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  • Childofthesun1
    Childofthesun1 posted a Visitor Message for Isator Levi
    Since that thread moved on a week ago...

    "​By screwing around with people's Merits before the game even starts?

    Bad form."

    Of course not! But I've seen people complain that starting with five dot artifacts out the gate is broken, so if someone wants to, refund them two points and tell them they'll work up to it in play. Or don't, and just let then have a five dotter.

    Not really the important part of my post, which was a tiny tweet makes Elsehwere the perfect excuse for Solar artifacts.
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to High Ideals in the Senate
    Mind, the Deliberative may be past the point at which one can control it, as opposed to many. Keeping your parliamentary body consisting entirely of the Exalted on point was probably difficult enough when it was governed by the Empress, who established it and had a constant head start on it. One can easily go with a story in which the current crop is sharp enough to complicate matters by establishing procedure and institution and undermining the formation of things like elite personal bodyguards that can be sent to commit massacres, at which point the prospect of being thoroughly governed by an...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to High Ideals in the Senate
    ​It was a big problem when the Empress was around, but in her absence the Deliberative has taken on a lot of her powers....
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Super Crop!
    This sounds like a very uncomplicated society.
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Super Crop!
    I don't know.. I've got a real headache at the moment. Maybe later



    How much are these farmers obligated to powerful elites rather than being able to sell their produce directly?

    ​If they're being exploited, I posit that large quantities would go to waste if it ends up being turned into food that only the wealthier people buy and don't even end up eating.

    Possibly even food that is deliberately destroyed in order to control prices.

    ​Hell, that seems like the kind of thing some farmers would be in on, if the societies of the...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Ask a question, get an answer
    ​Knowing what one person knows is his iconic trick, not his purview....
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Ask the Devs
    ​What does this mean for First Age Artifice as a whole?...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Super Crop!
    For the sake of simplicity, I would hold that such a crop being implemented by the farming practices and within the economic conditions that you get in most of Creation mean that it mostly amounts to peasants who don't need to be as concerned with fickle weather ruining them, but it's otherwise not utilised to its fullest potential. In the Time of Tumult, this is going to be the kind of thing that leads to a lot of waste and exploitation rather than something revolutionary in its own right. The players will need to engage with the social problems, and their representative actors.
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Healing Crippling Damage for Dummies
    Hmm, recalling Ambition here does help me to specify the differences between kinds of limbs; regrowing somebody's original limb is probably a lower Ambition than giving them a functional magical replacement, so there's something more substantive to it than just aesthetic tastes.

    ​I know that, strictly speaking, Finesse 1 only says that the function of the working is in the hands of the Storyteller, so that there's technically nothing stopping them from saying "you get the exact same result as Finesse 5, without having to put the work in", but it feels like a wasted opportunity...
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  • To address another false dichotomy:

    ​I would find that there is a distinct difference between people doubting the existence of one or more sun gods, and people doubting the existence of the kind of god that the Unconquered Sun is. Even as the Incarnae (who would be incredible compared to even the most powerful among the small gods) go, the Unconquered Sun is a few steps beyond.

    ​Familiarity with gods in general might actually be the kind of thing that increases scepticism that anything like the Incarnae ever existed.

    ​As for demographics of belief systems...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Healing Crippling Damage for Dummies
    ​I don't think it should. I think Finesse works perfectly well as being how much say you have over the precise function of your desired result expressed by difficulty of the rolls, and that something governing the aesthetic that the player gets to work with is beyond the spirit of the thing....
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  • Which people?

    ​I'll admit, I've been popping into this discussion only sporadically, so I don't know how this tangent started. I want to be clear that I am not operating under an assumption that everybody thinks that there is no Unconquered Sun. I am operating more along the lines of there being a certain line of inquiry among the intelligentsia.

    I would think that it would be clear that I, of all people, am not discussing anything in terms of non-existent universals.

    Nothing is true, everything is permitted....
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  • ​A lot of Lunars are making a very visible spectacle of themselves. You don't need to have encountered them personally for the impact of their presence to be felt....
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  • I kept meaning to bring up disease as an aspect of the whole thing with spending a long time sitting around or going on exhausting marches, but it got lost somewhere in the shuffle.
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Healing Crippling Damage for Dummies
    Probably not very common at all.

    ​I mean, that shouldn't matter very much, if the story affords you the means of honing in on the uncommon sources.

    ​In the meantime, you could get a nice wooden prosthetic to at least maintain symmetry. Maybe one of the more ornate ones, with a carved foot to it.



    Yes, sorcerers can do just about anything, and it doesn't seem beyond the bounds of something in the innumerable possibilities of thaumaturgy.

    ​For sorcery, one would probably want a restoration of their body to be high Finesse....
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  • ​Although, I'm currently reading some things about the background of the Hundred Years War, and I'm wondering if in the long term continuously raising armies on an ad hoc basis may not actually constitute a greater expense. Part of that would probably be relative; raising armies like that might imply that one lacks the financial and bureaucratic structures to maintain a continuous force, meaning that if there's ever an occasion in which one needs to raise a large army, significant debts need to be taken on, the repayment of which can ultimately constitute a greater burden.

    ​I...
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  • Roswynn has the right of it, with a lot of things that are mundane verging on boring.

    ​If you're in a part of the setting with seasonal variations, it might be worth keeping track of the seasons so that one can face the challenges of winter quarters.

    ​It can help build a lot of atmosphere to refer to the long periods of warfare that consist of waiting around to go on the march to somewhere else to wait around in.
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  • Oh dear, I hope I have not caught even the barest glimpse of an unmarked spoiler for Samurai Jack.
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  • I find that there is an exclusion of the idea of people who generally adhere to the Immaculate faith, but does not think every minute aspect of its teachings is literally true, either out of a general scepticism or thinking that some elements might be more metaphorical or analogous.

    Among other possibilities.

    The basic point is, it is positing a setting that is terribly lacking in nuance.

    ​The Anathema are feared, first and foremost, because of a long history of them doing terrifying things, not because of a just-so story that says they exist because they...
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  • I want to reference things about the Flat Earth Society, but while it does represent a rather pertinent (and uncontroversial) example of people believing in a thing in contravention of the most basic available facts, it doesn't quite cover the same ground as this.

    ​Basically, I still find your reasoning to be flawed. The existence of a thing in no way implies that popular narratives about the thing are necessarily correct. This example you're positing here? Of people with magical Rome powers associated with a mythology presenting them as something that was stolen from an ancient...
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    Last edited by Isator Levi; 07-22-2017, 01:15 PM.

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