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  • In my game last night I introduced the concept of what an Earth Aspect NPC called "load-bearing ghosts".
    Essentially a restless spirit's presence can keep its former dwelling from fully succumbing to the ravages of time causing it to collapse when they finally enter Lethe. He knew of it because it was apparently used as a construction technique in the First Age, impossible feats of architecture made possible through human sacrifices at the foundation.




    The Freedom Stone is back, help it to live again.

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    • Deep beneath Fortitude, secured behind a thousand safeguards, is a vault. Within that vault are three crystals of sullen red and wrought iron. These crystals are the Exaltations of Cataclysm, wrought from the Essence of the Kukla in the First Age following the attack by the Primordial Chungira, insurance against the rise of a rival existence that might be steered to collide with the shores of Creation from the Wyld. These Apocalyptic Exalted are a trio, and only a trio, made to be unleashed against such a reality by infiltrators. Though the three gems are all of the same power, their expression mark each as being a unique Caste: The Beast-Of-War (made to destroy civilizations and societies, break their edifices, and bring low their support structures), The Eater-Of-Souls (made to drive species to extinction), and The Defiler-Wyrm (made to turn the residents of an existence into the very monsters who would destroy it). A worthy mortal might take on one of these exaltations by devouring its gem, taking its power into themselves if the Exaltation likes their tasteā€¦ but the power of the Kukla is ruinous, and will gladly harm those it empowers as much as the world around them. Though each is no more powerful than a Solar, it is their mechanism of transition that makes them dangerousā€¦ when one Apocalyptic Exalt dies, her Exaltation can be plucked reformed from betwixed her lips and immediately be consumed, passing a fully developed memory and all of the charm growth of previous incarnations on to the next with no editing or dissociation. The Apocalyptic Exalted were DESIGNED to go mad.

      Edit: By the way, if you think you're worthy enough to consume one of these gems but the Exaltation (which is a mad thing imprinted with a copy of the Kukla's psyche as its host discriminator) disagrees, you WILL blow up.
      Last edited by Caffeine Delusions; 06-29-2018, 03:16 AM.

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      • Most airships simply weren't designed to fly under their own power and were reliant upon a now mostly non-existent manse network. There's still a few nodes of that old network remaining that mostly serve as war manses by powering a small defensive fleet.


        The Freedom Stone is back, help it to live again.

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        • Oh, I like that. It makes sense too, since they could have had a bunch of relatively easy-to-manufacture artifact ships that didn't need FAA or anything but now just flat-out don't work.

          I'm picturing like this network of "sky canals" or something.
          Last edited by Elfive; 06-27-2018, 12:05 PM.

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          • While the Realm tries its best to be aniconic in its art, depicting only the Elemental Dragons, their Terrestrial incarnations as the Immaculate Dragons, and scenes from the Immaculate Texts in its art, there IS a certain symbology that has arisen purely out of practical value in its architecture, and that is the structure of the Four Orders of column decoration. The orders are Doric, Ionic, Patriciatic, and Draconic.

            Doric columns, often made of painted and polished wood or smoothed granite, are the simplest. These have stone caps ('capitals') that are often little more than a rectangular slab between the shaft and the edifice it supports, and the shaft itself is either completely unadorned but for a whitewash or bears twenty carved 'flutes' to channel rainwater down in a controlled manner, rather than allowing it to pool and rot where it will. These columns generally adorn the official governing structures (town halls and courthouses) of the Blessed Isle's villages. They're associated with the poor, but also the sturdy and pragmatic.

            Ionic columns, almost always made of some manner of stone, are somewhat more complex. Always fluted with fifteen broad channels (one for each month of the calendar, the architects say), and often painted, these columns are capped with the likeness of a curling scroll supporting the edifice. The caps are often embellished with passages from the Immaculate Text, while the vertical fluting most visible from the street often has the name of the building carved into the rock. These columns are often seen marking houses of learning, and the more economically successful tradesmen in moderate to large cities. Any purely mortal institution with respect for a learned skill or academic discipline is considered to be well within its station to sport at least the likeness of Ionic columns on their exterior, if only as a declaration of their values. Many small village temples boast Ionic columns, where even the mortal government merely mounts Doric ones.

            The Patriciatic order is always stone, and always spiral-fluted with eleven channels winding around the shaft. Many of these are carved of marble. Some are left entirely unpainted, but the more stylish designs paint two of each channel in red, blue, black, and green, one in brown, and leaves two bearing their natural white, to represent the elements of the Great Houses. These columns are capped in a stylish stone depiction of Lotus blooms or ivy leaves, depending upon whether or not they are adorning the private residence of a Patrician or the formal facility of the Thousand Scales, the Realm's official imperial bureaucracy. The name of such an establishment is often declared vertically upon a cartouche that mounts over the spiraling flutes of the column's shaft. Notably, the Spiral Academy itself was the first to canonize the Patriciatic Order in its architecture, and the staff of the Academy works hard to ensure that its carved ivy-leaf capitals (which would remind real-life archaeologists of the Acanthus leaf patterns of Corinthian columns) stay well maintained and beautiful.

            Draconic columns are reserved for Dragons. Always crafted of marble (unless a magical material is necessary, such as is sometimes the case in Manse construction), these columns always bear spiral-fluted shafts, though the number of flutes varies. Fifteen is considered auspicious as a rule, with one flute bearing the carved likeness of a long serpentine dragon, whose head and forelimbs become the cap. The dragon is always painted the color corresponding to the specific Dragon-Blood's Aspect. Married couples often favor the Mated Dragons variant, which includes two carved dragons in directly opposing spirals, one painted to represent each mate, and both dragon-heads forming the cap together, with the unadorned spiral flutes between them numbered to represent the unexalted members of their household (children, patrician relatives in residence, honored servants, and the like, who reside with the Dragon-blooded on a permanent basis. Generally at least one column at a Dragon-Blood's household will serve as a registry of its residents). Great Houses utilize the Great Dragons variant, which includes twenty empty spiral flutes (painted alternating in the House's colors), and five dragons filling five spiral-flutes (all in the House's aspect-color, or brown for Nellens) with their heads forming a star-shaped cap. Only the Empress herself uses the Imperial Dragon variant, which mimics the shapes of the Great Dragons variant but paints its empty flutes in Gold and Silver, and each of its dragons in one of the five colors of Jade. Within the Imperial Manse itself, it's said that the most opulent Imperial Dragon variant columns exist; their flutes sheathed in beaten and shaped bands of alternating Orichalcum and Moonsilver, their dragons formed of actual polished Jade of appropriate colors. Some hold that they serve a valuable function within the Imperial Manse's internal geomancy.

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            • With Fangs at the Gate making progress, I've started thinking about Lunars again, so here we go.

              While all Exalts are far more resilient against disease than mortals, Lunars are nearly immune to any disease that is transferable by blood. This is because of their need to drink Heartsblood in order to acquire new forms. Additionally, a Lunar Exalts blood is a crazed mixture of all the beings whose forms they can take. If one were to scientifically analyze the blood of an old Lunar with a vast library of forms, they would find the DNA of hundreds of species and individuals. This mix is at its most even when they are in their original human form, but when they take a stolen form, their blood becomes primarily of that being. As an example, a Lunar whose blood is analyzed in a tiger shape would come up as that tiger, with some anomalies. Once blood has been spilled from a Lunar, it will hold the properties of whatever form she was in at the time, no matter what form she takes presently. This has turned blood into a strange currency among form-lousy Lunars and occultists. A wizard who needs salamander blood to complete a ritual need only find a Lunar and convince them to donate while in the requisite form. Some Lunars make an entire business from this, using their Exalted stamina and healing to produce a villages worth of specialized blood in a short time to profit greatly off sorcerers in search of components.

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              • The yamabushi of the Shogunate (and House Tepet) are Evocation specialists, in tune with their Artifacts.


                Thoughts ripple out, birthing others

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                • Leaders of Balorian Crusade didn't die, but fused into an Artifact called "Heart of Balorian Crusade", that can drastically enhance the might of any Raksha (or Fae-blooded) getting it into their hands. If it would be ever brought into Deep Wyld, it'll turn into the new enermously powerfull Unshaped Raksha with the following emanations: Prince Balor (Sword, ruling emanation), Princess Melusine (Cup), Duke of Mirrors (Staff), sisters Incarnadine and Viridian (Ring) and Thief of Words (Heart). If it ever happens, the new crusade will be unleashed onto the Creation. The Heart of Balorian Crusade sometimes appears (and then bing lost or hidden by somebody) in some places of Creation. The last time it happened 221 years ago in Hundred Kingdoms and brought there the massive Fair Folk invasion.
                  Last edited by Aleksay; 07-10-2018, 09:17 AM.

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                  • Personal headcanon.

                    In the more rural areas of creation, where men herd cattle, thaumaturgists and sorcerers summon Neomah to create new baby cattle to speed up the growth of herds. Cattle, especially in the bronze age, were expensive and often used as a sign of wealth. The cattle may be small now, but they can grow up to later be productive animals.

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                    • Originally posted by Accelerator View Post
                      Personal headcanon.

                      In the more rural areas of creation, where men herd cattle, thaumaturgists and sorcerers summon Neomah to create new baby cattle to speed up the growth of herds. Cattle, especially in the bronze age, were expensive and often used as a sign of wealth. The cattle may be small now, but they can grow up to later be productive animals.

                      ...productive half-demonic cattle, but if nobody knows, nobody'll ask questions


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                      • Originally posted by webkilla View Post


                        ...productive half-demonic cattle, but if nobody knows, nobody'll ask questions
                        No one knows where the meat came from.

                        No one wants to

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                        • Yummy goodness!

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                          • Originally posted by webkilla View Post
                            ...productive half-demonic cattle, but if nobody knows, nobody'll ask questions
                            Not quite; the life created by neomahs is only demonic if they use contributions from demons. If a summoner only has them use cattle, they'll only make cattle.

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                            • Originally posted by TheCountAlucard View Post
                              Not quite; the life created by neomahs is only demonic if they use contributions from demons. If a summoner only has them use cattle, they'll only make cattle.

                              True, but where's the fun in that ? Or at least as a red herring. "Oh jeez, I wonder why people keep dissapearing in this town? Wait, you guys do WHAT to produce new cattle?" when it's actually a raksha plot or something.

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                              • Originally posted by Sagara View Post
                                True, but where's the fun in that?
                                People having a consistent idea of what the canon setting is supposed to be, that's plenty fun.

                                If you want to make it your headcanon, great, this is the thread for it, but the default is that there's no sinister neomah conspiracy to produce an army of tiefling cows.
                                Last edited by TheCountAlucard; 07-11-2018, 02:40 AM.

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