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  • Lioness
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    Lioness' Ramblings

    Same drill as my thread on the old forum.
    Sometimes I feel the urge to talk about my games and and the characters I play and don't want to derail someone else's thread to talk about them.

    I've ran a weekly mixed game on and off since 2008.

    I have a Roaring20s game that I occasionally speak fondly of, it takes place in an alternate 20th century Earth where Solar and Lunar Exalted first appeared during the First World War. It's on hiatus until there's enough 3e resources to do it justice.

    I run a Dragon-Blooded pick-up game with two people I work with on the occasions when the office is quiet.

    Sometimes I feel the urge to talk about my games and and the characters I play and don't want to derail someone else's thread to talk about them.

    Characters I am playing or have played, bolded have active stories at the time of updating this, others not so much.

    Alia Al-Hisham (Malefactor Caste)
    Johor Anirah (Mortal)
    Autumn Shade (Chosen of Endings)
    Jiro Corinna (Earth Aspect)
    Crystal Dove (Chosen of Secrets)
    Dusk Rose (Slayer Caste)
    Elusive Quicksilver (Full Moon Caste)
    Sesus Harmonia (Fire Aspect)
    Iza Iyanna (Wood Aspect)
    Kumari Kalire (Water Aspect)
    Tallifer Mailys (Air Aspect)
    Mirthful Whirling Blades (Moonsilver Caste)
    Moonlight Sage (No Moon Caste)
    Radiant Mya (Night Caste)
    The Mystic Crowned in Sanguine Locks (Daybreak Caste)
    Nalia (Dawn Caste)
    Blazing Phoenix (Fiend Caste)
    Pious Autumn (Chosen of Battles)
    Poena Hanim (Fiend Caste)
    Moon Touched Rania (Changing Moon Caste)
    Saphia Marais (Moonshadow Caste)
    Sapphire Rhea (Changing Moon Caste)
    Rika (Air Aspect)
    Single Step Serafina (Chosen of Journeys)
    Mnemon Sehuya (Earth Aspect)
    The Waning Sunset Bride (Daybreak Caste)
    Vengeful Orchid (Night Caste)
    Last edited by Lioness; 06-11-2019, 07:46 AM.

  • Flare
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    Originally posted by The Hug Ninja View Post
    It's difficult to not read deeper into this.

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  • The Hug Ninja
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    Originally posted by Lioness View Post
    Also Sharp Light of Judgement has its own downside. Needing to maintain major negative intimacies in order to retain a tactical advantage is very risky when acting against them gives you limit.
    It's difficult to not read deeper into this.

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  • Lioness
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    My problem with the original charm is that holy effects in Exalted that aren't just aggravated damage have a tendency to be deprotagonising in a fight between a Dawn and a Dusk caste whose otherwise a relatively good match this charm is saying "I don't even need to make decisive attacks against you, trivial opponent!" That potential statement is mitigated by Sharp Light of Judgement and to me it makes sense, if it was fair to do this to the Dusk then it's fair to do it to another Dawn you have cause to fight too, right?

    Also Sharp Light of Judgement has its own downside. Needing to maintain major negative intimacies in order to retain a tactical advantage is very risky when acting against them gives you limit.

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  • Zeesun
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    Originally posted by Lioness View Post
    I saw this and wanted to use it as a launch point for something I wanted to talk about.

    Back in the playtest I flagged Edge of Morning Sunlight for a charm that probably shouldn't exist because of its potential interactions with Abyssals and Infernals.
    Edge of Morning Sunlight is brutal against any opponent it can hit. Going straight to the Health track like that is rough, especially with Single Point. My Dawn has Sharp Light of Judgement stance now, too, which makes it able to hit a lot more targets.

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  • Lioness
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    I saw this and wanted to use it as a launch point for something I wanted to talk about.
    Originally posted by Zeesun View Post
    (particularly since he's got both Single Point and Edge of Morning Sunlight...they didn't have a good time).
    Back in the playtest I flagged Edge of Morning Sunlight for a charm that probably shouldn't exist because of its potential interactions with Abyssals and Infernals. I was reminded that if Abyssals were going to be just Solars with Creature of Darkness status, then third edition has bigger problems... it got me thinking.

    Aggravated damage, the most common bonus against Creatures of Darkness across all editions doesn't really do much unless the target is in a position to heal their injuries. It doesn't even ignore natural soak anymore. It's great for beating people within an inch of their lives and forcing them through a long recovery process, but that makes the utility of most instances of holy less "smite the wicked" and more "better have my money next time, bitch!"

    Unless of course, we see this reflected in the Abyssal charmset. Previously their mirror of Adamant Skin has been (at least in fluff terms) a super regeneration surge capable of undoing even fatal injuries. If there was literal health level recovery going on then the game's equivalent of holy water and silver bullets would offer strategic value against them.
    Last edited by Lioness; 10-27-2019, 09:29 AM.

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  • Lioness
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    The fact the game started in early 2008 means the occam's razor answer of "someone with an unsettled grudge against him" isn't particularly helpful.

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  • Sticks
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    Gotta love a game where the PC’s are kept guessing.

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  • Lioness
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    Been quiet here for a while.
    Convergence was a fun story for me, in which a cult accidently established contact with a being of almost unfathomable scope and turned their tower manse base of operations into a place of body horror that seemed to be alive. The twist was that much of the tone of this arc was a love letter to the movie Annihilation and the Southern Reach Trilogy in general.
    That being that the enemy wasn't a Yozi or similarly malicious being but the remnant of a mostly destroyed world that was attempting to be whole, but with no animus of its own all it was doing was reflecting. Thus people were being pulled apart by their own insecurities and internal contradictions and that body horror in the tower was largely because the cult leader viewed his own human body as a disgusting cage for his vastly superior mind. Two of the PCs were cloned, a number of the cultists had merged into a singular mass and were able to satisfy the entity's desire to no longer be alone anymore. A couple of new NPCs were introduced but I'll talk more about them when they've gotten some significant focus.


    The current arc's main catalyst event is that the deceased Night Caste's longfang has been stolen by someone who very specifically wanted that and only that. The PCs are still guessing the who and why.

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  • Lioness
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    I've not managed to feature them on screen yet and I know my players read this thread. Ironically the current arc does revolve around a different cult and the horrors they've unleashed.

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  • TheCountAlucard
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    Originally posted by Lioness View Post
    The primary role of the Cult of Darkness' Unseeing Eye is to help Sondok recover various artifacts that Ligier worked on when he was summoned at the behest of the Solar Exalted. As far as he's concerned the ownership of these items now defaults to him and to that end Sondok's cultists scour the world looking for these wonders or clues as to their whereabouts.
    I was wondering if you could expand on this headcanon of yours a little more, as I really like it.

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  • Lioness
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    So I've alluded to an important difference between Nocturnals and Getimians before now and current circumstances allow me to be much more open with this opinion.

    In the context of the multiple-choice origins of the Chanos Flicker.

    A hypothetical Nocturnal version of the Chanos Flicker would be someone who hadn’t achieved their potential due to interference with their fate, they’re more likely* to resemble the peasant-born Solar Pekla whose lifting herself and her family out of poverty than Tsunbal, who had everything a mortal could’ve realistically wanted before waking up in a reality where he didn’t exist.

    *I guess you could do a Nocturnal who was the richest mortal in the city who still wasn’t achieving their potential but to me it seems somewhat counter to the splat’s revolutionary spirit.

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  • Flare
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    Originally posted by Lioness View Post
    Akihiko

    Long ago two peoples discovered the same valley, the Aki and the Nayande for a time the two groups were equal as the community of river traders and community of farmers had much to offer each other.
    Centuries later, the Aki live in a walled enclave while the Nayande toil in lands that they don’t even call their own. How did such a state of affairs come to pass? To ask an Aki their superior knowledge of commerce is why they are the ones helming this cultural amalgamation but the oral histories of the Nayande speak of Aki betrayal, while this could be dismissed as sour grapes over the success of their neighbors by would-be insurgents it's worth noting that the Nayande oral history doesn’t seem to exist in any other form.

    Culture:
    Aki culture is very reserved, it is common practice for children to enter into apprenticeships from a young age which often entails shadowing their father or mother and learning about their role but it’s also quite common for a child to show interest in a different profession entirely and effectively serve as a member of another family, effectively regarding their master as a third parent figure in later life.
    Discipline is paramount, being followed around by ones intemperate offspring (or heaven forbid, someone else’s) will quickly result in social censure and customers giving time to get their house in order. As such most children learn to conduct themselves as small adults if they wish to eat and go on to live a life tempered by societal expectations.

    In contrast Nayande teaching tends to be left in the hands of a small number of individuals considered pillars of the community, there’s no criteria for what that is but to be entrusted with a child is a great honour that quickly leads to looking after more and more children as the blessing quickly becomes something of a curse. People in such a position are normally elderly and hope to impart some wisdom into those in their care.
    The established culture of the Nayande is often dictated to them by the Aki, they’re praised for being strong and good workers but also fun loving after a hard day’s work ideal traits for an underclass. While they learn these traits all their lives, sometimes the bitterness of someone who has waited their whole lives for things to get better strikes a chord with the children under their care and gives rise to a new generation of discontent.
    The parties of the Nayande are a way for Aki who don’t fit in to blow off some steam, because despite their radically different life experiences a change of clothing can easily allow one of them to pass for the other. Though even in this the inequality shines through, a Nayande who passes for Aki and enters the enclave risk the lash for trespass and much worse if they have enjoyed the hospitality of Aki through this deception. Meanwhile it's generally accepted that every Aki will don the garb of the Nayande once in her life. What’s also not discussed is that sometimes the Aki who cross the wall don’t come back and effectively become Nayande.

    Economics:
    Most of Akihiko’s wealth comes from the river, a lesser tributary of one of the great rivers of the east it was once considered too small and unimportant for the Guild but its small size has proven advantageous in the face of river piracy. This occasional influx of wealth, while unimpressive by the standards of the great eastern cities is what really put Akihiko on the map.
    Naturally the Aki control most of the economy, but sometimes a Nayande trader will prosper on the strength of the brand that the Aki created for their people selling themselves as a hardworking with a rural salt of the earth honesty.

    Cusine:
    River fish are a traditional Aki meal and as such dishes based on trout and salmon enjoy a luxury food status with fish that don’t look very appetising being cast back into the water to help ensure there’s always a supply.
    Pork is a staple of the Nayande diet, most families keep a pet pig as a source of emergency food which they won’t waste a single morsel of. The meal most associated with the Nayande is a slice of bread with pork stew on the top, suffice to say that pig based insults are pretty common.

    Spirituality:
    Outwardly the Aki seem to be a very secular people who only give lip service to a few road and river gods because it benefits them. The truth is that Akihiko was named for the city father of their lost homeland, who they erroneously believe is the father of cities. They believe him to be responsible for their current prosperity when really it's mostly a combination of good fortune and questionable practices.
    They Nayande meanwhile worship a veritable pantheon of ancestor spirits, the lack of a shadowland nearby makes it a distant one but every few generations they will produce a thaumaturge who can serve as an intermediary. This does not create the tensions with the Aki that one might think, while there certainly are Nayande ancestors who would make the Aki pay, the truth is that most of their dead simply wish to reconnect with loved ones.

    Festival Days:
    Most festivals are held by the Nayande there are two annual traditions. The first is the completion of the harvest in autumn and the second is that they have a day dedicated to their ancestors that’s held immediately after Calibration.
    A recent development is Founding Day, an attempt to mend the deep rift between the Aki and the Nayande which represents the only time in the year where the latter group is allowed into the Enclave without business. It's an awkward celebration of what they’ve accomplished together that older generations hold in disdain but it is allowing social contact to be established between the two people that ordinarily wouldn’t have happened.

    Military:
    Akihiko maintains a defence force that fights on land and river, while their trade route is less susceptible to piracy and banditry it is far from immune and most of the time it establishes a military presence it is in service to that. The army is disproportionately represented by the Nayande who recognise it as a socially acceptable path to advancement. However this same path might lead to them being expected to enforce Aki law upon their own families so it is not a move taken without trepidation.

    In Game:
    One of my NPCs, an Eclipse Caste Solar by the name of Vevina is from Akihiko she was the daughter of a diplomat who went over the wall and was shocked by how terribly the Nayande were treated. Her Exaltation came when she tried to mend these divisions in her homeland but decided that she couldn’t simply impose equality on them.
    The Aki's favor for fish over pig and the Nayande's favor of pork makes me wonder if there's a social stigma towards red meat similar to Rokugan's in L5R, where Poultry and Fish are the acceptable meats and Pig is somewhere between the impure red meats and the pure white meats.

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  • Lioness
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    Posting this here as to not interfere with Jen's thread.
    Originally posted by Jen View Post
    Theo despites the idea that there is some kind of super magical destined love mate in place for him so he’s very likely to develop a negative tie toward the Lunar when they finally meet.
    I was talking about the movie Dagon last night and how that movie explores the idea of a destined love mate through a Lovecraftian lens. Its memorable to me in part because the wardrobe for one of the key characters is so on-point.



    Movie spoilers
    Essentially it takes the The Shadow Over Innsmouth's "no John, you are the Deep Ones!" twist and combines that with the idea that the high priestess (above) is Paul's (the protagonist) chosen mate who he's been having dreams/nightmares about as a mermaid. Eventually things go to shit and learning the awful truth about his origin he tries to burn himself alive only to be saved by her because that's not a choice he's been given by whatever force is driving fate.



    Opinion and a bit of a rant

    It's an intriguing idea for a movie that sadly doesn't do the best with what its been given. It makes the same mistake that CthulhuTech did and in the scramble to get away from HPL's miscegenation subtext decided to have the Deep Ones running a rape camp and trade in that subtle racism for ingrained misogyny where explicit violation is reserved for women while men just get killed.
    The priestess Uxia is such a gem in this though, she's more than just a mermaid in a golden seashell pimp crown the actress Macarena Gómez sells me completely on her dual role of antagonist and love interest.

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  • Lioness
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    Updates from my games have been minimal because recent locations haven't been the sort of thing that warranted full write-ups.

    My version of Meresh (its a named map dot in previous editions)is a sleepy town that grew up on the banks of an ancient canal network, it only became relevant to my PCs because as it transpires a Solar called Pelias was living here with his family. Recently his wife as murdered and he was nowhere in sight seemingly abandoning his young son as well.
    His extremely pissed off mother-in-law knows some very scary people who also know the PCs who now have reason to believe he didn't do it and that something from his old homeland of Taeron caught up to him.

    The city state of Taeron practices a form of eugenics and have a yearly event called the triathlon that's used by the city's youth to show off their bodies and try to secure a good spouse. Their notion of rules in these contests is extremely questionable and heavily swayed by the opinion of the crowd - innovative cheating is welcomed and the crowds get excited by the sight of blood, but the triathlon is also a place for stories... two finalists of the mens unarmed combat ended their bout with a passionate kiss and the audiance loved it. One of the female partipants was born with only one leg and managed to build a fan following with a narrative of strength in the face of adversity, foreigners are at once cherished for being wonderfully exotic and bullied mercielessly for their differences. The common people of Taeron see no disconnect here.

    Taeron is a guilty pleasure of mine to portray, I find a lot of fantasy societies too ideologically consistent which betrays the fact they were mostly written by one person also that a culture that's been practicing eugenics fo centuries doesn't have much to show for it besides smugness.

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