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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Military Might in Creation
    Totentanz' reference to an equivalent to the Pentagon got me thinking about one element of military might that often goes neglected; the significance of logistics organised by a centralised, professional staff. In 19th century Europe, that was one of the things that really transformed warfare and formed the initial basis for who came out on top in conflicts; in the Franco-Prussian war, while the Prussians certainly did have fairly sophisticated rifles and artillery, but the thing that allowed them to so thoroughly dominate the French was their military staff and well-developed communications that...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to So many Lunars 400 LUNARS
    There are some things there that I wasn't even thinking about. The problems with the Second Edition thing is a whole other conversation, that... maybe another time.

    ​All I was thinking about were the issues of having a set of powers so tied into a particular character aesthetic. I'm trying to think of something analogous, tasteful or otherwise, but it doesn't really track because it's a premise that is so distinct to Lunars that most other things I could think of feel ludicrous.

    ​I suppose I could make a point by staying within Lunars though. For instance, imagine...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Ask the Devs
    Would this be before many of them have children?...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to So many Lunars 400 LUNARS
    Maybe. And if they're a collection of Charms that are mostly focused on expansions on the already existing chimera concept, that wouldn't be so bad.

    ​I would just have concerns over some possibly interesting and useful powers being something that the central Lunar concept is hard locked out of.



    ​Pardon?...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Military Might in Creation
    Legions consist of half as many troops as that.

    ​There's also a matter of how legions are spread across multiple fronts; it's unlikely that the Realm has ever put more than about six legions in a single campaign, nor would be able to manage the logistics of a greater force concentrated so.



    ​Probably mostly mercenaries of circumstantial levies from either citizen militias or conscripted peasants, numbering only a few thousand at a time.

    ​Keeping in mind that large militaries is something that the Realm forbids in its satrapies and fights...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to So many Lunars 400 LUNARS
    I'm a bit conflicted about the idea of creating a cascade of Charms based on incorporating a major transformation of one's character and bound to a specific form of spirit shape. It feels a lot more drastic than things like Attribute or Ability minimums.
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  • Makes sense. Sorry, saw that goddamn King Arthur movie earlier, and it's probably left me a bit touchy.
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  • What is that comic even meant to say in this context?...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Ask the Devs
    Exalted: the Dragon Blooded (and, by extension, Manual of Exalted Power: Dragon Blooded) stated that only about one-third of Dynasts live to retire, and that included the ones who make a fortune early in life and spend the next few centuries not working, so somewhere less than a third of them were established to make it to old age....
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Kill Six Billion Demons
    You rise when the king appears.
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to The Empress : Who Was She?
    Merela's name is another thing that people overthought compared to the idea that a taboo name could just be a cultural thing.

    ​I keep thinking about the subject of how much the personal history or inner life of the Empress matters to play, and... I think I should start a new thread on the related topic.
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  • I mean, I don't think it will be a case of "gold anima bad" so much as having a really weird sensation in which their soul simultaneously recoils in terror from this thing that they have a profound attraction to.

    Just imagine how confusing that must be. "I don't know you! Except I really want you in my life! Except that being in my life would be an infringement on my freedom, so you fuck right off!!!"

    ​To be sure, I can imagine a diversity of ways in which people respond to this, but it seems to be the concept that they're going with; a complicated...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to So many Lunars 400 LUNARS
    Hmm, does it count as stealing the spotlight if this was already a thread about Lunars, just on a different topic?

    ​But the original topic doesn't exactly sustain much conversation, so is a wide tangent kind of a necessity?

    I'm so confused!
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Exalted Priesthood
    Besides, I'd also say that there are varied standards for what qualifies as worshipping a demon.

    ​"We've just been a bit concerned, is all. I mean, you put up that golden statue of Makarios in the middle of your family's personal temple, and you've been writing so much poetry..."
    ​"Nono, see, that's just because I'm having sex with him. Entirely different."
    ​"But every time he comes around you keep fawning over him and washing his feet. I'm pretty sure I've seen you actually prostrate yourself before him."
    ​"Yeeeaaah, but...
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  • Oh more than historical events, I think; all kinds of interpersonal interactions and standards of etiquette.

    ​Like taking insult over not having been extended an invitation to a party that you wouldn't have wanted to go to anyway.

    ​It should also be remembered that the setup established in the core is that feeling a sense of loss for the Solars and the Realm is inherent to Lunars, that they all experience unpleasant dreams and visions of it. I find the significance of elders and storytellers of the Silver Pact to not be about providing answers, but context; not so...
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  • Are we? We don't all seem to be.

    ​Like the idea of Lunars who don't care about Solars. That doesn't exactly seem to be possible.



    ​To me, the corebook and several developer statements appear to be setting up a scenario in which the elder Lunars weave a narrative in which the Solars created something shining and beautiful that it was a real transgression for the Usurpers to dare to take away from the Lunar Exalted, at the same time as it was a highly compelling cage for them that they would be better off without.

    ​I mean, look at what it...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Exalted Priesthood
    ​Ah, come on; what could the Unconquered Sun have against Makarios?

    Look at that face:


    That's a face you can trust. And he's just plain adorable.



    Yozis? Who said anything about Yozis?

    ​... Besides each other....
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  • That's not Cerberus, that's the literal chimera.



    ​There's always a bit of a balancing act isn't there? Sure there has to be individuality enough to be reasonably fleshed out characters, but some common trends are also likely, as well as useful for things like getting a handle on creating new characters and what might drive some stories.

    ​Even to say "relationships between Lunars and their Solars were varied and complex" is a commonality in itself, although there could conceivably be more beyond that.

    ​I don't think Jen's question...
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  • The... Third Edition fluff?



    Yeah but what about the things Jen asked about?...
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  • Ohhh you're playing with fire Jen, and I love it.



    ​Hmm, I have thoughts on this, but I feel as though they would mostly be rehashing (and maybe slightly elaborating) on what is already in the corebook, which might be a bit useless and maybe even a little bit condescending. I'll leave a pin in that.



    ​Hmm, that is interesting. After all, some of that is going to undeniably be the most impressive power in the setting, and the kind of thing that many have not seen in a long time. I'm sure that most will look on that with awe, but when it comes...
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