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  • Isator Levi
    replied to So you want to be an Alchemist?
    Setting aside the whole subject of how the goals of alchemy were primarily spiritual (transmuting lead into gold being intended as something that would correspond directly to an inner transformation of the self), the... full sentence that you just quoted was talking about the oddity of transmutation (in the more nondescript form of "change one thing into another") as an apparently mundane craft.

    In addition to the matter of it being a tangential space to introduce it.

    If it's going to be a thing, it requires more attention, because the implications are sign...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to So you want to be an Alchemist?
    I'll say what I've said elsewhere; if the game is going to introduce something like alchemy, it's irresponsible to do so in a manner so piecemeal that a thread such as this becomes necessary.

    Also weird to introduce the idea that the capacity to transmute things, but maybe only if you include something like magical materials into the mix (?), functions as a mundane craft in the Hundred Devils entry for bats.
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Nexus... how big is it really?
    As far as physical size goes, I think it's both more realistic and fitting to the city's character if it's smaller than the population might imply to modern people.

    I think depictions of pre-modern cities have a tendency to underestimate building sizes, possibly from a general assumption that a less advanced past equals smaller buildings. But that's not really the case, for a few reasons.

    When defensibility is a priority in city planning, you don't want too much urban sprawl creating a larger area you need to build walls around. You also don't want to stretch out too...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Ask a question, get an answer 2
    I don't think they've ever been very prominent in the setting.

    As a feature of war, chariots become quite obsolete once you can breed horses large enough to ride....
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to You Know What I Hate MK I
    I hate whenever I feel very enthusiastic about something and then have nobody with a shared interest to talk to about it. It's worst when I'm calling into the void, addressing a disinterested person who listens only out of politeness, or bringing it up in barely related spaces until gently asked to cease.
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Just got my copy of Fangs at the Gate!
    Okay, starting from the top left...

    Eldaj: Star Jasmine Pavilion

    Utahi: We wear the Jaguar Moon.

    Wu Jian: Usurpers hold the Crescent Temple/Black Wave Reavers

    Sunken Luthe: Leviathan charts his war.

    The Bronze Tide: Lutha Palash burns his conquests./Silver Principate ruins

    Fortress of the Fulgurite Spire: The Burning Eye

    An-Teng: Snakes Who Walk/Liseli Golden-Leaf/Yeya's Daughters

    Chiaroscuro: Trails of Amatha Kinslayer

    {open desert}: Ketzepah Narrow-Ways

    Luz Liura:...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Just got my copy of Fangs at the Gate!
    I'm glad mine arrived, I was worried it might have gone astray.

    I find the premises of the little notes on the map to carry much intrigue. I'll transcribe them a bit later, for the benefit of others.
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Ask a question, get an answer
    I beg pardon, I had actually forgotten what the nature of the Heirs to the Shogunate preview was. I thought it was a Google or Dropbox document issued on Discord or something.

    I had forgotten also the reason why I have not read it; not from lack of access (come on, I've put hundreds of dollars into each Exalted Kickstarter), but overwhelming other priorities mixed with an aversion to reading another text before it's finalized.

    The former concern is much reduced, but the latter remains iron clad.
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    Last edited by Isator Levi; 02-12-2021, 09:24 AM.

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  • Somehow "a year and a day" loses a bit of its poetry when it's 451 days rather than 366.

    Although... if we include Calibration, that would make it 456... I could see an artistry to that numerical sequence. Yes, never mind then.
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Ask a question, get an answer
    I am very irritated by this uneven access model....
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Ask a question, get an answer
    I'm having a hard time following some of this conversation. Where exactly is the windblade published?
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  • I know what it's called, is it described as making changes that dramatic or isn't it?
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  • I feel as though the Death Arcanum's capacity to reshape dead and undead bodies is still limited within certain aesthetics of Death. So you can alter the apparent or real nature of a corpse insofar as what made it a corpse or how far along in the process it is, but not change it from one human form to another, let alone turn a human body into an animal one. I don't think Life would do that alone on something no longer living, but it would be where the essential idea of such transformation lives, and just needs some Death to help calibrate the targeting.

    Mind, taking about replicating...
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  • What is the point of that?

    By which I mean, why would it be written as a possibility?

    It seems to me like less of an engaging dramatic and gameplay device and more like something between a bit of an excess in simulationism and giving a Storyteller the opportunity to be a bit of a smartarse....
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  • That seems like a very odd scenario for the Storyteller of a game at play to develop....
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to How do I make Ki Rata
    I think Solomon is going super fast, but on a vibrational level rather than needing to be in motion. We get moments where everything is frozen but he's standing still, and he always seems to casually walk up to targets.
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Wyld-Shaping 2e vs 3e
    But they'll be no worse off than they were before you were praying to them. I don't think prayer is like crack, addictive enough that giving the first taste away for free gets people hooked into paying exorbitant prices for it.

    Besides, whatever one day of prayer is not enough for, if it's insignificant then it hardly seems like it will be enticing. Phrase it as something to catch attention and open a dialogue sure, but just worshipping gods without establishing what the working relationship is going to be seems irresponsible.

    Also, offering threats is a form of negotiation...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to How do I make Ki Rata
    He explicitly spends most of the fight limiting himself to the same styles that she is using, when he actually employs Ki Rata in its lowest level it definitely comes across as hitting her twenty times before she can react, and the capacity to catch up with him when he's stopping time is clearly exceptional, unprecedented, a visible struggle in comparison and still tears her body apart....
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to How do I make Ki Rata
    Being permissive enough of what counted as people being in line of sight and presuming an accessible vantage point from which to view all of Creation weren't exactly mechanics problems....
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Wyld-Shaping 2e vs 3e
    Easier than what?

    Offering stuff up prior to negotiations seems like that stock comedic scene where a person offers a bribe too early to somebody who just walks with it and plays ignorant....
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