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  • Now now, I was brought up to think that it was impolite to unwrap a gift with somebody else's name on the label.

    I want to say it somewhere, saying it here seems appropriate:

    As one might have surmised from the small number of posts I made so far this year, I've had to spend a period recovering from physical and emotional unwellness. The typical melancholy of the worst month compounded by a pronounced bout of draining illness, then further by the world in general getting the Shrieking Twenties to about the start you would expect.

    I can say with no exaggeration...
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  • Won't post until I'm 100%.

    But thank you for this.

    Had been gearing myself up to stating that I needed a break for finding the direction of the forum the last few days very disillusioning. Every time I did, prayed for a thread like this.

    Not surprised it's from you.

    Back to bed...
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  • I need more bed rest.
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  • ... How did you find this thread?...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Help Me Make Dragon Armor
    I'm glad somebody else noticed this.

    When one developer or the other mentioned that the Evocations of gunzosha armour would consist of fine control over tactical systems rather than awakening a spiritual power, I was glad for having something solid to hold on to do that some reconciliation could be made with people who talked about wanting power armour, and we could all shut up and move on.

    But looking more into it, Eric seems to have consistently said that the only thing that distinguishes gunzosha armour as requiring First Age Artifice to craft is the fact that it can...
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  • Isator Levi
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    Is it, though? Where do we first get the idea that the bottommost layer of Malfeas is spherical?...
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  • Isator Levi
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    The ritual is lengthy, and in the case of demons can only be conducted at certain times of night.

    There's the precedent of an Artifact that can build towards a more rapid summoning, although I think in most cases a sorcerer wants to have summoned ahead of time and keep the spirits in reserve to materialize....
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  • Isator Levi
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    I think Hundred Kingdoms basically designates everything between the River Province and the forest....
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  • Isator Levi
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    Yeah, the skull sentries thing, I get it in its original context, but it's far from integral.
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  • Isator Levi
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    He does not really strike me as a sorcerer. I think his description in Fangs at the Gate is focused on him as warrior and leader.
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  • Hooray I'm useful. I'm having a wonderful time.

    I'll tell you, I was relieved that you asked for a Lunar when I already had one almost fully formed (mostly had to come up with the name), in contrast to some other requests that I would have found a bit beyond me. I tried very hard to make sure the write-up wasn't one that referred too much to the war he came from, just because that was what I had come up with first that led to him. I still ended up having to scrap my first draft completely because it did it a bit too much at the start, and it simply robbed me of a sense of how to even...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Help Me Make Dragon Armor
    I'd need to read them again to be sure, but I think there's a chance for a character like that to benefit from the Solar Craft Charms that awaken some Evocations directly.



    A suit of armour like the Iron Man suit would be out of place enough aesthetically to fall under the umbrella of First Age Artifice.

    And the aesthetic matters to this discussion. I have had conversations with people talking about this where they've been very emphatic on representing something like Iron Man with something that can be distinguished as power armour. Where magic armour just...
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  • Isator Levi
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    It depends on the warstrider. If it's one of Karvara's, then nothing.

    But Cathdral of Sublime Annihilation has an actual lightning ballista and implosion bow and those targeting modules built into its chassis. There's a difference in characterisation between that and the other one, even if the necessities of consistency in the system require it to be something unlocked by spending experience points in tandem with roleplaying out actually becoming good with the stuff.

    Mind, there's still a genre background to the idea that harnessing the machine requires a bit of synchronisation...
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  • Isator Levi
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    Isn't every space craft custom made?

    Power armour was a thing that made no sense to me in Exalted until the developers said it would work along the same lines as half of the warstriders in that Evocations would represent fine control over the various technical functions and tactical hardware of the armour, in contrast to magic armour running off of a mythic legend.

    So that's certainly a place to start, rather than comparing to Mela's Coils.

    I think that the thing to take from that is an Arbor that is freed from the requirement of a narrative, and just gets...
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  • Isator Levi
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    I suppose that depends on whether or not one thinks that the important part is the actual pattern of the moonsilver ink (which this Edition has rendered more laissez-faire), or even has an underlying mystical element that the Lunars merely guard as proprietary, or if it's a holistic process in which every component is necessary and one of the key ones is the fellowship evoked by one Lunar guiding the initiation of another.

    Whether or not one thinks the First Age Castes were the start or replacements for some War of the Gods Castes, a key incident provided in the backstory was that...
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  • Isator Levi
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    Indeed, to be fully Casteless in the long term is not just entirely safe, but carries its own mechanical premises that can be viable to certain build approaches and carries its own story and character beats in Lunar XP.

    And if a character does still want a Caste, the tattoos aren't quite as onerous as they used to be; virtually every member of the Silver Pact is trained in fixing a Caste, it only requires as much ceremony as the individual wants to give it, and they see providing one as an obligation to which no conditions are attached. All a new Lunar really needs is to find another,...
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  • Isator Levi
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    I think this would be about equivalent to letting a sufficiently Occult-savvy Solar have an effect on a Terrestrial's progenitive Essence....
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to The Ninth Annual Exalted White Elephant
    My gift for Dietaku, the Lunar Carrion Gorg.
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  • Isator Levi
    started a topic [White Elephant for Dietaku] Carrion Gorge

    [White Elephant for Dietaku] Carrion Gorge

    Dietaku's request afforded Lunars, so I took it as an opportunity to bring out this fellow who I thought up while imagining something else entirely.

    Carrion Gorg

    Background: Gorg’s life began as a squire tribute by his family to the Knights of the Black Dragon, that martial order that reigned over the iron-rich hill lands nestled at the connecting point between the Yellow and Maruto rivers. His diminutive stature might have prevented him from ascending to full knighthood, but the point was rendered moot when the order was destroyed by an alliance between an army from...
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    Last edited by Isator Levi; 12-25-2019, 08:10 PM.

  • Isator Levi
    replied to The Ninth Annual Exalted White Elephant
    I'm going to post up mine shortly, but first a disclaimer that I'd prefer to not clog up the actual gift thread with:

    This has been an especially draining holiday period, and that has included most of the last week being one where I have hardly been able to use my laptop at all, between things like travel and it having gone through a period of constantly freezing. I had intended to conclude my work on it today, but a couple of things have come down upon me to render me unable.

    So I'll post it, but it will not be finished to the standard that I intended. I had fixated...
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