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  • Boston123
    started a topic Virtues and Castes

    Virtues and Castes

    Just as idle musings: what 2E virtues do you associate with each caste?

    Valor is easy

    Dawn: Valor
    Zenith
    Twilight
    Night
    Eclipse

    I tend to treat Willpower as a Virtue, even if it technically isn't.
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  • Boston123
    replied to Tag, You're It
    The Tags system is, in my opinion (as someone that has both studied and renacted Migration/"Viking" Era warfare), completely pants-on-head backwards. I mean that in the nicest of manners, however.

    (AS ALWAYS, my group and I play simulationist-heavy mortal campaigns, so no Charms for us!)

    I moved around a significant portion of weapon-tags, and ultimately I am seriously considering scrapping the whole thing, and implementing Tag-like benefits from stunt-fodder instead....
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  • Boston123
    replied to Ask a question, get an answer
    ....... the real-world blackpowder firearms flamepieces draw inspiration and form from were often deliberately reinforced for use as melee weapons, with weighted, bulbous grips for smashing....
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  • Boston123
    replied to Exigents and Anima Banners
    I guess what I am trying to ask is: Do Anima Banners have to be visible? Like "towering pillars of sun/moonlight, eruptions of flame/water/-insert element here-" visible?

    Not that this hypothetical anima banner isn't visible: it is more of an "aura of menace", with the aura getting more and more palpable as Peripheral Essence gets expended. As the anima increases, the Exigents eyes blaze, their countenance becomes more and more stern/wrathful, etc etc etc, until the false and the fake dread to look upon them.
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  • Boston123
    started a topic Exigents and Anima Banners

    Exigents and Anima Banners

    Quick question, and it may be rather obvious: Do Exigents have anima banners, and anima powers, like the other Exalted?

    I mean, I know they go on a case-by-case basis, but I would like to hear your opinions first.
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  • Boston123
    replied to Arms of the Chosen Preview
    ...... how the hell does it lift its arms?...
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  • Boston123
    replied to Halfway [Quest]
    As long as you don't get answers back, you should be fine........
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  • Boston123
    replied to Oathsworn [Quest]
    1) Arguably, the warchief is on Kasai's "level" of combat ability, if not a wee bit better (You don't get elected as the martial representative of several thousand people by being a slugass). He is less protected than Kasai is (wearing less armor, so less soak), but his weapon is big and gnarly, so he can cause some damage.

    As for mental resistance and such, Kasai has a pretty high Resolve ([Wits + Integrity + Specialty]/2) = ([ 2 {wits} + 4 {Integrity} + 1 {when Oaths are involved}] /2 = 4, plus he has a Defining concept of "Upholding my Oaths is worth everything,...
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  • Boston123
    replied to Oathsworn [Quest]
    1) No, it isn't something that is passed along through the blood. And even if it wasn't, Ousamequin partook in the ritual after his daughter was born, meaning she, and Kasai, would have recieved no benefit from it.

    I brought it up (I referred to it way back in the Hill-Tribe infodump) in order to hint to the idea that the fight was survivable, IF we/you play the cards right, as well as make some heavy decisions. I mean, consuming the blood and flesh of a creature is a Lunar heresy, on top of being, well, cannibalism (in this case, at least. Lunar Anathema are still human, at least...
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  • On a related note: I am trying to imagine how a nominally-Immaculate fearing person might react to Exalting as a Zenith.

    Panic attacks? Freaking out? General confusion?
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  • Boston123
    replied to Oathsworn [Quest]
    1) In hindsight, flat-out explaining just why Ousamequin is so kickass might have helped. I apologize for not doing so earlier.

    During the Feast of the Moon, he ritually hunted down and killed a Luna-touched animal (arguably, an aspect of the Incarna [her? him? hir?] themselves), consuming the heart, liver and blood of the stag. (if that sounds like the Lunar Blood-Hunt...... surprise! Guess where they learned it from). It gave him, basically, a shittier version of the Exalted Healing merit. Not permanently, but enough to give him the body of a 20 year old, when he is 66.
    ...
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  • Boston123
    replied to Oathsworn [Quest]
    It appears that most of you want to “present our resume”, so to speak, with the added addition of completing a “worthy” task.

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    You exhale, considering how best to respond. Then, reaching up and back, you tug at the tie binding your hair up. Shaking it free, you gesture to the gathered elders.

    “< As you can clearly tell, I am of the blood of both the Vanehani and the Tribes. I was raised under the shade of plum trees, training at arms with my father, and with my grandfather, I learned to stalk the deer and go among them unafraid! Who...
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  • Boston123
    replied to Transports in Creation
    Before the development of the steam engine (and, therefore, the Industrial Revolution and the railroad), most bulk goods were moved by water: by boat, raft or ship, over river, canal and ocean.

    It is cheaper, easier and arguably faster to ship 1000 pounds of X 500 miles over water, than it is to ship 100 pounds of X 50 miles overland.

    One of the many reasons ~90% of human settlements are located by bodies of water.

    Other than that, you are left with the cart, the wagon, the sled, the horse/riding beast and the human back.

    In the North, depending...
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    Last edited by Boston123; 04-14-2017, 02:32 PM.

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  • Boston123
    replied to Neph discussion thread
    No, but if an asteroid is going to destroy the planet in a week, I am probably not going to care all that much that my water bill is past due and the late fees are racking up.

    If the Silver Prince/Ebon Dragon/-Insert-BBEG-here is going to do Creation dry and not call it back in the morning...... why care about that asshole Guildsman?

    The 1000 Dooms were, in my opinion, one of the worst aspects of 2E with regards to worldbuilding, full stop.

    With regards to Neph.... I'll admit I didn't like a great deal of his stuff....
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  • Boston123
    replied to Oathsworn [Quest]
    Generally, outside of my first campaign, when my players basically went out of their way to tangle with the Dragonblooded (they were not! Vikings, raiding Realm shipping, so got into a fight with a Dragonblood was all-but inevitable), my players will almost-never meet an actual Exalted.

    Sure, sure, they hear about them, but they never really actually meet them. The Solars and Lunars are ancient stories, fabled gods from the distant past, and Dragonblooded are wandering wuxia heroes.

    For example, Guan Yu in my games would be a Dragonblooded, while the Yellow Emperor was...
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  • Boston123
    replied to Equipment Tags
    There is certainly an illusion of choice, as well as some questionable decisions made, when it comes to equipment.

    Like: a chopping sword is literally just an inferior axe. Axes are cheaper, can be thrown, and have the same tags as the chopping sword.

    Likewise, straight swords and slashing swords are exactly the same.
    Same thing with 3/4 of the Medium armor list: Hauberks, Lamellar and Reinforced Breastplates are exactly the same.

    Slings deal bashing damage? Huh? A pigeon-egg sized stone strikes with the same impact force as a .45 pistol round. Of course,...
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    Last edited by Boston123; 04-10-2017, 09:01 PM.

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  • Boston123
    replied to Oathsworn [Quest]
    I mean...... they are around, but even Outcaste Dragonblooded are going to be rare.

    Outside of the Realm and Lookshy, most (Outcaste) Dragonblooded are going to be more like wandering Youxia/Wuxia heroes, as opposed to something everybody knows about.........well, everybody does know about them, but more as the focus of stories and legends as opposed to that guy you see when you head to market every Sunday.

    People have this, well, not misconception per se, but I feel that they drastically overstate just how common Exalted are.

    For example, Saiko's home village,...
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  • Boston123
    replied to Arms of the Chosen Preview
    Just as a slightly-related aside: this is why I prefer to headcanon daiklaves and the like as being comparatively "normal" sized. As well as longer blades (aka the "greatswords" or suchlike) not being sidearms.

    If a blade is any longer than about 2 feet, it is going to be all-but impossible to draw the thing if it is carried on your back. Not because you don't get the leverage, or it weighs too much (so, Exalted could still do it), but because your arms are not long enough. The blade gets "stuck", in the sense that you don't have enough reach to pull...
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  • Boston123
    replied to Oathsworn [Quest]
    The Hundred Kingdoms

    A teeming morass of hundreds of petty kingdoms situated to the north of Vaneha, across the Yellow River, the Hundred Kingdoms region is largely viewed as a cultural backwater (especially by Vaneha), where brutish warriors and robber barons extort the fruits of the land from their peasant’s brow. While the above description is ….largely correct, if only in the technical sense of the term, one must dive deeper into the culture, social mores, and social strata of the region to fully understand why it is so.

    -History

    The Hundred Kingdoms...
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  • Boston123
    replied to Oathsworn [Quest]
    1) Because the Hill-Tribes are more than capable of killing the ever-loving shit out of any Hundred Kingdoms-warparty that traipse into the Hill-Tribes territory, and the Vanehani know this.

    The Hill-Tribes are superb light skirmish infantry, while the primary offensive strength of the Hundred Kingdoms is based in the Oathsworn heavy cavalry. If either of each traveled too far into the other's territory, they would get destroyed in short order. as the territory of the opposing faction plays to that factions strengths. Of course, the Hill-Tribes have the edge, since the Hundred Kingdoms...
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