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  • Hakkonen
    started a topic Exalted coffee?

    Exalted coffee?

    Suddenly, I have an urge to play a Twilight alchemist who runs a coffee shop.

  • Eldagusto
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    I treat Coffee in my world similar to how I treat Vanilla and Chocolate, it’s traditionally well used in corners of the World , usually in the southern coasts and far west, and elsewhere it’s an Exotic Luxury good. The realm is going through a Java fad, I call coffee Java in most places, and in past eras Coffee was spread across the world in the Era of Dreams but the Shogunate was the last Culture to ship it worldwide.

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  • TheCountAlucard
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    Originally posted by Accelerator View Post
    That sounds fascinating. Any recommendations?
    Allen, Stewart Lee (1999). The Devil's Cup: Coffee, the Driving Force in History. Soho Press.

    ​This link also has some more about the coffee ceremony.

    Last edited by TheCountAlucard; 02-23-2019, 12:27 PM.

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  • Accelerator
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    Originally posted by TheCountAlucard View Post
    You're not wrong; coffee was huge in the ancient world. People were killed trying to smuggle it, governments banned it... these humble beans have a huge amount of history to them.
    That sounds fascinating. Any recommendations?

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  • Hakkonen
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    Apologies for the necro, but I was thinking about this idea today. All bonuses gained from drinking Exalted-brewed coffee are equal to the brewer's Essence, and last a number of hours equal to the successes on their Craft (coffee) roll. Mortals drinking Exalted coffee must succeed on a Stamina + Resistance roll, difficulty equal to the brewer's Essence, or suffer cardiovascular symptoms (elevated blood pressure, heart palpitations, etc.) inflicting one level of bashing damage per hour. Botching the Stamina + Resistance roll means the damage inflicted is lethal.

    Unassailable Fortress of the Self
    Originating as a warrior's pre-battle drink, this brew is also used by diplomats and courtiers entering into critical negotiations. It grants a bonus to the imbiber's Resolve. Those who drink Unassailable Fortress regularly often become arrogant (even by the standards of Exalts!) and extremely set in their ways.

    Lightning-Imbued Espresso
    A favorite among athletes and dancers, Lightning-Imbued Espresso (which, despite the name, is not literally imbued with lightning) adds Charm dice to any Athletics or Performance roll involving fast and/or precise movements. Imbibers tend to speak very quickly while under the influence, and find it virtually impossible to sit or stand still.

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  • Hakkonen
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    Originally posted by Simon Darkstep View Post
    This needs to become an Exigency.
    Shaky Hands, Chosen of Stimulants?

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  • Simon Darkstep
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    This needs to become an Exigency.

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  • vampire hunter D
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    Um, do we need a seperate thread on Exalted Booze? Or is such unbelievably warped drinks under ths auspice?


    Asking for a friend*



    *That friend being the empty bottle 18 onches away

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  • Kelly Pedersen
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    Originally posted by Hakkonen View Post
    What sort of effects might coffee brewed by a Solar alchemist have?
    There's room for amazing effects without going full artifact-crafting, I think. A lot of them could be summed up as "like coffee, but faster/better/nicer". So if a "normal" cup of coffee can keep you awake and energetic for two hours, a cup brewed by the Indomitable Chiaroscuro-Press Barista could keep you awake for 12 hours, and you won't get the shakes, either.

    Originally posted by Hakkonen
    I want it to make the drinker knurd (the opposite of drunk, a state beyond mere sobriety), but I'm not sure what that should look like.
    Well, we know from the books that Samuel Vimes is permanently slightly knurd, and in his case it seems to manifest as being "the most cynical bastard who walks under the sun". So I'd treat becoming knurd as a social influence attempt to inspire emotion, specifically that of "cynicism". As usual with inspire attempts, someone can choose exactly how to handle that emotion, but it does count as a major intimacy, so it would be easier to convince someone, for instance, to give up their intimacy of "sincere respect for the Realm".

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  • vampire hunter D
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    Can we have Exalted Coffee so strong it would need to be stirred by a Soulsteel spoon?

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  • Hakkonen
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    What sort of effects might coffee brewed by a Solar alchemist have? The Ex3 core doesn't seem to have much on potions, or alchemy for that matter, and making it a capital-A Artifact seems like going too far. I want it to make the drinker knurd (the opposite of drunk, a state beyond mere sobriety), but I'm not sure what that should look like.

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  • Binary Phantom
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    My players have come up with legionnaire's coffee. You know i's ready to drink when the metal spoon you stirred it with has dissolved into the brew. Wakes you right up but the gastrointestinal damage takes one day off your life expectancy, one cup at a time

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  • BrilliantRain
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    Well, if you want a widespread coffee culture in the area that your game is covering, then saying that the plant is practically a weed in that area allows it to be ubiquitous and potentially for coffee snobbery about specific breeds or flavors or whatever to evolve. This might enable other stories you want.

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  • Kelly Pedersen
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    Originally posted by Sundance View Post
    I don't know that there's any particular reason for coffee, or any other crop, to have had one particular origin point in Creation.
    My reason, at least, is that having an origin makes for more interesting stories that involve coffee. If coffee is already ubiquitous, there's no need to trade it long distances, no plots where someone tries to steal the secret of the plant and carry it home, no sudden new markets when you introduce it to a group that's never tried it before, and so on. You certainly can say that a god or some other supernatural being distributed coffee everywhere it could grow, but that actually makes things less interesting, so why would you?

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  • Isator Levi
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    Originally posted by Kelly Pedersen View Post
    In our history, it only seems to date back to the 15th century C.E., and I think it's equally possible that in Creation, nobody happened across this useful plant until recently, and it's still spreading.
    You bring up an interesting possibility. I've read things about coffee before, but overlooked or forgot the fact that the plant originated in a somewhat isolated mountainous area. I would find it plausible for such a spot to have been largely overlooked through most of the First Age, and even if it was found, not under circumstances in which somebody would think to brew it.

    Idea: the coffee plant originates in the Caul.

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