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  • #31
    This week's Ink Monkeys entry is a guest post by our own beloved Robert Vance:

    Ink Monkey Bones #5: Modern Lunar Charms


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    • #32
      Can Digital Dreamer Hacking Methodology be a model for how new Lunars might use Intelligence Charms to figure stuff out?


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      • #33
        Whoa. There is just a ridiculous number of cool things Vance put together in this update. This is just a ridiculously huge concentration of awesome Lunar Charms. I mean, I'm not even a huge fan of urban fantasy and I love a lot of these. ^__^ Even though they never made it into the book, thanks be to him for writing them* and to Eric for giving them a venue!

        * And further thanks for explicitly offering a little guidance for cross-Shard usage!

        A list of favorites (though nary a lame Charm in the bunch) : Everyone’s Tongue Storyteller, Memory-Spinning Gossamer Couture, Digital Phantom Distortion, Argent Saga Upload, Digital Dreamer Hacking Methodology, Concrete Jungle Instincts, All The Knacks

        Personal Favorite of This Moment) : Argent Saga Upload

        Highlight: I was in real danger of breaking down in giggles at work when I discovered that Digital Dreamer Hacking Methodology is basically the "hacking is just like playing a video game" Charm.
        Last edited by Gaius; 06-11-2014, 06:46 PM.


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        • #34
          My only complaint about these is that they came out right after the game where I was playing a Lunar in New York ended.

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          • #35
            Originally posted by Eric Minton View Post
            This week's Ink Monkeys entry is a guest post by our own beloved Robert Vance:

            Ink Monkey Bones #5: Modern Lunar Charms
            Crossfire Guardian Vigilance / Arrow Sentinel Stance: I already wrote a Charm like this, complete with Cattalesta-based name. The Modern name is cool, though.

            Moon-Graced Gunplay Method / Winged Volley Marksmanship: The Lunar (ie: Poor Man's) Accuracy Without Distance, but with some shades of Lightning Stroke Attack. A much better pre-LSA Charm than Ferocious Biting Tooth because of the poor man's Accuracy Without Distance elements that LSA cannot provide. I figure a close-range variant of this Charm would allow the Lunar to use an overlarge weapon in tight quarters without difficulty when it would otherwise be impossible (and I wrote such a Charm, once).

            Everyone's Tongue Storyteller: Upgrades Instinct Memory Insertion rather than errata-adding to the original lack-luster Charm = -1 point (penalty reduced to -0 on account of the lack of other options). No guidelines for how far word spreads in non-Modern circumstances = -1 point. I wonder what Third Edition does in regards to modeling things like (Magnitudes) of people and how that might effect the modeling of the spreading of information.

            Memory-Spinning Gossamer Couture: Finally, the poor man's (ie: Lunar's) version of Memory-Reweaving Discipline. But for some reason, it's stuck allll the way behind Lost Mirror Flight; why do Lunars have such deep Charm trees? I could also complain how this Charm is completely unrelated to all other Lunar Charms for affecting memories (Instinct-Memory Insertion, Mind-Blanking Terror Technique, Forgetful Victim Prana) but what else can one do with all of them are Charisma-based and suffering from shoddy arrangement and/or design?

            Digital Phantom Distortion and Living Cipher Incarnation: Neat. Needs classic versions that don't assume Information Age technology, but rather targets magical sensing and recording devices and spells, as well as scrolls and books in which words or pictures are used to depict the Lunar. But are these things remain possible for Lunars in Third Edition, given reports that their Essence is about revealing and disguising itself to the exclusion of concealing itself?

            Argent Saga Upload: Neat. A classic variant would grant the Lunar artistic skill enough (negating penalties; or perhaps just a straight bonus) to artistically rendering any of his memories through classical mediums like calligraphy, poetry, painting or sculpting. Argent Saga Immortalization?

            Digital Dreamer Hacking Methodology: Neat. Offers a very distinct flavor while providing some very useful advantages. Unfortunately, it's incompatible with any sweet hacking equipment the Lunar may own, forcing the Lunar to choose between My Cool Toys and My Cool Powers. Also, completely useless outside of an Information Age setting, with no easy way to convert it into a classical setting.

            Steel Falcon's Wings / Iron Kraken Admiralty: Neat. One step away from discouraging Lunars from collecting or using tools, and it gives Lunar Wits something more to do.

            Metal Moon-Beast Awakening: Awesome. One giant leap forward in regards to reconciling Lunar Toys with Lunar Powers, since it not only empowers a Lunar's vehicle, it allows him to use it even when he is currently wearing a form that can't even fit inside of it. You can totally pull a "4th War Berserker surfs the F-16" stunt with this, and with a range-extending upgrade, Admiral Leviathan can con his flagship while personally smashing enemy vessels as a giant whale. I wonder if Lunars might invent something similar for their swords and guns?

            Concrete Jungle Instincts / Scurrying Rat Wisdom: Neat; very neat. But like with Everyone's Tongue Storyteller and Instinct Memory Insertion, I can't help but feel this Charm should absorb and replace Lodestone Reckoning Manner, rather than upgrading it. Also, I can just hear Dinosaur / Adamant Siaka / Whatever He Calls Himself Now complaining that it should be named "Intuition" instead of "Instincts"; I sort of agree.

            Argent Memoriam Repast: This is Vance's best shot given the crap he has to work with. Bah, what's the point of the prerequisite Ash And Tears Banquet when the Lunar can't actually turn into a ghost? There's no immateriality without Air Body Style, and all other visible ghostly features are cosmetic and thus easily in the province of Appearance-based disguise Charms or Changing Plumage Mastery. This Knack also reminds me of Second Edition's aggravating stance of "if you didn't have it before eating them, you lost your chance forever!"

            Machine-Heart Integration: "More than meets the eye~"

            Primordial Scion Shape: Did we really not already have this?


            Good stuff. 9/10, would like to see in future Editions, in some form or fashion.


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            • #36
              That's a feat. I didn't imagine that I would enjoy looking through second edition Lunars material again. (^VVVVVVV^)

              Originally posted by Sunder the Gold View Post

              Digital Dreamer Hacking Methodology: Neat. Offers a very distinct flavor while providing some very useful advantages. Unfortunately, it's incompatible with any sweet hacking equipment the Lunar may own, forcing the Lunar to choose between My Cool Toys and My Cool Powers. Also, completely useless outside of an Information Age setting, with no easy way to convert it into a classical setting.
              I disagree. In fact, the system for hacking is so much better in construction than vision quests that I would simply just use that for vision quests and have an old-fashioned trance ceremony to establish the link (as opposed to the much faster catalyst of a digital spiritual connection).

              Machine-Heart Integration: "More than meets the eye~"
              I question why we need Lunars to change into vehicles when Somnolent Statuary Method (aka Needle Helps Big Dumb Barbarian Transformation) exists. I can see the automatons and robots made in the shape of living beings as in-genre, but not vehicles. That part of Moonwalker doesn't seem to fit well on Lunars.

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              • #37
                Originally posted by Saur Ops Specialist View Post
                I disagree. In fact, the system for hacking is so much better in construction than vision quests that I would simply just use that for vision quests and have an old-fashioned trance ceremony to establish the link (as opposed to the much faster catalyst of a digital spiritual connection).
                So, find a Wyld Zone, any Wyld Zone, sit down for a minute, roll (Intelligence + Lore) with a cap-busting bonus equal to the highest of your Dexterity, Charisma or Wits, against a difficulty probably determined by how deep into the Wyld you are, and if you succeed, you get an accurate answer to any question not pertaining to the future?


                I question why we need Lunars to change into vehicles when Somnolent Statuary Method (aka Needle Helps Big Dumb Barbarian Transformation) exists
                Lunar Knack categorization is fucking nickle-and-dimed, news at eleven.


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                • #38
                  Originally posted by Sunder the Gold View Post
                  So, find a Wyld Zone, any Wyld Zone,
                  NO! Fuck Wyld Zones! Use something reasonable, like ritual focus ceremonies or hallucinogenic drugs instead.

                  sit down for a minute, roll (Intelligence + Lore) with a cap-busting bonus equal to the highest of your Dexterity, Charisma or Wits, against a difficulty probably determined by how deep into the Wyld you are, and if you succeed, you get an accurate answer to any question not pertaining to the future?
                  It's not the future that you're looking for. It's a discrete piece of knowledge. A secret of the present. And the process would take hours, like 1e's vision quest Charms.

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                  • #39
                    Sorry, I have to.

                    Machine-Heart Integration
                    Originally posted by Raksi
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                    • #40
                      I'm partially imagining Intelligence Charm vision questing as at least one way to realise that thing John once said about seeing the world through ancient eyes (i.e. as a flavourful information gathering and psychometry/postcognition tool which is conveyed through imagery of questing through past scenarios and possibly being harmed by them).

                      I'm also imagining it as something of a more personally palatable way to render sort-of telekinetic effects tied into sabotage attacks. What I've got in my head is the idea of a Lunar who camps outside the walls of a fortress and meditates their way inside of it, questing around making metaphorical attacks on the structure and laying traps and all sorts, that are kind of held in reserve against physical reality, so that when the Lunar goes in personally, it all starts coming into play to their benefit in what looks like things moving or breaking of their own accord (possibly with the shadow of a beast playing at their edges).


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                      • #41
                        Originally posted by Lioness View Post
                        Sorry, I have to.

                        Machine-Heart Integration
                        How could we forget

                        Originally posted by Ma-Ha-Suchi
                        Predacons, terrorize!
                        Or even

                        Originally posted by Ma-Ha-Suchi
                        Yes!

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                        • #42
                          I really want to play a Lunar with a pet car-wolf now.


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                          • #43
                            Originally posted by Saur Ops Specialist View Post
                            NO! Fuck Wyld Zones!
                            If Solars still have to seek out Wyld Zones for their "make anything" power, it's not unreasonable for Lunars to seek out Wyld Zones for their "learn anything" power.

                            Still, I suppose that since the popular misrepresentation of the Wyld (the entire Wyld, even the almost-normal Bordermarches) as being one big lava-lamp is presumably going to die in a fire, Wyld Questing necessarily must change anyway.


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                            • #44
                              Originally posted by Sunder the Gold View Post
                              If Solars still have to seek out Wyld Zones for their "make anything" power, it's not unreasonable for Lunars to seek out Wyld Zones for their "learn anything" power.
                              Solars have to do this because otherwise they could just reshape Creation on a whim. Lunars shouldn't have to do this, because the inspiration for vision quests doesn't automatically entail physically venturing outside of anywhere. Seclusion, perhaps, but it need not be seclusion from Creation.

                              Still, I suppose that since the popular misrepresentation of the Wyld (the entire Wyld, even the almost-normal Bordermarches) as being one big lava-lamp is presumably going to die in a fire, Wyld Questing necessarily must change anyway.
                              Well, you wouldn't want to use the rules from CoCD: the Wyld to do it, that's a guarantee. It's like a bizarre game show. "8 successes? You're healed of all wounds and know exactly what's going to happen. 1 success? Maybe i'll tell you, maybe I won't."

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                              • #45
                                Originally posted by Sunder the Gold View Post
                                Metal Moon-Beast Awakening: Awesome. One giant leap forward in regards to reconciling Lunar Toys with Lunar Powers, since it not only empowers a Lunar's vehicle, it allows him to use it even when he is currently wearing a form that can't even fit inside of it. You can totally pull a "4th War Berserker surfs the F-16" stunt with this, and with a range-extending upgrade, Admiral Leviathan can con his flagship while personally smashing enemy vessels as a giant whale.
                                Not to mention:



                                Appearance/Charisma Charms optional!
                                Last edited by Hand-of-Omega; 06-17-2014, 02:35 PM.

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