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  • [Interest Check] Realm Civil War Play by Post Epistolary Game [Ex2]

    Ever since I discovered the now defunked Mage Epistolary Game in the Play by Post forums, I've been intrigued by running a similar game for Exalted.

    What is a Epistolary Game?

    An Epistolary Game is where each player plays in their own location, yet share a common goal. The PCs share no scenes and have no contact with the other players except though letters. Each PC has actions they wish to accomplish over a certain time period (a week, a month, a season). They send these actions to the ST, who replies back with complications to the player's actions. The player decides how their character solves these complications. The character then writes a letter to their fellow PCs, explaining what they did over the course of the month and how they forwarded the PC circle's goals.

    The players have almost complete control over the NPCs and location. The ST only provides the main goal and the complications. A game of this type seems to solve many of the issues in a Play by Post game. Combat can take place but will be summarized in the letters, thus players will not lose interest due to weeks long combat scenes. There are no scenes to be run, so if a player disappears, you can skip over them in the letter cycle.


    The Game

    The PCs will be part of a conspiracy to set their preferred NPC heir on the Scarlet Throne. They have been recruited into the conspiracy by a Nellens Patrician located in the Imperial City. It is RY 767. The Scarlet Empress has been missing for four years, yet the Jade Prison is a year from being broken. A political game should be ideal for this type of game play.

    The PC letters will cover a month of in game time. They will write letters back and forth, scheming together to discredit one heir or work on researching how to break into the Imperial Manse or some other scheme to achieve the group's goal. The letters will be written in code assisted by either a Sorcererous or Solar shenanigans, so the players can feel safe in speaking openly about what happened.

    Ideally, I want a good mix of splats, leaning towards a Dragonblooded majority. Dragonblooded, Lunars, Sidereals, and maybe a Solar or two. (No Abyssals or Infernals due to setting timeline) I have an idea of balancing the Dragonblooded with the Celestial Exalts with political power. Dragonblooded can openly use their Exalted power, while the Celestial Exalts are trying to pass as Mortal. Since each PC is in their own city, I hope this would solve any potential balance issues. If not, we can decide if we want to stick with Dragonblooded only. If you submit a Celestial Character concept, have a Dragonblooded backup character.

    All characters should be pragmatic enough to work with each other despite being Dragonblooded/Anathema. All characters should be settled on the Blessed Isle or a Realm controlled territory (except the Imperial City). All characters must care about the future of the Scarlet Empire. No Lookshy spies or other characters that just want to watch the Realm burn. Let's try to avoid Player vs Player conflict if possible.

    Four possible Experience points will be given per letter. One for participating. One for revealing details of your character. One for revealing details of your character's setting. One for advancing the game's metaplot.

    Once we get a good group of players, we will decide how often we will post letters and who the PCs are going to support for the throne.


    Character Creation Rules
    • Create a Starting Character of either Dragonblooded (preferred), Lunar, Sidereal, Solar. Character should be less than 50 years old.
    • Character must be based in either the Blessed Isle or a Realm Controlled Territory (except the Imperial City). Characters can not be in the same location.
    • Character must be pragmatic enough to work with Dragonblooded/Anathema. Your character must be wiling to participate in an Eclipse Oath
    • Celestial Characters must be passing as mortal.
    • Character must be part of the conspiracy to control the Scarlet Throne.
    • Character must care about the fate of the Realm. No Lookshy Spies or any other character that just wants to watch the realm burn.
    Other Character Creation Notes
    • All Characters regardless of splat will be using the Solar Bonus Points table on page 85 in the Ex2 core Book.
    • All Character regardless of splat will be using the Solar XP table, on page 274 in the Ex2 Core Book.
    • All Backgrounds will be rewarded by the ST based on your letter writing.
    • Sidereal Character Astrology College Ratings will be based on their Ability Score in the college's corresponding ability.
    • Sidereals will get one free Scope 2, Duration 3 (10 years), Endurance 3 Resplendent Destiny at Character Creation. Any Additional Resplendent Destinies will require Astrology Rolls.
    • Lunar Knacks will cost 10 XP per Knack with a 1 Month Training time.
    • Lunars get two animal forms in addition to the totem form at character creation without buying the Heart's blood Background. (Free one point Heart's Blood Background)
    • Dragonblooded may buy backgrounds up to four without spending Bonus points.
    • Solars, since they are not fresh from the Jade Prison, do not have First Age Past Life Memories to draw from.
    If you wish to join the game, do the following:

    1. Fill out the spoilered questionaire on your potential character(s). If you don't know something, you can leave it blank
    2. If playing a Celestial Exalt, have a secondary Dragonblooded Concept. If the game grows too Celestial Heavy, we will switch to all Dragonblooded to make things fair.
    3. Create a Ex2 character based on starting character rules. Use the 2.5 Adjusted Character Creation in Scroll of Errata pg. 7. Post a pdf of the character sheet linked to google drive or some other cloud storage. You can use an Anathema Character Sheet or one of Mr. Gone's Interactive PDFs.



    Name:
    Character Concept: One Sentence Summary of your Concept
    Location:
    Splat:
    Aspect/Caste:
    House/Faction/other organizational membership:
    Motivation: I'll let you adjust this over the course of the first few letters.
    Backstory: Where does your character come from? How did they Exalt? What is important to them? How did they get to their current location? Any other backstory information

    Backgrounds:
    Inportant NPCs:
    Strongest Attribute:
    Weakest Attribute:
    Strongest Skills:
    Other Details: Anything else you want us to know about your character?



    Player Characters thus far

    Mnemon Aisa - BlueWinds
    Dragonblooded - Air Aspect
    Heptagram, Isle of Voices, Blessed Isle

    Ferem ​Quelaana - Eura
    Dragonblooded - Wood Aspect
    Cheraki, North

    Whispering Twilight - Volivat
    Solar - Twilight
    House of Bells, Arjuf, Blessed Isle

    Ledaal Catala Akashan - Exthalion
    Dragonblooded - Air Aspect
    Imperial City, Blessed Isle

    Contarini Carmela - Guancyto
    Dragonblooded - Fire Aspect
    Pahua Basin, Blessed Isle



    ??? - AtG

    ??? - Builder

    ??? - Kell_Tamer


    (I'm going to cap the game at 10 players. )

    Anyone interested?
    Last edited by wonderandawe; 10-29-2016, 07:23 PM.

  • wonderandawe
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    Originally posted by Eura View Post
    I find it mildly disturbing with 2 essence 4 solars I'm still the most combat capable. Also somehow I forgot to put weapon stats down, Anathema likes to hide that.
    Ryo is screwed if he has to fight. Eventually, Titus will drag him to the dojo and teach him how to defend himself.

    As for Essence four. After his Exaltation, I figured Ryo spent mediating to keep the "demon" from taking over.

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  • wonderandawe
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    Originally posted by BlueWinds View Post
    Two solars with Essence 4, oh my. And one with Celestial circle sorcery. >.> Aisa's going to be so jealous. Soooooo jealous.

    Anyway, I just noticed that Aisa has a Heathstone Amulet with no hearthstone to put in it. With the ST's permission, since we the game has just started I'd like to trade that for a Privacy Veil (Oadenol's Codex p. 31). Another minor artifact, but at least one she can use.
    That's fine. I always figure there will be adjustments in characters after the first few games/letters.
    Last edited by wonderandawe; 11-05-2016, 02:42 PM.

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  • Eura
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    I find it mildly disturbing with 2 essence 4 solars I'm still the most combat capable. Also somehow I forgot to put weapon stats down, Anathema likes to hide that.

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  • BlueWinds
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    Two solars with Essence 4, oh my. And one with Celestial circle sorcery. >.> Aisa's going to be so jealous. Soooooo jealous.

    Anyway, I just noticed that Aisa has a Heathstone Amulet with no hearthstone to put in it. With the ST's permission, since we the game has just started I'd like to trade that for a Privacy Veil (Oadenol's Codex p. 31). Another minor artifact, but at least one she can use.

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  • Volivat
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    I am a solar living in the realm, a few 2nd circle demons wont change my likelhood of reaching old age by much...

    Btw, a trunk stuffed full of dematerialized beings :P

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  • wonderandawe
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    Originally posted by Eura View Post
    So how long before those 2nd circle demons kill you? Alternatively I like the idea of hiding Octavian in your closet.

    Remember Whispering Twilight is traveling with a Legion. Octavian would be hiding in his trunk, not closet. :P

    Also, I made a character sheet for Ryo. I'll be leveling him up along with your characters. Probably going to invest in Linguistics and Stealth charms.
    Last edited by wonderandawe; 11-05-2016, 08:42 AM.

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  • Eura
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    So how long before those 2nd circle demons kill you? Alternatively I like the idea of hiding Octavian in your closet.

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  • Volivat
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    Character sheet is up and running:
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5T...ew?usp=sharing

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  • wonderandawe
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    The IC thread and OOC thread have been posted. I still need to finish editing Ryo's letter, but I wanted to get the threads up first.

    Let me know if I need to clarify anything. I still need to post how the dice rolling is going to work, but I don't think we will need that for the introduction letters right now.

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  • wonderandawe
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    I'll be posting the play by Post topics sometime today.

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  • Eura
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    S̶o̶,̶ ̶w̶h̶e̶n̶ ̶e̶x̶a̶c̶t̶l̶y̶ ̶d̶o̶ ̶w̶e̶ ̶s̶t̶a̶r̶t̶ ̶t̶h̶i̶s̶ ̶g̶a̶m̶e̶?̶ ̶I̶ ̶k̶n̶o̶w̶ ̶w̶e̶ ̶h̶a̶v̶e̶ ̶s̶o̶m̶e̶ ̶p̶e̶o̶p̶l̶e̶ ̶w̶i̶t̶h̶ ̶p̶e̶n̶d̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶c̶h̶a̶r̶a̶c̶t̶e̶r̶s̶,̶ ̶b̶u̶t̶ ̶t̶h̶i̶s̶ ̶g̶a̶m̶e̶ ̶s̶e̶e̶m̶s̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶b̶e̶ ̶p̶r̶e̶t̶t̶y̶ ̶f̶r̶i̶e̶n̶d̶l̶y̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶g̶a̶i̶n̶ ̶a̶ ̶c̶h̶a̶r̶a̶c̶t̶e̶r̶ ̶l̶o̶s̶e̶ ̶a̶ ̶c̶h̶a̶r̶a̶c̶t̶e̶r̶ ̶t̶a̶c̶t̶i̶c̶s̶.̶


    Nvm, a previous post answered this
    Last edited by Eura; 11-04-2016, 07:24 AM. Reason: Meh bad

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  • Kell_Tamer
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    I think the cloister might be what i go with, cause i could see one of the monks played by steve blum (Because obviously one of the monks is played by steve blum) taking a shine to her and realizing the shenanigans are just a kid being a kid and nothing actually harmful to the realm. Granted she'd come out of the stair a badass and be utterly loyal to the realm itself.
    Last edited by Kell_Tamer; 11-01-2016, 11:20 PM.

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  • wonderandawe
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    To be honest, I hate second edition "you sneezed at the wrong time and offended your grandmother. You are obviously not worthy of the Dragons." *murder*

    This game will have less murder of innocent young dragonblooded. Except Paips' stair will still have a high level of training accidents. Mostly because that place is supposed to be a meat grinder. Having every academy in the realm be the same way detracts from thier reputation.

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  • Kell_Tamer
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    Oh i'm working with your idea. The shenanigans sound more fun. I liked it just wanted to have it be less "Dear everyone.. the monks tried to murder me again... they are butts... also i did this and this cause i'm awesome XOXO Slip" and more .... without the attempted murder of a stubborn DB. I think I will go five dragon so i can actually have other DB charms. More versatility vs simply fightability.

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