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  • Baaldam
    replied to Is Vitriol an Element?
    I don't have a problem with that, i consider it irrelevant, because, last i checked, my focus was on the elementals per se and their connection or independence from the Machine-God. My overall impression now we are discussing two completely different issues that only have in common touching on the matter of Autochtonians elements....
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  • Baaldam
    replied to Is Vitriol an Element?
    But the elementals seem not to be and that is the point i was driving at, being a part of the Machine-God only in the sense that the autochtonians that worship it would be, there being mention of the Machine-God destroying certain of the greatest among them due to seeing their existence as a potential threat to his well-being while in the slumber....
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  • Baaldam
    replied to Is Vitriol an Element?
    Actually, they are IN a part of a Primordial, but there's much in the books related to Autochtonia that implies they are not part of Auto's soul hierarchy in any way, though beholden to him by virtue of service and inhabiting inside his world-body. Not to mention it's where we get some of the first fluff inklings that the whole "five great elementals" are what the gods believe in, but a number might have already existed outside their view long before that....
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  • Baaldam
    replied to Constructing the North in 3e
    It's kind of moronically ironic that i have almost completely ignored book material about the North due to how much stuff i have homebrewed for my game set in the North. ...
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  • Baaldam
    replied to Is Vitriol an Element?
    I agree that vitriol as a thing exists in the setting more as an evocative element than a seriously thought out one. Not to mention most 2e references to Vitriol seem to have more to do with Kimbery as a primeval corrosive sea and Great Mother that can be doting but also full of never-ending spite than anything relating to the Metody's fluff.



    Exactly my issue. There's loads to define in such an idea and it beggars the question "how does one make an story out of it in the first place?", preferably one that sounds more complex and interesting than "get xp...
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  • Baaldam
    replied to Lunar Knacks
    This problem you mean i can certainly see, but last time i checked, knacks most certainly had attribute requirements just as bad as the lunar charms in general - and while one did not have to deal with non-favored/non-caste exp costs, it was simply because knacks had their own intermediary exp cost baked in, so with all honesty, did the knacks "solve" any of these issues speak of how?



    That's easy to answer - shapeshifting, not shapestealing/hunting, the capacity to customize or variate from one's library of forms, refinements, faster transformations with the...
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  • The Tzimisce might try - it all depends on how effective are Schlaztka or Vohzd against flamethrowers, mortars and artillery, i guess....
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  • Baaldam
    replied to Is Vitriol an Element?
    Honestly, no big deal, it points out more to a lack of info in the part of the Exalted host and silly attempts to cover the ignorance than anything. Calling it canon might be a little much, unless some aspect of the game actually hinged in such a debatable idea....
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  • Baaldam
    replied to The Black Book of Big Baddies
    I do have something of a liking for using obscure big bads. Sometimes i just adapt or rethink already existing ones - like Han-tha, Filial Wisdom, Mokrelus or Loras the Death Sun, for example, other times i will throw in whole cloth creations, like the Maiden of Broken Names, the Fivefold Dragon, the Black Radiance or Spinner of Adamant Puppetries among others.

    When i don't do NPCs who are mix of existing and homebrew, like Regil the Green Sun in Chains, that is basically a perfect replica of Ligier - with all the potential scariness it engenders - with a serious case of cloning ...
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    Last edited by Baaldam; 03-19-2017, 10:06 AM.

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  • Actually pretty dubious when one reads the examples we get - they deal in souls and service in exchange for power, if the Storytellers's Handbook to the Sabbat serves as any indication and we do have some references to "legions" and "nobility" that bring subtones of goetic/medieval demonology overtones, but it's all so vague and loose that one can get more definite info in D&D books.

    Gulfora from Chicago by Night might be said to be even worse, as while she does reference the Genesis when speaking of her origins, she does it in a way that could imply her kind...
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  • Baaldam
    replied to Lodin the Killer!
    Also worth mentioning that the reason Lodin actually pulled this stunt so smoothly was because the Ventrue in Chicago had already depleted their ranks during the coup Maxwell, fighting in both sides of the conflict might be said if the background Harold Goodston (the abomination from Under a Blood Red Moon) serves as any indication, not to mention the city's kindred population as a whole had taken a hit with the Great Chicago Fire.

    Summing it up, many had died in the fire, more died in the confrontation with Maxwell or his supporters, the few who actually survived were either supporters...
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  • Baaldam
    replied to Is Vitriol an Element?
    That's a thorny subject actually.

    Is Vitriol an element? In Creation, not at all, in Malfeas it might be so, as the substance seems to encompass a number of qualities and associations that resonate with more than one Yozi & its spiritual constituents - Malfeas and Kimbery in particular come to mind. Big question is, does Vitriol have an existence of its own, independent of the actions of supernatural beings? Or to cite something in 2e, does the river flow or fire burn without its spirit to make it do so?

    What is the assertion of metodies as "Elementals of Vitriol"...
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    Last edited by Baaldam; 03-18-2017, 12:49 PM.

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  • Well, except for the part the Giovanni might have involved themselves in a number of ways directly or indirectly, due to simply being successful businessmen with possibly strong connections to fascist Italy and through it to the Reich. A number of corporations of the period, some with no official or national ties to the Axis profiteered on the concentration camps, so i find it extremely improbable that the Giovanni might be mostly stonewalled out of it. Their connections, interests and agendas actually make it very probable that they might have involved themselves in the planning stages in fact....
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  • Going into an unsavory but quite pertinent tangent, has anyone considered to what degree might or not the Giovanni have involved themselves with extermination camps in WWII?

    We are speaking of a family of necromancer-enterpreuners with their origin in what would become one of the Axis powers and have stake in involving themselves with systematic mass murder.

    Not the most tasteful of subjects to bring up i know, but it's one that is hard to avoid in account of the matter of the Giovanni's endgame.
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  • If i had to guess, i suppose the brunt of the Anarchs are composed of the "riff-raff" of Camarilla-aligned domains: the young and unlucky from "low clans" like Brujah, Gangrel, Malkavian & Nosferatu, along with discontents, criminals and rejects from Toreador, Tremere & Ventrue, along with a mass of Caitiff spawned from any of the previous and then some. To that one might add a number of Independent and bloodlines that come & go or make contacts according to personal convenience of the individual or faction. A number of Assamite schismatics and Ravnos remnants would...
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  • Baaldam
    replied to Issue: Nameless flaw
    Personally, does the idea interests you? Because if it feels like a headache to make work in your game and the PC is not really invested in the complication, it's perfectly valid for you to veto either the 5pt version or the flaw as a whole. He wants those 5pts? Make him explain how the flaw is actually that much of a deal/trouble for the character. Otherwise, make him pick others and close the issue....
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  • Baaldam
    replied to Issue: Nameless flaw
    Someone with Dominate 3+ really dislikes you or enjoys messing with your past life?

    More importantly, what exactly does your player have in mind with getting this flaw - beside scoring 5 points to spend in other stuff, that is? ...
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    Last edited by Baaldam; 03-13-2017, 12:03 PM.

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  • In fact this character is a funny case because he actually started as Gangrel, though a very sociable, decadent, artistic and far from typical one, but as the story progressed i saw the Followers of Set for the first time in the Player's Guide and ended up discussing with the ST the idea of the character as an imposter and so he became a Setite by retcon under the group's noses. It made for a nice twist when, after messing with a setite cult trying to establish himself in the city, i actually stole the leader's heart in the session's final scene.

    Back then we even subsumed Serpentis...
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    Last edited by Baaldam; 03-13-2017, 09:16 AM.

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  • Well, a pile of them, depending on specific character - but then, what's a kindred, one might ask?

    Let me throw two PCs that quicly come to mind.

    Jesse Blue (Chicago by Night)
    - Not really a Gangrel, but a Setite in disguise.
    - Commited Diablerie (true) on Prince Lodin (false, it was Schumpeter) amidst Anabelle's praxis seizure.
    - Actually allied with a hidden Lodin and conspiring to slowly take down the secret powers holding the city's reins (true).


    Mirkal Kallistenos (Miami by Night/A World of Darkness)
    - Is actually an elder...
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  • Not quite related, but as we are speaking of necromancy, thought of bringing this and some other stuff of potential interest for antropologically/historic-minded 'brewers.
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