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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Ask the Devs
    Well, he certainly acted crazy enough in Black Panther....
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  • You could do that with that veil that preserves something against the passage of time, or Dragon Blooded petrification magic, I think.

    I say "I thing", because I can't remember the precise parameters of those magics, but I think they could manage it....
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  • Probably the manner in which other people become invested in them and trying to harness or direct their abilities, particularly in terms of educating them about the wider political and social dynamics of a setting.

    Even if a player character is an actual native of the setting, I would say that enough Exalted come from humble or isolated backgrounds as to warrant that experience....
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  • I... I'm going to stop. I don't like what I am in these last couple of threads; what I'm encouraging myself to be. It's awful.
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  • You must know that this is not a thing that the book says, right?

    I mean, all of this (gestures at the entire rest of the post}, this is you reading way into things, in the most uncharitable light possible.



    Until a few months ago, that went for everything about the Dragon Blooded as well. The delay has been bad all round, and does not reflect on the specific elements that any given person happens to not like.



    This would be a more compelling argument in the absence of an unjust system of Fate.

    Jesus, people used to...
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  • The last I checked, The Phantom of the Opera was still tremendously popular.

    Incidentally, today I happened upon some information about Arthurian literature that introduced me to the character of Galahaut (not to be confused with Galahad), a rebel lord with great power, charisma and legions of loyal followers, whose rebellion against the king is stopped not by any kind of military loss, but because he's so impressed by the battlefield skill and valour of Lancelot that he's willing to submit himself to the other knight's liege. My read was obviously limited, but it came across to me...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to On What Fire Has Wrought
    I'm not really suggesting that any Lunars would sincerely believe such a thing, rather than using it as a carefully cultivated insult that cuts right to the heart of Dragon Blooded pride, but I also feel as though this is a kind of simplified attitude to how people in life or death struggles, often persisting across generations, characterize their enemies.

    Still, even accounting for how irrational a Lunar that might sincerely believe in such a thing is*, there are ways in which the rhetoric can account for their victory taking a while. The degree to which they're outnumbered (which...
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  • That's a false dichotomy.

    The Dragon Blooded Charm to initiate into sorcery has a number of prerequisites, which Robert has explicitly said is to prevent people from approaching sorcery as so easy and incredibly useful that it's mandatory. That doesn't mean that every player who specifically doesn't take sorcery because they can't be bothered with four other Occult Charms has no free will.

    That being said, Shun the Smiling Lady is a Sidereal Charm. It is such an iconic Sidereal Charm that I cannot imagine it being dropped. The existence of the Charm kind
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Ask the Devs
    Hmm, we could really do with a format that entails some more in-depth discussion....
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Ask the Devs
    Would the Storyteller's Guide have a place for an optional rule in which people channel their Intimacies for dice bonuses, in a similar manner to what Virtues had?
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  • That feels a bit pointless as something that is taking place at the resolution level of the mechanics....
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  • Isator Levi
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    Is there going to be any room in Abyssals, in terms of something that might be explored in their book, for a world view based on apocalyptic visions, idealizing death (in terms of actual cessation rather than becoming a ghost), and fetishizing hopelessness?
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Are the Dragon Blooded the good guys?
    I'm pretty sure that it's something that I would have gotten in those heady early days of entry into Exalted discussion, prior to actually owning a single book, when a lot of ideas were being thrown around and there was no firm basis for telling what was and was not published. Heck, if it wasn't ever in a book, I would imagine that the person that I first read it from got it second or third-hand, and thought themselves that it was.

    That said, my mind is conjuring an image of seeing something along those lines in a book (although that could easily be a fabrication)....
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  • I wonder if Rakan Thulio's story will be one in which he's been fighting Destiny since he acquired control over his own thread, and discovery of the Getimians escalated that and made it more efficient because he gained access to soldiers who can more effectively fight on those terms, or if it will be that he mostly kept to himself after seizing his own Fate and the Getimians catalysed his convictions by representing an example that people being unjustly screwed over by Destiny was a more widespread problem.

    Or possibly a case that the kinds of people that can become Getimians have...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Are the Dragon Blooded the good guys?
    It's a bit over the top, but I actually still retain a soft spot for the idea that observing the Great Contagion through magic based on the Loom was a vector of infection.

    … That was in an actual book, right?
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  • It would be most accurate to say that they were rediscovered and are being taught and led by him.

    As for the rest, while I would gather that a lot of people in the Exalted fandom actually do have a low opinion of ancient mythology and the literature that derives therein, the idea of grandiose defiance of the natural order over a wounded heart has a lot of artistic pedigree....
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Are the Dragon Blooded the good guys?
    Before I would address anything said specifically again, I want to briefly bring up a point that I forgot about when it came up earlier: the sense that the idea of things being Outside Fate (at least as regards being an obstacle to the foresight of Sidereals, or the viability of their long term plans) has shown itself a bit to not be the best thing in practice. Partially because of the degree to which it seems to undermine the credibility of the Sidereals in the eyes of many readers, partially because its actual mechanical implementation always seemed kind of spotty (neither previous Edition gave...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Are the Dragon Blooded the good guys?
    Is the setting a thing that exists, or a narrative for the sake of being compelling and conveying theme?...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Are the Dragon Blooded the good guys?
    It doesn't seem very thematically consistent to have a long period of sharp decline that has nothing whatsoever to do with the enormous disaster.



    Being able to use the Sword of Creation without having to jump through a lot of hoops first would have helped a lot there....
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Are the Dragon Blooded the good guys?
    You know, with the phrasing present in the core book, I like to imagine it playing out as them prognosticating a number of scenarios, some of which extended from trying to fix up the Solars, and others based on overthrowing and sealing them away. The results from the former were many and varied, and of the latter were unpalatable but consistent.

    I think there's something to be said for the game leaning too heavily on stacking the deck against the Vision of Gold, in a way that kind of presents a mixed message about it; everybody is supposed to agree that it's an outside chance, with...
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