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  • Originally posted by Knurlurzhad View Post
    How does the Inert Initiative of battle groups interact with Charms that grant Initiative? I am specifically asking in reference to Charge of One Hundred Generals from What Fire Has Wrought. Would a battle group cavalry unit gain the initiative for moving a range band.
    They can still gain Initiative from such effects.


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    • Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
      Can the Sculpted Seafoam Eidolon perform actions that wouldn't require die rolls? Like picking something up, carrying a load, etc? Or if it tries to do that, does the item just fall through the entity's surface?
      Yes, it can do stuff like that.


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      • Originally posted by autXautY View Post
        If you use Claws of the Silver Moon in an animal form to boost a natural weapon where the animal's dice pool is less than yours, does the accuracy boost from the Claws replace (well, they're both +1) or add to the normal accuracy of using a natural weapon with your own pool?
        Same question for Overwhelming, though I'm guessing that replaces since a hippo with overwhelming 10 would be somewhat excessive.
        Both bonuses stack. Hippos are scary.


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        • Originally posted by Indivisible View Post
          Could you please clarify how recognizing something by scent works?

          Animals have the Discerning Scent latent ability, which lets them identify one scent per purchase. Lunars could technically use this option, but it would get expensive quickly.

          Solar's have scent libraries through Keen Taste and Smell Technique, which works on people you have significant intimacies towards, as well as any mundane scents you may have encountered. I thought that creating scent libraries would be how other charmsets handled human characters with a superhuman sense of smell, bu this doesn't appear to be the case.

          Lunars have four scent charms that don't create a scent library:
          Stricken Calf Scent to diagnose, track, or oppose Stealth
          Spider and Rose Discernment to detect poisons, diseases, and other contaminants
          Blood on the Wind to pierce anti-tracking magic
          Inevitable Spoor Discovery for enhanced tracking

          Prey's Scent Discernment creates a scent library for people with the same restrictions that Solars have for people. However, it doesn't record non-people smells.

          How do Lunars and other non-Solar exalts handle learning how to identify things by scent?
          Scent libraries aren't intended to be a universal mechanic. Recognizing a particular scent, if feasible for humans, could just be a (Perception + Awareness) roll, with a difficulty related to the nature of the scent — recognizing the smell of alcohol is probably difficulty 1, for example.


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          • Does the Carapace/Shell mutation count as Armor for the purposes of Lunar charms that don't like armor?


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            • Originally posted by Jefepato View Post
              What happens if you use Peacock Shadow Eyes in the middle of a fight?

              (This occurred to me mainly because it's only 7sm to cast, so it wouldn't be hard for an Exalted sorcerer to cast it in one action, making it potentially more combat-viable than many other spells.)

              The trance breaks if someone attacks the victim of course, but let's assume it was a one-on-one fight or something. If someone was trying to punch you in the face before he looked into your glowing magical eyes, does he continue to attack you (sleep-fighting, one might say) or would he probably calm down and stop swinging as long as he was tranced? The "he can still act" thing is a little vague.
              He can still fight, he just won't remember doing it.

              Also, is it possible for the sorcerer to end the trance before the scene ends (other than by attacking the victim)? I can imagine situations where leaving needlessly long gaps in the victim's memory would be a problem.
              No.


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              • Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
                Does the Carapace/Shell mutation count as Armor for the purposes of Lunar charms that don't like armor?
                It counts as armor for all purposes, including those.


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                • Originally posted by Flare View Post
                  is it intended that Steel Paw Style and Deadly Claw Blow aren't synchronized? Since Steel Paw Style works on Medium weapons and Deadly Claw Blow doesn't. The charms are otherwise pretty mirrored, so I was curious if that was oversight or a conscious design decision.
                  It's deliberate.


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                  • Originally posted by Robert Vance View Post
                    The "Hunters Hunted" sidebar in Chapter 5 covers the general topic of taking a shapeshifter's forms through the sacred hunt. If you try to hunt a shapeshifting spirit, raksha, or other invalid target while it's in a human or animal shape, you can get that human or animal shape.
                    I missed that, thankyou.


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                    • Originally posted by Robert Vance View Post
                      The "Hunters Hunted" sidebar in Chapter 5 covers the general topic of taking a shapeshifter's forms through the sacred hunt. If you try to hunt a shapeshifting spirit, raksha, or other invalid target while it's in a human or animal shape, you can get that human or animal shape.
                      Hmm... Does that mean you could get the default appearance of a spirit such as Ligier, who appears to look like a normal person, or does it need to explicitly be an alternative one assumed with a dedicated shapeshifting power?

                      I take it that for a shapeshifter such as Mara, who has no default form and has all shapes carry her characteristic deer legs, it's not really possible to find her in a shape that could be acquired that isn't a cat?


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                      • Originally posted by Isator Levi View Post

                        Hmm... Does that mean you could get the default appearance of a spirit such as Ligier, who appears to look like a normal person, or does it need to explicitly be an alternative one assumed with a dedicated shapeshifting power?

                        I take it that for a shapeshifter such as Mara, who has no default form and has all shapes carry her characteristic deer legs, it's not really possible to find her in a shape that could be acquired that isn't a cat?
                        "A human-like shape," such as Ligier's, isn't good enough. It's gotta be a human form they're shapeshifting into, like Fakharu can.


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                        • For martial arts styles with multiple Form charms like Steel Devil, is (Style) Beastman Avatar supposed to only work with the one named after the style (f.ex. Steel Devil Form), or can it work with the other Form charms like Dual-Slaying or Whirling Guillotine Dance?

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                          • Originally posted by Robert Vance View Post
                            They can still gain Initiative from such effects.
                            By that same logic, can they lose Initiative from similar effects? Or delaying actions? My Zenith warlord player regularly has his battle group delay their turn so that he can make a command roll before they do anything, and we've been running it as the battle group's initiative doesn't change from the delay

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                            • So, if Lunars can take shapes of altered creatures such as Wyld mutants and the like, how does that square with the prohibition on the shapes of magical animals? Is it a matter of purely physical changes, like, say, a tiger with a mossy coat and wooden claws, versus energetic changes, like an aughdeighe's Icy Hide Merit?

                              EDIT: On another issue entirely: Lunars can't awaken the magical talents of their animal shapes that have such. Could a new Charm enable such feats, or perhaps learning each new magical talent as if it were an Evocation of the shape?
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                              • If there was ever a dedicated military book ala Scroll of Kings, would the subject of how an army is supplied and financed be considered a sufficient source of narrative drama to have any significant attention given to it?


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