Sigh. I find myself in constant need of that vid, I leave for a few hours and we have discussions about sword beams, physics, handwaves, politics, and cereal? Just for good measure.
Which brings to question: just how strong are most nobles? I'd expect the vampires to be of the (toned down) flying brick variety in terms of stock powers, but it seems that many other nobles are no more physically durable than humans. So what's going to stop some dude with a gun unleashing bullet ###### on a kitsune or a thunderbird? Unless having weaknesses implies that they're resistant to everything else, they look like that a normal human (with proper combat training) can take one on and have a realistic chance of survival. Also, how much do the "muggles" (particularly government) know about this supernatural war? And how far are they willing to intervene?
Most Nobles don't have many powers that would defend them from directly from being hit with a bullet, however most Nobles also don't concern themselves too much with modern day stuff. Also you're confusing Academy Nobles with actual grown Nobles, many of the powers are quite advanced for Nobles that have grown over the years. So while they couldn't necessarily stop a bullet from killing them, they could always: use illusions to make the person shoot the wrong spot, move much faster than the aim of the human, incinerate them before they have a chance to do anything, etc.
Its also worth pointing out, like I did to Basilisk, one of the main reasons Swords and Bows are so popular in the stuff beyond the Shroud is because they're reusable. See, Enchanted weaponry is generally required to deal with Creatures and Demons if you plan on doing any harm to them, generally these enchantments are just basic things that allow them to do damage. The thing about guns is that you need every bullet enchanted and then you'll need to buy brand new enchanted bullets, considering how much punishment some Creatures and Demons can take you can see how the costs can begin wracking up. Whereas with Swords and Bows can be enchanted once and they'll generally last the live of the wielder, unless you're a terrible Archer who wastes all his arrows. In which case you should just learn already that my approach of meticulously making sure I don't lose/waste arrows in Skyrim is infinitely better.
Do note that the protection mentioned above really doesn't apply to Nobles for when they evolved so much beyond the basic creatures, they also lost some of the Demonic traits that granted them the protection in the first place.
As far as government knowledge, most know nothing, however there are high ranking Nobles, Exorcists, Hunters, etc within many of those organizations to make sure things at least remain smoothly for going ons beyonds the Shroud.
Dang writing so much this early in the morning? Ah well, more to come soon, timeskip imminent.
One more time for good measure.
Edited by Toa Onarax, Jul 31 2013 - 05:25 AM.