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  • Solana
    replied to Tell me about your Lunar mates
    I'm presently working on a Lunar that is inspired the 'Red Riding Hood' story, in which their grandmother is a pretty toxic leader figure in her community/network of villages. One day while traveling through the forests of the North-East to visit with her, she's visited by an aspect of Luna in a kind of 'Big Bad Wolf' scenario, This concludes with her becoming a wolf in her own right, and devouring her grandmother's heartsblood, stealing her likeness in order to continue guiding the community.

    Having a solar bond who is huntsman inspired with Supernal Survival seems like a pretty...
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  • Solana
    replied to The Anatomy of the Exalted Soul
    I apologize if my words aren't as coherent as they should be. I'm actually on pain pills right now and struggling to stay awake, so that's probably a factor. I'm probably going to bow out for the rest of the day as a result, because I also don't like how combative some of my framing has been (ie, "You're wrong and here's why" versus "What are your thoughts on this?"), and in my experience that usually results in discussion being escalated into arguments.

    You made a lot of good points, too, Count, and I'll have to think about them for awhile.
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  • Solana
    replied to The Anatomy of the Exalted Soul
    I know you were, my point is that I don't see it that way. There's a difference between "are you the same person if all of your cells are replaced?" or "are you the same person if you receive a heart transplant." and "Are you the same person if someone else's soul comes to inhabit your body, and invades your previous existence with unrelated memories, intimacies, and potential habits.



    That there is even a question of whether or not humans have a soul emphasizes why this isn't an apt comparison. Even if we adopt a materialistic view of the universe,...
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  • Solana
    replied to The Anatomy of the Exalted Soul
    [QUOTE=Neall;n1360920]There's a process in Scion that was created precisely because I was frustrated about the lack of clarity on this in Exalted. In the former system, it's called mantling, which is similar to how it happens in the Elder Scrolls series.[/quote[

    I love your work on Scion in general, but 'Chosen' scions, who are then 'incarnations' of an existing god is something I always personally avoid, specifically because my own philosophies are toward the Polytheistic, rather than the Pantheistic. I honestly have a lot of resentment toward Pantheism in general, specifically because...
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  • Solana
    replied to The Anatomy of the Exalted Soul
    You might be right, I don't actually have any second edition books on me anymore, as they were all lost when I was forced to relocate to another state.

    Personally I'd be fine with re-explaining the Abyssal and Infernal exalted, but that's an entirely different thread.



    I have a few problems with this, and I will do my best to articulate them. It's kind of a heavy subject?

    Firstly, if the ship of Theseus does apply here, then it is in reverse. Specifically, you become a link in a "long chain of greatness". You are not the ship of Theseus...
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  • Solana
    replied to The Anatomy of the Exalted Soul
    Second Edition.



    It only imprisoned some of the shards, both in second and third editions. If the shards were not captured/held in one place, the Yozi/Neverborn couldn't have corrupted them, which they did. Until we get any new information on those exalt types, the closest thing we have to canon is 2nd edition.



    It mentions explicitly that there are only 100 Sidereal Exaltations. The other celestial type might also have hard numbers listed, but I can't open a book and check. At the very least I know it has not referenced the original 2nd edition...
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  • Solana
    replied to The Anatomy of the Exalted Soul
    See my response to Measure of Hope. Whether or not the books deign to call it a 'shard' or not, Miracles of the Solar Exalted makes it clear that they function exactly the same as they did in the past. There's still the set 300 Solar Exaltations (now 150), they still return to heaven when the exalt perishes, they still get trapped in a jade cage, and they are still empirically distinct objects which can then be corrupted. They never use the word 'Shard of Exaltation', but that does not change the fact that, even if they've decided to avoid using the word 'shard' in 3rd edition, that's what they...
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  • Solana
    replied to The Anatomy of the Exalted Soul
    A shard implies that the exaltation is quantifiable. There is X number of them, and we know how many they are. They are a thing which can be trapped within a Jade Prison which can then be corrupted by the yozi/the neverborn, resulting in the Abyssal and Infernal exalted.

    The example I gave is poorly worded, but essentially I was imagining it as humans/mortals being bound to the celestial incarnae in some way. In this model, a person could either be born pre-disposed, or eventually harmonize with, one of the incarnae. A person doesn't become exalted because they happen to be acting...
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  • Solana
    replied to The Anatomy of the Exalted Soul
    Does that mean I should disregard the section 'Past Lives of the Exalted' on page 4 of Miracles of the Solar Exalted?

    What's your take on what a Celestial exaltation is, and how that plays into the 'legend reborn' concept?...
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  • Solana
    started a topic The Anatomy of the Exalted Soul

    The Anatomy of the Exalted Soul

    To be a bit blunt and upfront, I've always been interested in different cultural perspectives on the soul, whether that's reading about what ancient Greeks thought of it, old Norse explanations, Egyptian, Mayan, etc, I've always been super into that. I've also spent a lot of time researching what various groups believe about them today, whether that's reconstructionist pagans, people of the book, living tradition pagans, and so on.

    So I've always been kind of interested in Exalted's take on souls, especially considering it is one of the few settings where you can practically dissect...
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