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  • Incidentally, Dogstar is also the name of a band that Keanu Reeves was in, so one could imagine Dogstar Ruminations as a name invoking the image of what John Wick will be contemplating regarding you after you killed his puppy.
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Interpreting Canon Demons.
    This has to be one of the Second Edition revisions I like the least, for how the reasoning behind it can only be either really weird or just a colossal misreading of him in First Edition.

    To whit, in his original write-up, Lucien's primary remit is that he disposes of rebels, traitors and rabble rousers that might disturb the sleep of the mighty. Fitting enough to the described qualities of Cecylene, and aligned with some of the functions of Orabilis. This made him well suited to the task of keeping Sacheverell asleep (by specifically targeting phenomena such as things trying to pray...
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  • There are no slots, only tools to create characters, and part of the idea of Martial Arts and sorcery is that it's a form of power standing apart from Exalted archetypes.

    I'll do you one better and say that I don't understand why Dragon Blooded practicing necromancy needs to be this specialised separate category. Abyssals can learn sorcery as a matter of course, but a Terrestrial learning necromancy needs to be part of this weird sub-group with its own baggage? Why?...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Interpreting Canon Demons.
    I'd say that most slave traders don't bother putting in the time for that, but there are a decent number that regard it as enterprising to do so.



    Well sure, and accounts of American slavery on the whole are filled with references to families torn apart.

    It seems to me that we get fewer references to women being repeatedly forced to become pregnant as an additional source of slaves for work or sale, but it's still documented. It's at least one thing that refutes arguments of slaves being an expense that outweighs the value of not paying them.

    ...
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  • I wouldn't call it an exploration as such, but I do find implications in the Dragon Blooded Charms that interact with the dead specifically in the form of creating elemental phenomena that cycle them back into reincarnation as well as harnessing the things like salt and grain that ward against them. To me it kind of creates an impression that their elemental Essence is biased against the dead sticking around in particular, and is the kind of thing that plays into the Immaculate Philosophy's general stance against the Underworld.

    That said, the Wanasaan have an affinity for the Water...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Interpreting Canon Demons.
    In terms of capability, it would take a bit of an excess of effort, but a Solar who wished to establish some kind of grand plantation with a terra nova kind of population is within their capabilities to summon a bunch of demons to aid in constructing a base of humans whose heritage can be minimised, bring in a number of purchasable humans to see to their raising and giving them a base of agricultural knowledge, and then applying them to purposes of cultivation thereafter.

    I'd probably be more critical of the idea of somebody doing this if I hadn't brushed up on the life of astronomer...
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  • Charm names are primarily for the benefit of the reader, and meant to be evocative to them. They often don't actually exist in-character....
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Interpreting Canon Demons.
    Well it would appear so are hangups about Lunars dragging down unrelated threads. I mentioned that book just because an example of somebody ridiculously hung up on it elsewhere doing some particular damage is fresh on my mind. A person that pursued past the point of having to be told by mods to stop and needed kicking out....
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Interpreting Canon Demons.
    Let's not drag down more unrelated threads with hangups about Fangs at the Gate....
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  • I think the main thing that made them broken was that a lot of them were weirdly written and went super abstract in ways that it was difficult to even tell how they were resolved mechanically.

    Charcoal March of Spiders is a concept that can be implemented with much tighter writing and system resolution....
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Interpreting Canon Demons.


    I am curious how you keep looking for that, but that's not a large impediment.

    Summoning up the demons and acquiring the materials at the scale to do this as you would propose would entail a great deal of effort, but it's certainly doable for the person willing to commit.

    The big question is, who's going to teach them how to farm?



    Innovation against something other than absolute necessity requires both freedom and already existing abundance to create a security net, mind. When farmers and artisans are operating at barely above...
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  • I think this being definitive would be a simplification for why there is a schism in these terrorists.

    Again, it can be regarded as a matter of practicality or specific distaste for the Underworld more than "deliberate shadowlands are substantially more evil than all our other methods for killing".



    Eh, Charms aren't really inventions. I should think Heart's Blood Charms are refinements of mutable Lunar Essence through the personality of the Attributes (or maybe the Attributes forming means of accessing more niche qualities of Luna's mythos), not...
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  • I should think that the portrayal of Lunars as a whole makes definitions of good and evil for characters in those situations a tad fuzzy.

    The Charm to let you torment a person with paranoid fear that alienates them from everybody around them with the certainty that they're really Lunars in disguise isn't cordoned off in the Book of Vile Darkness.



    "Hey, they're the ones who are shunning me."



    I should think there's a very good chance that the number of Labyrinth Circle necromancers in the entire world can be counted on...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to What if... there were no Excellencies?


    I'm no statistician, but I believe there's a fallacy to the reasoning that conflates "succeeds 31% of the time" and "has a 31% chance of working each time", and it comes down to the fact that the odds reset every time that you roll dice....
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Ask the Devs v2
    How would you look for Ligier's attitude towards the Exalted to be portrayed? Hostile, neutral, or enthusiastic about them as people capable of wielding his crafts (and possibly making Creation more like Malfeas)?

    I'm presuming he still has the whole thing of "considers a Solar circle or army of Dragon Blooded an adequate challenge", I'm just interested in the wider context and how he might interact with them more proactively.
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  • Or any books written about it.

    I think a Storyteller should be carefully reserved about saying that an intended target has no valid research on it within available reach of the Solar at that time, but is also within rights to sometimes require the player to go through some steps to attain what is needed for the research process.



    I don't understand the basis of this statement.

    If we assumed every single Zenith and Twilight was Lore Supernal, that's still only sixty people who can do such a thing once a year presuming they don't have the means...
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  • How the fuck did my post just get wiped out as I was writing it...?

    Fuck's sake, abridged version: Other possibility is game where telling off Deliberative is opener and then followed by exploring consequence of disruption. Seems fitting to premise of Solars as major upset. Suggested before, stuff like kill Mnemon in first session. Think RPGs with detailed settings are uniquely suited, since everybody already knows characters and scenario going in.
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  • It depends on whether or not one proposes to do so with people who don't tolerate fools and assholes.

    Sure Sworn Kinships are depicted as an institution that distinctly crosses party lines, and there's even some foundation to the idea that unity can ultimately arise from networking Hearths together. But it's a bit odd to insist that Hearths being a thing means that the Scarlet Dynasty as a whole pulling together in mutual self-interest is a certainty.

    For one thing, Kinships across different Houses are capable of being a source of tension over loyalties divided between...
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  • An episodic game that opts for the aesthetic device of starting from the centre and spiralling outwards.

    Your reading of my statement as something to defeat the whole Realm at once is wrong.



    ...What?...
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  • The Battle of Futile Blood, everything Ragara has done starting with "trying to murder Mnemon in her youth" through owning the majority of debts, and everybody (but especially Sesus) stomping over Nellens spring to mind.



    And then Peleps asks for V'neef to return tribute transportation rights to them. After all, they were only given away as a tactic by the Empress to create division, it's only fair.

    It's reductive to portray the Empress as only a source of division and as the only source of division.



    It is. That lends...
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