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  • Shadowstripe
    replied to Reforging the Jade Prison
    According to 2nd Ed, the Jade Prison only worked for two reasons. First was the ambush that killed most of the Solars attending the Calibration Banquet... the first time in recorded history that the vast majority of Solars were killed in a single timeframe. The second reason it succeeded is because the Sidereal knew exactly where the Exaltations of the fallen Solars would go... and set up a means of intercepting them there and sending them on to the Jade Prison. This included subduing Lytek (an affront he has yet to forgive the Sidereal). The Sidereal were not able to capture all the Solar...
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  • Shadowstripe
    replied to Auto-kun must be stopped!
    This may be the intended path, but there are still a few concerns that will likely be pointed out at some point... namely that if a God has to directly Exalt a champion... why didn't the Creators (are they still referred to as Primordials?) simply order the Gods to stop Exalting mortals. Exalts were likely needed because the Gods couldn't directly rebel against their masters... or else they would have done so... thus if the process needs them to bless their champions with Exaltation... it is a flaw that the Creators would likely use to stop such a rebellion in its infancy. Tell the Gods to stop...
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  • Shadowstripe
    replied to Auto-kun must be stopped!
    Autochthon will likely still be the original creator of the Exaltation process... a process he gave to the Gods so that they could empower champions to fight the war the Gods were forbidden to by their creators. It is also likely that the process will likely be automated to some extent... with Exaltations choosing the champions based on criteria provided by the Gods. True, it is also likely that the Gods may be able to influence this to some extent... giving a worthy mortal the opportunity to prove themselves worthy... possibly even holding an Exaltation back to give a selected mortal the opportunity...
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  • To be honest... I don't think a Lookshy with a population as big as the Realm would have that many more DBs than the Realm currently has (which is actually more than 10,000... that number is more symbolic than accurate).

    ​We know that Dragon-Blooded Exaltation is carried through bloodlines. While the Realm has been more interested in strengthening existing bloodlines to create more powerful Dragon-Blooded (Higher Breeding)... Lookshy has been more interested in increasing the number of Dragon-Bloods they have. Ironically... to get more Dragon-Bloods, one also needs to have strong...
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  • To be honest... I don't see the boring nature that the OP attributes to Moonsilver. Quite the opposite in fact... for I see a lot of potential in the kind of evocations that are possible. Yes, it may not reshape itself to the degree it has in the past, but it still provides a lot of possibilities. Such weapons could be harder to parry or evade as they flow past one's defenses... and even soaking their damage could be harder as they bite deeper into ones flesh... possibly even leaving fragments that poison or continue to damage an opponent for some time after the weapon has been retrieved. ...
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  • I have to agree that Meta-Gaming does indeed exist... and I've played in many groups where one or more players use information that they know but their characters shouldn't have. It has little to do with the GM making a challenge for the players rather than the characters... but rather that the players are either unable or unwilling to separate what they know from the books from what their characters actually know in the setting.

    ​I've had players whose characters instantly knew the vulnerabilities of supervillains when this is the first time they met the villain and their vulnerability...
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  • ​You also have to remember that Gods and Spirits that are receiving worship from a village will tend to protect it from dangers... both sides getting a fair bit out of the deal. The villagers get protection and the occasional blessing to make their efforts more productive... while those they worship get a small power boost and the prestige (and likely some influence and followers) in the area. If there are supernatural predators causing problems... then the God or Spirit will likely try to protect its worshipers to protect its power... or the villagers may look to other beings that can protect...
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  • We also have to take into account the mystical side of Creation. True, the magical wonders created by the Solars are mostly failing or have failed entirely since their disappearance, but that was only a small part of what made high populations possible in Creation. The Dragon-Blooded, Sidereal, Lunars, Exigents, Gods and such still possess much of their own magics that can affect surprising areas with prosperity when they are moved to do so. In Creation, the veneration of a village to a local God of the Harvest can have a huge impact on the amount of food they produce... allowing for a population...
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  • Shadowstripe
    replied to I know so little
    Yes, and while the overall outlook does seem positive... there are also some disturbing secrets in the setting that could potentially tear that façade to shreds. I don't want to give away any major spoilers... but when one begins to scratch beneath the surface of what is apparently going on... one could potentially discover that there are other players in the game (the overall political setting that is) that may not have the best interests of humanity at heart. Not everything is exactly what it appears to be... and discovering the truth will determine the fate of humanity and its destiny in...
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  • Shadowstripe
    replied to Solars starting the game with Artifacts
    ​Or "Hammer Space" in many anime shows where an annoyed female character pull some implausible weapon out of nowhere to clobber the often clueless male character vexing her. That actually does sound like Exalted when you think about it. ...
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  • Shadowstripe
    replied to Solars starting the game with Artifacts
    An Eclipse Caste Solar I created received her artifacts from a forest spirit she rescued from an Abyssal's attempt to corrupt. In a previous incarnation, the spirit offered her sanctuary from the Dragon-Blooded that were hunting her during the Usurpation... but when a Sidereal threatened to destroy the spirit, her previous incarnation chose to sacrifice herself to protect him... gifting him with the oricalcum necklace (collar of dawn's cleansing light) she wore as a memento of their time together (and the promise that she would return one day). The day (actually night) she exalted and saved...
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