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    Did any of the editions ever explain the amount of Starmetal you could get out of a god relative to Essence score of the deity?

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    The closest you will get is an Abyssal Craft Charm from Second Edition, I believe.



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    • #3
      Originally posted by Mercurial View Post
      Did any of the editions ever explain the amount of Starmetal you could get out of a god relative to Essence score of the deity
      Not explicitly, no, and moreover, you don’t get starmetal from killing gods in 3E.


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      • #4
        I mean you maybe could but it would involve shoving them in a big artifact essence evaporator or some shit.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by TheCountAlucard View Post
          Not explicitly, no, and moreover, you don’t get starmetal from killing gods in 3E.
          That’s good. I never liked that rule. Sort of gross the idea of killing gods to extract stuff out of their bodies.


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          • #6
            Plus it was kinda dumb cos 2e also said you could turn ambrosia dedicated to an incarna into their metal, so there was a way easier source of it anyway.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Elfive View Post
              Plus it was kinda dumb cos 2e also said you could turn ambrosia dedicated to an incarna into their metal, so there was a way easier source of it anyway.
              Well, that might assume that the Maidens necessarily reap large amounts of ambrosia and that they're willing to share it anyway.

              At least, the former of those might have been an assumption for the freelancer who wrote it. Glories of the Most High gave each of the Incarnae Cult N/A sure, but I don't think they had that reference from Compass: Yu-Shan in mind when it did.

              Although honestly, I'd expect Nephilpal would have placed a higher priority on how he wished the Incarnae and their perception in Creation to be depicted than he was concerned with the implications it had on the logistics of magical materials. I couldn't say off-hand where he'd stand on the subject, but that's not an ambiguity to the intention of the people who wrote about soulforging gods into starmetal (both for how that impacts the available quantities and relationships with the gods).

              In any case, I don't believe that any source ever dealt with soulforged starmetal in terms of masses, and inclined more to describing the amount reaped from any given god as sufficient to make an Artifact with a level equal to their Essence.


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              • #8
                Originally posted by TheCountAlucard View Post
                Not explicitly, no, and moreover, you don’t get starmetal from killing gods in 3E.
                Then what is the point?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Mercurial View Post
                  Then what is the point?
                  I think it's kinda nice to not view the setting's gods as an easy source of artifact materials?


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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by TheCountAlucard View Post
                    I think it's kinda nice to not view the setting's gods as an easy source of artifact materials?
                    I see it more as a bonus. Some games have the opponents either guarding or carrying treasure, or equipment, on their person, but gods potentially ARE treasure in Exalted.

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                    • #11
                      3E has gone back to the 1E "Starmetal is literally stars falling out of the firmament" if memory serves. Which to me definitely helps establish how rare it's supposed to be. Got two options, wait for a star to fall, or clime the sky to forcibly take one.


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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Mercurial View Post

                        Then what is the point?
                        This question makes no sense.


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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Mercurial View Post

                          Then what is the point?
                          Starmetal is the ambient magical energy of Creation, released by gods great and small, that gathers in the heavens, taking on the qualities of Fate, then falling to earth as meteoric iron.

                          It holds influence over gods and is distilled divine power associated with "destiny, luck, time, knowledge, foresight, mysteries, esoteric forces, and empheral things". It can even channel the powers of the constellations and astrological Houses (Journeys, Serenity, Battles, Secrets, or Endings).

                          It is the magical material most closely related to the Sidereal Exalted. A mystic, light-weight steel which is impossibly hard and strong.

                          This almost indestructible material is used sparingly in artifact design, but such is its potency that only a little is required to create truely astoning miracles - like the Staff Gnomen which stops time and grants its bearer the Peaches of Immortality.


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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Mercurial View Post

                            I see it more as a bonus. Some games have the opponents either guarding or carrying treasure, or equipment, on their person, but gods potentially ARE treasure in Exalted.
                            You can harvest gods for exotic materials if you want. That's a thing.

                            Making a sword out of the rib of a volcano god is more interesting than just processing him into starmetal anyway.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Elfive View Post
                              You can harvest gods for exotic materials if you want. That's a thing.

                              Making a sword out of the rib of a volcano god is more interesting than just processing him into starmetal anyway.
                              Do both - de-bone first, the mine for starmetal. I think of it like first taking out the good bits, then smelting the rest and refining it into starmetal. (sure, it'll piss off all kinds of spirit courts, but hey..)


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