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  • I'll put up a question on their Trouble Tickets. It might be you're using a method of contact they don't use anymore (I've only ever seen instructions to use regular email). In any case, it might catch notice that could help expedite things a bit.
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  • So here's how I think a lot of dealings with a Great House work.

    Unless you're somebody prominent enough to actually engage with the matriarch or one of their top advisors, you're not really dealing with the House as such, but one of their scion operatives; either somebody who was assigned to you or who had a purview that you intersect with. I'd say this person has a decent operating budget, but one that they need to account for to their elders. Maybe the cost of bribing away an already engaged mercenary is something that they can square, maybe it isn't, either because it's beyond...
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  • Because Excellencies and Charms make for very strong Bargain Actions.

    (I never did actually read that thread)...
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  • You find such a thing in references to Medieval knights during peace time as well. If you're lucky, you have the kind of pull to create the wars that you can then sell service and claim prizes, plunder and ransom in. If you're not, you hang out in ditches and can't even go bandit because you lost your sword.



    We could really do with moving past using the word for the part of the house where unrelated men are not permitted to imply some kind of lascivious sex den.

    And then maybe from there past referencing such as a desirable commodity.

    "It...
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  • How long have you been trying?...
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  • You know, I've heard New Dakuo referenced a lot since the revised text came out, but only just looked at it myself.

    It seems to me that all of those references neglected to mention that the book seems to present it more as the Dragon Blooded being allied to Lunar, singular. The whole line about how, with that one having died, the replacement provided by the Shadow Fang Vanguard is having trouble assuming leadership.

    Sure, a replacement at all suggests that the alliance was with the Vanguard du jure, but it reads like de facto it went for the specific person who fought...
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  • Even for people outside and contrary to the Realm, I have a preference for Dragon Blooded to have distinct tendencies to at least have friction with Celestial Exalted. I think it makes the setting more vivid to make the dominance of the Terrestrial Exalted in the Second Age more than just confined to the Realm and a few other holdouts such as Lookshy and that it gives presence to the legacy of the Shogunate that is distinct from the remains of the First Age to have it as something forming a cultural basis for outcastes to draw upon and say "we also are Princes of the Earth". Sure, you...
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  • I feel it's perfectly in keeping with the Occult Ability, particularly assisted by Charms, to acquire a bit of information in a divinatory manner, although I'd be personally inclined to include elements of observation and deduction with references. If an person can tell that this is a detached city god, then they might identify signifiers in appearance and mannerisms that suggest what city the god came from, or even be recognised in records describing the god back in better days. Depending on the character looking for that information, that could alternately take the form of "note...
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  • Isator Levi
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    That was not really my point. I'm just saying that of all the alternative weaknesses to be a source of distress, illiterate people is not one of them.



    There are Fair Folk of more benign character who provide additions to communities they reside with of a kind that incentivise finding some kind of mutual benefit.

    Cities don't generally have security forces of the kind you're alluding to....
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  • Isator Levi
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    It's likely that a lot more people have access to illiteracy than to iron....
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  • It occurs to me that the scenario suggested seems like one in which the Solar proclaimed themselves as loyal to the Terrestrials....
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  • Something that is interesting and might straddle the line between where people live being constrained by force are instances in which groups apparently voluntarily left more arable land to live in marginal areas such as steppe and rugged hills up to actual mountains because those situations would be one in which it was more difficult to bind them under systems of tenancy or involuntary labour. That people would elect for a harder life where they could be more free.

    I hesitantly refer to the Zaporozhian Cossacks as an example of such that stands out to me, since it would appear that...
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  • When you say familiar do you mean personal experience or awareness of it as a thing?...
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  • That makes sense; Risa is barely a character, and there's practically nothing in the way of traits or events to make anything about her memorable, let alone the attachment to Dace.



    Not as such, but that's more likely to be replaced with "fuck, a challenger to my supremacy, show 'em who's boss".

    That and how Lunars have been running around for centuries and done a lot to earn Immaculate reputation. Those ones are pretty scary. Still, Fangs at the Gate describes general terms for them having common cause, as well as a Dragon Blooded resident of Luthe...
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  • Isator Levi
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    I must admit to being a little bit disappointed. I thought that I'd happened upon something distinct and interesting, but I suppose not if the only response it gets is "needs less pacifism".
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  • Isator Levi
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    Just... just this.

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  • Isator Levi
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    They'd spend the whole time being gently but firmly encouraged to depart for the Underworld to experience what it has to offer and deepen their sense of understanding for their own identity.

    Even a living follower is likely to only be accommodated if they're looking for reassurances about eventual death, but I imagine limits to that as well; the Friar doesn't seem to want followers beyond people that take his words to heart and await the end of their lives peacefully to be the start of a great journey of self-discovery. He accepts alms if they're offered, although nobody could say...
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  • And to a fairly generous interpretation of what it takes for them to count as seeing people to strike them, and presumption of finding an appropriate vantage point with ease....
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  • Isator Levi
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    I have experienced similar, including posting a new thread that has yet to appear on the front page, but shows up in my Recent Posts.
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  • Isator Levi
    started a topic Abyssal character idea

    Abyssal character idea

    A couple of days ago I was sitting around waiting on something, and my mind wandered to the subject of this year's White Elephant and what I might ask for; I felt a particular inclination towards some kind of Abyssal.

    Then I felt as though I would once again fail to clearly explain what I was looking for, and instead imagined how I might provide such a character if asked for it. I started with a few pieces of the look, and it expanded from there.

    The result was something that I liked so much I felt as though I didn't want to wait until Christmas for the off chance of...
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