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  • I often think of this scene from The Bourne Identity when thinking about Awareness as an Ability.



    Not necessarily the specifics so much as the premise and function of being a trained observer....
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  • I love the setting of Exalted as a place that has a large and complex ecosystem/social structure of gods such that there are not only the likes of your local field god but they're people who can form an integral part of the community and engage in their own participation in politics and spirituality. Plus the distinctions of what Heaven and its residents mean in this layout, and the frosty relationships between these sides.

    I love it even more now that the potential for Exaltation is extended to those small gods, in addition to the obstacles and costs associated with that grace, and...
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  • Isator Levi
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    Needs more fail conditions....
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  • Isator Levi
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    I very much dislike this line of reasoning....
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  • Isator Levi
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    Okay, so the New World Order wants to create a worldwide surveillance state. To what purpose? What would it be that they would be surveilling people for?...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Calling Technocracy Fans.
    Most of that is still pretty much capitalism, which is more than just finance.

    I would need to be sold on the idea that Iteration X is compelled by a deeper ideology before I dismissed it as ultimately an exercise in harnessing capital to enshrine and endlessly expand the power of its elite with only the shallow veneer of an ethos; silicon valley Gordon Gecko trying to provide the terminology by which a bunch of people that are already on board can rationalize that their greed is an affirmative, transformative thing rather than benefitting their relentless and unexamined need for...
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  • Yeah, that sounds pretty solid to me. I do like the idea that a single Artifact might have different facets to explore for alternative wielders.

    I would personally think that in a case where there are several Resonances that the mixture of materials should be more dramatic than being at the fringes.

    I do have a reservation about the possibilities of Solars getting access to multiple effects simultaneously, on grounds of things like being overpowered, overloaded or just plain feeling worth more per dot than other Artifacts. I think that part of the idea could use some...
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  • Isator Levi
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    I don't think the bad version of the Technocracy are fascists, but the worst forms of capitalism.

    I mean, now of all times "fascism" should be recognised to mean a specific thing, and the Technocracy have to be as far away as one can get from some of the basic tenets like, say, the idealisation of a made up pre-lapserian past.

    Unless there's something I misunderstood about them, there's no time in the past where Y was "great" that they want to make it again in their eyes; greatness lies entirely in the future.
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  • Isator Levi
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    With the spirits that can be bound by sorcery, I think it's good to recognise that the ones that can most easily and frequently be acquired are also unlikely to outdo what a player character of similar focus can achieve, and otherwise they're doing strange, obscure things that are probably not comparable to most playable Exalted powers.

    Like, summoning a blood ape doesn't make your fighting player redundant, they're somewhere between somebody to send as extra muscle to make the fight go more smoothly and with a reduction of cost or risk, or something to do when you need people killed...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Giving the Unconquerable Sun an excuse
    I know.



    Righteous River's story was one in which she lived comfortably bringing up another generation of dutiful Dynasts, and then a thing that had nothing to do with her happened far away and a person whom she fears has murderous intent towards that family was spewed back into the world.

    For that matter, I wouldn't view the idea of a Solar being kept in a hole in the ground having God knows what done to him for fifty years to be a story that he wrote for himself.

    The fate or story or whatever you want to call it of Yurgen Kaneko and his circle...
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  • Isator Levi
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    I guess somebody with a very reserved, relaxed attitude would fit? Largely accepts the world as they find it, with a careful, watchful readiness that holds back action until it's truly needed.

    My first idea for that would be dedicated Casteless, the second would be a warrior poet....
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Giving the Unconquerable Sun an excuse
    The Exalted of the Realm are facing a period of tension and uncertainty such as few of them have ever known because one person unexpectedly vanished. Fate is not in their hands....
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  • Isator Levi
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    Short version: the Exalted would hear tell of stories of the Unconquered Sun in the Time Before doing battle against monsters the size of worlds and vast armies of Fair Folk single-handed, complete with feats reminiscent of things in the Daystar Ink Monkeys articles. Solars would compare that to the Sun as they witnessed him (occasionally sparred with him) and generally assumed it to be a significant exaggeration, even if they acknowledged him as a formidable and indomitable warrior beyond what any of them had yet managed. The few savants familiar with the Law of Diminishment instead concluded...
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  • Isator Levi
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    Waaait... why did I forget about God King's Shrike?

    Sure, it can't be deployed at will in the middle of a battle to catch up people bunched together, but it's well suited to reprimanding a state to which one objects.
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  • Isator Levi
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    I am suddenly thinking about how the comparison between the two being only superficial wouldn't actually be relevant if it came through as a kind of curse or warped effect in the usual manner of a low Finesse working. Not a matter of being an unexpected consequence of what you've changed but a symbolic inclusion because your spell is imprecise.

    Hmm, being able to retain consciousness through all forms of trauma isn't necessarily a drawback, though. At least in gameplay terms. I guess somebody could roleplay in terms of needing to cope if there are any experiences of undergoing horrific...
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Giving the Unconquerable Sun an excuse
    My imagination genuinely fails me in coming up with such consequences.

    I'll take it as a given that there would be some, but that brings me back around to the feeling that it weakens any given narrative element if it doesn't have stakes for what it is but what will come of the safety net being deployed. I also think there can be problems if consequences take the form of the player characters dealing with more of their significance being ceded from them.

    Blargh, for all that I try to roll back elements of it, the approach to the Unconquered Sun in Glories of the Most High...
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  • Isator Levi
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    Or gaining super speed from being struck by lightning while holding some chemicals....
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  • Isator Levi
    replied to Have you done cool stuff with Medicine ?
    Good Lord, I'm referring to the graphic descriptions....
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  • Isator Levi
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    I find your post to be in very bad taste....
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  • Isator Levi
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    I think something that plays off of what a particular motive for eliminating the need for sleep is would be a good place to start. What drives that sorcerer's desire, or what do they want to accomplish with the additional time?



    You know, despite colloquial references, regular sleep and loss of consciousness are actually very different things neurologically. You're not actually unconscious when you sleep, your brain just enters a naturally occurring altered state of consciousness (which is why you can dream) and are still responsive to external stimuli....
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