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  • Thesaurasaurus
    replied to [Dev Blog] The Lunar Exalted
    I’m curious - what exactly do you think a courtier is, and how would they be useless to the Lunars of the Second Age?...
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  • Thesaurasaurus
    replied to [Dev Blog] The Lunar Exalted
    I wasn’t thinking a wholesale rewrite of their entire Charm set, but unless the new Anima powers are significantly different from the old ones, the grand undertaking to remake the castes looks like an awful lot of effort for little clear benefit, especially since every last Lunar had to get onboard with the project. I dunno, maybe the new Anima powers are just that impressive! But without any knowledge of what they were versus what they became...well, see above.
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  • Thesaurasaurus
    replied to [Dev Blog] The Lunar Exalted
    This actually raises an interesting question - how much, if at all, did breaking the Lunar Castes affect their Charm set? If their goal was to totally reinvent themselves following the Usurpation, it seems like the changes would have to run a lot deeper than switching around Anima powers and XP discounts on Attributes....
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  • Thesaurasaurus
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    Ooooo, nifty! Might as well toss my own hat into the ring! Silence is a Full-Moon whose spirit shape is a mantis. Formerly a child soldier, he and his comrades deserted and tried to escape to safety but were intercepted by a Wyld Hunt with intel that they were harboring a Lunar among their number. He wound up Exalting in the ensuing battle; someone up in the Bronze Faction got a real earful because dammit you guys, we JUST had that seminar on self-fulfilling prophecies last week! With charts and everything!

    In human form, he's small and slightly-built, but all muscle. He has bronze-colored...
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  • Thesaurasaurus
    replied to [Dev Blog] The Lunar Exalted
    Also how the Dragon-Blooded took a civilization that was, if not good, at least functional and replaced it with a world-eating nightmare junta out of Mad Max. No matter how the Sidereals might say that it was justified, that it was necessary, that the Shogunate was only ever meant as a transitional state until a more-functional form of government could be established, that last part never happened, and we have no indication that either the Dragon-Blooded or the Sidereals ever offered peace to the Lunars, except in the sense of "make a desert and call it..."
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  • Thesaurasaurus
    replied to [Dev Blog] The Lunar Exalted
    Oh, I don’t mean that the Pact would frown upon the practice, per se - only being careless about it.




    I’m sure that Octavian would certainly do a lot of damage before being brought down, but once the Dragon-Blooded manage to rally a sworn kinship or two and maybe a Wyld Hunt, his days in Creation are numbered. Certainly, this can have plenty of strategic value in its own right, I just think that Lunars capable of Celestial Circle Sorcery might have other projects taking priority.

    Lucien or Zsofika, OTOH, are pretty dang likely to kill their targets,...
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  • Thesaurasaurus
    replied to [Dev Blog] The Lunar Exalted
    I don't think it would be quite like this, because the thing about the Terrestrial/Sidereal war of extermination is that they come pretty well pre-antagonized. If the rest of the Silver Pact frowns on you for this practice, it's probably because summoned demons tend to leave easily-followed swathes of unnatural destruction that make it easy for enemies to track them back to their summoners, and also it's a waste of perfectly-useful demons. Like seriously, you get at most one Second Circle per month, and you blow it on a random suicide attack? That's just wasteful, you could have been amassing...
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  • Thesaurasaurus
    replied to Ask the Devs
    Also sorry for the double-post but I tried to edit this question into my last post and the forums ended up eating it. Regarding parity (or lack thereof) between Solars and Lunars in mixed groups: is there any chance we'll see some guidelines for tweaking power levels to taste, for the benefit of players who aren't that wedded to baseline setting assumptions? In particular, I'm thinking that the Apocryphal keyword from Miracles of the Solar Exalted could do some heavy lifting here, allowing Lunar PCs to play around at the same levels of cosmic "whuh-oh!" as capstone Solar Charms such...
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  • Thesaurasaurus
    replied to Ask the Devs
    Hey, apologies if this question has been answered before, but: how do Charms such as Wake the Sleeper and Design Beyond Limit interact with Charms that create Artifacts with Evocations? I'm specifically thinking of ones such as Immaculate Golden Bow or Glorious Solar Saber, which ordinarily allow repurchases to add Evocations to the Artifact's repertoire. Would it be possible to use the aforementioned Lore or Craft Charms to add and/or unlock additional Evocations beyond the number granted by repurchases, or are they only able to target free-standing, "permanent" Artifacts? If they can...
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  • Bromeliads! Orchids! Vines and creepers!

    Also some of those trees close to the Pole of Wood are gonna be so huge that the crevices in their wood can hold enough accumulated mulch from the upper canopy to serve as a planting bed. At those sizes you might start seeing ordinarily non-epiphytic species growing like they would on the ground.
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  • sidereals.txt...
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  • If you wish, but I mean... if the problem was that young Dynasts saw your homeland as a great place to visit to hone their skills at plunder and conquest, and you made them so afraid that they stopped doing that... that seems like a meaningful win in its own right? Even if the Empire is inevitably going to launch a retaliatory strike, it's not as if they weren't planning to kill you and grind your nation to dust eventually. It doesn't mean you have to Leery Jenkins into the tent of every single Imperial General in your Direction, but I'd expect the main answer to "why don't Solars and Lunars...
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  • For the record, I'm not talking about Lunars indiscriminately killing every single Dragon-Blooded target of opportunity that presents itself, but I would think for a Lunar to remain safe, they would have to be proactive in denying ground to the Realm. In particular:



    The bolded portion here seems like a pretty significant victory in its own right. With the Dynasts with field experience in your particular domain dead and the rest leery of invading for fear of ending up the same way, you now have a lot of additional breathing room. It gives you space to act openly with...
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  • Hmm. I'd like to discuss some of these points further, if you're amenable. In particular, the ones about Lunars not being suicidal fanatics and the risks of gaining too high a profile. Both of those would seem to imply some condition in which it's possible for a Lunar to not be targeted by Dragon-Blooded and Sidereals (either directly or via pervasive efforts to just make life miserable). Furthermore, they would seem to imply the risk of upsetting that condition by acting too aggressively, either by drawing too much attention or by alienating key allies who help to keep a Lunar alive and under...
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  • In the past, my STs and I have handled this issue by asking PCs to declare in advance their "resting" defensive/detection suites and then rolling those values in secret when they come up. When it's something like an assassin coming for a PC in their bed, however, it's not much fun to turn the encounter into a simple roll-off where the winner lives and the loser dies, so I'd probably make multiple checks as the would-be killer comes up against each layer of security. Maybe the PC doesn't hear them climbing over the perimeter wall or taking out some isolated sentries, but when they enter...
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  • Under ideal circumstances, I'd think an Imperial General's primary means of avoiding assassination are multiple redundant layers of protection, including but not limited to: Resistance and Awareness Charms, Artifact gear, sorcerer advisers who can see and/or command spirits, round-the-clock protection from a cadre of Dragon-Blooded bodyguards whose skill and dedication are second to none, spies monitoring enemy movements, allies and auxiliaries who can help shoulder some of the burden of watching for trouble (or at least put some more warm bodies between them and a shapeshifting devil-beast that...
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