[#][F] Eric Minton - 6/21/2017
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
So, it would be legit for a summoner to task bind a Blood Ape with the following order:

"You are to prevent anyone from entering this tomb to the best of your ability. This means I expect you to stay inside it and kill anyone who trespasses."
Sure, sounds legit.

Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
But not this:

"You are to prevent anyone from entering this tomb to the best of your ability. This means I expect you to stay inside it and kill anyone who trespasses. And if the Solar ghost wakes up, slap it around until it goes back to sleep." I mean, the Blood Ape might try to do that second part anyway, but it wouldn't be task bound to do so, right?
For starters, a blood ape can't do much to hurt a dematerialized ghost [EDIT: ignore this bit, dematerialized creatures can hit each other. oops], and beating up a ghost doesn't really knock it unconscious...

This one's sort of borderline. As written, they're distinct tasks, but they're close enough that (positing for the sake of argument that things work as above) you could probably adjust the two tasks slightly to bring them into line with one another. Like, "Prevent anyone from entering or leaving this tomb." Or "Ensure that this ghost remains asleep in its sepulcher. This means I expect you to subdue it if it wakes, and to keep trespassers out of its tomb."

On the other hand, a Storyteller could reasonably decide that it's close enough to being one task that it's legit. It's a judgment call.

The main reason to keep task binding limited is to restrict abusive "tasks" that are very clearly things that should require multiple summonings and bindings. Like "Your task is to build this manse, then craft that daiklave, then lay waste to the city over there..." — or worse, the classic: "Your task is to do everything that I tell you to forever." It's up to the Storyteller to determine where to draw the line.

(To be fair, "Do this task and then forget you were summoned" is also a judgment call. But since the forgetfulness isn't actually an option, it's not relevant in practice.)