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  • Isator Levi
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    Originally posted by Imrix View Post
    Trying to push Lunars as having a cohesive, setting-wide organisation is never going to make much sense, though.
    That would be why there's only twenty of them.

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  • Ascension
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    Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
    Shahan-ya. I was trying to work out why they used a new term, rather than something more resonant. I couldn't find where it's from. Shahan, of course, means "King (of)" in Persian. (Shahanshah is King of Kings.)
    What surprises me is that it's explicitly identified as "Old Realm for 'guide' or 'teacher,'" which wouldn't seem to make it an inherently Lunar title. Unless there's an implicit "of Lunars" in the word that would be understood to native Old Realm speakers, I would expect Sidereals and Gods, and possibly other groups as well, to also use the title shahan-ya.

    I guess this could even be the start of a gradual retcon, phasing out the real-world title "sifu" in favor of an Exalted-specific term, analogous to the use of "daiklave"? But I expect not.

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  • BrilliantRain
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    Originally posted by Imrix View Post
    I like the acknowledgement of modern reasons to oppose the Realm, and the existence of Elders hailing from different periods in Creation’s history. Trying to push Lunars as having a cohesive, setting-wide organisation is never going to make much sense, though. Call it a qualified success.
    From what I read their organization sounded anything but cohesive.

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  • BrilliantRain
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    I agree with others that this is very cool, gets my brain humming...and I'm also confused about the home base of the Shadow Fang Vanguard. Granted, from that description, I'm assuming they're hanging out up near Halta, which doesn't really seem like the front lines of the War on the Realm or any other "vanguard" type region, but "the Forests of the North East" could be as far in as Medo, technically.

    Vance, if you're reading this, it might be worth clarifying that a bit.

    Anyway, the bit about Primordial War Lunars being these devastating god monsters and then changing themselves to fit the First Age inspired me to come up with a Lunar elder. During the late first age, she was a teacher, a friend, a community leader, a kind person who always had some cookies baking and never raised a hand to anyone. While many knew she was a veteran of the Divine Revolution, very few people knew any details of her war record and tended to assume she coordinated things and helped keep spirits up. But, now, she just liked to relax and enjoy life with her spouse and the children she was teaching.

    When the Usurpation came, due to an oversight, the Dragon Blooded strike team sent against her was not read in on her ancient records and was thus woefully unprepared for "Five Valleys" Sekmet, She of the Impenetrable Coat, the Slayer of Mountains, resuming her true god beast form for the first time in an age.

    I'm not entirely sure she survived, but I think she could be a fun shahan-ya for a group.

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  • Saur Ops Specialist
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    Originally posted by Leliel View Post


    In fact, MHS can be just as much as a jerk in past editions, but come off as a friend to the Silver Pact-less organization means less oversight and people not realizing he's gone off the deep end. To them, he's just a very old Lunar with a very understandable grudge that leads him to heading a very militant school.
    No. 2e had that terrible Nameless Lair writeup, and that past edition can keep it, buried under the other inexplicable Wyld anomalies hiding atrocity centers.

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  • Wise Old Guru
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    For the record, long-distance warfare gets a lot easier to pull off when you can bind a Second Circle demon and send it to go mess with your enemy once a month.

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  • Imrix
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    I like the acknowledgement of modern reasons to oppose the Realm, and the existence of Elders hailing from different periods in Creation’s history. Trying to push Lunars as having a cohesive, setting-wide organisation is never going to make much sense, though. Call it a qualified success.

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  • VioletDreamer
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    I think Ma-Ha-Suchi changed as of the Third Edition core, for anyone wondering what his basic stance was absent the context of his war with Raksi!

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  • Isator Levi
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    Originally posted by Leliel View Post


    In fact, MHS can be just as much as a jerk in past editions, but come off as a friend to the Silver Pact-less organization means less oversight and people not realizing he's gone off the deep end. To them, he's just a very old Lunar with a very understandable grudge that leads him to heading a very militant school.

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  • Leliel
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    Originally posted by Isator Levi View Post

    Between this and a prior reference in a Lunar preview, I'm afraid it looks like they may be stepping away from that portrayal of him.

    Unless it's meant to be read as his cloistering having been relatively recent, or that fight with Raksi having happened a long time ago.

    But I think the reading of it being revised is less strained.

    In fact, MHS can be just as much as a jerk in past editions, but come off as a friend to the Silver Pact-less organization means less oversight and people not realizing he's gone off the deep end. To them, he's just a very old Lunar with a very understandable grudge that leads him to heading a very militant school.

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  • Isator Levi
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    Originally posted by Saur Ops Specialist View Post
    Didn't MHS eschew contact with everyone, including the Pact, in order to do his own thing? It seems odd that he's clashing over its policy unless that policy is "step to the side and stay out of my way".
    Between this and a prior reference in a Lunar preview, I'm afraid it looks like they may be stepping away from that portrayal of him.

    Unless it's meant to be read as his cloistering having been relatively recent, or that fight with Raksi having happened a long time ago.

    But I think the reading of it being revised is less strained.

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  • Kleptomania
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    I like this quite a bit, but what interests me the most is the potential conflicts over the future of the Lunar Exalted and Creation as a whole. I think that could be an great basis of a game focusing on Silver Pact politics in place (or alongside) of fighting the legacy of the Usurpation; deciding what the Lunar Exalted should become once their long vendetta is settled.

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  • Saur Ops Specialist
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    Originally posted by nightshrike View Post
    While I know Exalted doesn't have anything to do with oWoD anymore (if ever) but is anyone else getting Werewolf vibes from the Shadow Fang Vanguard? Shape-shifters from a north eastern part of the world who are all about dominance and have beef with a group with silver in the name. Feels very much like the Silver Fangs vs the Shadow Lords and if so I approve.
    Shadow Lords never broke off quite like that. One of the allowances afforded to a long war that's actually going in your favor without having to change your program.

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  • nightshrike
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    While I know Exalted doesn't have anything to do with oWoD anymore (if ever) but is anyone else getting Werewolf vibes from the Shadow Fang Vanguard? Shape-shifters from a north eastern part of the world who are all about dominance and have beef with a group with silver in the name. Feels very much like the Silver Fangs vs the Shadow Lords and if so I approve.

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  • Saur Ops Specialist
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    Didn't MHS eschew contact with everyone, including the Pact, in order to do his own thing? It seems odd that he's clashing over its policy unless that policy is "step to the side and stay out of my way".

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