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  • but mah lunar monoculture. i wanted to be the axe lunar....
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  • Uh.

    That is... emphatically not the case....
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  • wastevens
    started a topic Sorcerous Martial Arts and Empty Mind Style

    Sorcerous Martial Arts and Empty Mind Style

    Sorcerous Martial Arts

    Many are the esoteric paths of both the martial artist and the sorcerer; for the enlightened mind, the two are one and the same. The mind shapes the body, and the body shapes the mind. Through a combination of sacred movements, rigorous study, and careful cultivation of internal power, you have unlocked the secrets at the intersection of sorcery and martial arts.

    Initiating into a Sorcerous Martial Art requires the Martial Arts merit; mortals doing so must a Martial Art 3, in addition to Occult 3 and a five-dot merit for Sorcery.

    Shaping...
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  • Hrm.

    Alright, fair enough. I'm convinced; this was probably a poor design direction.
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  • It is 100% to save xp. Not even gonna front on that.

    As to why you'd buy it instead of Supreme Celestial Focus; two fold. One, SCF is down a different tree, and Craft is so large that you can only really effectively go down one of the main branches. Two, because there's a feeling-difference between having Craft (Artifact) vs Craft (Weaponsmith) - one is a kind of conceptual understanding of What Are Artifacts, and the other is just being so adept at making swords that you start making capital-S Swords....
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  • That's exactly why I chose the Art of Permanence as the pre-req. That felt like the boundary between 'minor magic stuff' and 'capital-A Artifacts'...
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  • wastevens
    started a topic You know what Solars need? Another Craft charm!

    You know what Solars need? Another Craft charm!

    Inspired while re-reading a bit about how Tolkien elves didn't see their crafts as distinctly magic, but rather inhuman extensions of skill.

    Perfection of Artifice
    Cost: 10m; Mins: Craft 5, Essence 3
    Type: Simple
    Keywords: None
    Duration: Instant
    Prerequisite Charms: The Art of Permanence

    Men marvel at the magics wrought by the Exalted, but to the true craftsman there is no clear line between artifacts and more mundane items- only the skill needed to realize more subtle and intricate designs.

    A Solar may use Perfection of Artifice...
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  • wastevens
    replied to How do I make Ki Rata
    The tricky thing with Ki Rata is it looks like it's basically just 'Punch, but more', which isn't usually how charms work.

    Until we see it doing something more than 'Punch, but more', it's a pretty straight forward combination of Excellency and 'throw every damage enhancing Charm you can on to the attack'.
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  • This would be cool, but seems... unlikely. Fourteen cards per suit in the Minor Arcana would mean 70 cards, plus the 22 in the Major Arcana - unless basically all the art can be reused, that's a significant amount of art to buy just for a stretch goal.

    Plus, the Tarot is a very western-associated divinatory approach, whereas the Sidereals generally.... aren't.
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  • Potentially interesting resource to plunder: Reach of Titans

    After backing Lunars, one of the recommended projects caught my eye: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...each-of-titan/

    It's basically Shadow of the Colossus: No Serial Numbers Edition! but the titans may prove good plunder for inspiring Behemoths and/or other gigantic weirdness for Exalted heroes to face

    There's also a playtest document available for it, available at https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product...st_free_titles
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  • Fair points. I mean, I think that may indicate either an intentional weakness or an oversight in Nezzegar's design, but either way, fair points. Probably effort better spent on exploring charm space.

    That said, I think there's definitely charm space in Presence for a 'You demolish their Resolve by so much you get bonus goodies'. Hell, probably space in introducing facts and curing disease for that too ...
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  • ​What breaks if... Presence gains more effectiveness when it 'laps' Resolve?

    (Inspired by http://forum.theonyxpath.com/forum/m...ooded-presence)

    Exalted Social-fu is pretty good as a means of modeling the ebb and flow of interaction without simply devolving into treating socialization as a combat analog. In particular, the 'you need a relevant Intimacy or you simply can't persuade someone to do something' provides a good check on casually overthrowing an empire.

    However, it is very pass/fail; either you overcome someone's Resolve or you don't, either you have a relevant Intimacy or you...
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  • wastevens
    replied to Speculating on God-Blooded Exalts
    Rarefied Inheritance (••• to •••••) — Innate
    The character descends from a potent supernatural being, and can draw upon that heritage in myriad ways.

    Characters with this Merit may purchase Evocations, representing the influence of their parentage. In general, more potent supernatural lineages and closer relations will allow access to more powerful Evocations, but such things are not certain; most God-Blooded children have nothing more than a wispy trace of the divine made manifest in them, while others may suddenly come into a blood of power they never knew from a long distant...
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    Last edited by wastevens; 02-11-2019, 11:32 AM.

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  • wastevens
    replied to Speculating on God-Blooded Exalts
    So, here is a stab at Ledaal Kebok Coren: Recent graduate from the House of Bells, descendant of the storm demon Yan, who frightens her own house with her skill with the blade and that the sky itself darkens with her anger.

    She uses Rarefied Inheritance to gain the Evocations of Stormcaller, from Arms of the Chosen, to represent her descent from Yan- with some tweaks for how Intensity is generated / what the purification ritual is about.

    https://www.lotcastingatemi.com/characters/2697
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  • wastevens
    replied to Speculating on God-Blooded Exalts
    I don't think anyone is going to have Essence now without innately having something to spend it on, which makes divorcing the two kinda weird....
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  • wastevens
    replied to Speculating on God-Blooded Exalts
    I *hate* Divine Mantle. Like, with the burning hatred of a thousand suns. Neat concept, dangerous idea, poor execution. (I don't hate it as much as Doombot-the-Charm or Lore-Lol-Meteor-Strike, but... it's in my top ten 'needs improvement')

    That said, Eclipse-OK charms are one solution, but they don't generalize to the God-Blooded children of Exalts (the Golden Children, the Moon-Touched, and the... Star-Kissed, I think?), nor (probably) the Fae-blooded.

    Plus, this way, every cool artifact doubles up as a way to create a cool godblooded character!...
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  • wastevens
    replied to Speculating on God-Blooded Exalts
    True; on the other hand, because the Essence and motes don't increase with more merit dots (only the potential power of the evocations), it's less impactful than Inheritance aka the Background That Keeps Giving (more backgrounds).

    And I'm more interested in finding a solution for Exalted godblooded that can also work as a way to stat up NPCs. ...
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  • wastevens
    replied to Speculating on God-Blooded Exalts
    I'll try and put together a stab (heh) at Ledaal Kebok Coren using Stormcaller- plus, I hadn't thought about how Resonant/Dissonant concepts would work within this framework. Gonna take a think....
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  • wastevens
    replied to Speculating on God-Blooded Exalts
    Which character is that?...
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  • wastevens
    started a topic Speculating on God-Blooded Exalts

    Speculating on God-Blooded Exalts

    Had a bit of a brainstorm on how I'd handle God-Blooded Exalts, and similarly divine inheritances.

    Rareified Inheritance (••• to •••••) — Innate
    The character descends from a potent supernatural being, and can draw upon that heritage in myriad ways.

    Characters with this Merit may purchase Evocations, representing the influence of their parentage. In general, more potent supernatural lineages and closer relations will allow access to more powerful Evocations, but such things are not certain; most God-Blooded children have nothing more than a wispy trace of the divine...
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