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  • ​See, I use the Vision of Darkness as the standard by which to measure all such conflicts across the First Age, and even personalities within the Second. As in, no matter what kinds of war occurred across the eras, or what the ambitions and personalities of Solars born in the harsh Time of Tumult might be, they weren't as bad as what the Sidereals foresaw. It needs to be something that warrants the response of seal all of the Solars away for eternity, and fulfils that premise that the Great Curse had thoroughly ruined them. If it's just the same as any other conflict, but with more powerful...
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  • The text supports quite a bit when the first thing we're told about the history is how obscured and distorted by time and legend it has become. Every Artifact's story is true, even if it didn't necessarily happen, and all.

    ​I don't even intend those summaries to be strictly accurate in all details to what actually happened, nor preclude individual legends that might contradict them a bit. Just a general narrative for the development of the history of the Exalted, coloured a bit by my own notions of the First Age.

    ​I put periods of grace and prosperity after establishment...
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  • The way that I'm putting it (for now, at least):

    ​War of the Gods (for obvious reasons)

    ​Gossamer Dawn: Humanity and the Exalted first stepping into an era of freedom and mastery, new, fresh, and extremely tentative and fragile

    ​Sunstrife Wars: Many Solars respond to fresh new era by fighting amongst themselves. Many grand feats of arms and valour, but little real accomplishment.

    ​Wondrous Dawn: Cooler heads have prevailed over the Sunstrife, and the Exalted spend some time settling, consolidating and debating a course for the future....
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Arms of the Chosen
    I think the Custom Evocations section was very important to putting things such as powers with Solar Charms either as prerequisites, or the subject of enhancement, into the proper context. That it doesn't imply that somebody other than a Solar wielding the Artifact can't use it to the fullest because some Evocations are non-functional or inaccessible, because the whole configuration is assumed to rearrange as necessary.

    ​Even if does mean that some Evocations wind up being necessarily weaker because they don't let you freely use Charms that are as strong, and maybe imply that a...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Ask the Devs
    Not at all. ...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Ask the Devs
    Is at least one possible origin for a Getimian somebody whose life or achievements were dismantled by Sidereal machinations or the operations of Fate as a result of course correction? As in, a failing at some point allowed a circumstance that ultimately resulted in how you were living, and then the Bureau of Destiny took all of that away (with various powers contriving to make it seem as though it never existed) in order to get things back within the official line?
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Ask the Devs
    ​If you remember those short quotes previewing a few Getimian example characters, would you say that those are still valid?...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to BrilliantRain reads Arms of the Chosen
    I still see Burning Branch as being based around creating its own fighting style in the form of that emphasis on disarming and entangling, in addition to its iconic miracle of dragging away and destroying enemy weapons (including otherwise unbreakable Artifacts).

    ​It's possibly a somewhat less powerful tactic than something like Gnomon, but I still see it as following the basic framework, which I think is what counts most in making a given Artifact level. The rest is more about quality, with room for many variations.
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Ask a question, get an answer
    ​Well, how early are you thinking?

    ​References to warding off the mark of Saturn are still a bit ambiguous, but if that's a reference to him reaching the natural end of his life span, then it could be that most of the First Age had passed before his major inciting incident happened....
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Solar circle workings
    original post already talked about those was reflecting off of examples given in original post I am at my limit...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to [3E] No power armor?
    I'm sorry, I got lost in a moment from the quotations of various French artists.

    ​Anyway, this encompasses the one in question:
    ​...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to [3E] No power armor?
    There is that, although I'd say that in certain practical terms, it's not exactly very different from modern manufacturing. I mean, any given model of car, or recipe of food, or even the make of cutlery has differences between them, some small and some significant, for a number of reasons (whether they be protected trade secrets and patents or the specifics of how their assembly line needed to be constructed or just being a bit different to distinguish themselves on the open market). If you scrapped every Coca Cola bottling plant in the world and burned the secret recipe, those flavours might...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to [3E] No power armor?
    Wellll, the Brass Legionaries still convey a principle that there are forms of Artifact, even something like a fighting automaton, that can be produced in batches, it's just that the capacity to do so was the result of large networks of infrastructure and the incorporation of certain kinds of First Age Artifice.

    ​Hell, the Legionaries themselves don't strictly count as a form of that Artifice, which reminds me of the time that Holden described the breakdown of the Shogunate in terms of things like how individual Dragon Blooded artisans being able to produce wonder golems didn't...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Solar circle workings
    Adamant workings are still limited in their scope. No single working could cover all of the Blessed Isle; you'd be at the far end of your capabilities to do that to the Imperial City.
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to [3E] No power armor?
    Solar's observation makes me think about what I thought the basic problem with warstriders, or at least the common model of them, was in prior Editions.

    ​The value of going around in a large, humanoid robot is always thoroughly rooted in genre, but when its only effectiveness is being a bit stronger, harder and taller, then its not doing enough to justify its own genre conceit in a world where the protagonists already have a variety of superhuman and supernatural powers, especially when those are the main people who are able to use the giant robots in the first place. They needed...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to BrilliantRain reads Arms of the Chosen
    Ahh, I thought I recognised that one....
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Arms of the Chosen
    I had a notion about five-dot Artifact weapons in which the thing in common between them isn't so much a power that corrupts, as a power that is great enough to require being handled with care.

    ​When thinking about their basic comparisons measured against the lower levels, the term that came to my mind is that five-dots are brimming with power. That can come in forms such as the corebook, where they accumulate and unleash energy just from being used in combat, or some of our new ones with things like an entry-level power that is quite strong, up to things like Stormcaller where just...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Ask the Devs
    I recalled that there was talk at one point from the prior development team about Arms incorporating an overhaul of Evocations in some manner. Was that something that you'd say ultimately came through, or was it dropped for whatever reason?

    (Just to reiterate, I have no complaints about Arms or how it presented Evocations whatsoever; I'm merely curious)
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Arms of the Chosen
    It's funny, I wrote all of that before I even got to the 5-dot giant suit of armour that is made of love (and it's stronger than you).
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Arms of the Chosen
    Just... just read some more of my posts after that one....
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