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  • #16
    My god. This is amazing and I love it. Plus it plays nice with White Reaper, so that's a plus!
    Last edited by ffanxii4ever; 03-04-2017, 11:00 AM.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Beans View Post
      Holy hell, that's perfect.
      Also I'm not sure if the first charm is meant to be Sometimes Horses Approach or "Sometimes, Horses!" Approach.
      Both! ten characters


      Currently Writing: Arms of the Chosen, Dragon-Blooded: What Fire Has Wrought, Scion: Hero

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Robert Vance View Post
        I didn't review it with too critical an eye. My guess is that it'd be closer to the underpowered side of the scale. But then, maybe I fail to understand the power of a properly hidden horse.
        Wise man says that the power of the properly hidden horse is unknown until you have a hoofprint on your face.

        Wise man is secretly horse.


        A Clutch of Dragons: Hub Thread, Performance, Presence, Resistance, Ride, Sail, Socialize Stealth, Survival, Thrown, War<NEW

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        • #19
          "Horses that had, themselves, practiced tiger style"

          Holy hell I have to write this encounter. I like to imagine that when they activate the full power of their style they turn into zebras.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Synapse View Post
            Sometimes horses fly approach
            I feel like this whole style might have started as a joke about that Charm name.

            Also, I'm just going to leave this here:
            https://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2012/11/02

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            • #21
              can anyone copy=paste the style here?
              Apparently RPG.net isn't available to be viewed in Israel

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Greyskull View Post
                can anyone copy=paste the style here?
                Apparently RPG.net isn't available to be viewed in Israel
                Here you go:


                Originally posted by Jenna Moran
                Hi! I felt like writing an Exalted martial art today. ^_^

                Hidden Horse Style
                Hidden Horse Style is a combat style built around the idea that a horse your opponent does not expect is a horse that they cannot defend against. It emphasizes flexibility, surprise, and mounted combat techniques. This style originated with the spies of the southern tribes, frustrated at how easily their distinctive horses would give their identities away, but flourishes among the pirates of the west, whose sudden, unexpected being on a horse-ness is substantially more surprising.

                Hidden Horse Weapons: Hidden Horse style uses whips (and direlashes), chains (and dire chains), one-handed spears (and longfangs), and an unarmed style learned from studying horse boxers in the wild known as “the horse fist.” One deviant tradition replaces the latter with the “tiger trampling” style—a fierce rearing/slashing unarmed art learned from observations of horses that had, themselves, practiced the tiger style.

                Armor: Hidden Horse style is compatible with light armor and with shields.

                Complementary Abilities: Hidden Horse stylists use Ride to avoid enemy attacks and tame and control their hidden horses. Survival is useful for Hidden Horse Stylists who wish to branch out into the more general field of martial hidden mount techniques and need to tame exceptional wild animals to ride, while Bureaucracy is helpful for those who are less ambitious and just want to go to the market and buy horses. Resistance is important for acquiring a tough, horse-like attitude towards life, and most Hidden Horse stylists have at least one dot of Linguistics so that they can actually read the secret manuals of their sect.

                Sometimes Horses Approach
                Cost: 6m; Mins: Martial Arts 3, Essence 1
                Type: Simple
                Keywords: Terrestrial, Mastery, Mute
                Duration: Instant
                Prerequisite Charms: None

                Through intense contemplation of the Seven Thousand Horses Sutra, the martial artist understands that all things are in horses, and horses, in all things. Sometimes Horses Approach reveals that a horse last seen in the possession of the martial artist was in fact hidden on her person or nearby. The horse is fed, watered, fresh, in good health if they were before, and (although sufficiently complicated circumstances may necessitate a Ride roll) the martial artist may choose to reflexively mount it as it arrives.

                Terrestrial: Dragon-Blooded are limited to horses appropriate to their element’s color: Fire Aspects may only reveal red horses, Earth Aspects white horses, Water Aspects black horses, Air Aspects blue horses, and Wood Aspects green horses. Note that blue dun, blue roan, depressed, frozen, and blue-blooded horses qualify as blue, while any horse that has just begun its training qualifies as green. Extremely jealous, very sick, and wood-elemental-blooded horses also qualify as green. Ambiguous cases are resolved with a difficulty 3 (Perception + Ride) roll; failure indicates a horse of another color.

                Mastery: The martial artist is not limited to horses last seen in her possession, but may produce any horse that she could plausibly have obtained since it last showed up in play or, if it’s never shown up in play, that she could plausibly have picked up in any region where she recently spent off-camera time.

                Galloping Horse Fist
                Cost: 5m; Mins: Martial Arts 2, Essence 1
                Type: Reflexive
                Keywords: Dual, Mastery
                Duration: One scene
                Prerequisite Charms: None

                The martial artist’s fists charge forth like galloping horses. Galloping Horse Fist grants the martial artist’s unarmed attacks Reaching and allows her unarmed decisive attacks to deal Lethal damage should she so choose.

                Mastery: The martial artist’s Hidden Horse attacks may attack at Short Range while this Charm is in effect.

                High Horse Meditation
                Cost: 3m, 1wp; Mins: Martial Arts 3, Essence 1
                Type: Simple
                Keywords: Mastery
                Duration: Indefinite
                Prerequisite Charms: Galloping Horse Fist

                The essence of being mounted is being hard to reach from the ground. Understand this essence and no one may approach you. Except a horse. High Horse Meditation grants +1 Evasion while mounted; further, while using this Charm, the martial artist treats any normal mount she is riding as an enormous mount for the purposes of defense. Enemies using short-range attacks without the Reaching tag must use a (Dexterity + Athletics) action at difficulty 3 to climb onto the martial artist’s mount before they can attack the martial artist. The martial artist in turn must use a Reaching or ranged attack should she wish to attack.

                Mastery: While this Charm is in effect, the martial artist has the option to get so high on her high horse as to be effectively at Medium Range from those embattled with her mount on the ground. While this is principally a matter of posture and attitude, it requires a move or disengage action normally.

                Hidden Horse Form
                Cost: 8m; Mins: Martial Arts 4, Essence 2
                Type: Simple
                Keywords: Form
                Duration: One scene
                Prerequisite Charms: Sometimes Horses Approach, High Horse Meditation

                The martial artist swirls her sleeves, steps, and Essence in deliberate and hypnotic movements that increasingly obscure the matter of whether she is riding a horse at all. The Hidden Horse stylist is on foot—or is she? The shapes of horses seem to surge behind the swirls of cloth. The Hidden Horse stylist is mounted—or is she? Her foot touches down upon the earth and her hip rotates and where exactly would that “horse” she's riding be? The “truth” behind the style is that the pedestrian master has learned to make her weapon and clothes shadows into horses, while the mounted master typically “rides” by holding the horse one-handed, where she can carry or be carried as she wishes and can use the torque of her hips and her own brief footsteps to rapidly move her horse into locations that deceive the enemy eyes, rising up into a proper mounted position only when desirable.

                While in Hidden Horse Form, the martial artist’s mounted state is ambiguous. It requires a difficulty 4 (Perception + Awareness) roll to determine if she is mounted—other characters can examine the martial artist’s horse, but cannot determine for certain if the horse is actually there without succeeding at the roll until the martial artist has spent at least a tick not riding it. The martial artist gains +1 Defense, inflicts a -1 Defense penalty against her attacks, and may always choose to receive the attacking/defending benefits of being mounted against anyone who has not successfully perceived since the last time the martial artist dismounted that she has done so. While in Hidden Horse Form, Sometimes Horses Approach becomes Reflexive.

                Special Activation Rules: Whenever a decisive attack misses her mount, a mounted Hidden Horse stylist may reflexively activate Hidden Horse Form. Wait, was she mounted at all? Whenever all enemies on the scene lose sight of both the martial artist and a suitable mount, including suitable mounts ridden by others, an unmounted Hidden Horse stylist may reflexively activate Hidden Horse Form. Where there’s one mount, there could be two!

                Hidden Horse Hands
                Cost: 4m; Mins: Martial Arts 4, Essence 2
                Type: Supplemental
                Keywords: Withering-only, Terrestrial, Mastery
                Duration: Instant
                Prerequisite Charms: Hidden Horse Form

                The martial artist fades backwards, shooting horses out of her sleeves in a withering attack on her unsuspecting enemy. This attack adds the martial artist’s Ride to its raw damage, adds +2 to its Overwhelming, and may hit enemies at Close or Short Range. A successful hit knocks opponents small enough for a horse to knock down prone, including essentially all human-sized opponents, and knocks enemies smaller than human size a range band away from the martial artist as well. An opponent Crashed by Hidden Horse Hands loses one Appearance for the remainder of the scene as a large hoofprint appears in the middle of their forehead.

                Terrestrial: The attack must inflict at least 4 initiative damage to knock the opponent prone. The Dragon-Blooded may not reduce the Appearance of enemies whose initial Appearance was lower than her own.

                Mastery: The attack receives Essence bonus dice to hit and the Overwhelming bonus increases to +3. If the martial artist spends an additional 1wp when making this attack, she may hurl a larger mount or hurl a hidden horse with greater force: a successful hit knocks prone any targeted creature without truly extraordinary size or sturdiness and steals a point of initiative from one with such a trait.

                Hidden Horse Stance
                Cost: 3m; Mins: Martial Arts 4, Essence 2
                Type: Reflexive
                Keywords: Psyche, Terrestrial, Mastery
                Duration: One turn
                Prerequisite Charms: Hidden Horse Form

                A firm horse stance is the basis of all martial arts. The martial artist adds +2 to her mount’s Defense; if it is struck, she may use her Resistance Charms to defend it. If the attack misses or if all of its effects and damage are negated, the mount disappears for the rest of the turn—psyche! There’s no mount! The martial artist was just displaying a truly admirable horse stance instead! Characters with Resolve lower than the martial artist’s Ride are unable to discern any tangible evidence to the contrary until the effect ends.

                Terrestrial: A Dragon-Blooded who uses hidden horse stance cannot recover a mount that disappeared by ending this Charm or by waiting out its duration: she must either move to a nearby location where it could have been concealed or invoke Sometimes Horses Approach to recover it.

                Mastery: When using this Charm to defend her mount, the martial artist also steals one point of initiative from an enemy that fails to do damage.

                Hopping Horse Stratagem
                Cost: 3m, 2i; Mins: Martial Arts 5, Essence 3
                Type: Reflexive
                Keywords: Mastery
                Duration: Instant
                Prerequisite Charms: Hidden Horse Stance

                The hoof-scattering sutra and the tendon-lightening mudra unleash acrobatic talents the martial artist’s mount didn’t even know it had. When the martial artist's mount or the mounted martial artist is hit by an attack, the mount may borrow the energy of that attack to spring backwards, forwards, up, or down (if applicable) a single range band, incidentally reducing the final damage taken by one level.

                Mastery: A mounted Solar martial artist may also invoke this Charm after successfully parrying an attack with a Hidden Horse style parry.

                Mysterious Horse Art
                Cost: 3m; Mins: Martial Arts 5, Essence 2
                Type: Supplemental
                Keywords: Decisive-only
                Duration: Instant
                Prerequisite Charms: Hidden Horse Form

                The martial artist gives a sharp shout or distracting motion that smashes open the stable doors of the mounted target’s mind and exposes them to the all-awakening horselessness insight. This Charm supplements an unhorse gambit, doubling 10s on the “damage” roll, allowing the martial artist to unhorse her target at Short or Medium range, and forcing the horse to immediately and reflexively enter Stealth with the martial artist’s Essence in extra successes upon the target’s successful unhorsing.

                Mastery: This Charm also lowers the difficulty to unhorse the target by one.

                Eternal Equinox Transcension
                Cost: —; Mins: Martial Arts 5, Essence 3
                Type: Reflexive
                Keywords: None
                Duration: Instant
                Prerequisite Charms: Mysterious Horse Art

                It’s not wise to play with horses in front of a true master of the art. Upon a successful unhorse gambit or a decisive attack that kills an enemy’s mount, the martial artist may use a free hand to reflexively steal and ready their mount. If she unhorsed the target at Medium or greater range, or killed the target’s mount at Short or greater range, she must be able to stunt an explanation for how it reaches her; depending on the stunt, it may not arrive until the beginning of her next action. As long as she wields the enemy’s mount, a mount of typical size is treated as a dire chain. It requires a feat of strength (albeit with Essence bonus successes) to pick up an enormous mount; if the martial artist does so, it is still treated as a dire chain, but is heavy and not medium. If the mount holds severe enmity towards the martial artist or possesses great loyalty to its former rider the martial artist may only keep it in hand for a number of combat turns or out of combat scenes equal to her successes on a (Strength + Martial Arts) roll.

                Evocations for “a stolen enemy mount” cost only 4xp, or 2xp if identical to the evocations the martial artist has mastered for another artifact weapon.

                Mastery: Upon readying a stolen mount, the martial artist may roll (Charisma + Performance) with her Ride in bonus dice to showily twirl her new weapon around herself, inspiring her allies with hope, her enemies with sorrow or despair, or some other appropriate inspirational effect. The martial artist is not hindered by directing this at multiple targets. If any enemy is successfully inspired to break and run, the martial artist immediately gains one point of temporary Willpower.

                Friendship is Magic
                Cost: 4m, 1wp; Mins: Martial Arts 5, Essence 3
                Type: Reflexive
                Keywords: Terrestrial, Mastery
                Duration: Instant
                Prerequisite Charms: Hidden Horse Hands, Hopping Horse Stratagem, Eternal Equinox Transcension

                The real treasure of this martial art is the horses you’ve met along the way. Once per scene, the martial artist may invoke this Charm when she or her mount is struck by an attack to declare that a passing horse leapt into its path, saving her. This cannot protect against attacks dealing more than 30 levels of damage, which casually knock the horse aside if withering or go straight through it if decisive, in either case without even slowing down. Otherwise, the attack is defeated without a contest. This Charm is reset by rescuing a horse or horse-like creature from a danger that the martial artist didn’t bring upon it herself.

                When defending against an opponent of lower Initiative than the martial artist’s, this Charm does not cost Willpower.

                Terrestrial: The passing horse retroactively reduces successes on the attack by the martial artist’s Essence, but does not automatically negate the attack.

                Mastery: A passing horse that leaps between a Lawgiver and danger will not die. (At least, not as an immediate result of doing so.)

                Hidden Horse Heart
                Cost: 6m, 1wp; Mins: Martial Arts 5, Essence 4
                Type: Supplemental
                Keywords: Mastery
                Duration: Indefinite
                Prerequisite Charms: Friendship is Magic

                The true horse is the horse within. Once per combat, this Charm supplements an unhorse gambit, lowering its difficulty by 1 and waiving its initiative cost. Like Mysterious Horse Art, it doubles 10s, extends the valid range of the unhorsing attempt—this time to Long Range—and forces the target’s mount to immediately and reflexively enter Stealth with the martial artist’s Essence in extra successes upon the target’s successful unhorsing. However, more importantly, upon successfully unhorsing the target, the martial artist reveals retroactively that “her” last few actions in combat had actually been taken entirely by her mount—the martial artist herself has for some unknown length of time been impersonating the enemy’s mount. She immediately appears in Close Range of the now unhorsed target and may follow up her unhorsing gambit with an immediate decisive Hidden Horse surprise attack.

                This Charm may be reset by inflicting at least three levels of damage on a mounted enemy.

                Mastery: In order to deceive the target with this Charm, the martial artist must first make their two hearts as one. If the Solar is willing to create a minor positive Tie to the enemy she successfully unhorses with this Charm, she may also make a reflexive (Charisma + Presence) roll with bonus successes equal to their opponent’s Ride to instill a similar Tie in her erstwhile foe.

                hat tip: the Charm name "Sometimes Horses Approach" was suggested by Robert Vance



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                • #23
                  This right here? THIS is what the esoteric martial arts of Mercury's Chosen look like.


                  So I'm making God-Kicking Boot, an Exalted webcomic, now. Updates on Sundays. Full-color, mediocre but slowly improving art. It's a thing.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Robert Vance View Post
                    Both! ten characters
                    Sometimes horses times it sometimes it sometimes it sometimes horses times horses.

                    As silly as this whole thing is... I absolutely also want to see it in play.


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                    • #25
                      This, is, glorious!!!


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                      • #26
                        So the game will be enriched if I add this to my games right? It won't be lessened?


                        It is a time for great deeds!

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                        • #27
                          The second version alpha after feedback:


                          Originally posted by Jenna Moran
                          Hidden Horse Style
                          Hidden Horse Style is a combat style built around the idea that a horse your opponent does not expect is a horse that they cannot defend against. It emphasizes flexibility, surprise, and mounted combat techniques. This style originated with the spies of the southern tribes, frustrated at how easily their distinctive horses would give their identities away, but flourishes among the pirates of the west, whose sudden, unexpected being on a horse-ness is substantially more surprising.

                          Hidden Horse Weapons: Hidden Horse style uses whips (and direlashes), chains (and dire chains), one-handed spears (and longfangs), and an unarmed style learned from studying horse boxers in the wild known as “the horse fist.” One deviant tradition replaces the latter with the “tiger trampling” style—a fierce rearing/slashing unarmed art learned from observations of horses that had, themselves, practiced the tiger style.

                          Armor: Hidden Horse style is compatible with light armor and with shields.

                          Complementary Abilities: Hidden Horse stylists use Ride to avoid enemy attacks and tame and control their hidden horses. Survival is useful for Hidden Horse Stylists who wish to branch out into the more general field of martial hidden mount techniques and need to tame exceptional wild animals to ride, while Bureaucracy is helpful for those who are less ambitious and just want to go to the market and buy horses. Resistance is important for acquiring a tough, horse-like attitude towards life, and most Hidden Horse stylists have at least one dot of Linguistics so that they can actually read the secret manuals of their sect.

                          Sometimes Horses Approach
                          Cost: 6m; Mins: Martial Arts 3, Essence 1
                          Type: Simple
                          Keywords: Terrestrial, Mastery, Mute
                          Duration: Instant
                          Prerequisite Charms: None

                          Through intense contemplation of the Seven Thousand Horses Sutra, the martial artist understands that all things are in horses, and horses, in all things. Sometimes Horses Approach reveals that a horse last seen in the possession of the martial artist was in fact hidden on her person or nearby. The horse is fed, watered, fresh, in good health if they were before, and (although sufficiently complicated circumstances may necessitate a Ride roll) the martial artist may choose to reflexively mount it as it arrives.

                          Terrestrial: Dragon-Blooded are limited to horses appropriate to their element’s color: Fire Aspects may only reveal red horses, Earth Aspects white horses, Water Aspects black horses, Air Aspects blue horses, and Wood Aspects green horses. Note that blue dun, blue roan, depressed, frozen, and blue-blooded horses qualify as blue, while any horse that has just begun its training qualifies as green. Extremely jealous, very sick, and wood-elemental-blooded horses also qualify as green. Ambiguous cases are resolved with a difficulty 3 (Perception + Ride) roll; failure indicates a horse of another color.

                          Mastery: The martial artist is not limited to horses last seen in her possession, but may produce any horse that she could plausibly have obtained since it last showed up in play or, if it’s never shown up in play, that she could plausibly have picked up in any region where she recently spent off-camera time.

                          Galloping Horse Fist
                          Cost: 5m; Mins: Martial Arts 2, Essence 1
                          Type: Reflexive
                          Keywords: Dual, Mastery
                          Duration: One scene
                          Prerequisite Charms: None

                          The martial artist’s fists charge forth like galloping horses. Galloping Horse Fist grants the martial artist’s unarmed attacks Reaching and allows her unarmed decisive attacks to deal Lethal damage should she so choose.

                          Mastery: The martial artist’s Hidden Horse attacks may attack at Short Range while this Charm is in effect.

                          High Horse Meditation
                          Cost: 3m, 1wp; Mins: Martial Arts 3, Essence 1
                          Type: Simple
                          Keywords: Mastery
                          Duration: Indefinite
                          Prerequisite Charms: Galloping Horse Fist

                          The essence of being mounted is being hard to reach from the ground. Understand this essence and no one may approach you. Except a horse. High Horse Meditation grants +1 Evasion while mounted; further, while using this Charm, the martial artist treats any normal mount she is riding as an enormous mount for the purposes of defense. This means that enemies using short-range attacks without the Reaching tag must normally use a (Dexterity + Athletics) action at difficulty 3 or an appropriate Charm to climb onto the martial artist’s mount before they can attack the martial artist. The martial artist in turn must use a Reaching or ranged attack should she wish to attack. Flying enemies and others who would be capable of attacking characters on enormous mounts without climbing on board may do so to the martial artist as well; this applies even to the Mastery version of the Charm, below.

                          Mastery: While this Charm is in effect, the martial artist has the option to get so high on her high horse that she is considered to be at Short or Medium Range from those embattled with her mount on the ground. Others may follow her to the dizzying heights of her high horse, or whatever other animal it is, but must first climb on as described above. While the martial artist's extreme snobbery here is principally a matter of posture and attitude, it requires a move or disengage action as normal.

                          Hidden Horse Form
                          Cost: 8m; Mins: Martial Arts 4, Essence 2
                          Type: Simple
                          Keywords: Form
                          Duration: One scene
                          Prerequisite Charms: Sometimes Horses Approach, High Horse Meditation

                          The martial artist swirls her sleeves, steps, and Essence in deliberate and hypnotic movements that increasingly obscure the matter of whether she is riding a horse at all. The Hidden Horse stylist is on foot—or is she? The shapes of horses seem to surge behind the swirls of cloth. The Hidden Horse stylist is mounted—or is she? Her foot touches down upon the earth and her hip rotates and where exactly would that “horse” she's riding be? The “truth” behind the style is that the pedestrian master has learned to make her weapon and clothes shadows into horses, while the mounted master typically “rides” by holding the horse one-handed, where she can carry or be carried as she wishes and can use the torque of her hips and her own brief footsteps to rapidly move her horse into locations that deceive the enemy eyes, rising up into a proper mounted position only when desirable.

                          While in Hidden Horse Form, the martial artist’s mounted state is ambiguous. It requires a difficulty 4 (Perception + Awareness) roll to determine if she is mounted—other characters can examine the martial artist’s horse, but cannot determine for certain if the horse is actually there without succeeding at the roll until the martial artist has spent at least a tick not riding it. The martial artist gains +1 Defense, inflicts a -1 Defense penalty against her attacks, and may always choose to receive the attacking/defending benefits of being mounted against anyone who has not successfully perceived since the last time the martial artist dismounted that she has done so. While in Hidden Horse Form, Sometimes Horses Approach becomes Reflexive.

                          Special Activation Rules: Whenever a decisive attack misses her mount, a mounted Hidden Horse stylist may reflexively activate Hidden Horse Form. Wait, was she mounted at all? Whenever all enemies on the scene lose sight of both the martial artist and a suitable mount, including suitable mounts ridden by others, an unmounted Hidden Horse stylist may reflexively activate Hidden Horse Form. Where there’s one mount, there could be two!

                          Hidden Horse Hands
                          Cost: 4m; Mins: Martial Arts 4, Essence 2
                          Type: Supplemental
                          Keywords: Withering-only, Terrestrial, Mastery
                          Duration: Instant
                          Prerequisite Charms: Hidden Horse Form

                          The martial artist fades backwards, shooting horses out of her sleeves in a withering attack on her unsuspecting enemy. This attack adds the martial artist’s Ride to its raw damage, adds +2 to its Overwhelming, and may hit enemies at Close or Short Range. A successful hit knocks opponents small enough for a horse to knock down prone, including essentially all human-sized opponents, and knocks enemies smaller than human size a range band away from the martial artist as well. An opponent Crashed by Hidden Horse Hands loses one Appearance for the remainder of the scene as a large hoofprint appears in the middle of their forehead.

                          Terrestrial: The attack must inflict at least 4 initiative damage to knock the opponent prone. The Dragon-Blooded may not reduce the Appearance of enemies whose initial Appearance was lower than her own.

                          Mastery: The Overwhelming bonus increases to +3. If the martial artist spends an additional 1wp when making this attack, she may hurl a larger mount or hurl a hidden horse with greater force: a successful hit knocks prone any targeted creature without truly extraordinary size or sturdiness and steals a point of initiative from one with such a trait.

                          Hidden Horse Stance
                          Cost: 3m; Mins: Martial Arts 4, Essence 2
                          Type: Reflexive
                          Keywords: Psyche, Terrestrial, Mastery
                          Duration: One turn
                          Prerequisite Charms: Hidden Horse Form

                          A firm horse stance is the basis of all martial arts. The martial artist adds +2 to her mount’s Defense; if it is struck, she may use her Resistance Charms to defend it. If the attack misses or if all of its effects and damage are negated, the mount disappears for the rest of the turn—psyche! There’s no mount! The martial artist was just displaying a truly admirable horse stance instead! Characters with Resolve lower than the martial artist’s Ride are unable to discern any tangible evidence to the contrary until the effect ends.

                          Terrestrial: A Dragon-Blooded who uses hidden horse stance cannot recover a mount that disappeared by ending this Charm or by waiting out its duration: she must either move to a nearby location where it could have been concealed or invoke Sometimes Horses Approach to recover it.

                          Mastery: When using this Charm to defend her mount, the martial artist also steals one point of initiative from an enemy that fails to do damage.

                          Hopping Horse Stratagem
                          Cost: 3m, 3i; Mins: Martial Arts 5, Essence 3
                          Type: Reflexive
                          Keywords: Mastery
                          Duration: Instant
                          Prerequisite Charms: Hidden Horse Stance

                          The hoof-scattering sutra and the tendon-lightening mudra unleash acrobatic talents the martial artist’s mount didn’t even know it had. When the martial artist's mount or the mounted martial artist is hit by an attack that would do at least one level of damage, the mount may borrow the energy of that attack to spring backwards, forwards, up, or down (if applicable) a single range band, incidentally reducing the final damage taken by one level.

                          Mastery: A mounted Solar martial artist may also invoke this Charm after successfully parrying an attack with a Hidden Horse style parry.

                          Mysterious Horse Art
                          Cost: 3m; Mins: Martial Arts 5, Essence 2
                          Type: Supplemental
                          Keywords: Decisive-only
                          Duration: Instant
                          Prerequisite Charms: Hidden Horse Form

                          The martial artist gives a sharp shout or distracting motion that smashes open the stable doors of the mounted target’s mind and exposes them to the all-awakening horselessness insight. This Charm supplements an unhorse gambit, doubling 10s on the “damage” roll, allowing the martial artist to unhorse her target at Short or Medium range, and forcing the mount to immediately and reflexively enter Stealth with the martial artist’s Essence in extra successes upon the target’s successful unhorsing. If the target was not mounted, a successful unhorsing also retroactively generates an appropriate mount for them to be successfully unhorsed from, as if they or the martial artist had recently used Sometimes Horses Approach.

                          Mastery: This Charm also lowers the difficulty to unhorse the target by one.

                          Eternal Equinox Transcension
                          Cost: —; Mins: Martial Arts 5, Essence 3
                          Type: Reflexive
                          Keywords: None
                          Duration: Instant
                          Prerequisite Charms: Mysterious Horse Art

                          It’s not wise to play with horses in front of a true master of the art. Upon a successful unhorse gambit or a decisive attack that kills an enemy’s mount, the martial artist may use a free hand to reflexively steal and ready their mount. If she unhorsed the target at Medium or greater range, or killed the target’s mount at Short or greater range, she must be able to stunt an explanation for how it reaches her; depending on the stunt, it may not arrive until the beginning of her next action. As long as she wields the enemy’s mount, a mount of typical size is treated as a dire chain. It requires a feat of strength (albeit with Essence bonus successes) to pick up an enormous mount; if the martial artist does so, it is still treated as a dire chain, but is heavy and not medium. If the mount holds severe enmity towards the martial artist or possesses great loyalty to its former rider the martial artist may only keep it in hand for a number of combat turns or out of combat scenes equal to her successes on a (Strength + Martial Arts) roll.

                          Evocations for “a stolen enemy mount” cost only 4xp, or 2xp if identical to the evocations the martial artist has mastered for another artifact weapon.

                          Mastery: Upon readying a stolen mount, the martial artist may roll (Charisma + Performance) with her Ride in bonus dice to showily twirl her new weapon around herself, inspiring her allies with hope, her enemies with sorrow or despair, or some other appropriate inspirational effect. The martial artist is not hindered by directing this at multiple targets. If any enemy is successfully inspired to break and run, the martial artist immediately gains one point of temporary Willpower.

                          Friendship is Magic
                          Cost: 4m, 1wp; Mins: Martial Arts 5, Essence 3
                          Type: Reflexive
                          Keywords: Terrestrial, Mastery
                          Duration: Instant
                          Prerequisite Charms: Hidden Horse Hands, Hopping Horse Stratagem, Eternal Equinox Transcension

                          The real treasure of this martial art is the horses you’ve met along the way. Once per scene, the martial artist may invoke this Charm when she or her mount is targeted by an attack to declare that a passing horse leapt into its path, saving her. This cannot protect against attacks dealing more than 30 levels of damage, which casually knock the horse aside if withering or go straight through it if decisive, in either case without even slowing down. Otherwise, the attack is defeated without a contest. This Charm is reset by rescuing a horse or horse-like creature from a danger that the martial artist didn’t bring upon it herself.

                          When defending against an opponent of lower Initiative than the martial artist’s, this Charm does not cost Willpower.

                          Terrestrial: The passing horse reduces successes on the attack by the martial artist’s Essence, and permits the martial artist to describe/stunt their own response as the kind of panicked helplessness that awakens the protective instinct of equine passersby even while declaring more traditionally effective defenses and defensive Charms... but it does not automatically negate the attack itself.

                          Mastery: A passing horse that leaps between a Lawgiver and danger will not die. (At least, not as an immediate result of doing so.)

                          Hidden Horse Heart
                          Cost: 6m, 1wp; Mins: Martial Arts 5, Essence 4
                          Type: Supplemental
                          Keywords: Mastery
                          Duration: Indefinite
                          Prerequisite Charms: Friendship is Magic

                          The true horse is the horse within. Once per combat, this Charm supplements an unhorse gambit, lowering its difficulty by 1 and waiving its initiative cost. Like Mysterious Horse Art, it doubles 10s, extends the valid range of the unhorsing attempt—this time to Long Range—and forces the target’s mount to immediately and reflexively enter Stealth with the martial artist’s Essence in extra successes upon the target’s successful unhorsing. However, more importantly, upon successfully unhorsing the target, the martial artist reveals retroactively that “her” last few actions in combat had actually been taken entirely by her mount—the martial artist herself has for some unknown length of time been impersonating the enemy’s mount. She immediately appears in Close Range of the now unhorsed target and may follow up her unhorsing gambit with an immediate decisive Hidden Horse surprise attack.

                          This Charm may be reset by inflicting at least three levels of damage on a mounted enemy.

                          Mastery: In order to deceive the target with this Charm, the martial artist must first make their two hearts as one. If the Solar is willing to create a minor positive Tie to the enemy she successfully unhorses with this Charm, she may also make a reflexive (Charisma + Presence) roll with bonus successes equal to their opponent’s Ride to instill a similar Tie in her erstwhile foe.

                          hat tip: the Charm name "Sometimes Horses Approach" was suggested by Robert Vance


                          Bonus: Oat-Eating Technique.

                          Originally posted by Jenna Moran
                          Oat-Eating Technique
                          Cost: 4m, 1wp; Mins: Martial Arts 3, Essence 1
                          Type: Supplemental
                          Keywords: Decisive-only, Mastery
                          Duration: Instant
                          Prerequisite Charms: Horse-Spawning Attack

                          This Charm is the other technique by which the Solars slew the enemies of the gods, and spirits hate and fear it even more than Ghost-Eating Technique. The martial artist's horse claw murder hand rips the target open and they begin to bleed delicious, healthy rolled oats. These oats are not the physical oats that flow through their veins, if in fact they have oats in their veins, but rather oats of Essence---the target loses one mote for each level of damage inflicted and bleeds one further mote every turn until the wound is stanched. These motes do not return at the normal rate, but rather at the rate of one per day (or one per hour if the target manages to recover and eat the oats involved); if an NPC target is Incapacitated by the attack and does not receive adequate medical treatment thereafter, their "permanent debility" may be that their mote pool is forever reduced.

                          Mastery: If a spirit is slain by this attack, it is destroyed permanently. The fallen oats may then be prepared into a rejuvenating cereal that can restore as many motes as the spirit lost before dying. This cereal may only be eaten once, and will go bad at the end of the story unless extraordinary preservative measures are used.



                          Scion 2E: What We Know - A wiki compiling info on second edition Scion.

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                          • #28
                            So I can;t really say if it's balanced or not looking over it, but I just want to say that under the compatible armor section at the start, it says that shields can be used. Shields are weapons in Ex3, not armour.

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                              • #30
                                Oh, Homestuck. I stopped reading that back during the two year break. Did it ever get finished? Did that game ever come out?

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