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  • autXautY
    replied to [PEACH] Raiton Style
    The intent was by limiting it to benefiting raiton-style attacks, it prevents using it to make attacks at medium range (since Raiton Style uses only melee weapons. Well, I guess knives are thrown, so I should possibly clarify it doesn't cover thrown attacks with knives). Possibly it should get more care to prevent some unseen interaction lifting the restriction - possible change "only ration-style attacks" to "this aim can only add dice, and doesn't qualify as an aim action for attacking at medium range"? At that point I might as well make a charm that adds 3 non-charm dice...
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  • autXautY
    started a topic [PEACH] Raiton Style

    [PEACH] Raiton Style

    Generals ever seek to win battles and conquer their enemies, soldiers know that at the end of the day, amongst the dead and dying, the only winner is the raiton. This has driven some to emulate the only one who finds worth in a war. These soldiers circle around the outskirts of a battlefield as the raitons circle above, darting in to claim a kill with the same purpose as a carrion-feeder picking out a juicy eyeball. Some lucky ones even had success, living long enough to retire from their duty and open schools that taught their insights into combat.
    Thus was born Raiton Style
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  • - I didn't look too closely at the backup form, great cat is likely the best.
    - I considered going totemic -> stamina, and getting 1 stamina charm for the excellency (maybe ox-body? Legendary size likes lots of health levels). I mainly felt like a tyrant lizard will 9 times out of 10 have enough soak to reduce attacks to minimum damage, but fairly often have enough damage to not be at minimum damage themselves.
    - Fangs are just cosmetic. I wanted to write a tell and fangs seemed reasonable. Kind of liked the image of him trying to intimidate someone and them just sort-of noticing...
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  • We've been focusing on animal shapeshifting builds with good damage/soak/merits, for the sake of combining with high dex+brawl for something terrifying. I wanted to try something different - a minimal investment build that uses an animal form for nearly all it's stats.

    Changing Moon
    Spirit Shape: Tyrant Lizard
    Tell: Fangs

    Physical Tertiary
    Dex 3, Str 4, Sta 1
    Social Primary
    Cha 5*, Ma 2, App 5*
    Mental Secondary
    Perception 5*, Wits 3*, Intelligence 2

    Abilities
    Brawl 3, Presence 5, Integrity 3, Socialize 3, Awareness...
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  • My impression is it also applies to your spirit shape, but not to any other shapes.



    In the long run, I'd say all 3. Or, get a suit of moonsilver armor, learn invulnerable skin of bronze, and get some access to unusual hide (Tell/chimera on spirit shape/PHI/alternate form/whatever random lunar charms help). None of them are that expensive, and you can pick and choose what to use when - if you've abandoned subtlety as you march to glorious battle, put on the armor, turn your hide into iron, then turn it into bronze. (Iron which has been turned into bronze is twice as hard...
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  • autXautY
    replied to Ask the Devs v2
    Can your tell qualify you for a protean benefit?
    If you transform into an animal with mutations, can the mutations qualify you for protean benefits?
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  • I'd agree that unusual hide is an odd tell for a cat-totem. I guess you could explain it as one of the non-totem tells - hide covered in scar tissue maybe?
    My impression is you don't spend extra motes for keeping your tell when you shapeshifter - you've more or less bought it using merits points instead of motes. I think there's an ask in the ask the devs thread about it.
    That, plus the already existing tell in the first write-up, plus the option to turn it on and off were why I suggested alternate means. Also, I enjoy the idea of mutating an animal, then stealing it's shape.
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  • Any particular thing you worry about? I don't think this build uses martial arts, and I don't recall any charms besides stamina ones that forbid wearing armor.
    ISoB explicitly doesn't impair mobility 'normally', just for martial arts and similar effects

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    Right, DBs are going to have a lot less ability to overpower high defense. Maxing 24 dice and a success (11+2stunt+5 weapon+6motes+wp), but if they have anything other than a light weapon their pool gets below what can frequently hit you....
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  • Wood Dragon's Claw is a reasonable replacement for an artifact weapon, I think. I don't see why you couldn't use it as a cat. And has +5 accuracy, not +4.
    Actually, the overwhelming might be almost a bigger boost than the damage - one of the scariest things for this build is someone with 15+soak, because gaining initiative will take you forever, and one hit loses it all.

    Yah, armor does have sneakiness issues. Potentially you could get an evocation to hide/disguise it? Many Pockets Meditation + Quicksilver Armor Approach can don hidden armor in a turn, but several charms and...
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  • Thoughts
    Very nice omni-capability.
    I think last warrior's unity might be good for a cat even without high strength - for Kylina, an artifact light weapon gives +4 accuracy, +1 damage, +2 overwhelming, and potentially a tag (smashing might be the best, for delicious 21 dice no-mote smashing attacks)
    Artifact moonsilver armor can boost your soak, though you need light armor to avoid penalties to evasion.
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  • autXautY
    replied to How ancient battles were fought
    One thought I had on reading the Realm book - an advantage of the Thousand Correct Actions would be that low-level officers can read the same book as the general, and have a decent idea of what the general is thinking when giving orders. I'd expect it to be a large advantage for commands to be issued by referencing the name of a strategy (Presumably a single phrase), and communicate not just the orders to the subordinate, but a sense of the overall strategy and how to respond to changing circumstances.
    Similarly, I'd expect the Realm to be one of the few nations with full-time soldiers,...
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  • autXautY
    replied to What Breaks If......
    If a character has mastery, I'd worry about allowing them access to all unarmed styles with an artifact, especially one as convenient as VotNB.
    Black claw would gain access to artifact stats at all, outside of Wood Dragon's Claw, and also would gain access to free social influence flurries....
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  • Yah, free dice to all attacks is sweet.
    It might make sense to not buy latents until after character creation - they're a fairly poor bp:xp ratio.
    Strength-kitty can do some fun things with Last Warrior's Unity - good strength and an artifact weapon can far outpace a cat's damage, overwhelming is good, and combining a light or medium artifact weapon with ambush hunter is a lot of baseline accuracy. Plus, evocations.
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  • This seems a lot harsher than I would be. If you get attacked free times in a fight, this is breaking even compared to spending that much on boosting your evasion directly, and more it makes a profit. Characters who mostly parry don't want it, but for dodge-defending characters in a long fight it seems really good?...
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  • autXautY
    replied to Ask a question, get an answer
    This may be the result of errata between the backer pdf and the final version - I think think the original version of FSSA allowed extended rolls....
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