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  • In the hands of an actual Lunar, it might wind up being something that would enhance a number of their own Charms...

    ​Which actually seems a bit lesser than a 5-dot Artifact, at least as I envision them.

    ​If it was a thing that I was actually writing up while having a new Lunar Charm set to hand, I'd probably be looking for ways to express the concept that distinguish themselves from what a Lunar can do....
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Games Discussion/What Are You Playing?
    After having mostly left it to sit on the proverbial shelf since Christmas, I finally managed to establish a rapport with Xenoblade Chronicles 2. I've been enjoying it a fair bit.
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  • What about... something dedicated to pursuit of quarry or attacking from the shadows, in which sticking the target with arrows causes them to become embedded and mark the target as prey in a manner that inhabits them and empowers the archer.

    In particular, an effect of the embedded arrows virtually dragging the Hunter along, creating a mounting obsession with catching up.

    The pinnacle effect could have the bow's wielder merge with it to create some kind of abstract, berserk beast, that relentlessly tears through everything that may lie in between it and the marked ta...
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  • Isator Levi
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    Huh; neat....
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  • Ahh yes, I remember that. I find it eminently sensible; a nice way of letting divine forms hang around the outskirts.
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  • So the subject of assuming the forms and powers of spirits came up in the Ask the Devs thread.

    ​Personally, the idea of acquiring such powers was something that I was very cold towards up until the Third Edition core dropped, where things like Divine Mantle gave me a sense of how such things could be handled for Lunars.

    ​But I'm still feeling a little bit of trepidations; concern that it might make animals feel as though they're the minor form that gets graduated from....
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Ask a question, get an answer
    ​Thousand Correct Actions is a Second Edition book, and I do believe that it came out after White Wolf switched to a primarily electronic distribution process....
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  • Isator Levi
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    I definitely know that the idea of each satrapy being administered by a satrap and three advisors, who are all supposed to report on the situation (and each other) separately as a check and balance, for which they would all come from separate Houses, was described in the Second Edition core book. I couldn't say if it originated there.

    ​I believe that the manner in which satrapies function in this Edition is different to before, although I'll need to wait for The Realm to confirm what I'm inferring from What Fire Has Wrought.

    ​In the prior Editions, the Realm's method...
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  • Isator Levi
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    ​And Octopus and Spider Barrage in the write-up for Eska of the Seven Blades had that capability, even if the quick character format couldn't accommodate a keyword....
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Can a circle of dynasts "win?"
    ​While I wouldn't fully discount the significance of the personality of figures such as Muhammad, I wouldn't entirely attribute their success to them having something like a unique and overpowering force of personality. There have to have been social forces that were receptive to the message that he was preaching, and that were ready to start flowing when somebody with the right idea spoke up to give them a push.

    ​Which speaks to another perspective on how one can approach the question of how a wealthy and influential Dynast might push back against Mnemon; the idea of seeking...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Can a circle of dynasts "win?"
    ​There are approaches to the subject that are a bit more clever.

    ​For example, promote and provoke conflict between all of the Houses in a manner that weakens them and discredits their leadership, while working to set oneself up as a worthwhile candidate for a position of significant authority as various ranks start to look for alternative solutions to the problem than coming under the leadership of the people that have led them into that mess.

    ​Alternatively, cultivate power outside of the Great Houses; the patricians, the magistrates, the outcastes, maybe even...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Can a circle of dynasts "win?"
    I have some issues with privileging one over the other.

    ​At the same time as needing to find ways to reconcile the idea that Solars as warriors being an equally legitimate and useful part of their mythos with the issues inherent in violence as a method of solving problems.

    It's a balancing act, to be sure....
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Can a circle of dynasts "win?"
    I keep thinking of historical examples in which younger people came to power and made significant social overhauls and accumulated great authority for themselves.

    ​Now, in fairness, a number of these were instances of hereditary monarchy, but that doesn't necessarily mean that they were acting without constraint; still instances in which they might need to do things in defiance of regents or minsters or the general status quo of the conservative aristocracy.

    ​Not to mention instances of people coming from backgrounds that were not predisposed to significant power...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Can a circle of dynasts "win?"
    ​Wealth and respect are things that you can take as 5-dot Merits at character creation.

    ​And while Dynasts older than a hundred might be a dot or two higher than Essence 3, they're distinctly assumed to not be very numerous this time around.

    ​So there's a question of whether an Exalt, particularly one whose powers have the kind of dependencies that the Dragon Blooded are bound to, can ever be outdone by a slightly less powerful Exalt....
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  • Isator Levi
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    Hmm, developing a full version of it... I wonder if there could be some kind of across the board system based on shifting through a cycle, similar to other ones with unique fuel sources or similar quirks. Possibly make the one Evocation with five phases into a starting power and then... something else for when it shifts between them.

    Or maybe break the five-phase power up and distribute it around, with accessibility based on the cycle.
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  • Isator Levi
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    Wait, what?...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Can a circle of dynasts "win?"
    The entire point of my post is that these are experiences that people create for themselves.
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Can a circle of dynasts "win?"
    Solars are exactly what you imagine them to be.



    No, wait, that's ambiguous. Let me try again:

    ​Solars are an entirely fictional construct where, even within the context of their fiction, they're a distinctly unrealised element that is coming in unshaped by a prevailing trend, as goes their own personalities. Hence, their traits are what the one creating the universe and playing the characters would ascribe to them. As the default playable group, they are afforded a remarkable degree of carte blanche as regards the personality, motivations, goals and relationships...
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  • Isator Levi
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    Oh so that's why he stormed out of G7. Now it makes sense....
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Games Discussion/What Are You Playing?
    The character model for Leon from the original Resident Evil 2 looks like he's about sixteen....
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