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  • Gesundheit.



    Charms with the Sorcerous Keyword weren't really in competition with actual sorcery, I think. It strikes me as having been more a case of exploring new Charm technology towards a point of allowing Infernals to deal out characteristic afflictions without committing their mote pool into nothing, as well as a bit of... consideration for the subject of Primordials originating sorcery that was introduced in that Edition.

    As I said, Lunars also have a concern with throwing out native blessings and curses, and do basically the exact same thing without...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Ask the Devs v2
    Hmm, I don't think I pegged those for jade because they have holes in them....
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Ask a question, get an answer
    If a person's mutation comes in a unique form, a Lunar should get in it that form with their shape. If a Lunar uses their magic to acquire a mutation in a shape with something like god heritage, I think it's valid for it to sometimes take a unique form fitting to that person....
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  • Isator Levi
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  • Isator Levi
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    Hmmm... On the face of it, being God-Blooded wouldn't prevent somebody from having a mutation that functions normally because it came from some other source. But mutations are also not objective things of the setting, so one could reasonably represent the divine heritage with something aesthetically modified but mechanically identical to Spinnerets.

    Likewise, I feel as though it's reasonable for an externally inflicted mutation to interact with a pre-existing condition to produce something unique, so a spider god might give a human descended from those elementals the Merit and it...
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  • Mind, Lunars have Charms that basically do the same thing without designating themselves with a Keyword or being vulnerable to countermagic... which is no longer a thing anyway. They just make the Duration Instant while including a time limit.

    Solars don't really have Charms like that, but I think the design principle is still sound for many Infernal Charms.

    There were Malfeas Charms to make you nigh immune to influence, those are right out, although I think some of the look and fluff could be salvaged....
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  • I think an advantage of putting the Yozis more in the background is that you can keep perfectly serviceable Charms for deception and cursing and destroying people's memories and relationships, and it's just... demonic applications of Socialize or whatever. Mixed in with some other approaches, of course. Don't want to give the wrong impression of them.

    Many of the Ebon Dragon Charms are good enough to survive without the Second Edition Ebon Dragon, and I don't much care to find a new Yozi to house them.

    I don't expect that one She Who Lives in Her Name Charm with the really...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to The Worst Lunar Totems
    The funny thing is, pandas are barely adapted to eating bamboo. They still have a carnivorous digestive tract, and can only just about digest cellulose via gut flora that they populate themselves with by eating their mother's faeces. They barely derive calories from it, hence why they're a fairly lethargic animal.

    Apparently, they eat bamboo because a random mutation shut off the taste receptors for meat, and they just happened to be around abundant plants that would have been the only thing flavourful to them.

    So they barely adapted enough to have not starved to death,...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Ask the Devs v2
    You do?! I can't recall any instances of that....
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  • Isator Levi
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    We can actually see the boundaries of ancient Rome because the defensive walls are still mostly intact, and even accounting for some habitation spilling out it was actually pretty small by modern standards.

    A thing with Rome, as with many pre-modern cities, is that they tended towards being extremely crowded because land was at a premium and often highly valued for things besides people living there (and when they were called for that, you often wanted to maximize gains). Rome was small, very cramped, and severely overcrowded, with lots of poor extended families packed into cheaply...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to What exactly are Sidereal themes?
    I think that Sidereal scriptures of all things aren't exactly about literal readings. The Maiden in Dust is not about constantly reminding people that you're going to die, for instance.

    I read talk about getting back at "that boy", and it just makes me think about how Darla referred to Angel. That might just be because I've been rewatching that show recently.

    I mean, look at that line in context of a person talking about all of the fulfillment that they're surely going to have tomorrow. Does revenge on a child really fit?
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to The Worst Lunar Totems
    I think metamorphosis is unusual enough as a biological mechanism that it could get some of its own rules as regards spirit shapes. My gut says that larvae are distinct mythologically, and thus valid as totems irrespective of age (nor is metamorphosis a necessity).
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to The Worst Lunar Totems
    Which other animal can lift things over its head again?...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to The Worst Lunar Totems
    Are they one of those sea slugs that eats animals with poisonous spines that they can then take for themselves?

    Also being really flamboyantly coloured in a manner that causes confusion in predators?



    I'd give such a Lunar licence to do that to enemies....
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to The Worst Lunar Totems
    Are you proposing that the Lunar would assume a form that could only parasitize crabs?...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to What's Changed Between Editions?
    I'd say it's apparent now that Essence above 5 doesn't really denote ascension into some kind of super-Exalt, but really a signifier for somebody exceptionally accomplished and stylish even among the Exalted. In most respects, their power is more personally focused.



    I believe it's also meant to be valid for stunt fodder; that if a fight is taking place at the peak of a mountain, it can be dramatically appropriate for a Solar to cleave the peak of it for some purpose such as riding the rock down the slope, something that makes the scene more exciting and maybe shakes...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to What's Changed Between Editions?
    Or about six paragraphs, just placed in the proper order....
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to What's Changed Between Editions?
    See look, it's all over the place, haphazard and out of order. Does that not strike anybody as bewildering?
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to What's Changed Between Editions?
    You know, I can't do it right now, but it seems to me that the most efficient way to break down the changes and additions would be book by book, chapter by chapter.
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Ask a question, get an answer
    They're not going to be for cities that don't exist in the setting, at a start.

    I think you're safe assuming that it'll cover something in a range of sizes that will cover most cities in the Time of Tumult, with the possible exceptions of the very largest metropoli such as the Imperial City or Nexus.

    I'm inclined to think they wouldn't be large enough to cover the very biggest cities that ever existed in the setting, such as Chiaroscuro at its height. I think it's meant to be an easy guideline rather than an in-character designation; that actual sorcerer characters have...
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