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  • I'll do you one better.

    ​In courtly France as it was defined by Louis XIV, there was a courtly position referred to as the valets de chamber, of whom one would generally be principle. On paper, these people were the personal attendants of the king himself, to the extent that they actually slept (at least some of the time) on a little cot placed at the foot of his bed for purposes of both being at his beck and call in the middle of the night should it be required, and being right at hand to assist the king through his morning routine.

    Under numerous kings, this person...
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  • By him simply being a custodian.

    ​I like that being a thing, because I find that idea in a Celestial Bureaucracy to be very evocative, not least for the actual bureaucratic or courtly sinecures that it evokes.

    ​Sun Wukong might have found the position of being custodian of the celestial horse stables to be demeaning (although I find that hardly telling of its prestige or lack thereof, considering how immensely vain he was), but it's still part of the worldview that envisages the divine as a bureaucracy in the first place.

    ​Being the person whose overt...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Ask the Devs
    Do you remember how the Kickstarter said that one of the stretch goal backer rewards would be a sizable collection of essays written by various Exalted producers that would be available to most contributors?

    ​It does seem to be one of those things that was forgotten by... everybody.
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  • I forgot to ever show off the video I made of fighting all the Dark Souls III bosses while cosplaying as them.



    It's a bit long, but you can skip around in it as suits one's interest.

    There are time stamps in the description on YouTube; I don't know how to hotlink them to the video....
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  • The idea that dreams represent deep-seated issues is just nonsense. They're just a random collage of images that people ascribe pattern and significance to in their waking state.
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  • The name isn't really important.
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  • To be clear, my comment about sorcery Circles was specifically in response to the statement of "Solar Circle can do practically anything". To which I assert that it can't do things such as Death of Obsidian Butterflies or.... whatever the name of the one to make people vomit up vermin if they try to tell a secret is called.

    ​To be sure, the distinction is a little bit academic; a Solar Circle Sorcerer, by definition, is already initiated into the other Circles, and given how the experience costs of spells are all the same so there isn't really an advantage to not regarding...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Ask a question, get an answer
    Err, Savage Seas said something about how the sky works, let me look...

    ​It doesn't specifically say whether or not the stars that aren't planets are stationary, although one interesting tidbit is the idea that because the world is flat and they're so far away, they're actually not of much use for navigation.

    ​Still, ever since I learned a couple of other things about actual astronomy, my perspective has been that the stars are generally stationary, and astrology is based on tracking the movements of the planets relative to them. The constellation of the Lovers does...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Ask a question, get an answer
    ​Both Sidereal books discuss Creation's constellations at length.

    Mortal astrology, such as it is, can only be based on interpreting already existing patterns in the stars, in contrast to the Sidereals who can remake them.

    ​The Maidens are hardly confined to the Sidereals either; people would still view planets such as Venus and Mars as being significant in the governance of their lives.

    ​There isn't really an equivalent to the zodiac in the sense of a given constellation that one is considered to be born under. The closest thing might be some Shogunate...
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  • On the other hand, you probably don't want to have more blood apes around than you can effectively manage, if you care about the kind of effect they might have on the surrounding locales.

    ​Regardless, demon summoning doesn't really fall into the category of something that is rendered redundant as you scale up, for reasons including differences in kind and in frequency. Hell, some first circles might even have a utility that there is simply no substitute for in the higher circles; I for one would find it to be rather dull and unimaginative to say that there's a Second Circle Demon...
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  • I think that part of the subject needs to be analysed in a Doylist manner, in which we assess whether or not the degree to which the Yozis imprisonment is a matter of inflicting suffering on them is an especially useful thing to write, specifically because it draws too much energy to the idea of an ongoing moral debate about whether or not their imprisonment is justifiable. As an aspect of them that would threaten to consume all of the setting, it's almost as bad as giving them a gigantic scheme to escape and stomp all over the world.

    ​At the same time, I would also incline against...
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  • ​Sure does.

    ​What do you think, Chelsea Peretti?

    ​...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to how long did the primordial war lasted?
    Thinking about the subject concerning Second Edition and with inspiration from an article I recently read concerning warfare in science fiction, I think there are two subjects that should be significant to conceiving the Primordial War.

    ​First was the idea that their Excellencies represented not only what they excelled at and strived towards, but were limited to. The very earliest Exalted could be regarded as having received some instruction or having their own insight on how to work within some conceptual blind spots.

    ​The other is consideration for any strange and...
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  • I think we want to be careful about making speculations about behind-the-scenes workings to which we are not privy.
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  • I think it's worthwhile to note that Circles should not have spells that render the Circles below them redundant....
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  • They would certainly help. I think something like that will be laid out more clearly in a dedicated sorcery book, and for the time being it would be best to extrapolate from examples.

    ​For example, Terrestrial Circle Sorcery not having big destructive effects, and effecting transformations that are direct and singular, if not exactly subtle.

    ​I'll try and think of more like that later, if nobody else beats me to it. They would probably do better.
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  • Oh it's nothing very significant, just a minor personal taste, with a post-hoc explanation at that.

    ​It's not as if there aren't already pictures of Artifacts of the kind that I prefer, and I don't begrudge some diversity for the benefit of others.
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  • Not quite even that. More about the idea that Raksi's relationship with her neighbours is assumed to be antagonistic if she would need to steal them, whereas going by historical trends, she would not want for people who would see her presence as a convenient alternative to leaving them in the woods, and a ready means of ingratiating themselves to her.
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  • Eh; I like pictures of Artifacts on their own, in profile. On the face of it there's no particular reason, although I could contrive one along the lines of finding it to create a greater promise of being available to be your Artifact.

    Maybe also an association with the hidden promise of power at rest.
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  • ​What constitutes truly massive?...
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