Ronin Of Dreams
Clarifications I can provide! Especially since you know this compromise bio was basically the product of an under-rested mind staying up veeeeeeeerry late.
You reference a couple times throughout the bio about setting various gear on fire, specifically the Meteor. I'm going to guess this is possible due to the use of something called embersilk. Silk itself is fairly flammable, so please clarify if the actual cloth are burning away, able to hold flame but remain unharmed, or some other combination that allows for the on-fire gear.
This is mostly covered within a combination the umbrella of My Fire? No Problem and Fuel for the Fire specifically, and a callout to what embersilk is from Shirt of Chainmail, or at least it was intended to be so. I can see how there's enough ambiguity in how they wound up written that I've failed to explain thoroughly enough. (Perspective of the bio may not have helped here, I'll also admit.) Anyway! The "disguise" elements are meant to be burnt to give him plenty of fire in the Paragon stage. Rather explicitly an occurrence that will happen either post 1 or post 2 for obvious reasons with alot of theatrics.
As for embersilk, I'll hand-quote a key line then elaborate for clarity: "No, scraps of embersilk clothing don’t really count. It really is just silk made from fire instead of insect byproducts, okay!?" There is nothing distinctively different from normal silk. It is not providing Con any forms of fire resistant clothing. The material doesn't tend to blacken and scorch, just release back into flame, but that's purely aesthetic trappings. I.e. no little tiny black brittle beads of burnt silk nor ash, nor the smell of burning hair. Aesthetic. And just like silk, it burns in contact with flame real easy, but doesn't catch on fire to transmit it along the rest of the clothing. That's a trait of pure silk, and used as a burn test for real life authenticity of product.
Which, yeah, I can see why you bring it up for explicit clarity all the same.
If he sets himself on fire, it'd be with his fire. Heat within the bounds of his control. This was meant that My Fire? No Problem applies to his gear. A more verbose discussion on how his style of pyrokinetics work - and granted, rant style given the presentation I chose for the bio - was actually planned. But left on the sleep-deprived cutting room floor given lack of time remaining to submit, though I had hoped the Pyrokinesis section that did make it would suffice. The fire itself comes from there being sufficient heat energy causing combustion with the air itself, in physics technical terms, shunted around or contained by his will (i.e. the psionics part of pyrokinesis). So he's pushing heat along his clothing, containing it near, and as per lesson #1 always with the emphasis of pushing away.
Microversion: Embersilk acts like pure silk. Orichalcum is a metal that doesn't burn. The clothes meant to catch fire and burn of his own doing are meant to do so by his own will and action, while the rest is meant to be protected by his own will and action from his own abilities. And in no way are protected from any other fires, flames, or otherwise from acting as pure silk naturally does, some purely aesthetic details aside.
If you want an edit to make that an explicit addition to the immunity of My Fire? No Problem I would understand. Cutting room floor oversight and all. But also consider: This is also to prevent him from winding up running around totally stark raving nude from any of his abilities being used. And I really do like the whole self-immolating psychological warfare moment of him creating his reservoir of heat-fuel in a flashfire moment.
I'm also assuming then that the pyrokinetic abilities require heat drawn from your own fire/fuel, with the exception of Firebolt that references pulling from ambient heat. If that is not the case, let me know! In either case, I'd like to know how that ability (and any others that end up pulling on ambient temperature) is impacted depending on the environment - dry vs. wet, hot vs. cold, etc.
Mostly self-enforced limitations in the trappings of intent and for ease of balance. Firebolt is almost pure Will in nature - flame doesn't normally have kinetic impacts akin to sling bullets after all - and very little required heat. The mention of ambient is here given how trivial a heat cost it is. (And the slinger reference? Slingers normally carried about 80 'glands', or shot, or bullets depending on which era/culture into battle. Not kidding about balancing by comparison, ammunition is a non-issue, but I tied in a lag time matching the comparison to prevent rampant 'Pew Pew Finger Guns!')
Also, since there's never any certainties about environment, what he has via Fuel is what he gets. That's the plan, and that's less headaches having to go back and forth with you about certain otherwise eligible arena facets. Nor be an unfair potential advantage on the sunbaked sands of the Finals should Con make it that fair. Arena features are verboten. Both Whoosh and Too Hot to Handle explicitly have to draw from his fuel. Quote: "Aside from Firebolts, I probably only have enough for four or five uses of the other two Expressions." but since you asked, I'll still elaborate.
Humidity doesn't make anything harder. While actually producing fire in high humidity might be more difficult, I know you know water has a high specific heat itself, so it would be easier to draw heat from in "mass". No, I cannot claim I am apologetic for the pun this time. We'll chalk this a Net Zero Sum situation. Harder to pull from heat that isn't there, so colder environments would make that harder, but easier when it is in abundance. A pyrokineticist in a desert is a happy one with a largesse of fuel in normal conditions. Also, this style is quite comfortable there. Easy to push heat out, always more difficult to pull it in (as training intends, that's dangerous you know!), leading to arctic conditions being just as if not more naturally dangerous for the cold.
Now if there is an unattended source of natural fire burning around that wasn't a native arena feature? He can 'restock' as it were. Unattended is a key word there, mostly out of ease vs difficulty. While I doubt that will wind up being relevant given how combats normally go in the EC, I *did* foresee the possibility and made a clear note upon it. Again coming nestled from within My Fire? No Problem, with a tiny amount of F.E.R.R.E.T. grade snark given his upbringing. Quote: "It also means that, barring a hot environment, I’m best suited to bringing my own fuel. Which I have! And I’m planning on being limited by it rather than hunting for any non-arcane, non-divine heat sources wherever I wind up. Though if I make my own, that’s fair game to replenish from. Say by lighting abandoned gear on fire. Or corpses. Battlefield cremation is a thing, isn’t it?"
Would you like any further elaborations? And what aspects, if necessary, would you like to be added into a revised bio for ease of future reference, both for yourself and my fellow compatriot writers & competitors?
(I don't normally edit anything in an EC, not even OOC posts, but requested and gained permission to fix a broken tag.)
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