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  • Some of this goes back to my sense that depicting the Great Curse as something wholly irrational and disconnected hurts its credibility with a lot of people. And sure, a lot of the Flaws come across as responses that a character might have in their own right under circumstances that link directly into them.

    Wizard has the part about the Great Curse being a diegetic explanation for how Greek hero responses consistently happen with characters, but I think there's some good potential in finding ways for it to be the foundation for that aspect of corrupting the Exalted in the long term....
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to [Dev Blog] The Lunar Exalted
    ….. Nnnnnnope



    Speaking of Amoth City-Smiter as an example of those gods who are still part of the system despite grating a bit, there was also a thing about how, when there were more Lunars into destroying civilisation on principle, he was said to make use of providing aid to them or hiring them for some specific work that he wanted. Probably aren't going to be as many Lunars of that bent, but that model of interaction can probably work for a few gods.

    At the moment, I'm thinking that taking up a residence and some work might be something that the odd...
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  • Hmm, that seems to have been the kind of thing that has contributed to people really hating it in the past....
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Ask the Devs
    Is the portrayal of Luna going to shift to start consistently using a wider range of pronouns?
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  • Isator Levi
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    When I went to see Into the Spider-Verse for the second time a couple of days ago, it occurred to me that there was an element that I neglected in my prior endorsement of it.

    How it is not only a Spider-Man movie, but a comic book movie; a loving tribute to comic books, both in its themes, and its artistry. I'd say that if a person enjoys comic books, of any kind, they ought to see this movie.
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  • Isator Levi
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    I think that, on the face of it, the nature of Whitewall's magic would mean that the attempt is kind of abortive in creating a shadowland, and ends up pouring some of that fire into the city in a manner that can create a destructive (but self-contained) conflagration, in a manner that poses a distinct enough threat to the Abyssal responsible for it that it's not really viable to weaponise it unless the Exalt is really perverse.

    Lesson learned, the deathknight would thus have to try and figure out some more elaborate magic to start breaking the city down, rendering it more vulnerable...
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  • Isator Levi
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    Anybody started seeing Spider-verse yet?
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  • Hmmm, I missed the line about "women getting disgraced".

    That's, errr, that's not what the criminal element of rape is.

    I have certain... issues with Fist of the North Star that I think I can more effectively express now than when the subject came up in a discussion of Virtues several years ago, and the whole narrative of "guy righteously avenges woman with ultra-violence which is juxtaposed by his immediate kindness towards her" is a thing with a lot of issues all its own in terms of exactly who is supposed to be being helped here, and what kinds of behaviour
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  • I don't know, I think there are enough problems with the narrative of "rape of women as source of man-pain" to make trying to figure out a specific way for Limit Break to model it is... not the best pursuit.



    Yeah, that kind of paints that film with a bad brush of it being less about rape as a whole, and more about him being laser focused on violence against his own daughter (who is still kind of framed as "having it coming" for not having heeded his warnings about the terrible danger of venturing out into that infamous den of crime and flesh-eating......
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to You Know What I Hate MK I
    I hate being stuck in a nebulous state of uncertainty about whether or not a prospective landlord is going to take me on or not.

    It was bad enough waiting for word, but the word coming with an additional layer of fence-sitting... I'm going to accept it as long as it holds out the hope for getting the place (the nicest and most personally ideal I've yet seen dear God I want it), but my emotional state right now is something that would have preferred a definitive decline to continued interminable waiting.

    (Check back on this space in a couple of days for me saying that...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to White wolf and paradox
    There might be some threads from when it happened... three years ago...[/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/LEFT]...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Movies
    Bah, the day of Spider-verse's wide release so that more people can know its greatness and sing its praises can't come fast enough.

    In the meantime, Bumblebee is pretty damn good.
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to [Dev Blog] The Lunar Exalted
    Whereabouts was that? The closest thing that I know of to it was the Solar Deliberative being the ones who designed Creation's climate, which the Bureau of Seasons was then required to implement.



    I think that's a bit reductive, unless elaborated on.



    I'm less concerned with making up rules for Heaven than I am with everything I was talking about with the aesthetic elements of different Exalted having their structural niches. A bloodline of Dragon Blooded living in Yu-Shan, with some members uncommonly working for the Celestial Order, violates...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to [Dev Blog] The Lunar Exalted
    I guess that part of my objection to this is the manner in which the overall game sets up each of the groups of Exalted as having a group identity based on their common history and capabilities, that I've fairly bought into, and in which entering edge cases such as "the Department of Secrets will accept a non-Sidereal who has a general inclination towards concealment and infiltration" kind of grate against it. It's like, that the Department of Secrets is by default a Sidereal thing is a foundation on which I'm going to try and build explanations for them having a very particular need...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to [Dev Blog] The Lunar Exalted
    It's probably hard to effectively be a social predator in a city filled with powerful gods, where you're in a rather fierce competition with a sector that is powerful and respected and important, and you can't shapeshift into most of the important people (and I'd propose that trying to pass yourself off as a Sidereal while being around other Sidereals for a long time is a fairly dicey proposal).

    Yu-Shan is rather distinct as cities go....
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Ask a question, get an answer
    Would anybody ever play a Lunar in which their Familiar is their own animal child?
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to [Dev Blog] The Lunar Exalted
    The phrasing probably needs to be adjusted a bit to be something that doesn't sound like it's being pitched to a modern-day university graduate. Like, assuming "a real job" is really a phrase that anybody would use in Creation (with appropriate corrections for language), why does somebody who's become a Lunar care? Is a real job something that they were brought up to value and want?

    You're not talking about a world where people are going into a capitalist job market, people are generally growing up with the expectation that their job will either be the same thing that their...
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  • Isator Levi
    started a topic Exalted Ask the Devs thread

    Exalted Ask the Devs thread

    Having reached 1,000 pages, far more than any almost any other thread on the forum, I think some kind of administrative word needs to come down on that thread.
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Ask a question, get an answer
    If it's somebody important enough to be using Withering and Decisive attacks on, you can be a sniper in the dramatic sense of launching careful attacks from a long enough distance that an opponent can't effectively fight back to or even see where you are, working gradually towards getting them with the right attack. You can also use ambush and unexpected attack rules to get a decent shot at inflicting a mortal blow from the start, although it's not a guarantee.

    If you want to be a sniper in the sense of people going around in the open and then suddenly somebody has an arrow right...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to [Dev Blog] The Lunar Exalted
    I think it's mostly a matter of how one phrases it. Don't make it a thing that infringes on a Sidereal space. Don't make it something that tries to validate Lunars by giving them a Sidereal thing. Don't make service and action in Heaven a generic thing, tailor it to the circumstances. Certainly don't phrase it in terms of trying to deal with Lunars by getting to new ones first and training them to be servants.

    And given the tone that is being set up for Lunars in things like this preview... Yu-Shan as a whole shouldn't be Sidereal territory, but it's where Sidereal territory is, and...
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