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  • wastevens
    replied to How to weaken a defining Intimacy?
    Abyssals? Infernals?

    I can definitely imagine Abyssal charms that let you attack intimacies much more easily, bringing someone down to a path of nihilism and nothing-matters-ism.

    The old GSPs drew on the power of She Who Lives In Her Name, and could incorporate people into a perfected hierarchy regardless of what they wanted.

    The new ones- whom we know little about, but whom I like the idea of them as 'Solars, but as they were at the height of the First Age and in the depths of their corruption, glorious and terrible' could also easily have all manner of...
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  • Are you familiar with Dungeon World?

    It has a fairly soft set of guidelines for introducing and evolving settlements over time that wouldn't be hard to adapt.
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  • wastevens
    replied to Ask the Devs
    Will there be any discussion in Dragon-Blooded or the Realm about norms and laws around using Charms, especially those that influence the minds, emotions, or perceptions of others, in social and business settings?
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  • OTOH, Dragon-Blooded Craft is a *helluva* smaller than Solar....
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  • The other interesting thing, from a homebrewer's perspective, is that Dragon-Blooded don't have the 'choose 5 of these 9 abilities as Aspect abilities'

    Also, hooray, breeding is no longer must buy!...
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  • wastevens
    replied to Who will your next Dragon-Blooded PC be?
    Dunno when/if I'll have a chance, but I'm totally stealing her as an NPC....
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  • Excellent point; I think I had been tinkering with relatively stable growth / death rates, but having periodic 'disasters' would probably be valuable....
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  • I think it also matters as to *when* those deaths occur. Like, if there is a relatively low attrition rate from 20 to 40 (prime adventuring years), and then a steadily increasing rate from 40 to 100 (prime settled down with a family years), that squares, but man it means a helluva lot of assassination is going on.

    Alternatively, if there is a relatively high attrition rate from 20 to 40 and then a decline from 40 to 100, that pushes the 'assassination rate' down, but also means you're going to lose a number of friends from secondary school in relatively short order.

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  • Idle note that I'm gonna have to mull on- but according to the preview, a *majority* of Dynastic Dragon-Blooded don't live to 100. That's... pretty steep. Especially with progenitive Essence's "once a decade" thing.

    Gonna have to tinker with my old demographic app thingy to see what hypothetical replacement rate exaltation rates look like.
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  • There's a sidebar about alternative means of conception used in the Realm by Dynasts incapable of traditional means; I'm not gonna hold semimythic figures to more real standards ...
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  • Holy Blood, Holy Essence; The (Heretical) Children of the Immaculate Dragons

    According to the Immaculate Order, the Dragons have no children.

    To the commoners, this is taught: although born as flesh and blood, the Elemental Dragons essence was too pure and profound to intermingle with that of humanity, not even of the other Dragon-Blooded. Although they may have taken lovers (in particular, Sextes Jyles and Daana'd), these unions were incapable of being fruitful. And as they were spirtually related, it would have been incestous for the Immaculate Dragons to lay with one another.

    To most dynasts and mortal lay members, this is taught: the Immaculate...
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  • I just... I love all of this. ...
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  • Typos / Text errors in What Fire Has Wrought preview

    Checked and din't see any thread for this yet....
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  • It's an expression, capturing the real idea that if you hold a sufficient amount of debt then your creditors cannot risk you defaulting lest you bring ruin upon them as well....
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  • Yay!



    I guess I'm thinking of something more like a cascade of Houses defaulting- probably starting with an inciting incident like Peleps Bob. It's always good to remember, when you owe the bank $100, you have a problem, but when you owe the bank $1,000,000 the bank has a problem. Having basically everyone in their debt is nominally advantageous, but also means House Ragara very badly needs for no Civil War to actually break out, or else those investments will be up in smoke....
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  • The one thing that really kind of bugs me about the Ragara write up- they *really* need a plan for "what happens when a bunch of Houses just default on their debts"

    It's like- financial power is *great* in a stable system that helps enforce contracts and property rights. It's... less useful when your debtors could credibly just walk away. And it's not hard to imagine a bunch of defaults once the Civil War proper starts- hell, that's the sort of thing that could reasonably precipitate it.

    Pelleps Bob says "Fuck you" to the Ragara Alice who comes to...
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  • In which Darius picks out favorite quotes from the Dragon-blooded manuscript

    "You see Anathema- you're not dealing with the average Dragon-Blooded warrior any more..."...
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  • wastevens
    replied to Ask the Devs
    Question from the Dragonblooded preview.

    Under "A Terrestrial Census", there's an entry for 'Patrician - 250'

    I thought the Patrician class were mortal scions of the Great Houses- and if it's meant to be a *count* of those mortal scions, man, it feels like it's missing some significant digits
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  • Pledged!
    Senator of the greater chamber!
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