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  • Also, I just realized; the setting as a whole is White/Blue/Black.

    What is associated with losing who you are across gamelines? Loss of rationality-vampires become instinct-driven draugr, changelings become unable to distinguish between hallucinations and insight, mages become slaves of their own Nimbus and obsessions. What is the equalizer of power? Ability to out-scheme and trick your opponents, to the point where combat is deliberately made to favor the person who most prepared. What do most playable factions have in common? A belief the world would be better if it was run by their...
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  • Wow. All that is good, but that is actually really, really thematic with the Foetia plotline.

    More is spoilers, but disease, and the Contagion, is a huge thematic here....
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  • Actually, let's colorize some Night Horrors!

    Actaeon: Blue/Black; he's all about using information to become more powerful and safer, ironically for an Aes adherent.

    Utley: Blue/Green; his serial lacuna comes from his desire to have enough knowledge to complete his biological imperative of a Pilgrimage, more starving predator than the utter amoral theiving of Black.

    Astrid: Green/Black; she ultimately is trying to protect her family of Pandorans and preserve them against an uncaring world.

    Abyssal Imprint (Night Horrors: Unbidden): Abyssal Green...
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  • Hm. With Tormented out, I'd say Zeky tend to be White/Red; their emotions careen through Red at its most destructive, but they constantly seek to contain their radioactive nature through White emotional containment.

    Petrificati are mono-White due to being automatons guided by simplistic social roles. And Pandorans are either Blue or Black, each one has one of those as their color-Sublimati are generally Blue, lesser are more Black.
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  • Leliel
    replied to [Dev Blog] The Lunar Exalted
    Honestly, not what I was thinking. I was thinking he was more in the lines of someone who is vicious and not a good thing for humanity at large, but very good at making you agree with him. More Lucifer than a generic demon king-he is selfish and insane, but he's a very compelling variety-admirable in how totally he was able to adapt to the new world, even if his victory would be really bad in the long term for everyone....
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  • Leliel
    replied to [Dev Blog] The Lunar Exalted
    In fact, MHS can be just as much as a jerk in past editions, but come off as a friend to the Silver Pact-less organization means less oversight and people not realizing he's gone off the deep end. To them, he's just a very old Lunar with a very understandable grudge that leads him to heading a very militant school....
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  • With Night Horrors: The Tormented out, I'm wondering if we can't have a brutal parody and satire of some kind of dating sim with a chapter from the perspective of one of those cliche sadsack depth-of-birdbath audience stand-in kind of dating sim protagonist, who humble-brags about his obedient real-life waifu of a girlfriend-until he's badly injured by the main antagonist, at which point the "reproduce" program of the Petrificatus takes over and robotically kills him, his body erupting into Pandorans which the main antagonist wrangles as part of his plot. Later, when you meet the Automaton,...
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  • Julie Cheng has a dice pool of 6 for Role-related actions, but the rules seem to imply all Petrificati have a dice pool of 4. Please correct or put in advancement rules.
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  • Leliel
    replied to Night Horrors: The Tormented
    Also, what kind of Bestowment do you think an ex-petrificatus Extempore would have (ie, a secondary Stuck created by another, only to have the full ritual finished by the result of an alchemical experiment, causing said Automaton to suddenly become self-aware and igniting the dormant Azoth within)?

    I figure he could "sleepwalk", temporarily shutting down his conscious mind to access his old Stuck instincts in a situation where his Role knows more than his actual Skills. Of course, he's not actually a petrificatus, and his subconscious mind is working furiously; it's easy...
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  • That's completely gone. A Zeky's New Dawn is the same as any other Promethean's; their Azothic core is just a lot more unstable and powerful while getting there....
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  • Leliel
    replied to Night Horrors: The Tormented
    Can I say, I never expected to feel a little sorry for just about every sublimatus in the book? And one of the ones I don't, I kind of respect (Astrid)?

    Even Mortimer, the self-proclaimed apostle of Flux, is kind of sad....
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  • Leliel
    replied to Night Horrors: The Tormented
    Oh yeah, and the reason Rathbens are called that is because of one Jakob Rathben.

    What you need to know about him is that he left the Cheiron Group...for being blinded by petty medical ethics.

    Let that sink in.
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  • Good points on both.

    Hm. I'm getting the sense that religion can be a major idea here; I was mostly intent on Catholicism because of my pop-idea of the Mafia being pretty keen on Catholicism, but I've realized that ultimately, faith is secondary to profit; I'm getting the image of a Lutheran advocacy group, still clinging to laws meant to fill the gap left by the repeal of Prohibition, not-so-secretly funded by the New Beth Mob. The longer there's a need for speakeasies, however smaller than the 30s, the longer the good life lasts. Also shows how deep the New Beth Mob has its talons...
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  • Ah, ok. The problem is that I already brought up the founder was a Puritan exile; I hate retcons. But sometimes it can't be helped. Besides, given how much of him in written history has been distorted, it could be that was another distortion, and a sign New Beth doesn't actually know very much of its history. One of many things that has decayed about the city. Everything else is good.

    But, really, the founder is simply another part of the story. I'm also looking towards how the Mob got to be such a problem. One of the things that makes New Beth the wreck that it is is that the Mafia...
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  • Ah! See, I don't know a lot about New England's local history at all. Or that New York State is considered fairly separate from it. So this is all very informative to me!

    So yes, let's move dates around; he was technically after the initial wave of colonization, and he took his splinter due south of New Amsterdam when the Brits bought it-and then was unceremoniously killed by a stray shot during the recapture of the colony. To add injury to injury, a Jesuit mission later started using New Bethlehem (still nicknamed New Beth) as a supply outpost and quite accidentally converted a...
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  • Help with making a fictional city's past (and how it ruined the present)

    This is actually something for my Let's Read threads over on RPGnet; I plan on the main character of those threads eventually joining the Sworn when the Contagion Chronicle comes out, and so I made a city for him to be in that's riddled by the contagion: New Bethlehem (though it's officially been renamed New Beth, to try and be less offensive), a utopian dream of a rogue Puritan that went horribly, horribly awry from almost day one, and now exists as a decaying husk of a port regarded largely as New York City's embarrassing screw-up of a cousin. The literal American Mafia reigns supreme, crime...
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  • Sounds like a song the True Fae sing when luring those lost in the Hedge to Arcadia, the last lyric making it technically not a complete lie.

    I deliberately didn't put the video to this, because I want to see if someone else has any different ideas than I do.

    ...
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  • Leliel
    replied to Deviant: the Renegades
    The Conspiracies explicitly do not know. So I think the answer is "come up with it yourself."

    My guess is that it's due to the fact a Deviant's soul cracking is the source of their powers; different mindset, different way it cracks....
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  • Nice, those work really well. Ironically, vorcha have a pretty big role here as well, and are supposed to; Heshtok was the site of the disaster that ended with the elcor getting a Council seat and nobody that eager to research FTL not using Mass Relays....
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  • Yeah, that as well; I'm not a comics sort, so I don't know the exact styles of people.

    In answer to another question: Given how I'm talking about the Iron Seals, they are in the New Gods style-or can possibly become as such.

    The Iron Seals being generally what people are thinking of when you invoke the Exarchs, the masters of the Ten Arcana Plus The Abyss.

    The Four Archgenitors, patrons of the current Great Ministries:

    Unity - Exarch of Mind (embodies xenophobia and devaluation of the self in service to the state)
    General - Exarch of Forces...
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