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  • Exthalion
    replied to Is you Dynast PC evil or merely ignorant?
    Many things are empires which are neither called that nor possess many of the trappings, such as an emperor. They also varied greatly in size. The Delian League, or rather the Athenian Empire, was significantly smaller and less populated than even many small modern nation-states.

    One definition of empires is: ...a state where one set of people (the core) extract resources (typically by force) from another set of people (the periphery) [From here]

    As that source argues, there has never really been a time when there were not empires and nation-states, which Creation has...
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  • Exthalion
    replied to The Anatomy of the Exalted Soul
    The soul gem just leaves a readable tag for the next life as well as temporary storage after death. The Ewer of Souls and associated systems perform the functions of Lethe and were specifically built to do so.

    Also, Autochthonian souls, Hun and Po, reincarnate together. The Maker sometimes eats the Po souls, which is leading to the soul shortage.
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  • Exthalion
    replied to The Anatomy of the Exalted Soul
    I believe the Hun, even absent most memories, still retains some personality traits. At least the fact that Heaven makes a point of tracking lives and assigning new birth based on deeds suggests that there is some sense where they are not wholly wiped clean each death. Autochthonian souls also have a lot of memories lingering latent which Alchemicals can access, though the machinery (hah) is somewhat different.
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  • Exthalion
    replied to The Anatomy of the Exalted Soul
    My personal take has, for years, been close to Neall's as a result of dissatisfaction, on my own part and the part of forum interlocutors, with the "supermote" view of Exaltation near the end of 2E.


    Nevertheless, I shall try to offer a new perspective: The Hun soul is not the person. The changes which occur after death point to an important role of other components in shaping the individual and their experiences.

    Rather, the conjunct of body, souls, mind, etc., or the "bundle" thereof, seems to be a better basis for establishing identity in...
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  • Exthalion
    replied to Don't f**k the gay, f**k Cthulhu
    Speaking only internally to Exalted, the humanoid form appears to be some sort of metaphysical baseline at least within the domain of Primordial activity. Many of the Titans, and most of their souls have humaniform bodies, most of which will predate humanity and certainly wouldn't have been done to flatter or be familiar to humans. Raksha who take shape default to a fairly human form. The mountain folk and the lintha all were very human-looking and predate humanity as well.

    It came up back in 2E that Agata have really high appearance and people wondered if they were sexy giant wasps....
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  • Exthalion
    replied to E10 Solar Charm (P.E.A.C.H.)
    In regards to the SW discussion earlier, it occured to me that there are 5 Lukes.

    Its just that they consist of:
    A Zennith princess whose statrapy-kingdom was destroyed to make an example
    A Night smuggler with a lot of investment in his boat
    The Night's Full Moon boon companion who is like 200 years old and is physically stronger than all the rest of them
    A charming former-quisling Eclipse administrator

    Darth Vader wipes the floor with the above, plus Dawn Luke learning the secret MA from multiple secret masters, multiple times alone and apart....
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  • Exthalion
    replied to E10 Solar Charm (P.E.A.C.H.)
    Edit: Wrong place
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  • Exthalion
    replied to E10 Solar Charm (P.E.A.C.H.)
    One of the best features of Exalted, that you don't start off as a wet paper bag, can be a problem because of the incentive system in chargen pushing you to be hyper-competent in one or a small number of related things. This is the starting with 5s leading to no sense of personal progression, the superabundance of Superal charms at chargen at the expense of broad competence, and various other manifestations such as torturous backstories to justify extremely eclectic but mechanically useful merit combinations.

    I think this feeds into a lack of focus on setting or narrative progression....
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  • Exthalion
    replied to Design choices for Mummy
    Part of the reason for decreasing Sekhem is because there are things you can do to slow or reverse the descent. The desperation can make you a hungry monster destroying the relics of the ancients and risking the lives of the people around you to maintain your grasp on fading power. Its about _knowing_ what real power looks like and being willing to do terrible things to hold onto it.

    Other splats can make terrible bargains for more power. You have to make increasingly terrible bargains just to keep what you have. Its the Red Queen's race.
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  • Exthalion
    replied to Help Me Make Dragon Armor
    It might be... useful if we wait to see Gunzosha armor so that we can compare it between the two editions.

    I do not know how much DrLoveMonkey is tied to the specific features like air filters that have been mentioned several times. But some thoughts I had, of uncertain quality, which might deserve the appellation of FAA:

    Dragon armor can be linked to other armors which grants various advantages such as:
    - A mote reservoir that all squad mates can fill and all can draw from
    - The ability to store, trade, or donate aura states
    - The ability to count as...
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  • This seems to have veered into semantics and creating of post facto definitions intended to create a demarcating line at a desired historical point by using historical developments as the criteria.

    Chausse's definition leaves both of the important terms undefined. Observable reality and empirical methodology? Assuming the ancients weren't writing down their dreams they were observing the same reality as we are, and empirical literally means from the senses which is one of the criticisms of figures like Aristotle, that they based too much on what is observable to unaided human senses....
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  • Exthalion
    replied to E10 Solar Charm (P.E.A.C.H.)
    And yet it is still less than that Essence 14 alchemical from 1E.
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  • So there were no doctors in the world until chemists isolated the active ingredient in remedies? The four humors, alchemy, the luminiferous ether, all of them are just as unreal as Hapi and people did things based on them that were just as efficacious as those mystic rituals.

    When your standard for science is "was not later replaced with a better explanation" then nothing we now do is science in the long run....
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  • Extended Nitpic: There were no humans 2 million years ago. Anatomically modern humans emerged some 350k years ago, and they certainly weren't building cities. Agriculture is some 12k years old, and that is when the population "boom" started.

    By your definition of telling the future through observing the present and past, that goes back to the stone age, some 10,000 years with calendars that predicted the changing seasons based on sun and star patterns. 6k years ago in Egypt they noted that the rise of Sirius indicated the season of inundation was coming and built their calendar...
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  • Exthalion
    replied to Help Me Make Dragon Armor
    As has been said, multiple times, all of those are problems. They do not justify a special category, they balance a special category. Because you could add all of those on top of a bog-standard 3 dot daiklave. That would make it worse than bog-standard, not some special revered relic.

    So, again, the question is not "what do you slap on to balance artifacts in this class" but "What makes this class special enough to require the balancing factors."



    There are also some vehicles, mechanical birds, and a mechanical snake. The prosthetic isn't...
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  • Exthalion
    replied to Help Me Make Dragon Armor
    A: They don't all require hearthstones, maintenance, or have that sort of limitation. One example of FAA is a boat with integrated artifact weapons that requires no hearthstones or special maintenance besides being harder to repair as per FAA.

    B: Do we though? FAA items are meant to be extraordinarily rare. There were a lot of them, but now they are even rarer than the regular stuff. There may now be more extant examples of one-off lightning-shooting artifact ballistas than lightning ballistas....
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  • Exthalion
    replied to Help Me Make Dragon Armor
    A: They don't all require hearthstones, maintenance, or have that sort of limitation. One example of FAA is a boat with integrated artifact weapons that requires no hearthstones or special maintenance besides being harder to repair as per FAA.

    Edit: Those are also all limitations rather than bennies to justify the greater cost/difficulty.

    B: Do we though? FAA items are meant to be extraordinarily rare. There were a lot of them, but now they are even rarer than the regular stuff. There may now be more extant examples of one-off lightning-shooting artifact ballistas than...
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    Last edited by Exthalion; 12-30-2019, 05:05 PM.

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  • Exthalion
    replied to Help Me Make Dragon Armor
    It might be useful if we clarified what the distinction actually is.

    What makes an implosion bow different from a "mundane" ballista that fires storm serpent exhalations stored in jars? Or an artifact ballista that requires you to summon an air elemental into it for power?

    A mundane suit of armor can have workings done to it that would allow the wearer to breathe underwater or march for hours in the Southern desert with magical cooling and refreshment.

    Way back in the bad old days of discussing Magitech in 3E, Isator brought up the Ancestor Sashes...
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    Last edited by Exthalion; 12-30-2019, 03:51 PM.

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