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  • One Vorlon
    started a topic End of the Age: What are Your Theories?

    End of the Age: What are Your Theories?

    At some point, the Age of Sorrows (the Era of Exalted) ends, and things . . . change. We go from a world where the champions of the gods walk Creation, to a World of Darkness, where tainted power is the name of the game. But how the Age actually ended . . . that's always been left ambiguous. We get a couple of hints in the various Exalted books, and a few more in the legends of the (old) World of Darkness games. However, we never get a definite answer.

    So what's your theory?

  • Lokiyn
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    She Sleeps, Essence Stills.
    Exaltations shall slumber.
    and Liger abides.

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  • L'het'esh
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    What if the Twilights see a way to permanently protect Creation from the Yozis and Neverborn? To make the borders with the Fair Folk absolute? All they have to do is alter reality to assure this separation; that this will also cut off any connection with the Gods seems a small price to pay, if it is not a benefit.

    That Creation becomes spherical is one side-effect. n/c WOD is another.

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  • Erinys
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    Originally posted by TheCountAlucard View Post
    That's, uh, that's pretty different from what I'm sure you meant.

    Well I meant Exalted killing lots of fetich-demons. What did you think it says? Is it because I misspelled fetich?

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  • Isator Levi
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    The Age ends when the Solar return in all their shimmering glory, and all of the Exalted are invigorated by their presence (one way or another), and all of the people of Creation swell with hope... and then it turns out that the issues of the Age of Sorrows aren't really well suited to being solved by supermen from a prior age of the world, and things don't really improve, and their faith dies and their heroism is diminished as they simply... adapt to circumstances rather than strive towards something grander, and the force of their will over the course of centuries causes Essence to gradually curdle over the gods and the borders of the world and they all kind of fade into the background and the heart of the Exalted goes with them, to be replaced by Hollow Men.

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  • TheCountAlucard
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    Originally posted by Erinys
    …fetish-killing spree…
    That's, uh, that's pretty different from what I'm sure you meant.

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  • Saur Ops Specialist
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    Funny note: In Apocalypse, the Last Battle scenario has three red stars popping up, each an anchor for a Triatic Wyrm. If you prevented those from happening by stopping the progression of the sacrifice of their scions, there could be no red stars popping up at all.

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  • Erinys
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    I had an idea about Malfeas.

    So Malfeas, the Demon City and Malfeas, the Near Realm of the Wyrm, actually have very little in common. They're both spiritual Hells where Big Bads live, but otherwise they're quite different. A lot has to change, more than just a fetich-soul-killing spree, to explain how the Demon City could become the Near Realm. Usually I just treat the names as an Easter Egg put in by the writers, and assume they're completely separate places.

    But I had an idea tonight about how to connect them that might make sense:

    At the end of the Second Age, somehow the Yozis' plan to escape from Malfeas actually works, in part. The Ebon Dragon and She Who Lives in Her Name escape from the prison, and She Who Lives in Her Name is one of the forces that tears Creation away from the Wyld and causes the Sundering (or she's used by the Weaver to do so). She and the Dragon roam the Deep Umbra, but are still bound so they can't enter the other Umbrae (except the Dragon can enter the Underworld.)

    This escape of course involves a huge battle although it isn't a repeat of the Primordial War. None of the other Yozis escape, but some Exalted tear the demon realm almost in half. Most of the Yozis remain imprisoned inside Cecelyne. Malfeas, Kimbery, and a few of the unnamed Yozis are yanked out into a separate prison realm. Malfeas loses several of his souls, such as Amalion. Ligier survives but is so changed and mutilated in the fighting that he becomes a dim Red Star. Even more than before Malfeas becomes obsessed with revenge and destruction. With Malfeas' glory destroyed and ruined, Ligier desires only to bring destruction upon the world instead of celebration.
    Last edited by Erinys; 05-25-2015, 10:50 AM.

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  • Lundgren
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    When it comes to the creation of our own world, or even WoD, I've been thinking of having a group of Exalts thinking they could do a better job than the Primordials and the Incarneas. But as they couldn't make elemental nodes, they had to go another route with their Loom and materials (which is what we call atoms, chemistry and physics).

    So, somewhere out there, there is a path through the Wyld between Creation and Earth

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  • AnubisXy
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    Originally posted by Steamfunk View Post
    That is the reason why I like to begin my campaigns with the line, "The exaltations weren't created, they were found."

    "Hey, what are those things?"

    "I don't know. They're shiny, sparkling things and it looks like they... fit into something? Maybe some kind of a soul-thing?"

    "Let's make things with souls until we find something they can fit into!"

    "Alright... let's see... here we go. Man, that took awhile. So many different types of souls. Anyway, I call these things humans, and they have these two souls and...! Oh! That shiny sparkling thing just attached to them! Let's see what happens!"


    "AAAAAAAHHHHHHH! WHAT HAVE WE DONE??!"

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  • Steamfunk
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    Originally posted by Zelbinnean View Post
    I much prefer that when Creation ends, all just dissolves back into endless possibilities for the cycle to repeat when next a Primordial comes into being. And the Exaltations will be waiting for them.

    Not the biggest fan of, "and then it's earth, but worse, lol."

    Also, like, tainted power is the name of the game in Exalted, so...?
    That is the reason why I like to begin my campaigns with the line, "The exaltations weren't created, they were found."

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  • goldfaction
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    The Deathlords and Abyssals are overrunning Creation, humanity is dying and being replaced by zombies and ghosts, shadowlands spread to cover the world. Yu-Shan falters, the Games of Divinity grow erratic, the adamant wall cracks and the Void begins to seep in ... and Saturn stands up from her seat at the Games and looks into Samsara.

    "It is time for the Age to End, and with it, our own lives."

    She reaches into Malfeas by the power given to the Incarnae at the surrender millennia ago, and wrenches She Who Lives In Her Name from the ancient prison. Standing before the titan, she speaks only three words:

    "Remake all things."

    The Yozi strikes, and transparent fire consumes Saturn, the other Maidens and the Sun and Moon, the little gods, Yu-Shan itself.

    Then the Whispering Flame turns her attention upon Creation. A rain of crystal and flame burns away the shadowlands, consumes the Deathlords, slays the Abyssals, brings rest to the unquiet dead. A slight adjustment to principles of distance and direction, and Creation is transformed into a sphere, walled away from the Wyld. The Dome of the Sky burns in Pyrian flame, the universe unfolds unto immensity like an opening bud, worlds appear - a thousand, millions, trillions, all orbiting like the spheres of She Who Live In Her Name.

    (OK, yeah, Yozis aren't nearly THAT powerful -- no way should SWLIHN be able to face down all the Incarnae, 13 Deathlords and 100 Abyssals. Still, I thought SWLIHN would be the one to turn the world into a sphere and enforce physical law.)

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  • Lioness
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    Originally posted by Tiresias View Post

    Welp. Time for me to do some research.

    And the first link off Google is 1d4chan.org. This is gonna be good.
    1d4chan is the only place that seems to have attempted a blow by blow of events and it's like a parody of Exalted where all the thousand dooms go off at once with some weird retcons that make the whole thing feel like it's not really the Warhammer World to begin with. The fact there's Exalts running around just really drives that point home.

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  • Erinys
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    So... multiple people would all be attached to and sharing the same exaltation? That's kind of how I imagine the shapeshifters.

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  • goldfaction
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    Originally posted by Murcushio View Post

    Well, the reason most people default to "the Exaltations shattered" is because there are a hell of a lot more than 100 Mages, 300 Hunters, etc.
    What I had in mind by the Exaltation process not working right was more like the Exaltation attaching imperfectly to a soul that wasn't really quite capable of accepting it... so the Exaltation wasn't fully "bound" so it kept searching & ended up creating several weakly empowered people instead of one strongly empowered one. Or something more like how DB exaltation works with Vampires creating other Vampires etc... but that could just be attaching new people to the same messed-up Exaltation.


    Originally posted by Erinys View Post
    This is how I prefer to see things, too. The Vision of Bronze was never a guarantee that the diminished world would survive forever,
    It wasn't actually, but i think the Sids thought it was and intended it to be. That's their hubris, IMO.

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