15 Weekend Event Live!

Strategy: (confirmed, what I finished with!) Sarah at level 2, Tyrone at level 2, C&T Convenients at level 3 with 3200 customers, Jay & Silent Bob at level 6.
EDIT: This table is what I originally put up, please see the very bottom of this post for a Sunday night update with my final levels and how I got the final prize!
Character / Business Level Needed
Jay Level 6
Silent Bob Level 4
Sarah Level 5
Tyrone Level ?
C&T Convenients Level 5
Tammy Level 5
Donna Level ?
Scrilla Villa Level 5
Lahey Level 5
Randy Level ?
Dirty Dancer Level 3
Lucy Level 4
Trinity Level ?
Moneyvale Casino Level 3
Cyrus Level 4
George Green Level ?
Drug Store Level 2
Collectors (All) Player's Choice
Prizes: Bubblemaker (character), Sexy Swiper (Lucy costume), Jay (character), Chasing Shamey (Donna costume), Shrooms (character), Jason Mewes (Jay costume)
Leaderboard Rewards: Silent Bob (character), Kevin Smith (Silent Bob costume)
Sheet: Jay & Silent Bob Strike Sunnyvale
Hey-hey everyone, another week down and another weekend event here. Did everyone do okay with last weekend's event? I can't even remember, to be honest...I don't think I got every prize. Life has been super hectic as I try to get a lot of things done to start this new career. Some (great) news to share: my nursing license was approved and went active last Friday night! Pretty exciting, I think! I start new employee orientation at the hospital on Monday, so I'm not sure I'll be able to give much thought to this weekend's event, even though I love Jay & Silent Bob and all of the Clerks / Kevin Smith references in this event. Hopefully next week goes smoothly...I bought my first pair of non-nursing student scrubs this week, finally was able to get away from the boxy/crappy scrubs we had to wear haha.
Like I mentioned, this event has Jay and Silent Bob, and costumes for the normal Sunnyvale residents that are based on Clerks and other Kevin Smith movies...if you haven't seen Clerks, Clerks 2, or Jay & Silent Bob Strike back, I'd recommend them! I suppose everyone has a different sense of humor, though.
So this weekend's event is really weird. It's new, but not new...the multipliers and trunks/goals are based on events we've seen before (Sunnyvale Police Academy), but each business has two characters and there are 30 prizes...oh and there's collectors, too. So, I honestly have no idea what the strategy is at the moment. In the police academy event (and the events based on it), you have to work up then back down, so that's what the table above (and strategy) are based on for now. Please take it all with a grain of salt, as it's not for sure! Once everyone gets further into the event, we should have a better idea of what to do...I hope so, anyways. If I'm not around to update, I'll ask one of the other mods to pin a comment to the top here with updates/strategy for everyone!
The sheet is up to date for this event, for the most part, but feel free to leave a comment on the sheet itself or here on the sub with changes/fixes/errors, and they'll get added in right away.
Alright guys, have a great weekend, it's been a pleasure seeing familiar usernames!
10PM Thursday Update: I'm thinking this might be a last-business event...usually the devs mention it going up and down, so for now, please don't focus on the first business anymore than you need to until we get deeper into the event. Anything is a possibility! For now, here's what I have my characters/businesses at to open up the fourth business:
Character / Business Level I'm At Currently
Jay Level 3
Silent Bob Level 1
Sarah Level 1
Tyrone Level 1
C&T Convenients Level 1
Tammy Level 2
Donna Level 1
Scrilla Villa Level 2
Lahey Level 1
Randy Level 1
Dirty Dancer Level 1
I only renovated Scrilla Villa to clear the "renovate 1 business" trunk at the top. I just cleared 50.0G to open the fourth business with these levels, hopefully that gives you guys some direction!
10AM Friday Update: Looks like my initial gut instinct was right, and this is an up and down event, similar to the police academy events. Sounds like you're able to finish the event with the first business, and without automating the last business. There is a post here by PuffY187 with the setup they used to finish the event, which should give some guidance in the meantime!
8PM Sunday Update: So I kinda went with the flow on this event since there was no for-sure strategy. I decided upgrading Jay & Silent Bob would be worthwhile since they affect all businesses, and would help move back down the chain. My final tally to finish the game was: Jay and Silent Bob at level 6, Sarah at level 2, Tyrone at level 2, and C&T Convenients Store at level 3 with 3200 customers -- I did not upgrade the collectors at all, and spent 200 hash (on two event trunks for the joints/liquor).
I think this is a lot lower than what other people finished with, but as long as you finish that's all that matters. I'm going to make a table (below)
Character / Business Level Needed
Jay Level 6
Silent Bob Level 4
Sarah Level 2
Tyrone Level 2
C&T Convenients Level 3
Tammy Level 5
Donna Level 5
Scrilla Villa Level 2
Lahey Level 4
Randy Level 3
Dirty Dancer Level 3
Lucy Level 2
Trinity Level 3
Moneyvale Casino Level 2
Cyrus Level 1
George Green Level 2
Drug Store Level 2
Collectors (All) Level 1
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335 (170V/165Q) AWA: 5.5 : From 309 to 335, my GRE exp as a working professional, who graduated 5 years ago

Hi folks,
First of all, I want to thank the people on this lovely sub for being so forthcoming with your experiences and tips. Having been able to achieve my target scores, I thought I would pay it forward by sharing my experience, along with resources I used, challenges I faced and some strategies that helped. This might be a long post. So I will also frame a TLDR summary at the very end.

A brief background

I am a non-native speaker who graduated in engineering a while back, and I currently work as an analyst. I felt that the next step in my career would require a business degree (not necessarily an MBA). I decided to prepare for the GRE over the GMAT since it was accepted at all the schools/programs that I aimed for, and since it played to my strengths at verbal (Yup, I studied engineering and work in analytics but I suck at quick math. Sigh...)
In terms of time spent, I prepared for a bit more than six months in total (roughly around 1.5 - 2 hours a day of preparation on average) , while pursuing my full-time job.

Two things I wish I knew when I started

1) Have a clear target GRE score
When I started off , I had this ingrained desire to approach as close to the perfect score as possible. I guess this is common among a lot of test takers as well. Throughout our lives, we are made to believe that the more marks we get in a test, the more we stand to gain from it. While this dictum generally holds true, there is an important caveat in the case of the GRE.
The GRE is just a means to an end.
The GRE score is just one part of your profile that admissions committees will use to evaluate your application. They are at best, used as a filtering mechanism. While a good GRE score will help you "fit in" with the applicant pool, it won't help you to "stand out". So, don't obsess over scoring some arbitrary number. Research the courses and schools that you want to apply for. Most of them have publicly accessible information about their mean/ median / max GRE scores, often grouped by section. Analyze them and decide on a target score that is ideally a couple points above the mean/median.
(Note: Also be aware that for specific demographics, like international students from over-represented countries for example, the GRE scores required might be lowehigher. Connect with alums with a similar profile as yours, from your target school before deciding)

2) The scores and preparation times that you see on GRE and other GRE forums are not indicative of the general distribution
Just like how people post only the most flattering photos of themselves on Instagram, most posts on exam forums are going to be from people who got a great score. I will be honest. I don't think that I would have made as detailed a post if I had scored, say less than 320. While the tips and strategies from top-scorers definitely helped me a lot, there was a period of time where seeing experiences of people who scored 330+ after studying for a couple of weeks made me feel completely inadequate. For me, my perspective changed when I connected with alums from my target schools and I realized that there are a great many more types of people who got in, with a correspondingly diverse array of GRE scores and testing experiences. This might sound trite but each of us are running a different race. Maybe you are preparing for the exam while working two jobs to support your family. Maybe you are an overworked undergrad wanting to make it to grad school. So, don't base your expectations on scores/ preparation times of others
PRO-TIP: Take the diagnostic test as early as possible
I took my free ETS diagnostic test sometime around March of this year. I got 309 ( 150Q:159V) I was a bit disappointed but it helped set my expectations right and helped me identify that the greatest room for improvement lay in my quant scores.

Quant - How I tackled my weakest link

While I won't say that I am bad at math, I was definitely terrible at the specific kind of quantitative aptitude asked on standardized tests. Partly due to my anxiety, I had difficulty in employing mental math and my knowledge of math had become extremely specialized to my field of work (For instance, I was well versed at Statistics and Data interpretation. However, I fumbled on even the most basic geometry questions in the beginning) I realized that I needed to build my quant foundation from the ground up, particularly for topics like geometry, permutations and combinations etc that I had not touched since I left school.
After trialing a few options and inquiring with peers who had taken the test, I purchased Magoosh's 6 month subscription. What I loved the most about the course is the structured learning path that it provides, building up from foundational concepts, all the way to applying them in specific types of GRE questions. This does have a drawback that some of their videos can seem extremely long-winded. I usually, skimmed through video lessons on topics that I was already strong at, by setting the playback speed to 1.5x.
With regards to practice questions, I started off solving all the Magoosh questions (around 30 every day) through their customized testing feature. While they are decent practice, I realized later that some of their questions are unnecessarily tough. In the sense, they require a kind of approach that is highly specific, and would easily take more than 5 minutes to solve even if one were perfectly aware of the concepts used to solve them. My advice would be to skip all the "Very Hard" quant questions on Magoosh.
Next I turned my attention to the Manhattan 5lb book. This book is gold for gaining practice on the types of calculations that appear on the GRE. I solved all the problems in the book except for the Advanced Quant section (Thank you so much u/gregmat for the tip to avoid this chapter. Saved me a ton of time) Similar to the Magoosh "Very Hard" questions, these problems are needlessly convoluted and are not the type of questions that you would typically encounter on the GRE.
Finally, during my last 2 months of prep, I focused exclusively on the OG ETS material. This was when I was introduced to u/gregmat's wonderful YouTube channel. I highly recommend his quant walk-through and strategy videos. His strategies on quantitative comparison, back-solving and the b-d method were especially helpful.
While I used to score in the low 150's in quant in my first few mocks, it gradually increased over time and in my final few mocks, I was scoring in the range of 162-167.

Verbal - Building my vocab and Reading muscle

Though I was a non-native English speaker, I had always loved reading and writing in English. Hence, I had a better starting point than most on my verbals. One huge stumbling block for me was the somewhat obscure vocabulary employed in the section. This is especially frustrating since in some of these questions - it was pretty much unsolvable unless you knew the meaning of a particular word. Fortunately, there are an array of free resources to build up your GRE vocabulary. I will list the five that I used most frequently:
1) Magoosh GRE Vocabulary Flashcards App: I can't overstate the value of this app to building your vocabulary. It is insanely well-designed. What I loved about the app is that it always has a suitable example sentence where the word is used in context. Similarly, the definitions of words that had many meanings were narrowed down to their most common connotations on the GRE. I completed all the Basic and Common word sets. I did not complete the Advanced ones but did go through a few sets now and then when I found the time.
2) Vince's GRE Vocab Cartoons App: This app is criminally underrated in my opinion. Thanks a ton, u/Vince_Kotchian for making this. There are some hilarious cartoons with visual imagery that will etch the word into your memory (Check out the cartoons for a few gems like "cumbersome", "bemoan" "inculcate" and "venal" I laughed my ass off at the hilarious stories he came up with XD )
3) The Guardian - Live World News, Sport & Opinion App I believe the best way to learn vocabulary and to develop your reading comprehension skills is to read articulate content written by well-versed journalists. While the New York Times, The Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal etc are great repositories of such content , all of them reside behind a paywall. If you are someone who can't afford to pay for these subscriptions, I highly recommend that you download this app/ read their website. The Guardian is completely open-access as they believe that everyone should have access to information. Their opinion pieces are top notch quality and you would easily encounter GRE words spattered throughout. Their articles are also a great way to practice your reading comprehension. 10/10 would recommend.
(Note: I found their policy of making their content open-access to be very admirable and I subsequently donated to them via their app. If you find their content helpful and you are able to afford it, I would humbly request you to donate what you can so that they can keep their content accessible for those who cannot :) )
4) Gregmat's Test your GRE Vocabulary Knowledge playlist This playlist is a great resource for anyone wanting to test their GRE vocab awareness. I binge-watched this during my last week of GRE prep. The best part about them are that they are very dense in words that are most likely to appear on the GRE. I can confidently say that I was able to answer 2-3 questions right on the actual test solely because I had learnt the meaning to a few words while going through this series.
5) Vince's GRE Vocab Compilation and Curation u/Vince_Kotchian has built this solid collection of words aggregated from different sources color-coded by how likely they are to appear on the GRE. Great for browsing through towards the final stages of your preparation.
For strategy, I highly recommend Gregmat's videos on his YouTube channel. His `pairing` strategy for Sentence Equivalence questions was a game-changer and in general, he helps breakdown how to approach verbal questions in a very lucid and fun manner. Apart from that, I can't reiterate how important it is to build your reading muscle. Make it a habit to pore over articles from reputed newspapers and not just skim through it. Force yourself to identify the key idea/ supporting evidence, contrary view points etc in any content that you read. This is something that can only be attained through rigorous practice.
Last but not the least, avoid third-party verbal questions like they are the plague. Most of them are terribly bad. For instance, Manhattan 5lb's verbal questions are so ambiguous and confusing that you would end up acquiring wrong habits and a terrible headache. Among the third-party verbal questions/mocks, Magoosh's was the closest to the actual method of reasoning employed on the GRE but even that, I think I should have avoided in hindsight.

AWA - Not much prep at all tbh

I focused the least on the AWA since I had a decent flair for content writing. I went through ETS's guide and some of their sample rated essays during my last week of preparation. I watched a couple of Gregmat's videos on structuring my Issue and argument essays and browsed through some of the topics. And that was it. I knew I did well on my AWA but I was pleasantly surprised to get a 5.5. Honestly, I am not the best person to give tips on preparing for this section since I felt I had a huge head start when compared to most people.

Mock and Practice Questions

When it comes to mocks, I took the free mock tests from Manhattan, Barron's and the Economist. I also wrote 4 practice tests on Magoosh, and the following ETS mocks (PP1, PP2, PPP1, PPP2)
My scores started off in the low 310's and gradually picked up. I hit a plateau at around 320-325 and it took a couple of months to finally hit a 330+ (I think it was on my third Magoosh mock)
I gave all the free mocks in the beginning after I had completed watching the Magoosh videos. I alternated between the Magoosh Mocks and PP1 and PP2. I saved PPP1 and PPP2 for the last 2 weeks of prep.
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE TAKE ANY THIRD-PARTY MOCK RESULT WITH A HUGE PINCH OF SALT. Most of them, in my experience have far easier quant sections than the actual GRE, and verbal questions that are extremely poorly-phrased . Just use the mocks as a way to gain practice on writing the actual exam and use the scores as a very rough ballpark.
As much as possible, write mocks in the same way that you would write an actual GRE. This includes:
- Do NOT skip the AWA section in a mock It is very tempting to do so, but trust me - spending an hour writing two essays really takes a toll on your mental agility and makes it that much harder to focus for the nest 5 sections. If you are going to take the GRE without ever having written the AWA, be in for a rude surprise as to how long and taxing the test can be
- Do not google answers: I was guilty of doing this initially. Mostly, to avoid embarrassment of getting a low score. Remember that it's better that you get this news now than when you are writing your exam
- Do not take long breaks: Pretty self-explanatory
Last but not the least, remember that you are all taking this exam during a global pandemic in very uncertain times. Hence, be prepared for some setbacks and difficulties and don't be hard on yourself. In my case, I got the dreaded COVID19 a week before my initial exam date. I had to quarantine, lost 2 weeks of study time and had to reschedule to a date which coincided with a hectic period at work. I felt devastated but was fortunate to have friends encouraged me to not give up. At the end of the day, this is just one small aspect of your profile that in no way defines your worth or your intelligence. Give it your best shot but if things don't go well - it's not the end of the road. You can always take the exam again. You've got this, friend :)
As promised the TLDR version
1) Have a clear target GRE score
2) Don't base your expectations on scores/ preparation times of others
3) Take the diagnostic test as early as possible
4) Magoosh for Quant fundamentals, Manhattan llb for practice, ETS Quant is the holy grail, u/gregmat for strategy
5) Magoosh vocab app, Vince's vocab app, extensive reading, gregmat's vocab videos for verbal
6) Be wary of third party verbal questions, They usually suck
7) Take your mocks but don't trust the scores that you get on third-party tests
8) Be prepared for the current uncertainty to throw you a curve ball or two

Once again, love this amazing community.
u/gregmat and u/Vince_Kotchian - you folks are the real MVPs.
If you have any questions/ areas where I can help - post in the comments :)
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The Imperial Council - /r/eu4 Weekly General Help Thread: September 21 2020

Please check our previous Imperial Council thread for any questions left unanswered
 
Welcome to the Imperial Council of eu4, where your trusted and most knowledgeable advisors stand ready to help you in matters of state and conquest.
This thread is for any small questions that don't warrant their own post, or continued discussions for your next moves in your Ironman game. If you'd like to channel the wisdom and knowledge of the master tacticians of this subreddit, and more importantly not ruin your Ironman save, then you've found the right place!
Important: If you are asking about a specific situation in your game, please post screenshots of any relevant map modes (diplomatic, political, trade, etc) or interface tabs (economy, military, ideas, etc). Please also explain the situation as best you can. Alliances, army strength, ideas, tech etc. are all factors your advisors will need to know to give you the best possible answer.
 

Tactician's Library:

Below is a list of resources that are helpful to players of all skill levels, meant to assist both those asking questions as well as those answering questions. This list is updated as mechanics change, including new strategies as they arise and retiring old strategies that have been left in the dust. You can help me maintain the list by sending me new guides and notifying me when old guides are no longer relevant!

Getting Started

New Player Tutorials

Administration

Diplomacy

Military

Trade

 

Country-Specific Strategy

 

Misc Country Guides Collections

 

Advanced/In-Depth Guides

 
If you have any useful resources not currently in the tactician's library, please share them with me and I'll add them! You can message me or mention my username in a comment by typing Kloiper
Calling all imperial councillors! Many of our linked guides pre-Dharma (1.26) are missing strategy regarding mission trees. Any help in putting together updated guides is greatly appreciated! Further, if you're answering a question in this thread, chances are you've used the EU4 wiki and know how valuable a resource it can be. When you answer a question, consider checking whether the wiki has that information where you would expect to find it, and adding to the wiki if it does not. In fact, anybody can help contribute to the wiki - a good starting point is the work needed page. Before editing the wiki, please read the style guidelines for posting.
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[C2A] Call to Arms / Strategy Thread: Unbreakable Pride (Kimahri's Lost Chapter)

. With the Call to Arms in its new home site, including the new form to send your videos to the spreadsheet, we can now use these threads to also discuss strategy and tips for the Chaos fight in the new event. Please post your team comps as usual if you want to, and share your ideas about how to deal with the new Chaos stage!
📊 Video list for this event:
Chaos Fight: link
Challenge Quest: link
[Keep in mind that only videos sent through the site will appear in the spreadsheet]
DissidiaInfo.com will have a detailed 📕 Boss Guide for this even soon!
Calls to Arms for previous events:
http://dissidiainfo.com/call-to-arms/c2a-list/
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The Imperial Council - /r/eu4 Weekly General Help Thread: September 7 2020

Please check our previous Imperial Council thread for any questions left unanswered
 
Welcome to the Imperial Council of eu4, where your trusted and most knowledgeable advisors stand ready to help you in matters of state and conquest.
This thread is for any small questions that don't warrant their own post, or continued discussions for your next moves in your Ironman game. If you'd like to channel the wisdom and knowledge of the master tacticians of this subreddit, and more importantly not ruin your Ironman save, then you've found the right place!
Important: If you are asking about a specific situation in your game, please post screenshots of any relevant map modes (diplomatic, political, trade, etc) or interface tabs (economy, military, ideas, etc). Please also explain the situation as best you can. Alliances, army strength, ideas, tech etc. are all factors your advisors will need to know to give you the best possible answer.
 

Tactician's Library:

Below is a list of resources that are helpful to players of all skill levels, meant to assist both those asking questions as well as those answering questions. This list is updated as mechanics change, including new strategies as they arise and retiring old strategies that have been left in the dust. You can help me maintain the list by sending me new guides and notifying me when old guides are no longer relevant!

Getting Started

New Player Tutorials

Administration

Diplomacy

Military

Trade

 

Country-Specific Strategy

 

Misc Country Guides Collections

 

Advanced/In-Depth Guides

 
If you have any useful resources not currently in the tactician's library, please share them with me and I'll add them! You can message me or mention my username in a comment by typing Kloiper
Calling all imperial councillors! Many of our linked guides pre-Dharma (1.26) are missing strategy regarding mission trees. Any help in putting together updated guides is greatly appreciated! Further, if you're answering a question in this thread, chances are you've used the EU4 wiki and know how valuable a resource it can be. When you answer a question, consider checking whether the wiki has that information where you would expect to find it, and adding to the wiki if it does not. In fact, anybody can help contribute to the wiki - a good starting point is the work needed page. Before editing the wiki, please read the style guidelines for posting.
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[C2A] Call to Arms / Strategy Thread: Intercession of the Wicked (Heretic Quest)

. With the Call to Arms in its new home site, including the new form to send your videos to the spreadsheet, we can now use these threads to also discuss strategy and tips for the Chaos fight in the new event. Please post your team comps as usual if you want to, and share your ideas about how to deal with the new Chaos stage!
📊 Video list for this event:
Chaos Fight: link
Challenge Quest: link
[Keep in mind that only videos sent through the site will appear in the spreadsheet]
DissidiaInfo.com will have a detailed 📕 Boss Guide for this even soon!
Calls to Arms for previous events:
http://dissidiainfo.com/call-to-arms/c2a-list/
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[C2A] Call to Arms / Strategy Thread: Love, the Melody of Courage (Edward's Debut)

. With the Call to Arms in its new home site, including the new form to send your videos to the spreadsheet, we can now use these threads to also discuss strategy and tips for the Chaos fight in the new event. Please post your team comps as usual if you want to, and share your ideas about how to deal with the new Chaos stage!
📊 Video list for this event:
Chaos Fight: link
Challenge Quest: link
[Keep in mind that only videos sent through the site will appear in the spreadsheet]
DissidiaInfo.com will have a detailed 📕 Boss Guide for this even soon!
Calls to Arms for previous events:
http://dissidiainfo.com/call-to-arms/c2a-list/
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A Collection of Resources by the WOTV Community

Inspired by xbwtyz original post from 5 months ago, I've updated their table and reviewed the content in each link.
Each link is credited to their respective authors, which is assumed to be the redditor or spreadsheet author listed in the link.
I'm not sure if I should post links to unit/card reviews. Also not sure if I should post links for guides to specific one-off events. E.g Tower 1, Tower 2, Ifrit Raid, Death Machine Raid; maybe unless the links share general strategies applicable for those "types" of content. Let me know in the comments what you think.

Data Sets and Wikis

What Where Notes
Hadecynn's Resource Sheets Link So much information all in one set of sheets. Plenty of data mining. Stats stacking is outdated. Sheet hasn't been maintained recently it seems.
WOTV-Calc Link The WOTV Pokedex; units, vision cards, equipment, espers, raid bosses, and has a handy dandy team builder.
WoTV Wiki Link Basic info on many topics, including upcoming content from JP.
Meow's WOTV Stuffs Link Vast collection of spreadsheet data on comparing units' evasion, accuracy, effective HP, critical, critical evasion, and more.
WoTV "Wikipedia" Link A WoTV wiki where anyone can edit and contribute.

Calculators & Tools

What Where Notes
WotV Farming Calculator Link Search for any and every farmable item, shows drop rates, and stealable items.
Equipment Crafting Calculator Link Incredibly useful at showing you the probability of maxing out certain stats based on math.
Damage Calculator Link Damage mechanics-packed spreadsheet calculator that helps you compare and optimize damage builds.
Global Gacha Simulator Link Better than Altema's gacha sim because this only contains global units!
Shared Equipment Crafting Materials Calculator Link Helps you understand the number of materials you'll need to farm for what you plan to craft.

Single Topic Focused Guides

What Where
Guide to Evasion and Hit Rate Link
Guide to CT, AGI, and Cast Time Link
Brief Guide to TP and AP Link, however the Acquired AP part is outdated
Acquired AP and Luna Verve Explained Link
Visual Guide to Defense, Spirit, and Resistances Link
Brief Guide to Bravery and Faith Link and Link
Clarification on meta Link
Realities of chasing time-limited unit Link
Skill bonus damage for jobs explained Link
Steal items guide + database Link and WOTV Farm Calc
Gear Crafting Guide Link
Unit Affinity Link
All Counter Types Explained Link
Drain Force Explained (and Seize AP) Link and Supplementary details
Weapon Types: Assault Vs Crit Weapon Comparisons Link
Status Effects Explained Link and link
DEX: An underappreciated stat explained Link and formula
Global Equipment Stats Stacking Link
TMR Skills to Level Up and Prioritize Link
Limit Break Leveling Tier List Link
Box Event Guide Link
Offerwall Guide: Tips, Tricks, Confirmations Link
Esper Resonance and Max Level Misconceptions Link
Units that are good for most raids Link
How long to MLB a new unit Link
Hate Guide Link FYI guide incomplete, but still contains good info
I most likely missed some key resources. Leave them in the comments below and I'll review for accuracy and update this thread.
Seems like we're also missing an up-to-date starter's guide to WOTV.
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How to Make Friends and Put People Under the Influence (Steelshod 437)

Hey there!
I don’t post these daily anymore, so just in case you’re a newcomer and you’ve never seen a Steelshod post before… click here to start at the beginning
This is the latest chapter out of several hundred, and I don’t think it will make much sense without context. This isn’t an episodic story so much as one long narrative.
Hopefully, you’ll enjoy yourself, and I’ll see you back here in good time. If not, no big deal. But I think if you start here you’re going to be very, very lost.
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Ronald’s Basin
Steelshod hunkers down in the Basin after the events of their meeting with the Collar of Thorns.
They have several wounded after the battle with the fiendwolves, and Agrippa monitors them closely.
The most serious injury is probably Levin, whose face has been badly shredded. Still, he doesn’t seem too upset about it. He endures his bedrest with stoic silence.
The weather is still inclement, with rolling storms and generally pervasive fog, clouds and light rainfall
The shitty weather hampers their efforts to beef up the fortifications in the Basin, but they do the best they can.
However, the day after they returned from the party, they are visited by a moderately-sized group of Wncari.
It’s a few dozen warriors leading a couple carts of goods, and at the head of them is a man named Fearghal.
He was at the party—the one that agreed to come by the Basin for a prisoner exchange.
Steelshod is holding his (wife’s) nephew and three of his warriors, and he wants them back.
He has held true to the tentative negotiations they made during the party, and brought a considerable amount of his clan’s leatherwork.
Early in the negotiation, Fearghal addresses the unspoken tension in the air.
He says he left the party before the fight with the fiendwolves was underway, but he comments to Cyril that he heard about what happened.
He asks if they intend any sort of vengeance.
Cyril just smiles acidly. “Vengeance for what?” he asks. “All of our people survived.”
Point taken.
Fearghal decides to trust that his people will be safe enough here, and the negotiations get underway.
He agrees to trade leather gear—jerkins, bits of armor, belts, and so on—for Steelshod in the exchange.
His people end up staying the night in the Basin, at Cara’s allowance.
This gives them time to fit some of their goods to specific members, at Cyril’s direction.
Privately, Cyril tells Cara that his plan is for them to have some Wncari garb that they might use for some future ruse or disguise—maybe it will never come to pass, but it seems more strategically valuable than a couple hundred silver pieces, and it’s not like they really want to keep the prisoners.
If nothing else, it buys goodwill with Fearghal’s kin, and that’s not to be discounted.
They still hope to undermine Partholon and Dolan, so that perhaps they can make peace between Victoria and the rest of the Collar.
The trade goes smoothly, and a day later Fearghal and his people withdraw back to the forests.
After that, they continue hunkering down in the Basin, healing their wounded.
At this point, Yorrin has an idea. Or more accurately, the idea belongs to ihaveaterribleplan
He decides to roll his Spy Network check to see what he has to play with right now.
He rolls a 19. As you probably remember, Yorrin can nudge rolls up or down 1 point at the cost of damage to Yorrin or some other consequence.
Damage makes no sense here, but I have a great idea for a consequence.
I suggest that if he takes the nudge and makes this a critical, the consequence will be that any Spy Network uses this session will be done either through, or at least with the awareness of, Athos.
To remind you, Athos is the mysterious agent that has been operating against Steelshod’s interests in Victoria.
He probably works for Khashar’s Serpentes
Not a friend of Steelshod’s
But neither is he likely to be a friend of Partholon
Worth it, Plan decides. Athos is a problem for tomorrow, Partholon is the problem of today.
With that decided, he has a huge pool of Spymaster points to work with
He spends a lot of them immediately, to generate a specialist.
He wants this specialist to be particularly focused in two of Yorrin’s skills: Engineering (particularly fortifications), and Endurance.
He wants the guy to have a military background, knowledge of engineering, siegecraft, and particularly how to do such things in adversity
Plan posits a suggestion for the guy’s narrative role:
He’s an older Cassaline that came up in the legions and retired to Victoria a decade ago. He used to work with Ignus, many years ago, and he’s been vaguely aware of Steelshod for a while now. Once he heard they were here, working with Victoria, he decided to see if they needed any help.
Thus is born Luigi Gallo. A skilled Cassaline engineer with a few tiers under his belt.
Luigi rides up to the Basin about a day after the Wncari leatherworkers leave.
He is quickly ushered inside and brought to meet with Cyril, Cara, and Perrin.
When Luigi mentions that he used to work with Ignus, Cyril asks him about the experience.
Luigi says Ignus was always a bit… eccentric. Innovative, but often upsetting his superiors with his experiments.
He always figured Ignus would one day become an eccentric madman, or a genius.
Cyril chuckles, and asks “what is the difference?”
Luigi shrugs, says “Whether your wings melt, I suppose?”
It turns out Luigi was visiting an old friend in Victoria over a decade ago, when he fell in love and decided not to leave.
He has grown quite fond of the place. He says in many ways, despite their pride in having thrown off the Empire, Victoria has preserved more old Cassaline traditions than any other Middish kingdom.
He loves it there. And he has been concerned to see the refugees fleeing the outskirts of Victoria’s territory, the farmers displaced by savage barbarian raiders.
And so he has come to offer his help. They ask how much he wants to be paid, and he shrugs.
He makes a good living drawing up blueprints for buildings, and he has employees to construct them with little input from him.
It is a good living and it requires little of his labor. He is not in urgent need of funds.
And, as mentioned, Steelshod seems to be here to help Victoria, which is now his home.
Perrin and Cyril welcome Luigi into the fold with great pleasure.
He’s nowhere near the engineer Ignus is, or the master of fortifications and siegecraft that Mucker is
But he’s had some classical training, which is better than anyone else here.
He says he’s not likely to be able to help them with large-scale weaponry.
But he spent a good amount of time in the field back in Cassala, and he has lots of experience with simple field fortifications
Trenches, simple walls, etc. And he has plenty of experience doing these things in any sort of inclement weather, too.
The plains between Cassala and Spatalia see heavy rainfall.
That’s good enough for them.
With Luigi’s help consulting, Cyril and Perrin are able to get back to work building up the defenses of the Basin despite the difficulties posed by the storms and rain.
While they continue fortifying Ronald’s Basin, they also send out more scouting parties to try to keep abreast of the Collar of Thorns.
Plan also burns the remainder of his Spy Network to piggyback off of the mysterious one-eyed coin that they were given at the party.
He asks if he can spend the points to ensure that there are a few savvy, competent members of that Wncari clan that are skeptical of Partholon and Dolan’s leadership, and are spreading the word of the more questionable decisions made at the party
Spreading word that Steelshod was assured of hospitality, and then attacked by Partholon’s creatures.
This is a reasonable usage of the power, so no arguments there. There are definitely at least a couple of sympathetic folk among the Collar, as I’ve already indicated.
So I confirm that a couple of competent agents amongst the Wncari are now undermining Partholon’s reputation.
The first forays of scouts return.
They did not cross paths with any warriors, though they occasionally crossed tracks that they presume were small Collar of Thorns hunting parties.
The most notable discovery one scouting party mentions is that they spotted, at some distance, a small Wncari settlement in the forest.
It was secluded, but they got close enough to make out maybe a dozen small, simple shelters and a few people moving about.
The scouts decided not to approach any closer—they saw no sign of warriors, so they decided that either
A) the settlement was essentially unguarded civilians, not anyone Steelshod would be interested in harassing
And/Or
B) the settlement was guarded by Collar warriors waiting to ambush anyone that got too close, well-hidden enough that the scouts could not identify them and therefore potentially vulnerable to them.
The scouts confirm they could probably find the settlement again, assuming it’s not temporary. But Cara says to give it some room for now—she doesn’t see any value in striking at a small Wncari village.
So they continue to send out scouts, trying to find anything of more strategic value.
Agrippa has an idea of something they can try, so he arranges a private meeting with Cyril
And I mean private
Concerned at Partholon’s possible ability to spy at them using supernatural means, he asks Cyril to play a card game with him that he learned from Hubert
While they play, Agrippa produces a sheet of vellum and begins passing notes to Cyril in Cassaline, in which they are both literate.
This way, even if Partholon has eyes on them, it’s unlikely he’ll be able to observe this.
Agrippa makes a few vague strategy suggestions—he leaves the details for Cyril to figure out, he just wants to give some general thoughts he had.
Perhaps more importantly, he begins instituting similar rules for critical information exchanges going forward
For example, when he comes up with a new idea for a defensive engineering project, he discusses it with Luigi via notes.
And Luigi begins writing up plans for executing on the idea.
Cyril wants some mobile defensive structures to be built—he’s thinking of certain anti-horse tools right now… since the Collar of Thorns raiders seem to have a fair number of small, sturdy horses.
And, more importantly, the ideas Cyril has could probably be adapted for use against fiendwolves as well.
To support Luigi, he polls their recruits for anyone with metalworking experience, and gets a few men with some skill at various kinds of crafting. No full blacksmiths, but probably sufficiently skilled to be able to build what Cyril envisions.
A couple days pass.
They brought enough food with them to support their fighting force for a solid two weeks and change, but that time is rapidly approaching
Cyril and Cara want to stay ahead of it, so they decide to arrange a supply run.
Prudence takes one of the ulfskennar—Froyr, one of the quieter of the pack, but a good hunter—as well as Skogg and ten of their hired Victorian woodsmen.
Her orders are straightforward: return to Victoria, secure a fresh supply caravan, and return.
It will take the better part of a day to get back to the city, so they expect her to be gone for several days overall.
Another day, one of their scouting parties has a close call.
When scouting along the forest edge, they catch sight of the edge of a large force of Collar warriors.
At a distance, they reckon it to be about a hundred fighters—the scouting party is about ten men, so they keep their distance and try to observe without engaging.
They think they may have been spotted, but they were able to fall back and not get caught out
The warriors didn’t seem that interested in them—they quickly returned to their previous path, and withdrew into the forest.
They report this event to Cyril and point out where it happened, along the northern edge of the forest, and Cyril suggests that they send another scouting party out to take a look at the northern Cassaline ruin, the “Old Tower” that Steelshod cleared of the Collar several days earlier
Cyril is curious to see if maybe they’ve re-inhabited it.
He sends out several small groups to sweep the region north of the forest, with the two main groups led by Felix and Amos respectively.
Felix and Amos’s teams approach the Old Tower from stealth, and manage to catch the inhabitants with their guard down.
It’s not even a full war party of thirteen—it’s just three men, lookouts of some kind.
They surrender immediately when Steelshod closes the noose on the tower.
Felix catches two of them, and Amos’s group catches the third.
Felix and Amos, of course, go way back… in another life, Felix hunted Amos through the wilds of Chatsworth’s territory.
They engage in some good-natured competition here, each trying to show up the other in how cleanly and effectively they take the captives and scout the area
Although it’s been raining steadily, they do still find some readable tracks in the region
They see the telltale signs of a large force having passed through here, doubtless the hundred-or-more sized group that the scouts saw the previous day of scouting.
It looks like the large force did not come to or from the Old Tower, however
They passed nearby, coming from the north and passing south.
As a reminder, here is the area around the Old Tower
Felix decides they should follow the trail north—they already know the group went into the forest, but where were they coming from?
So they follow the path as it takes them north across the small river here, and then west.
The tracks lead them to the small fishing village situated on the banks of the Ironblood.
This place, Creekside, has been largely abandoned every time Steelshod has passed by
Presumably the inhabitants already fled to Victoria, or were killed by the Collar when hostilities first began escalating some months ago.
But when they arrive in the village this time, they find something surprising.
Corpses, and the clear sign of a battle.
They find not a single living soul, however.
So they examine the whole area in as much detail as they can
Amos and Felix are both expert trackers, so they put their heads together to try to understand what, exactly, happened here.
Here are some things that they find:
Some indication that people were once again sleeping in the village huts, but only very briefly. Cookfires showing a bit of recent use, fresh ash, some fresh bedrolls laid out in the huts, things like that.
The dead have been somewhat ripped up by carrion eaters, but they seem to have been dead for no more than a day, and much of them is still recognizable.
They’re dressed in clothing cut and colored in a Ruskan style, and broadly seem to fall into three categories: men in simple, cheap clothing; men wearing bits of armor, with weapons nearby; men dressed well in sodden, bloodstained finery.
No insignias, flags, badges, tabards, or other markings to identify any noble house or similar, however. Felix decides the three types of corpses are most likely laborers, mercenaries, and wealthy free men. A merchant caravan, perhaps?
They also find various tools left discarded on the ground, most notably several lathes and scrapers along with piles of discarded rotten wood, mud, algae, and other slop.
And one section of the shore has several heavy logs lined up along it leading out to the shallows.
Felix and Amos grew up in the Chatsworth region, near the seaside trading port of Chipspool as well as the hidden away Smuggler’s Cove in Breaker Bay.
Some of these details look familiar to them, and they eventually put together that there must have been a ship that was brought up onto the shore for some sort of repairs or cleaning.
These men died all around where it must have been
But the ship itself is gone now—either some of the ship’s men survived the attack and managed to push off, or the Wncari decided to take the ship themselves for some reason
Felix has their three captive Collar scouts brought forth, and he pressures them
It doesn’t take long for one of them to break
He explains that the Wncari had spotted a ship docked here for several days, and yesterday Dolan sent out a war party of his laochra. They slaughtered the defenders and took the ship.
That’s basically all he knows. He has no clue what Dolan wanted with a ship.
He has been watching from the Old Tower for days now, so he was not involved in the actual war party itself.
The other two prisoners glare at the talker, but Felix gives the guy a gruff thanks.
Unfortunately, there isn’t much more they can learn at this point, so they both finish scouting the area and then fall back to the Basin.
Once they get back, they turn in the prisoners and report their findings to the others.
Agrippa suggests that they send a message to Yerevan to tell the bayard what they found, in case Yerevan decides to retaliate with force against the Collar.
Not a bad idea… Bayard Naksava isn’t exactly known for his aggression, but it’s worth a try. They write a letter to send him via a regular courier.
The next morning, before they send out their scouts, the sentries on the wall spot a small group of riders coming in.
Once they get close enough, it’s clear they are a group of warriors of the Collar of Thorns. When they get in earshot, one of them calls out that he’s heard they have some of his kin held captive.
They confirm names—just to get some basic reassurance that he isn’t lying—and then invite him in to negotiate the release of the prisoners.
The guy doing the talking—clearly some kind of leader—agrees instantly, dismounting and leaving his fellows behind.
He says his name is Finnegan.
They bring him in, and ask if he’d like food and drink. He shrugs, says that sounds nice.
They start to take him to one of the main meeting halls.
Felix notices immediately that Finnegan is actively surveying the inside of the Basin, eyes scanning all of the buildings. It looks like he is scoping out the place.
Felix acidly asks Finnegan if he’d like a floor plan.
The Wncar chuckles, says no, but asks if they could take their meal, not in the meeting hall, but in a different building.
He points at the old chapel in Ronald’s Basi. It’s a stone building that dates back to the early spread of the Torathi faith, kept in good repair.
An odd request, but Felix shrugs and agrees.
Soon they are sitting in the chapel, and some basic refreshments are brought.
Finnegan sprinkles some salt on his food and takes a single, deliberate bite of each kind of food they bring him
Then he draws out a flask of his own liquor and pours drinks for himself and the others.
They share in his whisky, a brew that burns fiercely on the way down.
There was some ritual to Finnegan’s eating and drinking, and when it’s done, he pushes the remainder away and begins talking.
He tells them they have two of his men held prisoner, and he’d like to get them back…
But perhaps more importantly, he’s hoping they got his coin
Everyone sits up straight at that.
The Caedian shilling with the eye gouged out—the symbol they got at the party.
Finnegan tells them that he has some distant kin amongst the Cuig Dorn clan in the Caedian hills—one of the clans within Cara’s father’s fledgeling Wncari kingdom.
He’s heard how things have gone for them… for all the Wncari near Caedia
And as far as he can tell, their people gotten themselves a much better situation than the Collar has, and they’ve done it with a lot less bloodshed and death than seems to be Partholon and Dolan’s plan.
At the frank statement, Perrin asks if Finnegan maybe should be speaking a bit more carefully… they’re still unsure of just how much Partholon can observe them.
Finnegan says they should be alright. Aye, they say Partholon can see and hear through the land… but this building is old. Made of stones dedicated to a foreign god. Partholon should not be able to observe them here.
They accept that, and they speak freely with him
What does he want from them? If he is their ally within the Collar, how can they help him?
Finnegan isn’t too sure. He has no desire to ask for them to make any grand commitments to him.
He just wants peace with Victoria. He has to speak carefully around his kin, and he is not confident he can bring even his entire clan with him, much less the rest of the Collar.
But the idea of a deal like the one between Caedia and their Wncari clans appeals to him. Recognition of sovereignty, establishing some sort of borders based on current territory, and so on.
Partholon’s dream of covering the land in the One Forest is madness. Dolan’s dream of conquering Victoria is, as well.
Cyril asks Finnegan if he knows anything about the ship that his people took recently
Finnegan is surprised they already know about it, but he confirms what Steelshod already suspected.
Dolan had his people take a ship from the Ironblood and bring it into the Forest.
They ask if Finnegan knows where the ship is now—he doesn’t, but he can guess. There’s only a few places in the forest where the river Victorians call “Argentum” has decent portage. Much of the river valley that passes between the One Forest is in a deep ravine, but closer to where it reaches the Ironblood there are a few places.
They get Finnegan to mark his guesses on a map.
After that, they try to figure out how many other potential allies they have within the Collar
Finnegan isn’t sure they have many.
In particular—while Dolan is a bit more controversial, Partholon is deeply respected and feared across most of the Collar.
The Taoiseach—the collection of clan chiefs like Finnegan, that are each ostensibly on equal voting footing with Dolan and Partholon—virtually never go against either man.
Partholon in particular.
While the Druid an Fáinne lives, Finnegan suspects that the Taoiseach will continue to listen to him, and only agree to peace if he does.
Which of course sparks a related discussion: Partholon lives, even after he was beheaded.
How?
Finnegan shrugs. He doesn’t really know.
But it is a widely held belief that the Druid an Fáinne cannot truly die so long as he still has Bánánach’s favor.
Steelshod was afraid the answer would be something like that.
Perhaps they will simply need to capture him and imprison him so thoroughly he has no way of escape
Finnegan seems to wince at that… he is not sure that this will break the spirits of his people. Just as likely, it could drive them to greater fervor.
They ask if anyone other than Partholon has met with this Bánánach, the Collar’s Living God.
He says that a few of Partholon’s most trusted disciples, maybe, but none other.
They ask if Finnegan knows where Bánánach might be. He shrugs. No, not really.
Somewhere in the deepest, darkest heart of the forest, surely.
One of the deepest places that most of the Collar are not permitted to go.
He is able to point out a few such places, very roughly, on their map.
All the places he marks are in the South Forest, though. They ask if there are no such places in the North Forest.
Finnegan says, no, there are such places in the North Forest. But he does not think that they are where Bánánach lives.
Speaking about such places, however…
That sort of brings to mind the real reason Finnegan came here to speak with them today.
He explains that the Mac Tíre Ocracha—the wolf creatures they fought—have always been part of the Collar’s lore.
But he’d never heard of them fighting alongside the Collar until very recently.
The old stories were something different.
Stories of a curse that befell hunters that ventured into darkest parts of the North Forest.
Men that disappeared for days, and came back… changed.
Slew their kin, and eventually disappeared or died.
Finnegan says he’d never seen such a man himself—they were just stories.
Until fairly recently, when Partholon came to the Taoiseach and told them that he could grant great power to chosen Laochra.
And those that were chosen, changed, just like in the old stories.
Some say it is a favor of Bánánach, but that doesn’t sit right with Finnegan.
It was always spoken of as some sort of curse, not a blessing.
Clan lore claims that the first Mac Tíre Ocrach was a man named Conall, many generations back. That his resting place is somewhere deep in the north side of the One Forest.
Until now, Finnegan had thought little of Conall. A monster buried out in the woods, his spirit haunting it and cursing those that displease the One Forest.
But there’s more to it than that.
Yesterday, Partholon came to the Taoiseach and told them of his new plan.
He hand-picked a group of laochra—likely men he has changed to Fiendwolves, Finnegan assumes.
Along with one of his close disciples in the Old Ways, one of his druids.
He has sent them deep into the forest
With orders to unearth Conall and bring him back.
Finnegan speaks in a low tone, obviously afraid.
If Conall is real, and if Partholon believes him to be then Finnegan believes it too, then he is a monster.
Whatever this team finds out there… it will lead to more bloodshed. More death.
Finnegan shudders.
This is why he came today.
He wanted to tell Steelshod, so that perhaps they can do something about it.
Cyril says to Cara—and the other Steelshod in general—that this might be better news than they think.
First of all, it likely means that Partholon is uncomfortable with his latest confrontations with Steelshod.
They must have pushed him, scared him, into doubting his ability to defeat them.
Or at least doubting his ability to defeat them without it costing a high price, one that could hamper his other plans.
Cyril can only assume, further, that Partholon had been leaving this off the table previously for a reason.
If this Conall was purely a valuable tool, it seems unlikely he would have waited until now to retrieve him
So perhaps Conall is unreliable in some way, or difficult to control.
That could be good for Steelshod—maybe there’s an inroad there. And it could be even worse for Steelshod—if Conall is actually more dangerous than Partholon already is.
In the end, as unfortunate as it is, Cyril’s opinion is that they have no choice but to try to intervene.
They must try to intercept this group. Interrupt their recovery of Conall.
It is a gamble, inherently. Partholon’s team has a headstart. They presumably know their destination better. They know the forest better. They must know more about Conall, too.
There are many reasons why it could be very dangerous.
But if they leave them alone, then they lose any opportunity to stop it. Partholon presumably gets his new ally, and their situation here gets that much more dangerous.
Cyril sees it as a risk they must take.
Agrippa points out that if they act immediately, they could also be putting Finnegan’s life in considerable danger.
Finnegan isn’t sure what to say about that initially
He hadn’t really considered that angle yet.
But he agrees with Cyril. He came here to tell them so that they’d intervene.
The risk to him...
He’s not sure what to say.
He pauses, and nobody has any great suggestions.
Cara and Agrippa take this lull as a chance to pivot topics for a moment
And ask Finnegan a few more questions about the Fiendwolves.
Has he known any of the men that have been changed? Did their personality change? Did they remain themselves? And, Cara asks, can they change back? They haven’t seen any of them do so.
Finnegan nods. He has known a few. Afric, for one.
Afric remained himself. His memories and personality remained. But he did change. He was more… angry. Violent. Unpredictable.
Yes, they can change back from beast to man. Though, Finnegan says, they are said to not live very long.
Some say it’s a shortened lifespan, others say they can only transform so many times before they die. But Finnegan doesn’t know for sure.
He’s inclined to believe it is somewhat true, however. When Afric went to meet Steelshod, Finnegan says the man knew he was going to die.
His goal was to make an impression, kill the man that killed Partholon, and die.
Felix snorts. “Well, he accomplished exactly one o’ those”
“Nooo,” Cara objects. “He got two of ‘em! He made an impression, and he died!”
Finnegan sighs.
He tells them that, as far as protecting him goes… they shouldn’t.
It’s more important to him that this ends without Steelshod and Victoria wiping out his people
If that costs his life… so be it.
Cyril asks if he’d be willing to fully defect. Not return home, but rather turn entirely.
Maybe they give him a few hours to return home and gather as many as he can, bring them back here.
Steelshod could then protect him.
Agrippa comments that Cyril is turning into a softy.
Cyril shrugs. He is just laying out options.
In his opinion, the best option is that they let Finnegan go back, and remain their double agent.
Then they send out lots of large raiding parties into the forest, with only one of them actually heading for the location Finnegan suggests.
The rest just being a fog cover, groups picking fights with Collar in the woods, so that Partholon assumes they stumbled upon the group sent after Conall.
But this option will likely cost the most lives, for Steelshod and their Victorian troops.
Picking fights in the Collar’s forest is dangerous, especially going in basically blind.
They will lose men, doing this.
Cara floats another idea.
Maybe they just put a knife to Finnegan’s throat.
Force him to lead them through the forest.
Finnegan’s eyes widen, but she keeps explaining.
They make Finnegan lead them out there
When they get close, they slip up and Finnegan manages to give them the slip
He reports back to Dolan and Partholon that he was trying to negotiate the release of his men, and traded Steelshod some scrap of intel... but then Steelshod violated hospitality, took him hostage, and forced him to take them there directly.
Basically: They give him some plausible explanation for the treachery, make it seem like Steelshod forced him
Finnegan likes this plan.
It’s very possible he could still pay with his life… but probably not.
He is a clan head, a member of the Taoiseach. Most likely, he would simply be somewhat disgraced and out of favor.
Either way, he’s willing to risk his life. Much preferable to him betraying them outright and his entire clan potentially paying a heavy cost.
They decide this is the deception they will go with.
Finnegan is pretty stone-cold, and Cyril’s read on him is that he won’t crack short of intense torture.
This is accurate. After all, I basically created Finnegan in a previous session as a response to another Yorrin Spy Network use. He’s their main competent man on the inside, and he has a fair share of covert skills.
Even so, they float few ways they can try to help Finnegan sell it
First, they will give him some intel on Steelshod to feed to Partholon and Dolan. If he can point out that even as he was held captive he tried to notice anything of value, that will help sell his loyalty to the Collar.
They’ll give him some info on their defenses, and their sentry patterns. They can always change them later.
Even better, Agrippa has the idea to further sell it by hitting Finnegan with some of the Black Wizards sorcery.
Specifically, an Essence of Joy that Yorrin left in Cyril’s inventory.
They can genuinely dose Finnegan with that, so there’s no need to make it up at all. If Partholon has any way of checking for the truth of the claim, he will find it to be true.
They won’t be letting him “escape” until they are deep in the forest, many hours later, more than enough time for the dose to wear off.
And so, a short time later, Felix steps up on the walls in plain view of Finnegan’s men.
He has Finnegan with him, hands tied behind him, and he has a blade to Finnegan’s throat.
Felix tells them to fuck off back home, and that Steelshod will be holding onto Finnegan.
Finnegan nods drunkenly, still high on Essence of Joy, and tells his men he’ll be fine.
They shout angrily, accuse Steelshod of violating guest rights, and begin readying bows.
Felix presses the knife closer, the other folk on the walls ready their own bows, and Finnegan sloppily calls down to his men to stand down
One of his men asks what they’ve done to him, and Felix tells them again to toddle off.
But they insist, and eventually Cara relents. She tells them that the Black Wizard—they have heard of him, at least, haven’t they?—has ensorcelled Finnegan.
He’ll do as they say. Cara promises that they’ll let him go when they’re finished with him… as long as these men leave.
Finnegan’s men are reluctant, but they decide they can’t do much for him right now
So they flee, vowing vengeance if Steelshod kills their clan chief.
With that, Steelshod takes a few minutes to assemble a considerable force.
And then they strike out, following the drugged up Finnegan’s lead
As he tries to lead them to Conall’s Rest.
Hey all!
It's been a while. It took a while to meet again, and then it took a while to get the post written up.
This arc has been more twisty than I initially expected, but overall it’s been pretty solid from my perspective. I am still really enjoying the chance to fuck with Steelshod with a powerful enemy that is substantially different from a lot of their more recent foes.
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