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  • I think your interpretation nails it....
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  • The power emphathizes that the opponent is unable to defend or take evasive action. Defend would be a Strength + Melee or Strength + Brawl roll. Thus, the Lightning Strike is indeed bypassing any counter-attacks or defenses. It explicitly states that only Celerity 5 is able to cancel Lightning Strike. It's a level 5 power, costing a lot of XP. That should count for something, besides the obvious rules argument.

    By the way, the attack still has a Difficulty 1. Thus, six successes "only" deal 5 damage.
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  • There are two sides to this:

    a) Technically, metaplot happens after the game starts, and the background is advanced in the unfolding story. So, what happened from 1991 to 2004 is metaplot. What happened before 1991 is technically backstory. That's also what the time between 2004 and 2018 is: backstory, not metaplot. Metaplot happens from 2018 onwards as the game has restarted.

    b) I think the experience of the new backstory is jarring, because in the past only a couple of plot points would have been made each year. So, for example, in 2008 they would have introduced the...
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  • Completely off-topic: but that assessment simply isn't true. 3.5 had issues starting with a far too detailed combat system that required floor plans and ending with the unnecessary system bloat introduced by publishing huge amounts of books. 5e is very careful about extending the system, and the combat system isn't nearly as fine-grained as the one in 3.5. Also, 5e is the commercially most successful version of the game in history. So, something is going alright....
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