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  • Isator Levi
    replied to 3rd Ed Sidereals
    Essence 3-5 can do that.

    I expect Chejop to be higher, but again, that's representative of the scope of the legend depicted in his corebook fiction, not a bar he has to cross in order to do something basic....
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Lunars of the First Age


    Hmm, I don't really care for even this level of specificity being provided.



    So that's about a third of the Castes given to the full moon alone.

    I think part of what is effective about Castes based on moon phases is that the moon having phases has been repeatedly stressed as the mythological basis for associating it with shapeshifting.

    That and I find it compelling how the Castes of the Celestial Exalted have an elegant simplicity to them. It was one of the earliest motifs I derived from looking into the game on the wiki, and...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Exalted vs the Titans
    Changed my mind. It's not what the thread is about.

    I brought up Lunars doing that shit with kaiju because it's a thing they're repeatedly stated to do in their book. "Dredge up ancient horrors and set them against the Realm". Raksi was especially famous for it back in her heyday.

    I just wanted to remind people of that fact in this wider discussion of "what's to be done with this Homer Simpson".

    Everything else pertaining to the question of whether Lunars who would do so can or would bother to remind Godzilla not to shoot that atomic...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Exalted vs the Titans
    I want to address that post in more detail when I'm at my laptop, but for the moment:



    Do you know what the American Service-Members Protection Act is?...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Exalted vs the Titans
    My comment that started this tangent was focused on the subject of how agendas in the setting harness kaiju, but I regret my contribution to it's extension.

    One thing I'll recall is that there are definitely references to Lunars who find the plans of fellows objectionable on some grounds, although the prominent ones seem to be concerned less with hitting people that don't deserve it and more with trucking with untrustworthy powers.

    You'd at least get some raising concerns that Ghidorah is going to render the Isle uninhabitable.
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to 3rd Ed Sidereals
    Neither do I. Grandeur and distinction by the standards of all Exalted shouldn't come cheap....
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Exalted vs the Titans
    Looking back at Macihara, it occurs to me that several of the Titans have their own versions of not quite dying fully; Godzilla seems kind of indestructible if he has the radiation to recharge, Ghidorah can regenerate, Mothra is implied to have a life cycle consisting of a kind of reincarnation through eggs.



    Or it points to a lot of people with dangerous Major Intimacies, especially when engaged in warfare. We've got a lot of written Lunars with that level of hatred towards the Realm.



    This is the thing I object to; this absurdification of a...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to 3rd Ed Sidereals
    There are probably a few Lunars who are noticeably older than Raksi that are Essence 4.

    Chejop is probably quite puissant among the Exalted, but that's not going to be because of his age, but because he's a significnt architect of the Usurpation, the major guiding hand of the Realm through the Immaculate Order, and just has a general demeanour of "I have to take responsibility for ensuring the continued future of everything", as we see in his core book chapter fiction.

    You can probably be Essence 6 when you're about 150 if you manage to achieve a legend of grandeur...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Exalted vs the Titans
    French soldiers who strayed too far away from their units while retreating from Moscow were liable to be set upon by gangs of peasants who would beat them to death with large sticks while singing....
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Exalted vs the Titans
    I would find it quite doubtful that any Lunar is even familiar with a local equivalent to the concept of "civilian". A specific term for such non-combatants in English is barely 200 years old.

    Throughout history, there have been innumerable conflicts in which the larger part of war did not consist of opposing armies very cordially opting to only engage against one another, but of rampaging around the countryside burning, pillaging and massacring. Many who don't die to the sword will go by the ensuing famine and plague, and such a thing is often the strategic point. Besieged...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Exalted vs the Titans
    It occurs to me that mister volcano behemoth is something like ten times bigger than King Ghidorah.

    I... kind of wonder if he might practically do with being scaled down a touch.



    I don't know why my mind drew a blank on that at the time; I think I was too much in the space of ways in which Solar powers can end up having broader scope than the other Celestials. But when it came to something such as going for such an entity's vulnerable spots and striking with immense power, precise incision, or some kind of malady, there are certainly a decent number of Lunars...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to The Realm
    All right, just a short bit of the chapter left. I’ll catch up soon I’m sure, seeing a decent window.



    With the number of times that the book has referred to making war with the Lunars and the larger context of presenting them as the major opponents of the Realm, it makes a lot of sense to have a dedicated analysis of such warfare from the perspective of the Realm. I like how there’s a common broad strategy in which Lunars can effectively build up extremely motivated forces to hit more directly from the front, while the Exalted themselves can employ their varied...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Exalted vs the Titans
    There was that other behemoth earlier on, the larval one. I believe that it had special gambits provided as an option for breaking it down in a manner somewhat easier than straight up killing it?

    For something of the enormous size and destructive power that we see of the Titans there (even the less apex ones such as Rodan), I could see a Circle of Solars who are either Essence 5 or are well-invested in some good, complementary Supernals being able to take on such an entity, albeit at great risk. Some decent and appropriate Artifacts would really help; warstriders are of course the...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Perfected Water and what it is good for?
    Going by the description, it seems like basically any of them. Water is pretty versatile, it's probably valid even when you need to clean off dust or flux or something.

    Something I've found fun in descriptions of the resourced needed for Artifact crafting is that basically every part of the process needs to be something weird and exotic; I believe that was pretty much what the Resources cost of a valid workshop was supposed to constitute, back when that was more of a thing.

    So even if what you quench a daiklave in isn't contributing directly to its legend, it still needs...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to The Realm
    So the Imperial Navy is something that I found What Fire Has Wrought to effectively clarify and consolidate exactly what its place in the Realm’s military structure was and the precise nature of House Peleps’ authority over it, right down to the fun detail that the ruling council of the House does double duty as the Admiralty. Now that gets expanded upon with the command hierarchy organised beneath that board, as well as the composition and duties of the Navy; the Earth Fleet absorbing the old duty of the Merchant Fleet in dealing with pirates and smugglers, and the other four being concerned...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Thought about Arms of the Chosen
    What Fire Has Wrought and Fangs at the Gate both have about a dozen Artifacts in them. As well as several Martial Arts.

    I think we're going to get examples of both of those things basically anywhere that they can plausibly go.

    Oh, and spells!
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Thought about Arms of the Chosen
    That first guideline was not very useful, because Excalibur is not a measurement of anything, and even within Solar Charms the value of any given quantity of motes varied wildly.

    Going by Third Edition Solar Charm design? You're looking at something in which the benefits of a given dice trick differ dramatically between Abilities. The basis for that is something that can be explained, but it's not a simple explanation producing a formula into which you can slot different examples into.

    For manse creation, if you're talking about the point-build system then that is definitely...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Thought about Arms of the Chosen
    The Ask the Devs thread has been one in which people have had a means of consistently asking a developer for how they develop a Charm, and Vance has generally given the advice that it has to be designed by feel. That particularly goes for elements such as the kind of play experience it will create.

    I do expect the advice in Exigents to be more in depth, but still ultimately come down to that. I don't think there'll be some kind of formula to precisely determine all of the factors behind a Charm.

    I find that some kind of formula is what people unrealistically wanted out...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to The Realm
    Okay, had some other things to attend to, so now (after a fairly straightforward picture of officers engaged in high society that lends itself a bit of flash with a distinct regal colour scheme) the question of support staff, which I think would be useful for rounding out the cast and considerations of a chronicle concerned with campaigning.

    I particularly like being given a description of what the field staff of a legion’s general consists of, as it helps to provide the picture of what high level command duties are in between actual battles, and generally characterising what running...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to The Realm
    The basic composition of the legions is the same as it ever was. Apparently that includes the point of how their missile troops are all put together in the status of low value skirmishers; they don’t have the specific line of being held in lower esteem than the baggage train slaves, but still at half pay and expendable. Scott Taylor once commented on this as indicating a failing in Realm doctrine arising from having not really fought serious wars over the centuries, which could clash with their greater military activity… buuuut Rome apparently got by without a very strong emphasis on archers,...
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