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Demosthenes
Ally Spirit formulae:

The Galatea Method -
Developed in the 2040s, this set of principles for summoning Ally spirits is much used by Hermetics, having originally been developed by Luca Buonnaroti in the university of Turin.

Buonarotti published the Method as a part of his Th.D. thesis, but never actually used it - he developed as a part of his studies into the art of Conjuring.
Since his Th.D. was funded by Saeder-Krupp, Buonnaroti's results became proprietary to that Corporation. Parts of the Galatea Method have been leaked to the magical community at large, but most of its users are Saeder-Krupp wage-mages.

According to Buonnaroti's ideas, the way in which a spirit is summoned (in the case of an Ally, its formula) can have a great influence on the mental state and "moral compass" of the summoned spirit.

If a magician uses the procedures set out in this method to derive the formula for an ally spirit, the resultant Ally is generally very obedient and friendly to its summoner - if frequently more free-willed than many others.

As a result, Allies summoned using this method are frequently more pleasant to have around - they seem to actually enjoy their service.

The Galatea Method does have its detractors - allies summoned using its procedures are often slightly different from the precise specifications of the formula (generally in ways that express the personality of the summoning magician, though not necessarily his or her subconscious), and they often break their summoner's control at inconvenient times.

Well-treated Galatea Allies will often remain well-disposed to their summoners, and may even continue to aid them in their endeavours.

The most common reason for a mage to use the Galatea Method is that it produces Allies that, from the very moment of creation, tend to act independently on behalf of the summoner, rather than the usual "passive" ally that acts only when commanded to.

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[Edit]Typo in Buonnaroti...[/Edit]
Ancient History
Cool.
hermit
Neat!

Y'know, all these articles should be stowed away somewhere ... it seems threads on DS are deleted after a while, and seeing these ides vanish that way is just a shame.
Fortune
Threads are not deleted over time. You just need to go to the bottom of each forum and change the box where it says last 30 days' to 'the beginning' to access all of them.
Edward
Still I have seen valuable data disappear before because a bulletin board sever crashed. I encourage anybody that posts such things to keep a copy on non degrading media so they donít loos it and grant permission for others to archive stories they like (with due credit being given naturally).

Some of the data I have seen lost includes detailed care and breeding instructions for types of aquarium fish that never got backed up. Although the raw data remained available weeks of discussion of implications, extensions and ideas for future study where lost when the server hard drive failed. When I went looking for the discussion weeks latter nobody had a record of it.

Edward
Ancient History
Yeah, lost the first copy of the Sperethiel dictionary that way. Back-ups are your friend.
Fortune
QUOTE (Ancient History)
Yeah, lost the first copy of the Sperethiel dictionary that way.

On this edition of Dumpshock, or a former one?
Ancient History
Former.
Halabis
Whoa!! completely off topic, but when did you get added to the Freelancer catagory AH? What books you work on? I have to go buy them now!
audun
QUOTE (hermit)
Neat!

Y'know, all these articles should be stowed away somewhere ...

Vote added. In addition, having them all in one place makes them much more accessible. If you didn't catch them when they were posted on Dumpshock you will probably don't even know that they exist.
AH's site seems like the obvious place to me. Please?
Ancient History
QUOTE (Halabis)
Whoa!! completely off topic, but when did you get added to the Freelancer catagory AH? What books you work on? I have to go buy them now!

They moved me a couple of weeks ago. While I'm flattered, you shouldn't buy a book just because I'm connected with it in any peripheral way, though you've probably bought SOTA:64 already.

QUOTE (aurun)
AH's site seems like the obvious place to me. Please?

I've been giving the idea of a site or section for game material some thought, but I haven't done it yet.
Fortune
What did you write in SotA64, AH?
Ancient History
Very little. Mainly, I provided necessary help and some ideas that a couple of the freelancers fleshed out. I have written up a section for SoLA, though.
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