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  • #16
    Originally posted by JohnDoe244 View Post
    Dung beetles go well on sushi?
    Or barbecued?

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Baaldam View Post

      Or barbecued?
      Well, in the American south Giant June Bugs (same family as Dubg Beetles, scarabaie) are sometimes sautéed and served as a side, with the recipe coming from west-African traditions...so I guess they’re good *with* Barbeque.

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      • #18
        What about a maggot? I mean I could see them being respected or feared in a culture as a sign of decay, death, and rot. Still would be a problem to find out your spirit totem is a larval state.

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        • #19
          My play group has had at various points:
          A hummingbird Lunar (Played as constantly over-caffeinated)
          A Fainting Goat Lunar
          and a Human Lunar (character started off as an ata-pard who exalted with a human totem and was annoyed at how useless human limbs are for anything except fine manipulation).

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          • #20
            Originally posted by nalak42 View Post
            What about a maggot? I mean I could see them being respected or feared in a culture as a sign of decay, death, and rot. Still would be a problem to find out your spirit totem is a larval state.
            Your spirit shape grows old right? So in a thousand years you'll be a fly.


            Hi, I'm JohnDoe244. My posts represent my opinions, not facts.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Ulthwithian View Post
              Well, the two Lunars in my group--I have a group again!--are a butterfly-winged tyrant lizard and... a horse. Not saying those are bad, but that is the experience I'm working with.
              Turning into a flying Tyrant Lizard or taking centaur on your HBR? (Not to mention the enormous speed bonus.) Those are some power totems.


              I run... Lunars: The Apocalypse! Exalted 3rd edition. Fimbulwinter is upon the world as an Ice Age begins, and only six young Lunar heroes have a chance of saving humanity.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by satoshi View Post
                how useless human limbs are for anything except fine manipulation).
                Which other animal can lift things over its head again?


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                • #23
                  Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
                  Turning into a flying Tyrant Lizard or taking centaur on your HBR? (Not to mention the enormous speed bonus.) Those are some power totems.
                  Keying your horse totem up as a centaur may lead to adoption of archery, terrible archery accidents firing an arrow out of reflex, and being voiced by Sugita Tomokazu.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Isator Levi View Post

                    Which other animal can lift things over its head again?
                    Apes, crustaceans, some insects, but I see your point.

                    Putting yourself in a larval stage hadn’t occurred to me. There are some pretty neat caterpillars that would make fun totems.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by Saur Ops Specialist View Post

                      Keying your horse totem up as a centaur may lead to adoption of archery, terrible archery accidents firing an arrow out of reflex, and being voiced by Sugita Tomokazu.
                      Don't forget having a sweet direlance.


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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by nalak42 View Post
                        What about a maggot? I mean I could see them being respected or feared in a culture as a sign of decay, death, and rot. Still would be a problem to find out your spirit totem is a larval state.

                        That would make more sense for a library shape, i guess. As you said yourself, a maggot is simply the larval stage of a fly, it ain't a creature on its own.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by JohnDoe244
                          Don't forget having a sweet direlance.



                          Well, that or a backup diamond tree wooden sword...



                          Originally posted by Baaldam View Post


                          That would make more sense for a library shape, i guess. As you said yourself, a maggot is simply the larval stage of a fly, it ain't a creature on its own.
                          I've often wondered if that would be something that might crop up with child characters.

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                          • #28
                            Or teens.

                            I think it'd be quite cool to, say, be a Casteless caterpillar-totem Lunar (focus on camouflage and poison) and then at some point (when you are bored of that) transition to a glorious butterfly-totem Changing Moon.


                            I run... Lunars: The Apocalypse! Exalted 3rd edition. Fimbulwinter is upon the world as an Ice Age begins, and only six young Lunar heroes have a chance of saving humanity.

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                            • #29
                              I think metamorphosis is unusual enough as a biological mechanism that it could get some of its own rules as regards spirit shapes. My gut says that larvae are distinct mythologically, and thus valid as totems irrespective of age (nor is metamorphosis a necessity).


                              I have approximate knowledge of many things.
                              Watch me play Dark Souls III (completed)
                              https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDtbr08HW8RW4jOHN881YA3yRZBV4lpYw Watch me play Breath of the Wild (updated 12/03)

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by Isator Levi View Post
                                I think metamorphosis is unusual enough as a biological mechanism that it could get some of its own rules as regards spirit shapes. My gut says that larvae are distinct mythologically, and thus valid as totems irrespective of age (nor is metamorphosis a necessity).

                                Must admit i'm of two minds on the subject too - while from a biological standdpoint it's kind of separating age stages, it's also that Creation does not quite follow linnean standards of organization and metamorphosis & change have has certain folkloric/mythic milleage for certain. That said, could it not be covered as species-only "animal power", like, i don't know the mythic asssociation of snakes with eternal youth/renewwal due to the periodic shedding of skins, for example?

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