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  • Eric Minton
    replied to Tell me about The Realm
    To expand, I think that the acceptability of changing one's station is circumstantial.

    If there are not enough crate packers to support local business, then becoming a fisher instead is an abdication of your responsibility to the community. But if there are a surfeit of crate packers and a shortage of fishers, then changing careers benefits the community.

    A peasant business owner whose hard, steady, legitimate work makes her rich has earned her fortune. But if she takes risks that might sink her business — impoverishing her family and leaving the community without her...
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  • Eric Minton
    replied to Tell me about The Realm
    I think that would be an unorthodox position. The Dragons give, and the Dragons take away; it would be extraordinarily cruel if you had to accept all of the places where chance and destiny grind you down, but you had to give up anything that chance and destiny offer that would lift you back up....
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  • Eric Minton
    replied to Tell me about The Realm
    While the four great secondary schools offer an excellent education, their true benefit from the Dynasty's perspective is the political connections they offer to attendees. A student has the opportunity to establish lifelong bonds with any number of other young Dynasts that they can draw upon later on behalf of their family and their house. No amount of specialized education at a lesser secondary school can make up for losing this opportunity....
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  • It has never made sense in any edition for Realm scholars to call it "the Usurpation." It's most likely described as "the fall of the Anathema," "the purge of the Anathema," or the like; we certainly see such naming in such material as the 1e Aspect books.

    Despite the changes in 3e, it's still reasonable to speak of it as an usurpation. The Dragon-Blooded may have had more of a role in the Second Deliberative than in its 1e/2e equivalents, but the end result was the same: With the Solars dead, the Lunars driven out, and the Sidereals withdrawn to Heaven,...
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  • Eric Minton
    replied to Ask the Devs v2
    Exigents will provide homebrew guidelines; you won't be feeding numbers into a mathematical formula to get a Developer-Approved Charm™. Flavorwise, Exigents aren't supposed to be Super-Exalts who are "even more powerful" than Solars, but if everyone in your gaming group is cool with your homebrewing Exigent Charms that are stronger than Solar Charms, nothing in the book will stop you....
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  • Eric Minton
    replied to Ask the Devs v2
    In theory, she's a Ledaal if she can prove her heritage. In practice, proving her heritage is nontrivial; "Hey, I'm really a member of a Great House! See, the matriarch (who wants me in the house) says so!" is too straightforward a scam for bypassing the Dynasty's adoption rules for it to be accepted solely on your word or the house's word.

    I don't think the books present specifics for dealing with this, so how it plays out is up to the Storyteller. But it probably involves being vetted by the Diligent Monitors of the Diffusion of Divine Essence (The Realm. p. 54), fighting...
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  • Eric Minton
    replied to Ask the Devs v2
    None of the Exalted are limited to a single specific power....
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  • Eric Minton
    replied to Success of the Usurpation
    I don't think that discussion of the nitty-gritty of the Usurpation (which, by and large, does not matter in the Age of Sorrows) should revolve around conflicts between Solars. But if folks are going to delve into that nitty-gritty, I don't think it's helpful to erase those conflicts either — especially because players tend to project discussion of First Age Solars forward into Age of Sorrows actual play. It's totally legitimate for your modern-day Solar PC to issue calls of unity to her peers in the name of the friendship and harmony the Solar Host shared in the First Age, but like all such...
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  • Eric Minton
    replied to Success of the Usurpation
    Tell it to Aaron Burr.

    EDIT: Also, this is a fundamentally flawed analogy because it presents the First Age as a unified world government, which is not how it's presented in 3e....
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  • Eric Minton
    replied to Success of the Usurpation
    If you want to delve into Solars killing each other during the Usurpation, secret conspiracies and Sidereal betrayals are all well and good, but they're also not strictly necessary. Just take the Solars who already hated each other and give them a little push. First Age Solars weren't a tight-knit family who all loved each other. Solars' rivals and enemies were at least as likely to be Solars as anyone else, and a key role of an organization like the Second Deliberative would have been to make sure that the Exalted stopped wrecking the place with their duels and wars against each other — or...
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  • Eric Minton
    replied to Ask the Devs v2
    "All Exalted suffer from the Great Curse" does not imply that "the gods suffer from the Great Curse." Gods aren't Exalted, and the curse didn't use the gods as a channel through which to afflict the Exalted. (Not that the exact metaphysical parameters of the curse are relevant to actual play; it isn't something we plan to discuss in detail.)...
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  • Eric Minton
    replied to Ask the Devs v2
    To clarify, the so-called "Charm matrix" in Exigents will provide guidelines for homebrew. It will not provide formulas where you can input certain values and get a fully formed developer-approved Charm. You will always have to use your own judgment....
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  • Eric Minton
    replied to Success of the Usurpation
    Canonically, the Usurpation happened. No one here is going to convince the dev team to preface future books with "haha the Usurpation never actually happened, j/k, we're rewriting the backstory of the setting to get rid of it." So I'm unclear on the intended purpose of this thread.

    If the idea is to find a way to make the Usurpation work, then a few dozen informative replies are enough to either put together something satisfactory for your game, or to determine that you just can't work with it.

    If the idea is that the Usurpation axiomatically doesn't work —...
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  • Eric Minton
    replied to ​A Terrestrial Census
    To the best of my knowledge as a line developer, this has never been stated in published 3e material. The intention is that cadet houses appear in only a minority of satrapies. Cadet house status was a carrot held out for exemplary service and a tool to wield against the Great Houses, not a universal benefit for Threshold princes.


    Only those who Exalt on the Blessed Isle. The choice isn't offered to those who Exalt in the Threshold....
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  • It's the end of the Contagion. Between the plague, the Fair Folk, the walking dead, rogue Shogunate forces, and people who've turned bandit to survive, Lunar A herself has experienced several nasty close calls, and almost all of the people she cares about have died. Most of her mortal family, friends, loyal retainers, and the like died, and the rest are are only hanging on with her aid.

    Lunar B shows up and says, "Hey! I bet the Dragon-Blooded are on the ropes now too. Come with me and we'll try to finish them off! While you're gone, your friends will be helpless and they'll...
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  • Eric Minton
    replied to Success of the Usurpation
    I wrote a long post and accidentally deleted it, so I'll just hit the high points. Apologies if I don't go into detail or phrase things carefully.

    1) Essence 6+ First Age Solar Charms are basically the same sort of thing as the Essence 6+ Lunar Charms in Fangs at the Gate.

    2) In Third Edition, the First Age didn't mollycoddle its Exalts. Solars died while diving head-first into the same perils as the Exalted of the Age of Sorrows: wars and duels, monsters and natural disasters, exploring ancient cities and alien realms, etc. Veterans of the early days of the First Age...
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  • Eric Minton
    replied to Ask the Devs v2
    Lunars and Heirs will almost certainly come out first. Everything beyond that is hovering in similar stages of development, so at this point in time I couldn't even begin to guess what order they'll end up coming out in.


    At a very rough guess, I'd say somewhere over 250 pages....
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  • Eric Minton
    replied to Ask the Devs v2
    His empire will get some coverage in Across the Eight Directions. He's currently set up shop in the vicinity of Malice Bay, around the northern end of the River of Tears....
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