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I can see three kinds of items that could be crafted: IEDs, traps, and food/water/med equipment. IED is Improvised Explosive Device. These three classes of items are all crafted by real combatants in real wars, using what is on hand: fertilizer, fuel, wire, string, tape, etc. It is possible to create one's own water filters.

Some kinds of equipment could be salvaged and recombined into other equipment for communications or contamination detection or makeshift medical equipment.
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Year of the Ram might be more for the Chinese client.
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I have a suspicion that  the A.I. guy who was recently hired by Anet (forget his name) might not be working on mob A.I. as expected, but on corrupted player sylvari actions and behaviors which sylvari players would have to contend with as part of their experience in HoT. Your thoughts?
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Great questions! I especially loved "WHY U BLOW UP MAH ZEPHYRITES?" and "Cantha?" :)
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+Michael Martine One of the very first things Colin said to me upon meeting me was "I'm sorry for the Zephyrites." XD
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Thought this was useful and so sharing. Enjoy. :)
Becoming more aware of how you want to shape your character's emotional arc in each scene can lead you to much more powerful scenes.
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Thanks for putting the whole movie in the trailer, now I don't have to see it.
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Beautifully done, thanks for making and sharing. :)
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My question: what IS the Heart of Thorns? Is it a relic? A weapon to defeat Mordremoth? Is it where Mordremoth lives, his lair? Is it what will save the sylvari from total servitude to the dragon? What if we learn that killing Mordremoth will also kill all the sylvari unless we use the Heart of Thorns to save them?
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As a warrior main since the beginning, I'm highly doubtful that warriors will get daggers unless it is as an off-hand only.

It actually might be possible for warrior to get staff, but not as a magical pew-pew ray gun. Instead, the warrior will use the staff more like a bo staff for melee.

However, another possibility is that the warrior (maybe not the only class to get this treatment) will get spear as its specialist weapon.
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Researching vampire feeding that doesn't kill a person. Does anyone actually know what veins or arteries can be punctured and then treated without surgery? Vampire lore loves the neck and wrists, for reasons of sensuality, but does that actually work? You'd think this would be easier to answer but I'm not getting any trustworthy information.

I've seen so many people talking out of their asses trying to research this.
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Thanks for the informed responses, everyone, very helpful. I'm one of those people who flips tables when shit is wrong in a book or movie.

And yet, of course we're dealing with the fantastic, here, as fantasy writers, so you're in strange territory. So many vampire tropes are just dumb yet vampires continue to hold a fascination for us.

Part of that is the combination of sex and violence. How to keep the sexiness but not have someone say "Oh that would never happen!" and throw your book across the room. Hence my question and your wonderful answers. :)
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I've found it incredibly inspiring and useful to use Pinterest as a way to find and collect great visual concepts for characters. I have a secret board for my current WIP that I may make public after publication. But here is a small sampling of what I've found:
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Careful it can suck you in and waste a lot of time.
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OMG finally another class! I hope that Wizard and Valkyrie come soon.
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