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  • Isator Levi
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    Oh thank Bob the armour chapter is vastly shorter.

    Three dots

    ​Baldaquin: Ohh, diplomatic armour, this should be fun. Let's see... mostly enhancements to other Charms, but that's a model I'm sold on. The immunity creating capstone is nice, and the whole thing seems well suited to the Eclipse role of building ties between nations. A sense I'm getting from this is that armour doesn't just need to be about defence, but can function as a kind of regalia, an empowered uniform for a certain office, and I'm good with that; I think defence has fewer variations than offence, and am happy to take up directions besides combat performance enhancement.

    ​Heartsbalm: Armour made for the protection of a loved one. This one actually does show a decent way to focus more on defensive aspects; not so much variations, as empowering defence under certain circumstances or when aligned with a characteristic. I can think of a few places to take that framework.

    ​Kaijin: This seems to be the first example of starmetal going heavily for that adopting the nature of spirits angle. Kind of a combination of role and defence, given that it specifically leans on the immaterial aspect. Not much else to say on it; it's functional and has its character, but isn't the most interesting.

    Midnight Thorn: This looks like another straightforward, direct kind of one; enhancement in jungle warfare. The image of throwing around flowers that burst into shrubbery for concealment is amusing, though.

    Four dots

    Five Edicts Dominion: Hmm, quite a lot going on with this one; immensely ancient, created from Old Laws, having attained a malefic consciousness from being left to fester for millennia. What powers does it have... ah, bestowing an aura of command. Makes sense.

    The ​Quincunx: Let's see... concept of geometry as a means of defence against sorcery and similar powers, and particularly resonant with Twilights. It's strong and flavourful, but another that feels utilitarian to me (to be clear, that's not a criticism, just what my emotional response is).

    ​Sozen, the Cataphract of Keys: Oooh, this one's good; I like the occasional bit of occult weirdness in Artifacts, and a disguise as a demon that created its cover identity in its forging fits the bill. If nothing else, this would definitely be the kind of thing I could use as an example of ancient magic that isn't really understood and can't immediately be replicated even in forging an Artifact of the same level. I have a particular fondness for the one that harnesses and builds upon the ominous phenomena associated with the demonic persona.

    Five dots

    Mela's Coil: I'm guessing that this one is built to fight flying enemies. It works, but only really becomes interesting to me at the transforming into a storm dragon level.

    ​Unison: Before I even read this one, I'm going to get a comment about it being used to encompass the universe and become what the single-minded once called a god out of the way. Nohono, I'm sure it's about some kind of transformation for the wielder. I like the description of the Final Unity Mien. I'd say that this one hasn't gone too deeply into its own power, so I might just try and come up with some later Evocations for it.

    ​All right, so, that's the armour. It's getting late now, so I think I'll save tackling the rest of the book until tomorrow.

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  • MoroseMorgan
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    The Hawk Star's Jess is the best possible version of David's sling.

    Also, (Doom)

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  • Stephen Lea Sheppard
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    Originally posted by Lanaya View Post
    Gotta say, the similarities between Heartsbalm and All-Conquering Colossus make the former look pretty lame. I can imagine Mirshaan and Oak Ring Prince hanging out at a party or something. "Oh, your husband made you a 3-dot suit of armour after you almost died? That's cute. My wife made me a terrifying orichalcum behemoth that can tear a tyrant lizard asunder and almost killed me with it. For our first date."
    God, I love First Age Solars.

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  • CharonFerryman
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    Does anyone know the Artifact rating equivalent for Glorious Solar Saber and other equivalent Charms?

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  • Lanaya
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    Gotta say, the similarities between Heartsbalm and All-Conquering Colossus make the former look pretty lame. I can imagine Mirshaan and Oak Ring Prince hanging out at a party or something. "Oh, your husband made you a 3-dot suit of armour after you almost died? That's cute. My wife made me a terrifying orichalcum behemoth that can tear a tyrant lizard asunder and almost killed me with it. For our first date."

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  • Saipjas
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    Originally posted by Xerxes View Post
    Is there a section of advice about homebrew artefact construction? They'd pretty much zero TOC info on Drivethrurpg that I can see.
    Yes both in design notes, thematics, and scales for various levels of artifacts!

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  • Isator Levi
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    Okay, four five-dot Artifacts, of which one I've already seen and commented upon in detail. Let's see what I can find to say about them.

    ​The Forgotten Blade: My initial take on its "???" material made me think this would be an example of an inexplicable mystery extended to a substance of unknowable property, but reading more into it, it appears to 'just' be a reference to the idea that its material is not recorded (which does not preclude the idea of being something unique and unknowable). Still, I'd say that every good Exalted book needs at least one inexplicable mystery. Loss of memory is a subject that I've viewed as distinctly terrifying ever since it was a major plot point in Dave Brookshaw's Broken Diamond chronicle, so this daiklave strikes me as having a lot of potential as a thing of world-bending might, and I'm particularly glad for it to be more focused and subtle than the expected destructive effects. I've often thought of Evocations in terms of having a single, straightforward power (like an energy blade emitted by a slash) and the actual cascade consists of various setups and elaborations for that, but this one represents an interesting alternative model in which it has a central, immediate power of a more sorcerous bent, and then the rest consist of various applications to actual sword combat. I always have a big concern for powers of a weapon not detracting from it actually being used as a weapon. To top it off, it has another example of that wonderfully horrifying "make everybody forget somebody after killing them" effect.

    ​Gorgon: Apart from being a horrible petrifying beastie trapped in a weapon (whose power needs to be roused by waking it up with blood), it's interesting to have the idea of something reworked from the Time Before; gives a new spin on those descriptions at the start of the first chapter. Although I'm all for evil powers rendering people trapped for eternity, I am a bit glad that souls bound in stone bodies can be released by breaking them. I admit, I had been wondering since the opening fiction how turning people to stone might work, as it seems to have nowhere to go, so a combination of metaphorical petrification through fear effects and then the woken devil pulling the wielder around to improve their killing seems like a good way to go.... in addition to gradual petrification. It's less original than the Forgotten Blade, but still a strong and novel take on this kind of enormous power.

    ​Soulfarer: Seems about your standard blood and soul-eating black metal weapon, at first glance. Still, that probably needs to have been something that came up at some point. The associations with sorcery are interesting. Pain-Eating Empowerment is really leaning on the Stormbringer references, eh? It probably has the least overtly powerful capstone, although I imagine that with the right spells, being able to pull in those kinds of motes can be rather devastating.

    ​So, with Stormcaller already having been covered, that's all of the weapons done. Let's have a look at that armour.

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  • Elfive
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    Yeah, just a page or two. They give you maximum number of evocations for a given dot level plus what those evocations should do.

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  • Xerxes
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    Is there a section of advice about homebrew artefact construction? They'd pretty much zero TOC info on Drivethrurpg that I can see.

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  • Kyman201
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    Originally posted by ScarecrowJ View Post
    Everyone had their own pet timeline and no one could fully agree.
    It's a secret to everybody.

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  • BrilliantRain
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    Originally posted by Gallus View Post


    Which makes me wonder how you would stat up a Radiant Blade and Plate.
    Plate is pretty much standard Superheavy Artifact Armor, possibly with a bit more penalty negation and and a minor strength bonus.

    A Shardblade had a thing where it negates mundane soak and a power where any decisive attack that does damage generates a crippling wound if you pay a few motes or something. And a built in version of Call the Blade.

    I'd need to actually sit down and figure out how to write it all up, but I think that covers the bases for the "standard" Plate and Blades.

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  • ScarecrowJ
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    Originally posted by OpMegs View Post

    I do like that, and there's bits and pieces here and there. I swear, we're going to need a thread just to try to puzzle out the various eras (despite them clearly being intended to be guidelines rather than histories) because there's just enough consistency to make it a puzzle that you want to solve.
    ...A warning from my experience with another fandom: don't take the puzzle too seriously.

    I've been part of the Legend of Zelda community for a long time. Its probably the first fandom I was a part of.

    Everyone had their own pet timeline and no one could fully agree.

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  • Sagara
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    I did a quick skim plus a full read up to the Distaff, but something popped grinning like a fool whil reading Karvara (because why not) - reading its story, it seems a couple size adjustments away from being retrofitted into Juggernaut.

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  • OpMegs
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    Originally posted by Gigaton-Falcon-Emu View Post
    Is anyone else loving the eras? It makes creation feel so much older than a number of the standard four (Pre-Exalts,First Age, Second Age, Present). Dozens of eras and none of them are just names as the weapon's stories and comments tell you so much about the different periods, especially the shogunate!

    This is a marvelous read and I forsee it eating weeks as I scan it for scrap after scrap of lore
    I do like that, and there's bits and pieces here and there. I swear, we're going to need a thread just to try to puzzle out the various eras (despite them clearly being intended to be guidelines rather than histories) because there's just enough consistency to make it a puzzle that you want to solve.

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  • Elfive
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    One thing I noticed is that apparently they made one deliberative, it collapsed, and later on they tried again.

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