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Monday Preview - Guild Lawyer

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Happy New Year Wyrdos!  There is no better way to celebrate a new year than with a new preview!   Today we take a look at the Guild Lawyer.  

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The Guild Lawyer is an advanced pursuit in the upcoming Guild supplement, Above the Law. As one might expect, Guild Lawyers are, well... lawyers who are employed by the Guild. Mixed in with the standard legal questions of Malifaux's bar exam are a number of moral and ethical questions that don't have any sort of actual legal answer. Instead, they serve to highlight prospective lawyers whose mindset is sufficiently cruel enough to serve the Guild's purposes. Such characters are brought to the office of Lucius Mattheson and offered a contract guaranteeing them employment in exchange for their souls. Nobody who has refused to sign the contract has ever made it out of Mattheson's office alive.

Once a lawyer has joined the ranks of the Guild, they gradually begin to realize that their contract with Mattheson has given them some degree of control over the laws of reality. For instance, they can use their Objection! talent to force a character to redo an action they just performed or force characters they are speaking with to tell the truth, no matter their personal inclinations. Skilled lawyers can even make powerful Closing Arguments, which have a chance of Paralyzing and debuffing every enemy in a wide area around the Lawyer... at the cost of making her Slow for the rest of the scene.

By far the most interesting and powerful talent available to Guild Lawyers is Sign Your Life Away. It allows the Lawyer to draft up a contract that forces anyone who signs it (whether they do so voluntarily or not) to fulfill the terms of the contract, no matter what they might be. With a simple signature, someone might be forced to turn over their entire fortune to the lawyer, assassinate a troublesome pest, commit suicide, or even to fall in love with a specific person. Destroying the contract nullifies the agreement, so most Guild Lawyers are very particular about just where they store their paperwork.

Always read the fine print!

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Weird. When did this get unveiled?

If it’s a New Year’s preview...

*looks at background color shift from Gnomezilla’s 2017 faction to 2018 faction*

*worries...*

...is that changing color for anyone else?

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Love the Lawyers! Such upstanding members of "truth" and "justice"! 

But why is the background yellow? 

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12 hours ago, Gnomezilla said:

Weird. When did this get unveiled?

If it’s a New Year’s preview...

*looks at background color shift from Gnomezilla’s 2017 faction to 2018 faction*

*worries...*

...is that changing color for anyone else?

The Outcast infection is taking hold! Quickly, set your second Emissary on the pyre as a sacrifice!

 

...just do it outdoors and with proper respiratory protection.

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5 minutes ago, Pyrflamme said:

The Outcast infection is taking hold! Quickly, set your second Emissary on the pyre as a sacrifice!

 

...just do it outdoors and with proper respiratory protection.

I’m sure the local Sonnia will happily volunteer to set my emissary on fire...again. :lol:

 

Can the lawyers use Objection! on friendlies too, to force reflips on flips they failed the first time, or is it strictly a debuff?

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1 hour ago, Gnomezilla said:

Can the lawyers use Objection! on friendlies too, to force reflips on flips they failed the first time, or is it strictly a debuff?

You can totes use it on friendies.

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Man, this made me think of a player I have not gamed with in some time as he would go into that office and try to play hardball with Lucius over the contract.  Likely to have his character never seen again but he would have thought he could get away with it.

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3 hours ago, Mason said:

Nope.

You get that by successfully binding yourself with a legal contract to acquire the status, duties, responsibilities, and perquisities associated with the classification of mimic [see footnote].*

*this probably has nothing whatsoever to do with canon or game mechanics

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