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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Ask the Devs v2
    Where does Wu Jian's food come from?
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  • More inland and upriver than coastal....
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to A profoundly isolated society
    I don't want to get bogged down in what sorcery might imply about biology. Suffice to say that this is the kind of setting that generally acts as though scurvy is a risk.
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to You Know What I Hate MK I
    I finally have a suitable new roommate all lined up after weeks of searching, including with the entirety of last week having been dedicated to managing things related to getting the matter finalised (which was an emotional roller coaster in its own right from the ups and downs of certainty that the person was actually committing to the arrangement), and then at the very last minute the whole deal collapses because the person's previous landlord is apparently illicitly withholding the security deposit.

    So after all of that I'm back to square one and the state of sitting around and...
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  • The only reference to the idea of the Imperial Manse being moved that I can recall is a scenario in Return of the Scarlet Empress where Neighbourhood Relocation Technique is employed on it.
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to A profoundly isolated society
    I dunno; that's the end that has to deal with things like inbreeding and the fact of that level of isolation and confinement definitely driving people insane.

    If not actual the actual full-blown hallucinations, dissociation and suicidal tendencies, people in such a situation are liable to become extremely irritable with one another, and there doesn't exactly seem to be much to be occupied with besides sitting around and becoming more and more bothered by the behaviour of others.



    I kind of feel as though your focus on things like adaptation to physical factors...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to A profoundly isolated society
    Generation ships are one of those things that I think a person trained in or enamoured of the hard sciences would come up with, before a soft scientist picks it to pieces.

    On a line between realism and deep pulp, where would you want to portray the long term consequences of being in a confined space isolated from sunlight, fresh air and contact with other people?
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to A profoundly isolated society
    Is the idea here that there is a society of people that has been within this ship (how big is it?) for more than a thousand years, and the potential for players in Realm Year 768 to happen upon them? Or is the matter of them being found or resurfacing themselves something that would have happened in the early decades of the Shogunate?...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Ask a question, get an answer
    Luthe actually has a native Water Aspect now who plies his skills as a fixer for the city's political and commercial interests. Some of Leviathan's guests are wary around a Dragon Blood, but the guy enjoys the great whale's protection because even he has use for those services....
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to A profoundly isolated society
    I don't think it can be assessed without knowing the kinds of stories it is intended to tell.

    It does sound interesting as an opening scenario for a more one-off or one story played out over a few sessions kind of survival and escape chronicle. A kind of undersea The Martian, complete with the need to secure a food source until such time as escape can be devised.

    That would probably require detailing some more of the assets that could be used for escape, even if they are difficult to manage and present high risks unless something creative and difficult is accomplished...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Animal Latent Abilities
    A benthic knifetooth learning to use a snake's crushing constriction attack with its neck is given as an example....
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Tell me about The Realm
    The idea that the monks are participants in and guides to volatile expressions of working class frustration is not a new feature of the Realm, but I certainly feel that this Edition gives it some of the most frequent emphasis.

    I found it appropriately sinister as I read it, and that feeling is only being compounded by recent events, in combination with listening to points about how the Malthusian social policies of Victorian Britain led to frequent riots.

    The Immaculate Order spends the whole time deeply embedding itself within the communities of the Realm's workers even...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Exigent KS?
    I don't agree. I find the Aspects to both lend structure to the idea of how and why people make the futile attempts to raise them, and a sense of consequence to those distinctions. I should also think that the differences in focus of personality and powers provides a framework to lend more variety to character concepts and actions.

    And really, all of that corpse imagery is compelling in its own right....
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Tell me about The Realm


    I should think that it's also seen as useful to have these things as structured institutions so that your fresh superhumans can grow up socialised and getting used to their powers without, you know... horribly killing each other.

    Although that's probably less the kind of benefit that they're built towards and more a case of "this is a necessary standard to which we hold these institutions, and the fact that they pull it off is a mark of their quality".



    Perhaps a bit, but not to the degree where their entry standards are rendered purely...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Lunars book release?


    I tell nothing to Discord, it is weird and scary to me.



    It's a curious thing to me that in a book in which Lunars have the strongest presentation that they've ever gotten, they should actually feel like they're in a close competition to be the most interesting thing within their own book. It's the benefit of not merely writing Dominions as though they're societies that radiate out from Lunars, but fully realised societies that have been noticeably influenced by Lunars from one quadrant or another but where the Lunar isn't the only thing going.
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Success of the Usurpation
    Really, even the contrast based on concentration has caveats. The Realm is evidently quite capable of concentrating all of the widely distributed thin-blooded Exalts that appear within their not inconsiderable bounds, a level of organisation and transportation that I expect is quite beyond most of the Threshold and would have been massively outdone by resources available in the First Age.

    I expect doing that specifically in terms of gathering them all up while young and herding them into a system of uniform indoctrination is something that only works when you've got the means and...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Tell me about The Realm
    One thing I always liked about the Realm is that the prestige of its highest aristocracy is enshrined, but not based on things that they can just sit on to continuously accumulate easy wealth. Even when they're not in direct service to the Realm (which relatively few of them are), they still need to continuously exert effort and engage in meaningful work to maintain their wealth and status.

    And that is reflected in the schooling. Nobody is given an easy ride through that system based on family background. I like how Third Edition codified the idea that not all Exalted Dynast children...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Laurel-And-Ivy Technique for 3e
    As somebody who never much cared for Lunars being able to turn into plants, I think these concerns don't need to matter too much at an individual table that likes the idea.

    My immediate impulse is a Universal Charm with two Hearts Blood Charms as prerequisites. A specific two; let's say... Emperor Grasshopper Form and Memory Drinking Meditation. Actually, let's add Constant Quicksilver Rearrangement in there as well, that premise of increased fine tuning to one's protean flesh seems like a logical step before.

    In fact, maybe forget the Heart's Blood Charms... oh wait...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Is Exalted the distant past of the WoD?
    Exalted originates as a pulp fiction revival property, a matter that has received varying degrees of emphasis over the years but never been excised completely (and Third Edition is billed partially around refocusing on those roots).

    It's a grand tradition of pulp fiction to frame itself not as contemporaneous, but looking back into the distant past from a modern perspective, even if that past is made up. Tolkien did it. Robert E. Howard did it. Lord Dunsany did it before any of them, at the very beginning of the 20th century.

    Stuff like that is why every single Star Wars...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Lunars book release?
    I'm suddenly struck by the sheer injustice of how the peaks of discourse for Fangs at the Gate failed to intersect with the high water mark of attention for Untitled Goose Game.
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