It's an interesting point you bring up here and one which was bound to
surface eventually. What has to be understood is the context of the
help files mentioned in your last post. I believe it's something Genesis
stressed in his posts introducing HELP MICROCOSM.
You are quite right to point out that using these help files as a shield
for simply losing a battle you were quite willing to enter, is not on.
The example of entering an enemy city demonstrates this precisely.
There is a certain heroism involved where an individual charges head-long
into an enemy city, intent on some revenge or statement to be made by their
actions. It's perfectly right that every citizen should jump to action and
defend the honour of their city. It's quite a different matter however when
a citizen is involved in a one on one fight, summons his enemy to the city
and the city then all bundles in and interferes with a personal battle which
might have been going on for some time. Having said that, there might also
be circumstances where this IS reasonable.
Ultimately there are no clear cut rules that can be given bullet points and
everyone can follow them. The idea behind sadism and microcosm require people
to think hard about what they're adding to their own lives. It's the
difference between playing a role and button bashing.
Though I might be pushing the boat out a little here I do also consider these
issues to be closely tied to the idea of role. Ask yourselves the next time
you kill a person six times in a row, 'Do I really hate this person this
much?'. The death of your enemy becomes close to useless if there is no
setting or context to it.
If you just can't help yourself and something about your enemy sets you
grinding your teeth, then create a context, set the atmosphere for their death
and follow it through. Legends in the making, remember? No help files or
rules can do that, only people.
At the same time, no-one wishes to make Avalon a cotton padded world. But it
must be a world, not just an environment of mechanic slaughter.
For those of you who understand this, I'm sure there isn't a problem.
For those who don't, I'm sure enough examples and specific instances
will arise over the next few weeks to make things clearer.
Mephisto, god of the night.
Written by my hand on the 27th of Springflower, in the year 1124.